Fri, May 24

Crime/Emergency Services

Smoke out West

Police report few incidents related to bikers who attended the chopper show at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. All agencies say that there was more traffic than typical and plenty of motorcycle noise, but there were few incidents.

Clarkdale Police reported a couple of speeders. Jerome Police say they had some noise complaints, and Cottonwood Police had one biker, involved in a one-vehicle wreck, who may have been intoxicated.

Smoke on the steak

The Cottonwood Fire Department was called to a fire alarm at Sweet Jill's Restaurant on East Villa Drive. When fire crews arrived, the building was three to four feet deep in smoke. Reportedly a kettle of meat had been left on the stove and had burned until a cloud of smoke was created. The fire department helped to clear smoke from the building.

Cottonwood Wrecks

Four people were transported to Verde Valley Medical Center after a two-vehicle T-bone collisoin at Mingus and 89A in Cottonwood Sunday afternoon.

A newer model small Nissan SUV was pushed into a street light, which penetrated the engine compartment and trapped the occupants. Two young women had to be extracted from the vehicle. The second small SUV contained a mother and her small child

Officers were called to West Mingus Avenue and 89A Sunday afternoon on a report of an injury collision. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage

The driver of one vehicle, Tiffanie Evans, 23, told the Cottonwood Officer that she was talking on her cell phone and when she looked up her light had changed to red and she entered the intersection striking the second vehicle on the driver side door. The second driver confirmed that Evans had entered the intersection against the red light.

A record check showed Evans' license was revoked for a DUI. The woman told the officer she was still driving because she needed to get back and forth to work. All occupants of both vehicles were transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Evans' vehicle was towed and a 30-day hold placed on the vehicle due to DUI revocation.

Camp Verde Wrecks

A motorcyclist was apparently distracted as he approached a vehicle slowing to make a left turn on Arizona 260 Saturday at Aspen Way. The biker failed to apply brakes and smashed into the rear of the stopped Ford Taurus just before 4 p.m. Robert Schank, 56, was ejected by the collision and launched into the back of the car. He was flown to John C. Lincoln North for treatment of trauma.

Camp Verde Fire was called to a one vehicle high speed rollover accident Saturday afternoon at milepost 284 on Interstate 17. The single vehicle rolled over in the southbound lanes. A 56-year-old woman was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center

Wind, trees and power lines

Power was out for six hours Monday morning for some Cornville residents. Wayne Ferguson of APS explained that a tree along Hiddenview Road fell onto a high voltage line about 3 a.m., dousing the lights for several hundred people around Casey's Corner. Service was restored about 9 a.m.

Very high winds Thursday, clocked up to 47 mph, also caused downed trees along Valley View in Camp Verde. The falling trees snapped two power lines as well as a power pole cross arm. As many as 150 customers were without power until 4:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Women busted for drugs

A Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy patrolling on Cornville Road stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked behind a large mound of gravel on Mixing Circle in Cornville.

Three women were in the vehicle, the driver Edrea Anne Sommer, 52, and her two passengers Fawn Lee Foster, 43, and Susan Marie Behlow, 50, all of Cottonwood.

The deputy brought in drug K-9 "Aros" to do a sniff search of Sommer's vehicle because the trio exhibited signs they were impaired.

Aros alerted on the passenger side of the vehicle and a search was made. In a handbag between the front seats was a plastic baggie allegedly containing 4.2 ounces of marijuana. An open cigarette container held one marijuana joint. Under the seats, deputies allegedly found two baggies containing approximately one gram of methamphetamine, and a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue was seized from the back seat.

Foster was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Behlow was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Sommer was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Homeowner fires a suspected burglar

Joel Allen Babcock, 24, of Cottonwood, was arrested early Friday morning as an unwanted visitor at a Cornville home. He dropped to the ground after a homeowner fired a shot from his personal weapon but was not injured.

The alleged victim on Chick Road told the arresting officer that he awoke to hear sounds outside his patio door.

When the homeowner spotted a man in his driveway, he called out to him, but the intruder ran toward him, screaming and waving his arms until shots were fired and he hit the ground.

Babcock, of Cottonwood, would not speak about the incident but investigators have linked Babcock with entering the victim's truck. The suspect is also possibly connected with another vehicle that had been entered and tampered with.

Babcock is currently on parole out of Coconino County.