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Bill's Daily Roundup: 4th of July Info, Arson Arrest, More

Bill brings the info about 4th of July activities around town; an arson arrest, and some cookout warnings.

billphippenEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus will be closed for the Independence Day holiday weekend. All campus administrative offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration and the Business Office will be closed today through Monday. The flight line will be closed on Saturday only, and there are no regular classes scheduled for today and tomorrow. Library and Learning Center hours on Sunday will be 3 to 7.

On Independence Day at 1 at the Phippen Museum, the sons of George Phippen will share memories of their father. The family will tell stories and anecdotes about George and his life and career, as part of the museum's Remembering George exhibit. This lecture is also being presented as part of the museum's ongoing 25th anniversary celebration. Admission to the lecture is free with paid museum admission.

Those who plan on having a cookout this holiday weekend should pay attention to the labels on beef products. The recall on beef processed by JBS Swift Company in Colorado has recently been expanded to include 20 states, including Arizona. The 380 thousand pounds of beef has been recalled due to the possibility of e coli contamination. Locally, Fry's stores carry Kroeger brand beef, which is one of the brands associated with the recall. Fry's has removed all beef products from their shelves and is working to notify customers who may have purchased the products. Kroger ground beef sold in sealed tubes in 1, 3 or 5 pound packages and frozen beef patties are not included in the recall. Beef with sell by dates between May 21st and July 3rd are involved.

A Prescott resident has been arrested for alleged arson. Prescott Police investigation revealed 30 year old Aaron Acevedo was released Tuesday from jail after receiving 3 years probation following a June 21st incident. According to Acevedo, he was not to drink alcohol as a condition of his release. He ended up drinking that night with a female acquaintance who lived with her grandfather at a Knoll Drive residence. Sometime during the night, Acevedo got into a verbal argument with his friend, became upset and locked himself in a bathroom. He later started a fire on the carpet of the front room of the house just prior to police arrival.

Acevedo was immediately taken into custody by arriving officers, who then extinguished the fire before it spread throughout the house. The suspect faces charges of felony arson of an occupied structure, endangerment and criminal damage.

A Prescott woman has been sentenced to prison for theft from a senior citizen. 49 year old Carrie Williams Thompson, who portrayed Kooki the Clown at fairs and city events, was sentenced to 2 and a half years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, for crimes stemming from her financial exploitation of an elderly Prescott woman. Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Ralph Hess also ordered Thompson be placed on 7 years probation upon her release from prison. Thompson befriended the 91 year old victim and used her money to purchase for herself 2 homes, numerous vehicles, a 5th wheel trailer and other items totaling 450 thousand dollars.

Drivers heading out on state highways over the Independence Day weekend will not encounter construction closures. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports no closures are scheduled on any highways, including Phoenix area freeways, from tomorrow through Monday morning. ADOT is asking drivers to use caution in existing highway work zones, and that drivers be prepared in the event of any unscheduled highway restrictions over the holiday weekend. Spokesman Doug Nintzel is offering some safety tips before and during any road trips this summer:

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Area road projects that will be suspended for the holiday include the highway 89 widening project in Chino Valley, the highways 89 and 69 interchange project in Prescott and paving of the new Cherry Road in the Verde Valley.

The Taxpayer Protection Committee is scheduled to file petition signatures at 2:45 this afternoon. The Committee is bringing to Prescott City Hall more than a sufficient number of valid signatures to place the Taxpayer Protection Initiative on the November ballot. Committee Chairman Brad DeVries explains if approved, any City project over 40 million dollars would require a vote by Prescott citizens:

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The Committee was told last month they would need 25 percent of signatures, rather than 15 percent. City Council voted to honor the original percentage of the number of votes cast in the last Council election.


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