Andrew Baumgartner




Not many people in Chico are aware of the small area of trees and grass called Mercer Grove that’s located off of East 10th Avenue and East Lindo Avenue. It's a place that can actually be seen perfectly well from Mangrove Avenue, if you know where to look. 



The statistics released Thursday cover so-called part one crimes — homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft. Overall, it shows arrests and citations soared 42 percent, while a number of reported crimes in the above categories plummeted by more than a third. But, the figures only present a limited picture.

Due to changes in computer systems and how information has been collected and compiled, the figures released Thursday only compare figures from May, June and July with the same months last year.

Andrew Baumgartner

This question comes from Mary Vanneman of Chico. Mary loves to ride her bike and in a city like Chico which caters to this lifestyle, why wouldn’t you? But this bicyclist’s utopia isn’t perfect, with a lot of bikes in the area there is bound to be bike theft.

According to Mary there seems to be a perception that bike theft is more common in Chico than other towns. To find out if this is true I reached out to Sergeant Cesar Sandoval who is on the community outreach team for the Chico Police Department.

Marc Albert

“Hi, this is Lana Johnson from Chico California, and I would like to know the history of the Miller Mansion. Is the property significant in Chico history? And who exactly were the Millers?”


Thanks Lana, I’ve often wondered about that stately building framed by columns on somewhat storybook grounds.  


Yes, the Miller Mansion property is quite significant to Chico history, the house, less so. And the Millers? Well, hold on.


A Chico police sergeant who retired as an investigation got underway is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly choking a suspect who was retrained by handcuffs.

The charge was filed Wednesday against Sgt. Scott Ruppel by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Ruppel served for 20 years on the force, prior to his abrupt retirement Sept. 14. Ruppel was scheduled to appear before internal affairs investigators the same day.

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Tough restrictions on marijuana will remain on the books in Chico following a close vote by the City Council Tuesday night.

The move more or less preserves existing restrictions while complying with a statewide proposition that legalized recreational marijuana for adults. That law gives local jurisdictions a free hand to pen their own rules.

The 4-3 vote came despite the pleas of a woman using it to manage chronic colitis pain. Charles Pierce, who described himself as a consultant helping growers navigate cannabis rules, cast doubt on the outcome.

Getting into and out of Chico from the north will be a major headache this weekend, as construction disrupts travel along State Route 99.  

North and southbound traffic will be shunted onto a single lane across the short, Rock Creek Bridge, just north of Chico. Caltrans expects drivers to encounter up to 20-minute delays.  

One-way traffic controls will be in place around the clock starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Caltrans is urging drivers to bypass the area if possible. Motorists can access Interstate 5 via State Route 32.  

Adia White

Cal Fire Butte County is reporting on Twitter that forward progress has been stopped in the 100-acre brush fire burning east of the California Park area of Chico, and that evacuation warnings have been lifted.  They say the fire is now 30 percent contained.

Evacuation warnings were previously in place for Stilson Canyon Road, Summit Ridge Terrace and Siena Ridge Loop.

There is a road closure on Highway 32 between Bruce Road and about 3 and half miles eastward to the intersection with Humboldt Road.

The controversy over a scrap yard in Chico may be back from the dead. Opponents of Chico Scrap Metal said they will submit more than enough signatures on Thursday to force the contentious issue to a city-wide referendum.

Newly elected City Councilman Karl Ory, said opponents will turn in more than 6,000 signatures, about 1,100 more than required.

Community leaders will meet and call for calm in Chico this morning as bias-related incidents appear on the increase after last week’s election.

Mike O’Brien is chief of police.

“We do not want to see a community that erupts into violence, that has incidents of hate crimes, that type of thing, we want to get out in front of it,” he said.