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Butte County Files Lawsuit Against PG&E

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Butte County filed a lawsuit against PG&E Tuesday which comes a day after the utility said it is filing for bankruptcy. That means the county's lawsuit will be consolidated with fire-related suits.

The lawsuit alleges a spark from PG&E equipment ignited the Camp Fire. State officials are still investigating what started the fire, but the utility has said it had a problem with one of its transmission lines near where the wildfire began. A wildfire that became the state's deadliest and most destructive in history.

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Multiple Overdoses at Gold Country Casino

Butte County authorities are investigating a drug overdose at the Gold Country Casino Monday morning. The Sheriff's Office says it responded to a possible overdose involving a woman, two men, and a five month old child. All are said to be in stable condition in the hospital thanks to quick action by EMS personnel and the administration of the drug Narcan. According a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, there is evidence of illegal drug use in this case, likely heroin however, they are looking to determine if there's a connection into the overdoses of 14 people and the death of 34-year-old Aris Turner in Chico Saturday which authorities say caused by fentanyl and another unknown substance.

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Chico Gas Station Robbery

Chico Police continue looking for a suspected robber after an incident late Monday morning on the 11 hundred block of Mangrove Avenue. A male suspect reportedly entered the Chevron Reliance Gas Station with a baseball bat demanding money from the cashier after 11:30 am. He allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away. According to a Chico Police press release, no one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male juvenile about 16 or 17 years old and is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

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

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Chico Mass Overdose Fatality Identified

A mass overdose in North Chico left one person dead and 14 people hospitalized over the weekend. The incident was reported around 9 Saturday morning at a home on Santana Court off of Ceres Avenue. Chico Police believe the drug Fentanyl combined with another unknown substance were the cause of the overdoses. Action News Now is reporting that the person who died at the scene has been identified as 34-year-old Aris Turner. C-P-R was preformed on six people and six doses of Naloxone were administered in an attempt to reverse the effects of the drug. According to Chico Fire, a mass casualty incident was declared to prepare hospital staff for the large number of patients. A total of 14 people were taken to two area hospitals...11 to Enloe Medical Center and three to Oroville Hospital. Four people were listed in critical condition and three were in serious condition. All three at Oroville Hospital have been released and four from Enole have been released. The seven still at Enloe are currently reported to be in good condition. 
Santana Court was taped off while hazmat crews worked at the scene over the weekend. The incident is currently under investigation.

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Steve Nettleton Passes at 79

The patriarch of philanthrophy and baseball in the Northstate has passed away. Steve Nettleton who founded the Food-4-Less grocery store chain and turned that idea into a multi-million dollar business. While he is known for being the city of Chico's biggest baseball fan his works, deeds and contributions in the philanthropic community will have an even a larger impact. Nettleton's charitable spirit exemplified with his generous donations to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chico as well as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Salvation Army, and Chico State University. Nettleton's love for baseball culminated in bringing professional baseball to Chico where he started the Chico Heat franchise in 1997. Nettleton then built the university a baseball stadium which still bears his name. The California State University system honored Nettleton with an honorary degree for personal and professional achievements and his meritorius contributions to society. Nettleton was 79 and is survived by his wife Kathy

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Butte Strong Fund

The North Valley Community Foundation has announced that it is in partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to create the Butte Strong Fund. According to a press release from the NVCF, representatives from each organizations will work together to identify and fund local recovery groups.

Eligible organizations can apply for grants focused on six area: housing, children and youth services, health and wellness, education, community development, and business recovery.

For more information you can go to www.buttestrongfund.org

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Butte County Schools to Receive Camp Fire Grant

The North Valley Community Foundation is granting nearly one million dollars to Butte County schools affected by the Camp Fire. The foundation announced Tuesday that 455 thousand dollars of the 965 thousand donation will go to Paradise, Magalia, and Concow schools. This includes public, private, charter, and preschools. The remaining schools receiving grants will go directly to supporting hosting students impacted by the Camp Fire.

According to a press release from the foundation, the Grant came through a generous donation from Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

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Two Traffic Accidents in Chico Tuesday Morning

A vehicle collision closed lanes on Ivy Street at Myers Street in downtown Chico after a two vehicle collision before 8 this morning. A Ford pickup and a Toyota Camry were reported to be involved. According to Chico Fire, there were minor injuries in that collision. The vehicles were blocking lanes on Ivy Street. Crews are clearing the area.

Not long after that crash, a rollover was reported on Eaton Road near Morseman Avenue in north Chico. No word on the extent of the injuries of that crash.

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Nord Avenue Market Armed Robbery

Chico Police are looking into an armed robbery at store on Nord Avenue Saturday night. A man allegedly wearing dark clothing and a mask entered the Nord Avenue Market after 8:30 pm. He was reportedly brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say the description of the suspect and the way the crime was committed closely matches the three armed robberies in Chico last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911 and reference case #19-00102.

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Downtown Chico Shooting

Police are investigating shooting in downtown Chico over the weekend. A vehicle verses pedestrian hit and run collision on Warner Street was reported just after 12:30 Saturday night. When officers arrived they found an 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. A short time later officers located and stopped the suspected vehicle. Two men inside the vehicle were detained.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911 and reference case #19-00096.

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First Camp Fire Looting Defendant to be Sentenced

22-year-old Shayne Tinnel, Jr. of Magalia was sentenced, in Butte County Superior Court, Thursday to the maximum of three years in prison for a case of a stolen R-V from a Magalia residence during the Camp Fire evacuation.

On November 12th the former owner of the R-V spotted it and Tinnel in Oroville and contacted the current owner asking if he had sold it. The owner said he had not and that he left it at his property when he and his family evacuated from the area. He found out from authorities that the R-V was missing from his driveway. The next day deputies saw the R-V at the Chico Walmart. Tinnel was contacted and detained. According to a Butte County District Attorney press release, deputies found stolen property including two backpack leaf blowers and a large flat-screen TV inside the R-V.

Tinnel was also orderd Thursday to pay $2,736 in restitution.

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Third Chico Armed Robbery This Week

Chico Police are investigating another armed robbery. A man entered A&M Vapes on Mangrove Avenue after 7 Thursday evening allegedly brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect then reportedly fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The owner described the suspect as a white male who was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4911.

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Highway 99 Fatal UPDATE

A collision on Highway 99 north of Chico has left a pedestrian dead this morning. The CHP is reporting that a man was seen walking close to the white line on the west side of Highway 99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway before 6 this morning. Witnesses at the scene then said that the man jumped in front of a white Volkswagen sedan. The unidentified man was killed at the scene. The sedan was damaged in the collision but the driver was unharmed. Officers do not believe the driver of that sedan was at fault.

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Highway 99 North of Chico Fatal Collision

A collision on Highway 99 north of Chico has left one person dead this morning. The collision happened before 6 this morning on Highway 99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway - just south of Centerfolds. No word yet on how many vehicles were involved, but according to the CHP incident page, a man was ejected from a vehicle. He has been reported to have died at the scene. The southbound lane was blocked, but the CHP is reporting that the roadway is now open.

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Two Chico Armed Robberies within 24 Hours

The first robbery took place at East Avenue Liquor after 11:30 Monday night when a man entered the store with a bandanna covering his and armed with a handgun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk described the suspect as a white male around 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

The second robbery happened after 11 Tuesday night at All the Best Video on Cohasset Road when a man wearing a mask and armed with a handgun entered the store demanding money. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers arrived seconds after the report, but the suspect had already fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. That suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with an average build.

Anyone with information regarding either one of these robberies is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

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Possible Temporary Debris Handling Site Meeting Tonight

The public will have a chance to weigh in on a temporary debris handling facility for the Camp Fire in Oroville this evening. An environmental assessment from the Army Corps of Engineers was released last week for using the former Koppers Wood Treatment Plant. That site is being considered by FEMA as a temporary non-hazardous debris sorting location where concrete, masonry, and metal materials will be processed. The over 200 acre site is reported to be zoned for heavy industrial and commercial use.

The public meeting is an opportunity to hear from state and federal officials about the proposed facility and to ask questions. The meeting takes place at the State Theater on Mayers Street in Oroville tonight at 6 PM.

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PID Asking Paradise Residents To Drink Bottled Water

The Paradise Irrigation District advises bottled water for residents of the ridge. PID officials said Thursday that water samples have been taken to a state certified laboratory to be tested by for possible contaminants. Officials say the tests can take up to two weeks to receive results. According to a press release from the Paradise Irrigation District, until those results come back the PID is asking residents to drink bottled water and not to drink the tap water. They say to use the bottled water for all drinking, food preparation, making ice, and for brushing teeth. Officials say because of the nature of the potential water contamination, boiling or disinfecting the water will not make it safe to drink.

They also say to:

 

*Limit the use of hot water

 

*Limit shower time and to use lukewarm water and NOT to take baths

 

*Do not use hot tubs or swimming pools

 

*Use a dishwasher to wash dishes and use air dry setting

 

*Wash clothing in cold water

 

They also ask customers to promptly report any noticeable odors in the water to call, 877-4971.

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Missing Chico Man

Chico Police are asking your help in locating a missing person. The family of 44-year-old Jose Juan Hernandez-Campos reported that they had not seen or heard from him since Saturday. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Hernandez-Campos did not arrive to work that morning. His family said this is unusual behavior for him. Police say at this time, there are no indications that anything criminal has occurred.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hernandez-Campos is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

Below is a photo of Jose Juan Hernandez-Campos and a photo of his Honda Odyssey mini-van.

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Chico Food Stand Armed Robbery

Chico Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery. Officers arrived to the Mi Taquito Grill at the intersection of West Shasta Avenue and the Esplanade around 8 Wednesday night after reports of an armed robbery. Officers learned that a man entered the side door of the trailer and allegedly pointed a firearm at employees, demanding money. According to a Chico Police Department press release, customers told officers that they spotted the suspect who they described as a tall, thin, white male in dark clothing running from the business and removing a face mask.

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

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COLUSA CASINO RESORT CAMP FIRE FUND RAISER

Locally Headquartered Agricultural Equipment Company Partners with Colusa Casino to Donate to Victims of the Camp Fire 


Yuba City, CA - Valley Truck and Tractor Company (VTTCO) has joined with the Colusa Casino to donate $12,145.00 the Sierra Central Credit Union/TLK Foundation/ Camp Fire Relief Fund.  The fund has been established to provide aid to the victims of the Camp Fire and 100% of the donations received will go to the victims. 
VTTCO holds an annual Christmas Party for its employees and this year’s party was to be held at Colusa Casino Resort.  The party is held every year for its employees and their families as a thank you for their hard work, dedication and support throughout the year. 
VTTCO management was considering cancelling this year’s party and instead commit the funds to the Camp Fire victims.  Discussions were held with Colusa Casino Resort management regarding cancelling the event and it was then that Colusa Casino stepped up and offered to participate in the donation and still provide the opportunity for VTTCO to hold the party for its employees.
“Over the years, Colusa Casino Resort has been honored to have the good people of Valley Truck and Tractor as our guests. In these times of thanks and sharing, it's wonderful now to join Valley Truck and Tractor as partners in generosity and caring for our community with over $12,000 being directed towards where the folks in our area need it most.” Beau Gonzales, Assistant General Manager, Colusa Casino Resort.

The SCCU/TLKFoundation/Camp Fire Relief Fund is continuing to receive donations and can be found on the web at: http://tlkfoundation.org

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Chico Hit and Run Involving a Pedestrian Arrest

A man is arrested after a hit and run, in Chico, involving a pedestrian. The collision was reported on the Esplanade near 9th Avenue after 10 Tuesday night. Witnesses reportedly followed the suspected vehicle after it failed to stop. They caught up with the driver, identified as Skylar Rossy at the Dutch Bros near West 8th Avenue where they alerted to him to the collision. Rossy then allegedly left the area. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers later found Rossy and he was arrested. The victim was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

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PG&E Expects to Restore Power to All Camp Fire Areas Before Months End

PG&E is anticipating being able to restore power to nearly all of the area impacted by the Camp Fire, in Butte County, by the end of this month for those customers who are able to receive electric service.

 

Paul Moreno from PG&E also says that beginning this month and continuing through the first quarter of 2019, gas service will be restored to those who can receive it.

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Bomb Threats in Chico Thursday

Several Chico businesses and government agencies received bomb threats Thursday. Chico Police say the threats appeared to be part of a robo-email campaign that spanned across the country on Thursday. The emails reportedly informed the targeted locations that there was a bomb on the premises and demanded ransom via crypto currency. The FBI, and its local office, are reported to be aware of this incident and are currently investigating as well. Police stated in a press release that at this time, there is no credible threat to the Chico locations that received the emails. However, authorities are asking the public to always remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

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Cohasset Butane Honey Oil Lab

The discovery of a Butane Honey Oil Lab in the town of Cohasset leads to an arrest. The lab was found by agents from the Butte County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Unit with the assistance of the Butte Interagency Noarcotics Task Force at a home on the 10 thousand block of Cohasset Road after 7:30 Thursday morning after serving a search warrant. Detectives also located several firearms along with two and half ounces of methamphetamine and a small amount of Butane Honey Oil. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, 55-year-old Lee Fox and 52-year-old Lynette Kimmel were also located at the residence. Fox was arrested for numerous drug and firearms charges. Kimmel was found with a small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia. She was cited and released.

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