Category: Mohave County

Crash Victim Identified

Bullhead City police have released the name of the Fort Mohave woman killed in a Tuesday traffic accident. Agency spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Doreen L. Romero Ford, 59, was fatally injured in the 3:45 p.m. wreck on the Bullhead Parkway at N. Oatman Road. Fromelt said Ford was ejected when her white GMC pickup truck crossed the center line of the thoroughfare and rolled multiple times. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured in the accident that shut down a section of the Parkway for more than two hours. The accident investigation continues....

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Fire District Marriage Proposal

 Mohave County is escorting two rural fire districts to the altar. The possible marriage and merger comes a little more than two years after the Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District (LMRFD) was on the brink of bankruptcy. It was February of 2013 when the Board of Supervisors appointed John Flynn as special administrator while disbanding the LMRFD’s elected governing board. Flynn inherited a district that was more than $750,000 in debt as he slashed personnel, cut cost and service, liquidated assets and contracted with the Kingman-based Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District (NACFD) to provide bare bones service to the district serving the communities of Meadview and Dolan Springs and beyond. Flynn told county supervisors during their March 16 Board meeting that the LMRFD has eliminated its debt service and is ready to begin the next fiscal year with its books balanced. Rather than continuing as administrator or going back to an elected board and governing structure, Flynn urged the board to pursue a consolidation with the larger, more stable NACFD. “You get the efficiencies of scale from that,” Flynn said. “A larger fire district typically is able to attract professional managers and professional staff which keeps the district financially stable and afloat.” Flynn said that the leadership of Fire Chief Pat Moore and a veteran board well positions NACFD for taking in the LMRFD. “It’s (NACFD) very well managed and governed and...

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Budget Trim Directed

Department heads are being asked to trim expenditures as Mohave County prepares its 2015-16 spending plan. “All departments have been asked to submit a budget for this next fiscal year that includes a 5% decrease,” Administrator Mike Hendrix said during the March 16 Board of Supervisors meeting. Hendrix said he’s leaving department heads to decide how they wish to lower spending as the county deals with a tough budget process. “We are going to be entering some extremely difficult economic times, which will mean possible layoffs,” Hendrix said. He said it’ll be up to department heads to decide whether savings will come through reductions in personnel or operating...

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Granddaughters Videotaped

 An elderly resident of Lake Havasu City allegedly used hidden cameras to view his teenage granddaughters. Richard Widman, 74, is charged with four counts of surreptitious videotaping. Police Sergeant Kirk Cesena said Widman placed hidden cameras in a guest bedroom last July, one month before his 18-year-old granddaughter moved into the home at 2985 N. Eldorado Avenue. “Richard asked a company to come out and repair the DVR/camera system and the repair person would not perform the work because of the hidden cameras and privacy issues,” Cesena said in an email. He said the suspect insisted that the technician perform repairs that led to discovery. “The technician found video of Richard’s 18-year-old granddaughter nude in the bedroom,” Cesena said. “At one point, Richard’s 17-year-old granddaughter was also observed in the nude on the video.” Cesena reportedly admitted to being a voyeur. A prolonged investigation and review of the case led to Widman’s March...

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Cocaine Transport Trial

Trial is underway for a Boston, Massachusetts resident accused of hauling cocaine through Mohave County. Diego Salazar, 28, is charged with transportation of narcotic drugs for sale. There’s no dispute that 15 kilograms of cocaine was confiscated from a commercial truck owned by Salazar’s trucking company in April of last year. Salazar was sleeping in the cab when the illegal cargo was found stashed under strawberries during an inspection at the Interstate 40 weigh station about 60 miles west of Kingman. Prosecutor Tom Godfrey told the jury that Salazar was in the business of transporting drugs and the strawberry load was a front. Defense attorney Lee Novak countered that Salazar didn’t know about the illegal cargo and that his involvement cannot be...

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