PG&E says they have resolved the $4 million fine issue with Butte County. Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced Monday that the $4 million in fines and expenses with the plea agreement with the Butte County District Attorney will not reduce the amount of funds available to satisfy wildfire victim claims under the utilities plan of reorganization. As part of the resolution, the four million amount will be funded to the Fire Victim Trust.
According to PG&E, the resolution ensures that utility will remain in full compliance with the funding commitments that are part of its emergence from Chapter 11 and to expedite the fair and timely payments to victims.
There are 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butte County. As of yesterday's update from Butte County Public Health there are now 8 total confirmed cases in the county. According to the Butte County website, there have not been any deaths from the virus.
Visit: butte county dot net slash public health www.buttecounty.net/publichealth for updates.
Butte County organizes a Delivery Task Force to assist those who have been advised to quarantine. The Delivery Task Force started Monday by the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services. The program is available to individuals with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and are awaiting test results, as well as individuals advised by medical professional to isolate or quarantine who have no support system. The task force can deliver groceries and prescriptions, as long as those items are paid for in advance.
Those interested in the delivery service can call 2-1-1 or the Butte County COVID-19 Call Center at 552-3050 for more information.
That closure will be in effect until further notice. Air quality officials say that all services are still available by email at email@example.com and by phone at (530) 332-9400 or toll-free at 855-332-9400.
Officials from the district say all open burn requirements, including burn day status, burn hours and burn permit requirements are still in effect. To learn more www.bcaqmd.org
Paradise residents who wish to rebuild after the Camp Fire may still contact the Building Resilience Center but only by appointment. A release sent out Monday says the Center had to adapt its procedures to deal with the Corona Virus situation. To schedule an appointment you can call 872-6291 extension 411.
The foundation has issued $5,000 grants each to multiple north state organizations. Most of the organizations provide emergency supplies and services such as distributing meals or providing medical equipment.
Exceptions to the $5,000 grant funding are the North State Food Bank which was given $10,000 and Project S.A.V.E. which received $2,200. All grants together totaled $97,200.
The driver of a BMW reportedly broadsided the passenger side of the patrol vehicle on Main Street at East 8th Street just after 7 Friday night. Police say both the driver of the BMW and the officer in the patrol vehicle complained of pain from the collision. Officers say the driver of the BMW, identified as 28-year-old Anthony Squitieri from Chico, allegedly displayed symptoms of being under the influence of drugs. According to the Chico Police Department, once he was medically cleared, at the hospital, he was arrested for D-U-I.
Access to Butte County Superior Courthouses remain limited. The Presiding Judge ordered effective today that the clerk's counters at both the Chico and Oroville courthouse locations will be open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. According to a news release, a drop box will be available at the entrance of each courthouse Monday through Friday.
Cal Water is warning Chico residents about scammers. The California Water Service has received reports of scammers targeting customers through phone, mail, and email for personal information or to demand payment for bills. Cal Water officials say that the utility does NOT call customers and ask for payment using a specific method. They say if the utility does contact customers they will provide all available payment methods.
Cal Water Director of Corporate Communications Yvonne Kingman says if customers receive a call or letter related to their water bill and are unsure if it is legitimate, to please call the Chico Customer Center at (530) 893-6300 to verify.
The California Water Service has recently seen concerns from customers about the safety of tap water. Cal Water Director of Corporate Communications Yvonne Kingman says that the World Health Organization, the C-D-C, and the E-P-A all state that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through drinking water. According to Cal Water, safeguards are already in place to protect water quality are effective in protecting against viruses, including COVID-19. They say that the E-P-A recommends the drinking of tap water as usual.
As of Thursday the total confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Butte County is at five people. Two of those cases have been confirmed to be travel related the other three are under investigation to how they acquired the virus.
For the latest information about the coronavirus in Butte County you can visit: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth
As of today (Friday), Butte County offices at 25 County Center Drive in Oroville will be CLOSED to the public. That includes County Administration, the Assessor's Office, the Auditor Controller, the County Counsel, the District Attorney and the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. Property Tax Payments can be placed in the drop box outside the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. Butte County Chief Administrative Officer Shari McCracken says the closure will last for the foreseeable future.
For up to date information you can visit: www.buttecounty.net
With the recent extensions of Federal and State income tax deadlines due to the COVID-19, the county Treasurer-Tax Collector office is receiving many questions surrounding local property tax deadlines. Butte County Treasurer-Tax Collector Troy Kidd says local county tax collectors do not have authority to change the deadline of April 10th due date property taxes which has been established by State law. The Treasurer-Tax Collectors Office is currently closed to the public. Property tax payments can be made online, by phone, or by mail with a timely postmark of April 10th. The office says there are waivers available for those who are either physically or financially impacted.
For a list of phone numbers, email and mail addresses go to www.buttecounty.net/treasurertaxcollector
Randall Stone was removed from his position as Mayor of Chico at last night's special meeting of the city council. The council voted 4 to 3 for an item of no confidence in the Mayor. Stone was removed as mayor and was replaced by councilor Ann Schwab. An item of censure of Stone did not pass which means he will still be on committees he is currently involved with. Stone will remain on the city council.
An early morning solo vehicle crash in south Chico leaves one person dead. The driver of a Honda Accord was eastbound on the Skyway at the intersection of Nortre Dame Blvd. around 1:15 this morning when for unknown reasons the Accord went off the road and hit a retaining wall. According to Police, the unidentified driver was found dead at the scene.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Chico Police Department 897-4970.
Health Officials have confirmed a forth case of COVID 19 in Butte County. The county's public health department posted the update on the county's website Tuesday. The first two cases are said to be travel related. The two latest cases are currently under investigation to how they contracted the virus.
For updates visit: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In an unprecedented order, California’s chief justice has suspended all superior court jury trials for 60 days because of the coronavirus outbreak. All 58 courts are affected by Monday's order, although courts in several large counties already had suspended trials. In her order, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye calls the COVID-19 outbreak a life-threatening pandemic and says it's hard for litigants, employees, and jurors to maintain a safe social distance. The chief justice also says it's been hard to find jurors because with schools closed, many people can't make court because they are home with their children.
Butte County has established a COVID 19 Call Center. The center was set up to answer questions regarding the virus. The call center will be staffed between 8 am and 5 pm, seven days a week. According to a press release from the county, the call center will be staffed with multiple call takers, allowing residents to reach a live person as quickly as possible.
That announcement was posted on the Butte County website Monday. County health officials say they are continuing to test residents.
Public health officials say the city and identity of those who contracted COVID-19 will not be provided in order to protect their identity.
For updates you can visit: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth
PG&E has reached a plea agreement and will plead guilty to starting the Camp Fire. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey confirmed today that the utility plans to plead guilty as charged to 85 felony counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire. That count includes three special allegations, including causing multiple structures to burn.
PG&E will pay around 4 billion dollars in fines. This includes 500 thousand dollars in expenses related to the Butte County District Attorney's Office investigation. According to the District Attorney's Office, the utility also agreed to pay for access to water for the next two years to residents impacted by the destruction of the Miocene Canal and to re-water the canal.
Public visitations of family members have been suspended at the Butte County Jail until further notice. This was announced Saturday after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, inmate visitations with attorneys and investigators will - however - continue.
Butte County health officials confirm a 2nd case of COVID-19 in the county. Butte County Public Health made that announcement Sunday. They say the individual is an adult, experiencing mild symptoms. According to Butte County Public Health officials, this case is travel related and that they went took a COVID-19 test after being notified that they were potentially exposed during recent travel outside of the country.
The first case was announced Saturday.
For updates you can go to www.buttecounty.net/publichealth Officials say the site will be updated Monday through Friday at noon and will be updated on weekends if additional cases are identified.
The Chico Chamber of Commerce has a list on its website of the status of their Member Restaurants & Bars. The list shows which restaurants are open for delivery & takeout and which ones have temporarily closed. The list is said to be updated daily. For that list and other coronavirus resources you can visit: https://www.chicochamber.com/business-resources.html
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor has issued stay-at-home orders for 40 million people in the most sweeping move of any state yet to curb the spread of the coronavirus. With half the state already under local stay-home requirements, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a statewide order, warning that unless the rise in cases of COVID-19 slows, it might overwhelm the state’s medical system. Newsom says people will be able to shop for food and seek medical care but should practice social distancing. In a letter to President Donald Trump, Newsom said the virus eventually could infect more than half the state’s population.
County officials made that announcement Thursday, they say the county is adjusting its public operations of various departments to allow for social distancing. Many departments have closed their lobbies to the public.
Check www.buttecounty.net for a list of department phone numbers and email addresses.
As of Thursday Butte County health officials say there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. The county is waiting for the test results for more than 30 residents. According to the Butte County Public Health Department, the test kits are sent to a public health lab outside of the county. 26 Butte County residents have so far tested negative for the virus.
Local health care providers are recommending you get tested - only - if you are showing severe symptoms.
Through an Emergency Order of the Chief Justice obtained Wednesday by Presiding Judge Clare Keithley, and through a local court order, all criminal jury trials scheduled between March 23 and April 22 will be vacated and reset. Officials say all locations of the Butte County Superior Court will remain open at this time as it provides essential public functions. In person access to the courthouses, however, will be limited.
For more information you can visit: www.buttecourt.ca.gov
The Butte Strong Fund has awarded $140,000 to several organizations serving Camp Fire survivors for corona virus impacts. $50,000 has gone to the Oroville Hope Center which is a distribution center for the Paradise Hope Center and other organizations. $10,000 has been awarded to the Magalia Community Church, the Paradise Alliance Church, Meals on Wheels, Passages, the Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council, Community Resource Coalition, First Baptist Church of Magalia and Paradise and the First Christian Church of Paradise.
The aim of these grants is to help with the distribution of food, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and other vital items.
For more information you can visit: www.buttestrongfund.org
A release from the Farm Bureau Wednesday states that farmers and ranchers are doing their utmost during these tough times. And they vow to continue working from the latest guidelines from local, state and federal sources. They said they've done it before during wars and 9 eleven.
Deputies arrived to a home on Messina Avenue on Tuesday where they found a 10-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. The unidentified juvenile was flown to UC Davis Medical Center and is currently listed in stable condition. Deputies learned that the victim's 7-year-old brother had reportedly found a handgun and accidentally discharged the weapon striking the older brother. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, deputies are interviewing family members to determine the owner of the firearm, and why it was accessible to a child.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office says medical screening in the jail has been enhanced since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They say in the event there is a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the county, visting programs and general access to the Butte County Jail will be modified in order to mitigate the effects of the virus to the community and to the inmate population. The Sheriff's Office also says that correctional and patrol deputies have been outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office Records Division currently remains open for business at its normal hours, however they say in the event of an influx of people in the lobby, you may be asked to wait in your car until their scheduled appointment. Also, starting today appointments will be required for Live Scan Services. To make an appointment you can call the Records Unit at (530) 538-7391, or email at BCSOrecords@buttecounty.net. For more information you can visit: www.buttecounty.net Butt
Beginning today, the north Entrance at Magnolia and West Sixth Avenue, will be closed. All patients and visitors will be pre-screened for respiratory symptoms before entering the building. Those with respiratory symptoms will be directed to the Emergency Center while all others will be directed to the Main Entrance. Also, tents have been erected outside of the medical center for triage patients if necessary.
City officials say the Animal Shelter will continue to operate as usual to provide appropriate care for all animals in the facility. However, most services now will be provided on an appointment-only basis....this in order to minimize the exposure risk to shelter staff and other members of the community. According to Chico Animal Services, you can make appointments for adoptions, lost pets, dog licensing, and other services by visiting their website at www.chicoanimalshelter.org or you can call the Animal Shelter at (530) 894-5630.
The Chamber says those meetings and events will be cancelled for the next 60 days due to Coronavirus concerns. They say they are adhering to the most recent federal and state agency guidelines. For the latest updates follow the Chico Chamber on social media or visit their website www.chicochamber.com.
NVCF announced Monday that they were donating $250,000 to the Butte County Public Health Department....to assist in the purchase of lab equipment for Coronavirus testing, along with hiring extra help for community outreach, and much more.
According to the NVCF, the grant is from its operating fund and not from Camp Fire or Butte Strong donations.
For more information on the Coronavirus Rapid Response Fund you can visit http://tinyurl.com/NVCFCoronavirus
Chico Police say along with closing their front counter and lobby areas to the public, the department is preparing staffing contingency plans and they will be activating their internal Command System. According to Chico Police, they are limiting access to critical units in their department and have limited or even eliminated some non-essential meetings and travel by their staff. The police department says they are equipping officers with personal protective equipment and are in the process of providing additional equipment.
According to a Chico Police Department press release, public safety dispatchers will be inquiring if there are any flu-like symptoms or if the person calling is under quarantine, so that first responders may be prepared when arriving to the call.
Police say to please call (530) 897-4900 for non-emergency calls and to utilize the police department's online reporting system, accessible through the department's website.
Effective today, the city of Chico will close ALL its facilities to the public for the forseeable future. Entrance will be allowed by APPOINTMENT ONLY to City Hall, the Police Department and the Public Works office. According to a city of Chico press release this is due of Corona Virus concerns. City officials stresses commerce will continue, but closure will hopefully keep the public safe and mitigate the spread of the virus.
For a list of city department phone numbers to make an appoint you can visit: www.chico.ca.gov
Chico State is suspending all classes in-person classes from today through April 24th, that according to their website.
Butte College will be cancelling in person classes for Monday March 23rd and Tuesday the 24th after their spring break. They are expected to resume Wednesday March 25th, according to the Butte College webiste.
The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is working with public health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus among the jail population. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, all non-essential, face to face visits will be suspended. Individual visits to the facility that do not involve entry inside the jail such as visits at the protected glass will continue as normal.
Glenn County still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Butte County implements Board of Supervisor meeting changes based on guidance from the Governor and from public health officials. For the March 24 and April 14 meetings only agenda items included will be those essential to operations of the county and items in support of emergency response such as Camp Fire recovery and COVID-19 response.
Also every two seats in the public section of the Board Chambers will be taped off to allow for social distancing. Members of the public are also encouraged to submit comments via e-comments or e-mail instead of in-person.
Glenn County is also laying down some rules for Supervisors' meetings. According to county officials the meetings will continue but individual Board members can now phone into meetings instead of having to be there in person. They are also encouraging people to listen to the live stream audio of Board meetings. Residents who choose not to come to the meeting but have comment are urged to submit it via email no later than 5 PM Monday prior to the Board Meeting.
First responders arrived to the area of East 1st Avenue and Oleander Avenue after 11:30 Thursday night where they found the two vehicles involved in the collision had come to rest against a house. According to the Chico Police Department, officers, during the investigation determined that Kyle West had allegedly caused the collision and he was arrested for DUI causing injury. No word however, on the extent of injuries in the crash. Chico Police are asking anyone who had witnessed the crash to contact the department at 897-4970.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office identifies the body found in the Thermalito Forebay of Lake Oroville Sunday. The sheriff's office was able to obtain a DNA sample from a relative of the victim to positively identify the body as that of 63-year-old Robert Martin of Oroville. His family said he had been missing since Febraury 2nd. During the investigation into Martin's death glass was found on his body. This prompted authorities to search for a vehicle which they found at the bottom of a canal, according to the Sheriff's Office. The CHP is conducting an investigation to determine what caused Martin's vehicle to leave the roadway.
Butte County Public Works crews will be performing crack sealing on the Oro Quincy Highway. The work will be done on the highway between Lake Madrone and Mountain House starting today through April 17th. According to Pubic Works, the crack sealing process will help to seal the roadway surface, and will help prevent the formation of potholes. The roadwork will generally run between 7:30 am to 3 pm. According to Butte County Public Works, during work hours the Oro Quincy Highway will be restricted to a single lane of traffic. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
Chico city officials are inviting the public to a budget workshop this morning. The City of Chico Community Budget - Fiscal Workshop's goal is to inform residents on how the city receives and spends its money. The meeting will also show how the public can become more engaged in the process.
The meeting will be from 10 to 11:30 this morning, on the second floor of the Old Municipal Building at 441 Main Street in downtown Chico.
Late last week Chico Police arrested 36 year old Eric Allen for being implicated in the murder of John David Noonan January 23rd. Police say Allen, a felon, was allegedly armed and booked on a single count of murder along with other charges. Allen reportedly shot Noonan at the Motel 6 at Manzanita Court in Chico in January. Noonan was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being found by Chico Police. According to the Chico Police Department, the case is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department's Detective Bureau at 897-5820.
Officers arrived to an apartment complex on West Sacramento Avenue around 10:12 Sunday night after Chico P-D received multiple 9-1-1 calls about a fight at that location. Officers learned that during the fight a party-goer allegedly pulled a handgun and fired several rounds striking a vehicle and buildings at the apartment complex along with an adjacent apartment complex. Officers located the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Asante Ayers reportedly tried to discard the handgun while being contacted by officers. According to Chico Police, Ayers was determined to be a convicted felon and that the fire arm had allegedly been stolen. He was arrested for numerous charges.
Police responded to a report of a female who was said to be assaulted while leaving a business on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. around 6:45 Friday night. Officers arrived and contacted 29-year-old Stephen Vest of Chico. Vest was reportedly exhibiting symptoms of drug intoxication and when officers attempted to detain him, he allegedly became combative. Vest allegedly bit one of the officers in the leg. In all two officers received minor injuries during the altercation. According to Chico Police, Vest was arrested of various charges including resisting with force.
A Chico man is in custody for the murder of his estranged mother. 45 year old Aaron Conners was taken into custody Friday after Butte County investigators tracked him to Gold Country Casino. They believe he's the one responsible for the bludgeoning death of his estranged mother, 68 year old Susan Robb whose body was found in her home off Keefer Road Thursday evening March 5th. It was a suspicious vehicle spotted by Robb's neighbor that led authorities to connect to Conners. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Butte County Sheriff's detectives at 538-7671.
The investigation continues by Chico police for the drowning of a Chico Man in Sycamore Pool late Friday morning. It happend around 11:40 that Police received a call of a subject in the water. They located a white male adult, between 50 and 60 years old, about 50 feet off the shore. Medics and Chico Fire arrived and after 20 minutes of life saving procedures the man was pronounced dead.
The Chico Police Department conducted a Tobacco Decoy Operation Thursday. Minors under the direct supervision of School Resource Officers, attempted to purchase tobacco products from 10 tobacco and vape retail licensees in Chico. A store on West 2nd Street was cited for selling a flavored disposable vaping device to one of the youth decoys.
Chico Police say the goal of the Youth Decoy Program is to limit youth access to tobacco and vape products, and to confirm that local businesses are operating within compliance of the law.
FEMA has approved public assistance for the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, which has pushed the deadline for right of entry forms to May First. Both the County and the Town of Paradise recently received word that the Federal Agency has approved public assistance funding for the removal of hazard trees rooted on private property that are a threat to fall on roads traveled by the public. The FEMA expansion includes some 5 thousand additional properties.
According to the Town of Paradise, not all private roads are included in the program. Town officials say to refer to the State's Hazard Tree Removal Map, which you can find at: www.buttecountyrecovers.org
Chico Police learned that a loaded firearm had been reported stolen after 6 Wednesday night. Officers learned that the suspect's mother had taken him to the motel and that he allegedly attempted to steal her car keys, but she fled into the lobby. He reportedly fired four shots from a firearm outside of the office. Officers found the suspect identified as Michael Sans Cartier-Ward at Denny's, which they then evacuated. According to the Chico Police Department, officers arrested him for being a drug addict in possession of a firearm. Police say, however, that the gun was not located. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.
The City of Chico has been awarded a Small Community Air Service Development grant for the Chico Municipal Airport. That grant is from the U-S Department of Transportation. The grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to smaller communities in order to help them enhance their air service. The grant program is limited to 40 grant awards with a maximum of four grants per state. According to City Manager Mark Orme, the grant will help deliver some of the necessary improvements to keep the area moving in the right direction for years to come.
The City of Chico has also applied for two separate grants as an effort to attract commercial air service.
One of those is a 14 million dollar Federal Aviation Administration grant to completely rehabilitate the runway at the Chico Municipal Airport. The second is an Economic Development Administration program disaster recovery grant, which would provide funding to widen Cohasset Road from Eaton Road to Ryan Avenue, according to a news release from the City of Chico.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is in the process of applying for a grant in order to patrol national forest areas all year round. The grant funding would be through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Venicle Recreation program and would support efforts of the Sheriff's Office in patrolling the Jonesville Snow Park, the Plumas National Forest, and the Lassen National Forest. If awarded Sheriff's Deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in and around these areas year round. Deputies will assist with visitor safety, education, enforcement, and search and resue efforts.
The draft of the grant application can be viewed at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov
Officers stopped a vehicle near the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Terrace Drive around 9:30 Sunday night where they contacted the driver, 43-year-old Thomas Devlin of Chico. Officers determined that Devlin's driving privileges were suspended and he was asked to exit the vehicle. Devlin allegedly refused and after a brief struggle with officers he was taken into custody. Police say no one injured during the altercation. Officers reportedly found Devlin, a convicted felon, in possession of pepper spray and a loaded firearm. According to Chico Police, about 22 grams of methamphetamine and over 26 grams of heroin along with drug related items were also found in the car. Devlin was arrested on multiple charges.
The robbery was reported to Chico Police after 4:30 Saturday afternoon at a house on El Reno Drive off of East Avenue near Walgreens. Officers arrived and learned that four suspects allegedly armed with handguns came to the house and tied up the two occupants and stole marijuana, cash, three fire arms from the home.
According to Chico Police, the victims described suspects as three adult black males and one adult Hispanic female who took off in a black Chevrolet Suburban. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Chico Police Department at 897-4910 and reference case number 20-001405.