Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Monday, March 1.
Two were arrested during a search warrant of a home on West Sacramento Avenue Sunday night. Police said one suspect was smoking meth in the garage, where they found a modified ghost gun converted into a fully automatic pistol and several replica firearms. Police said they also confiscated methamphetamine, tear gas, a stun gun, and several pieces of stolen mail.
A rate hike for PG&E customers. Energy rates will now rise by $8.73 a month. Comparatively, customers who pay $188 in January will now pay nearly $197. PG&E officials said the increase is to pay for wildfire reduction and improving the power safety shutoff program.
Over the weekend, a 400-page federal report was released on the Camp Fire. The report, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, said Butte County officials were prepared for evacuations -- but the 50 miles per hour wind that day caused spotting four miles ahead of the fire -- which caused resources to be spread thin.
Investigators are on the hunt in Siskiyou County for Jesse Charles Askey. Deputies said he was last seen near Big Springs on Thursday and could be armed. Deputies responded Thursday night to a report of shots fired and Askey is believed to be responsible. A Siskiyou County Sheriff's deputy and a CHP officer contacted Askey on Saturday night but said he resisted arrest and tried to take an officer's rifle.
Chico State leaders are set to kick off their State of the Campus address today. The virtual address kicks off at 6 p.m. and lasts through 7 p.m. Some of the topics that Chico State leaders will be tackling include housing, classes, and student extracurricular involvement.
Officials with a government watchdog agency said nearly two dozen states have not started using a key system to block fraud. An Associated Press review found that many states will not even publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem. That watchdog report said attempts to combat fraud are causing delays for people who legitimately need unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.
As a key CDC advisory panel and the CDC Director gave Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine the green light. The independent group of experts unanimously voted in the recommendation of the single-dose vaccine being used in adults ages 18 and older. The virtual meeting was held hours after the FDA authorized the vaccine for emergency use on Saturday.