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Scam Warning

BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department is warning the public on a recent phone scam. On Friday, August 21, a woman reported that a man called claiming to be a “Captain” at the Bullhead City Police Department. The “Captain” threatened that she had two warrants for not showing up for jury duty and instructed that she needed to pay $750 in cash for each warrant through an EZ Pay Deposit. Fortunately, the woman did not fall victim to this scam. The Police Department reminds citizens to always be suspicious of calls, emails or mail advising they owe money or have won a prize. NEVER give out personal or bank account information or send money via any method unless YOU initiated the contact with the person or company. Simply hang up and call the number you know to be legitimate.

Death investigation

The weekend death of a Covina, California man at Lake Havasu is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s office. The victim of the Saturday afternoon, August 22 incident is identified as Rene Recio, 75. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter said Recio jumped from the back of a boat into about five feet of water just north of Cat Tail State Park. Witnesses told deputies that Recio was swimming around before he was discovered floating face down by the boat. Resuscitation efforts failed and Recio was pronounced deceased at the Cat Tail Cove launch ramp. An autopsy and cause of death determination are pending.

Censure lifted

GOLDEN VALLEY The Golden Valley Fire District Board voted 4-1 to rescind its previous censure of board member Steve Robinson. Chairman Paul Gorham said he supported the move, believing that Robinson did not deliberately engage in improper conduct in securing reimbursement for cookies served at a district-hosted political event last summer. The lifting of the censure allows Robinson to once again sign checks for the district when necessary.

Arizona Democrats to hold meeting

KINGMAN – Democrats from all over Arizona will be meeting in Kingman early next year. Delegates will be conducting party business. “It’s the Arizona Democratic party state committee meeting,” said Joe Longoria, Chairman of the Mohave County Democratic party central committee. “I would suspect that we will probably have about 300 delegates from throughout the state.” Longoria said an informal reception is planned Friday, January 22. He said morning caucuses and an afternoon business meeting will unfold Saturday, January 23.

Ordinance draft available for review

MOHAVE COUNTY – A committee has prepared a revamped Mohave County Zoning Ordinance for public review and possible adoption by the Board of Supervisors. The effort aims to update the ordinance, make it more user friendly and to reduce requirements and restrictions on citizens, developers and businesses. Citizens can review an ordinance draft by going to the county website www.mohavecounty.us and clicking Development Services under the “Departments” tab. The draft ordinance will be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on September 9.

Council agenda ordinance issues

KINGMAN – Kingman City Council member Stuart Yocum has asked for a clarification of an ordinance dealing with preparation of agendas for Council meetings. Yocum expressed concern that items placed on agendas by Council members have been removed. City attorney Carl Cooper said the Mayor and City Manager are responsible for agenda preparation. Cooper said items placed on the agenda by council members shall not be removed unless the council member who placed the item asks that it be withdrawn. Vice Mayor Mark Wimpee said council-placed items have been taken off the agenda and he said that should not happen. “I don’t think any council member should be able to remove anything off the agenda that another council member put on,” Wimpee said during the August 4 Council meeting. Cooper said there is no need to change or add clarifying text to the ordinance because the Council, by consensus, agrees and understand that the agenda meddling shall not occur.

Borrelli is weighing his options

MOHAVE COUNTY – State representative Sonny Borrelli has visited the Mohave County Elections office as he ponders his political future. The Lake Havasu City republican completing his second state legislative term said he wants to keep all options on the table. Borrelli said he’s considering running for re-election. He said he is also interested in running for the state senate and also for the Board of Supervisors. Borrelli said he feels he has become an effective lawmaker, but he also thinks that he could do a good job at the county level. He said he has not set any particular date for a formal campaign decision.

Johnson undecided

Will he try for another term?

MOHAVE COUNTY – Four Mohave County Supervisors say they’ll try to keep their seats in the August-November, 2016 election cycle. Gary Watson, Hildy Angius, Steve Moss and Jean Bishop have each confirmed they’ll pursue four-year terms next year. Buster Johnson, the senior member of the current board, is the only supervisor who has not made a decision regarding his prospective political future. Johnson said he has public and private sector opportunities to ponder before making a determination sometime next month. Watson will be pursuing his third term as supervisor. Angius and Moss said their pursuit of a second term is consistent with statements they made during the early portion of their first campaign. Moss, a lawyer, disclosed that his planned pathway is to serve another term as supervisor before considering judicial opportunities. He said he is also interested in serving the state legislature later in life.

Council workshop shined light on Kingman Crossing issues

KINGMAN – Kingman City Council members focused on multiple topics during their July 27 workshop. Council member Jen Miles said discussion of the Kingman Crossing project shined light on some of the issues and challenges associated with the Interstate 40 interchange development that is envisioned as an economic engine for the community. Miles said a public town hall regarding the Kingman Crossing effort will be held on one of three option dates in August. Miles said the workshop also covered revenue generation options including the possibility of a property tax or fire district in Kingman’s future.

Gaming up in June

LAUGHLIN – Laughlin casinos enjoyed a minor gaming up tick in June. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that properties along the Colorado River totaled $38.8-million in gaming revenue in June. That’s a 1.55% increase, or about $600,000 more than the same clubs earned in June 2014. Statewide gaming revenue for Nevada was up 3.3% in June.

Man torches his estranged wife’s home

After she was granted a restraining order against him

The studs are all that’s left as firefighters arrive immediately upon on scene. The front porch is visible, although ready to collapse.

GOLDEN VALLEY – A Golden Valley man allegedly torched his wife’s home on Saturday, July 25. 60-year-old Robert Damiano is charged with arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage and aggravated harassment. Mohave County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter said the suspect’s estranged wife was granted a restraining order Friday after Damiano threatened that he would burn her home on Concho Drive. The woman reportedly safely fled the residence when Damiano set the place on fire just before 9:00 p.m. Chief Thomas O’Donohue said the home was a total loss but that Golden Valley Fire District personnel were able to prevent spread of fire to the garage, a workshop and a propane tank. No one was injured. Carter said Damiano fled the scene after setting the fire but turned himself in Sunday and admitted his involvement.

Phone Scam Warning issued

BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department is warning the public about a tax scam. Victims nationwide have reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and stating they owe taxes. Victims are then instructed to pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration, the IRS usually first contacts people by mail - not by phone - about unpaid taxes. And, the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer and does not ask for a credit card number over the phone. The Bullhead City Police Department would like to remind residents to NEVER give out personal or bank information over the phone, internet or by mail unless YOU initiated the contact with the person or company. Simply hang up and call the number you know to be legitimate. Also be aware of ‘phishing’ scams, where someone pretends to be from a legitimate organization and asks for personal information for verification purposes.

La Quinta Inn under construction

KINGMAN – Construction is underway where another motel property is being developed off Stockton Hill Road in Kingman. Crews are busy with site preparation for a La Quinta Inn that is going up adjacent to the Mohave Mental Health administrative building west of McDonald’s restaurant. Gallup, New Mexico businessman Mohammed Aysheh said the four-story, 94-unit motel should be ready for occupancy before the end of the year. Aysheh plans to build a second hotel project on an adjacent parcel next year.

National Bank of Arizona Robber

CAUGHT

Bill Keller The Standard

GOLDEN VALLEY – San Bernardino County California Sheriff’s Deputies recognized an All Points Bulletin (APB) photo of John Harris Graham Jr., 52, of Golden Valley, as the wanted person for a recent robbery of the National Bank of Arizona in Golden Valley, and in turn informed Mohave County Sheriff’s Department. THE STANDARD published a photo of the robbery suspect entering the bank, in its Wednesday, July 15, edition. According to Mohave County Sheriff spokesperson Trish Carter, on Thursday, July 16 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office contacted Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, identifying Graham as the man in photos taken by a surveillance camera during the robbery. It turns out Graham is the same man the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating for burglaries of two Automated Teller Machines in the Big River, California area. Mohave County Sheriff Detectives immediately went to a residence in the 4400 Block of Cibola Drive, a house Graham shared with his girlfriend. During a conversation with Graham, he confessed to the National Bank robbery. Detectives placed Graham under arrest without incident, then transported and booked him into the Mohave County jail.

River Medical ambulance service will continue

GOLDEN VALLEY – The question of who will be providing ground transport ambulance service in Golden Valley going forward has been answered. River Medical will continue serving the community as it has for more than 30 years. The Golden Valley Fire District (GVFD) mounted a strong challenge of that monopoly through its five yearlong effort to earn state certification to initiate an ambulance enterprise as well. This officially ended July 16 when the fire district governing board voted not to pursue the matter any further. The decision came roughly one month after the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services rejected the fire district’s certification application. The fire district board voted against taking the matter to court. Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue said a final tabulation has not been calculated, but he said district expenditures associated with the ambulance pursuit should be in the vicinity of $600,000. Board Chairman Paul Gorham said the calculation is a difficult exercise since expenses stretched over such a long period, but that his best estimate is $768,000 in ambulance enterprise related district expenditures.

Pedestrian was struck by semi

LAKE HAVASU CITY – The Lake Havasu City police department has concluded its investigation of the death of a pedestrian. The probe began after police were notified of the discovery of a deceased person lying along the roadway of Highway 95 just south of the Mulberry Avenue intersection at 3:45 a.m. on June 2. The victim who was dead at the scene was identified as Christopher Berg, 22, Lake Havasu City. Police sergeant Kirk Cesena said witnesses told officers they saw Berg walking along the highway about 3:00 a.m. “The investigation revealed that Mr. Berg’s death was a result of being struck by a semi-truck and trailer,” Cesena said. “The Crash Investigation Team also determined through its investigation that Mr. Berg’s death was accidental and that no criminal charges would be brought against the driver of the semi-truck.”

95 Realignment cancelled

BULLHEAD CITY – A project intending to provide a new link between Interstate 40 and SR 68 in northwest Arizona is dead. Manager Toby Cotter has informed the Bullhead City Council that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has pulled the plug on the study for the planned realignment of SR 95. “That was a project that begun about ten years ago, it never gained traction and now it’s being cancelled,” Cotter said. While a mix of city, Mohave County and ADOT funds were pooled for the study; he said it has been halted due to a lack of money to build the proposed highway. Cotter told Council members that Bullhead City should recoup a portion of the money it put into the study.

Camacho excited about transition

MOHAVE COUNTY – A veteran prosecutor has begun his new judicial career. Former Deputy Mohave County attorney Doug Camacho on Monday started his new job as Mohave County Court Commissioner. Camacho succeeds newly retired Commissioner Julie Roth. He’ll handle mostly child custody and domestic relations cases from his post in Lake Havasu City. Camacho said he’s excited about his transition to the bench. “I think the biggest challenge is trying to make sure that I make the right decisions for the people,” Camacho said. Camacho said he is interested in the possibility of someday climbing the next rung of the judicial ladder to Superior Court Judge.

Ruiz pilfered more than $1,000

LAKE HAVASU CITY – A Lake Havasu City teenager faces multiple theft charges for stealing money from the grocery store that employed her. Monique Ruiz, 19, was initially charged with seven counts of theft. Police reports indicate a loss prevention specialist contacted police after conducting an investigation of register cash counts coming up short. The specialist had already obtained a confession from Ruiz when police were contacted and displayed accounting and surveillance video evidence when they arrived. Ruiz, who worked part time in the deli department, allegedly took small increments on multiple occasions, pocketing more than $1,000 from April into June.

 

 

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