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Fire crews are making progress on the Web Fire near Forest Ranch. The fire was reported in the area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creak just after 1 pm Monday. The blaze has burned almost to 400 acres and is now 75% contained. According to Cal Fire, the forward progression of the fire has been stopped. There are no road closures and no evacuation orders at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A man is arrested after trying to flee from Chico Police. A woman contacted police after hearing someone yelling on the roof of her house on Magnolia Avenue around 2:30 am Wednesday. When police came to the house they saw 32-year-old Shawn Cox on the roof acting very paranoid. Cox jumped from the roof and ran off through neighboring yards. Officers followed cox to Mars Way where he broke a window of a residence. Cox took a piece of broken glass and challenged officers. He then started to cut his face and neck with the glass before officers subdued Cox and arrested him. According to police, Cox admitted to recently using methamphetamine.

Chico Police are on the lookout for two suspects in a shooting. A 21-year-old who was delivering newspapers in the area of Centennial and Whitehall Place just after 4 am Sunday. Two hispanic males in their late teens drove by him in a white Honda and yelled at him telling him that he was in a gang controlled neighborhood. One of the suspects leaned out of the car and fired several shots at the victim's vehicle when he tried to drive away. According to police, a resident found a bullet hole at his residence in the neighborhood where the shooting took place. No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation.

A 77-year-old woman told police that she was involved in a minor accident with 53-year-old Robin Jackson and 53-year-old Teresa Terry who were in a BMW on Cohasset Road just east of the Esplanade around 11 am Wednesday. While Jackson was borrowing the victim's cell phone Terry grabbed some cash and a checkbook from the victim's car. Jackson pushed the victim away after she tried to get her phone back. The victim tried to reach into the BMW to retrieve her checkbook but Jackson and Terry took off. An officer found the suspects in their BMW near Nord and West Sacramento Avenues and the two were arrested.

A boating accident on the Sacramento River is being investigated by the Glenn Couny Sheriff's Office. Two personal water crafts reportedly collided when one of the two crafts operated by 42 year old John Montz Jr. made an abrupt turn right in the path of a second craft operated by 38-year-old Jamie McDonald just before 7:30 pm Monday. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, Montz Jr. was air lifted to a local hospital with a possible leg fracture. 15-year-old Emily McDonald, passenger on Montz's craft, had minor injuries and Jamie McDonald was not injured.

Butte County voters will have to wait to decide on a fracking measure. The Supervisors Tuesday ordered a 30 day study of the proposed initiative, meaning a public vote cannot be taken until November of 2016. The measure needed county clearance by August 8 to be on this fall's ballot. So the 30 day study means the measure cannot be voted on until the next election, which is in 2016. In the meantime, the county will continue on with its own ordinance, which bans fracking in Butte County. 

Fire crews continue to battle the Web Fire. The fire started in the area of Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek near Forest Ranch early Monday afternoon. The fire has burned 375 acres and is 60% contained. A Cal Fire spokes person said that crews made great progress last night. There are still no road closures and no evacuations at this time.

The Web fire has now burned more than 175 acres near Forest Ranch. It is 15 percent contained. The fire started northwest of Highway 32 near Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek just after 1 Monday afternoon. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is in an area with heavy timber and access is limited by steep and rough terrain. ONE INJURY HAS BEEN REPORTED SINCE THE FIRE STARTED. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO EVACUATION ORDERS AND THERE ARE NO REPORTS OF STRUCTURES IMMEDIATELY THREATENED BY THE BLAZE. NO ROAD CLOSURES ARE IN PLACE AT THIS TIME ALTHOUGH CALFIRE IS ADVISING DRIVERS TO USE CAUTION ON HWY 32 and there is talk that if the fire burns up a steep canyon, crews will set a back fire to move the fire AWAY from Highway 32.

Tehama County authorities are ruling a drowning Sunday afternoon in Black Butte Lake accidental. Eyewitnesses report seeing 33 year old Mandeek Singh of Corning jump into the water off the dock and after a short struggle he went under. Divers were unable to recover the body until Monday morning. Sheriff's Coroner investigators removed the body and are considering the drowning accidental.

The on again off again petition on fracking in Butte County is on again. The measure that would go before voters has been held up as county officials checked meeting times and valid signatures. But now it appears the matter will be before Butte Supervisors. One county official says time is of the essence, for the measure must  receive county clearance by August 8th or it won't be on this November's ballot, instead having to wait until November of 2016. The measure asks voters if hydraulic fracturing in Butte County should be banned.  

The Web fire burns more than one hundred acres near Forest Ranch. The fire started northwest of Highway 32 near Web Hollow and Big Chico Creek just after 1 pm on Monday. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is in an area with heavy timber and access is limited by steep and rough terrain. By Monday night the fire had burned 130 acres and was 10% contained.

Authorities have added manslaughter to the charges facing the man who is suspected of starting the Bully Fire in Shasta County. The added charge against 37 year old Freddie Smoke the 3rd comes after officials found the body of a man inside the fire lines two weeks ago. Authorities say the truck Smoke was driving ignited some dry grass in the area of Roaring Creek Road. They say he was bringing soil to an illegal marijuana grow site. They're on the lookout for Smoke, who is free on bail after the original charges were filed.  

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California are battling a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite grew significantly overnight. Fire officials say the Sand Fire has burned about 3,800 acres in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday. CalFire spokesman Lynne Tolmachoff says the fire threatens hundreds of homes east of Sacramento.

The Bully Fire has been fully contained. The fire started in the area of Bully Choop Road July 11th. According to Cal Fire, the blaze burned over 12 thousand acres before being contained on Saturday.

A vegetation fire burned south of Oroville over the weekend. Fire crews came out to an area west of the Memorial Cemetery near Lincoln Blvd. before 1 am on Saturday. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to about 4 acres. The fire burned dry brush between the cemetery and the railroad tracks. According to authorities, no structures were damaged and no one was hurt. The fire is under investigation.

Police say the body is of a female in her 50's and she was found near the south side entrance to One Mile, reportedly in a Homeless Encampment Thursday morning. A news release says the death does NOT appear to be suspicious.

A Willows man is arrested for an alleged physical assault. A 34-year-old woman called 911 and alleged that she had been physically assaulted by her husband, 35-year-old Jose Fabian at their residence on Country Road KK before 9 pm Wednesday. The woman told a Sheriff's deputy that Fabian, who came home intoxicated, had hit her in the face and tried to strangle her but she was able to get away. She found a worker in a nearby field and he stayed with her until the deputy arrived. Fabian was arrested and booked into the Glenn County Jail.

A man gets more than 25 years in state prison for a stabbing and shooting in downtown Chico. 25 year old Anthony Zeigler was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of an assault with a knife and another incident involving assault with a firearm. Authorities say Zeigler stabbed a man after a fight in a Chico bar a year ago May. Then earlier this year, he was convicted of shooting a person in the knee. He will also have to pay the shooting victim more than 10 thousand dollars in restitution and more than 9 thousand to the State Victim Compensation Fund. 

Score another one for the fledgling State of Jefferson. Sutter County Leaders opted Tuesday to join the movement to withdraw from California and create a new state. Sutter now joins five other counties to be part of the movement. They are Tehama, Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba. The efort to create a new state requires the approval of the State Legislature and the Congress. 

Some of the property stolen recently by two burglars apparently belongs to a Chico businessman. The owner of a Chico auto shop notified authorities that he saw some items that belonged to him while watching a newscast on television Tuesday night. The Nord Avenue business owner claims he saw some items that were stolen from his business over the weekend. The discovery stems from a burglary on Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico. Two men were arrested.

The Bully Fire is no more than 90 percent contained. The wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres and is 93 percent contained. According to Cal Fire, firefighters continue to strengthen established containment lines and resources will remain committed to the mopping up of the area. There are no road closures in effect at this time.

Robert Vanella the owner of Vanella Farms on County Road 20 in Orland reported the theft to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office just before 2 pm on Monday. It is unknown at this time how much diesel was stolen but Vanella told deputies that the tank had just been filled and he believed anywhere from 500 to 5000 gallons was stolen. According to the Sheriff's office, the estimated loss could be as high as $20,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Glenn County Sheriff's Office.   

Mosquito officials say 8 more groups of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus. The Mosquito and Vector Control District reports 4 of the groups were found southwest of Palermo, two south of Chico and two west of Dayton. Tuesday's find comes less than a week after the district announced the discovery of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.  

Two would be burglars didn't make off with any loot AND get arrested. The man who was the victim reportedly chased down one suspect and detained him until police arrived. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon on Greenwich Drive in Chico as the thieves were seen stealing items from a boat parked in a driveway. One suspect was detained and arrested and the other was arrested a few minutes later after fleeing on his bike. And all of the stolen property was returned.

Authorities say the man who was found inside a burned vehicle in Chico last month DID commit suicide. Firefighters found 29 year old Andrew Kurbow's body in the early morning hours of June 11 after responding to reports of a vehicle burning in an orchard near Marian Avenue. The case was initially declared suspicious. 

According to Cal Fire the blaze has burned over 12 thousand acres and is about 86% contained. Progress is being made on all areas of the fire and fire crews continue to strengthen established containment lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted. 

According to Cal Fire, ten acres had already burned by the time fire crews arrived near Cherokee Road northeast of Oroville just before 3 pm Monday. The fire burned a total of about 16 acres before it was fully contained around 6:30 pm Monday. No structures were threatened from the fire.

WILLOWS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the cause of death for nine of the 10 victims of a Northern California crash between a charter bus full of students and a FedEx tractor-trailer.
Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said Monday that seven of the victims in April's crash succumbed from asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation. Two others died of multiple traumas from the collision.
The cause of death for a 10th victim was being handled by Sacramento County medical examiners. Jones said that person died at a hospital burn unit.
The bus was carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University on the state's far north coast. Many were hoping to be the first in their families to attend college. Five students and three adult chaperones died, along with the drivers.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.

According to Cal Fire the wildfire has burned over 12 thousand acres with the blaze more than 75% contained. Firefighters continue to mop up and strengthen control lines. All evacuation orders and advisories in the area have been lifted and there are no evacuation shelters open at this time.

According to police, a man went outside of his Villa Sierra apartment on Nord Avenue when a man fired two shots hitting him in the upper body around 3 am this morning. Action News News Now reports that the man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Sheriff's Officials eradicated a big grow Thursday near Lake Madrone in Berry Creek. A news release says authorities eradicated just more than 16 hundred plants on Sugar Pine Drive and Lake Madrone in Berry Creek. No suspects were located. Authorities say it was quite an elaborate water system for the plants. Water from a small feeder creek out of Berry Creek was pumped into two holding tanks above the grow site.

According to Cal Fire, the wildfire has burned over 11 thousand acres and is about 51 percent contained. Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. However, evacuation advisories remain in effect for the Sunny Hill Road area. Bully Choop Road is Closed to traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles. Cal Fire expects full containment by next Thursday.

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders have been called off for several rural homes in Northern California as firefighters took advantage of cool, moist conditions to tame the Bully Fire.
State fire officials said Wednesday night that some residents near the fire in Shasta County have been advised they may need to evacuate again, and the blaze that has burned more than 10,000 acres still poses a threat to nearly 70 homes.
Authorities say marijuana-growing activity led to the fire breaking out on Friday and destroying eight homes.
By Wednesday night it was 40 percent contained, up from 20 percent on Tuesday.

The Wildlife Fire near Oroville has been declared 100 percent contained. It started in the Wildlife area off Larkin Road west of Oroville before 5:30 Monday afternoon. Cal Fire officials say the blaze burned about 75 acres.

The supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution to declare it's support for the State of Jefferson movement at the Tuesday board meeting. 56 percent of Tehama County voters, in June, voted yes on the advisory measure that asked the supervisors if they would support the split from the state.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley venture capitalist is submitting signatures for a ballot initiative that calls for splitting California into six separate states. In Sacramento County on Tuesday, Tim Draper delivered what he says are 44,000 signatures out of the 1.3 million his campaign says it has collected statewide. Draper says the state of 38.3 million people has become ungovernable and that there are too many diverse interests to have an effective government. He wants to divide California into six states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California. If he submits enough signatures, the measure would appear on the ballot in November 2016. Critics note that the plan would separate the wealthiest and poorest Californians, potentially creating some of the poorest states in the nation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators have voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. The action on Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown. Survey results released before the 4-0 vote showed that water consumption throughout California had actually risen by 1 percent this past May compared to the same month in previous years. The fines will apply only to wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down hard surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. The rules include exemptions for public health and safety, such as allowing cities to power-wash sidewalks to get rid of human waste left by homeless people. Cities and water districts also will have wide latitude to implement the fines as they wish starting in early August.

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire in Northern California that authorities say was sparked by exhaust from a truck is growing and threatening additional homes. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Tuesday morning the Bully Fire around the rural community of Igo in Shasta County was threatening more than 50 homes, up from about 15 a day earlier. Some of those homes are under mandatory evacuation orders, although Berlant did not know exactly how many. The fire, which began Friday, has burned through 6,400 acres, or 10 square miles. It is 20 percent contained.
It has destroyed eight homes and ten other structures. Seven firefighters have suffered minor injuries. A Sacramento man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze. Authorities say he was delivering material to a marijuana site when the exhaust from his truck ignited dry grass.

The vegetation fire started near the Oroville Wildlife Refuge on Larkin Road around 5 pm Monday. According to Cal Fire at least 50 acres have burned. No structures have been threatened.   

19-year-old Poly Sanchez allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old Walter Dani outside the Crossroads market in Gerber Wednesday. Sanchez and two other men reportedly fled the scene in a maroon sedan. Sanchez was arrested the following day. Lucio Madera was arrested Saturday for an open count of murder. Investigators also discovered the shotgun believed to be the murder weapon. Police are looking for the third suspect 19-year-old Gambino Madera.

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities believe a wildfire in Northern California was sparked by the exhaust from a truck driven by a man delivering supplies to an illegal marijuana plot.
The California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says Freddie Alexander Smoke III of Sacramento was arrested Saturday for investigation of recklessly causing a fire and illegally cultivating marijuana.
CalFire officials say the fire has burned 6 square miles, or 4,000 acres, of forested land in Shasta County and destroyed 18 structures. The fire, burning in steep terrain, was just 15 percent contained Sunday morning.
More than 1,700 firefighters, aided by aircraft, battled the blaze in hot, dry conditions.
The wildfire had prompted evacuations and road closures, but CalFire says all residents have been allowed to return home.
Still, the fire is threatening 15 homes and about 50 other structures.

Cal Trans says the interchange at the junction of State Routes 99 and 113 is finished. The roadwork south of Yuba City will reportedly help all who use those roadways. The new interchange also replaced some stop lights that were four years old. Most of the more than 19 million dollars for the project came from Proposition 1B, approved by California voters in 2006.

12 year old Nathanel Long of Oroville is the boy who drowned Tuesday afternoon according Butte County officials. The incident happened after Long got his left leg stuck in a tube while swimming with some friends. Long was pulled out after being stuck for about 30 minutes. Medics performed CPR and he was rushed to Orchard hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The two factions of the Paskenta Band of the Nomlaki Indians agreed that operations at Rolling Hills Casino and other tribal properties to remain under existing management until an election in September. The dispute started in April when 70 tribal members were ousted. The ousted members have repeatedly tried to take charge of the casino. The election will take place September 13th with a 3rd party overseeing the election.

Authorities served a search warrant on Milsap Bar Road for 62 year old Andrew Frerks for a variety of charges stemming from an incident last month. They found him and 40 year old Rodney Baker who allegedly had a firearm and ammunition. He was taken into custody along with Frerks, who also was charged with brandishing a firearm and resisting arrest.

The two sides were in court Monday and one spokesman for the Attorney General's Office says both parties have agreed to hold a new tribal council election with both the current and dis-enrolled members. A judge also extended the restraining order that bans each side from having weapons within 100 yards of property at the Rolling Hills Casino. 

The fire started late last week off of highway 139, about 15 miles north of Canby and has burned about 16 hundred acres. The fire damaged power lines causing power outages in nearby communities. According to Cal Fire, the blaze is about 90% contained.

The blaze broke out on the 2nd story of the Highlands Apartments on Table Mountain Boulevard just after 4 pm Sunday. The fire gutted three units and caused smoke damage to two other units. The fire is still under investigation.

They say 17-year-old Raymond Wickersham of Palermo took a family vehicle Tuesday and is believed headed to Southern California, even though he reportedly has never driven a vehicle before. The vehicle is a 2001 Mazda Protege sedan. He is developmentally disabled, and has the mental capacity of an 8 year old. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

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