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Former Flagstaff Mayoral Candidate Indicted for Submitting Forged Signatures

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Victor Varela, a former Flagstaff mayoral candidate, has been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts, including Fraudulent Schemes and Practices, Presentment of False Instrument for Filing, and Signing of Petitions Violation. Varela was running for Mayor of Flagstaff before withdrawing from the race in July of …

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Prescott Valley PD Seeks to Inform Citizens Of New Scam

The Prescott Valley Police Department is receiving numerous reports from our citizens regarding fraudulent claims being opened in their names from the Department of Economic Security (DES) Unemployment Insurance Division. These cases are being opened by unknown suspects nationwide and are not easily traced to a local jurisdiction. As a result, these cases are all …

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What to do if You Receive Unsolicted Seeds from China

The Prescott Valley Police is receiving calls from concerned citizens who may have received unsolicited seeds from China.  Here is the most recent guidance that the PVPD has received from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant and Health Inspection Service (ASPHIS).  This information is taken directly from this agency’s press release, dated July 27th, …

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Sheriff Mascher Welcomes the latest ‘Volunteers in Protection’

Several days ago, Sheriff Mascher welcomed 3 of our newest Volunteers in Protection (VIPs) to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. They are (left to right in photo) Peter Tyson, Douglas Seavey, and Mark Miller along with Volunteer Services Coordinator Dennyse Loll and Sheriff Mascher. Following the Oath of Office, the Sheriff thanked them for their …

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AZDPS Troopers Arrest Phoenix Man For Kidnapping and Homicide

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at approximately 9:19 PM, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s (AZDPS) Operational Communication Center received a call of an unknown emergency regarding an injured person on the side of the road on westbound US 60 at milepost 116. When AZDPS troopers arrived on scene, they found two female juveniles with …

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