What You Need to Know: Jan. 15

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Jan. 15, 2019.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 9:07 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 3:48 PM

Chico City Council to Vote on Emergency Shelter

Chico City Council will vote on if the city should set up an emergency shelter program due to the cold weather. Non-profits are working on a "code blue" program, which would set up criteria to set up a pop-up shelter. Among the potential locations, the council is talking about the Old Municipal Building, The Graduate or the North Valley Athletic Center.

Police Investigating Two Drug Overdoses in Butte County

Investigators in Butte County are working to find out if two major drug overdoses in Chico and Oroville are connected. One person died and 13 people were hospitalized from what officers believe may be Fentanyl at a Chico home Saturday. Chico police say they have a lead on who brought those drugs in. Three adults and a baby were hospitalized at Gold Country Casino in Oroville from a substance yet to be released. All are in stable condition.

Lawmakers Working to Keep Energy Costs Down

California lawmakers are working to keep customer costs down after PG&E declared bankruptcy. The utility is facing $30 billion in lawsuits from the Camp Fire alone. Lawmakers are working to also ensure wildfire survivors get their money and looking at the bigger picture of the state's energy.

Placer County Sheriff's Office to Test Mass Notification System

The Placer County Sheriff will be testing its mass notification system at 110 a.m. So if you hear it, do not be alarmed. Officials are only testing that the system will work in case of an emergency.

Shasta County Jurors Deliberate in Trial of Juan Venegas

Tuesday, a Shasta County judge has asked a jury to try, once again, to make a decision in the murder trial of Juan Venegas. He is accused of murdering a gas station clerk in Burney in 2016. The first trial ended in a hung jury and now, this second jury has said they have not been able to make a unanimous decision. If convicted, Venegas could face life in prison.

North Valley Community Foundation Donates $500,000 to Chico Police

The North Valley Community Foundation is donating $500,000 to Chico police to fund another police officer. The Police Chief says the new officer could be used in traffic, as a school resource officer, or in other areas. Chico City Council must accept the donation during their meeting tonight.

Blasting to Continue Near Oroville Dam Spillway

Tuesday, crews will be doing more blasting around the Oroville Dam Spillway. That means Oroville Dam Boulevard East will be shut down for 20 minutes, starting at 3:45 p.m. 

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