36 year old Andrew Shepherd of Chico is believed to be the man who robbed the 711 downtown in mid February and then at least three other Chico businesses including the Safeway on East Avenue. Shepherd was arrested late last week for an outstanding warrant for a prior incident. Chico Police Detectives then searched his home where they reportedly found evidence linking him to the robberies. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Shepard was arrested and booked on three counts of armed robbery and a single count of attempted robbery.
Police responded to an armed robbery in north Chico Friday. A man reportedly wearing a bandana over his face entered the Check N Go on West East Avenue after 4 pm. The man was allegedly brandishing a hand gun and demanded money from the employees. The suspect then left the area on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to Chico Police, the suspect is described as a white male around 5 feet - 9 inches tall with red hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Drought Mitigation Center says California is free of drought for the first time since Dec. 20, 2011.
The center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says Thursday that California experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks.
The center and federal agencies jointly produce the U.S. Drought Monitor, which reported Thursday that a very wet winter has eliminated drought from California and less than 7 percent of its territory remains in the lesser condition of abnormal dryness.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmentalist group is questioning the use of bulldozers to fight major wildfires, saying they're ineffective and leave lasting environmental damage.
The Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, & Ecology organization released a report Thursday detailing bulldozer use during Carr Fire in July. That fire killed eight people and destroyed 1,000 homes in and around Redding. One dozer driver died and another was seriously hurt.
Bulldozers are called in to help contain wildfires by clearing trees and vegetation in the blaze's path.
The report found that the 305 miles of terrain the bulldozers cut through did little to slow the fire because flying embers jumped the lines.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott Mclean didn't respond to phone and email requests for comment.
A 31 year old Oroville man is in custody on murder charges stemming from a killing two years ago in Oroville. Butte Sheriff's Deputies Tuesday arrested Jeffrey Parish for the October 2017 murder of Lorenzo Paz the Second. He was taken into custody on the 26 hundred block of V 6 Road in Oroville.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release, Paz was found inside an Oroville home back in October 2017, the victim of a gunshot wound. Authorities continue their investigation.
A dog attack in the Magalia area leads to the quarantine of numerous dogs by the County's Animal Control Officer. Thursday Morning just before 9 Butte Deputies responded to reports of a large pack of dogs on the 66 hundred block of Rosewood Drive in Magalia. The dogs reportedly belonged to 64 year old Peter Ricca of Magalia who was in court for earlier complaints of his dogs. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, nine of the dogs responsible for the attacks were seized and quarantined by Animal Control The four other dogs were quarantined at the scene under the care of the owners.
Anyone with information about Thursday morning's incident is encouraged to contact Butte County authorities.
A measure to help schools in the wake of the Camp Fire has passed the Assembly Education Committee. AB 297 by North State Assemblyman James Gallagher passed the committee with unanimous support. It helps out with the State Funding for those schools that experienced attendance loss due to the fire. The measure also includes local charter schools.
An Assembly member Introduces a State Constitutional Amendment to abolish California's death penalty. Democratic Assembly member Marc Levine of Marin County led a statewide coalition of 23 members of the legislature in announcing the introduction of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 12, to abolish the death penalty in 2020. According to a press release from the North Bay Assemblyman, it would also require the re-sentencing of existing death penalty cases to a sentence of a lifetime imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Critics argue that this is going against the will of the people and the death penalty still remains the ultimate deterrent to crime.
Social media threats lands two Red Bluff students behind bars. The School Resource Officer for Vista School arrived before 8 Wednesday morning and learned that two male students ages 13 and 14 had reportedly threatened a female student using social media. The suspects allegedly threatened to shoot the victim and reportedly sent her photographs of themselves with firearms. Officers from the Red Bluff Police Department and the Tehama County D-A's Office then arrived to the school to investigate. According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, one suspect was located at the school and the other at his residence. Authorities say neither student was found in possession of firearms at the time of their arrest.
After 8 Wednesday morning an employee of the cemetery on Managrove Avenue had discovered numerous headstones that had been vandalized sometime the previous night. According to Chico Police, 10 to 12 headstones located in the southwest portion of the cemetery. Police say some headstones were allegedly pushed over while others were broken. According to a Chico Police press release, investigators were at the scene canvasing the grounds for evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.
Two people were taken into custody Wednesday morning in the Oroville area as Butte Sheriff's Deputies came across what they believed was a butane honey oil lab. Drug Agents searched a residence on the 26 hundred block of V-6 Road in Oroville. 37 year old Michael Parrish and 25 year old Chelsey Gutierrez were taken into custody and booked on various drug charges. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, agents found a butane honey oil extraction lab on the property along with a small amount of meth.
Chelsy Guierrez and Michael Parrish
A missing man has been found in Chico. Family members of Patrick Burman reported him missing from Willows two weeks ago. Chico Police Monday reported to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office that Burman was found safe and staying at the Torres Shelter. Reports indicate that Burman is a Camp Fire survivor.
A wanted Glenn County man is arrested for a machete attack. Earlier this month 27-year-old Carlos Hill and two juveniles were walking along the roadway at the Grindstone Rancheria in Elk Creek when a man drove up to them and reportedly confronted Hill regarding a previous disagreement. The driver, identified as Dudley Burrows Jr. then got out of the vehicle and allegedly attacked Hill with a machete before taking off in the vehicle. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, Hill was taken to the Glenn Medical Center for major injuries.
Two days later Burrows was found at a residence in Elk Creek and he was arrested for outstanding bench warrants out of Glenn and Colusa counties. Criminal charges regarding the machete attack will be filed with the Glenn County D-A's Office.
North Valley Community Foundation released almost $120,000 in grants Tuesday.
According to a NVCS press release, $25,000 went to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group for a communications vehicle that'll be used to help the animal rescue team to be able to communicate within mountainous areas. Also the Thrive Home School Program received $25,000 to fund a STEAM camp for 50 children for up to 11 days. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
$15,000 went to Butte County Art On Wheels to fund a series of portable murals for each school displaced by the Camp Fire.
Another $15,000 went to the Social Good Fund, on behalf of Empower Me Art for art workshops to help bring normality to communities affected by the Camp Fire.
Report for America received nearly $6,800 to cover 25 percent of the cost of placing a journalist in the Chico Enterprise-Record newsroom to report on Butte County's wildfire news for one year.
The rest of the funds went to various area schools.
Officers arrived to a home on Magnolia Avenue Monday after reports of a carjacking the night before. The suspect in the alleged carjacking was connected to the home, that along with previous drug and weapons related incidents. One resident reportedly jumped the fence and attempted to flee, but was caught by officers. According to a Chico Police press release, other residents of the home also tried to flee, but police had the area surrounded. One individual was arrested, but no word on whether that person was involved in the carjacking.
Crews will be installing storm drainage system improvements and resurfacing the roadway on West Seventh Avenue starting today. That work will be between the western Esplanade frontage road and Magnolia Avenue, as well as portions of the western Esplanade frontage road between West Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Work hours will be from 7 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday weather permitting. According to a City of Chico press release, access throughout the project construction zone will be subject to traffic controls and temporary delays. Through traffic will be detoured. Drivers are encouraged to plan, if possible, to find alternative routes otherwise, motorist should plan extra time in their schedules.
Case Management Services are now available for those impacted by the Camp Fire. Case Managers are available to help fire survivors with guidance on access to the FEMA appeals process along with a number of other needs, including food, clothing, housing, employment, health insurance,financial assistance, and other services. The Services are available at the County Employment Center on Carmichael Drive in South Chico. According to Butte County press release, the center is open from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.
PG&E will increase flows on the North Fork of the Feather River next week. PG&E announced Thursday that the flows will be increased below the Belden Dam from 100 cubic feet per second to about 2,000 cfs starting Monday. According to PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno, the higher flows are necessary as PG&E will not be diverting water from the Belden Reservoir to a water tunnel and penstock that serves the Belden Powerhouse on Highway 70 while it is undergoing scheduled annual maintenance.
PG&E is urging those recreating near the water to exercise caution and not to go into the water as the flows will likely be higher than normal through April.
Chico Police investigated threats made at Pleasant Valley High School. Two students were reportedly involved in an altercation on campus when one of the students allegedly made threats to the other student on Tuesday. Police say students overheard those threats and it was reportedly relayed to other students on social media. Chico Police school resource officers assisted the Pleasant Valley High administration in an investigation into the situation. According to a Chico Police press release, after searches of both the school and private residences were conducted along with interviews with witnesses it was determined that there was no credible threat to the safety of students or staff.
A Chico man was arrested in Red Bluff. 55-year-old Patrick Williams of Chico was issued a citation for petty theft at the Red Bluff Walmart before Noon on Tuesday, according to a Red Bluff Police Department press release. Then around 2:30 that afternoon, Red Bluff Police Officers arrived at Taco Bell on South Main Street after reports of an intoxicated man. That's where they found Williams and he was arrested for public intoxication.
Chico Police have arrested a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery and homicide last year. 35 year old Charles Robertson of Chico was arrested Wednesday for attempted home invasion robbery at an apartment complex on West 2nd Street back in November. Robertson was reportedly with another man who allegedly shot and killed 28 year old Christopher Quails. Chico Police are reportedly still on the lookout for the other suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police 897-4911.
Chico Police are trying figure out how a man got into a gated area at the airport Wednesday and allegedly stole a fuel truck. Chico P-D received a call from a man reportedly saying that he was suicidal and needed help in the area of El Paso Way and East Lassen Avenue around 1 Wednesday afternoon, however officers could not locate him. About an hour later the man called Chico Police reportedly stating that he had just stolen a truck at the Chico Airport. At the same time police received a report that there was an unauthorized vehicle driving on the runway of the airport. According to a Chico Police Department press release, when officers arrived the jet fuel truck was then on Liberator Avenue where the man stopped the truck, he got out and was then taken to a mental health facility.
An arrest was made for shoplifting Tuesday at the Chico Home Depot. One of the suspects, 36-year-old Catherine Russell was found by officers in a vehicle attempting to leave the scene. 42-year-old Wesley Willmon was identified as the other suspect. According to police, Willmon is currently wanted for several outstanding warrants. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Chico Police say they originally listed Hans Russell as a suspect, but they say he was not arrested and that Chico PD has cleared him of any involvement in the incident.
Grants have been given to schools and students from Paradise and Magalia. The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund at the North Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $175,000 through 13 grants.
According to an NVCF press release,
$24,900 has been given for the buying of yearbooks for all Paradise High School students this year and for yearbooks from previous years to give to seniors who lost those keepsakes.
$50,000 is for equipment and supplies for a modular athletic training room at Paradise High School.
$25,000 is for over 100 sixth-grade students in the Paradise Unified School District to attend the Shady Creek Environmental Camp.
$14,300 has been given for 50 fifth-grade students in the Paradise Unified School District go to an overnight field trip to San Francisco.
$1,700 for tricycles, soccer balls, sand play toys, and other recess play equipment at Ponderosa Elementary School.
A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy prevents an inmate from escaping on his last day before retirement.
An inmate attempts to escape during a jury trial. 35-year-old Dustin Lehning from Chico, who was on trial for felony elder abuse of his mother late last week. Lehning was facing the possibility of life in prison due to the charges.
Deputy Christofferson who was assigned as a Bailiff in a jury the trial noticed Lehning reportedly acting as if he was looking for a way to escape when the deputy left the courtroom to deliver some paperwork. The deputy then blocked the doorway. Lehning was then seen allegedly started moving towards a Deputy District Attorney. The deputy attempted to restrain him, but Lehning reportedly got away leading the deputy on a foot chase through the courthouse. The deputy was able to stop him before he got to the door however, Lehning allegedly resisted arrest prompting the deputy to use a taser and was able to take Lehning into custody.