Category: Mohave County

PLEA DEAL ENDS CASE AGAINST RODRIGUEZ

A plea agreement eliminates need of another trial for a Lake Havasu City man facing four counts of child molestation. A hung jury mistrial was declared June 29 when a Mohave County Superior Court jury was unable to reach unanimous verdicts in the case against 39-year-old Danny Rodriguez. A plea agreement deal that ends the case was entered on July 25. Public Defender Robin Puchek said all of the sex offense counts were dismissed in exchange for a child abuse conviction. Puchek said his client is innocent but did not want to risk a possible life sentence if convicted...

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SHERIFFS DEPUTIES SEIZE METH AND HEROIN

A Kingman faces a number of drug related charges following his July 21 arrest on justice court warrants for failure to pay fines and make court dates. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office said the warrant related arrest occurred after deputies made contact with Anthony Chavez, 43, during an unrelated investigation. “An inventory search of Chavez’s vehicle revealed seven plastic bags containing a white crystal substance, a large plastic bag containing a black tar substance,” agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said in a news release. She said more than 67 grams of methamphetamine and 15 grams of heroin was...

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DEFENSE ATTORNEY EXITS CHILD MURDER CASE

A local judge has granted a defense attorney’s request to withdraw as lead counsel in a death penalty case involving a child murder in Bullhead City. Mohave County Superior Court judge Lee Jantzen granted Gerald Gavin’s motion to exit the defense of Justin Rector during a July 28 hearing in Kingman. Gavin had been on the case for about 27 months and his firm had been paid more than $248,000 to defend the 29-year-old Bullhead City man charged in the September, 2014 murder of his girlfriend’s daughter, eight year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella. Gavin moved to withdraw through an avowal to...

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MOSS SUPERVISOR SEAT UP FOR GRABS

The resignation of Steve Moss for appointment as Mohave County Superior Court Judge has been accepted by the Board of Supervisors. During their special board meeting on July 28, supervisors decided to accept letters of interest and resumes from anyone eligible and interested in appointment to the District 5 supervisor’s seat vacated by Moss.   Any qualified Republican individuals residing in District 5 who wish to be considered for appointment should send letters and resumed on or before August 18, to the Clerk of the Board: By Mail: Ms. Ginny Anderson, Clerk of the Board Mohave County Board of Supervisors P.O....

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NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION SURGING IN KINGMAN

There’s a bit of a homebuilding boom in Kingman. Principal City Planner Rich Ruggles said there’s been a significant uptick in the number of permits issued for single family residential home construction the first six months of this year. “We have seen a definite increase in the number of permits being issued by the City. Last year, as of this time, we had 99 home permits issued as of June 30th of last year,” Ruggles said. “This year we’re at 146, so that’s an increase of 47 permits and it’s actually a 47% increase so we’re on pace to...

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