County Roundup: Sunday, April 17, 2011

From the Bullhead City Police Department

The Bullhead City Police Department arrested a 15-year-old male for lying to police for saying he was a victim in an aggravated robbery that did not occur. On April 4, police responded to the hospital for a boy who was being treated for a cut on his face. He told police that he was approached by three Hispanic men in a white Honda car as he was walking home from school near Coral Isle Drive. He then stated he was chased down, beaten and robbed of his hat and iPod. After further investigation, detectives discovered that the 15-year-old had been involved in a fight with a 16-year-old boy that afternoon, where he sustained the injury to his face. The boy said he lied because he did not want to get into trouble with his probation officer. The 15-year-old was arrested April 6 for providing false information to law enforcement and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center in Kingman.

From the Mohave Daily News

Topock Elementary School employees apprehended a suspected drunken hit and run driver April 12. Mario Arenales, who was transporting a load of boric acid to Texas, told police the unidentified driver of a Chevy Silverado pickup was driving erratically on the interstate when he hit his tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 in California. He said he initially thought the Silverado driver planned to pull over, but the driver refused to stop. The Silverado exited the freeway at Oatman-Topock highway, eventually coming to a stop at the Topock Elementary campus. Arenales said the driver initially approached the big rig, and was told that a passenger had called the California Highway Patrol and that officers were en route. The suspect then returned to the Silverado, started it, and said he wanted a drink of water and went into the school. Once inside the school, the suspect ran into a classroom and hid in a closet. Two school employees apprehended him and took him outside to meet a County Sheriff's K-9 unit. According to school officials, there were students in the building, but none in the classroom where the suspect hid. The children, whose parents teach at the school, were taken out of the building immediately. The suspect is being investigated for driving under the influence in Arizona, which could be a felony charge. California authorities will determine whether to file DUI and hit-and-run charges. The suspect complained of chest pains and was transported by ambulance to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Fort Mohave.

The driver who rolled his vehicle in January, killing his passenger, a Mohave High School teacher, may be charged with homicide and driving under the influence. Blood test results show that Robert Scott Day, 32, had a blood alcohol content higher than 0.21 when he lost control of his Ford 427 Cobra on a Fort Mojave road. According to Fort Mojave Tribal police, the car left the roadway, hit a ditch, launched into the air and struck the ground after flying 68 to 72 feet. Officers believe Day and his passenger, Valerie Palermo, 29, were only wearing lap belts instead of the car's four-point harness system. Palermo was killed in the accident. Possible charges include second-degree murder, negligent homicide and manslaughter.