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The Shasta County Bomb Squad is on the scene of a bomb threat in Red Bluff this morning. The Tehama County Courthouse in Red Bluff is on lockdown as a suspicious packages was found in front of the courthouse and another found in front of the police department.  Several streets in downtown Red Bluff have reportedly been closed due to the bomb threat. All court proceedings at the Tehama County Courthouse have been cancelled until at least for the morning. 

Chico fire called out to a report of a fire from the roof of Acker Gym on the Chico State campus.

A rollover crash on Highway 36 leaves a man dead. An accident was reported on Highway 36 in Trinity County around 6:30pm on Sunday. The CHP says, a Dodge pickup was found about 150 feet off the road on its side cought in some trees. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the identity of the man has not been released.   

Another shooting in Chico. According to Chico police a shot was fired at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house on Ivey Street just before 2:30 am on Saturday. No injures were reported. This is the sixth reported shooting in the past two weeks in Chico.

Police respond to another shooting in Chico. Chico police came out after a call of a shots fired at an apartment on Nord Ave after 9pm on Monday. Officers found .380 caliber handgun shell casings in the parking lot. A witness said there were about four shots fired from a silver Pontiac. Police are still looking for the suspects. This was the fifth shooting incident in Chico in the last 10 days. 

SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man came to a court appearance in the Central Valley in a stolen vehicle. James Manning was arrested after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle stolen. The vehicle's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse in Sonora. Officers found the 2001 Mitsubishi with different license plates on it.

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records. According to The Sacramento Bee, California's Department of Motor Vehicles says neither driver had a moving violation, though the bus driver's license was briefly suspended a decade ago. FedEx driver Tim Evans and the driver of the chartered bus, Talalelei Lealao-Taiao (tah-lah-LAY'-lay LAY'-low-TY'-ow), were killed along with eight passengers Thursday when the truck veered across the median of Interstate 5 and smashed into the bus. The Glenn County coroner has not released official identifications, but Lealao-Taiao's employer confirmed her name, and the Bee spoke with a member of Evans' extended family.
Federal and state investigators expect to take months to determine what caused the accident.

A Chico State student spots her stolen bike as she reports it being stolen. Jennifer Barker found her bike stolen after class at Chico State University Monday night. Barker and her boyfriend, Alex Blease, went to the University Police station and as she was reporting her bike being stolen she and Blease saw a man riding what looked to be her bike. Blease went after the man and caught him. According to the E-R, the suspect claimed to have a gun in his bag and got away. Blease and another person chased the suspect and held him until the University Police showed up. Officers found cutting tools in the man's bag but no gun.  

A man is behind bars after a shooting in Chico. Police found a 29-year-old man with multiple gun shot wounds to his upper body at the Nord Garden Apartments on Nord Avenue after 3am Saturday. Police arrested 23-year-old Robert Duggan about three hours later on Flying V Street. According to police Duggan was in possession of cocaine and that drugs may have been a factor in the shooting. The victim is in critical condition.  

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are re-examining bus safety rules in the wake of the fiery crash that killed 10 in California [I-5 near Orland]. National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said Sunday that his agency is revisiting proposals to enhance fire and passenger safety in light of the tragedy. A FedEx truck Thursday careened across an Interstate 5 median and slammed into a bus carrying high school students headed to a college tour. Dozens escaped before a massive explosion. Investigators say evidence shows the truck driver didn't apply brakes and that the truck wasn't on fire before the crash as a witness claimed.

ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says the drivers of a FedEx delivery truck and a charter bus carrying high school students on a college visit are among the 10 people who were killed in a fiery crash on a Northern California interstate. In addition to both drivers, the patrol says three adult chaperones and five teenage students were killed in the crash Thursday on Interstate 5 near Orland. Their identities haven't been released The patrol says the bus and truck were on opposite sides of the freeway when the truck crossed a grass median and slammed into the bus, causing an explosion and fire. Investigators say the truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash.

9 people dead and numerous injured in a fiery I-5 crash near Orland yesterday evening. CHP officials say the Fed-EX truck was traveling south-bound on I-5, near Orland, and for unknown reasons crossed over the into on coming traffic in the north-bound lane and hit a tour bus head-on after 5:30 pm on Thursday. Witnesses say the vehicles almost immediately burst into flames after the collision and large billows of smoke could be seen for miles. The bus was carrying Los Angeles area students heading to the spring preview preview day at Humboldt State on Saturday. 9 people were killed including the Fed-Ex truck driver and the tour bus driver. 32 people were injured and were transported to various area hospitals including Enloe Medical Center. Both sides of I-5 have been closed. According to the CHP website, the southbound lane is now open. 

Photo: KRCR

Photo: KRCR


A severe accident occurred this evening  on Interstate 5 just north of Highway 32 near Orland  involving a tour bus and a FedEx semi truck.  Initial reports indicate that the bus was fully engulfed in flames and the accident has claimed 9 lives and caused about 35 injuries. Multiple helicopters are airlifting victims from the scene to area hospitals.  The charter tour bus passengers are reportedly from Southern California on a tour of North state Colleges.  We'll have a full report on The KPAY Morning News Friday morning at 6 am on News talk 1290 KPAY. 

Three suspects involved in a shooting in Chico over the weekend appeared in court for the first time. The three men were charged and bail was set at Wednesday's court appearance. Arraignment proceedings will be continued this morning. According to Action News Now, the charges included, assault with a semi-automatic weapon and gang enhancement. 

A Chico man faces charges of sexual molestation after his arrest Tuesday. 35 year old Cameon Pugh is suspected of molesting a 10 year old girl last fall. Authorities seized two of his computers and reportedly found more than 200 images of child pornography. He's now in the Butte County jail on bail of 100 thousand dollars.  

It was a Chico man who died in that fire on Floral Avenue Friday. 31 year old Mark Dixon was found after the Fire Department doused a fire at a downstairs unit of the Villa Serena Apartments on Floral Avenue. The incident happened just after 3 PM. It appears the fire started in the bathroom, but the official cause of the fire is not yet known.

Three Chico State students were robbed at gun point. According to University Police, three students were near the health center on Warner Street when six men approached and robbed them at gun point at about 11:30 pm on Monday. The suspects were said to have been wearing dark clothing with one of the men wearing a bandanna over his face.  

Shoots fired in the air in Orland over the weekend. A witness told Orland P.D. that a white Chevy truck drove down the East Walker Street and fired five or six shoots in the air after 2pm on Sunday. Police found shell casings in the street but it is unknown who the suspect is. No one was hurt in the incident.  

Chico Police searching for more clues in a trio of alleged gang related shootings over the weekend. Authorities arrested three young men chasing them after  a shooting at the Chico Trailer Haven Sunday. They're expected to see if there's a connection with a drive by Saturday night and another shooting near LaSalle's bar that hit a man in the torso, although he is expected to live.  Police say all three of the men taken into custody are affiliated with or are members of the Norteno street gang.

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man three times on a Chico street [West Sixth] following a fight. Seven people were detained after officers responded to reports of a stabbing early Sunday. A victim was found at the scene with serious injuries. The male victim, who was not identified, was chased by the juvenile and stabbed three times in his back and right side.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says he's not giving up on a proposed ballot initiative that would give local governments more leeway to cut public employees' pension plans, despite losing a court challenge this year. Reed, a Democrat, told the Sacramento Press Club Thursday that he will pursue the proposal for the 2016 ballot. He and a group of other California mayors had hoped to put it on the November ballot, but they lost their lawsuit challenging Attorney General Kamala Harris' description of the initiative. The mayor says he will appeal the judge's ruling. Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for unions opposing the plan, says Reed has been unable to get sufficient backing and that financing for his initiative and the political climate will be less favorable for him in 2016.

A doctor has plead not guilty again to charges that he created a fake letter to get out of a speeding ticket. The Butte County DA's office filed false evidence charges against 46-year-old Dr. Nickesh Shah of San Francisco. Shah was pulled over by CHP for driving 95 miles per hour on Highway 99 near Estates Drive back in April of 2013. Shah claimed that there was a medical emergency at a Chico clinic. The officer called the clinic and they told him that there wasn't an emergency. According to the E-R, Shah allegedly fabricated a letter from the clinic saying that it was an emergency.

A Chico woman is arrested for fraud and burglary. 37-year-old Cassie Lawley, an employee at an unnamed doctor's office, in Chico, was arrested just after 10am on Thursday. According to Police, a local pharmacy had reported receiving orders for a large number of prescriptions for painkillers from the doctor's office. When the pharmacy would call the doctor's office Lawley would say that the order was correct. Later someone would call the pharmacy saying that they were the doctor and said that the orders were correct. Investigators say, that the pharmacy was able to contact the actual doctor and he told them that the orders were not legitimate. Lawley allegedly obtained more than 15,000 prescription pills since November 2012.


Central Sierra snowpack is at 39% of April 1 average. Take a look at how the rest of the state is doing here:

Arrests made in conection to a meth lab found in a Magalia home. Butte County Sheriff's deputies searched a home on Imperial Way in Magalia around 7:30am on Wednesday. The deputies found what they believed was a meth lab. A man was arrested on drug charges and possession of stolen property. According to officers, a woman, who is believed to be the sister of the suspect, was also arrested on drug charges. 

A man is arrested after trying to cash stolen checks. Chico Police responded to a call before 5:30am on Tuesday of a Subaru that was broken into and checks stolen at a parking structure on Main Street. Later that morning police were called to California Check Cashers on Mangrove where 23-year-old Justin Nelson was trying to cash the stolen checks. Police say that Nelson hid some of the checks in his socks. The Chico PD has received several reports over the past two days regarding similar vehicle robberies at that downtown parking structure. 

Authorities say they are capturing rain falling from storms in California to be used later in what's expected to be a very dry year.
Mark Cowin of the California Department of Water Resources said Tuesday that state and federal officials expect to pump water from the San Joaquin Delta for storage in reservoirs during the next week — or possibly two — depending on the amount of rain that falls.
California is in its third dry year, and Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency.
The added pumping won't violate strict regulations protecting endangered fish, and officials say it also won't cause salty ocean water to flood back into the Delta.
Officials said that many Central Valley farmers will get no irrigation water despite the pumping.

(AP) — A cold storm system that promises up to one foot of snow in the Sierra Nevada and steady showers in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving into California.
Rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, began falling in San Francisco on Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service expects the stormy weather to last through Wednesday. The northern Sierra could see 8 to 10 inches of snow with up to two feet in the higher peaks. Snow could fall at low elevations down to 2,500 feet.
Farther south, the Central Valley and Southern California are expected to get between a quarter and half an inch of rain. Forecasters are warning drivers of strong winds Monday along Interstate 5 in the Central Valley.
Another, weaker storm system may hit California on late Thursday and continue into Friday.

(AP) - State surveyors will travel up the High Sierra today to take their monthly measurements of the snowpack, learning if recent storms brought any relief to California's drought. Officials say expectations are low, even as storm clouds burst open this week. The April 1 survey is critical because it marks the peak of the snowpack.

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