KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing an 8-year-old girl in Bullhead City in 2014 is again being delayed.
Judge Lee Jantzen of Mohave County Superior Court canceled a...
Woman who tried to drown her baby in Lake Mead sentenced
PHOENIX (AP) — A Bullhead City woman has been sentenced to nearly three years for trying to drown her infant daughter in Lake Mead.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona says 33-year-old...
Evidentiary hearing for man accused of killing Arizona girl
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A March 4 evidentiary hearing has been set for a man awaiting sentencing in the death of an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl.
At a hearing Monday in Kingman, a Mohave County Superior Court judge vacated the judgment and sentencing of Justin James Rector that were scheduled for Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Rector pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder after deciding to represent himself in the case, but now wants to withdraw his plea.
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Man who pleaded guilty in girl’s death wants to change plea
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing in the death of an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl says he wants to withdraw his plea.
Justin James Rector had pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder after deciding to represent himself in the case. Authorities say Isabella Grogan-Cannella had been strangled in September 2014.
Rector wrote a brief note to the judge saying the plea agreement was unjust and wants a chance to explain.
Bullhead City woman turns in sons for daycare burglary
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say two teenage brothers are facing charges of burglarizing a Bullhead City daycare center after their mother reported them.
Bullhead City police say the mother overheard her 15 and 14-year-old sons arguing just after midnight Tuesday.
She told investigators she determined they had just broken into the daycare center. They had stolen checks, electronics and the center's van.
Arizona man pleads guilty in double murder case
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in a double murder case.
The Mohave Valley Daily News reports Francisco Javier Romero Jr. of Bullhead City pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
He had been held on a $10 million bond before entering the plea.
Arizona man pleads guilty to killing 8-year-old girl
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A man charged in the killing of an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl four years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder, days after he made a surprising decision to represent himself in the case.
Justin James Rector entered the plea in Mohave County Superior Court. He will be sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 35 years, according to the plea agreement. A judge has the final say at a sentencing hearing set for Jan. 30.
The Latest: Slain girl’s grandma says guilty plea is relief
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a guilty plea in the case of a Bullhead City girl who was killed in 2014 (all times local):
The grandmother of a Bullhead City girl who was killed in 2014 says she's relieved the defendant has pleaded guilty.
Justin James Rector pleaded guilty Tuesday to a first-degree murder charge in the death of 8-year-old Isabella "Bella" Grogan.
Her grandmother, Toni Page, says she had grown frustrated waiting for justice.
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Bullhead City motorcyclist dies after collision with a car
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Arizona say a Bullhead City motorcyclist is dead after a collision with a car.
Bullhead City police say 52-year-old Richard Tynda was pronounced dead at the scene of Saturday night's accident.
They say Tynda's motorcycle was struck by a vehicle that was making a turn at an intersection.
Suspect in Bullhead City girl’s death seeks to be own lawyer
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A man charged in the killing of an 8-year-old Bullhead City girl is asking to represent himself in court, a surprise move in a case that has been delayed for years with defense attorney turnover and other issues.
Justin James Rector told a Mohave County Superior Court judge on Tuesday that he wants to be his own attorney at his upcoming murder trial. The judge cautioned him against it.
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Kingman jail officer is accused of bringing drugs to inmates
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Mohave County sheriff's detention officer has been arrested for allegedly bringing drugs and contraband to inmates.
Authorities say 24-year-old Ashley Desiree Aquino of Bullhead City was taken into custody Monday.
That was after the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team and other agencies reported receiving information that a detention officer was bringing heroin to the Kingman jail.
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Prosecutors slam delays in Bullhead City girl killing case
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Mohave County prosecutors have expressed frustration over waiting years for a case involving a man accused in the killing of a Bullhead City, Arizona, child after years of delays and new defense attorneys.
Mohave County Deputy Attorney Greg McPhillips said those delays need to stop, the Today's News-Herald newspaper reported.
Arizona sheriff plans for registry of dementia patients
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The Mohave County Sheriff's Office is planning to create a registry of Alzheimer's and other dementia patients to help authorities find them more quickly if they go missing.
Cost of defense for murder suspect nears $1 million
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The cost to defend an Arizona murder suspect already is approaching a million dollars and the suspect's trial isn't until April.
Mohave County inmate awaiting sentencing found dead in jail
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Mohave County jail inmate awaiting sentencing after being convicted of manslaughter and other charges in a 2015 car crash.
Andrew Smith-Hartfield of Bullhead City was found dead in his cell early Thursday in Kingman.
County sheriff's officials say the 28-year-old Smith-Hartfield was housed alone and foul play isn't suspected.
Dolan Springs man convicted of attempted murder
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — A Dolan Springs man was convicted of attempted murder for grazing another man in the head with a bullet during a 2017 dispute.
The Mohave Valley Daily News reports that 67-year-old William Albert Derrico was found guilty late Friday of attempted second-degree murder, drive-by shooting and aggravated assault.
Patrol: Teen driving stolen SUV kills 3 in Minneapolis crash
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says three people were killed when a stolen SUV driven by a teenager crashed into their pickup at an intersection in south Minneapolis.
The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The patrol says the Ford Escape was being chased earlier by troopers, but the pursuit ended before the Escape collided with the pickup.
Trial date set in 2014 killing of Bullhead City girl
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a man charged with killing a Bullhead City girl four years ago.
Justin James Rector is set to be tried on first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a body in late April.
A Mohave County judge set the trial date Friday over the objection of Rector's attorney.
Volunteers help make travel up treacherous road safer
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Volunteers help workers, tourists and walkers climbing the hill to Union Pass from Bullhead City toward Kingman fight the desert heat by providing jugs of water along the treacherous road.
California woman dies in jet ski accident on Colorado River
LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a California woman has died after the jet ski she was riding collided with a boat on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nevada.
The name and hometown of the 43-year-old woman wasn't immediately released.
Witnesses reported the jet ski was traveling at a high rate of speed Sunday night when it struck the front of a rental jet boat near the buoy line at Davis Dam.
State Police: Arizona woman killed in New Mexico car crash
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona woman has been killed in a car crash in New Mexico near Gallup.
New Mexico State Police say 22-year-old Lyric Young of Bullhead City was driving at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40 between Gallup and Grants about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
They say Young's car struck the back of a truck that was pulling a flatbed trailer and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Storm causes power outage in some northwestern Arizona towns
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly 23,000 Mohave Electric Cooperative customers are without power in northwestern Arizona after a storm disabled a transformer.
Cooperative officials say the towns affected by the outage that began about 7:30 p.m. Saturday include Bullhead City, Mohave, Mohave Valley and the surrounding areas.
They say crews were working Sunday to restore power to the area.
Laughlin River Regatta organizers aim to keep it clean
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers have stepped up trash collection for the Laughlin River Regatta tubing event, two years after 31,000 people left piles of garbage in and around the river.
Marnell Gaming, which owns Colorado Bell and Edgewater in Laughlin, paid $100,000 for rights to the tubing event's trademarks, social media accounts, website, logos and use of the land from Bullhead City, Arizona, according to city documents.
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — A Mohave County prosecutor is asking a judge to set a trial date for a man charged with killing a Bullhead City girl in 2014.
Justin James Rector is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a body in the September 2014 death of Isabella Grogan-Cannella. She was strangled, and her partially clothed body was found in a shallow grave near her home.
Dog shot after police respond to neighbor dispute
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a dog shot and wounded by a Bullhead City police officer has been euthanized.
In a statement, Bullhead City police say officers had arrived at a residence in the Arizona town near the Nevada state line early Friday afternoon, when a man opened the door and the dog ran at officers biting one of them twice.
The owner was able to put the dog back inside before the dog emerged from the home a second time and charged at officers again.
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say an Arizona mother is facing child abuse and drug charges after her three children were found in a filthy home infested with mice and bedbugs.
Bullhead City police say they were called to the home Thursday to help code enforcement officers with a yard abatement. They found deplorable and unsafe conditions, with animal feces and trash everywhere as well as exposed wiring and a strong odor of marijuana.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — The body of a California man has been recovered, a day after he disappeared while swimming at the Lake Mohave reservoir on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Monday.
Park rangers and police from nearby Bullhead City, Arizona, found the body of the 44-year-old man from San Jose, California, in the Pot Cove area, Lake Mead National Recreation Area spokeswoman Christie Vanover said.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the recovery of the body of a man who authorities say appeared to have drowned at Lake Mohave (all times local):
Searchers have recovered the body of a California man who disappeared while swimming during the weekend at the Lake Mohave reservoir on the Colorado River.
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in western Arizona have found the body of an 8-year-old nonverbal autistic boy who had gone missing.
A kayaker notified Bullhead City authorities early Sunday after coming across the child's body in the Colorado River.
Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson confirmed later Sunday morning that the remains were those of Jeremy Duncan, who went missing Saturday morning.
Greetings from the Mohave County Recorder’s Office. It is always a pleasure to report what is happening in the Recorder’s Office. We have moved into our new location in Kingman, in the offices behind security in the main lobby of the Administration Building. The previous lobby is now being used to house all of our historical record books that are now consolidated into one central location as well as a full service recording operation.
Walking in and out for education: Teachers, supporters stage two types of protests
BULLHEAD CITY — Area teachers took two different approaches with one unified purpose a couple of blocks apart Thursday morning.
Their goal: drawing attention to what they see as a shortage of dollars being put into education in Arizona.
Their methods: a “walk-in” near Mohave High School and a walkout by educators from Bullhead City elementary schools.
Educators across the state are protesting for better teacher pay, raises for support staff and more state aid for education.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, BULLHEAD CITY — Melanie Kay Klein, 32, and Brian Royce Ritter, 33, were arrested Saturday in the 1600 block of Ash Avenue. Police were called to the location regarding possible domestic violence. Klein and Ritter, a live-in couple, had gotten into a fight. They were both arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct pertaining to domestic violence and held to be seen in court. A relative took custody of children in the household. The Arizona Department of Child Services was notified.
BULLHEAD CITY — “It’s time to be out fishing,” proclaimed Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “We have it all locally.”
By “all,” Braun is referring to stripers and trout, obviously, and largemouth bass. Throw in an occasional smallmouth bass, carp or catfish and the area does, indeed, have a lot to offer anglers.
The latest revelation is the bite of the largemouth.
BULLHEAD CITY — The #RedForEd movement had supporters on both sides of the podium at Thursday evening’s meeting of the Bullhead City Elementary School District governing board.
In the audience sat dozens of teachers wearing the color, which is aimed at bringing attention to their goal of raising teacher pay and increasing state spending on education.
Board members showed their support by approving a resolution with similar aims.
Local teachers to join walkout; BHC schools to run shortened schedule Thursday
BULLHEAD CITY — Schools in Bullhead City will be open Thursday — with a modified schedule — but many of the district’s teachers won’t be in the classrooms.
LAUGHLIN — Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to descend on the Tri-state this week for the 36th annual Laughlin River Run.
More motorcycles means motorists — both of the two-wheel and four-wheel varieties — need to exercise extra caution.
BULLHEAD CITY — Fire Chief Rick Southey should be sacked, the Bullhead City firefighters’ union says.
Jeremy Cady, vice president of the Bullhead City Professional Fire Fighters Association, read a letter at Tuesday’s governing board meeting, which stated that a no-confidence measure targeting Southey drew 95 percent support among voting members.
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto: Opposition to water transfer having an impact
Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto thinks there’s unease on the part of Central Arizona Project board members regarding a proposed water transfer from Mohave Valley.
Wakimoto says it’s a sign that efforts to protest the sale in Mohave County have had some impact in Phoenix.
“When we were at the last CAP board meeting there was a member, Terry Goddard, who moved to cancel the sale,” Wakimoto said. “For a CAP board member to do that tells me some of them are rethinking the whole issue.”
Regulator hears from residents about EPCOR proposal at town hall
BULLHEAD CITY — Their message was clear and united. The parade of speakers who stepped to the podium at Monday night’s town hall visit by Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin all were opposed to the proposed consolidation of water districts operated by EPCOR Water.
BULLHEAD CITY — This was the first year for the annual Duck Race down the Colorado River to be organized as a benefit for the Academy of Building Industries High School in Fort Mohave. A total of 2,300 rubber ducks were sold and a significant number were purchased Saturday as racing occurred.
KINGMAN — Three former Bullhead City employees were arraigned Thursday on one count of theft each.
Donald William Carley, 49, of Kingman, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft. Carley allegedly stole metal tubing belonging to the city between Nov. 14 and Dec. 28, at the public works department, the indictment stated. The value of the tubing was more than $4,000,
WITHOUT A ROOF: Mohave County communities have different approaches to homelessness
Body Beach is being cleared of trash and brush in hopes that it will prevent future homeless encampments from forming in the area.
The cleanup, however, won’t make Lake Havasu City’s homeless population disappear.
Homelessness in Havasu, like many Arizona communities, is a growing concern. While Lake Havasu City has no plans to provide services such as a shelter or transitional housing, other communities in Mohave County have different approaches to the problem.
BULLHEAD CITY — Conditions were perfect Saturday for a ride in a small airplane. And dozens of young people took advantage of an opportunity to do just that at the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.
Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 765 of Kingman welcomed youth ages 8-17 to learn about aviation and get a feel for it with a short flight in a small plane.