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‘Enormous amount’ of discovery for Dollar General burglary suspect

Francis William Allison, who is facing more than 30 felony counts in connection with a number of alleged burglaries and robberies throughout the Kingman area, appeared for a pretrial conference before Judge Billy Sipe on Tuesday.

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Plea deal or trial date for Angel Miguel Bravo

Bravo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, and with assisting a criminal street gang, both felonies.

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Cellphone records examined in murder trial

One primary area of focus in the murder trial of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco involves pinning down the locations for the cellphones of the defendant and the man he is alleged to have killed, Sidney Cranston Jr., on the day of the latter’s disappearance.

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City receives grant for WWII radio tower

Council at its last meeting accepted a $10,000 State Historic Preservation Office pass-through grant to help complete a historic preservation plan for the airport’s airfield flight tower that dates back to World War II.

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Defense questions FBI interviews in Blanco murder trial

FBI testimonies and readings of interview transcripts were some of the primary focuses in the trial of accused murderer Alfredo Gerardo Blanco this past week.

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Soil from truck Blanco used could only be from two places, witness testifies

Wednesday’s testimonies in the trial of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco came from Mohave County Search and Rescue and Kingman Police Department personnel, and the owner of a jewelry store who the state alleges was sold two rings belonging to Sidney Cranston by the defendant.

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Blanco's defense argues real estate agent's death was an accident

Robin Puchek, Blanco’s attorney, provided his opening statements regarding what he said “the defense believes is the most important evidence for you to consider in this case,” he told the jury.

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State contends in opening arguments that Blanco killed real estate agent

The state’s interpretation of the alleged actions of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco were laid out by prosecuting attorney Bob Moon during opening statements Tuesday afternoon.

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Blanco trial kicks off with jury selection

The first-degree murder trial of Alfredo Gerardo Blanco kicked off with jury selection Tuesday, following a mistrial in September and a trial continuance in November.

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State alleges dangerous offenses for Dollar General robbery suspect

Anthony Scott Axton, who is facing numerous felony charges in relation to a number of burglaries and robberies throughout the area, had pretrial conferences Monday for seven of the cases in which he is a defendant.

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Lee Williams students raise the (handle) bar for community service

Youth helping youth

“We were looking for a community project, and we looked at a bike and said, ‘We could do bikes,’” said Gabe Owiesny, CTSO vice president.

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Things to know for Tuesday’s Council meeting

City Council will discuss multiple agreements and contracts for street and drainage projects, as well as amended plans for Kingman Crossing Boulevard, at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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County Korean War Veterans Association closes its doors

For 13 years the Korean War Veterans Association of Mohave County has served not only veterans but the community as a whole, but due to a decline in membership, held its final meeting Jan. 5 before closing its doors.

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Veteran housing project gets necessary rezone

The City Planning and Zoning Commission saw no shortage of public comment for a rezone request that will allow for the development of 49 residential units for veteran occupancy.

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Property rezone off Slaughterhouse Canyon Road denied

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the rezone at its November meeting.

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Caution: Rough roads ahead for Kingman

Plaunty explained City streets sit in the 25th percentile when compared with other cities utilizing the same street-mapping service as Kingman, which has a pavement condition index rating of 42. The average is 69, and that index runs from zero to 100.

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Point-in-Time survey paints picture of Mohave County homelessness

The survey also helps to identify homeless veterans, for whom there are numerous assistance programs.

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Accused Vegas Uber carjacker has plea agreement rejected

However, before he was willing to approve the plea agreement, the judge instructed the state to justify why the charges to which Williams-Gardner agreed to plead guilty were dropped to non-dangerous designations.

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Budget talks: City streets in jeopardy

Council and community members in attendance at Tuesday’s budget work session heard news about the City’s financial and infrastructural positions that ranged from good to concerning.

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Kingman opens newest dog park at Centennial Park

Centennial Bark

The dog park at Centennial Park, 3333 Harrison St., located by the outfield at field No. 7 on North Burbank Street, is officially open to the public and their pets.

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County supervisors award contract for law and justice center

Funding for the project comes from a quarter-cent sales tax, $450,000 from court fees and $308,221 from sales of Mohave County properties.

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Ketchner seeks trial before new judge

Darrell Bryant Ketchner, charged with the first-degree murder of Ariel Allison and convicted of attempted murder of Allison’s mother, Jennifer, is seeking to have his trial moved from the courtroom of Judge Rick Lambert.

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Council targets budget in upcoming work session

Council will begin the daunting task of reevaluating the budget in light of the passage of the Responsible Sales and Use Tax Act and the repeal of the 1 percent tax increase at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Kingman Police Department, 2730 E. Andy Devine Ave.

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Be a VIP for KPD: Volunteers in policing free up department resources, save money

There are many cogs in the wheel of local law enforcement with each doing its part to help keep the community safe, and from administrative duties to property watches, there’s one group of volunteers Kingman Police Department Chief Bob DeVries calls the “unsung heroes.”

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5 things to know | Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider multiple agreements, contracts and leases, including a contract regarding the Golden Valley Improvement District No. 1, at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Festival of the Arts calling artists, crafters and vendors

While the 2019 Festival of the Arts, a local Mother’s-Day weekend tradition, doesn’t take place until May, organizers are getting a jump start in calling for artists, crafters and other vendors interested in participating.

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Law enforcement nabs 7 for DUI over New Year

“Hopefully, the strong law enforcement presence that night made potential drunk drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel,” Mortensen said.

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Courthouse construction bid to go before County supervisors

At Monday’s meeting, Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider awarding a construction contract for the Mohave County Law and Justice Center to Johnson Carlier LLC of Tempe.

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Meteors come to Kingman skies

“It is going to be a good year because the moon is going to be such a small slice that the skies will be dark,” said Ron Nyberg of the High Desert Astronomy Club. “So that is definitely going to make them look brighter.”

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Here are nine important local stories to look forward to in 2019

Stories started in 2018 haven’t had an ending, they are just the beginning for what’s to come in 2019.

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Sales tax drops 1 percent Jan. 1

Receipt totals from businesses tacking on sales and use taxes will drop slightly come next month, as the tax will revert back to pre-November 2017 rates starting the first of the year.

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‘No giving up or turning back’ for local volunteers assisting Camp Fire victims

“In less than 60 seconds, she took her birds and her pets and put them in her bathroom and said goodbye. And then ran for her life.”

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Orozco shooting suspect’s bond reduced by $100,000

As of Wednesday, Richardson was being held on a $250,000 bond. His attorney, Robin Puchek, cited multiple reasons for why the bond should be lowered.

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Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum provides opportunity for ‘something extremely special’

With the influx of vehicles at the museum, Wilde believes Kingman has a “great opportunity here to do something extremely special.”

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Making Spirits Bright

“Our very favorite thing to do is help God put broken families back together,” Weaver said.

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Senior Angel Tree receives $10,000 in donations

The Senior Corps Program and the City of Kingman have collaborated to help give seniors a merry and gift-filled Christmas for more than a decade, and this year handed out 85 gifts with a total value of about $10,000.

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Hualapais could see Christmas Day snow

The forecast for Christmas Day in Kingman shows a chance of rain, but that precipitation could mean snow for the Hualapai Mountains.

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Attentive, patient drivers arrive safely at their destinations

Whether traveling cross country to grandmother’s house or just to the other side of town for holiday celebrations, the first step to enjoying time with friends and family is ensuring safe arrival at your destination.

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Accused Uber carjacker could withdraw guilty pleas

A continuance was issued in the judgement and sentencing of Aveyon Lashawn Nevitt, charged with multiple felonies in relation to the alleged carjacking of a Las Vegas Uber driver, as the defendant expressed interest in withdrawing from his plea agreement.

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Council presented with conceptual downtown improvement plan

“The old benches are seeing some wear and tear, and the trash containers are a little tough to get things in and out of, and they’re getting a little beat up, too,” he said.

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Free photos with Santa at Primp My Pet

Most people don’t have the time or resources to travel to the North Pole for face time with Santa, but luckily for Kingman, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at Primp My Pet, 217 E. Andy Devine Ave., from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday.

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Beale Street Theater presents ‘Scrooge the Musical’

“Beale Street Theater is doing an amazing job with this show,” Scaff said. “We’ve got a great cast, we’ve got a great director and assistant director, we’ve got amazing music. This show’s coming along, I think it’s going to be one of the best ones Beale Street Theater has done.”

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Kingman Crossing Boulevard could see lanes reduction

Ron Foggin, City manager, echoed the statement that the roadway could be extended to five lanes in the future by those choosing to develop along Kingman Crossing Boulevard.

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Suspect in Walmart cash in luggage case facing charge carrying a mandatory prison sentence

Jeremiah Grant Peacey, facing charges for an alleged theft of a cash-filled suitcase at Walmart, was arraigned Wednesday in Mohave County Superior Court for two additional counts including theft of more than $100,000.

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Warrant issued in pro-Prop 413 signage theft

Cooper said the department identified him “fairly early on” by utilizing footage from surveillance cameras that showed a suspect similar to Galynski’s description and that of his vehicle.

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Kingman Community Advisory Board aids youth-serving programs

The Kingman Junior Police Academy, which will enter into its 13th year this summer, was awarded $1,000.

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Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers for Christmas

After gifts have been opened and before dinner preparations begin this Christmas, share in the spirit of the season by volunteering to give someone else a holiday full of cheer and a stomach full of turkey, ham and mashed potatoes.

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Bringing about positive change through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

EAP is experiential therapy, meaning that the activities associated with it involve actually doing something so as to evoke emotions.

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Readers’ Choice honors businesses with free awards

Winners are chosen based on community input, and are not required to pay any kind of fee to receive the award.

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Kingman Railroad Museum spreads locomotive knowledge to younger generations

“Trains are just magical,” Spurlock said. “If we can get younger children access to them, hopefully that love of trains and hobby will continue.”