Today: Jul 05 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Budgets, Lunches, Roadwork & Murder

Budgets, Lunches & Murder are in today’s report. 

County Attorney Sheila Polk seeks a budget adjustment.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 Wednesday morning to consider budget items.  County Attorney Sheila Polk is requesting a budget adjustment that would allow reclassifications of 15 attorney positions during the next fiscal year.  According to Polk, the complexity of work in both the civil and criminal divisions of her office requires Deputy County Attorneys with a high level of knowledge, abilities and experience.  The requested reclassifications will better balance the ratio between inexperienced and experienced positions.  The Board could also take action on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The meeting will be held at the County Administrative Services building on Fair Street in Prescott.  

Cottonwood apartment fire.

No injuries following a Cottonwood apartment fire, but plenty of evacuations.  Cottonwood Police officers responded to the Courtside Apartment Complex on 6th Street just before 9 Friday night.  According to reports by witnesses on scene, the fire started on the balcony area of an apartment on the 4th floor.  Officers began evacuating the 8 apartments located in that building.  They were able to get all residents accounted for and out of the complex safely.  Only one person reported a minor injury, a scratch to her arm as she left the building.  It was later learned all pets were accounted for as well.  During the evacuations the fire had spread through to the roof and several of the apartments sustained heavy damage as a result.   Cottonwood firefighters were able to put out the blaze and prevented it from spreading to other buildings in the complex.  However, they did suffer smoke and water damage.  The exact cause of the fire isn’t known, but it’s not believed to have been caused intentionally.   

Free Meals during summer

Free meals are being offered to kids 18 and under this summer.  The Chino Valley Unified School District is offering meals at the Territorial Early Childhood Center on Mahan Lane.   During a live appearance on yesterday’s Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM, 99.9 and 95.5 FM, spokesman Ben Montgomery explained how kids can participate. Chino Valley Unified School District Superintendent John Scholl says this program is nothing new. In the Prescott Unified School District, breakfast will be served from 7 to 8 Monday through Thursday mornings, followed by lunch from 10:45 to 11:30.  Adult meals are 2 dollars.  Breakfast and lunch will be served at Abia Judd Elementary School on Williamson Valley Road through June 21st. 

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Pedestrian dies after being hit by SUV.

A man who was hit by an SUV while crossing the street has died.  The accident occurred at around 8:30 Thursday night at the crosswalk of East Cherry Street at Main Street in Cottonwood.  The light conditions were dark and the driver told police they didn’t see the pedestrian enter the crosswalk.  The pedestrian beacon wasn’t lit when the collision happened.  It was checked at the scene and was functioning properly.  Officers were later told by witnesses the beacon wasn’t activated before the man entered the crosswalk.  Emergency personnel responded and started treatment for the victim.  He was taken by ambulance to the Verde Valley Medical Center, where he died due to his injuries. Officers conducted an investigation on the SUV driver and didn’t find any criminal offenses.  At this time, the investigation into the collision is ongoing.  

Prescott Valley man arrested for terrorist threats.

A Prescott Valley man has been arrested after he allegedly made terrorist threats.  One week ago, the Saint John’s, Arizona Police Department received reports from concerned citizens regarding threatening posts being made on several yard sale groups on Facebook.  An investigation into the posts was initiated which has led to the arrest of 33 year old Christopher Wells.  Police Detective Tyrell Bond was assigned to the investigation of the posts, which discussed bomb making and possible violence to citizens in St. Johns.  After Wells had been identified as the person responsible for making the alleged postings, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit conducted surveillance on Wells’ residence.  He was taken into custody and booked into the Camp Verde Jail without incident.  Wells is currently being held on a 100 thousand dollar bond and he’s awaiting extradition to Apache County for a felony count of making terrorist threats.  

Virginia Street & Dexter Neighborhood road projects

Work is getting underway on improvements to Virginia Street and in the Dexter neighborhood.  City of Prescott Program Development Manager Steven Orosz explains a section of Virginia Street has had multiple water line repairs causing the existing asphalt and curb and gutter to be in a failed condition. The existing roadway will be milled and paved to reestablish the driving surface.  There will also be minimal repairs to pavement damaged by 1 of the water main breaks.  Sunland Incorporated Asphalt and Sealcoating has been awarded the more than 152 thousand dollar contract for this improvement project, which starts this week and is scheduled to be completed by mid-July.  Orosz says a small water mains replacement project in the Dexter neighborhood is set to start next week. The Capital Improvements Company is doing the work on this more than 696 thousand dollar project, which is scheduled for completion in mid-August.  

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Robbery gone wrong leads to murder in Mexico

An attempted robbery gone wrong is believed to have led to the fatal shooting of a retired Prescott couple in Mexico.  

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 69 year old Jo Anne Butler and 72 year old Ray Ball were killed Saturday in their Bahia De Los Angeles home, located less than 400 miles from the U.S. border on the Gulf of California.  Neighbors told the newspaper they believed the couple was killed over a dispute involving a 22 foot long fishing boat on the property.  One neighbor said they heard gunfire at around midnight and saw an SUV pulling a boat towards the water.  However, the thieves were unable to move it.  Former off-road racing champion Roger Mears is another neighbor who discovered the couple’s bodies.  Authorities say Ball had 18 gunshot wounds and Butler had 2 in her legs.  The shootings remain under investigation but friends and neighbors say it appears Ball had heard a noise and went to check with a baseball bat in his hand.  He was apparently shot as he opened the back door.  

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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