Clarkdale News Roundup

Burglary outbreak near Dollar General in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – An outbreak of property crime in the vicinity of the Dollar General store at 1191 W. SR 89A has been reported by the Clarkdale Police Department.

Areas hit include Lanny Avenue area and areas behind the Dollar General. A residential burglary occurred on Lanny Avenue sometime after dark on Nov. 5.

“Many thieves want quick and easy access to your property. Sometimes locking the doors is all it takes to prevent these kinds of crimes from happening to you,” according to the department’s media release.

Residents are asked to immediately report anything suspicious by calling 911. For tips on preventing burglaries, visit www.burglaryprevention.org.

- Tom Tracey

Clarkdale police seize guns, narcotics from Calle Tomallo residence

CLARKDALE – On Oct. 25 at 9:38 a.m., the Clarkdale Police Department investigated a report of a person being held against their will on the 1000 block of Calle Tomallo, according to a media release.

The release reports that officers determined a 33-year-old female Tucson resident had allegedly been threatened, assaulted and was in fear for her life. The Clarkdale Police Department and GIITEM (Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission) conducted a search warrant at the location, where they discovered extensive amounts of narcotics and weapons.

Seized by police were “suspected heroin, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms and assorted paraphernalia.” Also seized were “multiple handguns, rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, additional weapons and a sophisticated surveillance system,” according to Clarkdale Police.

John Hyram Thompson, Jr., 35, was taken into custody pending felony charges filed with the County Attorney, according to the police media release.

- Tom Tracey

Ban on under-21 tobacco sales to be considered Dec. 13 by Clarkdale council

CLARKDALE – An ordinance banning the sale of tobacco products to those under 21 years of age will be taken-up again at the Dec. 13 meeting of Clarkdale Town Council.

A vote during its Oct. 11 meeting was tabled by council pending further information regarding enforcement and penalties. It was also pointed out that Clarkdale youngsters could continue to buy tobacco across the street on the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

The Yavapai County Anti-Smoking Coalition of Youth (YATCY) has twice made their case to town council, presenting statistics showing reduced tobacco use by minors in towns banning tobacco sales, as well as the health hazards caused by smoking. During the first presentation, several councilmembers shared their personal battles with overcoming nicotine addiction.

Last meeting, Councilmembers Bill Regner and Curtiss Bohall stated that they believe the ordinance may reduce the chance of youngsters being introduced to smoking. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Richard Dehnert voiced that adults old enough to vote, marry and serve in the military are old enough to decide whether or not to smoke. He favored education over regulation.

YATCY was successful in the neighboring City of Cottonwood, where the sale - - as well as the use and possession of tobacco - - has been illegal since June for those under 21 years of age. During public comment, a Cottonwood veterinarian stated the ordinance had reduced juveniles loitering at a neighboring store. In order for the ordinance to be effective, Cottonwood officials have encouraged the teen group to influence other nearby communities to follow suit, according to YATCY.

- Tom Tracey

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