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Peterkin gets<BR>seven years<BR>for court funds theft

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David Arabinko is pictured here during service for the U.S.

Army Green Berets/Special Forces last year in Iraq.

Arabinko was injured in an ambush on Aug.

26 while riding past a group of Iraqis.

Kirkland's bid of $50,000 – along with his 1929 Chevy – brought home the dream car.

He planned on painting it a different color, but after he took it to a car show, he decided to leave it the same color.

He repainted it "strawberry cream" and gave it two finishes, one purple and one clear.

Kirkland's purchase of the Hollywood was featured in the June/July 2003 issue of Hemmings Motor News.

The Hollywood "was one of the first American cars to be supercharged, and one of the first real high-performance cars in the United States.

They'd do 100 miles per hour easy," Kirkland said, as reported in Hemmings Motor News.

The car is a hot attraction at just about any car show he takes it to, he said.

Kirkland has a love of cars and airplanes, and this love led to his volunteering with the Fun Run seven years ago.

He also volunteers with the Kingman Air and Auto Show and the Route 66 Wings and Wheels group.

This year's Air and Auto Show will be held the first weekend in October.

Route 66 Wings and Wheels puts on a drag racing program at the air show and at other shows in the area.

This year, Bill's son Dave coordinated an air show on Saturday afternoon that featured 10 T-28 and 10 L-39 jets.

They were to perform above downtown in the afternoon.

All of the pilots are formation-qualified, Bill Kirkland said.

"They get together three times a year" at the Fun Run, in Reno and Thermal, Calif.

The jets are trainer aircraft.

The T-28s were used as attack aircraft in Vietnam, Kirkland said.

The L-39s are Russian-built and more modern.

They have air conditioning and can fly speeds of 280 to 300 mph.

Bill Kirkland said his passion extends to his business.

He just started a new business – Arizona Paradrogue Systems – that manufactures hardware used in in-flight refueling.

David Kirkland will soon take over for his dad as president of West Coast Netting, which manufactures specialty webbing for batting cages and military applications.

Bill Kirkland is just one example of the many people who are actively involved in producing a big Kingman attraction known as the Fun Run.KINGMAN – Cynthia Kay Peterkin, 47, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for stealing $117,000 in county money while working as a court clerk in Bullhead City.

According to a plea agreement, visiting La Paz County Judge Michael Burke could have sentenced Peterkin to up to 12 and a half years or as little as probation.

Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack said about half the $117,000 was recovered in uncashed checks from Peterkin's house and vehicle, along with airline tickets to New York.

Peterkin must repay $66,260.50 under terms of the plea deal.

She will be eligible for parole after six years.

She also was ordered to complete one year of community supervision following her release.

Virlynn Tinnel, Mohave County Superior Court clerk, addressed Burke and called Peterkin's thefts "a heinous breach of public confidence."