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Monday, 30 January 2017 21:36

Bill's Newscast: James Ray Seeks to Have His Legal Rights Restored Featured

James Ray seeks to have his rights restored.

A missing Prescott man with dementia has been found safe. A Silver Alert had been issued for 67 year old Danny Keefe Page, who had last been seen at Banner Desert Hospital at Southern Avenue and Dobson Road in Mesa at noon on January 22nd. Although Page lives in Prescott, Mesa Police said he didn’t return home. Authorities report Page was found safe in California. Meanwhile, still no sign of 54 year old Carla Abernathy, who was also reported missing on January 22nd. She told a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy she was headed to either Cottonwood or Prescott. Abernathy is a transient who likes to visit National Forest areas. She’s described as a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown and gray hair. Anyone who has information on Abernathy is asked to call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or 1-800-338-7888.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials are trying to determine what caused a man to steal a pickup truck in Gilbert and lead law enforcement officers on a fatal high speed pursuit. DPS troopers were given information around 12:40 last Tuesday afternoon the truck was stolen from a construction site. The vehicle was located near Highway 101 and McDowell Road but a pursuit was never initiated. Instead, troopers allowed helicopters to track the vehicle and give them information on its location. The driver reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on I-17 and stop sticks were used. The vehicle continued traveling on 2 rims until it reached Copper Canyon near Camp Verde. The driver lost control and the truck rolled down the canyon and the driver, identified as 29 year old Yuma resident Bradley Moore, was ejected. Moore, who had been staying in the Phoenix area, was pronounced dead on scene.

Self-help guru James Arthur Ray is back in Arizona to ask a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge to set aside his conviction and have his rights restored. On October 8th, 2009, Ray hosted a retreat near Sedona. Two participants, 38 year old Kirby Brown and 40 year old James Shore died following a sweat lodge ceremony. Forty-nine year old Liz Neumann died on October 17th, 2009 after being in a coma. Eighteen others were hospitalized. In June 2011, Ray was found guilty on 3 counts of negligent homicide and sentenced to 2 years in prison. He was freed from the State Prison in Buckeye in 2013 after serving 20 months.

Ray says it’s only fair to have his rights restored since he’s paid his debt to society. Ray explains why he’s not appealing the original court decision. Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk is arguing against Ray, stating persons convicted of dangerous offenses aren’t eligible to have their convictions set aside under State Law. Ray is scheduled to be at the Camp Verde Superior Court facility at 11 Tuesday morning. If he’s successful, he would remain a convicted felon in Arizona but his voting and international travel rights would be restored.

A missing Phoenix man has been found safe in the town of Crown King. Nineteen year old Dillon Gray disappeared from the Happy Valley area last Tuesday. His family reported him missing the next day. Volunteers spent Saturday searching in the Lake Pleasant area, where his cell phone last pinged. According to Crown King Fire Chief Mark Dillon, Gray was found in a hotel room in the town yesterday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office officials say Gray was seen there overnight. He didn’t have his vehicle with him but he has been reunited with his family and is in good health. It’s not known at this time why Gray was in Crown King.

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