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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: support@redcrosstraining.org

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

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

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/heat-wave-safety

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety

– Ready.Gov:

https://www.ready.gov/heat

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

http://www.dbw.ca.gov/?page_id=28711

****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.

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/local-weather-forecast/

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

Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Breaking News!!: Alexandria, VA: Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice.

Rifle-wielding attacker opened fired on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others as congressmen and aides dove for cover.

The shooting occurred at around 7:00am ET during baseball practice for an annual bipartisan charity baseball game.

Republicans were practicing for the annual baseball game against Democrats that has been held since 1909.

Witnesses reported hearing at least 50 gunshots were fired.

Sen. Rand Paul describes the scene at the baseball practice to MSNBC where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot.

Witnesses said the Republican lawmaker was standing at second base when he was hit in the left hip.

After dragging himself to safety and getting help from his colleagues amid the chaos, Scalise was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Scalise underwent surgery and was in stable condition, his office said.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone. He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.” the office for Scalise said in a statement.

The 51 year old Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican leader first elected to the House in 2008.

United States of America President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from the White House about the shooting.

“Everyone on that field is a public servant. Their sacrifice makes democracy possible,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

United States of America President Donald Trump later said, “Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend, he’s a patriot and he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault and Steve I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you but of an entire nation and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”

United States of America President Donald Trump is calling for unity, saying we are strongest when we work together for the common good.

“We may have our differences but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation’s capital is here because above all they love our country. We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans, that our children deserve to grow up in a nation of safety and peace, and that we are strongest when we are unified and when we work together for the common good,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, “We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family… I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together to lift each other up and to show the country, to show the world, that we are one House, the people’s House, united in our humanity. It is that humanity which will win the day and it always will.”

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi said of Rep. Scalise, “For this person to take this action was so cowardly. It seems particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together… that this assault would be made. But we cannot let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone who would think that way… We will use this occasion as one that brings us together and not separates us further.”

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, who coaches the GOP team, said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot during the shooting, but is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.

The assailant, prepared with a lot of ammo, fought a gun battle with authorities before the attacker was shot and later died.

Authorities are saying that this was an isolated incident and there is no additional threat.

Law enforcement and government officials identified the shooter as 66 year old James. T. Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois.

The law enforcement officials said the shooter was heard asking, “Are these the Republicans or the Democrats?”, raising questions about the gunman’s political motivations, but law enforcement officials at the scene said that piece of the investigation remains unclear.

According to public records, James. T. Hodgkinson, a licensed home inspector who ran his business out of his Illinois home, has a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting a woman.

At the time, authorities recovered a pocket knife, hair they say was pulled out of the woman’s head, and a 12-gauge shotgun at the scene of the alleged attack.

According to public records, the charges, domestic battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and battery, were later dismissed.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that 2 firearms, a rifle and a handgun, were recovered from the scene.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims of the shooting and hoping that everybody will recover soon. **

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Needles, CA: Community prepares to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Community prepares to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California is preparing to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2017 as they stop on into Needles, California on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, will be uniting together in a cross country ride from west to east into Washington, District of Columbia.

The Run For The Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation.

The organization promotes healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (P.O.W./M.I.A.), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (K.I.A.) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

In a press release sent into ZachNews, the Needles Chamber of Commerce said that this year’s Run For The Wall will feature a panoply of patriotic groups who will present and perform in honor of the veterans who will be welcomed in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The veteran “Pack” will be greeted by the National Anthem, performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

A special military honor, the Bronze Star, will then be posthumously bestowed on fallen Needles veteran Robert Gonzales by VFW Post 404 Commander George DeLeon.

The Mohave High School ROTC, under the guidance of USAF (Ret) Major Earl Davis will then perform.

Run For The Wall Central Route Coordinator Jim Sloan (“the Sweep”) will then present certificates of appreciation to the local sponsors and supporters of Run For The Wall.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

The Fort Mojave Tribal Band and the Needles High School Band will then perform patriotic music as the Run For The Wall riders eat lunch and greet public supporters.

A new component this year will be the presence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lake Havasu Chapter.

They will be present to greet the veterans and to thank them for their dedication and service.

The general public is invited to welcome the Run For The Wall “Pack” by lining the streets in Needles, California, including along West Broadway between L Street and G Street.

There will be no food or vendors available to the community at this event.

Lunch will be served to Run For The Wall participants with official wristbands only.

The “Pack” will arrive for refueling on the west end of Needles, California at approximately 1:45pm PT, exiting I-40 at River Road, following Old Route 66 into Needles, California.

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Following the fuel stop, they will proceed to Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be closed to through traffic so the expected 400 bikes can park there.

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Time spent in Needles, California is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, after which they head east to spend their first night in Williams, Arizona.

In pass Run For The Wall riders through Needles, California, people are seen lining along overpasses and along hillsides along Interstate 40 waving American flags and waving as the hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall drive by them, including along Five Mile Road overpass and the Park Moabi Road overpass in Needles, California.

Their trek across the United States will end on Memorial Day in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

Their journey can be followed day by day at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Please be sure community to show your support for the Run For The Wall.

**** ZachNews will be Facebook Live at the Run For The Wall 2017 luncheon and ceremony at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California and will have more pictures and videos from the luncheon and ceremony afterwards. ****

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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: **

https://tips.fbi.gov

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

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Latest Information: Mesa Grande Apartments Fire.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments that occurred on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in Needles, California.

** A Week Later, No Identity Release on Fire Victim: **

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

** How the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire unfolded: **

At around 5:02pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, calls reporting a fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive, in Needles, California began coming into emergency dispatch.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was alerted on the fire, ran over to the fire, and began reporting on the fire live on Facebook.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

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

Well fire department crews were still in route to the fire, residents and people who seen the fire ran over to the apartments on fire to help get as many people and animals out of the apartment units.

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

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 32 arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the apartment units.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department were called and arrived to the fire.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Firefighters as they battle the fire well battling against the gusty winds and some blowing dust at kept blowing into the area.

Adding to the situation, firefighters had some 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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Firefighters battle the fire for an hours as people gathered across the street hoping that the fire gets put out soon.

Lilyhill Drive was closed by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from Bailey Avenue to Clary Drive.

With the fire out, fire officials searched inside the burned apartment units to find if there were anybody inside during the fire.

At 6:30pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, San Bernardino County Fire Department confirmed that a body of a female in the bedroom of the apartment was found and the unidentified female was confirmed dead by firefighters.

The confirmed information by the San Bernardino County Fire Department was then posted on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office website.

At 6:35pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their Twitter page, “Needles(Update): IC reports knock down on fire. One vict w/ smoke inhalation. One subject located deceased. Secondary search continues“.

After getting additional confirmation on the death over the phone, ZachNews broke the confirmed information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department at 7:12pm PT on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

 

As of 6:22pm PT on Friday, April 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release.

As of 3:32pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office tells ZachNews that the identity of the person who died in the apartment fire has not been release, hasn’t been positive identification, and is being called a “Jane Doe”. 

Despite what a local newspaper has reported, no official age or name of the person has been release.

ZachNews has been contacting the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office daily for any updates and has been taking note of all contacts in the last week of calls.

ZachNews will wait for an official released of the fire victim’s identify as well as cause of the apartment fire. 

** Picture from ZachNews: **

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.

Many of the people, including those who called 911 reporting the fire, are asking San Bernardino County Fire Department and City of Needles officials why there was a delay in repose to the fire and why was there problems with a near by fire hydrant during the fire.

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According to the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter, Disaster Action Team (D.A.T.) volunteers Marilyn Bailey, Pat and Charles Traylor responded to the fire and assessed damages as well as provide for the emergency needs of those affected by the fire.

**** Please Help Mesa Grande Apartments Fire Survivors: ****

In wake of the tragic fire at the Mesa Grande Apartments, donations are being accepted to help fire survivors.

** People wanting to donate can drop off donations at the following locations: **

  • Donations can be dropped off at the Mesa Grande Apartments, located at 1600 Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California during normal business hours from 7:00am to 4:00pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2404.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the Needles Chamber of Commerce located at 100 G Street near Front Street in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:30am to 3:30pm PT Monday through Friday. For more information regarding donations, please call: 1 (760) 326-2050.
  • Donations can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, located at 839 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California during normal business hours from 9:00am to 2:00pm PT Tuesday through Saturday. For more information regarding donations, please call George DeLeon at: 1 (760) 326-4420.
  • As for financial donations, Colin Williams, Regional Communications Officer at the America Red Cross, tells ZachNews that the best way for people to contribute to the fire in Needles, California is by making a financial donation through the American Red Cross. You can make your financial donations either by phone at: 1 (800) RedCross or online at: http://www.redcross.org

** Thank You for Donating to Survivors of the Mesa Grande Apartments Fire. **

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** 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 Mesa Grande Apartments Fire in Needles, California. ****

Needles, CA: Deputies receive minor injuries during arrest of a man inside Colorado River Medical Center.

Needles, CA: Deputies receive minor injuries during arrest of a man inside Colorado River Medical Center.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 4:20pm PT on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station were dispatched to the Colorado River Medical Center, located at 1401 Bailey Avenue, in Needles, California for a male subject.

A male subject went to the hospital with a gallon bottle of bleach and was claiming he drank household bleach.

Staff at Colorado River Medical Center called 911 because of the male subject’s unusual behavior.

Deputy Petersen and Deputy Bevan met with the male subject in the waiting room at Colorado River Medical Center who instantly became violent and combative towards the deputies.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the male subject punched at the deputies, attempted to disarm them, and resisted their efforts to arrest him.

After a struggle, the deputies were able to take male subject into police custody and have him treated for the ingestion of bleach.

The male subject was later transported by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for further treatment.

Both deputies sustained injuries during the confrontation and were treated by the medical staff at the hospital.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department later identified the 32 year old male subject from Needles, California in their press release.

The case is being forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing of charges.

** Press Release: **

https://nixle.com/alert/5889517/

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/Needles-BatteryonPeaceOfficer.aspx

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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.

** Tweet from the San Bernardino County Fire Department (@SBCountyFire): **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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. ****