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.

Viewcrest Drive search warrant

On March 4, 2015, in response to a complaint about a property, Butte County Code Enforcement served an Inspection Warrant in the 100 block of Viewcrest Drive, Oroville. The Inspection Warrant had been issued to further investigate Measure A violations on the property. During the inspection, Code Enforcement Officers discovered a large indoor growing operation. Code Enforcement Officers requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Unit due to the possible criminal activity.

The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Unit arrived on scene and took over the investigation. Upon securing a search warrant, the SEU Detectives searched the property and residence locating 114 growing marijuana plants in two separate greenhouses, 137 growing marijuana plants in the residence, and 318 marijuana cuttings. Detectives also located 5 grams of hash oil, and 22 pounds of processed marijuana bud/shake and bud on stem in the residence. An additional 16 pounds of processed marijuana was found hidden on the property.

The residents a Travis Greer (Age 26) of Oregon and a Samuel Betts (Age 29) of Oregon were arrested for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Travis Greer had the added charge of maintaining a residence for the sale of marijuana.  They were both transported to the Butte County Jail with bail set at $125,000.00 for Greer and $100,000.00 for Betts.








Sergeant Marty Rolph

Butte County Sheriff’s Office

Special Enforcement Unit-Marijuana Eradication

33 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA. 95965


Friday, March 06, 2015 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Press Release

Arrests in murder of Oroville woman

March 4, 2015

Release by Sgt. Jason Hail


Oroville, CA- On March 4, 2015 at approximately 8:00 AM, detectives from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gavin Schorovsky, 42, and his wife, Deanna Schorovsky, 43, in Oroville for the death of  Gavin’s mother, Deanna Schorovsky, who was 68 at the time of her passing. 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to Feather River Hospital Emergency Room on July 17, 2013.  Medical staff at the hospital saw multiple severe open wounds on Deanna’s body and found her to be severely malnourished.  The wounds were infected and in various stages of decompensation. One wound left her spine exposed. The hospital staff reported the suspected abuse to Butte County Adult Protective Services and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deanna died on July 31, 2013, and an autopsy was performed.  After autopsy, it was determined that Deanna’s death was directly related to lack of care.

After a lengthy, on-going investigation into the circumstances and consultation with medical professionals, arrest warrants were issued by Judge Michael Deems.

Sandy Schorovsky will be charged with one count of 2nd degree murder with bail set at $1,000,000.

Gavin Schorovsky will be charged with Elder Abuse Causing Death with bail set at $150,000.

Both Sandy and Gavin were booked into Butte County Jail in Oroville. 




For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 /Number of views (9) /Categories: Press Release


DATE                                     : March 2, 2015                                            


RELEASED BY                   : Sgt. Steve Collins                            


CONTACT #                         : (530) 538-7389        


The Butte County Sheriff's Office 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, Sheriff’s Deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in and 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’s Search and Rescue will respond to emergency calls for service in and around these areas as needed.

Beginning, Tuesday, March 3rd, through Monday April 6th, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at 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 comment can also be mai

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 /Number of views (12) /Categories: Press Release

Oroville Pursuit

Oroville CA – On February 26, 2015, at approximately 4:00 pm, Deputy Darrin Brown attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign, at the intersection of Margo Lane and Stump Drive. The suspect vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac G6, failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit that traveled over 4 miles.  

The suspect fled eastbound and the pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and collided into a fence near the 3700 block of Foothill Blvd. The driver fled on foot and was quickly apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

Steven Mathew Berrigan, 42-years-old, from Sonora, was arrested for felony evading, weapons charges and had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. Several firearms and live ammunition were also located in the vehicle and Berrigan is a convicted felon.  Berrigan was transported and booked into the Butte County Jail and is being held on $118,000 bail.     

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321.

Monday, March 02, 2015 /Number of views (12) /Categories: Press Release

Arrest Made in Connection to 1978 Disappearance of Oroville Woman

February 19, 2015

Release by: Sgt. Jason Hail

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office has been conducting an on-going investigation into the disappearance of Deborah Diane Owens.  Deborah Owens was reported missing by her husband, Marvin Gail Owens (age 62) on November 21, 1978 two days after Marvin said he had last seen her.  Deborah Owens was living with her husband Marvin Owens and their children at 5373 Crestridge Drive, Oroville when she was last seen. To date, no one including Deborah’s now grown children and other relatives have ever heard from her and no evidence of life has surfaced. The husband, Marvin Owens has long been suspected of killing and disposing of Deborah’s body. 

Former Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff has been working on Cold Case homicides in Butte County and has spearheaded this case.  As a result of this investigation, the Butte County District Attorney has filed a felony arrest warrant charging Marvin Owens with the murder of his wife, Deborah Diane Owens.  Marvin Owens was arrested by the Keith County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska.  The exact timeframe for Marvin Owens extradition from Nebraska back to Butte County is unknown. 

Investigators are looking into the possible connections between the disappearance of Deborah Owens and another missing and suspected deceased woman named Essie Margarette Hiett, who disappeared in February 1978.

The following is a link to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office website detailing unsolved missing person cases:

Anyone with information is asked contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.




For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Thursday, February 19, 2015 /Number of views (49) /Categories: Press Release
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