Chico residents help police catch a porch "pirate." On Wednesday a homeowner in northwest Chico had a package stolen from his front porch. The victim's surveillance cameras captured video of the suspect and his black and white Jeep. The victim then posted those videos on social media in an attempt to identify the suspect. On Thursday a homeowner was on Windham Way heard his side yard gate closing and went out to investigate. He also saw a black and white Jeep leaving his residence. Officers arrived and located the Jeep. Officers searched the Jeep and found property believed to have been stolen. According to a Chico Police press reales, the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Joshua Morris was arrested for petty theft and for an outstanding warrant from Glenn County.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for the community of Nord due to the flooding of Rock Creek.
Sand and Bags are available at Nord Fire Station 41 at the 13,000 block of Highway 99.
The Palermo Unified School District contacted KPAY this morning saying that schools in that district will be closed today due to flooding.
The Stony Creek Unified School District in Glenn County will have a delayed opening this morning due to the storm. Class will start at 10:30 this morning.
There's an evacuation warning for the Richvale area due to potential flooding. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the evacuation warning is for residents in the area between the Sacramento River and Highway 99 from Nelson Shippee Road to Highway 162. This due to the potential for flooding because of forecast levels in the Cherokee Canal.
Authorities say sand and bags are available for the public at the Butte County Rice Growers Association at 1193 Richvale Highway. Residents must bring their own shovel to fill bags. For more information you can go to www.buttecounty.net.
A man is arrested by Chico Police for the 2nd time in two days. A vehicle burglary in-progress was reported on Toyon Way before 12:30 this morning. CSU Chico PD Officers were in the area and spotted the suspect, 38-year-old Theodore Brockmeyer fleeing the area on a bicycle. Brockmeyer reportedly fell from his bike during his attempt to evade officers. He was pursued and detained by officers on Arbutus Avenue. Chico Police Officers arrived and arrested Brockmeyer for burglary, prowling, and delaying a peace officer.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, on Monday Brockmeyer was arrested for possession of stolen property and methamphetamine.
The CHP reported water in the roadway between between Estates Drive and Neal Road around 8:15 this morning....and minutes before that a multiple vehicle collision occurred on northbound Highway 99 just south Estates Drive. A Jeep involved is reported to have major front end damage. Officers say there are minor injuries in the crash.
Chico Police investigating an alleged armed robbery at a Chico 7-11 this morning. A man entered the 7-11 on Main Street before 2:30 this morning reportedly wearing a ski mask. He allegedly pulled a handgun on the clerk, demanding cash from the register. The clerk then gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the store on foot. Police are currently on the lookout for the suspect.
Chico Police nabbed a robbery suspect Monday. Chico Police received a report of a robbery at K-Mart on Pillsbury Road after before 2 pm when a suspect had allegedly stolen an undisclosed amount of property. The suspect reportedly swung a bicycle wheel an employee while fleeing the store. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Joshua Wyatt fled the area on a bicycle. Officers located the Wyatt and found the alleged stolen property and he was arrested for a felony robbery charge.
Two suspected RV thieves were caught in south Chico. An employee of Les Schwab on Notre Dame Blvd noticed an RV which was parked near the business that appeared to have been tampered with before 8 am. The employee allegedly found two men attempting to hotwire the ignition of the RV. The two men claimed they had permission to move the vehicle. The registered owner however, reportedly informed police they had not given permission to anyone to move the vehicle. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspects, identified as 37-year-old Anthony Ripperger and 34-year-old Renaldo Perez were arrested for attempted vehicle theft.
A Chico man is arrested for stolen property and drugs. Officers responded to the 900 block of East Avenue for a reported fight before 4 Sunday afternoon. Officers found 38-year-old Theodore Borckmeyer who claimed an unknown man had just tried to assault him. Officers learned that Brockmeyer was allegedly in possession of a stolen mountain bike. He was then searched and officers reportedly located methamphetamine, syringes, and a stolen laptop. According to Chico Police, Brockmeyer was arrested for possession of stolen property and drugs.
A wanted felon is arrested after a pursuit in south Chico. Officers arrived in an unmarked vehicle at the parking lot of Kohl's before 6 Sunday evening in order to contact a man suspected in a burglary. When the officers identified themselves the suspect reportedly fled in a Ford F-150 pickup. A second marked police sergeant's vehicle attempted to make a traffic stop on Springfield Drive however, the suspect allegedly fled across the median and rammed the front of the sergeant's police vehicle. He then reportedly drove against traffic, but didn't get very far due to damage to the truck. The suspect, identified as Brian Loo then fled on foot but was quickly caught by officers. Loo was allegedly found in possession of the stolen property.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Loo has an extensive criminal history in Butte and Napa counties.
A multiple vehicle collision caused traffic slowdowns this morning in south Chico. The CHP reported that the collision was between A Honda CRV and two Hyundai sedans on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 at the Skyway off ramp around 7:40 this morning. Medics were dispatched to the scene not long after. Officers say one driver injured his head when the air bag deployed however, Chico Fire reported that injuries were minor and the medics were not needed.
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Butte County Sheriff's Office has dropped the death toll from the Camp Fire to 85 people.
The sheriff's office said Thursday that remains from the Camp Fire thought to be from two separate people were from the same individual.
The office also released the names of two more victims, 69-year-old Chris Maltby and 75-year-old Ronald Schenk, both of Paradise -- bringing the total number of identified dead to 71.
The office also dropped the number of people unaccounted for from three to two. John Demianew had an active warrant out for his arrest and was found by Sacramento police.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
A pick up truck verse Big Rig crash happened after 6:15 this morning at the intersection of River and Ord Ferry roads. The CHP says a Toyota Tacoma pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection and hit the Big Rig. Officers say the Tacoma had major front end damage and the Big Rig separated from its trailer. Authorities say one of the vehicles was possibly leaking gas. According to the CHP incident information page, both vehicles reportedly ended up in someones front yard. Minor injuries are being reported from the collision.
COLUSA, Calif – (Jan. 30, 2019) – Colusa Casino Resort presented a check to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Relief and the California Fire Foundation totaling over $16,000 to help victims of the historic wildfires that damaged much of Northern California in 2018.
Victor Fernandez, General Manager of Colusa Casino Resort along with its owners, the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians described the fires as devastating and wanted to take action right away to help those in need. Colusa Casino Resort and Presenting Sponsor Recology, partnered in late 2018 to put together a benefit concert where 100% of ticket sales would be donated.
Amanda Ree, Executive Director of the American Red Cross proclaimed, “Colusa Casino is always a steadfast supporter of our local communities. This support for our wildfire fund came at a critical time between two large local disasters, the Carr Fire and the Camp Fire. And, it has done much to bring our mission to the communities impacted by these devastating fires - allowing us to provide safe beds and warm food as well as provide the direct financial assistance that can help families with immediate needs.”
“The concert at Colusa Casino offered a measure of comfort and renewal for those facing a difficult time,” said Brian Rice, Chair of the California Fire Foundation. “The money from this event will help rebuild homes and lives shattered by catastrophic wildfires.”
The North Valley Community Foundation released three more grants Tuesday to groups that are providing relief to Camp Fire survivors.
The Outpost Restaurant and Bar in Butte Meadows received 25 thousand dollars after requesting assistance to help offset the costs of providing housing and food to those impacted by the Camp Fire.
The Feather River Center received 7,500 dollars to provide a no-cost trip to the Forebay Aquatic Center for students at two school that were affected by the fire.
The Inspire Foundation received 25 thousand dollars to cover the costs of S-A-T, P-S-A-T, and A-P exams for affected students.
Chico Police are crediting a K-9 and his handler for sniffing out a package of drugs. The K-9, known as "Pax", alerted his handler to a container at an undisclosed location in Chico around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. According to a Chico Police press release, Pax sniffed out about 133 pounds of processed marijuana and some 400 grams of highly concentrated honey oil. According to police, the estimated street value was about $500,000.
The case will be turned over to the Butte County Special Enforcement unit for further investigation.
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Just after 7 this morning weather conditions prompted authorities to close the East bound Skyway at Honey Run Road.
Authorities learned that C-F Koehnen and Sons of Glenn County had several beehives allegedly stolen from one of their apiaries in Afton. Butte County deputies were notified that there was a small utility trailer with beehives on it parked in the driveway of a residence on 4th Street in Biggs, which neighbors found to be suspicious. Deputies arrived and inspected the hives which had brand numbers that allegedly matched those that were reported stolen. Deputies arrested 55-year-old Kenneth Allen and 52-year-old Linda Milstead who were found to be in possession of the beehives, that according to a Butte County Sheriff's press release.
Alleged robbers in Chico lured their victim using a dating app. Officers arrived to the Timber Creek Apartments on West 5th Street just after 8:30 Saturday night where they found a man who said he had been robbed at knife point. The victim told officers that he went to the apartment to meet with a woman he had met through a dating app. Once inside the man was allegedly held at knife point by the woman and another man where they reportedly demanded money. According to a Chico Police press release, that the victim suffered a small cut to the neck as he escaped. Officers found and arrested Madison Wiltshire and Keoni Lewis, both 21-years-old. They were both charged with robbery and assault, among other charges.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office will hold its 19th annual Bike Giveaway Saturday. The giveaway will take place at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridely this Saturday starting at 10 am.
This year around 600 bikes, new and refurbished, have been donated from multiple organizations and individuals who said they wanted to help children who have been affected by the Camp Fire. Helmets and bike locks have also been donated.
Members of local bicycle organizations will be on hand to ensure helmets properly fit each child, that according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release.
A Chico Doctor is arrested for sexual assault. Chico Police Detectives arrested Dr. Annamalai Ashokan at his Chico office on Jan Court Wednesday. Detectives initiated an investigation after it was alleged that Dr. Ashokan had sexually assaulted a female patient during a medical procedure and obtained evidence to arrest the doctor. Police say at this point there is no information about any other potential victims. Detectives have been in communication with investigators of the state's Heatlh Quality Investigation Unit who oversee medical licensing investigations.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Dr. Ashokan only has office hours in Chico every other week. His main office is in Hollister.
The Deadline to register for Federal disaster assistance has been extended to February 15th. The deadline had been set for today but FEMA has extended it 15 more days for residents who suffered damages from the Camp, Hill, or Woolsey wildfires. That according to a news release.
Also, property owners who need to sign up for the Phase 2 Camp Fire debris clean up Government Program will have to submit a Right-of-Entry Form.
Officials say that the Right-of-Entry forms need to be turned in to the ROE Center at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville which is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
There's a new grant to address child trauma as a result of the Camp Fire. Representatives of the Butte Strong Fund announced, on Wednesday, a grant of 232 thousand dollars to the Butte County Office of Education. The grant will fund counselors who will be deployed at schools to support students and staff from January to June of the current school year. According to a North Valley Community Foundation press release, the grant will also cover the office of education's request to provide one full-time coordinator to put together a plan and to ensure mental health services are delivered to schools throughout Butte County.
The Butte Strong Fund was developed as a partnership between the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.