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  • Safeway responds to growing outrage over employee firing

    By Kelli Saam
    Published On: Nov 21 2014 10:53:15 AM CST
    Updated On: Nov 21 2014 12:01:56 PM CST
    CHICO, Calif. -

    Safeway is responding to the growing outrage after the company fired a 30-year employee for stopping a shoplifter.  The firing of Curt Keables at the Safeway on East Avenue in Chico, has a growing number of people calling for a boycott of Safeway.

    Keables was recently fired for violating the company's 'no chase policy.'  Keables caught a Pleasant Valley High School student stealing from the store.

    Keables was advised by his union representative not to comment, because there is a possibility he could be offered his job back.

    Keables' friend, David Lupton has joined several people who are demanding that Keables be rehired.  Lupton said Keables is a great man, a scout leader, and father of eight, and doesn't deserve to get fired from Safeway when he was trying to do the right thing.

    "I've been with him as he serves dinner at the Salvation Army," said Lupton.  "The guy has raised and is currently raising eight kids here in Butte County.  He's a good man, good father, good husband, and this is not right for being terminated after this many years of dedicated service to Safeway."

    Several people have commented on Facebook, they intend to boycott Safeway until Keables is rehired.

    Keith Turner is the Director, Public and Government Affairs for Safeway, Inc. Northern  Division.  Turner sent KRCR News Channel 7 an email addressing Keables' situation.

    "We are in the process of reviewing the matter of Mr. Keables' pursuit and confrontation of a suspected shoplifter outside our Chico store. These types of cases can be difficult. While not everyone may agree with our policies governing the confrontation of suspected shoplifters, they are in place to protect the safety of our employees, customers and even a suspected shoplifter. Employees and suspected shoplifters have been injured and, in some cases, even died in such altercations. Contrary to previous reports, Mr. Keables did not tell our investigator that he knew the suspected shoplifter, so safety was and remains an important factor in our evaluation of this matter. No grocery product is worth risking someone's safety or life. We are giving this matter the time and careful consideration that is appropriate."

  • 3 people shot, 5 more in custody in Oroville

    By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
    Published On: Nov 21 2014 04:12:48 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 21 2014 08:12:57 PM CST
    OROVILLE, Calif. -

    The Butte County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting Friday afternoon at a residence on Rusty Dusty Road in Oroville.

    According to deputies, two people were shot and one with life threatening injuries, and the other with non-life threatening injuries.

    In addition, a third person was also confirmed to have been shot at the incident, and arrived at the hospital separate from the two other victims, said deputies.

    Ten people were involved, and five have been taken into custody, stated deputies.

    A grey vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.

    "It's so early in the investigation," said Sergeant Jason Hail with the Butte County Sheriff's Office. "We have many people to talk to and interview. As far as who the suspect is and who is a victim, and the circumstances leading up to the shooting, it's too early to say."

    An investigator said on scene he smelled a marijuana grow near the home where the shooting took place.  He would not say if it played a factor in the shootings.

    Butte County deputies said they will be investigating the scene Friday night, well into the early morning hours.

  • Caught on camera: Arsonist setting fire to family's wreath

    By Shay Arthur
    Published On: Nov 21 2014 09:09:58 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 21 2014 09:15:51 PM CST

    A man was caught on camera setting a Redding family's Christmas wreath on fire early Friday morning.

    REDDING, Calif. -

    A man was caught on camera setting a Redding family's Christmas wreath on fire early Friday morning.

    The wreath was hanging on the family's door at their home on Charade Way in east Redding.

    A neighbor spotted the flames coming from the front door shortly after 12:30 a.m.

    Surveillance cameras first spotted the man, wearing a beanie, walking down the street.

    At first the man walks past the home but then seems to notice something on the front door and doubles back to the house.

    He approaches, takes a look around and begins to light the Strong family's wreath on fire.

    Within seconds the man thinks he has done enough damage and takes off.

    Shortly after he leaves a neighbor across the street is outside and notices the flames from the house and alerts the Strong family.

    Mike and Rebekah Strong were roused awake to douse the flames.

    On Friday the Strongs are working to get answers but Rebekah said the damage runs deeper than to just property.

    "I never in a million years thought that a person would intentionally, purposefully walk to my front door, stand at my front door, and light it on fire.  I was just sick. It makes me nervous, it makes me wonder why someone would do that," said Rebekah.

    She credits her neighbor and the cameras for getting some answers.

    "If we didn't have that camera we wouldn't of had anything. No neighborhood, I don't care how nice it is immune to this kind of stuff."

    Now Rebekah wants the mystery arsonist to be stopped.

    "I really want him to be stopped before he tries to do it to someone else's home where they may not be as lucky as we were."

    The suspect could face a felony charge, arson of an inhabited structure.

    If you have information contact the Redding Fire Department or Redding Police Department.


  • Butte County teacher & husband charged with drug trafficking

    By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
    Published On: Nov 21 2014 08:20:21 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 21 2014 11:47:07 PM CST
    DURHAM, Calif. -

    A Butte County teacher and her husband have been arrested, and are being investigated by the FBI for national and international drug trafficking.

    FBI agents said David and Teri Schell of Durham were selling marijuana and other hemp products across the country, as well as overseas, using an online website called Silk Road 2.0.

    According to the FBI, this website was used to sell and trade illegal items, and has been shut down.

    Agents arrested the the couple on November 6, after they searched their Widgeon Drive home and found 482 marijuana plants, 156 grams of marijuana wax, 11.5 pounds of processed marijuana, and over $12,215 in cash.

    Teri Schell has been placed on administrative leave from the Oroville Elementary School District, where she has worked as a teacher since 1996. She was teaching 6th grade at the Ishi Middle School.

    "It's very bad about these allegations coming to light, but we are cooperating with law enforcement during the process," said Superintendent Dr. Penny Chennell-Carter over the phone.

    Chennell-Carter stated the school district always runs a criminal background check before hiring any employee, and it's policy to not hire anyone with a felony on their record.

    A substitute teacher has taken over for Schell, and is teaching her class.

    The couple refused to comment Friday.

  • Safeway employee fired for stopping shoplifter

    By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
    Published On: Nov 20 2014 08:07:45 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 20 2014 08:25:52 PM CST
    CHICO, Calif. -

    Curt Keables was fired from the Safeway grocery store on East Avenue in Chico, because he violated a "no chase policy" when he caught a Pleasant Valley High student stealing from the store.

    "We are rewarding criminals and we are punishing those who are standing up for the law,” said David Lupton.

    Lupton considers himself a close friend of Curt Keables. He can't believe that his friend has been fired after working for Safeway for 30 years.

    “I've been with him as he serves dinner at the Salvation Army,” he said. “The guy has raised and is currently raising eight kids here in Butte County. He's a good man, good father, good husband, and this is not right for being terminated for this many years of dedicated service to Safeway.”

    The store manager referred questions on employee protocol for handling shoplifters to their northern California director’s office. KRCR News Channel 7 left message, but they calls were not returned.

    As for Keable's friends, they won't be shopping at Safeway until he's back at work.

    “I've committed not to shop here any further,” said Lupton. “I'll drive across town and shop somewhere else.”

    Keables said on the phone, he has been advised not to comment on this issue by his union representative because there is the possibility he might be offered his job back.

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  • Caught on camera: Arsonist setting fire to family's wreath

    A man was caught on camera setting a Redding family's Christmas wreath on fire early Friday morning.