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  • Deadly officer-involved shooting on Highway 299

    Published On: Dec 18 2014 12:19:33 PM CST
    Updated On: Dec 18 2014 02:00:43 PM CST
    WILLOW CREEK, Calif. -

    A CHP officer shot and killed a driver after a violent confrontation early Thursday in Humboldt County. 

    According to a CHP news release, the officer shot the suspect during a struggle after the officer responded to a traffic collision. The suspect's name was not immediately released.  The officer was not identified.

    The incident started when the officer responded to the single vehicle traffic collision at 1:35 a.m. Thursday on Highway 299 at Blue Jay Lane in the Willow Creek area.

    The CHP said the driver attacked the officer with a deadly weapon.

    The CHP did not immediately release information about what type of weapon the driver used.

    The officer feared for his life and fired his gun at the suspect. The suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.  

    The officer suffered major injuries and was listed as in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

    The county-wide shooting investigation team has been assigned to investigate this incident.

    Investigators remained on the scene throughout the morning.  Traffic is reduced to one lane and flaggers are posted to move drivers through the area.

    PG&E said about 30 customers lost power after the initial collision, when the car hit a power pole.

  • Business closes & leaves behind free trees

    Published On: Dec 18 2014 08:42:48 PM CST
    Updated On: Dec 18 2014 10:35:24 PM CST
    REDDING, Calif. -

    Johnson's Family Christmas Trees, which was located in the Big Lots parking lot, closed for the season and left behind free trees.

    The owners said they shut down every year around this time so they can focus on getting ready for Christmas.

    In order to spread the word about the free Christmas trees, the owners made a post on Craigslist.

    It worked, because many people drove by to check out the trees or to take one home; however, most of the trees were too large for small cars to carry.

    According to officials with the City of Redding, leaving the trees there for free was not an issue.

  • Schools closed after fatal officer-involved shooting

    Published On: Dec 19 2014 11:25:12 AM CST
    Updated On: Dec 19 2014 11:25:50 AM CST

    More information is emerging about the male suspect who was shot and killed after the CHP said he attacked an officer early Thursday.

    The CHP did not release the name of the suspect or the officer.

    The Hoopa Valley Tribe released a statement statement saying it was a young tribal member who was killed.  

    Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairwoman Danielle Vigil Masten expressed her condolences to those affected by the fatal altercation early Thursday morning in Willow Creek.

    "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young Hoopa tribal member who crossed over early Thursday morning and to the officer who was injured," said Masten. "We urge people to be respectful of one another during these tragic times."

    Hoopa Elementary, Hoopa High School, and Hoopa tribal education programs will be closed on Friday. All scheduled youth activities in the Hoopa Valley are postponed until further notice.

    The CHP said in a news release the incident started around 1:30 Thursday morning, when an officer responded to a single vehicle crash into power pole on Highway 299 in the Willow Creek area.

    According to the news release, the officer was attacked by the driver who was armed with a deadly weapon.  No information was revealed about what type of weapon was used.

    The officer feared for his life, pulled his gun and shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

    The officer suffered major injuries.  Family members posted on Facebook the officer was flown to U.C. Davis Medical Center to be treated.  The CHP news release said the officer was in stable condition.

  • Motorcyclist killed in crash during CHP pursuit

    Published On: Dec 19 2014 08:20:27 AM CST
    Updated On: Dec 19 2014 09:08:39 AM CST
    OROVILLE, Calif. -

    The CHP is investigating a fatal crash that happened while an officer was pursuing a suspect in Oroville.

    According to a news release from the CHP, the motorcyclist died after crashing at about 100 miles per hour.     

    It started at Lincoln Boulevard and Oro Dam Boulevard just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

    The CHP said 35-year-old Chao Thao drove off when an officer tried to pull him over for registration violation.

    Thao sped off down Lincoln Boulevard, running a stop sign and red light. He was reportedly traveling at 100 miles per hour, when he lost control on a curve and hit a power pole.

    Thao was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Police facing lawsuit in death of mental patient

    Published On: Dec 19 2014 03:22:40 AM CST
    Updated On: Dec 19 2014 03:27:54 AM CST
    REDDING, Calif. -

    The city of Redding and its police department is facing a wrongful death lawsuit, all surrounding a mental health patient who died days after fighting with law enforcement.

    It is one that Redding City Attorney Rick Duvernay said is without merit.

    The patient, Matthew Robinson, was being transported by medical personnel from Chico to Restpadd Psychiatric Health Facility in Redding. The driver said Robinson got violent. They called Redding police to help get him under control and there was a struggle.

    Robinson, 33, was in a coma for several days before he died.

    The complaint filed Monday in the United States Eastern District Court by Robinson's parents said their son suffered severe injuries at the hands of the Redding Police Department, leading to his death. But an autopsy could not make that determination.

    “The complaint alleges that Mr. Robinson passed away due to excessive force by the police department. We've had nothing to date that would support that,” Duvernay told KRCR News Channel 7.

    Duvernay said the city sent the family’s attorney a denial letter, stating results are still out on brain tissues being sent away for tests.

    "We informed them in our denial letter that the results are pending and it would be a couple months,” Duvernay said Thursday. “They've got a lot longer than that before a statute of limitations passes, so they could've waited. But they're evidently - for whatever reason which I can't answer - they've elected to file right away. File first and find out more information later."

    The city of Redding faces a costly legal battle that could hinge on what medical professionals find out.

    "To defend one of these cases, can be as little as $15,000 and as much as $100,000,” Duvernay said. “Obviously, when someone has passed away it's a serious matter, and there's significant damages that are probably requested here. Once the autopsy or the coroner's lab tests come back it's going to be an important factor."

    The complaint was filed in federal district court by attorney Larry Baumbach of Chico, with claims against the city, Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti, and the unnamed police officers who were there to help subdue Robinson.

    The family is seeking more than $15-million in damages.

  • Behind the Scenes: Northstate 'No More' campaign

    Shasta County is taking part in the ‘No More’ campaign, a movement that’s sweeping the country. The ‘No More’ campaign is a public awareness operation focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. One Safe Place and KRCR News Channel 7 joined forces to shoot a commercial in the KRCR studio with familiar local faces. 

    See the video to get a behind the scenes look at the ‘No More’ commercial.

  • Oroville veteran 'in shock' after getting free home

    A very lucky and deserving family in Orville was given a mortgage-free home today as part of a program called "Roofs for Troops"

  • Local food truck helps homeless

  • Uptick in sales due to ski park opening Saturday

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