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KPAY News Archives for 2018-06

Butte County Supervisors Approve Budget

A new budget for Butte County gets the thumbs up. Supervisors yesterday approved a new and balanced almost half billion dollar budget. It represents an increase of 3 and a half percent over the previous year but eliminates 60 positions, all but one of which are currently vacant as department heads prepared for the cuts. The new budget will also see 24 part-time staff hours eliminated at five of the six countywide libraries. The budget was approved by a vote of 4-1 with Larry Wahl voting against it.

SCOTUS Justice Kennedy announces retirement

A key swing vote on the U.S. Supreme Court is out--leaving President Trump to select another justice that will probably cement a conservative Supreme Court for decades. Anthony Kennedy who is 81 announed he's retiring as of July 31st.

Butte County Tries to make it easier for Builders

Butte County is trying to make it easier--and cheaper--to build their own homes or rebuild after a disaster. County Officials recently signed off on some changes to the county code that allows county residents the chance to build their own homes. County Planner Nancy Springer says one of the key changes is to rebuild after a natural disaster.
She says the changes even allow people to use wood stoves--as long as they are EPA approved. The new regulations were originally tried out in the Concow--Yankee Hill--Big Bend area and are now allowable throughout much of the county, except in large urban areas.


Justice Dept Reacts to Judges Order to Reunite Families

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says a judge's order to reunite families separated at the border "makes it even more imperative" that Congress pass legislation that would enable it "to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together." On Tuesday, a judge ordered U.S. authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days and within 14 days if the children are younger than 5. It's unclear how legislation might resolve the issue.

Missing Chico Woman Found Safe

23-year-old Whitney Wheaton had not been seen since June 13th after leaving a residence on East Lassen Avenue. According to police, she has been found safe. The Chico Police Department would like to thank the community for their help in locating Wheaton.    


Chico Police Searching for an armed Robbery Suspect

Officers arrived to a room at a local hotel on Main Street during the late night hours of June 14th where they found three male victims with facial injuries. The men told police that an unknown woman armed with a handgun, allegedly physically assaulted them and robbed them of their cell phones along with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. 
The description from the victims and evidence discovered during the investigation lead police to believe that Timarie Bell was the possible suspect. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Bell's whereabouts are currently unknown and she is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

Chico Firearms Arrests

Arrests are made in a firearms case. Late last month officers arrived to the Meadows Apartments located on Fremont Street in Chico after reports of loud bangs being heard in the area. Officers saw a man in the area allegedly armed with a handgun. The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Alexander Valdovinos was arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm and other gun related charges.
Detectives later searched Valdovinos' apartment where they reportedly located multiple firearms. They also discovered six illegal high capacity ammunition magazines along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Ecstasy along with five thousand dollars in cash were allegedly found inside a safe. Another suspect, identified as Cameron Power was discovered to be connected to Valdovinos. He turned himself into authorities earlier this week.


Chico House Fire

Firefighters respond to a fire at a Chico house. Firefighters arrived to a residence on Greenwich Drive after 4 this morning to find a garage fully involved with two vehicles inside. According to Chico Fire, the blaze then extended into the attack. Firefighters knocked down the flames just after 4:30 this morning.

Butte County Cal Fire crews were busy with fires Thursday afternoon

The first was a group of small spot fires in east Oroville around 3 Thursday afternoon off of Foothill Boulevard at Fairhill Drive on Kelly Ridge. Firefighters quickly knocked down those fires.
After those fires, crews took on a vegetation fire north of Oroville. The "70 Fire" started off of Highway 70 at Table Mountain Road. The blaze burned 20 acres and is now 100 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, several high voltage power lines were impacted by the fire. A transmission line from the Clark Road substation was also affected which knocked out power to nearly 15 hundred customers including Butte College for almost an hour.
Then firefighters went to Cohasset to take on a small vegetation fire. The "Ridge Fire" started after 4 pm at Whispering Pines Drive under a timber canopy. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned less than acre.


A former Chico High teacher is sentenced for molestation

52-year-old Halden Calvert was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail and 3 years of formal probation for the charge of misdemeanor child molestation. He must also register as a sex offender and complete sex offender treatment.
The charges came after parents of a 17-year-old student at Chico High School became alarmed that their daughter was having suicidal thoughts. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, the girl eventually admitted that Calvert had kissed her and touched her inappropriately. Detectives searched Calvert and the girl's cell phones and found 5 thousand text messages between the two in a 90 day period.
The District Attorney's Office says the misdemeanor charge lead to the revocation of Calvert's teaching credential.


Chico Police Recover a Stolen Pickup This Morning

An officer spotted a Nissan pickup with a broken tail light on Pillsbury Road around 1:15 am. The officer conducted a records check on the license plate and discovered that the vehicle had been stolen. The officer then initiated a traffic stop but the driver of the pick up allegedly failed to yield. The driver stopped at Marjorie Avenue and exited the vehicle, fleeing on foot. Officers searched the area but could not locate the driver. The passenger, 35-year-old Charles Osborne was arrested for narcotics violations. According to a Chico Police Department press release, additional evidence of narcotics use and sales was located within the stolen pickup.

Chico Broken Gas Line

There are reports of a broken gas line on West Lincoln Avenue which is near the Esplanade. That happened before 8 this morning. Chico Police and Fire are at the scene.

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Missing Chico Man

Police are on the lookout for a missing Chico man. 58-year-old Brian Mills was reported missing Thursday night after he did not return to his residence on the 1100 block of Hobart Street from a walk. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Mills suffers from social anxiety and has been acting delusional recently. 
Mills is described as a white male with brown eyes, and graying hair. He's around 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. His family says that he does not own a vehicle or a cell phone.


Butte County Primary Results

BUTTE COUNTY RESULTS From the Butte County Clerk Recorder's Office
County Supervisor 
2nd District
Debra Lucero --------------------------------------------------------55%
Larry Wahl Incumbent--------------------------------------------45.21%
3rd District  (Maureen Kirk's Seat)  
Tami Ritter--------------------------------------------53.30%
Bob Evans--------------------------------------------27.09%
Norm Rosene----------------------------------------19.42%
County Assessor
Diane Brown----------------------------------------63.31%
Randall Stone--------------------------------------36.42%
County Auditor-Controller
Kathryn Mathes------------------------------------50.58%
Graciela Gutierrez---------------------------------49.18%
Uncontested Butte County
Butte County District Attorney 
Mike Ramsey--------------------------------92.60%
Kory Honea----------------------------------98.55%
County Clerk Recorder
Candace Grubbs--------------------------98.80%
Treasurrer-Tax Collector
Troy Kidd------------------------------------98.68%
County Superintendent Schools
Mary Sakuma------------------------------98.23%

North Chico Collision

Chico Fire dispatch reported a traffic accident on Manzanita Avenue at Mariposa Avenue in north Chico just after 7 this morning. One vehicle, a pickup was reported to be across the roadway and just after 7:30 authorities were planning to move the truck over to the Positive Print on nearby East 1st Avenue and the other vehicle involved was reported off of the road. No word yet on the extent of injuries.

Chico Police Street Crimes Unit Makes Multiple Arrests Over the Weekend

The Street Crimes Unit started their mission Thursday night and worked through the weekend arresting 24 people. Police say half of those arrest were for narcotic violations plus over two ounces of methamphetamine was seized. The other arrests were for outstanding warrants as well as for a stolen bicycle.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, the focus of the Street Crimes Unit is quality of life crimes such as retail theft and drug dealing.



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