30-year-old Evan Palmer and 28-year-old Brittany Larsen both plead guilty Wednesday to charges of manufacturing of butane honey oil and for child endangerment.
The charges stem from an explosion that occurred at a home on Burnap Avenue. Detectives allegedly found components of a butane honey oil lab at the home. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Palmer and Larsen's five month old daughter was in the house at the time of the explosion, however she was unharmed. She was taken into the custody of county child protective services.
A third suspect Jacob Joseph Levi Lincoln was badly burned in the explosion. He is scheduled to appear in court in May. Palmer faces more than 6 years in prison when he is sentenced in May and Larsen faces 4 years in prison when she is sentenced in June.
Two people were walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Warner Street and West Sacramento Avenue when three men approached then after exiting a silver sedan around 1:15 this morning. One of the men was allegedly demanding cash while reportedly battering the victims with a pistol. Officers found the victims with visible injuries. According to Chico Police, there were four suspects total who got away in the sedan. The suspects are reported to be black males.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.
A big rig crash on Highway 99 causes a fire. The semi truck reportedly crashed into a guardrail on the highway at Neal Road before 9:30 last night. That reportedly caused the semi to catch on fire. The fire spread from the truck to the roadway and to a nearby field. Cal Fire crews arrived and quickly contained the fire. According to the CHP, there was also debris on the road that passing vehicles were hitting. Officers closed the roadway at Neal Road due to the debris and a fuel spill. No injuries were reported in the crash.
The Bureau of Reclamation has increased flows coming from the Keswick Dam. Those increases started Tuesday and were bumped up from 30 thousand cubic feet per second to 40 thousand c-f-s. According to a Bureau of Reclamation press release, the increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within the Shasta Reservoir.
Officials warn that Sacramento River levels have increased downstream of the dam and for people to avoid the high-water areas. They also warn not to walk or drive into or near flood waters.
An officer arrived at Red Bluff Union High School after 8 Monday morning after threats were reported at the school. The officer learned that 18-year-old Thomas Trotter was allegedly told another student that there would be a shooting at the school. Additional officers and investigators arrived and found Trotter in the school library. He was reportedly found in possession of a survival type knife. Trotter's vehicle was then searched where a billy club and another knife were allegedly found. Trotter was arrested for making terrorist threats and for the concealed knife.
Red Bluff Police say that this appears to be an isolated incident and no other students were involved.
Back in February of this year an 80-year-old Oroville resident reported that they had checks stolen from their mailbox. Those stolen checks were reportedly used to create fictitious checks that were then cashed at an online bank. On Friday Butte County Sheriff's deputies stopped one of the alleged suspects, identified James Dye as he was driving near the Oroville Walmart. Deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly found evidence of 40 other potential victims of identity theft along with equipment used to create fake checks. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, deputies also allegedly found mortgage payout checks from Camp Fire victims that Dye was reportedly using for is own personal gain.
A second suspect, 28-year-old Ashley Buck is currently wanted for questioning.
Chico police recover a stolen vehicle after a report of shoplifting. Officers arrived to the CVS on Forest Avenue after a female suspect reportedly stole merchandise from the store after 10 Friday morning. An employee told officers that the suspect took off in a Honda Civic driven by a male. Officers looked up the license plate number, provided by the employee, and learned that the Civic had been reported stolen. The Honda was stopped on Highway 99, just north of Entler Avenue. According to a Chico Police Department press release, 24-year-old Dakotah Oreiley the driver of the Honda was arrested for vehicle theft and 19-year-old Feather Funkhouser was arrested for possession of stolen property from CVS and JC Penney.
25 year old Ryan McClure allegedly sent some sexually suggestive comments and was attempting to meet who he thought was a 13 year old girl however, it was Butte County Detectives reportedly posing as the girl. According to a BCSO press release, detectives were able to track McClure with an ankle monitor, because he was currently on parole, and was taken into custody.
Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit at (530) 538-7671.
Chico Police have released arrest statistics for the Cesar Chavez Weekend. The Chico Police Department added extra staffing from Friday March 29th through Monday April 1st. The department was also assisted by various agencies including the Chico State Police Department, the Butte County Sheriff's Office, and the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control. 56 Misdemeanor Arrests were made over the four day period with the most on Saturday at 26. There were seven total felony arrests. Along with arrests there were 79 alcohol related citations and 117 traffic and parking citations.
On Saturday there was a shooting at a house party in area of West 3rd Street and Cedar Street leaving two people injured.
Police respond to emergency calls as a storm brings flooding to some streets in Chico. Tuesday evening's storm brought a tremendous amount of rain in a short amount of time which authorities say resulted in overwhelmed roadways and drainage systems. Police say numerous intersections and low roadways filled up to 3 or more feet of water. Several dozen vehicles reportedly became disabled due to the flooding. Additional staffing had to be called in to assist with emergency calls.
According to the Chico Police Department, for several hours after the rain stopped police along with public works crews, and the fire department continued to patrol the streets along with clearing abandoned vehicles and debris.
A vehicle crash caused power lines to come down on the roadway on Pomona Avenue in Chico this morning. Police are say the crash caused the top of the power pole to sheer off before 5:30 this morning. No word yet on the condition of the driver. PG&E crews are at the site working on the lines. Traffic controls have been in effect in the area.
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California officials say the flood-control spillway at the nation's tallest dam will be deployed this week for the first time since it was rebuilt after it crumbled during heavy rains two years ago, forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate.
Disaster was ultimately averted during the 2017 downpours, but Oroville Dam needed repairs that totaled $1.1 billion.
The Department of Water Resources says Sunday that the massive spillway has been restored to "full functionality."
Officials say no more than 20,000 cubic feet (566 cubic meters) per second will be released down the spillway during expected rains on Tuesday. DWR says triple that amount could be released later in the week as more water flows into Lake Oroville.
The lake level has risen to about 50 feet (15 meters) from the top.
An early morning pursuit in Chico leads to the arrest of two felons. After 1:30 this morning an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on East 9th Street at the Highway 99 overpass. The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not yield leading the officier on a pursuit. The chase ended at Humboldt Avenue at Bartlett Street when the driver allegedly fled from the vehicle while it was still moving. The officer then pursued the suspect on foot behind the Square Deal Mattress Factory. According to a Chico Police PD press release, the suspect, 28-year-old David Pacheco was caught and reportedly found in possession of Cocaine, Ecstasy, and Psilocybin (mushrooms). A loaded 9mm pistol was also reportedly found. Pacheco was arrested on a slew of charges. 27-year-old Charles Augmon, who police say is a known felon, was in the suspected vehicle and was also arrested.
Chico Police are investigating a shooting during the Cesar Chavez Holiday weekend. Officers arrived to the area of West 3rd Street and Cedar Street around 8 pm Saturday where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police then learned that a male victim had been driven to the hospital by friends. Investigators say that during a large party a fight broke out and during the confrontation, someone allegedly pulled a firearm and fired several shots. Both gunshot victims are currently reported in stable condition. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the female victim, identified only as a college student, was not apart of the fight, but was at the "wrong place at the wrong time".
Anyone who was in the area of the party that night is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900 and reference report number 19-02182.
Police respond to a burglary at a Chico mini storage. Two suspects had allegedly broke into a storage locker at the Lassen Mini Storage on East Lassen Avenue on Tuesday where they reportedly took vintage and collectible sports memorabilia. The next day Chico Police contacted the victim who believed they had found what appeared to be some of the stolen items on a social media post. According to Chico Police, officers located the man they believe made that post, identified as 29-year-old Devin Thurman and his girlfriend 26-year-old Samantha Kaksonen at the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds. Both were placed under arrest for the burglary.
Two arrests Wednesday morning after a raid on a Hair and Nail Shop in Oroville. 43 year old Josh Burnett was arrested for possession of heroin and meth and 29 year old Joseph Cyrus was jailed for possession of meth and a parole violation. Butte County Drug Agents raided the NJ Hair and Nails business on Feather River Boulevard shortly before 9 AM. Due to the small amount of drugs located, Burnett was released, but with a notice to appear in court. According to Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Sergeant Sam Burnett, the search warrant was reportedly issued after a month long investigation into suspected sales of heroin and meth at the location.
Two people were reported to have fled the Kohl's on Springfield Drive in a vehicle before officers arrived around 2:45 Wednesday afternoon. Officers located the vehicle nearby and contacted the occupants, 42-year-old Tom Martin and 41-year-old Andrea Arseniak. According to a Chico Police press release, Kohl's employee identified Arseniak as a suspect. She was arrested for that along with alleged possession of narcotics. Martin was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.
The Salvation Army is transitioning from its Early Recovery Program to long-term recovery services for Camp Fire survivors. Salvation Army officials say starting Monday April 1st, any new clients seeking assistance or returning clients, who have no prior appointments scheduled and are in need of additional financial assistance, will be directed to call the Butte County 2-1-1.
During the long-term recovery stage, the Salvation Army will work with other agencies to provide assistance to survivors and move them into the recovery process. Additionally, the Salvation Army will coordinate with local, state, and federal entities to develop and execute long-term strategic disaster recovery plans.
In a four month span, from last December through this month, the Salvation Army has supported more than 600 households with early-recovery assistance. Over $500,000 has been distributed to meet immediate needs, including clothing, construction materials, furniture, household materials, rental assistance, medical needs, and other services - according to a press release from the Salvation Army.
The North Valley Community Foundation has released nearly $100,000 in grants for Camp Fire recovery this week.
According to a NVCF press release, this week's grants, approved by a majority of the NVCF board of directors, include the following:
$25,000 went to the Paradise Police K-9 Unit to continue the current K-9 unit and to add and train a new K-9.
Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue also received $25,000. They have taken in 150 displaced pets and provided food and services at low to no cost for Camp Fire survivors.
$24,000 went to the Chico Housing Action Team to repair a transitional house designated for sheltering individuals disspalced by the Camp Fire.
The rest of the funding went to various organizations and local schools.
For a complete list of Camp Fire Relief Fund grants go to www.nvcf.org/nvcf-camp-fire-grants-made/
An alleged shoplifter strikes a Chico Police officer. An Officer reportedly saw a shoplift in progress at the AM/PM mini mart on West 9th Street around 10:30 Sunday night. The officer recognized the suspect, 41-year-old Billy Faga and told him to stop. The officer reportedly used a tasser, but police say it was ineffective on the suspect. Faga then allegedly charged at the officer and swung at him several times. The officer was reportedly struck once. Other officers arrived and after a brief and reportedly violent struggle Faga was finally detained. According to a Chico Police press release, Faga was arrested for battery on an officer and resisting with violence along with felony probation and shoplifting.
An assault with a deadly weapon was reported at the parking lot of Ray's Liquor on Walnut Street around 1:30 Thursday morning. A witness told officers that a confrontation occurred in the parking lot and that a man allegedly pointed a loaded pistol at a friend of the witness. The armed suspect then reportedly left in a Subaru. Officers found that Subaru at a downtown parking structure.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the driver, 25-year-old Barry Jenkins was arrested for DUI. A passenger, 28-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez was arrested for unlawfully possessing a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of cocaine. 24-year-old Heaven Cota was also arrested for possession of cocaine.
A 14 year old from the area has been identified as the suspect seen on surveillance video Sunday afternoon at a Berry Creek School. That according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release. The juvenile reportedly admitted to being on school grounds with a pellet rifle but said he had no plans to attack the school. The youth reportedly said he was mimicking some movements from video games and movies. The Sheriff's Department reportedly concludes that this is not a threat to the Berry Creek Elementary School or its students or faculty. However, deputies will continue to monitor the situation.
The North Valley Community Foundation has released more than $150,000 in grant funding for groups and organizations helping Camp Fire survivors this week. $25,000 went to California Vocations to replace a portion of their adapted communication systems and physical stimuli equipment that were lost in the fire. From the Ground Up Farms and Camelot Equestrian Park Foundation also received $25,000 each in funding. Throwing Star Fish Foundation received $20,000 to provide items on Amazon wish lists for Camp Fire families, along with offsetting the cost of rent, providing relocation assistance, and providing help for people off of the grid. The rest of the funds went to various organizations, agencies, and local schools including, Paradise Elementary School which received $10,000.
The investigation continues into the death of a man from a fight in the Berry Creek area Monday evening. Authorities have confirmed that 41 year old James Hyrne was the man who died after the altercation. Two men at a residence in the 9 thousand block of Oroville-Quincy Highway were allegedly involved in a physical altercation and both fell from an 8 to 10 foot elevated platform and down a hill. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, one man was restraining the other until deputies arrived, but the man being held down was reportedly deceased when they arrived. No arrests have been made in the case. Investigators believe alcohol was involved.
Butte County authorities are searching for two people involved in shooting in Oroville. An altercation allegedly occurred between 21-year-old Myosha Chappell and family members at a home on the 24 hundred block V-6 Road. Chappell's boyfriend, 21-year-old Santino Brownwebster arrived and was also reportedly involved in the fight. Brownwebster allegedly grabbed a handgun and fired multiple rounds, striking two residences, and narrowly missing several people, including two children in a car. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, no injuries were reported.
Brownwebster and Chappell reportedly fled the area in a white Ford Focus. Brownwebster is described as a black male around six feet tall and weighing 185 pounds. Chappell is described as a white female about five feet - five inches tall and weighs around 216 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office 538-7322.