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Sex Offender Notification - Rimrock

Posted on Mar 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

March 22, 2015 – UPDATE

 

 Aircraft’s Hard Landing results in injuries to Occupants    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Sex Offender Notification - Dewey

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Direnzo

(Dewey) (Photo of  offender in the attachment)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Hiker Dies after Fall

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

  PRELIMINARY INFORMATION - Just before 6 PM on March 11, 2015, YCSO deputies were dispatched to an incident involving an injured hiker located 5 miles up from the Bull Pen camping area along West Clear Creek, east of Camp Verde in Yavapai County. The subject has been identified as 22-year-old Rhishav Choudhury whose home country is India. Initial reports from those who knew Rhishav indicated he had wandered away by himself from a group and apparently fell an estimated 100’ from a rocky area adjacent to a trail. The group consisted of students from a college in Ohio. 4 members of the group were able to hike to his location and call for help. This is a very remote area and cell phone service was spotty throughout the event.

Within the hour, EMS personnel began hiking towards Rhishav’s location while the Backcountry Unit from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) and a DPS Ranger helicopter were called out. The Ranger crew was able land in the vicinity of the injured man around 7:10 PM. A Ranger paramedic reached the Rhishav just before 8:30 PM after hiking across a canyon and river in darkness. The paramedic confirmed the Rhishav had died. The Backcountry team eventually arrived to provide security at the location until the following morning when removal of the body was scheduled during daylight hours.

This morning, DPS Ranger flew to the scene and airlifted Rhishav’s body to a landing zone for transfer to the Medical Examiner.

The incident remains under investigation and no foul play is suspected.

 

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

 

Sex Offender Alert - Chino Valley

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Suspicious Person Investigation reveals a Car Theft Suspect

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

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On March 9, 2015, at approximately 3:30 AM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to suspicious activity on I-17 south of Camp Verde, Arizona. The reporting person told deputies he picked up a stranded motorist who had passed him on I17 and then pulled over as if in some type of trouble. The reporting person stopped to assist and agreed to take the man, identified as 28-year-old Darrin Miles, to the nearby Comfort Inn hotel as requested by Miles. During the ride, Miles was speaking incoherently while mentioning his dark colored pick-up had run out of gas. The reporting person expressed to deputies concern about the unusual behavior of Miles during their time together.

Deputies located Miles at the Comfort Inn and when questioned about a vehicle he was driving running out of gas, Miles denied any knowledge of such vehicle. Assisting deputies in the area were able to locate an unoccupied black 2012 Chevrolet Silverado on I17 near Highway 169. The Silverado appeared to belong to a Phoenix car dealership and follow-up with the Phoenix Police Department, confirmed the Silverado had been stolen by a man matching the description of Miles. Keys to several unrelated vehicles were also found in the Silverado.

During his arrest, Miles resisted handcuffing and attempted to assault a deputy but was eventually restrained.

Miles was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Unlawful Means of Transportation, Aggravated Assault against a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest and Driving on a Suspended License. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond.

Crime Prevention tip – When coming across similar circumstances, especially in light of the early morning hour, motorists should consider contacting law enforcement immediately to explain the circumstances BEFORE offering a ride to anyone.

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 - Peeples Valley

Posted on Mar 9, 2015

Level 3 Sex Offender Notification – Sego

(Peeples Valley) Sex Offender photo in the attachement

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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, 75-year-old Kenneth Wayne Sego, 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 18315 S Frontier Road, Peeples Valley, Arizona, 86332. This is individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.  

Offender Sego was convicted of sexual conduct with a minor in 1975. Victim was a 5-year-old female known to the offender. Offender was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2006 and in 2011. Offender is not currently on probation / parole and is considered a level 3 (high) risk.  

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

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

For more details about this important public service tool, please view the online presentation available by clicking the Sex Offender 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

 

 

 

 

IRS Scams ongoing in Yavapai County – Resource Information Provided

Posted on Mar 9, 2015

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

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

The IRS has provided the following tips:

The IRS will never -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Former Yavapai County Sheriff Curly Moore Passes Away

Posted on Mar 4, 2015

 

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Former Yavapai County Sheriff H. “Curly” Moore, 86, passed away this morning, March 2, 2015, in Henderson, Nevada.

Dates of Service as Sheriff: January 1, 1977 – December 31, 1988

Moore was born in Kansas and grew up in the Phoenix area of Arizona following a move from Colorado, and even from his early days he always had an interest in law enforcement. He eventually joined the Highway Patrol (Arizona Department of Public Safety) in 1951 and held various assignments in the areas of Patrol, Liaison to the Arizona State Senate, and Executive Aide to then Governor Paul Fannin. Moore would go on to serve 22 and ½ years attaining the rank of Sergeant. Moore took a break from his work at the Highway Patrol when he left the agency in a move to Alaska where he became a police officer with the Fairbanks Police Department. After about three years, Moore returned to Arizona and the Highway Patrol to finish his tenure retiring in 1975.

He moved to Yavapai County where several friends of his convinced him to run for Sheriff of Yavapai County. He was elected in the November 1976 general election and sworn in as Sheriff on January 1, 1977.

During his administration he was able to improve community relations, establish a cadet (Police Explorer) program for teens, develop, and establish the first agency policy manual in August of 1977, and hire additional deputies bringing the total number of deputies from 77 in 1977 to 90 in 1988. Additionally, he orchestrated the modernization of communication equipment, the replacement of much older patrol cars with new Sheriff’s Office vehicles that included such “luxuries” as power steering and refrigeration (air conditioning). There was resistance on the issue of power steering and refrigeration from the board of supervisors who, at that time, saw no justification for the additional expenditure. Moore persisted and persuaded the Board that these items were necessary.

Moore was instrumental in the design and groundbreaking of the current Criminal Justice Building and Detention Center on Gurley Street in Prescott, Arizona. Opened in late 1980, the building housed the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, County Jail, Board of Supervisors, County Treasurer, and the Adult Probation Department. Prior to 1980 the Sheriff’s Office, Jail, Supervisors, Courts, and County Departments were based in the County Court House. Moore also brought forth a comprehensive pension plan for deputy sheriffs and detention officers for the first time placing them in the still existing state level Public Safety Retirement System. The prior county retirement system had little to no benefits. As Sheriff, Moore saw the County Population increase from about 60,000 to over 100,000 during his administration.

Sheriff Moore was voted Sheriff of the Year by the Arizona County Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Association.

Several historically significant cases that were investigated during his Administration include the 1977 Yarnell bank robbery and hostage incident, the 1977 Poland brothers armored truck robbery and homicides, the Cathy Sposito homicide in 1987, and the Pamela Pitts Homicide in 1988.

In November 1988, Sheriff Moore lost in the general election to former Prescott Police Department Lieutenant G.C. “Buck” Buchanan. Following his retirement as Sheriff on December 31, 1988, Moore was appointed by Governor Rose Mofford (R-AZ) to the Arizona Liquor Board as a Judge-Hearing officer and served in that capacity until 1990 when Moore retired from public service after almost 40 years.

Moore was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane, a daughter, and his parents. He is survived by a sister, his children, and several generations of grandchildren.

Sheriff Mascher and all those at YCSO who knew Sheriff Moore would like to express their condolences to family and friends on his passing.

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

Dead Body Discovered near Railroad Tracks in Seligman

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION –

On February 27, 2015, at approximately 9:30 am, the body of a man was found in an open field on the south side of Crookton Road near Route 66 in Seligman near BNSF railroad tracks. The reporting party discovered the body while on a routine walk in the area. Seligman fire personnel were already on scene and confirmed that the man was deceased. He has since been identified as 49-year-old Desmond Andrus of Lakeside, California.

Andrus – photo taken December 2014

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were dispatched to handle the investigation. Based on the victim’s injuries, detectives believe the subject jumped from a moving train. Detectives located shoes, papers, and a bottle of liquor belonging to the subject near the tracks. Andrus’ body was found about ½ mile from these items indicating the possibility he wandered from where he landed to where his body was found.

Detectives also learned that Andrus was seen near train tracks in Flagstaff during the afternoon of February 26, 2015. During the 9 PM hour on February 26th, YCSO deputies were dispatched to check railroad tracks in the Seligman area regarding reports by freight train personnel of a man lying near tracks. Deputies could not locate the subject at that time.

Detectives were briefed today by Medical Examiner personnel who provided a preliminary cause of death as exposure and other natural circumstances. Further details are pending. Detectives are working with BNSF authorities to gather any additional evidence related to Andrus’ death based on information from train personnel running trains in this area during the indicated timeframes.

If anyone has information regarding this incident or recently had contact with Andrus, please contact YCSO Criminal Investigation Bureau at 928-771-3278. Refer to case number 15-007394.

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.

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.