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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Gridley Attempted Kidnapping

Gridley Attempted Kidnapping
Gridley, CA- On Monday, October 29, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a report of an attempted kidnapping in Gridley, just north of the Sutter County/Butte County line. A 20 year-old Gridley woman was traveling on Highway 99 when she pulled into an orchard off the highway to check the air pressure on one of her tires. A truck then pulled up behind the woman. A man exited the truck and approached the woman asking if she needed help. When the woman declined, the man then grabbed the woman by her arms and began trying to drag her back towards his vehicle. The woman was able to fight the man off, get back into her vehicle and drive away. The man then got back into his truck and drove off, heading southbound on Highway 99, towards Live Oak.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 50-60 years-old, with short, curly salt and pepper colored hair, with a brown mustache, and sores on his face. He was last seen wearing a black shirt with writing on it, and pajama pants with baseballs on them. The suspect’s truck is described as an early ‘90s cream colored Toyota pickup truck, with a dent in the tailgate. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7322.

Monday, October 29, 2018 /Number of views (1611) /Categories: Press Release




Bangor, Ca-- On October 17, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Taskforce served a series of search warrants in the 600 block of Upham Road and the 7000 Block of La Porte Road in Bangor.

As a result of the warrants 925 marijuana plants, 2,305.31 pounds of processed marijuana, and twelve firearms were seized.

The marijuana gardens are believed to be related to one another and controlled by a drug trafficking organization. During the search of the properties Detectives located tents and campsites filled with toiletries, clothing, and food. One of the campsites contained quarters for twelve people and food supplies for over a week.

During the service of the search warrants, Eric Ritter, age 36 of Bangor, Jeffrey Wright, age 35 of Bangor, and Clint Ritter, age 39 of Oroville, were detained without incident. Four other suspects fled from Deputies and were able to escape into the surrounding forest.

Eric Ritter was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of felon in possession of a firearm 29805PC a felony, and felon in possession of ammunition 30305(a)(1) PC a felony.

Jeffrey Wright was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of renting a residence of the storage or sale of a narcotic 11366.5 H&S a felony, cultivation of marijuana 11358(c)H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana for sale 11359 (b) H&S a misdemeanor.

Clint Ritter was cited and released on scene for charges of possession of methamphetamine 11377(a) H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia 11364(a) H&S a misdemeanor.

This case is ongoing and further information will be release as it becomes available.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Thursday, October 25, 2018 /Number of views (1782) /Categories: Press Release


October 25, 2018
Oroville, Ca--On October 25, 2018, at approximately 2:00AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began receiving multiple reports of gunshots and yelling heard in the area of Sierra Avenue in Oroville, Ca.
BCSO Deputies responded to the area with Cal Fire and Medical staging near-by. Based on information provided by reporting parties, Deputies were able to locate a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper leg. Deputies applied a tourniquet to the wound and immediately requested medical to assist. The victim was transported by air to a local hospital for treatment.
Additional deputies responded to the scene along with the BCSO Investigations Unit. Deputies gathered information from the scene and ultimately located the suspect, Brett Toschi, age 24, at his residence on 6th Street in Oroville.
Toschi was arrested for assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Toschi was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $100,000.00.
BCSO Detectives remained on scene through the night collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. Limited information is available at this time, due to this being an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 /Number of views (1500) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO Searching for Wanted Man in Connection with Stolen and Illegal Firearms

Palermo, CA- On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. for a disturbance in the 200 block of Refuge Ave in Palermo. A man, currently wanted by BCSO, Anthony Hatcher, age 44, was trying to gain entry at the residence on Refuge Road. When deputies responded, Hatcher was no longer there. During the investigation a search warrant was served on an adjacent property. During a search of a fifth wheel trailer and a boat, deputies and investigators found numerous firearms, body armor and silencers. 20 firearms were located with two of them being stolen. A Mac 10 and an AK-47 that are assault weapons were included in the 20 firearms seized during the service of the search warrant.
During the investigation deputies learned that Hatcher was the person occupying the fifth wheel trailer; however, he was not present at the property when deputies and investigators served the search warrant. Anyone with information about Hatcher’s location is encouraged to call 911 to report it. Hatcher is considered armed and dangerous.
Friday, October 19, 2018 /Number of views (1627) /Categories: Press Release


October 19, 2018
Large Amount of Drugs Found During Traffic Stop
Chico, CA- On 10/18/18 at approximately 0129 hours, Deputies Smith and Worch were on routine uniform patrol in the Lassen Avenue area of north Chico. Deputy Smith observed a green Ford sedan fail to stop for the stop sign on Godman Avenue at Lassen Avenue. Deputy Smith conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle for the vehicle code violation and contacted the occupants, who were identified as Brandon Eatmon (02/03/70) – the driver, and Jennifer Delarosa (04/15/83) – the vehicle owner. A criminal records check revealed that Eatmon had a suspended driver’s license and Delarosa’s driving privilege was expired.
Eatmon and Delarosa were both found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and placed under arrest. An inventory search of their car was conducted, prior to it being towed. During the inventory search of the vehicle, Deputies Smith and Worch located approximately 233 grams (1/2 lb) of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a large amount of cash, a small amount of suspected heroin, plastic baggies and a digital scale. Deputies Smith and Worch determined that the amount of suspected methamphetamine was in excess of what would normally be a standard usable amount. Deputies Smith and Worch also identified the items found in the vehicle as being consistent with items typically possessed by individuals involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs.
Based on the large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as the packaging materials, scales and large amount of cash, Eatmon and Delarosa were booked into the Butte County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale (11378 HS), transportation of methamphetamine for sale (11379 HS), possession of a controlled narcotic substance (11350 HS) and driving on a suspended license (14601.1(a) VC). Eatmon’s bail was set at $119,000 and Delarosa’s bail was set at $101,000.
Friday, October 19, 2018 /Number of views (1759) /Categories: Press Release