Local Man Flees Law Enforcement, Hides in Bush

A CHP Officer speaks to Jarell after he was taken into custody following a “foot bail” on Oro Dam Boulevard near Pizza Hut.

by Giorgio Gonzales

A late night traffic stop on Oro Dam Boulevard near La Esmeralda Market across from Pizza Hut took place at approximately 11:30PM on Saturday, March 15th when CHP stopped a white Honda Civic because of a traffic issue.

The stop quickly took a turn for the dramatic when, according to multiple law enforcement sources, the driver and sole occupant who later identified himself as George Leon Jarrell of Oroville, jumped out of the vehicle after shortly after it came to a stop, running across Oro Dam Boulevard and disappearing from sight somewhere inside or behind the business complex home to Cassidy’s, Subway, and Ifa Journey.

Oroville Police, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies, and additional CHP units responded to the scene, with County units bringing along a canine to aid in the search. According to CHP officers, a passerby pointed law enforcement to a large bush between Ifa Journey and Pizza Hut, where Jarrell was hiding.

Taken into custody on an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento (presumably his reason for fleeing) 46-year old Jarrell sat in the back of a CHP patrol car while a search was conducted of his vehicle. Among items found during the search were a “meth bong”, and a wallet apparently containing the drivers license or California state ID of another man, one Carl James Brown.

Jarrell was taken into custody on his outstanding warrant and apparent possession of drug paraphernalia, and his vehicle was impounded.

Local Man Arrested on Suspicion of Shoplifting

Phillips, seen above, is provided with complimentary transportation to the Butte County Jail after Oroville Police and Raley’s employees say he stole over $200 worth of groceries from the local supermarket Friday night.

by Giorgio Gonzalez

21-year old Oroville resident Adam Phillips, according to Oroville Police and store employees, took a fully loaded shopping cart through the self-checkout line of the Raley’s supermarket at 9:43PM on Friday, March 14th, bagging up an estimated $200 worth of items and heading out the door, missing the crucial step of paying for his groceries.

“He didn’t even attempt to pay for anything,” said one Oroville Police officer who spoke to store employees who witnessed the apparent brazen shoplifting.

Employees caught up with Phillips on Mitchell Avenue, where they were able to take back the cart, but not before he allegedly took several bags of items and continued walking East towards the Oroville Sports Club.

Police intercepted Phillips in the Rite-Aid parking lot, where they recovered the few unaccounted for bags of groceries, and took the man into custody on one count of 490.5pc, shoplifting.

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by Christopher Logue II

A motorcyclist was killed at approximately 6:52PM on Friday, March 14th on Cherokee Road off of Highway 70, when he was crushed beneath a GMC Sierra Extended Cab pickup truck after apparently sliding into the wrong lane.

The California Highway Patrol is being tight-lipped about details, and has not yet released the man’s name pending family notification, but according to one CHP Sergeant on the scene the collision apparently occurred after the motorcyclist rounded a blind curve headed downhill on Cherokee towards the highway. CHP suspects that the man was already in the middle of crash, sliding into the oncoming lane and into the path of the GMC, occupied by a family of four.

Unable to react in time to avoid running over the man and motorcycle, the pickup crushed both, trapping the man underneath. A volunteer firefighter arrived at the scene by happenstance, say CHP, and despite attempts to extricate the man from beneath the truck, the man soon succumbed to his injuries.

Cherokee Road was closed for over an hour while CHP examined the scene and the man’s body was removed. The pickup was taken into evidence, and further details are expected to come out after CHP concludes its investigation into the fatal incident.

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