Arizona in Brief: Sex offender found peeking into Flagstaff school classrooms
Originally published Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 05:50a.m.
FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Police say a registered sex offender who was peering into classrooms of a Flagstaff high school has been arrested.
Authorities say 38-year-old Jerrod Schmidt has been booked into Coconino County Jail on charges of trespassing and violating sex offender registration requirements.
According to Flagstaff police, officers were called Friday morning about a man who had climbed a tree and was looking into unoccupied classrooms at Summit High School.
School officials say Schmidt fled when they confronted him. But he later returned as police were investigating and fled again.
Police located him at a mall and learned of his sex offender status and that he had been evicted 10 days earlier.
Mall security also confirmed Schmidt previously trespassed there.
It was not immediately known if Schmidt had an attorney.
Woman back in custody after mistaken Mohave County release
KINGMAN (AP) — Mohave County authorities say a woman who was mistakenly released from jail is back in custody.
Melissa Bexell turned herself in at the county jail Thursday evening. She told officials she was confused about her release and returned when she learned she was being sought.
The 38-year-old Bexell was being held on a felony theft charge and a misdemeanor obstructing charge out of Bear Lake County, Idaho.
Sheriff’s officials said Bexell was not considered to be a danger to the public.
Scottsdale police: Man arrested for having explosive device
SCOTTSDALE (AP) — Authorities say an employee at an auto body repair shop in a Phoenix suburb has been arrested after an explosive device was found at his workstation.
Scottsdale police say the state Department of Public Safety bomb squad removed the small device from a Service King Collision Repair Center in north Scottsdale on Friday. There were no injuries and the business reopened before noon.
Authorities arrested the employee, 31-year Michael Mclain, as he arrived for work. He’s facing drug charges as well as a count of possession/manufacturing of a prohibited weapon. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
Authorities say the worker built the device but told detectives he did not have plans to harm anyone with it.
Scottsdale police say the investigation is ongoing.