One State Lawmaker wants to stiffen penalties for anyone caught looting in a disaster area during a state of emergency. State Senator Ted Gaines is propsing an addition to the legislature's wildfire Conference Committee's legislation that would make it a mandatory felony for committing burglary or grand theft within an affected county in a state of emergency, local emergency or an evacuation order from various types of disaters. Looting cases have been reported in the wake of wildfires in Santa Rosa , Shasta County and following the Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuation.
The biggest fire threat in the Northstate remains the Hirz Fire east of Lakehead and Northeast of Redding. The fire that's burned more than 33 thousand acres is only 32 percent contained--the Carr Fire has burned more than 229 thousand acres but is 97 percent contained and the Ranch Fire in the Mendocino Complex has burned more than 410 thousand acres and is 93 percent contained.
35-year-old Victoria Shepherd of Chico was the woman charged with leading authorities on a chase that started in Oroville and ended in Chico early Monday morning.
Just before 2 am Butte County Sheriff's deputies laid down spikes strips on Highway 99 to aid CHP officers who were pursuing an Acura heading to Chico from Oroville. The car was partially disabled but the Shepherd continued to drive the Acura into Chico where she allegedly damaged a power pole which started a small grass fire near the Neighborhood Church. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release,the Acura ended up in downtown Chico where the pursuit called off. The pursuit was reinstated after the vehicle left the downtown area and Chico Police officers joined deputies in the chase. A second set of spike strips were deployed and the vehicle finally stopped in the area of Pilsbury and Cohasset roads where Shepherd was then arrested on numerous felony charges. Authorities believe Shepherd was under the influence of drugs.
Chico Fire Dispatch reported a vehicle verses bicycle collision in the area of Godman and East Lassen avenues before 8:45 this morning. The bicyclist was reported to have suffered a minor injury to his ankle. Medics at the scene said that the bicyclist declined to be taken to the hospital.
Police are investigating a shooting in Chico this morning. Around 4:30 am the Chico Police and Fire Dispatch reported that a woman called 911 to report that she heard gun shots fired near Near East First Avenue. The woman then went outside where said she found her boyfriend suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was reported to be breathing before medics arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. The area has been closed off while detectives investigate the scene.
Officers responded to an armed robbery in downtown Chico over the weekend. Officers arrived to the area of West 9th and Ivy streets just before 10 Saturday night to find a man who said he was struck in the head with a firearm. The victim told police that three unknown Hispanic males approached him and allegedly robbed of his cell phone, his shoes, and his wallet. The three then fled the area on foot. Officers later found two of the suspects and they were positively identified as the suspects involved. The third suspect was not located. Both suspects were arrested for multiple charges and were booked into Butte County Juvenile Hall, that according to a Chico Police Department press release.
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Colusa Casino Resort has allowed CAL FIRE to use a Land Use Agreement for the use of their southeast parking lot free of charge. The satellite location is a staging area for a CAL FIRE Ground Support Unit, emergency equipment and personnel. The repair operations will be on equipment being utilized to fight the eastern edge of the Ranch Fire.
Colusa Casino Resort is happy to offer all CAL FIRE Ground Support Unit Personnel and Staff at the satellite location a complementary meal at Seasons Buffet.
For up-to-date information on the Ranch Fire, please visit http://www.tinyurl.com/mendo2018
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A clerk of the Valero Gas Station on the Skyway reported to police that a man had entered the store allegedly claiming he had a bomb inside his vehicle just before 6:30 Saturday evening. Police found the vehicle, with its doors and trunk open, parked next to a large propane tank. Officers set a large perimeter around the gas station and evacuated nearby businesses. Traffic was also diverted from the scene. The bomb squad arrived and after several hours determined there were no explosives inside the vehicle. According to a Chico Police press release, officers located the suspect on a B-Line bus and detained him without incident. He was admitted to the hospital for a three day psychiatric hold.
Prepare for evacuation if in the south western portion of Glenn County, south of Rd 308 and west of road 306. Take time to prepare a go bag with medications, glasses, cell phone, charger, clothes, pet supplies, baby supplies, bedding and important documents. Be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice should the fire move north and this change to a manadatory evacuation. This is an advisory.
-Glenn County Sheriff | 080418 4:21pm PT
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Last week Chico Police Detectives discovered information about the possible whereabouts of 37-year-old Timarie Bell who was wanted for an armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon at a hotel on Main Street last month. Detectives contacted the U.S. Marshal Service and Bell was found in Sacramento Monday. Chico Detectives traveled to Sacramento Tuesday morning and transported Bell to Butte County where she will face charges.
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