Breaking News!!: El Cajon, CA: Protest and outrage over fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man with a vape smoking device.

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Breaking News!!: El Cajon, CA: Protest and outrage over fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man with a vape smoking device.

A large crowd of people are protesting in El Cajon, California after new information was released on a fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man stating that the object drew from the African American man’s pant pocket and pointed at the law enforcement officers was a “vape smoking device”.

The fatal shooting by law enforcement of an African American man occurred on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016.

According to the El Cajon Police Department, just after 1:00pm PT, officers approached 38 year old Alfred Olango in the parking lot of the Broadway Village Shopping Center on Broadway in El Cajon, California after his sister called authorities to ask for help because her brother was “not acting like himself.”

The El Cajon Police Department said Alfred Olango was walking in and out of traffic acting “erratically.”

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According to the El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the officers who approached Alfred Olango told him to take his hands out of the pockets of his pants, but he allegedly “refused multiple instructions by the first officer on the scene” and kept his hands in his pockets.

El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis said that the man then pulled an object from his pocket and pointed it at officers, assuming a “shooting stance”.

The El Cajon Police Department said one of the officers deployed a Taser on the man, while the other officer fired multiple rounds, striking and killing him.

The man was later sent to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The El Cajon Police Department confirmed that their officers obtained video of the incident captured on a cell phone by an employee at a nearby taco shop.

According to the El Cajon Police Department, the witness voluntarily turned that video over to investigators.

El Cajon Police Department Officers are not currently outfitted with body-worn cameras.

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From that clip shot by a bystander, the El Cajon Police Department released a still picture that they said shows why Alfred Olango appeared to be a threat to officers.

Later Tuesday, the El Cajon Police Department were asked what was the object the man was holding and pointing, but wouldn’t provide information on what was that object.

But, as of 6:14pm PT on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, the question of what was the object Alfred Olango was holding and point was released in a press release from the El Cajon Police Department.

According to a press release from the El Cajon Police Department, “the object that Mr. Olango drew from his pant pocket and pointed at the officer is a vape smoking device.  The vape has an all silver cylinder (Smok TFV4 MINI) that is approximately 1” diameter and 3” long that was pointed toward the officer.  The box of the vape that was held in his grip, is 4” x 2 1/4”s x 1” (Pioneer for You Vape).  The vape was collected as evidence from the scene.”

** Press Release: City of El Cajon: El Cajon Police Department: **

http://cityofelcajon.us/Home/Components/News/News/2867/112

The press release from the El Cajon Police Department also talks about the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).

“There have been several questions about the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).  The El Cajon Police Department does have an agreement with Community Research Foundation / PERT which allows certified licensed clinicians to partner with police officers in the field in order to provide direct support for mental health calls.  On 9/27/16, during the hours of this incident, there was a PERT clinician with a police officer.  At the specific time of this incident, that team was on a different radio call that was also PERT related.  They were not immediately available,” said in the press release from the El Cajon Police Department.

According to the El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis, the 2 officers involved in the fatal shooting each have 21 years of service as police officers.

Per standard department policy, both officers have been placed on leave, as the investigation is ongoing.

The deadly officer involved shooting sparked uproar in the community amid racial tensions across the nation stemming from many other deadly shootings of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers, including the recent killing of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Wednesday afternoon, protests began in the streets of El Cajon, California putting law enforcement on high alert.

Because of the protest, Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, California temporarily closed their doors.

According to a statement posted on their Facebook page, Parkway Plaza said, “By request of local authorities and out of an abundance of caution, Parkway Plaza will be temporarily closed due to demonstrations in the area. We will let you know when we are scheduled to reopen.”

According to the El Cajon Police Department, Parkway Plaza chose to close on its own and law enforcement are not actively evacuating patrons.

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Tonight, swarm of people are in the streets near the site of the fatal shooting, prompting an intensified law enforcement presence as crowds took to the street.

** Video from Omari Fleming ‏(@OmariNBCSD) and NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7: **

 

Several hundred of people are seen in the streets, walking southbound on Valentin against traffic as they began chanting and screaming, “No justice, no peace,” and holding “Black Lives Matters” signs as police in riot gear blocked off some streets.

At this moment, the protests have been peaceful.

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Earlier on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, community advocates, community organizations, and church leaders gather for a rally regarding the fatal shooting.

Rev. Shane Harris, of the National Action Network San Diego, said the picture released by the El Cajon Police Department does not reveal the full story of what transpired between officers and Alfred Olango.

Other speakers at the rally said the release of the single photo only serves to “shape the narrative” of law enforcement.

“The nation’s eyes are watching us. America’s Finest City – it ain’t looking so fine right now,” said Rev. Shane Harris.

Rev. Shane Harris said that he’s been in contact with Alfred Olango’s family and they plan to seek a federal investigation into the deadly police shooting.

“We do not trust local prosecutors to investigate local police. You won’t have no peace until we get justice. We will not sit down and shut up!” said Rev. Shane Harris.

Agnes Hassan, a woman from Sudan who was friends with Alfred Olango, spoke briefly at the end of the rally and said Alfred Olango was a refugee from Uganda and emigrated to the United States of America in 1991 when he was 12 years old.

They both moved to El Cajon, California in search of a better life and future for their families.

With tears in her eyes, Agnes Hassan said, “We suffer too much – there was a war in Africa, to suffer again? If somebody has mental problem, how can you not deal with him with a mental problem? This is not right. My heart is just broken.”

Along with community advocates, community organizations, and church leaders at the rally, longtime El Cajon, California resident Eddie Price attended the rally.

Eddie Price tells NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7, “I’ve been a black man for 56 years. The feelings that I’m feeling are not new,” saying that he’s been targeted by police his entire life for the color of his skin.

“I’m armed right now. I’m armed with the melanin in my skin and information in my mind. I’m armed and dangerous. That’s what I feel like, every time I see the police, I feel like I’m already armed and dangerous and I’m a suspect already. That’s no way to live,” Eddie Price explained.

Eddie Price tells NBC San Diego News that also demanded justice in this case.

“We don’t want you to look at us like us. We want you to look at us like you. We want morals and humanity back in this society. I’m tired of walking around like I’m a target. We need some action. Feel something,’ said Eddie Price.

Eddie Price, along with other speakers, called for the news media to support the black community.

Referring to the police, Eddie Price tells NBC San Diego News, “It’s not just us against them. This goes into the morality of humanity. Everybody ought to be conflicted about this. Imagine if this was you.”

The rally was peaceful, but the rally became heated for a moment when Armand King, leader of the Paving Brighter Futures organization, stepped up to the podium.

“They murdered somebody last night. Somebody’s at home right now with their family, and someone is dead now. This is just wrong,” said Armand King.

The crowd began chanting, “Murder! Murder!” and at that moment, a man in the crowd heckled Armand King and he was shaken.

According to Christopher Rice-Wilson, the Associate Director of the Alliance for San Diego and who led the rally, said to NBC San Diego News, “We cannot respond to them. Every time a black man is killed by police, it’s a message to us to stay in line. When we speak out, we’re told we don’t matter. Black lives matter. And if a black life doesn’t matter, then no lives matter. We’re supposed to be all equals.”

Mallory Webb, president of the San Diego Youth and College Division of the NAACP, also spoke briefly talking about her experience as a young black woman. “I’m angry. I’m very angry and I’m hurt. That could be my little brother; that could be my twin sister any time. I don’t know what to do. I’m scared to walk the streets every single day – I walk to school every single day – and why do I feel like I have to look behind bushes and hide behind trees? Because I could get shot and killed at any time.”

El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis urged the community to remain calm and said the investigation will be thorough.

“This will be transparent. This will be looked at by multiple sets of eyes, and not just ours,” said El Cajon Police Department Chief Jeff Davis.

The San Diego District Attorney was on scene and also will investigate.

 

Breaking News!!: Townville, SC: Shooting at Townville Elementary School.

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Breaking News!!: Townville, SC: Shooting at Townville Elementary School.

There has been a shooting at Townville Elementary School, located at 105 State Road, in Townville, South Carolina.

The shooting happened at 2:00pm ET on Wednesday, Septmber 28th, 2016.

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According to the Anderson County Emergency Management, at least 2 children and a female teacher were injured in the shooting.

Parents were waiting nearby for their children who are being brought out of the back of the school.

 

The evacuated students moved by bus to Oakdale Baptist Church, located at 6724 Highway 24, in Townville, South Carolina.

Authorities are telling family members to go to the church, not to the school.

SWAT Teams were seen searching the school for the lone shooter.

Authorities have a teenage suspect is in police custody.

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Authorities are also on scene of a reported death just 3 miles from school.

The shooting death at this location is connected with the shooting at the school.

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

Needles, CA: Deputies identify and arrested a suspect wanted for grand theft auto.

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Needles, CA: Deputies identify and arrested a suspect wanted for grand theft auto.

 

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 2:37pm PT on Friday, September 23rd, 2016, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 2100 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles , California reference a stolen vehicle.

 

The victim’s Toyota Tundra was driven east on Lilyhill Drive, by an unknown suspect.

 

At approximately 8:00pm PT, the vehicle was located near the east end of the S Street, a flood control channel.

 

At approximately 8:30am PT on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, Detective Preston and deputies conducted a probation check on the 2100 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California.

 

At this time, evidence was obtained that led to the suspect being identified as 31 year old Mark Gardner from Needles, California.

 

Mark Gardner is currently on Post Release Community Supervision for Grand Theft Auto.

 

San Bernardino County Probation Officer Dunlop was contacted to confirm Mark Gardner’s current address.

 

Deputies made contact with Mark Gardner at his residence in the 1900 block of Desoto Street in Needles, California.

 

Mark Gardner was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Colorado River Station.

 

Mark Gardner was booked for Grand Theft Auto and a No Bail hold was placed by San Bernardino County Probation.

 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Needles Sheriff’s Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

 

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

 

Lake Havasu City, AZ: A young girl fights for her life after boat capsized.

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Lake Havasu City, AZ: A young girl fights for her life after boat capsized.

An 18 month old girl is in extremely critical condition after a boat capsized on Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Saturday, September 24th, 2016.

First responders upon arriving, a 1995 Hurricane deck boat can be spotted upside down in the water just off the shore north of Pittsburgh Point.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, there were 12 people from California on board the boat, including a 18 month old girl and the child’s parents.

As first responders arrived, they were told that the toddler was still under the boat.

A Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Boating Officer saw the baby and pulled her from the water then Lake Havasu Fire Department personnel immediately started administrating CPR on the girl while she was being transported to an awaiting ambulance.

The girl was airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after being located in the water.

The girl’s parents were on board when the boat turned over and were reportedly not injured.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation.

Winds blowing 15 to 20 mph caused 2 to 4 foot waves to break on the shore in the area at the time.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the 18 month old girl. **

** Picture from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. **

Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will start at 6:00pm PT with a Executive Session starting at 5:30pm PT.

**** 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/2016%20website%20file%20posting%20(Needlesserver)/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/092416/ccnpua_092716-agendaLINKED2.pdf

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

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/2016_CITY_MEETING.html

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

News Alert!!: Hempstead, NY: Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

News Alert!!: Hempstead, NY: Live Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happening Tonight.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will be facing off in a live presidential debate, hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, on Monday, September 26th, 2016 from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

You can watch the debate live on each of the local television stations as well as cable news channels.

NBC News and MSNBC will show the debate live starting at 9:00pm ET.

If you’re living in or around the area of Needles, California, Topock, Arizona, and Mohave Valley, Arizona, you can watch the debate live on any of the local television stations.

NBC affiliates KNBC, KSNV, and KPNX, will show the debate live starting at 6:00pm PT.

** You can watch the debate live online at the following NBC News website address:

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-presidential-debates

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Lake Havasu City, AZ: Man drowns while boating at Red Rock Cove.

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Lake Havasu City, AZ: Man drowns while boating at Red Rock Cove.

 

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at about 4:30pm PT on September 24th, 2016, 29 year old Steven Cornejo of South Gate, California was boating in the area of Red Rock Cove on Lake Havasu, Arizona with friends when he jumped into the water to retrieve a hat that blew out of the their rented pontoon boat.

 

When Steven Cornejo jumped in the water, he could not make it back to the pontoon boat which was drifting in winds of about 25 mph.

 

Attempts were made by others passengers on the boat to assist Steven Cornejo but he was not able to remain on the surface.

 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marine Enforcement Unit responded to the area to assist.

 

Shortly after their arrival members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Dive Rescue were requested.

 

Two divers arrived and immediately conducted a hasty rescue dive in an attempt to locate the victim.

 

The rescue effort was suspended at dusk.

 

At about 7:00am PT on Sunday, September 25th, 2016, the search effort resumed.

 

The Dive Rescue Team was assisted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Sonar operations located the victim at a depth of about 50 feet.

 

At 5:21pm PT, divers brought the victim to the surface.

 

The victim was turned over to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division.

 

** Press Release: **

 

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/September/ColoradoRiverStation-FatalBoatingAccident.aspx

 

** ZachNews sends our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family and friends of the Steven Cornejo. **

News from Needles, California.