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Chico police are on the lookout for two armed robbery suspects. Two men wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces ran into the Money Saver Food Mart on Park Avenue just before 8:30 pm Thursday. One of the men pulled a gun while the second suspect reportedly jumped over the counter and used a stun gun on the clerk. The suspects grabbed some cash and cigarettes before fleeing the store on foot. The clerk sustained minor injuries. Both suspects are said to be in their early 20s and both are around 5 feet 9 inches tall. Police say that the men are considered armed and dangerous.



A judge gives PG&E the go-ahead to remove trees outside an Oroville cemetery. A Butte County Superior Court Judge made two rulings at a hearing on Wednesday that will allow PG&E to remove the last nine sycamores still standing on Feather River Boulevard. According to the E-R, the judge granted an injunction that will require Oroville police to keep people 30 feet from the site. PG&E says that the trees need to be removed to prevent damage to the pipeline and improve access during emergencies. Action News Now reports that the group, Save Oroville Trees plans to fill a lawsuit against PG&E and the city of Oroville. 



Chico Police investigate a shooting on Nord Avenue Wednesday evening. Witnesses told officers that a group of men had fired a handgun at another group of men near Walgreens on Nord Avenue before 6 pm. Officers found three men attempting to leave the area and detained them. 23-year-old Vincent Honeycutt was identified as the alleged shooter. Police conducted an extensive search and could not find the gun. Police believe he was able discard the gun. A conealed knife was found on Honeycutt and he was arrested. A 14-year-old found with metal knuckles was charged and released to his parents. The other male was released without charges. A small amount of drugs were found nearby, but officers were unable to link them to anyone in the group. The targets of the shooting fled the scene when officers arrived. Police say the motive for the shooting is unknown. 



Two alleged gang members have been taken into custody after police say they vandalized a Chico
apartment complex and issued threats using vandalism.
The Chico Police with help from the Gang Unit arrested 21 year-old Oscar Gonzalez and a
16 year-old juvenile. Authorities say they found windows smashed out on a car at the Pomona 
Avenue Apartments earlier last week. They also found "187 PC" written on a nearby wall. 187 is the state penal code
for murder and is used by street gangs as a threat.
Both Gonzalez and the 16 year-old were arrested for vandalism and criminal threats.



Part of Paradise went dark early Tuesday morning after a man reportedly hit two power poles and knocked out power. The incident happened shortly after midnight when 47 year old Todd Brown ran into two power poles at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. The collision knocked out power to nearby homes. Brown was arrested for drunk driving.



 

     More than 2000 ridge residents had their power knocked off line after a drunk driver slammed into

two power poles just after 1:30 this morning at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. 47 year-old 

Todd Brown was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving. Power has slowly been restored

to Paradise residents, with most people seeing power restored by 8am



 

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     The VICTIM of a robbery dies while being interviewed by police. 55-year-old Michael Cocoran of Fairfield reportedly died while being interviewed by Oroville Police on January 18th after suffering a heart attack. According to Action News Now, Cocoran and another individual were allegedy involved in a drug sale that turned into a robbery. 
     The robbery investigation is said to be ongoing, but it is believed that Cocoran's death was due to a medical condition unrelated to the case. 21-year-old Jamaine Nash, one of the three suspects involved, has been arrested. 
 



 

 
      PG & E has begun the tree removal process near the Oroville Cemetary. On Monday crews removed four 
of the 13 trees slated for removal despite protests from community activists. More than 60 people arrived 
before dawn to protest the power giant's tree removal plans. Once the crowd had thinned out PG & E began the
process. 
     Tree advocates say the sycamore and elm trees are part of Oroville's heritage with the trees planted
in the late 1880's. According to the ChicoER, PG & E says the trees need to be removed to prevent their root 
systems from damaging gas pipelines that are close to the roots. 
     PG & E has been proactive in analyzing their their pipelines after an explosion in San Bruno six years ago
killed eight people.



A driver involved in a single vehicle crash in Willows is arrested for alleged DUI. A deputy from the Glenn County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident at Highway 99 and Country Road 53 in Willows just before 11 pm on Sunday. Willows police came out and investigated the accident and found the driver to allegedly be under the influence. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified driver was arrested for DUI and other vehicle code violations.  



Gas prices in Chico continue to fall, as the national average appears to be headed under 2 dollars a gallon. Gas prices have fallen in Chico by more than 6 cents a gallon, bringing the average to 2 dollars 27 cents a gallon while in According to gasbuddy dot com, we should expect the national average to fall under 2 dollars a gallon this week, but do not expect it to last as refineries have been processing less crude oil. The cost per gallon should stay on average in the low 2 dollars a gallon range in the near future. 



Fire crews needed to extricate the female driver from a Dodge Van just
after 1am this morning after she crashed her car at the Highway 99/Eaton Road
overpass. 
According to Action News Now another passenger in the car appeared
to be uninjured. The driver was taken to Enloe Medical Center, her injuries are
not known at this time.



Arson is suspected in an early morning fire Thursday in Oroville. Oroville Fire Officials say the 4 AM fire was intentionally set on the 21 hundred block of B street. The back of the unoccupied house was destroyed, but no other structures were threatened. Investigators have no leads, but do say burn patterns show the blaze was intentionally started.



Chico Police Arrest a man for alleged child porn charges. Chico Police issued a search warrant for the residence of 19-year-old Jacob Ferreyra on East 1st Avenue in Chico around 8 am Thursday. Detectives reportedly found photos and videos of child pornography on Ferreyra's Laptop. Other computer storage devices were also seized. Detectives learned back in December about a resident at that address who was trading child pornography on the internet. Ferreyra was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.  



Downtown Chico will soon house the headquarters for the Mary's Gone Crackers food company. Mary's Gone Crackers will set up its corporate headquarters at 418 Broadway. That's across from the Downtown Plaza Park. Mary's Gone Crackers is a gluten free food company that has products in Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco and currently operates out of Gridley. It makes a number of products including organic, gluten free, whole grain, vegan and other types of foods and snacks.



Chipper Program for Wildfire Safety
Press Release
Do you have fallen branches, overgrown brush and other vegetation that needs Chipping? The Chipper Program is once again offering service to residents who are working on their wildfire safety clearance. The program provides an alternative to burning or hauling fire hazardous brush. 
The Chipper program is in its thirteenth year and anticipates offering service this season until May 15th but don’t wait to get your fire prevention work done! 
To prepare brush and limbs for the Chipper Program:
1. Stack cut brush and limbs in a row within 5 feet of the road edge with the ends facing towards the road.
2. Rows should be stacked no more that 4 feet high.
3. Keep mud, rocks and roots out of the rows.
4. Locate the rows so the truck and chipper can easily access them, no off-road locations allowed. 
To participate in the Chipper Program please call 530-877-0984. The Program is a service of the Butte County Fire Safe Council, a non-profit organization. 
Funding provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 



Public Safety Groups in the Greater Oroville Area are being challenged to a tug of war by the Oroville Area Youth Wrestling Wildcat Team. The third annual challenge is being issued for teams from Oroville Fire and Police along with Butte Sheriffs and the Highway Patrol to come to their practice this evening at the Mooretown Rancheria Gym at 6 PM. The Wildcat Team includes up to 100 kids from the ages of 4 to 13. The tug of war challenge will run the best two out of three and the losers will give the winners 10 push ups. 



Pale Ale pays! The featured beer of Chico's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has helped the company make hundreds of millions of dollars. The publication Bloomberg says Sierra Nevada's Ken Grossman is one of three beer billionaires--the others being Jim Koch of Samuel Adams and Dick Yuengling of Pennsylvania's D.G. Yuengling and Sons. 
Chico's Grossman reportedly started out with 3 thousand dollars in 1980 and last year sold 1 million barrels of beer--that's 331 million 12 ounce bottles--producing revenue of 250 million dollars. The money hasn't changed him--but it's changed the name of smaller breweries from micro-breweries to craft brewers. 



The Chico Chamber of Commerce will co-host a business summit and State of the City address. The 2015 Business Summit and State of the City Address will be hosted by the City of Chico and the Chico Chamber of Commerce today from 3 to 5 pm in the Council Chambers on 421 Main Street. The event is free and open to the public and will include an address from Chico City Mayor, Mark Sorensen as well as a Q&A session on business climate issues and business services information. RSVPs are required as seating is limited. RSVP to the Chamber by calling (530) 891-5556.



There's some help for residents and businesses in Chico that were affected by the recent storms. The City of Chico is notifying residents that the Small Business Administration is offiering Disaster Assistance to residents and businesses in Butte and surrounding counties.
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and homeowners who sustained damage between December 3rd and 23rd. According to a press release from the City of Chico, applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application on the SBA's secure website:https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available by calling 800-659-2955 or e-mailing. The deadline to return economic injury applications is October 2nd, 2015.



KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — A light earthquake has shaken a Central California region southeast of Monterey Bay.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.4 tremor struck at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday.

The epicenter was 17 miles northeast of King City. The USGS says the quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles.

The immediate area is largely rural and lightly populated. The USGS public reporting pages show it was felt lightly or weakly around Monterey Bay and to the east in some San Joaquin Valley cities.



The woman found dead in Willows Friday afternoon has been identified as 48-year-old Kari Ann Flud. Willows Police are reportedly investigating the death as being quote "suspicious in nature". The woman's body was found on South Culver Avenue just after 2 Friday afternoon. Willows Police along with the Glenn County Coroner's Office and the Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services are investigating the incident and will know more when autopsy results are available later this week. 



The pedestrian killed after being struck by a vehicle in Chico late Friday night has been identified as 18 year old Nicholas Castellanos, a Chico State Student. Police say he ran across the crosswalk on West 5th Street against the red light and was hit by a a man riding a Honda Passport. Officers arrived at the intersection of West 5th and Walnut Streets  after 9:30 pm on Friday. Investigators determined the driver was not impaired nor at fault so no charges were filed. 



Armed robbery suspects lead Chico Police on an early morning chase. Chico Police received a report of shots fired in front of Riley's Bar and Grill on West 5th Street just after midnight this morning. The suspects reportedly got into a Chevy Impala and allegedly fired two more shots. The driver of the Chevy then lead officers on a chase through downtown Chico. According to Chico PD, during the chase one of the passengers identified as Christopher Sylva fell out of the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital and later arrested. The vehicle ended up in Chapmantown where the driver, Forrest Broughton was arrested. Investigators learned that suspects were involved in an armed robbery behind Riley's. The victim was able to get away before the shots were fired and was not harmed in the robbery.   



A former Las Plumas High School employee will be back in court on child pornography charges in May. Javier Torres plead not guilty in court Thursday to charges he possessed child pornography and maintained an inappropriate relationship with a 16 year old student. Torres was arrested last year on 5 separate charges. Authorities say he met the 16 year old through his position at the high school. 



A student claiming to be threatened by a classmate causes some anxiety at a Chico school. A student at Pleasant Valley High School told administrators he was allegedly threatened with a knife by another student on Thursday morning. He also said that the young man who he claimed had the knife also had a gun in his backpack. Chico Police arrived and contacted the suspected student, but no weapon was found. Pleasant Valley was not put on lock-down and classes were not interrupted. 



Butte County authorities have arrested a man wanted in two different counties on robbery, weapons and vandalism  charges. 26 year-old Dustin Mason was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Action News Now says Mason was wanted in Yuba County for burglary and vandalism. He was wanted in Butte for robbery and weapons charges.
Butte County Sheriff's found Mason hiding in a crawl space at a home in Paradise. A motorcycle reported stolen
from Pentz Road and tools taken from Concow Elementary were also found at the home. 



Paradise Police had to shoot and kill a pit bull that had reportedly gotten loose at the Achieve 
Charter School campus. The school was put on a brief lock down on Wednesday morning after witnesses
said two pit bulls were roaming the campus and were aggressive toward staff. One of the pit bulls had 
bitten a staff member's leg. 
Officers tried to use pepper spray to stop the dogs, but eventually had to 
shoot and kill one of the dogs. The other dog was captured. The school was on lock down for around 
45 minutes.



Traffic was reportedly held up for the better part of an hour Tuesday afternoon after a multiple car collission on Cohasset Road near Manzanita in Chico. As many as 5 cars were involved. The driver of one of the vehicles was reportedly taken to Enloe Medical Center with unknown injuries, but the other four drivers were not injured. At one point traffic was shut down in both directions on Cohasset shortly after 1 Tuesday afternoon.



The man suspected of drunk driving in a fatal accident on the Skyway Monday afternoon has a revoked license and several DUI priors. Court records show 64 year old Richard Wilson of Chico was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in 1991, 1992 and twice in 1994. And he reportedly had several convictions for driving with a suspended license. His passenger, 51 year old Jonna Therese Smith of Chico, was pronounced dead at the scene of a head on collision Monday afternoon. Wilson was the driver of the Dodge Neon that collided with a Toyota Prius driven by 58 year old Steven Valencia of Paradise. 



Gas prices continue to fall in Chico. According to gasbuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gasoline is around $2.43 which is about 2 cents lower than it was yesterday and 7 cents lower than last week's average. At this time a year ago the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Chico was around $3.55. 



A Redding man is arrested on spousal abuse and other charges, but not before he climbs a tree to elude authorities. Police were alerted shortly after 8 Monday morning  that 28 year old Michael Fulmore was involved in a domestic dispute at a home on Court Street. He reportedly made it to Diselhorst Bridge where he had a knife and climbed a nearby oak tree when he saw the police. He eventually came down in about a half hour and was arrested for spousal assault along with false imprisonment and resisting arrest.



One person is dead in a head on collision on the Skyway. The Highway Patrol reports the head on collision between a Toyota Prius and a Dodge Neon happened on the Skyway near Media Way. 
Authorities say 64 year-old Wayne Wilson was driving his Dodge Neon westbound  in the eastbound lanes of the Skyway when he slammed into a Toyota Prius driven by 58 year-old Steven Valencia of Paradise. A passenger in the Dodge Neon  was pronounced dead at the scene, while both Wilson and Valencia suffered major injuries and were transported to Enloe Medical Center. 
A preliminary investigation shows Wilson, the wrong-way driver of the Dodge Neon, may have been under the influence of alcohol. Eastbound traffic was blocked for several hours while crews cleaned up debris. The investigation into to
deadly accident continues.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said three people are dead after a man driving the wrong way on a Sacramento highway crashed head on into their car.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Chad Hertzell says a large bottle of rum was recovered from the suspect's vehicle following early Saturday's crash on Interstate 80.

That driver — 24-year-old Aaron Caudillo of Roseville — will likely face charges after recovering from his injuries at a hospital.

The Sacramento Bee reports the victims were young adults from Placer County, and that two of them worked at a Taco Bell restaurant in Granite Bay.



Paradise police are looking for a suspect who allegedly attempted to rob a restaurant. A man reportedly wearing goggles and dressed in black entered the the Jack in the Box on the Skyway in Paradise just before 6 pm on Friday. He reportedly waited in line and when he came up to the counter and allegedly handed the server a note demanding money. The server got the manager who made contact with the suspect. The man then fled the restaurant on foot without any money. According to the Paradise Post, officers stopped a man who fit the description, but determined that he was not the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, in his 40s, around 6 feet tall with a slender build.



BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles-area company is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling 2.2-pound packages of "Mishima Sukiyaki Beef" and 1.7-pound packages of "Mishima Gingered Pork." The products were produced from August and December.



Butte County Authorities arrest a man described as a person of interest in the shooting death of a couple before Christmas. 44 year old GD Hendrix was taken into custody Tuesday evening outside an Oroville store. He was reportedly heavily armed with an AK-47, a revolver and a pistol on his person. Authorities say he was also in possession of a dagger and brass knuckles. He's considered a person of interest in the shooting death of Olga and Mike Kroencke, whose bodies were found in the Berry Creek area late last month after they failed to show up at relatives for Christmas. Hendrix's mother, 67 year old Lotta, was also arrested later that night and is charged with having an explosive device at her residence.



Two Chico men are said to be in critical but stable condition after a honey lab explosion Sunday night. Henry Darymple and Tyler Reaman, both 21, were reportedly taken to U.C. Davis Burn Center after the lab explosion at a Chico apartment complex. The explosion happened at one Unit of the La Vista Apartment Complex. Cleanup has forced the shutdown of six other units, displacing some 15 residents. Meanwhile, the investigation continues by county drug agents. 



The numbers are in and more than 6 dozen people were arrested for driving while intoxicated around Butte County this holiday season. The good news is that's fewer than last year, when there were 81 arrests. Authorities say 73 were arrested during the ramped-up enforcement campaign that lasted from December 12th through New Year's night. It was part of the Avoid the 8 campaign with enforcement from 8 Butte County law enforcement agencies.



A bicyclist is struck and injured by a vehicle at a Chico intersection. Officers arrived at West East Avenue around 4:30 pm Wednesday and discovered a 56-year-old bicyclist who had been struck by a vehicle. According to witnesses, the bicyclist was crossing on a green light near the Chico Town and County shopping center. A vehicle driven by 86-year-old Gumercindo Perez reportedly went through the intersection against a red light striking the bicyclist knocking him into the air on to another vehicle stopped at the red light. The bicyclist, who's name is not being released at this time, sustained major injuries and was taken to Enole Medical Center. He is reportedly in serious condition.  



A Chico school is placed on lockdown while police search for a suspect. A woman reported to the Chico Police Department that her ex-boyfriend 33-year-old Kevin Redwine had called her allegedly threatening to kill her and her family around 11:30 am Wednesday. He later sent her a text threatening to kill himself. Right before 2 pm officers learned that Redwine maybe heading towards Sierra View Elementary to pick up his 5 year-old-daughter. Officers arrived at the school to learn that the girl was safe with her grandfather. An officer saw Redwine's truck traveling on Madrone Avenue towards the school. Officers placed the school on lock down for less than 5 minutes while they took Redwine into custody. He was booked into the Butte County Jail for criminal threats. 



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new report shows an Oregon man who killed a Northern California sheriff's deputy last year died from a self-inflicted wound during the ensuing shootout with a police officer.
The finding from the Mendocino County district attorney's office follows contradictory reports over whether Ricardo Chaney died from an officer's bullet or his own.
The report says the police officer shot Chaney in the leg, but it wasn't fatal.
Chaney fatally shot Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino on March 19 after killing a man in Eugene, Oregon, and carjacking a vehicle.



Attempted homicide charges have been filed against an Orland man after a stabbing incident Monday morning. Authorities say 35 year old Nathan Hunt and another man got into it about a quarter to ten outside a convenience store at 6th and Trinity Streets. Hunt reportedly fled the scene but authorities caught up with him four blocks from the scene while the victim was taken to Enloe Hospital for treatment. It does appear that the two men knew each other and have had an ongoing dispute which led to Mondays incident. That according to the police chief. 



Chico Police investigate a suspicious device. Chico PD received a call of what appeared to be a suspicious device zip-tied to the front grill of a pick up parked on Baney Lane east of Business Lane around 5:30 pm Monday. Officers arrived and found what appeared to be a Claymore Mine explosive device. Chico Fire personnel made an assessment of the device but could not confirm if it was a live explosive. The owner of the truck was contacted and told officers that the device was not an explosive and that it was placed there as a gag. Baney Lane was closed for an hour while the investigation took place.  



A man in a reported stolen vehicle leads Chico Police on a chase. An officer attempted a traffic stop of a driver of a Honda Civic in the area of West 8th Street and Broadway around 8:30 pm Sunday night. The driver, 34-year-old Michael Runnels reportedly took off and lead the officer on a chase. Runnels lost control of his vehicle after attempting to make a right turn onto Walnut Street and collided into a fence. Runnels was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on numerous charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and evading police.  



SAN DIEGO (AP) — Methamphetamine seizures soared at the U.S.-Mexico border during fiscal year 2014. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday that meth seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection's San Diego field office accounted for 63 percent of all meth seized at entry points nationwide. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 90 percent of meth in U.S. comes from Mexico.



Men claiming to be law enforcement tie up a man and frighten residents of a home in Butte County. A 55-year-old man confronted a group of six alleged armed males dressed in black at a residence off of Sunrise Hill Road in Bangor around 7 am Saturday. The men who were reportedly wearing masks were armed with shotguns and assault rifles. The men claimed to be police and one of the men was reportedly wearing a police patch. The men allegedly zip-tied the man who confronted them. The men reportedly banged on the door of the house but the residents would not let them in. The men then left in a black truck pulling a horse trailer. According to Butte County authorities, the residents of the property were growing medical marijuana. 


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