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Ash Fork man wanted for stealing Jeep, fleeing from police

Man admitted to being under the influence while driving, police said

A man charged with stealing a Jeep in July and fleeing from police in it while under the influence of alcohol is being sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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How can you outsmart a con artist?

Advice from experts: Don’t fall prey to the ‘ether’

When authorities ask convicted con artists to describe the trick to scamming people out of money, many refer to getting victims “under the ether,” according to the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

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Randy Graf joins PNN as new advertising sales manager

Prescott News Network (PNN) has hired Randy Graf as its new advertising sales manager.

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Man pleads guilty to killing man in Prescott during confrontation over woman

Man killed was trying to stand up for a woman in his motorcycle group

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and five counts of aggravated assault stemming from the shooting of another man in Prescott earlier this year.

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Search and rescue, air search teams help hikers in Sedona-area

Sheriff’s Office provides safety tips to avoid such incidents

Yavapai County search and rescue teams were deployed twice on Oct. 3 for rescue operations in the Sedona area.

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Embry-Riddle opens $20M residence hall

New 278-bed facility overlooks Willow Lake

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new residence hall stands overlooking Willow Lake. Known as Thumb Butte Suites, the 72,000-square-foot building houses 278 beds, according to the university.

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Need2Know: Cuppers Bistro closed; Prescott Family Diner closed; Pizza Hut in Prescott relocating

Cuppers Bistro on Lee Boulevard in Prescott has closed its doors due to owner illness, according to a sign taped onto its entrance.

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RESA Wearables pushing through growing pains

Prescott startup lays off employees in preparation for further expansion

Business growth rarely comes without some adjustments along the way.

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Police arrest two in Chino Valley on drug, weapon charges

Driver wanted for failing to pay Mayer Justice Court fines

Based on a notice from the Mesa Police Department, the Chino Valley Police Department (CVPD) ended up arrested a man and woman on drug and weapon charges last Thursday night, Sept. 27.

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Drug testing in the workplace: Which employers test, which don’t; and why

Unless it’s for a job that requires the operation of heavy machinery, a commercial driving license, or is connected with some form of law enforcement of federal agency, it’s not always clear when an employer will require an applicant to take a drug test for a position.

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Gas prices higher in Prescott area than most of state

Reasons why; what consumers can do about it

Prescott retiree Joe Stratford didn’t think much of the recent gas prices in the Prescott area until he took a couple road trips to other nearby parts of the state.

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Megan Smith promoted to PNN advertising director

Prescott News Network (PNN) has promoted Megan Smith to the company’s advertisement director.

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Need2Know: Big O Tires in Prescott sells; Spicy Streats moves; That Salad Place is open; new integrative health care facility opening

Jeff Anderson has sold Big O Tires in Prescott to longtime acquaintance Russell Lease.

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CAFMA to hire 5 new firefighters to meet demand

Federal grant will cover $750,000 of additional costs over three years

With support from its board of directors, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) has accepted a federal grant to assist in the hiring of five new firefighters.

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Crash blocks Glassford Hill, Florentine roads

One flown to Flagstaff with serious injuries

A crash at the intersection of Glassford Hill Road and Florentine Road blocked traffic for about an hour Tuesday morning, Sept. 25.

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Homeless veterans can now benefit from waived Arizona MVD fees

Homeless veterans in Arizona looking to stabilize their lives now have one less financial burden to worry about.

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Need2Know: Krispy Kreme bails on PV; Western Heritage Foundation filling vacancy on Whiskey Row; car wash developments in PV; new Alfonso’s in Prescott

In early July, it was reported that Krispy Kreme had gone through an initial project review process with the Town of Prescott Valley regarding a stand-alone building in the Crossroads shopping center.

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Police not pressing charges for false report of shooter at PHS

Video that set response into motion was of drill team student

No one will be facing charges in connection to the report of an armed individual at Prescott High School on Friday, Sept. 14.

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Monsoon season giving final push; Thunderstorms expected Wednesday

Monsoon weather lovers will have at least one more chance to enjoy the brilliant thunder and torrential rains that often visit northern Arizona between July and October.

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For the kid in all of us

Prescott Sunrise Lions fundraiser to feature sports, food and fun

The Prescott Sunrise Lions have a new fundraiser coming up that combines food, beer and sports, all for the benefit of the Yavapai Food Bank/Lion charities.

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Rash of vehicle thefts, burglaries strike Granville in Prescott Valley

One theft leads to high-speed chase to Phoenix

Between Friday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 16, the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) responded to reports of over twenty vehicle burglaries and four vehicle thefts that took place within the Granville subdivision of Prescott Valley, according to a PVPD news release.

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Crews put out fire on train in Paulden

Incident was highly unusual for CAFMA service territory

Firefighters with the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) were called to handle a highly unusual situation for them early Sunday morning, Sept. 16. A train passing through Paulden reported two train cars on fire.

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Experts, public discuss state of Arizona’s criminal justice system

Town Hall: What can be done to improve the system?

More than $1 billion is spent annually in Arizona to maintain the state’s criminal justice system, according to data gathered by Arizona Town Hall, an independent nonprofit membership organization.

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AG finds CYFD board members violated open meeting law several times

Members will be required to go through Open Meeting Law training sessions

In early August, the Arizona Attorney General‘s Office found that members of the Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board violated Arizona open meeting law on several occasions dating back as far as December 2017.

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Serial bank robber arrested by YCSO deputy during 'routine' traffic stop

Criss-Cross Bandit suspects wanted in 9 bank robberies indicted by FBI

A suspect connected to a string of bank robberies throughout the Phoenix-metro area in the last two years was arrested by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy in late August, according to a YCSO news release.

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Bicyclist run over by City of Prescott vehicle

Man flown to Phoenix hospital with serious injuries

A 39-year-old bicyclist was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital with serious injuries after being run over by a City of Prescott pickup shortly after noon Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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New attorney for Cecilio Cruz murder case may be ready for trial by next summer

The 21-year-old murder case against Cecilio Cruz, 38, is creeping along as a new attorney for Cruz is now three months on the job.

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New speed signs in PV collect data, raise awareness

City of Prescott already using devices to increase safety

If you’ve driven down Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley in the past week, you’ve likely noticed a couple new devices that tell you exactly how fast you’re going.

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Increased traffic enforcement planned for Labor Day weekend

This Labor Day weekend, local police will be out in force conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement.

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One killed in plane crash north of Prescott Airport

Pilot was only one on the aircraft

The single occupant of a small private plane was declared dead on scene Wednesday night, Aug. 29, after the aircraft crashed north of the Prescott Municipal Airport.

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Boy struck by vehicle on May 7 back to school, doing well

Fire department recognizes student’s friend who called 911

A sense of joy was clear throughout the room when Nathan Rendl got up from his seat in the Chino Valley Town Council Chambers and walked up to the podium on his own Monday night, Aug. 27.

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Prescott Police Department hosting fall 2018 Citizens Police Academy

Classes begin Sept. 25

The Prescott Police Department invites community members to get an inside look at how the department operates by attending a 2018 Citizens Police Academy, starting in September.

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Flooding in Spring Valley, Mayer Thursday worst yet this season

Evacuations lasted about four hours

Heavy rains in the area of Big Bug Creek caused some significant flooding in Mayer and Spring Valley Thursday evening, Aug. 23.

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News release ruffles feathers

Prescott Valley animal control planning to meet with community animal rescue groups to clear air

Community-driven animal rescue group leaders and supporters in Yavapai County have been in an uproar since Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) put out a news release warning of possible animal control officer imposters in the community.

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Wanted man crashes car into police vehicle, escapes on foot

Authorities seeking felony warrant suspect

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is searching for a warrant suspect who was spotted Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 22, in the Government Canyon area of Prescott, but managed to escape on foot after driving his vehicle into a detective’s vehicle.

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Highway 89A rollover reduces traffic to one lane

Driver okay; police investigating cause

The Prescott Valley Police Department is investigating a vehicle rollover along Highway 89A near Yavapai Downs.

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Meteorite found in Glendale purchased by Prescott collector

Fifth observed meteorite fall in Arizona

Robert Ward, a meteorite hunter living in Prescott, has added the first finding of Arizona’s most recently observed meteorite fall to his extensive collection of space debris.

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Watch out for card skimming at the gas pump

77 skimmers found in Arizona so far this year

The number of credit card skimmers found attached to gas station pumps in Arizona so far this year is already well above the number seen in all of 2017 and is nearing the number from 2016.

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Need2Know: Comfort Mobility opening new location; Ashley HomeStore coming to Prescott; Synergy Wellness opens PV location

Comfort Mobility — formerly named Canyon Mobility — will be hosting a grand opening of a retail location at 1230 Iron Springs Road on Friday, Sept. 7.

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Prescott attorney’s body found in Montana

Cause of death under investigation

The body of longtime Prescott resident and attorney David William Kell, 61, was found by hikers late last month near the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area north of Helena, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hit-and-run on Navajo Drive in PV leads to arrest

PV community members helped track suspect

Following reports of a hit and run in Prescott Valley Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 15, officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) were able to track a suspect to his residence in Dewey with the help of witnesses.

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Superior court concerned over citizens not responding to jury duty summons

Jury selection process overview; court encourages people to do their civic duty

To some, jury duty is perceived as an inconvenience preferably avoided.

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Small wildfire handled near Doce Pit

Monsoonal conditions prevent fire from spreading too quickly

Several fire agencies assisted in managing a small wildland fire west of Prescott in the Doce Pit area of the Prescott National Forest Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14.

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CAFMA staff, board members stacking up legal fees

About 18 months of internal strife among Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board members and its staff has led a couple key players to hire private attorneys in order to protect their reputations.

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Need2Know: Spirit Halloween open for season; Hertz coming to Prescott; Coldwell Banker buys Windermere Real Estate

Is it Halloween already? Not quite, but retailers are gearing up for it.

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Chino man pleads guilty to second degree murder of 10-year-old

Mother of child still in court

A Chino Valley man has plead guilty to the abuse and murder of a 10-year-old boy.

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Prescott’s National Night Out celebration reaches many locals

As Prescott Police Department K-9 officer Shawn Bray spoke to about 80 residents of the Yavapai Hills community in Prescott Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for National Night Out, a fly incessantly flew around his head.

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California investment firm pays $47,350,000 for The Terraces at Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley

The Terraces at Glassford Hill apartments in Prescott Valley have been sold to California-based Virtú Investments for $47,350,000.

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Productive monsoon season pushes precipitation levels above normal for year

Environment trying to catch up from earlier extreme drought conditions

In a matter of a month, the Prescott area received enough rainfall to go from one of the driest years it has ever had to a wetter than usual one.

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Seek then Speak: New sexual assault recovery, reporting resource available in Yavapai County

Survivors of sexual assault in Yavapai County now have a new resource to turn to for information, support and reporting.