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.

Pursuit of stolen vehicle

On Saturday April 25, 2015, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Hooks observed a previously reported stolen Honda Civic driving on Montgomery Street in Oroville.  Deputy Hooks attempted to stop the car and it fled southbound on Highway 70 in excess of 100 MPH.  With minimal other traffic the suspect continued to flee to Central House Road, across to the town of Honcut, then up through eastern Palermo ultimately fleeing across Cynthiann Lane and up Drescher Tract Road.  Other Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded to the area to assist and the suspect lost control of the Honda at Drescher Tract Road and Pinecrest Road, wrecking into the ditch.  The driver got out of the car and ran away, leaving two passengers behind. 

The passengers were detained and treated at the scene for injuries received from the wreck.  The investigation revealed that the passengers were not responsible for the theft of the vehicle, and were released.  The investigation is continuing to identify and arrest the driver. 

Monday, April 27, 2015 /Number of views (5) /Categories: Press Release

Burglary at Training Grounds Prompts Joint Investigation


On Saturday, April 18, a burglary occurred at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Posse Grounds and Range and the CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Training Grounds located on Openshaw Road off Highway 149. 

Items taken in the burglary include rescue and emergency equipment and construction equipment. The value of the equipment is estimated to be $30,000.00.

This crime is being jointly investigated by BCSO and CAL FIRE. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact BCSO Detective Freeman at (530)538-7671.



Thursday, April 23, 2015 /Number of views (15) /Categories: Press Release
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 /Number of views (39) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca—At approximately 5:20 PM today, while responding to a call for service, a deputy sheriff was involved in a collision with another vehicle in the 2800 block of Olive Highway in Oroville, CA. Officers from Oroville Police Department arrived to assist with traffic control until officers from The California Highway Patrol arrived and assumed those duties. The California Highway Patrol took the responsibility for investigating the traffic collision. Fire and medics also responded to the scene. All parties were taken to Oroville Hospital with minor complaints of pain. The involved deputy went to Oroville Hospital in an abundance of caution and is expected to be treated and released. Any witness to the collision is encouraged to contact The California Highway Patrol. All further inquiries should be directed to The California Highway Patrol, as well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 /Number of views (20) /Categories: Press Release

Attempted Kidnapping

 April 14, 2015

Oroville, CA - On April 12, 2015, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the 500 block of Shasta Avenue, Oroville, CA, stating that a white male adult in his 30’s, later identified as Jeffery Michael Lane, age 32, from Oroville, CA,  attempted to kidnap her two children, ages 10 and 11 years old.  When confronted by the mother of the children, Lane drove off in a green 1996 Ford van.  On April 14, 2015, Lane was arrested by Butte County Probation Officers in Oroville and the vehicle located.  After further investigation, Lane has been charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping.  Lane was booked into the Butte County Jail with a no bail probation hold, as well as a bail amount of $1 million for the attempted kidnapping charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Butte County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671. 




For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 /Number of views (22) /Categories: Press Release
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