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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office warns of virtual kidnapping scam

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded recently to a potential kidnapping that turned out to be a scam attempt.

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YC Promise program to cover cost of tuition and fees for 2016-17 GED students transitioning to Yavapai College

The Yavapai College District Governing Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Rock House on the Prescott campus.

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Dan Cherry named new public works director for Yavapai County

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Cherry as the new Public Works Department Director effective February 1, 2018.

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New study: Groundwater pumping will drain Upper Verde River

Local groundwater pumping to support sprawling development in Prescott and Prescott Valley, including a proposed $400 million pipeline, will dramatically and permanently reduce the upper Verde River flow, according to a new study conducted for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Suspect led police to body believed to be missing teacher

PHOENIX (AP) — A convicted felon gave investigators details that helped lead them to a body believed to be that of a missing teacher from suburban Phoenix, authorities said Tuesday.

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Extending jail tax will go to voters

Existing quarter-cent used to operate jail will sunset in 2020

The quarter-cent sales tax that provides 48 percent of the operating revenue for the Yavapai County Jail District is set to expire in 2020. In its Oct. 4 meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place an extension of the existing tax on the March ballot for county residents to decide.

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Chino Valley teens named as plane crash victims

Plane had been missing for more than 24 hours

Two Chino Valley teens died after a small plane crashed near Paulden.

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DUIs with drugs becoming much more common

Arizona DUI arrests hit 26,060 last year, 4,817 of which were impairment by drugs

A report released earlier this year said that the number of fatal crashes nationwide in which drug-impairment was a factor surpassed fatal collisions involving alcohol in 2015.

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Yavapai Co. superintendent, state board president hailed as educator above all else

Verde Valley school leaders celebrate Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter’s leadership role as president of the state Board of Education because they know he gets it — education is too important to spend all the time quarreling and no time finding solutions.

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Yavapai County courts work to protect LGBT youth

Yavapai County Superior Court judge Anna Young remembers inadvertently referring to a youth in her courtroom by the wrong title.

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Sedona Culinary Institute has Grand Reopening

Yavapai College held a grand reopening ceremony of the Sedona Center on Sept. 12. It was announced that the name of the new school would be the Sedona Culinary Institute.

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Man under influence of LSD found naked in Prescott victim’s home

18-year-old faces drug, trespassing, DUI charges

A Prescott man was arrested Sept. 3 after Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies found him naked and under the influence of LSD in a victim’s bedroom.

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County suicide rate ‘alarming,’ leads state

Resources to help are available

Yavapai County’s suicide rate has been trending upward since 2010, and — by one statistical measurement, suicides per 100,000 people — the county leads the entire state.

Game & Fish investigating illegal deer kill

Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife officers are investigating a buck mule deer that was illegally killed on or around Aug. 29, according to Game and Fish field supervisor Darren Tucker.

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New report provides snapshot of Yavapai County health issues

A new report released this week provides a comprehensive picture of health issues, strengths and needs facing Yavapai County residents.

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Prescott Valley PD use Taser on teen girl they mistake for fugitive

Prescott Valley police officers in foot pursuit of a teenage girl shocked her with a Taser to force her to stop running toward a busy street Thursday, Aug. 31, PVPD spokesman Sgt. Jason Kaufman said.

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Emergency crews respond to two I-17 vehicle fires Thursday night

Around 7:33 p.m. Thursday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority emergency crews from Station 81 responded to a vehicle fire involving an RV trailer on I-17 northbound at mile post 283.5.

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Police arrest woman for 21 counts of alleged animal cruelty

Dead dogs, rabbits, chickens found in Prescott Valley home

A Prescott woman was arrested Aug. 22 for 21 counts of alleged animal cruelty after dead dogs, rabbits, and chickens were found inside the home she had been leasing.

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Yavapai County Swiftwater Team repeats 1st-place performance in state competition

MESA -- Aug. 5, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team Backcounty Unit competed in the Arizona State Swiftwater Rodeo at Saguaro Lake Ranch. The YCSRT team had a total of 10 members represented in this competition.

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High-speed chase on I-17 ends with tire spikes near VOC

The driver of this BMW was booked for felony flight, reckless driving and criminal speed after being stopped by DPS and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department with tire spikes on SR179 in Sedona Wednesday, according to a DPS spokesman.

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Man with possible explosive device arrested in Black Canyon City

Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man who claimed to be carrying an explosive device in his pants pockets Sunday, following a domestic violence incident.

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Change of plea on the table for Jeremiah Gaver

Hearing continued for 6 weeks for possible acceptance of plea

Jeremiah Gaver appeared in Yavapai County Superior Court Friday, Aug. 18, for a pre-trial conference, but at the request of his attorney, the hearing was continued until Oct. 4.

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County adds two licensed fiduciaries

Fiduciary from the Latin fiducia, meaning “trust,” a person who has the power and obligation to act for another, under circumstances which require total trust, good faith and honesty.

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4 killed, 1 injured in I-17 crash

Two-vehicle collision occurred early Friday near Munds Park

Four people were killed after a two-vehicle collision on northbound I-17 near Munds Park early Friday.

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YCSO K9 deputy locates 40 pounds of pot inside motorhome

A Florida man was arrested Aug. 15 on numerous charges after a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy located 40 pounds of marijuana inside the hidden compartment of a motorhome during a consented search in Ash Fork.