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Max Efrein

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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.

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Flooding in Mayer, Spring Valley damages homes

Bridge on Central Avenue in Mayer closed for possible repairs

Mayer and Spring Valley experienced significant flooding Thursday evening, Aug. 2.

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National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 7

Local law enforcement celebrating, public encourged to participate

Most law enforcement agencies in the quad-city area will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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Fatal crash along I-17 claimed life of Dewey resident

Sheldon Bates was president of Prescott Antique Auto Club

A Dewey resident was identified as the man who died in a vehicle pileup on Interstate 17 Friday morning, July 27, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) said.

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Arizona deploys hundreds of firefighters to California wildfires

Local departments doing their part without exhausting emergency resources

Recently, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received multiple orders for personnel and equipment to head to California to help with more than a dozen fires burning there, including the two largest, the Carr Fire and Ferguson Fire.

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Side-by-side collides with SUV, rolls; driver ejected

One man flown to Phoenix hospital

The driver of a side-by-side was helicoptered to a Phoenix area hospital with life-threatening injuries after the small utility vehicle collided with an SUV on Coyote Springs Road just north of Prescott Valley Tuesday morning, July 31.

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Woman drives off overlook atop hill, helicoptered to Phoenix

Neighborhood residents saw woman speed off ledge

A woman who drove off a hill at the dead-end of Overlook Dr. in Dewey Monday evening, July 30, has been helicoptered down to a Phoenix-area hospital with serious injuries.

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Stubbs Fire quadruples in size from earlier in week

Forest Service managing burn

The Stubbs Fire — located in Camp Wood, about 30 miles northwest of Prescott — has grown to 3,657 acres in size from its 795-acre size reported on Monday, July 23, according to the Prescott National Forest (PNF).

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Counterfeit money hits Prescott area

Tips on how to identify counterfeit bills; what to do when victimized

In June, several businesses in Prescott and surrounding areas reported receiving counterfeit money in exchange for goods and services.

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Electric bicycles gaining traction in Prescott and US

States, businesses see economic benefit as popularity increases

Once a complete novelty in the U.S., electric bicycles are beginning to make an impression on businesses, state legislators and bicycle enthusiasts.

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CAFMA looking to make tech improvements after poor IT audit

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) is having to take a hard look at its agency-wide information technology (IT) system following poor results from an audit by an independent third-party IT services company.

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Trial beginning for former Prescott pastor charged with child molestation

13-day trial taking place in Camp Verde

Rev. Thomas J. Chantry, charged with child molestation, will begin a 13-day trial at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde Tuesday, July 24.

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K-9 demonstration wows crowd at Prescott Rodeo Grounds

Arizona police K-9 teams showcase training, friendships

Flying through the air, Tarzan swiftly took down a police officer posing as an assailant.

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Third, final transient sentenced for beating death of Prescott man

Body was found Dec. 3, 2015

Russell Mell was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on Monday, July 16, after pleading guilty to manslaughter, a class 2 felony.

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Rain, rain, here to stay; flooding possible every day

Though refreshing for a drought-stricken Arizona, the last week-and-a-half of monsoon storms have put everyone on high alert in the Quad-Cities area and caused some noticeable localized flooding.

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Central Yavapai Fire District majority condemns minority’s behavior

Responds to accusations

Three Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board directors have decided they’ll no longer stand silent as the other two directors continue to run an aggressive campaign to discredit the agency and its operational arm, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA).

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Robbery suspect threatened to use force, Prescott Valley police say

Officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department swarmed the OneAZ Credit Union on Pav Way in Prescott Valley shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, July 13, following a report of a bank robbery.

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Reported bank robbery at OneAZ Credit Union in Prescott Valley

Police quarantine building

Officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department swarmed the OneAZ Credit Union on Pav Way in Prescott Valley shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, July 13, following a report of a bank robbery.

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Man flown to Phoenix trauma center after rollover on White Spar Road Thursday

Prescott Fire assists in extrication effort

The single occupant of a Toyota Forerunner had to be rescued by firefighters Thursday afternoon, July 12, after his vehicle flipped along White Spar Road and pinned him to the asphalt.

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Most sleepless night of year for Arizona, July 13

What impacts sleep; how to improve it

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but if you’re currently in Arizona, tonight may not be your best night of sleep.

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Forest closures, fire restrictions to be lifted

Restrictions to be lifted Friday, July 13; monsoon precipitation levels above normal so far

Due to precipitation received and predicted continued monsoon activity across the region, the Prescott National Forest (PNF) will lift all fire restrictions and the area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District on Friday, July 13, at 8 a.m.

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Former police officer sentenced to minimum jail time for prostitution conviction

Former Prescott Valley Police officer Ronald Craig Lowman was sentenced to serve the minimum penalty of 15 days in jail plus probation for prostitution, a class 1 misdemeanor.

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Monsoons causing power outages in Quad Cities

What to do when the power fails

Since monsoon weather began sweeping through Arizona late last week, Arizona Public Service (APS) linemen have been scrambling all over the state in response to power outages. “Like the crews said today, ‘’tis the season,’” Arizona Public Service spokesperson Jill Hanks said Monday, July 9.

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Yavapai County Juvenile Court program helps teenagers learn life skills, stay out of trouble

20 years to NEW life

Some dragging their feet, others bright-eyed, 12 teenagers were told to gather around to participate in a team-building exercise Tuesday morning, June 19, at Chapel Rock Camp and Conference Center in Prescott.

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One year after Goodwin Fire

Looking back at what was, what is; investigation ongoing

It was a hot, dry, cloudless Saturday afternoon when the Goodwin Fire started June 24, 2017. The initial report came in like any other. A fire-watching patrol for the Prescott National Forest had spotted a half-acre fire at about 4 p.m. in the Bradshaw Ranger District.

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Prescott Valley man mistaken for attempted murder suspect

Pulled over at gun point, detained until investigator could clear him

At least once a week, Jon Wittenberg drives from Prescott Valley to Cottonwood for his job.

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Prescott PD actively investigating alleged murder

Manhunt for murder suspect continues

The Prescott Police Department (PPD) is investigation a suspected homicide in the neighborhood of South View in Prescott off of Williamson Valley Road.

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Investigation results of Spring Valley shooting involving attempted murder suspect

Homeowner claims he was concerned for safety of him and his family

Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) believe they know what led to the death of Troy Mobley, one of three suspects allegedly involved in a shooting that took place in the Prescott Valley area early Tuesday morning, June 12.

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Ready, set, go: Emergency evacuation preparedness

Large animal evacuations especially tricky

Imagine a fire is roaring toward your home.

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Man shot in stomach in broad daylight; 3 suspects arrested

Jessica Holgate was opening up the Jackson Hewitt along Frontage Road in Castle Canyon Mesa at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, when she heard a distinctive pop.

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Man shot in stomach in broad daylight on county land adjacent Highway 69

Sheriff’s Office seeking suspects for questioning

Jessica Holgate was opening up the Jackson Hewitt along Frontage Road in Castle Canyon Mesa at about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, when she heard a distinctive pop.

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Plane crash audio reveals urgency of Iron Springs Road emergency landing

Reason for aircraft’s ‘fuel starvation’ under investigation

Less than five minutes before crash landing on Iron Springs Road in Prescott Tuesday evening, May 29, the pilot of a 1986 Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft called into the air traffic control tower at Prescott Airport.

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Finder of missing man recounts what happened

Missing man’s autism prevented him from responding to search and rescue groups

A search effort for a mildly autistic 24-year-old man named Alonso “Israel” Salazar were proving unsuccessful in Prescott on Tuesday, June 5.

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Former police officer, facing child prostitution charge, found guilty of regular prostitution

Will be sentenced in July

Ronald Craig Lowman, a retired Prescott Valley Police Department officer who has been married for more than 20 years, was found guilty of prostitution on Friday, June 8. However, a 10-person jury chose not to convict him of the more severe charge of child prostitution he was facing.

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Challenges with Bears: Tips for the public after 3 black bears euthanized

Arizona Game and Fish Department explains public safety protocol for bears

Three black bears were euthanized by the Arizona Game and Fish Department after separate incidents in the final week of May.

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Missing, endangered man found after 2-day search

Had been reportedly hiding to avoid getting in trouble for violating camp rules

A mildly autistic man who went missing in Prescott on Sunday, June 3, was found Tuesday, June 5, in good health.

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PV man arrested for making alleged online threats

Threats made on Facebook to St. Johns residents

A Prescott Valley man has been arrested for allegedly making threats on social media to residents of St. Johns, a small city in Apache County.