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Chico Crossbow Stolen Arrest


A man is nabbed by Chico Police after stealing a weapon from Walmart. Employees spotted a man allegedly take a crossbow from the store after 9:15 Wednesday morning. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Ryan Stephens was then seen walking northbound on Business Lane. Officers located Stephens on East 20th near Highway 99. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Walmart employees positively identified Stephens as the suspect and he was arrested for shoplifting.  

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Downtown Chico Shooting Incident


Police are looking for a suspect in a downtown Chico shooting incident. Chico Police received multiple reports of a shooting near the intersection of of West 6th and Walnut streets around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect in silver sedan allegedly pursuing and shooting at a tan S-U-V. Officers located a Chevy Tahoe with a shattered rear window at an apartment complex on Pomona Avenue. The owner told officers that an unknown Hispanic man allegedly shot at him following a verbal altercation. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the victim was unharmed in the incident.

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Highway 99 North Chico Collision


A multiple vehicle crash on Highway 99 blocked traffic in north Chico this morning. The collision happened on Highway 99 near Garner Lane before 8:30 between a Honda Pilot, a Lexus S-U-V, and a Toyota Corolla. According to the CHP's incident information page, the vehicles were blocking the roadway affecting the morning commute.

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Ca Looks at Water Restrictions


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials are considering whether to adopt a range of permanent restrictions against wasting water as signs point again to fears that California may be creeping into drought. The restrictions include prohibitions on watering lawns so much that the water flows into the street, using a hose to wash down sidewalks, or using a hose without an automatic shut-off nozzle to wash cars. U.S. drought monitors last week declared nearly half the state is back in drought.

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Chico Stabbing Monday Night


Chico Police are investigating a late night stabbing incident. Officers arrived to the area of Manzanita and Ellene avenues after reports of an assault around 10:30 Monday evening where they found a 62-year-old man who was bleeding. Police say the man was having difficulty communicating with officers. The man was taken to Enloe Medical Center where it was discovered that he had been stabbed several times.
Witness told officers that two men allegedly assaulted the victim before running off south in the direction of Lindo Channel. The suspects are described as white males in their 20s.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the motive for the attack is not know at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Tuesday 8am Special Guest: Colonel Larry Broadwell, Beale Air Force Base - Air and Space Expo April 28


Beale Air and Space Expo | April 28. For more information: http://www.beale.af.mil/Expo2018/
KPAY Morning News will have a special guest Tuesday morning at 8:30am. Beale Air Force Base 9th Reconnaissance Wing Commander, Colonel Larry Broadwell, will sit down with the KPAY 1290 Morning News discussing Beale Air Force Base's mission, and the upcoming Air and Space Expo April 28, 2018. Beale AFB is located 10 miles east of Marysville, California.

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Chico DUI and Battery Arrest


A man is arrested for D-U-I and battery in downtown Chico Sunday. Chico Police received a call before 8 Sunday evening about someone who allegedly crashed their vehicle into a tree at a residence on the 300 block of Hazel Street. Police also learned that the suspect was allegedly fighting with bystanders. An officer arrived and reportedly found several bystanders holding the suspect to the ground. That suspect, identified as Drew Thomas DelGrande allegedly began to fight with the officer and struck him with on the head with his fists. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect was finally detained after a lengthy struggle. Thomas DelGrande was arrested for battery on an officer with injury, resisting arrest by violence, and driving under the influence.

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Shots Fired into a Chico Home Sunday Morning


Chico Police are investigating shots fired early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the area of Terrance Drive and East 1st Avenue after three to four shots were heard in the area before 3:30 am. However, officers were unable to find any evidence of shots fired. 
Nearly three hours later Chico Police received a call from a resident of Terrance Drive who said they awoke to find bullet holes in the house. Officers arrived and confirmed that the residence had been struck multiple times by bullets. No one was injured in the incident, according to a Chico Police Department press release. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

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Chico Shooting Incident Over the Weekend


Chico Police are investigating a shooting during what they're calling a crime spree in the south campus area. Officers arrived to the area of West 2nd and Orange streets before 1:30 Saturday and found a man lying in the middle of the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The victim was reportedly conscious and claimed that he was robbed by two unknown male suspects. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital where he is expect to survive his injuries.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers found two additional robbery victims who had been robbed 20 minutes before the shooting. They described the two suspects as white males.
The Chico Police Department is asking witnesses of the incident to come forward by calling 897-4911.

 

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New Report says Latinos Denied home loans in California Rural Areas


Latinos in Chico are likely to be denied commercial home loans. This comes after an analysis by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Even though Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California, they're likely to be denied loans in rural communities like Chico and Salinas. The investigation found evidence of redlining 50 years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending.

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California Lawmaker Sues over Suspension from Legislature Claiming Race


A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct allegation is suing the Legislature for reinstatement, arguing he's being treated differently than his white colleague. The lawsuit notes Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza who is Latino, has been suspended but Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who is white, has not been asked to step aside despite also facing sexual misconduct allegations. Hertzberg and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon didn't comment on the charges.

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Law Enforecement Sweeps 10 Northstate Counties


A law enforcement sweep made multiple arrests in several northstate counties Wednesday. The sweep called Operation Silent Night invovled multiple law enforcement angencies along with the FBI servering 39 search warrants in 10 northern California counties including Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, and Sacramento. This in connection with the Norteno crime organization accussed distributing meth, herion, and firearms using social media. In some cases prison inmates allegedly used contraband cell phones to give orders to those on the outside.
Agents reportedly seized several hundred pounds of marijuana, cocaine, and over 30 weapons. A total of 42 people were arrested including two Pelican Bay inmates. 

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Florida Shooting Students Neighbors React to Suspect


PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students and neighbors describe the suspect in the deadly rampage at a Florida high school as a troubled teenager who threatened and harassed peers, talked about killing animals, posed with guns in disturbing photos on social media, and bragged about target practice in his backyard with a pellet gun.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, but he insisted he didn't know the specifics. Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald that before Wednesday's fatal shooting of 17 people, Cruz may have been identified as a potential threat - Gard believes the school had sent out an email warning teachers that Cruz shouldn't be allowed on campus with a backpack

 

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Florida School Shooting *Latest*


(AP)   A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida.

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says "There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation." He added, "It is a horrible day for us."

The Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that "so far we have at least 14 victims." The tweet added: "Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hospital."

The sheriff's statement didn't elaborate on the victims or their injuries.

 

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James Gallagher meets with DWR Officials in Butte County


Some State Lawmakers will get an education tomorrow about the Oroville Dam Situation and local agriculture. Assemblyman James Gallagher is bringing 8 Assembly Members to Butte County to meet with Department of Water Resource Officials about the Dam situation. Then they'll learn more about local agriculture and see what issues local farmers face

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Butte Co Sherrif Honea Talks 1 Yr Anniversary of Spillway Crisis


BCSO Kory Honea Spoke with Morning News about the 1 year Anniversary of the Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis and Evacuation of 180,000 residents on Feb 12 2017  Hear the entire interview by copying and pasting the link into your browser  
 
 
http://kpay.com/podcasts/morning-show?play_file=65978

 

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BCSO Looking for Hit & Run Suspect


Officers are searching for a suspect in a fatal hit and run in Biggs over the weekend. Butte County Sheriff's deputies and CHP officers arrived at Riceton Highway, north of Biggs Princeton Road around 12:30 Saturday morning and found 23-year-old Richard Benish of Durham deceased. Investigators learned that another vehicle was involved and had allegedly fled before officers arrived.
Anyone with information regarding Benish's whereabouts before the crash is asked to contact the Oroville CHP office. 

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Stolen Bikes Arrest


Chico Police arrest an alleged bike thief. Earlier this month two expensive bicycles were reported stolen from A Main Hobbies on East 20th Street. Two days later an officer reportedly spotted 31-year- Michael Borden in possession of a bicycle that closely matched the description of one of the bikes stolen. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the bicycle had allegedly been repainted and the serial number was not able to be confirmed so Borden was released. Then on Friday he was spotted by officers but fled the area. Borden was arrested Sunday afternoon on Virginia Street, near 20th Street Park for possession of stolen property and fraud for attempting to license the stolen bike in his name.

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South Chico Pedestrian Death


Officers arrived to an apartment complex on Amanda Way after a report that a vehicle had run over a pedestrian around 11:30 Thursday morning. Officers found a 68-year-old woman pinned under the vehicle. Several officers lifted one side of the car while another officer pulled the woman from underneath. She was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Investigators believe that the 72-year-old husband of the woman accidentally ran her over. According to a Chico Police Department press release, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.

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CA Assembly Passes resolution opposing Drilling


Oil drilling off the Pacific Coast is opposed by the California Assembly via a resolution approved Thursday. It also asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove California from the proposed leasing plan. The 55-8 vote came on the same day as the only federal hearing in California on the plan. Republicans Randy Voepel of Santee and Travis Allen of Huntington Beach say oil and gas can be can safely harvested. Allen, a GOP candidate for governor, says the move could help lower gasoline prices.

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Chico Unified Approves New Campus for Inspire


The Chico Unified School Board approves the move of a charter school. At Wednesday's meeting the board voted to move Inspire School of the Arts and Sciences from their current location at Chico High School to the district owned Canyon View property off of Bruce Road. The board approved 5 to 7 acres of the 50 acre property to be used for the school's campus. District officials say the move will take around 3 years. They say the funding used to relocate the school will come from Measure K.   

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Murder Suuspect in Colusa County gives Plea



The man charged with killing two women on his Arbuckle property gave his plea in court.  Martin Ehrke pleaded NOT guilty to the January murders of  Kimberly Taylor and  Jessica Mazak. Authorities say the two women lived on the property which was reportedly a cannabis growing operation. The Colusa County Coroner's Office says both women were killed from blunt force trauma.  Ehrke will be back in court in April.

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Chico State President Visits Morning News


Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson stopped by the KPAY Morning News to talk about the recent Budget decisions from the State plus How Chico State Works with local Community leaders and Businesses to make Downtown Chico and Chico overall work together ..Listen to the interview by clicking on this link

 

http://kpay.com/assets/podcaster/1279/2018_02_07_1279_65834_3041.mp3

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Chico Police Searching for a Suspect in an Attack


A woman in an apartment on the 2000 block of Amanda Way reported to police after 5 Monday morning that she awoke to find a man allegedly attempting to strangle her. The victim told police that she fought with the suspect. She said the suspect's face was covered be either a mask or a beanie. After the altercation the suspect fled the apartment. Officers arrived but could not locate the suspect. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect may have also received injuries during the altercation.
Any with information on this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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School Bus Versus Pickup Collision South of Oroville


The CHP reported after 7:30 this morning a collision between a school bus and an Ford F-250 truck in Palermo. According to the Cal Trans/CHP traffic incident website, the crash happened in the area of Cox Lane and Palermo Honcut Highway. After 8 this morning the CHP reported that there were minor injuries in the crash - NOT major injuries that was earlier reported. No word on the number of people injured in the crash. 

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Two Shootings In Downtown Chico Over the Weekend


Police investigate two shootings that occurred hours apart in the north and south campus areas of Chico. According to a Chico Police press release, the first shooting happened just before 7:45 Friday evening on the 600 block of West First Avenue. Officers arrived and found evidence of a shooting and learned that a black sedan was allegedly seen fleeing the area after the shooting.
Then before 1 Saturday morning there were reports of shots fired inside an apartment on the 400 block of Ash Street. Officers arrived and found a large group of people inside. Officers learned that a fight broke out at the party and that an individual allegedly grabbed a handgun and fired a shot before fleeing the area.
Police are still looking for suspects and any possible victims.

 

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SF DA wants to Overturn Pot Convictions Dating back to the 70's


San Francisco's district attorney says his office will toss out or reduce thousands of marijuana criminal convictions dating back decades, a move allowed by a 2016 ballot measure legalizing recreational use of the drug in California. District Attorney George Gascon says his office will review nearly 5,000 old felony cases for possible action and automatically seal 3,000 misdemeanor cases.

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Congressman LaMalfa on Train with GOP Lawmakers that Collided with Truck


GOP lawmakers were on a train taking them to a policy retreat in West Virginia that struck a dump truck near Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was reported killed in the truck.
Action News Now is reporting that North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa was on the train. Reports indicate that the passengers on the train were not injured in the collision.

 

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Ponderosa Fire Starter Sentenced


The man who started the Ponderosa Fire last August gets 14 years in prison. 30 year old John Ballenger received that sentence today in Butte County Court. The exact sentence was 14 years 4 months with a minimum of 12 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole. He must also pay 2 point 9 million dollars in restitution. He'd pled no contest to the arson charges.

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Bodies Found on Property in Arbuckle, Man Arrested


Colusa County Sheriff's detectives  say a man has been arrested after two women's bodies were found on his father's property _ one in a freezer and another in a pond. The Colusa County Sheriff's Office says Martin Ehrke was arrested Thursday. Detectives had been called to the property in Arbuckle with a report of a woman's body found. They discovered her in a large freezer in a bedroom. Hours later found the woman in the pond, and arrested Ehrke.

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Chains Required in Butte and Tehama Counties


The Chico Enterprise Record is reporting chains being required on sections of Butte and Tehama county roadways this morning. As of 7:30 there are chain requirements on Highway 32 from eight miles east of Forest Ranch. Chains are not required for four wheel drive vehicles with snow tires.
 
Chains controls are also in place on Oroville Quincy Highway from Upper Baldrock Road to Mountain House.
 
In Tehama County Highway 36 eight miles west of Mineral chains are required.

 

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The Butte County Sheriff's Office Records Division Closed Today


The Sheriff's Office says the all day closure of the records unit today is so staff can learn a new records management system. 
Some of the services provided by the Records Unit include, release of crime reports, release of impounded vehicles the processing of California Concealed Carry Weapons Licenses and other permits. 
The Records Unit is located at 5 Gillick Way in Oroville. 

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Tornado Warning | January 25, 2:10pm PST Affecting Loma Rica, Palermo areas of Butte County.


If you live in the Loma rica, Iowa City or Palemo areas, please take shelter immediately. Tornado Warning has been issued for Butte, Yuba Counties until 2:45pm. Take shelter immediately if in its path!
Sign up for KPAY Weather Alerts to get live Doppler and weather alerts to your mobile device.
http://kpayweather.com/weather_center.htm

 

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Former CPD Officer enters Plea in Court


A former Chico Police Sergeant charged with assaulting a suspect pleads not guilty in court Wednesday. It comes in the case of Scott Ruppel whose attorney gave his plea of not guilty in his place. The charges stem from body camera video reportedly showing Ruppel putting 21-year-old William Rowley the 2nd who was already in handcuffs in a stranglehold back in August. According to Chico Police, Ruppel was put on administrative leave and he has since retired from the police department.

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Chico Mayor Previews State of the City


Chico's Mayor says the State of the City Celebration is like Chico's Oscars. Chico Mayor Sean Morgan made that statement on our Morning News today in previewing tomorrow's State of the City at the Card Center at 3 in the  afternoon. Morgan says he'll outline how people can help the problems pushed on the city by the state.

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Chico School Lockdowns


A domestic violence call leads to school lockdowns in south Chico. A girl called Chico Police stating that her stepfather, identified as 32-year-old Michael Sterling and her mother were engaged in an argument at their apartment on Notre Dame Boulevard before 10:30 Tuesday morning. That argument allegedly escalated into a physical altercation. Police received a report that Sterling had left the area on foot, allegedly armed with a pistol. This prompted police to place nearby March Jr. High School and Little Chico Creek Elementary School on lockdown. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers quickly located and detained Sterling. Police called off the lockdown which lasted less than 5 minutes. Sterling was arrested for domestic violence and a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Chico Vice Mayor Wont Seek reelection


Chico's Vice Mayor will not seek re-election. Vice Mayor Reanette Fillmer made that announcement Tuesday. Fillmer recently took the position of vice president and chief administrative services officer at Golden State Farm Credit. She said the new position would have a greater workload and time commitment. With Fillmer leaving that leaves 3 seats open for the Council for the election in November.

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Rep Doug Lamalfa reacts to Immigration and DACA


The recent government shutdown didn't have to happen and defied logic to both parties. That from Northstate Congressman Doug LaMalfa. He says the Senate will give the immigration issue a hearing--but he made it clear the Senate is only guaranteeing a process, not an outcome. LaMalfa says members of both parties are more sympathetic to the DACA situation than people might think. He says the top issue for him and other House Republicans is border security.

 

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Chico Police Arrest a Robbery Suspect from Oklahoma


A 13-year-old boy from Oroville reportedly asked 32-year-old Jeffrey Karr if he could use his cigarette lighter at the AM PM on Business Lane around 9 Monday morning. Karr had the teen meet him in a jeep parked near Toys R Us. While inside the vehicle Karr allegedly pulled what appeared to be a hand gun and demanded the victim's property. The teen complied and then escaped from the jeep. He found a security officer to call for help.
Officers arrived and located the jeep where they reportedly found an airsoft-style pistol and some of the victim's property. Karr was arrested for robbery and intimidating a victim. Karr's accomplice, 28-year-old Christina Halye was also arrested.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Karr has an extensive criminal history in Oklahoma.

 

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Facciuto Murder Latest Son Arrested but not charged


A Chico man considered a person of interest in the death of his mother late last week has been charged with auto theft. 32-year-old Alton Facciuto was arraigned in a Butte County courtroom Monday. He is charged with theft of his mother's car and for violating his parole.  Facciuto and his mother Sherry were reported missing Thursday. Later deputies found Sherry's empty vehicle allegedly crashed into a fence near Bed Bath and Beyond in Chico. Early monday morning Sherry Facciuto was reportedly found dead at her home on Anita Road. Deputies found and arrested Alton Facciuto later that morning. According to court documents, Facciuto has an extensive criminal history including prison time for robbery.   
According to the Butte County D-A's Office, Facciuto has not confessed to the murder.

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Chico Sting Operation


Chico Police partnered with other area agencies for a theft enforcement operation on Friday. The detail focused on those who are currently on probation for theft and burglary related crimes as well as contacting suspected criminals on the streets. A bait car was also used.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, there were 6 felony arrests, 3 firearms recovered one of which was reported stolen, 2 recovered stolen bicycles, and allegedly 30 grams of heroin was found.
Police say these operations are in response to the on-going high numbers of theft and burglaries in Chico in recent months.

 

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Three are arrested in Chico for Fraudulent Checks


Deputies were dispatched to the California Check Cashing Store on 1456 Mangrove Avenue around 9:45 Monday morning after a person allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent check. Several checks were also reportedly attempted to be cashed at other businesses in Butte County. Deputies searched a residence on Magnolia Avenue in Chico and reportedly located printing machines, blank checks, and numerous fraudulent checks printed with different business names on them. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies also found evidence that the subjects were attempting to counterfeit U.S. paper currency.
43-year-old Markee Harris, 35-year-old Jessica Jimenez, and 35-year-old Victoria Johnson were arrested on various charges of check fraud, identity theft, and grand theft.

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Bus Service from Chico to Sacramento


Bus Service could be coming to Northstaters going to Sacramento. The Butte County Association of Governments recently applied for a series of grants that could make the service a reality. BCAG Executive Director Jon Clark says after a look at the situation it's for a 3 year pilot program.
The idea is there would be two morning runs at 5 and 6 O'Clock and then return runs to Chico in the late afternoon. Clark says studies show there are about 15 hundred people who work in Sacramento and currently commute there.

 

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Chico Shoplifting Suspect Arrested


A man with warrants out for his arrest is allegedly caught shoplifting at a Chico store. Loss prevention staff at Kohl's spotted a man inside the store around 4 Friday afternoon who was suspected of stealing merchandise from the store two days earlier. The employees believed the suspect was concealing merchandise and as he left the store they reportedly nabbed him. According to a Chico Police Department press release, a records check revealed that the suspect, 50-year-old Thomas Rainbolt had three warrants for his arrest. One of those warrants was for vehicle theft. Besides stolen merchandise police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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Chico Police Warning About IRS Scammers


The Chico Police Department is warning residents about IRS scammers.
This time of year there are a lot of scammers calling residents claiming to be Internal Revenue Service officials.
Chico Police say if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you don't owe any taxes there are several steps you can take:
 
*Do NOT give out any personal information and hang up immediately
 
*You can report your call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml
 
or call: 1-800-366-4484
 
*Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complain Assistant at f-t-c dot gov at www.ftc.gov/
and be sure to add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

 

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Stockton Gang Member Sentenced For Chico Shooting


24-year-old Tyrone Sotolongo was sentenced Wednesday to 34 years in state prison after he was convicted in November of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and other related weapons charges, that according to a Butte County District Attorney Office press release.
The conviction stems from an incident near the intersection of the Esplanade and Cohasset Road back in June 2017 when Sotolongo chased and fired at least nine shots from a 9mm semi-automatic handgun at a 23-year-old victim. Investigators believe it was a drug deal gone awry. Police say bullets struck buildings and cars. No one was reported hurt in the incident.

 

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Oroville Dam Forensic Report Released


California's Department of Water Resources and other National dam safety experts come in for some harsh criticism in the final forensic report over the spillway collapses last February. The independent panel released its report today and said the Oroville Dam had inherent design and construction weaknesses. It says the fault lies not on any one thing, but a series of events that led to the evacuation order where some 200 thousand people were threatened. In the future, the panel says one person should be responsible for dam safety and the dam safety culture and program within DWR must change.

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North Valley Animal Disaster Group gets new Space


Butte County has come to the aid of the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. The county's old public works yard in Chico is now the new home of the group. County Administrator Shari McCracken says the group can now set up shop on 20th and Locust in Chico.The county had to clean up the property because of old fuels there and McCracken says the group said they needed a spot and it all worked out.

 

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Fatal Highway 99 Collision This Morning


UPDATE:as of 11am
 
The CHP has reopened Hwy 99  after closing this section of the highway since the collision.
 
 
A fatal collision on Highway 99 at East Hamilton Road near the Thermalito Afterbay happened before 6 this morning. A pick up and a sedan hit each other head-on. The CHP is saying a Honda Accord involved in the crash was reported stolen and that the unidentified driver of that vehicle was killed in the collision. According to the CHP a Ford Ranger and a Red Suburban were also involved in the crash. The CHP says the occupants of the pickup were injured but no word yet on the extent to their injuries.
Officers have closed both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 99 and have closed from East Hamilton Road to B Street in the town of Biggs the Estimated time of opening to be around 10:30 this morning. This from the CHP incident website: CALTRANS IS DETOURING TRAFFIC OFF NB 99 TO E BIGGS, TO LARKIN RD TO SR162 WEST BACK TO SR99, AND SB TRAFFIC IS DETOURING OFF AT W HAMILTON RD TO RICETON SOUTH TO AFTON RD EAST TO 8TH ST TO B ST EAST TO SR99.

 

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First Check of Snowpack


A low snowpack does NOT seem to have State Water Officials worried. The Department of Water Resources took its first snow survey Wednesday and the snowpack was only 24 percent statewide. DWR Spokesman Doug Carlson says last year's record rainfall helped a lot.
He says the sought after "rivers of moisture" have been blocked by a High Pressure System off the West Coast. He says that will kick the air into Canada, and that helps explain why it's so cold on the East Coast right now.

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Highway 99 Fatal Collision This Morning


The CHP reported a head-on collision at Highway 99 between 162 East and 162 West around 7 this morning.
The northbound and southbound lanes in the area are closed.
According to the CHP website, southbound traffic is being diverted from Highway 99 to Highway 162 West. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway 162 West to the Midway. The CHP is saying there is no estimated time when that section of highway will reopen.
No word on the number of vehicles involved --- the CHP is reporting at least one fatality and at least three injuries including at least one major injury with a woman being life flighted to Enloe Medical Center.

 

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Check Before You Light Advisory for Chico


A strong high pressure system is creating strong pollution-trapping inversions prompting the Butte County Air Quality Management District to request that residents in the Chico area voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces until midnight tonight.
For more information and to sign up for alerts you can visit www.bcaqmd.org or call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409.  

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Butte County Authorities are Searching for a Felony Suspect from Chico


Butte County authorities are on the lookout for a suspect wanted on a felony. Deputies arrived to Jasper Way in Chico to serve an arrest warrant to 30-year-old Ryan Rash. He was wanted on a felony warrant for failing to complete the Butte County SWAP program. According to Butte County officials, SWAP is a program consists of working in the community rather than serving time in jail. 
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, Rash allegedly fled on foot and then got into an Infinity sports car leading deputies on a chase. Deputies called off the pursuit due to the high speeds in residential neighborhoods.
Rash is wanted for the felony no bail warrent and for failing to yield with wanton disregard for public safety. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Josh Brazzi at 538-7321.

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Pedestrian Injured in Chico Hit and Run Incident


Chico Police are asking the public's help for information on a vehicle versus pedestrian hit-and-run incident. A man was found in the roadway on East 8th Street near Poplar Street around 6:30 Wednesday morning. Officers determined that he was struck by a vehicle that had fled the area. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for multiple contusions and according to police, he has since been released from the hospital.
According to a Chico Police press release, the suspected vehicle is described as a small white or light colored sedan and would likely have minor to moderate damage to the right front part of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4910.

 

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Check Before You Light Advisory Extended


Due to weather conditions Butte County officials extend the Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico area. According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, a strong high pressure weather system is creating an extended period of weak winds and cold nights. It is also creating strong pollution-trapping inversions. That's why the Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking residents in the Chico area to refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until midnight tonight. Officials say the air quality is expected to be the poorest during the evening and overnight hours when inversions trap wood smoke close to the ground.

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The Victim of Mobile Home Park Shooting Has Been Identified


26-year-old Salvador Fuentes of Oroville was the man who was found lying in the street at the Foothill Mobile Home Park around 8 Monday night. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BCSO Investigations Unit is actively investigating the incident as a homicide and detectives believe the victim may have known the shooter. According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release, the suspect has not yet been identified.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the BCSO Investigation Unit at 538-7671.

 

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The Check Before You Light Advisory for Chico Continues Today


The Butte County Air Quality Management District issued the advisory Wednesday and is now continuing it today until Midnight tonight. Officials are asking residents in the Chico area to voluntarily refrain from using their woodstoves and fireplaces today due to an air quality forecast that they say is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 
To check today's air quality you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or call the CBYL Hotline at 332-9409 or toll free at 1-855-332-9409.

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Man Charged with Starting the Ponderosa Fire Gives His Plea in Court


30-year-old John Ballenger of Oroville plead no contest Wednesday, in Butte County court room, to arson and an enhancement that his reckless arson burned multiple structures. 
Ballenger was accused of illegally camping next to the Sucker Run creek near the Ponderosa Dam. He had been camping in the area for about a month and had an illegal campfire which he reportedly never put out. Ballenger reportedly left the fire burning while he went for a walk. Authorities say the hot embers escaped and started the Ponderosa Fire which burned over 4 thousand acres and destroyed 55 structures including houses. 
According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Ballenger faces 14 year in state prison. 

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Check Before You Light Advisory for the Chico Area Today


The Butte County Air Quality Management District is asking Chico area residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces today until 12:01 am Thursday morning. This due to an air quality forecast that is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 
According to a Butte County Air Quality Management District press release, wood stove and fireplace use is already restricted within Chico city limits by a city ordinance. 
For more information you can call the C-B-Y-L Hotline at 332-9409 or you can go to www.bcaqmd.org or you can also check their twitter feed.

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Chico Christmas Eve Shooting - Suspect Identified


Police has identified the suspect in the Christmas Eve shooting incident in Chico. Officers found a 29-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound in an alley between West 1st and West 2nd avenues around 8:30 Sunday evening. She was taken to the hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition. Police say the name of the victim is still being withheld at this time.
According to a Chico Police press release, detectives have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Alexanna Danis of Red Bluff. She is described as 5 foot - six inches tall and is 150 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with information about Danis' whereabouts is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Chico Christmas Eve Shooting


Police are investigating a Chrismas Eve shooting incident in Chico. Officers arrived at an alley between West 1st and West 2nd avenues before 8:30 Sunday evening where they found woman in her 20s suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. Authorities are saying that the woman's condition is unknown at this time. According to the Chico Police Department, due to the investigation, they are not releasing the names of those involved in the incident at this time.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

 

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Oroville Christmas Day Shooting


Butte County authorities are investigating a fatal Christmas Day shooting. Deputies were dispatched to the Foothill Mobile Home Park around 8 Monday evening after reports of shoots fired. The deputies reportedly found a man in the street in front of a residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities say he was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, due to the suspicious nature of the incident, the shooting is being investigated as a homicide.

 

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Accident Lower Skyway Saturday Evening


An Accident on the Lower Skyway Saturday Evening kills 1 and injuries another..  Chico Police report that an accident at the Skyway and Notre Dame Blvd. occured around 630P Saturday.  The Police say the 2 vehicle accident involved a Toyota and Buick Cutlass, when 1  of the Vehicles traveling Westbound on the Skyway ran the Light at the intersection causing the collision with the 2nd Vehicle.  Both Drivers received injuries in the collision and were transported to the Hospital where 1 of the Injured later died of their Injuries. Authorities have not released the names of those involved. 

The Investigation into the Accident continues.

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Butte County Sheriff's Office Bike Giveaway


The annual bike giveaway kicks off at 2 pm this afternoon the Butte County Sheriff's Office on Gillick Way in Oroville. Some 75 bikes have been refurbished. Those bikes along with helmets will be given to children in need. The bike giveaway is conducted by members of the Sheriff's Office and STARS volunteers.

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A Former Chico Police Sergeant is Charged with Assault


The Butte County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that a misdemeanor charge of assault was filed against 51-year-old Scott Ruppel. This after Ruppel allegedly put 21-year-old William Rowley the 2nd in a strangle hold while he was handcuffed and restrained last August. The assault was reportedly captured on the body camera of another officer as Ruppel was reportedly attempting to get Rowley to sit back in the seat of a patrol S-U-V. Rowley reportedly yelled at Rupple prompting him to allegedly grab the suspect by his neck and push him back into his seat. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office Press Release, there was enough force to rattle the cage and Rowley was reportedly gasping for air afterwords.
Ruppel was placed on administrative leave and he has retired from the police department.

 

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Chico City Council Delays Development Impact fees


The Chico City Council moves further discussions of development impact fees to next year.
There are 15 subcategories of the Urbanization and Street Facilities fee. 13 of those categories have already been approved by the council and at Tuesday night's meeting a 14th was added. That category is the Sewer-Water Pollution Control Plant and Sewer-truck line fees.  The fee program update will be brought back at the second meetinig in January.

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Skyway Four Car Collision This Morning


A multiple vehicle collision on the Skyway slowed the morning commute. The CHP reported that 4 vehicles were involved in the collision which happened on the westbound lane near Lookout Point just before 8 am this morning. There were no injuries reported in the collision.

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FEMA Relief for Local Fire Victims


FEMA has given nearly one million dollars to Butte County residents and business owners that were affected by the La Porte and Cherokee fires. More than 530 Butte County residents have received close to 970 thousand dollars in assistance. Businesses reportedly received around 27 thousand dollars in low interest loans. 

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Butte County part of New Fire District


New fire safety rules have been adopted by the state. The Public Utilities Commission recently ordered PG&E to increase the minimum clearances between electrical equipment and trees. Officials say most of the state's foothill and mountian areas are part of a high fire-threat district. This includes foothill areas in Butte County. Officials say that the Sacramento Valley floor is excluded as a non-fuel area. PG&E officials say they expect to remove nearly 150 thousand dead or dying trees accross the state. 

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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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