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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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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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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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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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Police Apprehend Chronic Car Thief

Case#22-003189

n 5/23/22, Detectives conducting follow-up in the area of north Esplanade, observed a stolen pick-up parked within a mobile home park. Detectives performed surveillance of the stolen vehicle and later observed Chase Forcier (32 years old) moving toward the vehicle. Detectives knew Forcier from numerous prior contacts, including a recent Felony Evading incident on 5/18/22, in which Forcier fled from a Chico Police Patrol Officer. In that incident, the pursuit was cancelled due to the extremely reckless behavior toward other motorists exhibited by Forcier.

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Stabbing

Case#22-003163

On 5/22/2022 at 12:38 am, a Chico Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of W. 4th Avenue and Magnolia Avenue. The vehicle did not stop for the Officers until it reached Enloe Medical Center. Officers later learned the vehicle did not stop because two subjects in the vehicle had suffered injuries from a stabbing which occurred in the 300 block of Humboldt Avenue. Not having this information at the time Enloe Medical Center was placed on a precautionary lockdown until Officers on scene were able to determine what occurred. The lockdown was lifted a short time later.

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Felon in Possession

Case#22-003023

Evidence

On 5/16/22, at about 7:00PM, a Chico Police Officer contacted a subject, who was identified as Christopher GOFF, age 48, on Park Ave. During the contact, the officer noticed a Glock gun box on the front seat of the vehicle. Due to the circumstances of the stop, Officers searched the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers located a Glock 19, an extended Glock magazine and ammunition. A records check indicated the Glock 19 had been reported stolen from a vehicle in April, 2022.

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De-escalation by Disengagement

CAD#2022-135-143

On 05/15/22 at approximately 1:40 pm, the Chico Police Department received a call about a suicide attempt on Ralland Cir.  A man had made suicidal statements and armed himself with a hammer and a knife. 

Due to Chico Police Officers actively working other incidents, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded and proceeded to stabilize the scene until Chico Police Officers could respond and assume responsibility. 

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Multiple Suspected Drug Overdoses and Deaths

Case#22-002995

On Sunday 5/15/22, at about 1:25 pm, the Chico Police Department’s Dispatch Center began receiving 911 calls informing us that there were several subjects unconscious and not breathing, at the Community Park (1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Chico, Ca). Chico Fire Department and Chico Police Department responded with personnel. They located a total of 4 subjects in distress. Lifesaving efforts, to include CPR and multiple doses of Narcan, were initiated; at one point all available Narcan was requested to the scene. 2 of the individuals were taken to a local hospital.

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