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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Crews have surrounded the Blue Cut fire that burned for a week and destroyed 105 homes and 216 other structures in Southern California. The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze in San Bernardino County mountain areas is 100 percent contained after charring nearly 57 square miles. Investigators are searching for the cause of the fire that broke out last Tuesday about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Meanwhile nearly 1,900 homes are threatened by a wildfire on the central coast that grew slightly overnight to nearly 58 square miles.

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Glenn County officials have confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus. An elderly resident is said to have contracted the non-neuro invasive form of the virus and is recovering at their home. The West Nile Virus has been found in 2 dead birds and eight chickens in the county as well as several samples from pools of water. And....in Shasta County officials have confirmed their first human case of West Nile Virus this year. According to Shasta County Public Health, the resident who contracted the virus is recovering at home. Shasta County officials say that West Nile Virus has been found in all parts of the county and are advising residents to take precautions.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have gained more ground as they work to surround the Blue Cut fire east of Los Angeles. The blaze is 26 percent contained Friday morning, up from 22 percent, and open flame is confined to pockets of the fire, which has scorched more than 50 square miles. Fire spokesman Brad Pitassi says some of the nearly 1,600 personnel working the fire will be demobilized Friday afternoon. Pitassi cautions, however, that there remains potential for explosive fire behavior. This blaze has ravaged pine forests near the California ski town of Wrightwood, but only half of its more than 4,500 residents had heeded mandatory evacuation orders. Officials say it was another example of a disturbing trend in the state as infernos speed through drought-starved vegetation during what could be California's most hazardous fire season on record.

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The man reported missing has been found. The Chico Police Department received a phone call from Konata Ajamu who was reported missing by his family on Monday. He told police that he had relocated to another state voluntarily. 

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 Konata Ajamu was reported as voluntary missing person by his sister on Monday. Ajamu is reportedly a transient and was last seen by his family back in April of this year. At that time Ajamu told a family member that he was thinking of going back to Oregon. Ajamu is described as a black male with brown eyes and dark hair. He is 6 foot, 2 inches tall, and 220 pounds. Police say there's been no sign of foul play and he is listed as a voluntary missing adult, but his family is still concerned about his well being.

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An Oregon man charged with murder who is being held in Northern California will be extradited. Edwin Lara was in a Siskiyou County courtroom for an extradition hearing on Tuesday. Lara is charged with the murder of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer in Deschutes County, Oregon. Lara is facing four counts of aggravated murder in Oregon. He also faces a number of charges in Siskiyou County including carjacking, kidnapping, and attempted murder. Lara will be in court in Oregon on August 25th.

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Four of the 11 candidates are incumbents, Vice Mayor Sean Morgan, councilors Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, and Randall Stone. The youngest candidate is 26-year-old Mercedes Macias who is a freelance copy editor and a blog writer. She is also a board member of the Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise. Reports indicate the candidate filing period ended this past Friday. Meanwhile, the deadline to sign up for Butte County races has been extended. Those seeking to run for offices where one or more incumbents are not seeking reelection have until 5 pm Wednesday to sign up. There are various School districts and special districts in Butte County that have open seats. Reportedly anyone other than an incumbent may come into the Butte County Clerk's office and complete the paperwork. For more information you can contact the Butte County Clerk-Recorder Election Division.

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Three Chico residents have been confirmed to have contracted West Nile Virus. These are the first human cases of the virus in Butte County this year, and Butte County Public health says all three are separate and unrelated. Officials say all three are adults, with two suffering the more severe version of West Nile and the third person experiencing a less invasive fever. As of this week, West Nile Virus activity has been detected in 35 counties in California with 22 human cases statewide and health officials are urging everyone to use bug spray, avoid being outdoors and dawn and dusk and to drain all sources of standing water on your property. West Nile season is June through October in Butte County.

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LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving Northern California wildfire has destroyed more than 100 homes and forced thousands to flee an area where drought conditions and high temperatures are making firefighting difficult. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday that the fire in Lower Lake, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, has scorched nearly 5 square miles. No injuries have been reported. The flames jumped a road Sunday and moved into the town of 1,200 that's still recovering from a devastating wildfire nearly a year ago. Thousands of structures are threatened after the fire burned the post office, a winery, a Habitat for Humanity office and several businesses. Officials didn't immediately have a tally of how many businesses and other buildings were lost.

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Oroville police were called out to Wheelock Road for a welfare check on 55-year-old John Brown who had allegedly threatened suicide around 11:30 Saturday morning. Deputies arrived and detained Brown. According to deputies, a heavy smell of propane was reportedly coming from Brown's home. Residents of the mobile home park were evacuated and the gas was turned off. Upon further investigation it was determined that Brown had reportedly threatened to fill his home with propane and blow himself and the mobile home park up.

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46-year-old Nancy Glaze was arrested at her apartment in Oroville Saturday in connection to an August 8th stabbing. The incident reportedly happened at an apartment complex on the 27 hundred block of Mitchell Avenue. That's where Glaze allegedly stabbed a man in the chest with a knife after the two reportedly argued over money and possible vehicle tampering. Police say that the unidentified victim was taken to Oroville Hospital for surgery and is now listed in fair condition.

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A former Gridley American Legion officer charged with embezzlement makes his first court appearance. 45-year-old William White the 3rd, pled not guilty to grand theft embezzlement on Thursday. White is charged with using funds from the American Legion's checking and savings accounts to cover personal expenses between 2014 and 2016. According to the Butte County D-A's Office, during that time White allegedly took over 19 thousand dollars. White's next hearing will be on September the 15th.

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46-year-old Perry McElyea was allegedly seen attempting to light an object on fire while standing on an electrical box at the McDonald's on Mangrove and Palmetto around 8 am Wednesday Morning. After officers arrived they found and arrested McElyea. Officers reportedly found the suspicious bottle on top of the electrical box. The Butte County Bomb Squad checked out the bottle which turned out to be harmless.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say a hot tub's faulty wiring is to blame for one of the state's most destructive wildfires, a blaze that killed four people and destroyed more than 1,300 homes last year. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection released a detailed report Wednesday into the cause of the 120-square-mile wildfire that devastated a large portion of rural Lake County and parts of Napa County about 90 miles north of San Francisco in September 2015.

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Police received a call of shots fired at 2nd and Wall streets before 9:30 pm Wednesday. When officers arrived they reportedly found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Witness identified the vehicle that was believed to be involved in the shooting. Officer found the car and detained the man believed to be the owner. According to police, the investigation is on-going and the involvement of the detained man has not yet been confirmed.

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Eight people were floating on inner tubes on the river between East Gridley Road and the gravel pits near Hutchins Road around 4:30 Saturday afternoon when five people from the group hit a tree and disappeared from view. The Butte County Sheriffs Marine unit arrived and brought the tubers to safety. Four adults in the group were wearing life jackets, but a 10-year-old in the group reportedly was not. No was injured in the incident.

 

There are strong currents this year and drownings are up by 500 percent. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says that it's very important for people to stay alert while on enjoying the water and wearing a life jacket is strongly recommended while tubing.

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The woman was walking along the rocks at Salmon Hole when she reportedly fell 12 feet around 2 pm Saturday. The unidentified hiker in her 30s was lifted out of the area by helicopter due to the terrain. She was then taken by ambulance to Enloe Medical Center where she was treated for moderate injuries to her ribs.

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The Baker Fire stared near Baker and Plymire roads north west of Red Bluff around 6 pm Wednesday. The blaze burned 80 acres of dry grass and oak woodland and is 100 percent contained now, according to CalFire. The fire threatened homes in the area and there was an evacuation order, but Fire crews were able to quickly stop the blaze's forward progress. Officials are still looking into what caused it.

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ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were working Wednesday to find out why a bus suddenly veered sharply off a central California highway, smashing into a pole that sliced the vehicle nearly in half, killing five people. Eighteen people were injured Tuesday, but none of the victims were in critical condition by day's end. One passenger says it appeared the bus driver was trying to pass another vehicle moments before the crash, but it would not let him merge.

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ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bus crash on a central California freeway has killed five people and sent at least five others to hospitals.

 

California Highway Patrol Officer Moi Onsurez says the five injured were airlifted to hospitals. He didn't have details about additional injuries or the cause of the crash that happened early Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.

 

Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.

 

Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

ATWATER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bus crash on a central California freeway has killed five people and sent at least five others to hospitals.

California Highway Patrol Officer Moi Onsurez says the five injured were airlifted to hospitals. He didn't have details about additional injuries or the cause of the crash that happened early Tuesday on State Route 99 between the cities of Atwater and Livingston.

Photos and video show the unmarked white bus crashed into the pole of a highway exit sign that appears to have torn through the middle of the vehicle. Emergency workers climbed in through the windows.

Onsurez says the bus with about 30 people aboard was heading from Southern California to Sacramento.

The northbound lanes of the freeway are closed during the investigation.

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Police were called out to a robbery at the Chase Bank on Cypress Avenue after reports of the suspect handing the teller a note stating he had a handgun and demanding money. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and he left the bank. Officers searched the area with a K-9 officer and a CHP helicopter, but couldn't find him. The suspect is described as a white male adult standing at 5'8" and weighing around 200 pounds. If you have any information about this his identity please contact Redding police.

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An officer stopped a vehicle at the 7-11 on Monte Vista Avenue around 10:30 am Thursday. When the officer approached the vehicle the driver reportedly took off leading the officer on a chase through a residential area. The suspect's vehicle hit the curb causing tire damage. Three people allegedly got out of the car and took off on foot. The driver, 18-year-old Jesse Marroquin was caught and arrested. He was charged for felony evading and driving without a license. He also had a felony warrant out for his arrest at the time of the incident.

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The Soberanes Fire started in the Soberanes Creek area north of Big Sur. The blaze has burned 23,688 acres and is 10 percent contained. 34 homes and 10 outbuildings have been destroyed. 4 structures have been reported damaged. About 2,000 structures are threatened and there are evacuation orders and warnings in affect.

According to Cal Fire, a privately hired bull dozer operator suffered fatal injuries Tuesday evening.  

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31-year-old Edwin Lara was arrested after a high-speed chase with authorities on I-5 near Corning on Tuesday. He is accused of killing 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer of Bend and is accused of kidnapping of 19-year-old Aundrea Maes of Salem. Maes was originally believed to be a suspect but has since been released by authorities. Lara is also accused of the attempted murder of a man in Yreka and carjacking a vehicle with three people inside also in Yreka.    

 

The suspect's wife, Isabel Ponce-Lara - an officer with the Bend Police Department - told authorities Monday that her husband allegedly told her that he hit and killed Kaylee Sawyer with his vehicle. Lara also reportedly told his wife that he panicked and hid her body. Ponce-Lara told authorities that Lara drove off and that she feared that he was suicidal.

 

Officers went to Lara's home in Redmond, Oregon and allegedly found blood soaked clothing and a purse in a shed.

Remains were later found that are believed to be that of Sawyer but those remains have not yet been positively identified.

 

The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office has filed murder charges against Lara.          

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CHP units in Corning spotted a silver Honda Accord, on I-5, with two suspects inside who were allegedly connected to a carjacking and attempted murder in Yreka earlier Tuesday morning. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield and lead CHP and Corning Police officers on a ten mile chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The driver identified as 31-year-old Edwin Lara of Redmond, Oregon finally stopped and pulled over on the highway. He and his passenger, 19-year-old Aundrea Maes of Salem, Oregon were arrested.  

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BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in California say a bulldozer operator has died while fighting a massive wildfire near Big Sur. Another operator escaped injury when the bulldozer rolled over. Details of the overnight accident weren't released. The fire that has now burned more than 36 square miles has destroyed 20 homes and threatens 2,000 more.

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PG&E has some tips to stay cool and save energy during the hot summer months.

 

* Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you're at home. Three to five percent more energy is used for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.

 

* Shut windows to keep in pre-cooled air from the early morning hours and draw shades to keep the sun from warming the house.

 

* Use ceiling fans when you're at home but turn them off when you leave because ceiling fans only move air around and that wastes electricty.

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 A neighbor reportedly saw smoke coming from a home on North Avenue across the street from Bidwell Junior High School around 8 pm Monday. Investigators believe the fire started on the ground floor and spread to the attic. No one had reportedly lived in the home for three weeks, but trespassers have reportedly been seen at the property. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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 43-year-old Suren Patel was arrested Saturday in Florida after he reportedly tried to board a cruise ship bound for the Caribbean. Patel was arrested for charges of fraud and as an out of state fugitive. Charges include two counts of welfare fraud, one count of insurance fraud and four counts of theft of public funds having to do with a Transient Occupancy Tax that wasn't fully paid. Those charges stem from Patel's managment of the America's Best Value Inn in Red Bluff. The Tehama County DA's Office confiscated documents and computers as a part of the case back in 2015. Patel has been a Red Bluff City Council Member since 2014.

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More than 400 fewer people were working in June in Butte County, leading to an unemployment rate of 7 point 2 percent. The biggest drop was in government employees. June's figures were way up from the 5 point 8 percent in May and just below a year ago of 7 point 3 percent. The state of California, meanwhile, had an unemployment rate of 5 point 4 percent in June. 

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The Golf Fire started after a cement truck reportedly crashed into a power pole on the Skyway east of Honey Run Road Friday afternoon. As of Sunday the fire had burned 22 acres and was 75 percent contaned. The fire was initially contained, but on Saturday Afternoon the hot spots re-ignited and the blaze quickly spread past containment lines. The blaze threatend houses in the area and near Honey Run Road and Honey Run Road was closed at the lower end of the Skyway up to Centerville Road. The evacuations and road closures were lifted around 7:30 Saturday evening. 

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Officers located the vehicles on Park Avenue, West 1st Street, and Salem Street. Two of the vehicles were reportedly occupied with suspects. One of those vehicles allegedly had two 17-year-old juveniles inside. They were arrested and sent to Juvenile Hall. The third car was found unoccupied, but the engine was still running. According to police, a suspect in that case has yet to be identified.

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