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Man shot self in house fire

An autopsy has determined that a man found dead inside a burned house Aug. 8 died from suicide.

Donald L. Lorimor, 58, of Camp Verde, “died of a single gun wound to the head before being consumed by fire,” stated Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Chief…

Former mayor Burnside dies

Former Camp Verde Mayor and resident Robert L. Burnside, 70, died Aug. 14, in Camp Verde.

Burnside was born Sept. 11, 1945, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Glen and Rose Burnside.

From the age of 16, he spent his life as a plumber. He worked as a contracting manager and foreman for Darwin and Jeremy Rushton at Yavapai Mechanical for 22 years, opening a local branch in Camp Verde that remained open for over 10 years, employing 126 people through its duration. Prior to Yavapai Plumbing, Burnside worked for Marlin Mechanical for 10 years, Glendale Plumbing for 10 years and for his father’s company before that.…

Jerome taxes vacation rentals

On Aug. 9, the Jerome Town Council approved a new 3.5 percent tax on commercial rentals.

“Although residential rentals have been subject to a 3.5 percent local tax since 2010, commercial rentals were previously exempted,” stated Jerome Town Manager Candace Gallagher via press release Aug. 15. “Beginning on Nov. 1, 2016, commercial rentals will be taxed at the same rate as residential rentals.”…

Perey works to bring college to community

“People are realizing we’re making movements,” Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey said Thursday, Aug. 18.

Perey admitted that press critical of the college occasionally gets to him. Focusing on perceived disparities between Prescott-area facilities and programs and those of the Verde Valley, however, makes it difficult for positive relationships to grow. According to Perey, though there has always been a “separation between east and west” in the college, he and others are working hard to account for the changing demographics — and thus, changing needs — of the Verde Valley.…

Body found in house fire

A house fire in the Verde Lakes area resulted in the death of one man, Aug. 8.

At 7:44 p.m., Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority was dispatched to 3862 E. Clinton Lane to respond to a report of a house fire. CCFMA arrived with three fire engines, two water trucks, an ambulance and a battalion chief to the incident.…

Clarkdale hosts election forum

One thing became clear during the League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley Clarkdale Town Council candidate forum, Thursday, Aug. 11, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church: Clarkdale has a complicated relationship with growth.

Asked what he hopes Clarkdale will look like in a decade, Tommy Nestor, a write-in candidate for one of two seats, said, “I’d like to see it look just like it does today,” adding that he wants the town to retain its current layout and character.…

Coffee talk covers city budget

As city of Cottonwood Finance Director Rudy Rodriguez began his address to a crowd gathered for another installment of the Mayor’s Coffee Talk series, Saturday, Aug. 13, he warned that governmental accounting is different from business accounting and can be difficult to understand.
Prior to the event, Mayor Diane Joens had sent out a press release about the budget presentation, stating that she sought “to answer questions and dispel the rumors that are currently circulating” concerning the city’s financial situation.…

Woman faces federal infant porn charges

Federal court documents allege that a Clarkdale woman received online images of an infant being sexually assaulted and communicated her intention to molest a friend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Sarah Cox is charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint lists three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography sent interstate via computer.…

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