What you need to know: Dec. 11

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 11

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 8:45 AM

Anderson police find drugs and weapons during home search

Two men are starting this Wednesday behind bars, after police said they found drugs and weapons inside the duo's home.
Anderson police said they arrested Robert Charles Walker and Eric Wayne Bretzke both of Anderson. Officers said they searched their home and found several firearms, meth, and weed intended for sale. Both men now face charges of possessing meth and maintaining a house where narcotics are sold.

Woman arrested who deputies say embezzled $63,100 from Camp Fire survivor 

A Butte county woman will be in court on Wednesday, facing charges of embezzling funds from a Camp Fire survivor. Throughout the investigation, detectives determined Asbury was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Nov. 4, Detectives said Asbury showed up at the Butte County Sheriff's Office Prosecutors said 29-year-old Brenda Asbury stole $60,000 from a 75-year-old Camp Fire survivor, an individual described as a "close friend." 

Victor Treatment Centers announce closure of Redding facilities

Victor Treatment Centers is shutting down its Redding group homes after another incident of violence. The fourth in recent months.
The closure comes after police arrested two teens staying at the home. The closure of Victor Treatment will go into effect Jan. 20 and is expected to impact about 60 children and 90 employees.

Red Bluff gang member pleaded not guilty to weapons and embezzlement charges

The owner of a Red Bluff motorcycle shop remains behind bars Wednesday, after he pleaded not guilty to weapons and embezzlement charges. Prosecutors said Anthony Wagner had illegal weapons and stolen bikes and parts in his shop. He was arrested on Dec. 4. The judge denied a request to reduce Wagner’s $250,000 bail. He remains in custody and is due back in court in January.

Longer school year possible for Paradise schools

Students in Paradise may have to stay after class, for up to a week. Superintendent Tom Taylor said the students have to be in school for 180 days, now with the PG&E blackouts, they may have to cut into their summer vacation to make up the time. A sad blow to a population that has been through so much already.

Chico City Council approvals

People living on the streets will be getting additional help to battle cold weather; the result of a vote by the Chico City Council. The city had an existing contract with the Jesus Center to open warming and cooling centers depending on whether. This vote extends the criteria for when to open warming centers.

Chico Police Department to approved to restructure staffing

The Chico Police Department now has the go-ahead to restructure its staffing. The Chico City Council voted 7-0 to approve Chief Mike O’Brien’s request in making changes which O’Brien said will help the department become more efficient. O’Brien said these changes were long overdue. But he said the timing was just right following a recent retirement in a management position which will be eliminated. The approved changes will also eliminate one vacant officer position and add a deputy chief of police.

Community Food Drive 'Tis the Season Food Drive

The 'Tis the Season Community Food Drive continues this Wednesday. Action News Now is teaming up with Tri Counties Bank to help collect food for the Salvation Army. Wednesday's drive will take place in the Food Max shopping center in Oroville, 1180 Oro Dam Boulevard. Come by with a donation from 3 to 7 p.m. 

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