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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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR VICTIM

February 9, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR VICTIM

Oroville, CA – On February 5, a minor victim reported she had been sexually assaulted in the unincorporated area of Oroville. Detectives determined the sexual assault occurred on the evening of February 4. Detectives identified the suspect as Timothy Frias, age 33, of Oroville.
During the investigation, detectives determined Frias planned on meeting with the minor victim on the evening of February 5, for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior. Around 6:00 PM on February 5, detectives located Frias’ vehicle parked behind Goodwill in Oroville. Detectives contacted Frias inside the vehicle and placed Frias under arrest.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence that Frias sexually assaulted the minor victim on February 4. Additionally detectives located evidence Frias had requested and obtained, sexually explicit photographs of two minor victims.
On the evening of February 5, detectives searched Frias’ residence, which is located near the 100 block of Canyon Highlands Drive, Oroville. Detectives located additional evidence related to the sexual assault at Frias’ residence.
Based on the evidence located during the investigation, Frias was booked into the Butte County Jail for the following felony charges on the evening of February 5: Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is under 16 years of age, communicating with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior, meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior, sodomy with a minor who is under 16 years of age, oral copulation with a minor who is under 16 years of age, lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old, and possession of child pornography.
Frias is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on February 9, at 3 PM. Frias’ bail was set at $640,000. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, February 09, 2021 /Number of views (104) /Categories: Press Release
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FOUR ARRESTED DURING ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

February 8, 2021

FOUR ARRESTED DURING ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

Oroville, CA – On January 31, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives began investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the 7-Eleven convenience store located on Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville. Detectives determined a suspect entered the 7-Eleven store with a sawed off shotgun and demanded money from the store clerk. The suspect left the store in a Toyota 4Runner after obtaining an extremely small amount of cash from the store clerk.
The investigation was complicated by factors including the number of suspects involved and the fact that the suspect who entered the store was masked so his face would not show up on security cameras. Detectives developed leads based on video surveillance.
On the evening of February 3, detectives served a search warrant at a residence located in the 5600 block of Farley Street, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant Kevin Simon, age 36, of Oroville was contacted and later placed under arrest. Detectives located evidence Simon and his girlfriend, Misty Martin, conspired with Misty’s mother, Gaylynn Martin, and Misty’s brother, Michael Martin, to commit the aforementioned robbery.
During the investigation detectives located evidence that Simon and Misty had knowledge Michael was going to commit a robbery. They assisted Michael with the robbery by providing Michael with gloves, a ski mask, and a sawed off shotgun. Detectives located evidence Gaylynn had knowledge Michael was going to commit a robbery. Gaylynn assisted Michael by driving the Toyota 4Runner to the robbery and helping Michael escape after he committed the robbery.
On the evening of February 3, detectives located Gaylynn and the Toyota 4Runner used in the robbery at a residence in the 4700 block of Virginia Street, Oroville. On the morning of February 4, detectives contacted Misty and Michael during a traffic enforcement stop in Palermo. Detectives located additional evidence showing their involvement in the robbery at Michael’s residence in Palermo.
After the arrest of Misty and Michael, detectives located evidence the sawed off shotgun used in the robbery was located at a residence near the 5600 block of Farley Street. Detectives responded to the residence and retrieved the shotgun.
Kevin Simon, age 36, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of robbery, and a felony count of conspiracy.
Gaylynn Martin, age 63, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of robbery, and a felony count of conspiracy.
Misty Martin, age 39, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of robbery, and a felony count of conspiracy.
Michael Martin, age 45, of Oroville was arrested for the following felony charges: Robbery, conspiracy, being armed while committing a felony, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and being in possession of a sawed off shotgun.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Zach Price or Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, February 08, 2021 /Number of views (117) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

February 5, 2021

CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Chico, CA – In 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives began investigating David Veach, age 22, of Chico. During the investigation detectives located evidence indicating Veach was downloading child pornography. On January 27, 2021, detectives served a search warrant at Veach’s residence, which is located in the 1100 block of West 7th Street, Chico.
During the service of the search warrant detectives seized multiple electronic devices that belonged to Veach. Detectives later conducted forensic searches of the electronic devices and located multiple images of child pornography. Detectives also located evidence indicating Veach was the individual who downloaded the child pornography.
On February 3, detectives placed Veach under arrest for a felony count of possessing over 600 images of child pornography, and for a felony count of possession of child pornography portraying sexual masochism. Veach was booked into the Butte County Jail. Veach later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 23, 2021, at 8:30 AM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, February 05, 2021 /Number of views (133) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATES MISSING FOREST RANCH RESIDENTS

January 31, 2021

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATES MISSING FOREST RANCH RESIDENTS

Forest Ranch, CA – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was actively looking for Mike Hernandez, age 58, of Forest Ranch. BCSO was also actively looking for Hernandez’s 10-year-old grandson. On the morning of January 30, Hernandez and his grandson left their residence in Forest Ranch to take a day trip in the Forest Ranch/Magalia areas. On the evening of January 30, Hernandez’s family members contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported Hernandez and his grandson missing. Family members indicated they did not return from the day trip.
Hernandez and his grandson were driving a four door 2019 black and camouflage Can-Am all-terrain vehicle. Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel, deputies and detectives conducted searches of the Forest Ranch and Magalia areas. On the morning of January 31, Hernandez and his grandson were safely located in the Philbrook area by a BCSO helicopter.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021 /Number of views (77) /Categories: Press Release
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FIVE ARRESTED DURING SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT

January 29, 2021

FIVE ARRESTED DURING SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT

Oroville, CA – On January 28, 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force detectives, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement detectives, and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit served a search warrant in the 1800 block of Fort Wayne Street, Oroville. During a search of the residence and property, detectives located numerous evidence items to include the following items: approximately 153 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 11 grams of heroin, a firearm, ammunition, a butane honey oil manufacturing lab, narcotics paraphernalia, and burglary tools.
During the service of the search warrant the following individuals were contacted and arrested:
Russell Crane, age 30, of Oroville was arrested for felony counts of possession of a narcotic substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, being armed while committing a felony, and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools.
Michael Gumaer, age 43, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance. Gumaer also had a felony arrest warrant from an unrelated investigation.
Andrea Maestas, age 34, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
Lenny Maestas, age 60, of Oroville was arrested for felony counts of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and for committing a felony while being released on bail for a felony charge.
Amanda Pack, age 34, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of possessing a firearm while being addicted to a narcotic substance, and for a misdemeanor count of possession of a narcotic substance.
All of the individuals who were arrested are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, February 1, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, January 29, 2021 /Number of views (66) /Categories: Press Release
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