Crime/Emergency Services

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The burned truck was reportedly carrying produce from California.

Courtesy photo<br> The burned truck was reportedly carrying produce from California.

Truck Burns on I-17

An 18-wheel commercial tractor trailer truck went up in flames on Interstate 17 Tuesday morning. The fire was reported at MP 301, about 2.5 miles north of the Sedona interchange.

When crews arrived from Lake Montezuma Rimrock, the truck and trailer were already 50 percent involved in flames. Crews say the vehicle is a total loss. It was reportedly carrying produce from California.

Rimrock resident confronts armed man in his yard

The Yavapai Sheriff's Office was called late Monday to a reported assault in Rimrock at 3700 Beaver Creek Road. The victim told deputies someone came into his yard and tried to shoot him. The victim, also armed, fired back and thought he hit the suspect.

The victim was alerted after hearing his dogs barking outside while he was inside his home with his wife and children. He went out to the back steps and heard the rustling of brush adjacent to his property. As he walked further into his yard, he saw a man standing among the weeds and tried to speak with him.

The man started to run, then turned and fired at him with a round from a handgun. Neither the victim nor his family was injured. But the victim returned the fire and believes he may have hit the suspect who appeared to tumble down an embankment.

The victim's home was checked, and there was no evidence of a bullet striking the house. Deputies conducted a thorough search of the area around the victim's home and found no indication someone had been injured or used a firearm.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic or Native American, medium build, dark complexion, and wearing dark colored shorts and a black "hoodie" type sweat shirt.

A neighbor confirmed hearing two gunshots, but did not see the confrontation as described by the victim.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or report the information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Brush fires on Interstate

It's getting dry out there again! People need to be cautious with flame and fire, or even cigarettes. The cause has not been determined, but two small brush fires were ignited at milepost 297 on Interstate 17 Tuesday morning. The fires extended about 50-feet by 10-feet and were easily controlled by a single engine from the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District.

Fire officials say such fires often are caused by a cigarette thrown from a window or a vehicle, creating sparks.

The fire was turned over to the forest service to mop-up.

DES vehicle vandalized

An official with the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Adult Protective Services, in Cottonwood told police Wednesday morning that the vehicle he uses was vandalized overnight. The official said that he parked the green Ford Taurus sedan at 5 p.m. When he returned in the morning for work there was a note from one of the employees that said they saw the damage at approximately 7 p.m. the night before.

Inside the vehicle on the driver's seat was a large rock that shattered the driver side window. Approximately 10 feet from the rear of the vehicle was a small rock laying in the parking lot and is thought to be the rock that caused the two chips in the rear driver side passenger window.

Police are asking the public for information that would lead to an arrest in the criminal damage.

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