Bill's Daily Roundup: Accident in PV and Lock Your Car!

29 September 2010  
Unlocked vehicles have been the focus of a series of burglaries; and in PV, an injury accident that could have been far worse.

bill_carthiefThe Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of burglaries involving unlocked vehicles.  Deputies responded to the burglaries, which occurred in the 22 and 24 hundred blocks of East Franquero Lane, the 800 block of Green River Road and the 100 block of North Rio Verde East in Cottonwood.  At one location, the suspect or suspects entered several unlocked vehicles parked on the same property.   Items stolen include a 27 hundred dollar custom set of golf clubs, a checkbook, an I-Pod Nano, a GPS unit, loose change, cash and sunglasses.  A set of fly fishing rods removed from one of the vehicles was recovered in a nearby ditch.  The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging neighbors to stay extra alert during the late evening and early morning hours, when a majority of residential burglaries occur.  Be aware of unusual noises, vehicles driving slowly, dogs barking and of course, vehicle alarms or horns.

The Prescott Valley Police Department will introduce its newest K-9 tomorrow.  Officials note the Department recently purchased a 15 month old black German shepherd with grant funding provided by the Yavapai County Community Foundation.  A contest has been held for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Coyote Springs Elementary to name the dog.  At 2:30 at Coyote Springs tomorrow, the Department will hold an assembly where the winner of the contest and the new name will be announced.  The winner will receive a certificate, a photo of the new dog, a police patch and a gift card to freedom station.  K-9 Joey was recently involved in a suspect apprehension and Bojar, who is trained in explosives detection assisted in a protective sweep of a residence where a recent shooting took place.

A comprehensive sign plan will be before the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission at 9 tomorrow morning.  The only item on the agenda is a public hearing and consideration of the plan, which is for Tim’s Subaru on Willow Creek Road.  During a review of this item earlier this month, Commissioners raised concerns over the lights for the 20 foot sign being turned down at night and that the request includes 50 percent more signage than is allowed by the city.

Officials note the lighting problem with other signs at the dealership has been corrected and as for the size of the sign, a local sign company representative has told the Commission certain sign packages are set by the manufacturer.  The meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

An injury collision has sent 4 people to the hospital.  According to Prescott Valley Police, yesterday afternoon at around 1:30, an SUV driven by a 37 year old Prescott Valley woman was attempting to pull out of Granville Parkway to travel south on Glassford Hill.  She was traveling with her 2 children, ages 5 and 8 and reported she did not see another vehicle traveling northbound on Glassford.  She collided with that vehicle, which contained a 20 year old driver who lives out of state, an 18 year old male and an 18 year old female from Gilbert.  All 3 are students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.  Police Sergeant Brandon Bonney explains there were no real serious injuries since everyone was properly restrained:

The accident is under investigation, but impairment is not suspected.

A 55 year old Prescott man has been arrested on 5 alleged counts of aggravated DUI.  According to a police report, an officer noticed a man stumbling as he walked along South Montezuma Street.  Another officer was able to stop the man’s vehicle just as it was backing out of a parking lot and into traffic.  The driver, Edward Lansa told Police his license was suspended and a breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .217.  Lansa also told Police he has a prior DUI conviction on his record from back in October 2008 in the Prescott area.

Earlier this month, Police arrested 24 year old Prescott resident Matthew Keefe after he was found to be operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in the 100 block of North McCormick Street.  In addition to a DUI charge, Keefe was booked on possession charges and cited for failure to obey a traffic control device and no proof of insurance.

Fox Sports Arizona has wrapped up filming at 2 Prescott locations.  According to Prescott Film Commissioner Wendy Bridges, Fox Sports selected the tranquil forest setting of Goldwater Lake contrasted by the high desert vistas at Watson Lake Park.

Bridges adds the shoots covered 2 of the 4 needed locations for their upcoming media campaign.  City Manager Steve Norwood notes the film industry is important to the City’s economy and it brings a rapid infusion of revenue to the community’s businesses.  Fox Sports did their homework and realized Prescott is a cost effective location for production.   More information on the Prescott Film Office is available online at the city’s website at cityofprescott.net.



Lynne LaMaster