Downtown Needles, CA: Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 is today.

Downtown Needles, CA: Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 is today.

The Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 will be held from 10:00am to 5:00pm PT on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

Sponsored by the Needles Downtown Business Alliance, the Ol’ St. Nick on Route 66 Christmas in the Park 2016 will have food vendors, shopping booths, craft booths, music, kids games, and much more.

Usually, many of the food vendors, art and craft vendors, and bounce houses are set up in Santa Fe Park, but due to windy conditions outside, a majority of the vendors will be inside the El Garces Train Depot and no bounce houses will be set up in windy conditions.

The Needles Regional Museum and the Community Thrift Shop is warm inside and will be open during the event until 2:00pm PT.

Also warm inside, the Santa’s Workshop, hosted by Desert Communities Federal Credit Union and the Women’s Club of Needles, will be happening during the event between 10:00am and 2:00pm PT inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

Well there, sign your children up for the annual community toy drive.

There will also be a lighted parade at 5:00pm PT and will go westbound along West Broadway, northbound along F Street, and go by Santa Fe Park westbound along Front Street.

Due to the event and lighted parade, some streets will be closed so plan ahead and arrive early.

ZachNews has learned that there will not be a tree lighting ceremony during the event, but there is talks of a tree lighting ceremony separate from the event being planned and will be announced as soon as an official date is confirmed.

For more event information or sign up for a booth, please call: 1 (760) 326-4007.

San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

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San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

A year ago, terror hit the community of San Bernardino, California as 14 innocent lives were taken away by evil in a terrorist attack inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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People came together on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to honor the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack at several ceremonies and events across San Bernardino County, California.

** Here are a few of the ceremonies and events held honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack: **

** Video from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

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At 7:30am PT, the San Bernardino Police Department hosted a memorial bicycle ride, Inland Regional Center Bike Ride, to honor the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack.

The memorial bicycle ride was 14 miles which is equal to 22 kilometers; one mile for each victim who died and one kilometer for each victim wounded.

** Video from LifeStream: **

At 8:00am PT, LifeStream, whose headquarters is less than a mile from where the mass shooting took place, held a Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at LifeStream blood bank in San Bernardino, California where people came out and donated blood in to help people in need in the community.

At 10:58am PT, employees from the County of San Bernardino held a moment of silence to remember when the initial 911 call was placed.

San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano was among the first responders who arrived at the chaotic scene a year ago and spoke at the ceremony.

“Co-workers, as they’re running out in that area, seeing their co-workers, their friends, their family in that hurt. There was a lot of emotion,” San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano recalled.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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At 3:30pm PT, People gather at a peace garden dedication at Cal State San Bernardino to honor the 5 alumni from Cal State University San Bernardino (Robert Adams, Juan Espinoza, Shannon Johnson, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel) who were among the 14 people killed in the terrorist attack.

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** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

At 5:30pm PT, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians lighted up the Arrowhead with more than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights in memory and tribute to the 14 innocent lives lost in the terrorist attack.

Seen from around the community, the Arrowhead lighted up in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains just north of Wildwood Park, 40th Street and Waterman Avenue, in San Bernardino, California.

The Arrowhead will be lighted up from 5:30pm to 10:00pm PT starting on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and lasting until Thursday, December 15th, 2016.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

At 6:30pm PT, hundreds of people came to pay their respects the the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack at a ceremony tilted “Night of Remembrance” inside the Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California.

In attended were victims, family and friends of victims, and many people from the community who wanted to show their support.

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The ceremony began with a Cal State San Bernardino student preforming her rendition of “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Speakers at the ceremony expressed a profound sense of loss for the 14 innocent lives lost on that tragic day and thanked the community that united together after the terrorist attack to help.

First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice opened the ceremony with an invocation.

“In this moment we say thank you for those who came running to help – those who remembered us, who reached out in love, who prayed. Thank you,” said First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice.

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Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the terrorist attack, spoke at the ceremony and paid tribute to each of the victims, her co-workers at San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health.

Julie Swann-Paez began speaking as tears roll down her face.

“Good evening. I’m, I’m humbled… sorry. I’m humbled to be able to speak today – I’ll try my best to get through that without too much tears. When I was asked to speak tonight. My first response was no – I didn’t think I could do it. But then I thought this might be my chance to tell all of you about these incredible people. My friends who had their lives taken from them,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

Julie Swann-Paez told stories of all 14 victims who perished and spoke about her memories of Shannon Johnson who was shot as he protected another coworker.

“His life ended as a hero though. He [was] protecting my friend Denise and told her ‘I got you.’” said Julie Swann-Paez.

“Kindness, compassion, love and gratitude. To me those are the basic threads of humanity. All of my friends – embodied these traits,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan then spoke and urged the many people gathered to not let the evil of that day define us.

“There’s two evil people that started the narrative of that day, a story about San Bernardino, a chapter in our lives. They do not get to finish that story. We do. This is our city. This is our story,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Speaking to victims and their families, United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said, “Your strength, your courage and your heart has been inspiring.”

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The ceremony closed with a stirring tribute of candlelight and music, including the song, “God Bless America”.

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From Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews:

** May we never forget the great people who as as a community lost that day; may will always be there for the families and friends of the victims and survivors; may we never stop thanking the many people who came to help people; may we never stop thanking the many first responders and law enforcement personal who rushed to save lives and go after the attackers; and may we never allow evil divide or destroy us. May we always be untied and strong together against all evil. May you always stay strong and united San Bernardino County, California. **

** Picture above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

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San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

A year ago, at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, a gathering of people for the Christmas holiday season irrupted into terror as an husband and wife, inspired by evil Islamic terrorist, stormed into a banquet room and began shooting innocent people inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

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Many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies rushed to the incident and began helping people and began searching for the 2 evil attackers.

The 2 evil attackers drove away, but were located a mile away.

After a shootout with authorities, the husband and wife attackers were shot and killed by authorities.

The terrorist attack took the lives of 14 people and wounded 22 people.

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As we all come together remembering the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California a year ago today, may we all take a moment to remember the lives we lost in this terrorist attack on innocent lives.

**** Victim’s Names and Information: ****

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Michael Raymond Wetzel

37 years old

Lake Arrowhead, California:

A father of 6 children.

Supervised a team of health inspectors in the San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services Division.

A member of the Church of the Woods in Lake Arrowhead, California.

He loved his work and his family so very much.

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Nicholas Thalasinos

52 years old

Colton, California:

A longtime inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A devout Messianic Jew.

Renewed their marriage vows with his wife Jennifer Thalasinos.

A great husband and had a sweet soul.

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Damian Meins

58 years old

Riverside, California:

A health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health after coming out of retirement in September 2015.

Married to Trenna Meins, principal of Sacred Heart School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and was a father of 2 children.

Was a bright light with a warm smile and a hearty laugh.

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Sierra Clayborn

27 years old

Moreno Valley, California:

Was a recent addition to the team working as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, California.

Was a beautiful person and an absolute sweetheart to all people.

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Daniel Kaufman

(Larry Daniel Kaufman)

42 years old

Rialto, California:

A good person that we all loved.

A good and friendly person.

Trained developmentally disabled employees at a coffee shop inside the Inland Regional Center.

Frequented at Renaissance Faire and enjoyed being involved in Renaissance Faire events.

A fun and funny person who loved brightening up people’s spirits.

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Harry Bowman

46 years old

Upland, California:

A father of 2 daughters.

Worked as a statistical analyst for healthy communities for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A dedicated Catholic and often taught religious classes.

A lover of the outdoor.

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Benneta Betbadal

46 years old

Rialto, California:

A mother to 2 boys and a girl.

Worked as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health since 2006.

Fled Iran when she was just 18 years old to escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians.

Loved her work and the people she worked with.

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Isaac Amanios

60 years old

Fontana, California:

Was married and had 3 children.

Worked as a supervising environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was the cousin of New York Giants Safety Player Nat Berhe.

Was a good person who was there to help people.

Helped young people on their educational endeavors.

Was originally from Eritrea, Africa.

Excelled in school and graduated with a degree in agriculture and nutrition from a university in Khartoum, Sudan.

Worked in Sudan as an interpreter at a refugee camp and was a manager for a state-owned food processing and packaging company.

Moved to the United States of America to escape violence in his home country and live the American dream.

Use to worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department as a weight and measure inspector before began work with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

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Robert Adams

40 year old

Yucaipa, California:

A funny and good man.

Was married and was a devoted father to his 20 month old baby Savannah.

Worked as a environmental health specialist with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was a man who his co-workers looked towards for professional advice and relied on him for his expertise.

Earn a degree in health science with and emphasis in public health from Cal State San Bernardino.

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Tin Nguyen

31 year old

Santa Ana, California:

Tin Nguyen was born in Vietnam.

Tin Nguyen worked as a food inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Tin Nguyen planned to get married in 2017.

Was very good, intelligent, and caring  girl who took care of her mother and her family.

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Juan Espinoza

50 year old

Highland, California:

Was married and was a good husband.

Had a daughter and a son who he loved.

Worked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Loved his job.

Was a hard worker and was fair and honest.

Was born in Mexico and was the youngest of 12 siblings.

He emigrated to the United States of America more than 20 years ago.

Encouraged education and wanted his daughter to reach her goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in science in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University.

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Aurora Godoy

26 year old

San Jacinto, California:

Was a wife and a mother of a 22 month old son.

Loved her son and her family.

Was always willing to help all of her loved ones.

Was really creative and always willing to help with birthday parties and functions.

Was a cheerful person who always smiling.

Was a giving person.

Loved to bake and cook.

Loved spending time at Disneyland with her family.

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Shannon Johnson

45 year old

Koreatown, California:

Was a person who had a fun loving soul.

Loved his family and friends.

Worked as a health inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

Lived with his girlfriend.

Was born in Jesup, Georgia.

Played baseball and football when he was in high school.

Was a longtime member of City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s crisis response team.

Loved nature and music.

Was a generous, caring, and helpful person, including when wildfires raged in Southern California years ago, he rounded up stray pets in his pickup truck and took them to a church for shelter and helped first responders dig a trench to protect the church.

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Yvette Velasco

27 year old

Fontana, California:

Is survived by her parents and her 3 sisters.

Worked as an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Health since 2014.

Was an intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman.

Was born on Easter Sunday in April 1988.

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May we all continue to sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims, be supportive to their family and friends of the victims as they continue to grieve and heal, and never forget these wonderful people who loved and care about people and community.

May we all continue to also sends our thoughts, prayers, and support to the many people who survived the terrorist attack and be supportive to their family and friends as they continue to heal.

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When evil tried to rip us apart, so many people came together to help people during the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many people who rushed to help people on that tragic day.

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May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies who rushed into Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California to save lives and to go after the evil people who attacked some many innocent people on that tragic day.

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As we all remember what happened at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, may we all always stand up against evil who attack innocent people and may we all never allow evil divide or take down our lives, our communities, our country, and our freedoms.

** Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California and United States of America. **

Stay with ZachNews for continuing news coverage as we all remember the terrorist attack on San Bernardino County, California.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

San Bernardino, CA: Night of Remembrance to honoring the victims and survivors of the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California.

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San Bernardino, CA: Night of Remembrance to honoring the victims and survivors of the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California.

The City of San Bernardino invites you to, Night of Remembrance, a ceremony dedicated to honoring the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California that occurred a year ago on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

The ceremony will be held at 6:30pm PT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 inside the Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino, located on Coyote Drive, in San Bernardino, California.

San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis and San Bernardino City Council Members welcomes you to the ceremony to come together as a community, in unity and strength, to honor, reflect and rebuild.

The ceremony will be presented by the San Bernardino Mayor’s Office, Cal State San Bernardino, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, San Bernardino Community College District and others.

The ceremony will include a series of guest speakers and musical performances.

The ceremony’s program included, event master of ceremonies, Rev. Sally Burton of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in San Bernardino and president of the San Bernardino Clergy Association, who will guide us through the evening.

The ceremony will be televised live on San Bernardino Government Channel 3 in the San Bernardino, California viewing area.

** You can also watch the ceremony at the following website addresses: **

– Inland Empire Media Group on YouTube:

– NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4:

The ceremony was made possible by the City of San Bernardino, California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Manuel Mission Band of Indians, and San Bernardino Community College District.

For more information about Night of Remembrance, please call: 1 (909) 384-5133.

** More information about Night of Remembrance can also be found at the following City of San Bernardino website address: **

http://www.sbcity.org/cityhall/mayor/december_2nd_night_of_remembrance.asp

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**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting attack in San Bernardino, California. May we stand united together with the people of San Bernardino, California and be there to help the victims and their families. May we all not allow evil to take down our communities and may we not allow evil to divide us. Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California. ****

Stay with ZachNews for continuing news coverage as we all remember the terrorist attack on San Bernardino County, California.

** Picture above from the City of San Bernardino. **

 

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Big rig truck on fire reported along Interstate 40.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Big rig truck on fire reported along Interstate 40.

There is a report of a big rig truck on fire along eastbound Interstate 40 near Park Moabi Road in Needles, California.

The report of a big rig truck on fire came in at around 12:06am PT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.

San Bernardino County Fire Department is in route.

Dispatcher over the police scanner said the big rig truck is a Fed-Ex Truck.

Some traffic was reported, but no further information on any lanes blocked or any injuries.

 

Needles, CA: Vista Family Movie Night on Friday.

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Needles, CA: Vista Family Movie Night on Friday.

Join Vista Colorado Elementary School as they will having a movie night on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 inside the Auditorium at Needles High School, located at 1600 Washington Street near Park Avenue in Needles, California.

Come on in as they will be playing the movie, “The Polar Express”.

The doors to the Needles High School Auditorium will be open at 5:30pm PT and the movie will start at 6:15pm PT.

There will be a snack bar so come prepared to munch on some great treats well watching a great movie.

Thanks to Kristi Henson from Needles, California for informing ZachNews as well as sending to ZachNews a picture of the flyer of the event.

** Picture above from Kristi Henson. **

 

Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 suspects for commercial burglary after they broke into the Historic Needles Theatre.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 suspects for commercial burglary after they broke into the Historic Needles Theatre.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 2:03pm PT on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, deputies of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station were dispatched to an open door in the 800 block of West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

A door to the Historic Needles Theatre was found forced open. Deputies discovered there were antique brass letters stolen from inside the theatre.

The brass letters are used for the marquis sign in front of the theatre.

Luggage was located inside the theatre which identified 22 year old Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. from Earp, California and 20 years old Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo from Earp, California to be suspects in the theft.

Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo were both located during an area check near the theatre.

The stolen antique marquis letters were located and recovered from the luggage belonging to Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo.

Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo were arrested without incident and booked at the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 459C – Commercial Burglary.

Both Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo are being held on $25,000.00 bail to appear in the Victorville Superior Court.

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5790560/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/November/Needles-CommercialBurglary.aspx

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News from Needles, California.