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Halie Chavez

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What you need to know about Clarkdale and Jerome's election season

Candidate packets are currently available at the Clerk’s Office.

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Man sentenced in attempted luring of a minor

The oldest case on Judge Michael R. Bluff’s calendar was resolved on Jan. 8.

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Women's March comes to Sedona

Sedona, Northern Arizona take to the streets for 2nd Women’s March

January 20, 2017: More than 1,500 people marched in Sedona. Approximately 2,000 marched in Flagstaff and 1,200 in Prescott.

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Q&A: Ben Kramer reflects on first months on Clarkdale council

Ben Kramer was appointed to Clarkdale Town Council in September 2017.

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Man in molestation case sentenced to six months jail, five years probation; father receives $500 fine

“My actions were wrong. I understand there were two victims and I’m sorry,” Swank said. “I want to right my wrongs and fix anything I possibly can. I was young and wasn’t thinking about how my actions would affect those two girls … I really cannot believe I did those things.”

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The Jerome Book: La Victoria Studio curates a directory of residents

JEROME – If you don’t live in Jerome, you’ve likely never heard of The Jerome Book.

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Cottonwood’s Red Rock Pediatrics acquired by Phoenix Children’s Hospital

COTTONWOOD – Red Rock Pediatrics has announced a new partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Man pleads guilty to charges in Cornville/VOC molestation case

Gary “Jay” Leslie Zimmerman Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of attempt to lure a minor for sex, one count of child molestation, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Cottonwood holds first reading of proposed use tax ordinance

COTTONWOOD – There was minimal attendance for the Cottonwood City Council’s first reading of the Use Tax ordinance Tuesday.

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7 places to go for New Years’ Eve countdown

Looking for somewhere to celebrate at midnight without having to travel? Local bars have got you covered for the 31st.

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It’s all local, from harvesting materials to quality craftsmanship, at Jerome Lumber Company

In 1895, the Jerome Lumber Company referred to the saw mill located eight miles out of town. Now, the Jerome Lumber Company is what Mike Caruso calls his handmade furniture business.

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Man involved in Village of Oak Creek child porn case pleads guilty

CAMP VERDE – Richard Byard Sumner Jr., 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of exploitation of a minor related to the creation, possession and transportation of child pornography from May 2014 to March 2016.

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Tim McClellan tackles television show, new projects

‘Boomtown Builders’ begins filming in Yavapai County in February

JEROME -- When Tim McClellan looked down at his phone and saw that an entertainment company was calling him, he was suddenly more nervous than he expected to be.

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Man involved in Clarkdale burglary sentenced to 90 days

CAMP VERDE – Tyler Ray Sessler, one of three teens accused in a Clarkdale burglary, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of probation by Judge Michael R. Bluff Monday.

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4 things you need to know about Jerome’s new residential parking permits

Violations of the permit system can result in a $25 citation.

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Jerome fire responders honored by Town Council

JEROME – Waves of responders arrived on the scene of a fire that occurred on Verde Street in Jerome Nov. 29. The first, town crew employees who happened to be nearby.

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Manzanita Outreach delivers 'Oasis in a Food Desert'

Verde Village is a food desert, according to Mike Newcomb, the executive director of Manzanita Outreach.

Trial shortened in Cottonwood murder case

CAMP VERDE – Calvin Rashad Clark appeared in custody for a pretrial conference in Yavapai Superior Court on Monday. Clark faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts involving armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault in relation to a robbery-turned-murder in Cottonwood on Dec. 4, 2015.

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Man pleads guilty to attempted luring of a minor

CAMP VERDE – Craig David Boening, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty to attempted luring of a minor for sexual exploitation Monday at Yavapai Superior Court. He is currently out of custody.

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Cottonwood men sent to prison for Camp Verde burglary/arson

CAMP VERDE – Two of the men involved in a 2013 Camp Verde burglary-turned-arson were sentenced at Yavapai Superior Court on Monday.

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Trial date set for man allegedly involved in Clarkdale burglary

A trial date for Gary Devin Amaro-Godoy, 18, was set on Monday by Judge Michael R. Bluff at Yavapai Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Camp Verde man accepts plea deal in molestation case

Tristan Alan Horton, 21, pleaded guilty to three dangerous crimes against children on Monday at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Preserving the Verde River, one beer at a time

Sinagua Malt prepares for winter malting

A Camp Verde startup is utilizing Arizona’s love of beer to increase flows in the Verde River.

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Volunteers step up in absence of Camp Verde animal control officer

In the absence of an animal control officer, three volunteers are making all the difference for both the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and lost dogs.

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Trial date for man accused in Camp Verde homicide to be set in February

CAMP VERDE – A continuance was granted in Levi Douglas Jones’ three cases.

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Seth Collins case assigned to Prescott Judge Paupore

CAMP VERDE – Seth Lawrence Collins’ three cases will be reassigned to Judge Jeffrey Paupore in Division Pro Tem A in Prescott, according to Shelly Bacon, deputy court administrator at Yavapai Superior Court.

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Bar owner set for trial in aggravated assault case

CAMP VERDE – A trial date has been set for Michael Anderson, owner of the Cottonwood bar Bootleggers, for allegedly pulling a gun on two people in May.

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Programs push Camp Verde small businesses to new levels of success

CAMP VERDE – Ruby Road Resale Vendor Mall, both an antique and thrift store, has operated in Camp Verde for more than 12 years. Furniture, knick-knacks and clothing are abundant throughout the rooms. The store is selective when it comes to vendors that sell in the 8,000-square-foot space, ensuring that the variety of booths “fit in.”

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Homeless veteran becomes housed college student in 90 days, thanks Catholic Charities

Richard Berry was living out of his white Dodge Neon when he reached out to local non-profit Catholic Charities Veterans Services. Berry, 36, survived on income he received through disability for a knee injury.

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Collins SR 260 accident case assigned to new judge

CAMP VERDE – Prosecutor Patti Wortman told the court the State feels it’s right back where it was two years ago Wednesday when Seth Collins rejected a plea agreement with a stipulated 15- to 20-year prison term.

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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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3 reasons why Jerome Lights Up the Mountain is fun for kids

Jerome Lights Up the Mountain has been a tradition for years.

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Man accused in Rimrock homicide granted continuance to consider plea

The State has offered Hector “Alex” Alejandro Miranda, of Cottonwood, a plea offer in an October 2016 shooting that occurred in Rimrock.

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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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Verizon meets Jerome opposition to placement of two cell locations

Verizon Wireless will install two cell sites on Main Street in Jerome next year. State legislation,

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Jerome looks into selling 19.34 acres of Clarkdale land acquired nearly 100 years ago

JEROME -- Cemetery space in Jerome was a high priority in 1918 as the mountainside community joined the rest of the world in a life-and-death battle with the most deadly virus ever known to mankind -- the 1918 Spanish flu.

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Not over yet: Seth Collins accident case continues legal journey

CAMP VERDE -- During the sentencing hearing in Seth Collins’ three cases Monday afternoon, no sentencing occurred – instead, Judge Michael R. Bluff rejected a plea deal for the first time in his 10-year career at Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Q&A with: John A Tamiazzo, PhD: Verde Valley Humane Society’s new executive director

John A. Tamiazzo is the former executive director of the Sedona Community Center from 2012 to 2016, nearly five years.

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Camp Verde likely choice for motorized trail grant

Trail-loving Camp Verdeans have a lot to look forward to.

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Man who crossed SR 260 line injuring eight to be sentenced Monday

On Tuesday, Judge Michael R. Bluff denied Seth Collins’ Motion for Stay of Proceedings – a request to delay Monday’s sentencing hearing by 60 days.

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Entire Jerome police force served in U.S. military

t the Jerome Police Department, all eight officers are veterans of the United States Military.

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3 things you should know about Northern Arizona Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The Northern Arizona Coalition Against Human Trafficking is dedicated to informing the public on how to spot the signs leading up to trafficking, as well as the ways young people, often homeless youth or other children who are vulnerable, are pulled into the life of human trafficking.

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Veterans Day Q&A: Captain Doug Von Gausig, U.S. Air Force

Born in Safford, Arizona, Doug Von Gausig is the Mayor of Clarkdale and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot from 1971 to 1976.

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What counts as drug paraphernalia?

In Arizona, anything, if intent is proven

On any given weekly Yavapai County Superior Court docket, there are always at least a few local residents facing charges for possession or use of drugs – along with those, charges for drug paraphernalia.

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Swank accepts plea deal on sex-with-minor charges

CAMP VERDE -- Christian Alexander Swank, 19, Cottonwood, appeared out of custody in Yavapai Superior Court for a change of plea Monday.

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Man allegedly involved with 2013 arson case offered plea deal

Joshua Daniel Dawson appeared in Yavapai Superior court for a pretrial conference Monday.

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Man facing 16 charges for sex trafficking to receive new plea deal

William Lee Aundre Wilson, who is in custody for 16 felony charges related to sex trafficking, appeared at Yavapai Superior Court for a pretrial conference Monday.

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Man accused of stabbing roommate thanks judge for bereavement furlough

Levi Hart Phillips appeared in Yavapai Superior Court for a third case management conference Monday.

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Moving contaminated soil in Clarkdale

Freeport Mineral Corporation intends to replace the soil in several areas tested to have high concentration of metals.

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What’s new in Jerome?

Passion Cellars is in the process of moving to a new location on Main Street, complete with a new patio area.

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