The Prescott Unified School District Board will consider continued suspension of certain policies at 5:30 tonight. According to Assistant Superintendent Joe Howard, the suspension of the policy that authorizes employee use of the sick leave bank could occur next year with approval from the Board. This program does not have an annual budget and there was no cost last year, as the program was already suspended following the 2008-2009 school year. The cost that year was 30 thousand dollars. The second suspension deals with the transfer of sick leave between District staff. This program has also been suspended for the last 2 years, and the last cost was 50 thousand dollars. The meeting will be held in the District Office Board Room on South Granite Street.
At 6:30 tonight, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council will meet to discuss the Town Library lease with the Community Action Program, a contract award for the removal of site debris from the demolition of a single family residence, an update on the policy that limits the use of cash fund reserves and the annual budget schedule. The meeting will be held at Town Hall on South Highway 69.
A Community Blood Drive runs from 9 to 2 tomorrow. The Prescott Valley Charter School’s Youth Chamber Club and CASA Senior Center are hosting the drive, which will be operated by United Blood Services and is open to people 16 years of age and older. The drive will be held at the Senior Center, located on Manzanita Circle in Prescott Valley. Other blood drives run from 9 to 2 on Thursday the 24th at the Prescott College Crossroads Community Room on Grove Avenue and from 9 to 1:30 on Monday the 28th at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on East Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley. Anyone who wants to make an appointment or needs more information should go online to bloodhero.com.
The Prescott City Council will consider items related to the Shops at Prescott Gateway development at 3 this afternoon. Council will consider a development agreement with ERH Acquisitions for the development of a commercial retail center on the southwest corner of Highway 69 and Lee Boulevard, a purchase of that property, the leasing of that property and authorization of a potential sale in conjunction with a lease purchase option, the transfer of unencumbered appropriations from the water fund to the City Manager department in the General Fund, a development site plan and a comprehensive site plan. This shopping center consists of 6 structures totaling over 39 thousand square feet with 249 parking spaces. Phase One will include a 12 thousand square foot Trader Joe’s store and 8 thousand square feet of adjacent retail space. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers on South Cortez Street.
Two Town Council candidate forums will be held at 6 tonight. The Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has invited all candidates to participate in its forum, including incumbent Mayor Jim Bunker and challenger Chris Marley, as well as the 6 candidates running for 3 vacant council seats. Chamber Director Ab Jackson says this is the 4th Candidate Forum and the last one had a few hundred people in attendance:
The forum will be held at Heritage Middle School on Road One West. The Highway 69 Republicans are sponsoring a forum for the 6 candidates running for 4 Prescott Valley Town Council positions. That forum will be held at the Library Conference Room on Civic Circle. Both communities are holding mail-in ballot elections on March 8th.
A 58 year old Lake Montezuma man has been arrested for allegedly luring a minor for sex. On January 31st, William Adams initiated contact and began online messaging chats with a person he believed was a 13 year old female. As part of a meeting agreement, he agreed to pick her up in Prescott and drive her back to his home in Lake Montezuma. He also initiated an online conversation suggesting she run away from home and move in with him. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains detectives always make certain the suspect thinks he knows he’s going after a minor:
Last Wednesday, Adams was arrested on 3 counts of luring a minor for sex after he agreed to meet the girl at a Prescott restaurant.
An alleged murder suspect has been arrested in Spring Valley. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a dead body inside a residence in the 17300 block of East Spring Valley Road. They spoke with 48 year old Karey Rowley, who was an acquaintance of the victim, 52 year old Michael Crummey. D’Evelyn explains Rowley called 911 after discovering Crummey was non-responsive:
Crummey suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Following an autopsy, the Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. Rowley was arrested Sunday for 1st degree murder and the investigation is ongoing.