Prescott City Council considers false alarm fees
The Prescott City Council will get an update on false alarm fee adjustments at 1 tomorrow afternoon. According to Police Chief Jerald Monahan, the False Alarm Ordinance was adopted in 2011 and updates were made 2 years later. This measure requires each alarm user to obtain a 10 dollar permit. Police have encountered difficulties in enforcing registration. In addition, the current fee schedule doesn’t differentiate between registered and non-registered alarm users. Police are recommending alarm prevention training for users who receive a first time violation. This training, which is an alternative to a fine, could be offered on-line or in person. The Prescott City Council’s Study Session will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Vanessa Hudgens fined $1K
A carving in Sedona’s red rock has cost actress Vanessa Hudgens $1,000 in restitution. Hudgens, best known for her role as Gabriella Montez in “High School Musical,” posted a pic of the carving bearing the names “Vanessa” and “Austin” on her Instagram page around Valentine’s Day. Hudgens’ Instagram followers notified the media and authorities got involved. She later admitted to using a rock to scratch her name and the name of her boyfriend, Austin Butler inside a heart and gave authorities information on where to find it. The $1,000 payment resolves a citation issued to the actress on a misdemeanor count of damaging a natural feature on U.S. Forest Service land. The money was used by a volunteer group called Friends of the Forest to restore the rock wall, either by sanding or scrubbing it.
Money for Yavapai County Libraries
Yavapai County libraries will get a piece of more than $80,000 in grant money. The Prescott Valley Public Library is receiving just over $9100 for digital literacy training and $13,000 for the Peak Experience Business Hub. Over in the Verde Valley, the Camp Verde Community Library is getting over $20,000 to expand its services to the Spanish speaking community through early literacy, the Cottonwood Public Library’s $5500 in funding will be used for its non-fiction Beginning Books project and the Sedona Public Library will use its almost $14,000 for its self-service scanning, faxing and printing. The Yavapai County Free Library District will use its more than $33,000 for the Opening Day collection for the Paulden Public Library. The community’s first library is scheduled to open in September.
A 100 mile high speed chase involving a tractor trailer rig near Ash Fork ends in gunfire and only minor injuries
At about 8:30 yesterday morning, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers responded to reports of a tractor trailer that was driving at 90 miles per hour and passing vehicles recklessly on the shoulder. DPS spokesman Damon Cecil explains the driver led troopers on a high speed chase through 2 states. Yavapai and Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies also tried to stop the commercial vehicle. Near Ash Fork, the driver abandoned the rig and fled on foot. Cecil says the man didn’t get far. The suspect, a man in his late 30’s who hasn’t been identified, was taken to Flagstaff for treatment of his dog bite. Drug intoxication and possible suicide by cop are factors in this incident, which is still under investigation.