Crime/Emergency Services, May 30, 2007

ID sought for dead man

The dead body of a man was found in a wooded area in West Sedona May 20. The Medical Examiner has now ruled that the man died of dehydration.

The body was recovered near Dove Wing Drive off Bristlecone Pine Drive in the Yavapai County Sheriff's jurisdiction. An investigation found no signs of foul play at the scene. The man was clothed only in a pair of shorts and nearby residents told police that he had been seen in the area before, and was possibly a transient.

The dead man carried no identification and has still not been identified. He is described as a white with tan skin and possibly was 30-40 years of age. He has brown hair and blue eyes and had a treble clef musical symbol tattoo on his right shoulder.

Currently, there are no related missing persons cases filed with YCSO, Sedona Police, or the Coconino County Sheriff's Office. Any one with information about the possible identity of the man is asked to contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260.

Task force picks up drunken drivers

A police task force, including members of the Clarkdale Police Department, conducted a Saturation Patrol this Memorial Day Weekend. Four drivers were charged with Driving under the Influence as part of the additional surveillance. One was a case of Extreme DUI. The saturation patrol also checked motorists and passengers for seatbelts as part of the 'Click it or Ticket' campaign.

Stolen gun

In addition, Clarkdale police made a traffic stop and arrested a 27-year-old man on a charge of possession of a stolen weapon.

The car was pulled over in a traffic stop at Arizona 89A and the Old Jerome Highway Sunday morning. Augustin Jaime Esqueda-Gamez was charged with reckless driving and endangerment. A 22-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle and a charge was made for a concealed weapon. But, the handgun was reportedly been stolen in Prescott. Equeda-Gamez told the Clarkdale officer that he bought the gun on the street.

Golf restaurant burglarized

Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Ranch House Restaurant at 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The restaurant is located at the Beaver Creek Golf Club in Lake Montezuma.

Deputies found that a window to the exterior of the building had been smashed, but when the deputies entered the building they found no suspects inside.

An initial inventory of the business determined that several bottles of liquor were taken from the bar area.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260.

Bicyclist suffers head injuries

A young girl was struck on a bicycle in Verde Village One Monday. The young bicyclist collided with a minivan at Prairie lane and East Mesa Drive, causing a head injury to the 13-year-old, who had not been wearing a bicycle helmet.

The girl's mother was holding her daughter on a cattle guard when emergency crews arrived. The girl had not been wearing a bicycle helmet.

Crews treated the bandaged the bleeding of the girl's head and placed her on a backboard because of the type of injury for the trip to the hospital.

But crews said that, as the ambulance was en route to the hospital, the patient's condition began to worsen. She asked repetitive questions and faded in and out of consciousness. So, they immediately alerted the Guardian Air ambulance to fly the girl to the Flagstaff Medical Center Trauma unit.

Young burglar

A 14-year-old Cottonwood boy was arrested "red handed" late Sunday night holding a car radio. Police found another car radio/ CD player, a radar detector and metal container with CDs nearby.

A neighbor had called police to report a suspicious subject, who was possibly burglarizing vehicles.

He was arrested on two counts of Burglary III, two counts of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and curfew violation. He was transferred to Yavapai County Juvenile Detention.

Mother and child in rollover

Camp Verde Fire crews got off easy this holiday weekend. The single serious accident involved a 38-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son just after midnight Monday morning. The accident, described as a high-speed rollover, occurred on Cherry Road at milepost 15.

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