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Sat, Feb. 29

Pair of weekend accidents on Interstate 17 kill 3

PRESCOTT – Two fatal accidents over the weekend on Interstate 17 claimed the lives of three people.

According to a Department of Public Safety press release report, at around 6:20 p.m. on Friday a single-vehicle collision happened on the southbound highway at milepost 270.9. The driver, Peter Jansen III of Flagstaff, died at the scene from massive trauma. Jansen was not wearing a seat belt and fell from the vehicle, the report states.

Jansen was driving a 2004 white Chevy van when he left the left side of the roadway and overcorrected to the right where he continued across both lanes of traffic and collided head-on with the embankment, the report states. The vehicle then rolled over and back across the lanes and came to an upright rest on the guardrail, the report states.

Then on Saturday, two people from Iowa died while northbound on the interstate at milepost 284.

At about 9:50 p.m. a 2001 semi-truck was in the high-speed lane when the driver, Wallace Dossett of Mississippi, tried to pass a 1995 Ford pickup with a trailer on the vehicle's left side, the report states. The semi struck the trailer of the other vehicle causing it to jackknife and pushing it into the side of a mountain where the semi then came to rest on top of the pickup.

The driver, Loren Bockwoldt, and passenger Tammy Bockwoldt, both of Iowa, died at the scene. Paramedics took a passenger from the semi-truck, Christopher Cipponeri of Iowa, to John C. Lincoln North in Phoenix. The DPS is still investigating the accident cause.


• A 26-year-old Prescott Valley man, Lance Earl Sanford, faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a year-long investigation by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau.

During the investigation, multiple search warrants led authorities to evidence of Sanford's involvement in Internet child pornography. The investigation started when YCSO received a report that Sanford allegedly molested a 3-year-old child.

YCSO released no additional information on this investigation.

• A 19-year-old man is in custody on charges of sexual abuse of a minor after the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau received a Feb. 25 call regarding the possible sexual misconduct of a then 12-year-old girl in Cordes Lake.

A subsequent investigation has lead to the arrest of Uriah Chance Vincent Jones of Mayer on one charge of sexual misconduct with a minor and two charges of sexual abuse of a minor.

The extensive investigation revealed alleged sexual activity between Jones and a member of his own family and covers a time period of about two months. At this time, Jones is in custody at the Yavapai County Jail.

As in the previous case, YCSO has not released additional information on this incident.

• A 19-year-old Prescott man is in jail on felony aggravated assault and criminal damage charges after a Saturday incident in which he allegedly attacked two people and broke several windows.

According to a report from the Prescott Police Department, police received a call just before 10 p.m. Saturday that a man police later identified as Rene Montes was trying to break into a trailer on Fair Street. The caller said Montes had a knife in his hand.

When police arrived, the report states, they saw a man matching the description the caller had provided. He dropped a knife and police handcuffed him and saw a second knife lying on the ground.

Victims and witnesses told police that Montes had come to the Fair Street residence, thrown a battery through a car window and broken a door, allegedly after chasing two men, punching one in the mouth and scratching the other with a knife.

Police arrested Montes on two charges of aggravated assault and two charges of criminal damage, and booked him into the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott.

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