Bill's Daily Roundup: An Impersonation, Vehicle Collision and Sedona Floods

18 September 2009  
Bill brings the news of an impersonation, a vehicle collision, and floods in Sedona.

billwethepeopleA Phoenix resident who impersonated his brother in court has been arrested. During an interview with 19 year old Preston Haymes, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies learned that Preston’s 21 year old brother Denton had been arrested by the Department of Public Safety for a narcotics violation a year prior. During booking for his arrest, Denton used Preston’s name and date of birth as identification. He also used the fake name on a promise to appear document issued when he was released. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says it’s hard to say what led the two brothers to put this scheme together:

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Deputies later found Preston had signed three court documents in July taking responsibility for the crime committed by his brother. Preston was arrested for 3 counts of forgery and 1 count of criminal impersonation.

A vehicle collision on 6th street and highway 89A in Cottonwood has resulted in injuries. According to Cottonwood Police, on Tuesday afternoon just after 1, the driver of a vehicle turned in front of a second driver while attempting to make a left turn at the intersection. The impact of the collision resulted in the first vehicle being spun 180 degrees and striking a third vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was pushed into a traffic pole and came to rest a short distance later. The driver of the first vehicle was taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries. The passenger of that vehicle and the driver of the second vehicle were also taken there for neck and back injuries.

Residents were invited to celebrate Constitution Day with Yavapai College today. Activities took place from 11 to 1 at building 3 on the Prescott campus or at the Student Union on the Verde Valley campus, where free handouts and mini constitutions will be available. College library staff created a multimedia presentation highlighting the federal depository program that runs through the 25th. The presentation was shown continuously on the infoportal just inside the library on the Prescott campus. Library specialist Mollie Gugler reports there were also displays of noteworthy government documents and unique government items such as a puzzle of the moon, 3-D glasses from NASA, children’s activity books from the National Park Service and a U.S. Department of Justice arson investigation guide and more.

The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System will host the National POW MIA Recognition Day ceremony at 10 tomorrow morning. Ten years ago, the System entered the USA Today and Parade Magazine Make a Difference Day award competition. The entry was to create and initiate an all area youth sponsored recognition ceremony. The idea was to encourage and support area youth in coordinating a program to honor our nation’s former prisoners of war and the families of our missing in action. The program went on to receive an award for the state. The public is invited attend this year’s ceremony, which will be held on the campus of the Bob Stump Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located on highway 89 in Prescott.

Sedona cleanup efforts are continuing. Its business as usual as the community continues to clean up mud and debris from last weekend’s flash flooding that hit the Tlaquepaque area especially hard. Sedona Fire Marshal William Loesche says that all the roads are open, all the construction has resumed, and the ever present festivals are happening on schedule. He adds the damage left in the wake of last week’s flash flooding is still visible:

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Loesche says these floods happen in Sedona from time to time and officials are looking at ways to lessen their impact.

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Lynne LaMaster