Great Circle Media http://gcmaz.com Online - On Air - On Site Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:31:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i2.wp.com/gcmaz.com/media/cropped-favicon-1.png?fit=32%2C32 Great Circle Media http://gcmaz.com 32 32 Flagstaff Police Warn Of Fraudulent Calls Regarding Utility Bills http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-police-warn-of-fraudulent-calls-regarding-utility-bills/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-police-warn-of-fraudulent-calls-regarding-utility-bills/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:27:59 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12337 Continued]]> The Flagstaff Police Department is warning residents that they have been receiving many reports of fraudulent schemes around town. Criminals are calling people, trying to convince them that they are late on their utility bills and their electricity will be shut off if they don’t pay right away. Police say it’s a scam and do not pay them. Local utility companies don’t contact customers by phone to collect payments. If you do receive one of these calls or letters, contact the Flagstaff Police Department.

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Cottonwood Transient Arrested On Child Porn Charges http://gcmaz.com/cottonwood-transient-arrested-on-child-porn-charges/ http://gcmaz.com/cottonwood-transient-arrested-on-child-porn-charges/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:31 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12334 Continued]]> Cottonwood Police have arrested a 24-year-old transient on child pornography charges. Officials say Harley Kipena, who was already in custody on unrelated charges, is now facing sexual exploitation of a minor after hundreds of photos and videos were found on his government-supplied free phone. After he was arrested on an outstanding warrant, Kipena asked police if his friend could look after his phone. His friend looked through Kipena’s phone, found the images and turned it over to police. He is currently being held in the Yavapai County Jail.

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Gas Prices Continue To Fall Across Arizona http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-continue-to-fall-across-arizona/ http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-continue-to-fall-across-arizona/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:49:46 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12332 Continued]]> Gas prices are down quite a bit over most of Arizona this week. Triple-A Arizona says gas prices fell four cents a gallon this week to $2.16 a gallon. In Flagstaff, gas was down about a penny to $2.42 a gallon, however some stations are selling gas for $2.15 a gallon and lower. In the Prescott area, gas is down nearly two cents to $2.26 a gallon. Officials say abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil prices are helping push prices down and should remain that way for the remainder of the summer.

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Man Assaulted In West Flagstaff While Playing “Pokemon Go” http://gcmaz.com/man-assaulted-in-west-flagstaff-while-playing-pokemon-go/ http://gcmaz.com/man-assaulted-in-west-flagstaff-while-playing-pokemon-go/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:52:47 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12326 Continued]]> A man was recently robbed on the west side of Flagstaff after he was assaulted while playing “Pokemon Go” on his phone. Flagstaff Police say the victim was at the Walmart and had been drinking most of the night. According to his friend, the victim bought a six-pack of beer and took out 100-dollars out of the ATM at around 2 a.m. last Thursday morning. As he was walking in the parking lot, playing the popular game on his phone, he was knocked unconscious. When he woke up, he found four Native American males going through his pockets. The men ran away when the victim started to fight back. The man suffered minor injuries to the back of his head, but he was otherwise fine. The case remains under investigation.

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Arizona Secretary Of State Visits Tuba City http://gcmaz.com/arizona-secretary-of-state-visits-tuba-city/ http://gcmaz.com/arizona-secretary-of-state-visits-tuba-city/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:24:15 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12323 Continued]]> Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan was in Tuba City Thursday to award the Tuba City Public Library with a grant to encourage community engagement. The library was awarded just over 38-thousand dollars that will go to purchasing supplies and to pay for instructors and presenters to implement an arts and crafts programming model at the library.

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YCSO Search And Rescue Has Been Busy Lately http://gcmaz.com/ycso-search-and-rescue-has-been-busy-lately/ http://gcmaz.com/ycso-search-and-rescue-has-been-busy-lately/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:01:20 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12320 Continued]]> Yavapai County Search and Rescue teams have been busy recently. Two weeks ago a group was camping in the West Clear Creek area of Camp Verde when they were late returning home. Crews found the group in the Bull Pen campground area and need help getting out due to injuries. Back country rescue teams were able to get three men and three dogs to safety. Then on Tuesday, a 62-year-old Fountain Hills man’s Nissan Xtera had become stuck on a rock in the Crown King area. The man had no food or water, so crews had to get to him quickly. The road the man was on was very rugged and was a risk. The man was taken to safety and was in good condition. Yavapai County leads Arizona in the number of rescues conducted in fiscal year 15-16.

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No Charges Filed Against Winslow Officer In The Shooting Death Of Loreal Tsingine http://gcmaz.com/no-charges-filed-against-winslow-officer-in-the-shooting-death-of-loreal-tsingine/ http://gcmaz.com/no-charges-filed-against-winslow-officer-in-the-shooting-death-of-loreal-tsingine/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:30:32 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12265 Continued]]> Winslow Police have released body cam video of the moments before 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine was fatally shot by an officer four months ago. No charges were filed against officer Austin Shipley after he shot Tsingine outside an area convenience store. The case was looked at by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who found no evidence of criminal conduct by the officer. Video footage shows Tsingine involved in an altercation with officers with Winslow Police back on March 27th. Two officers attempted to stop her after several alleged robberies at an area Circle K. The video shows Tsingine approaching Shipley in an angry matter with what appears to be scissors in her right hand. Authorities say Shipley told Tsingine several times to drop the scissors and she refused. She was shot by police five times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Shipley remains on administrative leave while an internal investigation can be completed.

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Bright Light Seen Wednesday Night Was Debris From A Chinese Rocket http://gcmaz.com/bright-light-seen-wednesday-night-was-debris-from-a-chinese-rocket/ http://gcmaz.com/bright-light-seen-wednesday-night-was-debris-from-a-chinese-rocket/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:43:26 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12317 Continued]]> There were numerous reports across the west about a bright light seen in the sky Wednesday night. The light was seen across Northern Arizona at around 9:40 p.m. The light started as a single bright light and then it seemed to break apart as it went along. The light was reportedly debris from a Chinese rocket that re-entered the atmosphere after it was launched back on June 25th. The rocket entered over Utah and was travelling around 18-thousand miles an hour. There are no reports where any debris possibly landed, but the rocket was seen across most of the western United States.

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House Completely Destroyed By Fire In Dewey http://gcmaz.com/house-completely-destroyed-by-fire-in-dewey/ http://gcmaz.com/house-completely-destroyed-by-fire-in-dewey/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:00:45 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12311 Continued]]> A fire in Dewey this morning completely destroyed a home. Central Arizona Fire officials say crews responded to the fire on Nancy Lane just after midnight. When they arrived they found the house completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other homes in the area and took about a half-an-hour to put the fire out. No one was home at the time and the house is a total loss. There were no hydrants in the area, so crews needed to shuttle water and a relay operation was established to get water to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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YCSO Deputy Wins Statewide Award http://gcmaz.com/ycso-deputy-wins-statewide-award/ http://gcmaz.com/ycso-deputy-wins-statewide-award/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:11:09 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12308 Continued]]> A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy has been given a state award. Deputy Jarrod Winfrey was honored with the 2016 K9 Officer of the Year Monday from the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association. Deputy Winfrey is not only a member of area narcotics teams, but was also a part of a large drug seizure last year. He conducted a traffic stop last October, along with his partner “Gemma” that netted several pounds of heroin and cocaine, as well as 14 pounds of fentanyl near Ash Fork on Interstate-40. The fentanyl seizure was one the largest in the country last year.

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Flagstaff Sign Code Adjusted For Campaign Signs http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-sign-code-adjusted-for-campaign-signs/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-sign-code-adjusted-for-campaign-signs/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:29:15 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12304 Continued]]> Just when you think the sign code is defined in Flagstaff, it changes again. The city has revised the code regarding campaign signs. They are now classified and regulated as portable signs, which is not attached to the ground or building. These signs include A-frames, post signs, feather banners and similar signs that are easily movable. The prior sign code referred to these signs as temporary signs. These signs may not be placed in the public right of way or on city-owned property and are only permitted on private property. Commercial properties may have up to 24 square feet of portable signage and residential properties may have up to 16 square feet. If you have any questions, contact the City of Flagstaff.

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Cottonwood Mother Arrested For Giving Marijuana Candy To Her Kids http://gcmaz.com/cottonwood-mother-arrested-for-giving-marijuana-candy-to-her-kids/ http://gcmaz.com/cottonwood-mother-arrested-for-giving-marijuana-candy-to-her-kids/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:55:09 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12299 Continued]]> A Cottonwood mother is in jail after she allegedly gave her two children marijuana-infused candy. Police say 34-year-old Jessica Barret gave her 11 and 12 year old kids “gummies.” Police seized a bag of orange and white medical marijuana candies, a bag of assorted gummy bear medicinal marijuana candies and a multi-colored marijuana lollipop that she received from 35-year-old Anthea Jones. Jones, who has a valid medical marijuana card, gave Barrett the candies as payment for watching her special needs child. Police also seized marijuana and a pipe at her Cottonwood home. Barrett has been charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of marijuana possession. Jones was also arrested for selling pot and selling or giving away medical marijuana. The matter remains under investigation.

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Flagstaff Voters Will Vote On $15 An Hour Minimum Wage In November http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-voters-will-vote-on-15-an-hour-minimum-wage-in-november/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-voters-will-vote-on-15-an-hour-minimum-wage-in-november/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:59:00 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12296 Continued]]> A pair of citizen-driven initiatives will be on the November ballot in Flagstaff. Proposition 414 is the minimum wage act. The proposition would enact a minimum wage for the City of Flagstaff. If approved the city’s minimum wage would be set at ten-dollars an hour next July and increase to 15-dollars an hour by 2021. Proposition 413 would preserve about 253 acres on McMillan Mesa and 47 acres south of Buffalo and McPherson parks as open space. These propositions will be joined by Proposition 411, which would continue the transit tax through 2030 and Proposition 412 that would sell and issue bonds to help build a new municipal courthouse for city and county needs. If you would like to submit arguments for and against any of the propositions, they must be submitted to City Clerk Elizabeth Burke by 5 p.m. Wednesday August 10th.

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Flagstaff Firefighters Receive Help To Save A Patient At A Local Business http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-firefighters-receive-help-to-save-a-patient-at-a-local-business/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-firefighters-receive-help-to-save-a-patient-at-a-local-business/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:53:21 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12294 Continued]]> Flagstaff firefighters responded to a business yesterday on a call of a patient having a difficult time breathing. Crews arrived on the scene on the five-thousand block of Enterprise Drive at around 4 p.m. While en route to the scene, crews were informed the patient’s condition was getting worse and CPR was underway at the business. After crews arrived, life-saving methods were used and after about 15 minutes, the patient regained a pulse and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. He was then transferred to a Phoenix hospital for further treatment and is in stable condition. Officials thank those who knew how to start the chain of survival process, which was critical to the survival of the patient at the time.

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Mountain Biker Dies During A Trail Ride http://gcmaz.com/mountain-biker-dies-during-a-trail-ride/ http://gcmaz.com/mountain-biker-dies-during-a-trail-ride/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:43:49 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12290 Continued]]> A Cornville man passed away while mountain biking in Fry Canyon recently. Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say a group of mountain bikers called 911 Sunday morning after one of the bikers suffered a medical incident or an injury while riding. Medics arrived at the canyon and started life-saving measures on 63-year-old Michael Weinberg, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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Prescott Area Fire Restrictions To Be Lifted Tuesday http://gcmaz.com/prescott-area-fire-restrictions-to-be-lifted-tuesday/ http://gcmaz.com/prescott-area-fire-restrictions-to-be-lifted-tuesday/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:31:30 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12288 Continued]]> Fire restrictions in and around Prescott will be lifted Tuesday morning. Prescott National Forest officials says the forest and surrounding areas have received ample enough rain to lift the restrictions. Campfires, fire pits and other previously restricted items will be allowed in the forest, City of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley and other areas. Fire restrictions have now been lifted across most of Northern Arizona.

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Flagstaff City Council Forum This Week http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-city-council-forum-this-week/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-city-council-forum-this-week/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 20:32:38 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12286 Continued]]> There will be a round-table style debate with Flagstaff City Council candidates later this week. Friends of Flagstaff’s Future is sponsoring the forum this Thursday at Flagstaff High School. The forum has been described as a speed dating-style forum where candidates will spend a certain amount of time with a different group of people and then rotate. The event is expected to start at 6 p.m. and last until 8 p.m.

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YCSO Officials Warning Residents Of Door-To-Door Sales Scams http://gcmaz.com/ycso-officials-warning-residents-of-door-to-door-sales-scams/ http://gcmaz.com/ycso-officials-warning-residents-of-door-to-door-sales-scams/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:47:28 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12284 Continued]]> The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about neighborhood scams that are affecting the area. This past Friday several door-to-door sales people contacted residents throughout the Prescott Country Club in Dewey offering products such as satellite television and alarm services. In one instance, a salesperson was allowed to use the restroom and the victim noticed medications missing. During the last week in June, YCSO deputies were called to a Black Canyon City home on a possible real estate scam. Three people arrived and talked to the homeowner about a real estate issue. During the discussion one of the suspects stole about 550-dollars in cash. Officials are reminding you to not to invite sellers into your home and exercise caution any time a stranger comes to your door.

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Two Injured After Car Hits A Power Pole Sunday In Prescott http://gcmaz.com/two-injured-after-car-hits-a-power-pole-sunday-in-prescott/ http://gcmaz.com/two-injured-after-car-hits-a-power-pole-sunday-in-prescott/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:25:12 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12276 Continued]]> Two people were injured Sunday when the vehicle they were in, struck a power pole in Prescott. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say a 2012 white Volkswagen Passat was heading north on Willow Creek Road and attempting to turn onto east Pioneer Parkway, when it hit the poll. The driver, 79-year-old Byron Drury suffered a broken leg and was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center. The passenger, 45-year-old Brian Shields was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center and then flown to a Phoenix hospital. His condition is unknown. Both men are from Chino Valley. It’s not known why the car went into the pole.

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One Person Is Dead After Rollover Accident East Of Bellemont On I-40 http://gcmaz.com/one-person-is-dead-after-rollover-accident-east-of-bellemont-on-i-40/ http://gcmaz.com/one-person-is-dead-after-rollover-accident-east-of-bellemont-on-i-40/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:43:42 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12255 Continued]]> We know more about a fatal accident Friday morning east of Bellemont. At around 7 a.m. a car lost control and rolled over on eastbound Interstate-40. When Pondersoa Fire officials arrived on the scene, they found one person had been ejected and two others trapped in the car. According to a family spokesperson, the person ejected was a six-week old baby who was pronounced dead at the scene. The parents remain at Flagstaff Medical Center being treated for their injuries. The family was reportedly travelling to Georgia when the accident happened.  Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for expenses. The link to the account is below.

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Point Fire Burning Near Sedona http://gcmaz.com/point-fire-burning-near-sedona/ http://gcmaz.com/point-fire-burning-near-sedona/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:03:55 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12263 Continued]]> The Point Fire continues to burn in the mountains near Sedona. Coconino National Forest officials say the lightning-caused fire is burning on Munds Mountain about five miles east of Sedona. Fire crews are monitoring the fire, because the area is not very accessible. The Point Fire started Friday and is nearly 200 acres in size. The fire is reportedly not close to any structures. The fire has closed roads on Munds Mountain and Jacks Canyon trails.

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A New Poll Favors State Minimum Wage Initiative http://gcmaz.com/a-new-poll-favors-state-minimum-wage-initiative/ http://gcmaz.com/a-new-poll-favors-state-minimum-wage-initiative/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:02:11 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12252 Continued]]> A new poll says Arizona voters support a statewide initiative that would guarantee paid sick days through work and raise the state’s minimum wage to 12-dollars an hour by 2020. A new Public Policy Poll says 65-percent of those polled would support the measure brought on by “Arizona Healthy Working Families” come November. Flagstaff could be the only city in Arizona that could see two minimum wage issues on the ballot. Flagstaff city councilman Scott Overton says local voters should study up on these questions that could be on the ballot. He says “I think the entire community needs to take a hard look at it and make an informed decision before November.” Officials are going through signatures for a local initiative that would increase the minimum wage in Flagstaff to 15-dollars an hour by 2021. If both pass, the city’s living wage initiative would take precedence over the state question.

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Gas Prices Down In Northern Arizona http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-down-in-northern-arizona/ http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-down-in-northern-arizona/#respond Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:43:39 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12250 Continued]]> Gas prices are continuing a downward slide. Triple-A Arizona says gas prices fell three-cents a gallon this week to $2.20 a gallon. In Flagstaff, gas was down near two-cents a gallon to $2.43, however some stations are selling gas for $2.15 a gallon and lower. In the Prescott area, gas fell about a half-cent to $2.28 a gallon. Officials say an abundant fuel supply and declining fuel costs are contributing to lower prices at the pump.

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Hikers Who Were Struck By Lightning On The San Francisco Peaks Are Identified http://gcmaz.com/hiker-who-were-struck-by-lightning-on-the-san-francisco-peaks-are-identified/ http://gcmaz.com/hiker-who-were-struck-by-lightning-on-the-san-francisco-peaks-are-identified/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:20:46 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12218 Continued]]> We know more about the three hikers that were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon on the San Francisco Peaks. One person was killed and two others were injured after lightning struck them at around 12:50 near the summit of Humphries Peak. The hiker who was killed was 17-year-old Wade Young, who just graduated from Corona del Sol High School. Young was an honor student and volunteered with the Salvation Army. The two injured are 18-year-old David Lyons and 17-year-old Jaxson Baxter. All three were from Tempe. Lyons and Baxter were conscious and walking with emergency responders arrived.

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Active Search Suspended For Missing Ash Fork Woman http://gcmaz.com/active-search-suspended-for-missing-ash-fork-woman/ http://gcmaz.com/active-search-suspended-for-missing-ash-fork-woman/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:06:58 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12221 Continued]]> The active search for a missing Ash Fork woman has been suspended. Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say 70-year-old Linda Schleizer walked away from her home and hasn’t returned. They say they have found no clues to her whereabouts. Schleizer suffers from severe Alzheimer’s and when stressed, she has a tendency to withdraw and may have panic attacks. She also won’t answer when her name is called. Schleizer commonly walks around the family’s property, but normally returns home. She’s an avid hiker and it’s unknown how far she may walk. Schleizer is a white female, five-foot-six inches tall and 108 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a burnt orange shirt, gray Sketchers tennis shoes and wearing prescription glasses. Schleizer has been missing since Saturday afternoon and a limited search will continue. Over 150 searchers spent over two-thousand man hours looking for the woman. If anyone knows where she is, contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

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Prescott Valley Event Center To Host Major Hockey Tournament In December http://gcmaz.com/prescott-valley-event-center-to-host-major-hockey-tournament-in-december/ http://gcmaz.com/prescott-valley-event-center-to-host-major-hockey-tournament-in-december/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:53:29 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12232 Continued]]> A big hockey tournament is coming to Prescott Valley. The Second Annual Desert Hockey Classic will take place at the Prescott Valley Event Center this year. The four team tournament will consist of Arizona State, Brown University, the University of Connecticut and national power St. Cloud State. The decision was made to put the tournament in Prescott Valley after a club game between ASU and NAU last year drew 35-hundred people. The tournament will be held December 30th and 31st. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster or the PVEC ticket office.

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Yavapai County Had The Highest Number Of Search And Rescues Last Fiscal Year http://gcmaz.com/yavapai-county-had-the-highest-number-of-search-and-rescues-last-fiscal-year/ http://gcmaz.com/yavapai-county-had-the-highest-number-of-search-and-rescues-last-fiscal-year/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:28:56 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12229 Continued]]> The highest number of search and rescues in Arizona last fiscal year, happened in Yavapai County. The Arizona Division of Emergency Management says 106 took place in the county, which is 22-percent of all reported incidents in Arizona, which led the state in fiscal year 2105-16. The total number of estimated volunteer hours exceeded 52-hundred hours. Volunteer organizations that participated in searches include Verde Valley Search and Rescue, Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Air Group, Yavapai County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team.

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Planned Downtown Flagstaff Apartment Complex Has Been Scrapped http://gcmaz.com/planned-downtown-flagstaff-apartment-complex-has-been-scrapped/ http://gcmaz.com/planned-downtown-flagstaff-apartment-complex-has-been-scrapped/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:16:43 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12208 Continued]]> Plans for an apartment complex in downtown Flagstaff are off. City officials say a planned 180-unit complex to be built at the old San Francisco de Asis School at Humphreys Street and Cherry Avenue has been scrapped. The project would have taken up nearly an entire block, which caused concern for area residents. The property is owned by the Phoenix Catholic Diocese, who is looking to sell the property as a new school is being built away from downtown. There’s no word on what will happen to the property.

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YCSO Seizes Nearly Two Pounds Of Heroin On Interstate-40 http://gcmaz.com/ycso-seizes-nearly-two-pounds-of-heroin-on-interstate-40/ http://gcmaz.com/ycso-seizes-nearly-two-pounds-of-heroin-on-interstate-40/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:04:05 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12206 Continued]]> Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials recently seized nearly two pounds of heroin in a traffic stop on Interstate-40. Officials say they pulled over a black BMW with Oklahoma plates on eastbound I-40 near Ash Fork at around 11 p.m. last Thursday. While talking to the driver, deputies noticed a smell of marijuana from inside. The driver, 22-year-old Saul Ochoa, told the deputy they had marijuana in the glove box. Deputies further searched the car and found over a pound and a half of heroin underneath the spare tire. One of the passengers, 24-year-old Christian Cardenas-Perez admitted to owning the heroin and told the deputy he sold drugs as well. The two were arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. A further background check found that Perez was a previously deported felon and has been turned over to ICE officials.

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Flagstaff Police Informs The Community About Officer Camera Procedures http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-police-informs-the-community-about-officer-camera-procedures/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-police-informs-the-community-about-officer-camera-procedures/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:43:56 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12202 Continued]]> The Flagstaff Police Department has sent a letter to the community about their procedures and detail about the body cameras officers wear while they are on duty, specifically from last Wednesday’s officer-involved shooting. The following is the letter to the public.

From the Flagstaff Police Department:

Officer Involved Shooting Flagstaff Police Department July 13, 2016

The Flagstaff Police Department has recently released the video footage and radio recordings of the most recent Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on 7-13-16. This redacted footage was provided to the media and the public at large via the Flagstaff Police Department’s Facebook page. The response has overwhelmingly demonstrated our community’s support for the difficult decisions officers must make under intense pressure. It also has demonstrated the trusting relationship between the community of Flagstaff and its police department. It is truly humbling to our officers and staff. Thank You.
The responses have also shown the deep concern our residents have for each other expressing empathy and care for Mr. Donald Myers, his family and friends. This reaction to the tragedy of any loss of life in our community represents the strong ties we all have to each other in our town. This is what makes the City of Flagstaff a wonderful place to live.

The video and audio footage has also brought some questions to light that the department would like to take an opportunity to clarify. Many of the questions received are in relation to the video depiction. Although the entirety of the officer involved shooting was captured on video, as the last two officer involved shootings have been, much of it has been redacted from public view. This is to protect the privacy rights of Mr. Myers and his family.

Under Arizona Public Records Law the Flagstaff Police Department must balance the public’s right to have information vs. the privacy rights of persons and incidents depicted on body camera footage. The Department has dealt with three shooting incidents wherein the deaths of individuals have been captured on body cameras, most recently the death of Donald Myers. The Department has taken the position that we will not release the actual shooting of an individual to protect the privacy rights of the person killed and their family, and have not done so.

Although news reports of the shooting of Officer Tyler Stewart made it seem as if the news stations had edited the video that is not the case. The media was provided footage that led up to the actual shooting and nothing more.

In the shootings involving Officer Tyler Stewart and Verl Bedonie there was a significant amount of video that led up to the actual shooting incident the Department was able to release. Unfortunately, in the video involving the Myers shooting there is only 17 seconds of video footage prior to the shooting taking place.

The TASER Axon cameras utilized by the Flagstaff Police Department capture 30 seconds of video from the pre-event buffer when an officer activates the camera. This first thirty seconds is video only with no audio. As a result, the shooting was captured on video without the audio for the first 30 seconds.
The video posted on the Flagstaff Police Department page is the only body camera video of this incident. The video is unedited in the first 17 seconds and thereafter the picture is blacked out (redacted) and only the audio can be heard. The video was redacted in accordance with public records law that allows for the protection of the privacy rights of the deceased and his family.

In all cases where video has been released and video held back the Department has provided a written description of the video that was not released. Attached is the written narrative that was provided to the media under their public records requests. In the spirit of transparency and in compliance with the law the Department also released the original 911 call, the radio dispatch traffic of the incident, and the police reports that were available at the time of the request. As this is still under investigation and records are still being created this is an on-going process and as more information becomes available it may be released.

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Young Boy Seriously Injured By A Pitbull At Woods Canyon Lake Sunday http://gcmaz.com/young-boy-seriously-injured-by-a-pitbull-at-woods-canyon-lake-sunday/ http://gcmaz.com/young-boy-seriously-injured-by-a-pitbull-at-woods-canyon-lake-sunday/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:18:18 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12200 Continued]]> Coconino County Sheriff’s officials are investigating an incident where a toddler was attacked by a dog while camping near Payson Sunday. Officials say a boy was with his family at the Spillway Campground at Woods Canyon Lake when a pitbull attacked him. Authorities say the dog was chained to a tree when the boy and his six-year-old brother were playing with toys. The boys threw a toy near the dog when the toddler was attacked. The dog belonged to the boy’s mother’s roommate. The boy suffered serious injuries to his scalp and face. He was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in stable condition.

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Law Enforcement Brings Down Major Marijuana Operation In Flagstaff http://gcmaz.com/law-enforcement-brings-down-major-marijuana-operation-in-flagstaff/ http://gcmaz.com/law-enforcement-brings-down-major-marijuana-operation-in-flagstaff/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:17:41 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12184 Continued]]> After a two-year investigation, law enforcement officials have taken down a large marijuana operation in Flagstaff. DEA, DPS, Coconino County Sheriffs and Flagstaff Police worked together to arrest 22-year-old Antonio Compau and 20-year-old Niccolo Compau, both of Flagstaff and 23-year-old Kathryn Miller of Ash Fork back on July 7th. Officials say the three are facing many charges including cultivating large marijuana crops, firearms, possession and sales. DPS officials say the operation was based in Flagstaff and the suspects grew and sold marijuana to contacts across the country. The arrests were made in Happy Jack, Blue Ridge and Ash Fork.

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NAU Football Picked By Big Sky Media And Coaches To Win The Conference Title http://gcmaz.com/nau-football-picked-by-big-sky-media-and-coaches-to-win-the-conference-title/ http://gcmaz.com/nau-football-picked-by-big-sky-media-and-coaches-to-win-the-conference-title/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:08:55 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12197 Continued]]> The NAU football team is picked to win the Big Sky Conference title. Both preseason media and coaches polls were released at Big Sky Conference media day today in Park City, Utah. NAU picked up eight of the 25 first place votes in the media poll, just edging out Montana. The Jacks picked up eight of the 13 first place coaches votes in the coaches poll. NAU returns a staunch offense, led by FCS Freshman Player of the Year quarterback Case Cookus. NAU opens up its season in Tempe against Arizona State.

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Camp Verde Man Sentenced In The Death Of An Acquaintance http://gcmaz.com/camp-verde-man-sentenced-in-the-death-of-an-acquaintance/ http://gcmaz.com/camp-verde-man-sentenced-in-the-death-of-an-acquaintance/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:59:18 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12194 Continued]]> A Camp Verde man will spend more than 11 years in federal prison in the death of an acquaintance whose body was dismembered and burned. The sentence comes months after a U.S. District Judge rejected a previous plea deal that called for Mario Chagolla Junior to spend ten years in jail, saying it was too lenient. Chagolla was found guilty in the 2013 death of Dwayne Beauty at a home on the Yavapai-Apache reservation near Camp Verde. Both were drunk during a card game when Beauty swung a beer bottle and a pencil at Chagolla. He reacted by stabbing Beauty in the neck with a knife. Chagolla told the judge he didn’t mean to kill Beauty, but accepted responsibility. The judge accepted the plea of voluntary manslaughter.

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Navajo Man Who Was Fatally Shot By Flagstaff Police Was High On A Mix Of Drugs http://gcmaz.com/navajo-man-who-was-fatally-shot-by-flagstaff-police-was-high-on-a-mix-of-drugs/ http://gcmaz.com/navajo-man-who-was-fatally-shot-by-flagstaff-police-was-high-on-a-mix-of-drugs/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:51:12 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12192 Continued]]> The man who led Flagstaff Police on a foot chase through the Drury Inn parking lot and into the La Plaza Vieja neighborhood back in May, was on a mixture of drugs at the time. According to a toxicology report by the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s office, 26-year-old Verl Bedonie tested positive for meth, amphetamines and marijuana when he was fatally shot back on May 23rd. Bedonie allegedly stole a handgun and led police through the parking lot, across Milton Road and into the neighborhood. He then tried to carjack a vehicle, but was rammed by Flagstaff Police. Moments later police surrounded him. He pointed the gun at officers and that’s when he was shot and killed by police. There have been three officer-involved shootings in the Flagstaff area this year and in all three cases a gun was allegedly pointed at officers from the victims.

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Construction Begins On State Route 89A Between Flagstaff And Oak Creek Canyon http://gcmaz.com/construction-begins-on-state-route-89a-between-flagstaff-and-oak-creek-canyon/ http://gcmaz.com/construction-begins-on-state-route-89a-between-flagstaff-and-oak-creek-canyon/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:26:12 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12190 Continued]]> If you are driving on State Route 89A today, you may see some delays. ADOT is starting work on the highway to widen about eight-and-a-half miles of the road from Vista Point Overlook to J.W. Powell Boulevard. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays. Flaggers will control traffic in the area and a pilot car will be used to guide alternating northbound and southbound traffic through work zones. ADOT is urging travelers to take extra time to get through the area and to watch out for crews and equipment. The project is expected to last into 2017.

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Arizona Legislators Call For An End To Violence Against Law Enforcement http://gcmaz.com/arizona-legislators-call-for-an-end-to-violence-against-law-enforcement/ http://gcmaz.com/arizona-legislators-call-for-an-end-to-violence-against-law-enforcement/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:10:04 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12186 Continued]]> A group of Arizona legislators have called on the state attorney general to end violence against law enforcement officials with tougher charges against those who commit crimes against officers, deputies and troopers. Representative Bob Thorpe is leading a group that wants Mark Brnovich and county prosecutors statewide to seek federal hate crime charges against any person or group that promotes violence to Arizona law enforcement. Ten legislators have signed onto the call, including Thorpe and Representative Brenda Barton.

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Man Wanted For Attempted Murder In Page, Arrested In Flagstaff http://gcmaz.com/man-wanted-for-attempted-murder-in-page-arrested-in-flagstaff/ http://gcmaz.com/man-wanted-for-attempted-murder-in-page-arrested-in-flagstaff/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:02:44 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12181 Continued]]> Flagstaff Police arrested a man who was wanted in Page on an attempted homicide and kidnapping case. Officials say 28-year-old Kyle Tso was spotted at an apartment at 200 West High Country Trail last night. A concerned citizen called police and officers arrived. Tso was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested on a probation violation. Tso is a suspect in a domestic violence in which a female told Page Police she was assaulted, strangled and stabbed multiple times back on July 4th. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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City Of Flagstaff Hosts “Cafes” On The Future Of High Occupancy Housing In Flagstaff http://gcmaz.com/city-of-flagstaff-hosts-cafes-on-the-future-of-high-occupancy-housing-in-flagstaff/ http://gcmaz.com/city-of-flagstaff-hosts-cafes-on-the-future-of-high-occupancy-housing-in-flagstaff/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:15:58 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12175 Continued]]> The City of Flagstaff is hosting Community Café’s to discuss the high occupancy housing project. Throughout the next 12 months, city staff and the community will take a look at the city’s plans, codes and policies for ways to improve how these projects are developed in the future. The next café is tonight from five until 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 224 South Kendrick Street. There is also one on Thursday, also from five until seven p.m. at the Murdoch Center at 203 East Brannen. There will be open house and workshops scheduled at different times through the end of the year.

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Four NAU Football Players Grab All-Big Sky Preseason Honors http://gcmaz.com/four-nau-football-players-grab-all-big-sky-preseason-honors/ http://gcmaz.com/four-nau-football-players-grab-all-big-sky-preseason-honors/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:03:07 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12173 Continued]]> Big Sky Football Media Day was held Monday in Park City, Utah and four NAU Lumberjacks garnered All-Conference honors. All four come on the offensive side of the football as quarterback Case Cookus, wide receiver Emmanuel Butler and offensive linemen Jacob Julian and Blake Porter all received the preseason accolades. Cookus is the reigning FCS Freshman Player of the Year after tossing 37 touchdown passes last season, with 15 going to Butler. It is the first all-conference preseason honor for all four players. NAU begins their season in Tempe September 3rd against Arizona State.

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Sedona’s Midgley Bridge Could Become Suicide Proof Soon http://gcmaz.com/sedonas-midgley-bridge-could-become-suicide-proof-soon/ http://gcmaz.com/sedonas-midgley-bridge-could-become-suicide-proof-soon/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 15:37:22 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12170 Continued]]> The Midgley Bridge in Sedona could be getting a railing surrounding it to help prevent suicides. The Sedona City Council will discuss the proposal at their meeting on July 26th. The fence and railing would make a ten-foot high barrier and will have two-inch openings to discourage anyone from attempting to climb the fencing. There has been only one suicide this year so far, but four people jumped to their death last year. There are suicide prevention signs at the bridge, with a hotline number for those thinking about jumping can call to get help.

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NAU Alum Named To The Navy’s Blue Angels Roster http://gcmaz.com/nau-grad-named-to-the-navys-blue-angels-roster/ http://gcmaz.com/nau-grad-named-to-the-navys-blue-angels-roster/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:02:28 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12164 Continued]]> An NAU graduate has been named as a member of the prestigious Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team for the 2017 season. The Navy says 33-year-old Marine Captain Kyle Maschner of Scottsdale has been named the pilot for the Blue Angels C-130 transportation and performance aircraft “Fat Albert.” Maschner is a 2006 graduate of NAU and is stationed in Okinawa, Japan and is a C-130 pilot. Maschner will fly the cargo plane in Blue Angels’ shows and will show off the power of the jet-powered C-130.

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More Information Released Into Wednesday’s Officer-Involved Shooting In Flagstaff http://gcmaz.com/more-information-released-into-wednesdays-officer-involved-shooting-in-flagstaff/ http://gcmaz.com/more-information-released-into-wednesdays-officer-involved-shooting-in-flagstaff/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:40:21 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12112 Continued]]> Flagstaff Police shot and killed a man after an exchange early Wednesday morning. Officers were called to an area near the 15-hundred block of East Route 66 at the Relax Inn parking lot after someone called 911. At the address they found 32-year-old Donald Myers from Flagstaff had an outstanding warrant and gave officers false identification. When officers were trying to arrest him, Myers pulled a handgun from a holster on his beltline. At that time, two officers stepped back and drew their weapons. Myers then took off running with the gun in his hand. He was found at around 4 a.m. near the intersection of North Clear View Drive and East Circle View Drive. Officers told Myers repeatedly to come out of with his hands up or they would shoot. Myers refused, but told officers to shoot him. He came out from behind a vehicle and refused to put his hands up. He reached for his beltline and that’s when officers shot five times, hitting him three times. No officers were hurt in the exchange. When officers went to treat Myers they saw he no longer had the gun in his possession. Myers was pronounced dead at the scene. Myers was no stranger to law enforcement. He had several warrants out for his arrest, plus police say he expressed anger toward police over recent family contacts with officers. A K9 dog found a 44 Magnum semi-automatic pistol near the shooting, which was linked to Myers. The shooting remains under investigation.

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The Fuller Fire Grows At The North Rim Of The Grand Canyon http://gcmaz.com/the-fuller-fire-grows-at-the-north-rim-of-the-grand-canyon/ http://gcmaz.com/the-fuller-fire-grows-at-the-north-rim-of-the-grand-canyon/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:13:47 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12158 Continued]]> The Fuller Fire has now grown to just over 13-thousand acres at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Firefighters dealt with extreme fire behavior Saturday due to red flag conditions. The fire is burning at Point Imperial and crews will continue to construct and contain existing containment lines and protect Highway 67. Crews will face higher humidities and maybe some rain on the fire on Sunday. There are over 500 firefighters battling the lighting-caused fire. Roads in the area remain closed.

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Silver Alert Issued For A Missing Ash Fork Woman http://gcmaz.com/silver-alert-issued-for-a-missing-ash-fork-woman/ http://gcmaz.com/silver-alert-issued-for-a-missing-ash-fork-woman/#respond Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:22:35 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12154 Continued]]> Coconino County Sheriff’s officials have issued a Silver Alert for a 70-year-old woman, who has been missing since four p.m. Saturday near Ash Fork. Authorities say Linda Schleizer walked away from her home and hasn’t returned. Schleizer suffers from severe Alzheimer’s and when stressed, she has a tendency to withdraw and may have panic attacks. She also won’t answer when her name is called. Schleizer commonly walks around the family’s property, but normally returns home. She’s an avid hiker and it’s unknown how far she may walk. Schleizer is a white female, five-foot-six inches tall and 108 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a burnt orange shirt, gray Sketchers tennis shoes and wearing prescription glasses. The search is being done by both Coconino and Yavapai county officials along with the DPS helicopter and Kaibab West fire officials. If anyone knows where she is, contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

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Flagstaff Firefighters Clean A Hazardous Spill In East Flagstaff http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-firefighters-clean-a-hazardous-spill-in-east-flagstaff/ http://gcmaz.com/flagstaff-firefighters-clean-a-hazardous-spill-in-east-flagstaff/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:03:13 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12147 Continued]]> Flagstaff firefighters were called to a self-storage complex Thursday in east Flagstaff on a possible Hazmat spill. Crews found a semi-truck that had been unloading pallet of chemicals at around 1 p.m. when the pallet fell over and spilled about 25 gallons on the ground. The area was cordoned off by fire and police officers. Crews used a heavy-duty absorbent to help clean the spill. The leak was contained and controlled. There were no injuries and there were evacuations needed.

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Prescott Couple To Be Sentenced After They Claimed A Vacant House As Their Own http://gcmaz.com/prescott-couple-to-be-sentenced-after-they-claimed-a-vacant-house-as-their-own/ http://gcmaz.com/prescott-couple-to-be-sentenced-after-they-claimed-a-vacant-house-as-their-own/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:26:17 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12144 Continued]]> A man and woman who claimed a vacant house as their own back in April will spend at least two years in prison. Randall and Jennifer Skates were arrested when they moved into a vacant, 900-thousand dollar, home in Prescott and filed paperwork to claim the property. They also rented a room of the house in the 21-hundred block of Chickadee Creek Place to an 18-year-old single mother. The couple faced nearly eight years in prison on multiple charges, but they plea bargained to a lesser sentence. The two will be sentenced on August 1st.

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Two Arrested On Numerous Drug Charges After A Yavapai County Stop http://gcmaz.com/two-arrested-on-numerous-drug-charges-after-a-yavapai-county-stop/ http://gcmaz.com/two-arrested-on-numerous-drug-charges-after-a-yavapai-county-stop/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:09:11 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12141 Continued]]> Members of the Yavapai County Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force arrested two people recently when they discovered meth inside a vehicle during a traffic stop. Officials say they pulled over a truck after an officer saw multiple violations being committed. A K9 officer found three ounces a meth and nearly two ounces of black tar heroin. The dog also found multiple items of drug paraphernalia including a scale, syringes and baggies. Authorities arrested 35-year-old Cory Lynn White of Verde Villages and 51-year-old Bryan Todd Ritter of Cornville. They are being held on numerous drug charges at the Yavapai County Detention Center.

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Gas Prices Declined Slightly This Week Across The State http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-declined-slightly-this-week-across-the-state/ http://gcmaz.com/gas-prices-declined-slightly-this-week-across-the-state/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:51:40 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12139 Continued]]> Gas prices in Arizona see a small decline this week. Triple-A Arizona says the average price of gas fell more than a cent this week to $2.23 a gallon. In Flagstaff, gas was off just two-tenths of a cent to $2.44 a gallon, however gas is selling at $2.17 a gallon or lower in some places. In the Prescott area, gas actually went up nearly a cent to $2.29 a gallon on average. Officials say as long as crude oil prices fall, gas prices should continue a slight decrease across the state.

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Man Arrested In Cottonwood Trying To Lure Underage Girls http://gcmaz.com/man-arrested-in-cottonwood-trying-to-lure-underage-girls/ http://gcmaz.com/man-arrested-in-cottonwood-trying-to-lure-underage-girls/#respond Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:08:14 +0000 http://gcmaz.com/?p=12134 Continued]]> A man has been arrested in Cottonwood after he alleged lured minors for sex and drug use. Police say 48-year-old Clark Reber has been trolling the Cottonwood Recreation Center and Garrison Park. Reber was seen leaving a suggestive not for two 12-year-old girls at the center recently. He also left a note for a 19-year-old female employee, asking her to meet him at the park. The employee called police. Officers arrived and arrested Reber at the center near a bathroom where he told the girls to meet him. Several suggestive notes were found, along with a useable amount of meth. He is being held in the Yavapai County Jail.

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