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2 firefighters for CAL FIRE Butte Unit receive Medal of Valor award

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Two firefighters with the CAL FIRE Butte Unit were awarded the State of California’s Gold Medal of Valor on Wednesday. CAL FIRE Butte Unit Chief Garret Sjolund awarded Battalion Chief Jason Dyer and Division Chief Byron Vance on Wednesday. Dyer received the award for his...
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Quinceañera murder suspect’s lawyer is Chico woman arrested in July

CHICO, Calif. - The lawyer for the 17-year-old murder suspect is Chico attorney Stephana Femino, the woman who the Butte County district attorney said was arrested for helping her boyfriend remain a fugitive on several felony arrest warrants. Femino was supposed to represent the suspect in the Quinceañera stabbing in...
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Convicted serial killer sentenced to 3 life sentences

BUTTE COUNTY – The Oroville man convicted of killing three people, including an 88-year-old Los Molinos woman, was sentenced to three life sentences in state prison. Ryan Scott Blinston, 38, was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court on Aug. 4 to three life sentences in state prison, plus 16 years and eight months and two sentences of seven years to life – all without parole.
OROVILLE, CA
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Oroville Woman Faces Hit and Run Charges

The woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash in Oroville earlier this Year that sent a 5-year-old to the hospital was in court Tuesday . Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the suspect, Banessa Santana admitted to causing the accident and there is sufficient evidence to hold her over for trial. She faces nine years in prison if she is convicted. She is scheduled to be in court on Sept. 8 to set the jury trial date.
OROVILLE, CA
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Palermo man sentenced to 28 years in prison for molesting children

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — A Palermo man pleaded guilty to molesting three children and endangering two other children while operating a meth and marijuana oil lab and has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, the Butte County District Attorney's Office announced. 40-year-old Jason Ashby was arrested back in...
PALERMO, CA
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Oroville serial killer gets 3 life sentences

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A man who killed three people was sentenced in Butte County court on Thursday morning. Ryan Blinston, of Oroville, was sentenced to three life sentences in state prison, 16 years and eight months in state prison and two sentences of seven years to life in state prison. The sentences come without parole.
OROVILLE, CA
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2 arrested after agents locate loaded gun, suspected fentanyl during search

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - More than 50 pills of suspected fentanyl and a loaded gun were found during a probation search in Oroville on July 27, according to Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF). Agents searched 2719 Mitchell Ave. #1 in Oroville and contacted the person on probation, 30-year-old Mariah...
OROVILLE, CA
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Palermo man sentenced for molesting multiple children, child endangerment

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A Butte County man was sentenced on Wednesday for molesting three children, according to District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Ramsey said 40-year-old Jason Ashby, of Palermo, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for molesting three children, child endangerment to two other children caused by making methamphetamine and butane honey oil and for having illegal guns.
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Butte County Cal Fire sending resources to McKinney Fire

Chico, Calif. — In Butte County, firefighters have been sent up to Siskiyou county to help fight the McKinney fire. Butte County firefighters who were fighting the Oak fire down in Yosemite were reassigned and are en route to the McKinney fire, including a strike team, engines, and a supervisor.
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Fire at Big Lots in Oroville, firefighters at scene

OROVILLE, Calif. — UPDATE, AUG. 1, 8:50 PM:. Butte County CAL FIRE officials said they have contained the fire to a wooden alcove and façade at Big Lots in Oroville. Firefighters responded to the store off of Oro Dam Boulevard E and quickly stopped its forward spread. They said they found a minor extension into the attic space before the fire was completely extinguished.
OROVILLE, CA