Sex offender faces new charges
A high level sex offender who left Yavapai County despite being on probation is in the Camp Verde Jail. 35 year Cottonwood resident Kai Keller either didn’t charge his GPS unit or cut it off prior to disappearing in May. Keller is required to register as a sex offender for a conviction of sexual exploitation of a minor, luring of a minor and sexual conduct with a minor. He was featured on Day 12 of this month’s Catch-22 wanted fugitive program. Keller was apprehended in Oregon and returned to Yavapai County last week. He will face local charges for leaving the area and violating his probation. In addition, Keller may be facing federal charges stemming from attempted luring of a minor online while he was in Oregon. The Department of Homeland Security is handling that investigation.
Verde Valley election forum this week.
Verde Valley voters can hear from candidates running in City and Town Council elections. The League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley will continue its series of City and Town Council candidate forums this week. Voters in Clarkdale can hear from Town Council candidates at 6:30 tonight at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on 1st South Street. Tomorrow night at 6, a Camp Verde Mayoral and Council forum will be held at the Community Library on Black Bridge Road. A Cottonwood City Council forum starts at 6:30 Wednesday night at the City’s Rec Center on South 6th Street. The only forum that won’t feature candidates is at 5:30 Thursday night and will focus on the City of Sedona’s Home Rule Option. That forum will be held in the Yavapai College Sedona Center on Arts Village Drive. The League of Women Voters held a Sedona City Council candidate forum 1 week ago and it had attendance from nearly 150 people. Forums were also held for Sedona Mayoral and Jerome Town Council candidates. The Primary Election is August 28th.
Primary Care Clinic to open in August
The opening of Chino Valley’s new Primary Care Clinic is just a few weeks away. Yavapai Regional Medical Center officials have announced Physician Care Primary Care is scheduled to open on Monday, August 13th. During a recent appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 95.5 and 99.9 FM, Dr. Boyd Murayama explained there’s already a Physician Care facility in Chino Valley, but it will be closing on the same day the new clinic opens. Mariana says the new location is also on Highway 89. Mariana adds the physicians are moving as well. Mariana explains the practice will be expanding its staff. The physicians who currently treat patients at the current Primary Care Clinic will continue to do so at the new facility. Two more doctors will join the practice on August 13th and another will follow 1 week later.
The new clinic will be at 474 N. Hwy. 89, Chino Valley.