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.

BCSO LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO INCIDENT INVOLVING ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER

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.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison, Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 /Number of views (156) /Categories: Press Release

SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SAFETY

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.

                                                                                               

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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, August 21, 2014 /Number of views (55) /Categories: Press Release
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SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER STEALING BCSO PATROL VEHICLE

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.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /Number of views (91) /Categories: Press Release

REPORTED THREATS LEAD TO ARREST OF FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARMS

Oroville, Ca--On August 13, 2014 at approx 8:30 PM Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Cal-Fire Station 64 in Kelly Ridge, to contact a man reporting he had been threatened with a firearm. When Deputies arrived, they contacted the victim, David Wright. Wright reported that he had been threatened with a knife and a fully automatic firearm.

 Through their investigation, deputies learned that the suspect was staying at 26 Demetri Pl in Bangor.

 Deputies went to 26 Demetri Pl and contacted suspect Jerome Saravia , 37. During the investigation Saravia was found to be in possession of a rifle and a handgun converted to fire full automatic. Saravia has a prior felony arrest and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

 Saravia was arrested for being a felon in possession of two firearms, being in possession of a full auto firearm, being in possession of ammunition, being in possession of a high capacity magazine, and being in possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. Saravia was booked in to Butte County Jail and bail was set at $135,000. 

 This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.

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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, August 14, 2014 /Number of views (96) /Categories: Press Release

In-Custody Inmate Death

 

Oroville –Rick VERMACE, age 53, of Oroville was found unresponsive in a sobering cell in the Butte County Jail last night at 6:28 p.m. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m.

A joint investigation into the circumstances of Vermace’s death is being conducted by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and The Butte County District Attorney’s Office. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Vermace was arrested for "Public Intoxication" by officers from the Oroville Police Department at 5:20 p.m. on August 7, 2014. The police officers had contacted Mr. Vermace after citizens reported that Vermace was acting strange near an Oroville business on Myers Street and was scaring customers. The officers arrested Vermace for Public Intoxication and arrived at the Jail for booking at 5:31 p.m. Mr. Vermace was evaluated by Jail medical staff and determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, but not in need of additional medical care. Vermace was placed in a Jail sobering cell alone. Jail staff performed frequent checks on Mr. Vermace while he was in the sobering cell. At 6:28 p.m., jail staff discovered Vermace was lying down on the floor. Vermace was unresponsive and not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were initiated by Jail staff and continued by Paramedic and Butte County Fire personnel until 7:02 p.m. when Vermace was pronounced dead.

There are no indications that force was used during Vermace’s arrest or during his brief incarceration. No visible signs of trauma have been located. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

 

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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, August 08, 2014 /Number of views (122) /Categories: Press Release
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