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Coconino County, AZ – The extended weekend encompassing June 30 – July 4 resulted in a large number of calls stemming from outdoor activity in Northern Arizona. Simultaneous priority incidents on July 4, a manhunt in Forest Lakes for a suspect in a shooting and an extended search for two missing children, took a large number of resources. Dry weather, warm temperatures, and fire restrictions also contributed to increased calls for service.
During the extended weekend, deputies responded to over 710 calls for service compared to 474 the previous Friday through Tuesday. Common over the July 4th weekend included: 77 disturbing the peace complaints; 79 calls related to fire, including possible fire ban and fireworks violations; 50 emergency medical situations, 51 motorist and public assists. Off-road vehicle traffic complaints; vehicle accidents; discharging of weapons/target shooting; and traffic stops also were high in number.
Deputies also used our variable message board to help provide fire ban information off FS 108. Deputies issued one citation for violation of fire ban.
Operation Dry Water: Our Deputies in the Page and Lake Powell areas participated in the Operation Dry Water Campaign http://www.operationdrywater.org/results. They made over 200 contacts with boaters on Lake Powell and issued 8 boating related citations. During contacts with boaters, deputies not only checked for impaired driving but also checked to make sure the right safety equipment was onboard and accessible.
Vehicle Collisions: There were several reported off road vehicle collisions. On July 1, deputies responded to a one vehicle, UTV roll over in the forested area near Munds Park. It resulted in four individuals being transported for medical treatment. Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in the collision. On July 1, a second incident near Mormon Mountain involved a truck and UTV but no injuries were reported. A hit and run involving an UTV and no injuries also was reported in the Munds Park forest area. On July 2, deputies responded to an injury accident involving a motorcycle and UTV which collided near the Sherwood Forest community.
Two other collisions reported over the holiday weekend involved vehicles versus deer / elk on Lake Mary Road and Townsend Winona Road.
Traffic / Moving Vehicle Stops: Deputies throughout the county conducted 110 traffic stops during the height of the weekend, resulting in 22 citations (including 2 boat citations), 13 written warnings, 3 repair orders, 2 DUI arrests, 1 drug arrests, and an arrest for an outstanding warrant.
Search and Rescue:
On July 2 at approximately 1:30 pm, the Sheriff’s Office was advised of a wildland fire in the Pumphouse Wash area near Forest Highlands and Kachina Village. Search and Rescue was called out for standby to assist deputies in the event community notification was needed.
On July 2 at approximately 11:30 am, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman who was hiking off FS164B, located off Hwy 180, who had become lost, fatigued and without water. A deputy located her approximately two miles from her vehicle. No further medical attention was needed.
On July 2 at approximately 6:30 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting assistance for two adults and three juveniles who overdue from a trip to Blue Ridge Reservoir. The caller called back shortly thereafter advising the individuals were no longer overdue.
On July 3 at approximately 9:40 am, the Sheriff’s Office received a call for a fall injury at Grasshopper Point. A 19 year old female who had been cliff jumping had not cleared a rock shelf. Sedona Fire District rescue teams and Coconino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to provide technical rescue of the injured person. The injured person was then transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.
On July 4 at approximately 10:30 am, the Sheriff’s Office received a call for a missing 6 year old girl and her 10 year old brother. The children were last seen at a child care giver’s residence in Mountain View Ranchos and had been playing in the yard. Deputies, Coconino Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and Summit Fire personnel responded. Approximately 1.5 hours into the search, a couple reported to deputies that two children matching the description had come into their yard, a residence approximately 2.5 miles away. The children asked for a ride to a residence in Fernwood where they said their grandparents lived. The couple provided them a ride. Deputies checked that and found the children had given false information and were not at the residence. After further searching the area, the children were located safely at a relative’s residence in Fernwood. The search spanned over 3 hours and some 12 miles.
Detention Facility: The Coconino County Detention Facility Flagstaff Facility which receives arrested persons from Coconino Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Police Department, Northern Arizona University Police, Williams Police, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety processed 147 bookings from June 30, 2017 through July 4, 2017, 32 of these were at the Page Facility.
Bookings included 1 DUI’s (individuals under age 21), 13 DUI’s (individuals over age 21); 8 alcohol related bookings, 2 drug related bookings, 10 domestic violence related bookings, 26 other felony bookings and 87 other misdemeanor bookings.
The Sheriff’s Office thanks all those individuals and other public safety agencies who assisted with responses during this holiday weekend and in helping to keep our community safe.