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Southern California Wildfires - Firefighter Killed


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 32-year-old firefighter assigned to the largest wildfire burning in Southern California has died.
Officials wouldn't say how Cory Iverson was killed Thursday.
The massive blaze he was working on northwest of Los Angeles has become the fourth-largest in California history. And the dry, windy conditions that helped its spread aren't going away.
Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. He is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

 

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Oroville Murder Suspect to be Tried as an Adult


An Oroville teen accused of murder will be tried as an adult. A Butte County juvenile court judge on Wednesday found 18-year-old Juan Morales the 3rd, who was 17 at the time of the murder, unfit to be tried as a juvenile due to the severity of the crime. Morales was charged with July 2017 the death of a 62-year-old Howard Brimm. Morales was reportedly seen on camera on a street in south Oroville approaching Brimm who crossed the street to avoid him. Morales is then reportedly seen hitting Brimm and knocking him down. According to a Butte County District Attorney Office press release, Morales allegedly started stumping on Brimm's head. Brimm was transported to the hospital where he died 38 days later of massive head injuries.
Morales will appear in court today for further arraignment.

 

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Chico Narcotics Arrest


Butte County agents make an arrest after finding several pounds of meth. Agents from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of 49-year-old Ann Vance on Purcell Lane in Chico, last week. Vance reportedly took off in a vehicle but was later stopped and detained. Agents allegedly found 8.4 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle. They also searched the residence and reportedly found 6 more ounces of meth and over $106,000. Later that day agents searched a local storage unit and allegedly found over 10 pounds of meth, half an ounce of heroin, multiple guns - one of which was reported stolen, and over 103,000. The street value of the narcotics seized had a conservative estimated street value of more than $112,000
- that according to a Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force press release.

 

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CodeRED Test This Afternoon


The Chico Police will test its new emergency mass notification system today. CodeRED will be lunched and tested this afternoon at 1 pm. Police say the test phase is to validate phone numbers in the city's database. During the test residents will receive a call, email, or text message to validate telephone numbers. The caller ID number will read 866-419-5000 for emergencies and 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. Police say there is no need to to take action if you receive the test message.
According to a Chico Police Press Release, CodeRED will allow the police department and Chico Fire to provide more efficient and effective information during times of crisis.
For more information and to sign up for the free service you can go to www.chico.ca.us or you can get the app from the app store or google play.

 

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Check Before You Light Alert Continues


The Butte County Air Quality Management District continues its Check Before You Light Advisory. County health officials are asking Chico area residents to refrain from using wood stoves and fireplaces today. The county has been posting advisories since Friday due to an air quality forecast that is unhealthy for sensitive groups and could continue with advisories for the rest of the week.
For more information you can call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 1-855-332-9409.
For e-mail updates you can go to www.bcaqmd.org
You can also follow the them on twitter at twitter.com/bcaqmd

 

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Bank of the West Fire Update


Bank of the West in Paradise is gutted after yesterday morning's fire. It reportedly took 10 fire engines and 35 firefighters to battle the flames at the building on the corner of Clark and Bille roads early Tuesday morning.
Cal Fire investigators say the blaze, that was first reported at 4:30 am, started some time between 3:30 and 4:30.
The fire damaged utility lines leaving hundreds without power, phone, and internet for a time. Officials closed Clark and Bille roads in the area until 10:30 that morning.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities do not believe there is any reason to suspect that the cause of the fire was suspicious.
According to Action News Now, the vault DID survive the fire, but Cal Fire officials say they haven't opened it yet. Some earlier reports indicated that the vault was destroyed.

 

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Bank of the West Paradise Fire


Firefighters responded to a fire at a Paradise bank early this morning. Cal Fire crews arrived at the Bank of West on Clark Road in Paradise around 4:30 this morning to find the building fully engulfed. Along with Cal Fire and Paradise Fire crews there were firefighters from Chico and Gridley who assisted. The fire gutted the building and Cal Fire says the vault was destroyed in the fire.The fire caused downed lines which inturn caused power outages for 2,000 Paradise residents. Most PG&E customers have now had their power restored. Clark and Bille roads were closed to traffic while crews worked at the scene.

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Another Check Before You Light Advisory for Chico


Butte County health officials are issuing another Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico area. The Butte County Air Quality Management District is requesting residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until 12:01 Tuesday morning. The voluntary curtailment has been prompted by an air quality forecast that is unheathy for sensitive groups for the Chico area, that according to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release.
City officials say that wood stove and fireplace use within the Chico city limits is restricted by a city ordinance.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts you can visit www.bcaqmd.org
You can also follow them on twitter.
Or call their Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 855-332-9409

 

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Chico Early Morning Chase


A suspect leads law enforcement on a Chase in and around north Chico this morning. A man was reported to be driving erratically on northbound Highway 99 as a pursuit started with Chico Police before 4 am. The suspect drove into a field outside of Chico before getting onto southbound Highway 99. Officers reported at least one tire had blown out on the suspect's vehicle. By that time the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the CHP had joined the pursuit. Chico Police Dispatch reported that the suspect ended up westbound on Bell Road where he was stopped near Meridian Road and was taken into custody nearly an hour after the pursuit started.

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Bicycle Theft Arrest


Some quick work by Chico Police leads to the arrest of a 32 year old homeless man for a suspected bicycle theft. Police say the bike was stolen Tuesday evening at a home in South Chico. Officers noticed it in the Raley's Parking lot Wednesday morning and it was in the possession of 32 year old Vincent Abbott.
According to a Chico Police Department press release,the value of the bicycle was estimated at nearly $3,000.

 

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Highway 99 Multiple Vehicle Collision


The CHP reported on their website a multiple vehicle collision on Highway 99 and Skillin Lane northwest of Oroville just after 8:30 this morning. CHP officers say there are 3 to 4 vehicle involved. No word on injuries at this time.

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Magalia Stabbing Suspect Identified


Butte County detectives are actively searching for 33-year-old Don Mokler Jr. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, Mokler allegedly assaulted a man with a baseball bat before stabbing the victim in the hand during a dispute at a residence on the 65 hundred block of Allentown Road last Thursday morning.
Anyone with information about Mokler or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7322.

 

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Chico Hit and Run Collision


Chico Police dispatch reported a hit and run collision around 8 this morning. A tan Chevy truck hit a parked car and then took off down West 8th Street.

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Red Bluff Missing Teen


Red Bluff Police are searching for a missing teen. An officer was contacted at Red Bluff High School around 9:30 Wednesday morning regarding a missing juvenile. The Officer learned that the missing 15-year-old, identified as Lily Celano had left her residence on Locust Street the night before and had not returned home. According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, Celano has been reported missing before and police do not suspect foul play.
Lily Celano is described as 5 foot - 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blond hair with green eyes.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131.
 

 

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