Stolen Atv Found At Body Shop In Payson

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The Gila County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a $7,000 racing grade all-terrain vehicle.

The ATV was stolen from a home in Star Valley Aug. 19.

Last week, information developed in the investigation led officers to an auto body shop in Payson where the ATV was discovered. It had been modified and some of the parts were missing, but it was identified as the stolen property, according to Det. Brian Havey.

The man working on the ATV, John Thurman Porter II, 29, was arrested on two unrelated outstanding warrants, Havey said.

The investigation is continuing.

The Payson Police Department had its hands full with errant juveniles Sept. 15.

Three 11-year-old males were referred to juvenile authorities for use and possession of fireworks and three other juveniles were referred for curfew violations.

The boys with the fireworks came to the attention of the police when a report of shots fired was made at about 11:45 a.m., from the 800 block of East Miller. The officer investigating discovered the "shots fired" were actually fireworks.

Lt. Don Engler said due to the extreme drought conditions, these incidents are being treated very seriously.

The curfew violations were discovered when the police were called to the emergency room of the Payson Regional Medical Center for a 12-year-old male who was intoxicated. That led to the curfew violation charges for the 12-year-old, plus a charge of underage consumption. Curfew violation charges were made against two other male boys, 14 and 12 years of age.

Payson's curfew for those under 18 is midnight, Engler said.

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