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Robert David Pearsall III, a fugitive with felony warrants in Yavapai County who was convicted in 2019 on charges of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault, was captured and taken into custody last week.

By Jason W. Brooks July 23, 2021
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The Camp Verde Marshall’s Office is asking for your help in locating Anthony Gerard Parks.

By Jason W. Brooks July 20, 2021
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Olivia Begay. Her last known address is in the 1200 block of West Mesa Drive in Mesa.

By Jason W. Brooks July 20, 2021
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A Cottonwood man was arrested Thursday and charged with two federal crimes for his alleged actions Jan. 6 in the insurrection into the U.S. Capitol building.

By Jason W. Brooks July 16, 2021
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Jury finds Cottonwood man guilty of sex crimes
Judge issues nationwide warrant for absentee defendant’s arrest

Thursday, July 15, a Yavapai County Jury found a Cottonwood man guilty, in absentia, of sex crimes he allegedly committed almost five years ago, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks July 16, 2021
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Yavapai County law enforcement is asking for your help in finding Jefferson E Perales.

By Staff Report July 13, 2021
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Gary L. Bates, 75, is charged with second-degree murder in the November 2020 shooting death of his son, Chad Bates. Gary Bates is due to appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff for a case management conference Aug. 2.

By Jason W. Brooks July 12, 2021
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K9 helps deputies locate large cache of narcotics
More than 200 pounds of meth, 28,000 fentanyl pills confiscated

The dog alerted to one of the vehicles on the semi. Inside deputies discovered 203 pounds of packaged methamphetamine and 28,000 fentanyl pills inside a toolbox, located in the back of a van that was

By Jason W. Brooks July 12, 2021
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Former wrestling coach to be sentenced for sex crimes
Lawsuit dismissed without prejudice

A former wrestling coach is about to be sentenced after having entered into a plea agreement on sex crime charges.

By Jason W. Brooks July 9, 2021
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Three Cottonwood residents — not all of whom were in the same vehicle — were killed in a head-on collision just north of Prescott Valley on State Route 89A on Tuesday afternoon, July 6, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

By Staff Report July 8, 2021
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Clarkdale police seek the public’s help in locating 61-year-old John Gregory Lukasik.

By Jason W. Brooks July 8, 2021
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Man who pleaded guilty to bank crimes wants to represent himself
Arrested in November 2019 VOC Chase Bank incident

Michael Willis Chase, 50, pleaded guilty in Yavapai County Superior Court in February to one count each of misconduct involving a simulated explosive device and one count of criminal damage, both felonies, along with single misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

By Jason W. Brooks July 6, 2021
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Catch 22: Several absconders sought by YCSO
Pearsall: $8,000 in total reward money for arrest

Wednesday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office sent out information about the 22 most wanted convicted felons Silent Witness program. A few of those people being sought have connections to the Verde Valley.

By Jason W. Brooks July 1, 2021
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A 52-year-old man is due in Yavapai Superior Court next month for sentencing on sex offense charges after more than five years of court dates.

June 26, 2021
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A California man accused of killing his father in a Yavapai County campground in 2016 is due to return to court later this month.

By Jason W. Brooks June 26, 2021
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A Cottonwood man was arrested Monday evening on domestic violence, gun and drug charges after police say he struck a woman and threatened to kill her and their children.

By Jason W. Brooks June 23, 2021
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A man’s body was found in a wash along State Route 89A near the intersection of Mingus Avenue Saturday, according to Cottonwood City Police

By Vyto Starinskas June 22, 2021
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A Rimrock man accused of trying to light a home on fire with his family inside is due back in court next week for a settlement conference and possible change of plea.

By Jason W. Brooks June 16, 2021
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The Yavapai County Recorder’s Office has received calls from concerned citizens regarding individuals knocking on their doors asking questions for a survey in the county, according to a news release.

June 14, 2021
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reports that two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy face the felony charge of aggravated criminal danmage in a week-old case of vandalism at Dr. Daniel Bright School.

By Jason W. Brooks June 14, 2021
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A Cottonwood man was jailed this week after he allegedly tried to enter a vacant home and later assaulted an officer.

By Jason W. Brooks June 4, 2021
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Dr. Daniel Bright School in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 2, for a report of gunfire. While deputies didn’t find any evidence guns had been fired in the area, they did discover broken windows and vandalism at the school.

By Jason W. Brooks June 4, 2021
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David J. Shultz, 24, of Cornville, is due to appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff on Tuesday, June 1, for a pre-trial conference.

By Jason W. Brooks May 29, 2021
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Jeffrey J. Thomas, 58, is charged with first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other charges, stemming from a May 5, 2020, incident in Cottonwood.

By Jason W. Brooks May 29, 2021
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An 11-year-old boy is facing felony charges after police said he was responsible for intentionally setting a fire that caused more than $30,000 worth of damage at the closed Beaver Creek Golf Resort.

By Vyto Starinskas May 29, 2021

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