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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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RED BLUFF ATTEMPTED MURDER LEADS DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING IN BUTTE COUNTY

January 28, 2019
RED BLUFF ATTEMPTED MURDER LEADS DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING IN BUTTE COUNTY
Butte County-- On January 28, 2019 at 12:21PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) issued by the Red Bluff Police Department for a suspect identified as Richard Moulton, age 52, from Red Bluff. The suspect was wanted in connection to an attempted murder that occurred earlier that day. The BOLO advised the suspect was driving a maroon or red Ford F-150 with a license plate of 30987Z1.
According to detectives from the Red Bluff Police Department, the basis for the subject being wanted for attempted murder stemmed from a domestic violence incident involving the suspect’s estranged wife.
During that incident, the suspect allegedly arrived at the victim’s residence where an argument ensued. According to the victim, the suspect slapped her, bit her face, choked her, attempted to gouge out her eyes, and threatened to kill her. The suspect then went to his vehicle and obtained a hand gun, and forced the handgun into the victim’s mouth. The victim was able to get away, at which time the suspect allegedly fired nine shots in the direction of the victim, which ultimately impacted her residence. The suspect then fled the area in his vehicle.
The BOLO also indicated the subject may have been in Butte County. BCSO deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle in the Durham area and began to follow it, requesting additional units before initiating a traffic stop. After additional units arrived, deputies attempted to stop the suspect; however the suspect fled, leading to a pursuit.
The preliminary information we have obtained indicates the pursuit ultimately ended at Hwy 162 and Aguas Frias Rd. at which time the suspect stopped his vehicle. The suspect then opened the door, turning sideways in the seat while looking in the direction of the deputies. The suspect brought out a handgun, then put the handgun to his head. The suspect then lowered the handgun and exited the vehicle, at which time the suspect raised the gun in the direction of the deputies, and shots were fired in response to that threat.
Life saving measures were initiated immediately, including CPR; however the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The suspect has been identified as Richard Moulton, age 52, from Red Bluff.
The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting/Critical Incident Protocol Team is investigating the incident. Nine deputies were involved in the incident, all of which have been removed from the field and placed in administrative duties pending further evaluation and investigation.
We also have preliminary information that there were at least two civilian vehicles in the area before the shooting. We are requesting that anyone who witnessed this incident call BCSO at 538-7322.
Further details will be released as they become available.
Monday, January 28, 2019 /Number of views (744) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONDS TO FEATHER FALLS TO SEARCH FOR MISSING TEENS

January 16, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONDS TO FEATHER FALLS TO SEARCH FOR MISSING TEENS

Butte County, Ca—On January 15, 2019 at approximately 6:15PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a teenager reporting that he had been hiking in the Feather Falls area with four friends, but two of his friends were missing. The teenager reported that the additional teens had been missing for four hours.

BCSO Search and Rescue responded to the Feather Falls area, made contact with the reporting party, and began searching the area. The weather made searching difficult, but by 11PM the search team had visually located the two missing teens 200 feet down the Feather Falls overlook.

Cal Fire, in addition to Butte EMS, responded to assist in the rescue. During the process of the rescue, members of the search team lowered a walkie talkie down to the teens in addition to blankets and food. The walkie talkie was used by the search team to communicate with the teens, and gave a way for family standing by to hear their voices.

The search team worked throughout the night, and by 5:25AM on January 16 the first teen was brought to safety. The second teen was rescued soon after. Both teens were medically evaluated at the scene and reunited with family.

This situation could have ended much differently. We have many beautiful areas to explore in Butte County, but it is important to take weather into consideration. Please be cautious, make safety a priority, and always be prepared.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 /Number of views (801) /Categories: Press Release
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UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN GOLD COUNTRY CASINO OVERDOSE INCIDENT

January 16, 2019
UPDATE: TWO ARRESTED IN GOLD COUNTRY CASINO OVERDOSE INCIDENT
Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), in conjunction with Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, continues to investigate the drug overdose incident that occurred on January 14, 2019 at Gold Country Casino in Oroville. 
Two arrests have been made in connection to the incident. Jonathan Shade, age 24, from Roseville and Holly Barker, age 24, from Paradise were treated and released from a local hospital, and have been arrested on charges of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jonathan Shade was also charged with violation of probation. 
It has been determined that Jonathan Shade and Holly Barker are the parents of the five month old child who was located at the scene. 
A second male was located at the scene and has been identified as Randy Duong, age 24, from Paradise. Randy was treated and released from a local hospital. 
Detectives continue to investigate where the drugs involved in this incident came from and whether or not this incident is in any way connected to the recent overdose incident in Chico. 
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January 14, 2019
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO GOLD COUNTRY CASINO FOR POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE
Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call at 11:28AM regarding a possible drug overdose at Gold Country Casino. Deputies responded, along with Cal Fire and Butte EMS, and located a female, two males, and a five month old child. The female and two males were showing signs of a drug overdose. Cal Fire and Butte EMS personnel performed medical assistance, including the administration of Narcan. The female and both males were transported by ambulance to a local hospital and are currently in stable condition. 
The five month old child was transported to a local hospital to be medically evaluated. The child is currently in stable condition. We are working with Child Protective Services to ensure the safety of the child moving forward. 
There is evidence of illegal drug use in this case, likely heroin. We will need to conduct tests to determine if there were other substances present in the drugs. We’re looking closely to determine whether or not fentanyl is involved. 
BCSO, in conjunction with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF), is investigating this incident in an effort to determine the exact nature and origin of the drugs that were apparently ingested by the affected individuals. We will be looking closely at this incident to determine if there is any connection between it and the recent incident in Chico involving the death of Aris Turner and the overdose affecting the other 14 individuals at the Chico residence. 
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said “I am very concerned about this situation. This is a significant public safety and public health risk. We are concerned that the potency of the illegal drugs on the street right now is very high or the possibility of the drugs being laced with another substance, which is causing these overdoses.”                                                 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 /Number of views (832) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO GOLD COUNTRY CASINO FOR POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE

January 14, 2019
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO GOLD COUNTRY CASINO FOR POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE
Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call at 11:28AM regarding a possible drug overdose at Gold Country Casino. Deputies responded, along with Cal Fire and Butte EMS, and located a female, two males, and a five month old child. The female and two males were showing signs of a drug overdose. Cal Fire and Butte EMS personnel performed medical assistance, including the administration of Narcan. The female and both males were transported by ambulance to a local hospital and are currently in stable condition. 
The five month old child was transported to a local hospital to be medically evaluated. The child is currently in stable condition. We are working with Child Protective Services to ensure the safety of the child moving forward. 
There is evidence of illegal drug use in this case, likely heroin. We will need to conduct tests to determine if there were other substances present in the drugs. We’re looking closely to determine whether or not fentanyl is involved. 
BCSO, in conjunction with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF), is investigating this incident in an effort to determine the exact nature and origin of the drugs that were apparently ingested by the affected individuals. We will be looking closely at this incident to determine if there is any connection between it and the recent incident in Chico involving the death of Aris Turner and the overdose affecting the other 14 individuals at the Chico residence. 
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said “I am very concerned about this situation. This is a significant public safety and public health risk. We are concerned that the potency of the illegal drugs on the street right now is very high or the possibility of the drugs being laced with another substance, which is causing these overdoses.”                                                  ###

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 /Number of views (757) /Categories: Press Release
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UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS

January 10, 2019
UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS
RELEASED BY:    Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Sergeant Sam Burnett
OROVILLE CA--On January 9, 2019, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force and United States Homeland Security, with the assistance of The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Designated Area Deputy unit, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office IMPACT Unit and the Gridley Police Department, conducted an undercover operation in the Gridley Area of Butte County.  As a result of the undercover operation, search warrants were served at 3 locations in Butte County.  Those locations were the 0-100 block of Watt Lane, the 100 block of Sheldon Avenue and the 100 block of Little Ranch Road in Oroville.  
As a result of this operation the following items of evidence were seized; 10.21 pounds (4636.52 grams) of methamphetamine, over ½ pound (283.1 grams) of Heroin, $9432 in currency, .42 grams of cocaine and two firearms.  The approximate street value of all of the controlled substances is approximately $71,478.00.   
This seizure resulted from an investigation associated to methamphetamine being imported from Mexico into Butte County.  The vast majority of the methamphetamine and heroin being consumed in California comes from drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. 
As a result of this investigation, 30 year old Noe Gandarasoto was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale and child endangerment.  Gandarasoto is currently being held at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $425,000.00.
21 year old Henry Reynoso was also arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail for transportation of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.  Reynoso is being held at the Butte County Jail on $153,000.00 bail.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 /Number of views (820) /Categories: Press Release
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