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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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Palermo Resident for Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Minor

March 30, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Palermo Resident for Unlawful Sexual Contact with a Minor
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Jagvir Singh, of Palermo, age 23. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation that began in September 2019. On October 8, 2019, Singh was placed under arrest in Sacramento by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. After the arrest, Singh admitted to traveling to Chico, meeting with a minor victim, and having unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor victim.
Singh was arrested for three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and an additional three felony counts of contacting a minor with the intent to have unlawful sexual intercourse. On the evening of October 8, 2019, Butte County Sheriff’s detectives booked Singh into the Butte County Jail. Singh later posted bail and was released from jail. During the court proceedings, a Butte County Superior Court Judge issued an order preventing Singh from contacting the aforementioned minor victim.
On March 25, 2020, detectives received information Singh had contacted the aforementioned minor victim, and was with the minor victim at an unknown location. Detectives immediately obtained an arrest warrant for Singh and began looking for Singh and the minor victim. Detectives located Singh and the minor victim in the Paradise area on March 25. Detectives determined Singh had taken the minor victim to a local motel and had unlawful sexual contact with the minor victim. At the time of his arrest, Singh was in possession of approximately $19,000 and stolen identification cards. During the investigation detectives located evidence which indicated Singh was planning on leaving California with the minor victim.
Singh was placed under arrest for the following charges: One felony count of contacting a minor with the intent to have sex with the minor, one felony count of meeting a minor with the intent to have sex with the minor, one felony count of oral copulation on a minor, one felony count of committing a felony while released on bail, one felony count of child endangerment, and one misdemeanor count of violation of a court order.
During the investigation detectives determined Singh had moved to the Palermo area and had been residing at a residence in the 7000 block of Lincoln Blvd. for the past few months. On March 27, detectives served a search warrant at the aforementioned residence and located additional evidence.
A Butte County Superior Court Judge reviewed a declaration documenting Singh’s March 26 arrest and set Singh’s bail status as no bail until Singh attends further court proceedings. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Parsons at 530-538-7671.
Monday, March 30, 2020 /Number of views (190) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Conducting Homicide Investigation

March 26, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Conducting Homicide Investigation
Magalia, CA – On March 26, 2020, at approximately 11:50 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a resident in the 14000 block of Carnegie Road, Magalia. The resident reported a neighbor entered their residence and assaulted two of the homeowners. BCSO deputies arrived on scene and contacted the residents. Two of the residents were injured and one was later transported to a local hospital by BCSO. While clearing the inside of the residence, deputies located an unresponsive male subject. Medical personnel immediately responded and provided first aid to the unresponsive male subject. Medical personnel and deputies eventually determined the male subject was deceased. Deputies determined the deceased subject was the neighbor who entered the residence without permission.
Detectives arrived on scene and obtained a search warrant for the residence. The homeowners have been cooperative with detectives and are currently being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office. Based on the initial investigation, detectives determined the aforementioned unidentified male subject entered the homeowner’s residence without consent and a struggle ensued. Detectives are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.
The identification of the deceased subject will be released once his next of kin is located. This is an ongoing investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Joe Hooks at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020 /Number of views (215) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Superior Court Suspends Evictions in Butte County

March 23, 2020
Butte County Superior Court Suspends Evictions in Butte County
Oroville, CA- On March 23rd 2020, based upon an application from Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, the Butte County Superior Court issued an order suspending the execution of all Writs of Possession for real property through May 31st 2020. A Writ of Possession is the order which directs the Sheriff to restore real property to the landlord or lawful owner – this action is commonly referred to an eviction or lockout.
The Sheriff made the decision to apply for such an order in light of the Federal, State and locally declared State of Emergency, extremely limited access to the Butte County courts, the interests of public health and safety, along with the Governor’s Executive Orders.
The stay order does not explicitly waive any duty to pay rent. Tenants facing eviction should seek competent legal advice regarding their duty to pay rent and any financial liability they may incur by their actions. Tenants facing eviction should note that the stay is only temporary and they should not cease making future living arrangements and/or communicating with landlords or property owners.
It should be noted that the stay does not affect the service or processing of unlawful detainer actions – this order only temporarily suspends the physical enforcement of evictions. Any eviction service packets received by the Sheriff will be processed and scheduled in the order they were received, upon the stay being lifted.
The Sheriff specifically requested the court to consider issuing exemption orders on a case-by-case basis for tenants causing substantial property damage or in situations constituting a public safety and health hazard. Furthermore, restraining orders, domestic violence prevention orders, elder abuse prevention orders and any associated “immediate move-out orders” are unaffected by this stay and will be enforced.
For further information, please refer to the order issued by the Butte County Superior Court on March 23rd 2020.
Due to this order being signed today by the Butte County Superior Court, item 4.03 (Resolution Imposing Substantive Limitations on Residential and Commercial Evictions Due to COVID-19) on the Butte County Board of Supervisors Agenda for tomorrow, March 24, 2020, has been removed.
Monday, March 23, 2020 /Number of views (962) /Categories: Press Release
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Visitation Suspended at the Butte County Jail

March 21, 2020
Visitation Suspended at the Butte County Jail
Oroville, CA- Today, March 21, 2020, Butte County Health Officer Dr. Andy Miller announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Butte County. Due to that, all public visitation to the Butte County Jail is suspended until further notice. We cannot effectively accommodate social distancing for family members who come to the facility to visit inmates. Inmate visitation with attorneys and investigators will continue. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office understands the importance of family visiting to our community, and we will continue to follow Public Health guidelines and will begin working on alternative ways for inmates to have contact with family members. We ask for your patience as we all try and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Butte County.
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Saturday, March 21, 2020 /Number of views (191) /Categories: Press Release
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Agricultural Equipment Theft Arrests

March 20, 2020
Agricultural Equipment Theft Arrests
Chico, CA-On 03/20/2020, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Designated Area Deputy (DAD) Team was alerted to a burglary in progress at a building on Hamilton Nord Cana Hwy in the County of Butte, west of the City of Chico. DAD deputies have been investigating numerous thefts in the northern Butte County area directly related to agriculture theft. This particular property had been the victim of recent thefts of building materials during the remodel of an ag-shop building. BCSO DAD deputies had placed a piece of equipment inside the shop equipped with a tracking device. The piece of equipment was also coated in Smart Water CSI.
Smart Water CSI is a forensic marking solution used to identify items of property when they have been stolen to help identify the owner and get the property returned. The Smart Water CSI marking solution is non transferrable. Smart Water CSI also has a forensic marking solution that comes in the form of a grease that is transferrable. The transferrable grease is used by law enforcement during covert sting operations. When an object is coated with the transferrable grease, if a person touches the item, the Smart Water CSI grease transfers from the item to their skin/clothing. Once on the person’s skin or clothing, Smart Water CSI grease will remain there for a number of days. Each batch of Smart Water CSI has its own forensic code made up of a mixture of 30 different metals and is registered to individual users. The Smart Water CSI is tested in a lab to identify the person/business it is registered to. Smart Water CSI is invisible to the naked eye.
After being alerted to the theft of the piece of equipment, BCSO deputies tracked the equipment to a parking lot on Esplanade at East Ave in Chico. Deputies contacted 3 subjects standing outside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Deputies carry a special high UV spectrum flashlight that is used to locate the Smart Water CSI. Deputies used the special flashlight and located Smart Water CSI on all three subjects’ hands and clothing. The piece of stolen equipment (valued at $2,000) was located in the back seat of the vehicle they were standing next to. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the stolen equipment was recovered. Methamphetamine and burglary tools were also located in the vehicle. One of the burglary tools located happened to be a makeshift post office key used to open a community mail box. A large amount of mail was located in the vehicle as well that appeared to be recently stolen from a business district in the north end of the City of Chico. Deputies will investigate the mail theft and return the stolen mail to the owners.
The three subjects were identified as:
Ryan Marx, DOB 09/12/76. Marx was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property) and 11377(a) H&S (possession of a controlled substance).
Christopher Seghetti, DOB 12/14/1987. Seghetti was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property) and 11377(a) H&S (possession of a controlled substance).
Joanna Zepeda, DOB 08/09/1989. Zepeda was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property).
If anyone has any information regarding agriculture related thefts in Butte County, contact Sgt. Josh Brazzi at 530-990-6852 or at jbrazzi@buttecounty.net.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (216) /Categories: Press Release
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