A gang member has received a 7 and a half year prison term. According to police, in January, a 17 year old Cottonwood resident was arrested after he was identified as a suspect in a burglary where more than 75 guns were taken from a Cottonwood residence. Prior to that, he was convicted on a number of charges including aggravated assault and assisting a criminal street gang in 2010. As a remanded juvenile, he was sentenced to 3 years standard probation. These crimes were perpetrated while the now 18 year old Eddie Bojorquez was a gang member and they were done to benefit his gang. The sentence, which was handed down Monday, will be served consecutively with other terms imposed.
The Chino Valley Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing resident. Fifty-seven year old Jeffrey Bratz, was last seen on Saturday, July 16th at his home on East Road 4 South. Police note Bratz does suffer from medical issues. His whereabouts and mode of travel are unknown at this time. He left behind his cell phones and wallet, which is unusual according to friends. Bratz is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 175 pounds and he has brown hair, brown eyes and a beard. Anyone who has information on Bratz’s whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or Chino Valley Police dispatch at 771-3260.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their search for 48 year old Cornville resident Terry Ferrell, who has been missing since July 3rd. The Sheriff’s Office had recently received a tip that Ferrell was seen in a Camp Verde area restaurant, but it turned out the man seen by a restaurant employee was not Ferrell.
Work will soon begin on the Cordes Junction traffic interchange. Last Friday, the State Transportation Board accepted a bid from Vastco-Sundt to complete the $50.9 million project that will provide a modern interchange with capacity to handle increased traffic in the area. According to Arizona Department of Transportation officials, the outdated loop ramps will be removed, new structures will be built to carry Prescott bound traffic over Interstate 17 and the roadways will be designed to meet current design standards. Prescott bound traffic will be separated from Cordes Lakes travelers driving at slower speeds.
The existing bridges carrying I-17 over Big Bug Creek will also be replaced and 2 roundabouts will be built. The new diamond shaped interchange is scheduled to be done in 2 years.
The Prescott Valley Town Council will continue discussions on redistricting at 5:30 tonight. Council previously discussed the 4 proposed maps during a meeting last month and indicated a preference for Map A. This map consolidates the majority of town residents into 1 district. If Map A is not favored by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors next month, Map B, which also consolidates the majority of town residents, has been named as an alternate. Council will also discuss using former Councilman Mike Flannery’s expertise and experience during upcoming public redistricting hearings. Flannery was involved in the state’s first redistricting process and during the next process, there are expected to be proposals to break up District One’s Legislative and Congressional Districts. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
The City of Prescott’s Annual Water Resources and Management Report is now available. According to City Spokesman Kim Kapin, water customers can expect an insert in their September utility bill mailer with directions for accessing the 2010 Report. Kapin explains the report is an easy to understand guide intended to help customers stay water smart:
Print copies of the report are available at the City Hall Information Desk on South Cortez Street. Kapin adds water management has a language all its own which prompted the report’s author, City Water Resources Specialist Leslie Graser, to include a glossary of water terms. Graser worked with Citizens Tax Committee member Bill Kendig and Citizen Water Advocacy Group President John Zambrano in finalizing the annual report’s content.