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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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ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE: HWY 99, HWY 70, & HWY 20 OPEN


From CalTrans District 3:
"All roadway closures have been lifted. Hwys 99, 70, 162 west of 99, and 20 are open."
-Assemblyman James Gallagher

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WHITEHOUSE ACKNOWLEDGES THE LAKE OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY DISASTER


White House Press Secretary @Sean Spicer discussing the Lake Oroville Dam Spillway Incident. Watch the 7:20 timemark
"The President (Donald J. Trump) has been keeping a close eye on the Oroville Dam situation in California, working closely with Representative Doug LaMalfa and other state officials."

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheHill/videos/10154571508454087/

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8-DAY WEATHER FORECAST- OROVILLE AREA: RAIN


8--DAY WEATHER FORCAST FOR THE OROVILLE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Wednesday: Cloudy,
Thursday-Wednesday: RAIN
KPAY Weather Center
http://kpayweather.com/weather_center.htm
 

-source: The Weather Channel APP

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FREE BUFFETT TO LAKE OROVILLE DAM EMERGENCY WORKERS FEB 14, 5:00PM


"Ed Gilbert of Feather Falls Casino just informed me that they are serving free buffet to all the emergency workers. Workers that are fixing the dam. The meal will start at 5 PM. today. Feather Falls will include the FEMA, DWR, Firefighters, Army Corps, National Guard. If you are working to save the dam you are welcome.."

Feather Falls Casino & Lodge: #3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, CA 95966
 

-William Connelly, District 1 Supervisor - Oroville.

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Glenn County Submerged Vehicle


The CHP reported a submerged vehicle after a collision near County Road 62 around 7:30 this morning. Authorities said that the vehicle was completely submerged in a canal. Crews arrived and worked on extracting the vehicle from the canal. No injuries have been reported.

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Butte County Schools Closed this Week


Most Butte County Schools will be closed all week. That from the Butte Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor. Only those in Chico and Paradise will be open. Taylor had previously called for schools to be closed last week and Monday--but has extended that through the entire week.
and..... 
Butte College has cancelled classes for today because of the ongoing Oroville Dam situation. Also, events at the Oroville Spillway incident have led to the cancellation of the Board of Supervisors Meeting. The meeting that usually takes place at 9 AM will be rescheduled for another time, probably next week.

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ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE: FEB 14, 2017 8:10am PST


As of 7:45 AM on 2/14, the following closures remain in place for the #OrovilleDam area.

State Route 99 at Durham-Pentz Roads,
State Route 99 at State Route 149,
State Route 70 at Clarke Road,
State Route 70 at State Route 149,
EB State Route 20 at Aquas Frias,
State Route 70 at Woodruff Lane,
State Route 70 ate State Route 20,
State Route 99 at State route 20,

Additional roads closed from State Route 70 to State Route 99:
EB/WB Cottonwood Road
EB/WB Nelson shippee Road
EB/WB State Route 162 (Oro Dam Blvd)

East Gridley Road just East fo the Feather River Bridge has flooded and impassable.

-Assemblyman James Gallagher, 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature

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DONATIONS STILL NEEDED FOR EVACUEES


DONATIONS NEEDED IN CHICO AREA

"If you can donate to the Neighborhood Church, 2801 Notre Dame they need:

120 Large Adult Diapers
60 lbs of Dog Food
800 Bottles of Water
800 Paper Plates
1,000 Cups
1,000 Forks
1,000 Napkins
30 Jars of Baby Food

 

Silver Dollar Fairgrounds needs bath towels, pillows, and blankets.

Please comment below if you can drop off supplies to help with coordination of resources."

 

-Assemblyman James Gallagher, 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature

 

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AMERICAN RED CROSS REQUESTS DONATED ITEMS FOR EVACUEES


"The Red Cross at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds is asking for help. Need 200 blankets, cots, sleeping bags, dog food, food bags of toiletry items such as: toothpaste, and soap. If you have any of these items please bring them to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds."

-The American Red Cross

website: http://www.redcross.org

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/redcross

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UPDATE FROM DWR / BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF PRESS CONFERENCE: FEB 13, 12:00PM PST


--Evacuation remains in place and will NOT end at 4:15 pm today as some have reported. Sheriff Honea is gathering the necessary data to create a re-population plan for the evacuated area. However re-population will not take place until there is confidence in the safety of the community.

 

--Goal of the Dam management is to lower the lake by 50 feet to 850 feet to allow for future storms and spring snow melt. The Dam is sound and doing the job it is designed to do. --The managed spillway, while damaged is continuing to operate in its designed capacity. The managed spillway is now running "clear" meaning sediment is no longer being pulled from the damaged area of the spillway. A large pile of rock remains at the bottom of the spillway and crews will be working to remove this pile.

 

--Inflow was at 37,000 cfs at 9 AM and outflow has been at 100,000 cfs for the last 16-17 and will remain at that pace.

 

--This is a dynamic situation and public safety is the #1 priority. All parties are monitoring the weather and thus far the early indicaters suggest the next weather system will be smaller than last weeks.

 

--Also mentioned if you are interested, all 500 Butte County inmates have been transported to the Alameda County Jail.

 

--Next update will be tomorrow (2/14) at Noon unless new information warrants an update sooner.

 

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OROVILLE AREA SCHOOL TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH FEB 17, 2017


The Oroville Union High School District Schools will be closed Feb 13th through Feb 17th.

 

"OUHSD SCHOOL CLOSURE - ALL OUHSD SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THE REST OF THE WEEK.

Due to current evacuation and potential flooding issues, we are closed through Friday, February, 17, 2017.
Next week is still a school break.  Students are out of school through the 26th.  This week due to the emergency situation and next week due to a previously scheduled break.
Please note that tomorrow's scheduled board meeting is also canceled.  When a new date has been set we will be sure to alert that.
Thank you for your consideration and understanding.  
Our thoughts are with the thousands of students who have been displaced during this very stressful time.  Please be safe.  
All District Schools Closed Until Further Notice
Due to the mandatory city evacuation order of Oroville, all schools in the Oroville Union High School District will be closed until further notice.  When I have more information I will post it."

Corey Willenberg, Superintendent
OUHSD
website: http://ouhsd.org

 

 

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Governor's Emergency Order


Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency order Sunday night to boost the state's response to the situation at the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway and support subsequent local evacuations. The Governor's Office of Emergency Service has activated the State Operations Center in Mather to its highest level and is coordinating with personnel at the Incident Command Post in Oroville and with other local state and federal emergency response officials to address all emergency management, evacuation and mutual aid needs.
The Governor thanked local and state law enforcement for leading evacuation efforts and doing their part to keep residents safe.

 

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Flash Flood Threat Road Closures


Durham Dayton Highway is closed at Esquon Road and Durham Dayton Highway is also closed at Stanford Lane. Also Aquas Frias Road between Grainland Road and Nelson Road is closed. These closures are due the Flash Flood warning from the possible failure of a section of the auxiliary spillway at Lake Oroville.

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School Closures


Here is a list of school districts closed today: Bangor Union Elementary School District, Biggs Unified School District, Durham Unified School District, Feather Falls Union Elementary School District, Golden Feather Union Elementary School District, Gridley Unified School District, Manzanita Elementary School District, Oroville Elementary School District, Oroville Union High School District, Palermo Union Elementary School District, Pioneer Union Elementary School District and Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County. All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed.

Butte College will also be closed today - Butte College buses will not be running. 
All schools in Chico and Paradise WILL be opened today.

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ROAD CLOSURES STILL IN EFFECT


"Motorists traveling south from the Chico area should be advised of several road closures on main highways.

· HWY 99 is closed from Durham-Pentz Road to south of Yuba City.
· HWY 70 is closed from HWY 149 to south of Yuba City.
· All other roadways below the Oroville Spillway elevation in Oroville, Thermalito, Biggs, and Gridley south to the Butte County line are closed.
· Motorists traveling south from the Chico area should take HWY 32 to I5 south. Avoid roadways west of Chico typically used to access I5 south as they are closed due to flooding including Sacramento Avenue, River Road, Ord Ferry Road, Aguas Frias Road, and 7 Mile Lane.
· Please leave extra time for commuting."

-Kory Honea, Butte County Sheriff

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MANDATORY SCHOOL CLOSURES for FEB 13th


Classes cancelled in Oroville Unified School District.
including: Bangor Union Elementary School District, Biggs Unified School District, Durham Unified School District, Feather Falls Union Elementary School District, Golden Feather Union Elementary School District, Gridley Unified School District, Manzanita Elementary School District, Oroville Elementary School District, Oroville Union High School District, Palermo Union Elementary School District, Pioneer Union Elementary School District and Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County.
All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed.

 

All Butte College Facilities will be closed tomorrow, 2-13. All classes are canceled. All Butte College Facilities are closed to students and employees. The Butte College bus service will not be running. We will send out updates as we receive more information. Please call the Butte College Police Department if you have any questions at 530-895-2351

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EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED: BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF Feb 12, 4:40pm PST


"OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY INCIDENT UPDATE: Feb 12, 2017 4:40pm PST
EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED: BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF
"A hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. Operation of the auxiliary spillway has lead to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the structure. Failure of the auxiliary spillway structure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville."

-Butte County Sheriffs' Office

 

EMERGENCY EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED: Officials are anticipating a failure of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes.
Residents of Oroville should evacuate in a northward direction, toward Chico. Other cities should follow the orders of their local law enforcement.

-Department of Water Resources

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OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY INCIDENT: EMERGENCY SPILLWAY PEAKED 1:00AM PST


OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY UPDATE FEB 12 9:00AM PST
"At 6:00a.m. Inflow to the lake decreased to 52,700 cfs. Flows from the gated Spillway remain unchanged at 55,000 cfs. Flows from the auxiliary spillway peaked at 1:00a.m. at 12,600 cfs and are decreasing. Lake elevation levels are trending down."
-Kory Honea, Butte County Sheriff

BUTTE CONTRY SHERIFF FACEBOOK PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews/

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OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY UPDATE: Prepare for evacuations


OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY UPDATE

The emergency spillway could be used as early as Friday evening.
Residents of Butte County should use this time to prepare in the event of an Evacuation Waring is issued.
Gather important items, and consider where your family may go.
Sign up for Emergency Notifications. Public information Line will be monitored 24/7  530 538-7826
-Butte County Sheriff's Office

 

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
http://www.buttecounty.net/emergencymassnotification

 

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Oroville High School classes cancelled Friday, Feb 10. Voluntary Evacuations start at 7:30am PST


In a letter written to parents by Tim Taylor Superintendent of Butte County Office of Education:

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Safety of our students, staff and community is the number one concern for Butte County Office of Education. Due to the current and forecasted weather conditions, coupled with the uncertainty of the spillway structure and release of more water from Lake Oroville, as Superintendent of Schools, I am calling an emergency situation and advising closure of public schools on Friday, February 10, 2017 in the Oroville Union High School District which includes Bangor Union Elementary School District, Feather Falls Union Elementary School District, Golden Feather Union Elementary School District, Oroville Elementary School District, Palermo Union Elementary School District, Pioneer Union Elementary School District and Thermalito Union Elementary School District in Butte County. All of Butte County Office of Education offices and schools in Oroville will also be closed.

 

OUHSD PDF LETTER
http://ouhsd.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1547061/File/Announcements/School%20Closure%20Letter.pdf?363c66&363c66&363c66&363c66&sessionid=7dbae34e5eac406d485663e8d693ca20

 

DEPARTMENT WATER RESOURCES PDF LETTER

http://ouhsd.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1547061/File/Announcements/DWR%20Press%20Release.pdf?363c66&363c66&sessionid=7dbae34e5eac406d485663e8d693ca20

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Concrete Erosion to Oroville Dam spillway - photos


"DWR engineers and geologists continue to assess the concrete erosion on the Oroville Dam Spillway"

 

The California Department of Water Resources has suspended flows from the Oroville Dam spillway after a concrete section eroded on the middle section of the spillway. There is no anticipated threat to the dam or the public. DWR engineers are assessing the options to repair the spillway and control the reservoir water level. The Butte County facility is the tallest dam in the United States at 770 feet and is a key part of the State Water Project. Photo taken February 7, 2017.


DWR PHOTO ARCHIVE

http://pixel-ca-dwr.photoshelter.com/galleries/C0000OxvlgXg3yfg/G00003YCcmDTx48Y/Oroville-Spillway-Damage
 

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California and Nevada Storm News


RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest: A major winter storm that has dumped more than a foot of new snow in the Sierra has also dropped up to 3 inches of rain around Lake Tahoe and triggered a rock slide that temporarily closed part of U.S. Interstate 80 near the California-Nevada line. Authorities report heavy rains flooded city streets in Carson City and caused a mudslide that closed southbound U.S. Highway 395 at the U.S. 50 on-ramp. A mudslide also blocked part of Highway 89 north of Reno near Graeagle, California.

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Major Damage to the Oroville Dam Spillway


There's been some major damage to the Oroville Dam Spillway. Photographic evidence and various news reports indicate the spillway suffered some sort of erosion damage, which may have caused chucks of concrete seen earlier today flying off the spillway path. This after dam operators increased the flows from the Lake because of excess water. The releases between 10 this morning and noon reportedly had to be stopped because of some damage.
Meanwhile, the CHP has CLOSED the road across the Oroville Dam with barricades in place.

Dramatic Video / source Action News Now
http://www.actionnewsnow.com/story/34448648/dramatic-video-oroville-spillway-release-causes-damage-to-spillway-infrastructure

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Road Closures in Chico, Oroville and surrounding areas


The recent storm has inflicted some damage--roads have been closed in Chico, Oroville and elsewhere. Flooding has caused the closure of roadways around Highway 99 and Garden Brook Drive west of the Chico Airport. River Road between West Sacramento and Chico River Road was reportedly closed early this morning. The Highway Patrol is reporting that Highway 70 near Rich Bar could be closed for days. A portion of Oro Dam Road was closed about 9 this morning.Central House Road is closed between Highway 70 and Lonetree Road . Lower Honcut Road is closed between Palermo-Honcut Highway and Highway 70. In Gridley, Afton Road at Butte Creek.

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Missing Chico Girl


UPDATE: A happy ending for a missing Chico girl. 5 year old Nevaeh Oliverez was found safe with a family member. A custody dispute may have been at the heart of her disappearance. She had been in the custody of her 42 year old father Dominic but a court recently gave full custody to her mom Christiam. The young girl had been missing since late last week.

 

Police are searching for a missing Chico girl. Late last week Chico Police received a report of a possible missing 5-year-old girl named Nevaeh Oliverez. Nevaeh has been in the legal custody of her father Dominic Oliverez, but her mother Christiam Moreno was recently awarded sole custody. Police have not been able to locate Dominic in order to take custody of the child. He is believed to be driving a red 2000 Dodge Durango. 
Dominic is described as 5 foot - 9 inches tall and around 300 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. 
Nevaeh, the missing girl, is described as a 3 feet tall and around 80 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4900

 

 

 

 

 

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Increase Water Flows From Lake Oroville Today


The State Department of Water Resources is increasing water flows from Lake Oroville this morning. The department called KPAY and said that from 10 am to 12 pm the flows will increase into the Feather River from 20 thousand cubic feet per second to 30 thousand C-F-S. This is to help prevent Lake Oroville from getting too high.
Officials want to let river users to know that the increased flows could see the river rise about two to three feet and there will be swift currents.

 

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North Chico Crash


Chico Police and Fire dispatch reported that a vehicle hit a power poll at West Eaton Road and Aurora Glenn Way in north Chico after 7:30 this morning. Authorities say there were no injuries in the single vehicle crash.

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Chico Stabbing Investigation


Chico Police are searching for a stabbing suspect. An 18-year-old told police that a man approached him as he was entering the Panera Bread on East 20th Street after 10 pm Wednesday and allegedly attempted to start a fight with him. The victim reportedly pushed the suspect away after the man allegedly tried to reach his arms around him. Police say that during the exchange the suspect allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old. The victim was taken to the hospital for a non-life threaten wounds.
The suspect left the area on foot. He is described as an adult around 6 foot tall with a slender build. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

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Butte County Morning Collisions


An S-U-V goes of the road north of Oroville. The CHP says a Ford Expedition was south bound on Highway 70 near Truex Road when it went off the road and hit a guardrail around 4:30 am this morning. The SUV reportedly went 10 feet on the other side of the guardrail. No one was reported injured in the collision. 
In Chico a single vehicle collision around before 3 am this morning on the north lanes of Highway 99 at the Eaton Road off-ramp. According to the CHP, the vehicle was overturned on the off-ramp and fire crews were called out due to a fuel leak. All occupants of the car were able to get out and no one was reported injured.

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A Chico Woman is Arrested for an Alleged Molestation in Red Bluff


A woman is arrested in Chico after a report of a molestation in Red Bluff. The mother of a 14-year-old boy reported to Red Bluff Police that her son had allegedly been molested by 33-year-old Lindsay Lang. She allegedly had several sexual encounters with the boy and at least one with the boy's 13-year-old friend. When Lang was confronted by the boy's mother she agreed to turn herself in, that according to a press release from the Red Bluff Police Department. Authorities learned that Lang was at the Butte County Courthouse in Chico. She was arrested and booked into the Tehama County Jail.

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Missing Oroville Area Woman Found Safe


A missing Oroville woman is found safe. 51-year-old Tina Marie Searcy who was reported missing Saturday from her residence on Feather Avenue returned home Wednesday afternoon. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Searcy decided to go on a camping trip without telling anyone. Authorities say she returned home safe and uninjured.  

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Chico Man Vandalizes Cop Cars and Threatens Officers


A man is arrested after vandalizing police vehicles. Chico police responded to a report of a disturbance on Orange Street after 10 am Wednesday where they found 34-year-old George Lynch and a female companion. Officers learned that the unidentified woman had several outstanding warrants for her arrest. She was taken into custody and Lynch was sent on his way. Lynch who was upset about the woman's arrest allegedly smashed the windshield of a police vehicle with a rock. Officers found Lynch who then reportedly broke the side mirror of a patrol vehicle. He then allegedly swung at an officer, but missed. According to a Chico P.D. press release, he was arrested after he was struck in the leg with a baton. He was charged with vandalism, criminal Threats against an officer, assault on an officer, and obstructing and Delaying officers.

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Highway 99 at Cohasset Road Off Ramp Multi Car Accident


The CHP is reporting another collision on Highway 99 this morning with four vehicles involved just before 9 am this morning. The multi car collision happened on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 at the Cohasset Road off-ramp. A Subaru Outback, a Toyota sedan, a Ford sedan, and a Nissan Versa were reportedly involved in the collision. According to the CHP, all the people involved appear to be shook up, but no injuries are being reported.

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Highway 99 E 1st Street Off Ramp Accident


The CHP reported a collision on the northbound lane of Highway 99 at East 1st Avenue Off-ramp before 8:30 this morning. A Nissan Cube reportedly collided with a Red Honda sedan. The CHP reports that the airbags were deployed in both vehicles and that no one was hurt in the crash. A third vehicle was seen on the right hand side of the road. As of 9 am there were still vehicles backed up on the highway.     

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In-N-Out Assault


A robbery leads to an assault at a Chico restaurant. The incident started at the Walmart parking lot when a 21-year-old man allegedly stole a cell phone and I-D from a 29-year-old woman on Tuesday. She was accompanied by another woman and a 15-year-old male who reportedly went into the Walmart and purchased an aluminum bat. The trio found the suspect at the In-N-Out Burger parking lot. Police say the teen then chased the unidentified suspect and allegedly struck him multiple times with the baseball bat. Officers arrived and arrested the teen. The 21-year-old suspect was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The DA's Office will look into the allegedly robbery.   

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Missing Chico Man


Police are searching for a missing Chico man. The family of 33-year-old William Kohnke reported him missing last week.  Kohnke was last seen by a friend at the 11 hundred block of Dayton Road on January 10th. 
Kohnke was last seen wearing brown pants and a dark jacket. His family told police that he has no method of transportation. 
Police do not believe that foul play was involved. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department. 

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Possible Drug Related Death


Chico Police report a second heroin related death in recent days. Officers and medics came out to an alcove outside the front doorway of the CARD Center on Vallombrosa Avenue before 10:30 Sunday morning after a report of a 20-year-old woman who was found unresponsive. Medics declared her dead at the scene. Heroin and drug related paraphernalia were reportedly located in her possession, however the cause of death will not be established until after an autopsy is performed.
Police say this is the second apparent heroin related death in less than a week.

 

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Highway 99 Multiple Vehicle Accident


A multiple vehicle collision in happened in north Chico this morning. The collision involved five vehicles happened before 7:30 am at the East Avenue Off-ramp at the Northbound lane of Highway 99. One person was reported to have a leg injury. No word if there were other injuries. 

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Snow and Slushy Rain


A listener has reported slushy rain North of the Cohasset area this morning and snow was reported in upper Paradise near Wagstaff Road before 8 am.

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Butte and Glenn County Road Closures


For a list of Butte County road closures you can check out:
http://www.buttecounty.net/publicworks/RoadClosures.aspx 

 

And for Glenn County road closures you can check out:
http://www.countyofglenn.net/dept/planning-public-works/road-bridge-maintenance/road-conditions 

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Big Rig Crashes


The CHP reported a big rig traffic collision in Artois north of Willows this morning. The big rig was in the northbound lane of I-5 when it reportedly went off the road and crashed into a tree before 6:30 am. The cab is reportedly destroyed and debris was reported to be scattered across the roadway. There is also word of some kind of spill coming from the semi, the CHP however says that water ways are not being affected by it. No word on the extent of injuries to the driver of the big rig.
 

A big rig has been reported to have spun out on highway 299 at Montgomery Creek. The highway was reportedly closed in both directions while crews worked to clear the scene. 

 

 

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Downtown Chico Death Investigation


Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a death in downtown Chico. An employee was getting ready to clean the public restrooms on the one hundred block of West 1st Street before 9 pm Tuesday when they reportedly found a man who was unresponsive. Police say the unidentified 29-year-old man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Heroin and drug paraphernalia were reportedly located inside the restroom with the man. Authorities however, are waiting until an autopsy can be performed before they can determine a cause of death.  

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Orvoville Shooting


Butte County authorities are investigating a shooting incident in Oroville. Deputies responded to a home on the 23 thousand block of Ithaca Street after reports of a shooting around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Deputies found a man lying on the ground outside of the residence with a single gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. No arrests have been made at this time and detectives are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office. 

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Willows Big Rig Ax


The CHP reported a pick up truck verses big rig collision that happened at the I-5 County Road 68 Off-ramp near Willows just before 7 am this morning. Authorities say an F150 pickup is on the center divider off of the roadway with major front end damage and the big rig is on the right hand side of the road. Emergency crews are on scene but no word on the extent of the injuries.

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Highway 99 at Durham Dayton Highway Collisions


A multiple vehicle collision happened this morning in Durham. An SUV reportedly rear-ended a Ford pickup truck on Highway 99 at the Durham Dayton Highway just after 6:30 this morning. The SUV then spun out into the center divider. The SUV was then hit by another vehicle. According to the CHP, yet another vehicle hit a guard rail. The car reportedly kept going after hitting the guard rail and was seen driving without headlights. The car eventually stopped and authorities say it had black smoke coming out of it.
No word on the extent of the injuries.

 

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Chico Missing Girl Update


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Chico Police have just issued a press release stating that they have found a 12-year-old girl reported missing last night. Kimberly Marks was found and returned to her parents safe and sound. Police say no foul play was involved.  

 

 

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Missing Chico Girl


Chico Police is asking for help in finding a missing junior high student. At 8 pm Wednesday night Chico Police received a report that 12-year-old Kimberly Marks had not returned home from Marsh Junior High School. According to a press release from the police department, officers searched the campus and the route that Marks normally takes going home from school, but were unable to locate her. 
Marks is described as a white female with curly brown hair. She was last seen wearing a purple or blue jacket with a fur hood, tan jeans, and a camisole top. Marks was also last seen riding a blue cruiser style bike with a basket attached. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

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Butte County Mudslides


CHP reported a mudslide on Oro Bangor Highway at Mission Crest Drive near Oroville after 8 this morning. The CHP says that the slide is small, but it is blocking the road.   
 
And two mudslides close Butte County roads early this morning. One of those slides was blocking Oro Quincy Highway at Berry Creek Road and the other was at Lumpkin Road north of Forbestown Road east of Oroville. The CHP says there were large amounts of mud and rock on both roadways.

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CA Storm Round 2


FORESTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The saga of flooded homes and vineyards in northern California and Nevada may have a second chapter in the form of another big storm expected to arrive today. The area got more than a foot of rain over a 72-hour stretch that ended just yesterday. Yesterday, emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters took advantage of a one-day respite to rescue stranded people and assess damage.

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Butte County Sandbags


Butte County residents seeking sand bags can check numerous locations. The county fire stations at Nord and Palermo will have them. The Town Hall in Paradise and City Hall in Oroville are providing them too. Some 10 locations in Chico will have them, including the Maintenance Yard and Home Depot. 
Plus the public works yard in Biggs and Animal Control in Gridley. 

Check out www.buttecounty.net for a full list of Sandbag locations.

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CA Storms


RENO, Nev. (AP) — A winter storm has dumped more than 2 feet of snow around Lake Tahoe. Much of Northern California and the Sierra Nevada are bracing for possible flooding into the weekend. 
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HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — The National Weather Service office in Hanford has issued a flash flood warning for north-central Kern County and south-central Tulare County. The warning was issued at 7:10 a.m. Thursday and will be in effect until 1 p.m. The weather service says 5 inches to 9 inches of rain have fallen.

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Berry Creek Shooting


A man is arrested after a shooting incident in Berry Creek. Butte County authorities received a report before 8:30 Wednesday night of a shooting victim at Oroville Hospital. Deputies arrived at a residence on the 13 thousand block of Oro Quincy Highway in Berry Creek where they found a second shooting victim. Deputies learned that during an altercation at the residence the suspect, 62-year-old Solomon Awa retrieved a firearm and allegedly shot the victims. One victim suffered minor injuries while the other victim suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Sacramento.

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Jonesville Road Closure


The annual closure of part of Humboldt Road into Jonesville is now in effect through mid March. The road closes each year at this time to restrict vehicular traffic because of snow conditions. The closure begins approximately 100 feet northeast of the entrance to the Jonesville Snowmobile Staging Area to the Butte/Plumas County Line. 

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Oroville Standoff


A wanted man prompts a standoff with authorities in Butte County. Oroville Police were attempting to negotiate with a suspect held up in a motor home on the one hundred block of Fairhill Drive around 5 pm Thursday evening. The suspect, 51-year-old Ronnie Johnson was wanted for charges of domestic violence, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. The Butte County SWAT Team was called out and introduced gas into the motor home to try to flush Johnson out. Johnson instead, reportedly put the motor home in reverse hitting a patrol vehicle. Authorities entered the motor home and detained Johnson and three other people that were inside.

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Ex-Butte County Employee Sentenced for Theft


A former Butte County employee is sentenced for theft of public money. 49-year-old Michelle Aguila, of Chico was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in the Butte County Jail and three years formal probation. Aguila was charged with taking over 24 thousand dollars between 2013 and 2015 while employed with the Environmental Health Division of the Public Health Department. Aguila was said to have taken the cash after a supervisor had signed off on the deposit slips and she would then alter the documents. Officials discovered the discrepancy in the deposits prompting an investigation. 
In addition to jail time Aguila was ordered to pay restitution to the county plus the cost of the investigation.     

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Oroville Assault


There were two arrests in a car buying scheme in Oroville. The incident reportedly took place at the Helen Wilcox School on Autrey Lane in Oroville where the two victims were going to buy a vehicle advertised on-line for sale before 5 pm Tuesday. The buyers were reportedly assaulted as the suspects attempted to rob them. The male victim was injured as he jumped onto the vehicle as the suspects were attempting to get away.
19 year old Paul Chirita and 19 year old Adriana Pavich were later found and arrested.

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Fatal Vehicle Vs Pedestrian Collision


A pedestrian is killed after being struck by a vehicle in Palermo this morning. The collision happened in the area of Power House Hill and Palermo roads after 1 am this morning. C-H-P officers arrived to find a man lying in the middle of the road after the driver who allegedly struck the man reported the incident. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the Butte County Coroner was called out to the scene. According to the C-H-P, the driver's vehicle was towed for evidence.

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Butte County Sheriff's Bike Giveaway


The Butte County Sheriff's Office will have it's 17th Annual Christmas Bike Giveaway this morning. Bikes will be given away to deserving children at the Butte County Sheriff's Office 33 County Center Drive off of Nelson Avenue in Oroville at 10 am this morning. Over 100 bikes have been refurbished by participants of the Restoration Cycles program. According to the sheriff's office, the program helps participants learn job skills. Each child who receives a bike this morning will also get a helmet.

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Butte County Suspicious Death


A utility worker reportedly found a deceased white male at a residence off of Bloomer Hill Road in Berry Creek around 4 pm Monday afternoon. Authorities say the body appeared to have been there for several days. There were no signs of foul play, but detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death. An autopsy is scheduled this week.

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