Category Archives: Local Crime News

Local crime incidents that’s happening in Needles, California.

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Needles, CA: Robbery at the Colorado River Market on Christmas Eve.

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Needles, CA: Robbery at the Colorado River Market on Christmas Eve.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 2:40pm PT on Saturday, December 24th, 2016, 2 suspects entered the Colorado River Market, located at 2100 Needles Highway, in Needles, California.

Suspect #2 walked over to the beer isle and selected a 30 pack of Budweiser beer and a 12 pack of Coors Light and exited the store without paying.

Suspect #1 walked up to the cashier and requested a bottle of Vodka from behind the counter.

When the cashier was holding the bottle Suspect #1 grabbed the bottle from her grasp and fled the store.

Both suspects got into a green colored 4 door sedan and fled Westbound on Needles Highway.

The cashier followed the suspects outside the store and stated there were 2 females inside the vehicle the suspects entered.

The suspects are identified as white male adults in there mid thirties.

Suspect #1 was wearing and red Santa hat and Suspect #2 was wearing a black beanie.

The investigation is ongoing and anybody with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

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** Press Release sent into ZachNews by Jodi Miller, Public Information Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

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Needles, CA: Deputies arrested a person as detectives search for another person wanted in connection with child abuse.

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Needles, CA: Deputies arrested a person as detectives search for another person wanted in connection with child abuse.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, over a long period of time, 30 year old Suzanne Torres from Needles, California physically and emotionally abused 4 of her 6 children.

The abuse ranged from the children being beaten with objects to being forced to eat a sucker made from a marijuana by-product known as wax.

The oldest victim was kept out of school to care for her five younger siblings as Suzanne Torres and her husband, Victor Lawrence, consumed illegal drugs inside the home and often in the presence of the victims.

At approximately 11:53pm PT on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, deputies arrested Suzanne Torres at her residence in the 1000 block of Lilyhill Drive in Needles, California.

Victor Lawrence is also wanted in connection with the abuse of the victims.

It is believed Victor Lawrence has fled the area and could be in Arizona or Utah.

Torres was booked into the Colorado River Station Jail in Needles, California on a $100,000.00 bond.

This investigation is ongoing and detectives are seeking the whereabouts of Victor Lawrence.

Anybody with information about Victor Lawrence or has additional information reference this case is urged to contact Detective Caronna at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-877- CRIME (27463) or can go the We-Tip Hotline website and leave information at: http://wetip.com

** Press Release: **

https://nixle.com/alert/5802098/

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/December/Needles-CrueltytoaChild.aspx

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News Update!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Latest Information: Deadly Officer Involved Shooting on Alta Vista Drive.

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News Update!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Latest Information: Deadly Officer Involved Shooting on Alta Vista Drive.

New information has been released by the Lake Havasu City Police Department regarding the deadly officer involved shooting by Bullhead City Police Department Officers that occurred along the 1700 block of Alta Vista Drive in Bullhead City, Arizona on Sunday, December 11th, 2016.

ZachNews received a press release by Sgt Tom Gray, Professional Standards Bureau / Public Information Officer with the Lake Havasu City Police Department, regarding the officer involved shooting in Bullhead City, Arizona.

The press release states, “On December 11, 2016 at approximately 7:58 P.M. Bullhead City Police officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Alta Vista Road after receiving a 9-1- 1 call from a female indicating there was going to be a shooting. At approximately 8:04 P.M. the first police officer arrived on scene. A short time later, the officer encountered a female subject outside of the residence who pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer. The officer discharged his duty weapon multiple times, striking the female at least once. The 44-year old female was transported to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased approximately one hour later. Two occupants of the residence were unharmed during the incident. No other officers were involved in the shooting. Detectives from the Lake Havasu City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit have been called in to conduct the investigation and responded to the scene late Sunday evening. It is customary for the Bullhead City Police Department to have an outside police agency investigate an officer involved shooting incident. The officer was placed on routine administrative leave, which is also common with an officer involved shooting incident. The investigation by the Lake Havasu City Police Department detectives is on-going and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

This new information saying that the person who was shot and died was a woman comes after 2 phone calls into ZachNews by Bullhead City Police Department Public Information Officer Carina Spotts confirming that the person in the shooting was a “Man” and telling ZachNews that “He was transported” to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

When asked about if the person died at the hospital or en route to the hospital, Bullhead City Police Department Public Information Officer Carina Spotts said that she don’t know if “he died” at the hospital or en route to the hospital.

When news came out Monday morning that the person who was shot and died was actually a woman, Bullhead City Police Department Public Information Officer Carina Spotts told ZachNews, “I just found this out this morning,” and wasn’t sure who said that it was a man to the newspaper, which also reported the “One man is reportedly dead after a shooting in Bullhead City Sunday night.”

When asked about the confusion over this officer involved shooting and the information being provided by the Bullhead City Police Department, Sgt Tom Gray tells ZachNews that he didn’t know where the confusion came from and that’s why a press release is delayed sometimes to confirm the facts before anything is published.

“Often there is misinformation during the early part of any investigation and we do our best to get the facts out as quickly as possibly,” said Sgt Tom Gray.

 

Breaking News!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Person is dead in officer involved shooting.

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Breaking News!!: Bullhead City, AZ: Person is dead in officer involved shooting.

According to the Bullhead City Police Department, a person is dead after an officer involved shooting along the 1700 block of Alta Vista Drive in Bullhead City, Arizona on Sunday, December 11th, 2016.

Authorities initially got a call of a man claiming he was going to shoot another person and himself.

Bullhead City Police Department Officers are at the scene.

There’s reports that a man, a woman and 2 people were dead in this shooting.

Bullhead City Police Department Public Information Officer Carina Spotts confirmed to ZachNews that the man was dead and an investigation will be conducted.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies recover a vehicle stolen out of Arizona and arrested a man on active parole for murder.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies recover a vehicle stolen out of Arizona and arrested a man on active parole for murder.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at about 1:50pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, detectives and deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station obtained information about a stolen vehicle in Downtown Needles, California.

The vehicle was stolen in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, November 14th, 2016.

The Arizona license plate information was entered into a Sheriff’s database which assisted deputies who located the stolen vehicle in 400 block of Acoma Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Deputies made contact at the Acoma Street residence and 46 years old Charles Brown from Needles, California was found inside.

Charles Brown is on active parole in Arizona for murder and should not have been in California.

Charles Brown was interviewed and subsequently arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Detectives are working with law enforcement agencies from Arizona regarding the crimes committed in their state.

Charles Brown was booked at the Needles jail with a $50,000.00 bail.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detectives Preston or Caronna at: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can all the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5796017/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/December/Needles-RecoveryofStolenVehicle.aspx

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San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

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San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

A year ago, at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, a gathering of people for the Christmas holiday season irrupted into terror as an husband and wife, inspired by evil Islamic terrorist, stormed into a banquet room and began shooting innocent people inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

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Many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies rushed to the incident and began helping people and began searching for the 2 evil attackers.

The 2 evil attackers drove away, but were located a mile away.

After a shootout with authorities, the husband and wife attackers were shot and killed by authorities.

The terrorist attack took the lives of 14 people and wounded 22 people.

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As we all come together remembering the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California a year ago today, may we all take a moment to remember the lives we lost in this terrorist attack on innocent lives.

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Michael Raymond Wetzel

37 years old

Lake Arrowhead, California:

A father of 6 children.

Supervised a team of health inspectors in the San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services Division.

A member of the Church of the Woods in Lake Arrowhead, California.

He loved his work and his family so very much.

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Nicholas Thalasinos

52 years old

Colton, California:

A longtime inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A devout Messianic Jew.

Renewed their marriage vows with his wife Jennifer Thalasinos.

A great husband and had a sweet soul.

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Damian Meins

58 years old

Riverside, California:

A health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health after coming out of retirement in September 2015.

Married to Trenna Meins, principal of Sacred Heart School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and was a father of 2 children.

Was a bright light with a warm smile and a hearty laugh.

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Sierra Clayborn

27 years old

Moreno Valley, California:

Was a recent addition to the team working as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, California.

Was a beautiful person and an absolute sweetheart to all people.

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Daniel Kaufman

(Larry Daniel Kaufman)

42 years old

Rialto, California:

A good person that we all loved.

A good and friendly person.

Trained developmentally disabled employees at a coffee shop inside the Inland Regional Center.

Frequented at Renaissance Faire and enjoyed being involved in Renaissance Faire events.

A fun and funny person who loved brightening up people’s spirits.

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Harry Bowman

46 years old

Upland, California:

A father of 2 daughters.

Worked as a statistical analyst for healthy communities for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A dedicated Catholic and often taught religious classes.

A lover of the outdoor.

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Benneta Betbadal

46 years old

Rialto, California:

A mother to 2 boys and a girl.

Worked as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health since 2006.

Fled Iran when she was just 18 years old to escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians.

Loved her work and the people she worked with.

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Isaac Amanios

60 years old

Fontana, California:

Was married and had 3 children.

Worked as a supervising environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was the cousin of New York Giants Safety Player Nat Berhe.

Was a good person who was there to help people.

Helped young people on their educational endeavors.

Was originally from Eritrea, Africa.

Excelled in school and graduated with a degree in agriculture and nutrition from a university in Khartoum, Sudan.

Worked in Sudan as an interpreter at a refugee camp and was a manager for a state-owned food processing and packaging company.

Moved to the United States of America to escape violence in his home country and live the American dream.

Use to worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department as a weight and measure inspector before began work with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

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Robert Adams

40 year old

Yucaipa, California:

A funny and good man.

Was married and was a devoted father to his 20 month old baby Savannah.

Worked as a environmental health specialist with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was a man who his co-workers looked towards for professional advice and relied on him for his expertise.

Earn a degree in health science with and emphasis in public health from Cal State San Bernardino.

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Tin Nguyen

31 year old

Santa Ana, California:

Tin Nguyen was born in Vietnam.

Tin Nguyen worked as a food inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Tin Nguyen planned to get married in 2017.

Was very good, intelligent, and caring  girl who took care of her mother and her family.

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Juan Espinoza

50 year old

Highland, California:

Was married and was a good husband.

Had a daughter and a son who he loved.

Worked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Loved his job.

Was a hard worker and was fair and honest.

Was born in Mexico and was the youngest of 12 siblings.

He emigrated to the United States of America more than 20 years ago.

Encouraged education and wanted his daughter to reach her goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in science in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University.

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Aurora Godoy

26 year old

San Jacinto, California:

Was a wife and a mother of a 22 month old son.

Loved her son and her family.

Was always willing to help all of her loved ones.

Was really creative and always willing to help with birthday parties and functions.

Was a cheerful person who always smiling.

Was a giving person.

Loved to bake and cook.

Loved spending time at Disneyland with her family.

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Shannon Johnson

45 year old

Koreatown, California:

Was a person who had a fun loving soul.

Loved his family and friends.

Worked as a health inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

Lived with his girlfriend.

Was born in Jesup, Georgia.

Played baseball and football when he was in high school.

Was a longtime member of City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s crisis response team.

Loved nature and music.

Was a generous, caring, and helpful person, including when wildfires raged in Southern California years ago, he rounded up stray pets in his pickup truck and took them to a church for shelter and helped first responders dig a trench to protect the church.

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Yvette Velasco

27 year old

Fontana, California:

Is survived by her parents and her 3 sisters.

Worked as an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Health since 2014.

Was an intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman.

Was born on Easter Sunday in April 1988.

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May we all continue to sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims, be supportive to their family and friends of the victims as they continue to grieve and heal, and never forget these wonderful people who loved and care about people and community.

May we all continue to also sends our thoughts, prayers, and support to the many people who survived the terrorist attack and be supportive to their family and friends as they continue to heal.

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When evil tried to rip us apart, so many people came together to help people during the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many people who rushed to help people on that tragic day.

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May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies who rushed into Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California to save lives and to go after the evil people who attacked some many innocent people on that tragic day.

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As we all remember what happened at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, may we all always stand up against evil who attack innocent people and may we all never allow evil divide or take down our lives, our communities, our country, and our freedoms.

** Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California and United States of America. **

Stay with ZachNews for continuing news coverage as we all remember the terrorist attack on San Bernardino County, California.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 suspects for commercial burglary after they broke into the Historic Needles Theatre.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Deputies arrested 2 suspects for commercial burglary after they broke into the Historic Needles Theatre.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 2:03pm PT on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, deputies of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station were dispatched to an open door in the 800 block of West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

A door to the Historic Needles Theatre was found forced open. Deputies discovered there were antique brass letters stolen from inside the theatre.

The brass letters are used for the marquis sign in front of the theatre.

Luggage was located inside the theatre which identified 22 year old Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. from Earp, California and 20 years old Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo from Earp, California to be suspects in the theft.

Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo were both located during an area check near the theatre.

The stolen antique marquis letters were located and recovered from the luggage belonging to Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo.

Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo were arrested without incident and booked at the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 459C – Commercial Burglary.

Both Jose Fernando Gallardo Jr. and Anthony Mateo Rinaldo Gallardo are being held on $25,000.00 bail to appear in the Victorville Superior Court.

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5790560/?sub_id=1651930

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/November/Needles-CommercialBurglary.aspx

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