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Railroad north of W. 1st Street where a pedestrian was hit by a train on Saturday at around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Ricardo Tovar

Former student struck, killed by train

Ricardo Tovar // September 16, 2019

Former student Reed Pickus has been killed by a train passing through Chico. The Chico Police department responded to a call Saturday at 9:40 p.m. from a conductor of a Union Pacific Train saying that...

Access was shut down as firefighters worked to contain the bridge flames. Photo courtesy CALFIRE Butte County,

Fire impacts bridge, routes near Chico

Josh Cozine // February 6, 2018

A fire broke out on a bridge north of Hegan Lane Monday.The fire at the trestle type bridge was reported at 8:16 p.m. according to Public Information Officer Rick Carhart of CALFIRE Butte County.Five engines...

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

Pedestrian killed by train identified

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...

'The Girl on the Train' review

‘The Girl on the Train’ review

George Johnston // August 24, 2015

Rachel is a depressed alcoholic struggling to get over her ex-husband. Bored, suburban housewife Megan suffers from insomnia. And Anna lives in marital bliss with Rachel's ex. First-time author Paula Hawkins...

Tired of ‘stranger danger’ mentality

Zachary Phillips // March 12, 2014

  As the train came to a screeching halt, hoards of men rose to meet it like ocean-tide on rocks. No one had told me that riding a train in Kolkata required a pair of brass knuckles, but I was...

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James Lowder, a sophomore pre-business administration major, died over the weekend. He was 19.

Student found dead near railroad tracks

Nicholas Carr // November 18, 2013

James Lowder, sophomore pre-business administration major, died last Friday. He was 19.Lowder was found deceased by the railroad tracks near West 7th Street at about 4 a.m. on Nov. 15 after authorities...

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