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South Chico Shooting Manhunt

Chico Police received several reports of shots fire near the intersection of Forest Avenue and Humboldt Road around 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Police units arrived and located an occupied vehicle that had allegedly been struck by gunfire. Police say no one was injured. The suspected vehicle was located at an apartment complex near Hank Marsh Jr. High School. Officers were at the scene for several hours and evidence was recovered. However, the suspect was not located. During the incident Marsh Jr. High and Little Chico Creek Elementary School were placed on lock down. According to a Chico Police Department press release, there were very few students at Marsh Jr High School because it was a half day. Students at Little Chico Creek were safely released to their guardians during the incident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

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Chico Fire Investigation

The fire started along the Comanche Creek Greenway and bike path near East Park Avenue about 3:15 Wednesday afternoon. Chico Fire and Police responded to the area. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to about a forth of an acre. According to the Chico Police Department, officers and fire personnel determined that the fire originated from a small encampment along the creek. Officers searched the area for those responsible for staring the blaze.

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

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Chico Shooting

Chico Police received several calls of shots heard near the intersection of East 10th and Palm avenues around 9:30 pm. Officers arrived and began canvassing the area but could not locate a victim or a suspect. Police say about an hour and 15 minutes later, a 24-year-old man walked into Enloe Medical Center reportedly suffering from a gunshot wound. He was treated for a non-life threatening wound and is listed in stable condition. According to police, the victim acknowledged that the shooting occurred near Palm Avenue.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen or heard something, to contact the Chico Police Department and reference case # 19-005927.

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Chico Late Night Pursuit

Chico Police are searching for suspects in a late night pursuit. An officer initiated a traffic stop on a Honda CRX for reckless driving on East Lassen Avenue before 11 Wednesday night. However, the driver of the Honda reportedly kept driving leading the officer on a chase. Another officer joined the pursuit and a third officer deployed a spike strip on Keefer Road which police say flattened the vehicle's tires. The suspect reportedly drove into an orchard west of Highway 99. Police later found the car abandoned. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers searched the area, but could not find the two male occupants of the Honda.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4910.

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Chico Animal Cruelty Arrest

Officers located a motorhome parked on Orchard Drive in Chico, around 1:15 Tuesday afternoon. Officers noticed several dogs had been left unattended in 95 degree heat. Police say one of the dogs died. There was allegedly no water available and the ventilation was poor.

42 year old Annabella Ray reportedly admitted she'd left the dogs unattended for 3 and a half hours. According to a Chico Police press release, Ray was arrested for cruelty to animals while the remaining 7 dogs were taken to a local vet clinic.

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Assault Weapons and Drugs Allegedly Found At a Residence of a Felon

The Chico Police Department received information before 8:30 Sunday night that 26-year-old Francsico Ramirez had violated the terms of a domestic violence restraining order. About an hour later officers attempted to contact Ramirez at his apartment on Notre Dame Boulevard. Due to Rodriguez being on probation for domestic violence, officers forced entry into Rodriguez residence. Officers searched the apartment and reportedly found two assault rifles and an alleged stolen pistol along with ammunition. According to police, officers also found nearly three kilograms of marijuana and evidence of drug sales. Ramirez was arrested for multiple charges.

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Chico Vehicle Pursuit

A vehicle pursuit in Chico early this morning leads to arrests. While an officer was at a call at a business on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive after 4:30 am the officer spotted the driver of a vehicle allegedly speeding through the parking lot in a reckless manner. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver reportedly failed to yield initiating a pursuit. Police say the vehicle ended up driving down a bike path along Comanche Creek west of Park Avenue. At the end of the bike path the vehicle stopped and two occupants got out and fled on foot. According to a Chico Police press release, other officers arrived and found the two suspects, identified as 49-year-old Bennie Dickinson and 32-year-old David Miles both of Chico.

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Chico PD Responds to Syringe Distribution Proposal

Police Chief Michael O'Brien sent a letter Monday to the AIDS Center for Infectious Diseases of the California Department of Public Health where he stated that although he appreciated the motives of the N-V-H-R-C he was concerned how their current proposal would allow the distribution of syringes adjacent to Chapman Elementary School and Community Park.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, Chief O'Brien also stated his concern that the proposal was NOT a syringe exchange, but a distribution program. He says there is no requirement in the proposal for anyone to exchange used syringes for clean ones.

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Butte County Vehicular Manslaughter Plea

A Rackerby Man charged with vehicular manslaughter gives his plea in court. 65 year old William Mandril pleaded guilty in Butte Superior Court Wednesday to the charges following a multi-vehicle collision on Lower Wyandotte Road last October. The investigation found Mandril's vehicle crossed the center line and struck two vehicles and also struck three bystanders who stopped to help a disabled vehicle. 20 year old Hillary Wilhite of Oroville was killed and seriously injuring the other two.

According to authorities, multiple drugs were allegedly found in Mandril's system.

The District Attorney's Office says sentencing for Mandril is set for October 18th where he could face six years in prison.

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Willows Stabbing Investigation

Deputies arrived to the Cedar Hills Apartment Complex, around 11:30 Monday night, where they found a man outside the laundry room who had been stabbed multiple times. The man told deputies that a man in a black hoodie had allegedly accosted him and stabbed him several time before running away. Deputies spoke with several residents who said they heard an altercation between several people prior to the stabbing. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, the unidentified victim was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he was treated and released. 
The investigation is on going. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office at 934-6431. 

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Chico PD Reassuring Residents in the Wake of Mass Shootings

The Chico Police Department is reaching out to reassure people in the wake of the shootings in Texas and Ohio. Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien reminds people that active shooter drills were just conducted at the two Chico High Schools and that first responders will be prepared and deployed quickly. He adds the public is important, too, and must report any suspicious activity. Chief O'Brien reminds people the most effective action is PREVENTING such incidents and for that his department relies on a vigilant public.

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Chico Shoplifting Confrontation and Arrest

A man entered Anthony's Liquor on the Esplanade and a customer reportedly spotted the man attempting to conceal a bottle of alcohol. When the clerk and the customer confronted the man, identified as 57-year-old Francisco Franco who allegedly started swinging the bottle of alcohol. Police say the bottle broke and Franco reportedly cut a customer several times. The clerk and other customers reportedly tackled Franco to the ground and held him there until officers arrived. According to the Chico Police Department, Franco was treated for a cut to his eye before being booked into the Butte County Jail for robbery, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. Police believe Franco was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

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Nation Night Out In Chico Tuesday Night

The Chico Police Department is encouraging neighbors throughout Chico to spend tomorrow evening outside together from starting at 5 pm. During these neighborhood events Chico Police personnel will come by and visit. There will also be an event at Caper Acres in Bidwell Park where members of the Chico Police Officers' Association will be grilling hot dogs with appearances by a Chico Police K-9, Chico Fire and Rescue and other public safety personnel.

The annual campaign promotes the building of strong police and community partnerships.

The Chico Police Department says to register your neighborhood for the event you can call 897-5812.

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Chico PD Street Crimes Unit Week 10

The Chico Police Street Crimes Unit completed its 10th week with a number of arrests. Officers with the unit made 17 arrests with many of those in the Esplanade Corridor from East Avenue to 11th Avenue as well as Bidwell Park. Many of the arrests were drugs or weapons related.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, the Street Crimes Unit has arrested a total of 150 people during its 10 weeks in operation.

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Man Charged with Selling Cannabis Gummies to Students Gives Plea in Court

Jacob Murray of Oroville plead guilty late last week to selling marijuana gummy candies to Las Plumas High School students. An investigation led by school administrators and a school resource officer started after several students reportedly suffered adverse reactions.

Murray's vehicle was spotted in the campus parking lot back in April. A sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, who authorities identified as Murray. A 15-year-old student was reportedly in the car with Murray. According to the Butte County District Attorney's Office, the deputy searched the vehicle and allegedly found a number of individually packaged cannabis gummies and several loose bills.

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Chico Home Invasion Robbery Arrest

Chico Police received a report of a burglary after 3 Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex on North Cherry Street. Police were told that the suspect allegedly entered the apartment and tased the resident several times before the victim was able to flee. Officers arrived and reportedly found the suspect leaving the residence. Officers allegedly found a taser on the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Lawrence Studyvin along with property belonging to the victim. According to the Chico Police Department, Studyvin was arrested for home invasion robbery, assault with a deadly weapon along with other related charges.

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A Chico PD K9 Finds Drugs During a Traffic Stop

A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Flying V Street in south Chico around 4:30 Monday afternoon. A Chico Police officer took over the investigation and requested a K-9 Unit. The K-9 reportedly detected the presence of narcotics. The officer searched the vehicle and allegedly discovered methamphetamine paraphernalia. The officer then searched the driver, identified as 30-year-old Jasmine Knecht of Salinas and reportedly found about 10 grams of meth and 17 grams of heroin. She was arrested for drug possession and sales charges.

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Man Leads Deputies on a Chase in Oroville

Butte County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop around noon on Thursday after the driver of a GMC Sierra truck who authorities say failed to yield at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Mill Street. The driver, identified as 37-year-old Jesse Janto of Orland, initially stopped and briefly spoke with deputies. Soon after, however, he allegedly sped off leading deputies on a pursuit. Janto reportedly sped through several stop signs. Deputies lost visual of the truck and terminated the pursuit near Oro Dam Boulevard and Fith Avenue. Investigators learned that Janto was also wanted by the Medford Police Department after he reportedly led them on a vehicle pursuit which led to the discovery of firearms and narcotics, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7322.

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PG&E Bankruptcy Halt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has granted a two-week period for California officials to develop a way to evaluate competing bids to restructure Pacific Gas & Electric and pull it out of bankruptcy.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration and state regulators requested the time Wednesday to work with PG&E Corp. and two groups of investors who want to take over the troubled utility.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy amid an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from recent wildfires its equipment may have ignited.

A group of insurers and a group of PG&E bondholders are seeking to end the company's sole right to file a reorganization plan, asserting they have a better proposal.

State officials said they want to see the best plan for California ratepayers and keep PG&E on track to resolve its bankruptcy case by next June.

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Oroville Fatal Shooting Update

Authorities are releasing more details about a fatal shooting in Oroville Wednesday morning. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says an attempted home invasion robbery occured early Wednesday morning at a home on Arbol Avenue in Oroville. One man was found dead and another suffering from a gunshot wound. Authorities determined that a female homeowner wrestled away the gun and reportedly fired shots at the suspect, striking BOTH the suspect and homeowner. The suspect, 33 year old Cody Faunce of Oroville, was shot dead in the altercation and the male homeowner was rushed to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. The female homeower was not injured. The investigation continues, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.  

 

You can go to KPAY's Facebook page to see the press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office. 

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Oroville Fatal Shooting This Morning

Deputies at the scene say one person was shot and killed at a home on Arbol Avenue near Olive Highway around 3:30 am. Another person was injured and taken to the hospital. Authorities say there were children at the home, but they are safe and unharmed.

The case is under investigation, but no reports if any suspects have been found.

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DWR Weekly Oroville Dam Spillway Update

The Department of Water Resources announced Monday that the current elevation of the Oroville reservoir is at 884 feet and that the water releases from the Hyatt Power Plant are over 7,500 cubic feet per second. DWR officials say the current weather forecasts and expect inflow will not require the use of Oroville Dam's main spillway. They say if that changes, the public will be alerted.

 

Also from that press release, the DWR stated that they will be reopening access to the Spillway Boat Ramp later this summer. The ramp will be open to the public beginning Friday August 2nd. It will be open from 5 am to 11 pm Friday through Sunday.

 

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The Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville was closed this week and will remain closed to the public for about four weeks for routine maintenance and inspections preformed by the DWR and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Those inspections happen every five years.

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Suspect Ends Up On Roof After Foot Chase with Chico Police

Reports of a man allegedly hitting a woman behind the Big Tuna restaurant Mangrove Avenue came into Chico Police just before 9 Monday night. When officers located the couple - the male immediately took off running and allegedly began jumping fences on Palm Avenue. Officers found the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Juan Villegas atop the roof of a home on the 1800 block of Palm Avenue. The Hostage Negotiations Team arrived and attempted to talk Villegas down. According to a Chico Police press release, after about an hour, Villegas agreed to come down and was arrested for several domestic violence charges and a violation of parole.

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Chico Street Crimes Unit Week 8

The unit had diminished staffing, during week 8, according to Chico Police, due to some members being out of the area for training. However, officers remained diligent and several arrests were made from drug possession to disorderly conduct. Members of the unit also provided a rapid response to the robbery and shooting early Saturday morning.

In the past 8 weeks the unit has arrested 119 people.

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Sexually Violent Predator Will Not Be Placed in Tehama County

The Tehama County Distric Attorney's Office announced Friday that the Humboldt County Superior Court denied the placement of Joshua Cooley to Red Bluff. District Attorney Matthew Rogers and the leaders of Tehama County and Red Bluff law enforcement agencies were joined by Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Senator Jim Neilsen in adamantly opposing Cooley's placement. Rogers thanked residents for the over 1,200 signatures that were submitted to the Judge who ruled on the case. Rogers said he was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support by the community and fellow government officials, according to a news release from the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.

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