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Bill's Newscast: Suicide of Elderly Gentleman in Cottonwood

07 February 2019  

Suicide in Cottonwood Police Lobby

Cottonwood Police have unanswered questions after an elderly man enters the Police Department facility and fatally shoots himself in the head.  

The incident occurred at 1:45 Tuesday afternoon. Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says it’s not known why Wingfield did this. Kuhlt adds officers went to his home, but there was no one there. Kuhlt explains this is something she will remember for a long time. The incident is under investigation.  The Police Department lobby was closed for the rest of the day yesterday but the Police and Fire Departments were still running. 

A Cottonwood woman has been arrested after she allegedly stole over $7000 from Maverik Country Store.   

Thirty-two year old Alexandria Lievanos was arrested last Tuesday for fraudulent schemes and theft. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says management found evidence of the thefts at the store, located on Highway 89A. Once the thefts were discovered, Lievanos was fired.  She admitted to the thefts to Cottonwood Police investigators and was booked into the Camp Verde Jail.  The reason she gave for her actions was she needed money for her family.  

The City of Cottonwood’s Fire and Medical Department is keeping its existing classification in regards to firefighting efforts.  

City officials say they recently underwent a ublic protection classification review by the insurance services office incorporated.  The office analyzed the structural fire suppression delivery system, which has resulted in the city maintaining a class two rating.   This rating has been in place since 2014 and is a significant improvement of the Class 4 rating it had since 2001.  This places the city within the top 4 percent of Public Protection Classifications within the entire nation.   Factoring into the Class 2 rating is improvement of the water distribution system since the city acquired it nearly 15 years ago.  Improvements include upgrading and installation of over 150 new fire hydrants, over 1 million gallons of additional water storage capability and the installation of miles of increased water lines.   

Sedona Fire District officials aren’t expecting major flooding from the winter storm hitting the area.   

With this new storm bringing only a half inch to an inch of rain, Fire Chief Jayson Coil isn’t expecting anything catastrophic. Coil explains they aren’t worried about flooding from melting snow. Coil adds firefighters will be on the lookout for any dangerous rain accumulations.  

With wet weather hitting the area, ADOT is offering some tips for driving in winter storms.  

Inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary.  Keep your gas tank at least three-quarters full.  Drive at slower speeds and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.  Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash.  Even if it doesn’t look deep, just a few inches of running water poses a serious risk.  Also, don’t drive around road closed signs.  Never pass a snowplow.  Always stay at least 4 vehicle lengths back as plowed snow can create a cloud that reduces visibility.  If you can’t see the snowplow driver, there’s a good chance he can’t see you.  

If delaying travel isn’t possible, expect the unexpected by packing an emergency kit that contains extra blankets, warm clothes, food and water, a fully charged cell phone and a first aid kit.  

Bradshaw Mountain High School students could have some new courses to choose from next year.  

The Humboldt Unified School District Board is considering Spanish, Cybersecurity Principles and Guitar 2 courses starting with the 2019-2020 school year.  These are 1 year classes worth 1 credit each.  District officials are looking to introduce these classes as a way to raise student achievement.  

PUSD looks at travel request

The Prescott Unified School District Board considered a travel request to Los Angeles from April 11th through the 13th. 

A cell tower proposal has been pulled even before it had a chance to be considered by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.  

The item for the Supervisor Board meeting in Cottonwood involved a wireless use permit to allow a 67 foot tall co-locatable pine tree tower with supporting equipment.  It would have been located on a 46 and a half acre parcel on North Williamson Valley Road in Prescott.  Yavapai County officials say due in part to the fact there has been substantial interest in the location of this cell tower project, including several letters in opposition to and petitions in support of this project, the coordinators have decided to postpone the hearing for 1 month so they can look at alternative locations for the antenna.  It’s scheduled to be up for consideration by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors March  6th.  Another cell tower was before the board last month.  Approval was given to an 80 foot tall co-locatable broadleaf tree on Highway 89A outside of Sedona.  



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