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KPAY News Archives for 2018-07

Chico Robbery and Shooting

Chico Police are on the lookout for a shooting suspect. Around 11:30 last night Chico Police received a report of a gunshot victim at the hospital. Police learned that the 21-year-old victim attempted to meet a prospective buyer of his iWatch at West 3rd and Hazel streets. The victim told police that he was approched by a black male who allegedly robbed him at gunpoint. The suspect then reportedly shot the victim in his abdomen and his hand. According to Chico Police Department press release, the victim received serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police are still searching for the suspect.

Chico Attempted Shoplifting and Assault

Officers arrived to the Fair Street Market on East 20th Street to find a group of people fighting before 4 Monday afternoon. Officers learned that 31-year-old Nolan Cordova allegedly attempted to shoplift some soft drinks from the store. The store's clerk reportedly armed himself with a stick and confronted Cordova. According to a Chico Police press release, the clerk then lost control of the stick - Cordova allegedly grabbed it and used it on the clerk - striking him on the head. A passerby reportedly came to the clerk's aid and detained Cordova. He was arrested for assault.
*We mistakenly reported during a the KPAY Morning News that the crime happened before 4 this morning. It was 4 pm Monday.


The Driver Who Died During a Pursuit with Chico Police Officers Has Been IDed

21-year-old Madeline Lynch of Chico was the driver killed after her vehicle hit a tree on Honey Run Road late Sunday morning. Prior to that she had been involved in a traffic stop by police after they discovered her vehicle had been reported stolen. However, 41-year-old Alex Cabral showed up in another vehicle and allegedly interfered with the traffic stop. According to a Chico Police Department press release, he was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, conspiracy, and other charges.

A Teen Will be Tried as an Adult for an Oroville Murder

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday for the now 18-year-old Juan Ortega Morales the 3rd for the murder of a man last year. He will be held to answer as an adult for the crime he committed when he was 17.
According to a Butte County DA's Office press release, Morales was allegedly seen on surveillance cameras approaching 62-year-old Howard Brimm who then crossed the street to avoid Morales. However, Morales allegeldy followed Brimm and hit him, knocking Brimm to the ground. Once on the ground Morales was seen stomping on Brimm's head. Oroville Police arrived, and found Morales nearby. Brimm died 38 days later from massive head injuries.
Morales will be back in court next month.


A Lake Tahoe Man is Arrested for Possession of a Large Amount of Drugs

A Butte County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the Oro Quincy Highway north of Berry Creek around 9 Monday night. The deputy contacted the occupant of that vehicle identified as 38-year-old Jay White of Lake Tahoe. The deputy searched the vehicle and reportedly found several thousand pills believed to be ecstasy, one pound of cocaine, three pounds of MDMA, about 2 pounds of Ketamine, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, and marijuana. A handgun and 16 thousand dollars in cash were also reportedly found in the car.
According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, White was arrested for possession for sale of several different controlled substances and other related charges.

Red Bluff Cooling Center

The Red Bluff Community Center- 1500 S Jackson Street, Red Bluff, will be open to anyone seeking relief from the heat during normal hours, 8am-8pm. (530) 527-8177
-courtesy Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce

Oroville Cooling Zone

The City of Oroville has opened a cooling center at the Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers Street. The facility is open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., for residents to get out of the heat. Please note that no additional services are being provided.
-courtesy City of Oroville Fire Department

Glenn County Cool Zones

Orland | Hamilton City | Bayliss | Elk Creek | Willows

Here is a list of public buildings designated as cool zones in Glenn County:
For more information visit our website at:
Are you in need of a place to cool off? If so, our Cool Zones are available on hot days. Cool Zones are public buildings that provide respite from the high heat. A cool zone is a location to get out of the heat for a period of time to let your body cool down. Cool zone facilities include libraries, community centers, malls, and senior centers. Cool zones do not offer snacks or water, only air conditioned facilities.

Bayliss Library- 7830 Road 39 | Tuesday 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m , Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Elk Creek
Elk Creek Library- 3432 County Road 309 | Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hamilton City
Hamilton City Fire Department- 420 1st Street, Hamilton City, CA 95951 | Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(530) 826-3355 (please call to confirm daily hours)
Hamilton City Library- 330 Broadway, Hamilton City, CA 95951 | Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Community Recovery & Wellness Center- 1187 E. South Street | Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orland Library- 333 Mill Street | Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tues, Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harmony House- 343 Yolo Street | Monday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m, Tues– Fri 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Health & Human Services Agency- 604 E. Walker Street | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Women Infants and Children (WIC)- 127 E. Walker Street | Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Behavioral Health- 242 N. Villa Avenue | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Willows Library- 201 N. Lassen Street | Tues – Thurs 11:00am–7:00pm, Fri & Sat 11:00am–5:00pm
Health & Human Services Agency- 420 E. Laurel Street | Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Public Health- 240 N. Villa Avenue | Mon–Fri 8:00am–5:00pm


-courtesy Glenn County Sheriff

Stoney Fire UPDATE

The Stoney Fire burning on the south side of upper Bidwell Park along Highway 32 and has now consumed 650 acres and is now 5 percent contained.
Access to Yosemite Drive remains limited at the juncture of Highway 32.


Stoney Fire in Upper Bidwell Park and Highway 32

There are evacuation warnings and a road closure in Northeast Chico near Highway 32 this morning due to a large grass fire. The Stoney Fire started late last night on the south side of upper Bidwell Park along Highway 32 near the Frisbee golf course. According to Cal Fire, the blaze has burned 150 acres. Cal Fire is also reporting that the area east of the intersection of Shady Brooke Lane and Canyon Oaks Terrace is now under an evacuation order. There are evacuation warnings for Shadowtree and Whispering Winds Lanes. There's an evacuation shelter at the Neighborhood Church on 2801 Notre Dame Boulevard.
The CHP is reporting that Highway 32 is closed from Yosemite Drive and Santos Ranch --- they're estimating the roadway to reopen around 8:30 am.


Oroville City Council recap

Oroville Leaders voted to put a sales tax measure on the November Ballot. If passed by Voters, The 1 percent sales tax measure would help the financially strapped city. Council Members also formally voting on a  5 to 1 vote to censure Mayor Linda Dahlmeier, as Council members complained that Dahlmeier has criticized city staff in front of the public. Councilor Scott Thompson responded that all of the council members have made mistakes.  

Oroville Business Owner Pleads No Contest to Assault

45 year old Lee Fong Vang the Former Owner of Oroville Tire & Smog shop  plead No Contest  last week  to three counts of felony assault.  He will  have to register as a sex offender. The charges stem from three seperate incidents in the summer of 2017 when women came into Vang's Shop in Oroville. All three women said Vang grabbed them and sexually fondled them. Two other women also said they were told they could get their tires changed for quote "sexual favors". Vang is due for sentencing the morning of September 20th.

Independence Day/Fourth of July Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Chico Animal Services has some tips to keep your pets safe during the Fourth of July holiday.
* Keep your pets indoors where it is cool and keep your T-V or radio on to help mask the sound of fireworks.
* When celebrating remember to keep items such as alcoholic beverages, lighter fluid, and citronella products away from your pets as they can be harmful if ingested or inhaled.
* Make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag or have your pet micro chipped in case they run off due to loud noises.
* And as always do NOT leave your pets in a vehicle - even for a moment - during these hot summer days.


Chico Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest

A woman was walking in the parking lot of Big Lots on East 20th Street in Chico when a man on a bicycle rode past her allegedly yelling verbal obscenities just before 5 Monday afternoon. The woman started to shot video of him from her cell phone after fearing he would commit a crime. The man then ran towards her and reportedly swung a heavy bike lock chain at the victim striking the woman in the stomach and on the back of her head. According to a Chico Police Department press release, bystanders approached the suspect and he fled the scene. A few minutes later officers contacted the man, identified as 32-year-old Kyle Reeder at the Costco parking lot after reports that he was causing a disturbance. Police connected Reeder to the assault and he was arrested.

A Chico Man Has Been Formally Charged in the Murder of His Mother

32-year-old Alton Facciuto is facing a trial this month for stealing his mother's car, but recently released D-N-A results may also tie him to her murder.
60-year-old Sherry Facciuto's body was found in an outbuilding at the family's residence on Anita Road back in January. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, she had allegedly been strangled to death. Detectives noticed that Facciuto had scratch marks on his face. Material found from under his mother's fingernails were sent to the State Justice Lab reportedly matched D-N-A samples taken from Alton Facciuto.


Chico Fraud and Grand Theft Arrest

A Chico woman was arrested Sunday for fraud and grand theft. Two people reported to Chico Police being victimized after reportedly giving hundreds of dollars to a woman who posted two Chico homes for rent. According to a Chico Police press release, during the investigation officers were able to identify the suspect as Teresa Chase who is on felony probation for False Personation. Officers accompanied one of the victims when they met with Chase. She was arrested for several charges including fraud, grand theft, and violating probation.

Chico Armed Felon Arrest

Officers arrest a felon in possession of a firearm on the Chico State campus. Officers attempted to stop an older model S-U-V near Salem and West 3rd streets just after midnight Saturday. After the vehicle stopped a passenger reportedly jumped out and took off running toward the Chico State campus. University Police detained the man, identified as 27-year-old Vincent Honeycutt. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Honeycutt, a convicted felon, was armed with a revolver. He was arrested for several gun related charges. The driver of the S-U-V, 19-year-old Victor Hinojosa was arrested for driving under the influence of Marijuana.


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