Deputies were dispatched to the California Check Cashing Store on 1456 Mangrove Avenue around 9:45 Monday morning after a person allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check. Several checks were also reportedly attempted to be cashed at other businesses in Butte County. Deputies searched a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Chico and reportedly located printing machines, blank checks, and numerous fraudulent checks printed with different business names on them. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies also found evidence that the subjects were attempting to counterfeit U.S. paper currency.
43-year-old Markee Harris, 35-year-old Jessica Jimenez, and 35-year-old Victoria Johnson were arrested on various charges of check fraud, identity theft, and grand theft.
Bus Service could be coming to Northstaters going to Sacramento. The Butte County Association of Governments recently applied for a series of grants that could make the service a reality. BCAG Executive Director Jon Clark says after a look at the situation it's for a 3 year pilot program.
The idea is there would be two morning runs at 5 and 6 O'Clock and then return runs to Chico in the late afternoon. Clark says studies show there are about 15 hundred people who work in Sacramento and currently commute there.
A man with warrants out for his arrest is allegedly caught shoplifting at a Chico store. Loss prevention staff at Kohl's spotted a man inside the store around 4 Friday afternoon who was suspected of stealing merchandise from the store two days earlier. The employees believed the suspect was concealing merchandise and as he left the store they reportedly nabbed him. According to a Chico Police Department press release, a records check revealed that the suspect, 50-year-old Thomas Rainbolt had three warrants for his arrest. One of those warrants was for vehicle theft. Besides stolen merchandise police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The Chico Police Department is warning residents about IRS scammers.
This time of year there are a lot of scammers calling residents claiming to be Internal Revenue Service officials.
Chico Police say if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you don't owe any taxes there are several steps you can take:
*Do NOT give out any personal information and hang up immediately
*You can report your call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
*Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complain Assistant at f-t-c dot gov at www.ftc.gov/
and be sure to add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
24-year-old Tyrone Sotolongo was sentenced Wednesday to 34 years in state prison after he was convicted in November of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and other related weapons charges, that according to a Butte County District Attorney Office press release.
The conviction stems from an incident near the intersection of the Esplanade and Cohasset Road back in June 2017 when Sotolongo chased and fired at least nine shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a 23-year-old victim. Investigators believe it was a drug deal gone awry. Police say bullets struck buildings and cars. No one was reported hurt in the incident.
California's Department of Water Resources and other National dam safety experts come in for some harsh criticism in the final forensic report over the spillway collapses last February. The independent panel released its report today and said the Oroville Dam had inherent design and construction weaknesses. It says the fault lies not on any one thing, but a series of events that led to the evacuation order where some 200 thousand people were threatened. In the future, the panel says one person should be responsible for dam safety and the dam safety culture and program within DWR must change.
Butte County has come to the aid of the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. The county's old public works yard in Chico is now the new home of the group. County Administrator Shari McCracken says the group can now set up shop on 20th and Locust in Chico.The county had to clean up the property because of old fuels there and McCracken says the group said they needed a spot and it all worked out.
UPDATE:as of 11am
The CHP has reopened Hwy 99 after closing this section of the highway since the collision.
A fatal collision on Highway 99 at East Hamilton Road near the Thermalito Afterbay happened before 6 this morning. A pick up and a sedan hit each other head-on. The CHP is saying a Honda Accord involved in the crash was reported stolen and that the unidentified driver of that vehicle was killed in the collision. According to the CHP a Ford Ranger and a Red Suburban were also involved in the crash. The CHP says the occupants of the pickup were injured but no word yet on the extent to their injuries.
Officers have closed both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 99 and have closed from East Hamilton Road to B Street in the town of Biggs the Estimated time of opening to be around 10:30 this morning. This from the CHP incident website: CALTRANS IS DETOURING TRAFFIC OFF NB 99 TO E BIGGS, TO LARKIN RD TO SR162 WEST BACK TO SR99, AND SB TRAFFIC IS DETOURING OFF AT W HAMILTON RD TO RICETON SOUTH TO AFTON RD EAST TO 8TH ST TO B ST EAST TO SR99.
A low snowpack does NOT seem to have State Water Officials worried. The Department of Water Resources took its first snow survey Wednesday and the snowpack was only 24 percent statewide. DWR Spokesman Doug Carlson says last year's record rainfall helped a lot.
He says the sought after "rivers of moisture" have been blocked by a High Pressure System off the West Coast. He says that will kick the air into Canada, and that helps explain why it's so cold on the East Coast right now.
The CHP reported a head-on collision at Highway 99 between 162 East and 162 West around 7 this morning.
The northbound and southbound lanes in the area are closed.
According to the CHP website, southbound traffic is being diverted from Highway 99 to Highway 162 West. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway 162 West to the Midway. The CHP is saying there is no estimated time when that section of highway will reopen.
No word on the number of vehicles involved --- the CHP is reporting at least one fatality and at least three injuries including at least one major injury with a woman being life flighted to Enloe Medical Center.
A strong high pressure system is creating strong pollution-trapping inversions prompting the Butte County Air Quality Management District to request that residents in the Chico area voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces until midnight tonight.
For more information and to sign up for alerts you can visit www.bcaqmd.org or call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409.
Butte County authorities are on the lookout for a suspect wanted on a felony. Deputies arrived to Jasper Way in Chico to serve an arrest warrant to 30-year-old Ryan Rash. He was wanted on a felony warrant for failing to complete the Butte County SWAP program. According to Butte County officials, SWAP is a program consists of working in the community rather than serving time in jail.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, Rash allegedly fled on foot and then got into an Infinity sports car leading deputies on a chase. Deputies called off the pursuit due to the high speeds in residential neighborhoods.
Rash is wanted for the felony no bail warrent and for failing to yield with wanton disregard for public safety.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Josh Brazzi at 538-7321.
Chico Police are asking the public's help for information on a vehicle versus pedestrian hit-and-run incident. A man was found in the roadway on East 8th Street near Poplar Street around 6:30 Wednesday morning. Officers determined that he was struck by a vehicle that had fled the area. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for multiple contusions and according to police, he has since been released from the hospital.
According to a Chico Police press release, the suspected vehicle is described as a small white or light colored sedan and would likely have minor to moderate damage to the right front part of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4910.
Due to weather conditions Butte County officials extend the Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico area. According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, a strong high pressure weather system is creating an extended period of weak winds and cold nights. It is also creating strong pollution-trapping inversions. That's why the Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking residents in the Chico area to refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until midnight tonight. Officials say the air quality is expected to be the poorest during the evening and overnight hours when inversions trap wood smoke close to the ground.
26-year-old Salvador Fuentes of Oroville was the man who was found lying in the street at the Foothill Mobile Home Park around 8 Monday night. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BCSO Investigations Unit is actively investigating the incident as a homicide and detectives believe the victim may have known the shooter. According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release, the suspect has not yet been identified.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the BCSO Investigation Unit at 538-7671.
The Butte County Air Quality Management District issued the advisory Wednesday and is now continuing it today until Midnight tonight. Officials are asking residents in the Chico area to voluntarily refrain from using their woodstoves and fireplaces today due to an air quality forecast that they say is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
To check today's air quality you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 1-855-332-9409.
30-year-old John Ballenger of Oroville plead no contest Wednesday, in Butte County court room, to arson and an enhancement that his reckless arson burned multiple structures.
Ballenger was accused of illegally camping next to the Sucker Run creek near the Ponderosa Dam. He had been camping in the area for about a month and had an illegal campfire which he reportedly never put out. Ballenger reportedly left the fire burning while he went for a walk. Authorities say the hot embers escaped and started the Ponderosa Fire which burned over 4 thousand acres and destroyed 55 structures including houses.
According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Ballenger faces 14 year in state prison.
The Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking Chico area residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until 12:01 am Thursday morning. This due to an air quality forecast that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.
According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, wood stove and fireplace use is already restricted within Chico city limits by a city ordinance.
For more information you can call the C-B-Y-L Hotline at 332-9409 or you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or you can also check their twitter feed.
Police has identified the suspect in the Christmas Eve shooting incident in Chico. Officers found a 29-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound in an alley between West 1st and West 2nd avenues around 8:30 Sunday evening. She was taken to the hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition. Police say the name of the victim is still being withheld at this time.
According to a Chico Police press release, detectives have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Alexanna Danis of Red Bluff. She is described as 5 foot - six inches tall and is 150 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information about Danis' whereabouts is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.
Police are investigating a Chrismas Eve shooting incident in Chico. Officers arrived at an alley between West 1st and West 2nd avenues before 8:30 Sunday evening where they found woman in her 20s suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities are saying that the woman's condition is unknown at this time. According to the Chico Police Department, due to the investigation, they are not releasing the names of those involved in the incident at this time.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.
Butte County authorities are investigating a fatal Christmas Day shooting. Deputies were dispatched to the Foothill Mobile Home Park around 8 Monday evening after reports of shoots fired. The deputies reportedly found a man in the street in front of a residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, due to the suspicious nature of the incident, the shooting is being investigated as a homicide.
An Accident on the Lower Skyway Saturday Evening kills 1 and injuries another.. Chico Police report that an accident at the Skyway and Notre Dame Blvd. occured around 630P Saturday. The Police say the 2 vehicle accident involved a Toyota and Buick Cutlass, when 1 of the Vehicles traveling Westbound on the Skyway ran the Light at the intersection causing the collision with the 2nd Vehicle. Both Drivers received injuries in the collision and were transported to the Hospital where 1 of the Injured later died of their Injuries. Authorities have not released the names of those involved.
The Investigation into the Accident continues.
The annual bike giveaway kicks off at 2 pm this afternoon the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Gillick Way in Oroville. Some 75 bikes have been refurbished. Those bikes along with helmets will be given to children in need. The bike giveaway is conducted by members of the Sheriff's Office and STARS volunteers.
The Butte County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that a misdemeanor charge of assault was filed against 51-year-old Scott Ruppel. This after Ruppel allegedly put 21-year-old William Rowley the 2nd in a strangle hold while he was handcuffed and restrained last August. The assault was reportedly captured on the body camera of another officer as Ruppel was reportedly attempting to get Rowley to sit back in the seat of a patrol S-U-V. Rowley reportedly yelled at Rupple prompting him to allegedly grab the suspect by his neck and push him back into his seat. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office Press Release, there was enough force to rattle the cage and Rowley was reportedly gasping for air afterwords.
Ruppel was placed on administrative leave and he has retired from the police department.
The Chico City Council moves further discussions of development impact fees to next year.
There are 15 subcategories of the Urbanization and Street Facilities fee. 13 of those categories have already been approved by the council and at Tuesday night's meeting a 14th was added. That category is the Sewer-Water Pollution Control Plant and Sewer-truck line fees. The fee program update will be brought back at the second meetinig in January.
A multiple vehicle collision on the Skyway slowed the morning commute. The CHP reported that 4 vehicles were involved in the collision which happened on the westbound lane near Lookout Point just before 8 am this morning. There were no injuries reported in the collision.
FEMA has given nearly one million dollars to Butte County residents and business owners that were affected by the La Porte and Cherokee fires. More than 530 Butte County residents have received close to 970 thousand dollars in assistance. Businesses reportedly received around 27 thousand dollars in low interest loans.
New fire safety rules have been adopted by the state. The Public Utilities Commission recently ordered PG&E to increase the minimum clearances between electrical equipment and trees. Officials say most of the state's foothill and mountian areas are part of a high fire-threat district. This includes foothill areas in Butte County. Officials say that the Sacramento Valley floor is excluded as a non-fuel area. PG&E officials say they expect to remove nearly 150 thousand dead or dying trees accross the state.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 32-year-old firefighter assigned to the largest wildfire burning in Southern California has died.
Officials wouldn't say how Cory Iverson was killed Thursday.
The massive blaze he was working on northwest of Los Angeles has become the fourth-largest in California history. And the dry, windy conditions that helped its spread aren't going away.
Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. He is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
An Oroville teen accused of murder will be tried as an adult. A Butte County juvenile court judge on Wednesday found 18-year-old Juan Morales the 3rd, who was 17 at the time of the murder, unfit to be tried as a juvenile due to the severity of the crime. Morales was charged with July 2017 the death of a 62-year-old Howard Brimm. Morales was reportedly seen on camera on a street in south Oroville approaching Brimm who crossed the street to avoid him. Morales is then reportedly seen hitting Brimm and knocking him down. According to a Butte County District Attorney Office press release, Morales allegedly started stumping on Brimm's head. Brimm was transported to the hospital where he died 38 days later of massive head injuries.
Morales will appear in court today for further arraignment.
Butte County agents make an arrest after finding several pounds of meth. Agents from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of 49-year-old Ann Vance on Purcell Lane in Chico, last week. Vance reportedly took off in a vehicle but was later stopped and detained. Agents allegedly found 8.4 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. They also searched the residence and reportedly found 6 more ounces of meth and over $106,000. Later that day agents searched a local storage unit and allegedly found over 10 pounds of meth, half an ounce of heroin, multiple guns - one of which was reported stolen, and over 103,000. The street value of the narcotics seized had a conservative estimated street value of more than $112,000
- that according to a Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force press release.
The Chico Police will test its new emergency mass notification system today. CodeRED will be lunched and tested this afternoon at 1 pm. Police say the test phase is to validate phone numbers in the city's database. During the test residents will receive a call, email, or text message to validate telephone numbers. The caller ID number will read 866-419-5000 for emergencies and 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. Police say there is no need to to take action if you receive the test message.
According to a Chico Police Press Release, CodeRED will allow the police department and Chico Fire to provide more efficient and effective information during times of crisis.
For more information and to sign up for the free service you can go to www.chico.ca.us or you can get the app from the app store or google play.
The Butte County Air Quality Management District continues its Check Before You Light Advisory. County health officials are asking Chico area residents to refrain from using wood stoves and fireplaces today. The county has been posting advisories since Friday due to an air quality forecast that is unhealthy for sensitive groups and could continue with advisories for the rest of the week.
For more information you can call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 1-855-332-9409.
For e-mail updates you can go to www.bcaqmd.org
You can also follow the them on twitter at twitter.com/bcaqmd
Bank of the West in Paradise is gutted after yesterday morning's fire. It reportedly took 10 fire engines and 35 firefighters to battle the flames at the building on the corner of Clark and Bille roads early Tuesday morning.
Cal Fire investigators say the blaze, that was first reported at 4:30 am, started some time between 3:30 and 4:30.
The fire damaged utility lines leaving hundreds without power, phone, and internet for a time. Officials closed Clark and Bille roads in the area until 10:30 that morning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities do not believe there is any reason to suspect that the cause of the fire was suspicious.
According to Action News Now, the vault DID survive the fire, but Cal Fire officials say they haven't opened it yet. Some earlier reports indicated that the vault was destroyed.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a Paradise bank early this morning. Cal Fire crews arrived at the Bank of West on Clark Road in Paradise around 4:30 this morning to find the building fully engulfed. Along with Cal Fire and Paradise Fire crews there were firefighters from Chico and Gridley who assisted. The fire gutted the building and Cal Fire says the vault was destroyed in the fire.The fire caused downed lines which inturn caused power outages for 2,000 Paradise residents. Most PG&E customers have now had their power restored. Clark and Bille roads were closed to traffic while crews worked at the scene.
Butte County health officials are issuing another Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico area. The Butte County Air Quality Management District is requesting residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until 12:01 Tuesday morning. The voluntary curtailment has been prompted by an air quality forecast that is unheathy for sensitive groups for the Chico area, that according to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release.
City officials say that wood stove and fireplace use within the Chico city limits is restricted by a city ordinance.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts you can visit www.bcaqmd.org
You can also follow them on twitter.
Or call their Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 855-332-9409
A suspect leads law enforcement on a Chase in and around north Chico this morning. A man was reported to be driving erratically on northbound Highway 99 as a pursuit started with Chico Police before 4 am. The suspect drove into a field outside of Chico before getting onto southbound Highway 99. Officers reported at least one tire had blown out on the suspect's vehicle. By that time the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the CHP had joined the pursuit. Chico Police Dispatch reported that the suspect ended up westbound on Bell Road where he was stopped near Meridian Road and was taken into custody nearly an hour after the pursuit started.
Some quick work by Chico Police leads to the arrest of a 32 year old homeless man for a suspected bicycle theft. Police say the bike was stolen Tuesday evening at a home in South Chico. Officers noticed it in the Raley's Parking lot Wednesday morning and it was in the possession of 32 year old Vincent Abbott.
According to a Chico Police Department press release,the value of the bicycle was estimated at nearly $3,000.
The CHP reported on their website a multiple vehicle collision on Highway 99 and Skillin Lane northwest of Oroville just after 8:30 this morning. CHP officers say there are 3 to 4 vehicle involved. No word on injuries at this time.
Butte County detectives are actively searching for 33-year-old Don Mokler Jr. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, Mokler allegedly assaulted a man with a baseball bat before stabbing the victim in the hand during a dispute at a residence on the 65 hundred block of Allentown Road last Thursday morning.
Anyone with information about Mokler or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7322.
Chico Police dispatch reported a hit and run collision around 8 this morning. A tan Chevy truck hit a parked car and then took off down West 8th Street.
Red Bluff Police are searching for a missing teen. An officer was contacted at Red Bluff High School around 9:30 Wednesday morning regarding a missing juvenile. The Officer learned that the missing 15-year-old, identified as Lily Celano had left her residence on Locust Street the night before and had not returned home. According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, Celano has been reported missing before and police do not suspect foul play.
Lily Celano is described as 5 foot - 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blond hair with green eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131.
Hairline cracks in the new concrete spillway at Oroville Dam are causing concern. State Officials say the cracks were expected and do not pose a threat. A U.C. Civil Engineering Professor however says cracking in high strength reinforced concrete structures are never expected. Radio Station KQED out of San Francisco says letters show federal regulators asked State Water officials to explain the hairline cracks. They also reportedly asked what steps might be taken to address the issue. State Officials however said the cracks were anticipated.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Game has delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties due to poor meat quality test results. The department said Monday that the opening would be postponed for a minimum of 15 days. The state is trying to schedule a second round of testing before Dec. 7 to determine whether the fishery can open Dec. 16 or will need to be further delayed.
Chico Police reported a head-on collision just after 8 this morning on Madrone Avenue. Officers at the scene say that there was at least one minor injury in the crash.
A live power line came down on El Monte Avenue in Front of Evers Veterinary Clinic after 7:45 this morning. Authorities say the sparks from a damaged transformer on top of the pole which caused a grass fire in the area. Chico Fire reported before 8:15 that the flames have been extinguished. Police have shut down the north side of El Monte across from Highway 32.
The City of Chico Animal Services has some pet safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.
*Rich and fatty foods can cause digestive problems for your pets from mild diarrhea to gastroenteritis to pancreatitis; both are potentially life threatening.
*Pets should never be given raw foods, including eggs or turkey, which could cause food poisoning
*Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and onion powder are toxic to dogs and cats
*Keep bones, food wrappers, aluminum foil and waxed paper away from your pets
Animal Services also says having holiday guests may cause stress to your pets, especially shy or territorial animals. Provide a safe place for your pet to get away from the activity and to keep them from begging for food during the Thanksgiving meal.
Animal Services also says to make sure your pet is wearing a secure collar with an ID tag in case he or she gets loose. Officials say to consider getting your pet microchipped as an added safety measure.
The City of Chico Animal Shelter at 2579 Fair Street will be closed to the public this Thursday. Regular hours will resume Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.
The identity of the victim of what Chico Police is calling a homicide has been released. 26-year-old David Bledsoe was the man found dead on the 15 hundred block of North Cherry Street on November 9th. This after a suspicious death was reported to Chico Police. An autopsy has confirmed the victim died of a gunshot wound.
According to a Chico Police press release, the investigation is still active and is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chico Police Detective Bureau at 897-5820.
The Chico Police Department is reporting a power pole down in the area of East 9th and Mangrove avenues after 8 am this morning. PG&E has been called out to the area. Reports indicate that a vehicle was involved in the downing of the power pole.
The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has now confirmed that 6 people have died in the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning. This at a press conference this (Wednesday) morning.
RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.
Neighbors also said they repeatedly reported to police that he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition day and night.
Police have declined to identify the shooter but confirmed the same man was charged with the stabbing in January. The district attorney told the Sacramento Bee the man in that case is Kevin Neal.
Tehama County authorities have confirmed that 5 are dead and 10 injured in the shooting rampage.
Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. Authorities have confirmed at least three people have been killed, including the suspected shooter at the Rancho Tehama Reserve southwest of Red Bluff. Authorities say there were five locations were shoots were fired including the Tehama Reserve School. According to Enloe Medical Center, three children and one adult are among the wounded. Red Bluff Daily News reports that one of the injured children was shot in the foot and chest and another was shot under the arm. The students at school are being evacuated to a safe location. Witnesses say the gunmen were dressed in green camouflage. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene.
Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. That shooting incident being reported at a residence near Rancho Tehama Elementary School. Authorities say three people have been confimed dead, including the suspected shooter. The students at the nearby school are being evacuated to a safe location. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene. Stay tuned to KPAY for more information as it devolopes.
A person in connection to the fatal hit and run in Chico has turned themselves into authorities. An elderly man was found dead around 2 am Thursday in the area of West East Avenue and the Esplanade due to being struck by a vehicle. According to a Chico P.D. press release, an unidentified individual entered the Chico Police Department and admitted involvement to the hit and run. The suspect's vehicle, a white Ford Explorer was found and towed in for evidence.
Authorities are investigating human remains found in Bangor. A resident found the remains on a property near Upham Road Friday afternoon. Butte County Sheriff's detectives say the body appeared to have been there for several months. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the remains are being sent to the Department of Justice as well as Chico State's Department of Anthropology for further identification.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCSO Detective Will Brewton at (530) 538-7671
Chico Police need your help in finding a missing teen. 15-year-old Felicity Minor has been reported missing for several days, this according to a Chico Police Department press release. Police say she has a medical condition that requires consistent medication, which she is not taking.
Minor is described as 5'4" tall and is 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a striped shirt. If you have seen her, you are asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.
Officers arrived to Lindo Channel around 2 Sunday afternoon and found a woman with a laceration on her arm. The woman said that she was walking along Lindo Channel when another woman came up to her and reportedly asked for money. When she refused the suspect allegedly used a sharp object to cut her. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to police, officers were unable locate the suspect.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect is described as a white female from 40 to 50 years old with curly blond hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
Officers arrived to the intersection of Mission Ranch Blvd. and the Esplanade after multiple reports of a vehicle verses pedestrian collision before 7:30 Saturday evening. Officers found a 67-year-old man on the ground suffering from abrasions and a head wound. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the vehicle involved was described as a maroon sedan, possibly a Honda and was last seen fleeing southbound on the Esplanade. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
Officers arrived to an apartment complex on West Sacramento Avenue after reports of a physical fight around 4 pm Wednesday. Officers found 19-year-old Tristyn Jones with blood on his face. A gunshot was then heard from the quad area of the apartment complex. 18-year-old Danny Salazar emerged from the area with several wounds. Officers learned that Salazar had an alleged illegal shotgun that accidentally went off. Shotgun pellets reportedly grazed his legs causing minor injuries. No one else was injured in the incident.
Police also learned that Salazar was allegedly the driver of a hit and run collision that happened earlier that day. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Salazar had allegedly been seen on surveillance cameras hitting several parked cars. No one was injured in the collision. He was arrested on a variety of charges.
Chico Police release new information about the Halloween party shooting incident. Chico Police received multiple calls of gunshots in the area of the 700 block of Normal Avenue around 2 Wednesday morning. Police say when officers arrived the scene was chaotic due to all the party goers fleeing the area. Around that time more shots were heard nearby. Officers learned that a person at the party had been shot multiple times after a fight erupted at the party. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was taken to the hospital and was in surgery but is expected to live.
An hour later officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of North Cedar Street and West 2nd Avenue. Officers believe the shooting incidents are related.
Police are investigating an early morning shooting in downtown Chico. The incident reportedly happened at a party on 700 hundred block of Normal Street near West 7th Street after 2 am. Witnesses told police that the property owner tried to break up the party as it reportedly grew to around two hundred people. Police say a fight then broke out and a man in his 20s was allegedly shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds.
Police reported that they found multiple shell casings in the area.
Police are reportedly still searching for a suspect.
From a Chico Police Department Press Release:
Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien Ups the Ante for Breast Cancer Awareness
-- New Fundraising Challenge: Donor Offers Up to $5000 Match --
Chico, CA – The month of October is about to wrap up but that does not mean efforts to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer is winding down. In fact, for Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien, the commitment to raise funds to fight the potentially deadly disease is moving into an exciting new phase. Serving as an American Cancer Society 2017 Real Mean Wear Pink Ambassador, Chief O’Brien is sharing a community-wide opportunity and asking for the public’s support.
A benefactor has made a most generous offer: they will match donations to Real Men Wear Pink Ambassador Michael O’Brien up to five-thousand ($5,000) dollars! Now through the end of the year, December 31, 2017, individuals wishing to support the fight against breast cancer and awareness of other forms of cancer, can be a part of this challenge. Thus far, Chief O’Brien has raised $1,575.00. Supporters of this initiative have the opportunity to help reach a total of ten-thousand dollars in the fight against breast cancer!
Chief O’Brien is one of nine prominent Chico men taking a stand against breast cancer by participating in the 2017 Real Men Wear Pink fundraising campaign in support of the American Cancer Society.
“I am grateful for both the role I can play in this fight and the opportunity through a benefactor to increase fundraising,” says Chief O’Brien. “Every dollar makes a difference and having this benefactor match every donation up to $5,000 is exciting.”
Per the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,610 will die from the disease this year. In Butte County, 172 women will be diagnosed this year and 30 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
To support the American Cancer Society and Chief O’Brien’s efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to help with early detection, prevention, research and patient support, visit Chief O’Brien’s personal Real Men Wear Pink fundraising page at: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MichaelOBrien.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A report by the Butte County District Attorney's Office says a sheriff's deputy acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a Northern California illegal marijuana grower. The Sacramento Bee reports 56-year-old Mark Aaron Jensen was shot and killed outside his Durham home Aug. 22.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is hosting the "Trunk or Treat" event on Halloween. The event will feature public safety vehicles from multiple agencies that will be decorated for Halloween. There will also be Halloween games and activities. Children and their families are invited to come out to the Sheriff's Office on 3 Gillick Way in Oroville from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesday evening. This event is being held as an effort to provide a fun and safe Halloween event for families.
A Community Meeting is on tap tonight for those affected by the recent LaPorte and Cherokee Fires. The meeting begins at 7 and runs until 9 at the Bangor Community Center on Oro Bangor Highway. There residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by fire can meet with county staff and other state officials to see how they can recover and rebuild.
County officials say those who are unable to attend tonight's meeting can visit the Butte County Fire Assistance Center which is open from noon to 3 pm Monday through Friday at 7 County Center Drive in Oroville.
Police say they're focused on mitigating violence and other ciminal activity along with crowd managment between 6 pm Friday to 6 am Wednesday morning. This will include additional police staffing with assistance from other law enforcement agencies.
Authorities are asking the public to follow the Special Event enforcement guidelines especially in and around the Downtown and South Campus area. According to a Chico Police
Department press release, there will glass free zone will be in effect from Big Chico Creek, south to E. and W 7th streets and Flume Street, west to Cedar Street, beginning Thursday, October 26 at 6 pm through Sunday October 29 at 6 pm. There will also be zero tolerance for alcohol-related crimes.
45-year-old Phillip Lozano was sentenced to life in prison for molesting the daughter of his live-in girlfriend for a two year period. He was also ordered to pay 50 thousand dollars to the victim for pain and suffering, this according to a press release from Butte County District Attorney's Office.
The victim now 20 was 10 years old when Lozano started sexually abusing her. The abuse continued for two years until the victim moved out to live with her biological father.
Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey commended the victim for having the courage to come forward and testify.
Reports of an armed man leads to an arrest in Chico. A driver on Highway 99 in the area of East 20th Street reported to Chico Police just before 10 am Wednesday that a man in another car was allegedly pointing a firearm at him. The driver was able to provide police a vehicle description and a license plate number.
An officer in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway spotted the suspect's vehicle. Officers contacted the occupant, identified as 27-year-old Mitchell Robinson of Paradise. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers were unable to locate a weapon, but Robinson was arrested on a felony and a misdemeanor warrant.
A man is arrested for assault in downtown Chico. A group of women were leaving work and walking to there cars on East 4th Street just after midnight Tuesday morning when a man approached them. The man, identified as 31-year-old Michael Bures reportedly claimed that he had been hearing voices and he believed the women were laughing at him. He allegedly pulled a knife on one of the women. According to police, Bures made a slashing motion inches from the woman's neck. One of the women called 9-1-1 and reported the incident. According to a Chico Police Department Press release, officers quickly arrived and found Bures behind the Chico City Council Chambers and he was arrested.
The Chico Police Department is praising the women for using smart tactics during the dangerous encounter.
Police say the women left work together and stayed together as they walked to their vehicles in a well lit area. They also had their cell phones charged, accessible, and ready to call for assistance as soon as the attack began.
Containment continues to grow for the La Porte Fire. That fire started earlier this week in southern Butte County and has since spread into Northern Yuba County. The fire has burned over 61 hundred acres and is now 45 percent contained. The blaze has burned multiple structures in the community of Bangor.
According to Cal Fire, Evacuation Orders and Warnings have been reduced due to the progress being made by fire crews.
The containment is growing for the Cherokee Fire. The fire started in the Cherokee area Sunday and has burned over 84 hundred acres. According to Cal Fire Butte County, the blaze is now 70 percent contained.
All Evacuation Orders and Warnings have been lifted and Cherokee Road is now open.
The Honey Fire started Monday west of Paradise off of Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane. The fire has burned 150 acres and is still at 75 percent containment.
According to Cal Fire, all Evacuation Warnings have been lifted. Honey Run Road remains closed in the fire area.
Firefighters deal with steep terrain as they battle the Honey Fire west of Paradise. The blaze has burned 150 acres and remains at 40 percent containment.
According to Cal Fire, the increase in acreage yesterday was due to current mapping.
The Cascade Fire in Yuba County is seeing more containment. The blaze started Sunday in the area of Loma Rica and Collins Lake has burned 10,171 acres and is now 45 percent contanted.
According to Cal Fire, crews continue to maintain containment lines.
The Cascade and the La Porte fires are part of the Wind Complex.
The La Porte Fire in the Bangor area in Butte County has close to doubled in size. The blaze has burned 6,059 acres and is now 25 percent contained.
At least 15 structures have been reported destoryed in the Bangor area.
Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challege for fire crews battling
The La Porte Fire along with the Cascade Fire in Yuba County are part of the Wind Complex.
Fire crews are dealing with steep and rugged terrain while battling a wildfire in south Butte County. The La Porte Fire which is part of the greater Wind Complex of wildfires started in the Bangor area. The blaze has burned 3,700 acres and is 15 percent contained.
According to Cal Fire, ground crews, along with air support, continue to actively engage in suppressing spot fires around the perimeter of the blaze.
The Cherokee Fire started Sunday in the Cherokee area north of Oroville. The blaze has burned over 83 hundred acres and is 45 percent contained. Cal fire says the size of the fire has changed due to updated mapping.
Cherokee Rd has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning.
All other orders and warnings have been lifted.
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