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Cottonwood “Citizen Of The Year” Charged With Felony Assault

Some Cottonwood residents are up in arms over the charges being pressed against a 68-year-old woman who was named the community’s “Citizen of the Year” in May. The charges stem from something else that happened in May. The Carroll family, Vanessa and Michael and their 25-year-old son Anthony, deliver newspapers for the Record-Searchlight in the early morning. For several weeks in April and May they were accused of stealing mail by people identifying themselves as the “Cottonwood Community Watch”, including Jason Wicks and his 18-year-old son Jeffery. The Carrolls explained that their job delivering newspapers is why they are frequently around mailboxes in the wee hours. Early on May 19th, the Carrolls were in front of a Main Street business sorting their papers before delivery, and the Wicks were parked nearby along with 68-year-old Carrolyn Barlow. When Anthony Carroll made a hand gesture in their direction, the family was allegedly attacked. Jason Wicks reportedly hit Michael Carroll in the head 4 times with a metal flashlight, knocking him out. Anthony Carroll had a bleeding injury to his temple and Vanessa Carroll suffered a hand injury while trying to break up the fight. Deputies say the Wicks men later admitted to fighting with the Carrolls. Jason and Jeffery wicks were determined to be the primary aggressors and they were both booked into jail. Barlow remained in the car and did not participate in the fight, but she’s charged with felony assault along with the Wicks. All three have pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing is set for December 7th. The sheriff’s office says “Cottonwood Community Watch” has no affiliation with any law enforcement agency.