Needles, CA: Denny’s restaurant is not closing.

April 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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Needles, CA: Denny’s restaurant is not closing.

When what was said to the people to be a rumor, turns out to be true, should people believe every rumor there is because it might be true?

As the once rumored Bashas grocery store, located at 1010 East Broadway in Needles, California, prepares to close on Friday, May 9th, 2014, rumors of another business in the community closing down is again is going around the community.

The Denny’s restaurant, located at 1400 J Street right off of Interstate 40 in Needles, California, is that business rumored to be closing soon or in the next month, but this rumor is just that; a rumor.

ZachNews has talked with Denny’s restaurant management Monday afternoon and they confirmed with ZachNews that they are not closing and it is a rumor.

So, if you love to eat at Denny’s restaurant and driving down Interstate 40, you will still be able to exit off at J Street in Needles, California and drive on into this Denny’s restaurant.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

At around 8:00pm PT on Sunday, April 13th, 2014, a vehicle crashes into a utility pole along River Road near River Edge Golf Course in Needles, California knocking out power to parts of Needles, California.

San Bernardino County Fire Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Baker Emergency Medical Services were seen rushing to the accident scene.

According to a maintenance crew at River Edge Golf Course, a women in a green Honda vehicle is out, walking, and is doing alright after clipping a utility pole knocking out the power.

River Road between Marina Drive to River Street, the road leading up to the old railroad crossing, was closed in Needles, California due to the accident.

Utility crews from the City of Needles are at the accident scene repairing the utility pole well the vehicle was being towed away by A Toe Truck towing service.

The power was out north of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks, northeast of Interstate 40, and south of the Colorado River for at least 30 minutes.

Power has been restored to the area hit by the power outage.

** Video from the accident scene is at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

** Video from the power outage caused by the accident is at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

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Video Alert!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Video Alert!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

ZachNews at the accident scene along River Road near River Edge Golf Course in Needles, California where a vehicle crashes into utility poles causing power outage.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=sYv0ddieTbk

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Accident on River Road causes power outage.

At around 8:00pm PT Sunday night, a vehicle hits a utility pole along River Road near River Edge Golf Course in Needles, California knocking out power to parts of Needles, California.

According to a maintenance crew at River Edge Golf Course the driver is out of the vehicle and walking.

River Road is closed east of Marina Drive in Needles, California.

More information is still coming into ZachNews as well as video from the accident scene.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Bashas grocery store closing.

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Bashas grocery store closing.

In less then a month, the town’s only grocery store plans to close their doors to the public to the community in May 2014.

The Bashas grocery store, located at 1010 East Broadway in Needles, California, will be closing on Friday, May 9th, 2014 to the public and the building cleared out before Sunday, May 18th, 2014 leaving a community of a population of 4,912 people searching for another place to get needed groceries.

This all occured on Monday, March 24th, 2014 when a decision was made by from Bashas Corporate Headquarters in Chandler, Arizona to close the grocery store because the grocery store was operating at a loss and wasn’t making a profit at the location in Needles, California.

The announcement that the Bashas grocery store was closing came during a morning employee meeting on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 which according to Bashas grocery store employees was sad and emotional for some.

News of the closing would spread all around the community and was later announced during a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles has already made their last payment and that the contract ends in April 2014; not in June 2014 as Needles City Manager Rick Daniels thought and said during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.

When the Bashas grocery store nearly closed in 2010, during Bashas’ bankruptcy issues and rising rental costs at the property, the City of Needles made a deal working between the City of Needles, Bashas, and Reliable Properties to keep the grocery store open.

The City of Needles subsidized the grocery store through the utilities and reportedly paid $150,000.00 for the first 2 years and $200,000.00 for the last 2 years.

In late March 2014 and according to the Mohave Valley Daily News, members of the Needles City Council voted to cancel the final of $50,000.00 payment to Bashas’ because the grocery store was closing before the end of the contract.

During the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council and the public about further payments, “We already made the last payment; the contract ends in April. So by then, closing in May, call it a coincidence — or not. But they have already received their reimbursement on that so they waited until their contract terminated before sent us the notice. So I thought that the contract terminated in June as I was sitting here last week and it turns out, it terminated in April. But we are paying no more.”

After the Needles City Council Meeting, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels gave an update regarding the search for a replacement grocery store after Bashas closes to the members of the Needles City Council, the public, and later to ZachNews.

“What the City has been doing since — before the first of the year is, knowing that was a possibility, we have been working with the property owner and working with the national chain — grocery chain to get a new replacement; new tenant in there and I know for a fact that the property owner is in negotiations with or in serious contacts with a couple of these chains,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

According to the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the City of Needles has worked in providing these national supermarket chains with all the needed information so to make sure that those new national supermarket chain interested in opening in the community can do so right.

“The City’s roll has been to be match maker and to provide and information that a new tenant need in terms of understanding the market place so that they can make the proper business decision,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

But, the primary responsibility in recruiting or finding a new store into the community isn’t with the City of Needles for that bag is put on Reliable Properties’ table.

Reliable Properties is a real estate acquisition, development, and management company based out of Los Angeles, California.

“The primary responsibility is gonna rest on Reliable Properties to recruit in a new tenant which meets the needs of the community,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

When asked if there were any stores intetested, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that at least 2 store are interested, but no names were mention.

ZachNews asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if a new store opening up right after Bashas closes, “No, it will take time,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels adding that by Saturday, May 19th, 2014, the store will be deconstructed inside and when a new grocery store decides to move in, the building inside would need to be modify, remodeled, and furnished because everything that was inside and outside the Bashas grocery store will be packed all up and taken away.

When asked if the City of Needles has offered any other properties around the community to these grocery stores interested in coming to our community, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews, “All the effores has been on that one store because it is so much cheaper to re-occupy an exciting building then build a intirely new building.”

Even with at least 2 grocery stores interested in coming to replace the Bashas grocery store, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that, “as Bashas removes themselves by May 19th, it will be 3 to 6 months before a new store opens at that place.”

The City of Needles have contacted the County of San Bernardino, California as well as near by small discount stores regarding the closing of the Bashas grocery store.

“Because the store is closing in mid May, there are a number of people in the community that depend on Bashas for basic food supplies; bread, milk, eggs, and a like and what we have been doing, with the help from the County, is contacting the smaller operations; the General Dollar and some others stores, to make sure that they stock up to cover that gap in service,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

As the worry of the community of Needles, California losing their only grocery store, many are also.worried about what is going to happen to the 40 employees that the community grew up to know, love, and became a part of the Needles, California family.

When asked about what is going to happen to the 40 Bashas grocery store employees, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that he has heard from employees at the Bashas grocery store that they could transfer to any of the other Bashas grocery stores which are reportedly in Kingman, Arizona and in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

But transfering to another Bashas grocery store in Arizona isn’t so easy to do and for some, that means possibly moving out of Needles, California or finding other work in the community.

If employees do decide to move out of Needles, California to work at another Bashas grocery store in Arizona, they may not be the only people moving out with them.

If it’s out of fear or just a sign of something greater to come, some have began planning and even have packed up and moved out of Needles, California with some recently getting on Amtrak moving because of the fear of not having a grocery store and the City of Needles running out of money.

During a Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that, “Unless there is significant expenditure reductions or revenue enhancements, the City will essentially be out of cash by 2015.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that the City of Needles has a lot of work to do to begin development of the new City of Needles’ budget and identifying sources of new revenue and further cuts.

When the Bashas grocery store nearly closed in 2010, the community were concern of the lost of jobs; California Women, Infants and Children vouchers that wouldn’t be accepted across in Arizona; and difficulty for Needles, California residents who have no transportation to drive to a grocery store in another state.

Today, people are raising those concerns again and worried what is next for their community.

When asked if the City of Needles prepare if no new grocery stores come in and replace the Bashas grocery store, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews, “Well, our roll in this is we do not own the property. Our roll is to recruit and market, and to get national chains — get grocery stores interest in a prime piece of property and it is up to the private property owner to cut the deal with the grocery store to make it happen.”

But, not everybody isn’t ready to sell their homes and give up on their community yet for there is people in the community doing what they can to do to help people to get food and to work on getting a new grocery store into their community.

From organizing a car pool ride to grocery stores into Arizona and running grocery errands for people in their community, to emailing every national grocery store their is to help get them to come and open in Needles, California, these people are doing whatever they can to help their community.

Last week, the “Needles Needs A Supermarket” Facebook page, created by Billy Jack Long, has been created so that the community can reach out to those grocery store chains and ask those grocery store chains to come and open their grocery store here in Needles, California.

** More information and to join is at the following Needles Needs A Supermarket on Facebook website address: **

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Needles.Supermarket/

When asked about how it feels to hear about people trying to help people get to other grocery stores and helping to get a new grocery store, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “You know, that is benefit of living in a small town is everybody knows everybody and everybody is friends or contacted somehow, and I think that is really the strength of the community and I will not underestimate the power of social media in terms of an effert to recruit an Albertsons, a Safeway, a WalMart, or a number of those national chains to come to Needles because it will determine the strength of the market place.”

Everybody; those who are leaving and those who are staying put, all wondered if the City of Needles did enough over the last 3 years to working on getting another grocery store into the community.

When asked if the City of Needles were preparing for this to happen years before, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “The City knew that it’s financial incentives expires at the end of April. The City also knew that their lease that Bashas has with Reliable Properties expired in about that same time.”

As Bashas’ financial incentives and lease got closer to it’s end, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that Bashas did not provided the City of Needles with any notice of what their attent was.

As far as the City of Needles has been preparing for this, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that when he came on board with the City of Needles in September 2014 and shortly before the first of the year, in November 2014, “we brought on a economic development consultant who has been — his top priority is been to work on trying to find a new tenant in the event that Bashas did not. So we have been in anticipating that the worst case might come true.”

Both Bashas Corporate Headquarters and Bashas grocery store management in Needles, California refussed to comment or answer any of our questions regarding the closure.

Rumors of a May 2014 were circulating weeks and months before the announcement that Bashas was going to close sometime in May 2014 by some working in the City of Needles, but chosen to keep it out of the news.

ZachNews was asked by several Needles, California residence to ask Bashas grocery store management if the rumors were true as they have heard these rumors for years.

When ZachNews asked Bashas grocery store management about these rumors, both Bashas grocery store management told ZachNews that it was people spreading rumors and not true adding that Bashas is still being supplied with goods and that their suppliers would know before we do if Bashas was closing because they would stop supplying our store which both Bashas grocery store management say that there is no signs of that happening.

But the rumor was true and as the community countdown to closing day of the Bashas grocery store, everybody is hoping that the community of Needles, California will get a new grocery store soon to keep the community feed and alive.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Investigation regarding the mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center.

April 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Investigation regarding the mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon has ordered an internal investigation into allegations of mistreatment of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California by members of the department.

On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff received information regarding possible misconduct by department personnel at the West Valley Detention Center and immediately launched an investigation.

As department officials delved into the issue deeper, they learned of a similar inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.).

By Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.) were in full cooperation in order to ensure a comprehensive investigation is completed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.) is the primary investigative agency in regard to any possible criminal charges.

As of Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, three deputies assigned to the West Valley Detention Center are no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department.

The law prohibits the release of details regarding personnel investigations and the Sheriff’s Department can not release the names of involved parties.

“I will not tolerate any misconduct by department personnel,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon adding, “These allegations are being taken very seriously and this department is determined to get answers.”

The investigation is ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.
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** Maps Were Made By ZachNews Using Google Earth. **

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News Update!!: Orland, CA: Latest information regarding the deadly tour bus crash.

April 12, 2014 1 comment

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News Update!!: Orland, CA: Latest information regarding the deadly tour bus crash.

At least 10 people have been killed in a tour bus crash on Intetstate 5 in Orland, California at around 5:30pm PT on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision began a FedEx big rig towing 2 trailers heading southbound on Intetstate 5 when, for an unknown reason, crossed into the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, side-swiping another vehilce, and crashing head on with the tour bus which immediate explosed on fire.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at least 10 people killed which includes 5 students and 5 adults including 2 drivers and 3 chaperones accompanying Los Angeles, California area high school seniors.

Friday morning, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office confirmed that among the dead, 26 year old college recruiter Arthur Arzola of Rancho Cucamonga, California who died at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Arthur Arzola’s wife is deeply hurt by the lost of a great man.

Also among the dead, Michael Myvett and his fiancee Mattison Haywood, were also killed in the tour bus crash. According to family members, both were chaperones on the trip, Michael Myvett loved to help students, and the couple had just gotten engaged over Christmas in Paris.

Late Friday, identical twin sisters from Norte Vista High School in Riverside, California made the trip in separate buses.

ABC affiliate KABC Channel 7 is reporting that 17 year old Marisol Serrato arrived earlier in another bus, but Marisa was on the stricken tour bus and was confirmed dead by her brother Miguel Serrato who said that medical examiners confirmed her death Friday through dental records.

A El Monte High School student is being reported to be among the dead in the tour bus crash. Family members confirmed the El Monte High School student as Adrian Castro and is described by his aunt as a fine young man who played football and had a bright future.

Dozens more people were injured in the tour bus crash and were treated at 5 area hospitals.

California Highway Patrol Spokeswoman Tracy Hoover said that at least 34 of the bus occupants were hospitalized, but that other California Highway Patrol Dispatchers said more than 15 of those patients were being treated for major injuries.

Garden Grove Unified School District officials confirmed that a 17 year old male from Pacifica High School was on the tour bus and was hospitalized with a wrist injury and was reportedly expected to be alright.

The tour bus was transporting Southern California students on a scheduled visit to Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. 

According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the 48 occupants on the tour bus included 43 teenagers.

Los Angeles Unified School District officials are saying that 19 students were from 15 Los Angeles Unified School District schools including: San Fernando, Dorsey, Fremont, City of Angels, Manual Arts, Banning, Carson, Chavez, Diego Rivera, Belmont, Wilson, Chatsworth, and Middle College.

According to the Los Angeles Unified School District, counselors were at each campus today to assist students and parents.

Los Angeles Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of School Operations Earl Perkins said, “We are very saddened by this traffic accident, it’s very tragic.”

According to Los Angeles Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of School Operations Earl Perkins, the Los Angeles Unified School District has sent three groups to the crash site to meet with parents and students.

Concerned family members can call the Los Angeles Unified School District hotline at: 1 (213) 241-3841.

An information line was also set up by the Humboldt State University Police Department at: 1 (707) 826 -6327 for further information or guidance for.families of students who may have been affected.

The tour bus was owned by Silverado Stages of San Luis Obispo, California.

A statement posted on the Silverado Stages website reads, “Silverado Stages is helping the authorities in gathering information regarding the tragic accident that occurred on Thursday evening. Our top priority is making sure that the injured are being cared for. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured, their families and everyone affected by this accident.”

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are being sent to the location to investigate the crash.

Investigators will be also investigating the reports that the FedEx big rig was already on fire before the crash with the tour bus.

Late Friday, the driver of the vehicle in the crash, Bonnie Duran, told CBS affiliate KOVR Channel 13 that the big rig was already on fire as it crossed the median and hit her and then the bus.

However, this report has not been confirmed.

California Highway Patrol Officials said that the cause of the crash remains unclear and a final report on the crash is not expected to be completed for another 3 to 6 months.

ZachNews send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the everybody affected in this tragic tour bus crash.

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