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Plea withdrawn, prison ordered for Havasu man

LAKE HAVASU CITY – A Lake Havasu City man offered a new wrinkle to his request to withdraw from his guilty plea in a child pornography case before he was sentenced to prison Tuesday, May 21. Casey Cassidy, 30, pleaded guilty to two of the charges while six other sexual exploitation of a minor counts were […]

Hoarder pleads guilty to mistreatment of animals

KINGMAN – Two protesters picketed outside the Mohave County Law and Justice Center as an alleged animal hoarder appeared for a change of plea hearing in downtown Kingman. The plea finally entered on Tuesday, May 21 came after a number of delays last year when Bette Fuschel, 78, claimed difficulty in arranging transportation from Dolan Springs. […]

Willard pleads guilty to firing upon EMTs

KINGMAN – A Kingman man admits firing upon public safety officials who responded to his medical emergency call at his home last fall. Steven Willard, 67, pleaded guilty Friday, May 17 to two counts of aggravated assault. Terms of the plea deal dismiss two attempted murder counts and a prohibited weapon possession charge. Deputy Mohave […]

Jones acquitted in sex offense case

KINGMAN – A young man facing possible life behind bars instead gained freedom when a Mohave County Superior Court jury acquitted him at his sex offense trial in Kingman Wednesday morning, May 15. Keith Jones, 22, was charged with five counts each of sexual assault and sexual conduct with a minor for alleged activity with […]

Avila extradited to face charges in 2022 double homicide

KINGMAN – The arraignment of defendants in criminal court proceedings is most commonly mundane, ministerial and uneventful. It was no different when Daniel Avila finally made his first local court appearance on May 16, nearly two years after he allegedly killed a Kingman area couple. Avila, 26, El Mirage, faces prosecution for the June 27, 2022 […]

Wellington takes plea in traffic fatality case

KINGMAN – A Kingman woman faces more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty in a deadly traffic accident on Thursday, May 16. Liana Wellington, 35, will be convicted of manslaughter and aggravated driving while impaired. Authorities said Wellington was speeding and intoxicated when the Nissan Altima she was operating struck a Kia Soul that […]

Vehicle Theft Prevention event is May 16  

BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Police Department will be hosting a free Vehicle Theft Prevention & Awareness event, where officers will provide free VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Etching. The etching equipment was provided by the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) to help law enforcement agencies reduce stolen vehicles.    “VIN etching is chemically etching […]

Machete-wielding man apprehended

BULLHEAD CITY – On May11 at around 5:55 p.m., police arrested Anthony Adams Spinharney, 42, at Rotary Park for aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument and disorderly conduct with a dangerous instrument. It was reported that Spinharney (for unknown reasons) started recklessly waving a machete style knife near the skate park area, while walking toward […]

Jones sex-offense trial underway

KINGMAN – Attorney’s agree that there are no videos, eye witnesses or physical evidence to present, and that credibility assessments will prove key in what they call a “he-sad/she-said” sex offense trial that began Monday at the Law and Justice Center in Kingman. Keith Jones, 22, is charged with five counts each of sexual assault […]

Hearing continued for alleged bank robbers

KINGMAN – Two men charged with the armed robbery of a Kingman bank made separate local court appearances on Friday, May 10. Mario Fragassi, 53, Golden Valley, and Christopher Ayala, 49, California, are held in the Adult Detention Center awaiting trial. Authorities allege Fragassi robbed the Hualapai Mountain Road branch of Mission Bank on Feb. […]

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