Veterans invited to Town Hall

LAKE HAVASU CITY – All veterans in the Lake Havasu City area are invited to a Town Hall being conducted by the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System. The event is scheduled Thursday, October 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the VA Lake Havasu City Clinic at 2035 Mesquite, Suite D. “This event will offer Veterans the opportunity to speak with VA leadership, Service Line Managers and Subject Matter Experts in reference to their care at the VA Lake Havasu Clinic,” a news release said. “The Town Hall meeting will have information tables with literature, brochures and personnel ready to answer questions.” A free barbeque will follow the town hall. Anyone with questions can contact Mary Dillinger (928) 717-7587.

New prison operators to be selected in October

GOLDEN VALLEY – Discussions continue as the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) continues evaluating five firms that have expressed interest in taking over the operation of the state prison in Golden Valley. ADC is looking to replace MTC, believing the private prison operator has failed to meet the standards of its contract with the state. ADC spokesman Andrew Wilder said the selection of a new operator won’t occur until sometime into October. He said it’s still not clear how much it will cost and how long it will take to repair the prison after hundreds of inmates rioted for four days in early July.

Preparing for Summit Oct. 13-15

Mohave County officials continue preparing to host the County Supervisors Association (CSA) annual legislative summit in Lake Havasu City. The three day conference is scheduled October 13-15 at the Nautical Beachfront Resort. During a single item special Monday board meeting, Mohave County Supervisors accepted CSA’s offer to host one of the meals to be served at the summit. Board Chairman Steve Moss said the savings could be as high as $10,000. Moss said the summit presents a great opportunity for Mohave County to push its perspective on various matters expected to be addressed in the 2016 state legislative session. “This will be of enormous benefit to Mohave County and Lake Havasu to get all of these elected officials, state representatives and other government officials into Lake Havasu and into Mohave County so that we can actually sit down with them en masse, and actually discuss Mohave County issues,” Moss said. “It’s an ideal opportunity for that.” Supervisor Gary Watson said that CSA Executive Director Craig Sullivan said that pre-registration activity reflects healthy attendance, possibly 300 participants or more.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 10th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. According to the DEA, Americans turned in approximately 617,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals last year at collection sites. All medications collected will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal. A prescription drug drop-off site will be set up outside the Bullhead City Police Department, 1255 Marina Blvd, on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To find other drop-off sites, log on to For more information on prescription drug abuse, log on to If you can’t make it, the Bullhead City Police Department has a permanent prescription drop-off box in the lobby during regular business hours.

Drug Take-Back Day in LHC

LAKE HAVASU CITY – On September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Lake Havasu City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 2360 McCulloch Boulevard North. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected. The Lake Havasu City Police Department also has a drop box in front of the police department that is available 24-hours a day for disposal of unwanted medication. 

Fire destroys home under construction

KINGMAN – A home under construction in north Kingman was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, September 15. The structure in the 4800 block of Famosa Drive was fully involved in flames when personnel from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District arrived on scene at 12:39 p.m. “Firefighters were forced to use a defensive operation due to the extent of the fire,” said Fire Chief Pat Moore. “Crews had the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes.” No injuries were reported. The loss is valued at $60,000. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office said deputies were able to contact two male juveniles seen running from the residence at the time of the fire. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the 13 and 17-year-old boys admitted starting the fire. Carter said the teens were referred to juvenile authorities.

Miller, Ware join LHC team

LAKE HAVASU CITY – There’s an infusion of new blood in the Administrative Services Department in Lake Havasu City. City Manager Charlie Cassens introduced Director Tabatha Miller at the September 8 City Council meeting. “Tabatha comes to us from the city of Sedona where she was the finance director,” Cassens said. He told council members that Miller was previously employed by various public entities in Washington State and that she has both CPA credentials and a law degree. Miller succeeds Valerie Fenske who resigned earlier this year. Cassens said Lake Havasu City has also welcomed Trinna Ware to Administrative Services as Finance Manager. “Trinna comes to us from Kingman,” Cassens said. “She has worked in Kingman in a similar capacity for about seven years.” Cassens said he looks forward to a productive working relationship with both Ware and Miller. They both assumed their new positions on September 8.

Cundiff declines Director job

MOHAVE COUNTY – A resident of Connecticut has quietly declined Mohave County’s offer of employment for the position of Risk Management Director. Phillip Cundiff reportedly cited “personal reasons” in his decision. Cundiff was offered the job after an application and interview process. Options going forward include reconsideration of the previous applicant pool and starting the process from scratch. County supervisors will discuss what to do next during their September 21 Board meeting in Kingman. The vacancy occurred when Bob Prince retired in early June.

Delk gets jail time

KINGMAN – The former finance manager of a Kingman automobile dealership has been given extended jail time and placed on probation for abusing his position to steal from customers and the business itself. Robert Delk, 43, was sentenced September 8 by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn. Delk entered a plea agreement after being charged with theft of almost $5,000 from the dealership and customers who made down payments for vehicles. Police reports indicated that Delk altered dealership accounting record to try to cover his tracks roughly four years ago. “I’m not proud of things I’ve done and where I’ve ended up,” Delk told Judge Conn. He said confinement helped him understand how much he wants to end his legal ordeal and spend time with family. Judge Conn expressed concern for the repetitive nature of the dealership embezzlement as well as Delk’s prior convictions for vehicle theft and shoplifting. Conn imposed a 250-day jail sentence, crediting Delk with the 71 days already served. Delk was also placed on supervised probation for four years and ordered to pay more than $4900 in restitution.

Fess, Graham and Hall re-elected to Water Board

CHLORIDE – Challengers were defeated, as each of the three incumbents have won re-election to their seats on the Chloride Domestic Water Improvement District Board. Only 105 people voted in the August 25 election conducted by mail, though five of those ballots were submitted at a drop-off point. The final, unofficial tally of the balloting shows Bob Fess, Mac Graham and Ron Hall posting easy wins over challengers Damon Grosz and Kelly Fielder. Fess (88), Graham (70), Hall (65), Grosz (42), Fielder (30)

Kingman Day of Caring Clean Up

KINGMAN – Saturday, September 12 marks the 2nd Annual date of Kingman’s “Day of Caring” Citywide Community Clean Up, which starts at 6 a.m. This event is hosted by River Cities United Way, Kingman Clean City Commission and C.A.R.E. also known as Sandbox Beautification Committee. Families, local businesses, civic clubs, churches and other groups are encouraged to get involved in our community by registering volunteer teams to help. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be providing breakfast at the conclusion of the event. More than just a community service project, it’s truly a win-win for you and your team. Benefits include giving back to your community, team building, and increased community awareness, networking, and seeing firsthand the impact United Way has on the quality of life in Kingman. Anyone with questions should contact Event Coordinator Laura Hansen at (928) 753-6720 or by emailing Laura@RiverCitiesUnited - Those interested in volunteering should register online at

KAA to make first land sale in years

KINGMAN – The Kingman Airport Authority is on the verge of completing its first sale of raw land at the industrial park since January 2010. The Authority has not sold any totally undeveloped land at the park since then, though several properties with structures have changed hands. An unidentified company interested in a near three-acre parcel paid the $3,000 purchase application fee and the property has been appraised. The firm and its plan for the land remain confidential at this point in the process. The transaction is tracking toward possible sale at public auction on September 15.

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 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


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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