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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 ...

Three arrested, charged with juvenile sexual assault, child pornography

(From left to right) David Hamilton, 22, Vincent Balderas, 23, and Chesley Klein, 27. Images from Chico Police.

Kimberly Morales

September 19, 2019

Three Chico residents are in custody after being charged on suspicion of sexual assault on a minor and possession of child pornography.David Hamilton, 22, of Chico was arrested Aug, 27th as a suspect of a sexual assault of a minor under the age of 10, according to a news release issued by Chico Police De...

Shots fired on Porter Way and Rio Lindo Avenue

Police blocked off access to Porter Way Saturday, after reports of shots being fired Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Gordy Papalias

May 4, 2019

Chico police received multiple reports of what sounded like gunshots around Porter Way and Rio Lindo Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.Witnesses reported a male pedestrian quickly leaving the area. Police officers were able to detain 25 year old Jordan Tapp behind a closed business in the 100 Block of Rio Lindo Avenue.Chico police recovered a handgun from Tapp who ...

Criminal threats lead to arrest at Enloe Medical Center

The Emergency section of Enloe Medical Center where people fled from a potential shooter. Photo credit: Gordy Papalias

Gordy Papalias

April 30, 2019

On Monday at about 7:35 p.m. a Chico police officer arrived at Enloe Medical Center to finish a mental health evaluation when he saw patients fleeing the emergency room and saying there was a man running around saying he had a gun.Officers were able to get a description of the suspect and found out he was carrying a duffel bag. At this point all available officers responded to Enloe Medical Center.Several people saw the suspect jump out of a window and they directed officers to his location. The suspect, 56 year old Russell Niewald, was apprehended near the intersection of West 6th Avenue and Esplanade.According to the Chico Police Department press release, the suspect was aggressive, resistant and verbally threatening officers and staff, an...

Police chase leads to arrest of two felons

Two people arrested after police chase. Created by Gordy Papalias

Gordy Papalias

April 2, 2019

Officers engaged in a pursuit at 1:42 a.m. on Monday when a vehicle sped down East 9th Street at the Highway 99 overpass and didn’t yield to officers.One suspect exited the moving vehicle on Humboldt Avenue at Bartlett Street and ran from police. While fleeing, the suspect dropped a loaded 9mm pistol before being caught a short distance away with cocaine, ecstasy and mushrooms.The suspect was identified as 28-year-old David Pacheco and was arrested and charged with reckless evading, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon, possession of specific drugs for the purpose of sales, being armed while possessing drugs for sale and resist...

Chico Police deal with a week long crime wave

Crimes in Chico have been on the rise. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Gordy Papalias

March 12, 2019

Multiple StabbingsChico Police responded to three stabbings that happened within a 24-hour span last Monday. Police suspect that two of the incidents involve the same person at the same apartment complex.One incident involved a juvenile who was accused of stealing property. The juvenile got upset and then stabbed the accuser in the abdomen. The victim fled the scene and got himself to the nearest hospital.The juvenile was arrested by Chico Police at the scene of the stabbing and taken to Butte Juvenile Hall.T...

Police respond to rumors of man on campus asking suspicious questions

Chico State Police were present outside Meriam Library following rumors about a suspicious subject Photo credit: Kendall George

Kendall George

March 4, 2019

Updates: Earlier, it was reported that the Chico Police Department responded Monday morning to the rumors of a suspicious subject being on campus. It was actually the University Police Department who responded. There has also been a confirmation that the suspect was not on campus Monday morning according...

Cop Watch meeting held at Blackbird Cafe, holds police officers “accountable”

Blackbird Cafe is located on Park Avenue and offers beverages, snacks and books to read. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Kendall George

January 31, 2019

Cop Watch, an international organization started in Berkeley during 1990, has found its way to Chico. The first meeting was held Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Blackbird Cafe. According to event organizers Marin Hambley and Rain Scher, the main goal of Cop Watch Chico is to bring awareness to communit...

Blotter: Gun threats, phone scams and intoxicated trespassing

Blotter: Gun threats, phone scams and intoxicated trespassing

Brian Luong

January 30, 2019

Chico Police Call Type: Disturbance Thursday 8:50 p.m., 1500 Springfield Drive Suspect was escorted out of the store due to past shoplifting experiences. The suspect then became angry and threw a trash can at the window. No damages to the property were reported. Call Type: Fraud Fri...

Body found at Kendall Hall, police investigation ongoing

Kendall Hall was taped off and closed on Tuesday as police investigated the area where a deceased body was found. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

October 30, 2018

Kendall Hall was taped off and closed Tuesday morning after a deceased body was found on campus.On Monday night, police discovered a body on campus in the area around Kendall Hall. The building was closed to the campus on Tuesday until 11 a.m. and the area around the building was taped off for most ...

Suspicious subjects and circumstances, continued thefts and assault

Photo credit: The Orion

Dan Christian

September 26, 2018

University Police Call Type: Suspicious Person Thursday 9:37 a.m., Bell Memorial Union Subject was harassing reporting party after he didn’t want to sign petition.Call Type: Theft Thursday 2:52 p.m., West 1st Avenue A laptop was reported stolen from the Physical Science building. The laptop was ...

Chico High catches burglary on camera, leading to arrest

Michael Coley broke into a copy room and classes close to the main office of Chico High School. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

September 13, 2018

Michael Coley, was arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of tech from Chico High School, after six days on the lam. Coley allegedly snuck in to an open copy room and stole approximately $2,500 worth of Chromebooks and other items from adjacent classrooms, according to Assistant Principal B...

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