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Chico Police Department arrested a man for a Saturday armed Robbery. Officers received a call around 1 pm on Saturday reporting an armed robbery at the pharmacy of the Safeway store on East Ave, where the suspect reportedly brandished a firearm and demanded medication.  

 

After getting a description of the robber and his getaway car CPD units spotted the vehicle on Centennial Ave. and gave chase when it took off. The pursuit lasted less than a mile and reached a top speed of 35 MPH. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Robert Hoffman.

 

Officers located a replica firearm and the stolen medication inside the suspect vehicle.  Hoffman was booked into Butte County Jail for Robbery, Burglary, and Evading. 

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Butte County Authorities conduct a pot bust in Berry Creek. A search warrant was issued for a residence on the 100 block of Leandra Way late last week.

 

Agents reportedly found and eradicated over 6 hundred marijuana plants growing on the property inside green houses, a double wide mobile home and outside. Agents even found several plants lining the driveway. A firearm and packaging material consistent with marijuana sales, along with 30 thousand dollars cash were also located.

 

Deputies located and arrested 49-year-old German Bedoya-Gonzalez. 33-year-old Manuel Bedoya reportedly arrived later and was arrested. Four children were found on the property and were removed by Child Protective Services. 

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CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires around the Cascade Mountain resort town of Chelan have destroyed about 75 homes as authorities activated the military and sought international help to fight scores of growing blazes sweeping the dry West.

 

In Boise, the National Interagency Fire Center called in 200 active-duty military troops to help contain roughly 95 Western wildfires. It's the first time the agency has mobilized the military for fire suppression efforts since 2006.

 

Rob Allen, deputy incident commander for the Chelan fires, says competition for firefighting resources is "fierce."

 

The Washington National Guard joined the firefighting efforts there, helping 350 firefighters on one of the state's most active fires on the southeastern slopes of Mount Adams.

 

Large blazes also are burning in Oregon and across the Northern Rockies.

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A woman in Chico had her car stolen - as she was getting into it to head to work this morning.
 
Pamela Moline was loading up her car to go to work at her home on Vallombrosa Avenue and Larch Street around 8am when a grey car pulled into her driveway and a man got out. He shoved Moline away from her vehicle before getting in and driving it off, dragging her behind the car for a few yards.
 
Reports indicate that Moline's car was located later this morning, and that one of the carjackers has been arrested. Moline recieved minor injuries only and will make a full recovery.
 

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CHICAGO (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a historic ruling that Northwestern University football players are school employees who are entitled to form what would be the nation's first union of college athletes.

 

The NLRB released its decision Monday. The losing side does not have an option to appeal.

 

Northwestern had appealed last year's ruling by a regional NLRB director in Chicago that led to a vote by football players on whether they wanted to form a union. Those ballots were sealed during the appeal and will now be destroyed.

 

Monday's ruling says unionization could throw off the "competitive balance" between teams by setting different standards for practice, pay and other conditions at union and non-union schools.

 

Advocates say unionization would help athletes protect their health and financial interests.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State group has abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town captured by the extremists earlier this week.

 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy say they have no information where IS militants took the residents after overrunning the heavily populated town of Qaryatain.

 

The Observatory said Friday that "dozens" of Christian were among the people abducted, while al-Talawy put the number at 60. He says the rest of those abducted are Sunni Muslims.

 

In February, IS kidnapped more than 220 Assyrian Christians, after overrunning several farming communities on the southern bank of the Khabur River in the northeastern province of Hassakeh.

 

Since then, only a few have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's jobs report may nudge the Federal Reserve toward raising interest rates next month. The government reported today that employers added 215,000 jobs in July, signaling a steadily rising job market.

 

The unemployment rate held at 5.3 percent for a second straight month.

 

Hiring has remained robust even though the economy's overall growth rate has been subpar and pay raises have been modest for many workers. Average hourly earnings in July increased just 2.1 percent from a year earlier.

 

Economist Sal Guatieri of BMO Capital Markets says in a research note that it's "another solid jobs report" indicating that the economy is getting stronger. He says it "keeps the Fed on track to raise rates as early as the next meeting."

 

The Fed has held its key short-term rate near zero since late 2008, in an effort to energize the economy through stronger borrowing, investing and spending. Now, Fed Chair Janet Yellen has suggested that the economy can not only tolerate higher rates, but that it needs them.

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The Butte County Assessor's Office is offering some possible relief for victims of the Swedes Fire. The blaze burned 400 acres and was fully contained Monday. 

 

The wildfire, which started July 27th, destroyed two homes and more than a dozen outbuildings. Bangor residents who had property damage from the fire could be eligible for property tax relief.

 

Claims are to be filed at the Butte County Assessor's Office located on 25 County Center Drive Suite 100 in Oroville.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nuclear deal with Iran builds on the tradition of strong diplomacy that won the Cold War without firing any shots.

 

Obama is comparing the agreement to President John F. Kennedy's call for Cold War diplomacy and nuclear disarmament. He says not every conflict was averted, but the world avoided nuclear catastrophe.

 

Obama argued in support of the deal in a speech at American University in Washington. He's working to dissuade lawmakers in Congress from trying to stop the agreement.

 

Obama says many of the same people who argued for going to war in Iraq are now opposing the Iran deal. He says the looming congressional vote is part of the most consequential foreign policy debate since the Iraq war was authorized.

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LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — An unruly wildfire in drought-stricken Northern California has grown to more than 101 square miles despite thousands of weary firefighters working to stem its spread.

 

They tried to stand their ground Tuesday against the blaze that jumped a highway that had served as a containment line and grew by several square miles despite cooler weather and higher humidity.

 

No additional homes were consumed outside the two dozen already destroyed in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. But more buildings such as barns, sheds and garages have burned.

 

Authorities have required or urged 13,000 people to leave some 5,500 homes.

 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the flames are pushing north and chewing through parched brush that hasn't burned in years.

 

The fire is just 12 percent contained since starting Wednesday.

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A Chico City Council Member alleges that city staff took down campaign finance documents from the city's website.

 

Council Member Randall Stone is reportedly placing blame on Chico City Clerk Deborah Presson and city staff for removing past campaign finance information from the city's website about seven months ago. Stone claims that he is not accusing Presson or city staff of any ill intent, but that they made a mistake.

 

Presson states in a press release that she and the city have followed procedure and are in accordance with state law in posting campaign finance disclosures. The current 2014 campaign information is currently available on the city's website until the 2016 election. The past campaign information can be accessed at the city clerk's office.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.

 

Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped jail uniform at his arraignment Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million. Tensing was indicted Wednesday in the July 19 death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose.

 

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters scoffed at Tensing's claim that he was dragged by DuBose's car, saying the officer "purposely killed him." Tensing's attorney says his client feared for his life and didn't intend to kill DuBose.

 

DuBose's death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Tensing is white and DuBose is black. Authorities so far have not focused on race in the death.

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As expected, Butte County has declared a local drought emergency. The procolmation was made Tuesday due to reports of wells drying up. The procolmation will allow the county to access more resources to assist residents with dried up wells. A drinking water station is located at the South Feather Water and Power at Oro Quincy Highway and Kelly Ridge Road in Oroville, with facilities also available in Chico at the old county corporation yard on Locust Street. The  water is not intended for drinking but is for the use of bathing and for washing dishes & clothes.        
 

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