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Police seeking suspects in debit card theft case
Card was charged at several local businesses in February

The Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) are asking for assistance in identifying a man and possible woman accomplice who are suspected of using a victim’s debit card on Feb. 6, 2019, at the Prescott Home Depot, the Target in Prescott and the Prescott Valley Dutch Bros.

By Max Efrein May 16, 2019
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A Prescott Valley man was arrested in Mesa Wednesday, May 15, for allegedly assaulting and robbing his ex-girlfriend at her job in Prescott Valley two days earlier.

By Max Efrein May 15, 2019
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Prescott area trails network growing, improving
Officials give updates, future plans for construction, maintenance

Local outdoor enthusiasts have a lot of new territory to explore.

By Max Efrein May 14, 2019
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Some residents of Pine Lakes will have to wait several months before being able to use their gas-powered appliances, turn on their centralized heaters, or take hot showers in the comfort of their own homes.

By Max Efrein May 14, 2019
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A Chino Valley man who was caught with methamphetamine and suspected “mimic pills” containing fentanyl on Nov. 1, 2018, has agreed to spend at least nine years in prison.

By Max Efrein May 13, 2019
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A man wearing a brown fedora and sunglasses strolled into the Credit Union West in Prescott Valley at midday Friday, May 3, and demanded the teller to hand over cash.

By Max Efrein May 11, 2019
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A store strictly offering products related to Warhammer, a strategic tabletop wargame, has opened in the Depot Market Place, 377 N. Montezuma St., in Prescott.

By Max Efrein May 11, 2019
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Gas service slowly returns at Pine Lakes
Most affected homes still awaiting reconnection after more than week

Eight days after gas was shut off for many residents of Pine Lakes, some saw their gas service restored Thursday night, May 9.

By Max Efrein May 10, 2019
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Prescott Valley police youth academy set for summer, apply now thru June 15 or until full
Academy size is limited to 15 students between the ages of 14 to 18

The Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) will be hosting their summer 2019 Youth Academy, “A Peek behind the Curtain,” Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, at their police station.

By Max Efrein May 10, 2019
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Suspect arrested for abuse of 15-month-old Prescott child
Boy had bruising, trauma to face, genital area

A Prescott man acting as a caregiver for two young children was arrested Thursday, May 2, on suspicion of abusing one of the children two days earlier, officials said.

By Max Efrein May 9, 2019
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A Cordes Lakes woman has been arrested after more than 50 animals were found clearly neglected and abused in her cluttered home on Sunday, May 5, police said.

By Max Efrein May 8, 2019
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Gas leak leaves 90 mobile homes in Prescott area without gas
Six days and counting of utility woes for Pine Lakes’ residents

Many residents of Pine Lakes, a mobile home retirement community located a couple miles northwest of Prescott, have been without gas since Thursday, May 2.

By Max Efrein May 8, 2019
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‘Remarkable recovery’ leads to special walk for teen
Year after boy struck by vehicle, ‘Nathan’s Ninjas’ cross crosswalk

Surrounded by friends and family wearing pink T-shirts with “Nathan’s Ninjas” on the front, Nathan Rendl, 13, confidently strode across the crosswalk at Lakeshore Drive and Lake Valley Road on Tuesday, May 7, and released balloons into the sky.

By Max Efrein May 7, 2019
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Prescott Valley police chief leaving department by July 1
Finalist for police chief in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell will be retiring from the department no later than July 1, 2019.

By Max Efrein May 6, 2019
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Latino Town Hall: Local police continue to prioritize crime reporting over immigration status
Immigration status only checked if someone is booked into jail

Two years ago, Prescott Valley Police Department Chief Bryan Jarrell made it very clear what his department’s position is on immigration.

By Max Efrein May 5, 2019
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“Do you think you’re OK to drive right now?”

By Max Efrein May 2, 2019
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The arrest of a 12-year-old student at Granville Elementary School in Prescott Valley on Tuesday, April 30, for allegedly making terrorist threats was not a quick and easy decision, according to school and police officials.

By Max Efrein May 1, 2019
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Wilhoit homicide suspect dies in hospital
Death attributed to ‘preexisting medical conditions’

A Wilhoit man who allegedly killed his roommate and two dogs last Tuesday, April 23, during an apparent suicide attempt died Monday, April 29, while in custody.

By Max Efrein April 30, 2019
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Cottonwood resident Kristal Forest, 65, disappeared March 28, 2009, while driving to her new home in Austin, Texas.

By Max Efrein April 29, 2019
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Joey Friederick got home from work June 7, 2018, to find his 18-year-old son, Jared, laying unresponsive on the living room couch. “He was blue and I just started screaming and tried to wake him up,” Friederick said.

By Max Efrein April 27, 2019
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Arizona Downs has hired one of the world’s preeminent race-callers, Michael Wrona, for when live horse racing returns to the region after a nearly decade-long hiatus.

By Max Efrein April 27, 2019
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Police have released the name of the man killed in a Wilhoit homicide that took place early Tuesday morning, April 23, now that his family has been fully notified of his death.

By Max Efrein April 24, 2019
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Highway 89 was temporarily closed in Chino Valley Monday night, April 22, due to a crash at the intersection of Road 2 North, according to officials.

By Max Efrein April 23, 2019
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Authorities evacuate Lynx Lake area due to wildfire
Cause of blaze is under investigation

Authorities closed Walker Road near Costco in Prescott and evacuated parts of the Lynx Lake area due to a wildfire Friday afternoon, April 19.

By Max Efrein April 19, 2019
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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