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12:07 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Kingman man killed by train


The new mayor of Kingman brought her family to the swearing in Monday.

Standing next to her are husband Michael and children Matthew and Melissa Gates.

McCoy also administered the oath of office to recently elected City Council members Dave French, Tom Spear and Tom Carter.

They join Jim Baker, Phil Moon and Ray Lyons on the Kingman City Council

The council presented plaques to Les Byram for service as council member and mayor from 1992-2004 and Frank McVey for service on the council from 2000-2004.

McVey ran unsuccessfully for mayor, finishing third behind Gates and Byram in the primary election.

Byram spoke briefly to the council and audience in the council chambers to thank the community for the opportunity to serve Kingman residents.

Gates adjourned the meeting for a 10-minute recess so that those attending could speak with Byram and McVey and the newly elected city officials.

The first item of official business after the recess was an executive session to select the vice mayor from the six council members.

Spear was selected to replace Phil Moon as the vice mayor.

Gates and Carter were appointed to represent Kingman on the Mohave County Water Authority Board.

French will represent the city with the Western Arizona Council of Governments and on the economic development board.

Public hearings were held for Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations.

• Preliminary plans for Gold Canyon Estates east of Ellerman Drive, east of the railroad and south of Interstate 40 were approved 6-1.

• A request from Liberty Properties to rezone residential property on the west side of Stockton Hill Road at Jefferson Street for offices was approved 7-0.KINGMAN – Train traffic through Kingman was disrupted for about 75 minutes Monday night after a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train struck and killed a local resident.

An official with the BNSF Railway contacted Kingman police about 10:30 p.m., Lt.

Dean Brice said.

"He said the engineer had stopped the train and found blood on the front grill," Brice said.

Responding officers found the body of Daniel Grady Anderson, 33, of Kingman under the train, which had stopped in the 2800 block of East Andy Devine Avenue.

The train had to be unhooked to remove the body.

"Anderson's grandparents stated that last Thursday he had consumed pesticide, but there was no information found to reveal whether there was suicidal intent," Brice said.

"It appears to have been an accident."

Brice said Anderson had a history of misdemeanor complaints with the railroad.

He was cited for third-degree criminal trespassing on railroad property near Louise Avenue and Railroad Street on the morning of his death and on March 25, 2003.

Anderson also was cited for trespassing on tracks below the Hualapai Mountain Road overpass on March 24, 2004, Brice said.

Train traffic resumed in both directions about 11:45 p.m.

The investigation of the incident is continuing.