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KPAY News Archives for 2024-03

Cal Fire Air Tanker Emergency Landing Thursday AM

An air tanker made an emergency landing at the Chico Airport Thursday morning. Officials say One of the engines on the right wing was not working, The plane landed safely just before 8:30 a.m.

Oroville prepares for Oro Dam Blvd Improvement Project

The city Oroville will begin improvements on Oro Dam Blvd (162) by adding sidewalks and driveway approaches on the south side of the road. They will eventually also add curb gutters, make drainage improvements, and add new traffic signals. Come early summer, there are going to be major changes to Oro Dam Blvd. It's a $7 million project. The money comes from several sources, including the Butte County Association of Governments, local transportation funds, and SB-1 and CalTrans grant money. The project is expected to take up to 12 months to complete. The last step is for Caltrans to add street lighting and striping.

Former Butte Co Correctional Deputy Guilty of Felony DUI

Former correctional deputy Andrew Gertz plead no contest to felony DUI charges for a crash involving multiple cars on Mangrove Avenue in Chico last year, according to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Ramsey says Gertz appeared in court on Wednesday for his plea where he also admitted a sentence enhancement for injuring more than one victim, as well as an enhancement for inflicting great bodily damage to one of the victims. Gertz returns to court against on May 15 for sentencing. If sentenced, Ramsey says Gertz faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison

PGE begins New Project in South Oroville

PG&E began what is expected to be a six-week construction projecr in teh Oroville area. In strides to reduce fire risk, PG&E has found moving powerlines underground helps reduce the risk of wildfire ignition by nearly 98%. PG&E began the process of undergrounding powerlines along Highway 162. crews will work nights to minimize traffic impacts starting at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.

New Bills Pushed in Sacto on Fire Tax Breaks

Californians who have been impacted by wildfires could soon receive tax breaks on settlement payouts. Two bills being considered would change the existing tax code. Republican Senator Scott Wilk's bill would exempt all taxes on wildfire-related settlement. The California legislature has previously approved tax breaks for some, but not all wildfire settlements. Another measure by Republican Brian Dahle [[ DOLLY ]] calls for exemptions for any natural disaster, not just fire, if a state of emergency is declared by both federal and state governments.

Man Charged Embezzling from Chico Vet Groups

A man was arrested facing two counts of embezzlement and multiple counts of forgery, police said. In Sept. 2023, the Chico Police Department was contacted by the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion about two separate embezzlement cases. Chico Police Detectives identified the suspect as 59-year-old Michael Zylstra. Records show that the suspect embezzled over 69k from noth organizations. These two groups use their money to help veterans pay medical or utility bills and help them pay their food costs. They also put on educational outreach events.

Robt F Kennedy Jr Picks Rodgers possible Running Mate

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has a short list when it comes to his running mate on the independent presidential ticket. On Tuesday, it was reported Kennedy has been in talks with NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as well as former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura. Kennedy later confirmed the two were at the top of his list for potential running mates, and said he's been speaking with Rodgers "pretty continuously" for the past month.

Newsome's Prop 1 still too close to call

Governor Gavin Newsom's Prop 1 is as tight as can be but opponents may be throwing in the towel. In a statement Tuesday, Californians Against Proposition 1 said the ballot measure will likely pass "even if by a razor-thin margin." The Secretary of State's office said the vote remains too close to call. The "Treatment Not Tents" initiative is Newsom's strategy for funding more treatment beds and housing to address the state's homelessness crisis. It would be a major revision to California's Mental Health Services Act. Anthony Clark, spokesman for the Prop 1 campaign told the Sacramento Bee the measure will provide the housing that allows CARE Court to work.

Chico Man Guilty in Squatters Case

Butte County District Attorney 's office says a Butte County judge found Howard Todd guilty of first-degree burglary and resisting arrest, . This case stemmed from a Nov. 17, 2023 incident in which a Chico homeowner called police and said she was out of town but her neighbors had seen people inside her house. After a stnadoff Todd was arrested and faced burglary and other charges. He will back in court for sentencing on April 11 and faces up to 6 yrs in state prison

Reward Offered for Stolen items Stansbury Carriage House

On February 18th and 19th the Stansbury Home Carriage house was broken into and a significant amount of Dr. Stansbury historic medical collection was stolen. The Stansbury Preservation Association is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the return of the medical collection. The collection included many medical items dating from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. If you have any information that can assist in the return of the Stansbury Medical Collection, please contact the TIP LINE at 530 897 5820 that's 530 897 5820 . All calls can will remain anonymous.

New Rock Slide Hwy 70 in Feather River Canyon

Cal Trans Officials say A new large rock slide blocked Highway 70 early Wednesday, March 6. The new slide is three miles east of the Butte/Plumas County line. The slide happened within the existing Highway 70 closure which is from the Greenville Wye to Jarbo Gap, due to the previous slide near the Shady Rest Area. There is no estimated time on when this slide will be cleared from the roadway.

Chico Stage Bike Races Sunday Close Downtown Streets

The Chico Stage will close multiple streets in Chico. The race will take place on Sunday, March 10. Both Broadway and Main Street will be closed between Second and Seventh Streets. Third and Fourth Streets will be closed between Salem and Flume Streets. Fifth and Sixth Streets will be closed between Salem and Wall Streets, and Wall Street will be closed between Second and Fourth Streets. The street closures will be from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

PGE warns of scams

PG&E received around 43,000 reports from customers who were targeted by scammers impersonating company employees and customers lost approximately $875,000 in fraudulent payments. Officials say they have had customers reporting scammers for years, but the numbers keep rising. Last Dec., they had 21 reported scams in Chico, 13 in Oroville and six in Redding. PGE Spokesman Paul Moreno says that PGE will send a letter to inform a customer if they fall behind on payments and to report any calls they may receive they believe be a scam call.

PGE to send Some relief for rate payers

Relief is coming for millions of Californians. They'll receive an average of 146-dollars in credits on their April utility bills. This happens twice a year thanks to the state's climate program which requires polluters to pay for climate action. The amounts range from 32-dollars to 175 for electricity, and 58-dollars to 86 for natural gas. The credits will be applied automatically for customers of PG&E.

Chico to notify Another Camp Clearout

The City of Chico has notified the legal services of Northern California, Advocates for the homeless , of another notice to hand out 7 day notices to a encampment at lindo channel. According to City officials they are currently 12 living at the site with 15 unoccupied sites at this location. City offcials say there are 13 pallet shelters available and 43 beds at the Torres Shewlter. City plans on handing the 7 day notices on Thursday March 7.

1 killed others injured in Early AM Car Crash into Home in Chico

1 Woman was killed and 3 People injured in an early morning accident after a car crashed in to a home near West Sacramento and the Esplanade . Chico Police say they were in pursuit of the suspect vehicle when it crashed .. the Driver of the car fled from the scene on foot but was arrested blocks away ..reports are a woman in the home was killed. Initial investigation shows that Driving under the influence and Speed may have played a part in the accident..


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