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

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 MAN ARRESTED FOR CHARGES INCLUDING INDECENT EXPOSURE Cottonwood, Ariz, June 22, 2018- Officers were called to Walmart Thursday evening around 6:30 pm for a disorderly male subject threatening people inside the store. The suspect, later identified as 20 year-old Scott Cunningham of Cottonwood, left the store but continued behaving strangely. The officer located Cunningham in the area of Rio Mesa and Carpenter lane with his pants down exposing himself. The officer described Cunningham’s facial expression as the “thousand mile stare” who would not comply with directions. At one point, Cunningham tried to get into a vehicle that was stopped due to him being in the roadway. The officer stopped him at which point Cunningham punch the officer in the face and subsequently had a Taser deployed on him. Cunningham was transported to the hospital for medical clearance and then booked into jail for aggravated assault on a police officer (felony), indecent exposure (misdemeanor), resisting arrest (felon) and disorderly conduct (misdemeanor). The cause of this behavior has not yet been determined but substance abuse is suspected.

Cottonwood Police Department MEDIA 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 Multiple Agencies Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Active Shooter Training Utilizing “Rescue Task Force” model. Cottonwood, Ariz, June 20, 2018 — Cottonwood Police and Fire Departments hosted Active Shooter training and exercises involving multiple local fire and medical agencies Wednesday morning at Cottonwood Elementary School. The event focused on the relatively new concept of inserting EMS personnel into a “warm zone” rather than the traditional staging response. Integration of EMS personnel with law enforcement in such environments is also referred to as the “rescue task force model”. Cottonwood Police, Cottonwood Fire and Medical, Verde Valley Fire District, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical and Verde Valley Ambulance all participated in the exercise at Cottonwood Elementary School. Cottonwood Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Troy Hoke and CPD Detective Scott Dever coordinated the exercise. Cottonwood Police and Fire have trained together under the rescue task force model for the last four years and recognized the need to involve the surrounding agencies considering the resource demands these events typically involve. “The need to work together across jurisdictional lines is essential to effectively manage most of these types of incidents and this type of training contributes to and reinforces the cooperation between area public safety agencies” stated Cottonwood Fire Chief Mike Kuykendall. “Painful lessons have been learned across the country that have taught us these types of dynamic events require closer collaboration between emergency responders, especially police and EMS personnel. It’s no secret, time is of the essence when lives are at stake. As a result, paradigms must be broken and we must evolve.” – Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell For additional information contact Detective Scott Dever at sdever@cottonwoodaz.gov or Battalion Chief Troy Hoke at thoke@cottonwoodaz.gov (###)

The Cottonwood Police Department is encouraging all residents and visitors to register for CodeRED® notifications.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 ________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood Police Department partnering with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for Emergency Public Notifications Cottonwood, Ariz, June 19, 2018 — Until recently, the Cottonwood Police Department utilized a web based system locally branded as CENS or the Cottonwood Emergency Notification System. CENS, an InspironLogistics® product, allowed for the notification of emergencies or other important public safety related details to citizens via email, text message, or voice calls. Purchased 9-1-1 records allowed for a “reverse 911” type of notification while wireless users were encouraged to opt in by registering for text or email notifications. “The CENS system was utilized very rarely for public notifications. As a municipality within Yavapai County, we were operating as an island in terms of public notification. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office utilizes CodeRED® for emergency public notification for all of Yavapai County. It just did not make sense fiscally or operationally to have two notification systems essentially serving the same area with the potential to send conflicting messages, “stated Communications Manager, Marie Carpenter. In 2014, when the Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center began providing Fire/EMS dispatching services, the product HipLink® was acquired to allow for CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) software details to be relayed directly to Fire/EMS responders. “Our CAD vendor required a specific product for CAD to device messaging. We had a limited number of receiver licenses initially and they were used exclusively for Fire/EMS operations,” stated Carpenter. “CENS was utilized on a regular basis, however,” stated Carpenter. “We found that being able to create messaging groups of our responders in the police department made for very thorough and efficient notification to manpower groups. We were very pleased with the CENS product, but again operational and fiscal efficiency were principal factors. After careful consideration, we made the decision to increase the number of receiver licenses and began using HipLink® for all internal operations notifications, so we could discontinue the revolving annual expense for CENS.” Cottonwood Police Department leadership reached out to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office regarding emergency public notifications and the use of CodeRED®. YCSO was very amenable to working with the Cottonwood Police Department to send emergency public notifications out on Cottonwood’s behalf, should an incident require a public notification. The Cottonwood Police Department is encouraging all residents and visitors to register for CodeRED® notifications by visiting http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System. A link is also available on the City of Cottonwood website. Residents and visitors are also encouraged to download the app to begin receiving notifications from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office immediately. The app is available for a free download on the App Store and Google Play. Carpenter added, “I would also recommend that residents and visitors familiarize themselves with the Emergency Information Network website and the “READY, SET, GO!” program by visiting https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for tips on preparedness, awareness, and evacuation.” (###)

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City of Cottonwood Police Department Systems Coordinator Julie Murie retires on June 8th, 2018 after 25 years of dedicated service. Congratulations and good luck on your future endeavors!!

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 Suspect Arrested in Colorado for Charges in Cottonwood Cottonwood, Ariz, June 15, 2018 — In January of this year Larry Green Chevrolet in Cottonwood reported internal cash thefts estimated to be thousands of dollars. The investigation revealed ex-employee, 47 year-old Cory Randall Janzen, was suspected in the thefts. Additional investigation indicated he had since left the state and moved to Colorado. However, before he left he reportedly accepted cash payments from several customers for repair work on their vehicles and didn’t receipt the monies properly through accounts receivable in excess of fourteen thousand dollars. Detectives presented the case to the Yavapai County Grand Jury where a true bill was handed down for an indictment. Subsequently, a felony arrest warrant was issued through Yavapai County Superior Court for Janzen’s arrest for one count of theft, a class three felony and one count of fraudulent schemes, a class two felony. Detectives coordinated arrest efforts with law enforcement personnel in Trinidad, Colorado and on June 12, 2018 Janzen was taken into custody and booked into the Las Animas County jail in Colorado. He is awaiting extradition to Yavapai County.

CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT June 7, 2018 Street Asphalt Seal Work Effective: Monday, June 11, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018 This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. The City of Cottonwood is continuing work to seal the asphalt on several of the City’s streets. While this work is in progress it will impact the normal traffic flow of those streets. During this work one side of the street will be closed for up to 4 hours while work is being performed and the asphalt seal cures. Expect potential traffic delays in these areas. Below is a schedule of which roadways will be impacted and when.  Monday, June 11, 2018 (This will be overnight work commencing at 7:00pm) • 10th Street, north of Main Street to the Verde River bridge south of Dead Horse State Park (southbound only) • Willard Street from Highway 89A to Mingus Avenue (westbound only)  Tuesday, June 12, 2018 • No work performed / no impacts on traffic patterns  Wednesday, June 13, 2018 • Mingus Avenue (Mesquite Hills Subdivision to Highway 89A) o Westbound lane anticipated to be completed during morning hours o Eastbound lane anticipated to be completed during afternoon hours o A pilot vehicle will be used to route traffic through the work area.  Thursday, June 14, 2018 • Willard Street (Fir Street to Highway 89A) o Westbound lane anticipated to be completed during morning hours o Eastbound lane anticipated to be completed during afternoon hours o A pilot vehicle will be used to route traffic through the work area.  Friday, June 15, 2018 • 10th Street (Mingus Avenue to Main Street) o Westbound lane anticipated to be completed during morning hours o Eastbound lane anticipated to be completed during afternoon hours o 10th Street will be reduced to one-way traffic during construction • 12th Street (Highway 89A to Mingus Avenue) o Southbound lane anticipated to be completed during morning hours o Northbound lane anticipated to be completed during afternoon hours o 12th Street will be reduced to one-way traffic during construction For motorists traveling in these areas expect potential traffic delays as work is being performed. All local businesses and residences in the affected areas will remain accessible during this work. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in these areas. 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 ________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Gareth Braxton-Johnson Cottonwood Police Department gjohnson@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 634-4246 ext. 2055 APARTMENT FIRE LEADS TO MULTIPLE EVACUATIONS Cottonwood, AZ, June 2, 2018 — Yesterday evening at approximately 8:56 PM, Cottonwood Police Officers responded to the Courtside Apartment Complex located at 220 S. 6th Street in reference to an apartment on fire. Officers were first on scene and began evacuating the 8 apartments located in the 400 building. They were able to get all occupants accounted for and out of the residence safely with only one person reporting a minor injury (abrasion to her arm) as she left the building. It was later learned that all pets were accounted for as well. During the evacuations the fire had spread through to the roof and several of the apartments sustained heavy damage as a result. The Cottonwood Fire Department responded and was able to extinguish the fire and prevented it from spreading to other buildings in the complex. Additional apartments in the building received damage as a result of the smoke along with the water used to put the fire out. Other law enforcement agencies responded to assist with traffic control and several volunteer organizations were contacted to assist with helping the displaced residents. According to reports by witnesses on scene, the fire began on the balcony area of apartment #423. During the evacuations, the occupant of this apartment was not located inside. She was ultimately contacted and responded to the scene a while later. During her interview, she indicated she left the apartment approximately an hour earlier for work in the Old Town area of Cottonwood. She said she was not cooking food, had not left any appliances on and could not account for the source or cause of the fire. Members of the Cottonwood Fire Department were able to rescue several of her cats that were still inside of the residence when the fire began and return them to her. In the preliminary stages of this investigation, it was determined the cause of the fire did not appear to be intentional. “We are thankful for the response of all of the agencies involved in making sure the building was evacuated and that everyone was safe without any fatalities or serious injuries. Equally important, was the response of all of the affected residents who had to make the difficult decision to leave animals and personal possessions behind and trust the first responders to ensure they would do all they could to protect, save and secure their beloved pets and what they could of the residences,” said Cottonwood Police Sergeant, Gareth Braxton-Johnson. (###)

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 ________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06-01-2018 On 31 May 2018 at about 8:34 p.m. a Cottonwood Police Officer on patrol came across a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident that had just occurred at the crosswalk of E. Cherry St. at S. Main St. A blue Dodge Nitro SUV was traveling northbound in the inside lane when a male subject entered the crosswalk. The light conditions were dark and the driver did not see the pedestrian enter the crosswalk. It was brought to the officer’s attention the pedestrian beacon/hawk was not lit when the collision occurred. It was checked at the scene and was functioning properly. Officers were later informed by witnesses the beacon was not activated before the subject entered the crosswalk. EMS responded and immediately continued treatment for the pedestrian. He was transported to VVMC by ambulance an unfortunately passed. Officers conducted an investigation on the driver of the Dodge SUV and did not discover any criminal offenses. The Cottonwood Police Department Advanced Collision Investigative Team responded to the scene to assist. At this time their investigation is ongoing. for additional information contact: Sergeant Cody Savage @ (928) 634-4246 or csavage@cottonwoodaz.gov

CITY OF COTTONWOOD PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT May 31, 2018 Street Asphalt Seal Work Effective: Monday, June 4, 2018 through Friday, June 8, 2018 This is an important message from the City of Cottonwood Engineering Department. The City of Cottonwood has begun its street asphalt preservation project. Beginning on Monday, June 4th several of the streets in town will receive a street seal which will impact the normal traffic flow of those streets. During this work one side of the street will be closed for up to 4 hours while work is being performed and the asphalt seal cures. Expect potential traffic delays in these areas. Below is a schedule of which roadways will be impacted and when.  Monday, June 4, 2018 (This will be overnight work commencing at 7:00pm) • 10th Street, north of Main Street to the Verde River bridge south of Dead Horse State Park • Willard Street from Highway 89A to Main Street  Tuesday, June 5, 2018 • No work performed / no impacts on traffic patterns  Wednesday, June 6, 2018 • Brian Mickelsen Parkway from Mingus Avenue to south entrance into recreation center • Clover Way (anticipated morning work) • Crimson Road (anticipated afternoon work)  Thursday, June 7, 2018 • Brian Mickelsen Parkway from south entrance into recreation center to 6th Street • 12th Street from Fir Street to Highway 89A  Friday, June 8, 2018 • Skyline Drive (anticipated morning work) • Skyline Way (anticipated afternoon work) For motorists traveling in these areas expect potential traffic delays as work is being performed. All local businesses and residences in the affected areas will remain accessible during this work. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in these areas. If you have any questions, please contact: Martin Smith Project Manager msmith@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2773

MEMORIAL WEEKEND DUI SATURATION PATROL Cottonwood Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols during the Memorial Day weekend as part of 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 patrols will begin each night 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. Funding provided by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

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Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Old Town Association Fraud Investigation Cottonwood, Ariz, May 17, 2018 — In the latter part of April this year Cottonwood detectives took a fraud report involving Old Town Association. Although the investigation is still ongoing detectives learned 49 year-old, Traci Ann Koelzer was the Treasurer for OTA and is the suspect. The financial loss is yet to be determined however, it could exceed one hundred thousand dollars. It appears Koelzer became aware of the pending criminal investigation and fled the area. Her whereabouts are unknown at this time. We are actively looking for Koelzer. If anyone knows her whereabouts they are asked to contact Detective Cody Delafuente at (928)634-4246 ext. 2030 or cdelafuente@cottonwoodaz.gov . (###)

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 Man Arrested for Heroin Sales Cottonwood, Ariz, May 16, 2018 — Yesterday at about noon Cottonwood officers along with PANT detectives arrested 28 year-old Cottonwood resident, Stefan Dusan, for a felony probation violation warrant out of Maricopa County and a local misdemeanor warrant. Dusan had in his possession approximately 4.6 grams of heroin packaged separately, bindles and drug paraphernalia indicative of sales. The street value of the heroin is approximately $500.00. Dusan was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center for possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia- all felonies. In addition to the warrants. Per state law a gram of heroin is the threshold to establish a sales case.

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 May 13-19, 2018 National Police Week Cottonwood, Ariz May 15, 2018, — Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually on May 15 in honor of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week. This year Police Week is May 13th through the 19th. Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day. As we all get caught up in our day to day lives it is important to take a moment and recognize those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. National Police Week is a time to recognize the men and women who were taken from their families too soon as well as to celebrate those who protect our communities today. If you see an officer let them know they are appreciated. “We are very fortunate to have the highest caliber of officers. However, their successes would not be possible without the support of dispatchers, civilian employees and the numerous volunteers all working together”, said Sergeant T Moore.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk SWAT called when suspect barricaded himself after assaulting his landlords Cottonwood, Ariz, May 14, 2018 — Cottonwood Police were called to the 100 block of East Cottonwood Street at about 9:40 pm Sunday evening for two victims reporting they had been stabbed by 43 year-old Cottonwood resident, David Lee Stiles. Stiles rents a trailer on the property of the victims and came over just moments before they called 911. They said Stiles rang the doorbell and when he was let in attacked both occupants; choked, punched and stabbed them before fleeing back to his trailer. Both victims were transported to Verde Valley Medical Center. David Stiles barricaded himself in his residence, refused to exit and threatened to have a shoot-out with the police. Verde Valley Regional SWAT Team was called along with Negotiations. Prior to a search warrant being obtained to enter his residence Stiles decided to come out. Stiles was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center for injuries that he sustained during the fight with the victims. Once Stiles was released from the hospital he was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center for 2 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A .45 caliber American Tactical 1911 handgun was seized from Stiles’ residence and the current condition of the victims are unknown but they did not sustain life threatening injuries. The reason for the attack is unclear other than Stiles’ opinion that she (his landlord) is a “tyrant”.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 __________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood, Ariz, May 15, 2018 — Cottonwood Police have taken some reports of items stolen and damaged at the Cottonwood Cemetery in the 500 block of North Main Street. On May 4, 2018 a gentleman who takes care of the Hispanic portion of the cemetery saw a male suspect taking items from headstones. Earlier in the day an officer was at the cemetery and contacted a subject identified as 42 year-old Cottonwood resident, Mark Andrew Benassi. Benassi did not have any items in his possession at the time and let officers search him and his bag. Investigation confirmed Benassi was the person stealing items and damaging headstones of loved ones in the cemetery. He was located at his residence where approximately 40 items were recovered. Benassi was booked into jail on misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal damage. If someone believes they are a victim please visit our Facebook (Cottonwood Arizona Police) for individual pictures of items recovered. If an item is recognized and identified contact Evidence Technician Tristica Kendall at (928) 340-2108 or tkendall@cottonwoodaz.gov.