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1:45 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

Short foot chase ends with 2 arrests, 2 weapons

PRESCOTT ­ Prescott Police arrested two men and confiscated two firearms after a brief foot chase on Thursday in Prescott.

Prescott Police Sgt. Ken Morley said the agency received a 911 call from a young girl who expressed concern about several men in an apartment complex parking lot who apparently had been drinking and one of them had a gun, a PPD report states.

When two officers arrived in the 600 block of First Street and tried to confront the men, one of them, later identified as Martin Martinez, 37, took off running, Morley said. One of them had a revolver hidden under his shirt and he pulled it out as he was running toward another group of people, including children, according to the report. He dropped the gun when he was in the middle of the group.

Officers yelled a number of times for him to stop, but he refused, the report states.

At that point another officer arrived and apprehended Martinez. Meanwhile, an-other suspect who was in the car when the chase began also took off and officers were trying to locate him as well, Morley said. They found Antonio Borvoa, 29, in an apartment in the 600 block of First Street.

Witnesses told officers that both men displayed weapons, with Martinez having a pistol and Borvoa a rifle, the report states. Officers confiscated both weapons. The caller told officers that she had to go around Martinez to get to her residence and that she was scared, the report states.

Martinez is in custody on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, endangerment, possession of stolen property, criminal impersonation, and a felony warrant for DUI.

Borvoa is in custody on suspicion of reckless driving, false information to law enforcement, disorderly conduct involving weapons, failure to obey a lawful order from police, and a felony warrant for aggravated assault with a weapon.

Truck knocks out power in PV

PRESCOTT VALLEY ­ An accident involving a dump truck caused a power blackout Friday morning that affected about 3,400 customers of Arizona Public Service, said Daniel Froetscher, northwest division manager for APS.

The blackout occurred at 10:56 a.m. when the dump truck snapped power poles and wires at the northeast corner of Florentine and Navajo roads, he said, adding that the power cutoff affected customers along the Highway 69 corridor from Yavapai Road West to Yavapai Road East.

Froetscher said APS crews restored power to about 3,000 customers by 11:29 a.m., 300 more customers at about 1:20 p.m., and provided service to the remaining 100 customers by 3:30 p.m.

The blackout also triggered traffic jams on Highway 69 because traffic signals did not function, including the intersection at Robert Road and Highway 69. Volunteers from the Prescott Valley Police Department guided motorists through the busy intersections to prevent collisions throughout the shutdown.

Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Pruett Small said the truck driver didn't suffer any injuries but that fire personnel advised him to stay inside the truck until an APS crew arrived to assess the situation.

Police seek teen in U-Haul theft

Prescott ­ Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 16-year-old juvenile who is an investigative lead in the recent theft of a U-Haul truck from in front of a Prescott Valley motel.

On May 13, Jonathon David Mills, 20, took a fully loaded U-Haul truck from the parking lot of the motel, a Prescott Valley Police report states.

He took numerous items of property from the vehicle and distributed the items throughout the Prescott Valley area, the report states. Mills then abandoned the vehicle at the north end of Prescott Valley's town limits, according to the report. He arrived at a 17-year-old juvenile's residence and provided him with some of the stolen property as payment of money owed, the report states.

The U-Haul truck was valued at about $26,000 and the property inside the truck was valued at $38,000.

Prescott Valley Police arrested Mills on Wednesday and booked him into the jail on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, theft and trafficking stolen property.

A 17-year-old juvenile also is in custody at the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of possession of stolen property.

But police still want to speak with the 16-year-old juvenile, whom they have been unable to locate.

Anyone with information regarding this case may call Detective Kreuger at 772-9261.

YCSO finds inmate after a few arrests

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives and deputies on Thursday arrested Joshua Pearson, an inmate who failed to return from work release on Wednesday, and three other suspects during their search for Pearson.

A YCSO report says a tip that the agency received on Thursday led detectives to a residence on Oregon Avenue in Prescott.

But instead of Pearson, who was not at the location, authorities arrested 20-year-old Shane Michael Williams after they learned that he had outstanding warrants for possession of stolen property and false reporting.

At the same location authorities arrested 35-year-old Francis Hershal Smith and booked him into the jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the report states.

A separate tip led deputies and detectives to an address on North Alarcon Street in Prescott, the report states. While attempting to locate Pearson there, an 18-year-old man ran from the back of the house, but deputies were able to detain him, the report states. They later identified him as Alexander Richard Nogan.

During his escape attempt, deputies noticed that Nogan was pulling a plastic bag out of his pocket and tossing it aside, the report states. They found the baggie, which contained 6.5 grams of methamphetamine. Nogan is in custody on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs in a drug-free school zone, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday evening, another tip led detectives to Pearson at a motel in Prescott.

Police probe shooting

On Tuesday, a man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his buttocks while shopping in Wal-Mart on Highway 69.

Prescott Police Det. Robert Peoples said he went to the store after receiving a call at around 9:50 a.m. that someone had fired shots.

He said when he arrived on the scene, he and other officers were able to locate bullet fragments on the floor of the store. But by that point, the man was already in the hospital receiving treatment.

Peoples said the man declined to talk to authorities and asked for a lawyer. He said the man carried a concealed .45-caliber handgun, for which he had a permit.

It is unclear how he shot himself, but he may be facing a number of felonies including endangerment, disorderly conduct with a weapon and discharging a firearm within a city limit.

The Yavapai County Attorney's Office will decide whether it wants to file charges against him, Peoples said.

Authorities ID victim of fire

Authorities identified the body of a 59-year-old woman who died in a fire in Cordes Lakes on Thursday as Janice Leeann Adams.

A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office report states that at about 8:20 a.m., deputies responded, along with firefighters from the Mayer Fire District, to a residential fire in Cordes Lakes. The blaze involved a doublewide trailer home on Rodeo Drive.

After putting out the fire, firefighters discovered the woman's body inside the trailer. She was alone at the time of the fire. While the fire does not appear to have been suspicious, Mayer Fire District investigators are still investigating to determine its exact cause.

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the victim's cause of death.

Search team finds missing woman

After she was missing for several hours, authorities located a 75-year-old Prescott woman, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, near the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office report states that at around 8 p.m. Monday the husband of the missing woman told deputies that his wife had gone for a walk at around 4:30 p.m. and after she hadn't returned, he became concerned and called the Sheriff's Office for help.

The YCSO Search and Rescue volunteers and a number of vehicles, foot trackers and air scent search dogs conducted the search.

They found the woman near the courthouse plaza shortly after midnight. She was uninjured and reportedly was in good spirits.