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

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

CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS PERSON??? Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity in Cottonwood was burglarized Friday or Saturday (September 14th or 15th). The video shows the suspect stealing tools and equipment. The suspect(s) stole power tools, a generator and various other tools valued between $6,000.00 & $8,000.00 (thousand). This burglary does not only affect VVH4H but the community members who benefit from their critical home repairs and construction, such as wheelchair ramps. VVH4H performs services for those in the community who are deserving and in need. VVH4H cannot make repairs or perform these services without these tools. Please share this video and contact Cottonwood PD at (928)649-1397 if you have any information about this burglary and/or the suspect(s). Reference case # W18011846.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - October 2nd 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. At the Cottonwood Kids Park. FREE for the Whole Family!!! FREE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!....Hot Dogs...Hamburgers...Pop/water...Ice Cream...Popcorn...Snow Cones. For More Information Call Sgt. Monica Kuhlt 928.634.4246.

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 (928) 340-2113 desk The Pilot of Yesterday’s Plane Crash in Cottonwood Passes Away. Cottonwood, Ariz, September 18, 2018 — Joseph William Kreiner, 70, of Clarkdale succumbed to the injuries he sustained in yesterday’s plane crash in the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle. Mr. Kreiner was flown to the Maricopa County Burn Center but was not able to survive the injuries. His family was by his side when he passed. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board removed the plane wreckage last night about 6:30 p.m. and will conduct the investigation. Mr. Kreiner will be taken to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy as part of the investigation to determine the cause of the plane crash.

Platypus Fire Unit Information Coconino National Forest U.S. Forest Service Arizona Flagstaff, AZ 86001 9-17-18 Update: Suppression Efforts Continue on Platypus and Rhino Fires Platypus Fire Wildfire News – 6 hrs. ago This weekend crews made good progress with suppression efforts on the Platypus and Rhino fires located in the Secret Mountain Wilderness north of Sedona. Crews have been conducting burnout operations along the road systems to strengthen the northern and eastern control lines. On Sunday the Platypus Fire continued moving to the north in Secret Canyon. Crews conducted burnouts on the east side of the Rhino Fire in the area of South Pocket Tank, and also continued to prep northern lines. Sunday night, crews continued burnout operations along the northern containment lines. No fire growth has been detected, or is anticipated, toward the south. Smoke is expected to continue to be noticeable throughout the Flagstaff and Sedona areas over the next several days as firefighters complete burnout operations along the containment lines. Where needed, firefighters will also conduct additional firing operations within the perimeters to control behavior of the advancing fire. With the increased fire activity and fire-fighting traffic on narrow roads, the public is encouraged to avoid the area south of the junction of Forest Road 231 (Woody Mountain Road) and 231A until fire conditions moderate. PLATYPUS/RHINO FIRE OVERVIEW ( Discovery date: July 28, 2018 Cause: Lightning. Tactics: Full suppression Location: Approximately 6 miles northwest of Sedona in Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. (Lat/Long: 34.94291, -111.8701) Current size: Combined total 4,048 acres. Resources: Approximately 145 personnel including engines, water tender, dozer, hand crews, and two helicopters Predicted smoke impacts: The increased fire activity is producing heavy smoke making it visible in Sedona, Parks/Bellemont, Munds Park and Flagstaff during the day. Smoke is expected to disperse to the north and northeast during the day and will settle into Sedona and the Verde Valley during the nighttime and early morning hours. Smoke is also impacting Fay Canyon Trail No. 53, Boynton Canyon Trail No. 47, and Long Canyon Trail No. 122. Individuals sensitive to smoke can learn how to protect their health by visiting the Coconino County Public Health Service District website at Current closures: Secret Mountain Trail No. 109 (, Secret Canyon Trail No. 121 (Secret Canyon Trail No 121) and Loy Canyon Trail No. 5 (Loy Canyon Trail No 5). Recent and current operations: For the next several days, crews will continue to prepare and use a combination of existing roads, natural barriers, constructed fire control lines and burnout operations to control fire progression to the north and the east. Related Information 9-17-18 Fire Update - Printable (pdf 273 kb)

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 (928) 340-2113 desk PLANE CRASH INTO A RESIDENCE IN COTTONWOOD Cottonwood, Ariz, — September 17, 2018 at about 9:45 a.m. Cottonwood Police and Fire along with Verde Valley Fire District and Verde Valley Ambulance Company responded to the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle for an aircraft into a residence. The single engine Bonanza Beechcraft was fully involved with fire. The only occupant, a 70 year-old local male, self-extricated but suffered serious injury. The patient was flown to Maricopa Burn Center for advanced medical care. The fire was extinguished but the airplane is a total loss. The residence suffered minimal structural damage. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be responding to the scene. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time but the pilot stated on scene that his engine had stopped.

Cottonwood Police want to remind everyone of Thunder Valley Rally this weekend. The City expects 10 thousand plus attending. That means there are going to be a large amount of motorcycle enthusiasts in and around Cottonwood. Please pay extra attention to your surroundings while driving, motorcycles aren't as visible as vehicles. Take your time driving and be patient with the traffic. AND HAVE A SAFE AND FUN WEEKEND!!! Below are 10 things all vehicles should know about motorcycles by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Visit for more safety tips and information. QUICK TIPS: Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles 1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally). 2. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections. 3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks. 4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning. 5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them. 6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real. 7. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way. 8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can't always stop "on a dime." 9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle – see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor, or relative. 10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and causes serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.

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 (928) 340-2113 desk I CAN'T REMEMBER MY BIRTHDAY... Cottonwood, Ariz, September 12, 2018 — Last Friday, September 7th officers were called to the 600 block of East Cottonwood Street to check on a male subject. The caller was concerned with the overall wellness of this person because he looked in distress. Officers arrived on scene and contacted 29 year-old JOEL MATTHEW LEMOINE of Cottonwood. He denied needing medical attention although he had a black eye and fat lip. He provided the first officer with a fake name and couldn’t remember his birthday. However, when the second officer arrived on scene he recognized LeMoine, who said he lied because he knew he had warrants. Lemoine wasn’t kidding when he said he had warrants. He had five local warrants; one felony probation violation warrant and the other four were misdemeanors. When officers attempted to arrest him Lemoine pulled away and resisted arrest. He fought with officers to avoid getting handcuffed until he was threatened with Taser deployment. However, even after he complied and was handcuffed he grabbed the fingers of one officer and tried to bend them as to break them but let go after the officer gave him a knee strike to the common peroneal nerve in his leg. After Lemoine was arrested he was found to be in possession of almost 3 grams of heroin and paraphernalia related to heroin sales and use such as hypodermic needles, tourniquet and digital scale. Lemoine was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center for possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and taking the identity of another; all felonies, in addition to his warrants. (###)

Today marks the 17th year since the United States found itself under attack. To remember those who have lost their lives September 11, 2001 and those who have since lost their lives due to health related issues- This morning at 06:58:15 a.m. Cottonwood Public Safety Communication Center asked all members of our local Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agencies to take a moment of silence to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

*****UPDATE***** MR SIMPSON HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MISSING ENDANGERED ELDERLY MALE Cottonwood, Ariz, — This morning (09/11/18) at approximately 6:00 a.m. 76 year-old Cottonwood resident wandered from his residence on foot in the area of 3400 E. Godard Road and State Route 260. His name is Stephen Simpson. He is approximately 6'00" tall, 190 pounds with silver/gray hair. He was last seen wearing a gray speckled t-shirt, jeans and black tennis shoes. Mr. Simpson suffers from Alzheimer and other medical problems. Please keep an eye out for him and call 9-1-1 or your local police if you find him. A Silver Alert will be issued shortly. Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department (928) 340-2113 desk

Recently a couple of our Citizens on Patrol (Nancy & Ruth) had their pictures taken with a group of cyclists traveling from the East coast to the West coast who rode through Cottonwood. The Cottonwood Police Department is very lucky to have such great volunteers.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - October 2nd 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. At the Cottonwood Kids Park. FREE for the Whole Family!!! FREE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!....Hot Dogs...Hamburgers...Pop/water...Ice Cream...Popcorn...Snow Cones. For More Information Call Sgt. Monica Kuhlt 928.634.4246.

This is in light of the recent allegations of "threats to 'shoot up' Mingus Union High School", that were not credible and unsubstantiated. Cottonwood Police believe it is important for the youth in our community to understand the seriousness of hoax threats and/or accusing someone of making a threat via social media that is patently false. We also encourage anyone who receives information of threats to cause harm to people to notify police immediately. Police have to treat each threat as valid until proven otherwise.

On 9/4/18 Cottonwood Police Department officers responded to the area of Running Iron and S. Cottonwood Ranch Road in Del Web, in reference to a tortoise running loose in the roadway. On arrival, Officer Rowdy Scott located the tortoise and with the help of neighbors returned it to the rightful owners. The tortoise had escaped through a hole it made in the fence. The neighbor was watching the tortoise while the owner was on vacation. Thank you to all that were involved!!

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 (928) 340-2113 desk Cottonwood Police had a Successful Labor Day Holiday Weekend Cottonwood, Ariz, September 3, 2018— Cottonwood Police had a fairly uneventful Labor Day weekend, especially with the motoring public. Even though officers were out in force looking for impaired and unsafe drivers they did not find any. Cottonwood Police conducted 77 traffic stops throughout the entire weekend. During those stops 25 citations were issued; 18 were for speed. Officers only made 2 arrests and those were for driving on a suspended driver’s license. Cottonwood Police want to thank the community and more specifically, the motoring public, for being responsible. “It appears people who stayed in the area during the holiday weekend and went out were responsible about alcohol consumption and making it safely home”, said Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. “We consider this Labor Day holiday weekend very successful because there were no alcohol or impaired related traffic collisions or arrests related to driving under the influence.”

Unsubstantiated Threat of School Violence at Mingus Union High School Cottonwood, AZ, September 2, 2018 − On 09/01/18 Cottonwood Police received an anonymous report that a student from MUHS threatened to “shoot up” the school Tuesday, September 4th when school resumed after the Labor Day weekend. Officers were able to identify the student who allegedly made the threat. In addition, they were able to interview the parent and determined it was not a credible threat and appeared to be a rumor. “It appears the rumor was primarily spread via Snapchat. Fortunately, this threat turned out to be a rumor but Cottonwood Police appreciate the citizen who called us so that we could investigate it. We live in a day and age where threats like this cannot be taken lightly or dismissed without an investigation”, stated Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. Mingus Union High School administration was notified and provided assistance during the investigation.

The City of Cottonwood in its effort to become more efficient and effective has instituted a new leasing program to systematically replace and reduce the size of our aging vehicle fleet through a fleet management program. The current police department fleet is worn with some vehicles being 13 years old or older. The Police Department has the highest mileage fleet in the City. It is anticipated that the savings in maintenance and fuel costs will offset most if not all of the cost of participating in the fleet program. The City currently spends nearly $400,000 on vehicle maintenance and repairs alone. With the exception of regular scheduled maintenance and tire replacements all repairs under this program would be covered under warranty. Savings will be applied to the cost of the program. We believe the program is fiscally responsible and provides our police officers with reliable vehicles that are a positive reflection of our City! What do you think about the new look?

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 (928) 340-2113 desk COTTONWOOD POLICE NEED HELP IN IDENTIFYING BURGLARY SUSPECTS Cottonwood, Ariz, August 27, 2018 — On August 6, 2018 at about 1:00 p.m. a black male burglarized a vehicle and stole the victim’s purse while she was parked at Verde Valley Medical Center. Video surveillance shows a black male approximately 6’00, 240 pounds with short black hair, wearing a cross necklace, white shoes, and white tank top under a red tank top, red draw string shorts and blue boxers. He gets out of the passenger side of a dark colored Chevrolet Suburban and walks the aisles in the parking lot of VVMC. He breaks into the victim’s vehicle. A short time later he enters the hospital to use the restroom. Another black male is seen getting out of the driver side of the suspect vehicle and he too walked the aisles in the parking lot but he is not observed breaking into any vehicles. The suspects immediately used and attempted to use her debit and credit cards in Cottonwood and Cornville. Cottonwood Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying these suspects. If you have any information you are being asked to contact Cottonwood PD at (928)649-1397.

School Safety Officer Rice assisting a student at the Menta Academy of the Verde Valley.


Cottonwood Police Department Press Release: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT-Tuesday October 2nd, 2018; The City of Cottonwood Police Department TO JOIN CITIES NATIONWIDE FOR “AMERICA’S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME”. On Tuesday, October 2nd, neighborhoods and citizens throughout the City of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “35th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the City of Cottonwood Police Department will involve over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 38 million people are expected to participate in “America’s night out against crime”. NNO 2018 is being supported nationally by ADT™ & ring™ and locally by many businesses and organizations from the Cottonwood area and Verde Valley. It is because of the local businesses and organizations’ donations that this event has become so successful each year; becoming the largest attended NNO event in Arizona for the past seven years in a row. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Last year we estimated we had over 1,800 families and children in attendance, this year we are anticipating more than 2,000 participants, continuing to be the largest National Night Out event in Arizona. From 4:30pm to 7:00pm on October 2nd, 2018 at the Cottonwood Children’s Park (12th and Cherry St). Residents in neighborhoods throughout Cottonwood and across the nation are asked to lock their doors and turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. The Cottonwood Police Department will be hosting a variety of special events at the Children’s Park once again this year. This is a night for America and residents of Cottonwood to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in the fight to build a safe community. On NNO we invite everyone in Cottonwood and surrounding areas to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party. This year the City of Cottonwood Police Department and the NNO Committee has put together an event that is free for the whole family including martial arts demonstrations, Taser deployment, SWAT & K9 demos, free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, snow cones, soda and water and much more. Over 30 businesses and organizations from Cottonwood, Yavapai County will be setting up displays and giving out free information promoting NNO and public safety for children and families along with the Cottonwood Police Department display and demonstrations. Please feel free to contact Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, NNO Coordinator at (928)340-2113 or for more information, or Sergeant Tod Moore at (928)340-2116 or

Chief Gesell and Chief Kuykendall were visited today by "Ironman Grandpa" Al Slusser. "Ironman Grandpa" began long-distance walking at age 70. After 5,000 miles and more than a year on the open road, he is still walking. His walks included the width and length of America as well as the width and length of Arizona. He is the oldest documented person to achieve this epic accomplishment. The causes for which he walked were Senior Citizens, Disabled Americans, Military Veterans, Food Banks, and the American Red Cross. Now, at age 79, he walks to honor all First Responders: Active Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical and Services Personnel. Sponsorship donations help him fulfill his important mission to honor these heroes.

STATE ROUTE 89A IS OPEN AGAIN. HOWEVER, IT WILL BE CLOSED FOR A SHORT TIME ONCE APS RE-INSTALLS A NEW POWER POLE. UNKNOWN WHEN THAT IS EXPECTED. State Route 89A is closed in both directions from State Route 260 and Zalesky Road due to powerlines down across the highway. APS is on scene but unable to give an estimate time of re-opening the roadway. Best alternative route is E Mingus Avenue Extension to get in and out of Cottonwood.