Category: Mohave County

RAPE TRIAL ACQUITTAL

   A Banning, California man has been acquitted of the alleged rape of a Lake Havasu City woman. A Mohave County Superior Court Jury deliberated for about an hour on July 12, before finding Gabriel Thomson not guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of unlawful imprisonment. Police and prosecutor Amy Milton said that the 20-year-old Thomson forced a 39-year-old woman to have sex with him after they drove to a popular off-road recreation area in the vicinity of Paseo De Oro Drive. Defense attorney Robin Puchek said Thomson testified that any sexual activity that occurred...

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KRMC CEO WEIGHS IN ON KINGMAN CROSSING PROJECT

The Chief Executive Officer of Kingman Regional Medical Center has clarified the hospital’s position and perspective concerning the proposed Kingman Crossing Interstate 40 interchange project. In his July 12 letter to the Mayor and city council members, Brian Turney said he wanted to set the record straight following “inaccuracies” within a “speculative Facebook post” authored by council member Travis Lingenfelter. In his post that was subsequently removed, Lingenfelter said he believed that the hospital would ask the city to donate its land south of the interchange in return for a share of future sales tax dollars. Turney explained that...

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SCHOOL REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Registration for the new school year begins in earnest this week for all nine schools in the Bullhead City Elementary (BCESD) and Colorado River Union High School (CRUHSD) Districts. Students return August 2. District officials emphasized the importance of registering before the school year starts rather than waiting until school has begun. Registration packets are available online at www.crsk12.org and should be filled out in advance. Proof of residency criteria, along with transcript and vaccination information, are also online, or may be obtained from each school. CRUHSD students should also complete the form for free and reduced lunch eligibility....

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FIRE DISTRICT OFFICIALS PLEAD NOT GUILTY

  Two governing board members and the interim chief of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District have entered not guilty pleas for misuse of public monies and conflict of interest charges. Interim Chief Wayne Eder and board member Vic Riccardi were arraigned before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert on Monday, July 17. Eder is represented by private attorney Lee Novak while Riccardi is being provided indigent defense by the Public Defender’s office. Private attorney Bryan Whitney is representing Board member Sue Wilkin who waived her appearance after previously filing a not guilty plea with the Court. The...

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PLEA DEAL REJECTED

  A judge has rejected its sentencing limitations and the plea agreement entered for a Kingman man charged in two assault cases, one of them deadly. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen rejected as too lenient the five year prison term mandated in the plea deal for David James, 34. Judge Jantzen’s July 3 decision essentially returns the case to its starting point. Matthew Porter, 23, died several hours after he was punched in the face three times during a May, 2016 fight with James, according to deputy Mohave County attorney Greg McPhillips. The prosecutor said Porter complained...

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