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Chico Officer Injured by a Knife During a Struggle


A Chico Police Officer injured while trying to make an arrest.  Chico Police say the officer tried to stop a man on a bike on East Avenue Monday following a strong arm robbery.  Officers say 41 year old Ethan Kelley was chased into a nearby apartment complex, where he allegedly struggled with the officer.  Police say Kelley had a knife under his clothing and the officer was cut during the struggle.   Kelley was taken into custody on charges including drug possession and possession of stolen property.
 

More than 100 Cats Rescued from Local Hoarder


Chico animal advocates are in need of homes for 114 cats in a local hoarding case.  The Butte Humane Society says this is the first cat hoarding case of this size the group has handled in more than a decade.   So far, 90 cats have been rescued and taken to 3 animal welfare organizations, leaving 24 still in the home.  Those are expected to be removed by the end of the week.   BHS says the cats are healthy with no visible signs of neglect.   The agencies are looking for foster homes and people to adopt the rescued cats.
 

Man Stabbed at Chico Party Sunday


A man stabbed while at a Chico party.  Chico Police say the victim was at a home on W. 5th Street early Sunday morning, when he was assaulted by a group of Hispanic men.  The victim was stabbed multiple times.  Police describe his injuries as serious but not life threatening.  He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Details about the suspects are limited...police say they're looking for 3 Hispanic men wearing dark clothing.

Two Beale Airman Die in Afghanistan Plane Crash


Two Beale Airmen were among four people killed in a weekend plane crash in Afghanistan.  Beale Air Force Base says an MC-12 Liberty plane crashed near Kandahar Air Field Saturday.  The Beale airmen have been identified as Capt. Reid Nishizuka and Staff Sgt. Richard Dickson.  NATO reported no apparent enemy activity in the area and the cause of the crash is under investigation.
    


 

Woman Dies After Reported Fall in Bidwell Park


Chico Police say a woman injured after apparently falling from a tree near One Mile has died.  Police received a report about the injured victim just after 1:30 AM Sunday.  The woman was taken to Enloe Hospital, where she died. The cause of death is still under investigation.   Police say anyone with information is asked to contact officers.
 

Fatal Fire in Oroville


Cal-Fire says one man has died following a vegetation fire in Oroville.  Authorities say an escaped control burn scorched about 2 acres behind a home on Oro Bangor Highway Saturday.  A woman told firefighters her husband was missing.   Cal-Fire says after a search, authorities found the victim within the burned area.  He was treated for his injuries but died at scene.  
 

Two Cal-Trans Employees Killed in the Northstate


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say two California Department of Transportation workers have been killed while removing rocks from a hillside above a rural Northern California highway. Caltrans spokeswoman Denise Yergenson says 40-year-old Joseph "Robert" Jones, of Montague, and 50-year-old Shawn Baker, of Weed, were killed around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday while removing loose rocks above Highway 96 near Happy Camp, in remote Siskiyou County.
A third worker, 50-year-old Kevin Skillen, was injured in the incident and flown to a hospital in Medford, Ore., where he was listed in stable condition. Yergenson says Jones and Baker were both hooked to ropes and harnesses and working on removing loose rocks off the hillside at the time of the incident.

Orland Search Turns Up Guns and Drugs


Two people arrested in Glenn County after officials located drugs, guns, and military grade weapons.  The local narcotics task force says a search of an Orland home recently turned up pot, meth, 20 guns, and military grade weapons.  The devices appeared to be from the 1940s and were rendered safe by the Butte County Bomb Squad.     Jeffrey Mattis of Paradise and Stacey Redenius of Orland were taken into custody.

Foreclosures Down in California


SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of California homes entering the foreclosure process has plunged to a more-than-seven-year low as the state housing market continues to improve. Real estate research firm DataQuick says Tuesday that 18,567 notices of default were recorded by lenders from January to March — down more than 50 percent from the previous three months and 67 percent from the first quarter of 2012. DataQuick President John Walsh says rising home prices, improving economy and new government laws to protect homeowners are having an impact but he says default notices could edge up later in the year. DataQuick says the median sales price for a California home last quarter was $297,000, up 22.7 percent from a year ago.

CA set to see More Revenue from Income Taxes than Expected


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is on track to collect $4 billion more in personal income taxes than Gov. Jerry Brown had expected, giving a potential boost to education funding. The Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday that the state has been posting strong tax collections so far this fiscal year. Personal income taxes are the state's largest revenue source.  The current fiscal year ends June 30. California had two huge tax collection days since the April 15 filing deadline. That came on top of a strong revenue month in January.  Even so, Brown cautioned that the extra money may already be committed. He and the legislative analyst noted that much or all of the extra revenue will likely be required to go to public schools and community colleges.

Fire Burns 27 Acres Near Butte Meadows


A fire north of Butte Meadows has been contained.  The Onion Fire burned 27 acres.  Cal-Fire says the blaze began around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon near last year's Mill Fire.  Authorities say strong winds contributed to spotting and torching conditions. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 

Big Rig Overturns on I-5 in Tehama County


A tanker truck has overturned on a Tehama County highway.  The CHP says the accident happened around 8:30 AM on I-5 near the Bowman Road off-ramp.  Road closures are reportedly in place at Sunset Hills and southbound at Gas Point.
  

CA Lawmaker Proposes Homeless "Bill of Rights"


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The homeless in California would legally be allowed to sit, sleep and ask for donations in public without facing criminal citations under an Assembly bill receiving its first hearing. The bill from Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says every person has a right to use public spaces, regardless of housing status. Ammiano's so-called "Homeless Bill of Rights" prohibits police from enforcing local ordinances regarding resting in public places unless a county has provided sufficient support to the homeless. AB5 also requires state government to pay for creating local "hygiene centers" with restrooms and showers open 24 hours a day. The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hear the bill Tuesday morning. Local governments and business groups oppose the legislation, saying it would lead to costly mandates and lawsuits.


 

Oroville City Leaders to Consider Layoffs


Oroville city leaders want a draft plan for layoffs to close a 2 million dollar budget deficit.  Oroville is reportedly spending 175 thousand dollars per month above city revenue.   The City Council met Monday for a special budget meeting to look at ways to reduce expenses and voted 5 to 2 to pursue a layoff option.   The Oroville Mercury-Register reports during the meeting, several council members said the city would see increased revenue if voters approved a slight increase in sales tax.
 

Pressure Cooker to Blame for Red Bluff Bomb Scare


Red Bluff Police say they called in the bomb squad after a pressure cooker was left in front of a local business.   The pressure cooker was found by store employees outside Food Maxx on Belle Mill Road Monday.  Police say they treated the incident as a potential explosive device and closed off the area.  The Bomb Squad x-rayed the device and found it was empty.
    
 

Senator: Marathon Bombing Suspect Shot in the Throat


BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. senator says the hospitalized suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was shot in the throat, raising questions about his ability to speak to investigators. Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana told ABC's "This Week" that there are questions over whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be able to talk again.  Coats said that doesn't mean the 19-year-old can't communicate, but he's "in a condition where we can't get any information from him at all." Tsarnaev was captured from a tarp-covered boat in a suburban Boston yard Friday night and remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday. Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, were in a shootout with police early Friday. Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar fled the scene bleeding.

 

Fight Continues Over Redevelopment in CA


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A second round of fighting has begun over the dismantling of California's community redevelopment agencies. Nearly 70 lawsuits filed by local governments, developers and affordable housing advocates remain active. A hearing in one of the most far-reaching lawsuits was held Friday with no decision from the bench. That lawsuit, led by the League of California Cities, focuses on whether the state finance department can withhold tax revenue from cities if the parties disagree over the amount of redevelopment money owed to the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown led the push in 2011 to dismantle redevelopment agencies to relieve pressure on the state's general fund. Since then, the state has had a hard time redirecting tax revenue to local entities because cities say the money is already committed to various projects.

Shooting in Butte County Sends Man to the Hospital


A Butte County shooting sent one man to the hospital.  Authorities say 23 year old Tylor Kellison was shot Saturday in the Palermo area.  Details are limited, but authorities are looking for a shooting suspect described as a white man in a white truck.   Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.

Teenage Boy Stabbed in Chico


Chico Police say an officer on patrol found a teenage boy with multiple stab wounds Sunday.  The 17 year old victim was found walking near West 1st Avenue and Warner just before 1 PM.  He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.   Police say the victim could provide little detail about how he was injured.

12 Bodies Recovered after Texas Plant Blast


WEST, Texas (AP) — A Texas law enforcement official says 12 bodies have been recovered following a massive explosion that leveled a fertilizer plant. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes said Friday that about 200 people were injured in the explosion at facility Wednesday night in the small farming community of West, about 20 miles north of Waco. Search and rescue crews have been sifting through the still-smoldering remains for survivors. That work continues. The blast crumpled dozens of homes, an apartment building, a school and a nursing home. Authorities say there's no indication that the blast was anything other than an industrial accident sparked by a fire. The company has been cited for apparently minor safety and permitting violations over the past decade.

 

CA Organizations to Receive $9 Million for Foreclosure Help


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A fund that is distributing money from a national settlement with mortgage lenders is giving 21 California organizations a total of $9.4 million to help borrowers who face the loss of their homes to foreclosure. The money comes from a settlement announced last year. California secured more than $20 billion, the largest share of any state. The distributions from the California National Mortgage Settlement Grant Program were announced Thursday. Programs that provide free legal assistance and foreclosure-intervention services will benefit. Clinics teaching homeowners about financial matters and how to avoid fraud also will receive money. Organizations receiving the grants include those primarily serving minorities, immigrants, farm workers, the disabled, elderly, veterans and rural areas. The California State Bar is working with the state attorney general's office to administer the grants.

Local Vector Control District says West Nile Virus Season has Arrived


West Nile Virus Season is upon us. Local mosquito experts will be flying over unmaintained swimming pools and other backyard breeders starting Tuesday. Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager Matt Ball says he's worried with the lack of winter rain and spring heat, this year may be worst than last, when there were 10 human cases of West Nile in Butte County.
 

Reward Offered for Information on Missing Chico Man


A reward is being offered for information in the disappearance of a Chico man. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says the family of Neal King is offering a 20-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his disappearance. He was last seen in late March.

TCDA: Officers were Justified in Fatal Red Bluff Shooting


Law enforcement officials in Red Bluff say police were justified in shooting a Red Bluff man last week. 25 year old Adam Stevens was shot and killed when police say he moved in an aggressive and threatening manner towards them. After efforts failed to subdue Stevens with non-lethal force, officers shot and killed him as he stood on the balcony of an apartment complex.  Red Bluff Police Chief Paul Nanfito and Tehama County District Attorney Greg Cohen gave their version of events Wednesday. Friends and family members of Stevens however are not buying the police version. They say Stevens was brutally killed.

Two Fires Damage Two Chico Businesses Tuesday


Two fires in south Chico less than an hour apart Tuesday night.  One blaze caused minor damage at the Work Training Center on Fair Street.  The 2nd fire happened at Wilbur's Feed and Seed on Meyers Street and caused about 22 thousand dollars in damage.  No word yet on the cause.
  

CA Gun Control Bills Move Forward


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California state Senate are using their majority to advance a group of seven bills that would further tighten California's strict gun laws.  At a hearing in Sacramento, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the Senate Public Safety Committee, "We simply can't wait until the next tragedy before taking action." The Assembly Public Safety Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would make it a crime to negligently store a loaded firearm or leave it in a place where a child is likely to access it. The same committee also rejected a bill that would have made it easier to get a concealed weapons permit and another allowing the open carry of firearms. Another proposal being considered would prohibit the sale of any semi-automatic rifle that accepts detachable ammunition magazines.

Robbery and Fight Reported at Chico Smoke Shop


One woman charged with robbery at a Chico smoke shop.   Chico Police say employees at the Dungeon on Broadway got in a fight Tuesday with three people who had previously sold glass smoking pipes to the business.     Police say one person jumped over the store counter and took merchandise.  22 year old Elizabeth Tschantre  was booked into the county jail.

Chico Leaders Delay Action on Plastic Bag Ban


Chico city leaders delaying action on an ordinance to ban plastic bags Tuesday night.  The council voted to table the ordinance adoption until June to give the city attorney time to determine if it conflicts with the California Environmental Quality Act.  Meanwhile, the council also gave final approval to restructuring city government.  The plan will reduce city departments from 10 to 6.

Chico Murder Victim Identified


Chico Police have released the name of the man who was found shot in the head inside a vehicle on the Esplanade.  Investigators say 52 year old Jeronimo Valladares-Mata of Corning died a week after being shot.  Police say he's the brother of a Chico murder victim killed by a man with a gun in a local trailer park in 2007.  Police say the two murders are being investigated at the same time.

  

Northstate Runners Safe in Boston after Bombing


All Butte, Tehama, and Shasta County runners in the Boston Marathon were reportedly unhurt following two explosions near the race finish line.  Those bombs killed 3 people and injured 140.  The Chico ER reports several Butte County residents were within about 200 yards of the blasts.  Local sportscaster Royal Courtain told the newspaper he was trying to get to the finish line to take a picture of his wife when the bombs went off.  He reported seeing body parts and seriously injured victims as he searched for his wife.   A Magalia sheriff's deputy and Paradise track coach also finished the race before the explosions.

Explosions Rock Boston Marathon...2 Confirmed Dead 23 Injured


 

EXPLOSIONS RATTLE THE FINISH LINE AT THE BOSTON MARATHON....2 CONFIRMED DEAD

 

 

PHOTOS COURTESTY ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

(AP) — Boston police say two people were killed and 23 people were hurt when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries, including missing limbs. Competitors and race volunteers were in tears as they fled the chaos, and as bloody spectators were carried into the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. Police wove through competitors as they ran back toward the course.

Boston police also report a third explosion in the city. Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren't certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they're treating them as if they are.

Davis says there are no injuries stemming from the third explosion.

He urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups.

 

US-BOSTON MARATHON-DEVICES

NEW: US official: 2 more explosives found at marathon

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier.

The official said the new devices were being dismantled.

It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the findings publicly.

The official said it was not clear what the motive was or who may have launched the attack.

 

BOSTON MARATHON-EXPLOSIONS: SCENE

NEW: Witnesses describe aftermath of bomb explosions at marathon

BOSTON (AP) — One runner says he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, after the twin explosions there. The runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, says the injuries included missing limbs.

Race organizers and police say two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line, about three hours after the winners had completed the race.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos and as bloody spectators were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

Authorities went onto the course to carry away the injured. Those who hadn't yet finished the race were rerouted away from the area.

Smoke rose from the blasts, fluttering through the flags lining the route. TV helicopter footage showed blood staining the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.

 

BOSTON MARATHON EXPLOSIONS-OBAMA

UPDATE: White House: Obama calls Boston mayor, Mass. governor

WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has called Boston's mayor and the Massachusetts governor to express his concern for those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions.

Obama is quoted as telling Mayor Tom Menino (meh-NEE'-noh) and Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick that his administration would provide whatever support was needed in responding to the incident.

The president was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco shortly after 3 p.m., Eastern time.

Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

 

MARATHON EXPLOSIONS-SECURITY

NEW: Security beefed up in NYC after Boston explosions

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City and London are stepping up security following explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said critical response teams are deployed around the city until more about the explosion is learned. Officials are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.

British police also say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon. It's the next major international marathon. A London Metropolitan Police spokesman says police are working with marathon officials to review security plans.

The blasts occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. It was not yet clear what caused the blasts.

 

BRITAIN-MARATHON SECURITY

NEW: Boston blasts prompt UK review of London Marathon

LONDON (AP) — British police say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon, because of the explosions that hit the race in Boston.

Thousands of people compete in the London Marathon every year, thronging the city's streets. London is also considered a top target for international terrorists.

It was not yet immediately clear what caused the blasts in Boston.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed Monday that police are working with marathon officials to review security plans for Sunday's event.

The London race's chief executive, Nick Bitel, expressed shock and sadness about the situation in Boston, saying "it is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running."

 

BOSTON MARATHON-BOSTON SECURITY

FAA orders no-fly zone over Boston explosion site

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon.

The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.

The notice says the no-fly zone is effective immediately, and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.

Meanwhile, a law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

The explosions have killed two people and injured at least 23 others.

Body Found in Glenn County Identified


Glenn County authorities have identified the body discovered in Stony Creek last week.  The Sheriff's Office says the body of 37 year old Michael Perea of Willows was found by three teenagers swimming in the area Friday.    Perea was reportedly last seen by his family in late March and had failed to appear in court last month after being arrested in Hamilton City.   An autopsy is slated for later this week.   The Sheriff's Office has said the man's death is considered "suspicious."

Hearing Tonight in Chico for Water Rate Hike Proposal


A plan by California Water Service Company to raise its rates is open for public comment tonight. A hearing will be held at 6 tonight at the Chico City Council Chambers. The request is for a 36 percent hike spread over three years beginning in 2014. California Water Service Manager Mike Pembroke...




The rate increase request must be decided by the Public Utilities Commission by January First. Pembroke says the company rarely gets its entire rate request approved. But if the entire rate request were approved, an average residential bill would go from about 31 dollars a month to 40 dollars a month.

Victim of Chico Shooting Dies; CPD to Release More Information


Chico Police continue to look for witnesses in connection with a deadly shooting.  Officials say a man found shot in the head in a truck on the Esplanade more than a week ago died Friday.   Investigators plan on releasing more information on the case today.
  

Man Arrested After Chico Chase


Chico Police have arrested a man who allegedly led officers on a high speed chase...then abandoned the vehicle in Oroville early this morning.   The pursuit reached speeds of 115 miles per hour.   Chico Police say the chase began on Highway 99...the car was found on Oro Dam Boulevard.   Police say the initial search for the driver came up empty, but officers arrested 22 year old Christopher Smith a few hours later.
 

Court Denies Brown's Request to Lift Prison Population Cap


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judicial panel has denied Gov. Jerry Brown's request to lift a court-ordered prison population cap, and threatened him and other state officials with contempt if they fail to comply.  In its ruling issued late Thursday, the three-judge panel singled out Brown for ignoring its earlier orders to reduce the state's inmate population to the level ordered by the federal courts. In January, the governor sought to end the long-running court oversight of California's prison system and promised to take his fight again to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Naming Brown, the judicial panel wrote that state officials "will without further delay be subject to findings of contempt" if they do not take whatever steps are necessary to comply with the court's inmate-reduction order. The governor's office and corrections department did not respond to requests for comment.

Woman Arrested after Chase from Sacramento to Sutter County


CHP officers used a spike strip and bean bag rounds to arrest a woman in Sutter County after a chase that apparently began at the Sacramento Airport.  The CHP says Elvira Rangel was involved in an airport disturbance and led authorities on a pursuit early Thursday morning.  The chase continued on Highways 113, 99, 20, and 70.  The CHP says when the driver stopped, she allegedly refused to comply with law enforcement commands and authorities fired bean bag rounds through the window.  Rangel surrendered and was booked into the county jail.

Man Shot and Killed By Police in Red Bluff; Man Injured in Redding Officer Involved Shooting


Two officer involved shootings in two northstate cities.  Red Bluff Police say a 25 year old parolee was shot and killed by officers Thursday morning at an apartment complex on Kimball Road.  Officers were initially called to the area on a report of a "suspicious" person. Police say officers fired at the man after he allegedly moved "aggressively" towards officers with a knife.   Three officers are on administrative leave while the local District Attorney's Office investigates.    The 2nd shooting happened early Thursday morning in Redding.  Authorities say Robert Barron was shot in the chest during a struggle with a police officer.  Barron was hospitalized and listed in serious condition.
    
 

Retired CHP Officer from Magalia Killed in Mississippi Crash


BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A retired California Highway Patrolman from Magalia died after he veered off U.S. Highway 78 in Mississippi and crashed his pickup into the back of a tractor-trailer.  Marshall County Coroner James Anderson says 71-year-old David Martin, of Magalia, Calif., died at the scene. Anderson tells The Commercial Appeal that witnesses said Martin veered off the highway and crashed into the tractor-trailer that was parked in an emergency lane. Anderson says Martin's family said he was headed to Georgia to help move a family friend.

Number of CA Residents with Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Drops


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report shows that fewer Californians are receiving health insurance through their employers. The report was released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It found the number of Californians receiving employer-sponsored insurance dropped 8.4 percent over the past decade. In 2000, 18.9 million people, or 62 percent of California's non-elderly population, had employer-sponsored health insurance. By 2011, that had dropped to 17.6 million Californians, or 53 percent of the state's non-elderly population. Meanwhile, the cost of health insurance has been rising. The average employer-sponsored insurance premium for a family has more than doubled from $6,033 to $14,828.
 

BCSO: Investigators Suspect 'Foul Play' in Man's Disappearance


The Butte County Sheriff's Office says foul play is suspected in the disappearance of a man missing since late March.   Authorities say Neal King hasn't been seen or heard from in nearly 2 weeks.  He had reportedly met a person in Oroville for a marijuana deal.   The Sheriff's Office says foul play is believed to be involved in his disappearance.
 

Blasting Caps in Disabled Car Prompts Closure on I-5 in Tehama County


Part of a Tehama County highway was shut down Wednesday after authorities found blasting caps and ammunition in a vehicle.  The CHP closed part of I-5 in the Red Bluff area and brought in the bomb squad to detonate the devices.  The blasting caps and ammunition was discovered in a backpack in a disabled car.  The driver, identified as a Lodi man, was arrested on charges including DUI and possession of explosive devices.

Utah and Virginia Seek to Lure California Jobs


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utah and Virginia want a piece of California.  Governors from the two states will visit Orange County, Silicon Valley and San Francisco this week to try to lure jobs away from the Golden State. Utah's Gary Herbert and Virginia's Bob McDonnell, both Republicans, see their states as alternatives to California's high taxes, notorious red tape and rollercoaster state finances. Utah and Virginia are teaming up to target California jobs and businesses a few months after Forbes magazine ranked them atop its annual list of best states for business. California's jobless rate is 9.6 percent, while Utah's unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in February and Virginia's is pegged at 5.6 percent. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown won't be around when the governors arrive. He's on a trade mission to China.

Sex Offender Arrested in Glenn County


Orland Police say a registered sex offender has been arrested for allegedly trying to meet a 14 year old girl.  Officers took 35 year old Walter Schambach into custody Monday after posing as the victim.  The Police Department says Schambach allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages and pictures to the girl.  He faces charges including arranging a meeting with a minor for sexual contact and providing harmful materials to a minor for the purpose of seduction.

Cottonwood Man Injured in Alleged "Hash Oil" Explosion


Shasta County authorities say a man burned in a Cottonwood explosion was allegedly making hash oil from marijuana.  The explosion and fire damaged a First Street home Monday and left 22 year old Jeffrey Bolds with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face and hands.   A teenage girl and 2 month old infant were also in the house at the time, but were not injured.  The child was placed into protective custody.   The Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force says Bolds was allegedly using a solvent to extract hash oil, when vapors ignited.
 

CA Court: Illegal to Use Cell Phone Mapping Function when Driving


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Central California court says it's illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone's mapping function while driving. A Fresno Superior Court has ruled that California's law barring texting and hand-held phone conversations while driving also prohibits motorists from holding a mobile device for mapping purposes. A three-judge panel of the court concluded last month that it's illegal for motorists to hold mobile devices in their hands for any purpose. The ruling won't apply outside of Fresno unless a higher court affirms the decision. It stemmed from a motorist's challenge to traffic ticket. Steven Spriggs was ticketed for holding his cellphone as a map while driving and fought the ticket in Fresno County Superior Court.
 

Man Accused of Trying to Steal Military Equipment in the Northstate


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Army civilian employee working at a storage depot in Northern California is facing federal charges accusing him of trying to smuggle sophisticated military equipment recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq that had been shipped to the facility.  The Sacramento Bee reports that federal court documents say Devon Gregory Biggs Jr. is accused of trying to smuggle nearly $85,000 worth of equipment from the Sierra Army Depot in Lassen County. Authorities say the 36-year-old Biggs was the lead employee at the base and was in charge of receiving and categorizing military gear returned from overseas. Court documents say it is unknown how long the alleged thefts took place. Biggs was taken into custody last week after law enforcement officials said he was seen taking several items out of a warehouse. Biggs is due back in court on April 26.

Man Accused of Killing Red Bluff Teen Slated to be in Court


A man charged in a Red Bluff murder could enter a plea today. Redding.com reports this is the 6th time 39 year old Quentin Bealer is slated to appear in court to enter a plea in connection with the killing of 14 year old Marysa Nichols. Her body was found in a field near the local high school in February. Bealer's last court hearing was delayed after his defense attorney said he hadn't received police reports from prosecutors.

Man Arrested after Paradise Crash


One man has been arrested after a short car chase in Paradise.  A Paradise police officer reportedly tried to stop a 19 year old Chico man on the Skyway, when he allegedly took off Monday.  The driver crashed into a fence and tree.    Nickolis Knabe was arrested on charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and evasion.
 

Fire Destroys Magalia Mobile Home


A Magalia mobile home has been destroyed in a weekend fire.  Cal-Fire says the blaze started just after 7 AM Sunday on Wood Drive.  Three people reportedly escaped the fire.  Damage was estimated at 40 thousand dollars.   
  

Chico Stabbing Appears to be Gang Related


Chico Police say a weekend stabbing that injured two men appears to be gang related.   That assault happened early Saturday morning on Nord Avenue.   Officers arrested 22 year old Alexander Sanchez in connection with the stabbing and 20 year old Christian Nava for assault with a deadly weapon.  Police say Nava was one of the stabbing victims.    The victims were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.    

 

Man Shot in the Head in Chico; Police Look for Motive and Leads


Chico Police continue to investigate the motive for a weekend shooting.  Investigators say a man was shot in the head Saturday afternoon near a mobile home park on the Esplanade.  The victim was found inside a truck and rushed to Enloe Hospital.  The victim is reportedly in serious condition.   At last report, the man's name had not been released.   The case is being treated as an 'attempted murder' by investigators. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police.
 

Suspect charged in crash at Walmart store in Calif


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man who police say crashed his car through a Walmart store in California then attacked shoppers has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. The San Jose Mercury News reported that 33-year-old Haamid Ade Zaid appeared Thursday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Zaid was also charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of felony vandalism; three misdemeanor counts of hit and run; and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Prosecutors say one of the assault cases stems from a previous incident when Zaid crashed his car into a gas station after fleeing a collision. Police say Zaid was on drugs when he crashed into the Walmart in San Jose on Sunday, got out of the car and began swinging a metal club. He is being held without bail. His attorney Victor Vertner said the charges are off-base and his client was overcharged by prosecutors.

Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing cuts to Social Security as an attempt to compromise with Republicans on the budget. A senior administration official says the budget Obama will offer to Congress next Wednesday would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years. It includes a revised inflation adjustment called "chained CPI" that would curb cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. The senior administration official stressed it is not the president's preferred approach but a compromise proposal to try to reach a long-term budget deal. Obama first made the offer to House Speaker John Boehner last year. The official spoke on a condition of anonymity since the budget has yet to be released. Technically, the administration actually would be limiting the growth of Social Security.

Unemployment rate dips as people stop looking for work


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest since the middle of last year and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown is a reminder that the job market's path back to health will be uneven. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent. While that is the lowest in four years, the rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work. The weakness may signal that companies were worried last month about steep government spending cuts that began on March 1.

March's job gains were half the pace of the previous six months, when the economy added an average of 196,000 jobs a month. The drop raises fears that the economy could slow after a stronger winter.

North Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tensions


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hackers have apparently broken into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites. The Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out the usual content, such as photos of leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officers. Instead, a picture posted today on the Flicker site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout. A drawing of Mickey Mouse is on his chest. A caption accuses Kim of threatening world peace and "wasting money while his people starve to death." Another posting says "We are Anonymous" in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is the name of a hacker activist group. Tweets on the North's Twitter account said "Hacked," followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. North Korea's Twitter account has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses social media to praise its system and leaders.

Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor has signed into law some of the country's tightest gun restrictions in response to December's shooting massacre at a Newtown school. The measure adds more than 100 firearms to the state's assault weapons ban and outlaws the sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the gunman who killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, signed the bill at a ceremony Thursday, several hours after it won approval in the General Assembly. Some aspects take effect immediately, including background checks for all firearms sales. President Barack Obama plans a trip to Connecticut on Monday to step up pressure on Congress to pass federal gun-control legislation.

Farmers and biologists reverse negative impacts on salmon


WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — After decades of watching California wetlands disappear as they were filled in for farming, conservation groups say they're having success reversing some of the negative impacts on the sensitive salmon populations. Farmers and biologists collaborated this winter to place young salmon in winter-flooded rice fields to mimic the vast marshlands that originally lined the rivers of the Central Valley when the fish thrived in their natural habitat. On Wednesday they discovered that those fish fattened seven times faster and had superior survival rates than their kin caught upstream in the Sacramento River channel.The experiment is designed to mimic historic salmon habitat. Researchers say bigger fish have a better chance of escaping predators, thrive in the ocean and return to spawn.

Chico day care worker pleads not guilty to sex abuse


A man connected to a Chico day care who is charged with sex abuse says he's not guilty. The E-R reports 63-year old Thomas Lewis Sr. entered his plea Wednesday. He's accused of committing a lewd act on a child. Lewis was arrested in March following a Butte County Sheriff's investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Grandma Linda's Day Care.

Volunteer firefighter takes plea bargain for setting Paradise fires


A former volunteer firefighter has accepted a plea bargain for a series of fires in Paradise. Jairo Perkins-Grubbs pleaded guilty this week to felony arson. He's charged with starting several fires in 2011, including the DeSabla Market in August and the Lovelock Inn in September. The E-R reports Perkins-Grubbs faced up to 76 years behind bars, but now he's looking at a maximum sentence of a little more than 21 years.

Suspect in Yreka gold heist turns himself in


YREKA, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay area man named as a suspect in the theft of more than $1 million of gold and other items from a far Northern California county courthouse has turned himself in. Forty-nine-year-old David Dean Johnson of El Cerrito surrendered to a sheriff's detective on Monday. Johnson and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante were recently named as suspects in the 2012 heist at the Siskiyou County Superior Courthouse in Yreka. About $1.3 million in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken from a display case in the courthouse lobby.

Sheriff's officials say at least some of the gold proceeds appear to have been used to purchase other items. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the case. It was not immediately clear whether Johnson had an attorney.

Report: 1 in 5 Calif. citizens lives in flood zone


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is suffering from one of its driest winters on record, but some statewide water managers are focusing on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum — the one-in-five residents who live in regions prone to catastrophic flooding. A joint state-federal report designed to sound a flood-preparedness warning says that more than $575 billion in development and $7 billion in farm output sits on or around floodplains. The report was released on the state Department of Water Resources website on Tuesday. It warns that the price-tag for capital improvements to protect the state's infrastructure from potential devastation could top $100 billion. That's 10 times more than exists in funding from bond measures to shore up aging levies and dams. The report attempts to identify areas at risk, so water managers can prioritize projects.

Bill seeks changes to CA prison realignment law


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker wants to alter part of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment law to send serious drug pushers to state prisons instead of county jails. The bill announced Monday by Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Sacramento would apply to those convicted of selling or transporting more than 2.2 pounds of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine. Cooley says about 40 such offenders are serving their sentences in jails since the realignment law championed by the Democratic governor took effect 18 months ago. The law is sending thousands of so-called lower-level offenders to county jurisdiction as a way to reduce the state prison population, but critics say it is burdening local jails and letting hardened criminals walk free. Cooley's bill has support from Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully, a Republican.

CA law requires new warning after breast exam


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some California women will get more information following their routine breast examinations under a state law that is now in effect. As of Monday, women with dense breast tissue must be notified of that finding after a mammogram. Health professionals say as many as 40 percent of women over the age of 40 have dense tissue, which can make it more difficult to detect cancer. Patients with dense tissue also will be told that their doctor can recommend additional screening options. The new requirements came out of a bill from former state Sen. Joe Simitian. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed an initial proposal in 2011, but signed Simitian's revised bill in September. Similar notification laws have been enacted in Connecticut, Texas, New York and Virginia.

Pension issue in Stockton, Calif. bankruptcy


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On its first official day in bankruptcy, the city of Stockton now must grapple with the hard part of reorganizing its financial affairs — how to share the financial burden equitably among creditors while meeting its state pension obligations. Stockton's biggest creditors insured $165 million in bonds the city issued in 2007 to keep up with CalPERS payments as property taxes plummeted during the recession. Stockton now owes CalPERS about $900 million to cover pension promises — by far the city's largest financial obligation. Whether federal bankruptcy law trumps the California law that requires pension fund debts to be honored has implications across the state and nation. Stockton's creditors say the pain should be shared equitably. Nearly two dozen California cities in fiscal emergencies are looking at pension obligations.

UPDATE: Texas official says he's protected after DA death


KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — The top administrator in the county where a Texas district attorney and his wife were killed says he is "certain" he and other officials are being protected. Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood declined Monday to discuss details but acknowledged extra security is in place at the county courthouse where District Attorney Mike McLelland worked. McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home Saturday. Assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse was gunned down just two months ago outside the courthouse. Officers were seen patrolling one side of the building Monday morning, while others walked around inside. McLelland's office is closed Monday. The judge says officials will meet with members of McLelland's staff later in the day to help get a feel for what their needs are.

Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors want James Holmes executed for last year's attack on an Aurora movie theater. They announced their intention to seek the death penalty against Holmes in court on Monday. Last week prosecutors said they rejected an offer from Holmes' attorney to have him plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. Prosecutors said the offer to have Holmes spend life in prison wasn't a serious attempt at plea bargaining. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for the July 20 assault on a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" that killed 12 people and injured 70. His attorneys are expected to argue that he was legally insane at the time of the shooting. A judge entered a not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf last month.

Families mark anniversary of Oakland massacre


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Families of the people killed in a shooting rampage at a small Oakland university last year are remembering their lost loved ones as the one-year anniversary of the massacre approaches. Seven people were killed in the shooting at Oikos University on April 2, 2012, when authorities say One Goh opened fire. Investigators say Goh — a former Oikos student — had planned the shooting after becoming angry with school officials over a tuition dispute. He had previously decided to drop out of the school's nursing program. Goh has pleaded not guilty to the killings. He is confined to a psychiatric hospital after a judge in January found him incompetent to stand trial.

In April, Oikos will host two memorial concerts — one in Oakland next Saturday and a second in El Dorado Hills on April 13 — to remember the victims.

4 hurt in crash, attack at California Wal-Mart


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people were hurt when a driver crashed his vehicle into a Wal-Mart in California and assaulted people in the store. San Jose police Officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman, says after the crash around 11:15 a.m. Sunday, the driver got out his vehicle and used a blunt object to attack people.

One person suffered what Morales described as serious injuries. He did not know the extent of the injuries to the three other people but says they are not life-threatening. The driver of the vehicle was arrested when officers arrived. It's not known what prompted the attack, but Morales described him as "uncooperative."

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