From the Bullhead City Police Department
The Bullhead City Police Department arrested 19-year-old Kenneth George Austin of Bullhead City for felony criminal damage for his alleged involvement in dozens of recent graffiti incidents. G.I.I.T.E.M. (Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission) officers believed the graffiti was related due to the same monikers found throughout the city. On Wednesday, suspect Kenneth Austin, who is a member of the suspected tagging crew, was interviewed and subsequently arrested. "While some people may believe graffiti is a harmless act, it damages personal and public property and often gives victims a helpless feeling," said Bullhead City Police Chief Rodney Head. "These acts of vandalism are appropriately classified as crimes and will not be tolerated." The total damage of the recent graffiti cost Bullhead City approximately $4,800.
The Bullhead City Police Department has launched a new community safety alert and tip program. According to the Bullhead City Police, "Citizen Observer" will help keep the community connected and informed through opt-in e-mail and text message public safety alerts. The technology will also allow citizens to text message anonymous tips from their cell phone to the Bullhead City Police Department. Those interested can sign up to receive alerts by clicking on the "Citizen Observer" link at www.bullheadcity.com. "This is a great tool for emergency management to alert citizens in a prompt manner regarding safety and natural disaster information," said Bullhead City Police Chief Rodney Head. "I encourage everyone to sign up for this service to stay connected and informed." The other component of this new technology is the Tip411 program, which will enable the public to submit anonymous tips to the Police Department via text messaging. "Tip411 puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of our community for all ages and demographics," said Chief Head. "It's an easy way for the public to take part in reducing crime and helping create safer communities." Tip411 is not a substitute for dialing 911. People should call 911 for all crimes in progress and emergencies. The tipster simply texts the word BHCTIPS followed by their tip to 847411 (tip411). Police also have the ability to respond to the tipster, who will continue to remain anonymous, creating a two-way chat. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online via the City of Bullhead City's website. For questions about the Citizen Observer alert network program or tip411, contact the Bullhead City Police Department's Public Information Office at (928) 763-9200 ext. 779 or visit www.bullheadcity.com and click on "Citizen Observer."
From the Mohave Daily News
Bullhead City Police are seeking a shooting suspect. A man was shot multiple times Thursday evening in the roadway in the 1800 block of Coronado Drive. He was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. His identity has not been released. Police are looking for a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old and about 5-foot-8 to 5-10 with a crew cut. Witnesses say the man was wearing a dark brown hoodie, dark shorts and white tennis shoes. He was last seen fleeing toward Sean Breeze Lane. There is a $500 Silent Witness reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting. People with information on the shooting should call the Bullhead City Police Department at (928) 763-9200.
The recent arrest of a Needles man has resulted in the location of a weapons stash. Anthony Pugh was arrested by Fort Mojave Tribal Police on Feb. 10 on charges of possession of a gun by a felon, possession of illegal narcotics and possession of counterfeit U.S. currency. When the department asked the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department to investigate a storage facility in Victorville, Calif., about 180 miles from Needles, deputies found two shotguns, two rifles, an assortment of ammunition, a military ballistic vest and a practice mortar round.
The death row case of a Lake Havasu man will return to the Arizona Supreme Court after a Mohave County Superior Court judge denied his third request for post-conviction relief. Daniel Wayne Cook, 49, was convicted of beating, torturing and killing two Lake Havasu City men in July 1987. He was sentenced to death in August 1988. His lawyer recently appealed his conviction, saying that Cook recently found out that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from an incident that occurred before the murder and that that should have been taken into account during his sentencing. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn denied the request to revisit Cook's sentence. Cook's lawyer has also unsuccessfully challenged Arizona's use of sodium thiopental in the execution process. He said the state unlawfully obtained the drug and that its use will subject Cook to an unconstitutionally painful death. He also unsuccessfully petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that it was unconstitutional that Cook did not have a hearing on possible mitigating circumstances during his sentencing. Cook is one of nine Mohave County inmates on Arizona's death row. His execution is scheduled for April 5.