Jury Votes Unanimously in Favor of the City in KayAnne Riley Case
After a six-year process, the city of Prescott successfully defended itself in the KayAnne Riley vs. the City of Prescott and former Mayor Marlin Kuykendall case. It all started when the manager of the Elks Theatre, which was owned by the city of Prescott at the time, quit alleging a hostile work environment. The city did an investigation and determined the former manager had stolen property and used the city credit card for personal purchases. KayAnne Riley, who worked for the Humane Society at the time, was unhappy and protested. Video of the protest that took place in November of 2010 can be seen at Prescott eNews.com. After the protest, the Humane Society fired Riley and Riley contended that Kuykendall spoke with a Humane Society Board Member and asked that she be terminated. Thus Riley filed the lawsuit against the City and the former mayor in Federal Court in a case that went though several motions, appeals and was even reviewed by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court for issues. The civil trial started on December 5th in Judge James A. Teilborg’s Court andThe jury unanimously voted in favor of the City. It is not known whether Riley intends to appeal the verdict.
Larger Aircraft, More Flights, In-Flight Service to LAX and Denver
Following a bod of confidence from Prescott Mayor Harry Oberg and the city council after they voted to continue the essential air service for an additional two years, Great Lakes Aviation announced it would be upgrading its nine seat aircrafts with both 19 and 30 seat capacity planes which started on December 17th. Great Lakes Aviation will increase daily flights to Los Angeles from two trips days per day to four trips per day. Additionally, there will now be two flights per week to Denver with takeoff on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Some flights to Denver and Los Angeles, the 30 seat Embracer Turbo Prop Brasilla will be used, which features a flight attendant and a bathroom. Also, Great Lakes Aviation now considers Prescott a focus city which means the base will house both aircrafts and a mechanic.
Sunshine Carter Apprehended in Oklahoma
Deputy Chief Amy Bonney announced that officers with the Lawton Oklahoma Police Department apprehended 42-year-old Sunshine Carter on Saturday December 10th. The Prescott Police Department began an investigation into the alleged molestation of a child and dectectives learned Carter had inappropriately touched a ten-year-old girl who knew him, according to the release. The release stated Carter was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the Lawton County Jail. It is unknown why Carter traveled to the area or what ties he has to the residence, according to the release. Carter’s extradition will be coordinated through the Yavapai County Attorny’s Office according to the release.
Forty Graduate from Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy
Forty recruits officially became police officers at the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy Graduation on Thursday at Yavapai College in Prescott. The class the features highest number of graduates in the program’s history.
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Celebrates 50 Years by Looking Ahead
The West Yavapai Guidance Clinic recently celebrated it’s 50th birthday and announced a new crisis stabilization unit would be coming to Prescott Valley in the first quarter of 2017. The facility will remain open 24-hours a day, 7 day a week and help individuals who are experiencing psychological distress. The project, which cost 1.75 million dollars to complete, will be located in old the Copper State Bolt and Nut Company building on 8655 E. East ridge Dr. that is being renovated for the new facility. For more check out Prescottvalleyenews.com
Valley of Lights Continue to Bring Holiday Joy
The time to visit the Valley of Lights in Prescott Valley is growing short. This year’s attraction features around 62 displays with over 600 hundred pieces made up of more than one million bulbs which are on display for people to see. The Valley of Lights is open from dusk until 10pm daily until it closes on December 30th. Check out Prescott Valley eNews.com for the background of the attraction and a interview with the man in charge now, Jeff Schaffer from local company Advanced Electrical Contracting.
NAZ Suns Drop Third Straight Game
Following a seven-game winning streak, the Northern Arizona Suns have lost three straight after falling to the Texas Legends 115-99 at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Sunday. NAZ Suns try to jump back in the win column on Friday night at the Prescott Valley Event Center as the team takes on the Oklahoma City Blues. Tip-off is 7pm.