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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.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

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. ****

Laughlin, NV: Get Ready for the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship.

Laughlin, NV: Get Ready for the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship.

Get Ready for the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, powered by Monster Energy, being held from Thursday, April 13th, 2017 to Saturday, April 15th, 2017 in Laughlin, Nevada.

Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is an epic race for Best In The Desert, in collaboration with our Mad Media and UTV Underground partners; we are proud to bring you this great event for UTV’s, Motorcycles and Quads.

**** Schedule of Events: ****

** On Thursday, April 13th, 2017: **

  • From 9:00am to 3:00pm PT: At the Riverside Resort and Casino’s South Parking Lot: Tech and Contingency Vendor Set Up.
  • At 5:00pm PT: At the Riverside Resort and Casino’s South Parking Lot: Pit Crew Challenge.

The UTV World Championship begins Thursday night at The Riverside Resort with the first annual UTV World Championship Pit Crew Challenge. The top UTV teams will battle head to head for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

  • At 7:00pm PT: Loser’s Lounge – Riverside Resort and Casino: UTVWC Official Kick Off-Party:

Immediately following the pit crew challenge will be the official UTV World Championship kick-off party at the Losers’ Lounge inside the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino.

** On Friday, April 14th, 2017: **

  • From 8:00 am to 10:45am PT: Race Track: Family Fun Poker Run:

The 3rd Annual UTV World Championship Poker Run will also be held Friday.

This is a one of a kind opportunity for UTV owners to drive their UTVs on the UTV World Championship race course! Onsite registration will be held at Don’s Celebrity Theatre inside the beautiful Riverside Resort and Casino.

Entries are extremely limited those wishing to participate are encouraged to get in line early.

Advance sign-up is available through Best in the Desert Racing Association by visiting their Best in the Desert website.

Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be given out to the drivers with the top poker hands!

  • From 9:00am to 5:00pm PT: Riverside Resort and Casino’s South Parking Lot: Tech and Contingency:

On Friday, the world’s biggest off road UTV festival, the UTV World Championship Tech and Contingency, will take over the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino.

Those in attendance will be able to view the largest collection of UTV’s in the world and have exclusive access to the latest parts and accessories from the top UTV parts manufactures from around the globe.

This is a fantastic chance for UTV owners to save hundreds on OEM and aftermarket parts for their machines!

The race vehicles will be on display as hundreds of UTV race teams parade them through a massive vendor set-up.

Official UTV World Championship merchandise will be available and racers will be on hand to sign autographs and and take pictures!

  • At 4:00pm PT: Tech and Contingency: UTVWC Contingency Raffle:

The UTVWC Contingency Raffle will include over $50,000 in prizes.

** On Saturday, April 15th, 2017: **

  • At 6:30am PT: Race Track: Motorcycle and Quad Race.
  • At 10:00am PT: Race Track: Desert UTV World Championship Race.
  • At 2:30pm PT: Race Track: Youth Production 170 and Unlimited 250 UTV World Championship Race.
  • At 3:15pm PT: Race Track: Short Course UTV World Championship Race.
  • From 7:00pm to 9:00pm PT: Harrah’s Beach: Awards Ceremony Party.
  • At 9:00pm PT: Loser’s Lounge at Riverside Resort and Casino: UTVWC After Party.

The race track is located north of Bruce Woodbury Drive, west of Thomas Edison Drive, and south of Laughlin Highway.

The races will begin just to the northwest of the intersection of Thomas Edison Drive and Bruce Woodbury Drive.

The race track route includes 2 crossing along Needles Highway.

Needles Highway, between Bruce Woodbury Drive and Laughlin Highway will be closed during the races, and motorists will be detoured to either Thomas Edison Drive or South Casino Drive.

All events at the UTV World Championship are “FREE” and the family friendly atmosphere promises to be a great event for all in attendance.

** More information regarding the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is at the following website addresses: **

  • UTV World Championship:

http://utvworldchampionship.com

  • Best In The Desert:

http://bitd.com

**** Come Party, Race And Spectate!! ****

** Flyer and Map Pictures from 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship and Best in the Desert. **

 

 

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!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Breaking News!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95.

Several vehicles are involved in a traffic collision along southbound Arizona Highway 95 near Courtwright Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

According to Public Information Officer Trooper Kameron Lee, the traffic collision occurred along southbound side of Arizona Highway 95 near Milepole 227.7 at 11:55am PT involving a dark gray jeep and green Subaru outback.

At least 2 people were injured in the traffic collision, including a person sent to Valley View Medical Center.

The roadway has been reopen as of 12:27pm PT.

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

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

News Alert!!: White Hills, AZ: Fatal multi-vehicle crash along northbound U.S. Route 93.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, at least 8 vehicle were involved in a crash along northbound U.S. Route 93 at milepost 27 near White Hills, Arizona at around 12:25pm PT on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.

At least 2 people were killed in the crash.

NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3 is reporting that a dog was also killed in the crash.

At least 2 people were injured in the crash, including a person transported to a hospital and another person transported by medical helicopter to a hospital,

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred after a vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled in front of a tractor truck that was pulling another truck-tractor.

The tractor truck’s driver then swerved to avoid a collision and the vehicle rolled over causing a series of crashes.

All northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93, a main highway from Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada, had to be closed as patients were being medically treated.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, all northbound lanes of U.S. Route 93 has been reopened at 7:08pm PT.

** Pictures from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. **

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Boat fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

A boat fire was reported at around 3:22pm PT on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.

 

** Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

Jociannah Elena Murillo from Needles, California sent into ZachNews video of the boat on fire along a channel near the boat launching area at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

Witnesses as well as a from the San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer tell ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that firefighters were on the other end of Jack Smith Memorial Park when they seem the smoke and rushed over to the fire.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

People who were at the park, barbecuing and playing along the Colorado River all rushed over to see the boat fire.

Mark Davis II from Needles, California was with family barbecuing when he saw the boat on fire and went to find a fire extinguisher, but couldn’t find any at the information kiosk.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The boat fire caught near by vegetation near mobile home at Verde Shores Estates.

Mark Davis II jumped into the water, swim across the channel, and got onto land to alert residents at the mobile home park that there’s a fire burning near by.

Mark Davis II is seen in the video (Video from Jociannah Elena Murillo) wearing black shorts as he is walked by firefighters to alert residents.

** Picture from Jociannah Elena Murillo: **

** Picture from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived to the boat fire and began battling the fully involved boat fire, and began to call in other fire department crews from Mohave Valley Fire Department and Bullhead City Fire Department.

** Pictures from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez: **

Witnesses as well as deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department telling ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that everybody on the boat got off safely.

At this moment, the cause of the boat fire is not yet known.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews as more information is still coming in. **