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November, 2022

  • 19 November

    Missing 14 year-old girl found unharmed in La Paz County

    A missing, endangered, 14 year-old girl was found unharmed in La Paz County, and a suspect was arrested. On Friday at around 8:12 pm, deputies with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department were notified of a possible Amber Alert vehicle traveling on Highway 72 in the Bouse community toward the town of Parker. The suspect vehicle had been detected by …

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  • 15 November

    Former cop charged with 10 counts related to images of child sexual exploitation

    A former law enforcement officer, Lance Palma, has been charged with 10 counts of of sexual exploitation of a minor relating to some images he allegedly shared on a social messaging app. Last December, a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) indicated that images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors were sent to the …

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  • 14 November

    Sheriff’s vehicle strikes, kills, pedestrian in Parker

    A man was killed when a Sheriff’s deputy struck him while he was attempting to cross the street in the town of Parker. An investigation will be led by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. On November 10th at around 6:30 pm, Jose Sanchez was struck and killed while attempting to cross Riverside Drive (AZ-95) between Walmart and McDonalds in …

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  • 14 November

    Woman on 1600-mile Colorado River trek passes through Parker

    Vanessa Keating has been on a one-woman trek along the Colorado River since the beginning of August. She’s now passing through the Parker area and on the final stretch of her trip, which she has been documenting online to help raise awareness about the water crisis facing the southwest. Vanessa on the Parker Strip   “I fell in love with …

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  • 14 November

    Man arrested for robbery, his girlfriend arrested for intimidating the victim

    A man was arrested in Big River for robbery and, a day later, his girlfriend was arrested for intimidation of the victim. On Sunday, November 6th at around 6:10 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station came in contact with Stephen Welsh, 47, during a report of a robbery that occurred in the 149000 Block …

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September, 2022

  • 29 September

    Town of Parker settles with former Town Manager

    The Town of Parker has settled a lawsuit brought by its former Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer. She will receive $77,276 and her attorneys will receive $36,975 for their work on the case. According to the settlement agreement, Wedemeyer intends to use the funds to purchase service credit from the Arizona State Retirement System. This will allow her to ‘buy’ the …

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  • 26 September

    Boating collision leaves San Diego County man dead

    A San Diego County man is dead after a nighttime collision on his personal watercraft on the Parker Strip. He was not discovered until the morning after the incident is thought to have occurred. On Monday morning at around 7 am, deputies with the San Bernardino County Colorado River Station responded to a report of a boating collision. Through witness …

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  • 13 September

    Local man found dead in river after boat towed

    A local man was found dead in the river Sunday after his boat was towed in an effort to locate its owner. On Saturday at around 6:30 pm, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies were flagged down regarding a possible float away vessel located across from the Desert Riviera resort on the Parker Strip. Deputies arrived and found the vessel …

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  • 7 September

    Two fatalities on Sunday before Labor Day

    A 17 year-old girl died after the boat she was in capsized on Lake Havasu, and a 69 year-old woman died after striking another vessel while on a personal watercraft on the Parker Strip. On Sunday at around 1 pm, deputies responded to a report of a boating collision on the Parker Strip in the area of the Sundance RV …

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  • 2 September

    OP-ED: Will Lake Havasu and the Parker Strip drop in elevation like Mead and Powell?

    This week’s brief, unexpected drop in the water level of the Parker Strip – caused by a mechanical issue at Headgate Rock Dam that was repaired within hours – has prompted some people to speculate that the change could someday soon become permanent. After all, we’re all aware that the Colorado River system is in crisis, right? The effects are …

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August, 2022

  • 31 August

    PHOTOS: River elevation drops overnight, will return to normal by afternoon

    An unusual sight Wednesday morning: exposed docks, boats sitting on muddy riverbed, exposed land around riverside resorts and private property, muddy bars in canals. The river elevation on Lake Moovalya, the part of the Colorado River more commonly known as the Parker Strip, apparently dropped by several feet overnight. The drop was not planned, but reportedly was due to a …

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  • 29 August

    Parker man drowns on Lake Havasu

    A Parker man drowned on Lake Havasu over the weekend. Samuel Wipf, 35, was swimming with friends at the rear of a boat when he began struggling in the water and never resurfaced. On Sunday at around 4:20 pm, deputies responded to a report of a drowning in Skiers Cove on Lake Havasu. According to witness statements, Wipf was swimming …

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  • 25 August

    Submerged body positively identified as homicide suspect Dunnan

    The body found behind the wheel of a submerged vehicle in May has now been identified as the vehicle’s owner, Brian Dunnan, who was wanted for homicide after the death of Johnny Beckham over a year ago. Beckham was killed by gunshot on June 29th, 2021 at his home on Dreamy Lake north of Parker. Dunnan was quickly identified as …

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  • 22 August

    Parker councilwoman threatened in anonymous letter

    Parker councilwoman-elect Erica Daniels was threatened in a letter delivered anonymously to her door. The author threatened to turn her into the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for living at an address that is different to the address on the documents she used to run for office if she doesn’t resign. In a public Facebook post, Daniels called the letter “a …

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  • 3 August

    Kelley leads race for Judge of La Paz County Superior Court in unofficial results

    Marcus Kelley leads the race for Judge of the La Paz County Superior Court in unofficial results of the 2022 primary election released late Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Kelley is challenging incumbent Judge Jessica Quickle, who has been on the bench since 2019. The unofficial results say that Kelley has 859 votes so far, and that Quickle has 626. Kelley …

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  • 2 August

    Boat collides with shoreline, two hurt, alcohol believed to be a factor

    Two people were transported to hospital Saturday night with injuries after their boat struck the shoreline on the Parker Strip. Deputies believe alcohol to be a contributing factor. On Saturday at approximately 8:26 pm, Marine Enforcement deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a boat collision involving major injuries near Bass Point, just south …

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  • 2 August

    CRIT water bill passed by U.S. House of Representatives

    A U.S. House version of S. 3308, a bill that would authorize the Colorado River Indian Tribes to lease a portion of its federal Colorado River water allocation, has been approved in a vote on the House floor. Arizona District 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva introduced the House legislation as part of a larger drought relief bill. It awaits passage in …

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July, 2022

  • 7 July

    Bear in school grounds euthanized at request of Arizona Game & Fish

    A black bear, sighted in recent months in the area and found Thursday morning inside Parker school grounds, was euthanized by law enforcement at the request of Arizona Game and Fish. At around 4:30 am, law enforcement responded to a call of a bear sighting in the area of 19th Street and Kofa Avenue in Parker. When officers arrived, they …

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  • 6 July

    La Paz County judges to be chosen in primary election August 2nd

    La Paz County will choose its judges in Arizona’s primary election on August 2nd. Judge of the La Paz County Superior Court and Justice of the Peace of Parker Justice Court will be chosen on the Republican primary ballot. Since there are no candidates running as Democrats or Libertarians for the two offices, the Republican candidates nominated in the primary …

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  • 6 July

    Teen suffers major injury, deputies search for missing child, over holiday weekend

    A teen was transported to hospital with a major injury on Sunday after being hit by a boat propeller at Roadrunner on the Parker Strip. Later the same day, deputies searched for a possible missing child, though nobody was reporting missing. On Sunday around noon, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit responded …

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  • 6 July

    KLPZ’s morning show will return July 12th, celebrates 30 years

    KLPZ’s flagship morning show will be back on the air on July 12th after a summer break. Host Keith Douglas has been spending a few weeks at the family ranch in North Dakota with his mother, brother and family, doing maintenance work on the property and helping take care of tasks that have been waiting for him. The KLPZ morning …

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  • 1 July

    Man arrested for assault with a knife in Big River

    A Big River man was arrested Thursday for assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, and committing a crime while on bail or release. On Thursday at around 7:53 am, deputies assigned to the Colorado River Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an assault near the 5700 block of Hanemo Drive in Big …

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June, 2022

  • 16 June

    Sheriff Ponce and former employees weigh in on department financial struggles

    UPDATE 3:30pm to add a statement by Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Johnson (added at bottom below). – Former employees of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department say management and lack of funding for the department are the reasons they left, coming after after the department’s low salaries were highlighted in a meeting of the Board of Supervisors on June 6th. Sheriff …

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  • 15 June

    Harold Smith pleads guilty to attempting to molest his grandchild, to get lifetime probation

    Harold Smith, a Parker man who was charged almost 4 years ago with crimes relating to sexually abusing his grandchild, has accepted a plea agreement from the state prosecutor. He will be given lifetime probation with sex offender conditions, lifetime registration as a sex offender and no jail up front. Smith, 73, was initially offered a plea deal back in …

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  • 14 June

    Both Roadrunner AND Sundance are for sale

    Two of the most iconic venues on the Parker Strip are both on the market. Roadrunner, a floating dock bar, restaurant and RV park, has been a fixture of Parker river fun for decades. And the legendary Sundance Saloon is for sale again after it was bought just last year, with investment partners reportedly wanting to go in different directions …

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  • 10 June

    Thousands to float river Saturday

    The annual floating party on the river known as the Tube Float is back for its 44th year, and people are packing their inflatables, sunscreen and coolers for a day of sun, water and fun. “Registration is looking very similar to last year’s number,” said Melissa Newton, Director of the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “Tube Float is …

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  • 8 June

    Council sends termination notice to suspended Town Manager

    Suspended Parker Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer has officially lost her job as the Town Council sends her a termination notice. At a meeting on Tuesday, the council voted 6-1 not to renew Wedemeyer’s employment agreement, instructing the Town Attorney to issue a Notice of Termination. “Pursuant to the employment agreement, this Notice is required to be given to Ms. Wedemeyer …

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  • 7 June

    Three suspects arrested for drugs and weapons charges in Big River

    Three people have been arrested on the 5000 block of Rio Vista Drive in Big River for drugs and weapons charges. On Monday at approximately 6 am, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station and Needles Police Department contacted Michael Rivera, 37 of Lake Havasu City, Rodolpho Talamante, 30 of Lake Havasu City and Denise Capaccione, …

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May, 2022

  • 30 May

    Seven year old dies after being struck by impaired boater on Parker Strip

    A 7 year-old child has died after being struck by a boater impaired by alcohol on the Parker Strip near Buckskin State Park, according to law enforcement. On Sunday after 5 pm, boat patrol deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an unknown injury boat collision near Buckskin State Park on the Parker Strip. …

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  • 26 May

    UPDATES: Lost Lake Fire burns, forces evacuations

    TUE 11am- 5,856 acres, 50 percent contained. Personnel down to 123 from around 150. “Key management objectives have been met, allowing a transfer of command back to the Colorado River Agency Wednesday evening. In preparation for this transition, the Incident Management Team is releasing unnecessary resources. The remaining fire resources will finish containing the fire while keeping it inside the …

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  • 25 May

    CRIT officer seriously injured in attempted hit and run

    Jason Prichard, a Sergeant at the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department, is in stable condition at a Phoenix area hospital after he was hit by a vehicle on Saturday on Highway 95 near Parker. According to CRIT PD reports, Sergeant Prichard and deputies with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a person needing medical …

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  • 5 May

    Emergency action taken on Colorado River water, CRIT Chairwoman responds

    The Bureau of Reclamation announced two separate urgent drought response actions this week that aim to prop up Lake Powell by nearly 1 million acre-feet of water over the next 12 months. CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores responded to the news with support. Lake Powell’s water surface elevation is at 3,522 feet, its lowest level since originally being filled in the …

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  • 4 May

    Body of Brian Dunnan may have been found, submerged in river in his own vehicle

    The body of Brian Dunnan, accused of killing Johnny Beckham last June, may have been found, submerged in the Colorado River in his own missing vehicle. Beckham died by fatal gunshot wound on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 at the age of 33, at his home on Dreamy Lane in the Lakeside 5 subdivision north of Parker. Dunnan, whose family vacation …

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  • 1 May

    Man arrested in Big River while riding stolen ATV

    A man was arrested in Big River while riding a stolen ATV. Charles Taylor, 44 of Big River, had an existing warrant for assault. On Thursday, April 28th, at approximately 4:05 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Colorado River Station conducted a traffic stop on an ATV at the intersection of Del Rey Drive and Papago Trail in …

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April, 2022

  • 13 April

    Five arrested for prostitution and drug house in Big River

    Five people were arrested for prostitution after deputies served a search warrant at a residence they called a “drug house” in Big River. On Tuesday at about 8 am, Roy Carter, 71 of Big River, Angela Bush, 48 of Parker, Donald “Tim” Hall, 65 of Parker, Anna Mandan, 37 of Parker and Terry Evans, 57 of Parker were arrested when …

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  • 12 April

    Hartless says Wedemeyer notice of claim “preposterous”

    Suspended Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer filed a notice of claim last month against the Town of Parker, Mayor Karen Bonds and Councilman Randy Hartless, the latter of which says he finds the claim “preposterous”. Last October, Wedemeyer was suspended by the Town Council after a search warrant was executed at her home in connection with an investigation by the Yuma …

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  • 12 April

    Why the Trump census count has already begun to negatively impact La Paz County

    According to the U.S. Census, roughly 20 percent of La Paz County’s residents disappeared from towns like Parker and Quartzsite between 2010 and 2020. The idea is “ludicrous”, County Supervisor Duce Minor responded last summer when the numbers were announced. But the Trump administration’s interference for political reasons makes the inaccuracy in the 2020 Census an even bigger issue than …

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  • 12 April

    Bureau of Reclamation to give presentation on river operations on the Parker Strip

    La Paz County District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor has announced he will be hosting a community meeting regarding U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s river operations. Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Chief Mike Bernardo and River Operations Manager Noe Santos from the Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin will be sharing a presentation on the operations of their department …

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March, 2022

  • 18 March

    Wilkins pleads guilty in police chase that led to death of Sergeant Rudd

    Mark Joseph Wilkins has pled guilty to all the charges against him after he was accused of leading police officers on a chase that led to the death of La Paz County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Rudd last year. Late in the evening of October 11th, 2021, a report went out about an individual who had used a fraudulent credit card …

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February, 2022

  • 17 February

    BOAT ACCIDENT: Yucaipa man dies after attempt at life-saving measures

    A man died earlier this month after falling off his boat. By the time he was pulled to shore, he was unresponsive. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a medical aid call at the 1400 block of Parker Dam on February 9th at around 2:08 pm. A male subject had fallen off his …

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  • 17 February

    CRIT Chairwoman and Vice Chairman meet with BLM Director over cultural resources

    CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores and Vice Chairman Dwight Lomayesva met with the Director of the federal Bureau of Land Management Tracy Stone-Manning to discuss the appropriate treatment of cultural resources located on public lands within the ancestral territories of tribal members. The informal meeting on February 8th was facilitated by CRIT’s consultant Sara A. Clark, a partner at Shute, Mihaly …

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  • 17 February

    Randy Hartless becomes college professor at 61

    Parker councilman Randy Hartless has begun teaching English at Arizona Western College at the age of 61, proving it’s never too late to pursue an education. After dropping out of Parker High School at the age of 15, it wasn’t until 30 years later that Hartless decided to buckle down and attain his first college degree. He soon discovered, however, …

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  • 9 February

    Yakima bonds are paid off leading to lower sales tax, but some businesses may still be charging the higher rate

    A decade-old sales tax hike has ended, but some businesses may still be charging the higher rate. The tax hike was used to pay a judgment against La Paz County in favor of Yakima Compost Company, with whom the County had a contractual dispute in the late 2000s. A jury awarded Yakima $9.2 million in damages, which then accrued penalties …

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January, 2022

  • 21 January

    Woman’s body found in rural La Paz County, boyfriend faces murder charges

    A 37-year-old woman from Phoenix was found dead yesterday in rural La Paz County, and her boyfriend faces charges for her murder. Irene Luevano was first reported missing on Sunday morning, having last been seen with her boyfriend Jorge Lara at the Silverado Canta bar in Phoenix the night before. They got there around 11 p.m. and were seen there …

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  • 11 January

    CRIT Chairwoman to address Arizona legislature

    The Chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes will address Arizona lawmakers and Tribal leaders at the 27th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day Wednesday at the Arizona State Capitol. Chairwoman Amelia Flores will deliver remarks during the Joint Protocol Session between 11am and noon at the Arizona House Chambers. The address comes weeks after US Senator Mark Kelly …

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November, 2021

  • 20 November

    Undefeated Parker Broncs football team at state semi-finals Saturday

    UPDATE: Morenci wins 39-14. —- The Parker Broncs football team, so far undefeated this season, are heading to the semi-finals where they will battle the Morenci Wildcats on Saturday. KLPZ Broncs commentator Brad Sale called the Morenci team “tough and disciplined” but said that if the Broncs could keep a key running back at bay, they could be in with …

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October, 2021

  • 20 October

    Town Manager Wedemeyer’s home raided by law enforcement, say reports

    UPDATE: The council voted unanimously to place Wedemeyer on paid administrative leave while any investigation is in progress. EARLIER: Parker Town Council is to hold a special meeting Friday at 10am to “consider the employment of the Town Manager.” The discussion may be held in executive session, behind closed doors, but any decisions will be made in public. —- ORIGINAL: …

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  • 13 October

    BlueWater Desert Challenge moves away from Parker to Cal City, other races will not be affected

    The BlueWater Desert Challenge, held annually by the Best In The Desert racing association each Fall in Parker, will be moving to Cal City for 2021. The other two races in the season in Parker will not be affected. Best In The Desert announced the change Wednesday after the Colorado River Indian Tribes said they would not allow the event …

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  • 13 October

    Arrests made for child endangerment in Big River

    A Big River couple were arrested Tuesday for endangerment and cruelty of a special needs child after an investigation by Child Protective Services. On Tuesday at around 4 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station conducted a Child Protective Services investigation at a residence in Big River. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies say they …

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  • 7 October

    County wins lawsuit filed by consultant, court criticizes former County Administrator

    La Paz County won summary judgment in a lawsuit filed against it by Kelly Sarber, a consultant who claims that the County agreed to pay her for services she provided for the development of a renewable energy project several years ago. Former County Administrator Dan Field intervened in the case on Sarber’s behalf, saying the County owes her the money, …

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