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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.

Illegal marijuana grow

On October 24th the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service in the 100 block of Golddigger Ln in Oroville. While deputies were on scene they discovered an outdoor marijuana garden and asked the Special Enforcement Unit for assistance. SEU Detectives arrived on scene and took over the investigation. SEU Detectives authored a search warrant and as a result, Detectives located 59 growing marijuana plants, 145 pounds of drying marijuana, and 77.34 pounds of processed marijuana. During the investigation SEU Detectives found the suspects were using Prop 215 as a guise to hide their illegal sales activities.  The two suspects located at the address, Nathan Sattler (32) of Chico, and Robert Torres (24) of Austin Texas, were both arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on Felony charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, bail was set at $100,000.00 each.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 /Number of views (43) /Categories: Press Release
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Home Invasion Robbery/Victim Beaten

Oroville – On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Detectives arrested two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17 in connection with the beating and home invasion robbery of a 64-year-old Oroville resident.

On Friday, October 17, deputies responded to a call of a subject who had been severely beaten and left inside his Oroville Country Club Road residence.  Patrick Plaster was transported to the hospital by family prior to law enforcement arrival. It was determined by deputies that the incident occurred on the evening of October 16, however Mr. Plaster had been left injured inside his residence, and was not found by family until the afternoon hours of Friday, October 17.  Mr. Plaster was subsequently flown to an out-of-the-area hospital where he was admitted.   His injuries were initially believed to be life-threatening, however at this time he is expected to survive.

Further investigation revealed that the two juvenile suspects, who are known to the victim, entered the suspect’s house and beat him, then stole items, including firearms, from the residence.  Further investigation resulted in the identification and arrest of the two suspects and discovery of some of the stolen property.

The suspects were arrested for: Assault with A Deadly Weapon with Great Bodily Injury, Elder Abuse, and Robbery.  They were taken to the Butte County Juvenile Hall.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 /Number of views (77) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SERVES THREE SEARCH WARRANTS IN FOREST RANCH

On October 13th, 2014, Detectives with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, served three search warrants in Forest Ranch.  The first search warrant took place in the 4900 block of O’Donnell Way, Forest Ranch.  During the service of the search warrant an adult male escaped out the back of the home and fled into the woods.  A search of the property revealed a total of 259 marijuana plants growing in three different locations; one a greenhouse which was only 199 feet from the Forest Ranch Charter School and the other two were indoor marijuana grows set up in the home’s garage and outbuilding.  One of the home’s residents, Nicholas Simmons (age 28) from Minnesota, was recently stopped in Oregon for transporting marijuana for sale, and was not present during the service of the search warrant.  Also located at the O’Donnell Way property was a butane honey oil lab, several forms of THC infused sodas and candies, packaged marijuana for sale, and packaged kief for sale.

The second search warrant location took place in the 12530 block of Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch.  Located at the scene were Shaun Tetreault (age 36) from South Dakota, Tanner Hull (age 27) from South Dakota, Jessica Kerlin (age 37) from South Dakota, Bradley Hull (age 49) from South Dakota, and Adrian Cleveland (age 36) from Minnesota.  A search of the property revealed 205 marijuana plants growing outdoors and within two indoor grow rooms.  Several thousand THC infused edible candies were found packaged for sale.  The home’s kitchen held evidence that the manufacturing of the edibles was taking place at the location.  THC oil, candy molds in the shape of handguns, and other items consistent with the manufacturing of THC edibles was found.  Several firearms were located on the property to include an illegal assault rifle.  Over $205,000.00 was seized at the property as evidence of sales of marijuana.

The third search warrant location took place in the 15450 block of Forest Ranch Way at a business listed with the California Secretary of State as Want It Al LLC.  This closed business contained items consistent with the cultivation of marijuana using greenhouses and/or indoor grow rooms.

Shaun Tetreault was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony, and maintaining.  His bail is $130,000.00.

Tanner Hull was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony, and possession of an assault rifle.  His bail is $130,000.00. 

Jessica Kerlin was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and armed in the commission of a felony.  Her bail is $115,000.00.

Bradley Hull was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and armed in the commission of a felony.  His bail is $115,000.00.

Adrian Cleveland was arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony and felony transportation.  His bail is $165,000.00.

All are currently in custody at the Butte County Jail.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 /Number of views (95) /Categories: Press Release
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Updated Information: Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Shooting in Oroville Area

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On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office arrested Oroville resident Ker Vang (age 22) for the murder of Oroville resident Jar Pao Lee (age 19).  Ker Vang is being held in the Butte County Jail, Oroville without bail.  The other shooting victim is recovering and his name will not be released for his own safety. 

Original Release: On October 6, 2014 at approximately 0150 hours the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of gunshots fired into a vehicle on Highway 70 south of the Nelson Rd/Grand Ave off ramp in Oroville, CA.  While deputies were investigating this incident the Chico Police Department notified the Butte County Sheriff’s Office that they were responding to Enloe Hospital for two gunshot victims. 

It has been determined that both incidents are connected and the incident is being investigated by Butte County Sheriff’s detectives.  The two individuals at Enloe Hospital are receiving treatment for their injuries; their current conditions are unknown.   The suspects are unknown at this time.

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

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Thursday, October 09, 2014 /Number of views (141) /Categories: Press Release
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Updated Information: Body Found Near Butte/Glenn County Line

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October 9, 2014

Oroville, Ca--The remains located along Sacramento River have been positively identified as Angelica Weems from Chico, CA.  Weems’ death has been ruled a homicide and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Willows Police Department in this investigation.  

Anyone with information regarding the death of Angelica Weems is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Gsell at 530-538-7671. 

Original Release: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit was called out to investigate the discovery of human remains today, October 5, 2014.  At approximately 10:52 AM, Family members of Angelica Weems (age 23) notified authorities that they had discovered what appeared to be human remains in an area on the east side of the Sacramento River south of Ord Ferry Road.  The family was looking in the area because it was a place where Angelica Weems had been known to frequent.

Law Enforcement Officers from Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, Willows Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene.  It was determined that the Butte County Sheriff’s Office would be the primary investigating agency for the scene where the body was found. 

At this point in the investigation, the identification of the person is unknown.  The remains were determined to be an adult female.  Identification of the remains will be attempted as soon as possible and the autopsy conducted later this week.

 

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Thursday, October 09, 2014 /Number of views (123) /Categories: Press Release
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