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Joanna Collins Waters, 24, of Prescott Valley

Joanna Collins Waters, 24, of Prescott Valley

Alleged aggravated DUI draws felony charges

Prescott police booked Joanna Collins Waters, 24, of Prescott Valley into the Yavapai County Jail on Wednesday on felony charges of aggravated DUI after an officer smelled alcohol coming from her and field sobriety tests indicated signs of impairment.

At 9:31 p.m., an made a traffic stop on the car Waters was driving in the 900 block of East Gurley Street and learned her license had been suspended.

When the officer spoke to Waters, she said she had been drinking earlier that night and a portable breath test indicated she had a 0.190 breath alcohol concentration, according to the police report.

Cops corral stolen Jeep within 40 minutes of theft

Prescott police officers found a missing Jeep Wrangler on Saturday morning about 40 minutes after it had been reported stolen.

A suspect has not been arrested yet in the case, but "we have an investigative lead we are working," Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

At 12:11 a.m., the owner told an officer that he'd just started his Jeep in the driveway, gone inside his home on W. Whipple Street to turn off the lights, when he heard the Jeep's engine rev, came outside, and saw his Jeep turn east onto W. Whipple Street.

Earlier, another officer investigated a traffic stop on Division Street where the driver fled from the vehicle and was not found.

Soon after, another officer found the unoccupied Jeep in a back parking lot in the 100 block of S. Bradshaw Drive. After processing the Jeep for evidence, officers release the Jeep to the owner, who said nothing was missing or damaged in the vehicle.

Thrown bottle incident leads to drug charges against teen

Prescott police booked a 17-year-old girl into the juvenile detention center on Friday on felony charges of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found 0.5 grams of heroin, a metal spoon, five syringes, and several cotton swabs in a metal box inside the trunk of her car, according to a police report.

The suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify minors charged with crimes.

At 12:52 a.m., officers answered a call about an assault in a parking lot in the 100 block of E. Sheldon Street and spoke to a witness who said a man had thrown a plastic soda bottle at a girl sitting in a car in the parking lot and then walked away.

When an officer spoke to the girl, she said a friend had thrown a plastic water bottle at her that struck her in the face, but she would report it later, and didn't want to press charges of assault against her friend.

The officer allegedly noticed injection marks that appeared fresh near the folds of her elbows, saw an orange syringe cap on the ground outside the car's passenger side door, a white syringe cap on the driver's side seat, and asked her if there was anything illegal in the car.

The girl said the marks on her arms were from an old dog bite, she'd rather officers not search her car, and that she did not want to "go down" if officer's found some of her friend's drugs in her car.

A K9 alerted on the car and officers searching the car allegedly found a clear plastic container near the front passenger seat with four cotton pieces soaked in heroin, the heroin and other items in the box in the trunk of the car, and a white powdery substance in a backpack in the backseat of the car.

The white powdery substance in the backpack did not test positive for amphetamines, cocaine or bath salts, but the girl told the officers it was a horse tranquilizer the man sells to people.

The girl later told officers that only the box in the trunk belonged to her, according to the police report.

Silent Witness to raffle off Ruger handgun in September

Yavapai Silent Witness will raffle off a Ruger .45 caliber SR 1911 in September, said Steve Skurja, program director of Yavapai Silent Witness.

The pistol was recently donated by Sturm Ruger & Company to Yavapai Silent Witness, and all proceeds will be used to market Yavapai Silent Witness, not for cash rewards Skurja said.

Tickets cost $20, and can be purchased at Bucky O'Neill Guns at 122 Grove Ave. in Prescott.

For more information, call Steve Skurja at 928-777-7266. 


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