WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have agreed not to require thousands of California National Guard troops to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon had demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the Guard under pressure to fill ranks and hit enlistment goals.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio's Tim Ryan today. Her win came despite disenchantment among some in the Democratic caucus over the party's disappointing performance in the elections earlier this month. Democrats will remain in the minority in the House and Senate next year and won't have the presidency as a bulwark against Republicans.
The husband of an abducted Shasta County woman found alive last week releases a statement. Keith Papini released the statement this week after his wife Sherri was found Thanksgiving morning after being allegedly abducted for three weeks. He began the statement thanking his family and the hundreds of people who helped in the search for his wife. Keith talked about seeing his wife at the hospital after she was found describing her as having bruises, burns, and chain markings on her body. He also said that she was 87 pounds and emaciated. He also reacted to recent rumors about his wife's kidnapping saying they were disgusting. Authorities are currently on the lookout for her alleged captors described as two armed Hispanic women in a dark colored SUV.
Chico police make an arrest and recover a stolen vehicle. An officer was on patrol near 11th Avenue and the Esplanade around 6 pm Saturday when he spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Paradise. He called for additional officers to help with the traffic stop, believing the suspect might flee area. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Justin Darrow reportedly did NOT take off and was arrested without incident. Officers found out that Darrow has an extensive criminal history with several parole violations.
Chico Police have taken custody of the dog in an animal abuse investigation. The alleged abuse took place at an apartment complex on Nord Avenue earlier this month. The owner told police that he had relinquished custody to a third party. During the investigation police found the Husky at an area animal shelter on Saturday morning and took custody of the dog. According to police, after an examination from a veterinarian the dog was found be completely healthy and injury free. Last week the police department submitted the investigation to the Butte County DA's Office for review for potential dog abuse charges.
Chico Police are taking another look at a dog abuse case. Authorities had stated that a Chico man charged with the abuse of his dog had been cleared of the charges, but upon further review of the investigation they have decided to submit the investigation to the Butte County DA's Office which could lead to animal abuse charges. The dog's owner was seen on surveillance video allegedly throwing his dog in a dumpster and it appeared he was hitting the dog. The dog's owner claims that he didn't injure the dog. He also claims to have given the dog away, but police are currently looking into that claim.
Chico police are investigation a DUI crash. Officers arrived at Nord Highway at the bridge that crosses over Mud Creek after 1:30 am this morning to find a red Toyota Corolla partially submerged in the creek. The driver, identified as Christina Welsh was able to get out of the car. She was found wet, cold, and shaken up but otherwise only had minor injuries. No one else was in the vehicle. Police say Welsh allegedly displayed symptoms of alcohol consumption and was arrested.
A man is injured in scuffle with a suspicious person in Chico. A man reportedly saw a transient looking into vehicles in a parking lot on the six hundred block of Nord Avenue. Police say that instead of immediately calling the cops the unidentified man attempted to detain the transient. The suspect allegedly hit the man on the head with a flashlight causing a struggle between the two men. The suspect hit the man again with the flashlight and took off. The victim was reportedly not seriously injured. The victim could only describe the suspect as a white male around 35-years-old.
The CHP is investigating a fatal collision in Glenn County on I-5 this morning. Two vehicles reportedly collided head-on, on the southbound lanes of I-5 near County Road 39 north of Willows before 4 am this morning. Then both cars were reportedly hit by a big rig. The CHP has reported at least one fatality and a person was reported trapped in a vehicle. Authorities reporting that the number two southbound lane is now open.
A man leads authorities on a bizarre chase in Butte County. 30-year-old Patrick Crick was arrested allegedly trespassing at Enloe Medical Center around 10 pm Tuesday. Crick was later released from the Butte County Jail and went to the nearby Home Depot where he allegedly stole a street sweeper. Crick reportedly drove north on Highway 99 to Chico where he crashed and rolled the sweeper near East Avenue around 1:30 Wednesday Morning. CHP officers say Crick took off before they arrived. He was reportedly found in the parking lot of the Action News Now studios on Silverbell Road. According to Action News, Crick was trying to get into their building.
The discovery of a dead man inside a car has Butte County authorities investigating. The body was found after 1 Monday afternoon when a citizen alerted authorities of the situation off McCaton Drive in Bangor. Authorities do not believe the vehicle was involved in a traffic collision so they consider the death suspicious. Anyone with information is urged to contact Butte County Detectives.
Butte County authorities are searching for vehicle robbery suspects. Oroville Police saw a Chevy Tahoe in the area of Oro Bangor Highway and Myers Street around 7 pm Monday night. That vehicle had been reported stolen out of Richvale earlier that day. Officers attempted to stop the S-U-V but the driver allegedly failed to yield, leading police on a pursuit through Oroville, Palermo, Honcut and then back through Oroville. The S-U-V reportedly crashed into a stop sign. All the suspects fled on foot except for a woman who was detained by officers. Authorities searched the area but they were unable to locate the suspects.
Butte County authorities have a suspicious death case on their hands. The Butte County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that deputies found the body of a white male adult Thursday off Middle Honcut Road near Highway 70. It appeared the body had been there for a significant amount of time and the body was badly decomposed. No arrest nor identification has been made and will not be made until after the body is autopsied and the autopsy is completed. Those with any knowledge of the incident are urged to contact Butte County Investigators.
The man found dead in his Berry Creek home has been identified. 59-year-old Robert Roberts was found deceased by his roommate on the living room floor of his home on Canyon Creek Road around 10:30 Wednesday morning. According to authorities, he has suffered some kind of head trauma however, it's not known what caused it. There was reportedly a large pot grow on the property and detectives are looking into whether Roberts death was drug related. No suspects have been named at this time.
A rock slide happened in the area of Highway 162 and Simmons Road in Berry Creek just before 5:30 am this morning. According to the C-H-P boulder and other large rocks are in the southbound lane of the roadway. There are rocks and dirt strewn along the road from the Cannon Creek Bridge all the way to the post office.
A former officer of Gridley's American Legion has been sentenced for embezzlement. 45-year-old William White the 3rd was sentenced Thursday to three years formal probation and was ordered to serve 90 days in the Butte County jail for embezzling nearly 20 thousand dollars from the American Legion Post 210 in Gridley. White was one of three officers who had access to the legions' accounts. The funds were embezzled between 2014 and 2016. White admitted to using funds to cover personal expenses and he has already begun to pay back the money owed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California elections officials are bracing for robust turnout, confused first-time voters and the prospect of long lines in a presidential election that has registered a record 19.4 million voters in the state. About 5 million people in California have already cast ballots in early voting, according to the data tracking firm Political Data Inc. with millions more voters expected to show up at polls Tuesday.
Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit and run collision in Chico. Officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision after 1 am Sunday and found a deceased man in an alley between Hobart Street and Citrus Avenue. Officers reportedly located a man, identified as 24-year-old Jason Robinson near the scene of the collision. According to police, the officers were able to link Robinson to the crime. He was charged with felony hit and run.
32 year old Justin Rich of Corning and 55 year old David Kahl of Chico are the two who were killed when their vehicles collided head on Tuesday afternoon. It happened on Highway 99 near Meridian Road when Rich who was driving the Saturn was heading northbound and sideswiped a black Acura. Later he crossed the yellow lines and hit a Solar City Chevy head on. According ot the C-H-P, the collision caused the Sonic to spin out of control. No other injuries were reported.
There was a collision at the off ramp of Highway 32 on Highway 99 which slowed traffic this morning. The accident was reported right before 8 am this morning. The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.
A man reported to be intoxicated became combative at a local casino. Butte County Sheriff's deputies arrived at Gold County Casino in Oroville and found the suspect, 23-year-old Dallas Iverson being detained by the staff. Iverson was allegedly intoxicated and had reportedly assaulted staff at the casino. When deputies contacted Iverson he allegedly started yelling racial slurs. Iverson reportedly kicked a deputy knocking him to the ground. The deputy was taken to the hospital for injuries to his ribs and knee. Iverson suffered minor injuries in the scuffle. He was charged with resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.
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