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KPAY News Archives for 2019-04

Enloe Lock Down

An officer arrived at the hospital after 7:30 Monday evening to finish a mental health evaluation. As he entered the building he was met by frightened people who informed him that there was a man running through the hospital reportedly saying he had a gun. Police say most patients fled the emergency room when the man rushed in. All available officers responded and the hospital was put on lockdown. Witnesses told officers that they saw the man jump out of a window. The suspect, identified as 56-year-old Russell Niewald was apprehended near the intersection of West 6th Avenue and the Esplanade, but not after allegedly resisting officers. According to police, no firearm was found. The hospital was taken off of lock down sometime after 8 pm.

Downtown Chico Fight Arrests

The Transients, identified as Thomas Bona and Richard Gaskin were involved in an argument that reportedly escalated at the city plaza. Bona allegedly pulled a small knife. Gaskin reportedly used a bicycle part to strike the knife out of Bona's hand. Gaskin then struck Bona with the bike part. According to Police, officers arrived and arrested Bona for brandishing a knife and Gaskin was arrested for assault and also for an unrelated misdemeanor warrant.

Suspected Vehicle Hides from Police After Chase

On Saturday a Chico Police officer on the 300 block of Nord Avenue saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen two days earlier. As the officer pulled behind the vehicle the driver reportedly accelerated away. Other officers then joined the pursuit, however, they stopped the chase when conditions became unsafe. Officers continued the pursuit in the Chapmantown area. Police say the vehicle ran out of gas and the suspect then fled on foot. According to Chico Police, the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Anthony Beck allegedly entered a residence of an acquaintance on Cypress Avenue and was found hiding in a loft. He was arrested for numerous charges.

Chico Stabbing Sends a Man to the Hospital

A man was found by passing motorists near the intersection of West 8th Street and Hazel Street who was bleeding profusely from his leg after 12:30 Sunday morning. Officers arrived and learned that the 34-year-old victim had gotten into a confrontation with several males. According to Chico Police, one of the men allegedly stabbed the victim. The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900 and reference report #19-003007.

Shoots Fired at Chico Apartment Complex

Officers arrived to an apartment complex the 600 block of West 2nd Avenue around 3:15 Friday Morning. Witness told officers that a fight had allegedly occurred prior to shots being heard. According to a Chico Police press release, officers canvased the area, but no victims or bullet strikes were found.

Anyone who witnessed or has any information about this incident is asked to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4900.

Glenn County Burned Body Found

Glenn County authorities are investigating what they believe to be an arson related murder. Around 7 Thursday morning a barn was reported to be on fire. The Orland Fire Department arrived and found the outbuilding fully engulfed in flames. After firefighters put out the blaze they found what appeared to be a badly charred body amid the burned ruins. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, the identity of the deceased person, cause of death and circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown at this time and the investigation continues.

Chico Shooting Incident Arrests

Two Glenn County men have been arrested for the shooting into an occupied vehicle in Chico Wednesday night. Glenn County authorities say 19 year old Joseph Fratus and 20 year old Noah Apodaca returned to the scene of the shooting on West 9th Street around 9:30 Wednesday night, some 2 and a half hours after the original incident. Their vehicle was stopped, and a fully automatic handgun was allegedly located in the vehicle. According to Chico Police, the two were taken into custody on probable cause.

Chico Shooting incident

Chico Police are investigating shots fired into an occupied vehicle Wednesday evening. Officers responded to 11 hundred block of West 9th Street, after reports of multiple gunshots in the area just before 7 pm. Witnesses told officers that at least one suspect in a white pick up truck allegedly fired at an occupied vehicle. The truck fled the area before officers arrived. Chico Police say fortunately there were no injuries. The shooting is under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department Detective Bureau.

Chico Burglary and Trespassing Arrest

A woman who was taking care of a home on Mill Street while the owner was away for medical treatment, opened the door and reportedly found two people sleeping inside around 11 Wednesday morning. She immediately called Chico Police who sent officers to the residence where they contacted 27-year-old Brandon Heaton and 36-year-old Leslie Montgomery. Officers reportedly found some of the homeowner's property in Montgomery's possession, along with methamphetamine. Heaton was also found with a wallet that police say didn't belong to him. Both were arrested for burglary.

Rollover Crash in Southeast Chico

The crash happened on Highway 32 at Yosemite Drive just before 5 am. According to the CHP, the crash caused a Toyota Prius to rollover. Chico Police and Fire arrived at the scene. No word on the extent of the injuries.

PG&E Asking to Increase Rates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. is asking state regulators for another increase in rates and profits, saying it's needed for wildfire safety and to attract investment as the utility goes through bankruptcy.

The Sacramento Bee reports Monday that the request and a previous one could result in average PG&E customer bills rising more than $22 a month for electricity and natural gas.

PG&E spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said Monday's filing with the California Public Utilities Commission reflects the utility's financial predicament and the need to invest in wildfire safety.

The request is likely to upset some lawmakers who are already upset with the utility's role in deadly wildfires of 2017 and 2018.

Utility consumer advocate Mark Toney called PG&E's request outrageous.

Chico Apartment Complex Robbery Suspect

A man entered the manager's office of an apartment complex on the one thousand block of East Lassen Avenue around 6:45 Monday evening and requested to rent an apartment. The man then reportedly moved his jacket aside, showing a handgun in his waistband. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and threatened the victim harm if they followed him before fleeing the area. 
According to a Chico Police press release, the suspect is described as a white male, between 20 and 40 years old, around 6 feet tall with an athletic build. 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4900.

Chico Domestic Violence Arrest

Officers arrived to the 100 block of West 11th Street around 1 Monday morning where they learned that the victim had fired a semi-automatic pistol at the suspect. The bullet missed the suspect, identified as 73-year-old Walter Lane and he fled the residence in a Ford pick-up. Butte County Sheriff's Deputies spotted the truck in the area of Park Avenue at Meyers Street. According to Chico Police, Butte County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop and Lane was arrested for domestic battery with injury.

Remains Found of Missing Glenn County Man

A case of a missing Glenn County man has become a homicide investigation. 26-year-old Brandon Dawson was reported missing under suspicious circumstances from a residence in a rural area of Orland in the early morning hours of March 8th. Detectives from the Glenn Investigative Task Force learned that Dawson allegedly had been involved a dispute with several persons regarding illegal drugs, causing investigators to believe that he had been murdered. Authorities found human remains in the Walker Ridge area of Colusa County. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, the remains were identified as Dawson's. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Chico Friday Night Shooting

Multiple officers responded to the area of Running Springs Circle before 8:30 pm after several calls about gunshots heard in the area. When officers arrived they found a victim of a gunshot wound. According to Chico Police, the unidentified man was taken to the hospital where he is reported in stable condition.

Chico Police Department Detectives came to the scene and took over the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 895-4911.

Woman Hospitalized After Being Hit By A Train In Chico Sunday

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Chico Police Department says a 33-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck by a train while walking on the tracks.


Police say officers were called to the scene of the accident at 2:52 p.m. Sunday in the area of the railroad tracks and West 8th Avenue.


The woman, described by police as a transient, was hit by a train that was heading northwest through Chico.


Police say the woman was treated at the scene and then taken to a nearby hospital.


Traffic in the area was affected by the accident for about 90 minutes.

Strong armed Robbery at the Children's Playground

Officers were approached by multiple people reporting the robbery that had occurred before 6:30 Thursday evening. The suspect reportedly spotted the officers and ran off. Some residents reportedly tackled the suspect and he was detained by officers. Police learned that the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Jehvon Castillo the 3rd had allegedly assaulted a man in an attempt to rob him of some marijuana. Several other people tried to intervene to assist the victim - at least one other person was reported to be assaulted by Castillo.

According to a Chico Police press release, the victim was in legal possession of recreational use marijuana.

Stolen Vehicle and Property Arrests

Officers were patrolling Community Park on Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway around 11:30 Thursday when they located a reported stolen vehicle in the north parking lot of the park. The registered owner arrived and confirmed that the vehicle was his. He also told officers that he was missing a cell phone and other items. Park staff alerted officers to two suspicious individuals, identified as 38-year-old Joshua Sharp and 33-year-old Christina Ryan who both were reportedly exiting out of the suspected stolen vehicle. Officers then contacted the two and both were arrested on various stolen property and drug charges. According to Chico Police, the stolen vehicle and property were returned to the owner.

Chico Couple Give Pleas in Butane Honey Oil Case

30-year-old Evan Palmer and 28-year-old Brittany Larsen both plead guilty Wednesday to charges of manufacturing of butane honey oil and for child endangerment.

The charges stem from an explosion that occurred at a home on Burnap Avenue. Detectives allegedly found components of a butane honey oil lab at the home. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, Palmer and Larsen's five month old daughter was in the house at the time of the explosion, however she was unharmed. She was taken into the custody of county child protective services.

A third suspect Jacob Joseph Levi Lincoln was badly burned in the explosion. He is scheduled to appear in court in May. Palmer faces more than 6 years in prison when he is sentenced in May and Larsen faces 4 years in prison when she is sentenced in June.

Chico Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

Two people were walking on the sidewalk near the intersection of Warner Street and West Sacramento Avenue when three men approached then after exiting a silver sedan around 1:15 this morning. One of the men was allegedly demanding cash while reportedly battering the victims with a pistol. Officers found the victims with visible injuries. According to Chico Police, there were four suspects total who got away in the sedan. The suspects are reported to be black males.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4911.

Highway 99 Big Rig Crash and Fire

A big rig crash on Highway 99 causes a fire. The semi truck reportedly crashed into a guardrail on the highway at Neal Road before 9:30 last night. That reportedly caused the semi to catch on fire. The fire spread from the truck to the roadway and to a nearby field. Cal Fire crews arrived and quickly contained the fire. According to the CHP, there was also debris on the road that passing vehicles were hitting. Officers closed the roadway at Neal Road due to the debris and a fuel spill. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Keswick Dam Increased Releases

The Bureau of Reclamation has increased flows coming from the Keswick Dam. Those increases started Tuesday and were bumped up from 30 thousand cubic feet per second to 40 thousand c-f-s. According to a Bureau of Reclamation press release, the increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within the Shasta Reservoir. 
Officials warn that Sacramento River levels have increased downstream of the dam and for people to avoid the high-water areas. They also warn not to walk or drive into or near flood waters.  


An Alleged Shooting Threat at a North State School Sends a Teen to Jail

An officer arrived at Red Bluff Union High School after 8 Monday morning after threats were reported at the school. The officer learned that 18-year-old Thomas Trotter was allegedly told another student that there would be a shooting at the school. Additional officers and investigators arrived and found Trotter in the school library. He was reportedly found in possession of a survival type knife. Trotter's vehicle was then searched where a billy club and another knife were allegedly found. Trotter was arrested for making terrorist threats and for the concealed knife.

Red Bluff Police say that this appears to be an isolated incident and no other students were involved.

Butte County Authorities Nab an ID Thief

Back in February of this year an 80-year-old Oroville resident reported that they had checks stolen from their mailbox. Those stolen checks were reportedly used to create fictitious checks that were then cashed at an online bank. On Friday Butte County Sheriff's deputies stopped one of the alleged suspects, identified James Dye as he was driving near the Oroville Walmart. Deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly found evidence of 40 other potential victims of identity theft along with equipment used to create fake checks. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, deputies also allegedly found mortgage payout checks from Camp Fire victims that Dye was reportedly using for is own personal gain.

A second suspect, 28-year-old Ashley Buck is currently wanted for questioning.

Chico Stolen Car and Shoplifting Arrests

Chico police recover a stolen vehicle after a report of shoplifting. Officers arrived to the CVS on Forest Avenue after a female suspect reportedly stole merchandise from the store after 10 Friday morning. An employee told officers that the suspect took off in a Honda Civic driven by a male. Officers looked up the license plate number, provided by the employee, and learned that the Civic had been reported stolen. The Honda was stopped on Highway 99, just north of Entler Avenue. According to a Chico Police Department press release, 24-year-old Dakotah Oreiley the driver of the Honda was arrested for vehicle theft and 19-year-old Feather Funkhouser was arrested for possession of stolen property from CVS and JC Penney.

Chico Man Arrested for Attempting to Contact Minors on Social Media

25 year old Ryan McClure allegedly sent some sexually suggestive comments and was attempting to meet who he thought was a 13 year old girl however, it was Butte County Detectives reportedly posing as the girl. According to a BCSO press release, detectives were able to track McClure with an ankle monitor, because he was currently on parole, and was taken into custody.

Anyone with further information on this case is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office Investigations Unit at (530) 538-7671.

Chico PD Cesar Chavez Holiday Weekend Statistics

Chico Police have released arrest statistics for the Cesar Chavez Weekend. The Chico Police Department added extra staffing from Friday March 29th through Monday April 1st. The department was also assisted by various agencies including the Chico State Police Department, the Butte County Sheriff's Office, and the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control. 56 Misdemeanor Arrests were made over the four day period with the most on Saturday at 26. There were seven total felony arrests. Along with arrests there were 79 alcohol related citations and 117 traffic and parking citations.

On Saturday there was a shooting at a house party in area of West 3rd Street and Cedar Street leaving two people injured.

Chico Flash Flooding

Police respond to emergency calls as a storm brings flooding to some streets in Chico. Tuesday evening's storm brought a tremendous amount of rain in a short amount of time which authorities say resulted in overwhelmed roadways and drainage systems. Police say numerous intersections and low roadways filled up to 3 or more feet of water. Several dozen vehicles reportedly became disabled due to the flooding. Additional staffing had to be called in to assist with emergency calls.

According to the Chico Police Department, for several hours after the rain stopped police along with public works crews, and the fire department continued to patrol the streets along with clearing abandoned vehicles and debris.

Pomona Avenue Power Lines Down

A vehicle crash caused power lines to come down on the roadway on Pomona Avenue in Chico this morning. Police are say the crash caused the top of the power pole to sheer off before 5:30 this morning. No word yet on the condition of the driver. PG&E crews are at the site working on the lines. Traffic controls have been in effect in the area.

Oroville Dam Main Spillway to be Used Tuesday

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California officials say the flood-control spillway at the nation's tallest dam will be deployed this week for the first time since it was rebuilt after it crumbled during heavy rains two years ago, forcing nearly 200,000 people to evacuate.

Disaster was ultimately averted during the 2017 downpours, but Oroville Dam needed repairs that totaled $1.1 billion.

The Department of Water Resources says Sunday that the massive spillway has been restored to "full functionality."

Officials say no more than 20,000 cubic feet (566 cubic meters) per second will be released down the spillway during expected rains on Tuesday. DWR says triple that amount could be released later in the week as more water flows into Lake Oroville.

The lake level has risen to about 50 feet (15 meters) from the top.

Early Morning Chico Vehicle and Foot Pursuit

An early morning pursuit in Chico leads to the arrest of two felons. After 1:30 this morning an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on East 9th Street at the Highway 99 overpass. The driver of the vehicle reportedly did not yield leading the officier on a pursuit. The chase ended at Humboldt Avenue at Bartlett Street when the driver allegedly fled from the vehicle while it was still moving. The officer then pursued the suspect on foot behind the Square Deal Mattress Factory. According to a Chico Police PD press release, the suspect, 28-year-old David Pacheco was caught and reportedly found in possession of Cocaine, Ecstasy, and Psilocybin (mushrooms). A loaded 9mm pistol was also reportedly found. Pacheco was arrested on a slew of charges. 27-year-old Charles Augmon, who police say is a known felon, was in the suspected vehicle and was also arrested.

Downtown Chico Shooting - Two Injured

Chico Police are investigating a shooting during the Cesar Chavez Holiday weekend. Officers arrived to the area of West 3rd Street and Cedar Street around 8 pm Saturday where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police then learned that a male victim had been driven to the hospital by friends. Investigators say that during a large party a fight broke out and during the confrontation, someone allegedly pulled a firearm and fired several shots. Both gunshot victims are currently reported in stable condition. According to a Chico Police Department press release, the female victim, identified only as a college student, was not apart of the fight, but was at the "wrong place at the wrong time".

Anyone who was in the area of the party that night is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 897-4900 and reference report number 19-02182.


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