An alleged Prescott shooting suspect has been arrested. According to the initial police investigation, last night 34 year old Miguel Rendon-Ochoa confronted a 30 year old friend and close acquaintance in an attempt to confirm whether the victim had been having an affair with Ochoa’s spouse. During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a pistol and fired it 3 times, striking the victim once in the lower abdomen. The victim was treated at the scene and later airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition. At 11 last night, Ochoa was located at a Marvin Gardens residence and taken into custody on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, endangerment and discharging a firearm in city limits.
The Prescott Valley Town Council will discuss some projects at 5:30 tonight. According to Public Works Director Norm Davis, Fann Contracting was awarded a 1.8 million dollar contract for the Robert Road Improvement Project last February. That project from Spouse Drive to Tranquil Boulevard is now complete and a 79 thousand dollar change order is being requested to cover costs associated with items added to the project during construction. Council will also discuss the Central Core Multi-use Path, Phase 3 proposed intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation. Engineering Division Manager Ray Smith indicates this phase will extend the path 4 thousand feet from Navajo to Serpentine Drive. The Town has received a $574,000 Federal Grant to help with costs associated with this project. Council’s study session will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.
The Chino Valley Police Department has been awarded 2 grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Representatives note the more than 13 thousand dollars in funds will allow the Department to purchase a new handheld laser radar speed detection device and for overtime for officers to participate in impaired driver saturation patrols with the Tri-city Dui Task Force. With the holiday season underway, police are reminding persons who consume drugs or alcohol to use a sober designated driver or a taxi. The consequences for a first time DUI conviction include 18 thousand dollars in fines, a 90 day mandatory license suspension, a mandatory vehicle ignition interlock device and the possibility of up to 10 days in jail. An arrest for Extreme DUI carries an even higher penalty.
The Arizona Sundogs have started their road trip with a win. The Sundogs were in Texas last night to take on division rivals the Laredo Bucks. Forward Jeff Hazelwood opened the game’s scoring and announcer Brian Rea had the call on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL for the second score, which was forward Luke Erickson’s 8th goal of the season and the 99th of his career:
Arizona had a shutout going before the Bucks scored in the final period. Adam Smyth scored his first goal of the season as the Sundogs got the 3 to 1 win. Arizona was down a forward as Patrick Schafer has been suspended for 4 games and he won’t play in tomorrow or Saturday’s games against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Rio Grande Valley defenseman Nicholas Rioux has been suspended for 1 game and won’t play tomorrow. Six total penalties were issued in the Sundogs’ 2 to nothing shutout loss against the Killer Bees last Saturday night.
Over at Tim’s Toyota Center last night, the NAU Lumberjacks fell to the Brigham Young University Cougars 87 to 52 in the Inaugural Lumberjack Classic, which had a crowd of 3,215 in attendance.
The City of Prescott is ready for snow. According to the National Weather Service, a storm system will bring widespread rain and snow to Northern Arizona today and tomorrow. With the possibility of 5 to 9 inches of snowfall in the Prescott area tonight, City personnel are on alert and ready to respond. Streets Superintendent Bobbie King states the first streets cleared will be the major arterials followed by minor arterials, then collectors, which are streets that intersect the main streets and residential neighborhoods. City spokesman Kim Kapin explains there are some steps residents can take to be prepared for snowfall.
Kapin adds residents and business owners have a responsibility to clear snow as well.
For more information, call 777-1126. For medical, fire and police emergencies, residents are advised to call 911.