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KPAY News Archives for 2013-07

Pilot Killed in Red Bluff Crash Identified


RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A man who died when a small plane he was piloting crashed at the Red Bluff airport shortly after takeoff has been identified as a 65-year-old Butte County resident. A Coroner's Office released James C. Carter's name on Tuesday. The Durham resident was killed in a crash at Red Bluff Municipal Airport Monday morning.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson tells the Chico Enterprise-Record that the light-sport aircraft reached an altitude of around 50 to 75 feet before crashing. Carter was the only person on board. He was scheduled to fly to Chico. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials say conditions at the airport were normal.
 

Shasta County Murder Suspect Now on "Most-Wanted" List


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A Shasta County man suspected of killing his wife and two daughters has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service's list of most-wanted fugitives. The service announced Tuesday that it had put 45-year-old Shane Franklin Miller on its "15 Most Wanted" list. Shasta County authorities have been looking for Miller since his family was found shot to death at their Shingletown home in May. His truck was found about 200 miles away in Humboldt County, but an extensive search turned up no other traces of him. The slayings of Miller's 34-year-old wife, Sandra, and daughters Shelby and Shasta, ages 8 and 5, came two weeks after sheriff's deputies escorted the wife from the home following a domestic dispute.

Suspect Arrested in Chico Sexual Assault Case


Chico Police have arrested a sexual assault suspect after more than a year long investigation.  Police say 25 year old Jeremy Scott was taken into custody last week. He's accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping at her apartment in January of 2012.   Authorities say the victim was able to learn the suspect's name from social media.  Chico Police say a Department of Justice analysis recently matched DNA from the suspect to the assault.

Probe Continues in Fatal Red Bluff Plane Crash


RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A pilot is dead after a small plane crashed and caught fire following takeoff from Red Bluff Municipal Airport. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports the light-sport aircraft went up 50 to 75 feet before plunging to the ground around 9:50 a.m. Monday. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the airport was closed pending an investigation. FAA records show the aircraft was registered to a new owner on July 12 from Durham. The operator of Red Bluff airport said the owner was scheduled to fly the plane to Chico Municipal Airport, where he acquired hangar space.

4 More Juveniles Arrested in Red Bluff Hate Crime Investigation


Tehama County authorities say four more juveniles have been arrested in connection with an alleged hate crime.  The District Attorney's Office says a group confronted a black woman in June, called her racial slurs, then attacked her with a hammer in Red Bluff.   Investigators conducted a gang sweep Monday and arrested the 4 additional suspects.  They were booked into the county jail on charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

One Arrest in Chico Strong Arm Robbery


One man arrested following a weekend strong arm robbery in Chico.  The Chico Police Department says a 19 year old man was punched and kicked by a group of men Saturday on a bike path near North Cedar Street.  The suspects took the victim's wallet, phone, pants, and shoes. The victim suffered a head injury during the robbery.   Police arrested 19 year old John Staton in the case.  At last report, investigators were still looking for several other suspects.

Violent Crime Up in CA in 2012


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials report that violent crimes slightly increased in California last year, but that crime rates remain at historic lows. The annual "Crime in California" report released Friday shows that there were 160,629 violent crimes in 2012, nearly 3 percent more than the 155,313 violent crimes in 2011. The report emphasized that despite the uptick, the 2012 rates remain at half their levels 20 years ago. The yearly report is compiled by the California Department of Justice and is based on data from police and sheriff's departments in all of the state's 58 counties.

Two Pot Raids in Butte County; More than 700 Plants Eradicated


Butte County authorities seize more than 700 pot plants during two marijuana raids.  The Sheriff's Office says two men were arrested Thursday after deputies found a large scale marijuana operation and a butane honey oil lab on Chinese Wall Road in Oroville. More than 500 pot plants were eradicated.  The Sheriff's Office says deputies also searched a Berry Creek property and made two more arrests.  Authorities say 240 pot plants were growing at that location.
  

Chico man dies from fall in Alaska


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 72-year-old Chico man has died after falling about 25 feet onto rocks near the Alaska port city of Seward. Troopers identified the man as Edwin Logan. The Anchorage Daily News reports he fell Tuesday onto rocks at Humpy Cove in Resurrection Bay near Seward, about 110 miles south of Anchorage. He was flown to a Seward hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Troopers don't suspect foul play.

5-year-old Gerber boy dies in HWY 99 wreck


A five-year-old Gerber boy is dead following a three vehicle crash that shut down a stretch of Highway 99. It happened Wednesday afternoon in Los Molinos. The CHP says 5-year-old Gunner Langenderfer died and his mother Katie Ramsey suffered major injuries when her car was rear-ended and pushed into on-coming traffic where it was hit by a semi. The CHP says the driver behind Ramsey didn't see her stop to make a turn. Ramsey's car caught fire and the big-rig jack-knifed, causing the stretch of road to close.

Redding police reopen 37 year old cold case


REDDING, Calif. (AP) - Investigators are reopening the 37-year-old unsolved murder case of a Northern California teenage girl because of advances in DNA technology. Redding police say investigators sent material to the California Department of Justice DNA lab for testing, and hope it will help them identify a suspect into the 1976 slaying of 15-year-old Terri Lynn Ray. Ray was stabbed multiple times, her body found near a creek off Highway 273. The case took an odd turn in 1976, when police arrested an 18-year-old girl on suspicion of the murder after she confessed under hypnosis. The girl was later freed from Shasta County Jail after a judge threw out the hypnosis-induced confession and police learned she had an alibi.

UC officers names in pepper spray incident can be released


AP- A midlevel state appeals court says news organizations are entitled to know the names of a dozen University of California police officers who were interviewed about the use of pepper spray on demonstrators at UC Davis. The First District Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling of an Oakland trial judge who concluded there was no basis for keeping the information confidential. The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee are seeking the officers' identities, which were redacted from two reports on the November 2011 confrontation between Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and campus police officers. Videos showing an officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray sparked outrage at Davis leaders. The appeals court says the UC police officers' union has 40 days to seek review by the California Supreme Court before the names must be released.

Chico man stabbed and robbed


Chico Police officers are looking for two suspects following a stabbing near Lindo Channel. Police say the victim was approached by two middle-aged Hispanic men Tuesday night between Highway 99 and Mangrove/Cohasset. One reportedly stabbed the victim in his shoulder with a pocket knife and took his bike. They also took hit him over the head and stole his guitar. The property was later located at a transient camp. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico Police.

A Shasta County man kills self after domestic violence dispute


Domestic violence turns deadly in Shasta County. The Sheriff's Office says it responded to Mercy Hospital early Sunday morning where the 79-year-old victim said her husband choked her to the point that she had pain in her neck and was having trouble swallowing. Deputies responded to the home on Gas Point Road where the suspect yelled "I will kill myself before I go to jail." Deputies then heard a gunshot, and found the man dead inside. At last report, no word on the identity of the suspect.
 

Chico man gets life in prison for Long Beach murder


A man gets life behind bars for a killing that brought Long beach detectives to Chico. 31-year-old Marcel Mackabee was convicted Friday in Long Beach for killing 29-year-old Phillip Williamson in 2011. Williamson, who grew up in Chico, reportedly transferred large quantities of marijuana from Northern California and sold it to dispensaries. He was shot in the head and dumped in an alley where he died. Mackabee's cousin Charles, and Kenneth Johnson are awaiting trial in the killing. Both also face life in prison if convicted.
 

Life sentence for a killing that brought Long Beach detectives to Chico


A man gets life behind bars for a killing that brought Long Beach detectives to Chico. 31-year-old Marcel Mackabee was convicted Friday in Long Beach for killing 29-year-old Phillip Williamson in 2011. Williamson, who grew up in Chico, reportedly transferred large quantities of marijuana from Northern California and sold it to dispensaries. He was shot in the head and dumped in an alley where he died. Mackabee's cousin Charles, and Kenneth Johnson are awaiting trial in the killing. Both also face life in prison if convicted.

 

Chico police looking for suspect in stabbing


Chico Police are looking for a stabbing victim and suspect. Police responded to a large fight late Sunday night near 5th and Broadway. Witnesses said a juvenile had been stabbed and the suspect took off. He's described as white, 6', wearing a ball cap, black t-shirt and jeans. Police are also looking for the juvenile victim, who may have fled on a bicycle when police arrived. At last report there were no signs of either. Police say they are concerened for the victim's welfare. Anybody woith information is asked to call Chico Police.
 

Butte County man will be arraigned in 12-year-old murder case


The defendent in a 12 year old Butte Copunty murder case is due to be arriagned today. 47 year old Marvin Markle Jr. will be charged with the 2001 shooting death of Shirley Pratt of Biggs. Pratt, who was 41 at the time, was found by a deer hunter in the Oroville Wildlife area on October 12, 2001. An autopsy revealed she'd died of a gunshot wound to the head. A series of tips and DNA evidence linked Markle Jr. to the killing. He was charged Thursday with the crime while serving a 90 day jail sentence for probation violation.
 

More than $230K in narcotics seized in Orland drug bust


An Orland child is in protective custody following a Glenn County drug bust. Drug agents say they got a tip about drug sales from a home on County Road 20. A recent search warrant turned up more than 230-thousand-dollars in narcotics. Agents say pot was growing in and out of the house, and the residents appeared to be making hashish. 34-year-old Pedro Sandoval was arrested on several charges including child endangerment. Also arrested were 31-year-old Jeffrey Thornton and 36-year-old Tommy Crowley.

Former Chico State HOF football player killed


A former Chico State University football player has been identified as the victim of fatal stabbing in Rocklin. 19-year-old Zachary Kachmar is accused of stabbing 51-year-old Robert Vickney at Vickney’s Rocklin home. Kachmar was at a party and was friends with Vickney’s son. Police believe an altercation ensued that ended with Kachmar stabbing Vickney. Murder charges have been dropped for the time being, and police now say it may be self defense. Vickney was well-known Chico State linebacker in the 80s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He had planned a reunion for his teammates this week.

CA bill would give child abuse victims more time to sue


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Making its way through the California State Legislature is a bill seeking to give more alleged child abuse victims time to sue. If passed, the bill would permit victims unable to file a lawsuit due to time or age restrictions the chance to confront their abuser's employer. The Catholic Church did not fight a similar 2002 bill that opened the flood gates for hundreds of alleged victims. But this time the church is battling hard against the proposed legislation and calling it a step backward.

Oregon man arrested in Glenn County after chase


An Oregon man is in Glenn County jail after a high speed chase and a drug bust. 24 year old Joshua Bond reportedly tried to elude authorities through Willows last week. When he was stopped, authorities found a half pound of meth, 4 ounces of pot and several guns, including a 9 millimeter submachine gun. He was booked on a vareity of charges and total bail is almost half a million dollars.

Yuba County college students will miss out on Federal Student Loans


Federal Student Loans will NOT be available to several hundred Yuba College students this fall. The Board of Trustees voted to suspend the program for a year after learning some borrowers had high default rates. They made the move to avoid a complete cutoff so students could at least receive Pell Grants to help fund their education. The federal loans are often considered the most advantageous borrowing option for students. The Yuba Community College District serves 15 thousand students at Yuba College in Marysville and Woodland.

Former Chico daycare worker is looking at 8 years in prison


A former child daycare worker who admitted to molesting a child could get eight years behind bars. 63-year old Thomas Lewis worked for his wife's business, Grandma Linda's daycare in Chico, at the time of the incident. The 3-year-old victim told her mother what Lewis had done, which prompted the investigation. The Butte County District Attorney says 63-year old Thomas Lewis was found guilty this week...he waived trial and allowed the judge to decide guilt or innocence.
 

Redding man wanted for Shasta shooting


A Redding man is wanted for attempted murder and robbery following a shooting over a pot deal. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says 23-year old Richard Jones should be considered armed and dangerous. He allegedly shot at two victims Saturday night at home on Keswick Dam Road. One victim was treated for a gunshot wound. Jones is white, 6-foot-1, has blue eyes and brown hair and a "respect" tattoo on his lower left arm. Anybody with information is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff's office.
 

Fire restrictions begin in Lassen National Forest


Fire restrictions are underway as of today on the Lassen National Forest. That means fire officials on the National Forest northeast of Chico will be cracking down on campfire use, off road driving, smoking, wood cutting and other forest activities. Such restrictions are ordered every year at this time when the hot dry weather makes the forests more susceptible to woldfires. Those with questkions can contact the Forest Headquarters in Susanville or the seperate ranger districts in Almanor or Eagle Lake.

150 Californian female prisoners sterilized over last five years


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 150 female prisoners have been sterilized over a five-year period without the required approval of a California medical committee. The Los Angeles Times reports that dozens of female inmates received operations that hadn't been approved. Ten women claim they were sterilized improperly in other procedures, including having their ovaries removed. The operations were done at outside hospitals and medical facilities by doctors under contract with the state's Corrections Department. Some of the women say they felt coerced to undergo the surgery, although they signed a written consent. New procedures to limit sterilizations were implemented in 2010. Since then, there has been only one such surgery and it was ruled medically necessary. The allegations were first reported by the Center of Investigative Reporting.
 

TV station reports bogus SF crash pilot names


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area TV station has apologized after reporting bogus names of the four pilots aboard Asiana Airlines flight 214 that were a play on Asian names. KTVU-TV co-anchor Tori Campbell read the racially offensive names on the air Friday. The report was accompanied by a graphic with the phony names listed alongside a photo of the burned out plane. After a break, Campbell apologized for the error. She said a National Transportation Safety Board official confirmed the names to the station. Neither the station nor the NTSB commented on where the names originated. The NTSB also apologized and said a summer intern "acted outside the scope of his authority" when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew. Flight 214 crashed last Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring dozens.

Third girl aboard Asiana jet dies from injuries


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed died Friday, the same day authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a fire truck.

The disclosure about the teen raised the tragic possibility that she could've survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath. No one knows yet whether the two teens lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed Friday that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777. Her friend 16-year-old Wang Linjia was among a group of passengers who didn't get immediate medical help. Rescuers didn't spot her until 14 minutes after the crash. The other girl, also from China, died Friday morning after being in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital since the accident last Saturday.

Russia: no asylum application from Snowden


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian immigration officials say have not received an application from Edward Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency leaker who wants to get asylum in Russia. Snowden came to Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport on June 23 from Hong Kong, apparently intending to board a flight to Cuba. But he did not get on that flight and is believed to have spent the last three weeks marooned in the airport's transit zone. On Friday, he met with human rights activists there and said he would seek Russian asylum, at least as a temporary measure before going to Venezuela, Bolivia or Nicaragua, all of which have offered him asylum. But the Interfax news agency quoted the head of the Russian migration service as saying no asylum request had been received as of Saturday. Snowden had made a previous bid for Russian asylum, but President Vladimir Putin said he would have to agree to stop further leaks of information about American intelligence service activities before it would be considered. Snowden withdrew the bid, but participants in Friday's meeting said he was now ready to agree to stop leaks.

Zimmerman jury to begin 2nd day of deliberations


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Jurors have left the courtroom to resume their deliberations in George Zimmerman's murder trial. Jurors reconvened in the courtroom at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue discussing whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours Friday and decided to stop in the evening. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year. On Friday, as the jury began their discussions, police and civic leaders in this Orlando suburb went on national television to plead for calm in Sanford and across the country, no matter what the verdict.

10,000 Californian inmates may be released by year's end


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is making one final bid to delay a federal court order requiring the state to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to improve conditions in California prisons. The administration on Wednesday asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to delay the order forcing the state to immediately take steps to further reduce its prison population. If he refuses to intervene, the state has said it will begin freeing inmates to comply with the lower court order, which is intended to improve care for sick and mentally ill inmates. Kennedy oversees appeals from western states. He is a Republican appointee who sided with the court's four Democratic-appointed justices in 2011 to cast the deciding vote requiring the state to reduce its prison population to about 110,000 inmates.
 

Woman was arrested in a Chico hit and run


Chico Police say officers were across the street when they heard a hit and run collision Wednesday. That crash happened on the Esplanade. Witnesses told officers a vehicle drifted, drove onto the sidewalk, hit a 40 year old Chico woman, then took off. Officers found the vehicle on W. East Avenue and arrested Monica Schneider on suspicion of hit and run.  The victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries.

Red Bluff man arrested for arson


A Red Bluff man rescued from a burning Redding building, then arrested on suspicion of arson. Redding Police say a fire was discovered early Wednesday morning at the Sure Stop Market.  Fire crews found 28 year old Andrew Giampapa inside...he was rescued and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Police say Giampapa, who is on parole for arson, had allegedly burglarized the business, then set several fires.

Drug agents make big meth bust in Anderson


Four people arrested as part of a major methamphetamine bust in the Anderson area this week. The Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force says authorities seized more than 31 pounds of meth, worth an estimated 200 thousand dollars. Agents say its believed to be one of the largest meth seizures in Shasta County. Four Bay Area residents were arrested on drug charges.

Investigators say that two attendants survived bring ejected from the plane crash Saturday


Two flight attendants in the back of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 survived despite being thrown onto the runway when the plane slammed into a seawall and lost its tail during a crash landing at San Francisco's airport. National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman also revealed that the pilots told investigators they were relying on automated cockpit equipment to control their speed during final approach, which prompts questions about whether a mistake was made in programming the "autothrottle" or if the equipment malfunctioned.

Police arrest man for allegedly threatening a police officer in Chico


One man was arrested for threatening to kill a Chico Police Officer. The Police Department says officers contacted Robert Gray Tuesday while searching for a shoplifting suspect downtown.  Gray allegedly threatened to stab the officer and kill the officer's family. He was taken into custody and booked into the county jail.

Bangor man pleads not guilty to killing his son


A Bangor man charged in connection with the death of his toddler son has pleaded not guilty in court.
The Oroville Mercury-Register reports 25 year old Michael Dollar pleaded not guilty to fatal assault on a child.  He's expected back in court later this month.
Dollar's 16 month old son died in 2010.  An autopsy determined the child's death was caused by blunt-force trauma.

Shasta County Blaze Destroys Home


A Shasta County blaze burned more than 40 acres and destroyed a home Tuesday.   The Fiddler Fire was reported just before noon near Igo. It was contained a few hours later.  The blaze burned a home on Yolla Bolly Road...five people were reportedly displaced.
    
 

Coroner Delays Release of SF Plane Crash Victims' Autopsies


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A county coroner says he will not release for "at least two or three weeks" autopsy results that would show if one of victims of the Asiana Airlines crash was struck and killed by an emergency vehicle.  San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault had said on Sunday that he hoped to have preliminary results on Monday that he would make public once they had been shared with the girls' families. Foucrault said on Monday that he now wants to wait to report the causes of their deaths until his full investigation is completed. He says he made the decision independently and that neither city officials nor federal accident investigators had asked him to postpone releasing the information.

He says positive identifications have been made through fingerprints.

Chico Fire Crews Extinguish a Dozen Fires


The Chico Fire Department extinguishing a dozen small fires over a 4 day period.  Officials say the 12 fires happened between Friday and Monday, and included burning mattresses and trash.  Another blaze burned a business utility trailer on Pavis Court.  Officials say the fires are under investigation.

South Korea to Inspect Boeing 777s after SF Crash


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says its officials will inspect the engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777 plans owned by Asiana and Korea Air. The South Korea government made the announcement today, after Saturday's crash landing of an Asiana flight into San Francisco. Investigators say the plane was traveling "significantly below" the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway.

Teen Arrested after Motorcycle Pursuit in Red Bluff


Red Bluff Police say a 19 year old woman was arrested after a high speed chase early this morning on a motorcycle.    Officers say Heather Gutierrez failed to stop for officers and led police on a chase down residential streets around 1 AM.  Officers say she allegedly ran stop signs and hit speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.  She was  arrested and booked into the county jail on felony evading.
 

Redding Priest Enters Plea in Molestation Case


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Redding priest has pleaded no contest to molesting a young girl. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Rev. Uriel Ojeda will spend up to 8 years in prison after entering his plea in Sacramento County Superior Court on Friday. The 33-year-old Ojeda admitted to molesting a 13-year-old Sacramento County girl in the bedroom of her parents' home sometime between June, 2007 and June, 2009. Ojeda's plea also came two days after a judge ruled that Ojeda's confession to molesting the girl to a Catholic Diocese investigator could be used against him at trial. Ojeda had been a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Redding. Prosecutors dropped six other felony child molestation charges against Ojeda in exchange for his plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 2.

Two Arrested in Chico Fraud Probe


Chico Police say two men arrested last week during a fraud investigation are believed to be part of a larger ring targeting victims in California and Nevada for years.   42 year old Robert Miller and 51 year old Craig Mansfield were taken into custody after they allegedly tried to make a fraudulent purchase at Target.  Police say they found several stolen credit cards and numerous counterfeit drivers licenses.  The police department says following the pair's arrest, officers located five victims who recently had their credit cards stolen from local health club lockers.
    
  

Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits


WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers around the country are scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on same-sex marriage. The impact of the decision is clear in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is currently legal: Same-sex married couples must be treated the same as other spouses under federal laws governing tax, health care, pensions and other federal benefits. But employee benefit experts say the effect of the ruling remains murky in the other 37 states, which are not required to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state. Employers with nationwide operations want to know what happens when a married same-sex couple in New York, for instance, moves to Texas, which does not permit gay marriage.

28 injured at California fireworks show


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — More than two dozen people were injured Thursday when fireworks malfunctioned at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles. An accidental detonation occurred about 9:20 p.m. at an event called the Fireworks Extravaganza located in a large community park in Simi Valley. Police Cmdr. John Parks said it wasn't clear how many people were in attendance but said the event usually attracts several thousand revelers. Twenty people were taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. Another eight were treated at the park where emergency crews set up a triage area. A bomb squad was at the park to deactivate the remainder of the fireworks. A video clip show on KCAL-TV shows a pair of firework blasts at or near the ground.

From solemn to spectacular, July 4th celebrated nationwide


NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Fourth of July marked by solemn and spectacular. The nation has marked its independence with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, extravagant fireworks that included a 19-burst salute to Arizona's fallen firefighters, and a musical tribute in Washington to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. After the celebrated opening of Lady Liberty early Thursday, New York City's over-the-top fireworks show drew millions to watch four barges loaded with 40,000 shells light up the night sky over the Hudson River. In Arizona, a more subdued celebration paid tribute to the firefighters killed in last weekend's wildfire, with the names of the fallen read amid single firework blasts. Boston's concert and fireworks marked the city's first large scale gathering since the April bombings that that killed three and injured hundreds. And in Washington, thousands crowded the National Mall where Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the marathon bombings.

Five Hurt in Crash Near Biggs


A two car collision near Biggs injured five people.  Officials say a 16 year old driver was speeding on Highway 99 and lost control while apparently trying to pass traffic Wednesday.  The teen's vehicle hit another car head-on.  The two drivers suffered major injuries and were flown by helicopter to a local hospital. Three other people suffered moderate injuries in the collision.

Man Shot by Deputy in Oroville Identified as South Dakota Fugitive


Butte County authorities have identified the man shot and killed by a Sheriff's deputy this week as a South Dakota fugitive wanted by U.S. Marshals.  The Sheriff's Office says two deputies contacted 35 year old Sengaroune Silaphanhdeth in the parking lot of Gold Country Casino Tuesday.  Investigators say he attempted to pull a gun on the deputies and was shot by Deputy Jason Piazza.  The two deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.
 

Two Deputies Involved in Oroville Fatal Shooting


Still no word on the identity of a man killed in an officer involved shooting in Oroville.  Two Butte County Sheriff's deputies responded to the parking lot of Gold Country Casino Tuesday morning where they found a man in his pickup with a gun.  An altercation ensued with the man being fatally shot. Sheriff's Spokeswoman Miranda Bowersox says
the County's Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team has been activated and will investigate the incident.

Oroville Man Ejected in Yuba-Sutter Rollover


A 37 year old Oroville man has died in a northstate rollover crash.  The CHP says the man was a passenger in an SUV that overturned on Highway 99 in the Yuba-Sutter area Monday.  The Oroville victim was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. The CHP says the crash is still under investigation, but alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors.

Teenage Gang Member Sentenced for Chico Shooting


A teenage gang member has been sentenced in Butte County for a Chico shooting.  The local District Attorney's Office says 17 year old Jesus Rosillo-Castro was sentenced this week to 15 years to life for shooting at an occupied vehicle.   Prosecutors say Castro and 4 others had a hunting rifle and drove around Chico in search of rival gang members.  The DA's Office says Castro shot at a pick up and narrowly missed two victims.
  

Chico Budget Cuts Mean Layoffs for the Parks Department


The city of Chico says budget cuts mean layoffs for the parks department.  The city says budget reductions will trim 500 thousand dollars from the Parks and Street Trees Divisions.   Seven employees will be laid off...and a seasonal ranger position will not be filled.
 

Fire Crews Keep Cohasset Blaze Small


Several vehicles destroyed and two outbuildings damaged in a small Cohasset fire.   Cal-Fire says that blaze burned less than an acre Monday afternoon around Handy Road.   The cause is under investigation.
 

Chico Man Killed in Glenn County Boating Accident


A Chico man has died after falling from a boat into the Black Butte Reservoir.  The Glenn County Sheriff's Office says 29 year old Theodore McMorrow was on a boat with his father Sunday afternoon, slipped, and fell into the water.  His father told deputies he tried to save his son, but was unable to hold his son above water.   The victim's father says he was in the water yelling for help for an estimated 30 minutes, but there were no other boaters nearby.   The Sheriff's Office says an autopsy will be performed.

Skyway Crash Kills Stirling City Man


A weekend rollover accident has killed a Stirling City man and injured a Magalia woman.  Officials say 23 year old Justin Healey was a passenger in the truck...the vehicle hit an embankment and flipped early Sunday morning on the Skyway.  The driver, identified as 20 year old Sara Choate, suffered major injuries.  The crash is still under investigation by the CHP, but alcohol is believed to be a factor.
  

Oroville Council Votes to Lay Off Fire Chief


Oroville city leaders vote to lay off the local fire chief to reduce city expenses.  The Oroville City Council met Monday and voted unanimously to lay off Fire Chief Charles Hurley to help close a 2.1 million dollar budget deficit.  The Oroville Mercury Register reports Hurley volunteered to be laid off in June to save other jobs in his department.
    
 

CA Government Departments Under New Re-organization Plan


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A reorganization of state government that eliminates or consolidates dozens of departments and agencies takes full effect Monday, the first day of the new fiscal year.  Under the changes orchestrated by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, the number of state agencies will be reduced from 12 to 10, with departments that have related functions housed together. The reconfigured Transportation Agency now will include the Department of Motor Vehicles, California Highway Patrol, CalTrans and the California High-Speed Rail Authority. A new Government Operations Agency will centralize contracting, technology and human resource functions that had been scattered throughout state government. Businesses and professionals who are licensed by the state will be overseen by the new Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, which consolidates two current agencies.
Brown has said the changes will streamline government and could save money in the long run.

Grand Jury Report Critical of Chico's Financial Information


The city of Chico and its financial problems coming under fire in the latest Grand Jury report. The report released Friday says Chico provided information that was often outdated and misleading. Councilman Mark Sorenson says Chico is currently mired in deep budget cuts. The city has had to cut almost 5 million dollars from its current budget and lay off a number of city workers, including 19 police positions. Sorenson says it was only recently found the city had burned through 20 million dollars that must now be restored.

No Arrest in Chico High-Speed Chase


Chico Police say a man accused of leading officers on a high speed chase this weekend got away on foot.   Police say they tried to stop 54 year old Kevin Warnock late Saturday night, when he sped off.  The chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour and came to an end around W. Sacramento Avenue and River Road.  Police say the Red Bluff man fled on foot after the vehicle got stuck in a muddy orchard.  At last report, Warnock had not been located.

Chico Building Damaged in Weekend Crash


Four people injured and one business damaged after a weekend crash in Chico.  Chico Police say a vehicle hit the corner of Valley Lock and Safe on Mangrove Avenue Saturday. The business sustained major damage in the collision.  Officers say the driver, identified as Rhonda Pimentel, was allegedly drunk at the time.  The Police Department says it'll seek charges of DUI and child endangerment through the District Attorney's Office.
  

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