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On Dec. 4, at about 8:54 p.m. Cottonwood Public Safety Communications received a 9-1-1 call advising there was a shooting and the individuals involved were leaving the area in a red SUV, according to Cottonwood Police Department Cmdr. Gary Eisenga.Cottonwood police department

Two boys have been arrested following threats to bring "shoot up" Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, at about 6:30 p.m., Cottonwood police received information from a social media site that several Mingus Union High School students were discussing plans to “shoot up” the high school on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., during school hours.Mingus Union High School

The Cottonwood Journal Extra has launched its own Facebook page. The page aims to bring to our readers the news and photography of our print edition and our website through the vehicle of one of the world’s most heavily trafficked social media platforms.

The page will highlight stories from our print newspaper as well as photo galleries that we simply do not have the space to fit in our print newspaper, allowing other Facebook users to tag themselves, friends and family in photos shot around Cottonwood and the Verde Valley.

A domestic argument in Clarkdale escalated into a hostage situation over the course of Wednesday, July 29.

Clarkdale policeClarkdale police responded to a report of shots fired in the Centerville neighborhood near State Route 89A at 8:50 a.m., Clarkdale Police Chief Randy Taylor said. Police were not releasing the exact address of the incident as of presstime.


The Arizona Department of Public safety has released the dashcam video of the fatal shooting of a suspect in the parking lot of Cottonwood Wal-Mart on March 21.

A police officer was wounded in the leg and another suspect was shot in the abdomen. The fatal shot appears at time index 3:14.

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.
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, Enoch Gaver, 21, was shot and killed. A second suspect, David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen. Seven other suspects 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, Cottonwood Police Department 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.

Just before 9:30 AM Thursday morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an apparent homicide involving a female victim in her 40s found lying outside a residential trailer in the 3300 block of E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock.

YCSO has identified the victim as 35-year-old Ma “Cecilia” Nava Pila.

EMS personnel were already on scene and confirmed the death and trauma to Nava's body resulting from some type of assault.

Manuel E. Lopez Moncada, 43, is a person of interest in the apparent murder of his wife. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Lopez or have information regarding this incident is also urged to call (928) 771-3260.

Deputies secured the scene and YCSO detectives recently arrived to investigate. Further information as soon as it becomes available.

Late Thursday, afternoon, detectives have identified the victim’s husband, 43-year-old Manuel E. Lopez Moncada, as a person of interest in this case. Detectives would like Lopez to call them to determine if he has any information that would provide clues regarding his wife’s death. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Lopez or have information regarding this incident is also urged to call.

Callers may contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1 (800) 932-3232 and remain anonymous. Persons can also call YCSO Detective Karl Waak with information at (928) 567-7710. Refer to case number 15-010918.

Lopez is a male Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to drive a white Buick Century 4 door sedan, license AVE0583. This vehicle has not been located. Clothing description is unknown. Detectives do not have specific knowledge Lopez is in possession of a firearm, but all due caution should be exercised if he is seen.

The victim’s cause of death is under review – preliminary indications are that a firearm was NOT used.

Contact YCSO with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

Two one-time presidential ticket rivals and former U.S. Senate colleagues will have a chat over dinner in Sedona.

U.S. Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz.]Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. John McCain[R-Ariz.] will speak at Enchantment Resort northwest of Sedona on Friday, April 26, at the opening dinner of the McCain Institute for International Leadership’s annual Sedona Forum.

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden“We at Arizona State University are proud to have Vice President Biden and so many other distinguished leaders involved with the McCain Institute,” Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow said. “Their participation in the Sedona Forum ensures a thought-provoking weekend.”

The Sedona Forum is an annual, high-level conclave of national and international leaders from the public and private sectors brought together by the McCain Institute for focused discussions on national security and foreign policy issues, promoting economic freedom and prosperity and advancing human rights around the world.

For the full story, see the Friday, April 26, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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