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Authorities in Shasta County confiscated a small arsenal and more than two pounds of hard drugs during the arrest of a 37-year-old man Wednesday morning.


In all, four assault rifles and a stolen handgun were seized by deputies and Redding Police following the service of a search warrant on the 1600 block of Kenyon Drive. A pound and a half of methamphetamine and three-quarters of a pound of heroin were also found.


Shawn Copelin was booked into the Shasta County jail on multiple charges. Bail was set at $300,000.  


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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko announced his retirement last week.


Bosenko has been with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office since 1979, holding the title of Sheriff since 2006. Since then, he’s won three elections, two unopposed. Now, he says it’s time for change. 


“Been married to the job for 40 years. I think I’d rather spend some time with my wife of 40 years.  And there was some things really recently that came up. I lost a few friends, one to cancer, and a couple due to heart attacks and I felt this would be time now.  We’ve accomplished a lot over the 13 years me being Sheriff, and I felt it was time.” Bosenko said.

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Late night drivers using Northbound Interstate 5 in southern Shasta County should expect significant disruption to their normal routines next week. 


All northbound lanes will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from midnight until 5 a.m. as highway widening work continues.


Workers replacing a railroad overpass will be lifting 150 foot long, 164,000 pound girders into place using cranes and other heavy equipment. Traffic will be detoured near Anderson for about three miles.

Updated at 6:40 p.m. 

Evacuations and road closures remain in place, but Cal Fire is reporting officials are starting to get a handle on the Mountain Fire. 

It’s currently 820 acres in size, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. 

The blaze was moving quickly earlier today, at one point, doubling in size in an hour, but according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Robert Foxworthy the winds fanning the flames have subsided. He said, even so, it’s important that residents stay vigilant.

“There’s always a chance that we could have to expand the evacuation zone, just due to the fact that the fire isn’t completely extinguished and it’s still burning,” Foxworthy said.

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The $290,000 that will fund the project comes from Caltrans. The money is meant for planning and will fund ShastaReady, an emergency preparedness plan. 


Michael Kuker, assistant transportation planner with the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency said everything is on the table. That includes notification systems and methods, along with going over data from recent wildfires to identify bottlenecks that slow down both evacuations and responding firefighters. He said they’ll even looking into figuring out how to reroute traffic without overwhelming rural areas. 


An all new commuter bus route, linking Redding with downtown Sacramento is about a year and a half away, according to Dan Little Executive Director of Shasta Regional Transportation Agency. Funded by grants, officials envision four daily round trips aboard fast, comfortable, zero-emission, Wi-Fi enabled buses.

A similar proposal linking Butte County with Sacramento was rejected.

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Drilling work is underway at Shasta Dam where federal officials trying to determine how realistic and how expensive it would be to increase the capacity of the largest reservoir in California. The $1.4 billion plan would add another eighteen and a half feet to the dam. Any higher would create pricey issues at the Pit River Bridge. 

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The full audio of Sunday's debate is available below. 

About 450 people gathered in Anderson Sunday, watching Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa meet Democratic challenger Audrey Denney in person, for the first of two face to face events.

At the conclusion, both candidates received broad applause and partial standing ovations from the crowd jammed into Anderson High School.

The event, organized by the League of Women Voters of Shasta County, was both cordial and civil. But it also showed the wide contrasts in style and perspective. 

A 48-year-old Shingletown man was arraigned yesterday in connection with the discovery of the remains of a missing woman near Battle Creek Reservoir a week ago.

Authorities say the body was badly burned and found in a rock crevice inside Lassen National Forest. A forest fire had swept through the area, but authorities believe a homicide occurred.

Frank Alexander Berry was taken into custody Saturday.