Cottonwood man arrested for firing gun at fast food restaurant<br>

A Cottonwood man is lucky to be alive after another man allegedly tried to shoot him with a 22. caliber rifle in the McDonald's parking lot Thursday afternoon.

According to Cottonwood police, the shooting occurred about 1:35 p.m. when James H. Lintel, 36, accidentally drove the wrong way through into the drive-through lane and blocked a Jeep driven by Robert P. Brigide, 52, from exiting.

A verbal argument ensued before Lintel moved his car into the restaurant parking lot, police said. Lintel told police that after he parked his car he saw Brigide in his side mirror standing next to his Jeep about 40 feet away holding a rifle at his waist. A second later he heard a loud noise behind his head and realized he had been shot at.

"I observed a bullet hole in the left rear cab corner, approximately 1/2 inches in diameter," officer David Ross said in his report. "I had Lintel sit in his vehicle and the level of the bullet hole, if it had penetrated the artificial interior wall, would have struck Lintel in the rear of the head."

Lintel followed Brigide from the McDonald's parking lot and was able to get the Jeeps license plate number and a description of the driver, police said. Lintel reportedly called the police from a payphone on Main Street.

After a vehicle background check was done, Brigide was located and arrested a short time later, without incident, at his home on East Cottonwood Street. He was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for aggravated assault. His Bond was set at $100,000 police reported.

Police looking for missing man

Authorities are looking for a paranoid schizophrenic Cottonwood man whose been missing from Cottonwood Terrace adult care facility for more than a week.

Robert A Petterson, 61, was last scene at the Willard Street facility the morning of April 26, Cottonwood police said. Later that day, he was sighted at 10 S. Sixth Street.

Petterson is described as a white male, about 6-feet, 4-inches tall, 220 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. He also reportedly walks with a limp. He was last scene wearing a multi-colored shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about Petterson's whereabouts is asked to call the Cottonwood police at 634-4246.

Police arrest CV man after three-car collision

A Camp Verde man who ran from police was arrested Thursday night after crashing his car into three others cars stopped at a stop light on Main Street and Arizona 89A.

According to the Cottonwood police, Ralph W. McCray, 53, was driving south on Main Street at a high rate of speed when he collided with the other vehicles. A 16-year-old girl was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center of minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

McCray reportedly fled the scene of the crash but was later arrested in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

McCray, who was allegedly under the influence, told police a jackalope had been driving his truck and was trying to run people over, a police report said. He reportedly told police he left the scene of the crime because he did not want to get in trouble for what the jackalope did. He also reportedly told police that he had driven through a Jerome Police roadblock earlier and had run over officers.

No pursuit or roadblock had occurred with the Jerome police, Cottonwood police said.

McCray was booked into the Yavapai County Jail for aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident and endangerment.

Humane society director pleads innocent

A lawyer representing Judy Finch, director of the Verde Valley Humane Society, entered a plea of innocent Tuesday at the Verde Valley Justice Court. She is charged with one count of misdemeanor assault for allegedly injuring a co-worker during an altercation March 27.

Finch allegedly left a bruise on the arm of the co-worker after grabbing her during a verbal argument, a police report states.

Finch is scheduled to be back in court May 15 for a pretrial conference.

Elderly man hits tree

A 78-year-old man hit a tree with his late model car in the Wells Fargo parking lot in Cottonwood Friday. The man was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center with a fractured sternum and injuries to his arms thought to be from the impact of the engaged air bags.

According to a Cottonwood police official, Herman E. Summers, 78, was stopped in his White 2001 Mercury at the corner of 12th Street around 1:40 p.m. When pulling out, the Cottonwood man did not yield to an oncoming van, a 1979 Ford, hitting it in the right rear. The van driver, Virginia Stateham, 65, also of Cottonwood, was not injured.

The police official said it appears that at the time of the impact, Summers accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes running into a tree in front of the Wells Fargo Bank. The headlight assembly from Summer's vehicle flew into a third vehicle parked in the lot, a 1999 red Nissan owned by Charles Smith of Clarkdale. Smith was not injured.

The officer said Summers will be cited for failure to yield.

Unattended candle blamed for bedroom fire

Residents of a house at 313 W. Organ Pipe in Cottonwood called 911 when they noticed smoke coming from a bedroom Friday.

According to a Cottonwood Fire Department official, the fire, that occurred around 2:30 p.m., was quickly extinguished, and the family was able to return to their home.

An unattended candle was blamed for the incident, the fire official said. Damage was estimated at $2,000.

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