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Felon Arrested for Possession of a Handgun

A Patrol Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on East Avenue at Maripose Avenue around 1:15 Saturday. During the stop it was discovered that one of the occupants, 31-year-old Paul Linarez was on Parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Street Crimes Unit arrived and conducted a parole search of the vehicle and Linarez's residence. According to a Chico Police press release, during the search officers reportedly discovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Linarez was taken into custody for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

 

That was one of 13 arrests that were made last week by the The Chico Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. During it's seventh week in operation seized more than an ounce and a half of Methamphetamine.

According to Chico Police, there have been 114 arrests total since the unit has been active.

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Remains Found in the Feather River Have Been Identified

The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirming Saturday that the remains found July 2nd near the Randy Jenning Memorial Bridge was that of Maria Curtev. She had been reported missing on June 19th.

The CHP is seeking information from the public about the suspicious circumstances surrounding Curtev's disappearance and death. Any with information is asked to call the CHP Investigation Tip Line at (916) 731-6385.

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Chico Suicidal Man

Several callers reported to police that a man was seen climbing over the rail of the 20th Street overpass before 1 Thursday afternoon. Officers arrived and made contact with the man and after a brief conversion, he willing came down from the edge of the overpass. Chico Fire personnel assisted with safely lowering the man down. According to Chico Police, the unidentified man was taken to a local mental health facility for an evaluation.

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North Chico Prowler Arrest

Officer apprehended a prowler in North Chico Thursday. Chico Police received a report of a man who was chased away from a backyard after allegedly braking through the fence. One of the responding officers spotted a man who matched the description of the alleged prowler walking into the Center for Spiritual Living on Hillary Lane. Several people were inside the center at the time. Officer set a perimeter around the building and gave orders for the suspect to come out. After no response, officers entered the building. A K-9 officer found the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Victor Petkus hiding in the bathroom. According to a Chico Police press release, it was determined that Petkus had an outstanding warrant for violating his parole. He was arrested for that charge and for delaying officers.

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AB 430 Latest

Another step forward Wednesday for Assemblyman James Gallagher's housing production bill. Assembly Bill 430 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee with bi partisan support Wednesday. It aims to help alleviate the housing crisis in Butte County after the Camp Fire by streamlining the environmental reveiw process for certain housing projects. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee and Gallagher told us he's hoping the measure can be before the full Senate and Assembly and on the Governor's desk by August.

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Wall Street Journal PG&E Aging Power Line Report

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A report in the Wall Street Journal says Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them.

Wednesday's report , based on company documents, says PG&E reported in 2017 that more than 100 transmission towers on a century-old line needed repair or replacement.

State fire officials blamed that line for a November fire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

PG&E says it disagrees with the Journal's conclusions but says it's "taking significant actions to inspect, identify, and fix" safety issues.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January out of concern that it might face billions in liability from 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

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79 Camp Fire Victims Have Been IDed

One more name has been released of those who died in the Camp Fire. The Sheriff's Office released the name of 67 year old Shriley Haley of Paradise on Wednesday. 79 of the 85 dead have positively identified. 4 have been tentatively identified and 2 remain unknown.

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Nord Standoff Suspect ID

Authorities have released more details from the standoff in Nord Wednesday. Butte Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a home on the 55 hundred block of California Street. before 2:30 am for a welfare check. 35-year-old Carl Ackerman had reportedly made threats to kill himself and his children, ages two and seven. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, he allegedly threatened the children's mother via text messages. The SWAT team and negotiators eventually resolved the situation peacefully. Ackerman was arrested for kidnapping, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, and a number of other charges.

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The Upper Ridge Community Council Meets Tonight

Officials want to hear from you tonight about how Government Agencies can help in the wake of the Camp Fire. The Upper Ridge Community Council meets tonight, July 11th, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Magalia. Members of both State and Local Agencies will be on hand to hear your concerns. The meeting is primarily for residents in Magalia, Sterling City and Lovelock. Again the meeting begins tonight at 6PM at the 7th Day Adventist Church at 15024 the Skyway in Magalia.

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Chico Stabbing

Chico Police respond to a stabbing incident. Officers arrived to the former Graduate Restaurant on West 8th Street around 5:40 Wednesday morning and located a man suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The male victim informed officers that an unknown man had approached him and allegedly demanded his bicycle. When the victim refused, the suspect reportedly struck the victim with a metal water bottle. That lead to a struggle in which both men pulled knives and reportedly stabbed each other. The suspect fled on the victim's bike. Officers found the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Anthony McEnespy-Mendoza of Chico who had a stab wound to the hand. He was arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. According to Chico Police, both men were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening wounds.

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Nord Standoff

A stand-off in Nord ends with a suspect in custody. Multiple Butte County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home on California Street in the community of Nord earlier this morning. Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself and two children in the home. According to authorities, the standoff ended around 7 am and the children were reunited with their family. The unidentified suspect was arrested.

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Chico Police Capture a Stolen Vehicle Suspect

A man was allegedly seen striking a window of a vehicle parked at the 11 hundred block of Sheridan Avenue before 8 Tuesday morning. Someone confronted the suspect who reportedly become confrontational and the person fled into their apartment. The suspect then reportedly kicked in the door, but fled after the resident threatened to call the police. The suspect allegedly got into a running Nissan pickup truck and took off. Police say the suspect got into a collision and then fled on foot. He reportedly got back into the truck and took off, after briefly breaking into a nearby residence. Officers spotted the vehicle on Manzanita Avenue near Hooker Oak Park, where the suspect got out of the vehicle and hid himself in the dense overgrowth. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Sheriff K-9 arrived and found the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Pawandeep Sekhon of Patterson. He was arrested on a slew of charges.

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Chico Police Are Searching for Suspects in a Home Invasion Robbery

Officers responded to the five hundred block of Pomona Avenue after a report of a robbery just before 2 this morning. Officers arrived and found a 31-year-old man suffering from a minor injury. He was treated and released at the scene. According to the Chico Police, the victim told officers that a man dressed in dark clothing and armed with a gun along with a woman allegedly contacted him at his residence. Police say the motive is under investigation but they say the encounter appears to have been initiated via a dating app.

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

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Home and Business Wildfire Smoke Tips

Officials from the Butte County Air Quality Management District and the Public Health Department are asking if your home or business is ready for wildfire smoke.

Both departments recommend residents take the follow steps to reduce your exposure to smoke and particulate matter during the wildfire season:

 

*Check with your doctor about what you should do during smoke events if you or any family member has heart or lung disease, including asthma. Have a plan to manage your condition.

 

*Consider keeping several spare high-efficiency filters in storage if you have a central air system. HVAC filters should be rated MERV-13 or equivalent or higher to filter out smoke particles.

 

*Ask your air conditioning service professional how to close the fresh-air intake of your central air system or room air conditioner.

 

*Consider purchasing one or more portable HEPA filters if you cannot filter indoor air through a central air system.

 

*For air quality information you can go to www.butteairquality.com

 

*For more information on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke you can go to http://bcaqmd.org/resoures-eduation/wildfires/

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PID Water Advisory Lifted for Some Customers in Paradise

Water has been tested at laterals of 27 service locations and has been found to meet all regulatory standards. According to officials, the PID will continue to monitor water mains to confirm that the water being delivered continues to meet those regulatory requirements.

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Chico PD Street Crimes Unit Week 6

Chico Police Street Crimes Unit makes multiple arrests last week. The Unit conducted a proactive operation at the Chico Walmart to arrest those caught committing retail theft. Chico police officers with to cooperation of the store's employees were able to take in to custody several people during that operation. According to a Chico P.D. press release, 16 people were arrested in total last week for various theft, drug, and weapons charges.

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String of Juvenile Offenses

Multiple juveniles were arrested Friday by Chico Police in Bidwell Park. The incident started after police got reports of a possible assault and a runaway juvenile around noon at the Council Ring area of Bidwell Park. Officers were able to find the missing juvenile and when they attempted to detain her, ten other juveniles attempted to interfere. According to Chico Police, officers ultimately arrested five juveniles for resisting and delaying an officer.

 

This comes after a string of juvenile related offenses in the last several weeks.

One juvenile was recently arrested for driving under the influence and causing a vehicle collision.

One 18-year-old and three minors were detained Wednesday near Old Humboldt Road. This after the suspects allegedly set off fireworks which lead to a one acre fire.

Three were arrested for theft charges and another three youth were taken into custody for felony level battery.

Chico Police believe the incidents are unrelated to each other.

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City of Chico Animal Shelter 4th of July Pet Safety Tips

They say to give your pet a safe haven - it's less stressful and safer to leave your dogs at home rather than bring them to a 4th of July celebration.

Keep cats and dogs indoors where they will be cool and in a familiar environment.

 

Keep pets away from hazardous items such as alcoholic beverages, lighter fluid, and citronella products.

 

Animal Services reminds pet owners that if you take your pet someplace during the holiday or any other time do not leave them in your vehicle.

 

These are just of few of the tips, for more information you can call Animal Control at 897-4960 or visit www.chicoanimalshelter.org

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Chico Police Street Crimes Unit Week 5

The Chico Police Department Street Crimes Unit makes 14 arrests last week. Besides those arrests, the team seized illegally possessed firearms and a sizable amount of illegal drugs. Chico Police say that in the five weeks the of operation the team has made a total of 82 arrests.

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Felon Found with Multiple Fire Arms Arrest

Officers from the Chico Police Department Street Crimes D Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at East 20th Street and Highway 99 before 6:30 Friday evening. The driver, identified as 51-year-old David Barnes, was found to have been released from prison three years ago and is currently on supervised parole for an attempted murder conviction. Officers searched Barnes' home where they found four loaded firearms in a closet. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition along with being in violation of Parole. According to a Chico Police Department press release, his wife, 59-year-old was also arrested for similar charges along with being in possession of tear gas.

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Butte County District Attorney Warns about Illegal Fireworks

D.A. Mike Ramsey is reminding residents living in unincorporated portions of the county that any possession of fireworks, even those designated as Safe and Sane within unincorporated portions of Butte County is strictly prohibited. Only the cities of Oroville and Gridley allow for the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks within their city limits. Ramsey says the lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and considered a felony. He adds that fire danger is high and that those caught will be subject to fines upwards of a thousand dollars and six months in jail.

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Camp Fire Looter Sentenced

40-year-old William Erlbacher of Concow was sentenced Thursday to 48 days in jail and ordered to pay over six thousand dollars in victim restitution.

The charges stem from November 8th incident when Cal Fire crews returned to the Jarbo Gap Fire station after battling the Camp Fire to discover that it had been burglarized and that a personal truck of one of the firefighters had been stolen. That truck was found a few days later in Chico. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says Erlbacher admitted to taking the truck after being contacted by law enforcement.

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NVCF Donations Report

The North Valley Community Foundation has released a report about donations received and grants awarded in the six months since the Camp Fire. The report, called "Rising From the Ashes" can be viewed and downloaded from the Foundation website at www.nvcf.org 

Nearly 14 million dollars have been issued in the six months since the fire and over 55 million dollars has been donated. 

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Highway 32 Fatal Crash UPDATE

Police have identified the victim of a fatal collision in east Chico Monday afternoon. 61 year old Cathie Lawson of Chico is the woman who died in the crash. Police say Lawson was driving a Subaru that pulled out in front of the path of a GMC Pickup near Highway 32 and Yosemite Drive. That pickup was driven by 68 year old Robert Maxam from the Los Angeles area. According to police, Lawson was trapped in her vehicle and was extricated. She died a short time later at a local hospital. Authorities say drugs or alcohol were not involved and Maxam is reportedly cooperating in the investigation.

One witness reported seeing another dirver stop from another lane of travel, and waive Lawson out into the roadway. If anyone saw this collision and has not already talked to police you are asked to call the Chico Police Traffic Line at 897-4970.

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East Chico Fatal Crash

The crash was reported at Highway 32 and Yosemite Drive after 1:30 Monday afternoon. A pick up truck reportedly collided with a car and both vehicles ended up off the road and into a ditch. According to a Chico Police press release, one of the drivers was trapped in their vehicle with serious injuries. The unidentified person was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital where the driver was later pronounced deceased.

Officers say the driver of the other vehicle remained at the scene and has been cooperating with the investigation.

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