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Coconino County, AZ – The men and women of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office stayed very busy responding to calls for service as well as conducting proactive law enforcement and public education contacts during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Between the time frame beginning at 6:00 pm Friday, May 24, 2013 and ending at midnight on Monday, May 27, 2013 Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to approximately 300 Calls for Service from citizens as well as conducting over 550 officer initiated activity such as area patrols, business checks, traffic stops, and other public contacts. A total of 73 departmental reports were taken on the weekend activity.
Calls for Service included over 40 calls reports of illegal campfires or other suspected violations of the ban on open fires. Calls for service also included approximately 25 Disturbing the Peace issues. Deputies performed over 40 public and motorists’ assists and responded to 20 medical related calls.
Three motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries occurred, one of which involved a motorcycle and two which occurred in recreational areas (Cinder Lakes OHV area and White Horse Lake Campground area). Officers made contact with over 30 OHV (Off Highway Vehicles, ATV’s, etc.) to provide education regarding OHV safety. Deputies conducted 184 Traffic Stops throughout the weekend resulting in 53 speed citations. While citations were issued for several alcohol violations, there were no DUI arrests from holiday traffic activity.
With the beginning of summer activities and increased recreation on Lake Powell, our Boat Patrol contacted over 98 boaters to provide education regarding safe boating activities. Fourteen Title 5 Boat Citations were issued for violations over the weekend.
The Sheriff’s Office also received several Search and Rescue (SAR) calls, several which were for children or teens, including a call involving a three-year-old, who had wandered away from their family’s camps. These were resolved with the assistance of patrol and bystanders and the return of the lost individuals to their parties. Two additional SAR events required a call out of the Search and Rescue Unit. One was a call received on Saturday 5/26/13 for an overdue mountain biker who was lost between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon. The subject was located at Hanks Trading Post after being picked up by a motorcyclist near SP Crater on Sunday afternoon. Agencies involved in the search included the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (patrol and SAR Unit), Guardian Air Transport, National Park Service, and US Forest Service. The second SAR Unit call out was for a body recovery on Monday 5/27/13. Detectives and the Medical Examiner’s Office are currently investigating the nature of the death.
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