Bill's Daily Roundup: Arrests, Convictions and More

23 August 2010  
Horizon Air will no longer fly in and out of Prescott; and law enforcement has been rather busy of late. Bill brings the information on these stories and more.

billhorizonairYavapai County has released a new web based interactive map system.  Representatives note the new system will benefit the general public as well as realtors and appraisers who need quick access to accurate information on parcel data, including information on lot numbers, property dimensions and flood zone maps.  During a demonstration from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street, participants will be shown how to display GIS data using new query capabilities that include parcel numbers, addresses, owner name and other features.  The new interactive mapping website is available at co.yavapai.az.us.

The Yavapai County Recorder has received the highest achievement available to elections and voters registration officials.  In ceremonies conducted Friday, Recorder Anna Wayman-Trujillo was designated as a certified Elections and Registration Administrator.  Election Center officials note this designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study conducted by the Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of 4 core courses taught by the Masters in Public Administration Faculty at Auburn University in Alabama.  The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.  Trujillo was elected Recorder in 2004 and prior to that, she worked as Chief Deputy in the Recorder’s Office.  She has worked for Yavapai County Government for more than 13 years. (For more information, read the article: Yavapai County Recorder Ana Wayman-Trujillo Now CERA Designated)

A Cottonwood man has been arrested on numerous alleged charges.  According to Cottonwood Police, on Friday 43 year old Christopher Furey was arrested for 5 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, 6 counts of sexual abuse and 4 counts each of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and stalking.  Furey is the Kids’ Pastor at Emmanuel Fellowship and the victim is a 16 year old female who attends the church.

On Friday morning, 52 year old Prescott Valley resident Joe Cervantes Junior was found guilty by a Yavapai County jury of 25 criminal counts related to sex offenses against children.  All counts involved children under the age of 12.  Cervantes will be sentenced by Judge William Kiger in Division 5 of the Superior Court on September 20th.  He faces a sentence of hundreds of years in prison and will spend the rest of his life in prison for the offenses. (For more information, read: Cervantes Found Guilty on 25 Counts of Sex Offenses Against Minors)

In a follow-up to a story we reported on Friday, Prescott Valley Police have made arrests in a taxi cab driver robbery. Sergeant Brandon Bonney explains the driver was assaulted prior to the robbery, which occurred last Wednesday night at Ackland and Hoffman:

Following up on leads, detectives observed 30 year old Douglas Aybal and his girlfriend, 30 year old Tara Pearson leaving the America’s Best Value Inn and entering the Post Office on Highway 69.  When they exited, they were arrested without incident.  Aybal, who was interviewed about his involvement and made incriminating statements, was booked on 1 count of robbery.  Pearson was cited and released for theft of services.

Two year old Sylar Newton was allegedly seen abused shortly before his July 24th disappearance.  A search warrant indicates campers at the Beaver Creek campground near Rimrock who were staying near the area where Sylar disappeared saw either the boy’s custodial mother, Christina Priem or her mother, Nancy Collins being verbally abusive and push him to the ground the evening before he went missing.  The warrant obtained by the Arizona Republic on Friday allowed authorities to search property belonging to Priem and Collins.   Bones that were recovered in a wash near the campsite on August 10th are believed to be those of Sylar.

Horizon Air has discontinued air service in Prescott.  Horizon, which is a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, had provided passenger service from the Prescott Municipal Airport to Los Angeles International Airport and their first flight departed on September 8th, 2008.  Airport Manager Ben Vardiman describes the partnership between the City and Horizon:

Vardiman explains how the city is expected to proceed regarding this matter:

Great Lakes Airlines continues to offer flights from Prescott to Ontario, California and Denver under the Essential Air Service Subsidy Program.  Noting recent changes to the airline industry, City officials are not speculating on attracting a similar airline to the Prescott market.  Based on increasing enplanements, Great Lakes is considering bringing in a higher capacity aircraft.  Vardiman indicates Horizon’s departure will not affect the level of security for commercial passengers.


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