Category: Mohave County

Water Town Hall proposed

 Heavy use at Jim Rhodes’ farming operations and transfer of water from Planet Ranch in south Mohave County has generated lots of concern by citizens and local government over the last several months. Elected officials have been working behind the scenes on related issues but a number of citizens have complained that nothing is being done. Accordingly, Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop is asking the Board of Supervisors Monday to approve the scheduling of a town hall to get water issues out in the open in a public forum. “I would like to have a town hall to share some of the information that we’ve gleaned about water in the past several months,” Bishop said. “It is fitting that we share the information with the public.” During their Monday meeting, supervisors will also be asked to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would have the county pooling resources and working together on local water...

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Miner’s Celebrated in Chloride

 The rich mining history of the Mohave Community of Chloride will be celebrated Saturday. The annual Old Miner’s Day Celebration begins with an 11:00 a.m. performance by the High Desert Drifters Reenactment gunfight troupe. The Mohave High School marching band, floats, antique and classic autos, fire engines, equestrian entries and more are in store for the community parade that starts at “high noon”. The community, Arizona’s oldest silver mining camp, is located about 23 miles north of Kingman, off U.S....

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Escape facilitator returning

The woman who provided the outside help that allowed two convicted killers and another dangerous inmate to escape from the state prison in Golden Valley four years ago has been sentenced in New Mexico. A federal judge imposed a 40 year prison sentence for Casslyn Welch, 47, on October 16. Welch drove to an area outside the state prison in Golden Valley in August, 2010 with cash, clothes, weapons, cell phones and wire clippers that were used to snip through fencing that enabled the escape of John McCluskey, Tracy Province and Daniel Renwick. McCluskey, Province and Welch were in New Mexico when, two days after the prison break, McCluskey shot and killed a vacationing couple after commandeering their vehicle for transportation. Charges associated with that violence prompted the four decade-long sentence for Welch. Welch pled guilty to local charges associated with the escape, but she was not sentenced before she was sent to New Mexico for prosecution in the murder case there. She’ll now be returned to Arizona where she faces a 20 year prison term mandated in the plea agreement introduced in Mohave County Superior Court. The local sentence will run concurrent with the longer sentence in New Mexico. Punishments have already been imposed for each of the other defendants involved in the escape that exposed atrocious security problems at MTC operated prison in Golden...

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT – MOHAVE VALLEY

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Cuellar Magdaleno-Serrato, 49, of Mohave Valley, Sunday (10/12) morning.  Approximately 7:10 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Empire Road and Harbor Avenue.  The driver identified himself as Magdaleno-Serrato with a Mexico identification card. With the assistance of Border Patrol, Magdaleno-Serrato was determined to be an illegal immigrant.  Magdaleno-Serrato was taken into custody without incident.  He was transported to the Mohave County Jail where Border Patrol later took him into custody. The vehicle was towed from the...

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TELEPHONE SCAMS – MOHAVE COUNTY  

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of an ongoing telephone scam.  Residents of Lake Havasu City, Chloride, Kingman and Fort Mohave have recently reported phone calls from subjects speaking broken English, possibly Spanish and in some cases with a Middle Eastern accent.  The callers have stated that they are calling from an electrical company and they are going to shut your power off for the unpaid (outstanding) bill unless they receive payment immediately over the phone.  In some instances, the caller has threatened to send someone out to your residence to turn the power off.  Unisource has been contacted and they have confirmed this is fraud and they have had similar reports in Bullhead City.  Another incident is another ongoing telephone scam.  A Golden Valley resident reported receiving a telephone call about his grandson needing money as he is in Mexico City.  The GV resident hung the phone up on the caller. Often these types of phone calls catch you off guard.  Its recommended to always confirm the situation before sending or giving personal information.   These incidents are believed to be attempted scams and the Sheriff’s Office would like to caution residents.  Always be cautious when it comes to sending money, providing personal information including credit card numbers.  If you suspect fraud, contact your local law enforcement office....

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