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Sex Offender Notification - Mayer

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Gillespie

(Mayer)

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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, 51-year-old James Grant Gillespie, 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 13670 S Sage Brush Drive, Mayer, Arizona, 86333. This individual is not wanted by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 

James Gillespie

In 1999, 35-year-old Offender had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old female known to him. In 1996, 32-year-old Offender had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female known to him. In both instances Offender injected victims with drugs prior to sexual intercourse. Offender is on State Parole 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

 

 

 

Vehicle Crashes into Rimrock Restaurant

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

  *** photos may be seen in the attachment ***

Thanks to Montezuma/Rimrock Fire Chief Keller for the following report (in italics) -

“On Wednesday morning at approximately 08:10 AM, Montezuma Rimrock and Camp Verde Fire Districts were dispatched to a reported vehicle accident into the building of the popular Vintages Grill in Rimrock. A single occupant was found in the vehicle, who sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the accident. The 17 year-old driver was treated on scene and then transported by MRFD ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center for further evaluation. Unfortunately, the rear wall of Vintages suffered significant damage, including structural, plumbing, electrical system involvement, and a propane gas line was found to be leaking as well. MRFD crews secured the utilities to the structure, and the Camp Verde response was cancelled prior to their arrival. The single employee in the building at the time of the crash was not injured. Late reports indicate the business is to remain closed until repairs can be made. Fortunately, the vehicle involved missed the large propane tank on this part of the property as it careened down the hill into the building. Had this tank been hit, a significant fire possibly could have occurred.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s office is conducting the traffic investigation to determine the cause of this incident.”

From YCSO - Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene as the fire department was removing the driver. Prior to the crash, a witness saw the red Honda travelling north on Beaver Creek Road nearly “100 miles per hour.” Instead of rounding the curve, the car went straight and it appeared the driver never hit the brakes. Deputies spoke briefly with the driver, a Rimrock resident, who could not recall what caused him to leave the roadway. He remembered driving past the fire station and then ‘woke up’ after hitting the restaurant. Fortunately, the driver was wearing a seat belt.

There was no evidence of intoxication regarding the driver – blood test results are pending. The driver was cited for Failure to Control Vehicle.

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

Recent Incidents Overview – K9 Traffic Stop with 2 Arrests / Search and Rescue Incident

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

 

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2 In-Custody following K9 traffic stop - On June 18, 2015, just before 10 PM, a YCSO K9 deputy arrested Porschae Renee Page, 28, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Christopher Michael Johnson, 30, also from Minneapolis, after locating marijuana, over $20,000 in cash, and fraudulent credit cards. Both also had two valid Federal arrest warrants.

Background – The K9 deputy stopped the couples red Jeep Compass for moving violations on south I17 near Highway 179. During contact with the driver, Porschae Page, he could detect an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A warrant check revealed Page had an active fraud/identity theft federal warrant. Her passenger, Christopher Johnson, provided fake identification to the deputy. Once his true name was confirmed, deputies discovered he was also wanted on a similar federal warrant. Both warrants indicated no bond holds.

During a search of Johnson’s person, nearly $10,000 in cash was found and several apparently fraudulent credit cards. A search inside the vehicle revealed a marijuana cigar and in excess of $10,000 inside a purse belonging to Page.

Both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remain in-custody. The currency was held as evidence pending a money laundering investigation.

Search and Rescue – On Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 12:30 AM, deputies were dispatched to an area along the Verde River north of Clarkdale, Arizona, regarding a stranded 33-year-old female. The caller stated that his girlfriend and their 2 sons, ages 6 and 7, had been hiking along the river and around sunset, he and the boys decided to return to their motorhome requiring a nearly 200’ climb up a canyon wall. His girlfriend stayed back and once darkness fell, she felt she could not climb out on her own. Her boyfriend indicated she did not have a flashlight or cell phone, was not dressed for cold weather, and was becoming distressed. At the scene, deputies could hear the subject in the canyon, but could not understand her.

Deputies called out the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Rescue Team’s Back Country Unit, who were assembled by 3AM and had to rapel down the canyon wall to access the stranded female. Once they determined she was not in immediate distress, the team was able to slowly escort her out via a wash and reunite her with family around 5AM. The family was very appreciative regarding the efforts of rescue teams working throughout the night to insure her safety.

Although the 4some should have concluded their hike earlier to avoid darkness and the likelihood of confronting steep terrain returning to camp, they did the right thing concerning the stranded hiker by waiting for rescue professionals to get her out safely. There was a very obvious risk of injury if she had tried to maneuver her way out in pitch black darkness against unfamiliar and steep terrain.

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

Publishers Clearing House Scam Continues – Victim loses $3500

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

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A 77-year-old Chino Valley resident called Monday, June 15, 2015, to report fraud by phone. The man told deputies that on Thursday, June 11, 2015, he received a cell phone call from a number with an 876 area code. This area code identifies the country of Jamaica which is a home base for suspects who victimize thousands each year. The suspect/caller told the Chino Valley man he had just won a Publisher’s Clearing House award but needed to send $3500 in processing fees to claim his prize. The victim went to a local community bank, obtained a cashier’s check in the requested amount and sent it to an address in Wisconsin as directed. He later realized he had been scammed.

The deputy contacted the local police department in the Wisconsin community where the house is located and advised that scam proceeds were being sent to this particular address. Officers at this agency agreed to investigate once our completed report is received.

Again, any unsolicited calls from an 876 number will likely involve a scam. Also, you are NEVER required to pay money up front if you have won a prize in a legitimate sweepstakes.

YCSO will continue to issue fraud alerts like this in the hope we can stop this activity in its tracks. We have had calls from residents recently who avoided being scammed because of knowledge about the techniques read in media reports. In most cases these scams target our senior population and many were simply not aware of the activity. YCSO encourages those who have older family and friends to share these scam alerts with the targeted group.

A great resource guide is available from YCSO – go to www.ycsoaz.gov and under the News and Events section you find a link to the “Little Book of Scams.” You can review the guide online or download to print and share with others.

With your help we can prevent further victims from being scammed. Also remember to check out the Internet Crime Complaint Center hosted by the FBI. Victims can report activity and stay up to date on the latest scams – see http://www.ic3.gov/media/default.aspx.

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

Detectives seeking to Determine Circumstances of Woman’s Death

Posted on Jun 13, 2015

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PRELIMINARY INFORMATION –

Thursday, June 11, 2015 around 6PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the 2600 block of Mongini Lane in Bridgeport, Cottonwood, regarding the body of a woman found in a nearby irrigation canal. She was identified as 23-year-old Jennifer Holgate from Prescott Valley. Deputies and detectives have since canvassed the area for evidence and potential witnesses, but the exact circumstances of her death remain undetermined.

Detectives learned that Holgate had been released from the Camp Verde Detention Center around 5 PM on June 9, 2015. She had been in jail for two days after being arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. She is believed to have been back and forth between the Cottonwood area and Prescott Valley area over the last few of days of her life.

Detectives are not disclosing any further details at this time to prevent jeopardizing the ongoing investigation. Detectives are seeking any information from the public on Holgate’s death. This includes anyone who had contact with her in recent days or may have background information that would help explain the timeline of her whereabouts following her release from jail on June 9.

The handling detective is Keith Levin who can be reached at 928-777-7389. Callers may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 to report information anonymously. Any tip, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is encouraged.

The case number is 15-021746.

 

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 Arrest of 2 for Vehicle Theft and Credit Card Fraud-

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

 See the attachment for suspect and suspect vehicle photos

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On June 9, 2015, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a silver Volkswagen Jetta for running the stop sign in front of the Depot 89 gas station adjacent to Highway 89 in Paulden, Arizona. A records check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen out of Oregon. The driver, 32-year-old Johnnie Applegate from Portland, Oregon, and his passenger, 26-year-old Danielle Detmer who is also from Portland, were both arrested. Detmer admitted to borrowing the vehicle from a friend in Oregon to go to the store approximately 2 weeks ago and never returning the Volkswagen. During a search of the vehicle, marijuana was located along with prescription drugs that were not designated for either party. Deputies also found heroin related paraphernalia.

As the search continued, deputies discovered numerous tampered credit cards and associated paperwork listing various legitimate credit cards numbers. Based on the examination of these items and other property located, deputies believe the suspects were modifying credit cards by re-embossing apparently valid numbers on the card face to make purchases. Although early in the investigation, deputies have evidence indicating the suspects used the fraudulent cards in Arizona over recent days.

YCSO is seeking to speak with anyone, especially merchants, who had contact with these suspects or may have been victimized through the use of fraudulent cards presented by them. Please call 928-771-3260 to report the activity. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. The case number is 15-021410.

Investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

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 4 Arrests

Posted on Jun 8, 2015

(booking photos are available in the attachement)

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(Note – release delayed due to investigative follow-up during the week following the operation) –

On June 1, 2015, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office joined with several other law enforcement agencies to combat Human Trafficking in Yavapai County. YCSO along with Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD, Cottonwood PD, Department of Homeland Security/ICE, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), conducted an operation to target the buyers of underage/adult prostitutes. It is important to know 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 prostitutes for sexual gratification. After the suspects initiated contact in response to a notice from an internet publication, they made arrangements to meet the “girls” in a specified Yavapai County motel room. Over the course of the day, the team of combined law enforcement officers apprehended those men who, despite knowing that the girls were legally considered children or in their late teens, were willing to exploit them anyway through paid sex acts.

A total of 4 adult men were arrested following their request for sex acts and presentation of payment in the hotel room. They are: 18-year-old Alex Arizmendi from Paulden who remains in-custody on a $5,000 bond, 40-year-old Isidrio Espino-Fierros from Las Vegas released on a $4000 bond, 47-year-old Jeffrey Sunderlin from Surprise released on a $2000 bond, and 42-year-old Sean Davis from Tucson released on a $2000 bond.

CHARGES –

Arizmendi completed initial phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room, agreed to pay for sex with both an adult and minor child. He was charged with Child Prostitution (felony) and Prostitution.

Espino-Fierros completed initial phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room and agreed to pay an adult female for sex acts. He faces a charge of Entice Person for Prostitution, a misdemeanor.

Sunderlin completed initial phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room and agreed to pay an adult female for sex acts. He faces a charge of Entice Person for Prostitution, a misdemeanor.

Davis completed initial phone arrangements and upon arrival at the hotel room and agreed to pay an adult female for sex acts. He also faces a charge of Entice Person for Prostitution, a misdemeanor.

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As before, Sheriff Mascher would like to share the following:

“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 and young woman 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.”

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

 

Preliminary Overview of Deputy Involved Shooting – Deputy Identified

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Russell is providing the following preliminary information:

At approximately 4:09 AM on May 30, 2015, 18-year-old Ebin Proctor of Cottonwood was one of 6 occupants in a vehicle stopped by 2 YCSO deputies on Vaquero Lane in Cottonwood. During contact with the deputies, Proctor gave a false identity.   It was later determined Proctor was on active felony probation for an incident which occurred on May 22, 2014, where he plead guilty to Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault on a Chino Valley Police Officer. Proctor had violated his probation in this case and a $25,000 felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

A few minutes into the traffic stop, Proctor suddenly ran from the scene. 26-year-old Deputy Steven Gorman, a 2 year veteran of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, initiated a foot pursuit and caught up with Proctor in the back yard of a home on nearby Yuma Circle, at which point Deputy Gorman deployed his Taser which was ineffective. Proctor immediately attacked Deputy Gorman; in an attempt to stop the assault, Deputy Gorman deployed his pepper spray which also proved ineffective. Proctor continued the assault and began struggling to gain control of Deputy Gorman’s firearm while they were on the ground. Fearing for his life, the deputy was forced to shoot Proctor, who died on scene.

Deputy Gorman was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries sustained during the attack. He remains on administrative leave per agency policy while he recovers from his injuries. The shooting investigation is being handled by the Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Unit. The Sheriff’s Office will not comment further on this case while the investigation by DPS is under way. Chief Russell wishes to thank the community for their prayers and support regarding this unfortunate incident.

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

Sex Offender Notifcation - Cottonwood

Posted on May 4, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Shotwell

(Cottonwood)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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 - 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.