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News Update!!: Needles, CA and Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Boat collision along the Colorado River.

News Update!!: Needles, CA and Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Boat collision along the Colorado River.

Here is the latest information regarding the boat collision along the Colorado River between Pirate’s Cove Resort in Needles, California and Topock 66 Resort in Topock, Arizona that occurred on Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

** As of 9:24am PT on Thursday, October 18th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing our search efforts of the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1, 2018. Today and tomorrow, divers will be in the water conducting underwater searches, along with continuous top water and shoreline searches. There will be a strong law enforcement presence on the water today, and intermittent closures are in place for the diver’s safety in several areas of the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in the area and use extra caution when approaching these vessels.

 

** As of 6:00am PT on Thursday, October 18th, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, Dive Team will be conducting search operations on the Colorado River from Park Moabi to Lake Havasu on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and Friday, October 19th, 2018 in support of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office fatal boat collision investigation.

There may be closures on the river during the operation.

As stated earlier this week, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community of the ongoing search efforts being conducted in regards to the last missing boater Raegan Heitzig from the boat collision that occurred on Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

Future Dive Operations were scheduled for October 18-21, coordinated with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and have now been rescheduled to October 18-19 and will include intermittent river closures for the safety of the divers.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is in no way discouraging the community’s efforts to create volunteer search teams, however, any future large scale searches conducted by volunteers should be coordinated with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office so as to not hinder any previously scheduled plans made by the Division of Boating Safety.

Our searches have continued since the collision to include shoreline and top water searches, diving, Search and Rescue dogs, kayakers, drones, helicopters, and sonar.

Our agency feels very strongly that this search will not end until Raegan Heitzig is located, and our main goal remains wanting to bring closure to the family and the community.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Saturday, October 13th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community of the ongoing search efforts being conducted in regards to the last missing boater from the boat collision that occurred on September 1, 2018. Future Dive Operations were scheduled for October 18-21, coordinated with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and have now been rescheduled to October 18-19 and will include intermittent river closures for the safety of the divers. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is in no way discouraging the community’s efforts to create volunteer search teams, however, any future large scale searches conducted by volunteers should be coordinated with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office so as to not hinder any previously scheduled plans made by the Division of Boating Safety. Our searches have continued since the collision to include shoreline and top water searches, diving, Search and Rescue dogs, kayakers, drones, helicopters, and sonar. Our agency feels very strongly that this search will not end until Raegan is located, and our main goal remains wanting to bring closure to the family and the community.

** As of 3:40pm PT on Friday, September 14th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1st. Our search efforts will not be completed until the last missing boater is accounted for. Please use caution this weekend as law enforcement vessels will be on the water focusing on top water and shoreline searches and as well as utilizing side scan sonar.

** As of 11:00am PT on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018: **

According to Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Specialist Anita Mortensen, “The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to search until the last missing boater is accounted for. The divers have been called off for the time being, and our searchers are focusing on top water and shoreline searches. Side scan sonar is being used by our agency and if something underwater is questionable, our agency’s divers will investigate. Updates in this case are being posted to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, and will be posted when an update is necessary. For now, a daily update is not necessary as we are continuing the search every day just like we have been. When something new is discovered, it will be posted.”

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** As of 9:41am PT on Monday, September 10th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing search efforts for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on September 1st in Topock. Searchers are focusing on top water and shore line searches down river near Lake Havasu. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in your area and use caution while searches are being conducted.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for the last missing boater after a collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). After 6 days of continuous searching, it has been determined that we have exhausted our search efforts near the site of the collision and we will be moving our base of operations from Topock 66 Marina to the Lake Havasu City Water Safety Center. This move will not impact our search efforts, and we will continue to focus on top water and shore line searches, while utilizing our Division of Boating Safety and Volunteer Posse staff. This move will broaden our search area a great deal and move our focus further down river. We want to thank all of the agencies that have assisted us with our search so far, and we appreciate the support and encouragement from the community during this tragic event.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

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The Incident Commander with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office tells ZachNews that the command center at the Topock 66 Marina in Topock, Arizona is being relocates south near Lake Havasu City, Arizona well search efforts continue for the last boater.

The last boater still missing is being identified as Raegan Heitzig from Ventura, California.

Earlier in the week, the bodies of 51 Years Old Christine (Christi) Lewis from Visalia, California; 24 Years Old Kirra Drury from Ventura, California and 50 Years Old Brian Grabowski from Tulare, California were found following a boat collision that occurred last Saturday.

Deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station along with search crews are determined to find the last boater, not wanting to give up and plan to keep going.

** As of 9:34am PT on Friday, September 7th, 2018: **

According to the  San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station, Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement and Aviation Deputies continue the search of the Colorado River today for the missing boater. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

** As of 10:25am PT on Thursday, September 6th, 2018: **

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is continuing our search efforts of the last missing boater. Today began with our morning briefing, and crews went into the water shortly after. Today’s efforts include divers, top water and shoreline searches, drones, helicopters, and side scan sonar. Multiple different agencies are involved in the search and working together for a resolution.

There will be a strong law enforcement presence on the water today, and closures are in place for the diver’s safety. Please be aware of law enforcement vessels in the area and use caution.

** As of 8:49am PT on Thursday, September 6th, 2018: **

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According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, search efforts are continuing on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 along the Colorado River on the water and in the air supporting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in the search for the last missing boater in the boat collision last Saturday.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, crews have so far located the bodies of 3 of the 4 missing people who went following last Saturday’s boat collision.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the third missing boater was located in the Colorado River at approximately 12:35pm MST Tuesday and was identified as 24 year old Kirra Drury from Ventura, California.

Earlier, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the second missing boater was located in the Colorado River at approximately 9:00am MST Tuesday and was identified as 50 year old Brian Grabowski from Tulare, California.

On Monday, September 3rd, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the first missing boater was found at approximately 7:30am MST, and was identified as 51 year old Christine Lewis from Visalia, California.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, there is 1 boater still missing as of Wednesday evening.

ZachNews has learned that the last boater still missing is being identified by family and friends as Raegan Heitzig from Ventura, California.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, we will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the boat collision.

** As of 3:36pm PT on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). The third missing boater was located in the Colorado River on Tuesday (9/4) at approximately 12:35 PM and was identified as Kirra Drury, 24 from Ventura, California. At this time, 1 boater is still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

** As of 10:35am PT on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). One of the missing boaters was located in the Colorado River on Tuesday (9/4) at approximately 9:00 AM and was identified as Brian Grabowski, 50 from Tulare, California. At this time, the other 2 boaters are still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

** As of 7:36pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

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According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at about 4:00pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018, a detective from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Dive Team was assisting with the dive operations on the Colorado River when he suffered minor injuries from a dive related illness. The detective has been helping the past two days in dive operations trying to find the missing boaters that were involved in an unfortunate boating collision on Saturday night.

This detective has been very tenacious with his involvement by participating in over ten dives the last two days trying to do his best to help the family members get some sort of closure. He is an experienced diver and has served on the department’s dive team for over 15 years with our dive team.

The detective was taken by ground ambulance to Havasu Airport, escorted by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, and our Aviation Division’s air rescue helicopter flew him to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to be treated. He is expected to have a full recovery and was only admitted as a precautionary measure.

Due to darkness, fatigue, and safety concerns dive operations have stopped for the day. The multi-agency joint dive operations will resume tomorrow morning for the missing boaters.

Today’s operation had over 30 law enforcement divers conducting underwater searches. These conditions are very rigorous and straining due to heavy current, dive depth, and heat conditions. Divers are in full gear with over 100-degree temperatures outside. Over the last two days, divers have covered over 5-miles of the waterway from the Park Moabi Channel to Topock Gorge.

** As of 5:23pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, the Dive operations have concluded for the day.

They will resume on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 morning at which time the Colorado River will be closed to all boat traffic from Topock Gorge to the Sand Bar.

There will be no through access to the area.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

ZachNews has learned that Christine Lewis was the stepdaughter of retired Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office released that following statement on their Facebook page regarding the terrible boat accident on the Colorado River this past weekend which said, “We are deeply saddened to hear about the horrible crash on the Colorado River. We know that there will be families right here in Tulare County grieving the loss of their loved ones for days, months and years to come and our hearts absolutely go out to them. We do know one of the victims, 51-year-old Chrisi Lewis, a Tulare County resident, did not survive the crash. Lewis is the daughter of one of our farm managers and the step-daughter of former Tulare County Sheriff Bill Wittman. Sheriff Boudreaux spoke with the family this morning and is in constant contact with them. We are also keeping in close contact with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, who are heading up rescue and recovery efforts. And we’re ready to provide whatever assistance they might need. Please keep the families of all of those affected by this tragedy in your prayers.”

Earlier this morning, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said they corrected the name of the victim from “Christi Lewis” to Christine Lewis, but the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in their statement that her name is “Christi Lewis.”

** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

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** As of 9:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is continuing the search for the missing boaters after a boat collision that occurred on Saturday (9/1). One of the missing boaters was located in the Colorado River on Monday (9/3) at approximately 7:30 AM and was identified as Christine Lewis, 51 from Visalia, California. At this time, the other 3 boaters are still missing. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Colorado River until all the unaccounted for passengers are located.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office corrected the nane of the victim found after they released publicly the identified “Christi Lewis” this morning.

** As of 7:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, dive operations are starting. The Colorado River will be closed to all boat traffic in the area of the no wake zone near the Topock 66 Marina.

Personnel from multiple agencies supporting Mohave County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

** As of 6:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd, 2018: **

The search for the 4 missing people in the boat collision Saturday night along the Colorado River will resume Monday morning.

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the Colorado River is closed down in the area of the search.

Boaters should use caution and prepare for any closures Monday in the area of the search along the Colorado River; south of Pirate’s Cove Resort and near Topock 66 Marina.

Authorities have not identified any of the people involved, but said that none of the people were from the area.

The cause of the boat collision is under investigation.

** As of 8:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

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Divers and search team members have packed up and will be returning at 5:00am PT on Monday, September 3rd 2018.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, divers from Los Angeles, California are on their way to help in the search for the still missing 4 people.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office tell ZachNews that no names have been officially released.

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Both boat involved in the boat collision have been recovered.

** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, second boat has been recovered from the Colorado River in the boat collision.

** As of 4:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, first boat has been recovered from the Colorado River in the boat collision.

** As of 3:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference with the latest information regarding the boat collision.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said at approximately 8:00pm, 2 boats collision occurred along the Colorado River just north of Interstate 40, between the Pirate’s Cove Resort (located in Needles, California) and Topock 66 Marina (located in Topock, Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said a total of 16 people were involved in the boat collision, among the 16 people: 9 people were injured including 7 people who were taken to surrounding area hospitals for treatment, 2 people requiring airlift to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada and 2 people were uninjured.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said that the people in the boat collision weren’t locals, they were from outside the area.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the search to find 4 remaining victims, 3 women and a man, will continue until “all of those who are missing or uncounted for are found.”

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the Colorado River is closed down in the area of the search.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said there were 10 people in a Hallet boat and 6 people in a Sleek boat when the boats collided.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office along with agencies including the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department dive team and helicopter, San Bernardino County Fire Department and United States Fish and Wildlife are assisting in the search on the water and on the shore.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said none of the boaters was wearing a life vest at the time of the boat collision.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said the cause is still under investigation.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Doug Schuster said his thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved in the boat collision.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, a public briefing and press conference will be held at the Topock 66 Marina at 3:00pm MST where Sheriff Doug Schuster will make a statement and answer any questions, along with Sergeant Kyler Cox from the Division of Boating Safety. All news agencies are welcome to attend.

ZachNews is heading over to the press conference and will be broadcasting live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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** As of 8:30am PT: **

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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are continuing to assist the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office on the Colorado River near the Topock Marina.

All vessel traffic is asked to remain clear of the area as the river will be intermittently closed to all traffic.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 8:03pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received several 911 calls in reference to a boating crash on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove Resort in Needles, California and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu, California.

Several callers advised that multiple people were in the water, there were multiple injuries, and several people were missing.

Units from the Mohave County Sheriffs Office Division of Boating Safety responded by water and land to the area.

Upon their arrival it was determined that a Hallet boat occupied by 10 people, was northbound, and a Sleek Craft boat, occupied by 6 people, was southbound on the Colorado River between Pirates Cove and Topock Marina when they collided head on.

During the collision, all subjects from both boats were ejected into the water, and both boats sank.

Several people were pulled from the water by passing boaters.

Deputies and an onboard AMR paramedic located a critically injured female that was in a good Samaritan’s boat.

They were able to stabilize her, and transport her to shore.

She was then flown from the scene to a hospital in Las Vegas in Critical condition.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, 9 other people were transported to area hospitals by ambulance.

At this time, 4 occupants from the Hallet boat are still missing. Helicopters from Care Flight, Arizona DPS Air Rescue, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were deployed in the area shortly after the initial call, and were unable to locate any of the missing subjects.

** As of 12:19am PT on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: **

The San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “Search operations have been suspended and will resume tomorrow morning. #MohaveCountySheriff is lead agency for investigation.”

** As of 10:23pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018: **

The Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “Total patient count is 12: 1 with life threatening injuries flown to @UMCSN (University Medical Center of Southern Nevada), 6 moderate/non-life threatening, 6 minor injuries. 2 parties remain unaccounted for and presumed submerged.”

** As of 8:56pm PT on Saturday, September 1st, 2018: **

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies with the Marine Enforcement Unit are assisting the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office with a boat collision on the Colorado River near Topock Gorge and Park Moabi Channel near Needles, California.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is the lead department handling the boat collision.

As of 8:56pm PT on Saturday, September 1st 2018, the San Bernardino County Fire Department posted on their official Twitter page, “#SBCoFD onscn BOAT COLLISION on Colorado River n/o Topock. Two vessels head on. 1 sunk, 1 heavy damage. 2 parties missing, presumed submerged. 2 patients – delayed. Numerous boats in area. Mult agencies assisting.”

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: **

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

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.

** Picture from Jesse Pan on Facebook: **

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.”

** Petition Website: **

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.

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

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.

** Picture from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office: **

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.”

 

** As of 1:22pm PT on Friday, February 16th, 2018: **

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: **

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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: **

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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.

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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  • 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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  • 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

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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. **

 

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More scattered thunderstorms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More scattered thunderstorms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities.

More scattered thunderstorms have been spotted approaching Colorado River communities, including Topock, Arizona, Kingman, Arizona, and possibly Needles, California.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

The scattered thunderstorms may stay away from Needles, California and move more towards the Kingman, Arizona area.

More scattered thunderstorm have also been spotted to the south of Blythe, California, also moving north and may possibly enter the Colorado River and Route 66 communities later today.

If you’re in the area along the Colorado River and Route 66 communities, including Topock, Arizona, Kingman, Arizona, and Needles, California, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

According to the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management, sand bag resources are available to the public upon request at the City of Kingman Fire Department, Northern Arizona Fire Department, Golden Valley Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department and the Desert Hills Fire Department.

Please call your community Fire Department to make arrangements regarding supply availability and quantities.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More thunderstorms approaching Colorado River communities.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: More thunderstorms approaching Colorado River communities.

More thunderstorms have been spotted approaching Colorado River communities, including Needles, California and Topock, Arizona.

 

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

More thunderstorms are possible for communities along the Colorado River overnight.

If you’re in the area along the Colorado River communities, including Needles, California and Topock, Arizona, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

According to the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management, sand bag resources are available to the public upon request at the City of Kingman Fire Department, Northern Arizona Fire Department, Golden Valley Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department and the Desert Hills Fire Department.

Please call your community Fire Department to make arrangements regarding supply availability and quantities.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Thunderstorms moving across Mojave Desert communities.

Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Thunderstorms moving across Mojave Desert communities.

Thunderstorms have been spotted moving across Mojave Desert, including Amboy, California, Nipton, California, Goffs, California, Essex, California, and near Needles, California.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms appear to be moving north and heavy moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

More thunderstorms are still coming to communities along the Colorado River later tonight.

If you’re in the area of the Amboy, California, Nipton, California, Goffs, California, Essex, California, and near Needles, California, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Warning until 7:00pm PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 for northeastern San Bernardino County, California and southwestern Clark County, Nevada, including Baker, Cima, Primm, Mountain Pass, Sandy Valley, Nipton including roadways, Dumont Dunes including State Route 127.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ524&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ228&local_place1=20%20Miles%20W%20Searchlight%20NV&product1=Flash+Flood+Warning&lat=35.4693&lon=-115.2705#.WbNDzT5961s

The National Weather Service in Las Vegas, Nevada has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect from 9:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 until 5:00am PT on Monday, September 11th, 2017 for for portions of northwest Arizona, southeast California, and Nevada, including the following areas, in northwest Arizona, Lake Havasu and Fort Mohave, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Northwest Deserts, and Northwest Plateau. In southeast California, Cadiz Basin, Eastern Mojave Desert, Morongo Basin, and San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley. In Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Las Vegas Valley, Lincoln County, Northeast Clark County, Sheep Range, Southern Clark County, Spring Mountains-Red Rock Canyon, and Western Clark and Southern Nye County.

** More Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ527&warncounty=CAC071&firewxzone=CAZ229&local_place1=5%20Miles%20N%20Needles%20Airport%20CA&product1=Flash+Flood+Watch&lat=34.8458&lon=-114.6137

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

Weather Update!!: Topock, AZ: Clean up underway after early morning thunderstorms caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout.

Weather Update!!: Topock, AZ: Clean up underway after early morning thunderstorms caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout.

The thunderstorms that moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River at around 3:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017 caused flooding to several businesses near new roundabout in Topock, Arizona.

Staff at the Old Western Trader as well as from the Golden Shores General Store are drying off from the flooding inside that reportedly was 3 inches of water inside.

Road crews are seen working to dig a trench to drain the flooded water away from the business before the next round of thunderstorms arrive possibly later night.

Golden Shores Parkway is closed at the new roundabout until road crews are done clearing the water.

Thanks to Timothy Terral of Needles, California for helping ZachNews to get to this news story.

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Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Weather Update!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Thunderstorms moved over Needles, California and along the Colorado River at around 3:00am PT on Friday, September 8th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed outside to report live on the passing thunderstorms at ZachNews on Facebook.

Heavy rain fell over Needles, California bringing a stream of water to flow down J Street near the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station towards Downtown Needles, California.

As the heavy rain continued to fall, thunder roared across the area and lightning flashed like an outside strobe light over the area awaking people up around the community.

A lightning strike caused the the power to flick off in Downtown Needles, California which was captured live on ZachNews.

All of the runoff rushed along streets that have been repaved and reconstructed bringing mud and small rocks at the intersections of West Broadway at J Street and West Broadway at K Street.

The runoff of mud and small rocks then washed into the North K Street Underpass where a car almost got stuck in the flooded water.

City of Needles Public Works Crews closed the North K Street Underpass, but a van was later spotted stuck in the mud and had to be helped out to be pushed out of the mud by passer byers including ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez.

As the thunderstorms moved across the Colorado River, more heavy rain fell over Needles, California as more thunder and lightning flashed over Mohave Valley, Arizona.

As morning rose, the thunderstorms continued to move north into Laughlin, Nevada, Bullhead City, Arizona, and widen out to the east towards Golden Valley, Arizona and Kingman, Arizona.

All of the runoff from the thunderstorms made flood basins flooded with muddy water, the Colorado River flowed muddy, and baseball fields became puddles of water and mud.

At this moment, the North K Street Underpass remains closed from Front Street to Walnut Street.

Please stay away from flooded roadways, drive safely as the roadways are wet and muddy,  and report any downed power lines or fires caused by the lightning.

**** More information is still being collected from the aftermath of the thunderstorms and will be posted here as soon as possible on ZachNews. Stay tuned everybody. ****

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Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Weather Alert!!: Needles, CA: Thunderstorms over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

Thunderstorms has been spotted approaching over Needles, California and along the Colorado River.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, the thunderstorms has moderate to heavy rain falling and thunder with lightning.

A thunderstorm was currently over Needles, California with several more spotted thunderstorms to the south and southeast of Needles, California that appear to be moving north along the Colorado River.

If you’re in the area of the Needles, California and along the Colorado River, please be ready for the storms and if there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

If any thunderstorms approach the Needles, California area, ZachNews will be live of Facebook reporting on the thunderstorms.

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** Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information on Monsoon 2017. **

News Alert!!: Houston, TX: Hurricane Harvey: Helping Houston.

News Alert!!: Houston, TX: Hurricane Harvey: Helping Houston.

Join NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 and Telemundo 52 as they will be raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims.

American Red Cross volunteers as well as reporters from both NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 and Telemundo 52 will be taking your calls from 6:00am to 7:00pm PT on Friday, September 1st, 2017.

Please donate to help the people of Houston, Texas.

Please call: 1 (855) 622- 5248 to donate at our local phone bank.

Please text: “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

#HelpingHouston

** More Information: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/contact-us/community/

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