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Breaking News!!: Lancaster, CA: Amber Alert lifted after mother and 3 young sons from New Mexico walked into a fire station.

Breaking News!!: Lancaster, CA: Amber Alert lifted after mother and 3 young sons from New Mexico walked into a fire station.

An Amber Alert has been lifted after mother and 3 young sons from New Mexico walk into a Los Angeles County Fire Station in Lancaster, California.

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. at approximately 8:35pm PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station received a call from the Los Angeles County Fire Department advising that Laria Walker-Anderson and her 3 sons walked into their fire station after family members convinced the mother to safely surrender to authorities.

“What is most important in this case is the well-being of the children. We are very happy to report that the children are safe and appear to be healthy,” said Lieutenant Daniel Naglemann with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster Station.

An Amber Alert was issued for multiple southern California counties on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 for 3 children from Albuquerque, New Mexico traveling with their mother, identified by authorities as 28 year old Laria R. Walker-Anderson, after Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office say the woman threatened to harm herself and her children following a fight with their father.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said that the Laria R. Walker-Anderson was suspected to be carrying a gun in her vehicle.

Laria R. Walker-Anderson and the 3 children were last seen leaving the Albuquerque, New Mexico area along westbound Interstate 40 in a silver Kia Spectra with the New Mexico license plate: AAYR80.

An Amber Alert was issued for San Bernardino County, California as well as for San Diego County, California; Riverside County, California; Orange County, California; and Los Angeles County, California because because Laria R. Walker-Anderson has family in the region.

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At 10:43am PT on Sunday, September 10th, 2017, authorities began checking on cameras at the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, located east of Needles, California, after reports that her vehicle was last seen on westbound Interstate 40.

** Picture from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: **

Before the mother and the 3 children walked into a fire station in Lancaster, California, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday evening the vehicle was recovered in La Verne, California.

“Walker-Anderson is cooperative and is at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, pending further direction from the New Mexico authorities. As of 11:30 pm, there are no charges filed and she is not under arrest. LACo Department of Children and Family Services are at the station to assess the health and safety of the children and will determine if they will take custody pending the direction of the New Mexico authorities,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook.

** Picture from the California Highway Patrol and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: **

The initial Amber Alert issued was being called an “abduction”, but according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Laria R. Walker-Anderson “has legal custody of the children and was not facing criminal charges”.

Authorities are now saying that the Amber Alert was issued to ensure the mother and her children were all safe.

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: New AutoZone store is open at the Needles Towne Center.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: New AutoZone store is open at the Needles Towne Center.

The new AutoZone store at the Needles Towne Center, located at 1008 East Broadway near Interstate 40, in Needles, California is open on Friday, August 25th, 2017.

People have been seen walking into the new AutoZone store on their soft opening day before signs were posted saying that they are open and before the new time of soft opening at 12:00pm PT.

Construction on the new AutoZone store began in May 2017 and just a few months of non-stop construction, the building is completed new building and new landscape as well as a new parking lot welcomes the community well inside the new store’s shelves are loaded with supplies ready for their new customers.

Employees, management, and district manager are excited to be opening in Needles, California.

Despite rumors and some search engines saying, this new AutoZone store is not a 24 hour store and the exact business hours are Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 9:00pm PT and Sunday from 8:00am to 8:00pm PT.

The new store employees seem to be very excited to be working at the new store and are surprised at how fast construction was to build the new store.

AutoZone management and representatives thanked all of the workers who worked on the new store and welcomed all of the new employees to this new store.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Interstate 40 reopens after a crash and fire involving several semi trucks.

Work continues to clean up and reopen Interstate 40 after several semi trucks crashed at around 1:11pm PT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 along westbound Interstate 40 near the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, just east of Five Mile Road, in Needles, California leading to 2 semi truck to erupt into flames.

According to the California Highway Patrol, westbound lanes of Interstate 40 are reopened as of 11:17pm PT and eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 were reopened as of 5:30pm PT.

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According to California Highway Patrol, at least 3 semi trucks are involved in the crash with a semi truck in the center divider and at least 2 semi truck fully engulfed in flames.

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These pictures sent into ZachNews from Lee Fairman show the wrecked semi trucks on fire up close.

Multiple fire department agencies from around the Colorado River Tri-States area responded to battling the fire, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, Desert Hills Fire District, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department.

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The 2 semi trucks were carrying tire shavings and clothing, and because of the fire, prompted the need for a hazmat team to respond.

Firefighters were still in a “defensive attack mode”, fighting the fire and its dark, toxic smoke from a distance.

ZachNews has learned that there were no injuries in the crash and fire.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

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Heavy traffic because of the closure were seen lined up for miles both westbound and eastbound Interstate 40 as California Highway Patrol closed both directions along Interstate 40 from Five Mile Road to Park Moabi Road.

Motorists were being asked to use old Route 66 to County Route 1 in Topock, Arizona to Courtwright Road to Mohave Valley Highway in Mohave Valley, Arizona, over the Needles Bridge onto North K Street to Needles Highway to Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

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

** ZachNews thanks to Timothy Terral from Needles, California for helping ZachNews get to this breaking news story and to Lee Fairman for providing pictures of the semi trucks on fire. **

 

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi trucks on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi trucks on fire along westbound Interstate 40.

Several semi trucks have crashed along westbound Interstate 40 near the Needles Agriculture Inspection Station, just east of Five Mile Road, in Needles, California.

The crash and fire started at around 1:11pm PT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.

According to California Highway Patrol, at least 3 semi trucks are involved in the crash with a semi truck in the center divider and at least 2 semi truck fully engulfed in flames.

Multiple fire department agencies from around the Colorado River Tri-States area responded to battling the fire, including San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Yucca Fire District, Desert Hills Fire District, Golden Shores Fire Department, and Bullhead City Fire Department.

The 2 semi trucks were carrying tire shavings and clothing, and because of the fire, prompted the need for a hazmat team to respond.

Firefighters were still in a “defensive attack mode”, fighting the fire and its dark, toxic smoke from a distance.

A firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

Heavy traffic reported and traffic in both directions along Interstate 40 are closed from Five Mile Road to Park Moabi Road.

Motorists are being asked to use old Route 66 to County Route 1 in Topock, Arizona to Courtwright Road to Mohave Valley Highway in Mohave Valley, Arizona, over the Needles Bridge onto North K Street to Needles Highway to Interstate 40 in Needles, California.

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

**** Special thanks to Timothy Terral from Needles, California for helping ZachNews get to this breaking news story. ****

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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Abandoned residential structure fire on La Mesa Way.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Abandoned residential structure fire on La Mesa Way.

An abandoned residential structure is on fire on the 400 block of La Mesa Way near Acoma Street in Needles, California.

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The fire started at the abandoned residential structure at around 1:30pm PT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.

San Bernardino Country Fire Department along with Mohave Valley Fire Department and Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department is on scene battling the fire at the abandoned residential structure.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, San Bernardino ME32, Mohave Valley E811, Division 805, Fort Mojave E911, E921, Bat 9, Rehab 817 were on scene for this fire, and Bullhead City E 751 moved up to Fort Mohave, Arizona for district coverage.

ZachNews has learned that a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was down the street when he saw the thick black smoke.

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy rushed to the scene, went inside to check if anybody was inside the building, and from what he could see, nobody was inside.

La Mesa Way as well as Acoma Street from D Street to C Street and D Street from Acoma Street to Downey Street is closed.

Cause of the fire at the abandoned residential structure is under investigation and investigators are on scene.

These are pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the abandoned residential structure on Friday, June 16th, 2017 before the fire.

These pictures were submitted to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and to Needles Code Enforcement about the property and the trash that littered the area.

Residents have seen not only illegal dumping going on, by also squatters inside the building for years.

ZachNews has learned that the property was in the process of being cleaned up as early as Friday, August 18th, 2017.

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

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Breaking News!!: Essex, CA: Bridge washed out and truck crash along National Trails Highway.

Breaking News!!: Essex, CA: Bridge washed out and truck crash along National Trails Highway.

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that a bridge has washed out along National Trails Highway, also known as Route 66, near Danby Road near Essex, California.

National Trails Highway is reportedly closed from Kelbaker Road near Amboy, California to Interstate 40 near Fenner, California due to the bridge being washed out from storms.

Alternate route around Route 66 closure is Interstate 40.

Pictures posted on the California Highway Patrol Needles Facebook page show the damage to the bridge along the famous highway known as Route 66.

California Highway Patrol also tells ZachNews that a truck tried to get by the washed out bridge, but wasn’t able to and landed on the ground before being fully engulfed.

At least 2 people were able to get out of the truck.

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

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 9:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017: ****

No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

**** As of 11:00am PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 10:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

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Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

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Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

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The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

**** As of 4:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

**** As of 3:22pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

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The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

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Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

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

Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

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

**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****