Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 28.
Authorities are investigating a chase that ended in a crash in Downtown Chico. Police say the chase began early Monday morning in Oroville. The crash happened at the intersection of East 9th and Main Streets. Two men were sent to Enloe Medical Center. Police say the suspect could be facing DUI charges. The suspect has minor injuries while the victim has major injuries.
Investigators are asking for witnesses after a shoplifting arrest ended in a brawl. Chico police arrested Jamie harper Late Sunday night. Officers say he shoplifted from the Chico Walmart and fought with an officer trying to arrest him. Police say Harper is on felony probation out of Butte County for assault with a deadly weapon.
This morning, financial help is on the way to millions of Americans. The $2.3 trillion dollar relief package now has the president's signature. The bill was delayed as the president demanded $2,000 payments to Americans. However, late Sunday - a turnaround helped to avoid a government shutdown.
With the bill approved, lawmakers are already looking towards the next relief package. Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump say the House will vote to provide $2,000 relief checks for Americans. Republican leaders have resisted that measure. President Trump calls the $600 stimulus checks a "disgrace.” House Speaker Pelosi called the bill "a down payment on what is needed to crush the virus".
As of Saturday, the coronavirus pandemic has now killed one out of every one-thousand people. Data from Johns Hopkins University shows December is now the deadliest month in the United States since the pandemic began. More than 63,500, people in the U.S. alone have died -- just this month --from COVID-19.
California begins this week with over 2.1 million cases of the virus. Over 24,000 Californians have died from the virus. Health officials have administered over 31 million tests. The state’s stay-at-home orders for the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are set to expire Monday. However, state leaders say that order could be extended, as hospitals across those regions hit maximum capacity.