Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe 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.

Drive by shooting in Oroville

Oroville Ca--Last night, at approximately 10pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a drive by shooting that occurred at 2478 D Street, in south Oroville. The residence was hit several times by gun fire. One round went through the residence and struck a 15-year-old female in the lower leg while she was sleeping in bed.  The injury was non-life threatening and the juvenile was transported to Oroville Medical Center for treatment.  The suspect vehicle was described as a small white sedan. No other suspect information was provided, and we are unaware of any other victims at this time.  The residence was hit seven times, three rounds entered the residence where several family members were sleeping.  

For more information, please contact
BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Thursday, October 01, 2015 /Number of views (14) /Categories: Press Release

Burglary from vehicle arrest in Chico

During the early morning hours of September 29, 2015, Deputy Josh Brazzi of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the west side area of Chico. At approximately 2:55 in the morning, he saw a white Honda Civic travelling at a high rate of speed in the Dayton Road/Pomona Avenue area. In an attempt to evade Deputy Brazzi, the Honda turned into the apartment complex at 851 Pomona Avenue. The driver hastily pulled into a parking spot and a male and female ran from the vehicle. Deputy Brazzi was able to detain both subjects after a brief foot chase. The driver of the Honda was identified as 24 year old Joseph Hammett. The passenger was identified as 22 year old Brittany Bond. A subsequent search of the Honda turned up items that were stolen from two separate vehicles in the city of Chico earlier in the evening. One of the items was a Surveying Laser valued at approximately $3500.00. Brittany Bond was interviewed and released. Joseph Hammett was booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and driving on a suspended license. Joseph Hammett was currently out on bail for vehicle theft.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 /Number of views (12) /Categories: Press Release

Argument Ending in the Discharge of a Stolen Firearm

On September 23, 2015, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of Sweem Street in Oroville as a result of a report of four black male subjects who showed up to the residence with guns. The reporting party reported after a short argument one male fired several shots into the air as they drove away.
Deputies located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description of a white 4 door vehicle containing four black male adults. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Union 76 Station on Feather River Blvd in Oroville. The occupants were taken out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The subjects were cooperative and all were detained without incident. Oroville Police responded and assisted with the traffic stop.
During a search of the vehicle, Deputies located a handgun and shotgun. After conducting an investigation, 22-year-old Johnny Lewis was arrested for two (2) counts of Possession of Stolen Property to include one firearm, one (1) count of Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, and one (1) count of Carrying a Concealed Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle. Lewis was held on $290,000 bail. The other subjects were released.
If you have any further information regarding this incident please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

538.5384, 990.6949

Friday, September 25, 2015 /Number of views (23) /Categories: Press Release

National Preparedness Month

Preparing for an Emergency is Important; Make Your Emergency Plan Today

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2015 - 10:30 A.M.

Friday, September 18, 2015/Categories: News and Announcements

In the wake of the Lumpkin Fire east of Oroville and other fires still burning in northern California, National Preparedness Month, and the reminder to Make Your Emergency Plan Today, feels critically important to many people. Preparing for an emergency is always essential. It is easy for people to forget the importance of preparing until they are reminded how quickly an emergency, such as a wildfire or flood, can happen and how critical it is to be prepared.

September is National Preparedness Month. First responders and public service agencies throughout Butte County remind residents, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Making a pre-determined communication plan is key to ensuring the safety of your home, family, and pets whether you are planning for a wildfire, flood, power outage, or an emergency related to severe weather.

Make a Plan

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:
1.How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?
2.How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?
3.How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?
4.How will I let loved ones know I am safe?
5.How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Visit for tips on making a plan as well as sample communication plans.

Stay Informed During an Emergency

An important step in preparing for an emergency is to make sure all household members know how they will be notified during an emergency. Make sure you are able to get alerts about an emergency in Butte County. First responders and public service agencies provide emergency information in several ways.

Step 1: Sign up to receive emergency notifications.

The countywide emergency notification system is used to alert residents of evacuation warnings and orders in their area. Landline telephone numbers are automatically enrolled in the notification system. To receive notifications as an email or via your mobile phone (including text message), sign up online at,

Step 2: Keep Important Emergency Information Phone Numbers

Keep emergency information phone numbers in your mobile phone contact list or keep a printed card in your purse or wallet so you and your family know what phone number to contact for emergency information.

Remember: Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only, not for information.

Butte County Emergency Information Phone Numbers
•CALFIRE/Butte County Fire - 1.530.538.7826, Fire information
•PG&E Information Line - 1.800.743.5000, Report power outages and downed power lines
•Caltrans Information Line - 1.800.427.7623, For current highway conditions

Step 3: Follow Local Social Media Accounts and Bookmark Websites

Social Media (visit for a full list of social accounts)
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Friday, September 18, 2015 /Number of views (30) /Categories: Press Release

Danville Circle Search Warrant served

On September 9th, 2015 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, assisted by the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force served a search warrants on three parcels of land off Danville Circle in Concow.

Upon service of the search warrant at one of the parcels, the Special Enforcement Unit located Jose Bladimir Reyes-Membreno, age 26 of El Salvador. The investigation found that Reyes-Membreno was tending to 503 marijuana plants on one parcel as well as an additional 276 marijuana plants on a second parcel listed in the search warrant. Reyes-Membreno was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Reyes-Membreno was transported to the Butte County Jail and has a bail of $100,000.00.

The third parcel revealed 84 marijuana plants being cultivated by Ge Thao, age 38 of Sacramento. Thao was arrested for cultivation of marijuana.

While serving the search warrant, several Butte County code violations were found at all three locations including septic, building and structure violations, camping violations, well violations and Measure A violations. Butte County Code Enforcement was called and will be conducting further investigations into these issues.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 /Number of views (45) /Categories: Press Release
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