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Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Needles Mustangs are going to the State Championship football game after winning against Battle Mountain Longhorns.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Needles Mustangs are going to the State Championship football game after winning against Battle Mountain Longhorns.

Needles High School’s Mustangs from Needles, California are going to the State Championship after winning a varsity football semifinals playoff game against Battle Mountain High School’s Longhorns from Battle Mountain, Nevada on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at Needles High School in Needles, California.

**** Final Score: ****

– Needles Mustangs: 48

– Battle Mountain Longhorns: 27

This varsity football semifinals playoff game is part of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Football Playoff 2018 – Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A State Football Tournament 2018.

ZachNews has learn that Pershing County High School from Lovelock, Nevada won against Lincoln County 7-6 on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 during a football playoff game up north in Lovelock, Nevada.

The Needles High School’s Mustangs will play in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s 2A State Football Championship against the Pershing County High School’s Mustangs at 1:00pm PT on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at Bishop Gorman High School, located at 5959 South Hualapai Way, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

**** Congratulation to Needles High School’s Mustangs!! ****

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more information on the State Championship, including if ZachNews will be broadcasting live on Facebook the big State Championship game. **

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Breaking News!!: Fenner, CA: Semi truck rollover accident along westbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Fenner, CA: Semi truck rollover accident along westbound Interstate 40.

ZachNews has learned that there is a semi truck rollover accident along westbound Interstate 40 just before Route 66 (Exit 107) in Fenner, California.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station #32 is on scene along with the California Highway Patrol.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting an ambulance is being requested, a code #1141, but the driver of the semi truck is out of semi truck.

At least 150 feet of guardrail is damage.

Active Towing is being called to the semi truck rollover accident.

As of 9:23pm PT, no injuries reported and fire department crews are leaving, but clean up and repair work continues and tow crews are working to remove semi truck.

This is the second semi truck rollover accident today along Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck rollover accident along eastbound Interstate 40.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Semi truck rollover accident along eastbound Interstate 40.

A semi truck rollover accident occurred along eastbound Interstate 40 just pass the Manzanita Wash Bridge in Needles, California at around 5:00am PT.

ZachNews has learned that the driver is it was uninsured and load that that the semi truck was caring less produce from Walmart.

ZachNews has also learned hazmat cleanup crews is on scene to clean up diesel spill that’s in the center divider area.

As of 12:33pm PT, crews from Calttans and from Active Towing continues to clean up the mess and wreckage from the accident.

The left lane of eastbound Interstate 40 remains closed for clean up.

Needles, CA: Needles High School Homecoming Week 2018: Mustang Drive, Community Pep Rally and Bonfire brought light rain and people together in Needles Mustang Blue pride, spirit and community.

Needles, CA: Needles High School Homecoming Week 2018: Mustang Drive, Community Pep Rally and Bonfire brought light rain and people together in Needles Mustang Blue pride, spirit and community.

A great afternoon and evening of Needles Mustang pride and spirit was enjoyed by many people during the Mustang Drive, Community Pep Rally and Bonfire, as part of Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2018, held on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 in Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there, broadcasting live on Facebook on all of the Needles Mustang Blue pride, spirit and community togetherness that occurred.

The afternoon of fun began near the Needles Chamber of Commerce Office in Downtown Needles, California where the Mustang Drive began slowly and safely driving along D Street, Lillyhill Drive, Bailey Avenue and Washington Street to get the community in the Needles Mustang Blue pride and spirit.

Crews from the City of Needles Public Works department lead the way, clearing a path for the Mustang Drive to arrive at their ending destination at Needles High School in Needles, California where a Community Pep Rally was being held.

Community Pep Rally began bringing current students along with their parents, former classmates, school officials and the community together to show their Needles Mustang Blue pride and spirit.

During the Community Pep Rally, the crowd showed their support for their Needles Mustang sports and cheer team members, listened to a guest speaker and played games that had everybody having fun.

After the Community Pep Rally, everybody gathered behind Needles High School where a Bonfire was held.

Despite a light rain falling, the Needles Mustang Blue pride and spirit was strong enough to continue the Bonfire, burning bright as the flames grow burning a mountain wooden pallets that could be seen for miles into Mohave Valley, Arizona.

All of the events were enjoyed by everybody in attendance as well as the many people watching on ZachNews, including from ZachNews fans in Idaho and Utah, the Needles Mustang Blue pride and spirit was widely enjoyed… until the camera shut off because the heat of the bonfire was very hot overheating the camera ending the live broadcast.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station #32 was there to make sure all goes well safely during and after the bonfire.

The Needles Mustang Blue pride and spirit will continue today with more events celebrating Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2018.

** Friday’s Event Schedule: **

  • School Pep Rally from 11:30am to 12:15pm PT inside The Corral at Needles High School.
  • Coronation of Homecoming Royalty from 1:00pm to 1:30pm PT inside the Auditorium at Needles High School.
  • Homecoming Parade at around 2:00pm PT along L Street and West Broadway to D Street in Downtown Needles, California. There will be street closures during the Homecoming Parade.
  • Homecoming Volleyball Games against the Lake Mead Christian Academy’s Lady Eagles at 4:00pm PT for junior varsity and at 5:00pm PT for varsity.
  • Homecoming Varsity Football Game at 7:00pm PT against the Lake Mead Christian Academy’s Eagles on Branigan Field at Needles High School.

Just a reminder, Needles High School is located at 1600 Washington Street in Needles California.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews on Facebook as we’ll be broadcasting live on the upcoming events today for Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2018. **

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**** Please Note: More pictures will be added to this page as well as in an album at ZachNews on Facebook at the end of Needles High School’s Homecoming Week 2018. Anybody interested in any copies of pictures or videos should contact ZachNews by email at: news.zachnews@gmail.com. ****

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Needles, CA: Coming together to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.

Needles, CA: Coming together to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.

The City of Needles, along with the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office joined together to celebrate National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018 held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in Needles, California.

Representatives, dignitaries, and veterans from the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California; the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Phoenix, Arizona; and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California attended the annually local event held in front of the Needles Courthouse off Bailey Avenue.

The ceremony celebrates and commemorates to National Day of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) which started of the Wuchang Uprising of October 10th, 1911, which led to the end of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Chinese Republic on January 1st, 1912.

This National Day of the Republic of China is always celebrated on 10 October, Double Ten Day or 10-10, and is the national holiday of Taiwan.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez attended and broadcast live on Facebook the National Day of the Republic of China Ceremony 2018.

The ceremony opened with the presenting of the flags of the United States of America and the Republic of China by the the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Color Guard, followed by the singing of the national anthems for the United States of America and the Republic of China.

Afterwards, the flag raising ceremony was held with the Needles Mustang Band preformed the national anthem as the flag of the United States of America was raised, followed by the Republic of China was sung as the flag of the Republic of China was raised.

Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget spoke about the beginning of this local tradition, the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony, which happened 46 years ago to celebrating independence day for Republic of China (Taiwan).

Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget then presented a proclamation, declaring this day “10-10 Republic of China Independence Day” in Needles, California, joining the celebration of 107 years of the independence and freedom for the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Deputy Director MAJ. Paul P.J. Chiu with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California spoke next on behalf of the Republic of China Government.

Deputy Director MAJ. Paul P.J. Chiu afterwards presented several gifts presentations to Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget; Robert Yee; and senior family members of the Republic of China Air Force.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the City of Needles, accepting the gift was Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

City of Arcadia Mayor Sho Tay presented a proclamation to the City of Needles, accepting the proclamation is Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget, encouraging the citizens of our community to join us in the celebration.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a check for $500.00 to the Needles Mustang Band.

Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil tells ZachNews that she is proud of our wonderful students of the Needles Mustang Band.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the United States Veteran’s Association.

Accepting the gift was Kerry Otterstrom with the Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion.

After receiving the gift, Kerry Otterstrom said, “I would like to thank the Republic of China for honoring United States veterans.”

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, accepting the gift was Needles Chamber of Commerce President Mary Gonzales.

Former and current officials with the City of Needles were seen at the ceremony, including former Needles City Mayor Murl Shaver and Needles City Council Members Tona Belt and Louise Evans.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle and Deputy Luis Valdez were also seen at the ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, those in attendances shock hands with those who came out to the ceremony and pictures were taken with all of the local officials, representatives, dignitaries, and veterans who attended the ceremony.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to some of the attendance at the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018 live on ZachNews, including Danny Shen, Member of the Color Guard for the Veterans Association of the Republic of China Air Force.

Danny Shen spoke to ZachNews about the National Day of the Republic of China and what this celebration means to the Republic of China and the community of Needles, California.

The group then went to a lunch gathering held at Panda Garden in Needles, California where everybody enjoyed a delicious lunch well they talk with local officials and guest about the history of the Republic of China.

Before saying goodbye to the community, the group purchased jars of delicious honey from Mystic Maze Honey in Needles, California, which many in the group love Mystic Maze Honey and were seen buying many jars of the delicious honey.

Great work to all who organized this ceremony and thanks to all of the great people who came out to Needles, California for the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018.

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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.”

https://www.facebook.com/MohaveCountySheriffsOffice/

** 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: **

** Pictures from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: **

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.”

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding scattered thunderstorms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Saturday, July 21st, 2018.

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** As of 2:50pm PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered thunderstorms that were near Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona has lost most strength died off and has moved out of the area.

** As of 12:40pm PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows the scattered thunderstorms were spotted east of Needles, California, Mohave Valley, Arizona, and near Lake Havasu City, Arizona has lost most strength, mostly producing light rain in most areas, but there are still spotty moderate to heavy rain falling northeast of Golden Shores, Arizona and in the Kingman, Arizona area.

The storms appear to be moving northwest.

** As of 11:13am PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Pictures from ZachNews shows the scattered thunderstorms moving north to northwest across the area.

The main portion of the scattered thunderstorms, moderate to heavy rainfall and possible lightning, appears to be staying to the east of the Needles, California area and appears to be heading moving towards communities near the mountains, which includes Oatman, Arizona.

Light rain is falling in the Needles, California area.

** As of 10:30am PT on Saturday, July 21st, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted east of Needles, California, Mohave Valley, Arizona, and near Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving northwest.

Use caution if driving along in the area of the scattered thunderstorms, and beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms.

If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms approaching area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding more scattered thunderstorms approaching the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018.

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** As of 7:30pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms near Golden Shores, Arizona have died off and appear to become light rain producing.

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page what a difference an hour makes! Most storms have really died off across the region in the last hour. Still monitoring a few areas, but the likelihood of a repeat of last evening is not good.

** As of 7:10pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms east of Golden Shores, Arizona and south of Yucca, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms appears to be losing strength but still shows to have moderate to heavy rain falling and possible lightning.

** As of 7:07pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page some beautiful 1-minute imagery from the GOES-16 satellite showing storms across the southwest this evening!

** As of 6:53pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that they’re monitoring storms through the evening for much of the #LasVegas Valley. Storm activity is expected to increase near Caliente, Needles and Yucca. Heavy rain & flooding is the main concern. Some storms may produce small hail.

** As of 6:26pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a Flash Flood Warning issued for parts of #MohaveCounty including Yucca, Arizona as well as parts of Interstate 40 between mile markers 16 and 36.

** As of 6:20pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a like yesterday, we’re monitoring developing storms across the region. The hot zones at the moment are in Lincoln and Mohave Counties, as well as areas of SW Utah. Next major impacts could be from Yucca, AZ towards Topock and Needles. Stay tuned!

** As of 6:10pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted south of Kingman, Arizona, and east of Yucca, Arizona.

Use caution if driving along Route 66 and Interstate 40 for the scattered thunderstorms are nearby.

The scattered thunderstorms appear to be moving west.

Beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms. If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

Live Weather Alert!!: Monsoon 2018: Colorado River Tri-State: Latest Information: Scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in area.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding scattered thunderstorms and blowing dust in the Colorado River Tri-State area on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018.

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** As of 6:20am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 (Final Update): **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows thunderstorms have cleared the Needles, California and Lake Havasu City, Arizona areas.

Be on watch throughout the day and evening just in case of any more scattered thunderstorms.

** As of 1:55am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows more scattered thunderstorms south and southeast of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

 

** As of 1:41am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that a cluster of showers and storms are approaching the 29 Palms, Yucca Vally, and Joshua Tree. These are expected to arrive between 2 am and 230 am. Expect brief heavy rain and wind gusts between 35-45 mph.

 

** As of 1:00am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Blowing dust blow into Needles, California as flashes of lightning lighted up the clouds surrounding the community.

 

** As of 12:50am PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018: **

Weather radar from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 shows scattered thunderstorms were spotted south of Needles, California.

These scattered thunderstorms are seen far south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Parker, Arizona.

The scattered thunderstorms are moving west to southwest.

The National Weather Service has posted on their official Twitter page that strong winds are likely to push west across San Bernardino County over the next 1-2 hours. Will likely impact SR-62, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley with gusts to at least 45 MPH.

Beware of flooded roadways in the area of the thunderstorms. If a roadway is flooded and closed, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

** More information is still coming into ZachNews. Please check back in soon. **

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Train derailment closes U.S. Route 95.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: Train derailment closes U.S. Route 95.

There are reports of a train derailment that occurred at U.S. Route 95 just west of Needles, California.

The train derailment after 3:00pm PT on Friday, July 13th, 2018.

These pictures from the Nevada Department of Transportation shows the train derailment.

At least 15 train cars derailed off the track and reportedly onto the road.

The train, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe double stack container freight train, wasn’t carrying hazardous materials.

There are no reports of anybody hurt or killed related to the  train derailment.

According to Caltrans District 8, clean up crews are having a tough time getting to the derailment because of weather.

U.S. Route 95 had earlier flooding from passing storms.

According to San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Caltrans District 8, U.S. Route 95 is closed from Nevada State Line (Nevada State Route 163) to Interstate 40.

Caltrans District 8 posted the U.S. Route 95 closure area on their website map website.

From California, motorists are being advised to head east along Nevada State Route 163 to Needles Highway or Arizona State Route 95 south to Interstate 40 west get around the closure.

From Nevada, motorists are being advised to head east along Interstate 40 to Needles Highway or Arizona State Route 95 north to Nevada State Route 163 west to get around the closure.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the train derailment.