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Coffee with a Cop Day


The Chico Police Department wants the public to join them for "Coffee with a Cop" day. The event is being put on by the Chico Police Department, CSUC Police, and the CHP. It is planned for Friday October 7th from 9 am to 10 am at Starbucks on 246 Broadway, Cal Java on 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Coffee Ranch on 1288 E 1st Avenue, It's A Grind on 6 W Eaton, and Selvester's on the Chico State campus. 
Coffee with a Cop is ment to give the communty an opportunity to meet with an officer in a relaxed setting. Authorities hope that this will help to break down barriers and allow for one on one interaction. 
For more information you can contact Crime Prevention Officer Ed Nelson at (530) 897-4942 Monday - Thursday from 7 am to 5 pm. 

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Tobin Fire Update


The Tobin Fire has burned 248 acres and is 55 percent contained. The blaze started Monday morning off of Highway 70 near the Tobin Ridge in the Feather River Canyon area. The fire has burned an area of heavy brush and grass. According to the U-S Forest Service, there has been minimal activity at night with isolated areas of burning fuels. Crews will continue to hold and improve constructed containment lines.  

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Pulga Fire Now Contained


Fire crews contain a small vegetation fire in Butte County. The Pulga Fire burned nearly 2 acres and is now 100 percent contained. The fire started Wednesday morning and burned in steep and rugged terrain near Bachelor Point, west of Pulga. By Thursday afternoon crews had fully contained the fire. 

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Pulga Fire


A small vegetation fire burning in Butte County is not far from a wildfire burning in the Feather Falls in Plumas County. The Pulga Fire started Wednesday near Batchlor Point, west of Pulga. The fire has burned almost 2 acres and is 70 percent contained. The fire is reportedly 12 miles from the Tobin Fire burning in the Feather River Canyon. Despite the size of the fire Call Fire officials say the rugged terrain has made containing it more difficult. 

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Tobin Fire Update


Some progress is being made in battling a wildfire in the Feather River Canyon. The Tobin Fire has burned 248 acres and is now 35 percent contained. The fire started Monday morning off of Highway 70 near the Tobin Ridge. According to the U-S Forest Service, the blaze is burning heavy brush, grass, and downed snags.

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Police are investigating shots fired in Chico.


Officers responed to reports of multiple gunshots heard fired on the one thousand block of Neal Dow Avenue after 8:30 Tuesday evening. Witness said that they saw two vehicles speeding away after hearing the shots. One of the vehicles were described as a white full size sedan and the other a white or silver SUV. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Chico Police Department.   

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Loma Fire


MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — At least 300 homes are threatened by a growing wildfire chewing through timber and dry brush in a remote area of California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Cal Fire says Wednesday that the destructive blaze south of San Jose has grown to more than 3.5 square miles. It's just 10 percent contained. Evacuation orders are in place for residents of several canyons and other rugged areas, some accessible by only dirt roads. One residence has been gutted by flames and at least six outbuildings are destroyed.

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The Tobin Fire is affecting more than the immediate fire area.


Officials say the North Forebay in Oroville has been closed so firefighters can use the area as an incident command post. The closure will affect all parking lots, picnic areas and trails within the North Forebay as well as the Forebay Aquatic Center. It's also been reported that the fire has forced the annual Family Goose Hunt, scheduled for next week, to be cancelled with no time yet when it'll be rescheduled. The Fire started Monday morning north of Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon near the Tobin Ridge.  The latest estimate has the fire burning about 375 acres and is 5 percent contained. Firefighters on the ground are reportedly dealing with steep, rocky, treacherous terrain. 

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Glenn County Shooting Victim IDed


The Glenn County Sheriff's Office releases the identity, today, of a man wounded in a shooting west of Orland Friday night. 35-year-old David Gammon of Willows was reportedly found lying in the roadway on Newville Road with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital were he is recovering. Gammon told detectives that an Hispanic male started to shoot at him for an unknown reason. Authorities went to a residence on the 5800 block of Country Road 200 where they believe the shooting took place. According to authorities, several marijuana plants were found at the residence but no people or weapons were found during the search.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Kelly Knight at the Glenn County Sheriff's Office at
(530) 934-6431. 

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Tobin Fire


Fire crews battle a wildfire in steep terrain in the Plumas National Forest. The Tobin Fire started Monday morning north of Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon near the Tobin Ridge. The blaze has burned about 375 acres and is 5 percent contained. Firefighters on the ground are reportedly dealing with steep, rocky, treacherous terrain. 
According to Cal Fire, there's a lot of drift smoke in Butte County coming from the fire. 

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Hot Autumn Temperatures


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians braced for another hot autumn day as forecasters warned of soaring temperatures and potential wildfires due to hot, dry and windy conditions. A high pressure ridge is expected to bring temperatures in the 80s and 90s in coastal areas and triple-digit heat in inland areas on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Several parts of the state saw record-breaking heat on Sunday as temperatures ran 10 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of the year

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Fire crews battled a wildfire in Butte County over the weekend


The fire started on Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek area around 6:30 Sunday Morning and burned about three acres. After three hours Cal Fire crews had stopped its forward progress. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Chico police are looking into shots fired over the weekend


Officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard along West East Avenue near Harvest Park Court around 2:30 am Sunday. Witnesses told police that they heard two vehicles speed off after the shots were fired. Officers located several spent shell casings in the roadway but no injuries were reported. West East Avenue was closed for about an hour while police investigated the scene. Police say the suspects and the motive for the gunshots fired are unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department. 

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Car fire in the area of Doe Mill Road and Humbug Road


The CHP is reporting a vehicle fire on a dirt road in the area just after 8 am this morning. Cal Fire arrived and is working on putting out the flames. 

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Flu Shots in Chico


There's a free flu clinic at Calvery Chapel today. Enloe Medical Center is hosting the free drive through clinic that started at 7 AM and will go until 1PM or while supplies last. The clinic is free and is at the Calvery Chapel right near the Chico Mall. 

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Butte County authorities are searching for suspects in a home invasion robbery.


The robbery happened at a residence on Black Hawk Trail in the Feather Falls area after 2:30 pm Monday. Deputies arrived to find one of the victims identified as 45-year-old Wendy Nixon. She told deputies that two Hispanic males allegedly came onto the property. One of the men reportedly had a gun. The two men allegedly tied Nixon and another victim identified as 51-year-old Morgan Watson in a motorhome and then two suspects reportedly took an undisclosed amount of marijuana. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office. 

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A teen bicyclist is struck by a vehicle in Chico.


Chico Police, Fire and Emergency dispatch are reporting that a teenage girl on a bike has been struck by a vehicle on Cohasset Road near Mad Dash Pizza this morning. The incident was reported after 7:30 am this morning. No word on the condition of the unidentified teen girl.  

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Paradise Police are on the lookout for a suspect in a hit and run incident.


The incident happend on Wagstaff Road near the bike path before 7 pm Sunday night. The driver of a faded blue sedan allegedly struck 64-year-old Percy Toms. The vicitm reportedly suffered major injuries and was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. 

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1973 Yuba County Murder Case


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of killing two girls in California in 1973 has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
Yuba County Deputy District Attorney John Vacek says 65-year-old Larry Don Patterson remains jailed following his arraignment on Tuesday.
Patterson was brought to California over the weekend after he declined to fight extradition from Creek County, Oklahoma, southwest of Tulsa.
A law enforcement task force arrested Patterson in the rural town of Oakhurst, Oklahoma. Patterson's cousin, 65-year-old William Lloyd Harbour, was arrested in California and pleaded not guilty last week.
Both men face murder charges in the shotgun slayings of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and 13-year-old Doris Karen Derryberry.

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ONE PILOT KILLED IN SUTTER BUTTES U2 CRASH


Air Force officials have stated that one of two pilots was killed in the crash of a U2B training plane today in the Sutter Buttes. The other pilot is reportedly in critical condition. Federal officials have added a no fly zone on the area around the crash site. Both pilots reportedly ejected from the aircraft. The incident reportedly happened a little after 9 when the U2B trainer---training version of the U2 spy plane--crashed into the southern side of the Buttes. The plane had taken off from Beale Air Force Base. The no fly zone imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration is routine in this case--it extends some 5 nautical miles and up to 3 thousand feet elevation for the next three days. Reports indicate a 20 acre vegetation fire broke out at the crash site, a fire which is being fought by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Black smoke has been seen at the Sutter Buttes


There have been reports of black smoke coming from the area of the Sutter Buttes. Multiple Emergency Responders are on the scene. The CHP had initially reported a military aircraft crashing into the Sutter Buttes, but what type of aircraft or it's origin and destination is not yet known. 
This is a developing story, stay with us on KPAY for updates. 

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MANHATTAN EXPLOSION UPDATE: Suspect found sleeping in a bar hallway


LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the man wanted for questioning about bombs found in New York and New Jersey was found sleeping in a bar hallway before his arrest. Linden, New Jersey, Mayor Derek Armstead says the owner of a bar found the man sleeping in his hallway Monday morning. He says the man was initially presumed to be a vagrant, but police officers who responded quickly realized it was Ahmad Khan Rahami. Armstead says the man pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers, hitting one in a bulletproof vest. The man then began firing as he ran down the street and police shot him in the leg. The man was conscious when he was taken away in an ambulance.

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FORMER AMERICAN LEGION MEMBER FACES EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES


A former American Legion official plead no contest to embezzlement charges. 45 year old William Henry White made that plea in Butte County Court Thursday on charges he embezzled some 20 thousand dollars from the Gridley American Legion Post 210 over a period of two years. White was reportedly set to undergo a preliminary hearing before making the plea. Charges were White used American Legion funds to cover personal expenses between August of 2014 to February of 2016. He could get up to three years in county prison when he's sentenced November 10th.

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Cal Fire Annouced the Cause of the Saddle Fire


Cal Fire officials have determined that the blaze was caused by a malfunctioning vehicle with a faulty exhaust system. Cal Fire Chief Darren Read said, "This is a stark reminder of how easily a fire can start in tinder-dry vegetation."    
Cal Fire wants to remind all vehicle owners to keep their vehicles in sound mechanical condition.

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Progress continues to be made in containing the Saddle Fire.


The blaze has burned more than 850 acres along the west branch of the Feather River and is now 70 percent contained. It started as five fires off of Pentz and Lime Saddle roads on Monday afternoon. Four of those fires reportedly burned together and jumped to the other side of the water - burning both sides of the water. The blaze destroyed 3 structures and had threatend hundreds of homes, but all evactuations have been lifted. All road closures have been lifted as well. 
According to Cal Fire, full contianment is expected by Saturday evening. 

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Saddle Fire Animal Evacuation Update


The North Valley Animal Disater Group annouced, on their Facebook page, this morning that they have been released from the Saddle Fire due to no further evacuations being needed.

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CA Water Conservation


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say residents of drought-stricken California kept up water conservation despite long, hot days near the peak of summer.
 
The State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday will release figures for how much residents and businesses saved in July.
 
California is in its fifth straight year of drought.
 
Max Gomberg, the water board's senior climate scientist, says summer offers the greatest opportunity to cut back on how much people water their yards.
 
He wouldn't say how much residents conserved for the month, waiting for the water board's formal announcement. In June, California cutback water use by more than 21 percent.
 
A near normal winter in Northern California eased drought. Officials still urge residents to use water sparingly, uncertain of what the coming winter will bring.

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Chico PD Labor Day Weekend Arrest Numbers


The Chico Police Department has released their arrest and citation numbers for the Labor Day weekend. There were a total of 57 misdemeanor arrests for the period between Friday and Monday and there were 9 felony arrests for that same period. There were 20 traffic citations issued and 20 more for various other infractions. There were 16 more arrests this year than last year for the Labor Day weekend. 

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Reports of an armed man prompts the lockdown of three Chico schools....


Chico police received a report that an individual allegedly armed with a hand gun was seen heading towards Chico High School after 9:30 Tuesday Morning. This prompted authorities to place the high school on lockdown. Chico Jr. High School and Citrus Elementary School were also placed on lockdown and Chico State University Police were notified. Officers searched the area and the high school but were unable to find anyone matching the description of the individual. After an hour and a half the lockdowns at the schools were lifted. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.   

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Saddle Fire Latest


Fire activity is slowing for a blaze south of Paradise. The Saddle Fire started off of Pentz Road and Lime Saddle Road as five fires. The blaze has burned 850 acres and is 50 percent contained. 3 structures have been destroyed and 300 are threatened by the blaze.  
 
There are still evacuation orders in place for Pentz Road from Malibu Drive to Missilla Valley Road and all roads connectin to Pentz Road and there are evacuation orders for Concow Road from Highway 70 to Jordan Hill Road along with Granite Ridge Road and Deadwood Road. Along with Pinkston Cayon Road and all roads off of it as well as Nelson Bar Road. 
 
There are evacuaton warnings in effect for Pentz Road from Malibu Drive to Canyon View Drive. 
 
There is an evacuation shelter at the Nieghborhood Church of Chico on Notre Dame Blvd.
A small animal shelter is located at 2279 Del Oro Avenue in Oroville and there's a large animal shelter at 1985 Clark Road. 
 
There are road closures for Pentz Road from Pearson Road to Messilla Valley Road and Lunt Road at Highway 70.
 
According to Cal Fire, containment lines are increasing as the fire activity slows down.

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Saddle Fire Update


Cal Fire:

The Saddle Fire is now 840 acres, still 10% contained.

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Saddle Fire - Cal Fire Update


From the Cal Fire Reddit page around 8:40 am:

Crews are being brought in to the Pentz area to secure line. Fire is starting to heat up.

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Butte County - Saddle Fire


A wildfire burning south of Paradise has prompted road closures and evacuations. The Saddle Fire has burned 600 acres and is 10 percent contained. The blaze started as 5 fires that rapidly grew in size off of Pentz Road and Lime Saddle Road around 4:30 Monday afternoon. Fires are burning on both sides of the West Branch of the Feather, Southeast of Paradise and West of Concow. 
 
3 structures were destroyed and 300 are threatened by the fire. 
According to Cal Fire, there are evacuation orders for Concow Road from Highway 70 to Jordan Hill, Granite Ridge Road, and Deadwood Road along with Pinkston Canyon Road and all roads off of it. There were also evacuation orders for both sides of Pentz Road between Logo Vista and Missilla Valley. 
 
There are evacuation warings for Nelson Bar, Middleton Lane and Pentz Road from Malibu Drive to Marywood Drive as well as to Canyon View Drive. 
There's an evacuation shelter in the gym at the Neighborhood Church in Chico on Notre Dame Boulevard and Cal Fire reports that there will be shelter in place at Feather River Hospital. The North Valley Animal Disaster Group has been activated for animal evacuation needs. 
 
Road closures are in affect on Pentz Road from Pearson Road to Durham Pentz, Pearson Road to Stearns Road, and Lunt Road at Highway 70.
The Town Council announced Monday that road closures will remain in effect until at least tonight. Residents in the area are being advised to use either Clark Road or the Skyway to leave the area.
 
 
Residents are being erged to use caution when traveling in the fire areas. Emergency equipment and personnel will be responding and working throughout the day and night.
 
Cal Fire's website is reporting that Paradise Unified School District will be in session today.

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Authorities Investigating Fatal Train vs. Pedestrian Collision


The incident happened north of the Amtrak Depot in Chico around 6 am Wednesday morning. Witnesses told police that they saw a man near the tracks right before the collision. The train blocked crossings between West 9th and West 1st streets for over 3 hours while authorities were investigating the scene. Personnel from the Butte County Coroner's Office removed the unidentified body from the tracks. The incident is still under investigation.

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High School Employee Charged With Innapropriate Relationship With Student


A former Fair View High School yard duty supervisor charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student gives her plea in court. 40-year-old Jessica Hays plead not guilty Wednesday to felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor, furnishing a controlled substance and marijuana to a minor. Hays was arrested last week after an investigation by authorities following her giving birth in July. The now 17-year-old student was 16 at the time of the alleged relationship with Hays. Authorities believe that the young man is the father of the baby, but are awaiting the results of a paternity test. A preliminary hearing for Hays is set for September 28th.

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Man Sent To Hospital After Violent Attack


 The man was found by officers with major head injuries at the Valero gas station on Montgomery Street around 3 am Wednesday. Officers found 32-year-old Ralph Dicostanzo around 8 pm Wednesday in downtown Oroville. He was arrested and was charged for assault with a deadly weapon. According to police, the alleged attack stemmed from past incidents between the two men.

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