Category: Kingman

KINGMAN TRAFFIC UPGRADE

Crews have nearly completed construction of a deceleration lane on Stockton Hill Road in Kingman. The improvement will facilitate access into a rehabilitated complex of commercial property about two blocks south of Interstate 40.  A Utah company has refurbished the property that was mostly vacant two years ago. Just one space remains for lease there after a betterment campaign that provided a new home for a Tractor Supply company, a Sears outlet and two discount...

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Over $50,000 in Drugs Seized in Kingman

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) and the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 3700 block of Butler Avenue on Wednesday (9/17).  The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) made entry into the residence. As result of the investigation, the search revealed approximately 24 ounces of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana, numerous narcotic prescription only medication, a stolen 2003 Yamaha Banshee ATV, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and $7,000 in U.S. Currency was seized.  James Patrick Russell, 26, of Kingman was arrested and booked into the Mohave County Jail for possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of stolen property and theft of means of transportation.  The approximate street value of the drugs is estimated over $50,000.00.  Sheriff Jim McCabe said, “This investigation is ongoing and further suspects may be...

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CAMERA BAN REMAINS

Four Mohave County judges have issued five rulings or clarifications since Monday regarding media requests to use cameras during legal proceedings involving alleged child killer Justin Rector. The latest ruling came Thursday from Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.  Judge Jantzen ordered that no cameras will be permitted in his courtroom during tomorrow’s arraignment for Rector. He set a September 30 date for members of the media and their attorneys to argue whether the camera prohibition should remain, be lifted or be modified for future hearings. Rector, 26, faces first degree murder and other charges in connection with the strangulation death of his friend’s daughter, eight year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella. The girl’s body was found September 3, in a shallow grave about a half mile from her...

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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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JUDGE TO RULE ON COURTROOOM CAMERA REQUEST

Media interest is fueling extracurricular court involvement early in the prosecution of an alleged child killer from Bullhead City. Mohave County Superior Court Commissioner Ken Gregory will hold a special hearing Thursday afternoon to consider media requests to take pictures or video of the Friday arraignment hearing scheduled for Justin Rector, 26.  Gregory’s only involvement in the case will be Friday’s arraignment as the matter will subsequently unfold before Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen. Jantzen has already ruled against use of cameras in his courtroom for Rector-related legal proceedings, but Commissioner Gregory will separately take up the media requests involving the arraignment. The new revelation in the case this week is that Rector admitted smoking methamphetamine in an upstairs bedroom of the victim’s home in the hours leading up to the disappearance of eight year-old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella. Police have said Rector’s shoe prints were found at the shallow grave where Bella was buried about a half mile from where she lived on Lakeside Drive.  An autopsy determined that Bella was strangled. Rector is charged with kidnapping, child abuse, first degree murder and abandonment of a dead...

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