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The  body found by firefighters Thursday, May 28th in Glenn County has been identified as that of 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen. Her burned remains were found in a field on Road D south of County Road 33 and she was reported missing from the Sacramento area the same day.

 

Larsen was reportedly in the care of 25-year-old Juan Rivera of Sacramento, the boyfriend of her mother. Rivera claimed Larsen went missing after he allegedly had a seizure. Sacramento County Investigators consider Rivera a suspect in the death and have arrested him. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail without bail.   

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Two trains were stopped in north Chico after a report of an armed suspect who was allegedly hiding in a box car. The report  out of Redding prompted authorities to stop the two Union Pacific trains Sunday night.

 

One train stopped near the East Avenue crossing which blocked traffic and another stopped near Wilson Landing Road while authorities checked the cars. The alleged armed subject was not found and by 9:45 pm both trains had been cleared and were moving again.     

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Some parts of the Sierra Nevada range saw high amounts of precipitation this spring. Reportedly, weeks of showers and snow brought 4 inches of precipitation to some communities, more than five times the normal amount for May.
 
State officials and climatologists say the weather will help replenish dwindling reservoirs and stave off summer wildfires, but conservation is still needed as sources say current snowpack levels are at 0%.
 
New water usage restrictions for North Valley households began today. 
 

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A new Chief of Police has been named for the Chico Police Department. City Manager Mark Orme has selected Captain Michael O'Brien for the top job, effective June 5th.
 
Reportedly, City Council Member Randall Stone approves of the choice, and  hopes the newly minted Chief O'Brien will be able to advance the department as a community oriented and publicly accountable organization. Stone announced O'Brien's promotion Thursday morning, saying he's looking forward to working closely with the new chief.
 
O'Brien, a longtime Chico resident, has been with the department for 23 years and previously served as the Operations Division Commander. In a statement released this morning, he says he looks forward to leading the department into the future and will be outlining his vision for that in the coming weeks.  
 
O'Brien will be replacing Chief Kirk Trostle, who announced his retirement in November. 
 

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New rules from Cal Water for saving water will start in June. The rules are:
 
1. Lawn watering will soon be restricted to three days a week. Odd numbered addresses will be allowed to water on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Even numbered addresses will water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
 
2. No watering will be allowed from a 8 am to 6 pm with the exception of watering by hand, drip irrigation and micro-sprayers.
 
3. No outdoor watering two days after a measurable amount of rain.
 
4. Water should not run off the landscaping and water should not flow on sidewalks or into the gutter.     
 

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The Red Bluff City Council passes an urgency ordinance to limit water use. The Council passed the ordinance at Tuesday nights meeting declaring a Stage III water shortage. The ordinance will require Red Bluff water customers to limit watering their yards to only two days a week, starting June 1st. Customers are also prohibited from filling swimming pools and spas, although they can use fountains that use recycled water. According to the plan, the State water regulations require the City of Red Bluff to reduce water use by 36 percent compared to 2013 use.    
 
As for Chico, Cal Water will be hosting a meeting to discuss new state-mandated water restrictions to inform Chico residents about the new State Water Use regulations, as well as the tools and programs available to help comply with the new restricitons. The meeting will be at the BMU on the Chico State campus on the corner of West Street and Chestnut Streets on Wednesday May 27.  Chico is being required to cut water usage by 32 percent. 

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A single vehicle rollover across from Wyandotte Grange on Foothill Blvd turned fatal. According to the California Highway Patrol a Cadillac CTS occupied by two people veered into oncoming traffic at 1:20 am on Thursday while making a turn. The car went off road, taking out the fence around the neighboring property and rolling the vehicle on its top. 
 
The driver,  29-year-old Deanna Marie Carey of Oroville sustained minor injuries and her passenger, 28-year-old Garth Taylor Daniels, who was reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt, was flung from the car. A Life Flight helicoptor landed on the scene and airlifted Daniels off the site of the crash before taking him to Enloe Hospital, where he died of his wounds. 
 
Carey was also taken to Enloe, and after she was treated for her injuries was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail on charges of felony DUI, causing the death of another person, and manslaughter. 

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Formal charges have been filed against two Redding women for the death of an elderly family member. 56-year-old Kathryn Havens is charged with murder in the death of her 90-year-old mother, Dorothy, and has entered a plea of not guilty. The woman's granddaughter, Amanda Havens, has been charged with elder abuse, although investigators say additional charges may be filed. 
 
The case began last Thursday evening when Dorothy Havens was brought to Mercy Medical Center suffering from breathing problems, and first responders strongly suspect neglect to have been a factor in her life threatening condition. Dorothy died the morning after being brought to the hospital, and police arrested her daughter and granddaughter. They said there were signs of obvious, horrific neglect.
 
Reportedly, Kathryn and Amanda were living off of Dorothy's social security checks. 

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The FBI has linked a Plumas County bank robbery suspect to other northstate heists. 
 
The suspect in Monday's armed robbery at the US Bank on Main Street in Chester is believed to be the same man known as the "Bad Breath Bandit", a man who has robbed banks in Los Molinos, Nevada City and Durham.
 
Authorities have dubbed this thief the "Bad Breath Bandit" because he wears a medical face mask over his mouth during each robbery. He also wears sunglasses, a black San Fransico Giants hat, a backpack and carries a handgun.
 
The suspect is described as a white male with dark hair, around 6 feet tall and weighs over 200 pounds.    

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The driver of the car that crashed into a Chico PD patrol SUV early Saturday morning has been indentified and arrested. Officer Jason Jueckstock was driving through the intersection of Cyprus Street and East 8th Street around 2am on May 16th when his marked car was struck by a Buick LeSabre, driven by Conrado Garcia of Chico.

 

The collision caused major damage to both vehicles, and the officer as well as Garcia's two female passangers were injured. Garcia fled the crash site on foot, but was caught and arrested later. He's been booked into Butte County Jail on a variety of charges, including felony hit and run and probation violation.

 

Reportedly, the officer and both women sustained only minor injuries, and will make full recoveries.

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An arrest has been made in an alleged DUI collision in Chico. The incident happened at the intersection of East 20th Street and Huntington Drive when a Toyota Tundra reportedly failed to stop for a red light and collided with a Chevy Impala before 5 pm on Tuesday. Firefighters had to extricate the woman driving the Impala, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the hospital.

 

The driver of the Tundra, 25-year-old Gerardo Lopez was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say that Lopez's license was suspended, he didn't have insurance, was violating probation, and he had a felony warrant. Lopez was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail.

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The Sequel is sponsored by WikiLeaks, the online whistle blowing site. Sony Pictures is none too happy about first being hacked last year by North Korea and then having that hacked material presented on line by WikiLeaks.

 

WikiLeaks has reportedly made all the documents and e-mails fully searchable with a Google Style search engine. So the material is much more easily accessed, rather than sifting through hundreds of thousands of e-mails and other documents.

 

Sony Officials are outraged--they argue that the dissemination of stolen information is quote a malicious criminal act. But WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says the documents should be made public to show what big companies are up to. 

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The future of the Art Commission will go before the Chico City Council. At Tuesday's meeting the council will discuss whether to leave the Art Commision as is or to create a seperate arts council. Either way the Art Commision will move towards a more regional approach.

 

If an arts council is set up it would use a regional model in order to participate on a state level, secure grants, and to provide additional resources at the local level. Staff resources would reportedly be reduced. If the council leaves the commission the way it is, it would meet twice a year and would also seek to move towards the regional model.      

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A Chico PD patrol SUV was travelling through the intersection of Cyprus Street and East 8th Street when it was struck by a Buick LeSabre around 2 am Saturday.  

 

According to police, the car was occupied by a male driver and two female passengers. The collision caused major damage to both vehicles, and the officer and female passangers were injured. The police officer was treated and then released from the hospital, and the two women reportedly suffered moderate injuries.

 

The driver of the Buick reportedly fled the scene on foot and is currently being sought. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department by calling (530) 897-4900.

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Marsh Jr High and Little Chico Creek Elementary are on lockdown after reports of an armed juvenile riding a skateboard near the Chico Bike Path. Initial reports say  there were three juveniles riding skateboards with one possibly having a handgun on his waistband. The lockdown was ordered at 10am, and lifted at 10:15 after police concluded a thorough search of both schools.  

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21-year-old Butte College Student Christian Lizarraga was reportedly running accross the tracks at 6th and Orange Streets when he was hit by a Union Pacific freight train around 5:30 am on Sunday.

 

The Chico Police Department is still investigating the incident but authorities believe the death to be accidental. Authorities say an autopsy is planned for this week.

 

Before moving to Chico to take classes at Butte College, Lizarraga attended San Marin High School in Novato, where he was a wrestler. He won four Marin County Athletic League titles and was a North Coast Champion. 

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Governor Brown came out with his May budget revision on Thursday, which gives the state more money than originally thought.

 

Brown proposed a more than 115 billion dollar spending plan that will give more money to public schools, a rainy day fund and tax breaks for the working poor. The upward revision reflects almost 7 billion dollars more in new revenue.

 

By law, the state must spend most of the surplus on schools and the state's rainy day fund for emergencies. The Governor also proposed a 380 million dollar income tax credit amid criticism that he hasn't done enough for the working poor.

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Messing with a bear is a bad idea, especially when you've been drinking and KPAY's own Bruce Lang explains why.

 

It seems police in North Adams, Massachusetts took to the Department's Facebook Page to warn people against chasing bears when they're drunk.

 

That means something like that actually happened.

 

And it did--only worse. They got a report of a drunken man chasing a bear through the woods while wielding a blunt hatchet. So police put out the word to suppress that inner Davy Crockett and not chase bears through the woods--even if you're sober and DON'T have a hatchet.

 

They said it's just a bad idea and will not end well. One Sergeant said he'd been on the job 33 years and this is a first for him.

 

The bear chasing hatchet wielder hasn't been charged yet, but still could be.

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If Chico seems a little quieter and less crowded after this weekend, that's because it is. It's time again for graduation at Chico State University--and after this weekend, some 34,000 students will be gone. Chico State Spokeswoman Sarah Langford says the graduation has been expended to four days now--including Thursday and Friday night, but the bulk of it will be this weekend.The communication and education grads will take up most of the first day's group. In all, some 7 colleges will be graduating students this weekend.

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A 25-year-old man was checked into Oroville Hospital suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso around 1 am Thursday. He was reportedly found near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Robinson Street. Investigators have determined that the man may have been attacked by a group of people, but he was unable to offer a description of any of the people who assaulted him. The person who found the victim reportedly did not witness the stabbing and the victim is said to be in critical condition. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oroville Police Department.

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Authorities have conducted a pot raid in Glenn County and arrested a suspect. U-S Fire Service agents arrested 40-year-old Pablo Barreto of Reedy in the area of Clover Creek in the Mendocino National Forest for the cultivation of marijuana around 2:30 pm Tuesday.

 

The next day, drug agents raided the suspected cultivation site where they located almost 3,000 marijuana plants and a loaded .22 caliber rifle. Agents also found a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe.

 

Barreto was booked into the Glenn County Jail with his bail set at 55,000 dollars.

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A judge has given a ruling on a lawsuit filed against Butte County's Measure A by four medical marijuana patients that after the policy was approved by voters in November.

 

Measure A restricts the size of medical marijuana grows in the county. The plaintiffs say that the county has no legal standing to enforce those rules and that it violates their equal protection rights.

 

Reportedly, the judge dismissed that lawsuit on Thursday, and stated that the rules allow for equal protection as all residents are being treated equally under the measure.

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Enloe Medical Center will be accepting unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications in capsule and tablet form at their facilities on 560 Cohasset Road in Chico from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. They ask that people remove the pills from the containers and place them in sealed plastic bags. They will NOT be accepting needles, intravenous solutions, and ointments.

 

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

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A robbery suspect turns himself in to Willows Police a couple hours after committing the crime. Officers responded to an alarm at a Shell Station on Wood Street late Wednesday morning and found a handgun, but the suspect had already fled the scene.

 

Around 1 pm the thief, indentified as 29-year-old Jovi Pannyasee, called 911 from the KFC on Humblodt Avenue. He admitted to committing the robbery and wanted to turn himself in. Officers arrived and arrested Pannyasee shortly afterward.   

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A former Oroville teachers' aide has been convicted of child molestation. 55-year-old Youlee Lee Vang was convicted on Tuesday of nine counts of child molestation.

 

Vang was employed at Poplar Avenue School in Oroville from 2000 to 2010 where he worked as a para-educator with Hmong students. In 2011 a former student reported that she had been molested by Vang on campus for two years. Butte County authorities fund three more victims who claimed to be molested by Vang on campus.

 

Vang was located in Alaska where he was arrested and brought back to Butte County in 2013. Vang faces 24 years in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for life. His sentencing is scheduled for August 13th.      

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A man has been sentenced for a pot grow in the Plumas National Forest. 24-year-old Alejandro Soto-Silva of Mexico was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay over $9,000 for damage to forest land. Soto-Silva was arrested after agents raided a large marijuana cultivation site near Soda Creek back in July. Agents found between 30 and 40 pounds of processed marijuanna and over $3,000. Authorities also found destruction to the forest habitat in and around the grow area.    

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators still haven't discovered why a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students more than a year ago, resulting in the deaths of 10 people.

Documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board show conflicting accounts of what happened before the fiery collision last April near Orland.

Although the NTSB has released thousands of pages of records in its investigation of the fatal crash, the board has not reached any conclusions about the cause.

One passenger on the bus says the truck driver was slumped over before the crash. The documents say the truck driver, 32-year-old Tim Evans, appeared to be healthy and wasn't on the phone before hand.

Witnesses say the truck gradually crossed the median before hitting the bus, which was heading to a college tour at Humboldt State University.

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The ongoing California drought has renewed interest in improving water infrastructure around America and officials from around the country this week are taking a look at the nation's infrastructure at a conference in New York City. 
 
One of the speakers is Juliet Ellis, the Assistant General Manager at the San Francisco Public Utility Commission. She says upgrades there have made long term improvements and are good for the economy. She adds that in California the challenge is not just to find water but protect the water we DO find.
 
Ellis also says one big hurdle is to most people the problem is invisible, as most people find infrastructure boring until it doesn't work. She warns that improvements are not cheap, and most are done through local water districts and paid by ratepayers. 

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A Chico woman reportedly shot a man in self-defense at an apartment on West Sacramento Avenue near Warner Street around 3 pm Monday.
 
She allegedly shot her former boyfriend with a BB gun during a violent dispute. The man's injuries were reportedly superficial. Authorities say the weapon was used in self-defense and that the man will likely be arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The names of the couple have yet to be released.  

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The Oroville Pubilc Safety Director proposes combining code enforcement with community service officers. The proposal was offered at the Oroville City council budget workshop on Monday. The 1.13 million dollar program would merge community service and code enforcement officers into municipal law enforcement officers.

 

The municipal officers would be unarmed, but would be able to make arrests. They would work on code and parking enforcement, patrol parks, and respond to misdemeanor property crimes. Sworn officers would focus on felonies, violent crimes, and criminal investigations.  

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An arrest has been made in the case of a body found in an Anderson mobile home park a week ago. The body of 49-year-old Jimmy O'Neil was found at a mobile home on Coleman Hatchery Road on May 4th. Investigators say that there were signs of blunt force trauma to the victim's head. O'Neil's nephew, Eusebio Luna, told deputies that his uncle had tripped and hit his head.

 

The autopsy results however showed injuries not consistent with a fall, such as: a broken collarbone, broken ribs, and a stab wound to the face. Luna told investigators that he could not remember what happened because he had allegedly been drinking and using drugs. Luna was arrested on suspicion of murder.  

 

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A Redding woman shot a suspect fleeing from Shasta County deputies. 44-year-old Dillon Carmelo jumped a fence at her residence on East Niles Road in Redding while running from deputies around 9 am Monday. 40-year-old Jennifer Doolittle had recieved a reverse 911 call saying that there was a wanted suspect in the area prompting her to bring her dogs into the house.

 

That's when she saw Carmelo in her back yard. He allegedly charged at her and she reportedly shot him in the ankle. Carmelo was taken to the hosptial with non life-threatening injuries and will be booked into the Shasta County Jail after he recovers. Doolittle was interviewed by deputies and was released.    

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More water cuts are coming to some of California's biggest agricultural districts. The State Water Resources Control Board announced Monday that cuts could soon come to the state's senior water rights holders, meaning those with water rights that stretch back a hundred years.

 

Reports indicate the ongoing drought may make those cutbacks necessary. One Control Board member was quoted saying the cuts could be coming in weeks, not months. Normally, senior water rights holders are off limits to regulators except in the most dire circumstances. One irrigation district manager is quoted as saying the issue could wind up in court.  

 

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It's official. The Internet has taken over television. For the first time, more people subscibed to Comcast Cable Company's Internet services than its video services last month.

 

That's a major turning point for Comcast, the world's biggest cable company and a major milestone for America as online technology takes over for over the air. The news helps explain a first quarter earnings surge, mostly because of growth in the Internet business. Total revenue was up more than 2 and a half percent to almost 18 billion dollars and that's not even counting the Super Bowl and the Summer Olympics, both on NBC, which is owned by Comcast.

 

Still, video services are key to Comcast--the company gets more money from video subscribers and Comcast uses video as a way to get its foot in the door with new customers, then markets new services to them. 

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Butte County officials are finalizing plans to apply to the state for new jail funds. The state has made funds available in the wake of AB 109, which required counties to house some inmates so the state could relieve prison overcrowding. Butte County Sheriff Korey Honea says no one knows yet how large a new jail will be.
 
"That number is going to be driven in large part by construction costs," he said, adding that for every prisoner housed at the jail it will require a certain amount of support space for inmate rehabilitation as mandated by Title XV of the California Code Of Regulations. 
 
Honea says this new trend of having some inmates serve their time in county jail is here to stay. The current Butte County Jail holds 614 inmates. The application for State Funds is due by the end of summer.  

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The Chico Police Department has received multiple reports of phone scams where the caller pretends to be an employee of the Federal Court and allegedly threatens to have the victim arrested for missing Federal Jury Duty unless the victim pays a fine with a money order. The caller may also request personal information. Some victims have reported that the scammer even knew details of their lives, such as whether or not they lived alone.
 
According to uscourts.gov: Federal courts do not require anyone to provide sensitive information over the phone. If you have received one of these calls you are asked to contact the US District Court in your area.   

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A Chico State student has been arrested for operating an alleged butane honey oil lab. According to information released this weekend, agents of the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force arrested 23-year-old Gary Dufault at his home on the 700 block of Victorian Park Drive in Chico on Tuesday after reportedly finding drugs and weapons at the residence.

 

BINTF agents found 2 pounds of butane honey oil, 48 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine, 12 firearms (including two AR-15's and two AK-47's) and over 7,000 rounds of ammunition. They also found butane honey oil manufacturing equipment and packaging. BINTF froze Dufault's bank accounts and seized over 14 thousand dollars as well as his two vehicles. 

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21-year-old Daylon Reed and 21-year-old Heather Brown appeared in a Shasta County courtroom on Friday to be charged with the murder of their 5-day-old daughter.

 

An autopsy report stated that the infant died from heroin and methamphetamine addiction in November of 2014. According to Redding police, the child showed signs of heroin withdrawl after being born and that Brown was using methamphetamine and heroin, passing the drugs to the child through breastfeeding. According to the doctor that performed the autopsy the infant girl had enough methamphetamines in her blood to potentially kill a full grown adult.

 

Reportedly, the couple had opened a GoFundMe account back in March asking for donations to help them purchase a headstone for their dead child, declaring the girl had died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and promising that "any extra funds will be given to the SIDS Foundation to help prevent something happening like that to another family." The account was shut down on Friday afternoon.

 

The DA's office reports that due to the circumstances of the case they will not be pursuing the death penalty.    

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God enters the debate over legalizing marijuana, and KPAY's Bruce Lang is here to explain what that means.

 

It happened in the conservative Texas statehouse, where the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that'd make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in Texas. Even though the bills has virtually no chance of becoming law this year, it was the comments of two Republicans that surprised people after the same committee voted recently to decriminalize marijuana in Texas.

 

One lawmaker gave what he calls the "Christian Case" for legalization, which is that pot comes from God and therefore shouldn't be banned by the government.

 

David Simpson, supported by the Tea Party, added "I don't believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix." 

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GOP lawmakers in Sacramento want farm workers to have a greater say in their union contracts. The issue comes out of a Fresno case that's more than 20 years old. Farm Workers there reportedly wanted to vote out the union and couldn't, so the State Labor Board imposed the union contract on them. Assemblyman Jim Patterson told a crowd in Sacramento that workers should control their situation. 

 

"This is a just bill," he said to the crowd. "We hope because of your showing and because of your passon, because you brought this to our attention that we will be able to move this bill through the Labor Committee."

 

Patterson maintains workers are essentially powerless when it comes to their contracts and his AB 1389 would correct that situation. It would NOT affect the current dispute, but would address every other dispute going forward. 

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The man killed in a fiery crash Saturday morning in Glenn County has been identified as 19-year-old Austin Sawyer of Chico. It took dental records to positively identify Sawyer. The incident happened around 7:30 on Saturday morning when the 1991 Pontiac Firebird Sawyer was driving slammed into a utility pole and burst into flames.

 

It happened while the car was headed northbound on County Road 306 and drited into the southbound lanes before losing control. The exact cause of the crash is not known at this time. 

 

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Hundreds packed a church in Oroville on Thursday morning to pay their respects to a Las Plumas High School student killed in a vehicle collision. Family, friends, and community members gathered at the Oroville Church of the Nazarene to remember 17-year-old Cameron Sabatino.

 

On May 1st, Sabatino and two other students from Las Plumas High School were in a Chrysler Crossfire going south on Lower Wyandotte Road, heading back to school, when it collided with a Toyota Rav 4. Sabatino was pronounced dead at the scene. 14-year-old Lance Anderson was taken to UC Medical Center where he is in critical condition. The 17-year-old driver was taken to Oroville Hospital. Sabatino and Anderson were reportedly not wearing seat belts.

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A fire that began in Gridley at 2:22 am on Thursday has caused significant damage to two homes. It began in a reportedly abandoned house on Lewis Oak Road, which was fully engulfel in flames by the time fire crews arrived on the scene. 

 

Strong winds reportedly spread the fire from the unoccupied home to a nearby residence that was occupied, and the inhabitants were safely evacuated. Firefighters were able to get the fire contained before it was able to spread to any other buildings, although it did burn much of the vegetation surrounding the two homes. 

 

The 50 percent of the abandoned home was destroyed and the occupied residence sustained heavy damage to the garage. The total cost of the damage to both homes is etimated to be around $200,000, but reportedly there were no injuries. 

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Cal Fire of Butte County is installing cameras to help in the detection of wildfires. These cameras can provide almost 360-degree views of an over 700-square-mile area, and images will be transmitted to a monitoring center where software searches the images to determine any changes to the area. The cameras can also automatically alert the Butte County Command Center of a possilbe fire.
 
Cal Fire has installed cameras at three locations covering areas of Forbestown, Philbrook Reservoir, and the Highway 70 drainage. A fourth location is expected to go online next week that will cover the Paradise ridge.     
 

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Cal Fire officials are investigating the cause of a vegetation fire in Red Bluff. The fire was reported just after 5 pm on Wednesday, burning near Riverside Avenue and I-5.
 
The fire burned 28 acres of grass, and according to firefighters, a water pump house was also destroyed in the blaze. Fire crews were able to put out the flames before it could reach any other structures and the fire was 100% contained by 6:15, despite windy weather.
 
Cal Fire officials say the blaze is considered suspicious because it did not appear to be caused by nature or machinery.     
 

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Butte County Authorities are investigating what they are treating as a possible abduction in North Chico. Tuesday night after 10 PM the Sheriff's Office got a call from the Kwikee Food Mart in the North Chico region of the Esplanade.
 
The caller told polince that two men in their 20's were with a woman at the front of the store, and she appeared to be trying to walk away. One of the men went after her as she was trying to leave and forced her into a white van. The van left and was last seen heading southbound on the Esplanade from the Kwikee Mart. Anyone with information is urged to contact Butte County Sheriff's Authorities at (530) 538-7671.
 

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Chico City Council approved a development impact fee with a 4 to 3 vote. The 10-year countywide agreement to help fund the expansion of the Butte County Jail could go into effect once other similar plans are approved by other towns and cities in the county. Paradise has already given it the green light and the county is currently working with Oroville. Gridley and Biggs will soon hear requests from the Sheriff's Office to consider the fee as well. 

 

Fees would include a $455 per unit  for new single-family home, an over $360 per unit for multifamily housing and a little over $370 per unit for mobile homes. 

 

At that same meeting, the council voted unanimously to consider replacing yield signs with stop signs in the South Campus area. The item is now up for future discussion. This comes after 21-year-old Nick Klein, a Chico State senior, was struck by a car and killed at the intersection of Hazel and 7th Streets in March. Following the collision more than a thousand Chico State students signed an online petition calling for the yield signs in the area to be replaced by stop signs. 

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So who was the big loser in the weekend fight? If you say Manny Pacquiao, you're wrong, says KPAY's Bruce Lang.
 
The big loser was actually TV--or pay TV to be more precise. It took a heavier beating than Pacquiao did in what turned out to be a less than hotly contested bout. TV was expected to win big, with millions shelling out 99 dollars to watch pay per view.
 
Instead, the broadcast was marred by technical glithces. Most of these glitches were blamed on a large number of people wanting to see the fight. So there was a rush to watch--but to make matters worse the bout showed up, UNAUTHORIZED, on new services like Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat--where people used the video function on their smartphones to relay the broadcast directly to the Internet. Neither HBO nor Showtime have yet said how many people actually paid to watch Saturday night's fight. 
 

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Paradise officials want to hear from the citizens on plans for non-motorized transportation infrastructure improvements to the town. A public hearing will be held Wednesday, May 6th starting at 2 PM at Town Hall, to discuss State and Federal grants available for Active Transportation Programs. Paradise's Marc Mattox tells KPAY some 300 million dollars is available through Cal Trans, if the application is received by June 1st.

 

"The funding can cover sidewalks, curb gutter, bicycle lanes and anything related to non-motorized transportation," he says.

 

Many of the improvements would be for walking and biking lanes throughout town. Mattox says the town is also planning for curbs and sidewalks for those walking to and from the town's Ponderosa School. 

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One annual event is taking on special importance with California in its fourth year of drought, Wildfire Awareness Week. Every year on the first week in May Cal Fire tries to get out the word to gear up for the upcoming fire season. But with another record dry year, fire season takes on a new meaning.

 

Cal Fire's Mary Ann Aldrich says most fires are caused by people, so people need to be extra carerful this spring and summer. Aldrich says people must go beyond plotting their defensible space or just not being careless, but pay close attention to anything that might possibly spark a fire in these dry conditions. For example, people should take care not to pull their cars off the road into dry areas.

 

She adds most outdoor functions should be done in the early morning when temperatures are cooler and humidity is higher.

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Possible restrictions on e-cigarettes are up for discussion before Chico leaders tonight. The issue is whether the City Council should expand the city's smoking laws to include electronic cigarettes, and if they should be outlawed in all places where smoking traditional cigarettes and cigars is already outlawed, following a similar move made recently by Shasta County.

 

E-cigarettes vaporize nicotine in a liquid solution, and the smoker inhales vapor rather than tar and other compounds. Some say e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but others say they aren't as harmful as traditional tobacco products. Critics say the products should be more closely regulated, but the Food and Drug Administration does not currently regulate the devices which e-cigarettes use.

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The teen killed a collison in Oroville late last week has been identified as 17-year-old Cameron Sabatino, a Junior at Las Plumas High School. He and two other students were traveling in a Chrysler Crossfire heading south on Lower Wyandotte Road when it struck a Toyota Rav4 around 1 pm Friday.

 

Sabatino was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old passenger of the Crossfire suffered major injuries and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center. Sabatino and the 14-year-old reportedly were not wearing seat belts. The 17-year-old driver of the Crossfire was treated for minor injuries. 63-year-old Petru Simoni, the driver of the Rav 4 was reportedly uninjured. The CHP says speed may have been a factor in the crash.

 

Sabatino's funeral is set for Thursay, May 7th, at 10:30 AM at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville.

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We've received an update on the Hazmat situation at the intersection of East 20th and Mulberry Streets in Chico. Firefighters are saying that it appears two cylinders fell from a truck, and that one began leaking liquid oxygen onto the street. Traffic has been halted and officials are advising residents to avoid the area of what they are calling a Level 3 Hazmat situation, and that the area will remain closed until it has been determined safe.

 

UPDATE: The intersection has been reopened, emergency crews have cleaned up the leak.

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Officers contacted the 17-year-old victim who told them that she had been riding her bicycle northbound on the Lindo Channel bike path near the Esplanade after 10:30 am Monday, when she was allegedly knocked off her bike by a man, who then attempted to take off her clothes. The victim struggled with the suspect and escaped, seeking help. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American male, 19-20 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build and is clean shaven. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

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Federal prosecutors say a Sacramento-area developer and an escrow officer have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud for a loan scheme that cheated three banks out of at least $20 million. 56-year-old Abolghasseni Alizadeh of Granite Bay and 62-year-old Mary Sue Weaver of Roseville were indicted Thursday by a grand jury for the Eastern District of California.

 

The pair are said to have worked together to obtain loans at inflated amounts for commercial and residential real estate. Alizadeh, a Chico State Alumni, was a principal partner with Kobra Properties which at one time owned dozens of Jack in the Box franchises in Northern California including Chico, Paradise, Oroville, and Red Bluff.

 

Alizadeh and Weaver each face charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud. If convicted, they could face 30 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine for each count.

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Chico Police arrest two men involved in two separate incidents of sexual crimes.

 

A Chico man who reportedly admitted sexually assaulting a young girl 15 years ago was taken into custody on Wednesday, April 23rd. 54-year-old Jeffery Linen is under investigation for the sexual assault of an unnamed 24-year-old woman when she was between 8 and 13-years-old after she came forward recently.

 

In another case, police arrested 33-year-old Jacob Duenas on Thursday, April 24th for the continuous sexual assault of a 10-year-old last year. Jacob Duenas is the son of Mark Duenas, who was sentenced to 25 yearsto life in prison in 2013 for the May 2012 murder of his wife Karen. Chico PD spent the last month investigating these incidents.

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An alleged DUI driver has been arrested after colliding with a Butte County Sheriff's deputy. The officer was responding to a call with the emergency lights on in his patrol vehicle on Olive Highway near Executive Drive in Oroville after 5 pm Tuesday when a gold Acura came into the path of the officer. The Acura was reportedly driven by 29-year-old Diana Sullens, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of prescription drugs. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) two other people were in the car, including a 3-year-old boy. Sullens and her two passengers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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Redding leaders are cracking down on growing pot. A new ordinance limits marijuana grows in the city to six plants and bans any cultivation within a thousand feet of any school, park or pulbic area. The 4 to 1 vote came after one City Council member said the old rules weren't working anymore. One marijuana growers rights attorney said making it harder for people to grow pot means they'll buy it on the black market and create crime.

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Two Butte County men have plead guilty to drug crimes in Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday. Steven Cooley pled guilty to planting, harvesting and other charges related to marijuana cultivation and processing. Damon Cooley pled guilty to reckless driving involving alcohol and the possession or marijuana.

 

Authorities issued a search warrant at their residence on Tree View Lane, located just south of Lake Oroville, on October 22nd after receiving an anonymous tip. Agents found over 150 pounds of processed pot and a number of weapons inside the residence. 43 marijuana plants were also found growing outside. Steven Cooley faces up to 4 years in prison.

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Butte County Supervisors have passed a new fracking ordinance. It doesn't ban the practice, but it does establish new rules, making fracking very difficult. The ordinance that passed four to one in Butte County bans the importation, storage and disposal of well stimulation byproduct, also known as frack waste water.

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Chico Police were called out to the intersection of West 4th and Ivy Streets just before midnight on Sunday, responding to a report from 25-year-old Josimar Arroyo and 21-year-old Rajpal Singh that a group of four others had accosted them. Reportedly the group wanted alcohol from Arroyo, and when he refused the four suspects allegedly attacked the victims, punching and kicking them. During the attack Singh was stabbed in the face. Witnesses reported seeing the suspects taking off in a dark colored pick-up truck, but Chico State Police stopped the vehicle and the four men were identified and arrested.

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A former Oroville man convicted of killing his wife and disposing of her body back in 1978 was sentenced to four years in prison for voluntary manslaughter on Thursday. Although the current sentence for voluntary manslaughter is 11 years, the sentence for this type of crime of passion was only 4 years when the crime was committed.

 

63-year-old Marvin Owens spent the last 36 years in Nebraska, but was arrested back in Februaty was was brought back to Butte County. As part of a plea deal, Owens admitted to strangling his wife Deborah Owens and leaving her body in an area of Oroville Wildlife refuge. Her remains have yet to be discovered.

 

 

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A sales tax increase will start today in Paradise. The half percent increase was approved by voters back in November. Town officials say the sale tax increase will help fund police, fire, animal control, and some road improvements. A citizens oversight commitee has been appointed to make sure the money is spent properly. Voters in Red Bluff approved a quarter of a percent sales tax increase which also begins today.    
 
Meanwhile, voters in Oroville should know by year's end when they'll decide the fate of a tax measure. City leaders have crafted a ballot measure that asks voters if they want to raise the sales tax one cent to fund public safety staffing. Oroville Councilman Dave Pittman says he expects the announcement of a special election to come later this year or early next year. The one cent sales tax would generate about 3 and a half million dollars annually. Pittman says the city needs 10 to 15 police officers alone. He adds public safety funding hasn't increased since the 1970's. 
 

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The ongoing dry weather causing Cal Fire to get ready earlier for the upcoming fire season. In fact, it appears Cal Fire crews will be getting a two month head start this year. The Butte County Division of Cal Fire will reportedly have up to 8 fire engines fully staffed by mid April, whereas that wouldn't normally start until early June. So crews will already be in place in June when Cal Fire would normally start getting up to speed for the normal fire year. Since Cal Fire is a state agency, the funding for the earlier staffing will be coming from the state. Things are subject to change with the weather. But Cal Fire officials reportedly say they'll stay at peak staffing until there are significant rains. 

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Chico Police arrest two alleged strong armed robbery suspects. 43-year-old Robert Wetzel contacted Chico PD about being assaulted and robbed by two suspects just before 2 pm Monday. The victim told officers that the two men to took his wallet and his jacket. Later that day 24-year-old Jeremy Williams, identified as one of the alleged suspects, was arrested in the area of 7th Street near the railroad tracks. The victim's property was located in a nearby creek bed. The second alleged suspect, 35-year-old Cameron Talbert was located and arrested at an apartment on West 1st Avenue on Tuesday morning.

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Many are taking a wait and see attitude about State Democrats ambitious plan for a clean energy economy. Democrats have crafted a package of bills that aim for a clean energy economy by cutting pollution, improving energy efficiency and getting away from a petroleum based economy. State Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon says green technology is the fastest growing sector in the state.
 
Republicans however stress caution and a full public airing of the issue. Republican Senate Leader Bob Huff says if the plan creates good sustainable jobs for the middle cclass he's for it. de Leon counters that choosing between a green economy and a more traditional one is a false choice. 

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Butte County officials and Waste Management to restore weekly recycling and yard waste pickup services. The County had instituted a plan which begain on March 1st where recycling would be picked up one week and yard waste another week in unincorporated areas of Chico. However, after numerous complaints, county officials decided to go back to the weekly pickup of both recycling and yard waste. County officials say original changes came from them, not from Waste Management.  

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Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey has reportedly found neither the murder weapon nor enough evedence to charge 30 year old Michael Anderson of Chico with a February 19th murder. 

 

Anderson was arrested by Glenn County authorities after a chase last Tuesday. He was wanted by police in connection with the fatal stabbing of Joel Eldridge of Oroville. Eldridge died after a fight outside a home on the corner of Mulberry and West 23rd Street in Chico.

 

Although Anderson will not be charged with murder, he will remain in jail on charges of vehicle theft and burglary. 

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According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the National Security Agency and British Security services worked in conjunction to hack the internal computers of the biggest SIM card provider in the world. 
 
The breach, detailed in a 2010 NSA classified document, targeted a Netherlands company called Gemalto. They provide SIM cards for AT & T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless providers around the world. Gemalto produces roughly 2 billion SIM cards a year.
 
With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt. 
 
Matthew Green is a cryptography specialist at Johns Hopkins University. He says the stolen encryption keys means its "game over" for cellular encryption. The story was first reported by the publication The Intercept.

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Chico Police are investigating a fatal stabbing and are on the lookout for two persons of interest, Michael Anderson (white male) and Brandy Hernandez (white female), both of Chico and in their mid to late 20's. No further physical descriptions have been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police at 530-897-4911.

 

Officers came to a home on Mulberry Street after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a fight just before 8 am Thursday. Officers didn't find anyone at the home, but there was evidence of an altercation. Police then found a man, near West 2nd Avenue, who had been stabbed during the fight. The victim was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he died from his wounds. Chico PD is now treating the incident as a homicide.

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Chico Police are investigating a possible stabbing. The incident occurred around 7:30 am at a residence near Mulberry and East 23rd Streets. The E-R, is reporting that roads near the intersection are closed off while police continue to investigate.The victim is said to have been taken to Enloe Medical Center. According to scanner traffic police are looking for a dark green or dark blue Chevy utility vehicle.

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The Chico City Council voted to get the ball rolling on the annexation of the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods. The Council voted 5-2 at Tuesday night's meeting to approve the agreement with the Local Agency Formation Commission to initiate annexation the two areas over a five year period.

 

The council failed to approve the agreement in November which resulted in LAFCO threatening to sue the city to resolve unauthorized sewer connections and related unpaid fees. It is beleived that the litigation will be dropped with the agreement. According to the Chico E-R, the City has to turn in applications by April 30th, and if LAFCO approves them the annexation process will begin.    

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A farming collective on Dayton Road in Chico called Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies, or GRUB is in danger of closing. The owners are attempting to sell the property, which may lead to the closure of the farm. Members are hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to make an offer themselves. If that is unsuccessful, they hope someone who shares their vision will buy the land.

 

Besides farming the property GRUB members host community workshops teaching about food education, communal living, and recycling. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, it is also a place for students to learn about agriculture during field trips. If you would like to find out more about Grub follow this link to their website: http://grubchico.org/.

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Comcast owes the City of Chico thousands of dollars in unpaid franchise fees. After conducting an audit, City staff discovered that two hundred thousand dollars a year have gone unpaid by the cable company for the past four years. Franchise fees are commonly charged to vendors to do business in the city. According to Action News Now, city officials weren't pointing fingers, but say that Comcast wasn't handing over the fees owed to the city. The revenue collected for the past four years, plus this year's fees, will add up to about $1,000,000 for Chico.

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                 A suspected case of the measles has been reported in Tehama County. A local doctor reportedly told Tehama County health officials on Monday that a patient had a fever with a rash and believed it to be a case of the measles.

               

                The patient has been quarantined at home while health officials await for the confirmation from the test results sometime today.  According to officials, the un-named patient has not had any recent travel history.

 

                 Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by air and by direct contact with someone who is infected with it. Symptoms include fever, rashes, coughing and red watery eyes. The disease can be very severe and is able to spread from roughly four days before and after the actual rash appears.   

 

         

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