A Prescott Valley man has been arrested after allegedly threatening neighbors with a kitchen knife. On Friday the 13th just before midnight, police officers arrived at a residence in the 6100 block of Reata Drive for a report of a fight involving a knife. The victims, identified as 2 males ages 23 and 32 reported their neighbor, 31-year-old Joseph Dustin was at their residence visiting and drinking beer. They asked Dustin to leave after they saw him huffing gasoline. He left but returned a short time later holding a large knife. Dustin reportedly stated he was going to kill them and made cutting and slashing gestures with the knife. Dustin fled the area when he heard sirens and he was later located in the residence of 42-year-old Laura Ruiz. He has been arrested for 2 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Arizona Sundogs have signed a new forward. Thirty one-year-old Steve Kaye has averaged a point per game or more throughout his entire amateur and 7 year European professional playing career. The 5 foot 11, 190 pound forward most recently skated with pro club Vipiteno of Italy’s Second League last season, leading the team in scoring with 21 goals and 23 assists in 27 regular season contests. He added 16 points in 10 post season appearances. Kaye has also played alongside recently signed Sundogs defenseman Mike Novosad in France’s top league. A total of 7 players are now under contract for Arizona for the upcoming season.
The local Better Business Bureau is asking residents to be cautious when answering the door to salespeople. Officials note residents are reporting an increase of hard to resist deals on products and services at their front door ranging from auto glass repair and home security and alarm systems to auto care services and general home repair. Bureau President and CEO Matt Fehling indicates residents should use common sense and not let strangers in your home. Anyone who is expecting a service representative or repairman should verify identification. A seller might claim to offer a one hundred percent satisfaction guarantee or a free gift card to a restaurant or a retailer. Make sure the gift card will be accepted and be sure you have a way to contact the seller if there is a problem.
Anyone who is considering hiring a company should get the deal in writing and anyone who feels they were ripped off by a door-to-door salesman should file a complaint with the Bureau.
Blood drives are continuing this week. United Blood Services will be collecting donations from 8:30 to 1:30 Thursday in the Thumb Butte Room at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center on Willow Creek Road in Prescott, from 8 to 1 Friday at the Mingus Union High School Small Gym on East Fir Street in Cottonwood and 8 to 1 Saturday at the Prescott Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall on Willow Creek Road in Prescott. Those who give blood through September 30th could drive away with a 2010 Volkswagen Beetle. To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE or go online to unitedbloodservicesaz.org.
The Prescott City Council will discuss water and wastewater rate increases at 2 this afternoon. According to Public Works Director Mark Nieutupski, changes to these rates necessary to fund the financial plan outlined by Dan Jackson of economists.com were presented and discussed in January. Council has taken no action on modification of the rates, since adjustments became effective on January 1st and impact fees were rolled back to their June 29th, 2009 amounts due to a House Bill moratorium. That moratorium runs through June 30th, 2012. Other discussion and direction items on the agenda include Granite Creek Park gate access and the Council meeting schedule. The workshop will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.
A staff dress code will be back before the Humboldt Unified School District Board at 7 tonight. In June, the Professional Staff and Support Staff Meet and Confer Committees brought a recommendation to the Board for consideration to allow the wearing of jeans by staff on Fridays. Committee members cite neighboring districts such as Flagstaff and Prescott that allow casual dress days on Fridays where jeans are appropriate. The Board asked Meet and Confer members to create a regulation that gets more specific as to how the casual dress days would be implemented and monitored. The draft regulation was presented to the Board during its August 3rd meeting, but since President Gary Marks and Vice President Howard Moody were absent, no discussion took place. Tonight’s meeting will be held at Bradshaw Mountain High School on Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley.