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KPAY News Archives for 2018-05

Skyway Crash

A single vehicle crash happened on the westbound lanes of the Skyway near Spanish Garden Drive before 5 this morning. The vehicle went off the road and rolled over. According to the Cal Trans/CHP incident page, a male occupant of the vehicle received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
PG&E crews were called out to check on a utility pole that was believed to be struck during the crash.


Redding Flight School Employees Accused of Kidnapping

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for two Northern California flight school employees deny accusations that their clients kidnapped a student pilot and tried to send him back to his native China.

Police in Redding arrested flight instructor Jonathan McConkey and his assistant, Kelsi Hoser, on suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy.

Investigators say the pair assaulted Tianshu Shi at his apartment last week and forcibly took him to the city airport.

Lawyers for McConkey and Hoser said in a joint statement Tuesday that their clients deny the accusations and intend to prove their innocence.

The two were released from custody after posting bail. No court date was immediately set.

Their employer, IASCO Flight Training, hasn't returned phone messages seeking comment.

Shi, a trainee in the U.S. on a student visa, sustained minor injuries.

Chico Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision UPDATE

More details emerge about a vehicle verse pedestrian accident in Chico Sunday night. A 27-year-old woman was found in the roadway after being struck by a passing vehicle. She was flown to a Sacramento area hospital after being sent to Enloe Medical Center. Police say she is currently with family members recovering. According to a Chico Police press report, the unidentified woman was found to be intoxicated the night of the accident. The driver of the car a 33-year-old Chico man was not found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has fully cooperated with investigators. Police say he will not be charged with a crime.

Chico Cell Phone Burglar Arrested

A Sacramento man reportedly steals thousands of dollars worth of cellphones from a Chico store. 26-year-old Steven McFarland was reportedly observed stealing cellphones from the the AT&T Store on Mangrove Avenue around 1:45. An employee then chased him on foot. When officers arrived McFarland then fled from them. Officers chased McFarland through the Chico Cemetery and then onto the Chico Junior High School grounds. According to a Chico Police press release, this prompted a five minute lock down of the school. McFarland was eventually caught after he was seen jumping the fences of nearby homes. He was arrested for various burglary charges.

Chico Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Police were called out to a vehicle verses pedestrian accident in Chico. Officers arrived at the intersection of East 5th Avenue and Sherman Avenue around 11:30 Sunday night and found a person in the roadway. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle involved was reportedly at the scene. The collision is still under investigation and police are asking if there are any other witnesses to contact the Chico Police Department.

Chico Shooting incident

Three bay area men are arrested over the weekend for a shooting incident in Chico. There were multiple reports of a shooting on the 12 hundred block of North Cedar Street around 3:45 Sunday morning. Witnesses told police that they saw a fight break out and then someone allegedly firing a gun at the location before taking off in a vehicle. Officers found and stopped that suspected vehicle in the area of West Sacramento and Warner Street. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers found a firearm inside and arrested the three male suspects who were all from Benicia. No victims were found at the scene.

Oroville Cannabis Forum

The Cannabis 101 forum in Oroville Thursday brought many for and against commercial cannabis sales in the city. The idea was recently floated as a way to help the financially strapped city. Some argued against it, saying federal law prohibits sales of cannabis in the city. Others argued it was not the financial solution to Oroville's problems. The forum featured  Neil Hall from the S-C-I Consutling Group, which works with California cities about commercial cannabis sales. 

Oklahoma Shooter Killed by Citizen with Gun

Oklahoma City police say two armed citizens fatally shot an alleged gunman after he emerged from a restaurant where at least three people were injured by gunfire. Police Captain Bo Mathews talked about the gunman at a news conference today. A woman and two girls were shot and wounded in the shooting, and a man fell and broke his arm while fleeing the scene. Mathews says during the shooting, two people retrieved their guns from their vehicles and shot and killed the suspect outside the restaurant.


Chico Highway 99 Big Rig Jackknife

Authorities have reported a big rig Jackknife on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 north of the East Avenue on-ramp this morning around 6:50. The Cal Trans/CHP Traffic Incident Page indicates that the big rig overturned on the on-ramp and that it went down an embankment 20 feet off of the edge. Officers have shut down the on Ramp.

Vector control aerial flights begin to pinpoint standing water

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

Aerial flights begin Tuesday to try and get an idea of where mosquito populations might breed and cause West Nile Virus. The annual fly overs are meant to get a bird's eye view of places where water has collected. Matt Ball with the Mosquito and Vector Control District says the flights help take aerial pictures.



Paradise Man Arrested in Chico for a Variety of Charges.

Chico Police received a report of a road rage incident involving a man driving a Nissan Titan pickup in the area of East Avenue and the Esplande around 8 pm Monday night. That driver, identified as Adam Parsons then went into the AM/PM in the area where he allegedly threatened the clerks and a customer with a hammer demanding money for gas. Parsons left the store and reportedly attempted to back over someone in his truck. According to a Chico Police Department press release, he then crashed his truck into a tree before driving off again. Parsons ended up near Manzanita Avenue where he allegedly stole a tow truck. Police say he collided with a vehicle on East Lassen Avenue near the Esplande and then crashed into two patrol vehicles. According to police, an officer shot at the tow truck but Parsons was not hit. Officers chased him to a dead end street where Parsons allegedly assaulted an officer before fleeing on foot. Parsons reportedly entered a nearby home of an 88-year-old woman. Officers rescued the woman and then used a K-9 and a Taser to finally take Parsons custody. He was booked into the Butte County Jail and a slew of charges.

Esplanade Crash

Chico Fire has reported another crash --- this time on the Esplanade in front of the Basque Norte Restaurant after 8 this morning. A Honda collided with a Volks Wagon. The roadway was reported to be partially blocked. No injuries were reported and no word on what caused the accident.

Downtown Crash This Morning

Chico Fire dispatch reported a three vehicle collision before 6:40 this morning in the area of 9th and Broadway. A Honda Sedan, Chevy Silverado pickup, and a Nissan Xterra were involved. Chico Fire says a vehicle or vehicles struck a commercial building during the collision, but that there wasn't any major structural damage to the building or to electrical transformers. No one was reported injured in the crash. Police have opened up lanes to traffic. No word yet on the exact cause of the crash.

Semi-Truck Off Bridge in Chico UPDATE

The CHP is issuing a traffic alert for the area of Ord Ferry and River roads in Chico this morning. According to the CHP traffic incident page, the west bound lane of Ord Ferry Road at 7-mile Lane is closed and could be closed for at least 4 hours. This after semi-truck went over the railing of a bridge into a ravine before 5 this morning. Cal Fire told Action News Now that the truck went completely off the bridge and is on its side. They say about 150 gallons of diesel fuel went into the water and is also leaking into the soil. Hazmat crews have arrived to clean up the scene, however authorities say this is not a Hazmant situation. They say the driver is out of the truck, but no word on the extent of his injuries.

CHP Traffic Alert for the Area of Ord Ferry and River Roads - Semi-Truck Crash

The CHP is issuing a traffic alert for the area of of Ord Ferry and River roads in Chico this morning. According to the CHP, the semi-truck went over the railing of a bridge into a ravine before 5 this morning. They say it is hanging over the side of the bridge. They say the driver is out of the truck, but no word on the exent of his injuries. There are reports of debris and fuel on the road.
According to the CHP traffic incident page, Ord Ferry Road is being closed for an undetermined amount of time.


Chico Costco Parking lot Shooting

Police are investigating a shooting in south Chico last night. Officers were called to Costco on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway for a report of a shooting around 8:45 Tuesday night. According to a Chico Police press release, officers arrived and discovered a shooting had occurred in the parking lot. There were no injuries reported and the investigation is on-going.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.


Butte County looking for Precinct Workers

Wanted--county precinct workers for the upcoming Primary Election. The Butte County Elections Office might be seeking you and you could earn up to 175 dollars a day. Those who might be interested must complete an application and have some training for the primary that comes on Tuesday, June 5th. The applications can be found at the County Employment Center on Carmichael Drive in Chico.


North Chico Structure Fire

There are reports of a structure fire in north Chico in the area of White Avenue south of East Lassen Avenue some time after 8:30 this morning. White smoke has been seen in the area. According to a tweet from PG&E's Paul Moreno traffic is slowing in the area.
According to Chico Fire Dispatch PG&E crews are on their way to the scene.

Chico Vehicle Vs Bicyclist Crash

Chico Fire Dispatch reported a vehicle verses bicycle collision after 7:45 this morning at the Esplanade and Memorial Way near Chico Junior High School. Authorities say a blue sedan struck a juvenile on a bike. Chico Junior High staff told first responders that the juvenile had been taken to nearby Immediate Care, the driver who was involved was there with the teen along with the principal of Chico Junior. School officials say however the juvenile hit was not a student at Chico Junior.

Attempted Abduction in Chico

Chico Police are investigating an attempted abduction. A woman was walking her son to school on Laurel Street when they were allegedly confronted by a man wearing dark clothing around 7:30 Tuesday morning. The man reportedly grabbed the boy's arm. The man took off after the mother called for help and neighbors began coming out of their homes.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the information is still limited at this time, but the suspect is described as a dark skinned, adult male who appeared to be a transient.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.


Chico Highway 99 Semi Fire

The CHP, Cal Fire, and Chico Fire responded to a a semi-truck fire on Highway 99 in Chico Monday night. Firefighters arrived to south bound Highway 99 near the Highway 32 off-ramp to find a semi truck fully engulfed in flames after 8:30 Monday night. The semi had also lost a tire. According to Chico Fire Department's Twitter page, southbound Highway 99 was closed between Cohasset Road and East 1st Avenue while fire crews knocked down the flames and then cleaned up the area. The lanes are now reopen. No one was injured in the incident.

The picture below is from Chico Fire Department's Twitter page.

Shots Fired at North Chico Mobile Home Park

Chico Police are investigating a shots fired at a mobile home park. Chico P-D received multiple reports of a possible shooting on East Lassen Avenue just before 1 Sunday morning. Officers arrived and found a mobile home had been struck several times from a firearm. Police say at least one round went through that residence and into a neighboring home. There were people inside at the time, but no one was reported injured.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers were unable to find a shooter and the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.


Stabbing Investigation

Three people are injured after a weekend stabbing incident in Chico. Officers arrived to the area of West 4th Street and Ash Street where they found a man with multiple stab wounds to the upper body just after 2 Saturday morning. The victim was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment. Chico Police then found out that two other people arrived at the hospital - one with multiple stab wounds to the upper body and another with numerous facial contusions. Police say all three victims are expected to survive.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the two suspects are described as Hispanic males. One suspect is described as having brown medium length hair. The other is described as short and heavyset.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.


South Chico Collision

Chico Police and Fire reported a traffic collision on the Skyway near Notre Dame Blvd. that happened just before 8 am this morning. One lane of westbound traffic was blocked. A black Hyundai Elantra reportedly collided with a blue Elantra.
Chico Fire is reporting that there were no injuries in the crash.

Partial Skyway Closure Sunday

Motorists on the Skyway this Sunday will run into one of two westbound lanes closed. A news release says Pacific Gas and Electric Company has crews installing new power lines along the road. The closure could last most of the day Sunday--from about 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM The area affected is about 18 hundred feet east of Honey Run Road to Potter Road. It adds that access to and from Honey Run Road will NOT be impacted.

Indecent Exposure Sentence

A Chico homeless man is sentenced for an indecent exposure case. 45-year-old Jason Lisle was ordered to say five hundred yards away a downtown Chico business where he committed an act of indecent exposure. The Butte County DA's Office says that the order essentially banishes Lisle from the whole downtown area.
The Conviction stemmed from an incident back in June of last year when Lisle approached a woman outside of a business on Broadway where she worked and asked her for money. When she refused he exposed himself to her shaking his genitals at her. He then urinated next to her. Lisle was arrested but was released and cited to appear in court, but he failed to do so. According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, Lisle has been a registered sex offender since 2001.



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