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KPAY News Archives for 2017-11

Oroville Dam Spillway Cracks

Hairline cracks in the new concrete spillway at Oroville Dam are causing concern. State Officials say the cracks were expected and do not pose a threat. A U.C. Civil Engineering Professor however says cracking in high strength reinforced concrete structures are never expected. Radio Station KQED out of San Francisco says letters show federal regulators asked State Water officials to explain the hairline cracks. They also reportedly asked what steps might be taken to address the issue. State Officials however said the cracks were anticipated. 

California Dungeness Crab Season Delayed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Fish and Game has delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties due to poor meat quality test results. The department said Monday that the opening would be postponed for a minimum of 15 days. The state is trying to schedule a second round of testing before Dec. 7 to determine whether the fishery can open Dec. 16 or will need to be further delayed.

Chico Head-on Collision

Chico Police reported a head-on collision just after 8 this morning on Madrone Avenue. Officers at the scene say that there was at least one minor injury in the crash. 

Live Power Line Downed in Chico

A live power line came down on El Monte Avenue in Front of Evers Veterinary Clinic after 7:45 this morning. Authorities say the sparks from a damaged transformer on top of the pole which caused a grass fire in the area. Chico Fire reported before 8:15 that the flames have been extinguished. Police have shut down the north side of El Monte across from Highway 32.

Thanksgiving Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The City of Chico Animal Services has some pet safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.
*Rich and fatty foods can cause digestive problems for your pets from mild diarrhea to gastroenteritis to pancreatitis; both are potentially life threatening.
*Pets should never be given raw foods, including eggs or turkey, which could cause food poisoning
*Chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions and onion powder are toxic to dogs and cats
*Keep bones, food wrappers, aluminum foil and waxed paper away from your pets
Animal Services also says having holiday guests may cause stress to your pets, especially shy or territorial animals. Provide a safe place for your pet to get away from the activity and to keep them from begging for food during the Thanksgiving meal.
Animal Services also says to make sure your pet is wearing a secure collar with an ID tag in case he or she gets loose. Officials say to consider getting your pet microchipped as an added safety measure.
The City of Chico Animal Shelter at 2579 Fair Street will be closed to the public this Thursday. Regular hours will resume Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.


Chico Homicide Victim Identified

The identity of the victim of what Chico Police is calling a homicide has been released. 26-year-old David Bledsoe was the man found dead on the 15 hundred block of North Cherry Street on November 9th. This after a suspicious death was reported to Chico Police. An autopsy has confirmed the victim died of a gunshot wound.
According to a Chico Police press release, the investigation is still active and is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chico Police Detective Bureau at 897-5820.

Power Pole Down in Chico This Morning

The Chico Police Department is reporting a power pole down in the area of East 9th and Mangrove avenues after 8 am this morning. PG&E has been called out to the area. Reports indicate that a vehicle was involved in the downing of the power pole.

Rancho Tehama Shooting Update

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has now confirmed that 6 people have died in the shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Tuesday morning. This at a press conference this (Wednesday) morning.

Rancho Tehama Suspect Shooters Past Dealings with Law Enforcement

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail after being charged with stabbing a neighbor and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.
Neighbors also said they repeatedly reported to police that he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ammunition day and night.
Police have declined to identify the shooter but confirmed the same man was charged with the stabbing in January. The district attorney told the Sacramento Bee the man in that case is Kevin Neal.
Tehama County authorities have confirmed that 5 are dead and 10 injured in the shooting rampage.

Rancho Tehama Shooting UPDATE

Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. Authorities have confirmed at least three people have been killed, including the suspected shooter at the Rancho Tehama Reserve southwest of Red Bluff. Authorities say there were five locations were shoots were fired including the Tehama Reserve School. According to Enloe Medical Center, three children and one adult are among the wounded. Red Bluff Daily News reports that one of the injured children was shot in the foot and chest and another was shot under the arm. The students at school are being evacuated to a safe location. Witnesses say the gunmen were dressed in green camouflage. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene.

Rancho Tehama Shooting

Tehama County authorities are on the scene of a shooting in Rancho Tehama this morning. That shooting incident being reported at a residence near Rancho Tehama Elementary School. Authorities say three people have been confimed dead, including the suspected shooter. The students at the nearby school are being evacuated to a safe location. There are reportedly more than 100 law enforcement at the scene. Stay tuned to KPAY for more information as it devolopes. 

Chico Hit and Run UPDATE

A person in connection to the fatal hit and run in Chico has turned themselves into authorities. An elderly man was found dead around 2 am Thursday in the area of West East Avenue and the Esplanade due to being struck by a vehicle. According to a Chico P.D. press release, an unidentified individual entered the Chico Police Department and admitted involvement to the hit and run. The suspect's vehicle, a white Ford Explorer was found and towed in for evidence.

Remains Found in Bangor

Authorities are investigating human remains found in Bangor. A resident found the remains on a property near Upham Road Friday afternoon. Butte County Sheriff's detectives say the body appeared to have been there for several months. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the remains are being sent to the Department of Justice as well as Chico State's Department of Anthropology for further identification.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCSO Detective Will Brewton at (530) 538-7671


Missing Chico Teen

Chico Police need your help in finding a missing teen. 15-year-old Felicity Minor has been reported missing for several days, this according to a Chico Police Department press release. Police say she has a medical condition that requires consistent medication, which she is not taking.
Minor is described as 5'4" tall and is 180 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a striped shirt. If you have seen her, you are asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.


Police are Looking for a Suspect in an Assault in Chico Sunday

Officers arrived to Lindo Channel around 2 Sunday afternoon and found a woman with a laceration on her arm. The woman said that she was walking along Lindo Channel when another woman came up to her and reportedly asked for money. When she refused the suspect allegedly used a sharp object to cut her. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to police, officers were unable locate the suspect.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the suspect is described as a white female from 40 to 50 years old with curly blond hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.


Chico Police are Searching for a Suspect in a Hit & Run Collision

Officers arrived to the intersection of Mission Ranch Blvd. and the Esplanade after multiple reports of a vehicle verses pedestrian collision before 7:30 Saturday evening. Officers found a 67-year-old man on the ground suffering from abrasions and a head wound. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the vehicle involved was described as a maroon sedan, possibly a Honda and was last seen fleeing southbound on the Esplanade. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

Accidental Discharge of a Gun Leads Officers to a Hit and Run Suspect

Officers arrived to an apartment complex on West Sacramento Avenue after reports of a physical fight around 4 pm Wednesday. Officers found 19-year-old Tristyn Jones with blood on his face. A gunshot was then heard from the quad area of the apartment complex. 18-year-old Danny Salazar emerged from the area with several wounds. Officers learned that Salazar had an alleged illegal shotgun that accidentally went off. Shotgun pellets reportedly grazed his legs causing minor injuries. No one else was injured in the incident.
Police also learned that Salazar was allegedly the driver of a hit and run collision that happened earlier that day. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Salazar had allegedly been seen on surveillance cameras hitting several parked cars. No one was injured in the collision. He was arrested on a variety of charges.


Chico Shooting Incident Update

Chico Police release new information about the Halloween party shooting incident. Chico Police received multiple calls of gunshots in the area of the 700 block of Normal Avenue around 2 Wednesday morning. Police say when officers arrived the scene was chaotic due to all the party goers fleeing the area. Around that time more shots were heard nearby. Officers learned that a person at the party had been shot multiple times after a fight erupted at the party. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was taken to the hospital and was in surgery but is expected to live.
An hour later officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of North Cedar Street and West 2nd Avenue. Officers believe the shooting incidents are related.


Chico Shooting Incident

Police are investigating an early morning shooting in downtown Chico. The incident reportedly happened at a party on 700 hundred block of Normal Street near West 7th Street after 2 am. Witnesses told police that the property owner tried to break up the party as it reportedly grew to around two hundred people. Police say a fight then broke out and a man in his 20s was allegedly shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds. 
Police reported that they found multiple shell casings in the area. 
Police are reportedly still searching for a suspect.


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