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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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Oroville Dam Spillway Cracks


Hairline cracks in the new concrete spillway at Oroville Dam are causing concern. State Officials say the cracks were expected and do not pose a threat. A U.C. Civil Engineering Professor however says cracking in high strength reinforced concrete structures are never expected. Radio Station KQED out of San Francisco says letters show federal regulators asked State Water officials to explain the hairline cracks. They also reportedly asked what steps might be taken to address the issue. State Officials however said the cracks were anticipated. 

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California Dungeness Crab Season Delayed


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Game has delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties due to poor meat quality test results. The department said Monday that the opening would be postponed for a minimum of 15 days. The state is trying to schedule a second round of testing before Dec. 7 to determine whether the fishery can open Dec. 16 or will need to be further delayed.

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Chico Head-on Collision


Chico Police reported a head-on collision just after 8 this morning on Madrone Avenue. Officers at the scene say that there was at least one minor injury in the crash. 

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Live Power Line Downed in Chico


A live power line came down on El Monte Avenue in Front of Evers Veterinary Clinic after 7:45 this morning. Authorities say the sparks from a damaged transformer on top of the pole which caused a grass fire in the area. Chico Fire reported before 8:15 that the flames have been extinguished. Police have shut down the north side of El Monte across from Highway 32.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Pet Safety Tips


The City of Chico Animal Services has some pet safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
*Rich and fatty foods can cause digestive problems for your pets from mild diarrhea to gastroenteritis to pancreatitis; both are potentially life threatening.
 
*Pets should never be given raw foods, including eggs or turkey, which could cause food poisoning
 
*Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and onion powder are toxic to dogs and cats
 
*Keep bones, food wrappers, aluminum foil and waxed paper away from your pets
 
Animal Services also says having holiday guests may cause stress to your pets, especially shy or territorial animals. Provide a safe place for your pet to get away from the activity and to keep them from begging for food during the Thanksgiving meal.
Animal Services also says to make sure your pet is wearing a secure collar with an ID tag in case he or she gets loose. Officials say to consider getting your pet microchipped as an added safety measure.
 
The City of Chico Animal Shelter at 2579 Fair Street will be closed to the public this Thursday. Regular hours will resume Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.

 

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Chico Homicide Victim Identified


The identity of the victim of what Chico Police is calling a homicide has been released. 26-year-old David Bledsoe was the man found dead on the 15 hundred block of North Cherry Street on November 9th. This after a suspicious death was reported to Chico Police. An autopsy has confirmed the victim died of a gunshot wound.
According to a Chico Police press release, the investigation is still active and is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chico Police Detective Bureau at 897-5820.

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Power Pole Down in Chico This Morning


The Chico Police Department is reporting a power pole down in the area of East 9th and Mangrove avenues after 8 am this morning. PG&E has been called out to the area. Reports indicate that a vehicle was involved in the downing of the power pole.

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Rancho Tehama Shooting Update


The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has now confirmed that 6 people have died in the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning. This at a press conference this (Wednesday) morning.

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Rancho Tehama Suspect Shooters Past Dealings with Law Enforcement


RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.
 
Neighbors also said they repeatedly reported to police that he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition day and night.
 
Police have declined to identify the shooter but confirmed the same man was charged with the stabbing in January. The district attorney told the Sacramento Bee the man in that case is Kevin Neal.
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Tehama County authorities have confirmed that 5 are dead and 10 injured in the shooting rampage.
 

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Rancho Tehama Shooting UPDATE


 
Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. Authorities have confirmed at least three people have been killed, including the suspected shooter at the Rancho Tehama Reserve southwest of Red Bluff. Authorities say there were five locations were shoots were fired including the Tehama Reserve School. According to Enloe Medical Center, three children and one adult are among the wounded. Red Bluff Daily News reports that one of the injured children was shot in the foot and chest and another was shot under the arm. The students at school are being evacuated to a safe location. Witnesses say the gunmen were dressed in green camouflage. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene.

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Rancho Tehama Shooting


Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. That shooting incident being reported at a residence near Rancho Tehama Elementary School. Authorities say three people have been confimed dead, including the suspected shooter. The students at the nearby school are being evacuated to a safe location. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene. Stay tuned to KPAY for more information as it devolopes. 

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Chico Hit and Run UPDATE


A person in connection to the fatal hit and run in Chico has turned themselves into authorities. An elderly man was found dead around 2 am Thursday in the area of West East Avenue and the Esplanade due to being struck by a vehicle. According to a Chico P.D. press release, an unidentified individual entered the Chico Police Department and admitted involvement to the hit and run. The suspect's vehicle, a white Ford Explorer was found and towed in for evidence.

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Remains Found in Bangor


Authorities are investigating human remains found in Bangor. A resident found the remains on a property near Upham Road Friday afternoon. Butte County Sheriff's detectives say the body appeared to have been there for several months. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the remains are being sent to the Department of Justice as well as Chico State's Department of Anthropology for further identification.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCSO Detective Will Brewton at (530) 538-7671

 

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Missing Chico Teen


Chico Police need your help in finding a missing teen. 15-year-old Felicity Minor has been reported missing for several days, this according to a Chico Police Department press release. Police say she has a medical condition that requires consistent medication, which she is not taking.
Minor is described as 5'4" tall and is 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a striped shirt. If you have seen her, you are asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Police are Looking for a Suspect in an Assault in Chico Sunday


Officers arrived to Lindo Channel around 2 Sunday afternoon and found a woman with a laceration on her arm. The woman said that she was walking along Lindo Channel when another woman came up to her and reportedly asked for money. When she refused the suspect allegedly used a sharp object to cut her. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to police, officers were unable locate the suspect.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect is described as a white female from 40 to 50 years old with curly blond hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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Chico Police are Searching for a Suspect in a Hit & Run Collision


Officers arrived to the intersection of Mission Ranch Blvd. and the Esplanade after multiple reports of a vehicle verses pedestrian collision before 7:30 Saturday evening. Officers found a 67-year-old man on the ground suffering from abrasions and a head wound. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the vehicle involved was described as a maroon sedan, possibly a Honda and was last seen fleeing southbound on the Esplanade. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

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Accidental Discharge of a Gun Leads Officers to a Hit and Run Suspect


Officers arrived to an apartment complex on West Sacramento Avenue after reports of a physical fight around 4 pm Wednesday. Officers found 19-year-old Tristyn Jones with blood on his face. A gunshot was then heard from the quad area of the apartment complex. 18-year-old Danny Salazar emerged from the area with several wounds. Officers learned that Salazar had an alleged illegal shotgun that accidentally went off. Shotgun pellets reportedly grazed his legs causing minor injuries. No one else was injured in the incident.
Police also learned that Salazar was allegedly the driver of a hit and run collision that happened earlier that day. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Salazar had allegedly been seen on surveillance cameras hitting several parked cars. No one was injured in the collision. He was arrested on a variety of charges.

 

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Chico Shooting Incident Update


Chico Police release new information about the Halloween party shooting incident. Chico Police received multiple calls of gunshots in the area of the 700 block of Normal Avenue around 2 Wednesday morning. Police say when officers arrived the scene was chaotic due to all the party goers fleeing the area. Around that time more shots were heard nearby. Officers learned that a person at the party had been shot multiple times after a fight erupted at the party. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was taken to the hospital and was in surgery but is expected to live.
An hour later officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of North Cedar Street and West 2nd Avenue. Officers believe the shooting incidents are related.

 

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Chico Shooting Incident


Police are investigating an early morning shooting in downtown Chico. The incident reportedly happened at a party on 700 hundred block of Normal Street near West 7th Street after 2 am. Witnesses told police that the property owner tried to break up the party as it reportedly grew to around two hundred people. Police say a fight then broke out and a man in his 20s was allegedly shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds. 
Police reported that they found multiple shell casings in the area. 
Police are reportedly still searching for a suspect.

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New Fundraising Challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness


From a Chico Police Department Press Release:

Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien Ups the Ante for Breast Cancer Awareness

-- New Fundraising Challenge: Donor Offers Up to $5000 Match --

 

Chico, CA – The month of October is about to wrap up but that does not mean efforts to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer is winding down. In fact, for Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien, the commitment to raise funds to fight the potentially deadly disease is moving into an exciting new phase. Serving as an American Cancer Society 2017 Real Mean Wear Pink Ambassador, Chief O’Brien is sharing a community-wide opportunity and asking for the public’s support.

A benefactor has made a most generous offer: they will match donations to Real Men Wear Pink Ambassador Michael O’Brien up to five-thousand ($5,000) dollars! Now through the end of the year, December 31, 2017, individuals wishing to support the fight against breast cancer and awareness of other forms of cancer, can be a part of this challenge. Thus far, Chief O’Brien has raised $1,575.00. Supporters of this initiative have the opportunity to help reach a total of ten-thousand dollars in the fight against breast cancer!

Chief O’Brien is one of nine prominent Chico men taking a stand against breast cancer by participating in the 2017 Real Men Wear Pink fundraising campaign in support of the American Cancer Society.

“I am grateful for both the role I can play in this fight and the opportunity through a benefactor to increase fundraising,” says Chief O’Brien.  “Every dollar makes a difference and having this benefactor match every donation up to $5,000 is exciting.”

Per the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,610 will die from the disease this year. In Butte County, 172 women will be diagnosed this year and 30 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

To support the American Cancer Society and Chief O’Brien’s efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to help with early detection, prevention, research and patient support, visit Chief O’Brien’s personal Real Men Wear Pink fundraising page at: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/MichaelOBrien

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Butte County Deputy Invovled Shooting Findings


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A report by the Butte County District Attorney's Office says a sheriff's deputy acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a Northern California illegal marijuana grower. The Sacramento Bee reports 56-year-old Mark Aaron Jensen was shot and killed outside his Durham home Aug. 22.

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"Trunk or Treat"


The Butte County Sheriff's Office is hosting the "Trunk or Treat" event on Halloween. The event will feature public safety vehicles from multiple agencies that will be decorated for Halloween. There will also be Halloween games and activities. Children and their families are invited to come out to the Sheriff's Office on 3 Gillick Way in Oroville from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Tuesday evening. This event is being held as an effort to provide a fun and safe Halloween event for families.

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Community Meeting - LaPorte and Cherokee Fires


A Community Meeting is on tap tonight for those affected by the recent LaPorte and Cherokee Fires. The meeting begins at 7 and runs until 9 at the Bangor Community Center on Oro Bangor Highway. There residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by fire can meet with county staff and other state officials to see how they can recover and rebuild. 
County officials say those who are unable to attend tonight's meeting can visit the Butte County Fire Assistance Center which is open from noon to 3 pm Monday through Friday at 7 County Center Drive in Oroville.

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Chico Police Increased Presence this Halloween Weekend.


Police say they're focused on mitigating violence and other ciminal activity along with crowd managment between 6 pm Friday to 6 am Wednesday morning. This will include additional police staffing with assistance from other law enforcement agencies.
Authorities are asking the public to follow the Special Event enforcement guidelines especially in and around the Downtown and South Campus area. According to a Chico Police
Department press release, there will glass free zone will be in effect from Big Chico Creek, south to E. and W 7th streets and Flume Street, west to Cedar Street, beginning Thursday, October 26 at 6 pm through Sunday October 29 at 6 pm. There will also be zero tolerance for alcohol-related crimes.

 

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Oroville Man Sentenced in Child Molestation Case


45-year-old Phillip Lozano was sentenced to life in prison for molesting the daughter of his live-in girlfriend for a two year period. He was also ordered to pay 50 thousand dollars to the victim for pain and suffering, this according to a press release from Butte County District Attorney's Office.
The victim now 20 was 10 years old when Lozano started sexually abusing her. The abuse continued for two years until the victim moved out to live with her biological father.
Butte County District Attorney, Mike Ramsey commended the victim for having the courage to come forward and testify.

 

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Alleged Armed Man Arrest in Chico


Reports of an armed man leads to an arrest in Chico. A driver on Highway 99 in the area of East 20th Street reported to Chico Police just before 10 am Wednesday that a man in another car was allegedly pointing a firearm at him. The driver was able to provide police a vehicle description and a license plate number. 
An officer in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway spotted the suspect's vehicle. Officers contacted the occupant, identified as 27-year-old Mitchell Robinson of Paradise. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers were unable to locate a weapon, but Robinson was arrested on a felony and a misdemeanor warrant.

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Downtown Chico Assault Arrest


A man is arrested for assault in downtown Chico. A group of women were leaving work and walking to there cars on East 4th Street just after midnight Tuesday morning when a man approached them. The man, identified as 31-year-old Michael Bures reportedly claimed that he had been hearing voices and he believed the women were laughing at him. He allegedly pulled a knife on one of the women. According to police, Bures made a slashing motion inches from the woman's neck. One of the women called 9-1-1 and reported the incident. According to a Chico Police Department Press release, officers quickly arrived and found Bures behind the Chico City Council Chambers and he was arrested.
 
The Chico Police Department is praising the women for using smart tactics during the dangerous encounter.
Police say the women left work together and stayed together as they walked to their vehicles in a well lit area. They also had their cell phones charged, accessible, and ready to call for assistance as soon as the attack began.

 

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Butte County Fires Latest


Containment continues to grow for the La Porte Fire. That fire started earlier this week in southern Butte County and has since spread into Northern Yuba County. The fire has burned over 61 hundred acres and is now 45 percent contained. The blaze has burned multiple structures in the community of Bangor.
According to Cal Fire, Evacuation Orders and Warnings have been reduced due to the progress being made by fire crews.
 
The containment is growing for the Cherokee Fire. The fire started in the Cherokee area Sunday and has burned over 84 hundred acres. According to Cal Fire Butte County, the blaze is now 70 percent contained.
All Evacuation Orders and Warnings have been lifted and Cherokee Road is now open.
 
The Honey Fire started Monday west of Paradise off of Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane. The fire has burned 150 acres and is still at 75 percent containment.
According to Cal Fire, all Evacuation Warnings have been lifted. Honey Run Road remains closed in the fire area.

 

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Honey Fire Latest


Firefighters deal with steep terrain as they battle the Honey Fire west of Paradise. The blaze has burned 150 acres and remains at 40 percent containment. 
According to Cal Fire, the increase in acreage yesterday was due to current mapping.

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Cascade Fire Thursday Morning Update


The Cascade Fire in Yuba County is seeing more containment. The blaze started Sunday in the area of Loma Rica and Collins Lake has burned 10,171 acres and is now 45 percent contanted. 
According to Cal Fire, crews continue to maintain containment lines. 
The Cascade and the La Porte fires are part of the Wind Complex. 

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La Porte Fire Thursday Morning Update


The La Porte Fire in the Bangor area in Butte County has close to doubled in size. The blaze has burned 6,059 acres and is now 25 percent contained.
At least 15 structures have been reported destoryed in the Bangor area.
Steep terrain and heavy brush continue to pose a challege for fire crews battling
The La Porte Fire along with the Cascade Fire in Yuba County are part of the Wind Complex.

 

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La Porte Fire Wednesday Morning Update


Fire crews are dealing with steep and rugged terrain while battling a wildfire in south Butte County. The La Porte Fire which is part of the greater Wind Complex of wildfires started in the Bangor area. The blaze has burned 3,700 acres and is 15 percent contained. 
According to Cal Fire, ground crews, along with air support, continue to actively engage in suppressing spot fires around the perimeter of the blaze. 

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Cherokee Fire Wednesday Morning Update


The Cherokee Fire started Sunday in the Cherokee area north of Oroville. The blaze has burned over 83 hundred acres and is 45 percent contained. Cal fire says the size of the fire has changed due to updated mapping.
 
Cherokee Rd has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning.
 
All other orders and warnings have been lifted.

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Honey Fire Update for Wednesday Morning


Some progress has been made in battling the Honey Fire southwest of Paradise. The blaze started Monday in the area of Honey Run road and Merlin Lane. The fire has remains at 90 acres and is still 40 percent contained. Crews have stopped forword progress of the blaze.  
 
Cal Fire of Butte County is reporteding that all evacations for the Honey Fire have been downgraded to warnings.

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La Porte and Cascade Fires UPDATE


The La Porte Fire started off of La Porte Road and Oro Bangor Highway in Bangor. The blaze has burned 3,500 acres and is 5 percent contained.
According to Cal Fire, 15 structures in and around Bangor were destroyed by the fire.
Fire crews continue with structure protection and perimeter control.
 
The Cascade Fire has burned dozens of structures in Yuba County. The blaze started in the area of Cascade Way and Marysville Road, north of Collins Lake. The fire has burned 8,200 acrews and is 10 percent contained.
The Yuba County Coroner’s Office announced that at least one person has died from the fire.
Cal Fire says several homes and other structures have been destroyed and damaged.
 
Fire officials are saying that the Cascade and La Porte fires are now part of the Wind Complex. The Lobo and the McCourtney fires both in Nevada County are also a part of the Wind Complex.

 

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Cherokee Fire Tuesday Morning UPDATE


The Cherokee Fire continues to burn north of Oroville. The blaze started Sunday evening off of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane. The fire has burned 7,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.
According to Cal Fire, crews are making progress on the North Flank of the fire.
 
Cal Fire:
Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine.
Table Mtn Ranch east of Table Mtn Rd.
Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70,
Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
 
Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd.
All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.
 
A shelter is open at the Oroville Church of the Nazarene Church 2238 Monte Vista Ave.

 

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Honey Fire Update


The Honey Fire burning southwest of Paradise started Monday afternoon off of Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane. The blaze has burned 90 acres and is now 40 percent contained and last night the forward progress of the blaze was stopped.  

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Cherokee Fire 6:00 p.m. Update:


:-Immediate Evacuation Order remains in place for Cherokee Road from Derrick Road to Red Tape Road-the west side of the road is under an Evacuation Order, the east side of the road is under an Evacuation Warning.

-The Evacuation Order has been downgraded to an Evacuation warning for Table Mountain Blvd from Cottonwood Road to Highway 70, all of Coal Canyon Road and connecting roads to Coal Canyon Road.

Cherokee Road remains closed.
#CherokeeFire #BCSO

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF

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HONEY FIRE UPDATE: addityional road closures


Additional Road Closures for Honey Fire:

-Westbound Honey Run Road at Skyway
-Westbound Elliot Road at Skyway
-Westbound Valley View Drive at Oliver Road

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF
 

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Lower Paradise Evacuation Map


Download the Paradise Evacuation map - with Zone numbers.

http://kpay.com/assets/images/paradise-evac-map-1600x1042.jpg

 

The Honey Fire is burning below the Town of Paradise in Butte Creek Canyon. The fire is currently at 75 acres, and began at 3:03 p.m. at Honey Run Road and Merlin Lane.

-Evacuation Orders are in place for Zones 9,4, and 10, which include Upper Honey Run Road, Lower Skyway, and Lower Neal Road.

-Evacuation Warning is in place for Zone 1, described as Northwest Paradise.

 

Road Closures:

-Southbound Skyway at Pearson Road.
-Northbound Skyway at Bruce Road
-Black Olive Drive at Skyway
-Northbound Neal Road at Highway 99
-Southbound Neal Road at Skyway

-An Evacuation Center has been opened at Neighborhood Church in Chico.

-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF

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Honey Fire at Butte creek Canyon: evacuations ordered


Evacuation Order: Upper Honey Run, Lower Skyway, Zone 9 and Zone 10 and zone 4. Evacuation Warning: Lower Neal, and Zone 1.

http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1880
Public Assembly Point at CMA Church on Clark Rd. Southbound Skyway closed, traffic diverting to Neal Rd.

 

 

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The LaPorte Fire UPDATE


The LaPorte fire that started early this morning in the Bangor area in south Butte County is increasing in size. It is reported to be apart of the Cascade Fire in Yuba County. Cal Fire Butte County is reporting that the LaPorte Fire has burned 3,000 acres.
 
There are evacuation orders for all of LaPorte Road and roads off of LaPorte from Rob Mill Road south to Dunstone.
There are also evacuation orders for all of LosVerjeles Road & Oro Bangor from Yuba County line to Avocado Road.
 
and in the Yuba County area.....
There are mandatory evacuations for Hwy 20 and Loma Rica Road to Marysville Road
 
From Marysville Road, north to Willow Glen Road
 
Iowa City Road north to Yuba County line
 
The Penn Valley evacuation center has opened up at First Baptist Church on Ridge Road and the Yuba Sutter fairgrounds is also accepting evacuees.
 
 
Bangor Elementary School will be closed today. 

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Cherokee Fire UPATE


The Cherokee Fire is quickly increasing in size. The blaze started Sunday in the area of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane in the Cherokee area. Cal Fire is reporting the the blaze at 1,000 acres --- however other local news sources are reporting 4,000 acres. The fire is now 10 percent contained. Cal Fire Butte County is reporting that some structures have been burned.
 
From Cal Fire:
Evacuation orders issued for Red Tape Rd. West to the Sand Mine. Table Mountain. Ranch east of Table Mountain Rd. Table Mountain Blvd from the Cottonwood Rd. to Hwy 70, Table Mountain Ranch & Coal Canyon & Roads off of those streets.
Evacuation Warnings: East side of Cherokee Rd. from Red Tape Rd. to Derrick Rd. All of Coal Canyon Rd. Nelson Ave. from the bridge over the Forebay west to Wilbur Rd.

 

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Cherokee Fire


A wildfire is burning hundreds of acres north of Oroville. The Cherokee Fire started Sunday in the area of Cherokee Road and Zonalea Lane in the Cherokee area. Cal Fire is reporting the blaze at 500 acres however, other news sources are saying that it's up to 800 acres plus.

There are evacutation orders issued for Red Tape Road West to the Sand Mine, Table Moutain Ranch east of Table Mountain Road.

There are evacuation warnings for the East side of Cherokee Road from Red Tape Road to Derrick Road and all of Coal Canyon Road.

Highway 99 at Highway 149 was reported closed to traffic just before 5 am this morning.

 

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LaPorte Fire


An early morning wildfire in the Bangor area has prompted evacuations. Cal Fire Butte County reported being at the scene of the LaPorte Fire around 2 am this morning off of LaPorte Road and at last report the blaze had burned around 300 acres.

There are evacuation orders for all of LaPorte Road and roads off of LaPorte from Rob Mill Road south to Dunstone.
There are also evacuation orders for all of Los Verjeles Road & Oro Bangor from Yuba County line to Avocado Road.

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UPDATE: Suspicious Item Found at Chico Lowes Non-Explosive


The Chico Police Department has just reported that the suspicious package located at Lowe’s was NOT an explosive device and no one was injured. Chico Police has given the all clear to the area.

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Chico PD: Suspicious Item Found Outside of Chico Lowes


Chico Police reported a suspicious item found outside of Lowe’s almost a half hour ago. The store was evacuated and the parking lot was cleared.  They say avoid the area. 

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Former Chico Business Owner is Among the Dead after Las Vegas Shooting


NBC Bay Area is reporting that Stacee Etcheber the former owner of the Dimensions Hair Salon on
Broadway in downtown Chico is among the dead after the
deadly Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night.
Around 10 years ago Etcheber sold her business and moved to the Bay Area where 
she married Bay Area Police Officer Vincent Etcheber.

On Sunday night they were both attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert
when shots started ringing out from the 32nd Floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. Vincent Etcheber told his wife to run for cover while he stayed behind to assist those that were injured or hurt. 
According to NBC Bay Area, along with her husband Stacee leaves behind two children.

 

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Chico Shooting


Chico Police are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting. Multiple gunshots were reported on the 9 hundred block of West 4th Avenue in Chico around 9:30 Sunday night. When officers arrived they found a 32-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses provided a description of the suspected vehicle involved. Officers found and stopped the vehicle the occupants were reportedly detained.
Chico Police detectives have now taken over the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Oroville Car Chase


Suspected vehicle thieves lead deputies on a chase in Oroville. A deputy was on patrol when he spotted a white Honda Accord with dealer plates before 1:30 Wednesday morning. That vehicle had been reported stolen from Yuba City. The deputy attempted stop the car, but the driver of the vehicle allegedly fled away at a speeds around 100 miles per hour. Other deputies joined the pursuit, but briefly lost sight of the car near Lower Wyandotte Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Deputies found the vehicle after it had reportedly gone off the roadway, hitting a fence and a tree. The two occupants were attempting to flee on foot when they were arrested. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the two suspects, identified as 36-year-old Christopher Johnson and 45-year-old Jeremy Papesh were both charged with possession of a stolen vehicle among other charges.

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Chico Police are Searching for Shooting Suspect


Police are investigating a shooting in north Chico. Officers and detectives arrived to the area of Garden Park Drive and Ceres Avenue around after 12:30 Wednesday morning and found a victim with a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police believe the injury to be non-life threatening. Officers canvassed Garden Park Drive and found shell casings. According to a Chico Police Department press release, no other citizens were injured and no property was damaged.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

 

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Cherokee Fire


Fire crews halt a vegetation fire north of Oroville early this morning. The Cherokee Fire started in the area of Highway 70 and Cherokee Road around 3:30 am. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned less than an acre is now fully contained.
A witness reported to the CHP that fire crackers were allegedly seen thrown from a black convertible in the area of the fire after 3:30 am. However, authorities say the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
Cal Fire Butte County tweeted that Highway 70 was partially blocked with emergency equipment while crews battled the fire. The roadway is now clear.

 

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Chico Shooting


Police are reporting a shooting incident that happened around 4 am this morning in the area of Bruce Road and Humboldt Road. The suspects reportedly fled eastbound on Highway 32 in a dark Honda sedan. Police found the victim at the Valero Market on Bruce Road and Skyway. According to police, the victim had a gunshot wound to the arm.

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A Jury Convicts a Man For an Assault on a Fellow Inmate


23-year-old Jack Masters of Oroville was found guilty of felony assault on Monday. Masters was serving a multi-year felony sentence in the Butte County Jail for two counts of auto theft. Masters attacked another inmate who was awaiting a trial. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Masters was captured on the jail's surveillance system viciously punching, kicking, and throwing the other inmate around for three minutes.
Masters is scheduled to be sentenced November 9th. He faces up to four years in state prison.

 

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Tree Fell in Chico This Morning


The CHP has reported a tree down in the area of River Road and West Sacramento Avenue just after 3 am this morning. The tree fell over the road and is blocking both lanes. At last report the CHP was coordinating with a boom truck operator to cut some branches off the tree.

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Progress is being made on the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville


The Ponderosa Fire is getting closer to containment. The wildfire started August 29th 2 miles northwest of Forbestown. The blaze has burned 4,016 acres and is 72 percent contained. 54 structures have been destroyed 32 of which were homes. There are NO structures currently threatened and no evacuations at this time. All roads are also open at this time.
According to Cal Fire, crews will continue to patrol, mop up, and strengthen containment lines.

 

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Highway 99 Downed Lines


Downed power lines caused traffic to back up on Highway 99 in Chico this morning. The south bound lanes of Highway 99 were reopened after 8 am this after the lines fell after 7:30. The CHP closed the lanes due to a fire caused by the downed lines. Chico Police dispatch reported that traffic was backed up all the way to Bruce Road. PG&E arrived and worked on killing the downed power lines.
Around 9:15 the authorities reported that the southbound Highway 99 was down to one lane.

 

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Chico Missing Woman Found Safe


A missing Chico woman has been found. 25-year-old Tatiana Medeiros she was found safe and sound around 5 am this morning. This after she was last seen around 7:30 Monday evening near the Olive Garden on Business Lane. According to police, Medeiros was found by maintenance workers at the Oxford Suites which is across the street from the Olive Garden. Reports say that she has since been reunited with her family.

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Ponderosa Fire at Feather Falls to Berry Creek: Update 2500 acres


http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/1783


County:     Butte County
Location:     Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Acres Burned - Containment:     2500 acres


Evacuations:     Immediate Evacuation Order: Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to Station 51 and all connecting roads.

Evacuation Warning: Lumpkin Rd from The Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Terrace. All roads/areas within the perimeter of these boundries:
(North West) Bald Rock Road at Catella
(South West) Big Ridge Road to Oro Quincy Hwy, Including Little Ridge Road
(South East) Bean Creek at Eckards Lane
(North East) Bald Rock Road to Enumclaw Road
Long/Lat:     -121.30209/39.57701
Phone Numbers     (530) 538-7826 (Ponderosa Fire Information Line )

 

Last Updated:     August 30, 2017 6:05 am     
Date/Time Started:     August 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Administrative Unit:     CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire

-courtesy CalFire

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Ponderosa Fire at Feather Falls: Update 600 acres


Acres Burned - Containment: 600 acres
http://m.fire.ca.gov
Phone Numbers     (530) 538-7826 (Ponderosa Fire Information Line )  

Ponderosa Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:     August 29, 2017 5:42 pm     
Date/Time Started:     August 29, 2017 1:16 pm
Administrative Unit:     CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire
County:     Butte County
Location:     Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Evacuations:     Immediate Evacuation Order: Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Falls.
Evacuation Warning: Lumpkin Rd from The Enterprise Bridge to Lake View Terrace.
Long/Lat:     -121.30209/39.57701
-courtesy CalFire

 

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FORBESTOWN PONDEROSA FIRE EVACUATIONS:


From the CalFire website/APP:
http://m.fire.ca.gov
Location: Ponderosa way and Lumpkin road, 2 miles NW of Forbestown
Acres Burned: 80 acres
Evacuations: Immediate Evacuation Order, Lumpkin Road from Forbestown Road to the community of Feather Falls.
Lat/Long: -121.30209/39.57701
Ponderosa Fire Information Line (530) 538-7826


A shelter will by open by 4:15 pm at Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, 2238 Monte Vista Avenue, for residents evacuated by the #PonderosaFire.


Last Updated: 2017-08-29 15:06:00
Date Started: 2017-08-29 13:16:00
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire
County: Butte County

From Butte County Sheriff:
Due to a fire in the area, Butte County Sheriff's Office Deputies are currently conducting evacuations in the area of Lumpkin Rd. from Forbestown Rd. to the community of Feather Falls. We are working to establish a shelter, more information will be posted shortly.

https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews/
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Oroville Area Hit and Run Suspect Court Appearance


A Palermo man charged with hit and run made his first appearance in court. 22-year-old Kata Vue and his attorney appeared in front of a Butte County Superior Court Judge Wednesday. The Butte County D-A's Office filed a felony charge of hit and run resulting in serious injury.
The incident happened after 11 Sunday night when a 24-year-old woman was walking alongside of Melvina Avenue and was allegedly struck by Vue's Nissan Altima. She was taken to the hospital where her foot was partially amputated. She has been going through multiple surgeries to save the rest of her foot. Officers found Vue the next day and he was arrested.
According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office, Vue was out on probation for a D-U-I incident from last year.

 

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