San Bernardino County, CA: Deputies will be conducting Labor Day 2018 Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations beginning today.

San Bernardino County, CA: Deputies will be conducting Labor Day 2018 Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations beginning today.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, deputies will be conducting Labor Day Marine Enforcement Patrol Operations from Friday, August 31st, 2018 to Monday, September 3rd, 2018 along the Colorado River in San Bernardino County, California.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be involved in enhanced patrol activities near and on the waterways of the Colorado River patrolling by land, water, and air.

Deputies will be deployed from the Nevada State line to the Riverside County line and will be monitoring the waterway for people operating watercrafts under the influence or in a reckless manner.

Persons stopped operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol and or drugs will be arrested and booked into jail.

Deputies will be closely watching for children under the age of 13 years old not wearing a personal floatation devices (PFD’s) while aboard vessels.

The law requires all persons under the age of 13 years old while onboard a vessel wear a personal floatation device.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department encourages all persons to wear personal floatation devices while on the waterways as it is a proven fact they help save lives.

All California boat operators 16 years old to 20 years old are required to have in their possession a California Boater Education Card issued by the California Division of Boating and Waterways.

This age group increases to 25 years old in 2019.

** More information on obtaining a card can be found at the following website address: **

http://californiaboatercard.com/.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and urges everyone to boat sober and wear their life jackets.

** More information regarding safe boating practices can be found at the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways website address: **

http://www.dbw.ca.gov

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Encino, CA: Man arrested and charged with allegedly threatening to kill Boston Globe newspaper employees.

Encino, CA: Man arrested and charged with allegedly threatening to kill Boston Globe newspaper employees.

Authorities have arrested a man for allegedly making repeated violent threats against Boston Globe newspaper employees earlier in August 2018 in response to the newspaper’s efforts to counter political attacks on the press from United States of America President Donald Trump.

The man, identified by authorities as 68 year old Robert Chain from Encino, California, was taken into police custody during a raid at his home by FBI agents early on Thursday, August 30th, 2018.

Robert Chain’s court hearing was scheduled early on Thursday in a federal courtroom in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will later be transferred to Boston, Massachusetts at a later date.

Robert Chain was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, and he faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

During federal court, Robert Chain was ordered to release any and all guns in his possession before being released on $50,000 bond.

Authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) uncovered at least 20 firearms — all in “plain view” — while searching his home in Encino, California.

Andre Townsend, Robert Chain’s public defender, claimed during court that his client was not a flight risk and had committed no prior crimes.

Matt Rosenbaum, United States Attorney, argued that because of his “very specific threats,” he posed a “serious risk of danger to the community.”

Magistrate Judge Paul Abrams chose to let Robert Chain go, under the condition that he cough up $50,000 if he violates the terms of his release.

The condition included surrendering his passport, staying away from Boston Globe newspaper staffers and not coming within 500 feet of the newsroom.

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As he was leaving the courthouse late Thursday, Robert Chain walked down the street and said to news reporters, “America was saved when Donald J. Trump was elected.”

According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, Robert Chain allegedly began making threatening phone calls on August 10th 2018, the same day the Boston Globe newspaper announced it and hundreds of other publications around the nation were conducting a “coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media.”

Prosecutors say Robert Chain made 14 threatening phone calls to the Boston Globe newspaper from August 10th, 2018 to August 22nd, 2018, and in his calls, Robert Chain referred to the Boston Globe newspaper as “the enemy of the people”.

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The editorials inspired by the Boston Globe newspaper drew attention to animosity toward the news media that has been fanned by United States of America President Donald Trump, who has referred to the press as the “enemy of the people” and has frequently claimed it is creating “fake news.”

Federal prosecutors said on August 16th, 2018, the day the coordinated editorials went to print, Robert Chain called the Boston Globe newsroom and threatened to shoot Boston Globe newspaper employees in the head “later today, at 4 o’clock”.

Due to the threat, Boston Police Department responded and provided a presence outside the building to protect Boston Globe newspaper employees.

Newsrooms have received threats for years, but sensitivity has been heightened since a gunman with a long-running grudge against The Capitol newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killed 5 employees there in June 2018.

Federal officials pledged to continue to go after anyone who puts others in fear of their lives.

In a statement, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) Boston Division Harold H. Shaw said, “Everyone has a right to express their opinion, but threatening to kill people, takes it over the line and will not be tolerated. Today’s arrest of Robert Chain should serve a warning to others, that making threats is not a prank, it’s a federal crime. All threats are taken seriously, as we never know if the subject behind the threat intends to follow through with their actions.”

In response to the arrest, the Boston Globe newspaper released a statement saying, “We are grateful to the FBI, the US Attorney’s Office, the Boston Police, and local authorities in California for the work they did in protecting the Globe while threats were coming in, for investigating the source, and for making this arrest. We couldn’t have asked for a stronger response. While it was unsettling for many of our staffers to be threatened in such a way, nobody – really, nobody – let it get in the way of the important work of this institution.”

Breaking News!!: Thoreau, NM: Multiple people are dead in a crash involving a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi truck along westbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Thoreau, NM: Multiple people are dead in a crash involving a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi truck along westbound Interstate 40.

Multiple people are dead in a crash involving a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi truck along westbound Interstate 40 near Thoreau, New Mexico.

The crash occurred round 1:00pm MST on Thursday, August 30th, 2018.

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Law enforcement officers, fire department crews and EMS are on scene of the crash.

According to the New Mexico State Police, at least 7 people are confirmed dead in this crash.

Greyhound officials said Greyhound Route 1333 was heading through New Mexico heading west towards Arizona with 50 people on board when the crash occurred.

Greyhound Route 1333 began in St. Louis, Missouri, and was scheduled to stop in Flagstaff, Arizona; Glendale, Arizona; Phoenix, Arizona; Blythe, California; Indio, California; San Bernardino, California, and Downtown Los Angeles, California, which is the final stop.

The Gallup Indian Medical Center reports that they’ve received approximately 37 patients; their injuries included bone fractures and liver lacerations.

UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico reports they were expecting to receive 6 patients, including 3 patients of whom are in critical condition.

McKinley County Emergency Management has established the following number for family members of passengers looking for information on their relatives: 1 (505) 722-2002.

Greyhound also said people can call their Friends and Family hotline at: 1 (800) 972-4583 for updates.

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

News Alert!!: California: New bill that raises the age limit to 21 years old for purchasing all guns passes California State Legislature.

News Alert!!: California: New bill that raises the age limit to 21 years old for purchasing all guns passes California State Legislature.

Lawmakers in California approved on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 a new bill that will increase the age limit for buying guns from from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The State Senate voted 26-12 approving the new bill, which the State Assembly had voted 47-30 approving the new bill.

The new bill now heads to California Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.

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If signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 1100 (SB1100) would raise the age limit to purchase all guns from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The law specifically bans anyone under age 21 years old from buying a long gun, or rifle.

California law already limits hand guns sales to those 21 years old and over.

The new bill exempts those younger than 21 years old who are in the military, serve as police officers or have existing hunting licenses from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

** More Information: SB1100: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1100

According to Senator Anthony Portantino (Democrat from La Cañada Flintridge), the bill would address concerns raised by incidents including the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a 19 year old is accused of using an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to kill 17 students and school employees.

“The two most deadly recent school tragedies have been perpetrated by people under 21 with long guns,” Senator Anthony Portantino said lawmakers before the State Senate voted.

Opponents argue the new bill saying dangerous individuals are often capable of attaining firearms through illegal means, and the Legislature should focus its efforts on ensuring criminals and people suffering from mental health problems cannot acquire guns.

Republican lawmakers who voted against the measure noted people younger than 21 years old can legally vote, buy homes and join the military to fight for their country.

Senator Jim Nielsen (Republican from Gerber) told lawmakers during the floor debate on the new bill that the measure will not affect criminals who he said do not buy their firearms legally.

Senator Jim Nielsen said the age restriction in the bill is arbitrary, saying “What is magic about 21? All of a sudden you are not a danger anymore?” I believe that yet again bills like this miss the target.”