False alarm ordinance
The Prescott City Council meets at 2 to review the false alarm ordinance. According to City Manager Michael Lamar, after the 2011 adoption of the ordinance and several amendments through the years, the Police Department has presented updated information and recommendations to Council. The revisions indicate it’s the responsibility of the alarm user to complete registration either online or in person at the Police Department Facility on Marina Street. The user is also responsible to update, when necessary, responsible person contact information about the alarm system and any hazards located on the premises to personnel. After the first false alarm, the user will be notified either in writing or electronically about the incident and a copy of the alarm ordinance will be forwarded to them. Fines can be levied based on the number of false alarm calls police respond to. The Council meeting will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.
Renewal of sales tax for jail
Learn about renewal of the existing Yavapai County Jail District Tax during public meetings this week. The current quarter cent tax expires in 2020. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has voted to place an extension of that tax on the March ballot. Supervisor Craig Brown has scheduled meetings to discuss the renewal and tax with interested residents. Brown will be at the Chino Valley Senior Center on Butterfield Road at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon and the Oath Keepers facility on Highway 89, also in Chino Valley at 2 Saturday afternoon. The quarter cent sales tax provides 40 percent of the operating revenue for the Yavapai County Jail District.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors met in a special session to discuss an FAA complaint at 10 on Tuesday. The complaint was filed by Dakota Territory Tours in Arizona District Court, the Prescott Division last August. Dakota Territory Tours, which also operates under the name Red Rock Bi-Plane Tours, is located in Sedona. It has been in operation for more than 20 years. This discussion is closed to the public, but the Board may go into open session to take action on the complaint. The meeting will be held in the County Administrative Services Building, located on Fair Street in Prescott.
Kansas man dies after shootout on Highway 89A.
A Kansas man is dead following a shootout on Highway 89A. According to the FBI, the shooting occurred on Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. Numerous law enforcement agencies responded to the incident at around 4:15 Friday afternoon. A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer was involved, but wasn’t injured. The suspect, who was later identified as 51 year old Tyler Miller, died at the hospital. No other suspects are being sought. A 1 mile stretch of Highway 89A was closed in both directions during the investigation that was worked in cooperation with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Sedona Police Department. It was reopened before 10 pm. The FBI hasn’t released any information on what led to the shooting. The incident remains under investigation.
School Boards look at leadership changes
The Prescott and Humboldt Unified School District Boards could be making changes in leadership. At 5 tonight, Prescott Board members will hold elections for President and Vice-President. Mayor Greg Mengeralli is the current President and John Mackin is the Vice-President. The meeting will take place in the District Office Board Room on South Granite Street. Also tonight, the Humboldt Unified School District Board will hold similar elections. Richard Adler is the current President and Suzie Roth is the current Vice-President. The meeting starts at 6:30 at Liberty Traditional School on Lake Valley Road. Both boards are required to hold organizational meetings between New Year’s Day and the 15th every year. This also includes the establishment of regular Board meetings and the official locations for posting of Board notices and agendas.
Public comment procedures
New public speaker procedures at Prescott City Council meetings will be in effect starting at 3 this afternoon. By a 6 to 1 vote during its December 19th meeting, Council approved a new format that will require public speakers fill out a card that will contain basic identification information. The time limit to speak has been reduced from 5 to 3 minutes. Mayor Greg Mengeralli explains those who attend Prescott City Council meetings aren’t saying much about the changes. The meeting, which will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street, will include consideration of a more than 21 million dollar Clean Water Loan. This loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority will be used for the first phase of a wastewater centralization project.
Highway 89A shootout
A Kansas man who was shot and killed on Highway 89A Friday by a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer was unarmed. Fifty-one year old Tyler Miller was heading to a spiritual retreat when the incident occurred. According to the FBI, while driving on a curvy mountain road, Miller apparently lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road where his vehicle hit a large rock.
It’s not known what exactly happened next, except that after Miller got out of his crashed vehicle, the officer shot him near the scene of the accident. A release from the Hutchison, Kansas law firm Bretz and Young states Miller Family Attorney Matt Bretz has been in contact with the FBI, which is handling the investigation. Bretz goes on to say the FBI has stated Miller wasn’t armed. The FBI has further stated they are conducting a full investigation and anticipate turning the matter over the U.S. Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against the Forest Service Officer.
Bank theft suspect denied job at law enforcement agency
A bank theft suspect has been arrested after he applied for a job with the law enforcement agency handling that investigation. Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says Bank of America filed a theft report against a former employee in October 2016. Kuhlt explains in this case, the suspect came to them. Kuhlt says a warrant wasn’t issued. Lopez is now facing a felony theft charge.