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.

 

 

 

  

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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Robbery Investigation

October 1, 2020

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Robbery Investigation
Oroville, CA – On September 29, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began investigating a robbery that occurred at Gold Country Casino, Oroville. Deputies determined an elderly victim was gambling at the casino and won a significant amount of money. The victim placed the money in her wallet and sat down at a gaming machine. A male, later identified as Daniel Braziel of Marysville, age 30, approached the victim. Braziel pushed the victim and used physical force to take money and other property from the victim.
Deputies and detectives worked with Gold Country Casino staff and obtained video surveillance which captured portions of the robbery. After the robbery Braziel ran to the casino parking lot and got into the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by a female. Based on the video surveillance, deputies and detectives identified the female as Regina Brito of Marysville, age 49. Brito is Braziel’s mother. During the investigation detectives located evidence Brito assisted with the robbery.
On September 30, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Braziel and Brito. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for a residence located in Olivehurst. With the assistance of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, detectives served the search warrant. During the service of the search warrant detectives located the vehicle Brito was driving during the robbery.
After serving the search warrant detectives contacted and placed Brito under arrest at an apartment in Linda. During the arrest of Brito detectives located property that was taken during the robbery. Later in the evening, detectives located Braziel driving a vehicle in the Linda area. Braziel was contacted and placed under arrest without incident. During the arrest and subsequent interview with Braziel, detectives located additional evidence related to the robbery.
On the evening of September 30, Braziel and Brito were booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of robbery and elder abuse. Braziel and Brito are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, October 2, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, October 01, 2020 /Number of views (177) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Biggs Unified School District Burglary

September 30, 2020

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Biggs Unified School District Burglary
Biggs, CA – In September of 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began investigating a burglary that occurred at the Biggs Unified School District. Detectives and deputies worked with the Biggs Unified School District and obtained video surveillance which captured portions of the burglary. Deputies and detectives were able to identify Adison Mortenson, age 31, as the individual who committed the burglary.
Based on evidence located during the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mortenson. Detectives determined Mortenson had an additional arrest warrant which was issued in Spokane, Washington. On September 24, 2020, Mortenson was located and placed under arrest in Contra Costa County, California.
On September 29, detectives interviewed Mortenson at the Martinez Detention Facility. With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, detectives were able to obtain additional evidence related to this ongoing burglary investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Mortenson to contact Detective Tristan Harper of Deputy Daniel King at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 /Number of views (588) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Identifies 15th Victim of North Complex West Zone/Bear Fire

September 25, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Identifies 15th Victim of North Complex West Zone/Bear Fire

On September 10, two deceased individuals were located in the roadway on Handkirk Lane; one was in the roadway approximately 10-feet from an ATV and the other was inside a vehicle. Ande DNA was used to identify one of the decedents as Paul Winer, age 68, of Berry Creek. This name was previously released.
The second decedent was identified as Linda Longenbach, age 71, of Berry Creek. During the investigation detectives determined Paul and Linda spoke with a relative in the afternoon on September 8, and said they were aware of the fire and chose not to immediately evacuate at that time.
We extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Linda Longenbach and the families of all the victims in this devastating fire.
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Friday, September 25, 2020 /Number of views (200) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST WARRANT OBTAINED FOR OROVILLE RESIDENT FOR THEFT WITHIN FIRE EVACUATION ZONE

September 24, 2020

ARREST WARRANT OBTAINED FOR OROVILLE RESIDENT FOR THEFT WITHIN FIRE EVACUATION ZONE
Oroville, CA – On September 18, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies contacted a victim who resides in the Cherokee area, Oroville. The victim’s residence was located within a Bear Fire evacuation order zone. Upon returning to his residence after the Evacuation Order was lifted, the victim determined two items had been stolen from his property. The victim captured photographs of a suspect on his game camera.
Deputies and detectives conducted follow-up and identified the suspect as Robert Strawn, age 36, of Oroville. On September 22, detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Crystal Pines Road, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant detectives located evidence indicating Strawn was associated with four additional parcels on Crystal Pines Road. While investigating the case, detectives recovered stolen property belonging to the aforementioned victim in the driveway area of a residence located on Crystal Pines Road.
On September 23, BCSO detectives, and detectives from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force served another search warrant on four parcels located on Crystal Pines Road. During the service of the search warrant detectives located numerous items to include suspected stolen property belonging to the aforementioned victim, a stolen vehicle, and three illegal marijuana grows containing approximately 242 marijuana plants.
Detectives determined the well and utilities supporting the illegal marijuana grows were powered by a series of homemade electrical lines run across the properties. The electrical lines were a fire hazard. BCSO immediately contacted PG&E. PG&E responded, determined the electrical lines were a fire hazard, and immediately disconnected the electrical lines. Photographs of the illegal marijuana grow and homemade electrical wiring are attached to this press release.
On September 24, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Strawn for the following charges: one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle, one misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property, one misdemeanor count of petty theft, one misdemeanor count of illegal cultivation of marijuana, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana for sale. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, September 24, 2020 /Number of views (267) /Categories: Press Release
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Law Enforcement Escorts to Begin into Evacuation Areas

September 21, 2020
Law Enforcement Escorts to Begin into Evacuation Areas
Oroville, CA- The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) has created an online request form which will allow residents to request a law enforcement escort into the areas that remain under Evacuation Orders. However, due to limited resources and in order to mitigate the impact of increased vehicle traffic on rehabilitation and repopulation efforts, we are asking that escort requests be limited to urgent needs at this time.
The link for the online request is: https://forms.gle/QKrkdVwk78qR344t9
A link to the online request form is also being posted on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook and Twitter account. The BCSO website is located at: https://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner/
The fire information call center will also begin accepting telephone calls for escort requests on Tuesday September 22st at 9:00 AM. The call center will be open seven days a week, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The phone number for the call center, which also provides evacuation map assistance, is: (530) 552-3010.
Due to the anticipated high call volume, and a limited number of call takers, we are strongly urging anyone who has or can obtain internet access use the online request procedure. The online form will be date and time stamped when submitted, even if completed after hours. The form will be automatically forwarded to BCSO for review once you click the “submit” button at the end of the form. Calling in will not place the request at a higher priority than completing the online form. Duplicate entries or requests will not increase processing time and may result in delays. Received requests will be processed by law enforcement officers in the field, who will call the requestor to schedule the escort, after it is approved.
After making the request, the time it will take to receive a scheduling call from a law enforcement officer will vary based upon on several factors, including the accessibility and safety of the requested area, along with the number and type of requests received. Please be patient and do not contact dispatch or the call center to inquire about the status of your request, as they do not review, prioritize or approve the requests and will not be able to provide you with any further information.
Those requesting an escort into the areas that remain under Evacuation Orders will be required to sign a waiver and consent form before being permitted to enter the area. Requestors should bring photo ID and proof of residency or lawful possession of the property they wish to visit. A law enforcement officer will accompany the requestor into and out of the property located within the evacuation area.
Due to the anticipated high number of requests, site visits are limited to 15 minutes.
Minors under 18 will not be permitted in the evacuation area for any reason.
Please do not request to be escorted to a property to facilitate illegal activity, as enforcement action may be taken.
For general inquiries regarding the status or condition of properties in the fire affected area, including updated photos and videos, please see the high-resolution drone imagery and CAL FIRE damage asset map links found on the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website.
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Monday, September 21, 2020 /Number of views (138) /Categories: Press Release
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