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.

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Governor's Office of Highway Safety awarded three grants to the Cottonwood Police Department The Cottonwood Police Department is pleased to announce that we have recently received three grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and all three promote improved safety on our streets and highways. The first grant is designated for DUI enforcement in the amount of $20,000. This funding will be applied to staffing of DUI patrols, Know Your Limit, Education and a DUI Command Post that accompanies DUI saturation patrols. The second grant is designated for overtime and equipment which makes it possible to place traffic officers in areas where most crashes occur and where violations are most concerning. Due to normal calls for service, it is often difficult to staff these types of selective enforcement. This grant, in the amount of $10,000, will be designated strictly to overtime during the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The third grant will enable the department to equip the Motor Officer with a new Selective Traffic Enforcement Motorcycle. In recent studies we have seen a 90% increase in the number of criminal speed citations in our city. Of these numbers 55% are in the business and residential areas of our city. A motorcycle is better able to sit in these areas without being a traffic hazard and is better equipped to go after speeders in heavy traffic. Statistics show that accidents are a major problem within the City of Cottonwood. There are a total of eight Highway miles (SR 260 & SR 89A) and three miles of Main Street. These roadways are the only paved roads for vehicles to travel in and out of Cottonwood. Therefore they accommodate a large number of daily traffic, on which the majority of major accidents occur. • Remember: If you observe reckless or impaired driving contact law enforcement immediately. The Cottonwood Police Department would like to thank the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for partnering with us to improve the safety of the roadways in Cottonwood. Cottonwood Police Department can be reached at (928) 649-1397 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.

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 POLICE RESPOND TO ANOTHER PLASTIC BOTTLE BOMB NEAR SAME LOCATION AS PREVIOUS DAY Cottonwood, Ariz, October 30, 2018- Officers responded to the 700 block of East Mingus Avenue around 11:30 a.m. today for the second day in a row because of suspicious object or item. That object turned out to be another “plastic bottle bomb” but this time it was a 20 ounce plastic bottle. This particular “bomb” detonated prior to law enforcement being contacted. The noise of the detonation is what caused it to be located. The cap of today’s plastic bottle blew off and was found approximately 15 feet away. The investigation is ongoing, however, if anyone has information related to this investigation please contact Cottonwood Police or Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Details are being still being withheld on the contents of the soda bottle bombs because it is an ongoing investigation. No one was injured nor anything damaged due to this incident.

THREATS MADE BY A MINGUS UNION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT RESULT IN HER ARREST Cottonwood, Ariz October 30, 2018, — Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. Cottonwood Police School Safety Officer (SSO) C. Rice received information of alleged threats being made by one female Mingus Union High School student toward another. The threats indicated the victim would be shot during school on Wednesday, October 31st. Officer Rice’s investigation determined the 14 year-old female suspect did make threats via text messages. She was subsequently arrested, charged with two counts of felony threatening or intimidating and then transported to juvenile detention where custody was turned over. At this point it doesn’t appear other suspects are involved or that the suspect had access to guns. However, there will be extra law enforcement presence and patrol at the school. The possible motive for these threats is the victim is or has dated the suspect’s ex-boyfriend. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk

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 POLICE & FIRE RESPOND TO A 2-LITER PLASTIC BOTTLE BOMB Cottonwood, Ariz, October 29, 2018- Officers responded to the 700 block of East Mingus Avenue this morning around 8:30 for a suspicious object or item. That object turned out to be a “soda bottle bomb”. Cottonwood Fire and Medical were also called to the scene to assist. There were two of these 2 liter bottle type explosive devices; one had detonated, the other had not. Fire crew on scene “detonated” the device and it was seized as evidence. The investigation is ongoing, however, if anyone has information related to this investigation please contact Cottonwood Police or Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Details are being withheld on the contents of the soda bottle bomb at this point because it is an ongoing investigation.

Happening today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Cottonwood Police Department.

Reminder - event tomorrow at the Cottonwood Police Department from 10-2.

Come out and join the Cottonwood Police Department Officers and Explorers at Fry's. They will clean your windshield and pump your gas for you. Fuel of Dreams is happening right now until 7:00 pm.

On October 24th 2018, Cottonwood Police Department Officials were notified by the Clarkdale Police Department they had developed probable cause to arrest Cottonwood Police Department Detective, Cody Delafuente. They were told the investigation was in reference to a previous domestic violence incident that was reported in their jurisdiction. Detective Delafuente was taken into custody and remanded to the Yavapai County Detention Center for charges related to domestic violence. He has since been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal court proceedings. For further information, please direct inquires to the Clarkdale Police Department.

Cottonwood, Ariz., October 22, 2018 — Two of Cottonwood Police Department’s finest were promoted in a Badge Pinning Ceremony on Monday, October 22, 2018. Officer Scott Dever was promoted to Sergeant, and Sergeant Gareth Braxton-Johnson was promoted to Commander. Sergeant Dever has served in the Cottonwood Police Department since 2007 and has been involved in several different assignments including Field Training Officer, SWAT, and PANT. Commander Braxton-Johnson has served in the Cottonwood Police Department since 2005 and has contributed his knowledge and expertise in multiple capacities including School Resource Officer, General Investigations Detective, Professional Standards Sergeant, PANT Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant. The Cottonwood Police Department and the City of Cottonwood extend their collective congratulations to each of these two exceptional police officers and look forward to their continued professional successes in their new promotional roles.

Yesterday evening Officer Dan Laube took the Youth Group from Mountain View United Methodist Church on a tour of the police department and discussed being a police officer. What a great looking group, thanks Officer Laube!

Cottonwood Police received a report yesterday, Oct. 18th at about 4:30 that someone who had no relationship to the student tried to check out that student from Cottonwood Community School. After reviewing video footage and conducting interviews it appears that student was called to the front office by mistake. The student never had any contact with anyone not known to them. We believe when the student was called to the front office to be picked up by mistake it created the confusion. There is no indication this student nor any other students at CCS were ever in danger.

Cottonwood Police Department recently took part in the “Celebrating Women in Yavapai County Law Enforcement 2018 Recognition Luncheon” held Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The event celebrated and honored the work that all women do in the profession every day. Tristica Kendall, Evidence Technician was amongst a group of nominees who stood out from all others for the “Unsung Hero” category. Sergeant Monica Kuhlt was also amongst a stand out group of nominees in the “Leading the Way” category. We are very proud of these ladies and what they contribute to our department as professionals. Many thanks to Chief Debora Black and the Prescott Police Department for hosting. Left to Right Sgt. Monica Kuhlt, Chief Gesell, Evidence Tech. Tristica Kendall, and as of this Monday-Commander Gareth Braxton-Johnson.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD _____________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COTTONWOOD MAN POINTS A GUN AT HIS NEIGHBORS BECAUSE THEY WERE PLAYING MUSIC TOO LOUD Cottonwood, Ariz, October 17, 2018— On October 16th shortly after 5:00 p.m. officers were called to the 50 block of S. 15th Street for a reported weapon offense. The caller reported their intoxicated neighbor, 63 year-old Ronald Lewy, walked over to their house with a gun in his hand and pointed it at them stating their music was too loud. Lewy returned to his residence before police arrived. Officers made contact with Lewy who said he did go over to his neighbors’ house and point his gun at them but it wasn’t loaded and he wasn’t going to hurt anyone. Lewy said he did so because his neighbors were playing their music too loud and it is an ongoing issue. Ronald Lewy was arrested and charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct involving a weapon. (###) Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk

Thank you Prescott Police Department for such a wonderful luncheon to honor women in law enforcement in Yavapai County.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD _____________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seeking Public’s Assistance Involving a Pedestrian Who Was Ran Over Cottonwood, Ariz, October 9, 2018 — Officers responded to the 500 block of S. Main Street (between E. Cherry Street and E. Cottonwood Street) early Monday morning for a subject complaining of pain on the sidewalk. The subject, a 44 year-old local resident, was identified but could not articulate his injuries or cause of injuries. He was transported to Verde Valley Medical Center. It was determined he was likely ran over due to the type of injuries. Cottonwood Police are asking for the public’s help. If anyone saw anything between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. in the area near Chaparral Bar south to Bank of America they are asked to contact (928)649-1397. It is possible the subject was laying in the roadway when he got ran over and the driver may not have realized it was a person. Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk

Fresh from Chief Gesell- President Trump took time to join America’s police chiefs in Florida during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference today before flying back to the White House to formally swear Justice Kavanaugh into office. During his address he took the time to honor four heroic police officers on behalf of IACP and also reiterated support for our men and women in blue that lay it on the line everyday throughout our great Country.

Cottonwood Police Department NEWS RELEASE 199 S. 6th Street - Cottonwood, AZ 86326 – 928.634.4246 http://cottonwoodaz.gov/PD _____________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SETH BACKUS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND THEFT OF A GUN Cottonwood, AZ, October 8, 2018 − On October 5th a victim reported someone had broken into his house and stole his gun. The gun stolen from him was the gun Seth Backus had in his possession at the time of his arrest. Backus has now been charged with burglary and theft of a firearm. He is currently in custody for outstanding warrants and being in possession of a firearm as a prohibited possessor. Contact: Sergeant Monica Kuhlt Cottonwood Police Department mkuhlt@cottonwoodaz.gov (928) 340-2113 desk