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A Man Is Arrested After An Attempted Carjacking

The incident happened at the parking lot of the Walgreens on Lake Boulevard in Redding around 1 pm Tuesday when a man allegedly shoved a woman into the side of her car. The suspect was reportedly armed with a semi-automatic handgun and allegedly told the victim get into the car or he would kill her. The victim reportedly shoved the suspect and he walked away. Officers spotted the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Douglas Stout at a residence on Churn Creek Road. Stout reportedly told investigators that it was all a mistake and that he just needed a ride. He was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail.  


PG&E Offering Tips To Stay Cool During The Heat Wave



        *Close drapes or shades on the sunny side of the house.


        *Allow cooler air in the morning or at night to flow into your home.


        *If possible delay chores that produce heat such as dishwashing, laundry, and cooking.


        *Set your AC thermostat to 78 degrees when you're at home and 85 degrees when you're away.

Chico Police Still On The Lookout For Bank Robber

A man wearing a baseball cap entered the US Bank on the Esplanade after 1 pm on Friday and allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash before he reportedly walked out of the bank.


The suspect is described as a white male around 50-years-old, 5’7” inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.   

Glenn County Cooling Zones

Glenn County residents have places to cool off from the hot weather. Libraries in Orland, Willows, Elk Creek, and Bayliss have been designated as Cooling Zones where residents can have a respite from the heat during library hours. There are other county buildings that have also been designated as Cooling Zones. Contact the County of Glenn for a list of Cooling Zones.


Woman Rescued Monday Morning After Falling Off Bridge

The incident reportedly happened about 4 AM when Butte County Sheriffs got the call of a woman in distress walking the bridge by Table Mountain Boulevard in Oroville. Deputies reportedly found the woman sitting precariously on the edge of the bridge. Deputies attempted to talk her down but she reportedly would not respond. According to authorities, the woman went off the bridge some 50 feet into the swift flowing river, where she was rescued by Cal Fire and Search and Rescue Teams. She was said to be alert and talking when she was being transported to the hospital. 


Woman Dies After Collision On Highway 20 In Yuba County

The CHP says shortly before 11 Monday morning a passenger vehicle collided with a truck and trailer on 20 near Sicar Flat Road. It said the woman passenger was stuck and subsequently died. The roadway was shut down for about an hour after the fatal collision. 


Investigators Arrest Suspected Arsonist

55-year-old Valerie Phillips of Oroville was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of starting a small fire on the 11 hundred block of 10th Street in Thermalito. Authorities say that she's suspected of starting the quarter of an acre fire early Thursday morning. 


Summer School In Chico Will Return After Seven Year Hiatus

 The four week program will take place at Fair View High School on East Avenue. Six subjects will be offered including math and English. The Chico Unified School District was able to bring back the summer school program for high school students after finding new sources of funding.   


Fire Evacuation Drill In Paradise Is Being Called A Success

The drill started at 7 am Wednesday. The stop lights were shut down at the intersection of Elliot Road and the Skyway and the center lane became a second lane of traffic from Elliott to Pearson Road to let more traffic move out of the town.



After the evacuation drill ended at 8 am a firefighting simulation started off of Neal Road.



Officials report the drill taught emergency responders how to move a lot of people in a short period of time and to get county and town staff all together during an emergency.

Chico School Board Sending Bond Measure Before Voters In November

The board voted unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting to put the 152 million dollar bond measure on November's ballot. The measure would help to fund the district's facilities master plan. The funds raised would be used to update and upgrade elementary schools in the district. Many of the older schools in the district have leaky roofs and need upgraded in electrical and plumbing systems. Reports indicate the funding from the bond measure will stay local and will not be used for administrative salaries. 


Dead Trees Prompting Concern For Wildfire Danger

 In October of last year Governor Brown signed an executive order to create a Tree Mortality Task Force. The task force consists of over 80 local, state, and federal agencies, as well as utility companies. 10 counties that span from Placer County down through the Central Sierra to Kern County have been the main focus of the tree removal effort. Cal Fire, Cal Trans, county public works crews, and utility companies have been removing dead and hazardous trees. Officials are also urging the public to remove dead trees around their homes in order to reduce the wildfire threat.   

Cal Fire Will Suspend Burn Permits For Butte County Starting Monday

All residential outdoor burns of landscape debris such as branches and leaves will be a part of the suspension. Cal Fire officials say that debris burn escapes is a major cause of fires.


As conditions across the state are drying out further Cal Fire also encourages residents to clear dead trees and overgrown vegetation to form a 100 foot defensible space around structures.  


Chico City Council Passes First Step In Restricting Butane Sales

The first reading of the ordinance passed unanimously at Tuesday night's meeting. If the second reading is passed the ordinance would limit a resident from buying more than 600 milliliters of butane per transaction for a 30 day period. 600 milliliters would equal about two cans of butane. There would also be a fine of one thousand dollars and/or 6 months in jail for violations of the ordinance. 



Authorities are hoping this will help limit the amount of honey oil labs and explosions from such labs in this area.

If the second reading passes the ordinance will go into effect 39 days later.    

PG&E Will Be Increasing Water Flow To The Feather River

The water flows will be increased in the Rock Creek Reach of the Feather River starting June 25th and 26th and will continue for 3 more weekends at the end of the next 3 months. The increased flows are for whitewater recreation. Officials warn that the increased water flows are for experienced paddlers and is NOT intended for casual tubers. 


Fire Crews Contain Wildfire In Butte County

The Coal Fire started in an olive orchard off of Coal Canyon Road and Highway 70 north of Oroville around 4:30 pm Monday. The blaze spread to grass and moved to the south of Coal Canyon Road and to the east of Table Mountain Boulevard. The fire burned 112 acres and reportedly destroyed two out buildings. According to Cal Fire, the blaze was fully contained before 8 pm Monday evening. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.   


Paradise Officials To Practice Wildfire Evacuation Procedures On Wednesday

Butte County officials want Paradise residents to be prepared for an evacuation during a wild fire. Officials are asking residents to go over their evacuation plans on Wednesday June 22nd. Family members should have a plan when it comes to evacuating children and other dependants. They say residents should have Go Bags in their vehicles and to make sure the gas tank is over half full.


Helicopters and air tankers will also be in the air on Wednesday.      

Plans Underway To Improve Chico Sidewalks

 Cal Trans has a 4 million dollar budget for a sidewalk rehabilitation project on East 8th and East 9th streets. The work to improve the sidewalks is in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The work should start in July.

A community open house starting at 6 pm Thursday at the Valley Contractors Exchange on East 8th Street will be held to discuss the project.   


A Confrontation In Anderson Leads To A Stabbing

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Eric Strickland, came to a residence on Colverdale Road around 11 Saturday night allegedly wearing a ski mask and armed with multiple weapons.


One of those weapons was a knife which Strickland reportedly used to stab a 26-year-old man and his brother-in-law while they were scuffling with him. The two men reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries.


According to police, along with the knife, officers reportedly found a pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle on Strickland which they say didn't have any serial numbers. Authorities say the assault rifle may have not been registered through a gun dealer.       


Strickland told officers that he was only trying to scare the two men.

The City of Chico Settles Excessive Force Lawsuit

 24-year-old Arash Akbarieh filed the civil rights lawsuit against the city in the U-S District Court for the Eastern District of California in 2013. The lawsuit alleges that Chico police officers forcefully detained Akbarieh without cause while he was outside of a house party. Akbarieh allegedly received a knee injury from the incident. Reportedly the suit also alleges that Akbarieh who is of Iranian descent was racially profiled. Besides the City of Chico, Former Police Chief Kirk Trostle and two police officers were also named as defendants. The amount of the settlement is reportedly $400,000. 

Risk Downgraded To Oil Facility Near Santa Barbara County Wildfire

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that's burning out of control in rugged coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara is now posing little risk to a nearby oil processing facility.


Heavy winds had pushed the flames close to an ExxonMobil crude oil facility Wednesday and forced the evacuation of hundreds of campers and a handful of rural homes.


Santa Barbara County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the danger to the facility is minimal Thursday. Several ranch homes were evacuated, but no structures have burned.


Zaniboni says a fleet of planes are dropping water and retardant and crews are taking advantage of calmer winds as they build lines around the blaze. It's charred nearly 2 square miles of dry canyon brush, and there's no containment.


The wildfire is one of several burning in Western states, including New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.

This story has been corrected to show that the ExxonMobil site is not a refinery, but a crude oil processing facility.

Red Bluff Woman Finds Burglary Suspect Sleeping In Her Bed

The resident had returned to her home on Walton Avenue and noticed that some items had been disturbed. She then found the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Laura Graham asleep in her bed. The woman called the police and Graham was arrested without incident. According to Police Graham had allegedly stolen some money and food.  


Search And Rescue Teams Continue To Look For Missing Kayaker

Teams were searching Lake Oroville Wednesday for 30-year-old Derek Nielsen of Paradise who has been missing since June 5th. His kayak was found in the water near the Nelson Bar launch ramp.


Meanwhile, a person has reportedly come forward recently and told authorities that they believe they saw Nielsen walking on Nelson Bar Road the night he was reported missing.


Authorities say they will continue the search with more boats this weekend. 

Trial Date Set For Former Paradise Police Officer

The trail date for 32-year-old Patrick Feaster was announced Wednesday to take place on October 3rd. Feaster has pled not guilty to a felony count of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of 26-year-old Andrew Thomas on November 25th. Thomas had crashed his SUV after leaving a bar in Paradise. His wife, 23-year-old Darien Ehorn was thrown from the SUV and died at the scene. Feaster claimed his gun accidentally discharged, shooting Thomas in the neck as he was attempting to climb out of the SUV. Thomas died in the hospital several days later.      


Former Las Plumas High School Gym Teacher Sentenced

33-year-old Lindsay Himmelspach of Chico was sentenced to 120 days in Butte County jail as a condition of probation for being charged with two felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor. The incidents happened June of last year when the two male students of Las Plumas High School were 17-years-old. The judge also ordered that the defendant complete sex offender therapy classes. A hearing on whether Himmelspach will have to register as a sex offender will take place on August 3rd.

Bealer Found Guilty

Quentin Bealer has been found guilty of first degree murder. The jury of 9 men and three women reached the verdict Tuesday afternoon, and it was read around 9 this morning. Bealer was convicted of the 2013 murder of 14-year-old Marysa Nichols in Red Bluff. The case is being heard in Sacramento County after being moved from Tehama County. A first degree murder sentence carries a maximum penalty of 25-years-to-life in prison. No word yet on when his sentencing will take place. 

Keswick Fire

Fire crews contain a wild fire Northwest of Redding. The fire started near Keswick Dam Road and Iron Mountain Road around 3 pm Saturday. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned 24 acres and was fully contained on Sunday. 

The Police Community Advisory Board meets on Wednesday

The meeting will take place at the Dorothy Johnson Center 775 East 16th Street from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. 
According to the Chico Police Department, the Police Community Advisory Board is a link between the community and the department to facilitate and enhance communiction. Community imput at the meetings are welcome and encouraged.  
The meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month and are open to the public. 

A Victim of a Collision Has Been Identified

The pedestrian struck and killed near the Lindo Channel Bridge in Chico Friday night has been identified as 55 year old Billy Abernathy. Authorities say Abernathy was crossing the Esplanade about 9 at night when he was struck by a north bound car and perhaps another vehicle. Abernathy was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he died from major injuries sustained in the accident. Police are unsure why the man was in the middle of the street. They do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

Oroville Area Control Burn

If you see smoke coming from the Oroville area today, it's likely to be from a 30 acre controlled burn. Cal Fire along with Butte County Fire will be having the 30 acre control burn at the Rabe Road Shooting Range beginning at 8 AM. The idea is to provide live fire training and remove unwanted vegetation in the area. The Range will be closed all day to the public. 

A vehicle fire in Chico leads to an arrest.

Chico Police and Chico Fire arrived to the 200 block of West East Avenue after reports of a vehicle fire after 12 am Saturday. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the small SUV was destroyed. Witnesses reported seeing a woman allegedly walking away from the vehicle with a male following her. Officers found the woman, identified as 34-year-old Maria Sarnowski. According to police, Sarnowski had allegedly assaulted the man seen with her. She was arrested for domestic violence and arson.

Police make an arrest after a stabbing along a Chico bike path

Officers arrived in the area of Alba Avenue and the bicycle path to find a man suffering from a single stab wound to his upper body after 12:30 Saturday morning. The victim was taken to the hosptial where he was treated and released. Witnesses told police that the alleged suspect had fled south on bicycle down the bike path. Officers found 28-year-old Joshua Pennock on Parmac Road and Rio Lindo Avenue. Witnesses identified him as the suspect and he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. 

Butte County deputies chase a suspect through Oroville

Deputies attempted to stop the driver of a Ford Explorer in the area of Glen Drive and Foothill Boulvard around 2:30 Saturday morning. The driver however, allegedly failed to yield leading deputies on a nearly 30 minute pursuit with speeds at times reaching 80 miles an hour. During the chase a passenger identified as 31-year-old Christopher Ballez reportedly jumped out of the car and took off on foot, but he was quickly caputred by deputies. Spike strips were deployed on Lower Honcut Road east of Highway 70 stopping the vehicle. The driver, 42-year-old Timothy Fryar was arrested. 

Arrests are Made After Last Weeks Violent Attacks at a Trump Rally in San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California have arrested three teenage boys involved in violent attacks against Donald Trump supporters after a political rally last week in San Jose, California. The San Jose Police Department said Wednesday that one of the juvenile suspects was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon after he was recorded on video striking a man with a blunt object.

Police respond to a stabbing in Chico

Officers arrived at the Willow Creek Apartments on the 27 hundred block El Paso Way after 9:30 pm Wednesday when they found a male victim with numerous lacerations and puncture wounds. The victim was taken to the hospital where he is currently listed as being in critical condition. Witnesses said the victim and his borther allegedly got into a fight with a group of males in the parking lot of the apartment complex. That's when the victim was allegedly stabbed. The suspects reportedly fled the area on foot.  
Anyone with information is asked to call the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900. 

Prop 50

State Ballot Measure - Statewide Results
Prop. 50 Suspension of Legislators---------Yes 75.4%      No 24.6%

U.S. House and Senate

U.S. House of Representatives District 1 - Districtwide Results
*Doug La Malfa REP------------59,037 40.3%
Jim Reed DEM--------------------42,543 29.1%
Joe Montes REP-----------------25,203 17.2%
U.S. Senate - Statewide Results - Top 2
Kamala D. Harris DEM----------------1,998,773   40.4%
Loretta L. Sanchez DEM-------------914,206   18.5%

State Assembly Districts 1 and 3

State Assembly District 1 - Districtwide Results
Brian Dahle REPUB.------------70,940     100.0%
State Assembly District 3 - Districtwide Results
*James Gallagher REP------------44,400   60.0%
Edward Ritchie DEM----------------29,567   40.0%

County Supervisor

BILL CONNELLY--------------------5387 60.78%
TOM WARNER-----------------------2042 23.04%
J. R. "RON" STOKER--------------1401 15.81%
STEVE LAMBERT----------------5070 71.54%
MARK JENSEN--------------------1961 27.67%
DOUG TEETER----------------------5537 47.03%
BIG MO HUFFMAN------------------2513 21.35%
DIANNA WRIGHT--------------------2401 20.39%
DH GRUMBLES----------------------1290 10.96%

County Measures

Yes-----------------------------34772  71.54%
No------------------------------13836  28.46%
Yes-----------------------------27952   59.47%
No------------------------------ 19053  40.53%
Yes-------------------------------28218  58.54%
No -------------------------------19982  41.46%

Chico Man Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter Gives His Plea In Court

A Chico man is due to be sentenced later this month on vehicular manslaughter charges. 82 year old Ernest Senock reportedly pled no contest last week to the two misdemeanor counts after he killed two people more than a year ago. Senock reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake when he drove onto a sidewalk and kiled one woman at the scene while another person died later. 72 year old Claudia Jenkins died at the scene and 79 year old James Glander died later at the hospital. They were reportedly walking a dog in north Chico on April 25, 2015. 


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