What you need to know: Feb. 20

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Feb. 20.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 8:50 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 9:08 AM

Multi-car accident closes southbound Forest Avenue, Chico Police investigating

This morning, investigators are piecing together the details of a traffic crash that killed one motorcyclist. Chico police say an elderly woman drove the wrong way, southbound on Forest Avenue, Wednesday afternoon. Police say she hit the motorcyclist head-on before hitting two other vehicles. The name of the motorcyclists is not being released, pending notification of family.

Police searching for suspect who robbed Bigfoot Recycling in Redding

Redding police are on the hunt for a man who robbed Bigfoot Recycling on Westside Road Wednesday morning. Police say the suspect sprayed a cashier with a can of mace, took the cash drawer and ran off. Officers say the suspect changed his clothes in a nearby fast food restaurant before leaving the area.

Trapped paraglider rescued from power lines in California

A paraglider crashed into some power lines in Olive Hurst Wednesday night. Crews were on the scene for more than three hours before the paraglider was freed. During the rescue, the man hanging from the power lines was awake and talking to first responders. The incident caused over 2,000 people in the area to lose power as crews worked to save the man and restore power.

Trump signs order giving California farmers more water

President Trump signed a presidential memorandum on developing and delivering more water supplies to California. Environmentalist argue changing water distribution will harm already threatened habitat and fish species. In a statement, Governor Gavin Newsom said his office will file legal action to challenge this move.

2 teens arrested in library fire that killed firefighter

New developments in a library fire that killed at least one firefighter. Police in Porterville have arrested two 13-year-olds who are now facing charges of arson and manslaughter. The teens are suspected of starting the fire at the library. The fire killed a 35-year-old firefighter and another firefighter is missing.

Police: Suspect found dead after 9 killings in German city

11 people, including the gunman, are dead after what investigators are calling "coordinated" gun-attacks at two separate hookah bars Wednesday night. Federal investigators say they believe the attack was pre-meditated and the shooter may have been motivated by far-right beliefs.

New coronavirus case confirmed among cruise ship evacuees

Health representatives are confirming a new case of coronavirus! This one, among people evacuated from that cruise ship in japan and being held at Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield. That patient is now in quarantine at Travis Air Force Base.

Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance Band need your help to get to Carnegie Hall

The clock is ticking on the fundraising clock for the Las Plumas - Oroville alliance band, for its high school musicians to make it to a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The deadline to raise the $210,000 is this Sunday! The musicians received an invite for a Carnegie Hall performance, April 11th. But must meet that fundraising amount to make the trip. Their band director tells Action News Now the band is still $6,500 short.

Butte County's Certified Tourism Ambassador group is growing in numbers

A new group is aiming to help visitors get the most out of Butte County. The county certified a new group of 'tourism ambassadors.’ Tourism generates millions of dollars every year for the local economy. There are now 66 certified tourism ambassadors, the goal is to have 250 by the end of the year. The most recent training included people from California state parks, the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, downtown Chico Ambassadors and local hotel workers.

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