Cottonwood Police Department

  • Agency: Cottonwood Police Department
  • Address: 199 S 6th Street, Cottonwood, 86326 AZ
  • Chief: Jody Fanning (Chief of Police)
Phone: 928-634-4246
Fax: 928-639-0611
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Cottonwood Police Department is located at 199 S 6th Street, Cottonwood, 86326 AZ. The Chief of Police of the department is Jody Fanning. The Cottonwood Police Department phone number is 928-634-4246.

Cottonwood Police Department News

*** OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE *** Cottonwood Police Department DUI Patrol Cottonwood, AZ – The Cottonwood Police Department will be participating in a DUI saturation patrol on Saturday, January 20th as part of a DUI Task Force. Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community. Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in Cottonwood. The saturation patrol will begin in the evening and run until the early morning hours. Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence. We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation. ###

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - cottonwood, az 86326 – 928.634.4246 __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 27 YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A 15 YEAR-OLD FEMALE Cottonwood, Ariz, January 18, 2018 — During the evening hours of January 13th Phoenix Police contacted Cottonwood PD requesting assistance in attempting to locate a 15 year-old female runaway from their jurisdiction. Officers received information the 15 year-old female was believed to be in the company of an adult male subject who had been communicating with the juvenile through social media under the user name “Kiru Eternel” and the male subject possibly worked at a business in Cottonwood. Officers were able to identify the male subject as Aelynn Peytekewa, a 27 year-old Cottonwood resident. However, officers were unable to locate Peytekewa or the 15 year-old runaway that evening. The parents of the runaway persistently shared information about their missing daughter through social media. The parents were also in contact with the Cottonwood Police Department. As the investigation was furthered, with assistance from the parents, Prescott PD, Prescott Valley PD and Yavapai County Juvenile Detention, the 15 year-old female was located in Prescott a couple of days later. Additional interviews were conducted with the juvenile and her parents by Cottonwood PD and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives and initial evidence was collected. As the investigation continued it was revealed the runaway was brought to Cottonwood around the 11th of January by Peyketewa whom she’d met online approximately 2 years ago. The investigation also revealed the two to be in a sexual relationship. In the evening hours of January 17th, Cottonwood detectives, assisted by YCSO detectives, executed a search warrant at Peyketewa’s Cottonwood residence where additional evidence was located. Peyketewa was home at the time and arrested without incident. He was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center on 8 counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor. He is currently being held on a half-a-million dollar bond. Cottonwood Detective Aaron Scott said, “The successful conclusion of this investigation was achieved as a result of multiple local agencies working together toward a common goal. Furthermore, the victim and her family’s cooperation greatly aided in seeing this investigation through to a positive resolution.” In June 2017 Aelynn’s 23 year-old brother, Jayd Lawrence Roger Peyketewa was arrested in Yavapai County for Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation. In December 2017 Jayd Peyketewa was arrested for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; he subsequently pled guilty to both and is awaiting sentencing. Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk

Crime Free Multi-Housing Workshop February 12, 2018 Meet at Cottonwood Public Safety Multi Purpose Room 199 S. 6th Street--Cottonwood, AZ. Class is Free! 0800-0900 Crime Prevention Overview 0910-1000 Crime Free Program Overview 1010-1100 C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) 1110-1200 Applicant Screening/Selection 1200-1300 Lunch Break 1300-1400 Combating Illegal Activity (Drugs and Gangs) 1410-1520 Working with the Police 1530-1700 Serving Notices/ Evictions/ Fair Housing Laws MUST RSVP by calling Sgt. Monica Kuhlt at (928) 340-2113 or contact by e-mail mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov Or Sgt. Tod Moore at (928) 340-2116 e-mail tmoore@cottonwoodaz.gov Eligible properties must be within the city limits of Cottonwood to participate in class.

CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT January 18, 2018 Road Closure – 7th Street at Mingus Avenue Effective: Monday, January 22, 2018 This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. Motorists traveling on 7th Street between Aspen Street and Mingus Avenue can expect a road closure of 7th Street at the intersection of Mingus Avenue. Mingus Avenue will provide through traffic at this intersection; however, all turning movements to and from 7th Street will be prohibited. This closure will begin at 7:00am on Monday, January 22, 2018 with the roadway being opened back up by 5:00pm that day. For motorists traveling in the area a detour has been set up at 12th Street and Brian Mickelsen Parkway to get around this closure. All local businesses will remain open during construction. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in the area. If you have any questions, please contact: Martin Smith Project Manager msmith@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2773

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER Cottonwood, Ariz, — January 16, 2018 63 year-old Cottonwood resident, Bobby Carlyne Coffman, was arrested for felony disorderly conduct after recklessly discharging a deadly weapon. Officers were called to the 800 block of N. 15th Street for a report of shots fired around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Witnesses reportedly heard multiple shots fired near their residence and then saw Coffman walking from a nearby field carrying a small handgun. Coffman entered a residence in the 800 block of N. 15th Street. Officers identified Coffman’s residence and upon approach Coffman came outside. Coffman was detained and found to have a handgun in his jacket pocket and a cup of beer in his hand. Coffman was in possession of a 9X18 Fèg PA-63 of Hungary (handgun). 5 shell casings that matched the ammunition in Coffman’s gun were located in the field where witnesses reportedly saw him. During the interview Coffman admitted to consuming alcohol prior to discharging his firearm and surmised, “[I] just wanted to shoot the gun”, as his reason for popping off rounds in his neighborhood.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood armed robbery suspect apprehended Cottonwood, Ariz, January 17, 2018 — Lewis Larry Bradley, 28 year-old Clarkdale resident wanted for the armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft was apprehended by the Yavapai Apache Tribal Police Department on January 12th, for an incident that occurred 2 days earlier in the 600 block of West Mingus Avenue. Bradley allegedly robbed the victim after Bradley assaulted him with a tire iron and then took the victim’s bike, book bag and money. Bradley was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and theft. Armed robbery and aggravated assault are felonies. The victim was transported to the hospital for medical treatment after the assault but has since been released. The victim’s property has not been recovered.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Suspect caught red-handed trying to break into cars Cottonwood, Ariz, January 11, 2018 — 27 year-old Skylar Darrell Issac Griffith of Cottonwood was arrested on January 10th at approximately 1 AM for 2 counts of attempted vehicle burglary (felony) and one count of criminal damage (misdemeanor). Cottonwood officers were called to the 600 block of N. 7 Street because someone had thrown something through the victim’s window of their residence. The victim provided a good description of the suspect, later identified as, Skylar Griffith. Upon further investigation it was discovered Griffith also went through the victim’s vehicles before breaking the window. Griffith was found nearby and denied any involvement, however, evidence was found at the scene as well as on Griffith connecting him to the crimes. Some of the evidence was blood on the victim’s vehicles and fresh blood on Griffith’s hands. Griffith said he was walking home from a bar in Old Town and was now upset with himself because he is on intensive probation and not allowed to consume alcohol. A records check confirmed Griffith is in fact on intensive probation. Griffith was arrested and charged with attempted burglary and criminal damage and his probation officer was notified. (###) for additional information contact: SERGEANT MONICA KUHLT AT MKUHLT@COTTONWOODAZ.GOV OR (928) 340-2113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cottonwood, Ariz, January 9, 2018 — January 7, 2018 during the evening hours, 34 year-old Cottonwood resident, Aaron Allan Hipp was arrested for the following charges after a traffic stop: prohibited possessor in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia; felonies. He was also charged with failure to identify a weapon upon request from police and driving on a suspended; misdemeanors. Sunday evening Hipp was stopped in the 100 block of N. 17th Street for traffic violations. Hipp was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Officers inquired about any guns in the vehicle to which Hipp denied. Hipp was subsequently arrested for the suspended driver’s license, possession of a firearm while being a prohibited possessor, failure to identify a weapon/firearm upon request from police and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hipp was in possession of a SKS rifle, magazines with ammo, 2 airsoft guns that replicate real handguns, a gorilla mask, black balaclava, scanner and glass pipe with burnt residue (methamphetamine pipe). “Officer Clark’s approach to traffic enforcement and situational awareness helped take a dangerous weapon and felon off of the streets”, stated Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, Cottonwood spokesperson. “Based on my law enforcement training and experience the items, collectively, seized from Hipp’s vehicle are often used in illicit activity such as robberies. While we haven’t linked Hipp or these items to any robberies or other criminal activity this investigation is still ongoing. We’re seeking any information from the public,” continued Sgt. Kuhlt. (###) for additional information contact: SERGEANT MONICA KUHLT AT MKUHLT@COTTONWOODAZ.GOV OR (928) 340-2113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cottonwood, Ariz, January 10, 2018 — 28 year-old Clarkdale resident, Lewis Larry Bradley, is wanted for questioning by Cottonwood Police for allegedly committing armed robbery and assault. During the early morning hours of the 10th, Bradley allegedly struck the victim in the head with a tire iron then took their bike, book bag and money. Bradley was last seen wearing dark clothing and had a white bandana partially covering his face. He is described as a Black Native American male, 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 265 pounds with black eyes and long black hair. If anyone has information on Bradley’s whereabouts they are encouraged to call Cottonwood PD at 928.649.1397. Or Silent Witness at 800.932.3232 with information on his whereabouts and they never have to give their name.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cottonwood, Ariz January 9, 2018, The Cottonwood Police Department Bike Patrol program was established in 1994. Members of the bike team are expected to be exceptionally physically fit and are those who routinely participate in exercise and wellness programs in and outside of the police department. One of the signature trademarks of the bike patrol is to provide community-oriented policing services, bicycle-related education and demonstrate safe riding skills within the City of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley. Prior to or shortly after assignment to the team, bike patrol members complete a rigorous 40 hour bicycle patrol course through the International Police Mountain Bike Association or I.P.M.B.A. that covers a variety of topics including riding in rural and urban terrain, bicycle mechanics and nomenclature, bicycle patrol tactics and fitness and nutrition. The course ends with a signature 60 mile bicycle ride through various parts of the valley. “Bike patrol is a contemporary policing practice that brings officers closer to the public without the traditional barriers of patrol vehicles, when appropriate,” said Bike Patrol Sergeant Gareth Braxton. He added, “We are thankful for the extraordinary efforts and generosity of the Cottonwood Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City of Cottonwood, community members and of course, Verde Valley Bicycle Company, without whom this would not be possible. Cottonwood is a great city for road and mountain bike enthusiasts alike.” Further information on police bike patrol may be found at www.ipmba.org (###) for additional information contact: SERGEANT MONICA KUHLT AT MKUHLT@COTTONWOODAZ.GOV OR (928) 340-2113

Recently officers came across people posing as homeless and panhandling for your hard-earned money. One couple was from Phoenix while another one is from Cottonwood but opted to stand at a corner asking for money rather than participating in community service to work off his fines. None of them are homeless. It’s not uncommon for some panhandler to use tactics like these to get well-intended and hardworking individuals to give up their money. If you want to donate to the (truly) homeless you can do so through Cottonwood Cares (www.CottonwoodCares.com). Donors can rest assured their hard-earned money will go to programs that actually help those in need transition away from homelessness and your donation is tax deductible.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hit and run suspect grabs his gallon of whiskey before running away Cottonwood, Ariz January 8, 2018, — On Friday evening the 5th Cottonwood officers responded to the 1100 block of South State Route 260 for a hit & run accident. Witnesses reported a Gold van struck one vehicle head-on causing the van to spin around sideswiping another vehicle. The van fled the area and stopped in the parking lot of 76 gas station near Walmart. The suspect, 24 year-old Camp Verde resident Andrew Marcus James was seen by witnesses grabbing a gallon bottle of Captain Morgan and fleeing on foot. James was located in the parking lot of Walmart where he was subsequently arrested and booked for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and false reporting to law enforcement. James refused to provide a breath sample so a search warrant was issued for his blood. James may face additional charges once his blood results are in. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. for additional information contact: SERGEANT MONICA KUHLT AT MKUHLT@COTTONWOODAZ.GOV OR (928) 340-2113

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Suspect in bank theft applies for employment with the police agency handling the investigation. Cottonwood, Ariz January 8, 2018, — On January 4, 2018, 32 year-old Phoenix resident, Alberto Saavedra Lopez was arrested for felony theft after he arrived at Cottonwood Police Department for a job interview. Bank of America filed a theft report in October of 2016. They suspected employee, Alberto Lopez, who allegedly stole $5,000.00 between July and September of 2016. Lopez quit and moved to Phoenix and refused to cooperate by missing appointments and refusing to answer phone calls. The investigation was sent to the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office for charges and a warrant to be issued. However, in December of 2017 Lopez applied for a dispatch position with the City of Cottonwood Police Department. Probable cause for arrest existed so Lopez was contacted and a meeting for employment was arranged. When Lopez arrived at the police department he was advised he was under arrest for felony theft related to the Bank of America investigation and subsequently, out of the running for employment with the police department. Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk

SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT FREE WORKSHOP WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO STAY SAFE Verde Valley Sanctuary is hosting a free two-hour workshop about Sexual Harassment and Assault. Participants will receive practical advice on how to stay safe and handle a variety of situations where harassment and assault commonly occurs. The workshop is open to men, women and teenagers. • Learn how to protect oneself from physical and psychological harassment. Practical tips for dealing with situations at school, work and personal relationships. • Learn what you need to know about the law, proper documentation, and when to get the police involved • Learn Basic Self Defense SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM SEDONA PUBLIC LIBRARY REGISTER: WWW. VERDEVALLEYSANCTUARY.ORG PRESENTERS Lisa Davis, MAMFT, Outreach Director - Verde Valley Sanctuary Johannah Rutschow, Victim Advocate - Cottonwood Police Department Laura J. Hamblin, JD, SPHR, SHRM, SCP - Employment Law & H.R. Consulting Master Steve Wills Traveling Master

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood, Ariz, January 3rd, 2018 — Between November 23rd and December 31st, 2017 Cottonwood Police Department participated in DUI Saturation Patrol targeting impaired drivers during the holiday season. As a result of DUI specific patrol: • 74 contacts or stops were made; • 6 of those drivers were identified as designated drivers; • One was charged with aggravated DUI (felony); • 7 arrests were made for misdemeanor DUI; • Three of the arrests were for extreme DUI; • The average blood alcohol level was .140% BrAC; • 2 arrests for DUI/Drugs; • 1 warrant arrest The DUI Saturation Patrol included patrolling Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona and everywhere in between. “These details were made possible by grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and remember folks, if you drive hammered, you will get nailed,” said Roger Scarim- Cottonwood Motor Officer. (###)

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD/index2.php Cottonwood, Ariz, January 3rd, 2018 — Between November 23rd and December 31st, 2017 Cottonwood Police Department participated in DUI Saturation Patrol targeting impaired drivers during the holiday season. As a result of DUI specific patrol: • 74 contacts or stops were made; • 6 of those drivers were identified as designated drivers; • One was charged with aggravated DUI (felony); • 7 arrests were made for misdemeanor DUI; • Three of the arrests were for extreme DUI; • The average blood alcohol level was .140% BrAC; • 2 arrests for DUI/Drugs; • 1 warrant arrest The DUI Saturation Patrol included patrolling Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona and everywhere in between. “These details were made possible by grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and remember folks, if you drive hammered, you will get nailed,” said Roger Scarim- Cottonwood Motor Officer.

Warrant Arrest Yields More Drugs Over the past week, the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force (P.A.N.T.) received information from another Arizona Drug Task Force that suggested 34 year-old Michael Margerison of Page may have recently moved into Yavapai County and that he had an active felony warrant issued for his arrest. The arrest warrant stemmed from charges related to Fraud, Conspiracy to Transport Dangerous Drugs for Sale and Money Laundering. On December 20th 2017 at approximately 4:24 PM, P.A.N.T. Detectives, with information from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, located Margerison in 900 block of S. Main Street in Cottonwood. Margerison was contacted and arrested without incident by Detectives as he was seated, parked inside of his vehicle. Detectives also located approximately 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia on his person as he was taken into custody. His passenger, 24 year-old Aquilino Exposito IV, also of Page, was taken into custody as well after a usable amount of heroin, used syringes and other paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle after it was searched. Both Margerison and Exposito were booked in at the Yavapai County Detention Center on charges of Felony Warrant, Possession of Dangerous Drugs (methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Narcotic Drugs (heroin) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, respectively. “We are thankful for the information we receive on a daily basis from law enforcement and community members who provide us with the ability to further investigate these types of crimes. It reinforces the efforts and makes a statement that everyone shares a significant role in helping alleviate drugs from our communities, said P.A.N.T. Detective Sergeant Gareth Braxton. He went on to say, “We are grateful for those relationships.”

Cottonwood Police Communication Center received several 9-1-1 calls Friday night (Dec. 22nd) about lights over the Verde Valley. Please share with us if you captured the lights where you were. Below is an explanation of those lights.

Kratos with the Cottonwood Police Department and Claymore from Camp Verde Marshal's Office