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Police are still on the lookout for a red and white airplane plucked from the Cottonwood Airport on New Year’s Eve.

By Vyto Starinskas January 18, 2021
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Yavapai County law enforcement is asking for your help in locating Jonathan Sterling Mansfield.

By Jason W. Brooks January 14, 2021
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding Jefferson E. Perales.

By Jason W. Brooks January 13, 2021
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Just before the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve, thieves forced their way into the Cottonwood Airport and stole an airplane that was inside a box trailer, according to Cottonwood police.

By Vyto Starinskas January 6, 2021
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Monday, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released reward information on three wanted fugitives with ties to the Verde Valley as part of its Silent Witness CATCH 22 program.

By Jason W. Brooks January 5, 2021
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A man accused of killing another man in Lower Oak Creek Estates in late 2019 is about to go back to court.

By Jason W. Brooks January 4, 2021
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Two men with Verde Valley connections are sought by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Dec. 28 news release.

By Jason W. Brooks December 30, 2020
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Sheriff’s Office issues scam warning; Cottonwood man victimized
Gift card hoax leads to loss of thousands of dollars

A 75-year-old Cottonwood man recently lost thousands of dollars in a gift-card scam.

By Jason W. Brooks December 30, 2020
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Man accused of killing father out on bail again
Klettke due back in court Jan. 27

CAMP VERDE - A man accused of killing his father near at a Camp Verde campground in 2016 has recently been granted bail again, and is out of jail.

By Jason W. Brooks December 29, 2020
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74-year-old Camp Verde resident Gary Lowell Bates has been indicted by a grand jury on second-degree murder charges. Bates is accused of shooting his 52-year-old son, Chad Bates, in a Nov. 20 domestic incident.

By Jason W. Brooks December 24, 2020
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A Clarkdale man is still in jail while an Oklahoma woman has been released after their arrests connected to a November homicide.

By Jason W. Brooks December 24, 2020
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An officer and a suspect were both injured when a Sunday morning incident at the Sedona Airport led to gunfire, according to the City of Sedona.

December 22, 2020
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An officer and a suspect were both injured when a Sunday morning incident at the Sedona Airport led to gunfire, according to a news release.

By Jason W. Brooks December 20, 2020
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Drunken man punches deputy at scene of car wreck
Report: Blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit

A Cottonwood man ended up in jail last week after police say he punched a sheriff’s deputy in the face at the scene of a vehicle crash.

By Jason W. Brooks December 15, 2020
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Police: Teen used stolen gun to shoot at deputy’s home
Prescott Valley youth charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Prescott Valley Police Department arrested a Prescott Valley teenager for the Dec. 3 early morning shooting into the occupied home of a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy.

By Tim Wiederaenders, Special to The Verde Independent December 11, 2020
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Eye surgeon accused of overbilling due back in Superior Court Monday
Charges initially included 150 counts of fraud, other crimes

An ophthalmologist arrested last year on state charges is due back in court again later this month. Michael Lee Ham, 52, is scheduled to appear before Superior Court Judge Debra Phelan on Monday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. His attorneys will argue a motion to dismiss.

By Jason W. Brooks December 10, 2020
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A news release from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) states that at about 11:45 a.m. Dec. 2, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a Ford F-150 pick-up truck on I-17 near Cordes Junction for several equipment violations, as well as a moving violation.

By Staff Report December 10, 2020
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Jason H. Engel has had a court date postponed for a reason a defendant wouldn’t have mentioned at this time a year ago.

By Jason W. Brooks December 7, 2020
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In the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 3, an unidentified person fired multiple rounds into an occupied residence in the 8300 block of East Loos Drive, in Prescott Valley, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

By Staff Report December 3, 2020
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An early-morning traffic stop for speeding and driving outside of travel lanes on Interstate 17 resulted in the arrest of an Ohio woman for possession of large quantities of fentanyl pills, cocaine, and marijuana.

December 3, 2020
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FBI now has case of missing California man
Vehicle found Sept. 24 at McGuireville rest area

Tuesday marked the 80th day since Shane Michael Rollman was last seen by his family. Recently, the FBI joined the effort to locate the California man. Rollman, 31, according to video surveillance and bank records, shopped at Bashas’ supermarket in Camp Verde and fueled up a Chevron gas station Sept. 13.

By Jason W. Brooks December 2, 2020
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A Cottonwood man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison following a jury conviction for methamphetamine possession for sale.

By Staff Report December 2, 2020
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The Yavapai County Attorney’s Officehas filed a motion in Superior Court a motion to dismiss the second-degree murder charges against Cecilio Cruz.

By Staff report November 24, 2020
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A 74-year-old Camp Verde man is in the Yavapai County Detention Center on charges related to the shooting death of his 52-year-old son.

By Bill Helm November 23, 2020
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has released the following video, including body cam footage of a deputy-involved shooting of an armed 56-year-old Village of Oak Creek woman at a domestic disturbance call.

By Verde Independent November 21, 2020

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