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Prescott mayor, two others assaulted by 73-year-old man at private event, police say
Suspect charged with criminal misdemeanor for attacking mayor

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli and two other men were allegedly assaulted by a 73-year-old Prescott man Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, according to the Prescott Police Department (PPD).

By Max Efrein November 22, 2019
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Sedona man arrested for bomb threat at Chase Bank in Verde Valley
AZDPS bomb squad determines threat was hollow

A Sedona man is being held in the Yavapai County jail after threatening to bomb a Chase Bank in the Village of Oak Creek midday Thursday, Nov. 21.

By Max Efrein November 22, 2019
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Prescott sees first snowfall of season
Weather clears up for weekend

Prescott and surrounding areas saw their first snowfall of the winter Thursday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2019.

By Max Efrein November 21, 2019
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Bomb threat at Chase Bank in Village of Oak Creek
DPS bomb detail crew inspecting suspect vehicle

Authorities responded to a bomb threat outside a Chase Bank in the Village of Oak Creek midday Thursday, Nov. 21.

By Max Efrein November 21, 2019
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Gregory Niedermeyer has been found guilty of attempting to kill a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) volunteer more than four years ago.

By Max Efrein November 20, 2019
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A Wisconsin man was arrested after authorities found three pounds of cocaine hidden inside one of his vehicle’s doors Saturday morning, Nov. 16.

By Max Efrein November 19, 2019
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A very wet week is shaping up across Northern Arizona, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Bellemont.

By Max Efrein November 18, 2019
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Helen and Carol are proof that troubled youth are capable of success.

By Max Efrein November 17, 2019
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#StopFentanylNow campaign year in review
Fentanyl continues to saturate the black market

On Nov. 3, 2018, 19-year-olds Gunner Bundrick and Jake Morales were found unresponsive in the Bundrick family’s Prescott Valley home.

By Max Efrein November 16, 2019
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A boy riding a bicycle was struck by a car in Prescott Valley Thursday morning, Nov. 14, according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release.

By Max Efrein November 14, 2019
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As promised, the Prescott National Forest started a prescribed burn in the Bradshaw Ranger District Wednesday morning, Nov. 13.

By Max Efrein November 13, 2019
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Traffic radar signs helping slow down speeders
Police release one year’s worth of speed data

Two years ago, radar speed signs were few and far between in the Quad Cities.

By Max Efrein November 12, 2019
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PV man accused of impersonating law enforcement officer
Suspect was allegedly pulling over cars with what looked like police vehicle

A Prescott Valley man who was allegedly pulling drivers over using emergency lights on his vehicle was arrested for impersonating a peace officer on Nov. 9.

By Max Efrein November 12, 2019
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Multiple homes along Parent Road in Prescott Valley had to be evacuated midday Monday, Nov. 11, after a gas line was ruptured in the residential neighborhood.

By Max Efrein November 11, 2019
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A Toyota Camry and tractor trailer collided at the intersection of Highway 89A and Fain Road midday Monday, Nov. 11.

By Max Efrein November 11, 2019
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An 81-year-old living in Yavapai County was struggling with homelessness, transportation issues and a bad social environment in 2018.

By Max Efrein November 10, 2019
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Rollover crash on Grove Avenue caused by impaired driver
Woman told officers she was driving to pick up her children from school

A Prescott woman who was driving to pick up her children at school Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, had to be extricated from her vehicle after allegedly crashing into a parked car due to being intoxicated.

By Max Efrein November 8, 2019
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The attempted murder trial of Gregory Niedermeyer, an Ash Fork man accused of shooting a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) volunteer in 2015, began at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott on Thursday, Nov. 7.

By Max Efrein November 7, 2019
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Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) has been awarded the Premier Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency status by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

By Max Efrein November 7, 2019
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In a Tuesday, Nov. 5, staff meeting, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher announced he plans to retire after his term ends in Dec. 2020, according to a news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).

By Max Efrein November 5, 2019
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There was a time in Yavapai County when drug dealers and users could afford to be reckless.

By Max Efrein November 3, 2019
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Once a year, a Prescott Valley business owner dons a carved plastic pumpkin, throws on a cape and mounts a horse to transform into the Headless Horseman.

By Max Efrein October 31, 2019
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Calling all K-9 fans: The Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) is asking you to vote for Chewy. Named after the famed “Star Wars” Wookie Chewbacca, PVPD’s K-9 Chewy is the face of this year’s attempt by the department to win a competitive grant that will help fund its K-9 unit.

By Max Efrein October 31, 2019
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Two Bagdad women are facing charges of animal cruelty after their husky was found seriously injured and apparently neglected for a significant amount of time.

By Max Efrein October 31, 2019
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Within the same hour, two people were reported missing in different parts of the Prescott National Forest on Saturday, Oct. 26.

By Max Efrein October 30, 2019
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To ensure everyone stays safe this Halloween, the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley police departments are conducting extensive traffic and impaired-driving patrols Thursday, Oct. 31.

By Max Efrein October 30, 2019
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Police identify skeletal remains found near Thumb Butte
20-year-old Prescott man reported missing in 2007

Skeletal remains found near Thumb Butte in 2009 have been identified via DNA testing as Anthony J. Sanchez from Prescott, police said.

By Max Efrein October 29, 2019
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If you think it’s cold now, it’s about to get a whole lot colder. Over the next 48 hours, temperatures are expected to plummet, getting into as low as the teens at night in some areas.

By Max Efrein October 28, 2019
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Prescott man arrested for driving into teen on bike, fleeing scene
Seriously injured teenage boy in stable condition

Police have arrested a Prescott man suspected of driving into a teenage boy who was riding a bicycle along a residential street in Chino Valley Saturday night, Oct. 26.

By Max Efrein October 28, 2019
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Whether or not a breast cancer patient is able to work while undergoing treatment depends on the person and the type of treatment prescribed.

By Max Efrein October 26, 2019
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About a month ago, on a rain-soaked day, a dilapidated structure right in the center of Prescott went up in flames.

By Max Efrein October 26, 2019
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'Dump the Drugs' drug take-back event Saturday, Oct. 26
Safety first: Don’t just trash your old medications

Most people who begin abusing prescription pharmaceuticals obtain them from friends and family for the first time, often from household medicine cabinets, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

By Max Efrein October 24, 2019
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Cottonwood teen dead from suspected fentanyl pills, reward offered
Detectives working to determine source of pills

Yet another person is believed to have overdosed on mimic oxycodone pills containing fentanyl.

By Max Efrein October 23, 2019
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A ‘mimic pill’ case dating back to June, 2018, concluded recently with the sentencing of 20-year-old Prescott Valley resident Lester James Suter III.

By Max Efrein October 22, 2019
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Two women and a man were arrested Thursday, Oct. 17, for allegedly stealing merchandise from a variety of stores in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

By Max Efrein October 22, 2019
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Dump truck tears down fiber optic cables, damages traffic signals
Driver cited for striking roadway fixture, criminal damage

Adam Burk was driving to work Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, when he and dozens of other people in their vehicles witnessed something shocking.

By Max Efrein October 22, 2019
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The Prescott Police Department hosted a Pink Pumpkin "Patch" event Sunday Oct. 20 to raise public awareness and money for breast cancer education, research and treatment.

By Max Efrein October 21, 2019
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Smoke in eastern mountains from prescribed burn in Kaibab National Forest
Prescott National Forest taking break from burning operations

Smoke from an 8,166-acre prescribed burn 10 miles southeast of Williams on the Kaibab National Forest has begun to waft down to the Quad-cities area.

By Max Efrein October 21, 2019
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Detectives with the Prescott Police Department (PPD) have arrested and made charges against a registered sex offender who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Prescott Friday afternoon, Oct. 18.

By Max Efrein October 21, 2019
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Words alone can’t fully describe what Joe and Kathy Hull have gone through in the last month. The couple moved to the Prescott area about a year ago from Washington to enjoy their retirement. They had purchased a 5,500 square-foot-home in the Granite Oaks subdivision just north of Prescott and filled it with all the belongings they had acquired throughout their lives.

By Max Efrein October 20, 2019
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It has been just over a year since Yavapai County and the municipalities within it began taking steps to outlaw the use of handheld electronics while driving.

By Max Efrein October 19, 2019
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Law enforcement agencies each receive traffic safety grants
Funds cover equipment, enhanced DUI enforcement

Each of the law enforcement agencies in the Quad-cities area were recently awarded traffic safety grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

By Max Efrein October 18, 2019
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Prescott man arrested for allegedly operating steroid lab
Suspect on probation now held without bond

A Prescott man has been arrested for allegedly operating a steroid laboratory at his home in the 2500 block of W. Granite View Circle.

By Max Efrein October 17, 2019
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Yavapai County law enforcement are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing Cottonwood man.

By Max Efrein October 17, 2019
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A Chino Valley woman was arrested on multiple charges, including super extreme driving under the influence (DUI), after allegedly causing two accidents and running over a street sign in Chino Valley midday Monday, Oct. 14.

By Max Efrein October 15, 2019
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Over $1 million in cocaine, heroin seized in I-40 traffic stop
Five suspects from South Carolina arrested, in custody

With help from his trusty K-9, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy found a large amount of cocaine and heroin in a vehicle being driven through Ash Fork Monday, Oct. 14.

By Max Efrein October 15, 2019
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Four months ago, Tamara Player moved to the Prescott area from California to take over as chief executive of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

By Max Efrein October 12, 2019
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In 2017, a Phoenix-area incident drove home the importance of addressing how law enforcement interacts with people who have developmental disabilities.

By Max Efrein October 9, 2019
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One man’s weed is another man’s treasure.

By Max Efrein October 8, 2019
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Frightened residents in the area of Spencer St. and Albins Way in Black Canyon City called 911 after hearing multiple gunshots Saturday evening, Oct. 5, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) news release.

By Max Efrein October 7, 2019

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