KPAY News

A Teen Will be Tried as an Adult for an Oroville Murder

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday for the now 18-year-old Juan Ortega Morales the 3rd for the murder of a man last year. He will be held to answer as an adult for the crime he committed when he was 17.
According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, Morales was allegedly seen on surveillance cameras approaching 62-year-old Howard Brimm who then crossed the street to avoid Morales. However, Morales allegeldy followed Brimm and hit him, knocking Brimm to the ground. Once on the ground Morales was seen stomping on Brimm's head. Oroville Police arrived, and found Morales nearby. Brimm died 38 days later from massive head injuries.
Morales will be back in court next month.

 

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A Lake Tahoe Man is Arrested for Possession of a Large Amount of Drugs

A Butte County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the Oro Quincy Highway north of Berry Creek around 9 Monday night. The deputy contacted the occupant of that vehicle identified as 38-year-old Jay White of Lake Tahoe. The deputy searched the vehicle and reportedly found several thousand pills believed to be ecstasy, one pound of cocaine, three pounds of MDMA, about 2 pounds of Ketamine, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, and marijuana. A handgun and 16 thousand dollars in cash were also reportedly found in the car.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, White was arrested for possession for sale of several different controlled substances and other related charges.

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Red Bluff Cooling Center

The Red Bluff Community Center- 1500 S Jackson Street, Red Bluff, will be open to anyone seeking relief from the heat during normal hours, 8am-8pm. (530) 527-8177
-courtesy Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce

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Oroville Cooling Zone

The City of Oroville has opened a cooling center at the Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers Street. The facility is open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., for residents to get out of the heat. Please note that no additional services are being provided.
-courtesy City of Oroville Fire Department

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Glenn County Cool Zones

Orland | Hamilton City | Bayliss | Elk Creek | Willows

Here is a list of public buildings designated as cool zones in Glenn County:
For more information visit our website at: http://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/sheriff/office-emergency-services/welcome
Are you in need of a place to cool off? If so, our Cool Zones are available on hot days. Cool Zones are public buildings that provide respite from the high heat. A cool zone is a location to get out of the heat for a period of time to let your body cool down. Cool zone facilities include libraries, community centers, malls, and senior centers. Cool zones do not offer snacks or water, only air conditioned facilities.

Bayliss
Bayliss Library- 7830 Road 39 | Tuesday 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m , Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Elk Creek
Elk Creek Library- 3432 County Road 309 | Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hamilton City
Hamilton City Fire Department- 420 1st Street, Hamilton City, CA 95951 | Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(530) 826-3355 (please call to confirm daily hours)
Hamilton City Library- 330 Broadway, Hamilton City, CA 95951 | Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Orland
Community Recovery & Wellness Center- 1187 E. South Street | Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orland Library- 333 Mill Street | Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tues, Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harmony House- 343 Yolo Street | Monday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m, Tues– Fri 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Health & Human Services Agency- 604 E. Walker Street | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Women Infants and Children (WIC)- 127 E. Walker Street | Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Willows

Behavioral Health- 242 N. Villa Avenue | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Willows Library- 201 N. Lassen Street | Tues – Thurs 11:00am–7:00pm, Fri & Sat 11:00am–5:00pm
Health & Human Services Agency- 420 E. Laurel Street | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Public Health- 240 N. Villa Avenue | Mon–Fri 8:00am–5:00pm

 

-courtesy Glenn County Sheriff

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Stoney Fire UPDATE

The Stoney Fire burning on the south side of upper Bidwell Park along Highway 32 and has now consumed 650 acres and is now 5 percent contained.
Access to Yosemite Drive remains limited at the juncture of Highway 32.

 

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Stoney Fire in Upper Bidwell Park and Highway 32

There are evacuation warnings and a road closure in Northeast Chico near Highway 32 this morning due to a large grass fire. The Stoney Fire started late last night on the south side of upper Bidwell Park along Highway 32 near the Frisbee golf course. According to Cal Fire, the blaze has burned 150 acres. Cal Fire is also reporting that the area east of the intersection of Shady Brooke Lane and Canyon Oaks Terrace is now under an evacuation order. There are evacuation warnings for Shadowtree and Whispering Winds Lanes. There's an evacuation shelter at the Neighborhood Church on 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard.
The CHP is reporting that Highway 32 is closed from Yosemite Drive and Santos Ranch --- they're estimating the roadway to reopen around 8:30 am.

 

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Oroville City Council recap

Oroville Leaders voted to put a sales tax measure on the November Ballot. If passed by Voters, The 1 percent sales tax measure would help the financially strapped city. Council Members also formally voting on a  5 to 1 vote to censure Mayor Linda Dahlmeier, as Council members complained that Dahlmeier has criticized city staff in front of the public. Councilor Scott Thompson responded that all of the council members have made mistakes.  

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Oroville Business Owner Pleads No Contest to Assault

45 year old Lee Fong Vang the Former Owner of Oroville Tire & Smog shop  plead No Contest  last week  to three counts of felony assault.  He will  have to register as a sex offender. The charges stem from three seperate incidents in the summer of 2017 when women came into Vang's Shop in Oroville. All three women said Vang grabbed them and sexually fondled them. Two other women also said they were told they could get their tires changed for quote "sexual favors". Vang is due for sentencing the morning of September 20th.

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Independence Day/Fourth of July Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Chico Animal Services has some tips to keep your pets safe during the Fourth of July holiday.
 
* Keep your pets indoors where it is cool and keep your T-V or radio on to help mask the sound of fireworks.
 
* When celebrating remember to keep items such as alcoholic beverages, lighter fluid, and citronella products away from your pets as they can be harmful if ingested or inhaled.
 
* Make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag or have your pet micro chipped in case they run off due to loud noises.
 
* And as always do NOT leave your pets in a vehicle - even for a moment - during these hot summer days.

 

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Chico Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest

A woman was walking in the parking lot of Big Lots on East 20th Street in Chico when a man on a bicycle rode past her allegedly yelling verbal obscenities just before 5 Monday afternoon. The woman started to shot video of him from her cell phone after fearing he would commit a crime. The man then ran towards her and reportedly swung a heavy bike lock chain at the victim striking the woman in the stomach and on the back of her head. According to a Chico Police Department press release, bystanders approached the suspect and he fled the scene. A few minutes later officers contacted the man, identified as 32-year-old Kyle Reeder at the Costco parking lot after reports that he was causing a disturbance. Police connected Reeder to the assault and he was arrested.

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A Chico Man Has Been Formally Charged in the Murder of His Mother

32-year-old Alton Facciuto is facing a trial this month for stealing his mother's car, but recently released D-N-A results may also tie him to her murder.
60-year-old Sherry Facciuto's body was found in an outbuilding at the family's residence on Anita Road back in January. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, she had allegedly been strangled to death. Detectives noticed that Facciuto had scratch marks on his face. Material found from under his mother's fingernails were sent to the State Justice Lab reportedly matched D-N-A samples taken from Alton Facciuto.

 

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Chico Fraud and Grand Theft Arrest

A Chico woman was arrested Sunday for fraud and grand theft. Two people reported to Chico Police being victimized after reportedly giving hundreds of dollars to a woman who posted two Chico homes for rent. According to a Chico Police press release, during the investigation officers were able to identify the suspect as Teresa Chase who is on felony probation for False Personation. Officers accompanied one of the victims when they met with Chase. She was arrested for several charges including fraud, grand theft, and violating probation.

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Chico Armed Felon Arrest

Officers arrest a felon in possession of a firearm on the Chico State campus. Officers attempted to stop an older model S-U-V near Salem and West 3rd streets just after midnight Saturday. After the vehicle stopped a passenger reportedly jumped out and took off running toward the Chico State campus. University Police detained the man, identified as 27-year-old Vincent Honeycutt. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Honeycutt, a convicted felon, was armed with a revolver. He was arrested for several gun related charges. The driver of the S-U-V, 19-year-old Victor Hinojosa was arrested for driving under the influence of Marijuana.

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Butte County Supervisors Approve Budget


A new budget for Butte County gets the thumbs up. Supervisors yesterday approved a new and balanced almost half billion dollar budget. It represents an increase of 3 and a half percent over the previous year but eliminates 60 positions, all but one of which are currently vacant as department heads prepared for the cuts. The new budget will also see 24 part-time staff hours eliminated at five of the six countywide libraries. The budget was approved by a vote of 4-1 with Larry Wahl voting against it.

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SCOTUS Justice Kennedy announces retirement

A key swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court is out--leaving President Trump to select another justice that will probably cement a conservative Supreme Court for decades. Anthony Kennedy who is 81 announed he's retiring as of July 31st.

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Butte County Tries to make it easier for Builders

Butte County is trying to make it easier--and cheaper--to build their own homes or rebuild after a disaster. County Officials recently signed off on some changes to the county code that allows county residents the chance to build their own homes. County Planner Nancy Springer says one of the key changes is to rebuild after a natural disaster.
 
She says the changes even allow people to use wood stoves--as long as they are EPA approved. The new regulations were originally tried out in the Concow--Yankee Hill--Big Bend area and are now allowable throughout much of the county, except in large urban areas.

 

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Justice Dept Reacts to Judges Order to Reunite Families

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says a judge's order to reunite families separated at the border "makes it even more imperative" that Congress pass legislation that would enable it "to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together." On Tuesday, a judge ordered U.S. authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days and within 14 days if the children are younger than 5. It's unclear how legislation might resolve the issue.

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Missing Chico Woman Found Safe

23-year-old Whitney Wheaton had not been seen since June 13th after leaving a residence on East Lassen Avenue. According to police, she has been found safe. The Chico Police Department would like to thank the community for their help in locating Wheaton.    

 

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Chico Police Searching for an armed Robbery Suspect

Officers arrived to a room at a local hotel on Main Street during the late night hours of June 14th where they found three male victims with facial injuries. The men told police that an unknown woman armed with a handgun, allegedly physically assaulted them and robbed them of their cell phones along with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. 
The description from the victims and evidence discovered during the investigation lead police to believe that Timarie Bell was the possible suspect. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Bell's whereabouts are currently unknown and she is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

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Chico Firearms Arrests

Arrests are made in a firearms case. Late last month officers arrived to the Meadows Apartments located on Fremont Street in Chico after reports of loud bangs being heard in the area. Officers saw a man in the area allegedly armed with a handgun. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Alexander Valdovinos was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and other gun related charges.
Detectives later searched Valdovinos' apartment where they reportedly located multiple firearms. They also discovered six illegal high capacity ammunition magazines along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Ecstasy along with five thousand dollars in cash were allegedly found inside a safe. Another suspect, identified as Cameron Power was discovered to be connected to Valdovinos. He turned himself into authorities earlier this week.

 

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Chico House Fire

Firefighters respond to a fire at a Chico house. Firefighters arrived to a residence on Greenwich Drive after 4 this morning to find a garage fully involved with two vehicles inside. According to Chico Fire, the blaze then extended into the attack. Firefighters knocked down the flames just after 4:30 this morning.

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Butte County Cal Fire crews were busy with fires Thursday afternoon

The first was a group of small spot fires in east Oroville around 3 Thursday afternoon off of Foothill Boulevard at Fairhill Drive on Kelly Ridge. Firefighters quickly knocked down those fires.
After those fires, crews took on a vegetation fire north of Oroville. The "70 Fire" started off of Highway 70 at Table Mountain Road. The blaze burned 20 acres and is now 100 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, several high voltage power lines were impacted by the fire. A transmission line from the Clark Road substation was also affected which knocked out power to nearly 15 hundred customers including Butte College for almost an hour.
Then firefighters went to Cohasset to take on a small vegetation fire. The "Ridge Fire" started after 4 pm at Whispering Pines Drive under a timber canopy. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned less than acre.

 

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A former Chico High teacher is sentenced for molestation

52-year-old Halden Calvert was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail and 3 years of formal probation for the charge of misdemeanor child molestation. He must also register as a sex offender and complete sex offender treatment.
The charges came after parents of a 17-year-old student at Chico High School became alarmed that their daughter was having suicidal thoughts. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, the girl eventually admitted that Calvert had kissed her and touched her inappropriately. Detectives searched Calvert and the girl's cell phones and found 5 thousand text messages between the two in a 90 day period.
The District Attorney's Office says the misdemeanor charge lead to the revocation of Calvert's teaching credential.

 

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Chico Police Recover a Stolen Pickup This Morning

An officer spotted a Nissan pickup with a broken tail light on Pillsbury Road around 1:15 am. The officer conducted a records check on the license plate and discovered that the vehicle had been stolen. The officer then initiated a traffic stop but the driver of the pick up allegedly failed to yield. The driver stopped at Marjorie Avenue and exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot. Officers searched the area but could not locate the driver. The passenger, 35-year-old Charles Osborne was arrested for narcotics violations. According to a Chico Police Department press release, additional evidence of narcotics use and sales was located within the stolen pickup.

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Chico Broken Gas Line

There are reports of a broken gas line on West Lincoln Avenue which is near the Esplanade. That happened before 8 this morning. Chico Police and Fire are at the scene.

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Suicide Prevention Helpline

With the latest news of Suicide by Anthony Bourdain,the CNN Host of "Parts Unknown" and recently Fashion Icon Katie Spade..If you or someone you know needs help..call the National Suicide Prevention Help Line 1-800 273 TALK  (8255)

Behavioral Health Crisis Lines
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Behavioral Health Crisis Lines
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
800.334.6622, or
530.891.2810

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

4 hours a day / 7 days a week
800.334.6622, or
530.891.2810

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

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Missing Chico Man

Police are on the lookout for a missing Chico man. 58-year-old Brian Mills was reported missing Thursday night after he did not return to his residence on the 1100 block of Hobart Street from a walk. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Mills suffers from social anxiety and has been acting delusional recently. 
Mills is described as a white male with brown eyes, and graying hair. He's around 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. His family says that he does not own a vehicle or a cell phone.

 

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Butte County Primary Results

BUTTE COUNTY RESULTS From the Butte County Clerk Recorder's Office
 
County Supervisor 
 
2nd District
 
Debra Lucero --------------------------------------------------------55%
 
Larry Wahl Incumbent--------------------------------------------45.21%
 
 
 
3rd District  (Maureen Kirk's Seat)  
 
Tami Ritter--------------------------------------------53.30%
Bob Evans--------------------------------------------27.09%
Norm Rosene----------------------------------------19.42%
 
 
 
County Assessor
 
Diane Brown----------------------------------------63.31%
 
Randall Stone--------------------------------------36.42%
 
 
 
County Auditor-Controller
 
Kathryn Mathes------------------------------------50.58%
 
Graciela Gutierrez---------------------------------49.18%
 
 
Uncontested Butte County
 
Butte County District Attorney 
 
Mike Ramsey--------------------------------92.60%
 
 
Sheriff-Coroner
 
Kory Honea----------------------------------98.55%
 
 
 
County Clerk Recorder
 
Candace Grubbs--------------------------98.80%
 
 
 
Treasurrer-Tax Collector
 
Troy Kidd------------------------------------98.68%
 
 
 
County Superintendent Schools
 
Mary Sakuma------------------------------98.23%

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North Chico Collision

Chico Fire dispatch reported a traffic accident on Manzanita Avenue at Mariposa Avenue in north Chico just after 7 this morning. One vehicle, a pickup was reported to be across the roadway and just after 7:30 authorities were planning to move the truck over to the Positive Print on nearby East 1st Avenue and the other vehicle involved was reported off of the road. No word yet on the extent of injuries.

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Chico Police Street Crimes Unit Makes Multiple Arrests Over the Weekend

The Street Crimes Unit started their mission Thursday night and worked through the weekend arresting 24 people. Police say half of those arrest were for narcotic violations plus over two ounces of methamphetamine was seized. The other arrests were for outstanding warrants as well as for a stolen bicycle.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the focus of the Street Crimes Unit is quality of life crimes such as retail theft and drug dealing.

 

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Skyway Crash

A single vehicle crash happened on the westbound lanes of the Skyway near Spanish Garden Drive before 5 this morning. The vehicle went off the road and rolled over. According to the Cal Trans/CHP incident page, a male occupant of the vehicle received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
PG&E crews were called out to check on a utility pole that was believed to be struck during the crash.

 

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Redding Flight School Employees Accused of Kidnapping

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for two Northern California flight school employees deny accusations that their clients kidnapped a student pilot and tried to send him back to his native China.

Police in Redding arrested flight instructor Jonathan McConkey and his assistant, Kelsi Hoser, on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy.

Investigators say the pair assaulted Tianshu Shi at his apartment last week and forcibly took him to the city airport.

Lawyers for McConkey and Hoser said in a joint statement Tuesday that their clients deny the accusations and intend to prove their innocence.

The two were released from custody after posting bail. No court date was immediately set.

Their employer, IASCO Flight Training, hasn't returned phone messages seeking comment.

Shi, a trainee in the U.S. on a student visa, sustained minor injuries.

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Chico Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision UPDATE

More details emerge about a vehicle verse pedestrian accident in Chico Sunday night. A 27-year-old woman was found in the roadway after being struck by a passing vehicle. She was flown to a Sacramento area hospital after being sent to Enloe Medical Center. Police say she is currently with family members recovering. According to a Chico Police press report, the unidentified woman was found to be intoxicated the night of the accident. The driver of the car a 33-year-old Chico man was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has fully cooperated with investigators. Police say he will not be charged with a crime.

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Chico Cell Phone Burglar Arrested

A Sacramento man reportedly steals thousands of dollars worth of cellphones from a Chico store. 26-year-old Steven McFarland was reportedly observed stealing cellphones from the the AT&T Store on Mangrove Avenue around 1:45. An employee then chased him on foot. When officers arrived McFarland then fled from them. Officers chased McFarland through the Chico Cemetery and then onto the Chico Junior High School grounds. According to a Chico Police press release, this prompted a five minute lock down of the school. McFarland was eventually caught after he was seen jumping the fences of nearby homes. He was arrested for various burglary charges.

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Chico Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Police were called out to a vehicle verses pedestrian accident in Chico. Officers arrived at the intersection of East 5th Avenue and Sherman Avenue around 11:30 Sunday night and found a person in the roadway. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle involved was reportedly at the scene. The collision is still under investigation and police are asking if there are any other witnesses to contact the Chico Police Department.

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Chico Shooting incident

Three bay area men are arrested over the weekend for a shooting incident in Chico. There were multiple reports of a shooting on the 12 hundred block of North Cedar Street around 3:45 Sunday morning. Witnesses told police that they saw a fight break out and then someone allegedly firing a gun at the location before taking off in a vehicle. Officers found and stopped that suspected vehicle in the area of West Sacramento and Warner Street. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers found a firearm inside and arrested the three male suspects who were all from Benicia. No victims were found at the scene.

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Oroville Cannabis Forum

The Cannabis 101 forum in Oroville Thursday brought many for and against commercial cannabis sales in the city. The idea was recently floated as a way to help the financially strapped city. Some argued against it, saying federal law prohibits sales of cannabis in the city. Others argued it was not the financial solution to Oroville's problems. The forum featured  Neil Hall from the S-C-I Consutling Group, which works with California cities about commercial cannabis sales. 

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Oklahoma Shooter Killed by Citizen with Gun

Oklahoma City police say two armed citizens fatally shot an alleged gunman after he emerged from a restaurant where at least three people were injured by gunfire. Police Captain Bo Mathews talked about the gunman at a news conference today. A woman and two girls were shot and wounded in the shooting, and a man fell and broke his arm while fleeing the scene. Mathews says during the shooting, two people retrieved their guns from their vehicles and shot and killed the suspect outside the restaurant.

 

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Chico Highway 99 Big Rig Jackknife

Authorities have reported a big rig Jackknife on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 north of the East Avenue on-ramp this morning around 6:50. The Cal Trans/CHP Traffic Incident Page indicates that the big rig overturned on the on-ramp and that it went down an embankment 20 feet off of the edge. Officers have shut down the on Ramp.

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Vector control aerial flights begin to pinpoint standing water

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District http://www.bcmvcd.com

Aerial flights begin Tuesday to try and get an idea of where mosquito populations might breed and cause West Nile Virus. The annual fly overs are meant to get a bird's eye view of places where water has collected. Matt Ball with the Mosquito and Vector Control District says the flights help take aerial pictures.

 

 

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Paradise Man Arrested in Chico for a Variety of Charges.

Chico Police received a report of a road rage incident involving a man driving a Nissan Titan pickup in the area of East Avenue and the Esplande around 8 pm Monday night. That driver, identified as Adam Parsons then went into the AM/PM in the area where he allegedly threatened the clerks and a customer with a hammer demanding money for gas. Parsons left the store and reportedly attempted to back over someone in his truck. According to a Chico Police Department press release, he then crashed his truck into a tree before driving off again. Parsons ended up near Manzanita Avenue where he allegedly stole a tow truck. Police say he collided with a vehicle on East Lassen Avenue near the Esplande and then crashed into two patrol vehicles. According to police, an officer shot at the tow truck but Parsons was not hit. Officers chased him to a dead end street where Parsons allegedly assaulted an officer before fleeing on foot. Parsons reportedly entered a nearby home of an 88-year-old woman. Officers rescued the woman and then used a K-9 and a Taser to finally take Parsons custody. He was booked into the Butte County Jail and a slew of charges.

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Esplanade Crash

Chico Fire has reported another crash --- this time on the Esplanade in front of the Basque Norte Restaurant after 8 this morning. A Honda collided with a Volks Wagon. The roadway was reported to be partially blocked. No injuries were reported and no word on what caused the accident.

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Downtown Crash This Morning

Chico Fire dispatch reported a three vehicle collision before 6:40 this morning in the area of 9th and Broadway. A Honda Sedan, Chevy Silverado pickup, and a Nissan Xterra were involved. Chico Fire says a vehicle or vehicles struck a commercial building during the collision, but that there wasn't any major structural damage to the building or to electrical transformers. No one was reported injured in the crash. Police have opened up lanes to traffic. No word yet on the exact cause of the crash.

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Semi-Truck Off Bridge in Chico UPDATE

The CHP is issuing a traffic alert for the area of Ord Ferry and River roads in Chico this morning. According to the CHP traffic incident page, the west bound lane of Ord Ferry Road at 7-mile Lane is closed and could be closed for at least 4 hours. This after semi-truck went over the railing of a bridge into a ravine before 5 this morning. Cal Fire told Action News Now that the truck went completely off the bridge and is on its side. They say about 150 gallons of diesel fuel went into the water and is also leaking into the soil. Hazmat crews have arrived to clean up the scene, however authorities say this is not a Hazmant situation. They say the driver is out of the truck, but no word on the extent of his injuries.

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CHP Traffic Alert for the Area of Ord Ferry and River Roads - Semi-Truck Crash

The CHP is issuing a traffic alert for the area of of Ord Ferry and River roads in Chico this morning. According to the CHP, the semi-truck went over the railing of a bridge into a ravine before 5 this morning. They say it is hanging over the side of the bridge. They say the driver is out of the truck, but no word on the exent of his injuries. There are reports of debris and fuel on the road.
According to the CHP traffic incident page, Ord Ferry Road is being closed for an undetermined amount of time.

 

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Chico Costco Parking lot Shooting

Police are investigating a shooting in south Chico last night. Officers were called to Costco on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway for a report of a shooting around 8:45 Tuesday night. According to a Chico Police press release, officers arrived and discovered a shooting had occurred in the parking lot. There were no injuries reported and the investigation is on-going.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.

 

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Butte County looking for Precinct Workers

 
Wanted--county precinct workers for the upcoming Primary Election. The Butte County Elections Office might be seeking you and you could earn up to 175 dollars a day. Those who might be interested must complete an application and have some training for the primary that comes on Tuesday, June 5th. The applications can be found at the County Employment Center on Carmichael Drive in Chico.

 

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North Chico Structure Fire

There are reports of a structure fire in north Chico in the area of White Avenue south of East Lassen Avenue some time after 8:30 this morning. White smoke has been seen in the area. According to a tweet from PG&E's Paul Moreno traffic is slowing in the area.
According to Chico Fire Dispatch PG&E crews are on their way to the scene.

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CHP reporting grass fire near Tuscan Ridge are off SKYWAY

Multiple fires on Skyway heading up the hill  near Tuscan ridge area.
-courtesy Chico CHP

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Chico Vehicle Vs Bicyclist Crash

Chico Fire Dispatch reported a vehicle verses bicycle collision after 7:45 this morning at the Esplanade and Memorial Way near Chico Junior High School. Authorities say a blue sedan struck a juvenile on a bike. Chico Junior High staff told first responders that the juvenile had been taken to nearby Immediate Care, the driver who was involved was there with the teen along with the principal of Chico Junior. School officials say however the juvenile hit was not a student at Chico Junior.

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Attempted Abduction in Chico

Chico Police are investigating an attempted abduction. A woman was walking her son to school on Laurel Street when they were allegedly confronted by a man wearing dark clothing around 7:30 Tuesday morning. The man reportedly grabbed the boy's arm. The man took off after the mother called for help and neighbors began coming out of their homes.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the information is still limited at this time, but the suspect is described as a dark skinned, adult male who appeared to be a transient.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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Chico Highway 99 Semi Fire

The CHP, Cal Fire, and Chico Fire responded to a a semi-truck fire on Highway 99 in Chico Monday night. Firefighters arrived to south bound Highway 99 near the Highway 32 off-ramp to find a semi truck fully engulfed in flames after 8:30 Monday night. The semi had also lost a tire. According to Chico Fire Department's Twitter page, southbound Highway 99 was closed between Cohasset Road and East 1st Avenue while fire crews knocked down the flames and then cleaned up the area. The lanes are now reopen. No one was injured in the incident.

The picture below is from Chico Fire Department's Twitter page.

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Shots Fired at North Chico Mobile Home Park

Chico Police are investigating a shots fired at a mobile home park. Chico P-D received multiple reports of a possible shooting on East Lassen Avenue just before 1 Sunday morning. Officers arrived and found a mobile home had been struck several times from a firearm. Police say at least one round went through that residence and into a neighboring home. There were people inside at the time, but no one was reported injured.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers were unable to find a shooter and the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

 

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Stabbing Investigation

Three people are injured after a weekend stabbing incident in Chico. Officers arrived to the area of West 4th Street and Ash Street where they found a man with multiple stab wounds to the upper body just after 2 Saturday morning. The victim was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment. Chico Police then found out that two other people arrived at the hospital - one with multiple stab wounds to the upper body and another with numerous facial contusions. Police say all three victims are expected to survive.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the two suspects are described as Hispanic males. One suspect is described as having brown medium length hair. The other is described as short and heavyset.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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South Chico Collision

Chico Police and Fire reported a traffic collision on the Skyway near Notre Dame Blvd. that happened just before 8 am this morning. One lane of westbound traffic was blocked. A black Hyundai Elantra reportedly collided with a blue Elantra.
Chico Fire is reporting that there were no injuries in the crash.

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Partial Skyway Closure Sunday

Motorists on the Skyway this Sunday will run into one of two westbound lanes closed. A news release says Pacific Gas and Electric Company has crews installing new power lines along the road. The closure could last most of the day Sunday--from about 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM The area affected is about 18 hundred feet east of Honey Run Road to Potter Road. It adds that access to and from Honey Run Road will NOT be impacted.

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Indecent Exposure Sentence

A Chico homeless man is sentenced for an indecent exposure case. 45-year-old Jason Lisle was ordered to say five hundred yards away a downtown Chico business where he committed an act of indecent exposure. The Butte County DA's Office says that the order essentially banishes Lisle from the whole downtown area.
The Conviction stemmed from an incident back in June of last year when Lisle approached a woman outside of a business on Broadway where she worked and asked her for money. When she refused he exposed himself to her shaking his genitals at her. He then urinated next to her. Lisle was arrested but was released and cited to appear in court, but he failed to do so. According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, Lisle has been a registered sex offender since 2001.

 

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Gridley Highway 99 Crash

A vehicle crash on Highway 99 in Gridley just after 6 this morning leaves several injured. According to Cal Fire of Butte County's twitter page say six people were injured. The Jaws of Life were used to extracted two people the vehicle. Cal Fire says all those injured in the crash have been transported to area hospitals. No word yet on the exact extent to their injuries.
Pictures from Cal Fire's twitter page shows a van or an S-U-V involved in the crash on its side.

 

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Police Deal with Multiple Armed Robberies in Chico Over the Weekend

On Saturday Chico Police responded to two armed robberies 30 minutes apart from each other in downtown Chico. The first robbery took place after 1 Saturday morning at the parking lot of Bank of America. That's when an Hispanic male allegedly approached the victim and put a semi-automatic firearm to his head and took an undisclosed amount of money - fleeing the scene in a sliver sedan.
About 30 minutes later Chico Police received a report of a robbery at Tocos Tonaya on Walnut Street. A white male wearing a ski mask armed with a handgun entered the restaurant and reportedly demanded personal property from five people inside. He also allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the restaurant.
No one was reported injured in either robbery.
 
Then on Sunday two suspects were arrested after an armed robbery along a Chico bike path. A man was walking along the bike path from West Sacramento Avenue toward downtown Chico around 10:30 Sunday night when two African American men approached him. One of the men allegedly held a handgun and demanded the victim's property. The victim was not reported injured. Officers later spotted a man matching one of the suspects. That man, identified as 19-year-old Jonah Young-Gary reportedly fled down Broadway but was quickly caught. The second suspect, identified as a 17-year-old male was stopped a couple miles away. According to a Chico Police press release, he was found with a very realistic imitation handgun along with the victim's cell phone.

 

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Chico State Will Not See a Tuition Hike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University will not raise tuition at its 23 campuses - including Chico State - for the 2018-19 academic year as officials had proposed, Chancellor Timothy White said.

White said the country's largest university system is dropping a proposal for trustees to consider raising tuition that was to be discussed at a May meeting.

"We're pulling it off the table. It will not be discussed in May and there will be no tuition adjustment at the California State University for any of our students in the 2018-19 year," White told The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement Friday.

Undergraduate tuition is currently $5,742 a year. In January, White said CSU trustees needed to consider raising tuition for California students by $228 in 2018-19. Tuition for in-state graduate students was also to be discussed.

A similar increase was approved in the previous academic year, the first since 2011.

University officials say that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget allocates a fraction of what the university system needs to maintain its quality of education at a time of record-high enrollment: $3.8 billion for CSU in 2018-19 — a $92.1 million increase in state funding, but less than the $263 million the system requested, White said.

The Legislature will approve the budget in June, and White said he will continue until then to press the state Legislature for increased CSU funding but not put more financial burden on students.

"In light of California's strong economy, California students and their families should not be saddled with additional financial burden to attain public higher education," White said.

In March, the University of California's governing board approved a tuition increase for out-of-state undergraduate students of 3.5 percent, or $978 a year, starting in the 2018-19 school year. The increase will bring tuition and fees for out-of-state undergraduates to nearly $42,000 next year, more than triple what California residents pay.

The UC Regents said, however, they will rescind the increase if they can secure more funding from the state.

In May, the regents will take up the more contentious issue of whether to raise tuition for California residents.

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Red Bluff Early Morning Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Red Bluff Police arrest two people this morning in connected to a vehicle theft. Around 12:30 this morning a police automated license plate reader found a Honda that had been reported stolen from Redding. Officers found the vehicle unoccupied and parked on Aubry Court near Leonard Lane. Officers found both suspects walking nearby. According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, officers found stolen items on one of the suspects, identified as Joshua Ellis. He was charged for possession of those stolen items and possession of a stolen vehicle. The second suspect, identified as Terry Decutler Jr. was arrested for possession of stolen property.

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Police Release New Details About an Attempted Assault on a Child

A 12-year-old girl had told police that a man had allegedly tried to grab her near the Circle K store in the area of East 12th Street and Park Avenue Sunday. That man was located and initially arrested Wednesday. The man denied any allegations beyond petting the girl's dog. According to a Chico Police press release, during a follow up interview the girl told investigators that she felt scared due to the man's actions and fabricated the story about him attempting to grab her. The man was released and no charges will be filed against him.

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Chico Police have a busy late Monday night and early Tuesday morning

First, a teenage runaway leads Chico Police on a vehicle pursuit. An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Manzanita Avenue around 11:30 Monday night. The driver of the vehicle reportedly continued and failed to yield and lead the officer on a pursuit. The chase lasted around 3 minutes and ended when the driver hit a dead end on Mariposa Avenue. According to police, the driver was identified as a 15-year-old who has an extensive history as a runaway. A passenger in the vehicle was also reported to be a juvenile. According to Chico Police, no one was injured in the incident.

Then around 3:30 Tuesday morning an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 7th and Mangrove avenues around 3:30 Tuesday morning. As the officer was speaking with the driver, Chico Police discovered that the vehicle had been stolen. Police say the driver, 26-year-old Ashley Riley was arrested without incident.

Then two hours later Chico Police Dispatch received multiple calls of a domestic dispute just before 5:30 Tuesday morning at a residences on East 1st Avenue. Officers arrived and found 49-year-old Daun Slagle and 47-year-old William Oiler. Police learned that Slagle had a restraining order against Oiler. During the incident Slagle allegedly assaulted Oiler with her hands, a blunt object, and she reportedly bit him. Slagle was arrested for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. Oiler was arrested for an active arrest warrant and violation of a restraining order.

 

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Incendiary Device Found near the Willows Glenn County Airport

The Willows Airport was shut down after a bomb was reported to be found inside a suspect's vehicle. Glenn County Sheriff's Deputies assisted deputies out of Colusa County who were looking for a wanted suspect Monday. A vehicle connected to the suspect, who was identified as 42-year-old Heath Oliviera was located at Nancy's Airport Cafe in Willows. Deputies found and arrested Oliviera. During the investigation it was learned that Oliveira had allegedly stated that an incendiary device was inside his vehicle. The cafe was evacuate and the Willows Airport was shutdown as a precaution. The Bomb Task Force arrived and rendered the vehicle safe. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, The evacuation was lifted and the airport was reopened.

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East Park Avenue Roll Over Update

Chico Fire was dispatched after 7 am this morning to a rollover near Dutch Bros in the area of Carmichael Drive and East Park Avenue. The Chico Enterprise Record is reporting that the collision was between blue Ford and black Scion near the Skyway over crossing. The driver of the Scion reportedly had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Traffic was backed up in the area for over an hour.

 

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Park Avenue Rollover

Chico Fire reported a rollover in Front of of Dutch Bros in the area of Carmichael Drive and Park Avenue after 7 am this morning. No word yet on the extent of the injuries. 

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DWR May Use Main Spillway at Oroville Dam

The State Department of Water Resources may use the main spillway because of expected rain later this week. A news release from the Department said it may use the main spillway quote "this week or next" because of the possible storms. The Department created a Winter Operations Plan to use more outflow from Hyatt Powerplant and potential use of the main spillway should the lake levels reach 830 feet during April. Lake Levels are currently at 794 feet.

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Chico City Council Approves Funding for CPD Communications

The Chico City Council approved allocating 50 thousand dollars from the general fund to replace two failed radio transmiters used for public safety. The two transmitters malfunctioned back in February leaving Chico Police Officers unable to communicate with dispatch. The Police Department has had to use the city's public works raido. Chico Police Chief Mike O'brien said with the funding the deparment will now be able to buy additional radio transmitters and establish a second radio channel.

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Chico Multiple Felony Arrest

A man is arrested for multiple felonies after leading authorities on a chase in Chico. Officers arrived to East Lassen Avenue around 2:30 Monday afternoon - after the Butte County Sheriff's Deputies called off a chase with a suspect in a Honda sedan which was confirmed stolen. While searching for the Honda officers discovered that the Honda broadsided another vehicle at the intersection of Mangrove and East 5th avenues. The driver of that vehicle was taken to the hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. The suspect allegedly threatened the witnesses as he fled the scene on foot. Officers located the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Chase Forcier and he was arrested on multiple felony charges that included vehicle pursuit, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run, and D-U-I, that according to a Chico Police press release.

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Chico K-Mart Armed Robbery Arrest

Authorities responded to an armed robbery at a Chico store. A man allegedly shoplifted around 12 thousand dollars in jewelry at the Chico K-Mart around 5:15 Monday evening. When confronted by employees the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Philip Walton reportedly brandished a handgun and then fled in a Toyota Scion. A Butte County Sheriff's deputy spotted the suspected vehicle on Waterford Drive in Chico, but the suspect was able to evaded capture. Deputies later found and arrested Walton at his residence in Magalia. According to a Chico Police Department press release, an officer later located the handgun used in the robbery and it was determined to be a b-b gun.

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Cesar Chavez Holiday Arrests and Citations

The Chico Police Department increased staffing Thursday evening through Saturday during the Cesar Chavez holiday. Police say several large parties were reported early Friday and Saturday mornings. There were 36 arrests and 50 citations. There were eight arrests for public intoxication, two for illegal weapon possession, one for resisting arrest, the rest were for warrants and other crimes. 50 citations were also issued for varrious alcohol violations.
According to a Chico Police press release, the long weekend and the warmer weather made it one of the busiest holiday weekends.

 

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A Wanted Felon is Found and Arrested in Chico

A wanted individual is found after getting stuck. Chico Fire and EMS were called out to the shoulder of Fair Street in front of the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds before 3 Friday afternoon after a woman had reportedly gotten her leg stuck in a storm drain. The woman was allegedly hostile to first responders and officers were called out to the scene. Police discovered that the woman identified as 28-year-old Chelsea Meyer had felony warrants for her arrest from Placer County and Redding for narcotics and automobile theft. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Meyer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Police do not know why Meyer put her leg in the storm drain.

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Chico Battery Arrest

A man is arrested for an assault at a Chico homeless shelter. Medical personnel arrived to the Jesus Center on the report that someone had fallen before 4 Tuesday morning. A 57-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for severe neck and head injuries. Chico Police later learned that the woman had allegedly been pushed down the stairs by 22-year-old Brian McCaskel who had reportedly gotten involved in an argument between the victim and another women. According to a Chico Police press release, McCaskel was arrested for battery causing serious injury.
Police say the victim's condition is stable and that her injuries are currently not life threatening.

 

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Chico Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect

Chico Police are search for a suspect in an attempted murder. Officers were arrived to a home on Ebano Way just before 5 Wednesday evening where they found a 31-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. Police learned that the victim had allegedly been in a physical altercation with her husband before she was stabbed. The suspect, identified as Luis Contreras-Rodriguez fled the scene in a Dodge pickup before officers arrived. The victim was taken to the hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect is described as an Hispanic male around 5 foot -- 4 inches tall and 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
His vehicle is described as a 2003 gray Dodge 1500 pickup with an extended cab, California License plate number - 52090B1.
Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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