Crime/Courts/Emergency Services

Fire at Sedona brewery

A single fire sprinkler device may have saved a $2 million Sedona building.

Sedona Fire District emergency crews were called to a reported fire at the Oak Creek Brewing Company & Grille early Thursday in Tlaquepaque. They found the fire had already been extinguished by a single fire sprinkler head. The fire, which was reported shortly after 2 a.m., started on the exterior service patio.

Fire Investigator William Loesche determined that fire resulted from improper storage and disposal of hot ashes. The ashes were stored on the rear service patio in a metal container. The container was found against the building. Fire damage is estimated at $5,000.

Loesch says since automatic fire sprinklers have been required in all new commercial buildings, the Thursday morning blaze is the sixth commercial building fire in the Sedona District in which a single sprinkler head has extinguished before fire crews arrived.

Car burglary suspect arrested

Cottonwood suffered about 16 vehicle burglaries since the first of the year. Students from Mingus Union High School alone were victims of seven of the car burglaries.

A parent of one victim was driving in Cottonwood and noticed items in a vehicle that had been taken from his son Feb. 3. He called Cottonwood Police. Officers arrived and arrested suspect Jose Alberto Saenz, 22.

With a search warrant for the vehicle, the officers found nine car stereos, four large speaker boxes and speakers, numerous speakers without boxes and various burglary tools including pry bars and a slim jim. Other electronic items were also recovered. Officers also allegedly seized a bag of marijuana and marijuana pipes.

Saenz has been arrested and charged with 18 felony counts including trafficking, theft, burglary, taking the identity of another and other drug related charges. The victims of these burglaries will be contacted to see if they can identify and of the stolen property.

Man arrested for sex with 15-year-old

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Monday received information regarding a possible sex offense that had taken place in Cottonwood between a 15-year-old girl and Jose Gregorio Suarez, 39, of Cottonwood. The reporting party advised that Suarez had known the victim for about six months and that the relationship has been ongoing during that time. Witnesses attested that the relationship has become physical.

After an investigation of the allegations, Suarez was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor.


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