A Cottonwood man has been indicted on alleged felony theft and fraudulent scheme charges. After a lengthy investigation that began in January, the Cottonwood Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division was able to gather information leading to charges of 3 counts of felony theft and 1 count of fraudulent schemes. These charges surround the alleged theft and misappropriation of funds entrusted to businesses in care of Arizona Payroll Systems of over 100 thousand dollars between 2007 and 2009. An indictment and arrest warrant was served on 35 year old Damian Andre, who is the former owner of Arizona Payroll Systems. There are 27 businesses affected in and around Cottonwood. Andre, who voluntarily turned himself in, had faced an outstanding warrant from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Open skate will be held at Tim’s Toyota Center next week. Sessions will be held Sunday from 2:15 to 4:15, 4:30 to 6:30 and 6:45 to 8:45. Open Skate runs from 5 to 7 Monday night and 6:30 to 8:30 Thursday night. Next Friday, sessions will be held from 2:15 to 4:15, 4:30 to 6:30 and 6:45 to 8:45. Skating fees are 2 dollars for participants 12 and under and 4 dollars for those 13 and up. A new 10 visit multi-pass is available and prices vary based on personal skate use or skate rental. The October skate schedule is available online at pvaz.net.
Prescott’s Arizona Centennial City Committee meets at 1 Monday afternoon. Discussion items include changing advisory members to voting members, a report on a September 23rd Tourism Summit, re-branding, the Committee web site, outreach efforts, legacy and local projects and ad hoc subcommittee reports. These reports will include logo and stamp projects. The Committee is also scheduled to discuss the appointment of City Councilwoman Lora Lopas as the Council’s voting member. Lopas will be taking over for outgoing councilman Bob Bell in November. Her appointment was approved by Council on Tuesday.
Area residents are encouraged to dump the drugs tomorrow. MATForce and local police departments are letting people know they can safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription or over the counter medication during Dump the Drugs Day events.
According to Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, the proper disposal of these drugs is not down the drain or in the garbage, both of which can contribute to trace contaminants in the water supply. The public can drop off medications between 9 am to noon at the Prescott Police Department on South Marina Street, at the Prescott Valley Police Department on East Civic Circle, at Chino Valley Memory Park on West Palomino Road and from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Sheriff’s Office site at Weber’s IGA Food Store, located on Verde Valley School Road in the Village of Oak Creek.
A Prescott Valley traffic accident has resulted in serious injuries. According to Prescott Valley Police, yesterday just before 3 pm a car driven by 24 year old Prescott Valley resident Thomas Thibodeau was eastbound on Highway 69 at Lake Valley Road. Thibodeau made a lane change and struck a motorcyclist going in the same direction who was reportedly in his blind spot. The motorcycle was being operated by 69 year old Phillip Siebenthaler also of Prescott Valley. Siebenthaler, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East and later airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center with serious, life threatening injuries. The highway was closed for 3 hours while the Police Traffic Division investigated the accident.
Next week the Prescott Valley Town Council will consider a salary decrease. Last night Council discussed an initial planned adjustment that will save 5 percent in salary costs. It has also been proposed that an ad hoc committee be formed to assist in establishing the details of the initial general salary reduction or similar compensation adjustment. Human Resources Director Danielle Gersper explains why the decrease is necessary:
With approval, the decrease would go into effect November 1st. Councilman Harold Wise has raised concerns over the decrease going into effect before the holidays.
The Arizona Sundogs have finalized their 2009-2010 roster. The Central Hockey League deadline for finalized rosters was 1 yesterday afternoon. On the active roster are 2 goaltenders, 9 forwards and 7 defensemen.
Forwards Kyle Hood, Steve Potvin and Kevin Gardner are awaiting immigration approval. Head Coach and General Manager Marco Pietroniro has released goalie Sergey Klimkovich, defenseman Andrew Derton and forwards Jason Beeman and Ryan Angelow. Sundogs Director of Business Operations Bill Yates says he can’t wait for the season to start:
The Sundogs open the season with games against the Allen Americans at Tim’s Toyota Center at 7:05 tonight and tomorrow night. Those who can’t make it to the Center can hear the games live on the official radio station for Sundogs hockey, Cattle Country 94.3 FM KDDL.
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