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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The public is welcome to attend the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting starting at 6:00pm PT inside the Needles City Council Chambers off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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News Update!!: Parkland, FL: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

News Update!!: Parkland, FL: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that occurred on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018.

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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office have released the identities of the 17 people killed in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

  • Alyssa Alhadeff
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

According to her mother Lori, Alyssa Alhadeff wanted to become a lawyer as well as a professional soccer player.

Lori attended a vigil for victims on Thursday.

Alyssa Alhadeff was a member of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Parkland Soccer Club, who honored her in a Facebook post writing, “Alyssa Alhadeff was a loved and well respected member of our club and community. Alyssa will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all the other victims of this tragic event.”

 

  • Alaina Petty
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

According to a statement made by her family via the Latter-day Saints Living publication, Alaina Petty was extremely devoted to her local community.

It is important to sum up all that Alaina was and meant to her family and friends. Alaina was a vibrant and determined young woman, loved by all who knew her. Alaina loved to serve,” statement read.

 

  • Alexander Schachter
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

Alexander Schachter played the trombone and baritone as a member of Douglas’ marching band.

Alexander Schachter ’s family stated on a GoFundMe page that “He was a sweetheart of a kid!” and “survived by his heartbroken parents, three siblings, grandparents and countless cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.”

 

  • Cara Loughran
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

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Cara Loughran was a beach-lover and dancer.

On Thursday, Her aunt, Lindsay Fontana, wrote in a Facebook post, “This morning, I had to tell my 8-year-old daughters that their sweet cousin Cara was killed in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday. We are absolutely gutted. While your thoughts are appreciated, I beg you to DO SOMETHING. This should not have happened to our niece Cara and it can not happen to other people’s families.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, Cara Loughran’s death was also felt by Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins, who received Irish dance training at the Drake School in Florida.

Cara Loughran was one of three dancers at the school who also attended Douglas.

 

  • Gina Montalto
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

Gina Montalto is described by family and friends as a hardworking student with a keen sense of humor who would melted each heart with an infectious smile that light up a room.

Her family said in a statement, “She was a kind spirit, always eager to lend a helping hand. Gina will be missed not only by her family, but by everyone whose life she touched.”

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Gina Montalto was also a member of Douglas’ winter guard on the school’s state-champion marching band, which was scheduled to perform at a regional competition in Tampa on Saturday.

The winter guard’s instructor, Manuel Miranda, wrote a Facebook post about Gina Montalto on Wednesday, “My heart is broken into pieces. I will forever remember you my sweet angel.”

 

  • Jaime Guttenberg
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

Jaime Guttenberg was a dancer who was described as the “life of the party” during a statement made by her father, Fred, at a candlelight vigil on Thursday.

My heart is broken. Yesterday, Jennifer Bloom Guttenberg and I lost our baby girl to a violent shooting at her school. We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family get’s through this,” her father Fred wrote in a Facebook post that was also made on Thursday.

Guttenberg’s Facebook page has been made into a memorialized account and features photos of her posing with friends and family.

 

  • Martin Duque Anguiano
  • 14 Years Old
  • Student

Martin Duque Anguiano is described by family and friends as a very funny kid, outgoing and sometimes really quiet.

His older brother, Miguel, paid tribute to his brother on Instagram, stating, “Words can not describe my pain. I love brother Martin you’ll be missed buddy. I know you’re in a better place. Duques forever man I love you junior!!! R.I.P Martin Duque!

 

  • Luke Hoyer
  • 15 Years Old
  • Student

Luke Hoyer was described by family and friends as a good kid who never got in trouble.

His uncle, Toni Brownlee, posted about his death on Facebook writing, “This has devastated our family and we’re all in shock and disbelief. Our hearts are broken. Luke was a beautiful human being and greatly loved.”

 

  • Peter Wang
  • 15 Years Old
  • Student

Peter Wang was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (J.R.O.T.C.) program at Douglas.

His cousin, Aaron Chen, told the Miami Herald that Peter Wang was last seen wearing his uniform and holding the door open so that people could escape.

Peter Wang had planned on celebrating the Chinese New Year with his family.

Peter Wang’s friend, Gabriel Ammirata, also told the Miami Herald that he “funny, nice and a great friend. He’s been my best friend since third grade.”

 

  • Carmen Schentrup
  • 16 Years Old
  • Student

According to The Eagle Eye, the school’s student-run news magazine, Carmen Schentrup was named one of 53 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists in the county in September 2017.

Carmen Schentrup was one of 10 Douglas students to qualify as a semifinalist.

Carmen Schentrup was also a piano student who had performed on Saturday at Broward College for the South Florida Music Teachers Association Spring Festival.

 

  • Helena Ramsay
  • 17 Years Old
  • Student

Her relative, Curtis Page Jr., posted on Facebook that Helena Ramsay was “a smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful person. She was deeply loved and loved others even more so. Though she was some what reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her. She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.”

Curtis Page Jr. also noted that Helena Ramsay was planning on going to college next year.

 

  • Joaquin Oliver
  • 17 Years Old
  • Student

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Joaquin Oliver was a hip hop and sports lover who became a naturalized American citizen in January 2017, after moving to the United States from Venezuela at the age of 3 years old.

Tyra Hemans, who has been friends with Oliver since freshman year, said, “He’s just a goofball. He’s the only kid you’d know that would dye his hair bleach-blond, walk around school, put some tiger stripes in and just be unique. He was a unique soul.

 

  • Nicholas Dworet
  • 17 Years Old
  • Student

Nicholas Dworet was a swimmer at the school who had committed to competing at the college level at the University of Indianapolis at the beginning of February.

Nicholas Dworet was named by the Sun-Sentinel a second-team All-County swimmer in Broward County for his 100-yard freestyle time.

His brother, Alexander, was grazed by a bullet in the back of his head.

In a statement made on Friday, Nicholas’ family said that Nicholas Dworet, “dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo” and that “he believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best.”

 

  • Meadow Pollack
  • 18 Years Old
  • Student

Family of Meadow Pollack said she was the youngest member of her family and enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

  • Scott Beigel
  • 35 Years Old
  • Geography Teacher and Cross Country Coach

Scott Beigel was among of 7 adults at the school who died while protecting students from streams of gunfire.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Scott Beigel was shot and killed when he unlocked his classroom door in order to allow students to take refuge from the gunman.

Scott Beigel was mortally wounded while trying to re-lock the door.

 

  • Aaron Feis
  • 37 Years Old
  • Assistant Football Coach and Security Guard

Aaron Feis died while using his body to shield students from bullets as the gunman opened fire.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, a personal friend of Feis’, noted that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alum and former football player was a beloved protector of those in the community.

When Aaron Feis died — when he was killed, tragically, inhumanely — he did it protecting others, you can guarantee that, cause that’s who Aaron Feis was,. The kids in this community loved him, they adored him. He was one of the greatest people I knew, he was a phenomenal man,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

 

  • Christopher Hixon
  • 49 Years Old
  • Athetic Director, Wrestling Coach and Security Specialist

Christopher Hixon came from a family with an extensive background in the military and served in the U.S. Navy.

Christopher Hixon was a huge influence on the school’s wrestling team and was killed while patrolling the school’s campus as part of his job as security specialist.

Douglas wrestler Karlos Valentin described the impact that Hixon has on his wrestlers in a statement made to the Sun-Sentinel.

Coach Hixon, for me, was a father figure. We were pretty much with him six days a week – three-to-four-to-five hours. His loss was just terrible,” said Valentin, a senior heavyweight, in a statement made to the Sun-Sentinel.

 

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. **

 

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** As of 2:00pm PT on Sunday, February 25th, 2018: **

According to Broward County Public Schools, students and parents attended a voluntary orientation on Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm ET.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Saturday, February 24th, 2018: **

In a tweet from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, “BSO detectives are investigating the claim from the Coral Springs Police Department that some deputies did not go into the school when they should have.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that according to police sources, at least 3 Broward deputies, including Deputy Scot Peterson, waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the deadly shooting massacre.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Friday, February 23rd, 2018: **

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a $500 million “action plan” in response to the deadly shooting.

According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the plan is divided into 3 parts: the first is to keep guns away from dangerous and violent people; he second is a $450 million proposal to keep schools safe; and the third is a $50 million proposal to expand mental health care initiatives in the state.

More specifically, the plan proposes to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, ban mentally ill people from buying a gun and place at least one law enforcement officer at every school.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018: **

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that school resource Deputy Scot Peterson was “on campus for this entire event.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said of the deputy, “He was armed, he was in uniform.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel added, “After seeing video, witness statements and Scot Peterson’s very own statement, I decided this morning to suspend Scot Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation.”

According to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Deputy Scot Peterson instead resigned and retired.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel believes Deputy Scot Peterson stayed outside of the building “for upwards of four minutes.” He confirmed the shooting lasted six minutes.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018: **

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced that “qualified and trained” sheriff’s deputies will now carry rifles, including AR-15s, on school grounds in an effort to “defeat any threat that comes to campus.”

Meanwhile, United States of America President Donald Trump met with students and parents who have been affected by various school shootings.

United States of America President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet, “I will always remember the time I spent today with courageous students, teachers and families. So much love in the midst of so much pain. We must not let them down. We must keep our children safe!!

 

** As of 2:00pm PT on Monday, February 19th, 2018: **

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Today, 2 more innocent victims of the deadly school shooting were laid to rest.

A funeral service were held for 15 year old Luke Hoyer was held at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Florida.

Luke Hoyer is described by family and friends as a loving, sweet person who loved basketball and who smiled all the time.

Another funeral service was held for 14 year old Alaina Petty was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Coral Springs, Florida.

More than 1,500 mourners thronged the church for the funeral of Alaina Petty.

Family and friends of Alaina Petty say she loved to serve and spent countless hours volunteering for the “Helping Hands” program of her Mormon church.

Alaina Petty was one of three freshmen members of the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps who was killed in the deadly school shooting.

The youngest of 4 siblings, Alaina Petty’s older brother Patrick survived the deadly school shooting.

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Family, friends, and a community are also coming together to honor a student who’s being called a hero for helping students, teachers and staff during the deadly school shooting.

The student, 15 year old Peter Wang, stayed behind and held the door open so that students, teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could escape from the gunman.

Peter Wang died holding that door, wearing his Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) uniform.

Family, friends, and neighbors described Peter Wang as a very polite and smart man who hoped one day to attend West Point Military Academy.

Lin Chen, Peter Wang’s cousin, told the Sun-Sentinel that she was not surprised to learn of his actions.

He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had,” Lin Chen told the Sun-Sentinel.

A funeral services for Peter Wang will be held at 11:00am ET on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs, Florida.

Meanwhile, the community is asking the government to give a full-honors military funeral to Peter Wang for his bravery, and an online petition started last Friday urges the United States Congress to honor him with a burial fit for a military hero.

The petition states, “Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida this past week. He was a Jrotc Cadet who was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers, and staff to flee to safety. Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”

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https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-cadet-peter-wang-receive-full-honors-military-burial

The petition so far attracted over 20,000 signatures as of Monday morning and needs to gather 100,000 signatures by Sunday, March 18th, 2018 to get a response from the White House.

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As families, friends, and community come together to remember the innocent victims of the deadly school shooting, the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz was inside a crowded Broward County Courtroom on Monday for a status hearing as attorneys concerning the rules going forward of how documents would be sealed.

The 19 year old suspected shooter sat quietly for most of the 20 minutes he was inside, only saying a few words to his court appointed lawyers.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said she was in favor of openness whenever possible.

A second hearing was scheduled for later Monday over the possible release of records from the Department of Children and Families.

The evidence against suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

The fate of suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz, who’s facing 17 counts of first-degree murder in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, will depend on his mental state and the wishes of the victims’ families, which have a say in how the prosecution proceeds.

Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, said there were so many warning signs that Nikolas Cruz was mentally unstable and potentially violent that the death penalty might be going too far, and Nikolas Cruz would likely plead guilty if prosecutors opt not to seek the death penalty.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Nikolas Cruz confessed, and they have his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, ammunition clips and video from the school.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also said it had gotten a call from someone close to Nikolas Cruz who expressed concern that he had “a desire to kill people” and “the potential” to conduct a school shooting.

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On Sunday, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office visited 15 year old Anthony Borges, who’s recovering in the hospital after he was shot 5 times during the deadly shooting as he slammed the door of a classroom shut, protecting 20 of his classmates.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office  said it was an honored to visit Anthony Borges and wanted the public to know in a tweet to, “please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from.”

 

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During a news conference moments ago, Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel said that the school resource officer never incounter the suspect on the day of the deadly shooting.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel addressed rumors that were circling online, that the suspect was found with a gas mask and gas grenades.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel said that there were “no gas mask and gas grenades” found on the suspect.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is saying that at lease 20 calls for services regarding Nikolas Cruz were made to authorities.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel also said that the son of a deputy who was injured has been release from the hospital today.

Meanwhile, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is telling the news media that the 3 story freshman school building, Building 12, where the deadly shooting occurred will be torn down.

Parents and students have resoundingly told me they can’t go back into that building regardless of what we do. The other piece I heard is that that building will be used as evidence in any type of legal process that goes forward, so we won’t be able to access the building for a while anyway,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie plans to request funding from Tallahassee to construct a new building somewhere else on the campus, and a memorial put in its place.

Florida legislators reportedly support Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s plan and say they will provide the resources to make it happen.

United States of America President Donald Trump said he will come to Florida on Friday, a trip he had scheduled to his home in Palm Beach, Florida prior to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

United States of America President Donald Trump would visit Parkland, Florida and will meet with those involved in dealing with the shooting.

I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth — but people whose lives have been totally shattered. Am also working with Congress on many fronts,” tweeted United States of America President Donald Trump.

** As of 1:00pm PT on Friday, February 16th, 2018: **

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip last month that accused suspect Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate.

A person who was close to Nikolas Cruz called the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s tip line on Friday, January 5th, 2018 and provided information about Nikolas Cruz’s weapons and his erratic behavior, including his disturbing social media posts.

The caller was concerned that Nikolas Cruz could attack a school.

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that the tip should have been shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Miami Office and investigated, but it wasn’t.

The startling admission from the Federal Bureau of Investigation come days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation was already facing criticism for its treatment of a tip about a YouTube comment posted last year.

The comment posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” said, “Im going to be a professional school shooter.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified about a comment on a YouTube video posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” last year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the comment, but did not determine who made it.

United States Attorney General Jeff Session ordered a review on what happened in this case and the handling of the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to follow up on those tips.

People are angry at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for dropping the ball in this case, failing to preventing another deadly shooting in America.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray to resign in wake of what happen in this case.

Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.

In a statement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, “On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken. We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.”

In another statement, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said, “We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly. “We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”

Meanwhile, the first funerals of the victims in the deadly school shooting began Friday.

About 400 people, including family, friends and the community, attended 14 year old Alyssa Alhadeff’s funeral and burial at Star of David Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Chapel in North Lauderdale.

Alyssa Alhadeff is being described by family and friends as a go-getter and a great soccer player.

Another funeral is scheduled on Friday for 18 year old Meadow Pollack.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Thursday, February 15th, 2018: **

Officials with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the identity of the 17 people killed in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been identified as: Peter Wang, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Luke Hoyer, Alaina Petty, Jamie Guttenberg, Alex Schachter, Martin Duque, Alyssa Alhadaff, Helena Ramsay, Scott J. Beigel, Joaquin Oliver, Cara Loughran, Meadow Pollack, Gina Montalto, Chris Hixon and Carmen Marie Schentrup.

All but 3 of the victims were students with ages ranging from 14 years old to 18 years old.

** As of 10:40am PT on Thursday, February 15th, 2018: **

** Video from NBC News: **

The suspect in a deadly school shooting has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Authorities say that Nikolas Cruz reportedly left a comment on a YouTube video last year stating ‘I’m going to be a professional school shooter‘.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about a possible school shooting threat from a YouTube user with the same name as the suspect.

The comment posted on YouTube has since been taken down.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge of the Miami division, Robert Lasky, confirmed on Thursday that the bureau received a tip last year about the YouTube comment.

No other information was included with that comment which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment. The FBI conducted database reviews, checks but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment,” said Robert Lasky.

 

** As of 7:00am PT on Thursday, February 15th, 2018: **

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6: **

Officials are expected to give more information, including the possible release of those victims’ names during a press conference schedule for 10:15am ET on Thursday, February 15th, 2018.

A vigil is being held at 12:00pm ET on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 on Thursday at the Parkridge Church.

Another vigil will be held at 2:35pm ET on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at Pine Trails Park.

All are invited to attend the vigils.

Video from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 captured the suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz being taken into the Broward County Jail early Thusday morning.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: **

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6: **

Attorney General of Florida says the state will pay funeral expenses for victims and counseling for survivors.

Officials are expected to give more information, including the possible release of those victims’ names during a press conference schedule for 10:15am ET on Thursday, February 15th, 2018.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: **

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 and NBC News: **

At least 17 people were dead and 14 people were injured after a former student opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

According to Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel, the suspect was identified as 19 year old Nikolaus Cruz, a former student who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland for disciplinary reasons.

Officials believe the gunman had one AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle, but it was unclear whether he had any other weapons.

The gunman was wearing what appeared to be a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps shirt from the school with an eagle logo on the arm.

Students told NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 that Nikolaus Cruz was a part of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps when he attended the school.

Officials say Nikolaus Cruz was equipped with a gas mask and smoke grenades when he entered one of the state’s largest schools.

According to Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel, the gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel said that Nikolaus Cruz was taken into police custody off campus about an hour after he “committed this horrific, detestable act.”

** Video from NBC News: **

Video obtained by NBCNews shows inside a classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as the shooting unfolded

Federal and local authorities are telling NBC News that there was no indication that he had an accomplice or accomplices.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has established a tip line, urging people to please call: 1 (800) Call-FBI if they have any information regarding the deadly shooting.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018: **

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 and NBC News: **

Authorities say the shooting occurred at around 2:19pm MST on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 when a fire alrmes began going off at the school.

As students and teachers came out of their classroom, gunshots were heard creating a scene of chaos.

Students were rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building.

According to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, there were “numerous fatalities” but the exact number was unknown.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 and NBC News: **

Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, who is approximately 18 years old, was also taken to a nearby hospital.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel is telling parents, “Any parent who is looking for their child, please go to the Marriot at 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. in Coral Springs.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were responding to the school to assist Broward Sheriff’s Office and Coral Springs Police Department.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said he has spoken with law enforcement about the shooting.

United States of America President Donald Trump tweeted, “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Breaking News!!: Parkland, FL: Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Breaking News!!: Parkland, FL: Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

There has been a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 and NBC News: **

Authorities say the shooting occurred at around 2:19pm MST on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 when a fire alrmes began going off at the school.

As students and teachers came out of their classroom, gunshots were heard creating a scene of chaos.

Students were rushing out into the streets as SWAT team members swarmed in and locked down the building.

According to Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, there were “numerous fatalities” but the exact number was unknown.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate WTVJ Channel 6 and NBC News: **

Ambulances converged on the scene as emergency workers appeared to be treating possibly wounded people on the sidewalks.

According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, who is approximately 18 years old, was also taken to a nearby hospital.

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Scott Israel is telling parents, “Any parent who is looking for their child, please go to the Marriot at 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. in Coral Springs.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were responding to the school to assist Broward Sheriff’s Office and Coral Springs Police Department.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said he has spoken with law enforcement about the shooting.

United States of America President Donald Trump tweeted, “My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. **

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

A winter storm sweeps across Southern California on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 causing a path of destructive and several deaths from mudslides, closed roadways due to flooding and vehicle crashes, and power outages to communities.

**** Latest Information: U.S. 101 Closure: ****

** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, January 21st, 2018: **

According to the California highway Patrol, U.S. 101 has been reopened in Santa Barbara, California.

Please drive safely and be mindful that some off-ramps and surface streets may remain closed.

 

**** Victims of the Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm: ****

** As of 11:00pm PT on Saturday, January 20th, 2018: **

Authorities have release the names of the victims in the deadly mudslide in Montecito, California.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, as of Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 21 people have been confirmed dead.

in a release statement, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said, “The Sheriff’s Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones. We request that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time.”

** Latest Confirmed Victim’s Names and Details on the Victims: **

 

  • 3 year old Kailly Benitez from Montecito, California

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** Picture from Loring Taylor’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 6 year old Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa (Front) from Montecito, California

Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa’s father, Pinit Sutthithepa, also was killed.

 

  • 10 year old Jonathan Benitez from Montecito, California

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** Picture from Sawyer Corey’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 12 year old Sawyer Corey from Montecito, California

Sawyer Corey was killed in the mud flow triggered by a storm in Montecito.

 

  • 22 year old Caroline Montgomery from Montecito, California

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** Picture from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 25 year old Morgan Christine Corey from Montecito, California

The body of Morgan Christine Corey was found in mud and debris in Montecito.

 

  • 27 year old Marilyn Ramos from Montecito, California

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** Picture from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 28 year old Faviola Benitez Calderon from Montecito, California

Faviola Benitez Calderon was found in the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road.

Faviola Benitez Calderon’s 10 year old son, Jonathan Benitez and his cousin 3 year old Kailly Benitez, as well as Kailly’s mother, 27 year old Marilyn Ramos, were also killed.

 

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 30 year old Pinit Sutthithepa from Montecito, California

Pinit Sutthithepa immigrated from Thailand, for years sending back money to his wife and two young children until he could bring them to the United States.

 

  • 48 year old Martin Cabrera-Munoz from Montecito, California

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  • 49 year old David Cantin from Montecito, California

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  • 54 year old Mark Montgomery from Montecito, California

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  • 61 year old John McManigal from Montecito, California

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  • 61 year old Rebecca Riskin from Montecito, California

Rebecca Riskin, a real estate agent and founder of Riskin Partners, was killed in the mudslides.

Riskin’s body was found Wednesday near a highway.

Riskin Partners confirmed her death and described Rebecca Riskin as “an exceptional woman” who lived her life with “strength, grace and elegance.”

Riskin Partners wrote on the company’s Facebook page, “It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community. Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners. At this time, Rebecca’s family requests privacy as they mourn her loss and celebrate her remarkable life. We too are still processing her passing and appreciate all of your kind messages and concerns. Details on a service and memorial to follow. Dina Landi, Sarah Hanacek, Jasmine Tennis, Robert Riskin, Erin Lammers, and Jenna Crawford.”

Riskin was a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater in New York, New York before an injury cut short her dancing career.

Riskin returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, California in 1979, where she began selling high-end real estate on the city’s west side.

She moved to Montecito, California in the early 1990s.

Riskin is survived by her husband, 2 grown children and a grandson.

 

  • 67 year old Richard Taylor from Montecito, California

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** Picture from Josephine “Josie” Gower’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 69 year old Josephine “Josie” Gower from Montecito, California

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by family as a very gregarious and very unique, who lived passionately, whether she was interacting with children, grandchildren, friends or strangers.

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by friends as warm and loving and as never speaking negatively about anyone.

Josephine “Josie” Gower loved to travel and would always stop to give cookies or other treats to people at the YMCA,.

** Picture from Peter Fleurat’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 73 year old Peter Fleurat from Montecito, California

NBC affiliate KSBY Channel 6 reports Peter Fleurat’s body was carried from his home on Hot Springs Road to Olive Mill Road where it was recovered by emergency workers.

Family and friends of Peter Fleurat were notified of his death Wednesday evening.

Juli Miller, friend of Peter Fleurat, wrote on Facebook, “With a very heavy heart, our kind, creative friend with an unforgettable laugh has left us. Thank you all for sharing and especially to Cynthia for finding the most recent information for us. Hug your loved ones and stay in contact with people you adore. You never know when it will be too late. Searching for a friend from Montecito currently listed as missing. Peter Fleurat. He was in his house on Hot Springs when the mudslide knocked it off the foundation. His partner was pulled from the mud and woke in the hospital.

Peter Fleurat’s partner Ralph Barajas’ is the owner of Rose Cafe restaurant in Santa Barbara, California.

The restaurant wrote on Facebook, “It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that our dear friend, Peter Fleurat, lost his life in the Montecito mudslide. He and our owner, Ralph “Lalo” Barajas, were trying to get to safety when their home was swept away with them in it, causing them to be separated. We had been searching for Peter since this happened Tuesday morning and received the tragic news yesterday evening. We are beyond grateful that Lalo was rescued and is safe with family, but now not only is he dealing with the loss of his home, but with the loss of his partner. Please understand that he needs time to grieve and needs our love and support during this difficult time. Thank you for checking in with us over the past couple of days. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.

Peter Fleurat had been a resident of Montecito, California since the 1970s, after moving from his childhood home in upstate New York.

Peter Fleurat studied nursing at Santa Barbara City College and worked as an end-of-life caretaker.

** Picture from Alice Mitchell’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 78 year old Alice Mitchell from Montecito, California

Alice Mitchell (Pictured Second From Right) stayed home to celebrate her husband’s 89th birthday on the night of the winter storm, the couple’s daughter tells KNBC 4 News.

The house on Hot Springs Road was washed away by raging floods.

Mitchell’s body was found down the road, on a different street.

 

** Picture from Loring Taylor’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 79 year old Richard “Loring” Taylor (Back) from Montecito, California

Richard “Loring” Taylor and grandson Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa were killed in the Montecito mudflow.

 

** Picture from Saint Augustine Academy via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 84 year old Roy Rohter from Montecito, California

Rohter founded Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, California in 1994 and was described as a man dedicated to his Catholic faith and to helping others.

The mudslide swept Rohter and his wife Theresa Rohter out of their home.

Theresa was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition.

Rohter grew up in Chicago, Illinois and was a real estate broker for several years before founding St. Augustine Academy.

 

  • 87 year old Joseph Francis Bleckel from Montecito, California

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** Picture from James Mitchell’s Family via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

  • 89 year old James Mitchell from Montecito, California

James Mitchell and his wife, Alice, were at their home when the winter storm hit.

The couple’s bodies were found Tuesday on Olive Mill Road.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims in the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. **

**** This news story will be updated as more information becomes available about the people who lost their lives the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. ****

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, as of Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 2 people have been confirmed still missing.

 

**** Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm Aftermath: ****

  • Santa Barbara County, California:

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The winter storm brought heavy rain onto burn hillsides areas left by the Thomas Fire causing mudslides that sweep into coastal community of Montecito, California.

** Pictures from Fabian Rodriguez, Rachel Shalhoob, and NBC News: **

Fire lights up the sky above the Montecito, California area after a debris flow that caught a gas line rupture.

** Pictures from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The mudslides caused a path of destruction to homes and vehicles.

Reports that multiple homes were on fire caused by gas line breaks.

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

Motorists were stuck along U.S. Highway 101 as mud flowed onto the roadway.

** Video from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of U.S. Highway 101 from State Route 126 in Ventura, California to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, California.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said the closures of U.S. Highway 101 could last at least 48 hours or more.

** Pictures from Caltrans District 7: **

According to Caltrans District 7, State Route 33 near Ojal, California is closed from Fairview Road to Lockwood Valley Road due to flooding, mud, and roadway damage.

Caltrans crews are working to clear slides on State Route 33.

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

Mud and debris flowed over railroad tracks blocking the main line for Union Pacific Railroad.

** Picture from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

First responders rescued a 14 year old girl who was trapped in the mudslide.

** Videos from NBC News and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

United States Coast Guard and Ventura County Aviation Unit assisted in rescues area.

United States Coast Guard rescued a family of five, including a newborn baby, after their house was overtaken by a mudslide.

** Video from Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

A person who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6.

According to the Ventura County Aviation Unit, the victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel.

** Videos from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, NBC News and Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire: **

First responders along with search and rescue crews continue to search through building rubble, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars, huge boulders, and rocks for anybody still trapped from the mudslides.

 

  • Los Angeles County, California:

** Pictures from John Cadiz Klemack and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Mud flowed down hillsides and into a neighborhood near the Verdugo Mountains in Burbank, California.

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

Mud flowed down the hillside causing a dam to break.

Mud flowed down Country Club Drive blocked the roadway with a thick layers of mud.

** Video from LoganGShaw via NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

A Prius was captured on camera being taken away down a street by the mud flow

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Mud covered part of La Tuna Canyon area in Sun Valley, California trapping a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car.

** Picture from Fabian Rodriguez: **

Mud covered a stretch of Topanga Canyon Road in Malibu, California trapping a vehicle in the mud flow.

A t least 2 lanes of Interstate 405 was closed in the Sepulveda Pass due to a rockslide.

A man and his dog was rescued from the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Basin near Sherman Oaks, California by swift water rescue crews in a helicopter.

Flooding forced passengers out of Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California.

** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

Several crashes were reported around the region due to wet and flooded roadways.

A 53 year old big rig truck driver was killed along Interstate 5 near Griffith Park after slamming into a concrete barrier and bridge pillar.

The crash blocked all northbound lanes of Interstate 5.

Details about what led to the crash in northbound lanes were not immediately available, but heavy downpours were reported in the area.

 

  • San Bernardino County, California:

** Pictures from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The winter storm dumped snow onto the mountains in Big Bear, California.

Motorists heading up the mountain to enjoy the snow were told they must use chains.

As of 3:30am PT Wednesday, Caltrans District 8 said chain controls are lifted in areas, but Caltrans crews are still working in the area to make sure the roadways remain safe for motorists.

** Picture from Caltrans District 8: **

According to Caltrans District 8, State Route 138 was closed from Interstate 15 to Summit Valley Road due to mud on the roadway.

Cajon Boulevard from Kenwood Ave and Cleghorn Road was closed in the Cajon Pass due to mudslide.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

A power outage, fire, flooding, and patrol vehicle crash occurred in Needles, California as the winter storm left Southern California.

At least 2 transformers on top of a utility pole snapped off and caught on fire along the 100 block of Erin Drive.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The North K Street Underpass near Downtown Needles, California was closed due to flooding.

** Pictures from Serena and Val: **

At least 2 officers from the California Highway Patrol were injured in a crash along Interstate 40 at mile marker 141 in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Lewis Evans said that 2 officers suffered minor abrasions and were transported to a hospital in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but the roadway was wet from the passing winter storm.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the winter storm aftermath. **

 

Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

According to the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, at least 3 people are dead and a suspect arrested in a deadly shooting spree in Fresno, California on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

The suspect in the deadly shooting spree has been identified as 39 year old Kori Ali Muhamma and was a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma was arrested and was being held awaiting at least 4 counts of murder,

At least 16 rounds were fired in less than a minute at 4 locations in the Fresno, California area, including a Catholic Charities facility, where the suspect killed a man in the parking lot.

According to Fresno Police Department, the suspect reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) during the deadly shooting spree.

But, the Fresno Police Department is saying that it’s too early to say whether terrorism was a factor.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma is black and all of the victims were white, and a social media accounts linked to Kori Ali Muhamma expressed anti-white and anti-government sentiments.

“This was a random act of violence. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today,” said Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** Pictures from the Fresno Police Department, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, NBC affiliate KSEE Channel 24, and NBC News: **

News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

News Update!!: San Bernardino, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California that occurred on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

** Latest Information: **

**** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, April 16th, 2017: ****

Students at North Park Elementary School will be returning back to school on Monday, April 17th, 2017 just a week after a gunman shot and killed a teacher and student inside a classroom.

Meanwhile, 9 year old Nolan Brandy has left the hospital as of Friday, April 14th, 2017 and is at home recovering.

Doctors said Nolan Brandy could be ready to return to school later this month.

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**** As of 6:00pm PT on Friday, April 14th, 2017: ****

Good news to report, 9 year old Nolan Brandy, who was hit in the upper body and was sent to the hospital after the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School, has been released from the hospital and heading home to his family.

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**** As of 6:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: ****

The 9 year old student who wounded in Monday’s deadly shooting is recovering and in “good spirits.”

The student, identified as 9 year old Nolan Brandy, was hit in the upper body and was sent to the hospital after the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School.

In a released a statement by the parents of the surviving victim, Leon and Rachel Brandy thanking the community “for the outpouring of prayers and support” and said their son is recovering very well, adding that they are “grateful.”

Leon and Rachel Brandy added, “Please continue to pray for him and also for Jonathan Martinez’s and Karen Smith’s families.”

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and San Bernardino County Fire Department: **

Meanwhile, both San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and the San Bernardino County Fire Department Firefighters gathered up teddy bears for students at North Park Elementary School.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies from Central Station “dropped teddy bears off at Cal State for the kiddos of North Park Elementary“.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, Firefighters from Lake Arrowhead, California “drop off teddy bears collected in the mountain communities at Cal State San Bernardino for students at North Park Elementary School“.

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**** As of 12:20pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017: ****

A news conference was held on Tuesday providing the latest information regarding Monday’s deadly shooting.

  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, a teacher identified as Karen Elaine Smith in the shooting and a 8 year old student identified as Jonathan Martinez died in route to the hospital after the the shooting,.
  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, a 9 year old student was sent to the hospital after being wounded in the shooting.
  • San Bernardino Police Department and School Officials say the 9 year old student was “doing better” and was “up and watching cartoons” as of this morning.
  • According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the suspect, identified as Cedric Charles Anderson, died after shooting Karen Elaine Smith.
  • According to San Bernardino Police Department Caption Ron Maass, “There was no indication the gun was visible upon his arrival at the school.”
  • According to San Bernardino Police Department, Cedric Charles Anderson followed the proper protocol and got into the school through the front office by telling staffers he had to drop something off for Karen Elaine Smith.
  • The firearm used in the shooting was a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver that was sold in 1979 in Michigan, but the firearm was not sold to Cedric Charles Anderson (Suspect) and no further records for the gun are available.
  • The suspect fired 10 rounds into the special needs classroom.
  • San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden said North Park Elementary School will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to give investigators time to complete their work and students and staff time to recover emotionally.
  • “Our hearts are broken. This is truly tragic,” said San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden.
  • San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden spoke to the news media about his meeting Tuesday morning with the family of Jonathan Martinez.
  • By all accounts, Jonathan Martinez was a happy child who was born with Williams syndrome and the family wants, in memory of Jonathan, for our nation to be aware and conscious of what is Williams syndrome. This is a genetic condition present at birth and characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delay, and learning disabilities. Jonathan had had previous heart surgery. These often occur side-by-side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people a year in the United States have Williams syndrome. It is known to occur equally in both males and females, and in every culture. We would like the nation to honor his memory, the only son of this family, Jonathan. Unlike disorders that can make connecting with your child difficult, children with Williams syndrome tend to be social, friendly, and endearing. Parents often say the joy and perspective the child with this syndrome brings into their lives had been unimaginable. The district will be announcing an agency that will coordinate further counseling services, services, and donations. We appreciate the outpouring in partnership with HOPE worldwide,” said San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden.
  • A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:00pm PT on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.
  • NBC affiliate KMIR Channel 6 has posted the raw audio recording from 911 dispatch from the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School.

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** How the Deadly Shooting at North Park Elementary School unfolded: **

 According to the San Bernardino Police Department, at around 10:27am PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017, a report came in of an active shooter at the campus.

A man entered North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.

The man, armed with a .357 revolver, opened fire into the special needs classroom killing the teacher and inadvertently hitting an 8 year old student who was behind his teacher.

The suspect then reloaded his handgun and used the last round to take his own life.

The North Park Elementary School of about 600 students, kindergarten through 6th grade, was placed on lockdown as law enforcement and first responders swarmed the campus.

According to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, the 8 year old student was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, but died on his way to the hospital.

According to San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan, the 9 year old student was taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition.

There were 15 students in the special needs classroom ranging from 1st to 4th grade, along with 2 adult aides.

The San Bernardino Police Department called the deadly shooting a “murder-suicide”.

It was not immediately clear whether the North Park Elementary School has metal detectors or other equipment designed to prevent weapons from being carried into the campus.

**** The Victims: ****

The San Bernardino Police Department release the identity of the teacher killed in the shooting as 53 year old Karen Elaine Smith.

Karen Elaine Smith dedicated her life to the growth and success of her students.

Karen Elaine Smith home-schooled her 4 children, all adults, for 8 years before she went back to school to pursue a career in education.

Karen Elaine Smith taught at Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California before she transferred to North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, California.

Karen Elaine Smith was a loving grandmother to 3 grandchildren and loved her family and all of the students she taught; always challenging her students academically and seeing them excel.

The San Bernardino Police Department then release the identity of the student who died on his way to the hospital as 8 year old Jonathan Martinez.

According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the 8 year old student shot was not targeted and was likely struck by accident.

Jonathan Martinez’s family set up a GoFundMe account for funeral expenses.

The GoFundMe account’s statement reads, “Ive created this go fund me page for my cousin jonathan who was unfortunately taken from us to soon. I’m trying to help my cousins raise money for funeral expenses & meals to help provide for her family in this time of need. My whole family would greatly appreciate any forth coming donations, the love and support in this time of need. May god bless you all. #@ngeljonathan”.

** Donations: GoFundMe Website: **

https://www.gofundme.com/jonathan-our-family-angel-ngeljonathan

In the last 14 hours, people have donated over $29,569.

“We honestly can’t thank everyone enough. We appreciate everyone’s sweet words, and we are very speechless. Thank you coming together. We will keep everyone updated on any further news. My family truly truly appreciates everything from the bottom of our hearts,” wrote Brianna Lopez to all of the people who had donated.

**** The Suspect: ****

The San Bernardino Police Department release the identity of the suspect as 53 year old Cedric Charles Anderson from Riverside, California.

According to the San Bernardino Police Department, the victim, Karen Elaine Smith, was the estranged wife of suspect, Cedric Charles Anderson.

Karen Elaine Smith and Cedric Charles Anderson married in January 2017 until Karen Elaine Smith left Cedric Charles Anderson over a month later.

Karen Elaine Smith’s mother Irma Sykes told the Los Angeles Times that Cedric Charles Anderson had a “different personality” after Karen Elaine Smith left him.

Cedric Charles Anderson was unemployed at the time of the shooting but had worked as a maintenance man and a pastor at a church in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Cedric Charles Anderson has at least 3 adult children.

Authorities said Cedric Charles Anderson had been in trouble with the law in the past, stemming from domestic violence and weapons, as well as drug-related offenses.

**** Community In Mourning  ****

Soon after the deadly shooting, San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis‏ announced a prayer vigil being held at 6:00pm PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, located at 796 West 48th Street, in San Bernardino, California.

A large crowd of people arrived into the Our Lady of the Assumption Church to remember the teacher and student killed in the deadly school.

In a release statement, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “This is a tragedy, especially for young students, but school officials and law enforcement acted quickly to deal with the event. As we grieve for those who died or were injured, this is also a time to remind all California public schools to make sure they annually update their mandatory school safety plans.

In a release statement, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said: “My heart and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible act and to all students and members of the North Park Elementary School community. I want to thank the first responders, teachers and school administrators who were there to protect the students in harm’s way. As a mother and grandmother, today’s senseless violence is a tragedy no parent should ever have to face. I ask everyone to join me in keeping all the victims and those impacted in your prayers.

The San Bernardino Unified School District tweeted on Twitter, “Our thoughts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this morning’s tragedy. North Park classes will be cancelled for Tues. and Wed.

Sarkis Ohannessian, Lieutenant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Affairs Division, tweeted on Twitter, “Rest In Peace! May god help all who are affected today.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tweeted on Twitter, “Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragedy. Your community mourns with you and supports you.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted on Twitter, “Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting at North Park Elementary in SB. We stand united. #SBStrong @SanBernardinoPD“.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Chief Mark Hartwig tweeted on Twitter, “Heartfelt condolences from the men and women @SBCountyFire. We mourn with the impacted families in our community….

Michael Ramos, District Attorney of San Bernardino County, tweeted on Twitter, “Our Victim Advocate team has now moved to Cal State San Bernardino to assist students and staff from Northpark Elementary“.

California Governor Jerry Brown tweeted on Twitter, “Anne and I send our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by today’s tragic shooting at North Park Elementary.

Senator for California and Former CA Attorney General Kamala Harris tweeted on Twitter, “Heartbroken to hear about the shooting in San Bernardino. I’m praying for the community and the families of those killed and injured.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted on Twitter, “Thinking of all those affected by today’s events in #SanBernardino.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School. **

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the deadly shooting at North Park Elementary School. ****

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​Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

​Breaking News!!: San Bernardino, CA: Shooting at North Park Elementary School.

There has been a shooting at North Park Elementary School, located at 5378 North H Street, in San Bernardino, California.

The shooting happened at around 10:15am PT on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

San Bernardino Police Department confirmed 2 adults were killed in what’s being calling an apparent “murder-suicide” when a armed person who walked into a classroom and shot a teacher.

San Bernardino Police Department also say 2 students were injured and are being hospitalized, but details about their conditions were not immediately available.

Authorities are sweeping the school and at this moment, everything is under control.

Students being sent via bus to Cal State San Bernardino and parents are being asked to check in at Cajon High School, located at 1200 Weat Hill Drive, in San Bernardino, California.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

News Update!!: Riverside, CA: Man pleads guilty to providing guns in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

A man has pleaded guilty to providing the high powered rifles used to in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people and wounded 22 people on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that the plea agreement between 25 year old Enrique Marquez Jr. of Riverside, California and prosecutors was accepted on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 by a federal judge in Riverside, California.

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In addition to providing material support to terrorists, Enrique Marquez also pleaded guilty to conspiring with one of the terrorist shooters in plots for mass killings that were never carried out.

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A news conference was held outside the courthouse discussing what happening in court.

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ZachNews received these sketch pictures by artist Bill Robles of Enrique Marquez Jr. inside the courtroom in Riverside, California on Thursday, February 16th, 2017.

Enrique Marquez Jr. admitted in a plea agreement that he bought the assault rifles used by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the deadly Dec.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a gunfight with authorities later that day.

**** More information is still coming into ZachNews. ****