A 48 year old woman has caused more than 10 thousand dollars in estimated damages to a Prescott retail store. On Tuesday night, Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had just driven into the Hasting’s store on Willow Creek Road. Police observed heavy damage to the front entryway of the business and the vehicle. According to a police report, 2 witnesses stated 48 year old Janet Conley backed her vehicle out of a parking space to use her headlights to provide light. In doing so, she backed into another vehicle and then into the front of the building. The vehicle came within 15 feet of one employee. Conley was placed under arrest for 3 various DUI charges after she registered a .193 blood alcohol level. Conley admitted to consuming 2 vodka drinks earlier in the evening. She also faces 2 counts each of felony criminal damage and felony endangerment.
A Prescott Valley traffic accident has left a teen with serious injuries. On Wednesday afternoon, Police responded to Mountain Valley Park, where officers learned 2 juveniles fell off a vehicle and were injured. A 14 year old female and a 15 year old male were reportedly on top of a vehicle being driven by a 16 year old male. The vehicle was driven a short distance and at some point, the 2 juveniles were thrown off or fell off the vehicle. The 15 year old was transported to a local hospital for possible minor injuries. The 14 year old sustained a skull fracture and was airlifted to a Phoenix area hospital, where she is in critical but stable condition. Traffic officers are investigating the incident.
The Better Business Bureau is warning residents of scams targeting senior citizens. The Bureau Foundation is urging seniors never to wire money to someone who claims the victim has won a prize in a lottery or sweepstakes. The victim usually is asked to deposit a check that ends up being fake and the victim loses money used to cover supposed taxes or administration fees. Senior citizens should also be aware of scammers claiming to be with Medicare and asking for personal information. Medicare will never call to ask for sensitive personal financial information. Anyone who suspects fraud should contact local police or the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS. Scammers also try to take advantage of seniors who have recently lost a loved one, claiming the deceased had outstanding debts.
Anyone who is uncertain about owing a debt when collectors call should ask for written confirmation.
A Kids Super Safety Show is coming to the Elks Theatre. Tomorrow the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will present this show, which will feature Deputy Do-Right from the Right by Kids program. Officials note since Sheriff Steve Waugh developed this program 5 years ago, it has grown to include a team of deputies specializing in safety instruction to kids through 10 years of age. School assemblies are held throughout Yavapai County to give thousands of students an opportunity to receive important safety messages. Two free performances will be held at the Elks at 2 and 6 and will feature segments from each of the topics covered in the school assemblies and music will be performed by the Ripptones band throughout the show.
Prescott Valley Police are seeking some alleged robbery suspects. On Wednesday night, Police officers learned a cab driver picked up two passengers in the Prescott area and he drove them to the area of Hoffman and Ackland. The victim reported he and the 2 individuals got out of the vehicle and one of the suspects assaulted the driver, possibly knocking him unconscious for a short period of time before robbing him. Sergeant Brandon Bonney explains it’s not clear how much money the suspects got away with:
Anyone who may have information on this crime is asked to contact the Police Department at 772-5140 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.
The Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Committee meets at 10 Monday morning. The Committee is scheduled to hear status reports on projects and ideas including a souvenir envelope, a book entitled “Around Yavapai County,” a bandstand centennial plaque, the commemorative stamp design unveiling and consideration of a new book for Williamson Valley. Workgroup updates will be provided on recognized and sanctioned centennial activities, state centennial merchandising and the Best of the West Festival Committee. The committee will also review website content, activity and comments. The meeting will be held at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street.
Yavapai County Recorder Anna Wayman Trujillo is reminding voters that today is the last day to vote early in person for next Tuesday’s Primary Election. Early voting is being held at the Fair Street facility as well as at the Verde Valley Complex on South 6th Street in Cottonwood.
Prescott Valley Town Councilman Mike Flannery is working on a special project. During Monday’s Q and A with Sandy Moss on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, Flannery indicated Council members are assigned to different activities and he covers water issues. He has chaired the Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association for over 10 years, and over the past year, the Association has been working on a project spearheaded by District 1 Representative Andy Tobin. Flannery explains what that project entails:
Tobin has initiated House Bill 2661, which created the Water Resources Development Commission. The Commission will develop a plan that will identify the availability of and need for water and the potential for financing infrastructure for water statewide. Flannery describes some groups who are involved in this effort:
The Commission’s report on its findings and recommendations is scheduled to be presented to the Governor on or before October 1st, 2011.