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KPAY News Archives for 2018-10

June Fire in Palermo

Fire crews halted the forward progress of a vegetation fire in Palermo Tuesday. The June Fire started off of Palermo-Honcut Highway at Four Junes Way after 2 pm and burned 550 acres and is at 70 percent containment- that according to the Cal Fire incident page.

Young Man Sentenced For Fatal Crash in Oroville

A teen is sentenced in for a collision in Oroville that took the life of his girlfriend. 19-year-old Pao Lor was sentenced Tuesday to three years of formal probation with fines and fees and one day in Butte County Jail for the vehicular death of his passenger, Samantha Vang.

According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Superior Court Judge Jesus Rodriguez made a note of the emotional toll the incident had taken on Lor and his genuine remorse as well as the nature of his relationship with Vang. Family members of Vang also asked the judge to show mercy on Lor. Those factors lead to the sentence that was given.

The incident happened last year when Lor was driving home from the grocery store with Vang in his Subaru on Lincoln Boulevard. Authorities say Lor was traveling between 55 and 70 miles an hour in construction zone with a 25 mile per hour speed limit. Authorities say due to the high speeds Lor was unable to negotiate a turn and overcorrectred - colliding with a utility pole.

Vehicular Manslaughter Plea

A driver accussed of vehicular manslaughter north of Chico gave his plea in court. 59-year-old Jeffrey Pyburn of Los Molinos entered a no contest plea Tuesday to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.

The charges stem from a collision in September of last year when Pyburn was driving northbound in his GMC Yukon Highway 99 north of Gaia Way when his SUV drifted over striking 51-year-old Jeffrey Cahn who had been standing along the roadway. Cahn, who was the manager of the Oroville Mosquito Abatement District at the time, died at the scene. Butte County D-A Mike Ramsey says that even though Pyburn was found to be below the legal limit for blood alcohol level - it still played a factor in the crash.

According to the Butte County District Attorney's Office, Pyburn faces up to a year in county jail when he is sentenced in January.

Missing At Risk Red Bluff Juveniles

Authorities are looking for missing at risk juveniles from Red Bluff. 13-year-old Dylan Miller, 12-year-old Johathan Miller, and 12-year-old Chase "Monty" Dixon.

According to a Red Bluff Police Department press release, the juveniles are believed to be together and are considered high risk due to their ages.

Dylan and Johathan are both just under 5 feet tall between 85 and 90 pounds and have brown hair.


Chase is around 5 foot - 6 inches tall and is around 70 pounds with blond hair.


Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Bluff Police Department.

Gridley Attempted Kidnapping

Authorities are investigating an attempted a kidnapping in Gridley Monday morning. A 20 year old Gridley woman pulled off Highway 99 into an orchard to check her tire pressure north of the Butte/Sutter County Line around 10 am. A man allegedly approached her for help, then attempted to drag her towards his vehicle but she was able to get away. The man reportedly got back into his truck and headed southbound on 99 towards Live Oak.

Authorities say the suspect was a white male, about 50 or 60 years old with short, curly salt and pepper hair and a mustache. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7322.

Body Found at Chico State

Chico State University Police reported this morning that a deceased person was found on outside of Kendall Hall. Police are saying that the deceased is NOT a student. According to the University Police Twitter page, Kendall Hall will be closed until 11 am this morning while the scene is being investigated by Chico Police as a possible crime scene. People are being advised to stay away from the area. The rest of the campus is open and classes are in session as normal.

Chico B Street Shooting

Police are investigating a shooting in downtown Chico early Sunday morning. Officers arrived at the 15 hundred block of B Street after calls about a shooting into a house after 2:30 am. According to a Chico Police press release, there were several people inside the home at the time, but no one was reported injured. Witnesses say they heard shoots and the suspect flee on foot. Officers searched the area but could not locate the suspect.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.

Chico Shooting Near Acker Gym

Chico Police are on the lookout for suspects in a shooting over the weekend near Acker Gym. Police received multiple reports of a shooting on Warner Street around 12:45 Sunday morning. Officers arrived and learned that multiple suspects were in a dark sedan that slowed before they reportedly made contact with a man walking along the sidewalk near the gymnasium. One of the suspects allegedly shot the man and the vehicle then fled the area. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

According to a Chico Police press release, the suspects are described to be either black or Pacific Islander male adults.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

Oroville Shooting Arrest

A suspect is arrested for an early Tuesday morning shooting in Oroville. The Butte County Sheriff's Office received reports about gunshots and yelling heard around 2 AM in the area of Sierra Avenue. According to a Butte County Sherff's Office press release, deputies located a victim suffering from a gunshot wound and eventually located and arrested 24 year old Brett Toschi of Oroville at his residence on 6th Avenue.

Anyone with more information on this incident is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office 538-7671.

Bangor Marijuana Grows Arrests

Butte County drug agents served warrants for properties on Upham Road and La Porte Road in Bangor last week. Authorities reportedly found 925 marijuana plants along with over 2,300 pounds of processed pot at the properties. 12 firearms were also seized.

36-year-old Eric Ritter was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 35-year-old Jeffrey Wright was arrested for renting a residence for storage and sale of narcotics along with cultivation of marijuana for sale.

A third man was cited and released for drug related charges.

According to a Butte County Sheriff's Department press release, detectives believe the gardens were related to one another and controlled by a drug trafficking organization.

Chico Home Invasion Robbery

Chico Police are looking into a home invasion robbery that happened early Thursday morning. It happened around 6:30 AM on the 1100 block of Hobart Street. According to a Chico Police press release, an Hispanic man allegedly impersonated an officer brandished a firearm and forced his way into the residence. Two more men came in and several items including some marijuana were reportedly stolen. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chico Police Department.

Chico 7-11 Arrests

Two people were arrested after a disturbance at a convenience store in Chico. A man and a woman entered the 7-11 store on Forest Avenue around after 9:15 Wednesday night and payed for gas. Not long after, employees confronted the man, identified as 18-year-old Edwin Mendez for allegedly attempting to shoplift items. The woman, identified as 21-year-old Angela Noble-Cortez reportedly got angry and demanded her money back. As the employees opened the cash register, Noble-Cortez allegedly reached in and grabbed two 100 dollar bills. When the employees attempted to keep the suspects from leaving Noble-Cortez allegedly punched an employee in the face and then stabbed an employee in the leg with a large pen which police say was similar size and shape to a dirk or dagger.

Officers arrived and stopped a vehicle with the suspects inside as they were exiting the parking lot.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, Officers checked the suspects' vehicle they reportedly found a sawed off shotgun and an assault riffle along with packages of honey oil.

The two were arrested on a slew of charges.

Chico DUI Arrest

A vehicle collision in downtown Chico leads to an arrest this morning. Officers were dispatched to the area of West 5th Street and Chestnut Street around 2:30 am after reports of a vehicle allegedly colliding into several parked vehicles. Witnesses said the driver appeared to be stumbling while he was reportedly attempting to free his vehicle from the other vehicles. The suspected vehicle reportedly fled the scene before officers arrived. Later a deputy spotted a vehicle with damage to the front end in the area of Joshua Tree and East Lassen Avenue. Officers arrived and contacted the driver, identified as Ryan Argueta. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. His passenger was taken to the hospital for injuries sustained during the collision, according to a Chico Police Department press release.

Highway 99 Chico Fatal Collision

A vehicle collision was reported after 6:30 this morning on Highway 99 south near Cohasset Road. The CHP is reporting that one vehicle side swiped a pick up. The vehicle that hit the truck ended up in a ditch at a property behind Rio Lindo Avenue. A fatality has been reported. No word if the female driver of the pickup sustained injuries, but according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, she was able to speak to officers about the incident.

Chico Reckless Driving and Pursuit

A reckless driving suspect led Chico Police Officers on a pursuit Sunday morning. Chico Police received reports regarding a reckless driver in the area of Hartford Drive and Amanda Way after 9:30 am. One caller believed the driver was trying to run people over. Officers arrived and spotted a Hyundai S-U-V reportedly driving at a high rate of speed on Homboldt Road. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but police say the Hyundai collided into a utility box. The driver allegedly didn't stop and led police on a brief pursuit. Police say the Hyundai stopped and the suspect identified as 25-year-old Justin Melton of Oroville was arrested for D-U-I, hit and run, and evading officers.

According to a Chico Police press release, the collision with the utility box caused the traffic lights on Forest Avenue to not function for an extended period of time.

Mangrove Avenue Collision

Chico Police reported a hit and run collision on Mangrove Avenue after 7:30 this morning. The collision was between a gold Honda and a Ford Mustang. The Mustang reportedly left the scene and was last seen traveling eastbound on East 1st Avenue.

No word if there were any injuries in the crash.

Oroville Butane Honey Oil Lab Arrest

A search warrant in Oroville leads to an arrest for a drug lab. The Special Enforcement Unit issued a search warrant Wednesday at a residence on Acacia Drive after Oroville Police Officers located a butane honey oil lab. Around 216 pounds of processed marijuana and several pounds of marijuana concentrate were found along with 22 marijuana plants.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old Jonathan Vaughan was at the residence and was arrested for various charges related to marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and sales.

More Than A Dozen People Were Detained at a Pot Grow in Concow

Butte County detectives served two search warrents, earlier this week, on a suspected illegal marijuana garden on Paiute Drive and in connection to a missing persons case involving Robert Gonzalez - who was found dead this week in a cannon in the Concow area.

381 marijuana plants were found along with over 522 pounds of processed pot. 39 firearms, including 6 illegal weapons were also allegedly discovered.

According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, multiple people were detained and questioned at the site. Several of those detained were from other countries including Spain, Austria, and New Zealand. Garretson Murphy of Oroville was arrested for multiple felony charges. Ruben Verdugo of Chico was cited and released for a misdemeanor charge of growing more than six marijuana plants. The others were also released.

Shop Lifting Arrests in Chico Monday

A couple is arrested for reportedly shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of items from Chico stores. Chico Police received a call after 2:30 Monday afternoon from CVS Pharmacy on East Avenue that two people had allegedly shoplifted a significant amount of items from the store. Officers later found the vehicle that the suspects reportedly fled in at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They contacted a 17-year-old female in the car from Oakland. Officers went inside and found 21-year-old Jihad Muhammad. During the investigation officers learned that a total of 7,500 dollars worth of items were allegedly stolen from several stores in Chico. Officers also learned that Muhammad had a restraining order preventing him from having contact with the female. Both were arrested for the thefts. Muhammad was also charged with the violation of a restraining order. According to police, child with the couple was turned over to Butte County Child Protective Services.


Meanwhile, another alleged shoplifting took place Monday at Chico Power Equipment on the Esplanade and East Lassen Avenue around 5 pm. The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Daniel Shamblin reportedly entered the store and retrieved a saw blade. He then allegedly ran out to a vehicle waiting for him. Employees of the store and customers reportedly caught Shamblin. A female was seen fleeing the area in the alleged getaway car. Officers reviewed security video and learned that Shamblin's actions were an alleged diversion while two other people reportedly grabbed tools and took off in the opposite direction. According to a Chico Police Department press release, those suspects dropped the tools in order to get away. Those tools were said to be worth over 3 thousand dollars. Shamblin was arrested.

Chico Alleged Serial Burglar Arraigned

36-year-old Yolanda Pola Ortmayer of Paradise was in Butte County Superior Court, last week, for a felony complaint alleging four separate residential burglaries in Chico.

The alleged burglaries took place between October 1st and 2nd.

After the first robbery authorities say the homeowners returned from work to their Citrus Avenue home to discover the screen had been removed from a window and a medical wrist band had been left behind reportedly bearing the name of Ortmayer.

The next call came from a woman who woke up at her residence on East Lassen Avenue to find the refrigerator open with an empty bottle of wine and her tablet device was missing. Police say later, a woman matching Ortmayer's description allegedly came to the victim's door and offered to return the tablet for a $20 "reword". The woman paid the money and then called the police.

During the forth burglary, Ortmayer was allegedly seen by a neighbor in a garage placing items in her back. The neighbor alerted the residents who were home at the time and she fled the area. She was found and detained a few blocks away. According to Butte County District Attorney's press release, the items from three of the burglaries were found in Ortmayer's backback and a cell phone from another alleged burglary was also found in Ortmayer's bra.

Two Men Behind Bars in Connection to Downtown Chico Stabbing Last Week

24-year-old Amarion Lang and 20-year-old Angelo Craver both of Sacramento were detained after 10 Friday night after their vehicle was located on Oak Street in Chico. Police say witnesses and the victim were brought to the scene and identified Lang as the suspect in the stabbing that took place Thursday night at a party on West 6th Street. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Craver was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Oroville Drug Sales Arrests

A report of shots fired led to arrests for drug sales in Oroville. A deputy contacted a group of people in the area of Wheeler Avenue and Upper Palermo Road around 1:15 Tuesday morning after reports of shots heard in that area. Two people were arrested for being in possession of controlled substances. A third person, identified as 40-year-old Lindsey Richardson was arrested for an active warrant for her arrest. Richardson allegedly admitted to having drugs concealed inside her clothing prior to entering the Butte County Jail. 50 grams of heroin, over 20 grams of meth, and about 28 grams of marijuana were reportedly found. Authorities say the street value of the heroin was about $5,000.

According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, there was no evidence found of shots fired.

Marijuana Cultivation Pleas

Two men gave pleas to charges connected to a Marijuana grow in rural Butte County. 33-year-old Tony Moua of Stockton and 54-year-old Francis Mua pleaded no-contest Wednesday to felony charges of cultivation and possession of an assault rifle.

Both men face up to three years in prison at their sentencing set for October 31.

Drug agents issued a warrant at a parcel of land on Long Point road in Feather Falls where over 630 marijuana plants were found. Moua was found in a cabin on the property sleeping next to an illegal assault rifle. Mua fled from officers but was quickly captured.

According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, evidence of their crimes was captured on a self-produced video found on one of their cell phones.

Downtown Chico Stabbing

Police are on the lookout for suspects in a stabbing at a party in downtown Chico. Witnesses say three black men and two black women reportedly attempted to force their way into a party at a residence on West 6th Street about 11:15 Thursday night. Police say when the group was denied access to the party they allegedly began punching party guests which then led to a fight. During the fight one of the suspects stabbed a party guest in the leg. According to a Chico Police press release, the victim lost a lot of blood and became incoherent and disoriented. A tourniquet was applied to the victim before he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Witnesses say the suspects fled in a white Honda Civic. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

Berry Creek Home invasion Robbery Suspect Identified

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect in a Berry Creek home invasion robbery on Monday. 44-year-old Cheng Vang of Oroville was arrested for the attempted robbery at a residence on Outpost Road after receiving treatment for his injuries at a local hospital. Along with the home invasion robbery charge he was also charged with being armed in the commission of a felony.

According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7671.

Chico Shooting Tuesday Night

Chico Police are investigating a shooting incident Tuesday evening. Around 9:30 pm Chico Police received multiple calls about a shooting at the Lassen Villa Apartments on East Lassen Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing someone shooting at a vehicle. Officers arrived and cordoned off the area. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers searched the area, but they could not find the shooter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

Berry Creek Attempted Robbery

Butte County detectives investigate an attempted robbery in Berry Creek. Deputies responded to a marijuana garden on Outpost Road after 4:30 Monday morning. The two victims of the attempted robbery reportedly fight back and detained one of the suspects. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, the other suspects fled the scene. The victims and the suspect were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The incident is under investigation. No word yet if the other suspects have been found.


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