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County RoundUp: Thursday, December 23, 2010

From the Mohave Daily News

The attorney for a Bullhead City man accused of killing his infant son is asking for more details from the autopsy report. Jonathan Edward Vandergriff, 24, and Staci Lynn Barbosa, 19, of Bullhead City are charged with first-degree murder, child abuse by domestic violence, sexual assault of a minor under the age of 15 and sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15. Vandergriff's Tucson attorney, Creighton Cornell, filed a motion in court Tuesday asking for a more detailed autopsy report on the child saying that the current report did not include an exam of the child's brain or retinas. He also requested that the court make sure that the child's body be preserved. Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips said he was willing to provide any evidence that was available from the Clark County Medical Examiner's office. Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle asked why Cornell had waited two months to bring the issue to the attention of the court. He reminded Cornell that the deadline to ask for a medical expert to look at the file was nearing. Barbosa was arrested on June 15 after she brought her infant son Matthew to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center with severe bruises, broken ribs, a broken femur, swollen eyes and signs of malnutrition, dehydration, shaken baby syndrome and sexual abuse. Matthew later died at a Las Vegas hospital. Vandergriff turned himself into police later that same day. Vandergriff could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murder. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. Barbosa is being held on a $250,000 bond.

A Bullhead City man has pled guilty to killing a great blue heron. Edwin Jess, 78, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and taking out of season. He was fined $480. Witnesses said they saw Jess attack a heron at the RiverView RV Resort and Golf Club with a golf club on Dec. 3.

From Bullhead City

Bullhead City has announced that City Clerk Diane Heilmann will retire in June. The city is already starting the search for her replacement. Heilmann worked in the banking field in California for 30 years and was employed by Bullhead City's Finance Department in 1997. She was promoted to deputy city clerk in 1998 and then appointed city clerk in 2000. On top of keeping and managing the city's official records and fulfilling public records requests, the city clerk administers city elections, keeps the minutes of city council meetings, attests to all city documents, records official documents, administers oaths and affirmations, publishes legal notices, and posts public meeting announcements as required by law. "This is a vital position for the city and we would like to have someone selected before Diane leaves so she can show them the ropes," said Human Resources Manager Kristy Brusso. Recruiting for a new city clerk will begin the first of the year. Heilmann agreed to stay on through the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. Beginning in July, she has other plans. "I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and travelling," Heilmann said. Applications for the position will be reviewed starting on Feb. 25. For more information about this, or any job opportunities with Bullhead City, contact the Bullhead City Human Resources Department at (928) 763-9400. Employment information, available jobs, descriptions and applications are also available at


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