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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.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

** 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.”

Breaking News!!: Golden Shores, AZ: Residential structure fire on Maricopa Drive.

Breaking News!!: Golden Shores, AZ: Residential structure fire on Maricopa Drive.

A residential structure fire occurred on the 5400 block of Maricopa Drive in Golden Shores, Arizona.

The fire was reported before 2:30am MST on Saturday, January 20th, 2018.

** Picture from the Mohave Valley Fire Department: **

According to Mohave Valley Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department arrived on scene to find a fully involved structure.

Firefighters from Golden Shores Fire Department, Mohave Valley Fire Department, Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department, and Oatman Fire Department responded to a structure fire.

According to Mohave Valley Fire Department, no injuries reported at this moment.

Firefighters put out the fire at 3:27am MST and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

News Update!!: Mohave County, AZ: Minivan rolls over and hits a Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle along Interstate 40.

News Update!!: Mohave County, AZ: Minivan rolls over and hits a Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle along Interstate 40.

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety, a minivan full of people rolls over and hits an Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle along westbound Interstate 40 at mile post 8, just west of State Route 95, in Mohave County, Arizona.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez and local resident rushed to the scene of the crash and capture these pictures of the crash.

NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12 is reporting that a Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicle was in a median crossover monitoring westbound traffic when the minivan driver, headed west, lost control.

Near by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers along with deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, and firefighters from both Desert Hills Fire Department, Golden Shores Fire Department and Yucca Fire Department responded to the crash.

Medical helicopters also responded to the crash to transport some of the injured.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 3 of the 12 people who were in the van were flown to a Las Vegas trauma center, and the rest of the occupants were taken to a nearby hospital.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the trooper was not injured.

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News Update!!: Topock, AZ: More information released regarding overnight shooting.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: More information released regarding overnight shooting.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding an overnight shooting in Topock, Arizona.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:50pm MST on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, deputies and detectives responded to a weapons offense call where shots were heard evening in the 12900 block of South Oatman-Topock Highway (Route 66) in Topock, Arizona.

Pictures sent into ZachNews from Sabrina Coker show a Golden SUV, possible older model suburban, parked near the fire station for the Golden Shores Fire Department.

Deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office were seen in front of the fire station and closing off the area.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, investigations determined an adult male subject was parked at the Family Dollar store parking lot when somebody shot him.

ZachNews received this picture from Sabrina Coker of a helicopter that landed at Topock Elementary School to transport somebody to a hospital.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, medical responded to the scene, treated a male victim, and was transported to a hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.

The Family Dollar is open and South Oatman-Topock Highway (Route 66) is open.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is saying that the suspect/suspects are outstanding, and if anybody has information regarding this incident, please contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at: 1 (928) 753-0753 or Silent Witness at: 1 (928) 753-1234.

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

Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Shooting reported near a fire station.

Breaking News!!: Topock, AZ: Shooting reported near a fire station.

ZachNews is learning about a shooting near a fire station in Topock, Arizona.

These pictures from Sabrina Coker show the scene; a Golden SUV, possible older model suburban, near the fire station for the Golden Shores Fire Department, located at 12950 Oatman-Topock Highway (Route 66) in Topock, Arizona.

Many deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office are on scene of the shooting.

ZachNews received this picture from Sabrina Coker of a helicopter that landed at Topock Elementary School to transport somebody to a hospital.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office can only confirmed that there was a shooting overnight and people were being treated from the shooting.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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 Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Storms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities during Solar Eclipse 2017.

Weather Alert!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Storms approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities during Solar Eclipse 2017.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are approaching Colorado River and Route 66 communities during Solar Eclipse 2017.

As seen on the KNBC Channel 4 weather radar, scattered rain with some moderate to heavy rain falling near Kingman, Arizona; Topock, Arizona; Yucca, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The storms could produce gusty winds and thunder with lightning in some areas well other areas may get clearing before the solar eclipse starts.

Just in case, if you’re in the area of the Bullhead City, Arizona; Fort Mohave, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; Yucca, Arizona; and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, please be on watch and ready for the storms in case of any weather related problems.

If there’s any flooding along dirt channels, creeks, or rivers from the storms, stay away and don’t drive through the flooded roadway.

Depending on the weather conditions, people in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Laughlin, Nevada; and Kingman, Arizona, will enjoy 70% of the solar eclipse.

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT, the maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT, and the solar eclipse will end at around 11:54am PT.

** More Information: Solar Eclipse 2017: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/colorado-river-tri-state-getting-ready-for-solar-eclipse-2017/

If the thunderstorms begin to get worst and 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. **

Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Colorado River Tri-State: Getting ready for Solar Eclipse 2017.

Get ready everybody as a solar eclipse will be happening on  Monday, August 21st, 2017 over the United States of America.

As seen on the map above from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.), depending on where you are in the United States of America, you will enjoy a full solar eclipse well other states may enjoy some part of the solar eclipse, all depending on the weather conditions in your area.

Depending on the weather conditions, people in the Colorado River Tri-State area, including Needles, California; Topock, Arizona; Mohave Valley, Arizona; Laughlin, Nevada; and Kingman, Arizona, will enjoy 70% of the solar eclipse.

** Needles, California: **

 

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.60701260691674&lat=34.84005564091872#.WZqEQz5961t

**** Important Notice: Needles Unified School District: ****

According to the Needles Unified School District, a “Modified Shelter in Place Drill” will be in place from 10:00am to 11:00am PT for the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017.

“The eclipse can be a terrific teaching tool, however there can be safety issues to consider! Needles USD will take precautions to ensure that all students are safe as they can learn about this scientific phenomenon,” said the Needles Unified School District on their website.

** More Information: Needles Unified School District: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/7JYQmpKb8U2vynAvLxrxPjm3E0SYaZF2tqTpJQfbJjFvjG1T.pdf

 

** Topock, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.48086141088787&lat=34.777224823480324#.WZqDjD5961t

 

** Mohave Valley, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am MST.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am MST.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am MST.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 107. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.59862507141521&lat=34.86558500749109#.WZqDjz5961t

 

** Laughlin, Nevada: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:09am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:28am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:54am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 104. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.57499812442536&lat=35.16131601224568#.WZqDkz5961t

 

** Kingman, Arizona: **

The solar eclipse will start at around 9:10am PT.

The maximum solar eclipse will be at around 10:29am PT.

The end of the solar eclipse will be at around 11:58am PT.

According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

** More Weather Information: **

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-114.06314130067207&lat=35.189428548489204#.WZqDpD5961s

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Events: ****

  • Kingman Branch Library, located at 3269 North Burbank Street in Kingman, Arizona, will be having a Solar Eclipse 2017 event to witness this natural event. Free eclipse glasses will be available for the viewing. The event will be in front of the library at 10:00am MST. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area is holding a free viewing party at the visitor center from 9:00am to 12:00pm MST. Park rangers will be giving a presentation and be available to answer questions throughout the event. There will be solar glasses available for purchase for those who wish to experience the event on their own. There will also be a solar telescope for people to look through at the ranger station.

 

**** What Is U.T. (Universal Time) Means: ****

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) will also be showing the solar eclipse online for anybody who is unable to enjoy the Solar Eclipse 2017 outside in their area.

**** Solar Eclipse 2017 Live: ****

Just in case the weather is good enough to enjoy the solar eclipse, here is some information from N.A.S.A. you needs to know about the solar eclipse as well as how to see the solar eclipse safely.

  • What is a solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, obscuring part or all of the star from the planet. During a partial eclipse, the sun basically looks like a bite has been taken out of it, but at the time of totality – when the moon passes fully in front of the sun – it’s fully obscured. For the Aug. 21 eclipse, the longest period when the moon obscures the sun’s entire surface along its path will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Why are they so rare?

A total solar eclipse hasn’t been visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979, and total solar eclipses usually only grace the skies above a given location every 100 years or so, according to NASA estimates. However, solar eclipses in general happen pretty often. On average, solar eclipses of one kind or another happen about two to four times per year somewhere across the planet.

  • Where can I see it?

The path of totality begins in Lincoln Beach, Oregon. From there, the deep shadow of the moon will pass over parts of Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina before ending at 4:09 p.m. ET. Most cities along the path have planned festivals and viewing events to watch the eclipse. If you’re not able to get to one of the locations, you can always catch the eclipse live online.

  • Can I stare at the sun during the eclipse?

No. Dangerous UV light will cause severe retinal damage or blindness. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse or totality, when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.

** More Information: Eyewear Safety: **

https://1.cdn.edl.io/CfZfazy1UEc9xLJbU6gGmeJoddQ6qOoN2VULzZP84YehAntV.pdf

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

Always supervise children using solar filters. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.

After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun. Do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark.

Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

**** Have fun and enjoy safely the Solar Eclipse 2017 everybody. ****

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News Alert!!: Mohave County, AZ: New watercraft restrictions being proposed for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Alert!!: Mohave County, AZ: New watercraft restrictions being proposed for the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is again proposing new series of no wake and restricted zones throughout the backwaters of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge in Mohave County, Arizona just a year after a controversial watercraft restriction, that proposed restrictions on recreational boating in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, failed to get any support and was withdrawn.

** Map (Pictured Above) of new watercraft restriction being proposed from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service: **

Under the new proposal, waters inaccessible to boaters will be designated as backwaters, prohibiting boaters from launching watercraft or operating personal watercraft in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge areas, including Beal Lake, Pintail Slough, Lost Lake and Topock Bay.

The stipulation would prohibit towed recreational activities in these areas and prohibit kite-boarding and hydro-flight equipment in waters south of Interstate 40 near Topock, Arizona.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal would also remove restrictions on air-cooled outboard engines, while prohibiting the use of hovercraft within refuge waters.

** A draft CD of the new proposal was released to the public and can be viewed at the following website address: **

https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/HavasuBoatingCD-Draft-July_2017.pdf

The public comment period is for 30 days, beginning Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 through Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.

To be part of the record, comments must be in writing to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge,

Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD Comments

317 Mesquite Avenue

Needles, California, 92363.

You can also email the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with your comments to: havasu_comments@fws.gov

In addition comments must be received on, or postmarked by, Wednesday, August 30th, 2017.

In 2016, a previous draft CD was released of a proposal watercraft restriction by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service resulted in public outcry against stricter proposals.

Crowd of people (Pictured Above) filled up the conference hall at the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 to speak out against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed boating restrictions, including from local city, county, and state officials, including Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, San Bernardino County Supervisors Robert Lovingood, Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson, United States Congressman Paul Cook, and United States Senators McCain and Flake.

United States Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, filed an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill designed to drive the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to drop proposed restrictions on recreational boating at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

“USFWS’s proposal to restrict recreational boating near Lake Havasu could devastate small businesses throughout the region that depend on the millions of people who visit every year to enjoy boating, water skiing, and other activities on the lake. The USFWS should rethink its proposal and listen to the concerns raised by the citizens of Mohave County whose lives and livelihoods depend on outdoor recreation,” said United States Senator John McCain of Arizona.

After a lot of public outcry and extension of the comment period, the proposed boating restrictions was withdrawn.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is saying that these new proposed restrictions will do little to obstruct recreational boating in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge or on the Colorado River.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service have not said yet if there will be any public meetings for the public to address their concerns on this new proposal.

 

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

News Update!!: Topock, AZ: Latest Information: Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews has the latest information on the Beale Fire burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 9:00am PT/MST on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017: ****

No reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires in the area of the Beale Fire.

The Beale Fire appears to be contained and no longer burning.

**** As of 7:12pm PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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More thunderstorms arrived over the Beale Fire area at around 7:00pm PT/MST.

At this moment, no reports of any flare ups or lightning causing any new fires.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, crews are aware of the lightning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge area.

**** As of 11:00am PT/MST on Monday, July 10th, 2017: ****

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According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the Beale Fire is approximately 135 acres, and have 35 personnel with 2 helicopters and a bulldozer.

The first control line to the north has been completed from the Dyke Road to the marsh and is being improved.

Although the fire is not producing a lot of smoke it still has some very active spots.

Crews will remain on the fire through tonight and possibly tomorrow.

There are flight restrictions in place today and we remind the public please do not fly your drones over the fire it is illegal and it puts firefighters at Danger.

The official cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.

No dark smoke can be seen towards the brush fire from Needles, California, just a haze over the area and the smell that there was a brush fire.

The brush fire was burning in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, near Upper Levee Road and the Colorado River, just west of Topock, Arizona.

**** As of 10:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

** Picture from ZachNews: **

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire is currently at about 100 acres.

Several fire department engines and 3 helicopters are working the brush fire.

Handcrews and additional fire department engines have been ordered for Monday.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Through the afternoon, flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on the brush fire preventing in keeping the brush from growing.

According to Mohave County Board of Supervisor Jean Bishop, possible lightning from Saturday night’s thunderstorms storms has ignited the brush fire.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The Mohave Valley Fire Department is asking all bystanders to please stay clear of the area and remind the public that it’s against the law to fly drone aircraft over a brush fire, and there will be a temporary flight restriction issued for Monday.

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, we did have a drone fly over the fire today and stop derriere operations for approximately a half an hour.

This drone was launched from a boat on the Colorado River. Drones are a hazard to aircraft that are working the fire and firefighter safety.

 

**** As of 4:00pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

** Video from ZachNews of YouTube: **

According to the Mohave Valley Fire Department, the brush fire along Upper Levee Road is approximately 25 acres and has entered the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

No structures or neighborhoods threatened, and at this moment, no evacuations have been ordered.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Flames from the brush fire continued to grow burning tall trees and dry brush.

Multiple fire department agencies battling the brush fire as well as water dropping helicopters.

 

**** As of 3:22pm PT/MST on Sunday, July 9th, 2017: ****

A brush fire is burning near the Colorado River just west of Topock, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The brush fire was spotted at around 3:21pm PT on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.

 

 

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

The brush fire is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River and has not jumped the Colorado River.

Flames were seen from along the Colorado River and even from Interstate 40.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Boaters enjoying the Colorado River watch the flames and smoke from the brush fire.

People were seen pulling onto Five Mile Road off Interstate 40 watching the brush fire.

** Picture from Timothy Terral from Needles, California: **

Dark smoke can be seen for miles, including from from Needles, California and Mohave Valley, Arizona.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

There are no structures or neighborhoods near by the brush fire.

At this moment, the cause of the brush fire is unknown.

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

**** ZachNews wants to give a special thanks to Trina Funderburg, Caden Funderburg, Boz Brown, and Timothy Terral for helping ZachNews on reporting of the brush fire. ****