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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vegetation fire is burning near California Village.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Vegetation fire is burning near California Village.

A vegetation fire is burning near Ross Parkway and Harrison Street (Q Street) near the California Village in Needles, California.

The vegetation fire was reported into ZachNews before 5:33pm PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017 by Photojournalist Brandon Lopez, who saw smoke from the vegetation fire just west of the Needles Bridge.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed over to the vegetation fire and began reporting on the vegetation fire on Facebook Live.

The vegetation fire is burning in an area with tall vegetation and brush just north of Ross Parkway, and burning away from homes and from a school for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

San Bernardino County Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, Yucca Fire Department, and Desert Hills Fire Department as well as Baker Emergency Medical Service are on scene.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as well as Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Police Department are also on scene making sure the public is safe.

 

At this moment, no reports on anybody injured related to the vegetation fire and no structures are being threaten by the vegetation fire.

The vegetation fire has burned at least 4 acres and firefighters have kept the vegetation fire from growing any larger and reaching more tall vegetation and brush.

Firefighters are hoping to have full containment on the vegetation fire by later tonight.

A water dropping helicopter was dispatched to the vegetation fire, but after a fly around, has left the vegetation fire scene.

The cause of the vegetation fire is under investigation and unclear if this was a control burn.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

Traffic Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway, Needles Highway, and North K Street reopened.

Traffic Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Jam 2: West Broadway, Needles Highway, and North K Street reopened.

With a majority of the paving work completed, all lanes of West Broadway, Needles Highway, and North K Street reopened to traffic at 4:22pm PT on Friday, May 19th, 2017.

For the last few days, construction crews have been laying out new asphalt along North K Street from River Road to Needles Highway, West Broadway from Walnut Street to Needles Highway and Needles Highway from O Street to North K Street as traffic use residential streets as a detour to get around the closure.

North K Street, West Broadway and Needles Highway have new asphalt, and portions of North K Street, West Broadway and Needles Highway have new curves, sidewalk and wheelchair ramps, including at major intersections where new traffic signals where installed.

The new traffic signal lights have been installed at the intersections of Needles Highway at West Broadway and Needles Highway at North K Street as well as at the intersection of West Broadway at J Street in Downtown Needles, California.

The new traffic signal lights have not been activated yet and motorists are being told to still treat those intersections as 4 way stops until then.

Starting on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, construction crews will begin doing some paving work to near the Needles Bridge as well as some paving work intersections along West Broadway, Needles Highway, and North K Street, which may cause traffic, but shouldn’t take too long to complete each of the intersections.

The construction work along West Broadway, Needles Highway, and North K Street for the last few months is all part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project to improve this heavily traveled business corridor connecting Arizona and California with new curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, and will be replacing paving and striping, utility relocation, drainage devices, retaining walls, and 3 actual traffic signals (Green, Yellow, and Red Lights).

The Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector project also included widening of the road to ease turns at intersections for RVs and semi-trucks and to alleviate congestion in the traffic hours.

The project was awarded to Hal Hays Construction out of Riverside, California in the amount of $3,312,577.00 and Construction Management will be completed by W.S.P. Parsons Brinckerhoff also out of Riverside, California.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding Needles Jam 2. **

Sports Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: Needles varsity baseball lost and Needles varsity softball won N.I.A.A. 2A State Tournament games.

Sports Alert!!: Las Vegas, NV: Needles varsity baseball lost and Needles varsity softball won N.I.A.A. 2A State Tournament games.

According to MaxPreps, the Needles varsity baseball team lost a neutral playoff game against Yerington during a N.I.A.A. 2A State Baseball Tournament game on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

**** Scores: ****

** Varsity Baseball Game: Final: **

– Yerington: 12

– Needles: 5

** Source: MaxPreps: **

The Needles varsity baseball team will have another neutral playoff game against West Wendover at 10:00am PT on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** More Information on the 2017 NIAA Baseball Playoffs is at the following MaxPreps website address: **

http://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/QsdcX2WGEea-8KA2nzwbTA/imwCO2WJEea-8KA2nzwbTA/baseball-spring-17/2017-niaa-baseball-playoffs-niaa-class-2a-state-baseball.htm

Meanwhile, according to MaxPreps, the Needles varsity softball team won a neutral playoff game against West Wendover in extra innings during a N.I.A.A. 2A State Baseball Tournament game on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

**** Scores: ****

** Varsity Baseball Game: Final: **

– Needles: 6

– West Wendover: 5

** Source: MaxPreps: **

The Needles varsity softball team has another neutral playoff game against Lincoln County at 2:00pm PT on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** More Information on the 2017 NIAA Softball Playoffs is at the following MaxPreps website address: **

http://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/u-Llj2r9Eea-8KA2nzwbTA/q3hHamsEEea-8KA2nzwbTA/softball-spring-17/2017-niaa-softball-playoffs-niaa-2a-state-softball.htm

**** Great Work Needles Varsity Baseball Team and Needles Varsity Softball Team. The Community Is Proud Of You All!! **** 

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Needles, CA: Giving thanks to all who served in our military during an event welcoming the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Giving thanks to all who served in our military during an event welcoming the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California gave thanks to those who served in our military during the Run For The Wall 2017 held on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

The Run For The Wall 2017 recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation, and every year, hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, roll out on across the United States of America ending at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, District of Columbia where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

As hundreds of motorcycle riders roll out on across the United States of America, communities welcome them at events, including Needles, California.

Volunteers from the community as well as members of the Needles Chamber of Commerce began in the morning setting up chairs and tablets as well as a staging area for the ceremony during the event and American flag drawings made by children from our local schools were set up so everybody can see.

** Picture from 19th Hole Bar and Grill: **

As set up was completed at Santa Fe park, motorcycle riders roll along old Route 66 passing a roll of American Flags set up along a bridge crossing over Interstate 40 on the west side of Needles, California.

The motorcycle riders then rolled by all of the construction work going on Needles Highway and West Broadway as part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project, and rolled through the North K Street Underpass safely with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stopping traffic.

The line of motorcycles rolled along old Route 66 as American flags waved by employees with Needles Area Transit, a man saluting at all of the motorcycle riders, and the Needles High School Band performed some patriotic music as the motorcycle riders arrived to Santa Fe Park.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at the event in Downtown Needles, California and began filming on Facebook Live the arrival of the Run For The Wall 2017 motorcycle riders as well as the event being held at Santa Fe Park.

** Picture (Top) from 19th Hole Bar and Grill and Picture (Bottom) from ZachNews: **

The motorcycle riders got to enjoy a delicious lunch by the great staff and crew at 19th Hole Bar and Grill in Needles, California, who our home made tacos to all the Run for the Wall 2017 participants as well as those participating in the ceremony.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Run for the Wall 2017 participants enjoyed the delicious tacos from 19th Hole Bar and Grill under the shade and next to the newly painted cannon’s fence and oiled wheels as part of the restoring process and work by local volunteers for a new Santa Fe Park Veteran’s Memorial.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The ceremony part of the event was kicked off by George DeLeon, Commander with the V.F.W. Post 404 in Mohave Valley, Arizona, welcoming everybody to Needles, California.

The National Anthem was performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

During a ceremony, the family of Richard Anthony Gonzales, born in Needles, California in 1941, received his esteemed Bronze Medal.

According to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, Richard served both in the Korean and Vietnam Theaters.

He specialized in welding, blueprints and measures, food service and motor transport.

While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious achievement in the Republic of Vietnam from Wednesday, January 1st, 1969 to Saturday, May 31st, 1969, and serving in ground operations with the 101st Airborne Division.

Richard was also awarded The Army Commendation Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Marksman M-14 Medal.

After the Vietnam War, he served in the California National Guard.

Richard was honorably discharged on Thursday, May 9th, 1985, and died on Monday, April 23rd, 2007, buried with full military honors at Riverside National Cemetery.

Richard loved his community of Needles, California and the Colorado River as well as playing baseball and being with family and friends.

A folded flag from the V.F.W. Post 404 Honor Guard was also presented to Richard’s family during the ceremony followed by a gun salute and the playing of “Taps”.

A moment was touching and some in the crowd teared up, and afterwards, Run for the Wall 2017 participants began going over to the family of Richard Anthony Gonzales and giving their thanks for his service.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget presented a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 as “Run For The Wall Day” in the City of Needles.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The Mohave High School R.O.T.C., under the guidance of U.S.A.F. (Ret) Major Earl Davis performed during the event.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

The event ended with the Fort Mojave Tribal Band performing to all of the Run for the Wall 2017 participants.

The Run for the Wall 2017 participants thanked the community of Needles, California for welcoming them into their community and putting on a great event.

As the group of motorcycles waved goodbye to everybody at Santa Fe Park and began rolling east, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was awaiting the lines of motorcycle to roll under the Five Mile Road overpass along eastbound Interstate 40.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez began filming on Facebook Live as the long line of motorcycle riders drove by the Five Mile Road overpass waving at our camera and a women who ruched all the way down to the overpass to wave her American flag at the motorcycle riders.

Some vehicles and semi trucks driving along the lines of motorcycles blew their horn in support of the motorcycle riders.

The event at Santa Fe Park is put on each year by so many great people from our community and despite a little change to the arrival route, the event turnout to be a wonderful and touching event.

Many thanks to all of the people who participated in putting on the Run For The Wall 2017 event in Downtown Needles, California, and we all hope that more businesses, organizations, and volunteers continue to help keep this event going.

The Run For The Wall 2017 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.

** More information regarding the Run For The Wall is at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Thank you to all of the Run for the Wall 2017 participants for putting on this ride and may you have a safe journey across America.

May we always remember and give thanks to all veterans and their families and friends who were in the military, never forgetting what all of the sacrifices our brave men and women do for us and our country.

Thank You and God Bless America!!

** Pictures by ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez. **

 

 

Topock, AZ: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting of a naked man from Needles, California.

Topock, AZ: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting of a naked man from Needles, California.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an agency assist at about 3:00pm PT on Monday, May 15th, 2017 for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (B.N.S.F.) police in reference to a naked male subject jumping off one of their trains in the Topock, Arizona area.

As deputies were enroute, they were redirected to a call at a residence, not too far away from the rail road tracks, in the 7900 block of Regil Road in reference to a naked man on a private property that had been shot.

As deputies were getting near the residence, they observed a naked man traveling west on Regil Road.

He was stumbling and covered in blood. Deputies detained the male subject.

Medical responded and the male subject was transported to a medical facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the male subject was later identified as 25 year old Joshua Daniel Reza from Needles, California.

Deputies proceeded to the residence and contacted the victims. The 72 year old female victim said that she was in the house when the power went out.

The victim further said that she told her boyfriend as he was in the garage at the time.

The victim advised that a naked man walked up to her residence while her boyfriend walked up the road to check their electrical box.

The victim further advised that she didn’t recognized the naked man and she started screaming for him to leave.

The victim said that the naked man never spoke while he kept walking toward her.

The victim further said that he stopped and stared at her, ignoring her commands to get off the property.

The victim said that her boyfriend returned with a gun and the naked man started walking towards them when her boyfriend fired a few shots into the air while she was screaming for the naked man to get back and leave.

Deputies contacted the victims’ boyfriend, an 86 year old male victim.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the victim confirmed his girlfriend’s statements.

The victim reported that he fired 2 to 3 warning shots into the air.

The victim further reported that the naked man continued walking toward them and he fired another round, striking the subject in the face.

The victim said that the man also broke the water pipes near their electrical box.

Nobody is in police custody at this time pending the County Attorney’s Office review.

The .22 caliber revolver was taken and placed in evidence pending the CAO review.

** Press Release: **

https://resources.mohavecounty.us/File/Sheriff/PressReleasesArchives/2017/05-16-2017_Press_Release.pdf

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Needles, CA: Community welcomes today the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Community welcomes today the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California will welcome hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2017 as they stop on into Needles, California on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

A luncheon and ceremony, which every year is put together by our wonderful community, will be held at Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Streets around Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California will be closed for the luncheon and ceremony, including Front Street from F Street to H Street; F Street from West Broadway to Front Street; and G Street from West Broadway to Front Street.

Motorists should use caution as the hundreds of motorcycle riders ride on into Needles, California.

The community is welcome to come with American flags on out along West Broadway, between J Street and G Street to welcome in the hundreds of motorcycle riders.

The exact time of arrival for the hundreds of motorcycle riders may depend on the traffic conditions getting into Needles, California from the west along Interstate 40.

The community should arrive before 12:30pm PT in case of early arrivals.

Please be sure to have drink water with you and your group of people wanting to welcome the Run For The Wall 2017.

Reminder, sometime after 1:45pm PT, the hundreds of motorcycle riders will leave Santa Fe Park to head east along Interstate 40 from East Broadway.

The hundreds of motorcycle riders will pass under the overpasses of Five Mile Road and Park Moabi Road along Interstate 40 where in the pass, people have been seen waving at the Run For The Wall motorcycle riders.

If decide to, please use caution along the overpasses, do not on along Interstate 40, and bring American flags as well as drinking water.

** Weather Forecast for the Run For The Wall 2017: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/local-weather-forecast/

**** ZachNews will be Facebook Live at the Run For The Wall 2017 luncheon and ceremony at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California and will have more pictures and videos from the luncheon and ceremony afterwards. ****

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, will be uniting together for the Run For The Wall 2017 in a cross country ride from west to east into Washington, District of Columbia.

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.

In a press release sent into ZachNews, the Needles Chamber of Commerce said that this year’s Run For The Wall will feature a panoply of patriotic groups who will present and perform in honor of the veterans who will be welcomed in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The veteran “Pack” will be greeted by the National Anthem, performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

A special military honor, the Bronze Star, will then be posthumously bestowed on fallen Needles veteran Robert Gonzales by VFW Post 404 Commander George DeLeon.

The Mohave High School ROTC, under the guidance of USAF (Ret) Major Earl Davis will then perform.

Run For The Wall Central Route Coordinator Jim Sloan (“the Sweep”) will then present certificates of appreciation to the local sponsors and supporters of Run For The Wall.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

The Fort Mojave Tribal Band and the Needles High School Band will then perform patriotic music as the Run For The Wall riders eat lunch and greet public supporters.

A new component this year will be the presence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lake Havasu Chapter.

They will be present to greet the veterans and to thank them for their dedication and service.

The general public is invited to welcome the Run For The Wall “Pack” by lining the streets in Needles, California, including along West Broadway between L Street and G Street.

There will be no food or vendors available to the community at this event.

Lunch will be served to Run For The Wall participants with official wristbands only.

The “Pack” will arrive for refueling on the west end of Needles, California at approximately 1:45pm PT, exiting I-40 at River Road, following Old Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Following the fuel stop, they will proceed to Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be closed to through traffic so the expected 400 bikes can park there.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Time spent in Needles, California is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, after which they head east to spend their first night in Williams, Arizona.

In pass Run For The Wall riders through Needles, California, people are seen lining along overpasses and along hillsides along Interstate 40 waving American flags and waving as the hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall drive by them, including along Five Mile Road overpass and the Park Moabi Road overpass in Needles, California.

Their trek across the United States will end on Memorial Day in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

Their journey can be followed day by day at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Please be sure community to show your support for the Run For The Wall.

** Picture above from ZachNews. **

Needles, CA: Community welcomes on Wednesday the Run For The Wall 2017.

Needles, CA: Community welcomes on Wednesday the Run For The Wall 2017.

The community of Needles, California will be welcoming hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall 2017 as they stop on into Needles, California on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including veterans of recent wars and those currently on active duty, will be uniting together in a cross country ride from west to east into Washington, District of Columbia.

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.

In a press release sent into ZachNews, the Needles Chamber of Commerce said that this year’s Run For The Wall will feature a panoply of patriotic groups who will present and perform in honor of the veterans who will be welcomed in Needles, California.

** Pictures from the Needles Chamber of Commerce: **

The veteran “Pack” will be greeted by the National Anthem, performed by Cheree Souter while the Fort Mojave Color Guard presents the colors.

A special military honor, the Bronze Star, will then be posthumously bestowed on fallen Needles veteran Robert Gonzales by VFW Post 404 Commander George DeLeon.

The Mohave High School ROTC, under the guidance of USAF (Ret) Major Earl Davis will then perform.

Run For The Wall Central Route Coordinator Jim Sloan (“the Sweep”) will then present certificates of appreciation to the local sponsors and supporters of Run For The Wall.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

The Fort Mojave Tribal Band and the Needles High School Band will then perform patriotic music as the Run For The Wall riders eat lunch and greet public supporters.

A new component this year will be the presence of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lake Havasu Chapter.

They will be present to greet the veterans and to thank them for their dedication and service.

The general public is invited to welcome the Run For The Wall “Pack” by lining the streets in Needles, California, including along West Broadway between L Street and G Street.

There will be no food or vendors available to the community at this event.

Lunch will be served to Run For The Wall participants with official wristbands only.

The “Pack” will arrive for refueling on the west end of Needles, California at approximately 1:45pm PT, exiting I-40 at River Road, following Old Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Following the fuel stop, they will proceed to Santa Fe Park, located along the 900 block of Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California, will be closed to through traffic so the expected 400 bikes can park there.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Time spent in Needles, California is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, after which they head east to spend their first night in Williams, Arizona.

In pass Run For The Wall riders through Needles, California, people are seen lining along overpasses and along hillsides along Interstate 40 waving American flags and waving as the hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the Run For The Wall drive by them, including along Five Mile Road overpass and the Park Moabi Road overpass in Needles, California.

Their trek across the United States will end on Memorial Day in Washington D.C. at the Vietnam Memorial Wall where they will honor those who can’t make the ride, the fallen, the disabled and the still missing.

Their journey can be followed day by day at the following Run For The Wall website address:

https://www.rftw.us/

Please be sure community to show your support for the Run For The Wall.

**** ZachNews will be Facebook Live at the Run For The Wall 2017 luncheon and ceremony at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California and will have more pictures and videos from the luncheon and ceremony afterwards. ****

** Picture above from ZachNews. **