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DWR Public Meetings -Gridley Oroville Marysville Yuba City Chico Sacramento


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is hosting seven public meetings in multiple locations to update communities in the region about the ongoing Oroville spillway recovery effort.
http://www.water.ca.gov/news/newsreleases/2017/041717_orovillepublicmeetings.pdf

 

The meetings will be opportunities for members of the public to hear from DWR leadership and experts about the status of the Oroville spillway and to ask questions and provide comments about the recovery process.
The meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content.

 

DWR FACEBOOK PAGE

http://www.facebook.com/CADWR/

 

DWR WEBSITE

http://www.water.ca.gov

GRIDLEY | April 27, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Butte County Fairgrounds, Butte Hall Room- 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948

OROVILLE | May 2, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Municipal Auditorium- 1200 Myers St, Oroville, CA 95965

MARYSVILLE | May 3, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
CA Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 3, Sierra Nevada Room- 703 B St, Marysville, CA 95901

OROVILLE | May 4, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Fellowship Hall- 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville, CA 95966

YUBA CITY | May 9, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds, Franklin Hall- 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991

CHICO | May 11, 2017
Info Session begins at 5:30 P.M. | Presentation at 6:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Chico Masonic Family Center- 1110 W East Ave, Chico, CA 95926

SACRAMENTO | May 15, 2017
Info Session begins at 1:30 P.M. | Presentation at 2:30 P.M. followed by Q&A
Tsakopoulos Library Galleria- 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 

-source California DWR News Release, April 14, 2017

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Glenn County Drug Take Back Day Saturday


The drug Take Back Day will happen this weekend in Glenn County. The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host a Drug Take Back location at the Sheriff's Office on 543 West Oak Street in Willows. You can bring your expired and unused, or unwanted prescription medications for disposal to that location from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday. The service is free and no questions will be asked.   

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Sacramento Kings at Butte County Assemblies


The Sacramento Kings will help celebrate Butte County Students Today. The Sacramento Kings will join the Butte County Superintendent of Schools in celebrating the strength and resilience of Butte County students during the Oroville Dam emergency evacuation in February. The Kings will rally 15 hundred elementary school students at three assemblies this morning. According to a press release from the Butte County Office of Education, the first rally will be at the Golden Hills Elementary School playground in Oroville from 9 to 9:30 am. The second will be at the Nelson Avenue Middle School Gym in Oroville from 10 to 10:30 am and the final assembly will be at the Farmer's Hall at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley from 11 to 11:30 am.

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Butte County Wanted Fugitive Arrested


Chico Police arrest a wanted fugitive. Officers arrived at a residence on Holben Avenue to conduct a welfare check around 11:30 Wednesday morning. While there a man fled out the back door. He reportedly went through back yards and businesses from Holben Avenue to East 1st Avenue and then on to Mangrove Avenue. Officers determined that the suspect was Corey Crews wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Crews was found in an alley way between Spruce and Laburnum avenues. According to a Chico Police press release, after a brief struggle Crews was arrested. No one was injured in the struggle.

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Highway 70 South of Oroville Multiple Vehicle Collision UPDATE


A multiple vehicle traffic collision on Highway 70 south of Ophir Road near Oroville leaves three dead. The driver of a Nissan Frontier reportedly attempted to pass vehicles when he collided head-on with a Chevy Aveo after 6 am this morning. There are reports that three men in the Aveo have perished. Cal Fire says the driver of the Nissan Frontier was air-lifted to Enloe Hospital with major injuries. According to authorities, two other vehicles were involved in the collision.   
According to the CHP, all lanes are blocked in the area south of Ophir Road and may not be opened until 10 am. Authorities are saying that motorists should use an alternate route.

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Highway 70 South of Oroville 3 Vehicle Collision


A multiple vehicle traffic collision happened on Highway 70 south of Ophir Road near Oroville this morning. Three vehicles were involved collision after 6 am this morning. The CHP says two of those vehicles hit each other head-on. There are reports that three men have perished in the crash. Cal Fire says one person was extricated from a vehicle and air-lifted to Enloe Medical Center with major injuries. Two others are reported with moderate injuries have have been taken to a local hospital.
According to the CHP, all lanes are blocked in the area south of Ophir Road and may not be opened until 10 am. Authorities are saying that motorists should use an alternate route.

 

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UPDATE: Missing Chico Woman Found Safe


UPDATE: The Chico Police Department is reporting that 79-year-old Janelle Lindsay who was reported missing last night has been found safe. She walked away from her residence at the Oakmont Retirement Home on Cohasset Road in Chico with her dog around 11:30 Monday night.

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Chico Missing Woman


Chico Police are searching for a missing elderly woman. 79-year-old Janelle Lindsay reportedly walked away from her residence at the Oakmont Retirement Home on Cohasset Road with her dog around 11:30 Monday night. Police say she has memory loss and is easily confused. She is described as 5 foot - 6 inches tall with grey shoulder length hair and blue eyes. She often goes by the nickname "Jeep", that according to a Chico Police Department press release. 
 Anyone with information about Lindsay's whereabouts is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.

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Scott Cahill to Speak About Oroville Dam


Cahill Infrastructure
Watershed Services and Dam Safety Engineering
5:00pm-7:00pm


Miner Alley Brewing- 2053 MONTGOMERY Street, Oroville, California, CA 95965

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/oroville-dam-our-fathers-legacy-scott-cahill

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State Sen. Jim Nielsen Reaction to Oroville Dam Report


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A California state senator is troubled that residents below a damaged California dam knew little about potential risk until ordered to evacuate when a spillway began breaking up.


Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen says communication from state managers during the February crisis at Oroville Dam was confusing to the public.


On Feb. 7, a massive crack opened in the main spillway at the dam. For days, managers assured the public there was no imminent danger as they slowed releases of water to assess the damage.
Then, a backup spillway started falling apart, triggering the evacuation order for nearly 200,000 people.
An Associated Press review found officials made a series of questionable decisions and missteps before and during the crisis.


Nielsen represents thousands of residents who were evacuated and says the confusing communication in the days leading to the evacuation will be one issue discussed during a Senate hearing on the crisis this month.

He says "there must be some accountability."

 

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U2 Crash Probe Findings


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Air Force says pilot error forced two airmen to eject from a U2 spy plane while on a training mission from Beale Air Force Base base in September, killing one of them.
The Air Force released findings of its probe of the crash near Sutter, California on Wednesday. Investigators found that a pilot who was learning to fly the aircraft either pulled back too fast or too quickly on his stick while learning to recover from a stall. That caused the plane to go into a secondary stall that forced him and his instructor, Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, to eject.
Investigators determined Eadie suffered fatal injuries when his seat struck the plane's right wing.

 

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Butte and Tehama Counties Burglary Arrest


Petty theft charges get a Butte County man arrested near the Tehama County Line. 41 year old Jason Coy was arrested Sunday after stolen articles were reportedly found in his home in North Chico. Deputies found items such as firearms, chainsaws and generators at the residence. Authorities believe the stolen items are related to unsolved burglaries from North Chico and southern Tehama County. Anyone living in North Chico or southern Tehama County who was the victim of a burglary and had construction equipment stolen is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at is urged to contact Sgt. Brazzi at 538-7321.

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DWR Awards Oroville Dam Spillway Contract to Nebraska Construction Company


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials say they have awarded a contract to repair Oroville Dam's two damaged spillways to a Nebraska construction company. The Department of Water Resources announced Monday that Kiewit Corp. of Omaha was awarded a $275 million contract to repair the state's second largest reservoir. Officials have said they want to have the work done by Nov. 1.

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Chico Package Theft Arrests


Two Chico men are arrested Sunday for theft in north Chico. 41 year old Jason Coy and 40 year old Thomas Devlin were reportedly seen taking a package from a home off Keefer Road about 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Authorities caught up with them and recovered the package. Devlin and Coy were both arrested and charged with petty thert and possession of stolen property plus Devlin was also charged with violating parole.
 

Pictures courtesy of the Butte County Sheriff's Office
Top: Jason Coy
Bottom: Thomas Devlin

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Butte County Suspect Found in the Pismo Beach Area


A Butte County domestic violence suspect is found in San Luis Obispo County. Last Wednesday deputies arrived at a residence on 18th Street in Oroville after reports of a woman being dragged by her hair in the front yard. The victim told deputies that she had allegedly been held captive and beaten by her boyfriend, 42-year-old Shawn Cahill. She was able to escape out of the window but Cahill reportedly chased her outside. Around that time a CHP officer arrived and Cahill fled the area. On Friday Cahill was arrested by Pismo Beach Police after leading them on a vehicle pursuit. Cahill will be brought back to Butte County to face domestic violence charges, according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release.

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Chico Growing Healthy Children Walk and Run


The 11th Annual Growing Healthy Children Walk and Run Celebration will happen from 8:30 am to Noon on Saturday April 15th at Bidwell Park One Mile Recreation Area in Chico. After the walk and run there will be educational booths, healthy refreshments, and prizes. The program's goal is to promote daily health and physical activity. The event is free but you will need to preregister online at www.growinghealthychildrenchico.com
Race day registration will happen at 7:30 am.

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Chico Attempted Murder


A man is shot and injured after an argument in Chico. Officers arrived at an apartment complex on West 1st Avenue just before 5 am Saturday after reports of a shooting while a group of people were reportedly arguing outside. Officers found a semi-automatic handgun in the grass nearby. Witnesses told police that the group scattered after shots were fired. While at the scene officers learned that a 28-year-old man was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. According to a Chico Police Press Release, the victim was treated and later released. No suspects have reportedly been found. 
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

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Chico Shoots Fire Investigation


Police investigate shots fired at a party in Chico. Officers were called out to the area of West 1st Avenue and North Cedar Street after 2 am Sunday after a report of a shooting. Officers arrived and saw a large party dispersing from a nearby apartment complex. Several shell casings were found in the area and a bullet hole was found in an apartment window. Police say fortunately no one was home at the time. According to a Chico Police Department press release, none of the party goers were reported injured either.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

 

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Butte County Warehouse Arrests


Arrests are made after warehouse burglary. Deputies arrived at a warehouse at Troxel Way in Durham for a report of a burglary on Sunday morning. Deputies learned that a Toyota pickup and three A-T-Vs had been stolen. While searching the area deputies found a Ford pickup truck that had been reported stolen from Chico. Deputies searched the truck and reportedly found burglary tools and several bundles of heroin along with syringes in the truck. 27-year-old Johnny Maroney Jr. of Oroville was found and arrested on numerous burglary and drug charges. Maroney's girlfriend, 28-year-old Caitlin Nenadal was also arrested for various drug charges but was later released. 
The Toyota truck was found but they are still looking for the A-T-Vs, according to a Butte County Sheriff's Press Release.  
 
Johny Winston Maroney Jr. - Photo from the Butte County Sheriff's Department

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Elder Abuse and ID Theft Arrest


Elder abuse and identity theft leads to a Palermo woman's arrest. In December the son of a disabled elderly man from Chico suspected his father's caregiver, Deidra Plaster-Egger of stealing his wallet and making numerous charges. Investigators viewed surveillance video from multiple businesses reportedly showing Plaster-Egger using the victim's credit cards. Deputies recently stopped a vehicle driven by Plaster-Egger and she was arrested. Detectives searched her residence on Country Club Road in Palermo and found evidence allegedly linking her to the victim in Chico. According to a Chico Police Department Press Release, Plaster-Egger was booked into the Butte County Jail for elder abuse, identity theft, and various burglary charges.

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President Donald Trump addressed U.S. on military actions taken in Syria


https://www.facebook.com/KCRA3/videos/10155198020891514/

Message starts at the 2:20 TImeframe

 

-source KCRA Channel 3

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US launches missiles into Syria in response to chemical weapons attack


http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/06/us-launches-missiles-into-syria-in-response-to-chemical-weapons-attack.html

The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country's bloody civil war in 2011.

"I think what happened in Syria is one of the truly egregious crimes and shouldn't have happened and it shouldn't be allowed to happen," Trump told reporters traveling on Air Force One to Florida, where he was holding a two-day summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

-source Fox News, April 6, 2017
 

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for California


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides from February 1 to February 23, 2017.

-source FEMA.gov  040217 HQ-17-019

 

FULL STORY

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/04/02/president-trump-approves-major-disaster-declaration-california

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Chico Armed Robbery Suspect on the Loose


Police are searching for a suspect in a February armed robbery at a Chico smoke shop. A man reportedly entered the Cloud Smoke Shop on West Sacramento Avenue and allegedly demanded money on February 24 of this year. The clerk hesitated and the suspect reportedly motioned that he had a weapon in his waistband. After the man and the clerk got into an argument the suspect left the store, that according to a Chico Police Department press release. Police did not say if the suspect took off with any money.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a beard and a pony tail.
 

 

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Child Endangerment Arrest


Child endangerment and drugs lands an Oroville man behind bars. Deputies were dispatched to 18th Street in Thermalito around 8 am Saturday after a report of a child custody dispute. Deputies learned that 36-year-old Ying Vang allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened the mother of his children during an argument. He reportedly did so infront of his two sons ages 4 and 6. Deputies found out that Vang was on parole for previous crimes which prompted a search of his residence. That's when they allegedly found point 3 pounds of meth along with drug paraphernalia. The handgun was discovered to be stolen from residence in Thermalito, this according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release.

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Remains Found in Whiskeytown Lake


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say divers found a human leg attached to a cinder block and other body parts at a lake near Redding and they believe the remains may belong to a missing woman.

The Redding Record Searchlight reports Sunday the body parts were found Friday and Saturday at a spot in Whiskeytown Lake where witnesses said they saw Bridget Jacobs' ex-husband the evening of March 19, the day before she was reported missing.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says Jacobs' ex-husband, 56-year-old Philip Jacobs, told deputies that his ex-wife's death was an accident and that she died after charging at him and falling down some stairs.

Philip Jacobs also told detectives he kept his ex-wife's body for four days at a home before dumping the body in the lake.

Philip Jacobs was arrested last Tuesday and booked into Shasta County jail.

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Shots Fired Outside of a Chico Party


Police make arrests after shots were fired outside of a party in Chico. Officers arrived to the 6 hundred block of West 4th Street around 2 am Sunday after reports of shots fired. Party-goers told police that there was an argument with a group outside of the party and that a man allegedly pulled a semi-automatic handgun with a laser sight. He reportedly pointed it at several party-goers and then fired the weapon several times in the air before getting into a mini-van. Police found that van at the 7-11 on Walnut Street. Officers found the weapon and discovered that it had been stolen out of the state. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect, identified as DaQuan Bryant of Sacramento along with another man in the group were arrested.

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Former Butte County Sheriff's Evidence Technician Enters Plea in Court


A former evidence technician enters a plea in court. 48-year-old Kathleen Acosta pleaded guilty Tuesday in Butte County Superior Court to the felony charges of Grand Theft and Falsification of Public Records. Acosta worked as a Butte County Sheriff's evidence technician and is accused of taking items from the evidence locker including 20 firearms and drugs. According to a Butte County D-A's Office press release, Acosta covered up her actions by falsifying records used to track the property. Acosta was reportedly discovered when an officer pulled her over for a traffic stop after a domestic dispute back in January and allegedly found a gun, prescription drugs, and a small amount of meth. The other stolen items including the 19 other guns were reportedly found at Acosta's residence. 
Acosta's sentencing is set for June.

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Chico Early Morning Stabbing


Authorities are investigating a stabbing this morning. Chico Police Officers were called to the area of Miller and Pomona avenues around 1:30 this morning after a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and reportedly found a person with stab wounds. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of those wounds. Two suspects have been identified as Daniel Hensley and Corey Crews. A third suspect has not been identified yet. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. The Butte County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation.

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Oroville Dam Spillway Flows to be Reduced Today


The Department of Water Resources will reduce flows from Oroville Dam's main spillway today. D-W-R called K-P-A-Y this morning saying that they will start reducing flows from 40 thousand cubic feet per second to zero at noon today. They also said flows to the Feather River will be reduced to 13 thousand c-f-s today.
Crews will be checking over the integrity of the dam's spillway after the flows are stopped.

 

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Butte County Unemployment Numbers for February


Slightly more people were on the job in Butte County in February than a month ago. The latest figures from the Employment Development Department show Butte had a 6 point 8 percent rate in February. That's down from the 7 point 1 percent rate in January and below the 7 point 3 percent rate of a year ago. The figures reflect a workforce of more than 96 thousand out of a labor pool of more than 103 thousand. Figures show the state rate was 5 point 2 percent for the month and the national unemployment rate was at 4 point 9 percent.

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Early Morning Chico Apartment Fire


Chico Fire reported flames breaking out at an apartment complex in south Chico this morning. The fire was reported at the Oak Meadow apartments on Spring Field Drive and Forests Avenue around 4:45 am. Multiple fire engines arrived to find the front of the apartment fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews said the blaze was spreading through the upper levels of the complex. 
Witness reported that people were jumping out of windows after the fire started. According to Chico Fire, two people have been transported to the hospital for treatment for burns.

The Fire was reported fully contained around 5:20 am. Eight apartments were reported affected by the fire. 

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Former State Parks Sgt. Charged in a Hit & Run Case


A former State Parks Sergeant is Charged for reckless driving and hit and run. 43-year-old Daniel Kenney of Chico was charged in a Butte County court room Wednesday with hit and run, evading police officers while driving recklessly, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.  
On October of 2016 Oroville Police found Kenney unconscious in the driver's seat of his State Parks' patrol vehicle at the intersection of Oro Dam Boulevard and Oro Quincy Highway. This after his vehicle had struck a parked car and a power pole. Kenney then regained consciousness and drove off leading officers on a pursuit. Kenney was forced to stop by traffic at the intersection of Veatch Street allowing officers to surround his vehicle and safely detain him, this according to a press release from the Butte County District Attorney's Office.
Kenney's arraignment is set for April 5th.

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Oroville Attempted Kidnapper Sentenced


An Oroville man is sentenced for attempted kidnapping. 32-year-old Jesse Horton was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in state prison from his September 2016 conviction of attempted kidnapping and indecent exposure. 
In May of 2016 a 14-year-old girl reported that a man in a blue Mazda 3 sedan pulled along side of her and exposed himself to her on Robinson Street near 1st Avenue in Oroville. According to a Butte County D.A.'s Office press release, Horton then got out of the car near a bus stop and tried to grab her, but she was able to run away. Investigators were able to tie Horton to the incident and he was arrested.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding


“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s acting Regional Administrator Robert Blaney.

 

http://www.oesnews.com/sba-offers-disaster-assistance-to-california-businesses-and-residents-affected-by-severe-storms-and-flooding/

 

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

 

Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

 

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

 

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is May 19, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Dec. 20, 2017.

- source Cal OES Newsroom

 

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Butte County Emergency Mass Notification


Here's a link to the Butte County's website where you can sign up for the Emergency Mass Notification sign up page - just scroll down the homepage to find it: 
http://www.buttecounty.net


 

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Oroville Cement Truck Fatal Rollover


Deputies respond to a fatal accident in Oroville involving construction vehicle. The truck was on Highway 70 near Power House Road and was reportedly hauling cement to the Oroville Dam site around 7:30 Sunday morning when it rolled over. The driver, identified as 51-year-old Peter Anderson of Marysville, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the cement truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

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Oroville Stolen Car Chase


A stolen vehicle suspect leads authorities on a chase. Deputies spotted a Chevy Aveo in the area of Roseben Avenue and Elgin Street in Oroville around 11 pm Sunday that had been reported stolen earlier that evening. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver led them on a chase that lasted over 30 minutes with speeds reaching 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when deputies reportedly could not see the vehicle due to dust from a dirt road. The car was found abandoned on Grand Oak Drive off of Forbestown Road. The suspect allegedly fled the area on foot and was not found, this according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7321.

 

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Chico Shooting Involving a Child


Chico Police respond to a shooting involving a child. Officers arrived at Enole Hospital after a report of a 4-year-old child with a gunshot wound to the upper leg before 6 pm Sunday. The father told officers that his child was in the backyard playing with some toys when he heard a loud pop and then crying from his child.
Police went to 26 hundred block of Lobo Way near where the child was shot and learned that while 22-year-old Ronald Cameron was cleaning his .22 caliber riffle it fired. Cameron was reportedly unaware that the round had hit the child. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Cameron was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.

 

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Chico Target Robbery


Chico Police are on the lookout for a robbery suspect. Police received a report of a robbery and assault at the Target store on East 20th Street around 9:30 Thursday evening. Officers learned that a man was in the electronics section and asked an employee to open a case in order to look at an item. When the employee did that the suspect allegedly pepper sprayed her and grabbed some items from the case and took off towards the back exit. The suspect allegedly pepper sprayed a customer and another employee on the way out, that according to a Chico Police press release. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.
A photo of the suspect has been posted the KPAY News Facebook page.  

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Manslaughter Case Sentencing


A former Chico State student charged with manslaughter gets 180 days in county jail for drunk driving.  23-year-old Juan Campos was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in jail for the felony conviction of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. The charge stems from an incident in 2015 when Campos struck and killed 21-year-old Nickolas Klein as he crossed the intersection of West 7th and Chestnut streets. According to a press release from the Butte County D.A.'s Office, Campos was driving 45 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

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Chico Broken Gas Pipe


The Chico Enterprise Record twitter page is reporting a gas pipe that is broken on Normal Avenue in Chico before 8:30 am this morning. According to authorites, this was caused by construction work on the street. Normal Avenue will be closed while the fire department works on the issue.

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Fatal Multiple Vehicle Collision in Glenn County


A multiple vehicle collision in Glenn County leaves two people dead. A driver of a Acura sedan was driving southbound on I-5 south of Willows when he allegedly lost control and crossed over into the northbound lanes before 9 am Sunday. The Acura reportedly collided with a Honda Odyssey and a Toyota S-U-V. According to authorities, a man and a toddler both died at the scene. Four other people were sent to the hospital with major injuries. Authorities believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.

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Butte County's New Evacuation Plan


The Butte County Sheriff's Office releases a new flood evacuation plan. Sheriff Kory Honea announced the revised contingency plan Thursday at a press conference. The evacuation plan divides the southern part of the county into eleven zones. Each zones have evacuation routes, public assembly points, and the closest evacuation centers.
You can go to the Butte Sheriff's Office website and also at buttecounty.net to find a list of the Evacuation Zones and to find out the times and places for community meetings going on this month for those zones. You can also sign up for the Emergency Mass Notification System at both those websites.

 

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Pot Lab Arrest


A Chico man arrested in Florida for transporting marijuana is now in Butte County Jail. Late last month agents served a search warrant at a hangar at an airport in Tampa Bay, Florida where they allegedly found 200 pounds of marijuana in a twin prop airplane allegedly flown by Joshua Overton of Florida and Aaron Andrus of Chico from the Chico Airport. Both men later turned themselves in. Andrus was released and returned to Chico. Butte County authorities searched a hanger at the Chico airport and reportedly found items related to drug trafficking. Authorities then searched Andrus' home and allegedly found a lab used in the manufacturing of marijuana hash oil. The lab had processing equipment worth over one hundred thousand dollars. 88 pot plants were also found on the property, that according to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

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Chico Accidental Shooting Investigation


An accidental shooting sends one person to the hospital this morning in Chico. 27-year-old Daniel Slack had a group of friends in his apartment on Pomona Avenue to show them his pistol when he reportedly fired the weapon striking one of his friends after 2 am this morning. Police say the design of Slack's pistol requires the trigger to be pulled to disassemble the firearm and that's what he was allegedly doing when the gun was fired. The firearm was negligently discharged and they are completing a criminal investigation which they will forward to the Butte County DA's Office, this according to a Chico Police Department press release.

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A Chico Police Officer is Honored as Woman of the Year


Assemblyman James Gallagher honored Chico Police officer Sophia Maggiora as the 2016 Woman of the Year for the Third Assembly District. Officer Maggiora attended a special Assembly ceremony in Sacramento.
Maggiora attended Pleasant Valley High School where she became a Chico Police Explorer. She then joined the Chico Police Department in 2014 and in 2016 she was appointed as a Crime Scene Investigator. According to a Police Department press release, Maggiora also volunteers as a law enforcement liaison connecting victims of domestic violence with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services.

 

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Highway 99 Collision


Chico Fire is reporting a collision on Highway 99 north of the Highway 32 off Ramp. The collision happened in the northbound lanes before 9 am this morning. At least two vehicles were involved. One of those vehicles crashed into the center guard rail. Authorities say there were injuries, but there is no word on the extent of those injuries.

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Chico Water Rescue


A water rescue happend in Chico this morning. The Butte County Sheriff's Water Rescue and other emergency crews arrived at Big Chico Creek near Cherry Street not far from the Chico State Campus after reports of a person in the water before 6:30 am this morning. According to Chico Fire, one person was unconscious in the water, but the victim was recovered from the creek and was transported to the hospital.

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Butte County Unemployment Numbers


The latest unemployment rate for Butte County shows it had a 7 point 1 percent rate. That's for January, which saw more than 95 thousand people employed. The Employment Development Department says the latest numbers were up from December of 2016, but lower than January of a year ago. The total Butte County workforce is more than 102 thousand people. 

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Chico Shooting Investigation


Chico Police are searching for a shooting suspect. Officers were called out to the area of West 5th and Hickory streets around 3:30 am Sunday where they found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim stated that he was walking along 5th Street when he was reportedly attacked by a man who was trying to rob him. The unidentified victim was allegedly shot as he tried to fight off the suspect. He was taken to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The suspect reportedly fled the scene. He is described as a tall - thin black male, and is around 19 to 24 years old. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police at (530) 897-4900

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Oroville Exchange Club Search for Talent Event


The Oroville Exchange Club will have its Search for Talent event later this month. The 47th Annual Search for Talent will happen on March 25th at the historic Oroville State Theater. The event is co-sponsored by the Butte County Office of Education and the State Theatre Arts Guild or S.T.A.G.E. All Southern Butte County students are invited to participate at the March 18th rehearsal and the contest will be at 6 pm on Saturday March 25th. 
Applications must be submitted by March 18th.
Applications can be submitted the the Exchange Club Attn: Search for Talent; PO BOX 1046, Oroville, CA 95965

Or you can email it to exchangeoroville@gmail.com.

 
For more information you can check out the Exchange Club of Oroville, CA Facebook group page.

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CA Sierra Nevada Snow Pack Survey


PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California surveyors say the Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records after five years of punishing drought.

Officials said Wednesday the snowpack's water content measured at 185 percent of normal. A year ago, it was 84 percent of normal.

The snowpack is vital because it provides one-third of the state's water to homes and farms when it melts in the spring and summer.

Frank Gehrke, the state's chief snow surveyor, said the snowpack in some places is nearing levels last seen in 1983.

State climatologist Michael Anderson calls the current levels historic, especially in the central and southern Sierra Nevada, where double the normal amount of snow has fallen.

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Check Before You Light Program Ends Today


Butte County officials announce the end of the Check Before You Light Program for this year. As of Today there will be no restrictions on indoor residential wood burning within Butte County. Check Before You Light is an annual wintertime air quality program that aims to reduce levels of dangerous airborne particulate matter. The Butte County Air Quality District issues advisories requesting residents to voluntarily refrain from using their wood stoves and fireplaces during poor air quality day. The program goes from November through February.
If you have any questions you can contact the Butte County Air Quality District at 332-9400. 

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Chico Felon Arrest


Chico Police Detectives find a wanted felon. Detectives received information on the possible location of 32-year-old Daniel Maines who was on felony probation and had three warrants for his arrest. While detectives conducted surveillance in the area they reportedly spotted Maines walking along Manzanita Court. Maines was taken into custody without incident. Detectives searched his property and allegedly found over 14 ounces of meth, about 9 grams of heroin, and other items used for the sale of narcotics. According to a Chico Police press release, over three thousand dollars in cash were also found.

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Chico Dispatchers Given Praise


The Chico Police Department says 9-1-1 dispatchers went above and beyond during the Oroville Dam Spillway crisis. For 8 hours on Sunday February 12th, during the mandatory evacuation of thousands of Butte County residents, the dispatch operators took around one thousand calls for assistance. According to a press release from Chico P.D., the average number of calls on a typical Sunday during that same time period is just over 160. That increase was due to Chico Police 9-1-1 dispatchers taking on the Butte County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 calls while the Oroville office was being evacuated. Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said he's proud of the level of commitment they give to the community.

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Oroville Dam Temporary Drone Flight Ban


The Butte County Sheriff's Office places a temporary flight ban for private drones around the Oroville Dam complex. The Sheriff's Office says the closure has been ordered to ensure that unauthorized drones do not interfere with the ongoing efforts of crews working on the damaged emergency spillway and the disabled powerhouse. A violation of the order constitutes a misdemeanor. Anyone caught operating an unauthorized drone will be arrested. The drone will also be confiscated and the operator will be prosecuted. According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the ban will remain in effect until May 13th of this year.

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Oroville Home Invasion Investigation


Authorities are investigating a home invasion robbery in Oroville. Deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Grand Avenue after a report of a home invasion robbery after 10:30 Sunday night. Three victims at the residence told deputies that 5 to 6 black males all dressed in black and wearing ski masks entered through an unlocked door, carrying firearms. One of the victims was allegedly bound. According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release nothing was taken from the home and the victims said that the suspects took off in two dark colored vehicles. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 530-538-7321.   

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Chico Police Chase


A suspect leads police on a chase after allegedly stealing a truck from a Chico car dealership. Chico Police received a report of glass breaking at Chico Nissan - Hyundai on Manzanita Avenue before 11:30 Saturday night. Then they received a call from a janitor saying that a man was in the office taking keys to new vehicles. The suspect allegedly took off in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck and led an officer on a chase at the intersection of East 1st and Mangrove avenues. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect reportedly drove recklessly and the pursuit was canceled. The suspect, 35-year-old Ryan Anderson of Redding reportedly crashed the truck into a tree in a field near the Esplanade and was arrested.

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Multiple Felony Charges for a Former Chico State Student


A former Chico State Student charged with a number of felonies gave his plea in court. 28-year-old Daniel Martinez entered pleas of no contest in a Butte County courtroom Thursday to 14 felony counts. Those charges include sexual assault, child pornography, burglary, extortion, and fraud. 
Authorities in 2014 learned that Martinez allegedly hacked CSUC student accounts of some of his former roommates. He even reportedly hacked some of their parent's accounts. He is accused of opening false credit card accounts using the victim's names. Authorities found selfies of Martinez allegedly urinating into the food and drinks of his former roommates. He's also accused of sexually assaulting female victims while they were unconscious from either alcohol or drugs in Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties. According to a press release from the Butte County D-A's Office, the other counties have given Butte County the authority to prosecute the sex crimes that happened in their jurisdictions. 

District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the case demonstrated vile and disgusting behavior along with repeated violations of trust. 
 If convicted he could receive a maximum of 32 years in state prison.

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Town Hall Meeting to Discuss impact of Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Incident | Feb 23, 5pm


"Butte County Supervisor William Connelly is hosting an 'Oroville Dam Disaster Town Hall Meeting' today, 5pm, 1901 Elgin Street, Oroville. I am in contact with Yuba-Sutter officials to plan a similar event for the communities downstream."

-source: Assemblyman James Gallagher

According to Supervisor Connelly: "We will be filming this event. Constituents will have up to 5 minutes to speak about the personal impacts from the current events at the Oroville Dam and how this facility has impacted them in the past. This is NOT a political rally. I want to listen, learn, and document the impacts to your personal and business lives. Tell us what you want in the future from the operation and maintenance of the dam."

 

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RUMOR: The Weather Channel false report


"Rumor Control: We have received information that The Weather Channel has posted information saying there has been an evacuation order issued in Oroville. THIS IS NOT ACCURATE INFORMATION. There are no current evacuation orders in Butte County."

-source Butte County Sheriff's Office

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Butte County Road Closures


There are still road closures in Butte County due to flooding and other storm related damage. Oro Dam East between Glen Drive and Canyon Drive is closed. Sections of Aguas Frias and Afton roads west of Biggs are closed. 
In Chico several sections of River Road, Chico River Road, West Sacramento Avenue are closed. 
Nord Gianella at Folsom Street in Nord is closed. 
For a full list of road closures you can check out the CHP's website:
http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

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Missing Chico Teen


Chico Police are on the lookout for a runaway teen. 
15-year-old Dominic Pierce was reported as a runaway by his mother on December 12th. According to police, Pierce was reported to have runaway seven times in 2016. The previous times Pierce ran away he would stay with his adult brother in Chico and he would still attend school regularly. However he was reportedly last seen at school on January 17th and his brother last saw him on January 23rd. Police say there's no sign of foul play regarding Pierce's disappearance, but his family is concerned. 
Dominic is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police.  

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Lake Oroville Dam Flood Control Spillway Incident: Press Briefing - Feb 21, 12:00pm PST


"Oroville Spillway press briefing today at noon. Watch on the CA-DWR facebook page via Facebook live."

-source Department of Water Resources
http://www.facebook.com/CADWR/

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Property Tax Exemptions Extended Filing Period


The filing period has been extended for property tax exemptions. Because of the Oroville Spillway situation, the filing deadline has been pushed out to March 27th. The original deadline was February 15th, but state officials saw that was not realistic for all those affected by the evacuations. The exemptions affect churches, hospitals, non-profit organizations, disabled vets and homeowners, among others.

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Arrests are Made for Oroville Car Jacking


Two people have been taken in custody after an alleged car jacking in Oroville that sent one man to the hospital. 27-year-old Cody Bowles and 31-year-old Lucia Ripley were arrested around 9:30 Friday evening after Butte County Sheriff's deputies got word that the suspects were in Biggs. 
The incident happened on February 12th when Cameron Ashbury and his father were loading their truck with supplies during the manditory evacuation from the Oroville area. Their truck was reported running when Bowles and Ripley allegedly entered the truck and took off. Ashbury was reportedly hit by the truck while attempting to stop the suspects. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

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OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY INCIDENT UPDATE- FEB 17 BUTTE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS STATEMENT OF FACTS IN REPORTING


"Here is the latest update which I think is accurate as Kory Honea demanded accurate information, DWR is under the gun, FERC and the Army Corps is there. Note this is issued from the Butte County Emergency Services. To all that trust me if I think it is going south I will shout out. Please stop rumors that frighten people and stay alert until this passes. County Update
• The Board of Supervisors ratified the local Emergency Declaration this morning in a Special Board Meeting.
• The Shelter at the Fairgrounds remains open – the census as of 0900 today shows 209 people and 24 dogs at last count.
• The Incident Command Team is providing a PIO at the Fairgrounds each day at 10 AM to provide information to the people at the shelter and answer questions.
• The County has activated Care/Shelter and Logistics representatives to be on-site at the shelter during the day until it closes, including over the weekend.
• The County will be providing van transportation for any individuals wanting to leave the shelter to go home throughout the weekend. The plan is to provide vans and drivers from 1100 to 1900 through Tuesday.
• The County call center is operating 24/7, for public inquiries, until it is not needed. The number is 538-7826.
• The County will have a new Incident Action Plan effective today through Friday, later today, which will be sent to the cooperating agencies on the County’s Liaison list late this afternoon.

Cooperators Meeting Update 2.17.17 @ 1000
• Construction and repairs continue on the emergency/auxiliary spillway. The weather is not stopping the progress, though it may be slowed down periodically. Status of each priority site at the emergency/auxiliary spillway is as follows: Priority 1 site is 100% complete; Priority 2 site is 50% completed; Priority 3 is 75%; and Priority 4 is 90% complete. You can find current photos of activities at the DWR website here.
( http://www.facebook.com/CADWR )
• No further erosion has been seen on or near the primary spillway. It is being monitored and evaluated 24/7.
• PG&E continues to relocate lines below the spillway. Anticipate being completed by Tuesday.
• Lake elevation at 1000 hours was 860.27 feet.
• Current inflow approximately 30,000-35,000 cfs.
• Current outflow approximately 80,000 cfs – will be reduced approximately 5,000 cfs every 2 hours to get down to 70,000 cfs today.
• Peak inflow anticipated on Monday not to exceed 60,000 cfs.
• Anticipate the Lake level to be close to targeted 850 feet by Monday; do not anticipate storage issues from storm.
NOTE: The Cooperators Briefing held at 1000 hours each day is moving to the State Parks and Recreation building next to the DWR building on Glen Drive in Oroville effective Saturday, 2/18/17."

-William Connelly, District 1 Supervisor, Oroville, California U.S.A.

 

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LAKE OROVILLE DAM: INCREMENTAL REDUCTIONS IN FLOWS OVER DAMAGED SPILLWAY, FEB 16, 11:00am PST


"We've began incremental reduction of outflow through the Oroville flood control spillway. Flows reduced to 95,000 cfs with incremental reductions to follow in order to allow removal of debris and sediment from the diversion pool.

This reduced outflow still provides for the reduction of reservoir levels within the timeframes prescribed by the DWR.

These actions are consistent with typical reductions in water flow encountered when head pressures behind flood control spillway gates are reduced as reservoir levels fall."

-California Department of Water Resources

 

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Some Butte County Schools to Reopen Next Week


Many Butte County schools will be open next week. With the exception of Chico and Paradise most school districts in the county were closed this week due to the situation with the Oroville Dam spillway. Some of those schools will reopen next week.
According to Butte County Office of Education,
Bangor, Biggs, Durham, Golden Feather, Gridley, and Manzanita school districts will be open starting Tuesday of next week. Oroville, Palermo, and Pioneer school districts however, will remain closed for winter recess. All Butte County schools will be closed on Monday for the President's Day Holiday.

 

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Oroville Lake Levels


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Oroville Reservoir is continuing to drain as California water officials scrambled to reduce the lake's level ahead of impending storms. The Los Angeles Times reports that the reservoir was down 20 feet since it reached capacity on Sunday when it overflowed and sparked an evacuation order for nearly 200,000 people south of the dam.

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County Offices to Re-open Today


County Offices will be re-opened today. According to the Butte County website, all county offices and facilities in Oroville, Biggs, and Gridley will be opened this morning.
 
The Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility will also be open today.

 

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Chico Convicted Felon Arrested


A convicted felon is arrested during a search at a Chico home. Detectives served a search warrant at a residence on the 21 hundred block of Elm Street Tuesday. Two rifles and three high-capacity rifle magazines were reportedly found at the home along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Detectives also found convicted felon Zachary Kalso who had prior firearms and narcotics charges that prohibited him from possessing firearms. He was also reportedly out on bail for narcotic sales related charges. He was arrested for multiple weapons related charges.  

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BUTTE COLLEGE WILL REOPEN FOR CLASSES WED., FEB 15


"Butte College will reopen tomorrow, 2/15 at all locations. Butte College is working closely with the state chancellor's office to minimize any impact that closure of Butte College may have had on academic calendars. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and we remain committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. For more information, contact Butte College Police at 530-895-2351"

-Butte College Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/buttecollege/

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MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER LIFTED: LOWERED TO EVACUATION WARNING


"Sheriff Honea speaking at a press conference regarding the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident and announcing the Evacuation Order has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning."
-BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF"S OFFICE

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