Butte County out paces state's overall water savings once again. The Water Resources Control Board recently released its water savings for the state in July. According to the report, Butte County water savings were about double the statewide numbers. Oroville saw 29.5 percent in water savings. Chico had nearly 25 percent. Pardise had a little over 25 percent. The July numbers for this year is compared to the benchmark of July 2013.
The Chico City Council voted to relocate the Jesus Center. The council unanimously approved at Tuesday night's meeting to move the homeless shelter to the location of the Silver Dollar BMX track near Costco. At the same meeting they approved to relocate the BMX track to a city owned site at the Chico Airport. According to the Chico E-R, councilor Ann Schwab added a motion that after the relocation the existing Jesus Center would be redeveloped into affordable housing.
Authorities have found one of the two suspects wanted in connection with an incident on the campus of Willows High School last week. Monday they found 29 year old Justin McGlothin of Willows who had outstanding warrants plus was wanted for that late afternoon incident Friday at Willows High. McGlothin had a loaded gun and escaped on a bicycle given to him by 31 year old Jogshem De Reus. Authorities are still looking for De Reus.
A man walked into the Liquor Bank on Main Street in Chico after 11 Wednesday morning and allegedly took a bottle of beer. He reportedly said to the clerk, "Call the cops because I'm not paying for this" and then left the store. Officers located the shoplifter, identified as 43-year-old William Emis of Orovile, near the Jesus Center. After being positively identified he was arrested.
Police say Emis erroneously believed that since his theft was a misdemeanor, he would be cited and released, but because of his brazen attitude authorities booked him into the Butte County Jail.
A man is arrested for a burglary at Chico High School. 25-year-old Michael Coley was arrested Wednesday after a week long investigation into electronics taken from the school.
Last Thursday Chico Police Resource Officers became aware the burglary that occurred the night before. Officers learned that several thousand dollars worth of Chromebook tablets were stolen from multiple classrooms. According to a Chico Police press release, Coley was identified as the suspect after investigators reportedly saw him on surveillance footage.
Glenn County will be testing its CodeRED emergency notification system. The test will be conducted next Monday morning. An alert will be sent out to those who have registered with the county and may come in the form of a email, text, or call to their cell phones. All landline phones in the county will reportedly receive the alert as well. Authorities say that it is only a test and not an actual emergency.
According to Glenn County officials, CodeRED allows them to target and deliver an alert, such as a mandatory evacuation order, to a specific geographic area.
(Sacramento) AP -California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the policy should serve as a model for other states and nations.
Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world starting Wednesday.
The new law, along with an executive order Brown signed directing California to take as much carbon dioxide out of the air as it emits, represent the latest in a string of ambitious environmental initiatives as California seeks to fill a void left by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his efforts to boost the coal industry.
All lanes are now open on Highway 99 north of Oroville after a vehicle collision closed the highway. The collision left one person dead and another injured. That crash was reported just after 5 this morning on Highway 99 on the Southbound Lane of Highway 99 near Cottonwood Road north of Oroville. According to the Caltrans CHP incident page, there were 3 or 4 vehicles involved, two of those vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. One vehicle ended up in a ditch and another struck a pole. The CHP is reporting at least one fatality in the crash and one person was airlifted to the hospital with major injuries.
Chico Police are investigating a shooting in front of Duffy's Tavern early this morning. Officer responded to Main Street after a report of a subject brandishing a firearm at a group of people in the area after 1 am. As officers arrived several shots were reportedly fired in the midst of a fight in front of Duffy's Tavern. Officers found and arrested the suspect, 23-year-old Deshawn Taylor around the corner on 4th Street. A gun was found in a nearby parking lot. According to a Chico Police Department press release, there were two gunshot victims. Both victims are at the hospital recovering from non-life threatening wounds.
Witnesses say the dispute originated inside Lost on Main during an after party event for a rap concert that had been held at the Senator Theater earlier in the evening.
Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson is scheduled to join the KPAY Morning News Wednesday September 5th at 750a..for an Overview as a New Smemster/School Year begins on Campus..President Hutchinson will talk about the Campus and what issues the face on Campus and within the Community as the new year starts.
A man is seriously injured in a stabbing in Chico. Officers arrived to an apartment complex on Manzanita Avenue before 5:30 Sunday evening where they found a 58-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for serious injuries however, he is expected to recover.
Investigators learned that the victim and his neighbor, identified as 67-year-old Dennis Hodges got into a dispute and during the course of the dispute Hodges allegedly stabbed the man. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Hodges was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.
A Glenn County Sheriff's Deputy contacted 27-year-old Rebecca Colyn on North Humboldt Avenue in Willows late last week where the deputy discovered alleged narcotics. Glenn Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force agents took over the investigation and reportedly found around 36 grams of suspected heroin along with narcotics paraphernalia inside a vehicle. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, Colyn was arrested and transported to the Glenn County Jail.
Glenn Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force Agents also found a stolen vehicle from Chico. Agents arrived to Cutting Avenue in Capay before 3 Tuesday afternoon and located a 1973 Ford Bronco that was reported stolen out of Chico over the weekend. The owner of the Bronco was contacted and was able to retrieve his vehicle.
Chico Police are currently investigating the incident.
One State Lawmaker wants to stiffen penalties for anyone caught looting in a disaster area during a state of emergency. State Senator Ted Gaines is propsing an addition to the legislature's wildfire Conference Committee's legislation that would make it a mandatory felony for committing burglary or grand theft within an affected county in a state of emergency, local emergency or an evacuation order from various types of disaters. Looting cases have been reported in the wake of wildfires in Santa Rosa , Shasta County and following the Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuation.
The biggest fire threat in the Northstate remains the Hirz Fire east of Lakehead and Northeast of Redding. The fire that's burned more than 33 thousand acres is only 32 percent contained--the Carr Fire has burned more than 229 thousand acres but is 97 percent contained and the Ranch Fire in the Mendocino Complex has burned more than 410 thousand acres and is 93 percent contained.
A vegetation fire in the Kelly Ridge area destroys one home. The Skyline Fire started on the 400 block of Skyline Boulevard around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. When fire crews arrived the fire had jumped across the road and was threatening at least six nearby homes. One home was destroyed by the fire, but firefighters were able to stop the forward progress of the blaze saving multiple other homes. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned around 5 acres.
One person was injured in the fire.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death in Gridley. The sheriff's office received a report around 7 Wednesday morning of a body on the ground in a walnut orchard near Larkin and Ord Ranch road. Deputies arrived and located a deceased male. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, detectives are currently investigating this case as a homicide.
Authorities say there is limited information at this time. They're asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area Tuesday night to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
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35-year-old Victoria Shepherd of Chico was the woman charged with leading authorities on a chase that started in Oroville and ended in Chico early Monday morning.
Just before 2 am Butte County Sheriff's deputies laid down spikes strips on Highway 99 to aid CHP officers who were pursuing an Acura heading to Chico from Oroville. The car was partially disabled but the Shepherd continued to drive the Acura into Chico where she allegedly damaged a power pole which started a small grass fire near the Neighborhood Church. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release,the Acura ended up in downtown Chico where the pursuit called off. The pursuit was reinstated after the vehicle left the downtown area and Chico Police officers joined deputies in the chase. A second set of spike strips were deployed and the vehicle finally stopped in the area of Pilsbury and Cohasset roads where Shepherd was then arrested on numerous felony charges. Authorities believe Shepherd was under the influence of drugs.
Chico Police arrest couple who buglarized a Redding Firefighter's vehicle. A City of Redding Fire vehicle was broken into, last Monday, while a firefighter was home in Palo Cedro for a brief rest from actively battling the Carr Fire. A backpack containing his laptop and hard drive was reported stolen from the vehicle.
Two days later Chico Police received a report of shoplifting at the Sportsman's Warehouse on East Avenue. 33-year-old Brian Martinson and 40-year-old Jennifer Estes both of Palo Cedro were found and detained. During a search of the vehicle officers found the firefighter's backpack, but according to the Chico Police Department, the hard drive is still missing.
A train verses vehicle collision leaves one person dead over the weekend. Officers arrived at the railroad tracks at West Sacramento Avenue 2:30 Saturday morning where they found a badly damaged vehicle. Firefighters extricated the driver and attempted lifesaving efforts. The unidentified driver was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. No passengers or crew members of the Amtrak train were injured in the collision.
Police believe the driver attempted to drive around the crossing guards. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the crossing guards were down and lights were activated when officers and investigators arrived.
Police are investigating a shooting in downtown Chico that left one man dead. Officers arrived at the 6 hundred block of West 1st Avenue to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound laying out in the street around 4:30 Thursday morning. The victim, identified as 47-year-old John Dawson was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to a Chico Police Department press release, detectives are now investigating the shooting as a homicide.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4911.
Chico Fire Dispatch reported a vehicle verses bicycle collision in the area of Godman and East Lassen avenues before 8:45 this morning. The bicyclist was reported to have suffered a minor injury to his ankle. Medics at the scene said that the bicyclist declined to be taken to the hospital.
Police are investigating a shooting in Chico this morning. Around 4:30 am the Chico Police and Fire Dispatch reported that a woman called 911 to report that she heard gun shots fired near Near East First Avenue. The woman then went outside where said she found her boyfriend suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was reported to be breathing before medics arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The area has been closed off while detectives investigate the scene.
Officers responded to an armed robbery in downtown Chico over the weekend. Officers arrived to the area of West 9th and Ivy streets just before 10 Saturday night to find a man who said he was struck in the head with a firearm. The victim told police that three unknown Hispanic males approached him and allegedly robbed of his cell phone, his shoes, and his wallet. The three then fled the area on foot. Officers later found two of the suspects and they were positively identified as the suspects involved. The third suspect was not located. Both suspects were arrested for multiple charges and were booked into Butte County Juvenile Hall, that according to a Chico Police Department press release.
The Butte County DA's Office says a Gridley woman admits to a deadly hit and run. 44-year-old Anne Montez plead no contest Thursday in a Butte County Courtroom to a hit and run in Gridley that caused the death of 48-year-old Maria Gomez.
The incident happened back on April 1st when Montez was headed westbound on Magnolia Street when authorities say she struck Gomez as she was crossing the street. Authorities say Motez then fled the scene. Gomez later died of her injuries. Gridley Police detectives found a Mitsubishi Montero S-U-V believed to be owned by Montez in Sacramento. Montez turned herself into authorities 12 days after the incident.
Montez is facing four years in State Prison. She is set to be sentenced in October, that according to the Butte County DA's press release.
Colusa Casino Resort has allowed CAL FIRE to use a Land Use Agreement for the use of their southeast parking lot free of charge. The satellite location is a staging area for a CAL FIRE Ground Support Unit, emergency equipment and personnel. The repair operations will be on equipment being utilized to fight the eastern edge of the Ranch Fire.
Colusa Casino Resort is happy to offer all CAL FIRE Ground Support Unit Personnel and Staff at the satellite location a complementary meal at Seasons Buffet.
For up-to-date information on the Ranch Fire, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mendo2018
The Chico Police Street Crimes Unit made 25 arrests last week. That brought the ten week total to 250 arrests, that according to a Chico Police Department press release.
Many of the arrests were due to violations of felony probation and possession of drugs & drug paraphernalia.
A clerk of the Valero Gas Station on the Skyway reported to police that a man had entered the store allegedly claiming he had a bomb inside his vehicle just before 6:30 Saturday evening. Police found the vehicle, with its doors and trunk open, parked next to a large propane tank. Officers set a large perimeter around the gas station and evacuated nearby businesses. Traffic was also diverted from the scene. The bomb squad arrived and after several hours determined there were no explosives inside the vehicle. According to a Chico Police press release, officers located the suspect on a B-Line bus and detained him without incident. He was admitted to the hospital for a three day psychiatric hold.
Prepare for evacuation if in the south western portion of Glenn County, south of Rd 308 and west of road 306. Take time to prepare a go bag with medications, glasses, cell phone, charger, clothes, pet supplies, baby supplies, bedding and important documents. Be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice should the fire move north and this change to a manadatory evacuation. This is an advisory.
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The Carr Fire has burned 131,896 and is now 39 percent contained. Over 1,060 residences have been destroyed and 1,358 structures are still threatened.
According to Cal Fire, low relative humidity and an unstable atmosphere have increased fire behavior. A Red Flag Warning has been issued through Saturday.
More structures are being reported destroyed in the Carr Fire. The blaze which is burning in Shasta and Trinity counties has charred 121,049 acres and is still listed at 35 percent containment. According to Cal Fire, 1,058 residences have been destroyed and 185 residences have been damaged in the fire. Over 1,600 structures are still threatened.
Cal Fire officials say there's a Fire Weather Watch that has been issued for this evening (Thursday) through Saturday.
Last week Chico Police Detectives discovered information about the possible whereabouts of 37-year-old Timarie Bell who was wanted for an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon at a hotel on Main Street last month. Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshal Service and Bell was found in Sacramento Monday. Chico Detectives traveled to Sacramento Tuesday morning and transported Bell to Butte County where she will face charges.
Chico Police are on the lookout for a shooting suspect. Around 11:30 last night Chico Police received a report of a gunshot victim at the hospital. Police learned that the 21-year-old victim attempted to meet a prospective buyer of his iWatch at West 3rd and Hazel streets. The victim told police that he was approched by a black male who allegedly robbed him at gunpoint. The suspect then reportedly shot the victim in his abdomen and his hand. According to Chico Police Department press release, the victim received serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police are still searching for the suspect.
Officers arrived to the Fair Street Market on East 20th Street to find a group of people fighting before 4 Monday afternoon. Officers learned that 31-year-old Nolan Cordova allegedly attempted to shoplift some soft drinks from the store. The store's clerk reportedly armed himself with a stick and confronted Cordova. According to a Chico Police press release, the clerk then lost control of the stick - Cordova allegedly grabbed it and used it on the clerk - striking him on the head. A passerby reportedly came to the clerk's aid and detained Cordova. He was arrested for assault.
*We mistakenly reported during a the KPAY Morning News that the crime happened before 4 this morning. It was 4 pm Monday.
21-year-old Madeline Lynch of Chico was the driver killed after her vehicle hit a tree on Honey Run Road late Sunday morning. Prior to that she had been involved in a traffic stop by police after they discovered her vehicle had been reported stolen. However, 41-year-old Alex Cabral showed up in another vehicle and allegedly interfered with the traffic stop. According to a Chico Police Department press release, he was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and other charges.
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.
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.
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
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
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 Library- 7830 Road 39 | Tuesday 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m , Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.