County Roundup: Thursday, February 16, 2012

From the Mohave Daily News

Autopsy results are pending following the discovery of a man lying dead in the street on Hancock Road in Bullhead City Feb. 13. Police have reportedly ruled out foul play.

The body of James Randall Hamilton, 53, of Bullhead City, was found lying in the roadway on Hancock Road near Bluebonnet Boulevard shortly after midnight Monday. According to police spokeswoman Emily Montague, Hamilton did not exhibit any signs of outward trauma despite his positioning, though officers did observe that he smelled strongly of alcohol.

Montague added that Hamilton had been found within walking distance of his residence.

The manslaughter trial for a driver who was involved in a car crash that killed a Mohave High School teacher in January 2010 was postponed Feb. 13 until May.

Robert Scott Day, 33, is charged with felony vehicle manslaughter and misdemeanor driving under the influence. Day, who is not in custody, was arrested in May 2011 after being extradited from California. He faces from seven to 21 years in prison if he is convicted of the manslaughter charge.

Day was driving a Ford Cobra sports car Jan. 27, 2011, with Valerie Palermo, 29, on Aztec Road in Fort Mohave when the car left the road and flew about 70 feet before slamming into the ground. Palermo was taken to Valley View Medical Center, where she later died. Day was taken to a Las Vegas hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the Bullhead City police department.

Both of the car's occupants wore only lap belts even though the car had a four-point harness system. Day's blood alcohol level was allegedly tested at more than 0.12 percent. The legal alcohol limit to drive in Arizona is 0.08 percent.

A patient released from Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Sunday afternoon reportedly helped himself to several hundred dollars of medical equipment on his way out the door before being caught in the hospital's parking lot by police.

Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman Emily Montague said police arrested Glenn Louis Hansen, 47, of Bullhead City, shortly after his release from the hospital at 2735 Silver Creek Road. According to Montague, a witness called police after reportedly observing Hamilton in the parking lot attempting to open the doors of several unattended vehicles.

Upon their arrival, police contacted Hansen and discovered numerous hospital items in his possession including a digital thermometer, a magnifying scope, bandages and two large bottles of hand sanitizer. The total value of the recovered items was more than $600.

Hansen was arrested for theft and booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman. It was not immediately apparent why Hansen had been admitted to the hospital.

Fort Mohave couple Willis and Christine Boyd drove to Phoenix earlier this month to cash in a winning $1 million Powerball ticket they purchased from the Smith's Food and Drug grocery store at 4747 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave. The couple's ticket matched all five regular numbers for the Jan. 28 drawing - 5, 33, 41, 54 and 59 - though they did not match the winning Powerball number of 13, which would have won them an additional $145 million.

According to Powerball's website, Willis, a 63-year-old retired Colorado State Trooper, said he plans to spend the money on a new car for his wife, as well as to help out their son Steve, who still resides in Colorado. He told Powerball he plans to invest the remainder of the money to help ensure the couple can continue to enjoy their retirement indefinitely.

From the Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher Pete Enriquez, 18, and Lalo Edwardo Flores, 18, both of Lake Havasu City, Monday (2/13) evening for disorderly conduct involving a weapon, felony. On Feb. 8, at about 5:26 p.m., deputies responded to a weapons offense in the 4000 block of Lake View Road in Horizon Six. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the reporting party, who said he could hear automatic weapons being fired and he could see the people shooting off of Window Rock Road from his residence. The reporting party further said that he could clearly see the person standing on the edge of the lot holding the gun and firing directly out into the air with no backdrop.

Deputies were contacted by another reporting party and she advised seeing people shooting towards the city. The reporting party provided a license plate from one of the vehicles as they were leaving. Investigations show that the suspects were shooting near Sunset Ridge Estates and left shell casings and empty ammunition boxes on the ground.

On Feb. 13, deputies contacted Lalo Flores after the license plate returned to Flores father at a residence in the 3600 block of Indian Peak Drive. During conversations with Flores, he admitted to being at Window Rock Road and shooting his shotgun toward the ground and off the edge of the hillside. Flores was taken into custody without incident. He was transported and booked into the Mohave County District III Substation. At 8:30 p.m., deputies contacted Enriquez at a residence in the 2000 block of Cloverlawn Drive. During conversations with Enriquez, he said a few of his friends went shooting off of Window Rock Road. Further conversations with Enriquez, he said that he shot his AR-15 toward the pit. Enriquez was taken into custody without incident. He was transported and booked into the Mohave County District III Substation.