Author: Dave Hawkins

COMMISSION DOWNSIZED

The City of Kingman is downsizing its Economic Development and Marketing Commission. The Commission itself asked the City Council to reduce its membership from nine to seven people. Commission Chairman Richard Hamilton said conversion to fewer members is partly the recommendation of City Manager John Dougherty. He said getting meeting quorums proved difficult under a nine member structure and that a smaller number of members was more consistent with the city’s other boards and commissions. No one will have to exit the Commission, as it was operating with only seven members at the time of the downsizing...

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FATAL FIRE CAUSE

A Lake Havasu City man was killed when his motor home burst into flames Monday, October 13. Fire Marshal Chip Shilosky said William Daugherty, 65, was trying to move the RV to position it for possible sale when it caught fire parked along the side of his home in the 1600 block of Cactus Wren Drive at about 12:34 p.m. Shilosky said the vehicle hadn’t been started in some time and that Daugherty had poured gas into the carburetor and that the fuel ignited when he tried to get the motor running. The RV was destroyed and the side of the home suffered some fire and smoke damage as well. No other injuries were...

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LONG DISTANCE MURDER SENTENCE

A resident of northwest Arizona has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend’s fiancé in the parking lot of his workplace. Juan Padilla, 43, Fort Mohave, must spend 23 years behind bars before he is eligible for release following an October 13 sentencing hearing in Douglas County, Wisconsin. A criminal complaint and press accounts indicate that Wisconsin resident Christine Weir started having a relationship with Padilla after they met in Arizona in 2011. Weir told authorities she visited Arizona on occasion to visit Padilla before telling him she wanted to end their relationship in April, 2013. The complaint said that Weir told authorities that Padilla was upset by the breakup and Weir’s involvement with Terrence Luukkonen. She told investigators that Padilla expressed contempt for Luukkonen and said he wanted to kill him. A month later Padilla travels to Wisconsin where he visited Weir several times before he shot and killed Luukkonen while the victim was seated in his vehicle in the city of Superior on March 23, 2013. An August plea agreement resolving the case convicted Padilla of first degree intentional...

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FREQUENT TRESPASSER NABBED NAKED

A resident of Littlefield was arrested twice this month for unexplained bizarre behavior. Gregory Jaworsky, 41, was stark naked when busted while burgling a parked vehicle in Kingman Sunday morning, October 12. Deputy Kingman Police Chief Rusty Cooper said it is unclear when, where and why the Littlefield man came to be naked before he was caught rummaging and damaging the interior of the vehicle in the 700 block of Silver Street. “Little more is known about Jaworsky’s behavior,” Cooper said in a news release. “It is believed that Jaworsky was under the influence of drugs.” Jaworksy was booked into the Mohave County jail for indecent exposure, burglary, trespass and criminal damage charges. It turns out he had been arrested eight days before the naked car caper. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office responded at 3:33 a.m. on October 4 to a Littlefield woman’s complaint that she spotted Jaworsky inside the chicken coop on her property in the 800 block of Rainbow Road. “She said his behavior was erratic,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter. “She further said she got scared as he was rambling and acting weird.” Jaworsky was gone when deputies arrived but he was located in the same neighborhood about 12 hours later, lying under a tree and slurring his speech. Jaworsky was taken into custody for trespassing. Jaworsky pled guilty to another trespassing case on August...

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Lake Havasu Sex Case Punishment Pending

A Lake Havasu City man awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of his 14-year-old daughter’s friend. Scott Smith, 43, avoids significant incarceration time under terms of a plea agreement entered in Mohave County Superior Court. Deputy Mohave County Attorney Ken Skousen said Smith tried to kiss his daughter’s 16-year-old friend in July, 2013. Skousen said Smith asked the girl for a sexual favor, exposed himself and touched her improperly as well. The deal with the state dismisses some charges and caps jail time at no more than 120 days. Smith faces up to ten years probation when sentenced September 22 and he must register for life as a sex...

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