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  • Human trafficking arrest after victim found in Redding

    Published On: Jun 24 2016 08:36:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2016 08:38:58 PM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    A suspect of human trafficking was arrested Thursday in Sacramento after a victim was found at a market in Redding earlier in the week.

    Redding police started investigating Stevie Lee Boston, 20, after a woman showed up at Hinkle's Market on the 1000 block of Market Street on Tuesday. She said she had escaped from an apartment nearby and was the victim of human trafficking.

    Police talked with her and found out she had been reported missing Monday. Before that, her friends reported changes in behavior that made them worry for her safety.

    The woman told police she had been held against her will and trafficked for sex trade between Stockton and Sacramento. She also said she had been assaulted both physically and sexually.

    The suspect, Boston, was reported to still be inside an apartment on the 1200 block of Market Street with a second victim. The woman warned police Boston was armed and had indicated he'd be willing to have a gun battle with police if they showed up.

    By the time police arrived, Boston was already gone along with the second woman. Police say they found evidence of a fight in the apartment and the second victim's car parked near the building. There was also reportedly a bullet hold in the driver's side door.

    Registration in the car showed it belonged to a woman that had been reported missing on May 21 out of Emeryville.

    After more investigation, Redding police determined Boston had returned to Sacramento. They worked with the Sacramento Police Department to serve a search warrant Thursday at an apartment on the 5200 block of 73rd Street. He was arrested without incident.

    Boston is facing charges of false imprisonment, criminal threats, pimping, human trafficking, forced oral copulation and domestic violence. He is being held without bail.

    Police say Boston was a wanted parolee and has an extensive criminal history of gang convictions.

  • Attempted carjacking at Walgreens, suspect still on the loose

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 06:46:43 PM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    Redding police said a Redding woman stopped an attempted carjacking by pushing the armed subject away from her.

    On June 28, at 1:03 p.m., Redding Police Officers were sent to a reported carjacking attempt that had happened in the parking lot of Walgreens on Lake Blvd.

    The victim, Amelia Nelle of Redding, told officers that she noticed the suspect in the parking lot when she pulled in, and she remembers that he was talking on his cell phone when she went into the store.

    Once Nelle left the store and returned to her vehicle, she was shoved from behind, knocking her into the side of the car, by the suspect. She turned around and saw it was the same man that she had seen upon her arrival at the store.

    According to officials, Nelle said the suspect was armed with a semi-automatic pistol and that was pointed at her. The suspect told Nelle to "get in the car, or he would kill her". Nelle shoved the suspect away from her, and he then walked away from her heading east.

    The suspect was described as a white male in his late thirties, short balding hair, unshaven face, wearing a white and blue striped polo shirt, baggy blue jeans and sunglasses.

    An extensive search for the suspect, including the use of a helicopter from C.H.P., was conducted, but the suspect was not located.

    Anyone with information that would help solve this crime is encouraged to call the Redding Police Investigation Division at 530-225-4214.

  • Voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 08:41:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 08:45:38 PM CDT

    California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot.

    A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast.

    The initiative is promoted by a well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker.

    It asks voters to allow people 21 and older to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and also grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use.

    Smoking weed would remain off-limits in places where tobacco use already is prohibited, including restaurants, bars and other enclosed public places.
    Sales of both recreational pot and medical marijuana initially would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax. Cities and counties would retain the right to prohibit pot-related businesses and to impose their own fees and taxes.

    State officials estimate the measure would raise as much as $1 billion per year in revenue and reduce public safety costs - for police, courts, jails and prisons - by tens of millions. Provisions of the initiative, which requires a simple majority vote to pass, would direct most proceeds to covering regulatory costs, research on the effects of legalization, environmental mitigation, substance abuse treatment and other purposes.

    It has drawn support from the California NAACP, the California Medical Association and the California Democratic Party. Sponsors are promoting it as a civil rights issue, arguing that minority communities suffer a disproportionate share of drug crimes and arrests. They also say the initiative would make it harder for people under 21 to obtain pot and easier for police to crack down on illicit sales than it has been in the two decades since California became the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

    Opponents include the California Republican Party, the Teamsters Union and groups representing police chiefs and hospitals.

    California voters rejected pot legalization by 7 percentage points in 2010, two years before western states began liberalizing their approach to pot. Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow recreational sales in 2012, followed two years later by Alaska and Oregon.

    Initiatives allowing for casual use have qualified for November ballots in Nevada and Maine.

  • Rio's acting governor: Olympics could be a 'big failure'

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 01:46:48 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 03:04:46 AM CDT
    Aerial view of Olympic venues city

    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    (CNN) -

    The headache for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games organizers shows no signs of subsiding.

    Six weeks before the Games are set to begin, Francisco Dornelles, the acting governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo that the state has not yet received recently-approved federal funds to beef up security and transportation for the quadrennial competition.

    "I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality. We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure," Dornelles told O Globo.

    The budget shortfall adds to the "perfect storm" Brazil is facing leading up to the Games, due to kick off on August 5. Organizers are dealing with concerns regarding the Zika virus, a doping scandal in which Brazil's only testing lab was suspended, high crime and political upheaval involving the country's highest figures.

    In the interview, Dornelles said that without the bailout money, the state could only afford to cover the expenses of the police force for a few more days.

    "The police fleet runs the risk of stopping. We managed to stretch the finances and we'll only last until the end of the week," Dornelles said.

    The state's police officers have not been paid for overtime work for more than six months.

    Brazil's federal government approved the bailout, worth about $850 million (2.9 billion reals), last week.

    Cutting it close

    Without proper security and a completed metro, there would be "difficulties" during the Olympics, Dornelles said.

    The city of Rio de Janeiro -- not the state -- is largely responsible for the Olympics. But the oil-rich state, which has been hit hard by falling commodity prices, is responsible for certain expenditures such as the metro rail extension that will connect the Olympic facilities to the city center.

    Officials previously said they are aiming to finish the metro project just four days before the Olympics begin.

    The Rio de Janeiro state government declared a state of emergency earlier this month, prompting the federal bailout. It warned that a lack of funds may lead to "a total breakdown in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management."

    For months, Brazil has been struggling with its worst recession since the 1930s. The country's economy, the largest in Latin America, shrank 5.4% in the first quarter of this year, according to government figures.

  • Neighbors: Newspaper delivery man assisted in stealing from a car

    Published On: Jun 27 2016 08:24:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 12:31:41 PM CDT

    A Redding neighborhood is on edge after they believe their newspaper delivery man and his passenger stole items from a car.

    REDDING, Calif. -

    A Redding neighborhood is on edge after they believe their newspaper delivery man and his passenger stole items from a car.

    Ryan Crites lives off of Somerset Avenue in Redding. On Sunday he went out to his car and realized his expensive sunglasses, and other items left in his car, were missing.

    A neighbor's home surveillance cameras got a gold minivan drive by, the passenger get out, and then get into Crites car. Crites says the gold minivan comes back around and picks up the person, who has items in his hands.

    Crites says the driver is the newspaper delivery man.

    "I was actually really surprised," Crites noted. "I didn't think it would be someone that comes in our neighborhood that often."

    Crites decided to reach out to the driver.

    "I found out his contact information through a neighbor, who gets the paper, I went ahead and gave him a call."

    He noted a woman answered the phone, claiming she was the sister and wanted to make it right by returning the alleged stolen goods.

    "I was actually surprised I got by items back, just because I didn't think it was going to happen," he said. "That's why I called in the first place because I knew I wasn't going to get the items back with just calling the police. So I figured I might as well try and get them back myself."

    Crites explained his neighbor received a message on Facebook from the delivery man, stating that he did not know his friend was stealing from Ryan's car.

    Meinert Toberer, the distribution manager at Record Searchlight, said they are aware of what happened, and they have spoken with the now former paper delivery driver.
    "We met with the independent contractor and the parties agreed that we would terminate that contract effective immediately," he said.

    Toberer added drivers are not employees of the Record Searchlight, saying they are independent contractors.

    He noted this was an isolated incident.

    "It's very very seldom that we have an issue that alleges lack of integrity or inappropriate behavior out in the public," Toberer stated.

    The Redding Police Department did not give specifics on this case but explained even if the stolen items were returned there is still the possibility to be charged with a crime.

    Crites noted that other neighbors have had things stolen in the last month.

    Crites added he normally locks his car and on Sunday his car was not locked. He wants to remind others always to double check their car is locked.

  • Woman drives with body lodged in window

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 01:25:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2016 01:53:03 PM CDT

    After striking a man with her car, a woman continued to drive with the man lodged in her car window.

  • "Spoon Me" making way for Wilda's in downtown Redding

    Published On: Jun 27 2016 10:25:08 PM CDT
  • Glass slide on skyscraper thrills daring riders

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 03:37:38 AM CDT

    A new slide, made of glass, on the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles takes riders from the 70th floor to the 69th floor.

  • Fire officials warn against the use of drones during wildfires

    Published On: Jun 27 2016 10:49:33 PM CDT
  • Post office has made changes to curb the transient problem

    Published On: Jun 28 2016 10:18:11 PM CDT