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.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans who were killed in an attack on a U.S. consulate last night had been “committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.” Ambassador Chris Stevens was a career diplomat who was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year. He had already served two tours in Libya, and had run the office in Benghazi during the revolt against Moammar Gadhafi. Clinton said Stevens had a “passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people.” She says he was dedicated to “advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.” The secretary of state says Stevens “risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation”
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.