KPAY News Archives for 2021-04

Crittenden Sentenced for Chico Double Murder

A long-standing double-murder case in Chico has come to a conclusion. Steven Crittenden was convicted in the double murder of prominent Chico doctor William Chiapella and his wife in 1987. While awaiting trial in Butte County Crittenden escaped and kidnapped a resident in a nearby neighborhood. He was captured in Sacramento and his trial was moved to Placer County due to the publicity surrounding the case. The jury found him guilty of the murders in 1989 and he faced the death penalty. But, his conviction was overturned in 2013 when an appellete court ruled that a black juror was illegally excused from the jury. With California putting a moratorium on all executions....the District Attorney Mike Ramsey negotiated a plea agreement with Crittenden. He will serve 63 years to life in prison with no credit for time served up until 2015. It's the same sentence the Placer County jury gave him. He is not eligible for parole until 2035

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Chico School Board Votes In Person for Fall

The Chico Unified School Board voted to adopt the reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year at Wednesday's board meeting. The vote comes with a contingency that if a state mandates require it, the district would return to the a.m./p.m. model. The full-time in-person model that was adopted would include safety considerations like face masks, social distancing and cleaning.

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Gov Newsome Signs Wildfire Funds

California is committing hundreds of millions of dollars towards early wildfire prevention ahead of what is expected to be another difficult fire season. Governor Gavin Newsom signed a 536-million-dollar wildfire prevention funding and preparedness plan this morning. Newsom calls it a down payment towards the more than one-billion-dollars being set aside in this year's state budget. Newsom says funding will go towards forest and vegetation management, and the creation of more fire breaks around vulnerable communities. This will include the hardening of infrastructure and creating more defensible space.

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Chico St to require Vax

Chico State University will require all on-campus residents and athletes to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus. University officials said even though they will require on-campus students to be vaccinated they are looking at contingency plans just in case some students can't for medical reasons. Mike Guzzi is the Operation Center Director for Chico State. He says they really want their students to get vaccinated to protect the campus. Chico State officials say they are looking at mandatory vaccinations for the entire student body

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Fedderal Judge rules against clearing Parks

A federal judge has put a stop to the removal of campers at the Comanche Park Greenway in Chico....halting the city's planned eviction of the homeless. The court order issued by Judge Morrison C. England was issued Sunday and prohibits the City of Chico from enforcing 72-hour illegal encampment notifications to unhoused people. The order is based on the finding by the court that there are not enough available emergency shelter beds and other emergency shelters locations for the number of unhoused people in Chico. England also said the city cannot destroy the property of unhoused people. Some city leaders have been contending for months that there is enough housing for those that are on the streets right now.... a contention which the Judge dismissed by virtue of his ruling.

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