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Police: Suspect shoots at Flagstaff men for kayaking on his ‘property’ 3news online 

KINGMAN, Ariz. (KSNV News3LV) — A Wikieup man is facing 15 felony counts after police say he fired on four Flagstaff men Saturday who were kayaking in a creek near his property, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Danny Eugene Button, 66, has been charged with three counts each of unlawful imprisonment; kidnapping; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; and endangerment.
Just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Burro Creek Campgrounds at Highway 93 and Burro Creek Crossing Road regarding a weapons offense incident. Upon arrival, deputies contacted two men who said that they were in a group of four who were kayaking down the creek.

They said that they were about a mile downstream from the campgrounds when they heard a gunshot and saw an elderly man standing on the river bank with a large silver gun. The victims reported the male subject, later identified as Button, fired four more rounds, with one striking the water near their lead kayaker, who began paddling extremely fast and got away while Button ordered the remaining three kayakers out of the water at gunpoint.

The victims pleaded with the suspect to be released to go find their friend as he may be injured. Button, according to police, continued to hold them at gunpoint and told them that they were on his private property. Eventually, Button told the three kayakers to grab their boats and to get walking back to the campgrounds because they were on his property.

Deputies located the third kayaker down the road at a landing, waiting for the fourth kayaker who hadn’t returned. Search and Rescue members responded and initiated a search of the missing kayaker...…. click for the remainder of the story. 

Five youths caught after crime spree -JournalAZ.com  online

Crime spree over the weekend of Jan. 15 and 16 resulted in thousands of dollars of damage and the arrest of five juvenile suspects.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, six juveniles made their way by automobile through the Cottonwood and Clarkdale areas, slashing the tires of at least 28 vehicles — the majority in Clarkdale — and engaging in various other activities, including burglary at Verde Lea Market.

According to Clarkdale Police Department Sgt. Nicole Florisi, numerous residents in Cottonwood and Clarkdale made calls to dispatch at the Cottonwood Police Department and Clarkdale Police Department.

“Some victims had multiple vehicles damaged,” Florisi stated. “The suspects took numerous items in the car burglaries such as purses, cell phones, keys and stereos …. Based on the investigation so far, the damage may be thousands of dollars. Some of the damage may not have yet been discovered by victims.”

Cottonwood Detective Sgt   Click fro the remainder of the story ………JournalAZ.com 1/29/17 – online edition

Intoxicated man punches officer AZDailySun Online

An intoxicated man punched a police officer outside of a downtown bar, leading the officer to punch the man several times before he was arrested Saturday night. According to the police report, a man was causing a disturbance after being asked to leave Collins Irish Pub & Grill. The officer escorted him away and when the officer tried to arrest the man he attempted to run. The officer grabbed the man’s shirt and as he did the man turned around and punched the officer in the head.

The officer then punched the man several times. Fighting continued until employees from Collins as well as several other officers who arrived on scene helped subdue the man and place him in handcuffs.

Eric McGregor, 34, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility. AZDailySun 1/17/17

Man strikes medical employees -AZDailySun Online

An intoxicated man struck and attempted to kick two emergency room staff at Flagstaff Medical Center early Saturday morning. According to the police report, a Flagstaff police officer first encountered the man earlier in the night at Jimmy John’s when he threatened an employee with a knife and refused to leave the establishment. The man was extremely intoxicated at the time and fell twice, hitting his head the second time, which initially prompted the call for medics.  Click for remainder of the story

Court: Medical marijuana patients cannot be convicted of DUI AZDailySun Online December 22, 2016

PHOENIX — Medical marijuana users cannot be convicted of driving while under the influence of the drug absent proof that they were actually impaired, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

In a major setback for prosecutors, the judges pointed out that Arizona, unlike some other states, has no law which spells out that at a certain level of tetrahydrocannabinol — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — in the blood, a person is presumed to be impaired.

“And, according to evidence here, there is no scientific consensus about the concentration of THC that generally is sufficient to impair a human being,” appellate Judge Diane Johnsen wrote.

What that means is each and every case where prosecutors charge a medical marijuana user with breaking the law requires expert testimony to show that particular individual was impaired at that particular level of THC.

This case involves Nadir Ishak who was stopped by police in Mesa one evening in 2013 after the officer said he saw the vehicle drift out of its lane. The officer testified that Ishak had admitted to smoking marijuana that morning, that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that during a field sobriety tests he experienced “body tremors and eye tremors.”

Ishak was charged with driving while impaired to the slightest degree and a separate charge of driving with marijuana in his body. Jurors acquitted him of the first charge but convicted him of the second.

Johnsen said Ishak was denied a fair trial when the city court judge refused to allow him to tell jurors he had a state-issued card allowing him to use the drug legally. She said that would have provided evidence to the jury that Ishak was legally entitled under the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act to use the drug and have it in his system.

Potentially more significant, Johnsen, writing for the 2-1 majority, said the trial judge also erred in ruling that it was up to Ishak to prove he was not impaired, even to escape the charge of driving with marijuana in his body.

What voters approved in 2010 spells out that being a legal marijuana user does not excuse  ……………………..Click for remainder of story

Link to the Arizona Court of Appeals Decision ISHAK v. HON. MCCLENNEN/MESA

http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/0/OpinionFiles/Div1/2016/1%20CA-SA%2016-0134.pdf

Unidentified man found dead along I-40 -AZDailySun 12/8/16 online

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man found dead along Interstate 40 near Winslow.

According to DPS, Highway Troopers located the body of a deceased white male Thursday, Dec. 1, approximately 10 miles east of Winslow on the eastbound side of I-40 at milepost 264, which is the Hibbard Road exit. Investigators believe the man had either been struck by a passing vehicle or was killed elsewhere and dumped in the location where he was found.

For that reason, DPS investigators say, the man may not have been from the Winslow area. He had no personal belongings or identification on him and his identity is unknown at this point.

The victim was believed to be in his 20s or 30s. He was approximately 6 feet tall and 150-160 pounds…..Click here for remainder of the story

Suspected Stabbing – Police Log – AZDailySun 12/7/16  online

An unidentified person is suspected of stabbing a man at Ponderosa Park in Flagstaff.

According to the police report, officers responded to the area of North Main Street and East Sixth Avenue at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 for a report of a stabbing. The victim told police he had been drinking with three men he did not really know at Ponderosa Park, located at 2512 N. First St.

While he was talking to them, the victim said, two of the men tried to fight him. One of them then stabbed him in the left arm, the victim said. He then ran away.

When officers located the victim, he had a 1-inch-long stab would that was actively bleeding on his shoulder. He was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment……………Click for the remainder of the story 

Drug arrest – AZDailySun online 8/16/16  

Flagstaff police arrested a man on multiple drug charges following a collision this past weekend.

According to the police report, officers responded to a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of East Route 66 and East Ponderosa Parkway at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The suspect had rear-ended another vehicle with his rental car. The vehicle had been rented for him by another person in New Mexico and the suspect was driving on a suspended license. The rental car company asked that the police impound the vehicle.

The suspect driver told police he and his passenger were meeting his uncle in Flagstaff at an undetermined time to pick up another vehicle. He said he planned to trade a shotgun for that vehicle. The officer decided the driver’s story seemed suspicious and asked for a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit……………………………..click for the remainder of the story.  

Four charged in Ashfork boy’s death – AZDailySun 6/8/16 online

Four people were arraigned in Coconino County Superior Court Monday in the death of a 6-year-old boy.

A grand jury indicted all four suspects May 25 following a yearlong Coconino County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the death of Jason Hester, 6. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the boy was found unresponsive in the home of his aunt and primary caretaker, Lillian Hester, on June 22, 2015, in an unincorporated area of Coconino County north of Ashfork.

Sheriff’s Office and Kaibab Estates Fire personnel attempted lifesaving measures but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead later that day at Flagstaff Medical Center.
The autopsy performed by the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to determine the official cause of death but did find evidence the boy had been neglected. He also showed signs of dehydration, and had multiple bruises and abrasions.

At the time of the autopsy,………. Click for the remainder of the story

Facebook scam – AZDailySun 6/7/116 online

A Flagstaff man lost thousands of dollars in a Facebook scam.

According to the June 3 police report, the victim responded to a Facebook post that claimed he could make $2,000. The scammer told him to provide his name, bank account number and routing number, which he did.

The victim told police the scammer then appeared to have deposited $1,999 into his account. The scammer…...………click for the remainder of the story. 

Police log: Rental fraud – AZDailySun April 22, 2016 online

Rental fraud
Scammers tricked two young men who were looking for a rental home in Flagstaff.According to the police report, the victims reported the scam Friday. They told police they had found an ad on Craigslist.com for a four-bedroom, three-bath house for rent in the 900 block of South O’Leary Street. When they contacted the person they believed to be the listing agent, he told them he was moving to South Carolina with the military and instructed them to go through his fiancé for all transactions. The suspect told the victims to wire a $50 application fee to his fiancé via Western Union, which they did. A few days later, the suspect called them again saying they would need to send a $1,500 deposit and the first month’s rent. The victims grew suspicious. They drove to the house advertised on the Craigslist ad.When they got there, they learned the house was for sale, not for rent. The actual real estate agent …………….Click here for the remainder of the story. 

Verde Valley Justice Court COURT DOCKET April 9, 2016 – Verde Independant on

Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:
(***Initial appearance conducted by, and dollar amount of bond set by a pro tem judge.)
Tiffany Ileen Rivero, 29, Cottonwood, Promote Prison Contraband, Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia, Bond $250 and Released to Pretrial Services.
Felix Alberto Miranda, 19, Cottonwood, Possess/Use Dangerous Drug (2 counts), Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia, Bond $4,000. ***
Josh Randle Rivera, 20, Cottonwood, Possession/Use of A Narcotic Drug, Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia, Bond $4,000. ***
Dustin James Holling, 28, Page, Sell/Transport Dangerous Drug, Transport Marijuana for Sale, Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Forgery, Take the ID of Another Person, Criminal Impersonation, Theft, Bond $25,000.
Christopher Michael Anderson, 26, Sedona, Aggravated Assault (2 counts), Criminal Damage, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Bond $5,000 and Released to Pretrial Services.
Clay Ray Morrow, 42, Sedona, Stalking DV, Aggravated Harassment DV (5 counts), Bond $2,500.
Andrew Paul McMahon, 36, Prescott, Possess Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession/Use of A Narcotic Drug, Possess/Use Marijuana, Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia, Bond $8,000.
James Matthew Tigue, 50, Cornville, Possess/Use Dangerous Drug, Possess/Use Drug Paraphernalia, Bond $2,500.  Click here for the remainder of the story

Police seize drugs, arrest 2 in Cottonwood home – Online AzDailySun 2/26/16

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — Cottonwood police stormed a home where several people were suspected of using and selling heroin and other drugs.

Police say a three-month investigation of possible drug activity involving several residents culminated Thursday in SWAT officers executing a search warrant on a home.

Authorities found usable amounts of heroin and prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia including syringes and pipes.

According to police, officers identified two key suspects.  They arrested 49-year-old Flory Lynn Miller and 32-year-old Steven Scott Taylor, both of Cottonwood...……………….Click for remainder of the story

Police log: Drug arrest – Online AZDailySun 11/13/15
Drug arrest

Flagstaff police arrested a man on drug charges after a traffic stop.

According to the report, an officer stopped a vehicle in the 2700 block of South Woodlands Village Boulevard at about 3 p.m. Monday because the driver had a suspended license. When the officer searched the driver’s pockets, he found a bindle containing a black substance that the suspect identified as heroin.

A jacket in the back seat of the vehicle had a small container of liquid methamphetamine in the pocket. There was also a bag in the backseat that contained multiple items of drug paraphernalia. The suspect later admitted he was a drug addict who used heroin every day.

Bryan Diffenderfer, 27, was arrested and charged with possession of narcotic drugs and driving on a suspended license. He was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.

Charged with DUI

— Nicholas Aaron Bierner, 28, of West Kaibab Lane was arrested and charged with extreme DUI at 1:27 a.m. Tuesday.

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Forest protester facing three federal misdemeanor charges 9/24/15 Online AZDailySun

The man who attempted to block a downhill mountain bike race on Mount Elden last month has been charged with three federal violations.

J.D. Protiva will have his initial appearance in U.S. Magistrate Court in Flagstaff Oct. 19. The Forest Service charged Protiva with three Class B misdemeanors: cutting a standing tree without authorization; blocking, restricting or otherwise interfering with the use of a trail; and damaging any such trail and leaving it in the damaged condition. All of the violations took place on Elden Springs Trail.

A class B misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail or up to $5,000 in fines.

The charges stem from Protiva’s actions on and around Aug. 23. On that Sunday, the 81-year-old was found blocking Elden Springs Trail with four horses before the start of the Super D downhill race.

The race was held to benefit Flagstaff Biking Organization.

Protiva had situated himself on a blind corner with no way to avoid him, said Jon Shouse, race director. So if a rider was coming down the trail at speed, his only option would have been to hit Protiva or his horses, or ride down into a ravine, Shouse said.

Protiva eventually moved when he heard that the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office……….. click for the remainder of the story

Legal Challenges to Policing for Profit – PrescottNews online 7/31/15

How States Are Using the Courts to Fight Against Police Taking People’s Money and Property

Some of the states have seen success with that strategy. But, opponents of the tool known as civil asset forfeiture are also taking their battles to federal courtrooms.

Last week, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union and Perkins Coie filed a lawsuit against top officials in Pinal County, Ariz. — including the county’s attorneys, court officials and law enforcement officers — for its abuse of the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

The ACLU and Perkins Coie are representing Rhonda Cox, a 10-year resident of Arizona whose truck was seized through civil asset forfeiture in 2013 after her son—who was borrowing the vehicle at the time—was arrested for theft.

Cox attempted to fight the forfeiture to get back her truck and the tools stored inside it, but eventually decided to give up on her efforts after she received an email from Deputy Pinal County Attorney Craig Cameron warning her that if she lost in court, Cox would be required to pay the state’s lawyers’ fees, as is required under Arizona law.

Now, in their  case against Pinal County’s top officials, Emma Anderson and Jean-Jacques Cabou of the ACLU and Perkins Coie, respectively, argue Arizona’s forfeiture laws violated Cox’s constitutional rights.

Specifically, the plaintiffs are challenging two aspects of Arizona’s forfeiture laws: the “one-way lawyers fees” provision, which requires an unsuccessful victim to pay the state’s lawyer’s fees and cost of the investigation, and a measure allowing law enforcement to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from forfeitures.

If they’re successful in court, Anderson and Cabou’s case will “invalidate” Arizona’s laws at the same time many other states are considering reforms.

“It would establish a precedent that wouldn’t just open the door for victims, it would invalidate the laws,” Cabou said in an interview with The Daily Signal. “If the court orders the injunction, law enforcement cannot enforce the law until [the two provisions] are taken out.”

Policing for Profit

The Grand Canyon State has some of the worst forfeiture laws in the country. The Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm, gave Arizona a “D” grade for its laws regarding the practice, which gives law enforcement the power to seize property and money if police believe it’s related to criminal activity. In many cases, the victim is never charged with a crime.

“While other states have policing for profit incentive, we think Arizona’s is particularly pernicious, and it was ripe for a challenge,” Cabou said.

In Arizona, law enforcement agencies keep 100 percent of the proceeds from forfeitures.

Cabou says this provides them with a financial incentive to seek out seizures, particularly in a time of tight budgets. Such a profit incentive, he said, can lead to abuses of the system.

“The unfettered discretion that Arizona law enforcement has in spending these funds is unique to Arizona,” he said. “It makes it [a state] with a particularly powerful policing-for-profit incentive and problematic due process incentive.”

According to a forfeiture monies report from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Pinal County had more than $1.3 million available at the start of 2015 in its forfeiture fund.

Additionally, the state’s county attorney master account held $44.2 million in money from the state and federal government through the end of March.

In addition to allowing law enforcement to keep the proceeds from seizures, Arizona also requires victims of forfeiture who challenge a seizure in court and lose to pay the state’s lawyers fees. Called a “one-way attorney fees” provision, Cabou said he was unaware of any other state with such a measure.

“It makes sense in a way that’s dark and pernicious, and not in a way that we want to think of our judicial system,” he said.

Such a measure, Cabou said, discourages forfeiture victims from fighting for their property in court, because losing comes with costly consequences.

In Cox’s case, documents  filed with the United States District Court of Arizona show an exchange of emails between Cox and Cameron, the deputy county attorney. In an email from April 2014, Cameron reminds Cox that under Arizona law, “the state is due attorney fees from a party who does not prove they are entitled an exception to forfeiture.”

“You may wish to file a motion of withdrawal of the claim to drop the case,” Cameron continued.

“The attorney fees provision makes it a system where no one can win,” Cabou said. “After they take away your property, they take away your day in court.”

D.C. and Philadelphia

In addition to the ACLU’s case in Arizona, challenges to civil asset forfeiture laws in the District of Columbia and Philadelphia, Penn., are continuing to make their way through federal courts.

The Institute for Justice filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia, its police department and district attorney’s office for abusing forfeiture laws last year. Philadelphia is home to some of the most notorious forfeiture practices in the country, and each year, law enforcement seizes $6 million from property owners.

The Institute for Justice is arguing the city’s use of forfeiture is unconstitutional, claiming property owners are deprived of their property and their right to due process.

The city of Philadelphia attempted to have the case dismissed after the city altered one of its policies regarding the seizure of homes. But in May, a judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the request.

“This ruling requires Philadelphia and its chief law enforcement officers to defend how they have systematically trampled on the rights of our clients and the rights of thousands of other property owners through its aggressive use of forfeiture,” Darpana Sheth, the Institute for Justice’s lead lawyer in the case,  said after the ruling.

In the District of Columbia, a judge hearing a class-action lawsuit involving 22 plaintiffs  ruled last week that specific challenges to the municipalities’ forfeiture laws can move forward. The lawsuit alleges that officers with the Metropolitical Police Department were improperly seizing vehicles and money and failing to provide victims with timely notices to fight the seizure.

William Claiborne, the lawyer representing the 22 victims in the case, told The Daily Signal that often, forfeiture victims would have to wait two years before receiving a hearing to get their property back.

“Civil forfeiture is a wealth-stripping device,” Claiborne said. “The police use it to strip wealth from the poorest and most vulnerable people in the community. If they seize money, it goes to the city.”

As Claiborne’s case was making its way through the judicial system, the District of Columbia City Council voted to change its forfeiture laws.

Under the new measures, the government bears the burden of proving that the property or money seized is related to a crime, instead of the property owner. Additionally, the law put procedures in place to allow for the quick return of property.

It also ended equitable sharing, a program that allowed the Metropolitan Police Department to transfer forfeiture cases to the federal government.

Under equitable sharing, law enforcement agencies receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds from money and property taken.

Claiborne’s victims had property seized before the District of Columbia changed its laws, and he attributes the council’s action to his lawsuit.

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Sniff test alone no longer sufficient for marijuana search – AZDailySun Online 7/22/15

PHOENIX — The smell of marijuana is no longer enough in Arizona for police to get a warrant and come busting down the door, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

In a split decision, the judges acknowledged that in the past the odor of the plant, whether fresh or freshly smoked, was enough to provide police with probable cause that a crime was taking place. And that had provided the basis to go to a judge to seek permission to come in.

But Judge Peter Eckerstrom, writing for the majority, said all that changed in 2010 when voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

“Medical marijuana use pursuant to AMMA is lawful under Arizona law,” he wrote. “Therefore its scent alone does not disclose whether a crime has occurred.”

Put simply, Eckerstrom wrote, the smell of marijuana, absent some other evidence, does not provide the constitutional basis for a search. Instead, the court set up what it called an “odor-plus” standard.

The ruling is a setback for police and prosecutors who until now have not needed additional justification and argued to the court to uphold the warrant.

“Were we to adopt the state’s suggestion that scent alone furnishes probable cause of a crime, medical marijuana patients would become second-class citizens, losing their rights to privacy and security, including privacy within their own homes,” Eckestrom wrote.

David Euchner, an assistant Pima County public defender who argued the case, was cheered by the ruling. But he warned that the decision is not an absolute escape clause for those who possess marijuana illegally.

He said there clearly are situations in which odor alone can provide the basis for a search, such as when someone is inhaling something in a public place. And Euchner said what someone tells police also could create sufficient probable cause for a warrant.

Amelia Cramer, the chief deputy Pima County attorney, agreed that the ruling is far from a blanket ban on police using the smell of marijuana to build a case against someone and get a warrant. But she said it is clear that odor alone won’t provide the basis for searches unless the ruling is overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court.

SOUTH TUCSON CASE

The case involves three police officers, one from South Tucson and two from Tucson, who said there was an “overpowering” odor of fresh marijuana coming from a warehouse in a four-unit complex. After obtaining a warrant based only on the smell, police entered and discovered 357 plants and 53 pounds of cultivated marijuana.….Click for the remainder of the story

New York ‘gamer’ arrested in connection with FUSD threats -AzDailySun online 7/21/15

A New York man was arrested Friday in connection with a series of threatening calls to Flagstaff elementary schools, according to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona.

Viktor Lisnyak, 29, is accused of five counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix.

When FBI officials contacted Lisnyak, he told them he was a “gamer” and the calls were placed in order to gain points in an online video game, according to the FBI report. Lisnyak also told officials he had to make calls for losing an online game, and said he made so many threatening calls he did not remember them all, according to the report.

According to a police report, Lisnyak placed calls to elementary schools between March and May of 2015 making various threats about killing children, Lopez said.

The calls resulted in school shutdowns of one hour or more while police and the FBI searched the buildings.

According to the direct complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Lisnyak placed five calls to Flagstaff schools, including a call to Marshall Elementary School in mid-April, when he is accused of calling and telling school officials, “I want to hurt hundreds of children, I’m in the building. I have a gun.”

Lisnyak is accused of four similar calls, all referring to killing hundreds of children with a gun, using a computerized sounding voice, documents show.

A staff member at the Flagstaff……………….Click link for remainder of the story

Police log: Shots fired – AZDaily Sun 7/15/15

Flagstaff man was arrested this week after police say he fired a gun during an argument with a neighbor over a parking spot.

According to the police report, officers received several reports of gunshots around 8 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 5200 block of East Cortland Boulevard. One of the residents told police he was sitting in his car in the parking lot watching a thunderstorm when the suspect came outside and moved a Jeep that was parked next to him. When the victim got out of his car a few minutes later, the suspect confronted him, saying he did not like people parking next to his Jeep.

After a brief argument, both men started walking the same direction to their respective apartments. As they walked, the victim asked why it was such a big deal that he had parked next to the suspect’s Jeep. The suspect responded by pulling a handgun out of his waistband and firing one round into the ground and a second round into the air.

The suspect then returned to his apartment but reemerged less than a minute later. Another neighbor who had heard the gunshots and seen the suspect with the gun ran out of his apartment and tackled the suspect to the ground. He held the suspect there until police arrived. The suspect suffered a bloody nose and was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.….click for the remainder of the story

Up-skirt photos – AZDaily Sun 6/12/15

Police are looking for a man suspected of secretly taking up-skirt photos of an unsuspecting woman inside a store at the Flagstaff Mall. According to the police report, Flagstaff police were dispatched to the Dillard’s store at the mall around 4:50 p.m. on May 29. A female employee told police the suspect had approached her while she was behind the counter and started asking about some purses that were displayed nearby. After she answered the questions, the victim noticed the man hanging around her, following her around the store and getting “uncomfortably close” to her. About 5 minutes later, he left the store heading toward Sears. Meanwhile, a security worker monitoring the store’s surveillance cameras noticed the suspect making “weird” hand motions near the victim………………….Follow Link for the remainder of the story

Police log: Adult toy stolen – AZDaily Sun 6/1/15

Flagstaff police are investigating the theft of an unusual item from a local business. According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the I Do! I Do! Wedding Boutique, located at 401 W. Santa Fe Ave., around 7 a.m. May 25 after a bystander reported one of the store’s large windows had been shattered. A large rock was later located about 10 feet inside the store. When the owner arrived, she told police there had been several rocks thrown through the store’s windows in the past year. The only item stolen from the store was a 2-foot-long, 20-pound rubber adult toy modeled after a woman’s torso,,,,..click for the remainder of the story

Dog attacks police officer AZDailySun 5/21/15

A man was arrested earlier this week after he ordered his dog to attack a Flagstaff Police Department officer. According to the police report, the officer was dispatched to the parking lot at 1201 South Plaza Way around 3:45 p.m. Sunday after the dog bit a little girl. The child’s father said he had sent his two daughters to tip the suspect, who was playing guitar outside the Ross Dress for Less store. But when they gave the suspect the money, his unleashed dog chased them, biting one girl on the hip hard enough to leave a puncture mark. The dog was leashed by the time the officer arrived, but it tried to bite the officer as he was talking to the suspect. When the officer told the suspect he would have to take the dog to the pound, the suspect became angry. He moved toward the officer, unleashed the dog and said “get him.” The dog lunged at the officer. Its teeth ripped through the officer’s pants but did not break the skin. The officer responded by firing his Taser at the animal. He only struck the dog with one prong, so the animal did not receive an electric shock from the device…..click link for the remainder of the story

Dilkon man gets life in prison Az Daily Sun Online 3/15/15

Dilkon man was sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of abusing children while he was a registered sex offender. According to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Roy Red Joey, 64, was convicted of two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 and two counts of committing an offense while a registered sex offender. At trial, jury heard evidence that showed Joey abused a 9-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy on the Navajo Nation……click on link for the remainder of the story.

Grace Period Over for Texting Ban AZDailySun Online 3/5/15

The grace period for using your cell phone to text while driving within the city limits of Flagstaff is up.

Motorists caught typing while driving can now be ticketed. So far, the Flagstaff has issued only one citation for texting while driving since the grace period expired on Feb. 15, according to FPD spokesperson Sgt. Margaret Benson.

Gerry Blair, the spokesperson for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, said the department hasn’t coded its computers yet to be able to search for how many violations deputies have issued for cell phone use while driving. Also, a number of deputies have been giving out warnings, which are not recorded in the system. The city of Flagstaff and Coconino County instituted a ban on texting and cell phone use last year. The county banned the use of cellphones to talk or text without a hands-free device while driving in April. The grace period for its ban lapsed in November…..click on link to access remainder of the story

NAU police get grant to fight DUIs AZDailySun Online 11/12/14

Northern Arizona University Police Department will get some help with DUI enforcement over the next few months. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded NAUPD a $6,685 grant to crack down on drunk driving on some of the busiest weekends of the year. The money will pay for one to two extra officers to work overtime during Thanksgiving, NAU Commencement weekend, Christmas and New Year’s. Their job will be to look for impaired drivers. “They’re not going to be dedicated to normal patrols,” said Officer Chris Anderson, NAUPD’s spokesman. According to statistics submitted to Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, NAUPD made 45 DUI arrests in 2013. The department has also made 19 DUI arrests from January to October of this year. Anderson said NAUPD typically sees an uptick in calls for service and traffic in general on the four weekends where there will be extra DUI patrols. The additional officers will coordinate with the city and the Northern Arizona Regional DUI Task Force to stop impaired driving both on campus and in areas with a high volume of student drivers, such as South San Francisco Street and the Franklin corridor. They will also be on the lookout for other alcohol-related crimes, such as underage drinking. Anderson hopes their high visibility will discourage intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel in the first place. “A lot of it is just public education,” Anderson said. “As consumption of alcohol tends to go up considerably on holiday weekends, we want to be a reminder to the community to drive responsibly.” He added that the dedicated DUI enforcement effort ………. Click here for the remainder of the story….

Police crack down on train track trespassers – AZ Daily Sun online 7/30/14

The Flagstaff Police Department conducted a joint exercise with the BNSF Railway Police late last week in a effort to reduce trespassing on the train tracks. The Flagstaff Trespasser Abatement Deployment took place on July 24 and 25. During those two days, officers referred five trespassing cases to Flagstaff Justice Court and four trespassing cases to Flagstaff Municipal Court. Two drug-related cases also were referred to the Flagstaff Municipal Court. Officers also received job safety briefings before beginning work on both days, where they received information regarding topics like general safety around the railway infrastructure, officer safety and changing weather scenarios. …..click for the remainder of the story   Coconino County Detention Facility inmate found dead – AZ DailySun online 7/25/14 An inmate awaiting trial on burglary and deadly weapons charges stemming from a case in Page was found dead of an apparent suicide inside the Coconino County Detention Facility in Flagstaff Wednesday evening. According to information from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, inmates alerted detention officers around 4:42 p.m. Wednesday that Clinton Lee Davis, 49, of Chubbuck, Idaho, appeared to be hanging from a ladder attached to a bunkbed inside his two-person cell in one of the jail’s housing units. Detention officers immediately responded by placing Davis on the floor and beginning lifesaving efforts, including CPR. A nurse assigned to the facility also responded with a portable defibrillator. The detention officers and the nurse continued to administer lifesaving efforts until personnel from Guardian Medical Transport arrived to take over. Davis did not respond to lifesaving efforts and was pronounced dead. His body was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. His next of kin has been notified. At this point in the investigation, no foul play is suspected. Davis had been an inmate at the Coconino County Detention Facility…….click link for the remainder of the story

State Supreme Court: long-lasting marijuana metabolite isn’t proof of DUI –  AZ Capital Times 4/22/14

Arizonans who smoke marijuana can’t be charged with driving while impaired absent actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning. The justices rejected arguments by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office that a motorist whose blood contains the slight amount of a metabolite of marijuana, can be presumed to be driving while impaired and therefore driving illegally. They said the medical evidence shows that’s not to be the case. Today’s ruling most immediately affects the more than 40,000 Arizonans who are legal medical marijuana users. It means they will not be effectively banned from driving, giving how long the metabolite, Carboxy-THC, remains in the blood. It also provides protection against impaired driving charges for anyone else who drives and has used marijuana in the last 30 days, including those who might be visiting from Washington or Colorado, where recreational use of the drug is legal. The case involves a driver cited for a traffic violation who, when given a blood test, was found to have Carboxy-THC in his system and was charged with driving with an illegal drug or its metabolite in his body. A trial judge threw out the charge. But the Court of Appeals said the laws on impaired driving “must be interpreted broadly.” In arguments to the court, Susan Luder, a deputy Maricopa County attorney, acknowledged that Carboxy-THC, a secondary metabolite of marijuana, can show up in blood tests for a month after someone has used the drug. And she did not dispute the concession of her own expert witness that the presence of that metabolite does not indicate someone is impaired……..  Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2014/04/22/az-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-drivers-who-have-used-marijuana/#ixzz2zepKptL0

Whisper’ stops get costly in Coconino County – AZDailySun Online  April 15, 2014 6:00 am  •  By ERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was monitoring a drug trafficking operation in Phoenix in 2005 when a GPS unit placed on an Acura sedan alerted them that the vehicle had left the Valley. Investigators knew it was on a drug run to Chicago. The feds asked the Arizona Highway Patrol to stop the car outside Flagstaff on Interstate 40 near Cosnino Road. The officer said the Acura traveled six inches over the white line. In the trunk was 30 pounds of marijuana. The Department of Public Safety report made no mention of the DEA or its stop request. That revelation came years later in federal documents. The tactic is called a “whisper stop,” or “walled-off stop,” and it has become a common tool in the war on drugs. In order to protect a larger investigation, federal drug agents will ask the highway patrol to make a stop look like a random traffic violation. If possible, the driver is turned against the drug organization, sometimes on the side of the road. The Arizona Highway Patrol made some 1,500 drug trafficking arrests last year, and 117 of those happened exactly at milepost 200 on Interstate 40 — just outside of Flagstaff. It’s by far the highest number of stops at any single location in the state. Not all of those are whisper stops. And often the information flows the other way. In random drug finds, DPS officers will feed information back to the feds. From 2006 to 2008, the Coconino County Attorney’s Office says it prosecuted 198 such cases of federally initiated interstate drug trafficking. The total price tag for prosecution alone: $850,000. And for several years, the Department of Justice was willing to repay Coconino County for doing its work. Now, they are asking for the money back. * * * The county received more than a million dollars in nine payments through a U.S. Justice Department program called the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative. Then, in 2011, Justice had the payments audited. The auditor told the county that there was no evidence of federal involvement in any of the cases. And while the highway patrol notifies federal agents each time they happen on a drug bust, that wasn’t enough for the auditor. Also, because a “substantial number” of the cases started as whisper stops, no written evidence existed. “It’s a method we use to make successful arrests not just on one traffic stop, but a whole ring of drug dealing that goes far beyond borders,” Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Bart Graves said of whisper stops. However, he declined to go into specifics of how the stops are conducted or how often, citing the sensitive nature of the subject. “We’ve never discussed it in public,” he said. It’s that secrecy that the OJP used to call the county’s reimbursements into question. “Because of their nature, walled-off stops often do not include written information,” said Chief Deputy Coconino County Attorney Mike Lessler. “It’s sensitive intelligence …….Click here for the remainder of the story.

2 teen drivers facing charges after fatal crash…  (Arizona DailySun Online Edition 4/18/14)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say two teenage drivers will face charges as adults after a street-racing crash in Phoenix allegedly caused the death of a landscaper. Phoenix police say 61-year-old Octavio Grijalva Herrera died of his injuries Sunday. He was critically injured in the March 26 crash. Police say a 17-year-old boy apparently was racing a 16-year-old boy when the younger teen’s car allegedly ran a stop sign. That touched off a five-vehicle collision. They say an exterminator’s pickup truck collided with a car before the truck went into a yard where the landscaper was working. Police say the 16-year-old fled the scene after the crash while the other teen was detained for questioning……. (Click here for remainder of the story)

San Jose couple arrested in Arizona marijuana case …(AZDailySun Online 4/2/14)

SELIGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A California couple has been arrested in northern Arizona for allegedly transporting a marijuana growing operation in a rental truck. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say 46-year-old Le Nguyen and his 42-year-old girlfriend Kathy Nguyen were taken into custody Tuesday. They say the San Jose residents both are being held on suspicion of transportation and possession of marijuana for sale and marijuana production. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the truck on Interstate 40 near Seligman for lane change violations. A drug detection dog alerted the deputy and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 100 marijuana plants, more than eight pounds of packaged marijuana plus equipment used for growing the drug indoors…… (Click here for remainder of the story)

Judge OKs extract for medical marijuana food in Arizona  (AzDailySun Online Edition 3/23/14)

PHOENIX — Using extracts to make medical marijuana sodas, candies and lollipops is legal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has decided. In an extensive ruling, Judge Katherine Cooper rejected the view of state Health Director Will Humble that the 2010 voter-approved law allows patients to smoke or otherwise consume only pieces of the actual plant. Cooper said nothing in the initiative backs that contention. The ruling, released late Friday, is most immediately a victory for the parents of Zander Welton, a 5-year-old Mesa boy who has a doctor’s permission to use medical marijuana to treat his seizures. Jacob and Jennifer Welton had been giving him a liquid tincture with marijuana extract until Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery threatened to prosecute them and anyone who supplied the product. They said it was difficult to get the boy to swallow things like applesauce with crushed marijuana leaves, much less to determine he was getting the correct dosage. But Cooper’s ruling, unless overturned, sets the stage for the state’s 45,000 other medical marijuana patients to be able to obtain other products made not with the plant’s leaves but with extracts. “It is undisputed that medical marijuana is intended to be used by patients to treat chronic, debilitation, and/or painful conditions,” the judge wrote, listing conditions in the 2010 law ranging from cancer and hepatitis to nausea, seizures and severe and chronic pain. “It makes no sense to interpret the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act as allow people with these conditions to use medical marijuana but only if they take it in one particular form,” Cooper said. “Such an interpretation reduces, if not eliminates, medical marijuana as a treatment option for those who cannot take it in plant form, or could receive a greater benefit from an alternative form.” Montgomery had argued the 2010 law allowed the use only of “marijuana.” …….Click for the remainder of story

Late-night break-in (AzDailySun Online edition 2/6/14)

A local family got a rude awakening when a man on heroin broke into their home while they were sleeping. According to Flagstaff police reports, a loud noise woke up the residents of a home in the 1000 block of West Coconino Avenue around 3 a.m. Saturday. When they went downstairs, they saw an unknown man standing in the middle of the living room. The stranger called for the family to come downstairs and then swung a folding lawn chair at the father before running out the front door. When officers arrived, they found the doors to several vehicles in the driveway open. It appeared the suspect had gone through the vehicles, but the victims did not notice anything missing. A can of wood sealant had also been poured all over the seats in one of the vehicles. Two officers followed a set of footprints left in the snow by the suspect. As they were walking, a man popped out from in front of a house claiming he had seen a man run into a nearby house. The man led the officers to the house. At one point, the man said he heard two men fighting inside the home while officers were knocking on the door. Fearing someone was being hurt, officers broke through the glass back door and searched the house, only to find that it was completely empty. Around the same time, the man who had led officers…….. click here for the remainder of the story

DPS to conduct drunken driving patrols on Sunday (AzDaily Star Online 1/31/14)

A large contingent of police officers will be patrolling freeways in the Phoenix area on Super Bowl Sunday to seek out drunken drivers. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says its stepped-up drunken driving enforcement will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday and will continue through Monday morning. The agency wants the presence of officers on freeways to serve as a deterrent to would-be drunken drivers.

MCATForce Heroin is in out communities (Verde Independent online 1/25/14)

COTTONWOOD — One of the largest audiences to ever attend the regular Lunch-‘n’-Learn sessions of the MCATForce Substance abuse coalition gathered Thursday when the focus turned to the New Face of Heroin.

The audience was substantial at the Cottonwood Yavapai County annex as well as in the Supervisors Chambers in Prescott. The presentation originated in Prescott and was broadcast simultaneously by video conferencing in Cottonwood, where two PANT officers also answered questions and displayed samples of various illegal drugs.

Prescott Valley Police Department Sgt. and Public Information Officer Brandon Bonney presented for parents, teachers, community member, professionals and other cops, a current survey of the use of heroin.

He says the illegal drug has always been in our communities.

“Anything you have in a big city, you will also have in a small city,” he said. “Heroin has existed in this area for a very long time. Some believe it may have been attracted by the number of recovery homes in the area.”

The Prescott area has had a large number …………………..Click here for remainder of the story

MCSO: Woman tried to smuggle bundle of heroin 1/22/14 – Daily Miner online

KINGMAN - A 70-year-old Phoenix woman was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into the Arizona State Prison-Kingman on Saturday.

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the prison in Golden Valley at about 10:15 a.m.

A captain at the prison reportedly told deputies that Jennie Diaz Osuna was at the prison to visit her son when she set off the metal detector.

Osuna was searched and prison employees allegedly found a black bundle wrapped in tape that was about eight inches long and an inch wide. A brown powdery substance that reportedly field-tested positive for heroin was inside the package, wrapped in aluminum foil and cellophane……Click here for remainder of the story

Police log: Felony damage January 20, 2014 – AZDailySun online

Flagstaff police are investigating a case of felony property damage at a local hotel. According to the police report, an employee at La Quinta Inn at 2015 S. Beulah Blvd. reported around 9:32 a.m. Thursday that an unknown person had broken the handicapped chair lift for the hotel’s Jacuzzi. The employee told police he removed the chair lift’s battery to charge it Wednesday night. It would not work when he tried to reattach the battery and turn the chair lift on again Thursday morning. Upon further inspection, the employee discovered that two metal tabs necessary for the chair lift to receive the charge from the battery had been removed. The employee said the damage must have been deliberate because the tabs were protected by plastic weather covering…… Click here for the remainder of the story

Brothers arrested in I-40 pot bust January 08, 2014 – AZDailysun online

Two brothers were arrested Monday in a drug bust just west of Flagstaff. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, an officer pulled over the suspects’ Toyota rental car for a traffic violation on eastbound Interstate 40 at mile post 203 near Walnut Canyon around 9:11 a.m. The brothers were driving from California to Little Rock, Ark. A K-9 drug-sniffing dog alerted the officer to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A search uncovered 28 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside garbage bags in the trunk. The officer also found a handgun underneath the floormat. ……Click here for remainder of the story.

Man killed in gang fight; three sought by police – AZDailySun online 9/8/13

A Flagstaff man was killed in a gang fight early this morning, and police are searching for three “persons of interest.” According to information from the Flagstaff Police Department, police were called to Flagstaff Medical Center at about 3 a.m. on a report of several people being admitted in order to be treated for stab wounds. “One victim later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased,” according to a statement from police. The victim was identified as Juan Hernandez, 23. Two other people were treated for stab wounds and are expected to recover. According to the police investigation, the attack was the result of rival eastside and westside gangs retaliating against each other for an earlier incident. The attack happened on the 200 block of South Elden Street. The investigation is ongoing, but police have identified three people “of interest” and would like the public’s help in finding them………click for remainder of the story Man charged with trafficking meth on I-40 AZ -Daily Sun 5/30/13 online

Federal law enforcement officials say they arrested a man transporting 3,600 grams of methamphetamine through northern Arizona on Interstate 40 Wednesday. According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the man had the drugs in a secret compartment in the rear of his SUV that could only be accessed by buttons on the dash that opened a solenoid powered hidden door. An agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Flagstaff branch wrote in the complaint that he was in a Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s car when they pulled out behind the suspect’s vehicle traveling eastbound at 74 mph in a 75 mph zone. “Smugglers are often known to travel at or below the posted speed limit to avoid contact with law enforcement officers,” the complaint read. The officers also said that the vehicle was traveling too close to a truck in front of it — about three or four car lengths…………… (click on Link for remainder of the story.)

NTSB recommends lowering blood alcohol level that constitutes drunken driving U.S.News on NBC News 5/14/13

By Tom Costello, Correspondent, NBC News WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend to states that they lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunken driving. Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08, reflecting the percentage of alcohol, by volume, in the blood. If a driver is found to have a BAC level of .08 or above, he or she is subject to arrest and prosecution. The NTSB recommends dropping that to a BAC level of .05. Each year, nearly 10,000 people die in alcohol-related traffic accidents and 170,000 are injured, according to the NTSB. While that’s a big improvement from the 20,000 who died in alcohol-related accidents 30 years ago, it remains a consistent threat to public safety. Karyn Nunnallee, a mother who lost her daughter Patty in the deadliest drunk-driving accident in in 1988 and served as a president of MADD, speaks ahead of the 25 anniversary of the Carrollton, Ky., bus collision.   Studies show that each year, roughly 4 million people admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol. The recommendation prompted immediate criticism from restaurant trade groups. “This recommendation is ludicrous,” said Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute. “Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior. “Further restricting the moderate consumption of alcohol by responsible adults prior to driving does nothing to stop hardcore drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.” The United States, Canada and Iraq are among a small handful of countries that have set the BAC level at .08. Most countries in Europe, including Russia, most of South America and Australia, have set BAC levels at .05 to constitute drunken driving. When Australia dropped its BAC level from .08 to .05, provinces reported a 5-18 percent drop in traffic fatalities. The NTSB reports that at .05 BAC, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and other visual functions. At .07, cognitive abilities become impaired. At .05 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by 39 percent. At .08 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by more than 100 percent…………………….(Click on link for remainder of the story) Police looking for wildfire starters in Flagstaff AZ Daily Sun online 5/3/13 Authorities in Flagstaff are looking for four teenagers who they believe started a string of small fires Friday. Two of the fires are within city limits, and the other is on U.S. Forest Service land. They range in size from a quarter-acre to 1.5 acres. Police Sgt. James Jackson says witnesses reported seeing three females and a male all wearing black shirts and jeans around the origin of the fires. They are described as American Indian, between 15 and 17 years old. Jackson says one of the girls was wearing a black and gray baseball hat. The fires had been burning ……………………(Click here for the remainder of the story) Female jogger fights off attack in Sunnyside AZ Daily Sun Online 5/3/13 The Flagstaff Police Department released a description of a suspect today who officials say assaulted a female jogger five days ago in the area of Izabel Street and Sixth Avenue. Police officials say that officers will now be increasing their presence on the urban trail system in response. According to information from police, the woman had just finished her jog on April 28 and was walking back to the trailhead when a man attacked her from behind. The woman started screaming and was able to fight him off. The suspect ran northwest on the trail, which continues up McMillan Mesa. The case is being investigated as an attempted sexual abuse. The man is described as a Hispanic or Native American male, between 5-feet, 10-inches and 6-feet tall and between the ages of 20 and 25. He was wearing long black…………. (Click here for remainder of the story) Statewide gang-drug investigation nets arrests in northern Arizona  AZ Daily Sun 5/1/13 he GIITEM anti-gang task force arrested 26 people today, including several in Flagstaff and Williams, in the wake of a seven-month investigation into illegal drug sales by street gangs. According to information from the Arizona Deaprtment of Public Safety, agents served 17 search and arrest warrants in Coconino and Maricopa counties Wednesday. Capt. Kirk Bryce of GIITEM in northern Arizona, said that the investigation involved buying drugs from gang members in Flagstaff and Williams who had purchased drugs from gang members in the Phoenix area. The drugs involved were meth, cocaine, marijuana, marijuana paste called “wax,” ecstasy and prescription medications…………………...…..(Click on the article tile for remainder of the story) Drive-by shooting suspects in custody – AZ Daily Sun 5/1/13 All three suspects in a drive-by shooting that happened Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff have now been arrested. Jose Angel Chavarria and Diego Baldenegro, both 18, turned themselves in to police Monday night, according to information from the Flagstaff Police Department. Miguel Manuel Ruiz, 25, was picked up earlier in the day. According to police officials, a group of men drove up in an SUV and started shooting at a man who was attending a family get-together at the Adult Center on the 100 block of Thorpe Road Saturday afternoon. The victim was outside the building at the time and said the suspect was firing right at him. The three were arrested on charges of assault — drive-by shooting, aggravated assault . ………………………(Click on the article title for remainder of the story.)

Police Log: Woman charged with fifth DUI –  AZ Daily Sun 4/10/13 Flagstaff police stopped a Williams woman on the 500 block of South Milton Road early on Tuesday because she was driving in a way that made police suspect she was intoxicated. According to a police report, an officer could smell alcohol inside the vehicle, though the woman was smoking a cigarette. She subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence. At the Coconino County Detention Facility, she blew 0.211 percent BAC on an Intoxilyzer machine and was charged with extreme DUI. ………………………(Click on the article title for remainder of the story.) Auto burglaries continue AZ Daily Sun 4/10/13 Flagstaff residents are a trusting group. It took only days after two teens were arrested in connection with a recent string of auto burglaries for another rash to hit the city. Police have a potential suspect and do not believe he is related to the other burglaries. “(The burglaries) seem to have miraculously stopped when we caught the other suspects,” said Sgt. James Jackson of the Flagstaff Police Department. “It has nothing to do with the group of kids we dealt with.” But there is one common theme: The car doors were left unlocked for the thieves. At one Ponderosa Trails home on Saturday, a silver 2009 Ford Mustang with black racing stripes and a gray 2008 Chrysler 300 were stolen out of the driveway. Both vehicles were unlocked and had the keys inside, according to information from police. On Sunday, a car parked at The Arbors condominium complex was robbed of thousands of dollars worth of high-end camera gear. The culprit made off with a Panasonic HMC-150 HD video camera valued at $3,000 and a Canon T3I DSLR worth $600 dollars………………….(Click on the article title for remainder of the story.) Man charged with murder in Tuba City shooting AZ Daily Sun 3/7/13 –  A Navajo Nation man has been federally charged with murder in connection with a shooting in Tuba City Monday. According to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Flagstaff, tribal officers responded to a home off Old Kerley Road in Tuba City on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found the victim, called “R.B.” and “Hombre,” 47, in the driver seat of a GMC Safari van. He had been shot once in the head. The man who reported the shooting told investigators that he had been inside his home with his grandson when they heard a vehicle approach. His grandson went outside, and then he heard a single gunshot. Soon, his grandson returned with a man and a woman and asked what happened but received no response. After interviewing the grandson and the woman, officers pieced together that the victim had been in the van with the grandson, the man and the woman. The suspect and the victim had been driving around and drinking vodka and beer, and were likely high on meth. The victim and the suspect had been arguing, and the suspect had been angry at the woman as well…………(Click on  the article title for remainder of the story.)

DUI suspect hits neighbor’s fence, flees AZ Daily Sun 3/6/13  – Flagstaff police arrested a man Sunday after he ran over his neighbor’s fence, drove off and then passed out parked in his driveway nearby on the 1500 block of South Yale Street. According to a police report, the man is now being held on a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold because he is suspected of being in the country illegally. A woman reported to police that her fence had been partially smashed by a Hispanic man driving a Chevrolet Blazer at about 2 p.m. The SUV drove off and then circled back through an alley, but the woman was not able to get the license plate number. It wasn’t necessary though because the Blazer was parked only a few houses away. The man was asleep in the driver’s seat with the car still running and one hand on his iPod. Empty cans of Modelo beer were on the floorboards. The man had a Mexican driver’s license………………. (Click on the article title for remainder of the story.) Crime spree suspects back in court Verde Independent 3/2/13 CAMP VERDE — Two young men apprehended in December in Jerome after a three-state crime spree will appear in court this month, one on Monday afternoon. Zachery Schutts, 20, agreed to a plea in mid-January and will be sentenced later this month. Dakota Bryan Hall, 20, will face Judge Michael Bluff during an afternoon appearance Monday. Both are from the small town of Locust Grove, Okla. Hall is expected to accept a plea similar to the Schutts deal that includes shoplifting from Walmart, attempted auto theft, burglary and theft from the Jerome Jewelry, criminal damage and burglary in the 3rd degree. Since the offenses occurred in three time periods, rather than all at once, prison terms are expected to be sentenced back to back rather than all at the same time. The pair are said to have stolen vehicles, guns and property in Oklahoma and Colorado before coming to Arizona in early December. They attempted to shoplift electronics from Walmart before breaking into the Jerome Jewelry store. They were eventually apprehended when numerous police, helicopters and even citizens combined to identify them………………….. (Click on the article title for remainder of the story.) PANT Investigation leads to arrest in Old Town Cottonwood.  Verde Independent 2/2/13 COTTONWOOD — The PANT drug task force early Thursday closed a more than two-month long investigation by arresting a suspected drug and arms dealer just a block off Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. Dale Travis Bonsor, 36, was taken into custody for the sale of illegal drugs and firearms at his home in the 1000 block of North First Street with the assistance of the Verde Valley SWAT team. Detectives learned Bonsor had made several illegal transactions in November, including the sale of marijuana and one firearm. They believe he was in possession of additional firearms and marijuana for sale. A night time search warrant was served at his residence before more sales were made. PANT detectives located one quarter pound of marijuana, 1,150 prescription pills, 2 rifles, 3 handguns and about $200 in cash,… (Click on  the article title for remainder of the story.) Witness: Punches, stabbings, then shots in Bushmaster incident…AZ Daily Sun2/6/13 City maintenance workers at the scene of last week’s brawl in Bushmaster Park described a chaotic scene fit more for the mean streets of Chicago than eastside Flagstaff. The altercation left five young men with stab wounds, two shots fired and four arrested. Police now believe that the two groups got together to fight at the park because of at least one, but possibly as many as three, drive-by shooting incidents stemming from a fight at a party last year. The most recent drive-by happened just after midnight last Wednesday. Hours later, a maintenance worker watched a gold Cadillac with oversized rims speed into the parking lot of Bushmaster Park and four or five young men jump out. Police would later learn that the Cadillac had been shot up the night before at a home just north of the park. A few minutes later, a black 2011 Lexus with tinted windows pulled in with music thumping, the witness told police, according to a Flagstaff Police Department report. Three or four young men jumped from the other vehicle and the two groups started to fight. Soon after, a man came running from the Cadillac with a foot-long butcher knife and started slashing and stabbing people, the witness said. “This is a fistfight,” one of the men from the Lexus shouted. “Get the gun. Get the gun.” One of the men then retrieved a .357 caliber revolver from the Lexus. He started pistol-whipping two men who were beating up one of his companions. But the handgun didn’t frighten the other men, not even when the man from the Lexus shot it toward a group of houses. “Just shoot me,” one of the men from Cadillac yelled as he stood in front of the weapon, the witness said, according to a police report. Another man from the Cadillac wrestled the weapon away and pointed it at the original gun-wielder’s head.

“Don’t move, I got the gun now,” he yelled………….. (Click on article title for remainder of the story)

PD: Kris McClain, suspect in deadly Prescott Valley crash, had marijuana and  medical marijuana card  ABC 15.com 1/28/13 PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – Police say a  driver who allegedly caused an accident in which a  19-year-old woman was killed in Prescott Valley last week was a medical  marijuana card holder and had 60 grams of marijuana in his vehicle. Kris Raymond McClain of Prescott was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on  charges of probation violation, one count of second-degree murder, three counts  of aggravated assault, one count of endangerment, two counts of aggravated DUI  and one count of criminal damage. Prescott Valley police say McClain rear-ended a Dodge Neon that had just  accelerated for a green light on State Route 89A at Robert Road around 3 p.m.  last Tuesday. Witnesses reportedly told investigators the Jeep Liberty that McClain was  driving hit the Neon at highway speeds with no braking. The Neon spun several times and hit another vehicle which was also  accelerating from the intersection. The passenger in the Neon, 19-year-old Hayley Stevens of Dewey suffered fatal  injuries……………(Click on article title for remainder of the story) Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/prescott/pd-kris-mcclain-suspect-in-deadly-prescott-valley-crash-had-marijuana-and-medical-marijuana-card#ixzz2JNl0lbaF Police target bar rowdies  AZ Daily Sun 1/15/13 Standing under the overhang at Collins Irish Pub on Saturday night, a drunken man, 24, leaned in close to another man and blew cigarette smoke into his face, then flicked his ash at him. Another Flagstaff man, 22, stepped in to stop the ensuing fight and was punched from behind by the smoker’s friend, who promptly turned around and ran away. Police arrested the intoxicated pair in the alley nearby on charges of assault and disorderly conduct, one of a half-dozen such fights last Saturday night and among the hundreds that police are called to break up or investigate each year. And bar fights aren’t the only bar incidents requiring a police response. Three years of data supplied by the Flagstaff Police Department showed that police responded to nearly 2,200 calls for service at five of the busiest downtown establishments. Officers also performed an additional 705 bar checks during the same period and took reports on 595 crimes. “We’ve been saturating that downtown area,” said Flagstaff Deputy Chief of Police Walt Miller. ” We’re dealing with people who are intoxicated, so their judgment lapses. We get people behaving out of character.” In the last six months, the Flagstaff Police Department has doubled the number of officers — from three to as many as six — that it assigns to patrol the downtown area at bar closing time. Officers are on the scene to break up fights almost immediately after they break out. They have even convinced bars to banish the biggest troublemakers, in part to protect their liquor licenses. Many of the incidents involve intoxicated 20-something men who have to be taken to jail after they start fights with other intoxicated young men. ILLEGAL TO OVERSERVE Collins Irish Pub, possibly the busiest bar in downtown, required a police presence on 690 occasions, with 128 patrons being cited for disorderly conduct between 2010 and 2012. The bars are required to report such incidents. Arizona state law makes it a liquor violation not to report a disturbance inside a liquor-serving establishment. Although police say that overserving has been a problem at Flagstaff bars, it’s a hard violation to enforce. Liquor laws prohibit bars from allowing intoxicated people inside. There is no law against being drunk in public in Arizona. If an officer walks into a bar and notices someone is clearly intoxicated, the bar has 30 minutes to get the person off the premises, according to police officials. That time allows for staff to get someone a taxi or other safe ride home. If that officer actually witnesses a drunk person being sold a drink, then he can issue a citation. Relatively few liquor law violations have been reported against Flagstaff bars in recent years, and officers say most bars are vigilant about checking IDs. Besides assigning more officers, police launched Operation 86 last year to identify drunk people and get them to leave downtown voluntarily before there was a problem. The goal wasn’t just to target any intoxicated person, but to single out those who might pose a threat to public safety. Working with bar staff, the officers would ask the would-be troublemakers to leave downtown for the night. And in 2011, after police realized that just a handful of troublemakers were responsible for a large number of the fights and assaults in downtown, they had those people banished from downtown. But the efforts have not stopped the fighting or disorderly conduct. In fact, some bars, such as Collins Irish Pub, have actually gotten even rowdier”…………………(Click on article title for remainder of the story) Tasered, not shot AZ Daily Sun 1/15/13 A Flagstaff police officer Tasered a gun-wielding man after he refused to drop his weapon during a domestic violence incident Saturday night. The man’s wife said he was a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from extreme Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, according to a police report. “(The officer) used his discretion and was able to take this individual into custody and hopefully get him the help that he needs,” said Sgt. James Jackson of the Flagstaff Police Department. An officer arrived at the North Conrad Lane home at about 8:30 p.m. and found a woman and her three small children out in the driveway. The garage door was open behind her. The woman said she called police because her husband started “going crazy” following an argument. He went upstairs and began yelling nonsense about Arabs and Muslims, she told the officer. The officer said he heard things being thrown around upstairs and asked if there were firearms in the home. The wife said they owned a shotgun and a rifle and cautioned that he would not react well when he saw police officers because of his PTSD. The officer then heard an interior garage door open and watched as the man walked out carrying a shotgun with a rifle on his back. He had an ammunition pouch around his waist. The shotgun was pointed to the ground, but “at the ready,” the officer wrote in his report. Pulling his own gun, the officer ordered the woman to get her children behind a car and moved to a position where he could get a clear shot……… (Click on article title for remainder of the story)   Sheriff’s accountant booked for $25,000 theft Verde Independent 1/12/13 PRESCOTT — Robbin Jaeger, 44, was arrested at her home Thursday following an investigation into the theft of cash designated for accounts assigned to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Jaeger, a 15-year employee, was an account clerk for the Sheriff’s Office during the last nine years. Jaeger’s duties included accepting cash and fee-based payments for services on behalf of YCSO. Jaeger was expected to document the receipt of these monies and deposit them to the appropriate accounts. Jaeger’s supervisor, aided by new accounting and finance software, discovered a deposit discrepancy in more than one account. The missing money was immediately brought to the attention of Command Staff for review. The preliminary investigation, conducted by the YCSO Criminal Investigations Bureau,……………………… More charges filed against Blue Ridge burglary suspect   AZ Daily Sun 1/5/13 The charges continue to mount against a man suspected of burglarizing nearly 40 homes in the Blue Ridge area. Detectives from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office added 20 charges against Edward Sedillo Sr., 52, who was originally arrested in August following a lengthy investigation. On Friday, he was charged with eight additional counts of residential burglary, four counts of prohibited possessor of a firearm, four counts of theft of a means of transportation, two counts of conducting a chop-shop operation and one count of possessing dangerous drugs. Sedillo has been in the county jail since August. The home break-ins were reported over the period of year in Blue Ridge, which is southeast of Flagstaff. The burglaries sparked regular neighborhood watch meetings, organized by the Sheriff’s office in 2011………………………

Prescott man facing hit and run and DUI charges after hitting a fence ABC 15.com 01/02/13

PRESCOTT, AZ – A 20 year old man is facing hit and run and DUI charges after destroying a fence in Prescott Valley. 20 year old Matthew Allen Ellson allegedly destroyed a homeowner’s fence, and two trees around 3:00a.m. on January 1st and drove away. There was evidence at the scene that the vehicle struck a rock, and partially rolled over on its side causing significant damage. With that information, police were able to locate Ellson’s 1994 Buick. When police showed up to Ellson’s residence he had injuries to his arms and face. Police say Ellson denied any involvement with the accident, but later made statements about his possible involvement. Ellson………

2 Williams police officers resign AZ Daily Sun  11/28/12

Two Williams police officers have resigned their positions with the police department. A third is scheduled to serve 80 hours of suspension in the wake of an Aug. 10, 2012, incident involving the arrest of an intoxicated man. A group, calling itself a Concerned Group of Local Citizens, has sent a letter to members of local and state government, law enforcement and the news media calling for further investigation into the matter. Williams Police Chief Herman Nixon said……………………………………..

Conveneince store owner wanted tor allegeldly selling syntehic drugs The Daily Courier 11/15/12

PRESCOTT – Steve Wells, owner of the Island Store in Prescott, is wanted by theYavapai County Sheriff’s Office for selling so-called novelty powder drugs, known as “bath salts” or “Spice,” in violation of a court order issued in September, a Sheriff’s spokesman said. In a multi-day hearing, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk had asked Judge Michael Bluff to declare stores that sell the synthetic drugs a public nuisance, bypassing the state legislative process, which has been unable to keep up with constantly changing chemical formulas.

“What is so important is that parents and their children, as well as all community members, understand how dangerous and life-threatening these synthetic drugs are,” Polk said in September. “I knew this stuff was horrible when we started the trial, yet I was still overwhelmed with the testimony recounting the violence and self-destruction, and how these drugs are affecting everyone across the county.”

All but three stores agreed to stop selling the products and Bluff issued injunctions to stop the sales in those and other Yavapai County stores……………………………………………….. Wells is 5′ 9″ tall, 180 pounds, has green eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call PANT at 928-778-0558 or make an anonymous call to Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. Wrong-way driver caight with pot, Arizona Daily Sun, November 07, 2012 5:00 a.m. Flagstaff – A man was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving under the influence after an officer spotted him driving the wrong way on North San Francisco Street in downtown on Monday morning……………………………. Oklahoma man arrested in transportation of sixteen pounds of marijuana near Holbrook, White Mountain Independant, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5:00 am Holbrook, AZ- On November 1st, 2012, detectives of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Apprehension Team, “MCAT”, a Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) funded task force, conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Holbrook which resulted in the recovery of approximately sixteen and half pounds of marijuana and eight grams of crystal methamphetamine. The high grade marijuana has a street value of approximately 66,000.00. The methamphetamine is valued at approximately $800.00 One suspect was arrested for transportation of marijuana, and possession of a dangerous drug. …………………………………