It may be October, but in the Chino Valley Unified School District, it’s Socktober.
Laurie Marley, the District’s Family Resource Specialist says since the start of the school year on August 6th, she has given out more than 350 pairs of socks to needy students. Because so many socks are needed, Marley is collecting new socks of any size this month. Donations are being accepted at Town Hall, where a gray Socktober bin is set up. Several area churches are also participating. Marley adds there are almost 300 homeless children in the Chino Valley Unified School District’s 4 schools. There’s no local school funding for the Homeless Program, it relies solely on donations.
A Cottonwood man who was arrested last week is facing new charges.
Twenty-nine year old Seth Backus was arrested September 30th after Cottonwood Police responded to threats in the North 11th Street area. According to Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, Backus already had felony warrants out of Gila County and a misdemeanor warrant out of Camp Verde so officers were looking for him. Backus was seen by officers so he tossed the black canvas bag he had been carrying and ran off. He was apprehended and the case was retrieved. It contained a rifle with scopes but Backus claimed he didn’t know anything about it. The rifle didn’t come back as stolen, but last Friday, Cottonwood Police received a report of a home burglary. In that incident, a gun was stolen. Kuhlt adds the rifle Backus had is the same one that was taken in the burglary. He has now been charged with burglary and theft of a firearm. Backus is currently in custody on being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, as well as the warrants.
The Prescott City Council met at 3 this afternoon to consider an extension to a lease agreement with Cingular Wireless.
According to City Manager Michael Lamar, Cingular has leased space at the Indian Hill tank site facility since July 2000. The original lease was amended in 2009, due to the city reconstructing the site, which required a 60 foot monopole and ground equipment. This amendment had a term of 10 years with an annual rent of nearly $15,000. Cingular wants to extend the lease again to allow a more advanced system at the site in the Hassayampa Country Club area. The extension goes into effect next July 1st with City Council approval. The Council meeting was held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.