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  • CAL FIRE: Boles Fire at 350 acres, 15% contained

    By KRCR Staff
    Published On: Sep 15 2014 05:27:39 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 15 2014 11:08:14 PM CDT

    Photo Courtesy: Warren Moretti

    A wildfire near Weed, Calif. has damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures and is causing evacuations in the community of Weed, according to CAL FIRE.

    According to Mt. Shasta Police mandatory evacuations were lifted in Lake Shastina and Carrick Monday evening.

    CAL FIRE officials said the Boles Fire has burned 350 acres and is 15 percent contained, as of 8:45 Monday night.

    The fire has forced more than 1,000 people to evacuate and is threatening  more than 1,000 homes, said CAL FIRE officials.

    An evacuation center has been set up at the Siskiyou County fair grounds in Yreka.

    The California Highway Patrol instituted an emergency road closure of Interstate 5 near Weed around 3:00 p.m. I-5 is now reopened.

    According to CAL FIRE flames have destroyed homes in the Angel Valley area.

    According to a spokesperson with Pacific Power the fire had left 7,679 customers in Mt. Shasta and Weed with out electricity.

    This is a developing story please refresh this page for updates.

  • Man arrested for feeding girlfriend her own dog

    By Mike Watson, Producer
    Published On: Sep 12 2014 01:30:11 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 12 2014 12:33:51 PM CDT

    Arrested: Ryan Watenpaugh, 34

    REDDING, Calif. -

    A Shasta County man is facing stalking and animal cruelty charges after reportedly killing his girlfriend's dog and feeding it to her.

    Ryan Watenpaugh, 34, was arrested during a traffic stop on the 8000 block of Silver Bridge Road in Palo Cedro at about 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Watenpaugh's girlfriend told police he had assaulted her in her Redding home on August 4. She got away but when she returned her Pomeranian, "Bear," was gone.

    Police said Watenpaugh reportedly reconciled with the victim last week and cooked her a meal containing meat. On Sunday she received a text message from Watenpaugh asking how her dog tasted.

    Watenpaugh allegedly left a bag containing Bear's paws on the victims doorstep at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

    During a search of Watenpaugh's home, police say they found an AK-47 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines.

    Watenpaugh was booked into the Shasta County Jail on charges of domestic violence, stalking, false imprisonment, and animal cruelty. Officers will seek additional charges for the weapons violations. His bail is set at $250,000.

  • Boy hit by car near Mistletoe School

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 10:52:13 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 15 2014 10:52:57 AM CDT
    REDDING, Calif. -

    A 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital Monday morning after being hit by a car near Mistletoe School in Redding.

    The collision happened around 7:45 a.m. in a crosswalk on Mistletoe Lane.

    The 12-year-old boy was crossing in the crosswalk on his way to school.  Police said the driver Kathleen Horgan, 41, was driving eastbound when her vehicle struck the child.

    He was carried about 30 feet on hood of vehicle, then thrown another ten feet when vehicle stopped.  Horgan told police the sun was in her eyes and she couldn't see boy.

    She was cited for unsafe speeds for the condition.  

    The boy's father said he was transported to Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries. Traffic in the area was stopped for about 30 minutes.

  • Woman disappears under suspicious circumstances

    By Kelli Saam
    Published On: Sep 15 2014 12:45:41 PM CDT
    WILLOWS, Calif. -

    Willows Police are looking for a missing at-risk woman in Willows.  

    According to a news release from Willows Police Department, 23-year-old Angelica Weems has not been heard from since Sunday night.

    At 6:20 p.m. Sunday, officers from the Willows Police Department responded to the area of Oak Street and Ventura Street for a report of a male subject on the ground, bleeding profusely.

    Zir Weems, 29, was transported to Enloe Medical Center and is in serious condition.  Police said they believe his injuries were self-inflicted.

    Officers learned  Zir Weems and his wife, Angelica, went for a walk earlier in the day and only Zir returned home. Angelica hasn't been heard from or seen since she left the area on foot.

    Officers and Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate Angelica.  A K-9 search has been initiated in the area and officers are still actively looking for her.

    Angelica is considered an at-risk missing person under suspicious circumstances. She has been entered into the Missing/Unidentified Persons data base.

    Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Angelica or the circumstances surrounding it is asked to contact Sgt McIntyre at (530) 934-3456.

  • 'Dirtbag' tattoo helps identify chase suspect

    Published On: Sep 15 2014 01:59:01 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 15 2014 04:21:43 PM CDT

    Rodney Mitchell (2012 mugshot)

    ANDERSON, Calif. -

    A unique tattoo helped Anderson Police confirm the identity of a suspect late Sunday night.

    Just before midnight, a police officer tried to pull over a motorcyclist who was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour on Churn Creek Road near Airport Road.  The speed limit in the area is 45 miles per hour.

    According to a news release, the motorcycle sped up when the officer tried to make a traffic stop.  The motorcycle crossed over double yellow lines and ended up in the dirt median near Quail Creek Drive and Churn Creek Road.

    The motorcyclist identified himself as Rodney Mitchell, but did not have identification.  The officer requested information from SHASCOM Dispatch regarding physical descriptors and tattoos listed for Mitchell.  The officer was advised Mitchell had a tattoo reading 'dirtbag.'  The officer confirmed the dirtbag tattoo on Mitchell's neck to confirm identity.

    Police said Mitchell, 24, was found to be on probation per AB 109 (post release community supervision).  He was booked into jail for felony possession of a controlled substance and several misdemeanors.

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