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Bill's Daily Roundup: Superior Court Positions Filled

22 December 2010  
Two Superior Court positions have been filled; also the identification of the body found near Seligman has been confirmed.

billcourthouseA Cottonwood man has been arrested following an alleged restaurant burglary. Late Monday evening, Cottonwood Police Patrol Officers and detectives arrested 25 year old Jacob Butler for the August 4th burglary of Brandi’s Kitchen. During the course of the investigation, several witnesses provided information identifying Butler as the suspect and detectives also received additional leads from other law enforcement agencies tying the suspect to the crime. During a traffic stop, Butler was pulled over for several traffic violations. A short time later, a search of his Gila Street residence yielded several items believed to be used in the initial burglary, including tools and clothing. Drug and paraphernalia were located as well. Butler has been charged with several felony crimes, including burglary, trafficking in stolen property, felony theft, possession of a narcotic drug and paraphernalia and DUI.

Two Yavapai County Superior Court positions have been filled. According to Court officials, Joseph Goldstein has been selected as Family Law Commissioner, effective January 3rd. There were 14 applicants for this position currently held by Commissioner Rhonda Repp, who retires on December 31st. Patricia Trebesch has been selected as Judge Pro Tem, effective January 10th. Current Judge Pro Tem Ralph Hess is retiring on January 9th. Superior Court Judges Robert Brutinel and David Mackey selected the successors for these positions after interviewing finalists identified by selection committees, reviewing applicant qualifications and considering public comment. Brutinel, who is the current Presiding Judge, has been appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court starting January 10th. Mackey will take over as Presiding Judge on January 7th.

The Prescott Valley Police Department has announced its new K-9 Officer is ready to go to work. After completing nearly 12 weeks of training with Officer Paul Hines, Kio has obtained his certification from the National Police Canine Association and the National Detection Dog Association in narcotics detection and patrol early last week in Phoenix. Last Thursday, Officer Hines brought Kio back to Coyote Springs Elementary School to announce the new officer will begin patrolling the streets soon. On September 13th, Margo Sarno from Mrs. Hendricks 4th Grade class was announced as the winner of the Name our K9 Contest. Hines promised Sarno he would return to host a pizza party with Kio once the dog was fully trained and certified. Kio was presented with a dog biscuit that he promptly ate in the classroom.

The Town of Prescott Valley has adjusted hours this week. Today the Civic Center is open from 7:30 to 5:30, the Magistrate Court, which is also located at the Center; is open from 8 to 5 and the Library is open from 9 to 8. The Center and Court are closed tomorrow, but the Library will be open from 9 to 8. All 3 facilities will be closed on Christmas Eve.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials have announced no work will take place Friday through Sunday on the Highway 69 Low Profile Median Barrier, as well as on the Highway 89A Viewpoint Drive Traffic Interchange. All posted and reduced speed limits apply and will be strictly enforced throughout the holiday weekend.

In Prescott, anyone who has residential sanitation service on Friday needs to have their cans curbside tomorrow morning by 6. Commercial routes normally serviced on Friday and Saturday will be serviced tomorrow and Sunday, with limited service on Friday. The City’s Transfer Station will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The investigation into Sue Ellen Roberts’ death is continuing. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the identity of a body found on November 15th outside of Seligman is that of the 31 year old Roberts, who was reported missing from Las Vegas in October. The Medical Examiner has classified the death as undetermined homicidal violence and the autopsy did reveal evidence of a gunshot wound to the head. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says detectives are still trying to determine if 53 year old Thomas Sanders is connected to the woman’s death, which has not yet been definitively determined:

Roberts and her 12 year old daughter had been vacationing with 53 year old Thomas Sanders in September before Roberts was reported missing. Last month Sanders was arrested by FBI agents for the kidnapping of Roberts’ 12 year old daughter. In October, the girl’s skeletal remains were located in a Louisiana swamp. Sanders has been indicted for her kidnapping by a Federal Grand Jury.

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