Today: Jul 18 , 2019


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Music on the Plaza

Kickoff for the Central Arizona Concert Band.

It was a perfect evening at the Courthouse Plaza, the summer sun had given way to cool breezes making for the ideal setting of the kickoff concert for the Summer Concert Series of the Central Arizona Concert Band. The third Thursday of each month; June, July, and August the Central Arizona Concert Band offers an evening of music for free just off the steps of the courthouse. The venue could not be better, children run and play in the grass, and the audience settles down on the grass in lawn chairs or even reclining on blankets. Some will even come with a little picnic to enjoy while taking in the wonderful melodies of the band.

Each month, the Central Arizona Concert Band has a variety of music, largely made up of fun marches, and lively music from great composers like John Philip Sousa or Henry Fillmore. Most of the songs even have the audience tapping their toes or bopping their head in time with the music. There were fun songs like, the Batman Soundtrack Highlights, or a song which captured the sounds of traffic, complete with a little horn honking, causing the audience to giggle at the sound. Each song though had the attention of the audience.

Every year I look forward to attending the concert series in the square and am looking forward to seeing new faces, and familiar friends, as well as seeing what wonderful songs they will perform in the next couple months. Future concert dates include, July 18th and August 15th. Both at 7pm and in the courthouse square. Can’t make the next two evens, don’t despair, Central Arizona Concert Band also has performances at the Embry-Riddle Campus through the rest of the year.

So if you are looking for a family friendly, all ages, lots of fun experience, get down to the courthouse. Maybe snag a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants off the square, or even have a picnic while listening to the music. One thing is for certain, you won’t regret it.

Kevin King was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Detectives investigating the homicide of a 16-year-old teen on June 16, 2019, off Perkinsville Road east of Chino Valley, learned that 21-year-old Kevin King from Chino Valley provided alcohol and marijuana to the underage persons involved in the incident. 

During interviews and follow-up on the homicide case, individuals who were at the homicide scene admitted asking King to purchase alcohol for them earlier that day. King agreed and sold a small quantity of marijuana and provided alcohol to the group purchased from a Chino Valley business on June 16, 2019. At the homicide scene, detectives noted recovering a quantity of marijuana allegedly sold by King that day. 

Yesterday, detectives went to the identified Chino Valley business and located video confirming King’s purchase of alcohol on June 16, 2019, around 1:30 PM. The purchase was then provided to the teenaged foursome. King was then given a ride home before the group headed out to the Perkinsville Road area where the homicide occurred. The group included the previously named suspect, victim, and 2 additional males age 18 and 19. (prior media release attached). 

During an interview, King admitted to the allegations and was aware everyone in the group was underage. 

King was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Sales of Marijuana, Furnishing Liquor to an Underage Person, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. King is currently on probation for involving a minor in a drug offense in Yavapai County. 

He is being held without bond. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260  or the YCSO website: 


Dr. Kelli Ward to speak on June 22.

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