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4/23/2014 6:00:00 AM
Beale shooting, multiple fire calls keep Kingman first responders hopping
Suspected arsonist started at least four fires on windy Tuesday
Firefighters knock down a fire that destroyed a shed Tuesday in what was a busy day for local emergency responders and law enforcement. If gusty winds had been blowing a different direction, a fire chief said, the blaze could have taken out several homes.
Firefighters knock down a fire that destroyed a shed Tuesday in what was a busy day for local emergency responders and law enforcement. If gusty winds had been blowing a different direction, a fire chief said, the blaze could have taken out several homes.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A dramatic public suicide, a structure fire that could have spread to an entire neighborhood and a serial arsonist made for a busy Tuesday for Kingman police and firefighters.

In an incident that stunned witnesses, an unidentified man from the Prescott area shot himself to death as he drove west on Beale Street sometime before 3 p.m.

Following the shooting, the man's car swerved into a vehicle carrying international tourists. Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki said nobody was harmed "other than shock, obviously."

Sochocki said details were still sketchy, but it appears the man was on the move.

"He had a lot of belongings in his car," she said. "We're thinking he might have been a transient."

Sochocki said officers are attempting to locate the man's relatives.

The rush of activity began earlier Tuesday when a large shed caught fire at a home on Simon Avenue off of Beverly Avenue.

Chief Patrick Moore of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District said it was fortunate Tuesday's high winds came from the southwest. If winds came from any other direction, the fire could easily have spread to nearby homes, said Moore.

Those winds only intensified in the afternoon, when the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for most of the Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin.

A suspected arsonist started at least four brush fires when, according to the weather service, Kingman's winds blew at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Firefighters were able to keep the fires contained. Dozens of deliberate roadside brush fires have been set in Kingman since last spring.

"It looks like our little arsonist might be at it again," said KFD Battalion Chief Bill Johnston.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"The book of Revelation is being played out......"

So you say, without one actual referance from Revelations in your long, windy, comment.

Me? I don't pretend to be a Christian with a inside track to heaven....but i am well read enough to use a actual passage from the Bible to call predictions of the end times by anyone as little more than bs.

Matthew 24: 24. " For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform geat signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect."

But predict on, predict on.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

It always amazes me how some people are so bothered by what other people believe. Both sides of most issues have these people. There is some talk about the "end of days" on here and personally, I don't believe in that because, being an agnostic, it just doesn't fit into my mindframe.

What gets me is how some people just get their panties in a wad about it. If you believe in the 'end of days' it does not bother me at all. If you don't believe in the 'end of days', it doesn't bother me at all.

It is not a concept I share, but it doesn't have any effect on me if you believe in it. I'm pretty sure that everyone has some belief that others consider a dumb concept, but that doesn't make it so.

If you want to believe in the "end of days" concept, go right ahead and believe. In all other cases mind your own business.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"What is wrong with the world these days is that we are in the last days."

It's how how old people fall for this nonsense. Both of my goofy grandmothers spewed the same garbage when I was a kid and my dad said his grandmother made the same stupid statements.

And the world will continue to spin and life will go on because there is no "end of days." What a dumb concept.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"we are in those last days...."

Are you saying you are one of those false prophets the bible warns of?

Tell you what, give away all your earthly possesions, put on a white robe, go up a nearby mountain and wait for the end.

"People will continue buying and selling..."

Good thing you long ago stopped buying things like groceries while raising your own crops and livestock to eat........oh wait, you're not doing that at all.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Ha Ha Ha

The world has always been messed up. Nothing has changed.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Dear R.

"Oh good grief..."? Really? The man asked what was wrong with people today and I gave him a straight answer. There is a lot of craziness about these days. Random shootings, wanton violence, random arson, domestic violence, heroin and alcohol abuse are at record levels, corruption eats at the heart of our institutions, and children simply don't care.

And it's all because we are in the midst of the biggest change in human society we've probably ever seen. But we're up to it. We survived our own best efforts to destroy ourselves we'll make it through this change and be the better for it.

Yes, Linda, we are in the last days -- of the old and the first days of the new. Obama will be hailed a hero very soon in history. He took office at the beginning of the crash of an economy riddled with corruption and prevented it from turning into another '29. He got us out of two wars. He got the first omnibus health care bill finally passed.

How you fit four blood moons into this is beyond me. They are all accurately predictable for thousands of years into the future because they are caused by an eclipse, which is the natural behavior of our solar system.

People do grasp at wild straws when they are frightened, don't they.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Well Linda, you said it all and didn't miss a beat.
There is total chaos in the world and not because things are changing for the better!
satan has little time left, oh I know some think he's a figment of imagination but, others understand he is the culprit of evil once known as the angel Lucifer.

U.S. has sent some 600 troops to Poland to be present on the border with Eukraine for support as Russia continues to pilfer Eukraine.

Maybe we should be happy KPD has that massive unbelievable (for a PD) monster thing, and maybe not.
I'd rather have Jesus than anything else!

Ann, this article being multiple scenarios in one was probably the problem.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Fed up

Come on Ann. Read the article. No, you did not read it correctly. The suspected arson was the brush fires. And.... I'd like to see what the belongings in your house would look like if they were pulled outside as a result of a fire. What do you think your driveway would look like? Filthy? If you're tired of looking, stop looking and do something about it!

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens


What is wrong with the world these days is that we are in the last days. People, especially in our own country have elected an evil, ungodly character whose whole life is a shady cover-up and we are reaping the consequences of our bad choice.

We have turned against God who founded us, the last bastion of goodness for people to come to on this earth. Now obama, in every way, every day, finds a new way to bring us down whether it be the lastest computer "glitches" that will cause them to be unable to deport illegals to the holding back with the Canada pipeline that will provide thousands of desperately needed jobs until after the election next Fall.

Lawlessness has taken over our country (and the world) because obama doesn't believe we are a good country and every action he commits is in defiance of Christianity.

We've had the first of the four blood moons that will come in a two year period, all four on Jewish holy days. (Coincidence? Of course not. Neither were all the OTHERS!!).

The book of Revelation is being played out and as it also says, people will continue buying and selling AND WON'T EVEN NOTICE!!

Those watching will go w/the uppertaker, the rest w/the undertaker and from there, their choice will determine their final fate.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: R .

@ Edward Tomchin

Oh good grief...

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Ann Johnson

I beg to differ Meadview Mike...I am very happy that no one was hurt in this fire. I have been looking at this home for a long time now and before this fire yesterday there has been plenty of trash/stuff in their yard to be cleaned up. Not a pleasant sight.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Dear Jim Harrison,

You ask what is wrong with people these days. The answer is simple and unavoidable.

The world is in the midst of some of the biggest changes human society has ever experienced. We are shedding many old shibboleths, discovering vast new powers and abilities, and are making rapid adjustments to them all.

Change of this magnitude scares people and when people become scared they either fight it tooth and nail or they run like the wind away from it.

That is the reality of what we see happening around the globe and it will have to run it's course. Those who cannot adapt to these changes will be left behind in the dust. But take heart, the vast majority of these changes are for the better.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Meadview Mike

Ann that filth is the contents of the shed that were burning in the shed. The firefighters pulled them from the shed and spread them out so they could put every bit of fire out. Your insult to this family who lost some of their possessions is cruel to say the lease. You are right Kingman will never be a thriving community if people continue to have a narrow viewpoint.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Ann Johnson

Did I read this correctly? Was this fire in the picture arrson?
Come on Kingman learn to be a thriving community and not filthy one. Looking at this picture looks like this family is very lucky that only their garbage was caught on fire that is spread all throughout this yard. Clean it up. I'm tired of looking at this filth!!

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Jim Harrison

What is wrong with people these days?

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