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Needles, CA: Community welcomes and shows support for the Run For The Wall 2018.

Needles, CA: Community welcomes and shows support for the Run For The Wall 2018.

The community of Needles, California welcomed and showed their support for the Run For The Wall 2018 on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders were participating in the 30th Annual Run For The Wall event, this annual journey across America 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.

Veterans of recent wars, those currently on Active Duty, Non-Veteran Supporters, and Patriots come together and trek across America ending on Memorial Day in Washington, District of Columbia at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

There are 3 routes making up this year’s Run For The Wall, the Southern Route which rides across the lower states along interstate 10 and the Midway Route and Central Route who both ride along Interstate 40 heading east until they split in New Mexico, all routes reportedly left from Ontario, California earlier that morning.

Well the Midway Route ride by Needles, California for lunch in Kingman, Arizona, the Central Route makes their stop in Needles, California.

ZachNews on Facebook was broadcasting live on Facebook as the Central Route arrived into Downtown Needles, California for a welcoming event put on by the community.

A long line of motorcycles from the Central Route began arriving along Front Street as people waved at the greeted by American flags waving and people shouting out “Thank You!” and “God Bless America!” as they went by with music played by members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

Written messages on colored American flags by students from Vista Colorado Elementary School greeted motorcycle riders as they seat down at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California to eat a delicious taco lunch provided by 19th Hole Bar and Grill and delicious cold ice cream served by The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.).

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, 500 veterans enjoyed the lunch served by the crew at 19th Hole Bar and Grill, who prepared 1500 tacos for the veterans.

As the motorcycle riders eat and rested, organizers along with city and county representative prepare to speak during presentations.

The welcoming event began with an opening prayer and Tatyana Medrano singing the National Anthem.

A presentation was held by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 404 Commander George DeLeon for Stanley D. Jump, World War II Veteran who joined the United States Navy in December 1st, 1944 and received the American Area Medal Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Medal Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal Ribbon.

A medals shadow box was presented to the family of Stanley D. Jump, which included daughter Wendy Puccio and granddaughter Lacy Hedrick, followed by an honor guard gun salute.

Proclamations were done afterwards by City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget, Phil LeJeune from 1st District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s Office, and Isis Fuentes from California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte’s Office.

Plaques were headed out and thanks were presented by the Run For The Wall followed by drill demonstration by Reserve Officers’ Training Corps students from Mohave High School in Bullhead City, Arizona.

As the event came to a close and people said good bye to all of the motorcycle riders at Santa Fe Park, a small group of people holding American flags stand along the Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound Interstate 40 await the line of motorcycles to come by.

ZachNews on Facebook was broadcasting live on Facebook from the Five Mile Road overpass as everybody awaited the motorcycle riders.

As they approached the Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound interstate 40, vehicles including semi trucks honked their horns as people saluted and waved the American flags at the long line of motorcycle riders.

With many thanks and safe travels, the motorcycle riders with the Central Route department Needles, California and ended into Mohave County, Arizona heading to their next stop for the night in Williams, Arizona.

The community thank you for stopping into Needles, California on your journey across America for all who have served our nation and their sacrifices and contributions made for us to live in the land of the free, thank you for serving.

For more information regarding the Run For The Wall or to follow their journey across America can be found at the following website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

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Downtown Needles, CA: Ready to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2018.

Downtown Needles, CA: Ready to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2018.

Organizers and the community are all ready to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2018 with a welcoming event being held at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, they’re expecting more than 500 motorcycle riders to arrive at Santa Fe Park at around 1:45pm PT, but people wanting to welcome the group should arrive before 1:45pm PT in case of early arrivals.

** Event Schedule and Map: **

** Event Schedule and Map from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The Needles Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to join in the welcoming of the Run For The Wall 2018 by bring American flags to wave and cheer for all of the motorcycle riders.

There will be speakers and a presentation held at Santa Fe Park along with lunch for all of the Run For The Wall 2018 participates.

Streets around Santa Fe Park will be closed for the welcoming event and traffic control at intersections near Santa Fe Park may occur when the group arrives and departs from the welcoming event.

After the welcoming event, the Run For The Wall 2018 group will ride along East Broadway onto eastbound Interstate 40 on there way into Mohave County, Arizona.

These are a few of the pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows last year’s welcoming event during the Run For The Wall 2017 at Santa Fe Park as well as the ride afterwards as the group rides along eastbound Interstate 40 passing under Five Mile Road overpass.

** ZachNews will be broadcasting live on Facebook at the welcoming event for the Run For The Wall 2018 starting when the group arrives at Santa Fe Park and at the Five Mile Road overpass as the group rides east towards Mohave County, Arizona. **

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

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.

Veterans of recent wars, those currently on Active Duty, Non-Veteran Supporters, and Patriots come together and trek across America ending on Memorial Day in Washington, District of Columbia at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

For more information regarding the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

For more information regarding the Run For The Wall or to follow their journey across America can be found at the following website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

** Flyer Picture from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Getting ready for an event at Santa Fe Park to welcome the Run For The Wall 2018.

Downtown Needles, CA: Getting ready for an event at Santa Fe Park to welcome the Run For The Wall 2018.

Organizers and the community are getting ready to welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2018 with a welcoming event being held at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, they’re expecting more than 500 motorcycle riders to arrive at Santa Fe Park at around 1:45pm PT, but people wanting to welcome the group should arrive before 1:45pm PT in case of early arrivals.

The Needles Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to join in the welcoming of the Run For The Wall 2018 by bring American flags to wave and cheer for all of the motorcycle riders.

There will be speakers and a presentation held at Santa Fe Park along with lunch for all of the Run For The Wall 2018 participates.

Streets around Santa Fe Park will be closed for the welcoming event and traffic control at intersections near Santa Fe Park may occur when the group arrives and departs from the welcoming event.

After the welcoming event, the Run For The Wall 2018 group will ride along East Broadway onto eastbound Interstate 40 on there way into Mohave County, Arizona.

These are a few of the pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez shows last year’s welcoming event during the Run For The Wall 2017 at Santa Fe Park as well as the ride afterwards as the group rides along eastbound Interstate 40 passing under Five Mile Road overpass.

** ZachNews will be broadcasting live on Facebook at the welcoming event for the Run For The Wall 2018 starting when the group arrives at Santa Fe Park and at the Five Mile Road overpass as the group rides east towards Mohave County, Arizona. **

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

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.

Veterans of recent wars, those currently on Active Duty, Non-Veteran Supporters, and Patriots come together and trek across America ending on Memorial Day in Washington, District of Columbia at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

For more information regarding the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

For more information regarding the Run For The Wall or to follow their journey across America can be found at the following website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

** Flyer Picture from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

Colorado River Tri-State: Just days apart, 2 communities are mourning the loss of 2 people killed in 2 separate vehicle crashes along U.S. Route 95.

Colorado River Tri-State: Just days apart, 2 communities are mourning the loss of 2 people killed in 2 separate vehicle crashes along U.S. Route 95.

A highway along the Colorado River known as U.S. Route 95 have taken the lives of 2 people bring the communities of Needles, California and Blythe, California mourning the loss of the victims.

On Sunday, April 15th, 2018, a vehicle crash along U.S. Route 95 south of Needles, California took the life of a doctor, who was well known in Needles, California and Blythe, California.

The doctor was flown by medical helicopter out to a hospital but later passed away due to his injuries.

ZachNews has learn that the doctor’s names was Dr. Robert Strecker, who was a practicing Gastroenterologist in Needles, California.

The Palo Verde Valley Times reported that Dr. Robert Strecker was a dedicated physician who has worked with members of the medical and hospital staff at Palo Verde Hospital for almost 40 years.

Dr. Robert Strecker was a graduate of Vanderbilt University; received his medical degree from that institute of higher learning, and had a PHD in pharmacology.

Dr. Robert Strecker completed a GI fellowship at University of Southern California in the early 1980’s and worked in private practice from 1984 to 1994 while working in the emergency department of several facilities throughout the years.

The cause of the crash along U.S. Route 95 near Blythe, California was under investigation.

As both communities continue to mourn the loss of Dr. Robert Strecker, another vehicle crash occurs just 5 days later along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California, taking the live of a woman from Blythe, California.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at 4:28pm PT on Friday, April 20th, 2018, a wireless 911 call was received reporting a 2 vehicle collision along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California.

The California Highway Patrol say 59 year old Rosa Saldana from Blythe, California was the rear seat passenger in one of the vehicles.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division, Rosa Saldana was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California is investigation.

People who have driven along this stretch of U.S. Route 95 have seen close calls and crashes as well as speedy motorists trying to get by other vehicles.

Well people want all motorists to drive safely along U.S. Route 95, others want to see more be done along the desert highway to make it safer to drive along, especially at night and along curved portions of the highway.

As we get closure to Summer, more people will be traveling along this desert highway for boating fun along the Colorado River, and law enforcement agencies want to remind the public to always obey all driving laws and never drive in a way that endangers you, your family, or others motorists.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of both Dr. Robert Strecker and Rosa Saldana. **

Needles, CA: Woman from Blythe, California dies in vehicle collision along U.S. Route 95.

Needles, CA: Woman from Blythe, California dies in vehicle collision along U.S. Route 95.

According to the California Highway Patrol, at 4:28pm PT on Friday, April 20th, 2018, a wireless 911 call was received reporting a 2 vehicle collision along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California.

The California Highway Patrol say 59 year old Rosa Saldana from Blythe, California was the rear seat passenger in one of the vehicles.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division, Rosa Saldana was pronounced dead at the scene.

The California Highway Patrol in Needles, California along with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the Rosa Saldana. *

Needles, CA: Needles High School’s Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Needles, CA: Needles High School’s Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Needles High School’s Drama Club will be presenting William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream starting at 7:00pm PT on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 and Friday, May 4th, 2018 inside the auditorium and Needles High School, located at 1600 Washington Street near Park Avenue, in Needles, California.

General admission tickets for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are $5.00.

For more information, please contact Needles High School at: 1 (760) 326-2191.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck overturns along westbound Interstate 40 and crashes onto southbound East Broadway.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck overturns along westbound Interstate 40 and crashes onto southbound East Broadway.

ZachNews has learned of a semi truck that has overturned along westbound Interstate 40 and crashes onto East Broadway in Needles, California.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook as he arrived to the crash which occurred at around 3:17am PT on Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

These are pictures taken by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez of the cab of the semi truck along southbound East Broadway and along westbound Interstate 40, guard rail damage seen along the left side of westbound Interstate 40 and what appears to be another trailer along Interstate 40.

The California Highway Patrol tells ZachNews that the semi truck left the interstate, entered the center dirt meridian, and the front of the semi truck collided through the metal guard rail into the dirt meridian where the trailer then rollover onto its left side along the overpass above East Broadway.

The semi truck and front trailer continued into the center dirt meridian between the eastbound and westbound Interstate 40 and continued down the embankment onto East Broadway where the cab of the semi truck and trailer landed along southbound East Broadway.

Earlier, Kevin Brown sent in this picture into ZachNews of the other trailer from a semi truck as well as San Bernardino County Fire Department on scene.

Kevin Brown tells ZachNews that that a person was being put in the ambulance.

Well on the way over to the crash, an Baker Emergency Medical Service ambulance was seen with San Bernardino County Fire Department at the helipad next to Colorado River Medical Center where a medical helicopter was taking off.

The California Highway Patrol confirms that the driver of the semi truck had major injuries in the crash and was flown by medical helicopter from the helipad at Colorado River Medical Center to University Medical Center of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The left lane of westbound Interstate 40 and the right lane of East Broadway is closed for clean up.

Motorists are getting by the crash on the right lane of westbound Interstate 40 and on the left lane of East Broadway, but use caution in the area of the crash.

California Highway Patrol initially reporting at the accident was near Needles Highway, but was changed to East Broadway.

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