Prescott Woman Booked for Attempted Homicide Following Work Dispute
According a police report, an officer responded to the Walmart at 3050 Highway 69 in Prescott on Saturday morning at 6:28 am following a call from the manager reporting a disorderly woman with a rifle in the parking lot. The woman, 24-year-old Ebonice Johnson was found at the scene and was taken into custody according to the report.
An investigation revealed Johnson was an employee of the store and had been involved in a dispute with several co-workers that morning according to Deputy Chief Bonney. The release stated Johnson was not pleased with how the issue was handled and broke a cash register on her way out. The release states Johnson went home and retrieved a 22 caliber rifle, ammo a knife and a torch while leaving a note on her computer indicating her intention to kill co-workers and die by forcing an officer to shoot her, according to the release.
It states Johnson returned to the store at 6:24 am and was spotted by a customer that informed the manager who called police. The release states Johnson was unable to load the weapon and walked to the east side of the building trying to load the weapon but was unsuccessful leading her to attempt using the knife to carry out her plan. However, she dropped the knife and could not locate it in the dark and then proceeded to try and light the store on fire, according to the release.
Detectives found a small pile of burnt items that were since extinguished when officers arrived, the release states. Johnson was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on felony charges including four counts of pre-mediated attempted homicide, arson of an occupied structure and weapons misconduct, according to the release. The release notes Johnson had no previous convictions of weapons misconduct and the weapon had been bought a year and a half ago. The release states the investigation is on-going and there may be more information in the coming days and weeks.
Venus Fire Destroys Garage But Home Was Saved
Conrad Jackson of the Prescott Fire Department announced that on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, Prescott and Central firefighters responded to a structure fire at the 300 block of Venus drive in the Prescott Heights Subdivision following a call from the homeowner reporting a fire in the attached garage.
The release states the garage was fully involved with fire which was coming out of the garage’s windows. Firefighters were able to douse the fire and saved the house, however, the contents of the garage were a total loss according to the release. Jackson notes the homeowner called 911 the instant the fire was realized and evacuated the home of family members and did not go back in for valuables which assisted the firefighters to focus the blaze. The release states the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Man Sought for Dangerous Crimes Against Children
Deputy Chief Bonney announced that On November 28th, The Prescott Police Department began an investigation into the alleged molestation of a child. The release states detectives learned that 42-year-old Jean Lewis Carter of Prescott inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl who knew him. A felony warrant for arrest has been issued for Carter but detectives have been unable to locate Carter according to the release.
The release states Carter may be driving a 2001 Harley Davidson with an Arizona license plate of M-Z-A-R-T or a 1995 Harley Davidson with an Arizona plate of Y-M-C-Z-D-9. Carter has made statements to others indicating his to intention to harm himself or possibly commit suicide “by cop” and is known to carry weapons, according to the statement.
The release states Citizens should not approach Carter if seen and should instead call 911 and anyone with information should contact Detective Jessica Barnard at 928-777-1926 while those who wish to remain anonymous and want a cash reward must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial Opening
The Granite Mountain Memorial State Park opened to the public on November 30th. The trail to the memorial site is a seven-mile round trip hike which houses 19 plaques dedicated to each fallen hotshot and six interpretive signs telling their story according to a release by Governor Doug Ducey.
It also states, steel and stones surround the barren earth which protects and preserves the area where the hotshots bravely made their last stand on June 28th, 2013 while saving the town of Yarnell from a wildfire.
“I think it’s really honoring,” said Brendan McDonough, the only surviving member of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, to Prescott eNews’ Lynne LaMaster at the dedication on Wednesday. “I think it’s going to be a real educational piece for people not only what Granite Mountain Hotshots do and what they stood for and what they sacrificed but all wildland firefighters.”
Grand Canyon’s North Rim to Close for Winter
ADOT announced that State Route 69 leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon closed for the winter season on Thursday December 1st. The release said the highway will be blocked off for about a half mile from its junction with US 89A at Jacob Lake and reopen in mid-May along with the North rim loges, campgrounds and other amenities.
Quad Cities Police Departments Raise Money During “No-Shave November”
Law enforcements across the quad cities participated in “No Shave November”, a goal to raise awareness in cancer. The Prescott Police announced they have raised $2,000 for Agape House, a 501c3 organization which provides long term transitional housing to families without a residence and the donation will approximately provide 300 nights of housing for families in the Prescott area.
Meanwhile, the Prescott Valley Police announced they raised $1,060 for Concerns of Police Survivors also known as “COPS” which provides various services and counseling to families and friends of officers killed in the line of duty.
Prescott Valley Holiday Festival of Lights
Prescott Valley rang in the holiday spirit with style on Friday evening as the town light up the Christmas lights at the civic center, heard carols from children and enjoyed a light parade all while braving the frigid temperatures. Check out Prescott Valley eNews.com for the story complete with pictures and video.
Northern Arizona Suns Pick Up Fourth Straight Win
Finally, the Northern Arizona Suns picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday beating the Reno Bighorns 130-106. NAZ Suns are back on the court Wednesday night at 6:30 pm against the Grand Valley Vipers looking to remain undefeated at home.
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