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Max Efrein

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Identity released of man killed in motorcycle accident Friday

Accident caused by pickup truck pulling in front of motorcycle on Highway

The identity of a middle-aged Prescott man who died in a vehicle accident on Highway 69 Friday, Nov. 16, has been released by authorities.

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Dunkin' Donuts breaks ground in Prescott Valley

Expected to open by March or April 2019

The long awaited opening of Dunkin’ Donuts in Prescott Valley is on its way – and this time it’s official.

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Fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 69

Motorcyclist declared dead on scene

A middle-aged motorcycle rider was declared dead at the scene of a vehicle accident along Highway 69 in front of the Frontier Village Center in Prescott early Friday afternoon, Nov. 16.

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Small car smashes into produce truck on Highway 69

One man airlifted to Phoenix-area hospital with serious injuries

A small black sedan was heavily damaged in a high-speed crash with a produce truck along Highway 69 early Friday afternoon, Nov. 16. The driver was the only one in the vehicle and was seriously injured.

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Distracted driver collides with truck on Highway 69

Driver admits to cellphone use while driving, not cited despite county ban

A crash on Highway 69 and Robin Drive Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 14, could have been a lot worse had airbags not deployed and drivers not been wearing their seatbelts, officials said.

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$45,000 from D-backs revamps Meals on Wheels kitchen

AZ Community Foundation equips facility and puts in new dining room floor

Prescott Meals On Wheels pitched the need for a new kitchen to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Community foundations.

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Officials warn of possible 'wildland firefighting' scam

CAFMA, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office express concern, say volunteer fire department startup is suspicious

The motive of two men who claim to be starting a “volunteer wildland firefighting engine crew” in the quad-city area is being called into question by local authorities.

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Local handyman sees home on fire, tries to knock it down until firefighters get there

Fred Lore was driving along Highway 69 in Prescott Valley Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, when he spotted smoke coming from a home atop Onyx Drive.

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Steve Skurja retires; ‘Huge’ chapter of Yavapai Silent Witness coming to an end

For 34 years, Steve Skurja has been the face and driving force behind Yavapai Silent Witness.

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Need2Know: 2nd layoff at RESA; Circle K nearly complete; Whiskey Row building sells; Rickety Cricket now full-fledged bar; Christmas Store opens in PV

A newly constructed Circle K is nearly complete at the intersection of Willow Creek and Iron Springs roads in Prescott.

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New owners of PV Kia dealership looking to bolster inventory, offer more variety

All employees able to keep their jobs in transition

One day is all it took for Earnhardt Liberty Kia to become Prescott Valley Kia — at least in terms of signage and management.

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Firefighters finding first responder cancer presumption law not so presumptive

Denials of veteran firefighters’ claims warning shot for younger generation

As Don Devendorf was having a kidney stone removed in 2016, the surgeon didn’t like the look of his bladder. A sample was taken and tests revealed he was exhibiting very early stages of cancer.

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Two young men found dead in Prescott Valley home Saturday identified

Both Yavapai College students who graduated from Bradshaw Mountain High School

The identities of two 19-year-old men found dead in a Prescott Valley home Saturday morning, Nov. 3, have been released by police.

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2 charged with sexual conduct with minor

Deputies have arrested two 18-year-olds from Mayer for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy in October.

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Four vehicle crash on Highway 69

Four transported with minor injuries; traffic held up for about 90 minutes

A four-vehicle chain reaction crash occurred in front of Frontier Village Center along Highway 69 around 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The front vehicle was a motorcycle.

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An officer dedicated to protecting families, children and the greater community

Recipient of the 2018 Arizona Elks Enrique Camarena Award

When Jim Tobin was a high schooler in Prescott in 1985, special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was an undercover agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was captured, tortured and killed by a cartel in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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PV native listed as one of top 10 entrepreneurs of 2018

Local educators not surprised by his success given his ambitious character

Growing up in Prescott Valley, Cheyenne ‘Tex’ Keith dreamed of becoming a professional football player.

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Need2Know: Earnhardt Liberty Kia sold; Birdcage Saloon changes hands; Party bus serves quad cities

The Earnhardt Auto Group has sold their Kia dealership in Prescott Valley to Zamora Automotive Group, which already owns York Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Prescott and Prescott Honda.

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Mohave State Bank, owner of Country Bank, rebranding due to expansion

All branches will eventually be named State Bank of Arizona

Country Bank, which merged with Mohave State Bank in July 2016, will eventually go by the name State Bank of Arizona.

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Fire departments taking measures to reduce cancer risks

Mitigating smoke, chemical exposure now significant part of job

Having a soot-covered helmet was once a badge of honor for firefighters. “In the old days, it was cool if you coughed up smoke for three days,” said Don Devendorf, Fire Marshall for the Prescott Fire Department.

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Man saved by grandson, off-duty paramedic

CAFMA: Early CPR gave heart attack victim best chance for survival

Had it not been for the quick actions of his grandson and others in the community, Dan Vester likely wouldn’t be alive today.

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CAFMA christens new $1.2M ladder truck

The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) officially replaced its sole ladder truck with a brand new one Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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YCSO still seeking thief who ripped off elderly Dewey woman for $30,000

One suspect in custody, one still sought

One of two men suspected of conning an elderly Dewey woman out of $30,000 is now in custody. The second suspect, whose name is unknown, is still being sought.

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Firefighters test physical fitness

CAFMA now using VO2 max testing machine to curb illness, avoid injury, reduce costs

Scott Bliss, chief of planning and logistics for the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA), remembers a time when firefighters in our area knew very little about how to monitor their health.

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Prescott location closed, El Charro concentrates on Chino Valley

Brisk as it was outside for a mid-October day in Prescott, El Charro Mexican Restaurant & Cantina felt warm; comfortable; timeless.

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Power poles in the sky?

APS working on rebuilding transmission line

Residents throughout the greater Prescott area may have recently noticed power poles being flown by helicopters past and over their neighborhoods.

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Experts: Harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated

Employees should speak up, employers should take action

About 90 percent of individuals who say they have experienced harassment never take formal action against the harassment, such as filing a charge or a complaint.

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Former Prescott pastor receives three years probation for aggravated assault charges

Expected to return to court for new charges

A former Prescott pastor has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation for two counts of aggravated assault.

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Man struck by truck in Prescott; transported to hospital

A 73-year-old man was transported to a local hospital after being struck by a pickup truck Friday morning, Oct. 19.

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Public opinion sought for Superior Court judge pro tem selections

Finalists for full-time, seasonal Judge Pro Tem Division A

The Yavapai County Superior Court is welcoming public comment for candidates being considered for both a full-time Judge Pro Tem Division A position and seasonal Judges Pro Tem.

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Prescott’s oldest Mexican restaurant closes, ending 59-year run

Uncertain of restaurant’s future, owner redirects customers to Chino Valley location

On Thursday, Oct. 11, Gary Denny broke the news via a Facebook post about having to close El Charro Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. The single post has since received 417 comments and been shared 781 times.

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Ash Fork man arrested; years of child sexual abuse alleged

Suspect – an illegal immigrant – blames victim for instigating most of activity, police said

An Ash Fork man has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a child starting when she was 6 years old and continuing into her early teenage years.

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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.