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YCSO seeks to identify skeletal remains found in remote area

On March 8, 2015, skeletal remains were located in a remote part of Yavapai County near Juniper Woods Ranch between Ash Fork and Drake.

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Cities, towns face jail costs, property taxes may increase, if county voters don’t extend jail sales tax

It would mean a dramatic loss of millions of dollars if voters do not approve extending the 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax that helps pay to operate the existing Yavapai County jail in the Verde Valley.

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One woman dies after 13-vehicle collision on I-17

‘Weather played significant role’

A 58-year-old Flagstaff woman died after a 13-vehicle collision on Interstate 17 near Stoneman Lake Monday afternoon.

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Sheriff’s ‘Reach Out’ program gets $224,290 boost thanks to efforts by county attorney

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher has secured vital funding support from Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for REACH OUT to help the program launch as soon as possible.

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Annual statistical review shows 403 investigations, 220 arrests by PANT

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking is a multi-agency task force charged with drug enforcement in Yavapai County and seeks the arrest and prosecution of suspects who violate drug laws.

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Sheriff’s office expanding post-arrest diversion program

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking $1.5 million from the state to expand a post-arrest reentry program that is already underway at the county’s jail in Camp Verde.

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Yavapai County decriminalizing mental illness

Sheriff: ‘This is the right thing to do for Yavapai County and our communities’

Wherever he went, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher kept hearing the same question again and again from concerned citizens: what does one do if an individual with an apparent mental-health issue is being disorderly, trespassing or doing something else that could be considered illegal?

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Wages in Arizona not keeping pace with nation

Yavapai County in bottom third of state

Increases in wages for Arizona workers are not keeping pace with the rest of the country.

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Sheriff’s Office sting nets two who sought underage girls for sex

One suspect had offered a puppy as payment

Jan. 27 through 28, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office again conducted an operation in conjunction with several Prescott-area law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking/prostitution in Yavapai County.

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Criminal Justice Commission announces new leadership

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk elected as new chairperson

On Jan. 26, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) announced that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk was elected as the Commission’s new Chairperson and Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman was elected as Vice-Chairperson at the Commission’s January meeting.

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High-speed pursuit involving stolen Cottonwood car ends in Munds Park

Flagstaff SWAT team arrests suspect barricaded in shed

A high-speed Intersate-17 chase involving a stolen Cottonwood car ended in Munds Park Tuesday afternoon after the suspect barricaded himself inside a storage shed.

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Loss of revenue from federal programs costs county $5.3M

Supervisors begin working on next year’s budget

The loss of two federal program revenues comes as no surprise to Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, but a combined $5.3 million is a hit to the $227.9 county million budget.

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Road closure notification for 7th St., Mingus Ave. Jan. 22

Motorists traveling on 7th Street between Aspen Street and Mingus Avenue can expect a road closure of 7th Street at the intersection of Mingus Avenue.

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Jury scam suspect takes another victim, calls continue throughout County

Suspects invoke the names of police officers, county attorneys, local judge

In late December, a 42-year-old Prescott man contacted the Sheriff’s Office to reported losing money in the jury warrant scam.

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BOS to hold meetings about renewing ¼-cent sales tax

During the months of January and February, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be holding meetings with organizations all across Yavapai County to discuss and answer questions about the ballot issue coming to a vote in March of this year.

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Jail District Election could move to May 15

The date of the all mail-in Special Election for the Yavapai County Jail District Sales Tax Extension could be moved to May 15 if the Board of Supervisors approve the change this Friday.

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Peeples Valley suspect reports she killed husband

Woman remains at Camp Verde Detention Center with first-degree murder charge

Katherine Herbert went to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Prescott on Tuesday and reported she had shot and killed her husband, 58-year-old James Herbert.

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Arizona’s national monuments spared, for now

Not everyone is pleased with Zinke/Trump decisions

Four national monuments in Arizona under review for elimination or boundary changes by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did not make the recommended list to President Donald Trump.

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Sheriff’s Office searches for Black Canyon City armed robbery suspect

Around 1:35 p.m. Wednesday, an armed robbery occurred at the 76 Service Station, located 35769 Old Black Canyon Highway, Rock Springs, in Black Canyon City.

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Deputy rescues owl trapped in barbed-wire fence

A Great Horned Owl that was trapped in a barbed wire fence in the Ash Fork area was released Dec. 8 after months of rehabilitation.

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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.