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.

Press Releases that were issued during the Camp Fire incident are here

CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2019

January 7, 2019
CAMP FIRE UPDATE JANUARY 7, 2019
Butte County, Ca— Updated information regarding the Camp Fire is as follows:
The fatality count for the Camp Fire stands at 86.
Two remains have been identified and Next of Kin notified:
Vincent Carota, 65 of Paradise
Warren Lessard, 68 of Magalia.
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Monday, January 07, 2019 /Number of views (50) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE ON DRUG CHARGES IN MAGALIA

December 27, 2018
ARREST MADE ON DRUG CHARGES IN MAGALIA
Magalia, Ca--On 12/19/18 at approximately 1300 hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Magalia Deputies Diaz and Miller responded to the area of Curtis Ct and West Park Dr, on the report of a man slumped over the steering wheel of his truck.  Deputies responded to the location to check the individual’s welfare and identified him as Derrick Watters (12/10/79).  Deputies determined Watters was not in need of medical attention, but rather was under the influence of controlled substances.  
Due to Watters’ intoxication, Deputy Diaz conducted a pat search for weapons, and located drug paraphernalia, including a glass methamphetamine pipe and hypodermic syringes containing a black liquid suspected to be heroin.  A subsequent search of Watters’ truck, incident to arrest, revealed approximately 20 grams of heroin, 4 grams of methamphetamine and 26 individual packages of the synthetic opioid “Suboxone”, for which Watters had no prescription.  
Watters was arrested and transported to the Butte County Jail, where he was booked for 11351 HS - possession of Narcotics for sale, 11378 HS - possession of controlled substance for sale and 11364 HS - possession of drug paraphernalia.  Watters’ bail set at $41,000.  
 
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (65) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING INCIDENT

December 27, 2018
UPDATE: ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING INCIDENT
Oroville, Ca—An arrest has been made in the attempted kidnapping incident that occurred on December 26th in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. Through the investigation, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Detectives obtained information leading to the arrest of Jonathan Ray Burg, age 30, from Oroville. Burg was arrested for attempted kidnapping and has been booked into Butte County Jail with bail set at $500,000. 
 
BCSO Detectives continue to investigate the attempted kidnapping reported in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BCSO Investigation Unit at 538-7671. 
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS 
Oroville, Ca— On December 26, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received two separate reports of attempted kidnappings in the Oroville area. BCSO Investigations Unit is currently investigating both incidents. Suspects have not been identified at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
The first reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 4:52PM in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report that a Black Toyota Tacoma pulled up to her front yard where her children were playing. The suspect offered candy and donuts to the children and asked them to get into her truck. Fortunately, a neighbor was able to scare the suspect off and the children in this incident are ok. The driver of the truck was described as a white female adult with blonde hair and blue eyes, possibly in her 40’s.
The second reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 11:24PM in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report a 13 year old female who lives at the residence was in the driveway of the residence when a man approached her and grabbed her wrist. The female was able to pull her wrist away and scream for help. The suspect ran away in the direction of Oro Dam Blvd.  The suspect in this incident identified himself as “Johnathan” and is described as a white male adult, approximately 6 feet tall, in his 30’s, with a short gray beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored zip up style hoodie and dark pants, with a dark colored knit glove on his right hand. 
Deputies searched the area in both incidents but were not able to locate the suspects. At this time, Detectives do not believe the incidents are related. The investigation into both incidents is ongoing. 
BCSO would like to remind citizens of some basic safety tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings.
Teach children to not talk to strangers.
Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s vehicle or get into a vehicle with a stranger. 
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Trust your instincts.
Report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Be prepared to provide a suspect description and vehicle description. The more detail the better. 
Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (66) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS

December 27, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES REPORTS OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPINGS 
Oroville, Ca— On December 26, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received two separate reports of attempted kidnappings in the Oroville area. BCSO Investigations Unit is currently investigating both incidents. Suspects have not been identified at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
The first reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 4:52PM in the 300 block of Knob Hill Avenue in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report that a Black Toyota Tacoma pulled up to her front yard where her children were playing. The suspect offered candy and donuts to the children and asked them to get into her truck. Fortunately, a neighbor was able to scare the suspect off and the children in this incident are ok. The driver of the truck was described as a white female adult with blonde hair and blue eyes, possibly in her 40’s.
The second reported attempted kidnapping occurred on December 26 at 11:24PM in the 1000 block of 12th Street in Oroville. The reporting party in this incident called 9-1-1 to report a 13 year old female who lives at the residence was in the driveway of the residence when a man approached her and grabbed her wrist. The female was able to pull her wrist away and scream for help. The suspect ran away in the direction of Oro Dam Blvd.  The suspect in this incident identified himself as “Johnathan” and is described as a white male adult, approximately 6 feet tall, in his 30’s, with a short gray beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored zip up style hoodie and dark pants, with a dark colored knit glove on his right hand. 
Deputies searched the area in both incidents but were not able to locate the suspects. At this time, Detectives do not believe the incidents are related. The investigation into both incidents is ongoing. 
BCSO would like to remind citizens of some basic safety tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of your surroundings.
Teach children to not talk to strangers.
Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s vehicle or get into a vehicle with a stranger. 
If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Trust your instincts.
Report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Be prepared to provide a suspect description and vehicle description. The more detail the better. 
Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Thursday, December 27, 2018 /Number of views (59) /Categories: Press Release
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Gridley Attempted Kidnapping

10/29/18
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.

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Monday, October 29, 2018 /Number of views (288) /Categories: Press Release
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