Ash Fork man arrested
An Ash Fork man has been arrested following a shooting incident. Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies had responded to a report of shots fired at a Kaibab Estates West home in the Town of Ash Fork, located about 35 miles from Chino Valley. Deputies had contacted the residents and found that no one had been shot. Through the investigation, it has been learned 47 year old John Slater had driven to the victim’s home on May 7th to confront him about Slater’s estranged wife, who is staying at the home. Slater approached the front door armed with a handgun. The homeowner spoke briefly with the suspect before closing the door on him. Slater fired several shots outside the door. He then fired more shots before he drove off. A vehicle in the parking lot was struck by a bullet. Slater was located a short time later and arrested. He’s facing a criminal damage charge, 1 count of aggravated assault and 2 counts each of disorderly conduct with a weapon and felony endangerment.
Cottonwood bar owner arrested
A Cottonwood bar owner has been arrested for alleged aggravated assault. Last Tuesday 49 year old Michael Anderson, owner of Bootleggers Beer Club on Main Street got a ride home because he was impaired. The 2 victims reported to police Anderson pulled a gun on them during that ride. It has been discovered Anderson allegedly drank alcohol at his bar while he was working there, which is a criminal offense. Last Thursday night, Cottonwood Police and Department and Liquor Licenses and Control Detectives arrested Anderson. A search warrant has been served on his establishment. He’s facing 2 counts of aggravated assault involving a deadly weapon.
I-17 delays and closures
Watch for delays on Highway 260 and I-17 this week. ADOT crews are applying surface sealant to a 14 mile segment of Highway 260 near Camp Verde. The roadway is reduced to 1 lane with a pilot car alternating traffic through the work zone. Work is scheduled to occur today through Thursday during daylight hours. Also in the Camp Verde area, there will be 4 temporary closures on I-17. North and southbound traffic on I-17 4 miles from the Highway 260 junction will be stopped while utility crews work to repair overhead power lines and poles. The 15 minute closures are expected to occur between 8:30 am and 6 pm today.