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Chico Police: Street Crimes Unit Had Another Successful Week

Last week officers from the Street Crimes "D" Unit arrested 17 offenders including several wanted felons. According to a Chico Police press release, the arrests were a combination of both focused surveillance as well as proactive enforcement in problem areas. The team focused on the One-mile Park area, Main Street, and the East Avenue/Esplanade corridor.

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Chico Hit and Run Arrest

Chico Police received multiple reports of a traffic collision and hit & run in the area of 4th Street and Broadway around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Officers believed that the suspected vehicle traveled the wrong direction on 4th Street and collided with four parked cars before allegedly fleeing the area. Officers canvased the area and located a vehicle with front end damage in the area of West 20th Street and Rhodes Terrace. According to Chico Police, officers arrested Dennis Dever for suspicion of driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended driver's license.

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A Traffic Stop Leads to an Arrest in Oroville

A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a vehicle Thursday near the intersection of Oro Garden Ranch Road and Lower Wyandotte Avenue in Oroville for a traffic violation. Detectives from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force were in the area and assisted the deputy. A K-9 reportedly detected drugs inside the vehicle. According to authorities, a substantial amount of heroin and methamphetamine was allegedly found inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as 36-year-old Daniel Shamblin of Oroville was arrested for transportation of and sale of drugs. According to the Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force, Shamblin attempted to conceal additional heroin in order to bring it into the jail which brought on another charge.

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Power Outage East Chico

Over 3,000 customers are out of power in east Chico and Forest Ranch. PG&E estimates full restoration of power to all customers by 3:30 p.m. For details see article below:

 

Power Outage Hits East Chico [LINK]

https://www.chicoer.com/2019/06/06/power-outage-hits-east-chico/

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PG&E Open Houses in Chico and Redding Next Week

The open houses will center around the utility's Community Wildfire Safety Program. A few of the topics of the meetings will include PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program, enhanced vegetation management around power lines, accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure, and hardening of the electric system.

PG&E is inviting customers to drop by any time between 6 and 8 pm. The Redding open house will be on Tuesday, June 11 at the Red Lion Hotel on 1830 Hilltop Drive.

The Chico Open House will be on Wednesday, June 12 at Manzanita Place at the Chico Elks Lodge 1705 Manzanita Avenue. Again drop in times for both locations are any time between 6 and 8 pm.

Webinars will also be available for those unable to attend in person. For more information go to www.pge.com/wildfiresafety

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Drug Lab Explosion Case Sentence

30-year-old Evan Palmer of Chico was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to charges of Child endangerment and manufacturing butane honey oil.

The charges stem from an explosion back in February at a residence on Burnap Avenue due to an explosion. Officers searched the house and found components of a butane honey oil lab. Investigators learned that Palmer's five month old daughter was at the house at the time of the explosion. The child was unharmed and was taken into child protective custody.

According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, 29-year-old Brittany Larsen the mother of the child, who was also at the home during the explosion, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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Two More Camp Fire Remains Identified

Two more Camp Fire victims have been identified. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that remains found were positively identified as 68-year-old Matilde Heffern and 20-year-old Ishka Heffern both of Paradise. Reports indicate that they were grandmother and granddaughter. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, of the 85 fatalities from the Camp Fire, two are still unknown.

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Butte Strong Fund Latest Grant

The Butte Strong Fund has approved an over 300 thousand dollar grant to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. State and federal funding was not readily available to support the massive increase in work in the county's mosquito and vector control district. That prompted the district to ask for the funds in order to help with increased labor costs and insecticides, along with mosquitofish needed to address mosquito breeding sources in the Paradise area. According to a Butte Strong Fund press release, officials say after the Camp Fire new mosquito breeding sources are prevalent on properties where no one is currently living.

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Chico Street Crimes Unit 2019 Week 1

Chico Street Crimes Unit made multiple arrests and seized drugs during its first week active. Last week the Street Crimes D Unit focused on the East Avenue and Esplanade corridor along with the City Plaza and Depot Park areas. During their patrols officers made 14 arrests and seized several ounces of methamphetamine and Heroin.

According to Chico Police, the Street Crimes Unit is made up of officers who normally patrol the south campus area, but during the summer months their focus is redirected towards street level crime that effects the quality of life in Chico.

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Vandalism Reported in South Chico

Police respond to reports of vandalism in southwest Chico Sunday morning. Graffiti was reported on Poppy Street as well as the corner of West 9th and Cherry streets around 8:30 Sunday Morning. Officers arrived and allegedly discovered swastikas and racial slurs spray painted at each those locations along with 9 others. According to a Chico Police press release, City of Chico graffiti removal staff were called in to clean up private and public properties that were affected by the suspected vandals.

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

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Chico Police Summer Street Crimes Unit Is Now Active

For the next few months the Street Crimes D Unit will focus on quality of life crime in the City of Chico for the next few months. Activity in the South campus area is greatly reduced as college students have finished the spring semester. Chico Police say this allows the department to dedicate an entire patrol team to street level crime such as robbery, burglary, gun, and drug offenses. According to Chico Police, the team will be active until mid-August at which time the team will resume normal south campus patrol duties.

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A New Location in Chico for a Butte County Department

An open house will take place tomorrow morning from 10 AM to noon for the County Employment and Social Services Department at it's new location is at 765 East Avenue, Suites 120 and 200 in Chico.

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NVCF to be Honored in Sacramento Next Week

The North Valley Community Foundation will be honored at the State Assembly Next Week. Northstate Assemblyman James Gallagher selected the NVCF as the 2019 California Non Profit of the Year. NVCF President and CEO Alexa Benson-Valavanis will travel to Sacramento to join 100 other nonprofit leaders statewide to be honored by legislators during luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 5th. NVCF has raised about 55 million dollars, so far, to Camp Fire help efforts.

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Suspicious Package Found at the Chico Library

Police respond to a suspicious package at the Chico Library. The staff at the library reported to police that they saw a suspicious package that was left near the front entrance. No one reported seeing any one leave the package. Officers arrived and looked at the parcel, but could not determine if the package was safe. The Butte County Interagency Bomb Squad arrived and authorities closed a portion of Sherman Avenue and the Library was evacuated. According to a Chico Police press release, after the package was examined, it was determined to be innocuous and the roadway and Library were reopened.

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3 Deaths in Oroville UPDATE

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) —

Authorities say a man shot his wife and 8-year-old son to death before killing himself at an Oroville home.

 

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the bodies Tuesday night in Oroville after receiving a call from the woman's brother who said he hadn't seen her in more than a week.

 

The man told authorities there was a smell coming from the sister's home.

 

The Sheriff's Office says investigators determined that a domestic dispute within the past two weeks led 32-year-old Francesco Milone to shoot 30-year-old Kaela Steele and their son, Franklin Milone, before taking his own life.

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Butte Strong Foundation Grants for this Week

The Butte Strong Fund has awarded more than $100,000 for recovery efforts for the Camp Fire this week. More than $27,000 went to the Paradise Alliance Church to cover the cost of the regular Community Dinner for another three months and $25,000 to the Sacramento Grove of the Oak which provides refilled propane tanks for Camp Fire survivors. The rest of the grants were awarded to St. John's Episcopal Church, the White Pony Express who are in partnership with the North State Food Bank and Listening Sessions who are working with Community Based Recovery.

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A Deputy Responds to a Suicidal Man on the Cherokee Bridge

Deputy John Thomas arrived to the bridge on Cherokee Road where he found a man reportedly leaning over the bridge making suicidal statements around 8:45 Tuesday morning. Deputy Thomas was able to safely remove the man from the bridge. Authorities say Deputy Thomas then talked with the man, de-escalating the situation. The man then agreed to go with the deputy to the hospital where a clinician with the Butte County Behavioral Health met with the man for a mental health evaluation.

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Investigation Into Oroville Suspicious Deaths

A man called the Butte County Sheriff's Office around 8:45 Tuesday night saying that he had not heard from his sister in over a week. He said that he was at his sister's residence in the area of Yellow Hammer Drive and Tyme Way where he described a smell coming from the driveway. He then opened a window and said he could see her lying on the floor. Deputies arrived and entered the home where they reportedly found three deceased individuals. The deaths are under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Investigations Unit at 538-7671.      

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Oroville Domestic Violence Arrest

Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the area of V-6 Road and Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville after a report of domestic violence Monday. Before arriving deputies learned that the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Robert Kongle had allegedly twisted the victim's hand causing injury. When the first deputy arrived he found two people inside a vehicle. Shortly after the victim was allegedly pushed out of the driver's side door. During this time Kongle would exit the vehicle and then get back into the car, ignoring orders from the deputy. For fear Kongle was going to evade arrest by vehicle pursuit that, along with his aggressive behavior prompted the deputy to deploy his K-9 partner "Rico". Kongle however, fought with the dog including punching and attempting to smother Rico Kongle was finally arrested after other deputies arrived. He was taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked into the Butte County Jail for a slew of charges.

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Downtown Chico Strong Arm Robbery

Officers arrived to the Children's Park around 11 Thursday night where they found a man laying on the ground bleeding from his head. The victim told officers that four young males approached him and allegedly attacked him, then took his property. The victim was taken to the hospital for facial injuries. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspects were described as two black males, one white male, and one Hispanic male.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4910.

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Underground Power Lines Will Be Apart of the Paradise Rebuilding Process

Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Electric Operations at PG&E made that announcement Wednesday at a special meeting of the Paraidse Town Council.

He said that PG&E will put all electric distribution power lines in the town of Paradise and some surrounding areas, including parts of Magalia. Johnson said reducing wildfire risk and residents desire to not have obstructions, along with other factors helped with making the decision. He also said that Paradise is well suited for the underground build as PG&E already needs to replace nearly 75 miles of damaged natural gas and drainage systems.

According to a PG&E press release, the underground rebuild should take about five years to complete.

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Chico Traffic Stop Arrests

The man who struggled with deputies after an early Monday morning traffic stop has been identified. 31 year old Shelton Wardsworth of Chico attempted to take off on foot after Butte County Sheriffs Deputies stopped a vehicle he was inside in the area of East 1st Avenue and the Esplanade before 2:30 Monday morning. Authorities say before fleeing Wardsworth was noticeably nervous while deputies were patting him down. While deputies were reportedly struggling to detain Wardsworth they allegedly found a gun in his pocket. He was arrested for mutiple charges. 30-year-old Shatana Goods of Chico and 44-year-old Andrea Reichenbach of Oroville were also arrested, both for possession of drug paraphernalia.   

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National Dam Safety Day Next Week

PG&E is urging residents and those who recreate below dams to have an emergency plan as a part of National Dam Safety Awareness Day. That day happens every year on May 31st which commemorates the failure of the South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania in 1889. PG&E encourages those living, working, and visiting downstream of dams to have an evacuation plan and be able to recognize the signs of a potential dam breach. According to a PG&E press release, those signs are intensified sound of rushing water, increased water speed or depth, an unusual amounts of debris in the water, a change in water from clear to muddy, and unusually cold water temperatures.

For more information go to www.pge.com/hydrosafety and www.fema.gov/protecting-our-communities/dam-safety

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Skateboarder Stabbed and Robbed in Chico

A 31-year-old man walked into Enloe Medical Center's emergency room suffering from multiple stab wounds around 6:15 Monday night. The victim told officers that he had been traveling on Magnolia Avenue near the 8th Avenue roundabout, on his skateboard when he was confronted by a man who demanded his belongings. The man then allegedly stabbed the victim numerous times and took his backpack. The victim had limited information hindering officers from developing leads. Chico police are urging anyone who has information on this incident to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900, reference case #19-003667.

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A Man Was Struck and Killed by a Train in Chico Over the Weekend

An Amtrak train that was traveling south, rounded a slight curve near West Sacramento Avenue, before 5 Saturday morning when the engineer noticed a man laying across the tracks. The Engineer attempted to stop the train, but was unable to avoid striking the man. The railroad crossing at West Sacramento Avenue was closed for about an hour while officers investigated the collision. According to Chico Police, the identity of the man has not yet been made.

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