Author: Dave Hawkins

Ehrhardt Supervisor Campaign

District 4 Mohave County Supervisor candidate Jack Ehrhardt is trying to shine light on his campaign and his credentials as the November 4 general election draws near. The Kingman democrat, to some extent, has been under-publicized due to focus on the jumble of republicans who sought appointment and/or election to succeed Joy Brotherton, the supervisor who died earlier this year. With decades of involvement in the building, economic development, government planning and activist arenas, Ehrhardt said voters need to look at his resume of experience, and beyond his party affiliation. “I’m not just some ‘left’ person. I’m very conservative,” Ehrhardt said. “I want the border protected. I don’t want people who are not citizens to have their driver’s licenses. I have a very practical perspective on things.” Ehrhardt said Mohave County government has become stagnant and that he will bring new energy, a futuristic outlook and concensus-building skills to the Board of Supervisors. “That’s been one of my best talents, bringing resources together to accomplish the greater good. And we need to shake it up. It’s kind of in the doldrums. The county is not really taking an exciting, dynamic view on things,” Ehrhardt said. “You’re getting somebody who is widely experienced, able to take on a lot of subjects and multi-task on issues.” Ehrhardt said constituents in the rural part of his district need representation and service. “Dolan Springs...

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Pedestrian Fatality Update

 A resident of Las Vegas was the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian-vehicle collision in northwest Arizona Monday. The victim was dead at the scene of the incident just north of the Kingman city limits that was first reported at 6:30. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the victim has been identified as Sean Ryan, 60, Lake Havasu City. DPS public information officer Tim Case said fragments of the grill and headlight assembly were gathered as evidence at the scene but that the vehicle involved and the identity of its driver was a mystery. “The driver of the vehicle turned himself in the following day but his name hasn’t been released yet,” Case said. “He is from Las Vegas, though that is all I can comment on at this...

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GVFD Candidate Question #2

 Four of the five candidates seeking two seats on the Golden Valley Fire District Board in the November 4 general election have answered a survey involving fire district issues. Here we offer their responses to one of the questions posed.  This question explores the candidate’s level of confidence in the administration of Fire Chief Thomas O’Donohue. Candidate responses were supposed to be limited to 75 words and are unedited below. ANDIDATE DUNCAN BORDEN: I have lack of confidence of O’Donohue because money has not been preserved, personal standards have been lowered, and he expects respect instead of earning it. CANDIDATE EARLENE MAHAR: My confidence in Chief O’Donohue’s Administration is based upon his marks in the survey released to the Board this summer. 84% of his employees believe he provides quality leadership. 88% believe he has a good vision for the organization. 96% believe he does a good job of informing employees. 88% believe he is trustworthy, 84% believe he is ethical, and 96% believe he is committed to providing quality emergency services the community. CANDIDATE JACK HOMMEL: I believe that Chief O’Donohue has been primarily responsible for the current, openly hostile workplace environment in the District. This situation alone indicates a lack of leadership and a failed administrative philosophy. The Chief seems not to understand that without those firefighters who fear his wrath, he would be little more than a shiny badge. CANDIDATE/INCUMBENT:...

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Officer Rape Details Surfacing

An Arizona college student claims she was raped by the same Bullhead City police sergeant who was arrested in Laughlin last week for an alleged attempted sexual assault upon another woman. The first woman’s complaint about 37-year-old Jesse Hoag is detailed in the probable cause affidavit used to earn permission to search the officer’s private vehicle earlier this month. The affidavit said the woman was acquainted with Hoag because he taught classes at Mohave Community College in Bullhead City and she was taking criminal justice classes there. The woman told investigators that she contacted Hoag for help as she prepared for the testing process in hopes of becoming an officer.The affidavit said the pair had beers together at the Hideout Bar in Laughlin in the early morning hours of October 3. The woman told investigators she at first consented to have sex with Hoag in his Dodge Ram truck after they drove into Arizona and parked in an area at 7th street and Highway 95 in Bullhead City.The affidavit said the woman told Hoag to stop but that he threatened to hurt her and ”held her against her will and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse.” The woman said Hoag subsequently drove her home, apologized and said he would turn himself in. Bullhead City police public information officer Emily Fromelt said Hoag was placed on paid administrative leave...

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Elk Poacher Sought

Arizona Game and Fish is seeking information regarding the poaching of a bull elk on the Westwood Ranches (Diamond 7 Ranch). The elk was shot on Saturday morning (Oct. 18) in Game Management Unit 10 off Ranch Road and Elk Horn Trail. The location is east of Seligman off Highway 66. The animal was left to waste. The bull elk was killed during the cow elk season and it is a violation of law to waste game meat. Officers with Game and Fish need public assistance and Operation Game Thief is offering up to a $750 reward for information leading to an arrest of those responsible for the crime. The Arizona Elk Society is offering up to $1,000 upon conviction. “Evidence was collected at the scene, but help from the public will play a critical role in finding those responsible,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman. If found, those responsible may face criminal charges and following adjudication, also face a potential civil assessment by the Game and Fish Commission and possible license revocation. “This is not the act of a hunter,” Mocarski stated. “Poaching is a crime. It is important for anyone with information to come forward and help Game and Fish bring those responsible to justice.” Anyone with information regarding this case, or any wildlife violation, should call...

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