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KPAY News Archives for 2012-10

Man Suffers Burn Injuries in Chico


A man suffered serious burn injuries in Chico after propane ignited.  Cal-Fire tells the Chico ER it was a flash burn that injured the man Tuesday morning on Anita Road as he was going to refill his propane delivery truck.  The man was flown to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.

9 Cited for Beale Air Force Base Protest


Nine protestors cited and released for allegedly trespassing at Beale Air Force base.  Beale says the nine people were briefly detained Tuesday by security. The group was reportedly protesting the use of drones.
 

Officials Identify the Two Homeless People Killed in a Bidwell Park Fire


The two homeless people killed in last week's fire in Bidwell Park have been identified as a Chico man and woman. A news release says 33 year old Darwin Rinner and 5l year old Christine Lawing died in the incident early Wednesday morning at Cedar Grove.  Sgt. Scott Franssen says authorities want to find out the cause of the fire and what fuel may have been used.

80,000 Pounds of Walnuts Stolen in Tehama County


LOS MOLINOS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of more than 80,000 pounds of walnuts from Northern California valued at about $300,000.   The Tehama County Sheriff's Office received a call from a freight brokerage firm on Friday reporting that a truckload of walnuts never arrived in Miami as they were supposed to.    Authorities believe the culprit is the same person who also picked up another load of walnuts days earlier from Los Molinos. Those walnuts were intended for Texas, but also disappeared.  Deputies tell the Record Searchlight of Redding the man who picked those walnuts up was not the person hired for the job. They have not identified the suspect although they do have a suspect description.
   

Butte's "Check Before You Light" Program Back in Effect this Week


Butte County air quality officials say a program asking county residents to not use wood stoves or fireplaces on days with poor air quality starts up again this week.   Armen Kamian with the local Air Quality Management District...


 

The "Check Before You Light" program is in place from November 1st through the end of February.
  

Dozens of Weekend Arrests in Chico


Dozens of people arrested in Chico during the weekend leading up to Halloween.  Chico Police say during a 48 hour period, the department received 871 calls for service, with more than 300 of those in the downtown and south campus area.  Police say that's considerably higher than a normal weekend.  74 people were arrested.  Chico Police say there were two felony assaults and two sexual assaults reported over the weekend.
  

Shasta College Student Suffers Head Injury During Chico Fight


Chico Police say a Shasta College student suffered a life-threatening head injury during a local fight.  Police say 21 year old Tyler Burton was part of a group involved in a confrontation with another group walking on West 8th Street early Sunday morning.  Burton was reportedly punched in the head and knocked to the pavement...he suffered significant head trauma.   Police arrested the alleged attacker, identified as 20 year old Andres Rodriguez, for assault with great bodily injury.

Cal-Fire Extinguishes Gridley Warehouse Blaze


Cal-Fire says a weekend blaze caused 50 thousand dollars in damage to a Gridley warehouse.  Cal-Fire says the fire happened early Sunday morning on Kentucky Street inside a warehouse used by Clean Flame.  The company reportedly creates compressed logs for fireplaces.    Officials say the building's sprinkler system held the fire to where it started and machinery.
 

Governor Brown pushes prop. 30 at Chico State


Governor Jerry Brown is slated to at appear at a Monday afternoon rally at Chico State University. The Governor plans on making his case for Proposition 30 on the November ballot, which would raise sales tax and tax the wealthy to fund education. Monday's rally is scheduled at noon at the Student Services Center Plaza.

Three dead in two accidents on the Ridge


Two teenagers and one other person is dead following two separate accidents on the Ridge. The Paradise Post reports the two teens were killed when their vehicle rolled Saturday night in Magalia at South Park Drive and Ventura Drive. A third passenger was life-flighted to Enloe Hospital. The second accident happened at Pentz Road and Messilla Valley Road. The vehicle went off the road and caught fire. As of this morning there was no official word on identities.

Suspect in Butte County Assault Changes Plea in Court


A man charged with assault and facing a trial next week in Butte County has changed his plea.  The Chico ER reports Joseph Baker pleaded no contest Thursday to assault with a deadly weapon following a 2009 attack in Forbestown where the victim was beaten and lashed to a pole.    Baker will be sentenced in January and faces up to 7 years in prison.

Three Arrested in Tehama County in Two Different Marijuana Busts


Tehama County authorities making two arrests in a pot bust this week.  The District Attorney's Office says  investigators conducted a parole search in Red Bluff as part of an undercover operation involving marijuana.   Investigators located nearly 50 pounds of pot and more than 20 marijuana plants.  59 year old Bret Phillips and 57 year old Arlita Wayman were arrested on drug charges.    
 

In a separate case, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office says a search of a Cottonwood home turned up pot, meth, and guns as investigators probed an alleged shooting.  56 year old Michael Bruce was arrested Wednesday.   He was accused of shooting vehicle tires during a confrontation with a Red Bluff woman over money.   The Sheriff's Office says they found more than 120 pounds of processed marijuana during the search.
 

No Foul Play Suspected in Bidwell Park Death Investigation


No evidence of foul play is suspected in the discovery of two burned bodies in Bidwell Park. Chico Police Lieutenant Mike O'Brien tells KPAY the burned area near Cedar Grove looked like a small homeless encampment.   Fire crews were called to the area just before 6 Wednesday morning.


 

O'Brien says the police department called in the Department of Justice and fire department investigators to process the scene and identify the cause of the fire.  Police say the bodies were that of a man and woman.  Officers believe they have been identified but at last report names have not been released.
    
 

Butte County Probation Receives Grant to Monitor DUI Offenders


Butte County probation officials will continue to keep close tabs on high-risk drunk drivers.  The Office of Traffic Safety says it awarded the local probation department a 173 thousand dollar grant to help monitor DUI offenders.   OTS Spokesman Chris Cochran...




Cochran says the grant funds probation officers.

Redding Company Agrees to Settlement in Discrimination Lawsuit


RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California-based lumber company has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging it allowed co-workers to harass an employee of Egyptian descent.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement with Redding-based Sierra Pacific Industries on Tuesday.  The EEOC alleged the company fired Ahmed Elshenawy from its Red Bluff facility in 2004 after he complained of the alleged harassment. Elshenawy, who will receive the settlement money, later joined the U.S. Army.  The company denied the allegations.   The EEOC says Sierra Pacific has also agreed to report details of future complaints of discrimination or retaliation based on national origin and revise its anti-discrimination policies.

Chico Emergency Officials Report being Understaffed


Over worked and understaffed...Chico's Police and Fire Departments presented their budgets to the City Council Tuesday. The E-R reports Chico Fire Chief Jim Beery said the department currently opperates with 14-percent fewer employees even though there's been a 30-percent increase in calls. Beery says he'll have to rely on federal grants to continue using needed equipment. Police Chief Kirk Trostle said he expects to end the year about $2 million under budget. But the department needs 56 officers on patrol and he estimates by the end of December, it may have as few as 42. The department is looking to reorganize.

 

Lawmakers Review Decision to Let NorCal Wildfire Burn


Two Northstate lawmakers are reviewing the decision to let a forest fire burn instead of fighting it. Northstate Congressman Wally Herger and Congressman Tom McClintock are holding a review Wednesday in Sacramento. Officials say the National Park Service allowed the Reading Fire in Lassen Volcanic National Park to burn in July for ecological benefits. But the blaze grew into a wildfire burning more than 28-thousand acres, destroyed private property, and cost more than 15-million dollars to fight.

Cottonwood Man to Stand Trial for Murder


A Cottonwood man accused of killing his wife has been ordered to stand trial.  Mark Duenas is accused of fatally stabbing his wife in May in the bedroom of their home.    Redding.com reports during a preliminary hearing, the prosecution claims Duenas admitted to the murder on a 911 call.  But the defense denies that allegation and says Duenas told dispatchers he "found his wife sick."   Duenas will return to court in November.
 

Man Arrested after Corning Chase and Crash


Corning Police say a Vina man allegedly led officers on a chase this week, and rolled his vehicle down an embankment.  61 year old Jeffrey Potter was arrested for DUI Monday.  Corning Police say the driver accelerated to 100 miles per hour during one part of the chase and drove through fields and back roads.
  

Vina Helitack Base has New Hoist Rescue System for Helicopter


Cal-Fire says a new rescue system is now in place for the helicopter at the Vina Helitack Base.  Cal-Fire spokesman Kevin Colburn says rescuers will be able to hoist people up to the helicopter instead of having them suspended underneath the aircraft.   Cal-Fire says the agency is in the process of buying hoists for all of its helicopters.  Vina is the 3rd helitack base to receive the rescue system.
 

Tornado Touches Down Near Yuba City


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A tornado has touched down north of the state capital, but only minor damage has been reported.   The National Weather Service in Sacramento says it had no reports of injuries from the tornado, which hit about 3:15 p.m. Monday near Yuba City.  Meteorologist Eric Kurth says there were several other reports of funnel clouds north of Sacramento but no reports of them touching down.  He says the Yuba City tornado moved a small outbuilding about 200 feet and caused damage to the Mallard Lake Golf Center.  He says there also have been reports of downed trees and power lines as the first storm of the season moved through Northern California.

Two Men Take Cash During Willows Armed Robbery


Two men wearing masks apparently fled with cash during a Willows armed robbery.  The Police Department says the pair demanded money from a 60 year old store clerk at the Wood Street Chevron gas station Sunday night. One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a shotgun.  Police say officers searched the area but did not locate the pair.
   

Teenager Bicyclist Injured in Paradise Collision


Police say a Paradise bicyclist suffered head injuries after being hit by a car.  Officers say the 15 year old boy was on the bike Sunday and rode onto Scottwood Road from a driveway, where he collided with a vehicle.  Police say the teen was not wearing a helmet and suffered head injuries.  He was taken to a local hospital.

Woman Killed in Yuba County Crash


One woman has died after being ejected from her vehicle in Yuba County over the weekend.   The CHP says 27 year old Rachael Gertz was driving on Feather River Boulevard Saturday when her car veered off the roadway and hit a  drainage canal.    Officers say Gertz was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Red Bluff Neighborhood after Bear Found in Tree


Police blocked off a Red Bluff neighborhood Sunday afternoon, after an adult black bear was discovered in a tree.    Police say the bear was in the area of Countryside Drive.  The Department of Fish and Game tranquilized the animal, hoisted it out of the tree, and removed it from the residential area.   Police say the neighborhood was blocked off for more than 5 hours.

Chico Police Arrest Wanted Felon and Woman Accused of Assaulting Mall Employee


Chico Police arrest a wanted felon and a woman accused of assaulting a mall employee during separate incidents Friday night.   Police say they found Marcus Yocum at a home on Burnap Avenue. He was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and taken into custody.  Police also arrested a woman accused of attacking an employee at the 'Buckle' clothing store at the mall after allegedly getting caught stealing.  Mary Snoen allegedly bit the employee.

Butte County Stabbing Suspect Enters Plea in Court


A Butte County man accused of attacking a 65 year old neighbor with scissors has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.  The Chico ER is reporting Jesse Singhurst had already pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the stabbing case.   A local judge appointed two doctors to evaluate Singhurst.  The defendant was facing a trial later this month but a new trial date could be set once the doctors complete their evaluation.
  

Chico Fire Responds to Two Fires and Upper Park Rescue


Two house fires and a park rescue keep Chico firefighters busy Thursday night.  Chico Fire Inspector Marie Fickert says the two mobile home fires happened on Henshaw Avenue and Tom Polk.  No one was injured in either blaze.    Firefighters were also called to Upper Bidwell Park, after a 26 year old woman fell.

 

 

Fickert says the woman was rescued by helicopter and taken to a Chico hospital.

CSUC Building Deemed Safe Despite Worries Over Asbestos


Chico State University officials say Butte Hall is safe despite concerns about asbestos. The controversy stems from two Univeristy professors dying of cancer within the last year. Chico State Spokesman Joe Wills says Butte Hall does have asbestos, but certified experts have deemed the facility safe.   A geography professor placed signs outside of Butte Hall this week that read "Caution: Asbestos." Wills says the University is open to more testing if that will ease fears.
    
 

Redding Robbery Suspect Hit with Shovel


Redding Police say a man who allegedly tried to rob a local gas station was hit in the head with a shovel and only made off with jerky.    Police say 25 year old William Cree allegedly demanded cash from a Valero employee early this morning and tried to steal merchandise. The employee refused to give the suspect money and apparently hit Cree with the handle portion of a shovel.   Redding Police say Cree ran to a getaway car.  The suspect and the alleged getaway driver were both arrested.

Oroville Plant to Shut Down


An Oroville plant that burns agricultural and forest waste will close.  The Chico ER is reporting Pacific Oroville Power, Inc. could close in December, which would have about an 11 million dollar per year impact on the local economy.   The plant manager told the newspaper its closing for a number of reasons that make producing electricity unprofitable.

Chico Council Moves Forward with Outdoor Smoking Rules


Chico city leaders moving forward with new rules for smoking near business doorways.   The Chico City Council voted 5 to 2 Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of business entryways.  Councilmember Mary Goloff...


    
The ordinance will also ban smoking in outdoor dining areas.

Two Injured in Oroville Hit and Run


Two Oroville residents injured in a hit and run collision Tuesday night.  The Oroville Police Department says one driver allegedly threw a beer on the ground and then ran from the scene following the two vehicle crash on Table Mountain Boulevard. 34 year old Agripino Garcia was arrested a short time later on charges including DUI.  The two victims were taken to Oroville Medical Center with moderate injuries.

CA Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on Health Program Elimination


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers will begin hearings this week into how the state will end a health program serving more than 860,000 children without disrupting care. The state budget enacted this year eliminates Healthy Families to save $73 million a year. Its participants will be moved to Medi-Cal, California's version of the Medicaid program for the poor.  Healthy Families benefits low-income families who did not qualify for Medi-Cal.   A top concerns is whether health care providers will be willing to accept the new patients because they were reimbursed at a higher rate under Healthy Families. They could receive 15 percent less under Medi-Cal.  California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley says she believes enough health providers will be willing to care for the children at the reduced rates.

Yuba City Pays Man to Prevent More Lawsuits


YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - Officials in a Northern California city have agreed to pay a man $15,000 not to file any more lawsuits against the city or businesses over the federal Americans with Disability Act.  In what they're describing as the first of its kind, Yuba City officials say they've agreed to pay George Louie the money so he won't file suits over allegations of failing to comply with the act.   The agreement is most likely a relief for business owners in the Sutter County community about 40 miles north of Sacramento. Some have described the suits as "frivolous."   The Sacramento Bee reports that Louie was placed by a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge on a state list of "vexatious litigants," in 2011 and is barred from filing lawsuits in California courts, though Louie is still free to file suits in federal court.
   

Authorities Release Name of Victim in Oroville Drive By Shooting


Authorities have released the name of the Sacramento man killed last week in a drive by shooting in Oroville.  18 year old David Vang died after being shot Friday at a small party on Fogg Avenue. Vang was reportedly hit multiple times. An autopsy is set for tomorrow.   The 2nd shooting victim has been identified as a 17 year old girl.  She was reportedly released from a local hospital over the weekend.    Anybody with information on the drive-by shooting is asked to contact Oroville police.

California Gas Prices Down for 2nd Day


LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's reign of pump pain is easing as prices drop for the second day in a row.  The AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report for Thursday says the average price of regular is just under $4.66 a gallon - down more than a penny in two days.  However, it's still the highest price in the nation.  The highest state price is $4.75 a gallon in the San Luis Obispo area. San Francisco has $4.73, with Los Angeles and San Diego reporting around $4.70.   The drop follows a 50-cent runup at the pump, fueled in part by refinery and pipeline problems. Some lawmakers have called for an investigation of the hike.   Analysts say California's early switch to a cheaper but more polluting winter blend of fuel should help lower prices.
 

Father and Son who Drowned in Biggs Identified


The father and son who drowned this weekend in a Biggs pond have been identified as 54 year old Jesus Rojas and 2 year old Manuel Rojas-Hernandez. The two were reportedly from Live Oak. They were in an inflatable boat late Saturday afternoon in a small pond in Biggs when the boy fell overboard. The man jumped in, got a hold of the boy but couldn't get them into the boat.
 

Chico Police Release Crimes Report


The latest crime report for the city of Chico shows a gradual decrease in criminal activity for the first half of 2012. The report looks at homicide, rape, robbery and assault or crimes against people, and such things as burglary and auto theft, or crimes against property. Chico Police Crime Analyst Robert Woodward says many crimes occur in certain areas, like burglaries in the general campus area.



Woodward says however he's seen some disturbing trends of late. Preliminary numbers show there are 122 burglaries in Chico for September. That's an all time high compared to what is normally 30 or 40 burglaries in the city in September.

Man Arrested in Connection with Oroville Shooting


A suspect in an Oroville shooting has been arrested.  Oroville Police say 22 year old Angel Zarate was located this week and booked into the county jail for attempted murder.   Lieutenant Al Byers says Zarate is a suspect in a September shooting that injured a 23 year old man. Police say the victim was shot because he was in a relationship with the suspect's ex-girlfriend.

Glenn County Identifies Human Remains Found at Park


Glenn County authorities have identified human remains found at Ord Bend Park over the summer as a Chico woman reported missing 7 years ago.  A county employee found a  human skull near a brush burn pile in July.  The Sheriff's Office says a state crime lab has identified the remains as those of 37 year old Heidi Ring.  Officials say no cause of death has been determined in this case and it is unknown how, or when, Ring’s remains came to be at Ord Bend Park.

    
 

Butte County Receives Mixed Results in Child Health Report


Butte County gets a split verdict on keeping its kids healthy. A report by the group Children Now looked at 28 key indicators for all of California's counties. The report looked at everything from prenatal care to kids on welfare. Researcher Jessica Mindnich says Butte County scored well on students who are ready for college level math courses. She says too many children in Butte County have been in the welfare system for too long. Butte County also had low marks for its lack of a school health center, something that hurts almost all California counties.

Fire Damages Oroville Home


No one was injured during an Oroville house fire.  The blaze Tuesday morning damaged a home on Bridge Street.     A man was able to escape...and two dogs were rescued.     The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 

CA Farmers say High Gas Prices are Causing Financial Pressure


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Farmers in California's Central Valley say record high gas and diesel prices are putting  pressure on their bottom lines. But economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices in the U.S.  The rise in gas prices has slowed, but the price Tuesday was still a state record and the highest in the nation. Regular gas in the state averaged a little over $4.67 a gallon. The price for diesel averaged $4.38 per gallon as of last week.  Farmers say they're spending more to refuel farm equipment and have to pay fuel surcharges to people mechanically harvesting or transporting their produce.  California's Central Valley produces much of the nation's fruit, vegetables, nuts and dairy products. But economists say customers shouldn't expect food prices to rise more than a few pennies on the dollar, because fuel is only a small percentage of the cost of farming.

Butte County Leaders Get Update on Prison Realignment Today


A report card of sorts goes before Butte County Supervisors today on the county's efforts with realignment. That's the state program that lets local authorities deal with lower level offenders. Butte County Undersheriff Cory Honea says the snapshot by local authorities and Chico State officials shows the prolgram by and large is a success, with a 20 percent failure rate in its Alternative Custody Supervision Program. The realignment plan began a year ago this month. Honea says the 20 percent "failure rate" is a lot better than other California counties. He says the report provides a snapshot of what's working and what needs to be improved to carry out the program and protect public safety.

Two Arrested in Paradise Shake and Bake Meth Case


Two people arrested in Paradise in connection with the county's first known case of "Shake and Bake" meth manufacturing.   The Paradise Police Department says 23 year old David Tranah and 23 year old Candace Tranah were taken into custody last week near the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.  Police say a backpack contained  glassware and other ingredientsbelieved to be used in the "Shake and Bake" method of manufacturing meth, in which all ingredients are mixed in a single container.   Police describe that method as volatile...and say the container
can explode.

  

Logue Drops Out of Special Election Race for Senate Seat


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Citing health reasons, a state assemblyman is dropping his bid to run in a special  election for an open legislative seat.  Election officials said Monday that Assemblyman Dan Logue's name will still  appear on the Nov. 6 ballot in the special primary election for the 4th Senate District.  Logue is one of six candidates listed for the open seat of former state Sen. Doug La Malfa, who is running for Congress. The district runs from north of Sacramento to the Oregon border. A runoff will be held in January if no candidate wins more than half the vote next month.  Logue's campaign manager, Cliff Wagner, says doctors told Logue to rest while he recovers from a medical condition. The Republican from Linda will instead run for re-election to the Assembly.

President Race Rumbles into Final 4 Weeks


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The race for the White House is rumbling into its final four weeks with Republican Mitt Romney seeking stature on foreign affairs and President Barack Obama raising political cash by the millions.  Negative ads, charges of dishonesty and dwindling time are all setting the tone.   Joining celebrities for fundraising in Los Angeles, Obama declared "I intend to win." But he needled himself for the first time over a poor debate performance.   Romney is in Virginia, trying to bury the memories of his fumbled trip abroad this summer and knock Obama back on national security. "Hope is not a strategy," Romney says in excerpts of a Monday speech at Virginia Military Institute.

Shasta Teens Accused of Bank Burglary Turn Themselves In


Shasta County authorities say two Redding teenagers accused of breaking into the same bank twice apparently planned the burglaries from watching bank heist movies.  The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says 18 year old Tyler Neau and Kaishla Geisler are accused of breaking into a dental office to gain access to North Valley Bank.   The pair turned themselves into law enforcement Sunday after reportedly taking off on foot after their vehicle crashed.
 

Gov. Brown Takes Action to Help Reduce the Cost of Fuel


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is taking action in an effort to drive down the cost of gasoline as California drivers cope with record-breaking prices at the pump. For the second straight day yesterday, the average California price for a gallon of regular rose to an all-time high. Brown ordered state smog regulators to allow winter-blend  gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to bring down prices. In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.
    
   

BCSO: Three People Drown Saturday


The Butte County Sheriff's Office says a man and a 2 year old child have drowned in a pond near Biggs.  Authorities say the 53 year old man and his son were in an inflatable boat Saturday when the boy fell overboard.  The Sheriff's Office says the father jumped in to save his son, but was not able to get them back into the boat. The man died at the scene...the child died at a local hospital.   Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office says a 23 year old Fairfield man died Saturday after being swept downstream at the afterbay of the Feather River.   Authorities say Kenneth Cooper was underwater for nearly 10 minutes before being pulled out by rescuers.
  

US Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8 %


WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election.   The Labor Department says employers added 114,000 jobs in September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for work.  The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months. The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when President Barack Obama took office.  The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate against Mitt Romney.
 

CPD Identifies Victim of Fatal Stabbing


Chico Police have identified the 53 year old woman who was stabbed to death early Thursday morning.  Police say Diane Luke was stabbed once on West Sacramento Avenue and was taken to a local hospital, but didn't survive her injuries.   30 year old Shanda Mollison has been arrested on suspicion of murder.   Police say the motive in the fatal stabbing is still under investigation.
 

CA Gas Prices Jump by up to 20 Cents Overnight


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Californians woke up to sticker shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by up to 20

cents a gallon in some areas, prompting some stations to close and others to charge more than $5 a gallon.  The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report says the average price of gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon - highest in the nation.   In Southern California, the price jumped 20 cents a gallon to $4.53 in Ventura and 19 cents to nearly $4.54 in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area.  In San Francisco, a gallon of regular gas is nearly $4.60.  In many areas, prices have jumped 40 cents in a week.  Refinery problems have helped send wholesale prices soaring.  Some stations ran out of gas and closed Thursday rather than pay those costs. The Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/OGwEV2) says some Costco stations closed.

Taxpayer group challeneges fire protection fee


California's rural fire protection fee is being challenged in court by a taxpayer watchdog group. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association filed the class action lawsuit Thursday. The group claims the 150-dollar annual fee is unconstitutional because it was passed without the required two-thirds vote in the Legislature. The lawsuit targets Cal-Fire and the Board of Equalization.

Two Early Morning Stabbings Under Investigation in Chico; One Stabbing was Fatal


Two early morning stabbings reported in Chico...one was fatal.    Chico Police Chief Kirk Trostle says a 30 year old woman was arrested following a deadly assault just before 1 AM on West Sacramento Avenue.   Shanda Mollison has been booked into the county jail on suspicion of murder.

 

Meanwhile, Chico Police say the 2nd stabbing happened on Magnolia Avenue around 3:30 AM.  Officers say the 22 year old victim went home to find a man in his living room.  He confronted the suspect and was stabbed repeatedly in the arm.  The suspect took off and was not located.

Survey: Job Cuts Returning to Normal


 CHICAGO (AP) - The Challenger, Gray and Christmas job cuts
survey finds employers cutting way back on layoffs.
     The outplacement firm says layoffs last month were up about five
percent from August, but CEO John Challenger says that was a
20-month low. And he says there was "a big drop from last year,"
noting that layoffs in September were down 71 percent from a year
ago.
     For the third quarter, layoffs were the fewest for any quarter
during the past 12 years. And year-to-date job cuts are at a
15-year low. Challenger says, "You have to go back to 1997 to find
fewer job cuts announced in the first nine months of the year."
     But he says while layoffs are back to pre-recession levels,
hiring remains very sluggish. So it's good if you have a job, but
still tough if you don't.
 

Oroville Man Hurt During Home Invasion Robbery


    An 88 year old Oroville man injured during a home invasion
robbery.
    The Butte County Sheriff's Office says the victim was apparently
attacked Wednesday night at his home on Carmel Avenue.  The victim
says the suspects took cash and property.  
    The man was taken to Oroville Hospital, where he was listed in
stable condition.
    
 

BCSO: Oroville Shooting was Gang Related


    Two people arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting
in Butte County.
    The Sheriff's Office says shots were reported around Lincoln
and Monte Vista Avenue Tuesday afternoon in Oroville, with suspects
taking off in two different vehicles.
    18 year old Fredy Caudillo and a juvenile were arrested during
a traffic stop.  The two face charges including shooting at an occupied
vehicle.
  

Man Arrested in Connection with Chico Stabbing Last Month


    After a month long investigation, authorities have charged

a 19 year old man with assault in connection with a Chico stabbing.
    The Sheriff's Office says 3 people were stabbed in September
during a party on Dayton Road.  Detectives searched a Nord Avenue
apartment Wednesday and arrested Jorge Buitimea.
    He was booked into the county jail for assault with a deadly
weapon.
    The Sheriff's Office says there is a possibility of other suspects
in the case.
  

GCSO: College Student Who Drowned in the Sacramento River had Drugs in his System


Glenn County authorities say a 20 year old man found in the Sacramento River had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he drowned.  The Sheriff's Office has released the cause of death of Brett Olson, who was the focus of an extensive search in September following the Labor Day float.  The Sheriff's Office says Olson's death is classified as accidental.

Chico Council Approves New Noise Ordinance


Chico city leaders approving a new noise ordinance for the city.  The City Council gave final approval to the ordinance Tuesday night.   It calls for a warning before a citation, except if there are two separate complaints, and extends a  warning period to 180 days.
   

Dog survives 110-mile ride on pickup's engine


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) - A dog has survived a 110-mile ride on the hot engine of a pickup truck during a Southern California heat wave. The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado felt the pickup move slightly after he stopped in San Clemente on Monday. He had just driven from Chino to Orange and Camp Pendleton. The Orange County Register  says 52-year-old Jaime Magana noticed fur above the left front tire and he opened the hood to find a 25-pound dog atop the engine. Temperatures outside were nudging 100 degrees. Magana called for help and an animal control officer put the dog, nicknamed Chevy, into her air conditioned truck. It perked right up. Magana says he's seen the dog in his Chino neighborhood. The hunt is on for the dog's owner.

Measure of US home prices rises by most in 6 years


WASHINGTON (AP) - A measure of U.S. home prices jumped 4.6 percent in August compared to a year ago, the largest year-over-year increase in more than six years. CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also says prices
rose 0.3 percent in August from July. The sixth straight month of price gains, combined with rising home sales and increased builder confidence, point to a housing recovery that is becoming sustainable.Other measures of home prices have increased. The Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index rose in July compared to a year ago, the second straight yearly increase after two years of declines. And an index compiled by a federal housing regulator has also reported annual increases.
    

Fire station brownouts hit the Ridge


Budget constraints have forced the closure of the Wagstaff Fire Station on the Ridge. The Paradise Post reports the only station open in Paradise is Fire Station 1. Officials say the brownout is due to overtime costs that were already reached because of out-of-area fires, vacation time, and fully staffing engines during fire season. Officials say the Wagstaff Fire Station will remain closed until Wednesday, but brownouts will probably continue through December.

Victims robbed at gunpoint in Butte County pot garden


Butte County investigators are looking for five suspects who allegedly bound several victims and robbed a marijuana garden. The Sheriff's office say it responded to the pot garden on Centerville Road early Monday morning. The victims were camping in the garden when four men and one woman reportedly detained the victims at gunpoint, took the marijuana plants, and stole a victim's vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's office.

Calif. gov. OKs bill on illegal immigrant licenses


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown announced Sunday that he has signed AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles. It will let the Department of Motor Vehicles issue licenses to illegal immigrants eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration policy. However, he vetoed AB1081 by fellow Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco. The bill, dubbed "anti-Arizona" legislation, would have protected illegal immigrants who commit minor infractions from deportation. The bill would have let California opt out of some parts of a federal program that requires local law enforcement officers to check the fingerprints of people they arrest against a federal
immigration database and hold those who are in the country illegally.
 

Peanut butter recall includes major retailers


WASHINGTON (AP) - A New Mexico company has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. Sunland Inc. sells its nuts and nut butters to large groceries and other food distributors around the country. The company recalled products under multiple brand names after salmonella illnesses were linked Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are now 30 illnesses in 19 states that can be traced to the Trader Joe's product. The recall includes nut products from Whole Foods Market,
Target, Fresh & Easy, Giant Food, Harry and David, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company and several others.

California will ban gay teen 'conversion' therapy


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed SB1172 by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance. Lieu says the law will prevent children from being psychologically abused. Effective Jan. 1, the state will prohibit what is known as reparative or conversion therapy for minors. Brown says the therapies "have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery." Gay rights groups say the practice is dangerous because it can put youth at higher risk of depression and suicide. Conservative religious groups and some Republicans argue that banning conversion therapy would hinder parents' right to provide psychological care for children experiencing gender confusion

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