KPAY News

One State Lawmaker wants to stiffen penalties for anyone caught looting in a disaster area during a state of emergency. State Senator Ted Gaines is propsing an addition to the legislature's wildfire Conference Committee's legislation that would make it a mandatory felony for committing burglary or grand theft within an affected county in a state of emergency, local emergency or an evacuation order from various types of disaters. Looting cases have been reported in the wake of wildfires in Santa Rosa , Shasta County and following the Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuation.