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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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 (152) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST THREE INDIVIDUALS FOR TWO MURDERS THAT OCCURRED IN THE OROVILLE AREA

October 23, 2020

BCSO DETECTIVES ARREST THREE INDIVIDUALS FOR TWO MURDERS THAT OCCURRED IN THE OROVILLE AREA

Oroville, CA – On the evening of October 21, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by family members of Jerry Bonds, age 39 and Randy Bonds, age 33, of Florida. The family members reported Jerry and Randy had flown from Florida to Los Angeles, rented a vehicle, and traveled to the Butte County area. The family members were concerned because they lost contact with Jerry and Randy after they arrived in the Butte County area. BCSO deputies and detectives immediately began conducting an investigation.
During the investigation that followed, BCSO detectives, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force detectives, BCSO Special Enforcement Unit detectives, Designated Area deputies, and Agents from the Chico FBI Office worked together and developed information that led them to believe Jerry and Randy were last in the area of Pondersoa Way, Forbestown. During a search of the aforementioned area, detectives located the bodies of Jerry and Randy in a wooded area. Detectives determined Jerry and Randy had both been shot.
Detectives worked with the Reno Police Department and located the vehicle Jerry and Randy had rented in the area of Boomtown, Nevada. Detectives traveled to Reno, worked with the Reno Police Department, and executed a search warrant at a residence in Reno. Detectives located additional evidence related to the murders of Jerry and Randy in the Reno area.
Based on information obtained during the investigation, detectives identified Michael Griff, age 21, Austin Hogan, age 21, and Kyle Smith, age 24, as the individuals who murdered Jerry and Randy. Detectives determined Griff, Hogan, and Smith were residing at a residence on Coho Court, Oroville.
On October 22, deputies and detectives contacted Hogan and Smith during a traffic enforcement stop in the Kelly Ridge area of Oroville. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the Coho Court address, and an arrest warrant for Griff. On the afternoon of October 22, deputies with the BCSO SWAT team executed the search warrant. During the execution of the search warrant, Griff was contacted and placed under arrest. During a search of the Coho Court residence, detectives located additional evidence showing Griff, Hogan, and Smith were the individuals responsible for the murders of Randy and Jerry. Detectives are currently following-up on additional information regarding the circumstances of the murders.
On October 22, Griff, Hogan, and Smith were booked into the Butte County Jail. Griff, Hogan, and Smith were each booked for two counts of first degree murder. Griff, Hogan, and Smith are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, October 26, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper or Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, October 23, 2020 /Number of views (300) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Child Endangerment Arrests

October 21, 2020

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Child Endangerment Arrests

Magalia, CA – On the evening of October 9, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives were contacted by a local hospital regarding a possible child abuse victim. Deputies and detectives responded to the hospital and determined a sixteen month old victim had been brought to the emergency room with severe burns. After receiving emergency treatment, the victim was transferred to a children’s hospital in the Sacramento area. The victim is in stable condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Deputies and detectives identified the victim’s parents as Jennelle Laye, age 39, and Jeremy Laye, age 47. Detectives determined Jennelle, Jeremy, and their three children reside in Magalia. Detectives conducted an extensive investigation. Detectives determined Jennelle and Jeremy left their children at their residence with a juvenile babysitter on the evening of October 8. Based on the investigation, detectives believe the child was burned as a result of a spill sometime during the evening hours on October 8.
Detectives located evidence Jennelle and Jeremy returned to their residence in the early morning hours on October 9. Detectives located further evidence that despite being aware of the life-threatening injuries the victim sustained, Jeremy and Jennelle intentionally waited approximately 14 hours to take the victim to the hospital. Doctors and medical staff concluded the failure to provide the victim with immediate medical attention caused additional harm to the victim. Doctors also concluded the aforementioned subjected the victim to additional pain and suffering.
On October 20, detectives arrested Jennelle and Jeremy. Jennelle and Jeremy were booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony count of child abuse. Jennelle and Jeremy are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, October 22, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker or Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 /Number of views (176) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Shooting Investigation

October 13, 2020

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Shooting Investigation
Oroville, CA – On October 11, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to a report of a shooting at a residence located near the 5300 block of Margo Lane, Oroville. Deputies arrived and determined a 12-year-old victim had been shot. The 12-year-old victim was transported to a local hospital, and later transferred by helicopter to a Sacramento area hospital. The 12-year-old victim is currently in stable condition.
Deputies and detectives spent the last two days conducting an investigation. Based on the investigation, detectives determined a 16-year-old juvenile shot the 12-year-old victim. The 16-year-old juvenile was booked at the Butte County Juvenile Hall on felony charges related to the shooting. On October 12, detectives served a search warrant related to the shooting investigation at a residence located in the 300 block of Lausen Street, Oroville.
Based on the fact this is an ongoing investigation involving a juvenile victim and juvenile suspect, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing further details about the investigation at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Jason Miller or Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 /Number of views (188) /Categories: Press Release
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Gold Country Casino Robbery Investigation Update

October 7, 2020
UPDATE
During the follow-up investigation, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives determined bank/credit cards were also taken from the victim during the robbery. BCSO detectives located evidence that after the robbery, Jeremy Bowman, age 32 of Yuba City, conspired with Daniel Braziel to charge approximately $1,000 on the victim’s bank/credit cards. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Bowman, and a search warrant for Bowman’s residence, which is located in the 1700 block of Sandpiper Drive, Yuba City.
On October 6, BCSO detectives and personnel from the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office served the search warrant. During the execution of the search warrant Bowman was located, placed under arrest, and later booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony count of identity theft and a misdemeanor count of possession of stolen property. Detectives located evidence at Bowman’s residence showing Bowman was the individual who used the victim’s bank/credit cards. Detectives also located numerous other illegal items to include heroin, stolen property, and ammunition.

October 1, 2020

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Robbery Investigation
Oroville, CA – On September 29, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began investigating a robbery that occurred at Gold Country Casino, Oroville. Deputies determined an elderly victim was gambling at the casino and won a significant amount of money. The victim placed the money in her wallet and sat down at a gaming machine. A male, later identified as Daniel Braziel of Marysville, age 30, approached the victim. Braziel pushed the victim and used physical force to take money and other property from the victim.
Deputies and detectives worked with Gold Country Casino staff and obtained video surveillance which captured portions of the robbery. After the robbery Braziel ran to the casino parking lot and got into the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by a female. Based on the video surveillance, deputies and detectives identified the female as Regina Brito of Marysville, age 49. Brito is Braziel’s mother. During the investigation detectives located evidence Brito assisted with the robbery.
On September 30, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Braziel and Brito. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for a residence located in Olivehurst. With the assistance of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office, detectives served the search warrant. During the service of the search warrant detectives located the vehicle Brito was driving during the robbery.
After serving the search warrant detectives contacted and placed Brito under arrest at an apartment in Linda. During the arrest of Brito detectives located property that was taken during the robbery. Later in the evening, detectives located Braziel driving a vehicle in the Linda area. Braziel was contacted and placed under arrest without incident. During the arrest and subsequent interview with Braziel, detectives located additional evidence related to the robbery.
On the evening of September 30, Braziel and Brito were booked into the Butte County Jail for felony counts of robbery and elder abuse. Braziel and Brito are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, October 2, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020 /Number of views (276) /Categories: Press Release
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