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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BCSO APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION PROGRAM

Oroville, CA – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is in the process of applying for grant funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.

 

Funds from the OHMVR grant support the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office in patrolling the Jonesville Snow Park, the Plumas National Forest and the Lassen National Forest. These duties include enforcement of state laws, federal regulations, and Butte County ordinances. If awarded, Sheriff’s Deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in an around these areas year round. Deputies will assist with visitor safety, education, enforcement, and search and rescue efforts.

 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will provide information and education regarding environmental issues and conservation concerns regarding off-highway vehicle use. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Butte County Search and Rescue will respond to emergency calls for service in and around these areas as needed.

 

Beginning Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 through Monday, May 4th, 2020, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. From that website, the public will be directed to the Grants/On-line Grant Application (OLGA) public review feature for instructions on how to submit their comments. Written public comments can also be mailed to Sergeant Dave Ennes at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, 5 Gillick Way, Oroville CA, 95965.

 

Date: 2nd March, 2020

Released by: Sergeant Dave Ennes

Contact: (530) 538-7389

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Monday, March 02, 2020 /Number of views (116) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrest

February 25, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrest
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Samantha Sappenfield, age 32 of Chico. On February 18, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the area of Coutolenc Road, Magalia. Several firearms were taken from the residence. Deputies and detectives located evidence showing Sappenfield was one of the individuals responsible for the burglary.
On February 19, deputies and detectives attempted to contact Sappenfield at her residence in Chico. Detectives located property stolen from the burglary at Sappenfield’s residence. Detectives later located Sappenfield in the Downtown Chico area.
Sappenfield eventually told detectives she went to Magalia and burglarized the residence. Sappenfield was placed under arrest for one felony count of residential burglary, and for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this case, and additional arrests are anticipated.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Joe Hooks at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 /Number of views (129) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Seven Individuals Related to Residential Burglary

February 20, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Seven Individuals Related to Residential Burglary
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of seven individuals related to a residential burglary investigation. On February 3, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary on Honey Run Road, Chico. The homeowners had surveillance video of a male suspect committing the residential burglary. Deputies and detectives reviewed the surveillance footage and identified the suspect as William Lowrance, age 41 of Magalia.
Detectives determined Lowrance was arrested after the burglary for unrelated charges. Detectives interviewed Lowrance and he admitted to committing the burglary. Detectives also recovered physical evidence showing Lowrance was the individual who committed the burglary. Lowrance was booked into the Butte County Jail for one felony count of residential burglary.
On the afternoon of February 18, deputies and detectives served a search warrant at Lowrance’s residence, which is located in the 14000 block of Wood Drive, Magalia. Multiple individuals were contacted at Lowrance’s residence during the service of the search warrant. Detectives recovered multiple items from the residence to include firearms, ammunition, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
As a result of this investigation the following individuals were arrested:
William Lowrance, age 41 of Magalia was arrested for one felony count of residential burglary.
Heather Barker, age 21 of Magalia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Derek Boni, age 47 of Magalia was arrested for an arrest warrant.
Michele Cummings, age 47 of Magalia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robert Deorle, age 31 of Magalia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jodi Gillis, age 46 of Magalia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gary Sapien Jr., age 22 of Magalia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Will Brewton or Detective Joe Hooks at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020 /Number of views (132) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrest

February 20, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrest
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Douglas Dotson, age 24 of Oroville. On February 17, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 2600 block of Oro-Quincy Highway, Oroville. The homeowners had surveillance video of two male suspects committing a residential burglary. One of the suspects was later identified as Dotson. Deputies reviewed the surveillance and determined Dotson entered the residence and removed a motorcycle from the residence.
The homeowners posted still photographs of the surveillance video on social media. Based on responses from the social media posts, the homeowners identified one of the suspects who entered the residence as Dotson.
Deputies conducted interviews and were able to confirm Dotson was the individual who entered the residence and took the motorcycle. Oroville Police Department officers and BCSO deputies worked with the homeowners and the motorcycle was recovered at a residence in Oroville. On February 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Dotson for one felony count of burglary, and one felony count of vehicle theft. Dotson was located on the afternoon of February 18 and placed under arrest.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Will Brewton at 530-538-7671. The Sheriff’s Office is still attempting to identify the second male who was involved in the burglary. Photographs from the surveillance video are attached to this press release.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020 /Number of views (142) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in Two-Year-Old Murder Case

February 12, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in Two-Year-Old Murder Case
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Jasson Stepp, age 40 of Oroville, California, for the murder of William Chrisman. The arrest is the culmination of an investigation that began in January 2018. At that time the Butte County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a murder in the Berry Creek area that was reported on January 4, 2018. Chrisman was 68 years old at the time of his death. For the past two years, Butte County Sheriff’s detectives have continued to investigate Chrisman’s murder.
While investigating the murder, detectives located evidence linking Stepp to an unrelated burglary. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Stepp for a felony count of burglary. Stepp has been in custody at the Butte County Jail for the burglary case since January 2020. Over the past seven months detectives have been working with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and conducting additional follow-up on the murder case.
On the afternoon of February 11, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s detectives booked Stepp into the Butte County Jail for one felony count of murder. Stepps’ bail was set at $1,000,000. Stepp is expected to be arraigned on February 14, 2020, at 3:00 PM in the Butte County Superior Court.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Joe Hooks at 530-538-7671.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “I am proud of the persistent determination of the many detectives who have worked throughout the years to bring justice to William and closure to his family.”
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 /Number of views (145) /Categories: Press Release
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