Briefs: Dog, pet rats die in Yuba City fire – Appeal

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 13, 2011 in Rat News | Subscribe

A Newfoundland dog and two pet rats were the only deaths in a fire that heavily damaged a Yuba City rental home, a fire official said Tuesday.

The fire at 78 Neilson Ave. was reported at 1:41 a.m. Sunday. The renter was not home, said Yuba City Fire Department Battalion Chief John Limas.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames at the rear of the house had ignited a pine tree that was dropping embers on the house next door. The crew prevented any damage to the second house, Limas said.

As firefighters arrived, they saw a cat pawing at the window of the first house and smashed the window to free it. The cat and a second dog living at the home were not injured, Limas said.

Limas said the 1,500-square-foot house, if salvageable, will need “very extensive” renovation. A damage estimate in dollars was not available.

An arson investigation was under way Tuesday.


IHOP shooting trial to begin

A jury trial is scheduled to start today in Sutter County Superior Court for a Fresno man who allegedly shot a Yuba County man in the chest in March outside the IHOP restaurant, 1310 Franklin Road.

Jessie Hipolito Pena, 44, is charged with the attempted murder of Obadiah Samuel Mitchell, 34.

According to police reports, Pena was upset over language Mitchell was using inside the restaurant. Pena allegedly got a gun from his car before asking Mitchell to stop outside.


Bikeway plan slated for update

Under the consent agenda, approved 5-0, Yuba County supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with Fehr and Peers to update the county’s bikeway master plan, which was adopted in 1995.

Updating the plan will include public meetings, consideration of both existing and new bike routes, and creating a draft plan for public review before adopting a final one.

The contract will pay Fehr and Peers $93,120, with a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments paying for all but about $10,000 of the contract.


Streets closed for Peach Festival

The Marysville Police Department announced street closures for this weekend’s Marysville Peach Festival.

Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday and reopening Sunday morning:

• D Street from First to Seventh streets.

• Second Street from C to D streets.

• Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets from Oak to High streets.


Gas prices edge upward

Despite drops in monthly gas price comparisons, pump prices have started to rise a bit in many parts of California, putting the brakes on an early summer price slump.

According to AAA, which tracks gas prices as a service to consumers, all but one Northern California metro area tracked by the organization saw a double digit decrease at the pump over the past month.

California’s average for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.78, down 16 cents since June 14. But that’s still 64 cents higher than the state’s average price on this date last year. Northern California gas prices are now averaging $3.77, down 15 cents from last month.

The least expensive average price in Northern California can be found in Marysville/ Yuba City, Modesto and Tracy, where regular is $3.66.

The national average price of $3.64 is down by 6 cents.


Transportation plan approved

Yuba County supervisors approved a five-year transportation master plan on a 5-0 vote Tuesday, thus laying out how and when county roads will be repaired in the next few years.

The county will spend about $71 million for projects over the next 41⁄2 years, though county Public Works Director Mike Lee said the amount could change depending on how the state treats gas tax revenues.

Portions of State Street, Rice’s Crossing Road and Fountain House Road are among those scheduled to have either a chip seal or thin overlay this year, with parts of Erle Road, West Ella Road and Third Avenue slated for such work in 2012.


Penalty fees cut for burned home

Yuba County supervisors agreed 5-0 Tuesday to chop in about half the administrative penalty and fees associated with code enforcement activities for a fire-ravaged home north of Marysville.

The home was damaged in a fire in late 2008, and county code enforcement haggled with the owner for months over whether it would be rebuilt or torn down, with other lot clean-up also required.

Because the house was rebuilt and because communication issues seemed to have caused some penalties to be issued, supervisors agreed to lower the assessment to about $7,000, to be paid by Dec. 15. The land owner agreed to repay the county.


No Boundary headlines Gauche Aquatic Park

No Boundary performs Thursday at Gauche Aquatic Park as part of the facility’s Concerts in the Park series.

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. at 411 C St., in Yuba City.

Dinner, sponsored by Friends of Yuba city Parks and Recreation, will be available for purchase. Call 822-4655 for more information.

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