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Zeigler Sentenced


A man gets more than 25 years in state prison for a stabbing and shooting in downtown Chico. 25 year old Anthony Zeigler was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of an assault with a knife and another incident involving assault with a firearm. Authorities say Zeigler stabbed a man after a fight in a Chico bar a year ago May. Then earlier this year, he was convicted of shooting a person in the knee. He will also have to pay the shooting victim more than 10 thousand dollars in restitution and more than 9 thousand to the State Victim Compensation Fund. 

Another Northstate county joins the State of Jefferson movement.


Score another one for the fledgling State of Jefferson. Sutter County Leaders opted Tuesday to join the movement to withdraw from California and create a new state. Sutter now joins five other counties to be part of the movement. They are Tehama, Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba. The efort to create a new state requires the approval of the State Legislature and the Congress. 

More on the burglary in Chico earlier this week...


Some of the property stolen recently by two burglars apparently belongs to a Chico businessman. The owner of a Chico auto shop notified authorities that he saw some items that belonged to him while watching a newscast on television Tuesday night. The Nord Avenue business owner claims he saw some items that were stolen from his business over the weekend. The discovery stems from a burglary on Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico. Two men were arrested.

Bully Fire Update


The Bully Fire is no more than 90 percent contained. The wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres and is 93 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, firefighters continue to strengthen established containment lines and resources will remain committed to the mopping up of the area. There are no road closures in effect at this time.

Thousands of dollars of diesel stolen from a Glenn County Farm.


Robert Vanella the owner of Vanella Farms on County Road 20 in Orland reported the theft to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office just before 2 pm on Monday. It is unknown at this time how much diesel was stolen but Vanella told deputies that the tank had just been filled and he believed anywhere from 500 to 5000 gallons was stolen. According to the Sheriff's office, the estimated loss could be as high as $20,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office.   

More West Nile Virus Activity in Butte County.


Mosquito officials say 8 more groups of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. The Mosquito and Vector Control District reports 4 of the groups were found southwest of Palermo, two south of Chico and two west of Dayton. Tuesday's find comes less than a week after the district announced the discovery of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.  

Chico Burglary


Two would be burglars didn't make off with any loot AND get arrested. The man who was the victim reportedly chased down one suspect and detained him until police arrived. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico as the thieves were seen stealing items from a boat parked in a driveway. One suspect was detained and arrested and the other was arrested a few minutes later after fleeing on his bike. And all of the stolen property was returned.

Update on the body found found in a burned vehicle in a Chico orchard.


 
Authorities say the man who was found inside a burned vehicle in Chico last month DID commit suicide. Firefighters found 29 year old Andrew Kurbow's body in the early morning hours of June 11 after responding to reports of a vehicle burning in an orchard near Marian Avenue. The case was initially declared suspicious. 

The Bully Fire is over 85 percent contained.


According to Cal Fire the blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is about 86% contained. Progress is being made on all areas of the fire and fire crews continue to strengthen established containment lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted. 

Fire officials are saying that the Cherokee Fire has been contained.


According to Cal Fire, ten acres had already burned by the time fire crews arrived near Cherokee Road northeast of Oroville just before 3 pm Monday. The fire burned a total of about 16 acres before it was fully contained around 6:30 pm Monday. No structures were threatened from the fire.

The autopsy report has been released for victims of the I-5 Bus collision.


WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.
Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said Monday that seven of the victims in April's crash succumbed from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Two others died of multiple traumas from the collision.
The cause of death for a 10th victim was being handled by Sacramento County medical examiners. Jones said that person died at a hospital burn unit.
The bus was carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University on the state's far north coast. Many were hoping to be the first in their families to attend college. Five students and three adult chaperones died, along with the drivers.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Fire crews are close to containing the Bully Fire.


According to Cal Fire the wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres with the blaze more than 75% contained. Firefighters continue to mop up and strengthen control lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted and there are no evacuation shelters open at this time.

A man is injured in an early morning shooting in Chico.


According to police, a man went outside of his Villa Sierra apartment on Nord Avenue when a man fired two shots hitting him in the upper body around 3 am this morning. Action News News Now reports that the man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

A big pot bust in Butte County.


Sheriff's Officials eradicated a big grow Thursday near Lake Madrone in Berry Creek. A news release says authorities eradicated just more than 16 hundred plants on Sugar Pine Drive and Lake Madrone in Berry Creek. No suspects were located. Authorities say it was quite an elaborate water system for the plants. Water from a small feeder creek out of Berry Creek was pumped into two holding tanks above the grow site.

The Bully Fire is more than half contained.


According to Cal Fire, the wildfire has burned over 11 thousand acres and is about 51 percent contained. Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. However, evacuation advisories remain in effect for the Sunny Hill Road area. Bully Choop Road is Closed to traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles. Cal Fire expects full containment by next Thursday.

Bully Fire latest...


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been called off for several rural homes in Northern California as firefighters took advantage of cool, moist conditions to tame the Bully Fire.
State fire officials said Wednesday night that some residents near the fire in Shasta County have been advised they may need to evacuate again, and the blaze that has burned more than 10,000 acres still poses a threat to nearly 70 homes.
Authorities say marijuana-growing activity led to the fire breaking out on Friday and destroying eight homes.
By Wednesday night it was 40 percent contained, up from 20 percent on Tuesday.

A vegetation fire near Oroville is at Containment.


The Wildlife Fire near Oroville has been declared 100 percent contained. It started in the Wildlife area off Larkin Road west of Oroville before 5:30 Monday afternoon. Cal Fire officials say the blaze burned about 75 acres.

Tehama County Supervisors vote on a resolution to separate from California.


The supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution to declare it's support for the State of Jefferson movement at the Tuesday board meeting. 56 percent of Tehama County voters, in June, voted yes on the advisory measure that asked the supervisors if they would support the split from the state.

Splitting California six ways


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley venture capitalist is submitting signatures for a ballot initiative that calls for splitting California into six separate states. In Sacramento County on Tuesday, Tim Draper delivered what he says are 44,000 signatures out of the 1.3 million his campaign says it has collected statewide. Draper says the state of 38.3 million people has become ungovernable and that there are too many diverse interests to have an effective government. He wants to divide California into six states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California. If he submits enough signatures, the measure would appear on the ballot in November 2016. Critics note that the plan would separate the wealthiest and poorest Californians, potentially creating some of the poorest states in the nation.

New Water Fines


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators have voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. The action on Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown. Survey results released before the 4-0 vote showed that water consumption throughout California had actually risen by 1 percent this past May compared to the same month in previous years. The fines will apply only to wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down hard surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. The rules include exemptions for public health and safety, such as allowing cities to power-wash sidewalks to get rid of human waste left by homeless people. Cities and water districts also will have wide latitude to implement the fines as they wish starting in early August.

Bully Fire Update...


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck is growing and threatening additional homes. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Tuesday morning the Bully Fire around the rural community of Igo in Shasta County was threatening more than 50 homes, up from about 15 a day earlier. Some of those homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, although Berlant did not know exactly how many. The fire, which began Friday, has burned through 6,400 acres, or 10 square miles. It is 20 percent contained.
It has destroyed eight homes and ten other structures. Seven firefighters have suffered minor injuries. A Sacramento man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze. Authorities say he was delivering material to a marijuana site when the exhaust from his truck ignited dry grass.

Fire crews are fighting a blaze near a wildlife refuge west of Oroville.


The vegetation fire started near the Oroville Wildlife Refuge on Larkin Road around 5 pm Monday. According to Cal Fire at least 50 acres have burned. No structures have been threatened.   

Police are looking for a third suspect in a Gerber Murder.


19-year-old Poly Sanchez allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old Walter Dani outside the Crossroads market in Gerber Wednesday. Sanchez and two other men reportedly fled the scene in a maroon sedan. Sanchez was arrested the following day. Lucio Madera was arrested Saturday for an open count of murder. Investigators also discovered the shotgun believed to be the murder weapon. Police are looking for the third suspect 19-year-old Gambino Madera.

Man arrested for allegedly starting the Bully Fire.


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.
The California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says Freddie Alexander Smoke III of Sacramento was arrested Saturday for investigation of recklessly causing a fire and illegally cultivating marijuana.
CalFire officials say the fire has burned 6 square miles, or 4,000 acres, of forested land in Shasta County and destroyed 18 structures. The fire, burning in steep terrain, was just 15 percent contained Sunday morning.
More than 1,700 firefighters, aided by aircraft, battled the blaze in hot, dry conditions.
The wildfire had prompted evacuations and road closures, but CalFire says all residents have been allowed to return home.
Still, the fire is threatening 15 homes and about 50 other structures.

Another step forward for a the roadway to Sacramento.


Cal Trans says the interchange at the junction of State Routes 99 and 113 is finished. The roadwork south of Yuba City will reportedly help all who use those roadways. The new interchange also replaced some stop lights that were four years old. Most of the more than 19 million dollars for the project came from Proposition 1B, approved by California voters in 2006.

The boy who drowned in an irrigation canal near Gridley has been identified.


12 year old Nathanel Long of Oroville is the boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon according Butte County officials. The incident happened after Long got his left leg stuck in a tube while swimming with some friends. Long was pulled out after being stuck for about 30 minutes. Medics performed CPR and he was rushed to Orchard hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The factions in a tribal dispute come to an agreement.


The two factions of the Paskenta Band of the Nomlaki Indians agreed that operations at Rolling Hills Casino and other tribal properties to remain under existing management until an election in September. The dispute started in April when 70 tribal members were ousted. The ousted members have repeatedly tried to take charge of the casino. The election will take place September 13th with a 3rd party overseeing the election.

Two arrests in the Berry Creek area Tuesday.


Authorities served a search warrant on Milsap Bar Road for 62 year old Andrew Frerks for a variety of charges stemming from an incident last month. They found him and 40 year old Rodney Baker who allegedly had a firearm and ammunition. He was taken into custody along with Frerks, who also was charged with brandishing a firearm and resisting arrest.

A resolution may be in the works between warring factions of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.


The two sides were in court Monday and one spokesman for the Attorney General's Office says both parties have agreed to hold a new tribal council election with both the current and dis-enrolled members. A judge also extended the restraining order that bans each side from having weapons within 100 yards of property at the Rolling Hills Casino. 

Over a thousand acres have been burned in the Gulch fire in Modoc County.


The fire started late last week off of highway 139, about 15 miles north of Canby and has burned about 16 hundred acres. The fire damaged power lines causing power outages in nearby communities. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is about 90% contained.

A fire damages an Oroville apartment complex.


The blaze broke out on the 2nd story of the Highlands Apartments on Table Mountain Boulevard just after 4 pm Sunday. The fire gutted three units and caused smoke damage to two other units. The fire is still under investigation.

Butte County authorities are asking the public's help in finding a teen runaway.


They say 17-year-old Raymond Wickersham of Palermo took a family vehicle Tuesday and is believed headed to Southern California, even though he reportedly has never driven a vehicle before. The vehicle is a 2001 Mazda Protege sedan. He is developmentally disabled, and has the mental capacity of an 8 year old. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

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