Kingman arson cases move forward

Brian Lee Caviness

Brian Lee Caviness

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Grand Jury indicted an alleged serial arsonist authorities believe is responsible for at least 16 fires in the downtown area since December.

Brian Lee Caviness, 26, was arrested March 18 after an investigator reportedly saw him walking away from a freshly started brushfire at Center and Mohave streets.

He reportedly admitted to Kingman Police detectives and Fire Department investigators that he set many of the recent arsons, but not all of them. Authorities do not believe Caviness is responsible for a high number of brushfires that have been deliberately set along the Stockton Hill Road corridor since last spring.

The grand jury indictment lists 18 counts, 11 of them felonies. Of those is one count of arson of an occupied structure, a class 2 felony. Ten more are for arson of a structure or property, a class 5 felony. Seven are for reckless burning, a misdemeanor.

Judge Kenneth Gregory will arraign Caviness at the jail at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Judge Steven Conn was assigned the case.

Gregory will conduct arraignments at the jail at 1:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. The grand jury also indicted:

• Myles Aaron Chait: Transportation of narcotics for sale, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge Rick Williams was assigned the case.

• Jose Guadalupe Gonzalez: Two counts of child abuse by domestic violence.

Judge Derek Carlisle was assigned the case.

• Steven Thomas Williams: Possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine).

Carlisle will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

• Joseph O. Manzanares Jr. and Christopher M. Bowen: Three counts of possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carlisle was assigned the case. He will arraign Manzanares at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Bowen will be arraigned at the jail Friday.

• Blake Vogel Rudolph and Matthew Weston T. Booth: Possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Conn was assigned the case.

• Tevin Edwin Sappleton: Possession of marijuana for sale, sale of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carlisle will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

• Shawn Michael Adams: First-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree burglary.

Williams will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

• Mason Alexander McQueary: Sexual conduct with a minor under 15 years of age.

Carlisle will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

• Brandon Peter Dubuc: Two counts of aggravated DUI while required to equip vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

Carlisle will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

• Richard A. Campos Jr., Peter Jay Marshall and Shawn Maxwell Marcus: Possession of dangerous drugs for sale (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Conn was assigned the cases.

• Wendy Marina Williams: Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams was assigned the case.

• Brandon Joseph Bolt: Ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Williams will arraign him at 11 a.m. April 9.

• Chance Stermer: Shoplifting as a third offense (class 4 felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams was assigned the case.

• Todd Eugene Shearrer: Shoplifting as a third offense (class 4 felony).

Williams was assigned the case.

• Troy Lee Wells: Third-degree attempted burglary.

Williams was assigned the case.

• Lloyd Leroy Martinez: Two counts of aggravated DUI and criminal damage.

Conn will arraign him at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

• Mauricio Antonio Ortiz Jr.: Two counts of aggravated DUI and endangerment.

Williams was assigned the case.

• Donald Lee O'Banion III: Robbery, theft of means of transportation, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine).

Williams was assigned the case.

• Howard Douglas Lapeer: Two counts of aggravated domestic violence.

Conn was assigned the case.

• Donald Gene Sanders: Possession of dangerous drugs for sale (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine).

Conn was assigned the case.