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.

County gears up for 2020 election, Recorder Shelly Baker to retire

La Paz County is preparing for the 2020 election, with candidates beginning to register for most of the key offices countywide. Seats that will be decided next year include all three County Supervisors, County Assessor, County Attorney, County Recorder, County Sheriff, County Superintendent of Schools and County Treasurer. If they decide to run for the offices they currently hold, the …

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Man charged with 3 year-old daughter’s murder goes to trial

A man charged with the murder of his own 3 year-old daughter is on trial this week at La Paz County Superior Court. Prosecutors say Aaron Freeman, 26, of Blythe, beat his daughter, Autumn Shibley, in several acts of abuse over the course of June 10th, 2017, one which resulted in a perforated stomach, her admission to hospital in Blythe …

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READ: Arguments for and against an aluminum smelting plant in La Paz County

A proposal to build an aluminum smelting plant along the highway connecting the towns of Wenden and Salome in rural La Paz County have created controversy, with some local residents saying they don’t want the plant and the company arguing it would be great for the local economy. The debate started when the Arizona Republic ran a piece on it …

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Viewfinder: Parker’s railroad bridge up in flames

UPDATE: Added morning photos at bottom. The bridge is still burning, but fire fighting efforts appear to have stopped as the reachable sections have been put out. The bridge will be unusable until repaired. — ORIGINAL STORY: A fire broke out on substantial sections of the railroad bridge in Parker, AZ on Saturday night. Many agencies were still responding at …

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Man accused of forklift assault goes to jury trial

UPDATE: The trial reportedly ended with a hung jury Thursday, with the jurors unable to reach a unanimous verdict. A hearing on the case will be held in November to determine any further actions prosecutors wish to pursue or not. A jury trial began Tuesday for a man accused of purposefully steering a forklift into another man who was riding …

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Power outages, damage from Labor Day weekend storm

UPDATE: Ice is available at Parker High School and BlueWater Resort & Casino. Red Cross is assisting. UPDATE: Brook Water has issued its own advisory of service interruption. See it HERE. UPDATE: BIA estimates time for restoration of power late tonight. Multiple power poles are still down. CRIT has services available for residents. Info HERE. —- A storm that rolled …

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Fire conditions lead to extended BLM fire restrictions

Fire restrictions, implemented in June, will remain in effect due to extremely dry conditions on Bureau of Land Management lands within the Colorado River District (CRD). The district’s 5.4 million acres of public lands in western Arizona extend from southern Mohave County, along the Colorado River, through La Paz and Yuma Counties and include the management of a small strip …

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Suspected violent domestic abuser arrested in Ehrenberg

A man was arrested in Ehrenberg on suspicion of committing a litany of violent domestic abuse crimes. Jacob Orlando Jones, 31, was arrested for aggravated assault / choking, assault general x2, aggravated assault with a victim 15 years of age or younger, aggravated assault on a minor child, kidnapping (x2), attempted murder domestic violence, attempted second degree murder domestic violence, …

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County officials to get raises, despite outcry

UPDATE: At least one County employee has contacted Parker Live to say that the salary information in the circulated document mentioned in this article is incorrect. Animal Control department head Michael Ramos told us his salary was never the ‘Estimated FY2019’ number in that document, and his raise was 1 percent, not 22 percent as the document claims. As noted …

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Jury pool is being “depleted”, says judge, halting grand juries

The La Paz County jury pool is depleted after so many court trials that the Superior Court Judge, Jessica Quickle, is putting a stop to new grand juries with immediate effect. In an email to court personnel and county officials, Quickle announced her decision. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” she wrote, “This email is to inform you that La Paz County will …

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