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Chico police arrest suspected robber at Thursday Night Market

CHICO — A suspected robber ran through downtown Chico during Thursday Night Market with officers in pursuit before he was tackled at City Plaza and arrested, according to police.


Chico woman charged with manslaughter in deadly East Avenue crash

OROVILLE — A Chico woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a crash Saturday in north Chico that left a man dead. The Butte County District Attorney’s Office on Friday charged 23-year-old Amery Sweany with a single felony count of vehicular manslaughter in the death of 64-year-old


Vandalism leads to arrest in Chico

CHICO, Calif. - Officers say on Tuesday morning they discovered the plaza stage in downtown Chico had been vandalized with derogatory statements about public safety agencies. A 13-year-old-girl, who had a run-in with police the day before, was identified as the suspect.


Chico man charged in friend’s Lake Oroville boating death enters plea

OROVILLE — A Chico man facing charges in his friend’s boating death last year on Lake Oroville has pleaded not guilty, according to court documents. Brandon Smith, 30, is charged in Butte County Superior Court with a felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the May 13, 2018, death


Silva: Yank Chico from AB 430 and move on

One of the reasons people hate Chico so much is that, historically, it’s viewed as trying to impose its political will on the rest of the communities within Butte County. And it hasn’t much mattered which ideology is in the majority.


Three new measles cases confirmed in Butte County

--- BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Three new measles cases were confirmed Friday in Butte County, bringing the total to 10. These cases are linked to the original measles cluster announced on March 24, 2019. (CLICK HERE for a list of cases by county)


Butte County’s most wanted

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Fredric Douglas Gillespie for a warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance and failure to report to jail. Gillespie, 74, is 5-foot-4, 160 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.


Chico Fire responds to restaurant fire that leaves significant damage

CHICO, Calif. - Just after 4 p.m. a fire broke out at the China House restaurant at the corner of Nord and West Sacramento Avenues. Fire crews cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the building while they worked for about 45 minutes to knock down the flames.


Here is your list of this weekend's North State events

Fork in the Road (CHICO): This free event provides entertainment and food! Over a dozen local food trucks will take part where you can purchase all sorts of treats. There will also be live music! Degarmo Park (199 Leora Ct.), 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Missing California teen believed to be with murder suspects

Investigators in California are searching for a missing teenage girl believed to be with her mother and a man, both of whom are murder suspects. Alora Benitez, 15, was last seen Wednesday morning in Torrance, California, getting into a white BMW with Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado, according to


What’s happening Friday in the north valley

Chico Seed Orchard: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Pedestrian gate open seven days a week. Drive-thru gate, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. One-mile self-guiding nature trail through botanical area in Edgar Slough. Pet owners keep dogs leashed at all times. Search for Chico Seed Orchard online for more information. 274


New hotel in Chico will open next month

CHICO, Calif. - A new hotel in Chico is looking to ease the pressure of bookings during Chico State's graduation weekend. The new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will open next month and have 93 rooms.


How investigators used lollipops to take down a meth dealer

GRIDLEY, Calif. — An investigation that spanned two countries involved shipping containers from Mexico, a consignment facility in Ohio and lollipops. In January, a DHL Consignment facility spotted a can of material from Durango, Mexico, containing several boxes. It did not have a manifest, which suc


California man sets self on fire in Target parking lot: officials

A California man on Wednesday suffered third-degree burns to the front half of his body after he used a lighter to melt a gasoline-filled jug, fire officials said. The unintended immolation took place in a Target parking lot in Modesto, about 100 miles east of San Francisco. The man, who was not ide


Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said.


Crash leads to motorcyclist trapped under vehicle

CHICO, Calif. - We are working to learn the condition of a motorcyclist that got trapped under a parked car on Thursday night. The crash happened on West 3rd and Ash Streets at around 10:30 p.m.


You’ll never guess the most expensive and affordable theme parks in California

A new survey by a vacation planning website has found that Universal Studios Hollywood is the most expensive theme park in California and Knott’s Berry Farm is the most affordable — but not for the reasons you might expect.


Bobcat survives deadly wildfire, has 4 kittens in California

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens. Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Friday that biologists recently found the bobcat's den in den


Fire in Paradise, California, poisoned the water with 'toxic cocktail'

PARADISE, Calif. — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, water officials said.