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An arrest is made in connection to the Chico woman's body found along the Sacramento River

The husband of the woman whoes body was found near the Sacramento River has been arrested. 29-year-old Zir Weems has been in the Glenn County Jail for animal cruelty charges but was posting bail when he was arrested by Butte County Sheriff's deputies around 2 pm Tuesday. Weems was arrested for the alleged murder of his wife, Angelica Weems whose body was found along the Sacramento River on October 5th. She had been reported missing on September 14th. Zir Weems is now in being held at the Butte County Jail without bail and he will be arraigned on Monday. 

Train derails near highway 70

A union pacific train carrying corn grain derailed early Tuesday morning around the mile marker 19 on highway 70. Officials say 12 cars derailed and slid down the embankment which caused a significant amount of the grain to fall into the river. It is unknown if anyone was injured and officials with the Office of Emergency Services, Fish and Wildlife and Union Pacific are conducting an investigation.

Arrest made in connection to a beating in Oroville

One man is in custody in connection with Monday morning's beating incident in Oroville. The Butte County Sheriff's Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Matthew Lowry of Oroville on attempted murder charges. He's in custody after investigators examined the crime scene and spoke to witnesses about the incident on the 29 hundred block of Elgin Street in Oroville. 49 year old Douglas Coleman was hospitalized in critical condition after the reported beating. 

Weaverville Helicopter Crash Plea

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A former executive of an Oregon company has pleaded guilty to providing false aircraft weights to the U.S. Forest Service to win a firefighting contract. A helicopter the company provided crashed in 2008, killing nine people fighting a wildfire near Weaverville in Northern California. Steven Metheny entered guilty pleas in federal court yesterday to two of the 22 counts against him.

Victim of last summer's Bully Fire indentified

A Mexican national is the man identified as the victim of the Bully Fire in Shasta County last summer. 35 year old Jesus Garcia of Michoacan is the man whose body was found off Platina Road in Ono last July. The Coroner's Office says identifying the badly burned body was very difficult. The fire consumed more than 12 thousand acres and police say was started when a man tried to get soil to his marijuana grow site. That man is 37 year old Freddie Smoke, who failed to show up for an arraignment hearing in August and is reportedly still missing. Authorities say he could still be in Redding but might be as far away as Illinois. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement. 

I-5 Bus crash victim Identified

The person killed in the bus crash Sunday on Interstate 5 has been identified as 33 year old Octaviano Garcia of Parlier. The incident happened about 7:40 Sunday morning, when the tour bus travelling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington went off the road and flipped over onto its roof. More than 2 dozen crash victims were taken to local hospitals. Some sustained serious injuries--others were deemed to have minor injuries and were released. the Bus had reportedly been involved in an accident earlier Sunday morning in Red Bluff at a Denny's there. Authorities say that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash.  

Glenn County woman erratic driving

A Glenn County woman is arrested for erratic driving. 25-year-old Britney Doyle from Fruto a community west of Willows reported to the Glenn County Sheriff's office Saturday afternoon that 59-year-old Marguerite Lee had allegedly violated a restraining order. Doyle reported that Lee had driven her Ford F-350 truck and spun the tires near their house. Deputies attempted to make contact with Lee who started to drive around in circles on her own property. According to deputies she drove that way for for about two hours and 45 minutes. Then Lee left her property and took off on Highway 162 but not before almost hitting a deputy who had to jump out of her way. The CHP deployed a spike strip which caused the tires to flatten and then eventually came off, but Lee continued to drive on metal rims. Lee finally stopped her vehicle and was arrested.

Bus rollover crash on I-5 in Shasta County

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus that had already crashed earlier in the day ran off a Northern California freeway and overturned, killing one person and injuring 30.
California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen says the bus traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, crashed Sunday morning about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. It had hit a Denny's restaurant in Red Bluff earlier in the morning, but no one was hurt in that crash.
Borgen says a 33-year-old man from Parlier was killed.
Hospital officials tell the Sacramento Bee three people were in critical condition and three were in serious condition.
Two dozen other passengers were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. Most had been released.
Investigators say early indications show driver fatigue may be to blame for the crashes.

Northern California Sheriff criticizing President's Exec. Action on Immigration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is harshly criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to illegal immigration after the recent fatal shootings of two deputies, just as the president announces an executive action on the issue. In an eight-minute video posted this week, Jones says he does not directly blame Obama for the deputies' deaths but faulted him for a "hands-off" immigration policy.

Man struggles with police while being arrested

A man struggles with officers at a Chico homeless shelter. Officers came out to the Torres Shelter on 101 Silver Dollar Way after reports of a man being combative around 1 pm Thursday. An officer was reportedly struck in the eye while he was attempting to subdue the suspect. According to Chico PD, officers used batons and multiple Tasters to get the suspect under control. 

A Chico man is sentenced to federal prison

A Chico man is sentenced to federal prison for tax related felonies. The five felony convictions came last spring against Chicoan James Molen, who used to own a Chico Florist Shop. The 70 year old will serve three years for dodging taxes, defying court orders and retaliating against federal officials. Prosecutors proved Molen stopped withholding and paying taxes in 2000 and finally after 4 years the Feds filed charges. After his prison sentence, Molen will serve three years of supervised release.

A Chico man drives through his apartment is arrested

A Chico man who failed to stop drove a pickup through his apartment Thursday morning. Police say the unnamed driver claims the gas pedal stuck on his father's Toyota Tacoma as he was trying to get back into his parking spot. The incident happened on the 33 hundred block of the Esplanade. The man was arrested and was also said to be in possession of methamphetamine.  

Central California Earthquakes

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. (AP) — Two moderate earthquakes have struck central California, one of which was widely felt across the region. The USGS says a magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck at 10:21 last night and a magnitude-4.2 temblor struck five minutes later. At least one smaller quake followed later in the same area 11 miles northeast of Salinas.

Paradise shooting suspect still on the run

The search continues for the shooting suspect in an incident earlier this month. 17 year old Lyric Hill reportedly left 20 year old Christopher Brown paralyzed from the waist down after shooting him during an argument on Moss Lane in Paradise. Investigators have conflicting information about whether Hill has fled to Oregon or is still in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Paradise authorities. 

Man arrested in Chico for making lewd and threatening comments to a minor

Chico Police arrest a man for making lewd comments to a minor. Chico Police received a report of a man allegedly following a 17-year-old girl and making lewd and threatening comments in the area of 12th and Park Avenues just after 7 pm Wednesday. The teen, who was with a friend, went into Dukes Cork and Bottle in an attempt to escape from suspect, identified as 44 year-old Brian Michaud. According to witnesses Michaud followed her inside. When officers arrived they found the victim behind the counter crying and Michaud grabbing himself. Michaud struggled with police and was eventually subdued with the aide of a taser. After the suspect was treated at Enloe Medical Center he was then released and booked into the Butte County Jail.

Chico House Fire and Burglary

A fire late Monday night is being investigated by Chico's Fire Department. The blaze broke out on the 800 block of West Sacramento Avenue when a homeowner reportedly smelled smoke and fiberglass burning in the attic. Fire officials quickly contained the fire. 
The owner of the house reportedly came back later to discover that thieves had allegedly stolen some property. The cause of the fire and the burglary are both under investigation.  

Berry Creek Home Invasion Robbery and Shooting

An investigation has been launched into a home invasion robbery and shooting in Berry Creek. Authorities say the incident occured Monday Evening on Simpson Ranch Road. They say Albert Sprague tried to force his way into the home and after a struggle was shot twice. Both he and the shooter have been detained, but no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff's Department. 

FBI Looking For Bank Robber

The FBI wants your help in nabbing the man they've dubbed the "bad breath bandit". The white male is believed to have held up banks in Durham, Los Molinos and Nevada City in the last few months. He's called the "bad breath bandit" by the FBI because of his use of a disposable paper face mask during the robberies. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. He's suspected of robbing the Tri Counties Bank in Durham last Thursday morning. 

DMV To Open New Temporary Outlets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles has opened three new temporary outlets as it expects to issue over 1 million licenses to people in the country illegally. The new offices are in Lompoc, Stanton and Granada Hills. Another is set to open in San Jose on Dec. 1.

Mendocino County Arson

WILLITS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman is facing arson and other charges after authorities say she barricaded herself inside a burning building with a handgun. Mendocino County prosecutors charged 31-year-old Lacee Ross on Monday, three days after Willits police say they came across a second floor residential fire and discovered Ross with a handgun in the business below. A nearly hour-long standoff ensued. According to the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, fire crews were forced to pull back before Ross was taken into custody. Police did not disclose a motive. Ross, of Willits, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office did not know whether she had an attorney. The Press Democrat reports that the fire destroyed two businesses and damaged a pre-school.

Missing Magalia Man Found

A Magalia man missing since Saturday afternoon has been found safe several hundred miles away. 67 year old Don Splawn, who suffers from dementia, was located at a home well south of Fresno. Splawn was last seen Saturday afternoon near his Magalia home on Cannon Court. He apparently made his way to the home he and his family had previously lived in.

Chico State Police Chief steps down

Chico State's top cop will soon be stepping down. Robyn Hearne reportedly announced Wednesday that she's retiring. She's been Police Chief at the University for the past three years and has overseen the department's move into a new facility. Word is the University will begin hiring a new chief soon and Hearne says she'll stay on the job until a successor is named. 

Man accused of stealing military equipment in exchange for pot give plea

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former civilian U.S. Army employee has pleaded guilty to theft after being accused of stealing sophisticated military equipment from a Northern California depot and trading some of it for marijuana.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says 38-year-old Devon Gregory Biggs, formerly of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property from the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong in Lassen County.
Prosecutors say he stole machine gun components, night vision goggles, technology that uses lasers for Illumination and low-light video recording equipment. Officials previously said the equipment was valued at nearly $85,000 and had recently been returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. They say he traded stolen equipment for marijuana at least once. His attorney Benjamin Galloway of the federal defender's office did not immediately return telephone and email messages. Biggs could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison at a Jan. 28 hearing.

Bangor Man Arrested

Butte County Authorities have arrested a man who attacked the family of his ex-girlfriend. The Sheriff's Office says 38 year old Michael Carter came to a series of residences in Bangor looking for his ex and reportedly wound up tying up her sister and assaulting others. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of kidnapping, making criminal threats, false imprisonment and felony battery. The incident reportedly happened on the 62 hundred block of Oro Bangor Highway that includes several residences.

Two collisions happen on two Northstate Highways

Two collisions happened early this morning here in the Northstate.....

One collision happened on Highway 99 in Chico. The incident happened on Highway 99 near the East Avenue On Ramp before 5 am this morning. Chico PD, Chico Fire, and an ambulance responded to the scene. According to the CHP website no serious injuries were reported. 

The other vehicle collision was reported on Country Road 20 in Willows. According to the CHP, a vehicle collided with a tree around 4:30 am this morning. The roadway is reportedly clear for traffic and no injuries were reported.

A Chico teen is one of four students who were detained in Russia

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four students are enjoying smiles and hugs from family and friends in the U.S. after being briefly detained in Russia during a student leadership conference. The group arrived in San Francisco after an all-day journey across the globe. Russian immigration authorities accused them of possessing the wrong kind of visas. They were traveling on tourist visas to attend a two-week leadership conference but were told they needed business visas.

A Chico teen was one of those four students who was temporarily detained last week in Russia. 18-year-old Sterling Winter of Chico is said to have returned to the Northstate area on Tuesday.

A man is arrested for assault and making threats at a Willows veterinary clinic

A man is arrested after assaulting customers and making threats at a Willows veterinary clinic. 61-year-old Charles Kingman Jr. of Princeton, came into Burnham's Veterinary Clinic on Country Road 48 just after 3 pm Monday and reportedly threatening to kill the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Leroy Burnham for the death of his dog. He then started to hit customers and employees with his cane. Kingman also allegedly shoved a customer and was punching one of the employees. An off duty deputy visiting the clinic was able to detain Kingman until Sheriff's deputies and Willows Police arrived at the scene. Kingman was arrested for criminal threats and for assault & battery. 

A man threatens to burn a VA building

A man threatens to burn down a Chico Veteran's Affairs building. An employee from Veteran's Affairs called the Chico Police Department to report that a 55-year-old patient had just threatened to burn down the VA building just before 4 pm on Tuesday. Officers came out a home on Marjorie Avenue and made contact with the man. He refused to exit the home, but his wife and a third resident were evacuated from the house. During negotiations the man poured unknown medications into his mouth and lit a bottle filled with an incendiary liquid causing a small flame. The man finally exited the home after 40 minutes. The man was taken to the hospital and then turned over to Butte County behavioral Health Personnel. 

Teen Vandals Caught

Three arrests in the vandalism case at Las Plumas High School late last week. Oroville Police investigators got help from a school resource officer and surveillance video to identify the suspects. The surveillance video shows the boys buying purple paint from Home Depot AND then applying it to the Las Plumas Campus. The school quad and football field were reportedly tagged with the purple paint late last week. The three teens were booked on vandalism charges. Meanwhile, the investigation continues and more students could be involved. 

Veterans Day celebration at the Elks Lodge this morning

Chico Vets planning a celebration for local Veterans today. This day is set aside to honor those who've served in the U.S. Armed Forces will be celebrated in Chico at the Elks Lodge beginning at 11. The guest speaker will be Dan Roach, an Army vet in the Vietnam War where he received the Soldiers Medal and three bronze stars. He's also an author and retired in 2001. After his speech there'll be a Free Lunch. Veterans attending are urged to wear articles of service dress. Veterans Day origianlly began to mark the end of World War 1 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. 

Garcia Opens Law Practice in Chico

CHICO, Calif. (AP) - The first known immigrant to practice law in the U.S. after entering the country illegally has opened an office in Northern California [Chico].
Sergio Garcia doesn't practice immigration law as many might expect after he endured a bruising, five-year legal battle to get his California law license. He practices civil litigation, representing clients in car accidents.
Garcia says he hopes his battle will inspire other professionals living in the U.S. without legal permission to follow his example.
Garcia got his license after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a specially crafted bill to let him practice law.
California lawmakers recently passed a separate bill allowing other professionals living in the country without permission - including doctors, architects and dentists - to receive licenses to practice. That law goes into effect Jan. 1.

Robbery Suspect Arrested after He leads Chico Police on a chase

Chico Police arrest a robbery suspect after he leads them on a chase. Chico police were called out to Open System Imaging for an alarm before 5 pm Saturday. When officers arrived they saw a green Ford Ranger parked in the fire lane next to the business. The suspect, 54-year-old Anthony Salzman ran from the business and fled in the truck at a high rate of speed.  After a brief pursuit officers were able to stop the truck and arrest the Salzman without any further incident. Officers found several items belonging to the business in Salzman's truck.

Man charged with pot growing gives plea in court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Mexican man has pleaded guilty to growing thousands of marijuana plants on National Forest land in Northern California.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Daniel Gomez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty Thursday to growing 5,287 marijuana plants in Lassen National Forest.

The office says Gomez-Gonzalez was arrested on July 11, 2014 on a forest trail near the marijuana field.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old man told law enforcement he was responsible for spraying, watering, and fertilizing the marijuana plants.

Gomez-Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced in January. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Reports of shots fired, in Chico, were actually fireworks

What was thought to be shots fired in the area of Conners and East Avenue turned out to be fireworks. Chico police responded to reports of shots fired in the area at around 9:20 am Thursday. Although there have been a string of shootings in the Chico area recently, luckily this was not of them. After arriving on the scene Chico PD determined the sounds were actually coming from a roman candle and not a gun. Although officers remained on the scene to be sure, officials maintain it was fireworks not gun fire. 

New Species of Coral Found Off the Northern California Coast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they've discovered a new species of deep-sea coral off the Northern California coast. NOAA announced that a research team using small submersibles found the coral in September near national marine sanctuaries off the coast of Sonoma County. The coral was discovered about 600 feet deep in underwater canyons.

Cop Killer Moved to Another Jail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in the slayings of two sheriffs' deputies in neighboring Northern California counties has been moved to a nearby jail. Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said last week that he preferred that Luis Monroy-Bracamonte not be held in Sacramento while he awaits trial in last month's shooting spree. He had been moved to the jail in El Dorado County, 45 miles west of the state capital.

Paradise Sales Tax Increase

Paradise voters are giving themselves a tax increase. By a slim 52-percent-to-48 percent margin (223 votes) ridge voters are giving themselves a half-cent sales tax increase to help fund public safety, public works and animal control services. Passage of the measure could mean an extra 850 thousand dollars for Paradise to fund these public safety projects. 
The tax is set to expire after six years.

3rd District State Assembly Race

The 3rd District State Assembly went to Republican James Gallagher as he beat Democrat Jim Reed 
63-to-37 percent. 

Northstate Congressional Races

Doug LaMalfa has won another term as the 1st District Congressman easily beating Democratic challenger Heidi Hall 
from Grass Valley. He won 62-38 percent.........He will head back to Congress knowing his Republican party will have majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Democratic incumbent John Garamendi was in a tight race into the wee hours of the morning against 
Republican challenger Dan Logue. At stake the 3rd district congressional seat. Garamendi 
beat Logue 53-to-47 percent or roughly 5000 votes.

Props 1 & 2

California voters overwhelmingly want water storage. With Passage of Proposition 1 
they are authorizing 360 million dollars in bonds over the next 40 years to pay for storage, 
infrastructure and ecosystem and watershed protection. The bonds will also pay for drinking 
water protection. The 40 year water bond will cost 7.5 billion dollars. Voters approved the 
measure by a.................. 
Voters also approved Proposition 2 which will require the state to use general fund 
monies to repay state debts. The reserves will be used to pay debts faster. Smaller reserves 
could affect the funding for some smaller school districts. 

School District Elections

School District Elections

The Chico Unified School Board has three new members as Gary Loustale, Eileen Robinson and 
Kathleen Kaiser won election. Cynthia Van Auken finished nearly 2000 votes behind Kaiser for 
the final spot. 

The Oroville High School District had three seats up for grabs and Nanette Walker, Bonnie King 
and Cameron Sweeney were elected. 

Paradise Unified has filled their two vacant spots as Judith Peters and Alan White won election 
to the board.

City Council Election

Fiscal Conservatives will be taking charge on the Chico City Council as Andrew Coolidge, Mark Sorensen 
and Reanette Fillmer garnered the most votes for three open Chico City Council seats. The results mean three-time incumbent 
Scott Gruendl has been ousted from the post. Coolidge, Sorensen and Fillmer were unified in stressing fiscal restraint and professed they would change the fiscal climate on the Chico Council. Gruendl was hoping for his fourth term but finished a distant sixth. 

Measures A & B Outcome

Butte County voters sided with law enforcement when it comes to future medical marijuana policy. 
Both Measures A & B were hotly contested, but voters sided with police and the county leaders. 
Measure A was passed by a 62-to-38 percent vote. 
Measure A limits the size of marijuana grows to 150 square feet of lot sizes 10 acres or more. 
The size of the property determines how many plants can be cultivated. Proponents claim the limits 
are more than enough room to grow medical marijuana. Opponents called Measure A "extreme." 
They say it now allows the county sheriff to conduct warrantless searches on private property in their search for 
Measure B would have taken future marijuana policy out of Supervisors hands, and instead 
let voters determine policy. Voters overwhelmingly want county leaders to be making these decisions 
shooting down the measure 67-to-33 percent. 

Gas Prices

The price of gas keeps going down--and for the first time in four years American Motorists may soon see a gallon of gas for less than 3 dollars. In Chico, it's down to 3 dollars 13 cents on average. That means gas prices have fallen almost 6 cents a gallon in a week and more than 51 cents lower than a year ago. Whether gas will continue to go down or drop even further all depends on the price of oil.

Park Fees May Increase

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Visitors to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park may soon have to pay higher fees.

The Redding Record Searchlight reports Monday National Park Service officials have proposed doubling the daily fee at Whiskeytown Lake from $5 to $10, and the annual pass from $25 to $40. Entrance fees at Lassen would go from $10 to $25 for a one-to seven-day pass and an annual pass would increase from $25 to $50.

Officials say the money collected annually from the fee increases would pay for trail and kayak shed maintenance, restrooms and sewer line improvements and would help develop visitor center exhibits and youth campgrounds.

They say fees at Whiskeytown and Lassen parks haven't been raised since 1997 and 1998, respectively.

Multiple Arrests Over the Halloween Weekend

Chico Police make multiple arrests during the Halloween weekend. The most activity was on Halloween night with a large number of people in the South Campus area and with many of those from outside of Butte County. According to Chico PD, 41 arrests were made during the first 24 hour period with about 20 of those from out of the county. There were also 27 medical responses for alcohol overdoses on Halloween night. Saturday there was a decrease in crowd size with 18 arrests made. Only five of those were from individuals living outside of Butte County. Police say there were not any significant violent incidents reported in the city over the weekend.  

BART Train Fire

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say nobody was hurt when an unoccupied train caught fire over the weekend.

KPIX-TV reports one of the train's cars was undergoing maintenance at the Hayward yard Sunday morning when flames broke out.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, and kept them from getting inside the train.

Crews had replaced a section underneath the car before the fire. Officials are investigating the cause.

No injuries were reported. Only the outside of the train was damaged.

Gubernatorial Candidates Visit the Northstate

The two Gubernatorial candidates visit the Northstate. The Repubican Candidate Neel Kashkari visited the Republican headquarters on Mangrove Ave. here in Chico on Sunday. About 50 people showed up for a 20 minute question and answer session with Kashkari. The Democratic incumbent, Governor Jerry Brown visited a crowd of about 100 at the Williams Hotel in Williams on Saturday. A recent field poll has Brown up by about 21 points over Kashkari.  

Butte County Pot Bust

Hundreds of pounds of pot are located and arrests are made in a Butte County drug bust. Drug agents searched properties in Forbestown, Berry Creek, and Oroville on Thursday. Officers found indoor and outdoor growing marijuana plants and about 300 pounds of processed marijuana. 15 thousand dollars was also found. Six people were arrested. Authorities believe the three locations are connected. 

Palermo Arrest

An arrest near Palermo after a manhunt that caused a local school to be briefly locked down. It started Thursday morning when the suspect reportedly fled the scene of an accident. He was chased by authorities and eventually cornered inside a Baldwin Avenue Home. He was eventually taken into custody, but not before authorities briefly ordered the lock down of Palermo School.  

State Guidelines For Quarantining Ebola Patients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials are recommending 21 days of quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients. But they're leaving it up to county officials to determine whether to isolate someone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified state officials of 19 people who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country as of Friday.

Butte County Officials are cracking down on walnut thieves.

It'll be harder now for thieves to steal and profit from the county's top crop. By Friday all the walnut vendors on the side of the road will be required to have permits. The idea is to prevent walnut theft. Walnuts meant more than 285 million dollars to Butte County last year. It wasn't long ago that thieves reportedly stole walnuts and then sold them as their own. But now those trying to do that could have the walnuts confiscated and face legal action.

Safe and Sane Halloween Event

Safe and Sane Halloween will be happening Halloween day starting at 4 pm at the Chico Mall. The event ends when the candy runs out so make sure you get there before that happens. Valley Oak Vet clinic as well as Skyway Dentistry will be at the event handing out important info about chocolate toxicity levels for dogs and trading candy for dentist visits.

Three Chico men arrested in Arizona

Three Chico men are arrested for transporting drugs through Arizona. Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies stopped a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by 19-year-old Kiefer Carter for a traffic violation around 8:30 am on October 22nd. Carter and his passengers 18-year-old Christopher Abey and 27-year-old Ryan Rash were reportedly acting nervous. A K-9 helped the deputies locate 19 pounds of packaged marijuana hidden in speaker boxes in the trunk. Rash then took off across Interstate 40 into the desert. He was found in later hiding in a gravel pit. According to a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, all three men were from Chico and were arrested on various drug charges. Three other men, in a Honda Civic, who were associated with the three suspects were also arrested. They were also from California. 

Glenn County Stabbing Incident

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is investigating a stabbing incident. Deputies came out to the Shasta Garden Apartment complex on East Shasta Street in Orland around 10 pm Monday on reports of a stabbing. Deputies found 21-year-old Jose Marmolejo suffering from stab wounds to his neck. An ambulance came out and transported him to the Enloe Medical Center. Deputies questioned a 19-year-old female who said that she was with Marmolejo at Stony Creek where they were approached by an 18-year-old male who they knew. The two men got into an argument and the man stabbed Marmolejo. The case is under investigation.  

Man accused in a shooting rampage in Sacramento County is arrested.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies dead in California had been arrested in Utah nearly 10 years ago, but authorities didn't connect him with his criminal past or his previous deportations. West Valley City police say they took a fingerprint from a man using the name Marcelo Marquez during a misdemeanor hit and run arrest in 2003. However, Utah authorities say fingerprints from such suspects are not regularly entered into a database that would flag other arrests in the U.S. or deportations. Marquez flew under the radar until he and his wife were arrested Friday after the California shootings. Authorities say the fingerprints have been matched to biometric records showing his real name is Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, and he had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs in 1997 and deported to Mexico twice.

Chico school put on lock down as police search for a parole violator.

A parole violator causes a Chico school to be briefly locked down after police seek and eventually arrest the man. Just before 9 Monday morning, police say 24 year old Patrick Rollins was spotted riding around near First and Arbutus Streets. He reportedly took off, and police ordered Hooker Oak Elementary to be locked down as they continued searching. Rollins was eventually found hiding in a garage and was arrested on various charges, including drug and gun violations. 


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