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Friday, April 29, 2016
Horrors of human trafficking hit close to home in Verde Valley forum (with video)
Scott Mabery, the Director of Yavapai County Juvenile Court Services, has made the “center a home,” said Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Mackey. (Jon Hutchinson/VVN)
Scott Mabery, the Director of Yavapai County Juvenile Court Services, has made the “center a home,” said Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Mackey. (Jon Hutchinson/VVN)
COTTONWOOD -- A forum on human trafficking was held at Mingus Union High School auditorium Wednesday before unveiling the locally-produced awareness video, "Nursery Rhymes and Daddies."




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Robbed again in Clarkdale
Robbed again in Clarkdale
Local actors presented a reenactment of the robbery of the Bank of Arizona, which occurred June 21, 1928 last Saturday in Clarkdale, now the Four Eight Wineworks building.. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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