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Doug McMurdo

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MCSO: Man bites father's face in Golden Shores incident

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies say a Golden Shores man attacked his father Saturday evening by biting him several times in the face and upper body.

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Editorial: Rebuilding America’s infrastructure will prove its exceptionalism

President Donald Trump at his first address to Congress on Tuesday said a lot of interesting things, but the one that caught my attention was his call for a trillion-dollar commitment to rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

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Column: Let’s study this study we’re studying

Let’s have a study to tell us how to study the last study we studied.

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Editorial: Heroin smacks Kingman in the face

Like a blitzkrieg, one image invaded my thoughts as I read reporter Aaron Ricca’s summary of the Kingman Police Department’s annual report published in Wednesday’s Daily Miner.

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Inmates raise $30,000 for Special Olympics

Serving others while serving their time, inmates at Arizona State Prison-Kingman raised nearly $30,000 that was donated to the local Special Olympics program.

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City Councilman Mark Abram steps down

Council will appoint someone to fill vacancy

Kingman City Councilman Mark Abram will step down in the middle of his four-year term effective Feb. 24.

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Deputies shoot, kill armed man

A man is dead after he engaged Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies in a gunfight Monday evening in Golden Shores.

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Take A Hike: Kingman's great outdoors is waiting

The worst of Kingman’s winter is over – not that it ever got that bad – and summer’s fiery heat is still more than 100 days away.

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Column: The pot holes are getting old and the state needs to pay up

I suppose it is human nature to complain about potholes

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Man who killed houseguest with hatchet pleads guilty

The man who used a hatchet to kill a houseguest in Kingman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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Man linked to missing women convicted on weapons charges

A Canadian man tied to three missing older women was found guilty of weapons charges.

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Kingman Daily Miner analysis: Delayed Justice

Two young, beautiful lives were taken in horrible tragedies. Justice is waiting.

Nearly two and a half years have passed since Bella Grogan-Cannella’s partially clad body was found in a shallow grave in a Bullhead City wash.

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Column: Quirky and sincere, Kingman is home

Cities, like people, have personalities. Chicago is violent and politically corrupt. New York City is incredibly hectic and obscenely expensive. Vegas is full of vice and other sins.

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US 93 southbound lanes closed at Coyote Hill due to multi-vehicle accident

A traffic accident has prompted authorities to close the southbound lane on U.S. Highway 93 headed up Coyote Hill.

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Column: Think choices don’t count? Ask Sam Bravo and his victim

When Samuel Bravo, Astin Whitesinger and Andrew Granados decided to invade a Kingman home one year ago Friday, I said to myself: These boys are going to be tried as adults and they are going to go to prison.

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A Tale of Two Polygraphs: KPD went where the clues led them in the Sid Cranston case

The Kingman Police Department was on the receiving end of significant criticism for its perceived response to the disappearance of Sidney Cranston Jr. on June 16, 2015.

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*Update* - Golden Valley man faces 11 sex crime charges involving teen

MCSO: Alleged abuse was ongoing

A Golden Valley man has been arrested on nearly a dozen felony charges related to the alleged longtime sexual abuse of a teenager.

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Trooper rescues teenage victim from sex traffickers

Incident occured Jan. 11 on US 93 near Kingman

Thanks to recent training, a Highway Patrol trooper has been credited with the rescue of a 16-year-old California runaway who was allegedly being used in a sex trafficking operation.

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KPD seeks man who allegedly shot Kingman teenager

Incident occurred Dec. 30

Kingman Police are looking for a 19-year-old Mexican citizen who allegedly shot and wounded a 15-year-old Kingman boy at a home in the 3500 block of Wells Street on Dec. 30.

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Column: New council is officially in place, butting heads has begun

The new Kingman City Council is already showing signs of conflict. This is not surprising.

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Golden Valley man dies in collision

GOLDEN VALLEY – A Golden Valley man was killed Wednesday night in a two-car accident on Highway 68.

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KPD: FBI arrests Sidney Cranston's alleged killer

Al Blanco charged with first-degree murder

Deputy Kingman Police Chief Rusty Cooper late Wednesday said Al Blanco has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of Sidney Cranston.

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Column: The cellphone ban one year later – thoughts?

The Miner is preparing to review the city’s year-old ban on cellphone use while driving.

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Editorial: What did we learn in a surreal 2016?

Looks like we made another successful trip around the sun.

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Editorial: Christmas with the grandkids in Kingman, Arizona

The bad news is, my daughter had to have surgery four days before Christmas. The good news is, my grandchildren, ages 7, 6 and 18 months, have been staying with their Gram and me and it has been a blast.

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Editorial: It’s Christmastime. Let’s be kind out there.

The city of Kingman was kind enough to send the Daily Miner a Christmas card. So did Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson.

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Women Making History taking nominations

Theme: ‘Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business’

One of the highlights of every year’s calendar is Kingman’s annual Women Making History awards. Nominations are now open for 2017.

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$1 Billion Flight Plan: Officials: ‘This guy is from ‘The Twilight Zone’’

They didn’t say it in so many words, but officials at the Kingman Airport Authority don’t believe a plan to sell the airport for $1 billion dollars is going to fly.

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Editorial: It’s a RUFFF life, and we’re all to blame

Mohave County should be commended for its rapid response to the Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation no-kill animal sanctuary in Golden Valley this week.

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Most dogs at RUFFF are highly suitable – and incredibly eager – to be adopted

The vast majority of nearly 200 dogs at the troubled Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation were well cared for and are in search of their forever home, according to Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Carter on Friday.

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Trail camera captures image of a second jaguar in Arizona

A U.S. Army trail camera has captured an image of a male jaguar in the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

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Kingman's AZ Evolution Judo team does well at Winter Nationals

Kingman’s AZ Evolution Judo team did the city proud Saturday when members performed at the USJA/USJF Winter Nationals in Azuza, California.

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Editorial: An era ends on the Kingman City Council

Mayor Richard Anderson’s term has ended after an unsuccessful bid for a second two years at the helm. Vice Mayor Carole Young went out on her own terms after serving on the City Council for years.

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One of 4 killed in crash from Kingman

KINGMAN – One of four people killed in a Mohave Valley crash Wednesday was from Kingman, according to the Arizona Highway Patrol.

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Kingman girl killed in ATV accident

An 11-year-old Kingman girl died from injuries she suffered in an ATV accident Wednesday.

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Editorial: Deleted photos tell only half the story

There’s an old saying that suggests when it comes to passion and protest, it all depends on whose ox is being gored.

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Route 66: The Friendship Highway

German couple riding the Mother Road make connection with Kingman women

International friendships are made in the strangest of places. Take, for example, the Amarillo Ranch RV Park in Amarillo, Texas.

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New City Council aims to bring airport authority to the table

The Kingman Airport and Industrial Park and its beleaguered governing body, the Kingman Airport Authority, have been front and center in advance of this year’s city council election.

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Editorial: Post-election Kingman: Winners will have full plates

Today is Sunday, and it is possibly the last quiet day we will see this week.

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Flag protest comes to Kingman

Middle school student says she was mistreated after refusing to stand for Pledge

A Kingman Middle School eighth-grader who refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance and her mother allege the school’s principal and a teacher at the school who also serves as its athletic director were abusive to her.

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Flag protest comes to Kingman - KUSD policy prohibits free speech interference

KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks has made it clear to staff and faculty that students have First Amendment rights.

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Rucker’s withdrawal ends City Council election drama

Mayoral election between Anderson and Gates still up to voters

There will be no Election Day jitters for Kingman City Council candidates Jamie Scott-Stehly and David Wayt.

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Body camera footage released in officer involved shooting (video)

Veteran detective shot in deadly Thursday confrontation

The Kingman Police officer who was shot and wounded in a deadly confrontation while serving a search warrant Thursday has been identified as veteran Detective Dennis Gilbert, 57, who remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

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KPD officer shot, wounded; suspect killed

Officers were serving stolen property warrant at man's home

A Kingman Police officer who was part of a team serving a search warrant regarding stolen property was shot and seriously wounded at a home in the 1700 block of Miami Avenue Thursday morning.

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Editorial: Let’s call the water issue what it is - a crisis

I’ve lived in Arizona for more than four years now and I still can’t figure out how things work.

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Column: Raging against cancer, crying for a sister

She never had a fighting chance.

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Airport contract review ordered by City Council

The City Council came out of closed session at the end of Tuesday’s meeting and directed City Attorney Carl Cooper to find a third-party lawyer who would be tasked with performing an independent review of the city’s contract with the embattled Kingman Airport Authority.

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You can buy this mine for $28 million

Have You Lost Your Mine?

A Mohave County gold mine that hasn’t been in operation since before World War II is on the market for a cool $28 million.

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Man who said he killed friend wants to plead guilty – without an attorney’s help

The man who confessed to murdering his friend – and gave law enforcement officers the location of where he buried the body in the backyard of a Kingman home – told Judge Lee Jantzen on Wednesday that he wants to plead guilty.

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Editorial: The non-candidate in the crosshairs

Members of the Kingman Airport Authority probably feel like they’ve traveled back in time to 1944.