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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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING DISABLED VICTIM

November 17, 2020

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING DISABLED VICTIM
Oroville, CA – On the morning of November 14, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives responded to a report of an assault in the 200 block of Black Bart Road, Oroville. Upon arrival deputies contacted a female victim who reported she and her boyfriend were assaulted at a nearby residence. The female victim was interviewed and transported to a local hospital. Deputies immediately responded to a residence located in the 200 block of Black Bart Road, to check the welfare of the female victim’s boyfriend.
Upon arrival at the residence deputies contacted a male victim. The male victim had multiple injuries and was immediately transported to Oroville Hospital. Based on the significance of the male victim’s injuries, the male victim was later transported to another hospital. While at the residence, deputies contacted George McKinnon, age 67, of Oroville.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence where the assault occurred, and conducted a follow-up investigation. During the service of the search warrant and subsequent follow-up investigation, detectives determined McKinnon had invited the female and male victim to stay at his residence. Detectives located evidence McKinnon became upset with the male victim, and McKinnon proceeded to hit the female and male victim with an object.
During the follow-up investigation, detectives determined the male victim suffered from a disability which confined him to a wheelchair. Detectives located evidence McKinnon knew the male victim suffered from disabilities, and McKinnon intentionally struck the male victim with an object multiple times. The male victim sustained serious injuries and is currently in stable condition.
On November 14, McKinnon was booked into the Butte County Jail for felony battery, and for two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon. McKinnon is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Tuesday, November 17, at 3 PM.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Phil Wysocki at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020 /Number of views (139) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST TWO INDIVIDUALS DURING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

November 12, 2020

BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST TWO INDIVIDUALS DURING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Oroville, CA – On the evening of November 07, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives responded to a drive-by shooting in the area of Mountain Vista Drive, Oroville. Upon arrival deputies determined a victim had been shot, a residence had been shot multiple times, and two vehicles had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.
Detectives conducted follow-up and determined the victims were hosting a family gathering at their residence. Around 6:20 PM a vehicle drove past their residence. An individual in the vehicle fired multiple shots toward the residence. One of the bullets struck the victim, and one bullet penetrated the wall to a room housing four children.
On November 09, while conducting follow-up on the shooting, detectives conducted a probation search at a residence located in the 4700 block of V-E Avenue, Oroville. During a search of the residence detectives located approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm with an altered serial number, and clothing depicting the name of a criminal street gang. Cher Vang, age 26, of Oroville, and Gier Vang, age 20, of Oroville were both placed under arrest during the probation search. Photographs of the items located during the probation search are attached.
On November 09, Cher and Gier were booked into the Butte County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, altering a firearm serial number, and participating in a criminal street gang. Cher and Gier are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, November 12, at 3 PM.
Detectives are conducting additional follow-up related to the drive-by shooting and additional arrests are anticipated. Detectives are attempting to obtain additional video surveillance from November 07, 2020 from the locations listed below.
-Oro Dam Boulevard between Highway 99 and Highway 70
-Grand Avenue between 18th Street and Table Mountain Boulevard
-Nelson Avenue between 18th Street and Table Mountain Boulevard
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional video surveillance or information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper or Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, November 12, 2020 /Number of views (135) /Categories: Press Release
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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

November 5, 2020

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Biggs, CA – Earlier this year, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating Stephen Wortham, age 58, of Biggs. Wortham is required to register with law enforcement pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act. On November 2, 2020, Wortham arrived at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office to update his sex offender registration as required by law. During the registration process detectives obtained Wortham’s cellular telephone.
Detectives conducted a forensic search of Wortham’s cellular telephone and located multiple images of child pornography. On November 3, detectives contacted Wortham and placed him under arrest for a felony count of possessing child pornography. During a follow-up investigation, detectives located evidence showing Wortham used his cellular telephone to download the child pornography.
Wortham was booked into the Butte County Jail on the afternoon of November 3. Wortham is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, November 5, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker or Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, November 05, 2020 /Number of views (155) /Categories: Press Release
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THE BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IDENTIFIES ADDITIONAL VICTIM OF NORTH COMPLEX WEST ZONE/BEAR FIRE

October 28, 2020

THE BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IDENTIFIES ADDITIONAL VICTIM OF NORTH COMPLEX WEST ZONE/BEAR FIRE


Oroville, CA- The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is announcing an additional victim has been identified from the North Complex West Zone/Bear Fire. On September 8, 2020, Win Naing, age 54 of Berry Creek, sustained burns as a result of the fire. Naing was injured but was still able to drive. Naing drove from his home on Sandy Springs Lane and located a firefighter. The firefighter was then able to have Naing transported to Enloe Medical Center.
On September 9, 2020, Naing was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center for further treatment. Naing was put into a medically induced coma and passed away on October 21, 2020.
This brings the total number of people who lost their lives in this fire to 16. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office sends our condolences to the family and friends of Win Naing, and to all the families who lost loved ones in this devastating fire.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 /Number of views (504) /Categories: Press Release
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LARGE AMOUNT OF ILLEGAL DRUGS FOUND DURING SEARCH OF INMATE HOUSING UNIT AT THE BUTTE COUNTY JAIL

October 26, 2020
LARGE AMOUNT OF ILLEGAL DRUGS FOUND DURING SEARCH OF INMATE HOUSING UNIT AT THE BUTTE COUNTY JAIL

Oroville CA – On October 23, 2020 at approximately 9:15 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies conducted a random search of an inmate housing unit within the Butte County Jail. Deputies routinely conduct random searches of inmate housing units to locate contraband and inmate made weapons. This is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the inmates, civilian contractors and correctional staff who work in the jail. As part of those searches, correctional deputies conduct cursory pat-searches of the inmates housed in the unit to make sure they are not in possession of weapons or contraband.
During a cursory pat-search of inmate David Weston, age 39, approximately 9.7 grams of black tar heroin, 12 packages of Suboxone strips and multiple unknown crushed pills were found to be concealed on his person. Weston was recently remanded into custody during a court appearance. He knew he was likely to be remanded into custody ahead of time and it’s believed that he smuggled the narcotics into the jail by hiding the contraband inside his body.
Weston was arrested by deputies and booked for the illegal transportation for sale of a controlled substance, in violation of Penal Code section 11352. Weston was also booked for illegal sales of narcotics in violation of Penal Code section 4573.9, when it was determined that he was furnishing the narcotics to other inmates in exchange for money being deposited upon his inmate account.
During the search of the housing unit, deputies located approximately 3 gallons of “pruno,” which is an alcoholic beverage commonly made by inmates using food items they obtain from the meals they are served. Additionally a three inch bolt with a sharpened paperclip affixed to the end was located. It is likely this item was being used to apply tattoos. Deputies are conducting further investigation in an effort to determine which inmates were responsible for those items.
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Monday, October 26, 2020 /Number of views (147) /Categories: Press Release
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