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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.

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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.

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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.

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News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England that occurred on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

**** As of 7:00am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017: ****

** Latest Counts and Information: **

  • Killed:

22 People, including innocent children and a serving police officer.

  • Victim Identified:

8 year old Saffie Rose Roussos from Preston

14 year old Nell Jones from Cheshire

14 year old Sorrell Leczkowski from Leeds

14 year old Eilidh MacLeod from Isle of Barra in Outer Hebrides

15 year old Olivia Campbell from Bury, north of Manchester

15 year old Megan Hurley from Halewood

17 year old Chloe Rutherford and 19 year old Liam Curry

(The young couple, Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, were both from South Shields)

18 year old Georgina Callander from Lancashire

19 year old Courtney Boyle from Gateshead

26 year old John Atkinson from Radcliffe in Bury

(On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed John Atkinson’s age after several news outlets were reporting the wrong age.)

29 year old Martyn Hett from Stockport

32 year old Kelly Brewster from Sheffield

32 year old Philip Tron from Gateshead

42 year old Marcin Klis

40 year old Angelika Klis

(The couple, Marcin and Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York)

43 year old Elaine McIver

(Greater Manchester Police confirmed Elaine McIver was an Off-Duty Cheshire Police Officer)

45 year old Michelle Kiss from Lancashire

45 year old Alison Howe from Royton

47 year old Lisa Lees from Oldham

50 year old Wendy Fawell from Otley, West Yorkshire

51 year old Jane Tweddle-Taylor from Blackpool

  • Injured:

64 People were injured, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

  • Missing:

Unknown

  • Investigation and Attacker(s) Involved:

22 year old Salman Abedi was identified as the suicide bomber.

Salman Abedi was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker, had ties to al Qaeda and received terrorist training abroad.

Salman Abedi was “one of a larger pool of former subjects of interest’ to MI5.

Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, 2 months ago after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

 

  • Claimed Responsibility:

ISIS claiming responsibility for the terrorist bombing.

  • Arrest(s):

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, A 23 year old man in South Manchester and 39 year old man in Birmingham were arrested in connection with the terrorist bombing.

As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

As of 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

Salman Abedi’s brother and father was arrested on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in Tripoli reportedly by the local militia.

As of 7:00am PT on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, an 8th men is being held by authorities in the United Kingdom.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 and 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

  • Contact(s):

A hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for. Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

  • Police Timeline: 

At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: First call made to police reporting possible explosion and multiple injuries.

At 10:39pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police PCSO who was nearby is first responder on the scene. A total of 28 calls are made to police within first six minutes of the initial call.

At 10:46pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: British Transport Police confirm there are a large number of casualties inside Manchester Arena. The first road closure put in place on Great Clowes Street outside Manchester Arena.

At 10:47pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Police start treating the response as a possible terrorist incident. Area around Manchester Arena is closed, including roads and transport networks. Officers at the scene confirm multiple people injured during the attack. Confirmation from first responders that an explosion has taken place.

At 11:33pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Some 240 calls about the incident received during first hour. At 11:44pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm multiple fatalities and others have been injured during attack.

At 1:10am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm 19 people have died and around 50 others reported injured in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.

At 7:00am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm that a total of 22 victims have been confirmed dead – in addition to the man believed to have been responsible for the attack after detonating an improvised explosive device – and a further 59 others injured.

  • Ariana Grande Concert Cancellations: 

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017, but have cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

  • Investigation Leak(s):

Reports that the United Kingdom stops sharing intelligence with United States on terrorist bombing after ‘irritating’ leaks.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

 

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**** The Attack: ****

** Map Picture from NBC News: **

At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, an explosion occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert near an exit area outside the Manchester Arena.

Witnesses say that the Manchester Arena was full of families with children and teenagers, who are fans of Ariana Grande.

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People began exiting the Manchester Arena after the explosion, many of the people, kids and adults, were seen crying and heard screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Nicola Murray, who was at the concert with her 12 year old daughter Olivia, told NBC News that she witnessed “a red-orange-looking flash” and heard an “incredibly loud bang.”

“Within seconds, as you can imagine, it was chaos and people were panicking and running to try and get out the door … We were getting swept with the people crushing to get out and I was terrified my daughter would get crushed. At one point, she was getting dragged away from me but I managed to pull her into me and force her in front of me while trying to direct her to the door and down the steps,” Nicola Murray told NBC News.

Outside the Manchester Arena, parents awaiting to pick up their kids, where heard screaming trying to find their kids.

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First responders rushed to the Manchester Arena after emergency services received 240 emergency calls after the explosion and reports of people hurt.

First responders arrived as people exiting the Manchester Arena, some of the people injured well other people were seen shaken up by what just happen.

** Pictures from NBC News: **

Authorities in Manchester say 22 people were killed in the terrorist bombing.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed that children were among the dead and warned of “difficult days ahead.”

Authorities in Manchester say 59 people were injured in the terrorist bombing, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

The injured people were taken to 8 hospitals with dozen of the people hospitalized were under the age of 16 years old.

United States officials said initial reports indicated that some of the injuries might have been caused by a stampede of concertgoers.

Authorities in Manchester have set up a hotline for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.

Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

** Pictures from NBC News: **

The North West Counter Terror Command confirmed that they are treating the bombing at the Manchester Arena as a “terrorist incident”.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident. Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

State Department Officials in the United States are saying that the United States Embassy in London is working to determine if any United States citizens were affected.

At this moment, State Department Officials say that, “we are not aware of any U.S. citizens killed or injured.”

 

**** The Victims: ****

** Picture from NBC News: **

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, authorities in Manchester began releasing the identities of the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

  • Saffie Rose Roussos: 

Saffie Rose Roussos was 8 years old from Preston.

Saffie Rose Roussos was a student at the Tarleton Community Primary School, located northwest of Manchester.

Saffie Rose Roussos was loved by everyone in the community of Tarleton and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.

The community is in mourning after learning such a young and innocent life was lost.

Chris Upton, head teacher at Lancashire’s Tarleton Community Primary School, said Saffie Rose Roussos was a “simply a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word” and “was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”

Chris Upton added, “News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking. Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.”

 

  • Olivia Campbell: 

Olivia Campbell was 15 years old from Bury, a town north of Manchester.

Olivia Campbell’s family described her as a “precious, gorgeous girl” and had spent the day desperately searching for her, hoping she was one of the dozens of people being treated in hospital.

Olivia Campbell was a pupil at Tottington High School, where head teacher Brian Duffy described her as “a delightful young girl”. ”

As a school community we are absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the news that Olivia has passed away,” Brian Duffy said in a statement.

Olivia Campbell’s mother said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Olivia Campbell was among the those killed in the bombing.

Charlotte Campbell, from Bury in Greater Manchester, wrote, “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl… taken far far too soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”

 

  • Georgina Callander: 

Georgina Callander was 18 years old and was studying health and social care in her 2nd year at Runshaw College in Lancashire.

Her former school, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, called Georgina Callander “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school.”

Georgina Callander was enamored by television and movie stars, Disney films, “Harry Potter” and pop singers.

Ariana Grande which was among her favorite pop singers and 2 years ago, got to meet her while attending the American singer’s “The Honeymoon Tour” at the Manchester Arena.

Georgina Callander shared photos on Instagram and gushed over how nice Ariana Grande was to her.

“I HUGGED HER SO TIGHT AND SHE SAID SHE LOVED MY BOW I CANT GET OVER THIS I NEVER WILL,” Georgina Callander wrote in her caption picture.

A day before the concert, Georgina Callander had tweeted Ariana Grande and said: “SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW.”

 

  • John Atkinson: 

John Atkinson was 26 years old from Radcliffe in Bury.

Freak Dance, a dance studio in nearby Radcliffe, said on Facebook that John Atkinson took adult dance classes “and even competed for Freak Dance.”

“He was a true friend, not just to our staff but many of the parents and students from the school,” said Freak Dance Radcliffe on Facebook.

John Atkinson was enrolled in Bury College in 2015, and was studying health, according to his memorial page on Facebook.

Friends described John Atkinson as “a true gentleman” in online tributes.

Friends described John Atkinson , who lived in Radcliffe in Bury, have also set up a fundraising page to help his family, which has raised more than £4,000.

 

  • Martyn Hett: 

Martyn Hett was 29 years old  from Stockport.

Martyn Hett was a journalist who wrote for a variety of publications, including the Manchester Evening News, HuffPost and Attitude Magazine.

Pink News in the United Kingdom reports that Martyn Hett had been a strong supporter of LGBT rights, writing an emotional tribute to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting last June 2016.

Local papers had noted that he and boyfriend Russell Hayward were superfans of “Coronation Street” — sometimes shortened to “Corrie.”

After learning of Martyn Hett’s death, Russell Hayward wrote on Twitter, “Soulmate doesn’t even come close. Come back to us Martyn so we can watch last nights Corrie together.”

 

  • Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron: 

Courtney Boyle was 19 years old and Philip Tron was 32 year old, both from Gateshead, and were at the Ariana Grande concert together.

Courtney Boyle’s mother Deborah Hutchinson said, “My stunning, amazing, beautiful daughter, you were my rock you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous, crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky.”

Philip Tron’s mother said, “Our most amazing son, partner, brother, father, uncle, nephew and cousin, Philip Tron, sadly passed away on the 22nd May 2017. Philip was such a fun-loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humor and his beautiful smile.”

 

  • Michelle Kiss: 

Michelle Kiss was 45 years old from Lancashire.

Michelle Kiss is described as “a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola”.

In a statement, her family said: “Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss. She has been taken away from us, and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable.”

 

 

  • Sorrell Leczkowski: 

Sorrell Leczkowski was 14 years old from Leeds.

Sorrell Leczkowski went to Allerton High School.

Sorrell Leczkowski is believed to have gone to the Manchester Arena with her family to pick up her sister.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s mother and grandmother, who is critically ill, are in hospital.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s sister, who was at the concert, was not injured.

 

  • Nell Jones: 

Nell Jones was 14 years old from Cheshire.

Nell Jones went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

Head teacher Denis Oliver said the Nell Jones’ family had “been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital”.

Tutor David Wheeler said that Nell Jones was a “popular girl, always smiling”, adding that, “Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate.”

 

  • Alison Howe and Lisa Lees: 

Alison Howe was 45 years old from Royton and Lisa Lees was 47 years old from Oldham near Manchester.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees, best friends, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their daughters.

The girls, both 15 years old, are believed to be safe.

Alison Howe’s stepson Jordan Howe confirmed her death on Facebook, writing, “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all.”

 

  • Jane Tweddle-Taylor: 

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was 51 years old from Blackpool.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was killed in the foyer as she went to the Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor’s husband Mark said, “She’s a lovely lady and a very good mother to her three daughters. She was liked by everybody, especially in the community in Blackpool where she worked.”

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a receptionist at South Shore Academy School in Blackpool.

South Shore Academy School Principal said Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a “bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous” colleague.

Jane Bailey described Miss Tweddle-Taylor as a “well-loved member of staff” and “wonderful friend and colleague”.

 

  • Marcin and Angelika Klis: 

The couple, 42 years old Marcin Klis and 40 year old Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York.

The couple were killed while collecting their daughters from the venue.

The couple’s daughter Alex Klis, 20 years old, a student at York College, had posted an appeal on Facebook for information on their whereabouts.

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a radio station, “The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe.”

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski added, “We share the pain of the family and the loved ones of the victims and express our most sincere condolences.”

 

  • Kelly Brewster: 

Kelly Brewster was 32 years old from Sheffield.

Kelly Brewster died while shielding her niece from the blast, her family said.

Kelly Brewster’s uncle, Paul Dryhurst, said Ms Brewster had “heroically shielded” her 11-year-old niece from the explosion in the foyer after becoming separated from her sister at the end of the performance.

Kelly Brewster’s partner Ian Winslow wrote on Facebook, “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack.”

Ian Winslow added, “Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”

 

  • Wendy Fawell: 

Wendy Fawell was 50 year old from Otley, West Yorkshire.

Wendy Fawell was confirmed after a frantic search for her after the blast.

Wendy Fawell was reported to have been about to leave the concert with her 15 year old daughter Charlotte, along with a friend and her sons, when the bomber struck.

Staff at the primary school where she used to work, St Oswald’s C of E Primary School, in Guiseley, said on Twitter, “It is with deepest sadness that I confirm that our former colleague Wendy Fawell was killed in the Manchester bombing. RIP, Wendy.”

 

  • Eilidh MacLeod: 

Eilidh MacLeod was 14 year old from the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

Eilidh MacLeod was at the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, who is in hospital with serious burns.

The trip was a treat to celebrate Eilidh MacLeod’s birthday and was her first concert.

Reports that Eilidh MacLeod’s mother Marion received a text message from the pair to say the last song had started and they would be leaving soon, but when she arrived at the arena she was unable to find them.

Eilidh MacLeod’s parents said in a statement, “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band. As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time.”

 

  • Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry: 

Chloe Rutherford was 17 year old and Liam Curry was 19 year old, a young couple from South Shields.

The young couple had been missing since the terrorist bombing, but after travelling to Manchester to search for the teenagers and circulating their picture on social media, their parents have now paid tribute to the “inseparable” pair, calling them “beautiful inside and out”.

In a statement their family said, “They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are.”

 

  • Megan Hurley:

Megan Hurley was 15 years old from Halewood.

Megan Hurley’s neighbors and friends have remembered a “gentle, unassuming” girl who loved her music and had a devilish sense of humor.

Megan Hurley was confirmed as dead by her aunt Maxine Benson, as her parents are believed to be at the hospital bedside of her brother 20 year old Bradley, who was injured in the terrorist bombing.

Megan Hurley had been given tickets for the concert as a birthday surprise.

“My poor sister and Mike are destroyed beyond words… it doesn’t seem fair for two kids to go to a concert and only one returns how in God’s name could this happen to such a lovely family… heartbroken xx,” said Maxine Benson.

Megan Hurley attended Halewood Academy, who could not be reached for comment but tributes and balloons had been left outside the school.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, pupils at Megan Hurley’s school, held a moment of silence and paying their respects to Megan Hurley at a tribute of pink balloons at the entrance to Halewood Academy.

 

  • Elaine McIver: 

Elaine McIver was 43 years old and was an off-duty police officer with the Cheshire Police.

Elaine McIver was at the Ariana Grande concert with her family.

Elaine McIver partner Paul is still seriously ill in hospital, while her children were also reportedly injured in the terrorist bombing.

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, Elaine McIver’s family said, “Elaine was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for. She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality. She would have been devastated by the injuries sustained by her partner Paul, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music. Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it. Although we will all miss her beyond belief, we absolutely know she will live in our hearts forever.”

** Video from NBC News: **

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a female off-duty police officer from Cheshire Police was killed while at the concert with her family.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins said, “Very sadly I can confirm one of the victims is a serving police officer.”

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, the female off-duty police officer’s identity was released.

 

**** Officials in Manchester said on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 that, “Due to the number of victims, post-mortems are likely to take 4-5 days. After this we will be in a position to name the victims.” ****

 

**** Reaction from Ariana Grande: ****

** Picture from NBC News: **

Ariana Grande safely escape the Manchester Arena and posted a message to her fans following the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande’s mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell TMZ that Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion.

Joan Grande was about to go backstage to see Ariana Grande at the time.

TMZ reports that as the chaos of people fleeing for exits started … Joan told a group of kids — possibly as many as 10 — seated around her to come backstage.

We’re told Joan Grande and members of Ariana Grande’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties.

Ariana Grande tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

In a statement, Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun thanked first responders “who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”

Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun added, “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Ariana Grande has cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

 

**** Vigils and Tributes for Victims: ****

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Vigils and tributes for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena were held on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.

In Manchester, crowds on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 leave tributes in Albert Square.

** Video from NBC News: **

Thousands of people attend a vigil on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Hundreds of mourners gather in English village on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to say goodbye to the young girls killed in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

** Video from NBC News: **

Queen Elizabeth II leads a moment of silence on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to honor those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

The water fountain (Jet d’Eau) in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 was lit with blue, red and white in remembrance for the victims of the attack.

The Penshaw Monument in Sunderland was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of the Union Jack.

Wembley Stadium was lit up on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in honour of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Belfast City Hall was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of Union flag.

** Video from NBC affiliate WNBC Channel 4: **

The Empire State Building in New York City, New York went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

There was a period of silence before the New York Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at Citi Field Stadium in New York City, New York.

** Video from NBC News: **

The United Kingdom observed a minute silence on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 in memory of victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

** Video from NBC News: **

Crowd spontaneously sings “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Manchester band Oasis after minute silence for the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

 

**** Reaction from Singers and Tour Schedule Updates: ****

  • Blondie: Cancelled a concert in London “as a mark of respect” for victims but lead singer Debbie Harry said it would be re-scheduled.
  • Take That: Cancelled their concert on Tuesday night in Liverpool and its dates later this week in Manchester. But other musical acts have said they won’t change their plans.
  • Shawn Mendes: His show in Paris tonight is still on, saying he would “not stop spreading positivity and love through music”.
  • Celine Dion: Will still play in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Paris as well as her concert on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Manchester Arena.
  • Guns n’ Roses: A representative said the band, currently on tour with stops planned in Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Munich, London and Paris had not changed their plans.
  • Phil Collins: Is due to play at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 2 June before five concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and his manager said these would still go ahead.

 

**** Reaction from Athletes and Sports Schedule Updates: ****

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  • Great Manchester Run/Great City Games:

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games event, set in the heart of Manchester, will go ahead as planned in the afternoon and evening on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games start from 4:45pm and run until 7:20pm Manchester Time and takes place on a track on Deansgate in the city and center, and the purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square.

In a statement, organizers said, “A full security review is being undertaken with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council and additional measures will be in place.”

Manchester City Councillor Luthfur Rahman said, “We know that thousands of Mancunians have been looking forward to taking part, or cheering the athletes on, so I am pleased and proud to confirm that these fantastic events will be held as planned this weekend.”

 

  • Wembley Stadium:

The will be added security, checks and safety measures for all upcoming events being held at Wembley Stadium; including for the FA Cup Final starting at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, the League Two Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2017, and the Championship Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

All supporters attending any of the games at the stadium are advised to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and to take part in commemorations for the victims of the Manchester attack.

Thorough searches on entry to the stadium will be carried out, with supporters advised to arrive at the stadium no later than an hour prior to kick-off.

Spectators are also encouraged not to bring bags or unnecessary items with them.

A period of silence will be observed before kick-off in the FA Cup Final to remember the victims of the terrorist bombing.

Wreaths will be laid by Prince William, President of the Football Association, and FA chairman Greg Clarke.

Arsenal and Chelsea players will also wear black armbands as will match officials.

All 4 teams – Blackpool, Exeter, Huddersfield and Reading – will wear black armbands during the play off games and a period of silence will be observed before the start of both games.

 

  • Twickenham Stadium:

Enhanced security measures will be in place over the weekend for events at Twickenham Stadium; the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 and England vs. Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

Supporters are advised to allow extra time to access the stadium and avoid bringing bags where possible.

A minute’s silence will be observed prior to kick off in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Players of Wasps and Exeter Chiefs, as well as match officials, will wear black armbands.

England players will wear black armbands and there will also be a minute’s silence before the kick off in the match against the Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

 

  • The Chelsea Football Club:

The Chelsea Football Club have announced on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 that there will not be parading the Premier League trophy through the streets of London on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

In a statement, Chelsea Football Club said, “Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends. In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday. “Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision. “Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London. “Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”

 

**** Investigation, Attacker, and Claimed Responsibility: ****

** Picture from NBC News: **

Authorities in Manchester on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 identified the attacker in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

** Video from NBC News: **

The attacker was identified as 22 year old Salman Abedi.

Salman Abedi had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad.

Reports that the attacker died at the scene after using an improvised explosive device.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, the terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a “soldier of the caliphate” placed explosives at a gathering of “crusaders” — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that the suicide bomber (Salman Abedi) was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker.

There’s reports that 2 months ago, Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Mosque chairman Abdullah Muhsin Norris tells Sky News, “I am very unhappy knowing that he has come here and prayed here and seeing him reading the Koran and so on and the next minute you hear he blew up and 22 people are killed, 59 people injured. It is very hard to believe someone could do that, but he has done it.”

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

**** Raids, Arrests, and Public Safety: ****

** Pictures from NBC News: **

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that a 23 year old man was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

** Video from Sky News: **

The moment counter terrorism officers raid the suspect’s home, approaching from the side before blasting the door away.

The arrest and raids were to search for anybody in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Greater Manchester Police said said authorities executed two warrants as part of the investigation: one in the Whalley Range district of Manchester and one in the Manchester suburb of Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place.

Greater Manchester Police are requesting dashcam footage from “anyone who was in Manchester city center” between 8:00pm and 11:00pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd 2017 as part of its investigation.

A 39 year old man was also arrested in Birmingham on Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 near a vigil for the attack.

Birmingham police said in a statement that the man who was arrested was “known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health,” and that a small ax as well as a large stick were recovered at the vigil.

** Video from NBC News: **

As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

“It is very clear this is a network we are investigating. We are carrying out extensive searches,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warns ISIS will continue to target tourist sites and transportation hubs.

Late on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said military could be deployed on the streets to provide armed guards for key locations across London including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies, Scotland Yard.

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Salman Abedi’s brother and father have been arrested.

According to NBC News’ United Kingdom partner ITV News, Salman Abedi’s brother Hashem and his father, Ramadan, were arrested in Tripoli by the local militia.

In a Facebook post translated by NBC News, Libyan Interior Ministry officials said Hashem Abedi had been under investigation for more than a month and was arrested after receiving 4,500 Libyan dinars ($3,230) from his brother.

A 20-year-old engineering student back in Manchester, Hashem Abedi admitted being in Britain when his brother was preparing to launch the attack after an Ariana Grande concert and said they both belonged to ISIS, according to the post.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 and 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

All 27 major trauma centers in England are told to prepare staff for a potential terror attack ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Armed police will be patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

**** Reaction from Government Leaders: ****

** Video from NBC News: **

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the terrorist set out “to cause maximum carnage and kill and injure indiscriminately.”

“This attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent and defenseless young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

** Video from NBC News: **

Britain’s terrorist threat level stands at “Severe,” the 2nd highest rung on a 5 point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Threat level should be increased for the time being from ‘severe’ to ‘critical,'”attack may be imminent.

 

** Picture from NBC News: **

Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II said, “The whole nation has been shocked. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”

** Video from MSNBC and NBC News: **

United States of America President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump said, “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” he said in Bethlehem while standing next to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

United States of America President Donald Trump branded those responsible for the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert and other terrorist attacks “evil losers”.

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are: losers,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

Later, in a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, United States of America President Donald Trump said the thoughts and prayers of the American people were with the victims and their loved ones in Manchester.

** Picture from NBC News: **

The White House later released a statement saying that United States of America President Donald Trump this morning spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump later posted this message onto Twitter saying, “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”

The Department of Homeland Security stressed that there was no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving United States music venues.

** Video from MSNBC and NBC News: **

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO summit in Brussels and asked world leaders for a moment of silence for the Manchester attack victims.

United States of America President Donald Trump called the attacks “savage” and “a barbaric attack on our civilisation”.

“Losers, they are losers,” United States of America President Donald Trump said about terrorists, Manchester terrorist bombing during NATO ceremony.

Meanwhile, British police on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 have reportedly stopped information sharing with the United States on the Manchester bombing in an unprecedented move.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she intended to “make clear” to United States of America President Donald Trump that intelligence between the two countries must remain secure.

Prime Minister Theresa May was due to meet the United States leader on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, along with other EU and Nato officials in Brussels.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump said at the NATO summit in Brussels that intelligence leaks “deeply troubling” and vowed to bring anyone caught leaking United States intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States.

In a statement released after United States of America President Donald Trump arrived at the NATO military alliance, the United States of America President Donald Trump said he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed a serious security threat.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” United States of America President Donald Trump said in the statement.

 

 

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** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. **

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

Breaking News!!: Manchester, England: Terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Breaking News!!: Manchester, England: Terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

There has been an explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

The North West Counter Terror Command is confirming that they are treating this incident as a “terrorist incident”.

Authorities in Manchester say the explosion occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at around 10:40pm Manchester Time (2:40pm PT) where families with children, primarily girls and teenagers, in attendance.

** Video Courtesy: @Hannawwh: **

This is video from inside the Manchester Arena moments after the explosion.

Local news media reports hundreds of people running out of the building crying and being carried out of the building.

** Video Courtesy: Joe Gregory: **

Authorities in Manchester say there have been 22 people dead and 59 people were wounded.

Authorities in Manchester also say there children were among the 22 people dead.

NBC News is reporting that multiple United States Officials say United Kingdom authorities suspect Manchester incident was conducted by a suicide bomber.

** Video Courtesy: Zach Bruce: **

A representative of Ariana Grande said, “Ariana is okay” and “We are further investigating what happened.”

Ariana Grande posted a message to her fans following terror explosion at the Manchester Arena.

Ariana Grande tweeted to her fans, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the terror explosion during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. ****

** Picture and videos from NBC News: **

 

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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