Butte County authorities announced Monday that 28-year-old Victor Moncada Jr. of Channelview, Texas and 60-year-old John Sanchez of Stockton were the two men that died last Friday when their Dodge Ram flipped over the Mud Creek Bridge on Nord Highway just west of The Esplanade. A passerby reportedly discovered the wreckage and a body in the creek bed around 7:30 am. Officers arrived and found another body in the vehicle.
Autopsies for both victims are scheduled for this week.
CHICO POLICE CLOSED NORD HIGHWAY WEST OF THE ESPLANADE THIS MORNING AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR THE MUD CREEK BRIDGE. CHICO POLICE OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED THAT TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 8 AM THIS MORNING.
OFFICIALS SAID THE SUV INVOLVED IS UNDER THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE BRIDGE AND ONE OCCUPANT WAS EJECTED FROM THE SUV WHILE THE OTHER WAS STILL INSIDE THE VEHICLE. NO WORD YET ON THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIMS INVOLVED.
TRAFFIC IS BEING DIVERTED THIS MORNING AS OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED NORD HIGHWAY FROM THE ESPLANADE TO MERIDIAN AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT DELAYS AND ARE URGED TO AVOID THE AREA. STAY TUNED TO KPAY THROUGH OUT THE DAY FOR UPDATES.
An early morning fire in Corning Wednesday reportedly looks suspicious. The fire broke out about 7 am Wednesday at the Kauffman Building at 5th and Solano in Corning. It took about 2 hours to get a handle on the abandoned building. No one was injured, but nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution and Solano Street between 4th and 6th streets was closed down. There were reports of heavy smoke from the fire. One fire official says the fire was not caused by faulty wiring, so it now looks suspicious.
ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A deputy responding to a disturbance call in Northern California was shot to death the state's fourth law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in two weeks. Modoc County sheriff's Deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, was fatally shot after deputies were called to a rural area near the Oregon border. Authorities say a suspect was detained shortly afterward.
The jury took less than 24 hours to find 32-year-old Patrick Feaster guilty, Tuesday, in a Butte County court room. Feaster was charged with being criminally negligent when he shot 26-year-old Andrew Thomas in the neck in November 2015. The shooting took place after a brief pursuit that ended in a rollerover crash on Pearson Road in Paradise. Thomas was shot after attempting to get out of the vehicle. Feaster claimed he fired inadvertently while pulling the weapon out. Prosecutors had argued that Feaster did not follow proper training as a police officer.
54-year-old Nick Medlennoff was last seen at his home on Oak Drive in Berry Creek last Thursday. Authorities say that he had been to Food Maxx in Oroville earlier that day.
Medlennoff is described as being 5 foot, 10-inches tall and weighs 110 pounds and he has black hair. He was last seen wearing black sweat pants and a black vest over a t-shirt. He is considered at risk due to medical issues and he has trouble walking even for short distances.
Anyone with information on Medlennoff's possible whereabouts is asked to contacted the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7671.
The expo will take place at the Walmart Parking lot on Forest Avenue from 3 pm to 6 pm Wednesday. Organizers say that there will be pop corn, games, and demonstrations. One of those demonstrations will feature the Bomb Squad's robot. There will also be fire engines, ambulance, and police cars.
This month's meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 pm this Wednesday in room 203 of the Bell Memorial Union on the Chico State campus. Discussions will include, bike path cameras and the Halloween Operations Plan. Chico Police say the advisory board is designed to be a link between the community and the police department and that public input is encouraged.
Stephen Jones was reported missing back in February and was found September 9th face down along the shore of Lake Oroville. Though his body was badly decomposed, authorities were able to determine that there was no sign of trauma to the body. That and the circumstances surrounding Jones going missing has led authorities to believe that his death was accidental.
Action News Now is reporting that a fire broke out at a almond hulling co-op in Chico this morning. The fire started at the North State Hulling Cooperative Inc. on Miller Avenue in Chico around 4 am this morning. Reportedly over 7500 tons of almond hulls are on fire. According to Cal Fire, the rain helped crews as they fought the fire.
25-year-old Andrew Paz Junior was brought to the Bangor Fire Station with a single gunshot wound to his abdomen after 5:30 Tuesday morning. Paz was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies went to a home on the 100 block of Bangor Park Road where they found the victim's 20-year-old brother Lorenzo Paz and his father. Deputies also found firearms and marijuana grows at the residence. Authorities learned that Lorenzo had shot his brother and he was arrested. However, his motive for the shooting is unclear.
PINOLE, Calif. (AP) — A hazardous materials spill of ammonia and bleach sent three San Francisco Bay Area officers to the hospital and crews scrambling to clean up the mess. KNTV reports Contra Costa Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Lou Manzo says about five gallons of ammonia and seven pints of bleach spilled from a vehicle at the Pinole Vista Shopping Center near Interstate Highway 80 late Monday evening. The cause of the spill was not immediately known.
Arrests are made after an assault with a deadly weapon in Oroville. A man reportedly stumbled onto Lower Wyandotte Road with a head wound around 4 pm Saturday. Deputies arrived and learned that the man had left a local casino with two women. They took him to an abandoned property and then allegedly assaulted him with pepper spray and a baseball bat. The unidentified man was flown to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Authorities found 35-year-old Angela Cross and 40-year-old Tammy Waldrop. Cross was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and Waldrop arrested for accessory to the assault.
A Sheriff's deputy along with Paradise Police officers were dispatched to the 6 thousand block of Allentown Road in Magalia after 12 pm Saturday after reports of a woman allegedly attacking people with a machete. Officers found two victims with injuries. One was sent to a local hospital and the other was treated at the scene. The suspect, identified as 49-year-old Aina Lozanda was found at a nearby home and was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. 50-year-old James Peer, who was also at the home, was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Officers arrived and found a 23-year-old Hispanic man with several gunshot wounds on the 6 hundred block of Rancheria Drive around 3:30 am Sunday. The victim was taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious condition but is expected to survive. Witnesses reported seeing an unknown man speaking to the victim just before the shooting. Police say there were numerous bullet impacts in the surrounding buildings but there were no other injuries. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police.
Chico P.D. is reporting a possible drive-by in south Chico.
Reports came in after 9 am about a grey car seen in the area of Humbodlt Avenue and Cypress Street. The car was seen with occupants allegedly carrying guns. Chico P.D. is reporting that there were shoots heard fired in the area that it maybe a drive-by incident. Police are now holding traffic at the intersection on Humbodlt Avenue and Cypress Street.
Authorities are saying that there are three males, a female, and a child hold up in a house in the area.
Officers responded to a report of possible vanalism at an apartment on the 8 hundred block of Rancheria Drive after 2 am this morning. Officers discovered a broken window of an apartment unit. They went inside and found a bullet. According to police, no one was inside the apartment at the time of the incident. Police are currently searching for the suspect or suspects involved the incident.
Three cars were reportedly involved an accident just before the Skyway exit at the overpass around 8:26 am this morning. An older Ford Explorer was allegedly seen fleeing the scene after the accident. Authorities believe the driver that left the scene may have an injured arm. There was a large amount of glass and debris in the roadway, but that's been cleared and now both lanes are open to traffic.
Three cars were reportedly involved an accident just before the Skyway exit at the overpass around 8:26 am this morning. An older Ford Explorer was allegedly seen fleeing the scene after the accident. Authorities believe the driver that left the scene may have an injured arm. There's a large amount of glass and debris in the roadway and traffic is backed up to the E 20th Street. The west bound lane is blocked while Cal Trans crews are cleaning the dabris.
There's an accident being reported just before the Skyway exit at the overpass. Three cars are reportedly involved around 8:26 am this morning. A Chevy vs. a pick up truck and an older Ford Explorer was allegedly seen fleeing the scene after the accident. There's a large amount of glass and debris in the roadway and traffic is backed up to the E 20th Street.
Butte County fire crews are working on multiple lightning sparked wildfires. Cal Fire says that there are 5 confirmed lightning related fires in Butte County. One of those fires has been controled and the others are being worked on by fire crews. According to Cal Fire, all blazes are less than a 1/4 of an acre. The fires were sparked by lightning during Sunday's thunderstorm.
Swearing in ceremonies take place this morning for two deputies for the Butte County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Sheriff Tifany Larson and Reserve Deputy Sheriff Geoffrey Heath will take the oath at 10 AM at the County Sheriff's Main Office in Oroville. The swearing in ceremony will also include the introduction of the newly formed Sheriff's Community Relations Unit. The idea of the community relations unit is to form positive partnerships with the media and public.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An unseasonably cool weather system dropped rain and hail in parts of Northern California and dusted the Sierra Nevada with snow.
Several ski resorts around Lake Tahoe tweeted photos of snow on the slopes on Sunday. The National Weather Service says up to 3 inches of snow could fall until midnight.
Spotty showers moved across the region, where nearly a half-inch of rain fell in the northern Sacramento Valley.
Hail was reported in Chico, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, as well as Rocklin and Folsom Lake.
Scattered rain fell in the San Francisco Bay Area/ Sonoma County picked up the most precipitation with Cotati, Occidental, and Guerneville receiving up to a third of an inch of rain.
Forecasters say a second, weaker storm will sweep across the region Monday.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office reportedly received information that 32-year-old Deputy Ryan Woolery had become involved in a relationship with a female inmate. The Butte County DA's Office stepped in and conducted an investigation where they learned that the Deputy Woolery and the inmate had allegedly engaged in a consensual intimate relationship. Despite being consensual authorities say the conduct was inappropriate and unlawful. Woolerly was arrested and he resigned from his position. Woolery posted bail and will appear in court on October 21st.
An officer spotted a green minivan at a gas station in west Chico around 11:30 pm Saturday that he believed was reported stolen. Additional officers arrived and attempted to pull over the van but the driver allegedly took off. The van headed towards Glenn County on several back roads at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The minivan went off the road into a field west of Ord Ferry and Highway 45. That's when the driver identified as 52-year-old Blas Torres reportedly fled on foot and then jumped into a canal. Officers were able to pull Torres out and arrest him.
The Chico Police Department wants the public to join them for "Coffee with a Cop" day. The event is being put on by the Chico Police Department, CSUC Police, and the CHP. It is planned for Friday October 7th from 9 am to 10 am at Starbucks on 246 Broadway, Cal Java on 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Coffee Ranch on 1288 E 1st Avenue, It's A Grind on 6 W Eaton, and Selvester's on the Chico State campus.
Coffee with a Cop is ment to give the communty an opportunity to meet with an officer in a relaxed setting. Authorities hope that this will help to break down barriers and allow for one on one interaction.
For more information you can contact Crime Prevention Officer Ed Nelson at (530) 897-4942 Monday - Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm.
The Tobin Fire has burned 248 acres and is 55 percent contained. The blaze started Monday morning off of Highway 70 near the Tobin Ridge in the Feather River Canyon area. The fire has burned an area of heavy brush and grass. According to the U-S Forest Service, there has been minimal activity at night with isolated areas of burning fuels. Crews will continue to hold and improve constructed containment lines.
Fire crews contain a small vegetation fire in Butte County. The Pulga Fire burned nearly 2 acres and is now 100 percent contained. The fire started Wednesday morning and burned in steep and rugged terrain near Bachelor Point, west of Pulga. By Thursday afternoon crews had fully contained the fire.
A small vegetation fire burning in Butte County is not far from a wildfire burning in the Feather Falls in Plumas County. The Pulga Fire started Wednesday near Batchlor Point, west of Pulga. The fire has burned almost 2 acres and is 70 percent contained. The fire is reportedly 12 miles from the Tobin Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon. Despite the size of the fire Call Fire officials say the rugged terrain has made containing it more difficult.
Some progress is being made in battling a wildfire in the Feather River Canyon. The Tobin Fire has burned 248 acres and is now 35 percent contained. The fire started Monday morning off of Highway 70 near the Tobin Ridge. According to the U-S Forest Service, the blaze is burning heavy brush, grass, and downed snags.
Officers responed to reports of multiple gunshots heard fired on the one thousand block of Neal Dow Avenue after 8:30 Tuesday evening. Witness said that they saw two vehicles speeding away after hearing the shots. One of the vehicles were described as a white full size sedan and the other a white or silver SUV. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — At least 300 homes are threatened by a growing wildfire chewing through timber and dry brush in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Cal Fire says Wednesday that the destructive blaze south of San Jose has grown to more than 3.5 square miles. It's just 10 percent contained. Evacuation orders are in place for residents of several canyons and other rugged areas, some accessible by only dirt roads. One residence has been gutted by flames and at least six outbuildings are destroyed.
Officials say the North Forebay in Oroville has been closed so firefighters can use the area as an incident command post. The closure will affect all parking lots, picnic areas and trails within the North Forebay as well as the Forebay Aquatic Center. It's also been reported that the fire has forced the annual Family Goose Hunt, scheduled for next week, to be cancelled with no time yet when it'll be rescheduled. The Fire started Monday morning north of Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon near the Tobin Ridge. The latest estimate has the fire burning about 375 acres and is 5 percent contained. Firefighters on the ground are reportedly dealing with steep, rocky, treacherous terrain.
The Glenn County Sheriff's Office releases the identity, today, of a man wounded in a shooting west of Orland Friday night. 35-year-old David Gammon of Willows was reportedly found lying in the roadway on Newville Road with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital were he is recovering. Gammon told detectives that an Hispanic male started to shoot at him for an unknown reason. Authorities went to a residence on the 5800 block of Country Road 200 where they believe the shooting took place. According to authorities, several marijuana plants were found at the residence but no people or weapons were found during the search.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Kelly Knight at the Glenn County Sheriff's Office at
Fire crews battle a wildfire in steep terrain in the Plumas National Forest. The Tobin Fire started Monday morning north of Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon near the Tobin Ridge. The blaze has burned about 375 acres and is 5 percent contained. Firefighters on the ground are reportedly dealing with steep, rocky, treacherous terrain.
According to Cal Fire, there's a lot of drift smoke in Butte County coming from the fire.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians braced for another hot autumn day as forecasters warned of soaring temperatures and potential wildfires due to hot, dry and windy conditions. A high pressure ridge is expected to bring temperatures in the 80s and 90s in coastal areas and triple-digit heat in inland areas on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Several parts of the state saw record-breaking heat on Sunday as temperatures ran 10 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of the year
The fire started on Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek area around 6:30 Sunday Morning and burned about three acres. After three hours Cal Fire crews had stopped its forward progress. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard along West East Avenue near Harvest Park Court around 2:30 am Sunday. Witnesses told police that they heard two vehicles speed off after the shots were fired. Officers located several spent shell casings in the roadway but no injuries were reported. West East Avenue was closed for about an hour while police investigated the scene. Police say the suspects and the motive for the gunshots fired are unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
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