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.





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


December 25, 2017


Oroville, Ca-- At approximately 8:00 PM,  on December 25, 2017, Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) received reports of shots fired in the area of Foothill Mobile Home Park in Oroville. 

BCSO Deputies responded to the scene and located an adult male, with multiple gunshot wounds, lying in the street in front of a residence inside Foothill Mobile Home Park. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Due to the suspicious nature of the incident, BCSO Investigations Unit responded and is actively investigating the incident as a homicide. 

Limited information is available at this time. Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses. 

For information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
Monday, December 25, 2017 /Number of views (3376) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Sheriff's Office Detectives Arrest Suspect Responsible for Multiple North Chico Burglaries

December 19, 2017
Chico, Ca--On 12/14/17, detectives with the BCSO IMPACT Unit, with assistance from the Butte County Special Enforcement Unit (comprised of BCSO personnel and a Butte County DA Investigator), served a search warrant and conducted a probation search at an apartment in the North Chico area off E. Lassen Ave. The search was the result of an investigation into a large number of thefts and auto burglaries occurring in the area, including the theft of Christmas lights from the exterior of a residence, occurring on 12/04/17, which was captured on the victim’s home video surveillance.
During the search, property believed to have been stolen during numerous recent auto burglaries and / or thefts was located. Property belonging to at least five (5) separate victims was located within the apartment.
Joe Lodge, age 41, of Chico, was arrested for: Possession of stolen property, 2nd degree (auto) burglary and possession of pepper spray by a felon. On 12/18/17, Joe Lodge was arraigned in the Butte County Superior Court on the aforementioned charges, along with the charges of: Possession of burglary tools, possession of property with a serial number removed and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The suspect, Joe Lodge, further described a white male adult, approximately 5’08” / 150 lbs, with short blonde hair and a thin build, has been associated with a white Trek mountain bicycle and a distinctive single-strap, black-colored, tactical-style backpack during prior thefts. See attached photos for further details.
Detectives are asking citizens who believe they have been a victim of the same suspect, or have further information, to contact the investigations office at: (530) 538-6544.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 /Number of views (3286) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad Responds to Suspicious Substances Found in Stolen Vehicle

Concow, CA- On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 2:58 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were patrolling the area of Big Bend Road in Concow. Deputies noticed a vehicle at a nearby trailer park that was believed to be stolen. A check of the vehicle, a white Toyota Tacoma, confirmed it to be stolen out of Nevada City. The truck was parked in front of a trailer and inside the trailer, deputies located Paul Houk, age 36. Deputies then searched the truck and found a container with suspicious, unknown substances inside. Deputies were concerned that it was an improvised explosive device and requested assistance from the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad, as well as the CAL FIRE Hazmat Team.
Members of the Butte County Inter-Agency Bomb Squad retrieved the substances and further testing is required to determine exactly what the substances are. Houk was arrested for possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and an additional charge was added at the Butte County Jail after Houk brought methamphetamine to the jail. A deer carcass was also located inside Houk’s trailer that was illegally poached, so additional charges of poaching and being a felon in possession of a firearm were added by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Houk has been booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $45,000.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 /Number of views (4126) /Categories: Press Release

Vehicle Theft, Burglary and Arson Arrest

Chico, CA- On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Chico Police Department responded to a vehicle collision on the 500 block of Pomona Avenue in Chico. CPD arrived and located a female passed out behind the wheel of a Jeep that was towing an enclosed trailer. The Jeep had collided with a locked metal gate. The gate was severely damaged and the Jeep sustained some minor damage. The female was identified as 37-year-old Jennifer Britt. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Britt had stolen the vehicle from an address on the 1600 block of Dayton Road. Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and CPD officers responded to this residence and determined that a shop behind the residence on Dayton Road was on fire and several areas of the property had been ransacked. Through the investigation, it was determined that Britt had entered the shop, lit some property on fire inside the shop and stole items including the Jeep, the trailer, and medication.
Britt was subsequently interviewed and arrested for two counts of vehicle theft, two counts of possession of stolen vehicles, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription medication without a prescription, burglary and arson. Britt is being held at the Butte County Jail with a total bail of $82,000.00. The vehicle and trailer were recovered and released back to the owner.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017 /Number of views (4017) /Categories: Press Release

Teenagers Rescued Near Butte Meadows

Butte Meadows, CA- On Sunday, December 3, 2017, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a woman stating her 18-year-old son left their Magalia home to go search for a Christmas tree in Butte Meadows and had not returned home. The woman stated she last had contact with her son at approximately 1:30 p.m. The teenager was driving his Suzuki Samurai, along with a friend, and his dog. Ten volunteers with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team were deployed to the Butte Meadows area.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, at approximately 3:06 a.m., BCSO Sergeant Jack Storne located the vehicle, which had broken down, near Humbug Summit Road, just miles from the Plumas County line. The teenager stated his vehicle broke down 12 hours earlier, and he had not seen a single vehicle until Sergeant Storne located him. There were no injuries to the teenagers, or to the dog. The temperature outside was approximately 19 degrees at the time. The teenager was not prepared for an emergency, such as his vehicle breaking down. He was also approximately 15 miles from where he had stated he would be going to find the Christmas tree. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer some safety tips for traveling as we head into the cold, winter months:

-Always let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
-Be prepared to spend the night in a non-running vehicle.
-If you break down, do not leave your vehicle. Vehicles provide shelter and are much easier to find.
-Bring two days of water/food/medication.
-Bring bright clothing, blankets, and jackets.
-Bring a small candle (if you burn a candle leave a window slightly open) and flashlight.
Monday, December 04, 2017 /Number of views (3546) /Categories: Press Release