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CalFire map of the North Complex Fire, Sept. 11, 2020

Gov. Newsom signs inmate firefighter legislation in Butte as historic blaze rages on the ridge

Chloe Curtis, Kimberly Morales, and Matthew Wreden // September 11, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom arrived in Butte County on Friday amid the raging North Complex Fire and signed legislation, AB-2147, striking down barriers for inmate firefighters to become licensed after...

Evacuation Warning courtesy of @ButteSheriff on Twitter Photo credit: Butte County Sheriff's Office

Evacuation warnings and flooding caused by steady rainfall

Gordy Papalias // February 14, 2019

Update: 2:12 p.m. According to Meghan McMahon, the Police Information Officer at the Butte County Sheriff's office, "About six houses" have been evacuated due to flooding in the Butte County area. While...

Man arrested for stealing car and leading police on a vehicle pursuit

Man arrested for stealing car and leading police on a vehicle pursuit

Josiah Nicholl // April 3, 2018

Butte County Sheriff deputies were led on a vehicle pursuit from the area of E. Lassen Ave. to Cohasset Road on Monday.According to a press release from the Chico Police Department, the incident occurred...

Owner's car gets towed at the Dungeon smoke shop. Photo credit: Lexi Hoedt

Drug bust suspects arrested, awaiting trial

Bianca Quilantan // September 12, 2016

Four men face drug-related charges stemming from an 11-month-long investigation that developed into a raid at a downtown Chico smoke shop on Aug. 23.The Dungeon was raided by agents from the Butte Interagency...

Rose Avenue homicide suspect arrested, victim identified

Rose Avenue homicide suspect arrested, victim identified

Courtney Weaver // March 20, 2015

According to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office press release, on March 18, 49-year-old Christopher Warren Swihart was arrested at a local attorney’s office by Butte County detectives for the alleged...

Riley Dean Hoover

Hoover pleads not guilty to charges

Christine Lee // March 19, 2014

The man charged with a DUI hit-and-run that resulted in the death of Chico State student Kristina Chesterman in September plead not guilty to all charges Wednesday. Riley Dean Hoover, 20, appeared Wednesday...

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