KPAY News Archives for 2019-02

Butte County Evacuation Orders and Warnings

Butte County Authorities have issued EVACUATION ORDERS to Alberton Avenue due to flooding from Little Chico Creek....and Hamilton Nord Cana Highway and Wilson Landing Road south of Rock Creek due to flooding from Rock Creek.

 

The Butte County Sheriff's Office just before 7:30 this morning issued an Evacuation Warning for the Richvale area between the Sacramento River and Highway 99 from Nelson Shippee Road to Highway 162 due to levels of the Cherokee Canal.

 

The Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation warning before 6:30 this morning for the area of Anjou Court, Magness Court, and Bosc Drive in Chico due to the flooding of Keefer Slough.

 

There are also Evacuation Warnings issued for Taffee Avenue, Reavis Avenue, and Crouch Avenue between Taffee Avenue and Crouch Avenue due to flooding in the area from Little Chico Creek.

 

For a list of sand and bag locations you can go to www.buttecounty.net

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Glenn County Road Closures

As of Tuesday night the Glenn County Sheriff's Office has closed the following roads due to flooding.

 

From Glenn County OES Twitter page:

 

County rd 39 from 99W to County rd P is closed

 

Co rd DD- co rd 200 to co rd 8 closed

Co rd VV south of co rd 24 closed

Co rd 39 from I-5 To co rd D closed

Co rd D from co rd 33 to co rd 48 closed

Co rd E from co rd 200 to co rd 8 closed

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Roadway Flooding

Cal Trans District 3 is reporting that there is still flooding over Highway 99 near Wilson Landing Road north of Chico. They say to please drive carefully through the flooded area because some motorists have stalled their vehicles because they were driving too fast through the water.

 

The CHP also reported roadway flooding on Highway 99 at Garden Brook Drive. The road is reportedly open, but Cal Trans is saying that compact vehicles have little chance of getting through the water.

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A Car Thief Leads Chico Police on a Pursuit

An officer spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen turning into the Winco parking lot after 3:30 Monday. The officer attempted to make a high-risk vehicle stop, however, the driver reportedly took off. After a short vehicle pursuit, police say, the suspect parked the vehicle and then fled on foot. Detectives and officers in the area were able to apprehend the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Travis Stites. He was charged with vehicle theft, evading arrest, and driving on a suspended license.

According to police, Stites has a history of drug, theft, and violence.

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Multiple Firearms Seized During a Traffic Stop in North Chico

Two Butte County Sheriff's deputies initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota pickup in the area of Esplanade and Aspen Glen Drive Sunday due to a license plate light not functioning. While contacting the two men in the truck a deputy saw part of a rifle under items of clothing in the vehicle. The deputies searched the pickup and found a pistol and two assault rifles along with a loaded high capacity magazines.

According to a Butte County Sheriff's press release, the men in the pickup, 21-year-old Cristian Jesus Lambera Pimentel and 28-year-old Jorge Mardanado Castaneda were arrested for various fire arms charges.

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Both Butte County Disaster Recovery Centers Closed Today

The two disaster recovery centers in Butte County are closed due to heavy rains. Both centers, the one in Paradise at the Creative Learning Center on Ewald Court and the one in Chico at the old Sears Store, were closed Monday and will be closed today with plans to reopen on Wednesday. Those needing assistance are urged to go on line.

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Butte County Road Conditions

The CHP is reporting water on the roadway on West Sacramento Avenue between Meridian and River roads and River Road Between Chico River and Ord Ferry roads.

 

There's flooding on Highway 99 at Keefer Road and that there have been vehicles speeding through the area and are hydroplaning. There's also roadway flooding on northbound Highway 99 just north of Wilson Landing in northwest Chico.

 

The CHP say there are still rocks on the Skyway at Dogtown Road in Magalia. There was water on that roadway but crews were able to push it down the roadway using a plow.

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Downtown Chico Robbery Arrest

Officers were called out to the intersection of Broadway and West 2nd streets just after 2 Saturday afternoon for a reported robbery. A man told officers that he had just been assaulted and his personal property taken from him. Officer quickly located the alleged suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jovontai Glaspie on the 200 block of West 3rd Street. He was booked into the Butte County Jail for robbery. Police say the victim was not seriously injured.

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South Chico Stabbing Arrest

Chico Police Officers responded to the area of Notre Dame Blvd and Morrow Lane where they found a man suffering from stab wound to his abdomen around 10:30 Saturday night. The victim was allegedly stabbed after an argument with the suspect turned into a fight. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The suspect was identified as Sterling Steinmetz and he was arrested around 4 Sunday afternoon, this according to a Chico Police Department press release.

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Downtown Chico Shooting Saturday

Police are investigating a shooting in downtown Chico over the weekend. Two people were walking on Normal Street around 12:45 Saturday morning when a vehicle drove by and a man in the vehicle reportedly verbally challenged the pedestrians. The man then allegedly discharged a firearm. One of the two people was struck in the leg. The Chico Police Department is reporting that the victim's wound was not life threatening. Chico PD detectives are now investigating the incident.

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Multiple Vehicles Vandalized in Chico

Police are investigating the vandalism of several cars in a Chico neighborhood over the weekend. Officers responded to the 3100 block of Cinder Creek Drive after 8 Saturday morning this after reports of damage to multiple vehicles in the area. Officers learned that 12 vehicles had tires punctured. According to a Chico Police Department press release, security images from one of the homes reportedly showed a male in a hooded sweatshirt, believed to be in his late teens to mid twenties.

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

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Chico Butane Honey Lab Arrest

Reports of an explosion at a house in north Chico led to an arrest. Officers arrived to a home on Burnap Avenue and reportedly found the garage door blown off along with other explosion damage at the house. An alleged butane honey oil lab was located at inside the home. 23 ounces of hash oil, 158 pounds of marijuana along with LSD was also found at the house.

Witnesses say several people left the home before officers arrived. 28 year old Brittney Larsen was later located and was arrested for various felony drug charges. Police say her 5 month old child was reportedly found in a bedroom where a large amount of marijuana was being stored, that according to a Chico Police press release.

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NVCF New Grants This Week

More grants are going to various agencies for those impacted by the Camp Fire. The North Valley Community Foundation Camp Fire Relief Fund gave out $25,000 to the Magalia Community Church, the Throwing Starfish Foundation, and the Disaster Relief Strike Force as these organizations provide food, shelter, and other assistance to Camp Fire Survivors. The Paradise Intermediate School also received $25,000. The Magalia Beautification Association received $10,000 to reconstruct the community gardens and the Welcome to Magalia sign damaged in the fire. Achieve Charter School also received funding this week.

According to a press release from the North Valley Community Foundation, there have been almost 2.4 million dollars in grants to date that the Foundation has given out to those affected by the Camp Fire.

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Pick up Goes Off Bridge in Northwest Chico

Officers were dispatched to a pickup crash at a bridge in northwest Chico early this morning.

The Chevy truck reportedly hit a guardrail and then went 20 feet off of a bridge on Nord Highway at Hosler Avenue just after midnight. According to the CHP, the vehicle landed on its wheels in the water. The driver was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Chico Police believe the driver was under the influence at the time of the crash.

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Meridian Two Vehicle Collision

Emergency crews have respond to a vehicle crash this morning in north Chico. The crash between a Chevy pick up and a VW on Meridian Road between Nord Highway and Bell Road was reported just before 8 this morning. According to the CHP incident page, the entire roadway was blocked and that there were people trapped in one of the vehicles. Emergency crews arrived to extract the occupants out of the damaged vehicle. No word on the extent of the injuries.

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Warming Center Opened in Chico

A warming center opened Sunday at the Depot Park at 431 Cedar Street. This due to temperatures forecast to be in the lower to mid 30s this week. The tent shelter is expected to be up until Tuesday the 19th and will be open from 6 pm to 8 am. There will also be bathrooms and a hand washing station along with on site security.

There is transportation available between 6 and 9 pm.

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Palermo Trailer Fire

Firefighters in Palermo battled a blaze at a trailer early this morning. The fire started at a travel trailer near Irwin and Bohemia Avenues after 4:30 am. According to a Cal Fire Twitter post, when crews arrived the trailer was fully involved and the propane tanks were venting. Two people were able to escape the burning trailer unharmed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Chico Petty Theft Arrest

Chico residents help police catch a porch "pirate." On Wednesday a homeowner in northwest Chico had a package stolen from his front porch. The victim's surveillance cameras captured video of the suspect and his black and white Jeep. The victim then posted those videos on social media in an attempt to identify the suspect. On Thursday a homeowner was on Windham Way heard his side yard gate closing and went out to investigate. He also saw a black and white Jeep leaving his residence. Officers arrived and located the Jeep. Officers searched the Jeep and found property believed to have been stolen. According to a Chico Police press reales, the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Joshua Morris was arrested for petty theft and for an outstanding warrant from Glenn County.

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Community of Nord Evacuation Warning

The Butte County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for the community of Nord due to the flooding of Rock Creek.  
Sand and Bags are available at Nord Fire Station 41 at the 13,000 block of Highway 99. 

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School Closures and Delays Due to the Storm

The Palermo Unified School District contacted KPAY this morning saying that schools in that district will be closed today due to flooding.

 

The Stony Creek Unified School District in Glenn County will have a delayed opening this morning due to the storm. Class will start at 10:30 this morning.

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Richvale Area Evacuation Warning Due Possible Flooding

There's an evacuation warning for the Richvale area due to potential flooding. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the evacuation warning is for residents in the area between the Sacramento River and Highway 99 from Nelson Shippee Road to Highway 162. This due to the potential for flooding because of forecast levels in the Cherokee Canal.

Authorities say sand and bags are available for the public at the Butte County Rice Growers Association at 1193 Richvale Highway. Residents must bring their own shovel to fill bags. For more information you can go to www.buttecounty.net.

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Chico Prowler and Burglary Arrest

A man is arrested by Chico Police for the 2nd time in two days. A vehicle burglary in-progress was reported on Toyon Way before 12:30 this morning. CSU Chico PD Officers were in the area and spotted the suspect, 38-year-old Theodore Brockmeyer fleeing the area on a bicycle. Brockmeyer reportedly fell from his bike during his attempt to evade officers. He was pursued and detained by officers on Arbutus Avenue. Chico Police Officers arrived and arrested Brockmeyer for burglary, prowling, and delaying a peace officer.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, on Monday Brockmeyer was arrested for possession of stolen property and methamphetamine.

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Estates Drive Water on Roadway and Multiple Car Crash Nearby on Highway 99

The CHP reported water in the roadway between between Estates Drive and Neal Road around 8:15 this morning....and minutes before that a multiple vehicle collision occurred on northbound Highway 99 just south Estates Drive. A Jeep involved is reported to have major front end damage. Officers say there are minor injuries in the crash.

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Downtown Chico 7-11 Armed Robbery

Chico Police investigating an alleged armed robbery at a Chico 7-11 this morning. A man entered the 7-11 on Main Street before 2:30 this morning reportedly wearing a ski mask. He allegedly pulled a handgun on the clerk, demanding cash from the register. The clerk then gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the store on foot. Police are currently on the lookout for the suspect.

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Chico K-Mart Robbery

Chico Police nabbed a robbery suspect Monday. Chico Police received a report of a robbery at K-Mart on Pillsbury Road after before 2 pm when a suspect had allegedly stolen an undisclosed amount of property. The suspect reportedly swung a bicycle wheel an employee while fleeing the store. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Joshua Wyatt fled the area on a bicycle. Officers located the Wyatt and found the alleged stolen property and he was arrested for a felony robbery charge.

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Chico Attempted RV Theft

Two suspected RV thieves were caught in south Chico. An employee of Les Schwab on Notre Dame Blvd noticed an RV which was parked near the business that appeared to have been tampered with before 8 am. The employee allegedly found two men attempting to hotwire the ignition of the RV. The two men claimed they had permission to move the vehicle. The registered owner however, reportedly informed police they had not given permission to anyone to move the vehicle. According to a Chico Police press release, the suspects, identified as 37-year-old Anthony Ripperger and 34-year-old Renaldo Perez were arrested for attempted vehicle theft.

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Chico Stolen Property and Drugs Arrest

A Chico man is arrested for stolen property and drugs. Officers responded to the 900 block of East Avenue for a reported fight before 4 Sunday afternoon. Officers found 38-year-old Theodore Borckmeyer who claimed an unknown man had just tried to assault him. Officers learned that Brockmeyer was allegedly in possession of a stolen mountain bike. He was then searched and officers reportedly located methamphetamine, syringes, and a stolen laptop. According to Chico Police, Brockmeyer was arrested for possession of stolen property and drugs.

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Wanted Chico Felon Arrest

A wanted felon is arrested after a pursuit in south Chico. Officers arrived in an unmarked vehicle at the parking lot of Kohl's before 6 Sunday evening in order to contact a man suspected in a burglary. When the officers identified themselves the suspect reportedly fled in a Ford F-150 pickup. A second marked police sergeant's vehicle attempted to make a traffic stop on Springfield Drive however, the suspect allegedly fled across the median and rammed the front of the sergeant's police vehicle. He then reportedly drove against traffic, but didn't get very far due to damage to the truck. The suspect, identified as Brian Loo then fled on foot but was quickly caught by officers. Loo was allegedly found in possession of the stolen property.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, Loo has an extensive criminal history in Butte and Napa counties.

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Highway 99 Multiple Vehicle No Injury Collision

A multiple vehicle collision caused traffic slowdowns this morning in south Chico. The CHP reported that the collision was between A Honda CRV and two Hyundai sedans on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 at the Skyway off ramp around 7:40 this morning. Medics were dispatched to the scene not long after. Officers say one driver injured his head when the air bag deployed however, Chico Fire reported that injuries were minor and the medics were not needed.

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Camp Fire Death Toll Changed

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Butte County Sheriff's Office has dropped the death toll from the Camp Fire to 85 people.

The sheriff's office said Thursday that remains from the Camp Fire thought to be from two separate people were from the same individual.

The office also released the names of two more victims, 69-year-old Chris Maltby and 75-year-old Ronald Schenk, both of Paradise -- bringing the total number of identified dead to 71.

The office also dropped the number of people unaccounted for from three to two. John Demianew had an active warrant out for his arrest and was found by Sacramento police.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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Pickup Vs. Big Rig

A pick up truck verse Big Rig crash happened after 6:15 this morning at the intersection of River and Ord Ferry roads. The CHP says a Toyota Tacoma pickup ran a stop sign at the intersection and hit the Big Rig. Officers say the Tacoma had major front end damage and the Big Rig separated from its trailer. Authorities say one of the vehicles was possibly leaking gas. According to the CHP incident information page, both vehicles reportedly ended up in someones front yard. Minor injuries are being reported from the collision.

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COLUSA CASINO RESORT – Benefit Concert Raises over $16,000 to Help Fire Relief Efforts

COLUSA, Calif – (Jan. 30, 2019) – Colusa Casino Resort presented a check to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Relief and the California Fire Foundation totaling over $16,000 to help victims of the historic wildfires that damaged much of Northern California in 2018.
Victor Fernandez, General Manager of Colusa Casino Resort along with its owners, the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians described the fires as devastating and wanted to take action right away to help those in need. Colusa Casino Resort and Presenting Sponsor Recology, partnered in late 2018 to put together a benefit concert where 100% of ticket sales would be donated.
Amanda Ree, Executive Director of the American Red Cross proclaimed, “Colusa Casino is always a steadfast supporter of our local communities. This support for our wildfire fund came at a critical time between two large local disasters, the Carr Fire and the Camp Fire. And, it has done much to bring our mission to the communities impacted by these devastating fires - allowing us to provide safe beds and warm food as well as provide the direct financial assistance that can help families with immediate needs.”
“The concert at Colusa Casino offered a measure of comfort and renewal for those facing a difficult time,” said Brian Rice, Chair of the California Fire Foundation. “The money from this event will help rebuild homes and lives shattered by catastrophic wildfires.”

 

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NVCF New Grants

The North Valley Community Foundation released three more grants Tuesday to groups that are providing relief to Camp Fire survivors.

 

The Outpost Restaurant and Bar in Butte Meadows received 25 thousand dollars after requesting assistance to help offset the costs of providing housing and food to those impacted by the Camp Fire.

 

The Feather River Center received 7,500 dollars to provide a no-cost trip to the Forebay Aquatic Center for students at two school that were affected by the fire.

 

The Inspire Foundation received 25 thousand dollars to cover the costs of S-A-T, P-S-A-T, and A-P exams for affected students.

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K-9 Find a Container Full of Drugs in Chico

Chico Police are crediting a K-9 and his handler for sniffing out a package of drugs. The K-9, known as "Pax", alerted his handler to a container at an undisclosed location in Chico around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. According to a Chico Police press release, Pax sniffed out about 133 pounds of processed marijuana and some 400 grams of highly concentrated honey oil. According to police, the estimated street value was about $500,000.

The case will be turned over to the Butte County Special Enforcement unit for further investigation.

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Cong LaMalfa Camp Fire Debris Clean Up State of the Union

Listen to the Converstaion at www.kpay.com  click on Podcast Tab/Morning Show 

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Snow Conditions

Just after 7 this morning weather conditions prompted authorities to close the East bound Skyway at Honey Run Road.

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Beehive Theft Arrest in Biggs

Authorities learned that C-F Koehnen and Sons of Glenn County had several beehives allegedly stolen from one of their apiaries in Afton. Butte County deputies were notified that there was a small utility trailer with beehives on it parked in the driveway of a residence on 4th Street in Biggs, which neighbors found to be suspicious. Deputies arrived and inspected the hives which had brand numbers that allegedly matched those that were reported stolen. Deputies arrested 55-year-old Kenneth Allen and 52-year-old Linda Milstead who were found to be in possession of the beehives, that according to a Butte County Sheriff's press release.

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Chico Dating App Robbery

Alleged robbers in Chico lured their victim using a dating app. Officers arrived to the Timber Creek Apartments on West 5th Street just after 8:30 Saturday night where they found a man who said he had been robbed at knife point. The victim told officers that he went to the apartment to meet with a woman he had met through a dating app. Once inside the man was allegedly held at knife point by the woman and another man where they reportedly demanded money. According to a Chico Police press release, that the victim suffered a small cut to the neck as he escaped. Officers found and arrested Madison Wiltshire and Keoni Lewis, both 21-years-old. They were both charged with robbery and assault, among other charges.

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BCSO 19th Annual Bike Giveaway

The Butte County Sheriff's Office will hold its 19th annual Bike Giveaway Saturday. The giveaway will take place at the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridely this Saturday starting at 10 am.

This year around 600 bikes, new and refurbished, have been donated from multiple organizations and individuals who said they wanted to help children who have been affected by the Camp Fire. Helmets and bike locks have also been donated.

Members of local bicycle organizations will be on hand to ensure helmets properly fit each child, that according to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release.

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Doctor Arrested for Sexual Assault in Chico

A Chico Doctor is arrested for sexual assault. Chico Police Detectives arrested Dr. Annamalai Ashokan at his Chico office on Jan Court Wednesday. Detectives initiated an investigation after it was alleged that Dr. Ashokan had sexually assaulted a female patient during a medical procedure and obtained evidence to arrest the doctor. Police say at this point there is no information about any other potential victims. Detectives have been in communication with investigators of the state's Heatlh Quality Investigation Unit who oversee medical licensing investigations.

According to a Chico Police Department press release, Dr. Ashokan only has office hours in Chico every other week. His main office is in Hollister.

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