What you need to know: June 17

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on June 17, 2019.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 8:47 AM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 10:24 AM

Street crimes unit cracks down on Chico crime

The Chico Police Department's street crimes unit is ramping up its efforts to clean up city streets. Police tracked down several wanted felons and arrested 17 more people during the past week. Officers focus on enforcement in areas including One Mile in Bidwell Park, Main Street in downtown Chico and the East Avenue and Esplanade corridor. The specialized summer unit is focused on quality-of-life crimes such as robbery, burglary, gun and drug offenses and theft.

Traffic alert: Construction causes delays on I-5 at the Pit River Bridge

Construction caused major delays on I-5 in Shasta County, near the Pit River Bridge, on Sunday afternoon. Crews will be working on the southbound side of the Pit River Bridge through Friday, so motorists should expect delays.

Traffic alert: Road work to cause delays in downtown Chico Monday

Road work is taking place Monday in downtown Chico, which might cause some delays. A lane closure on Broadway is planned between 3rd and 4th Streets Monday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The historic Morehead Building is undergoing renovations. Work crews say to avoid the area if possible.

Power shut-off planned in Trinity County

The Western Area Power Administration, PG&E and the Trinity Public Utilities District are planning outages in Trinity County so they can do maintenance work on power lines. Power will be out in Junction City, Big Flat and up to the top of the Oregon mountain area Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pheonix Officers under investigation for misconduct

Video of tense confrontation between police and an African American family is drawing national attention this morning. Officers surrounded the family's car guns drawn. The confrontation was sparked by a 4-year-old allegedly taking a doll from a store without paying. No arrests were made in connection to the incident, and the store did not press charges. The officers involved have been placed on desk duty pending the investigation. 

Trump Administration considers more military force in the Middle East

The current administration is considering more U.S. military force in the Middle East. The consideration comes after an attack last week against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Two U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks said there's no word about when a decision on the matter will be made. Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks.

Trump to announce presidential bid Tuesday

President Trump is announcing his presidential bid Tuesday. Internal polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden. An NBC poll also showed the president's job approval at 44%, which is down two points from last month but within the margin of error.

Supreme Court throws out case against Oregon bakery 

The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The justices' action Monday keeps the high-profile case off the court's election-year calendar and orders state judges to take a new look at the dispute between the lesbian couple and the owners of a now-closed bakery in the Portland area. The case involves bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein, who paid a $135,000 judgment to the couple for declining to create a cake for them in 2013. The justices already have agreed to decide whether federal civil rights law protects people from job discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

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This afternoon showers move into the area and stick with us through Saturday. Dense fog and sunny skies Saturday-Monday with a return to rain chances by next Tuesday.
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