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Two small spot fires were reported near a bike path that runs along the Skyway just before 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. One fire was started the area of Elliott Road and Paradise Community Park and the other was started between Neal and Foster. Witnesses told police that a teenage girl was allegedly seen leaving the area and that they saw smoke afterwords. Officers found a girl that matched the suspect's description near Foster Road. She reportedly took off but officers were able to catch her. She was arrested and charged with arson.  

 

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The State Water Board says a report about lead in drinking water at some Northstate businesses is incorrect. A recent report released by the Environmental Protection Agency stated that lead was found at various businesses and schools in Butte and Glenn Counties. The State Water Board however, claims that report was inaccurate. According to the water board, it was a data entry error. Officials say that lead isn't typically a problem because the water here is hard and doesn't usually corrode pipes.       

 

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The blaze started at the Walnut Shell Processing facility on Grange Road. According to Cal Fire the building was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived. The building and a nearby trailer were reportedly destroyed in the fire. Cal Fire officials say that walnut shells are highly combustible making it hard to put out the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

 

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25-year-old Cesar Macedo reportedly holed himself up in a residence on Toomes Avenue in Corning on Tuesday. He's suspected of stealing several firearms from that home earlier this month. He was reportedly seen running outside and then went back into the house. Police tried to negotiate with him and when he finally came out again shots were exchanged. Authorities used a taser to subdue him but then more shots were fired, injuring him, as well as an officer and a K9. Macedo will be charged with several felonies, including attempted murder of a police officer.

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Here's one you haven't heard for a few years--Lake Oroville is almost full. Recent Rains have pushed the lake to 11 feet from the top. The latest word from the State Department of Water Resources is the lake is now at 889 feet. That's good news for water supply AND boaters, who haven't seen this for some time. There is one downside, though--logs that used to be in the mud are now in the water, posing some risk for those on the lake. 

 

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Chico Firefighters got put through their paces Monday in Upper Bidwell Park. Division Chief Jessie Alexander says it amounts to wildland fire refresher training.

 

 

Those four exercises include how to lay attacking fire hose, the entering of a structure and deployment of personnel into a burning structure and a mobile attachment exercise for laying fire hose during extreme fire conditions. Alexander expects it takes about 2 hours per company and will go on into next month.

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 Over 7 hundred million dollars in cuts have been made to California road building plans. The California Transportation Commission has however recommended that a project to add passing lanes between Ophir Road and Palermo Road on Highway 70 south of Oroville be kept a part of the State Transportation Improvement Program. The replacement of a bridge over Butte Creek has also been kept alive. However, two additional passing lanes on Highway 70 have been dropped from the plan.   

 

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Local voters who want to hear  from candidates running for public office are invited to several forums this week and next.

 

On Wednesday voters can hear incumbent Supervisor Steve Lambert square off against challenger Mark Jensen at 6:30pm at the Gridley Library.

 

On Thursday incumbent Supervisor Bill Connelly faces challengers JR Stoker and Thomas Warner at the Centennial Cultural Center at 6:30pm in Oroville. 

 

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the various challengers for Congress will be at the Harlan Adams Theater at Chico State at 6:30pm. Incumbent Doug LaMalfa has reportedly declined to attend the forum.

 

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 In the days after his death last week, many fans may have had a hard time finding Prince's music online,. There's a reason for that. Prince may have been an innovator when it came to music, but when it came to technology, he was pretty old school. It seems he maintained an unusual degree of control over his music. He was his own publisher, negotiations were not through lawyers but directly with him, and he refused to release his music to Spotify, Alphabet or Google's You Tube. And with no obvious heirs it's anyone's guess whether anyone will soften any of the hard positions taken by the pop star over issues like digital rights to his music. Oh, and Prince said he didn't own an iPhone and considered the Internet a passing fad.

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Butte Supervisors may weigh in Tuesday on the long running Sites Reservoir Project. The issue is whether the Board wants to side with the project in a letter to the State Water Commission. County Administrator Paul Hahn says Supervisors will look at the pros and cons and see where Butte fits in the project.

 

 

The County Water Commission is urging the Supervisors support Proposition 1 funding for the project. “Sites” is a large reservoir planned for a valley near the town of Maxwell in nearby Colusa County. 

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CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A Lake County Sheriff's deputy has died after being swept into the ocean along the Mendocino Coast earlier this week.

 

Deputy Jacob Steely was pronounced brain dead at Enloe Hospital in Chico on Thursday after several days in critical condition in the intensive care unit. He and his 11-year-old son were both swept into the water by a rogue wave. The son was rescued, treated and released from an area hospital.

 

Mendocino volunteer firefighters received a call Monday that two people had fallen into the ocean in a rocky area near Mendocino Point. There is no beach and there was no way for them to get out of the water on their own.

 

The deputy had been floating face down in the water for about 10 or 15 minutes before rescuers reached him.

 

 

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A Lake County Sheriff's deputy has died after being swept into the ocean along the Mendocino Coast earlier this week.

Deputy Jacob Steely was pronounced brain dead at Enloe Hospital in Chico on Thursday after several days in critical condition in the intensive care unit. He and his 11-year-old son were both swept into the water by a rogue wave. The son was rescued, treated and released from an area hospital.

Mendocino volunteer firefighters received a call Monday that two people had fallen into the ocean in a rocky area near Mendocino Point. There is no beach and there was no way for them to get out of the water on their own.

The deputy had been floating face down in the water for about 10 or 15 minutes before rescuers reached him.

His organs will be donated later this week.

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Eleanor Bessin of Florida is 101, but she'll get another shot at attending prom. Seems she went to prom way back in the day with the man she was going to marry. But he had to go serve in World War 2 and when he got back he got cancer and died. But now, students at Terra High School are setting up a dance for 75 seniors at Palace Nursing and Rehab, the nursing home where Bessin now lives. Nursing Staff will reportedly vote for a prom king and queen for the Thursday event. One resident who's 86 says she was never invited to her high school prom but will now get the chance to attend. 

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 A measure to crack down on drivers under the influence of drugs took a step forward this week. State Senator Bob Huff's measure SB 1462 was passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee and now moves onto votes in both houses of the Legislature. One speaker in support of the bill was Gail Randall, whose 21-year-old son Harrison died after being hit by a drugged driver in Carmichael.

 

 

 

 

SB 1462 would allow law enforcement to use oral swab roadside tests to detect drugged drivers when there's probable cause to believe a driver has already failed other sobriety tests.

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19-year-old Ben Megarry of Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland has been charged with making 23 hoax threats at various U.S. schools, airports, and other locations in 2012. BBC News reported Wednesday that Megarry pleaded guilty to 14 of those charges.

 

On April 1st of 2012 Chico Police received phone call about a bomb at Chico High School. Police say this was days after a gun threat was called into the high school. During that incident the school was put on lockdown for 3 hours. In 2013 The Chico Police Department was contacted by police from Northern Ireland requesting evidence into those gun threats.   

 

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 30-year-old Joshua Helgeson was discovered missing around 5:30 Thursday morning. The Jail was put on lockdown while deputies looked for him. Authorities learned that Helgeson had left the prison and allegedly got access to a vehicle. Officers reported seeing him driving in Alturas and attempted to pull him over. Helgeson reportedly took off and lead the officers on a chase with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. He allegedly went back into Modoc County where he exited the car and fled on foot, but officers were able to nab him.  

 

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65-year-old Richard Wilson was sentenced Thursday to 12 years and eight months in state prison.

In January of 2015 Wilson had been driving his vehicle westbound in the eastbound lanes on the Skyway near Paradise when he collided head-on with another vehicle. A woman from Chico was killed and a man from Paradise was severely injured in the collision.

 

According to the Butte County DA's Office, Wilson had been convicted of DUI seven times prior to the incident and had been driving on a suspended license at the time of the collision.   

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A Las Plumas High Teacher is back in court June 15th on charges of having sexual relations with two students. 33-year-old Lindsay Himmelspach reportedly pled guilty Wednesday to two counts of statutory rape after charged with having inappropriate relations with at least two male students. One was from Las Plumas High and the other from Prospect High. She could face up to 3 years and 8 months in state prison for the charges. 

 

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Chico City Council member Randall Stone notified City Manager Mark Orme on Tuesday of his decision to rescind his vote for installing two roundabouts on The Esplanade. The council voted 4 to 3, last week, for the roundabouts and other changes to the street however this brought about public outcry against the idea of roundabouts. At Tuesday night's meeting the council voted unanimously to reconsider the decision at a future meeting.    

 

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The council reviewed the 2016-2017 budget at Tuesday night's meeting. Proposals include one for the transfer 4 million dollars from the general fund to the airport, city facilities, and private development. According to the draft budget, the city will have a growth of almost 3 percent for next year.    

 

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Sherry Atkinson of Red Bluff was found guilty of felony child abuse and will be spending the next six years in prison.

 

In February of 2015 Atkinson called authorities and said she couldn't find her 14-month-old daughter. When police arrived they found her daughter dead under a pile of clothes, and Atkinson’s in deplorable condition. A coroner’s report showed that the infant suffered from neglect and died from suffocation from being under the pile of clothes.

 

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Some Chico residents are not happy after a plan was approved by the city council that would make changes to The Esplanade. The council voted 4 to 3 to have two roundabouts placed at Memorial Way and First Avenue intersections. Some residents believe that the roundabouts will destroy the historical nature of the street. A group called 'Save the Esplanade' is collecting voter signatures for a referendum. If there are at least 45 hundred registered voter signatures within 30 days the referendum can be verified and the council can either act to overturn their decision or let citizens vote on the plan.   

 

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Authorities came out the 24 hundred block of D Street after a report of a drive by shooting around 6:30 am Sunday. Witnesses reported that one of the shots struck a house. Three people were reportedly inside the home but no one was harmed. A white Volkswagen Jetta was allegedly seen in the area during the shooting. That Jetta was found at a residence on Oro Bangor Highway. A 16-year-old was reportedly found in the car and was taken into custody. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Antonio Rodriguez came out of the residence and was arrested. Deputies searched the house and allegedly found a handgun and keys to the car.

 

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 The meeting will take place in room 220 of the Bell Memorial Union on the Chico State campus from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Wednesday. Topics will include Chico PD's 2015 Annual Report and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chico Police Department and CSUC's Police Department. Input from Citizens and neighbors are encouraged. 

 

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Officers arrived at City Lot 1 in the area of Wall Street and East 2nd Street around 1:30 am Sunday and found a man who had allegedly been stabbed multiple times. The victim suffered serious injuries and could not speak with police. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital where he is now listed in stable condition. According to police, no witnesses could be found and the motive behind the stabbing remains unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.  

 

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The county spends almost 18 million dollars a year on fire protection, but its General Fund is only about 17 million. So it's asking residents to take an online survey to weigh in on what they'd like to see. The county's contract with Cal Fire has been a financial problem for years, but now something must be done. County Administrator Paul Hahn says the county is looking at several options.

 

 

He says plans are to continue the contract with Cal Fire for another year, but after that the county must make a change. One of the main problems is the county has no say in cost increases that come from the state. The online survey takes about 5 minutes and is available through buttecounty.net.

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Willows firefighters were called out to a brush fire reportedly caused by an explosive device on County Road 53 Thursday afternoon. Investigators found evidence that lead them to East Ash Street in Willows on Friday where they served a search warrant and found several items that were sent to a crime lab. The resident, 33-year-old Curtis Wooldridge was arrested for multiple charges related to the manufacturing and transportation of explosive devices. 

 

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Butte County Officials have received notice from the California Department of State Hospitals that they are seeking to house Fraisure Smith in Chico. Smith has been convicted as a sexually violent predator that had been committed to a hospital in Solano County Smith couldn't be place into a residence in Solano County due to public outcry.

 

Sheriff Kory Honea and Butte County DA Mike Ramsey will attend a hearing in Solano County in May to make their objection to the placement of Smith in Butte County.  

 

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Police are searching for the suspects of a drive by shooting that took place in South Oroville late Wednesday night. Witnesses say an unknown person in a white SUV fired shots into Piggs Liquor on the 3000 block of Myers Street around 10pm. The intended targets of the shots were believed to be three people walking outside the store. One victim was taken to Oroville Hospital with minor injuries, while another was believed to have suffered injuries but has not been located. Anyone with information is urged to call the Oroville Police Department.

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The deputies went to Moonlight Court near the Chico Airport around 11:30 am Thursday while following up on a stolen vehicle case from the day before when they spotted a stolen Toyota truck parked at a residence. The deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence where they reportedly found and detained 42-year-old Derek King. Deputies searched the residence and allegedly found items from multiple thefts from the Chico area. They also reportedly found a large amount of butane honey oil and multiple fire arms.

King was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail.   

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Duarte Gonsalves was declared mentally competent on Wednesday to stand trial for the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Paul Bryant. The shooting took place back in July on Lincoln Boulevard. Gonsalves has plead not guilty to one count of murder, one count of a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of being in possession of a short barreled shotgun. According to the DA's Office, due to the work load of the defendant's attorney the trial will not start until September.  

 

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Redding Police found a Toyota Prius rolled over off of Highway 273 near Branstetter Lane around 1 pm Wednesday. The driver, 28-year-old Courtney Cain and her two young children were found inside. According to police, the children only suffered minor injuries because they were properly placed into their car seats. Cain suffered minor injuries as well, but police believed that she was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for that and for child endangerment.   

 

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The young woman reported missing in Chico has been found and is reportedly NOT the victim of foul play. Chico Police say they located Paige Vogel about 10:30 Wednesday morning along East Avenue near Mariposa. Initial reports had her possibly abducted in a black van and held against her will. Vogel reportedly said she'd not spoken to her family in four days and is unsure how anyone came to the conclusion she was in danger. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident continues.

 

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Cal Fire Battalion Chief John Messina was awarded the Governor's Medal of Valor Award at a ceremony that took place Tuesday in Sacramento.

 

Messina was off duty in December of 2014 when he learned that there were people trapped in a vehicle that was submerged in water near the main channel of Honcut Creek. He was nearby and went to the scene and spotted three adults and a child on top of the roof of the submerged vehicle. The car then began to be swept downstream. Messina jumped into the swift moving water reportedly without a life vest or regard for his own safety to rescue trapped people.    

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Supervisors unanimously agreed at Tuesday's meeting to abandon two road sections on Sacramento, Folsom, and Washington streets in the community of Nord. The county reportedly never accepted the road sections and didn't maintain them either. Residents of the area were reportedly pleased with the vote.

 

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The new findings come after a team of Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists performed computerized handwriting analysis on some ancient texts, analysis similar to what intelligence agencies and banks do. They found some key biblical texts were composed BEFORE the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, much earlier than previously thought. A review of some ancient inscriptions revealed there could've been six different authors, meaning more people than suspected could read and write in ancient Judea. And that means there was probably a good educational system at the time, good enough to make everyone from commanders to foot soldiers literate. The findings also show there was enough literacy to write and compile large chunks of the Old Testament during this period--again, much earlier than previously thought.

 

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You can take the "interim" part  of the title away from Butte College's new President. Dr. Samia Yaqub has been named Superintendent and President of Butte College. She was the interim after the departure of former President Kimberley Perry. She will be permanently installed on July First after being approved by the Board Wednesday. She has reportedly been at Butte College for more than 30 years.

 

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Supervisors approved a memorandum of understanding with the Skilled Trades Union at Tuesday's board meeting. Beginning later this month there will be a 2 percent pay increase and an 81 dollar a month increase in the county's contribution to health care premiums. The union and employees said yes to the one year agreement so they could get back to negotiations as soon as possible even though the agreement fell short of the 5 percent pay raise that they originally wanted.      

 

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On Tuesday morning authorities were contacted by family members of Paige Vogel, who believe that she could be the victim of foul play. They believe that she is possibly being held against her will and that a black unmarked van was reportedly involved in her abduction. According to authorities, the whereabouts of Vogel, who is reportedly homeless, are unknown at this time and they are reporting her as a missing person.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department at 530-895-491.

 

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A news release says the county doesn't have much local spending control in its ongoing agreement with Cal Fire and wants to hear from you about any possible options. Last year's budget hearings had staff looking for ways to minimize firefighting costs on the county General Fund, and as part of that process county officials want to hear from you with your ideas.

 

There's an online survey residents can take to weigh in. It can be accessed through www.buttecounty.net.

 

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The hope is to break the record for the longest concert by multiple artists. Band members began April First and are playing around the clock at Down Lo in downtown Chico for 17 days in hopes of breaking the record. They reportedly hoped to break the record last year but attempts failed--so they're at it again.

 

There's also talk that the organizer wants for the idea to spread--so next year on April First dozens of bands around the country will start a concert at the same time on April First. 

 

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The blaze started in a cottage near the garage after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. The fire spread to the garage and then to the attic of the main home. The garage was reportedly fully engulfed when Cal Fire crews arrived. This prompted several more firefighting units to arrive to help with the effort. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the attic and there was only minor damage to the home. The cottage and the garage unit however, sustained heavy damage.

According to authorities, the owner of the home was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation.   

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Officers preformed the traffic stop on 37-year-old Jacob Taylor on Highway 273 near Spring Gulch Road after 12 am earlier Tuesday morning. Taylor had an active felony warrant for his arrest on charges of carjacking, grand theft auto, and burglary. 

 

According to police, Taylor allegedly used his brother's name in order to trick officers. However, officers spotted Taylor's tattoos which matched his description and he was arrested.

 

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Cal Water has plans to raise water rates in Oroville 18 percent next year. That would be almost double what Chico customers have to pay. Oroville already pays the highest rates in the county. Oroville officials want to take over a portion of Cal Water for 10 million dollars and turn it into a public utility. Cal Water says they are not selling and that city officials underestimated the cost of that portion. The city is reportedly considering legal action against Cal Water.        

 

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The incident reportedly happened around 5 Sunday Evening at a residence in Olivehurst when two Olivehurst men were to sell marijuana to a Citrus Heights man. The man from Citrus Heights, 28-year-old Kenneth Smith, was shot and killed in what authorities are calling a drug deal gone wrong. They arrested 22-year-old Daniel Peters and 44-year-old Randall Orway, both of Olivehurst, for marijuana sales and manufacturing honey oil. Orway has since been released. More charges may come after authorities have processed the scene and reviewed autopsy results. Authorities are also reportedly searching for a man who fled the scene in gold Hyundai. 

 

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A truck struck by a train this morning was allegedly a getaway vehicle for a suspected Chico burglar. The collision happened at McIntosh and Diamond Avenue around 2 am this morning after the truck had gotten stuck on the tracks. Authorities say the pickup was filled with tools and two portable generators that had allegedly been stolen from a nearby Union Pacific yard. The suspect reportedly fled the area. According to the CHP, the train was stopped for about 2 hours.  

 

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 The symposium will feature organizations and government agencies from throughout Butte County. The agencies and organizations will talk about programs and services that they offer the homeless in Butte County. The public is encouraged to ask questions and offer feedback. The Homeless Symposium will be from 9 am to noon on Friday at the Southside Oroville Community Center 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road.     

 

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20-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of Oroville is the man whose body was pulled from a canal near the Thermalito Afterbay Saturday afternoon. Authorities say Ramirez drove his BMW 750 at a high rate of speed into the canal after crashing through a fence off Grand Avenue.

 

A maintenance worker with the Department of Water Resources noticed the fence damage and vehicle parts in the canal Friday afternoon and called for help. The sheriff's Dive Team retrieved the vehicle, and Ramirez was found dead inside.

 

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The attempted burglary happened at a home on Westchester Way in Paradise before 7:30 am Monday. The resident of the home reportedly interrupted the burglary and the 14 and 17-years-old teen suspects fled from the home leaving behind a car allegedly stolen in Chico.

 

Officers caught up to the teens on Lucky John Road. The 14-year-old had an allegedly stolen, loaded revolver and the 17-year-old had a dagger in his possession. The two suspects were arrested for various burglary and weapons charges. 

 

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A weekend sex offender check in Shasta County leads to arrests for parole violation, among other charges. Shasta County Sheriffs conducted a SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) operation.

 

The aim was to make sure people convicted of sex offenses were at the proper address and were in compliance with their terms of parole. One person was arrested for violating his parole, while authorities apprehended 11 others for various charges such as possession of a controlled substance. 

 

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A measure known as Laura's Law comes before Butte Supervisors Tuesday. It came from nearby Nevada County, after Laura Wilcox was killed in 2001 by a person suffering from mental illness. County Administrative Officer Paul Hahn says the item will be up for discussion to see if a similar measure is needed in Butte County.

 

 

The measure allows for counties to implement court ordered outpatient mental health treatment for certain individuals who have a serious mental disorder.

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 Workers at the Department of Water Resources reported to authorities seeing car parts floating in a canal of the Thermalito Afterbay around 2 Saturday afternoon. Deputies discovered that vehicle had crashed through a fence and down a 50 foot embankment into the canal near Grand Avenue. According to authorites, the car was found on its roof at the bottom of the canal. A body of a man was reportedly found inside the car.

 

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The search continues for an attempted murder suspect after an almost 9 hour standoff in Corning Thursday. The standoff began about 4 Thursday afternoon at a house on Toomes Avenue. Authorities were told that there were two men in the home, 22-year-old Christian Macedo and 25-year-old Ceasar Macedo, both of whom had active warrants our for their arrest. They found Cesar Macedo and 28-year-old Angelina Castenada, both with stab wounds. Also detained was 48 year old Denise Jones of Corning, but she was let go. The SWAT Team went into the home but couldn't find Christian Macedo. Police say that Macedo is considered armed and dangerous.

 

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A man allegedly entered through the backdoor of the O'Reilly Auto Parts on 73 hundred block of the Skyway in Paradise after 9 pm Friday. The man who was reportedly dressed in black, wearing a paintball mask and armed with a gun demanded money from the employees. One of the employees gave the suspect some cash. The suspect then reportedly had the employees go into the bathroom. Once the suspect left they got out and called police. The case is currently under investigation.      

 

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66-year-old Cynthia White called the Shasta County Sheriff's Office after she allegedly heard someone in her house on Bue Way around 5 am Saturday. She reportedly locked herself in her room while she waited for deputies. When the deputies arrived they found 28-year-old Derek Shephard in one of the bedrooms allegedly armed with a knife. According to deputies, Shephard was arrested after a brief struggle.  

 

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Authorities are looking into a shooting incident in Palermo over the weekend. Someone reported that the victim allegedly accidently shot himself in the head on Dustin Lane around 9 pm Saturday. The unidentified 30-year-old victim was air lifted to Enloe Medical Center and is said to be recovering. No arrests have been made and authorities are investigating the incident.   

 

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Later this month Californians will likely see another round of water conservation measures. The State Water Commission is expected to continue the restrictions, but impose softer rules after a relatively wet winter. Doug Carlson with the Department of Water Resources says while water officials look at new storage and de-salination to increase water supply, they'll still stress conservation.

 

 

He concedes the conservation rules will probably be loosened, because the state saved some 1 point 2 million acre feet of water last year. That's enough for more than a million families of five. But he and other water officials are adamant that though El Nino helped this winter, it didn't completely offset the ongoing drought. 

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A tentative agreement has been reached between Cal State officials and the union that represents faculty members. The move could halt a strike that was scheduled next week and the week after, a strike that would also affect Chico State University. Faculty and Cal State officials said Thursday that details of the preliminary deal would not be disclosed until today. Faculty has been seeking a 5 percent salary increase for its 26 thousand members, while Cal State officials have been offering 2 percent.

 

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50-year-old Christopher Swilhart was in Butte County Superior Court on Thursday and changed his original plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to a plea of no contest to second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Cass Edison.

 

Investigators arrived at a home on Rose Avenue in Chico in March of 2015 after a body of a woman had been discovered. Investigators linked Swilhart to the alleged murder. He later turned himself in at Fall River Mills.

Swilhart's sentencing is set for May 12th. If convicted he faces 17 years-to-life in prison.   

 

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The path runs between the railroad tracks and the Chico State campus. The project is a collaboration between the Chico Police Department and Chico State to install safety cameras along the bike path.

In February the City Council approved the project to go forward with funding being provided by donations. According to Chico PD, a number of Chico businesses and organizations have given to support it. A public meeting that discussed the project reportedly received unanimously support from the residents in the area.

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Paradise police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation earlier this morning. The driver allegedly refused to stop leading officers on a chase. The vehicle continued onto Highway 70 where Butte County deputies took over the pursuit. The vehicle was disabled by a spike strip at Cottonwood Road and Highway 99. Deputies searched the vehicle and found drug paraphernalia and property that had allegedly been stolen in Chico. The driver, 37-year-old Rosa Valdez and her passenger, 27-year-old Ashley Sisson were arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail. 

 

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A standoff at a home in Corning lasts more than eight hours, but no suspects were found inside. The standoff began sometime after 4 pm and ended early this morning at a house on Toomes Avenue. Authorities came out the house and reportedly heard noises coming from the attic. They entered the home and found two women and a man. The man and one of the women reportedly had stab wounds and were taken to the hospital. Law enforcement was reportedly told that the suspect was still in the attic. The SWAT Team arrived and used Gas canisters, but no one came out. Agents eventually entered the home, but no one was reportedly found.    

 

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The two Las Plumas High School students had reportedly received the pills from a 14-year-old student around 8 am Thursday. Detectives learned that the student that allegedly supplied the drugs got the pills from an unidentified suspect at the Oroville Skate Park.

 

It is unknown what kinds of pills were distributed, but authorities believe they could have been some type of anti-depressant.

 

The two students who allegedly took the pills are expected to make a full recovery. No arrests have been made at this time.  

 

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Charles Ross of Biggs was reportedly riding with other motorcyclists when he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve on Highway 70 Wednesday morning. Ross and his motorcycle crashed about 20 feet down an embankment. According to the CHP, rescue crews used a rope and pulley system with a basket attached to get Ross back up to safely. Ross was air lifted to Enloe Medical Center for a broken leg and other injuries.     

 

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A senior U.S. official says an airman shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide at a U.S. Air Force base in San Antonio.

 

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to publicly discuss Friday's shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

 

Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, who oversees Joint Base San Antonio, says two handguns were found near the bodies of the men.

 

LaBrutta stressed that the shooting was not an act of terrorism.

 

He declined to identify the two, saying their families must be notified first. The FBI is assisting in the investigation into the shooting.

 

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Starting in June officers on bicycles will be out patroling Bidwell Park and downtown Chico. Plans are to also have police patrol the city owned bike path that runs between the railroad tracks and Chico State. There will also be a camera system installed on the Big Chico Creek path that runs to West Sacramento Avenue. 

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The growing problem of drivers under the influence of drugs is the focus of a measure by a state lawmaker. State Senator Bob Huff, a Republican from San Dimas, says the number of drivers with the presence of drugs in their system has been dramatically increasing.

 

 

Huff says the state has worked to curtail drinking drivers, but drivers using drugs is still a problem. He says his SB 1462 would allow law enforcement to use oral fluid drug screening tests when there's probable cause that a driver is impaired and has failed field sobriety tests.

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200 acres will be burned in an area north of Highway 89 east of McCloud. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the burn started Wednesday and will continue today.

 

Starting today about 12 hundred acres on Green Mountain near Shasta Lake will be burned to remove ground fuels. The burn will reportedly last two days and will total 65 hundred acres.  

 

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Butte County DA Mike Ramsey announced Wednesday that 20-year-old Diego Arriaga-Rodriguez died Tuesday at a Bay Area hospital from his injuries suffered in a collision back in 2014.

 

Arriaga-Rodriguez was charged with driving under the influence resulting in the deaths of 19-year-old Bryant Mata and 21-year-old Austin Silver.

 

Arriaga-Rodriguez was allegedly driving his car on Bidwell Avenue in Chico after 12:30 am on January 26, 2014 when he lost control of his vehicle and it landed upside down in Big Chico Creek. All three were trapped inside and underwater. Silver was pronounced dead at the scene and Mata later died at the hospital.  

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Prosecutors say revenge was the motive for a man who was sentenced to 13 years Wednesday for arson and attempted murder of a child. 59-year-old William Brainard was reportedly already found guilty of arson but the jury could not find him guilty on the attempted murder charge. A retrial led Brainard to enter a plea of no contest. Prosecutors say Brainard and his ex wife were in a custody dispute so he burned the house and almost ignited a device outside the child's bedroom hut it didn't go off. The incident happened in the early morning of February 18, 2015 on Losse Way in Chico. Brainard's sentence reportedly started Wednesday.

 

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The two people killed in Hayfork Monday night have been identified as 41-year-old James Jachna and 21-year- old Amanda Patton. 40-year-old Jason Brady was arrested shortly after the alleged murder. He reportedly admitted to Sheriff's Deputies that he was the killer. The incident happened about 11:30 Sunday night at a home on Carter Gulch Road in Hayfork. Investigators say details and a motive are not being released at this due to the ongoing investigation.

 

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Chico Police arrest a man on suspicion of driving under the influence after an incident at a Chico restaurant Tuesday night. 23-year-old Jordan Jiang was caught on video driving his blue pickup truck the wrong way down a one way street. He then turned into Indy's Restaurant on West 8th and backed repeatedly into a table where George Grieger was sitting with his son. No one was hurt but Jiang was arrested. 

 

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Two fans wore Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outfits to New York's Yankee Stadium Tuesday to the thousand dollar Legends Section behind home plate. They payed 25 cents for those thousand dollar seats. They were following directions from comedian John Oliver who bought several tickets with only one order--dress like "riff raff". So they did. Oliver was angry with the comments of the Yankee Chief Operating Officer who said in February that fans who pay full fare for their seats don't like sitting with some who don't pay that amount, a clear shot at groups like Stub Hub, who offer cheaper ticket prices. So Oliver bought up the expensive tickets that were available for 25 cents. One irreverent fan John Welch says other fans actually started laughing and enjoyed them. He said he kept thinking about Washington National's Superstar Bryce Harper who sports a hat saying Make Baseball Fun Again. Mission Accomplished.

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Since the low lake level of about 650 feet in December of 2015 the lake has risen more than 218 feet. The lake rose 99 feet in March adding more than a million acre-feet of water. The current lake level is at 868 feet which is 114 percent of its historic average level. According to Forever Resorts which operates the Bidwell Canyon Marina, the current snow pack is helping the lake to continue to rise and should soon reach the 900 foot mark making it as they say a "full pool".   

 

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A car collided with a tree in the west bound lane on the Skyway near Lookout Point just before 3:30 am Wednesday. The vehicle reportedly rolled over and ended up in the center divider. According to the CHP, the car was mangled and the driver was trapped inside. Fire crews arrived with extraction equipment and were able to pull the driver out. The victim was taken to the hospital with major injuries.    

 

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A decision was not made on the Esplanade Corridor Study at Tuesday night's meeting and it was decided to bring it up again at a special meeting.

 

The study analyzed traffic and safety issues on The Esplanade. Some of the options in the proposal were the creation of a two way bike path on the old railroad right of way and a roundabout at Memorial Way.        

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