Bill's Daily Roundup:Summit Bank Consolidating, No Council Meetings, More

25 August 2010  
There will be no City or Town Council meetings this week, due to the annual conference of the Az League of Cities and Towns.

billsummitplazaThe Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a 2 vehicle crash.  Deputies responded to the crash, which occurred on Cornville Road last Thursday night at around 9.  The accident occurred at Milepost 12 about a mile from Interstate 17.  A pickup truck with 2 passengers was traveling west when a motorcycle with 2 occupants traveling in the opposite direction went into the westbound lane, hitting the truck head on.  The 2 motorcycle passengers were both flown to the Flagstaff Medical Center with serious injuries.  The passengers of the pickup were uninjured.  Cornville Road was closed for 5 and a half hours due to the crash and investigation. The names of the injured parties have not yet been released.

A Cottonwood area business was evacuated yesterday afternoon after a suspicious substance was found.  According to police, employees at Nutri-Health Supplements at 260 Justin Drive notified the Department once they realized an envelope received in their shipping department contained an unknown white powdery substance.  Officers along with Fire Department personnel evacuated the building for precautionary measures and closed off the area inside the building until further tests could be done.  Sergeant Gareth Braxton says the Camp Verde Fire Department tested the substance and was sure it was not harmful:

At this point, officers and employees of the business are unaware of who sent or delivered this envelope or where it originated from.

Summit Bank has announced it is consolidating its 3 Yavapai County branches.  Representatives note the decision to restructure operations jointly made by the Board of Directors and bank management, comes at the heels of one of the most economically challenging periods in history.  Starting December 1st, Summit will discontinue personal service at its Prescott Valley and Chino Valley branch offices but will continue to maintain the automatic teller machines and night depositories at these locations.  For the bank’s Prescott Valley and Chino Valley customers, Summit is committed to providing loans, deposits and customer service from its main office located at 201 North Montezuma Street in downtown Prescott.

City and Town Councils are not holding meetings this week.   Prescott City officials report Council has rescheduled yesterday’s meeting to occur next Tuesday, August 31st.  The Chino Valley Town Council, which normally meets on Thursday nights, has rescheduled tomorrow’s meeting for next Tuesday as well.  The Prescott Valley Town Council is not scheduled to hold a meeting until Thursday, September 2nd .  The reason for the rescheduled meetings is the annual conference of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, which started yesterday and runs until Friday in Glendale.  Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog and Sedona Mayor Rob Adams are members of the League’s Executive Committee.  Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig is scheduled to preside over a session on Open Meeting Law while Prescott Public Works Director Mark Nieutupski will speak at a session on the daily impact Public Works has on communities.  Both sessions start at 2 this afternoon.

Senior citizens should be aware of deceptive professionals and investment and work at home opportunities.  According to the local Better Business Bureau, while some scams targeting senior citizens might not have a face, some scammers will be invited in the front door including technicians, contractors, chimney sweeps, air duct cleaners and other services.  Some professionals will lie about the extent of the problem or claim safety issues and then inflate prices for unsuspecting senior customers.  Bureau officials are recommending residents always research a company before handing over any money and report any deceptive services to the Bureau, local law enforcement and the Attorney General.  As for investment and work at home opportunities, these should also be researched and residents should beware of offers that seem too good to be true or use high pressure sales tactics to get consumers to sign up immediately.  .

Yavapai Silent Witness has paid out more than $2500 in cash rewards.  The Silent Witness Board of Directors met earlier this month to discuss cases in which rewards were paid.  The first had to do with the theft of a rifle from a Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Patrol Vehicle.  A suspect has been arrested and the weapon has been recovered with all its ammunition.  Four other cases were handled by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and were all drug related.  A total of 7 people were arrested on 29 felony charges.  Police seized 26 hundred dollars worth of illegal drugs, a 5 thousand dollar automobile, 427 dollars in cash and a rifle.  The arrests took place in Camp Verde, Mayer and the Verde Valley.

Bill Monroe

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