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Bill's Newscast: Prescott Valley Woman Killed in Plane Crash

15 January 2019  
A plane accident near Kingman resulted in a Prescott Valley woman's death.

A Prescott Valley woman has been killed in a plane crash near Kingman.  

The crash occurred at around 11:45 Sunday morning. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen says a citizen made contact with a man who said he was involved in a plane crash about 100 yards from the Mohave County Parks Ranger Station. Christopher Adam Anderson was later taken to a Las Vegas Hospital in critical condition. Heidi Sue Dowland, 38, died in the crash.    Mortensen explains it’s not known what caused the crash.  The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting the crash investigation.  

A Cottonwood man will spend the next 12 years in prison after his sentencing in a child exploitation case. 

Twenty-eight year old Austin McFarland was identified in the case when the internet data storage company Dropbox reported to a national tip line in September 2017 that a customer had uploaded child pornography to one of its servers.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, working as part of the Phoenix Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found out McFarland was the customer and executed a search warrant at his home last February.  He pleaded guilty to having images of child pornography on a Samsung phone he surrendered to investigators at the time of his arrest.  McFarland appeared before Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff in Camp Verde last Friday.  In addition to his 12 year prison sentence, McFarland has also been sentenced to a consecutive term of lifetime probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.    

Could the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council be holding its study sessions at a later time?  

A couple of new Council members want to see it happen.  Council holds its study sessions at 2 pm on the first Tuesday of the month.  Councilwoman Lynn Collins has stated this is a hot issue for residents.  Most of them work and can’t make it to those meetings.  Collins adds she has been told having meetings at that time is disrespectful.  Councilwoman Karen Brooks says residents have requested the study sessions, which are for discussion on agenda items, be changed to the evenings like the voting sessions.  Brooks and Collins started their terms last month.  The Town Council meeting starts at 6:30 tonight at Town Hall, located on Highway 69.  

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