Four Black Canyon City residents have been arrested for their alleged involvement in some burglaries. Yavapai County Sheriff’s detectives searched a stolen travel trailer and found several items reported stolen from a Ha-Wa-Si Trail home in Black Canyon City, including firearms, books, glass items and automobile parts. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains the thefts had been ongoing since the early part of this year:
Fifty-one-year-old David Wieber and his 33-year-old wife Angela have been charged with theft of means of transportation and 5 counts of burglary. David also faces a charge of trafficking in stolen property while Angela has been additionally charged with possession. Randy Fritz has been arrested for theft of means of transportation while 41-year-old James Germinaro has been arrested on theft and possession charges.
A Prescott couple has been sentenced by a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge. Forty-five-year-old Gary Goodloe and his 49-year-old wife Bridget were each sentenced on Monday to 6 years probation, 180 days in jail with credit for time served and more than 147 thousand dollars in restitution. The Goodloes, both from Prescott, plead guilty on August 10th to fraud schemes for embezzling over 140 thousand dollars between 2003 and 2007 from Fork in the Road, the company that owns and operates Prescott restaurants Murphy’s, the Office and the Gurley Street Grill. At the time of the offenses, the Goodloes served as General Manager and Bookkeeper.
The City of Prescott has a new Police Chief. According to an internal memo sent by City Manager Steve Norwood, former Deputy Police Chief Mike Kabbel will assume the position of Chief effective immediately. Norwood says Kabbel has been with the Police Department for over 20 years and has served as Deputy Chief for the past 3 years. He adds Kabbel has done an outstanding job and will now continue working on making the Department even better. Kabbel succeeds former Chief Randy Oaks, who retired one week ago today. Oaks served as Chief since 2005 and will continue on until January 15th to help with the transition.
The Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition Board meets at 2 this afternoon. The Board is scheduled to receive an update on water conservation efforts, including a regional conservation workbook, an arsenic publication for well owners and Water Smart rack cards. An update will also be given on a grant funding plan, including completion and submission of an application for a Bureau of Reclamation grant, preparation for registration of the Coalition with grants.gov and development of future Coalition relationships. The meeting will be held in Prescott City Council chambers.
At 3 in Dewey-Humboldt Town Council chambers, the Capital Improvement Projects Committee will meet to consider appointment of a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary; an initial briefing of the Committee and a proposed meeting schedule. The Committee will also hear a presentation on the status of fiscal year 2010 projects.
Prescott National Forest fire officials plan on burning 3000 acres today through Saturday. Weather conditions permitting, the burn will take place 30 miles northwest of Prescott, near Camp Wood and Brushy Mountain. Forest Road 9821B will be closed and visitors are asked to be cautious while driving in the area. Officials note these burns help remove dead vegetation, invigorate the plant and animal communities, promote a healthy watershed and will help return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. The burns are part of an ongoing fuels reduction project to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire on the forest.
A traffic collision caused a closure of Willow Lake Road. According to Prescott Public Works Department officials, yesterday morning a car collided with a power pole near the corner of Willow Lake and Mountain Lake Drive. The pole was heavily damaged and in danger of toppling over. The accident caused about 3000 people to be without power in north Prescott. Arizona Public Service officials were on site waiting for a replacement pole to arrive from Flagstaff. Willow Lake was closed for more than 4 hours between Mountain Lake and Prescott Lakes Parkway until about 6:30 pm while repair work was conducted. .
Humboldt Unified School District officials are investigating allegations a 7-year-old girl was left alone in a nurse’s office. The incident occurred last Friday at Coyote Springs Elementary School. According to the girl’s mother, the nurse was not in attendance and the school secretaries were supposed to be watching the girl. The door closed behind the clerk as she left. She said she would be back in 5 minutes but never came back. Everyone had left for the weekend and a janitor called the mother when he found the girl in the locked facility later that afternoon. District spokeswoman Mariela Bean says they are reviewing this unfortunate incident:
The 2nd grader was reportedly traumatized and has now been placed in another school in Prescott Valley.