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Recent Incidents Overview – Methamphetamine found in Furniture Safe / Rescue

Posted on Nov 26, 2014

(Photos available in the attachment)         

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K9 Alert reveals nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine in a furniture safe (media release delayed due to ongoing investigation) –

On November 18, 2014, at approximately 7:30 AM, K9 deputies arrested Candelario Fonseca, age 33 from Missouri, and Callie Smith, age 27 from Missouri, on numerous drug charges following the discovery 4.8 pounds of methamphetamine and a firearm in their vehicle. Both remain in-custody – each on a $30,000 bond – charges include Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and Misconduct involving Weapons.

Background - A K9 deputy observed a brown Ford pick-up travelling east on I40 commit a lane change violation and as result, stopped the truck near milepost 139. The truck contained 3 occupants including Fonseca as the driver, Smith riding as a passenger and another male. While conversing with them, deputies noticed numerous signs of deception as the occupants of the truck appeared to be more nervous than the innocent motoring public. Additionally, they were unable to answer basic questions that a group of passengers sharing a destination would commonly know. At this point, it was believed the vehicle likely contained contraband in the form of drugs.

The deputy deployed his K9 partner and observed the K9 alert on some furniture in the bed of the truck. During a check of the furniture, deputies located a safe installed and hidden under a wooden tabletop. Deputies opened the safe and found 4 packages wrapped in heavy duty tape all containing methamphetamine. During a search of the truck’s interior, deputies found an additional 32 grams of meth hidden inside a portion of vehicle trim and a .45 caliber handgun wrapped in a towel. During follow-up, the third passenger was deemed not involved with the contraband and eventually released. (continued)

Handicapped man rescued in remote Camp Verde area –

On November 23, 2014, around 4:30 PM, deputies were dispatched to a wash area off Forest Road 9203J, northeast of Camp Verde, regarding an SUV that appeared stranded in the wash. The reporting party also heard some yelling near the vehicle but could not get close enough to see what was happening. Deputies arrived and had to utilize a 4x4 vehicle on a portion of the road and then could only access the target location after hiking another ½ mile. Upon arrival, they located 41-year-old Sean Maguire of Rimrock, lying in the wash in front of his vehicle with a wheelchair parked nearby. Sean told deputies he was a paraplegic, recently had back surgery, and had sustained injuries from this crash. He was extremely dehydrated and claimed he had been stuck for several days in the wash without food or water.

Sean told deputies he left a family member’s home in Camp Verde a few days prior with no particular destination in mind. He was unsure how he ended up in the wash. Sean also indicated he uses a walking cane to assist in controlling the gas and brakes on his SUV. Family members last saw Sean on November 20, 2014.

DPS Ranger was notified and Sean was airlifted to safety in Camp Verde and treated pending a helicopter ride to a Phoenix area hospital. Sean suffered dehydration, rib injuries, and back pain.

YCSO is very grateful to the reporting party who was alert to cries from Sean and called right away. Sean was truly stranded and subject to exposure as the nights had been very cold and there was no way he could move his vehicle out of the wash.

Cottonwood Robbery Suspect IN-CUSTODY

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

(BOOKING PHOTO MAY BE SEEN IN THE ATTACHMENT)         

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Based on investigative leads developed over the last few days, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to identify the Garcia’s Market robbery suspect as 29-year-old Jason Bunescu from Cottonwood. This morning, detectives located Bunescu at Yavapai College in Clarkdale and arrested him without incident. Bunescu is also on active probation and subsequent to his arrest, detectives completed a probation search of his home. During the search, detectives located a quantity of heroin and a large amount of stolen jewelry which has been linked to an area burglary still under investigation.

The suspect vehicle, a dark green 1998 4-door Jeep with handicapped plates, was also found. The passenger was not involved.

Bunescu was booked on charges including Robbery, Theft, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Narcotics and Burglary. Bond has been set at $50,000.

YCSO would like to thank media outlets for publishing the initial information quickly as it generated lots of phone calls to detectives.

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Media release issued November 18, 2014 -- On November 17, 2014, just before 4 PM, a suspect entered Garcia’s Market, located at the corner of State Highway 89A (3500 block) and Zalesky Road, Bridgeport, and committed a robbery. The suspect walked behind the checkout counter and held a knife to an employee’s waist and demanded money. It appeared to the victim the suspect had intentionally waited until there were no customers inside the store before approaching. The employee complied and handed over cash, mostly in 20 dollar denominations, to the suspect who then left the store in a 1990’s model, forest green, Jeep Cherokee four door vehicle which displayed a handicapped license plate. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30’s, 5’ 10” tall, 170 pounds, blond hair, possibly having blue eyes, wearing a white “hoody” type jacket, dark colored baggy pants, and a dark colored baseball cap. The jacket displayed some type of lettering which the victim was unable to recognize. The suspect was last seen driving towards Cottonwood. The suspect vehicle contained a passenger who appeared 50-years-of-age with short dark hair.

The victim was not injured. Another employee who was inside the store during the robbery was interviewed as a potential witness.

Deputies and neighboring police agencies searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect or vehicle. Crime scene technicians arrived to gather evidence.

If anyone has information regarding the suspect and/or suspect vehicle, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. Callers can also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 and remain anonymous. A cash reward is offered only to callers who contact Silent Witness directly.

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

Prostitution Sting nets 9 Suspects seeking Minors/Adult Woman for Sex-

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

 (suspect photos can be seen in the attachment)  

3 of the Suspects are Probationers      

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On November 18th and 19th, 2014, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office again joined with several area law enforcement agencies to combat Human Trafficking/Prostitution in Yavapai County. YCSO along with Prescott PD, Cottonwood PD, Chino Valley PD, the Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission task force (GITEM - DPS), FBI, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) and the Department of Homeland Security conducted an operation to target the buyers of child and adult prostitutes.

It is important to understand that Human Trafficking is the second most prolific crime in the world, second only to narcotics trafficking in terms of revenue generated. The victims of human trafficking are often teenaged girls who, for various reasons, are forced to engage in repeated sexual assaults for the profit of a “pimp” soliciting customers for prostitutes. In an effort to eliminate the demand for prostitutes, this operation targeted buyers who would otherwise willingly hire underage and/or adult prostitutes for sexual gratification. After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the “prostitutes,” actually undercover law enforcement officers, in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the two days, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended these men who, even with knowledge some of the “prostitutes” were legally considered children, still intended to exploit them anyway through paid sex acts.

A total of 9 adult men were arrested following their request for sex acts and an offer or presentation of payment in the hotel room. Names, details, and booking information follow:

November 18, 2014 - Benjamin Tullos, age 22, from Ohio, arrested for 2 counts of Engaging in Child Prostitution after soliciting persons he believed were underage prostitutes. He remains in-custody on $40,000 bond.

 

 

November 18, 2014 - Samuel Cogo, age 28, from California, arrested for Engaging in Prostitution with a Known Minor, after soliciting persons he believed were underage prostitutes. He has been released after posting a $40,000 bond.

November 19, 2014 – Timothy Callahan, age 44, from Prescott, arrested for 1 count of Sexual Abuse after intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a person he believed was a prostitute who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer. He has since been released on a $3000 bond. The Sexual Abuse charge resulted when Callahan fondled a female who he believed was a prostitute prior to arrest.

November 19, 2014 - Craig Schoonover, age 45, from Dewey, Az., arrested for 1 count of Engaging in Prostitution, a misdemeanor, after soliciting a person he believed was a prostitute. He has since been released on a $1500 bond. Currently on probation related to prior drug offenses.

November 19, 2014 – Buren “Jarrett” Burgess, age 41, from Prescott, arrested for 2 counts of Engaging in Child Prostitution, after soliciting persons he believed were underage prostitutes for sex. He remains in-custody on a $40,000 bond. Burgess is currently on lifetime probation due to prior child abuse related convictions.

November 19, 2014 - Keaton Durkee, age 34, from Phoenix, arrested for 2 counts of Sexual Abuse, after intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a person he believed was a prostitute. He has since been released on a $5000 bond. During contact with a person he believed was a prostitute, he became aggressive and committed 2 acts of sexual abuse by fondling the female – actually an undercover law enforcement officer.

November 19, 2014 – Patrick Fisher, age 55, from Prescott, arrested for 1 count of Engaging in Prostitution, a misdemeanor, after soliciting a person he believed was a prostitute. Fisher has been released on $1500 bond. He is currently on probation due to a prior domestic violence conviction.

November 19, 2014 – David Lorch, age 50, from Prescott, arrested for 1 count of Engaging in Prostitution, a misdemeanor, after soliciting a person he believed was a prostitute. He remains in-custody on a $1500 bond.

November 19, 2014 – Noel Astorga, age 30, from Chino Valley, AZ, arrested for 2 counts of Engaging in Child Prostitution after soliciting persons he believed were underage prostitutes. He remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond.

  

“I will continue to make these types of operations a priority for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office because the goal of protecting our children from sexual predators must continue. I would like to thank all the assisting agencies for their support and participation in the investigation. On behalf of my fellow law enforcement partners, it is my hope these arrests send a message that preying on our children will not be tolerated in this County.”

Sheriff Scott Mascher

 

 

 

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 for Robbery at Bridgeport Market

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

On November 17, 2014, just before 4 PM, a suspect entered Garcia’s Market, located at the corner of State Highway 89A (3500 block) and Zalesky Road, Bridgeport, and committed a robbery. The suspect walked behind the checkout counter and held a knife to an employee’s waist and demanded money. It appeared to the victim the suspect had intentionally waited until there were no customers inside the store before approaching. The employee complied and handed over cash, mostly in 20 dollar denominations, to the suspect who then left the store in a 1990’s model, forest green, Jeep Cherokee four door vehicle which displayed a handicapped license plate. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 30’s, 5’ 10” tall, 170 pounds, blond hair, possibly having blue eyes, wearing a white “hoody” type jacket, dark colored baggy pants, and a dark colored baseball cap. The jacket displayed some type of lettering which the victim was unable to recognize. The suspect was last seen driving towards Cottonwood. The suspect vehicle contained a passenger who appeared 50-years-of-age with short dark hair.

The victim was not injured. Another employee who was inside the store during the robbery was interviewed as a potential witness.

Deputies and neighboring police agencies searched the area but were not able to locate the suspect or vehicle. Crime scene technicians arrived to gather evidence.

If anyone has information regarding the suspect and/or suspect vehicle, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. Callers can also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 and remain anonymous. A cash reward is offered only to callers who contact Silent Witness directly.

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

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 - Seligman

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

*** Photo of offender can be seen in the attachment ***

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification –Cadwell

(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, 55-year-old Charles George Cadwell, 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 Lot #88 Hyde Park Road, Seligman, Arizona, 86337. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time. 

Offender Cadwell was convicted in 1989 for unlawful sexual contact in Maine and convicted of failing to register in Yavapai County. Cadwell is on probation and 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

 

 

 

 

County Wide Warrant Sweep Targets Domestic Violence Cases

Posted on Nov 7, 2014

 

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Yesterday, YCSO deputies and officers from multiple Yavapai County law enforcement agencies conducted several arrest warrants checks throughout the county. The warrants involved various charges including assault, child abuse, criminal damage, failure to pay, threatening, failure to obey court order, probation violation, etc. The goal was to hold these individuals accountable for their actions and in turn provide support for the involved domestic violence victims. October just concluded Domestic Violence Awareness month which served as a reminder that victims of this crime should not be forgotten. In light of this observance, the Sheriff and Police Chiefs from around the County who sit as members of the Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) board, became the driving force to organize a warrant sweep targeting domestic violence suspects/defendants.

The effort, co-lead by Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher and Camp Verde Marshall Nancy Gardner with support of the PANT Board, involved officers from the following police departments: Prescott Valley (Chief Bryan Jarrell), Prescott (Chief Jerald Monahan), Cottonwood (Chief Jody Fanning), Clarkdale (Chief Randy Taylor), Sedona (Chief Ray Cota), the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office and YCSO. More than 60 warrants involving 60 different locations in Yavapai County were checked based on last known addresses.

Those located and arrested are identified as follows:

James Stinebaker, 38, from Cottonwood – charges include Disorderly Conduct per Domestic Violence and Fail to Pay. James remains in custody on a bond of $824.00.

Alishea Stinebaker, 38, from Cottonwood – charges include Disorderly Conduct per Domestic Violence and Interfere with Judicial Proceedings. She remains in-custody – bond information not posted.

Joseph Vetro, 40, from Sedona – charges include Fail to Pay, Assault per Domestic Violence and Criminal Damage. He has been released on a promise to appear.

Andrew Adams, 26, from Cottonwood – charges include Disorderly Conduct per Domestic Violence, Fail to Pay, and Fail to Register as Sex offender. Andrew remains in-custody on bond of $8800.

Renee Macias, 36, from Camp Verde - 4 warrants with charges including Fail to Pay Fine x2, Issuing a Bad Check x6, Driving on a Suspended License. She remains in-custody on a $3449 bond.

JC McPike, 27, from Camp Verde – McPike was located in the Camp Verde Detention Center in-custody on felony assault charges. Additional warrant charges include Disorderly Conduct x2, and Criminal Damage. Bond is set at $8000.

Megnon Fatheree, 26, from Prescott Valley, arrested for Failure to Appear on domestic violence offenses out of the Mayer Justice Court and additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She has been released on bail.

An additional female was contacted but not arrested due to medical conditions leaving her wheelchair bound. She was directed to contact the Verde Valley Justice Court by end of this business week. Two additional suspects were confirmed in-custody at the Department of Corrections in Tucson, and a third is in custody of Immigrations and Custom Enforcement in Eloy, AZ.

Patrol officers from the various jurisdictions will continue to check warrants locations and follow-up on any new address information received as a result of this sweep. It is the goal of the task force that each person named in the warrant list is accountable for their case.

 

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 - Stanton (Angel Ranch)

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification –Thomason

(Stanton – Angel Ranch)

Offender photo can 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, 50-year-old Clyde Walter Thomason, 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 Parcel 204-22-016A, Stanton, Arizona, 85332 – Angel Ranch. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

Offender Thomason was convicted in 2005 of attempted sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was a 6-year-old female living in the same household and reported multiple offenses occurring through 2001. Thomason 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

 

 

 

 

 

Road Rage Incident leads to Shooting and Homicide - UPDATED

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

 

The investigation into this incident continues today. The deceased man has been identified as 50-year-old Paul Ries from Maricopa, Arizona. Detectives completed an extensive interview of the man who shot Ries and continue to document statements from several witnesses to the incident. An investigator from the County Attorney’s office was briefed on the circumstances. The shooter was released yesterday pending completion of the investigation by YCSO detectives and review of final case reports by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

Detectives continue to seek witnesses who may have seen the apparent road rage dispute and resulting collision along south Highway 69 in the Mayer/Spring Valley area around 12:30PM yesterday. The two vehicles involved were a white Chrysler 200 sedan driven by Ries, and silver Toyota Tacoma pick-up driven by a 59-year-old male. Anyone with information is requested to call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 and ask for Criminal Investigations - reference case number 14-039174. Witnesses may also call Yavapai Silent Witness, 1800-932-3232, to report their knowledge of this incident or contact with either party on the highway in this area.

__________________________________________________________________________________ November 2, 2014 - PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – Just after 12:30 PM this afternoon, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a shooting incident on Highway 69 near Mayer High School, Spring Valley, Arizona. Department of Public Safety Officers were already on scene and indicated a man in his late 40’s had been shot and would transported to a local hospital. A 59-year-old man was currently detained and identified as the shooter. Within the hour, deputies were notified that the man who was shot had died.

Witnesses indicated the two individuals, each in their own vehicle, were in some type of traffic dispute while driving south on Highway 69. The deceased man, driving a white Dodge sedan, apparently confronted a man driving a silver Toyota truck on side of the road following a collision.

The shooter remained on scene and is being interviewed by YCSO detectives who are currently investigating the incident. A handgun has been recovered. No arrests have been made as of this writing and further details have not been disclosed.

Detectives are seeking additional witnesses and have asked anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 and refer to case 14-039174. Callers may also contact Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

Further updates when available --

The Highway in this area is open to all traffic ---

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.