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Kingman gained two new voters on its election rolls when Bertha Skinner and her daughter, Bertha Merrill, right, registered prior to the deadline Aug.


Jack Wilson, second from left, helped the two women register.

At left is Kingman High School student David Schofield, who assisted Wilson in the voter registration effort.

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"I'm bi-partisan," he said.

"I just get petitions and go around my neighborhood (in Vista Bella) to make sure everyone is able to vote."

Wilson is a member of the Manzanita Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a Mormon home teacher.

Two members of that ward were registered as voters by Wilson last Monday, the last day one could register for the primary election.

The new voters are Bertha Skinner, 98, and her daughter, Bertha Merrill, who moved to Kingman several months ago from Utah.

"I can't recall when I last voted," Skinner said.

"I got quite sick after my husband passed away and had little interest."

Merrill said her mother last voted at the Kingman Moose Lodge off Hualapai Mountain

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Road, but she could not recall when.

Skinner's voter registration had lapsed in the meantime.

Merrill was born in Kingman but moved away in 1949.

She urged her mother to register again and be part of the elections process.

"In our church, we got letters from our prophet and counselors encouraging us to vote," Merrill said.

"They said to choose (the candidates) we have prayed about and whom we feel are the best ones for office, but they don't tell us who to vote for."

Skinner said she graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1925.

She married Otto Skinner the following year.

"My family came here from Colorado," Skinner said.

"My father owned a bakery and restaurant."

Merrill said her late father owned a bakery in Chloride that got much of its business from local miners.

But a shutdown of mines in that community in the 1920s prompted her parents to move to Kingman, where her father opened another bakery and later a restaurant.

Skinner and Merrill did not say whom they plan to vote for in the November general election, only that they will get out and vote.Deputies investigate possible triple homicide

GOLDEN SHORES – Mohave County sheriff's deputies and detectives are investigating what appears to be a triple homicide and suicide Sunday in Golden Shores.

About 6:45 a.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 4700 block of Monarch Drive, a news release from the MCSO stated.

Upon arrival, deputies found a male and female subject lying on the ground and another male lying inside the residence.

All had sustained gunshot wounds and were declared dead at the scene.

Detectives identified a suspect in the multiple shootings and issued an attempt-to-locate on him and his vehicle.

Fort Mohave tribal police located the vehicle later that evening on County Route 1 and conducted a traffic stop on it.

Officers approaching the vehicle head a shot fired within the vehicle and investigation determined the occupant had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The homicide victims have been identified as Carol Ann Applequist, 45, of Lake Havasu City, Rae Sean Emdy, 39, of Santa Monica, Calif., and Timothy Quarters (age unknown) of Golden Shores.

The suspect was identified as Travis Neil Thames, 73, of Golden Shores.

Kingman man jailed on drug charges

KINGMAN – A Kingman man was arrested Saturday night on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mohave County sheriff's deputies contacted Gilbert Calderon Macias Jr., 30, in the 4300 block of Irving Street, a news release from the MCSO stated.

A search of Macias allegedly uncovered a syringe, marijuana and white powder that field tested positive as methamphetamine.

A records check also revealed a misdemeanor warrant for nonpayment of fines issued by Kingman Justice Court.

Macias was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

Wyoming man arrested on drug charge

KINGMAN – A Wyoming resident was arrested early Monday on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

About 3 a.m., Mohave County sheriff's deputies contacted Thomas Eugene McMullan, 22, of Green River, as he walked in the 1400 block of East Andy Devine Avenue, a news release from the MCSO stated.

Once contacted, McMullan became nervous and reportedly tried to run.

Pursuing deputies observed McMullan allegedly throw away a glass pipe.

Deputies caught and restrained McMullan, then booked him into the Mohave County Jail.

Kingman man jailed on drug charge

KINGMAN – A Kingman resident was arrested early Monday on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

About 1 a.m., Mohave County sheriff's deputies observed Scott Aaron Muller, 24, sitting inside a vehicle in the 3600 block of Dove Lane, a news release from the MCSO stated.

As deputies approached him, Muller allegedly threw an object into the back of the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine.

Muller was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

Fire calls

The Kingman Fire Department responded to an agency assist, public assist and six medical calls.

The Hualapai Valley Fire Department responded to a public assist and four medical calls.

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to a service call and medical call.

The Pinion Pine Fire Department responded to one medical call.