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Sunday, October 19, 2008

KINGMAN - A fire in an air-handling unit led to the evacuation of Kingman Regional Medical Center's Del E. Webb Wellness Center on Thursday morning. Individuals in the center noticed light smoke coming from the air vents and pulled the fire alarm at 7:44 a.m., Kingman Fire Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said. The Kingman Fire Department responded to the scene with two engines carrying 14 firefighters and a battalion chief. Due to their routine drills at the facility, the firefighters were able to quickly reach the roof and discover the problem with the air-handling unit, Johnston said. They disconnected the power. The fire and resulting damage was contained the unit and originated in the motor. The fire was officially declared out at 8:02 a.m., Johnston said. The firefighters checked the building for extensions of the fire and found none. There were no injuries and people were allowed back in the building approximately an hour later.

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Kevin Ray Walls, 37, of Kingman the morning of Oct. 10 for driving with suspended license and failure to show identification, both misdemeanors, along with two felony warrants. At 9:52 a.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of North Castle Rock Road and Gordon Drive and contacted Walls, the driver. A records check showed him to have two fugitive from justice felony warrants issued out of DeSoto County in Mississippi and Carter County in Missouri. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Mohave County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

KINGMAN - Kingman Police officers arrested Ryan Michael Whitley, 20, of Kingman and Jessy Dale Persinger, 19, of Kingman Wednesday morning on suspicion of felony charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property. At 8 a.m., officers investigated a theft of electronic items from a store in the 3300 block East Andy Devine Ave. The stolen merchandise was valued at over $2,000. During the investigation it was learned that two store employees, Whitley and Persinger, were suspected in the thefts. It was found that Whitley and Persinger allegedly had sold several of the items at a local pawn shop, and several items were found at Whitley's home. The merchandise was recovered and returned to the store. Whitley and Persinger both were booked into the Mohave County Jail.

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Zachary Tyler Gaston, 23, of Kingman Wednesday evening on suspicion of felony possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and a contempt of court misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court. At 5:30 p.m., deputies observed three subjects sitting in the parking lot of the Route 66 Swap Meet at 4120 Thompson Avenue. Due to recent burglaries at the swap meet, deputies contacted the subjects. A records check showed one of the subjects, identified as Gaston, to have an outstanding warrant. Gaston was taken into custody without incident. A search of Gaston allegedly revealed a glass pipe with burnt residue, a scale and a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail.