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  • 3.3 magnitude earthquake in Redding

    Published On: May 06 2015 01:40:20 PM CDT   Updated On: May 06 2015 02:03:00 PM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    The USGS has reported a 3.3 magnitude earthquake about 4 kilometers, or about 2 1/2 miles, northwest of Redding.

    The earthquake was reported at 11:30 a.m. by the USGS.

    According to the USGS earthquake map, the epicenter was near Quartz Hill Road and Wagon Drive.

    This is a developing news story, check back for updates.

  • State Water Board passes unprecedented restrictions

    Published On: May 06 2015 09:39:05 AM CDT   Updated On: May 06 2015 09:52:30 AM CDT

    California water regulators have adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought. The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules forcing cities to limit watering on public property and encouraging homeowners to let their lawns die.

    Starting June 1, people around the state will be required to reduce up to 36 percent of water use compared to use in 2013. If followed by all districts, it averages out to a 25 percent cutback statewide.  That would add up to a savings of 1.2 million acre feet of water, nearly the same amount of water currently in Lake Oroville.

    The State Water Board says each person should use no more than 55 gallons of indoor water a day.

    These regulations are focused on outdoor water use, where 50-80 percent of urban water is used. The State Water Board asks people to make significant cuts to watering ornamental landscaping around homes and businesses.
        
    The tiered system was created based on the different water districts and how much water had already be conserved in those individual districts. Redding, Bella Vista, Red Bluff and Paradise districts are required to reduce water use by 36 percent. According to statistics from the water board, districts in this tier currently use between 216 and 614 gallons of water per person, per day.

    A 36-percent reduction would mean using no more than 393 gallons per person, per day during summer months.     

    Residents in Chico are required to cut back by 32 percent.    

    Oroville is in the 28 percent tier.     

    Eureka and Fortuna are asked to cut back 24 percent.

    Arcata is in the lowest restriction group, required to reduce water use by 8 percent.  According to the State Water Board, these cities are required to conserve less, because people there are already conserving, using an average of less than 65 gallons of water per day.

    To gauge your water use, consider a statistic from the United States Geographical Survey. The average shower uses about 2 to 4 gallons of water per minute, which totals 10 to 20 gallons for a 5 minute shower.    

    Property owners that don't cut back water use can face up to 500 dollars in fines per day. Water districts that don't comply with the mandated cutbacks could face up to 10,000 dollars a day in fines.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed fines of up to $10,000 for the worst individual offenders, but the plan requires legislative approval.

  • Police: Arsonist targets 4-year-old in domestic dispute

    Published On: May 06 2015 12:54:08 PM CDT   Updated On: May 06 2015 01:04:36 PM CDT

    CHICO, Calif. -

    A Sacramento County man has been arrested for attempted murder and arson after police said he set fire to a home in Chico as part of a domestic dispute.

    William Brainard, 59 of Orangevale, was arrested on Monday at his home in Sacramento County. 

    According to a news release from Chico Police Department, investigators believe Brainard set the fire in February to retaliate against his former girlfriend for their failed relationship. In this case, investigators believe the suspect targeted the woman's 4-year-old son.

    Investigators with Chico Police Department said Brainard set fire to a home in the 100 block of Losse Way in Chico on February 18.  At the time of the fire, investigators found an incendiary device in front of the home.  The incendiary device had been set under a child's bedroom window and caused major damage to the structure.

    The residents of the home in Chico included a father and his 4-year-old son.  The father had been involved in a heated custody battle with the mother who lived in Citrus Heights.  The father had recently received full custody of the child.

    After the fire, detectives interviewed the mother and the father and identified the mother's ex-boyfriend, William Brainard, as a viable suspect in the case.

    Over the next two months, Chico Police executed several search warrants in Sacramento, Contra Costa and Butte Counties. Police obtained physical evidence linking Brainard to the crime.  In addition, detectives located surveillance video from a home improvement store in Orangevale where Brainaird was seen purchasing items used to construct the incendiary device.  This occurred on the day of the arson.

    With this information, detectives obtained a warrant for Brainard's arrest.

    On Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office located Brainard at his home at 6653 Big Chief Court in Orangevale and arrested him.  He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

    On Tuesday, Brainard was transported to the Butte County Jail where he is held on $1.3 million bail. He will face charges of attempted murder and arson.   

    Chico Police said the family's safety was monitored during this investigation to assure that Brainard was not able to commit any more criminal acts against the family or child.

    Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department Detective Bureau at (530) 897-5820.

  • Detectives identify man found dead near Anderson home

    Published On: May 06 2015 11:43:46 AM CDT   Updated On: May 06 2015 01:03:41 PM CDT
    ANDERSON, Calif. -

    Deputies in Shasta County are still trying to figure out what caused the death of a man who was found with blunt force trauma to his head. The man who died is 49-year old Jimmy O'Neil of Hat Creek.
     
    O'Neil's body was found Monday morning in the 23000 block of Coleman Fish Hatchery Road in Anderson.
     
    Deputies said he had stayed Sunday night with his nephew Eusevio Luna, and planned to return home the next morning.
     
    Luna told first responders he found O'Neil on the ground Monday morning near the porch of the home. He said O'Neil appeared to have tripped overnight and hit his head against a brick.

    Luna told investigators they had been drinking and smoking marijuana during the night.  He said he passed out and didn't wake up until the morning.

    Sgt. Pat Kopholler said investigators are still early in the investigation.

    "When we have an incident like this we want to make sure that this person wasn't murdered, we want to make sure that there's no foul play going on," said Kophollar. 

    "So basically, we're out there just putting back the pieces and trying to make sure that the evidence we find on scene matches up to what stories we're being told by witnesses."  

    The Shasta County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call the major crimes unit.

  • Quadriplegic sailing instructor defying odds of disability

    Published On: May 05 2015 09:28:19 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2015 10:22:06 PM CDT
    WHISKEYTOWN LAKE, Calif. -

    Michael Strahle is a quadriplegic sailing instructor at Whiskeytown Lake but he isn't letting his disability define him or stop him from doing what he loves.

    Strahle became paralyzed from the waist down after he shattered his fifth vertebrae during a skiing accident when he was 25-years-old. After the accident, Strahle spent many months in rehab and after he was released, he went straight into sailing.

    "You know, I look at the good. I got this and that and I can do this with my wrist. I have no grip in my hands, no this way or anything but that means I can do a lot of things," Strahle explained as he showed what he can do with his hands.

    Strahle said he's been sailing for 30 years and started sailing before his accident.

    "It's really, a really highly aggressive sport and can be real exciting," Strahle said. "I need excitement and thrill and competition and sailing has all that."

    Strahle shared he's been in 29 regattas and has competed in sailing competitions around the world.

    "It doesn't really get frustrating because I can't grab or anything like that. I know I can't so, why would I spend cognition thinking about something that I can't do," Strahle said about his disability.

    Strahle is now the Executive Director of the Community Sailing Center. He has been offering lessons at the Redding Yacht Club for five years.

    "We offer sailing year around. So if you want to sail, you can come see us. We know what we are doing we are world class racers," Strahle shared.

    You can check out what the Redding Yacht Club has to offer here on their website.

  • Increased flows benefit Trinity River fish during drought

    Published On: May 05 2015 09:22:05 PM CDT
  • Redding police plan for holiday enforcement

    Published On: May 05 2015 09:32:52 PM CDT
  • CAL FIRE travels to raise wildfire awareness

    Published On: May 05 2015 09:35:42 PM CDT
  • CAL FIRE: Defensible space helps homes survive wildfires

    Published On: May 05 2015 09:31:58 PM CDT
  • Blood Source in Redding is collecting source plasma

    Published On: May 04 2015 09:21:44 PM CDT