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With wet weather hitting the area, Verde Ranger District fire managers Prescottlan to do some prescribed burning.

The debris piles are located near 89A at the junction of Forest Road 104, which leads to the Mingus Mountain Campground and Road 413, which is the Coleman trail. Ten acres of piles are scheduled to be treated today through Friday, weather conditions permitting. No road or trail closures are expected, but visitors should use caution while traveling in the area. The debris is left over from brush crush and thinning projects and burning requires moisture in the surrounding vegetation. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, conditions that minimize smoke as much as possible and approval from the arizona department of environmental quality.

A Chino Valley man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted another man.

According to Chino Valley Police Detective Mark Garcia, at about eight-thirty last Tuesday night, officers found a thirty-three year old man who had been severely beaten on Perkinsville Road. the man was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center where he was in critical condition with multiple broken bones in his face. A Police investigation has resulted in the arrest of thirty-yearold Ladd Parker for aggravated assault and extreme DUI. Garcia says Parker and the victim got into an altercation for unknown reasons. Police have been unable to speak to the victim due to his medical condition but they don’t believe there are any other suspects in this incident.

Watch for delays on Sixth Street and Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

City of Prescott street maintenance crews will be performing low water crossing repairs on the west side of the six hundred block of Sixth Street off Sheldon street tomorrow from six thirty am to two pm. Two way traffic will be in place throughout the project. Over on Willow Creek Road, excavation and grading work is ongoing along a future road alignment between Pioneer Parkway and the Deep Well Ranch Roundabout. This project also includes storm drain, sidewalks, medians and curb and gutter. Box culverts and retaining walls along the alignment have been completed. Work hours are seven am to six pm Monday through Friday through April 29th.

State Representative Noel Campbell’s sober living homes bill has passed another Arizona Senate hurdle.

Yesterday the state Senate unanimously approved Representative Campbell’s House Bill 2107, which gives cities, towns and counties the ability to regulate sober living homes, but it doesn’t require them to do so. About one hundred sixty drug and alcohol recovery group homes have been identified in Prescott. Last month, the Senate Health and Human Services and Rules Committees unanimously approved the measure. The bill is now headed back to the House of Representatives, where it passed forty-nine to nine last month, before it goes to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. House Leadership has delayed floor action while they work on a budget deal. Campbell and other legislators are worried leaders will adjourn the legislative session after they pass a budget, leaving house bill 2107 and other measures without a final vote. If this bill doesn’t get to the governor’s desk, campbell says he’ll bring it back next year.

Let a Yavapai County Supervisor know about your concerns.

Supervisor Jack Smith will be hosting a community meeting at six tomorrow night in the Stepping Stones conference room, located on Second Street in Prescott Valley. Smith says this meeting is primarily for the Castle Canyon Mesa and Diamond Valley areas, but all residents are invited to attend. Smith explains he has held similar meetings in the past, most recently in February. Smith will also give an update on projects that are ongoing in Yavapai County.

A Prescott Valley man has been arrested following a late-night robbery in Prescott.

Prescott Police say at around ten Sunday night, a man entered the Woody’s Convenience Store on Copper Basin Road and demanded money while displaying a knife. A customer confronted the suspect, who fled the store on foot without receiving any money. Witnesses gave officers a description of the vehicle they had seen the man running to. Police located and stopped twenty-four year old Troy Sims, who gave a false name in an attempt to avoid arrest for an outstanding warrant. Investigators have learned Sims had been in the area with a friend, who had dropped him off near the store. Sims returned to the vehicle and told his friend he would hurt him if he gave information about the incident to Police. Sims is facing charges of armed robbery, criminal impersonation, threatening and intimidating, tampering with a witness and driving on a suspended license. He has also been arrested on the outstanding warrant for a traffic offense. Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to call Prescott Police Detective Jack Shapiro at 777-1900 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Prescott Police still have unanswered questions regarding a fatal collision at the Gurley and Sheldon Street intersection.

A seventy-three year old Prescott man went through the Gurley and Sheldon Streets intersection Sunday night before crashing into an unoccupied vehicle at the gas pumps at the Circle K store on East Gurley Street. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Prescott Police Lieutenant Amy Bonney says it’s not known what lead to the accident.


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