Phelan, CA: A 15 year old male arrested for the murder of Louis Merrigan III.

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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Phelan, CA: A 15 year old male arrested for the murder of Louis Merrigan III.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 10:45pm PT on Monday, August 24th, 2015, Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputies were called to the 12000 block of Hacienda Road in Phelan, California reference a male adult found unresponsive, outside on the ground, next to a motorhome on the property.

A death investigation was conducted and the cause or manner of death was not immediately known.

The victim has been identified as 58 year old Louis John Merrigan lll of Phelan, California.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Specialized Investigations Division’s Homicide Detail assumed the investigation on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015.

Investigators determined a 15 year old male resident of Phelan, California killed Louis John Merrigan lll on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

On Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, a search warrant and Ramey warrant were served at the suspect’s residence in Phelan, California during the early morning hours and ultimately the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Although one arrest has been made, this investigation is ongoing and detectives are actively following additional leads.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Detective Mike Flores at: 1 (909) 387-3589.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

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San Bernardino, CA: Authorities eradicated 1,632 marijuana plants in San Bernardino National Forest.

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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San Bernardino, CA: Authorities eradicated 1,632 marijuana plants in San Bernardino National Forest.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 9:00am PT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted a joint operation with Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (C.A.M.P.) to eradicate a marijuana cultivation site in the San Bernardino National Forest near Cable Canyon in San Bernardino, California.

The site was located in extremely rugged mountain terrain and hidden in the canyon. Investigators found 1,632 marijuana plants and an abundance of trash as evidence that several suspects were caring for the marijuana plants.

The suspects cut and cleared the natural brush so they could plant the marijuana. This causes irreversible damage to the forest.

The water used to irrigate the plants was obtained from natural resources using plastic irrigation tubing.

The mature plants were producing bud and ranged in height from 3 to 6 feet tall. The suspects were in the process of harvesting the marijuana.

After harvesting, the marijuana is dried, processed and packaged for removal from the grow site.

At this time, it is unknown where the marijuana was being taken to, but most likely would have been sold illegally.

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Marijuana cultivation sites located within the forest areas have a negative impact on the natural resources and wild life in the area.

The fertilizer, pesticides and animal repellents used by the marijuana growers contaminate the natural streams and creeks, ultimately contaminating the ground water.

The natural brush and foliage cut away and discarded by the suspects have a major effect to the natural topography and wildlife in the forest.

The trash left behind by the marijuana growers can cause long lasting damage to the forest and wildlife living in the area.

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Investigators removed the marijuana plants, trash and irrigation line from the forest.

At this moment, there is no suspect information available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at: 1 (909) 890-4840.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

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News Update!!: Sacramento, CA: Deadly shooting at Sacramento City College.

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Sacramento, CA: Deadly shooting at Sacramento City College.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 3 students were shot in a shooting on a city college campus in Sacramento, California.

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The deadly shooting happened at around 4:00pm PT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 on the campus of Sacramento City College, located at 3835 Freeport Boulevard, in Sacramento, California.

Sacramento City College Police Department are saying that the shooting happened after some sort of altercation.

Sacramento Police Department reports indicate that the shooting occurred near a baseball field at Sacramento City College.

Los Rios Police Department, the Sacramento Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the shooting.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, a student was pronounced dead at the scene, another student was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third student was only grazed by a bullet.

Authorities searched the area for a shooter wearing a white shirt and beige cargo shorts, and was last seen running from the shooting scene.

Sacramento City College was place on a lockdown during the search for the shooter, but was later clear by 6:30pm PT.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, the shooter hasn’t been found and still still at large.

** Video from Dana Griffin ‏(Twitter Username: @KCRADana): **

Family and friends held a candlelight vigil outside Sacramento City College.

Classes at Sacramento City College will resume as scheduled on Friday, September 4th, 2015.

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

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Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather:

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather:

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**** Needles, California Weather: ****

– Friday:

Mostly sunny, high near 99*F.

South wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

– Friday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 76*F.

South wind 13 to 18 mph becoming light south southwest after 12:00am PT.

Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

– Saturday:

Sunny, high near 99*F.

Light southwest wind becoming south 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

– Saturday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 74*F.

South southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after 12:00am PT.

– Sunday:

Sunny, high near 102*F.

Light and variable wind.

– Sunday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 76*F.

** Labor Day: **

– Monday:

Mostly sunny, high near 104*F.

– Monday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 79*F.

– Tuesday:

Sunny and hot, high near 105*F.

– Tuesday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 79*F.

**** Mohave Valley, Arizona Weather: ****

– Friday:

Mostly sunny, high near 100*F.

South wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

– Friday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 74*F.

South wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after 12:00am MST.

Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

– Saturday:

Sunny, high near 101*F.

Light south wind increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the morning.

Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

– Saturday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 73*F.

South southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

– Sunday:

Sunny, high near 103*F.

Light and variable wind.

– Sunday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 75*F.

** Labor Day: **

– Monday:

Mostly sunny and hot, high near 105*F.

– Monday Night:

Partly cloudy, low around 79*F.

– Tuesday:

Sunny and hot, high near 106*F.

– Tuesday Night:

Mostly clear, low around 78*F.

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**** Heat Safety: ****

– Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

– Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

– Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.

– Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.

– Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.

– Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.

– Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.

– Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

– Take a cool bath or shower.

– Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician. Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.

– Parents, even on mild days in the 70s, studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects are more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. A dark dashboard or car seat can quickly reach temperatures in the range of 180°F to over 200°F. These objects heat the adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off long wave radiation, which then heats the air trapped inside a vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure your child’s safety.

– Touch a child’s safety seat and safety belt before using it to ensure it’s not too hot before securing a child.

– Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, even for just a minute.

– Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars. They could accidentally trap themselves in a hot vehicle.

– Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.

– Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever.

**** More heat safety tips and information is at the following website addresses: ****

– National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/during.shtml

– United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html

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** More weather information and weather radars for your area at the National Weather Service website at: **

http://www.weather.gov/

** Weather radar for the Colorado River Tri-State area including for the community of Needles, California is at the National Weather Service website address: **

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Fire Services Task Force begins work on plans for local fire department services.

September 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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News Update!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Fire Services Task Force begins work on plans for local fire department services.

A Fire Services Task Force was held on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 inside the conference room at the Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California to develop a plan for establishment of a local fire department to serve the community of Needles, California.

The goal of the Fire Services Task Force is to have a plan layout for members of the Needles City Council to review at the Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015.

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Discussions including what the City of Needles owns in equipment, cost to put together, how other communities are doing under a “Paid Call” and “Volunteer Fire Department”, the skills and work they would look for to serve, the effects of having a kind of fire department; like “Paid Call” or “Volunteer Fire Department”, that will have on the community in service and in insurance, and the timeline to get a plan layout and ready.

Another discussion was to work on getting young people graduating from Needles High School to join the fire department so that they can stay in the community and serve their community.

Ideas of that were to get Palo Verde Community College in Downtown Needles, California involved and have classes or set up some kind of an explore program for what Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said are well paying jobs.

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Members on the Fire Services Task Force included Robert Yee, Donnie Zamora, Linda Kidd, Steve Moffitt, and Michael Wright, and in attended were Terry Gardner and Gary Chamberain from Havasu Landing, California and Barry Menges as well as members of the press.

** ZachNews has posted the videos from the Fire Services Task Force Meeting at ZachNews on YouTube. **

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting. Part 2.

– Downtown Needles, CA: 9-3-2015: Fire Services Task Force Meeting. Part 3.

For more information regarding the Fire Services Task Force Meetings, please contact either Cheryl Sallis or Dale Jones at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

Needles, CA: Man finds sports medals on ground near Ed Parry Ball Field.

September 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Needles, CA: Man finds sports medals on ground near Ed Parry Ball Field.

At around 1:00pm PT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, a man walks into the Needles Regional Museum Thrift Store in Downtown, Needles California and tells volunteer Jackie Lyman that he found these sports medals laying on the ground near Ed Parry Ball Field in Needles, California.

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The man came to the Thrift Store to try to find out who can help and who can he turn these sport medals into.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the Thrift Store when the man walked in and took these pictures of the sports medals that he found.

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The man said that he wasn’t sure that if any of the buildings at Ed Parry Ball Field was broken into, but he did see a homeless man in his 40’s, 5’10, 170 pounds, and short brown hair walking away from the area of Ed Parry Ball Field heading to the K Street Underpass with a kids sleeping bag.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began making calls to people who can track down who’s basketball and baseball sports medals theses were and if these sports medals were left there by mistake or stolen from somewhere.

The sports medals are currently being protected by Jackie Lyman as the search for the sports medals continues.

If you know who the person these sport medals are from, please contact ZachNews by Facebook Messager or by email at: news.zachnews@gmail.com so we can get you in contact with Jackie Lyman.

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Breaking News!!: Sacramento, CA: Shooting at Sacramento City College.

September 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Breaking News!!: Sacramento, CA: Shooting at Sacramento City College.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 3 students were shot in a shooting at the campus of Sacramento City College, located at 3835 Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento, California.

Authorities are saying that the shooting happened at 3:50pm PT on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

According to the Sacramento Police Department, they’re searching the area for a Tongan man wearing a white shirt and beige cargo shorts, and was last seen running from the shooting scene.

Early news media reports that the shooting at Sacramento City College was connected to another shooting in the south part of Sacramento, California, but the Sacramento Police Department say that they could not confirm that.

Sacramento City College was place on a lockdown, but was clear at 6:30pm PT.

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. **

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