Local building contractors should beware of a possible e-mail scam involving painting and remodeling services. According to Prescott Police, a contractor has reported receiving e-mails from someone calling himself “Bishop David.” David claims he is sending a certified check of 10 thousand dollars to a contractor for painting and remodeling services for his house in America. The contractor is advised to deduct 3 thousand dollars and forward the balance to the House Agent. Once the seven thousand dollars is received, the Agent will make the house keys available for remodeling. The e-mail contains numerous misspelling and poor grammar and language usage. If you receive an e-mail like this, you’re asked to report it to the Prescott Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.
The kick-off for the National Night Out crime prevention event will be held tonight and you’re invited to join the celebration. Prescott Police Crime Prevention Specialist Traces Gordon explains what will be taking place at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza from 5:30 to 7. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention awareness event that will be held on Tuesday, August 7th. Gordon explains if you plan on having a block party in Prescott that night, you should call the Police Department so an officer can stop by to visit. Also as part of tonight’s Kick-off, representatives from the Prescott and Prescott Valley Police Departments, as well as the Yavapai County Sheriff’s and the Attorney General’s Offices will be on hand to answer questions and pass out information on crime prevention.
A Prescott Valley man is facing sexual abuse charges after he allegedly touched a female co-worker inappropriately. Police spokesman Paul Dunn explains the incident occurred at a local restaurant on Monday morning. The suspect, 47 year old Luis Testa was identified by the victim as her co-worker. Dunn says this type of workplace allegation is often difficult to deal with. Testa was located at the restaurant and he admitted to grabbing the 47 year old victim numerous times. He has been booked on 5 counts of sexual abuse.
A Cottonwood woman has robbed 2 homes, and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Detectives need your help in determining if she is involved in other burglaries. Last March, a burglary occurred on Yucca Drive in Sedona. After an East Medicine Point Drive home in Cottonwood was hit 2 months later, a neighbor recognized the picture of 51 year old Lorie Frontuto as the person he saw in the driveway of the Yucca Drive home. Frontuto was positively identified and detectives also obtained a description of the vehicle, which matched the one owned by the suspect. Frontuto, who has been in custody since May, is now facing additional charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass for the March incident. Detectives are continuing to review evidence and leads in other cases the suspect could be linked to. If you have any information on Frontuto, you’re asked to call Detective Todd Swaim at 567-7710.