The Butte County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the fatality count for the Camp Fire has dropped from 86 to 85. Investigators say what was initially believed to have been the remains of two people were in fact just one person. Additionally, the number of people unaccounted for has dropped from three to two. A man Sacramento police had been looking for has been located and taken into custody.
Butte County renters say they are feeling pressure to make better offers after the Camp Fire, and some are even being forced out. Action News Now spoke with one renter who was told that the home she was renting was being put on the market, and she had the escrow period to move out.
FEMA and Cal OES are set to close the Oroville Disaster Recovery Center at 6 p.m. Friday. The Paradise and Chico centers will remain open. The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is next Friday, Feb. 15. That is the same deadline to turn in right of entry forms as well.
Michael Oconnel, accused of shooting and killing his roommate in Anderson Wednesday night, will make his first court appearance Friday. The sheriff's office says he admitted to the shooting his roommate at their home on Happy Valley Road. He will be arraigned in court this Friday morning.
The Shasta County District Attorney said Robert Cronin-Mill will serve seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to assaulting an officer with a car. It happened during a chase in early December, which ended with a crash near the Mount Shasta Mall.
Andrew Mason of Oregon is behind bars in Yreka for attempted murder. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says he hit someone over the head with a deadly weapon early Thursday morning on Walters Lane. The victim is now being treated for major injuries in Shasta County.
Siskiyou County deputies arrested Blake Day and Steven Shilling for holding a man at gunpoint in his own home. It happened in Macdoel at around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. They are now charged with armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Siskiyou County Deputies Investigating Suspicious Death
Siskiyou deputies are investigating a suspicious death. A utility worker found a body at the bottom of an embankment near a county road in the South County area around 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. Investigators say more details will be released once the crime scene is cleared.
Oroville police continue to search for the person who killed 86-year-old grandmother, Greta Putnam, in her mobile home on the day of the Camp Fire. Family members will hold a memorial service for her this Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Oroville Moose Lodge.
Camp Fire Memorial to be Held Friday
A community-wide memorial is planned for those who lost their lives in the Camp Fire. It starts at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Paradise Performing Arts Center. Action News Now will broadcast the service live on KNVN NBC Channel 24.