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Th Grand Jury releases a report on the financial management of the City of Chico.

According to the report, posted online Wednesday, despite the decline in city revenues and some city staff taken a pay cut - City managment and some employees received substantial increases in salary. The Grand Jury found that the city's upper level managment failed to report complete and accurate information to council members between 2008 and 2012. The Grand Jury, however, did not find any evidence of illegal activity by city management.

Chico police are looking for a suspect involved in a armed robbery at a motel.

The robbery happened at the Motel 6 late Tuesday night. The four people staying there said a male suspect pushed open the door and after ordering them to the ground, took some property and fled. He's described as a light skinned African American male, about 25 years old who stands about 5 feet 9. The alleged robbery took place just after 10 Tuesday night at the Motel on Manzanita Court. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chico Police.

Human remains are found along the Sacramento River.

Steve Martignoni an off-duty officer with the Fish and Wildlife Department was with his family on the Sacramento River south of Hamilton City when he found a body part Saturday. The remains were found in shallow water in a bank along the river. According to the E-R, the remains were taken to the pathologist to examine. The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is also asking the Human Identification Lab at Chico State for help in identifying the remains.

The man fatally struck by a train in Biggs has been Identified.

The Butte County Coroner identified 36-year-old Raul Mondragon Monday. The train for Union Pacific was reportedly north bound and hit Mondragon near Sixth Street and Dakota Avenue around 11PM. How or why Mondragon ended up on the train tracks has not been determined, but an investigation is being conducted by the Union Pacific Police.

Chico police are on the look out for two armed robbery suspects.

Two men wearing masks entered a Chevron gas station on Nord Avenue after 12:30 am. One of the masked men was said to have shotgun while the other man had a handgun. The suspects took money from the cash register then ran off and were last seen on West Sacramento Avenue.

Due to a tribal dispute a federal judge has banned guns from Rolling Hills Casino.

CORNING, Calif. (AP) — 
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller imposed a temporary restraining order on the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians prohibiting warring factions from deploying armed guards or bringing firearms within 100 yards of the tribe's Rolling Hills Casino in Corning.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the weapons ban extends to tribal properties around the casino, including nearby hotels and an RV park.
Mueller stopped short of closing the $100 million-a-year casino, as one faction had requested, until the battle over who controls the tribe and its resources is resolved.
The tensions began in April when the tribe's general council voted to remove more than 70 members from the tribe's rolls.

The man who died in an Oroville apartment fire last week has been identified.

The Coroner's Office identified 77 year old David Redeker Wednesday as the man who perished in the fire at the Oro Villa Apartments last Friday morning. The man was pulled from the fire and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center. He later died of his injuries. The fire reportedly started in his bedroom, but the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Not much of a change for the Saturday Farmer's Market in Chico.

The Chico fixture will however, have more space at its current location at East 2nd and Wall Streets. It will also be there for at least 6 years. The new lease and expanded space came after action by the City Council Tuesday night. The lease, which was set to expire at year's end, can also be renewed for 8 year periods after it expires in 2020. The matter of the time and location for the market was headed to the voters in the fall. It would have cost the city 10 thousand dollars.

The man found earlier this month in a Chico Orchard has been identified.

29 year old Andrew Curbow's body was found in a burning car on June 11th near Dayton Road and Marian Avenue. The vehicle was reportedly registered to Curbow. Meanwhile, the investigation continues and there is no official cause of death yet.

The cause of a Chico apartment fire has been determined.

Fire investigators say the blaze that started at an apartment complex on Pillsbury Road early Friday afternoon was caused by a grease fire. The fire was contained to the man's apartment but nearby units were also damaged. The resident of the apartment was transported to the hospital suffering from burns to his head and shoulders.

A fire destroys a mobile home and closes a store in Palermo

Cal Fire was called out to the Farmers Market on East Palermo Road just before 7:30 pm on Monday. A fire broke out at a trailer behind the store. Southwest winds helped to fan the flames and the trailer was destroyed within minutes. The fire damaged the rear of the store and the roof.

A Chico man is arrested in a possible connection to a recent drive by shooting.

Police arrested 18 year old Tobias Paiva last night for an alleged drive by shooting on Humboldt Avenue late last month. Investigators say Paiva jumped out of a pickup that night and was brandishing a gun. He yelled gang related slurs at a group of people standing outside. A few hours later there was a report of a drive by shooting at the same residence. Paiva is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and committing crimes for the benefit of a street gang. 

Body Found in a Butte County Orchard

An SUV was found on fire in an orchard off Dayton Road near Marian Avenue around 1:30 am Wednesday. A badly burned body was found inside the vehicle. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case as a homicide but does not believe this case has any connection with a burned body found two weeks ago in a Glenn County orchard.   

51st State News

  1. Butte Supervisors Tuesday put off hearing about the idea for at least 6 months. State of Jefferson supporters made their presentation and had two Supervisors apparently for it, but three indicated they'd vote against it so the idea will be considered again at a later time.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tehama County voters have approved an advisory measure about whether to create a 51st... state. County election results show Measure A winning 56 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary. Only a few hundred ballots remain to be counted, not enough to change the outcome. Tehama joins four other Northern California counties in which elected officials have voted to join the movement: Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba.


Paradise Fire

A vegetation fire threatens houses in Paradise. The fire started near Calernbar Way around 3 pm Monday. The more than 3 acre fire threatened homes in the area. Fire crews contained the fire around 4 pm however, spot fires ignited around Wayland Road after 5:30 pm. Cal Fire was able to contain those fires to an acre and half. No homes were destroyed in the fire.

Body Found Update

The man whose body was found in a burned out orchard near Hamilton City last month has been identified as 21 year old Marat Magdeev of Chico. There is still no motive nor exact cause of death, but authorities say indications are Magdeev was most likely killed in another location and his body dumped in the orchard. A worker found the decomposing and burned body May 24th in a walnut orchard east of Highway 45 and south of Hamilton City.

More information on the suspect arrested for a Chico bank robbery

The man arrested Monday for a Chico bank robbery was apart of a rescue back in 2007. 45-year-old Frederick Dominguez Jr. was arrested Monday at his trailer in Paradise for an alleged robbery of Bank of America in Chico on April 15th. In 2007 Dominguez and his three children were missing for three days while north of Inskip looking for a Christmas tree. Paradise Post reported that they were found after a CHP helicopter spotted the word HELP spelled out in the snow. Dominguez is in custody with his bail set at 50 thousand dollars.

State Assembly District 3 and State Senate District 4 Results


Top 2 Will face off in November 
James Gallagher (R).......................24,577 WITH 43.4%
Jim Reed (D).................................19,577 WITH 34.9%

Ryan Schohr (R)............................12,321 WITH 21.7%

Top 2
Jim Nielsen (R).................63,841 WITH 63.4%
CJ Jawahar (D)................36,814 WITH 36.6%

House of Representatives Top 2 For Districts 1 and 3

Doug La Malfa (R)..................54,610 WITH 53.1%
Heidi Hall (D)..........................31,295 WITH 30.4%

John Garamendi (D)................41,479 WITH 54.6%
Dan Logue (R)........................34,501 WITH 45.4%

More County Results


CANDACE GRUBBS..................21,657 WITH 72.2%
PAMELA TEETER........................8,285 WITH 27.6%

Number of Precincts....................141
Precincts Reporting......................141
TIM TAYLOR............................2,2230 with 98.4%

BILL CONNELLY......................9,589 WITH 33.5%
DIANE BROWN.........................8,949 WITH 31.2%

PEGGY MOAK....................19,835 WITH 70.4%
KATHLEEN DWYER............8,255 WITH 29.3%

DAVID HOUSER........................23,200 WITH 98.8%

MICHAEL RAMSEY.............22,165 WITH 93.8%

KORY HONEA....................24,701 WITH 98.8%

Butte County Supervisor Results

LARRY WAHL..............................3,240 with 67%
ANDREW MERKEL......................1,558 with 32.2%

Maureen Kirk.................................3,923 with 58.1%
Bob Evens......................................2,805 with 41.7%

Zeigler Trial Begins

A trial has started for a man charged with a stabbing and a shooting in downtown Chico. A jury at the Butte County Superior Court heard opening statements, Monday for 25-year-old, Anthony Zeigler who is charged with stabbing one man and shooting another. The first incident happened back in May 2013 when Zeigler and another man got into a physical altercation in The Beach nightclub on Wall Street. After the man left the bar, with his friends, he was allegedly stabbed in the back by Zeigler. The second incident happened in January of this year when Zeigler reported fired a semi-automatic weapon on Broadway hitting a bystander in the knee. According to the E-R, testimony, for the trial, begins Thursday.   

Chico General Election

  1. Chico Leaders tonight dealing with elections---but not for today's primary. The matter at hand is for the GENERAL Election in November. The City Council is expected to pass a resolution consolidating its Election with the General in November. Three councilmember's names will be on the ballot as they seek another term. The three up for election are Mayor Scott Gruendl, Vice Mayor Mark Sorenson and Councilwoman Mary Goloff. Who they'll run against is still unknown, because the filing doesn't begin until later in June. Whoever wins will be sworn in in early December to serve their 4 year term.



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