Red Bluff Police say a self-proclaimed Satanist has been arrested for allegedly starting a fire at a local church as a statement against organized religion. 38 year old Jodie Houtman is facing charges including arson. Police say a fire at the Methodist Church on David Avenue caused about 10 thousand dollars in damage Thursday morning.
Chico Police nabbing two suspects in two different robberies by making one traffic stop. Police say they received information from local bank staff about “suspicious circumstances” at the US Bank on the Esplanade Thursday afternoon. A bank employee reported a woman wearing a wig and a man wearing sunglasses immediately left the bank after a manager said hello to the couple. Police stopped the pair in an SUV around East and Cohasset and say a loaded handgun fell to the ground when the passenger opened the vehicle door. 36 year old Emily Clark of Willows was arrested in connection to a Dollar Store robbery earlier this month in Chico. 57 year old Gary Belcher is a suspect in a Corning bank robbery.
Butte County investigators are trying to piece together what happened in a Magalia home following a double shooting. Two people, a mother and son, suffered gunshot wounds Thursday. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two as 50 year old Kelli Leroux and 25 year old Travis Leroux. Both died at the scene. Authorities say the two were discovered at a home on Fir Haven Drive after Thomas Leroux came home from work. Investigators say initial reports indicated the possibility of a “murder-suicide” but no determination will be made until after autopsies and the investigation is complete. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing additional details about the shooting.
The woman who used to be President of the Chico School Board will now be a candidate for State Senate. Jann Reed reportedly said Wednesday she is entering the race for the 4th District Senate Seat being vacated by Doug LaMalfa. Reed is not listed as a Democrat or Republican. Instead, she is in the category called “Decline to State.”
Authorities searching the Chico apartment of a man killed during a standoff with police found a pipe bomb. The neighborhood off Burnap Avenue was evacuated Wednesday afternoon. The local bomb squad was called in to handle the device and exploded the bomb. It was reportedly discovered in an apartment bedroom of Wayne Renner, who was shot and killed Tuesday night.
Chico Police say a man who ran from an officer Wednesday was found hiding in a basement and arrested. Police say an officer tried to contact Reynaldo Perez on the Esplanade near Umpqua Bank, following a report of a “suspicious person,” when the man took off on foot, jumping fences and prompting a chase. A bank employee reported Perez looked similar to a man who robbed the bank with a knife in August. A police dog tracked Perez to a basement on Laburnum Avenue, where he was taken into custody. He’s facing charges including resisting arrest and violation of parole.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa is backing off a claim that he made that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/Qc8jVt ) that LaMalfa made the claim Monday during a debate with Democrat Jim Reed. LaMalfa, who is running for the 1st Congressional District, repeated his views after the debate in an interview with television station KRCR. A link between abortion and breast cancer has been the subject of medical studies but groups such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have concluded that there is no scientific evidence to back such claims. The Bee says LaMalfa’s campaign sent out a statement Tuesday saying he had been misinformed. His consultant said the candidate was relying on information he remembered reading several years ago. LaMalfa, a former state legislator, is considered the front-runner in the safe GOP district.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Firefighters have contained a once massive wildfire burning across two counties in Northern California. CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Tuesday that crews have surrounded the Sixteen Complex fire in Colusa and Yolo counties. The blaze has consumed 28 square miles since it ignited one week ago. No structures have been destroyed. Also, the North Pass Fire near the Mendocino County community of Covelo is now 97 percent contained after burning 65 square miles and destroying 26 structures.
One man is dead following a standoff at a north Chico apartment complex. The Chico Police SWAT team reportedly shot and killed Wayne Renner Tuesday night in the Burnap Avenue area. Authorities had allegedly chased the suspect earlier in the morning during a high speed pursuit. Nearby homes were evacuated during the standoff.