Big River, CA: Deputies recovered 431 marijuana plants during a search warrant.

Big River, CA: Deputies recovered 431 marijuana plants during a search warrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 8:40am PT on Monday, November 20th, 2017, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station served a search warrant on the 15000 block of Alamo Road in Big River, California.

Deputies contacted and detained 60 year old Banlang Sayachack from Squaw Valley, California and 47 year old Souvanna Homesombath from Sacramento , California during the service and found 431 marijuana plants at the rear of the residence.

The marijuana plants were seized as evidence.

Both Banlang Sayachack and Souvanna Homesombath were issued citations for Health and Safety Code 11358,

Unauthorized Cultivation of Marijuana. Per San Bernardino County code 84.34.040, it is illegal to cultivate marijuana in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

The investigation is ongoing and anybody with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

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

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/6267581/

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident with injuries along Needles Highway.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident with injuries along Needles Highway.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, a traffic accident with injuries occurred along Needles Highway, approximately 3 miles south of the Avi Resort and Casino, in Needles, California.

The traffic accident was reported at 6:04pm PT on Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the traffic accident was a “head on” crash blocking lanes.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department advised the California Highway Patrol that at least 3 vehicles are involved in the traffic accident.

Mohave Valley Fire Department along with San Bernardino County Fire Department, Fort Mohave Mesa fire department, Bullhead City Fire Department and Baker ambulance responded to the vehicle accident.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, at least 8 patients were transported, including 5 patients by ground and 3 patients by air to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Pictures from the Mohave Valley Fire Department: **

As seen in the pictures above from the Mohave Valley Fire Department, medical helicopters landed at the Avi Resort and Casino parking lot for air transport.

At this moment, the conditions on the patients are unknown.

Tow crews are cleaning up the damaged vehicles so to reopen the Needles Highway.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

 

Needles, CA: Family Flag Football Game and Awards Ceremony at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Family Flag Football Game and Awards Ceremony at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field on Tuesday.

A family flag football game and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field, located on J Street near Bailey Avenue, in Needles, California.

The Flag Football Family Game and Awards Ceremony 2017 will begin at 6:00pm PT with the family flag football game followed by the awards ceremony at 7:00pm PT.

Coaches for the Fall 2017 season are being asked to please bring all flags and footballs so they can be return.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

**** Note: Teleconference: ****

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams participated in the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting via teleconference from Reno, Nevada.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams was heading towards Las Vegas, Nevada for the MJBizCon which is a national trade show for the cannabis industry and the world’s largest gathering of cannabis executives and exhibitors.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams expressed an interest in attending the MJBizCon and on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to authorized Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Senior Code Enforcement Officer Adrian Chavez to attend the MJBizCon.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:
  • Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency:

Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8: Property (Approximately 27.61 acre parcel located Northeast of I-40 and East of East Broadway APN 0186-222-07. Agency Negotiator: City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee, Negotiating Parties: Successor Agency to the Needles Redevelopment Agency as Seller and loeplant Management LLC and Kevin Bacon as buyers. And Conference with Legal Council re potential litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d) (4). Under Negotiation: termination of purchase agreement and possible settlement of any claims arising out of or related to terminating purchase agreement.

 

  • Agenda Item B:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3) Regarding Potential Litigation. One potential case related to threat of lawsuit against NPUA / City by Ron Kemper.

 

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:
  • Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency:

Needles City Attorney reports that the vote was unanimous to move forward with the settlement agreement, by which the City of Needles would be entitled to $20,000 cost incurred with respect to the transaction. 

 

  • Agenda Item B:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was discussion but no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

At least 3 people spoke during Public Appearances.

Subjects during Public Appearances included the Train Park, dispute regarding sewer lines upgrades at Rio Buena Vista, and Needles Code Enforcement work.

** More details from Public Appearances are still being added. **

 

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Mr. Michael Bracken, DMG Economics, will be making a PowerPoint presentation regarding the State of Needles Economy and Growth Projections (5 Year) and included in the packet is a staff report regarding the Economic Analysis of Cannabis Businesses Impacts and the Market Analysis.

 

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-1%20economic%20cannabis.pdf

A PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Michael Bracken, Development Management Group (D.M.G.) Economics, was presented to members of the Needles City Council regarding the State of Economy and Growth Projections (5 Year) in Needles, California.

Mr. Michael Bracken talked in detail about the Economic Analysis of Cannabis Businesses Impacts and the Market Analysis in Needles, California.

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

Mr. Jerry Telles, Needles Chamber of Commerce, will be making a PowerPoint presentation regarding their proposal to relocate to the El Garces, 950 Front Street.

 

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-2%20chamber.pdf

A PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Jerry Telles, Needles Chamber of Commerce, was presented to members of the Needles City Council regarding their proposal to relocate the Needles Chamber of Commerce office to the El Garces Train Depot, located at 950 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California. 

The proposal relocate to Needles Chamber of Commerce office into the El Garces Train Depot has been suggested and widely supported by many in the community as a great located for the Needles Chamber of Commerce so to not only better promote the community in a nice and historic building, but also be have access to the El Garces Train Depot for tours. 

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against establishing a fee and deposit schedules for the permit processing and renewal of medical marijuana projects and businesses.

Resolution No. 2017-77 establishing deposits for a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana facility and establishing fees for the annual renewal of the medical marijuana license (regulatory permit) pursuant to Municipal Code Chapter 12A.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-3%20Deposits.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2017-77 establishing deposits for conditional use permits for medical marijuana facilities and establishing fees for the annual renewal of medical marijuana licenses.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code updating distance requirements for marijuana businesses, clarifying prohibition of commercial recreational marijuana businesses and adding regulation related to personal use Cultivation.

Ordinance No. 598-AC amending sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code relating to distance requirements, commercial recreational marijuana businesses, personal use cultivation and non-profit requirements (1st Reading – Post)

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-4%20amend%20598-AC.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted held 2 different votes regarding Ordinance 598-AC amending the municipal code relating to distance requirements for commercial recreational marijuana businesses, personal use cultivation and non-profit requirements.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve 4 of the 5 proposed amendments in Ordinance 598-AC: 2) proposed ordinance adds language clarifying the city’s current position that commercial recreational marijuana, 3) ordinance adopts reasonable regulations related to personal use cultivation, 4) ordinance removes the requirements that medical marijuana business be operated as a bona-fide non-profit entity, 5) ordinance adds a definition clarifying that regulatory licenses means and includes all types of marijuana business licenses issued by the city these four were approved unanimously.

Members of the Needles City Council then decided the matter regarding changing the distance of medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution and transportation facilities from 1,000 feet to 600 feet from a school, parks, recreation center or youth center among other things.

A list of comments were presented to members of the Needles City Council that responded to a question by Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. and posted to ZachNews asking the community, “What amount of distance you think medical marijuana cultivation should be away from local schools and parks?”

ZachNews was asked to be posted his question to the community by Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. and tells ZachNews that he wanted to know from the people he represents what they think the amount of distance medical marijuana cultivation should be away from local schools and parks.

But some members of the Needles City Council including from Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, raised concerns into those people’s comments, questioning if their inputs regarding this agenda item were from Needles, California or not. 

A few people spoke up on this matter spoke during public appearance, including a person who stated he had a financial interest in this matter.

After discussing the matter and hearing public appearance, members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to change the distance requirement from 1000 feet to 600 feet.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

During pass Needles City Council meetings, comments from people living in Needles, California and not living in Needles, California were allowed to be heard, including matters regarding medical marijuana, with no members from the Needles City Council questioning if they are from Needles, California.

Input from people who spoke during public appearance as well as comments that were written in, emailed, and posted on social media were read, heard, and even get addressed by members of the Needles City Council regardless if they were from Needles, California.

Dale Jones, City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles, tells ZachNews that anybody can address any matter that relates to our community regardless of where they’re from.

As for what some members of the Needles City Council questioning if input being from or not from Needles, California, Dale Jones tells ZachNews that’s just their own opinion.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #5:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the minutes of July 25, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No agenda item packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to approve the minutes of July 25, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve refunding $650,000 to Richard Warren (Pens and Needles) for electrical improvement deposits because they have withdrawn their applications for medical marijuana facilities.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-6%20refund.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to table the matter until their next meeting.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #7 through #12 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through November 14, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-7%20warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Approve the minutes of July 25, August 8, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No agenda item packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

Approve filing of a revised claim for Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA) Fund for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 relating to the Needles Transit Services.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-9%20LTF.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-76 approving an agreement for professional services, Hearing Officer, with Mark A. Marnati and direct the Mayor to execute the same.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-10%20Hearing%20Officer.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Approve Change Order #1 for Casa Linda and Coronado Street Measure Rehabilitation Project to Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc in the amount of $3,962.65 from the Measure I Fund.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** City of Needles error accessing Agenda Item #11 Packet. ****

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Approve the Employment Agreement Template and authorize the City Manager to use with exempt employees and approve the Electric Department Manager Employment Agreement with James Lindley.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-12%20positions.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7, #9, #10, and #11, and pulled Agenda Items #8 and #12 on the Consent Calendar.

In regards to Agenda Items #8, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to table until their next meeting.

In regards to Agenda Items #12, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve employment agreement template; authorize city manager to use the template with exempt employees.

The matter regarding the electric department manager agreement with Jack Lindley was withdraw from Agenda Items #12 and will come back to members of the Needles City Council at their next meeting. 

In a late addition to Agenda Items #12, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Director of Development Services Patrick.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #13:

Authorize a contribution to the Needles Women’s Club for the City’s sponsorship of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair to be held December 2, 2017 as the City Council finds that this is an important annual community event that serves an important public and Community purpose and therefore the Council authorizes a contribution not to exceed $1,200 to the Women’s Club as the City’s share of the cost of the event, funds are to be paid upon proper accounting with receipts and payments to vendors.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-13%20women%20club.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize contribution to the Needles Women’s Club for the City’s sponsorship of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair to be held December 2, 2017 as the City Council finds that this is an important annual community event that serves an important public and Community purpose and therefore the Council authorizes a contribution not to exceed $1,200 to the Women’s Club as the City’s share of the cost of the event, funds are to be paid upon proper accounting with receipts and payments to vendors.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Authorize an expenditure of $26,200 to finish repainting the rail cars adding an anti-graffiti final Coat and to refurbish the Train Park using funds from the surplus property account.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-14%20Train%20Park.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to authorize an expenditure of $26,200 to finish repainting the rail cars adding an anti-graffiti final Coat and to refurbish the Train Park using funds from the surplus property account.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #14.

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

Resolution No. 2017-78 approving design standards for steel buildings utilized in commercial projects.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-15%20Steel%20Bldg.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2017-18 approving design standards for steel buildings used in commercial projects.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417%20Agenda%20ALL.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

 

 

Needles, CA: Remembering Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

Needles, CA: Remembering Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

Family, friends, firefighters, and a community came together on Friday, November 17th, 2017 to remember the life of Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

** Picture courtesy of Dimond and Sons Needles Mortuary: **

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler passed away suddenly on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at his home.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Family and friends arrived to a memorial service held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Downtown Needles, California, along with firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, and Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

ZachNews has learned that the memorial service was touching yet celebrated the life of a good man who cared about his family and the community he served.

Afterwards, a funeral procession was held along West Broadway and East Broadway to Needles Riverview Cemetery in Needles, California.

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was along East Broadway as the funeral procession with fire department trucks and Mohave County Sheriff’s vehicles drove pass the Needles Towne Center towards Needles Riverview Cemetery passing underneath a large American flag being held up by 2 ladder fire department trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department and Yucca Fire District.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

During the funeral procession, a CareFlight medical helicopter flow over the funeral procession, following the vehicles into the Needles Riverview Cemetery.

http://www.facebook.com/yuccafire/videos/1226992927432707

** Video from the Yucca Fire District: **

According to the Yucca Fire District, a bell ceremony and a flag and helmet presentation were held at Needles Riverview Cemetery for Robert Derichsweiler service to the fire department and the community.

** Video from the Yucca Fire District: **

Family, friends, firefighters, and a community will miss Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler. **

** Picture Above from ZachNews: **

Live Breaking News!!: Fort Mohave, AZ: Traffic collision along northbound Arizona Highway 95 involving 2 vehicles.

Live Breaking News!!: Fort Mohave, AZ: Traffic collision along northbound Arizona Highway 95 involving 2 vehicles.

A traffic collision involving 2 vehicles occurred along northbound Arizona Highway 95 near mile post 239, near Valencia Road, in Fort Mohave, Arizona at around 12:16pm MST on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez and his friend Timothy Terral spotted the traffic collision well heading to do grocery shopping.

Firefighters and paramedics from Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department and Bullhead City Fire Department along with Mohave County Sheriff’s arrived to the scene of the traffic collision.

A person were seen talking to firefighters and deputy near a white vehicle well firefighters were seen checking on the people inside a silver vehicle.

At least 2 ambulances were on scene of the traffic collision, but an ambulance from Bullhead City Fire Department later left with nobody being placed inside well the other ambulance from Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department remained at the scene of the traffic collision.

Live Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Funeral Procession for Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

Live Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Funeral Procession for Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

Family, friends, firefighters, and a community are coming together in Needles, California to remember the life of Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler passed away suddenly on Friday, November 10th, 2017 at his home.

A funeral procession will be held along West Broadway and East Broadway to Needles Riverview Cemetery in Needles, California.

Family, friends, firefighters, and a community will miss Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighter Robert Michael Derichsweiler. **

News from Needles, California.