Prescott Constable - Yavapai County

Prescott Constable - Yavapai County The Constable is an elected peace officer of the county and serves processes and warrants for the justice court. The Prescott Constable is an elected county officer who serves all papers and processes, eviction actions, warrants and asset seizures ordered by the Prescott Justice Court or other competent authority.

The Prescott Precinct covers Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the unincorporated communities of Skull Valley, Williamson Valley, Walker and Paulden.

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27 years ago today was my first day at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy, class #118. I am proud that 27 years, 3 agen...
07/08/2021

27 years ago today was my first day at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy, class #118. I am proud that 27 years, 3 agencies, and one elected peace officer position later, I am still wearing a badge and serving my community.

07/03/2021
PRESCOTT CONSTABLE HISTORYJuly 4, 1877Virgil Earp arrives in Prescott, Arizona TerritoryOn or near July 4, 1877, Virgil ...
07/03/2021

PRESCOTT CONSTABLE HISTORY
July 4, 1877
Virgil Earp arrives in Prescott, Arizona Territory

On or near July 4, 1877, Virgil and Allie Earp arrived in Prescott with his family's wagon train. The family was moving to San Bernadino, California, from Missouri. Virgil and Allie liked Prescott, and decided stay behind as the family continued on.

Shortly after his arrival, Virgil found a job delivering mail between Prescott and Miller Valley twice a week. He would later set up a saw mill west of town (legends state it was at the base of Thumb Butte, where the day-use parking lot is).

A few months later, Virgil would be involved in one of Prescott's better known gunfights (October 16, 1877), which would lead to his being appointed Night Watchman and later elected to Constable.

Prescott's historic Whiskey Row. The heart of Prescott. It's once dusty streets were walked by the likes of Virgil Earp,...
07/03/2021

Prescott's historic Whiskey Row. The heart of Prescott. It's once dusty streets were walked by the likes of Virgil Earp, John Behan, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Big Nose Kate, James Dodson, and 'Bucky' O'Neil. Once home to nearly 40 saloons, it now is home to restaurants, art stores, museums...and still 5 saloons (including The Palace, the oldest saloon in Arizona).

As many of you know, I've been a strong proponent of the Yavapai Food Bank. Please help if you can.
06/28/2021

As many of you know, I've been a strong proponent of the Yavapai Food Bank. Please help if you can.

How time flies, We are joining forces again this year to help children in need get the supplies they need for an education.
Education is so important, it will change the lives and give each child an opportunity to succeed in life.

A little humor for today...
06/28/2021

A little humor for today...

A little humor for today...

Photos from Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. - World's Oldest Rodeo's post
06/28/2021

Photos from Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. - World's Oldest Rodeo's post

Prescott Frontier Days start Monday!!
06/27/2021
Cowboy Town- Prescott, AZ

Prescott Frontier Days start Monday!!

Dedicated to all the cowboys and cowgirls living the dream, and a tribute to the World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, AZ (www.worldsoldestrodeo.com

Unexpected Constable history in Pearce, AZ.
06/27/2021

Unexpected Constable history in Pearce, AZ.

Unexpected Constable history in Pearce, AZ.

Fire Restrictions | Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention
06/24/2021
Fire Restrictions | Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention

Fire Restrictions | Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention

At this point, only fire restrictions on federal and state managed lands are displayed. For county and municipal fire restrictions, please go to the specific county or city websites.

YAVAPAI COUNTY CONSTABLE HISTORYCONSTABLE JIM ROBERTS Jerome Constable 1893-1898, 1901-1902Yavapai County Deputy Sheriff...
06/24/2021

YAVAPAI COUNTY CONSTABLE HISTORY
CONSTABLE JIM ROBERTS
Jerome Constable 1893-1898, 1901-1902
Yavapai County Deputy Sheriff 1888-1898, 1920s-1934
Jerome Town Marshal 1901-02
Cochise County Deputy Sheriff, Bisbee Policeman, Douglas Policeman, Tombstone Deputy Marshal 1903-1920s

Jim Roberts was born on August 2, 1859, in Missouri. By 1887 he was homesteading in Arizona and a Tewksbury associate in the Pleasant Valley War (Graham’s vs. Tewksbury’s). Although he always rode a mule himself, Jim raised horses. When a prized horse was stolen, he suspected Graham affiliates and rode out to confront them at their ranch. Jim confronted four Graham affiliate brothers over the horse theft. A shootout ensued, resulting in three dead and one dying. Jim Roberts collected his horse and returned home.

In July, 1887, several Graham family associates rode brazenly up to the Newton Ranch where the Tewksbury’s and Jim Roberts were staying and tried to invite themselves in for dinner. When refused, a gunfight broke out. After the smoke cleared, two Graham associates lay dead and the others were all wounded. There were no casualties on the Tewksbury side. After the shootout, Yavapai County Sheriff William Mulvenon and a posse came over from Prescott, investigated the incident and returned to the county seat. No one would cooperate with the investigation.

Jim Roberts was involved in numerous incidents in the Graham-Tewksbury war, and was arrested for murder in 1889. The Grand Jury found no evidence to charge him, and he was released. That same year (1889), probably based on Robert’s reputation, Sheriff Buckey O’Neill offered Jim Roberts a job as a deputy sheriff. Roberts accepted the job, and was sent to Congress Junction to clean it up. While at Congress, the 32 year old lawman met 22 year old Jennie Kirkland (of Kirkland, AZ). The two were married two years later.

By 1892, Deputy Roberts was assigned to the new Arizona boom-town: Jerome. Once there, Jim Roberts ran for Constable of Jerome Precinct as well, winning the election in November of that year.

Jerome was a violent town: In 1894 Deputy Jim Roberts was involved in a shootout with two men at a saloon caused from an attempted robbery of a Faro game that resulted in one fatality and one arrest. Later that same year (1894), it was reported that Deputy Roberts was slashed across the forehead with a knife while attempting to arrest a man. There is a story of Deputy Roberts chasing a Mexican national who killed another Mexican national in a saloon brawl. Deputy Roberts tracked him in to the Mingus Mountains, to a cabin. A gunfight ensued-where the killer was shot in the head.

Jim Roberts was very popular in Jerome. In late 1896 the people of Jerome were talking about nominating him for Sheriff of Yavapai County.

In May of 1897, train robber James Fleming Parker, murderer Cornelia Sorata, and ex-Prescott Constable L.C. Miller broke out of the county jail at Prescott and killed District Attorney Lee Norris. Miller had been shot by the posse, but made his way up to Jerome, where he had family. Constable/Deputy Jim Roberts arrested Miller and returned him to Prescott.

On March 9, 1898, Jim Roberts resigned as deputy sheriff and constable of Jerome, stating he was going to the town of Martinez (near Congress, AZ). He was back at his old jobs in Jerome by 1900, however.

In January of 1902, Deputy Roberts was again elected Constable of the Jerome Justice Precinct as well as elected Town Marshal of Jerome. Jim Roberts truly was ‘The Law’ in Jerome.

Tragedy struck the Roberts family in June of 1902. Scarlet Fever hit Jerome, taking the lives of three of his children (ages 7, 3 and 1). After that, Jim Roberts packed up his remaining family had headed south.

Jim Roberts worked as a deputy sheriff in Cochise County, as well as a lawman in Bisbee, Douglas and Tombstone, before returning to Yavapai County in the 1920’s. Upon his return to Yavapai County, he settled in Clarkdale. At Clarkdale, Jim Roberts was again appointed a Deputy Sheriff of Yavapai County.

On Thursday, June 21, 1928, a 68 year old Deputy Jim Roberts was walking a foot beat in downtown Clarkdale. Two criminals out of Oklahoma concocted a plan to rob the Bank of Arizona at Clarkdale that day. They were in possession of a stolen car out of Phoenix for their getaway. The bank had the United Verde mine payroll ready for the next day’s paychecks. The outlaw pair parked their stolen vehicle in front of the bank, while the two robbers entered with fi****ms.

The robbers put all the bank employees in the vault, and collected a gunny sack containing $64,000 in payroll. The bank manager convinced them to not close the vault door, saying they would suffocate (this was not true, only a ruse on the part of the manager). As the two criminals were fleeing the bank, the manager ran out of the vault, grabbed a shotgun from under his desk and fired at them.

Deputy Roberts heard the gunshot and ran around the corner to the bank. He saw the two robbers jumping in the car and the vehicle speed away. Deputy Roberts drew his C**t Peacemaker and fired one shot, striking the driver in the back of the head. The vehicle crashed and the other robber fled on foot.

Roberts chased the running bank robber for about 200 yards, until he surrendered and was marched back to the scene. Remember: Deputy Jim Roberts was 68 years old!!

On January 8, 1934, Jim Roberts was 74 years old and was still an unpaid volunteer deputy sheriff in Clarkdale. While walking his foot beat, he sat down on a bench and died off a heart attack.

Jim Roberts in interned at Valley View Cemetery in Clarkdale, Arizona.

06/21/2021

If you are in the Chino Valley/Paulden area and you see a big plume of smoke- please don’t worry. It is not the Rock Butte Fire but the Rafael fire in Coconino County near Sycamore Canyon - which is not threatening any homes at this time.

The Rock Butte fire in Yavapai County currently has many resources on hand. Stay tuned to our page for the latest updates.

Photos from Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. - World's Oldest Rodeo's post
06/19/2021

Photos from Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. - World's Oldest Rodeo's post

06/16/2021

YCSO needs the public's help in locating Caryn Small. Her last known location was hiking at Horse Thief Basin in Crown King Bumble Bee area on June 15th, 2021. Please call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

06/15/2021

As the temperatures rise, help keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Never leave a pet unattended inside a vehicle - the temperature inside a vehicle can rise very quickly and is just as dangerous for pets as it is for people. Rolling down the windows is not a safe alternative. Any pet left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death.

(Source: National Weather Service)

NWS Monsoon Awareness Week 2021: Monsoon 101
06/14/2021
NWS Monsoon Awareness Week 2021: Monsoon 101

NWS Monsoon Awareness Week 2021: Monsoon 101

This video was made by our friends at NWS Phoenix as part of our Monsoon Awareness Week campaign across the southwestern United States. Learn all about the m...

YAVAPAI COUNTY CONSTABLE HISTORYARIZONA'S FIRST CONSTABLEConstable Nathan P. Pierce (1830 – June 10, 1911)Yavapai County...
06/11/2021

YAVAPAI COUNTY CONSTABLE HISTORY
ARIZONA'S FIRST CONSTABLE

Constable Nathan P. Pierce (1830 – June 10, 1911)
Yavapai County Constable’s Office –Prescott Precinct

Nathan P. ‘Pard’ Pierce was born in New York, in about 1830. At some point he relocated to California, and in 1863 came to Arizona with a California regiment of infantrymen, where he was stationed at Fort Whipple.

When Arizona’s Territorial status was set, in February of 1863, a delegation was sent from Washington DC to govern the new territory, including John Forbes, who was to be the village of Prescott’s constable. Forbes never made it to Arizona, however.

In 1864, Territorial Governor Goodwin appointed Nathan Pierce as Prescott’s (and Arizona’s) first Constable in September of 1864. Constable Pierce would go on to be elected Prescott’s Constable in 1866, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874, and 1876. He lost his reelection bid in November of 1878 to Virgil Earp.

The Weekly Journal-Miner stated in Constable Pierce’s obituary on June 14, 1911:
“That office (constable) required a man of nerve to fill, but with all that responsibility Mr. Pearce (Pierce) performed splendid service and faced many dangerous situations. He was also appointed deputy sheriff by the first sheriff of this county, when Arizona was formally organized.

His agreeable fellowship, and his will of iron, made him one of the most popular men of his day in Arizona. In all raids made against the Apache, he was always in the van, and performed excellent service. He was one of the most agreeable of men in or out of office, and never failed to assist the needy or deserving.”

Sometime after 1878, Nathan Pierce left Arizona and returned to California, where he worked in the mining industry. He returned to Prescott for a last visit in 1910, and died in California on June 10, 1911. He is buried at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

06/09/2021

Yavapai County Will Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

On Tuesday June 8, 2021, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown signed the Interim Stage 2 Fire Prohibition Order. The effective date of the fire ban is June 11, 2021, at 8:00 AM.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “Working in conjunction with the Yavapai County Emergency Manager, local organizations such as the Prescott National Forest, Sedona Fire District and many others, it has been determined that since there has been no significant rain and the reported fuel levels are at a dangerously high level, we believe that at this time, moving to stage 2 fire restrictions is the wise thing to do.”

Stage 2 restrictions are implemented in addition to those restrictions of Stage 1, and include:
1. Prohibition of:
a. Discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device when prohibited by the Permitted Fireworks section VIII.A.
b. Using an explosive.
c. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
d. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame
e. Possession or use a motor vehicle off of Forest System Roads except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway; and except for parking overnight in a developed campground and or trailheads.
Petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns and enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards are exempt from this prohibition, but the public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stoves, lanterns, or grills; and The public is urged to strictly obey any and all federal, state, or local fire restrictions currently in force as well as any such restrictions as may be enacted in the future.

The fire restriction set forth in this Order shall be subject to any exceptions established by current or future Federal, State, or Local fire restrictions and shall not apply on those public lands on which fire restrictions have not been imposed.

Regardless of any exceptions to the fire restrictions contained in this Order, or any exceptions contained in fire restrictions enacted by other entities. The public is hereby urged to use particular caution in all uses of fire during this period of extreme fire danger.
This interim order will be considered and ratified at the next Board of Supervisors scheduled meeting.

As a reminder, Stage 1 restrictions are hereby implemented as part of this action, which includes prohibition of:
1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
3. Operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52 (j)).

06/06/2021
06/03/2021

CITY OF PRESCOTT JUNE BRUSH DROP OFF EVENT

The first line of defense against a wildfire is to create and maintain defensible space around your home. Removing excess brush and other vegetation around your home and structures can slow the rate and intensity of an advancing wildfire.

To promote these efforts, the City of Prescott is offering a free brush and vegetation drop off event for its residential trash customers.

Commercial haulers will be required to pay the standard rate for disposing of brush and vegetation debris.

The event will run every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. City of Prescott residential customers will need to self haul these items to the City of Prescott Transfer Station located at 2800 Sundog Ranch Rd. Proof of City of Prescott residency in the form of a driver’s license or utility bill is required.

Event Dates:

Saturday, June 5
Saturday, June 12
Saturday, June 19
Saturday, June 26

Please do not bag or tie these materials. Loads that contain garbage and other materials will be required to pay a disposal fee. Please remember to cover and contain all loads when transporting them to the Transfer Station.

For further information contact the City of Prescott Solid Waste Division at 928-777-1116 or go online to www.prescott-az.gov.

I am proud to have contributed to NARTA as one of their instructors! Class 50 is outstanding!!
05/28/2021

I am proud to have contributed to NARTA as one of their instructors! Class 50 is outstanding!!

Congratulations Class 50

Those of you watching CBS 5 last night might have heard former Bagdad-Yarnell Constable John Eric Watson on a phone inte...
05/28/2021

Those of you watching CBS 5 last night might have heard former Bagdad-Yarnell Constable John Eric Watson on a phone interview. He and his wife had to evacuate their home in Bagdad because of the fire. Luckily, there home is still safe. 30 other homes were not so lucky.

Those of you watching CBS 5 last night might have heard former Bagdad-Yarnell Constable John Eric Watson on a phone interview. He and his wife had to evacuate their home in Bagdad because of the fire. Luckily, there home is still safe. 30 other homes were not so lucky.

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What is a Constable?

Constables are the elected peace officers of the justice precinct of a county. Constables have the same powers, duties, and liabilities as the sheriff, as far as applicable (Arizona Revised Statutes 22-131).

The Yavapai County Constable for the Prescott Precinct serves all papers, processes, protection orders, eviction actions, arrest warrants and asset seizures ordered by the Prescott Justice Court or other competent authority. The Prescott Precinct covers Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and the unincorporated communities of Skull Valley, Williamson Valley, Coyote Springs, Walker, Groom Creek, and Paulden.

There have been many colorful and interesting figures who have held the Office of Constable in Prescott, including Virgil Earp in 1879.


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