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.


On 4/17/16 at about 6:28 AM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a drive-by shooting in the 2400 block of D Street in Oroville. Sheriff’s deputies along with officers from Oroville Police Department and Fish and Game responded to the area to investigate. Initial reports were that multiple shots were fired with at least one round hitting a residence. There were 3 people inside the residence at the time of the shooting however nobody was hit by any rounds.
The suspect vehicle was described as a white Volkswagen Jetta. While deputies were on scene conducting their investigation a white Volkswagen Jetta was seen driving southbound on Fallbrook crossing over D Street. Deputies and officers searched for the Jetta until a Fish and Game officer located the Jetta at a residence in the 2700 block of Oro Bangor Hwy.
A 16 year old male juvenile was located in the Jetta and was taken into custody without incident. The driver, identified as Antonio Rodriguez (age 18), of the Jetta had entered the residence and was arrested after exiting the residence. A search of the residence led deputies to discover a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun and keys to the Jetta hidden in a bathroom.
It appears Rodriguez may have had an acquaintance with a couple of people at the Oro Bangor residence however it appears they had no connection to this drive-by shooting.
As deputies continued their investigation it appeared that the firearm used in this shooting was a small caliber similar to a .25. Sheriff’s detectives were called out to assist with the investigation and search warrants were served at an address in the 2900 block of Florence Avenue in Oroville and an address in the 600 block of E. 15th Street in Chico.
At this time it appears this shooting was gang related. The investigation is still on-going at this time.
Antonio Rodriguez was booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling with a gang enhancement. Rodriguez’s bail was set at $1,250,000.
The male juvenile was booked into Butte County Juvenile Hall on the same charges.
Monday, April 18, 2016 /Number of views (52) /Categories: Press Release

Pursuit in Paradise

On April 16, 2016, at approximately 3:00 am, Deputy Sandquist attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a lighting violation. Deputy Sandquist was doubled with Deputy Hutts in the Paradise area.

The Chevy pickup failed to yield. Deputy Sandquist pursued the vehicle for approximately four miles in the Paradise area. Speeds reached approximately 50 miles per hour.

After the vehicle ran several stop signs, the vehicle yielded in the 700 block of Ashland Lane in Paradise.

The driver, 49-year-old Michael Campbell, and a male passenger were detained. The passenger was later released. Campbell was arrested for felony evading a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.
Campbell was transported to, and booked into Butte County Jail. Campbell’s bail is set at $55,000.

Monday, April 18, 2016 /Number of views (20) /Categories: Press Release



DOB: 2-18-1964

Oroville, Ca— The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office has received notice that the State of California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) is seeking to house a Sexually Violent Predator named Fraisure Earl Smith at a residence located at 3413 Bell Road in Chico, CA.

Mr. Smith has criminal convictions for rape by force and assault with the intent to commit rape. Mr. Smith was convicted of those crimes in Solano County, CA. After serving his prison sentence, Mr. Smith was diagnosed as a Sexually Violent Predator and committed to Coalinga State Hospital.

In November 2013, Mr. Smith petitioned the Solano County Court for release and although he is still considered a Sexually Violent Predator, DSH recommended his release into the community, asserting that with proper monitoring and treatment they could manage the threat that Mr. Smith poses to the public. DSH attempted to find a permanent residence in Solano County for Mr. Smith but failed due to public outcry. In October of 2015, the Solano County Superior Court eventually ordered his release as a “transient” pending the attainment of permanent housing. DSH housed Mr. Smith in a series of Solano County motels moving him every few days. When permanent housing could not be secured within Solano County, DSH informed the Solano County Superior Court, which directed DSH to seek placement for Mr. Smith in other areas of the State and a Butte County residence was proposed.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Chico Chief of Police Mike O’Brien are strongly opposed to the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County and are working to prevent that. However, that outcome is not guaranteed, so in the interests of public safety the process of notifying the public has begun.

Butte County Sheriff’s deputies are working to personally notify residents within a half mile radius of the residence where Mr. Smith will be placed if the Solano County Court approves the DSH plan to place Mr. Smith in Butte County. The Sheriff’s Office also intends to use its social media sites to notify and update the community.

A court hearing is scheduled for May 10, 2016 at the Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield, CA. Sheriff Honea and District Attorney Ramsey are planning to attend to make their objection to the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County known to the court.

Please keep in mind that Mr. Smith has not yet been placed in Butte County. If that changes, the public will be updated.

If the Solano County Court approves the placement of Mr. Smith in Butte County, Mr. Smith will be monitored, via GPS ankle monitor, by a company named Liberty Healthcare, which contracts with the DHS for such services. Liberty Healthcare will also be responsible for ensuring that Mr. Smith attends treatment. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with representatives of Liberty Healthcare and requested detailed information about the security and treatment plan for Mr. Smith. The Sheriff’s Office intends to do everything within its authority to ensure the safety of the public.

The community is encouraged to access the BCSO website at and the BCSO Facebook page at for updated information.

Friday, April 15, 2016 /Number of views (57) /Categories: Press Release

Sheriff's Deputies catch burglary suspect

On 4/13/16 Deputies Dawson and Brazzi were investigating a stolen dog case and during the investigation recovered the stolen dog and arrested Karlee Williamson (age 28) for vehicle theft along with possession of controlled substances. Williamson’s bail was set at $18,000.
On 4/14/16 at about 11:30 AM Deputies Dawson and Brazzi were conducting a follow up investigation regarding the vehicle theft they recovered on 4/13/16. Deputies Dawson and Brazzi were in the 13000 block of Moonlight Court when they discovered a stolen Toyota truck parked at a residence. Deputies attempted contact at the residence without any response.
The Sheriff’s Investigative unit wrote a search warrant for the residence and upon serving the search warrant Derek King (age 42) walked out of the residence and was detained. Derek is from the Chico area. Deputies searched the residence and located items associated to multiple burglaries/thefts from the Chico area. Deputies also located a large amount of what appeared to be butane honey oil (BHO), documents relating to the identification of other people and multiple firearms.
Derek King was subsequently arrested for vehicle theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance for sale, identity theft and armed during a felony. His bail was set at $135,000.

Sgt. Stephen Collins
Butte County Sheriff’s Office

Friday, April 15, 2016 /Number of views (33) /Categories: Press Release


Chico, CA – On April 13, 2016 the Butte County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center received a call from an elderly Chico couple asking to be connected with the “Detention Center.” The dispatcher who took the call thought the phrase “detention center” was odd given that the Sheriff’s Correctional Facility is usually referred to as the “Jail.” That prompted the dispatcher to inquire further as to what the elderly couple needed. At that time the couple explained that they had received a telephone call from a male subject identifying himself as “Sergeant Andrews,” from the “Chico County Jail.” The couple went on to say the subject told them their granddaughter had been arrested and booked into the Jail, that they needed to obtain $4000 worth of Itunes gift cards and provide him with the card numbers in order to secure her release.
The dispatcher immediately realized this was a scam as the Sheriff’s Office does not employ anyone by that name nor is that how the Sheriff’s Office does business. The dispatcher informed the couple the subject was attempting to defraud them and that if they provided him with the card numbers they would be victims of his scam. The subject had been very convincing as the couple was initially reluctant to believe the information that the dispatcher was providing.
In an effort to keep the couple from being victimized, the dispatcher asked for the telephone number the subject provided, placed the couple on hold and then called the number. A male subject answered and identified himself as “Sergeant Andrews.” The dispatcher asked him what agency he was affiliated with and the subject responded by saying “U.S.” and then hung up. The dispatcher brought the couple back on the line to advise them that she was sure it was a scam. As the dispatcher was doing that, the couple advised her that they were receiving a call from the scammer on their landline telephone. The couple asked if they could answer the call and place scammer on speaker. The dispatcher told them to do that so she could listen to what the scammer was going to tell them.
When they answered the telephone, the scammer asked the couple if they had obtained the gift cards and demanded the card numbers. The dispatcher again advised the couple that they were being scammed and implored them to not give the subject any information. At the same time another Sheriff’s dispatcher called the couple’s granddaughter on her cellular telephone and confirmed that she was safe and not in jail. The dispatcher who was on the line with the couple informed them that her partner was on the telephone with their granddaughter and advised that she was alright. When the couple refused to provide the subject with the gift card numbers the subject hung up.
Unfortunately scams of this nature are becoming more and more common and are difficult to combat given that the suspects are often out of the area and using phone numbers that are unable to be traced. Prevention is the best response to scams like this. If you receive a call of this nature you are encouraged to not provide any information at all and hang up on the caller.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “The handling of this call demonstrates how our dispatchers work together to protect the citizens of Butte County. I am proud of the fact that they took the extra effort to prevent this couple from becoming victims of a scam.” The week of April 10th -16th is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which is a time set aside to honor the work done by Public Safety Dispatchers. This incident is an example of the great work that dispatchers do every day.

Friday, April 15, 2016 /Number of views (25) /Categories: Press Release
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