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.

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 (48) /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 (56) /Categories: Press Release
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Updated Information Regarding Bank Robbery in Durham

November 14, 2014

UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING BANK ROBBERY IN DURHAM

Durham, CA- Attached are photographs of the suspect who committed an armed robbery of the Tri Counties Bank located at 9411 Midway in Durham at 10:24 am on November 13, 2014.  The suspect entered the bank wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, sunglasses, a white respiratory mask, and a San Francisco Giants baseball hat.  The suspect is further described as a white male adult, unknown age, approximately 6’0” tall, with a medium build. The suspect approached the teller and demanded money from the teller while brandishing a handgun.  The suspect was given money and then walked out of the bank headed east across Midway and into a nearby orchard.  The amount of money taken during the robbery is being withheld at this time.  No one was injured during the robbery. 

A reward is being offered for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671. 

See below for the original media release.

Friday, November 14, 2014 /Number of views (58) /Categories: Press Release
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CPD INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST OF BCSO EMPLOYEE

Oroville, Ca—In April, 2014, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by the Chico Police Department (CPD) advising that they were investigating the allegation of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, a violation 288(a) of the Penal Code. CPD further advised that Thomas Michael Sylvia, age 37, was a suspect in the case. CPD was making this notification because Sylvia was employed by BCSO, and assigned to the courts as a bailiff.  BCSO advised CPD they would cooperate with the investigation in any manner necessary.

In May 2014, CPD advised their investigation had focused on Sylvia. At that point, Sylvia was removed from his duties at BCSO, and placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the criminal investigation.

On November 10th, after obtaining additional evidence, CPD arrested Sylvia pursuant to an arrest warrant and booked him into the Butte County Jail. Sylvia was housed in another Northern California jail in order to ensure his safety.

At this time, Sylvia remains on administrative leave; however, BCSO is working diligently to complete the internal affairs investigation that was launched so that appropriate action can be taken.

Questions related to the criminal case are being referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

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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, November 13, 2014 /Number of views (76) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO RESPONDS TO BANK ROBBERY AT TRI COUNTIES BANK IN DURHAM

Durham, CA—At 10:24 am, BCSO received a report of a robbery occurring at Tri Counties Bank, located at 9411 Midway in Durham. No injuries were reported.

The suspect has been described as a white male adult, wearing a San Francisco Giants hat with a medical type mask covering his face. He was believed to be armed with a handgun. The suspect was last seen crossing the railroad tracks and entering an orchard, heading towards Jones Ave.

A perimeter has been established. Deputies, along with a K-9, are searching residential properties in the surrounding area.

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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, November 13, 2014 /Number of views (68) /Categories: Press Release
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