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Grand jury indicts parents of slain Bullhead City girl

A Bullhead City murder led to more arrests for drugs and other offenses

A Bullhead City murder led to more arrests for drugs and other offenses

KINGMAN - The mother, grandmother and stepfather of Bella Grogan-Cannella, the 8-year-old Bullhead City girl who was murdered and buried in a shallow grave Sept. 2, were indicted on eight unrelated felony drug counts Thursday when the Mohave County Grand Jury convened.

The investigation following Grogan-Cannella's strangulation and the arrest of the man accused of killing her led police to suspect her mother, Tania Ann Grogan, 29, stepfather Ralph Pat Leroy Folster III, 28, and Folster's mother, 59-year-old Freddie Lynn Nicholson, were involved in drug activity at their home in the 2400 block of Lakeside Drive.

Grogan surrendered as soon as police arrived at about 5 p.m. Oct. 15, but Folster refused to exit the home. Instead, he reportedly climbed through the attic and into the home of his neighbor, Jaime Medrano, 27, who allegedly allowed him to hide in his half of the duplex as police stood outside.

Medrano was also indicted Thursday, as was Niki Elizabeth Fox, 21, who allegedly called 911 during the standoff and falsely reported an officer had been shot at a nearby gas station in an attempt to pull police away from Folster.

A man who has not been identified also called 911 to falsely report a second officer had been shot at a local motel.

The crime that brought police attention to the home shook the entire region. Justin James Rector, 26, is accused of first-degree murder and other crimes in Grogan-Cannella's death.

Her mother is also under investigation for allegedly supplying methamphetamine to Rector, who will next be in court today.

Grogan, Folster and Nicholson were indicted on a charge of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs (methamphetamine), five counts of sales of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine).

They will be arraigned at the Mohave County jail at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The cases were assigned to Judge Derrick Carlisle.

Fox and Medrano were indicted on a felony charge of first-degree hindering prosecution and two misdemeanor counts of false reporting. Fox was additionally indicted on a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest after she allegedly fought with Bullhead City officers who arrested her Oct. 16.

Judge Steven Conn was assigned the cases.

All arraignments will occur at the jail unless otherwise noted. The grand jury also indicted:

• Lom Ong Sim: Aggravated assault by domestic violence.

Judge Lee Jantzen will arraign him at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12.

• Ismaell Ramao, Donte Marshall Hardaway and Dwight Antwon Hardaway: Second-degree money laundering.

Conn will arraign Ramos and Dwight Hardaway at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3. Donte Hardaway will be arraigned Friday at the jail. Conn was assigned his case, as well.

• Mark Allen Ireland: Second-degree burglary, theft, criminal damage, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Carlisle was assigned the case.

• Donald Ray Weeks: Eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Jantzen was assigned the case.

• Sergio Armando Gonzalez: Possession of dangerous drugs for sale (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misconduct involving weapons.

Jantzen was assigned the case.

• William C.E. Thompson: Failure to register as a sex offender.

Carlisle was assigned the case.

• Justin Anthony Gallo: Two counts of shoplifting as a third offense, organized retail theft, unlawful possession, use or alteration of a retail sales receipt or UPC label, and attempted shoplifting as a third offense.

Jantzen was assigned the case.

• Yvonne Lammon-Strine: transportation of marijuana for sale (more than two pounds), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine).

Carlisle will arraign her at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

• Alejandro Antonio Amaro: Unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended driver's license.

Conn was assigned the case.

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