Breaking News!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Former owner of KTOX 1340AM and ‘Blood Orange Project’ band member Dave Hayes has died.

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Breaking News!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Former owner of KTOX 1340AM and ‘Blood Orange Project’ band member Dave Hayes has died.

ZachNews has just been sadly informed that former owner of KTOX 1340AM and ‘Blood Orange Project’ band member Dave Hayes has died on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017.

More information is still coming into ZachNews, but what we know is that Dave Hayes just had triple heart bypass surgery on Saturday at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California and was doing okay just a few days ago on Tuesday.

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** Picture of Dave Hayes at KTOX 1340AM in Needles, California: **

Dave Hayes was a long time resident of Fort Mohave, Arizona and was the former owner of KTOX 1340AM in Needles, California and hosted a morning talk program called ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’ with Frank Costigan, a former L.A.X. Police Department Chief.

Frank Costigan and Dave Hayes made a great team discussing local politics around the Colorado River Tri-State as well as reporting on news and investigations that were going on in the community, including corruption inside local governments and law enforcement as well as what events were going on around the community, including the Needles Centennial Celebration.

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** Picture from ZachNews of Dave Hayes on interviewing Robert and Lana Shaw on “Don’t Start Me Talking”: **

On Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at KTOX 1340AM when Dave Hayes interviewed Robert and Lana Shaw on “Don’t Start Me Talking” talking about the Needles Centennial Celebration.

In late 2012, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez met Dave Hayes and was invited to the KTOX 1340AM radio station and was very interested in the work I was doing independently reporting on local and and events.

I met Dave Hayes years ago after he heard about ZachNews. Dave Hayes invited me several times over to the station showing me how a radio station works. Dave Hayes worked hard behind the scenes to keep the radio station running so that the community can have a radio platform to have them be heard,” said ZachNews Owner and Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez.

Later, ZachNews got to be on the radio with Dave Hayes, Frank Costigan, and even Bob Moore during ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’ to reporting on what was going on in Needles, California.

“Dave Hayes valued the work I was doing in the community and over the few months, I gwas invited onto his radio program to report on local news and events happening in the community. Thanks to Dave Hayes, ZachNews got people noticing the work I was doing in the community,” said ZachNews Owner and Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez.

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Dave Hayes along with Frank Costigan were featured on CBS affiliate KLAS Channel 8 and History Channel’s UFO Hunters after their reporting on a U.F.O. crash that occurred along the Colorado River at around 8:00am PT on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 in Needles, California.

Well not on the radio, Dave Hayes was outside enjoying his outdoor garden area and pond put together in the back yard area of KTOX 1340AM.

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** Picture from ZachNews of Frank Costigan and Dave Hayes safely moved a small rattlesnake: **

On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at KTOX 1340AM when Frank Costigan and Dave Hayes safely moved a small rattlesnake that was found in the backyard area of the KTOX 1340 AM in Needles, California.

“Dave Hayes was a very spiritual man who cared about the people’s rights, was passionate about keeping local government and law enforcement officials honest, and loved music, nature, and animals,” said ZachNews Owner and Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez.

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** Picture of Dave Hayes playing the keyboard for ‘Blood Orange Project’: **

Dave Hayes would also practice on the keyboard that he loved playing in the band ‘Blood Orange Project’.

As a tribute to Dave Hayes, the new owner of KTOX 1340AM and 104,1FM has invited Frank Costigan to do a 3 hours live from 9:00am to 12:00pm PT on Friday, February 24th, 2017 and will be discussing Dave Hayes and his service to the community and mankind.

** You can listen to KTOX 1340AM at the following website addresses: **

– KTOX 1340AM:

http://www.ktox1340.com/stream/

– TuneIn: 

http://tunein.com/radio/KTOX-1340-s35735/

** If you would like to call into the Tribute to Dave Hayes, please call KTOX 1340AM at: 1 (855) 586-9134. **

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of Dave Hayes. Thanks Dave Hayes for helping people in the community and keeping local government and law enforcement officials honest. ZachNews and the community will miss Dave Hayes. Rest In Peace Dave Hayes. ****

** Picture of Dave Hayes at KTOX 1340AM in Needles, California: **

Needles, CA: Medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed at the old Taco Bell building?

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Needles, CA: Medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed at the old Taco Bell building?

During a Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 in Needles, California, talk of what could be coming soon to the old Taco Bell building in Needles, California.

On Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, Taco Bell permanently closed their fast food restaurant located at 2603 Columbus Street in Needles, California and the building has sat empty since with the community wondering what will be taking their placing and hoping that a another fast food restaurant or coffee and donuts place will go in there.

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Well discussing Resolution No. 2-21-17 BPU, authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the completion of a 2015 capital improvement to construct a new electrical circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to a location in the vicinity of Columbus Drive, talk of a medical marijuana cultivation facility coming to the old Taco Bell building.

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ZachNews contacted the City of Needles and received information and map on the propose medical marijuana cultivation facility at the old Taco Bell building.

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According to the Cindy Semione with the City of Needles, “The parcel outlined in red in the graphic below has been proposed for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, including 2 buildings, with the project moving forward in phases. The parcel outlined in green, the former Taco Bell property, was purchased by the same individuals, and in 2 meetings they indicated a desire to move forward with a hydroponic equipment retail store. I have asked for more information. They are in the process of providing additional information requested from the site plan review meeting. According to the Permissible Use Table, a retail store in the C-2 zone requires a Zoning Permit. Their “will serve” is requesting 4 MW of power; the water allocation request has not been identified yet. It has not yet been noticed for Planning Commission or City Council, pending the receipt of information requested.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The proposal is not yet complete, therefore it is not yet scheduled for a public hearing. When it is there will be public notice.

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

 

Needles, CA: Resident from Bullhead City, Arizona in police custody after leading deputies on a high speed police pursuit into Needles, California.

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Needles, CA: Resident from Bullhead City, Arizona in police custody after leading deputies on a high speed police pursuit into Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at around 2:52am PT on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Colorado River Station were requested to assist in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was heading south into Needles, California from Arizona on Highway 95.

Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department had taken over a police pursuit that was initiated in Bullhead City, Arizona and now reached Needles, California.

Deputies from Needles, California units took over the pursuit of the stolen 2002 Mercury SUV and followed it through Needles, California and east onto Interstate 40.

The vehicle drove at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and failed to obey traffic devices or posted stop signs.

During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle left the roadway and rolled over.

Deputies were then able to take the driver, identified as 29 years old Anthony Julian Rodriguez from Bullhead City, Arizona, into police custody.

Once in the Needles Jail, Rodriguez resisted deputies resulting in an additional charge of resisting an officer with force.

In addition to the new charges, Anthony Julian Rodriguez also had a felony no bail warrant for possession of explosives out of Ventura County, California.

Anthony Julian Rodriguez is currently on felony PRCS Probation out of Ventura for weapons charges.

As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s Realignment Plan, or Assembly Bill 109, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court Decision requiring the state to lower its prison population; offenders with non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious convictions will serve reduced sentences in county jails and be placed on local supervision through county Probation.

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5858120/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2017/February/Needles-High-SpeedPursuit.aspx

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

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All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #2 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

– Agenda Item #1: Minutes of adjourned regular meeting held February 7, 2017.

– Agenda Item #2: Approve a solar subsidy rebate in the amount of $6,552 to Thomas Terral for completion of a rooftop photovoltaic system at 1345 Lily Hill Drive.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda items #1 and #2 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

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Resolution No. 2-21-17 BPU authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the completion of a 2015 capital improvement to construct a new electrical circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to a location in the vicinity of Columbus Drive.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2-21-17 BPU.

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During discussion on the agenda item, talk a proposed medical marijuana cultivation facility at the old Taco Bell building.

On Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, Taco Bell permanently closed their fast food restaurant located at 2603 Columbus Street in Needles, California and the building has sat empty since.

ZachNews will be receiving more information on this medical marijuana cultivation facility at the old Taco Bell building and will post that information soon.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Resolution No. 2-21-17-1 BPU authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the replacement of an undersized transformer at the Topock Substation and the upgrade of jumper connectors at the No Name Substation to allow for additional electric capacity in the city

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2-21-17-1 BPU.

 

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– Agenda Item #5: Needles present perfected rights report – January 2017.

– Agenda Item #6: Monthly activity report for December 2016.

– Agenda Item #7: EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system January 2017.

Agenda Items #5 through #7 were information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** Pending Board Requests: ****

 

**** City Manager’s Report: ****

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During City Manager’s Report, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the “Bill Yoney Substation” (formerly named Bush Street Substation) and parts being ordered for the substation.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about the Needles City Council renaming the Bush Street Substation to the “Bill Yoney Substation”.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also talked about a gas station along J Street and the gallons of gas that were pumped was haft of what it was before it was closed off due to the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about trouble finding shut off valves on J Street so to cut off the water that runs up the hill from the intersection of West Broadway and K Street where as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project, the water line is being lowered as a new retaining wall is going to be build.

This water line problem is part of the reason why the 2 week West Broadway closure, named “Needles Jam”, hasn’t occur yet between J Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California. 

A meeting at the City of Needles’ Administration Office will be happening on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 where updated information regarding the West Broadway closure will hopefully be be provided.

 

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During Board Requests, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities asked and talked about California’s Sanctuary State and Seceding from the United States of America; concerns of what this will mean to our water agreement regarding the Colorado River. 

Members of the Needles City Council decided to place the California’s Sanctuary State and Secession matter on the agenda for their next Needles City Council Meeting to take action on. The next Needles City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 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 unless there’s Executive Session. 

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities also asked and talked about capital improvement projects and the cost for the City of Needles. 

 

**** You can view the full agenda at the following City of Needles website addresses: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/3%20UTILITY%20BOARD/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/ub_022117-agenda-LINKED.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 Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

 

Needles, CA: Deputies are searching for 2 suspects who stole items from a local business.

Needles, CA: Deputies are searching for 2 suspects who stole items from a local business.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 6:30pm PT on Monday, February 20th, 2017, 2 black male adults entered a business on the 1500 block of J Street in Needles, California.

While inside the business, one of the suspects entered the employee’s office and stole a wallet from an employee’s purse.

The suspects left the business and began using the stolen credit card at several businesses in town.

The suspects were described as black males in their 20’s, wearing jeans and driving a late model 2-door silver Chevy Tahoe.

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: https://wetip.com/

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5857591/

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2017/February/Needles-CommercialBurglary.aspx

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News Update!!: Whittier, CA: Identity and criminal history release on the gunman that killed a Whittier Police Department Officer in shootout.

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News Update!!: Whittier, CA: Identity and criminal history release on the gunman that killed a Whittier Police Department Officer in shootout.

The identity and criminal history on the gunman that killed a Whittier Police Department Officer during a shootout on Monday, February 20th, 2017 in Whittier, California was released on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2017.

Just after 8:00am PT, officers responded to a crash in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, California where allegedly a driver of a stolen car had struck two other cars at a stop light.

When the officers arrived, they were told by the victims that the driver who had struck them was around the corner.

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Officers got the man out of the car and began patting him down for weapons, but during the pat down, the man pulled out a gun and started shooting as officers returned fire and wounded the man.

Both of the Whittier Police Department Officers and the gunman were rushed to the hospital where Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Boyer was pronounced dead.

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Officer Keith Boyer was a 25 year veteran with the Whittier Police Department who loved to play drums in a classic rock tribute and cover band that often performed for charity.

His band mates with Mrs. Jones’ Revenge was among the hundreds of people who mourned the fallen officer during a candlelight vigil on Monday, February 20th, 2017.

The band, Mrs. Jones’ Revenge, posted this message (Posted Above) on their Facebook page of the loss of their band mate and great friend, Officer Keith Boyer.

Officer Patrick Hazel, a 3 year veteran Whittier Police Officer, was transported to a hospital after being wounded in the shootout and had stable vital signs.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Lt. John Corina told news reporters that Officer Patrick Hazel, “looks like he’s going to live.”

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified the gunman as 26 year old Michael Christopher Mejia, a resident of Los Angeles, California and a gang member.

Michael Christopher Mejia is believed to be involved in a murder homicide and car theft that occurred about 5:30am PT on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at a home in the 1400 block of Volney Drive in the City Terrace, California.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Lt. John Corina said witnesses identified the shooter in the shootout as possibly the gunman involved in a homicide and car theft which the stolen car ultimately crashed in Whittier, California.

Authorities said the victim in that shooting was identified as 49 year old Roy Torres and is reportedly a cousin of the gunman.

Michael Christopher Mejia was wounded in the shootout and was last reported hospitalized in an intensive care unit.

Since the shooting death of Officer Keith Boyer, more information has been release on the gunman’s criminal history.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Michael Christopher Mejia was sentenced to 4 years in prison in 2010 on a felony robbery charge as a member of a street gang and was paroled in 2014.

While on parole, Michael Christopher Mejia was arrested again on grand theft and vehicle theft charges and sentenced to an additional 2 years in prison.

According to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Spokesperson Jeffrey Callison, “None of the state’s recent criminal justice reforms — including AB 109, Proposition 47 or Proposition 57 — impacted when this individual was released from state prison.”

During the emotional news conference on Monday, February 20th, 2017, Whittier Police Department Chief Jeff Piper pointed to a series of statewide criminal justice initiatives implemented in the past few years that they said have led to the release of too many criminals.

We need to wake up. Enough is enough. Passing these propositions, you’re creating these laws that is raising crime. It’s not good for our communities and it’s not good for our officers. What you have today is an example of that. So we need to pull our head out of the sand and start realizing what we’re doing to our communities and to our officers who give their life like Officer Boyer did today. You have no idea how things have changed in the last four years. People don’t want to follow rules, don’t care about people,” said Whittier Police Department Chief Jeff Piper.

California Republican State Sen. Jeff Stone said that Officer Keith Boyer’s slaying “appears to be another example of the danger created by the passage of misleading propositions and bad legislation that have allowed dangerous criminals back onto the streets of California.”

Authorities said Michael Christopher Mejia had been released from Pelican State Prison in April 2016 and placed on probation under a reform measure known as Assembly Bill 109 that allowed some convicted felons to serve their sentences in county jails and serve probation instead of being sent to state prisons and paroled.

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Lt. John Corina, Michael Christopher Mejia had been arrested 5 times since April 2016 for violating his probation, most recently on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 for not cooperating with the search and seizure clause of his probation.

Michael Christopher Mejia was released on Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

Meanwhile, a memorial of flowers and balloons continued to grow outside the Whittier Police Department in Whittier, California in honor of slain Officer Keith Wayne Boyer.

If you have any information about either incident, you’re urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at: 1 (323) 890-5500.

You can also provide anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at: 1 (800) 222-TIPS.

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**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of Officer Keith Boyer. ZachNews also sends our thoughts and prayers to Officer Patrick Hazel who’s in the hospital. We stand united with the Whittier Police Department and with the community of Whittier, California. ****

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

 

Havasu Lake, CA: Deputies arrested a man for brandishing a firearm at the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino.

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Havasu Lake, CA: Deputies arrested a man for brandishing a firearm at the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino.

According to the San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Department,  on Friday, February 17th, 2017, deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to the Havasu Landing Resort and Casino in Havasu Lake, California for reports of a male customer brandishing a firearm at one of the gaming tables.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted the victim outside of the casino who reported 43 years old Jerry Mason from Lake Havasu City, Arizona pointed a firearm at him and threatened him.

Jerry Mason was located at the dock area at the Havasu Landing Resort Ferry and was arrested for Criminal Threats.

Jerry Mason was booked into the Colorado River Station Jail in Needles, California with a bail set at $50,000.00.

During the investigation, it was learned Jerry Mason may have thrown the firearm into the Havasu Landing Resort Marina.

On Monday, February 20th, 2017 members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station’s Dive Team responded to the Havasu Landing Resort Marina and conducted an underwater search for the firearm.

Dive Team members recovered the suspected firearm a short distance from where Jerry Mason was believed to have thrown it.

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5856539/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2017/February/HavasuLanding-CriminalThreats.aspx

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News from Needles, California.