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Thu, Sept. 19


GOLDEN VALLEY - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jayme Lee Headrick, 19, and Christopher Robert Petersen, 25, both of Golden Shores early Thursday morning. Headrick and Petersen were each arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage and resisting arrest. At approximately 1:16 a.m., deputies responded to a burglary in progress at Nucor Steel, 3000 Highway 66. While en route, deputies were advised that individuals were inside the building removing items. Deputies contacted a security guard, who reported that he observed two male individuals cutting and removing copper wire.

As deputies entered the building, they heard a commotion in the northeast corner of the building. Upon conducting a search, deputies observed two male subjects dressed in black clothing bending over and cutting wire. As deputies approached both subjects, they started running and resisted orders to stop. Deputies observed the subjects dropping several burglary tools including utility knives and a ski mask. Deputies followed both subjects down a dead-end narrow corridor where they were taken into custody after a brief struggle. The subjects were identified as Headrick and Petersen. Petersen advised deputies that his mouth was hurting. River Medical responded and transported Petersen to Kingman Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Headrick and Petersen were transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail without further incident. Investigation determined the business to have $5,000 worth of criminal damage. This case remains active and further charges may be pending.

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in multiple vehicle burglaries. Around 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 4536 N. Patsy Drive, to a report of five vehicles being burglarized. The vehicles sustained smashed windows and items were taken from inside. Anyone with any information should contact the MCSO at 753-0755 or Mohave Silent Witness at (888) 227-8780.

KINGMAN - The Kingman Fire Department responded to a report of a garbage fire at a residence in the 1900 block of Jimmy Stewart Drive at 3:42 p.m. on Wednesday. A 51-year-old female, the sole occupant of the residence, was awakened by her neighbor, who reported a fire on her back porch. The woman was able to extinguish the wood bench and plastic garbage can with a garden house. Upon arrival, the six firefighters and duty battalion chief conducted a thermal scan of the burned area and surrounding structures. They were able to determine hot spots in the adjacent wall of the house. After tearing through the stucco on the side of the house, firefighters located and extinguished additional fire inside the wall. The fire caused more than $2,000 in estimated damage, and there were no injuries reported. The woman reported throwing her ashtray into the garbage can, and it is believed to be the cause of the fire, though the investigation continues.

KINGMAN - At about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Kingman Police arrested Nickolas Anthony Gerencser, 19, of Kingman on a felony charge of graffiti and a misdemeanor charge of under age consumption of alcohol. Gerencser was contacted walking in the 3300 block of Rutherford Street, during which time the officer noticed that Gerencser had been drinking alcohol, a KPD release stated. After being taken into custody, it was determined that Gerencser had just created graffiti on a nearby block wall, the release stated. Gerencser is believed to be responsible for numerous other incidents of graffiti, a KPD release stated. The investigation continues. Gerencser was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested Nicholas Freddrick Rye, 20, of Kingman late Tuesday afternoon on two counts of failure to register as sex offender. At about 4:30 p.m., a Mohave County Sheriff's sex offender registration officer contacted Rye in the 3200 block of Stockton Hill Road. The officer determined that Rye was in violation of failing to register as a sex offender in two cases by failing to have his address records updated with MCSO and failing to have his driver's license updated. Rye was taken into custody without incident. He was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail.

KINGMAN - Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single vehicle injury accident that occurred in the 4000 block of Window Rock Road late Tuesday afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m., deputies responded to the scene where a 1992 Honda Accord rolled over and the occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Michael Scott Bartmus, 29, of Lake Havasu City drove the vehicle, while Kimberly Jean Gronskei, 36, of Kingman was the passenger. Native Air and Omni Flight airlifted Bartmus and Gronskei to University Medical Center in Las Vegas where they are both currently listed in critical condition. The accident remains under investigation and speed may have been a factor, an MCSO release stated. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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