Butte County 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

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2022

 

Butte County, CA- Neighborhoods throughout Butte County are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide for National Night Out, Tuesday, August 2, 2022. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. Together, we are making that happen. From time to time, neighbors throughout Butte County and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most communities celebrate National Night Out by hosting block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and more.

National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for our nation to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement. When law enforcement and the community work closely together, some amazing things can happen.”

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) will be celebrating National Night Out, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Biggs Family Park, located at 8th and B Streets, Biggs. We would like to thank the Butte County Public Health Department, Valley Oak Children’s Services, CAL FIRE, the Butte County Farm Bureau, the City of Biggs and the Biggs United Methodist Church for partnering with us for this annual event.

Thursday, July 28, 2022 /Number of views (35) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON

July 14, 2022


BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON


Berry Creek, CA- On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by a male who reported he went camping near the area of Bald Rock Trailhead near Bean Creek Road, Berry Creek. The male indicated he was accompanied by his 14-year-old son, and his friend who was identified as Christopher Stephenson, age 57, of Marysville. During the camping trip the male became separated from his 14-year-old son and Stephenson.

After receiving the call from the male, BCSO deputies responded to Berry Creek and began searching for the missing individuals. BCSO Search and Rescue personnel, BCSO Special Enforcement Unit Deputies, and a BCSO helicopter also responded to the area to assist with the search. On the evening of July 13, BCSO personnel located the missing 14-year-old victim near the bottom of a steep rock embankment. Deputies determined the 14-year-old victim was deceased. This remains an active and ongoing investigation.

BCSO personnel are currently in the Berry Creek area searching for Christopher Stephenson. A photograph of Stephenson is attached to this press release. Please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530 538-7322 if you have any information on the whereabouts of Christopher.
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Thursday, July 14, 2022 /Number of views (4386) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD

Oroville, CA – In June of 2022, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by a minor victim who reported they had been sexually abused by an adult male.  Detectives conducted an investigation and identified the suspect as  Dwayne Fien, age 40, of Oroville. 

During the investigation detectives interviewed multiple individuals.  Based on evidence located during the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Fien.  On July 08, detectives contacted Fien and placed him under arrest for a felony count of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.    

Fien was booked into the Butte County Jail on the afternoon of July 08.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mariah Smith at 530-538-7671.

Friday, July 08, 2022 /Number of views (4049) /Categories: Press Release
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE & DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

May 3, 2022

SHERIFF’S OFFICE & DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

Oroville, CA – On the morning of April 30, 2022, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Deputies were conducting routine safety checks on inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. Around 11:23 a.m., a Correctional Deputy discovered inmate Cristian Nunez-Paiafox, age 23, of Chico, unresponsive within his cell. Correctional Deputies located evidence Nunez-Paiafox used a bed sheet to commit suicide.
Correctional Deputies and jail medical staff immediately began providing Nunez-Paiafox with emergency medical treatment. Paramedics responded and provided additional emergency medical treatment. Despite the life-savings measures that were administered, jail medical staff and paramedics were not able to revive Nunez-Paiafox.
Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Butte County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to the jail and began investigating. During the investigation, personnel interviewed Correctional Deputies, medical staff, and inmates housed in cells adjacent to the cell occupied by Nunez-Paiafox. Investigators and detectives located evidence which confirmed Nunez-Paiafox used a bed sheet to commit suicide.
Investigators and detectives determined Nunez-Paiafox was housed in a cell by himself and other inmates did not have access to Nunez-Paiafox’s cell. Investigators and detectives reviewed video surveillance and determined Correctional Deputies had been conducting hourly checks on Nunez-Paiafox. Prior to locating Nunez-Paiafox, Correctional Deputies conducted a check on Nunez-Paiafox at 10:38 a.m. During the 10:38 a.m. check, Nunez-Paiafox was alive and he did not request any assistance from Correctional Deputies. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine Nunez-Paiafox’s cause of death.
Investigators and detectives determined Nunez-Paiafox was arrested by the Chico Police Department on April 28, 2022, for misdemeanor counts of battery and resisting arrest. He was subsequently booked into the Butte County Jail. Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office Detectives are actively investigating this incident.
Tuesday, May 03, 2022 /Number of views (2909) /Categories: Press Release
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JUVENILE ARRESTED AT LAS PLUMAS HIGH SCHOOL

April 21, 2022

JUVENILE ARRESTED AT LAS PLUMAS HIGH SCHOOL

Oroville, CA- On April 21, 2022, around 7:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a parent of a Las Plumas High School student. The parent indicated she had information a Las Plumas High School student on a school bus had a firearm in his possession. BCSO deputies immediately began looking for the bus, notified Las Plumas High School, and responded to Las Plumas High School.
Deputies arrived at Las Plumas High School around the same time the bus was arriving. When the bus arrived, school staff members attempted to contact the juvenile and he fled on foot. Deputies worked with school staff and were able to locate and detain the juvenile without incident. Deputies investigated and determined the juvenile had thrown the firearm in a field after he fled from school staff.
Deputies conducted an area check with the assistance of a firearm detection K-9 from the Paradise Police Department. Deputies were able to locate the firearm the juvenile threw in a field near Las Plumas High School. The juvenile was arrested for a felony charge of possessing a firearm at school and was subsequently booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall.
The firearm deputies located was a “ghost gun.” Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact deputies at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, April 21, 2022 /Number of views (4378) /Categories: Press Release
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