Bill's Roundup: Do Not Leave Pets or Children in Vehicles

12 July 2011  
Residents reminded not to leave pets or children in vehicles in hot summer months.

dog_carwindowNumerous appointments will be before the Chino Valley Town Council at 6 tonight. Council will consider 4 appointments to the Parks and Recreation Board and 3 appointments to the Senior Advisory Board that end on June 30th, 2013; 2 terms on the Industrial Development Authority ending June 30th, 2017 and 2 terms on the Municipal Property Corporation ending June 30th, 2014. Town officials note the previous Council Appointments Committee elected to have the new Council members on the Committee make the recommendations on who should fill those positions, which delayed the review process. Council will also consider extending the schedule for the Aquatics Center an additional 28 days from August 7th to September 4th. Staff estimates the extended pool season will generate an additional 48 hundred dollars in revenue. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on north Highway 89.

The Humboldt Unified School District Board will consider budget approval at 6:30 tonight. According to Finance Director Cynthia Windham, the proposed budget, which was presented to the Board on June 28th, totals 29.7 million dollars. The Board will also consider the Fiscal Year 2012 Stipend Schedule and a request to create a new Director of Technology position during the meeting, which will be held at the Transportation Training Facility on Robert Road in Prescott Valley.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has announced former Prescott Valley Mayor and Council member Carm Staker was appointed last Friday to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Humboldt Board member Mary Bergman. Staker was 1 of 3 residents who applied to fill the vacancy, which runs through December 31st, 2012. She has been a resident of the District for 32 years and she has served on and chaired various boards, including the American legion Auxiliary, the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, the Children’s Council of Prescott and the Prescott Valley United Methodist Church.

A Village of Oak Creek resident has been allegedly stabbed by her estranged husband. The victim was in a vehicle with her boyfriend parked in the driveway of her Ironwood Street home when 45 year old Oscar Villalobos appeared.

He pulled the victim from the car and stabbed her several times in the mid-section, back, wrist and hands with a carving type knife. The boyfriend grabbed a nearby shovel, which he used to strike Villalobos on the head to prevent further attack. The victim was alert but bleeding profusely. She was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center and was last reported in stable condition. The suspect fled but Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says he was later apprehended hiding in an area between Rimrock Ride and Cortez Drives:

After treatment for a head injury, Villalobos was booked for attempted murder. He reportedly had made numerous threats to harm the victim and his son over the past few weeks.

The Prescott Parks and Recreation Board meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon. The Board will receive an update on skate park vandalism and will hear a signage presentation during the meeting, which will be held at the Grace Sparkes Activity Center on East Gurley Street. At 3, the Dewey-Humboldt Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee will discuss parks in the town right of way. The meeting will be held at the Town Library on Corral Street. From 4 to 6, the Prescott General Plan Committee will hear a presentation on finance and infrastructure in the downstairs conference room at City Hall on South Cortez Street. Also tomorrow, District 1 Congressman Paul Gosar’s staff will hold office hours from 11 to 3 on South 6th Street in Cottonwood. Staff will be able to provide help with federal agencies and answer questions regarding federal programs.

With the hot summer weather, residents are reminded to remove children and pets from vehicles. According to Cottonwood Police, it seems every year, concerned citizens call in to report animals in distress or children left unattended in vehicles while people run errands. Late last month, officers had responded to 10 such incidents. According to Police spokesman Sergeant Gareth Braxton, temperatures can be deceiving in a way that the outside temperatures are far less extreme that those found inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked. Within minutes, temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees. Braxton adds it’s best to leave pets at home if they’re not permitted inside a particular business and children should always be removed from vehicles, no matter how brief the stop may be.

Lynne LaMaster