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Juvenile Students at Mingus Mountain Academy attack staff resulting in injuries and 5 in-custody

Preliminary information – On July 21, 2020, around 10:15 PM, staff at the Mingus Mountain Academy located in the 15800 block of E Don Carlos Dr, Prescott Valley, called to report staff members were being attacked by students and law enforcement assistance was needed. By the time deputies and assisting officers from the Prescott Valley …

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Last of 15 Defendants Convicted and Sentenced for Prescott-Area Heroin Sales

“Operation Blackwater,” a two-year federal and state investigation focusing on eliminating the heroin trade in the Prescott and Prescott Valley area has wrapped up with the conviction and sentencing of 15 area drug runners. The last of the 15, Jaime Rene Calderon, 28, of Prescott, Arizona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Steven P. …

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Collision Seriously injures 19 year-old Prescott Man

On Monday July 20th, 2020 at approximately 10:25 PM Prescott Police Officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the area of Iron Springs Rd. and Miller Valley Rd. (commonly referred to as “four points”) for a report of a collision involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian riding a kick scooter. Through investigation, officers determined …

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Settlement Over Lethal Injection Procedure Moves Arizona Closer to Resuming Executions

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has reached a settlement to conclude a lawsuit challenging the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s (ADCRR) lethal injection procedures. The settlement allows Arizona to move one step closer to ensuring justice is carried out for victims of the most heinous crimes. “Anti-death penalty activists continue …

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1980 Cold Case Homicide Solved – DNA an Invaluable factor along with Detective and Volunteer Diligence

The text of this media release was submitted by YCSO Detective John McDormett who over saw the investigation working with our dedicated Cold Case Volunteers. On October 21, 1980, the body of Michael E Lee was found on a two-track road off highway 179 near milepost 300 in unincorporated Yavapai County. Lee, who was 29 …

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