Repairs on sections of major Prescott roadways have begun, so watch for delays for the next few months. Work is taking place Sunday through Wednesday from 7 pm to 6 am on Montezuma and Cortez Streets. No more than 1 block of roadway will be under construction at a time on Cortez. Along Prescott Lakes Parkway and Willow Creek Road, rehabilitation is occurring during daytime hours. Initial crack repair work on Prescott Lakes Parkway is complete, with paving to follow at a later date. Asphalt Paving and Supply and city crews are performing the repairs. Also this week, crack repair, asphalt milling and overlay work is underway on East Gurley Street, from South Rush Street to the alley between South Virginia and South Mount Vernon Streets. One lane of traffic will be open from 6 pm to 6 am tonight and tomorrow.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who allegedly threatened Prescott band camp attendees, and you can help identify him. The suspect has yet to be located after he approached a group of Peoria High School band students at Emmanuel Pines Camp last Wednesday morning. He complained about the noise and pointed a gun at students and staff. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn explains detectives have been taking calls and developing leads. The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s, with short grey hair and 6 feet tall with a tattoo on his right forearm. D’Evelyn says the man isn’t considered a threat. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 if you have any information on this suspect.
The Yavapai Food Bank needs to restock its shelves as summer comes to an end, and you can help meet that challenge. Food Bank Director Bob Wilson explains the Quad City Hunger Challenge involves sign-up with the Yavapai Gaming Agency to get collection bins to be placed at participating businesses. Once the bin at the business is full, the Food Bank will come pick it up and replace it with another one. The donation amount is equal to 1 dollar per pound of food collected. Wilson says this where the Challenge part comes in. Last year, the Challenge raised 12 thousand dollars, and the Yavapai Prescott Tribe donated an additional 15 thousand. For information on bin locations, go online to quadcityhungerchallenge.org or buckyscasino.com. The challenge runs tomorrow through October 31st.
A 27 year old transient is facing 4 alleged counts of child molestation as well as dangerous crimes against children. Last Thursday night just after 11, Cottonwood Police responded to West Gila Street for a report of a sexual assault involving a child. One of the parents of the 9 year old victim told officers a friend of the family may have been responsible for the assault. Just before 3 the next morning, officers located Jesus Moreno in the 800 block of East Mingus Avenue and he was arrested. Moreno, who is a transient living in the area, is currently being held in the Camp Verde Jail without bond.
Still haven’t gotten your children immunized yet? You can take care of those shots for free this week. Health Services spokesman David McAtee explains why no cost shots are being offered this week only. You must provide your child’s school with an immunization record before classes start next Monday, if they are entering kindergarten or the 6th grade. Shots are being offered at health center locations on Commerce Drive in Prescott, on Windsong Drive in Prescott Valley and on South 6th Street in Cottonwood. McAtee says the best way to guarantee your kids get in for shots is to make an appointment. To make an appointment, call 771-3122 in Prescott or Prescott Valley or 634-6822 in Cottonwood.
Bond has been set at 125 thousand dollars for a Village of Oak Creek man who allegedly threatened a family of tourists. As the family of 5 was getting into their SUV to leave the Turkey Creek Trailhead near the Village of Oak Creek on July 7th, they were approached by 59 year old Ricky Donalson, who pointed a pellet gun at them. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn says the gun looked like a real weapon. Last Wednesday, deputies served a search warrant on Donalson’s trailer near the trailhead. He was arrested on 5 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of assault on a child under 15 and reckless handling of a weapon. He has denied any knowledge of the incident.