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KPAY News Archives for 2017-06

Chico Pedestrian Vs. Train Injury

A pedestrian is injured after reportedly being struck by a train in Chico. Officers and emergency personnel arrived to the railroad tracks near West 4th Avenue to find a woman near the tracks with major injuries before 9 pm Thursday. The unidentified woman, in her twenties, was said to be conscious and talking. She was taken to Enloe Medical Center. According to a Chico Police Department press release, her injuries, although major, do not appear to be life-threatening.

Chico Police Take an Alleged Dangerous Felon off the Streets

Chico Police nab a reported dangerous felon. The Chico Police Swat Team arrived at a home on the 12 hundred block of North Cedar Street around 5:30 Thursday morning to serve a high-risk search warrent. Chico Police had received a report that 32-year-old Omarr Lewis was at the residence and was allegedly in possession of multiple firearms. Lewis was taken into custody without incident. Officers searched the property and located two loaded firearms and an armored body-vest. Police also discovered 1.11 grams of methamphetamine and unlawfully possessed prescription medication. 
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Lewis was charged with being in possession of firearms and various other felony charges. 

Chico Biting Arrest

A biting incident in Downtown Chico sends one woman to jail. Two TARGET team officers were on foot-patrol when they spotted a woman smoking at the Downtown City Plaza around 1 pm Tuesday. One of the officers contacted the woman, identified as 36-year-old Trina Stotler and told her that it was a violation to smoke in that area, but She started to walk away. The officer reportedly tried to restrain Stotler, but she allegedly resisted him. The other officer tried to assist however, Stotler reportedly bit his arm. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the officer was sent to the hospital as a precaution, but he was not seriously injured. Stotler was eventually subdued and arrested. She was charged with resisting the officers.

Early Morning Chico Chase

A man leads police on a chase in Chico early this morning. Officers attempted to stop a Honda Civic reportedly driven by 33-year-old Tau Thao on Cohasset Road before 1 am this morning but he allegedly took off leading officers on a chase. Thao allegedly crashed the car in some shrubbery in the area of the Esplande and East Sacramento Avenue after reportedly driving recklessly. Thao then reportedly tried to hide on a roof of a nearby house. According to Chico Police Department press release, Thao was arrested for vehicle theft, DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and evading with wanton disregard for the safety of the public.
Police also say that one of the passengers of the Honda was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. A female passenger was released at the scene.


An Oroville man is sentenced in a child sex abuse case

60-year-old Randy Dahl was sentenced, last week, to 16 years in prison for child molestation and he was ordered to $300,000 to the victim.
That victim, a 9-year-old boy, told authorities in 2016 that he had been abused by Dahl as far as he could remember. According to a Butte County District Attorney Office press release, investigators found evidence that Dahl had been molesting the boy since he was 3-years-old. Investigators also searched Dahl's computer and found child pornography.
During the Sentencing hearing, the prosecutor state that Dahl had been molesting boys most of his adult life. The DA's Office says that the latest victim is a hero for reporting the crime and breaking the cycle of abuse.
Dahl will be evaluated under the state's sexually violent predator program which could place him into a state hospital for life.

SUV Vs. Train Collision This Morning

A vehicle verses train collision leaves one person injured this morning in Chico. 25-year-old Haley Davis reportedly crashed her Chevy Equinox into a power pole before the vehicle was seen stalled and on fire at the railroad crossing at West East Avenue around 2:30 this morning. This before a southbound train collided with the SUV. According to the CHP, Davis was thrown from the SUV during the crash. She was taken to Enole Medical Center with major injuries.

Shooting at Republican Baseball Team Practice, Virgina

Reports of a shooting this morning are correct. The Republican baseball team was hit at practice in Virginia. I am a member of the team but was not present at this practice session. Many are asking as I am on the roster. Pray for Whip Steve Scalise who was shot in the thigh area, is in surgery but should be ok and one staff member was hit and 2 Capitol Hill police hit. Their conditions are less known but seem to be more serious.


- Rep. Doug LaMalfa

1st District US Representative at US House of Representatives


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A Chico Nurse is Charged for Negligent Care

38-year-old Allison Guster of Chico appeared in a Butte County Courtroom Wednesday for her arraignment for the death of a hospital patient under her care.
The incident happened back in April of 2016 when 71-year-old Janna Adamson was recovering from surgery at Enloe Hospital. Adamson's doctor's orders for the nursing staff was to check the patient's oxygen levels at least every four hours. According to a District Attorney's Office press release, Guster allegedly only checked on Adamson once during her shift. Just before 4 am Adamson was found cold and unresponsive and dispite efforts to resuscitate her, Adamson was declared dead. An autopsy has determined Adamson died of pulmonary insufficiency, a condition which medical experts say would have been treatable if discovered in time. Guster reportedly falsified log entries on the number of times she checked on Adamson and the patient's pulse oximetry monitor had allegedly been turned off.
If convicted Guster could face 11 years in prison.


A Chico Firefighter is Injured in Bizarre Downtown Incident

A firefighter is injured while responding to an emergency in downtown Chico. Butte Medics and Chico Fire were dispatched to an emergency call on the three hundred block of Main Street after 2:30 this morning. When medics arrived they offered aid to 45-year-old Roy Brown, but he allegedly punched the two medics. Brown then ran over to a Chico fire truck and allegedly pulled the driver from the truck. The truck was parked but in drive and rolled forward colliding with an EMS vehicle. A firefighter injured his leg in the collision. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. 
According to a Chico Police Department press release, Brown was arrested for various charges including carjacking.

A Suspected Car Thief is Rescued From Big Chico Creek

Officers rescue a suspected car thief from Big Chico Creek. A woman reported her vehicle stolen from her central Chico residence on Friday. On Saturday the woman was at Bear Hole in Upper Bidwell Park and she spotted her vehicle with two men inside. Officers arrived and found the car unoccupied. Officers then spotted two men swimming in Big Chico Creek. According to a Chico Police press release, the first suspect, identified as 54-year-old Martin Plummer was able to get out of the water safely. The second suspect, 55-year-old Richard Kennedy however, was pulled under water. Officers along with Chico Fire crews were able to rescue Kennedy. Both suspects were then arrested.

West of Chico Shooting

Butte County deputies respond to a report of an injured man west of Chico. Deputies arrived to Highway 32, just east of the Gianella Bridge at the Sacramento River after 12:30 Sunday afternoon and found an Hispanic male with a gunshot wound to his leg on the side of the roadway. The unidentified victim was taken to Enole Hospital.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release, circumstances leading up to the shooting are unknown at this time, but they do believe that the shooting was NOT random. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7321


Suspected Pot Growers Give Pleas in a Butte County Courtroom

Suspected pot growers in the Oroville area enter pleas in court. Three suspected drug cartel growers entered no-contest pleas, Wednesday in a Butte County courtroom, to felony charges of cultivating thousands of marijuana plants. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey noted that normally under Proposition 64 those felony charges would now become misdemeanors, but because the growers violated environmental laws the cultivation will remain felonies.
Two of the men 22-year-old Genaro Uristegui of Fresno and Andres 39-year-old Galarza-Zendejas were charged for marijuana cultivation and diverting water at two properties on Harlan Avenue near the Oroville Airport. They were also charged with dumping gasoline in a stream that they made to divert the water.
Another man, 40-year-old Eliceo Morales of Mexico was charged for marijuana cultivation and diverting water at a property on Rocky Top Road off of Cherokee Road.
According to a press release from the Butte County District Attorney's Office, all three men will be sentenced on June 28th.


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