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Quartzsite, Arizona

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sex offenders alert in Quartzsite, AZ

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION


LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER ALERT

The Quartzsite Police Dept. issued two Level 3 Sex offender alerts last week pursuant to ARS 13-3825, the Community Notification of Sex Offender Law.

The offenders have indicated that they will be living in Quartzsite. Notification must be made when certain sex offenders are released from the Arizona State Prison, accepted under an Interstate Compact or released from the county jail back into the community.

The individual has been convicted of a sex offense which allows for community notification. He is not wanted by the Quartzsite Police Dept at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed community is a safer community. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass sex offenders will not be tolerated.

The Quartzsite Police Dept. may be reached at 928-927-4644. If you have information regarding current criminal activity on this or any other offender, please call 928-927-4644, 311 Non-Emergency, OR Call 911.





Monday, July 6, 2015

Phoenix Motorists traveling I-10 to CA should expect delays east of Quartzsite

Phoenix motorists traveling to California should plan ahead, expect possible delays

ADOT to start Interstate 10 pavement work east of Quartzsite today
PHOENIX – Motorists traveling to and from California along Interstate 10 need to plan ahead and allow extra travel time as the Arizona Department of Transportation starts a pavement improvement project in La Paz County east of Quartzsite, beginning on Monday, July 6.
Approximately 90 miles west of downtown Phoenix, crews will remove and replace pavement on the westbound and eastbound lanes along an 11-mile segment of I-10 (mileposts 41-52).
The work is scheduled to take place weekdays during daylight hours between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. During work hours, I-10 will be narrowed to one lane in both directions.
The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone. Drivers are advised to plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.
No work is scheduled on weekends or holidays. The $8.1 million improvement project is scheduled to be completed by this fall.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.govor call 511.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Quartzsite Red, White & Kaboom! Family event & Fireworks planned for Friday, July 3rd

Quartzsite, AZ -
Red, White & Kaboom!!!

Family Fun & Fireworks is being planned for Friday, July 3rd at the Town Park Pavilion.

Once again the community will be gathering to celebrate Independence Day. Our celebration this year will be on Friday July 3, 2015.

Quartzsite Transit newly named The Camel Express (by popular vote) will be providing transportation to the activities. Please call Town Hall at 928-927-4333 prior to July 3rd to make reservations for transportation.

Fireworks will start shortly after 9:00 pm.

Activities will start at 5:00 pm and include a water slide for the kids, rock stacking contest, dunk tank, corn hole games, frozen T-shirt contest, hot dogs, corn on the cob, free watermelon & more!

All community groups are welcome to set up a tent or displays sharing their information and events.
Call Quartzsite Town Hall for more details: 928-927-4333.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Quartzsite Stabbing suspect arrested in Sacramento


Quartzsite, AZ - Roy Lee Barnhart, also known as "Waterboy Roy" was arrested in Sacramento, California in connection with the May 31st stabbing of one male and female victims in Quartzsite, Arizona.


In a press release issued today, Chief Ernie Renfro of the Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) proudly announces through good police work and the assistance of the Sacramento (CA) Police Department SWAT team, Barnhart was arrested today, June 5th, 2015, for the extraditable Felony arrest warrant in the City of Sacramento, California. Barnhart will receive an extradition hearing and eventually returned to La Paz County jail in Parker Arizona.

QPD Detectives Mike Lancaster and Hilario Tanakeyowma filed the below mentioned complaint/charges with the assistance of the La Paz County Attorney’s Office Deputy County Attorney Kellen Marlow and obtained a signed felony warrant from Judge T.W. Carnevale located at Justice Court #4 for two felony counts of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon/Dangerous Instrument and two felony counts of Disorderly Conduct with a Weapon/Dangerous Instrument. There may be additional charges to follow.

The stabbing took place on Sunday, May 31, 2015, when, around 8:00 AM, QPD was called to the scene of a fight where a male and female were stabbed by another older male suspect later identified as Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: Waterboy Roy at the Cactus Patch Mobile Park located in Quartzsite, Arizona.

A male victim was bleeding with a deep single stab wound to the lower back area. A female victim received minor cuts from the suspect’s knife. The Quartzsite Fire Department was dispatched to the scene where the male stabbing victim was airlifted to the West Valley Hospital in Phoenix with a serious stabbing injury.  The male victim has since been released from the West Valley Hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

Witnesses observed the fight between the two individuals, whereas the witnesses identified Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: "Waterboy Roy" as the person who stabbed the male and female victims and fled from the scene. Chief Renfro assigned Detective Hilario Tanakeyowma to conduct a follow-up interview with the victim at the West Valley Hospital in Phoenix and obtain his medical condition. QPD worked late into the night attempting to locate the stabbing suspect Barnhart,

Chief Renfro would like to thank the community members in advance for your assistance in the capture of Roy Lee Barnhart AKA: "Waterboy Roy."

The Quartzsite PD is dedicated to working hard to protect our citizens and visitors.
Ernie Renfro
Chief of Police Town of Quartzsite
Office: (928) 927-4644
erenfro@ci.quartzsite.az.us

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Quartzsite Summer Program Calendar thru July 9th released

Quartzsite, AZ - Town of Quartzsite hosts their annual Summer Program for youth at the Community Center. This year is jam-packed with events for every day! Each day has a theme planned with lots of brand new experiences planned for the children. Children will participate in Yoga & Tai Chi, Rock Painting, Quartzsite Police Tape Maze Race, Quartzsite Fire Dept. Demonstrations, Mexican Folk Dancing, Native American Gourd Painting, Army Boot Camp Obstacle Race, Wacky Science Experiences, Nature Scavenger Hunts, Water Fun and so much more!

Quartzsite First Assembly of God Church provides the youngsters with a meal each day. Staff and volunteers have worked countless hours to provide an education and fun summer program for the youth. The 6-week Summer Program started Monday, June 1st and runs through July 9th. For more information, visit ci.quartzsite.az.us. Or call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Federal Judge dismisses Jennifer Jones' Quartzsite Free-Speech case


By Shanana Rain BearCat
Publisher, Desert Messenger
Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper

2:12-CV-01383 JAT Jones v. Town of Quartzsite et al
Jennifer Jones 

Quartzsite, AZ - Jennifer Jones, a local dog groomer, political activist, and former state candidate, lost her infamous Civil Rights case against the Town of Quartzsite in U.S. District Court Phoenix Division Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. (Jones was also publisher of a Quartzsite tabloid, but January was her last edition.)

In his ruling, U.S. District Senior Judge James A. Teilborg wrote, "this Court is dismissing this case with prejudice for failure to prosecute pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b,) He continued stating, "judgment for Defendants on all counts. Plaintiff to take nothing, and the complaint and action are dismissed with prejudice." (meaning Jones is barred from bringing an action on the same claim.)

Jones had filed no less than 6 cases against the Town in Federal Court. This case was originally filed on June 27, 2012 by Jones herself. Since then, two attorneys requested to be withdrawn from representing Jones in separate filings, so Jones represented herself Tuesday. In September, 2014 the Court dismissed all complaints but First Amendment Freedom of Speech complaint. In one of her earlier complaints, Jones claimed that Quartzsite Town Council and Police Department had harassed her with warrant-less searches in an attempt to discourage her political activities. A court tossed that 2010 case a year later, a similar lawsuit filed in 2012 fell apart for failure to prosecute. As recently as March 30th this year, U.S. District Judge Diane J. Hemetawa ruled in favor of the Town of Quartzsite, against Jones for failure to prosecute.

These cases are related, in one way or another, to a Town Council meeting on June 28th, 2011 when Jones was ejected and arrested (later dismissed) during a public comment period. The video of the arrest soon went viral.

According to the Court, Jones had called the Court's chambers Friday, May 22nd, indicating that she intended to file a motion to continue the trial scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th, the next business day. The court notified Jones that the trial will begin Tuesday as scheduled and if a motion was filed, the Court would not rule on it before Tuesday. The court also Ordered Jones to appear for the hearing. Judge  Teilborg stated that Jones must be prepared to proceed to trial  in the event the Court denies the motion. "If plaintiff fails to appear or if the Court denies the motion to continue and Plaintiff is not prepared to proceed to trial at that time, her case will be dismissed for failure to prosecute pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b)."

After much publicity, Jones finally had her day in court, but filed two Emergency motions before the 9 am hearing Tuesday morning. The subpoenaed Jury Pool was assembled next door; the attorney for the Town, Larry Jay Crown of Titus Brueckner & Levine PC, was in attendance along with witnesses for the Town: former Quartzsite Town Manager Alexandra Taft, Former Quartzsite Chief of Police Jeffrey Gilbert and former Quartzsite Police Detective Richard Patterson. Quartzsite Mayor Ed Foster was in attendance supporting Jones.

Judge Teilborg denied Jones' first motion which asked the court to deny a previous motion allowing witnesses to testify via telephone.

Jones then pleaded her case for an extension. She explained that many of her witnesses were in public service and "it would be impossible for them to testify without a subpoena." Jones said there was no "physical way" to serve her witnesses all over the state of Arizona in a timely manner. She also explained she was learning very quickly, but did not expect to have to represent herself in this case.

Jones complained about not having a vehicle and having to drive multiple times to Phoenix. Jones complained about the long distance drive to Phoenix from Quartzsite. She also stated it was not possible for her to travel without making prior arrangements for her show dogs to be cared for. Jones said she made "every effort possible" to find a location in Phoenix for her dogs. Jones also reached out to people through social media, but "could not find anyone willing to accommodate the dogs with electricity."

She said she had problems with her email; admitting to not reading an important notice from the Court.

"Given I only had 21 days to spontaneously have 15 witnesses to prepare questions for, to locate if I could, to get subpoenas issued for, to get subpoenas served for...Nowhere in my logical mind did it occur to me that the May 26th date was being carried over," said Jones. She said she thought they were "back to the point of proposing dates."

Judge Teilborg mentioned Jones' lengthy document seeking an extension, calling it a masterpiece with citations and rulings a lawyer might prepare. He asked Jones how long she worked on it. Jones replied, "Every waking moment from the 12th [of May] until last night until about 10 pm." Judge Teilborg suggested the amount of time spent on the document could have been used to get subpoenas out and preparing her witnesses.

Jones said she didn't think the judge would actually approve her most recent attorney's request to withdraw from the case. "Never in a million years did I dream that you would grant that order" and not be allowed time to seek additional counsel. She stated she even went to the Arizona Governor's Inaugural and asked former Governor Jan Brewer's son if he would take a look at the case, but she didn't hear back from him.

Jones admitted fault in that she "did misunderstand the plain reading of what was in front of me. I'm throwing myself on the mercy of the court" and was not ready to proceed at this point.


After a 25 minute recess, the Court reconvened. Judge Teilborg denied Jones' motion for an extension. He said, "to move the case forward would invite the same litany of failures and excuses from the Plaintiff."

The Judge stated, "Plaintiff's claim that she was unaware of the trial date simply is not credible."

He said, "Plaintiff CHOSE to file in Federal Court in Phoenix."

Regarding the jurors, Judge Teilborg said, "some may have come from regions even further than Quartzsite!"

The Judge also stated Jones did not seek more time to find counsel after her 2nd attorney asked for withdrawal. Earlier this month, the clerk of the court sent an email to Jones with full instructions to prepare for trial date of May 26th.

Judge Teilborg stated Jones "disregarded Court's orders." He also stated, "The court has bent over backwards to accommodate the plaintiff's needs."

When Senior Judge James A Teilborg of U.S. District Court DISTRICT OF ARIZONA (Phoenix Division) asked if Jennifer Jones was ready to move forward 
with the hearing, Jones replied, 
"No, your honor, I'm prepared to go home and take care of my dogs." 


CASE DISMISSED.




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quartzsite Police arrest suspect in 3-year-old case


Quartzsite, AZ - Quartzsite Police arrested Daniel Thomas for 1st Degree Homicide and Arson of an Occupied Structure on the 3-year-old Linda Thomas Case. Here is the full Press Release issued this afternoon. 

"May 19, 2015
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at approximately 6:35 AM, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) arrested Thomas Daniel for 1st Degree Homicide and Arson of an Occupied Structure on the identified victim Linda Garrett. The date of the offenses occurred on August 23, 2012. Thomas Daniel was charged and booked into the La Paz County Jail for the above mentioned charges.

On August 23, 2012, in the evening hours, victim Linda Garrett’s deceased body was found with multiple stable wounds and partially burned inside her mobile home located at 855 E. Rogers Road, space #21 in Quartzsite, Arizona. The late Linda Garrett was a long time resident of Quartzsite and liked by many. QPD case officers Mike Lancaster and Hilario Tanakeyowma received DNA from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab matching Thomas Daniel taken from the deceased body of Linda Garrett.

On this date, QPD served search warrants for vehicles and the residence located at 410 S. Riggles road, space #WH2 in Quartzsite, Arizona. QPD is currently investigating and attempting to identify additional suspect(s) in this case. At this time, QPD will submit all evidence for forensic examination in support of the all charges. We are asking for assistance from anybody who has legitimate information on the death of Linda Garrett by contacting QPD Officers Lancaster and Tanakeyowma at the below listed phone number. The QPD continues to vigorously investigate all leads of the case surrounding the murder of Linda Garrett.

Chief Renfro would like to thank the community members for their patience with this investigation and the assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, La Paz County Attorney’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix. The Quartzsite Police Department is dedicated to working harder and protecting our citizens. We will continue to pursue all those involved in this case and will not stop until justice has been served on all the perpetrators of this violent crime. See attached photograph of Thomas Daniel."




Ernie Renfro
Chief of Police
Town of Quartzsite
Office: (928) 927-4644
erenfro@ci.quartzsite.az.us


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