TWO ARRESTS MADE IN CONNECTION WITH PARADISE STORAGE THEFTS
The Paradise Police Department reports 2 arrests in connection with thefts at American Self Storage on The Skyway: The first, last Wednesday the 17th, when surveillance footage shows 48-year-old Allen Petty of Oroville allegedly cutting the victim’s lock off and replacing it with his own. He then returns on several occasions to clear the unit out.
Then, this past Tuesday, Paradise Police received another report of storage unit theft and video again allegedly showed Petty cutting the lock, taking items and fleeing.
When he returned a couple of hours later, officers were waiting. 40-year-old Dave Neely of Berry Creek, who was with Petty on the return trip, was also arrested.
VEHICLE THEFTS, BREAK-INS REPORTED IN ARBUCKLE
Several vehicular break-ins and a vehicle theft in Arbuckle are being investigated by the Colusa County Sheriff’s office. The Assistant Sheriff tells The Colusa Sun-Herald “an unidentified suspect entered several unlocked vehicles within the Arbuckle city limits Tuesday night” including one with a firearm inside being stolen entirely, but has been recovered.
No suspects have been identified at this time and police are encouraging you to “lock your vehicles and secure your belongings.”
TWO ARRESTED FOR YUBA CITY ATTEMPTED MURDER
An investigation following a shooting in Yuba City in September 2017 has resulted in 2 arrests. Yuba City Police Lieutenant Sam Escheman tells The Appeal-Democrat 27-year-old Lorenzo Angel Pacheco and Luis Ramon Arroyo-Leyva were taken into custody “without incident” and booked into jail, with bail set at one-million-dollars each.
Escheman added, the investigation by Yuba City Police detectives & agents of the Yuba-Sutter Narcotics & Gang Enforcement Task Force “is continuing with additional leads being followed.”
CONTROLLED BURNS ARE A COMPLICATED SOLUTION IN DECREASING WILDFIRES
One solution to curb wildfires in California is proving difficult to implement on a larger scale. Experts note the controlled burning of forests is an effective way to decrease wildfire danger. However, because of federal and state laws over air quality management and the U.S. Forest Service’s policy of fire suppression, planned burns are few and far between. Prescribed burns are difficult to manage because of unhealthy smoke levels and unexpected wind gusts. But Theodore Peterson, a fuels specialist for the Forest Service, said controlled burns could “reduce the intensity” of wildfires.
YCPD SEARCH FOR BABYSITTER AFTER VIDEO SHOWS POSSIBLE ABUSE
A video making the rounds on social media, showing a woman allegedly abusing a 7-month-old boy she’s babysitting, has caught the attention of Yuba City Police, and now they on the hunt for her. ABC 10 reports Andrew and Ashley Jarvis of Yuba City said the woman, identified as Christina Webb, was a long-time family friend. However, they were horrified upon seeing a Go Pro video from a camera in the boy’s room, in which Webb appears to jerk the baby around, swatting at him, and at one point, even yanking a shirt off the little boy so hard, it pulls him up off the changing table before he falls back down.
The Jarvis’s say they have now lost contact with the woman, and are pleading for anyone with information on her whereabouts, to contact police.
A link to the video and news story from ABC 10 is available here:
SACRAMENTO INMATES RECEIVING VACCINATIONS
Following major COVID-19 outbreaks, Sacramento’s two jails are vaccinating all inmates regardless of age. The county’s original plan was to limit vaccinations in jails to older residents, following the state’s distribution guidelines. But with a combined 306 positive COVID-19 cases recorded a month ago, nearly 10-percent of the jail’s population, Sac County is adjusting its plan to vaccinate everyone.
This week, there were only 72 recorded infections. Officials confirm the number of vaccines administered in jails will be dictated by supply from the state.
PETA FILES FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST OROVILLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
PETA yesterday announced they’ve filed a formal complaint with the USDA alleging the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oroville is in violation of the Federal Animal Welfare Act after a 3-year-old leopard “attacked a volunteer, then escaped his primary enclosure.”
Roberta Kirshner responded that “it was an incident, not an attack,” telling Action News it happened when a volunteer “was leaving the enclosure, stumbled, and the cat got confused and tried to get on her and it was just an excitement for him. Different things can bring out the wild in them. It’s like your home cat, if you step on its tail it will try to bite you and that is your pet that sleeps with you.”
Kirshner was cited last month by the USDA for having no valid programs of veterinary care and no attending veterinarian on record, according to PETA’s press release.
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS EXTENDED
The state controller’s office has issued a press release announcing the extension of the property tax postponement program for those affected by wildfires in the 31 counties declared disaster areas by the governor last year. You now have until June 1st to apply. Visit sco.ca.gov for more information.
Meanwhile, the Fire Victim Trust has just filed suit against numerous former officers & directors at PG&E for dereliction of duty the trust says, in causing the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2017 North Bay Fires. The trust represents some 80,000 victims and charges the nearly two dozen former executives and board members knew the utility was 6 years behind on its vegetation management program, failed to detect and replace aging equipment as part of PG&E’s inspection program and had not installed a system to shut off power “like other utilities.”
BI-COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPANDS VACCINE ELIGABILITY
The Bi-County Health Department has expanded the list of those eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations to all Yuba-Sutter residents working in education, child care, emergency services, and the food & ag industries regardless of age, beginning Monday March 1st. You can register at either: suttercounty.org or yuba.org.
The Bi-County Health Department also reported 18 new positives yesterday, bringing the local total to date to 14,548 – 334 active – with 36 hospitalized and the death toll is at 132 – up 2 since last Friday.
Colusa County’s case count is up by 41 in the last week to 2,127 – 39 active – with 5 hospitalized and the death toll up by 2 in the last week to 13.
Butte County’s has 132 new cases in the past week, taking their total to 10,702 – 130 active – with 13 in the hospital and the death toll at 160, up by 7 since last Wednesday.