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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BCSO Update Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020
BCSO Update Regarding COVID-19
Butte County, CA- We know this is an uncertain time for our community. We are all dealing with the COVID-19 virus together, and we will get through this together. We continue to work with our partners at Butte County Public Health and Office of Emergency Management in our efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of this virus.
The Governor’s Executive Order asking all residents statewide to stay home is not cause for panic. We ask that you all continue to practice proper social distancing and our hope is for voluntary compliance from our community. We can all do our part. Here at BCSO, the day-to-day operations of our patrol deputies have not changed and we will continue answering calls for service and protecting the citizens of Butte County. The Governor’s Executive Order does not prevent people from leaving their homes to get essential items, such as food and medical supplies, engaging in essential business, or going outside to get exercise. In fact, there are many legitimate exceptions to the stay-at-home order, and if you have questions, we encourage you to read the order. We want everyone to practice good judgement and to take care of yourself, your family, and our community.
Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Butte County Jail inmate public visitation will be modified to enhance public safety and promote social distancing. All inmate visiting times will remain unchanged for all housing units. However, each inmate will only be allowed one visit per week, and limited contact visits.
Saturday: Inmates whose last name’s start with A-L.
Sunday: Inmates whose last name’s start with M-Z.
The BCSO Records Division will remain open as usual Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., providing essential services to the community. In order to best accommodate the public with their requests for services, we encourage everyone to call the Records Division at (530) 538-7391 prior to showing up. The Records Division will still be providing the following essential services for the community: Registering and updating Sex Registrant information, processing vehicle releases for vehicles that were impounded, processing and releasing necessary reports to victims, and Live Scan services for those deemed critical needs; such as EMT’s, IHSS, and child care providers.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, The Records Division will be temporarily postponing the issuing of any permits obtained through our Records Division, and temporarily postponing non-essential services, such as general Live Scans for employment and/or volunteer opportunities.
We have received inquiries regarding expiring CCW permits. If your CCW permit is set to expire during the stay-at-home order, we are extending the permit for the duration of the order, within Butte County.
The BCSO Civil Division will be processing all services as normal. The only delay in services at this time will be the execution of a Writ of Possession during eviction cases. We are still accepting them, but the date in which the service is provided will be postponed to a future date, not determined at this time.
“We’ve been through crisis situations before and we came out of them stronger than before. We will do it again. Listen to Public Health guidelines. Use common sense. And remember, we are Butte County strong,” said Sheriff Kory Honea.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (310) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Palermo Shooting

March 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Palermo Shooting
Palermo, CA- On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home on the 2300 block of Messina Avenue in Palermo for reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived at the home, they found a 10-year-old juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip area. The juvenile was flown from the scene to U.C. Davis Medical Center, and is currently listed in stable condition.
After further investigation, deputies learned the 10-year-old juvenile and his 7-year-old brother were inside the house, when the 7-year-old found a handgun and accidentally discharged the weapon, striking the 10-year-old.
Deputies are interviewing family members to determine the owner of the firearm, and why it was accessible to the juvenile. The investigation is ongoing.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 /Number of views (189) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Firearms Seizure

March 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Firearms Seizure
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Erik Clarke, of Chico, age 36. On March 15, deputies began investigating a domestic violence incident that occurred in Chico. During the investigation, Clarke was identified as the suspect. On the afternoon of March 15, deputies and officers with the Chico Police Department located Clarke in a vehicle in Chico.
During the contact with Clarke, a firearm, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia was located. Clarke was placed under arrest for a felony domestic violence charge, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of drug paraphernalia. After Clarke’s arrest, a Butte County Superior Court Judge issued an emergency protective order, which prevented Clarke from contacting the victim in the domestic violence incident.
On March 16, deputies and detectives received information Clarke had additional firearms at his residence, which is located near the 100 block of Caruthers Lane, Chico. Detectives also determined Clarke was attempting to communicate with the victim in the domestic violence incident by using telephones at the Butte County Jail. Based on the aforementioned information, detectives obtained a search warrant for Clarke’s residence.
On March 16, deputies and detectives served the search warrant at Clarke’s residence. Deputies and detectives located numerous evidence items at Clarke’s residence to include the following items: 19 firearms, marijuana packaged for sale, and large quantities of ammunition. Four of the firearms located were illegal assault weapons. As a result of the search warrant, Clarke was arrested for additional counts of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of illegal assault weapons, possession of marijuana for sale, and violation of a court order.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristian Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 /Number of views (240) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Response to COVID-19 Threat

March 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Response to COVID-19 Threat
Oroville, CA- Today, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is providing an update to the public regarding our Department’s response to the COVID-19 threat within Butte County. While there are currently zero lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Butte County, we continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to provide law enforcement services, while increasing efforts to stop the potential spread of the virus. We want to assure the public that our ability to answer emergency calls in the BCSO Dispatch Center has not changed, nor has the response by BCSO deputies to any emergency situation within our county.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical screening in the Butte County Jail has been enhanced to identify if any person entering the Butte County Jail may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Butte County Jail, immediate medical action will be taken and procedures will be modified in an effort to isolate and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Butte County Jail.
Operations within the Butte County Jail currently remain the same. In the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Butte County, operations may be modified in order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 to the community and to our inmate population. Community and visiting programs, and general access to the Butte County Jail will be modified in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 in Butte County.
Staffing remains the same for all BCSO patrol and correctional deputies, correctional technicians and public safety dispatchers. Patrol and correctional deputies have been provided with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on precautions to take should they encounter a member of our community with either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Correctional and patrol deputies have been outfitted with Personal Protective Equipment.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Records Division currently remains open for business Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. However, in an effort to comply with social distancing, appointments will be required, effective Wednesday March 18, 2020, for Live Scan Services. Such appointments can be made by calling the Records Unit at (530) 538-7391, or email BCSOrecords@buttecounty.net. In the event of an influx of people in the BCSO lobby, citizens may be asked to wait in their vehicles until their scheduled service appointment, and a BCSO records employee will contact them to let them know when they can enter the building.
The operations for the BCSO Civil Division are currently unchanged. However, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, all evictions in the state have been suspended until May 31, 2020, unless extended.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to maintaining all law enforcement services within our community and we recommend all the citizens in our county follow recommendations given by Butte County Public Health Officials as we all work together in our ongoing efforts to remove the COVID-19 threat from our community. Updated local COVID-19 information can be found by visiting www.buttecounty.net/publichealth
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 /Number of views (469) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrests

March 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Residential Burglary Arrests
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrests of Luke Anderson, of Magalia, age 30 and Sadie Downs of Magalia, age 22. On December 23, 2019, deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in the area of Carnegie Road, Magalia. Multiple tools were taken from the residence. Over the past two months, deputies and detectives located physical evidence related to this case. During the investigation, deputies also located stolen property at a residence in Magalia where Anderson and Downs resided.
On March 12, 2020, detectives interviewed Anderson and Downs at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Anderson and Downs were in custody at the Butte County Jail for charges not related to this investigation. During the interview Downs admitted to driving Anderson to the residence where the burglary occurred, so Anderson could commit the burglary. Downs also admitted to being in possession of a stolen generator from the burglary.
After the interviews were completed, Anderson and Downs were both placed under arrest for one felony count of residential burglary, and one felony count of possessing stolen property. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating this case and additional arrests are anticipated.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, March 13, 2020 /Number of views (197) /Categories: Press Release
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