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.

Search Warrant Stump Ranch Road – Berry Creek

On June 1st, 2016, Deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on several parcels on Stump Ranch Road, Berry Creek.
Upon service of the search warrant, Deputies located several large scale marijuana grow sites to include one along Adams Creek. It appeared the marijuana cultivators had dammed Adams Creek and made a pond for the water supply to several of the marijuana plants. Liquid fertilizer containers were found floating in the pond with several growing marijuana plants nearby. Water was being transferred from the pond to the marijuana plants via a gas powered pump. A search of the area revealed 133 of the marijuana plants were being grown on United States Forest Service land.
Deputies continued to search the area and located several outdoor marijuana grow sites as well as a greenhouse. In total, Deputies eradicated 8,335 marijuana plants. While Deputies were searching the area, two vehicles traveled to the end of Stump Ranch Road. The individuals in the vehicles were determined to be associated to the marijuana grow and detained without incident, however, one of the subjects was armed with a handgun and rifle.
Arrested at the scene were Alvaro Villegas, age 23, of Oroville for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale; Jose Aquilar, age 28, of Oroville for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and committing a felony while out on bail/O.R.; Jesus Guzman-Mayorga, age 29, of Gridley for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and being armed in the commission of a felony.
All three were booked into the Butte County Jail. Villegas has a bail of $100,000.00, Aquilar has a bail of $125,000.00, Guzman-Mayorga has a bail of $115,000.00.



Tuesday, June 07, 2016 /Number of views (1143) /Categories: Press Release

Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Ends in Arrest

Butte County, Ca—At approximately 8:30am Butte County Sheriff’s Office received information that Oroville Police Officers had recently been in a pursuit with a stolen White 2014 Ford F-350. BCSO deputies were able to locate the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Hwy 149 at approximately 8:45am. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect (Joseph Sutton, DOB 2/28/1988, from Paradise, Ca) continued driving northbound on Hwy 99. Sutton exited Hwy 99 and continued westbound on Durham Pentz, traveling at speeds over 100 mph. At this point in the pursuit, Sutton rammed into another vehicle, causing injury to the driver, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment. CHP began assisting with the pursuit, which continued onto the Midway, but was terminated at Park Avenue and Westfield Lane in Chico in the interest of public safety. Sutton continued driving erratically on Park Ave. until he ran into a tree near the corner of Park Ave. and 21st Street. Sutton exited the vehicle and continued on foot for a short period of time before being detained by a Chico PD Officer. The passenger in the stolen vehicle was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. Sutton is being charged with felony pursuit, possession of a stolen vehicle, and assault with a deadly weapon, he has been booked into the Butte County Jail.
Friday, June 03, 2016 /Number of views (1042) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Sheriff's Office Receives Report of Skeletal Remains Found along the Feather River

On May 28, 2016 at approximately 8:30 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report from some fishermen regarding what was believed to be human remains along the east bank of the Feather River just south of E. Gridley Rd, Gridley, CA. Deputies responded to the scene and located human skeletal remains. The investigation into the identity of the deceased and manner of death is currently underway. More information will be released when it becomes available.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 /Number of views (1235) /Categories: Press Release


Gridley, Ca— On the evening of May 27th, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots being fired into a residence in Gridley Ca. Deputies responded and it was believed that the shots had come from a nearby residence. Deputies also obtained information leading them to believe that making contact with the suspect could result in a violent confrontation.
With the assistance of the BCSO SWAT Team, EOD Team and Hostage Negotiations Team, the suspect surrendered himself. BCSO representatives are thankful this situation ended safely and no one was injured. An investigation will continue into this incident, and it will be determined if any charges will need to be filed.

Note: A video of Sheriff Honea giving details regarding this incident has been posted on our Facebook page, please access the video here:


For more information, please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 /Number of views (941) /Categories: Press Release

Sheriff's Deputies arrest elder abuse suspect

On 05-26-2016, at approximately 1247 hours, Deputy D. Miller and Deputy K. Bryant were dispatched to 362 Buckboard Park Way in Oroville for a reported possible elder abuse report. Upon arrival, Deputies contacted the victim who reported her son (Bruce Richard Barton) was residing with her at the residence for the past year. The victim stated Barton had been verbally and physically abusive towards her.

The victim told Deputies, on 05-16-2016, she was involved in a verbal altercation with Bruce. The victim stated, during the altercation she attempted to call 911 and Bruce threw the phone to the floor, damaging the phone. In addition, the victim said she attempted to push her emergency button on her medical alert communication device (Life Alert) that was mounted in the kitchen. The victim stated, Bruce ripped the device off the wall and damaged it. On 05-25-2016, Bruce returned to the residence and was extremely upset and began yelling at the victim. The victim feared for her safety.

During the investigation Deputies attempted to locate Bruce. On 05-27-2016 at approximately 1000 hours Deputies learned Bruce’s vehicle was broken down near South 5th Street in Oroville. Deputies responded and arrested Bruce on 368 (b) (1) PC (Elder Abuse), 591 PC (Damage/Destroy a Phone Line) and 136.1 (b) (1) PC (Dissuade a Victim from Reporting a Crime), his bail was set at $165,000.00.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 /Number of views (1041) /Categories: Press Release
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