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.


Oroville, CA— The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Memorial Service in honor of our fallen heroes on Monday May 9th, 2016. The Memorial Service will be held at 10am on the Sheriff’s Office South Lawn (near the Memorial Pond). All BCSO personnel, whose duties permit, have been asked to attend, and an invitation has been extended to the families of our personnel who sacrificed their utmost in the line of service. The BCSO Memorial Service is being held in coordination with Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, which falls on May 15th. We invite the media to join us as we honor and remember our fallen heroes.


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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 /Number of views (1051) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO Deputies and Detectives Respond to Shooting in Bangor Area

April 29, 2016

On Thursday, 4/28/16, at approximately 7:41 PM, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from the 6500 block of LaPorte Road reporting a shooting had occurred. The initial report was that a male had been shot in the chest by another male after an argument in the street. The subject who did the shooting had left the scene at the time of report. Deputies responded to the area however the victim had been transported by friends to medical personnel. The victim was flown by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.
Deputies located witnesses and the male shooter who lived a short distance away. Detectives responded to investigate this incident and during the course of the investigation learned that there had been some sort of issue at an address on Darby Road. At the conclusion of that incident 4 people left in a truck, one of those 4 being James Jordan (age 45). Jeffrey Martin (age 56) followed the 4 people in the truck to the 6500 block of LaPorte Road where an altercation occurred and Martin shot James Jordan in the chest with a .22 caliber Ruger semiautomatic handgun. Based on statements these individuals knew each other prior to this incident.
The victim, at last report, was recovering from the gunshot wound but remains in the hospital.
Detectives arrested Martin for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Causing Great Bodily Injury during a Felony. Martin’s bail was set at $200,000.

For more information, please contact
BCSO PIO Miranda Bowersox
530.538.5382, 530.990.6949

Friday, April 29, 2016 /Number of views (1508) /Categories: Press Release


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 (1074) /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 (971) /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 (1025) /Categories: Press Release
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