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Oroville Forebay- A popular summertime picnic and swimming spot
Gold City- Rich With Activities and Entertainment
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 7, 2012

Oroville, CA, is a goldrush town with many ways to explore and live it's diverse history. From well-known judges to Chinese immigrants, to gold miners themselves; there is a never-ending adventure to be had in this home-town community.

Events and festivals are held year round to commemorate the deep meaning of the town's name. There is an olive festival celebrating the achievements of Edwin and Freda Ehmann. The Pioneer Museum and Chinese Temple are open year round. Each fall the Salmon Festival shows off our fish hatchery. FULL STORY

Still Writing
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 16, 2014

I have noticed readers are still "tuning in" to the GCG. I am sorry the paper is no longer being updated. I have relocated for a job. However, I am still writing and you can still keep up with what I am doing. I am now writing a blog. So far, the posts have been relatively short. Soon, thoug... FULL STORY

Authorities Ask for Help in Finding Missing Man
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 30, 2014

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is requesting assistance in locating a missing elderly man by the name of James Joseph Nixon. Mr. Nixon was reportedly last seen May 29, 2014, at approximately 3:00 pm in the area of Rainbow Ranch Lane, just south of the Paradise town limits. Mr. Nixon ... FULL STORY

Fire in Stump Field
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 30, 2014

Fire fighters responded to a blaze in Stump Field near the Lincoln Boulevard, Myers Street wye yesterday afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m. The quick response of the three local fire agencies prevented the blaze from spreading. El Medio Fire Chief, Rusty Ohlhausen, stated that the fire was sus... FULL STORY

Butte County Library Reopens
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 27, 2014

The Oroville based library, located on the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Mitchell Avenue, has reopened with full services. The staff is very excited about the changes and invites all to come in to see the "new and improved" facility. Reabre la biblioteca del Condado de Butte La bibliote... FULL STORY

Alleged Car Thief Apprehended
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 8, 2014

Shortly after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Brown of the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), observed Dakota O’Reiley driving in the area of Mitchell Avenue and Feather River Boulevard. Officer Brown was aware that O’Reiley was wanted for alleged vehicle theft, so a traffic stop was initiated. ... FULL STORY

Early Morning Brawl Sends Four To Hospital
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 4, 2014

Police and paramedics responded to a shooting in the 1700 block of Darryl Porter Way just before 1:00 a.m. this morning. Upon arrival, officers reportedly discovered four injured individuals, three with gunshot wounds. According to initial reports, the most serious injury was sustained by a 23... FULL STORY

Positive Thought of the Day- May 1, 2014
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 2, 2014

Jacob was dead and his sons became worried. They had been treacherous with Joseph early in his life, and they were worried about how he might feel about them now. Genesis chapter 50, verses 15 through 17 reveal what they did next. It says there, "When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father w... FULL STORY

Investigation Into Shooting at Sunset Inn
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 30, 2014

An allegedly suicidal man was reportedly shot to death after a confrontation with Oroville Police Officers Monday afternoon. The intense incident has brought about an in depth investigation involving multiple agencies. The agencies delving into the chain of events include the Butte County Sherif... FULL STORY

Alleged Shooting at Sunset Inn
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 28, 2014

A shooting reportedly occurred at the Sunset Inn this afternoon, nearly necessitating Flight Care services. Flight Care was apparently canceled, and the Department of Justice was called in to investigate the incident once the scene was secured. Sources also reported that the Butte County Distric... FULL STORY

Home on Cox Lane Burns to Ground
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 18, 2014

Fire crews responded to a fire in the 1700 block of Cox Lane last night after a neighbor spotted the blaze and reported it to emergency services. After reporting the fire, the witness helped the resident of the mobile home escape the inferno. CalFire arrived at the scene shortly after the inci... FULL STORY

Library Construction Underway
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 16, 2014

The carpet has been removed, and remodel work has begun on the main area of the Oroville Library. The "mini branch" will open next week in the conference room with limited services. For online services, click on the link below. Construcción de la biblioteca en marcha La alfombra se ha el... FULL STORY

Rural Fire Inspections Have Been Initiated
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 5, 2014

CalFire inspectors would like Butte County residents to know they have begun conducting defensible space inspections in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of Butte County. These inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assed to rural residents for fire prev... FULL STORY

Concow Drug Bust Connected to Previous FF Bust
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 4, 2014

An ongoing investigation yielded two more drug labs yesterday, one in Magalia and one in Concow. Detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSOSEU), along with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF), executed two search warrants at the farms, one of whi... FULL STORY

Two Early Morning Fires
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 28, 2014

Two fires were reported just after 1:00 a.m. this morning, keeping about three dozen firefighters busy for hours. One of the incidents occurred at North State Rendering plant in Richvale, requiring the assistance of the HazMat team. The fire reportedly erupted in several large plastic storage ta... FULL STORY

Honcut Fire Gives Hint of Harsh Fire Season
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 26, 2014

Fire fighters responded to a fire in Honcut Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, crews found a small outbuilding ablaze, with fire spreading to a motor home and two adjacent vehicles and downed power lines. Six trucks and two water tenders were used to douse the fire, and it was quickly controlled.... FULL STORY

Allegedly Distraught Woman Arrested by BCSO
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 26, 2014

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to a call requesting a welfare check on a woman yesterday morning. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a woman who had reportedly barricaded herself in the bathroom for several hours. They were also informed that the woman may be under the influence... FULL STORY

Alleged Hunger Strike Hoax Planned at Jail
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 26, 2014

Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) authorities have apparently uncovered a plot by inmates in security lockdown to stage a phony hunger strike beginning on March 27, 2014. The BCSO reported earlier today that some of the inmates, all members or associates of the Norteño street gang, have been pla... FULL STORY

Roll Over on Oro Dam
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 19, 2014

A 2-car collision resulted in one of the vehicles flipping Tuesday afternoon. The wreck occurred near Jiffy Store and the Sweetwater Saloon. The driver of one of the vehicles had to be extricated using the jaws of life and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The driver of the othe... FULL STORY

Three Men Arrested After Attacking Officer
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 14, 2014

At approximately 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning, a Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputy responded to a home in the 2100 block of B Street. The officer had been called to the area to assist medical personnel with an intoxicated man who was having difficulty breathing. The deputy arrived at the s... FULL STORY

Drug Bust Results in Arrest of Seven Men
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 3, 2014

Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served a search warrant Thursday in the 2100 block of Lumpkin Road, in Feather Falls. During a search of the property, investigators discovered a fairly large butane honey oil extraction lab. ... FULL STORY

Drug Lab Found in Vacant House
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 3, 2014

Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of a butane honey oil lab in a vacant residence in the 3100 block of Grubbs Road yesterday. BCSO officers and detectives from the Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) removed the contents of the lab from the residence, which consisted of one extra... FULL STORY

Help Requested From Public to Find Missing Man
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 27, 2014

A search has been underway since Saturday for a missing 81-year-old man. John Chesley was apparently last seen at his home at approximately 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Search crews have spent countless hours on the ground and in the air searching for the missing man. According to the Butte County She... FULL STORY

Man Dies After Being Ejected From Truck
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 27, 2014

A man crashed his who crashed his truck early Thursday morning did not survive the impact. The 38-year-old unidentified victim was traveling east on Swedes Flat Road, when he evidently allowed his 2009 Ford F250 to drift off the right side of the road. The truck reportedly rolled down a stee... FULL STORY

Hit and Run Suspect Flips Car and Runs Into Tree
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 24, 2014

Emergency personnel responded to Canyon Drive shortly before 1:00 p.m. this afternoon after receiving a report that a vehicle had crashed into a tree. The driver of the Ford Explorer had allegedly hit another vehicle and left the scene, only to lose control of his vehicle moments later. The vi... FULL STORY

Phony Warrant Phone Scam
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 12, 2014

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has issued a warning regarding an ongoing phone scam. Callers identifying themselves as BCSO employees have been contacting Oroville residents claiming a warrant will be issued for the resident’s arrest if a fee is not paid within 90 minutes. The BCSO ind... FULL STORY

Man Arrested for Extreme Child Abuse
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 10, 2014

A 32-year-old Oroville man was arrested Friday and charged with extreme child abuse. Lieutenant Al Byers reported this morning that David William Barber was arrested following an investigation of a physical child abuse case. Barber has been accused of violently beating an 8-year-old boy. Upo... FULL STORY

Shooting Leads to Arrest of Felon
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 8, 2014

At approximately 2:00 p.m. Friday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received multiple reports of gunshots fired in the vicinity of Lower Wyandotte and Upper Palermo Roads in Oroville. Several deputies were in the area and responded to the scene. Officers determine the shots had origina... FULL STORY

New Phone Emergency Alert System
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 6, 2014

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is working with several local municipalities and has entered into a contract with Cassidian Communications to launch a new Emergency Mass Notification System. This program will allow local agencies to send out emergency notifications to a large number of people in ... FULL STORY

Traffic Stop Uncovers Stolen Goods
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 6, 2014

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Cedric Schwyzer initiated a traffic stop on Oro Dam Boulevard near Seventh Avenue. A passenger of the vehicle, Kevin Miers, 28, was reportedly found to be in possession of a large canister of pepper spray and a small amount of ... FULL STORY

Fire in Clipper Mills
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 29, 2014

A structure fire broke out in Clipper Mills shortly after midnight. Multiple fire engines responded to the blaze, and downed power lines were discovered in the area. The fire occurred in the 500 block of Craig Access Road and reportedly resulted in the complete loss of the structure. A small am... FULL STORY

Dry Conditions Merit Extra Caution
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 26, 2014

Weather conditions have put fire officials on high alert and caused them to implement precautionary measures. Unusual low precipitation records have produced extremely dry conditions and increased fire hazards. CalFire has reported that they have responded to a record number of fire related ca... FULL STORY

More Explosives Found in A South Oroville Home
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 23, 2014

A woman called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) shortly before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon to report a suspicious item at her residence on Faunce Way. She reportedly stated that she had been cleaning out some of her deceased husband’s old items and found a box that she had not seen before... FULL STORY

Traffic Stop Yields Drugs and Gun
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 21, 2014

At approximately 10:00 Sunday evening, Butte County Sheriff’s Officer Vaj Thao conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Claremont Drive and Lower Wyandotte Avenue. Deputy Thao interviewed the driver, Jose Florendino Garcia, 26, of Gridley. Another officer, K9 Deputy Winkel, r... FULL STORY

Three Arrested During Disturbance at Denny's
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 17, 2014

Shortly after midnight, Oroville Police Officers were called to Denny’s restaurant regarding a group of men creating a disturbance. Upon arrival at the scene, officers reportedly contacted four adult males outside the restaurant. The suspects were detained and identified as alleged criminal stre... FULL STORY

Honey Oil Lab Explodes on Cold Creek Lane
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 15, 2014

A butane honey oil lab exploded just after 3:00 a.m. this morning. Sergeant Steve Collins reported that the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of an explosion at a residence on Cold Creek Lane early this morning. Deputy Darin Brown responded to the scene and discovered that t... FULL STORY

Two-Car Collision Causes Traffic Jam
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 11, 2014

Two vehicles collided near Papacito’s on Oro Dam Boulevard just before 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. One of the motorists was reportedly driving with a suspended license. A sobriety test was performed on one of the drivers at the scene, but apparently the results were negative. Traffic was back... FULL STORY

Shooting in South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 10, 2014

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to the report of a shooting in South Side shortly after 11:00 a.m. this morning. The incident was apparently initially reported as a drive by shooting. One individual was taken by ambulance from the scene and transferred to an air ambulance to b... FULL STORY

Update on Oro Bangor Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 9, 2014

A juvenile male was driving a white 2002 Buick westbound on Oro Bangor Highway Saturday afternoon. He was allegedly traveling in excess of the posted 40 miles per hour speed limit when he approached the bend near Burlington Avenue. He apparently lost control of his vehicle and collided with a 1992... FULL STORY

Blasting Caps Discovered in Oroville Residence
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 8, 2014

At approximately 6:00 p.m. last night, the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad responded to a residence on 6th Street after receiving a call from an individual who had possibly found some copper blasting caps. The items had reportedly been located while cleaning out estate property at a different ... FULL STORY

Suspected Arson Displaces Three Families
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 6, 2014

Fire crews responded to a fire at a triplex at around noon today in Oroville. The fire occurred across the street from the Lott Home in Sank Park on Montgomery Street. The fire reportedly started after someone poured lighter fluid on a chair and lit it on fire. Investigators responded to the sc... FULL STORY

Two-Car Collision Takes Out Fence
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 5, 2014

A two-car wreck occurred in the 2800 block of Oro Bangor Highway at approximately 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Butte County Sheriff’s Officers and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene along with other emergency personnel. Details regarding the circumstances of the incident wer... FULL STORY

Oroville Holds Third Annual Polar Bear Swim
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 2, 2014

A handful of individuals participated in the Polar Bear swim yesterday afternoon. Many spectators attended to watch the annual event. Duchess of the Ehmann Olive Home, Alberta Tracy, joyfully hosted the event. This marked the third year the swim was held in Oroville. Several of the participant... FULL STORY

Top 10 Stories for 2013
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 30, 2013

It was a busy year in Oroville. There was no shortage of events that everyone wanted to know about. Whether it be wrecks, stupid criminals, or annual events, there seemed to be something of interest to just about everyone this year. The GCG has selected ten stories to highlight for the year in ... FULL STORY

Saving a Part of History
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 26, 2013

Many longtime Oroville residents remember a small convenience store that a local family by the name of Loadholt used to run. The store closed long ago, and the building has remained vacant and boarded up for decades. Many have driven past the dilapidated structure for years and wondered when it wo... FULL STORY

Positive Thought of the Day- December 24, 2013
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 25, 2013

Genesis chapter 35, verses 22 through 26 lists Jacob’s sons. It says there, “These are the names of the twelve sons of Jacob: The sons of Leah were Reuben (Jacob’s oldest son), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s... FULL STORY

One of Butte County's Most Wanted- Captured
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 23, 2013

The Oroville Police Department had issued a warrant for Jonathan David Peterson charging him with driving under the influence and three counts of child abduction. He was previously featured in the Gold City Gazette. The Butte County Sheriff's Department initiated a traffic stop on a white Hyundai... FULL STORY

Feather Falls Shooting Suspect in Custody
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 19, 2013

On November 28, 2013, a shooting was reported on Long Point Road in Feather Falls. The suspect fled the scene and was put on Butte County's Most Wanted list. Jonathon Leonard Scott had been on the run for nearly three weeks when he was finally captured. Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Officers encoun... FULL STORY

Shooting Suspects of Botched Robbery Sought
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 18, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has released photographs obtained from local businesses of two suspects wanted for questioning in the failed robbery attempt that took place in the 6900 block of Upper Palermo Road last month. The men are Hispanic males believed to be in their 20’s. For... FULL STORY

No Burn Days Announced
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 18, 2013

CalFire has issued warnings of high winds and high fire danger for the next few days. Winds between 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. These winds, along with unseasonable low humidity, have increased fire dangers. This being the case, CalFire has increase... FULL STORY

Home of Disabled Man Burns
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 16, 2013

A fire broke out in the 4900 block of Lower Wyandotte Road. The fire originated in a bedroom in the front portion of the mobile home of a disabled man. The owner was home at the time of the fire but was evidently able to escape without injuries. Chief Rusty Ohlhausen of El Medio Fire reported... FULL STORY

Arrests Made in Last Month's Palermo Shooting
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 11, 2013

On the afternoon of November 26, 2013, a Palermo resident allegedly shot and killed an intruder during an apparent robbery. The incident was reportedly drug related. The deceased suspect was eventually identified as Hector Gabriel, 23, of Santa Rosa. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) wor... FULL STORY

Fireplace Fire Hazards High
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 9, 2013

An unwanted fire began in a fireplace at a residence on Jan Dar Road in Bangor. The fire originated in the flue of the fireplace. Fortunately, fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading. The fire caused approximately $5000.00 of damage to the property. CalFire reported that several... FULL STORY

Pinecrest Shooting Allegedly Drug Deal Gone Bad
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 7, 2013

One month ago, a man was shot at the intersection of Pinecrest and Upper Palermo Roads. On November 4, Trevell Jones suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Jones claimed that he was walking down the road when a dark colored SUV ... FULL STORY

Feather Falls Shooting Suspect Sought
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 2, 2013

The suspect of a shooting that occurred on Thursday has been identified. Jonathon Leonard Scott, 29, allegedly shot another man in the face at a Feather Falls residence. Scott is 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. He is being sought for assault with a deadly weapon and should be considered armed and d... FULL STORY

Arson Suspected in Two South Oroville Fires
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 1, 2013

Two fires broke out early Friday morning. A vegetation fire occurred near Greenville Street and Lower Wyandotte Road. The second fire completely destroyed a home on the corner of Fort Wayne and Myers Streets. According to El Medio Fire, both fires are suspicious of arson. Anyone with i... FULL STORY

Nelson Footwear Burglarized, Suspects Caught
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 30, 2013

At approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, Oroville Police Officers responded to Nelson’s Footwear, located at 1949 Montgomery Street, for a security alarm activation. Officers arrived on scene and found that the someone had forced open the rear door of the business entered the store. Upon a search... FULL STORY

Authorities in Search of Shooting Suspect
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 28, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of a gunshot victim who was being transported to the hospital by a relative shortly after 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. According to the caller, the victim had been shot in the face. The shooting reportedly occurred at a residence on Long P... FULL STORY

Home Invasion Results in Homicide in Palermo
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 27, 2013

Butte County Sheriff’s Officers (BCSO) responded to an emergency call yesterday afternoon in Palermo. Upon arriving at the scene, located in the 6900 block of Upper Palermo Road, deputies discovered a man who had been shot. The man was reportedly unconscious and lying on the floor of the residence... FULL STORY

Attempted Kidnapping Suspect Caught
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 25, 2013

A mother experienced quite a fright at approximately noon Saturday. Oroville Police were contacted regarding an attempted child abduction. Officers were dispatched to the area in search of a man subject wearing jeans with a backpack and jacket. Witnesses said the suspect had been seen walking eas... FULL STORY

Apparent Squatters Break Into South Oroville Home
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 23, 2013

Home owners discovered something disturbing at a house in the 3100 block of Oro Bangor Highway at approximately 2:00 p.m. Friday. Upon entering the house, they discovered what they thought was a drug lab. They contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report the finding. Deputies re... FULL STORY

Meth Discovered During Traffic Stop
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 21, 2013

Detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Gang Unit conducted a traffic stop on Montgomery Street and Highway 70 just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers reportedly recognized the driver of the vehicle as Derek Barnett, 24, of Paradise. Barnett allegedly had a suspended driver’s li... FULL STORY

Concurrent Fires Friday Afternoon
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 16, 2013

A fire broke out on Walmer Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. CalFire and El Medio Fire Departments responded to extinguish the blaze. At around 3:30 p.m., while crews were still working on the Walmer Fire, a structure fire was reported on Inglewood Drive. Fire fighters responded... FULL STORY

Camaro Takes Out Oak Tree
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 15, 2013

At approximately 8:45 Wednesday evening, a man wrecked his red 1988 Camaro on Upper Palermo Road. A witness told police that the man had passed him shortly before the crash. Officer Seals of the California Highway Patrol reported that the witness stated that the Camaro had passed him at a high r... FULL STORY

Positive Thought of the Day- November 13, 2013
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 14, 2013

Laban and Jacob were concluding a covenant. Laban gave Jacob a stern warning. That warning is found at Genesis chapter 31, verses 48 through 50, where we read: “Laban said to Jacob, ‘This pile of rocks will remind us of our agreement.’ That’s why the place was named Galeed. Laban also said, ‘... FULL STORY

Homeland Security Intercepts Package in Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 13, 2013

Near the end of October, 2013, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intercepted a package being shipped from Thailand as it entered the United States. The package was addressed to a residence in the 2400 block of V-7 Road. It was reportedly found to contain a large amount of opium. The packa... FULL STORY

At Risk Boy Missing in Downtown Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 9, 2013

A 10-year-old boy went missing at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. The “at risk” youth lives in the 800 block of Pomona Avenue and likes to wander off to nearby parks. His name is Vladimir and needs medication. He had not had his evening medication before he wandered off and may have bec... FULL STORY

Missing Boy Found
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 9, 2013

At approximately 3:45 this morning, members of the Butte County Search & Rescue Team found 10-year-old Vladimir Huerta-Larios sleeping in a gazebo in River Bend Park. He reportedly appeared to be in good health and was transported to Oroville Medical Center to be medically evaluated. The Orovil... FULL STORY

Shootings Appear to be Racially Motivated
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 7, 2013

The Oroville Police Department received several 911 calls at approximately 9:30 p.m. last night reporting that shots had been fired in the 30 block of Valley View Drive. As officers were responding to the area, additional 911 calls came in reporting that a victim had been shot. Officers located... FULL STORY

Update on Pinecrest Assault
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 6, 2013

An assault originally reported as happening on Sunday actually occurred Monday evening at approximately 10:00 p.m. Lieutenant Al Smith of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) clarified the information in a press release yesterday. The BCSO received multiple reports about a man yelling for ... FULL STORY

Silver Alert
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 6, 2013

Authorities are searching for an 87-year-old woman who has gone missing. Trisha McDonald is thought to be driving a 2000 Toyota Camry. Anyone who has information on McDonald’s whereabouts is encouraged to call 911 or (916) 264-5471. Alerta de plata Las autoridades están buscando a una mu... FULL STORY

BCSO Requesting Public's Help in Solving Crime
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 5, 2013

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received two reports of a man screaming and yelling in the vicinity of Self Lane and Pinecrest Road. Deputies responded and found an injured man lying on the ground some distance from the road. The deputies initiated... FULL STORY

Fight at Palermo Party Leaves One Dead
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 2, 2013

Shortly after midnight this morning, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received multiple 911 calls regarding an incident in the 2600 block of Craig Avenue in Palermo. Callers reportedly stated that a man needed medical attention after being involved in a physical altercation with a group of ... FULL STORY

Mail Theft at Post Office Overnight
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 2, 2013

Several post office boxes were broken into last night at the Robinson Street Post Office. One postal worker reported that glass was all over the floor this morning when employees arrived to work. The Postmaster General and Police had been notified of the incident, according to the worker. The... FULL STORY

Honey Oil Lab Found in Apartment Building
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 1, 2013

At approximately 3:40 a.m. Thursday morning, the Oroville Police Department received a call regarding the 76 block of Rancho Vista Drive, Oroville. During the call, officers saw items consistent with the manufacturing of butane honey oil in the apartment. Assistance was requested from the Butte Cou... FULL STORY

Update on Big Rig Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 1, 2013

The collision between a 2012 Mariani Packing Company freightliner and a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado resulted in the closure of a portion of Highway 70 Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 1:00 p.m., 42-year-old Brian Jojo was traveling south on Highway 70. According to witnesses, Jojo’s truck drif... FULL STORY

Major Wreck Results in Two Deaths, One Injured
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 30, 2013

A Mariani Packing Company diesel truck reportedly ran into a vehicle that veered into its path. The collision occurred on Highway 70 just south of Oroville this afternoon shortly after 1:00 p.m. The wreck left two dead, with another person being taken to the hospital for treatment. The road w... FULL STORY

Update on Weekend Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 29, 2013

A wreck that occurred Sunday resulted in one man being taken to Oroville Hospital. Robert Volk, 61, was riding his motorcycle west on Oro Dam Boulevard at approximately 6:30 Sunday evening. Ge Thao, 18, was exiting Tenth Street at Oro Dam Boulevard. He reportedly pulled out in front of Volk, wh... FULL STORY

Multiple Vehicle Wreck Snarls Traffic
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 27, 2013

A wreck involving several vehicles, including a motorcycle, caused a major traffic jam Sunday evening. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Oro Dam Boulevard and Tenth Street. Traffic was backed up to the Green Bridge near Highway 70. No further information was available at the tim... FULL STORY

Fire Destroys Home on Pacific Heights Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 22, 2013

A mobile home caught fire at approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the Pacific Heights Mobile Home Park. A resident of the park noticed smoke coming from the vents of the small trailer and alerted other neighbors. Several neighbors sprung into action, using hoses to douse the flames while th... FULL STORY

18 Year Old Arrested For Alleged Car Theft
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 20, 2013

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Deputy M. Sears of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling Oro Bangor Highway. As Sears approached the 3300 block of Oro Bangor, he observed a gold colored Honda Accord traveling west. When the Accord passed him, Sears recognized the dr... FULL STORY

LPO Band Shines and Brings Home Awards
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 15, 2013

The Las Plumas-Oroville (LPO) Marching Band participated in the first competition of the year in Sacramento on Saturday. Every top 10 band in northern and central California attended this competition. Las Plumas High School Faculty reported that LPO band members were outnumbered by bands made up... FULL STORY

Arrest Made in Fifth Avenue Shooting
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 11, 2013

A press release issued this morning reported the arrest of a man implicated in a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon. Officers from the Oroville Police Department had responded to the 1800 block of Fifth Avenue at around noon that day after receiving calls about gunshots in the area. ... FULL STORY

Melody Lane Fire Update
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 10, 2013

A fire that broke out just after 5:00 p.m. on Melody Lane in Honcut Wednesday afternoon spread quickly, being pushed along by gusty winds. It did not take long for the fire to grow to 20 acres, destroying one structure, 3 recreational vehicles, and 4 motor vehicles in its path. Several other hom... FULL STORY

Fire in Palermo Closes Melody Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 9, 2013

A fire broke out shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Melody Lane in Honcut Wednesday afternoon. The fire moved swiftly, destroying several acres along with multiple structures and vehicles. To view more pictures and videos, go to https://www.facebook.com/TheGoldCityGazette. More details will be publi... FULL STORY

Alleged Attack on D Street Between Myers & Lincoln
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 7, 2013

Officers from the Oroville Police Department and Butte County Sheriff’s Department responded to D Street today just before 2:00 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding two injured men. One neighbor stated that a man and his son had been hurt, although she was unsure about the details ... FULL STORY

Fire on Oakwood Lane Destroys Building
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 7, 2013

At approximately 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, a fire broke out on Oakwood Lane in Palermo. Firefighters responded quickly and doused the blaze, but not before it claimed a building. The resident apparently experienced a panic attack as a result of the fire and received medical care at the scene. ... FULL STORY

A Familiar but Unwelcome Site With Summit Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 5, 2013

A vegetation fire started in the Summit Road/District Center Road area at approximately 5:30 Friday evening. Winds up to 13 miles per hour pushed the fire along, causing it to grow quickly. By 8:00 p.m. the fire had grown to 310 acres with four structures lost, according to CalFire. Multipl... FULL STORY

Numerous Vegetation Fires Burn Around 20 Acres
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 2, 2013

Eleven fires were started yesterday along Highway 70. They dotted the roadside from Georgia Pacific Road in Oroville to Coal Canyon Road. Some of the fires were only a few feet wide, while one was approximately 11 acres. The largest fire occurred in the Coal Canyon area. Highway 70 was closed ... FULL STORY

Small Pipe Bomb Found in Berry Creek
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 29, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Saturday by a Berry Creek resident. The caller stated he had located what appeared to be a pipe bomb in a remote area along Webster Road. BCSO Deputies responded and located the suspicious item. The device was... FULL STORY

Fire Damages Home on Dad's Lane
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 27, 2013

A fire broke out in Palermo at around 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The blaze threatened several homes, damaging a mobile home. Two outbuildings and multiple pieces of equipment were destroyed in the fire as well. In all, 14 acres were burned as a result of winds reaching up to 10 miles per hou... FULL STORY

Suspicious Package Left at Oroville Police Station
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 26, 2013

At approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, a man allegedly walked into the Oroville Police Department (OPD), put a package down, and left. An employee at OPD reported that the package had threatening remarks written on it, and the building evidently had to be evacuated. The Butte County Sherif... FULL STORY

US Marshals Apprehend Fugitive
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 20, 2013

At approximately 1:30 p.m. yesterday, the United States Marshals contacted the Oroville Police Department (OPD) to request assistance in apprehended in arresting a man. Officers from OPD responded to Los Compadres Restaurant on Oro Dam Boulevard. They entered the dining establishment and took 42... FULL STORY

Woman Seriously Hurt After Being Hit by Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 19, 2013

Emergency personnel responded to Grand Avenue last night after receiving reports of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle. Benito Lopez, 19, of Oroville was driving east on Grand Avenue when he lost control of his car, according to Officer Vrooman of the Oroville Police Department. Lopez allegedly... FULL STORY

Fire at the Western Motor Lodge
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 18, 2013

A fire broke out in a resident’s room at the Western Motor Lodge on Bird Street Tuesday. The fire was reportedly caused by an electrical short that resulted from too many items being plugged into an outlet. The blaze was quickly extinguished by Oroville and El Medio Fire Departments. Fuego en... FULL STORY

Marijuana Garden Discovered on Elams Ranch Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 14, 2013

Earlier this month, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received an anonymous tip regarding a suspicious marijuana garden with armed suspects in the Elams Ranch Road area. A “fly over” of the area was conducted, and a marijuana garden was observed. During the early morning hours of Septemb... FULL STORY

Increased West Nile Virus Danger
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 12, 2013

The Butte County Health Department (BCDH) has reported that there have been 14 confirmed cases of human West Nile Virus (WNV) cases this year. This is very alarming to Dr. Mark Lundberg, Butte County Health Officer. Dr. Lundberg stated, “The increase in human cases is very concerning as WNV act... FULL STORY

Wipe Out on South Villa
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 8, 2013

At approximately 12:30 this afternoon, a man was allegedly attempting to light a cigarette when he veered off the roadway. He wrecked his Ford F250 truck, reportedly knocking down two telephone poles and a transformer during the collision. The driver was apparently able to self extricate himself... FULL STORY

City Officials Unite in Park Clean-Up
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 7, 2013

Members of the Oroville Police Department, City of Oroville Planning & Development Department, Feather River Parks & Recreation District and the Butte County Sheriffs Work Alternative Program worked together at the River Bend Park off of Salmon Run Road on Friday. According to a press release fr... FULL STORY

Cooking Over Open Flame Results in House Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 1, 2013

A fire broke out at a residence in the 1600 block of Crest Drive Saturday Evening. A woman who lives in the home apparently was outside cooking over an open flame when the fire erupted. She suffered smoke inhalation and burns and had to be flown by helicopter to a treatment center. The fire c... FULL STORY

Fire in Nature Center Contained Quickly
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 28, 2013

Oroville and El Medio Fire Departments responded to a fire in the wildlife area near the Bathhouse at around 6:00 p.m. this evening. Because of the quick response, the fire was contained to approximately ¼ acre. Since the location is under CalFire’s Jurisdiction, the scene was turned over to the... FULL STORY

Joy Ride Turns Out Not So Joyful for Driver
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 27, 2013

Shortly before 6:00 p.m. this evening, Officer Zarate of the Oroville Police Department was driving in the area of Olive Highway and Lower Wyandotte Road when he was flagged down by an individual. Officer Zarate reported that he had been informed about a driver who had allegedly been making a lef... FULL STORY

Numerous Drugs and Firearms Seized During Bust
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 24, 2013

On Thursday, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) Agents and officers from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU) served a search warrant at a residence on Wakefield Drive. During execution of the search warrant, agents reportedly located and seized a l... FULL STORY

Missing toddler Found Where He Should Have Been
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 24, 2013

At approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, a 3-year-old boy went missing on Morningstar Avenue in Thermalito. Neighbors and police joined in the search for the toddler. The police search dog was even utilized, without success. The little tyke was found about 30 minutes later—in his room. ... FULL STORY

Hit and Run Suspect Captured
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 22, 2013

A man was seriously injured in a hit and run collision last Friday afternoon. On Tuesday, the Oroville Police Department (OPD) put out a request for assistance from the community in locating the suspect vehicle. The very next day a citizen contacted OPD with information about the vehicle after r... FULL STORY

Swedes Flat Fire Evacutions Lifted
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2013

Firefighters are getting the upper hand on the Swedes Flat Fire, and evacuations are being lifted. CalFire has issued a report stating the fire is 64% contained with full containment expected by August 22, 2013. All evacuations have been lifted; however, residents are urged to proceed with cauti... FULL STORY

RAIN!
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2013

What may seem like an insignificant occurrence to some is a welcome blessing to firefighters and residents of Oroville. Moments ago, a sudden downpour began—surely lending a hand to the firefighting efforts. Whether it be those who live in the areas affected by the Swedes Flat Fire or those with... FULL STORY

Hit and Run Suspect Sought
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2013

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013, Oroville Police Officers responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Oro Dam and Lincoln Boulevards. At the scene, officers talked with several witnesses who stated that a silver 4-door sedan fled the scene after striking a motor... FULL STORY

Swedes Flat Fire Approaches 2000 Acres
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 19, 2013

The fire rages on despite firefighters’ best efforts, burning a total of 1995 acres in three days. The blaze has progressed across the mountains and has resulted in more evacuations, setting many Oroville residents on edge. Warning evacuations have been issued for Forbestown Road from Lumpkin Ro... FULL STORY

Fire in Swedes Flat Area Causes Evacuations
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 17, 2013

At approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday, fire crews were dispatched to Swedes Flat Road to investigate reports of a wildfire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large fire that had apparently jumped the road. Within 30 minutes, six air tankers had been requested to assist in fighting the fire. Bull doz... FULL STORY

Update on Swedes Flat Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 17, 2013

The Swedes Flat Fire has been steadily growing over the past 24 hours. At 9:30 p.m. last night, CalFire released a report that the fire had consumed approximately 235 acres. During the night, the winds came up and drove the blaze along into areas of steep terrain with heavy brush. These conditi... FULL STORY

Pot Farm Raid in Concow
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 16, 2013

At approximately 6:00 a.m. Thursday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU), United States Forest Service (USFS) and Butte Interagency Narcotics Taskforce (BINTF), joined forces to take down a known marijuana garden in upper Concow. The farm was in a very remote area k... FULL STORY

Two Oroville Homes Damaged in Fires
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 12, 2013

CalFire/Butte County Fire crews responded to two house fires in the early morning hours Sunday in Kelly Ridge. At around 3:30 a.m., residents in the 400 block of Oakvale Avenue reported a fire in a boat parked adjacent to their home. Upon arrival of the first engine, crews found the fire had sp... FULL STORY

More Drugs Taken Off the Street
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 10, 2013

Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU) served a search warrant in the 100 block of Leandra Way in Berry Creek on Friday. Upon entering the property, SEU deputies found marijuana plants lining the driveway. Deputies made their way to a double wide tra... FULL STORY

Recology-Trash Service or a Bunch of Garbage?
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 9, 2013

The average Oroville resident can expect to be fined between $100.00-1000.00 if caught littering or illegally dumping—yet Recology workers can litter anytime they want without recourse. That appears to be the case since collection workers can throw garbage and recyclables all over the ground wh... FULL STORY

Another Daytime Burglary- One Suspect at Large
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 9, 2013

At approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Oroville Police Officers responded to a report of a daytime residential burglary in the 1600 block of High Street. The residents had reportedly been at work and returned home to find forced entry had been made through a back door of their home. Officers talk... FULL STORY

Bold Burglar Bombs Out
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 7, 2013

Just after 12:30 this afternoon, Oroville Police Officers responded to a residential burglary alarm in the 20 block of Brookdale Drive near Foothill Boulevard. As officers arrived at the scene, they observed a male riding a bicycle away from the front driveway area of the residence, apparently hea... FULL STORY

Another Great Job by the SEU
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 6, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) served yet another search warrant Monday at a property located on Bell Ranch Road in Berry Creek. Upon service of the search warrant, SEU Deputies discovered Maqlayvanh Malay, 40, of Sacramento, cultivating marijuana in one of the... FULL STORY

Just a Plum Mess
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 6, 2013

A truck lost part of its load today on Highway 99 at the Highway 162 intersection. Plums were everywhere and the California Highway Patrol assisted in cleaning up the mess and directing traffic. Sólo un desastre de ciruela Un camión perdida parte de su carga hoy en Highway 99, en la interse... FULL STORY

Marijuana Grows Eliminated in Bangor
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 4, 2013

Sergeant Marty Rolph of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) reported that members of the BCSO Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) conducted a search warrant and two marijuana investigations in Bangor Friday. A search warrant was executed in the 70 block of Stoney Oaks Boulevard after deputies lo... FULL STORY

Three Fires in Palermo Saturday Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 4, 2013

CalFire/Butte County crews responded to several fires in the Palermo area Saturday night. The first response was to a small vegetation reported at Upper Palermo Road and Bohemia Avenue at approximately 9:00 p.m. The fire was reportedly started by a truck pulling a boat after a tire blew out on the... FULL STORY

Girl Shot in Back by Friend
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 2, 2013

On July 28, 2013, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) received a call from the Oroville Medical Center (OMC) reporting that a female juvenile with an apparent gunshot wound to her back had just arrived in their emergency room. Deputies responded to OMC and wer... FULL STORY

EARTHQUAKE! Part Two
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 2, 2013

Utter chaos and disaster—that is how some would have described it. Huge quakes had just rocked the town, and residents were on edge. Some were even packing up and leaving, threatening never to return. Businesses were in shambles. Products had been thrown from the shelves. Many downtown buildi... FULL STORY

Roadwork Detour
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 2, 2013

Motorists would fare well by avoiding Oro Bangor Highway between Burlington and Las Plumas Avenues for the next couple of days. Road improvements are being made in the area, and detours are set up. Minimal traffic, basically residential traffic, is allowed in and out of the work zone. Resident... FULL STORY

Branch Fire in Cherokee
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 2, 2013

A vegetation fire that was discovered at approximately 4:00 p.m. yesterday near Red Tape Road in Cherokee has been a force to be dealt with for firefighters. The blaze that began at approximately 10 acres in size has grown to over 50 acres due to the steep terrain in the Rocky Peak area. At ap... FULL STORY

House Fire Stretches Resources
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 2, 2013

A house fire erupted in the 2900 block of Foothill Boulevard shortly after 11:00 a.m. this morning. Multiple agencies reported to extinguish the inferno, including a plane that was called from the Branch Fire. CalFire reported that the attic and second story were involved in the fire. The cau... FULL STORY

EARTHQUAKE! Part One
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 1, 2013

It was just after midnight on February 8, 1940. Most Oroville residents were asleep when it happened. A strong trembling motion lasting several seconds woke many from their sleep, while others apparently slept right through it. According to a report in the Oroville Mercury (OM) that morning, so... FULL STORY

Phone Fraud
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 1, 2013

Scam artists never stop trying to squeeze money out of unsuspecting senior citizens. One local 85-year-old woman recently received a phone call from a company claiming to represent the Philips LifeLine Company. The operator told the woman that a friend of hers had paid $400 so she could receive ... FULL STORY

Fire in Thermalito Wildlife Area
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 31, 2013

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, a fire was reported in the wildlife area near Tenth Street in Thermalito. Fortunately, fire crews responded and quickly doused the blaze before it got too out of control. Fuego en el área de vida silvestre Thermalito En aproximadamente 19:30 el ma... FULL STORY

Bike Park Closes- Leaves Kids Swinging
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 29, 2013

The Bedrock Skate and Bike Park closed a few days ago. Park officials stated in interviews that they are concerned about deterioration of the facilities that could cause injuries. Indeed, anyone who walks through the park can see many problem areas. Repairs to the park will cost thousands of doll... FULL STORY

Stolen Truck Returned to Owner
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 29, 2013

Shortly after 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening, a motorist noticed a suspicious looking man milling about near Pastime Car Wash on Olive Highway. The motorist contacted the Oroville Police Department (OPD) to notify them about the man and said that he was walking away from the area. Officers responded t... FULL STORY

SEU Successful in Two More Raids
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 28, 2013

Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU) continued their ongoing fight against drugs, serving two more search warrants in connection with the illegal cultivation of marijuana Thursday. The first warrant was served on Chinese Wall Road off of Swedes Flat... FULL STORY

Hot Issue
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 26, 2013

One of GCG’s readers, Robyn Ostrander, was in the Dollar Store parking lot yesterday when she heard a dog howling. When she looked around to see where the sound was coming from, she saw a small dog in a white Chevrolet pickup. Concerned for the pup’s welfare in the stifling heat, she called 911.... FULL STORY

Transient Pleads "No Contest" to Murder Charges
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 25, 2013

Many will remember the shocking death of a homeless man who had been brutally attacked nearly two months ago in downtown Oroville. On June 1, 2013, Oroville Police Officers responded to a call reporting an injured man. At that time, Roger Miller was found lying in the middle of the street with ... FULL STORY

Abandoned Pot Gardens Found by Drug Team
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 24, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU) conducted two early morning raids Tuesday. The raids targeted suspected Drug Trafficking Organization marijuana grows in the mountains of Butte County. Both marijuana gardens were located through the use of the BCSO helicopter. ... FULL STORY

The Mod Squad Strikes Again
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 23, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSO SEU) served a search warrant in the 7300 block of Lower Wyandotte Road earlier today. While searching the property, officers found a large marijuana garden in the middle of an olive orchard and another hidden in a nearby creek bed.... FULL STORY

Mailboxes Vandalized
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 23, 2013

Mailboxes were vandalized in South Oroville either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. While some may think this is an amusing joke, violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism. When these incidents occur, mail cannot be delivered ... FULL STORY

Another Arrest by the Gang Unit
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 20, 2013

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Friday evening, Butte County Sheriff’s Gang Detectives encountered two male subjects parked in a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 70 and East Gridley Road. The driver was identified as 25-year-old Chue Vang, and the passenger was identified as Thai Thao, 36, bo... FULL STORY

Faunce Way Chase Update- With Minor Adjustment
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 20, 2013

The GCG reported Thursday evening that Butte County Drug Agents had been involved in a chase through Southside. A press release issued by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) revealed that the officers involved in this incident were actually BCSO Gang Detectives. The agents had attempted to ... FULL STORY

Sheriff's Office Eliminates Drugs in 3 Incidents
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 19, 2013

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call Sunday reporting a possible battery in the 11500 block of Aureole Way in Concow. Officers responded, and while investigating the incident, they noticed items suspicious of being related to Butane Honey Oil production. The deputies subsequent... FULL STORY

Chase Leaves Fleeing Man With Nowhere to Go
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 19, 2013

At approximately 6:30 Thursday evening, narcotics agents were driving in the area of Martin Luther King Park on Wyandotte Avenue. The officers decided to make a U-turn, and a man driving a Nissan Maxima allegedly got spooked and sped off. The officers followed the man through South Side At one ... FULL STORY

Probation Arrest Made on Alleged Drug Charges
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 19, 2013

Butte County Sheriff’s Gang Detectives spotted a probationer at approximately 8:30 p.m. last night. They pulled over the driver, 26-year-old Xang Vang, at the Corner of Myers Street and Oro Bangor Highway and spoke with him. Upon a probation search of his vehicle, officers reportedly found five ... FULL STORY

Tip Over Tuesday
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 17, 2013

The report of a wreck that occurred this afternoon on Highway 70 originally had rescue personnel expecting that a person had been ejected from the vehicle. However, it turned out that the driver had apparently just lost control of the vehicle and landed upside down. Volcar el martes El info... FULL STORY

"Goin' Postal" Might Not Be Worth It
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 17, 2013

At approximately 12:45 p.m. this afternoon, a man walked into the post office on Robinson Street and attempted to pick up a package. Since he was unable to provide photo identification, the clerk could not release the package to him. He allegedly became upset and left in a rage, smashing the win... FULL STORY

Vandalism Suspects Arrested
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 12, 2013

Last Saturday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received several reports of vandalism in Palermo. Sergeant Chris Nicodemus indicated in a press release that car windows had been broken and objects were thrown through the windows of a church and several other businesses. Deputy John Ro... FULL STORY

Close Call
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 10, 2013

A traffic collision occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday night that apparently sent a vehicle careening into the Popeye’s Drive-Through on the corner of Oro Dam and Lincoln Boulevards. Fortunately, no one was injured and the building was not damaged. To see a video of the area of the wreck... FULL STORY

Suspected Arson Near South Side Residence
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 10, 2013

Someone allegedly poured a flammable liquid out while walking down Roseben Avenue early Sunday morning. The individual, with apparent malicious intent, then set the fluid on fire. The propellant, along with bamboo planted in a nearby yard located between A and B Streets, caused the fire to sprea... FULL STORY

Identity of Man Shot at Gold Country Released
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 3, 2013

At 6:47 a.m. yesterday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from security at Gold Country Casino, after they received a report from a customer that an armed man was sitting in his car in the parking lot using drugs. The patron further stated that the man, described as an Asian ... FULL STORY

Stabbing in Kelly Ridge
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 1, 2013

On June 28, 2013 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a stabbing at 35 Galaxy Avenue, Oroville. Upon arrival, deputies located a 20 year old male lying on the ground in front of the residence with a single stab wound to his upper back. Deputies contacted the v... FULL STORY

Woman Seriously Injured at Her Home Monday Morning
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 25, 2013

At approximately 2:20 a.m. Monday morning, the Oroville Medical Center emergency room (ER) contacted the Oroville Police Department (OPD) to report suspicious injuries to a 33-year-old female who had been transported to the ER by ambulance. Officers responded to the hospital and determined the f... FULL STORY

Two Alleged Car Thieves Captured in Two Days
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 22, 2013

On Thursday, the GCG reported the apprehension of a man on Foothill Boulevard. Sergeant John Bruschi informed the GCG this morning that the incident began as an attempt to take a known Felon into custody. Bruschi explained that at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oroville Police Officer John Ni... FULL STORY

Canine Officer Assists in Capture
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 21, 2013

Just before 8:00 p.m. last night, a man allegedly failed to yield when officers attempted to pull him over. A chase ensued, and deputies reportedly pursued the man up and down Oroville streets for 3½ miles. The man finally abandoned his vehicle near Oroville Hospital and fled on foot. He was ... FULL STORY

Motor Oil Brings Out the Toxic Avengers
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 19, 2013

Just before 7:00 p.m. today, an employee of the Montgomery Street Pub discovered a suspicious object in the parking lot across the street. The Oroville Police Department was contacted, and officers responded to the area along with fire units. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a bucket... FULL STORY

Mountain Lion Spotted at Oroville Residence
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 19, 2013

A mountain lion has been spotted in a woman’s yard on Highway 162 near Wilbur Road. The woman called 911 to report that she had seen the big cat lying in bushes in her yard. Officers responded to the scene and are investigating. Residents in the area should be cautious when venturing outside.... FULL STORY

Please Don't Torture Your Dog
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 19, 2013

Pet owners need to keep in mind that temperatures are climbing and it is not safe, or humane, to leave dogs in cars. In fact, a dog left in a car on a hot day can end up with lethal results. “Leaving a dog in the car while running errands can literally be a death sentence,” says Linda Haller of... FULL STORY

Wildfire in Foreman Creek Area
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 17, 2013

A fire that began at approximately 5:30 Sunday evening was rapidly brought under control thanks to extraordinary teamwork. The blaze that ignited at Foreman Creek Road and Bob Cameron Drive was 100% contained by around 8:30 p.m. Mary Aldrich of CalFire reported that when the first fire engine ar... FULL STORY

Shoplifter Arrest Leads to Discovery of Drug Lab
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 16, 2013

Food Maxx Grocery contacted the Oroville Police Department on Thursday to report a man that had allegedly been shoplifting. Officer Thomas Roenspie responded to the scene and located 38-year-old transient, Brian K. Jordan, who had been detained by employees at the store. Jordan had reportedly ... FULL STORY

Large Butane Honey Oil Lab Discovered
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 15, 2013

At about 9:20 Thursday morning, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (BCSOEU) served a search warrant on a Spur Court resident. Investigators discovered one individual, Kelley Lawrence Trousdale, 34, of Aptos, California, at the property. Trousdale was detained without incide... FULL STORY

The DUI Epidemic- What is Being Done?
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 9, 2013

The little girl discussed at the beginning of the second part of this series, Wendy, had a tough road to take. Yet, she did not allow herself to be a “victim” of the tragedy. Her grandparents provided much love and support, always telling her that she could be the one to make a difference—and make... FULL STORY

Man Stabbed Last Night-- Suspect Sought
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 9, 2013

At 7:00 p.m. last night, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call from a resident in the 2500 block of D Street. The caller stated that a person who had been stabbed was at her door step. The victim, whose name is being withheld at this time, was apparently unknown to the report... FULL STORY

High Fire Danger Conditions
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 9, 2013

Due to the extreme weather, a Red Flag Warning has been issued that will last at least through Monday. Expected triple digit temperatures, low humidity and breezy winds have elevated the fire danger, according to an alert released by CalFire. Last Monday, multiple fire agencies including El Me... FULL STORY

Pot Farm Found & Dismantled by Authorities
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 8, 2013

On Thursday the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, working with the United States Forest Service, raided a large marijuana garden being grown in the Plumas National Forest in the Mountain House area of Butte County. During the raid deputies encountered a Hispanic male adult, ultimately identifie... FULL STORY

Driving Under the Influence- The Results
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 5, 2013

A man and his wife were driving home after attending the graduation of a close relative. Only a couple of miles from home, they traveled down the two lane road in the dark. Up ahead they saw headlights approaching. To their horror, they soon realized the approaching vehicle was in their lane. Gu... FULL STORY

The Dilemma of DUIs- Bigger Than You May Think
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 3, 2013

It is an everyday occurrence—someone drinks alcohol, gets behind the wheel of a car, and drives away. Many times the offender is caught, more often not. It is a danger every Oroville resident faces every day, whether they realize it or not. The problem is so huge, the GCG will be running a seri... FULL STORY

Man Murdered in the Middle of the Street
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 2, 2013

At approximately 4:00 a.m. this morning Oroville Police Officers received a call regarding a man down with injuries. Officers responded to the Valero Gas Station at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Feather River Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers located the victim who was identified a... FULL STORY

Fire Shows Need for Safety Precautions
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 2, 2013

CalFire was called out to a blaze on Lindsey Lane at approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon. A man at the scene stated he was mowing the lawn when a rock exploded about 15 feet from him. He immediately yelled out to his dad, who called the fire department. Then the father and son called the lad... FULL STORY

Burning Days Numbered
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 29, 2013

Friday will be the last day to burn yard waste in Butte County. Burn permits will be suspended at midnight on May 31, 2013. This protective measure is being taken earlier than normal this year because of the lack of winter rains, which has resulted in drier than normal conditions. This affects... FULL STORY

Tree Disrupts Traffic in Residential Neighborhood
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 28, 2013

One lane of Highlands Boulevard was closed this afternoon after a branch of a tree broke and fell into the road. A resident in the 90 block of Highlands Boulevard apparently heard the limb break and went outside to see what had happened. When he discovered the tree hanging in the roadway, he calle... FULL STORY

Quake Felt in Oroville Moments Ago
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 24, 2013

At about 8:40 p.m. a mild earthquake was felt in Oroville. Small earthquakes have been occurring recently in Oroville and surrounding areas. The quake was centered near Greenville, CA, and was 5.7 on the Richter scale. Residents should review earthquake preparedness information by going to ht... FULL STORY

Fast Response by Firefighters Keeps Damage Minimal
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 23, 2013

At around 6:00 p.m. this evening, a man who was visiting his father at his V7 Street home noticed a fire in Stump’s Field. He called the fire department, and moments later firefighters arrived at the scene to douse the blaze. Although the source of the fire uncertain at this point, motorcycles w... FULL STORY

Thief Up A Creek Without a Paddle- Or a Motor
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 22, 2013

On May 18, John’s Marine reported a break-in to the Oroville police department. The incident was investigated, and it was determined that grand theft of an outboard boat motor had taken place. The suspect had apparently cut through the perimeter chain link fence shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Saturda... FULL STORY

Late Night Fire Quickly Brought Under Control
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 22, 2013

An early morning vegetation fire was discovered at approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning near the Worm Farm on Neal Road. Fire crews responded to the blaze including 17 fire engines, 4 water tenders, 2 bull dozers, and 3 overhead personnel. No injuries were reported, and no structures were damage... FULL STORY

Under-aged Drinking Leads to Disastrous Results
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2013

At approximately 11:45 Friday evening, Oroville Police Officers received a call regarding a large fight in the 1100 block of High Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered three juvenile males who had been stabbed. One of the victims was 16 and two were 17 years old. One of the victims was tre... FULL STORY

Police Unite in Fruitful Gun Sweep
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2013

On Friday, members of the Oroville and Gridley/Biggs Police Departments conducted a pro-active sweep in the City of Oroville. The sting targeted known or documented gang members who are out on Butte County Probation or Parole. The officers reportedly initiated contact at approximately 15 residenti... FULL STORY

Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2013

On May 18, 2013, Oroville Police Department Officers interviewed witnesses who had observed a stabbing that occurred near a High Street residence Friday evening. Officers also re-interviewed two of the stabbing victims. The suspect responsible for the stabbings was identified as 20-year-old Oro... FULL STORY

Two Arrested at Gold Country Casino
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 18, 2013

At approximately 4:30 this morning, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy M. Sears observed 46-year-old Gordon Leroy Thurman in a vehicle in the Gold Country Casino parking lot. Sergeant Anthony Borgman reported that Deputy Sears knew Thurman was on searchable release on his own recognizance and had previo... FULL STORY

West Nile Virus Warnings
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 16, 2013

The Butte County Health Department (BCHD) would like to alert the public to the high likelihood of West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses. Horse owners are being urged to vaccinate their horses now to prevent the potentially deadly virus. Last year 22 horses contracted WNV in California. Of these case... FULL STORY

Healthcare Highs and Lows
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 16, 2013

Recently, Oroville Hospital was issued the Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades for 2013. The award was given to the hospital after the facility was rated in the top 10% for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during thei... FULL STORY

Routine Traffic Stop By OPD Prevents Drug Sales
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 10, 2013

At approximately 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Oroville Police Officer Breck Wright pulled over a 1999 GMC Van for expired registration on Olive Highway near Foothill Boulevard. Wright found three occupants inside of the van. The driver of the van was evidently identified as 45-year-old Olivehurst... FULL STORY

Amnesty Extended on Construction Permit Fees
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 10, 2013

Oroville residents have a reprieve from building permit fees. Any residents who have completed projects without the proper permits are encouraged to take advantage of the Residential Building Permit Amnesty Program that was approved by the Oroville City Council. The program allows for a no-penal... FULL STORY

Bicycle Bandit Strikes Again and Gets Caught
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 9, 2013

At approximately 4:25 yesterday afternoon the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call from a residence located on the 1300 block of 14th Street. The caller stated that a man had knocked on her door and then entered her home. The woman described the alleged intruder as being Caucas... FULL STORY

Attack in South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 8, 2013

At approximately 10:12 this morning, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received several 911 calls regarding a possible stabbing victim in the 3200 block of Myers Street. One caller reported that the person with the knife was still on scene. Officers from the Oroville Police Department and... FULL STORY

Bomb Scare for Some Downtown Residents
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 6, 2013

At approximately 6:15 this evening, the Oroville Police Department received a call about a suspicious object on the corner of Feather River Boulevard and Bird Street. Officers responded to the area and found a device that resembled a pressure cooker bomb. Precautionary measures were taken and ro... FULL STORY

Suspicious Pot Brings Out the Forces
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 6, 2013

At approximately 6:00 p.m. last night the Oroville Police Department was contacted by an anonymous caller advising them that an item resembling a pressure cooker had been left on the sidewalk at the intersection of Bird Street and Feather River Boulevard. Officers responded to the scene and conf... FULL STORY

High Fire Danger- Caution Advised
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 5, 2013

Two fires occurred on opposite ends of town within an hour of each other this afternoon. The first was sparked from a fence welding operation on the south side of Highway 70 near Garden Drive at approximately 1:00 p.m. Winds caused the fire to jump the highway, resulting in a total of six acres ... FULL STORY

Residents Make Drug Drop Off Huge Success
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 2, 2013

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement agencies would like to thank the Butte County Community for helping keep our children safe. A drop off day was held Saturday, where residents were encouraged to bring unused prescriptions to check points and dispose of them.... FULL STORY

Freecycle- Ten Years Strong and Growing
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 30, 2013

Ten years ago, an organization was started with one goal—to keep useable items out of landfills. It’s a fact, sometimes people just get tired of certain things they have and don’t want them anymore. Maybe a housewife decides she wants to redecorate. She has items that are in really good shape. T... FULL STORY

Public Safety Alert
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 30, 2013

There is a power outage that has resulted in a traffic light failure at the intersection of Olive Highway and Foothill Boulevard. Please travel through the area carefully until the problem is fixed. The outage has evidently also affected Oroville Hospital, as there are individuals stuck in between... FULL STORY

Control Burn Death-Ultimate Fire Safety Reminder
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 29, 2013

It may seem early to some, but fire season is already upon us. There have already been several serious fires in this area, including one that cost a man his life. The Onion Fire, near the location of last year’s Mill Fire, burned approximately 20 acres last week. Just yesterday a man was appa... FULL STORY

Thermalito Robber Makes Get Away On Bicycle
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 29, 2013

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to a call involving the report of a burglary. Apparently, a couple returned to their home in the 1200 block of Grand Avenue and found a man armed with a gun. The man allegedly held them at gunpoint and continue... FULL STORY

Get Your Chicken On!
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 25, 2013

It’s official—at 10:00 a.m. Popeye’s will open. So, if you have made your lunch plans you may want to change them. Popeye’s will be open from 10:00 a.m. until midnight daily. This week they will be having some majorly fun festivities, so be sure to stop by to enjoy the food and fun! Popeye’s... FULL STORY

Man Found Dead in South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 25, 2013

Lieutenant Al Smith of the Butte County Sheriff’s Department released a report about a suspicious death in South Oroville this morning. At approximately 7:30 a.m., deputies responded to the report of a “man down” near the intersection of Elgin and Fallbrook Streets. Upon arrival, officers found ... FULL STORY

OMC Janitor Busted for Allegedly Stealing Drugs
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 24, 2013

Staff at Crystal Pharmacy, located at 2809 Olive Highway, recently noticed that prescription medications were coming up missing. The prescriptions had reportedly been filled and labeled for customer pick-up. Staff at the pharmacy notified the Oroville Police Department (OPD) that it was suspected ... FULL STORY

Palermo Man Reportedly Shot In Back
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 22, 2013

On April 20, 2013, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies and emergency personnel responded to a call about a shooting at 7160 Citrus Avenue in Palermo. When Deputies arrived at approximately 11:00 a.m., they located Tylor Kellison, age 23, who had sustained a single gunshot wound in the back. The vi... FULL STORY

The 411 on Fire Safety
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 21, 2013

The “Chipper Service Program” is still available, but time is limited. In just over three weeks, the services will wrap up for the season. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this service should contact the Butte County Fire Safe Council at 877-0984. The organization also has other service... FULL STORY

The Telephone Pole Bandits Strike Again
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 19, 2013

A telephone pole on Oro Quincy Highway was sheared off by a motorist today at approximately 4:30 p.m. Residents in the area complained that people drive much too fast on the road. Although the street bears the name “Highway”, the speed limit for the thoroughfare ranges from 25 to 40 miles per h... FULL STORY

Alert Citizen Facilitates Recovery of Stolen Goods
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 16, 2013

At approximately 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Oroville Police Officers were alerted to a vehicle theft that had apparently just occurred at the Oroville Ford Dealership, located at 1726 Montgomery Street. The business was closed at the time and a citizen had evidently reported that a vehicle parked inside t... FULL STORY

Yet Another Telephone Scam
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2013

The Oroville Police Department issued a press release stating that they had received a report from a citizen who was the victim of fraud. The woman evidently received a telephone call in which she was notified that a distant relative had died. The woman was allegedly told that the dead relative ha... FULL STORY

Chico Man Still Missing After 2 Weeks of Searching
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2013

A search has been ongoing for a Chico man who was reported missing on March 29, 2013. A press release issued by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) stated that Neal Forrest King, 24, was reported to the Chico Police Department as a missing person by his girlfriend. The reporting party evidentl... FULL STORY

Update on Friday's Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2013

Paramedics responded to a collision Friday afternoon, where a young boy had been ejected from a vehicle. At approximately 1:44 p.m., Deanna Hatch, 50, had stopped her 2001 Kia because of traffic flow on Lower Wyandotte Road near Forestview. Another motorist, Elise Cervantes, 21, failed to see th... FULL STORY

Thank Goodness For Alert Tellers
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 8, 2013

Last weekend a woman received a call from her grandson. He was frantic. He explained to her that his best friend had invited him to his wedding in Mexico and sent him a ticket to go. He continued, telling the woman that after the wedding he was driving and had been run off the road by another dri... FULL STORY

Eight Arrests and a Car Reported Stolen Friday
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 7, 2013

A press release issued by the Oroville Police Department revealed that officers experienced a very busy Friday night. Multiple incidents yielded several arrests, which included assistance from two local citizens apprehending suspects at gun point. At approximately 5:15 p.m. officers responded ... FULL STORY

Boy Thrown From Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 6, 2013

Earlier this afternoon, a two-car collision occurred on Lower Wyandotte Road. A young boy was apparently ejected from one of the vehicles and was picked up by Life Flight for treatment. More information will be provided as available. Muchacho de coche Esta tarde, un choque de dos autos ocurr... FULL STORY

Coming Soon to a Corner Near You
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 28, 2013

Work is moving ahead on the new Popeye’s. No information on opening day is available at this time. Próximamente en una esquina cerca de usted Trabajo es avanzar en la nueva de Popeye. Ninguna información sobre el día de apertura está disponible en este momento. Los sai sai rau kaum tsev ny... FULL STORY

Officers Kept Hopping With Late Night Calls
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 23, 2013

Budget cuts are affecting everyone, including law officials. Last night, Oroville was served by three patrol officers and one Sergeant of the Oroville Police Department (OPD) until 2:00 a.m. At 2:00 a.m., the staffing level was reduced to two officers per department protocol. According to a p... FULL STORY

Oroville Women Allegedly Rob Two Homes
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 23, 2013

At about 1:00 a.m. this morning, 40-year-old Cassandra West of Paradise returned home to find that her residence had been broken into. She called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report the crime. Officers responded to the house in the 4300 block of Pentz Road to investigate. About ... FULL STORY

Stolen Gun Used in South Oroville Shooting
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 16, 2013

At 12:34 this morning, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) reportedly received several 911 calls in the area of Martin Luther King Park. The callers said that they had heard gunshots in the area. BCSO deputies responded to the scene, located on Wyandotte Avenue. They located three male subjec... FULL STORY

Newly Trained Drug Dog Busts Alleged Narcotic Ring
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 14, 2013

Two police canines returned to the Oroville Police Department on Monday after having completing their Narcotics training and certification. Just as they were getting settled in, the department received a tip that multiple narcotic transactions had taken place at an Oroville residence. Officers r... FULL STORY

Stabbing in Honcut
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 13, 2013

At approximately 3:35 p.m. Monday, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call reporting a stabbing at 9831 Palermo Honcut Highway in Honcut. Officers responded to the area and found the victim, James Wimberly, 43, had suffered a single stab wound. Upon investigation, deputies learned that t... FULL STORY

Vehicle Involved in Alleged Hit and Run Located
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 13, 2013

Officer Geoffrey Dye of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was just one of the many officers who responded to a reported collision Saturday night. When he arrived at the scene on the corner of Greenville and Fallbrook Streets he found that a car had crashed into the side of a house. The residen... FULL STORY

Car Into House at Fallbrook and Greenville
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 10, 2013

At approximately 10:30 p.m. last night a car barreled through a chain link fence and into a house, resulting in injuries to a 49-year-old male. A resident of the home had just walked out of the kitchen when he heard loud noises outside. Then the car slammed into the side of the house near the ki... FULL STORY

Three Alleged DUI Cases in One Day
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 4, 2013

Almost every day a person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired and drives the streets of Oroville. Recently, there have been multiple instances where great injury was caused because of these drivers. Just one week ago, witnesses claimed they saw a young woman driving down Montgomery... FULL STORY

Lambert's Feed is Closing Their Doors
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 4, 2013

After 22 years of business in Oroville, Lambert’s Feed is closing its doors. The fall in the economy, along with competing businesses like the Tractor Store and PetCo opening, has made it too difficult for the store to stay open. Many items are 50% off, and Wranglers are only $15. The store w... FULL STORY

Yet Another Alleged DUI Causes Major Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 3, 2013

A collision occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m. this evening on Table Mountain Boulevard between a Dodge truck and a Honda. One individual had to be extricated from the Honda. Another individual was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. One person evidently refused medical treatment... FULL STORY

Anything But a Sunday Drive For 2 Pregnant Females
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 25, 2013

Yesterday afternoon turned out to be anything but normal for some Oroville residents. Shaina L. Appleyard, 18, of Oroville, was apparently traveling east on Montgomery Street in a 2003 Volkswagen sedan. She evidently had four occupants in the vehicle including 29-year-old Oroville resident Alexan... FULL STORY

Collision on Montgomery Street Injures Several
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 24, 2013

A horrific collision with multiple injuries occurred today in downtown Oroville. At approximately 2:00 p.m. employees at Oroville Ford on Montgomery Street observed a white vehicle speed past the business and run a stop sign at the corner of Montgomery and Huntoon Streets. Witnesses at the stor... FULL STORY

Minor Fire and Hydrant Knocked Off Base
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 23, 2013

Shortly before 3:00 p.m. today a fire was reported in a laundry room at a house in the 4700 block of Olive Highway. The fire was thought to be spreading to the attic, and several fire trucks responded. It turned out that the incident was not as serious as originally thought, but the family surel... FULL STORY

Oroville Man Arrested in Relation to Cold Case
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 20, 2013

On February 19, 2013, Butte County Sheriff's detectives arrested Justin Taylor Foster, 23, of Honcut, in front of the Butte County Courthouse in Oroville. Foster is believed to have murdered Andres Cervantes Mendoza, 20, of Yuba City. Andres Mendoza's body had been discovered in the brush alon... FULL STORY

Man Walks Away From Horrendous Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 20, 2013

Just before 2:00 p.m. today the driver of this 2002 Saturn allegedly lost control of his vehicle. According to witnesses, he was driving south on Feather River Boulevard at excessive speeds and veered off of the road. Officer Quihuiz of the Oroville Police Department stated that the incident m... FULL STORY

Pole Damaged Second Time in A Week From Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 17, 2013

On February 16, 2013, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Oroville Police Officers were dispatched to a traffic collision on Lower Wyandotte Road near Claremont Drive. A press release stated that officers arrived at the scene to find the roadway blocked. Both vehicles sustained major damage as a result of... FULL STORY

Fire at Fuel Yard for Old Covanta Power Plant
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 14, 2013

A fire is burning near the Highway 70 Recycling Center at 4801 Feather River Boulevard. According to a spokesman at the scene, the fire originated in some “fuel for the old Covanta plant” that recently closed. The power plant had been located on Fifth Avenue until it closed last year because of ... FULL STORY

Compost Fire Update
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 14, 2013

CalFire and volunteer firefighters responded to a fire at approximately 2:20 p.m. this afternoon at the Oroville Industrial Park located at 4871 Feather River Boulevard. Organic compost mounds spontaneously caught fire at the storage yard. An area of about 100 feet by 100 feet is still burning b... FULL STORY

BLOCKBUSTER'S IS CLOSING
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 13, 2013

On April 7, 2013, you will have to go to Chico to rent from Blockbuster Video. The Oroville store is closing its doors. Everything in the store is for sale, including the fixtures. Coca-Cola products are 20% off. The store has a gumball machine for sale for $350. Anyone interested in purchasi... FULL STORY

True Accidents or A Devious Scheme?
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 13, 2013

Residents are apparently plotting to get new power poles throughout town. Another telephone pole was taken out by a motorist today. At approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, a man apparently dozed off and drifted off the road. The man was driving down Daly Road in Palermo, when he allegedly dr... FULL STORY

Two Vehicles Take Out Power Lines 30 Minutes Apart
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 12, 2013

Just before 4:30 this afternoon, a man was driving north on Lincoln Boulevard when he veered off the road and ran into a telephone pole. According to a witness who saw the incident, the man allegedly fell asleep and ran off the road. The woman called 911 and the California Highway Patrol respond... FULL STORY

Update on Boy Hit by Car Over Weekend
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 12, 2013

On February 9, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a man on Stump Drive took his grandson outside to buy him an ice cream from the ice cream truck. The man told his grandson to stay right next to him, but the boy darted out into the street. At that moment, a 37-year-old female was driving her 2000 silve... FULL STORY

Boy Hit by Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 9, 2013

At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, a young boy was struck by a vehicle on Stump Drive. The boy apparently sustained arm, leg, and head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Oakdale Heights School just a few blocks away, where he was picked up by Lifeflight. No further information was av... FULL STORY

Craigslist Posting Backfires on Eureka Resident
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 9, 2013

On February 8, 2013, Oroville Police Department Officers discovered a posting on Craigslist by a person who wanted to trade a boat for marijuana or marijuana and cash. Since the posting was in the Oroville section, officers responded to the posting and made contact with the subject. Officers mad... FULL STORY

BLUE ALERT
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 7, 2013

At approximately 1:30 this morning, an ex-police officer allegedly began a vengeful killing spree that targets all LA police officers and their families. Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, has been accused of killing three people including a police officer. Dorner apparently has military training wi... FULL STORY

Fire at the Villa Court Inn
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 7, 2013

At approximately 4:00 p.m. today the owner of the Villa Court Inn was notified by one of his tenants that the building was on fire. The owner observed smoke coming from one of the rooms and called 911. Oroville Fire Department responded and found that a wall heater had been left on, according to... FULL STORY

Drug Arrest Made During Search for Wanted Person
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 5, 2013

At approximately 11:30 this morning, deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force went to 1255 4th St in Oroville to contact a wanted person. While deputies were a the residence, they contacted Steven Patten, 51, of Oroville. According to Serge... FULL STORY

Superbowl Sunday Blues
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 4, 2013

One individual in particular did not have a good day yesterday. On January 30, 2013, Butte County Sheriff’s Officer, Deputy Meyer, spotted an individual he thought was a wanted felon. He attempted to make contact with the man, Ryan Blinston, 29, and Blinston allegedly fled the area. At approx... FULL STORY

Telephone Pole Down on Lower Wyandotte
By Cookie J. Arnett
February 1, 2013

Traffic is backed up this morning on Lower Wyandotte between Wyandotte Avenue and Claremont. A vehicle smashed into a telephone pole and knocked it over at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning. Details are limited at this point, but there do not appear to be any injuries. Traffic flow should ... FULL STORY

Alleged Felon Evades Police
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 30, 2013

At approximately 2:30 p.m. today, Deputy Brad Meyer spotted an individual he identified as a wanted felon, Ryan Blinston. According to a press release issued by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect was driving a white Lexus on Grand Avenue in Oroville. Meyer attempted to stop the v... FULL STORY

Drug Related Arrest Made at Motel 6
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 28, 2013

At approximately 12:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Oroville Police Officers were conducting a Sales of Methamphetamine Investigation in the downtown area of Oroville. According to a press release, at that time officers initiated contact with Jeremy Lee William Appleyard, 37, of Oroville, after he pu... FULL STORY

One Fatality in Palermo House Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 27, 2013

A fire started in a double-wide mobile home at approximately 3:30 this morning in the 2800 block of South Villa Avenue. Damages in the amount of $27,500 occurred, and one person was found dead at the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Un muerto en incendio de casa de Palermo ... FULL STORY

Alleged Home Robbery Leads to Literal Crash & Burn
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 26, 2013

At approximately 4:20 p.m. Thursday, a Forbestown resident called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report that two men had forced their way into his home. He claimed that the men had attacked him with pepper spray and left in his truck along with items from his home. According to a pr... FULL STORY

Person Found Dead in Downtown Neighborhood
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 26, 2013

At approximately 8:00 p.m. this evening police and paramedics responded to Seventh Avenue near Pomona Avenue regarding a report of an unresponsive individual. CPR was performed at the scene, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene. No further details were available at the time of publica... FULL STORY

Alleged Home Invasion Leads to Crash and Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 24, 2013

At approximately 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, two men allegedly forced their way into a home on Lone Oak Road and demanded, “Where are your guns?” It was reported that the two men, described as white men in their 30s, took firearms from the residence including a rifle and a .25 caliber handgun. The... FULL STORY

Olive Ridge Requesting No Visitors Temporarily
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 22, 2013

Residents of Olive Ridge Care Facility have contracted the flu and some form of the stomach flu. Staff have been unable to identify the strain of the second “bug”, and are advising against visitors at this time. The facility staff members are asking that visits be minimized to prevent the risk o... FULL STORY

Family Regrouping After Late Night Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 18, 2013

At approximately midnight last night, John, a homeowner in the 100 block of Brookdale Court was watching television while the rest of his family slept. John thought he smelled smoke, so he woke his daughter up and they began to investigate the smell. They opened the door to the attached garage a... FULL STORY

Reported Shooting Leads to Search for Victim
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 18, 2013

At approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting that a man on South Villa had been shot and was crawling in a ditch. Apparently, the caller stated that there appeared to be a bullet hole in the windshield of the victim’s vehicle. Officer... FULL STORY

Plane Lands on Highway 70
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 17, 2013

An airplane has landed on Highway 70 near Cherokee Road in Oroville. While it is likely that roads will be closed, no further details are available at this time. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been contacted. Avión aterriza en carretera 70 Un avión ha aterrizado en 70 de la ca... FULL STORY

Pipe Bomb Found on Oro Bangor Highway
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 17, 2013

A portion of Oro Bangor Highway between Roseben Street and Burlington Avenue was closed for about two hours today. Apparently, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a resident in the 2400 block of Oro Bangor was going through some tall grass on his property when he came across a suspicious object. He not... FULL STORY

Uncle Ping Allegedly Processes "Jerky" on Roof
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 16, 2013

Yesterday at approximately 11:30 a.m., an employee of Uncle Ping’s Chinese Restaurant on Robinson Street was seen climbing up a ladder to gain access to the roof. Once on the roof, the man- donned in his apron and chef’s hat- placed a long pole between two cooling units. He then proceeded to han... FULL STORY

Woman Allegedly Threatens Suicide
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 14, 2013

At approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police received a call regarding a woman who had allegedly locked herself in her apartment with a deer gun. Officers, paramedics, and the SWAT team responded to the apartment complex, where intense negotiation attempts ensued for nearly 45 minutes. ... FULL STORY

Multiple Emergencies Within Hours of Each Other
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 11, 2013

Law officers and medical personnel have had a busy afternoon. At approximately 3:15 p.m. today Oroville Police Department, Oroville Fire Department, and paramedics responded to a call at Rancho Vista Apartments on Grand Avenue. Apparently, a family dispute took place in one of the apartments. E... FULL STORY

Butte County Chipper Program Offers Assistance
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 10, 2013

There is great news for residents who are working on their wildfire safety clearance. The Butte County Fire Safe Council Chipper Program is offering assistance to Butte County residents. There is no charge for the service, but donations are always appreciated. The Chipper program provides an ... FULL STORY

Honey Oil Lab Located on Pomona Avenue
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 9, 2013

At approximately 12:30 this morning, Oroville Police Department received a call from an unidentified caller reporting three suspicious men at a Pomona Avenue apartment. Police responded to an apartment building in the 1500 block of Pomona Avenue between Oak and Gray Streets. Three men were witne... FULL STORY

Apartment Building Evacuated for Honey Oil Lab
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 9, 2013

Shortly after midnight this morning, the Oroville Police Department (OPD) received a phone call from a concerned citizen. An individual had called to report that three people appeared to be huffing paint and burning something in the parking area of a Pomona Avenue apartment building. Officers Co... FULL STORY

Robinson Street Post Office Vandalized
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 7, 2013

A Cox Glass employee repairs a window pane at the post office on Robinson Street. Apparently, the window was broken sometime last night while the post office was closed. The broken window was discovered by a maintenance worker this morning. If you have any information on the vandalism inciden... FULL STORY

Car Takes Out Power Pole
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 6, 2013

It seems that as soon as it started raining last night a single-vehicle wreck occurred. Just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday night, an out-of-control vehicle struck a power pole in the 2600 block of Oro Quincy Highway. No injuries were reported in the collision, but a telephone pole was sheared off at... FULL STORY

Bomb Scare Turns Out to be False Alarm
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 5, 2013

At approximately 7:00 p.m. this evening, police were called to a home on Highlands Boulevard for suspicious findings. A resident of a home in the 30 block of Highlands Boulevard had passed away, and family members were going through things in the house. They found a box with what appeared to be ... FULL STORY

Don't Cry Over Spilled Onions
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 4, 2013

A diesel truck carrying a load of onions crashed last night just after 11:30 p.m. on Highway 99. The crash occurred just north of Nelson Avenue between Highways 149 and 162. The driver of the truck apparently refused medical treatment at the scene, and no other injuries were reported. The in... FULL STORY

Last Baby of the Year an Unexpected Surprise
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 4, 2013

It seems everybody always makes a big deal about the first baby born each year—but what about the last baby born at the end of the year? Well, it was felt that issue needed to be addressed, so the GCG set out to give some recognition to the deserving little tot. Last year on New Year’s Day, ... FULL STORY

A Painstaking Clean-Up Job
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 4, 2013

Twelve hours after a NorCal truck out of Live Oak crashed on Highway 99 last night, the road was still closed off and crews were working to clean up the mess. Brower’s Towing had originally been called out in the middle of the night to assist with towing the big rig away from the site. However, ... FULL STORY

Minor Collision at Lincoln and Grace
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 3, 2013

At approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon two trucks collided at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Grace Street. Officer Sanzone of the Oroville Police Department stated that a Chevrolet truck was merging lanes and allegedly struck a smaller Toyota truck. A female passenger from the ... FULL STORY

Felon Caught After Short Pursuit
By Cookie J. Arnett
January 2, 2013

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on December 28, 2012, a high-speed chase took place after William Vallendroff, 37, allegedly fled from a pursuing officer with a Felony warrant for Vallendroff’s arrest. According to Al Byers of the Oroville Police Department, Vallendroff fled on foot after crashing hi... FULL STORY

Top Ten 2012 Oroville News Events
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 31, 2012

A lot of significant things took place in Oroville over the past year. From crashes, to cold cases being solved, to drug busts and gang violence—it seemed there was never ending action in our relatively small town. Some things stood out more than others, and a top ten list of newsworthy events h... FULL STORY

Two Traffic Collisions Within an Hour
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 30, 2012

Two traffic collisions occurred late this afternoon. The first happened on Olive Highway near Better Homes Realty at approximately 4:00 p.m. Apparently, a woman driving east in a Daewoo Sport looked down at her arm and drifted into the opposing lane. Her vehicle was allegedly struck by a man dr... FULL STORY

Chadwick to Face Sentencing Next Month
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 29, 2012

It has been exactly six months since Stephanie Chadwick entered into the lives of High Street residents, uninvited, and turned their worlds upside down. Chadwick was originally charged with driving under the influence and vandalism causing thousands of dollars of damage. She was convicted in Oct... FULL STORY

Attic Fire in Home Near Oroville High School
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 28, 2012

At approximately 2:15 p.m. today, a fire was reported in the 2800 block of Gawthorne Avenue. Oroville and El Medio Fire Departments responded and found an attic fire in the single-family home. The resident and her son stated that they had been smelling smoke for a couple of days but couldn’t f... FULL STORY

Transformation of a Corner
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 27, 2012

The owner of a house near the corner of Oro Bangor Highway and Fallbrook has spent the last several months remodeling a house. He plans to rent the house out once completed. Now, the old Loadholt Market on that corner has been purchased and is being transformed into a General Store. The new own... FULL STORY

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 25, 2012

It appears that Popeye’s is coming to town after all. Although there is no official opening date yet, anyone interested in working at Popeye’s can apply by e-mailing a resume or contact information to Popeyes1976@gmail.com. Parece que Popeye llega a la ciudad después de todo. Aunque no existe ni... FULL STORY

Tree Falls and Snaps Power Line
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 23, 2012

Storms continue to pummel Butte County, resulting in flooding and downed trees. One tree that fell on Foothill Boulevard at approximately 3:00 p.m. today hit power lines and caused them to snap. CalFire spokespersons at the scene stated that not only can the lines arc for up to 20 feet, but when... FULL STORY

Something for Everyone in the GCG
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 22, 2012

The Digger Newspaper will soon stop publication. This will result in the loss of something most Orovillian’s have loved and enjoyed for 35 years. It will mean the end of an informational resource that was free to readers. Many Oroville residents relied on the Digger to find fun events in the co... FULL STORY

Good Time to Stay Inside and Drink Hot Chocolate
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 21, 2012

Roads, fields, and homes are in danger of flooding over the next several days. Caution should be exercised when driving. Prudent drivers will slow down and drive with their headlights on. If hydroplaning occurs, the brake should not be applied. Rather, let off of the gas so the vehicle can slo... FULL STORY

Innocence in the Balance
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 19, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, an angry parent marched into the office of the Oroville Elementary School District Superintendent, Dr. Penny Chennell-Carter. The parent demanded a conference with Dr. Carter and insisted that the discussion be recorded. In a telephone interview, Dr. Carter stated that a... FULL STORY

Off Duty Officer & Customer Foil Bank Robbery
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 17, 2012

At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning a man walked into the Sierra Central Bank in the 1000 block of Oro Dam Boulevard wearing a hood. He was asked to remove the hood at least three times but did not comply. According to Officer Josh Woodby of the Oroville Police Department, the man allegedly w... FULL STORY

Vandalism Last Night in South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 16, 2012

Mailboxes were ripped down and thrown in the ditch and mail was strewn everywhere last night on V6 and VE roads. It is uncertain when this vandalism occurred, but gunshots were heard in the same area at about 8:00 p.m. Tampering with mail and mail receptacles is a federal offense. If you have a... FULL STORY

Collision in Downtown Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 15, 2012

The driver of a Toyota Tacoma allegedly pulled out in front of a Hyundai at approximately 3:00 p.m. today at the intersection of Huntoon and High Streets. This is the second collision involving these circumstances in two days. Yesterday, the driver of a Camry apparently pulled in front of a Buic... FULL STORY

Traffic Delays in Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 14, 2012

Traffic was backed up in two areas of town today. For most of the day, traffic delays occurred at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Fairhill/Oro Bangor while telephone poles were replaced. Crews were just finishing up at 3:00 p.m. and preparing to restore power to residents in the area.... FULL STORY

Stabbing on Wyandotte Avenue
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 13, 2012

On December 11, 2012, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department received a call at approximately 4:00 p.m. reporting a stabbing in the 1900 block of Wyandotte Avenue. Paramedics arrived at the scene before Sheriff’s deputies and transported one of the involved individuals to a local hospital. Upon a... FULL STORY

Hanging at Butte County Jail
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 9, 2012

At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning, an inmate at the Butte County Jail was allegedly found hanging in his cell. Staff reportedly provided approximately six to eight minutes of efficient CPR before the ambulance arrived. Upon arrival of paramedics, the inmate was apparently not breathing an... FULL STORY

Copper Wire Stolen from Richvale Business
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 9, 2012

Yesterday morning, Butte County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the report of a commercial burglary in Richvale. The burglary apparently caused extensive damage to the involved building and surrounding property. According to Sergeant Greg Reeves, evidence left at the scene indicates that this cr... FULL STORY

Wreck Disrupts Downtown Neighborhood
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 6, 2012

At approximately 3:20 p.m. this afternoon, a woman driving a green Ford Explorer slammed into a tree and knocked down a power line. Officer Vrooman of the Oroville Police Department stated that the woman had claimed that she was going the speed limit, which was 25 miles per hour; but a witness re... FULL STORY

Woman Held Captive Rescued from Torturous Prison
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 5, 2012

On December 3, 2012, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s officers responded to 4615 Lincoln Boulevard to conduct a welfare check on a female adult. Upon arriving at the residence, deputies located Lawson Rankin, 29, of Oroville. Rankin claimed he had not seen the female. However... FULL STORY

Trees Down All Over Town
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 2, 2012

A fierce storm blew through Oroville last night, causing havoc and destruction all over town. Trees fell, roofs were damaged, and flooding occurred throughout the area. Several homes were damaged as a result of trees or limbs falling on them. Many people were repairing fences that had falle... FULL STORY

Chase in the Rain
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 1, 2012

At approximately noon today, the California Highway Patrol initiated a high speed chase in pursuit of a white Chevrolet Caprice. The chase wound through Thermalito with the suspects allegedly traveling at high rates of speed on residential streets including Tehama Avenue, Sixth Street, Seventh St... FULL STORY

Extreme Weather Calls for Increased Caution
By Cookie J. Arnett
December 1, 2012

The National Weather Service is predicting more rain for our area- up to five inches by tomorrow evening. With the large amount of rain and winds up to 24 miles per hour, precautionary measures are recommended. Exercise caution when driving in stormy weather. Slow down and yield to others when ... FULL STORY

Highway 70 Road Closure
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 30, 2012

Anyone planning to travel up Highway 70 between Jarbo Gap and the Greenville Wye should be aware that the road is closed. There are areas of the road that are under water, and the road has been damaged. These conditions have made the road impassable. Drivers should avoid the area and take a... FULL STORY

Flooding Causes Closure of Darby Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 30, 2012

Darby Road was closed at 9:30 a.m. this morning at the low water crossing due to flooding. This section of the road is closed to all traffic. Drivers should find alternate routes. Inundación causa cierre de carretera de Darby Carretera de Darby se cerró a las 9:30 de esta mañana en el cruc... FULL STORY

Winter Flood Warning
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 29, 2012

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a river flood warning for Butte County until 3:15 p.m. Friday. Heavy rainfall is predicted throughout the night and into tomorrow. The NWS is estimating that a total of two to three inches of rain will fall in the valley, with four to eight inches fa... FULL STORY

Storm Safety and Preparation Imperative
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 28, 2012

The weather is going to be cold and wet over the next several days. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting rain through Sunday with a chance of showers and rain Monday and Tuesday. The NWS has predicted 4 to 8 inches, or more, of rain and winds with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. W... FULL STORY

Five Hour Standoff Results in Two Arrests
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 28, 2012

At approximately 4:15 yesterday afternoon the Butte County Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on Brandon Dixon who was staying in room 23 at the Villa Court Inn on Feather River Boulevard. As BINTF agents approached the hotel room, two men were spo... FULL STORY

Extra Caution Needed When Driving in Bad Weather
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 28, 2012

The driver of a GMC crashed into a tree at 85 Grand Avenue at approximately 11:45 p.m. last night. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Officers suspected the man may have been driving under the influence. The curve at this location has been the site of multipl... FULL STORY

Standoff at the Villa Court Inn
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 27, 2012

A little over an hour ago a multi-agency swat team responded to the Villa Court Inn on Feather River Boulevard. The hotel was evacuated, and efforts were made to contact the occupants of a room at the Inn. One woman who was staying in the hotel said she lives in Paradise. She was waiting for he... FULL STORY

Vehicle Crashes Into Modular Home
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 26, 2012

When the owners of Integrity Homes located at 1830 Feather River Boulevard got to work this morning, they were in for an unsettling surprise. On Friday evening at approximately 11:40 p.m. a vehicle had crashed into one of the modular homes on the property. A witness who had observed the incident... FULL STORY

Minor Traffic Collision on Ophir Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 24, 2012

Just after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, two trucks collided at the intersection of Ophir Road and Feather River Boulevard/Pacific Heights Road. The driver of a blue and white striped Ford F350 told officers at the scene that he had been driving South on Feather River Boulevard and stopped at the sto... FULL STORY

Power House Facility Fire in Thermalito
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 22, 2012

At approximately 6:30 this morning, a unit shut down at the power house at the end of Grand Avenue. An employee responded to the facility near the Thermalito Wildlife Area and saw smoke. He called 911 at approximately 7:15 a.m. to report smoke in a control room. Firefighters arrived at the si... FULL STORY

Alleged DUI Driver Doesn't Make It Far
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 22, 2012

Officer Brying of the Oroville Police Department was nearing the end of his shift when he got the call reporting that a car had hit a tree just before 2:00 p.m. He responded to the corner of Oro Dam Boulevard. and Valley View Drive to find that a woman had driven a Honda Accord into a tree. The ... FULL STORY

Update on Thermalito Power Plant Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 22, 2012

The Ronald B. Robie Power Plant fire, located at 2950 Grand Avenue, is ongoing. The five-story structure, with only one level being above ground, caught fire early this morning. Upon discovery of the blaze, heavy fire was found in the control room on the second floor. The fire extinguishment ... FULL STORY

Stabbing at Butte County Jail
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 21, 2012

Last night a Butte County Jail Inmate was stabbed just before 7:00 p.m. An altercation occurred between several of the inmates, and one of them received multiple stab wounds. While the inmate was initially not speaking, he was awake and alert and his vital signs were stable. He was transporte... FULL STORY

Butte County Public Health Receives Grant
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 20, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Butte County Public Health with a one year vehicle occupant protection grant in the amount of $101,700. The grant will allow the continuance of child passenger safety activities in Butte County that aid in the prevention of injuries... FULL STORY

Two Fires In One Day
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 18, 2012

Two fires occurred within one hour yesterday, one in Thermalito and one in Palermo. The first fire was called in from the Chateau Mobile Home Park on 14th Street at 10:03 a.m. Oroville Fire and El Medio Fire responded to the call. The home was totally destroyed, resulting in an estimated $30,00... FULL STORY

Man Struck by Car on Oro Dam Blvd.
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 15, 2012

At approximately 11:30 p.m. last night a man was struck by a car on Oro Dam Blvd. near Gilmore Lane. Apparently, 31-year-old Oroville resident Jeffery D. Lawson was driving east on Oro Dam Blvd. in his 2005 Honda sedan. Lawson apparently told officers he took his attention away from the roadway ... FULL STORY

ALPS Helps Solve Oroville Cold Case
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 15, 2012

In July of this year, the residence of a recently deceased individual was broken into and robbed. Oroville Police Officers John Nickelson and Brandon Joseph conducted an investigation at the home in the 1900 block of Feather Ave. At the time, the home was fully furnished and two vehicles were on... FULL STORY

Skeletal Remains of Missing Man Found
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 15, 2012

On November 12, 2012, a crew was clearing brush in the Mooretown Rancheria housing area near Feather Falls Casino. The crew discovered what appeared to be human skeletal remains and contacted the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Officers responded and investigated the area. It was determined that... FULL STORY

An Explosive Evening In Thermalito Last Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 15, 2012

If you live in the Cherokee Road area near the Diversion Dam, you may have heard some explosions last night between 6:00-8:30 p.m. These were carefully coordinated detonations carried out by a multi-agency team. The State Parks Department and DWR have been working together to create a walking ... FULL STORY

No Plans for Popeye's in Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 13, 2012

Many Oroville residents are disappointed in the closing of the KFC Restaurant on Oro Dam Blvd. While some of the former KFC locations will be replaced by Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Restaurants, it appears the Oroville location will not be one of them. At this time, it seems this is not in the pl... FULL STORY

Bankruptcy Forces Closure of Oroville KFC
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 12, 2012

It’s true- the Oroville KFC is no more. If you want some of the Colonel’s secret recipe, you will have to go over to Chico now. Rumor has it, Popeye’s will be replacing the popular restaurant. Cierre de las fuerzas de bancarrota de KFC Oroville Es cierto-el KFC Oroville ya no existe. Si de... FULL STORY

House Fire Destroys Fort Wayne Street Home
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 11, 2012

This residence in the 2200 block of Fort Wayne Street caught fire early this morning. As can be seen in the picture, the home was a total loss. Esta residencia en la cuadra de 2200 de Fort Wayne Street se incendió esta madrugada. Como puede verse en la imagen, la casa fue una pérdida total. N... FULL STORY

Shooting in Oroville Mobile Home Park
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 8, 2012

At approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon a shooting was reported at 6986 Lincoln Blvd. Police responded and began a search for two men who had allegedly struggled over a gun. During the struggle, the gun had apparently fired and the bullet entered a window of a nearby trailer. Sergeant Reeve... FULL STORY

Day Four of Raley's Strike- With No End in Sight
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 7, 2012

Raley’s strikers surrounded the store today, making their voices heard. While many of those marching in the strike are Raley’s employees, others are not. Some belong to the same union and some have just come out to show their support. The striking employees say they are “holding the line” for... FULL STORY

House Fire on Yard Street
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 7, 2012

At approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, a house fire was reported in the 2900 block of Yard Street. Oroville Fire Department responded quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Incendio de casa en la calle de la yarda En aproximadam... FULL STORY

NORTH SIERRA WINE TRAIL EVENT
By Jeanne Cecchi
November 5, 2012

North Sierra Wine Trail Harvest Celebration Weekend - Nov. 10 & 11, 2012 - 11am til 5pm - Come and enjoy great wine, entertainment and food pairings - Visit and meet the winemakers at 8 wineries between Oroville and Dobbins - Tickets $20 at www.northsierrawinetrail.com or at wineries on trail (530) ... FULL STORY

Oroville Free Leaf Pick Up
By Cookie J. Arnett
November 1, 2012

The leaves have been falling, and although they are beautiful they can make quite a mess. Oroville’s annual fall leaf pick up program will begin November 5, 2012, and run through February 13, 2013. The purpose of the annual leaf pick-up program is to assist in keeping the City's drainage system ... FULL STORY

Petco 's Grand Opening is This Weekend
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 31, 2012

Petco is having its grand opening this weekend. On Saturday, the first 100 Pals Rewards customers will receive a $10.00 gift card. At 8:55 the ribbon cutting will take place and the doors will open for business. Pet adoptions will take place throughout the day. From noon until 2:00 p.m., Mark ... FULL STORY

Butte County Burn Ban Lifted
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 30, 2012

Thanks to the cooler weather and the rains, the burn ban has been lifted in Butte County. CalFire lifted the ban on October 29, 2012. In addition, no burn permits are required until May 1, 2013. While the ban has been lifted, CalFire is urging residents to exercise caution. CalFire has issue... FULL STORY

Two-Car Wreck on Lincoln, Minor Injuries
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 30, 2012

Two vehicles collided on Lincoln Blvd. just after 3:00 p.m. today. The driver of a red Ford van was turning left onto Elgin, when the driver of a Blue Dodge Durango allegedly failed to slow down. The Durango slammed into the back of the Ford. Children in the van received minor scratches, bu... FULL STORY

Toxic Avengers Called to the Lake
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 29, 2012

At about 4:00 p.m., security at Bidwell Bar Marina noticed a foreign substance floating in the water. Bob from security and another employee set out on a search for the origination of the substance. Their investigation led them to the Saddle Inlet, and they still had not found the source of the ... FULL STORY

Yuba County Trio Arrested in Oroville Last Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 28, 2012

At approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, a woman was seen leaving the Home Depot in Oroville with an ice chest that had not been paid for. The witness who observed the incident suspected that the ice chest had additional Home Depot merchandise inside and followed the woman to her vehicle. The woma... FULL STORY

Vehicle Runs Over Two Year Old
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 27, 2012

At about noon today, a 2-year-old was run over by a pick up on Gene Lane in Palermo. The toddler was transported by ambulance to Oroville Hospital. The ambulance was met at the hospital by Life Flight, which then took the child to UC Davis. The child was apparently awake at the time of transpor... FULL STORY

Police Arrest Three on Alleged Fraud Charges
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 26, 2012

Two separate fraudulent activities occurred within the last 24 hours. The first took place at the California Check Cashing Store, located at 1985 Oro Dam Blvd. At approximately 7:20 p.m. last night, a woman had entered the store and was attempting to cash a check for $450.00. An employee at the... FULL STORY

Awards Given for Stolen Vehicle Recovery
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 24, 2012

Nine California Highway Patrol and two Butte County Sheriff’s officers received a special award yesterday afternoon. The recognition luncheon honored these valiant officers for their diligent efforts in recovering stolen vehicles. B. John Rubins, National Salvage Manager for AAA Insurance, tra... FULL STORY

Unidentified Man Struck by Car on Ophir Road
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 18, 2012

Jana Fields didn’t feel well this morning and considered calling in sick to work. She decided to “suck it up” and go. So, at about 2:00 a.m. this morning she headed out to her job at Fremont-Rideout Hospital. As she was coming over the hill on Ophir Road, she saw someone walking down the middle o... FULL STORY

Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Month
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 17, 2012

Do you have old vehicles you no longer want? Have non-running vehicles been dumped on your property? Do you own a vehicle that has built up past due fines and just don’t want to deal with it? Stop stressing about these vehicles. October is Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Month. During October, th... FULL STORY

Stephanie Chadwick's Arraignment- Finally
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 16, 2012

Stephanie Chadwick sat alone outside of the courtroom this morning awaiting her arraignment hearing. Once inside, she wouldn’t have to wait long- her case was the third called. The charges being brought by the Butte County District Attorney were read and possible penalties explained. For the fi... FULL STORY

Alleged Parolee Arrested at Round Table
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 15, 2012

Police arrested a man at Round Table Pizza this afternoon after a brief chase. Officer Zarate of the Oroville Police Department stated that the Comfort Inn had contacted law enforcement after finding that two individuals had broken into one of their rooms. It is believed the pair were attempting... FULL STORY

Another Shooting in Thermalito
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 13, 2012

Last night at approximately 11:20 p.m. a teenage female was shot in the left leg on Fogg Avenue. Witnesses reported that two white male adults in their 20s allegedly shot the woman with a 20-guage shotgun. They then fled the scene in a black or purple hatchback Honda Civic. The victim was tra... FULL STORY

Another Great Job by Our Firefighters
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 13, 2012

At approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening a fire was reported behind some homes in the 2200 block of Ithica Street near Roseben Avenue. Quick response by fire crews kept the blaze from spreading. Otro gran trabajo de nuestros bomberos En aproximadamente 18:30 esta noche se informó de un incen... FULL STORY

Suspicious Infant Death, Three Taken Into Custody
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 12, 2012

At approximately 2:15 p.m. police and paramedics responded to a home in the 1200 block of Fourth Avenue between Montgomery and Safford Streets. Upon arrival, a 19-month-old infant was found unresponsive and not breathing. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene just moments later. Child P... FULL STORY

Simpson Slips Away Again
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 11, 2012

At approximately 6:00 p.m. this evening, Oroville Police, CHP, and Butte County Sheriff’s officers convened on Broderick Street in front of the Chinese Temple in pursuit of Joey Simpson. A helicopter brought from Auburn also joined in the search. Simpson was apparently seen in the area driving a... FULL STORY

Weekend Yields Search for Missing Man & Drownings
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 9, 2012

It was a busy weekend for Butte County Search and Rescue and law personnel, and a tragic weekend for some. It all started with a missing man at Feather Falls Casino just before 7:00 p.m. Friday. Search and Rescue, along with Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies, searched for hours for the man before ... FULL STORY

Search for Missing Man at Feather Falls Casino
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 6, 2012

A man went missing shortly before 7:00 p.m. this evening at Feather Falls Casino. Law enforcement and Search and Rescue are searching for the man in the woods behind the casino. The man is not a resident on the reservation, so it is unclear at this point what the man was doing there or how he ca... FULL STORY

Sewage Spill Near Fish Hatchery
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 6, 2012

At approximately 1:00 p.m. this afternoon a sewage spill occurred on Riverview Terrace. According to City of Oroville representative, Cody, an estimated 200 gallons of sewage leaked from the power station. He further stated that the overflow had most likely occurred due to some sort of electrica... FULL STORY

Rescue Crews Respond to Larkin Road Twice Today
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 6, 2012

Rescue crews were called out to two separate water crises today. The first call occurred just after 1:30 p.m. Two males were trapped in the water at the Larkin Road Wildlife area near Rabe Road. The call first came in as a water emergency at the Afterbay. With the unclear location, rescue pe... FULL STORY

Free Mammograms October 20, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 3, 2012

The GCG generally makes it a rule to cover Oroville news and events specifically. However, this is an extremely important issue, so an exception is being made. On October 20, 2012, North State Imaging will be providing mammogram screenings at no cost for women over 40 who have no insurance. T... FULL STORY

Two thefts of Pot Farms in County in 24 Hours
By Cookie J. Arnett
October 2, 2012

Press releases from the Butte County Sheriff’s Department have revealed that several individuals are entering marijuana farms in Butte County and robbing cultivators of the controversial plant. On Monday, October 1, 2012, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report at approximately 2:44 a... FULL STORY

Cedrick Hardman At WalMart
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 29, 2012

All of the 49rs and Raiders fans may want to run down to WalMart to get some really cool memorabilia. Former NFL player, Cedrick Hardman, is manning a table right in front of the clothing department through Monday. Hardman was drafted in the first round in 1970 by the San Francisco 49rs. ... FULL STORY

Paving on Lower Wyandotte and Oro Bangor
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 27, 2012

Road maintenance has been underway over the past couple of weeks. The work is being completed on Lower Wyandotte between Claremont and Oro Bangor and on Oro Bangor between Lower Wyandotte and Foothill Blvd. Funds were made available by Mooretown Rancheria for road repairs. The work is being don... FULL STORY

Manhunt In Las Plumas Area
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 26, 2012

A high speed chase has led law officers to a south Oroville neighborhood in search of a dangerous individual. Schools in the area have been locked down, as police search homes on Farley Street between Las Plumas Avenue and Monte Vista for a white male with brown hair. A helicopter is also being ... FULL STORY

Minor House Fire On C Street
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 26, 2012

At approximately 4:15 p.m., a fire was reported at a residence on C Street between Myers Street and Lincoln Blvd. Three engines responded from Oroville Fire and El Medio Fire. Thanks to the quick response of our fire fighters, the fire was put out quickly and damage was kept to a minimum- anothe... FULL STORY

Fugitive Evades Officers Again
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 26, 2012

Two nights ago, a Honcut resident led police on a county-wide chase that began in Chico. This chase was covered in the article “High Speed Chase Through Butte County Last Night.” That evening, officers determined that the suspected driver, Joseph Kenneth Simpson, had allegedly fled the scene whe... FULL STORY

Raids Prove Extremely Successful
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 26, 2012

After a month of planning and coordinating, The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, along with 12 allied agencies, spent the day serving search warrants on 11 properties in Forest Ranch and Palermo. By the end of the day, 140 Butte County Deputies, Federal Agents and allied officers were able to elimi... FULL STORY

High Speed Chase Through Butte County Last Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 25, 2012

A wild high-speed chase took place last night winding through Butte County between approximately 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. A California Highway Patrol officer pursued an individual driving a silver Toyota Celica from the Chico area south on Highway 99. At Highway 162, the driver of the Celica hea... FULL STORY

Man Allegedly Shoots Brother In Thermalito
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 24, 2012

At approximately 12:14 a.m. this morning, a woman called 911 to report a shooting at 1668 Oro Dam West Boulevard #56. When officers arrived, they found Donovan Castro lying on the floor in one of the bedrooms with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Tina Acker, the victim’s mother, told officers t... FULL STORY

New Coach Does Good For LPHS
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 22, 2012

If you were at the Bell Game at 9:15 p.m. and looked up at the score board, this is what you would have seen. At that point, The Mighty T-Birds were leading 14-0. They went on to reclaim the bell with a perfect score of 28-0. Congratulations Las Plumas. Nuevo entrenador no bien a LPHS Si ... FULL STORY

Be Careful of Online Scams
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 20, 2012

A young woman went to the post office today to send an item she had sold online to Nigeria. The woman had been told by the buyer that once she provided a tracking number the money would be put in her PayPal account. Previously, another Oroville resident had completed a similar transaction. The ... FULL STORY

Bike Rider Hit By Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 19, 2012

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. a man was hit by a black Honda Accord while he was riding his bike on Myers Street. Paramedics and a California Highway Patrol officer responded to the scene at the corner of Myers Street and Wyandotte Avenue in front of the South Side Mini Mart. The man was transported t... FULL STORY

Officers Searching For Alleged Murderer
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 15, 2012

The body of a missing Stockton man was found in Yankee Hill last month. A search warrant was served at a property on Lower Gulch Road on August 28, 2012. When Butte County Sheriff’s searched the area, they found a butane honey oil lab, several firearms, a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine. The... FULL STORY

New Librarian and Free Library Cards
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 13, 2012

Butte County has a new Librarian. Her name is Mel Lightbody, and she has an office in the Oroville Branch. Originally from Oregon, her most recent position before moving to Oroville was in Mendocino County. She really looks forward to serving the Butte County area. Mel invites everyone to co... FULL STORY

High Speed Chase and Arrest on Oak Knoll Way
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 10, 2012

At approximately 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff’s Officers responded to a criminal violence call in the 3200 block of Oak Knoll Way. Apparently, a man had allegedly physically attacked his wife. Two children had fled to a nearby neighbor’s house. The man attempted to flee the sc... FULL STORY

Palermo Horse Contracts West Nile Virus
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 6, 2012

Last month, a horse in Palermo began exhibiting symptoms of West Nile Virus (WNV). Tests were run on the horse, and the tests showed that the horse did have WNV. The horse had to be euthanized. According to Butte County Public Health, This is the first WNV positive horse case in Butte County fo... FULL STORY

Man Flips Jeep On Oro Bangor Hwy.
By Cookie J. Arnett
September 2, 2012

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, a man flipped his Jeep on Oro Bangor Hwy. A witness who lives at the residence where the wreck occurred stated she had just gotten home from the store, when she heard screeching. She turned to see the Jeep “hop” twice, flip onto its side, and slide across th... FULL STORY

New Reports of West Nile Virus
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 30, 2012

The Butte County Public Health Department has issued another warning about West Nile Virus (WNV). Three new cases of WNV have been reported in Butte County in the past few days. According to The Health Department, two of those reports involved neuroinvasive disease. Neuroinvasive disease is the... FULL STORY

Truck Crashes Into House
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 27, 2012

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a Chevrolet truck was traveling east on Grand Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street when it veered off of the road. The truck crossed opposing lane, then plowed through the yard of one house and crashed into the wall of the garage of the neighboring residence. ... FULL STORY

Tresspasser Arrested at Builder's Supply
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 25, 2012

At approximately 10:00 p.m. Friday evening Oroville Police officers responded to an alarm at Builder’s Supply on Feather River Blvd. Officers searched the yard and apprehended Patrick McDonald of Berry Creek. His car, a blue Honda Accord, was found nearby in the WalMart garden area parking lot. ... FULL STORY

Rampant Identity Theft Across Two States
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 23, 2012

An Oroville resident and Chico transient were arrested earlier this month on charges of identity theft. The original report was submitted to Butte County Sheriff’s officer, Deputy W. Brewton, on July 25, 2012, by a Magalia resident. Brewton stated the victim’s credit card was used to purchase el... FULL STORY

Alleged Dispute Results In Death of Richmond Man
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 21, 2012

Just before 8:00 p.m. last night, The Butte County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting a stabbing in the 2300 block of B Street. The caller stated that a man had been stabbed with a knife. At the time, the suspect was reported as still being at the scene and trying to conceal the knif... FULL STORY

Suicide Attempt At Butte County Jail
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2012

The jail was locked down at approximately 9:40 p.m. Sunday evening, and paramedics were called for an attempted suicide by hanging. The victim was cut down by officers and transported by ambulance to Oroville Hospital, unresponsive but breathing and stable. Intento de suicidio en la cárcel del... FULL STORY

Stabbing In South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 20, 2012

Moments ago a stabbing occurred on B Street between Fallbrook and Roseben. CPR was initiated at the scene, and the victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Family members apparently have showed up at the hospital and are threatening to stab others. A fight is allegedly in process, a... FULL STORY

Flying Tire Crushes Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 10, 2012

At approximately 4:30 this afternoon, a vehicle driving south on Highway 70 lost its passenger side front tire near Garden Drive Overpass. The tire careened through the air and landed on a silver Toyota Camry heading north on Highway 70. No injuries were reported at the scene. More details wi... FULL STORY

Drug Lab Causes Explosion
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 9, 2012

Detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit were called to the scene of an explosion at a residence on Blakeslee Drive last Saturday. Upon arrival, officers found that the explosion that occurred in the bathroom of the residence had caused extensive damage to the h... FULL STORY

Fire In Oroville Wildlife Area
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 7, 2012

Fire crews have contained a fire in the wildlife area at the end of Vance Avenue to four acres. Two engines, two water tenders, and a dozer were used by CalFire and The California Department of Fish and Game to get control of the fire. The fire has been contained to vegetation in an area betwe... FULL STORY

Possible Theft and Illegal Parking
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 7, 2012

Officers converged on The AM/PM on the corner of Oro Dam Blvd. and Olive Hwy. this afternoon in response to a call from a Lottery Agent. A suspected theft of a lottery ticket had occurred, and officers from Oroville Police Department and The Sheriff’s Department responded to investigate. Acc... FULL STORY

Mustang Totaled In DUI Crash
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 6, 2012

Yet another wreck occurred yesterday evening as a result of an individual driving under the influence of alcohol. The wreck caused traffic delays on Oro Dam Blvd. near Glen Drive. Patricia Lee lost control of her Mustang while allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Lee was administered a bre... FULL STORY

Kelly Ridge Home Destroyed In Late Night Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 5, 2012

Emergency personnel responded to a fire on Coho Court last night at 11:39 p.m. Crews from El Medio Fire, Oroville Fire, and Butte County Fire Volunteers assisted CalFire in battling the blaze. A total of 35 firefighters, 9 engines, and 2 overhead units were involved in the efforts. A mobile h... FULL STORY

Diesel Spill Causes Road Closure
By Cookie J. Arnett
August 1, 2012

Motorists who attempted to travel down South Fifth Avenue this afternoon found it blocked off between State Box Road and Cal Oak Road. The road closure occurred because of a diesel spill. The spill originated from a gas tank leak of a truck owned by TAJ Transport out of Union City, CA. The tr... FULL STORY

Hazmat Scare Turns Out Innocuous
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 31, 2012

At approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Hazmat team was called out to Brower’s Towing. Apparently, the tow company was called last night to tow a silver GMC truck when the driver of the truck was arrested. Today, the employees at Brower’s discovered 200-300 gallons of an unidentified liqu... FULL STORY

Two More Drug Raids In The Oroville Area
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 27, 2012

On July 25, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit set out to serve some drug related search warrants. A Butte County Sheriff’s Department press release revealed that the Unit first headed to a residence on Little Ridge Road, Berry Creek. Upon execution of the first warrant, offi... FULL STORY

Another Drug Takedown
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 27, 2012

On July 25, 2012, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Detectives received a tip from the Maryland State Police that a Chico resident, Wolfgang Obergin, 22, was arrested for the transportation and sale of marijuana in that state. Acting on information obtained by the Maryland State Police, the Butte Cou... FULL STORY

Millions of Dollars of Marijuana Confiscated
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 24, 2012

A major marijuana grow was discovered on July 23, 2012, in Berry Creek. According to Detective Doug Patterson, detectives with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office-Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant in the 12900 block of Oroville-Quincy Highway, Brush Creek. Upon the service of th... FULL STORY

Stolen Car Recovered Within Minutes
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 22, 2012

At approximately 2:30 p.m. a woman in south Oroville saw her Ford Contour being stolen. Unable to stop the thieves, and doing some quick thinking, her boyfriend ran up to the vehicle and popped one of the tires. The perpetrator then apparently drove up Oro Bangor Hwy and back down again toward... FULL STORY

Car Crashes Into KFC
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 22, 2012

At about 3:45 this afternoon, a customer drove into the KFC- literally. The driver of the Toyota Camry told Oroville Police Officers that she accidentally pressed on the gas pedal instead of the brake. No one was injured in the incident. Automovilísticos en KFC En sobre 3:45 esta tarde,... FULL STORY

Car Starts Fire- Causes $10,000 In Damage
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 20, 2012

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:40 a vehicle ran into a fence on Table Mountain Hwy. near the Cottonwood Overpass. The vehicle failed to stop and drug the fence down the road causing sparks, which ignited a vegetation fire in the area. Fire crews responded to the area with 10 engines, two... FULL STORY

Man Injured While Harrassing Ontario St. Residents
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 19, 2012

An altercation resulted in a man being injured Wednesday evening. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Ontario Street near Myers Street. Deborah Kranford told a man who lived in the area, Richard, that Alfonso Tatum was harassing her. When Richard told Tatum to leave, Tatum alleg... FULL STORY

Man Runs Out of Gas During Attempted Theft
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 18, 2012

On July 18, 2012, at about 2:20 a.m., Deputies Reinhardt and Comer responded to Sierra Avenue School to investigate an audible alarm sounding. Upon arrival, officers discovered possible evidence of a person inside the bus yard. They called for additional deputies to respond and were joined by ... FULL STORY

Oroville Resident Cited For Reckless Driving
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 18, 2012

On July 15, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a collision occurred between two vehicles that resulted in roll-over of both automobiles. Doug Garrett of the California Highway Patrol reported that Dustin Dye, 24, of Oroville, was driving his 1988 brown GMC pickup south on Table Mountain Blvd. when... FULL STORY

Fire Destroys Home On Grimy Gulch
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 16, 2012

A home on Grimy Gulch Road in Bangor was destroyed yesterday evening. A double wide mobile home caught fire and was a complete loss. A fire break and quick response by fire agencies prevented spread of the blaze. Assisting in fighting the blaze were 8 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 dozer, 2 air ... FULL STORY

Two Wrecks Result In Full Emergency Room
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 15, 2012

Two major wrecks occurred today within an hour of each other. The first one happened at approximately 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Oro Dam Blvd. and 12th Street. It appears one of the individuals involved in the collision attempted to leave the scene. He was eventually stopped at the corner of Or... FULL STORY

Another Shooting In South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 14, 2012

Fear Grips South Oroville Residents As Shootings Continue. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call Wednesday from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office about a rental car that was returned to a car rental company in Sacramento, CA. The vehicle reportedly had multiple bullet holes in i... FULL STORY

Car Crushed by Tree Limb
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 10, 2012

At approximately 5:45 p.m. the limb of an Oak Tree fell on a parked car in the 7200 block of Irwin Avenue. The owners of the Green 1996 Honda said that they had only gotten the car three months ago. To make matters worse, they had put new tires on the car and had other work done only three days ... FULL STORY

Dynamic Water Rescue On Feather River
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 9, 2012

A Safford Street man allegedly attempted to end his life this afternoon by jumping off of the famous “Green Bridge” near the fish hatchery. According to CalFire, they received a call about a man who jumped off the bridge at about 2:15 p.m. Crews from CalFire, Oroville Fire, El Medio, and Gridley... FULL STORY

Update on Saturday Evening's Car Versus Pedestrian
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 9, 2012

Saturday evening, John Schumbert, 72, of Oroville, was struck by a Red Toyota Corolla as he attempted to cross Lincoln Blvd. The Corolla was allegedly driven by Chris Thao, 21, of Oroville. Investigation is ongoing, but at this point it appears that Schumbert walked out in front of Thao shortly ... FULL STORY

It's On Fi-ya!
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 8, 2012

At approximately 3:15 Sunday afternoon, a fire was reported on top of Table Mountain. Numerous crews responded to fight the blaze near Oregon Gulch Road, including four air tankers and three helicopters. At last report, over 65 acres had burned. More information should be available tomorrow. ... FULL STORY

Pedestrian Struck By Car
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 7, 2012

At 10:07 p.m. this evening a pedestrian was hit by a car on Lincoln Blvd. near Fort Wayne Street. The injured person was taken to the hospital via ambulance. More details will be provided, as available. Peatón atropellado por automóvil En 22:07 esta noche un peatón fue golpeado por un auto... FULL STORY

Roseben Avenue Shooting Update
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 6, 2012

A shooting was reported at approximately 9:05 p.m. Wednesday on Roseben Street. A witness stated two people were seen running into the alley near where the shooting occurred after the incident. One of the alleged individuals was described as a white, male, adult who was skinny. He was reporte... FULL STORY

One Fire and One Shooting Last Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 5, 2012

It was a busy night for fire and police last night keeping up with unruly individuals. Arial fireworks were reported in every part of Oroville from Nelson Avenue, to Worthy Avenue, to Oak Knoll Way. According to CalFire representative, Mary Aldrich, they received and responded to 20 “fireworks c... FULL STORY

Wild Events In "O" Town Last Weekend
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 2, 2012

It was a wild weekend in Oroville, with a reckless driver causing major damage in the 700 block of High Street, a stabbing, a shooting, and a stolen vehicle being recovered. Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, 23-year-old Stephanie Chadwick alegedly drove her 2001 Chevrolet Lumina down High... FULL STORY

June Ends On A Wild Note For Law Officers
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 1, 2012

It all started with a 26-year-old disrupting a downtown neighborhood. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., Stephanie Chadwick, 24, allegedly sped down High Street at a rate somewhere between 50-60 miles per hour, according to witnesses. During her joy ride, multiple cars were damaged before her car came to ... FULL STORY

Bad Ending To A Sunday Drive
By Cookie J. Arnett
July 1, 2012

Samantha McDonald, 16, was utilizing her new driver’s license this afternoon. At approximately 2:00 p.m. she drove down Fogg Avenue in her Black BMW and was in the process of making a left turn onto Grand Avenue. A Hunter Green Ford truck, driven by Julian Diaz, was heading westbound on Grand Av... FULL STORY

Don't Get Burned Using Fireworks Improperly
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 29, 2012

District Attorney Mike Ramsey released a statement yesterday outlining the use of fireworks. Ramsey wanted to remind citizens that only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are legal, and ONLY within the city limits of Oroville and Gridley. Ramsey emphasized that ANY possession of fireworks, even those d... FULL STORY

House Fire In South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 29, 2012

At about 2:30 this afternoon smoke was billowing out of a house in the 2100 block of Greenville Street. Firefighters from El Medio and Oroville Fire Departments and paramedics responded quickly to the scene. The residents of the home, Donna, her husband, and their two dogs escaped the blaze sa... FULL STORY

Another Water Rescue
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 26, 2012

Another rafter was trapped on the island near The Municipal Auditorium just moments ago. The unidentified female had been rafting down the rapids on a blow-up floatation device when she got trapped in the rapids between the island and the fish hatchery. She was able to stand up and walk to the... FULL STORY

One Shot, One Arrested
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 25, 2012

Butte County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a male subject being shot on June 22nd just before midnight. The victim had suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm and was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The victim, along with some other individuals... FULL STORY

No Lodging Available
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 25, 2012

At approximately 11:00 p.m. last night, Oroville Police Department and Butte County Sheriff’s Officers responded to an alarm at the Oroville Inn. Light from flashlights also had been seen on the second floor. Officers began a search of the building and instructed the intruders to exit the former... FULL STORY

Three Walk Away Safe
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 24, 2012

Three teenage girls had to be rescued from The Feather River today just yards away from where three individuals were rescued the other day. The trio had gone to the famous green bridge near the fish hatchery and hopped on their floatation devices. However, their outing soon became a frightening ... FULL STORY

Rural Fire Claims One Structure
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 24, 2012

A fire that occurred in the 6100 block of Oro Bangor Hwy. on June 24th claimed 3½ acres and a mobile home. Multiple agencies responded to fight the blaze. Equipment used included four engines, two volunteer companies, two air tankers, one helicopter, one air attack, and one dozer. Moderate w... FULL STORY

Fire In The Night
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 21, 2012

A fire that was originally reported at about 10:30 this evening is burning just off of Ophir Road. The fire was progressing north when firefighters first arrived but changed directions and started moving west. Further details will be provided, as available. Fuego en la noche Un incendio ... FULL STORY

Baggett-Ophir Fire Update
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 21, 2012

The fire that occurred last night on Baggett-Marysville road burned between 30-35 acres. The blaze claimed vegetation across the street from the old Koppers building all the way to Ophir Road and across to Baggett-Palermo Road. Firefighters were at the scene today mopping up. The cause of the... FULL STORY

Three Rescued From Overflowing Feather River
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 21, 2012

Earlier this afternoon, Andrea and her two children, Kami, 9, and Drew, 5, were rafting down the Feather River. They came to an area where the water split, and their raft took the wrong course. Andrea tried to paddle the raft back to the correct path but was unsuccessful. The water gradually be... FULL STORY

Cox Lane Fire
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 20, 2012

I wanted to share this beautiful sunset picture I took on my way back from the fire on Dagorret Lane. Firefighters responded quickly and were able to keep the blaze contained to about a quarter acre. Residents were at the ready to protect their homes, but that was not necessary. Quería compar... FULL STORY

Massive Amounts of Water Being Released From Dam
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 20, 2012

The water has been flowing freely from the Oroville Dam. The water is being released at a rate of up to 5000 cubic feet per second (cfs). While it is difficult for the average layperson to fully comprehend this measurement, one cfs is the equivalent of 450 gallons per minute. This adds up to ab... FULL STORY

Shooting Over Marijuana Grow In Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 19, 2012

Yesterday afternoon a man was shot in the chest near Miners Ranch Road.. While being transported to the hospital by friends, he jump out of the vehicle and fled. His friends spent hours trying to find him but were unsuccessful. At around 5:40 p.m. yesterday, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies were... FULL STORY

Wreck On Foothill Boulevard
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 19, 2012

About a half hour ago, a 60-year-old woman wrecked her 2003 Dodge Durango near the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and Oro Bangor Hwy. Rescue personnel had to work for several minutes to free the woman from the vehicle. She was taken to Oroville Hospital via ambulance for minor abrasions and ches... FULL STORY

Dam Spillway Open
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 18, 2012

Water is being released through the spillway in large volumes. Attempts were made to contact Water Recources regarding exactly how much water is being released from the dam and how long the release would last. Calls were not returned by the time of publication. The information hotline states th... FULL STORY

Three Fires In South Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 17, 2012

There were three fires in just over an hour this afternoon. The first fire was reported just after 5:30 p.m. on Lone Tree Road. The fire was located directly across the street from a fire that occurred just last week. A resident in the area began dousing the flames before fire crews arrived. ... FULL STORY

Saying Good-bye And Moving On
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 16, 2012

The French interns who were here from The University of Bordeaux IUT-1 will be leaving tomorrow. The interns were participating in a training program that has been ongoing in Butte County since 2000. The interns have live in Oroville for the past several months and have taken part in various tra... FULL STORY

Fire Danger High With Hot Temps and Winds
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 16, 2012

Crews responded from several agencies to a fire on Ophir and Kusel Roads shortly after 5:00 this afternoon. Personnel from El Medio, Oroville Fire, Cal Fire, The Forestry Department, and law agencies were at the scene. After burning about five acres, the fire was contained; and nearby busine... FULL STORY

Seventy Acre Fire In Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 15, 2012

Just before 2:00 p.m. today a fire was reported on Power House Hill Road. A multi-agency response to the fire was launched to douse the blaze. Homeowner, Rachael, stated that this is the third fire they have experienced on the property. The second fire started on the freeway and burned half o... FULL STORY

Missing Persons Alert
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 13, 2012

This alert was put out by the Butte County Sheriff's Department this morning. Please look at the pictures, and if you have seen one or both of these people notify the Sheriff's Department. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is looking for assistance in identifying and locating the identities and ... FULL STORY

Taco Tuesday Does NOT Start At Midnight
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 12, 2012

Shortly before midnight last night, police responded to Mike’s Grande Burger to investigate a man loitering around the restaurant. Officers found an individual from San Francisco in the area and questioned him. The man had previous offenses of burglary and stabbing another person. The owner ... FULL STORY

New Feature In The Gold City Gazette
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 11, 2012

The Gold City Gazette has a new feature! We can now include RSS links to other sites. We have included one so far. If you know of businesses or organizations that regularly update information and events on their site, let us know about it. We will add it to the list, so when you are reading Th... FULL STORY

Stolen Items Found
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 11, 2012

On the morning of June 7 police responded to the area of Lodgeview Drive and Hillcrest Drive in Kelly Ridge after receiving a call from a concerned neighbor. The caller had reported that a man had opened a neighbor’s garage, removed an antique vehicle, and towed it away. Deputies Sears and Evans... FULL STORY

Fire Crews Respond To Food Maxx And Stump Field
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 10, 2012

At about 6:20 this evening, the fire alarm began sounding at Food Maxx. Shoppers were quickly put at ease when they were told the alarm was sounding because someone had broken a water pipe in the store room. The alarm sounded for approximately 15 minutes while employees worked to remedy the prob... FULL STORY

Warrants Issued For Gordon, Cambra, & Scherbenske
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 8, 2012

Three individuals are being sought in connection with the dog mauling in Palermo just over two weeks ago. Chic Gordon, 54, of Palermo, and her son, Ruben Cambra, 32, of Oroville, have been charged with Felony violations of Allowing a Vicious Animal At Large Causing Serious Injury. On May 21, t... FULL STORY

Embezzlement Charges Brought Against Oroville Man
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 8, 2012

Charles Graves, 46, of Oroville, has been charged with Felony embezzlement. Graves was an 11-year employee of the county Public Works department. He was in charge of maintenance of trees in county right of ways. Part of his duties involved removal of dead trees. Graves had been selling valua... FULL STORY

Control Burns Scheduled For Next Week
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 8, 2012

Do not be alarmed if you smell or see smoke near the airport next week. CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department and the Oroville City Fire Department will stage several small control burns near the Oroville airport throughout the week, beginning on Monday, June 11th. The fires will occur late morn... FULL STORY

Collision At The Intersection Of Lincoln & Ophir
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 6, 2012

A wreck occurred at Lincoln Blvd. and Ophir Road about a half hour ago. It is uncertain exactly what happened at this point, but one individual was taken by ambulance to Oroville Hospital for injuries. Details will be provided, as available. FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- Bonus clues May 30
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 5, 2012

Bonus clues will be posted throughout the day. If no one guesses the business by the end of the day, a drawing will be held with registered readers' names. Be sure to register if you haven't yet so you can be included in the drawing. FULL STORY

Forbestown Road Crash Leaves Two Injured, One Dead
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 5, 2012

Shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Robyn Bowser, 36, or Eureka, was driving a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon east bound on Forbestown Road when she lost control of the vehicle. The Tiburon skidded into the opposing lane in the path of an oncoming tow truck owned by Brower’s Towing of Oroville. The tow t... FULL STORY

Man Seriously Injured On The Job
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 5, 2012

A man working at Bamford Timber on Ophir Road was injured today when a large piece of equipment used for processing lumber fell on him. His hand was crushed, and he received injuries to his head as well. The man was freed and transported to Enloe Medical Center via Life Flight. The injured ma... FULL STORY

Two Vehicle Wreck Involving Tow Truck
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 4, 2012

A tow truck collided head on with another vehicle this afternoon at approximately 1:20 p.m. in the area of Lumpkin and Forbestown Roads. Medical personnel responded and reported major injuries. Two individuals were extricated about a half hour after response teams had arrived at the scene. REAC... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- May 23 winner
By Cookie J. Arnett
June 1, 2012

No one guessed the mystery business of the week, which was Core Fitness +. We did a drawing but it turns out the winner of the drawing is moving away and won't be able to win the prize- go figure. The prize for last week's contest is 2 passes to the TRX Cardio Circuit class at Core Fitness +. ... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- May 30, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 30, 2012

If you know which business is being featured for this week, send an email to cookiejarnett@yahoo.com with "Mystery business" in the subject line. FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- Bonus clues May 22
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 29, 2012

Today is the last day to submit guesses for this week's How Well Do You Know Your Town. If no one guesses the business today, we will do a drawing tomorrow. Bonus clues will be posted throughout the day. Submit your guesses at cookiejarnett@yahoo.com If you have not become a registered user ... FULL STORY

Update on Thursday's Fires
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 26, 2012

The May 23rd fire in Stump Field burned 3 acres. The cause of the fire is unknown. The Palermo fire was at 359 Fortune Way and burned 11 acres. It began as a vegetation fire and spread to a nearby barn. The barn and its contents were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is under invest... FULL STORY

Fire, Fire, Everywhere
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 25, 2012

A fire was reported shortly after 2:00 p.m. in the South Villa area of Palermo this afternoon. Fire crews responded but had difficulty accessing the remote area. At last report, the fire had burned over 10 acres and destroyed a barn and another structure. Another fire began at approximately... FULL STORY

Story Updates
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 24, 2012

On May 18, 2012, an agent repossessing a vehicle on Table Mountain Blvd. found a counterfeit $100 in the automobile. Police were notified, and they responded and confiscated the forged document. Investigation into the matter is ongoing. Lieutenant Byers of Oroville Police Department stated that... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- May 23, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 23, 2012

Can you tell where this picture was taken? If you know which business this photo was taken at, you can win a prize from the business. Send an e-mail with "How Well Do You Know Your Town" in the subject line to Cookiejarnett@yahoo.com with your guess. FULL STORY

Pit Bull Attack In Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 22, 2012

An elderly Oroville woman was attacked by a Pit Bull Monday evening. Medical personnel responded to the scene and transported the badly injured woman to the hospital. Criminal charges may be brought against the owner of the Pit Bull. The woman’s condition was not known at the time of publicat... FULL STORY

Explosion Injures Two
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 22, 2012

At about 9:30 this evening an explosion happened in Berry Creek and two individuals were severely burned. The injured parties told medical personnel that they were trying to light their stove to cook dinner when a propane explosion occurred. Enloe Flight Care and REACH responded to transport the... FULL STORY

Last Week's How Well Do You Know Your Town
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 22, 2012

The business that participated in How Well Do You Know Your Town last week was PWP Legal Secretarial, Inc. The prize from PWP was a free Notary service. No one guessed the mystery business, and I did a drawing to determine the winner. The person who won the drawing did not need Notary service... FULL STORY

Car Hits Divider On Lincoln
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 21, 2012

An older man wrecked his Chevrolet Impala at about 2:30 this afternoon on Lincoln Blvd. across from Beaver’s Market. A resident in the area, Lillian, said that she was in her yard and saw the accident. She stated the man hit the center divider and veered off the road. She was afraid he was goin... FULL STORY

Traffic Delays On 162
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 21, 2012

If you plan on traveling on Highway 162 tomorrow between Old Olive Highway and Forbestown Road, you may want to leave early and allow extra travel time. Caltrans has put out an alert that they will be conducting pavement grinding and paving work Tuesday, May 22, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. T... FULL STORY

Fire Danger High
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 20, 2012

Fire danger is high with temperatures rising and dry vegetation. A fire was spotted this afternoon in the wildlife area on Larkin Road. Fire fighters responded in time to keep this fire from causing extensive damage, but the hazard level is high. Fish and Game officials stated that it may have ... FULL STORY

House Fire On Oro Quincy Highway
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 20, 2012

A home in the 2900 block of Oro Quincy Highway caught fire this afternoon. The children of the residence noticed the smoke and alerted their mother who investigated. When she discovered the upstairs bedroom was on fire, she evacuated the two-bedroom apartment and called the fire department. T... FULL STORY

Three Arrested, Connected To Previous Shooting
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2012

Three individuals have been arrested on charges of attempted murder in relation to the shooting on Columbia Avenue earlier this month. Butte County Sheriff's officers arrested Ger Vang, 19, Paul Hue Thao, 18, and a 17 year-old Asian male yesterday for allegedly participating in the shooting. T... FULL STORY

Repo Agent Finds Possible Counterfiet Money
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2012

Earlier this afternoon, a reposession agent found what was believed to be a counterfiet $100 bill in a car being recovered. The vehicle was being towed from a Table Mountain Blvd. location. Authorities were notified, and investigation is ongoing. More details will be provided as available. FULL STORY

CRUNCH!
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 19, 2012

At around 8:00 a.m. this morning a red Honda Civic crashed through a guard rail and landed in a creek on Lower Wyandotte Road. A woman was driving along Lower Wyandotte Road heading toward Palermo when she veered to the right onto the embankment and then turned the car left. She crossed both lan... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- May 16, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 16, 2012

Can you identify where this picture was taken? If you can, you will win a prize from the business where the picture was taken. Email your answers to cookiejarnett@yahoo.com FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- Bonus clues May 9
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 15, 2012

I will be posting bonus clues throughout the day to help you figure out the mystery business for this week. Tomorrow a drawing will be held with names of registered users if no one guesses it, so be sure to log on and become a registered user. FULL STORY

Not A Good Weekend For Some
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 14, 2012

It was a very busy time for law officials this weekend. Besides covering various events for Feather Fiesta Days, there were multiple wrecks and other issues that arose in the last 72 hours. On Friday evening at approximately 9:15 p.m. a 2002 PT Cruiser and a 2002 Ford Expedition collided at th... FULL STORY

Jonathon's Cause
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 14, 2012

Jonathon Foxen is just like every other normal kid- except he has Goldenhar Syndrome. Jonathon was born with a Cleft Palate and had to have two corrective surgeries for that, one when he was 15 months old and one when he was 7 years old. The disorder made it difficult for him to eat when he was ... FULL STORY

Serious Wreck on Olive Hwy
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 12, 2012

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday night, a PT cruiser and a Ford Expedition collided on Olive Hwy. Injured individuals were extricated from both vehicles and transported to Oroville Hospital. More details will be provided as information is available. FULL STORY

More Gang Activity In Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 12, 2012

There was another gang fight in Thermalito last night. A fight broke out on Grand Avenue between the Rancho Vista Apartments and 7-11 at about 10:15 p.m. last night. Parties to the disturbance fled when authorities approached, but several of the individuals involved were apprehended. A few ... FULL STORY

Wreck on Foothill Blvd.
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 12, 2012

A collision occurred between two cars near The Eazy Stop Market on Foothill Blvd at about 6:30 p.m. this evening. A witness who was driving behind the white vehicle said that the driver pulled out in front of the black vehicle, caused it to veer off the road, and failed to stop. He followed the ... FULL STORY

Hazmat Called To Bank of The West
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 10, 2012

The Environmental Health and Hazmat Team were called to The Bank of The West on Oro Dam Blvd. just after noon today. Employees of the bank noticed a chemical smell in the computer room and called the fire department to investigate the smell. The bank was closed for the remainder of the day, and ... FULL STORY

Truck Crashes Into Guardrail On Highway 70
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 9, 2012

At about 7:30 p.m. this evening a truck plowed into the guardrail on Highway 70. The truck was heading northbound and crashed into the guardrail halfway between the Montgomery Street on ramp and Grand Avenue off ramp. The driver was transported to Enloe Hospital. Additional details will be ... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- May 9, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 9, 2012

Do you know where this picture was taken? If you do, send an email to cookiejarnett@yahoo.com with the answer. You will win a prize from this business if you correctly identify the location. FULL STORY

Fight At The Rocks
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 9, 2012

A group of juveniles were swimming near the rocks under the green bridge by The Boss at approximately 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, when a fight broke out among them. Apparently, one of the adolescents hit another over the head with a bottle and fled the scene. Police and paramedics responded to the... FULL STORY

Update On Tuesday's Highway 70 Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 9, 2012

Gary Nolta, 71, was driving his Black, GMC Sierra Northbound on Highway 70 last night, when he allowed the truck to drift off the side of the road. The truck came to rest after going through the guard rail on the right side of the road. The accident was said to possibly be a result of a pre-ex... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- Bonus clues
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 8, 2012

I have been posting "pieces" of pictures as clues. I will be posting the full pictures throughout the day. So, if you have not been able to figure out this business- keep watching. :) Congratulations to Jana Fields. She figured out that this week's mystery business was The Head Doctors Bar... FULL STORY

Bicyclist Struck By Van
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 8, 2012

A bicyclist was allegedly struck by a van this afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. Ryan Baroni was crossing the road on his bike at the corner of Oro Dam and Myers when he was stuck by a motorist. Miguel Rivera, who was driving a van for The Boys and Girls Club, was making a right turn onto Oro Dam Blv... FULL STORY

Three Alarm Fire in Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 6, 2012

A three-alarm fire started at approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning at The Pacific Oroville Power Plant at 3050 South Fifth Avenue in Oroville. Evidently, a fire sparked in a shaker, was fueled by wood chips, and spread quickly. It took firefighters over four hours to extinguish the blaze. El Me... FULL STORY

Second Shooting In Oroville In Two Days
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 3, 2012

Two days ago, on May 1, a shooting occurred in the 80 block of Grand Oroville in Oroville. Apparently, 65-year-old Basil Kimble had a verbal argument with his daughter’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Tyler Regur. Regur went to his own residence, which is in the same apartment building where Kimble resi... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town?- May 2
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 2, 2012

If you know where this picture was taken, send an e-mail with the answer and contact information to cookiejarnett@yahoo.com The first person to correctly identify where the picture was taken wins a prize from that business. If no one guesses the business today, there will be a drawing tomorrow... FULL STORY

Shots Fired In Thermalito
By Cookie J. Arnett
May 1, 2012

At about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, shots rang out in the 85 block of Grand Avenue in Oroville. Lt. Byers stated that apparently there was a domestic dispute between a father and a boyfriend and shots were fired. A witness was retrieved from Safford Street near the tennis courts and brought to th... FULL STORY

Jumper From Green Bridge
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 29, 2012

An unidentified female jumped off of the Green Bridge by The Boss Restaurant shortly after 5:00 p.m. today. A bystander stated that the female had apparently been drinking and decided she wanted to jump off the bridge, so she did. Paramedics were able to recover her from the water and said tha... FULL STORY

Depot Restaurant Gets Trashed
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 29, 2012

At about midnight last night, a man got into a fight and caused extensive damage to The Depot Restaurant. Leonard Gonzales, 24, allegedly caused over $400 worth of damage to the popular establishment. He was arrested and taken to the Butte County Jail. The Depot is normally open on Sunday b... FULL STORY

Body Identified
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 27, 2012

The body found in the Feather River two days ago has been identified as 42-year-old Wayne Harrison of Gridley, CA. Mr. Harrison went missing on March 14, 2012, and was subsequently reported missing by his family. Police are investigating Harrison's death and is seeking information from the pub... FULL STORY

Greedy Second Trip Foils Burglary
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 27, 2012

A couple returning to their Oro Bangor home shortly after 8:30 p.m. last night heard noises coming from a back bedroom. When they investigated the source of the noise, they discovered a burglar attempting to flee through the back door. The couple ran after the would be thief and captured him. The... FULL STORY

Update- Body In River
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 26, 2012

The Sheriff's Marine Unit recovered the body discovered by two men fishing yesterday in the Feather River near the East Gridley Road Bridge. The victim is described only as a Caucasian male adult at this time. Lt. Al Smith reported that the body has probably been in the river for weeks. The c... FULL STORY

Breaking News- Individual Fell Into Feather River
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 25, 2012

At approximately 10:45 a.m., it was reported that an individual had fallen into the Feather River on the east bank off of Hutchins Drive between Gridley and Oroville. Search and Rescue has been called out to assist in the search. More details will be provided, as available. FULL STORY

Towing Results In Serious Injuries
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 23, 2012

On April 21, 2012, at 7:37 p.m., 61-year-old Arnold Schoonover was apparently being towed on his mountain bike by 42-year-old David Lockwood. Lockwood was said to be riding a Honda 3-wheel off-road cycle. Schoonover lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked. Police and medical personnel resp... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town Week 2 Prize Donor
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 21, 2012

Debbie Moore, owner of Friend’s Design Team, was kind enough to donate the prize for the second week of “How Well Do You Know Your Town.” Friend’s donated a $25 gift certificate, won by Kim Cook of Table Mountain Realty. Friend’s is located at 2445 Oro Dam Blvd. East, Suite 5, and provides a wid... FULL STORY

Truck Takes Out Pole
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 20, 2012

At approximately 2:30 p.m. today, a double-trailer truck from Ed Brown Trucking snapped a power pole, bringing the pole and power lines down on top of the truck. Officer Zarate of The Oroville Police Department stated that the driver of the truck had just finished dumping a load of gravel. A... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town?- April 18
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 18, 2012

The first person to guess where this picture was taken wins a prize from that business. FULL STORY

Butte County Bumper Car Day
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 17, 2012

It seemed to be the day for people to wreck cars yesterday. Just before 11:00 a.m. a garbage truck ran into a tree on Acacia. Then, just a few minutes later, there was a two-car collision on Hwy 70 and East Gridley Rd. No major injuries were reported, but a pregnant woman was transported to... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town-Contest Adjustments
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 15, 2012

Our intentions when starting this contest were that businesses would get exposure and a winner would be announced each week. In light of the fact that the first segment of the contest has lasted nearly two weeks and no one has been able to figure out which business has been featured, there will b... FULL STORY

Oroville Arrests: April 8-11, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 14, 2012

April 11, 2012 Eric Conway, a 44-year-old, Caucasian male was booked on April 11, 2012, for violation of parole for alleged misdemeanor possesion of controlled substance and misdemeanor destroying/concealing evidence. Dewayne Warren, a 23-year-old, Hispanic, male was booked and released on his... FULL STORY

Update on April 11, Lincoln Blvd. Wreck
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 12, 2012

According to the CHP, at approximately 5:05 p.m., Michael Aguirre, 22, of Oroville was driving his 1999 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed. Aguirre was coming out of a curve when he lost control of his vehicle due to allegedly being under the influence of alcohol. The Honda slid off the right... FULL STORY

Wild Weather Calls For Caution While Driving
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 12, 2012

A two-car collision occurred on 14th Street in Thermalito at around 1:00 p.m. today during a passing storm. Jeffery Willits, 42, of Oroville was struck from behind by a Mitsubishi Eclipse, allegedly driven by Jennifer Ulloasaldate, 17, of Gridley. Officer Garrett of the CHP stated that Jennife... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- April 11, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 11, 2012

Can you identify the business where this picture was taken? If you can, you will win a prize from the business. Submit your guess here and I will contact you if you are a winner to arrange a time to meet at the business to claim your prize. FULL STORY

Breaking News- Wreck On Lincoln Blvd
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 11, 2012

Shortly after 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Street residents near Stanley Drive heard a strange thumping noise outside. When they looked out, they saw a car speeding away from the scene and another car that had crashed. Pieces of the damaged car were scattered everywhere- even across the street. 911 was... FULL STORY

No Excuse For Illegal Burns
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2012

A call was made to the El Medio Fire Department last night reporting an explosion and home engulfed in flames. The fire department responded to the area between V6 and V7 roads, only to find it was actually an illegal burn. One neighborhood resident said the burn had been ongoing for a little o... FULL STORY

Settin' Up For A Good Time
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2012

There will be a carnival this weekend, weather permitting, on Oro Dam Blvd. across from the Food Maxx shopping center. The carnival is scheduled to run Wednesday through Sunday with weekday hours between 4:00-10:00 p.m. and weekend hours between Noon and 10:00 p.m. The carnival is put on by loca... FULL STORY

RSS Feed
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 10, 2012

GCG now has RSS feed capability. Now you can add RSS to your automatic feed and get updates with one click! FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town?- April 4
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 4, 2012

Can you identify where this picture was taken? If you can you will win a gift card to use at the business. Submit your answer with your name and phone number. I will contact you to arrange a time to meet with the business owners to present your prize. CLUE #2 Hidden in plain sight, many ... FULL STORY

Bulls, and Parolees, and DUIs! Oh My!
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 23, 2012

It was a busy time for Oroville officers Thursday evening from 8:00-10:00 p.m. It all started with a loose bull in Palermo. Officers were called to assist in the capture of the unruly animal. While they were trying to corral the beast, another issue arose of a high speed chase. Officers le... FULL STORY

Police Raid Food Maxx
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 22, 2012

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 21, police entered Food Maxx Grocery Store in search of a suspect with two felony warrants after receiving a tip that he was at the store. Police arrived at the store, located the vehicle the suspect had arrived in, and entered the store in search of him. Wh... FULL STORY

Gold City Gazette Walls of Fame and Shame
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 22, 2012

Every day we encounter many people. Some of these people do extraordinary things that merit accommodation. Others show just how terrible people can actually be. That being said, I would like to announce two new columns in the Gold City Gazette. The first column will be "The Wall of Fame". I... FULL STORY

Oroville City Council Meeting
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 19, 2012

A City council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, at 5:00 p.m. Subjects included on the agenda to be discussed are funding for Feather Fiesta Days, donations for arson/accelerant detection canine program, affordable housing program at 1151 Robinson Street, and the City Hall Remodel Project... FULL STORY

How Should Your Newspaper Treat You: Part Two
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 15, 2012

It has been a long time since Oroville has had a true paper of its own with all of the bells and Whistles. The Oroville Mercury slowly edged out Oroville news over a period of time. Then, when Chico completely took over the production of the Oroville Mercury, they gave us one page- when their repo... FULL STORY

Much Needed Rain Forecast for Oroville
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 11, 2012

While many have been enjoying the spring-type weather this winter, it is not necessarily at good weather pattern. According to Wonderground.com, the average rainfall for the Oroville, CA, area from September through February is 21.51 inches. Yet, Wonderground records only 9.53 inches so far this y... FULL STORY

Riverbend Park- A Day of Fun
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 8, 2012

Riverbend Park, located in Oroville, CA, is a great recreational facility. You can participate in various activities in one spot. Have a barbeque or picnic while the kids play on the “Stonehenge” style playground. Spend the day swimming or launch your boat from the easy-access dock. Play Fri... FULL STORY

Butte County Most Wanted
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 15, 2012

The Paradise Police Department is looking for Marty Allen Cole for a warrant charging him with corporal injury to a spouse, cohabitant or child. He has brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 170 pounds. He is 6'1" tall and is 46 years old. Anyone with information is urged to call the Paradise Pol... FULL STORY

How Well Do You Know Your Town- Contest
By Cookie J. Arnett
April 1, 2012

I am starting a new contest for Oroville residents in The Gold City Gazette. This contest will be called “How Well Do You Know Your Town” and will require the help of local businesses. For the contest, I will go to a business and take a picture of something unique at that place of business. Th... FULL STORY

The X Factor Comes To Chico
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 28, 2012

Do you want to be on the X Factor? If you’ve got what it takes, now’s your chance. X Factor screenings are going to be held in Chico this Saturday. Whether you are a solo singer, a duo, or a group; if you are 12 years of age or older you can audition. All you have to do is slide on over to the... FULL STORY

Dogs Need Home
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 26, 2012

A few months ago I was looking for a puppy. I looked in newspapers and online in search of the perfect pooch. I was looking on Craigslist and saw an ad for free puppies in Corning. I called to find out more about them. The woman giving them away said they were Shepherd/Bull Mastiff mix. My ... FULL STORY

Butte County Most Wanted: March 26, 2012
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 26, 2012

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is seeking Valdemar Avila for a felony warrant charging him with violation of post release community supervision. He is 5'6" tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and is 36 years old. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte C... FULL STORY

Yes, Marshall's Really Is Coming To Town
By Cookie J. Arnett
March 16, 2012

Marshall's will be opening on May 10. If you are interested in working at Marshall's, log onto Monster.com to apply. Applications are not available at the store site. FULL STORY