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Former student struck, killed by train

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

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 they had just hit a pedestrian. The train was traveling northbound and it was north of W. 1st...

Fire impacts bridge, routes near Chico

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

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 and 25 personnel were deployed to contain the fire.Carhart said the fire was “knocked down...

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...

‘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 appropriates these characters as load-bearing walls for her new novel, "The Girl On The Train."Tol...

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 quickly learning it the hard way.   This was my stop, and missing it meant an extra hour of shoulder-to-sh...

Student found dead near railroad tracks

Photo courtesy of Chico State

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

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 were notified by an Amtrak engineer, according to a university email. The Butte County Sheriff's office is currentl...

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