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Pot-Laced Cookie Settlement


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman who claims she was served a pot-laced cookie at a Los Angeles hair salon has received a settlement of $25,000. Seventy-two-year-old Jo Ann Nickerson said she had never tried marijuana in her life before she partook of the cookie at Blush Salon in October 2013. Her lawsuit said she tested positive for marijuana at a hospital. The salon has denied any wrongdoing.

Tehama County Local State of Emergency


The recent rains have prompted Tehama County Authorities to seek a local declaration of emergency. The matter came before county leaders Tuesday and helps local emergency workers with the recovery. It also paves the way for state and federal financial aid. The request was triggered by local flooding in the first week of this month coupled with the more recent damage. Damage has been primarily to homes and businesses. 

Paradise Robbery


Paradise police are looking for a man involved in the robbery of the Country Club Market on Pentz Road. The robber walked in and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes, only to pull a gun and demand money when she turned around. A customer came in shortly after and scared the robber who left with only the cigarettes. Authorities say he is a white male, possibly in his early thirties with reddish hair and a goatee. He was in a black SUV, which looked to be a Honda CRV.

Van Theft Arrest


RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman is under arrest after she reportedly drove a stolen van to the Tehama County Jail to visit her husband, who was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing a vehicle. The Redding Record-Searchlight reports Tehama County deputies arrested Michelle Noland after she unlocked and tried to start the van parked near the county jail.

Early Morning Armed Robbery


Chico Police are on the lookout for armed robbery suspects. Two men wearing ski masks and black clothing reportedly entered the Chevron on Nord Avenue around 3 am this morning. According to police, the two suspects allegedly assaulted the clerk with stun guns. The clerk was not seriously injured in the assault. The suspects escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department

Early Morning Chico Shooting


A man is injured and property is damaged in an early morning shooting in Chico. Police received reports of a gun shot in the area of West 8th and Normal Streets before 2 am this morning. When police arrived they found a residence on West 8th street with a shattered window from what officers believed was from a shotgun. Two vehicles in the area reportedly had also been struck by gunfire. Not long after that Chico PD received a report of a 19-year-old man who arrived at Enloe Hospital with non-life threatening injuries from a shotgun. The victim told police that he was walking to a friend's house on West 8th Street when he was struck in the head and shoulder by shotgun pellets. The shooting is currently under investigation and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Chico PD.

Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility closure due to storm


The storm causing some facilities to close because of the high winds and rain. The Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility is closed today because of the weather conditions. It will reopen to the public on Friday, December 12th.

Chico Power Lines Down


Officials reported a wire down on the roadway on North Ave. before 6 am. It caused a power outage in the area including Bidwell Jr. High School. 
A line has been reported down at Rio Lindo Ave. and officials are saying that traffic controls are in place at Rio Lindo at the Esplanade.

Northstate School Closures


All schools in Glenn County are closed today, along with schools in the Los Molinos, Corning and Paradise Areas. In Tehama County, meanwhile, Lassen View and Elkins Elementary along with Red Bluff High School are closed. Bangor Elementary School has been reportedly been closed for today. 
Chico Unified has confirmed that schools here in Chico will be open today. Except for Bidwell Jr. High School which is closed due to a downed power line on North Ave blocking the roadway and a power outage at the school. Students who had already been dropped off at Bidwell or who came on buses to the school have been taken to McManus. Students will stay at the schools multipurpose room, their teachers will be there with them. They can stay there all day or parents can come and pick them up.

PG&E Bracing For Storms


Emergency officials are bracing for what may be one of the worst storms to hit Northern California in sometime. According to PG&Es Paul Moreno, PG&E has been tracking the storm and expect it to cause some problems. He said that they do not expect it to be as bad as the storm that hit the area in 2008, but because of the high winds of up to 60 miles per hour, expect trees to fall and cause issues. There will be crews present in areas believed to be hit the hardest by the storm.

A storm bringing rain and heavy wind gusts is on it's way


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wind and rain are on their way to Northern California. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind and flash flood warning for what could be one of the area's strongest storms in five years. Overall, the heaviest rainfall totals are expected to range from 3- to 5-inches in much of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.
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That storm is to hit the Northstate sometime tonight and will also bring heavy wind gusts anywhere from 35 to 65 miles per hour.

Oroville Shooting Investigation Update


An Oroville woman claiming to have shot an intruder, allegedly shot her lover. Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence of 28-year-old Noemis Bandomourra on Misty View Way Monday morning and reportedly found her covered in blood. She claimed that she had shot an intruder. According to investigators, however, Bandomourra allegedly shot a man she was having a relationship with after he reportedly threatened to tell her boyfriend about the relationship. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. Bandomourra was arrested.

Oroville Shooting Investigation


A shooting incident in Oroville is under investigation. A woman said to be covered in blood reportedly told her neighbor that she had shot an intruder at her home on Misty View Way in Oroville just before 2 am Monday. Butte County Sheriff's deputies came out to the home and found a man who had been shot. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.  

Chico Bank Robbery Suspect on the Loose


The search continues for a man who is said to have robbed an Umpqua Bank in Chico Monday afternoon. It was a little past 12:30 when a man said to be about 55 to 65 years old entered the bank on Pillsbury Road and demanded money. He reportedly said he had a weapon, but none was seen. He was last seen heading on foot toward Cohassett Road. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chico Police.

Raiders Fan and 49ers Fan Tie The Knot


FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — She roots for the San Francisco 49ers. He's a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan. Nonetheless, they are still in love and wed in the parking lot of the Oakland Raiders' stadium before the Battle of the Bay Area game with the 49ers.

The Fairfield Daily Republic reported Sunday that Sean Rentschler and Shawndra Nevins tied the knot in front of family and friends. The bride wore a replica jersey of Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk). The groom was decked out in the Raiders' silver and black. The reception was in the stands during the game.

The Fairfield couple met 16 years ago through mutual friends.

First Week of New Legislative Season


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first week of the new legislative session is providing a preview of the politics that will dominate the year ahead.

Democratic leaders say they will push for increased spending on education and social programs, while Republicans are striving for relevancy after a strong showing in legislative races last month.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, both Democrats, pledged to increase state funding to avoid tuition increases at the University of California.

Democrats also introduced bills seeking to raise the minimum wage and push health care expansion.

Republicans have recruited a more diverse field of lawmakers and are staking their position on college tuition freezes. They will attempt to repeal a greenhouse-gas-reduction mandate that they characterize as a hidden gas tax.

Sacramento Firefighter Arrest


CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento firefighter is being held on suspicion of going into people's homes under the guise of inspecting smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and stealing prescription drugs. Citrus Heights police arrested 30-year-old Craig White on Saturday after responding to reports of theft from two homes inside a mobile home park. He was booked for investigation of burglary and elderly abuse.

Butte Authorities Warning About Scams


'Tis the holiday season. Unfortunately, it's also the season of scammers. Butte County Authorities are warning people after receiving calls about several types of scams. One involves people getting a call from an alleged P.G. & E. official warning that unless payment was made via a debit card bill that power would be shut off immediately. Another call is from someone pretending to be from law enforcement and unless payment is made by a credit or debit card they'd be arrested. Many of these calls are being reported around the county. Authorities remind people to NEVER give out any personal information over the phone and legitimate debt collectors cannot use threats or profane language. 

Chico Shooting Sentence


A man involved in a Chico shooting in October gets 14 years in state prison. 17 year old Zeng Her got that sentence for his part in a gang related shooting October 4th at Cohasset and Pillsbury Roads. The shooting occurred during a Hmong New Year Festival that was taking place at the time. Her reportedly agreed to the sentence and a gang enhancement last month. No one was injured in the shooting with two others still to be sentenced in the case.

Tehama County Flooding


Rain storms have caused flooding in Tehama County. The flooding on Wednesday closed roads and forced residents to leave their homes in Los Molinos and Red Bluff. The flooding caused vehicles to be stranded including a school bus from Lassen View School. The students and the bus driver were reportedly rescued. One vehicle was reportedly swept off the road. State Route 99 East was closed around 4:30 pm. Other roads in the area were also closed.

Chico Power Outage


A power outage in Chico left over 15 hundred people without power. The power outage happened right before 7 pm and affected PG&E customers near Chico State. PG&E field personnel are said to have found a downed power line. According to PG&E's website power has been restored. 

Police searching for Oroville stabbing suspect


The search continues for a man wanted in connection with a stabbing in Oroville early Wednesday morning. Police are looking for 21 year old Dillon Fite. He's suspected of stabbing 55 year old Kenneth Isham in the abdomen at the Golden Oaks Mobile Home Park about a quarter to five Wednesday morning. the victim reportedly told deputies he'd been stabbed by Fite, whose whereabouts are unknown. Fite was also arrested and charged a year and a half ago with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a triple stabbing that hospitalized three teens. Anyone with information about Fite's whereabouts is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Department.

A Plumas County murder suspect is found North of Willows


A man suspected of recently murdering a woman was arrested early this Tuesday morning. 44 year old William Altes was being sought by authorities and was found by Glenn County deputies in a disabled vehicle on Interstate 5 near Artois, north of Willows, shortly after midnight. He was taken into custody at a rest stop after a short pursuit. He was sent to Plumas County and booked on suspicion of murder. 

Man's death in Oroville being considered a homicide


A body found in Oroville Monday afternoon is being considered a homicide. Authorities were sent to check on 67 year old Michael Underhill at his residence on Pinecrest Road and found him dead in an outbuilding. Butte County Sheriff's Officials will only say they consider his death suspicious in nature and hence ruled it a homicide. They're asking for anyone with information to contact them. 

Water Supplies


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials say they're entering California's wet season with a glimmer of optimism, following three drought years.

The state's Department of Water Resources announced Monday that it plans to provide 10 percent of normal water supplies to farmers and cities in 2015 from a vast system of reservoirs and canals. That's up from the record low of 5 percent released this year.

Officials say improved rain and snow forecast for 2015 provides some hope, but the amount of water eventually provided may drop if the rainy season from now through February fails to produce.

Mark Cowin, director of the Water Resources department, says conservation remains important.

He says California needs a wet year with 150 percent of normal rain and snow to replenish its reservoirs and recover from drought.

Thermalito duplex fire update


Authorities continue to believe Sunday's duplex fire in Thermalito was because of a honey oil operation on the premises. The focus now is on 30 year old Brandon Qassem, who along with two teens was suffering from severe burns. A marijuana growing operation was reportedly found on the property.  Authorities indicate they plan to file criminal charges against Qassem when he recovers from his burns. 

Anderson transient arrested about a dozen times this year


ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Police in a Northern California town say the same local transient has been arrested a dozen times this year. Anderson police say the most recent arrest of 56-year-old David Alan Dewalt came Sunday when he tried to cross a highway so intoxicated that he was nearly hit by a car that ran into his dog instead. Sgt. Bryan Van Dyke tells the Redding Record-Searchlight that an officer saw Dewalt start to cross the street against a red light before dawn and realized an oncoming car couldn't see him. The officer honked and Dewalt stopped, but the dog didn't. The dog, named Bella, is expected to survive. Police say Dewalt has been arrested 11 previous times in 2014.

New Chico City Council members to be sworn in


Chico's City Council will have some new faces tomorrow night. The first order of business is to swear in the three winners of the recent election. The election called for selecting three from a slate of 7, and the top three vote getters in order were Andrew Coolidge, current Vic Mayor Mark Sorenson and Reanette Fillmer. All three got more than 10 thousand votes, with Coolidge getting the largest share at almost 20 percent of the votes cast.

Thermalito Duplex Fire


Three people are sent to the hospital after a fire destroys a duplex in Butte County. Fire crews came out to a blaze at a duplex on 7th street in Thermalito just before 10 am on Sunday.Witnesses reportedly heard explosions around the time the blaze stated. According to Cal Fire, three people are in critical condition with major burns. One of the victims was flown to UC Davis Medical Center. The two other victims were reportedly taken to Oroville Hosptial. Investigators believe the residence was being used as a honey oil lab.

An arrest is made in connection to the Chico woman's body found along the Sacramento River


The husband of the woman whoes body was found near the Sacramento River has been arrested. 29-year-old Zir Weems has been in the Glenn County Jail for animal cruelty charges but was posting bail when he was arrested by Butte County Sheriff's deputies around 2 pm Tuesday. Weems was arrested for the alleged murder of his wife, Angelica Weems whose body was found along the Sacramento River on October 5th. She had been reported missing on September 14th. Zir Weems is now in being held at the Butte County Jail without bail and he will be arraigned on Monday. 

Train derails near highway 70


A union pacific train carrying corn grain derailed early Tuesday morning around the mile marker 19 on highway 70. Officials say 12 cars derailed and slid down the embankment which caused a significant amount of the grain to fall into the river. It is unknown if anyone was injured and officials with the Office of Emergency Services, Fish and Wildlife and Union Pacific are conducting an investigation.

Arrest made in connection to a beating in Oroville


One man is in custody in connection with Monday morning's beating incident in Oroville. The Butte County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Matthew Lowry of Oroville on attempted murder charges. He's in custody after investigators examined the crime scene and spoke to witnesses about the incident on the 29 hundred block of Elgin Street in Oroville. 49 year old Douglas Coleman was hospitalized in critical condition after the reported beating. 

Weaverville Helicopter Crash Plea


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A former executive of an Oregon company has pleaded guilty to providing false aircraft weights to the U.S. Forest Service to win a firefighting contract. A helicopter the company provided crashed in 2008, killing nine people fighting a wildfire near Weaverville in Northern California. Steven Metheny entered guilty pleas in federal court yesterday to two of the 22 counts against him.

Victim of last summer's Bully Fire indentified


A Mexican national is the man identified as the victim of the Bully Fire in Shasta County last summer. 35 year old Jesus Garcia of Michoacan is the man whose body was found off Platina Road in Ono last July. The Coroner's Office says identifying the badly burned body was very difficult. The fire consumed more than 12 thousand acres and police say was started when a man tried to get soil to his marijuana grow site. That man is 37 year old Freddie Smoke, who failed to show up for an arraignment hearing in August and is reportedly still missing. Authorities say he could still be in Redding but might be as far away as Illinois. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement. 

I-5 Bus crash victim Identified


The person killed in the bus crash Sunday on Interstate 5 has been identified as 33 year old Octaviano Garcia of Parlier. The incident happened about 7:40 Sunday morning, when the tour bus travelling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington went off the road and flipped over onto its roof. More than 2 dozen crash victims were taken to local hospitals. Some sustained serious injuries--others were deemed to have minor injuries and were released. the Bus had reportedly been involved in an accident earlier Sunday morning in Red Bluff at a Denny's there. Authorities say that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash.  

Glenn County woman erratic driving


A Glenn County woman is arrested for erratic driving. 25-year-old Britney Doyle from Fruto a community west of Willows reported to the Glenn County Sheriff's office Saturday afternoon that 59-year-old Marguerite Lee had allegedly violated a restraining order. Doyle reported that Lee had driven her Ford F-350 truck and spun the tires near their house. Deputies attempted to make contact with Lee who started to drive around in circles on her own property. According to deputies she drove that way for for about two hours and 45 minutes. Then Lee left her property and took off on Highway 162 but not before almost hitting a deputy who had to jump out of her way. The CHP deployed a spike strip which caused the tires to flatten and then eventually came off, but Lee continued to drive on metal rims. Lee finally stopped her vehicle and was arrested.

Bus rollover crash on I-5 in Shasta County


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus that had already crashed earlier in the day ran off a Northern California freeway and overturned, killing one person and injuring 30.
 
California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen says the bus traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, crashed Sunday morning about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. It had hit a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff earlier in the morning, but no one was hurt in that crash.
 
Borgen says a 33-year-old man from Parlier was killed.
 
Hospital officials tell the Sacramento Bee three people were in critical condition and three were in serious condition.
 
Two dozen other passengers were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. Most had been released.
 
Investigators say early indications show driver fatigue may be to blame for the crashes.

Northern California Sheriff criticizing President's Exec. Action on Immigration


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces an executive action on the issue. In an eight-minute video posted this week, Jones says he does not directly blame Obama for the deputies' deaths but faulted him for a "hands-off" immigration policy.

Man struggles with police while being arrested


A man struggles with officers at a Chico homeless shelter. Officers came out to the Torres Shelter on 101 Silver Dollar Way after reports of a man being combative around 1 pm Thursday. An officer was reportedly struck in the eye while he was attempting to subdue the suspect. According to Chico PD, officers used batons and multiple Tasters to get the suspect under control. 

A Chico man is sentenced to federal prison


A Chico man is sentenced to federal prison for tax related felonies. The five felony convictions came last spring against Chicoan James Molen, who used to own a Chico Florist Shop. The 70 year old will serve three years for dodging taxes, defying court orders and retaliating against federal officials. Prosecutors proved Molen stopped withholding and paying taxes in 2000 and finally after 4 years the Feds filed charges. After his prison sentence, Molen will serve three years of supervised release.

A Chico man drives through his apartment is arrested


A Chico man who failed to stop drove a pickup through his apartment Thursday morning. Police say the unnamed driver claims the gas pedal stuck on his father's Toyota Tacoma as he was trying to get back into his parking spot. The incident happened on the 33 hundred block of the Esplanade. The man was arrested and was also said to be in possession of methamphetamine.  

Central California Earthquakes


SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. (AP) — Two moderate earthquakes have struck central California, one of which was widely felt across the region. The USGS says a magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck at 10:21 last night and a magnitude-4.2 temblor struck five minutes later. At least one smaller quake followed later in the same area 11 miles northeast of Salinas.

Paradise shooting suspect still on the run


The search continues for the shooting suspect in an incident earlier this month. 17 year old Lyric Hill reportedly left 20 year old Christopher Brown paralyzed from the waist down after shooting him during an argument on Moss Lane in Paradise. Investigators have conflicting information about whether Hill has fled to Oregon or is still in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Paradise authorities. 

Man arrested in Chico for making lewd and threatening comments to a minor


Chico Police arrest a man for making lewd comments to a minor. Chico Police received a report of a man allegedly following a 17-year-old girl and making lewd and threatening comments in the area of 12th and Park Avenues just after 7 pm Wednesday. The teen, who was with a friend, went into Dukes Cork and Bottle in an attempt to escape from suspect, identified as 44 year-old Brian Michaud. According to witnesses Michaud followed her inside. When officers arrived they found the victim behind the counter crying and Michaud grabbing himself. Michaud struggled with police and was eventually subdued with the aide of a taser. After the suspect was treated at Enloe Medical Center he was then released and booked into the Butte County Jail.

Chico House Fire and Burglary


A fire late Monday night is being investigated by Chico's Fire Department. The blaze broke out on the 800 block of West Sacramento Avenue when a homeowner reportedly smelled smoke and fiberglass burning in the attic. Fire officials quickly contained the fire. 
The owner of the house reportedly came back later to discover that thieves had allegedly stolen some property. The cause of the fire and the burglary are both under investigation.  

Berry Creek Home Invasion Robbery and Shooting


An investigation has been launched into a home invasion robbery and shooting in Berry Creek. Authorities say the incident occured Monday Evening on Simpson Ranch Road. They say Albert Sprague tried to force his way into the home and after a struggle was shot twice. Both he and the shooter have been detained, but no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Department. 

FBI Looking For Bank Robber


The FBI wants your help in nabbing the man they've dubbed the "bad breath bandit". The white male is believed to have held up banks in Durham, Los Molinos and Nevada City in the last few months. He's called the "bad breath bandit" by the FBI because of his use of a disposable paper face mask during the robberies. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. He's suspected of robbing the Tri Counties Bank in Durham last Thursday morning. 

DMV To Open New Temporary Outlets


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally. The new offices are in Lompoc, Stanton and Granada Hills. Another is set to open in San Jose on Dec. 1.

Mendocino County Arson


WILLITS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman is facing arson and other charges after authorities say she barricaded herself inside a burning building with a handgun. Mendocino County prosecutors charged 31-year-old Lacee Ross on Monday, three days after Willits police say they came across a second floor residential fire and discovered Ross with a handgun in the business below. A nearly hour-long standoff ensued. According to the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, fire crews were forced to pull back before Ross was taken into custody. Police did not disclose a motive. Ross, of Willits, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office did not know whether she had an attorney. The Press Democrat reports that the fire destroyed two businesses and damaged a pre-school.

Missing Magalia Man Found


A Magalia man missing since Saturday afternoon has been found safe several hundred miles away. 67 year old Don Splawn, who suffers from dementia, was located at a home well south of Fresno. Splawn was last seen Saturday afternoon near his Magalia home on Cannon Court. He apparently made his way to the home he and his family had previously lived in.

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