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.

Holiday Safety

OROVILLE, CA—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community to be vigilant in their safety and security. Along with the joy the holidays bring, there tends to also be an increase in crime. There are some easy steps to take to make yourself and your home more safe and secure.

Remember to lock all doors and windows to your home and your car. Leave outside lights on at night and use a timer for your indoor lights to make your home look as if someone is there, even when you are gone. Don’t leave presents in areas that can be seen from outside. After the holidays, be careful how you dispose of the packaging your gifts came in. Packaging found in your garbage can is like an advertisement to thieves of the fun, new and potentially expensive gifts you just received.

 If you plan to go out of town, put a stop on your mail and newspaper delivery or ask a trusted friend to pick up your mail and newspapers for you.

Identity theft is also common during the holidays. To avoid being a victim of identity theft, remember to keep your receipts in a safe place, and never leave your wallet or purse in your car. When shopping online, make sure you are shopping on a secure website, you should see “https” in the web address when you enter your personal information. Remember to check your accounts frequently to make sure there are no fraudulent charges.

There are many holiday celebrations during this time of year. Always remember that alcohol and driving do not mix. Have a designated driver or call a taxi. Don’t drink and drive.

BCSO would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

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For further information, please contact Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

 mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 /Number of views (6) /Categories: Press Release
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Arrest Made in Angelica Weems Murder

          November 25, 2014

Arrest Made in Angelica Weems Murder

Oroville, CA- Butte County Sheriff Detectives have arrested Zir Ion Weems (age 29), from Chico, CA for the murder of his wife, Angelica Weems.  Angelica’s body was recovered in a sandbar on the east side of the Sacramento River near Ord Bend, CA on October 5, 2014.  Angelica was reported missing by her family in September, 2014 to the Willows Police Department.  Zir had posted bail on a Glenn County case and immediately arrested prior to leaving the jail by Butte County Sheriff’s detectives and transported to the Butte County Jail, Oroville.  Zir is being held without bail.

See previous media releases below.

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Body Found Near Butte/Glenn County Line

 

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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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. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 /Number of views (26) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE IN OROVILLE BEATING

                                November 25, 2014

ARREST MADE IN OROVILLE BEATING

Oroville, CA- On November 24, 2014 at approximately 7:20 am, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Oroville Hospital regarding a person who arrived in the Emergency Room with severe injuries.  The victim, identified as Douglas Coleman (age 49), from Oroville is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.  Deputies were able to locate the crime scene at 2985 Elgin Street, Oroville, CA.  After processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses, an arrest was made earlier today on November 25, 2014.  The suspect, Matthew Lyle Lowry (age 29), from Oroville was arrested in Palermo, CA and booked into the Butte County Jail, Oroville.  Lowry was charged with attempted murder with a bail of $530,000.

 

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 /Number of views (24) /Categories: Press Release
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Shooting in Berry Creek

On November 17, 2014 at approximately 7:00 p.m. a Berry Creek resident called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. The resident who lives on Simpson Ranch Road, told dispatchers he was receiving threats from a subject named Albert Sprague. The resident requested extra patrol as he was in fear for his safety.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. the resident called 9-1-1 and the call was dropped due to poor cellular reception. Dispatch received a second 9-1-1 call a few moments later. They were able to hear what sounded like two males talking about a gun and one asking the other to let go of the gun.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with two males standing on the front porch of the residence and detained both of them without incident. Once the males were detained, Albert Sprague told the deputies he had been shot by the resident. Medical personal arrived and Sprague was air lifted to a local hospital with at least two gunshot wounds.

At this point, it appears Sprague forced his way into the residence where a physical confrontation occurred between him and the resident, which led to Sprague being shot. The incident is still currently under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321

 

For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 /Number of views (69) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT TO PURCHASE NEW BOAT

November 14, 2014

 

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT TO PURCHASE NEW BOAT

 

Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Marine Unit was recently awarded an equipment grant from the Division of Boating and Waterways. The funding from the grant was used to purchase a new all aluminum, jet propelled, 22-foot patrol boat.

The 2015 patrol boat was custom built for BCSO by Rogue Jet Boatworks out of White City, OR. The new boat will be used primarily on the Afterbay for the Recreational Boating Safety Program; however, it will also be available for use in Search and Rescue and Patrol functions on other county waterways.

According to BCSO Marine Unit Sergeant Steve Collins, a unique feature of the new boat is that both the tower and top collapse for passage under SR162 bridge, which makes enforcement and rescue on the Afterbay much more efficient.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Friday, November 14, 2014 /Number of views (69) /Categories: Press Release
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