News Update!!: Needles, CA: Person killed in fatal pedestrian versus train collision identified.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Person killed in fatal pedestrian versus train collision identified.

ZachNews has just received the identity of the pedestrian killed in a fatal pedestrian versus train collision that occurred west of Needles, California on Friday, June 29th, 2018.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division, the person has been identified as 22 year old Fidel Connacher, resident of Needles, California.

 

In the press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division posted Saturday, “On 06/29/2018, a 911 call was received at 4:37 PM from the BNSF Railroad reporting a man was struck by a train on the tracks 1/2 miles east of Arrowhead Junction west of Needles. Emergency personnel responded to find Fidel Connacher, a 22 year old resident of Needles, dead at the scene. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

Moments ago, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels issued this statement on the loss of Fidel Connacher.

The City of Needles is saddened to hear of the loss of Fidel Connacher. Fidel was a valuable member of the Rivers Edge Golf Course family. Fidel was the first person to assist golf patrons with their bags and carts. He welcomed them with his broad smile and engaging personality. He brightened every room he entered. He will be missed as a friend and colleague. Fidel was a success story; beginning as an intern, progressing to part-time work, and was scheduled to begin this upcoming month in a full time position assisting in the management of the pro shop. He was being trained and groomed to eventually assume golf shop operations and outside services at Rivers Edge. We all share in his loss and extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family. Rick Daniels“.

** ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the Fidel Connacher. **

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Pedestrian versus train collision confirmed fatal.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Pedestrian versus train collision confirmed fatal.

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed to ZachNews that a fatal collision involving a pedestrian and a train occurred west of Needles, California.

The collision occurred at around 4:43pm PT on Friday, June 29th, 2018 along the railroad tracks, a quarter of a mile east of U.S. Highway 95 near Goffs Road.

San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the collision scene along with the California Highway Patrol.

According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adelmann, the train was a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train that was carrying cargo freight and was traveling eastbound.

The cargo freight train blocked the railroad cross along U.S. Highway 95.

U.S. Highway 95 from Interstate 40 to Nevada State Route 163 and a “SigAlert” was issued.

According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adelmann, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division responded to the scene and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the fatal collision.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adelmann also tells ZachNews that U.S. Highway 95 between Interstate 40 and Nevada State Route 163 is being reopened.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the fatal collision. **

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

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Report of a pedestrian being hit by a train.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Report of a pedestrian being hit by a train.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a pedestrian was hit by a train along U.S. Highway 95 near Goffs Road west of Needles, California.

The collision occurred at around 4:43pm PT on Friday, June 29th, 2018.

Reports from the California Highway Patrol that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Division have been called.

Reports from the California Highway Patrol that the train, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, is blocking U.S. Highway 95.

U.S. Highway 95 is closed from Interstate 40 to Nevada State Route 163.

The California Highway Patrol are advising motorists to head east along Interstate 40 to Needles Highway north to Nevada State Route 163 west to get around the closure.

The Nevada Highway Patrol Motorists are advising motorists to head east along Nevada State Route 163 to Needles Highway south to Interstate 40 west get around the closure.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Colorado River Tri-State: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will be actively participating in Operation Dry Water 2018.

Colorado River Tri-State: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will be actively participating in Operation Dry Water 2018.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will be actively participating in Operation Dry Water from Friday, June 29th, 2018 to Sunday, July 1st, 2018 along the Colorado River, including lake areas, in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including Mohave Valley, Arizona area and the Lake Havasu area.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol – and drug- related crashes and fatalities and fostering a stronger, more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the United States Coast Guard as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Launched in 2009 by NASBLA in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water has been a highly successful campaign, drawing public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and drugs.

Since it began in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 3,038 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 1.1 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend.

The campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spreading the message of the danger of boating under the influence.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Division of Boating Safety, and Sheriff’s Volunteer Posse members will all be participating in this national movement to try and make our waterways a safer place to be this holiday weekend.

** More information regarding Operation Dry Water can be found at the following website address: **

http://www.operationdrywater.org/

** Picture Above from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office: **

Colorado River Tri-State: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station will be actively participating in Operation Dry Water 2018.

Colorado River Tri-State: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station will be actively participating in Operation Dry Water 2018.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, the Marine Enforcement Unit will be patrolling the Colorado River and Lake Havasu this weekend participating in Operation Dry Water from Friday, June 29th, 2018 to Sunday, July 1st, 2018 in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including the Needles, California area and Havasu Lake, California areas near Lake Havasu.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station’s goal is to reduce the number of drug and alcohol related accidents on the water. Remember to designate a sober operator.

According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, launching Operation Dry Water before the Fourth of July holiday is key to preventing accidents and saving lives. California and U.S. Coast Guard recreational boating statistics repeatedly show the Fourth of July as the deadliest holiday for accidents. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 31 percent of California’s boating fatalities over the past five years where testing was conducted. Nationally, alcohol is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

“California’s waterways during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday will be crowded,” stated Division of Boating and Waterways Acting Deputy Director/Boating Law Administrator Ramona Fernandez. “It is critical that boat operators be sober and attentive of their surroundings to safely react to unforeseen circumstances. Designating a sober passenger to help check unsafe behaviors is helpful. It is also important to know that even drunken passengers are at risk. They can easily fall overboard, swim near a propeller or lean over the side.”

Everyone onboard a boat is at risk when using alcohol and/or drugs and this may:

  • Impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.
  • Increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effect of cold-water immersion.
  • Intensify common boating “stressors” of sun, wind, noise and vibration.
  • Intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

It is important to note that there is no open container law for recreational boaters, but it is against the law in California to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more.

A person with a BAC less than 0.08 percent may be arrested if conditions are deemed unsafe. BUI convictions can result in up to six months in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000.

Two convictions within seven years could add a jail term of up to one year. Boaters caught operating under the influence may also have their voyage terminated and their vessel impounded.

** A map of participating agencies with their contact information can be found at the following website address: **

http://www.operationdrywater.org/agencies

** California specific boating laws and safety tips may be found at the following website address: **

http://www.boatcalifornia.com

Launched in 2009 by NASBLA in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water has been a highly successful campaign, drawing public attention to the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol and drugs.

Since it began in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 3,038 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 1.1 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend.

The campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spreading the message of the danger of boating under the influence.

According to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, in an Operation Dry Water 2017 Annual Report, NASBLA named California’s San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office the “Top Agency Award – Small Category” for deploying 10 officers and making 13 boating under the influence arrests during last year’s campaign.

** More information regarding Operation Dry Water can be found at the following website address: **

http://www.operationdrywater.org/

** Picture Above from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

 

News Update!!: Annapolis, MD: Remembering the Victims of the Deadly Shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper.

News Update!!: Annapolis, MD: Remembering the Victims of the Deadly Shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department released the names of the 5 people who were killed on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 in a the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

The following is the names of the 5 victims and some information about the victims.

**** Remembering the Victims: ****

  • Robert Hiaasen
  • 59 Years Old

Robert Hiaasen was a columnist and assistant editor at the Capital Gazette.

Hiaasen loved humor, journalism and helping young writers at the Gazette.

Robert Hiaasen’s death was first confirmed by his brother, author Carl Hiaasen.

The Capital Gazette remembers Hiaasen for his “wryly observant writing style and his generous mentoring of young journalists.”

A native of Florida, Hiaasen moved to Maryland in 1993.

Hiaasen has worked as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post in Florida and The Baltimore Sun.

Hiaasen became the assistant editor at the Capital Gazette in 2010.

Hiaasen was also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland.

In February 2017, Hiaasen wrote about his impressions when he first moved to Maryland and his love of Berger cookies.

NBC News reports that before leaving for work on Thursday, Hiaasaen, a father and husband, wanted to do something to make his wife feel special.

“He did a little birthday dance for me this morning before work (Today is my birthday), and he loved being a dad, an editor who helped shape young talent, and a creative writer and humorist. He loved to laugh. He loved the ocean. He loved words,” Maria Hiaasen, who turned 58 on Thursday, said in a statement.

Just last week, Hiaasen and his wife reportedly celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.

In a brief phone call with The Associated Press, Carl Hiaasen said his family “was devastated beyond words” by the senseless killing of his brother at The Capital Gazette.

  • Wendi Winters
  • 65 Years Old

Winters started at the paper as a freelance reporter in Maryland 20 years ago after a career in the fashion industry.

Winters joined the Capital Gazette staff full time in 2013.

“Winters made the mundane marvelous. It was all important because it was her community,” The Washington Post reported.

Winters highlighted her community with regular features, such as “Teen of the Week” and “Home of the Week.”

“She was in many ways the best part of the newspaper in that she cared so much about the city,” former Capital Gazette editor Steve Gunn told The Associated Press.

Winters was the special publications editor who had a talent for “connecting with the community and documenting people’s achievements,” former Capital Gazette editor Leslie Hunt told the newspaper.

Her daughter Winters Geimer said her mother’s life “was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her.”

  • Gerald Fischman
  • 61 Year Old

Fischman was the editorial page editor at the Capital Gazette and had worked at the paper for 26 years.

Fischman is being described by colleagues as a “The consummate newspaper professional.”

Steve Gunn, a former editor at the newspaper, remembered Fischman as “the master of AP style” who “made sure everything was just right.”

“He was famous for working long days and being very precise in his language and always making sure the editorial page reflected the heart of the newspaper,” Steve Gunn said in an interview with The Associated Press.

NBC News reports that the paper’s former editor and publisher, Tom Marquardt, recalled Fischman as quirky and a “really smart guy” who tried out for “Jeopardy!” twice, but didn’t get on the show.

Tom Marquardt also said that Fischman was committed to his work and not particularly social.

Tom Marquardt said that when Fischman announced to the newsroom late in life that he had married an opera singer from Mongolia whom he had met online, “we all nearly fell out of our chairs. We never expected Gerald to get married, let alone to an opera star.”

  • John McNamara
  • 56 Year Old

John McNamara, who went by “Mac,” was a writer at the Capital Gazette, and had worked at the Capital Gazette for nearly 24 years.

McNamara will also be remembered for his “flexibility, concise writing and extensive knowledge of regional sports.”

Gerry Jackson, who hired him back, told the Capital Gazette newspaper that McNamara was a “jack of all trades” who could write, edit and design pages.

McNamara was a University of Maryland alumnus and authored two books on athletics about his alma mater.

McNamara found the love of his life while attending the university.

The Capital Gazette newspaper said they met at a bar after McNamara covered a football game.

was living his dream as a sports reporter and was an encyclopedia of regional sports knowledge, according to his obituary in the Sun.

He started at the Capital Gazette as a copy editor, then left for a competing publication, only to return a few years later and work then for the paper for nearly 24 years.

McNamara went by “Mac,” the Sun said. A former Capital Gazette sports editor who hired him back recalled him as very versatile.

  • Rebecca Smith
  • 34 Year Old

Rebecca Smith was a sales assistant who was hired at the newspaper in November 2017.

Her boss Marty Padden told Capital Gazette that Smith was, “A very thoughtful person. She was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business.”

Smith lived with her fiance in eastern Baltimore County and actively posted images documenting her social life.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at Capital Gazette Newspaper. **

**** Latest information regarding the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette Newspaper: ****

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/news-update-annapolis-md-latest-information-deadly-shooting-at-the-capital-gazette-newspaper/

** All Pictures Above from the Baltimore Sun Media Group via NBC News: **

News Alert!!: United States of America: Goodbye Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores.

News Alert!!: United States of America: Goodbye Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores.

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us is permanently closing all of their stores across the United States of America on Friday, June 29th, 2018.

The company, which also owned the Babies “R” Us chain, announced in March 2018 that all stores would close after 70 years in business, and had been slashing prices leading up to the final closing.

** Picture from Toys “R” Us: **

Since March 2018, a liquidate or going out of business sale has been going on at their stores, the company is advertising 50-70 percent off everything in their stores.

The liquidate or going out of business sale at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stories ends today.

** Picture from Toys “R” Us: **

Low sales in recent years led to the closing of several Toys “R” Us stores, including the iconic flagship Toys “R” Us store in Times Square.

The company filed for bankruptcy in 2017, and in March 2018, the company announced that all 740 Toys “R” Us stores in the United States would be closing.

The closing of Toys “R” Us has been attributed to a poor holiday sales performance, a shift to more play time on mobile devices and competition from online and discount stores.

As the last of the Toys “R” Us stores close, more than 30,000 workers will be looking for work.

Goodbye Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us, we will never forget the joy you brought us all growing us. You may be gone, but we’ll never stop being a “Toys R Us kid”.