Bill's Newscast: Travel, but Be Prepared

03 July 2018  
Planning a day trip? Be prepared!

A fire sprinkler system is being credited for saving a Cottonwood senior living facility.

Cottonwood Fire and Medical Authority personnel responded to a fire last Thursday night in the laundry room of the senior living facility on South Willard Street. Firefighters found active flames in a large commercial dryer. The fire was quickly put out and the smoke was ventilated from the building. Fortunately, a fire sprinkler had activated immediately above the involved dryer and helped keep the fire from spreading to the structure. Damage was confined to the dryer and area next to it. Cottonwood Police and the Verde Valley Fire District helped with this incident.

A neighborhood fight has resulted in a Cottonwood man going to jail.

One week ago, 911 operators received a call from someone claiming 56 year old Jeffrey Montgomery was outside the victim’s residence on Main Street threatening to shoot him with a gun. Officers arrived on scene to find Montgomery approaching the residence with a straight blade knife in his hand. When he saw police he tried to hide the knife behind a shed. According to Cottonwood Police, it appears the altercation started when the victim asked Montgomery to quiet down while Montgomery was outside. When the victim said this, Montgomery came at him and a fight started. After the fighting stopped, the suspect told the man he was going back to his house to get a gun and come back and shoot him, but he grabbed a knife instead. Montgomery is facing a charge of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Plan ahead if you’ll be hitting the road this Independence Day.

Because unexpected delays can occur due to crashes and stalled vehicles, drivers are encouraged to pack extra drinking water and snacks, avoid the busiest travel times if possible and get plenty of rest before driving. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr has a word of caution before you start your holiday travel. Arizona State Forestry Department spokeswoman Tiffany Davila says you should check your vehicles, including tire pressure, tow chains, belts and fluid levels.

No highway closures are scheduled over the Independence Day holiday. No work will take place on Prescott roadways tomorrow, including the Dexter neighborhood and Rosser reconstruction projects.


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