County Roundup: Monday, February 7, 2011

From the Mohave Daily News

Bullhead City Council has decided it will hold more public meetings before voting on a plan to install curbside recycling. The council discussed the issued during its regular meeting Tuesday. The plan is to pick up recyclables at least one day a week. Residents can opt out of the recycling program but that will leave them with only one trash pickup per week. Councilman Sam Medrano said the program was not voluntary if residents only got one trash pickup a week instead of the two they paid for.

Bullhead City Chief Prosecutor Martin Rogers told the Bullhead City Council Tuesday the city's Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring program for extreme and super extreme DUI offenders was working and saving the city money. There are currently 16 people signed up for the program, which has saved the city $27,520 in jail fees, Rogers said. He expects the program could save the city between $65,000 to $80,000 per year.

Bullhead City's Planning and Zoning Commission is working on an ordinance to govern the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The commission held its regular meeting on Thursday but had no one speak on the issue. The commission is considering an ordinance that would require dispensaries to be located in commercial business districts and at least 500 feet from any schools. The commission is hoping to have a draft of the ordinance in place before its March 3 meetings. The Arizona Department of Health Services recently released its latest draft of the rules governing the use and sale of medical marijuana. A copy of the draft can be found at www.azdhs.gov. The department is taking public comments on the draft until Feb. 18.

A Needles, Calif., man was sentenced to two years in a California prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography on Wednesday. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department arrested Duane Lee Stowers, 54, on Jan. 24 after an investigation. The department was notified after Stowers dropped off some computers at a Bullhead City repair shop that contained images of child pornography.

Nevada Highway 163 will be under construction from April 4-24 from Casino Drive to Needles Highway. Residents will still have access to the Clark County Regional Government Center off of Thomas Edison and Laughlin Civic drives. The state plans to add an overhead marquee, move downhill warning lights and add a box culvert between Davis Dam Road and Needles Highway.

From Today's News-Herald

Toxicology reports released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Coroner Division state that the Lake Havasu City man accused of shooting and killing five people and injuring another last year was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. According to police reports, a group of friends was celebrating Primo Verdone's birthday when Brian Diez, 26, of Lake Havasu allegedly entered the home in the 300 block of Opossum Drive on Aug. 28 and shot and killed Verdone, Russell Nyland, Ashleigh Nyland, Broc Kelson and Deborah Langstaff. Langstaff was Verdone's girlfriend and Diez's former girlfriend. Diez also shot and injured Debbi Nyland, the only survivor of the event. Diez then took the two children he had in common with Langstaff and drove to his sister's house in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He arrived at 3:27 a.m. Aug. 29, knocked on the door and asked for his sister. He left the two children on the porch, returned to his truck and shot himself in the head. He left a note saying he was sorry and was leaving all of his belongings to his children.