What you need to know: April 23

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on April 23, 2019.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 8:43 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2019 8:53 AM

Tulelake parents face child endangerment, drug and weapons charges

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office said Ramon Zendejas and his girlfriend Mercadies Williams are now behind bars for child endangerment, drug and weapons charges. Deputies found a butane honey oil lab in their Alturas home as well as children in modified cribs stacked on top of each other, acting as cages. 

Chico police searching for armed robbery suspect

Chico police are on the hunt for an armed robbery suspect. At around 6:45 p.m. Monday night, police said a man walked into the office of an apartment complex on East Lassen Avenue, near Burnap Avenue. He showed the manager a handgun and stole cash. Officers said the suspect is a 6-foot white man between 20- and 40-years-old.

PG&E requests another rate hike

PG&E is set to increase its rates in 2020 if the company's proposal is approved by the state's Public Utilities Commission. The company said it needs increased funding to increase the safety and reliability of its system. The proposal is drawing criticism for putting the burden on customers. 

Mosquito season could be impacted by wet weather

Mosquito season has arrived, bringing with it the chances of getting West Nile Virus. This could be a more dangerous year for West Nile because the North State has had a very wet winter. Authorities urge people to take precautions including draining standing water and wearing bug spray.

State legislators to debate lethal force guidelines for officers

Tuesday, state legislators will debate a measure to create statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force. It would also require training for every officer in a way to deescalate without opening fire. 

State assembly clears evacuation route bill, housing bill

The State Assembly has cleared a bill improving evacuation routes in response to problems during the Camp Fire last November. The bill now moves to the State Senate. Assemblyman James Gallagher's Butte County housing bill also made it through its first committee. It now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Additionally, a bill to make homes in California more wildfire resistant also made it through a Senate committee.

Kool April Nites kicks off in Redding

Redding's Kool April Nites kicked off this week. There are four show and shine events being held Tuesday. The first will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Windsor Redding Care Center. The last event is at Parsons Junior High at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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Cooler with mountain showers likely this weekend. Gusty winds will prompt a Wind Advisory in the valley on Sunday.
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