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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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Press Releases that were issued during the Camp Fire incident are here

BCSO DEPUTY ADMINISTERS FIRST DOSE OF NARCAN

Palermo, CA- On Thursday, March 28, 2019, at approximately 3:11 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to a residence on the 2400 block of Bohemia Avenue in Palermo on a report of a possible overdose. When deputies arrived on scene, they found a 47-year-old woman unresponsive. A witness on the scene reported the woman had recently used an unknown amount of heroin. The woman had a pulse but would not respond to verbal or physical stimuli, and the deputy noticed obvious signs of an opioid overdose. The deputy then retrieved his county issued NARCAN, which is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The deputy administered one dose. The woman’s health began to improve within seconds and she began responding to verbal and physical stimuli. EMS responded to the scene moments later and the woman was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
All BCSO deputies have been trained and certified to carry and administer the potentially lifesaving drug in overdose situations. NARCAN was provided to BCSO through a collaboration with Butte County Public Health.
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Friday, March 29, 2019 /Number of views (388) /Categories: Press Release
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UPDATE: SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS IDENTIFIED

UPDATE: SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS IDENTIFIED
Berry Creek, CA- On March 20, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced that through the investigative efforts of BCSO Designated Area Deputies Kenneth Bryant and Matthew Sandquist they were able to determine the identity of the subject seen on surveillance video at Berry Creek Elementary School on March 17, 2019. The subject is a 14-year-old boy who lives in the area. During questioning the juvenile admitted to being on the school grounds and being in possession of a pellet rifle. The juvenile denied any desire to harm anyone or any intent to plan an attack on the school. The juvenile stated he borrowed the pellet rifle from a friend and was using it to shoot at trees and cans. The deputies admonished the juvenile about taking a pellet rifle on school property and explained the concern such conduct can cause. The subject told deputies that his movements were based on reenactments from video games and movies he has watched. The case has been forwarded to Butte County Juvenile Probation for review by a juvenile probation officer. Deputies will continue to monitor the situation, but at this point BCSO does not believe there is an ongoing threat to the Berry Creek Elementary School or its students and facility. BCSO would like to thank school officials for their assistance and cooperation in this matter. The identity of the subject is not being released as he is a juvenile.


Original Press Release:
March 18, 2019
SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS
Berry Creek, CA- On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a staff member of the Berry Creek Elementary School who reported a suspicious incident that occurred the previous day. The staff member stated the school’s video surveillance showed that around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019, a subject who appeared to be armed with a rifle, jumped the fence and entered the campus. The subject moved around the campus and appeared to be surveilling the location. Concerned that the subject was preparing for a future attack, school officials immediately contacted BCSO.
Six BCSO deputies and a sergeant responded to the school to ensure the safety of the students who were then present and investigate the suspicious incident. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, deputies noted that the subject appears to be a white male, between 15 and 20 years of age. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a large, dark backpack. The subject was armed with what appears to be a small caliber rifle or pellet gun, with a scope attached to it. The subject spent approximately 15 minutes on campus. The subject moved about the campus and appears to be surveilling it from different points.
Deputies checked the area around the school of additional signs of the subject. School officials opted to cancel school activities for the remainder of the day. BCSO is actively investigating the incident and plans to have deputies in the area of the school, while school is in session, until the subject can be identified and located or other security measures can be implemented by the school. Anyone with information about this incident or who knows the identity of the person is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 /Number of views (415) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

March 19, 2019
OROVILLE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA- On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at approximately 4:23 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received several 911 calls from residents living in the 2400 block of V-6 Road in Oroville reporting shots being fired in the area. Eight deputies and a sergeant immediately responded to the area to investigate. Once there, deputies learned prior to the shots being fired, an altercation had occurred between Myosha Chappell, age 21 of Oroville, and family members who reside at a home on V-6 Road. Chappell’s boyfriend, identified as Santino Brownwebster, age 21 of Oroville, also arrived on the scene prior to shots being fired and was involved in the altercation. Shortly after, witnesses say Brownwebster retrieved a handgun out of a vehicle parked nearby and fired approximately 4-6 rounds, striking two residences, and narrowly missing several people, including two children sitting in a car nearby. One residence which was struck twice by gunfire had three children and one adult in the residence at the time of the shooting. No one was injured.
Brownwebster and Chappell fled before deputies arrived and their location is unknown at this time. They are both facing felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and Brownwebster is facing additional charges of shooting at inhabited dwellings. They were last seen in a white 2005 Ford Focus. Brownwebster is described as black male adult, six feet tall, weighing 185 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Chappell is described as a white female adult, five feet five inches tall, weighing 216 pounds. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 /Number of views (430) /Categories: Press Release
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BERRY CREEK DEATH INVESTIGATION

Berry Creek, CA- On Monday, March 18, 2019, at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call about a disturbance taking place in the 9000 block of Oroville-Quincy Highway in Berry Creek. The caller stated two men were in a physical altercation. At some point during the altercation, the two men fell from an elevated platform down a hill, approximately 8-10 feet. After falling down the hill, one of the male subjects was restraining the other subject, awaiting deputies arrival.
Upon deputies arrival, the man being restrained was unresponsive. Deputies performed CPR in an attempt to revive the subject until EMS arrived; however, the subject was pronounced deceased at the scene.
BCSO detectives responded to conduct an investigation. The decedent has been identified as James Hyrne, age 41, of Berry Creek. It is believed alcohol was involved in this incident. No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 /Number of views (429) /Categories: Press Release
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SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS

Berry Creek, CA- On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a staff member of the Berry Creek Elementary School who reported a suspicious incident that occurred the previous day. The staff member stated the school’s video surveillance showed that around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019, a subject who appeared to be armed with a rifle, jumped the fence and entered the campus. The subject moved around the campus and appeared to be surveilling the location. Concerned that the subject was preparing for a future attack, school officials immediately contacted BCSO.
Six BCSO deputies and a sergeant responded to the school to ensure the safety of the students who were then present and investigate the suspicious incident. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, deputies noted that the subject appears to be a white male, between 15 and 20 years of age. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a large, dark backpack. The subject was armed with what appears to be a small caliber rifle or pellet gun, with a scope attached to it. The subject spent approximately 15 minutes on campus. The subject moved about the campus and appears to be surveilling it from different points.
Deputies checked the area around the school of additional signs of the subject. School officials opted to cancel school activities for the remainder of the day. BCSO is actively investigating the incident and plans to have deputies in the area of the school, while school in in session, until the subject can be identified and located or other security measures can be implemented by the school. Anyone with information about this incident or who knows the identity of the person is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.

Monday, March 18, 2019 /Number of views (399) /Categories: Press Release
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