Police Reports: Help on the way for kayak snag

CLARKDALE - Interim Clarkdale Police Chief John Wintersteen says one of his officers did a river rescue when there was no other available help this weekend.

A Clarkdale Police officer helped a 70-year-old Phoenix man out of the Verde River Sunday afternoon when his kayak became hung up on brush in the river. The man, Gary Eckert, got stuck and was unable to move and get out of the craft by himself, so he yelled for help until somebody heard and called police.

Officer Tommy Nester got the Bent River Ranch caretaker to open the gate and the two went onto the dam to help the stranded kayaker. Eckert refused medical treatment and was given a ride back to his Dead Horse Ranch State Park campsite.

Starting young

CAMP VERDE - A 14-year old girl was arrested at a home on Silver Bugle Drive Thursday, charged with assault and disorderly conduct/domestic violence.

Camp Verde Marshal's deputies made the arrest shortly after 5 p.m. The girl was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott and booked on the charges.

AWOL in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE - Glenn Flanagan Jr., 22, was pulled over by a Camp Verde Marshal's deputy on State Route 260 at Finnie Flat Road, but Flanagan was not charged with a motor vehicle offense.

Instead the deputy discovered that Flanagan was wanted on a warrant for military desertion. He was booked into the county jail pending further disposition.

Into the wall

COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood Fire crews were called Friday afternoon when a car drove into a concrete block wall near the intersection of Main Street and State Route 89A.

The motorist who drove head-on into the wall was loaded by Verde Valley Ambulance Company and taken to Verde Valley Medical Center.

Sedona Fire District to open fall burn permits

SEDONA - To protect your home from potential wildfires as well as make fall yard cleanup easier, the Sedona Fire District (SFD) is issuing no-cost residential burn permits beginning Monday, Sept. 26. Permits are required for any open burning within the Sedona fire district, and are currently available at no charge at the SFD's business office at 2860 Southwest Drive in West Sedona. Beginning Sept. 12, SFD has implemented the new business hours of 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and with offices closed on Fridays.  The final date for burning with a permit is Saturday, Dec. 3.

Construction materials, all plastic material, brush larger than four inches in diameter, paper, cardboard, rubbish and garbage may not be burned.

The burn permit is also available on the website, www.sedonafire.org.

To schedule a no-cost wildfire assessment of your property or for more information, contact the fire district at 282-6800.

Biker down near Jerome

JEROME - A woman motorcyclist was flown to the Flagstaff hospital after an accident above Jerome on SR 89A Saturday afternoon. It's unclear how the accident occurred.

No other vehicles were involved but Jerome Fire crews say the woman was lying in the highway when they arrived. The accident occurred near the scenic pullout about milepost 324.5.

It was not known whether the woman had attended the Thunder Valley Rally during the weekend.


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