What you need to know: March 20

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on March 20, 2019.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 8:30 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 8:48 AM

California National Guard to be redirected to wildfire prevention

Officials are moving 110 state National Guard troops from the southern border and are dispersing them to communities statewide to work on wildfire prevention. Next month, they will undergo 11 days of forest management training. Action News Now is working to learn if any troops will be placed locally.

Authorities searching for suspect who dumped car off of Feather River Canyon

The California Highway Patrol is searching for the person who dumped a stolen car off a cliff in the Feather River Canyon. The Honda Accord was found Tuesday night off of Highway 70. No one was inside the car.

Crime increases in Chico post-Camp Fire

Crime has gone up in the city of Chico since the Camp Fire, according to Police Chief Mike O'Brien. He cited 400 calls for service since the deadly fire. O'Brien said in Tuesday night's city council meeting that he wants to increase the number of dispatchers available to help with the workload.

PG&E ramps up inspections after Camp Fire

PG&E said the company is ramping up transmission and powerline inspections after the Camp Fire. The utility also said it will build 1,300 weather stations and install 600 cameras to monitor those lines by 2020. There is no word yet on where those stations and cameras will be.

Garberville Community speaks out against violent sex offender

The Garberville community is speaking out against the state-proposed placement of violent sex offender Joshua Cooley. The state is proposing that he be placed at a home on Alderpoint Road in Garberville. Cooley was convicted in 2004 of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14-years-old. The district attorney and sheriff's office plan to oppose the proposal at a public hearing in April.

Anderson K-9 officer receives medal of valor

Anderson k-9 officer Chance received a medal of valor after duty. The department now has a special stuffed animal that looks like Chance. The dolls are being sold to raise money for K-9 training.

Olive company announces new contracts to growers

Olive growers across the state are breathing a sigh of relief after central California company Musco Family Olive announced it will offer new contracts to growers. The new contracts came after processor Bell Carter announced it would cut those contracts with its own company.

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