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KPAY News Archives for 2014-03

California Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed Monday, March 31, 2014 as Cesar Chavez Day in the state. According to CBS 2 in Los Angeles, “Cesar Chavez Day” in California coincides on what would have been Chavez’ 86th birthday. Chavez died on April 23, 1993 at the age of 66.

A man in a pickup drifts off the road and crashes into a tree. According to the CHP, 46-year-old Romie Buanno was driving in his pickup on Durham-Dayton Highway when he drifted off the road into a ditch and crashed into a tree trapping him just before 8pm on Sunday. It took almost hour and a half for Cal Fire and other rescue crews to free Buanno from his vehicle and he was then taken to Enloe Medical Center. Buanno suffered two broken legs and multiple internal fractures. The CHP arrested Buanno for DUI.

A kidnapper is caught in Oroville. Chico Police received a call around 2pm Thursday from a man who said that 20-year-old Dalan Johnson had stolen his daugther's Mercury Mariner with his daughter and grandson in the vehicle. About 20 minutes later CHP found the man's daughter on foot on Highway 99 near Neal Road. She told officers that she got out when Johnson stopped for a red light. Police saw Johnson in Oroville before 6:30pm and when the police tried to pull him over he got away but he crashed the SUV. Johnson fled on foot but officers were able to catch and arrested him. The boy was not in the car and was later found safe at a home of a relative of Johnson. 

A Fire at a Butte County rendering plant this morning. According to Cal Fire, a fire was reported at North State Rendering on Highway 99 just after 1am today. The fire broke out in several large plastic storage tanks. Cal Fire crews responded and put out the blaze. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of Congress and local officials will meet at Los Angeles International Airport to discuss the lessons learned from an attack that killed a security officer and injured three people last fall.

Friday's hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security's subcommittee on transportation security comes after the airport operator issued a report last week highlighting major lapses in the emergency response to the shooting. The committee will also discuss the findings of a Transportation Security Administration report this week reviewing airport security at nearly 450 airports nationwide. Paul Ciancia is accused of targeting TSA officers in his attack, killing Officer Gerardo Hernandez and wounding two other officers and a passenger.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown who was praised for cleaning up his public image after serving more than a decade in prison now faces up to 95 years behind bars on money-laundering and other charges. The allegations against Raymond Chow were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including California Sen. Leland Yee. In court yesterday, Chow was denied bail because he was deemed a flight risk and a danger to the public.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for beating a white man and a black woman in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated attack. Billy James Hammett of Marysville was one of three men who pleaded guilty to the 2011 attack at a convenience store in Marysville, 40 miles north of Sacramento. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 28-year-old Perry Sylvester Jackson and 33-year-old Anthony Merrell Tyler are awaiting sentencing. They face up to 10 years in prison for violating the federal hate crimes law. Prosecutors say Hammett, who is 30, kicked the woman in the chest, while Jackson punched the man and Tyler smashed their vehicle's windshield with a crowbar. Prosecutors say all three have white supremacist tattoos, and Hammett has a 2006 conviction for assaulting a 72-year-old black man.

Three people hurt in an accident on The Esplanade. A Ford Explorer and a GMC Denali collided at the intersection of East Ninth Avenue and The Esplanade around 9am on Tuesday. Chico PD says that the impact of the collision caused the Explorer to turn on its side trapping the driver. Chico Fire Crews removed the woman from the vehicle. The woman and two people that were in the Denali were taken to Enole Medical Center.

The Chico City Council accepts a financial report from a third-party auditor. The council members accepted the financial audit from a Sacramento based firm at Tuesday night's meeting. According to the E-R, in order for the city to receive a clean audit for the last fiscal year the city needed to reimburse over $13 dollars in deficits to capital improvement funds. This caused the City's the general fund to be over $7 million dollars the red. The Council says that they need to move forward and that they need to clean up the fiscal mess.  

A Chico man is sentenced for the alleged murder of his mother. 30-year-old Adam Jacob was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years to life in prison for the death of 56 year-old Donna Teifer back in 2012. The sentence includes 25 years to life for first-degree murder and an additional year for Jacob's use of a knife during the incident at Teifer's Hampshire Drive house in Chico. DA's Office said Jacob meant to kill Teifer because he felt his mother betrayed him regarding a child custody issue involving Jacob's son. The defendant told others he wouldn't mind if Teifer died.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — While officials are calling for conservation in the face of an ongoing drought, 42 California communities are lagging in installing the most basic tool of water management: water meters. The San Jose Mercury News says that means more than more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses statewide can still use all the water they want without seeing higher bills. People without meters are charged a flat monthly rate for water — usually between $20 and $35 a month. The newspaper cites state records that show those communities, including areas of Bakersfield and Sacramento, use 39 percent more water per capita than the average. Most California residents have had water meters since the early decades of the last century. Under a law signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, providers are required to install meters on all connections by 2025.

An Oroville man will take the stand today on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. A former Oroville developer Christopher Stephen Carter Faces 24 counts of child sex abuse and one count of poisoning. Action News reports the charges stem from contact with a underage girl from 1999 to 2007. Carter allegedly poisoned an adult female's food and then sexually abusing the minor. Sureveillance cameras cought Carter in the act and led to his arrest. 

Skeletal remains found in Shasta County have been identified. According to the Shasta County Sheriff's office, horseback riders in the area of Whitmore found skeletal remains back in February. A forensic investigation was able to indentify the remains as those of Gale Fisher. Fisher was reported missing from Anderson in 2012. The final cause of her death is still pending forensic studies but so far there is no evidence of foul play in her death.  

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region, but authorities said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damages. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 quake struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6. The quake was felt widely across the region but both fire and sheriff's officials in Humboldt County said early Monday more than four hours after the quake hit that they had no reports of any damage or injuries. But more than 3,000 people reported on the USGS website that they felt the quake. Some reported a long, rolling shake that woke children or knocked items off shelves. Some of those respondents live across the border in Oregon.

Google's mystery barge is floating toward its new home in California's delta after being ordered to leave San Francisco. The barge departed from Treasure Island early Thursday to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn't have the proper permits to build the four-story vessel there. Google says the odd-looking vessel consisting of steel shipping containers will be anchored in Stockton, a city about 80 miles east of San Francisco on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta.

A Climb-A-Thon fundraiser for Shriners Children Hospitals is happening this weekend in Oroville. The event will happen tomorrow from 10am to 2pm at the Northwest Lineman College at 2009 Challenger Avenue in Oroville. Reportedly, students will be climbing up and down 35-foot poles for 40 minutes at a time. Individuals and local businesses will be pledging doations for the number of times the linemen go up and down. 100% of the donations to go directly to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Chico Police are on the lookout for an armed robber. A Mountain Mikes delivery driver was getting out of his car near 14th Street Wednesday night when he was confronted by a masked man with a gun. According to Police, the man stuck the gun in the delivery person's face and demanded his wallet. The victim fought back and the robber ran off dropping the wallet.  The delivery driver was not hurt in the incident. The masked robber is still on the loose.

Deputies arrested seven people in a marijuana bust in the Feather Falls area. Butte County sheriff's officers conducted a raid at a house on Lumpkin Road in Feather Falls on Thursday. Investigators found a honey oil lab and marijuana plants on the property. Seven people at the home were arrested for the possession and cultivation of marijuana and the manufacturing of a controlled substance. This was one of two raids conducted by the Butte County sheriff's office in the past few days. The other was near Palermo, on Sunday, but no arrests have been made for that raid.

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — The Navy said Sunday night that the military pilot was killed when a fighter jet crashed during a training exercise in western Nevada a day earlier. A spokeswoman for the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet said officials have determined the pilot's status on Sunday. Lt. Reagan Lauritzen said it took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of Saturday's crash on a Navy range training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon because of a snow storm and mountainous, remote terrain. When they got there, they determined the F/A-18C, a U.S. Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, was a total loss.

The pilot's name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Butte County is spending money to save money. This time the money is for updating county computers. The Board of Supervisors recently approved spending more than 2 point 3 million dollars for a single software fee for the county's 24 hundred computers. County Administrator Paul Hahn says paying one fee is a more efficient way to go.

He adds the new agreement allows the county to bring all systems up to supported versions. He says the new computer upgrades will be phased in over the next year.

30 pounds of marijuana are found in a shopping cart downtown. Chico State University Police received a call from a blue emergency phone on a bottom level a university parking garage just after 8am Friday. Accroding to police, officers went down to the parking garage and found a shopping cart with a black plastic bag filed with 30 pounds of marijuana. Police say the case is closed unless someone comes forward with any additional information.    

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