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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.

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES DE-ESCALATE A VOLATILE SITUATION USING LESS THAN LETHAL FORCE AND SAVE THE LIFE OF A SUICIDAL SUBJECT

Oroville, Ca—At approximately 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a family disturbance in the 5000 block of Fall River Court in Oroville. The reporting party had called 9-1-1 reporting his step son was causing problems and threatening to kill family members. The reporting party also reported the subject was armed with a knife, a bat, and a machete.

Deputies arrived and contacted the subject who was intoxicated, highly agitated and suicidal. For almost two hours, deputies worked to de-escalate the situation by talking to the subject in an effort to convince him to put down his weapons and allow them to take him to the hospital. During that period, the subject stated multiple times that he wanted deputies to kill him. The subject would not comply with the deputies and approached the deputies in a threatening manner multiple times, while holding a bat and a knife. Deputies were able to take cover near a patrol car in front of the residence while the subject continued to brandish the knife and bat at them in a threatening manner. At one point, deputies fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds at the subject in an effort to disarm him and take him into custody. The rounds appeared to strike the subject but had little effect, except for causing the subject to become further agitated.

The subject continued to approach deputies with the knife and bat, yelling for them to kill him. Deputies were able to get the subject to put down the bat in his driveway. As the subject continued to approach deputies in a threatening manner with the knife, deputies again fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds, hitting the subject in the stomach area. The rounds again had no effect on the subject, and at that point he turned and ran towards the empty garage. Deputies chased after the subject and were able to subdue and arrest him inside the garage, prior to him making it inside the residence.

The subject was treated at Oroville Medical Center for his injuries, and later booked into Butte County Jail for 417(a)(1) PC, brandishing a weapon other than a firearm, and 69 PC, resisting an executive officer. The subject’s bail was set at $250,000. After being booked into the Butte County Jail, the subject was seen by jail medical staff and was monitored while he sobered. The subject evaluated by the jail’s psychiatric staff on 10-3-2016. (The name of the subject is being withheld to protect his healthcare privacy.)

Sheriff Kory Honea said, “this was a tense, uncertain and dangerous situation. Fortunately, in this case the deputies were able to use their training and equipment to take the subject into custody without having to resort to the use of lethal force. I am thankful and proud of their efforts. Unfortunately, however, law enforcement officers are required to deal with situations of this nature on a regular basis, and although these situations are often resolved without lasting harm, that outcome cannot be guaranteed. With the recent focus on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers, this incident demonstrates that lethal encounters are the exception and not the norm and that the vast majority of law enforcement officers view lethal force as an option of last resort.”



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Miranda Bowersox
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-5384, (530)990-6949
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 /Number of views (830) /Categories: Press Release
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CORRECTIONAL DEPUTY RESIGNS AFTER ARREST FOR INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT

Oroville, Ca—On September 29, 2016, command staff of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received information that a Correctional Deputy, identified as Ryan Woolery, age 32, had become involved in a romantic relationship with a female inmate in the Butte County Jail.
An Internal Affairs investigation was immediately launched which produced information that corroborated the allegation. Within hours of receiving the information, BCSO requested the Butte District Attorney’s Office (BCDA) conduct an independent criminal investigation. That investigation revealed a romantic relationship had developed and Woolery and the inmate had engaged in consensual intimate contact. Despite the fact it was consensual, the conduct was inappropriate and in violation of the law.
On September 30, 2016 BCDA investigators arrested Woolery and booked him into the Butte County Jail for violating Section 289.6(a)(2) of the California Penal Code, a felony, which prohibits any consensual sexual conduct by a custodial officer with a person confined in a detention facility. The established bail for the charge is $45,000. After being booked, Woolery posted bail and was released in accordance with the law. He is scheduled to appear in the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM.
After being arrested, Woolery resigned from his position as a correctional deputy and is no longer employed by BCSO.
Changes made after previous incidents aided in the early detection of Woolery’s misconduct and enabled investigators to gather evidence that will be helpful to the in the prosecution. Those changes included increased training and awareness of supervisors and the installation of additional cameras to monitor inmate and staff interactions.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “The Sheriff’s Office takes allegations of staff misconduct very seriously and works diligently to investigate and hold accountable any staff member who violates the law or the department’s policies. Conduct of this nature will not be tolerated.”
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Monday, October 03, 2016 /Number of views (770) /Categories: Press Release
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Deputies respond to shooting in Oroville

Oroville, Ca— At approximately 12:45 a.m., on September 23, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a home invasion in progress in the 7400 block of Gene Lane in Palermo. Deputies arrived on scene and located the suspect, unresponsive, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The suspect was taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment, his condition is unknown at this time.
BCSO Investigations Unit responded to the scene and, through a preliminary investigation, detectives learned that the male suspect approached the residence and began shooting at the occupants. One of the occupants returned gunshots, striking the suspect at least one time. Due to the fact that the suspect was unresponsive when deputies arrived, his identification is unknown at this time. The identification of the victims will not be released for their safety.
This incident remains under investigation, anyone with information regarding this incident should call BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671.
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Miranda Bowersox
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-5384, (530)990-6949
Monday, September 26, 2016 /Number of views (809) /Categories: Press Release
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Home invasion robbery in Feather Falls

Oroville CA- On September 20, 2016, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a home invasion robbery on Black Hawk Trail in the Feather Falls area.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted a 45 year old victim who was identified as Wendy Nixon. Deputies learned that at least two Hispanic males came onto the property. One of the subjects was armed with a handgun. A second victim, identified as 51 year old Morgan Watson, was also at the residence during the robbery; however, he left prior to the arrival of Deputies. Both victims were bound in a motorhome on the property while the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of marijuana. The victims were eventually able to free themselves and Law Enforcement was contacted.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321. Please be aware that during this time of year, home invasion robberies of people that grow marijuana for medicinal purposes, as well as for criminal profit tend to increase. If you are in an area where marijuana is being grown, please be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activities.
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Community Relations Unit
530-990-6949



Miranda Bowersox
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-5384, (530)990-6949
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 /Number of views (869) /Categories: Press Release
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Magalia Hate Crime arrest

Oroville (9/20/16)

On 9/12/16 at 7:42am, The Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on the 6500 block of Imperial Way in Magalia for a report of a man waving a gun at children at a bus stop. Deputies responded and found the suspect, Richard Cosentino, 63, of Magalia, and detained him. Cosentino was released from custody while deputies located the victim and witnesses and conducted the investigation.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned Cosentino began verbally assaulting a man, who was standing at the bus stop with his son, calling him racial slurs, and said he was going to go get his gun to shoot the victim. Cosentino then went back into his home nearby and came out with something behind his back. The victim left the scene and the kids then got on the bus and left the area. Follow up interviews with eight different students at Paradise High School and Ridgeview High School were conducted.

On 9/13/16 a warrant was issued for Cosentino’s arrest. A search warrant was also executed at his home on Imperial Way in Magalia where deputies located two guns and ammunition. Cosentino was not at the home when the search warrant was executed.

On 9/18/16, deputies arrested Cosentino at his home on charges of PC-422, willfully communicating a threat to another person that would result in great bodily injury or death as well an additional charge PC-422.6(A), which is classified as a hate crime. Cosentino was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
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Megan McMann
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-6670
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 /Number of views (992) /Categories: Press Release
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