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KPAY News Archives for 2023-07

Gas Prices Rising Again

Triple-A says the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded hit three-75 a gallon Sunday. It's the same today and that's 17 cents more than a week ago. Industry experts blame the spike on production cuts and record-breaking heat. They caution that prices could jump even further if there are refinery issues, or a hurricane affects oil production in the Gulf of Mexico

5 Killed 2 Car Accident on I-5 Near Corning Sat Afternoon

CHP Red Bluff said five people are dead and one majorly injured following a two-car crash on Interstate 5 south of Liberal Avenue near Corning just before 1 pm Saturday Afternoon . Officials say a car driving northbound on Interstate 5 crossed the center divide and hit a truck pulling a travel trailer. The driver and all three passengers in the car were killed . The driver of the truck died as well, and the one passenger was sent to the hospital with major injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Oroville Man Faces Life in Prison

An Oroville man faces over 45 years to life in prison after being found guilty of several counts of sexual abuse and charges related to drug and firearms, the Butte County District Attorney's Office announced. Butte County DA's office says 31-year-old Nicholas Jones appeared in court Friday and was found guilty of seven counts of sexual abuse and three counts of related to drug and firearms. Sears says Jones will return to court on August 23 where he faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison

West Nile Virus Cases Rise in Butte County

The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced mosquito season is ramping up. Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV) have been found widespread throughout the valley floor of Butte County. They have received confirmation that 14 mosquito pools, and four sentinel chickens have tested positive with WNV.

Adventist Health Says they arent rebuilding Hospital in Paradise

Officials with Adventist Health told locals there are no plans to rebuild the town's hospital or emergency room. Paradise has been without a fully staffed hospital and emergency room, since the Camp Fire in 2018. Adventist Health says the former emergency room will be demolished as it doesnt meet Building Code standards. In March, Adventist Health officials said they hoped to grow medical care services in the area.

AG Bonta reax to SoCal District Trans Policy Parent Rights

California Attorney General Rob Bonta is responding to a Southern California School District's new policy of notifying parents if their child identifies as transgender. The Chino Valley Unified School District approved the plan last night that gives staffers three days to alert parents. The new rule will also apply when students request a pronoun change, want to use a different gender's bathroom, or want to be called a name different from the one listed on official school records. In a letter to the District, Bonta urges the officials to prioritize student privacy. He said it is the student's right to decide when and with whom they share this information. Bonta added that parental notification could potentially put a student in a harmful situation.

Oroville 16 yr old charged in Death of 13 yr old Friend

An Oroville minor was charged Friday in Butte County Juvenile Court for accidentally shooting the minor’s 13-year-old friend during the early morning hours of July 18, 2023. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the 16-year-old Oroville boy was charged with involuntary manslaughter and personal use of a firearm. Ramsey said the 16-year-old and three other minors, ages 13, 14, and 16, were riding in a stolen car with a handgun. The handgun was being handled by the 16-year-old in the back passenger seat when the weapon discharged. The 13-year-old victim, Amadeus Miller-Ramos, who was in the front passenger seat, was struck once in the back by a bullet. The next court date will be Wednesday July 26, 2023.

Body Found in Lower Bidwell Park

On July 23rd, 2023, at approximately 7:15 PM, Chico Police Officers were dispatched to the Petersen Drive area of Lower Bidwell Park in Chico for a possible deceased person. The reporting party discovered the subject lying in some bushes near the listed location. Officers arrived and confirmed the subject was deceased. No obvious signs of foul play were located at the scene

Chico Shopping Cart Killer in Court

The Suspect accused of killing a man and stuffing his body into a shopping cart will be in court today for a preliminary hearing. Tim Wiechart faces Murder Charges after the body of Daniel Niles was found wrapped in plastic and left in a Food Maxx Shopping Cart out side the store on March 12. Weichert also facing attempted murder charges from a earlier incident after he strangled a woman

Judge Puts Chico Woman back on Probation

A Chico woman has been reinstated on probation after a violation after a violation of that probation in February sent her to state prison for a 90-day psychological evaluation, the district attorney's office said. Gail Hemmingsen of Chico previously pleaded no contest to four separate charges of DUI and another charge for criminal threats and was placed on probation in January of this year. Hemmingsen violated her probation..Butte County DA Mike Ramsey said the judge accepted a recommendation to reinstate Hemmingsen on probation.

CSU Trustees Issues Scathing Report

After a comprehensive review of Chico State's Title IX and sexual harrassment policies...the Chancellor's office has released a series of recommendations to improve the climate. The review comes in the wake of harrassment allegations against a former professor who was allowed to keep his job despite threats against fellow professors and students. Staff members with the Chancellor's office investigated the school and found the University needed to strengthen their internal review processs....students also told investigators that the office location on campus was "imposing and intimidating." The report found that new federal regulations designed to strengthen the Title IX investigations....INSTEAD led to a regulatory process that discouraged victims from coming forward.....allowing for lengthy investigations and the cross examination of victims Chico State has a new President who vows to fix the issues highlighted in the report.

CSU Campuses face Tuition Increase

Nearly half-a-million college students are waiting to find out if they'll be paying more. The California State University system is considering raising tuition by six-percent annually for the next five years. That would tack on 342-dollars to in-state tuition fees when classes start next August, coming out to just over six-thousand dollars for the school year. If the proposal passes, that amount would jump to almost 77-hundred-dollars by 2028. A vote is expected in September.

Manson Family Member released on Parole

Charles Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten walked out of a California prison Tuesday after serving more than 50 years of a life sentence for her participation in two infamous murders. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would not fight a state appeals court ruling that Van Houten should be granted parole. He said it was unlikely the state Supreme Court would consider an appeal.

Chico Officer faces Marijuana Charges

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey reports a Chico police officer has been charged in a criminal complaint with a felony for furnishing marijuana and a misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nicholas , 49, is alleged to have provided marijuana and marijuana products to a 17-year-old family member. Additionally, it is alleged the child was encouraged by Rush to provide some of the marijuana to the officer's adult girlfriend. Rusg is not currently worknig for Chico PD he will be in Court Aug 3..He faces up to 5 yrs in Prison

Farmers Insurance will Limit New Policies in CA

Another Major Insurance provider has annouced they are changing how they plan to write new Home Owner Policies in California ...Farmers Insurance says they will limit the number of new policies moving forward amid rising costs, an uncertain regulatory environment and a volatile natural environment. This change comes just a little over a month after State Farm announced it would no longer offer new homeowners insurance policies, and Allstate stopped offering new home insurance back in November. Soources report Farmers is now limited to 7,000 new homeowners insurance policies per month in all of California, as the company tries to limit its risk exposure.

Plane Crash Chico Regional Airport

Two people walked away with only minor injuries after a plane crash at the Chico Regional Airport Saturday morning, according to the Chico Fire Department (CFD). The CFD says the crash was reported around 9:30 a.m. No injuries were reported

Chico Man get Prison Time for Shooting

A 28-year-old Chico man was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court this afternoon to five years in state prison for his December 2022 shooting into his downstairs neighbor's apartment through her ceiling and door. Luke Sequoia Kitchel, 28, of Chico, had previously pleaded guilty to firing his shotgun into the apartment below his own on Forest Avenue near Amanda Way in Chico

Ca Company gets OK to test Flying Cars

**Cue Jetsons Theme* A California company is getting the green light to test flying cars. Alef Aeronautics has created a fully electric car that can travel 200 miles on roads and 110 miles in the air. The CEO says they're the first to receive a special certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. He calls it "one small step for planes, one giant step for cars." The goal is to start selling the Model A vehicle in two years for 300-thousand dollars.

Paradise Announces New Town Manager

Town of Paradise has picked Jim Goodwin as the new Town Manager. With a wealth of experience in municipal government and economic development, Jim Goodwin brings a distinguished track record and a deep understanding of community-building to his new role. . Prior to joining the Town of Paradise, Goodwin served as the City Manager for the City of Wheatland for five years and the City Manager for the City of Live Oak for a decade. Goodwin is also a past President of the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Paradise Town Council will take action to formally hire Mr. Goodwin at the July 11 Council meeting.

Body Discovered in Tehama Co Canal

A Marysville man who went missing last month was found dead in the Tehama-Colusa Canal. The Glenn County Sheriffs office says the body of 20-year-old Christian Malone of Marysville was found Tuesday morning in the Tehama-Colusa Canal between County Roads 25 and 28. Authorities say his death isn't considered suspicious. Malone's family said they last saw him June 29th.


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