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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.

Annual Wag & Wine fundraiser slated

BULLHEAD CITY – On Saturday, September 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., SAINT (Saving Animals In Need Together) will be hosting their annual Wag & Wine fundraiser catered by Mohave Steakhouse and featuring wines from around the world. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. The fundraiser will be held at Vista Del Sol, formerly Sun Mission Resort, located off of the Bullhead City Parkway at 3249 Felipe Dr. Tickets are $25 per person, with $14 of each ticket sold going to help improve the lives of animals in our community. Tickets can be purchased at Donn Williams Jewelers, located at 1788 Hwy 95 or by calling 928-763-4400. SAINT, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, improves the lives of animals through a low-cost spay and neuter voucher program and low-cost vaccination clinics. SAINT has a Saving Lives Foster Program to rehabilitate and re-home unwanted pets. For more information call SAINT at 928-704-0800 or go to www.facebook.com/hope.saints.

Cavity search nets heroin, meth, more

LAKE HAVASU CITY – Illegal drugs concealed within her body cavity were confiscated as a Lake Havasu City woman was being processed at the Mohave County jail following her August 25 arrest. Police said discovery of a heroin-loaded syringe during the search of a motel room led to the arrest of 35-year-old Crystal Pearson. Pearson was in a holding cell at the jail in Kingman when she removed a package of drugs from a body orifice and gave it to a detective. “The plastic container held approximately 5 grams of heroin, approximately 1.3 grams of methamphetamine and one oxymorphone pill,” said police sergeant Troy Stirling. Pearson faces charges including with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and promoting prison contraband.

Concert band prepares for season

KINGMAN – The Kingman Concert Band will be hitting many high notes as it prepares for its 2014-2015 season. Celebrating 15 years of community music, the volunteer group welcomes musicians of all levels over the age of 18 years who play band instruments to join its ranks. The band puts on free concerts around Kingman throughout the year thanks in part to community and patron sponsorships. Under the direction of Julie Gragg, Conductor, and Art Swanson, Associate Conductor, the band’s 2014-2015 season will feature a musical blend of traditional concert band music, marches, jazz, popular, show tunes and classical arrangements. The Kingman Concert Band will be showcased on September 28, 2014 in Metcalfe Park at the Sounds of Kingman’s Concert in the Park Series. Ringing in the holidays, the group will perform at the Kingman Presbyterian Church on December 20, 2014 7:00p Concerts are also scheduled for the Mohave County Library on March 7, 2015 7:00p and on May 9, 2015 7:00p location to be determined. All performances are free and open to the public. Dust off your horn and join the band! The Kingman Concert Band is seeking new members throughout the year. The season’s first rehearsal of the Kingman Concert Band will be Monday, August 11, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. in the band room of Kingman Middle School (1969 Detroit Avenue). Contact Julie Gragg at (928)853-3846 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Plans for new county courthouse in the works

Dave Hawkins The Standard

MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County officials and a consultant are taking a fresh look at how and where a new courthouse might be configured and constructed. The project was identified as necessary well more than a decade ago, but the county has repeatedly pushed it aside in favor of other capital improvements such as the construction of a new sheriff’s office, a new administration complex and a new jail. There has been consideration in recent years of building a new courthouse close to the new jail in the vicinity of Interstate 40 in downtown Kingman. County Administrator Mike Hendrix unveiled a new concept during the August 18 Board of Supervisors meeting. Hendrix noted the possibility that a number of stand alone projects that have been on the drawing board for years could essentially be rolled into one development. Those projects, or issues, involve determining what becomes of the county’s abandoned Arnold Plaza property and the old abandoned jail and the historic courthouse that lies between them. Hendrix strongly favors an action plan that would involve the preservation of the current courthouse and the construction of a new one nearby. “What in essence the proposal would be is to put a brand new court facility downtown adjacent to the existing courthouse,” Hendrix said. He said it’s possible that demolition of the old jail could create some of the space needed for the new courthouse and that demolition of buildings on the Arnold Plaza property would allow development of parking space to serve both courthouses and the downtown area. Hendrix said other components of the concept could involve renovation and improvement of portions of the current courthouse for future use as office space and for occasional ceremonial function. Hendrix said part of the vision would include a courtyard area in the vicinity of the courthouses for use by staff and the general public. Presiding Superior Court Judge Chuck Gurtler said the Courts see merit in the new concept. “We believe that taking the new courthouse around the existing courthouse will have significant benefits for the city of Kingman,” Gurtler said. He said Court officials believe there are ways to remedy security and logistical concerns associated with the greater distance to transport inmates from the new jail to the new courthouse. The Board voted 4-1 to authorize an expenditure of up to $50,000 for a consultant to study the feasibility and possible variables of the new concept. Supervisor Buster Johnson cast the dissenting vote, partly due to funding concerns and a wish to pursue other, smaller projects. Part of the motion approved by the Board establishes the new courthouse as the county’s top building priority, and prohibits progress on a morgue and other capital projects until a courthouse construction campaign is underway. Supervisor Gary Watson and Hendrix both credited Bill Shilling, Grant Administrator for the City of Kingman, for providing input that helped shape the new multi-faceted courthouse concept. Shilling is most passionate about wanting to guarantee and extend the life of the historic courthouse, as has been done with other downtown Kingman properties such as the Powerhouse, the BNSF Depot and the Brunswick Hotel. It’s been noted that the new plan involving the current and a new courthouse will require support from the city of Kingman. Part of that would include city abandonment of a portion of Pine Street behind the old courthouse. Shilling said exploration of the new courthouse campus concept creates multiple opportunities for partnerships involving the city and county, and private enterprise as well. He said such an enterprise or undertaking could serve as an engine inspiring development of a more viable downtown district. Hendrix agreed, noting the possibilities are interesting and endless.

Judge labels killer a ‘savage’; doles out maximum sentence

KINGMAN – The chilling brutality of a Fort Mohave man’s attack of his girlfriend permeated and punctuated an August 22 sentencing hearing at the Mohave County Courthouse. Superior Court Judge Rick Williams imposed a 15 year prison term for Julian Molina, the maximum punishment under terms of a plea agreement convicting him of burglary and aggravated assault. “You are a savage and you deserve to be put in a cage,” Judge Williams told Molina. Though he has been involved in a half dozen death penalty cases and dozens of murder cases over his career as attorney and Judge, Williams said Molina’s attack upon the 22-year-old victim was disturbingly egregious and bordered upon evil. “This was one of the worst crime scenes I have ever seen,” Williams said of the bedroom where Molina stabbed his girlfriend in the presence of their two year-old daughter and seven month-old son. “It was a bloody, horrific mess.” The victim had asked Molina to move out of their apartment a few days before he returned to break in just before 2:00 a.m. Prosecutor Rod Albright played the tape of her 911 call to police during the sentencing hearing. The victim is heard begging for police to hurry as Molina is trying to get into the apartment. She retreats to her children’s bedroom where she assumes a sitting position, pushing her back up against the door, attempting to block Molina’s entry. Blood curdling screams can be heard on the 911 call as Molina breaks the door over the top of the victim and begins stabbing her in the head with a butcher knife. She testified that she didn’t know she was being stabbed until she saw that her arm was sliced open as she tried to defend herself and that Molina’s bite to her cheek hurt the most. “That was the worst pain. It was worse than being stabbed,” she said. “I was able to elbow him in the face and he fell over the doorway,” she testified. “I hurt him somehow and he took off.” The woman testified that she thought she was going to die and that her sole concern was trying to get help and locate someone to look after her kids. She said no one answered her knock on one door and that she was trying to find another neighbor before she tumbled down some stairs. “My legs gave out,” she said. “I couldn’t move anymore.” Police arrived and the victim was transported to hospitals where she was treated for permanent disfiguring injuries. She told the Court that she constantly gets questions about scars she tries to hide and that she is embarrassed that some partial paralysis in the area of her mouth leaves her unable to smile. “I’m not happy. I don’t joke. I don’t make friends. I don’t go out,” she lamented. She said she waited two months after the attack before she shared the company of her traumatized daughter. “I looked like Frankenstein and I was too scared to let her see me,” she testified. The victim’s mother told the Court that her grandchild withdrew after the assault, and that like her mother, she lost her smile. The victim said her daughter’s smile returned upon their reunion. “I told her that dada was gone and that he couldn’t hurt me,” she said. “And she smiled and gave me kisses.”

School librarian charged with child molestation

Michael Gregory Oakleaf

BULLHEAD CITY – A librarian at Sunrise Elementary school in Bullhead City faces prosecution for allegedly molesting three young boys adopted by his parents. Bullhead City police said that Michael Gregory Oakleaf, 43, was booked into the Mohave County jail on August 14 for multiple charges of sexual conduct with a minor. “The Department of Child Safety reported to police that they had received information on their tip hotline that Michael Oakleaf was abusing his younger (adopted) brothers,” a news release said. It said that the three boys (ages 11, 11 and 13) shared the same bedroom with Oakleaf, who also lived with his parents. “Detectives discovered that Oakleaf molested the boys on several different occasions over the course of several years,” said police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt. Fromelt said the children were removed from the home. She said the investigation continues and anyone with information regarding Oakleaf can call the police department (928-763-9200).

Missing man presumed drowned

LAKE MOHAVE – A southern California man went missing during a weekend outing at Lake Mohave, according to the National Park Service (NPS). The name of the 31-year-old presumed drowning victim was withheld initially. NPS spokeswoman Christie Vanover said authorities were notified just after noon on Saturday, August 16 that a man disappeared under the water after jumping from a boat near Cottonwood Cove. She said the man was not wearing a life jacket and was observed to be struggling before going under. “National Park Service rangers, Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens and employees from the nearby marina immediately began searching for the missing person who is believed to be around 100 yards from the shoreline in an area that is 80-100 feet deep,” Vanover said. “The water in the area is usually clear, but due to recent storms, visibility is very limited, making the search more challenging.”

Body recovered from Lake Mohave

LAKE MOHAVE – The body of a suspected drowning victim was recovered from Lake Mohave Sunday afternoon. National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said rangers responded following a 2:29 p.m. call that a man who was not wearing a life jacket struggled while swimming before disappearing under the water. Divers retrieved the body of the 79-year-old Riverside, California man whose name was withheld initially.

Stolen church bell returned to St. Mary’s

KINGMAN – A stolen bell has been returned to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church where it will ring again over the congregation in downtown Kingman. The 120-pound brass bell was snatched from its belfry position last spring and had been missing for months. An anonymous intermediary who posted a reward for its return secured the bell under unexplained circumstances and arranged for its return. Neither police nor the church are pushing to identify the bell burglar and everyone is happy with the outcome.. “People are just thrilled to death that it’s back,” said Donna Wicker,” Church parish coordinator. “Everyone is just ecstatic because that bell has been part of our history for a long time.” The bell will be repositioned atop the church once an expansion construction project is completed.

Rt. 66 Festival brings events to Kingman this weekend

KINGMAN – The 66 Kid, Bob ‘Boze’ Bell’s latest book, will premiere at the Powerhouse on Thursday August 14, coinciding with the International Route 66 Festival. The author will be on hand to sign special hardbound editions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and to unveil the Arizona Route 66 Museum’s newest exhibit, integrating video, vintage photos and maps from Bell’s colorfully illustrated book. Author, illustrator and Emmy Award winning director Bob ‘Boze’ Bell puts the everlasting allure of Route 66 into perspective by showing readers what life was like growing up in Kingman, Arizona, one of the highway’s quintessential cities, curing the heyday of automobile travel in the 1950s and 1960s. This personal take on the Mother Road’s history—part autobiography, part narrative history, all beautifully illustrated—expertly weaves personal memories and observations with entertaining accounts of folks who lived, worked and played along the road. Bell also digs deep into the roots of the region, offering seldom explored historical context for Route 66 and the American Southwest. Bob ‘Boze’ Bell’s recognition as a historian may be surpassed by his reputation as a prolific artist. “Bob ‘Boze’ Bell paints what the rest of us can only imagine” said Fred Nolan, author and Lincoln County War expert. Bell will also be giving a talk about the making of the book and his history in Mohave County on Friday August 15 at the Mohave Museum. A video of the same name will premiere at the “66 Cine Festival” in downtown Kingman’s old Elks Hall at 8 p.m Friday night. On Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m., as part of this year’s Route 66 International Festival, the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring an evening concert featuring the group, Reunion. Reunion, formerly known as the “Lettermen” was one of the top recording groups of the 60’s and 70’s. Billboard Magazine ranks them as “The greatest Romantic Vocal Group of all time.” The intensity and perfection of Reunion’s performance brings audiences to their feet at every show. The group is comprised of Jim Pike (founding member and lead singer of the Lettermen), Gary Pike (also an original member of the Lettermen) and Ric DeAzevedo, former member of the singing group known as the King Family. Singing such hits as “The way you look tonight,” “Put your head on my shoulder,” “When I fall in love,” “Traces/ Memories,” “Can’t take my eyes off you,” along with the “Theme from a Summer Place,” these guys will take you on a trip down memory lane that you won’t soon forget. As the “Lettermen” Jim and Gary combined, had an unprecedented forty-six consecutive hit albums on Billboard Magazine’s national charts, twenty hit singles, nine gold albums, five grammy nominations and to date have sold over $100 million worth of records, tapes and CD’s worldwide. Reserved tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce office, 120 West Andy Devine Avenue, Suite 10 or call 928-753-6253.

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