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.

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. 

 

 

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 /Number of views (8) /Categories: Press Release
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Missing Person Tristian Lucero

April 8, 2015

 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Tristian Lucero, who has been missing since April 5, 2015.  Tristian is 19 years old and he was last contacted by telephone on the afternoon of Sunday 04-05-2015. Tristian told a friend over the telephone that he had been lost in the woods for several hours and had no idea where he was. Tristian mentioned he was walking along the flumes in an area where the flumes had recently had repair work performed. Tristian also mentioned he had just walked over a “grate.” Tristian hasn’t been heard from or seen since this telephone conversation on Sunday afternoon. The area Tristian is believed to have been are between the bridge at “Whiskey Flats” off of Jordan Hill Road in Magalia, and the Dean Road area of Paradise. His family and friends are very concerned for his wellbeing.

An associate of Tristian’s left him in the woods in the early morning hours of 04-05-2015 to find help. An unknown male citizen located this person at an unknown location and gave him a ride home. This citizen was said to be driving a blue Samurai and had a female passenger with him. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to speak with these two individuals to gain information as to the location they found Tristian’s friend.

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

 

 

 

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 /Number of views (30) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff's Search & Rescue announces their participation in the Paradise Ball

Have you heard about the Paradise Ball?  This is a fun, dress-in-your-finest social event, sponsored by the Paradise Exchange Club – and this year Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc., an all-volunteer team, is the beneficiary! Save the date April 11th, 2015 at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Hall, 7pm to midnight.

Pre-purchase a table at this event for ten of your close friends, employees or family members for only $500. This pre-purchase price provides great benefits: appetizers, wine, commemorative glassware and the opportunity to bid on some spectacular auction items, along with dancing to the sounds of the Swizzle Stixs Band.  Give your business some great publicity and help support your local Search and Rescue team.  Single tickets are also available – but we anticipate that this event will sell out, so do not delay your purchase. 

 Tickets are available in Paradise at Ace Rentals at 5810 Clark Road, Dave’s Camera at 6020 Skyway, PIP Printing at 597 Pearson Road, and in Chico at Made in Chico, 127 West 3rd Street.

Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc. is a very active search and rescue team.  In calendar year 2014, their volunteers responded to 109 search or rescue incidents, participated in 188 training exercises, and committed over 7,800 hours of service to the citizens of Butte County. 

These Search and Rescue volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and respond to many different types of incidents, including searches for lost or missing persons, technical/over-the-edge rescues, helicopter rescues, swift water and dive rescues, mountain and remote area rescues, wildland fire and flood evacuations as well as providing assistance to local law enforcement agencies.  These dedicated individuals take time away from home, work, family and friends to respond to these emergencies.

Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Inc. is very grateful to the citizens of Butte County for their continued support over the past 54 years.  This past year, some of the donations received were used to update the team’s primary rescue boat, purchase new flight helmets to improve safety and communication capacities during helicopter operations, purchase a new heavy duty trailer to transport the Sno-Cat to remote area mountain rescues, and to replace an outdated underwater camera used during water search and recovery missions.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team has a sizeable number of vehicles that are used on search and rescue incidents.  Donations from the community help purchase and maintain critical equipment that includes two primary rescue vehicles, one command vehicle, two snowmobiles, two off-road utility vehicles (one with tracks for snow operations), a tracked ARGO (for deep snow operations), a Sno-Cat (for deep snow operations), two rescue watercraft, one flat-bottom jet boat and one inflatable rescue boat.

Additionally, the team maintains a technical rescue/over-the-edge and swift-water rescue equipment cache.  Last, but certainly not least, the team has been developing a county-wide radio communication network, that when fully implemented, will allow for a fully functioning communication system, even in the most remote areas of Butte County.  

For further information on the Paradise Ball, or for more information regarding joining or helping to support our search and re

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 /Number of views (13) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO INVESTIGATES REPORTED KIDNAPPING IN MAGALIA

April 3rd, 2015

BCSO INVESTIGATES REPORTED KIDNAPPING IN MAGALIA

Oroville, Ca—At approximately  4:45pm yesterday, BCSO received a call from a 12 year old juvenile reporting he had been kidnapped from his home in the area of Pinehurst Way in Magalia. The juvenile reported that he had been splitting wood, blacked out, and woke up sitting in the woods with the suspect sitting across from him. The juvenile reported that the suspect threatened him with a gun, at which point the juvenile threw a rock at the suspect and was able to escape. The juvenile provided a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle.

BCSO conducted an investigation into this incident, and based on the reported information, suspected this may be a false report. After further investigation, the juvenile admitted to making up the story in an effort to get himself out of doing his chores. No further law enforcement action will be taken, BCSO is leaving the situation in the hands of the juvenile’s parents.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Friday, April 03, 2015 /Number of views (27) /Categories: Press Release
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Marine Unit announces Vessel turn-in program

Oroville, Ca— Through a grant awarded by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, the BCSO Marine Unit is providing a free vessel turn-in program to citizens who have old or unusable boats. Beginning this Saturday, April 4th, qualifying vessels will be accepted on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am to Noon. The vessel turn-in program will be located at Crown Metals, 4801 Feather River Blvd. in Oroville.

Vessels constructed of aluminum, fiberglass, and wood will be accepted, with or without trailers. Vessels must be void of all fuel and oil. Please remove trash and unrelated rubbish prior to turning in your vessel. All previously registered vessels with hull I.D. number must be accompanied with a title showing ownership.

If you have questions regarding this program, please call (530)533-7718.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Thursday, April 02, 2015 /Number of views (21) /Categories: Press Release
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