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6/23/2014 6:00:00 AM
Mohave 911: June 23, 2014
Kristen Suzanne Plank
Kristen Suzanne Plank

Woman accused of child abuse

On June 19, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Kristen Suzanne Plank, 38, of Kingman on felony charges of child abuse, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies responded to a home in the 3100 block of Hearne Avenue regarding a code enforcement violation at about 9:30 a.m. A records check revealed a warrant and she was taken into custody without incident. Plank advised deputies that her two children, ages 5 and 6, were inside the home. Deputies said the home was "in shambles" and Child Safety and Family Services, formerly Child Protective Services, was called to the scene.

Plank reportedly told deputies there was marijuana in the home and they obtained a search warrant. In her bedroom, deputies allegedly found pot, numerous plastic bags containing white residue, five glass pipes with a burnt residue and a plastic bag containing a brown sticky residue. Many of the items were within the children's reach, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Child Safety and Family Services employees took custody of the children and Plank was taken into custody without incident.



A little lost

On June 9, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested transient Beau Darryl Barrett, 32, on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, taking contraband into a corrections facility and a fugitive from justice warrant issued in Utah.

Deputies responded to a suspicious person call in the area of Stockton Hill Road and Anchor Drive at about 1:10 p.m. Barrett was sitting under a bush on the side of Stockton Hill Road and told deputies that he "possibly got lost."

A record check revealed the Utah warrant and Barrett was taken into custody without incident. Methamphetamine and the associated paraphernalia were allegedly discovered during the booking process.



Way over the legal limit

On June 10, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Chany Sim, 26, of Kingman on a felony charge of aggravated DUI-driving on a suspended license.

Deputies stopped Sim in the 4000 block of Lum Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. for an unspecified reason. They reportedly smelled the odor of alcohol on Sims, who reportedly told deputies he drank a 40-ounce beer over the course of the evening.

Sims submitted to field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. Sim allegedly registered a 0.216 blood alcohol concentration following an analysis at the sheriff's office. He was taken into custody without incident.



Paraphernalia

On June 15, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Preston Garrett Batts, 26, of Kingman on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor charges of false report to law enforcement and possession of marijuana.

Batts was a passenger in a car in which the driver was allegedly driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 3900 block of Castle Rock Road when deputies pulled her over a few minutes after noon. Batts allegedly gave deputies a fake name before revealing his true identity. A record check revealed the driver was wanted on a misdemeanor failure to appear warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court and she was taken into custody without incident.

An inventory search of the vehicle revealed a backpack that allegedly contained a glass pipe with residue and the driver's wallet. A large gym bag allegedly contained a bag of marijuana, two syringes, a small spoon, a plastic bag containing a white residue and Batts' wallet. The driver was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They were taken into custody without incident.



Drugs, warrants galore

On June 18, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Kate Lynn Parsons, 21, and Dayna Shawnae Freeman, 23, both of Kingman.

Parsons was arrested on felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and six misdemeanor warrants issued by Kingman Justice Court, five of them for probation violation. Freeman was arrested on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the 3900 block of Ryan Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. A records check revealed the warrants for Parsons' arrest. A search allegedly revealed a glass pipe with white residue in Parsons' purse and in Freeman's purse they allegedly found several syringes, a spoon with residue and a plastic bag containing a white substance. Both women were taken into custody without incident.



Lemons and meth

On June 19, Kingman Police officers arrested Robert Lemons, 50, of Kingman on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct with a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police conducted a traffic stop in the 3400 block of Andy Devine Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Lemons, the driver, allegedly possessed methamphetamine and the associated paraphernalia, along with a firearm.

Two passengers were arrested on misdemeanor charges. All three were taken into custody without incident.



Paraphernalia

On June 18, Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Alexander Ridge, 23, of Kingman, on two felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. A 53-year-old passenger was also arrested on two failure to appear misdemeanor warrants. Deputies conducted a traffic stop near Northern Avenue and Bank Street at about 2 p.m. A MVD check showed the vehicle's plates expired in May and a record check revealed the passenger's warrants. Ridge, according to deputies, acted nervous and he reportedly told them he had a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine in his pocket. A search allegedly revealed the pipe and a straw. Ridge reportedly told deputies he uses the straw to "snort Vicodin." Both Ridge and his passenger were taken into custody without incident.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Gail Skaro

I'm so tired of that sad old excuse given for all the little juvenile delinquents in town.

Maybe you need to open your eyes and see all the other opportunities around. What clubs or sports teams are they in? Do they have a library card? How about the pools in the summer, do they ever go? They can see a first run movie for only $5.25, not many places like that anymore. Do they BMX or skateboard, places for that are available. Do you take them to the parks and play games, or are you "too busy"? Do they volunteer for anything? Even here in town a walk though some of the vacant land is just amazing. Rabbits, quail, lizards, and hawks. Enjoy whats around you sometimes.

Kingman (the city) doesn't "veto" any business that wants to start up here. Why do you think the game parlor shut down? Poor patronage and drunk, drugged up "kids", that's why.

I grew up on a farm 15 miles from the nearest town and 2 miles away from my nearest friend. Guess what? We made things to do. Sometimes we rode our bikes to town or a parent drove us and we sometimes just went to the woods or a creek and played...like kids have done for thousands of years.

Or you can just turn the TV on or let them play video games all day, your choice.


Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Article comment by: Gail Skaro

You wonder why alot of young kids are getting on these drugs? Kingman has nothing for youth to do except the bowling alley....Wow.....KINGMAN vetos out everything that has to do with kids.....There is nothing to do in this town period..Sad town. Adults drink at the bars and kids do drugs on the street. We need more options in this messed up town.

Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Article comment by: The first hand girl in kingman

Let me just say from experience I been in Kingman Arizona for the past 12 or more yrs and I know the way this town is (SERIOUS DRUG PROBLEM) was wanting to refer to the BUTLER area but to tell you the truth the METH/drug problem is all over unless a person wants to change they wont most are adults users and have used for many years needless to say if your a parent and you have a child using you as the parent should stop this if a child is in his teens meaning 18/19 you can still help and just so the people know its not just butler its threw out the whole town butler just has yet to be torn down and built into the 100.000 dollar homes I live in butler I leave my car unlocked and when I go to the store my front door remains unlocked never have I ever had problems with this side of town its more like the people you hang with and the people you trust if my child was doing meth/drugs I would do whatever it takes to help my child even if it meant them thinking I was hurting them at that time in there life

Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Article comment by: V D

Yeah but guys, in a bigger city you aren't gonna see empathy for the drug problem...you see it here in the small town because we know these people. What Kingman needs is better rehabilitation, better outreach, better resources...

and Lord I have no idea where the funds would come from, there are processes to follow. When people are released from jail after a good run of detox and good intention of sobriety they run right back to old habits with very little other options, and the same goes for prison...that is life..sadly...


Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: em lee

Its a huge epidemic. The govt has decided to crack down on meth use, so they are making stricter sentences for these addicts. Obviously it is not working. How many people can we keep in prison? Something has to change. I am not making excuses, but this cycle is so hard to get away from. These young people although they have been told not to do these things and have been warned about the dangers, often do what young people do. And that is think they are different and it wont happen to them. So before they know it they are in a cycle of using a drug, because coming down is too painful. The side effects, like bad teeth and horrible aches and pain, are too hard to deal with so they think they need more of the drug, which causes more pain, and other problems. Its awful. We need to come together as a nation, and tackle this. Prison does not work. Having mental health workers who hate their jobs trying to give drug counseling does not work. There are programs that work. Programs that teach addicts how to live productive lives, help them get jobs, and stay clean. We need to help instead of throwing them in prison.

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: You never know it could be you

I agree with em lee. I too have a son who is unfortunately in this situation. He wasn't raised in this manner at all. Graduated from a very good school and had plans. He also has other issues that have surfaced that complicate things. Mohave Mental health and the court system doesn't offer much help. I have tried many of times and the only option is to wait until he reaches superior courts status. Why should we have to wait that long?

As for Serious Drug problem..you are very luckly that you have not found yourself in this situation. You shouldn't pass judgement on people like that. It could very well happen to a grand child of yours or a child. You people sit at home and comment on these stories and pass judgement like you are so much better than anyone. Shame on you. These are families struggling with real issues.


Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: concerned citizen

I agree with you em lee. Jail/prison does not help addicts get back on the road to recovery. The only thing it does is keep them locked away lomg enough to get temporarily clean. They learn nothing and get out and do it again. These people need rehab programs. It is definately not a black and white issue.

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Article comment by: em lee

As the parent of one of theses arrested for paraphernalia, I can say that my son was not raised this way. He met a older woman who turned him on to certain things in his life. There is not much help to be found in Kingman. Mohave Mental Health is all there is here. If you have ever been lucky enough to deal with them then you know how lacking it is. Meth and Heroin or prescription use/abuse is killing our youth and instead of demonize the people getting caught up, how about finding programs that work. There are successful programs. Just not here and not for poor. There is a lack of jobs here also. My son is not too far gone. I'm sure there are many others who would willingly get help if they were treated with some compassion in a program that works. Prison dies not work. Plus you complain about how they live or support themselves, check into how many non violent drug offenders are in jail and how much that costs. We could be changing lives for the better, rehabilitating and reclaiming our youth and making a positive change in our communities. . So just remember...it could easily be your kid. These drugs are very seductive. These aren't evil people. Especially not in the earlier stages. They are people who have made mistakes who could be saved with some help.

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

What I'd like to know is if their lifestyle is supported by welfare funds (unemployment, food stamps, low income housing, child support, etc.)

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Article comment by: Levi Rogers

I am in total agreement with you Serious drug problem. I've lived here for more than 35 years, and it's getting worse and worse. Either that or I'm just now starting to pay attention to detail.
It is very scary to me, when I think about the peer pressure on the youth growing up in Kingman with the illegal drugs around.
Not just the methamphetamine, and crack,and pot. The drugs that scare me, are the prescription pain - killers that are available everywhere.
The law - enforcement agencies are doing a great job with everything they're doing. I would like to see the courts do a little bit more. Maybe they are doing all they can.


Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014
Article comment by: serious drug problem

Week after week I read this and I just can't comprehend the massive amount of drug arrest, (I won't mention anything about the activity in one common area today) It's obvious these people do not want help or a better life, if they did they would stop obtaining this garbage. I bet they would all agree to live in a "drug camp" a place where they are separated from society and are allowed to smoke, shoot and snort this junk until their quick death...and no free medical care.



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