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Intoxicated man discharges firearm in Chico residence

Marc James (35) is the suspect who is charged with firing a gun in a grossly negligent manner. 
Image Courtesy of Chico PD

Ricardo Tovar

October 8, 2019

Chico Police responded to a report of a firearm discharge on Sunday at around 8:17 p.m. on the 1600 Block of Downing Avenue.Chico PD had responded to a call half an hour before at the same residence, involving a woman refusing to leave a man's home. At 8:17 p.m. the woman said that she heard a gunshot ...

Man pleads not guilty on charges of sexual assault and burglary

Felipe Jesus Marquez-Segura, 23,  is currently being held in Butte County Jail awaiting his preliminary hearing. Photo credit: Chico Police Department

Kimberly Morales

October 4, 2019

Felipe Jesus Marquez-Segura, 23, of Chico, entered court on Thursday while being held on charges including sexual assault and burglary. The defendant pleaded not guilty to forcible sexual penetration and first-degree burglary.According to a Chico Police Department press release, the Chico resident had been ...

Swedes Fire is the latest wildfire to hit Butte County

Cal Fire performs mop up operations at Chinese Wall Road in Oroville on Sunday morning. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Ricardo Tovar

September 8, 2019

Update at 9 a.m. Monday. Containment of the Swedes Fire is now at 40% according to the latest fact sheet from CAL Fire. 13 fire crews are currently involved. All evacuation orders are now reduced to evacuation warnings. In what is now the 180th incident of fire to hit California greater than 10 acres, th...

Student charged with sexual assault and burglary has first hearing

Martin Morales, a Chico State student majoring in Sociology, had his first court hearing at the Butte County Courthouse on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Ricardo Tovar

September 6, 2019

A student charged with sexual assault and burglary had his first hearing at the Butte County Superior Court in Oroville on Thursday morning.Martin Morales, 22, currently suspended by Chico State, faces charges of first-degree burglary, sexual assault and three cases of loitering/prowling on private p...

We took our vacation, now it’s time to honor the Camp Fire victims

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Karen Limones

December 5, 2018

Sitting in the northwest foothills of California’s Central Valley is Paradise, a Butte County town now widely known for perishing during the Camp Fire in a matter of 24 hours. According to Data USA, Paradise had a population of 26,396 residents. Most of these residents lost their homes during the C...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Vehicles were left on the side of the Skyway as the Camp Fire burned through Paradise and forced evacuations into Chico. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

November 9, 2018

Updated 11:03 a.m. Friday The Butte County Sheriff's office confirmed that at least five people in Paradise are known to be dead. According to a press release by the BCSO Community Relations Unit, the victims were found in vehicles that had been overtaken by the fire. Burn injuries have made it dif...

Photo of the day

Chico State students check in at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium to vote for the most recent election on Tuesday. Photo credit: Dominique Wood

Dominique Wood

November 7, 2018

Chico State students check in at the Bell Memorial Union auditorium to vote for the most recent election on Tuesday.

Unemployment rates in Butte County drop to all time low

Getty Images by David McNew

Yaritza Ayon and Mathew Miranda

November 2, 2018

The Butte County unemployment rate is reaching record lows.According to data by the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate for September was 4.1 percent. The lowest rate for a single month since the department began releasing data in J...

Congressional candidates speak at Chico State on issues facing first district voters

Candidate (left to right) Jessica Holcombe(D) , Marty Walters (D), Gregory Cheadle (R), David Peterson (D), Lewis Elbinger (D) and Audrey Denney (D) answer questions at open forum held at Chico State Monday. Photo credit: Carly Maxstone

Roberto Fonseca and Grayson Boyer

May 1, 2018

The Butte County League of Women Voters hosted a Q&A forum that featured candidates running for the First Congressional District election primaries coming up this June. The candidates answered a few questions on a variety of issues and expressed their platform stance on various topics.Six candidate...

Forum for Congressional candidates set for Monday

Forum for Congressional candidates set for Monday

Josiah Nicholl

April 26, 2018

Chico State has announced that next Monday at 7 p.m., a forum for US Representative District 1 Candidates will be held in Harlan Adams Theater at the Performing Arts Center. It will be free and open to the public. The event is being jointly hosted by the League of Women Voters of Butte County, the Offic...

California grant funds medication to combat opioid epidemic

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Tisha Cheney

February 16, 2018

The Chico police received a free supply of Naloxone kits designed to combat opioid overdoses this week.Naloxone is a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment for individuals experiencing an opioid overdose, according to a press release from the Chico Police Department.With the help of state funding...

Butte County program aims to give students educational opportunities

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Josiah Nicholl

February 4, 2018

Education leaders in Chico came together to sign the Butte County Promise Thursday.The Butte County Promise is a program to give all students the opportunity to further their education after graduating high school, by increasing the collaboration of Chico's education leaders to align educational pro...

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