Category: Community Watch

NEVADA HAVING A SYPHILIS BOOM

Nevada is experiencing the highest rate of syphilis in the West following an outbreak in Las Vegas. Health officials say it’s part of a national spike in cases tied to increased testing, a rise in anonymous sex tied to social media, and a less consistent use of condoms. Clark County health officials declared an outbreak in Las Vegas last week after noting a 128 percent increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012. There’s been an uptick in other parts of Nevada, too, but that could be tied to a population increase, the state health department said. Syphilis outbreaks have...

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Scam hitting Mohave County asks for payment to decode own computer files

MOHAVE COUNTY-The “ransomware” scam is back and more vicious than ever, according to a new FBI report. Ransomware is a virus that freezes your computer, holding it ransom until you pay to unlock it. Victims are reporting losing up to $10,000 in a new version of this scam that encrypts your files. How the Scam Works: You click on an infected advertisement, link or email attachment. Suddenly, a pop up appears. The screen tells you that all the files on your computer have been encrypted, making them useless unless you have a key to decode them. This new version of ransomware is appropriately named CryptoWall. Of course, decoding your files doesn’t come free. Different versions charge anywhere from $200 to $10,000. Most versions of this scam demand payment in Bitcoin. The online currency is decentralized and anonymous, making it a new favorite method of payment for scammers. Like pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers, if you pay with Bitcoin, it’s like paying in cash. To remove the virus without paying the scammers, try running a scan on your computer to identify and delete the malicious files. If you are unable to remove the malware, you may need to wipe your machine’s hard drive and reinstall files and software. Protect Yourself from a Ransomware Scam by: -Avoid ransomware scams by not downloading one. Here are some suggestions: -Always use antivirus...

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Lake Havasu City Police Department Announces New Sex Offender Database

LAKE HAVASU-The Lake Havasu City Police Department announces their startup of the most innovative and collaborative national sex offender program, OffenderWatch®. OffenderWatch® enables Arizona law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information with law enforcement partners statewide, to include Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments, and others. This information sharing provides all law enforcement agencies all the information concerning sex offender movements, history and activities anywhere in the county, state or country. OffenderWatch® is supplied and supported by Watch Systems, LLC, and is currently in use by more than 3,500 agencies to register, track and disseminate community information regarding sex offenders.  Nearly half the registered sex offenders in the United States are in OffenderWatch® databases, available for searching or importing. The OffenderWatch® program implements an innovative electronic registration and inter-agency pre-registration and alerting system designed especially for Arizona processes. When an offender is registered with the Sheriff’s Department, information is immediately and electronically made available to the managing agency where the offender lives. This process will save agencies several weeks previously spent waiting on paper forms.  Then, Lake Havasu City police officers will contact and interview the offender, verify their address, collect additional data, arrange the community notification, and verify the address does not violate a safety buffer.  All data collected about the offender is now housed in an electronic, internet accessible form, so any law enforcement officer who needs the...

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Driver cited following Kingman rollover

KINGMAN-A rollover crash in Kingman on Monday was reportedly caused by William Eugene Shelley, 80, running a stop sign at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and North Stockton Hill Road, according to police. Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said officers responded to the accident around 11:30 a.m. and investigations showed Shelley, who was the sole occupant of his tan 1993 Dodge van, had failed to yield at a stop sign. She added Shelley then proceeded to turn left in the northbound direction onto Northern Stockton Hill Road and into the pathway of a 2002 Nissan sedan traveling southbound on the highway. “The impact of the crash cause Shelley’s vehicle to rollover onto its roof and the Nissan to catch fire,” Sochocki said. “The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames within minutes, but the 43-year-old female driver was able to exit the vehicle with minor injuries.” Both drivers were transported to the Kingman Regional Medical Center where they were treated and released with minor injuries. Shelley was cited for driving on a suspended license, insurance violation, and failure to yield from a stop sign. The vehicles were disabled and towed away from the scene. Traffic was rerouted for approximately one...

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Man killed along Highway 95 in Mohave Valley

MOHAVE VALLEY-An unidentified man was reportedly struck and killed Monday afternoon near King Street and Highway 95 in Mohave Valley. Mohave Valley Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Don Gibson said their agency was dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian. “We arrived on scene and the victim was dead on arrival,” said Gibson. He added the man was in his late 50’s to early 60’s. The scene was turned over to troopers with Arizona Department of Public Safety. The victim’s name was not released. No additional information was available late Monday...

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