PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 12, 2013


Dog Killers in Court This Week


Two Butte County residents were arraigned in Superior Court this week charged with killing pet dogs. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced both suspects were arraigned on felony animal cruelty charges on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.  Jose Luis Flores, 34, of Chico was charged in connection with the death of his mother’s dog, a two-year miniature dachshund named “Shrek”. Chico Police officers responded to a report from a neighbor on September 3, 2013, that a neighbor had discovered Shrek hanging by his neck from a shoestring tied to a shrub on Natoma Court in the city of Chico. Shrek’s owner was determined to be Flores’ elderly mother.
Flores had allegedly had an argument with his mother and his sister earlier that day. The mother and sister had left the residence, and left Shrek inside. When they returned a short time later, they discovered Shrek had been killed.


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
September 5, 2013


Former Physician’s Assistant Charged with Another Kidnapping


Lonnie Scott Keith, 41, Chico was arraigned on new additional charges this afternoon in Butte County Superior Court as the result of an on-going investigation conducted by the Chico Police Department. Keith had been arrested in January 2013 and was facing multiple separate charges of kidnap and rape of two young women which took place in September and October of 2012. He was already scheduled for a jury trial on October 7 on those counts. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said today that Chico Police Department had continued to actively pursue leads into a number of other kidnaps and rapes which had taken place in the Chico State south campus area in the several months prior to Keith’s arrest. The new charges of kidnap and sexual assault involve a new victim from an incident in the spring of 2012. Ramsey said the new incident contained details – including the use of stupefying drugs and zip ties -- which were eerily similar to those with which Keith has already been arrested and charged. Public defender Robert Marshall was appointed to represent Keith and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 18. Ramsey said he hopes to join this latest set of charges with the current charges and try them all at the October jury trial. Keith faces several life terms in state prison should he be convicted.


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2013


Another Three-Strike Appeal Denied under the New Law


Another of several “three-strikers” eligible for resentencing pursuant to the recently passed three-strike reform law was denied a reduction of his 25 years - life sentence today in Butte County Superior Court. Rodney Quincy Poor, 63, formerly of Oroville, was convicted by a jury October 20, 1997 of the felony crime of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. Because he had four prior felony “strikes”, he faced life in prison under the then three-strikes law. That law required two prior “strikes” in order to expose a defendant to a life sentence upon conviction of any subsequent felony. Poor had four prior “strikes”- two separate convictions for robbery, and two convictions for assaulting two victims with a firearm during a road rage incident. Immediately after his 1997 conviction, Poor brought a motion before the trial judge to have his potential sentence reduced to less than life. However, Judge William Patrick denied his motion at that time based upon Poor’s extensive criminal record and sentenced him to 25 years to life in prison.


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
August 1, 2013


Local Attorney Pleads to Felony Fraud and Theft Charges


A local attorney today plead no contest to charges of theft from an elderly couple and lying to another client after a joint investigation by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and the California State Bar. Alfred W. Driscol III, 65, Chico, was charged with Theft from an Elder and making a False Financial Statement, both felony charges. He appeared in court today before a visiting judge in the Butte County Superior Court. His plea was entered and sentencing was set for November 1, 2013. The charges stem from complaints that Mr. Driscol stole over $80,000 from an elderly couple who had put their money in Driscol’s client trust account. He is also accused of causing another client to loan him money based on a false financial document. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said his office was notified of these cases by the California State Bar. Ramsey said the State Bar has filed disciplinary proceedings against Driscol based on these cases and other matters.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
July 29, 2013


MEDICARE CARD PHONE SCAM REACHES BUTTE COUNTY
(Re-Release as Scam is Gaining Strength in County)


The phone rings, you answer and someone, usually with a foreign accent, claims to be with Medicare and informs you your replacement Medicare Card is in the mail. In the meantime the caller states he/she wants to setup your direct deposit account so your Medicare funds can be directly deposited into your account. The caller then asks for your bank account number and says they will take care of the rest. There is no new card and the caller is a scam artist who just wants to obtain your bank account information to steal from your account. A variation to this scam has the caller wanting to verify your information for a new Medicare card and he/she asks for your current Medicare Card number -- which of course is your social security number and the key to the theft of your financial identity.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013


Halloween Sucker Puncher Admits Guilt


A Citrus Heights man who came to party in Chico over the Halloween weekend in 2012 pleaded no contest to felony battery charges in Superior Court this morning. His victim, a former Shasta College football player, remains in a rehabilitation facility as the result of brain damage inflicted in the battery incident. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Andres Rodriguez, 21, of Citrus Heights, was arrested by Chico Police on October 28, 2012 after an early morning scuffle between two passing groups of Halloween revelers on W. 8th Street near Cherry Street in Chico. Police found Tyler Burton, 22, of Redding, lying unconscious on the ground. An investigation revealed a verbal dispute arose between the two groups as they passed on the sidewalk and Rodriguez stepped up beside Burton and delivered what was described as a “sucker punch” to Burton’s head. Burton fell to the concrete sidewalk, suffering two fractures to his skull and brain damage. Burton remained in a coma for five weeks.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 22, 2013


Oroville Man Admits Throat-Slash Murder in Court Today


Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today that Victor Albert Caldera, 40, pled no contest to the murder of 64-year-old Roger Miller. Both men were from Oroville. The plea was entered this morning in Butte County Superior Court. On June 1, 2013, the Oroville Police Department was called to a gas station in Oroville at Montgomery Street and Feather River Boulevard at about 4:00 am. They found Roger Miller dead at the scene and witnesses stated Caldera and Miller had fought both at the scene and earlier at a secondary crime scene near a transient camp off Feather River Boulevard. Caldera was located at a nearby motel and arrested. Miller bled to death due to his left jugular vein being cut by a sharp object, believed to be a broken methamphetamine pipe. Ramsey said he hopes “the swift resolution of the case brings some comfort to Mr. Miller’s family.” Caldera pled no contest to second degree murder and admitted a prior serious felony as well as a prior prison term. At sentencing on August 20, 2013, he faces 21 years to life in prison.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2013


Husband of Chico Daycare Operator Found Guilty of Child Molest


Thomas Lee Lewis, 63, of Chico was found guilty of felony child molest by Butte County Superior Court Judge James Reilley this afternoon after a court trial. Lewis had previously waived a jury trial and allowed the judge to make the decision of his guilt or innocence. Lewis’s wife had been the proprietor of Grandma Linda’s daycare, a licensed day care center in Chico. The victim, who was 3 ½ years of age at the time, reported to her mother in March of this year that “Papa Tom” had licked her privates in the back yard of the residence where day care services were provided. The victim’s mother contacted the day care licensing agency and lodged a complaint.
The complaint was then forwarded to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office for investigation. The child was interviewed by a county forensic interview specialist and repeated the statement she had made to her mother. Lewis was then contacted by a sheriff’s detective and he confessed. Lewis was thereafter arrested and remains in the Butte County Jail pending sentencing on August 14, 2013. He faces up to eight years in prison.
Lewis’s wife’s daycare center was shut down after the complaint was lodged and her license was suspended.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 12, 2013


Convicted Driver Ordered to Pay Over $370,000 to Family of Butte Valley Jogger


A driver convicted of vehicular manslaughter last February was ordered today by a judge to pay criminal restitution of more than $370,000 to the family of the jogger she killed two years ago. Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems ordered Martha Yolanda Ramos, 49, Oroville, to pay restitution to the family of Cathryn Zampa for the losses suffered as a result of Mrs. Zampa’s death in July 2011. The judge also ordered restitution to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board for approximately $3,000 paid by the state victim compensation program for the funeral expenses of the victim and counseling costs for her family. The judge also ordered more than $3,500 in attorney’s fees paid to Zampa’s family for probate expenses in settling her estate. The bulk of the restitution, in the amount $368,298.89, was ordered by the judge for the future lost wages of Mrs. Zampa, who was a registered nurse. The judge calculated the amount based upon Mrs. Zampa’s estimated earnings for the remaining seven years of her nursing career before she intended to retire. Local attorney and victim-rights advocate, Richard Molin, attorney for the Zampa family assisted the judge and prosecution in calculating the amount. Lastly, the judge ordered Ramos to pay a 10% interest on the entire restitution amount starting today.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2013


Woman Slips GPS Monitor, Faces Real Prison


A Butte County Superior Court jury required less than 20 minutes yesterday to convict a Chico woman of felony escape charges stemming from her leaving her place of confinement while on the Butte County Sheriff’s Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) program. Samantha Josephine Abernathy, 26, was sentenced to a 3 year term in county prison on May 2, 2012 for felony possession of controlled substances for sale. Abernathy was granted placement in the ACS “home incarceration” program and was to be confined at a clean and sober living house in Chico. On March 1, 2013, Abernathy slipped off her Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle monitor and left the residence. Her absence was discovered by one of the house managers and reported to the ACS program. Abernathy subsequently returned to the house after an absence of a few hours. She was detained by sheriff’s deputies who also recovered the monitor. She was charged with felony escape.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 2, 2013


Juvenile Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Hunting Rival Gang


Jesus Rosillo-Castro, 17, Chico, a criminal street gang member, was sentenced today by Butte County Superior Court judge Tamara Mosbarger to15 years to life for shooting at an occupied vehicle. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Castro had pleaded guilty on May 28, 2013 to a charge of shooting at an occupied vehicle with a gang enhancement. Castro was 16 at the time of the shooting. He had been involved with his particular criminal street gang since the sixth grade. Ramsey said on October 25, 2013, Castro, along with four others, obtained a high-powered hunting rifle and drove around Chico in search of any rival gang members. Near the intersection of Midway and Hagen Lane in Chico, the five drove up behind a pickup driven by a rival gang member. The driver’s wife was seated next to him in the passenger seat. Castro leaned out of his passenger window and fired shots toward the victims’ pickup. One bullet entered the rear window and traveled through the passenger seat headrest narrowly missing the female victim. A second bullet entered the rear window and traveled through the driver’s seat headrest grazing the sweatshirt worn by the male victim. It was estimated the driver was missed by less than one-half inch. Ramsey said it was fortuitous neither of the two victims were killed.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
July 1, 2013


District Attorney Mike Ramsey reminded the public today that any possession of fireworks, even those designated as “safe and sane,” within the unincorporated portions of Butte County is illegal and strictly prohibited. Ramsey noted that only the cities of Oroville and Gridley allow for the sales of “safe and sane” fireworks within their city limits. Ramsey noted that any lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and subject to fines upwards of a $1000 and six months in county jail. With triple digit temperatures returning, fire danger will be high and any possession in the county area will be vigorously prosecuted. “Do not buy fireworks within the city and believe that just because they are designated as “safe and sane” that they can be taken out of the city. No such fireworks can leave the city limits,” Ramsey said. Ramsey also warned that any fire either intentionally or negligently set by fireworks would be prosecuted as a felony.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2013


Teenage Gang Member to be Tried as an Adult in Chico Stabbing


A 16-year-old Chico gang member, John Vigil a.k.a. “Little Johnnie,” will be tried as an adult for a March 30, 2013 stabbing in Chico. A juvenile court judge at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday found the defendant unfit to be tried as a juvenile because of the sophistication and the severity of the stabbing. Vigil will be arraigned in Superior Court today, Friday, June 28, 2013 on adult charges of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the entire assault was caught on surveillance cameras at a housing complex on Sunset Court in Chico. Ramsey said the video footage clearly shows Vigil assault a 24-year-old victim. Vigil first hit the victim on the head with a glass bottle, stunning the victim. Vigil then threw that same bottle at the victim head, striking the victim. Later, the footage shows the victim backing away from the defendant. Vigil then made several upward thrusts into the victim’s body. Ramsey said Vigil viciously stabbed and slashed the victim nine times leaving the victim in a pool of blood. Vigil was arrested by Chico Police the next day and has remained in custody in the Butte County Juvenile Hall.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 27, 2013


Local Attorney Faces Felony Charges


A local attorney faces charges of theft from an elderly couple and lying to another client after a joint investigation by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and the California State Bar. Alfred W. Driscol III, 65, Chico, was charged with Theft from an Elder and making a False Financial Statement, both felony charges. He appeared in court on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 before a visiting judge in the Butte County Superior Court. Driscol appeared with his counsel, Ned Ng of Sacramento. A plea was not entered and the case was continued to July 30, 2013 for entry of a plea and setting of a preliminary hearing. The charges stem from complaints that Mr. Driscol stole over $80,000 from an elderly couple who had put their money in Driscol’s client trust account. He is also accused of causing another client to loan him money based on a false financial document. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said his office was notified of these cases by the California State Bar. Ramsey said the State Bar has filed disciplinary proceedings against Driscol based on these cases and other matters.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 17, 2013


Bangor Man Arrested for Toddler Son’s Death


A 25-year-old Bangor man was arrested Thursday and accused of the death of his 16-month-old son back on November 11, 2010 when the man and child lived in Oroville. The child’s skull was fractured in five places.
District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Michael Leslie Dollar was due to be arraigned this afternoon (3:00 p.m.) in Butte County Superior Court on a charge of Assault on a Child Causing Death. Ramsey said Dollar was arrested in Bangor on June 13, 2013 on a warrant issued by the Superior Court following an extensive investigation by the Oroville Police Department. The case came to light on November 11, 2010 when police were called to Oroville Hospital approximately 7:30 p.m. concerning 16-month-old Deagan Jackson, who had been brought to the hospital by Dollar. Deagan was diagnosed with severe head trauma and was transported to UC Davis Hospital where he was pronounced dead the next morning.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 30, 2013


Repeat Child Molester Convicted Again – Faces Life Sentence


An Oroville man convicted and sent to prison in 1992 for molesting his young daughters was convicted by a jury again yesterday for molesting yet another young daughter in this century. Bryan Scott Owen, 50, was convicted by an eight-man four-woman jury in Butte County Superior Court of the crime of continuous sexual abuse of a minor. Owen had previously been convicted of four counts of child molestation in 1992. The victims in that case were his biological daughters who were ages five and six at the time. The victim in the current case was also his biological daughter, now 12, who testified her father had molested her from the ages of 8 to 9. She described her father molesting her at the home she shared with her mother and the defendant in Oroville. The victim stated that her mother was gone when the molestations occurred.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2013


Teenage Gang Member found Guilty of Stabbing


A 14-year-old Chico gang member has been found guilty of a February 3, 2013 stabbing, in which two adults were stabbed, one seriously. The young gangster had gone to trial yesterday in Butte County Juvenile Court and was found guilty by a judge of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with an allegation of great bodily injury. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the teenage boy had been walking with two females, 16 and 21, on East 20th Street near Winco when the group passed by two adult males, ages 29 and 38, who were smoking outside a local bar. The adults made a comment about the teen “dragging his feet” to which the boy and the females took offense and a verbal argument between the two groups began. The verbal argument ended when the boy stabbed both men with a knife he produced from his pocket and then the boy and females ran off. Chico Police were called and first found the females and later the boy, who was arrested and put in Juvenile Hall where he has been since the stabbing.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
April 9, 2013


MEDICARE CARD PHONE SCAM REACHES BUTTE COUNTY


The phone rings, you answer and someone, usually with a foreign accent, claims to be with Medicare and informs you your replacement Medicare Card is in the mail. In the meantime the caller states he/she wants to setup your direct deposit account so your Medicare funds can be directly deposited into your account. The caller then asks for your bank account number and says they will take care of the rest. There is no new card and the caller is a scam artist who just wants to obtain your bank account information to steal from your account. A variation to this scam has the caller wanting to verify your information for a new Medicare card and he/she asks for your current Medicare Card number -- which of course is your social security number and the key to the theft of your financial identity. This Medicare card scam started last year on the east coast and numerous seniors nationwide have reported such calls. District Attorney Mike Ramsey today warned local seniors the scam has reached Butte County according to recent calls to his Consumer Fraud Unit. Ramsey said Medicare officials have confirmed Medicare does not ask you for any personal information over the phone. Medicare does not contact their beneficiaries unless the beneficiary contacts Medicare first. Medicare also stated they do not keep any phone numbers or other personal information on file with the exception of the beneficiary’s Medicare number.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 27, 2013


Paradise Man Pleads Nolo to Fatal Hit-and-Run


A 57-year-old Paradise man plead no contest today to a felony charge of hit-and-run causing the death of a 73-year-old man who was crossing the road after choir practice at a Paradise Church. Timothy McCollum was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Butte County Superior Court today, but instead entered his plea admitting the February 14, 2013 crime. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said Myron Bolstead, 73, was crossing Clark Road after finishing choir practice at the Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road, about 8:45 p.m. Ramsey said there were no witnesses to the collision but Bolstead’s body was found on the opposite side of the road by passerby’s approximately 9:00 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene from massive blunt force trauma consistent with being struck by a car.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
March 18, 2013


Statewide “California Blitz” Sting Comes to Chico


The Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) teamed with investigators from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office as part of its spring “California Blitz” that included two-day sting operations in seven cities from Chico to San Bernardino. The sting conducted at a private home in Chico produced 6 of the 77 state-wide notices to appear in court during the March 13-14, 2013 operation. CSLB investigators invited suspected unlicensed contractors to bid on landscaping, tree removal, fencing, and painting. The suspects were advertising for contracting services in local newspapers, on Craig’s list and by posting business cards or flyers at local home improvement stores. Those who bid more than $500 for labor and materials at the Chico house were issued a notice to appear for contracting without a license.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2013


Drunk Driver Faces Life Sentence for Cal Trans Worker Death


District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today the drunk driver accused of running down and killing a Cal Trans worker in 2010 admitted his guilt in Superior Court this morning and will be sentenced to life imprisonment next month. Russell Ned Hodge, 48, Corning, pled guilty to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and admitted two prior driving under the influence convictions. Judge James Reilley accepted the plea and set a sentencing date of 2/28/13. The charges stem from a fatal collision which occurred on November 14, 2010, in which Hodge struck and killed Cal Trans worker Gary Smith as Smith manned a roadblock/detour on Highway 99 north of Chico at approximately 11:15 P.M. Smith had been called from his home to divert traffic around another fatal collision which occurred earlier that evening on Highway 99. The earlier collision was also caused by a drunk driver and three people had died.


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012


Walgreen Co. to Pay $16.57 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations Stores Illegally Dumped Hazardous Wastes and Confidential Customer Medical Information


District Attorney Mike Ramsey, together with 42 other California District Attorneys and two city attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Wynne Carvill has ordered the Illinois-based Walgreen Co. to pay $16.57 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution. The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in Alameda County in June 2012 claiming that more than 600 Walgreens’ stores throughout the state unlawfully handled and disposed of various hazardous wastes and materials over a six and one half year period, including pesticides, bleach, paint, aerosols, automotive products and solvents, pharmaceutical and bio hazardous wastes and other toxic, ignitable and corrosive materials. The case originated from an investigation by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and local environmental health agencies during the fall of 2009. The settlement also resolves allegations that Walgreens unlawfully disposed of customer records containing confidential medical information without preserving the confidentiality of the information therein. All eight Walgreens’ stores in Butte County were involved in the lawsuit.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
December 4, 2012


Charges filed in November Hit-and-Run Death of Bicyclist on the Midway
Gridley Man Confesses


District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today charges have been filed against a 71-year-old Gridley farm manager for the November 14, 2012 death of a bicyclist on the Midway north of Durham at Roble Road. Ramsey said charges of felony hit-and-run causing death and felony insurance fraud were filed today against Anton “Tony” Mardesich after an extensive California Highway Patrol investigation was delivered to his office yesterday.
Ramsey said Mardesich will appear in Butte County Superior Court tomorrow afternoon where he is expected to plead guilty to the charges involving the death of Rick Butler Magee, 61, of Durham. Magee and his long-time friend and partner were riding their bicycles north on the Midway near Roble Road on the east shoulder about 3 p.m. when a least one witness saw a silver SUV also traveling north, go off the road and strike Magee’s bicycle, throwing him through the air forward past his friend’s lead bicycle. The vehicle was last seen continuing to drive north over the overpass on the Midway. Magee suffered massive head trauma from his head hitting the pavement and he later was pronounced dead at Enloe Hospital where he was taken.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2012

 

District Attorney Mike Ramsey reminded the public today that any possession of fireworks, even those designated as “safe and sane,” within the unincorporated portions of Butte County is illegal and strictly prohibited. Ramsey noted that only the cities of Oroville and Gridley allow for the sales of “safe and sane” fireworks within their city limits.   Ramsey noted that any lighting or even possession of any fireworks outside those city limits is illegal and subject to fines upwards of a $1000 and six months in county jail. With triple digit temperatures returning, fire danger will be high and any possession in the county area will be vigorously prosecuted.   “Do not buy fireworks within the city and believe that just because they are designated as “safe and sane” that they can be taken out of the city. No such fireworks can leave the city limits,” Ramsey said.    Ramsey also warned that any fire either intentionally or negligently set by fireworks would be prosecuted as a felony.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2012


Butte County Public Works Employee Charged with Embezzling Public Funds


District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today the filing of felony charges against a Butte County Public Works employee for allegedly pocketing gift cards and cash during the sale of trees from county right of ways. Charles Bryan Graves, 46, a Civil Engineer Associate responsible for the supervision of the county’s road maintenance crews, and 11-year employee of the county Public Works department, is due to appear in court on June 8, 2012 on three felony counts of embezzlement of public funds. The charges are the result of a month-long investigation which began when the District Attorney received an anonymous complaint claiming Graves was selling valuable walnut and other trees during the course of his employment and was pocketing cash or gift cards from those sales.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2012


Three Sought in Pit Bull Attack on Local Woman


District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Public Health Director Phyllis Murdock today announced the conclusion of a criminal investigation and issuance of arrest warrants for three local residents involved in a vicious dog attack that put a 68-year-old Oroville woman in the hospital with life threatening injuries. Ramsey said the attack occurred on May 21, 2012 as the woman was doing yard work in her own yard in the Palermo area. Ramsey said two dogs, a 70-pound pit bull named “Gus” and a 45-pound queensland heeler named “Shane”, were involved in the attack upon the woman that left her with two broken legs and a severely shredded left calf muscle. The dogs attacked over and through a fence which separated the woman’s yard from that of her neighbor’s. The dogs belonged to the neighbor and her son. The woman had her eight-year-old great grandson with her at the time of the attack, but told him to retreat to her house and call for help. The woman remains in a local hospital as doctors attempt to save her left leg.

 


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2011


Gang Member Pleads in Shooting Case


A Chico gang member, who shot at a rival gang member but missed and hit the front of a home near downtown Chico, plead no contest to assault and weapons charges this morning in Butte County Superior Court. Gregorio Antonio Perez-Garcia, 21, plead no contest to Assault with a Firearm, Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, and Active Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said as a condition of his plea, Perez-Garcia stipulated to a term of 15 years and 4 months in state prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced on August 7, 2012. The charges arose out of a September 10, 2011 incident in Chico. At approximately 8:12 p.m. on that evening Chico Police received multiple 911 calls of two gunshots fired in the area the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway Street. Based upon witness interviews, Chico Police determined the occupants of two separate vehicles, a light-colored van and a dark-colored sedan, shot at each other in the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway Street.

 


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 14, 2011


District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Sheriff Jerry W. Smith announced today the arrest of Earl Klapperich, 27, for allegedly agreeing to meet with a minor for the purposes of engaging in a lewd act. Klapperich, a deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on Friday evening, May 11, 2012, by investigators from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation which began when the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on April 14, 2012 concerning the manner in which Klapperich handled a call involving two underage girls who had been reported as runaways. The complaint alleged inappropriate conduct on the part of Klapperich towards the girls, one 16 years of age and the other 14 years of age.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2012


PHONY COMPUTER TECH SUPPORT SCAM SURFACES LOCALLY


District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today his Consumer Protection Unit has received several inquiries about a computer scam in our area. Butte County residents have reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from "Microsoft" or a company called “Windows Care Corporation” (or numerous other variations). The caller, usually with a heavy East Indian accent, claims internet records shows the resident’s computer is infected. The caller then has the resident turn on their computer, go online, and download a program that allows the caller to take over the resident’s computer remotely. The caller claims this is necessary to “clean the computer of virus infections.” Ramsey warned the caller is actually seeking to take control of the resident’s computer so he can:
 Install malicious software
 Adjust settings in order to leave the computer vulnerable for later attack
 Search for personal information to commit Identity Theft and other crimes.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2012


District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced today that his office, together with 43 other California District Attorneys and the City Attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles, settled a civil law enforcement action against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The lawsuit had been filed in the Ventura County Superior Court. The settlement resolves allegations that CVS violated California laws for the safe storage, handling and disposal of sharps waste, pharmaceutical and pharmacy waste, photo waste containing silver, and hazardous waste generated from spills and customer returns of hazardous products. The statewide California investigation began after discovery of an investigation of CVS by environmental enforcement officials with the State of Connecticut. At the same time, inspectors with the Butte County Public Health’s Environmental Health Division conducted multiple compliance reviews at local CVS stores and found evidence of improper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products. Butte County District Attorney prosecutors teamed up with the local health department inspectors, as well as the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and other district attorney investigators from around the State, and worked cooperatively to address findings of statewide violations of law at CVS stores. As a result of the investigation and prosecution, regulated wastes produced by California CVS stores must now be properly stored, handled and transported, and disposed of at proper facilities with appropriate records kept documenting compliance with lawful procedures.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 12, 2012


Local Sexual Assault Nurses Receive Advanced CSI Training


CHICO- District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced that nurses from Butte and Yuba Counties will participate in specialized forensic training offered by the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) today at the Chico Police and Fire Training Center. The local nurses have already been specially trained in the medical/evidentiary examinations of sexual assault victims. Today’s training will expand their skills by teaching them CSI-type forensic photography to document and preserve their findings. Ramsey said today’s training is part of a continuing effort to improve and enhance the local availability and quality of sexual assault examinations. CCFMTC is based in Sacramento under the auspices of the California District Attorneys Association. Eighteen nurses from Feather River Hospital (Paradise), Enloe Hospital (Chico), Oroville Hospital, Rideout Hospital (Marysville), and Butte County Public Health as well as Butte County’s veteran forensic pathologist, Dr. Thomas Resk, are expected to attend.


PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2012


Butte County Law Enforcement First in State to Use Digital Signature on Search Warrant


District Attorney Mike Ramsey today announced a significant step “into the digital age” with the electronic signing of a search warrant by a local judge. Ramsey said the warrant was issued last Thursday night to search the home of an Oroville man who is accused of stabbing his wife. Using a relatively new law which allows judges to electronically review and sign search warrants forwarded to them via the internet, Ramsey said Butte County became the first in the state to use the new and faster electronic process. Previously officers would have to prepare search warrant affidavits and orders, have them reviewed by a deputy district attorney and then physically transport the papers to a judge’s office or home for the judge’s review and signature. Depending on where the officer was and the judge’s residence, this physical transportation could add more than an hour to the process of obtaining a search warrant.


PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
March 21, 2012


Statewide “California Blitz” Sting Comes to Chico


The Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) teamed with investigators from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office as part of its spring “California Blitz” that included two-day sting operations in seven cities from Chico to Murrieta (Riverside County). The sting conducted at a Humboldt Avenue home in Chico produced 11 of the 110 state-wide notices to appear in court during the March 14-15, 2012 operation. CSLB investigators invited suspected unlicensed contractors to bid on landscaping, tree trimming, fencing, and concrete work. Those who bid more than $500 for labor and materials at the Chico house were issued a notice to appear for contracting without a license. Some face additional charges for failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance, soliciting excessive down payments, and illegal advertising.


 

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 7, 2012


Butte County Victim-Witness Assistance Center Now Located in District Attorney’s Office


OROVILLE - Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey officially opened the county’s newly relocated Victim-Witness Assistance Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. Ramsey said the center is evolving from a “truly great” program which started in the county’s probation department in 1979 to an “even better” program with its newly remodeled and more accessible offices within the District Attorney’s Office next to the Superior Court. He noted that with the “soft-opening” of the new location in January of this year, the center has already seen a 50% increase in walk-in traffic in its mission to serve crime victims in Butte County.