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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WELFARE CHECK LEADS TO INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPICIOUS DEATHS

May 28, 2019

WELFARE CHECK LEADS TO INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPICIOUS DEATHS

Oroville, Ca—On May 28, 2019, at approximately 8:45 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a citizen reporting that he had not heard from his sister in over a week. The reporting party described a smell coming from the driveway of his sister’s residence and requested a welfare check.

BCSO Deputies immediately responded to the residence in the area of Yellow Hammer Drive cross of Tyme Way in Oroville. Prior to deputies arrival, the reporting party called back to let BCSO dispatch know he had opened a window and could see his sister on the floor of the residence. BCSO Deputies arrived on scene and made entry into the residence, ultimately locating three deceased individuals.

BCSO Investigations Unit is currently on scene collecting evidence and information. This is an ongoing investigation, limited information is available at this time. As the investigation progresses, additional information will be released. Anyone with information is encouraged to call BCSO Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.

 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 /Number of views (754) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO DEPUTY DEPLOYS K9 TO ASSIST IN DETAINING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT


May 27, 2019

BCSO DEPUTY DEPLOYS K9 TO ASSIST IN DETAINING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT

Oroville, Ca--On May 27, 2019 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of V-6 Rd and Lower Wyandotte, Oroville for a report of domestic violence. Prior to deputies arrival, they learned the suspect in this case, Robert Ray Kongle age 26 of Oroville, twisted the victim’s hand causing injury. Robert Kongle has extensive history with the Sheriff’s Office and is currently on felony probation for Obstructing or Resisting an Executive Officer in the Performance of Their Duties Using Force or Violence. 

Deputy Vaj Thao was the first Deputy on scene and observed two subjects inside a vehicle who appeared to be in a struggle. Shortly after Deputy Thao’s arrival, Kongle exited the passenger side of the vehicle. Deputy Thao immediately made contact with Kongle and ordered him away from the vehicle. Kongle ignored Deputy Thao’s orders to move away from the vehicle, paced side to side, and was acting aggressively as if he was under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputy Thao again ordered Kongle away from the vehicle and to the ground. Kongle ignored Thao’s orders and actually got back into the vehicle. Within a short amount of time, the driver door of the vehicle came open and it appeared that the victim was pushed from the vehicle with Kongle following out of the driver door. Once again, Deputy Thao ordered Kongle to step away from the vehicle, and onto the ground. Kongle again ignored all orders from Deputy Thao, got back in the vehicle, and closed the driver door.

For fear Kongle was going to evade arrest by vehicle pursuit, the fact that he was acting aggressively, he was exhibiting behavior consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance, there were claims of domestic violence, and the prior history with this agency with regard to resisting arrest with violence and assault on a peace officer, Deputy Thao deployed his canine partner, “Rico” into the passenger compartment of the vehicle. “Rico” made contact with Kongle, at which point Kongle drug the canine out of the passenger side of the vehicle. Kongle preceded to punch “Rico” multiple times and even attempted to smother him by bear hugging his ribs and face. Kongle continued to resist arrest, but focused his assault on the canine “Rico”. Other deputies arrived on scene and were able to help Deputy Thao get Kongle into handcuffs. 

Kongle was transported to the Oroville Hospital for treatment of his injuries, and then to the Butte County Jail for booking on the charges of Obstructing or Resisting an Executive Officer in the Performance of Their Duties Using Force or Violence (69 California Penal Code, Felony), Assault on a Law Enforcement Canine [600(a) California Penal Code, Misdemeanor], Infliction of Corporal Injury on a Spouse (273.5 California Penal Code, Felony), Violation of probation (1203.2 California Penal Code, Felony), and Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance [11550(a) California Health and Safety, Misdemeanor]. Robert Kongle’s bail was set at $99,000.

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Monday, May 27, 2019 /Number of views (824) /Categories: Press Release
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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM AND THREE ARRESTS

May 20, 2019

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM AND THREE ARRESTS

Chico, Ca—On May 20, 2019, at approximately 2:23AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Harper initiated a traffic stop, on a vehicle occupied by four adults,  in the area of East 1st Avenue and Esplanade in Chico.

Deputy Harper requested one of the occupants, identified as Shelton Wardsworth, age 31, from Chico, to exit the vehicle. While Deputy Harper conducted a pat down search, Wardsworth became noticeably nervous. Before Deputy Harper was able to complete the pat down search, Wardsworth fled on foot, running directly into BCSO Deputy Mollath and BCSO Deputy Price.  While struggling to detain Wardsworth, Deputy Price noticed a gun in Wardsworth’s pocket. After an extensive struggle, BCSO Deputies Mollath and Price detained Wardsworth and secured the firearm. Wardsworth was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.

Two additional occupants of the vehicle were also arrested. Shatana Goods, age 30, from Chico, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to a warrant. Andrea Reichenbach, age 44, from Oroville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

No shots were fired during this incident. After further review, the firearm was confirmed to be stolen.

Medical personnel responded to the scene to evaluate Wardsworth, in addition to Deputies Mollath and Price. Deputy Price was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure and has since been released.


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Monday, May 20, 2019 /Number of views (875) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST ROBBERY AND BURGLARY SUSPECT WITH THE HELP OF K9 “CHICO”

May 12, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST ROBBERY AND BURGLARY SUSPECT WITH THE HELP OF K9 “CHICO”

Oroville, Ca-- On 05-11-2019 at approximately 5:50 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to the 7-Eleven Mini Mart, located at 2125 Monte Vista Ave. in Oroville, for a reported robbery.  Deputies were advised a subject came into the store and attempted to steal beer. When the suspect was confronted by the store clerk, he assaulted the clerk and took the beer.  Deputies were given a description of the suspect, but were unable to locate him. 

At approximately 6:20 PM, BCSO deputies were dispatched to an in-progress burglary across the street from the 7-Eleven Mini Mart.  The description of the suspect from the burglary was similar to the description of the suspect from the earlier robbery.

Deputy Arredondo, along with his K9 partner “Chico”, arrived in the area and contacted Thomas Remy, age 50, from Chico. Remy matched both descriptions of the suspects from the robbery and burglary.  Remy would not comply with Deputy Arredondo’s commands. Remy pulled a glass beer bottle from a bag and advanced toward Deputy Arredondo, who proceeded to deploy a Taser which had no effect on Remy. Remy ran away from Deputy Arredondo, and into a densely vegetated area. 

Due to safety concerns for himself and the public, Deputy Arredondo took his K9 partner “Chico” with him, and gave chase to Remy.  Remy ran down a steep embankment, jumped a barbed wire fence, and would not comply with orders when located.  K9, “Chico” was sent to apprehend Remy on the other side of the fence, where he was taken into custody after resisting arrest. 

Remy was taken to Oroville Medical Center for treatment. Upon release, Remy will be booked on charges of 69 PC (Resisting Arrest w/ Violence), 148 (a) 1 PC (Resisting Arrest), 211 PC (Robbery), and 459 PC (Burglary). Remy’s bail was set at $83,000.00.       

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Sunday, May 12, 2019 /Number of views (959) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST RAPE SUSPECT IN OROVILLE

May 1, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST RAPE SUSPECT IN OROVILLE

Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) recently had three victims come forward reporting to have been raped. The rapes occurred in February, March and April of this year. BCSO detectives began investigating the incidents and were able to link all three incidents to the same suspect. Each victim provided a similar description of the suspect’s vehicle. The victims all reported to have accepted rides from the suspect in the early evening hours. The victims were taken to secluded remote areas in South Oroville where the sexual assaults occurred. At the conclusion of the sexual assaults, each victim was released by the suspect.

Through the investigation, BCSO detectives were able to locate surveillance video of the suspect vehicle. With the help of the surveillance video, the suspect’s vehicle was located on April 30 at 7AM. Detectives followed the vehicle to the Maidu Mart gas station near Gold Country Casino, where detectives contacted Nicholas Snowden, age 25, of Oroville.

During the course of the investigation, Snowden was arrested for three counts of rape, 3 counts of oral copulation, 3 counts of false imprisonment and 1 count of sodomy. Snowden was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail amount of $590,000.00.

BCSO Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims that have not come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671. Snowden is known to have been driving a 2005 White GMC Yukon XL.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019 /Number of views (1090) /Categories: Press Release
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