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Sex Offender Notifcation - Cottonwood

Posted on May 4, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Shotwell

(Cottonwood)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community) and Level Three (high risk to the community).

 

The individual who appears on this notification, 22-year-old Cody Jacob Shotwell, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 2743 S Yuma Circle, Cottonwood, AZ., 86326. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

From 2012 to 2013 20-year-old offender has sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old girlfriend. Shotwell is considered a level 2 (intermediate) risk.    

 

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

 

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

 

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

YCSO Seeking Identity Theft Suspects - (see attachment for photos)

Posted on Apr 30, 2015

Media Release

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Mascher – Sheriff

255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301

Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator                                                                             

928-777-7441

 

April 29, 2015

 

YCSO Seeking Identity Theft Suspects

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This release was delayed pending receipt of security video.

On April 21, 2015, an 82-year-old woman and Chino Valley resident reported identity theft to YCSO deputies. The victim indicated that her bank had recently contacted her regarding a suspicious attempt to purchase clothing at a men’s clothing store in Phoenix with her credit card. After she told the bank representative she did not purchase anything at this store, the bank closed her account. A few days later, the victim obtained her bank statement and saw additional fraudulent purchases occurring twice at Robert’s Market, 6450 N. Viewpoint in Prescott Valley, and a Sunglass Hut store in Phoenix.

The deputy was eventually able to obtain security video associated with the 2 transactions at Robert’s Market which occurred on the same day, April 16th – one around 7:15PM and the other just before midnight. The total cost at Robert’s was $150.00 which included gas, drinks and cigarettes. The suspect vehicle pictured appears to be a gray colored Jeep Patriot and contained at least 3 persons, 2 of whom exited the back seat of the Jeep and entered the store to make purchases – see photo.

The victim explained that she recently received an email contact from a person claiming to represent her bank and requesting personal information to “fix” her accounts. It appears the suspects used information she provided to create a bank card with her account information used at the indicated locations.

If anyone recognizes these suspects and/or their vehicle, you are urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 or the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. With Silent Witness, you never have to leave your name and become eligible for a cash reward in the tip leads to an arrest. Case number is 15-014223.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Details regarding Search of a Man in Paulden last night

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 

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Background - On April 21, 2015, around 4 PM, YCSO dispatch received a call that a possible homicide suspect, wanted in Virginia, was seen in the area of Old Highway 89 near the Sullivan Bridge in Paulden. The caller had seen a television news story about a man wanted by the FBI for the deaths of 4 people in Petersburg, VA. See http://www.usmarshals.gov/news/chron/2014/060614.htm for details on suspect Alexander Hill. Since this original bulletin, a warrant has been issued for Hill in this case. YCSO deputies checked the area but could not locate anyone matching Hill’s description.

Yesterday, April 22, 2015, just before 5 PM, a YCSO deputy spotted a man matching the general description of Hill near the Pink Store on Highway 89 in Paulden. When the deputy approached, the man ran. Deputies conducted an extensive search throughout the evening which included helicopter support from the Department of Public Safety. The search extended to an area around the US Post Office and adjacent trailer park. When the man was spotted again, he fled. The search remained active for several hours without success.

This morning, deputies determined the man who fled from them last night was NOT Hill, but a local transient known to YCSO from prior contacts. And earlier today, the transient was seen near the railroad tracks by the Drake Cement Plant north of Paulden according to employees. By the time deputies arrived, he was gone and could not be located otherwise. At this time, the transient is not wanted.

Around 1 PM today, the YCSO media office learned via preliminary news reports that Hill had been captured this morning in New York.

YCSO would like to thank the residents of Paulden for their patience while deputies searched last night for a person they believed was the murder suspect out of Virginia. The goal of protecting the community while attempting to locate the possible suspect quickly was paramount.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

YCSRT’s Important Community Outreach regarding Wilderness / Hiking Safety now Underway

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Wilderness brochure FINAL

The wonderful volunteers from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, whose membership has been instrumental in the success of so many rescue operations, have embarked on a community outreach campaign. The focus of this educational program involves wilderness safety and the critical components necessary to survive if lost or stranded. Much of the target audience will be our youth throughout Yavapai County as part of the “Hug a tree… and Survive” program which is a nationally recognized wilderness safety course.

YCSRT members recently received a ‘train the trainer’ course at Yavapai College which involved 20 volunteers from YCSRT’s Search Dog, Quad, and Back Country Units. These volunteers have generously offered their time to present this program at various venues throughout Yavapai County. The first classroom event will be at the Chino Valley Library on April 23, 2015, for 3rd and 4th grade students from a local charter school. In early May, the trainers will teach 50 special education students in the Humboldt Unified School District. The team will also host the course in several libraries throughout Yavapai County, including Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Prescott, and Cottonwood. The program will also be taught at the Heritage Zoo Sanctuary in Prescott as part of its upcoming “Zoo Camp” this summer.

YCSRT has also created a pamphlet entitled “Wilderness Safety and Life Saving Tips.” This important information should be shared with everyone who plans on an outdoor excursion. The contents serve as a reminder of how to stay safe and also provide tips on what to do if lost, injured, or stranded. (The pamphlet is attached to the email along with details on the “Hug a Tree” program.)

If anyone as a question regarding these programs or would like to find out about YCSRT and its volunteer opportunities, please call 928-554-6264 (leave a message) or email contactus@ycsrt.org. The team’s website is www.ycsrt.org.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Vehicle Burglary at Trailhead results in use of Victim’s Credit Cards

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

 (suspect photos may be seen in the attachment)   

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This report was delayed due to an extended wait time receiving bank photos –

On February 21, 2015, deputies were dispatched to the burglary of a vehicle while parked at the Loy Canyon Trail head near Sedona, Arizona, in the Coconino National Forest. The victim told deputies unknown suspects entered her Toyota 4- Runner while it was unoccupied and stole her purse containing $50 along with two credit cards while she and a friend were hiking. The victim believed the vehicle had been locked, but there were no signs of forced entry.

A short time later, the victim was notified by her bank that both cards had been used to withdraw over $1200 in cash from the Chase Bank in the 1500 block of Highway 89A, Cottonwood. The credit card PIN’s were apparently found by the suspect in her purse. The deputy requested bank photos from the transactions and received them last week.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect seen in these photos is encouraged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. If the tip leads to an arrest, the caller will be eligible for a cash reward. Case number 15-006722. YCSO may also be contacted directly at 928-771-3260.

Please remember – Do not leave valuables in your unattended vehicle while parked at any trailhead. Suspects monitor these areas because they know hikers will be away from their cars sometimes for hours. This allows time to commit the theft and use any stolen credit cards before victims realize a theft has even occurred.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Husband brings Wife to Hospital – She is confirmed deceased from Apparent Heroin Overdose

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

 (Booking photos may be seen in the attachment)

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - On April 12, 2015, at approximately 8:30 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott regarding a female who had been brought to the hospital not breathing and without any vital signs. The ER doctor confirmed her death at the time of admission, approximately 7:15PM, and she was identified as 38-year-old Jennifer Chepeus from Chino Valley. Detectives learned that Jennifer’s husband, 37-year-old Jason Hawkins, was present earlier in the evening when he and Jennifer had injected heroin after drinking alcoholic beverages. Detectives learned 18-year-old Patrick “Samuel” Pruitt of Prescott had also been using heroin with the couple.

Background – Detectives determined that all three of them were in a white 2006 Chevy Tahoe towing a U-Haul flatbed trailer when the incident occurred. They purchased needles at a local department store and purchased a quantity of heroin in the Prescott or Chino Valley area. They learned Jason prepared the heroin and syringes for injection while their vehicle was parked near Outer Loop Road and Reed Road in Chino Valley. After injecting the heroin, he and Jennifer apparently passed out until Samuel woke him up. Samuel and Jason were unable to wake Jennifer and it was eventually decided to drive her to the hospital in hopes of reviving her. While Samuel drove, Jason attempted CPR and claimed Jennifer began breathing once they were in the parking lot of the hospital. Rather than seeking immediate medical attention for Jennifer, detectives determined they caused significant delay before finally taking her to the hospital’s ER where her death was confirmed. Detectives found no evidence that they sought immediate aid by calling 911 or stopping at multiple Fire Stations closer to the incident.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the events leading to Jennifer’s death. Detectives have conducted multiple interviews and are in the process of gathering evidence to clarify the timeline and determine any accountability those associated with Jennifer may have in her death.

Based on the investigation so far, detectives arrested and booked Hawkins at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possess/Use Narcotic Drug, Admin Narcotic Drug to Another, and Transfer/Sell Narcotic Drug. He has also been charged with violating his probation. He remains in-custody on a $7500 bond. Pruitt was booked on a charge of Possess/Use Narcotic Drug and remains in-custody on a $4000 bond.

Detectives are seeking anyone with information regarding these individuals in light of Jennifer’s death or who may have seen the white Chevy Tahoe with a U-Haul trailer in the area of Outer Loop Road and Reed Road, or Outer Loop Road and Williamson Valley Road, during the late afternoon/early evening of Sunday, April 12, 2015, Prescott. Detectives are also seeking the source of the heroin as part of the investigation. Those with information on this case or persons known to be involved in the sale of heroin are urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 and you will remain completely anonymous. Case number is 15-013057. Direct contact with detectives on this matter is available by calling 928-771-3278.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Traffic Stop leads to Marijuana Grow Operation in Wilhoit

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

 (photos may be seen in the attachment)

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On April 9, 2015, at approximately 5:15 PM, a YCSO deputy pulled over a black Volkswagen sedan after it failed to stop at a stop sign while turning from eastbound Donegal Dr. onto Highway 89, near Wilhoit. The driver was identified as 37-year-old Shaun Pfaff of Wilhoit and he had a female passenger in the car. During contact with the pair, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle interior. Pfaff denied possessing marijuana but allowed the deputy to search his vehicle. While checking the trunk, the deputy located a glass pipe along with marijuana in baggies and a glass jar, all wrapped in a sweater. The quantity of marijuana seized was nearly 4 ounces.

During further investigation at the traffic stop location, the deputy developed information indicating the likelihood there was a large quantity of marijuana stored inside Pfaff’s Wilhoit home. A search warrant was sought and granted for his home located in the 8200 block of Northridge Drive, Wilhoit.

Deputies arrived at Pfaff’s home for a search and found numerous drug production items including in excess of 5 pounds of marijuana, some in cold storage, packaged for sales and broken down by strain. Additional items seized included paraphernalia, marijuana grow diagrams, cultivation items including grow lamps, fans, and irrigation supplies. Deputies also found pay/owe ledgers, over $3000 in cash, several firearms, and prescription medications.

Early Friday morning, April 10, 2015, Pfaff was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possess Marijuana, Possess Marijuana for Sale, Produce Marijuana, and Possession of Deadly Weapon during Commission of a Felony. Pfaff remains in custody on $200,000 bond. His passenger was not held.

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Sex Offender Notification - Seligman

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Walema (photo in the attachment)

(Seligman)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community) and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 27-year-old Deanard Leonard Walema, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 54160 Lamport Street, Seligman, Arizona 86337. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time. 

Offender Walema was convicted of Sexual Conduct and Sexual Abuse with a minor female under the age of 15 and Sexual Conduct with a minor female over the age of 15. Offender Walema is currently on probation and is a (intermediate) risk.    

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

Persistent Investigation by YCSO deputies leads to Arrest of Suspect Involved in Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

Posted on Apr 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

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Yesterday, April 7, 2015, 27-year-old David Kent Thomas was arrested for numerous charges including Flee Pursing Law Enforcement Vehicle, Aggravated Assaulted, Endangerment, Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody without bond.

Background – On March 28, 2015, around 11AM, a YCSO deputy conducted a license plate records check on a beige Toyota 4-door sedan traveling east on Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. The record return identified the vehicle as stolen out of Peoria, Arizona. When the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, the driver fled into a nearby Rimrock neighborhood and out of sight. A short time later, the vehicle was located on Highway 179 and fled again while hitting speeds nearly 100 mph weaving in and out traffic in an aggressive and reckless manner. The vehicle went out of sight after exiting Highway 179 onto Beaver Head Flat Road.

The vehicle was seen again on Cornville Road heading towards I17 travelling over 100 mph. The vehicle entered I17 south and was eventually spotted on Middle Verde Road heading into Camp Verde. Finally, the stolen vehicle was found abandoned on Buffalo Trail in Camp Verde. Neighbors told deputies they spotted the suspect running through a front yard in the 1300 block of Roundup Road, Camp Verde. A backpack dumped by the suspect was recovered by deputies. The pack contained burglary tools, a stun gun, bank credit card, and state welfare card, among other items. An extensive search of the area along the nearby Verde River was conducted without success. It was also learned the suspect struck another vehicle on Middle Verde Road while out of sight from deputies. This driver was contacted and fortunately not injured as a result of the hit and run.

Over the next few days, the investigating deputy began tracking recent bank transactions and visiting stores where the suspect made purchases. The deputy also traced an account on a state benefits card (EBT) to David Thomas and discovered 2 outstanding warrants. Using store surveillance video and information provided by the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office after confirming the suspect’s name, the investigating deputy located associates of Thomas who had seen him since the pursuit. Their information led to a home on Candler Drive in Cornville. A vehicle leaving that home on April 7, 2015, was stopped and found to contain Thomas. He was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. After initially denying involvement, he confessed.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Recent Incidents Overview-

Posted on Apr 6, 2015

April 3, 2015

School Staff recovers Unloaded Firearm / Employee Fraud at Sedona Resort    

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School Staff Acts Quickly to seize Handgun from Students Backpack -- On April 1, 2015, at approximately 2PM, a 9-year-old student at Beaver Creek Elementary School was arrested for Disorderly Conduct/Displaying deadly weapon, Disrupting/Interference of Education Institution, and Threats. An unloaded .22 handgun had been recovered and safely secured prior to the arrival of deputies.

Background – During the lunch period, a teacher was informed by a student that a classmate brought a gun to school and had already showed it to at least 4 other students. The suspect also threatened this particular student with harm if any teachers were told about the gun. The student bravely told the teacher anyway. School administrators were notified, isolated the student, and recovered the handgun from his backpack located in a classroom. The gun was not loaded and no rounds were found.

The gun is owned by the suspect’s grandmother and she later told deputies it was kept in a cabinet drawer in her home. The suspect claimed he found it under a bed in the home. The suspect told deputies he brought the gun to school to show some classmates who did not believe he had one. The suspect resides at his grandmother’s house along with his mom and recently enrolled at the school.

The suspect was booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center. No charges are expected involving the suspect’s grandmother.

The deputy handling this case works exclusively in schools throughout the Verde Valley assigned to the Law Enforcement Education Deputy (LEED) program. This allows the deputy time for ongoing follow-up and the opportunity to provide special programs to students including gun safety. LEED deputies are currently sharing gun safety tips in many area schools at part of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program. Students are instructed that when a gun is found, they should “STOP! DON’T’ TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AND ADULT.” This is exactly what a concerned student did in this case and YCSO commends the action along with the quick resolve by school officials to secure the gun and suspect.

(Continued)

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Employee Theft and Fraud from Sedona Resort -- On March 30, 2015, security personnel for the Enchantment Resort in the 500 block of Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, reported theft and fraud involving employee Samuel Williams, 33, a resident of the Village of Oak Creek. The deputy was able to review documents supporting the ongoing theft of designated petty cash.

Accounting personal discovered a large use of petty cash receipts and eventually determined they were falsified by Williams and did not cover any authorized expenses. A detailed accounting review went back to June of 2014 and revealed a loss of nearly $3900 dollars. Williams was later confronted by security staff, admitted his involvement in the theft, and was fired. Deputies could not locate Williams later that day.

On Tuesday, March 31, deputies found and arrested Williams at his Village of Oak Creek apartment. He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Theft, Fraud, and Forgery. He has been released on a $7500 bond.

 

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Sex Offender Notification - Rimrock

Posted on Mar 24, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Rodriguez (photo in the attachment)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 28-year-old Savino Rodriguez, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 4300 E Waldron Road, Rimrock, AZ, 86335. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

In December of 2005 while in Flagstaff, Arizona, 18-year-old offender had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old female known to him. He is considered a level 2 (intermediate) risk. 

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Alert link in the lower right section of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

 

Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

March 22, 2015 – UPDATE

 

 Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants    

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UPDATE – The parties involved are identified as 65-year-old Robert Coester from Gilbert, Arizona, and 71-year-old Charles McCurry from Pennsylvania.

The initial investigation indicates the F-1 Rocket brand single engine plane, owned/built by Charles, lost power on its final approach to the Sedona Airport.  Realizing the aircraft would be unable to make it to the Sedona Airport, Robert stated Charles (an experienced pilot of 34 years) took control of the aircraft making a banking maneuver directing the aircraft in a southern direction.  According to Robert, Charles was able to land the aircraft in a safe area on Chavez Ranch Rd.  The aircraft sustained heavy damage during the landing.

Robert was ground transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center in stable condition with head injuries including a broken left ankle.  His injuries are not life threatening. Charles was ground transported to the Sedona Medical Center where he was subsequently air lifted to the Flagstaff Regional Medical Center with multiple facial fractures, facial lacerations and contusions to his lungs.  Despite the injuries sustained by Charles, hospital personnel stated he was in stable condition.

The NTSB is investigating. The plane has since been removed from the crash site.

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Issued March 21, 2015 --- PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – At approximately 11:30 am today, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a fixed wing aircraft down on Chavez Ranch Road and Cathedral Vista Drive, an area south of the Sedona Airport. The plane, an F1 Rocket experimental model, contained two occupants who both received apparent non-life threatening injuries. EMS personnel were on scene to treat the injured parties. The pilot was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center and his passenger to the Sedona Medical Center.

The plane had flown from Chandler to Prescott earlier and was in the process of flying to the Sedona Airport when it went down.

NTSB and FAA have been notified and will be conducting the investigation. The cause of the crash is under review. Names of the involved parties will be release once verified.

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Sex Offender Notification - Dewey

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Direnzo

(Dewey) (Photo of  offender in the attachment)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 62-year-old Paul Louis Direnzo, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 10801 E. Henderson Road, Dewey, Arizona, 86327. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time. 

Offender primarily resides and is registered in Mesa, Arizona. He owns a secondary address in Yavapai County. Offender was convicted in US District Court, AZ, in 2004 on one count of Receipt of Child Pornography. Investigators recovered pornography videos from offender’s computers depicting female victim’s ages 3 years to 17 years old. Offender was sentenced to 6 years in prison and is on lifetime supervision. Offender is considered a Level 2 (intermediate) risk.    

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Alert link in the lower right section of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

Sex Offender Alert - Chino Valley

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification – Corley - (Offender photo available in the attachment)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 30-year-old David Robert Corley, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 190 N Cash Lane, Chino Valley, Arizona, 86323. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

Offender Corley was convicted in 2008 in Arizona of sexual conduct with a minor and was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Victim was a 14-year-old female known to the offender. He is currently on parole and is considered a level 3 (high) risk.

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Alert link in the lower right section of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website:  www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

 

 

 

IRS Scams ongoing in Yavapai County – Resource Information Provided

Posted on Mar 9, 2015

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In the last several days, YCSO has received numerous reports regarding IRS tax scams. The most common complaint involves scam artists acting as IRS agents and calling to demand money or indicate a tax refund is due as a means to obtain personal information. When the scam concerns the claim of an overdue tax payment, the scammers will demand the taxpayer send cash via prepaid debit cards. The calls are also intimidating because many of the scammers already had specific knowledge regarding victim identities.

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH OLDER FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS AS THEY ARE GENERALLY THE TARGETS OF THESE SUSPECTS.

The IRS has provided the following tips:

The IRS will never -

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • If you’ve been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC                Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages, or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue involving bills or refunds. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

The IRS has a recently published webpage updated with what they call the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015. The page also provides contact information to report such scams. The link is here:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Completes-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams-for-2015

Also, the IRS has some great information regarding scams and identity theft on YouTube –

See:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y5z0kWgBcM

 

Sex Offender Notification - Cottonwood

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification –Neitzel  (photo of offender may be seen in the attachment)

(Cottonwood)

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

 

The individual who appears on this notification, 53-year-old David Allen Neitzel, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 2654 S Sunset Drive, Cottonwood, Arizona, 86326. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

Offender Neitzel was convicted of Incest in 2006. The female victim was 20 years of age at the time of the incident. He is considered a Level 2 (intermediate) sex offender.

 

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

 

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

 

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

 

 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

 

Sex Offender Notification - Cottonwood (Booth)

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

* Sex Offender photo can be seen in the attachment *

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is required to release the following information pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification on Sex Offenders Law. The offender in this publication has indicated that he will be living in the unincorporated area of Yavapai County. It is the responsibility of the Chief Law Enforcement Office having jurisdiction where the offender resides to make notification to the community. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from Arizona State prison, accepted under an interstate compact, or released from the county jail back into the community. Offenders are categorized into three levels: Level One (low risk to the community), Level Two (intermediate risk to the community), and Level Three (high risk to the community).

The individual who appears on this notification, 43-year-old Kenneth Shannon Booth, has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. This sex offender has advised the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that he will be living at 3305 E Colt Circle, Cottonwood, AZ, 86326. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

Offender Booth was 20-years-old when he entered the home of a 12-year-old female and touched her. Offender Booth has had numerous contacts with law enforcement for unrelated incidents. Offender Booth is currently on unsupervised probation and is a level 3 (high) risk.        

This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the Sheriff’s Office belief that an informed community is a safer community. CITIZEN ABUSES OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE OR HARASS SEX OFFENDERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. 

The YCSO would like to remind the public of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification program available at www.ycsoaz.gov. This registry will allow anyone to enter a local address which will result in a list of sex offenders registered in Yavapai County living within a one mile radius of the entered address. The registry will also provide information about particular sex offenders registered in Yavapai County. Additionally, a free email notification program is available which will alert you to any sex offender registered in Yavapai County who resides within one mile of the address entered on your subscription.

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender Registry link at the top of the YCSO home page, www.ycsoaz.gov.

The YCSO Crime Prevention Unit may be reached at (928) 771-7441 and is available to help you join or start a neighborhood watch program as well as provide you with useful information on personal safety. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at

(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website:  www.ycsoaz.gov

 

 

Suspect sought in Burglary of Black Canyon City Restaurant (photos in attachment)

Posted on Sep 3, 2014

 

September 3, 2014

 On the morning of September 1, 2014, the owner of Beni’s Pizza, located in the 34500 block of Old Black Canyon Highway, reported that his business was burglarized overnight.

Based on a review of video security images, the apparent lone suspect entered the business by breaking out a window. Once inside, the suspect tore away drywall and gained access to the front counter and office stealing several hundred dollars in cash. The suspect also turned off power to the restaurant resulting in extensive damage to food products under refrigeration. Food loss value exceeds $2000.

The suspect is described as a male, age 20’s to early 30’s, medium build, wearing a camouflage design hooded jacket, shorts, black sneakers, and white socks. The burglary occurred at approximately 12:30 AM on September 1, 2014.

Security video stills of the suspect

If anyone has information regarding the suspect in this case, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or report tips anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 14-031307.

 

 

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death – Seeking Public Input (see photo in the attachment)

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death – Seeking Public Input          

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Just before 11am yesterday, July 31, 2014, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the report of a dead body lying in water in Beaver Creek along the Bell Trail in Wet Beaver Creek Canyon, Yavapai County. The body was discovered by hikers.

The body was eventually identified as that of 43-year-old George Wesley Montgomery from Peoria, Arizona. He is described as a black male, 6’ 2” in height, who was wearing a yellow shirt and shorts. Montgomery had suffered a gunshot wound and a firearm was recovered near his body. The manner of death has not been determined as detectives continue to investigate the circumstances.

Montgomery last had contact with family members by phone on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, around 7 PM. At that time there was an indication he was hiking along the Bell trail. Detectives are asking anyone who might have been hiking on Bell Trail between the hours of 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, to contact them regarding this investigation.

Montgomery’s vehicle, a 2002 white GMC Envoy, was located and recovered from a turnout area near the trail.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Detective John McDormett at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered

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Yavapai Silent Witness, 1800-932-3232 is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, who escaped from the Camp Verde Detention Center Saturday afternoon.

Prior to the escape, Dickinson was concluding several criminal cases involving fraud schemes, false reporting of a stolen vehicle, theft, prohibited possession of a firearm, weapons misconduct, possession of dangerous drugs, etc., all occurring while he was on probation. He was expecting 24 year prison term. Victim’s included business associates, friends and an insurance company.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, around 2:30 pm, Dickinson was able to scale a wall in the recreation yard of the Detention Center, separate overhead security fencing to access the roof and climb down to ground level. Dickinson then ran across the parking area and was seen attempting to steal a small pick-up truck parked outside a business located along Highway 260 in front of the jail. When the business owners came outside, Dickinson ran across Highway 260 and then east along Old Highway 279 out of sight. The owners immediately called YCSO to report a possible escape. The jail was quickly locked down and following a head count, Dickinson was confirmed missing.

Just before 11 PM that night, YCSO received a credible report Dickinson was seen on Middle Verde Road in the area of I17. An exhaustive search with the assistance of multiple agencies and tracking dogs was unsuccessful and concluded late yesterday. YCSO still cautions residents in the Camp Verde area to remain on alert as Dickinson does have acquaintances in the Camp Verde area.

 An internal review into the escape incident is underway.

YCSO appreciates the numerous phone calls received since the escape. Every credible lead will be checked. If someone wishes to remain anonymous, please call Silent Witness. If you see the fugitive, call 911. Do not approach Dickinson.

Anyone who provides aid, support, concealment, or hinders investigative efforts with knowledge Dickinson is a wanted fugitive, could be arrested and charged criminally.

A wanted poster with details on Dickinson’s physical description can be accessed in the alert box on our homepage at www.ycsoaz.gov. Also, check the alert box for the latest updates.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Suspects Sought in Cottonwood Home Invasion this Morning

Posted on Jul 12, 2014

 Suspects Sought in Cottonwood Home Invasion this Morning

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - At approximately 5:15AM this morning, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of North Rio Verde Circle, Cottonwood, regarding a home invasion robbery.

Deputies spoke with a female victim in her 50’s who explained that 3 men forcibly entered her home sometime around 4 AM, tied her up, and stole property. The victim was not physically injured or assaulted otherwise. The suspects told her they were armed. Details on their descriptions are expected in follow-up notifications.

During the investigation, detectives developed information regarding the suspect’s vehicle which is identified as a black Nissan Maxima, possibly a 2005 or 2006 model, all passenger windows blacked out with tint like that used for limousines. The vehicle displayed an Arizona Cardinal license plate, unknown numbers and last seen direction. Neighbors told deputies they had seen the vehicle in the area the prior evening.

Detectives are following up on leads this afternoon.

If you have any info, please contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 to report tips anonymously. Refer to case number 14-024747.