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.

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.

Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project starts today.

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Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project starts today.

ZachNews has received information from Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, that the West Broadway closure and detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project will begin on Monday, February 27th, 2017.

The West Broadway closure, named “Needles Jam”, will have both directions of West Broadway, from J Street to L Street, in Downtown Needles, California closed for possibly 2 weeks for construction.

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** Picture from the City of Needles: **

The map (Pictured Above) from the City of Needles shows the closure area and detours.

The closure was to start back on Monday, February 6th, 2017 but was delayed from removing water and gas line as well as for a event’s parade.

Construction crews will be working on retaining wall, cross gutters, utility work along West Broadway as well as work to replace the flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street with new traffic signals which will include green, yellow, and red lights and pedestrian crossing signals.

The current flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street will be taken out and be off, but temporary stop signs or temporary stop signal will be placed until the new new traffic signals are installed and activated.

**** Detours around West Broadway Closures: ****

Motorists who use West Broadway will be detoured around the closure onto Front Street from either J Street from the east or L Street from the west.

Semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and campers are being ask to use Interstate 40 and Needles Highway as a detour around the closure.

If coming from the Needles Bridge and Mohave Valley, Arizona, make a right turn off North K Street onto Needles Highway; stay on westbound until you pass Wagon Wheel Restaurant; and make a right turn onto eastbound Interstate 40 to get by the closures on West Broadway and J Street.

If coming from the Interstate 40, do not exit at J Street and instead, exit at West Broadway / Needles Highway (Exit #141); make a right turn onto Needles Highway; stay on eastbound Needles Highway to North K Street; and make a left turn onto North K Street to reach the Needles Bridge and access to Mohave Valley, Arizona.
** Temporary traffic change with stop sign: **

As work beings along West Broadway, between J Street and L Street, in Downtown Needles, California, motorists should be aware of a temporary traffic change with a stop sign along Eastbound West Broadway at the intersection of L Street. 

Motorists should slow down before the intersection and use caution crossing the intersection.

**** Businesses In West Broadway Closure: ****

Businesses along West Broadway will remain open during the closure and detours.

An access roadway for businesses affected by the closure of West Broadway is being worked on so people can get to those businesses along West Broadway.

Motorists should plan ahead for Needles Jam and drive safely through the construction area and intersections.

**** Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector: ****

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** Picture from ZachNews: **

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will include new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and will be replacing paving and striping, utility relocation, drainage devices, retaining walls, and 3 actual traffic signals (Green, Yellow, and Red Lights) which will be located at the intersections of J Street and West Broadway, West Broadway and Needles Highway, and Needles Highway and North K Street.

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project will also include the widening of the road to ease turns at intersections for RVs and semi-trucks and to alleviate congestion in the traffic hours.

The project was awarded to Hal Hays Construction out of Riverside, California in the amount of $3,312,577.00 and Construction Management will be completed by Persons Brinckerhoff also out of Riverside, California.

**** Contact for Information on Project: ****

For more information, please contact the Tammy Ellmore with the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-5740 Ext 150.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of Needles Jam. **

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Powerful storm approaches communities along the Colorado River.

ZachNews -- Weather Alert!!

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Powerful storm approaches communities along the Colorado River.

The powerful storm that has been moving across southern California is approaching communities along the Colorado River.

ZachNews has spotting on the weather radar moderate rain from the powerful storm just west of Goffs, California and moving north into Nipton, California.

Gusty winds are occurring as well as rain is falling in Needles, California.

ZachNews has also spotting on the weather radar moderate to heavy rain from the powerful storm west of Blythe, California and moving along the Colorado River sweeping in a north direction.

The powerful storm appears to be moving is a sweeping north east direction.

People living, working, or visiting the communities of Goffs, California; Fenner, California; Needles, California; Vidal Junction, California; Havasu Landing, California; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; Parker, Arizona; Blythe, California; Topock, Arizona: Mohave Valley, Arizona; Laughlin, Nevada; and Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada, should be ready in case of any weather related problems, including any power outages, flooding, or blowing debris.

Remember that because the powerful storm has been known to produce heavy rain, motorists driving along U.S. 95 and Route 66 should be on alert for any roadway flooding and to not driving through the flooded roadway.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of Storm Watch 2017. **

News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Residential structure fire on Kingsley Street.

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News Update!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Residential structure fire on Kingsley Street.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, a residential structure fire was reported at 654 Kingsley Street, west of Mohave Valley Highway (Arizona Highway 95), in Mohave Valley, Arizona before 2:40pm MST on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, firefighters arrived to a home that was fully engulfed in flames.

As Mohave Valley Fire Department Firefighters began battling the residential structure fire, a request was made for a fire department engine from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

According to Eric Sherwin, Duty Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Medical Engine 32 from Needles, California is assisting with the residential structure fire in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The smoke from the residential structure fire was seen to the south in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews: **

The video, recorded by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez from a hilltop near Needles High School in Needles, California, shows some light gray smoke from the residential structure fire coming from a neighborhood area.

At around 3:00pm MST, the residential structure fire was put out.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, no reports of injuries to civilians or fire personnel, but some family pets parishes in the structure fire.

The cause of the residential structure fire is under investigation.