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Multiple local arrests include charges of sexual activity with a minor, assault, criminal littering

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A 21-year-old Paulden man was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) on Jan. 4 for alleged sexual activity with a minor he met on the website MySpace.com.

Benjamin Michael Fettkether and the alleged victim had been in contact for two weeks through the MySpace but didn't meet in person until Jan. 3.

According YCSO the victim borrowed her parents car at around 9 p.m. on Jan. 3 to meet Fettkether and returned home at midnight on Jan. 4.

During the period the victim was away from home Fettkether allegedly engaged in sexual activity with the minor.

YCSO took Fettkether to the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott and charged him with two felony counts of sexual conduct wth a minor. The jail released him on Jan. 8 after receivng a $75,000 bail.

In other police news.

A Bullhead City man faces charges for an alleged stabbing that took place in August on Hopi Drive in Chino Valley.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office took James Andrew Crawford, 27, to the county jail in Prescott on Jan. 9 after law enforcement in Bullhead City found Crawford, the sheriff's office said.

Crawford allegedly stabbed a friend of his with a kitchen knife, seriously injuring him, after they got into and argument at the victim's house in Chino Valley.

Crawford is currently in Yavapai County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Also a Paulden man faces criminal littering charges on Jan. 5 after an investigation by Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force Detective Dave Zavos.

The investigation started after someone found three car engines dumped on state trust land in December.

Zavos was able to identify one of the engines and trace it back to 20-year-old Ryan William Pearson, who was the last registered owner of the engine, the sheriff's office said.

The dumped engines were found one mile west of Pearson's residence.

Pearson was charged with one felony count of littering, which is a class-6 felony, the sheriff's office said. All felonies are punishable by at least one year in jail.

Another Paulden man faces charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation with another man at a local bar on Saturday evening.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) deputies arrested Christian Lloyd Cowan, 49, at his home later in the evening, wearing blood-stained clothing Deputies said Cowan admitted to committing the assault at the Wishing Well Bar in Paulden and went with them without incident.

Deputies first learned of the assault at about 8:30 p.m., when someone from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Prescott called and said doctors were treating a 37-year-old Paulden man with severe cuts to the left side of his face. Doctors at the hospital also advised that the man suffered damage to his left eye, which could permanently impair his vision.

The injured man told deputies that he had been talking with Cowan at the bar, when Cowan struck him in the side of the face with a beer glass. Deputies learned that the two men had been talking about their tattoos, but were unclear what provoked the assault.

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