News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Several reports of attempted vehicles break-ins.

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News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Several reports of attempted vehicles break-ins.

ZachNews has learned that there has been several reports of attempted vehicles break-ins in the in Downtown Needles, California.

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The attempted vehicles break-ins have occurred in the areas of Front Street at D Street and Front Street at E Street in Downtown Needles, California.

The attempted vehicle break-ins have been going on for the last few days, including at around 10:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 and at around 11:00am PT on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016.

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The suspect or suspects are trying to break into vehicles by breaking the key door handle area of the side door’s vehicle causing damage to the key door handle area.

At this moment, no details of anything being stolen, but there may be more vehicles out there that have, but not yet reported into authorities or be alerted to ZachNews.

The area of these attempted vehicle break-ins where previous break-ins into buildings at night have occurred with things being stolen.

People who have their vehicles parked in these areas should not leave valuable stuff in visible site for anybody to go by and break into your vehicle.

People in the area should be on alert be on alert and call authorities immediately if they notice a break in occurring.

Anybody with information regarding these attempted vehicle break-ins, please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

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

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Taco Bell is permanently closed.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Taco Bell is permanently closed.

Employees at Taco Bell in Needles, California say goodbye as they closed their doors permanently on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.

This permanent closure of a business is the latest business to close their doors in Needles, California since the lost of CanDam Recycling in late December 2015.

On January 7th, 2016, ZachNews learned from a news tip that the Taco Bell, located at 2603 Columbus Street in Needles, California, was for sale and “will not be renewing lease.”

According to the website Loopnet, “Tenant will be vacating March 2016 and will not renew lease in December 31, 2016. Subject property consist of two parcels, Taco Bell on 0.73 acre and 1.44 acre land parcel. Taco Bell approx. 2,500 square foot, built in 1994 on a 20 year lease. Taco Bell renewed for 2 years extending lease until 12-31-2016. Taco Bell pays $4,584 per month NNN lease. Taco Bell will not be renewing lease. Taco Bell is available with or without additional 1.44 acres. Land development opportunity, available for hotel, gas, food or retail use. Subject offering is approximately 1.44 acres zoned General Commercial directly off of I-40 & River Road, Next to Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr. Site offers off ramp location, extreme visibility to I-40 which has traffic count in excess of 14,400 VPD. Site is located approximately 1 mile from Colorado River with boat launch, has excellent Interstate 40 access.
Property fronts heavily traveled River Road the main Hwy connecting Needles to Laughlin and Bullhead City. Needles is located 22 miles from Laughlin/Bullhead City, 55 miles from Kingman and 93 miles from Las Vegas.”

** Source: Loopnet: **

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/19538382/2603-Columbus-Street-Needles-CA/

ZachNews asked Taco Bell management about the sale and not renewing their lease as well as if this closure had anything to do with not making enough sales or California’s minimum wage law, but they couldn’t comment on why they were closing only confirming the closing of the Taco Bell in Needles, California.

ZachNews also contacted Taco Bell headquarters about the sale and not renewing their lease as well as if this closure had anything to do with not making enough sales or California’s minimum wage law, but never got a reply or comment back.

Only ZachNews broke the news story and since then, people of all ages were deeply sad to lose not only a business, but a part of the Needles, California Family.

Weeks leading up to the day of permanently closing, employees at Taco Bell began preparing for what is needing to be done on that day of closing.

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Just 2 hours before permanently closing, people were seen rushing to get in line to place their last order at Taco Bell.

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People were also seen taking pictures outside the Taco Bell to remember their favorite place to eat, including a girl who was sad that her favorite place to eat was permanently closing that day.

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Outside, employees of Taco Bell began moving boxes into a U-Haul moving truck.

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With a wave goodbye, employees at Taco Bell shut their doors at 5:00pm PT permanently closing for business Taco Bell in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube. **

As the last customers at Taco Bell said their goodbyes, drivers not knowing the Taco Bell was permanently close drove into the drive-thru to order food, but was turned away when they were informed that they’re no loner open.

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Just 4 hours after permanently closing, employees of Taco Bell were see taking down window banners, mopping up the floor, closing around outside, and started taking down equipment.

Outside, at least 28 vehicles, 12 semi trucks, and a loaded tow truck drove up to the permanent closed Taco Bell not knowing they were no longer open anymore.

Several semi truckers tell ZachNews that they would always pull into Taco Bell for the evening from a long drive and eat at Taco Bell.

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez got to speak to an employees of Taco Bell about the permanent closure of Taco Bell and how customers are reacting to the permanent closure of Taco Bell, including a card drawing a young child made and who was sad that Taco Bell was permanently closing.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube. **

Unknown what will be done to the property, but hopes are that somebody can come in and open up their business, and hire local people from our community, a community in need of more businesses and jobs.

The community hopes that new businesses come to Needles, California and open up their business, especially in the categories of food such as a grocery store, meat market, and bakery; manufacturing and industry; tourism and entertainment especially for children and teens, medical and dental care services, and transportation service.

Employees of Taco Bell thanked all of their wonderful customers and will miss them all deeply.

The community and ZachNews thank all of the employees at Taco Bell for their many years of business and service to their customers. You will all always be part of the Needles, California Family. Good Luck and Take Care.

Breaking News!!: Hollywood, CA: Anna Marie “Patty” Duke has died.

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Breaking News!!: Hollywood, CA: Anna Marie “Patty” Duke has died.

Anna Marie “Patty” Duke, an American actress of stage, film, and television, has died on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.

According to Mitchell Stubbs, Representative for Patty Duke, the cause of her death was sepsis from a ruptured intestine.

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A statement released from Anna Marie “Patty” Duke’s family says, “This morning, our beloved wife, mother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian and champion for mental health, Anna Patty Duke pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place.”

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Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke in December 14th, 1946.

Patty Duke’s career was launched at 8 years old when her mother, unable to cope with the kids, turned her over to talent scouts John and Ethel Ross, who saw gold in the perky young girl.

Patty Duke made her Broadway debut at 12 years old playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker.”

Patty Duke rocketed to fame in the 1960’s as the star of “The Patty Duke Show,” which ran for 104 episodes over 3 seasons, and in which she played her rambunctious self as well as her more demure “identical cousin.”

At the 16 year old, Duke won the best supporting actress Academy Award 3 years later reprising her role as the young Helen in the celebrated 1962 screen adaptation of the play.

After “The Patty Duke Show” was cancelled, Patty Duke starred in the camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.”

Patty Duke won a second Emmy in 1976 for her turn in the television mini-series “Captains and the Kings.”

Patty Duke also appeared in television shows like Police Story, Hawaii 5-O, and Night Gallery.

Later, Patty Duke became an advocate for the mentally illness by working with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Patty Duke was married 4 times, most recently was married to Michael Pearce, and raised her 3 sons, 2 of whom are Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin who followed in their mother’s footsteps and became actors as well.

Patty Duke was 69 years old and is survived by her last husband, Michael Pearce and her 3 kids.

Sean Astin, Patty Duke’s Son, also confirmed the sad news over the phone into Good Day L.A. on Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11.

ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the Patty Duke.

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

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Rodeo Store opens for the 40th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Rodeo Store opens for the 40th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo.

Hay all you cowboys and cowgirls, get yourself ready for the 40th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo that’s being held on Friday, April 1st, 2016 and Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds located at 1001 San Clemente near Clary Drive in Needles, California.

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Mosey on in down to Needles Rodeo Store in Downtown Needles, California where pre-sale 2 day tickets for $15.00 are available as well as to purchase event shirts (M-XXL) for $15; event flex fit hats for $15; and pick up your registration forms for the MotoX, Lil Wranger Rodeo, and Calf Scramble.

Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for the quilt made by Roslyn Evans.

Raffle tickets cost $1.00 each or 6 raffle tickets for $5.00.

The Needles Rodeo Store is located at 800 West Broadway near East Street, in Downtown Needles, California and is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm PT starting from Monday, March 28th, 2016 to Thursday, March 31st, 2016.

** More information regarding the 40th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo in Needles, California is at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/needles-ca-40th-annual-colorado-river-round-up-rodeo/

Ride on down to the 40th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo in Needles, California.

Fenner, CA: Death investigation into human bones found.

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Fenner, CA: Death investigation into human bones found.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 3:48pm PT on Friday, March 25th, 2016,  deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a found bones call in the desert near Interstate 40 and Essex Road near Fenner, California.

Upon arrival, deputies met with the reporting party who was a surveyor.

The surveyor led deputies to the location of the bones.

Several bones were collected by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division. 

On Saturday, March 26th, 2016, the bones were identified as human.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail assumed the investigation and responded to the scene where the bones were found.

Homicide investigators conducted an investigation and located additional bones which were collected by the Coroner’s Division. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Michael Warrick or Sergeant Greg Myler at: 1 (909) 387-3589.

Callers wishing to be 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 website at: http://www.wetip.com

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

Breaking News!!: Lucerne Valley, CA: Multiple traffic accident with several people injured.

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Breaking News!!: Lucerne Valley, CA: Multiple traffic accident with several people injured.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, just before 3:30pm PT on Monday, March 28th, 2016, the San Bernardino County Fire Department received reports of a traffic collision in the area of Barstow Road and Rabbit Springs Road in Lucerne Valley, California.

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

First arriving units reported 10 vehicles and 2 tractor trailers involved. 

Crews also reported blowing dust in the area causing zero visibility. 

While conducting initial patient assessment several more collisions occurred resulting in more injuries. 

With additional vehicles now involved County Fire declared a mass casualty incident, which dispatched additional paramedic engines and numerous additional ground ambulances to the scene. 

Initial patient count was approximately 30 injured, most of which were walking wounded. 

Only 3 patients required transport , one of which sustained major injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Two other patients were transported to St. Marys in Apple Valley.

County Fire responded with 4 paramedic engine companies, 1 paramedic ambulance, 1 battalion chief and 2 division chiefs for a total of 17 personnel.

Several AMR ambulances also assisted.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.