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Drone offers bird’s eye view of Verde Valley rescue operations

New technology used to find lost hikers, aid river rescues, track path of wildfires

The Sedona Fire Department’s newest member may not wear a cape, but does fly, helps rescue people and can leap over tall buildings.

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Rep Campbell proposes 10-cent hike in state gas tax

PHOENIX -- The new head of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wants a dime a gallon increase in the state gasoline tax.

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Despite closure of Arizona Technical College, VACTE plans to expand centralized programs

COTTONWOOD – In the short term, the recent closure of Cottonwood’s Arizona Technical College will affect expansion of some centralized programs by Valley Academy for Career and Technology and Education.

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‘Charlie’s Aunt’ a farce for Mingus high’s theater troupe

School’s Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians to perform 1890s play

COTTONWOOD – The word ‘farce’ is defined as “a light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect.”

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Arizona’s emergency rooms have treated thousands of addicts hooked on opioids

Opioid abuse in Arizona

PHOENIX – They arrive day and night through the automatic sliding doors of Arizona’s emergency rooms – thousands of patients overdosing on everything from oxycodone to hydrocodone, fentanyl to heroin. Every year, their numbers grow larger, their addiction more dangerous.

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Pill Push: How pharmaceutical companies helped create the opioid epidemic

PHOENIX – Dr. Janice Johnston said there’s one thing physicians have always been taught: “Treat the pain. Treat the pain. Treat the pain.”

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Man, tased, arrested after alleged attempted aggravated assault on police officer

A Cottonwood man was arrested Monday for alleged attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and several other charges following a disturbance on Old Town.

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Rabid bobcat put down after attacking four people in Sedona

SEDONA – A bobcat attacked four people in separate incidents in the Sedona area on Thursday, Jan. 12, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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*Update* - Juvenile crime spree nets enough cash for two cheeseburgers and candy

Numerous slashed tires, several counts of burglary, possibly thousands of dollars in damage

An early Sunday morning juvenile crime spree resulted in burglaries at the Verde Lea Market and numerous vehicles, 28 cars with slashed tires, theft of a dirt bike, and $11 of stolen cash that was used to buy two cheeseburgers.

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Officials try to stop fake prescriptions, but addicts remain persistent

Opioid abuse in Arizona

In an unrelenting quest for painkillers, Arizona pill seekers embark on almost daily missions to obtain fake or stolen prescriptions and shop their pain among doctors. Sometimes, pharmacists report, patients try to get “multiple, multiple narcotic” prescriptions from “multiple, multiple doctors.”

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Suspects impersonate Sheriff’s Office personnel to con citizens out of money

COTTONWOOD – Citizens of Yavapai County continue to be targeted by scammers who impersonate Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

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Cost of red meat at grocery stores around state drops

Money and the supermarket

PHOENIX – A decision by ranchers more than a year ago to increase the size of their herds is hurting them but benefiting Arizona beef eaters.

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Not all sex offenders are deemed equal

In Arizona, sex offenders are assigned to a notification risk level ranging from a low of 1 to a high of 3.

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Dr. Harris named to college governing board, replaces Al Filardo

CLARKDALE – Though there are two plausible sides to most issues, it’s generally the people able to find common ground who are most successful in building consensus.

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County Supervisors to hear Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition work overview

Supervisors to approve human trafficking awareness proclamation

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday in Cottonwood and will hear a presentation on the work overview from the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition and a brief explanation of a merger between two Verde River organizations.

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Missing Clarkdale man arrested: Nelson came to police station, charged with theft felony

CLARKDALE – James Nelson Jr., who had been reporting missing, came to the Clarkdale Police Station around 1 p.m. Tuesday to speak with officers who later arrested him.

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Three-Car Crash in Cottonwood

Cottonwood police and fire responded to a three-car crash Friday, 3:43 p.m., at the intersection of Mingus Avenue and West SR 89A.

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Police seek Citizen on Patrol volunteers

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Police Department is currently accepting applications from individuals who are interested in the challenge of becoming a Citizen on Patrol (COP) volunteer.

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Several vehicle burglaries reported in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde Marshal’s Office received several reports of vehicle burglaries that occurred through the late hours of Jan. 11 and were discovered early Jan. 12.

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Fire destroys home in Cornville

CORNVILLE – Verde Valley Fire District crews were called to a residential fire in Lower Oak Creek Estates Friday at about 3:18 p.m.

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PANT warrant results in 4 arrests

Tactical team used to secure Cottonwood residence

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Saturday identified the four suspects arrested in an early morning drug raid Thursday in which officers used “sound bombs/flash bangs” at the Arroyo Seco home located in the Cottonwood Square/Cottonwood Commons community.

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'Flash bangs' wake up Cottonwood neighborhood during raid

Three arrested during PANT search warrant

Verde Valley SWAT made entry at a residence at Arroyo Seco around 5:30 a.m. Thursday on behalf of a PANT initiated warrant, said YCSO Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn.

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Marijuana grow house gets green light

Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin confirmed this week that the town has issued a certificate of occupany for this marijuana grow facility, BRLS Properties, LLC., at 2051 State Route 260.

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Cyber Cowboys visit rocket scientist

In December, Camp Verde Elementary School’s Cyber Cowboys Robotics team and cadets visited Dr. Michael Fabian at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott for a tour and perhaps an idea of where some of them may be in the near future.

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A year later, bank burglary still under investigation

Cottonwood Police, FBI, Phoenix PD K-9 Currency Units in collaboration

It’s been almost a year, and authorities continue to seek information regarding the Bank of America burglary that occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, 2016.

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