Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: A former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy found guilty in the beating of Francis Pusok.

Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: A former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy found guilty in the beating of Francis Pusok.

A jury on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 has found a former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy guilty in the beating of Francis Jared Pusok that occurred at the end of a police pursuit on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 and was captured on camera by a television news helicopter.

Former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Charles Foster was found guilty of assault and faces up to 3 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday, April 28th, 2017.

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As the juror read the verdict, Charles Foster was clearly stunned, dropping his head well his family members were also visibly shaken.

The jury deadlocked over similar charges against 2 other former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Michael Phelps and Nick Downey, also involved in the incident and they are expected to face a new trial in May 2017.

Attorneys for the former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies argued that the video did not tell the whole story and that they were trying to control and arrest a dangerous suspect who was continuing to resist.

The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of guilty for Michael Phelps and Nick Downey.

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The incident all began on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies from the Victor Valley Station serving a warrant related to an identity theft investigation against the suspect, then 30 years old Francis Jared Pusok.

Francis Jared Pusok fled in a vehicle and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies gave chase through Apple Valley, California and Hesperia, California before he ditched his vehicle and continued fleeing on foot.

Francis Jared Pusok allegedly stole a horse from a group of people near Deep Creek Hot Springs and fled on horseback over dirt trails through rugged terrain.

Francis Jared Pusok was then thrown off the horse and when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies caught up with him, several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were caught on camera from a news helicopter from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 punching and kicking Francis Jared Pusok multiple times as he was face down with his arms and legs stretched out.

Less than a month after the incident, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a $650,000 settlement with Francis Jared Pusok to avoid a lawsuit.

In September 2015, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges on 3 former San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies for using excessive force during the arrest of Francis Jared Pusok.

In a released statement onto Twitter after the verdict, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon said, “In September of 2015, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges on three former deputy sheriffs for using excessive force during the arrest of Francis Pusok on April 9, 2015. Today, I was informed that a decision was reached by the jury in the criminal case. The jury found one of the three former deputies guilty; the jury was deadlocked on the other two. The jury has spoken, and I have the highest respect for our criminal justice system. Let’s not discourage the daily efforts of all the men and women of the sheriff’s department. Our employees will continue to provide dedicated service and will always be committed to serving the public.

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

ZachNews has confirmed with San Bernardino County Fire Department that a fatal fire occurred at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a search of the apartments that was involved in the fire located an elderly female who was deceased inside the a unit.

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The San Bernardino County Fire Department posted the location of a deceased person on their official Twitter page.

The identity of the person found deceased hasn’t been officially release.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office, “The unidentified female was confirmed dead at 6:30 PM by fire fighters. Once identification is established, the name will be released.”

** Pictures from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

People from other near by units were helped out to safety by several people who witnesses the fire and ran over to help.

The fire started at around 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 as gusty winds blow across the community.

These were Live Video recorded on Facebook by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department have responded to the fire.

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Witnesses telling ZachNews that firefighter were having trouble with a near by fire hydrant.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a private fire hydrant on the property wasn’t functioning at the time of the fire.

Witnesses also telling ZachNews that fire crews took 9 minutes to respond to the fire, which a San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer told ZachNews that it was due to the other calls related to the winds.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation through San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit.

Lilyhill Drive from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive has been reopened after being closed during the fire.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fire.  May our community unite together and be there for everybody who were affected by the fire. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the fatal fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments in Needles, California. ****

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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from , California.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

 

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– Agenda Item A: Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1); Position: City Clerk.

– Agenda Item B: Conference with Legal Counsel — potential initiation of litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4). (Potential case adverse to River Road Resort aka Fender’s River Road Resort and related entities: Rosie Ramos, Louis Stanley and/or John Fender).

 

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

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– Agenda Item A: Needles City Attorney reports “No Reportable Action Taken”. 

– Agenda Item B: Needles City Attorney reports “No Reportable Action Taken”. 

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

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Department of Transportation. 
**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

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Captain Ross Tarangle will report on the 2016 Annual Statistics for the City of Needles.

 

– Agenda Item #2:

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City Audit presentation for the year ending June 30, 2016 has been rescheduled.
**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

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Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amendment of City Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” Section 104.17.6 L “Offsite Signs” and Section P”Outdoor Advertising Displays”.

City Council Ordinance No. 591-AC Repealing and Replacing Ordinance No. 566-AC Amending Section 104.17.6 of the Needles Municipal Code by Adding Subsection “P” Entitled “Outdoor Advertising Displays”, Amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code Related to Outdoor Advertising Displays, Amending Section 104.17.4 Entitled “Prohibited Signage” of Ordinance No. 477-AC, and Amending Section 104.17.6 Subsection “L” Entitled “Offsite Signs” of Ordinance No. 477-AC (1 Reading – Post).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #3.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against an amendment of City Code Section 13-63″Prohibited parking areas at all times” replacing “no parking” areas with additional parking along J Street in the vicinity of Nikki Bunch Ball Field has been continued by staff to April 11, 2017.

 

**** Joint Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: ****

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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 Mayor or any member of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: NPUA / COUNCIL. Approve the minutes of the joint meetings held February 14 and 28, 2017.

– Agenda Item #6: NPUA / COUNCIL. Approve and authorize the city manager to execute Revision No. 2, Exhibit B, to Contract No. 10-DSR-12165 between the City of Needles and Western Area Power Administration to provide for operation, maintenance, replacement and financial responsibilities at the Nora McDowell Switchyard.

– Agenda Item #7: NPUA / COUNCIL. Approve the project budget for Firehouse Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of Needles Highway at the -40 on-ramp).

– Agenda Item #8: NPUA / COUNCIL. Approve the project budget for Cure Farms Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of East Broadway at lce Plant Road).

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar.

 

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

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

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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 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 #9 through #16 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #9: Approve the warrants register through March 28, 2017.

– Agenda Item #10: Approve the minutes of February 14 and 28, 2017.

– Agenda Item #11: Approve the increase of appropriations in the City Attorney department for $20,000 for unanticipated bills relating to litigation, administrative hearings and personnel issues to be deducted from reserves.

– Agenda Item #12: Approve the transfer of appropriations from the Building and Safety department to cover underfunded Parks water expense for $18,500.

– Agenda Item #13: Authorize the city manager to liquidate the balance of the miscellaneous surplus equipment and vehicles previously authorized for auction.

– Agenda Item #14: Amendment of Landscape Requirements for project located at 105 W. Broadway replacing greenery with public art (Resolution No. 2016-67) (Information).

– Agenda Item #15: Approve the Building Inspection Services Agreement between the City of Needles and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe for building inspections and related services.

– Agenda Item #16: Continue the hearing on the subpoenas issued to River Road Resort and their respective representatives to April 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 1111 Bailey Avenue, Needles, California 92363 and the subpoenaed parties are hereby ordered to appear at that date and time and produce the subpoenaed documents unless excused in advance in writing by the city manager.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #9 through #16 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #17:

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Traffic Study by Charles Abbott Associates, Inc. to consider fabrication and installation of signs for high profile vehicles attempting to travel towards the North K Street railroad underpass.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve Agenda Item #17. Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams voted “No”.

 

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

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Needles City Attorney John Pinkney.

 

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

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

 

**** 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/03%20MARCH/Mtg%202/cc_032817-agenda-LINKED2.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.

Sports Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: National Football League owners approved Raiders’ Relocation Proposal to move to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sports Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: National Football League owners approved Raiders’ Relocation Proposal to move to Las Vegas, Nevada.

National Football League owners on Monday, March 27th, 2017 have approved a proposal that will allow the Oakland Raiders to relocation to Las Vegas, Nevada.

The relocation move was approved by 31 of the National Football League’s 32 owners during meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.

Soon after the Oakland Raiders had received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada, a statement was released by Raiders Owner Mark Davis which said, “My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality. The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

In a release statement, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said after the official announcement, “Wow! Our football dreams have come true. First, I would like to thank Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson for their initiative and leadership, which ultimately made today possible. I would also like to thank Gov. Brian Sandoval, the Nevada Legislature, Laborers Local 872, Mark Davis and all the NFL owners who have delivered generations of excitement to every fan of the NFL and Raiders in Nevada. But today’s decision means even more to us here as it will elevate the UNLV football program to never-before-seen heights, create thousands of construction and permanent jobs, and draw tens-of-thousands of new tourists to Southern Nevada. On behalf of all the citizens of Clark County, it is my pleasure to say to the Raiders, Raider Nation and the entire NFL – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada!”

Recently, the Raiders presented a revised funding plan to the National Football League’s stadium and finance committee.

The $1.9 billion stadium would likely be located near the south part of the Las Vegas Strip, with $750 million coming from public funding via a hotel room tax, $500 million would come from the Raiders and NFL, and Bank of America will fund the additional $650 million.

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11 and NBC Sports. **

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

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

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

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Questions were raised by Ruth Musser-Lopez to members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities regarding the situation where there was alleged loss marijuana cannabis crop harvest and as a result non-payment.

At the end of Ruth Musser-Lopez’ comments, Needles Board of Public Utilities Member Terry Campbell spoke briefly on her comments and told her that the questions raised are really for the Needles Public Utility Authority, not the Needles Board of Public Utilities because, “we have no jurisdiction over loss crops at medical marijuana growth facilities; it’s not our jurisdiction – it has nothing to do with us. And our understanding is the utility bills are still being paid. You need to bring this up to the N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) at a council meeting. But thank you for your concerns, but it’s really not our jurisdictional area.”

The loss harvest issue was brought up during the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting held on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 which the meeting was recorded by ZachNews and posted onto ZachNews on YouTube.

 

**** Consent Calendar: ****

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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 regular meeting held March 7, 2017.

– Agenda Item #2: Approve and authorize the city manager to execute Revision No. 2, Exhibit B, to Contract No. 10-DSR-12165 between the City of Needles and Western Area Power Administration to provide for operation, maintenance, replacement and financial responsibilities at the Nora McDowell switchyard.

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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Approve the project budget for Firehouse Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of Needles Highway at the I-40 On-Ramp).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda item #3, adding that the budget figures for this project will come in lower.

 

– Agenda Item #3(A):

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Approve the project budget for Cure Farms Substation beginning with phase 1 – entitlements and permits (located east of East Broadway at Ice Plant Road).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve agenda item #3(A), adding that the budget figures for this project will come in lower.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Report on meeting with Western Area Power Administration regarding 230kV line financing and request for power allocation increase.

Agenda Item #4 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** Report: ****

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– Agenda Item #5: Needles present perfected rights (PPR) report for February 2017.

– Agenda Item #6: Monthly activity report for January 2017.

– Agenda Item #7: Delinquency amounts as of January 31 and February 28, 2017.

– Agenda Item #8: EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system February 2017.

Agenda Items #5-#8 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** City Manager’s Report: ****

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During City Manager’s Report, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of topics, including:

  • Regarding the issues with delinquencies, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “There are no medical marijuana businesses that are in delinquency on their utility payments. Let me say that again, there are no medical marijuana facilities that are delinquency on their utilities.” 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about the process and policy going on for medical marijuana cultivation facilities signing up for new accounts for utilities, including explaining what happens to the deposits well as a customer. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about theft related to utility meters, and discuss what happens criminally if somebody does this as well as what the City may do regarding meter replacement; doing them annually. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about the Western Area Power Administration Newsletter and the City of Needles being talked about in the newsletter regarding the role of power provider that they play in the City’s economic development strategy and how development can not occur without aggregate power. 

 

**** Board Requests: ****

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During Board Requests, a question was raised by Needles Board of Public Utilities Member Terry Campbell regarding the new Bill Yoney Substation and when will the substation gonna be energized. Jack Lindley, Electric Line Crew Supervisor with the City of Needles, said that they’re waiting for 2 parts to be deliver – either this week or next week, and when they arrive, then the substation can be energized. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bill Yoney Substation is being discuss.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke during Board Requests bringing up 2 projects that are underway and will overlap; the Interstate 40/ Arizona Highway 95 Connector and the Bill Yoney Substation to Spikes Road Inter-Tie projects. 

 

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

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/3%20UTILITY%20BOARD/03%20MARCH/Mtg%202/ub_032117-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: Spring cleaning at Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop.

Needles, CA: Spring cleaning at Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop.

Volunteers did some spring cleaning at Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop on Friday, March 24th, 2017 in Needles, California.

Weed removal, watering plants, and raking along pathways were just a few of the tasks done by volunteers former Needles City Council Members Terry Campbell and Linda Kidd, Cathy McConnell, Jan Jernigan, Eileen Houchin, Carol Campbell, Neil Garney, Rich Gonzales, (Pictured Top) and ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez (Pictured Above).

Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop is located on the corner of Needles Highway and National Old Trails Road in Needles, California and has been kept clean by hard working volunteers from our community.

More work will continue at the Route 66 Needles Wayside Rest Stop, including the placement of a new sign.

For more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Terry Campbell by email at: tcracing098@yahoo.com

Thank for to all of the volunteers for keeping our community clean and beautiful.