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KPAY News Archives for 2022-08

Body found in Chico

Chico Police were called to the 2100 Block of Humboldt Rd Monday night around 6p for an unresponsive person. After attempts at reviving the person ..all attempts failed and teh person was pronounced dead. First reports are the death was of natural causes.. there was no id or description of the victim.. Officials say the investigation into the death continues

Chico's Homeless Camp Clean out on Pause

Homeless encampment clear outs are still on pause in the City of Chico. The pause is because the plaintiff, or eight homeless people who sued the city represented by the Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), are questioning the city's next area of enforcement. In the court hearing filed on Aug. 25, 2022, the plaintiff claims the city is not telling people the reasons that may cause a shelter space to not be appropriate in their shelter assessments.A for,mal hearing in this latest chapter in the case is set for September 13 in front of Magistrate Judge Newman

Chico Has New Interim Police Chief

Long time Police Veteran Billy Aldridge has been named the Interim Police Chief for the City of Chico. The announcement comes as Matt Madden prepares to retire after serving more than 25 years with the Chico Police. Aldridge has been with the Chico PD since 2005 and was promoted to seargent in 2009. The recruiting firm, Avery & Associates, to find a permanent Chief of Police. The recruitment effort is expected to be a 4-to-6-month process, concluding in late 2022 or early 2023.

Biden to forgive More Student Debt

President Biden is canceling some federal student loan debt. Biden noted college costs have gone up significantly in recent years. He said student loans have led to "unsustainable debt" for too many Americans. The ten-thousand dollars of debt relief are for those earning less than 125-thousand dollars per year. Those who went to college on low-income Pell Grants qualify for 20-thousand dollars of debt relief on federal student loans. Biden is also extending the pause on federal student loan payments through the end of the year. He noted this will be the final pause in the payments, first implemented due to the COVID economic crisis.

Ca to go All EV Cars by 2035

California will put a plan to ban sales of new gas-powered cars into effect by 2035. Issued by the California Air Resources Board, the rule will require that every new car sold in the state beginning in 2035 must be free of the fossil fuel emissions that are a significant cause for climate change. Margo Oge [[ O-gay ]], who headed the EPA's transportation emissions program for over a decade, called the move "huge." She noted California would be the only government in the world to mandate zero-emission vehicles.

Chico NVCF New Homeless Fund

The City of Chico announced on Wednesday it is partnering with North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) for a Homeless Services Fund. The city says it will create a charitable giving program that will allow people to provide tax-deductible donations toward homeless services. The Homeless Services Fund will be used to help fund the City of Chico's homeless services efforts like the Pallet shelter and other services.

State Dems want More Green Spending

Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to extend the life of the state's last operating nuclear power plant by up to 10 years is being rebuffed by Democratic legislators. They want more investment in renewable energy, new transmission lines and storage. The Associated Press obtained an outline of a proposal being circulated by legislative Democrats that calls for spending $1.4 billion on renewable and other programs. That contradicts Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to to extend the lifespan of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. It is scheduled to close by 2025. Newsom says the reactors should keep running to safeguard reliable power amid a hotter climate.

Man Arrested Chico Downtown Plaza Shooting/ Fighting

Chico Police officers arrested a man after witnesses said he fired a gun at someone he had been fighting with on Saturday at around 5:31 a.m. Officers saw two people fighting near the stage area at the city plaza. They were able to detain one of the people, but the other person, Christian Governor, 25, ran away. Governor was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail

Chico PD Arrest Man Bidwell Park

Chico Police arrested a man after receiving a report of a possible indecent exposure at the Sycamore Pool area of Bidwell Park on Saturday at around 3:30 p.m. Witnesses say that the suspect, Ezequiel Ruiz-Leon, said he was standing in some bushes watching a group of children while touching and exposing himself. He was placed under citizen's arrest and booked into the Butte County Jail on the charge of indecent exposure

Fraud Found in State Rent Assistance Program

A review of California's Rental Assistance Program is showing fraud. State Controller Betty Yee released the Housing and Community Development's findings yesterday. The review showed last year between July 1st and December 31st, potentially fraudulent applications totaled around 18-point-one-million dollars and about seven-million was disbursed. The assistance program was put in place in March of 2021 to give eligible residents financial help with rent and utilities amid the COVID pandemic.

Missing Yuba City Couple found dead

A missing couple who never returned home from a rock-n-roll festival has been found dead according to Yuba City Police. They say 36-year-old Juan Zavala and 29-year old Janette Pantoja set out for Hot Nights in Reno festival on Aug. 7 but never returned home. On Wednesday evening police responded to a call of a crashed vehicle near Highway 20 and Poker Flats Road. Police say skid marks were visible on the side of the road and both bodies were found outside of the vehicle. The CHP is investigating the accident.

Chico Homeless Camp Clean Up Paused

The ongoing work of cleaning homeless encampments in Chico has been put on pause as the Counsel for the Plaintiffs have petitioned for an informal meeting with the Magistrate Judge to review which areas should be cleared next... Chico's Public Works Director released a statement saying the Judge is not available until late next week , so for now..the cleanup is on pause.

CPD Arrest Man for Brandishing Handgun

On Wednesday, the Chico Police Department got a report of a suspect who allegedly brandished a gun on the 600 block of E. 12th Street inn Chico. The victim, a woman and her toddler child, said a man, the suspect, identified as Mario Urzua-Avalos, 20, was tailgating them for an unknown reason. The victim pulled to the shoulder of the road to allow the suspect to pass. He passed the victim then turned around and drove back toward the victim. As the suspect passed the victim in the opposite direction, he reportedly pointed a handgun at the victim and her child before speeding away. After a Search of the area , CPD found him near the Dorothy Johnson Center near the 2oth Street Park, Urzua-Avalos was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail

Fed Judge Walgreens Opiod Crisis

A federal judge has ruled that Walgreens can be held responsible for contributing to San Francisco's opioid crisis for over-dispensing opioids for years without proper oversight and failing to identify and report suspicious orders as required by law. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled that for 15 years, Walgreens dispensed hundreds of thousands of pills, eventually contributing to the city's hospitals being overwhelmed with opioid patients. Walgreens said it would appeal the ruling, which it said was not supported by "the facts and the law."

PGE Foundation helps North Valley Food Banks

The PG&E Corporation Foundation (The Foundation) is providing $750,000 to local food banks to help feed individuals and families struggling with food insecurity. The total contribution is equal to approximately 4.5 million pounds of food, or 3.75 million meals, for individuals and families in need. Of the grants, $106,425 will support six local food banks serving Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, Butte, Glenn, Tehama, and Shasta counties. The food banks include the North State Food Bank in Oroville, Yuba-Sutter Gleaners Food Bank Inc., Tehama County Gleaners, and others

Oroville Woman Faces Hit and Run Charges

The woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash in Oroville earlier this Year that sent a 5-year-old to the hospital was in court Tuesday . Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the suspect, Banessa Santana admitted to causing the accident and there is sufficient evidence to hold her over for trial. She faces nine years in prison if she is convicted. She is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 8 to set the jury trial date.

Newsome wants More Spending on Climate Goals

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to speed up the state's transition to non-carbon electricity sources and accelerate its timeline for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Both are among proposals he delivered to state lawmakers as they hash out how to spend $19.3 billion on climate-related proposals. Newsom also wants to create a policy for permitting carbon dioxide removal projects and ban new oil and gas wells near homes and schools.

Chico Officer Injured during Arrest

Chico Police say an officer is recovering after a suspect punched the officer - breaking a bone in the officer's face. It happened Tuesday evening after officers responded to a call of a man threatening customers at a store on the 2500 block of Notre Dame Boulevard. Police say 36-year-old James Owens, who was allegedly swigning a hammer and poitning at customers, took off when they tried to arrest him. The officer was able to catch up to Owens, who allegedly punched the officer. Owens was booked into the Butte County Jail on several charges including battery against a police officer.

Chico Man Arrested Stabbing Incident

A Chico man was arrested on Monday after allegedly breaking into someone's motel room while armed with a sawed-off shotgun and stabbing the room's tenant after they refused to smoke his meth. The MOtel locate4d off Broadway in Chico..Police identified the suspect as 48-year-old Jeremy Brooks. after a short standoff he was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail..ths victim was transported to Enloe update on their condition of the victim

Driver killed in Single Roll Over I5

One person was killed in a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in Glenn County early Wednesday afternoon. The Willows Area CHP says the crash happened just before 1 p.m. on I-5 near County Road 24, south of Orland. A male driver was ejected and died as a result of the crash. A second person was also in the car and survived, according to the CHP.

Shasta County Former Coach Sentenced

A former Head Wrestling Coach at Central Valley High School in Shasta County faces 19-years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple teenagers. Stephen Reed will also register as a sex offender after he was found guilty this week on all charges. The Shasta County District Attorney said Reed confessed to assaulting five teenagers. He'll be sentenced in September.

WNBA Star Sentenced in Russia

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty of drug charges in a Russian court. She has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Griner pled guilty to drug charges and has been jailed in Russia since February after Russian authorities claim they found vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. The Phoenix Mercury player plead guilty to drug charges in an effort to gain leniency. She is at the center of a proposed "prisoner swap" that the White House is trying to negotiate that involves a Russian arms dealer jailed in the U.S.


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