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Possible restrictions on e-cigarettes are up for discussion before Chico leaders tonight. The issue is whether the City Council should expand the city's smoking laws to include electronic cigarettes, and if they should be outlawed in all places where smoking traditional cigarettes and cigars is already outlawed, following a similar move made recently by Shasta County.

 

E-cigarettes vaporize nicotine in a liquid solution, and the smoker inhales vapor rather than tar and other compounds. Some say e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but others say they aren't as harmful as traditional tobacco products. Critics say the products should be more closely regulated, but the Food and Drug Administration does not currently regulate the devices which e-cigarettes use.

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The teen killed a collison in Oroville late last week has been identified as 17-year-old Cameron Sabatino, a Junior at Las Plumas High School. He and two other students were traveling in a Chrysler Crossfire heading south on Lower Wyandotte Road when it struck a Toyota Rav4 around 1 pm Friday.

 

Sabatino was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old passenger of the Crossfire suffered major injuries and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center. Sabatino and the 14-year-old reportedly were not wearing seat belts. The 17-year-old driver of the Crossfire was treated for minor injuries. 63-year-old Petru Simoni, the driver of the Rav 4 was reportedly uninjured. The CHP says speed may have been a factor in the crash.

 

Sabatino's funeral is set for Thursay, May 7th, at 10:30 AM at the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville.

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We've received an update on the Hazmat situation at the intersection of East 20th and Mulberry Streets in Chico. Firefighters are saying that it appears two cylinders fell from a truck, and that one began leaking liquid oxygen onto the street. Traffic has been halted and officials are advising residents to avoid the area of what they are calling a Level 3 Hazmat situation, and that the area will remain closed until it has been determined safe.

 

UPDATE: The intersection has been reopened, emergency crews have cleaned up the leak.

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Officers contacted the 17-year-old victim who told them that she had been riding her bicycle northbound on the Lindo Channel bike path near the Esplanade after 10:30 am Monday, when she was allegedly knocked off her bike by a man, who then attempted to take off her clothes. The victim struggled with the suspect and escaped, seeking help. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Native American male, 19-20 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a skinny build and is clean shaven. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

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Federal prosecutors say a Sacramento-area developer and an escrow officer have been indicted on multiple counts of fraud for a loan scheme that cheated three banks out of at least $20 million. 56-year-old Abolghasseni Alizadeh of Granite Bay and 62-year-old Mary Sue Weaver of Roseville were indicted Thursday by a grand jury for the Eastern District of California.

 

The pair are said to have worked together to obtain loans at inflated amounts for commercial and residential real estate. Alizadeh, a Chico State Alumni, was a principal partner with Kobra Properties which at one time owned dozens of Jack in the Box franchises in Northern California including Chico, Paradise, Oroville, and Red Bluff.

 

Alizadeh and Weaver each face charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud. If convicted, they could face 30 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine for each count.

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Chico Police arrest two men involved in two separate incidents of sexual crimes.

 

A Chico man who reportedly admitted sexually assaulting a young girl 15 years ago was taken into custody on Wednesday, April 23rd. 54-year-old Jeffery Linen is under investigation for the sexual assault of an unnamed 24-year-old woman when she was between 8 and 13-years-old after she came forward recently.

 

In another case, police arrested 33-year-old Jacob Duenas on Thursday, April 24th for the continuous sexual assault of a 10-year-old last year. Jacob Duenas is the son of Mark Duenas, who was sentenced to 25 yearsto life in prison in 2013 for the May 2012 murder of his wife Karen. Chico PD spent the last month investigating these incidents.

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An alleged DUI driver has been arrested after colliding with a Butte County Sheriff's deputy. The officer was responding to a call with the emergency lights on in his patrol vehicle on Olive Highway near Executive Drive in Oroville after 5 pm Tuesday when a gold Acura came into the path of the officer. The Acura was reportedly driven by 29-year-old Diana Sullens, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of prescription drugs. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) two other people were in the car, including a 3-year-old boy. Sullens and her two passengers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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Redding leaders are cracking down on growing pot. A new ordinance limits marijuana grows in the city to six plants and bans any cultivation within a thousand feet of any school, park or pulbic area. The 4 to 1 vote came after one City Council member said the old rules weren't working anymore. One marijuana growers rights attorney said making it harder for people to grow pot means they'll buy it on the black market and create crime.

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Two Butte County men have plead guilty to drug crimes in Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday. Steven Cooley pled guilty to planting, harvesting and other charges related to marijuana cultivation and processing. Damon Cooley pled guilty to reckless driving involving alcohol and the possession or marijuana.

 

Authorities issued a search warrant at their residence on Tree View Lane, located just south of Lake Oroville, on October 22nd after receiving an anonymous tip. Agents found over 150 pounds of processed pot and a number of weapons inside the residence. 43 marijuana plants were also found growing outside. Steven Cooley faces up to 4 years in prison.

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Butte County Supervisors have passed a new fracking ordinance. It doesn't ban the practice, but it does establish new rules, making fracking very difficult. The ordinance that passed four to one in Butte County bans the importation, storage and disposal of well stimulation byproduct, also known as frack waste water.

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Chico Police were called out to the intersection of West 4th and Ivy Streets just before midnight on Sunday, responding to a report from 25-year-old Josimar Arroyo and 21-year-old Rajpal Singh that a group of four others had accosted them. Reportedly the group wanted alcohol from Arroyo, and when he refused the four suspects allegedly attacked the victims, punching and kicking them. During the attack Singh was stabbed in the face. Witnesses reported seeing the suspects taking off in a dark colored pick-up truck, but Chico State Police stopped the vehicle and the four men were identified and arrested.

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A former Oroville man convicted of killing his wife and disposing of her body back in 1978 was sentenced to four years in prison for voluntary manslaughter on Thursday. Although the current sentence for voluntary manslaughter is 11 years, the sentence for this type of crime of passion was only 4 years when the crime was committed.

 

63-year-old Marvin Owens spent the last 36 years in Nebraska, but was arrested back in Februaty was was brought back to Butte County. As part of a plea deal, Owens admitted to strangling his wife Deborah Owens and leaving her body in an area of Oroville Wildlife refuge. Her remains have yet to be discovered.

 

 

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A sales tax increase will start today in Paradise. The half percent increase was approved by voters back in November. Town officials say the sale tax increase will help fund police, fire, animal control, and some road improvements. A citizens oversight commitee has been appointed to make sure the money is spent properly. Voters in Red Bluff approved a quarter of a percent sales tax increase which also begins today.    
 
Meanwhile, voters in Oroville should know by year's end when they'll decide the fate of a tax measure. City leaders have crafted a ballot measure that asks voters if they want to raise the sales tax one cent to fund public safety staffing. Oroville Councilman Dave Pittman says he expects the announcement of a special election to come later this year or early next year. The one cent sales tax would generate about 3 and a half million dollars annually. Pittman says the city needs 10 to 15 police officers alone. He adds public safety funding hasn't increased since the 1970's. 
 

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The ongoing dry weather causing Cal Fire to get ready earlier for the upcoming fire season. In fact, it appears Cal Fire crews will be getting a two month head start this year. The Butte County Division of Cal Fire will reportedly have up to 8 fire engines fully staffed by mid April, whereas that wouldn't normally start until early June. So crews will already be in place in June when Cal Fire would normally start getting up to speed for the normal fire year. Since Cal Fire is a state agency, the funding for the earlier staffing will be coming from the state. Things are subject to change with the weather. But Cal Fire officials reportedly say they'll stay at peak staffing until there are significant rains. 

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Chico Police arrest two alleged strong armed robbery suspects. 43-year-old Robert Wetzel contacted Chico PD about being assaulted and robbed by two suspects just before 2 pm Monday. The victim told officers that the two men to took his wallet and his jacket. Later that day 24-year-old Jeremy Williams, identified as one of the alleged suspects, was arrested in the area of 7th Street near the railroad tracks. The victim's property was located in a nearby creek bed. The second alleged suspect, 35-year-old Cameron Talbert was located and arrested at an apartment on West 1st Avenue on Tuesday morning.

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Many are taking a wait and see attitude about State Democrats ambitious plan for a clean energy economy. Democrats have crafted a package of bills that aim for a clean energy economy by cutting pollution, improving energy efficiency and getting away from a petroleum based economy. State Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon says green technology is the fastest growing sector in the state.
 
Republicans however stress caution and a full public airing of the issue. Republican Senate Leader Bob Huff says if the plan creates good sustainable jobs for the middle cclass he's for it. de Leon counters that choosing between a green economy and a more traditional one is a false choice. 

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Butte County officials and Waste Management to restore weekly recycling and yard waste pickup services. The County had instituted a plan which begain on March 1st where recycling would be picked up one week and yard waste another week in unincorporated areas of Chico. However, after numerous complaints, county officials decided to go back to the weekly pickup of both recycling and yard waste. County officials say original changes came from them, not from Waste Management.  

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Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey has reportedly found neither the murder weapon nor enough evedence to charge 30 year old Michael Anderson of Chico with a February 19th murder. 

 

Anderson was arrested by Glenn County authorities after a chase last Tuesday. He was wanted by police in connection with the fatal stabbing of Joel Eldridge of Oroville. Eldridge died after a fight outside a home on the corner of Mulberry and West 23rd Street in Chico.

 

Although Anderson will not be charged with murder, he will remain in jail on charges of vehicle theft and burglary. 

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According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the National Security Agency and British Security services worked in conjunction to hack the internal computers of the biggest SIM card provider in the world. 
 
The breach, detailed in a 2010 NSA classified document, targeted a Netherlands company called Gemalto. They provide SIM cards for AT & T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless providers around the world. Gemalto produces roughly 2 billion SIM cards a year.
 
With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt. 
 
Matthew Green is a cryptography specialist at Johns Hopkins University. He says the stolen encryption keys means its "game over" for cellular encryption. The story was first reported by the publication The Intercept.

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Chico Police are investigating a fatal stabbing and are on the lookout for two persons of interest, Michael Anderson (white male) and Brandy Hernandez (white female), both of Chico and in their mid to late 20's. No further physical descriptions have been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police at 530-897-4911.

 

Officers came to a home on Mulberry Street after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a fight just before 8 am Thursday. Officers didn't find anyone at the home, but there was evidence of an altercation. Police then found a man, near West 2nd Avenue, who had been stabbed during the fight. The victim was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he died from his wounds. Chico PD is now treating the incident as a homicide.

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Chico Police are investigating a possible stabbing. The incident occurred around 7:30 am at a residence near Mulberry and East 23rd Streets. The E-R, is reporting that roads near the intersection are closed off while police continue to investigate.The victim is said to have been taken to Enloe Medical Center. According to scanner traffic police are looking for a dark green or dark blue Chevy utility vehicle.

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The Chico City Council voted to get the ball rolling on the annexation of the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods. The Council voted 5-2 at Tuesday night's meeting to approve the agreement with the Local Agency Formation Commission to initiate annexation the two areas over a five year period.

 

The council failed to approve the agreement in November which resulted in LAFCO threatening to sue the city to resolve unauthorized sewer connections and related unpaid fees. It is beleived that the litigation will be dropped with the agreement. According to the Chico E-R, the City has to turn in applications by April 30th, and if LAFCO approves them the annexation process will begin.    

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A farming collective on Dayton Road in Chico called Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies, or GRUB is in danger of closing. The owners are attempting to sell the property, which may lead to the closure of the farm. Members are hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to make an offer themselves. If that is unsuccessful, they hope someone who shares their vision will buy the land.

 

Besides farming the property GRUB members host community workshops teaching about food education, communal living, and recycling. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, it is also a place for students to learn about agriculture during field trips. If you would like to find out more about Grub follow this link to their website: http://grubchico.org/.

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Comcast owes the City of Chico thousands of dollars in unpaid franchise fees. After conducting an audit, City staff discovered that two hundred thousand dollars a year have gone unpaid by the cable company for the past four years. Franchise fees are commonly charged to vendors to do business in the city. According to Action News Now, city officials weren't pointing fingers, but say that Comcast wasn't handing over the fees owed to the city. The revenue collected for the past four years, plus this year's fees, will add up to about $1,000,000 for Chico.

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                 A suspected case of the measles has been reported in Tehama County. A local doctor reportedly told Tehama County health officials on Monday that a patient had a fever with a rash and believed it to be a case of the measles.

               

                The patient has been quarantined at home while health officials await for the confirmation from the test results sometime today.  According to officials, the un-named patient has not had any recent travel history.

 

                 Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by air and by direct contact with someone who is infected with it. Symptoms include fever, rashes, coughing and red watery eyes. The disease can be very severe and is able to spread from roughly four days before and after the actual rash appears.   

 

         

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               Chico State is suspending both the men's and women's lacrosse teams after an inquiry into the death of freshman student Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos, a member the team, was killed when he 
ran across the street against a red light and was struck by a car on January 16th.
                   
               According to school officials both lacrosse teams threw parties that were in violation of school statutes about alcohol consumption several times between January 10th and the 16th. The teams players and coaches were informed of the university's decision on Monday. Chico State Spokesman Joe Wills says the punishment is not unlike suspensions of other student organizations, as lacrosse at Chico State is not like other intercollegiate athletics but involves teams fielded by clubs.
 
               Both teams can apply for reinstatement at the end of the spring semester.

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A Chico man is under suspicion for possessing child pornography. Federal authorities say 44 year old Mark Wygant videotaped girls as young as 4 in 2011. Wygant works as a captain for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and also is reportedly director of an emergency training business based out of Chico. Wygant has reportedly admitted to Federal prosecutors that he videotaped and stored images of the young girls. One of the victims reportedly told authorities about the incident. 

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Four medical marijuana patients are filing a lawsuit against the recently passed
medical marijuana ordinance in Butte County Superior Court today.
The four patients allege Municipal Code 34A, that limits pot cultivation, is a violation
of the California Compassionate Use Act by limiting patients ability to grow
marijuana. The suit alleges the ordinance conflicts with the equal protection 
clauses in the state and U.S. constitutions. 
According to the suit, Measure A has the potential to violate the Americans
with Disabilities Act as some patients will not be able to maneuver in gardens
so small. 
Plaintiffs in the case are represented by Scott Candell from San Rafael.

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Police respond to stabbing incident in downtown Chico. Officers came out to West 6th Street on multiple reports of a stabbing just after 1:30 am Saturday. Officers found two victims that had received moderate non-life threatening injuries after a fight at a party. An unnamed 17-year-old was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. The investigation is ongoing.  

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A law enforcement authority is assaulted after confronting an alleged gang member. Chico police came out to an area near Mandalay Court and the Esplanade on reports of a hit and run collision involving three vehicles around 5:30 pm Friday. The alleged driver of a Toyota Camry identifide as Tobias Vigil had fled the scene on foot. According to Chico PD, Vigil is a known gang member. Vigil reportedly assaulted a Fish and Game Warden who was assisting the officers. A taser was used on Vigil and he was taken into custody. Three others who were with Vigil were arrested for attempting to stop the arrest his arrest. 

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Chico police are on the lookout for two armed robbery suspects. Two men wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces ran into the Money Saver Food Mart on Park Avenue just before 8:30 pm Thursday. One of the men pulled a gun while the second suspect reportedly jumped over the counter and used a stun gun on the clerk. The suspects grabbed some cash and cigarettes before fleeing the store on foot. The clerk sustained minor injuries. Both suspects are said to be in their early 20s and both are around 5 feet 9 inches tall. Police say that the men are considered armed and dangerous.

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A judge gives PG&E the go-ahead to remove trees outside an Oroville cemetery. A Butte County Superior Court Judge made two rulings at a hearing on Wednesday that will allow PG&E to remove the last nine sycamores still standing on Feather River Boulevard. According to the E-R, the judge granted an injunction that will require Oroville police to keep people 30 feet from the site. PG&E says that the trees need to be removed to prevent damage to the pipeline and improve access during emergencies. Action News Now reports that the group, Save Oroville Trees plans to fill a lawsuit against PG&E and the city of Oroville. 

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Chico Police investigate a shooting on Nord Avenue Wednesday evening. Witnesses told officers that a group of men had fired a handgun at another group of men near Walgreens on Nord Avenue before 6 pm. Officers found three men attempting to leave the area and detained them. 23-year-old Vincent Honeycutt was identified as the alleged shooter. Police conducted an extensive search and could not find the gun. Police believe he was able discard the gun. A conealed knife was found on Honeycutt and he was arrested. A 14-year-old found with metal knuckles was charged and released to his parents. The other male was released without charges. A small amount of drugs were found nearby, but officers were unable to link them to anyone in the group. The targets of the shooting fled the scene when officers arrived. Police say the motive for the shooting is unknown. 

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Two alleged gang members have been taken into custody after police say they vandalized a Chico
apartment complex and issued threats using vandalism.
The Chico Police with help from the Gang Unit arrested 21 year-old Oscar Gonzalez and a
16 year-old juvenile. Authorities say they found windows smashed out on a car at the Pomona 
Avenue Apartments earlier last week. They also found "187 PC" written on a nearby wall. 187 is the state penal code
for murder and is used by street gangs as a threat.
Both Gonzalez and the 16 year-old were arrested for vandalism and criminal threats.

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Part of Paradise went dark early Tuesday morning after a man reportedly hit two power poles and knocked out power. The incident happened shortly after midnight when 47 year old Todd Brown ran into two power poles at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. The collision knocked out power to nearby homes. Brown was arrested for drunk driving.

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     More than 2000 ridge residents had their power knocked off line after a drunk driver slammed into

two power poles just after 1:30 this morning at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. 47 year-old 

Todd Brown was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving. Power has slowly been restored

to Paradise residents, with most people seeing power restored by 8am

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     The VICTIM of a robbery dies while being interviewed by police. 55-year-old Michael Cocoran of Fairfield reportedly died while being interviewed by Oroville Police on January 18th after suffering a heart attack. According to Action News Now, Cocoran and another individual were allegedy involved in a drug sale that turned into a robbery. 
     The robbery investigation is said to be ongoing, but it is believed that Cocoran's death was due to a medical condition unrelated to the case. 21-year-old Jamaine Nash, one of the three suspects involved, has been arrested. 
 

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      PG & E has begun the tree removal process near the Oroville Cemetary. On Monday crews removed four 
of the 13 trees slated for removal despite protests from community activists. More than 60 people arrived 
before dawn to protest the power giant's tree removal plans. Once the crowd had thinned out PG & E began the
process. 
     Tree advocates say the sycamore and elm trees are part of Oroville's heritage with the trees planted
in the late 1880's. According to the ChicoER, PG & E says the trees need to be removed to prevent their root 
systems from damaging gas pipelines that are close to the roots. 
     PG & E has been proactive in analyzing their their pipelines after an explosion in San Bruno six years ago
killed eight people.

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A driver involved in a single vehicle crash in Willows is arrested for alleged DUI. A deputy from the Glenn County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident at Highway 99 and Country Road 53 in Willows just before 11 pm on Sunday. Willows police came out and investigated the accident and found the driver to allegedly be under the influence. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified driver was arrested for DUI and other vehicle code violations.  

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Gas prices in Chico continue to fall, as the national average appears to be headed under 2 dollars a gallon. Gas prices have fallen in Chico by more than 6 cents a gallon, bringing the average to 2 dollars 27 cents a gallon while in According to gasbuddy dot com, we should expect the national average to fall under 2 dollars a gallon this week, but do not expect it to last as refineries have been processing less crude oil. The cost per gallon should stay on average in the low 2 dollars a gallon range in the near future. 

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Fire crews needed to extricate the female driver from a Dodge Van just
after 1am this morning after she crashed her car at the Highway 99/Eaton Road
overpass. 
According to Action News Now another passenger in the car appeared
to be uninjured. The driver was taken to Enloe Medical Center, her injuries are
not known at this time.

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Arson is suspected in an early morning fire Thursday in Oroville. Oroville Fire Officials say the 4 AM fire was intentionally set on the 21 hundred block of B street. The back of the unoccupied house was destroyed, but no other structures were threatened. Investigators have no leads, but do say burn patterns show the blaze was intentionally started.

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Chico Police Arrest a man for alleged child porn charges. Chico Police issued a search warrant for the residence of 19-year-old Jacob Ferreyra on East 1st Avenue in Chico around 8 am Thursday. Detectives reportedly found photos and videos of child pornography on Ferreyra's Laptop. Other computer storage devices were also seized. Detectives learned back in December about a resident at that address who was trading child pornography on the internet. Ferreyra was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.  

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Downtown Chico will soon house the headquarters for the Mary's Gone Crackers food company. Mary's Gone Crackers will set up its corporate headquarters at 418 Broadway. That's across from the Downtown Plaza Park. Mary's Gone Crackers is a gluten free food company that has products in Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco and currently operates out of Gridley. It makes a number of products including organic, gluten free, whole grain, vegan and other types of foods and snacks.

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Chipper Program for Wildfire Safety
Press Release
Do you have fallen branches, overgrown brush and other vegetation that needs Chipping? The Chipper Program is once again offering service to residents who are working on their wildfire safety clearance. The program provides an alternative to burning or hauling fire hazardous brush. 
The Chipper program is in its thirteenth year and anticipates offering service this season until May 15th but don’t wait to get your fire prevention work done! 
To prepare brush and limbs for the Chipper Program:
1. Stack cut brush and limbs in a row within 5 feet of the road edge with the ends facing towards the road.
2. Rows should be stacked no more that 4 feet high.
3. Keep mud, rocks and roots out of the rows.
4. Locate the rows so the truck and chipper can easily access them, no off-road locations allowed. 
To participate in the Chipper Program please call 530-877-0984. The Program is a service of the Butte County Fire Safe Council, a non-profit organization. 
Funding provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

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Public Safety Groups in the Greater Oroville Area are being challenged to a tug of war by the Oroville Area Youth Wrestling Wildcat Team. The third annual challenge is being issued for teams from Oroville Fire and Police along with Butte Sheriffs and the Highway Patrol to come to their practice this evening at the Mooretown Rancheria Gym at 6 PM. The Wildcat Team includes up to 100 kids from the ages of 4 to 13. The tug of war challenge will run the best two out of three and the losers will give the winners 10 push ups. 

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Pale Ale pays! The featured beer of Chico's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has helped the company make hundreds of millions of dollars. The publication Bloomberg says Sierra Nevada's Ken Grossman is one of three beer billionaires--the others being Jim Koch of Samuel Adams and Dick Yuengling of Pennsylvania's D.G. Yuengling and Sons. 
Chico's Grossman reportedly started out with 3 thousand dollars in 1980 and last year sold 1 million barrels of beer--that's 331 million 12 ounce bottles--producing revenue of 250 million dollars. The money hasn't changed him--but it's changed the name of smaller breweries from micro-breweries to craft brewers. 

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The Chico Chamber of Commerce will co-host a business summit and State of the City address. The 2015 Business Summit and State of the City Address will be hosted by the City of Chico and the Chico Chamber of Commerce today from 3 to 5 pm in the Council Chambers on 421 Main Street. The event is free and open to the public and will include an address from Chico City Mayor, Mark Sorensen as well as a Q&A session on business climate issues and business services information. RSVPs are required as seating is limited. RSVP to the Chamber by calling (530) 891-5556.

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There's some help for residents and businesses in Chico that were affected by the recent storms. The City of Chico is notifying residents that the Small Business Administration is offiering Disaster Assistance to residents and businesses in Butte and surrounding counties.
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and homeowners who sustained damage between December 3rd and 23rd. According to a press release from the City of Chico, applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application on the SBA's secure website:https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available by calling 800-659-2955 or e-mailing. The deadline to return economic injury applications is October 2nd, 2015.

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KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.4 tremor struck at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday.

The epicenter was 17 miles northeast of King City. The USGS says the quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles.

The immediate area is largely rural and lightly populated. The USGS public reporting pages show it was felt lightly or weakly around Monterey Bay and to the east in some San Joaquin Valley cities.

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The woman found dead in Willows Friday afternoon has been identified as 48-year-old Kari Ann Flud. Willows Police are reportedly investigating the death as being quote "suspicious in nature". The woman's body was found on South Culver Avenue just after 2 Friday afternoon. Willows Police along with the Glenn County Coroner's Office and the Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services are investigating the incident and will know more when autopsy results are available later this week. 

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The pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle in Chico late Friday night has been identified as 18 year old Nicholas Castellanos, a Chico State Student. Police say he ran across the crosswalk on West 5th Street against the red light and was hit by a a man riding a Honda Passport. Officers arrived at the intersection of West 5th and Walnut Streets  after 9:30 pm on Friday. Investigators determined the driver was not impaired nor at fault so no charges were filed. 

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Armed robbery suspects lead Chico Police on an early morning chase. Chico Police received a report of shots fired in front of Riley's Bar and Grill on West 5th Street just after midnight this morning. The suspects reportedly got into a Chevy Impala and allegedly fired two more shots. The driver of the Chevy then lead officers on a chase through downtown Chico. According to Chico PD, during the chase one of the passengers identified as Christopher Sylva fell out of the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital and later arrested. The vehicle ended up in Chapmantown where the driver, Forrest Broughton was arrested. Investigators learned that suspects were involved in an armed robbery behind Riley's. The victim was able to get away before the shots were fired and was not harmed in the robbery.   

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A former Las Plumas High School employee will be back in court on child pornography charges in May. Javier Torres plead not guilty in court Thursday to charges he possessed child pornography and maintained an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year old student. Torres was arrested last year on 5 separate charges. Authorities say he met the 16 year old through his position at the high school. 

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A student claiming to be threatened by a classmate causes some anxiety at a Chico school. A student at Pleasant Valley High School told administrators he was allegedly threatened with a knife by another student on Thursday morning. He also said that the young man who he claimed had the knife also had a gun in his backpack. Chico Police arrived and contacted the suspected student, but no weapon was found. Pleasant Valley was not put on lock-down and classes were not interrupted. 

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Butte County authorities have arrested a man wanted in two different counties on robbery, weapons and vandalism  charges. 26 year-old Dustin Mason was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Action News Now says Mason was wanted in Yuba County for burglary and vandalism. He was wanted in Butte for robbery and weapons charges.
Butte County Sheriff's found Mason hiding in a crawl space at a home in Paradise. A motorcycle reported stolen
from Pentz Road and tools taken from Concow Elementary were also found at the home. 

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Paradise Police had to shoot and kill a pit bull that had reportedly gotten loose at the Achieve 
Charter School campus. The school was put on a brief lock down on Wednesday morning after witnesses
said two pit bulls were roaming the campus and were aggressive toward staff. One of the pit bulls had 
bitten a staff member's leg. 
Officers tried to use pepper spray to stop the dogs, but eventually had to 
shoot and kill one of the dogs. The other dog was captured. The school was on lock down for around 
45 minutes.

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Traffic was reportedly held up for the better part of an hour Tuesday afternoon after a multiple car collission on Cohasset Road near Manzanita in Chico. As many as 5 cars were involved. The driver of one of the vehicles was reportedly taken to Enloe Medical Center with unknown injuries, but the other four drivers were not injured. At one point traffic was shut down in both directions on Cohasset shortly after 1 Tuesday afternoon.

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The man suspected of drunk driving in a fatal accident on the Skyway Monday afternoon has a revoked license and several DUI priors. Court records show 64 year old Richard Wilson of Chico was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in 1991, 1992 and twice in 1994. And he reportedly had several convictions for driving with a suspended license. His passenger, 51 year old Jonna Therese Smith of Chico, was pronounced dead at the scene of a head on collision Monday afternoon. Wilson was the driver of the Dodge Neon that collided with a Toyota Prius driven by 58 year old Steven Valencia of Paradise. 

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Gas prices continue to fall in Chico. According to gasbuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is around $2.43 which is about 2 cents lower than it was yesterday and 7 cents lower than last week's average. At this time a year ago the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Chico was around $3.55. 

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A Redding man is arrested on spousal abuse and other charges, but not before he climbs a tree to elude authorities. Police were alerted shortly after 8 Monday morning  that 28 year old Michael Fulmore was involved in a domestic dispute at a home on Court Street. He reportedly made it to Diselhorst Bridge where he had a knife and climbed a nearby oak tree when he saw the police. He eventually came down in about a half hour and was arrested for spousal assault along with false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

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One person is dead in a head on collision on the Skyway. The Highway Patrol reports the head on collision between a Toyota Prius and a Dodge Neon happened on the Skyway near Media Way. 
Authorities say 64 year-old Wayne Wilson was driving his Dodge Neon westbound  in the eastbound lanes of the Skyway when he slammed into a Toyota Prius driven by 58 year-old Steven Valencia of Paradise. A passenger in the Dodge Neon  was pronounced dead at the scene, while both Wilson and Valencia suffered major injuries and were transported to Enloe Medical Center. 
A preliminary investigation shows Wilson, the wrong-way driver of the Dodge Neon, may have been under the influence of alcohol. Eastbound traffic was blocked for several hours while crews cleaned up debris. The investigation into to
deadly accident continues.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said three people are dead after a man driving the wrong way on a Sacramento highway crashed head on into their car.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Chad Hertzell says a large bottle of rum was recovered from the suspect's vehicle following early Saturday's crash on Interstate 80.

That driver — 24-year-old Aaron Caudillo of Roseville — will likely face charges after recovering from his injuries at a hospital.

The Sacramento Bee reports the victims were young adults from Placer County, and that two of them worked at a Taco Bell restaurant in Granite Bay.

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Paradise police are looking for a suspect who allegedly attempted to rob a restaurant. A man reportedly wearing goggles and dressed in black entered the the Jack in the Box on the Skyway in Paradise just before 6 pm on Friday. He reportedly waited in line and when he came up to the counter and allegedly handed the server a note demanding money. The server got the manager who made contact with the suspect. The man then fled the restaurant on foot without any money. According to the Paradise Post, officers stopped a man who fit the description, but determined that he was not the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 40s, around 6 feet tall with a slender build.

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BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles-area company is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling 2.2-pound packages of "Mishima Sukiyaki Beef" and 1.7-pound packages of "Mishima Gingered Pork." The products were produced from August and December.

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Butte County Authorities arrest a man described as a person of interest in the shooting death of a couple before Christmas. 44 year old GD Hendrix was taken into custody Tuesday evening outside an Oroville store. He was reportedly heavily armed with an AK-47, a revolver and a pistol on his person. Authorities say he was also in possession of a dagger and brass knuckles. He's considered a person of interest in the shooting death of Olga and Mike Kroencke, whose bodies were found in the Berry Creek area late last month after they failed to show up at relatives for Christmas. Hendrix's mother, 67 year old Lotta, was also arrested later that night and is charged with having an explosive device at her residence.

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Two Chico men are said to be in critical but stable condition after a honey lab explosion Sunday night. Henry Darymple and Tyler Reaman, both 21, were reportedly taken to U.C. Davis Burn Center after the lab explosion at a Chico apartment complex. The explosion happened at one Unit of the La Vista Apartment Complex. Cleanup has forced the shutdown of six other units, displacing some 15 residents. Meanwhile, the investigation continues by county drug agents. 

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The numbers are in and more than 6 dozen people were arrested for driving while intoxicated around Butte County this holiday season. The good news is that's fewer than last year, when there were 81 arrests. Authorities say 73 were arrested during the ramped-up enforcement campaign that lasted from December 12th through New Year's night. It was part of the Avoid the 8 campaign with enforcement from 8 Butte County law enforcement agencies.

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A bicyclist is struck and injured by a vehicle at a Chico intersection. Officers arrived at West East Avenue around 4:30 pm Wednesday and discovered a 56-year-old bicyclist who had been struck by a vehicle. According to witnesses, the bicyclist was crossing on a green light near the Chico Town and County shopping center. A vehicle driven by 86-year-old Gumercindo Perez reportedly went through the intersection against a red light striking the bicyclist knocking him into the air on to another vehicle stopped at the red light. The bicyclist, who's name is not being released at this time, sustained major injuries and was taken to Enole Medical Center. He is reportedly in serious condition.  

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A Chico school is placed on lockdown while police search for a suspect. A woman reported to the Chico Police Department that her ex-boyfriend 33-year-old Kevin Redwine had called her allegedly threatening to kill her and her family around 11:30 am Wednesday. He later sent her a text threatening to kill himself. Right before 2 pm officers learned that Redwine maybe heading towards Sierra View Elementary to pick up his 5 year-old-daughter. Officers arrived at the school to learn that the girl was safe with her grandfather. An officer saw Redwine's truck traveling on Madrone Avenue towards the school. Officers placed the school on lock down for less than 5 minutes while they took Redwine into custody. He was booked into the Butte County Jail for criminal threats. 

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new report shows an Oregon man who killed a Northern California sheriff's deputy last year died from a self-inflicted wound during the ensuing shootout with a police officer.
The finding from the Mendocino County district attorney's office follows contradictory reports over whether Ricardo Chaney died from an officer's bullet or his own.
The report says the police officer shot Chaney in the leg, but it wasn't fatal.
Chaney fatally shot Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino on March 19 after killing a man in Eugene, Oregon, and carjacking a vehicle.

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Attempted homicide charges have been filed against an Orland man after a stabbing incident Monday morning. Authorities say 35 year old Nathan Hunt and another man got into it about a quarter to ten outside a convenience store at 6th and Trinity Streets. Hunt reportedly fled the scene but authorities caught up with him four blocks from the scene while the victim was taken to Enloe Hospital for treatment. It does appear that the two men knew each other and have had an ongoing dispute which led to Mondays incident. That according to the police chief. 

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Chico Police investigate a suspicious device. Chico PD received a call of what appeared to be a suspicious device zip-tied to the front grill of a pick up parked on Baney Lane east of Business Lane around 5:30 pm Monday. Officers arrived and found what appeared to be a Claymore Mine explosive device. Chico Fire personnel made an assessment of the device but could not confirm if it was a live explosive. The owner of the truck was contacted and told officers that the device was not an explosive and that it was placed there as a gag. Baney Lane was closed for an hour while the investigation took place.  

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A man in a reported stolen vehicle leads Chico Police on a chase. An officer attempted a traffic stop of a driver of a Honda Civic in the area of West 8th Street and Broadway around 8:30 pm Sunday night. The driver, 34-year-old Michael Runnels reportedly took off and lead the officer on a chase. Runnels lost control of his vehicle after attempting to make a right turn onto Walnut Street and collided into a fence. Runnels was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on numerous charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and evading police.  

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