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Shepard sentenced to 3 years probation

Devon Lee Shepard was sentenced Monday to three years of probation by Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Masseur accused of sexual abuse appears for hearing out of custody

Aaron Frank Orrico appeared out of custody for a case management hearing Monday before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Woman who allegedly shook baby enters innocent plea

Khadija Greer-Simkins entered an innocent plea Monday during her arraignment before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Free to ride – without a helmet

Zero votes support helmet requirement proposal

Arizona motorcyclists remain free to ride with the wind in their hair, the sun burning their scalp -- and the chance of a head injury.

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‘One Person One Night’ gives shelter in freezing cold

It’s the support of the community that really makes this possible’

One Person One Night is a program that provides a warm nighttime place for the community’s homeless when the temperature drops below 38 degrees.

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Man accused of assaulting elderly RV park owner gets reassigned to different court

Timothy Bryon Estling’s cases were reassigned to another Division during his Monday court hearing before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Man accused of sexual exploitation to be back in court in April

Edward Bernard Maloney III appeared out of custody Monday before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde for a pretrial conference and possible change of plea.

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Man accused of threatening police with ax appears for pretrial conference

Shawn Patrick Kyle appeared for a pretrial conference and possible change of plea Monday before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Court Docket: Jan. 20, 2017

Judge Bill Lundy of the Verde Valley Justice Court issued the following felony complaints:

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Defense attorney who inherited Hodgson case asks for one more week to prepare

Jonathan Ryan Hodgson was scheduled for a pretrial conference and possible change of plea Monday before Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Local student perfect in WordMasters Challenge

A student representing Mountain View Preparatory School recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™ -- a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

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Bobcat incident reminder of what not to do with wildlife

SEDONA -- A bobcat attacked four people in separate incidents in the Sedona area this past week, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reported. The attacks occurred about 2.5 miles from each other.

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Winter storm warning for Northern Arizona

A series of winter storms are approaching northern Arizona over the next few days, starting Thursday afternoon, primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a few days.

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Theft investigation leads to arrest of 3 people; 2 for manufacture of butane hash oil

VERDE VILLAGE – What began as a theft investigation in Cornville has led to the arrest of three people in Verde Village, two for the alleged manufacture of an oil-based form of marijuana known as butane hash oil.

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Energy conservation on Camp Verde council agenda

Wednesday, Camp Verde Town Council could approve a contract with Wendel Energy Services, LLC to perform an investment grade audit of the Town’s buildings, parks and wastewater treatment facilities to determine the potential for energy conservation project feasibilities, which includes options, as well as estimated costs and probable payback periods for future projects.

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Drone offers bird’s eye view of Verde Valley rescue operations

New technology used to find lost hikers, aid river rescues, track path of wildfires

The Sedona Fire Department’s newest member may not wear a cape, but does fly, helps rescue people and can leap over tall buildings.

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Rep Campbell proposes 10-cent hike in state gas tax

PHOENIX -- The new head of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wants a dime a gallon increase in the state gasoline tax.

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Despite closure of Arizona Technical College, VACTE plans to expand centralized programs

COTTONWOOD – In the short term, the recent closure of Cottonwood’s Arizona Technical College will affect expansion of some centralized programs by Valley Academy for Career and Technology and Education.

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Arizona’s emergency rooms have treated thousands of addicts hooked on opioids

Opioid abuse in Arizona

PHOENIX – They arrive day and night through the automatic sliding doors of Arizona’s emergency rooms – thousands of patients overdosing on everything from oxycodone to hydrocodone, fentanyl to heroin. Every year, their numbers grow larger, their addiction more dangerous.

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Pill Push: How pharmaceutical companies helped create the opioid epidemic

PHOENIX – Dr. Janice Johnston said there’s one thing physicians have always been taught: “Treat the pain. Treat the pain. Treat the pain.”

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Man, tased, arrested after alleged attempted aggravated assault on police officer

A Cottonwood man was arrested Monday for alleged attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and several other charges following a disturbance on Old Town.

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Rabid bobcat put down after attacking four people in Sedona

SEDONA – A bobcat attacked four people in separate incidents in the Sedona area on Thursday, Jan. 12, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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*Update* - Juvenile crime spree nets enough cash for two cheeseburgers and candy

Numerous slashed tires, several counts of burglary, possibly thousands of dollars in damage

An early Sunday morning juvenile crime spree resulted in burglaries at the Verde Lea Market and numerous vehicles, 28 cars with slashed tires, theft of a dirt bike, and $11 of stolen cash that was used to buy two cheeseburgers.

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Officials try to stop fake prescriptions, but addicts remain persistent

Opioid abuse in Arizona

In an unrelenting quest for painkillers, Arizona pill seekers embark on almost daily missions to obtain fake or stolen prescriptions and shop their pain among doctors. Sometimes, pharmacists report, patients try to get “multiple, multiple narcotic” prescriptions from “multiple, multiple doctors.”

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Suspects impersonate Sheriff’s Office personnel to con citizens out of money

COTTONWOOD – Citizens of Yavapai County continue to be targeted by scammers who impersonate Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

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