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Another step forward for a the roadway to Sacramento.

Cal Trans says the interchange at the junction of State Routes 99 and 113 is finished. The roadwork south of Yuba City will reportedly help all who use those roadways. The new interchange also replaced some stop lights that were four years old. Most of the more than 19 million dollars for the project came from Proposition 1B, approved by California voters in 2006.

The boy who drowned in an irrigation canal near Gridley has been identified.

12 year old Nathanel Long of Oroville is the boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon according Butte County officials. The incident happened after Long got his left leg stuck in a tube while swimming with some friends. Long was pulled out after being stuck for about 30 minutes. Medics performed CPR and he was rushed to Orchard hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The factions in a tribal dispute come to an agreement.

The two factions of the Paskenta Band of the Nomlaki Indians agreed that operations at Rolling Hills Casino and other tribal properties to remain under existing management until an election in September. The dispute started in April when 70 tribal members were ousted. The ousted members have repeatedly tried to take charge of the casino. The election will take place September 13th with a 3rd party overseeing the election.

Two arrests in the Berry Creek area Tuesday.

Authorities served a search warrant on Milsap Bar Road for 62 year old Andrew Frerks for a variety of charges stemming from an incident last month. They found him and 40 year old Rodney Baker who allegedly had a firearm and ammunition. He was taken into custody along with Frerks, who also was charged with brandishing a firearm and resisting arrest.

A resolution may be in the works between warring factions of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.

The two sides were in court Monday and one spokesman for the Attorney General's Office says both parties have agreed to hold a new tribal council election with both the current and dis-enrolled members. A judge also extended the restraining order that bans each side from having weapons within 100 yards of property at the Rolling Hills Casino. 

Over a thousand acres have been burned in the Gulch fire in Modoc County.

The fire started late last week off of highway 139, about 15 miles north of Canby and has burned about 16 hundred acres. The fire damaged power lines causing power outages in nearby communities. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is about 90% contained.

A fire damages an Oroville apartment complex.

The blaze broke out on the 2nd story of the Highlands Apartments on Table Mountain Boulevard just after 4 pm Sunday. The fire gutted three units and caused smoke damage to two other units. The fire is still under investigation.

Butte County authorities are asking the public's help in finding a teen runaway.

They say 17-year-old Raymond Wickersham of Palermo took a family vehicle Tuesday and is believed headed to Southern California, even though he reportedly has never driven a vehicle before. The vehicle is a 2001 Mazda Protege sedan. He is developmentally disabled, and has the mental capacity of an 8 year old. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Th Grand Jury releases a report on the financial management of the City of Chico.

According to the report, posted online Wednesday, despite the decline in city revenues and some city staff taken a pay cut - City managment and some employees received substantial increases in salary. The Grand Jury found that the city's upper level managment failed to report complete and accurate information to council members between 2008 and 2012. The Grand Jury, however, did not find any evidence of illegal activity by city management.

Chico police are looking for a suspect involved in a armed robbery at a motel.

The robbery happened at the Motel 6 late Tuesday night. The four people staying there said a male suspect pushed open the door and after ordering them to the ground, took some property and fled. He's described as a light skinned African American male, about 25 years old who stands about 5 feet 9. The alleged robbery took place just after 10 Tuesday night at the Motel on Manzanita Court. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chico Police.

Human remains are found along the Sacramento River.

Steve Martignoni an off-duty officer with the Fish and Wildlife Department was with his family on the Sacramento River south of Hamilton City when he found a body part Saturday. The remains were found in shallow water in a bank along the river. According to the E-R, the remains were taken to the pathologist to examine. The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is also asking the Human Identification Lab at Chico State for help in identifying the remains.

The man fatally struck by a train in Biggs has been Identified.

The Butte County Coroner identified 36-year-old Raul Mondragon Monday. The train for Union Pacific was reportedly north bound and hit Mondragon near Sixth Street and Dakota Avenue around 11PM. How or why Mondragon ended up on the train tracks has not been determined, but an investigation is being conducted by the Union Pacific Police.

Chico police are on the look out for two armed robbery suspects.

Two men wearing masks entered a Chevron gas station on Nord Avenue after 12:30 am. One of the masked men was said to have shotgun while the other man had a handgun. The suspects took money from the cash register then ran off and were last seen on West Sacramento Avenue.

Due to a tribal dispute a federal judge has banned guns from Rolling Hills Casino.

CORNING, Calif. (AP) — 
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller imposed a temporary restraining order on the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians prohibiting warring factions from deploying armed guards or bringing firearms within 100 yards of the tribe's Rolling Hills Casino in Corning.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the weapons ban extends to tribal properties around the casino, including nearby hotels and an RV park.
Mueller stopped short of closing the $100 million-a-year casino, as one faction had requested, until the battle over who controls the tribe and its resources is resolved.
The tensions began in April when the tribe's general council voted to remove more than 70 members from the tribe's rolls.

The man who died in an Oroville apartment fire last week has been identified.

The Coroner's Office identified 77 year old David Redeker Wednesday as the man who perished in the fire at the Oro Villa Apartments last Friday morning. The man was pulled from the fire and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center. He later died of his injuries. The fire reportedly started in his bedroom, but the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Not much of a change for the Saturday Farmer's Market in Chico.

The Chico fixture will however, have more space at its current location at East 2nd and Wall Streets. It will also be there for at least 6 years. The new lease and expanded space came after action by the City Council Tuesday night. The lease, which was set to expire at year's end, can also be renewed for 8 year periods after it expires in 2020. The matter of the time and location for the market was headed to the voters in the fall. It would have cost the city 10 thousand dollars.

The man found earlier this month in a Chico Orchard has been identified.

29 year old Andrew Curbow's body was found in a burning car on June 11th near Dayton Road and Marian Avenue. The vehicle was reportedly registered to Curbow. Meanwhile, the investigation continues and there is no official cause of death yet.

The cause of a Chico apartment fire has been determined.

Fire investigators say the blaze that started at an apartment complex on Pillsbury Road early Friday afternoon was caused by a grease fire. The fire was contained to the man's apartment but nearby units were also damaged. The resident of the apartment was transported to the hospital suffering from burns to his head and shoulders.

A fire destroys a mobile home and closes a store in Palermo

Cal Fire was called out to the Farmers Market on East Palermo Road just before 7:30 pm on Monday. A fire broke out at a trailer behind the store. Southwest winds helped to fan the flames and the trailer was destroyed within minutes. The fire damaged the rear of the store and the roof.

A Chico man is arrested in a possible connection to a recent drive by shooting.

Police arrested 18 year old Tobias Paiva last night for an alleged drive by shooting on Humboldt Avenue late last month. Investigators say Paiva jumped out of a pickup that night and was brandishing a gun. He yelled gang related slurs at a group of people standing outside. A few hours later there was a report of a drive by shooting at the same residence. Paiva is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and committing crimes for the benefit of a street gang. 

Body Found in a Butte County Orchard

An SUV was found on fire in an orchard off Dayton Road near Marian Avenue around 1:30 am Wednesday. A badly burned body was found inside the vehicle. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case as a homicide but does not believe this case has any connection with a burned body found two weeks ago in a Glenn County orchard.   

51st State News

  1. Butte Supervisors Tuesday put off hearing about the idea for at least 6 months. State of Jefferson supporters made their presentation and had two Supervisors apparently for it, but three indicated they'd vote against it so the idea will be considered again at a later time.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tehama County voters have approved an advisory measure about whether to create a 51st... state. County election results show Measure A winning 56 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary. Only a few hundred ballots remain to be counted, not enough to change the outcome. Tehama joins four other Northern California counties in which elected officials have voted to join the movement: Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba.



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