Voters say no to the purchase of the Old Bank for Dewey-Humboldt
The Town of Dewey-Humboldt won’t be buying the Old Bank property on Main Street. On Tuesday, voters rejected Proposition 441, which would have allowed the purchase of the building for $120,000. Unofficial results from the special election show 580 residents voted against the purchase, while 381 voted for it. While officials have indicated this building would be used for municipal purposes, some residents had raised concerns over it being used as a permanent home for the Historic Society’s museum. According to Councilman Jack Hamilton, the Town currently spends over $60,000 a year rent for Town Hall, the Sheriff’s Substation and the Library. Hamilton adds the current Town Hall is too small for the amount of staff members on hand and a new facility is needed, not a Museum building.
Gurley Street road repair work
Watch for delays on Gurley Street in Prescott due to road repair work next week. City Street Maintenance crews will be repairing the pavers on the southwest corner of the Gurley and Cortez Streets intersection in the eastbound Number 2 lane starting Monday. Work is scheduled to be performed from 9 am to 3 pm. Work will continue on Tuesday from 7 am to 3 pm. No work will be done Wednesday, but it will resume Thursday and work on the Number 1 lane and left turn lane will be done Friday. Work hours on Thursday and Friday are 7 am to 3 pm. Use of alternate routes is encouraged when possible.
Human remains found near Sedona
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the remains of a man they believe has been missing out of Sedona for almost 10 years. Thirty-eight year old Paul Ashley was reported missing by his brother in October 2007. On February 28th, a hiker in the Brins Mesa area near Sedona found some human bones and a shoe in a steep drainage. Last Saturday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit conducted a search in that area. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rex Gilliland says the Medical Examiner will officially identify Ashley and determine his cause of death. Gilliland says it’s not known if Ashley killed himself. Gilliland explains this will be a challenge to the Medical Examiner.
Sedona Police later learned Ashley had sent personal property to his brother with a note saying he was leaving, but didn’t express any other intentions. His landlord had received a similar note. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue unit had conducted a search in the area last October and November, but with no success.
Suspected felon still on the loose
A suspected felon who fled from Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers after causing a crash is still on the loose. DPS spokesman Raul Garcia says the incident happened on Wednesday night on I-17 between Highway 169 and General Crook Road near Camp Verde. A passenger in the car was taken to a local hospital with injuries. Garcia gives a description of the suspect. Law enforcement authorities are urging drivers to avoid picking up hitchhikers in the area. Multiple law enforcement agencies have joined the active search for the missing suspect.