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KPAY News Archives for 2019-07

A Chico PD K9 Finds Drugs During a Traffic Stop

A Butte County Sheriff's Deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Flying V Street in south Chico around 4:30 Monday afternoon. A Chico Police officer took over the investigation and requested a K-9 Unit. The K-9 reportedly detected the presence of narcotics. The officer searched the vehicle and allegedly discovered methamphetamine paraphernalia. The officer then searched the driver, identified as 30-year-old Jasmine Knecht of Salinas and reportedly found about 10 grams of meth and 17 grams of heroin. She was arrested for drug possession and sales charges.

Man Leads Deputies on a Chase in Oroville

Butte County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop around noon on Thursday after the driver of a GMC Sierra truck who authorities say failed to yield at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Mill Street. The driver, identified as 37-year-old Jesse Janto of Orland, initially stopped and briefly spoke with deputies. Soon after, however, he allegedly sped off leading deputies on a pursuit. Janto reportedly sped through several stop signs. Deputies lost visual of the truck and terminated the pursuit near Oro Dam Boulevard and Fith Avenue. Investigators learned that Janto was also wanted by the Medford Police Department after he reportedly led them on a vehicle pursuit which led to the discovery of firearms and narcotics, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 538-7322.

PG&E Bankruptcy Halt

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has granted a two-week period for California officials to develop a way to evaluate competing bids to restructure Pacific Gas & Electric and pull it out of bankruptcy.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration and state regulators requested the time Wednesday to work with PG&E Corp. and two groups of investors who want to take over the troubled utility.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy amid an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from recent wildfires its equipment may have ignited.

A group of insurers and a group of PG&E bondholders are seeking to end the company's sole right to file a reorganization plan, asserting they have a better proposal.

State officials said they want to see the best plan for California ratepayers and keep PG&E on track to resolve its bankruptcy case by next June.

Oroville Fatal Shooting Update

Authorities are releasing more details about a fatal shooting in Oroville Wednesday morning. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says an attempted home invasion robbery occured early Wednesday morning at a home on Arbol Avenue in Oroville. One man was found dead and another suffering from a gunshot wound. Authorities determined that a female homeowner wrestled away the gun and reportedly fired shots at the suspect, striking BOTH the suspect and homeowner. The suspect, 33 year old Cody Faunce of Oroville, was shot dead in the altercation and the male homeowner was rushed to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. The female homeower was not injured. The investigation continues, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.  


You can go to KPAY's Facebook page to see the press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office. 

Oroville Fatal Shooting This Morning

Deputies at the scene say one person was shot and killed at a home on Arbol Avenue near Olive Highway around 3:30 am. Another person was injured and taken to the hospital. Authorities say there were children at the home, but they are safe and unharmed.

The case is under investigation, but no reports if any suspects have been found.

DWR Weekly Oroville Dam Spillway Update

The Department of Water Resources announced Monday that the current elevation of the Oroville reservoir is at 884 feet and that the water releases from the Hyatt Power Plant are over 7,500 cubic feet per second. DWR officials say the current weather forecasts and expect inflow will not require the use of Oroville Dam's main spillway. They say if that changes, the public will be alerted.


Also from that press release, the DWR stated that they will be reopening access to the Spillway Boat Ramp later this summer. The ramp will be open to the public beginning Friday August 2nd. It will be open from 5 am to 11 pm Friday through Sunday.



The Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville was closed this week and will remain closed to the public for about four weeks for routine maintenance and inspections preformed by the DWR and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Those inspections happen every five years.

Suspect Ends Up On Roof After Foot Chase with Chico Police

Reports of a man allegedly hitting a woman behind the Big Tuna restaurant Mangrove Avenue came into Chico Police just before 9 Monday night. When officers located the couple - the male immediately took off running and allegedly began jumping fences on Palm Avenue. Officers found the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Juan Villegas atop the roof of a home on the 1800 block of Palm Avenue. The Hostage Negotiations Team arrived and attempted to talk Villegas down. According to a Chico Police press release, after about an hour, Villegas agreed to come down and was arrested for several domestic violence charges and a violation of parole.

Chico Street Crimes Unit Week 8

The unit had diminished staffing, during week 8, according to Chico Police, due to some members being out of the area for training. However, officers remained diligent and several arrests were made from drug possession to disorderly conduct. Members of the unit also provided a rapid response to the robbery and shooting early Saturday morning.

In the past 8 weeks the unit has arrested 119 people.

Sexually Violent Predator Will Not Be Placed in Tehama County

The Tehama County Distric Attorney's Office announced Friday that the Humboldt County Superior Court denied the placement of Joshua Cooley to Red Bluff. District Attorney Matthew Rogers and the leaders of Tehama County and Red Bluff law enforcement agencies were joined by Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Senator Jim Neilsen in adamantly opposing Cooley's placement. Rogers thanked residents for the over 1,200 signatures that were submitted to the Judge who ruled on the case. Rogers said he was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support by the community and fellow government officials, according to a news release from the Tehama County District Attorney's Office.

Downtown Chico Robbery and Shooting

Police are searching for suspects of a robbery and a shooting in Downtown Chico Friday night. Multiple officers responded to the 1100 block of Cedar Street just before 11:30 pm where officers found a man with a single gunshot wound and was sent to the hospital. Another victim was transported to the hospital by a friend. Police say both victims suffered from non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses told officers that a fight ensued over property that was reportedly taken from a person by force. The suspects fled the area with one of them allegedly firing multiple shots in the direction of three people striking two of them, according to a Chico Police Department press release.

Glenn County School Vandalized

The Glenn County Sheriff's is investigating a case of vandalism at a Willows school. Investigators think the vandalism at the Walden Academy took place sometime between July 12th and July 17th. A person or persons reportedly broke into several buildings of the academy which is on property belonging to Saint Monica's Catholic Church and broke windows, destroyed sinks, toilets, and other various items. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, the suspects also painted one of the walls Free Tay-K. Detectives put the damage at about 5 thousand dollars. Anyone who may have seen something is urged to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office at (530) 934-6431.

Butte Strong Grants

The Butte Strong Fund has awarded 11 new grants this month.


$268,400 went to Butte College for scholarships for 50 students as well as for equipment and laptops for the Applied Construction, Construction Management programs HVACR.


The economic development agency - 3 CORE received a $300,000 grant to establish a business assistance loan fund for fire affected businesses in the ridge and Concow areas.


Butte County Fire Safe Council received $50,000 to fund a coordinator position and grant writing support for a program that hopes to determine how to reutilze trees and biomass burned in the Camp Fire.


The Paradise Alliance Church received $30,000 to provide a trailer with eight showers, four washing machines, and four dryers for Camp Fire survivors. Those facilities will be available four hours a day, five days a week.


For a full list of grants given out this month, visit


According to the North Valley Community Foundation, the Butte Strong Fund is a partnership of three major fundraising efforts by the NVCF, Aaron Rodgers Norcal Fire Recovery Fund, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Glenn County Stabbing Arrest

A report of a man who was stabbed in the chest at the Grindstone Rancheria came into the Glenn County Sheriff's Office before 1:30 Tuesday morning. 31-year-old Joseph Peters was walking down Bush Street when 28-year-old Tyler Lopez reportedly exchanged words with him. Lopez then allegedly attacked him. Peters was treated and released from the hospital for a minor injury. Lopez was found and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. According to a Glenn County Sheriff's Office press release, he was also wanted for questioning in connection to several other reported incidents of criminal activity that occurred at the Grindstone Rancheria over the past few months.

Red Bluff Restaurant Burglary Suspect Nabbed

Officers arrived to the Rockin' R Restaurant on Antelope Blvd around 5:30 Monday morning where they discovered a window had been broken on the west side of the restaurant. Officers entered the restaurant where they found the cash register had been forced open and cash had been taken. Officers learned the identity of the suspect through a tip as well as from images from surveillance cameras.

According to a Red Bluff Police news release, hours later the suspect identified as a 17-year-old male was found by a Tehama County deputy. The teen reportedly admitted to the crime and was arrested for burglary.

Chico Man Changes Plea

35-year-old Stephen Miller changed his plea Monday from not guilty to no contest to a charge of reckless evasion of a police vehicle.

The charges stem from an incident back in December of 2017 when deputies attempted to stop a vehicle allegedly driven by Miller on East Lassen Avenue. Miller reportedly sped off and deputies lost track of the vehicle. Witnesses reported that miller allegedly drove recklessly through the Lassen Mobile Home Park nearly striking someone.

Deputies found Miller's vehicle abandoned at the mobile home park. He was later found and arrested.

According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Miller has evaded law enforcement a total of 4 times.

Felon Arrested for Possession of a Handgun

A Patrol Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on East Avenue at Maripose Avenue around 1:15 Saturday. During the stop it was discovered that one of the occupants, 31-year-old Paul Linarez was on Parole with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Street Crimes Unit arrived and conducted a parole search of the vehicle and Linarez's residence. According to a Chico Police press release, during the search officers reportedly discovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Linarez was taken into custody for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.


That was one of 13 arrests that were made last week by the The Chico Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. During it's seventh week in operation seized more than an ounce and a half of Methamphetamine.

According to Chico Police, there have been 114 arrests total since the unit has been active.

Remains Found in the Feather River Have Been Identified

The Butte County Sheriff's Office confirming Saturday that the remains found July 2nd near the Randy Jenning Memorial Bridge was that of Maria Curtev. She had been reported missing on June 19th.

The CHP is seeking information from the public about the suspicious circumstances surrounding Curtev's disappearance and death. Any with information is asked to call the CHP Investigation Tip Line at (916) 731-6385.

Chico Suicidal Man

Several callers reported to police that a man was seen climbing over the rail of the 20th Street overpass before 1 Thursday afternoon. Officers arrived and made contact with the man and after a brief conversion, he willing came down from the edge of the overpass. Chico Fire personnel assisted with safely lowering the man down. According to Chico Police, the unidentified man was taken to a local mental health facility for an evaluation.

North Chico Prowler Arrest

Officer apprehended a prowler in North Chico Thursday. Chico Police received a report of a man who was chased away from a backyard after allegedly braking through the fence. One of the responding officers spotted a man who matched the description of the alleged prowler walking into the Center for Spiritual Living on Hillary Lane. Several people were inside the center at the time. Officer set a perimeter around the building and gave orders for the suspect to come out. After no response, officers entered the building. A K-9 officer found the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Victor Petkus hiding in the bathroom. According to a Chico Police press release, it was determined that Petkus had an outstanding warrant for violating his parole. He was arrested for that charge and for delaying officers.

AB 430 Latest

Another step forward Wednesday for Assemblyman James Gallagher's housing production bill. Assembly Bill 430 passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee with bi partisan support Wednesday. It aims to help alleviate the housing crisis in Butte County after the Camp Fire by streamlining the environmental reveiw process for certain housing projects. The bill now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee and Gallagher told us he's hoping the measure can be before the full Senate and Assembly and on the Governor's desk by August.

Wall Street Journal PG&E Aging Power Line Report

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A report in the Wall Street Journal says Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them.

Wednesday's report , based on company documents, says PG&E reported in 2017 that more than 100 transmission towers on a century-old line needed repair or replacement.

State fire officials blamed that line for a November fire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

PG&E says it disagrees with the Journal's conclusions but says it's "taking significant actions to inspect, identify, and fix" safety issues.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January out of concern that it might face billions in liability from 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

79 Camp Fire Victims Have Been IDed

One more name has been released of those who died in the Camp Fire. The Sheriff's Office released the name of 67 year old Shriley Haley of Paradise on Wednesday. 79 of the 85 dead have positively identified. 4 have been tentatively identified and 2 remain unknown.

Nord Standoff Suspect ID

Authorities have released more details from the standoff in Nord Wednesday. Butte Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a home on the 55 hundred block of California Street. before 2:30 am for a welfare check. 35-year-old Carl Ackerman had reportedly made threats to kill himself and his children, ages two and seven. According to a Butte County Sheriff's Office press release, he allegedly threatened the children's mother via text messages. The SWAT team and negotiators eventually resolved the situation peacefully. Ackerman was arrested for kidnapping, making criminal threats, false imprisonment, and a number of other charges.

The Upper Ridge Community Council Meets Tonight

Officials want to hear from you tonight about how Government Agencies can help in the wake of the Camp Fire. The Upper Ridge Community Council meets tonight, July 11th, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Magalia. Members of both State and Local Agencies will be on hand to hear your concerns. The meeting is primarily for residents in Magalia, Sterling City and Lovelock. Again the meeting begins tonight at 6PM at the 7th Day Adventist Church at 15024 the Skyway in Magalia.

Chico Stabbing

Chico Police respond to a stabbing incident. Officers arrived to the former Graduate Restaurant on West 8th Street around 5:40 Wednesday morning and located a man suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The male victim informed officers that an unknown man had approached him and allegedly demanded his bicycle. When the victim refused, the suspect reportedly struck the victim with a metal water bottle. That lead to a struggle in which both men pulled knives and reportedly stabbed each other. The suspect fled on the victim's bike. Officers found the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Anthony McEnespy-Mendoza of Chico who had a stab wound to the hand. He was arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. According to Chico Police, both men were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening wounds.

Nord Standoff

A stand-off in Nord ends with a suspect in custody. Multiple Butte County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home on California Street in the community of Nord earlier this morning. Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself and two children in the home. According to authorities, the standoff ended around 7 am and the children were reunited with their family. The unidentified suspect was arrested.

Chico Police Capture a Stolen Vehicle Suspect

A man was allegedly seen striking a window of a vehicle parked at the 11 hundred block of Sheridan Avenue before 8 Tuesday morning. Someone confronted the suspect who reportedly become confrontational and the person fled into their apartment. The suspect then reportedly kicked in the door, but fled after the resident threatened to call the police. The suspect allegedly got into a running Nissan pickup truck and took off. Police say the suspect got into a collision and then fled on foot. He reportedly got back into the truck and took off, after briefly breaking into a nearby residence. Officers spotted the vehicle on Manzanita Avenue near Hooker Oak Park, where the suspect got out of the vehicle and hid himself in the dense overgrowth. According to a Chico Police Department press release, Sheriff K-9 arrived and found the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Pawandeep Sekhon of Patterson. He was arrested on a slew of charges.

Chico Police Are Searching for Suspects in a Home Invasion Robbery

Officers responded to the five hundred block of Pomona Avenue after a report of a robbery just before 2 this morning. Officers arrived and found a 31-year-old man suffering from a minor injury. He was treated and released at the scene. According to the Chico Police, the victim told officers that a man dressed in dark clothing and armed with a gun along with a woman allegedly contacted him at his residence. Police say the motive is under investigation but they say the encounter appears to have been initiated via a dating app.

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

Home and Business Wildfire Smoke Tips

Officials from the Butte County Air Quality Management District and the Public Health Department are asking if your home or business is ready for wildfire smoke.

Both departments recommend residents take the follow steps to reduce your exposure to smoke and particulate matter during the wildfire season:


*Check with your doctor about what you should do during smoke events if you or any family member has heart or lung disease, including asthma. Have a plan to manage your condition.


*Consider keeping several spare high-efficiency filters in storage if you have a central air system. HVAC filters should be rated MERV-13 or equivalent or higher to filter out smoke particles.


*Ask your air conditioning service professional how to close the fresh-air intake of your central air system or room air conditioner.


*Consider purchasing one or more portable HEPA filters if you cannot filter indoor air through a central air system.


*For air quality information you can go to


*For more information on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke you can go to

PID Water Advisory Lifted for Some Customers in Paradise

Water has been tested at laterals of 27 service locations and has been found to meet all regulatory standards. According to officials, the PID will continue to monitor water mains to confirm that the water being delivered continues to meet those regulatory requirements.

Chico PD Street Crimes Unit Week 6

Chico Police Street Crimes Unit makes multiple arrests last week. The Unit conducted a proactive operation at the Chico Walmart to arrest those caught committing retail theft. Chico police officers with to cooperation of the store's employees were able to take in to custody several people during that operation. According to a Chico P.D. press release, 16 people were arrested in total last week for various theft, drug, and weapons charges.

String of Juvenile Offenses

Multiple juveniles were arrested Friday by Chico Police in Bidwell Park. The incident started after police got reports of a possible assault and a runaway juvenile around noon at the Council Ring area of Bidwell Park. Officers were able to find the missing juvenile and when they attempted to detain her, ten other juveniles attempted to interfere. According to Chico Police, officers ultimately arrested five juveniles for resisting and delaying an officer.


This comes after a string of juvenile related offenses in the last several weeks.

One juvenile was recently arrested for driving under the influence and causing a vehicle collision.

One 18-year-old and three minors were detained Wednesday near Old Humboldt Road. This after the suspects allegedly set off fireworks which lead to a one acre fire.

Three were arrested for theft charges and another three youth were taken into custody for felony level battery.

Chico Police believe the incidents are unrelated to each other.

City of Chico Animal Shelter 4th of July Pet Safety Tips

They say to give your pet a safe haven - it's less stressful and safer to leave your dogs at home rather than bring them to a 4th of July celebration.

Keep cats and dogs indoors where they will be cool and in a familiar environment.


Keep pets away from hazardous items such as alcoholic beverages, lighter fluid, and citronella products.


Animal Services reminds pet owners that if you take your pet someplace during the holiday or any other time do not leave them in your vehicle.


These are just of few of the tips, for more information you can call Animal Control at 897-4960 or visit

Chico Police Street Crimes Unit Week 5

The Chico Police Department Street Crimes Unit makes 14 arrests last week. Besides those arrests, the team seized illegally possessed firearms and a sizable amount of illegal drugs. Chico Police say that in the five weeks the of operation the team has made a total of 82 arrests.

Felon Found with Multiple Fire Arms Arrest

Officers from the Chico Police Department Street Crimes D Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at East 20th Street and Highway 99 before 6:30 Friday evening. The driver, identified as 51-year-old David Barnes, was found to have been released from prison three years ago and is currently on supervised parole for an attempted murder conviction. Officers searched Barnes' home where they found four loaded firearms in a closet. He was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition along with being in violation of Parole. According to a Chico Police Department press release, his wife, 59-year-old was also arrested for similar charges along with being in possession of tear gas.

Butte County District Attorney Warns about Illegal Fireworks

D.A. Mike Ramsey is reminding residents living in unincorporated portions of the county that any possession of fireworks, even those designated as Safe and Sane within unincorporated portions of Butte County is strictly prohibited. Only the cities of Oroville and Gridley allow for the sale of Safe and Sane fireworks within their city limits. Ramsey says the lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and considered a felony. He adds that fire danger is high and that those caught will be subject to fines upwards of a thousand dollars and six months in jail.


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