Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe 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 ARRESTED AFTER STEALING BCSO PATROL VEHICLE

Oroville, Ca—On August 18, 2014 at 7:25pm, a BCSO patrol vehicle was stolen from the BCSO Main Office Parking lot in Oroville. The patrol vehicle was locked and was not running, but the keys had been left inside. The suspect, Omar Medina Cazares, age 39, used a rock to break the driver’s window and stole the vehicle. Cazares led deputies on a pursuit down Nelson Ave. west to Hwy 99. The pursuit continued Southbound on Hwy 99 through Gridley.

Spike strips were deployed at three locations. Cazares avoided the first two spike strips in Gridley and Live Oak. The third spike strip disabled the vehicle south of Live Oak at the Lomo train track crossing.

A Yuba County Sheriff’s K-9 was deployed. Cazares fought with the K-9 and was eventually subdued by a Yuba Sutter CHP Officer by use of a Taser. Cazares was arrested and transported to Oroville Medical Center for medical clearance and will be booked into the Butte County Jail with stolen vehicle charges.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

Mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /Number of views (13) /Categories: Press Release

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Stabbing

Berry Creek – On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 5:16 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the victim of a stabbing which occurred on Pam – R Lane in Berry Creek. The victim received multiple stab wounds and is being treated at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Early information is that the victim, a 40-year-old male Oroville resident, was stabbed at a residence on Pam – R Lane.  It is believed the stabbing is connected to a marijuana growing operation the victim was involved with.  The suspects are described as 5 to 6 black male adults.  The suspects are believed to have left the area in the victim’s white 1989 Ford Econoline Van, with Arizona license plates, and containing a large amount of marijuana. The van was last seen in the Oroville area.

Investigation is ongoing.

Fore more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 /Number of views (17) /Categories: Press Release
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REPORTED THREATS LEAD TO ARREST OF FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARMS

Oroville, Ca--On August 13, 2014 at approx 8:30 PM Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Cal-Fire Station 64 in Kelly Ridge, to contact a man reporting he had been threatened with a firearm. When Deputies arrived, they contacted the victim, David Wright. Wright reported that he had been threatened with a knife and a fully automatic firearm.

 Through their investigation, deputies learned that the suspect was staying at 26 Demetri Pl in Bangor.

 Deputies went to 26 Demetri Pl and contacted suspect Jerome Saravia , 37. During the investigation Saravia was found to be in possession of a rifle and a handgun converted to fire full automatic. Saravia has a prior felony arrest and is prohibited from possessing firearms.

 Saravia was arrested for being a felon in possession of two firearms, being in possession of a full auto firearm, being in possession of ammunition, being in possession of a high capacity magazine, and being in possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. Saravia was booked in to Butte County Jail and bail was set at $135,000. 

 This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 538-7321.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Thursday, August 14, 2014 /Number of views (44) /Categories: Press Release

In-Custody Inmate Death

 

Oroville –Rick VERMACE, age 53, of Oroville was found unresponsive in a sobering cell in the Butte County Jail last night at 6:28 p.m. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m.

A joint investigation into the circumstances of Vermace’s death is being conducted by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and The Butte County District Attorney’s Office. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Mr. Vermace was arrested for "Public Intoxication" by officers from the Oroville Police Department at 5:20 p.m. on August 7, 2014. The police officers had contacted Mr. Vermace after citizens reported that Vermace was acting strange near an Oroville business on Myers Street and was scaring customers. The officers arrested Vermace for Public Intoxication and arrived at the Jail for booking at 5:31 p.m. Mr. Vermace was evaluated by Jail medical staff and determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, but not in need of additional medical care. Vermace was placed in a Jail sobering cell alone. Jail staff performed frequent checks on Mr. Vermace while he was in the sobering cell. At 6:28 p.m., jail staff discovered Vermace was lying down on the floor. Vermace was unresponsive and not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were initiated by Jail staff and continued by Paramedic and Butte County Fire personnel until 7:02 p.m. when Vermace was pronounced dead.

There are no indications that force was used during Vermace’s arrest or during his brief incarceration. No visible signs of trauma have been located. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

 

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For more information please contact

BCSO Media Liaison Miranda Bowersox

530.538.5384, 530.990.6949

mmcafee-bowersox@buttecounty.net

Friday, August 08, 2014 /Number of views (80) /Categories: Press Release

Monica Aldrich, juvenile runaway, possibly at risk.

Monica was reported missing by her father in April of 2014. Monica ran away from her home in Chico and she hasn’t contacted her family since early July. Monica is 16 years old and her family is concerned for her safety and welfare. It is unknown if Monica is still in the Chico area. There has been mention that Monica may be in the Red Bluff, Redding or Los Angeles areas with an unknown male adult. Monica’s family believes she is at risk and may be in danger based on recent information that we are not releasing due to an ongoing investigation. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that it is a violation of the law to harbor or conceal a child (Person under the age of 18) from their parent’s, guardians and law enforcement. Anyone with information as to Monica’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Freeman at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7671. 

Thursday, August 07, 2014 /Number of views (61) /Categories: Press Release
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