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 Arrest in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation

August 25, 2019
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Colvin Archuleta, age 30 of Oroville, for assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest is the culmination of an investigation that began on the evening of August 21, 2019. At that time the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an assault that occurred in Oroville. Deputies contacted a victim who sustained serious injuries to his head. Deputies and Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and learned the victim had been struck in the head with a green colored baseball bat. The victim was admitted to a local hospital and underwent surgery. The victim is currently in stable condition.
On the evening of August 23, 2019, Deputies and Detectives served two search warrants in Oroville. During the service of the search warrants evidence was located, to include a green baseball bat. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Will Brewton at 530-538-7671.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 /Number of views (49) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Five Arrests in Oroville Shooting Investigation

August 20, 2019

Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of five individuals in connection with a shooting that occurred at a residence in Palermo.  The arrest is the culmination of a two week investigation that began in August.  During the investigation, Detectives and Designated Area Deputies recovered evidence that a residence in Palermo was shot multiple times by Jacob Gaede.   At least four bullets entered the residence, and at least one bullet entered a child’s bedroom.  No one was injured from the shooting. 

During the investigation Detectives determined the gun used in the shooting was taken during a residential burglary that occurred in the Berry Creek area.  Two search warrants were served at Oroville residences, and a probation search was conducted at a third Oroville residence.  Stolen firearms and other stolen property was recovered during the investigation.  Additional arrests are anticipated.  To date, the following individuals have been arrested:

Tylor Kellison of Oroville, age 30, was arrested for assault likely to cause great bodily injury, and felony vandalism.

Jacob Gaede of Oroville, age 42, was arrested for shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Leighton Reed of Chico, age 29, was arrested for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and violation of probation. 

John Hammeke of Oroville, age 35, was arrested for burglary, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.

Michael Barr of Oroville, age 34, was arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, and violation of probation. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 /Number of views (111) /Categories: Press Release
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Snapchat Video Raises Concern at local High School

August 21, 2019

Oroville, CA- On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at approximately 10:16 p.m., Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received reports of a Snapchat cell phone video of a subject showing a hunting style rifle with a scope, an MP40 submachine gun and a semiautomatic pistol lying on a bed. Though no verbal threats of any kind were made on video, the video had a caption at the bottom that read “Shit if you go to Lp better get ready to jet #schoolshooter.”  It was believed that the letters “Lp” was referring to Las Plumas High School (LPHS) in Oroville, California. The video quickly went viral prompting multiple people to report the video to BCSO. The subject in the video was identified as a former LPHS student.

At approximately midnight Deputies contacted the former LPHS student at his residence in Oroville.  The former LPHS student told Deputies that the firearms in the video were actually BB guns and a pellet gun, which was later confirmed by Deputies. The subject said he had sent a cell phone video of himself bragging about his pellet rifle and BB guns to a 16 year-old juvenile; however, his video did not contain the threatening caption. The 16 year-old juvenile is a current LPHS student.

Deputies contacted the 16 year-old LPHS student and interviewed him about the video.  The juvenile told Deputies he put the threatening caption on the original video and shared it on Snapchat as a joke.  The juvenile provided Deputies the original video, which did not contain any threatening caption.  The juvenile told Deputies he did not have any intentions to shoot anyone and was remorseful about his actions. 

The juvenile was placed under arrest for 422(a) PC, terrorist threats, without incident and booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall.  The juvenile’s name has been withheld due to his age.

At this point BCSO does not believe there is a credible or imminent threat to any local schools steaming from this video. BCSO has been in contact with school administrators and has provided them with information regarding this investigation. Additionally, BCSO School Resource Deputies will be on campus today to alleviate any concerns.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 /Number of views (37) /Categories: Press Release
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Concow Standoff Ends in Arrest

August 19, 2019
Concow Standoff Ends in Arrest
Concow, CA- On Monday, August 19, 2019, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home on the 12000 block of Granite Ridge Road in Concow. It was reported to BCSO that a woman at the home, identified as Thea Lomker, age 56, had driven up to a contract crew with California Office of Emergency Services, who were in the area doing property assessments as part of the Camp Fire cleanup efforts. After approaching the crew, in an unprovoked attack, Lomker assaulted them with bear spray, injuring one contract worker. Lomker fled to her home and barricaded herself inside. Lomker refused to speak to Deputies when they arrived and threatened to use weapons against them if they entered her home. For the next seven hours, Deputies attempted to communicate with her and get her to surrender, utilizing our Crisis Negotiator on our public address system, as well as a Clinician with Butte County Behavioral Health, with no success.

A warrant was obtained to enter the home and take Lomker into custody, and the BCSO SWAT Team responded to the home. After additional attempts to make contact with Lomker, the SWAT Team utilized tear gas, and Lomker exited the home and was taken into custody without further incident or injury. She was booked into the Butte County Jail on the illegal use of pepper spray, a felony. Bail is set at $250,000.

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Monday, August 19, 2019 /Number of views (59) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in 27-Year-Old Murder Case

August 19, 2019
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in 27-Year-Old Murder Case
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Richard Pyle, age 55 of Stockton, California, for the murder of Tracy Zandstra. The arrest is the culmination of an investigation that began in November of 1991. At that time the Butte County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a missing person case involving Zandstra, who was reported to have disappeared from her residence in Stirling City, California, in November of 1991. Zandstra was 29 years old at the time of her disappearance. Zandstra was residing with Pyle in Stirling City, with whom she was romantically involved. For the past 27 years, Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives have continued to investigate Zandstra’s disappearance. Although her body has never been found, Detectives located evidence showing Zandstra was murdered and her body was disposed of.
In August of 2019, Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives worked with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant for Pyle for the murder of Zandstra. For the past week, Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives have worked with the Stockton, California Police Department to locate Pyle, who was listed as transient. On August 15, 2019, Pyle was located in Stockton and was arrested on the murder warrant.
On the evening of August 15, 2019, Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives booked Pyle into the Butte County Jail. Pyle’s bail was set at $1,000,000. Pyle is expected to be arraigned on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Butte County Superior Court.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “I am proud of the persistent determination of the many Detectives and Investigators who have worked throughout the years to bring justice to Tracy and closure to her family.”
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Monday, August 19, 2019 /Number of views (96) /Categories: Press Release
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