An accident on Salt Mine Road has resulted in a fatality. On Saturday morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident about 4 miles south of Highway 260. A preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lane of the road. The driver of a second vehicle moved to the shoulder hoping to avoid a collision. As he entered the shoulder, the first vehicle continued towards him and eventually caused a collision. The driver of the first vehicle, 51 year old Camp Verde resident Denise Reed, had been transported by air to Flagstaff Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the second vehicle, a 60 year old Camp Verde resident sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene. Deputies have determined Reed was not wearing her seat belt. The investigation is ongoing as to the cause of the collision.
Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown has been named Arizona Fire Chief of the Year. Nominations for this annual award were submitted to the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and were based on positive contributions to service, programs and management of state and local fire services. Chief Brown was nominated by his administrative staff, who indicated they have had the privilege of working for him over the years and are thrilled he is receiving this award. They add in the last 5 years, Mayer Fire has accomplished so many positive improvements. Brown will receive his award during opening ceremonies of the Arizona Fire Chief’s Fire Service Leadership Conference tomorrow in Glendale.
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering cash rewards for information on some recent burglaries. According to Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, in the early morning hours of July 18th, three victims called to report that their vehicles had been broken into and several items were taken, including car stereos, tools, a radar detector and a pipe threader. On June 6th, a home was burglarized on Copper Basin Road in Prescott. Detectives indicate the burglary occurred sometime between 10 that morning and 3 that afternoon. Police say most of the items taken were jewelry and the burglar apparently focused on the master bedroom. Anyone who has information on these crimes is asked to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Information that leads to an arrest will result in an offer of a cash reward.
The Prescott Unified School District Board will meet with the District Leadership Team tomorrow. As part of day 2 of a board retreat, the Board and Team will discuss goals for the upcoming school year, including academic achievement, board visibility and student recognition. Other discussion items include the District’s Special Education program, Special Education from a parent’s group perspective, Principal’s reports of Wednesday afternoon professional development time and continuation of brainstorming and development of goals for 2009-2010. The retreat will be held at the Mountain Club Clubhouse, located on Clubhouse Drive West.
Governor Jan Brewer has announced a judicial opening in Yavapai County. The Governor has announced she will appoint a new Superior Court Judge. The open seat is being created by Judge Howard Hinson, who has agreed to resign on September 30th. Hinson reached an agreement with the Commission on Judicial Conduct in which he admitted to misconduct charges, including exceeding the 60 day period for ruling on cases and filing inaccurate certifications. Applications for the vacancy are currently being taken and will be accepted until 5 pm on September 1st. On or about that date, a list of applicants will be announced. A copy of the application and instructions for applying can be downloaded at azgovernor.gov.
Aubrey Street work is continuing east to South Pleasant Street this week. Crews are continuing to excavate and install 20 inch water mains, so East Aubrey will be partially closed from Alarcon Street east to Pleasant. Traffic control will be in place to facilitate residential access, and use of alternate routes is encouraged. As part of the installation work, crews will perform sewer work under South Montezuma Street. Lanes may be restricted along South Montezuma at West Aubrey when crews are working. Motorists will experience reduced speeds, narrow lanes and possible flagging operations. Work on the new Pioneer Pump Station is ongoing as crews are constructing the retaining wall for the building. Motorists should remain alert for construction workers and equipment at the intersection of Pioneer and South Hassayampa Drives. Work hours on all 3 of these Prescott projects is 7 am to 5:30 pm every day through Thursday.
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