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Missing Yuba City Person

Enrique Manuel Alcantar Mosqueda DOB: 8-22-1996 Height: 6' Hair: Black Hair Eyes: Brown Tattoos: Heart rate tattoo on right arm and small mushroom on right forearm Nicknames: "Hank" or "Henry" Last seen: Saturday night in Chico at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Chico CA Last communication: Sunday afternoon Has been reported too: Yuba County Sheriff's Department

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Driver killed in Single Roll Over I5

One person was killed in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in Glenn County early Wednesday afternoon. The Willows Area CHP says the crash happened just before 1 p.m. on I-5 near County Road 24, south of Orland. A male driver was ejected and died as a result of the crash. A second person was also in the car and survived, according to the CHP.

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Shasta County Former Coach Sentenced

A former Head Wrestling Coach at Central Valley High School in Shasta County faces 19-years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple teenagers. Stephen Reed will also register as a sex offender after he was found guilty this week on all charges. The Shasta County District Attorney said Reed confessed to assaulting five teenagers. He'll be sentenced in September.

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WNBA Star Sentenced in Russia

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drug charges in a Russian court. She has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Griner pled guilty to drug charges and has been jailed in Russia since February after Russian authorities claim they found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. The Phoenix Mercury player plead guilty to drug charges in an effort to gain leniency. She is at the center of a proposed "prisoner swap" that the White House is trying to negotiate that involves a Russian arms dealer jailed in the U.S.

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Yosemite Natl Park Fire Update

The Washburn Fire in California has crossed into the Sierra National Forest. National Park Service officials said more road closures were made as the fire keeps spreading. It's 23-percent contained as of last night and is burning over 42-hundred acres of land. The park superintendent said the fire appears to have been started by a person.

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BCSO Find Body of 14 yr old Boy

Butte County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue teams recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy , found dead near the bottom of a steep rock embankment in Berry Creek during a search effort Wednesday night. Deputies said they were contacted by the Boys Father who reported that they went camping with his son and a family friend, identified as Christopher Stephenson. He said they were camping in the area of Bald Rock Trailhead near Bean Creek Road. The man said he got separated from his son and Stephenson, prompting a response from deputies, the Butte County Search and Rescue team and a helicopter. Stephenson still had not been located as of Thursday afternoon, according to deputies

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Paradise receives Funds for Road Repair

The Town of Paradise will receive State Funding to help with Rebuilding roads damaged in the Camp Fire The funding was announced Thursday by Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher and Republican Leader Jim Nielsen. The funding will allow the Town of Paradise to repair roads over the next eight years as it continues to recover. The $9.3 million in state funding replaces the lost gas tax revenue caused by decreases in population following the Camp Fire.

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Ca Cities Looking to Ban new Gas Station Builds

Some cities in the state are considering bans on new gas stations to fight climate change. The L-A Times reports several Bay Area cities are following in Petaluma's steps in a decision made by the Sonoma County city last year to stop approving the development of new gas stations. City council officials in Los Angeles are also working on a similar ban. They plan on having a hearing later in the summer which would also propose any expansions of current gas stations to be limited to serving zero-emissions vehicles and providing non-fuel related facilities

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Habitat Butte Co gets Grant to rebuild Paradise

Habitat for Humanity of butte county announces they received a grant thru us bank to assist those who lost homes and are affected by the higher rebuild costs in Paradise due to the camp fire...the US Bank foundation donated 15,000 to help provide affordable home ownership . habitat established the project to increase the number of homes built in the Camp Fire area.

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DWR Starts Work at Oroville Dam

More than five years after heavy rainfall damaged Oroville Dam's main and emergency spillways, the California Department of Water Resources will begin making repairs to the spillway. The DWR's multi-year project to repair eight gates gets underway today. Water Resource officials say local users should be aware of increased construction in the area. The project was first established after the 2017 dam emergency that saw the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.

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Chico PD arrest Child Molester

Detectives with the Chico Police department traveled to Fairfield this week where they arrested a man who allegedly convinced a 10-year-old girl to send him nude photos and videos. 19-year-old Ethan Alfonso was aprehended on Thursday. Police began investigating after a report that a suspect preyed on the girl - threatening to release the images if she didn't send more. Police identitfied Alfonso during the investigation. He faces charges including 10 counts of child molestation and possession of child porn.

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Gov Newsome Pledges Hate Crime Funding

Governor Newsom is investing more money into combating hate crimes. The Governor announced yesterday 30-million-dollars has been awarded to 12 organizations across the state. The grant money will help provide services to survivors of hate crimes and create hate prevention measures. The Attorney General released a report last month which showed hate crimes increased by nearly 90-percent over the past decade.

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Newsome Pledges State Produce Insulin

The state will soon produce its own insulin. Governor Newsom approved a measure yesterday which invests one-hundred-million-dollars into the development of low-cost insulin. The funding will also help create a manufacturing facility with the goal to make a generic option and sell it below market value. The Governor says the price for a vial of insulin ranges from three-hundred to five-hundred-dollars. The drug would be available to both insured and uninsured residents.

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State Lawmakers Approve Drug Dens

The California Assembly has approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move Thursday follows months of debate. Proponents say it would save lives, while detractors say it would enable drug addiction. The Assembly's approval sends the bill back to the state Senate for final consideration. The idea is to give people who would use drugs anyway a location to inject them while trained staff are available to help if they suffer accidental overdoses. The move comes amid a national opioid crisis and spike in overdose deaths.

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Butte Co Fire Updates - Friday Morning

Butte County Fire crews continue making progress on the Nelson Fire burning west of Oroville. Cal Fire says the 250 acre blaze is 60-percent contained as of Thursday night. The Butte County Sheriff's Office lifted the evacuation warning in the area. The CHP says Cottonwood Road is closed between Highway 99 and at Table Mountain Road. Cal Fire says crews have also stopped forward spread of the Sandra Fire north of Bangor. The 40-acre fire at Sandra and Wayman Lane was reported at 30-percent contained overnight. Evacuation orders have been reduced to a warning. Two shelters have been set up for residents and animals.

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Grand Jury Looking at City of Oroville

A new Butte County Grand Jury finds Oroville city officials violated their own policies -- including Mayor Chuck Reynolds and City Administrator Bill LaGrone. KRCR reports the investigation was opened following complaints from citizens. The complaints include individuals holding multiple offices, bullying subordinates and Brown Act violations - blocking members of the public from meetings. Mayor Reynolds told KRCR the timing of the allegations are suspect given the November election is near and called them vague. The City has 90 days to respond to the findings.

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IRS Rules Camp Fire Monies exempt from Taxes

Local Officials along with Congressman DOug Lamafa have been pushing the IRS to exempt any settlement monies or payouts from the Camp Fire be Deemed non taxable, and Tuesday The IRS confirms that awards for physical injury and emotional distress are exempt from federal taxes. Settlement money used to pay for personal expenses or funeral expenses linked to a federally declared disaster and money used to repair or replace homes are exempted.

 

 

 

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Butte Co Public Health to Close Vax Clinic

Due to the increase in access to COVID-19 vaccines, Butte County Public Health (BCPH) says the vaccination clinic at Chico Community Clinic will be permanently closing this week. Public Health Offcials say the clinic located at 560 Cohasset Road will be permanently closing on Thursday at 5 p.m. As of Monday, public health says 56.7% of Butte County residents are fully vaccinated and 5.73% are partially vaccinated.

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Chico Waits for OK to Clear Comanche Creek

(From Action News Now) The City of Chico is working on clearing Comanche Creek as its next target for illegal homeless camp. Interim City Manager Paul Hahn hopes all the homeless camped there will move into the Pallet or Torres Shelters. First, the city needs the green light from the original eight homeless people who sued the city. That is because under the settlement agreement they can only clear 50 homeless people at a time, but there are at least 100 at Comanche. Hahn is asking the plaintiff if the city can clear all of Comanche at once instead of in 50 people segments. Hahn hopes to have answers for the attorneys representing the Advocates by this week

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CA Lawmakers Abortion Amendment on Ballot

(AP) California voters will decide in November whether to guarantee the right to an abortion in their state constitution. State lawmakers on Monday voted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot this year. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, which let states decide whether to allow abortion. California is run by Democrats who support abortion rights, but the legal right to an abortion in California is based on a right to privacy in the state constitution. The amendment would prevent the government from interfering with a person's right to an abortion or contraceptives.

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CalTrans Reopens 1 lane Traffic Control Hwy 70

Caltrans has reopened Highway 70 under one-way traffic control fourteen days after a series of mudslides blocked parts of the highway. Caltrans has a mile-long segment of Highway 70 under one-way traffic control, starting at three miles west of Belden and continues to two miles west of Belden. Motorists who plan on traveling on Highway 70 west of Belden can expect a 10 to 15 minute delay.

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Gov Newsome Lawmakers Gas Relief Checks

Many Californians will be getting relief checks soon. Governor Newsom announced 23-million residents will receive payments of up to one-thousand-50-dollars as part of the state's 17-billion-dollar relief package. The Governor is also suspending the sales tax on diesel fuel along with adding funding for rent and utility assistance. The state says the priority is getting dollars back into the pockets of residents who are dealing with high prices due to inflation.

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Newsome signs Abortion Protection Bill

(AP) Governor Newsom signed legislation to protect abortion rights. The Governor signed an Assembly Bill protecting California residents from civil liability for providing, aiding, or receiving abortion care in the state. A 125-million-dollar Reproductive Health Package has also been proposed to expand access and prepare for the increase of women seeking care from other states. Newsom joins the Governors of Oregon and Washington in a multi-state commitment to defend access to reproductive health care.

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President Biden Proposes Firefighter Wage raise

President Joe Biden has signed off on giving federal wildland firefighters a hefty raise for the next two fiscal years. The move announced Tuesday affects more than 16,000 firefighters and comes as much of the West braces for a difficult wildfire season. Pay raises for the federal firefighters had been included in last year's $1 trillion infrastructure bill, but they had been held up as administration officials studied recruitment and retention data to decide where to deliver them. Agencies are authorized to increase the base salary of federal wildland firefighters by $20,000 per year or 50% of their current base salary, whichever is lower.

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PGE Enhanced Safety Settings

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today that its Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) now protect approximately 3 million people, or more than 1 million customers, who live in high fire-risk areas within the company's service area. The safety settings turn off power within one-tenth of a second when a fault, such as a tree limb coming into contact with a powerline, is detected. Last year, on 170 circuits with safety settings enabled, there was an 80% reduction in CPUC-reportable ignitions in High Fire Threat Districts that could result in a wildfire, compared to the prior three-year average. Based on EPSS's success in 2021 as a proven wildfire prevention technology, PG&E has expanded the program to more than 1,000 circuits encompassing more than 25,000 distribution line miles in high fire-risk areas this year as well as approximately 18,000 line miles in adjacent portions of the system. These circuits are generally in foothill areas and all are in high-fire threat areas.

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