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Newslog for 11/4/19


By Gulsen Ozdemir


-Arizona Wizard Rock Is Back!-

The missing boulder from Prescott National Forest is back. 1-ton boulder, also known as the Wizard Rock, went missing in October. In a statement, Prescott National Forest has said that heavy equipment must have been used to bring it back and it is still a mystery who had taken it. Park officials say that they are going to move the giant rock to a location where visitors can easily view it.

-Tempe Police Struck By Wrong-way Driver-

In the early hours of Monday morning, two Tempe police officers were hit by a wrong-way driver on Route 51 when they were heading to Pheonix for an investigation. Officers were driving in separate police cars, but they both were hit by the impaired driver who has been identified as a 27-year-old Ohio man. The officers survived the crash with minor injuries whereas the wrong-way driver has been hospitalized with serious injuries.
(Photo Courtesy: Department of Public Safety)

-Grand Theft: Elementary School Edition-

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has said that one of three suspects involved in a theft at San Tan Valley Elementary School in July has been arrested. On Thursday, 18-year-old Nathan Ortiz admitted involving in the theft. In July, three suspects wearing masks entered the school and stole a van and 22 laptops. Police found the van the next day in Phoenix, but somehow it was stolen again the following day. On the third day, police found the van again. There is no information regarding the laptops and two suspects are still at-large.

(Photo Courtesy: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office)


-Winslow To Get Public Transportation-

City of Winslow is waiting on ADOT and NAIPTA to come for a solution in order to move the public transportation plan forward. In 2018, Winslow started a campaign to bring public transportation into town, but there have been setbacks. ADOT has said that the money given to City of Winslow is for the city only, and therefore cannot be used for the transportation project. But NAIPTA officials say they are working on overcoming the final obstacles to move on. Furthermore, the city is planning a Winslow/Flagstaff and Winslow/Holbrook commuter road.

(Photo Courtesy: L. Parsons)


  • Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd, 1842
  • U.S. Postmaster General asks all houses to get mailboxes, 1922
  • Calvin Collidge becomes the 30th President, 1924
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the 34th President, 1952
  • Carol Moseley Braun is the first African-American U.S. Senator elected, 1992


Winslow is holding its 73rd Annual Christmas Parade on November 23 at 1:00PM!


By Bill McGuire

-The Philadelphia 76er’s vs. Phoenix Suns-

The Suns (4-2) will host the 76er’s(5-0), tonight at the Talking-stick Arena @ 7:00 p.m. watch the game on FSAZ. According to the NBA power rankings the 76er’s are on top at #1, while the Suns with a respectable record of 4-2 are sitting, at #12 (last week at #14. Tonight’s game will be the first, of a six game, home-stand. On Thursday the Suns will play host to the Miami Heat.

-Navajo County Sheriff’s Report-

Provided by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office

The following information is from calls for service from Sunday, October 27, 2019 through Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The unincorporated areas surrounding Holbrook, Joseph City, and Winslow including Adamana, Goodwater, Sun Valley, Woodruff, and Chevelon Canyon are provided law enforcement services by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, October 29, 2019, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on State Route 87 mile post 353 on a vehicle for a speed violation.  Upon further investigation the driver was to be driving without a license and in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Dominic East (Keams Canyon Az) was cited and released for the mentioned violations.

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, Deputies responded to the Hopi Travel Plaza for a report of theft of fuel from a semi-truck.  Over 100 gallons of fuel was siphoned out of the truck. Deputies still investigating.

The unincorporated areas of Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Claysprings, Overgaard, Heber, Snowflake and White Mountain Lake areas are provided law enforcement services by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office. The following are some of the calls for service for the week of October 27, 2019 through November 2, 2019.

On Sunday October 27, 2019 Deputies responded to the 3800 block of Cortez Road in Snowflake reference an Order of Protection violation. After further investigation, Andy Orr, (43) of Snowflake was arrested for violation of a court order. Andy was booked into the Navajo County Show Low Annex.

On Monday October 28,2019 Deputies responded to the 300 block of Pinecone Dr in Lakeside to contact Samantha May (24) of Lakeside reference valid warrants. Samantha was arrested for the valid warrant and booked into the Navajo County Show Low Annex.

On Tuesday October 29,2019 Deputies responded to the 2200 block of SR260 in Overgaard reference a road rage incident. After investigation, Tabitha Bush, (23) of Overgaard was arrested for assault. Tabitha was cited and released from the scene.

On Tuesday October 29,2019 Deputies performed a traffic stop at White Mountain Boulevard and Burke Lane for speed. After investigation the driver, Sheena Joe, (36) of Winslow was arrested for driving with a cancelled license. Sheena was cited and released from the scene.

On Wednesday October 30,2019 Deputies responded to the 6000 block of F Street in Lakeside reference a disturbance at the residence. After investigation, Jayson Smith, (19) of Pinetop was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage. Jayson was booked into the Navajo County Show Low Annex.

On Thursday October 31,2019 Deputies conducted a field interview in the Snowflake area. Upon further investigation, David Turner, (48) of Snowflake was arrested for a valid warrant. Upon arresting David, two more charges of possession of marijuana, and Possession of drug paraphernalia were added. David was booked into the Navajo County Show Low Annex.

On Thursday October 31,2019 Deputies responded to the 2000 block of Highway 277 in Heber reference a domestic violence incident. After investigation, Anna Dehut, (45), of Heber was arrested for disorderly conduct DV, and criminal damage DV. Anna was booked into the Navajo County Show Low Annex.

If you have any information that would assist the Sheriff’s Office in keeping your community safe, please contact a supervisor or deputy at any one of the local numbers: (928)536-7327, (928)532-6060, (928)535-7111, (928)524-4050, or (928)289-6850.   Information can also be provided confidentially to WeTip at 1-800-782-7463.

ATV/Motorcycle operators please remember anyone riding on a public road (dirt or pavement) must have the proper license and other applicable paperwork.  Any operator of an ATV/Motorcycle is responsible to know the laws associated with operating his or her ATV/Motorcycle.  

Please remember no matter the time of the year, you must possess a burn permit issued by your local police or fire department for any outdoor burning. Your compliance is very much appreciated.

Sheriff’s Axillary Volunteer’s want everyone to know they do house watches as part of their services, would like to extend this service to those who have part-time homes in the area, and those leaving on vacation etc…. Please call the Sheriff’s Office to speak to or leave a message for the Sheriff’s Axillary Volunteer’s Director for your community.

Please remember to buckle up and watch out for motorcycles and ATV’s on the roadways. Be courteous to other drivers and if you must consume alcohol get a designated driver, not a DUI.