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Accused kidnapper scheduled to head back to court
Possible change-of-plea set for June 22

A man charged in a 2019 kidnapping incident is scheduled for a possible change-of-plea hearing next month in Yavapai County Superior Court.

By Jason W. Brooks May 22, 2020
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Multiple drug-related arrests were made in Chino Valley after a May 18 traffic stop that led to a search and a drug investigation.

By The Daily (Prescott) Courier May 21, 2020
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Cecilio Cruz murder trial still on hold
Judge Ainley sets June 24 date for next hearing

There will be about 15 days needed for the trial of Cruz, 39, who is charged with killing his pregnant, 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, in Cottonwood in March 1997.

By Jason W. Brooks May 19, 2020
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120-mph fleeing driver tries to ram police; officer shoots truck
Police capture suspect after high-speed evasion

A man in his late 20s or 30s fled from police at high speeds Wednesday evening, May 13 — driving at speeds reaching 120 mph on Prescott Valley side streets — and was apparently involved in a shooting with police.

By Tim Wiederaenders May 14, 2020
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A Verde Village home has twice been the target of slashed tires and gun shots since April 25. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help in identifying those responsible.

By Dan Engler May 9, 2020
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The Wednesday evening altercation that led to gunfire and the wounding of an officer was the third time Cottonwood police had been called to a residence that day.

By Jason W. Brooks May 7, 2020
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A Cottonwood police officer was wounded and one person was taken into custody during a Wednesday evening altercation, according to a news release.

May 6, 2020
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Shortly after 67-year-old Bruce Moore was arrested following a SWAT operation, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to track down 49-year-old Dwight Elia and take him into custody Monday night.

By Staff Report May 6, 2020
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Sunday, authorities arrested the brother of a man charged in the murder of a New Mexico woman whose body was later found near Flagstaff.

By Jason W. Brooks May 5, 2020
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Coconino County: Attempted abductions in Bellemont and Ash Fork
Anyone with information can contact Silent Witness

Saturday and Sunday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to separate attempts to abduct girls, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks May 4, 2020
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YCSO searching for attempted-homicide suspects
No-bond warrants, $1,000 Silent Witness reward announced

Two men from the Dewey-Humboldt area are wanted after they opened fire on a man standing by his vehicle following a confrontation, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office release stated Sunday afternoon.

By Staff report May 4, 2020
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A Clarkdale man was recently sentenced on felony charges stemming from a violent incident in the Cottonwood Walmart parking lot last fall.

By Jason W. Brooks May 2, 2020
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Cecilio Cruz trial postponed again
Pre-trial hearing scheduled May 18

Cruz is accused of killing his pregnant, 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, in Cottonwood in March 1997.

By Jason W. Brooks May 2, 2020
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YCSO: Men arrested after incident involving AR-15, shotgun
Revving of engine, truck stricken with bat all mentioned in report

Two men are facing multiple felony charges after a Tuesday night incident in which Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office personnel allege a dispute over truck noise escalated into the brandishing of firearms.

April 30, 2020
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The suspect in an auto theft earlier this month in Cottonwood has been identified as a 16-year-old boy from Maricopa County, Yavapai County Sheriff’s investigators announced Tuesday in a news release.

By Staff Report April 29, 2020
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A Rimrock man, arrested on April 13 in Cottonwood by Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking for possessing a large number of fentanyl pills with intent to sell, has been sentenced to three years prison, according to a news release.

By Staff report April 28, 2020
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Sex offender charged with failing to report move
Man, 67, was subject of theft investigation

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office theft investigation led authorities to charge a man with failing to provide notice of moving to a different county as a registered sex offender, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks April 24, 2020
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying an auto theft suspect.

By Jason W. Brooks April 24, 2020
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Two women and one man — all Cottonwood residents — were taken into custody from a recent traffic stop and booked on felony charges after police say a large amount of drugs were discovered in the vehicle — including 38 fentanyl pills and oxycodone pills.

By Jason W. Brooks April 24, 2020
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Arrest made in case of woman found dead in Coconino County
Suspect, 21, was active-duty in U.S. Air Force

According to a news release from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, a 21-year-old U.S. Air Force airman has been arrested for the murder of a woman whose body was found in a rural area.

By Jason W. Brooks April 24, 2020
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Sarah Maria Distefano, 40, was arrested without incident Jan. 28, 2020, at her residence in Sweet Home after being located by a Linn County Oregon Sheriff’s Deputy, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) said in a news release April 22.

By Staff Report April 23, 2020
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A 60-year-old Camp Verde man was arrested last week on charges stemming from his alleged possession of child pornography.

By Staff Report April 22, 2020
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Cottonwood PD: Phoenix couple had stolen truck, mail, narcotics
Report: Evidence also ties couple to Cottonwood burglaries

A Phoenix man and woman were arrested early Friday morning on multiple charges after a Cottonwood police sergeant spotted them in a truck that had been reported stolen.

By Jason W. Brooks April 20, 2020
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A 19-year-old Cottonwood man was arrested by detectives Monday night and found to have 271 fentanyl pills, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks April 16, 2020
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Cottonwood police report rash of auto burglaries
High-occupancy areas, such as apartment complexes, targeted

There have been a rash of vehicle burglaries in the Cottonwood area. Primarily, in areas of high occupancy such as apartment complexes.

By Jason W. Brooks April 16, 2020

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