Williams holds annual Labor day weekend events

American Legion Cordova Post #13 color guard.

American Legion Cordova Post #13 color guard.

WILLIAMS - The annual Labor day parade was lead, as usual, by the American Legion Cordova Post #13 color guard and the playing of the National Anthem. The parade was smaller than usual, but still provided entertainment for an energetic crowd. The Bill Williams Mountain Men were joined by Elvis for the event.

There was a sky viewing by the Coconino Astronomical Society of Friday. Unfortunately today marked the end of the season for the Williams Aquatic Center with a free swim and aloha party.


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FBI Testimony: Illegal Alien Admitted Hitting 16-Year Old With Machete

CRISTIAN ALEXANDER ZAMORA(CNSNews.com) – On the morning of Sept. 22, 2013, Josael Guevara was a 16-year-old sophomore at Klein Forest High School in Houston, Texas. Before that day was over, he was dead, his body found brutally beaten and dismembered in the Sam Houston National Forest.

Cristian Zamora, 22, and Ricardo Campos-Lara, 19, both illegal aliens from El Salvador, were arrested in connection with Guevara’s murder. Both were indicted for the murder by a federal grand jury in June.

0During Zamora’s detention hearing on July 1, FBI Special Agent Pilar Lozano, one of several agents working on the case, explained how Zamora, Campos-Lara and a third defendant, a juvenile she did not name, allegedly lured Guevara to the park with the intent of killing him. The Houston Chronicle has identified the third defendant as 17-year-old Jose Bonilla-Romero, who has been charged with murder in Walker County, Texas, rather than in federal court.

Lozano, who works on the FBI’s multi-agency gang task force, said that the murder was ordered by the notoriously violent Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, of which all the defendants and Guevara were reportedly members.

Read more at CNS News

Primary results for Congressional District 1 still in question.

Arizona-electsCOCONINO/YAVAPAI - The race for the Republican nomination for Congressional District 1 is still in question. This is the only race which remains undecided in the primaries. The office of the Secretary of State reports that 2,508 ballots remain to be counted in the counties of Coconino and Yavapai.

The race between Andy Tobin and Gary Kiehne has narrowed four votes with only 366 separating the two candidates. The latest news is that the outstanding votes in Yavapai county have dropped to 619 yet to be counted down from 2,401 as of yesterday. Currently 815 votes separate the two candidates in Yavapai county so Tobin will take Yavapai event after all the remaining votes are counted.

In Coconino County 1,889 ballots remain to be counted. The spread between the two candidates in the county is 980 votes. Because the county recorder will not count ballots over the weekend, we will have to wait until Monday before we get the final results. These votes could change the course of the primary election for Congressional District 1. The name recognition that Tobin enjoys could give him the edge in the vote count, however.

It is apparent that the fat lady hasn’t sung in Congressional District 1.

California Man dies in Motorcycle Accident

FLAGSTAFF - A motorcycle collision that occurred Friday, August 29, 2014 at approximately 9:50 am on Lake Mary Road at Mile Post 327, east of the Flagstaff city limits claimed the life of 60 year old Glenn Gelman of Yorbalinda, California.

Dispatchers of the Flagstaff/Coconino County Regional 911 center received the call at 9:59 am. Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the scene and determined that for an unknown reason Mr. Gelman was driving his motorcycle west on Lake Mary Road when he lost control of his vehicle causing it to leave the roadway on the north side. The vehicle traveled a short distance and then flipped end over end at least once, possibly twice. According to witnesses following Mr. Gelman his speed was approximately 50 miles per hour and investigators did not find any evidence of sudden brake application. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision.

At this stage in the investigation deputies have determined that Mr. Gelman was riding with a large group of other motorcycle enthusiasts who were participating in a cross country tour from Mexico to Canada called the SCMA Classic Three Flags. Prior to the collision while the tour group was stopped in Payson the victim told one of the other participants that he was not feeling well and felt tired and fatigued. Investigators are considering the possibility that Mr. Gelman suffered a medical emergency causing him to lose control of his motorcycle.

This investigation is being continued by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Over 200 Residents of Flagstaff and Coconino County Reported Telephone Scams since January

phoneFLAGSTAFF - Since January 1, 2014 Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Flagstaff Police Department have responded to over 200 citizen reports involving fraudulent requests for money or personal information. Unfortunately there are likely many more of our citizens who may have been or will be the target of these types of scams. All too often, these are not legitimate phone calls and our citizens find themselves drawn into a criminal’s scam. Investigating these scams is very difficult because the criminals may be in a different country, use throw away phone numbers, re-routed internet addresses, and many other means to keep themselves from being tracked. While we will continue to investigate these reports, it is important for citizens to be aware of the tactics these criminals use and to take steps to protect you.

The schemes often involve being contacted by phone, text, or mail and on face value may seem legitimate. The caller often says they are representing a legitimate organization (such as Microsoft, Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, Court Officers, Federal Government, Grant Agencies, IRS, Sweepstakes, Loan Services, Credit Card Companies, Utility Companies, buyer from Craigslist, Fundraiser for Veterans or other groups, etc.). They use names, letterhead, envelopes, and websites that look and sound legitimate. They may even have some basic information about you such as your address or vehicle.

In addition to pretending to be from a legitimate agency, they also may use the name of a person who really works for that agency. We received reports of people pretending to be some variation of a rank (Officer, Lieutenant, Sergeant, etc.) with the last name of Willis, Hull, Harris, Rodriquez, Barnes, Blair, and Jackson. But these are only examples, and a scammer may come up with other titles and names. They often provide a call back number luring you into trusting them. These numbers may or may not work, and may even be the actual number of the agency. However, a phone call to the main number of the agency (one that you verified as the number of the agency) can help you determine if their story is legitimate.

Of the over 200 reports made to Flagstaff Police and Coconino County Sheriff’s, there are many variations of these fraudulent calls and mailings.

  • Scammers have used high pressure techniques such as demanding that you purchase a pre-paid money card (GreenDot, Cashier Check, Money Pak, wire transfer, etc.) to avoid being arrested on a warrant for anything ranging from missing jury duty to failure to pay a citation. In the case of IRS scams, they may say you owe back taxes and need to pay immediately or be arrested.
  • Often they use scare tactics such as saying someone has hacked into your computer and they need access and payment to fix the issue. They may threaten to shut off your electricity or gas immediately if you don’t make a payment.
  • Some of the cases have involved the victim being contact by phone or mail informing them that they have won an award, sweepstakes or grant. The scammer asks for a payment or deposit security to cover legal or other fees.
  • Several of the reports were that the caller pretended to be a relative who is in jail in a foreign country and needs money. Still other reports are that the scammer actually sends a check or money order but then claims something went wrong and needs a refund.
  • Some scammers claimed to be a representative of a loan or mortgage company requiring a down payment or personal information. Sometimes they will even send you a check to deposit. Only after the victim later sends payments does he/she find out that the original check was fraudulent and they are now out of money.
  • Craigslist scams are also common. These include people fraudulently posting rental units and accepting money for the rent, someone submitting a fraudulent payment and later requesting partial of full reimbursement, and numerous other schemes.

Obviously criminals are limited only by their imagination on methods of separating you from your hard earned cash or personal information. Whether you are contacted by phone, text, email, or mail, these scammers are trying to get you to give up personal information (social security number, bank accounts, etc.) or make a payment. They will do almost anything to make themselves look legitimate.

The men and women of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Flagstaff Police Department would like to remind you of some tips on how you may be able to avoid becoming a victim to a greedy criminal.

If you receive a suspicious phone call that you suspect is a scam, please contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414.

In the event a caller claims they represent a government agency or a company, you are advised to look independently for that agency’s/company’s main phone number in a phone book or online and confirm the caller’s story.

  • Don’t just ask if a person by that name works for that agency; ask to speak with that person and/or ask for confirmation about the information the caller claimed to be representing.

Be aware that unscrupulous phone callers frequently use the following tactics:

  • A high-pressure sales approach, urging you to “act now” or the offer won’t be available later.
  • Offer you something that sounds too good to be true, such as a “no-risk investment.”
  • Ask for your credit card or checking account numbers or other personal financial information.
  • Tell you that you have won a “prize” that you have to pay taxes or shipping for in advance.
  • Ask you to send money right away, through a wire service or overnight delivery. Fraudulent callers will sometimes offer to pick up the money from your home.

What you can do to avoid being scammed:

  • Don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller who uses high-pressure tactics or threats
  • Keep your financial information to yourself. Never give out credit card, checking or savings account information to anyone who calls you, as it is not difficult for someone with this data to draft money from your account.
  • Ask the caller to send you information about their product or services. Legitimate companies are often happy to mail you a pamphlet or brochure about what they sell. (With this being said, don’t hesitate to cross check information you receive in the mail as well)
  • Place your name on the national Do Not Call List.
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

To deal with unwanted telemarketing calls at home or on your cell phone:

  • Place your name on the national Do Not Call List set up by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Registration is free and you can register either online at www.donotcall.gov or toll free from the number you wish to register at (888) 382-1222 TTY: (866) 290-4236.

Paving work overnight on Interstate 17 south of SR 169 continues

Paving work continues in both directions on Interstate 17 between the State Route 169 junction and the Dugas/Orme exit (mileposts 268 to 279).

As weather permits, drivers can expect a single lane restriction Sunday through Thursday nights between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. through Sept. 30 as crews finalize paving, striping and seeding operations.

Some daytime lane restrictions are expected Monday through Thursday between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. through the work zone as ideal weather conditions exist for rubberized asphalt.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

Who needs a car show?

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air visits Williams.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air visits Williams.

800px-140827-10WILLIAMS - One thing about having the “Mother road” as your main street is that sooner or later you see one classic or another passing through. This evening we had a visit by an Idaho resident with the popular 1956 Bel Air model by Chevrolet. Last week we had a road show of Corvettes.

With or without a car show, you are bound to see some cool cars along Route 66 in Williams.

Yavapai County Primary Election night reporting delay

Arizona-electsPRESCOTT – During Primary Election Night Reporting, Yavapai County, working with new election equipment, experienced technical difficulties properly exporting the results file out of its system. Yavapai County worked throughout the night and exported a results file at approximately 5:40 a.m. Once Yavapai exported the file, that data was successfully uploaded into the state election night reporting system without difficulty. It does not appear to significantly change the results of the primary.

A press release from Leslie M. Hoffman, Yavapai County Recorder, stated:

The elections results for the Primary Election of August 26, 2014 were accurately tabulated, published on the Yavapai County website, and reported to the Arizona Secretary of State. There was a delay in reporting election data to the Secretary of State due to a communication issue that slowed the export of the data to the Secretary of State. The new Unisyn Voting Solutions’ equipment installed by Yavapai County pursuant to ARS 16-442(F) performed as designed. The new equipment is certified by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission and used in multiple jurisdictions across the country. The vote tabulations were accurate and posted on the County website beginning at 9:30PM and the election data uploaded to the Secretary of State by 6:00AM. The Elections Department is working closely with Unisyn Voting Solutions to resolve the communication issue that created the delay.

The office of the Secretary of State stated in their email:

In May 2014, Yavapai County approved this election equipment for experimental use pursuant to A.R.S. 16-442(F). Since the Secretary of State’s Office certifies an end-to-end voting system, the system as configured in Yavapai County was not certified by the State. This new election system, Unisyn OpenElect, is only used in Yavapai County.

A.R.S. 16-442 referenced provides:

The secretary of state or the governing body may provide for the experimental use of a voting system or device without a final adoption thereof, and its use at the election is as valid as if the machines had been permanently adopted.

Unisyn OpenElect voting systems is part of International Lottery & Totalizator Systems corporation which makes online wagering systems for horse racing and lottery systems. According to the company website, Berjaya Lottery Management (HK) Ltd. in Wan Chai, Hong Kong has become their major shareholder. The Unisyn OpenElect voting system was approved for use by the Election Assistance Commission in 2005.

It appears that the voting problem is not a significant factor in the CD-1 race between Andy Tobin and Gary Kiehne, despite television news reports.

What is a factor are the votes yet to be tabulated. According to a press release by the Secretary of State there are still votes yet to be tabulated in Coconino and Yavapai Counties. There are still 2,596 early and 984 provisional ballots yet to be tallied in Coconino. There are 1,894 early and 507 provisional ballots remaining in Yavapai. Only 470 votes separate Tobin from opponent Kiehne.

The current results are not official as the canvasing process is not over. Counties have five-days until the close of business Wednesday, September 3 to verify and process the remaining ballots. A state canvas to certify the election results for national, State and legislative races is scheduled for September 8.

Yavapai County election officials did not respond to a phone call for an interview, but did issue a press release through the office of the Secretary of State.

Cochise County ballot tabulation issue could revise primary election results.

Arizona-electsCOCHISE COUNTY – The office of the Secretary of State reports that Cochise County experienced technical difficulties with yesterday’s tabulation of ballots that will cause a revision of the Primary Election Night Results, possibly changing the outcomes of some races. Cochise County is covered by Legislative District #14 and Congressional District #2. Thus no Coconino County results will be affected.

Previously posted results for this county have been removed from the Secretary of State’s election reporting system. Cochise County is actively working on a resolution and new files will be uploaded when available.

Please note that all election results are unofficial until the Canvass.

The only Statewide election which might be affected is the race for Corporation Commission between Tom Forese, Doug Little and Lucy Mason on the Republican side. On the Democrat side, Sandra Kennedy and Jim Holway are about 14-points apart.

Gail Griffin is running unopposed in LD-14 for the office of State Senator. Republicans David Gowan and David Stevens appear too far ahead of Susan Syfert to effect much of a change in the race for representative of that district.

Overnight dirt haul on SR 89 between Prescott and Chino Valley continues

adot-logo-03aPRESCOTT - Traffic on State Route 89 between Prescott and Chino Valley (mileposts 320 to 325) will be required to stop intermittently, weather permitting, for the next four weeks to allow trucks to safely cross the highway.

The hauling operation will continue tonight, Aug. 27 and continue through Tuesday, Sept. 30. Overnight work hours are 7 p.m. through 5 a.m. each night and intermittent closures are expected for dirt hauling and removal and relocation of temporary concrete barrier along the roadway.

Drivers can expect delays of up to 10 minutes at a time.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.