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March, 2019

  • 15 March

    Mosley’s traffic ticket to become precedent-setting

    Mosley’s case is unique in Arizona history He alleges via his two attorneys “selective prosecution” Blames “media storm” created after Parker Live broke story County Attorney quotes Thomas Jefferson and says Mosley must be held accountable Former state representative Paul Mosley appeared in court Friday with two attorneys arguing that legislative immunity prevents him from being prosecuted for his March …

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  • 15 March

    Trump signs La Paz County Land Conveyance Act

    President Donald Trump has signed a piece of legislation that will allow the sale of 6,000 acres of federal land to La Paz County, Arizona for solar energy development purposes. The legislation was part of a larger legislative package that had been championed by members of Congress from Arizona, and is intended to pave the way for a solar energy …

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  • 14 March

    Girl Scout from Parker sold the most cookies – 4,043

    A Girl Scout from Parker has been recognized for selling the most cookies in Central and Northern Arizona. 3TV covered Maddie’s success HERE. Maddie Dunlap, 11, sold 4,043 boxes of Girl Scout cookies between January 21st and March 3rd, making her the top cookie seller. In addition, the Parker troop, Troop 1892, was the top troop in the region. They …

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  • 13 March

    COLUMN: The desert is beautiful right now

    I’m sitting at my laptop still shaking off some of the rain that’s been falling lately. This year we’ve had quite a lot of rain, and I suspect there’s still more to come. Who knows, maybe even later today? But there’s a wonderful benefit to all this rain, and that’s a very green desert. It’s amazing to look at our …

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  • 7 March

    Former County Attorney alleges corruption of former officials

    False letters, hidden settlements, personal agendas: it’s all in a notice of claim filed by former La Paz County Attorney Glenn Buckelew, who alleges corruption on the part of his former colleagues. Buckelew filed the notice of claim for what he says was wrongful termination, which he says came after he had been looking into corrupt and illegal practices involving …

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  • 5 March

    Freeman case to go to trial

    Aaron Freeman is going to trial after he rejected the latest settlement offer in his murder case. He is charged with the murder of his 3 year-old daughter. Freeman, 26, was ready to sign a previous settlement back in December, but Judge Matthew Newman rejected it, calling it a “pretty sweet deal” and ultimately saying it wasn’t a deal he …

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  • 1 March

    140 pounds of meth seized on I-10

    Quartzsite Police Department and La Paz County Narcotics Task Force K9 seized 140 pounds of methamphetamine on Sunday on Interstate 10. The officer and a K9 handler were working an interdiction detail on the highway together, and conducted a traffic stop on 27 year-old Gabriel Vanier-Pop. According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, the stop was a typical traffic …

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February, 2019

  • 28 February

    Man arrested for possession of stolen vehicle

    A man was arrested in Big River, CA on Wednesday for possession of a vehicle that had been reported missing from Parker, AZ. At 8:44 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station responded to the 6700 block of Rio Vista Drive in Big River to assist fire department personnel with and unconscious male sitting in …

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  • 12 February

    Man goes to prison for using video cables to strangle victim to death

    A former Parker man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder. Larson Namow Burns, 29, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for strangling a male victim in January 2018 and inflicting “several blows with a blunt object”, according to …

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January, 2019

  • 31 January

    BLM to conduct burns during February

    The Bureau of Land Management Lake Havasu Field Office will conduct prescribed burning in Parker, during the month of February, as weather conditions allow. The burn area is located seven miles northeast of Parker and a half-mile west of Parker Dam Road near Crossroads, on the California side of the Colorado River. “The removal and controlled burning of vegetation piles …

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  • 29 January

    Paul Mosley’s lawyer faces ethics complaints in legislature

    A lawyer and politician representing ousted Arizona State Representative Paul Mosley is facing multiple ethics complaints himself this week in the state legislature. Mosley (left), Stringer (right) The complaints against Mosley’s fellow legislator David Stringer, a Republican from Prescott, stem from accusations of racism and the recent revelation that Stringer was apparently charged with possession of child pornography in 1983 …

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  • 27 January

    Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Ehrenberg

    A Yucca Valley man with multiple outstanding felony warrants was shot dead by cops in Ehrenberg Thursday. Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and a La Paz County deputy shot and killed Christian Albarran, 26, in Ehrenberg on Thursday afternoon. The incident began earlier in the day, when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Albarran driving near Dumosa Avenue and …

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  • 18 January

    Parker man charged with child molestation, victim alleges preferential treatment

    A Parker man was charged last summer with sexual conduct with his grandchild, who is now asking Parker Live why her grandfather is not in jail and why public records of the case are unavailable. Harold Smith, 69, is a former reserve law enforcement officer in Parker and retired employee of the State of Arizona, according to the victim’s dad Micah, …

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  • 18 January

    CRIT passes water ordnance

    Update: Referendum passed. Original story below. — Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes will vote Saturday on an ordnance that would open a path to pursuing lucrative water leasing opportunities. Much of CRIT’s substantial rights to Colorado River water are not being used, so even a small portion of its total entitlement would be very valuable, with potentially tens …

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  • 10 January

    Town of Wenden celebrates new water plant, eliminates plastic bottles

    With accessible clean drinking water a hot global issue, the residents of Wenden, Arizona can now confidently quench their thirst. For many years, residents of the small town in rural La Paz County hesitated to drink the tap water, due to its high fluoride content and spikes in arsenic levels that required further drilling and a state-mandated Fluoride and Arsenic …

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  • 9 January

    Sheriff approved for new patrol computers

    The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has authorized the Sheriff’s Department to spend $265,000 on new computers for patrol vehicles that will bring the department’s hardware up-to-date. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the existing machines are aging, approaching the end of their product life cycle by the end of the year and unable to perform many of the tasks …

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  • 7 January

    Viewfinder: Judges Quickle and Dyer sworn in

    Jessica Quickle was sworn in as the new Judge of the La Paz County Superior Court and Tiffany Dyer was sworn in as the new Judge of the Parker Justice Court Monday. District 2 County Supervisor Duce Minor led the oath ceremony for Judge Quickle, and Quickle then led the ceremony for Judge Dyer, along with re-elected Precinct 5 Judge …

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  • 3 January

    COLUMN: A funny thing happened on my way to the new year

    This is my first column of the new year, or perhaps I should say ‘a’ new year, since they seem to come around quicker and quicker as I get older. But there’s one thing that never seems to get old and that’s the word ‘new’. This makes sense of course, since ‘new’ is the opposite of ‘old’, isn’t it? But …

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  • 3 January

    To The Editor: Is this traffic light acting weird?

    Happy New Year, everybody! Let’s start 2019 off right, by trying to answer a question from a reader: “One of the green lights was out at the junction of 95 at the Sandbar. Since it was repaired, the default green light has been changed to the traffic that crosses the highway on to the river road! Am I the only …

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December, 2018

  • 29 December

    Things you may have missed: Parker Live in 2018

    We’ve had lots of big-hitting content on Parker Live in the last year. Our audience keeps growing and it was our largest year ever! So, in case you missed anything, these are just some of the things that we covered in 2018. (Text in blue link to the original stories.) — 1. Justice for Cynthia A Parker man and woman …

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  • 17 December

    WATCH: Former Sheriff drives wrong truck away

    A former Sheriff of La Paz County, AZ got into the wrong truck and drove it away Wednesday before realizing his mistake and bringing it back. Hal Collett had been visiting Spanky’s RV & Marine retail store in Parker, AZ when he exited the store and got into a truck similar to his own, a silver Ford pickup truck. The …

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  • 13 December

    Sheriff’s Department okayed to buy 7 patrol vehicles

    The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has authorized the purchase of 7 used Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicles. The vehicles, which are used law enforcement-equipped Chevys, are being sold by the City of Avondale, AZ, which usually rotates vehicles out at around 60,000 to 70,000 miles, according to Lieutenant Richard Epps. “The City of Avondale told me they serviced them …

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  • 13 December

    Part-owner of Parker Pioneer engaged in offbeat divorce battle

    A part-owner of the Parker Pioneer and Today’s News-Herald is engaged in an offbeat public court battle which involves allegations of poisoning. AP photos According to an Associated Press story, Joseph Soldwedel of Prescott has been using his newspaper to publicize his allegations that his wife of 8 years, Felice, tried to poison him. Prosecutors have cleared Felice of any …

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  • 11 December

    Explore La Paz County Wednesday at Casino

    Explore La Paz County at the Tourism Expo Wednesday, December 12th from 9am to 3pm at BlueWater Resort & Casino. Admission is free. Learn about all the fun activities across La Paz County. The Tourism Expo is brought to you by the La Paz Regional Tourism team, the Colorado River Indian Tribes and BlueWater Resort & Casino. For more information …

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  • 11 December

    Judge rejects child death plea bargain

    La Paz County Superior Court Judge Matthew Newman chose not to accept a plea deal offered Tuesday to a man who stands accused of killing his own 3 year-old daughter through child abuse. Aaron Freeman, 25, had a pen in his hand and was about to sign the agreement when Newman interjected from the bench. “Well, let me stop you …

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  • 7 December

    Mosley says he wants a trial

    Arizona State Representative Paul Mosley told the Parker Justice Court Thursday that he intends to take the misdemeanor excessive speed case resulting from his now infamous traffic stop to trial. Mosley’s attorney David Stringer, one of his fellow legislators, told the court he thinks the matter is more complex than a simple excessive speed case. Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, …

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  • 5 December

    WINNERS: 12 Days of Christmas!

    Here are the winners from KLPZ’s 12 Days of Christmas! Well done and happy new year from KLPZ / Parker Live. — $150 cash / $50 gas card – Patricia Jones (A Toe Truck) DeWalt 12″ Cordless Chainsaw – Steve Perry (Ocotillo Lodge – Bouse) Super Ultimate Hot Wheels Garage – Selena Carrillo (Parker Accounting Services) Kidkraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen …

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  • 5 December

    COLUMN: A 300-mile pilgrimage

    If you’re a long time reader of this column you might remember that in the fall of 2016 I talked about walking the first 200 miles of an ancient Christian pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago. What I didn’t say in that article was that I was nearly positive that I was through with the Camino. I wouldn’t be going back …

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November, 2018

  • 30 November

    Suicidal man in motorhome dies after standoff

    A standoff with an elderly man threatening suicide ended with the man firing at cops and dying by gunfire, according to law enforcement. On Wednesday morning at around 8:50 a.m., the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department and La Paz County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Lazy D mobile home park in Parker, AZ after a call about a man …

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  • 24 November

    Boat crashes into both shores, two sent to hospital

    A boat crashed into both the Arizona and California sides of the Colorado River north of Parker, AZ on Friday evening, sending two occupants to hospital. According to law enforcement, the pontoon boat was traveling southbound on the Arizona side of the Parker Strip south of the Keys II subdivision, when it struck a rocky peninsula. The occupants were thrown …

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  • 15 November

    PHOTOS: Car ploughed through memorabilia store and into a church

    A speeding driver hit an SUV carrying 3 children at a major intersection in Parker before ploughing through the front of a memorabilia retail store, out a side wall and into the front of a unit that houses a church and its thrift store. Eyewitnesses told Parker Live that the vehicle, a white sedan, was coming through the town of …

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  • 14 November

    Jessica Quickle to be next Superior Court Judge

    Defense attorney Jessica Quickle will be the next Judge of the La Paz County Superior Court after a close race was decided with additional votes counted over a week after election day. At the end of the final unofficial tally, transmitted to the Secretary of State Wednesday night, 24 votes separated Quickle from her opponent. Quickle has a total of …

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  • 12 November

    Tribe offers State of Arizona fallow deal worth $37.5m

    The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has offered the State of Arizona a deal in which they would agree to fallow enough land to save a total of 150,000 acre-feet of water in exchange for $37.5 million over 3 years. With water levels continuing to drop toward a ‘shortage’ declaration at Lake Mead, the state has been meeting with stakeholders …

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  • 6 November

    Key La Paz County races too close to call

    UPDATE: “We will process the remaining 576 ballots on Tuesday the 13th at the earliest and hopefully by Thursday the 15th at the latest. Thanks.” – Kevin Scholl, LPC Elections — Key local races in La Paz County were too close to call at the end of election night. The first unofficial results were released late on Tuesday night, with …

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  • 6 November

    Several road construction projects to affect traffic

    There are several road construction projects at various stages that Parker area motorists may want to know about. Here’s Parker Live summary of the projects, including how and when they may affect travel. Vicksburg Road between Hwy 60 and Hwy 72 Nov 6th – Nov 13th People traveling between Parker and the Phoenix metro area may want to go via …

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  • 5 November

    Why Arizona votes matter, where to vote

    The midterm election is here Tuesday, and Arizona votes matter more than usual. Here’s why. In typical U.S. elections, most states are ‘in the bag’ for one party or the other from the very beginning. For example, Oklahoma is a solid red state, voting Republican in every election for the last 70 years, while Hawaii is a solid blue state, …

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  • 2 November

    Big changes at Parker area state parks amid controversy

    There are big changes in progress at state parks on the Parker Strip and Lake Havasu amid an administrative controversy for Arizona State Parks & Trails. Parks Director Sue Black and her top deputy were both suspended on Thursday after the state Attorney General’s Office opened a criminal investigation of the agency. The probe comes over allegations that Parks repeatedly …

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October, 2018

  • 21 October

    To The Editor: On Sandy Giles ‘Cold Case’

    In May 2017, Parker Live was one of the few news outlets to cover the disappearance of an Alabama woman called Sandy Giles. The story generated a lot of interest and speculation in the Parker area, because Sandy’s car was discovered not far outside of town, a few miles west on CA-62. There were precious few clues as to where …

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  • 17 October

    River Cribs II

    You know you wanna see inside this place. Parker Live ‘River Cribs’ is back! This 5,517 square-foot vacation home is the ultimate way to enjoy the Parker Strip. — Read the comments on our Facebook page HERE.

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  • 15 October

    Another murder case dismissed, lack of evidence

    After hearing evidence for several days in a murder case in Parker, the trial judge dismissed the entire case due to a lack of evidence, chastising prosecutor Karen Hobbs in the process, dismissing the jury and letting the defendant go free. The unusual ruling was made in response to a motion by the defendant under Rule 20, which states that …

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  • 8 October

    Viewfinder: Running Man II

    The second fuel station by the Colorado River Indian Tribes opened to the public last week in a Grand Opening ceremony on the north side of the town of Parker. It was attended by Tribal Council, bird singers and dancers, other local dignitaries and members of the public. Photos by Josh Savino.

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  • 2 October

    Purple Badge: Parker school principal tells story of domestic violence

    It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 1 in 4 women has experienced some form of domestic violence, and the Principal of Blake Primary School in Parker, AZ is one of them.   In this exclusive video by Parker Live, Joanna Hermes opens up about her experience in an abusive relationship over 15 years ago, and how receiving help as a …

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  • 1 October

    To The Editor: River so low!

    The elevation of the Colorado River on the Parker Strip has been low, and people have been noticing! Any news or ideas of why river has been so low this last week?” – Margaret It’s a good question, because when the river level is lower than usual, it can cause sandbars and rock to be exposed that isn’t ordinarily, which …

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September, 2018

  • 26 September

    Triple murder case dismissed, judge blames prosecutor

    The triple murder trial of Kitage Lynch has been dismissed after the judge ruled that prosecutors were “playing games” with the rules “rather than actually properly preparing [the] case for trial.” Parker Live has been following developments in the case since the killings near Salome, AZ in April 2016. Three elderly winter visitors were found dead, and Lynch was quickly …

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  • 17 September

    AWC is reducing poverty for its students

    Arizona Western College (AWC) ranks in the top 2 percent of the nation’s community colleges for changing people’s income, and has the grand goal of eliminating poverty. A National Community College Benchmark Project survey used data from government sources covering all students from 1999 to 2013. The data reports estimates of students’ household income before and after earning a credential …

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  • 13 September

    Parker man allegedly stabs two people in Big River

    A Parker man was arrested for attempted murder in Big River, CA after two stabbing victims were located by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. At around 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, deputies from the Sheriff’s Colorado River Station responded to the report of a stabbing in the 7100 block of Nokomis Trail. Prior to the deputies’ arrival they located a …

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  • 13 September

    Fact Check: The Town Manager and the gift cards

    Since Parker Live’s coverage of a widely-distributed letter sent earlier this week accusing the Parker Town Manager of misappropriating gift cards, a lively discussion has emerged about the case. But some things can be settled on the basis of fact. Here’s what we know about the situation at this point. (This may be updated if information changes.) Is this ‘old …

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  • 11 September

    Assessment error amounts to a million dollars in revenue

    UPDATE: La Paz County Assessor Anna Camacho says taxpayers will pay less this year due to the overstated valuations, but some taxing entities may choose to increase their tax rate next year. Full statement attached at bottom. — ORIGINAL STORY: The accounting error at the La Paz County Assessor’s Office amounts to around a million dollars of tax revenue, according …

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  • 10 September

    Parker Town Manager accused, Town lawyer responds

    Our latest information on this original story is included in our ‘Fact Check’ article HERE. — A Town of Parker employee accused the Town Manager of buying almost $49,000 in gift cards on town credit cards and keeping no records of where they went. Corina Crispin, who is a specialist in the town’s Finance Department, made the accusations in a …

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  • 8 September

    Property tax mistake to leave entities short

    UPDATE HERE. — ORIGINAL STORY: A mistake in property tax values will leave fire departments, schools and county departments short of their projected budgets for the current fiscal year, Parker Live has learned. The La Paz County Assessor’s Office, which is responsible for appraising and valuing taxable property countywide, reportedly made a mistake earlier this year when locking in the …

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