Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti outlined Redding crime statistics for 2015 at a town hall meeting Thursday night. Overall crime is down, but the chief says property crime is up. He attributes that to increased use of methamphetamine and heroin in the community, and a lack of jail space.

But he says the recidivism rate among probationers is going down, because of a Day Reporting center. It provides mental health and social services to people on probation, as well as job training and classes toward a GED.

Torres Shelter

For those without shelter, winter is typically the toughest season. This year, the same held true for those helping the homeless.

Scant funding and growing need pushed the largest homeless services provider in Chico to near bankruptcy. In Redding, meanwhile attempts to try an innovative approach fell flat. This, as poverty, desperation and antisocial behavior remain as visible as ever around the region.

A proposed relocation of the Redding Costco from Dana Drive to Oasis Road appears to be dead. After nearly ten years of trying, the warehouse store sent a letter to city officials Tuesday stating that it is no longer interested in that location.

There was plenty of blame to go around at Tuesday’s Redding City Council meeting, with council member Gary Cadd blaming the City Attorney Kurt Starman, who in turn blamed Costco. 

Matt Shilts

Forty-three years ago Friday, the US Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that women have the right to an abortion. A back-and-forth of lawsuits has filled court dockets since. That’s true in the North State as well.

Two local crisis pregnancy centers are in a legal battle against a recent state law that requires women’s health centers that, like them, do not provide abortions, to clearly disclose that fact and to provide information of clinics that do. These centers in fact oppose abortion, and encourage parenting or adoption.

Tobi Firestone /

It will cost a few dollars more for electricity in the City of Redding following last Tuesday night’s vote of the City Council. Barry Tippin, the Redding Electric Utility director and assistant city manager, cited the increasing cost of hydro and gas and told the council the 1.5 percent increase is necessary to keep up with inflation. The rate hike will take effect in March.

Redding Police Department

A man sought in connection with a Redding homicide has turned himself in to police, the Redding Record-Searchlight is reporting.

Robert Pasillas, 25, was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of 52-year-old Jon Boring. Boring was shot at his home last Wednesday. Pasillas is being held in lieu of one million dollars bail. He has been charged with a single count of murder.

Redding Police Department

Redding police have named 25-year-old Robert Joseph Pasillas as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Tuesday.

Officers were called to a home on Douglas Lane in the south end of town at about 6:30 on reports of a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A man who allegedly terrorized a Redding neighborhood with indiscriminate gunfire was shot and killed by police during a confrontation Tuesday night.

Authorities have yet to identify the man. Police were called to the scene around 6 Tuesday evening after witnesses reported multiple gunshots. The incident occurred on Boulder Creek Drive, just north of Lake Boulevard.

A neighbor told KRCR-TV that the man was shirtless, acting erratically and appeared to be under the influence of some substance.

Don Harder /

The Redding Police Department is set to begin coordinating with local retailers to reduce the number of abandoned shopping carts in the city.  This will be in conjunction with the launch of the new Neighborhood Police Unit.

The public can now go to the Redding Police website to report abandoned carts.  Twenty-seven retailers have agreed to participate in the program. Once reported, the retailer will be responsible for the removal of the cart. 

Two Quincy residents have been arrested following the discovery of two dead children in a storage unit in Redding.

According to the Associated Press, a third child was found alive, but severely abused, and is undergoing surgery.