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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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WATCH: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Man’s jet ski joyride ends in arrest

A man joyrode several jet skis he stole from multiple locations on the Parker Strip Wednesday before being arrested by a Sheriff’s Sergeant with the help of Buckskin Fire Department. Sergeant S. Maya from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the area of Moovalya Keys north of Parker for a theft of a jet ski. Upon his …

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