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Power Pole Down in Chico This Morning


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.

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Rancho Tehama Shooting Update


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.

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Rancho Tehama Suspect Shooters Past Dealings with Law Enforcement


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.
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Tehama County authorities have confirmed that 5 are dead and 10 injured in the shooting rampage.
 

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Rancho Tehama Shooting UPDATE


 
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.

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Rancho Tehama Shooting


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. 

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Chico Hit and Run UPDATE


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.

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Remains Found in Bangor


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

 

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Missing Chico Teen


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.

 

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Police are Looking for a Suspect in an Assault in Chico Sunday


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.

 

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Chico Police are Searching for a Suspect in a Hit & Run Collision


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.

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Accidental Discharge of a Gun Leads Officers to a Hit and Run Suspect


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.

 

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Chico Shooting Incident Update


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.

 

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Chico Shooting Incident


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.

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New Fundraising Challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness


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

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Butte County Deputy Invovled Shooting Findings


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.

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"Trunk or Treat"


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.

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Community Meeting - LaPorte and Cherokee Fires


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.

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Chico Police Increased Presence this Halloween Weekend.


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.

 

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Oroville Man Sentenced in Child Molestation Case


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.

 

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Alleged Armed Man Arrest in Chico


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.

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Downtown Chico Assault Arrest


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.

 

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Butte County Fires Latest


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.

 

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Honey Fire Latest


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.

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Cascade Fire Thursday Morning Update


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. 

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La Porte Fire Thursday Morning Update


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.

 

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La Porte Fire Wednesday Morning Update


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. 

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Cherokee Fire Wednesday Morning Update


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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Honey Fire Update for Wednesday Morning


Some progress has been made in battling the Honey Fire southwest of Paradise. The blaze started Monday in the area of Honey Run road and Merlin Lane. The fire has remains at 90 acres and is still 40 percent contained. Crews have stopped forword progress of the blaze.  
 
Cal Fire of Butte County is reporteding that all evacations for the Honey Fire have been downgraded to warnings.

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La Porte and Cascade Fires UPDATE


The La Porte Fire started off of La Porte Road and Oro Bangor Highway in Bangor. The blaze has burned 3,500 acres and is 5 percent contained.
According to Cal Fire, 15 structures in and around Bangor were destroyed by the fire.
Fire crews continue with structure protection and perimeter control.
 
The Cascade Fire has burned dozens of structures in Yuba County. The blaze started in the area of Cascade Way and Marysville Road, north of Collins Lake. The fire has burned 8,200 acrews and is 10 percent contained.
The Yuba County Coroner’s Office announced that at least one person has died from the fire.
Cal Fire says several homes and other structures have been destroyed and damaged.
 
Fire officials are saying that the Cascade and La Porte fires are now part of the Wind Complex. The Lobo and the McCourtney fires both in Nevada County are also a part of the Wind Complex.

 

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Cherokee Fire Tuesday Morning UPDATE


The Cherokee Fire continues to burn north of Oroville. The blaze started Sunday evening off of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane. The fire has burned 7,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.
According to Cal Fire, crews are making progress on the North Flank of the fire.
 
Cal Fire:
Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine.
Table Mtn Ranch east of Table Mtn Rd.
Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70,
Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
 
Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd.
All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.
 
A shelter is open at the Oroville Church of the Nazarene Church 2238 Monte Vista Ave.

 

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Honey Fire Update


The Honey Fire burning southwest of Paradise started Monday afternoon off of Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane. The blaze has burned 90 acres and is now 40 percent contained and last night the forward progress of the blaze was stopped.  

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Cherokee Fire 6:00 p.m. Update:


:-Immediate Evacuation Order remains in place for Cherokee Road from Derrick Road to Red Tape Road-the west side of the road is under an Evacuation Order, the east side of the road is under an Evacuation Warning.

-The Evacuation Order has been downgraded to an Evacuation warning for Table Mountain Blvd from Cottonwood Road to Highway 70, all of Coal Canyon Road and connecting roads to Coal Canyon Road.

Cherokee Road remains closed.
#CherokeeFire #BCSO

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF

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HONEY FIRE UPDATE: addityional road closures


Additional Road Closures for Honey Fire:

-Westbound Honey Run Road at Skyway
-Westbound Elliot Road at Skyway
-Westbound Valley View Drive at Oliver Road

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF
 

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Lower Paradise Evacuation Map


Download the Paradise Evacuation map - with Zone numbers.

http://kpay.com/assets/images/paradise-evac-map-1600x1042.jpg

 

The Honey Fire is burning below the Town of Paradise in Butte Creek Canyon. The fire is currently at 75 acres, and began at 3:03 p.m. at Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane.

-Evacuation Orders are in place for Zones 9,4, and 10, which include Upper Honey Run Road, Lower Skyway, and Lower Neal Road.

-Evacuation Warning is in place for Zone 1, described as Northwest Paradise.

 

Road Closures:

-Southbound Skyway at Pearson Road.
-Northbound Skyway at Bruce Road
-Black Olive Drive at Skyway
-Northbound Neal Road at Highway 99
-Southbound Neal Road at Skyway

-An Evacuation Center has been opened at Neighborhood Church in Chico.

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF

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Honey Fire at Butte creek Canyon: evacuations ordered


Evacuation Order: Upper Honey Run, Lower Skyway, Zone 9 and Zone 10 and zone 4. Evacuation Warning: Lower Neal, and Zone 1.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1880
Public Assembly Point at CMA Church on Clark Rd. Southbound Skyway closed, traffic diverting to Neal Rd.

 

 

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The LaPorte Fire UPDATE


The LaPorte fire that started early this morning in the Bangor area in south Butte County is increasing in size. It is reported to be apart of the Cascade Fire in Yuba County. Cal Fire Butte County is reporting that the LaPorte Fire has burned 3,000 acres.
 
There are evacuation orders for all of LaPorte Road and roads off of LaPorte from Rob Mill Road south to Dunstone.
There are also evacuation orders for all of LosVerjeles Road & Oro Bangor from Yuba County line to Avocado Road.
 
and in the Yuba County area.....
There are mandatory evacuations for Hwy 20 and Loma Rica Road to Marysville Road
 
From Marysville Road, north to Willow Glen Road
 
Iowa City Road north to Yuba County line
 
The Penn Valley evacuation center has opened up at First Baptist Church on Ridge Road and the Yuba Sutter fairgrounds is also accepting evacuees.
 
 
Bangor Elementary School will be closed today. 

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Cherokee Fire UPATE


The Cherokee Fire is quickly increasing in size. The blaze started Sunday in the area of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane in the Cherokee area. Cal Fire is reporting the the blaze at 1,000 acres --- however other local news sources are reporting 4,000 acres. The fire is now 10 percent contained. Cal Fire Butte County is reporting that some structures have been burned.
 
From Cal Fire:
Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine. Table Mountain. Ranch east of Table Mountain Rd. Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70, Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd. All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.

 

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Cherokee Fire


A wildfire is burning hundreds of acres north of Oroville. The Cherokee Fire started Sunday in the area of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane in the Cherokee area. Cal Fire is reporting the blaze at 500 acres however, other news sources are saying that it's up to 800 acres plus.

There are evacutation orders issued for Red Tape Road West to the Sand Mine, Table Moutain Ranch east of Table Mountain Road.

There are evacuation warnings for the East side of Cherokee Road from Red Tape Road to Derrick Road and all of Coal Canyon Road.

Highway 99 at Highway 149 was reported closed to traffic just before 5 am this morning.

 

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LaPorte Fire


An early morning wildfire in the Bangor area has prompted evacuations. Cal Fire Butte County reported being at the scene of the LaPorte Fire around 2 am this morning off of LaPorte Road and at last report the blaze had burned around 300 acres.

There are evacuation orders for all of LaPorte Road and roads off of LaPorte from Rob Mill Road south to Dunstone.
There are also evacuation orders for all of Los Verjeles Road & Oro Bangor from Yuba County line to Avocado Road.

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UPDATE: Suspicious Item Found at Chico Lowes Non-Explosive


The Chico Police Department has just reported that the suspicious package located at Lowe’s was NOT an explosive device and no one was injured. Chico Police has given the all clear to the area.

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Chico PD: Suspicious Item Found Outside of Chico Lowes


Chico Police reported a suspicious item found outside of Lowe’s almost a half hour ago. The store was evacuated and the parking lot was cleared.  They say avoid the area. 

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Former Chico Business Owner is Among the Dead after Las Vegas Shooting


NBC Bay Area is reporting that Stacee Etcheber the former owner of the Dimensions Hair Salon on
Broadway in downtown Chico is among the dead after the
deadly Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night.
Around 10 years ago Etcheber sold her business and moved to the Bay Area where 
she married Bay Area Police Officer Vincent Etcheber.

On Sunday night they were both attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert
when shots started ringing out from the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. Vincent Etcheber told his wife to run for cover while he stayed behind to assist those that were injured or hurt. 
According to NBC Bay Area, along with her husband Stacee leaves behind two children.

 

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Chico Shooting


Chico Police are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting. Multiple gunshots were reported on the 9 hundred block of West 4th Avenue in Chico around 9:30 Sunday night. When officers arrived they found a 32-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses provided a description of the suspected vehicle involved. Officers found and stopped the vehicle the occupants were reportedly detained.
Chico Police detectives have now taken over the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Oroville Car Chase


Suspected vehicle thieves lead deputies on a chase in Oroville. A deputy was on patrol when he spotted a white Honda Accord with dealer plates before 1:30 Wednesday morning. That vehicle had been reported stolen from Yuba City. The deputy attempted stop the car, but the driver of the vehicle allegedly fled away at a speeds around 100 miles per hour. Other deputies joined the pursuit, but briefly lost sight of the car near Lower Wyandotte Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Deputies found the vehicle after it had reportedly gone off the roadway, hitting a fence and a tree. The two occupants were attempting to flee on foot when they were arrested. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the two suspects, identified as 36-year-old Christopher Johnson and 45-year-old Jeremy Papesh were both charged with possession of a stolen vehicle among other charges.

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Chico Police are Searching for Shooting Suspect


Police are investigating a shooting in north Chico. Officers and detectives arrived to the area of Garden Park Drive and Ceres Avenue around after 12:30 Wednesday morning and found a victim with a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police believe the injury to be non-life threatening. Officers canvassed Garden Park Drive and found shell casings. According to a Chico Police Department press release, no other citizens were injured and no property was damaged.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

 

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Cherokee Fire


Fire crews halt a vegetation fire north of Oroville early this morning. The Cherokee Fire started in the area of Highway 70 and Cherokee Road around 3:30 am. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned less than an acre is now fully contained.
A witness reported to the CHP that fire crackers were allegedly seen thrown from a black convertible in the area of the fire after 3:30 am. However, authorities say the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
Cal Fire Butte County tweeted that Highway 70 was partially blocked with emergency equipment while crews battled the fire. The roadway is now clear.

 

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Chico Shooting


Police are reporting a shooting incident that happened around 4 am this morning in the area of Bruce Road and Humboldt Road. The suspects reportedly fled eastbound on Highway 32 in a dark Honda sedan. Police found the victim at the Valero Market on Bruce Road and Skyway. According to police, the victim had a gunshot wound to the arm.

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A Jury Convicts a Man For an Assault on a Fellow Inmate


23-year-old Jack Masters of Oroville was found guilty of felony assault on Monday. Masters was serving a multi-year felony sentence in the Butte County Jail for two counts of auto theft. Masters attacked another inmate who was awaiting a trial. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Masters was captured on the jail's surveillance system viciously punching, kicking, and throwing the other inmate around for three minutes.
Masters is scheduled to be sentenced November 9th. He faces up to four years in state prison.

 

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Tree Fell in Chico This Morning


The CHP has reported a tree down in the area of River Road and West Sacramento Avenue just after 3 am this morning. The tree fell over the road and is blocking both lanes. At last report the CHP was coordinating with a boom truck operator to cut some branches off the tree.

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Progress is being made on the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville


The Ponderosa Fire is getting closer to containment. The wildfire started August 29th 2 miles northwest of Forbestown. The blaze has burned 4,016 acres and is 72 percent contained. 54 structures have been destroyed 32 of which were homes. There are NO structures currently threatened and no evacuations at this time. All roads are also open at this time.
According to Cal Fire, crews will continue to patrol, mop up, and strengthen containment lines.

 

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Highway 99 Downed Lines


Downed power lines caused traffic to back up on Highway 99 in Chico this morning. The south bound lanes of Highway 99 were reopened after 8 am this after the lines fell after 7:30. The CHP closed the lanes due to a fire caused by the downed lines. Chico Police dispatch reported that traffic was backed up all the way to Bruce Road. PG&E arrived and worked on killing the downed power lines.
Around 9:15 the authorities reported that the southbound Highway 99 was down to one lane.

 

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Chico Missing Woman Found Safe


A missing Chico woman has been found. 25-year-old Tatiana Medeiros she was found safe and sound around 5 am this morning. This after she was last seen around 7:30 Monday evening near the Olive Garden on Business Lane. According to police, Medeiros was found by maintenance workers at the Oxford Suites which is across the street from the Olive Garden. Reports say that she has since been reunited with her family.

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Ponderosa Fire at Feather Falls to Berry Creek: Update 2500 acres


http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1783


County:     Butte County
Location:     Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Acres Burned - Containment:     2500 acres


Evacuations:     Immediate Evacuation Order: Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to Station 51 and all connecting roads.

Evacuation Warning: Lumpkin Rd from The Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Terrace. All roads/areas within the perimeter of these boundries:
(North West) Bald Rock Road at Catella
(South West) Big Ridge Road to Oro Quincy Hwy, Including Little Ridge Road
(South East) Bean Creek at Eckards Lane
(North East) Bald Rock Road to Enumclaw Road
Long/Lat:     -121.30209/39.57701
Phone Numbers     (530) 538-7826 (Ponderosa Fire Information Line )

 

Last Updated:     August 30, 2017 6:05 am     
Date/Time Started:     August 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Administrative Unit:     CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire

-courtesy CalFire

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Ponderosa Fire at Feather Falls: Update 600 acres


Acres Burned - Containment: 600 acres
http://m.fire.ca.gov
Phone Numbers     (530) 538-7826 (Ponderosa Fire Information Line )  

Ponderosa Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:     August 29, 2017 5:42 pm     
Date/Time Started:     August 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Administrative Unit:     CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire
County:     Butte County
Location:     Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Evacuations:     Immediate Evacuation Order: Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Falls.
Evacuation Warning: Lumpkin Rd from The Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Terrace.
Long/Lat:     -121.30209/39.57701
-courtesy CalFire

 

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FORBESTOWN PONDEROSA FIRE EVACUATIONS:


From the CalFire website/APP:
http://m.fire.ca.gov
Location: Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Acres Burned: 80 acres
Evacuations: Immediate Evacuation Order, Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Falls.
Lat/Long: -121.30209/39.57701
Ponderosa Fire Information Line (530) 538-7826


A shelter will by open by 4:15 pm at Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue, for residents evacuated by the #PonderosaFire.


Last Updated: 2017-08-29 15:06:00
Date Started: 2017-08-29 13:16:00
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire
County: Butte County

From Butte County Sheriff:
Due to a fire in the area, Butte County Sheriff's Office Deputies are currently conducting evacuations in the area of Lumpkin Rd. from Forbestown Rd. to the community of Feather Falls. We are working to establish a shelter, more information will be posted shortly.

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Oroville Area Hit and Run Suspect Court Appearance


A Palermo man charged with hit and run made his first appearance in court. 22-year-old Kata Vue and his attorney appeared in front of a Butte County Superior Court Judge Wednesday. The Butte County D-A's Office filed a felony charge of hit and run resulting in serious injury.
The incident happened after 11 Sunday night when a 24-year-old woman was walking alongside of Melvina Avenue and was allegedly struck by Vue's Nissan Altima. She was taken to the hospital where her foot was partially amputated. She has been going through multiple surgeries to save the rest of her foot. Officers found Vue the next day and he was arrested.
According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office, Vue was out on probation for a D-U-I incident from last year.

 

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Chico Domestic Violence Arrest


Chico Police make an arrest in a domestic violence case. Chico Police received a call from a woman around 1:30 Monday afternoon who said she was inside a business on Rio Lindo Avenue. The woman said that she was a victim of domestic violence and that the suspect allegedly threatened her with a firearm. She then said she last saw the suspect enter a gold SUV in the parking lot of the business. Officers arrived and put the building on lockdown. They then found the SUV and detained the driver and the suspect. Officers found two handguns and arrested the suspect. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers determined that the driver was unaware of the situation and he was released, but not before he was sited for carrying a gun illegally. 
The Chico Police Department also wants the public to know that they work closely with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. The police department reports incidents of domestic violence calls to the organization which they say offers victims a host of services including crisis intervention and emergency shelter. 
The agency offers a 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-895-8476

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A Former Gridley Little League President Gave His Plea In Court


A former Gridley little league president and couch is charged with embezzlement. 43-year-old William Davis of Gridely gave a not guilty plea to the charge of embezzling over 48 thousand dollars from the Gridley Little League's general fund as well as the snack bar fund.
The case began when the newly installed treasurer discovered the league's account at the bank was overdrawn and he contacted the Griddley-Biggs Police Department. The police investigation uncovered numerous checks at varying amounts signed by Davis himself.
According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, if convicted Davis faces up to three years in prison and he will have to pay restitution. His preliminary hearing is set for September 6th.

 

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Chico Police Burglary Precautions


Chico Police want to remind the public to follow safety precautions to reduce the likely hood of becoming a victim of burglary.

* Most burglaries happen during the day. When you leave your house remember to close blinds or curtains and do not leave valuables in sight.

* You should always keep your home and vehicle windows closed and doors locked.

* If you have a home alarm system, use it and have signs advertising that your property is protected by an alarm.

* Know your neighbors and look out for each other.

Police also say to be aware of unusual activity taking place in an apartment unit or home you know is vacant. If you suspect individuals are living in the property or if there is illegal activity is occurring to notify the police.

 

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Chico Burglary Arrest


Police discover an apartment with squatters while investigating a burglary. A 23-year-old woman called Chico Police after she woke up to find someone in her apartment on Hobart Street just before 7:30 am Tuesday. She hid in the closet while talking with dispatchers. According to Police, the woman looked into the family room and saw a man carrying items. Police then arrived and set up a perimeter. The suspect started to leave the apartment but when he spotted the officers he fled back inside. He tried to escape into the backyard, but he was met by more officers. The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Esteban Salazar surrendered and was arrested. 
According to a Chico Police Department press release, while officers were investigating they found a female relative of Salazar living in a nearby vacant apartment. While there officers also found 45-year-old Troy Dean in attic. He was found in possession of narcotics and he was arrested.

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Fatal Highway 70 Crash


Two people have been killed in a head-on crash on Highway 70 in south Oroville this morning. The collison on the highway was reported before 6 am this morning. According to the CHP, a woman in a silver sedan was attempting to pass a vehicle at 100 miles per hour when she hit an orange SUV head-on.
Occupants were reported trapped in both vehicles and one of the vehicles was reported on fire. According to the CHP, both drivers were killed on impact.

 

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Chico Police C-Team


The Chico Police Department says a special summer patrol has been a success. The police department launched the C-Team summer patrol June 1st and concluded the detail July 29th. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the team comprised of a sergeant and an officer performing vehicle and foot patrols, one motorcycle officer, and three bicycle officers.
The officers carry out focused on patrols in Downtown Chico including the south campus area and Depot Park along with One Mile and Lindo Channel areas.
The patrols netted 42 misdemeanor arrests and 16 Felony arrests.
Officers gave out citations for over one hundred Chico Municipal Code violations and for 230 California Vehicle Code violations.

 

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Yuba County Shootout Latest


OREGON HOUSE, Calif. (AP) — A Yuba County sheriff's deputy ran alone into a house twice to pull two wounded colleagues to safety.
 
The chase began Tuesday at a Rastafarian church's marijuana farm in Oregon House and ended with a shootout and the suspect dead. The wounded deputies are expected to survive.
 
Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor says the third deputy did not see the suspect or hear any gunfire after putting in an officers-down call and entering the house. A SWAT team later found the suspect dead.
 
Durfor says it's likely the man died from the deputies' gunfire, but it's possible his wounds were self-inflicted.
 
The man was a new worker at the farm and was ripping up plants and wielding a gun, which prompted the head of the church to call authorities.

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Butte County Sheriff / BINTIF Seize $483,000.00 Worth Of Processed Marijuana in Oroville


Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit Along With Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Seize Approximately $483,000.00 Worth Of Processed Marijuana And Butane Honey Oil From An Oroville Property

 

Oroville, CA--On July 27, 2017 members of the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) along with members of Butte lnteragency Narcotics Task Force (BlNTF) served a search warrant in the 4400 block of Foothill Boulevard, Oroville.

 

Located inside a large metal shop on the property was an elaborate indoor hydroponic marijuana grow. The cost of the hydroponic system equipment is estimated to be in excess of $500,000.00.

 

A total of 778 marijuana plants were located in several different hydroponic rooms along with 132 pounds of processed marijuana bud, packaged for sale, The shop also held items used in the manufacturing of butane honey oil (BHO).

 

Outside of the shop was a large enclosed trailer containing a mobile butane honey oil lab with equipment valued at over $50,000.00. The remainder of the butane honey oil lab components were located inside the trailer to include two 100 pound tanks of a butane/propane mix, recirculation pumps, closed loop BHO system, and two large vacuum purge ovens, which were in operation and filled with sheets of BHO. ln total 16 pounds of BHO was seized.

 

The value of the processed marijuana and butane honey oil seized is estimated to be $483,000.00 wholesale in California.

 

Arrested at the scene was Destin Brown, age 36, of Roseville, California, Alejandro Villegas, age 46, of Boynton Beach, Florida, Adriel Noriega, age 25, of Bradenton, Florida, Mark Holtfreter, age 29, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and John Delorenzo, age 37, of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

 

All were transported to the Butte County Jail and arrested for manufacturing of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. All have a bail amount of $102,000.00.

 

-Butte County Sheriff's Office

 

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Five Arrested in a Drug Raid in Chico


Members of the Butte County Interagency Narcotic Task Force along with Chico Police conducted a raid at a home on Village Lane around 6:30 Wednesday evening. Detectives found multiple prescription pills, digital scales, and numerous smoking devices used for heroin and methamphetamine. They also found used syringes and a loaded 12 guage shotgun. Detectives arrested five people at the house. A sixth person was detained and later released. According to a Chico Police Department press release, one of those arrested, 36-year-old Krista Needham is reportedly employed as a health-care provider in both Chico and Oroville. Authorities are investigating whether Needham gained access to drugs through her employment.

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The identities of the sergeant and officer involved in the fatal downtown shooting of a suspect have been released.


50-year-old Sergeant Scott Ruppel, whose firearm discharged twice striking the suspect in the fatal incident, is on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated. 38-year-old Cedric Schwyzer is expected to return to duty after he receives medical clearance.
Both Rupple and Schwyzer were injured Sunday night after contacting the suspect who was reportedly held up in the bathroom of the Mid Valley Title and Escrow on Main Street. This after the suspect was reportedly shot in the chest by a security guard after he was allegedly stabbed by the suspect.
Doctors say weapon used to stab Sergeant Ruppel narrowly missed the carotid artery in his neck. Officer Cedric received a stab wound to his head injuring his skull and according to police, he received numerous stitches to treat his wounds. According to a Chico Police Department Press Release, the still unidentified suspect succumbed to his gun shot wounds.
The case is under investigation by the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team with the Butte County District Attorney's Office.

 

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Butte County DA requests help with identity of suspect


WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGES (SUSPECT DECEASED)

http://www.buttecounty.net/da/news.htm

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today that law enforcement authorities are seeking the help of the public in identifying the man shot in an officer-involved shooting on the evening of July 23, 2017. Ramsey encouraged anyone with information about the unknown man’s identity to call the Chico Police Department hotline at 530 897-4911.

 

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Chico Police Involved Shooting Death


Chico Police say one man is dead and two officers injured in a late night incident at a downtown Chico business. Around 10:30 Sunday night police were alerted to an alarm at Mid Valley Title and Escrow on 601 Main Street. A security guard located a suspect outside the business and made contact with him. The suspect allegedly stabbed the security guard. Police say that caused a significant wound. The guard reportedly fired his handgun at the suspect who then fled. Police arrived and entered the business and found a suspect in the bathroom. He allegedly slashed two officers in the neck and face. According to Chico Police Department Press Release. An officer fired his weapon striking the suspect and he succumbed to his wounds. The police officers were treated at the hospital and have been released. 
The incident is now being investigated by The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team, led by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.
Police reported minutes ago that the northbound lane of Main Street has been reopened.

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Creek Fire North of Orland


A vegetation fire burns in Glenn County. The Creek Fire started near Stony Creek Drive north of Orland after 5 pm Wednesday. The fire has reportedly burned around 60 acres and is now 95 percent contained. The fire has burned dead grass as well as some trees. The foreword progress of the fire has been stopped. There were initial evacuations at homes nearby and the Shady Oaks R-V campground, but those orders have since been lifted. No structures have been damaged. One firefighter was injured overnight.

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Humboldt Fire - Chico


Much progress is being made in the battle against a wildfire in the Chico area. The Humboldt Fire started in the area of Humboldt Road and Highway 32 just 2 miles east of Chico Wednesday. The blaze has burned 103 acres and is now 95 percent contained. The fire started in Chico Fire's jurisdiction, but the fire spread across Highway 32 into Butte County Cal Fire's jurisdiction.
There were evacuation warnings for residents of the area, but they were cancelled after firefighters were able to quickly stop the foreword progress of the blaze.

 

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Wall Fire 100 Percent Contained


Fire crews contain the destructive Wall Fire. The blaze that started north of Bangor on July 7th burned 6,033 acres and is now 100 percent contained. That fire, at its peak, caused the evacuation of hundreds of Butte County residents. 41 homes were destroyed and 3 were damaged. 57 other structures were either destroyed or damaged in the fire. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. 
According to the Cal Fire website, the cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.

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Wall Fire Update 7-14


Much progress is being made to contain the Wall fire in Butte County. The blaze, that started last Friday north of Bangor has burned 6,033 acres and is 85 percent contained. 41 residences were destroyed and 3 damaged. 48 minor structures destroyed in the blaze. According to Cal Fire's website, No structures are threatened.
No injuries have been reported from the Wall Fire. 
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Homicide Suspect IDed


Police are searching for a homicide suspect after a body was found at a hotel in Chico. 39-year-old Marc Valcarenghi has been identified as the suspect after a body was found at the Safari Inn on the Esplanade around 7:30 Wednesday night. During the investigation detectives identified him and a 22-year-old woman to be connected to the victim. That woman who has not been identified was questioned and released. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Valcarenghi is still on the loose.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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I-5 Multiple Vehicle Pill up Near Willows


Four vehicles collide with a big rig near Willows this morning. The pill up happened on Interstate 5 near County Road south of Willows after 5 am this morning. The CHP reported one vehicle overturned and a person was pinned underneath. That person was flown to the hospital for major injuries. The southbound lanes were closed while authorities worked at the scene. Those lanes were opened after 6:30 this morning.

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Wall Fire - All Evac and Road Closures Lifted


Evacuation orders have been lifted for residences affected by the Wall Fire. All evacuation orders and road closures were lifted on Wednesday. The Wall Fire has burned 6,033 acres since it started on Friday, north of Bangor. The fire is now 75 percent contained. The blaze is 75 percent contained. 41 residences have been destroyed and 3 damaged. 57 other structures have been destroyed or damaged.
According to Cal Fire, current weather conditions continue to provide the opportunity for fire crews to make significant progress in containment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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