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Team Chico holds public safety meeting

Business owners and Chico community members discuss ways to decrease crime along the Bidwell bike path and surrounding park areas. Photo credit: Michael Fritz

Michael Fritz

April 19, 2017

Business owners and community members from the Bidwell Park business district met with the Chico Police Department for a safety meeting Tuesday. The meeting was organized by Team Chico."The Chico police department values partnerships with our community. These community safety meetings are an important...

Body found in Little Chico Creek identified

Photo credit: Sean Martens

Jafet Serrato

April 3, 2017

A dead body was found near Little Chico Creek March 26, marking it the first homicide in Chico in 2017.Butte County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Lone Pine Avenue near Little Chico River Road when they discovered the body of 33-year-old, William Kohnke. A missing person report as filed f...

Pedestrian killed by train identified

Chico Police investigate train collision involving a pedestrian. Photo credit: Garrett Isley

George Johnston

March 21, 2017

Martin Mikolajczak was identified by Butte County Sheriff’s Office as the man killed by a train in Chico, March 17. The 34-year-old was struck by the train around West Fifth and Sixth Streets at about 10 p.m. Mikolajczak did not move away from the tracks despite the conductor sounding the train...

Safeway cuts hours due to theft

Safeway shopping center located at 720 Mangrove Ave. Photo credit: Jafet Serrato

Jafet Serrato

March 13, 2017

Safeway at Mangrove Avenue is reducing hours of operation due to a high amount of theft in the area. The shopping center will now be closed from 2 to 5 a.m., seven days a week, instead of the previous 24 hour service. Managers of Safeway declined to comment on the issue. "A lot of the reaso...

Crime rates drop, but is it enough?

A Police Advisory Community Board meeting was held at 441 Main St. Photo credit: Jafet Serrato

Jafet Serrato

March 9, 2017

The number of total crimes in Chico decreased by five percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to the Police Community Advisory Board meeting. Violence and property crimes decreased by more than 220 from 2015 to 2016.Chief of Police Michael O' Brien said that during his tenure in the department he h...

Man sells stolen goods while car jacking

Police blotter. Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Jafet Serrato

February 26, 2017

Chico Police Call Type: Drunk in PublicSunday, 3:32 p.m., 2000 Business LaneAn intoxicated man was seen bothering people around AMPM and witnesses said he ran towards the Toys R’ Us parking lot. People described him as the same person who was outside selling stolen goods from Big Lots, while at...

Crime numbers falling in Chico

The number of complaints filed against officers has been declining. Photo credit: Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

February 2, 2017

In a press conference Jan. 26, Chief of Police Michael O’Brien released various crime statistics for 2016. Violent crime rates in Chico are down 16 percent since 2015. Total crime is down 5 percent from 2015. “Most Californian communities are not seeing a decrease they are seeing an increase...

Student cuts man in confrontation

Police blotter Photo credit: Miles Huffman

Jacqueline Morales

January 31, 2017

Chico Police DepartmentCall Type: DisturbanceTuesday 10:38 a.m., 1936 Elm StreetMale with a shopping cart laying on the sidewalk yelling to the air. Potential threat, might hurt someone walking by out of anger.Call Type: Refusing to leave Tuesday 8:45 a.m., 1057 Park AvenueHomeless subject living under a...

Chico could receive more cameras

Members of Police Community Advisory Board. Photo credit: Kaley Wise

Kayla Fitzgerald

October 21, 2016

The Police Community Advisory Board met Oct. 19 to discuss the new bike trail cameras.Bike path cameras were installed over the summer along the infamous, "rape trail.""These cameras are not the end all, and they don't stop all crime, but they let people know that we're paying attention," said Chief of Po...

Chico Police arrest 11 in 24 hours

Chico police arrested 11 people for DUIs in 24 hours. Photo source: Chico Police Facebook

Elizabeth Helmer

April 26, 2016

The Chico Police Department arrested 11 people for driving under the influence between April 23 and 24 according to a police press release.In the press release, 10 suspects were arrested during routine DUI checks over the weekend. The drivers, Cesar Serrato, Matthew Wright, James Endicott, Gary Beckman,...

Woman found attempting to skinny dip

Photo credit: The Orion

January 23, 2016

Chico Police DepartmentCall type: Suspicious Subject 7:02 a.m., 349 Oak St.A male was seen walking around the complex in a black hoodie. He attempted to climb the a/c unit to an upstairs apartment.Call type: Found Child 7:51 a.m., 905 Wall St.2 year old child found outside roaming the street. The mot...

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