A missing Village of Oak Creek resident may have been seen in the area. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is checking out a tip that 66 year old James Schwartz was seen hitchhiking in the area one week ago.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says it’s difficult to confirm if that hitchhiker was actually the missing man, but it could indicate Schwartz was trying to get out of the area and he may have possibly succeeded. Schwartz was last seen by his wife at his Bent Tree Drive residence on the morning of October 19th. Over the weekend, deputies contacted Village of Oak Creek businesses to alert employees and review store videotapes if available. No sightings of Schwartz were reported and further videotape reviews are pending.
A timeline mural on the north side of City Hall will be up for consideration. Earlier this month, the Prescott Preservation Commission voted to move this item off the agenda to a future meeting. Since the next regular session won’t occur until November 18th, an earlier meeting had been requested. According to City officials, a Centennial project involving the mural will feature events from the 1850’s through the 2000’s to date. Most decades will be represented with between 3 to 5 events from that period. While the Historic Preservation Master Plan doesn’t address murals specifically, the Historic Preservation Code gives some criteria for these types of projects. Consideration of the mural will take place during a special Preservation Commission meeting at 8 tomorrow morning. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street. The City Planning and Zoning Commission, which was scheduled to meet in Council chambers at 9 that morning, has cancelled its meeting.
A prescribed burn near Ash Creek has been cancelled. Bradshaw Ranger District Fire Managers had planned on burning 1,000 acres of chaparral and ponderosa pine near the community of Crown King today through Friday. However, weather conditions have prompted fire officials to cancel that burn. Last week, Fire Managers treated 1100 acres of ponderosa pine near the community of Groom Creek. Prior to that, Fire Managers treated 465 acres and completed the Bean Peaks Burn along Senator Highway.
Officials note these projects are part of an ongoing effort to improve forest health by reducing hazardous fuels and creating defensible space around residential and high use areas. Residents can get prescribed burn information by calling 777-5799.
The Prescott Unified School District and the Prescott Parent Committee will host an anti-drug event at 7 tonight. As part of Red Ribbon Week, officials have been working with students on substance abuse awareness and the importance of making healthy choices. However, it is the parents that have the power to help teens make bold choices necessary to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Representatives from the Not My Kid organization and the Drug Enforcement Administration are scheduled to speak. Parents of elementary, middle or high school students should attend this free presentation, which will be held in the Hendrix Auditorium at Mile High Middle School. Childcare will be provided.
Also tonight in Prescott, Yavapai County Supervisor Carol Springer will wrap up this month’s Town Hall meetings at Abia Judd Elementary School, located on North Williamson Valley Road. Springer and other County officials and their staff members are scheduled to give short presentations on pertinent County issues. The Town Hall runs from 6 to 8 in the school’s multi-purpose room.
The Arizona Sundogs will host a “Blades for Grades” event tonight. This program allows students in the Humboldt Unified School District to enjoy a game in return for their work during the first part of the school year. During last night’s Coach’s Show live on KQNA, Vice President of Broadcasting and Communications Brian Rea explained how this program works.
The vouchers were distributed to students in their respective schools. The Sundogs take on the undefeated Missouri Mavericks at 7:05 tonight at Tim’s Toyota Center and all the live action can be heard on Cattle Country, 94.3 FM KDDL or online at cattlecountryradio.com. Forward Adam Smyth will not be in the lineup, as the Central Hockey League has announced he has been suspended for 1 game, due to a penalty for an eye gouge in Saturday’s win against Laredo.
An assault rifle and cash has been seized during a drug investigation. A Yavapai County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding along Highway 93. Deputies developed information leading to the discovery of 2 thousand dollars in 34 year old Omar Mendoza’s pocket. The driver, a 26 year old California resident eventually admitted he had been told by Mendoza that there was 10 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the car. In addition to the marijuana, deputies also located an assault rifle, 37 hundred dollars in U.S. currency and a cell phone. Mendoza, who is an admitted illegal alien, claimed he was transporting the weapon to California at the request of the vehicle’s owner but denied knowing about the 10 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. He faces charges of prohibited possessor, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.