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  • Head-on crash, multiple injuries on Interstate 5

    Published On: Mar 28 2015 12:57:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2015 02:16:27 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    14 people have been injured in a crash that closed northbound Interstate 5 in Redding Friday night. Two of those people were in critical condition.

    Northbound Interstate 5 was closed at the South Bonnyview Road exit while the scene was cleared.

    At least three cars may be involved in the collision, happening around 10:15 Friday night. CHP officers at the scene said a southbound vehicle with one person inside crossed the center divider near Cypress Avenue. That vehicle reportedly hit another vehicle head-on on the northbound side.

    12 people were taken to hospitals in Redding, two others were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

    Our reporters at the scene say they can see at least three vehicles with major damage, including a van that officers said had 6 people inside.

    Officers are investigating to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

    Check back on this story for updates. We’ll continue to add new details as they come into the newsroom.

  • Anderson police finds, arrests 2 suspects

    Published On: Mar 27 2015 07:31:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2015 08:23:34 PM CDT
    ANDERSON, Calif. -

    Two suspects were arrested Friday evening after officers with the Anderson Police Department used a cell phone to track them down.

    According to Chief Michael Johnson, a man on parole with two warrants out for his arrest, one in Michigan and the other in Georgia, and his girlfriend were located in Anderson.

    After getting a tip the pair was in the town, an Anderson police detective contacted authorities in Michigan, who pinged the man's cell phone to track his location, Chief Johnson said.

    Officers then tracked him for a day and a half before patrol officers spotted the couple near the Anderson Library. Officers took the girlfriend into custody, but the man ran into the greenbelt, Chief Johnson explained.

    Officers established a perimeter and the California Highway Patrol helicopter, as well as CAL FIRE officials assisted in the search.

    A reverse 911 call was sent out to residents in the area.

    Chief Johnson, the Anderson police K-9 and handler, as well as another officer located the suspect hiding in the greenbelt near Frontier Street.

    He explained that the suspect was wanted on an extraditable warrant. Johnson added he was considered a fugitive.

    "The best part is ... he's out of our community," said Johnson.

    He was booked into the Shasta County Jail, and will be sent back to Michigan.

  • Man attacks, tries to steal from 10-year-old girl

    Published On: Mar 27 2015 01:59:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2015 02:00:28 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    An alleged robber attacked and tried to steal the property of a 10-year-old Redding girl Thursday night. Police are still looking for the suspect.

    Redding Police responded to reports of suspicious call near Tarmac Road and Vienna Way around 7:00 p.m.

    Officers spoke with the 10-year-old, who said she was riding her bike on trails in the area, when the male suspect confronted her. He allegedly grabbed her by her arms, and demanded she give him her property.

    The child was able to get away and reported the incident to her parents. She was able to give a description of the suspect.

    The man is described as a white adult in his 40’s. He’s about 5’1” tall and weighs around 230 pounds. The girl said the suspect had black hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a dirty, white shirt, blue jeans, and dirty shoes.

    Officers searched the area on the ground and through the air, but could not find the man.

    Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200.

  • Road rage confrontation leaves one injured

    Published On: Mar 27 2015 09:11:47 PM CDT
    CHICO, Calif. -

    The Chico Police Department responded to a road rage incident Friday around 6:21 p.m. involving a minivan and two cyclists.

    According to police, two cyclists were riding in a lane of traffic on E 5th and Mangrove avenues in Chico when the driver of a minivan got angry.

    There was a confrontation while the minivan was still driving near the cyclists, then the minivan driver left, but came back and confronted the cyclists again, police stated.

    The driver then spat at one of the cyclists, who was on foot at the point, explained police. The cyclist then tried to climb into the passenger window of the moving minivan, and was injured, but not seriously.

    No arrests have been made, but police said there could be charges filed later.

  • Driver charged with murder in fatal DUI crash

    Published On: Mar 26 2015 07:57:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2015 09:29:03 PM CDT

    Redding Police said Vernon Lee Simon, 49, has been charged with murder after killing Russell Tim Hager, 57, in a fatal DUI crash on Highway 273 Thursday morning

    REDDING, Calif. -

    Redding Police said Vernon Lee Simon, 49, has been charged with murder after killing Russell Tim Hager, 57, in a fatal DUI crash on Highway 273 Thursday morning.

    Investigators said at the time of the crash, Simon was driving under the influence of drugs and he was on probation for a separate DUI that happened in 2011. They added he was also driving with a suspended license. 

    The crash was reported at 6:37 a.m. on Highway 273 near Canyon road.

    Officers said Simon was driving northbound at a high rate of speed when he ran a red light and swerved into on-coming traffic. Investigators said Simon, who was driving a white Mitsubishi Eclipse, hit Hager's white Ford Thunderbird head-on.

    Hager died on scene from his injuries, said Redding police.

    Investigators questioned Simon at the hospital and determined he was driving under the influence of drugs. 

    Sergeant Brian Barner with the Redding Police Department said the crash took the life of an innocent driver. 

    "DUI touches everybody... This is another one where the victim was on his way to work at 6:30 in the morning and a vehicle came across at high speed and ran into him and was instantly killed," Barner stated.

    Simon has been booked into the Shasta County Jail for homicide, DUI with major injury, violation of probation, driving on a suspended license causing injury, an outstanding warrant for failure to appear and not having insurance.

  • City council dismisses city manager, cites new direction

    Published On: Mar 26 2015 09:42:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2015 12:18:43 PM CDT

    The city of Oroville is in the process of restructuring after the unexpected dismissal of City Manager Randy Murphy.

  • Driver charged with murder in fatal DUI crash

    Published On: Mar 26 2015 09:28:24 PM CDT

    Redding Police said Vernon Lee Simon, 49, has been charged with murder after killing Russell Tim Hager, 57, in a fatal DUI crash on Highway 273 Thursday morning

  • Herschel Walker talks football, life at Shasta College auction

    Published On: Mar 28 2015 02:23:12 AM CDT
  • Trampoline park preparing for spring opening

    Published On: Mar 26 2015 09:23:40 PM CDT
  • Local children's book author inspired by own experiences

    Published On: Mar 26 2015 09:27:57 PM CDT