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4/2/2013 9:56:00 AM
Fire bombs thrown at Cottonwood city office
Cottonwood fire was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of the Finance and Human Resources Building about 6:20 Monday morning. When crews arrived, they found flames inside the building and heavy smoke throughout. VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Cottonwood fire was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of the Finance and Human Resources Building about 6:20 Monday morning. When crews arrived, they found flames inside the building and heavy smoke throughout. VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- A Molotov-cocktail type fire bomb was thrown through the front window at a City of Cottonwood office early Monday morning.

Cottonwood Fire Marshal Rick Contreras said two fire bombs were thrown, breaking the front window at the Finance and Human Resources building at 816 N. Main St. A rock was also used to break out a rear window in the same building. Contreras said the resulting fire caused damage around the broken window and heavy smoke damage throughout the building.

The Finance and Human Resources Department is being moved to the Cottonwood Public Safety Facility at 616 Sixth St., where the Police and Fire Departments are located.

Cottonwood Police Commander Gary Eisenga said the arsonists targeted two other buildings, unsuccessfully, before throwing the bombs at the city building. Police are also investigating incidents at Sunwest Bank, 704 S. Main St., Cottonwood, and also at the Spirit Gas Station at 10th and Main Street.

Cottonwood fire was dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of the Finance and Human Resources Building about 6:20 Monday morning. When crews arrived, they found flames inside the building and heavy smoke throughout.

It's the second time a Molotov cocktail type device was used to torch property in Cottonwood. Richard Thomas Butts is charged with fire-bombing a medical helicopter at Verde Valley Medical Center last year.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Since I have a family member who is an employee of our fair city, I've had the opportunity to discuss with them the circumstances behind the picture in question. The majority of what is being represented in the picture is simply non-essential personnel engaging in activities that they are not being employed to do. This behavior spilled throughout our local city government over the next few days. I'd be interested in our newspaper of record reporting on just how much that cost taxpayers.

This bombing was certainly a crime. It may even be an act of terrorism (although that word has lost almost all meaning in this day and age through misuse). None of that changes the excellent observation that has been made that it has also highlighted the misplaced sense of responsibilities displayed by members of the ruling class and their sycophants.


Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Mike May

Yes, I have served this Beloved Country and the Constitution of this Beloved Country and I have served beside men who would give their life to protect her, as would I. When, where, and how are my business.

I have joined the cause to end the oppression I speak of. How? By ensuring that as little of the money I earn goes into the pocket of a bureaucrat. When the time comes for civil service of any kind I volunteer if I can.

The American Revolution was started by men who were viewed as thugs by a government that took everything it could and left many to die starving because England had taken everything from them. I would also be willing to bet that England Royalty did everything it could do to spread that message but failed in the eyes of Patriots and Freedom Fighters. I could not tell you all of the details because I wasn't there but I am certain that this "Government" here and now is not what the Founding Fathers established the Constitution for.

I am by no means condoning the acts of whoever did this. I am simply saying that I know plenty of people who the local government has angered by acting in a manner that does plenty of take and not much give.

And to your comment about helping me pack, I will always live in America, I have earned that right. I have the right because I am an American, to say anything about the broken system of Government that is currently more of a burden to the people than it is a protection. In fact that is what the service members of this country fight for.

Unfortunately the Establishment is so broken that it is going to take another revolution to fix it.



Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Article comment by: @Mike May

What do you do in attempt to change the world you live in? Do you try to change the world or do you just moan and groan about the world around you? Have you ever served your fellow human beings? (besides beer) Like I have said before to you Mr. May, instead of stirring the pot in an attempt to cause more problems why don't you join the cause to fight the so called oppression you speak of. The American Revolution wasn't started by a bunch of thugs who bullied their ways onto people the way you would like to do. It was started with words and pleas from intelligent people attempting to change their world through diplomacy. Before you "make war" why don't you first try to be diplomatic. Oh and by the way, our government might not be the best, but it's the best we got and if your so unhappy, the border is only a couple hundred miles away to the south. I will help you pack.

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Article comment by: chester copperpot

school teachers don't work for the city, and if they did they should be fired for doing that just like these people .


Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Article comment by: SOMEONE HAS TOO MUCH TIME

I'm happy that someone is watching out for the neighborhood! I know when a strange vehicle is in my neighborhood. As for putting down our local government, maybe some of you should run for the job, I doubt seriously it is as easy as some of you think. I've seen school teachers on facebook during school hours, how about that fact!

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: At Stealing home

By the way.......no time from them was spent on Facebook....there is one person in charge of that to keep the community appropriately informed...not people in the field who need to be there!

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: At Stealing home

This is all a bunch of nonsense stemming from an act of stupidity! They will be caught and the right people are doing the right job....all that needs to be said or known!

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Holy Cow

This is fascinating.

Cottonwood experiences what could otherwise be termed an act of terrorism and look what we get from our 'concerned' citizens: complaints about grumpy, nosey men whining about city employees possibly wasting time and comments sympathetic to blatantly criminal activity such as, "Can't really blame them much on that."

Really, I think we can blame them.

Seems like the real issue is being missed.


Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Friendly Observation

Mr. Dunley,
Did you ever stop to think that that window had to boarded up and they were measuring how big the window was so that they could secure the building? The police won't do that because it is not detective work. There are proper people in the city that do that kind of work. There are also only certain people who are authorized to be there from the police and it really doesn't matter what department they work in as long as it is for the city. City employees do go above and beyond their job description to help other city departments. We are a family and try to stick together as much as possible.( FYI I am not posting on company time. It is my day off)


Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Stealing Time

I wonder home much time is stolen each day by the people in this picture? How many Facebook updates have they made on our dime? How much time is spent justifying there lack of effort by posting in newspaper comment sections? More than likely a lot more then we wan to know about !
I'm no judge and jury, just my 2 cents.
God bless our troops and thank you to all our veterans for our freedom.
I hope the people who caused this crime are brought to justice.


Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Mr Dunley does have a point. Without commenting directly on some posters insistence of the selfless nobility displayed by the municipal employees, the fact remains that these are public servants. They are employed solely to engage in certain narrow endeavors. If they are not doing so, then they are stealing from their employers (i.e. us). And, yes, that would include posting in the comment section of this paper.

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Dunley

Truth of the matter is lots of people want to attack a nosey old man and tell him to mind his own business, well I bet if someone was breaking into your home and this nosey old man was being observant and could identify the criminal the same people wouldn't be so quick to send me to the gallows... Plain and simple leave the police work to the police, and respect your elders, some day you might actually need us, but will we be there?

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Mike May

Seems to me like a few people have become so fed up with local government that they have begun to take some action. Can't really blame them much on that.

It's really sad when people feel so railroaded by government that they have resort to such acts. I wonder if this is kind of how the revolt against government began in Greece?

I ask you all this, when the people of this country revolt against the establishment whose side will you be on? The Government or the People?


Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Friendly Volunteer

Retired people have EARNED the right to be nosy , and also the right to their opinions :) I like Bob. Just sayin. I also like how Bob observes. One day he may just save someone or notice something serious... Bob is a model citizen, he is looking out for his fellow man. You didn't do anything wrong Bob, many would think that, just that most wouldn't verbalize it. You also contributed to society w/out even knowing it, by getting people to talk. That causes truth to come out....

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

Seems like Bob Dunley is not only a nosey senior but a guy who has to have the last word. Now, no need to write back, Mr. Dunley. This is just humor:))


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