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Bob Leal

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Alleged Kingman torturer served time for murder

The Kingman man arrested Saturday for allegedly torturing family members and making them perform sex acts was paroled in 2013 after being convicted of first-degree murder and serving 24 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Kingman enough to make Andy proud

Chamber honors those whose contributions made life better

The 39th annual Andy Awards Dinner was held Monday evening at Beale Celebrations in downtown and hosted by the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Kingman man who allegedly tortured family members served time for murder

The Kingman man arrested Saturday for allegedly torturing family members and making them perform sex acts was paroled in 2013 after being convicted of first-degree murder and serving 24 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Teen wants to help library get a ‘Lego’ up

Boy Scout Nick Taflan is on a mission to earn the title of Eagle Scout, and if he succeeds, those visiting the Mohave County Library will benefit.

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Topock man faces bevy of charges

Tyler Ray Balli of Topock was arrested Saturday on a variety of charges after allegedly assaulting a 54-year-old woman and afterwards reaching for a knife he was carrying while being arrested, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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Man who allegedly buried body will be own attorney

The Kingman man who allegedly stabbed his friend to death and buried the body in the backyard will be allowed to represent himself.

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Man facing murder charge has plea bargain option

Joshua Matthew McCoy, facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Gregory Thomas Godsil, has a plea bargain on the table, it was learned in Mohave County Superior Court on Monday.

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Man tortures, sexually assaults wife and her son, KPD reports

Victim reported battery acid being forcibly put into eye

Jerry Gilligan was arrested Saturday after allegedly torturing family members and allegedly making them perform sex acts, the Kingman Police Department reported.

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Failure to appear for jury duty can be expensive

Citizens of Mohave County better think twice before they blow off jury duty if they want to keep money in their wallets.

Council will dig into well injection

Water-saving measure was the least expensive option

The City Council will consider moving forward with the city staff’s recommendation regarding the procurement of design services for the Reclaimed Water Injection Well Project at today’s 5:30 p.m. meeting at Council Chambers, 310 N. Fourth St.

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Missing: Reward increased for information on whereabouts of Joseph Ligori

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s assistance in locating Joseph Daniel Ligori, 38, of Kingman.

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Murder defendant asks for new attorney

“I think my client is no longer satisfied with my services,” Shiflett told Judge Billy Sipe Jr.

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Bulldogs can’t keep 12-point lead

Homecoming ruined for Kingman – again

“That was the worst high school football team I’ve ever seen that drove up here from Phoenix. And we just lost to them."

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Mom turns crisis into career of helping others

mbur Bernal’s daughter began asking why her father wasn’t around. Didn’t he love his child?

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Kingman Veterans’ Court graduates its first participant

There were lots of smiles in a place not usually known for happy endings Wednesday.

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Final preparations get a little hectic for FFA participants

The 70th Annual Mohave County Fair starts today

Members of the Kingman High School Future Farmers of America program were busy Wednesday trucking their animals to the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

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Pain sufferers lament DEA’s decision to deem herb a controlled substance

‘I will fight to the end of this,” says Kingman woman. ‘I owe my life to kratom.’

Amber Munsil has a number of health issues she has to face daily, and part of that process in the past was reaching for opiates to stop the pain.

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Murder in Mohave County

While the Justin Rector case has captured most of the attention, there are four other murder cases pending in Superior Court in Mohave County.

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Form, function keys to rehab at KRMC

If you happen to get injured, the Kingman Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center is ready to get you back up to speed.

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9/11: What it means 15 years later

Miner Reporter Bob Leal visits Beale Street to find out what Kingman thinks

On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.

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Farms’ water use criticized at meeting

An overflow crowd of more than 100 people packed the Hualapai conference room on the campus of Kingman Regional Medical Center on Thursday to learn about the Arizona Water Initiative during a three-hour public meeting.

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Hit and run still pains woman

Damage uncovers gas line deemed too small by city

A car plowed over Violet Matthews’ chain-link fence on her property Aug. 20 and dislodged a gas meter. That’s enough to get a homeowner fired up.

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Backyard grave provides no surprises

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office detectives were told something recently what they already expected.

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Rodeo queen hopefuls prepare for the contest

The Andy Devine Days Rodeo Queen and Rodeo Teen Queen contestants are busy preparing for Saturday’s Pageant Day.

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Exploding rifle injures man at gun range

An overloaded rifle exploded Tuesday morning, resulting in a Kingman man losing two fingers

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Detective reveals murdered Bullhead City girl was sexually assaulted

Murder trial moved to May

A Bullhead City Police detective in a hearing Friday contradicted a long held – and repeatedly reported – aspect of the now-two-year-old murder of 8-year-old Bella Grogan-Cannella, whose partially clad body was discovered in a shallow grave Sept. 2, 2014.

Labor Day: Variety keeps Rowden busy in ER

Brad Rowden said getting into nursing “was the best decision I ever made.” The 32-year-old emergency room nurse at Kingman Regional Medical Center was born and raised in Kingman. He was born at the hospital he now works at.

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Parents question account of events that led to daughter’s death Monday night


The father of a woman who was killed after allegedly pointing a shotgun at a Kingman Police officer didn't hide his raw emotions when interviewed Thursday: “I feel my daughter was murdered,” said Jimmy Phillips. “We want the (expletive) truth.”

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Photo: High-Tech Healing

This machine helps heal wounds and it's available right here in Kingman.

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Skimmers double pain at the pump

“Pain at the Pump” isn’t just referring to the price of fuel these days.

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Residents can quench desire to voice water concerns

ADWR representatives will hold second meeting in Kingman Sept. 8

The Arizona Department of Water Resources will hold a public meeting Sept. 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the campus of Kingman Regional Medical Center.

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Woman brandishing gun shot, killed by officer

Daughter was visiting with parents less than an hour before her death

Timmy and Laurie Phillips learned of the death of their daughter in a hard way, roused from their sleep at 2 a.m. Tuesday by the public address system on a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

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Human remains recovered from back yard dig

After busting up concrete all day Monday in the backyard of a home on East Lass Avenue, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body during the early evening.

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Remains found in Kingman backyard

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body during the early Monday evening.

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Kingman woman shot, killed by officer

A 35-year-old Kingman woman was shot to death Monday night around 10:40 p.m. by a Kingman Police Department officer.

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MCSO jackhammers concrete in search for body

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office trucked in heavy equipment to search the backyard of a home Monday in Kingman in search of a body that is reportedly buried under several feet of concrete.

Gunmen 0-for-2 in attempted robberies

Two attempted armed robberies were reported within a six-hour span Friday morning.

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Hearing for alleged $1.1 million embezzler coming up

Diane Maxine Richards, accused of stealing more $1.1 million dollars from the city of Kingman, will have a case management conference Sept. 20 in Mohave County Superior Court.

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Storage container law ripe for a rewrite

At the Planning and Zoning Commission’s special workshop Wednesday dealing with storage containers, it was decided that the ordinance governing the containers will have to be reworked.

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Mohave ranks 6th in used car affordability

Mohave County ranked sixth in Arizona in affordability of used cars in an analysis by

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K-9 Amigo’s service scheduled for Saturday

End of Watch: August 20, 2016

A public memorial service to honor K-9 Amigo is scheduled Saturday at noon at the Kingman Academy High School, 3420 N. Burbank St.

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Power to the people is about to get more expensive

Electricity bills will go up Sept. 1

Customers will begin paying higher rates for electricity Sept. 1, including a basic service charge of $15 for most residential customers, under updated rates approved Aug. 11 by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Sheriff welcomes new detention officers

Jim McCabe, Mohave County sheriff, congratulated and welcomed a class of nine detention officer graduates Aug. 17.

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St. John’s needs help to help those in Louisiana

St. John’s United Methodist Church is currently gathering supplies to make cleaning buckets for those affected by the flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Values rise, construction crews active as one segment of economy heats up

The real estate market is in healthy shape with modest appreciation, and many new homes are snapped up by buyers very quickly.

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‘Grant’ scams making rounds

Old IRS trick has a new twist, MCSO warns

Crooks continue to target Mohave County residents with new scams and old – and people apparently keep falling for them.

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*Update* - K-9 Amigo hospitalized following hiker rescue

Two stranded hikers were rescued Wednesday in the mountains near White Cliffs, but Kingman Police Department’s K-9 Amigo was not so fortunate.

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Murder victim buried in Kingman backyard

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is poised to begin excavating before the end of August in the backyard of a Kingman home in an effort to recover a reported homicide victim.

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Criticism rains down on airport management

Before a standing-room-only crowd of around 60 people at the council chambers, City Council members heard caustic comments about the management at the Kingman Airport and the perceived lack of productivity there.

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Downtown merchant group seeks development district

The Downtown Merchants Association requested Tuesday at the City Council meeting that the city aid its pursuit to form a downtown development district.