Month: July 2012

Weather Alert!!!: Monsoon Storms Hitting Needles and Colorado River Tri-State Area.

 

Weather Alert!!!: Needles, CA: Monsoon Storms Hitting Needles and Colorado River Tri-State Area.
Monsoon storms are hitting areas around the Needles, California and the Mojave Desert area of the San Bernardino County, California as well as areas around the Colorado River Tri-State areas of California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Thunderstorms with lightning as well as moderate to heavy rain fall and gusty winds being reported.

Please use caution when driving, keep away from flooded washes and creeks, and be weather prepared.

Public Workshop Regarding City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” This Wednesday.

 

Needles, CA: Members of the Needles Planning Commission as well as the public are getting ready for an important public workshop meeting being held at 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 to discuss the City of Needles’ Proposed Residential Rental Property Registration Program. There will be a staff report from the City of Needles as well as a Power Point Presentation regarding this agenda item.

ZachNews has learned that the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” will:

– Require registration of all rental property units with the City of Needles and pay a fee when registering which no information onto how much will that fee cost.

– Rental properties units would undergo an initial inspection by the City of Needles the first year of the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” which will ensure compliance with appropriate codes.

– Rental properties owners during the second and third year of the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” could self-certify that rental property units comply but if there are no deficiencies or complaints filed against that property,

– Rental properties owners would be required rental properties that the exterior areas of the property is clean within 15 days of tenants moving out of that property.

Some questions remain unanswered regarding the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” such as:

– How much will the registration fee cost?

– What will the money collected from the registration fee be used for?

– Does this registration fee being collected be use for hiring a second full-time code enforcement officer for the City of Needles?

– Will this registration fee be passed onto renters?

– What will be the impact to both the City of Needles and the public if the program is passed?

ZachNews has been requesting to the City of Needles and Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione for a copy of the public agenda packet regarding the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” and gotten nothing.  

As of Tuesday, July 31st, 2012, ZachNews has been told by City of Needles City Clerk Dale Jones that a copy of the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” can be viewed at the City of Needles Administration Offices located at 817 Third Street between E Street and F Street in Downtown Needles, California and there is a fee for copies.

In early July 2012, the Needles Planning Commission planned to hold a public hearing meeting to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of “Amendment of Needles Municipal Code Section 6-20 to include “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” requiring property used as rental property to be registered and inspected by the City of Needles. This public hearing meeting was going to be held during the Needles Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012.

But a source told ZachNews that calls from renters, landlords, and rental property owners were coming into the City of Needles Administration Offices expressing anger at both the City of Needles and the Needles Planning Commission for not properly notifying them about this agenda item and program which many heard about the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” after the agenda item was seen in the local newspaper and on the internet.

On Monday, July 16th, 2012, the Needles Planning Commission Meeting which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 was cancelled and a public workshop meeting regarding the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” was schedule for 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at the Needles City Council Chamber located off of J Street near Bailey Avenue in Needles, California which this public workshop meeting is to help have the public comment on this program.

The public is encouraged to attend these public workshop meeting and many renters, landlords, and rental property owners are planning to be there to comment on the City of Needles’ “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program.”

ZachNews will be there recording the Needles Planning Commission Meeting and will be posted as soon as possible at the ZachNews Channel on YouTube.

For more information on this Needles Planning Commission agenda and public workshop meeting, please contact the Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione at 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext 327.

Presentation Calls Out Blight and Trash In Needles.

Needles, CA: During last Tuesday Needles City Council Meeting, members of the Needles City Council as well as the public got to see an eye opening look at the blight and trashiness around the City of Needles.

As part of the “City of Needles Clean Up Project”, the presentation given by Committee Chair Cathy McConnell and Western Regional Consulting representative, Elaine Cullen, described empty lots and dirt areas along Interstate 40, from local businesses to residential properties.

Nobody was exempt from the ridicule of Cathy McConnell; “low income”, “trashy”, “eyesore”, and “blight” were the favorite words used by Ms. McConnell.

How much anger do the members of our community feel whose properties were put on display and used as bad examples of our town’s appearance?

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You can watch the video and decide for yourself by logging onto YouTube.com and access ZachNews.

http://youtu.be/gm7JbjJUuXo

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BK’s Pepper Lounge Closes Tonight.

Downtown Needles, CA: BK’s Pepper Lounge located at 533 Front Street in Downtown Needles, California is closing their doors tonight.

 

Tough financial times have now brought this friendly hang out place to close their doors on Saturday, July 28th 2012.

 

Many who have heard the news of BK’s Pepper Lounge closing are sad to hear the news and will be missed.

 

A closing party has started at 6:00pm PT and will end at 2:00am PT Sunday morning.

 

Come on by to the closing party to enjoy friendly service and to say goodbye to everybody at BK’s Pepper Lounge.

 

We’ll have pictures and video of the closing event as well as an interview with the owner of BK’s Pepper Lounge later on ZachNews.

Needles City Council Meeting Is Tonight.

  

Needles, CA: The regular Needles City Council Meeting with a held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 starting at 6:00pm PT at the Needles City Council Chambers on J Street near Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

A Needles City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency (SARDA) Executive Session Meeting will be held at 5:30pm PT.

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** Here are a few of the items to be discussed at the Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 is as follows: **

** Interviews: **

Item #1: Interviews to be held and possible appointments made to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

** Presentations: **

Item #2: San Bernardino County Fire Department representative will review the June 2012 Administrative monthly Report.

Item #3: Presentation by Ms. Cathy McConnell, Committee Chair, and Ms. Elaine Cullen, Consultant, regarding the City of needles Clean Up Project.

** Public Hearing: **

Item #4: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amendment of Needles Municipal Code Section 6-20 to include “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” requiring property used as rental property to be registered and inspection by the City on an annual basis.

** Regular Items: **

Item #13: Discussion regarding obtaining an appraisal, at city expense, of Colorado River Medical Center (CRMC).

Item #14: Update on the sale of CRMC located at 1401 Bailey Avenue.

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**** News Update!!!: ****

In regards to the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda; Item #4 on the Needles City Council meeting Agenda for Tuesday, July 24th, 2012.

According to the Needles City Council Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 in regards to Item #4, “This public hearing has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Required notice will be given at that time.”

ZachNews has reported as of Monday, July 16th, 2012 that the public notice meeting regarding properties used as rental properties was cancelled on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 4:00pm PT and was rescheduled for Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 4:00pm PT.

ZachNews received this information regarding the rescheduling of the public notice meeting regarding properties used as rental properties on Monday, July 16th, 2012 as ZachNews was coming by to the City of Needles Office to requesting the public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda.

ZachNews Reported Zachary Lopez talked to Patti at the City of Needles Office who contacted Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione and told Patti that the Planning Commission Meeting had been canceled and was rescheduled for Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 4:00pm PT.

Patti also asked Cindy if there was an agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda but was told by Cindy that there wasn’t one available.

Still getting nowhere in getting a public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda, ZachNews asked City of Needles City Manager Dave Brownlee after the Board of Public Utilities Meeting which was held on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 that ZachNews hasn’t received our copy of the public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda and asked that we please be sent a copy of the public agenda packet as soon as possible.

City of Needles City Manager Dave Brownlee told ZachNews Reported Zachary Lopez that he will tell Cindy to send us a copy.

As of Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, ZachNews Reported Zachary Lopez again went down to the City of Needles Office and asked if ZachNews can get a copy of the public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda.

Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione came out to talk to ZachNews Reported Zachary Lopez and said that we never asked for a copy of the public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda and we told that I wasn’t allowed to receive a copy.

ZachNews Reported Zachary Lopez told Cindy that we have the right to get a copy of a public agenda item and request again that we get a copy of a public agenda packet regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda as soon as possible.

ZachNews will not be lied to or be in anyway discredited by those who do not keep to the promise of informing the public and all media about important public agenda items.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates regarding the “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” agenda and the public notice meeting regarding properties used as rental properties.

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

The Latest News on the Movie Theater Massacre.

  

Aurora, CO: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced on Tuesday that a fund set up at GivingFirst.org to help the victims and survivors of the deadly movie theater massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado has reached $2 million dollars.

“We are very grateful and encouraged by the support so far for the victims in Aurora,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “The needs will be great and we look forward to seeing the fund grow exponentially. This money will help those impacted by this tragedy begin to recover and rebuild their lives.”

Warner Bros., the studio behind the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”, has made a large donation to charities supporting the victims of the deadly movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

Tuesday also brings news of a new baby as a father shot during the deadly movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado remains in critical condition.

According to CBS affiliate KCNC Channel 4 in Denver, Colorado, the baby of a man critically injured in the shooting was born at University of Colorado Hospital on Tuesday morning. Hospital officials said Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11am MT and that he and his mother Katie are doing well.

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** You can read more about this news story at the following website: **

– CBS affiliate KCNC Channel 4 in Denver, Colorado:

“Baby Is Born As Father Shot During Movie Remains Critical.”

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/07/24/baby-is-born-as-father-shot-during-movie-remains-critical/

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The news is comes a day after the face of evil appeared in court Monday morning at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colorado.

The suspect, 24 year old James Eagen Holmes was seen walking into court wearing red hair coloring and appeared to be dazed and almost falling asleep.

During a news conference outside of the courtroom on Monday, Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers told the media that the legal proceedings against theater shooting suspect James Holmes are, “not a slam dunk.”

“In a case like this, the investigation doesn’t stop. It will continue right up to the trial,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said that the trial could begin within a year.

“If a death penalty is sought, that’s a very long process” that would require interviews with hundreds of victims and witnesses and “could impact people’s lives for years,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers.

A final decision on whether to seek the death penalty “will be made within 60 days of the suspect’s arraignment,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers.

The public defender Daniel King who is representing The 24 year old suspect declined comment after the hearing.

The district attorney’s office plans to file formal charges on the 24 year old suspect on Monday, July 30th, 2012.

The 24 year old suspect is being held without bail and is in isolation at the Arapahoe County Jail in Centennial, Colorado.

12 people were killed and 59 people were injured in the shooting massacreinside the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado last Friday night of July 20th, 2012.

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If you would like to help the victims and survivors of the deadly movie theater massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado, please go to GivingFirst.org to donate to nonprofits supporting the victims and families of the deadly movie theater massacre.


GivingFirst.org
Website:

https://www.givingfirst.org/

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Stay tuned to ZachNews for more updates regarding the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado.

Deadly Movie Theater Massacre Suspect In Court.

  

Aurora, CO: The face of evil appeared in court Monday morning at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colorado.

The suspect, 24 year old James Eagen Holmes was seen walking into court wearing red hair coloring and appeared to be dazed and almost falling asleep as the judge set a date for which charges will be placed on the 24 year old suspect involved in the deadly movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado last Friday night on July 20th, 2012 which killed 12 people at the Century 16 Movie Theaters well they were all watching the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The suspect will be formally charged on Monday, July 30th, 2012.

Here is the latest news updates on the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado.

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**** News Updates: Deadly Movie Theater Shooting In Aurora, Colorado. ****

**** Updated at 6:33pm MT on Saturday, July 21st, 2012: ****

** Incident at Suspect’s Apartment: **

– All hazards have been removed.

– The FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT) remains on scene processing the apartment for evidence. This will be the case for several more hours. The FBI ERT will continue those efforts tomorrow.

– The hazards have been removed and transported to a disposal site.

– All evacuated residents can return to their homes. With the exception of 1690 Paris Street. This building will remain secure for the purpose of preserving evidence.

– The only remaining street closure is in the 1600 block of Paris.

**** Updated at 9:00am MT on Saturday, July 21st, 2012: ****

** Incident at Suspect’s Apartment: **

– The controlled detonation was successful. Still more work to be done in the apartment to include dealing with other devices. There is a possibility of more controlled detonations. We will keep you updated. Streets open now.

**** Updated at 9:00am MT on Saturday, July 21st, 2012: ****

** Incident at Suspect’s Apartment: **

– Primary goal is to complete this operation in a manner that is safe for all personnel involved and the public. With that in mind, there is no estimate on how long this will take.

– There are three phases to the operation:

1. Render a safe entry and remotely mitigate the trip wire. This may cause a fire and/or explosion.

2. Safely remove approximately 30 various devices inside and an additional 30 aerial shells. These will then be taken by sand trucks to a disposal area and either burned or destroyed by counter charges.

3. Continue the investigation with the Aurora Police Department being the lead agency and assisted by numerous other agencies.

– We are confident this will be completed today.

– This will be done with help from the following agencies: Aurora Fire Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Denver Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Rural Metro Ambulance.

– We will update the progress of this operation as the three phases unfold.

**** Updated at 8:00pm MT on Friday, July 20th, 2012: ****

** General Information: **

– 70 victims total – 12 victim are confirmed dead. An additional 58 people were injured.

– 10 victims died in the theater and 2 died later at area hospitals.

– Death notifications are being made to the families tonight.

– Officials from the Aurora Police Department met with family members and friends of some of the victims for approximately 90 minutes earlier today. Families were informed that identification of the deceased victims will be confirmed tonight.

– The final bodies were removed from the theater at approximately 5:15pm MT. There are no victims left inside the crime scene.

** Suspect: **

– The suspect, James Eagen Holmes, DOB: 12.13.1987, will appear in court on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:30am MT at Arapahoe County District Court, located at 7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial, CO0.)

– He recently left the University of Colorado Denver’s Graduate Program in Nueroscience. He left the program voluntarily.

– He is originally from Riverside, California and attended the University of California.

– Neighbors reported that he lived alone and kept to himself.

– At 7:30am PT on Friday, July 20th, 2012, Police escorted a man out of the home in Rancho Penasquitos, California and whisking him away in an unmarked police sedan. The man later identified as the alleged gunman’s father and was being sent to Colorado to help in the shooting investigation.

– At 8:30am PT on Friday, July 20th, 2012, San Diego police lieutenant Andra Brown came out of the home of Holmes’ family and distributed a written statement in regards to the shooting at Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado from the family.

“Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy.”

** Actual Shooting Incident: **

– Weapons recovered from Holmes were an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and at least one of two 40-caliber handguns, as well as the ballistic tactical helmet, protective gear for his legs, throat and groin, black gloves, and a gas mask.

– The four weapons found at the incident were purchased at local gun shops.

– Ammunition for those weapons was purchased on the internet. Total count of ammunition was 3020 .223 rounds, 3550 40 caliber rounds, and 350 12 gage rounds.

– Multiple .223 magazines were purchased to include a 100 round drum magazine.

– Authorities believed that Holmes propped opened an emergency exit door inside the theater, went to his car parked in the back parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, picked up his weapons and put on his protective ballistic tactical gear and gas mask. Holmes than hurled a gas canister into the movie theater than began shooting at the crowd inside the movie theater.

– Authorities believed that Holmes than exited the movie theater and started heading to his car.

– Aurora police arrested Holmes in the back parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters. Holmes identified himself to police as “The Joker”. Holmes had red hair coloring in his hair.

– Holmes was booked into the Arapahoe County Jail at 3:40pm Friday afternoon.

** Apartment Building: **

– 1690 Paris St will remain evacuated along with four other nearby buildings. Operations at the suspect’s address have been suspended for tonight, but will resume tomorrow.

– Various Federal and local law enforcement agencies are assisting with the investigation.

** Additional Information: **

– The persons evacuated from apartment buildings at or near 1690 Peoria St will have shelter and assistance at Central High School.

– There will be additional police officers at four Aurora theatres through the weekend.

– The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and Denver Police Department will provide SWAT assistance for Aurora if needed for events unrelated to the shooting if needed.

– The Town Center of Aurora will be open tomorrow.

– The City of Aurora will be sponsoring a memorial vigil in front of the Aurora Municipal Center on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 6:30pm MT. The Governor and the Aurora City Mayor will be there to speak.

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If you would like to help the victims and survivors of the deadly movie theater massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado, please go to GivingFirst.org to donate to nonprofits supporting the victims and families of the deadly movie theater massacre.


GivingFirst.org
Website:

https://www.givingfirst.org/

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Stay tuned to ZachNews for more updates regarding the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado.

News Update!!: Aurora, CO: Remembering the victims of the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre.

News Update!!: Aurora, CO: Remembering the victims of the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre.

The community of Aurora, Colorado as well as the nation came together on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 to remember the victims of the deadly movie theater massacre that took the lives of 12 people and injured 59 people at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado last Friday night.

Thousands gathered at the west side steps of the Aurora Municipal Center in Aurora, Colorado remember the lives of:

** Victims of the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre: **

– 6 year old Veronica Moser Sullivan:

Veronica had just learned to swim,

According to Veronica’s Great-Aunt Annie Dalton, Veronica was a “great little girl, excited about life.”

– 18 year old Alexander J. Boik:

Alexander had a reputation for making people laugh and tried to bring back the mullet hair cut in his freshman year of high school.

“He tried to rock the mullet,” said Tyler Lynch, who played baseball with Alexander on their high school team.

Alexander, a catcher who played on the team through his junior year, had recently graduated from Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Alexander also played in the school orchestra.

Alexander was to start classes at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in the fall.

Gateway Principal Bill Hedges said Alexander planned to become an art teacher.

Alexander’s family said in a statement that Alexander was loved by all who knew him and was dating “a beautiful young lady” who was with him at the theater and survived.

Alexander’s friend Jordan Crofter, described Alexander as someone who “didn’t hold anything back. He was just his own person.”

According to Alexander’s friend Jordan Crofter, Alexander and his girlfriend made a “perfect couple,” and people expected them to get married.

“He was a ball of joy. He was never sad or depressed. He wanted everybody to be happy,” said Alexander’s friend Jordan Crofter.

“If he were still here, he’d try to make everyone have a positive outlook of the situation and not allow it to affect their outlook of life,” said Alexander’s friend Jordan Crofter.

– 23 year old Micayla C. Medek:

Micayla loved a night out with her friends and was with a group of about 10 at the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Micayla was “Cayla” to her family and friends.

Micayla was juggling classes at Aurora Community College and a job at a Subway sandwich shop.

According to Micayla’s Aunt Jenny Zakovich, Micayla was an independent-minded and sweet girl who rarely asked her family for anything.

“I think her plans were to finish community college and go into a better paying job – probably in the computer field,” said Micayla’s Aunt Jenny Zakovich.

– 24 year old Jessica N. Ghawi:

Jessica moved to Colorado from Texas.

Jessica didn’t let the shooting at the Eaton Centre shooting in Toronto on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 change her outlook on life as she pursued a career in sports journalism.

Jessica recently wrote a blog post after surviving the shooting in saying it showed her, “how fragile life was.”

Jessica was described by former colleagues and friends as ambitious and hardworking.

Jessica was a regular tweeter on Twitter and her last post was that Friday night at the Century 16 Movie Theaters saying, “movie doesn’t start for 20 minutes.”

– 24 year old Alexander C. Teves:

Alexander of Phoenix, Arizona.

Alexander earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology in June from University of Denver.

According to Alexander’s Grandfather Carlo Iacovelli, Alexander was a lovable person who made friends quickly and had a lot of them.

“He had a lot to look forward to,” said Alexander’s Grandfather Carlo Iacovelli.

– 26 year old Jonathon T. Blunk:

Jonathan had high hopes for the future and plan to re-enlist in the United States Navy with the goal of becoming a Navy SEAL.

According to Jonathan’s close friend James Gill, Jonathan served 3 tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea between 2004 and 2009.

Jonathan was also a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician, Gill added.

Jonathan was killed in the shooting massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters after Jonathan throw himself in front of friend Jansen Young which saved her life.

– 27 year old Alex M. Sullivan:

Alex’s family called Alex, “their real life super hero.”

Alex was at the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” on his 27th birthday and was also celebrating his first wedding anniversary.

Alex’s family said in a statement, “Alex was a gentle giant, known and loved by so many. He always had a glowing smile on his face and he made friends with everyone. Alex enjoyed all sorts of movies, was an avid comic book geek and loved the New York Mets.”

According to Shelly Fradkin, Alex was a big man with a warm smile and an innocence that endeared him to people.

“He’s amazing. He was just a big teddy bear. Great hugs,” said Shelly Fradkin.

Alex enjoyed all sorts of movies and was an avid comic book geek.

Alex loved the New York Mets.

– 27 year old John T. Larimer:

John was a Navy sailor based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado where he was a cryptologic technician.

John and another active service member, Air Force Sgt. Jesse Childress, were killed in the shooting massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters.

John grew up in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, Illinois and joined the service just over a year ago.

In a written statement by Commander Jeffrey Jakuboski, John’s commanding officer, “A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John’s family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all the victims of this horrible tragedy.”

– 27 year old Matthew R. McQuinn:

As the shooting massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters unfolded, Matt dove in front of his girlfriend and her older brother to shield them from the gunfire.

Matthew died protecting his girlfriend Samantha Yowler and her older brother Nick Yowler.

Yowler was recovering from surgery after she was shot in the knee at the theater. Her 32-year-old brother, Nick Yowler, who also shielded his sister, was not injured.

McQuinn and Yowler moved to Colorado from Ohio last fall.

– 29 year old Jesse E. Childress:

Jesse was an Air Force cyber-systems operator based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado.

Air Force Captain Andrew Williams described Jesse from Thornton, Colorado as knowledgeable, experienced and respectful.

“We’re going to miss him incredibly,” said Air Force Captain Andrew Williams.

According to Co-worker Ashley Wassinger, Jesse was a great person fun to be with, always positive and laughing.

“Really just an amazing person, and I am so lucky to have been his friend,” said Ashley Wassinger.

– 32 year old Rebecca Ann Wingo:

Rebecca had started a job several months ago as a customer relations representative at a mobile medical imaging company.

Shannon Dominguez, who worked with Rebecca, said she was friendly with everyone and always seemed to be in a good mood.

– 51 year old Gordon W. Cowden:

Gordon loved life and his family.

Gordon had gone to the midnight movie premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” with his two teenage children.

Gordon was the oldest of the victims killed in the shooting massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters.

Gordon loved the outdoors and owned his own business.

Gordon lived in Aurora, Colorado, but in a statement by Gordon’s family, Gordon was described as a “true Texas gentleman.”

“A quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle,” said Gordon’s family.

Gordon’s teenage children escaped the shooting unharmed.

“Our hearts go out to everyone that has been harmed by this senseless tragedy,” said Gordon’s family.

City, State, and Government Officials as well as church leaders united together to give thanks to all of the first responders and the many heroic people who helped saved lives last Friday night.

United States President Barack Obama visited one by one with families and with those who were wounded shooting massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters recovering in intensive care at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado.

During a press conference on Sunday, United States President Barack Obama told members of the media,

“I come to them not so much as president as I do as a father and as a husband,” said United States President Barack Obama. “The reason stories like this have such an impact on us is because we can all understand what it would be to have somebody we love taken from us in this fashion.”

United States President Barack Obama most vivid lines during the press conference came in describing the story of two friends, 19 year old Allie Young and her best friend 21 year old Stephanie Davies. Both were in Young’s hospital room when United States President Barack Obama visited.

United States President Barack Obama recounted that when the gunman entered the movie theater and threw canisters of gas at the start of his killing spree, Allie stood up to warn people.

“And she was shot in the neck, and it punctured a vein, and immediately she started spurting blood,” said United States President Barack Obama.

“And apparently, as she dropped down on the floor, Stephanie — 21 years old — had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where Allie had been wounded, and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting,” said United States President Barack Obama.

United States President Barack Obama said Davies eventually joined others in carrying her friend to an ambulance. He said Young was going to be fine.

“As tragic as the circumstances of what we’ve seen today are, as heartbreaking as it is for the families, it’s worth us spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Allie and Stephanie,” said United States President Barack Obama. “They represent what’s best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come.”

At the end of the ceremony, a candle light vigil was held and the thousands who were at the ceremony at the westside steps of the Aurora Municipal Center grow even larger with many wanting to give their love and prayers to those whose lives were lost during the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history.

** If you would like to help the victims and survivors of the deadly movie theater massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado, please go to GivingFirst.orgto donate to nonprofits supporting the victims and families of the deadly movie theater massacre. **

GivingFirst.org Website:

https://www.givingfirst.org/

 

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Deadly Movie Theater Massacre. **

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

Deadly Movie Theater Shooting In Aurora, Colorado.

  

Aurora, CO: A night with friends, family, and love ones out to the movie theater to watch the premiere of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” ends in tragedy as a gunman in tactical gear and gas mask release a hail of bullets onto people inside Theater 9 at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado around midnight Friday night.

Here is the latest news updates on the Deadly Movie Theater Shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado.
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**** News Updates: Deadly Movie Theater Shooting In Aurora, Colorado. ****
**** Updated at 9:00am MT on Saturday, July 21st, 2012: ****

** Incident at Suspect’s Apartment: **

– The controlled detonation was successful. Still more work to be done in the apartment to include dealing with other devices. There is a possibility of more controlled detonations. We will keep you updated. Streets open now.
**** Updated at 9:00am MT on Saturday, July 21st, 2012: ****

** Incident at Suspect’s Apartment: **

– Primary goal is to complete this operation in a manner that is safe for all personnel involved and the public. With that in mind, there is no estimate on how long this will take.

– There are three phases to the operation:

1. Render a safe entry and remotely mitigate the trip wire. This may cause a fire and/or explosion.

2. Safely remove approximately 30 various devices inside and an additional 30 aerial shells. These will then be taken by sand trucks to a disposal area and either burned or destroyed by counter charges.

3. Continue the investigation with the Aurora Police Department being the lead agency and assisted by numerous other agencies.

– We are confident this will be completed today.

– This will be done with help from the following agencies: Aurora Fire Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Denver Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Rural Metro Ambulance.

– We will update the progress of this operation as the three phases unfold.
**** Updated at 8:00pm MT on Friday, July 20th, 2012: ****

** General Information: **

– 70 victims total – 12 victim are confirmed dead. An additional 58 people were injured.

– 10 victims died in the theater and 2 died later at area hospitals.

– Death notifications are being made to the families tonight.

– Officials from the Aurora Police Department met with family members and friends of some of the victims for approximately 90 minutes earlier today. Families were informed that identification of the deceased victims will be confirmed tonight.

– The final bodies were removed from the theater at approximately 5:15pm MT. There are no victims left inside the crime scene.
** Suspect: **
 
– The suspect, James Eagen Holmes, DOB: 12.13.1987, will appear in court on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:30am MT at Arapahoe County District Court, located at 7325 S. Potomac Street, Centennial, CO0.)

– He recently left the University of Colorado Denver’s Graduate Program in Nueroscience. He left the program voluntarily.

– He is originally from Riverside, California and attended the University of California.

– Neighbors reported that he lived alone and kept to himself.

– At 7:30am PT on Friday, July 20th, 2012, Police escorted a man out of the home in Rancho Penasquitos, California and whisking him away in an unmarked police sedan. The man later identified as the alleged gunman’s father and was being sent to Colorado to help in the shooting investigation.

– At 8:30am PT on Friday, July 20th, 2012, San Diego police lieutenant Andra Brown came out of the home of Holmes’ family and distributed a written statement in regards to the shooting at Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado from the family.

“Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy.”

** Actual Shooting Incident: **
– Weapons recovered from Holmes were an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and at least one of two 40-caliber handguns, as well as the ballistic tactical helmet, protective gear for his legs, throat and groin, black gloves, and a gas mask.

– The four weapons found at the incident were purchased at local gun shops.

– Ammunition for those weapons was purchased on the internet. Total count of ammunition was 3020 .223 rounds, 3550 40 caliber rounds, and 350 12 gage rounds.

– Multiple .223 magazines were purchased to include a 100 round drum magazine.

– Authorities believed that Holmes propped opened an emergency exit door inside the theater, went to his car parked in the back parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters, picked up his weapons and put on his protective ballistic tactical gear and gas mask. Holmes than hurled a gas canister into the movie theater than began shooting at the crowd inside the movie theater.

– Authorities believed that Holmes than exited the movie theater and started heading to his car.

– Aurora police arrested Holmes in the back parking lot of the Century 16 Movie Theaters. Holmes identified himself to police as “The Joker”. Holmes had red hair coloring in his hair.

– Holmes was booked into the Arapahoe County Jail at 3:40pm Friday afternoon.
** Apartment Building: **
 
– 1690 Paris St will remain evacuated along with four other nearby buildings. Operations at the suspect’s address have been suspended for tonight, but will resume tomorrow.

– Various Federal and local law enforcement agencies are assisting with the investigation.
** Additional Information: **

– The persons evacuated from apartment buildings at or near 1690 Peoria St will have shelter and assistance at Central High School.

– There will be additional police officers at four Aurora theatres through the weekend.

– The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and Denver Police Department will provide SWAT assistance for Aurora if needed for events unrelated to the shooting if needed.

– The Town Center of Aurora will be open tomorrow.

– The City of Aurora will be sponsoring a memorial vigil in front of the Aurora Municipal Center on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 6:30pm MT. The Governor and the Aurora City Mayor will be there to speak.

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Many unanswered questions regarding the deadly shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado are being raised; should there be more laws preventing the sale of the AR-15 rifle and 12-gauge shotgun? Should movie theaters have metal detectors at all their doors? Should there be better background checks on persons wanting to purchase a gun? Should guns and ballistic tactical gear be allowed to be sold online? Should costumes and masks be allowed inside movie theaters?

What do you like to see happen in regards to gun laws, background checks, and safety at the movie theaters? ** Please write your comments here on ZachNews. **
Let us all come together in thought, in prayer, and in loving support for the friends and family of those who lost their lives that Friday night at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado.

May we never forget those who dead in this tragic attack and let us all help those who are in need of support at this tragic time.
Let us all give thanks to those who help saved lives and the first responders who raced to the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado to help people who were hurt and to arrest the person involved in the hateful attack.
Let us united in support of the community of Aurora, Colorado and let them know we are here for them; may we not let evil divide us but united us all as one and show evil that good will rule over evil.

Muddy, Muddy Sunday In Needles.

Needles, CA: Saturday afternoon of July 14th, 2012, a large monsoon storm blew into Needles, California bringing in heavy down pouring rain, gusty winds around 50 mph, and loud thunder with flashes of lightning.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez went to captured the monsoon storm moving across Needles, California.

The heavy down pouring rain blew into the Downtown Needles, California area causing flood damage to both Lucy’s Mexican Restaurant and Munchy’s Mexican Restaurant both located on Front Street as well as causing streets to flood at the intersections of West Broadway at D Street, West Broadway at G Street, and West Broadway at H Street.

The monsoon storm brought muddy water and rocks racing down onto West Broadway at K Street as well as West Broadway at J Street which than flow into the K Street Underpass.

The mud, rocks, and water raced into the K Street Underpass, knocking down road barricades, and flooding underpass which than brought the muddy water into A to Z Collision Center located on K Street near the K Street Underpass.

The heavy down pouring rain with loud thunder and lightning brought K Street between Needles Highway and Race Street to flood which had many driver going around the flooded street or driving on the opposite lanes of traffic.

North Needles, California had both flooding and debris on Needles Highway to the north of National Old Trail Road which closed Needles Highway at Balboa Street near Interstate 40.

The Monsoon storm ended with a great light show in the sky over Needles, California with lots and lots of lightning.

So far, nobody got injured during the Monsoon storm in Needles, California.

Many Thanks to the hard working city crews at the City of Needles as well as to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Police Department, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Highway Patrol, and the many other people who helped in cleaning the mess after the Monsoon storm and to help keep our community safe.

Always be ready for any coming storms and stay away from flash flooded washes and creeks.

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