Brief delays are expected on Highway 89A at Fain Road this week. The Arizona Department of Transportation is continuing hauling material in preparation for paving of the roadway surface. Workers are on site at Robert Road to assist in directing truck traffic onto the existing roadways. Motorists can expect brief delays to allow trucks and machinery to enter and exit the highway. Hauling activities are scheduled to continue through Friday, April 22nd. ADOT will reduce southbound Interstate 17 to one lane from 6 Thursday night to 8 Friday morning, 2 miles south of Black Canyon City. Crews are constructing a new bridge over Little Squaw Creek and the restriction will provide a safe work zone as crews will be working to shift traffic to the newly constructed west half of the new bridge. The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 55 miles per hour and drivers should be prepared for brief delays.
A 60 year old resident of the Town of Congress has been arrested for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender. According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Russell Madison had been convicted in California for annoying a child under 18 years old and attempted sexual intercourse with a minor. He was also in violation of registration requirements since December 2009. Sheriff’s Office Detectives obtained records linking Madison to a residence in the 22700 block of Senator Way in Congress and he was later arrested on the failure to register charge. This arrest follows that of 29 year old Kenneth Blaine on January 28th, who also failed to register and was living in the Mayer area.
The Prescott City Council will discuss the City Manager position today. Following the announcement that current Acting City Manager Laurie Hadley is leaving the City on May 2nd, Council will hold a closed executive session to discuss the possible appointment of Craig McConnell to that position. McConnell has been with the city for about 9 years, serving as City Public Works Director, he was named Deputy City Manager along with Hadley in 2008 and he currently serves as Regional Programs Director. The meeting will be held in the Lower Level Conference Room at City Hall on South Cortez Street. At 3, Council is expected to take action on the Acting City Manager position during a special meeting also at City Hall.
At 1:30 in the City Manager’s Conference Room, the Council Appointment Committee meets to consider appointments and reappointments to the Board of Adjustment, the Fire Board of Appeals and the Planning and Zoning and Preservation Commissions.
The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will discuss its Town Manager position at 6:30 tonight. Council is scheduled to discuss the employment of applicants for the Manager position, but a final vote will not take place during that session. Once Council reconvenes into open session, it will discuss next steps in the appointment process. During its March 28th meeting, Council instructed staff to turn the background checks of the candidates over to Palmer Investigative Services. Members have since received the results of the background investigations and copies of letters of reference. The meeting will be held at Town Hall on South Highway 69. The Prescott Unified School District Board will not meet at 5:30 tonight, as it has shifted its study session to Wednesday, April 13th.
Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Thomas Lindberg has died of cancer. The 58 year old Lindberg had been presiding over the Steven DeMoecker trial when he collapsed after he called a recess last June. It was later discovered he had a brain tumor. In December 2000, then Governor Jane Hull appointed Lindberg to the newly created Division 6 of the Superior Court. Prior to that, he had been hired by former County Prosecutor Chick Hastings in 1981. Two years ago, he sentenced Neil Rodreick to more than 70 years in prison in a case that received nationwide attention. Rodreick, a sex offender posed as a 12 year old boy in order to enroll in Arizona schools before he was caught while registering in Chino Valley. Lindberg was also supposed to preside over the James Ray manslaughter trial that is currently underway. Lindberg’s funeral will take place at 8 this Saturday morning at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 150 Fleury Street in Prescott.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking an alleged Chino Valley burglary suspect. On March 28th, deputies were dispatched to several vehicle burglaries, 6 of which occurred at various locations on Just Ray Ranch Road and West Road 3 South in Chino Valley and Upper Pass Road in Prescott. Additional thefts were reported from West Road 3 South and Upper Pass Road in Prescott.
Deputies discovered purchase activity at area stores using stolen debit and credit cards and after viewing surveillance video, they identified 20 year old Devin Lee Stapleton as a suspect. Stapleton had a 15 year old accomplice, which Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn calls troubling. He also noted that the two of them were aggressive:
The fifteen year old teen has been taken into custody. Stapleton is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair. His last known address was in the 600 block of Papago Trail in Chino Valley. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s office at 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.