Top headlines: Wednesday, February 7

Top headlines: Wednesday, February 7

Here are the top headlines for Wednesday, February 7.

Man admits to stealing more than 500 vehicles

Anderson police arrested a man they said admitted to stealing more than 500 cars in California and Nevada, after he allegedly stole a vehicle early Wednesday in Anderson.

Police said the incident started after the owner of a car dealership on North Street in Anderson called authorities around 12:17 a.m. Wednesday about a 2006 Jeep Wrangler that had just been stolen.

An officer spotted the vehicle near Highway 273 and Ox Yoke Road around 1:20 a.m., and a pursuit began.

The driver, Timothy Jack Parker, allegedly told police he estimates having stolen more than 500 cars since he was 12 years old, with those thefts taking place between California and Nevada.

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Fire prompts evacuations in Chico neighborhood

A fire broke out in Chico Tuesday night, threatening homes in a residential area and causing evacuations.

It happened around 11 p.m. in the 3200 block of Rockin M Drive. The fire broke out at a vacant residential structure but spread to vehicles and equipment on the lot.

Firefighters said they saw smoke and a large glow from the highway and that when they got there, there was a crowd in the street.

Troy Lane was evacuated for a short time, but the evacuation was lifted once the fire was under control.

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Lawmakers raise questions about Oroville Dam funding

Wednesday marks one year since the first hole was spotted in the Oroville Dam Spillway, and now Northstate lawmakers are looking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for answers.

Congressmen John Garamendi and Doug LaMalfa sent a letter to FEMA with questions regarding public funding for repairs.

The State of California requested that FEMA pay back three quarters of the $870 million price tag.

FEMA said it can't fund projects if there was a "lack of maintenance," since FEMA funds are supposed to bring affected areas back to a "pre-disaster design."

89-year-old man found in Paradise

Paradise police said a missing 89-year-old man has been found.

George Torres was last seen around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at his home.

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Chico School Board considers buying new property

Chico's school district is considering buying property for a new school.

The Valley Edge Development is located on the east side of Bruce Road and south of East 20th Street, and is currently used for grazing.

The district is expecting significant growth in southeast Chico in the coming years.

The demographic study shows a school site will eventually be needed in the area due in increased residential development.

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