Cottonwood Police Chief Placed On “Non-Disciplinary Administrative Leave”

The City of Cottonwood has put its police chief on “non-disciplinary administrative leave.” Chief Steve Gesell was placed on leave last Thursday while “certain internal matters are being addressed.” City officials didn’t go into detail due to the confidentiality of the matter. Commander Gareth Braxton has been named the city’s “acting” chief of police during […]

A Cottonwood Man Was Arrested Wednesday On Three Counts Of Sexual Exploitation

A Cottonwood man was arrested Wednesday on three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Police say they received a CyberTip from the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children. They told police nine images of child pornography were downloaded from an IP address in Cottonwood. It was discovered that the residence was the home […]

Cottonwood Police Arrest A Man Suspected Of Kidnapping And Sexual Abuse

A Cottonwood man was arrested for his involvement in a sexual abuse and kidnapping incident that took place late last month at a home in Cottonwood. In late March, a Cottonwood woman reported that 42-year-old Justin Piper went into her home uninvited and shut the door behind him. The woman told police she was familiar […]