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A Clarkdale man and an Oklahoma woman have been identified as “persons of interest” and arrested in connection with a death investigation in Clarkdale.

By Staff Report November 19, 2020
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Early Wednesday afternoon, the Clarkdale Police Department announced an investigation is taking place regarding a suspicious death in a residential area.

By Jason W. Brooks November 18, 2020
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Already a convicted felon, 25-year-old Adrian Campos of Cottonwood added to his troubles following his arrest on drug and weapons charges Nov. 11.

By Staff Report November 16, 2020
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The Cottonwood canine alerted his fellow officers to a haul of 38 pounds of crystalized methamphetamine following a traffic stop Saturday.

By Dan Engler November 16, 2020
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Hung jury in Cruz trial
Jury unable to reach verdict in 23-year-old case involving death of pregnant teen

PRESCOTT — After about 10 hours of deliberation, a jury in the second-degree murder case of Cecilio Cruz declared Friday that it couldn’t reach a verdict.

By Jason W. Brooks November 13, 2020
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Cruz case is in jury’s hands
Former Cottonwood man charged with 1990s murder of his ex-girlfriend

Deliberations began mid-afternoon Thursday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend more than 23 years ago.

By Jason W. Brooks November 12, 2020
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Cruz trial on fast track to jury deliberations
Former Cottonwood man charged with 1990s murder of his ex-girlfriend

The second-degree murder trial of Cecilio Cruz is moving along at a more brisk pace than anticipated.

By Jason W. Brooks November 11, 2020
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The judge overseeing a murder trial in Prescott quickly rejected a defense request Tuesday to dismiss the charges against the man accused in the death of his ex-girlfriend and his unborn child more than 20 years ago

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press November 11, 2020
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Francis C. Klettke, 25, is set to appear before Judge Thomas Kelly on Dec. 23, 1 p.m. It will be the latest in a long line of court dates for the man.

By Jason W. Brooks November 10, 2020
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A 56-year-old woman was shot dead Saturday after brandishing a gun at Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies outside her home.

November 10, 2020
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The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office provided a limited amount of information this weekend about a person who was shot and killed in a confrontation with a deputy.

By Jason W. Brooks November 8, 2020
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Cecilio Cruz trial wraps first week
Investigating detectives have yet to testify

The defendant, 40-year-old Cecilio Cruz, is charged in the 1997 death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez in a Cottonwood alley when they were both 17 years old.

By Jason W. Brooks November 7, 2020
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Man accused of shooting Cottonwood officer not competent, doctor says
Jeffrey Thomas’ charges include first-degree attempted murder

A Cottonwood man, charged with shooting and injuring a Cottonwood police officer, is not competent to proceed in his court case, according to a forensic opinion recently added to his court records.

By Jason W. Brooks November 7, 2020
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A Cottonwood man has been arrested on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop in Cottonwood last week.

By Staff Report November 4, 2020
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First full day of Cruz trial features several witnesses
Former Cottonwood man charged with 1997 murder of his ex-girlfriend

Emotional testimony, timelines of events and more than half a dozen witnesses were part of the first full day of a highly anticipated second-degree murder trial.

By Jason W. Brooks November 3, 2020
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23 years after crime, Cruz trial now underway
Man accused of 1997 murder of ex-girlfriend in Cottonwood

With many of the procedural and compulsory parts of a trial out of the way, the second-degree murder trial of Cecilio Cruz was set to get underway in earnest Tuesday morning.

By Jason W. Brooks November 3, 2020
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A man accused of killing another man in Lower Oak Creek Estates last year is about to go back to court.

By Jason W. Brooks November 2, 2020
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After 23 years, Cecilio Cruz trial to begin Monday
Infamous case profiled in television show ‘Cold Justice’

Cruz, accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, in Cottonwood in March 1997, is set to begin his trial Monday in Yavapai County Superior Courthouse in Prescott. An 8:30 a.m. pre-trial conference will be followed by the opening stages of the trial at 9 a.m.

By Jason W. Brooks October 30, 2020
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Two men were arrested earlier this month during a traffic stop that the Cottonwood Police Department says involved the seizure of drugs worth more than $200,000 in street value.

By Jason W. Brooks October 29, 2020
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A 16-year-old Yavapai-Apache boy and a 23-year-old Sedona man accused in a shooting incident Tuesday evening at the Camp Verde Maverik convenience store have been arrested, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office said Thursday.

By Bill Helm October 29, 2020
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Thanks to the United States Marshal’s Service’s Violent Offender Task Force, the reward for information that leads to the arrest of Robert David Pearsall III is now $8,000.

October 28, 2020
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A Sedona man and a teenage boy were injured after a Tuesday evening shooting at a convenience store, according to a release from the Camp Verde Marshal’s office.

By Jason W. Brooks October 28, 2020
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Homeless Coalition director charged with fraud, theft
Cottonwood police: Debit card used for small amounts at first, but, later, $12,000

The executive director of one of the Verde Valley’s largest homeless services organization was arrested on felony charges Friday, according to the Cottonwood Police Department.

By Jason W. Brooks October 26, 2020
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Man accused of attempted car theft, kidnapping in Verde Village
YCSO: Man took pickup truck with 4-year-old child inside

A Phoenix man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck that had a 4-year-old child inside, police said.

By Jason W. Brooks October 22, 2020
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The charges stem from allegations that he was laying in the middle of the road in the nude.

By Staff report October 22, 2020

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