UPDATE: Suspect booked on warrant

The 14 year old suspect was taken into custody around 7:00 pm last night in the Pinteop-Lakeside area without incident by the detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He has been booked on an arrest warrant for 1st degree murder and 1st degree burglary.

October 3, 2017

14 year old Suspect Sought in Apache County Homicide

Suspect last seen in the Show Low Pines Estates area

Concho, Arizona — On the morning of October 3, 2017, a burglary was reported at a residence in Concho, Arizona. The Apache County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence to investigate. An occupant of the residence was discovered deceased, the victim of a homicide. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division was requested to be the lead investigative agency.

The suspect has been identified as 14-year-old Joshua Cade Richardson. He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 135 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen in the Show Low Pines Estates area wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and brown American Eagle dress shoes. He is also described as having acne and has a road rash type scar on his right forearm.

Anyone having any information concerning the homicide or the current location of Joshua Richardson should contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at 877-272-8329, by clicking on this link https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=807, or by text message by texting “ACT” plus the information to 274637. Please reference “Apache County” to ensure the information is directed appropriately.

Anyone spotting Richardson should immediately call 9-1-1 to report his location. Do not approach Richardson as he is believed to be armed and may pose a danger to others.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.


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Prescribed burning planned on Springerville Ranger District

The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations October 3rd if weather conditions are conducive to meeting objectives. The district plans to burn approximately 1469 acres on the Brady Park Unit, 6 miles South East of Vernon. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn through the weekend as needed.
Ignitions will occur throughout the morning to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, US Highway 60 and along Forest Roads 117, 404, and 65. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be noticeable, it is usually for a shorter time and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, stay indoors if possible. Prescribed burning enhances wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and protecting communities from the effects of future high severity wildfire. This prescribed fire is in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Habitat Partnership Committee, as well as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Mule Deer Foundation.
Questions or concerns contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

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Fall Prescribed Burns Begin in October

The Mogollon Rim Ranger District is going to begin our yearly fall prescribed burning on Monday, October 2, 2017, if conditions warrant. Fire managers plan to begin burning the East Clear Creek Project, starting at the area north of Lockwood Pit, just north of Forest Road 96. The map indicates areas in red that are planned burns this fall. Most likely the communities in the Blue Ridge area will experience smoke. Smoke is heaviest in the late evening and early morning hours, lifting by mid-morning.

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