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.

Missing Hiker

DATE: 2/9/2016
RELEASED BY: Sergeant Sam Burnett

Oroville CA- On February 9, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing hiker that left from a residence on Red Tape Road in the Cherokee area of Butte County. The subject left the residence on February 5, 2016 with intentions of hiking to Lake Oroville which is an approximately 1 ½ hour hike. The subject left on the hike with a dog. When the dog returned to the residence and the hiker did not, friends of the missing hiker became worried and began searching for him. After several days of not being able to locate him, the sheriff’s office was contacted. Search and Rescue units were called to the area and are actively searching for the missing hiker.
For more information please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 /Number of views (11) /Categories: Press Release

Additional Information

DATE: 2/9/2016
RELEASED BY: Sergeant Sam Burnett

Concow CA- On Monday February 8, 2016 at about 4:21 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Big Bend Road in Concow regarding a subject in a pickup truck watching a 14 year old who was walking home from her bus stop. Deputies responded to the area and determined that a black male adult wearing a beanie in his early 30’s was watching the 14 year old as she was walking home from her bus stop. The subject was driving a dull red colored full sized pickup truck. The vehicle drove into the driveway of the 14 year old’s residence and continued watching her. The girl got scared and ran into her residence and advised her mother of what happened. The vehicle then sped off from the residence. The child’s mother also witnessed the vehicle and described it as a 1990’s era possibly Ford single cab pickup that was dull red in color. If you have any information regarding this subject or vehicle please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.

Parents should be aware of this information and discuss with their children what to do if they are contacted by people they are unfamiliar with. It is unknown if this incident is related to an earlier incident that occurred in the Oroville area, however there are some similarities between the two incidents.

DATE: 1/23/2016
RELEASED BY: Sergeant Ryan Gsell
CONTACT: Sergeant Ryan Gsell 530-538-7321
Oroville, CA- On Saturday January 23, 2016, at about 2:40 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female on Fort Wayne Street. The female caller reported that her seven year old daughter just ran into their home and told her that a black male adult just offered her candy and tried to lure her into his yellow van near the intersection of Fort Wayne Street and Greenville Street.
Three BCSO Deputies responded immediately and canvassed the area however the vehicle was not located. The Oroville Police Department and the California Highway Patrol were also immediately provided with the description of the suspect and vehicle.
Upon further questioning with the young girl it was determined the vehicle was a gold SUV, similar to a Ford Expedition, rather than a yellow van. The young girl described the suspect as a black male adult who appeared to be about 50 years old. The suspect wore a black and blue coat and a blue and orange beanie with a pom on the top.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to emphasize the importance of speaking with their children about options if approached by a stranger. Below are a few tips:
• Teach your children to trust their instincts and to run if they feel something is wrong.
• Teach your children to scream as loud as they can.
• Teach your children to scream exactly what is happening if possible, such as “This is not my dad” or “I’m being kidnapped” as opposed to just screaming which could be interpreted by others as a child throwing a temper tantrum.
• Screaming and causing a scene will likely create witnesses. In the event the child is abducted, Law Enforcement can receive necessary details (License plate, make/model, color, suspect/victim description, direction of travel) that could greatly assist with locating the child in a timely manner.
• Teach your children to not approach vehicles unknown to them.
• Teach your children the common tactics used by predators such as helping them find a lost dog or offering money or candy.
• Teach y
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 /Number of views (9) /Categories: Press Release

Assault with a deadly weapon

On February 4, 2016, at approximately 5:15pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from Cal Fire that had been transferred from Paradise Police Department. The information given was that someone had been shot and the suspect was being held down and detained by the victim. Deputies responded to Lime Saddle Estates Mobile Home Park at 4333 Pentz Road in Paradise.

Upon arrival, Deputies found a 53-year-old female and a 40-year-old man had been shot and the male victim was holding the suspect down on the floor.
As a result of the investigation, Deputy Matthew Galvez learned 48-year-old Richard Duran had shot the male victim in the right knee with a short barreled shotgun after the two men had been involved in an argument. The shot went through the male victim’s knee and some of the shot penetrated the female’s left foot as she was standing behind the male victim.

Duran was later transported to Butte County Jail where he was booked for two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun. His bail is set at $135,000.

Both victims were transported by ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Friday, February 05, 2016 /Number of views (15) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca--The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received information that over 500 beehives have been reported stolen in two separate incidents which took place in two neighboring counties over the last two weeks. A beekeeper had approximately 280 hives stolen on 1-30-2016 in the early morning hours. Another beekeeper had approximately 240 hives stolen the week prior in Colusa County during the night as well. These thefts are significant losses to the beekeepers and farmers who were depending on them to pollinate their orchards.
Last year there were approximately 200 beehives stolen in Butte County just prior to, and at the beginning of almond pollination. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind farmers/ ranchers and the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in and around almond orchards and beehives during the nighttime hours. It is believed that the thefts are being conducted by other beekeepers by using common beekeeping equipment such as flatbed trucks and Hummerbee style or similar fork lifts.
The California State Beekeepers Association has an ongoing reward of $10,000 to anyone that provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of people involved in and responsible beehive thefts. Please call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7322 to report information.
For more information please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 /Number of views (30) /Categories: Press Release

Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force Press Release

Investigation into High Level Drug Trafficking Organization Leads to Multiple Arrests


DATE: February 02, 2016
CONTACT: BINTF Detective Joe Deal
CONTACT #: 530-538-2261 ______________________________________________________________________________
Since October of 2013, Narcotics Detectives assigned to the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force have been investigating a high level Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), responsible for the distribution of multiple pounds of methamphetamine in Butte County. Due to the level of this investigation, BINTF Detectives partnered with Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During the course of this investigation, BINTF Detectives authored over 35 search warrants and made numerous arrests. Through these search warrants, BINTF Detectives seized 25 firearms and took part in the seizure of approximately 45 pounds of methamphetamine, 6 ounces of heroin and $230,000.00 in U.S. Currency. BINTF Detectives believe that the U.S. Currency seized was money gained from the sales of illegal narcotics. The following subjects were arrested, for drug related offenses within Butte County.
Name Age Residence City
Francisco Gonzalez 31 Gridley
Christina Guzman 28 Gridley
Joseph Randolph 43 Gridley
Adrian Ramirez 43 Gridley
Sammy Ramirez 20 Gridley
Amber Bonner 30 Chico
Daniel High 33 Chico
Aaron Button 37 Durham
Jennifer Dodge 32 Paradise
Brian Hill 51 Magalia
Jennifer Crismon 27 Oroville
Christopher Goodson 40 Oroville
Sophia Silva 26 Oroville
Clarissa Barker 26 Oroville
Jeremiah Weed 31 Oroville
Adam Jenkins 31 Oroville
Thai Thao 39 Oroville
Sonny Cloud 35 Oroville
Jeremy Appleyard 40 Oroville
On January 28th, 2016, after an extensive investigation, North State Narcotics Detectives, along with DEA Agents, conducted an enforcement action wherein multiple search warrants were executed in Butte, Sutter, Stanislaus and Sacramento Counties. During these search warrants, an additional 20 ½ pounds of methamphetamine, 2 ½ pounds of cocaine, and approximately $98,000.00 in U.S. Currency was seized. Detectives believe that this money was also gained from the sales and distribution of illegal narcotics. As a result of this enforcement action, the following subjects were arrested for drug related offences.
Name Age Residence City
Pedro Fuentes 33 Yuba City
Vicente Velazquez 42 Yuba City
Arnulfo Sanchez-Aguilar 39 Yuba City
Edwin Arambulo 26 Yuba City
Daniella Jauregui-Santana 29 Yuba City
Leonel Villa Lopez 44 Modesto
Luis Fernandez Contreras 27 Modesto
Armando Sylvester Solis 41 Live Oak

BINTF Detectives would like to remind the citizens of Butte County to report all suspected drug activity to Law Enforcement.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 /Number of views (33) /Categories: Press Release
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