Quartzsite, AZ- Recently declared council candidate, Jennifer "Jade" Harris-Jones was arrested as she approached Quartzsite Town Hall on Tuesday evening, November 23, 2010. She was arrested on two charges: Obstructing Governmental Operations; a Class 1 misdemeanor; and False Reporting to Law Enforcement Agencies; a Class 1 misdemeanor. The charges were pertaining to an incident on Friday, November 19, 2010, when Quartzsite Building Official, Al Johnson, went to 645 N. Central Blvd., Quartzsite on official Town Business.
The property consists of J & S Covers, a year-round business owned by Jim and Stephanie Aaron, and A Fur Salon, a seasonal dog grooming vending business owned by Jennifer "Jade" Harris-Jones. To view the video of the incident taken by John "Jack" L. Jones, visit http://www.quartzsitearizona.blogspot.com/.
During the Quartzsite Town Council meeting, Mr. Russell Sias, Manager of Crawford's RV Park and a previous candidate for council, presented manilla envelopes to each council member, Town Manager Alex Taft, and asked Town Attorny Pamela Walsma to give an envelope to Al Johnson, who was not present. Sias proceeded to the back of the room where Police Chief Jeff Gilbert stood, with crossed arms. Sias slammed the envelope into his chest and face, creating outcries from the crowd. Sargeant Javier Frausto took Sias into custody on a misdemeanor charge of assault.
Mayor Ed Foster posted bail for Harris-Jones during the night, while Sias was unable to secure bail and will appear before the judge this morning in Parker.