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Max Efrein

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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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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.

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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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Central Yavapai Fire District board to refinance bonds

The Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) board is moving forward with refinancing the agency’s bonds.

CAFMA tentatively approves $25.75M budget

Wage raise included for starting firefighters

With support from the Central Yavapai and Chino Valley fire district boards, the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority’s (CAFMA) board of directors tentatively approved a $25,753,592 budget for fiscal year 2019 during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24. This is an increase of 11.14 percent from the previous year.

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YC Attorney’s Office takes over Maricopa County fatal self-driving Uber case

Timeline to review case, make charging decision may take more than 30 days

The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office has agreed to assume “prosecutorial responsibility” for an unusual case in which a self-driving Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe (

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Forest officials speak to effectiveness of forest closures

Partial closure of Prescott National Forest begins today

A vast swath of the Prescott National Forest (PNF) is officially closed to the general public as of 8 this morning, Friday, June 1.

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Ranchers reducing herds, seeking disaster relief in face of drought

The owners of Broken Horn D Ranch in Prescott have already taken drastic measures this drought-stricken year just to make ends meet.

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California couple help elderly Prescott Valley man, dogs escape from burning home

“We’re just glad he was safe,” Rebecca Slaughter said

California residents Pete and Rebecca Slaughter were looking at homes for sale in the Coyote Springs area of Prescott Valley mid-afternoon Wednesday, May 30, when they noticed a home on Marrow Road ablaze.

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Local schools looking to fortify campuses

The expression “school safety” may seem like a bit of a contradiction nowadays given the number of tragic events that have taken place in schools throughout the country in recent years.

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CAFMA gets new fire engines in Chino Valley, Dewey

Hosts ceremonies to recognize

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) has officially put two new type-1 fire engines into service to replace aging equipment – at a cost of nearly $900,000.

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Boy struck by vehicle on May 7 remains in serious condition

Fundraiser in PV set for June 3

A 12-year-old who was struck by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old girl in Prescott Valley on May 7 remains in serious condition.

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State forestry to implement more closures to state-owned lands

Yavapai County not impacted yet

While all of Yavapai County remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, a good portion of state-owned and National Forest lands have been closed for recreational purposes (see map).

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Why some court cases drag on for years

Some of the county’s longest inmates await trial

There’s a man who’s been in the custody of the Yavapai County jail for more than 10 years, and his trial is still not in sight.

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Yavapai County Fair, 4-H break up; go separate ways

When business relationships sour, rarely are personal feelings left out of the equation.

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Fire south of Walker causes limited evacuations

One structure burned

A wildfire that started just south of Walker Wednesday morning, May 16, led to the evacuation of residents located off of Bluff Road east of Poachers Way.

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Wildland fire along Fain Road claims 54 acres

Wind-driven fire chars grasslands; no structures damaged

A wildland fire along Fain Road in Prescott Valley charred about 54 acres of grassland before being declared contained around 1 p.m., Monday, May 14.

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Wildlife managers educate, enforce in face of off-highway vehicle boom

A balance between public safety, encouraging outdoor recreation

Try heading up to Crown King in the Bradshaw Mountains on a weekend this time of year, and you’ll see off-highway vehicles just about everywhere you look.

Arizona Attorney General: CAFMA is legal entity, does not disenfranchise voters

State representatives get answers to most questions

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) is a legal entity under Arizona law, according to a recent opinion released by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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More than 400 attend open house on proposed 3,300-home development

Weighing in on Granite Dells

The ire was palpable as members of the public ushered into the Prescott City Council chamber Tuesday evening, May 8.

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Fires threaten Prescott, PV and county

Prescott Valley residential home complete loss

Prescott Valley residential fire By the time firefighters were notified and responded to a home fire on Las Flores Drive in Prescott Valley Tuesday night, May 8, the home was already 75 percent involved in flame.

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Yavapai College Board approves 2 percent property tax hike by a 3-2 vote

After some discussion and hearing what members of the public wished to say, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers Tuesday morning, May 8, by a 3 to 2 vote.

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Local pronghorn, other wildlife, struggling through dry year

Be vigilant on roadways as animals are forced to scavenge closer to town

“When it’s this dry, there’s nothing we can do to prevent [pronghorn] from being in the right-of-way fence or coming into town, because they’re going to do what they need to do to find something to eat and drink,” Tucker said.

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Army National Guard troops based in Prescott deploy to Afghanistan

Parade in Prescott Valley sends them off

As part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, 400 troops with the Army National Guard battalion in Arizona have been assigned to deploy to Afghanistan.

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Yavapai College board to vote on 2% property tax increase proposal

Breakdown of where funds will go, if approved

Tuesday morning, May 8, the Yavapai College District Governing Board will vote on whether or not to approve a 2-percent hike of its primary property tax levy on the district’s taxpayers.

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Cruz murder case hits another stumbling block

Trial dates canceled as new defense counsel is found, given time to review files

Yet another speed bump has arisen regarding an already 21-year-old murder case.

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Stage 2 fire restrictions going into effect Friday, May 4

Will stay in effect until significant rain throughout area

The Prescott National Forest, along with all local entities, will enact Stage 2 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Friday, May 4.

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2017 flood victim takes precautions to protect property from anticipated 2018 flooding

County flood control recommends homeowners evaluate property safety before it’s too late

On July 19, 2017, Spring Valley resident Paul Teolis watched helplessly as his 5-acre property was all but wiped out by a major flood.

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Firefighter proposes to girlfriend during ceremony

Two promoted, two retired, six graduated from firefighter academy

It was all part of a plan.

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Cause of home fire in Chino Valley labeled undetermined

Family’s total loss of home, belongings covered by insurance policy

The cause of a home fire in Chino Valley earlier this week is being labeled as undetermined, said Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Assistant Fire Marshal Andie Smith.

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How to avoid; what to do when attacked by a dog

Jan Anderson has been the victim of three dog attacks in the last two years.

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Firefighters prepare for fire season

Basin Operation Drill provides opportunity for local agencies to practice together

In the annual Basin Operation Drill, firefighters fine-tune their skills and build stronger relationships with the multiple agencies that would potentially respond to a large-scale wildfire in Yavapai County this fire season.

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Wildfire threatens large apartment complex in Prescott Valley

Human caused; specifics undetermined

Fortunate circumstances allowed area firefighters to quickly extinguish a highly visible wildfire that threatened the Terraces at Glassford Hill apartment complex in Prescott Valley mid-day Wednesday, April 18.