KPAY News Archives for 2020-10

Women Indicted on FEMA Fraud

A federal grand jury indicted two women from Butte County for FEMA fraud after the Camp Fire. The Department of Justice said Cynthia Seeley 66, of Magalia, and Kristen Canapary, 53, of Butte County, both made false claims that they lived in affected areas for FEMA benefits in connection with the Camp Fire, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. According to court documents, Seeley and Canapary each filed a fraudulent claim with FEMA seeking disaster assistance. They falsely claimed a primary residence that was not their true residence at the time of the fire, according to U.S. Attorney Scott. Both women recieved FEMA funding.... If convicted, Seeley and Canapary, each face a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Gridley City Administrator Resigns

Gridley City Administrator and Finance Director, Paul Eckert, officially resigned from his office effective Nov. 30, 2020, after a closed session was held with members of the City Council at a special meeting concerning his performance. According to the report from Action News A statement was posted on the Gridley City website on Thursday that stated the vote to accept Eckert's resignation was unanimous (4-0). Eckert will be on paid administrative leave, working remotely, until the formal separation date of November 30, 2020. Eckert will "continue to focus on administration of critical city service,s while laying the groundwork for a smoother transition to a successor," according to the City's statement.

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Former Chico Teacher Faces Charges

A Chico teacher charged with sexually abusing a student is headed for trial. Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence for the case involving Jennifer Lynn Smith to proceed. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Smith was a Spanish Teacher at Bidwell Junior High School. She was arrested in August when a former student claimed she was a victim of ongoing sexual abuse while at school. Smith is charged with eight felonies, and will return to court in November.

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President Trump Virtual Rally with RUSH

Rush Limbaugh Welcomes President Trump For Largest Virtual Rally in Radio History Rush Limbaugh will welcome President Donald Trump to the program tomorrow, October 9, to host the largest virtual rally in radio history. Listeners will also have the chance to submit their questions to the President! More details will be shared on www.RushLimbaugh.com and Rush's Facebook page. A five-time Marconi Award winner, Rush Limbaugh is one of the most iconic voices in America. Heard on more than 600 stations by millions of people each week, The Rush Limbaugh Show is the most-listened-to national radio talk program in America.

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