Hakim steps down
BULLHEAD CITY – Tuesday was Jack Hakim’s last day in office as Mayor of Bullhead City. After serving as mayor or council member for 13 1/2 years, Hakim’s not quite sure what it will be like to wake up out of office each day going forward. “I don’t know yet,” Hakim said. “What I do know is I’m going to bean advocate for our kids, our seniors.” Hakim said he’ll maintain his involvement in veterans affairs and looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Boys and Girls Club. He said he’ll leave the city in the hands of a talented and dedicated workforce and new Mayor Tom Brady. “I’m feeling really good about that,” Hakim said. “I have a lot of confidence in Tom Brady and all of the Council, including the new members.” Hakim said he’ll very much miss serving as Mayor but that he realizes he made the right decision to retire rather than seek re-election. He’ll remain on the sidelines as the community’s biggest cheerleader. “I just want the public to give our new mayor and council members the same courtesy that they’ve given to me throughout these years,” Hakim said.
Luxury home fire deemed ‘not arson’
KINGMAN – The November 10 fire that gutted an expensive home in the west Kingman foothills was an accident and was not an act of arson. Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District investigator John Holmes said he has not yet determined the specific cause of the accidental fire at 417 5L Ranch Road. Holmes said the point of origin of the fire was in the ceiling area above the dining room. No one was injured during the blaze. The 9,000 square foot residence that is owned and was being rented by Dr. Jamal Al-Khatib is valued at $1.3-million. It is considered total loss.
TOPOCK – A pedestrian was killed when struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a state highway in west Mohave County Thursday, November 13. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the woman was dead at the scene of the 6:23 p.m. collision in the southbound lane of Highway 95, about one mile south of the Interstate 40 interchange, outside the Colorado River community of Topock. DPS office Tim Case said the name of the adult female is withheld pending notification of kin. He said she had multiple addresses in three different states.
Happy birthday Mohave County!
MOHAVE COUNTY – The fifth largest county in the nation, as measured by physical size rather than population, celebrated its 150th birthday last Sunday, November 9. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors, accordingly has approved a proclamation commemorating the milestone. “Be it resolved that the county of Mohave does hereby observe our sesquicentennial birthday, acknowledge our employees and their continued enrichment of Mohave County’s history and those who helped develop the remarkable history and rich heritage that make Mohave County unique,” the proclamation stated.
Utility erects pole
KINGMAN – Utility crews were busy for a number of days last week at the highly visible intersection of Stockton Hill Road and Beverly Avenue in Kingman. A couple of cranes were used to erect a tall steel utility pole on the southeastern edge of the campus of Kingman Regional Medical Center. “It’s part of an ongoing commitment of ours to improve reliability in our system,” said Bill DeJulio, Electric Operations Manager for Unisource Energy Services. “We’ll be rebuilding all of our transmission throughout the Kingman area.” Dejulio said the much taller pole at the busy intersection helps elevate the electric wires up above the parking lot lighting at the hospital. He said the work at that location, and other efforts along Beverly Avenue will also increase the load bearing capacity of the electrical transmission system.
County puts out feelers for new finance director
MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County has been conducting a national recruiting campaign to select and hire its next Financial Services Director. Sonja Jaramillo has headed up the department on an interim basis since the early September retirement exit of John Timko, the former finance chief who worked under a county contract. Human Resources Manager Ken Cunningham said ten individuals had submitted job application materials by November 5. “The ten that have applied are pretty well qualified,” Cunningham said. “They’re from all over the U.S. I think there’s only one or two from Arizona.” Cunningham said the county will continue accepting applications until th position is filled. The annual pay range is roughly between $80,000 and $125,000.
Public comment sought for Virgin River Bridge repair
No charges in hit-and-run death
KINGMAN – A man who drove away after striking and killing a pedestrian in northwest Arizona early Monday, October 27 will not be cited or charged in the incident. Department of Public Safety Officer Tim Case said authorities have concluded that the death of Sean Ryan, 60, Lake Havasu City was simply a tragic accident. Case said the victim wore dark clothing and that visibility was poor when he was struck at 6:30 a.m. on Historic Route 66 just north of the Kingman city limits. He said the unidentified driver told investigators he did not know he struck a person and that he reported his involvement after he heard about the hit and run investigation the day after the collision. Case originally said the driver was from Las Vegas. Instead, the vehicle was registered in Las Vegas, but was driven by a Kingman resident.
Human remains identified as missing boater
LAKE MEAD – Forensics work has led to positive identification of human remains found at Lake Mead. The National Park Service said a boater located the remains in the water at Stewart’s Point Cove on October 18. The Clark County Coroner’s office has determined the remains are those of Charles Finley, 45, Las Vegas. The cause and manner of his death remain undetermined at this time. Finley is one of three fishermen who disappeared when their boat capsized on the lake on February 20th. Another body was previously recovered and still another remains missing.
Judicial position narrowed to four
MOHAVE COUNTY – Four finalists are being invited to interview for the Mohave County Commissioner Court judge pro tempore position. The post is being vacated at the end of the year when Derek Carlisle is elevated to District 2 Superior Court Judge, succeeding retiring Judge Randolph Bartlett. Only seven people applied for the job. A screening process has whittled the field down to four Kingman-based attorneys. Finalists invited to interview on November 14 include Mohave County Legal Defender Ron Gilleo and private practice defense lawyer Billy Sipe, Jr. Veteran deputy Mohave County Attorney’s Office prosecutors invited for interview include Douglas Camacho and Leroy Albright.
Infant death deemed homicide; no arrest
FT. MOHAVE – The Clark County coroner’s office has concluded that an Arizona infant that died last week is a victim of homicide. The office said 15-month-old Kade Kryska, Fort Mohave, died of blunt force trauma to the head. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said its Detective Division is focused on the ongoing investigation, but that no arrests have been made. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said that Kryska had been left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend on Tuesday, October 21. Carter said the mother rushed the child to a local hospital after getting home from work and recognizing he was having difficulty breathing. The boy was flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas where he died Thursday, October 23.
Drop off your drugs
KINGMAN – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office recently received a drug drop off box at 600 West Beale Street. The drop off box is located in the front lobby and is available for the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office was provided with a drug collection unit on behalf of CVS/pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The Unit can accept: prescription medications, prescription patches, over the counter medications, vitamins, samples and medications for pets. Items not accepted in the collection box are; hydrogen peroxide, lotions and ointments, thermometers, inhalers, aerosol cans, needles, medications from businesses or clinics.
Private plane makes crash landing
FT. MOHAVE – An aviation incident at the Sun Valley Airport in Fort Mohave on October 18 is under investigation. Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said a private plane rose into the air about 50 feet after takeoff before coming back down for a crash landing. McCabe said a male and female were aboard the aircraft. He said the woman who complained of whiplash was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No further details were available.
Boy dies in accident
KINGMAN – A four year-old boy was killed when run over by his step-father in Kingman Friday afternoon, October 17. Kingman police responded about 4:00 p.m. to the accident that occurred on residential property in the 3900 block of Lomita Avenue. The boy’s mother and stepfather had backed their pickup truck to the garage before unloading about 20 bales of hay, according to Sergeant Dave Reif. He said the boy was told to stay in the garage as the 30 year-old stepfather pulled the truck forward and was backing around the side of the garage to feed some horses. Reif said the boy, Gerardo Michael Ruiz, moved to the side of the garage where he was run over as the truck was backing up. He was dead at the scene. Reif said an investigation is ongoing but that there will be no charges filed in the case.
Havasu man killed when motor home caught fire
LAKE HAVASU CITY – A Lake Havasu City man was killed when his motor home burst into flames Monday, October 13. Fire Marshal Chip Shilosky said William Daugherty, 65, was trying to move the RV to position it for possible sale when it caught fire parked along the side of his home in the 1600 block of Cactus Wren Drive at about 12:34 p.m. Shilosky said the vehicle hadn’t been started in some time and that Daugherty had poured gas into the carburetor and that the fuel ignited when he tried to get the motor running. The RV was destroyed and the side of the home suffered some fire and smoke damage as well. No other injuries were reported.
Motorcycle rider succumbs to injuries
FT. MOHAVE – A man who was hurt in an October 7 motorcycle accident in northwest Arizona died of his injuries four days later at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office identified the victim as John Edwards Rogers, 51, Mohave Valley. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said that Rogers lost control of the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was operating in the 1100 block of Aztec Road in Fort Mohave at 10:48 p.m. “Investigations determined that Rogers drove off the paved portion of the road and into soft dirt causing him to lose control,” Carter said. Autopsy results are pending and an investigation continues.
Air service granted reprieve in Kingman
KINGMAN – The federal government has granted a one year reprieve, extending the Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy arrangement that allows Great Lakes Airlines to provide commercial flight service to Kingman. The program was on the chopping block due to low enplanement figures. The U.S. Department of Transportation had intended to end the annual $1.6-million subsidy because an average of 2.7 daily enplanements for the Kingman market was far below the 10 enplanement minimum required. Dave French, the Executive Director of the Kingman Airport Authority, successfully petitioned the DOT for a waiver of its subsidy termination order. “Rural America still needs access to the national airport system, but we can’t compete in the current market without assistance,” French wrote in his July letter to the DOT. French expressed confidence that Great Lakes can put more people on planes with one daily round trip flight to Denver and another to Los Angeles. “This two hub service is the best Kingman has experienced since the early 1980’s and it should be allowed to be cultivated,” French said. He said in a news release that Kingman must increase its use of Great Lakes flights or the service will be lost next fall.
Regatta ‘In the black’ for first time
BULLHEAD CITY – For the first time since its inception, the Bullhead City River Regatta brought in more money than it cost in 2014, but city officials say there is more to crow about than a profit. Bullhead City manager Toby Cotter released the Regatta’s financial report at Tuesday’s city council meeting and it showed the city made a profit of $42,336. With revenues of $1.09 million, the Regatta has established itself as the city’s main attraction and city officials claim it is doing exactly what it was always intended to do and that was to bring visitors to the Tri-State area. Although pleased that the city more than broke even, the fact that August sales tax revenues have increased $87,000 since 2010 to $580,000 this year, is a more important statistic, especially since business has to generate more than $29 million in taxable sales to raise that amount of sales tax. “We have a more clear comparison on how much the Regatta has brought in,” said Councilman Mark Clark. “The event has more than broken even.” Mayor Jack Hakim, who first developed the concept of the Regatta eight years ago, was excited to see the event finally make a profit. Calling it the city’s “signature event,” Hakim said, it’s taken some time for people to realize what the city has actually accomplished and that was to bring in thousands of visitors.
Consignment shop opens in Chloride
CHLORIDE – Chloride Consignments is having its grand opening on October 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 4942 Elkhart Ave. Offering something for everyone, the store boasts handcrafted Halloween magnets, kitchen items, knicknacks, children’s items, clothing, party pitcher and margarita glasses, paintings, ladies’ scarves, Disney items and southwestern books. They are accepting consignments, so if you have something you would like to sell, but don’t want to have a garage sale, stop by the store. Fall hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon or by appointment, 928-293-5764.
Applications in to replace Judge Carlisle
MOHAVE COUNTY – Seven people have submitted applications for a Mohave County Commissioner Court judge pro tempore position. The six men and one woman who applied for the job all reside in Mohave County. They each seek the position that Derek Carlisle has held for five years. Carlisle won the primary, is unopposed in the general election and will succeed Randolph Bartlett, the Division 2 Superior Court judge who is retiring at the end of this year. Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said a five member committee chaired by Superior Court Judge Steve Conn will screen through the applicant pool.Selected finalists will be invited to interviews tentatively scheduled for October 30. Anderson said the committee will eventually forward a hiring recommendation to Presiding Judge Chuck Gurtler. The appointment decision ultimately rests with Judge Gurtler.
Deceased cyclist was Swedish tourist
SELIGMAN – Authorities have released the name of the European visitor who was fatally injured in an October 3 traffic accident in Seligman. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said that Sven Ake Claesson, 77, Goteburg, Sweden, was dead at the scene of the crash on Historic Route 66, near Fort Rock Road. Agency spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said that Claesson was following an SUV and ran into the back of the rig when he failed to notice it had stopped in front of him. D’Evelyn said Claesson was wearing a helmet and that no charges are anticipated involving the SUV driver.
Highway shooting under investigation
MOHAVE COUNTY – An October 1 shooting along U.S. 93 about 35 miles north of Kingman is the subject of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said the incident involved a Kingman motorist and a California couple that were hitchhiking together. Carter said Harley Dressler, 57, told deputies he had slowed down to drive around the hitchhikers when one of them tossed a rock at his vehicle. She said Dressler said that the hitchhiker identified as Gilbert Garcia, 34, continued to advance toward him after he warned him to stay away. “Garcia continued to walk toward Dressler and Garcia put his hand in his pocket. Dressler pulled out his handgun and told Garcia to stay away,” Carter said. “Garcia continued toward Dressler at which time Dressler shot Garcia one time in the thigh.” An off duty federal officer who was passing by stopped to detain the combatants. Dressler was released after he was interviewed. Garcia was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was released following treatment. The case will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s office for review and charging decisions.
Damage caused by severe storm
KINGMAN – A severe storm roared through Kingman last Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Public Works Director Rob Owen said fierce winds flipped over a couple of heavy steel garbage bins. Owen said city crews were quite been busy cleaning up debris from streets in parts of the community. He said there was also some minor damage to public infrastructure. Owen noted that repairs will be necessary where raging floodwater undercut pavement at the intersection of Kenwood and Eastern Avenue. Public safety concerns had city officials cancel the annual Andy Devine Days parade. It was only the second weather related cancellation in some 20 years for the parade.
Truck explosion sparks investigation
COLORADO CITY – Federal authorities are assisting in a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigation of a truck that was blown up on a farm in Colorado City. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said that ATF and FBI agents are helping with the probe of the incident that occurred sometime between September 19 and September 21. “Investigations thus far have determined a primitive device in the hood area of the truck that blew up,” Carter said. She said the 3/4-ton Dodge truck that was heavily damaged by the blast had been parked on the farm for several days due to a flat tire. No injuries were reported.
Transient struck and killed by locomotive
KINGMAN – A transient was killed when struck by a train in Kingman early Wednesday, September 24. Railroad personnel notified the Kingman police department at 6:00 a.m. following the train-pedestrian collision along the tracks under the bridge at Hualapai Mountain Road. The victim was identified as Ian Christopher Horn, 50. Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said Horn’s death is under investigation.
Bank job bungled
KINGMAN – Police report the arrest of a Wisconsin man shortly after a bungled bank robbery in Kingman. The suspect apprehended less than 15 minutes after the September 24 robbery attempt is identified as Shawn William Malmin, 31.Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said Malmin was wearing a disguise over his head and face when he demanded that employees fill a bag with cash, shortly after 12:00 p.m. at Compass Bank, in the 3300 block of Stockton Hill Road. “Malmin did not display any weapons and no one was injured during the incident,” Sochocki said. “The bank teller was unable to assist Malmin with his demand and he left the bank on foot with no money given to him.” Sochocki said Malmin was taken into custody without incident nearby. He wa booked into the Mohave County jail on a robbery related charge.
Annual parade will honor veterans’ families November 8
Lake Havasu bank burglaries solved
LAKE HAVASU CITY – Two California residents have been arrested for a string of bank burglaries in Lake Havasu City. Police began investigating Monday, September 15 when six Lake Havasu City banking institutions reported that their bank drop boxes had been tampered with while the businesses were closed over the weekend. The reports came from Chase Bank at 5691 Highway 95 North, Chase Bank at 1895 McCulloch Boulevard North, Chase Bank at 1799 Kiowa Avenue, Mohave State Bank at 1021 Lake Havasu Avenue North, National Bank of Arizona at 1071 Lake Havasu Avenue North and the Horizon Community Bank at 225 Lake Havasu Avenue North. “Each investigation found that the unknown suspects appeared to have used some type of gadget that was dropped down the bank drop boxes to ‘fish’ out customer deposits,” said police sergeant Troy Stirling. Late on September 15, police responded to an OnStar notification that a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe was parked at a motel in the 2000 block of West Acoma Boulevard. “Responding officers located the stolen vehicle and learned that the suspects associated with the vehicle were in one of the rooms,” Stirling said. “The suspects refused to exit the room until the SWAT team arrived and they opened the door with their hands up and were taken into custody without incident.” A search of their motel room reportedly netted seizure of evidence linking the stolen vehicle suspects to the previously reported bank burglaries. Sean McSparren, 46, and Molly Burkert, were booked into jail on multiple criminal charges.
Citizens for Prosperity loses legal challenge
BULLHEAD CITY – Citizens have lost their legal challenge of the voter information pamphlet prepared by Bullhead City in advance of the November general election. Marc Goldstone and Mike Lipshultz filed suit alleging city officials prepared the pamphlet purposefully shortchanging the revenue restrictive Citizens for Prosperity initiative that they support. During a September 9 hearing before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen, the plaintiffs argued that the pamphlet language was designed to mislead voters to get them to reject the initiative. They found fault with both the description of the measure and the accompanying text explaining it. “There is nothing in the record that supports the argument that the City Council participated in a concerted effort to mislead the voters,” Jantzen ruled September 10. “While imperfect, the Descriptive Tite, does attempt to do what it should, describe the complex proposition.” Judge Jantzen’s hearing and ruling came in expedited fashion, given tim constraints associated with getting the pamphlets and ballots printed in time for the November election.
The Gunfighters are back in Chloride
CHLORIDE – The Chloride Historical Society presents High Desert Drifters, who are members of the Reenactment Guild of America (RGA) every first and third Saturday of each month at High Noon. The High Desert Drifters will perform skits that are suitable for all ages. So bring the whole family out and enjoy the show. Donations will be accepted at the end of each show.
Maintenance to begin at Hoover Dam
HOOVER DAM – The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a near $2-million contract to a Henderson, Nevada firm for work at the historic Hoover Dam. Precision Crane earned a $1.94-million bid to modernize and replace the 300-ton powerhouse crane controls on the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River. “The work involves removing existing control components, installing modern equipment including updated motors on each bridge, and installing additional buss-bar contactors for the supply power to minimize noise,” a Bureau news release stated. The same release outlined two other Bureau contract awards totaling $5.52-million for separate projects in Yuma. “The Lower Colorado Region and Reclamation as a whole supports small businesses whether in a nearby community like Henderson or across the country,” said Deputy Regional Director Jennifer McCloskey. “These large contracts provide us the ability to upgrade and maintain our water delivery and power generation capabilities on the Lower Colorado River.”
Benefit set for family of woman killed in crash
KINGMAN – The Mohave County Sheriff’s office has released the name of a local woman killed in a single vehicle traffic accident in Kingman. Agency spokeswoman Trish Carter said 27-year-old Sylvia Nicole Sutterfield died at University Medical Center Monday, September 1. Sutterfield was critically injured when the vehicle she was driving left the roadway at 6:31 a.m. Sunday, August 31 and struck a utility pole in the area of Patsy Drive and John L Avenue. Carter said the vehicle was traveling at a slow speed, that Sutterfield was not wearing a seatbelt and that alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. Fundraising activities to benefit Sutterfield’s children and family will be taking place at the Tack Shed Saloon on Saturday, September 20. Interested parties can call the business on Beverly Avenue at 928-377-3726.
County-wide voter turnout just 25%
MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County primary election results are official. None of the outcomes of any races changed as the Board of Supervisors approved the final vote tally during a Tuesday canvas. County-wide voter turnout was just above 25%. The Board also appointed Republican primary winner Ray Cullison as Cerbat Constable. The position has been vacant since former Constable Jean Bishop resigned to fill the seat left vacant by the death of former District 4 Mohave County supervisor Joy Brotherton. Cullison is unopposed in the November general election and is near lock to win the four year Constable term. The Board appointment fills the Constable slot and gives Cullison a few more months in office.
Seven-week-old infant in hospital; father jailed
GOLDEN VALLEY – A Golden Valley man has been arrested after his seven week old infant was rushed to the hospital early Saturday, September 6. Robert Peter Jacobsen, his wife and their baby were staying with friends in the 600 block of Metcalfe Road when people in the home awoke to the sounds of the baby crying and Jacobsen screaming. “At about 5:00 a.m. the infant was found on the floor in medical distress,” said deputy Kingman Police Chief Rusty Cooper. “Initial reports are that Jacobsen appeared to be hallucinating.” Cooper said methamphetamine and marijuana was located in the home. Jacobsen was jailed for child abuse and aggravated assault. Cooper said the baby sustained serious head injuries and was flown to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.