Category Archives: Arizona News

News that’s happening in Arizona, including the communities of Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Fort Mohave, Arizona; and Bullhead City, Arizona.

Needles, CA: Staying cool and safe in the heat.

Needles, CA: Staying cool and safe in the heat.

Very hot weather conditions have arrived to the Needles, California area and before you go do anything in the heat, here’s some tips on what to do to stay safe outside in the heat.

**** Tips for the Heat: ****

– Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water when outside in the heat and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

– Dress for the Heat: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, as it reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body stay cooler. Avoid wearing dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Wear hats or use an umbrella when outside in the heat.

– Protect Yourself from the Heat: Protect your body from getting a sunburn by wearing sunscreen; apply plenty of sunscreen.

– Eating in the Heat: Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat. Slow down.

– Working Out in the Heat: Avoid strenuous activity and stay indoors when possible. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00am and 7:00am. Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days. Take time out to find a cool place.

– No Children or Pets Alone in Hot Vehicle: Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.

– Boating Safe: If going to be boating along the Colorado River or on the lake, please operate your watercraft safety, following the rules on operating a watercraft, and no drinking of alcohol well operating your watercraft.

According to the California Division of Boating and Waterways, under California law, every child under 13 years of age on a moving recreational vessel of any length must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket in serviceable condition and of a type and size appropriate for the conditions and the activity.

The United States Coast Guard reports nearly 5,000 boating accidents each year in the United States—causing approximately 700 deaths, 3,000 injuries and $36 million in damage. About 85% of all boating deaths occur on boats where the operator has not completed a boating safety education course.

**** Signs, Symptoms, and Tips for Heat-Related Illness: ****

According to the American Red Cross, during heat waves people are susceptible to three heat-related conditions. Here’s how to recognize and respond to them.

– Heat Cramps: Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat. Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area. Give an electrolyte-containing fluid, such as a commercial sports drink, fruit juice or milk. Water may also be given. Do not give the person salt tablets.

– Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers and factory workers. It also affects those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion. Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes. If the person’s condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 911 or the local emergency number.

– Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning. Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures. Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Rapidly cool the body by immersing the person up to the neck in cold water, if possible OR douse or spray the person with cold water. Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels. Cover the person with bags of ice. If you are not able to measure and monitor the person’s temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person’s condition improves.

**** Water Safety: ****

Swimming is the most popular summer activity, especially in the Colorado River Tri-State area, but before you go out and enjoy the cool water, here’s what to know before you enjoy the water.

– Make Water Safety Your Priority:

Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests. Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous. If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

– Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water:

Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection. Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach. If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use. Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment. Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

– Maintain Constant Supervision:

Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water. Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

– Enroll and Learn:

Enroll in American Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Also, enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons by calling the American Red Cross’ Training Support Center either by phone at: 1 (800) RED-CROSS or by email at:

**** Additional Information and Resources: ****

– American Red Cross (Heat Wave and Water Safety):

– Ready.Gov:

– California Division of Boating and Waterways (Boating Safety):

****Local Weather Forecast: ***

Before you go outside please check the local weather forecast at ZachNews for the latest weather conditions in the Colorado River communities of Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

** Please Have Fun, Be Safe, and Stay Cool Everybody!! **

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Traffic Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway and Needles Highway Closed.

Construction crews have closed West Broadway from Needles Highway to Walnut Street and Needles Highway from L Street to O Street in Needles, California as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

** Closures: **

West Broadway from Walnut Street to Needles Highway is closed.

Needles Highway from L Street to O Street is closed.

Closures as part of the Interstate 40 Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Closures may last from a few days to a few weeks.

** Detours: **

West Broadway (From Walnut Street): Take Walnut Street East to L Street north back to Needles Highway (At L Street).

Needles Highway (From L Street): Take L Street south to Market Street west to O Street north back onto Needles Highway (At O Street).

** Roads to Avoid: **

If you’re driving tall semi trucks or campers, do not use the North K Street Underpass or North K Street from Walnut Street to Front Street.

The North K Street Underpass has a Clearance Height 8ft and not recommended for tall semi trucks or campers.

Use West Broadway or Interstate 40 as your best detour.

** Businesses in Closure Area: **

Businesses in the closure area are still open so please make sure to stop in and support our local businesses.

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Needles Jam 2. ****

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

News Alert!!: Cleveland, OH: Nationwide manhunt for Facebook murder suspect Steve W. Stephens.

A nationwide manhunt underway for Facebook murder suspect accused of shooting and killing an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, April 16, 2017 then posting the video on Facebook.

The Cleveland Division of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the United States Marshals Service are working together on the nationwide manhunt for the murder suspect, identified as 37 year old Steve W. Stephens,

According to the Cleveland Police Department, Steve W. Stephens filmed himself killing an elderly man, identified as 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr., who walking along East 93rd Street collecting aluminum cans.

Steve W. Stephens is seen in the video walking up to Robert Godwin Sr., ask him to say some name, pointed a gun at him, and shooting him.

Steve W. Stephens then is seen running to his vehicle where he then driving off leaving Robert Godwin Sr. behind on the sidewalk.

The video of the killing was then posted to Facebook where Steve W. Stephens bragged about having committed many other homicides.

The video has since been removed from Facebook, but has been spotted reported on YouTube.

** Picture from NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3: **

Mourners gathered at a vigil on Monday, April 17th, 2017 to remember Robert Godwin Sr., who’s described by family and friends as a man who loved his kids and would never hurt anybody.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to Steve W. Stephens’ arrest.

Steve W. Stephens may be driving a white, 4 door 2017 Ford Fusion with temporary Ohio tags: E363630.

Steve W. Stephens has ties to Euclid, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.

Steve W. Stephens is considered armed and dangerous.

Anybody with information should call 911 or 1 (800) CALL-FBI.

** Tips may also be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tips Website at: **

** Wanted Flyer Picture from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. **

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Several vehicles are involved in a traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95 near Courtwright Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

According to Public Information Officer Trooper Kameron Lee, the traffic collision occurred along southbound side of Arizona Highway 95 near Milepole 227.7 at 11:55am PT involving a dark gray jeep and green Subaru outback.

At least 2 people were injured in the traffic collision, including a person sent to Valley View Medical Center.

The roadway has been reopen as of 12:27pm PT.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California. **

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, at least 8 vehicle were involved in a crash along northbound U.S. Route 93 at milepost 27 near White Hills, Arizona at around 12:25pm PT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.

At least 2 people were killed in the crash.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 is reporting that a dog was also killed in the crash.

At least 2 people were injured in the crash, including a person transported to a hospital and another person transported by medical helicopter to a hospital,

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred after a vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled in front of a tractor truck that was pulling another truck-tractor.

The tractor truck’s driver then swerved to avoid a collision and the vehicle rolled over causing a series of crashes.

All northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93, a main highway from Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada, had to be closed as patients were being medically treated.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, all northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93 has been reopened at 7:08pm PT.

** Pictures from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. **


Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

A boat fire was reported at around 3:22pm PT on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.


** Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

Jociannah Elena Murillo from Needles, California sent into ZachNews video of the boat on fire along a channel near the boat launching area at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Witnesses as well as a from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer tell ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that firefighters were on the other end of Jack Smith Memorial Park when they seem the smoke and rushed over to the fire.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

People who were at the park, barbecuing and playing along the Colorado River all rushed over to see the boat fire.

Mark Davis II from Needles, California was with family barbecuing when he saw the boat on fire and went to find a fire extinguisher, but couldn’t find any at the information kiosk.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The boat fire caught near by vegetation near mobile home at Verde Shores Estates.

Mark Davis II jumped into the water, swim across the channel, and got onto land to alert residents at the mobile home park that there’s a fire burning near by.

Mark Davis II is seen in the video (Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo) wearing black shorts as he is walked by firefighters to alert residents.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived to the boat fire and began battling the fully involved boat fire, and began to call in other fire department crews from Mohave Valley Fire Department and Bullhead City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Witnesses as well as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department telling ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that everybody on the boat got off safely.

At this moment, the cause of the boat fire is not yet known.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews as more information is still coming in. **

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident near the Needles Bridge.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Traffic accident near the Needles Bridge.

A traffic accident has occurred near the Needles Bridge on North K Street in Needles, California

ZachNews received this picture from Andy of Needles, California of the traffic accident and a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department vehicle blocking southbound North K Street.

According to Eric Sherwin, Duty Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a patient with minor injuries was transported to Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona.