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Yavapai Silent Witness introduces new online tip system
Tipsters can now send photos, videos, audio files

Yavapai Silent Witness now has a new online tip system that allows anonymous tipsters to deliver tips in three different ways.

By Max Efrein April 18, 2019
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Arizona Supreme Court visits Prescott
Justices visit for outreach, hear oral arguments; PHS alum Robert Brutinel honored by school

Watching Arizona’s seven Supreme Court justices conduct oral arguments at Prescott High School (PHS) on Tuesday, April 16, was more akin to being a silent observer of a lively, yet highly-sophisticated Thanksgiving dinner debate than a traditional court proceeding.

By Max Efrein April 17, 2019
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A dump truck carrying rocks rolled on Highway 89A near Granite Dells Parkway shortly after noon, Wednesday, April 17.

By Max Efrein April 17, 2019
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Deputies seeking hit-and-run vehicle, suspect
Upwards of $1,000 in damage done to fence

If you’ve seen a damaged Dodge being driven around Prescott in the last few days, you might be able to help local authorities locate the suspect of a recent hit-and-run.

By Max Efrein April 16, 2019
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Fentanyl arrests, deaths are low so far this year in Yavapai County, but risks remain
PANT officials believe some behaviors are changing regarding use of dangerous drug

Since January, only one individual has been arrested in Yavapai County for selling fentanyl. Albeit, it was a large bust.

By Max Efrein April 13, 2019
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On May 1, Prescott Police Department will be losing one of its finest. After 30 years of service, Lead Police Officer Dave Fuller is retiring.

By Max Efrein April 13, 2019
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Small, homemade ‘ultralight’ aircraft crashes in Paulden
Pilot receives broken bones, flown to Flagstaff Medical Center

The pilot of a small aircraft was found conscious with broken bones after his homemade “ultralight” crashed in Paulden Thursday afternoon, April 11.

By Max Efrein April 12, 2019
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Fire season looms: Officials remind residents to do their part to ease danger
Wet winter could fuel trouble in spring and summer

Though Arizona just experienced an exceptionally wet winter, significant wildfire risks remain with the move into spring and summer, according to officials.

By Max Efrein April 11, 2019
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Prescott officials discuss criminal justice in Arizona
Make recommendations on how to improve system

For about the past year, Arizona Town Hall has been gathering thoughts and suggestions from communities throughout the state on how to improve Arizona’s criminal justice system.

By Max Efrein April 11, 2019
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The two Prescott women suspected of killing their family matriarch in her Country Club Drive home have been officially charged with the crime and bond amounts have been set.

By Max Efrein April 11, 2019
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Prescott residents escape, but fire devastates home’s interior
Firefighters manage to contain blaze despite windy conditions

A Prescott home’s interior was ravaged by fire Wednesday morning, April 10, but the building may be salvageable, according to fire officials.

By Max Efrein April 10, 2019
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For those considering a career in law enforcement, the Prescott Police Department (PPD) is offering a recruitment open house at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

By Max Efrein April 9, 2019
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A Prescott woman and her daughter are accused of killing the family’s matriarch in late 2017 and then cashing checks made out to the dead woman for months afterward, according to the Prescott Police Department (PPD).

By Max Efrein April 9, 2019
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One of two men accused of selling fentanyl-laced pills in the quad-city area plead guilty to possession of narcotic drugs for sale (class 2 felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (class 6 felony) Monday morning, April 8.

By Max Efrein April 8, 2019
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Local K-9s regularly check high schools for drugs but can’t detect fentanyl -- yet
Area departments are developing training for dogs to target deadly drug

With the tenacity of a pet seeking a treat, Blue, Prescott Police Department’s sole K-9, briskly sniffed lockers at Prescott High School on Tuesday morning, April 2.

By Max Efrein April 6, 2019
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Arizona Public Service (APS) is seeking bids from contractors to build a massive energy storage unit at the utility’s solar plant in Chino Valley.

By Max Efrein April 6, 2019
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Death of former Sheriff G.C. Buck Buchanan 'end to an era'
Funeral service scheduled Saturday, April 13, at high school

With family by his side, former Yavapai County Sheriff G.C. “Buck” Buchanan died in Prescott Tuesday, April 2, at the age of 77.

By Max Efrein April 4, 2019
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Yavapai County inmate sentenced to death for murder of Prescott Valley couple
Kenneth Thompson heads to death row for 2012 killings

Kenneth Wayne Thompson II sat stone-faced as he was sentenced to death Wednesday, April 3, for murdering a Prescott Valley couple in 2012.

By Max Efrein April 3, 2019
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The Prescott Police Department has seen a significant increase in fraud schemes and similar crimes throughout the community recently.

By Max Efrein April 2, 2019
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Four-vehicle crash on I-17 causes major traffic backup
Fire from vehicles spread to median

A four-vehicle pileup near Sunset Point on northbound Interstate 17 caused a small brush fire and significant travel delays for motorists Monday morning, April 1.

By Max Efrein April 2, 2019
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CDC: Fentanyl deaths increasing fastest among men, people of color, young adults
New data show which groups have been hardest hit by epidemic

Fentanyl already has been identified as an incredibly dangerous substance that is responsible for more overdose deaths than any other drug in recent years, but health officials are now learning just how lethal it is and what groups of people are being hit the hardest by this epidemic.

By Max Efrein March 30, 2019
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Allergy season in bloom in Prescott area
Pollen count soars, leaving some residents in need of tips on how to manage symptoms

That haze you have been seeing throughout the Prescott area the past few days isn’t smoke or fog. It is juniper pollen bursting into the air.

By Max Efrein March 30, 2019
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Jury deliberating fate of murderer in Prescott Valley case
Defendant: ‘I can’t say I’m sorry they’re dead’

Kenneth Wayne Thompson II’s life is now in the hands of a 12-member jury.

By Max Efrein March 30, 2019
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Police identify suspect wanted in $30,000 scam of 84-year-old woman
Anyone with info on his whereabouts encouraged to call police

The second of two men suspected of conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000 has been identified by the police and is wanted for questioning.

By Max Efrein March 27, 2019
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Dunkin’ Donuts fans will have to wait a couple extra months before biting into their first doughy morsel at the chain restaurant’s upcoming location in Prescott Valley.

By Max Efrein March 26, 2019
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Defense works to avoid death penalty in double murder of Prescott Valley couple
Defendant described as a good husband, father; trial expected to wrap up in early April

Now in its ninth week, the trial of Kenneth Wayne Thompson II for the pre-meditated murder of a Prescott Valley couple in 2012 is progressing through the final of three phases.

By Max Efrein March 23, 2019
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Phoenix-based and family-owned Pruitt’s Fine Furniture has officially opened at the former Prescott Valley Kmart building, 7550 E. Highway 89.

By Max Efrein March 23, 2019
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A Cordes Lakes man who was shot during an altercation on Thursday, March 21, was arrested on multiple charges once released from a local hospital Monday, March 25.

By Max Efrein March 22, 2019
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Cement truck rolls over on Prescott road
Towing crew overcomes challenging job

Shortly before noon Tuesday, March 19, a fully-loaded cement truck rolled onto its side in Prescott.

By Max Efrein March 21, 2019
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Paulden man arrested after child porn, fully-automatic rifle found in home
Man facing multiple charges, in custody on $500,000 bond

A Paulden man has been arrested after a police investigation revealed there were 10 pornographic images of children on his personal electronic devices and a number of illegal weapons in his home, including a fully-automatic rifle.

By Max Efrein March 21, 2019
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A yurt and trailer belonging to a woman and her two children were completely consumed by fire along Stampede Street in Paulden midday Tuesday, March 19.

By Max Efrein March 19, 2019
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Deputies seeking suspect using stolen bank card
Cash reward being offered for tip that results in an arrest

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) is seeking information on the identity of a theft suspect.

By Max Efrein March 19, 2019
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A second person has died due to injuries sustained from a major collision on Highway 89 in Chino Valley Monday afternoon, March 18.

By Max Efrein March 19, 2019
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Update: 1 dead in Highway 89 crash north of Chino Valley
2 others helicoptered to Flagstaff with serious injuries

One person died and two were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 89 near Bethany Lane in Chino Valley Monday afternoon, March 18.

By Max Efrein March 18, 2019
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Update: Sunday’s 89A collision still under investigation; impairment does not appear to be factor
2 people were flown to level-1 trauma centers with serious injuries

Seven people were injured and Highway 89A was closed for about four hours due to a crash on the north end of Prescott Valley Sunday night, March 17.

By Max Efrein March 18, 2019
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Fatal crash on Highway 89 north of Chino Valley
Traffic being diverted onto Old Highway 89

Preliminary information has come in about a fatal crash on Highway 89 near Bethany Lane in Chino Valley Monday afternoon, March 18.

By Max Efrein March 18, 2019
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Tougher punishments in fentanyl crimes hard sell in Legislature
Meth vs. Fentanyl in the state of Arizona

Of the six people arrested and charged with selling fentanyl in Yavapai County since February 2018, none have been sentenced to serve time in prison.

By Max Efrein March 12, 2019
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Faced with a rapidly growing methamphetamine epidemic in the mid-2000s, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill in 2006 that singled out meth dealers.

By Max Efrein March 12, 2019
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Puppets, magic tricks and physical comedy are just three of the tools Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) Deputy Scott Reed uses to educate children throughout the county on how to get through their early lives safer and healthier.

By Max Efrein March 9, 2019
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Drunk driver arrested after nearly crashing into YCSO volunteer
Blood alcohol level reads 4 times legal limit

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) volunteer has been recognized for helping deputies arrest a heavily drunk Cordes Lakes man after a dangerous drive Wednesday night, March 6.

By Max Efrein March 7, 2019
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County K-9s partner with DPS task force
Move will include advanced training for teams

Drug dealers and criminal smugglers now have one more thing to worry about when driving through Yavapai County.

By Max Efrein March 5, 2019
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The theft of 236 prescription narcotic pills from Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott about two months ago has startled local health care professionals and raised questions of how something like this could happen.

By Max Efrein March 2, 2019
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Convicted murderer eligible for death penalty, jury decides
Defense fighting for defendant’s life; victims tell of loss

A three-man team of defense attorneys is now fighting to keep Kenneth Wayne Thompson II alive.

By Max Efrein February 28, 2019
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Missing woman found safe after search
Effort included helicopter, Sheriff’s Office units, volunteers

An elderly Prescott woman was found safe and in good health midday Tuesday, Feb. 26, after disappearing for about 22 hours.

By Max Efrein February 26, 2019
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Man gets 20 years in prison for quad-city area crime spree
Judge: ‘I’m not sure that 20 years is enough based on what you did’

A Mesa man responsible for a belligerent crime spree that started in Mesa one morning and ended on the streets of Prescott that same afternoon has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

By Max Efrein February 25, 2019
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Fentanyl dealer takes plea bargain, gets probation
Alleged accomplice considering going to trial

One of two young men arrested in November for the alleged possession and transportation of fentanyl for sale has chosen to accept the plea bargain offered by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

By Max Efrein February 25, 2019
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This isn’t usually a concern in the quad-city area, but if you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, you may want to consider clearing any snow that has built up around it due to the winter storm that has heavily impacted all of Northern Arizona.

By Max Efrein February 22, 2019
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First responders, snow plow operators and cleanup crews have not let up in their efforts to maintain public safety and ensure access to essential services.

By Max Efrein February 22, 2019
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Emergency responders report positive first day of storm
Quiet on the front, very few crashes

All’s good in the neighborhood so far, according to local emergency personnel.

By Max Efrein February 21, 2019
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First it was Jared Friederick, 18, in June 2018, and then it was Gunner Bundrick, 19, and Jake Morales, 19, the following November.

By Max Efrein February 20, 2019

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