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Coconino County, AZ – From Friday May 23 at noon through Monday May 26 at midnight, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to some 400 calls for service and conducted some 350 on-sight assignments. Due to the Slide Fire, Sheriff’s Office staff also maintained 24 hour security presence for residences in the evacuated and pre-evacuation notice areas of Kachina Village, Forest Highlands, and Oak Creek Canyon.
Over the holiday weekend, deputies completed a total of 58 long form reports detailing information on criminal, civil and suspicious incidents. They investigated two motor vehicle collisions resulting in minor injuries. One of the collisions involved a DUI driver on a Forest Service Road. Three other DUI related arrests also were made by Sheriff Deputies during the holiday weekend. Two reports were taken for burglaries that had occurred sometime in the past in the Perkinsville and Junipine Estates areas of the Williams District.
Deputies investigated over 62 fire ban related calls and over a dozen calls related to shots fired and shooting regulations. While many of the fire ban related calls were unsubstantiated, two of the fire ban calls resulted in citations and warnings were issued to multiple other persons. Under investigation is a structure fire that resulted in the loss of a barn in the Mt View Ranchos area of Doney Park. Other calls for service involved Motorists/Public Assists, Emergency Medical Service, Disturbing the Peace, and Threatening/Intimidating incidents.
Deputies also conducted waterway patrols on Lake Powell; Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Patrols in the areas of Mormon Lake, Munds Park, and Cinder Lake; and traffic patrols throughout the county. Deputies conducting waterway and OHV patrols contacted over 150 citizens to educate them about boating and OHV safety.
Some 145 Traffic Stops were conducted, resulting in over 30 Citations. Among the citations issued were: 16 Speed Violations, 3 Child Restraint Violations, 3 Title-4 Alcohol Violations. Other citations also were issued for driving on suspended license, and other license or insurance infractions. Other on-sight or self-initiated activity included 83 forest patrols, 124 neighborhood or area patrols, 53 business checks and 40 field interview contacts.
Three calls for service were for missing or overdue persons. On 5/24/14 a 9 year old was reported missing from a camp in the Apache Maid area near Stoneman Lake. The child was located without further incident. On 5/26/14 two calls for service were for adults that were overdue from recreation activities on the forest. Both were located without further incident and did not require call out of Search and Rescue volunteers.
The Coconino County Detention Facility processed 117 bookings from 5/23/14 noon through 5/26/14 midnight; 22 of the bookings were at the Page Detention Facility. Because both are regional holding facilities, bookings are from multiple law enforcement agencies throughout Coconino County.
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Public and Media Contact: Erika Wiltenmuth, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5009