Crime Emergency/Services

Warrant nabs Cottonwood man

Aug. 8, a Superior Court warrant led to the arrest and confinement of 38-year-old John Edward Schaefer of Cottonwood. Schaefer was wanted on five counts of failure to appear regarding felony drug charges, including possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, DUI and DUI/drug.

Schaefer was located in Navajo County after a warrant for his arrest was issued on July 31, 2006. He was extradited to Yavapai County August 8 and is being held in the Camp Verde jail on bonds totaling $51,500.

K-9 nabs two in Cornville

Two men were arrested in the wake of a Tuesday morning traffic stop on Loy Road in Cornville. The driver Harvey Bert Poelstra, 38, of Rimrock, and his passenger, Robert J. Ely, 41, of Cornville allegedly were not wearing seatbelts. The Sheriff's Office says both have suspended driver's licenses and no proof of insurance.

The arresting deputy determined the pair exhibited signs and symptoms of impairment. YCSO's K-9 Aros was brought to the traffic stop to do a sniff search of the vehicle. Aros alerted on both the driver's and passenger's side doors. A search allegedly produced a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. Both suspects were tested for drugs in their systems.

Poelstra was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. Ely was arrested and charged with Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Narcotics arrests in Sedona

Sedona Police stopped a vehicle for speeding Sunday morning at about 3:30 a.m. south of the Y on Arizona 179. According to the report, the officer could smell marijuana on the driver's clothing. During a subsequent search, the officer seized numerous items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and Ecstasy tablets in the vehicle and in possession of the driver and two passengers.

Driver Ryan T. Waller, 18, of Phoenix, was arrested on charges of possession dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and DUI drugs and booked into the Coconino County jail in Flagstaff.

Matthew D. Patterson, 20, a passenger also of Phoenix, was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and was booked on the misdemeanor charges into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde.

The second passenger, a 17-year old Phoenix juvenile, was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, possession of marijuana and minor consumption of alcohol. He was released to his parents later that morning.

Alleged 'coke' dealer booked

Late Monday, Sedona officers made traffic stop on a vehicle with an inoperative left taillight. The driver, Ruben Vasquez Ramirez, 24 of Cottonwood, had a suspended driver's license. The Sedona Police K-9 was used to check for narcotics and alerted on both the passenger and driver's door. A search by the officers allegedly located 23 grams of cocaine. Ramirez was arrested. During booking another gram of cocaine was found in Ramirez's personal property, according to the report.

Ramirez was charged with possession of narcotic drugs, transport for sale and possession for sale, possession of narcotic drug, possession drug paraphernalia and aggravated DUI / DUI drugs after admitting to using cocaine before leaving work and driving.

DUI for horse pill?

It wasn't your usual driving under the influence charge. A tip led to the arrest of Paul Merwin, 63, near the junction of Arizona 260 and Interstate 17 in Camp Verde. A complainant reported a man driving erratically had hit a traffic sign, jumped a curb and then drove against the traffic direction.

Merwin was changing a badly damaged tire when approached by a Camp Verde Marshal's deputy. The officer said the man did not speak clearly and gave answers inappropriate to questions.

The front of the man's vehicle was badly damaged and the traffic sign was bent in the shape of the front of the vehicle.

After being checked by a drug recognition expert, Merwin allegedly admitted using Phenylbutazone, a horse tranquilizer in pill form. He said the tablets were sized for a 1,000-pound horse, but that he cut them in quarters. The tranquilizers require a prescription, which Merwin did not have.

He was charged with driving under the influence-drugs, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage and false information to law enforcement


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