Arrest made in Camp Verde burglary

CAMP VERDE - Thomas Dale Clarkson, 36, was arrested for burglary and three other charges at 9 a.m. Sept. 2 in the vicinity of Holloman and 7th St., according to Commander Jacquelyn MacConnell, Camp Verde Marshal's Office.

MacConnell said deputies had responded to two separate calls of criminal damage and a suspicious person in the area of 7th St. and Maryvale. The officers discovered rocks had been thrown at a residence in the area of Azure Drive, causing over $1,000 in damage.

While investigating the incident, deputies located a man in the area of Holloman and 7th St. who matched the description of the suspicious person. Clarkson had items that were discovered to have been taken in a burglary in the 400 block of Azure, reported MacConnell.

Clarkson was booked into Yavapai County Jail for 2nd degree burglary, felony theft, attempted burglary and felony criminal damage.

"The Camp Verde Marshal's Office would like to thank the initial callers for being active community members in keeping their neighborhood safe. Without their phone calls and awareness of suspicious individuals in their community, we may not have apprehended Thomas Clarkson," MacConnell said.

- Tom Tracey

1-17 partially shut down due to Wednesday accidents

CAMP VERDE - Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority was dispatched to a single vehicle rollover at milepost 273 southbound on 1-17 near Cordes Junction, according to a news release from Battalion Chief Eric Strauss.

The release states that Copper Canyon Fire and EMS crews found an SUV vehicle on its side with heavy damage after arriving on scene. There were three patients, one of which was ejected from the vehicle, according to the release from CCFMA.

Two more ambulances were dispatched to the scene, with one of those coming from Mayer Fire District to assist with patient care, according to the release. CCFMA said that all three patients were treated on scene. Two were transported by air medical helicopters to a level one trauma center, and one was transported by ground to a level 3 trauma center in the Phoenix area, according to the release.

CCFMA said that while crews were on scene at this accident, a second accident shortly took place approximately a half mile north at milepost 273.5 southbound at 1-17. Crews form Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Station 82 were dispatched to this accident, according to the release. This was a single vehicle in to a guard rail with damage to the driver side and front end, said CCFMA.

According to the driver, this accident occurred due to slick road conditions from a rainstorm that had just passed through. The release states that there were three occupants in this vehicle - two adult females and a child. The only injury reported was to the driver.

According to the release, the driver was treated and transported by ground ambulance to a Phoenix area hospital. 1-17 was closed on the high-speed lane while emergency crews worked both accident scenes, with ADOT crews and DPS controlling traffic, according to the release.

Verde Valley Fire District Engine 321 and Ambulance 321 crews were placed in a move-up position to cover Copper Canyon Fire and Medical areas while CCFMA crews were working the accident scenes on I-17, according to the release.

- Jennifer Kucich

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