John Wright

John is Editor of Parker Live. He is also the host of a daily afternoon radio show on KLPZ 1380am and a documentary filmmaker.

Detectives investigating possible homicide in Salome

Detectives are investigating a possible homicide in the town of Salome in eastern La Paz County. On Tuesday morning around 6:24 a.m. a La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call of a body discovered on Centennial Road in Salome around half a mile north of the community center there. A 66 year-old white male was found deceased at …

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Meet CRIT’s new Vice Chairman

Dwight Lomayesva Jr. has been elected Vice Chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. In a special election held Saturday after the resignation of Keith Moses in July, Lomayesva received by far the most votes out of the four candidates in the race. Lomayesva is a civil engineer and part-time farmer who taught at Cal State Fullerton, University of California …

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Supervisors meetings go online

One of the persistent criticisms of the La Paz County Board of Supervisors over the years is that their public meetings are held on a weekday mid-morning when citizens tend to be at work or otherwise busy. This means that people don’t get a chance to attend meetings and see for themselves their local county government in action. Now, one …

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Sheriff says Beckham homicide case a daily priority

The La Paz County Sheriff’s Department is working the Johnny Beckham homicide case daily, according to senior officials at the department. “Obviously people are yearning for information on this case,” said Sheriff William Ponce, speaking to Parker Live with Chief Deputy David Gray on Wednesday. “Unfortunately we can’t release everything that’s going on, because it’s an active investigation.” Gray said …

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Hollie Lucas appointed as new Court Clerk

Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Hollie Lucas as La Paz County Clerk of the Superior Court on Tuesday. The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Megan Spielman. Under Arizona law, the vacancy created by the resignation is filled by gubernatorial appointment until the next general election in 2022. “Hollie’s career shows her dedication to La …

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Man drowns near Havasu Landing, body recovered

A man drowned on Lake Havasu Saturday amid windy conditions and rough water, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. On Saturday, deputies responded to a report of a drowning victim near the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino, which is directly opposite Lake Havasu City on the California side of the lake. It was discovered the victim, David Radine, 58 …

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CRIT Vice Chairman Keith Moses resigns, talks joys of progress

The Vice Chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Keith Moses, has resigned. In an online video, he talked about the joys of seeing the progress CRIT has made over the past few years. Moses first took office in 2015 after many years in other local roles. During his time as Vice Chairman, the tribal council explored and implemented new …

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Judge Quickle reprimanded for treatment of colleagues

La Paz County Superior Court Judge Jessica Quickle was reprimanded by the State of Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct last month for her treatment of colleagues in the workplace. Judge Quickle is sworn in, January 2019 Complaints dating from September and October of last year, along with follow-up interviews with six court employees, alleged improper demeanor both on and off …

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Over 10,000 fully vaccinated in La Paz County

Over 10,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus in La Paz County. It is hard to estimate the precise rate of vaccination for the county, considering that many of the county’s doses were administered to part-time residents and temporary visitors. But we know that 8,423 people have received both doses of the vaccine within the county …

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UPDATED: Suspect in the murder of Johnny Beckham still not located

UPDATE, July 21st: The death of Johnny Beckham has been designated a homicide. A warrant has now been issued for Brian Dunnan’s arrest. Original story below. — A person of interest in the June 29th death of Johnny Beckham, identified several days ago as Brian Douglas Dunann, has not yet been located. What we know from official sources Dunann is …

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