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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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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. ****

** Picture above from ZachNews. **

Needles, CA: Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

Needles, CA: Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

The Needles Unified School District held a Spring Concert, directed by Mr. Henken, inside the auditorium at Needles High School in Needles, California on Thursday, April 27th, 2017.

** Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017 Video: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there and captured the performance on camera.

** Pictures of the Needles Middle School Beginning Band: **

** Pictures of the Needles High School Beginning Band: **

** Pictures of the Needles High School Choir: **

** Pictures of the Blue Notes Jazz Band: **

** Pictures of the Advanced Band: **

Great work to everybody at the Needles Unified School District’s Spring Concert 2017.

** All Pictures and Video from ZachNews. **

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: **

https://tips.fbi.gov

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

Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park today.

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Downtown Needles, CA: River’s Edge Community Christian Church’s Easter Sunrise Service at Santa Fe Park today.

River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be having an Easter Sunrise Service starting at around 6:30am PT on Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The Easter sunrise service by River’s Edge Community Christian Church will be a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Coffee and donuts will be served and the Easter sunrise service is open to everybody.

Come and join River’s Edge Community Christian Church for Easter sunrise service.

ZachNews will be streaming the Easter sunrise service live at ZachNews on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

For more information or if anyone needs transportation to the Easter sunrise service, please contact Pastor Fred Torres of River’s Edge Community Christian Church at: 1 (760) 221-7718.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire has occurred at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the motel fire.

** Live Videos from ZachNews on Facebook: **

The motel fire is burning near the old Dollar Tree store and just across the street from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 32.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The fire was seen coming through the roof of the motel as firefighters arrived and smoke could be seen for miles.

Everybody staying at the motel, including families with children, were all evacuated safely as firefighters began battling the fire.

As the fire grew, a “2 Alarm Fire” call was made calling me more fire department resources to the motel fire.

Multiple fire department agencies arrived on scene of the motel fire, including Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, and Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Also on scene, at least 2 ladder fire departments trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department and Lake Havasu City Fire Department were helping in the battle of the motel fire, which local residents tell ZachNews that the last time a ladder fire departments trucks was called and used to battle a large structure fire was when the old Masonic Temple, also known as the old Needles Theatre, caught on fire in the early 1990’s.

Baker Emergency Medical Service, located just a block away from the motel fire, responded to the motel fire in case of any medical assistant as well as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and City of Needles street crews responded to block off traffic around the motel fire.

Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, was closed because of the fire sending motorists, including semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and families trying to get to their Easter weekend destinations, on a detour along Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

As firefighters continued to battle the motel fire, a person was seen inside an ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Witnesses tell ZachNews are saying that the person inside the ambulance was the property manager.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the person inside the ambulance was being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

An hour later, the fire at the Americas Best Value Inn was put out.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

A total of 21 motel units suffered damage in the fire, including at least upstairs 12 motel units appear to have suffered fire, smoke and water damage as well as the roof of the motel appear to suffered fire destroyed with parts of the roof collapsed from the motel fire, and downstairs, at least 11 motel units appeared to have suffered damaged by water.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Later, fire department trucks from San Bernardino County Fire Department arriving from Twentynine Palms, California; Wonder Valley and; Helendale, California; and Victorville, California arrived to the aftermath of the motel fire as the other fire department crews headed by to their communities.

** Live Videos from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Both directions of East Broadway, also known as U.S. 95 and Highway 95, were reopened after being closed for the motel fire.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The case of the motel fire is under investigation and fire department investigators were seen checking the property for clues to where the fire may have originally started.

ZachNews is learning from people who first reported the fire as well as people who witnessed the arrival of fire department crews that there was a slow response by the local fire department despite being just across the street from the motel on fire.

ZachNews has learned that the motel fire started before 8:20am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 when a postal worker noted the fire and went to the near by fire station to alert firefighters of the fire.

A firefighter answered the door and the postal worker told the firefighter that there was a fire across the street at the motel.

As 10 minutes pass after telling the firefighter, another postal worker came by the fire station and told the other postal worker, waiting for the fire department to response, that 911 was called.

Other witnesses who were there at the fire echo the same complaint to the response to the fire from their local fire department.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is reportedly telling another news outlet that firefighters self-dispatched within 5 minutes to the fire, but ZachNews couldn’t independently confirmed the time of response from San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials for they never responded to our request for comment.

The fire which could be seen from the television and fitness rooms of the fire station which was noted during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 32 on Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Witnesses there at the fire tell ZachNews that Mohave Valley Fire Department arrived first to the fire followed close behind by San Bernardino County Fire Department.

So far from witnesses there at the fire, there were no problem with water or with the near by fire hydrants during the motel fire, but agree that all of the fire hydrants in the community need to be checked and any broken fire hydrants that are found not working, be fixed quickly before a fire happens and that fire hydrant is needed.

ZachNews couldn’t get a response from San Bernardino County Fire Department Officials regarding broken fire hydrants in the community, but the City of Needles tells ZachNews that the broken fire hydrants are slowly being fix or replaced.

Concerns on the response time to this fire, broken fire hydrants, and if the local fire department has enough equipment and trucks to battle a large fire are being raised as new industrial sized buildings for medical marijuana cultivation continue to come in well old and abandoned buildings remain sitting used for years remain standing.

In wake of the latest fire to happen in Needles, California, some residents and businesses in the community say we need more fire department equipment and trucks including ladder trucks, replace old fire hydrants with new fire hydrants and keep them all maintained, and a local 911 dispatch center that can be familiar of the area so that callers won’t get sent to Barstow, California and Kingman, Arizona 911 centers for an emergency incident in Needles, California.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this breaking news story.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Fire at the Americas Best Value Inn.

A fire is burning at the Americas Best Value Inn, located on East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California.

Started before 9:30am PT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

A news tip sent into ZachNews from Frank Costigan alerted ZachNews of the fire and rushed over to the fire.

Multiple fire department agencies are on scene, including 2 ladder trucks from Bullhead City Fire Department in Lake Havasu City Fire Department.

Cause unknown and a person is seen in the ambulance being checked out by paramedics.

Both directions of East Broadway Highway 95 is closed.

Detour is Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road.

ZachNews is at the motel fire gathering more information and is on Facebook Live at ZachNews on Facebook.