We’ve had lots of big-hitting content on Parker Live in the last year. Our audience keeps growing and it was our largest year ever! So, in case you missed anything, these are just some of the things that we covered in 2018. (Text in blue link to the original stories.)
1. Justice for Cynthia
A Parker man and woman were both sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for the 2016 murder of Cynthia Williams, whose body was found in a canal in the valley south of Parker back in 2016. The murder shocked the community and is now part of a movement to address violence.
2. Bill Williams allowed to flood
The Army Corps of Engineers allowed the Bill Williams River to flood in March to reduce the elevation of Lake Alamo, allowing repairs and maintenance to take place. The release was engineered to mimic a natural flood event.
3. A man was arrested for smoking weed… in front of the Sheriff’s Department.
The consensus in our comments section is that this wasn’t very smart.
4. The Tube Float looked like this
Our video captured the action.
5. The burro herd in Parker was thinned out
BLM officials said the intervention was needed because of a “series of incidents” involving wild burros. A second post provided photos.
6. We profiled these amazing river homes
Our videos went inside two great River Cribs. The first one (worth $1.8m), and the second one (worth $3.1m).
7. A scandal involving gift cards created turbulence at the Town of Parker
Town Manager Lori Wedemeyer was accused by an employee of mismanaging funds related to gift card expenditures. Our second article tried to make sense of the facts.
8. A car plowed into a memorabilia store and a church
In one of the odder stories of the year, after crashing into another vehicle at an intersection, a car went through the front of one store, out through a side wall and landed in the front row at a church. Our photos and interviews tell the story.
9. A former sheriff drove away in the wrong truck
Hal Collett, apparently driving a different vehicle than normal, was seen on security cam driving the wrong truck away at Spanky’s RV & Marine in Parker. Everybody had good humor about the incident, which ended when Hal returned the truck after 15 minutes.
10. State Representative Paul Mosley brags to cop about speeding
In our biggest scoop of the year, Parker Live unearthed a Sheriff’s deputy body camera video showing Arizona State Representative Paul Mosley bragging to the deputy about going up to 140 miles per hour, citing his ‘legislative immunity’. News outlets around the world picked up the story and we granted them permission to air the video. In the wake of the news, Mosley was then accused of blatant sexism at the legislature and the Sheriff’s Department stood by the decision of the deputy not to cite Mosley at the time. Since then, Mosley lost his re-election bid, and the latest news is that Mosley plans to fight the traffic incident charges.
Also: A former truck stop was sold online, a terrible crash resulted in injury and death, we broke down the new California Boater Card, a judge publicly criticized a prosecutor who ran for judge, La Paz County Recorder Shelly Baker explained vote curing and a Parker school principal told us her story of being a victim of domestic violence.
Thanks for reading and sharing our content! We’ll be back in the new year.