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Three boys from Mingus Union High School were arrested by Tuesday, Feb. 3, by Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies on charges of kidnapping and sexual assualt of a fellow student.

According to YCSO public information office Dwight D'Evelyn, deputies were dispatched to the reported sexual assault of a female student who attends Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.

Just before 6 a.m. On Friday, Jan. 23, a 1999 Maroon Jeep Laredo heading northbound on Beaverhead Flat Road at mile marker 3 in Cornville left the roadway, overturned and landed on a small hill alongside the road.

Just before 6 a.m. On Friday, Jan. 23, a 1999 Maroon Jeep Laredo heading northbound on Beaverhead Flat Road at mile marker 3 in Cornville left the roadway, overturned and landed on a small hill alongside the road.According the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the driver has been identified as 21-year-old Kaelyn Curry, of Clarkdale.

The city of Cottonwood is looking at banning cigarette smoking in municipal parks.State law has prohibited smoking at non-tobacco-focused  businesses and within 25 feet of public entrances. The city of Cottonwood is considering banning smoking in parks.

The City Council directed town employees to come up with a proposed ordinance after a work session Tuesday, Dec. 9.

The Town of Camp Verde will be looking at what steps to take this week regarding opposition to a sales tax on food.For many families, grocery shopping for the week is done on Sundays, and people hustle and bustle in and out of Camp Verde’s grocery store. The Town Council recently cleared the way for a food tax, which did not sit well with the public. A petition to bring the issue to the ballot has garnered enough signatures to pass.

The town currently charges no tax on food, a practice that differs from neighboring communities.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will not appeal a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona in the case of Connolly v. Brewer in the matter of same-sex marriage.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will not appeal a U.S. District Court decision involving a gay marriage ban and will permit superior courts in Arizona to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.At 10:30 a.m. this morning, Horne emailed a letter to county superior courts throughout Arizona informing courts that they could no longer treat marriage exclusively as “a union of one man and one woman” under Article 30 of the Arizona Constitution.

The district court ruled “that both Article 30 and Section 25-101(C) of the Arizona Revised Statutes are invalid under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to the extent that those laws prohibit or treat as void marriage between persons of the same sex,” the letter read.

Horne stated that Arizona superior courts could immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today.

"Accordingly, and effective immediately, the clerks of Arizona county superior courts cannot deny a marriage license to any otherwise eligible licensees on the ground that the license permits a marriage between persons of the same sex,” Horne wrote.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 22, of The Camp Verde Journal and the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, just after noon, a Wal-Mart employee received several calls from as a yet unidentified male, referencing a possible bomb on the premises. Cottonwood police are currently investigating a bomb threat at the Wal-Mart in Cottwonwood made on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

The store began an evacuation and called Cottonwood Police Department. Once the evacuation was complete, police searched the store for anything deemed suspicious or out of the ordinary.

The Camp Verde Town Council is putting its support behind a number of proposed legislative moves being considered for support by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.Camp Verde’s Town Council is considering what new legislation it will support. One proposal up for consideration is the banning of cell phone use while driving.

The league is a group that works on behalf of the interests of Arizona’s local municipal governments.

Oak Creek Canyon is closed north of Slide Rock State Park due to a working fire.

Smoke pours into Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon in the early hours viewed from 11,000 feet above Sedona on Thursday, May 22, in a motorized glider operated by Theodore Grussing of the Village Of Oak Creek. The Slide Fire has consumed apporximately 20,000 acres and still spreading with 35 percent containment.Emergency responders are turning back vehicles at the entrance to the canyon near the Sedona Arts Center.

The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point. As of Monday, June 2, the fire had burned more than 21,200 acres -- an area the size of Manhattan -- sending smoke into the Verde Valley. The fire is the worst in the history of the Coconino National Forest.

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