Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responds to numerous
calls for service during Memorial Day weekend
Flagstaff, AZ – The men and women of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office stayed very busy responding to calls for service as well as conducting proactive law enforcement and public education contacts during the Memorial Day Weekend. In an effort to reduce the number of serious injury and fatality collisions involving ATVs Deputies, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers conducted hundreds of ATV safety awareness contacts with off road enthusiasts throughout the county. In addition to the ATV Safety information, safety information regarding the county fire ban was shared with the public during these outreach campaigns as well. Boat safety outreach campaigns also were conducted on Lake Powell during the weekend.
Between the time frame beginning at midnight Thursday, May 24, 2012 and ending at midnight on Monday, May 28, 2012 Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to ten vehicle collisions three of which involved All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and one involving a boat. ATV occupants were injured to varying degrees, the incidents occurring in the Williams, Cinder Lakes and Mormon Lake areas.
Other activity that Deputies responded to during the holiday weekend included fourteen reports of disturbance of the peace, twenty-six reports of illegal campfires or other suspected violations of the ban on open fires, twenty five calls of individuals experiencing medical difficulties, thirty-seven motorists and public assists, eight initial reports of overdue parties some of which resulted in organized Search and Rescue responses, and twenty-nine reports of suspicious activity. Officers also conducted area patrols and made 133 traffic stops during the weekend.
Deputies and Detectives investigated four incidents involving death over the holiday weekend to include a deceased individual found in a truck camper in the Forest Lakes area, an individual who is believed to have choked at his campsite in the Forest Lakes area, human skeletal remains found in the Forest Lakes area, and a person who was attempting to run/hike to the summit of Humphreys Peak.