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4/18/2013 2:33:00 PM
Security stepped up for Brian Mickelsen run

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- In the wake of the Patriot's Day bombings at the Boston Marathon this week, Cottonwood officials are assuring the public that they will be vigilant this weekend for the running of the Brian Mickelsen Marathon.

Police Chief Jody Fanning says his department is adding additional personnel to the course. There will be some traffic limitations and the Arizona Rangers will provide overnight security on the course before the run.

Similar precautions have been taken for the Pat Tillman run in Phoenix also this weekend.

While the Verde Valley is probably too small to be a terrorism target, Cottonwood has recently suffered bombings using Molotov cocktail flammables, one of which burned and smoke-damaged Cottonwood's Human Resources, Finance and Personnel building.

Those bombings, which also included flammables thrown at a gas station and bank, drew the attention of the FBI and ATF. The city has offered a $6,000 reward for information leading to prosecution.

An earlier Molotov cocktail bombing resulted in a quarter-million dollars in damage to a medical helicopter in Cottonwood. Police have called those events "domestic terrorism."

The city building has been closed since the event and all materials moved into the Public Safety building. It's expected to take a couple months to restore the building.

City Manager Doug Bartosh said the city has discussed installing surveillance cameras. He believes one or two cameras could cover the Old Town area.

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