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Cecilio Cruz murder trial delayed yet again
Judge Ainley rules against four motions

The trial of a man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend more than 23 years ago has had his murder trial moved back once again — but only by one month.

By Jason W. Brooks March 26, 2020
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According to a news release sent out Monday afternoon by the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, a woman’s body was found along the bank of West Clear Creek Sunday morning.

By Jason W. Brooks March 16, 2020
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A property owner pleaded guilty last week to three counts regarding his misconduct in maintaining two Old Town Cottonwood homes he had rented out.

By Jason W. Brooks March 10, 2020
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Former masseur to be sentenced April 7
Former Sedona spa massage therapist convicted on three counts of sex offenses

A man recently convicted on three felony charges stemming from acts he committed while giving women massages has a sentencing date.

By Jason W. Brooks March 10, 2020
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A Mexican man has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for helping to transport more than 3.5 pounds of fentanyl in a Monday sentencing that took place a short distance from where he and his accomplice were arrested.

By Jason W. Brooks March 10, 2020
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A traffic stop in northern Yavapai County on Wednesday led to felony charges for three people from Texas.

By Staff report March 5, 2020
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CORNVILLE – What began as an alleged dispute over money resulted in a Cornville man being shot Monday, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

By Staff Report March 3, 2020
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A Cottonwood man accused of shoplifting at the Cottonwood Walmart turned out to have illegal drugs on him, police say.

By Jason W. Brooks March 3, 2020
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Four-year-old victim in Clarkdale domestic incident dies
Boy’s father, Joshua David Hernandez Lord, 33, killed by police in confrontation

According to a news release sent out Monday, the 4-year-old boy injured in a Feb. 27 domestic disturbance at 1424 Second South Street in Clarkdale was pronounced dead on Saturday from severe head injuries.

By Jason W. Brooks March 2, 2020
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A Cottonwood man was booked on several charges after an alleged Feb. 24 incident involving his ex-girlfriend — and he was wanted on a Maricopa County warrant.

By Jason W. Brooks March 2, 2020
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The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding information about a reported drive-by shooting that happened Friday morning, according to a report.

By Jason W. Brooks March 2, 2020
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A jury convicted a Cottonwood man on three counts of felony sex offenses Wednesday in Yavapai County Superior Court, with the charges stemming from the same incidents that led to a civil suit.

By Jason W. Brooks February 26, 2020
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking your help in locating a convicted criminal — and the reward for information that leads to his arrest is now more than $2,000.

February 22, 2020
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At about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Cottonwood police arrested two men believed to be shoplifting at the Cottonwood Walmart.

February 19, 2020
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At about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Cottonwood police arrested a man and woman, both age 25, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

By Verde Independent February 19, 2020
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Former Cottonwood masseur’s criminal trial begins Wednesday
Civil suit jury awarded women almost $5 million in September

A jury awarded nearly $5 million to two women last year in a civil suit against a Cottonwood man who is now about to stand trial on felony sex offense charges stemming from the same incidents that led to the civil suit.

By Jason W. Brooks February 18, 2020
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A woman who missed a Nov. 13 sentencing date after she was convicted in October by a jury of fraud and theft of Verde Valley special-needs residents has been taken into custody in Texas.

By Jason W. Brooks February 10, 2020
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A man accused of making terroristic threats in a Village of Oak Creek bank in November has been declared not competent to face charges.

By Jason W. Brooks February 6, 2020
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A registered sex offender was arrested Sunday evening on indecent exposure and public sexual indecency charges at his Cottonwood home.

February 4, 2020
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Cottonwood police officers served a misdemeanor warrant Sunday afternoon — and the woman they arrested ended up picking up a felony charge as she was booked into jail.

By Jason W. Brooks February 4, 2020
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Camp Verde man convicted in 2018 death on SR 260
Etienne struck and killed Jesus Zazueta; faces max of 25 years in prison

A 21-year-old Camp Verde man was convicted Friday by a jury of second-degree murder in the July 2018 death of a pedestrian, according to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

By Jason W. Brooks February 3, 2020
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On Jan. 29 at about 10:30 p.m. 26-year-old Cottonwood resident Chad Andrew Edwards was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia after Cottonwood Police Department K9 Kratos alerted to the vehicle Edwards was in.

February 3, 2020
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5-year prison term in Cottonwood fentanyl bust
Police chief: 'Conservatively, this is enough fentanyl to kill more than a half a million people'

A Mexican man has been sentenced to serve 5 years in prison for helping to transport more than 3.5 pounds of fentanyl.

By Max Efrein, Special to The Verde Independent February 1, 2020
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for 30-year-old Jacob Alonso Ramirez, a Cornville man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Thursday night.

By Staff Report February 1, 2020
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A Tuesday-afternoon traffic stop by a Cottonwood police officer led to a K9 search of a vehicle and an arrest on drug charges, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks January 30, 2020

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