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Arkansas Couple arrested for Transportation of Meth for Sale

Posted on May 20, 2015

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Media release delayed due to ongoing investigation following the initial arrest –

On May 14, 2015, at approximately 7:45 AM, YCSO K9 deputies arrested 59-year-old Wallace McMaster and his wife, 56-year-old Sherri McMaster, for charges including Possession of Dangerous Drug for Sale and Transportation/Sell Dangerous Drugs. The couple is from Arkansas. Both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remain in-custody, each on an $80,000 bond.

Background – Following an observed traffic violation involving a red Chevrolet pick-up on east I40, YCSO K9 deputies stopped the truck and contacted the driver, Wallace McMaster. His wife, Sherri, was a passenger. While conversing with them, the deputy noticed numerous signs of deception as the couple appeared more nervous than the innocent motoring public. Additionally, they were unable to answer basic questions that a husband and wife sharing a destination would commonly know. This, along with additional observations, led deputies to believe the vehicle likely contained contraband in the form of drugs.

During a consent search, the K9 deputy noticed a couple of suspicious containers in the bed of the truck. He deployed his K9 partner for an exterior sniff of the truck bed and his K9 alerted on the tailgate area and door seams. During examination of a cooler in the truck bed, a deputy found that the cooler liner had been modified. Once the liner was removed, a hollowed out compartment was visible which contained over half a pound of packaged methamphetamine. Inside the cab of the truck, deputies found a marijuana cigarette.

At this point, Wallace admitted their involvement in the transportation of meth with intent to sell in his home state.

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

Citizen Calls help Deputies take DUI Driver’s off the Road

Posted on May 19, 2015

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Since Friday, May 15, 2015, YCSO deputies arrested 6 individuals for separate DUI incidents around Yavapai County. Locations included the Village of Oak Creek, Cordes Lakes, Bagdad, Black Canyon City and 2 in Prescott Valley. Two of the arrests were the direct result of concerned citizens who reported DUI incidents to law enforcement and as a result, likely prevented these individuals from harming themselves or others on our roadways. Those arrests are highlighted below -

Prescott Valley – On May 16, 2015, around 5:30 PM, a YCSO deputy heard an attempt to locate message involving a reckless driver in the area of Highway 89 and Willow Creek Road, Prescott. The concerned vehicle was identified as a red Toyota Rav 4 and was later spotted by the deputy on Glassford Hill Road and Spouse Drive in Prescott Valley. The driver, identified as 49-year-old Prescott Valley resident June Pelton, was contacted and failed field sobriety tests. Deputies confirmed reckless driving actions with the original reporting party including unsafe speed and passing vehicles on the right.

During follow-up with a drug recognition expert, Pelton admitted recent methamphetamine and OxyContin ingestion. Deputies found numerous prescription meds along with bindles containing meth and heroin in her purse. Preliminary test results confirmed illicit drug use and DUI. Pelton was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including DUI Drug, Endangerment, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She has since been released on a $5,000 bond.

Black Canyon City - On May 16, 2015, at approximately 9:30 PM, 64-year-old Norman Abreo from Missouri, was arrested for Aggravated Driving under the Influence and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. He remains in-custody on a $5,000 bond.

A resident living on Desert Cove in Black Canyon City reported that a silver Hyundai Sedan became stuck in a ditch after making a U-turn in front of his home and it appeared the driver was intoxicated. Deputies arrived and identified Abreo as the driver. Abreo told them he had consumed “less than a pint of Vodka” while heading to Missouri from Glendale, Arizona. Deputies could also detect the strong odor of alcohol on his breath and person. Abreo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested as indicated. He refused further tests. A search warrant was sought and approved and more than 2 hours later, breath tests by Abreo scored .19 and .18 per cent alcohol concentration – well over twice the legal limit. Additionally, Abreo had DUI priors from 2012 and 2013 and had been arrested for Super Extreme DUI by the Phoenix Police Department in March of 2015.

And finally, a sobering thought –

In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (Credit D.O.T., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – 2014 report).

 

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

May 12, 2015 – Identity Theft Update - Suspect identified and being sought

Posted on May 12, 2015

SUSPECT PHOTO MAY BE SEEN IN THE ATTACHMENT

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May 12, 2015 - Since the original media release issued April 29, 2015, YCSO deputies have been working with partnering law enforcement agencies and identified one of the suspects in this case. He is 27-year-old Andy Lawton who is associated with the suspect vehicle – a grey 2012 Jeep Patriot displaying a Texas license plate of BJV0868. Lawton is from the Prescott area, but may be residing in Phoenix. Lawton has an active probation violation warrant. Lawton and at least one additional suspect have been making credit cards with stolen identification information purchased/obtained via the internet. The fraudulent cards have been used in both Prescott and Phoenix area businesses.

YCSO would like to locate Lawton quickly and is urging anyone with information to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 or the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. Refer to case number 15-014223.

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April 29, 2015 - This release was delayed pending receipt of security video.

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

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

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

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

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

Yavapai Silent Witness offers reward in two Vehicle Arson cases!

Posted on May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015 (photos of damaged vehicles in the attachment)

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In the very early hours of May 5, 2015, someone set fire to two vehicles within minutes of each other. Prescott Valley police say that around 1:30 am they were called to Cypress Circle regarding a reported pickup truck that was on fire. Then 30 minutes later, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a pickup truck fire on Rustler’s Den Drive in Dewey. The locations are approximately 15 driving miles apart, but both agencies feel that these fires are definitely related.

In Dewey someone set fire to a silver gray 1997 Ford F-250 and in Prescott Valley the torched vehicle was a white 1995 Ford F-350.

If you have any information on either of these fires please call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Remember, you never have to give your name and a cash reward is being offered. Refer to case number 15-016162. Cases are being investigated by YCSO, Prescott Valley PD, and Central Yavapai Fire District.

Sex Offender Notifcation - Cottonwood

Posted on May 4, 2015

Level 2 Sex Offender Notification – Shotwell

(Cottonwood)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

Posted on Apr 30, 2015

Media Release

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Mascher – Sheriff

255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301

Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator                                                                             

928-777-7441

 

April 29, 2015

 

YCSO Seeking Identity Theft Suspects

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This release was delayed pending receipt of security video.

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

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

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

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

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

Sex Offender Notification - Seligman

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

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

(Seligman)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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.