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Police investigate another shooting in Chico

Police respond to another shooting in Chico. Chico police came out after a call of a shots fired at an apartment on Nord Ave after 9pm on Monday. Officers found .380 caliber handgun shell casings in the parking lot. A witness said there were about four shots fired from a silver Pontiac. Police are still looking for the suspects. This was the fifth shooting incident in Chico in the last 10 days. 

A man came to a court appearance in a stolen car

SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man came to a court appearance in the Central Valley in a stolen vehicle. James Manning was arrested after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle stolen. The vehicle's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse in Sonora. Officers found the 2001 Mitsubishi with different license plates on it.

New details on both drivers involved in the tragic I-5 crash

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records. According to The Sacramento Bee, California's Department of Motor Vehicles says neither driver had a moving violation, though the bus driver's license was briefly suspended a decade ago. FedEx driver Tim Evans and the driver of the chartered bus, Talalelei Lealao-Taiao (tah-lah-LAY'-lay LAY'-low-TY'-ow), were killed along with eight passengers Thursday when the truck veered across the median of Interstate 5 and smashed into the bus. The Glenn County coroner has not released official identifications, but Lealao-Taiao's employer confirmed her name, and the Bee spoke with a member of Evans' extended family.
Federal and state investigators expect to take months to determine what caused the accident.

Chico State student sees her stolen bike as she reports the crime

A Chico State student spots her stolen bike as she reports it being stolen. Jennifer Barker found her bike stolen after class at Chico State University Monday night. Barker and her boyfriend, Alex Blease, went to the University Police station and as she was reporting her bike being stolen she and Blease saw a man riding what looked to be her bike. Blease went after the man and caught him. According to the E-R, the suspect claimed to have a gun in his bag and got away. Blease and another person chased the suspect and held him until the University Police showed up. Officers found cutting tools in the man's bag but no gun.  

A man is arrested after a shooting at a Nord Ave Apartment

A man is behind bars after a shooting in Chico. Police found a 29-year-old man with multiple gun shot wounds to his upper body at the Nord Garden Apartments on Nord Avenue after 3am Saturday. Police arrested 23-year-old Robert Duggan about three hours later on Flying V Street. According to police Duggan was in possession of cocaine and that drugs may have been a factor in the shooting. The victim is in critical condition.  

NTSB is re-examining bus safety rules after the fiery crash on I-5 near Orland

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are re-examining bus safety rules in the wake of the fiery crash that killed 10 in California [I-5 near Orland]. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said Sunday that his agency is revisiting proposals to enhance fire and passenger safety in light of the tragedy. A FedEx truck Thursday careened across an Interstate 5 median and slammed into a bus carrying high school students headed to a college tour. Dozens escaped before a massive explosion. Investigators say evidence shows the truck driver didn't apply brakes and that the truck wasn't on fire before the crash as a witness claimed.

I-5 Crash Latest from AP

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says the drivers of a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a college visit are among the 10 people who were killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California interstate. In addition to both drivers, the patrol says three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland. Their identities haven't been released The patrol says the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

I-5 Crash

9 people dead and numerous injured in a fiery I-5 crash near Orland yesterday evening. CHP officials say the Fed-EX truck was traveling south-bound on I-5, near Orland, and for unknown reasons crossed over the into on coming traffic in the north-bound lane and hit a tour bus head-on after 5:30 pm on Thursday. Witnesses say the vehicles almost immediately burst into flames after the collision and large billows of smoke could be seen for miles. The bus was carrying Los Angeles area students heading to the spring preview preview day at Humboldt State on Saturday. 9 people were killed including the Fed-Ex truck driver and the tour bus driver. 32 people were injured and were transported to various area hospitals including Enloe Medical Center. Both sides of I-5 have been closed. According to the CHP website, the southbound lane is now open. 

Bus Semi Crash Claims 9 Lives on Interstate 5

Photo: KRCR

Photo: KRCR


A severe accident occurred this evening  on Interstate 5 just north of Highway 32 near Orland  involving a tour bus and a FedEx semi truck.  Initial reports indicate that the bus was fully engulfed in flames and the accident has claimed 9 lives and caused about 35 injuries. Multiple helicopters are airlifting victims from the scene to area hospitals.  The charter tour bus passengers are reportedly from Southern California on a tour of North state Colleges.  We'll have a full report on The KPAY Morning News Friday morning at 6 am on News talk 1290 KPAY. 

Shooting suspects appear in court

Three suspects involved in a shooting in Chico over the weekend appeared in court for the first time. The three men were charged and bail was set at Wednesday's court appearance. Arraignment proceedings will be continued this morning. According to Action News Now, the charges included, assault with a semi-automatic weapon and gang enhancement. 

Chico man faces charges of molestation

A Chico man faces charges of sexual molestation after his arrest Tuesday. 35 year old Cameon Pugh is suspected of molesting a 10 year old girl last fall. Authorities seized two of his computers and reportedly found more than 200 images of child pornography. He's now in the Butte County jail on bail of 100 thousand dollars.  

Man found dead after an apartment fire has been identified

It was a Chico man who died in that fire on Floral Avenue Friday. 31 year old Mark Dixon was found after the Fire Department doused a fire at a downstairs unit of the Villa Serena Apartments on Floral Avenue. The incident happened just after 3 PM. It appears the fire started in the bathroom, but the official cause of the fire is not yet known.

Chico State Students Robbed At Gun Point

Three Chico State students were robbed at gun point. According to University Police, three students were near the health center on Warner Street when six men approached and robbed them at gun point at about 11:30 pm on Monday. The suspects were said to have been wearing dark clothing with one of the men wearing a bandanna over his face.  

Shoots fired in the air in Orland

Shoots fired in the air in Orland over the weekend. A witness told Orland P.D. that a white Chevy truck drove down the East Walker Street and fired five or six shoots in the air after 2pm on Sunday. Police found shell casings in the street but it is unknown who the suspect is. No one was hurt in the incident.  

Chico police are searching for clues for three shootings in Chico this weekend

Chico Police searching for more clues in a trio of alleged gang related shootings over the weekend. Authorities arrested three young men chasing them after  a shooting at the Chico Trailer Haven Sunday. They're expected to see if there's a connection with a drive by Saturday night and another shooting near LaSalle's bar that hit a man in the torso, although he is expected to live.  Police say all three of the men taken into custody are affiliated with or are members of the Norteno street gang.

Teen is arrested for a stabbing in downtown Chico

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man three times on a Chico street [West Sixth] following a fight. Seven people were detained after officers responded to reports of a stabbing early Sunday. A victim was found at the scene with serious injuries. The male victim, who was not identified, was chased by the juvenile and stabbed three times in his back and right side.

CA: Pension Plan Ballot Initiative

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says he's not giving up on a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' pension plans, despite losing a court challenge this year. Reed, a Democrat, told the Sacramento Press Club Thursday that he will pursue the proposal for the 2016 ballot. He and a group of other California mayors had hoped to put it on the November ballot, but they lost their lawsuit challenging Attorney General Kamala Harris' description of the initiative. The mayor says he will appeal the judge's ruling. Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for unions opposing the plan, says Reed has been unable to get sufficient backing and that financing for his initiative and the political climate will be less favorable for him in 2016.

A doctor is charged with alledly creating a false letter to get out of a speeding ticket

A doctor has plead not guilty again to charges that he created a fake letter to get out of a speeding ticket. The Butte County DA's office filed false evidence charges against 46-year-old Dr. Nickesh Shah of San Francisco. Shah was pulled over by CHP for driving 95 miles per hour on Highway 99 near Estates Drive back in April of 2013. Shah claimed that there was a medical emergency at a Chico clinic. The officer called the clinic and they told him that there wasn't an emergency. According to the E-R, Shah allegedly fabricated a letter from the clinic saying that it was an emergency.

Chico woman arrested for fraud and burglary of prescription pills

A Chico woman is arrested for fraud and burglary. 37-year-old Cassie Lawley, an employee at an unnamed doctor's office, in Chico, was arrested just after 10am on Thursday. According to Police, a local pharmacy had reported receiving orders for a large number of prescriptions for painkillers from the doctor's office. When the pharmacy would call the doctor's office Lawley would say that the order was correct. Later someone would call the pharmacy saying that they were the doctor and said that the orders were correct. Investigators say, that the pharmacy was able to contact the actual doctor and he told them that the orders were not legitimate. Lawley allegedly obtained more than 15,000 prescription pills since November 2012.

Snow Pack Survey Info


Central Sierra snowpack is at 39% of April 1 average. Take a look at how the rest of the state is doing here:

Magalia Meth Lab Bust

Arrests made in conection to a meth lab found in a Magalia home. Butte County Sheriff's deputies searched a home on Imperial Way in Magalia around 7:30am on Wednesday. The deputies found what they believed was a meth lab. A man was arrested on drug charges and possession of stolen property. According to officers, a woman, who is believed to be the sister of the suspect, was also arrested on drug charges. 

A man is arrested trying to cash stolen checks

A man is arrested after trying to cash stolen checks. Chico Police responded to a call before 5:30am on Tuesday of a Subaru that was broken into and checks stolen at a parking structure on Main Street. Later that morning police were called to California Check Cashers on Mangrove where 23-year-old Justin Nelson was trying to cash the stolen checks. Police say that Nelson hid some of the checks in his socks. The Chico PD has received several reports over the past two days regarding similar vehicle robberies at that downtown parking structure. 

State Authorities Box Up The Rain For Later

Authorities say they are capturing rain falling from storms in California to be used later in what's expected to be a very dry year.
Mark Cowin of the California Department of Water Resources said Tuesday that state and federal officials expect to pump water from the San Joaquin Delta for storage in reservoirs during the next week — or possibly two — depending on the amount of rain that falls.
California is in its third dry year, and Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency.
The added pumping won't violate strict regulations protecting endangered fish, and officials say it also won't cause salty ocean water to flood back into the Delta.
Officials said that many Central Valley farmers will get no irrigation water despite the pumping.

Snow for the Mountains and Rain for the Valley

(AP) — A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.
Rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, began falling in San Francisco on Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service expects the stormy weather to last through Wednesday. The northern Sierra could see 8 to 10 inches of snow with up to two feet in the higher peaks. Snow could fall at low elevations down to 2,500 feet.
Farther south, the Central Valley and Southern California are expected to get between a quarter and half an inch of rain. Forecasters are warning drivers of strong winds Monday along Interstate 5 in the Central Valley.
Another, weaker storm system may hit California on late Thursday and continue into Friday.


State Surveyors to Size Up Snowpack

(AP) - State surveyors will travel up the High Sierra today to take their monthly measurements of the snowpack, learning if recent storms brought any relief to California's drought. Officials say expectations are low, even as storm clouds burst open this week. The April 1 survey is critical because it marks the peak of the snowpack.

Governor Brown declares today to be Cesar Chavez Day

California Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed Monday, March 31, 2014 as Cesar Chavez Day in the state. According to CBS 2 in Los Angeles, “Cesar Chavez Day” in California coincides on what would have been Chavez’ 86th birthday. Chavez died on April 23, 1993 at the age of 66.

Man drifts off the road and crashes into a tree

A man in a pickup drifts off the road and crashes into a tree. According to the CHP, 46-year-old Romie Buanno was driving in his pickup on Durham-Dayton Highway when he drifted off the road into a ditch and crashed into a tree trapping him just before 8pm on Sunday. It took almost hour and a half for Cal Fire and other rescue crews to free Buanno from his vehicle and he was then taken to Enloe Medical Center. Buanno suffered two broken legs and multiple internal fractures. The CHP arrested Buanno for DUI.

A kidnapper is caught in Oroville and the child returned to his mother

A kidnapper is caught in Oroville. Chico Police received a call around 2pm Thursday from a man who said that 20-year-old Dalan Johnson had stolen his daugther's Mercury Mariner with his daughter and grandson in the vehicle. About 20 minutes later CHP found the man's daughter on foot on Highway 99 near Neal Road. She told officers that she got out when Johnson stopped for a red light. Police saw Johnson in Oroville before 6:30pm and when the police tried to pull him over he got away but he crashed the SUV. Johnson fled on foot but officers were able to catch and arrested him. The boy was not in the car and was later found safe at a home of a relative of Johnson. 

A fire at a Butte County rendering plant early this morning

A Fire at a Butte County rendering plant this morning. According to Cal Fire, a fire was reported at North State Rendering on Highway 99 just after 1am today. The fire broke out in several large plastic storage tanks. Cal Fire crews responded and put out the blaze. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

Members of Congress meet at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Congress and local officials will meet at Los Angeles International Airport to discuss the lessons learned from an attack that killed a security officer and injured three people last fall.

Friday's hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security's subcommittee on transportation security comes after the airport operator issued a report last week highlighting major lapses in the emergency response to the shooting. The committee will also discuss the findings of a Transportation Security Administration report this week reviewing airport security at nearly 450 airports nationwide. Paul Ciancia is accused of targeting TSA officers in his attack, killing Officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding two other officers and a passenger.

Democrat Sen. Leland Yee had ties to a Former Gang leader

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown who was praised for cleaning up his public image after serving more than a decade in prison now faces up to 95 years behind bars on money-laundering and other charges. The allegations against Raymond Chow were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including California Sen. Leland Yee. In court yesterday, Chow was denied bail because he was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the public.

A Marysville man has been sentenced for a racial attack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for beating a white man and a black woman in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated attack. Billy James Hammett of Marysville was one of three men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 attack at a convenience store in Marysville, 40 miles north of Sacramento. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 28-year-old Perry Sylvester Jackson and 33-year-old Anthony Merrell Tyler are awaiting sentencing. They face up to 10 years in prison for violating the federal hate crimes law. Prosecutors say Hammett, who is 30, kicked the woman in the chest, while Jackson punched the man and Tyler smashed their vehicle's windshield with a crowbar. Prosecutors say all three have white supremacist tattoos, and Hammett has a 2006 conviction for assaulting a 72-year-old black man.

Three People Hurt In Accident On The Esplanade Tuesday Morning

Three people hurt in an accident on The Esplanade. A Ford Explorer and a GMC Denali collided at the intersection of East Ninth Avenue and The Esplanade around 9am on Tuesday. Chico PD says that the impact of the collision caused the Explorer to turn on its side trapping the driver. Chico Fire Crews removed the woman from the vehicle. The woman and two people that were in the Denali were taken to Enole Medical Center.

The Chico City Council accepts a financial report from a third-party auditor

The Chico City Council accepts a financial report from a third-party auditor. The council members accepted the financial audit from a Sacramento based firm at Tuesday night's meeting. According to the E-R, in order for the city to receive a clean audit for the last fiscal year the city needed to reimburse over $13 dollars in deficits to capital improvement funds. This caused the City's the general fund to be over $7 million dollars the red. The Council says that they need to move forward and that they need to clean up the fiscal mess.  

Chico Man Sentenced For Killing Mother

A Chico man is sentenced for the alleged murder of his mother. 30-year-old Adam Jacob was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years to life in prison for the death of 56 year-old Donna Teifer back in 2012. The sentence includes 25 years to life for first-degree murder and an additional year for Jacob's use of a knife during the incident at Teifer's Hampshire Drive house in Chico. DA's Office said Jacob meant to kill Teifer because he felt his mother betrayed him regarding a child custody issue involving Jacob's son. The defendant told others he wouldn't mind if Teifer died.

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