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.


Oroville, Ca—On August 26th at approximately 10:55 am BCSO Deputy Sam Burnett witnessed Terry Collins, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, pushing a blue recycling bin down A Street in Oroville. Deputy Burnett attempted to make contact with Collins at the Southside Mini Mart. Immediately upon contact, Collins became aggressive and refused to follow Deputy Burnett’s requests to turn around and put his hands behind his back. A physical altercation took place with Collins striking Deputy Burnett in the face and kicking the deputy in the lower body. Deputy Burnett returned fist blows and the altercation continued across the street. Deputy Burnett repeatedly ordered Collins to lay on the ground, but Collins continued the fight. At one point in the altercation, Deputy Burnett tried to use his baton but the baton slipped out of his hand and Collins attempted to pick it up. Deputy Burnett was able to retrieve his baton before Collins was able to grab it and hit Collins on the lower leg causing Collins to sit down in the street. However, Collins still refused Deputy Burnett’s orders for him to lay on the ground and Deputy Burnett directed a kick to Collin’s right shoulder, forcing him to lie on the ground and ended the confrontation. Deputy Burnett was then able to handcuff Collins without further incident.

During the altercation, BCSO Dispatch received calls from citizens advising that a deputy needed assistance. Two citizens witnessed the altercation and offered to assist. Collins was transported to Oroville Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries to the left side of his face. Collins was then booked into the Butte County Jail for battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and resisting an executive officer, in addition to his prior outstanding misdemeanor warrant for aggravated trespass into a occupied residence. Deputy Burnett was also taken to the hospital and treated for facial lacerations and contusions, and a fractured wrist.

Soon after this incident, it was brought to the attention of BCSO administration that a citizen had taken a video of the altercation and had posted it on Facebook. The video only shows the end of the altercation and does not tell the whole story, although the unknown videographer does reference on the video that Collins was “f***ing that cop up” at the unrecorded beginning of the altercation.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to be transparent in this investigation and is sensitive to heightened concerns of the community with regard to incidents of this nature. BCSO has launched an internal investigation into this incident and has requested an independent investigation through the District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Burnett has been reassigned from patrol duties, pending the completion of the investigations and the healing of his injuries.


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 /Number of views (117) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of citizens receiving phone calls from someone identifying themselves as an employee of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, advising that a warrant is about to be issued in the citizen’s name unless a payment is made. This is a scam that has been perpetrated in numerous states and localities across the US. Due to the technology used by the scammers, the phone numbers are often times extremely difficult or impossible to track, however BCSO has been investigating the reports and has served search warrants related to this scam.

The scammers will call from what appears to be a local phone number and identify themselves as a local law enforcement officer or deputy. The scammers will use a sense of urgency and threat of imminent arrest, or warrant issuance to obtain money from the victims. The scammers tell the victim that if they do not want a warrant issued for their arrest, they need to pay a fine to clear the warrant. The scammers will then instruct the victim to obtain and place funds on a pre-paid debit card, in this case, commonly a “Green Dot” brand card. These pre-paid debit cards are available at many local retailers and are also used for legitimate purposes.

The scammers then instruct the victim to transfer the funds from the pre-paid card, into the scammers account, via phone. The scammers generally ask for several hundred, up to one to two thousand dollars. Over the past three months, dozens of Butte County residents have called to report the scam, but to this date we are only aware of one local case where there was an actual financial loss.

Several different versions have been seen in Butte County over the past few months. Those include:

You have (or will have) a warrant for your arrest due to:

o   Missed jury duty.

o   Unpaid traffic or other citation.

o   You owe money to the IRS /state / back taxes, etc.


The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will not call people for any of the aforementioned reasons.

The scammers will often have voicemails present on call-back that emulate the Sheriff’s Office. Scammers in other areas have used “spoofing” technology to make it appear they are calling from phone numbers actually associated with the Sheriff’s Office.

If you receive a phone call that you believe is a scam, please report it by calling our non-emergency number at 530-538-7322.


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox

(530) 538-5384 or (530) 990-6949


Friday, August 22, 2014 /Number of views (34) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca—On Monday August 18th, while walking home from her school bus stop, an 11 year old girl was approached by an older style white van, with tinted windows. The driver of the van asked if the girl wanted a ride, she said no and tried to continue walking. The driver of the van repeatedly moved the van forward in what seemed like an effort to block the girl from crossing the street. The girl was able to run around the van and return home safely. This incident occurred at the intersection of Dunstone Drive and Foothill Blvd. in Oroville. The driver of the van was described as a Hispanic male adult, with a scruffy beard, wearing a tan cowboy style hat with a red and white bandana around his neck. Butte County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information should contact the BCSO investigation unit at 538-7671.

BCSO notified Oroville area schools and encouraged that this incident be mentioned to students and families. The beginning of the school year is an excellent time to remind children of some basic safety rules:

  • Don’t talk to strangers, even if they look safe.
  • Never get in the car with a stranger
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • There is safety in numbers. If you walk to or from school, it’s best to walk with a friend or sibling.

Reviewing these rules with children could possibly prevent a tragic incident from occurring. BCSO would like to wish students a happy and safe school year.



For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990-6949

Thursday, August 21, 2014 /Number of views (38) /Categories: Press Release
Tags: BCSO


Oroville, Ca—On August 18, 2014 at 7:25pm, a BCSO patrol vehicle was stolen from the BCSO Main Office Parking lot in Oroville. The patrol vehicle was locked and was not running, but the keys had been left inside. The suspect, Omar Medina Cazares, age 39, used a rock to break the driver’s window and stole the vehicle. Cazares led deputies on a pursuit down Nelson Ave. west to Hwy 99. The pursuit continued Southbound on Hwy 99 through Gridley.

Spike strips were deployed at three locations. Cazares avoided the first two spike strips in Gridley and Live Oak. The third spike strip disabled the vehicle south of Live Oak at the Lomo train track crossing.

A Yuba County Sheriff’s K-9 was deployed. Cazares fought with the K-9 and was eventually subdued by a Yuba Sutter CHP Officer by use of a Taser. Cazares was arrested and transported to Oroville Medical Center for medical clearance and will be booked into the Butte County Jail with stolen vehicle charges.


For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /Number of views (58) /Categories: Press Release

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Stabbing

Berry Creek – On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a stabbing which occurred on Pam – R Lane in Berry Creek. The victim received multiple stab wounds and is being treated at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Early information is that the victim, a 40-year-old male Oroville resident, was stabbed at a residence on Pam – R Lane.  It is believed the stabbing is connected to a marijuana growing operation the victim was involved with.  The suspects are described as 5 to 6 black male adults.  The suspects are believed to have left the area in the victim’s white 1989 Ford Econoline Van, with Arizona license plates, and containing a large amount of marijuana. The van was last seen in the Oroville area.

Investigation is ongoing.

Fore more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /Number of views (55) /Categories: Press Release