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A packed house of scholarship seekers participated in the third annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with Yavapai College, brought together 17 scholarship providers. Students from American Heritage Academy, Camp Verde High School, Mingus Union High School, Sedona Red Rock High School, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education, Verde Valley School and Yavapai College attended.

Cottonwood police are looking for a suspect in an alleged stabbing on Friday, Dec. 8. 
Benjamin Fabian Pita is a 23-year-old Native American man, described as 6 feet tall, weighing 165 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos. Pita was last seen wearing a black-and-yellow shirt.

Pita is currently on supervised federal parole and the FBI has been notified of probable cause exists to arrest Pita, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

A 22-month-old Cottonwood boy has died after a from a third-story window.

Cottonwood Police, Fire & Ambulance personnel responded Friday, Oct. 27, to the 1700 block of East Elm Street during the early evening for a report of a toddler who fell from a window on the third floor.

Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin placed Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave Monday, Oct. 23.

According to Martin, in Camp Verde there are two types of administrative leave: Suspension for actions taken and suspension due to pending investigation.

"[The latter] is the case here," Martin said, adding that the town would be investigating the reasons for Gardner's forced leave to "clear the air" and to avoid the perception that the town's top law enforcement official was not receiving "special privileges."

The town of Mayer, located 24 miles west-southwest of Camp Verde, was evacuated late yesterday and closed State Route 69 between Interstate 17 and Prescott. Drivers heading to Prescott from the Verde Valley can still reach Prescott via State Route 169 through Dewey-Humboldt.

An armed robbery at the Chevron Station at 1204 State Route 260 in Cottonwood has resulted in the arrest of three individuals, two of whom were later charged for the robbery.

"At about 10:30 pm on Wednesday, May 24, [the Chevron] was robbed at gunpoint by a male suspect," Cottonwood Police Department stated via press release, later identifying the man as Paul Wilson, 27, of Flagstaff. Approximately $500 was stolen from the store. There were no injuries to anyone inside the business.


The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a series of Public Comment Meetings regarding the settlement in the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) rate case.


The agreement includes a rate hike of $6 per month for the average customer instead of the $11 it was originally seeking.

Arizona Corporation CommissionAPS filed its rate case in June. Thirty of the 40 parties, including Corporation Commission Staff and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) agreed to the settlement terms .The agreement still requires a vote by the Commissioners.

A vote will take place after public comment hearings and hearings before an Administrative Law Judge allowing stakeholders and interveners to weigh in on the settlement terms.

The next Public Comment Hearing will take place Wednesday, March 29, in Clarkdale, at Yavapai College's Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, in Clarkdale, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although the Arizona Corporation Commission stated future meetings would be posted on the website at www.azcc.gov under Open Meeting Calendar and Agendas, this meeting has not yet been noticed.

The public can file comments on line at www.azcc.gov and clicking Utilities Division. You can read the entire settlement agreement by going to eDocket and entering docket number E-01345A-16-0036 or you can CLICK HERE.

A police officer was shot in the leg, two suspects were shot and one suspect was killed in brawl between at least eight suspects, eight police officers and store employee in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Cottonwood on Saturday, March 21.

Cottonwood police and Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives investigate the scene of the Saturday, March 21, shooting Sunday morning.At approximately 11:52 p.m., Cottonwood Police Department received a call from the Cottonwood Wal-Mart reporting that a female Wal-Mart employee had been assaulted in the store by multiple suspects.

When officers arrived the suspects were in the parking lot and immediately attacked the responding officers, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. During the altercation, one of the Cottonwood officers was shot in his leg. It is unclear who fired the round.

One of the suspects, who has been identified by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office as Enoch Gaver, was shot and killed. Police have not released his age.

A second suspect, David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen. Seven other suspects from the Gaver family were eventually taken into custody.

A total of eight officers and another Wal-Mart employee were assaulted in the parking lot during the fight. Seven of those officers sustained minor injuries to include lacerations and bruising.

The officer injured by the gunshot, Sgt. Jeremy Daniels, was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The 31-year-old officer has been with CPD for about 10 years and should make a full recovery, according to DPS.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March. 25, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


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