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.

Arson Fire and Burglary Arrest

Arson Fire and Burglary Arrest

On 12-12-16 at about 10:40 A.M., firefighters from Butte County Fire responded to a structure fire on Arbol Drive near Olive Highway in Oroville. Butte County Fire suppressed the fire and determined that the cause of the fire was arson. Fire investigators also determined that the residence had been burglarized. A Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputy was dispatched to the scene to investigate the burglary.
When the deputy arrived, he determined that both the residence and detached garage had been burglarized. While searching a wooded area near the home for evidence, the deputy located a significant amount of property stolen from the residence. The deputy also located an ATV stolen from the victim’s garage.
While searching the area around the ATV, the deputy located Richard Thomas Harris, age 33, of Montesano, Washington hiding in a brush pile. Harris was detained and was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun, ammunition and other property from the residence. Harris was also found to be in possession of property stolen out of Medford, Oregon as well as methamphetamine related paraphernalia.
While being detained, Harris threatened to harm deputies and their families upon his release from jail.
Harris was arrested for 2 counts of burglary, arson, vehicle theft, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, obstructing or resisting executive officers, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant from Placer County, California. Harris is being held without bail due to his warrant.
An estimated $38,000 worth of stolen property was returned to the victims. The value of the extensive damage to their home has not yet been assessed.
This investigation is ongoing in the attempt to locate the owners of other identified stolen property.
BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 /Number of views (1192) /Categories: Press Release


December 9, 2016

Chico, Ca—On December 9, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives arrested Daniel Lane, age 25, of Chico, for possession and distribution of child pornography. Lane was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $45,000.
Anyone with information in regards to Lane, that might be relevant to this investigation, is encouraged to contact BCSO Detective Jason Miller at (530) 538-7671.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Friday, December 09, 2016 /Number of views (1519) /Categories: Press Release

BCSO Deputies Respond to Suicidal Subject

December 2, 2016


Oroville, Ca—On November 30th, 2016, at 12:05 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to a report of a suicidal subject at a residence on D Street in Oroville. Deputies arrived to find the subject, whose name is being withheld out of respect for his privacy, on his front porch holding a butcher knife to his chest. It became apparent the subject was in crisis and intent upon committing suicide.
BCSO Deputies, Crisis Team Negotiators, a Chaplin and a Butte County Behavioral Health Department Clinician, who was able to respond to the scene, spoke to the subject for nearly 3 hours. During that period of time, they made significant efforts to de-escalate the situation. Some progress was made, but the subject remained steadfast in his refusal to surrender and be transported to the hospital. At one point, the subject moved the knife away from his chest and stuck it into the seat of the bench he was sitting on. However, he remained within six inches, and the knife was in his immediate reach. Concerned that the subject would re-arm himself with the butcher knife, deputies used that window of opportunity to subdue the subject with a Taser. The tactic was successful and the subject was taken into custody without significant injury to him or the deputies on scene.

The quick and thoughtful actions of deputies and behavioral health personnel on scene, helped save the subject’s life. The subject was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440

Friday, December 02, 2016 /Number of views (1443) /Categories: Press Release

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

On November 30, 2016, at approximately 9:20 pm, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a citizen reporting there were two vehicles in an orchard on Grape Way at Meridian Road in Chico.  The reporting party stated the occupants of the vehicles appeared to be shooting at each other.  

Deputies arrived and found one vehicle still in the orchard.  The vehicle’s engine was running and the vehicle was unoccupied.  The vehicle had at least two bullet holes and a small amount of blood was located on the ground.
Deputies, CHP patrol units and a CHP helicopter checked the area for injured persons but were unable to find anyone.  

The situation is under investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident to contact BCSO Investigations or the Watch Commander at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.

Thursday, December 01, 2016 /Number of views (1551) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Sheriff vehicle pursuit

Chico, CA- On Thursday November 24, 2016, at about 7:30 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Baker attempted to stop a vehicle, for a lighting violation, in the area of Oro Chico Highway and Midway. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled from Deputy Baker. 

A 30 minute pursuit ensued which traveled through parts of Durham and then back into Chico, reaching speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour (MPH). The occupants tossed counterfeit currency from the vehicle during the pursuit. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) assisted by laying spike strips across the road in the area of Oro Chico Highway and Neal Road. The fleeing vehicle struck the spike strips which blew out at least one tire. Although the spike strips did not immediately bring the fleeing vehicle to a stop, the driver did slow down to about 40 MPH as it travelled back towards the Chico area. 

As the pursuit reached the area of northbound Cypress Avenue, approaching E. 12th Street, the fleeing vehicle veered left and continued northbound on Pine Street which is a southbound only lane. Deputy Baker remained northbound on Cypress Avenue and momentarily lost sight of the vehicle. Officers from the Chico Police Department (CPD) located the vehicle a couple of minutes later, stopped at the intersection of Woodland Avenue and E.  7th Street. A female passenger was detained at that time. The male driver had already fled the area on foot into Bidwell Park. A search was conducted but the male was not located. Deputy Baker soon learned that an infant boy was in the back seat of the vehicle during the pursuit. The baby boy was uninjured and later taken into protective custody by Children’s Services.                 

The mother of the infant boy, 34 year old Amber Ward of Hamilton City, was arrested on charges of child endangerment, possession of counterfeit currency, and destroying evidence. 
The driver, and father of the infant boy, has been identified as 36 year old Chico resident, Thomas Sanders. Sanders is wanted for evading, child endangerment, and possession of counterfeit currency. 

Anyone with information about the pursuit or the whereabouts of Sanders is urged to call BCSO at 530-538-7321. 

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