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KPAY News Archives for 2019-01

FEMA Extends Disaster Registration Deadline

The Deadline to register for Federal disaster assistance has been extended to February 15th. The deadline had been set for today but FEMA has extended it 15 more days for residents who suffered damages from the Camp, Hill, or Woolsey wildfires. That according to a news release.



Also, property owners who need to sign up for the Phase 2 Camp Fire debris clean up Government Program will have to submit a Right-of-Entry Form.


Officials say that the Right-of-Entry forms need to be turned in to the ROE Center at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville which is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.

New Camp Fire Grant

There's a new grant to address child trauma as a result of the Camp Fire. Representatives of the Butte Strong Fund announced, on Wednesday, a grant of 232 thousand dollars to the Butte County Office of Education. The grant will fund counselors who will be deployed at schools to support students and staff from January to June of the current school year. According to a North Valley Community Foundation press release, the grant will also cover the office of education's request to provide one full-time coordinator to put together a plan and to ensure mental health services are delivered to schools throughout Butte County.

The Butte Strong Fund was developed as a partnership between the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.

Chico Vehicle Theft Arrest

Chico Police arrest an alleged vehicle thief. An officer spotted a Toyota Tacoma at the Mobile Gas Station at Cohasset Road and Manzanita Avenue after 2:30 this morning that was reported to be stolen. A high-risk traffic stop was conducted and the driver, 36-year-old Elin Carson was taken into custody. According to a Chico Police press release, Carson was also the subject of a Post Release Community Supervision felony arrest warrant. Officers reportedly found stolen property in the truck.

Magalia Arrests

Two Magalia men were arrested Saturday Night after being spotted acting suspiciously at a business destroyed by the Camp Fire. Sheriffs Deputies said they contacted the two men in the parking lot of Discount Liquor Store in Magalia after allegedly being seen carrying stolen property from the burnt rubble of the store. The two were identified as 52 year old David Blood and 51 year old Kenneth Zimmerman. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies also found a loaded handgun in the suspects' vehicle and when they tried to detain Blood, he allegedly punched one of the deputies. He also reportedly threatened to kill them.

Chico Man Attempts to Sell Stolen Boat Motor at a Yard Sale

The victim reported to Butte County deputies that his stolen outboard boat motor was seen in photograph of a yard sale on Lone Pine Avenue in Chico Sunday evening. Deputies arrived at the location and conducted a probation search where they reportedly found the outboard motor in the yard. Three Firearms were also allegedly found at the residence. One of the firearms was reported stolen out of Glenn County. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, deputies say drug paraphernalia was also located. The resident, identified as 33-year-old Matthew Myers was arrested for various felony and misdemeanor charges.

Red Bluff Man Killed in Deputy Involved Shooting in Butte County

Before 12:30 Monday afternoon the Butte County Sheriff's Office received reports from the Red Bluff P-D that a suspect in a domestic violence and attempted murder incident had fled the area in a Ford F-150 pickup and could be in Butte County.

Deputies spotted the truck in Durham and initiated a traffic stop. The suspect, identified as 52-year-old Richard Moulton however fled, leading deputies on a pursuit. The suspect stopped the truck at Highway 162 and Aguas Frias Road and he reportedly put a handgun to his head. Moulton then got out of the vehicle and allegedly raised the gun at the deputies. According a Butte County Sheriff's press release, the deputies fired in response to the threat. Life saving measures were initiated however, Moulton was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say nine deputies were involved in the incident and have been removed from the field and placed in administrative duties as the investigation from the Butte County Officer Involved Shooting/Critical Incident Protocol Team into the shooting is underway.

Community Debris Removal Meetings in Chico and Oroville

There's a Debris Removal Community Meeting tonight in Chico. The meeting will take place at Manzanita Place at 1705 Manzanita Avenue. At 5:30 there will be a drop-in session for Right-of-Entry forms and starting at 6:30 there will be a presentation and followed by Q&A session.


There's also a Debris Removal Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Oroville. The meeting will take place at the Oroville State Theater at 1489 Myers Street. At 5:30 there will be a drop-in session for Right-of-Entry forms. Then starting at 6:30 there will be a presentation which will be followed by Q&A session.

Chico Rite Aid Robbery

Police are looking for two men involved in a robbery of at a Chico Rite Aid. Two men entered the store on Mangrove around 7:15 Friday evening. The men then allegedly jumped the pharmacy counter and ordered the employees to find specific narcotics. One of the employees was reportedly physically assaulted by one of the suspects. According to a Chico Police Department press release, after taking several pharmaceuticals, the suspects fled the store and then left in a white mid-size sedan.

The suspects are described to be black males in their 20s one of them is said to have long dreadlocks. The license plate number of the suspected vehicle is 6NHA401.

Anyone with information on suspects or their vehicle is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

Chico Assault with a Deadly Weapon Arrest This Morning

A suspect in an assault in Chico is arrested this morning. The assault was reported about 2:30 this morning on the 33 hundred block of Bordero Lane. The victim told officers that a man allegedly entered his vehicle and was tampering with the interior. When the victim confronted the man who reportedly fled the vehicle with the victim chasing after him. Suspect allegedly struck the victim on the head with a wrench. The victim took himself to the hospital for a laceration to the head. Officers located the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Miller hiding behind a vehicle. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Miller was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony possession of ammunition by a prohibited, person possession of burglary tools, and violation of parole.

Camp Fire Debris Removal Drop In Information Session Saturday

Community members are invited to a Camp Fire Debris Removal drop-in information session in Paradise. Agencies involved in debris removal will be at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center 6626 the Skyway. You can drop in any time between 10 am to noon Saturday. Representatives from those agencies will be on hand to answer questions.

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NVCF New Grant for Schools

The North Valley Community Foundation announced Tuesday a more than quarter-million dollar grant to help schools and groups providing relief in the aftermath of the Camp Fire.

That grant will be distributed to various Paradise and Chico schools along with other programs that help students. $25,000 of that grant will also be given to the Paradise Irrigation District to offset the cost of water tests and the staff time to test the water.

According to a press release from NVCF, this grant comes after a 965,000 donation from Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser that also helps schools.

Camp Fire Debris Removal Informational Meetings Today

Butte Sheriff Kory Honea and officials from Cal OES will be on hand today to answer questions about Camp Fire debris clean up. A live Q&A will take place online, on the Butte County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. It starts at 1 PM.

There will also be a Camp Fire Debris Removal meeting in Chico at Calvary Chapel on 1888 Springfield Drive. A drop-in session for Right-of-Entry forms will be at 5:30 pm followed at 6:30 with a presentation and then question and answer section.

Phase I Camp Fire Property Cleanup Nearing Completion

Phase I of the cleanup of properties impacted by the Camp Fire is close to being complete. The Butte County Recovers website is saying that state and federal agencies have completed 72 percent of the clean up of affected properties in Paradise and other areas of Butte County. The agencies continue to lead the survey, collection, and disposal of household hazardous waste.

Officials anticipate Phase I to be complete at the end of February.

Meanwhile, officials say Phase II debris removal applies to property owners who have debris from burned structures 120 square feet or larger on their property.

Property owners can sign up for the Government Program for debris removal by submitting a Right-of-Entry Form by January 31st.

Officials say that the Right-of-Entry forms need to be turned in to the ROE Center at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville which is open 8 to 5 Monday through Saturday.


Property owners who choose to hire a private contractor and consultants must sign up for the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program by completing an application and submitting a Work Plan to Butte County Environmental Health. The deadline to register for that program is February 28th.


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NWS Flash Flood Warning/Watch

National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Camp Fire Burn Scar areas until 11:10Am ..Residents should be aware of possible flooding, Mudslides and Debris Flows in the areas impacted by the Camp Fire
NWS says to expect possible rising Water ini local streams and waterways  with rain/Gusty Winds thru early afternoon in Butte County


A Flash Flood Watch is in effect thru 4p 

Butte County Files Lawsuit Against PG&E

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Butte County filed a lawsuit against PG&E Tuesday which comes a day after the utility said it is filing for bankruptcy. That means the county's lawsuit will be consolidated with fire-related suits.

The lawsuit alleges a spark from PG&E equipment ignited the Camp Fire. State officials are still investigating what started the fire, but the utility has said it had a problem with one of its transmission lines near where the wildfire began. A wildfire that became the state's deadliest and most destructive in history.

Multiple Overdoses at Gold Country Casino

Butte County authorities are investigating a drug overdose at the Gold Country Casino Monday morning. The Sheriff's Office says it responded to a possible overdose involving a woman, two men, and a five month old child. All are said to be in stable condition in the hospital thanks to quick action by EMS personnel and the administration of the drug Narcan. According a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, there is evidence of illegal drug use in this case, likely heroin however, they are looking to determine if there's a connection into the overdoses of 14 people and the death of 34-year-old Aris Turner in Chico Saturday which authorities say caused by fentanyl and another unknown substance.

Chico Gas Station Robbery

Chico Police continue looking for a suspected robber after an incident late Monday morning on the 11 hundred block of Mangrove Avenue. A male suspect reportedly entered the Chevron Reliance Gas Station with a baseball bat demanding money from the cashier after 11:30 am. He allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away. According to a Chico Police press release, no one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male juvenile about 16 or 17 years old and is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.

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

Chico Mass Overdose Fatality Identified

A mass overdose in North Chico left one person dead and 14 people hospitalized over the weekend. The incident was reported around 9 Saturday morning at a home on Santana Court off of Ceres Avenue. Chico Police believe the drug Fentanyl combined with another unknown substance were the cause of the overdoses. Action News Now is reporting that the person who died at the scene has been identified as 34-year-old Aris Turner. C-P-R was preformed on six people and six doses of Naloxone were administered in an attempt to reverse the effects of the drug. According to Chico Fire, a mass casualty incident was declared to prepare hospital staff for the large number of patients. A total of 14 people were taken to two area hospitals...11 to Enloe Medical Center and three to Oroville Hospital. Four people were listed in critical condition and three were in serious condition. All three at Oroville Hospital have been released and four from Enole have been released. The seven still at Enloe are currently reported to be in good condition. 
Santana Court was taped off while hazmat crews worked at the scene over the weekend. The incident is currently under investigation.

Steve Nettleton Passes at 79

The patriarch of philanthrophy and baseball in the Northstate has passed away. Steve Nettleton who founded the Food-4-Less grocery store chain and turned that idea into a multi-million dollar business. While he is known for being the city of Chico's biggest baseball fan his works, deeds and contributions in the philanthropic community will have an even a larger impact. Nettleton's charitable spirit exemplified with his generous donations to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chico as well as the American Red Cross, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Salvation Army, and Chico State University. Nettleton's love for baseball culminated in bringing professional baseball to Chico where he started the Chico Heat franchise in 1997. Nettleton then built the university a baseball stadium which still bears his name. The California State University system honored Nettleton with an honorary degree for personal and professional achievements and his meritorius contributions to society. Nettleton was 79 and is survived by his wife Kathy

Butte Strong Fund

The North Valley Community Foundation has announced that it is in partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to create the Butte Strong Fund. According to a press release from the NVCF, representatives from each organizations will work together to identify and fund local recovery groups.

Eligible organizations can apply for grants focused on six area: housing, children and youth services, health and wellness, education, community development, and business recovery.

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Butte County Schools to Receive Camp Fire Grant

The North Valley Community Foundation is granting nearly one million dollars to Butte County schools affected by the Camp Fire. The foundation announced Tuesday that 455 thousand dollars of the 965 thousand donation will go to Paradise, Magalia, and Concow schools. This includes public, private, charter, and preschools. The remaining schools receiving grants will go directly to supporting hosting students impacted by the Camp Fire.

According to a press release from the foundation, the Grant came through a generous donation from Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Two Traffic Accidents in Chico Tuesday Morning

A vehicle collision closed lanes on Ivy Street at Myers Street in downtown Chico after a two vehicle collision before 8 this morning. A Ford pickup and a Toyota Camry were reported to be involved. According to Chico Fire, there were minor injuries in that collision. The vehicles were blocking lanes on Ivy Street. Crews are clearing the area.

Not long after that crash, a rollover was reported on Eaton Road near Morseman Avenue in north Chico. No word on the extent of the injuries of that crash.

Nord Avenue Market Armed Robbery

Chico Police are looking into an armed robbery at store on Nord Avenue Saturday night. A man allegedly wearing dark clothing and a mask entered the Nord Avenue Market after 8:30 pm. He was reportedly brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police say the description of the suspect and the way the crime was committed closely matches the three armed robberies in Chico last week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911 and reference case #19-00102.

Downtown Chico Shooting

Police are investigating shooting in downtown Chico over the weekend. A vehicle verses pedestrian hit and run collision on Warner Street was reported just after 12:30 Saturday night. When officers arrived they found an 18-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. A short time later officers located and stopped the suspected vehicle. Two men inside the vehicle were detained.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911 and reference case #19-00096.

First Camp Fire Looting Defendant to be Sentenced

22-year-old Shayne Tinnel, Jr. of Magalia was sentenced, in Butte County Superior Court, Thursday to the maximum of three years in prison for a case of a stolen R-V from a Magalia residence during the Camp Fire evacuation.

On November 12th the former owner of the R-V spotted it and Tinnel in Oroville and contacted the current owner asking if he had sold it. The owner said he had not and that he left it at his property when he and his family evacuated from the area. He found out from authorities that the R-V was missing from his driveway. The next day deputies saw the R-V at the Chico Walmart. Tinnel was contacted and detained. According to a Butte County District Attorney press release, deputies found stolen property including two backpack leaf blowers and a large flat-screen TV inside the R-V.

Tinnel was also orderd Thursday to pay $2,736 in restitution.

Third Chico Armed Robbery This Week

Chico Police are investigating another armed robbery. A man entered A&M Vapes on Mangrove Avenue after 7 Thursday evening allegedly brandishing a handgun and demanding money. The suspect then reportedly fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The owner described the suspect as a white male who was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4911.

Highway 99 Fatal UPDATE

A collision on Highway 99 north of Chico has left a pedestrian dead this morning. The CHP is reporting that a man was seen walking close to the white line on the west side of Highway 99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway before 6 this morning. Witnesses at the scene then said that the man jumped in front of a white Volkswagen sedan. The unidentified man was killed at the scene. The sedan was damaged in the collision but the driver was unharmed. Officers do not believe the driver of that sedan was at fault.

Highway 99 North of Chico Fatal Collision

A collision on Highway 99 north of Chico has left one person dead this morning. The collision happened before 6 this morning on Highway 99 near Hamilton Nord Cana Highway - just south of Centerfolds. No word yet on how many vehicles were involved, but according to the CHP incident page, a man was ejected from a vehicle. He has been reported to have died at the scene. The southbound lane was blocked, but the CHP is reporting that the roadway is now open.

Two Chico Armed Robberies within 24 Hours

The first robbery took place at East Avenue Liquor after 11:30 Monday night when a man entered the store with a bandanna covering his and armed with a handgun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk described the suspect as a white male around 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

The second robbery happened after 11 Tuesday night at All the Best Video on Cohasset Road when a man wearing a mask and armed with a handgun entered the store demanding money. According to a Chico Police Department press release, officers arrived seconds after the report, but the suspect had already fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. That suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with an average build.

Anyone with information regarding either one of these robberies is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.


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