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KPAY News Archives for 2016-08

Chico Train Vs Pedestrian

The Chico Police Department is currently investigating a train vs. pedestrian collision. According to a Chico PD press release, the collision happened near the Amtrak Train Depot on Orange Street around 6 am. All railroad crossings from West 9th Street to West 1st Street are closed. Police say drivers who need to cross the railroad tracks will have to go to the railroad crossing at West Sacramento Avenue. 
The investigatioin is ongoing.  

Two Northstate Sheriffs Voice Opposition To Gun Control Prop On November Ballot

Proposition 63 would require background checks and prohibit the possession of large capacity magazines. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea along with Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko are opposed to the proposition. Both believe that the focus should be on the mental and criminal element not on guns and ammunition. Sheriff Honea told reporters that he believes the measure is a waste of public resources and money. The California State Sheriff's' Association has voiced its opposition to prop. 63.

Shasta County Officials Seeking Public's Help In Murder Case

 64-year-old Rick Forbes of Grants Pass, Oregon was found dead in his semi-truck earlier this month at the TA Truck stop in south Redding. After an investigation, authorities think Forbes was murdered sometime between Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th. The County's Secret Witness Organization is offering a reward of up to 10 thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Forbes. 

Suspect In Honey Oil Raid Turns Himself In

The fourth suspect in a honey oil production group turned himself in Friday afternoon through his attorney  after family members were arraigned Thursday. 20-year-old Ihad Saeidah is wanted in connection with the case that culminated with authorites' raid last Tuesday. Police seized honey oil production units and cannisters of butane after they raided the Dungeon, a tattoo parlor and smoke shop on Broadway in Chico Tuesday afternoon. The three arraigned yesterday are charged with a felony count of selling equipment used to manufacture the illegal drug. The three will return to court to enter their pleas on September First. 

Increased Containment Of Wildfire Burning Near Forest Ranch

The Santos Fire near Forest Ranch is 70% contained at last report from CalFire. Evacuation warnings have been lifted, but CalFire is urging residents to please continue to use caution while driving in the area as equipment and crews are still on scene. The Santos fire began on Friday at 3:30pm off Highway 32 at Santos Ranch Road and has burned 89 acres.

Kidnapped Child Returned To Butte County Child Services Division

 1-year-old Jayden Terry was returned to the Child Services on Table Mountain Boulevard in Oroville before 3:30 Thursday afternoon by his mother 28-year-old Gloria Kelly. She fled the area but was found and arrested. The child's father 32 year old Chad Clifford is still reportedly at large. Kelly and Clifford allegedly snatched the 1-year-old while they were at a scheduled visit Thursday. The 1-year-old was originally taken from the couple due to poor living conditions and the child having tested positive for meth.

Wildfire Updates

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Crews have surrounded the Blue Cut fire that burned for a week and destroyed 105 homes and 216 other structures in Southern California. The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze in San Bernardino County mountain areas is 100 percent contained after charring nearly 57 square miles. Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire that broke out last Tuesday about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Meanwhile nearly 1,900 homes are threatened by a wildfire on the central coast that grew slightly overnight to nearly 58 square miles.

New Human Cases Of West Nile Virus

Glenn County officials have confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus. An elderly resident is said to have contracted the non-neuro invasive form of the virus and is recovering at their home. The West Nile Virus has been found in 2 dead birds and eight chickens in the county as well as several samples from pools of water. Shasta County officials have confirmed their first human case of West Nile Virus this year. According to Shasta County Public Health, the resident who contracted the virus is recovering at home. Shasta County officials say that West Nile Virus has been found in all parts of the county and are advising residents to take precautions.

Progres On Blue Cut Fire

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have gained more ground as they work to surround the Blue Cut fire east of Los Angeles. The blaze is 26 percent contained Friday morning, up from 22 percent, and open flame is confined to pockets of the fire, which has scorched more than 50 square miles. Fire spokesman Brad Pitassi says some of the nearly 1,600 personnel working the fire will be demobilized Friday afternoon. Pitassi cautions, however, that there remains potential for explosive fire behavior. This blaze has ravaged pine forests near the California ski town of Wrightwood, but only half of its more than 4,500 residents had heeded mandatory evacuation orders. Officials say it was another example of a disturbing trend in the state as infernos speed through drought-starved vegetation during what could be California's most hazardous fire season on record.

Missing Man Update

The man reported missing has been found. The Chico Police Department received a phone call from Konata Ajamu who was reported missing by his family on Monday. He told police that he had relocated to another state voluntarily. 

Chico Police Asking For Public's Help Locating Missing Man

 Konata Ajamu was reported as voluntary missing person by his sister on Monday. Ajamu is reportedly a transient and was last seen by his family back in April of this year. At that time Ajamu told a family member that he was thinking of going back to Oregon. Ajamu is described as a black male with brown eyes and dark hair. He is 6 foot, 2 inches tall, and 220 pounds. Police say there's been no sign of foul play and he is listed as a voluntary missing adult, but his family is still concerned about his well being.

Oregon Man Charged With Crimes In Siskiyou County Prepares For Extradition

An Oregon man charged with murder who is being held in Northern California will be extradited. Edwin Lara was in a Siskiyou County courtroom for an extradition hearing on Tuesday. Lara is charged with the murder of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer in Deschutes County, Oregon. Lara is facing four counts of aggravated murder in Oregon. He also faces a number of charges in Siskiyou County including carjacking, kidnapping, and attempted murder. Lara will be in court in Oregon on August 25th.

Eleven People Running For Chico City Council This November

Four of the 11 candidates are incumbents, Vice Mayor Sean Morgan, councilors Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, and Randall Stone. The youngest candidate is 26-year-old Mercedes Macias who is a freelance copy editor and a blog writer. She is also a board member of the Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. Reports indicate the candidate filing period ended this past Friday. Meanwhile, the deadline to sign up for Butte County races has been extended. Those seeking to run for offices where one or more incumbents are not seeking reelection have until 5 pm Wednesday to sign up. There are various School districts and special districts in Butte County that have open seats. Reportedly anyone other than an incumbent may come into the Butte County Clerk's office and complete the paperwork. For more information you can contact the Butte County Clerk-Recorder Election Division.

3 West Nile Cases Confirmed In Chico

Three Chico residents have been confirmed to have contracted West Nile Virus. These are the first human cases of the virus in Butte County this year, and Butte County Public health says all three are separate and unrelated. Officials say all three are adults, with two suffering the more severe version of West Nile and the third person experiencing a less invasive fever. As of this week, West Nile Virus activity has been detected in 35 counties in California with 22 human cases statewide and health officials are urging everyone to use bug spray, avoid being outdoors and dawn and dusk and to drain all sources of standing water on your property. West Nile season is June through October in Butte County.

More Than 100 Homes Destroyed In Clayton Fire

LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving Northern California wildfire has destroyed more than 100 homes and forced thousands to flee an area where drought conditions and high temperatures are making firefighting difficult. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that the fire in Lower Lake, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, has scorched nearly 5 square miles. No injuries have been reported. The flames jumped a road Sunday and moved into the town of 1,200 that's still recovering from a devastating wildfire nearly a year ago. Thousands of structures are threatened after the fire burned the post office, a winery, a Habitat for Humanity office and several businesses. Officials didn't immediately have a tally of how many businesses and other buildings were lost.

Residents Evacuated From Mobile Home Park After Man Threatens To Blow Himself Up

Oroville police were called out to Wheelock Road for a welfare check on 55-year-old John Brown who had allegedly threatened suicide around 11:30 Saturday morning. Deputies arrived and detained Brown. According to deputies, a heavy smell of propane was reportedly coming from Brown's home. Residents of the mobile home park were evacuated and the gas was turned off. Upon further investigation it was determined that Brown had reportedly threatened to fill his home with propane and blow himself and the mobile home park up.

Woman Arrested After Oroville Stabbing

46-year-old Nancy Glaze was arrested at her apartment in Oroville Saturday in connection to an August 8th stabbing. The incident reportedly happened at an apartment complex on the 27 hundred block of Mitchell Avenue. That's where Glaze allegedly stabbed a man in the chest with a knife after the two reportedly argued over money and possible vehicle tampering. Police say that the unidentified victim was taken to Oroville Hospital for surgery and is now listed in fair condition.

Former Legion Officer Charged With Embezzlement

A former Gridley American Legion officer charged with embezzlement makes his first court appearance. 45-year-old William White the 3rd, pled not guilty to grand theft embezzlement on Thursday. White is charged with using funds from the American Legion's checking and savings accounts to cover personal expenses between 2014 and 2016. According to the Butte County D-A's Office, during that time White allegedly took over 19 thousand dollars. White's next hearing will be on September the 15th.

Suspicious Device Lands Chico Man In Jail

46-year-old Perry McElyea was allegedly seen attempting to light an object on fire while standing on an electrical box at the McDonald's on Mangrove and Palmetto around 8 am Wednesday Morning. After officers arrived they found and arrested McElyea. Officers reportedly found the suspicious bottle on top of the electrical box. The Butte County Bomb Squad checked out the bottle which turned out to be harmless.

Officials Have Indentified Cause Of Last Year's Rocky Fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a hot tub's faulty wiring is to blame for one of the state's most destructive wildfires, a blaze that killed four people and destroyed more than 1,300 homes last year. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a detailed report Wednesday into the cause of the 120-square-mile wildfire that devastated a large portion of rural Lake County and parts of Napa County about 90 miles north of San Francisco in September 2015.

Police Investigate Shooting In Downtown Chico

Police received a call of shots fired at 2nd and Wall streets before 9:30 pm Wednesday. When officers arrived they reportedly found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Witness identified the vehicle that was believed to be involved in the shooting. Officer found the car and detained the man believed to be the owner. According to police, the investigation is on-going and the involvement of the detained man has not yet been confirmed.

Five People Rescued From The Feather River Over The Weekend

Eight people were floating on inner tubes on the river between East Gridley Road and the gravel pits near Hutchins Road around 4:30 Saturday afternoon when five people from the group hit a tree and disappeared from view. The Butte County Sheriffs Marine unit arrived and brought the tubers to safety. Four adults in the group were wearing life jackets, but a 10-year-old in the group reportedly was not. No was injured in the incident.


There are strong currents this year and drownings are up by 500 percent. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says that it's very important for people to stay alert while on enjoying the water and wearing a life jacket is strongly recommended while tubing.

Woman Rescued After Falling Off Cliff In Bidwell Park

The woman was walking along the rocks at Salmon Hole when she reportedly fell 12 feet around 2 pm Saturday. The unidentified hiker in her 30s was lifted out of the area by helicopter due to the terrain. She was then taken by ambulance to Enloe Medical Center where she was treated for moderate injuries to her ribs.

Wildfire Threatening Homes In Tehama County Fully Contained

The Baker Fire stared near Baker and Plymire roads north west of Red Bluff around 6 pm Wednesday. The blaze burned 80 acres of dry grass and oak woodland and is 100 percent contained now, according to CalFire. The fire threatened homes in the area and there was an evacuation order, but Fire crews were able to quickly stop the blaze's forward progress. Officials are still looking into what caused it.

Authorities Investigating Atwater Bus Crash

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were working Wednesday to find out why a bus suddenly veered sharply off a central California highway, smashing into a pole that sliced the vehicle nearly in half, killing five people. Eighteen people were injured Tuesday, but none of the victims were in critical condition by day's end. One passenger says it appeared the bus driver was trying to pass another vehicle moments before the crash, but it would not let him merge.

Bus Crash On Central California Highway Kills 5


ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bus crash on a central California freeway has killed five people and sent at least five others to hospitals.


California Highway Patrol Officer Moi Onsurez says the five injured were airlifted to hospitals. He didn't have details about additional injuries or the cause of the crash that happened early Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.


Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.


Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bus crash on a central California freeway has killed five people and sent at least five others to hospitals.

California Highway Patrol Officer Moi Onsurez says the five injured were airlifted to hospitals. He didn't have details about additional injuries or the cause of the crash that happened early Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.

Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.

Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

Redding Police Need Your Help Identifying Suspect

Police were called out to a robbery at the Chase Bank on Cypress Avenue after reports of the suspect handing the teller a note stating he had a handgun and demanding money. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and he left the bank. Officers searched the area with a K-9 officer and a CHP helicopter, but couldn't find him. The suspect is described as a white male adult standing at 5'8" and weighing around 200 pounds. If you have any information about this his identity please contact Redding police.


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