Category: Arizona

COLD CASE KILLER SENTENCED

Sentence was imposed Friday, Sept. 12 for a man who drove from Vilas, North Carolina to Arizona in June to confess he killed a woman in Bullhead City 17 years ago. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams ordered a 10.5 year prison sentence for Matthew Gibson, 55. The punishment was prescribed in a plea agreement convicting Gibson of second degree murder in the July, 1997 death of Barbara Brown, 38. Prosecutor Bob Moon said that Gibson had not been considered a suspect and might never have been charged had he not turned himself in. `For years now I have weeped over this and it has been heavy on my soul,” Gibson said in a pre-sentence report. “At the time of the crime I had no intention to take a life, but it did happen and I as a man will accept my punishment.” Moon said Gibson told police that he struck Brown in the head with a heavy flashlight during a heated argument after she refused to leave his travel trailer. He said Brown died of blunt force trauma and that Gibson dumped her body where it was discovered near Rotary Park by the Colorado...

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Sex Offense Arrest

A Bullhead City man has been arrested for a variety of alleged sex offenses involving a nine year-old boy. Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said an investigation began Sunday, September 14 after a woman notified authorities she discovered her son in bed with a naked man who is a friend of the family. The alleged victim told authorities that the criminal activity began when James Robert Foley, 57, moved in with the family back in February. Foley was booked into jail for sexual conduct with a minor, sexual assault, providing obscene material to a child and child molestation related...

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Salon Torch Takes Deal

A Kingman woman will be ordered to pay a staggering amount of restitution for trying to burn down the Catch-N-Rayz beauty salon her mother used to own and operate. Tamara Douglas, 27, pled guilty to arson during an August 29 change of plea hearing. Douglas admitted involvement in setting fire to the business formerly operated on Airway Avenue in June, 2013. In addition to paying almost $190,00 in restitution, Douglas faces up to four years in prison when sentenced September 26. Co-defendant Loretta Minor, 26, was also charged in the case. Her case is still...

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SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY

A former Kingman resident now living in Reno, Nevada awaits sentencing for sexual relations with an underage teen. Hua Rong Chen, 31, pled guilty to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor through a plea agreement. The change of plea hearing took about an hour complete, about three times longer than usual, because the proceeding was slowed down by use of an interpreter who translated to Chen in Mandarin, Chinese. Chen was advised he could be deported because of the felony convictions. A Kingman Police DepartmentĀ investigation began in August, 2013 that Chen was intimately involved with a 15-year-old girl. The illegal sexual activity occurred over a two month period and Chen admitted his involvement to police. Chen was a friend of the victim’s family. Sentencing is scheduled September 24 before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams. Chen could get probation but he also faces up to four years in...

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Weekly Real Estate Report

Welcome to the Weekly Real Estate Market Report for September 8 to September 14, 2014. There are currently 1,763 active real estate listings available for sale with the Bullhead/Mohave Valley Association of REALTORSĀ® with a total listing price of $249,578,732. The average time on market is 293 days and the average price per square foot is $105. There have been a total of 80 new listings entering the market this week and 29 sold properties with a total of 35 listings still pending for sale and 22 listings that have expired. This report is brought to you by Nikki Reagan at Cinque Terre Realty in Bullhead City and includes data for real estate in Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley, AZ. Report data supplied by the Western Arizona Data Exchange and the Bullhead City / Mohave Valley Association of Realtors and was accurate as of Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. For more information about Bullhead City area real estate, or to buy or sell Bullhead City area property, call Nikki Reagan at 702-493-0781 or visit her online at...

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