County RoundUp: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
From the Bullhead City Police Department
The MAGNET (Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team) served five narcotic search warrants last week in Bullhead City. On Dec. 7 at approximately 7:15 a.m., Bullhead City narcotics detectives served a search warrant in the 1,000 block of Holly Street. Marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. The residents, Michael Daniel James Hambly, 28, and Lisa Alice Marin, 39, were both arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Dec. 8, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations assisted the U.S. Postal Service with a suspicious package investigation. The package had a fictitious return address and an odor of marijuana. Inside the package, police discovered it contained several marijuana buds that were hidden inside a stuffed animal toy. The suspect, Anthony M. Sines, 60, was arrested at his home in the 500 block of Silver Lane, which was the same address on the package. The narcotics division searched Sines' house and discovered a sophisticated marijuana "grow" room containing 29 marijuana plants, grow lamps, other cultivation tools and drug paraphernalia items. Sines was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Dec. 9 at approximately 4:30 a.m., MAGNET detectives served three simultaneous search warrants. Four people were arrested at a home in the 1,700 block of Copper way in Mohave Valley after police located methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia items and two guns within close proximity to the drugs. Ronald James Poucher, 53, and his wife, Donna Jean Clark, 47, were both arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons. Kindall Dion Clark, 18, and Amber Nicole Davis, 23, were also arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two people were arrested at a home in the 1,700 block of Plantation Road in Mohave Valley after police located methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia items and 11 firearms. Rachael Lynn Campbell, 32, and her husband, Robert Eugene Campbell, 38, were both arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office SWAT team assisted in the entry of a search warrant at a home in the 10,000 block of Copper Lane in Mohave Valley. Kenneth Gene Ranes, 43, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
From the Mohave
A California man has been acquitted of two felony charges and found guilty of one misdemeanor charge in the 2007 death of a 10-year-old girl on the Colorado River near Topock. A jury in a San Bernardino County Superior Court found Michael Scott Brandon, 50, not guilty of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and willful cruelty to a child resulting in the possibility of injury or death. He was found guilty of misdemeanor reckless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
On Aug. 4, 2007, Brandon was operating a v-hull boat near the Interstate 40 bridge on the Colorado River near Topock. He crashed head-on into a deck-style boat carrying 10 people at 30 to 35 mph. Four people, including Brandon, were injured in the crash, and Sara Margiotta of Temucula, Calif. received serious head injuries. She later died of those injuries.
Brandon's blood alcohol level was measured at 0.211 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
A judge sentenced Brandon on Dec. 10 to 30 days in jail and three years of probation. As part of his sentence, he will have to attend a rehabilitation center, an alcohol abuse program and take boating safety classes starting Feb. 1.
From the Today's News Herald
The Bureau of Land Management has received more than 1,400 comments on an environmental study that is designed to create a travel management plan for BLM land in the Lake Havasu area. The plan will detail which off-road trails in the area will be open, closed or receive limited traffic. The plan covers BLM land starting south of Interstate 40 to five to seven miles north of the Bill Williams River. Several groups have raised concerns that too many trails are being closed for the wrong reasons. The comment period for the study has been extended to Feb. 28. People interested in finding out more about the study can contact BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Ramone McCoy at (928) 505-1264 or visit www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/lake_havasu_field.html. Comments can be e-mailed to email@example.com.