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  • CHP: 1 man crime spree

    By Maghan Hunt
    Published On: Nov 27 2014 03:52:23 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 27 2014 04:41:50 PM CST

    One man led California Highway Patrol officers on a chase from Highway 44 to Leopard Drive in Anderson on Thursday around 11 a.m.

    "It's a one man crime spree between Old Oregon Trail, [Highway] 44, Dersch Road and Leopard Drive, he's been terrorizing neighbors, businesses, stealing credit cards. We're still trying to figure out how many," said CHP Officer Todd Farr.

    "A neighbor just walked up and pointed out an ATV that was stolen from him last night."

    According to Farr, catching the suspect, Brian Whitworth, 30, was a joint effort between CHP and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, as well as CHP aircraft and helicopter pilots.

    Farr said, he believes Whitworth is on parole, but didn't know if he was on AB109 prison release.

    Authorities are also searching for a firearm that Whitworth may have thrown from the vehicle during the chase.

    "The air unit and some people that were with him earlier said that he was armed, and we think he might've thrown the firearm during the pursuit," stated Farr.

    He explained that CHP aircraft will be used to help search for the firearm, and that they are trying to get a Department of Fish and Wildlife K-9 unit to help recover the firearm.

    "Whether he had it or not is important, because we don't want to leave something like that laying around," Farr said.

    Farr added that he has spoken to Sheriff Tom Bosanko and he was assured that Sheriff Bosanko will do everything he can to keep him in custody.

    According to Farr, Whitworth will be booked for fleeing from an officer, stealing the ATV, and if a firearm is located, felony possession of a firearm.

  • Train cars tumble into Feather River Canyon

    By Kelli Saam
    Published On: Nov 25 2014 12:17:35 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 25 2014 01:39:04 PM CST

    Courtesy: Sam Knoche

    RICH BAR, Calif. -

    Crews are responding to a train derailment in Plumas County.  According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, several cars of a Union Pacific freight train derailed around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday.

    It happened in the Rich Bar area along the Feather River Canyon.  The wreckage could be seen from Highway 70 east of Belden. The sheriff's office said the train was carrying corn.  The Plumas County Environmental Health Officer responded to the scene.

    According to Aaron Hunt, a spokesperson for Union Pacific Railroad, 11 rail cars on a Union Pacific freight train derailed in the Feather River Canyon near Virgilia, and there were no injuries.

    The 11 cars that derailed were carrying corn, and the cars are derailed on their sides, said Hunt. He added some corn was spilled on the ground.

    "Crews are responding on site now. Train traffic through this area is currently being routed around the canyon. I do not have an estimated time the derailment will be cleared. The cause of the incident is under investigation," Hunt stated in an email.

  • Blood evidence revealed against man charged with murder

    By Tyler May,
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 08:45:17 PM CST
    OROVILLE, Calif. -

    Zir Weems was arrested by Butte County deputies for murdering his wife Wednesday, right after he posted bail in Glenn County on animal cruelty charges.

    Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said, the motive and the blood found was enough to charge Zir Weems for the death of his wife, Angelica Weems.

    She was last seen alive in Willows on September 14, when she reportedly went for a walk with Zir. Her body was found October 5 along the Sacramento River, near Ord Bend Road on the Butte and Glenn County lines.

    Zir Weems was arrested a couple days later on animal cruelty charges for allegedly allowing a Rottweiler to strangle itself at his grandmother's home in Willows.

    Ramsey said this gave investigators enough time to piece together evidence about the death of Angelica, and link it to Weems.

    "The body that was found was significant in the fact that this was an area well known to Mr. Weems and Mrs. Weems, but not an area that you can get to that easily,” said Ramsey. “So, the combination of factors and motivation made us believe that he is the killer in this case."

    Ramsey said, he believes it was an act of domestic violence. He said Angelica filed a restraining order against Weems in April.

    Ramsey stated Weems court proceedings might be delayed significantly, due to the 600 old cases the Butte County Superior Court is working on to re-sentence felony offenders for certain drug and property offenses under Proposition 47, which passed in the November 4 election.

    Weems is currently at the Butte County Jail charged with murder, and will be arraigned on Monday.

  • Body found under bridge near Fort Jones identified

    By Maghan Hunt
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 04:55:54 PM CST

    A body found under the Kelsey Creek Bridge near Fort Jones on Monday, has been identified as Daniel Mark English, 55, of Fort Jones.

    According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, they are handling the investigation as a homicide, due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

    The cause and manner of death are still under investigation and are pending autopsy and toxicology test results ,as well as other investigative follow-up required in the case, said investigators.

    The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Moser at the 24-hour dispatch number (530) 841-2900.

  • Early shoppers hope for best deals

    By Jerry Olenyn,
    Published On: Nov 27 2014 06:55:14 PM CST
    CHICO, Calif. -

    Thanksgiving was once a day for faith, family, food and football.

    You can add finances to the equation.

    Nationwide stores are opening on Thanksgiving Thursday, a day earlier than Black Friday.

    Chico's Best Buy on Forrest Avenue opens at 5:00 p.m on Thursday, and will remain open until 1:00 a.m. on Friday, before reopening at 8:00 a.m.

    Approximately 20 shoppers lined up in front of Best Buy with their eyes set on great deals on electronics.

    Herlinda Lopez was the first person in line, having set up a tent at 5:00 p.m on Wednesday.

    "It's fun because my son and I trade spots in line, and we go in and out," said Lopez. "We bring breakfast back for my neighbors in line."

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