Bill's Newscast: High Speed Pursuit on I-17

28 March 2019

Troopers go in pursuit of a driver going 100 miles per hour.

A suspect who led state troopers on a pursuit on I-17 near Cordes Junction is now in custody.

The suspect was driving at speeds over 100 miles per hour while drinking what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage. Department of Public Safety spokesman Kameron Lee explains the driver was erratic when he was first spotted yesterday afternoon. Lee says troopers had to use speed sticks to get the man into custody. The incident ended at I-17 and Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. Troopers were able to box the vehicle in to prevent the driver from going any further. This incident remains under investigation.

A Cottonwood transient has been arrested after he was seen allegedly abusing his dog.

Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt explains on Sunday night, a concerned citizen reported seeing a transient only known as “Country” grab the puppy’s muzzle and squeeze it until it yelped in pain. Naron told officers he only grabbed the dog by the harness because it urinated inside the tent. He added the dog was afraid to go outside. Kuhlt says the Sergeant on scene was suspicious of Naron’s story. Naron was booked into the Camp Verde Jail on a cruelty to animal charge. Diablo has been taken to the Verde Valley Humane Society, where he will be held pending an investigation.

Relief for drivers who use Mingus Avenue and Main Street in Cottonwood is coming.

On Saturday, the traffic patterns were returned to their original state at the Mingus and Main intersection following road construction. City of Cottonwood officials say the work at that intersection is nearly complete, with the exception of the tie-in to the existing water main in front of the Circle K store. The city and contractor are waiting for lab test results of the waterline sampling that was conducted last week before the 2 lines can be tied together.

Once those results are received, the contractor will pull the steel plate from the roadway, make the connection between the two waterlines and restore the road surface. It’s expected the contractor will be performing that work this week. A complete road closure isn’t anticipated.

A Cottonwood transient has been arrested after he allegedly robbed and assaulted his girlfriend.

The incident involving 37 year old Jacob Blouin occurred early last Saturday morning. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says the victim’s bicycle was found by officers at first but the suspect was not. The robbery and paraphernalia charges are felonies.

The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to consider the purchase of new playground equipment.

The Parks and Recreation Commission and staff have been working on planning for the new Granville Park. According to Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty, one of the goals for any new park is to make it more inclusive with regard to the types of equipment and opportunities available. The playground in such a park would encourage and enable both disabled and non-disabled children to engage with one another in play and discovery. After months of review and community input, the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff were presented with a final design and cost analysis 2 weeks ago. It has been proposed Town Council approve the equipment purchase from Play It Safe Playgrounds. With approval, it’s expected to take 90 days to install. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Skoog Boulevard.

The Chino Valley Town Council is taking more time with a permit for a plant nursery.

The owners of Prescott Valley Growers are seeking to expand their business in Chino Valley. They are a family owned tree and shrub wholesale supply company and they currently occupy property near the parcel being sought for the rezone, which is used for a tree farm. They would like more than 12 acres at the corner of North Road 1 West and West Road 4 North rezoned to allow for a nursery. Neighbors have raised concerns over a decrease in property values, an increase in traffic and the start of commercial development in that area. The Planning and Zoning Commission had concerns over future uses as well and voted to deny the permit. Town Council didn’t go that far, but on Tuesday night members decided to postpone any action until April 9th.

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