On 3/24/19, at 10:32 pm, a uniformed officer with the Chico Police Department on-viewed a shoplift-in-progress at the AM/PM mini market at 110 W. 9th Street in downtown Chico. The officer immediately recognized the suspect as 41-year-old Billy Faga, a homeless Chico resident. When the officer approached Faga and told him to stop, Faga charged at the officer. The officer deployed a Taser but it was ineffective. Faga swung at the officer several times, striking him once on the head. Undeterred, the officer successfully got Faga on the ground after a short, but violent, struggle. Assisting officers arrived and Faga was physically detained.

A driver in Southern California decided to show off his best dance moves after leading police on a highway chase Tuesday night. After the pursuit in the San Fernando Valley, police spun out the vehicle. With police guns drawn on him, the driver stepped out of the car. But before he could be placed in handcuffs, he busted a few dance move for the arresting officers.

The dancing driver eventually followed officers’ instructions and was taken into custody. It’s unclear why he was fleeing police. The name of the man has not been released.


An Upland mother has been formally charged in connection with an incident at her apartment building that left her infant daughter dead and injured her toddler son, who was thrown from a second-story balcony, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Tierra Ortega, 25, is accused of one count of assault on a child, causing death, and one count of great bodily injury, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Emergency responders found 7-month-old Ezlynn Ortega suffering from skull fractures Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 600 block of North Wedgewood Avenue.

Her 1-year-old brother, Jerricho Ortega, was allegedly thrown from the two-story building by his mother. He suffered a broken foot.

A witness said Tierra Ortega jumped from a balcony after throwing her son.

Both children were airlifted to a hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The mother had visible facial injuries in a booking photo released by authorities.

Her scheduled arraignment in Superior Court was postponed Tuesday.

A motive in the case remains under investigation


A registered sex offender was taken into police custody after allegedly trying to kidnap two small children from a park in Lake Elsinore on Monday.

The frightening incident occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Police said 29-year-old Marcus Dewitt tried to grab a 3-year-old boy by the arm while the child was partially inside of a play apparatus at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park.

When Dewitt was unsuccessful in taking that child, he picked up a 4-year-old boy and attempted to flee the area with the child, police said.

Investigators said the children’s parents saw what was happening, chased Dewitt and wrestled the boy away from him.

That’s when Dewitt tried to flee the park on foot, but a family member of one of the victims subdued him. Other witnesses and family members also held him down and subdued him until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

The children were not injured in the incident, authorities said.

Dewitt was set to be booked on kidnapping charges. If you have any relevant information about this case, you’re urged to contact Investigator Matt Posson with Lake Elsinore police at (951) 245-3300.

San Jose State on Friday, March 8, 2019, released records related to a fatal 2014 officer-involved shooting, including body-cam footage, in response to Senate Bill 1421, the state’s new police transparency law. Officers with the University Police Department were cleared in the shooting, which left 38-year-old Antonio Guzman Lopez dead.

Sgt. Mike Santos and Officer Frits Van der Hoek had responded to South Eighth and East San Salvador streets just outside the campus that day and ordered Lopez to drop the knife, but he refused to follow their commands, according to the report.

Based on reports from officers and witnesses, Lopez was “acting strangely, as though he was mentally unstable or intoxicated,” according to prosecutors.

Officer Van der Hoek used his Taser stun gun on Lopez, who was not affected by the shock, police said.

Santos shot Lopez twice in the back and one of the bullets went through his body and into a window at a nearby sorority house, where no one was injured, according to the report.

Lopez was transported to a hospital were he was later pronounced dead, the report said.

San Jose police investigated the shooting because it occurred within their jurisdiction and determined that Lopez was holding a foot-long saw blade that is similar to a jagged-edge tool used for cutting drywall.

An autopsy determined Lopez had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, prosecutors said.

Lopez had a criminal history that included domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, according to district attorney’s officials.

A California family was left ‘heartbroken’ after shocking security footage showed their postman routinely dousing their rescue dog with pepper spray.

Owner Alfonso Galindo installed security cameras on the exterior of his San Diego home after he was left baffled by strange stain pattern that kept emerging on the ground of his front-yard for months.

However, the father-of-two was left ‘heartbroken’ when he reviewed footage from last Tuesday and saw his family’s beloved seven-year-old rescue dog, Pupa, writhing around in pain as a postman approaches his San Diego home.

On closer inspection, Galindo noticed the postman appeared to spray something from a canister at the poodle-mix’s face, as he barks excitably from behind a secure gate.

A California woman who pretended to have a firefighter husband battling the Holy Hell wildfire in order to collect money has been sentenced to nearly six months in jail.

Ashley Bemis, 28, was arrested in December 2018 after police said she posted on Facebook that her partner, Shane Goodman, was battling the blaze to dupe people into sending cash.

Police were able to confirm that the wedding planner from San Clemente, who is also said to have faked at least three pregnancies, was not married to a firefighter and Goodman didn’t even exist.

On Monday, Bemis was sentenced to 177 days in county jail.

This is the shocking moment a California woman nearly four-times over the drink-driving limit crashes into a restaurant.

During the busy lunchtime hours at Amerci Pizza and Pasta in Santa Clarita on Friday, Yvonne Tejada, 40, lost control of her vehicle and plowed through the shop’s front window.

Diners jolted up from their seats as the bonnet of the Tejada’s sedan piled into tables.

One 69-year-old man was hit by the car and rushed to hospital with moderate, but non-life threatening injuries, police say.

Police bodycam footage was released on Thursday showing the moment two officers shot dead a woman while she was repeatedly stabbing her therapist in May last year. Katherine Brazeau, 46, violated a restraining order filed by her therapist Jacki Stevens when she went to her office in Los Angeles armed with a hunting knife. Moments later the therapist frantically called 911 and screamed that she had been stabbed. The bodycam footage from the two Fullerton police officers shows them kicking in the therapist’s door to find Brazeau standing over the therapist who was screaming for help from her chair. The officers opened fire when Brazeau swung the knife in a stabbing motion towards the therapist’s chest.

The parents of a missing Culver City baby were doing drugs when they found their son had died and put his body in a suitcase before discarding it in a trash bin, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Adam Manson and Kiana Williams have each been charged with child abuse resulting in the death of their nearly 6-month-old boy, Jacsun. The boy’s remains have not been found, and authorities continue searching a Corona landfill where they believe he ended up.

The pair were staying at a South Los Angeles motel room with the boy on Dec. 31 and were allegedly doing drugs. They later found the boy had died, though his cause of death remains unclear. They are believed to have discarded the suitcase with the body in a Dumpster near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.

A witness reported seeing baby Jacsun on New Year’s Eve inside a blue 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser in South L.A.’s Hyde Park neighborhood. During that time, the child’s parents were apparently trying to break into cars nearby. Detectives believe the Chrysler was stolen, and they later found the vehicle on Feb. 8.

Manson’s sister said she was estranged from her brother “because of his lifestyle,” but in recent communication, she had with him he had spoken of his son as if he were dead.

If convicted, Manson and Williams face a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

A California college student has been indicted for allegedly creating a phone app through which he sold drugs, officials said. Collin Howard, 18, was arrested on federal drug charges Friday after a grand jury indicted him on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said in a news release.

A freshman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Howard allegedly created an app called “Banana Plug,” which was available on the Apple App Store alongside the motto, “We Have What You Want.”

Through the app, the student offered to sell cocaine, “Molly” and “Shrooms,” and also offered customers special requests, prosecutors said.