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Couple’s fight leads to arrest for aggravated assault

PRESCOTT – A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of multiple felony charges including aggravated assault in connection with a Saturday domestic violence incident.

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office press release says that at about 3:30 p.m., deputies went to investigate a report of an assault at a residence on East Sierra Drive in Cordes Lakes.

Witnesses told the deputies that they had driven a woman to the home so she could pick up some of her belongings. While the witnesses were waiting for her, 43-year-old Clarence Edwin Strouse hit the driver of the car in the face and then followed the woman inside, the press release states.

Shortly thereafter, the report continues, the woman came out of the house and began to fight physically with Strouse, who was dragging her by the hair and “mauling” her, the press release states. The woman managed to get away and ran down the street with Strouse running after her.

A witness told deputies he drove his car toward the woman to pick her up and at that point Strouse threw a large rock at the windshield of his vehicle, “spidering” the glass. The witness did pick up the woman and drove her to safety. The woman told deputies that Strouse hit and choked her, as well as dragged her by the hair.

Deputies confronted Strouse at the Sierra residence and he told them that he was tired of the “kids” at his residence and that he threw the rock at the windshield of the vehicle because he saw it driving toward him. Deputies arrested Strouse and booked him into the jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault per domestic violence, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Thief gets


guns, ammo

Authorities are trying to locate a person who broke into a locked gun safe at a Chino Valley home and took several weapons and ammunition.

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office press release says that at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday deputies went to investigate a report of a theft on Cedar Heights Boulevard in Chino Valley. The woman who called them told deputies that several guns and some ammunition that had belonged to her husband were missing from her locked gun safe, the press release states.

The victim told deputies the value of the guns is not as much as issue as much as it is the possibility that someone who could harm others. She said the guns also have a sentimental value because they belonged to her late husband.

The missing items include a Winchester lever-action .30-.30 rifle, a Winchester .30-.60 with a scope, a .45-long Colt or 44-caliber magnum Colt revolver, a .357-calber magnum revolver, a Winchester Centennial 1966 .30-.30 with serial number 43231, a Winchester 670 with serial number 100244, a box of .45-.70 cartridges, 10 boxes of .30-.30 cartridges, 10 boxes of .30-.60 cartridges and an unknown amount of .45-long Colt and .44-caliber magnum or .357 ammunition.

Total estimated value of the missing items is $4,400.

Deputies have no suspects at this time. People with any information regarding this case may call the Sheriff’s Office at 771-3260.

One dead in

weekend rollover near Ash Fork

A 51-year-old Seligman man died Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover on Crookton Road near Ash Fork.

According to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office press release, at around 1:30 p.m., deputies went to investigate a fatal vehicle accident. The driver of the vehicle, Gary Norman Thompson, died at the scene while emergency personnel airlifted his female passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, to Flagstaff Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Thompson’s vehicle drove onto the left side of the road, then over-corrected and crossed Crookton Road onto the south side, where it went down a berm and rolled onto its roof, the press release states. Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol was a factor in the accident, deputies said.


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