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Police Department Press Releases

Overview

The Press Information Office is a central location for the media and community to obtain information and press releases regarding the newsworthy events in which the Chico Police Department has played a role.

Media outlets and public agencies wishing to receive department press releases submit an email address here.

 

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Chief Matt Madden’s Retirement Announcement

Chief Matt Madden

After 30 years in law enforcement, the City of Chico Police Chief Matthew Madden announced his plans to retire in September of this year. Chief Madden has served with the Chico Police Department for 25 years. He began his career with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for five years before joining the Chico Police Department.

“It is my distinct honor and privilege to end my career as the Chief of the Chico Police Department,” said Chief Madden.

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Chico Police Department Welcomes New Communications Specialist Kelly DeLeon

Kelly DeLeon

Kelly DeLeon was born and raised in Sacramento, California and is the youngest of three girls. She comes from a law enforcement family; her father having spent a 30-year career as a police officer for the Sacramento Police Department.

She moved to San Francisco in 2014 to attend San Francisco State University, graduating in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts and a minor in Journalism. She began a career in broadcast media shortly after graduating.

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Woman Arrested for Drug Use in Presence of Children

Case# 22-003876

On 6/28/22, Chico Police Detectives conducted follow-up investigation, which resulted in the service of a search warrant in the 1100 Block of Shumard Oak Way.

Detectives received information that an inmate of Butte County Jail was in regular communication with a female, and during these phone calls she was actively using heroin and methamphetamine in the presence of young children. Based on the report, Detectives obtained a search warrant to search for narcotics paraphernalia and electronics that would corroborate the information.

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Felony Arrest

Case# 22-004002

On 6/29/2022 a Chico Police officer received information that Drake Afflerbach was hiding in a homeless camp along the R/R tracks in the 800 block of Nord Ave. Afflerbach was wanted by BCSO for shooting into a vehicle in the Cohasset area on 6/18/2022 and for evading BCSO deputies in a vehicle on 6/20/2022 when they attempted to arrest Afflerbach for the shooting. In addition, Afflerbach was wanted on a CDC parole warrant.

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Anti-Tobacco Decoy

During the past two weeks, the Chico Police Department’s School Resource Unit conducted decoy operations in which a subject under the age of 21, under the direct supervision of officers, attempted to purchase tobacco or vape products from 22 tobacco retail licensees in the City of Chico.

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Prolific Trailer Thief Caught by Trailing Detectives

Case# 22-003751

On 6/28/22, Chico Police Detectives contacted and arrested David Wayne Jones (52 years old) pursuant to a warrant for his arrest. Jones was taken into custody without incident shortly after he left his residence. Jones was the suspect in at least 4 suspected trailer thefts.

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Fatal Vehicle VS Pedestrian Collision

Case# 22-003972

On June 28th, 2022 at about 1003 hours, Chico Police Dispatch received several 911 calls regarding a vehicle collision on Forest Avenue near Hartford Drive. Officers arrived on scene and discovered an elderly female on the ground who had been hit by a passing vehicle. The vehicle immediately stopped and remained on scene. The 32-year old driver, his fiancé, and his grandmother, who were passengers in the vehicle, all provided statements to the investigating Officers. Several witnesses also provided their statements.

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Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint Notification

The Chico Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Thursday June 30th , 2022 near the intersection of E. Park Avenue and Fair Street. It will begin at 7pm and will run for approximately 4 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

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National Night Out 2022

                                     

Type of event: National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, from 6pm-9 pm. 

The Chico Police Department is announcing National Night Out, which will be taking place Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

National Night Out events represent several opportunities:
 

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Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 22-003867

On June 22nd, 2022, at about 2334 hours, Chico Police received a report of a subject unresponsive inside of a parked vehicle in the Five Mile Recreation Area parking lot of Upper Bidwell Park. Chico Fire, responded and located the individual. Unfortunately, the subject was pronounced deceased on scene. Chico Police responded and conducted an investigation. The cause of death is unknown at this time, however, there were no indications of foul play or suspicious activity. The Butte County Sheriff’s responded and took over the death investigation.

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Burglary Suspect Arrested

Case# 22-003794

On 6/19/22 at approximately 1200 hrs. CPD Dispatch received a report of trespassing at a residence in the 500 block of Alder St. The reporting party advised that a female entered the residence and was confronted shortly thereafter by the homeowner. The homeowner did not know the female, and the female fled the residence after being confronted. Officers arrived on scene minutes later and began checking the area. Officers located a female matching the suspect description emerge from the backyard of another residence in the area. Officers subsequently detained Tracy Ann Young DOB: 8/22/61.

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Death in a Public Right of Way

Case# 22-003698

On June 14th, 2022, at about 2231 hours, Chico Police received a report of a subject unresponsive inside of a parked vehicle in the One Mile parking lot at Lower Bidwell Park. Chico Police, along with Chico Fire, responded and located the individual. Unfortunately, the subject was pronounced deceased on scene. The Butte County Sheriff’s responded and took over the death investigation. The cause of death is unknown but there is no evidence of suspicious activity associated with this incident. At this time, the decedent’s identity is withheld pending Next of Kin notification.

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Tip Jar Bandit Arrest

Case# 22-003618

On June 11, 2022, at 10:51 a.m., Officers from the Chico Police Department (CPD) responded to a citizen report of a suspicious person at the Safeway Gas Station at 720 Mangrove Avenue in Chico. Officers arrived and made contact with 33 year-old Clayton Relf who was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Relf was placed under arrest for the crime and transported to the Chico Police Department for booking.

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Theft Arrest

Case# 22-003602

On June 11, 2022, at about 10:30PM, a Chico Police Sergeant was driving on W. Sacramento Ave passing the Chico High School/Inspire School of Arts and Sciences staff/student parking lot and noticed a bicycle in between several Chico Unified School District (CUSD) vehicles. When the Sergeant stopped to investigate, he saw a male subject, later identified as Austin Teeter, age 22, sitting in a CUSD vehicles. During the investigation, the Sergeant learned Teeter got into the vehicle and removed items that he planned on taking with him.

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Death in Public Right of Way

Case# 22-003470

On 06/04/2022, at 2:35 a.m., the Chico Police Dispatch Center received a call of an unresponsive person in at tent in the Lindo Channel, south of Cohasset Road in Chico. Lifesaving measures were attempted but the person was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of death is still unknown but there is no evidence of suspicious activity associated with this incident. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Location: Lindo Channel behind 171 Cohasset Lane, Chico

Victim: Withheld

Supervisor: P. Durfee S16

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Juvenile Arrested for Attempted Murder

Case#22-003443

On June 3rd, 2022, at approximately 6:30 AM, custodial staff at Chico High School located a severely injured, 71-year old female on the grounds of the athletic stadium at Chico High School. The Chico Police Department’s Patrol Unit, Violence Suppression Unit, and Crime Scene Investigators determined the following information:

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One Arrested After Fire is Started in South Chico

Case# 22-003429

On 06/02/2022, at 1:15 p.m., the Chico Police and Fire Dispatch Center began receiving multiple 911 calls of a fire at a transient camp on the south side of Teichert Ponds behind the Kohls Department Store in South Chico. Several callers reported small explosions which were believed to be small propane tanks. Both Chico Fire personnel and Chico Police personnel responded immediately and found a fully engulfed fire in a large transient camp.

Chico Fire successfully and quickly extinguished the fire which was being fueled by a south wind.

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Chico Police Department 2021 Annual Report

The Chico Police Department will be releasing their 2021 Annual Report.  In order to provide context and an explanation to the information contained in the report, Chief Matt Madden will be presenting the report to the Chico City Council at their meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 6:00 pm.

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DUI Checkpoint Results

The Chico Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on the evening of Memorial Day, Monday May 30th , 2022. The checkpoint was located in the 200 block of East Ave for westbound traffic. The checkpoint was open from 8 P.M. to Midnight. During that 4-hour period, 564 vehicles came through the checkpoint. 27 of those drivers came through who did not have their license in possession. Officers verified their license status and 5 drivers returned unlicensed and 6 drivers came back suspended.

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Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint Notification

The Chico Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th , 2022 in the 200 block of East Avenue. It will begin at 8pm and will run for approximately 4 hours. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver’s license.

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