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Four arrests in Oroville shooting


Oroville Police made four arrests and an infant was placed into protective custody following a weekend shooting. Police say shots were fired just before 1 a.m. Saturday during a fight at the Valero gas station on Table Mountain Blvd.  After talking to witnesses, police stopped a green van on Highway 70 and reportedly found a gun that matched the weapon used. Three adults and a juvenile were arrested on several charges including felony child endangerment. Police say an infant inside the van was placed into protective custody.

 

 

Pentagon debuts Rose Parade float honoring vets


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It's been almost 60 years since James McEachin returned home with a bullet still lodged in his chest, finding an America indifferent toward the troops who fought in Korea. Now he will get the homecoming parade he had expected. The Defense Department for the first time will put a float in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses - one the most watched parades - to commemorate the veterans from a conflict that still casts a shadow over the world. "I think it's a magnificent gesture and it cures a lot of ills," said McEachin, who will be among six veterans who will ride on the float Monday. The 82-year-old author and actor starred in Perry Mason TV movies, among other things. The $247,000 flower-covered float will be a replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Pentagon's debut comes ahead of events marking the 60th anniversary of the July 1953 armistice that halted the bloodshed but did not declare peace. Col. David Clark said the Pentagon decided to seize the opportunity to sponsor one of the 42 floats in the 124-year-old New Year's Day parade to raise awareness about what has been called "The Forgotten War." Clark said the department wanted to remind Americans about the sacrifices that were made by the veterans, most of whom are now in their 80s. It has taken decades for the success of the war's efforts to be recognized, Clark said. Read more

Nine dead in icy Oregon bus crash


 

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- The stretch of rural Oregon interstate where a tour bus crashed through a guardrail and plummeted 100 feet down a steep embankment is so notorious that state transportation officials have published a specific advisory warning of its dangers. Nine people were killed and more than two dozen injured when the charter bus veered out of control around 10:30 a.m. Sunday on snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police. The bus crashed near the start of a 7-mile section of road that winds down a hill. It came to rest at the bottom of a snowy slope, landing beaten and battered but upright with little or no debris visible around the crash site. Read more

Sandy Hook gunman's father claims body


 

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The father of the gunman who killed 26 people in a Connecticut school shooting has claimed his son's body. A spokesman for the family said Monday that Peter Lanza claimed the remains of Adam Lanza. He didn't say when the remains were claimed. The 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. He also killed his mother in their Newtown home before going on the rampage and then committing suicide. A private funeral was held earlier this month in New Hampshire for his mother, Nancy Lanza, who was divorced from Peter Lanza. Peter Lanza lives in Stamford, Conn., and is a tax director at General Electric. Police have not offered a motive for the killings.

'Fiscal cliff' disputes remain as deadline nears


 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke repeatedly Sunday to Vice President Joe Biden, a former Senate colleague, in hopes of settling remaining differences and clinching a breakthrough that has evaded the two sides since President Barack Obama's November re-election. In one indication of the eleventh-hour activity, aides said the president, Biden and top administration bargainer Rob Nabors were all working late at the White House, and McConnell was making late night phone calls as well.Unless an agreement is reached and approved by Congress by the start of New Year's Day, more than $500 billion in 2013 tax increases will begin to take effect and $109 billion will be carved from defense and domestic programs. Read more

Gay couples in Maine poised for first weddings


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Same-sex couples are poised to get legally married in Maine for the first time shortly after midnight. A handful of city and town halls are preparing for special hours when Maine's same-sex marriage law takes effect early Saturday. Portland City Hall will open at midnight to provide licenses. So will a neighboring town, Falmouth. Others including Bangor, Brunswick and Augusta will open later with special Saturday hours to issue marriage licenses. Portland will have notaries for those who want marry immediately. Voters approved gay marriage in November, making Maine and two other states the first to do so by popular vote. The law is already in effect in Washington state; Maryland's takes effect Tuesday.


 

New CA law eases sperm donor testing rules


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California law aimed at making it faster and less expensive for women to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1. Crafted with women who are single or in same-sex relationships in mind, the new law creates an exemption from federal rules requiring donated sperm either to be quarantined for six months or the man providing it to undergo repeated testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The California regulations would allow women who already have tried artificial insemination with an acquaintance's sperm at home to waive the requirements in a clinic, just as women who are inseminated with sperm from their sexual partners can. University of California fertility specialist Mitchell Rosen tells the San Francisco Chronicle the new law will level the family planning playing field for same-sex couples.

Health of George H.W. Bush 'improving'


HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush remains in intensive care at a Houston hospital, but he's improving. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Friday that the 88-year-old former president is continuing to improve. He says Bush is "alert and, as always, in good spirits." McGrath says Bush's conversations with doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital now include singing. He says physicians remain "cautiously optimistic that the current course of treatment will be effective." Bush has been hospitalized since Nov. 23. He was moved into intensive care on Sunday for treatment of a fever following a bronchitis-related cough.


 

CA law closes urine test 'loophole'


Drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs will no longer be allowed to request a urine test. That's the results of a rewrite of a California law. They must instead take a blood test if asked. The new law closes what officials say is a legal loophole: Some drugged-driving arrestees demand a urine test, then argue in court that the urine test is unreliable.Prosecutors say blood tests are better at determining if drugs are in a person's system.

Sierra Nevada ski patrol team member dies following avalanche


TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A member of a Sierra Nevada ski resort's patrol team who was injured after being caught in an avalanche has died. Alpine Meadows said yesterday that 53-year-old Bill Foster died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where he was taken after the avalanche a day earlier on the resort near Lake Tahoe. Foster was buried in a slide that had been intentionally set with an explosive device by a senior member of the ski patrol team. The team was doing avalanche control.

Chico man is rescued following five nights in snow


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a hiker rescued after being stranded in the snow for days in the Northern California wilderness would not have survived if he hadn't found a cabin and broken into it. The Chico Enterprise Record reports that 27-year-old Robert Marmon was spotted by a Butte County sheriff's helicopter Monday afternoon near Philbrook Reservoir in the Lassen National Forest. He was secured to a rope and lifted out. The Chico resident set off for a hike on Wednesday before getting caught in the snow. He told the Enterprise Record he spent three nights in his tent before finding the cabin on Saturday.

Police chase parolee through Mt. Shasta Mall


A parolee from Biggs is arrested in Redding following a chase through the Mt. Shasta Mall. Police say they tried to pull over 46-year old Joseph Mattos in the Sears parking lot Sunday. He allegedly took off, hitting another vehicle and injuring the driver. Mattos then fled on foot, entered JC Penny and stole a jacket to disguise himself. Police say citizens helped track Mattos to the Red Robin parking lot where police used batons and a taser to arrest him. Mattos faces several charges including drug possession.

NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Every School


WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

 

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

 

The group's top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that, quote, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

 

 

California Jobless Rate Drops below 10 Percent


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's jobless rate has dipped below 10 percent for the first time since the recession began, signaling that California's economy may have finally turned the corner.

 

November's 9.8 percent unemployment rate reported Friday by the Employment Development Department is down from 10.1 percent in October.

 

It marks the first time in nearly four years that the rate dropped into single digits. The last time was in January 2009, when the rate was 9.7 percent.

 

Leading economists had predicted that the unemployment rate would remain in double digits through 2013.

 

Still, nearly 400,000 Californians face the loss of unemployment benefits next month if no deal is reached to address the so-called fiscal cliff. Business and government officials have warned that fallout could halt California's recovery.

 

Bells Ring in Newtown to mark 1 Week since Deadly Shooting


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town where the crackle of gunfire was heard a week ago has been filled with the sound of bells chiming this morning.

 

Church bells were rung 26 times -- once for each of the teachers and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.

Similar commemorations took place throughout the country. The White House says president Barack Obama privately observed a moment of silence.

 

Outside the town hall in Newtown, traffic stopped as bells rang out to honor the dead. Firefighters bowed their heads around a memorial filled with teddy bears, other stuffed animals and a New York Giants pillow.

 

One woman who says she knew seven of the victims says when she heard the bells -- in her words -- "it just melted my soul." Another woman, who came from a neighboring town, said, "Everybody wants to do something." She says the shooting "shook that false sense of security that we had."

Oroville Woman Injured in Yuba-Sutter Collision


An Oroville woman suffered major injuries in a two vehicle wreck in the Yuba-Sutter area Wednesday.  The CHP says 68 year old Linda Hemsley was one of five people hurt in the crash.  Officers say a Marysville driver swerved to avoid a stopped vehicle on Highway 113, over-corrected, and hit a car with two Oroville residents.   Hemsley suffered fractured ribs.

Butte County Murder Suspect Commits Suicide in Missouri


A Stockton man wanted in connection with a Yankee Hill murder has reportedly committed suicide in Missouri. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says Paul Moreno was a suspect in the fatal shooting of David Groves Jr.  His body was found in a grave on Lower Gulch Road in August.  The Sheriff's Office says Moreno had left California to avoid capture.  He reportedly committed suicide in November.  Deputies say they're still investigating those involved with Moreno before and after the killing.

Early Morning Blaze Damages Old Chico Motel


An early morning fire damaged an old Chico motel early this morning.  Officials say the blaze at the abandoned Regal Inn on the Esplanade was reported just before 12:30 this morning...with the fire controlled about an hour later.   At last report, the cause of the fire was under investigation.
 

60 Cars Involved in Norcal Pile Up on I5


YREKA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say Interstate 5 in far Northern California was closed Tuesday night after a crash involving about 60 vehicles.  The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says 8 people suffered minor to moderate injuries in a series of crashes in Siskiyou County that started around 6:30 p.m. and stretched for nearly a mile along the northbound side of the freeway.

 

Three Robbery Victims Hit with Pepper Spray in Chico


Chico Police say three victims of a robbery were apparently pepper-sprayed Tuesday.   Police say 2 women and 2 men confronted the three at the McDonald's parking lot on Connors Avenue, allegedly knocked down one of the victims, and stole a purse.  The suspects pepper sprayed the victims, including a ten year old girl, then fled.  Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Chico Police.
   

Several CA Lawmakers Call for New Gun Control Laws


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several California lawmakers are reacting to the mass shooting a Connecticut elementary school by calling for new laws that they say are aimed at increasing safety, either through gun control or improved security at public schools.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced federal legislation that would ban new assault weapons, as well as magazines, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets.

State Sen. Leland Yee says he will introduce a bill to close what he calls a loophole in the state's ban on assault weapons and is considering changes to state gun laws on everything from background checks to storage regulations.

Sen. Kevin de Leon said his proposal would increase the restrictions on purchasing ammunition by requiring buyers to get a permit, undergo a background check and pay a fee.

And state Sen. Ted Lieu announced plans to re-introduce legislation aimed at requiring schools to be better prepared for emergency situations such as a gunman on the loose.

Chico City Leaders to Address How to Help the Homeless


The city of Chico's homeless issue is before the City Council tonight. Councilwoman Ann Schwab wants the city to take the lead role among various groups to help solve the issue. She ways the issue repeatedly came up before the November elections. Schwab says many groups are addressing the problem, but she wants the City to take the lead in coordinating these various groups and not only identifying the problem but finding a solution.  
 

Off Duty Officer Stops Attempted Robbery in Oroville


An off duty police officer reportedly stopped an attempted robbery at an Oroville credit union Monday.  48 year old Alexander Sears is accused of attempted bank robbery at the Sierra Central Credit Union on Oro Dam Boulevard.    Police tell the Mercury-Register newspaper that the off duty officer heard the suspect allegedly say it was a robbery and demand money.  The officer took Sears to the ground and held him for police.

Suspicious Suitcase Prompts Chico Evacuation; Police Wait for Bomb Squad


    Chico Police investigating a suspicious suitcase this
morning that prompted several evacuations.  Officials say
they're waiting for the local bomb squad to arrive to investigate
the package left outside the social security administration building
around E. Lassen Avenue and Ridgewood.



    Chico Police Sergeant Rob Merrifield says the building and
nearby businesses were evacuated.  Officers have also shut down the
streets surrounding that social security office.
 

Chico Police Chief Details Relationship Between Officers and CUSD Following Connecticut Tragedy


    The Chico Police Chief says Connecticut families have experienced
a shocking nightmare following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook
Elementary School.  
    In a statement, Chief Kirk Trostle says as a community, we must focus
on prevention through awareness of danger signs and behavioral warnings,
along with continued training of school staff and law enforcement.
    The Chief says the local police department has a long standing
partnership with Chico Unified...and the two share a goal of protecting
children.
    The Police Department says its involved in planning and updating the
school district's incident response team protocols, holds an active
shooter response training, and participates in CUSD drills.

Health Advocates for the Poor Concerned About CA Cuts to Medi-Cal


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health providers and advocates for the poor say they are worried that California's cuts to Medi-Cal will hamper the state's ability to expand and improve medical care under federal health reform.

A federal appeals court this week backed California's right to cut payments by 10 percent, saving the state more than $330 million a year. An attorney representing a group of pharmacies said they would appeal next week.

Doctors, pharmacies and advocates for the poor say health providers could stop participating in the insurance program for the poor and disabled because the state's payments are already low.

Medi-Cal, the state's version of Medicaid, pays $24 for a 15-minute visit to the doctor's office. Medicare pays roughly $70.

Some Democratic lawmakers want the state to rescind the cuts approved last year.

Crash Kills San Mateo Man in Glenn County


    Authorities have identified the victim of a deadly
weekend crash in Glenn County as a San Mateo man.
    The CHP says 27 year old Justin Prudhel was
driving Saturday on County Road Z and lost control on a
turn.
    He hit a pole and dirt embankment.  
  

CPD Makes More than a Dozen Alcohol Arrests in 2 Days


    Chico Police making 15 alcohol related arrests within a 48 hour
period.
    The local Police Department says those arrests between Friday and
Sunday show the continued alcohol related problems within the community.
    Five incidents involved driving under the influence, with one hit and
run collision.
    The other 10 arrests were for public intoxication.

Police Search for Missing Red Bluff Man


    Red Bluff Police searching for a missing 55 year old man.
    The Police Department says Robert Folsom was reported
missing Sunday by his son, who reportedly found his father's
vehicle at a local restaurant and the man's dog, but not his father
this weekend.
    Officers searched the area on foot but did not locate Folsom.
Police say he suffers from a medical condition and is in need of
medication.
    
  

Stabbing Suspect Arrested in Chico


    A Chico man wanted in connection with a stabbing last week
has been arrested.
    43 year old Jonathan Lehmann was arrested Friday in the
California Park area on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
    Police say he's a suspect in a double stabbing on E. Lassen
Avenue last week and was the focus of a two hour standoff, but
Lehmann was not at home at the time.

Newtown forever scarred by unthinkable terror


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — First, he killed his mother. Nancy Lanza's body was found later at their home on Yogananda Street in Newtown — after the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School; after a quiet New England town was scarred forever by unthinkable tragedy; after a nation seemingly inured to violence found itself stunned by the slaughter of innocents. Nobody knows why 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his mother, why he then took her guns to the school and murdered 20 children and six adults. But on Friday he drove his mother's car through this 300-year-old town with its fine old churches and towering trees and arrived at a school full of the season's joy. Somehow, he got past a security door to a place where children should have been safe from harm. Theodore Varga and other fourth-grade teachers were meeting; the glow remained from the previous night's fourth-grade concert. "It was a lovely day," Varga said. "Everybody was joyful and cheerful. We were ending the week on a high note." And then, suddenly and unfathomably, gunshots rang out. "I can't even remember how many," he said. The fourth-graders, the oldest children in the school, were in specialty classes like gym and music. There was no lock on the meeting room door, so the teachers had to think about how to escape, knowing that their students were with other teachers. Someone turned the loudspeaker on, so everyone could hear what was happening in the office. "You could hear the hysteria that was going on," Varga said. "Whoever did that saved a lot of people. Everyone in the school was listening to the terror that was transpiring." Continue reading

 

Parent says Child Heard Big Bangs During Shooting at Elementary School


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old girl who goes to a Connecticut elementary school says his daughter heard two big bangs there this morning, and teachers then told her to get in a corner.

Stephen Delgiadice says his daughter is fine -- but students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown were visibly shaken after a shooting at the school today left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded.

A person with knowledge of the shooting says the shooter, who apparently had two guns, was killed. It's not clear how many people were injured. An ambulance dispatcher says a teacher was shot in the foot and taken to Danbury hospital.

Delgiadice says the shooting was "alarming" -- especially in a community that he always considered "the safest place in America."

A photo posted by the Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of children -- some crying, others visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, with their hands on each other's shoulders.

Local Atheist Billboard Vandalized


Local atheist billboards have been defaced. The Billboards originally read "Don't believe in God? Join the club." But somebody covered the "Don't" on the billboard to make it read "Believe in God? Join the club." Butte County Coalition of Reason coordinator George Gold told the E-R quote- "The vandalism of one of our signs clearly demonstrates the hypocrisy of the religionists that they claim to love everyone." No word on how much it will cost to undo the vandalism.

 

Fewer Prison Inmates in CA Leads to Layoff Notices


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal receiver who controls health care in California prisons is issuing layoff notices to more than 2,200 employees as inmate crowding eases.

The notices announced Wednesday come as receiver J. Clark Kelso begins returning control to state officials.

Spokeswoman Liz Gransee says the goal is to reduce the medical staff by more than 800 positions by spring.

Fewer employees are needed because the prison population is declining under a year-old law that is sending less serious offenders to local jails instead of state prisons to cut crowding and reduce prison spending.

Though layoff notices are going out to job classifications from doctor to clerks, it's not clear how many will actually lose their jobs.

Longer-term employees can claim seniority over junior employees, or seek jobs elsewhere in state government.

Man Arrested in Oroville Stabbing


    An Oroville man is facing an assault charge following
a stabbing in Butte County.
    The local Sheriff's Office says the stabbing was reported
Tuesday afternoon on Wyandotte Avenue.
    Authorities say 21 year old Edward Silvera allegedly stabbed
the victim during a fight.  The victim suffered a puncture wound
to his arm.
    Silvera was booked into the county jail for assault with a
deadly weapon.

Complaints Help CA Auditor Identify Problems with State Employees


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Whistleblower complaints have helped California's auditor identify state employees who engaged in bribery, mail fraud and unjustified overtime and travel expenses.

In a report released Tuesday, State Auditor Elaine Howle says one scheme cost two state agencies more than $227,000 after employees of the Franchise Tax Board and secretary of state's office accepted bribes from a courier for providing documents.

Howle's office says it received more than 7,000 reports of illegal, wasteful and inefficient activity between April 2011 and June 2012.

The auditor also found that a state Department of Education employee posted nearly 5,000 comments on The Sacramento Bee's website from work.

And a former state employee falsified records so her friends could collect $93,000 in fraudulent unemployment payments.

Man Charged with Manslaughter in Yuba County Beating Death


A man accused of beating another man to death with a tree branch in Yuba County has been charged with manslaughter.   The Appeal-Democrat newspaper reports David Osbourn has pleaded not guilty in court.   He reportedly intervened during an argument between Stephen Gilbert and the man's girlfriend in October and allegedly beat Gilbert with a tree branch. The man later died.   Osbourn remains in custody at the Yuba County jail.
 

Man Beaten and Robbed in Chico


A 30 year old man beaten and robbed in north Chico Tuesday night.   The victim told police he was walking on East Avenue when a car stopped nearby...the driver demanded the victim's wallet and cell phone and allegedly cut him with a knife.  The suspect reportedly punched and kicked the man before taking off with the victim's property.  He's  described as a white man in his 30s.
 

Senior Housing Project Goes Before Butte County Supervisors


Plans for a senior citizen housing project near Durham go before Butte Supervisors today. The 141 unit project has already been denied by the county Planning Commission, but the Board can also ask for more information in an environmental review. Pete Calarco is with Butte County Development Services and says the envirnonmental review gives the developer another chance to pursue the project. The Durham Villas Project raised considerable objections that it was incompatible with adjacent ag lands and also had a negative effect on water and traffic safety.
 

Man Accused of Butte County Double Murder Ordered Held for Trial


A man charged with killing two people at a Butte County pot grow has been held for trial.  21 year old Joel Espinosa is facing two counts of murder following the fatal shooting of two men in Magalia last June. The Chico ER reports the man's defense attorney says Espinosa acted in self-defense.  A trial date could be set later this month.
    
    
 

A Dozen Billboards Go Up in Chico; Group says it Wants Non-Religious to Know They Aren't Alone


A dozen billboards have recently gone up in Chico, marking the formal launch of a coalition of atheist and agnostic groups. The billboards read "Don't Believe in God? Join the Club."  The local coordinator of the new Butte County Coalition of Reason said in a statement that its time they were "equally free to be open" about their views.  The group says the billboards are part of a nationwide awareness campaign designed to let non-religious people know "they aren't alone."
 

Wanted Parolee Stabbed in Chico, Then Arrested


Chico Police say a wanted parolee has been arrested after being treated for a stab wound.  The Police Department says it went to a local emergency oom Friday and found 25 year old Joshua Pennock being treated for a stab wound to the back.  Officers say Pennock was attacked on Humboldt Road...at last report, investigators were still looking for an unidentified suspect in the assault.   Police say the parolee was medically cleared and arrested.

CSUC Student Injured in Weekend Accident


A Butte College student arrested following a major injury accident in Chico early Saturday morning.  Chico Police say 20 year old Matthew Lambert was arrested for misdemeanor DUI after allegedly hitting a 21 year old Chico State student with a truck on Walnut Street.   Police say Brandon Fisher was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  Officers say at this point in the investigation, it appears Fisher walked into the roadway in front of the pick up.

CPD Officer Spots Mangrove Fire; Helps Evacuate 5 People


A police officer on patrol spotted smoke coming from the roof of a Chico business and helped evacuate five people early Saturday morning.  Chico Police say the fire happened at Madame Ruby's on Mangrove Avenue.  Police say the roof and attic appeared on fire and the five people inside the building were unaware of the blaze.  No injuries were reported.   Police say fire crews extinguished the fire...the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Ridge Man Arrested for Allegedly Possessing Dry Ice Bombs


    One man arrested in Paradise after several dry ice bombs
exploded Thursday night.
    Officers were called to a Jewell Road neighborhood for what
apparently sounded like a gunshot.  Officers set up a perimeter
and spent an hour trying to make contact with the residents.
    Police say 43 year old Everette Crownover walked out of the
home and said the gunshots were actually dry ice bombs.
    He's accused of possession of an explosive device and child
endangerment.
    Police say they located 3 exploded devices and two unexploded
dry ice bombs on the property.

Woman Recants Trapped in Attic Story; Butte Prosecutors Plan to Pursue Charges


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California say they plan to pursue charges against a 29-year-old man accused of holding his ex-wife hostage in his attic — even though the woman has recanted the story. Lawson Rankin of Oroville was arrested this week after deputies found his ex-wife trapped behind a wall in the attic of his house. At the time she told deputies that she had been held captive there for two weeks and was repeatedly beaten and raped by Rankin, but she has since said she wasn't held against her will and she doesn't want to testify.
 

Man Stabbed Outside of Chico Apartment


A 31 year old man says he was attacked by four people
and stabbed outside of a Chico apartment.
    That assault happened just before 2 this morning on
Rancheria Drive.
    The victim told police he was outside smoking a cigarette
when an SUV pulled up beside him, four men jumped out,
attacked him, then fled.
    The victim suffered two non-life threatening stab wounds.
    
 

Shasta County Authorities Release Details of CHP Shooting


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released more information about a shooting involving California Highway Patrol officers and a man police say was a wanted felon who led the officers on a high-speed chase in rural Shasta County. Sheriff's Detective Sergeant Steve Grashoff says the trouble started when a CHP officer tried to pull over a pickup truck driven by 49-year-old William Kinyon in rural Cottonwood around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Grashoff says Kinyon led the officer on a chase, with gunfire being exchanged between between Kinyon and the officer. During the pursuit, Kinyon slowed the pickup truck down and two women riding in the vehicle jumped out. Authorities say when Kinyon later jumped out, shots were exchanged between him, the first officer and a second CHP officer who had arrived to help out. Kinyon was hospitalized after being hit by gunfire. His condition was not known.

California Fire Fee Made Permanent


A state board has made a highly criticized rural fire fee in California permanent. The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection approved the State Responsibility Area fee this week during a Sacramento hearing.  More than 800 thousand Californians living in rural communities began receiving bills for the $150 fee in August to cover fire prevention services. Critics have called the fee an illegal tax.

Woman Reportedly Held Against Her Will in Oroville Attic


Butte County authorities say an Oroville man allegedly held a woman in an attic for two weeks and sexually assaulted her. The Sheriff's Office says deputies found the victim Monday during a welfare check at a home on Lincoln Boulevard. The woman said she was sexually assaulted repeatedly. 29 year old Lawson Rankin was arrested on charges including torture, false imprisonment, and rape.

Chico Mayor Praises Outgoing Councilmembers


Outgoing Chico City Councilmembers receiving recognition Tuesday night.   The city council said goodbye to Bob

Evans, Jim Walker, and Andy Holcombe, with Mayor Ann Schwab praising their contribution to city government.   

 

 

Chico also has a new mayor and vice mayor.    Mary Goloff was named Mayor, with Scott Gruendl appointed Vice Mayor during Tuesday's meeting.
 

Gridley Farmer Charged in Fatal Hit and Run


Felony hit and run charges have been filed against a Gridley farmer in the death of a Durham man last month. The District Attorney's office has charged 71 year old Anton "Tony" Mardesich with the November 14th kiling of Rick Magee. The 61 year old Magee was reportedly on his bicycle on the Midway when he was struck and thrown to the pavement, causing massive head trauma and leading to his death. D.A. Mike Ramsey says Mardesich brought his SUV in for repairs, and when several things didn't add up authorites were notified.




Ramsey adds Mardesich is expected to plead guilty today to felony hit and run causing death and insurance fraud.

Man Stabbed Near Chico High School


A Chico man stabbed in the back while walking near Chico High School. The local Police Department says the 26 year old victim was reportedly attacked by two men Tuesday night around West Sacramento Avenue.  The victim suffered a non-life threatening injury.  He told investigators he didn't know why he was attacked, wasn't familiar with the two suspects, and nothing was taken during the stabbing.
  

Next Norcal Storm Not Expected to be as Damaging


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California residents recovering from a series of wet, windy storms won't get much of a break. The National Weather Service says another significant system is expected to hit parts of the region today, with rain continuing into the following day. National Weather Service meteorologist Marty Rausch says as much as 5 more inches of rain could fall before the storm moves out. The National Weather Service says the rain could be especially heavy at times in areas north of Redding and across the Sierra. Still, it will be nothing like the downpours that left between 15 to 20 inches of rain in some of those areas over the five-day period that ended Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, the weekend storm could have been a lot more destructive. So says P.G. & E's Paul Moreno, who says the utility company learned a lot from the past experiences. He says the worst is behind us. He does caution however that people should watch for ground saturation in this next storm, which can topple trees.
 

Man Accused of Trying to Stab Girlfriend in Red Bluff


Red Bluff Police say a neighbor hit a 62 year old man with a small table to stop an alleged knife attack.  Police say David Crannell argued with his girlfriend Sunday and allegedly tried to stab her.  The victim yelled for help while struggling with Crannell for the knife.  Police say a neighbor struck Crannell with a table and restrained him until officers arrived.   The victim suffered minor injuries in the assault.
    
 

Murder Trial Continues in Butte County


A man accused of killing his roommate in Butte County has taken the stand in his own defense.  65 year old John Halsema is charged with fatally shooting Craig Davies in January at a Nelson Bar Road home.  The Oroville Mercury Register reports Halsema testified the shooting was an accident.

New Faces Join Chico City Council this Week


Four newly elected Chico City Councilmembers take their place Tuesday night on the Chico City Council. The four who won in the most recent election are incumbent Ann Schwab, Tami Ritter, Sean Morgan, and 4th place finisher Randall Stone. The swearing in will be preceded by a resolution making the election results official and then the new council will select this year's Mayor and Vice Mayor.

State Lawmakers Begin their New 2 Year Session


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers officially begin their next two-year session with the Legislature reshaped by the November election. Voters gave Democrats two-thirds majorities in the Assembly and Senate, enough to raise taxes if they choose without Republican support. They also approved Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, which will bring in about $6 billion a year. Today's events will be mostly ceremonial before the Legislature adjourns for the holidays, though some bills will be introduced.

1500 Butte County Customers without Power After the Latest Storm


Utility crews are working to restore power in Butte County and other parts of the North Valley following the latest round of heavy wind and rain to hit the area.  PG and E spokesman JD Guidi tells KPAY about 3700 customers are in the dark...about 1500 of those are in Butte County.   He adds the utility called in help from crews in other cities to help with repairs. Guidi says he expects most of the customers to have their power restored today.

Also in storm news...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds, but officials say damage from the storm was less than expected.

The latest storm system - the third to hit the area in less than a week - moved across the region late Saturday and early Sunday. Officials say it dropped as much as an inch of rain per hour in some areas, toppling trees and knocking down power lines.

Rivers across Northern California swelled from the deluge, but didn't flood as extensively as had been expected.
 

River Flood Warning, possible thunderstorms


The end edge of the current frontal system has passed and skies are clearing, but sunshine may produce convection thunderstorms this afternoon. A River Flood Warning has been issued by NWS. Areas that have traditionally been the first to flood in the past will do so again.

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS IN...
SHASTA COUNTY ... TEHAMA COUNTY... GLENN COUNTY... LAKE COUNTY... BUTTE COUNTY... WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY... COLUSA COUNTY... SUTTER COUNTY... YUBA COUNTY... WESTERN SIERRA COUNTY... WESTERN NEVADA COUNTY... PLACER COUNTY... YOLO COUNTY...

* UNTIL 1000 AM PST MONDAY

* ABUNDANT RAINFALL FROM THE LAST SEVERAL STORMS HAS SATURATED SOILS AND CAUSED EXCESSIVE RUNOFF INTO WATERWAYS. SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON BUT MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO END BY TONIGHT. HOWEVER ADDITIONAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN THE VICINITY OF CREEKS...STREAMS...AND RIVERS AS WATER LEVELS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE INTO MONDAY.

Storm continues


The storm continues to bring gusty strong winds and heavy rain. At 3:09 AM Sunday morning, a wind gust of 44mph was recorded at the KPAY Weather Center. This was accompanied by heavy rainfall.  Currently there are several weather advisories in effect:

 

The storm should abate by mid day. Here's the forecast for Butte County valley floor:

  • Today Showers. High near 59. Windy, with a south wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 14 to 19 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southeast wind around 7 mph.
  • Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind.
  • Monday Night A 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. East southeast wind around 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tuesday Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 56. South southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

 

See the KPAY Weather Center for up to the minute info.

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