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PG&E to shut off power to thousands Wednesday

Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Jack Lewis

November 19, 2019

Over 303,000 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) customers in 25 counties are expected to lose power Wednesday morning due to high winds and dry conditions. This is being done, according to PG&E, in order to ensure no fire breaks out due to downed power lines.The outage is currently expected to aff...

Suicide threat causes evacuation

The area where an evacuation took place due to a suicide threat on Saturday.

Angelina Mendez

November 18, 2019

On Nov. 16 around 6 p.m., Chico Police Department officers responded to a call about a man with a gun that was threatening suicde on 1749 East Eaton Road. Upon arrival, the officers evacuated the uninvolved persons from the area. Nearby residents were evacuated and/or shelter in place. After communication wi...

Firefighters respond to Jesus Center incident

The Jesus Center is located on Park Avenue in Chico. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Jessie Imhoff

November 16, 2019

The fire department was called Friday for a small, smoldering fire that broke out at the Jesus Center.According to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, there was a hot water heater on the second floor of the building that overheated the floor, causing minor damage.Once it was located, it was put out b...

Police Blotter: Man reports eco-minded neighbor complaints about diesel-fueled vehicle

Police Blotter: Man reports eco-minded neighbor complaints about diesel-fueled vehicle

Jessie Imhoff

November 15, 2019

Chico PD Call Type: Refusing to Leave Tuesday, Nov. 5 6:18 a.m. 1300 East Ave. Male refusing to leave and cursing at customers. Call Type: Assault Tuesday, Nov. 5 1:21 p.m. 1200 Park Ave. Male caller stated someone was assaulted and bleeding badly Call Type: Disturbance Wednesday, No...

Meet the Heat confronts black relationships with campus police

A few students share their previous negative experinces with the cops and how that affected their preception of them. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza

November 15, 2019

Growing up, many people in the group Meet the Heat were afraid and skeptical of law enforcement. Despite their past experiences, they are working with University Police to start a relationship.Ka Lynda Watts has dealt with multiple negative encounters from police. The police ignored her when someone dr...

Butte County falls silent in remembrance of Camp Fire

Marge Nelmes came to Chico City Plaza to remember her best friend, Lolene Rios of 46 years who passed away during the fire. Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

November 13, 2019

Friday, Nov. 8, marked a year since Butte County faced the deadliest wildfire in California history, and residents faced it with remembrance and hope. Gathering at various locations in Chico State and the Chico City Plaza, the town fell silent for a shared 85 seconds, marking the 85 lives lost from the ...

K9 discovers meth in vehicle stop

Ricardo Castrejon mugshot pictured and K9 Aron pictured. Photo provided by Chico PD. Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez

November 12, 2019

K9 Aron was awarded a second scoop of dog food for dinner after finding discovering methamphetamine paraphernalia in a vehicle in a conducted vehicle stop.On Nov. 9 at 1:50 a.m., a vehicle stop was conducted in the area of Esplanade and East Lassen Avenue by Chico Police K9 Officer David Martin and Offic...

Chico State explains evacuation and safety plans

Angelina Mendez

November 10, 2019

On Tuesday, photos surfaced on social media showing that the phrase “There Shooting Wednesday” was scribbled on the wall of a bathroom stall in Meriam Library.Students were confused and began to panic on social media, partially because of the lack of confirmation of whether or not a shootin...

Police Blotter: Multiple child endangerment reports and more

Police Blotter: Multiple child endangerment reports and more

Kimberly Morales and Angelina Mendez

November 9, 2019

University Police Call Type: Disturbance Tues, Oct 29, 5:29 p.m. 500 Block of W 2nd St. Call received for a complaint of a possible alcohol-related crime around the Bell Memorial Union. Upon police arrival, the suspect was reported to be gone on arrival/unable to locate. - Call Ty...

Paradise Ridge Elementary thanks first responders

Students, parents and first responders attended the event at the Paradise Ridge Elementary gymnasium. Photo credit: Jessie Imhoff

Jessie Imhoff

November 8, 2019

Paradise Ridge Elementary held a remembrance event in their school’s gym for the Camp Fire anniversary. Students participated in different performances for the event, such as reading the American Creed and singing "America the Beautiful." https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012119689580544?s=20 https://twitter.com/JessieReports/status/1193012582258368512?s=20 Many...

Graffiti at Meriam Library determined a ‘non-threat’

Student pass in front of Meriam Library. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Ricardo Tovar

November 7, 2019

University Police responded to student's concerns over threatening graffiti that was written on the third floor of the men's restroom at Meriam Library Wednesday. Around 7:30 p.m. a student reported to the circulation desk at the library of a threat that allegedly had been written in chalk on the...

Chico City Council considers proposals for housing, downtown access

Senior Planner Mike Sawley giving presentation to Chico City Council on General Plan 2030 and Municipal Code. Photo credit: Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez

November 7, 2019

Chico City Council's Tuesday meeting remembered Camp Fire victims and discussed Chico's General Plan for 2030. Mayor Randall Stone opened the meeting with an official declaration of November being Youth Homelessness Month, adding that on Friday morning, 85 seconds of silence will be held in light of the...

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