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KPAY News Archives for 2014-09

Willows Police are looking for missing woman.

Police are looking for woman who went missing in Willows Sunday evening. Police found 29-year-old Zir Weems had lacerations on both arms in the area Oak and Vetura streets before 6:30 pm Sunday. He was taken to Enloe Medical Center and was in serious condition - police believe that Weems' injuries were self inflected. He and his wife 23-year-old Angelica Weems were reportedly on a walk when they got into an argument and then she allegedly walked away. Officers searched the area but could could not find her. According to Willows Police, Angelica Weems is considered an at-risk missing person under suspicious circumstances.

Downtown Chico Stabbing

A man trying to break up a fight is stabbed in downtown Chico. The off duty bouncer reportedly tried to break up a fight outside Riley's bar and grill Sunday night but a man pulled a knife and stabbed him. The man was tackled several blocks away and reportedly taken to a local hospital. Police say the victim is recovering but the exact nature of his condition is unknown. 

Hazy Skies

The smoke or haze you see in the local area is actually coming from many miles away. Fire officials say smoke is covering much of the North State but it's actually from the King Fire in El Dorado County, east of Placerville. Fire Officials want people to know there are NO fires burning in the local area.

Boles Fire

WEED, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through the far Northern California town of Weed, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. A sawmill was also damaged in the fire. CalFire says the blaze is 20 percent contained and there are no flames or smoke visible this morning. The fire showed almost no growth overnight.

Small Earthquake In Northern California

COVELO, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake rattled parts of Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.5 quake struck Sunday at 1:17 p.m. PDT about six miles south of Covelo in Mendocino County. The epicenter was about 120 miles from west of Sacramento. No damage was reported. The quake was about 150 north of the epicenter of a magnitude 6.0 temblor that caused extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area on Aug. 24.

Two California Wildfires Cause Evacuations

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say one of two wildfires threatening homes in California grew by hundreds of acres overnight. The fire about 60 miles east of Sacramento has forced the evacuation of 133 homes. It grew by about 900 acres overnight to a little more than 6 square miles. It's 10 percent contained. A second fire, near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents. Flames damaged or destroyed 21 structures after the fire began yesterday afternoon. It's 20 percent contained.

Happy Camp Complex Update

The Happy Camp Complex of wildfires continues to burn. The blaze started from lightning strikes on August 11th. The fire has burned almost 112 thousand acres and is about 50% contained. According to the US Forest Service, an evacuation order for the area between Scott Bar Post Office and mile maker 25 on Scott River Road has been changed to an evacuation advisory. The area is open to residents only.

Redding Police officers are on paid administrative leave after a fatal shooting.

Two Redding Police officers are on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a Redding man last week. Sgt. Rob Sandbloom and Deputy Gerry Maul have been identified as the officers who fatally shot 32 year old Erik Lebak August 29th. Police say Lebak was armed with a shotgun and handgun, fired the shotgun, and the deputies returned fire, hitting and killing Lebak. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Redding Police. 

Happy Camp Wildfires Update

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters kept a huge blaze at bay in Northern California despite extremely dry conditions and moderate winds that are expected to last until the weekend. The U.S. Forest Service says a red flag warning marking dangerous conditions was set to expire Thursday night but has been extended until 11 p.m. Friday. The fire has yet to burn any structures despite growing to some 120 square miles since it started Aug. 11. It is 19 percent contained. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for some of the 270 homes they affected by the wildfire in the Klamath National Forest as most of the fire's activity was greatest in non-populated areas. The fire is threatening about 750 homes. The lightning-sparked fire has cost more than $44 million to fight.

CHP Arrest Stats

The CHP made over 50 arrests during the Labor Day Weekend. The CHP for the Chico/Valley Division made 55 arrests, 33 of those were for DUI. There was one felony pursuit and one occupied stolen vehicle. The CHP arrest data was posted along with the Chico Police Department's arrest stats for the Labor Day Weekend on the Chico PD's Facebook page. 
Also, the Avoid the 8 task force arrested 89 people across Butte County during the 17 day DUI crackdown. 

Labor Day Arrest Stats

The Chico Police Department posts Labor Day arrest stats. The department posted on their Facebook page Wednesday the total arrests for the Labor Day Weekend from Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st. There was a total of 61 arrests with 13 of those being Chico State students. According to police, the activity level was manageable with a high cooperation level. Violent crime was down, with the exception of the fatal stabbing on Sunday but police say that was not a Labor Day related event.

Happy Camp Complex Update

Wildfires in the Happy Camp area of Siskiyou County continue to burn. The blazes were sparked by lightning strikes in the area on August 12th. Over 71 thousand acres have burned and the fire is still at 15 percent containment. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has changed the Mandatory Evacuations to Advisory Evacuations in the area on Higway 96 from the Klamath River Bridge west of Grider Road to Seiad Creek Road. The Sheriff's Office says that residents should remain prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen. 

PG&E Fine

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges have recommended a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday announced the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., saying it would be the largest safety-related penalty it had ever imposed.

PG&E can appeal the fine. The recommended penalty requires approval by members of the state utility board. PG&E and other parties in the case have 30 days to lodge an appeal. The commission previously ordered PG&E to pay $635 million for pipeline modernization after the Sept. 9, 2010, blast in the suburban San Francisco community of San Bruno.

Fatal stabbing victim's name is released.

Chico Investigators are still trying to figure out what led two transients to fatally stab a man early Sunday morning. 44 year old Randall Sexton was stabbed multiple times after reportedly fighting with two transients in the parking lot of the 7-11 on East First and Main Streets just after midnight. Police found and arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Vogel not far from the incident. Later that morning they also arrested 29-year-old Joshua Epstein near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Mangrove. Both suspects were booked into the Butte County Jail for charges of murder with their bail set at 1 million dollars.  

Happy Camp Complex Update

More evacuations in areas around the Happy Camp Complex of wildfires. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday evening for the areas on the north side of Highway 96 between Scott River Road and Seiad Creek Road. The blazes started in the early morning hours of August 12th due to lightning strikes in the area. The fire has burned over 66 thousand acres and is 15 percent contained.

Chico Fatal Stabbing Arrest

Two suspects are arrested after a fatal stabbing in Chico. An unidentified 44-year-old man was stabbed multiple times after a getting into fight with two reported transients in the parking lot of the 7-11 on East First and Main Streets before 12:30 am Sunday. Police came out to the scene to find the man unresponsive. He was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. According to Chico Police, officers found and arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Vogel not far from the incident. Later that morning police arrested 29-year-old Joshua Epstein near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Mangrove. Both suspects were booked into the Butte County Jail charged with murder.

Happy Camp Complex Update

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire sparked by lightning has burned 100 square miles of dry brush and timber in the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp.

The U.S. Forest Service says crews are working to keep flames away from homes in the communities of Seaid Valley and Hamburg. No structures have burned.

The fire that began Aug. 11 was 15 percent contained late Sunday. Officials say while the blaze was very active on Sunday there was no significant growth.

The fire is burning along Highway 96, which remained open with traffic control measures in place.

Happy Camp is just south of the Oregon border.


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