Author: Dave Hawkins

SWEDISH MOTORCYCLIST KILLED

A visitor from Sweden was killed in a Sunday traffic accident on Route 66 near Seligman. The collision involving a motorcycle and an SUV near Fort Rock Road is under investigation by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Agency spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said the 77 year-old man from Sweden was operating a motorcycle and following the SUV, running into the back of the rig not recognizing it had stopped. “Several witnesses were present and indicated the rider had locked his brakes and attempted to swerve around the SUV just before the collision,” D’Evelyn said. He said the motorcyclist was dead at the scene of the accident. His name is withheld until next of kin can be notified...

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MOLESTER GETS PRISON

A local judge has rejected a sex offender’s request for probation and instead sent him to the Arizona Department of Corrections. Bryan Bard, 29, Bullhead City had already spent nearly two years in prison while his case was pending. Bard was arrested in October, 2012 for allegedly touching his three year-old daughter improperly. Bard entered a plea agreement convicting him of attempted child molestation. Bard addressed the Court during his October 1 sentencing hearing, apologizing for any pain the allegations caused anyone. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle told Bard that talking about allegations rather than what he did is an indicator that he doesn’t really accept responsibility for the crime to which he pled guilty. Judge Carlisle ordered a seven year prison...

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LAKE LEVEL LOWERED

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region is lowering water levels in Lake Mohave beginning to aid in harvesting razorback suckers, a species native to the Colorado River, from lakeside rearing ponds. The work is part of annual river operations that have been timed to coincide with conservation activities for the endangered fish. Lake Mohave, located above Davis Dam on the Colorado River near Bullhead City and Laughlin, Nevada, will steadily lower from its September 26 elevation of 642 feet above mean sea level (msl) to an elevation of about 634 feet msl by the week of...

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EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE!

A finalist from the 14th season of the Biggest Loser television show is in Mohave County as he encourages the nation, particularly its youngsters, to eat better and exercise. Kingman is the latest stop in Joe Ostaszewski’s 2,900 mile bicycle ride across America that will end next week in southern California. Ostaszewski, a former defensive lineman at Florida State University, is visiting communities on his journey to share his story about how he became overweight before losing 147 pounds by participating on the popular television show. He wants others to know that childhood obesity is a serious problem, but one that can be overcome. “I’m inspiring, along with the national 4-H Council, our youth to say ‘let’s take back our health’ and be change agents in our community and be these leaders to commit to live an active, healthy lifestyle, not only now, but into the future,” Ostaszewski said. Ostaszewski is visiting schools and making other appearances in Kingman in advance of public events scheduled Friday. Ostaszewski invites others to meet him at Lewis Kingman Park at 5:30 p.m. for a relatively short bike ride into downtown Kingman’s Locomotive Park where he will speak at 6:00...

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COLD CASE KILLER SENTENCED

Sentence was imposed Friday, Sept. 12 for a man who drove from Vilas, North Carolina to Arizona in June to confess he killed a woman in Bullhead City 17 years ago. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams ordered a 10.5 year prison sentence for Matthew Gibson, 55. The punishment was prescribed in a plea agreement convicting Gibson of second degree murder in the July, 1997 death of Barbara Brown, 38. Prosecutor Bob Moon said that Gibson had not been considered a suspect and might never have been charged had he not turned himself in. `For years now I have weeped over this and it has been heavy on my soul,” Gibson said in a pre-sentence report. “At the time of the crime I had no intention to take a life, but it did happen and I as a man will accept my punishment.” Moon said Gibson told police that he struck Brown in the head with a heavy flashlight during a heated argument after she refused to leave his travel trailer. He said Brown died of blunt force trauma and that Gibson dumped her body where it was discovered near Rotary Park by the Colorado...

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