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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.

 

 

 

  

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TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM AND THREE ARRESTS

May 20, 2019

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM AND THREE ARRESTS

Chico, Ca—On May 20, 2019, at approximately 2:23AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Harper initiated a traffic stop, on a vehicle occupied by four adults,  in the area of East 1st Avenue and Esplanade in Chico.

Deputy Harper requested one of the occupants, identified as Shelton Wardsworth, age 31, from Chico, to exit the vehicle. While Deputy Harper conducted a pat down search, Wardsworth became noticeably nervous. Before Deputy Harper was able to complete the pat down search, Wardsworth fled on foot, running directly into BCSO Deputy Mollath and BCSO Deputy Price.  While struggling to detain Wardsworth, Deputy Price noticed a gun in Wardsworth’s pocket. After an extensive struggle, BCSO Deputies Mollath and Price detained Wardsworth and secured the firearm. Wardsworth was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.

Two additional occupants of the vehicle were also arrested. Shatana Goods, age 30, from Chico, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to a warrant. Andrea Reichenbach, age 44, from Oroville was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

No shots were fired during this incident. After further review, the firearm was confirmed to be stolen.

Medical personnel responded to the scene to evaluate Wardsworth, in addition to Deputies Mollath and Price. Deputy Price was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure and has since been released.


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Monday, May 20, 2019 /Number of views (45) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST ROBBERY AND BURGLARY SUSPECT WITH THE HELP OF K9 “CHICO”

May 12, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES ARREST ROBBERY AND BURGLARY SUSPECT WITH THE HELP OF K9 “CHICO”

Oroville, Ca-- On 05-11-2019 at approximately 5:50 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to the 7-Eleven Mini Mart, located at 2125 Monte Vista Ave. in Oroville, for a reported robbery.  Deputies were advised a subject came into the store and attempted to steal beer. When the suspect was confronted by the store clerk, he assaulted the clerk and took the beer.  Deputies were given a description of the suspect, but were unable to locate him. 

At approximately 6:20 PM, BCSO deputies were dispatched to an in-progress burglary across the street from the 7-Eleven Mini Mart.  The description of the suspect from the burglary was similar to the description of the suspect from the earlier robbery.

Deputy Arredondo, along with his K9 partner “Chico”, arrived in the area and contacted Thomas Remy, age 50, from Chico. Remy matched both descriptions of the suspects from the robbery and burglary.  Remy would not comply with Deputy Arredondo’s commands. Remy pulled a glass beer bottle from a bag and advanced toward Deputy Arredondo, who proceeded to deploy a Taser which had no effect on Remy. Remy ran away from Deputy Arredondo, and into a densely vegetated area. 

Due to safety concerns for himself and the public, Deputy Arredondo took his K9 partner “Chico” with him, and gave chase to Remy.  Remy ran down a steep embankment, jumped a barbed wire fence, and would not comply with orders when located.  K9, “Chico” was sent to apprehend Remy on the other side of the fence, where he was taken into custody after resisting arrest. 

Remy was taken to Oroville Medical Center for treatment. Upon release, Remy will be booked on charges of 69 PC (Resisting Arrest w/ Violence), 148 (a) 1 PC (Resisting Arrest), 211 PC (Robbery), and 459 PC (Burglary). Remy’s bail was set at $83,000.00.       

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Sunday, May 12, 2019 /Number of views (148) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST RAPE SUSPECT IN OROVILLE

May 1, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST RAPE SUSPECT IN OROVILLE

Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) recently had three victims come forward reporting to have been raped. The rapes occurred in February, March and April of this year. BCSO detectives began investigating the incidents and were able to link all three incidents to the same suspect. Each victim provided a similar description of the suspect’s vehicle. The victims all reported to have accepted rides from the suspect in the early evening hours. The victims were taken to secluded remote areas in South Oroville where the sexual assaults occurred. At the conclusion of the sexual assaults, each victim was released by the suspect.

Through the investigation, BCSO detectives were able to locate surveillance video of the suspect vehicle. With the help of the surveillance video, the suspect’s vehicle was located on April 30 at 7AM. Detectives followed the vehicle to the Maidu Mart gas station near Gold Country Casino, where detectives contacted Nicholas Snowden, age 25, of Oroville.

During the course of the investigation, Snowden was arrested for three counts of rape, 3 counts of oral copulation, 3 counts of false imprisonment and 1 count of sodomy. Snowden was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail amount of $590,000.00.

BCSO Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims that have not come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BCSO Investigations Unit at 538-7671. Snowden is known to have been driving a 2005 White GMC Yukon XL.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019 /Number of views (247) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR SELLING EDIBLE GUMMY BEARS CONTAINING CONCENTRATED MARIJUANA TO STUDENTS

Oroville, CA- On Friday, April 5, 2019, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) School Resource Officer (SRO) Jesse Nicholaw was on patrol in the area of Las Plumas High School in Oroville. Deputy Nicholaw located a vehicle parked in the staff campus parking lot matching the description of one that had been reported to school staff as being associated with the sales of edible gummy bears containing concentrated marijuana to students at Las Plumas High School. Deputy Nicholaw conducted a traffic stop, the driver was identified as Jacob Murray, age 20 of Oroville. During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Nicholaw located a dozen individually wrapped gummy bears containing concentrated marijuana. The labeling on the individual gummies was consistent with drugs packaged for sale at a marijuana dispensary. Next to the gummies were several denominations of loose crumpled bills, which is often consistent with the sales of narcotics. Murray was placed under arrest and charged with the sales of concentrated marijuana to a minor, a felony. He was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $20,000.
The investigation is ongoing, and it is believed Murray may have been selling narcotics to other juveniles in the Oroville area. Anyone with information that may be related to this case is asked to contact SRO Jesse Nicholaw at (530) 538-7321. We would like to thank staff at Las Plumas High School for working so closely with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and our School Resource Officer.
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Friday, April 05, 2019 /Number of views (374) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST 25 YEAR OLD MALE FOR CONTACTING MINORS THROUGH ELECTRONICS

April 4, 2019

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES ARREST 25 YEAR OLD MALE FOR CONTACTING MINORS THROUGH ELECTRONICS

Chico, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Detectives recently received information regarding a male subject by the name of Ryan “Rebel” McClure, age 25, from Chico, who was reported to have contacted minors through electronics in an effort to meet in person.

BCSO Detectives posed as a 13 year old girl and began communicating with McClure through social media accounts. McClure sent sexually suggestive comments and was attempting to meet, who he thought was a 13 year old girl, in person. Due to McClure currently being on parole, and registered as a sex offender, for the same charges, Detective Miller was able to track his GPS monitor and take him into custody.

McClure was arrested on charges of contacting a minor to commit a felony and sending harmful matter to seduce a minor.

This investigation remains open and active. Anyone with information, or who has been contacted by McClure, is urged to contact BCSO Investigations Unit at 530-538-7671.

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Thursday, April 04, 2019 /Number of views (319) /Categories: Press Release
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