Category: Blythe

Murder suspect killed west of Quartzsite

A high speed chase on Interstate 10 that started in California ended in Arizona with the death of a homicide suspect and the arrest of another Saturday night. The two men were wanted on murder charges in northern California in connection with the death of an 84-year old woman last week. Detectives with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, north of San Francisco, who arrested one suspect on Saturday, had learned that the two remaining suspects might be traveling in a rented vehicle near Indio, Calif. and notified the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Later Saturday night, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies spotted the rented vehicle west of Blythe and began to pursue it. Officers with the California Highway Patrol also joined the pursuit, but the suspects refused to stop. Instead, they began to fire their guns at the officers and other motorists.  Several miles before they reached the Colorado River, the California officers notified their colleagues in Arizona and asked for their assistance. An officer with the Quartzsite Police Department was the first to make it to Ehrenberg, which is 13 miles west of Quartzsite, on the Arizona side of the river. He managed to lay down a spike strip near Exit 1.  La Paz County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Curt Bagby said, the suspects allegedly shot at the Quartzsite officer as they passed the area, but the officer was not injured. The spike...

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Wind Advisory

Expect gusty west winds to develop on Friday afternoon across the Mojave Desert. The western portion of the desert at locations like Barstow and Fort Irwin will see stronger winds (40 to 45 mph) than the eastern desert (30 to 40 mph). A wind advisory is in effect for the western portions of the desert Friday afternoon and night. Downslope winds are expected in the lee of the eastern Sierra Friday afternoon and evening. Gusts of 50 mph possible above 5000 feet. There is some potential for the winds to reach the Owens Valley, but the Wind advisory is currently in effect for locations to the west of Highway...

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34th Annual Country Showdown “Local” Contest March 21, 2015

The Colorado River Fair and RiverMartin Productions present the 34th Annual Country Showdown “Local” Contest March 21, 2015, 6:00pm at the Colorado River Fairgrounds. The Annual Country Showdown, is the largest Country Music Talent show, open to all ages, in the nation. Competition begins in early spring with over 450 local talent contests throughout the United States. Winners then compete at the state level and then advance to one of the five regional levels of competition throughout the summer and fall. Five finalists compete at the National Final’s, held in January, at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for a Grand Prize of $100,000. The National Final’s competition is aired on nationwide television. Solo singers, duets and bands can compete in this Nationwide Competition.  For applications and information please contact Barbara Martin @ 760.218.5677, email or stop by the fair office at 591 N Olive Lake Blvd. in Blythe. The deadline to return applications is March 16, 2015. Be sure and check out for a list of other local winners and past winners of the Country...

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