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June 7, 2012
Redding mom says son tried to set her on fire

Redding police said a son became so upset with his mother that he tried to set her on fire.

Nita Jimenez, 50, of Redding was looking for misplaced shoes in her home Wednesday night. She entered the room of her son, Kendal Gill, 20, to find them.

That angered Gill, according to police. He allegedly choked and beat his mother, police said.

May 4, 2012
UnBeelievable store burglary in Redding

Redding police said a man allegedly looking for a steal at a store called UnBEElievable Deals fell from the ceiling and was captured.

Officers were called to the discount store on Locust Street about 5:30 a.m. today where a burglary alarm was ringing. When officers arrived they spotted someone enter the rear of the business and close the door behind him.

Officers examined the door and noticed it had been forced open. They surrounded the area and called in a police dog named Able.

At 6 a.m. officers started to go inside, announcing their presence. Soon after, a man fell through the ceiling, hit the floor and began running toward the front door.

Able the police dog was then used to take him into custody. After treatment at the hospital, police booked Captain Cappy Ricks, 35, a homeless Redding man, on suspicion of burglary, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine and committing a felony while out on bail.

February 7, 2012
Pickup hits, kills bicyclist on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville

Carlos Alcala

A bicyclist riding on Highway 70 at Lake Oroville was killed Monday when he was hit by a pickup truck, California Highway Patrol officials reported.

The 22-year-old cyclist, who has not been identified, was crossing the West Branch Bridge over an arm of the lake in darkness at about 7:25 p.m.

According to witnesses, he was in a lane of traffic and not equipped with lights or reflectors.

The cyclist was struck by a 2012 Ford F350 driven by a motorist from Grants Pass, Ore.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

February 3, 2012
Redding parolee with toddler arrested in hit-and-run

Robert Davila
A parolee has been arrested in Redding after allegedly crashing his car into another vehicle and then fleeing with his toddler, who was riding with him, police said.

James Richard Atkinson Jr., 39, of Redding initially gave a false name when he was arrested Thursday, according to a written statement from the Redding Police Department. After learning his true identity, he was found to be on active state parole, officials said.

Officers also found his 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle with him, along with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the statement said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, parole violation and hit and run.

Police said officers heading to a report of a reckless driver around 11 a.m. Thursday received another call about a vehicle that was hit by a car that failed to stop near Park Marina Drive and South Street in Redding.

The hit-and-run victim followed but lost sight of the suspect vehicle, a 2001 Suzuki Esteem, near Lake Boulevard and Boulder Drive. Officers found the vehicle in an apartment parking lot, where the hit-and-run victim arrived and identified the driver as the suspect, police said.

October 31, 2011
LATEST UPDATE: Amber Alert called off for Shasta County boy and girl

An Amber Alert for a brother and sister in Shasta County has been canceled. The California Highway Patrol reports that Mya Sandoval, 4, and Michael Sandoval, 7, have been found and are safe.

No further details about their recovery were immediately available.

Sgt. John Hubbard of the Shasta County Sheriff's Department said earlier this evening that the children's parents had asked April Joy Swartz, 31, to care for their children Sunday afternoon while they tended to some personal business. Swartz telephoned them later and said she planned to take her three children, all 5 year old and younger, fishing and asked if she could take the Sandoval children along. The parents gave their permission, but when Swartz failed to return the youngsters Sunday night, their parents reported them missing.

October 26, 2011
Shasta deputy ends struggle on I-5 with fatal shot

A man shot and killed by a Shasta County Sheriff's deputy during a struggle with another deputy along Interstate 5 Tuesday night has been identified by Redding police as James Thomas Jobe, 26, of Redding.

Jobe had an extensive arrest history in Shasta County for drug and weapons-related offenses, according to a Redding Police Department news release. Police said their records indicate that Jobe was arrested eight times in the past 15 months.

Redding police, the lead agency in the in the investigation into the fatal shooting, said the incident began shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. A deputy saw a traffic violation committed by the driver of a pickup near Cascade Boulevard and Oasis Road, along I-5.

September 27, 2011
Wildfire near Ruth 80 percent contained

The wildfire near Ruth, Calif., that started around noon Friday was 80 percent contained as of midday today according to the National Forest Service.

The fire spanned 1,515 acres over Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, requiring 717 fire personnel to address the incident. The cause of the fire, which started in low grass and brush, is still under investigation.

An evacuation order required Ruth residents to leave their homes until the order was lifted 9 a.m. Monday, but County Roads 501 and 504 are still closed, and an emergency forest closure is still in effect at the South Fork Mountain area.

The fire spread slowly because of the recent rainfall. The National Forest Service expects the fire to be fully contained by noon Wednesday.

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