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Crimes & Fires for August 2, 2005

Fire damages mobile home

GOLDEN VALLEY ­ Fire damaged a single-wide mobile home early this morning, but resulted in no injuries.

About 2:12 a.m., five units and nine personnel from the Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the call in the 3000 block of Heber Road, division Chief Neal Bellew said.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the south end of the home fully involved. They used 250 gallons of water to knock down flames.

Residents escaped safely, although Bellew could not say how many people were at home. Several animals perished.

The south end of the residence sustained flame damage and the entire structure suffered smoke damage, he said.

An investigation is under way, but Bellew said the fire was believed electrically caused. There was no immediate dollar estimate available of damage.

Man facing multiple charges

KINGMAN ­ Kingman Police arrested Juan Javier Ortiz, 26, of Kingman on Saturday night on multiple felony charges.

An officer observed a Hispanic male, later identified as Ortiz, carrying a duffel bag near Andy Devine Avenue and Harrison Street, Sgt. Wes Bauer of the KPD said.

When the officer tried to contact the subject, he allegedly began running toward the railroad tracks and discarded the bag. The suspect ran into an occupied mobile home in the 2400 block of Chambers Street. Permission to search the residence was granted by the owner, and Ortiz was found hiding under a mattress in a bedroom.

The duffel bag was recovered and found to contain a loaded 20-gauge shotgun with a sawed off barrel.

A records check revealed Ortiz to be a prohibited possessor of firearms. Several felony probation violation warrants were found, along with two misdemeanor warrants for failure to pay fines.

Ortiz was booked into Mohave County Jail on the warrants plus felony charges of misconduct involving weapons and criminal trespassing.

Fire calls

Kingman ­ One fire alarm and eight medical calls.

Hualapai Valley ­ Two brush fires, a public assist and three medical calls.

Golden Valley ­ Two hazardous conditions (downed power lines) and five medical calls.

Pinion Pine ­ Two non-injury accidents.

Valle Vista ­ One power pole fire and one medical call.

Inland Valley ­ One brush fire.


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