Bill's Daily Roundup: Highway Delays, Chamber Info

30 August 2010  
Bill brings news about a burglary, highway construction and news from the Chamber Executives Legislative Summit.

bill_hwydelaysA Prescott Valley man had $2200 in antique U.S. currency stolen from a Prescott antique store.  According to a Prescott Police report, the 45-year-old victim has a glass display case inside Pennington’s Antiques on North Cortez Street.  When the victim arrived at the store on August 20th, he noticed several items of currency missing, but a store employee informed him no items had been sold.  Police processed prints on the case and it appears someone placed their left hand flat against the sliding glass door near the lock, then forced the door past the lock.  The victim was later at a restaurant on Miller Valley Road when he noticed his packaging lying on the ground next to the front door.  He told police he packages each of his one dollar silver coins and numbers them by hand, so that’s how he knows the packaging was his.  Police are continuing their investigation of this incident.

An alleged burglary suspect has been apprehended. Deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office developed information that 19-year-old Ash Fork resident Jason Niedermeyer was en route to Williams with his girlfriend and 2 month old son.  The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office was alerted and they were able to take the suspect into custody in Williams.  His girlfriend was taken into custody for interfering with the arrest and the boy was turned over to Child Protective Services.  The current charges against him stem from a burglary that occurred at a Juniper Woods home near Ash Fork in June 2009.  Several firearms were taken from the residence and after being released from jail, Niedermeyer failed to appear in court and is believed to have fled to Oklahoma.

A Cottonwood Police officer has attained Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Inspector Certification.  Department officials note 5 year law enforcement veteran Del Munday has completed the 2 week course that culminated in a practical and written examination that tested material covered during the training.  This certification by the Arizona Department of Public Safety allows Munday to perform commercial vehicle inspections and education efforts.  According to Munday, there is a certain amount of knowledge needed to inspect these vehicles, including an understanding of brake systems, coupling devices and steering mechanisms.

In addition, in the event one of these vehicles is involved in an accident, Munday can provide expertise in determining cause and fault.  In the next year, he hopes to attain a hazardous material and passenger inspection certification.

Motorists can expect delays this week as part of the Granite Dells Parkway Traffic Interchange Project.  The delays are the result of periodic lane closures, one in each direction for east and westbound traffic on Highway 89A today through Friday.   Motorists can expect a detour as a result of 89A being closed from 7 tonight through midnight tomorrow so crews can remove concrete barriers.  Due to recent inclement weather, the construction team does not anticipate opening the bridge to residents and businesses by Labor Day as expected.  The Phase 2 detour will remain in effect at least through the week after Labor Day.

Two assault arrests have been made in downtown Prescott.  According to police reports, an officer contacted 25-year-old Prescott resident Joseph Banister in front of Matt’s Saloon on South Montezuma Street.  When the officer asked Banister why he had allegedly been yelling profanities at another subject on the sidewalk in front of the bar, the suspect put his arms up in an aggressive manner. Two officers told him to back up but he ignored commands.  After being told he was under arrest, Banister ran off and was tackled to the ground.  He threatened the officers and their families and elbowed an officer in the face.  Banister has been arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.  At Lyzzard’s on North Cortez Street, 24-year-old Jason Domanowski of Pensacola, Florida allegedly punched a 21-year-old Prescott woman in the head, causing her to receive 5 stitches.  He was taken into custody for aggravated assault after he attacked his friend with a pen in a separate incident.

Construction is scheduled to start soon on Prescott’s pavement rehabilitation project.  City officials note the purpose of this project is to repair and replace aged asphalt pavement on portions of Miller Valley Road, Grove Avenue and Montezuma Street.  The project also includes repair of pavement failure along Prescott Lakes Parkway from Smoketree Lane to Blooming Hills.  Asphalt Paving and Supply was awarded the contract for this project during a Council meeting earlier this month.  A preconstruction conference was held last Wednesday and construction is set to start on September 20th.

Arizona Chambers of Commerce representatives have discussed Legislative issues.  Earlier this month, the Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce co-hosted the 2010 Arizona Chamber Executives Legislative Summit at Stoneridge and Springhill Suites.   According to Prescott Valley Chamber Director Marnie Uhl, every year executives come together and talk about what happened in the last Legislative session and what’s best for business in the upcoming session.  Uhl discusses one specific issue that was explored at the Summit:

Uhl is the past Chairwoman of the Executives Board of Directors while Maurer is a current Board member.  Maurer says there wasn’t really any good news as far the economy goes:

The Summit also included discussion on immigration and a ballot workshop.


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