Prescott Valley sewer customers are expected to see their rates go up later this year. During its voting session last night, Town Council adopted a Notice of Intent for the new rates. Customer Accounts Manager Cordell Compton explains that doesn’t mean those rates have been implemented. Compton explains how much of an increase wastewater customers will see. Following Council approval, the new rates will be effective with the first billing after November 1st.
A 59 year old man is in custody after he allegedly threatened tourists at the Turkey Creek Trailhead near the Village of Oak Creek. As the family of 5 were getting into their SUV at the trailhead earlier this month, they were startled to see Ricky Donalson approaching them and holding a rifle. Donalson asked the family if they had started a campfire and the father told him they hadn’t. The suspect then pointed the gun at the man and asked him if there was a problem. When the victim explained there wasn’t a problem, Donalson lowered his gun and the family drove away. On Wednesday, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant on a residence near the trailhead. Donalson was arrested and a pellet gun matching a description of the weapon provided by the father was recovered. The suspect faces 5 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of assault on a child under 15 and reckless handling of a weapon.
The start of another school year is just around the corner, and teachers in the Prescott Unified School District are getting ready. New teachers reported to their schools yesterday and Assistant Superintendent Joe Howard explains current teachers return next week. Starting Monday, Special Education staff can pick up their equipment, manuals and other items at Child Study Services on Hinman Drive. Howard says in addition to the all staff convocation, there will be a lot of other planning meetings taking place. Training for new teachers on the Power School program starts at 7:45 Monday morning at Taylor Hicks Elementary on Campbell Avenue. Transportation employees will take first aid and physical performance classes at 7 Tuesday morning. School starts on Monday, August 6th.
Three people have been killed following a plane crash in Sedona. Sedona Fire District spokesman Gary Johnson explains the crash that killed all 3 people on board occurred at the Airport yesterday morning. The plane burst into flames after it went down a hill at the end of the runway. Police Commander Ron Wheeler says it appears the plane never got off the ground. The plane is registered to Patrick Porter of Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wife, Trish was a High Jumper in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident. The names of the victims haven’t been released yet.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a man who allegedly threatened students at a Prescott band camp. At 9:45 yesterday morning, deputies responded to a man with a gun at Emmanuel Pines Camp. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains the suspect approached the band and made some strange comments. The man pointed a handgun at the students and staff before walking away and out of sight. The band was taken off the field and placed on lockdown. D’Evelyn gives a description of the suspect, who may live in the area of the camp. D’Evelyn says the man was holding a handgun during the conversations and he may have an accent. If you have information on this suspect, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.