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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SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

March 8, 2021

SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

Oroville, CA – On the evening of March 6, Michael Borgman, age 23, of Chico was arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for misdemeanor DUI charges. On the evening of March 6, Sherman Silva, age 43, of Oroville was arrested by the Chico Police Department (CPD) for a felony arrest warrant. CHP and CPD subsequently booked Borgman and Silva at the Butte County Jail.
Borgman was under the influence of alcohol and Silva was under the influence of drugs. Based on the aforementioned they were both housed in a sobering cell located within the Butte County Jail booking area. While housed in the cell, correctional deputies and jail medical staff conducted frequent checks on Borgman and Silva. During the early morning hours on March 7, correctional deputies conducted a check on Borgman and Silva. Approximately two minutes after conducting the check, correctional deputies were summoned by an inmate about a possible altercation inside the cell housing Borgman and Silva.
Correctional deputies immediately responded and observed Silva and Borgman involved in an altercation. Correctional deputies immediately separated Borgman and Silva. Correctional deputies and jail medical staff noted Silva was not responsive, and they immediately began providing Silva with emergency medical treatment. Paramedics responded and provided additional emergency medical treatment. Despite the life-saving measures that were administered, jail medical staff and paramedics were not able to revive Silva.
Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the jail and began conducting an investigation. During the investigation personnel located evidence indicating Borgman and Silva were involved in a brief altercation and Silva expired during the altercation.
Based on the evidence obtained during the initial investigation, Borgman was placed under arrest for a felony count of murder. This is an ongoing investigation. Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office detectives are actively investigating this incident.
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Monday, March 08, 2021 /Number of views (526) /Categories: Press Release
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TWO ARRESTED DURING SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

March 2, 2021

TWO ARRESTED DURING SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Oroville, CA – On the evening of February 23, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives began investigating a shooting that occurred near the 600 block of Tehama Avenue, Oroville. Deputies located evidence a shooting had occurred and a bullet entered a residence where multiple individuals, to include a 13-year-old victim, resided. Deputies determined debris from the bullet that entered the residence struck the 13-year-old victim.
Over the past week detectives conducted a follow-up investigation. The investigation was complicated by factors including the number of individuals involved. Detectives developed leads based on video surveillance and witness statements.
Based on evidence located during the investigation, detectives obtained search warrants for three residences in the Oroville area. On February 25th and 26th, detectives served the search warrants. During the service of the search warrants and subsequent investigation, detectives located a firearm, ammunition, and other evidence related to the shooting. Based on evidence located, detectives determined Allen Riley, age 18, of Oroville, and Trey Lee, age 20, of Oroville were involved in the shooting.
Detectives determined Lee and a group of Lee’s associates showed up in front of Riley’s residence on the evening of February 23. Based on evidence located, detectives concluded Riley and Lee both shot at each other. Detectives determined the bullet fired by Lee entered the residence where the 13-year-old victim resided.
On the afternoon of February 26, Lee was placed under arrest for a felony count of carrying a loaded firearm not registered to him in public. On the evening of February 26, Riley was placed under arrest for a felony count of assault with a firearm on a person. This investigation is ongoing.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detectives Zach Price or Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2021 /Number of views (614) /Categories: Press Release
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FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE

February 26, 2021
FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE

Oroville, CA – Since the arrest of Rogers, detectives have continued to conduct follow-up related to this investigation. During the follow-up investigation, detectives were contacted by a second victim who reported he was molested by Rogers over an approximate three year period of time. Detectives conducted an investigation and located evidence which corroborated the victim’s statements.
Rogers has remained in custody at the Butte County Jail since his November 17 arrest. On February 19, 2021 Rogers was placed under arrest for an additional felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The Sheriff’s Office is still conducting follow-up related to this investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Rogers or this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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November 18, 2020
OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR CONTINUOUS SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD

Oroville, CA – In September of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives were contacted by a victim who reported he had been molested by his babysitter several years ago. Detectives conducted an investigation and identified the babysitter as Lance Rogers, age 34, of Oroville. Rogers is required to register with law enforcement pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.
During the investigation detectives interviewed multiple witnesses. Based on evidence located during the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rogers. On November 17, detectives contacted Rogers and placed him under arrest for a felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and a felony count of oral copulation of a minor under the age of 14.
Rogers was booked into the Butte County Jail on the afternoon of November 17. Rogers is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, November 20, at 3 PM. 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 26, 2021 /Number of views (341) /Categories: Press Release
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FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE

February 23, 2021
FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE
Oroville, CA – Over the past two months detectives processed physical evidence and conducted forensic downloads of electronic devices located during the arrest of Horton. During the follow-up investigation, detectives located evidence linking Horton to the following burglaries: A residential burglary in Biggs which occurred in November, 2020 where a firearm was stolen, a burglary at a shop in Biggs which occurred in December, 2020, and an attempted residential burglary in Oroville which occurred in December, 2020.
Horton has remained in custody at the Butte County Jail since his January 7, 2021 arrest. On February 19, 2021, Horton was booked for two additional felony counts of burglary, and one felony count of attempted burglary. The Sheriff’s Office is still conducting follow-up related to this investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Horton or this investigation to contact Detective Brain Parsons at 530-538-7671.
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January 8, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AND MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE
Oroville, CA – On the afternoon of January 7, 2021 a homeowner who resided in the area of Cherokee Road, Oroville called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and reported they had interrupted a burglary at their residence. Deputies and detectives immediately responded to the area and obtained a description of the suspect from the homeowner. Deputies conducted an area check and located the suspect standing outside of a residence in the 2400 block of Cherokee Road. Deputies and detectives identified the suspect as Brian Horton, age 44, of Oroville.
Deputies and detectives determined Horton resided at the residence where he was contacted, and Horton was on active California State Parole. Deputies and detectives conducted a search of Horton’s residence pursuant to the terms and conditions of Horton’s parole. During the search of Horton’s residence, deputies and detectives contacted Horton’s girlfriend, who was identified as Mindy Kruse, age 35, of Oroville.
Deputies and detectives located numerous evidence items inside Horton’s residence to include the following items: Two firearms, a sawed off shotgun, ammunition, evidence related to the aforementioned burglary, and a methamphetamine lab. The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force responded to Horton’s residence and processed the methamphetamine lab. A photograph of the firearms deputies and detectives located is attached to this press release.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence that Horton was involved with a separate residential burglary that occurred on Christmas day in the Oroville area. Detectives also located property in Kruse’s purse that was stolen during a vehicle burglary that occurred in the Oroville area.
On the evening of January 7, Horton was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of residential burglary, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of stolen property, possession of a sawed off shotgun, manufacturing a sawed off shotgun, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and for violating the terms and conditions of his parole. On the evening of January 7, Kruse was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of vehicle burglary and possession of precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine. Horton and Kruse are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, January 11, at 3 PM.
During the investigation, detectives located evidence Horton was involved in additional thefts on Christmas day. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation or who had property stolen on Christmas day to contact detect
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 /Number of views (359) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION PROGRAM

February 23, 2021
BCSO APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION PROGRAM
Oroville, CA – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is in the process of applying for grant funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.
Funds from the OHMVR grant support the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office in patrolling the Jonesville Snow Park, the Plumas National Forest and the Lassen National Forest. These duties include enforcement of state laws, federal regulations, and Butte County ordinances. If awarded, BCSO deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in an around these areas year-round. Deputies will assist with visitor safety, education, enforcement, and search and rescue efforts.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will provide information and education regarding environmental issues and conservation concerns regarding off-highway vehicle use. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue will respond to emergency calls for service in and around these areas as needed.
Beginning Tuesday, March 2rd, 2021, through Monday, May 3rd, 2021, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. From that website, the public will be directed to the Grants/On-line Grant Application (OLGA) public review feature for instructions on how to submit their comments. Written public comments can also be mailed to Sergeant Dave Ennes at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, 5 Gillick Way, Oroville CA, 95965.
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Released by: Sergeant Dave Ennes
Contact: (530) 538-7389
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 /Number of views (364) /Categories: Press Release
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