Police are investigating the death of a homeless man.
According to Flagstaff police reports, a woman called police around 4:45 p.m. Sunday to report that she had found a male acquaintance unresponsive in a wooded area about 50 yards west of the intersection of South Lone Tree Road and South O’Leary Street. Officers found the man dead in a makeshift homeless camp.
The victim was identified as Bryan Duane Curley, 46. His body was taken to the County Medical Examiner’s Office and next of kin was notified.
Police are awaiting the results of the medical examiner’s report to determine the cause of death.
There were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene. Police learned that Curley had recently undergone surgery and was taking pain medication as a result of head trauma he had sustained, but several of his friends who had seen him earlier in the day told police he seemed intoxicated but otherwise fine. The investigation is ongoing.
Flagstaff police removed an explosive device from the East Huntington Drive Walmart’s parking lot Friday.
According to the police report, the reporting party called police around 5:50 a.m. after spotting a blasting cap in the middle of a raised median in the parking lot. The cap was connected by a series of wires to a silver cylinder marked with the word “explosive.” Police removed the device from the scene and secured it. It will be disposed of by the Bomb Squad at a later date.
A local business was almost the victim of a phone scam late last week.
According to the police report, the owner of a hair salon in the 100 block of North San Francisco Street came into work Friday morning to find a message on her answering machine. The caller, who identified himself as “Officer Peterson,” said in the message that the owner would be arrested within 45 minutes if she did not call him back and pay $6,000 in back taxes she owed to the IRS.
The owner, who knew she did not owe any back taxes, called the number to verify the caller had the right person, but the caller refused to confirm the name on the account. When the owner said she would pay the money anyway, the caller told her he did not want her money, he wanted her to be thrown in jail.
A Flagstaff Police Department officer called the number left by the scammer but no one answered. The case has been forwarded to detectives for further investigation.
Charged with DUI
— Jeffrey Khabir, 57, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., was arrested by Flagstaff police and charged with extreme DUI around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
— Cody Delbert Donaven, 26, of Telleson, was arrested by Flagstaff police and charged with extreme DUI around 9:15 p.m. Sunday.
— Sara Ann Conley, 32, of South Blackbird Roost, was arrested by Flagstaff police and charged with extreme DUI around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.
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