EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damages. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6. The quake was felt widely across the region but both fire and sheriff's officials in Humboldt County said early Monday more than four hours after the quake hit that they had no reports of any damage or injuries. But more than 3,000 people reported on the USGS website that they felt the quake. Some reported a long, rolling shake that woke children or knocked items off shelves. Some of those respondents live across the border in Oregon.
Google's mystery barge is floating toward its new home in California's delta after being ordered to leave San Francisco. The barge departed from Treasure Island early Thursday to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn't have the proper permits to build the four-story vessel there. Google says the odd-looking vessel consisting of steel shipping containers will be anchored in Stockton, a city about 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta.
A Climb-A-Thon fundraiser for Shriners Children Hospitals is happening this weekend in Oroville. The event will happen tomorrow from 10am to 2pm at the Northwest Lineman College at 2009 Challenger Avenue in Oroville. Reportedly, students will be climbing up and down 35-foot poles for 40 minutes at a time. Individuals and local businesses will be pledging doations for the number of times the linemen go up and down. 100% of the donations to go directly to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Chico Police are on the lookout for an armed robber. A Mountain Mikes delivery driver was getting out of his car near 14th Street Wednesday night when he was confronted by a masked man with a gun. According to Police, the man stuck the gun in the delivery person's face and demanded his wallet. The victim fought back and the robber ran off dropping the wallet. The delivery driver was not hurt in the incident. The masked robber is still on the loose.
Deputies arrested seven people in a marijuana bust in the Feather Falls area. Butte County sheriff's officers conducted a raid at a house on Lumpkin Road in Feather Falls on Thursday. Investigators found a honey oil lab and marijuana plants on the property. Seven people at the home were arrested for the possession and cultivation of marijuana and the manufacturing of a controlled substance. This was one of two raids conducted by the Butte County sheriff's office in the past few days. The other was near Palermo, on Sunday, but no arrests have been made for that raid.
FALLON, Nev. (AP) — The Navy said Sunday night that the military pilot was killed when a fighter jet crashed during a training exercise in western Nevada a day earlier. A spokeswoman for the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet said officials have determined the pilot's status on Sunday. Lt. Reagan Lauritzen said it took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of Saturday's crash on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon because of a snow storm and mountainous, remote terrain. When they got there, they determined the F/A-18C, a U.S. Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, was a total loss.
The pilot's name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of the crash was under investigation.
Butte County is spending money to save money. This time the money is for updating county computers. The Board of Supervisors recently approved spending more than 2 point 3 million dollars for a single software fee for the county's 24 hundred computers. County Administrator Paul Hahn says paying one fee is a more efficient way to go.
He adds the new agreement allows the county to bring all systems up to supported versions. He says the new computer upgrades will be phased in over the next year.
30 pounds of marijuana are found in a shopping cart downtown. Chico State University Police received a call from a blue emergency phone on a bottom level a university parking garage just after 8am Friday. Accroding to police, officers went down to the parking garage and found a shopping cart with a black plastic bag filed with 30 pounds of marijuana. Police say the case is closed unless someone comes forward with any additional information.
A woman is nearly shot and is bitten in a domestic dispute. 32-year-old Camille Cromeenes entered her ex-girlfriend's home on Pinecrest Road Wednesday to cronfront her. According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Cromeenes had a handgun and fired a shot into the wall near to her ex. She tried to fire it again but the gun jammed and her ex then fought with her. During the fight Cromeenes bit her ex's leg. Cromeenes was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong Pacific storm has brought rain and snow to much of California but so far no major problems have been reported. There have been numerous traffic accidents early Friday, but mudslides have not materialized in Southern California suburbs below fire-scarred hillsides. About 1,000 homes in the cities of Glendora and Azusa were ordered evacuated Thursday in advance of the storm. Rain is also reported up through the central coast counties, in the San Francisco Bay region and in the Central Valley. Winter storm warnings are in effect in the Sierra Nevada for heavy snowfall. The storm is expected to last into Saturday.
An anonymous tip leads to the arrest of a man allegedly involved in a Chico shooting earlier this month. 18 year old Andrew Morales was reportedly arrested by the Butte County Sheriff's Office Wednesday noon on a tip to Chico Police. He's implicated in the gang related shooting on Balboa Court in North Chico on February 14th. Anyone with more information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
(AP) - Police say four people are dead and two others are wounded in a shooting Thursday inside an American Indian tribal headquarters in Northern California. Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes says that 44-year-old Sherrie Rhoades is in custody in Modoc County Jail after allegedly opening fire around 3:30 p.m. at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center. Barnes says in a report carried by KRCR-TV that the four dead included a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. The police chief says one of the victims is the tribe's leader. According to Barnes, members were holding a meeting on evicting Rhoades and her son from the Rancheria, which, according to its website, is a federally recognized tribe with 35 members. The station said that after running out of ammunition, Rhoades grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed another person.
The two wounded people are being treated at a local hospital.
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.
The USDA issued a short statement Thursday on the ongoing investigation into Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., which voluntarily halted operations this month following a recall of more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products that it processed. The facility is accused of processing diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says the document from the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service suggests a distinction between an accidental breach in slaughterhouse protocol and intentional wrongdoing. Rancho co-owner Robert Singleton insists the plant consistently slaughtered animals in accordance with the USDA's rules. The USDA inspector general is conducting a separate investigation into the plant.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada wildlife officials say severe drought conditions prompted them to move up seasonal trout stocking of the Truckee River and other western Nevada waterways to the earliest time in 20 years.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says they'll begin releasing the first of 35,000 trout into the Truckee River Thursday morning at Fisherman's Park just east of downtown Reno. NDOW biologist Kim Tisdale says it's four to six weeks earlier than usual but is necessary to make sure there's still enough water in the river to support the fish before flows are expected to dwindle early this summer. Tisdale says if they don't act now, they'll end up with a hatchery full of fish and nowhere to put them.
The Owner of Chico's School of Rock is accused of performing a lewd act in front of one of his former students. The Butte County Sheriff's office says 45-year-old Sid Lewis hired a 17-year-old girl to do some work around his house. She claims she was working at his home in when she looked up and saw Lewis Masturbating while looking at her. She says she looked away but then looked back and he was still doing it. Lewis was arrested but has been released on bail. He also faces assault charges stemming from a seperate alledged incident. That trial starts in May.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers are proposing to spend $687 million to help drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.The governor announced the legislative proposal during a news conference Wednesday, describing it as "a call to action" as the nation's most populous state deals with one of the driest periods on record. Most of the money — $549 million — will come in the form of accelerated spending from two bonds approved previously by voters. It will go toward local water conservation and recycling efforts, such as systems to capture stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies. $25.3 million from the general fund will provide food assistance in communities affected by the drought.The proposal, which now goes to lawmakers for consideration, does not address long-term improvements to California's water supply and distribution system.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the family of a 9-year-old boy crushed to death by a retaining wall at a national park in Northern California. The Sacramento Bee reports a federal judge stripped the government of its defenses following findings that the supervisor of Lassen Volcanic Park knew the wall was dangerous yet didn't fix it. Tommy Bottell was killed during a 2009 outing.
KINGSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The CHP says two officers killed when their squad car crashed in Fresno County yesterday were good friends and partners who trained together. Patrol officials say Officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez were responding to a multi-vehicle crash when they swerved the patrol car to avoid a person in the road and lost control of the vehicle.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in far Northern California are burning down a mobile home where more than 60 pounds of highly volatile explosive material was found, forcing dozens of residents to evacuate the area.
Shasta County sheriff's officials consulted with water and air quality officials before proceeding with the incineration midday Sunday. Emergency personnel and hazmat teams were standing by. Sheriff's Lt. Dave Kent says the mandatory evacuations around the Redding home began last week and were expanded on Friday, bringing the total to about 55 homes under evacuation orders. Kent says the materials in the house are too unstable for deputies to even walk on the property without risking a blast. They were discovered Feb. 6 after authorities responded to an explosion at the home that took off a man's hand.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials are warning people not to eat cactus sold in several stores around the state because of the presence of unapproved pesticides. The state Department of Public Health said Sunday that a recent inspection of cactus imported from Mexico found traces of Monocrotophos, a pesticide that has been barred from use in the United States since 1989. Consumption of the pesticide can lead to neurotoxicity and permanent nerve damage. The department is urging anyone who bought the contaminated product at the following stores between Feb. 6 and 12 to return it or get rid of it. The cactus was sold at: La Superior SuperMercados in Sacramento, Stockton, Woodland and Pittsburg; Mercado del Valle in Concord; and La Sucursal Produce, Fresh American Produce and J&L Produce in Los Angeles.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area officials say a University of California, Berkeley, student infected with measles could have exposed thousands of others by attending classes and riding public transit.
Public health officials said Thursday they confirmed that the student in his 20s was not vaccinated, and was likely infected with measles during a recent trip abroad. The student attended classes in Berkeley and took BART trains last week, possibly exposing thousands before his diagnosis. Health officials say people who have had measles before, or who are vaccinated, are unlikely to be infected even if they have contact with the contagious person. Those without a vaccination are at risk of catching the disease if exposed to the virus.
Officials say those showing measles symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal in the state Legislature. Democratic Sen. William Monning has the support of several medical groups for the bill he announced Thursday. It would require the warning on the front of beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would say that drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. A similar bill introduced last year in Vermont is stuck in a committee. Monning says there's overwhelming research showing the link between sugary drinks and health problems. The industry says drink bottles already are sufficiently labeled, with calorie counts, contents and nutritional information. It says most sugar comes from food.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Bureau of State Audits says the Department of Parks and Recreation has not fully implemented 16 recommendations made in the wake of a department financial scandal. The former parks director resigned in 2012 after state auditors discovered $54 million hidden in special funds as the state was threatening to close 70 of its nearly 280 state parks. Last September, state Auditor Elaine Howle recommended 16 changes to improve the department's financial tracking. Her follow-up released Thursday says all those are pending or only partially complete. Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters says the data in Thursday's report are outdated and that the agency is "on track to deliver on a number of the recommendations." That includes using individual budgets for each park and tracking their costs separately, as the audit recommends.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that California is wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The court ruled that all law-abiding citizens are entitled to carry concealed weapons outside the home for self-defense purposes. The divided three-judge panel disagreed with two other federal appeals courts that have upheld permit rules similar to California's. The U.S. Supreme Court often takes cases when federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings. The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that law-abiding citizens can keep handguns in the home for self-defense purposes, but didn't address whether that right extends outside the home.
Butte County supervisors approve tough new marijuana growing laws. The supervisors unanimously voted for amendments to the county's existing cultivation ordinance that will limit the number of square-feet for marijuana gardens. The limits will go into effect 30 days after Tuesday's vote. According to the E-R, opponents already have the documents needed to launch a petition to get a referendum on the ballot.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Rescuers are hoping for a break in the weather to evacuate two injured backcountry skiers who survived an avalanche that killed two others in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains. Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Wednesday morning that two National Guard helicopters were flying to the site. He says there's no word on whether there's enough visibility for the helicopters to pick up the two injured skiers, who were bundled in rescue sleds after a cold and snowy night on the mountain. Four unhurt skiers were taken out by a snow cat, which couldn't reach the injured skiers on the steep slope. Most of the skiers were from the Seattle area. They were on a guided five-day trip with an outfitter from Joseph.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office. The jury on Wednesday convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 counts against him. Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman. He also was charged with accepting thousands of dollars in payoffs from another businessman for his help in securing city contracts. Before the verdict was read, Nagin said outside the courtroom that he's "been at peace with this for a long time. I'm good."
PARIS (AP) — France's president is heading to Silicon Valley, days after a French regulator hit Google with an embarrassing regulatory slap and after years of French efforts to wrest more taxes from tech companies.
Francois Hollande holds up the U.S. tech industry as an economic success that he hopes to replicate at home. But he's also been among the leaders of Europe's fight to prevent what the continent sees as a systematic attempt by tech firms to invade privacy and avoid paying their corporate fair share. The French leader was set to meet with tech kingpins including Google's Eric Schmidt, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook and Twitter's Jack Dorsey. The West Coast swing Wednesday is part of Hollande's three-day state visit that included a gala dinner with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
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