Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe Sheriff’s Office serves all the citizens of Butte County by providing a mix of public safety and public service functions. The Sheriff’s Office provides around-the-clock law enforcement service to every region of the county. In addition to 24 hour policing, we offer Butte County citizens a full range of services including, coroner services, civil services, court security and corrections.

Press Releases that were issued during the Camp Fire incident are here

UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

January 10, 2019
UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS
RELEASED BY:    Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Sergeant Sam Burnett
OROVILLE CA--On January 9, 2019, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force and United States Homeland Security, with the assistance of The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Designated Area Deputy unit, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office IMPACT Unit and the Gridley Police Department, conducted an undercover operation in the Gridley Area of Butte County.  As a result of the undercover operation, search warrants were served at 3 locations in Butte County.  Those locations were the 0-100 block of Watt Lane, the 100 block of Sheldon Avenue and the 100 block of Little Ranch Road in Oroville.  
As a result of this operation the following items of evidence were seized; 10.21 pounds (4636.52 grams) of methamphetamine, over ½ pound (283.1 grams) of Heroin, $9432 in currency, .42 grams of cocaine and two firearms.  The approximate street value of all of the controlled substances is approximately $71,478.00.   
This seizure resulted from an investigation associated to methamphetamine being imported from Mexico into Butte County.  The vast majority of the methamphetamine and heroin being consumed in California comes from drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. 
As a result of this investigation, 30 year old Noe Gandarasoto was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale and child endangerment.  Gandarasoto is currently being held at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $425,000.00.
21 year old Henry Reynoso was also arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for transportation of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.  Reynoso is being held at the Butte County Jail on $153,000.00 bail.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 /Number of views (28) /Categories: Press Release
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CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2019

January 10, 2019
CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2019
Butte County, Ca—Updated information regarding the Camp Fire is as follows: 
The fatality count for the Camp Fire stands at 86. The unaccounted for number stands at three. 
Two remains have been identified and next of kin notified:
Kathy Shores, 65 of Magalia
Anna Hastings, 67 of Magalia
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Thursday, January 10, 2019 /Number of views (18) /Categories: Press Release
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CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2019

January 7, 2019
CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2019
Butte County, Ca— Updated information regarding the Camp Fire is as follows:
The fatality count for the Camp Fire stands at 86.
Two remains have been identified and Next of Kin notified:
Vincent Carota, 65 of Paradise
Warren Lessard, 68 of Magalia.
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Monday, January 07, 2019 /Number of views (25) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE ON DRUG CHARGES IN MAGALIA

December 27, 2018
ARREST MADE ON DRUG CHARGES IN MAGALIA
Magalia, Ca--On 12/19/18 at approximately 1300 hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Magalia Deputies Diaz and Miller responded to the area of Curtis Ct and West Park Dr, on the report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of his truck.  Deputies responded to the location to check the individual’s welfare and identified him as Derrick Watters (12/10/79).  Deputies determined Watters was not in need of medical attention, but rather was under the influence of controlled substances.  
Due to Watters’ intoxication, Deputy Diaz conducted a pat search for weapons, and located drug paraphernalia, including a glass methamphetamine pipe and hypodermic syringes containing a black liquid suspected to be heroin.  A subsequent search of Watters’ truck, incident to arrest, revealed approximately 20 grams of heroin, 4 grams of methamphetamine and 26 individual packages of the synthetic opioid “Suboxone”, for which Watters had no prescription.  
Watters was arrested and transported to the Butte County Jail, where he was booked for 11351 HS - possession of Narcotics for sale, 11378 HS - possession of controlled substance for sale and 11364 HS - possession of drug paraphernalia.  Watters’ bail set at $41,000.  
 
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (50) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING INCIDENT

December 27, 2018
UPDATE: ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING INCIDENT
Oroville, Ca—An arrest has been made in the attempted kidnapping incident that occurred on December 26th in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. Through the investigation, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Detectives obtained information leading to the arrest of Jonathan Ray Burg, age 30, from Oroville. Burg was arrested for attempted kidnapping and has been booked into Butte County Jail with bail set at $500,000. 
 
BCSO Detectives continue to investigate the attempted kidnapping reported in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BCSO Investigation Unit at 538-7671. 
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS 
Oroville, Ca— On December 26, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received two separate reports of attempted kidnappings in the Oroville area. BCSO Investigations Unit is currently investigating both incidents. Suspects have not been identified at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
The first reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 4:52PM in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report that a Black Toyota Tacoma pulled up to her front yard where her children were playing. The suspect offered candy and donuts to the children and asked them to get into her truck. Fortunately, a neighbor was able to scare the suspect off and the children in this incident are ok. The driver of the truck was described as a white female adult with blonde hair and blue eyes, possibly in her 40’s.
The second reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 11:24PM in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report a 13 year old female who lives at the residence was in the driveway of the residence when a man approached her and grabbed her wrist. The female was able to pull her wrist away and scream for help. The suspect ran away in the direction of Oro Dam Blvd.  The suspect in this incident identified himself as “Johnathan” and is described as a white male adult, approximately 6 feet tall, in his 30’s, with a short gray beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored zip up style hoodie and dark pants, with a dark colored knit glove on his right hand. 
Deputies searched the area in both incidents but were not able to locate the suspects. At this time, Detectives do not believe the incidents are related. The investigation into both incidents is ongoing. 
BCSO would like to remind citizens of some basic safety tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings.
Teach children to not talk to strangers.
Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s vehicle or get into a vehicle with a stranger. 
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Trust your instincts.
Report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Be prepared to provide a suspect description and vehicle description. The more detail the better. 
Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (49) /Categories: Press Release
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