County Roundup: Thursday, April 21, 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 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 Search and Rescue Units responded April 10 to a recovery mission of a body of a St. George, Utah, man.

The man had fallen to the bottom of River Gorge. SAR Units responded from Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Kingman, including the Technical Rope Team. The terrain consisted of a steep angle of 350 feet and vertical angle between 125 to 150 feet.

The body of Chad Mills, 39, was airlifted out of the gorge by the Department of Public Safety Ranger. The medical examiner declared the him dead the scene. The death was reported as a suicide.

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 Sunday evening of February 27 and Monday morning of February 28 in the Palo Verde neighborhood.

During the on-going 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 stolen items from three of the automobile burglaries, including baseball equipment, GPS devices from two different vehicles and residences located in the 2400 block of Palo Verde Drive and a garage door opener from a vehicle.

The investigation of automobile burglaries continues and more arrests are pending.

From the Mohave Daily News

Traffic jams in Boulder City, Nev. will require some detours to Laughlin and Bullhead City, said Nevada state and regional highway officials during a meeting with the Bullhead City Town Advisory Board.

Nevada officials have plans to widen and improve traffic flow at four intersections in Boulder City until a by-pass that can be built to loop traffic south of the city.

Until then, possible solutions are detouring trucks during peak travel times on holidays and weekends.

The widening project in Boulder City should be finished by November.