BHCPD make an arrest in connection with shooting Tuesday night in the Riviera neighborhood

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. – A shooting last night in the Riviera neighborhood sent two people to the hospital and their neighbor to jail. Police dispatchers started receiving numerous calls for shots being fired in the 2100 block of Santa Cruz Ave shortly before 8 p.m.
When police arrived, they found a male and a female both with gunshot wounds. Both were taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center. The male victim, who had been shot multiple times, was airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas in critical condition.
While investigating the shooting, detectives discovered that the shooter was the couple’s neighbor, identified as William Joseph Capozzi, Jr., 38. He has been their next-door neighbor for several years. Officers made contact with him at his residence and questioned him about the shooting.
Capozzi was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman on one count each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police have not released details regarding a possible motive in the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation.

Both Tri-State area toddler deaths ruled homicides, Bullhead City man arrested for one, MCSO Still Investigating the other

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. — The deaths of two Tri-State area toddlers last week have both been ruled homicides by the Clark County Coroner’s Office, and while deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s office continue their investigation into one of the deaths, Bullhead City police have made an arrest in connection with their investigation.
On Monday, Bullhead City police arrested David Jonathan Ramos, 23, on charges of second degree murder and child abuse. Investigators say that on Oct. 22, Ramos was playing with 15-month old Drayson Tese, his girlfriend’s child, when he threw the baby in the air and then dropped him.
At about 11 p.m., Ramos and his girlfriend took the baby to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center emergency room. After evaluating the child, emergency room officials decided to send the child to Las Vegas. He was then airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries about two hours later.
On Friday, the Clark County Coroner’s office, which conducted the autopsy because the child passed away in Nevada, determined baby Drayson died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
After further investigation and interviews, detectives concluded Ramos was responsible for the child’s death and took him into custody on Monday. He was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.
The baby’s mother, who was not home at the time of the incident, will not be charged with any crime. Another child, a 5-year old sibling, was sent to the child’s biological father as part of a consensual agreement between the mother and agents with the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).
While police have made an arrest in connection with the Bullhead City toddler’s death, the investigation into the death of 15-month old, Fort Mohave toddler, Kade Kryska continues without an arrest at this time. As was the case with baby Drayson, Kade’s suspicious death was ruled a homicide as the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Baby Kade was also airlifted to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas and succumbed to his injuries less than 12 hours after Drayson died at the same hospital.
Kade had been flown to Las Vegas on the night of Oct. 21 at the behest of emergency room personnel at Valley View Medical Center in Ft. Mohave. The boy’s mother had taken the child to the emergency room when she returned home from work and discovered Kade was having difficulty breathing. After determining the baby had sustained severe head injuries, hospital administrators, in compliance with Arizona state law, called the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies spoke with the boy’s mother who said the child was left in the care of her boyfriend while she worked all day.
Investigators are now trying to determine what happened while the child was with the boyfriend, who is not the child’s biological father.

BHCPD Sergeant Charged in Laughlin with Attempted Sexual Assault

BHCPD Sgt. Jesse Hoag was booked into the Tucker Holding Facility Wednesday morning in Laughlin on charges of Attempted Sexual Assault

LAUGHLIN, NEV.—A sergeant with the Bullhead City Police Department has been charged with attempted sexual assault in connection with an incident earlier this week in the parking lot of a local casino. Sgt. Jesse Hoag is free on bail pending his next appearance in Laughlin Justice Court. Hoag is currently on paid administrative leave from his position in Bullhead City.
Las Vegas Metro police in Laughlin were called to the casino early Wednesday morning after a woman called to report the alleged attack. The victim told Metro officers that she was approached by Hoag at a bar inside the resort and the two engaged in casual conversation. At some point during their conversation, Hoag identified himself as a Bullhead City police officer.
As the evening wound down, the victim and suspect left the bar together and entered his vehicle where he allegedly attempted to sexually assault the victim. According to police reports, a brief struggle took place and the victim was able to escape from the vehicle. The victim went back into the casino and called Metro. Hoag reportedly left the scene prior to the arrival of officers but later contacted investigators and surrendered himself at the Laughlin substation.
Hoag was booked into the Tucker Holding Facility in Laughlin on a single count of Attempted Sexual Assault. He was released from custody the following day after posting bond.

Another Tri-State Area infant dies under suspicious circumstances

15-month old Kade Kryska passed away at a hospital in Las Vegas. His death is under investigation in Ft. Mohave.

FT. MOHAVE, ARIZ.—A second infant death investigation is underway in the Tri-State area. This time, it’s the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office that is looking into the death of a Fort Mohave baby boy, who died yesterday at a hospital in Las Vegas. 15-month old Kade Kryska succumbed to his injuries shortly after being taken off life support at Sunrise Medical Center.

The infant had been flown to Las Vegas Tuesday night after receiving initial treatment at Valley View Medical Center. The boy’s mother took him to the emergency room after realizing Kade was having difficulty breathing. Standard protocol required administrators at the hospital to notify the sheriff’s office of the situation.

Deputies questioned the mother, who told them that she had been at work all day and returned to find her son was not doing well. The boy had been in the care of the mother’s boyfriend, who is not the child’s father.

No arrests have been made. The investigation remains active pending the results of an autopsy, which will be performed by the Clark County coroner’s office since the child passed away in Nevada.

Kade’s death came only hours after a second Tri-State area infant died at the same hospital also under suspicious circumstances. Bullhead City police are conducting the investigation into that death, which involved a 1-year old girl.

Ft. Mohave man faces Manslaughter charges in Northern California

Fort Mohave man is jailed in California

FORT BRAGG, CALIF.—A Fort Mohave, Ariz. man was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges he killed a woman and seriously injured a baby Friday night in this northern California coastal city and police say it appears to be a random act of violence. Michael Bradford Bitney, 56, was formally charged with one count each of vehicular manslaughter and battery, as well as two counts of hit and run involving a fatality or serious injury.
Bitney is accused of ramming his white GMC pick-up truck into a motel Friday night, killing a 45-year old Lafayette woman and seriously injuring her 7-month old nephew. Fort Bragg police detectives say that Bitney had been staying in the motel room next to the victim. Evidence at the scene and eyewitness accounts show the Fort Mohave man was driving around the parking lot of the motel around 6 p.m. Friday night. Suddenly, and without warning, his pick-up jumped the curb and into the adjoining motel room.
The woman, whose body was located underneath the debris in the aftermath of the incident, died at the scene. Her infant nephew was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Oakland. His current condition is unknown at this time.
Bitney fled the scene, but was stopped by Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies near the town of Inglenook, which is north of Fort Bragg, on Highway 1. He was arrested without incident and was booked into the Mendocino County Detention Center in Ukiah, where he remains in custody in lieu of $155,000 bail.
Detectives have not been able to establish a motive for the killing. A department spokesman said, there is no evidence to indicate Bitney even knew the victim.
In addition to the manslaughter, battery and hit and run charges, the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office has added additional felony charges because of a previous conviction in California. He served four years in a California penitentiary for a prior robbery conviction.

Colorado City Teens Charged with Sexually Assault 10 & 12yr old Girls

COLORADO CITY, ARIZ.—Two teenage boys have been charged with felonies after allegedly having sexual contact with two female family members. The charges were filed after a one-week investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators say the victims were 10 and 12-year old girls who lived at the same residence as their attackers.
Detectives were first summoned to a residence in the 500 block of Pioneer Street in Colorado City on Oct. 13 after a family member called the sheriff’s office to report the possible crime. An investigation eventually revealed that Richard Jessop, 17, of Colorado City, had sexual contact with a 10-year old girl. He is also believed to have inappropriately touched a 12-year old girl as well. Both incidents reportedly took place earlier this month.
During their investigation, the detectives also uncovered evidence that Jessop’s 14-year old brother, Simon, also inappropriately touched the same 12-year old girl.
Both Jessop brothers have been referred to Mohave County Juvenile Court authorities. Richard has been charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of molestation of a child. Simon has been charged with one count of molestation of a child.
Neither boy has been arrested. It will be up to a juvenile court judge to determine if the teenagers will be tried as adults. The victims have been turned over to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.
The victim’s family reported the crime directly to the sheriff’s office rather than the Colorado City Marshall’s Office, who would normally be the investigating agency. The sheriff’s office has been providing overlapping law enforcement in Colorado City for more than two years to give residents an opportunity to report crimes they feel may not be fully investigated by the Marshall’s office. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office believes the Colorado City police force is beholden to the FLDS church rather than the laws of the state of Arizona and has therefore subsidized the sheriff’s office presence in the community.

Mother of Murder Victim, Stepfather and others arrested in BHC Drug Raid

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. – The mother of the little girl that was brutally murdered last month has been arrested on charges she has been using her home to deal in illegal drugs. 29-year old Tania Grogan is the mother of 8-year old Isabella Grogan-Connella, better known as “Bella,” who, last month, was the subject of one of the city’s most heinous crimes. Mom is now locked up in the same facility as the man accused of killing her daughter.
Grogan was not the only target. A raid on her residence in the 2400 block of Lakeside Drive Wednesday afternoon also nabbed Grogan’s husband, 28-year old Ralph Folster, III; his mother, 59-year old Freddie Nicholson; Folster’s girlfriend, 21-year old Niki Fox and their neighbor, 27-year old Jaime Medrano.

Bullhead City Police and SWAT Teams raid the home of Tania Grogan, the mother of 8-year old Bella Grogan-Connella, who was murdered last month.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Bullhead City police and SWAT teams swarmed in on Grogan’s residence with information and evidence that the family has been dealing in methamphetamine and heroin for some time. Grogan went quietly. Her husband did not.
Folster refused to leave the residence. In fact, as it turned out, upon hearing that the police were there, he reportedly escaped to the attic, and through a window, made it to a neighbor’s apartment. After a two-hour stand off with police, Folster surrendered without incident, however, he did try to get the police to leave the area without him.

Ralph Folster's refusal to surrender kept police at bay for two hours. He and his wife, Tania Grogan, are accused of dealing meth and heroin from their home in the 2400 Block of Lakeside Dr.

Detectives believe that while Folster was holed up in his neighbor’s apartment, he called his girlfriend, Fox, and asked her to create a diversion to pull officers away from the raid. Fox obliged and in 15 minutes called 911 twice. The first call was to report that an officer had been shot at a local gas station. The second call was to report that an officer was down at a local motel. In both cases, dispatchers were fully aware of where their officers were located and knew that the calls were false. Fox was located at her residence in the 300 block of Church Street early Thursday morning. She was arrested on charges of hindering prosecution and false reporting to law enforcement.
Folster’s neighbor, Medrano, was also arrested when it was learned that he willingly allowed Folster to escape from the police. Medrano harbored Folster for about two hours. Medrano was also charged with hindering prosecution.
Police located some drug paraphernalia items in the Grogan home. The alleged drug sales stem from information gathered from a month-long narcotic investigation.
Grogan is still being investigated in connection with her daughter’s death. A police department spokesperson said, detectives are looking into charges against Grogan for leaving her children in a dangerous environment and for supplying methamphetamine to the man accused of murdering Bella, 26-year old Justin Rector.

Laughlin man arraigned in connection with last month’s barricade situation

LAUGHLIN, NEV. – The man who barricaded himself inside an apartment at the Riverwood Apartment Complex and kept Las Vegas Metro police at bay for almost three hours last month has been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation. Deshawn Hall, 31, of Laughlin, was arraigned this morning in Laughlin Justice Court.
Justice of the Peace Tim Atkins presided over this morning’s video arraignment. In an effort to prevent media coverage of the hearing, the judge cleared the courtroom, disallowing anyone from the public, including

Judge Tim Atkins ordered his courtroom cleared just prior to an arraignment hearing for Deshawn Hall. Reporters were forced to wait outside to determine what transpired behind closed doors.

reporters, to witness the proceedings. Nonetheless, Hall’s attorney, R. Roger Hillman, a deputy with the Clark County Public Defender’s office spoke to Hall’s family and the media after the hearing concluded.
Hillman said, Hall’s family had suggested the need for a psychological evaluation and the judge granted the request.
Hall, who attended today’s hearing by video conferencing from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, will remain in custody for at least the next three months. According to his attorney, Hall had some outstanding traffic citations and was sentenced to 100 days in jail after agreeing to plead guilty to those charges.
Hall faces three felony counts of Resisting a Public Officer with a Deadly Weapon after he barricaded himself inside his apartment on Sept. 19. He and his wife had been involved in a dispute that was witnessed by a Metro officer on patrol in the complex.
As the officer was looking for him, Hall managed to get back to his apartment, where he locked the door, armed himself with an axe and threatened harm to anyone who tried to enter his residence. Inside the apartment with Hall were his two small children, both of them under the age of two.
Officers with the Metro substation in Laughlin, as well as from the Bullhead City police department were dispatched to the complex shortly after 9 a.m. Metro SWAT and K9 units were later dispatched from Las Vegas.
The barricade situation ended peacefully shortly after 11 a.m. when Hall surrendered. In addition to the resisting charges, Hall was originally charged with two counts each of kidnapping and child abuse, but those charges were dropped by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office claimed the evidence did not support the charges.

D’Amico and Tunforss Clash Over Integrity

Steve DAmico

Larry Tunforss

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. – It started out as your typical candidate’s forum, but a question regarding each candidate’s past and whether or not there would be anything that would be embarrassing to the city, drew some sparks as one candidate challenged his opponents to be truthful with the voters.
Candidate Steve D’Amico, who finished in fourth place during the primary election in August, was the last candidate to answer the question during the forum Wednesday night at Mohave Community College, which was sponsored by the Colorado River Women’s Council. All three of the other city council candidates—Annette Wegmann, Larry Tunforss and Mickey McClure—answered the question first.
“Integrity is above anything else,” D’Amico said. “It’s too bad others here didn’t really answer the question.”
He paused and then decided to go directly after fellow council candidate Larry Tunforss, challenging him to explain two hit and run accidents he was allegedly involved in, including one that occurred in Laughlin, as well as his departure from the Bullhead City Fire Department three years ago. Tunforss, who was the public information officer with the fire department, retired, but was also facing termination. As D’Amico was directing his question, Tunforss repeatedly said, ‘it didn’t happen.’
While he did not respond directly to D’Amico’s challenge, Tunforss later on admitted that he did retire in lieu of termination saying that was the agreement that he and Fire Chief Rick Southey worked out. He did not go into any specifics as to the reasons why the chief was seeking his dismissal.
After chiding Tunforss for what he felt was evasiveness, D’Amico said, “Integrity is a good thing.”
“My integrity is what got me here right now,” he added. “I was honest. I won’t lie to you.”

Regatta Makes A Profit, Impact on Businesses Even Better

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. – For the first time since its inception, the Bullhead City River Regatta brought in more money than it cost in 2014, but city officials say there is more to crow about than a profit. Bullhead City manager Toby Cotter released the Regatta’s financial report at Tuesday’s city council meeting and it showed the city made a profit of $42,336.
With revenues of $1.09 million, the Regatta has established itself as the city’s main attraction and city officials claim it is doing exactly what it was always intended to do and that was to bring visitors to the Tri-State area. Although pleased that the city more than broke even, the fact that August sales tax revenues have increased $87,000 since 2010 to $580,000 this year, is a more important statistic, especially since business has to generate more than $29 million in taxable sales to raise that amount of sales tax.
“We have a more clear comparison on how much the Regatta has brought in,” said Councilman Mark Clark. “The event has more than broken even.”
Mayor Jack Hakim, who first developed the concept of the Regatta eight years ago, was excited to see the event finally make a profit. Calling it the city’s “signature event,” Hakim said, it’s taken some time for people to realize what the city has actually accomplished and that was to bring in thousands of visitors.