Teens smoking cause fire - On May 26, 2018, around 5 PM, a YCSO deputy was flagged down by a concerned citizen on Page Springs Road in Cornville regarding a brush fire burning near the bridge over Oak Creek. The deputy located the fire behind a home in the 1200 block of Brookside Drive. Crews from the Verde Valley Fire District were arriving and able to contain, and eventually extinguish the fire.
Deputies determined that 2 males, age 16 and 17, and 1 female juvenile, age 17, started the fire while smoking near the creek. One of the juveniles apparently stole cigarettes from home and while the group was smoking, either a match or cigarette started the fire. The potential for a catastrophic fire was present, but fortunately fire personnel were on it in short order. About ½ acre of land was burned – see attached photos.
The juveniles were released to their parents pending charges including Reckless Burning and Underage Possession of Cigarettes.
12 and 13 year olds damage school playground with Axe – On May 27, 2018, just after 5 pm, deputies were dispatched to Big Park School in the Village of Oak Creek, regarding a vandalism in progress. The reporting party indicated several juveniles were hitting the playground equipment with an axe.
Deputies arrived and witnesses one of the suspects striking one of the slides with the axe. He was ordered to drop and axe and immediately complied. A total of 6 juveniles were detained. The axe was seized deputies saw significant damage to several pieces of playground equipment. Deputies determined 4 of the 6 juveniles, ages range from 12 to 13, were directly involved. All 4 admitted participating in the vandalism and will be charged with Criminal Damage. Estimated damages exceed $1000 – some of the damage can be seen in the attached photos.
School officials were notified and demanded prosecution. Each of the juveniles was released to their respective guardians after being fully briefed on the callous nature of their child’s actions and pending court appearances.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov