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Confrontation at the Jesus Center

50-year-old Vincent Paiz arrived to the 12 hundred block of Park Avenue in a Toyota pickup and confronted the victim, allegedly attempting to stab him several times before 8 Wednesday morning. Paiz reportedly suffered many injuries as the victim fought back. The victim reportedly suffered a non life threatening stab wound. Paiz drove away, but police caught up with him in the area of 5th and Wall streets and placed him under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon.

According to Chico Police, an investigation found that both men have had on-going problems. They were both taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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Canadian Man Arrested in Butte County UPDATE

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Tuesday that his office will not pursue drug trafficking charges for 28-year-old Brandon Teixeira. This will open the way for Teixeira to be extradited to Canada to face homicide charges. Those charges stem from the 2017 shooting death of 28-year-old Nicolas Khabra in Surrey, British Columbia, according to Global News. He was taken into custody Sunday on the 100 block of Weedy Way in Oroville.

Butte County Sheriff's investigators believe Teixeira had been hiding out in Oroville for about a year.

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Chico Police Turn in Your Vape Campaign Update

The Chico Police Department says that their Turn in Your Vape Campaign has gained traction. The campaign was launched three weeks ago by the department's School Resource Unit where they asked teens to turn in the vaping products, no questions asked, and in return for coupons for local businesses. In the past three weeks the School According to a Chico Police Department press relesae, the Resource Unit has obtained about 17 refillable vape devices and 19 single use devices from high school youths.

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Chico Man Arrested for Child Pornography

The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday the arrest of 69 year old Paul Vigil of Chico. He was picked up late last month in an investigation that stretches back to August. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, detectives allegedly found evidence of child pornography when they searched a residence in the 200 block of West First Avenue. They believe it was downloaded from the Internet. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Jason Miller at (530) 538-7671.

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A Wanted Man From British Columbia Arrested in Oroville

A most wanted fugitive from British Columbia was arrested in Butte County. The U-S Marshal's Office contacted the Butte County Sheriff's Office in November that they had information that 28-year-old Brandon Teixeira, who was wanted for homicide in Canada, could be in the Oroville area. On Sunday the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and the Chico P-D SWAT Team along with other law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home on Weedy Way. Authorities say Teixeira attempted to escape and allegedly rammed an armored vehicle with his car. He then exited his vehicle and was taken in custody with the help of a K-9.
According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, another man with Teixeira, identified as 30-year-old Jeff Guerrier of New York was arrested for harboring a wanted felon and for various drug charges.
The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Sergeant Pat McNelis or Sergeant Sam Burnett at 538-7671.

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Body Found in Lindo Channel

Chico Police and Fire personnel responded to a report of a body in the Lindo Channel late last week. That body was found near the Esplanade before 2:30 Friday afternoon. According to police, the deceased was a female transient, but her identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification. According to Chico Police, there were no signs of foul play and that the cause of death is pending an autopsy.

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Chico Resisting Arrest

Police received a report of a physical fight between a homeless man and a security officer at the AM PM on the Esplanade around 1:45 Saturday afternoon. Officers arrived and contacted the man, who they ordered to the ground. However, the man reportedly backed into the store where he continued to ignore officers. He was finally taken into custody, however, he allegedly gave a false name. Officers later learned his true identity as 34-year-old Jeremy Underwood. He was arrested for resisting arrest and providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

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Shots Fired at Chico Birthday Party Arrest

Chico Police received reports of a shooting at a residence on West 1st Avenue after 5 Friday evening. Witnesses told officers that the suspect, 32-year-old Gilberto Corona had fled the area in a Toyota Tacoma. Officers found the suspect's pick up on Nord Avenue and searched it. Officers reportedly found a handgun along with methamphetamine, items used for the sale of controlled substances, and counterfeit currency. More drugs were allegedly found on Corona. According to police, Corona was also the subject of an unrelated felony no-bail Post Release Community Supervision warrant. He was arrested for numerous charges. Police say no one at the birthday party was injured in the incident.

Chico Police say this was the 5th incident in little over a week that officers found an unregistered, privately manufactured firearm on a person prohibited from possessing firearms and confiscated.

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Gridley Child Pornography Arrest

Detectives issued a search warrant at the Gridley home of 40-year-old Christopher McBride Monday. Computers and other electronic devices were located and detectives allegedly found hundreds of images of child porn downloaded from the internet. This after an investigation that began in August of this year led detectives to McBride. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, McBride was booked into the Butte County Jail for two felony counts of child pornography charges.

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Aaron Rodgers and NVCF Give to Spring Valley School in Concow

A Concow School will get some help thanks to Aaron Rodgers and the North Valley Community Foundation. A $100,000 dollar donation from The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund and the Butte Strong Fund of the NVCF will bring a new playground to the Spring Valley School near Concow. After the Camp Fire the Concow School was forced to close. The students then relocated to the Spring Valley School which had been closed since 2010. According to a news release, since that closure the school fell into disrepair. A new playground is one of the key needs of the Kindergarten through 8th grade school.

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Storm Prep

Butte County officials are urging residents to be prepared for the storm that's expect to be here until Thanksgiving Day. Rain, strong winds, thunderstorms and mountain snow are expected. Residents are being urged to have a backup plan to be safe. Butte County officials say those living above 1,000 feet should make sure that your propane tank is full in order to have a backup source of heat and if you have a generator make sure it has enough fuel.  

Butte County officials also say we could see snow in areas that do not normally get snow. They say to make sure that you have a plan for how to dig out of your driveway and to stock your car with flashlights, food, water, a shovel, tow strap, and jumper cables. 

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Winter Storm Warning For This Week

 

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Multiple Suspects Arrested at a Butte County Marijuana Grow

Search warrants were executed Monday at three properties along Bonnie Meadow Lane in Brush Creek. This came after a traffic stop earlier this month where detectives reportedly learned that the occupants of the vehicle were traveling to Bonnie Meadow Lane to buy a large amount of marijuana. 
While servicing the search warrant, detectives allegedly found over 12 hundred marijuana plants, hundreds of pounds marijuana in various stages of processing. Two illegal rifles and other fire arms were found along with 14 thousand dollars in cash. While at the site detectives arrested 12 individuals for cultivation of marijuana.
Authorities say additional suspects are being sought.  

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Cherokee Road Work Next Week

Motorist can expect delays next week as crews repair portions of Cherokee Road. Butte County Public Works will be replacing two failing 12-inch culverts on Cherokee Road. The repairs will take place from Monday through Wednesday next week from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and will affect the area of Cherokee Road between Dutzel and Patterson lanes. According to Butte County officials, the roadway will be open, but motorists can expect delays around 15 minutes. Officials are encouraging residents to use alternate routes if possible.

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Weapons Violation Arrest

State Parks Officers located a vehicle in the Sacramento River Wednesday and wanted to check on the owner's safety. Chico Police joined State Parks Officers at a residence on Roycroft Lane off of Nord Avenue for a welfare check where they found the reported owner of the vehicle, 36-year-old Dr. Alfred Villasenor inside. Villasenor allegedly was armed, wearing body armer, however, police say he chose to surrender to officers. According to Police, Dr. Villasenor is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a Restraining Order.

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Butte County/Paradise Hazardous Trees Letters

Letters have gone out to Paradise residents who may have hazardous trees on their property. The letters from Butte County and the Town of Paradise advise residents who have hazardous trees on their property that could impact the public right-of-way or public property MUST enter into either the Government or Private tree removal program. Both require a right of entry form. According to Butte County, the deadline to submit right of entry or inspection access forms is December 20th.

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CA Insurance Commissioner Issues Notice

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued an emergency notice Wednesday requesting that all property and casualty insurance companies doing business in California expedite claims for those affected by wildfires across the state in order to help them begin the recovery and rebuilding process more quickly.

The Commissioner is asking insurance companies to provide greater flexibility with some deadlines and documentation typically required to pay claims.

For more information you can visit: www.insurance.ca.gov

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PG&E Community Resource Centers in Butte County

From www.pge.com:

PG&E is opening Community Resource Centers for those impacted by the Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The centers provide water, coffee and tea, snacks, ice, charging stations, WiFi, restrooms, blankets upon request and heating or cooling.

 

In Butte County:

 

Parking Lot: Bangor Union Elementary School

7549 Oro Bangor Hwy

Bangor, CA

 

 

Costco parking lot

2100 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

Chico, CA

 

 

Strip mall

14144 Lakeridge Court

Magalia, CA

 

 

Bird Street School

1421 Bird Street

Oroville, CA

 

All locations are open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Today

The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff has started this morning and will happen throughout the day - some areas may not be impacted until 4 pm today.

Officials with PG&E say more than 13 thousand customers will be impacted in Butte County including portions of Chico, Oroville, Paradise, Magalia, Stirling City, Bangor, Berry Creek, Butte Meadows, Clipper Mills, Cohasset, Forbestown, Forest Ranch.

Flourney, Manton, and Mill Creek in Tehama County are among the communities PG&E removed from the list of impacted areas to make a smaller power outage footprint.

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Oroville Man Accused of Murder Changes Plea

42-year-old Brian Madding changed his plea from not guilty to no contest Monday to the charges of first degree murder during the commission of first degree burglary. According to the Butte County District Attorney's Office, Madding changed his plea as the jury was being picked for the trial.

Maddind allegedly stabbed 86-year-old Greta Putnam to death at her Oroville home during a burglary back in 2018. Oroville Police detectives found evidence reportedly linking Madding to the crime. Madding faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for portions of Northern California from late Tuesday night through Thursday morning. According to the Weather Service, the combination of low humidity, extremely dry fuels, and gusty winds from the north is leading to critical fire weather conditions. The portions of the Sierra Foothills and the Sacramento Valley are under the warning.  

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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Latest

PG&E has added three more counties that could be impacted by the possible power shut off Wednesday. Monday the utility added Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo to the list, now making it 22 counties that could be impacted by the power shut off. Butte, Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta are among those counties. PG&E says about 300,000 customers will be affected.

This due to high winds forecast for Wednesday and Thursday along with high fire risk.

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Butte County Energy Authority Inaugural Meeting

The Butte County Energy Authority will meet at 5:30 tonight at the Board of Supervisors Chambers. The Energy Authority is a joint powers agreement between the city of Chico and Butte County. It is a Community Choice Aggregation Program, which allows most county residents a choice for where they purchase their energy from.

According to a Butte County press release, County and City officials expect the Butte County Energy Authority to launch in 2021.

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Tree Removal Meeting Tuesday Evening

The latest in a series of tree removal meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday night at the CMA Church on Clark Road in Paradise. The meeting gives residents information about the Tree Removal Program. Should residents want to Government to remove trees they'll need a right of entry form.

The deadline to enroll for that is Friday December 20.

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PG&E is Warning of Another Public Safety Power Shutoff This Week

According to a PG&E press release, their metrologists are monitoring a potentially strong offshore wind event on Wednesday. Wind gusts are being forecast in excess of 50 miles per hour in the Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills along with the North Bay Wednesday through Thursday night. This could prompt a power shut off to several Northern California counties including portions of Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Yuba, Sutter and Shasta counties on Wednesday and Thursday. Officials with the utility say the power shutoff could impact around 250 thousand customers.

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