Sex Solicitor Robbed At Chico Motel; Two Arrested

Jun 1, 2016

A man and a woman were detained by Chico police after robbery at Chico’s University Inn on Memorial Day.

The victim had arranged to receive services from a 19-year-old Oroville woman. Before the transaction was consummated, a man, identified by police as 29-year-old Jonathan Willis, burst into the room brandishing a handgun. Willis allegedly demanded and seized the victim’s money.

Willis and his accomplice were later arrested. The handgun and cash were recovered. 

Man Suffers Multiple Wounds In Chico Shooting

Jun 1, 2016

A man was rushed to Enloe Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds Monday afternoon, after being gunned down in Chico's Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood.

Authorities didn’t provide a motive for the shooting, which left the victim with several wounds — none that were considered life threatening. A suspect has not been identified, and the victim’s name was not disclosed. Gunshots were reported to police shortly after 4 p.m. Responding officers found a man lying in the roadway at 19th and Elm streets.

Chico Scrapyard Opponents Crushed—By A Typo

May 31, 2016

Chico Scrap Metal probably isn’t going anywhere.

The group calling itself Move the Junkyard suspended efforts, acknowledging that their best shot — a city wide referendum this November —wasn’t in the cards. All because of an official city typo.

Deborah Presson is Chico’s city clerk.

“There was a clerical error contained in one of the exhibits attached to ordinance number 2482,” Presson said.

A man police described as having an “extensive criminal history,” was arrested early Tuesday, after allegedly breaking into an army surplus store in Chico and fleeing with several rifles.

Authorities found 25-year-old Weston Davis hiding under a trailer in a used car lot next to the army-navy store.

Police believe Davis got inside by prying his way through the building’s roof.

Big Homeless Outreach Event Today In Chico

Apr 27, 2016

Bringing the basics together is no easy feat.

Just ask Josh Indar, a volunteer with Project Homeless Connect.

He’s one of dozens of people who have spent part of the last six months organizing a five-hour convergence of 65 different entities, with one unifying goal: smoothing the path forward for the homeless.

“Having all of the services in one place where they can be accessed at one time can cut down on basically months of running around,” Indar said.

Alaska-Based Carrier Launches North State Flights

Apr 25, 2016

A new player has taken to North State skies. PenAir, or Peninsula Airways, is already something of a household name in Alaska, but is barely known in the Lower 48. That’s changing.

The airline commenced service between Redding, Arcata and Portland, Ore. last week, giving travelers an alternative to Sacramento, or SkyWest’s connector flights to San Francisco.

Butte County Sheriff's Office

Local leaders are demanding state officials scuttle plans to house a man they consider a high-risk sex offender in Chico.

Fraisure Earl Smith, identified on the Megan’s Law database as a sexually violent predator, has been in a sort of limbo since being cleared for release from Coalinga State Hospital three years ago.

Public pressure has effectively blocked efforts to place Smith in Fairfield, Vallejo or elsewhere in Solano County, his last place of residence.

Conceptual blueprints aimed at reducing accidents without sacrificing traffic flow appear headed back to the drawing board after a member of the city council rescinded his support.

Councilman Randall Stone, in a letter to City Manager Mark Orme, said that owing to public outrage he could no longer support roundabouts and would like to take back his vote. Approved by a narrow 4-3 margin last Thursday, the impact would likely nix the most controversial part of the proposed redesign of The Esplanade, a major street here.

Sometimes flowers, gardens and nature speaks to us. Sometimes we employ them to speak on our behalf. What do our gardens and flowers say to the world? This week on Cultivating Place, we're joined by two people who cultivate hope and opportunity through flowers indirectly and directly in their lives. We speak with Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of the New York Times Best Selling novel “The Language of Flowers,” and Shelly Watson, founder and director of Bloomin’ Hope, a vocational floral skills program for women at the Jesus Center in Chico. Diffenbaugh is the featured speaker at an upcoming fundraiser for the Jesus Center in Chico on May 14

Up The Road: Wildflower Century

Apr 20, 2016
Photo used courtesy of Chico Velo

When John Muir wandered west out of the Sierra Nevada in the late 1800s, he was overwhelmed by California's great central valley. “When California was wild,” he wrote, “it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length . . . so marvelously rich that, in walking from one end of it to the other, a distance of more than four hundred miles, your foot would press about a hundred flowers at every step.”