Three alleged shoplifting suspects have been arrested. On Monday afternoon, Prescott Police officers responded to a shoplifting in progress at the Sears store in the Gateway Mall. Sears employees advised that a vehicle had left the scene along with a suspect running on foot towards Highway 69. While officers were en route, 50 year old Quentin Jackson attempted to gain entry into 2 vehicles on Highway 69 and threatened to kill one of the drivers if he did not drive him away from the area. Jackson was arrested for burglary, threatening and intimidation, shoplifting and possession of burglary tools and stolen property. 54 year old Walter Benton and 49 year old Debbie Resendez were also arrested for facilitation and possession of stolen property. Further information led police to a local motel where more than 2600 dollars worth of stolen merchandise was recovered.
A 50 year old Dewey-Humboldt man has pled guilty to numerous charges. Andrew Hellman’s plea agreement on 2 counts of child molestation, 6 counts of attempted molestation of a child and 4 counts of indecent exposure mandates a prison term of no less than 20 years with a maximum of 143 years in prison. Last October, Hellman was arrested after he made statements to an acquaintance indicating he had been molesting his daughters. Subsequent interviews of the victims revealed the molestations occurred in the beginning of 2004 and ended with Hellman’s arrest. His sentencing is scheduled for November 9th in Yavapai County Superior Court.
The Prescott Municipal Property Corporation meets at 2 tomorrow afternoon. Agenda items include review of annual financial reports and the history of the Corporation, discussion of potential future Corporation debt issues and election of officers. The meeting will be held in City Council chambers.
Also at 2 tomorrow, a joint City Council and Water Conservation Committee workshop will be held at the Community Adult Center on Rosser Street. The program will feature City of Tucson Councilman Rodney Glassman, who will discuss his city’s rainwater harvesting ordinances and share its success. Members of the public are invited to attend the workshop.
Prescribed burns are scheduled to start tomorrow. Pending favorable conditions, Prescott National Forest fire managers are planning on burning 1500 acres west of Hyde Mountain in the Camp Wood area tomorrow and Friday. From Sunday through Saturday, October 24th, 320 acres will be treated north of Towers Mountain in the Horsethief Basin area and 1500 acres will be treated south of Battleship Butte in the Minnehaha area. Depending on conditions, any of the areas may be treated during the week. The Forest Service prepares comprehensive fire plans in advance of any prescribed burn project. The plan specifies information on weather and fuel conditions that must exist before a fire will be ignited. All fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Kimber Lanning is stressing the importance of shopping locally to the City of Prescott. Lanning, who is the founder and executive director of Local First Arizona, was before City Council members to discuss the 10 percent shift. This is a statewide campaign that encourages citizens, business owners, non-profits and government agencies to shift their spending 10 percent from national to local businesses. Lanning says this campaign is not anti-national business:
Local First Arizona is a non-profit organization established in 2003 and it has over 1700 members.