Butte County 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.

 

 

 

  

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

April 14, 2021

SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

Oroville, CA – On the morning of April 14, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies were conducting routine safety checks on inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. Around 1:30 a.m., a correctional deputy noticed Inmate Dan Fallis, age 30, of Chico appeared to be having a medical issue.
Correctional deputies and jail medical staff immediately began providing Fallis with emergency medical treatment. Paramedics responded and provided additional emergency medical treatment. Despite the life-saving measures that were administered, jail medical staff and paramedics were not able to revive Fallis.
Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the jail and began conducting an investigation. During the investigation, personnel interviewed correctional deputies, medical staff, and inmates housed within the Butte County Jail. To date, detectives and investigators have not located any evidence that Fallis committed suicide. Investigators and detectives determined Fallis was housed in a cell by himself and other inmates did not have access to Fallis’ cell. Investigators and detectives did not locate any signs of trauma or injuries on Fallis’ person. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine Fallis’ cause of death.
Investigators and detectives determined Fallis had been housed at the Butte County Jail for several months. Fallis has received extensive medical and mental health treatment since being housed at the Butte County Jail. Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office detectives are actively investigating this incident.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 /Number of views (200) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigation

April 14, 2021

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigation

Oroville, CA – In March of 2021, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Designated Area Deputies began investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the Oroville area. While processing the residence for evidence, deputies located items they believed would contain DNA evidence.
In November of 2018, BCSO obtained an ANDE DNA Instrument which allows for DNA to be processed and analyzed rapidly. In April of 2021, BCSO used the ANDE DNA Instrument to process DNA located during the residential burglary investigation. BCSO determined the DNA profile of Peter Lor, age 24, of Oroville was a match to the DNA located on the evidence items collected from the residence where the burglary occurred.
Detectives determined Lor was in custody at the Butte County Jail on an unrelated case. On April 13, detectives contacted Lor about the burglary investigation. During the contact with Lor, detectives located additional evidence indicating Lor committed the residential burglary. After contacting Lor, detectives drove to a residence on Claremont Drive, Oroville and recovered some of the property that was stolen during the burglary. Lor was booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony count of residential burglary.
Lor is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 15, at 3:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Lor to contact Detective Thao or Deputy Sandquist at
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 /Number of views (201) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SELLING SUSPECTED FENTANYL TO MINOR VICTIMS

April 9, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SELLING SUSPECTED FENTANYL TO MINOR VICTIMS

Oroville, CA – On the evening of April 5, a minor victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and reported her three juvenile friends had overdosed on Xanax pills. BCSO deputies and medical personnel responded to a residence in the Palermo area and contacted three juvenile victims. The three juvenile victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Over the past week detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, Special Enforcement Unit, and the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit conducted follow-up related to the aforementioned overdose. During the follow-up investigation, detectives determined the pills the juveniles overdosed on were suspected counterfeit Xanax pills that likely contained Fentanyl.
On April 6, detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Baldwin Avenue in Palermo. During the service of the search warrant detectives obtained evidence related to this investigation. On April 7, detectives identified the individual who sold the juveniles the suspected counterfeit Xanax pills as Knowa Massey, age 18, of Oroville.
On the evening of April 7, detectives, with assistance of the Oroville Police Department, served a search warrant at Massey’s residence, which is located near the 100 block of Grand Avenue, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located a large quantity of counterfeit Xanax pills that detectives suspect contain Fentanyl. Detectives also located cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale. During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence which confirmed Massey was the individual who sold the counterfeit Xanax pills to the juveniles. Detectives also located evidence Massey knew the pills he sold to the juveniles were extremely potent.
Massey was placed under arrest for the following felony counts: Possession of cocaine for sale, possession of a narcotic substance for sale, three counts of child endangerment, selling a controlled substance to minor victims, committing felonies which caused great bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana for sale. Massey was booked into the Butte County Jail on the evening of April 7. Massey is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 9, at 3 PM.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that medications not obtained from legitimate pharmacists and illicit drugs like methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and counterfeit pills can be laced with Fentanyl. Illicit drugs containing Fentanyl could result in death if ingested. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Massey to contact detectives at 530-538-7671. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about illegal narcotics sales to contact the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force at 530-538-2261.
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Friday, April 09, 2021 /Number of views (295) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

April 8, 2021

CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

Oroville, CA – On the morning of April 7, a victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and reported he was being held at gunpoint by a male later identified as William Hostetler, age 56, of Chico. The victim informed BCSO dispatch while attempting to access his property located near the 700 block of Potters Ravine Road, Oroville, Hostetler contacted the victim and pointed a firearm at him. While the victim was on the telephone with BCSO dispatch, the victim reported Hostetler used his vehicle to “ram” the victim’s vehicle. Deputies arrived in the area, contacted the victim and located evidence which corroborated the victim’s statements.
Deputies immediately began attempting to locate Hostetler. Around 12:20 p.m., deputies assigned to the Chico area located Hostetler at an apartment complex located in the 1600 block of Forest Avenue, Chico. Deputies contacted Hostetler and located evidence Hostetler had used his vehicle to “ram” the victim’s vehicle. Deputies placed Hostetler under arrest.
While investigating the incident, deputies located multiple large marijuana grows near the 700 block of Potters Ravine Road. Detectives determined one of the marijuana grows belonged to Hostetler. Detectives obtained a search warrant for two parcels on Potters Ravine Road and for Hostetler’s apartment in Chico.
Designated Area Deputies and detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, and Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force assisted with the service of the search warrants. During a search of the apartment, detectives located approximately eight firearms and numerous firearm parts. Two of the firearms were illegal assault rifles. Detectives also located approximately 100 bags of packaged marijuana and evidence of marijuana sales. A photograph of some of the firearms and marijuana located is attached to this press release. During a search of the two parcels near the 700 block of Potters Ravine Road, detectives located approximately 3,000 marijuana plants and an additional firearm.
During the investigation, deputies and detectives obtained evidence Hostetler was involved in the illegal cultivation of marijuana. Detectives located evidence Hostetler recently began arguing with neighbors and other individuals who were cultivating marijuana in the area of Potters Ravine Road.
Based on the evidence obtained during the initial investigation, Hostetler was placed under arrest. Hostetler later posted bail. BCSO will be submitting the case against Hostetler to the District Attorney’s Office for review for the following charges: A felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, a felony count of possession of assault weapons, misdemeanor counts of illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, and a misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, April 08, 2021 /Number of views (242) /Categories: Press Release
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APRIL 2, 2021 UPDATE

APRIL 2, 2021 UPDATE


Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives have continued working cooperatively with the Oakland Police Department (OPD) in our ongoing efforts to locate Ms. Dugger. Within the past week, the body of a deceased female was located in Siskiyou County. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), BCSO and OPD worked together to identify the deceased female using the BCSO ANDE Rapid DNA machine.
On the morning of April 2, BCSO identified the deceased female as Ms. Dugger. BCSO, OPD, and SCSO will continue working cooperatively to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Dugger. We encourage our communities to contact BCSO, OPD, or SCSO if they have additional information about the death of Ms. Dugger.
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February 11, 2021

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING PERSON
Oroville, CA – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) continues looking for Tatiana Dugger, age 19, of Los Angeles. On January 9, Ms. Dugger’s family contacted the Oakland Police Department and completed a missing person report. On January 13, the Oakland Police Department requested the Butte County Sheriff’s Office assume jurisdiction of the aforementioned missing person investigation, since Ms. Dugger’s family resides in Butte County.
On the afternoon of January 13, detectives interviewed Ms. Dugger’s family members. After the interviews, detectives began conducting an investigation. During the investigation, detectives located evidence to include telephone records which indicate Ms. Dugger’s last known location was in Oakland. Detectives determined Ms. Dugger moved from Butte County to Los Angeles approximately three months ago.
Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to work cooperatively with the Oakland Police Department in our ongoing efforts to locate Ms. Dugger. Ms. Dugger is an African American female, 19-years-old, 5’7”, 140 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives at (530) 538-7671 or (530) 538-7322 or the Oakland Police Department’s Special Victims Unit/Missing Persons Unit at (510) 238-3641.
Oakland Deputy Chief Drennon Lindsey said, “The Oakland Police Department Missing Persons Unit Investigators will continue to provide support and resources to help the Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the Dugger family in locating Ms. Dugger.” Deputy Chief Lindsey went on to say, “Investigators from OPD’s Missing Persons Unit will meet with the Dugger family this Saturday and assist with passing out flyers of Tatiana Dugger.”
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Captain Steve Boyd said, “Our detectives continue working with the Oakland Police Department to locate Tatiana. We will not stop until we have located Tatiana. We encourage our community, other communities and our media partners to help us locate Tatiana.”
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Friday, April 02, 2021 /Number of views (323) /Categories: Press Release
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