County Roundup: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From Today's News-Herald

Parker Police found themselves in a dangerous situation following the discovery of explosives in an abandoned structure April 12 at the intersection of Eagle Avenue and Riverside Drive. According to police, workers cleaning the property discovered dynamite, blasting caps and a detonation cord dating back to 1990. An assessment of the scene led officials to conclude the caps and cords could be removed, but the dynamite had deteriorated to the point where it would be too dangerous to move. Police closed Riverside Drive and evacuated residents. In addition to the Parker Police Department, the Parker Fire Department, Parker Public Works Department, CRIT Police and Fire departments, and the La Paz County Sheriff's Office responded. The Sheriff's Office loaned its mobile command center Parker Police. An explosives unit from the Lake Havasu City Police Department arrived around 4:30 p.m. The caps and cords were removed under a special escort. The dynamite was doused with diesel fuel in an effort to neutralize the nitroglycerine in the dynamite.

From the Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested two 16-year-old Mohave Valley boys on six felony counts of burglary, criminal damage and possession of stolen property. Deputies have been investigating seven reported automobile burglaries that occurred sometime between the evening of Feb. 27 and morning of Feb. 28 in the Palo Verde neighborhood. During the ongoing investigation, deputies received a tip of a possible juvenile suspect. A consent search of one of the boy's home in the 2000 block of Mustang Drive reportedly revealed reported stolen items from three of the automobile burglaries, including baseball equipment and GPS devices. The investigation of automobile burglaries continues and more arrests are pending.