Arrest in Clarkdale
An arrest has been made following a disturbance in the patio park subdivision in Clarkdale. Clarkdale Police had responded to a report at 3 Monday morning that John Beaird had broken into an apartment on Fiesta Street in Patio Park, where his former girlfriend had been staying. Beaird allegedly kicked in the door of the apartment before assaulting the woman. He also stole a vehicle that he crashed into another car on the street before fleeing the area. Cottonwood Police officers and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies helped in the search for the suspect. Clarkdale Police officers stayed hidden in the area and Beaird was arrested around 6 that morning when he returned to the scene. He’s facing numerous counts of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal damage, threatening, unlawful use of transportation and disorderly conduct.
Chino Valley Planning & Zoning Commission
There will be some new faces on the Chino Valley Planning and Zoning Commission. Last night the Chino Valley Town Council approved the appointments of William Welker and Tom Armstrong to 3 year Planning and Zoning Commission terms. Last month, 2 vacancies were created on the Commission due to Annie Lane being elected and seated on Town Council and the resignation of Commissioner Florence Sloan. The Council Appointments Subcommittee met earlier this month and recommended Welker and Armstrong to the vacant positions. Town Council also voted last night to reappoint Commissioners Gary Pasciak and Charles Merritt, as well as Alternate Commissioner Gwen Rowitsch. The new terms and reappointments all start February 1st.
Glendale Man Dies Following High Speed Pursuit
A Glendale man has died following a high speed pursuit that started in the Phoenix area and ended at Highway 169 near Camp Verde. According to the Department of Public Safety, the chase yesterday involved a work truck stolen from a Gilbert construction site. It started at Highway 60 to the Loop 101, then to I-17. The 29 year old driver reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. DPS spokesman Kameron Lee says helicopters tracked the suspect rather than have troopers pursue him. Lee explains stop sticks were deployed, but the 29 year old driver continued on for miles on tire rims. The driver lost control of the truck on I-17 at the intersection of Highway 169 and the truck rolled. The driver, whose name isn’t being released at this time, was ejected and killed in the crash, which closed that portion of roadway until yesterday afternoon.