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Smokes ignite mobile fire

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A smoker trying to put out smoking materials in a potted plant led to a porch fire that went to an attic at a home near Cottonwood Monday.

COTTONWOOD - Heavy damage was reported to a double-wide manufactured home Monday afternoon in the Skidmore community off Prairie Lane near Verde Village.

Firefighters from Verde Valley Fire District, plus crews from Cottonwood Fire and Verde Valley Ambulance were called to the fire on Emerald Court, just a little before 2 p.m. Monday.

The fire traveled from the porch of the 1,500-square-foot home into the attic, with heavy smoke pouring from the eaves.

Firefighters needed to pull the ceiling throughout most of the home to suppress the flames that had raced through the attic.

Initial investigation determined that the fire started when a smoker improperly discarded smoking materials. When it was first discovered, the family used several fire extinguishers trying to extinguish the blaze on the porch, but it had already traveled up into the attic.

They called 911. APS disconnected power.

Initial estimates indicate substantial loss of home and/or contents. A TIP volunteer was dispatched to help with the family's needs.

Banned fire put out

CORNVILLE -- Just as Verde Valley Fire crews were returning from a house fire, a man went to the Cornville station to report a column of black smoke in the direction of the new APS sub-station.

Crews on Engine 321 discovered that a man was burning a pile of trash in the yard of a residence on Angel Crest. Crews extinguished the fire, and advised the homeowner of the current ban on any open burning, but also indicated that materials burning were not within the scope of a permit, even if it was permitted.

Under current burn restrictions, there is no open burning of any type due to weather conditions, and homeowners are reminded, this is a county-wide ban. When restrictions are lifted, homeowners are encouraged to check for information on permits and allowed materials with their local fire agency.

Missing cross country hiker found in Vegas

FLAGSTAFF - Flagstaff Police investigators have located a missing man, Salvatore Pascarelli, Saturday in Las Vegas. He had been sought in Northern and Central Arizona.

The hiker, who was walking across country to benefit cancer research, suddenly disappeared after he was reported in Flagstaff. He had told his girlfriend his next stop was Yuma but his GPS locator and cell phone stopped working.

Investigators found that Pascarelli took a bus from Flagstaff to Las Vegas on Saturday when issues with his feet and heel affected his ability to continue walking. Sal went to Vegas to stay with a family member and recover.

Pascarelli's GPS and cell phone had gotten wet in Flagstaff and became inoperable. Sal contacted his girlfriend on Saturday to let her know of his change of route and was told at that time of his being reported as a missing person. For full details concerning Mr. Pascarelli and his fund raising effort see his website at http://www.hikingforacause.com/

Suspicious subject tests for drugs

COTTONWOOD -- A Cottonwood patrolman became suspicious when a Nissan pulled onto the Main Street without taillights showing late Friday night. The officer turned on his overheads, when the vehicle passed through a stop light without stopping.

The 17-year-old boy could not show any identification or paperwork for the vehicle, but the officer noticed he had bloodshot and watery eyes and the boy's taste buds were raised and greenish.

The officer also noticed three car stereos on the back seat along with a "window punch," but the electronics had not been reported stolen.

The driver reported the vehicle belong to him, but it as registered to a Cottonwood man.

The teen failed sobriety tests and a urine specimen returned positive for THC (marijuana), amphetamine and methamphetamine.

He was taken to juvenile detention.

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