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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: **

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving to Fort Mohave, Arizona.

News Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving to Fort Mohave, Arizona.

ZachNews has learned that River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. is moving out of their building along the 200 block of F Street in Downtown Needles, California to their new building off Arizona State Route 95 in Fort Mohave, Arizona.

River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. confirming the move to their new building that is currently being worked on and is hoping to be completed for opening in the middle of April 2018.

Despite the sad confirmation of them leaving the community, River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. wants the community to know that they will continue to serve all of the Colorado River Tri-State area communities, including Needles, California, but at their new centrally located new building.

At this moment, no details on if anybody is going to be moving into the building, but signs from Accord Realty have been posted up for weeks for the property.

Thanks River Valley Air Conditioning, Inc. for being a part of our community family.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, both have a history in law enforcement, will convene with the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Bernardino County Supervisor’s Office to investigate reestablishing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) for the school campuses in Needles, California and discuss other off campus youth law enforcement issues.

The unanimously vote also authorizes the City Manager to provide adequate staff support and report back to the Needles City Council in 60 days.

More information as well as video from the vote tonight still coming into ZachNews.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council to discuss and appoint members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council to discuss and appoint members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

Members of the Needles City Council are planning to discuss and appoint at least 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The restoring of a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) was requested to be place on the agenda by Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and was in wake of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 that killed 17 people and injured 14 people.

As reported on ZachNews 2 weeks ago, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams is working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Needles Unified School District, and San Bernardino County Supervisor to “restore our school resource officer position.”

Currently, there is no school resource officer serving for the schools in the Needles Unified School District, and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that the school district did not have enough money to pay for school resource officer.

According to the City of Needles, until 2011, a sworn deputy was assigned to the school district campuses to assist with on site and youth oriented law enforcement issues, such as violence incidents, truancy, drug prevention programs, etc.

The School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) was jointly funded by the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Supervisor, and the City of Needles.

The program was discontinued due to lack of funding availability by one or more of the funding partners.

The Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.) requested the reestablishment of an School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) during the 2016-2017 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Contract negotiations.

At that time, it was estimated a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) would cost $165,000.

The approved the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Contract however requested an option for providing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) upon execution of a funding agreement between the City of Needles and the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.).

Captain Tarangle informed staff that a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) would free up city patrol deputies to focus on patrolling the city.

During school hours there is typically one deputy on duty and calls for service at the school draw resources away from other patrol needs.

A Council Task Force could convene a meeting of the former funding parties to investigate the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) Program value and funding strategies to re-establish the program.

The City of Needles said that the fiscal impact is minimal staff time.

The recommendation in front of members of the Needles City Council is for the City of Needles Mayor appoint 2 a person council task force to organize a convening of the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Bernardino County Supervisor’s Office to investigate reestablishing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) for the school campuses in Needles, California and discuss other off campus youth law enforcement issues; authorize the City Manager to provide adequate staff support; and report back to the Needles City Council in 60 days.

**** More Information: Agenda Item #10: Re-establishing School Resource Officer (S.R.O.): ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/2%20FEBRUARY/MEETING%202/cc_022718-10-school%20resource%20officer.pdf

According to the United States Department of Justice, a school resource officer is define as a sworn law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.

School resource officers are typically employed by a local law enforcement agencies and work closely with administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.

The responsibilities of school resource officers are similar to regular police department officers and sheriff’s deputies in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction.

School resource officers typically have additional duties that include mentoring and conducting presentations on youth-related issues.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that he hopes that the school resource officer to our school is restored especially in wake to the tragic shooting in Florida.

The City of Needles lowered their flags to half-mast following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in memories of the victims.

The public is welcome to attend the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting starting at 6:00pm PT inside the Needles City Council Chambers 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 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 and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 6:00pm PT.

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

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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

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News Alert!!: Kingman, AZ: Bodycam video released from officer involved shooting at the Zuni Village R.V. Park.

News Alert!!: Kingman, AZ: Bodycam video released from officer involved shooting at the Zuni Village R.V. Park.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8:15pm MST on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, Kingman Police Department Officers were called in reference a possible domestic disturbance at the Zuni Village RV Park, located at 2840 Airway Avenue, in Kingman, Arizona.

The initial caller reported hearing yelling from a nearby RV space.

When officers arrived, a male from inside the travel trailer yelled at Officers to leave.

The male was identified as Michael Weber, 63 years old, of Kingman, AZ.

**** Warning!!: Bodycam Video Contains Graphic Content: ****

Bodycam video from the Kingman Police Department, that was released in the press release by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, show the incident.

A Kingman Police Department Officer identified himself and requested the male exit the travel trailer with his hands visible.

Michael exited the travel trailer carrying a semi-automatic pistol in his right hand.

Michael did not comply with several commands and was shot by one officer.

The officer involved is identified as Jace Reif, a 7 year law enforcement veteran, the last 2 years with Kingman Police Department.

Personnel attempted life saving techniques on scene.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the adult male died following an officer involved shooting.

No officers or bystanders were hurt in the incident.

This investigation is active and ongoing, and further information will be released as the investigation continues.

** Press Releases: **

https://resources.mohavecounty.us/File/Sheriff/PressReleasesArchives/2018/02-15-2018%20-%20THURSDAY.pdf

https://resources.mohavecounty.us/File/Sheriff/PressReleasesArchives/2018/02-12-2018%20-%20monday%20-%20special.pdf

ZachNews contacted the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office regarding the time and date on the bodycam video.

The press release states that the incident occurred at approximately 8:15pm MST on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, but the bodycam video shows the time as “3:31:03” and the date as “2018-02-11” (Sunday, February 11th, 2018).

According to an email from Susan Callahan, Public Information Officer with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, “I was able to confirm that the date on the video is incorrect. The incident DID occur on Saturday 02/10/18, as listed in the press release.

** Bodycam Video from the Kingman Police Department via the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office: **

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Vice Mayor is working to restore school resource officer in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Vice Mayor is working to restore school resource officer in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In wake of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, work is underway to restore a school resource officer which will serve the schools in Needles, California.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams tells ZachNews that he’s working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Needles Unified School District, and San Bernardino County Supervisor to “restore our school resource officer position.”

According to the United States Department of Justice, a school resource officer is define as a sworn law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.

School resource officers are typically employed by a local law enforcement agencies and work closely with administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.

The responsibilities of school resource officers are similar to regular police department officers and sheriff’s deputies in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction.

School resource officers typically have additional duties that include mentoring and conducting presentations on youth-related issues.

Currently, there is no school resource officer serving for the schools in the Needles Unified School District.

According to the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the school district did not have enough money to pay for school resource officer.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels hopes that the school resource officer to our school is restored especially in wake to the tragic shooting in Florida.

A gunman identified as 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 taking the lives of 17 people and injuring 14 people.

The City of Needles have lowered their flags to half-mast in memories of the victims in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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

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News Alert!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles reminds all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, manufactures, and public, “No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use allowed.”

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles reminds all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, manufactures, and public, “No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use allowed.”

With legal recreational marijuana sales about to kick off across California on Monday, January 1st, 2018, the City of Needles wants to remind all local marijuana dispensaries, cultivations, and manufactures as well as the public about their marijuana ordinance.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, “The City’s Marijuana Ordinance since first adopted has allowed marijuana for medical use only. All of the dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, or other permits contain that medical use only limitation. No adult use or “recreational” sales of any kind is allowed. Additionally when each of these facilities with a local permit apply for the state permit, as required, it is circulated to the City for compliance certification, and the City will not certify a non-medical license/permit. Any violations of the local ordinance or state law will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law; both criminally and through civil proceedings, including revocation of any permit to operate. Let me be clear. No sales for adult, recreational, or non medical use is allowed.

City of Needles wanted to remind everybody about their marijuana ordinance as many people prepare to run to their nearest marijuana retail to enjoy legalized recreational marijuana sales in California for recreational marijuana uses.

Voters in California approved Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 with 57.13% (7,979,041) voting ‘Yes’ and 42.87% (5,987,020) voting ‘No’ on the California Marijuana Legalization.

** More information regarding recreational marijuana sales and legalized recreational marijuana in California at the following ZachNews website address: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/news-alert-california-what-to-know-about-californias-legalization-of-marijuana-before-new-years-day-2018/

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