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Needles, CA: Man injures his girlfriends pet Chihuahua and is arrested for felony animal abuse.

Needles, CA: Man injures his girlfriends pet Chihuahua and is arrested for felony animal abuse.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 Deputy F. Hernandez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to a report of Animal Abuse at the 200 block of San Clemente Street in Needles, California.

The reporting party stated her boyfriend, 24 years old Jvar Brooks from Needles, California, injured her pet Chihuahua named “8 Ball” to the extent the dog was unable to stand or walk.

Jvar Brooks, who was presently out of custody on a $50,000.00 bond for an unrelated weapons charge, was arrested for PC 597, Felony Animal Abuse.

Brooks was transported and booked at the Colorado River Station Jail where he is being held with bail set at $100,000.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on Thursday, August 16th, 2018, the owner of the dog went to the veterinary clinic and discovered the dog had severe internal bleed ing and was euthanized.

Anybody with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Fernando Hernandez of 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 the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com

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Live News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Elections 2018: List of candidates running for Needles City Council and Needles Mayor.

Live News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Elections 2018: List of candidates running for Needles City Council and Needles Mayor.

The Needles City Clerk’s Office has released the list of candidates running for Needles City Council and Needles Mayor in the November 2018.

Please do not forget to vote in November 2018 and good luck to all of the candidates.

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News Alert!!: Detroit, MI: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died.

News Alert!!: Detroit, MI: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, has died.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul who sold tens of millions of R&B and pop albums with iconic hits such as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” has died on Thursday, August 16th, 2018.

According to a statement from her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, 76 year old Aretha Franklin died Thursday morning of “pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type”.

Aretha Franklin’s family released the a statement saying, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Aretha Franklin had been reportedly struggling with health problems in recent years, and earlier this week, it was confirmed that she was seriously ill and was surrounded by friends and family in her home in Detroit, Michigan.

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Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Aretha Franklin’s legendary vocalist was perhaps best known for “Respect”, and had a string of 20 No. 1 R&B singles, stretching from 1967 to 1985.

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Aretha Franklin earned 18 Grammy Awards and consistently placed her on most critics’ lists of the greatest singers of all time.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the past, Aretha Franklin performed at the inaugurations of three presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

In 2005, President George W. Bush presented Aretha Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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In 2015, Aretha Franklin sang “Amazing Grace” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Pope Francis, seen live by many millions around the world.

In 2017, Aretha Franklin announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

One of those select events was a gala for Elton John’s 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation in November in New York City, New York where Franklin closed the event with a collection of songs including “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Freeway of Love.”

Aretha Franklin canceled planned concerts early 2018 after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Aretha Franklin was originally scheduled to perform on her 76th birthday in March 2018 in Newark, New Jersey, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April 2018.

As news Aretha Franklin’s death was learned, everyone from world leaders to Hollywood icons to fellow music industry legends reflected on her life and legacy.

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Reports that flowers and a wreath has been placed on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as fans gather to mourn the loss of Aretha Franklin.

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Earlier today, United States President Donald Trump spoke about the passing of Aretha Franklin from the White House.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin. Your many fans will miss you and will never stop enjoying the wonderful music you gave to all of your fans. **

Bullhead City, AZ: Floaters and demonstrators gathered along the Colorado River for the River Regatta 2018.

Bullhead City, AZ: Floaters and demonstrators gathered along the Colorado River for the River Regatta 2018.

Floaters and demonstrators gathered on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 along the Colorado River in Bullhead City, Arizona for the River Regatta 2018.

People from Southern California, Arizona and Nevada arrived at Davis Camp to participate in the River Regatta 2018 event, launching into the Colorado River in their inflatable inner tubes, peacocks, pink flamingos and bulls in route to Community Park in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Well floaters began flowing on the Colorado River, members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe along with members of the public gathered near the River Regatta 2018 event’s launch area for a demonstration against the events return.

The event returned following controversy during the 2016 river regatta event left large amounts of trash along the shoreline of the Colorado River when event floaters bypassed.

Following the controversy and complaints from the community and members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, members of the Bullhead City Council voted 4-3 to end the River Regatta event.

But in October 2017, almost a year after ending the event, members of the Bullhead City Council voted 6-1 to accept an offer from Marnell Gaming LLC, the owners of the Edgewater and Colorado Belle casinos to purchase, reinstate and run the river regatta event, restoring the event to cheers by supporters and disappointment by those concerned that the trash mess of 2016 will happen again during this year’s event.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez recorded and broadcasted live on Facebook both the demonstration and river regatta floaters as they pass by our cameras.

Demonstrators put on shirts and held signs that read “No Regatta”, and began chanting “No Regatta”, “Save Our Water” and “Water Is Life” at the corner of Bullhead City Parkway and Arizona State Route 95, and on the Laughlin Bridge overlooking the Colorado River.

As floaters began to flow south down the Colorado River, demonstrators chanted “No Regatta” and shouted floaters to pick up after themselves, not to leave trash behind or in the Colorado River.

Some of the floaters shouted back at the demonstrators, saying that they will pick up after themselves and even waved red garbage bags at the demonstrators.

Other floaters shouted back at demonstrators saying that they should clean up the trash after their firework shows and some floaters flipped the bird at demonstrators and even tried to wet the demonstrators.

Despite the exchange of words and flipping of the bird, the demonstration and those participating in the River Regatta 2018 remained peaceful.

As floaters continued to pass by the Laughlin Bridge, demonstrators looked out for floaters not wearing their life jackets and shouting out “You’re Not Wearing A Life Jacket” at those who were spotted not wearing a life jacket.

Authorities on patrol boats and watercrafts, including Bullhead City Police Department, Park Rangers and United States Coast Guard, were seen along the Colorado River watching floaters to make sure they were floating safety down the Colorado River well also keeping watch for participate floaters who were not wearing life jackets.

Well a majority of the floaters were seen wearing life jackets, both in a bright orange and dark colored life jackets, there were a few that were spotted not wear their life jackets.

Those not wearing their life jackets would later put on their life jackets after being spotted by demonstrators and caught by authorities on patrol boats.

As the demonstration came to an end, bird singers from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe sang along the Laughlin Bridge as floaters continued south to Community Park in Bullhead City, Arizona where the float down the Colorado River event ends.

As the demonstrators headed back to their vehicles, they checked for trash and collected water bottles, leaving behind a clean and no trashed area wheere the demonstration was held.

ZachNews spoke with Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams regarding the “No Regatta” Demonstration and what they wanted organizers of the River Regatta 2018 to know.

ZachNews: How did this all get organized, what brought everybody here to the demonstration?

“What I think brought everybody to the event is that we’re opposed to this event. United in the community in a different way, where there was a lot of not only tribal but non-tribal members that were out here that were in opposition of this event, therefore we wanted to let them know, to let them see and let them hear our voices out here within the areas that they will be participating in,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: What are some of the concerns you want the public to know – regarding the event?

“It’s not only the concerns, it’s the treatment to the river; that’s what this event is about, the treatment of the river. That’s what we’re in opposition to. In 2016 when everything went down – the way it went down, and than in 2017 – to have the City officials where they stopped it and then to have it back on in 2018; it’s definitely unfortunate but we want to make sure that we let everybody know that we’re in opposition to this and that there was a lot of things that did not happen; not only in our favor but in the whole Tri-State favor – as far as the treatment of the river goes,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: What’s next from this point – after the demonstration?

“Next is gonna be definitely reporting to the Coast Guard. I cannot tell you how many people that did not have life jackets down there. We have to hit this from all different angles; from a cultural perspective, traditional perceptive and then also one of the things the Coast Guard is most concern about is the safety, and so the numbers of people the that you’re gonna probably see online in a short time that did not have life jackets, we’re not following the safety regulations that were put in place. Under the permit; I think it’s going to be something to reckon with but we’re definitely gonna know and show everybody out there how the permit was violated with not only the life jackets, but other ways shapes and forms, and again I hope everybody is able to send us that information. We will like to report it to the proper agencies, and then hopefully we’ll be able to end the Regatta all together in 2019; that is our ultimate goal,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: Do you think that the word gotten out there – about the event? Did the demonstration made a a big difference today?

“There’s a number of people, and I think the numbers are what gonna be the telling story. How many people actually floated; was it 20,000 that were participated to come, was the event sold out. If there was any numbers that were well below that, you would have to think that we had something to do with it. All the demonstrations, all the protests, all the social media; all the things we’ve been able to do – just like they have. Again I think I’ve proven by the numbers, that we were definitely successful,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: For those who weren’t able to make the demonstration today and they want to participate, what we like to tell them? How can they address their concerns?

“Continue with the letters. Send over… if you go to our website (https://www.fortmojaveindiantribe.com), you’ll be able to see a link that you’re be able to shoot any information that you feel that violate the permit, also or you felt that was wrong, you can send that to us and we’ll make sure that it gets to the proper authorities,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: If the organizers and officials who got the event back on are watching this interview, what would you like them to know?

“Stop this event – plain and simple. If we’re truly concerned about protecting the river, stop the event and then we can work together, but stop this event. We cannot have an event that has this many people floating, and just as I seen – just a little while ago – piece of trash goes down, the floater tries to swim over to it, can’t reach it because of the river – the river is too powerful and they don’t know it, therefore he just sit back in his seat – lets the trash go by, and so it’s stuff that I’m hoping that we can work together in a different way. But just listen; listen to our elders, listen to our people, listen to all those who are concern in the valley – in Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley and Needles – everybody that’s downriver, just please listen, that’s we’re asking,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews: Anything you want to say to those who came out and participated in the demonstration?

“Everybody that came out; we’re just extremely proud of you. We respect you, we’re honorable; where thank you for the way we protested in a positive way. There was nothing negative out here – when it comes to any foul protest. It was a good good day for us to protest, to get our message out there, and I believe we were successful in doing so, but thank you guys. We’re proud of you guys,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Chairman Timothy Williams.

ZachNews contacted Marnell Gaming LLC for a response regarding the “No Regatta” Demonstration and about the event overall, how the event do in attendance this year, what were the reaction from participates in this year’s event and what was done to help keep floaters safe and the Colorado River clean during and after the event.

Marnell Gaming LLC hasn’t yet responsed to our questions but continuing to await their response and will post their response on this news story.

In regards to event attendance, ZachNews is getting reports that the number of people on attendance for the River Regatta 2018 was under 10,500 people, which would be below the ticket ceiling limit and event goal of 22,000 people organizers were hoping for this year.

As for clean up after the event, there’s reports that event crews checked along the shorelines and water of the Colorado River, picking up any garbage or trash found.

ZachNews found these pictures posted on the City of Bullhead City’s Facebook Page showing the Colorado River and shoreline cleaned up with no trash seen.

Overall, the issue over keeping the river clean and if the river regatta event should or should not be held is a big topic for us who live along the Colorado River.

If we use the water for farming, go out on our boat to fish or just play in the water on those very hot days and nights, the water means a lot to us all and if we want to use and enjoy this cool water, remember what your parents taught you, to pick up after yourself.

To those who helped clean up the water and shorelines after the event, thank you for your hard work.

As always, thanks to all of the emergency crews and law enforcement agencies who participate in all events, making sure all is peaceful, safe and protected.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates regarding the River Regatta event.

** Questions to ZachNews Fans: **

– How do you think this year’s River Regatta event went?

– If you attended the River Regatta 2018 event, how was the event?

– Do you agree or disagree with the concerns and comments made by the people opposing the river regatta event?

– Do you think the river regatta event should end or continue, and why?

– If you lived along the Colorado River, along the river regatta floating route or downstream, did you find any trash after the event or witnesses any problems related to the river regatta event?

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Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Latest Information: Scattered storms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Latest Information: Scattered storms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding a storms approaching the Lake Havasu City, Arizona area on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.

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** As of 7:17am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered storms overnight have either lost strength or dissipated.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the rest of Thursday so be on watch and enjoy your Thursday.

** As of 6:29am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

According to Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95 is reopened.

** As of 4:20am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered storms that was earlier near Desert Hills, Arizona have left the area, but more storms have continue to flow across the Colorado River just south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona moving into Parker, Arizona and Vidal, Junction California.

People living in the Parker, Arizona and Vidal Junction, California area should watch for any flooding, especially along roadways and highways.

If lightning is going on outside, get inside a safe building.

** As of 2:10am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered storms that was earlier near Lake Havasu City, Arizona is over Desert Hills, Arizona and is beginning to get near the Topock, Arizona and Golden Shores, Arizona area.

The storms are just south of Topock, Arizona; Golden Shores, Arizona and Yucca, Arizona.

People living in the Topock, Arizona; Golden Shores, Arizona and Yucca, Arizona area should be on alert and prepared in case the storm heads towards your area. Stay away from flooded roadways.

People living in the Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona area should be on watch and prepared in case the storm heads towards your area.

 

** As of 1:31am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Reports from the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada and Caltrans that there’s “significant flash flooding” along U.S. Route 95 between mile marker 15 and mile marker 25 in San Bernardino County, California. Caltrans crews are closing this portion this of the roadway because of the flooding and unsafe travel conditions. Please use alternate routes.

** As of 1:16am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:00am PT for the Rice, California area, west of Vidal Junction, California.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has posted on their official Twitter page that heavy rainfall associated with a complex of storms will lead to flooding across Highway 62 in southeastern San Bernardino County. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

** As of 1:13am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:00am PT for the Rice, California area, west of Vidal Junction, California.

** As of 12:30am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered storms that was earlier over Lake Havasu City, Arizona approaching U.S. Route 95 between Vidal Junction, California and Needles, California. Please watch for flooding if you’re driving along U.S. Route 95. Be on watch in case the storm heads towards your area and be prepared in case if any storm related problems.

** As of 12:16am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered storms that was earlier over Lake Havasu City, Arizona approaching the Havasu Landing, California; Havasu Lake, California and Big River, California areas and near Vidal Junction, California area.

The stoms are approaching U.S. Route 95 between Vidal Junction, California and Needles, California and California State Route 62 west of Vidal Junction, California.

Please watch for flooding if you’re driving along U.S. Route 95 and California State Route 62.

** As of 12:07am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:00am PT for the Earp, California; Vidal Junction, California; and Parker Dam, California area.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has posted on their official Twitter page that strong storms that are producing very heavy rainfall have moved west of the Colorado River into San Bernardino County, California. Areas at risk for flash flooding include Earp, California; Vidal Junction, California; Parker Dam, California and parts of U.S. Route 95. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

** As of 12:03am PT on Thursday, August 16th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 3:00am MST/PT for the Vidal Junction, California area.

** As of 11:01pm PT: **

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 2:00am MST/PT for the Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Parker, Arizona Dam area.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has posted on their official Twitter page that strong storms moving west toward Lake Havasu City and Parker Dam are producing very heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Flash flooding is expected with these storms. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

 

** As of 10:30pm PT: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered storms east and southeast of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Storms appears to be moving west towards the Colorado River area.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada posted on their official Twitter page that thunderstorms moving in from the east to Lake Havasu and Parker Dam by 11 :00pm. Gusty east winds to 35 mph will likely precede the storms.

Please make sure to watch for any flooding along roadways where dry creeks, washes or channels cross, and be prepared in case of any storm related problems.

If the storms move over the Needles, California area, ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live on the storm.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Person arrested after deputies found active parole for murder and parole violation warrant during pedestrian check.

Downtown Needles, CA: Person arrested after deputies found active parole for murder and parole violation warrant during pedestrian check.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, on Monday, August 13th, 2018, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station conducted a pedestrian check at the intersection of J Street and West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California, and the subject was identified as 27 years old Victor Perez from Needles, California.

Victor Perez was found to be on active parole for PC 187(a)- Murder and have a Parole Violation warrant with No Bail.

While being taken into police custody, Perez pulled away from deputies and fled on foot to a residence located on the 1400 block of Front Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Perez was located hiding in the attic of the residence and taken into police custody without incident.

Perez was transported to the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 148(A)(1) – Resist a public officer, and is being held with no bond pending a court hearing.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Moore of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California or call: 1 (760) 326-9200.

Those wishing to remain annonymous call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or leave information online at: www.wetip.com.

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Needles, CA: Volunteers needed for the Needles Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted House 2018.

Needles, CA: Volunteers needed for the Needles Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted House 2018.

The Needles Chamber of Commerce is currently working on their annual haunted house event, and volunteers are needed for the spooky fun.

The haunted house event is held annual at the Big Green House, located near the intersection of North K Street and Needles Highway in Needles, California, brings all those who are brave enough to enter this old green house said to be haunted.

The Needles Chamber of Commerce said that unless they have volunteers to help with the haunted house project, we will not be able to hold this event.

Volunteers who sign up will be part of the spooky fun, planning out and constructing the haunted house as well as giving the frightening onto those who say they’re brave enough to enter the haunted house.

The hope is to have the haunted house event on Friday, October 26th, 2018; Saturday, October 27th, 2018 and Sunday, October 28th, 2018 when darkness falls over the community.

The Needles Chamber of Commerce said that they would like to know the number of volunteers wanting to participate in the haunted house event by Saturday, September 1st, 2018 so they know if they have enough people to help in the event.

If you’re interested in volunteering in the haunted house event, please contact Gloria at the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050 or Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 325-1751.

Come and be part of the the spooky fun and fright of the Needles Chamber of Commerce’s Haunted House 2018.

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