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Gridley Highway 99 Crash

A vehicle crash on Highway 99 in Gridley just after 6 this morning leaves several injured. According to Cal Fire of Butte County's twitter page say six people were injured. The Jaws of Life were used to extracted two people the vehicle. Cal Fire says all those injured in the crash have been transported to area hospitals. No word yet on the exact extent to their injuries.
Pictures from Cal Fire's twitter page shows a van or an S-U-V involved in the crash on its side.

 

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Police Deal with Multiple Armed Robberies in Chico Over the Weekend

On Saturday Chico Police responded to two armed robberies 30 minutes apart from each other in downtown Chico. The first robbery took place after 1 Saturday morning at the parking lot of Bank of America. That's when an Hispanic male allegedly approached the victim and put a semi-automatic firearm to his head and took an undisclosed amount of money - fleeing the scene in a sliver sedan.
About 30 minutes later Chico Police received a report of a robbery at Tocos Tonaya on Walnut Street. A white male wearing a ski mask armed with a handgun entered the restaurant and reportedly demanded personal property from five people inside. He also allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the restaurant.
No one was reported injured in either robbery.
 
Then on Sunday two suspects were arrested after an armed robbery along a Chico bike path. A man was walking along the bike path from West Sacramento Avenue toward downtown Chico around 10:30 Sunday night when two African American men approached him. One of the men allegedly held a handgun and demanded the victim's property. The victim was not reported injured. Officers later spotted a man matching one of the suspects. That man, identified as 19-year-old Jonah Young-Gary reportedly fled down Broadway but was quickly caught. The second suspect, identified as a 17-year-old male was stopped a couple miles away. According to a Chico Police press release, he was found with a very realistic imitation handgun along with the victim's cell phone.

 

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Chico State Will Not See a Tuition Hike

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University will not raise tuition at its 23 campuses - including Chico State - for the 2018-19 academic year as officials had proposed, Chancellor Timothy White said.

White said the country's largest university system is dropping a proposal for trustees to consider raising tuition that was to be discussed at a May meeting.

"We're pulling it off the table. It will not be discussed in May and there will be no tuition adjustment at the California State University for any of our students in the 2018-19 year," White told The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement Friday.

Undergraduate tuition is currently $5,742 a year. In January, White said CSU trustees needed to consider raising tuition for California students by $228 in 2018-19. Tuition for in-state graduate students was also to be discussed.

A similar increase was approved in the previous academic year, the first since 2011.

University officials say that Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget allocates a fraction of what the university system needs to maintain its quality of education at a time of record-high enrollment: $3.8 billion for CSU in 2018-19 — a $92.1 million increase in state funding, but less than the $263 million the system requested, White said.

The Legislature will approve the budget in June, and White said he will continue until then to press the state Legislature for increased CSU funding but not put more financial burden on students.

"In light of California's strong economy, California students and their families should not be saddled with additional financial burden to attain public higher education," White said.

In March, the University of California's governing board approved a tuition increase for out-of-state undergraduate students of 3.5 percent, or $978 a year, starting in the 2018-19 school year. The increase will bring tuition and fees for out-of-state undergraduates to nearly $42,000 next year, more than triple what California residents pay.

The UC Regents said, however, they will rescind the increase if they can secure more funding from the state.

In May, the regents will take up the more contentious issue of whether to raise tuition for California residents.

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Red Bluff Early Morning Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Red Bluff Police arrest two people this morning in connected to a vehicle theft. Around 12:30 this morning a police automated license plate reader found a Honda that had been reported stolen from Redding. Officers found the vehicle unoccupied and parked on Aubry Court near Leonard Lane. Officers found both suspects walking nearby. According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, officers found stolen items on one of the suspects, identified as Joshua Ellis. He was charged for possession of those stolen items and possession of a stolen vehicle. The second suspect, identified as Terry Decutler Jr. was arrested for possession of stolen property.

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Police Release New Details About an Attempted Assault on a Child

A 12-year-old girl had told police that a man had allegedly tried to grab her near the Circle K store in the area of East 12th Street and Park Avenue Sunday. That man was located and initially arrested Wednesday. The man denied any allegations beyond petting the girl's dog. According to a Chico Police press release, during a follow up interview the girl told investigators that she felt scared due to the man's actions and fabricated the story about him attempting to grab her. The man was released and no charges will be filed against him.

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Chico Police have a busy late Monday night and early Tuesday morning

First, a teenage runaway leads Chico Police on a vehicle pursuit. An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Manzanita Avenue around 11:30 Monday night. The driver of the vehicle reportedly continued and failed to yield and lead the officer on a pursuit. The chase lasted around 3 minutes and ended when the driver hit a dead end on Mariposa Avenue. According to police, the driver was identified as a 15-year-old who has an extensive history as a runaway. A passenger in the vehicle was also reported to be a juvenile. According to Chico Police, no one was injured in the incident.

Then around 3:30 Tuesday morning an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 7th and Mangrove avenues around 3:30 Tuesday morning. As the officer was speaking with the driver, Chico Police discovered that the vehicle had been stolen. Police say the driver, 26-year-old Ashley Riley was arrested without incident.

Then two hours later Chico Police Dispatch received multiple calls of a domestic dispute just before 5:30 Tuesday morning at a residences on East 1st Avenue. Officers arrived and found 49-year-old Daun Slagle and 47-year-old William Oiler. Police learned that Slagle had a restraining order against Oiler. During the incident Slagle allegedly assaulted Oiler with her hands, a blunt object, and she reportedly bit him. Slagle was arrested for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. Oiler was arrested for an active arrest warrant and violation of a restraining order.

 

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Incendiary Device Found near the Willows Glenn County Airport

The Willows Airport was shut down after a bomb was reported to be found inside a suspect's vehicle. Glenn County Sheriff's Deputies assisted deputies out of Colusa County who were looking for a wanted suspect Monday. A vehicle connected to the suspect, who was identified as 42-year-old Heath Oliviera was located at Nancy's Airport Cafe in Willows. Deputies found and arrested Oliviera. During the investigation it was learned that Oliveira had allegedly stated that an incendiary device was inside his vehicle. The cafe was evacuate and the Willows Airport was shutdown as a precaution. The Bomb Task Force arrived and rendered the vehicle safe. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, The evacuation was lifted and the airport was reopened.

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East Park Avenue Roll Over Update

Chico Fire was dispatched after 7 am this morning to a rollover near Dutch Bros in the area of Carmichael Drive and East Park Avenue. The Chico Enterprise Record is reporting that the collision was between blue Ford and black Scion near the Skyway over crossing. The driver of the Scion reportedly had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Traffic was backed up in the area for over an hour.

 

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Park Avenue Rollover

Chico Fire reported a rollover in Front of of Dutch Bros in the area of Carmichael Drive and Park Avenue after 7 am this morning. No word yet on the extent of the injuries. 

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DWR May Use Main Spillway at Oroville Dam

The State Department of Water Resources may use the main spillway because of expected rain later this week. A news release from the Department said it may use the main spillway quote "this week or next" because of the possible storms. The Department created a Winter Operations Plan to use more outflow from Hyatt Powerplant and potential use of the main spillway should the lake levels reach 830 feet during April. Lake Levels are currently at 794 feet.

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Chico City Council Approves Funding for CPD Communications

The Chico City Council approved allocating 50 thousand dollars from the general fund to replace two failed radio transmiters used for public safety. The two transmitters malfunctioned back in February leaving Chico Police Officers unable to communicate with dispatch. The Police Department has had to use the city's public works raido. Chico Police Chief Mike O'brien said with the funding the deparment will now be able to buy additional radio transmitters and establish a second radio channel.

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Chico Multiple Felony Arrest

A man is arrested for multiple felonies after leading authorities on a chase in Chico. Officers arrived to East Lassen Avenue around 2:30 Monday afternoon - after the Butte County Sheriff's Deputies called off a chase with a suspect in a Honda sedan which was confirmed stolen. While searching for the Honda officers discovered that the Honda broadsided another vehicle at the intersection of Mangrove and East 5th avenues. The driver of that vehicle was taken to the hospital and is currently listed in stable condition. The suspect allegedly threatened the witnesses as he fled the scene on foot. Officers located the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Chase Forcier and he was arrested on multiple felony charges that included vehicle pursuit, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit-and-run, and D-U-I, that according to a Chico Police press release.

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Chico K-Mart Armed Robbery Arrest

Authorities responded to an armed robbery at a Chico store. A man allegedly shoplifted around 12 thousand dollars in jewelry at the Chico K-Mart around 5:15 Monday evening. When confronted by employees the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Philip Walton reportedly brandished a handgun and then fled in a Toyota Scion. A Butte County Sheriff's deputy spotted the suspected vehicle on Waterford Drive in Chico, but the suspect was able to evaded capture. Deputies later found and arrested Walton at his residence in Magalia. According to a Chico Police Department press release, an officer later located the handgun used in the robbery and it was determined to be a b-b gun.

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Cesar Chavez Holiday Arrests and Citations

The Chico Police Department increased staffing Thursday evening through Saturday during the Cesar Chavez holiday. Police say several large parties were reported early Friday and Saturday mornings. There were 36 arrests and 50 citations. There were eight arrests for public intoxication, two for illegal weapon possession, one for resisting arrest, the rest were for warrants and other crimes. 50 citations were also issued for varrious alcohol violations.
According to a Chico Police press release, the long weekend and the warmer weather made it one of the busiest holiday weekends.

 

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A Wanted Felon is Found and Arrested in Chico

A wanted individual is found after getting stuck. Chico Fire and EMS were called out to the shoulder of Fair Street in front of the Silver Dollar Fair Grounds before 3 Friday afternoon after a woman had reportedly gotten her leg stuck in a storm drain. The woman was allegedly hostile to first responders and officers were called out to the scene. Police discovered that the woman identified as 28-year-old Chelsea Meyer had felony warrants for her arrest from Placer County and Redding for narcotics and automobile theft. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Meyer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Police do not know why Meyer put her leg in the storm drain.

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Chico Battery Arrest

A man is arrested for an assault at a Chico homeless shelter. Medical personnel arrived to the Jesus Center on the report that someone had fallen before 4 Tuesday morning. A 57-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for severe neck and head injuries. Chico Police later learned that the woman had allegedly been pushed down the stairs by 22-year-old Brian McCaskel who had reportedly gotten involved in an argument between the victim and another women. According to a Chico Police press release, McCaskel was arrested for battery causing serious injury.
Police say the victim's condition is stable and that her injuries are currently not life threatening.

 

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Chico Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect

Chico Police are search for a suspect in an attempted murder. Officers were arrived to a home on Ebano Way just before 5 Wednesday evening where they found a 31-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. Police learned that the victim had allegedly been in a physical altercation with her husband before she was stabbed. The suspect, identified as Luis Contreras-Rodriguez fled the scene in a Dodge pickup before officers arrived. The victim was taken to the hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect is described as an Hispanic male around 5 foot -- 4 inches tall and 185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
His vehicle is described as a 2003 gray Dodge 1500 pickup with an extended cab, California License plate number - 52090B1.
Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Bangor House Fire

Fire crews battled a structure fire in south Butte County early this morning. The blaze started at a house on La Porte Road in Bangor after 5:30 this morning. Firefighters arrived to find the home well involved. According to Cal Fire, one resident was injured and flown to Enloe Medical Center. Cal Fire reported on twitter before 7:30 that the fire has been extinguished.

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Neal Road Vehicle Verses Telephone Pole Crash

CHP reported a vehicle collision on Neal Road at the Oroville-Chico Highway south of Chico before 8 this morning. According the CHP, a vehicle struck a telephone pole. CHP officers say the pole was sheered off and is on top of the vehicle. No word on the extent of injuries.

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Paradise Robbery and Homicide Sentence

The first of several suspects in a Paradise robbery and homicide was sentenced Wednesday. 26-year-old Joshua Bush of Concow was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for the second-degree murder of 31-year-old Adam Wrangham.
The incident happened at Wrangham's home on Lucky John Road in Paradise back in November of 2015. That's when Bush and four others entered the home. Authorities say a gun fired during a struggle between Wrangham and Bush.
Wrangham was struck in the chest and died from the gunshot wound. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Bush and the others then escaped with around 400 pounds of marijuana. The four other suspects with Bush also face sentencing.
 
 

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Glenn County Body IDed

The man found dead late last week in Glenn County has been identified. The Glenn County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that body found at a home in Artois on Friday is that of 63-year-old Donald Zucker. The victim was reportedly shot multiple times. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, the death appears to be an isolated incident and is believed to be narcotics related. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at 934-6431.

 

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Chico St. Patrick's Day Arrest Stats

Chico Police say there were minimal problems over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. Police say that was due to Chico State and Butte College aligning their spring break this week. The department did have extra staff downtown and around the south campus area on Saturday.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, there were a total of 27 arrests. Of those 10 included public intoxication, 7 for violence, 4 warrant arrests, 3 DUI arrests, 1 arrest for theft, one for drug possession, and one for trespassing.

 

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Chico Robbery and Assault

Chico Police are searching for suspects in a robbery and assault last night. Officers arrived at the Rosedale Elementary School on Oak Street to find a custodian suffering from injuries to his face just before 10 Thursday night. The victim told officers that he was approached by two unknown men who allegedly assaulted him and took his cell phone. They then reportedly left in a dark S-U-V. The suspects are described in their late teen to early twenties. One of the suspects is described as white and the other African American with dreadlocks. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.  

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Chico State Student Fell Update

Update: Chico State has tweeted that classes at Plumas Hall will resume at noon. However, Butte Hall will remain closed until further notice. This after a student reportedly fell from a stairwell at Butte Hall around 9 am this morning. Chico State officials are saying that crisis counseling services for students, faculty, and staff are available in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium all day.

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Chico State Student Fell

Reports are coming in that University Police have responded to an incident on the Chico State campus after 9 am this morning. Someone reportedly fell from one of the stairwells inside Butte Hall. Officials are saying that classes at Butte and Plumas halls are canceled until further notice. According to a recent Chico State tweet, police are still investigating the incident.

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Chico Domestic Violence Arrest Wednesday

Chico Police received a report after 11:30 Wednesday morning that 41-year-old David Arkos had left a medical facility after allegedly making a threat to kill his wife. As officers were being dispatched the estranged wife of Arkos called and stated that he was there and had allegedly battered her. He also reportedly violated a domestic violence restraining order. Officers arrived to the residence on Arbutus Avenue where they found the victim who was moved to a safe place. Arkos reportedly barricaded himself in the home. According to a Chico Police Department press release, a warrant for Arkos arrested was obtained and the swat team entered the house. Arkos surrendered and was arrested.

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Chico City Council set to look at New Crime Bill

Prison reform comes before Chico Leaders this week. The Chico City Council will be looking at the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018 which is not unlike on approved act by the city of Eureka recently and looks at changing prison reform laws. Specifically, the Act seeks to challenge some of of the changes made under Assembly Bill 109 and proposition 47 that were both passed by voters. The New measure is set to go before voters in November. It seeks to add to a list of violent crimes to make offienders not eligible for early release and to expand the collection of DNA.

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Man Arrested in Oroville following Shooting Death

A suspect in a shooting death over the weekend has been arrested. The Victim, 22-year-old Adam Krater was taken to Oroville Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head after 2:30 Sunday morning. Krater was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers started searching for 25-year-old Noah Gonzales who was believed to be the man who left Krater at the hospital. Officers found Gonzales around 9:30 that morning and after an indepth interview he was arrested for murder. Police also located the firearm allegedly used in the shooting. No motive for the shooting has been released at this time.  

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Power outage in East Oroville Area

Hundreds are being reported without power this morning in the Oroville area including Barry Creek. The PG&E outage page is listing over 770 customers in the east Oroville area being affected by the outage which started around 4 am. Crews are currently working on the issue.

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Chico PD Warning of a Phone Scam

The Chico Police Department is warning residents that the department's main phone line is being used in a phone scam. A resident recently informed the Chico P-D of the scam in which the caller tells citizens that they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest by the I-R-S for unpaid taxes. Chico Police says this is a confirmed scam and that the I-R-S would never contact you in this manner. According to a Chico Police Department press release, never pay any amount of funds no matter what the threat from the caller.

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Chico Crossbow Stolen Arrest

A man is nabbed by Chico Police after stealing a weapon from Walmart. Employees spotted a man allegedly take a crossbow from the store after 9:15 Wednesday morning. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Ryan Stephens was then seen walking northbound on Business Lane. Officers located Stephens on East 20th near Highway 99. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Walmart employees positively identified Stephens as the suspect and he was arrested for shoplifting.  

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Downtown Chico Shooting Incident

Police are looking for a suspect in a downtown Chico shooting incident. Chico Police received multiple reports of a shooting near the intersection of of West 6th and Walnut streets around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect in silver sedan allegedly pursuing and shooting at a tan S-U-V. Officers located a Chevy Tahoe with a shattered rear window at an apartment complex on Pomona Avenue. The owner told officers that an unknown Hispanic man allegedly shot at him following a verbal altercation. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the victim was unharmed in the incident.

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Highway 99 North Chico Collision

A multiple vehicle crash on Highway 99 blocked traffic in north Chico this morning. The collision happened on Highway 99 near Garner Lane before 8:30 between a Honda Pilot, a Lexus S-U-V, and a Toyota Corolla. According to the CHP's incident information page, the vehicles were blocking the roadway affecting the morning commute.

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Ca Looks at Water Restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials are considering whether to adopt a range of permanent restrictions against wasting water as signs point again to fears that California may be creeping into drought. The restrictions include prohibitions on watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using a hose to wash down sidewalks, or using a hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle to wash cars. U.S. drought monitors last week declared nearly half the state is back in drought.

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Chico Stabbing Monday Night

Chico Police are investigating a late night stabbing incident. Officers arrived to the area of Manzanita and Ellene avenues after reports of an assault around 10:30 Monday evening where they found a 62-year-old man who was bleeding. Police say the man was having difficulty communicating with officers. The man was taken to Enloe Medical Center where it was discovered that he had been stabbed several times.
Witness told officers that two men allegedly assaulted the victim before running off south in the direction of Lindo Channel. The suspects are described as white males in their 20s.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the motive for the attack is not know at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Tuesday 8am Special Guest: Colonel Larry Broadwell, Beale Air Force Base - Air and Space Expo April 28

Beale Air and Space Expo | April 28. For more information: http://www.beale.af.mil/Expo2018/
KPAY Morning News will have a special guest Tuesday morning at 8:30am. Beale Air Force Base 9th Reconnaissance Wing Commander, Colonel Larry Broadwell, will sit down with the KPAY 1290 Morning News discussing Beale Air Force Base's mission, and the upcoming Air and Space Expo April 28, 2018. Beale AFB is located 10 miles east of Marysville, California.

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Chico DUI and Battery Arrest

A man is arrested for D-U-I and battery in downtown Chico Sunday. Chico Police received a call before 8 Sunday evening about someone who allegedly crashed their vehicle into a tree at a residence on the 300 block of Hazel Street. Police also learned that the suspect was allegedly fighting with bystanders. An officer arrived and reportedly found several bystanders holding the suspect to the ground. That suspect, identified as Drew Thomas DelGrande allegedly began to fight with the officer and struck him with on the head with his fists. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect was finally detained after a lengthy struggle. Thomas DelGrande was arrested for battery on an officer with injury, resisting arrest by violence, and driving under the influence.

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Shots Fired into a Chico Home Sunday Morning

Chico Police are investigating shots fired early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the area of Terrance Drive and East 1st Avenue after three to four shots were heard in the area before 3:30 am. However, officers were unable to find any evidence of shots fired. 
Nearly three hours later Chico Police received a call from a resident of Terrance Drive who said they awoke to find bullet holes in the house. Officers arrived and confirmed that the residence had been struck multiple times by bullets. No one was injured in the incident, according to a Chico Police Department press release. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

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Chico Shooting Incident Over the Weekend

Chico Police are investigating a shooting during what they're calling a crime spree in the south campus area. Officers arrived to the area of West 2nd and Orange streets before 1:30 Saturday and found a man lying in the middle of the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The victim was reportedly conscious and claimed that he was robbed by two unknown male suspects. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital where he is expect to survive his injuries.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers found two additional robbery victims who had been robbed 20 minutes before the shooting. They described the two suspects as white males.
The Chico Police Department is asking witnesses of the incident to come forward by calling 897-4911.

 

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New Report says Latinos Denied home loans in California Rural Areas

Latinos in Chico are likely to be denied commercial home loans. This comes after an analysis by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Even though Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California, they're likely to be denied loans in rural communities like Chico and Salinas. The investigation found evidence of redlining 50 years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending.

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California Lawmaker Sues over Suspension from Legislature Claiming Race

A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct allegation is suing the Legislature for reinstatement, arguing he's being treated differently than his white colleague. The lawsuit notes Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza who is Latino, has been suspended but Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who is white, has not been asked to step aside despite also facing sexual misconduct allegations. Hertzberg and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon didn't comment on the charges.

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Law Enforecement Sweeps 10 Northstate Counties

A law enforcement sweep made multiple arrests in several northstate counties Wednesday. The sweep called Operation Silent Night invovled multiple law enforcement angencies along with the FBI servering 39 search warrants in 10 northern California counties including Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, and Sacramento. This in connection with the Norteno crime organization accussed distributing meth, herion, and firearms using social media. In some cases prison inmates allegedly used contraband cell phones to give orders to those on the outside.
Agents reportedly seized several hundred pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and over 30 weapons. A total of 42 people were arrested including two Pelican Bay inmates. 

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Florida Shooting Students Neighbors React to Suspect

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students and neighbors describe the suspect in the deadly rampage at a Florida high school as a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, and bragged about target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, but he insisted he didn't know the specifics. Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald that before Wednesday's fatal shooting of 17 people, Cruz may have been identified as a potential threat - Gard believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn't be allowed on campus with a backpack

 

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Florida School Shooting *Latest*

(AP)   A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida.

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says "There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation." He added, "It is a horrible day for us."

The Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that "so far we have at least 14 victims." The tweet added: "Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital."

The sheriff's statement didn't elaborate on the victims or their injuries.

 

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James Gallagher meets with DWR Officials in Butte County

Some State Lawmakers will get an education tomorrow about the Oroville Dam Situation and local agriculture. Assemblyman James Gallagher is bringing 8 Assembly Members to Butte County to meet with Department of Water Resource Officials about the Dam situation. Then they'll learn more about local agriculture and see what issues local farmers face

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Butte Co Sherrif Honea Talks 1 Yr Anniversary of Spillway Crisis

BCSO Kory Honea Spoke with Morning News about the 1 year Anniversary of the Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis and Evacuation of 180,000 residents on Feb 12 2017  Hear the entire interview by copying and pasting the link into your browser  
 
 
http://kpay.com/podcasts/morning-show?play_file=65978

 

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BCSO Looking for Hit & Run Suspect

Officers are searching for a suspect in a fatal hit and run in Biggs over the weekend. Butte County Sheriff's deputies and CHP officers arrived at Riceton Highway, north of Biggs Princeton Road around 12:30 Saturday morning and found 23-year-old Richard Benish of Durham deceased. Investigators learned that another vehicle was involved and had allegedly fled before officers arrived.
Anyone with information regarding Benish's whereabouts before the crash is asked to contact the Oroville CHP office. 

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Stolen Bikes Arrest

Chico Police arrest an alleged bike thief. Earlier this month two expensive bicycles were reported stolen from A Main Hobbies on East 20th Street. Two days later an officer reportedly spotted 31-year- Michael Borden in possession of a bicycle that closely matched the description of one of the bikes stolen. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the bicycle had allegedly been repainted and the serial number was not able to be confirmed so Borden was released. Then on Friday he was spotted by officers but fled the area. Borden was arrested Sunday afternoon on Virginia Street, near 20th Street Park for possession of stolen property and fraud for attempting to license the stolen bike in his name.

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South Chico Pedestrian Death

Officers arrived to an apartment complex on Amanda Way after a report that a vehicle had run over a pedestrian around 11:30 Thursday morning. Officers found a 68-year-old woman pinned under the vehicle. Several officers lifted one side of the car while another officer pulled the woman from underneath. She was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Investigators believe that the 72-year-old husband of the woman accidentally ran her over. According to a Chico Police Department press release, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.

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CA Assembly Passes resolution opposing Drilling

Oil drilling off the Pacific Coast is opposed by the California Assembly via a resolution approved Thursday. It also asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove California from the proposed leasing plan. The 55-8 vote came on the same day as the only federal hearing in California on the plan. Republicans Randy Voepel of Santee and Travis Allen of Huntington Beach say oil and gas can be can safely harvested. Allen, a GOP candidate for governor, says the move could help lower gasoline prices.

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Chico Unified Approves New Campus for Inspire

The Chico Unified School Board approves the move of a charter school. At Wednesday's meeting the board voted to move Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences from their current location at Chico High School to the district owned Canyon View property off of Bruce Road. The board approved 5 to 7 acres of the 50 acre property to be used for the school's campus. District officials say the move will take around 3 years. They say the funding used to relocate the school will come from Measure K.   

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Murder Suuspect in Colusa County gives Plea


The man charged with killing two women on his Arbuckle property gave his plea in court.  Martin Ehrke pleaded NOT guilty to the January murders of  Kimberly Taylor and  Jessica Mazak. Authorities say the two women lived on the property which was reportedly a cannabis growing operation. The Colusa County Coroner's Office says both women were killed from blunt force trauma.  Ehrke will be back in court in April.

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Chico State President Visits Morning News

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson stopped by the KPAY Morning News to talk about the recent Budget decisions from the State plus How Chico State Works with local Community leaders and Businesses to make Downtown Chico and Chico overall work together ..Listen to the interview by clicking on this link

 

http://kpay.com/assets/podcaster/1279/2018_02_07_1279_65834_3041.mp3

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Chico Police Searching for a Suspect in an Attack

A woman in an apartment on the 2000 block of Amanda Way reported to police after 5 Monday morning that she awoke to find a man allegedly attempting to strangle her. The victim told police that she fought with the suspect. She said the suspect's face was covered be either a mask or a beanie. After the altercation the suspect fled the apartment. Officers arrived but could not locate the suspect. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect may have also received injuries during the altercation.
Any with information on this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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School Bus Versus Pickup Collision South of Oroville

The CHP reported after 7:30 this morning a collision between a school bus and an Ford F-250 truck in Palermo. According to the Cal Trans/CHP traffic incident website, the crash happened in the area of Cox Lane and Palermo Honcut Highway. After 8 this morning the CHP reported that there were minor injuries in the crash - NOT major injuries that was earlier reported. No word on the number of people injured in the crash. 

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Two Shootings In Downtown Chico Over the Weekend

Police investigate two shootings that occurred hours apart in the north and south campus areas of Chico. According to a Chico Police press release, the first shooting happened just before 7:45 Friday evening on the 600 block of West First Avenue. Officers arrived and found evidence of a shooting and learned that a black sedan was allegedly seen fleeing the area after the shooting.
Then before 1 Saturday morning there were reports of shots fired inside an apartment on the 400 block of Ash Street. Officers arrived and found a large group of people inside. Officers learned that a fight broke out at the party and that an individual allegedly grabbed a handgun and fired a shot before fleeing the area.
Police are still looking for suspects and any possible victims.

 

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SF DA wants to Overturn Pot Convictions Dating back to the 70's

San Francisco's district attorney says his office will toss out or reduce thousands of marijuana criminal convictions dating back decades, a move allowed by a 2016 ballot measure legalizing recreational use of the drug in California. District Attorney George Gascon says his office will review nearly 5,000 old felony cases for possible action and automatically seal 3,000 misdemeanor cases.

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Congressman LaMalfa on Train with GOP Lawmakers that Collided with Truck

GOP lawmakers were on a train taking them to a policy retreat in West Virginia that struck a dump truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was reported killed in the truck.
Action News Now is reporting that North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa was on the train. Reports indicate that the passengers on the train were not injured in the collision.

 

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Ponderosa Fire Starter Sentenced

The man who started the Ponderosa Fire last August gets 14 years in prison. 30 year old John Ballenger received that sentence today in Butte County Court. The exact sentence was 14 years 4 months with a minimum of 12 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole. He must also pay 2 point 9 million dollars in restitution. He'd pled no contest to the arson charges.

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Bodies Found on Property in Arbuckle, Man Arrested

Colusa County Sheriff's detectives  say a man has been arrested after two women's bodies were found on his father's property _ one in a freezer and another in a pond. The Colusa County Sheriff's Office says Martin Ehrke was arrested Thursday. Detectives had been called to the property in Arbuckle with a report of a woman's body found. They discovered her in a large freezer in a bedroom. Hours later found the woman in the pond, and arrested Ehrke.

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Chains Required in Butte and Tehama Counties

The Chico Enterprise Record is reporting chains being required on sections of Butte and Tehama county roadways this morning. As of 7:30 there are chain requirements on Highway 32 from eight miles east of Forest Ranch. Chains are not required for four wheel drive vehicles with snow tires.
 
Chains controls are also in place on Oroville Quincy Highway from Upper Baldrock Road to Mountain House.
 
In Tehama County Highway 36 eight miles west of Mineral chains are required.

 

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The Butte County Sheriff's Office Records Division Closed Today

The Sheriff's Office says the all day closure of the records unit today is so staff can learn a new records management system. 
Some of the services provided by the Records Unit include, release of crime reports, release of impounded vehicles the processing of California Concealed Carry Weapons Licenses and other permits. 
The Records Unit is located at 5 Gillick Way in Oroville. 

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Tornado Warning | January 25, 2:10pm PST Affecting Loma Rica, Palermo areas of Butte County.

If you live in the Loma rica, Iowa City or Palemo areas, please take shelter immediately. Tornado Warning has been issued for Butte, Yuba Counties until 2:45pm. Take shelter immediately if in its path!
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Former CPD Officer enters Plea in Court

A former Chico Police Sergeant charged with assaulting a suspect pleads not guilty in court Wednesday. It comes in the case of Scott Ruppel whose attorney gave his plea of not guilty in his place. The charges stem from body camera video reportedly showing Ruppel putting 21-year-old William Rowley the 2nd who was already in handcuffs in a stranglehold back in August. According to Chico Police, Ruppel was put on administrative leave and he has since retired from the police department.

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Chico Mayor Previews State of the City

Chico's Mayor says the State of the City Celebration is like Chico's Oscars. Chico Mayor Sean Morgan made that statement on our Morning News today in previewing tomorrow's State of the City at the Card Center at 3 in the  afternoon. Morgan says he'll outline how people can help the problems pushed on the city by the state.

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Chico School Lockdowns

A domestic violence call leads to school lockdowns in south Chico. A girl called Chico Police stating that her stepfather, identified as 32-year-old Michael Sterling and her mother were engaged in an argument at their apartment on Notre Dame Boulevard before 10:30 Tuesday morning. That argument allegedly escalated into a physical altercation. Police received a report that Sterling had left the area on foot, allegedly armed with a pistol. This prompted police to place nearby March Jr. High School and Little Chico Creek Elementary School on lockdown. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers quickly located and detained Sterling. Police called off the lockdown which lasted less than 5 minutes. Sterling was arrested for domestic violence and a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Chico Vice Mayor Wont Seek reelection

Chico's Vice Mayor will not seek re-election. Vice Mayor Reanette Fillmer made that announcement Tuesday. Fillmer recently took the position of vice president and chief administrative services officer at Golden State Farm Credit. She said the new position would have a greater workload and time commitment. With Fillmer leaving that leaves 3 seats open for the Council for the election in November.

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Rep Doug Lamalfa reacts to Immigration and DACA

The recent government shutdown didn't have to happen and defied logic to both parties. That from Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa. He says the Senate will give the immigration issue a hearing--but he made it clear the Senate is only guaranteeing a process, not an outcome. LaMalfa says members of both parties are more sympathetic to the DACA situation than people might think. He says the top issue for him and other House Republicans is border security.

 

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Chico Police Arrest a Robbery Suspect from Oklahoma

A 13-year-old boy from Oroville reportedly asked 32-year-old Jeffrey Karr if he could use his cigarette lighter at the AM PM on Business Lane around 9 Monday morning. Karr had the teen meet him in a jeep parked near Toys R Us. While inside the vehicle Karr allegedly pulled what appeared to be a hand gun and demanded the victim's property. The teen complied and then escaped from the jeep. He found a security officer to call for help.
Officers arrived and located the jeep where they reportedly found an airsoft-style pistol and some of the victim's property. Karr was arrested for robbery and intimidating a victim. Karr's accomplice, 28-year-old Christina Halye was also arrested.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Karr has an extensive criminal history in Oklahoma.

 

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Facciuto Murder Latest Son Arrested but not charged

A Chico man considered a person of interest in the death of his mother late last week has been charged with auto theft. 32-year-old Alton Facciuto was arraigned in a Butte County courtroom Monday. He is charged with theft of his mother's car and for violating his parole.  Facciuto and his mother Sherry were reported missing Thursday. Later deputies found Sherry's empty vehicle allegedly crashed into a fence near Bed Bath and Beyond in Chico. Early monday morning Sherry Facciuto was reportedly found dead at her home on Anita Road. Deputies found and arrested Alton Facciuto later that morning. According to court documents, Facciuto has an extensive criminal history including prison time for robbery.   
According to the Butte County D-A's Office, Facciuto has not confessed to the murder.

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Chico Sting Operation

Chico Police partnered with other area agencies for a theft enforcement operation on Friday. The detail focused on those who are currently on probation for theft and burglary related crimes as well as contacting suspected criminals on the streets. A bait car was also used.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, there were 6 felony arrests, 3 firearms recovered one of which was reported stolen, 2 recovered stolen bicycles, and allegedly 30 grams of heroin was found.
Police say these operations are in response to the on-going high numbers of theft and burglaries in Chico in recent months.

 

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Three are arrested in Chico for Fraudulent Checks

Deputies were dispatched to the California Check Cashing Store on 1456 Mangrove Avenue around 9:45 Monday morning after a person allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check. Several checks were also reportedly attempted to be cashed at other businesses in Butte County. Deputies searched a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Chico and reportedly located printing machines, blank checks, and numerous fraudulent checks printed with different business names on them. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies also found evidence that the subjects were attempting to counterfeit U.S. paper currency.
43-year-old Markee Harris, 35-year-old Jessica Jimenez, and 35-year-old Victoria Johnson were arrested on various charges of check fraud, identity theft, and grand theft.

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Bus Service from Chico to Sacramento

Bus Service could be coming to Northstaters going to Sacramento. The Butte County Association of Governments recently applied for a series of grants that could make the service a reality. BCAG Executive Director Jon Clark says after a look at the situation it's for a 3 year pilot program.
The idea is there would be two morning runs at 5 and 6 O'Clock and then return runs to Chico in the late afternoon. Clark says studies show there are about 15 hundred people who work in Sacramento and currently commute there.

 

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Chico Shoplifting Suspect Arrested

A man with warrants out for his arrest is allegedly caught shoplifting at a Chico store. Loss prevention staff at Kohl's spotted a man inside the store around 4 Friday afternoon who was suspected of stealing merchandise from the store two days earlier. The employees believed the suspect was concealing merchandise and as he left the store they reportedly nabbed him. According to a Chico Police Department press release, a records check revealed that the suspect, 50-year-old Thomas Rainbolt had three warrants for his arrest. One of those warrants was for vehicle theft. Besides stolen merchandise police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Chico Police Warning About IRS Scammers

The Chico Police Department is warning residents about IRS scammers.
This time of year there are a lot of scammers calling residents claiming to be Internal Revenue Service officials.
Chico Police say if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you don't owe any taxes there are several steps you can take:
 
*Do NOT give out any personal information and hang up immediately
 
*You can report your call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
 
or call: 1-800-366-4484
 
*Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complain Assistant at f-t-c dot gov at www.ftc.gov/
and be sure to add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

 

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