Sex offender arrested in Camp Verde

Fred Welch

Fred Welch

CAMP VERDE -- Fred Welch, 61, was arrested just before 3 a.m. early Saturday morning on North Hayfield Draw Road.

Welch had been on a family outing. His arrest took place after a 10-year-old victim called her mother to report she had been molested by the older man.

The incident took place in the bed of a pickup where Welch and the victim had been sleeping. She was visiting family members at the time of the incident.

Welch neither confirmed nor denied the allegations. He stated that he had been drinking heavily and thought that his adult girlfriend was in bed with him. Welch was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center.

He is charged with one count of molestation of a child and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

Power pole sleeper cited

CAMP VERDE -- Daniel Dodge, 19, who crashed into a utility pole on Montezuma Castle Highway April 1 was given a citation for driving left of center and failure to control speed to avoid collision.

Dodge and his passenger both reported being asleep at the time of the accident. Daniel reported he remembers driving north on Montezuma Castle Hwy. toward the high school to drop his brother off, the next thing he remembers is hearing the snap of the power pole, and woke up when the air bag deployed.

Both refused medical services.

 

Was stolen Camry torched?

CAMP VERDE -- Between 7:30 Friday night and 3:30 the following morning, a Toyota Camry was stolen from in front of a residence on South Cliff Parkway.

Before the theft call was dispatched, Camp Verde deputies were sent to the area of Salt Mine Road and Oasis on a reported vehicle fire.

The burning vehicle was located about a quarter mile east of the roadway on a dirt road, and was burned beyond recognition.

A investigation continues to try to determine if the stolen car was the same vehicle that burned.

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