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Actress Cindy Williams Dies

Cindy Williams, who was among the most recognizable stars in America in the 1970s and 1980s for her role as Shirley opposite Penny Marshall's Laverne on the beloved sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died. She was 75. Williams died in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a brief illness, her children, Zak and Emily Hudson, said in a statement released on Monday

Memphis PD Fires 2 more Officers in Wake of Nichols Death

(AP) Two more Memphis police officers have been disciplined and three emergency responders fired in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols, officials said Monday, widening the circle of punishment for the shocking display of police brutality after video showed many more people failed to help him beyond the five officers accused of beating him to death.

6 western States Plan for Water Use But No California

Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin. California is the holdout. The state has the largest allocation of water from the river that serves 40 million people and a $5 billion-a-year agricultural industry. States missed a mid-August deadline to heed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's call to conserve 2 million to 4 million acre-feet. They regrouped to reach consensus by the end of January. The outline will factor into a larger proposal on how to operate the two largest dams on the river. California didn't sign on to Monday's plan, but says it intends to release its own proposal.

Paradise PD arrest woman in Stabbing Incident

- Paradise Police took a woman into custody Sunday after a male suffering stab wounds showed up at Enloe Hospital. Authorities say that during the early morning hours Sunday, the Paradise Police Department was contacted by Enloe Medical Center regarding a 22-year-old male patient who arrived at the hospital with stab wounds that he sustained in Paradise. Police responded to a residence where they arrested a 21 yr old female for the assault

State GOP Asks for Stricter Crime Laws

California Republicans are calling for an end to what they say are the state's soft-on-crime policies. Speaking at the State Capitol Monday, Assembly Republican leader James Gallagher introduced a public safety bill package that would provide resources to law enforcement and victims. Gallagher says the recent wave of crime is hurting Californians' quality of life. GOP lawmakers are demanding an increase in penalties for serial shoplifters, more information sharing between state and local law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets, restricting judges from dismissing firearms enhancements and giving victims a voice at court proceedings in their cases.

Data Breach at Chico Clinic

Chico Immediate Care Medical Center, Incorporated (CICMC) is informing the public of a security incident that may have impacted more than 3,500 of it's patients last year. According to officials, the investigation of the security incident revealed that a former employee of the clinic who had access to 3,780 patient records through the Electronic Health Record system unlawfully misappropriated and obtained some names, addresses, and phone numbers of patients in order to solicit those patients for a newly established and competing health clinic in Chico. Officials say that the HIPAA breach occurred between August 4 and November 4, 2022 and that at this time, it is not believed that any patient medical records have been breached. Any quetions reach out to Chico Immediate Care

Chico to resume Homeless Camp Clean ups

The City of Chico will begin their enforcement and cleanup efforts of the homeless camps at Teichert Ponds beginning next week. After back and forth over the issue of shelter space bewteen the City and Legal Services of Northern Caliornia (the Plaintiffs) it was agreed that there will be a border established in the area marked by a red line, one side of the line will be cleared and others will be allowed to remain. The Cleanup of that area will begin next week.

Judge rules Video of Pelosi Attack to be Released

The footage of the attack on former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband could be released as soon as today. A California judge ruled on Wednesday there was no reason to keep audio and video from the incident involving Paul Pelosi a secret. Back in October, a man allegedly broke into the couple's San Francisco home and beat Pelosi with a hammer, leaving him a fractured skull and other serious injuries. The suspect is facing several charges related to the attack, including attempted murder.

Cal Trans Asks for Budget to Clear Homeless Camps

Caltrans is seeking millions of dollars to help clear homeless encampments across the state. The California Department of Transportation is requesting more than 20-million over the next two years to remove hazardous material from encampments on its properties. It's also asking for nearly six-million to expand its newly established Office of Homelessness and Encampments. The agency plans to hire seven employees for a new "Homeless Solutions Team" and add ten coordinators to the 20-member Caltrans team in charge of clearing encampments on its right-of-way properties.

BCSO Offers 50k Reward in Murder Case

A $50,000 reward is being offered by the Governor's Reward Program for information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the shooting and killing of Tyler Dickson at the Bidwell Canyon Campground in July 2021. the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) SAYS 20-year-old Tyler Dickson, of San Pablo, was shot and killed while sleeping inside a tent at the Bidwell Canyon Campground in Oroville. Officers say, despite actively investigating this case for the past year and a half, it remains unsolved. The BCSO requested Governor Gavin Newsom's Office to issue a reward for any information that would lead to an arrest through the Governor's Reward Program.

Cal Water reports Water Saving

New numbers from Cal Water shows that the area met the goal of conserving 15% of our water. As a whole, Cal Water customers saved 16.5% of their water in December 2022 compared to the same time in 2020. The percentage of water saved varies from district to district, but 15 regions reached the 15% goal. Locally, Oroville saved 22% of their water compared to December of 2020 while Willows saved 15.5%. The worst water district for water savings was Chico. The District came in at less than 1% of water savings in December in 2022 when compared to the same time in 2020.

Gov Newsome reacts to Gun Violence

Governor Gavin Newsom says "The Second Amendment is becoming a suicide pact." He told the CBS Evening News he has "no ideological opposition" against people who "responsibly" own guns and get background checks and training on how to use them. He vowed they would figure out how the mass shooter in Monterey Park got a modified pistol, which is illegal in the state. He says "Things fall through the cracks, but it doesn't mean you give up."

Chico Schools Locked Down Tues Afternoon

Nervous moments as four Chico schools including Chico State were on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after reports of a person who may have a gun on the Chico High campus.... Chico High was locked down with a code red while Chico Junior and Citrus Elementary were on a code yellow just before 2pm this afternoon. Shortly after the report police determined no one had a gun on campus and the lockdowns were lifted.

2 Arrested in Stabbing Tuesday Afternoon

Officials say Tuesday Afternoon officers responded to reports of a stabbing at the 7-Eleven on East Avenue. Officers found two victims with non-life threatening injuries that had been stabbed in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store. Chico PD has identified two suspects in a stabbing as Alexander McGregor, 18, and a 16-year-old juvenile. One victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Chico Police is currently investigating the cause and motive of the stabbing.

Gold Nugget Parade ends 20 yr Tradition

A Gold Nugget Day parade tradition ends after about 20 years. The Gold Nugget museum board has decided to end the Devil Mountain Brigade's (Clampers) gunfire which symbolizes the parade's end. Officials at the Gold Nugget Museum says the Gunshots impact pets, kids and veterans. Mark Thorp CEO at the Museum says also due to Liability Insurance ..if something went wrong with the firemarms they wouldnt be covered. Thorp said the Parade board will allow the Clampers to participate, just not with the Firearms.

Alec Baldwin Charged in Movie Set Shooting

(AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set. The Santa Fe district attorney issued a statement Thursday announcing the charges against Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who supervised weapons on the set of the Western "Rust." Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being wounded during rehearsals at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in October 2021. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at her when the gun went off. Officials said the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun has signed an agreement to plead guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon.

State may Ban TikTok on Govt Devices

There's a new push to ban Tiktok on state-owned devices. Two bills have been introduced based on security concerns over the social media app based out of China. Both are aiming to stop apps from being installed that could be influenced by governments of certain countries. One bill leaves it up to Governor Gavin Newsom to decide on those countries, while the other names Venezuela, Korea, Iran, China, Cuba and Russia.

Owner of Sober Living Home Arrested

An owner of a sober living environment in Oroville pleaded a no-contest to two charges of transporting narcotics for sales and a charge of possessing narcotics while armed, said District Attorney Mike Ramsey. 60-year-old Michael Anderson, of Oroville, plead no contest in Butte County Superior Court rather than face a jury trial. , Anderson faces a max sentence of seven years in state prison.

State Finance Office Warns of Higher Budget Deficits

California's projected $22.5 billion budget deficit could triple in size if a recession hits, state financial officials warned state lawmakers on Wednesday. Offifcials with the Department of Finance, told the State Senate Budget Committee the governor's proposed spending plan does not forecast a recession but said there are risks that still remain on the horizon. include rising inflation and further increases of interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The Report says if the state enters into a mild recession, the projected $22.5 billion dollar budget deficit the governor is bracing for could grow an additional $20 billion to $40 billion. If a moderate to severe recession hits, that number could swell to over $60 billion, Li said. Newsom's administration has said it does not plan to tap into the state's reserves which hold $35.6 billion, and instead will wait until this spring to determine if doing so will be necessary.

Local Reservoirs Filling due to Storms

The state's two biggest reservoirs continue to fill up. Butte County's Lake Oroville is now at 57.7 percent of capacity and climbing. The lake is nearly five percent above it's historical average for this date. Lake Shasta sits at 52 percent of capacity but is still roughly 16 percent below it's historical average. The Department of Water Resources says in- flows to both lakes remains consistent and those numbers will continue to climb with run-off and snow melt

Highway 70 remains Closed thru Feather River Canyon

Caltrans District 2 said there is no estimated time when Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon will reopen to traffic. Caltrans said the main slide activity is east of Cresta near the Shady Rest Area in Butte County. Caltrans and contractor Hat Creek Construction & Material Inc. are working to clear the road. The highway has been closed between Jarbo Gap and the Greenville Wye since last week.

Chico to Install New Meter Kiosks

The City of Chico is beginning to install a new parking meter system in the downtown area starting in January. The new Smart Meter Kiosks will replace the already-existing meters. They'll accept cash, card, or payment through an app that can be downloaded on a mobile device. Drivers can also apply and pay for a parking permit online. The city expects the parking meter replacement to take two to three months, and to expect construction in the downtown area

Train Derails in Feather River Canyon Saturday

Six to seven freight cars derailed in the Feather River Canyon Saturday night, according to Plumas County District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss. Goss said one locomotive left the tracks and was standing upright. He said the freight cars that derailed were carrying grain. According to Goss, a landslide caused the train to leave the tracks. He added the derailment was not a threat to the river and there were no reports of a fuel spill. Goss said there was no estimated time when the freight cars would be cleared and when operations will return to normal.

Holiday Market in Paradise Set to Close

The Holiday Market grocery store in Paradise is planning on closing its doors at the end of the month after more than 50 years on the Ridge. In an announcement on Monday, company officials said the store's closure is due to never recovering from the 2018 Camp Fire. The Store is scheduled to close on Jan. 27, 2023.

CUSD Sued over Parents Rights Student Transition Issue

A lawsuit recently filed against the Chico Unified School District (CUSD) alleges school administration withheld an elementary student's gender identity change from their parent. According to the non-profit Center for American Liberty, it involves Aurora Regino's daughter who is a fifth-grader attending an elementary school within the district. They were reportedly told by a guidance counselor that it was okay to transition from a girl to a boy and not tell her Mom. The issue, the non-profit says, was due to the school administration not telling The Parent . Superintendant Kelly Staley says "Chico Unified does not have a "Parental Secrecy Policy," nor do we ever try to change a student's individual identity"

Fed Judge rules Gun Owner Names can be Used

A federal judge in San Diego has upheld a California law allowing personal information of gun owners to be shared with researchers. The judge ruled against a lawsuit from a group of gun owners trying to block the new state law that allows their info to be shared with researchers at UC Davis and Stanford studying gun violence. The gun owners had argued that Assembly Bill 173 violated their Second Amendment rights and deterred others from buying guns and ammunition, especially in light of the incident from June of last year that saw California accidentally release the personal information of two hundred thousand gun owners online. The judge gave the group until February 10th to appeal.

State AG Sues Insulin Makers

California's Attorney General is taking action to control the skyrocketing cost of insulin. A Rob Bonta announced a lawsuit, accusing the nation's largest insulin makers of unlawfully driving up the cost of the lifesaving drug. The AG alleges manufacturers Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi, and pharmacy benefit managers CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, and OptumRx, have leveraged their market power to overcharge patients. Bonta says those three manufacturers produce over 90-percent of the global insulin supply and the three PBMs administer benefits for roughly 80-percent of prescription claims managed. The lawsuit argues that because competition is highly limited in both their markets, the six companies are able to aggressively hike the price of insulin. More than three-million adults in California have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Man Accused of Vandalism Unfit to Stand Trial

A Butte County man charged with hate crimes and vandalism in connection with defacing the sign at a Chico synagogue and a mural has been found incompetent to stand trial, according to District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Thomas Bona was in court Wednesday when the judge declared him incompetent to stand trial. Ramsey said the case was continued til Feb 15th when the judge will review where Bona will be housed until he can stand trial. Bona was arrested in November after officers investigated vandalism at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue and the mural dedicated to missing and murdered indigenous women.

Officials Discover Missing Oroville Man

California Highway Patrol identified a missing Butte County man who was found dead in a vehicle in Concow Thursday as Kyle Daniel Peterson, 33, of Oroville. CHP authorities say Peterson was reported missing on Dec. 28, 2022. The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing

Half of State Damaged by Storms

Nearly half of California is now declared a disaster. Thirty-one counties are dealing with floods, wind damage, landslides and sinkholes. It's been two weeks of relentless rain, enough to equal half a year's worth in San Francisco. Nearly 35-thousand people remain evacuated statewide, waiting to see what shape their home is in. More than 60-thousand are also without power, most in Santa Clara County and along the Central Coast.

FAA Glitch Delays/Cancels Flights

Flight delays are possible across California today. But this time, not because of weather. An FAA computer glitch grounded all flights early this morning for the entire nation. There was apparently a problem updating the system that sends flight hazards and real time restrictions to pilots. The outage didn't last too long as some flights are said to be back in the air. The FAA tweeted it's still working to fully restore the system.

Cal Trans Working to reopen Hwy 70 thru FR Canyon

A third slide occurred on Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon overnight, according to Caltrans District 2. The new rockslide is between Belden and Twain. Crews are working to clear the road as Highway 70 is closed from Jarbo Gap to the Greenville Wye with no estimated time it will reopen.

Paradise Declares Weather Emergency

Paradise Town Council declared a local emergency at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. The town says several trees have fallen over and Paradise is experiencing flooding, downed power lines and even mudslides in some areas. This opens up the town to more funding and emergency resources.

Cong LaMalfa reintroduces Trust Fund Tax Bill

Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R - Calif.) and Mike Thompson (D - Calif.) reintroduced their bill from last Congress to exempt thousands of fire victims who are receiving compensation from the Fire Victim Trust from having to pay federal income tax on their settlement money or attorney fees that are included in the settlement. Congressman LaMalfa originally submitted the legislation on January 3, 2023, but it could not be processed until the House elected a speaker, members were officially sworn in and the rules for the 118th Congress were adopted. In the previous term, the Congressmen introduced H.R. 7305 and had it included in the end of the year FY2023 government funding package before all tax and most disaster relief provisions were removed by the Senate because of a disagreement on tax policy.

Heavy rains Lead to Heavy Snowpack

The recent wet weather in California is bringing some promising numbers to the state. The California Department of Water Resources says compared to recent years around this time, the snowpack is almost 200 percent above normal. Some areas are seeing even higher levels like the Southern Sierra. The snow water equivalent there is 222 percent above-average. While that's welcoming news, experts say don't get your hopes up yet. The Golden State saw its driest months in February and March of last year following high snowpack levels.

PG&E Working to Restore and Keeping Lights on

Nearly 125-thousand people are waking up in the dark across California. Most of the power outages are in the northern part of the state, where PG-and-E crews have been working nonstop during a marathon of storms. The utility is preparing for another damaging day by bringing in crews from other states to help keep the lights on. Over the weekend, winds topped 70-miles an hour in some places, knocking down trees and causing more outages.

DWR responds to Local Reservoirs Storm Capacity

California's Department of Water Resources has confirmed that reservoirs throughout the Northstate have enough storage space to absorb the large amounts of precipitation expected to hit the region. In a Facebook post, the state agency affirmed that main reservoirs connected to the Sacramento River; Shasta and Oroville, have a large amount of storage and are expected to have enough capacity within the system to absorb the precipitation from these incoming storms.

LaMalfa pushes for Federal Road Funding

Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R - Richvale) announced that he obtained $1,800,000 for the Roe Road Extension Project and $1,400,000 for the Cohasset Road Widening and Fire Safety Project in Butte County. The Roe Road Extension Project in Paradise would provide new intersections at streets that experienced a high volume of traffic-related fatalities as victims tried to safely evacuate during the 2018 Camp Fire. The Cohasset Road Widening and Fire Safety Project would improve the only route serving the area, which is in a location that is prone to wildfires. This project widens the existing roadway, adds expanded shoulders, drainage, and guardrail improvements to help emergency services as well as improve capacity in the event of evacuations.

State Health Officials warn of Covid Spike

Health officials are bracing for California's COVID crisis to take a turn. They're waiting for the aftermath of holiday gatherings while also monitoring yet another new strain spreading fast. Right now, the state is seeing an 11-percent drop in cases but the rate of people testing positive is up 12-percent. This latest update shows hospitalizations have remained mostly stable over the past month with 45-hundred patients.

State AG Warns of Price Gouging related to Storms

As California is hit with winter storms, the state's attorney general is urging residents to be on the look out for price gouging. In a release sent Thursday, Rob Bonta warned folks to be on the look out for businesses driving up prices for essential items. His office noted it's against state law for prices to climb over 50 percent on certain products sold after a state of emergency is declared. Governor Gavin Newsom issued that Wednesday. The items in question are things like food, medical supplies and gasoline. Should anyone believe that they've been a victim of price gouging, they're encouraged to report it to law enforcement.

Butte Co Declares Weather Emergency

Butte County Chief Administrative Officer, Andy Pickett, has issued a local emergency proclamation for Butte County in regards to recent and ongoing storm activity in the Northstate. The emergency proclamation went into effect on Jan. 5, 2023. Pickett says the COunty is taking proactive steps to ensure regulations that may hinder response and recovery efforts are waived," The emergency proclamation also provides access to financial assistance opportunities for reimbursement of costs associated to response and recovery."

Chico PD Arrest Child Sex Offender

Chico Police arrested a known sex offender charged with multiple crimes related to contacting and sexually assaulting minors in the area. 24-year-old Dillion Clark of Chico, Calif., was first arrested on Dec. 3, 2022. According to the Chico Police Department (CPD), one of their officers spotted Clark driving in the area and conducted an enforcement stop. At the time, officers were well aware of Clark's sex offender status and learned he was currently on parole. CPD said Clark refused to unlock his cell phone and was ultimately arrested for violating the terms of his parole. The CPD Investigations Unit looked into Clark's cell phone and learned he was continually contacting young girls over apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. While in custody Clark was served with 2 additional arrest warrants realted to the investigation. Police believe there are other victims. yif you have any information youre asked to call teh Chico Poilce Department.

Newsome declares Wx Emergency

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a State of Emergency due to winter storms. The statewide declaration will allow the state to delegate more resources such as Caltrans and the National Guard to respond to the emergency. Newly appointed CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services director Nancy Ward said if the storms continue, there will be more flooding, mudslides, and power outages throughout the state.


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