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Chico wrongful death suit | Shasta voter intimidation | Mill Fire update

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Sept. 28 

City of Chico being sued for wrongful death in 2015 police shooting

The family of a man killed by Chico police in 2015 is suing the city for wrongful death. The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Sacramento, and it alleges excessive force in the shooting death of 34-year-old Eddie “Gabe” Sanchez. Police investigators have said Sanchez was a suspect in two armed robberies, and a detective shot him as Sanchez pointed a handgun in the direction of officers. Sanchez’s father told NSPR that witness accounts dispute the official narrative that Sanchez pointed a gun at officers before he was shot.

This story is connected to several others NSPR covered last month on law enforcement killings in Butte County and about ChicoSol investigative journalist, Dave Waddell, who won a settlement with the City of Chico in which the city agreed to pay his attorney’s fees and released hundreds of records. 

— Andre Byik, NSPR

Shasta County residents warned to watch out for voter intimidation 

Voters in Shasta County are being told to look out for voter intimidation. County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen said in a press release Monday that residents were being contacted by people pretending to be from her office. She said the Registrar of Voters does not send representatives door-to-door.

Alec Stutson, NSPR

Lumber yard under investigation for Mill Fire had multiple previous reports of fire

Reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle shows that at least seven fires in the last eight years were started on the site of a lumber mill currently under investigation for possibly causing the Mill Fire that started in early September. At least 100 people have sued the company that owns the mill for negligence, among other things. The fire killed two people and destroyed more than a hundred homes and structures in the city of Weed.

Jamie Jiang, NSPR

Newsom signs abortion, gender parity laws 

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen bills to expand access and protections for abortion in California Tuesday. After the Supreme Court overturned federal abortion protections, Republican officials in some states want to crack down on residents going elsewhere to get the procedure done.

CapRadio Staff

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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.
Jamie is NSPR’s wildfire reporter and Report For America corps member. She covers all things fire, but her main focus is wildfire recovery in the North State. Before NSPR, Jamie was at UCLA, where she dabbled in college radio and briefly worked as podcast editor at the Daily Bruin.
Alec Stutson grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Radio Journalism, 20th/21st Century Literature, and a minor in Film Studies. He is a huge podcast junkie, as well as a movie nerd and musician.