Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Kory L. HoneaThe 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.

LARGE AMOUNT OF DRUGS FOUND DURING TRAFFIC STOP

October 19, 2018
Large Amount of Drugs Found During Traffic Stop
Chico, CA- On 10/18/18 at approximately 0129 hours, Deputies Smith and Worch were on routine uniform patrol in the Lassen Avenue area of north Chico. Deputy Smith observed a green Ford sedan fail to stop for the stop sign on Godman Avenue at Lassen Avenue. Deputy Smith conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle for the vehicle code violation and contacted the occupants, who were identified as Brandon Eatmon (02/03/70) – the driver, and Jennifer Delarosa (04/15/83) – the vehicle owner. A criminal records check revealed that Eatmon had a suspended driver’s license and Delarosa’s driving privilege was expired.
Eatmon and Delarosa were both found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and placed under arrest. An inventory search of their car was conducted, prior to it being towed. During the inventory search of the vehicle, Deputies Smith and Worch located approximately 233 grams (1/2 lb) of suspected methamphetamine, as well as a large amount of cash, a small amount of suspected heroin, plastic baggies and a digital scale. Deputies Smith and Worch determined that the amount of suspected methamphetamine was in excess of what would normally be a standard usable amount. Deputies Smith and Worch also identified the items found in the vehicle as being consistent with items typically possessed by individuals involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs.
Based on the large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as the packaging materials, scales and large amount of cash, Eatmon and Delarosa were booked into the Butte County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale (11378 HS), transportation of methamphetamine for sale (11379 HS), possession of a controlled narcotic substance (11350 HS) and driving on a suspended license (14601.1(a) VC). Eatmon’s bail was set at $119,000 and Delarosa’s bail was set at $101,000.
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Friday, October 19, 2018 /Number of views (0) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HOSTS PUBLIC SAFETY TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT IN OROVILLE

October 18, 2018

 

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS PUBLIC SAFETY TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT IN OROVILLE

 

Oroville, CA—In an effort to provide a fun and safe Halloween event for children and families, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is happy to announce the second annual BCSO Public Safety Trunk or Treat event.

 

The Trunk or Treat event will be held on October 31st, from 4:00PM-6:30PM at the Nelson Softball Complex, located at 2280 6th Street, in Oroville.

 

Public safety vehicles from multiple agencies will be on display and decorated for Halloween. Public safety personnel will be there to pass out candy, which has been donated by local businesses and organizations.  Families and children are encouraged to attend, so put on your favorite costume and come out to see us. 

 

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Community Relations Unit

530.871.9440

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 /Number of views (8) /Categories: Press Release
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SUICIDAL SUBJECT STABBED SHERIFF'S K9 BEFORE BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY BCSO

October 12, 2018

SUICIDAL SUBJECT STABBED SHERIFF’S K9, BEFORE BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY BCSO DEPUTIES
Oroville, Ca--On October 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel King was flagged down by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) employee who reported that a man, later identified as Lonnie McAllister, age 51, was lying in the bushes near the entrance to the wildlife area on Oro Dam Blvd. and 10th Street in Oroville. The DFW employee told Deputy King there has been an ongoing problem with illegal camping in the area. The DFW employee asked Deputy King to contact McAllister and ask him to leave the area. Deputy King contacted McAllister and requested he come out of the bushes. McAllister became agitated and refused, so Deputy King requested backup. Additional deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to assist.
Shortly after making contact with McAllister, he pulled a knife from his pocket and held it to his throat. McAllister told the deputies he wanted to die. BCSO Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene and a request for assistance from the Butte County Behavioral Health Department was made. From the beginning, deputies worked to deescalate the situation and tried to convince McAllister to put the knife down.
During the negotiations, McAllister made repeated demands for the deputies to shoot him, and at one point, moved towards deputies with the knife in hand. At another point, McAlister started using the knife to make incisions on his neck. In an attempt to disarm and incapacitate McAlister, deputies deployed their Tasers, which had little effect. K9 Ray, a BCSO Police Service Dog, was deployed in a second attempt to disarm and incapacitate McAllister. McAllister responded violently by stabbing K9 Ray twice with the knife. K9 Ray retreated to his handler and negotiations continued. K9 Ray was transported to Valley Oak Veterinary Hospital for evaluation. Fortunately, the harness Ray was wearing kept the knife from penetrating his skin, however, he did suffer scrapes and bruising. Ray was cleared to return to duty.
McAllister’s agitation persisted, and deputies grew increasingly concerned he would cause significant injury or death to himself with the knife. Deputies then deployed less-lethal bean bag rounds, Tasers and a second BCSO Police Service Dog, K9 Solo, which proved to be effective in subduing McAllister to the point where deputies were able to remove the knife from his hands and detain him.

McAllister was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of self-inflicted knife wounds, a mental health evaluation and a medical clearance for jail. McAllister was arrested for the following felony offenses: 1) Resisting a peace officer with violence, 2) Battery on a police service dog, 3) Brandishing a weapon at a peace officer, and 4) Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. McAllister will be booked into Butte County Jail following his medical clearance, with bail set at $70,000.
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Friday, October 12, 2018 /Number of views (32) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DETECTIVES SERVE SEARCH WARRANTS ON PAIUTE DRIVE

October 12, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES SERVE SEARCH WARRANTS ON PAIUTE DRIVE

Concow, Ca-- On October 09, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit and Special Enforcement Unit served two search warrants on Paiute Drive in Concow. The search warrants were conducted in relation to illegal marijuana gardens and to the missing persons case involving Robert Gonzalez. During the service of the search warrants, several people on Paiute Drive were interviewed by detectives in relation to the Gonzalez case. 

During the service of the search warrants, Carson Bellah 32 of Quincy, Garretson Murphy 34 of Oroville, Carolina Argente 28 of Barcelona, Coleby Avelina 34 of Westwood, Ruben Ballesteros 33 of Barcelona, Elizabeth Beirer 27 of Vils Austria, Nigel Bjornberg 39 of Siteges Barcelona, Steven Carr 58 of Jamesville, Christian Cortyzo 28 of Baja Irun Barcelona, Donald Cox 29 of Westwood, Robert Cox 30 of Westwood, Lorena Eizaguire 27 of Espanta Barcelona, Jon King 39 of Westwood, Fran Smart 32 of Espanta Barcelona, Kane Westerman 28 of New Zealand, and Ruben Verdugo 31 of Chico were all detained without incident. 

As a result of the warrants a total of 381 marijuana plants, 522.83 pounds of processed marijuana, and 39 firearms were seized. Of the weapons seized 6 were illegal weapons including two AR style assault rifles with high capacity magazines, three AK style assault rifles with high capacity magazines, and one pistol with a threaded barrel which makes it capable of being used with a silencer.

Garretson Murphy was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of maintaining a residence for the storage/sale of a controlled substance 11366.5 H&S a felony, armed with an assault weapon 12022(A)(2) PC a felony, cultivation of marijuana 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana for sale 11359(B) H&S a misdemeanor, possession of an illegal assault weapon 30605(a) PC a felony, and armed in the commission of a felony 12022(c) PC a felony.

Ruben Verdugo was cited and released at scene for cultivation of more than six marijuana plants 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor.

The remaining 13 individuals were questioned and released on scene without charges. 

This case is ongoing, additional information will be released when it becomes available.
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Friday, October 12, 2018 /Number of views (52) /Categories: Press Release
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SEARCH WARRANT ON ACACIA DRIVE IN OROVILLE LEADS TO ONE ARREST

October 11, 2018

SEARCH WARRANT ON ACACIA DRIVE IN OROVILLE LEADS TO ONE ARREST

Oroville, Ca--On October 10, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 100 block of Acacia Drive Oroville after Oroville Police Officers located a butane honey oil lab.

Jonathan Vaughan, 34 of Oroville, was detained by Oroville Police Officers without incident.

As a result of the warrant, 22 marijuana plants, 216.07 pounds of processed marijuana, a butane honey oil lab, and several pounds of marijuana concentrate was confiscated.

Jonathan Vaughan was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance 11379.6(A) H&S a felony, cultivation of more than six marijuana plants 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana for sale 11359 H&S a misdemeanor.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018 /Number of views (47) /Categories: Press Release
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