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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.

SUSPECT LINKED TO BUTTE COUNTY KIDNAPPING ARRESTED AND CONVICTED

May 17, 2018
SUSPECT LINKED TO BUTTE COUNTY KIDNAPPING ARRESTED AND CONVICTED
Oroville, Ca--On March 4, 2016 Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received information that an adult female had been kidnapped related to illegal marijuana activity in Butte County.
BCSO Deputies gathered information and determined that the victim and her assailants were at McDonalds in Gridley. BCSO immediately advised Gridley Police Department (GPD) of the circumstances. GPD Officers responded to the Gridley McDonalds and detained Demetrius Cortez Elliott until BCSO deputies arrived to place him under arrest for kidnapping and using a firearm during the kidnapping. Elliott received an enhanced sentence due to prior violent felony convictions. Elliott is currently serving a 29 year sentence in State Prison.
The investigation into this incident continued, and BCSO Detectives determined that Antonio Martez Woodard was the ring leader in a conspiracy related to the kidnapping and potential marijuana robbery. Woodard fled from California to a residence in North Carolina where he absconded from authorities.
BCSO Detectives obtained a Felony Arrest Warrant for Woodard, which led to Woodard being arrested once in North Carolina and a second time in Oregon. Both times, Woodard posted bail and was released.
Woodard was recently arrested in North Carolina on kidnapping charges, and brought back to Butte County. Woodard was convicted in a jury trial and on May 9, 2018, was sentenced to 13 years 4 months in state prison for kidnapping, first degree residential burglary and a firearms enhancement due to the fact that a firearm was used during the kidnapping and burglary. Woodard received the maximum sentence allowed by law.
BCSO would like to thank GPD and the many citizens who assisted the investigation by providing information.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018 /Number of views (514) /Categories: Press Release
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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEARCH WARRANT AND ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES

May 10, 2018

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO SEARCH WARRANT AND ARREST ON DRUG CHARGES

Oroville, Ca-- On May 9, 2018 at approximately 12:00 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Randall Cooper conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation in the 4800 Block of Feather River Boulevard in Oroville. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as 47 year old Michael Bennett, of Oroville. Through his investigation, Deputy Cooper was able to conduct a search of the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of almost ½ pound of methamphetamine and approximately $3400 in cash. The items were determined to belong to Bennett.
Due to the large amount of methamphetamine, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) was contacted to continue with the investigation. BINTF Detectives were able to identify two storage lockers in Oroville that belonged to Bennett and wrote search warrants for the two units. A search of the storage lockers yielded addition methamphetamine, marijuana, a small amount of heroin and remnants of a butane honey oil lab.
Bennett was booked into the Butte County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sales and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges of manufacturing concentrated cannabis, possession for sale of marijuana and possession of heroin were also added to his charges. Bennett was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $57,000.00.
The driver of the vehicle was released with no charges.
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Thursday, May 10, 2018 /Number of views (421) /Categories: Press Release
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SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF ELABORATE ILLEGAL COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA GROW ON CHEROKEE ROAD IN OROVILLE

May 10, 2018

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF ELABORATE ILLEGAL COMMERCIAL MARIJUANA GROW ON CHEROKEE ROAD IN OROVILLE

Oroville, Ca-- On May 8th, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Special Enforcement Unit along with Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) Agents, served a search warrant in the 2800 block of Cherokee Road, in Oroville.

Upon service of the search warrant, members of law enforcement witnessed an Asian male adult flee out the back of the residence and into the nearby brush in an effort to avoid law enforcement contact. Members of law enforcement were able to locate the subject, identified as Yu Zheng, age 39 of Pennsylvania. Zheng was found hiding in a tree line about 100 yards from the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the property revealed an elaborate illegal commercial indoor marijuana grow, outdoor marijuana plants, and marijuana plants growing in a large greenhouse. A total of 2,165 marijuana plants were eradicated from the illegal commercial growing sites.

Zheng was arrested at the scene for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and felony maintaining a residence for drug sales. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440


Thursday, May 10, 2018 /Number of views (459) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO DEPUTY INITIATES TRAFFIC STOP ON RECKLESS DRIVER ENDING IN TRAFFIC COLLISION

May 1, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTY INITIATES TRAFFIC STOP ON RECKLESS DRIVER ENDING IN TRAFFIC COLLISION
Oroville, Ca—At 9:39 AM on May 1, 2018, a BCSO Deputy witnessed a suspect, in a Volkswagen Jetta, driving recklessly and crossing over a double yellow line in an effort to pass vehicles in the area of Ophir Road and Baggett Marysville Road, in Oroville.
The Deputy initiated a traffic stop on the suspect; however, the suspect refused to comply and accelerated towards Feather River Boulevard. The Deputy initiated a pursuit, following the suspect onto Feather River Boulevard. The suspect continued driving recklessly at speeds reaching 90 miles per hour.
As soon as the suspect reached Feather River Boulevard and Cal Oak Road, a BCSO Supervisor advised to terminate the pursuit in the interest of public safety. It is common practice for a BCSO Supervisor to monitor a pursuit on the radio and advise to terminate the pursuit when it appears that the danger to continue the pursuit outweighs the need to apprehend the suspect.
The Deputy began decelerating and was in the process of terminating the pursuit when the suspect ran a red light at Oro Dam Boulevard and struck a Chevrolet Sedan with two occupants. The force of the collision caused the suspect’s vehicle to collide with a large tow truck that was facing southbound in the intersection. The tow truck driver sustained minor injuries.
The suspect and both occupants of the Chevrolet Sedan suffered injuries and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The accident is being investigated by California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The suspect has been identified as Chris Smith, age 27, from Oroville. Smith was on Post Release Community Supervision for Vehicle Theft and has a Felony Warrant for his arrest for Vehicle Theft and Felony Evading. CHP advised they have a lengthy history of vehicle theft and pursuits with Smith. This year alone, Smith has fled from CHP officers on three occasions. Smith has been charged with Reckless Driving, Felony Evading, Violation of Post Release Community Supervision, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Further charges for Driving Under the Influence may be pending.
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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440



Tuesday, May 01, 2018 /Number of views (458) /Categories: Press Release
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VEHICLE ASSAULT ON DEPUTY LEADS TO DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING

April 27, 2018

VEHICLE ASSAULT ON DEPUTY LEADS TO DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING

Oroville, Ca--On 04-26-2018 at approximately 6:30 PM the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the 2100 block of Stanley Dr. in Palermo. The caller reported an unknown female was trespassing on the property and when asked to leave she refused and made threats to shoot the residents of the property. The caller provided a description of the female and the vehicle in which she arrived.

BCSO deputies Charles Lair and Mary Barker were dispatched to the call. When they arrived they found the female in the front yard and her vehicle parked in the driveway. As deputies approached the female, she had her hands behind her back, refusing directives from Deputy Lair to stop and show her hands. Based upon the threats to shoot the residents of the property, the deputies had concerns that the female was armed with a firearm.

Continuing to ignore Deputy Lair’s commands to show him her hands, the female walked to her vehicle and got into the driver’s seat. She quickly started the vehicle, put it into reverse and accelerated backwards at a high rate of speed towards Deputy Lair. As the vehicle came within approximately six feet of Deputy Lair, he attempted to move out of its path; however, the female appeared to steer the vehicle toward Deputy Lair’s location. Fearing he was in imminent danger of being run over by the vehicle, Deputy Lair fired seven shots from his handgun into the vehicle. At about the same time, Deputy Barker who was standing nearby fired six shots from her handgun into the vehicle, as she too was concerned that Deputy Lair was in imminent danger of being struck by the vehicle. Both deputies ceased firing when the vehicle slowed and ultimately came to a stop. The preliminary investigation reveals that only 15 to 20 seconds elapsed between the time the deputies arrived and the shooting occurred.

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Deputies notified BCSO dispatch that shots were fired, requested medical aid and immediately began life saving efforts. Medical personnel responded and continued lifesaving efforts; however, the female died at the scene.

Both deputies were equipped with Body Worn Cameras; however, due to how rapidly the situation evolved they did not activate them until after the shooting occurred. The shooting was witnessed by three residents of the property and their statements corroborate the accounts of the deputies, each expressing a belief that Deputy Lair was in imminent danger of being run over by the vehicle when the shots were fired.

The female has been identified as Myra Lisa Micalizio, age 56, from Palermo. BCSO only had one prior contact with Micalizio in which she reported being the victim of a battery. An autopsy is pending and will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Deputy Lair, age 41, is a 16 year veteran of BCSO and Deputy Barker, age 27, is a 2 year veteran of BCSO. Throughout the process of the investigation, Deputies Lair and Barker will be reassigned from field operations to administrative duties pending a meeting with the department’s psychologist.

The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incident Protocol Team was activated to investigate this deputy involved shooting. The Protocol Team is comprised of detectives and investigators from state and local agencies throughout Butte County. The team works closely with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office to conduct complete, thorough and independent investigations in cases of this nature. Further details related to this matter will be released by the Butte County District Att
Friday, April 27, 2018 /Number of views (553) /Categories: Press Release
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