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Williams appointed as County Development Services Director

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed David C. Williams as the new Yavapai County Development Services Director, effective immediately.

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County courts slowly make digital transition

One of state’s oldest institutions finally enters 21st century

As of Friday, Dec. 1, attorneys are now required to electronically file all documents for civil cases when filing into the Yavapai County Superior Court and Mohave County Superior Court.

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Newspaper owner poisoned with potentially lethal toxins

Medical experts urge police investigation

The co-owner of The Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle was poisoned with what could have been lethal doses of thallium and other chemicals, according to leading toxicology and medical experts.

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5 questions regarding 5th Day Programs at schools

As it observes a Monday through Thursday schedule, the Camp Verde Unified School District has a unique opportunity to provide additional – yet optional – education programs on Fridays.

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ATV rollover injures 7 family members

An ATV rollover injured four adults and three children Saturday near Cordes Lakes.

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Gun sought after PVPD chief leaves service weapon in library restroom

$500 reward offered for return of missing gun

Prescott Valley Police Chief Bryan Jarrell lost his service weapon, apparently leaving it in a public restroom over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, before he realized it was missing and reported it.

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Recent K9 investigations lead to drug busts

A Phoenix man was arrested near Cordes Lakes Oct. 31 after a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy reported finding marijuana, Oxycodone, and Fentanyl in the suspect’s car.

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Missing Clarkdale man located

Clarkdale Police responded to the Haskell Springs area for a missing man report on 82-year-old David Lehmann around 7:40 a.m. Saturday.

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Clarkdale burglary cases move forward

Gary Devin Amaro-Godoy and Tyler Ray Sessler, both 18, appeared in court out of custody before Judge Michael R. Bluff on Monday.

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Prescott sex trafficking cases to be consolidated

Charles Ray’shon Buffington and William Lee Aundre Wilson appeared in Yavapai Superior Court on Monday, both in custody.

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Deal made for fewer homes at Deep Well Ranch

Agreement touches on maximum homes, street construction, open space

Under a development agreement drafted between the City of Prescott and Deep Well Ranch developers, a maximum of 8,000 homes would be allowed on the 1,800-acre property — “until such time as” an alternative water source is acquired.

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Lynn Whitman selected as new Yavapai County Flood Control District director

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors have selected Lynn Whitman as the new Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, effective Feb. 1, 2018. Whitman will replace the current Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, Dan Cherry as he takes over the Public Works Department.

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office warns of virtual kidnapping scam

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded recently to a potential kidnapping that turned out to be a scam attempt.

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YC Promise program to cover cost of tuition and fees for 2016-17 GED students transitioning to Yavapai College

The Yavapai College District Governing Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Rock House on the Prescott campus.

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Dan Cherry named new public works director for Yavapai County

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Cherry as the new Public Works Department Director effective February 1, 2018.

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New study: Groundwater pumping will drain Upper Verde River

Local groundwater pumping to support sprawling development in Prescott and Prescott Valley, including a proposed $400 million pipeline, will dramatically and permanently reduce the upper Verde River flow, according to a new study conducted for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Suspect led police to body believed to be missing teacher

PHOENIX (AP) — A convicted felon gave investigators details that helped lead them to a body believed to be that of a missing teacher from suburban Phoenix, authorities said Tuesday.

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Extending jail tax will go to voters

Existing quarter-cent used to operate jail will sunset in 2020

The quarter-cent sales tax that provides 48 percent of the operating revenue for the Yavapai County Jail District is set to expire in 2020. In its Oct. 4 meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place an extension of the existing tax on the March ballot for county residents to decide.

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Chino Valley teens named as plane crash victims

Plane had been missing for more than 24 hours

Two Chino Valley teens died after a small plane crashed near Paulden.

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DUIs with drugs becoming much more common

Arizona DUI arrests hit 26,060 last year, 4,817 of which were impairment by drugs

A report released earlier this year said that the number of fatal crashes nationwide in which drug-impairment was a factor surpassed fatal collisions involving alcohol in 2015.

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Yavapai Co. superintendent, state board president hailed as educator above all else

Verde Valley school leaders celebrate Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter’s leadership role as president of the state Board of Education because they know he gets it — education is too important to spend all the time quarreling and no time finding solutions.

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Yavapai County courts work to protect LGBT youth

Yavapai County Superior Court judge Anna Young remembers inadvertently referring to a youth in her courtroom by the wrong title.

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Sedona Culinary Institute has Grand Reopening

Yavapai College held a grand reopening ceremony of the Sedona Center on Sept. 12. It was announced that the name of the new school would be the Sedona Culinary Institute.

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Man under influence of LSD found naked in Prescott victim’s home

18-year-old faces drug, trespassing, DUI charges

A Prescott man was arrested Sept. 3 after Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies found him naked and under the influence of LSD in a victim’s bedroom.

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County suicide rate ‘alarming,’ leads state

Resources to help are available

Yavapai County’s suicide rate has been trending upward since 2010, and — by one statistical measurement, suicides per 100,000 people — the county leads the entire state.