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.

Media Release

On June 29, 2015 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at three adjoining parcels on Potters Ravine Drive, Oroville. During the service of the search warrants, Deputies located two large commercial marijuana growing operations. Although the operations were located on the same parcels of land they were not connected to each other.


One of the operations consisted of four greenhouses and two separate outdoor growing areas. Three of the four greenhouses contained flowering marijuana plants while the fourth housed smaller juvenile marijuana plants. A total of 758 growing marijuana plants were confiscated from the operation. Deputies located and arrested Ruben Aguilera (age 20, Riverside, CA) and Ruben Medina-Garcia (age 20, Riverside, CA). Both were booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.  Medina-Garcia was also arrested for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.


The second operation consisted of 7 greenhouses and one outdoor growing area. A total of 388 growing marijuana plants were confiscated from the second operation. The marijuana plants at this operation were in both the flowering stage of growth and the vegetative stage of growth. Deputies located and arrested Jeanne Proteau (age 68, from Mendocino), Myomi Hammond (age 42, from Mendocino), and

Anthony Hammond (age 33, from Mendocino) All three were booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.





Tuesday, June 30, 2015 /Number of views (6) /Categories: Press Release

Award Offered

June 30, 2015

Oroville, CA--The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding two burglaries that occurred at the same residence in December, 2014 and January, 2015. A residence in the 400 block of Bay Tree Drive in the unincorporated area of Paradise was burglarized and numerous items stolen including furniture, firearms, jewelry and personal papers.
The victim of the burglary is offering a $2000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) who committed the burglaries. The person providing the information can contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 /Number of views (5) /Categories: Press Release

Arson in Oroville

On June 27, 2015, at approximately 0140 hours, Deputies responded to the 2600 block of D Street in Oroville to investigate a vandalism after a reporting party reported a person broke a window and threatened to burn the reporting party’s house down.

Upon arrival, Deputies detained 29 year old Orrin Colbourn.  A large fire was discovered in the backyard of a residence. El Medio Fire responded to put out the fire. Upon further investigation, Deputies found there was probable cause to support that Colbourn had committed Vandalism, Arson and a Violation of Probation.  Colbourn was booked into Butte County Jail with a bail of $250,000. 

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and El Medio Fire are still investigating the circumstances of the Arson and urges anyone who might have information regarding Arson to contact Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.


Saturday, June 27, 2015 /Number of views (7) /Categories: Press Release

Cal Fire Burglary

June 19, 2015
Deputies Respond to Burglary at Cal Fire Station #25

Oroville, CA- On June 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Cal Fire Station #25 located on Durham Pentz Rd near Butte College for a reported burglary to the Fire Station. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the suspect removed approximately $4000.00 worth of equipment and supplies from the Fire Station. Surveillance at the Fire Station captured the suspect’s image and he was identified by deputies as Freidrich "Fred" Muniaerts, age 44 years from Yankee Hill, CA. Deputies and Cal Fire Prevention Officers responded to Muniaerts residence and located items from the burglary as well as other items stolen from the previous burglary in May, 2015. Items stolen from other areas in Butte County were recovered and arrangements made to return the property to their rightful owner.
Muniaerts has not been located. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who has information about his whereabouts, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 530-538-7322. Attached is a photograph of Muniaerts, however, his hair may be shorter now than in the photograph.
Friday, June 19, 2015 /Number of views (24) /Categories: Press Release

Vehicle Pursuit in Oroville

On 6/11/15 at about 6:17 PM, Deputy Brown was on routine patrol in the area of Monte Vista Ave and Farley in Oroville when he saw Aaron Quinn driving a red Dodge extended cab truck. Deputy Brown recognized Quinn from previous contacts and knew that Quinn had a parole warrant so Deputy Brown initiated a traffic stop. Upon the activation of the patrol car’s emergency lights Quinn accelerated northbound on Farley until entering Stump Field. Deputy Brown pursued Quinn into Stump Field until it became impractical to continue the pursuit so he terminated it.
Deputy Schwyzer drove to the area of Ithaca and Burlington where a gate that accessed Stump Field was locked. Deputy Schwyzer saw Quinn at the gate trying to back up the Dodge truck but the tires were spinning. Quinn recognizing his predicament then exited the truck and started to run westbound but upon seeing Deputy Schwyzer he laid down on the ground and gave up. Deputy Schwyzer was able to take Quinn into custody without incident. When Quinn exited the Dodge truck it rolled forward into the locked gate causing damage to the gate and the truck. The pursuit lasted 4 minutes from beginning to end and covered about 1 miles distance.
A search of Quinn resulted in deputies finding a glass pipe commonly used for smoking methamphetamines. Inside the truck deputies found a needle. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Quinn was transported to the Butte County Jail on the no bail parole warrant along with a fresh charge of Vehicle Evading.
Friday, June 12, 2015 /Number of views (33) /Categories: Press Release
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