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According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the National Security Agency and British Security services worked in conjunction to hack the internal computers of the biggest SIM card provider in the world. 
The breach, detailed in a 2010 NSA classified document, targeted a Netherlands company called Gemalto. They provide SIM cards for AT & T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless providers around the world. Gemalto produces roughly 2 billion SIM cards a year.
With these stolen encryption keys, intelligence agencies can monitor mobile communications without seeking or receiving approval from telecom companies and foreign governments. Possessing the keys also sidesteps the need to get a warrant or a wiretap, while leaving no trace on the wireless provider’s network that the communications were intercepted. Bulk key theft additionally enables the intelligence agencies to unlock any previously encrypted communications they had already intercepted, but did not yet have the ability to decrypt. 
Matthew Green is a cryptography specialist at Johns Hopkins University. He says the stolen encryption keys means its "game over" for cellular encryption. The story was first reported by the publication The Intercept.

Chico Police are investigating a fatal stabbing and are on the lookout for two persons of interest, Michael Anderson (white male) and Brandy Hernandez (white female), both of Chico and in their mid to late 20's. No further physical descriptions have been released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chico Police at 530-897-4911.


Officers came to a home on Mulberry Street after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a fight just before 8 am Thursday. Officers didn't find anyone at the home, but there was evidence of an altercation. Police then found a man, near West 2nd Avenue, who had been stabbed during the fight. The victim was taken to Enloe Medical Center where he died from his wounds. Chico PD is now treating the incident as a homicide.

Chico Police are investigating a possible stabbing. The incident occurred around 7:30 am at a residence near Mulberry and East 23rd Streets. The E-R, is reporting that roads near the intersection are closed off while police continue to investigate.The victim is said to have been taken to Enloe Medical Center. According to scanner traffic police are looking for a dark green or dark blue Chevy utility vehicle.

The Chico City Council voted to get the ball rolling on the annexation of the Chapman and Mulberry neighborhoods. The Council voted 5-2 at Tuesday night's meeting to approve the agreement with the Local Agency Formation Commission to initiate annexation the two areas over a five year period.


The council failed to approve the agreement in November which resulted in LAFCO threatening to sue the city to resolve unauthorized sewer connections and related unpaid fees. It is beleived that the litigation will be dropped with the agreement. According to the Chico E-R, the City has to turn in applications by April 30th, and if LAFCO approves them the annexation process will begin.    

A farming collective on Dayton Road in Chico called Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies, or GRUB is in danger of closing. The owners are attempting to sell the property, which may lead to the closure of the farm. Members are hoping to raise enough money through crowdfunding to make an offer themselves. If that is unsuccessful, they hope someone who shares their vision will buy the land.


Besides farming the property GRUB members host community workshops teaching about food education, communal living, and recycling. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, it is also a place for students to learn about agriculture during field trips. If you would like to find out more about Grub follow this link to their website:

Comcast owes the City of Chico thousands of dollars in unpaid franchise fees. After conducting an audit, City staff discovered that two hundred thousand dollars a year have gone unpaid by the cable company for the past four years. Franchise fees are commonly charged to vendors to do business in the city. According to Action News Now, city officials weren't pointing fingers, but say that Comcast wasn't handing over the fees owed to the city. The revenue collected for the past four years, plus this year's fees, will add up to about $1,000,000 for Chico.

                 A suspected case of the measles has been reported in Tehama County. A local doctor reportedly told Tehama County health officials on Monday that a patient had a fever with a rash and believed it to be a case of the measles.


                The patient has been quarantined at home while health officials await for the confirmation from the test results sometime today.  According to officials, the un-named patient has not had any recent travel history.


                 Measles is a highly contagious disease spread by air and by direct contact with someone who is infected with it. Symptoms include fever, rashes, coughing and red watery eyes. The disease can be very severe and is able to spread from roughly four days before and after the actual rash appears.   



               Chico State is suspending both the men's and women's lacrosse teams after an inquiry into the death of freshman student Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos, a member the team, was killed when he 
ran across the street against a red light and was struck by a car on January 16th.
               According to school officials both lacrosse teams threw parties that were in violation of school statutes about alcohol consumption several times between January 10th and the 16th. The teams players and coaches were informed of the university's decision on Monday. Chico State Spokesman Joe Wills says the punishment is not unlike suspensions of other student organizations, as lacrosse at Chico State is not like other intercollegiate athletics but involves teams fielded by clubs.
               Both teams can apply for reinstatement at the end of the spring semester.

A Chico man is under suspicion for possessing child pornography. Federal authorities say 44 year old Mark Wygant videotaped girls as young as 4 in 2011. Wygant works as a captain for the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and also is reportedly director of an emergency training business based out of Chico. Wygant has reportedly admitted to Federal prosecutors that he videotaped and stored images of the young girls. One of the victims reportedly told authorities about the incident. 

Four medical marijuana patients are filing a lawsuit against the recently passed
medical marijuana ordinance in Butte County Superior Court today.
The four patients allege Municipal Code 34A, that limits pot cultivation, is a violation
of the California Compassionate Use Act by limiting patients ability to grow
marijuana. The suit alleges the ordinance conflicts with the equal protection 
clauses in the state and U.S. constitutions. 
According to the suit, Measure A has the potential to violate the Americans
with Disabilities Act as some patients will not be able to maneuver in gardens
so small. 
Plaintiffs in the case are represented by Scott Candell from San Rafael.

Police respond to stabbing incident in downtown Chico. Officers came out to West 6th Street on multiple reports of a stabbing just after 1:30 am Saturday. Officers found two victims that had received moderate non-life threatening injuries after a fight at a party. An unnamed 17-year-old was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. The investigation is ongoing.  

A law enforcement authority is assaulted after confronting an alleged gang member. Chico police came out to an area near Mandalay Court and the Esplanade on reports of a hit and run collision involving three vehicles around 5:30 pm Friday. The alleged driver of a Toyota Camry identifide as Tobias Vigil had fled the scene on foot. According to Chico PD, Vigil is a known gang member. Vigil reportedly assaulted a Fish and Game Warden who was assisting the officers. A taser was used on Vigil and he was taken into custody. Three others who were with Vigil were arrested for attempting to stop the arrest his arrest. 

Chico police are on the lookout for two armed robbery suspects. Two men wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces ran into the Money Saver Food Mart on Park Avenue just before 8:30 pm Thursday. One of the men pulled a gun while the second suspect reportedly jumped over the counter and used a stun gun on the clerk. The suspects grabbed some cash and cigarettes before fleeing the store on foot. The clerk sustained minor injuries. Both suspects are said to be in their early 20s and both are around 5 feet 9 inches tall. Police say that the men are considered armed and dangerous.

A judge gives PG&E the go-ahead to remove trees outside an Oroville cemetery. A Butte County Superior Court Judge made two rulings at a hearing on Wednesday that will allow PG&E to remove the last nine sycamores still standing on Feather River Boulevard. According to the E-R, the judge granted an injunction that will require Oroville police to keep people 30 feet from the site. PG&E says that the trees need to be removed to prevent damage to the pipeline and improve access during emergencies. Action News Now reports that the group, Save Oroville Trees plans to fill a lawsuit against PG&E and the city of Oroville. 

Chico Police investigate a shooting on Nord Avenue Wednesday evening. Witnesses told officers that a group of men had fired a handgun at another group of men near Walgreens on Nord Avenue before 6 pm. Officers found three men attempting to leave the area and detained them. 23-year-old Vincent Honeycutt was identified as the alleged shooter. Police conducted an extensive search and could not find the gun. Police believe he was able discard the gun. A conealed knife was found on Honeycutt and he was arrested. A 14-year-old found with metal knuckles was charged and released to his parents. The other male was released without charges. A small amount of drugs were found nearby, but officers were unable to link them to anyone in the group. The targets of the shooting fled the scene when officers arrived. Police say the motive for the shooting is unknown. 

Two alleged gang members have been taken into custody after police say they vandalized a Chico
apartment complex and issued threats using vandalism.
The Chico Police with help from the Gang Unit arrested 21 year-old Oscar Gonzalez and a
16 year-old juvenile. Authorities say they found windows smashed out on a car at the Pomona 
Avenue Apartments earlier last week. They also found "187 PC" written on a nearby wall. 187 is the state penal code
for murder and is used by street gangs as a threat.
Both Gonzalez and the 16 year-old were arrested for vandalism and criminal threats.

Part of Paradise went dark early Tuesday morning after a man reportedly hit two power poles and knocked out power. The incident happened shortly after midnight when 47 year old Todd Brown ran into two power poles at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. The collision knocked out power to nearby homes. Brown was arrested for drunk driving.


     More than 2000 ridge residents had their power knocked off line after a drunk driver slammed into

two power poles just after 1:30 this morning at the intersection of Pentz and Billie Roads. 47 year-old 

Todd Brown was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving. Power has slowly been restored

to Paradise residents, with most people seeing power restored by 8am





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     The VICTIM of a robbery dies while being interviewed by police. 55-year-old Michael Cocoran of Fairfield reportedly died while being interviewed by Oroville Police on January 18th after suffering a heart attack. According to Action News Now, Cocoran and another individual were allegedy involved in a drug sale that turned into a robbery. 
     The robbery investigation is said to be ongoing, but it is believed that Cocoran's death was due to a medical condition unrelated to the case. 21-year-old Jamaine Nash, one of the three suspects involved, has been arrested. 


      PG & E has begun the tree removal process near the Oroville Cemetary. On Monday crews removed four 
of the 13 trees slated for removal despite protests from community activists. More than 60 people arrived 
before dawn to protest the power giant's tree removal plans. Once the crowd had thinned out PG & E began the
     Tree advocates say the sycamore and elm trees are part of Oroville's heritage with the trees planted
in the late 1880's. According to the ChicoER, PG & E says the trees need to be removed to prevent their root 
systems from damaging gas pipelines that are close to the roots. 
     PG & E has been proactive in analyzing their their pipelines after an explosion in San Bruno six years ago
killed eight people.

A driver involved in a single vehicle crash in Willows is arrested for alleged DUI. A deputy from the Glenn County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident at Highway 99 and Country Road 53 in Willows just before 11 pm on Sunday. Willows police came out and investigated the accident and found the driver to allegedly be under the influence. According to the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified driver was arrested for DUI and other vehicle code violations.  

Gas prices in Chico continue to fall, as the national average appears to be headed under 2 dollars a gallon. Gas prices have fallen in Chico by more than 6 cents a gallon, bringing the average to 2 dollars 27 cents a gallon while in According to gasbuddy dot com, we should expect the national average to fall under 2 dollars a gallon this week, but do not expect it to last as refineries have been processing less crude oil. The cost per gallon should stay on average in the low 2 dollars a gallon range in the near future. 

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