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KPAY News Archives for 2017-09

Oroville Car Chase

Suspected vehicle thieves lead deputies on a chase in Oroville. A deputy was on patrol when he spotted a white Honda Accord with dealer plates before 1:30 Wednesday morning. That vehicle had been reported stolen from Yuba City. The deputy attempted stop the car, but the driver of the vehicle allegedly fled away at a speeds around 100 miles per hour. Other deputies joined the pursuit, but briefly lost sight of the car near Lower Wyandotte Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Deputies found the vehicle after it had reportedly gone off the roadway, hitting a fence and a tree. The two occupants were attempting to flee on foot when they were arrested. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the two suspects, identified as 36-year-old Christopher Johnson and 45-year-old Jeremy Papesh were both charged with possession of a stolen vehicle among other charges.

Chico Police are Searching for Shooting Suspect

Police are investigating a shooting in north Chico. Officers and detectives arrived to the area of Garden Park Drive and Ceres Avenue around after 12:30 Wednesday morning and found a victim with a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police believe the injury to be non-life threatening. Officers canvassed Garden Park Drive and found shell casings. According to a Chico Police Department press release, no other citizens were injured and no property was damaged.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.


Cherokee Fire

Fire crews halt a vegetation fire north of Oroville early this morning. The Cherokee Fire started in the area of Highway 70 and Cherokee Road around 3:30 am. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned less than an acre is now fully contained.
A witness reported to the CHP that fire crackers were allegedly seen thrown from a black convertible in the area of the fire after 3:30 am. However, authorities say the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.
Cal Fire Butte County tweeted that Highway 70 was partially blocked with emergency equipment while crews battled the fire. The roadway is now clear.


Chico Shooting

Police are reporting a shooting incident that happened around 4 am this morning in the area of Bruce Road and Humboldt Road. The suspects reportedly fled eastbound on Highway 32 in a dark Honda sedan. Police found the victim at the Valero Market on Bruce Road and Skyway. According to police, the victim had a gunshot wound to the arm.

A Jury Convicts a Man For an Assault on a Fellow Inmate

23-year-old Jack Masters of Oroville was found guilty of felony assault on Monday. Masters was serving a multi-year felony sentence in the Butte County Jail for two counts of auto theft. Masters attacked another inmate who was awaiting a trial. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Masters was captured on the jail's surveillance system viciously punching, kicking, and throwing the other inmate around for three minutes.
Masters is scheduled to be sentenced November 9th. He faces up to four years in state prison.


Tree Fell in Chico This Morning

The CHP has reported a tree down in the area of River Road and West Sacramento Avenue just after 3 am this morning. The tree fell over the road and is blocking both lanes. At last report the CHP was coordinating with a boom truck operator to cut some branches off the tree.

Progress is being made on the Ponderosa Fire east of Oroville

The Ponderosa Fire is getting closer to containment. The wildfire started August 29th 2 miles northwest of Forbestown. The blaze has burned 4,016 acres and is 72 percent contained. 54 structures have been destroyed 32 of which were homes. There are NO structures currently threatened and no evacuations at this time. All roads are also open at this time.
According to Cal Fire, crews will continue to patrol, mop up, and strengthen containment lines.


Highway 99 Downed Lines

Downed power lines caused traffic to back up on Highway 99 in Chico this morning. The south bound lanes of Highway 99 were reopened after 8 am this after the lines fell after 7:30. The CHP closed the lanes due to a fire caused by the downed lines. Chico Police dispatch reported that traffic was backed up all the way to Bruce Road. PG&E arrived and worked on killing the downed power lines.
Around 9:15 the authorities reported that the southbound Highway 99 was down to one lane.


Chico Missing Woman Found Safe

A missing Chico woman has been found. 25-year-old Tatiana Medeiros she was found safe and sound around 5 am this morning. This after she was last seen around 7:30 Monday evening near the Olive Garden on Business Lane. According to police, Medeiros was found by maintenance workers at the Oxford Suites which is across the street from the Olive Garden. Reports say that she has since been reunited with her family.


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