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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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News Update!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Woman who was injured and hospitalized after fatal boating accident last weekend has passed away.

News Update!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Woman who was injured and hospitalized after fatal boating accident last weekend has passed away.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, April 27th, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety investigators were notified by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’ Office and the family of Connie Davis Kloepfer that Connie had passed away at a hospital in the Phoenix, Arizona area today.

** Picture from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office: **

Connie was a female passenger of a high speed boat crash that occurred on Lake Havasu in the afternoon of Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

During the crash, Brad Kloepfer and Paul Selberg were killed, and Connie had been in extremely critical condition.

** More Information: Last Weekend’s Fatal Boat Crash: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/news-update-lake-havasu-city-az-boating-accident-turns-fatal/

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is still investigating this crash.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the boat crash. **

 

News Update!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Boating accident turns fatal. 

News Update!!: Lake Havasu City, AZ: Boating accident turns fatal.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has released updated information regarding an earlier boating accident that occurred on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 along the Colorado River near South Basin in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

** Picture from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 12:30pm MST, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received several calls of a boat that had crashed in the South Basin of Lake Havasu near the Contact Point Water Safety Center.

Upon arrival, it was determined that a large boat that was traveling at high speeds had crashed and then sank. Several Good Samaritan boats were on scene, and had pulled two males, and one female out of the water. CPR was being administered to the two males.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety Personnel boarded the Good Samaritan boats and took over resuscitation efforts. Deputies then loaded the three occupants into different MCSO Patrol Boats, and transported each of them to the Contact Point Water Safety Center within minutes.

At Contact Point they were met by Lake Havasu City Fire Department personnel who took over life-saving efforts.

The occupants were all transported to the Havasu Regional Medical Center where the two males were pronounced deceased, and the female was listed in extremely critical condition. The boat was recovered from the lake bottom by a local salvage company. The boat was identified as the M35 (35 foot) Wide Body DCB known as “Lickity Split”.

The deceased were identified as Brad Kloepfer, 57 from Lake Havasu City, who was operating the watercraft, and Paul Selberg, 69 of Lake Havasu City, who was a passenger.

Another passenger was identified as Connie Davis Kloepfer, 58 of Lake Havasu City.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, Connie remains in extremely critical condition.

Initial investigations showed that all the occupants were wearing life jackets and the operator was wearing his safety kill switch. High speeds were a contributing factor in this crash.

The case of the boat accident is still under investigation.

This was the same boat accident that Mohave County Sheriff’s Office posted on their official Facebook page of the boat accident with injuries.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said, “Our thoughts are with the family and those affected by this incident.”

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the boat crash. **

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Deputies assisted City of Needles as they shut down marijuana cultivation operation that were not permitted.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Deputies assisted City of Needles as they shut down marijuana cultivation operation that were not permitted.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 assisted officials with the City of Needles as they shut down marijuana cultivation operation that were not permitted along Balboa Place near Needles Highway in Needles, California.

Pictures taken by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station show the shut down of the un-permitted marijuana cultivation operation.

A press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station hasn’t been release yet to the public and news media, only pictures of the incident have been released to the public and news media.

But moments ago, well following up on a graffiti related news story, ZachNews received more information regarding the un-permitted marijuana cultivation operation incident from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that the shut down occurred at around 9:30am PT on Tuesday.

We had the Sheriff’s Office (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) come in Monday with suspicion that there was – they had reason to believe that were was an illegal cannabis operation, because they can smell in the area. So they went up to the building where it was, came in and reported it to us (City of Needles), and we took a look at their utility bill and found a spike in use in electricity, which told us that there was probably cultivation. So we then went to court and got both a search warrant and inspection warrant- ones for criminal and one for civil – and the judge signed those, and on Tuesday morning we executed them (the warrants) and went out there with the warrants and we found a mother plant had clone and found 40 plus plants, which they were not allow to have in a commercial enterprise zone, home and personal use doesn’t comply here. So we issued notices of violation for ever plant, we had County Fire (San Bernardino County Fire Department) there worried if there was any hazmat materials which they found nothing, building officials were their (City of Needles) for building code violations which they found violations related to wiring. Afterwards, the guy said he wanted to get this matter resolve so this morning (Thursday, April 5th, 2018), Adrian (Senior Needles Code Enforcement Officer) video taped him grinding up all the plants and the product that there were some buds that were harvested because there has been a harvest even know there were like 40 plus plants growing, there was a harvest recently. So he wanted to resolve the matter so Adrian (Senior Needles Code Enforcement Officer) video taped him grinding it up, mixed it with dirt, and it got brought up to a landfill,” Needles City Manager Rick Daniels telling ZachNews.

ZachNews asked if anybody gotten cited or arrested by deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station.

We (City of Needles) cited them notices of violations but they (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station) did not  – there was no arrest,” said Needles City Manager Rick Daniels adding,We as a City (City of Needles) handle it as a civil matter and we issued 40 plus violations, and as of now, its shut down, cleaned up, all materials gone, and this was the only location that was shut down.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that this is was the second illegal cannabis operation that got found and shut down this year, the other illegal cannabis operation that was discovered was at a home along K Street in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council to take action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service.

Breaking News!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles City Council to take action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service.

Members of the Needles City Council will be taking action regarding Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service into Downtown Needles, California.

At the Needles City Council Meeting being held at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, members of the Needles City Council will approving a letter executed by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget voicing the City of Needles’ objection to discontinuing long distance Amtrak passenger train service and authorizing advocacy to retain Amtrak passenger train service.

According to documents from the City of Needles, the current federal budget proposes eliminating all long distance Amtrak service, including the Southwest Chief service which served 363,272 in 2017 between Los Angeles and Chicago. In Needles 9176 boarding occurred by residents of Needles and the greater tri-state region with their primary destination being Los Angeles.

The federal government recently spent in excess of $11.0M to rehabilitate the El Garces adding the Amtrak station.

Discontinuing this service will further isolate Needles and other rural communities across the United States from major metropolitan centers and similar communities metropolitan centers and similar communities. The lack of service will harm tourism and general access by those without private transportation options.

Transferring the train trips to automobile trips will further exacerbate congestion and air pollution problems in the non-attainment LA basin.

A draft letter to federal elected officials requesting their assistance has been prepared for the Council’s approval and the Mayor’s signature.

** More Information: Agenda Item #11: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/3%20MARCH/MEETING%202/cc_032718-11-amtrak.pdf

The community can address their concerns over this agenda item during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be held at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles City Council Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 6:00pm PT.

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

Information from the Office of Management and Budget said in the Major Savings and Reforms report for fiscal year 2019, the 2017 budget for Amtrak’s long distance trains was $1.495 billion.

The 2019 requested budget is $738 million, a decrease of $757 million.

** Anybody who wants to address their concerns over Amtrak passenger train discontinuing long distance service to Downtown Needles, California should contact the following officials: **

  • Paul Cook, United States Representative for 8th District of California:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 1222 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 25015

By Phone: 1 (202) 225-5864

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm ET)

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 14955 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley Town Hall, Apple Valley, California 92307

By Phone: 1 (760) 247-1815.

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm PT)

(Second Local District Office)

By Mail: 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa, California 92399;

By Phone: 1 (909) 797-4900.

(Phone Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm PT)

  • Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

By Phone: 1 (202) 224-3841

By Fax: 1 (202) 228-3954

By Email: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, California 90025.

By Phone: 1 (310) 914-7300

By Fax: 1 (310) 914-7318

(Office serves San Bernardino County, California)

  • Kamala Harris: United States Senator of California:

(Washington, DC Office)

By Mail: 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

By Phone: 1 (202) 224-3553

By Fax: 1 (202) 224-2200

(Local District Office)

By Mail: 11845 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 1250 W, Los Angeles, CA 90064

By Phone: 1 (310) 231-4494

By Fax: 1 (202) 224-0357

By Email: https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email

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Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor’s State of the City Address 2018 is today.

Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor’s State of the City Address 2018 is today.

Join the Needles Chamber of Commerce and City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will he presenting the “State of the City Address 2018” at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at the Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway (also known as West Broadway), in Needles, California.

City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will address the present state of the Needles, California, including what is the state of the economic for the City of Needles; what recent achievements the City of Needles has reach, and what are the upcoming plans and goals for the City of Needles.

After the State of the City Address 2018, there will be a questions and answers period for the public.

Complimentary appetizers and a limited no host dinner menu will be offered during the State of the City Address 2018 event.

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the State of the City Address 2018 starting at 5:00pm PT.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

For more information regarding the State of the City Address 2018, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Police pursuit of a teenage male in a stolen vehicle ends in crash.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Police pursuit of a teenage male in a stolen vehicle ends in crash.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station has just released a press release of the police pursuit in Needles, California that was captured on ZachNews on the morning of Thursday, March 15th, 2018.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at 4:15am PT, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station received a 911 call from an employee of the Roadway Inn Hotel in Needles, California reporting they left the vehicle running in front of the hotel while they entered the lobby to gather a guest’s luggage.

While away from the van, a Hispanic male entered the courtesy van and drove rapidly away from the hotel.

The responding deputies located the van and attempted to initiate a traffic stop as it left the area of the hotel.

The driver of the van, later identified as a 17 year old male from Moreno Valley, California, refused to yield to t he deputies and led them on a high speed police pursuit throughout Needles, California and eventually onto the eastbound Interstate 40.

As seen in the video above, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was going to check out a haystack fire that was burning when police sirens and the sound of something scraping was heard in the distance, and within a few seconds, a vehicle speeds by a block away heading eastbound along Erin Drive at Orange Avenue in Needles, California with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicles in pursuit.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, the driver of the stolen van reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on the Interstate 40 and nearly collided with an uninvolved motorist.

The driver of the van drove into the center median, near the Park Moabi Road off-ramp, and collided with the steep dirt embankment causing the vehicle to jump the hill and overturn, landing on its roof.

The juvenile was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was transported by medical personnel to the hospital for medical treatment.

The juvenile was charged with vehicle theft and evading a peace officer and was released to his parents at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The juvenile was issued a notice to appear in San Bernardino County Juvenile Court.

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/6464007/

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