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Extensive Burglary Investigation results in the arrest of 3 Cottonwood Suspects

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Ankle Bracelet places 1 of the Suspects at Crime Scene

(booking photos in the attachment)

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This case involved a lengthy investigation by YCSO detectives to solve the crime which has been active as late as February 19, 2015. See the text for details --

On January 1, 2015, 3 male suspects broke into a parked travel trailer on Old Hwy 279 in Cottonwood. The trailer owner intended to celebrate the New Year at the trailer with her family, but due to the cold weather and road conditions, the plan was delayed leaving the trailer unoccupied. Upon returning to the in the afternoon of January 1st, she found it had been burglarized and vandalized.

Items missing from the trailer were valued at approximately $600, and the damage to the trailer itself was $4500.00. The suspects broke two windows, tore a fixed television from its mount, and sprayed a fire extinguisher throughout the trailer’s interior.

A cellular telephone was found in the trailer that did not belong to the victim. A record of ownership for the phone returned to William Grosz, age 18 from Cottonwood. Grosz was on juvenile probation at the time of the burglary, and was wearing a court ordered GPS bracelet monitor. The monitor showed Grosz was at the trailer during the time frame of the burglary. Grosz was contacted and after initially lying to detectives, admitted he was responsible for the crime(s). He also admitted being alcohol impaired during the offense and operating a motor vehicle with alcohol in his system. Grosz would not name his accomplices, but ultimately mentioned a false name that detectives eventually identified as Drake Brown, age 18 and also from Cottonwood.

During the interview with Grosz, his juvenile probation officer was present. After the interview, Grosz was transported to the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center and booked on multiple probation violations.

Brown was contacted by detectives and unwilling to admit any participation. Ultimately, when confronted with evidence, Brown admitted involvement. Brown also implicated a third suspect identified as Brenen Clark, age 18 from Cottonwood. Clark was contacted and unwilling to admit any participation. Like Brown, when confronted with evidence, Clark admitted his involvement. Clark was over 18 at the time of the offense. He was arrested on January 26, 2015, and booked at the Camp Verde Jail on charges of Burglary, Criminal Damage and Trespassing. He has since been released on a $5000 bond. Brown was under 18 at the time of the offense and was arrested one day after turning 18. He was booked on similar charges at the Camp Verde Jail on February 3, 2015 and was released on $10,000 bond the following day.

On February 18, 2015, Grosz was transported by detectives from the Juvenile Detention Center to the Camp Verde Jail. Once at the jail, Grosz was kept separate from the adult population until midnight on his 18th birthday at which time he was booked as an adult. Charges included Trespass, Burglary and Criminal Damage. He was released the next day on a $2000 bond.

All 3 suspects were uncooperative throughout the investigation and continued a pattern of deception until being confronted with actual evidence. Adult prosecution status is likely for all suspects.

If anyone has information regarding criminal activities involving the suspects, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-567-7710 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 15-000056.

As of this writing, none of the stolen property has been recovered. Suspects claim much of it was destroyed after learning detectives were closing in.

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 results in use of Victim’s Credit Cards around Prescott

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

*** Please see suspect photos in the attachment ***
Note – Release delayed to allow follow-up on leads.

On January 27, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a vehicle burglary in the 800 block of Arroyo Drive in the Mountain Club Division, Prescott. The 58-year-old victim told deputies unknown suspects entered her unlocked white Chevrolet truck and stole her wallet containing credit cards, cash, and identification cards including a Medicare ID displaying her social security number. The property was last seen on January 24, 2015, and discovered missing on January 27th.

The victim indicated that the suspects had already used her bank credit card at Wal-Mart and a local Mexican restaurant resulting in a loss of several hundred dollars. Deputies met with loss prevention officers from Wal-Mart and were able to view a video showing 2 make suspects with the victim’s credit cards. Suspect descriptions: 1 – Male, 6’, 180 pounds, dark skin, and long brown hair in a ponytail / 2- Male, 5’ 7”, 140 pounds, dark hair and light colored skin. Both suspects were wearing ball caps. This part of the investigation with loss prevention staff at Wal-Mart is ongoing. The suspects may be associated with a smaller black 4-door passenger vehicle.

On January 31, 2015, the investigating deputy was able to obtain video showing one of the suspects, possibly suspect no. 2, purchasing food at the Mexican restaurant in Prescott. Stills shots from the video have been reproduced and included with this media release with hope someone may be able to identify the suspect.

If anyone has information regarding these suspects, you are urged to contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Information provided directly to Silent Witness may result in a cash reward if an arrest is made based on the tip. Refer to case number 15-003269.

Man Rescued following Ground and Air Effort while

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

 (Rescue photos may be seen in the attachment)

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On February 15, 2015, just after 1 PM, YCSO deputies were called out to the Thunder Mountain Trail on Capitol Butte in Sedona regarding a 66-year-old man from Idaho who was stuck on a ledge. The man had hiked to the top of Capitol Butte and upon descent he took the wrong trail which led him to an area where he could no longer descend, in part, because of a prior shoulder injury. The man was calm during his contact with deputies and remained stationary as requested.

To aid in pinpointing his location, YCSO’s Rescue 1 helicopter was called out along with members of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, Back Country Unit (BCU). Using landmark information provided by the stranded subject, the Rescue 1 Crew was able to locate the man and confirm that a ‘technical’ rescue involving rope lines would be necessary. BCU rescuers were able to climb to the subject’s location and secure him for transport. A DPS Ranger helicopter arrived to provide a short haul airlift to base camp and completed the rescue just after 5 PM (see photos).

During the rescue effort, a male who lives in the area indicated he wanted to help the stranded subject on his own. The “helper” was apparently very familiar with Capitol Butte topography having assisted people off the mountain in the past. In this case though, deputies indicated he became a hindrance and prolonged the rescue effort. During the rescue, this man’s wife contacted deputies at base camp and told them her husband was in the process of climbing Capitol Butte to rescue the stranded subject. Even after relaying a message to him to cease involvement, including direct contact by members of the BCU team on site, the man refused to leave the rescue scene. A short time later, deputies explained to him that the helicopter would not airlift the stranded subject until he left. He then complied.

The concern for rescuers regarding this intrusion was that the wind generated from the DPS helicopter could result in falling debris and other hazards which would place the “helper” in danger. Additionally, rescuers had to take their time and focus off the stranded subject to deal with this man causing unnecessary and unjustified risk to the rescuers.

While an offer to help is always appreciated, in this case it became a distraction to the immediate concern for the stranded climber. Deputies explained that the “helper” would not have been asked to leave unless there was concern for his safety which in turn was causing a delay with the rescue. In the end, the stranded subject was safely rescued, but the effort took longer than needed due to this individual refusing to leave the area when asked. If time had of been a factor in this rescue (due to the subject being injured, etc.) the delay caused by this man’s actions could have ended with disastrous results for the person who actually needed the help.

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 results in 3 Arrests for Drugs, Forgery, and US Currency Counterfeiting

Posted on Feb 12, 2015

Traffic Stop and diligent follow-up leads to Arrests for Drugs, Forgery, and Counterfeiting of US Currency

*** (booking photos may seen in the attachment)

This media release was delayed because the investigation remained ongoing beyond the initial arrest resulting in recently added additional charges.

On February 4, 2015, David Bukowski, age 25 and originally from Cornville, was arrested for charges including an outstanding arrest warrant, several counts of Forgery, Possession of a Forged Instrument, Assuming a False Identity, and Possession of Marijuana. He remains in-custody in Camp Verde on an $18,000 bond. The following day, February 5, 2015, Bukowski’s mother, Ronda Engel, age 50 from Cornville, was arrested for charges including Possession of Deadly Weapon during a Felony and Possession of Marijuana. She has since been released on a $1000 bond. Also arrested on the 5th was Dennis Berry, age 49, from Chino Valley. He was charged with Misconduct involving Weapons and Possession of Marijuana and remains in-custody on a $1000 bond.

BACKGROUND - During the evening of February 4, 2015, a YCSO deputy stopped a black Ford Mustang displaying expired registration. The driver, (later identified as David Bukowski) provided a Colorado driver’s license with the name “Bill Benjamin.” A check of the license number revealed no record and the deputy determined the license was likely a fake. When challenged, Bukowski eventually admitted his true name which he did not want to disclose originally because of a warrant. The deputy also found marijuana in his possession. Additional fake identifications were located in his vehicle along with an empty firearm box. Bukowski later admitted using an internet program to create fake ID’s while staying at a local resort with his mom, Ronda Engel, and her boyfriend, Dennis Berry.

The next day, deputies located 2 adjoining rooms at the Highland Resorts in Cornville where Bukowski previously indicated he was creating fake IDs. Engel and Berry were both present and detained. 2 handguns were discovered along with various drugs. The rooms were secured and a search warrant was obtained by YCSO detectives. During the subsequent search, detectives located a printer, computer and associated equipment used to create fake IDs. Detectives also found evidence involving the production of counterfeit US $100 bills connected to David Bukowski, along with receipts from area Cottonwood business showing the purchase of items with $100 bills. Numerous counterfeit bills in various stages of production were seized. Detectives also recovered quantities of marijuana, methamphetamine, and various prescription medications.

In later days, detectives have verified the use of counterfeit bills in at least 4 Cottonwood area businesses.

The investigation remains active as the US Secret Service is also assisting with follow-up regarding the production and passing of counterfeit US Currency related to these suspects.

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 for the Cornville area

Posted on Feb 11, 2015

 

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification – Silveira, Jason Paul  (photo available in the attachment)

(Cornville)

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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, 36-year-old Jason Paul Silveira, 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 10585 E Lichlyter Pl, Cornville, AZ, 86325. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

On March 25, 1998, 20-year-old offender sexually assaulted his 17-year-old girlfriend. He 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 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

 

 

Poor Decision by Hikers Result in Rescue on Bell Rock

Posted on Feb 11, 2015

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On February 8, 2015, at approximately 7:30PM, YCSO received a call regarding 2 subjects, a 46-year-old male and a 39-year-old female, both from Los Angeles, who were stuck near the top of Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek.

The initial call to YCSO came from a concerned citizen who reported seeing flashing lights on Bell Rock appearing to indicate someone in distress. This report was followed by a 911 call from a couple on Bell Rock who confirmed they were lost and due to darkness, did not want to attempt hiking out on their own. They were currently stuck on a small outcropping, out of water, had little food, and were wearing only light clothing. The cell phone being used was nearly out of power.

The deputy first on scene spotted the pair from some distance and coordinated a response from the Verde Search and Rescue Team. These rescuers were not able to reach the pair directly and indicated the necessity for a technical rope rescue to safely bring them off a ledge. As a result, members of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team’s Backcountry Unit were called out. 8 rescuers arrived and were able to reach the couple and deliver water and warm clothing. Over the next several hours, these incredible volunteers set rope lines to rappel the pair to safety.

The couple told deputies they began an ascent on Bell Rock around 9AM and decided to remain and catch the sunset but darkness fell much faster than they anticipated. On the descent, they became lost after taking the wrong trail.

Lessons – Planning any hike is an important part of preparation especially when it involves difficult trails and climbs like those on Bell Rock. Darkness should always be anticipated and hikes should conclude well before sunset to avoid this danger. The pair was smart to remain stationary once it was apparent they were lost. As with rescue cases in the past, the couple’s cell phone became a lifeline to rescuers. Consider conserving cell phone battery life on such long hikes by placing the phone in “airplane mode” when not in use. This prevents the phone from power loss normally used to maintain contact with cell towers while hiking.

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 now on Facebook in 3 Different Ways

Posted on Feb 11, 2015

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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has entered the world of social media with 3 Facebook pages as part of our ongoing outreach to maintain a partnership with the public we serve.

  1. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) main page –

Expect lots of great information regarding Sheriff’s Office activities including media releases, crime prevention information, community involvement, special events, and other items of public interest. “Liking” the page on Facebook will permit you to receive updates directly to your personal Facebook account. During major incidents or significant news events involving YCSO, the posts may provide near real-time information not available anywhere else with such immediacy. Please note: The page will never substitute for emergency alert notifications from YCSO via the Code Red system.

Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff

  1. Right-by-Kids and Deputy Do-Right’s page –

This very special program continues to expand every year reaching thousands of kids with safety messages at schools in every corner of Yavapai County. Using a skillful blending of magic, music and puppetry to enforce the vital safety messages make this program truly unique. The Facebook page will provide highlights from selected school shows featuring our Law Enforcement Educations Deputies and kid favorite, Deputy Do-Right. Special safety messages and event announcements will also be posted. Deputy Do-Right reminds everyone, “You Win or Lose by the Way you Choose.” You will win by choosing Deputy Do-Right’s Facebook page.

Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/YCSODeputyDoRight

  1. Yavapai Sheriff County Sheriff’s Office – Detention Recruitment and Training page –

By law, YCSO is responsible for operating a county jail system resulting in excellent career opportunities for those motivated and responsible individuals interested in becoming a detention officer. There many aspects to the career including the ability to obtain instructor certifications for Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Less-Lethal Weapons and more. Other positions within Detention Services include Investigations, Intelligence, Transportation Officer, Court Officer, Special Response Team, Classification, Recruitment and Training, Search and Rescue, Immigration Enforcement and many more.

This Facebook page will provide lots of details regarding qualifications, testing and application information. Viewers also have the ability to contact a recruitment coordinator via messaging to ask specific questions.

Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/YCSORecruitment

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 Detectives Arrest 3 Juveniles for Sexual Assault

Posted on Feb 6, 2015

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION -

On February 2, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the reported sexual assault of a female student who attends Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood. Deputies met the 15-year-old victim at the school and she recounted circumstances of a sexual assault occurring Saturday (January 31, 2015) involving 3 male students from the school. The incident took place in an area outside of Cottonwood.

The victim told deputies that earlier on Saturday evening one of the suspects contacted her by phone and asked if she would like to hang out with some friends. She agreed and was picked up at her home a short time later by 3 fellow students. They drove to a remote area where she was told an outdoor social gathering was underway. No such activity was occurring. The vehicle finally stopped and a short time later the victim was sexually assaulted by the suspects. They eventually drove her home around midnight and dropped her off.

Deputies contacted detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the following day, February 3rd, all 3 suspects were arrested. Two of the suspects, both 16-years-old, were arrested at Mingus Union High School. The third suspect, a 17-year-old, was arrested at his Cottonwood home. All suspects were booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Kidnapping and Sexual Assault. One of the suspects was additionally charged with Criminal Liability. 

 

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

Auto Theft and Stabbing Investigation results in Suspect’s Arrest

Posted on Feb 4, 2015

 *** (booking photo may be seen in the attachment)

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION –

At 6PM on February 3, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the area of Cornville Road adjacent to the Verde Santa Fe golf course, Cornville. Deputies contacted a 51-year-old man who reported being assaulted and stabbed by suspect who was still in the area. While EMS personnel treated the victim for non-life threatening injuries to his left arm, deputies eventually located the suspect, 41-year-old Nathaniel Stubbs, about a mile away on a nearby forest service road.

Deputies discovered Stubbs had a probation warrant out of Maricopa County and was arrested. It was also determined the car he was using, a 1998 Ford Explorer, had been stolen from his mother.

Deputies obtained further details from the victim at the hospital. He told them that while he was “preaching” along the roadside at 89A and Cornville Road, Stubbs stopped in his Ford Explorer to talk to him. Stubbs was obviously intoxicated and the victim encouraged him not to drive, even offering to buy food for Stubbs. The victim returned a short time later with food and found Stubbs parked in the area consuming hard liquor. The victim convinced Stubbs to let him drive the Explorer to a roadway turnout where Stubbs could eat and sleep. As the victim was walking back to his motorhome parked in the vicinity, Stubbs drove by in the Explorer and followed the victim briefly. A few minutes later, Stubbs stopped at the victim’s nearby campsite. Stubbs initiated a confrontation and accused the victim of stealing his phone and then tried to grab the victim. The victim raised his hands to defend himself and was injured by a knife Stubb’s was holding. The victim was able to knock Stubbs to the ground and recover the knife. He also took the keys to the Ford Explorer Stubb’s had been driving and flagged down a passerby to call YCSO.

After treatment at a local hospital, Stubbs was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on his warrant and vehicle theft. Assault charges are pending follow-up with the victim who initially declined to prosecute. Stubbs was belligerent throughout the booking process. He remains in-custody on $4500 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

K9 Deputy locates Several Pounds of Marijuana during Traffic Stop

Posted on Feb 4, 2015

 A traffic stop by K9 deputies yesterday resulted in the seizure of more than 6 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of 42-year-old Troy Jarvis from California and 19-year-old James Westrup from Nevada.

Just after 7:30 am, YCSO K9 deputies stopped a yellow Volkswagen “Bug” travelling east on I40, west of Ashfork, Arizona. The Volkswagen had failed to move over and provide a safe distance to another Sheriff’s deputy conducting a traffic stop on I40. This action is required by State Law. The driver was Westrup who claimed that he forgot his license. The front passenger was Jarvis. Westrup told deputies they were travelling from Las Vegas to Oklahoma. The “Bug” was a rental vehicle but neither Jarvis nor Westrup were named on the contract.

While conversing with the pair, deputies noticed numerous signs of deception as the occupants of the “Bug” appeared to be more nervous than the innocent motoring public. Additionally, they were unable to answer basic questions that a pair of passengers sharing a destination would commonly know. At this point, along with other factors developed during the traffic stop, deputies believed the vehicle likely contained contraband in the form of drugs.

The lead K9 deputy requested consent to search their vehicle and both granted permission understanding K9 Miley was standing by. Inside the trunk, deputies found 2 black bags containing more than 6 pounds of marijuana. Jarvis and Westrup denied involvement or any knowledge of the contraband.

Both were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Transportation of Marijuana for Sale. They remain in-custody – each on a $17,000 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 - Ashfork, Arizona

Posted on Jan 31, 2015

 Sex 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, 39-year-old Harold Rocky White Jr., 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 38370 N. Bullock Road, Ash Fork, AZ., 86320. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

In 2001 Offender White Jr., was convicted of sexual abuse in Coos County, OR. The victim was a 15-year-old female known to him. White also served time in the Department of Corrections for Failure to Register as a sex offender in AZ. He 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 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

 

 

 

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Riley, Jr.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015

Offender 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, 43-year-old Gary Ray Riley Jr., 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 21615 N. Aalco Lane, Paulden, Arizona, 86323. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time. 

Offender Riley was convicted sexually motivated bestiality in 2010. Offender is currently 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

 

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification – Decker (Paulden, Arizona)

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

(offender photo may be seen in the attachment)

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, 46-year-old Michael Joseph Decker, 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 25350 N. Enid Drive, Paulden, AZ, 86334. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

Offender Decker was convicted in Delaware in 2008 for unlawful sexual conduct and convicted in 2010 in Arizona for failure to register. Offend Decker is currently on 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.

 

 

 

Sex Offender Notification for Paulden - Offender Hegeman

Posted on Jan 16, 2015

 Offender photo may 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, 41-year-old Brett William Hegeman, 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 25420 N Juniper Drive, Paulden, Arizona, 86334. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

Offender Hegeman physical force to sexually assault a female. Offender Hegeman is not on parole or probation and is currently 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

 

 

 

Sex Offender Notification for Paulden - Offender Mosley

Posted on Jan 16, 2015

Offender photo may 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, 53-year-old Mark Wayne Mosley, 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 24250 N Ravens Roost Road, Paulden, Arizona, 86334. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

Offender Mosley was convicted in California of possession of child pornography in 2009 and sentenced to two years in the California Department of Corrections and three years parole. Offender was arrested for a parole violation in 2013. Offender Mosley is not on probation/parole and is currently 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

 

 

 

Sex Offender Notification for the Chino Valley area

Posted on Jan 2, 2015

Please see the attachment for a notification poster.

Sex Offender Notification for the Seligman area

Posted on Jan 2, 2015

Please see the attachment for a notification poster ---

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.