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Oroville bus shooting suspect refuses to appear in court | Mass shootings frequently start with domestic violence | Fiscal impact of drought on farmers 

The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Thursday, March 3.

Oroville mass shooting suspect refuses to appear in court for second time

The suspect in a mass shooting last month in Oroville that left one person dead and four wounded was scheduled to appear in a Butte County courthouse Wednesday.

However, the suspect, Asaahdi Coleman, refused to be transported from the Butte County jail to the courthouse in Oroville for a plea hearing, according to court documents.

The 21-year-old Sacramento man is charged with a single count of murder and four counts of attempted murder for his alleged role in the Greyhound bus shooting on Feb. 2. He has not yet entered a plea. A judge scheduled another hearing for March 9.

Court documents show it’s the second time Coleman has refused to be taken to the courthouse. The judge issued an extraction order should Coleman not comply with jail staff for next week’s hearing, meaning he could be forcibly removed from the facility.

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Sacramento church shooting: Domestic violence organization says more state resources needed for victims

The man accused of the shooting deaths of his three young daughters during a supervised visit at a Sacramento church on Monday had a restraining order filed against him and wasn't supposed to have a gun.

Beth Hassett, CEO of Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE), said the situation highlights where society regularly lets victims down, and the state needs to provide more resources for victims to stay safe.

Hassett also said the restraining order system relies too heavily on a potential abuser obeying a court order and voluntarily handing over weapons.

"There is no good system for getting guns out of the hands of prohibited persons who've been told they can't have a gun,” she said. “Unless law enforcement, when they're serving a restraining order, takes the guns right then, they just don't get taken.“

Court documents show the mother of the three children filed a restraining order out of fear for their safety. Authorities say, along with killing his daughters, 39-year-old David Mora also fatally shot a man who was chaperoning his supervised visit with the girls. He then killed himself.

— CapRadio Staff

Interview: Mass shootings often start with a domestic violence incident

The Sacramento County sheriff says the man who shot to death his three daughters, a chaperone, and himself Monday at a church in Sacramento had an active restraining order against him. Yet, despite California’s strict gun laws he still possessed a firearm.

Dr. Amy Barnhorst is the director of the BulletPoints Project, which is a group of UC Davis physicians and researchers that provides clinicians with information on how to have conversations about firearm access with their patients and how to intervene when needed.

Barnhorst spoke with CapRadio anchor Randol White about her research and what light it might shed on the tragic scene that recently played out for one Sacramento family. Listen to the interview in today’s Headlines. 

— CapRadio Staff

If you or someone you know needs support around domestic violence, here are some resources:

UC Davis professor voices concern about women, children refugees in Ukraine

Ukrainians are fleeing the Russian invasion of their country by the hundreds of thousands. Partly because the Ukrainian government has ordered men between the ages of 18 and 60 to remain in the country, the vast majority of refugees are women and children.

Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of global affairs at UC Davis, said women make up 15% of the Ukrainian army and are playing critical roles just as they did when Russia invaded other parts of the former Soviet Union.

However, she said, because these refugees are both women and children, the way international organizations meet their needs is very important.

“What kind of services will be provided? How the women’s health issues will be addressed. How are we going to protect women from violence that will be emerging and we know because that’s part of the whole packet?” Regulska said.

She added that her other concerns include risks of discrimination and the needs of adolescent girls.

— CapRadio Staff

Study shows drought’s fiscal impact on California growers

Last year’s drought cost California farmers more than a billion dollars and the loss of 9,000 jobs. When looking at the ripple effect like the drought's impact on food suppliers and farm worker families those losses increased to $1.7 billion and 15,000 jobs.

The numbers come from a UC Merced report which also found about 400,000 acres went unplanted due to water cutbacks.

The report noted that the crops most affected were rice in the Sacramento Valley, cotton in the San Joaquin Valley, and grain and field crops statewide.

— CapRadio Staff

Stories from NPR partner stations are edited by NSPR Staff for digital presentation and credited as requested.

In other news

  • Red Bluff commits to address homeless issues: “Hearing an outpouring of concern from the community during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, city officials pledge to find solutions to homeless issues plaguing Red Bluff.” — Red Bluff Daily News
  • ‘Back in person’: “Moments of discord, ranging from snide asides to outright hostility, punctuated the return to City Council Chambers Tuesday evening (March 1) after three months of virtual meetings due to pandemic precautions.” — Chico News & Review

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Sarah has worked at North State Public Radio since 2015 and is currently the station’s Director of Operations. She’s responsible for the sound of the station and works to create the richest public radio experience possible for NSPR listeners.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.