Briefs: Driver adjusting radio overturns car near Yuba City High
A driver adjusting her vehicle's radio crashed into a parked pickup and overturned in the road on Friday afternoon near Yuba City High School.
Nobody was hurt, but traffic was shut down for a short time in the 700 block of B Street between Fruitvale and Park avenues.
The female driver, whose name was not available, told Yuba City police she was changing the radio station while heading east on B Street at an undetermined rate of speed when she clipped the back of 2005 Toyota Tundra truck.
The truck's owner, Chris Tuscano, was inside his home when he heard the crash.
"I heard a 'boom' and looked out and saw the wheels of her car in the air and we came running out to see if everybody was OK," Tuscano said.
Police said neither drugs nor alcohol were factors.
Both vehicles sustained major damage.
Rape suspect pleads not guilty
A Loma Rica man pleaded not guilty on Friday in Yuba County Superior Court to raping a 16-year-old girl.
Trevor John Bensburg, 21, is charged with rape and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in connection with a Jan. 10 incident at his home on Fruitland Road in Loma Rica, authorities said.
The Yuba County District Attorney's Office filed the felony charges against Bensburg on Friday.
Yuba County sheriff's deputies arrested Bensburg on Wednesday after he "made several admissions to investigators," Undersheriff Jerry Read said.
Read said Bensburg had sex with the teenager "despite her requests to stop."
Deputies said Bensburg and the girl were "acquaintances" and have known each other for about two years. Bensburg remains in custody at the Yuba County Jail. He is due back in court March 6.
OLIVEHURST'S YUBA GARDENS
School locked down during CHP chase
A foot chase in Olivehurst on Friday put Yuba Gardens Intermediate School on lockdown, though no students were in danger.
"It was precaution and it made sense to that for student safety," said Gay Todd, superintendent of the Marysville Joint Unified School District.
A man ran away from a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop around 10 a.m., CHP Officer Jodie Beck said.
The officer made the stop near Olivehurst and Eighth avenues for driving with expired registration. Officers pursued the man for nearly an hour without success.
Todd said the lockdown was lifted around 11:30 a.m.
The man was described as a white male, 30 to 35 years old with a mustache. He was last seen wearing a hat, blue jeans and a jacket, the CHP said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Yuba-Sutter CHP at 674-5141.
Logue urges Sikhism in courses
Assemblyman Dan Logue has introduced a resolution to ask public colleges and universities in to include Sikhism in curriculums.
Under the resolution, the colleges would recognize Sikhs' contributions in many fields and note central tenets of their faith. World religion classes at the University of California, California State University and community colleges would be asked to include Sikhism.
"The need for this resolution is especially important after the unfounded discrimination that many Sikhs have suffered in the past decade," Logue, R-Loma Rica, said in the release. "More knowledge on their religious practices is the first step toward recognizing the valuable contribution that the Sikh community makes to this state every day."