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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MAGALIA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD

August 27, 2020
MAGALIA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD
Magalia, CA – In August of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives received information Charles Campos of Magalia, 57, had sexually abused a minor victim. Deputies and detectives immediately began an investigation. During the investigation a minor victim under the age of 14 disclosed Campos had recently sexually abused the minor victim.
On August 24, deputies contacted Campos at a residence in Magalia. During the contact with Campos, deputies located evidence related to the sexual abuse of the minor victim. Detectives assisted deputies with the investigation, and additional evidence was located related to the sexual abuse of the minor victim. On the evening of August 24, deputies placed Campos under arrest for a felony count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
Campos was booked at the Butte County Jail on the evening of August 24. Campos’ bail was set at $50,000. Campos is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, August 27, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Campos to contact Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, August 27, 2020 /Number of views (35) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigations

August 26, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigations
Oroville, CA – In July of 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Felony Investigations Unit began investigating two residential burglaries that occurred at a residence in the Oroville area. Detectives and deputies determined the first burglary occurred in June, and the second burglary occurred in July. During the burglary investigations, deputies determined large amounts of property and vehicles were stolen from the residence. While processing the residence for evidence, deputies and detectives located items they believed would contain DNA evidence.
In July of 2020, detectives contacted and placed Bobby Clark of Oroville, 50, under arrest for possession of narcotics paraphernalia. During the arrest Clark provided detectives with a DNA reference sample. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office obtained an ANDE DNA machine in 2018. The ANDE DNA machine allows for rapid DNA, which allows DNA to be processed within hours. Detectives were able to use the ANDE DNA machine in this investigation to link Clark to the aforementioned burglaries.
Based on the DNA evidence and other evidence located during the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Clark. On August 24, 2020, Clark was located and placed under arrest for the aforementioned arrest warrant. Clark was booked at the Butte County Jail for one felony count of burglary. Clark’s bail was set at $50,000.
Clark is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday, August 26, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Clark to contact Detective Will Brewton at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 /Number of views (112) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN

August 19, 2020
OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN

Oroville, CA – In July of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives received information Kyle Smith of Oroville, 34, had sexually abused multiple minor victims. Detectives began conducting an investigation in July. During the investigation two minor victims disclosed Smith had sexually abused them, and a third minor victim disclosed Smith had attempted to inappropriately touch the minor victim. When the sexual abuse occurred, all of the minor victims were under the age of 10.
Detectives determined Smith was currently residing in the 1100 block of Cherokee Road, Oroville. Detectives contacted the Butte County Probation Department and determined Smith was on felony probation. On August 17, detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, a Butte County Probation Officer, and detectives from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force conducted a probation search at Smith’s residence. During the probation search and contact with Smith, detectives located evidence related to the sexual abuse of the minor victims.
Smith was placed under arrest for a felony count of continuous sexual abuse of children, a felony count of sexual penetration or oral copulation of a victim under the age of 10, and a felony count of violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Based on the fact Smith violated the terms and conditions of his probation, Smith is not eligible for bail until he attends further court proceedings. Smith is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday, August 19, at 3:00 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Smith to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 /Number of views (70) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in Three Year-Old Murder Case

August 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest in Three Year-Old Murder Case
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Larry Bonner of Oroville, age 54, for the murder of John Prater. The arrest is the culmination of an investigation that began in 2017. At that time the Butte County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a homicide in the Oroville area that was reported on October 5, 2017. Prater was 35 years-old at the time of his death. For the past three years, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives have continued to investigate Prater’s murder. During the investigation detectives identified Bonner as a suspect.
While investigating the murder, detectives located evidence linking Bonner to unrelated cases involving illegal possession of firearms and narcotics. Detectives arrested Bonner in September of 2019 for the firearms and narcotics charges. Bonner was convicted on the firearms and narcotics charges, and was sentenced to seven years in California State Prison. Over the past year detectives have been working with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and conducting additional follow-up on the murder case.
In July of 2020, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Bonner for one felony count of murder. On August 11, Bonner was transported from San Quentin State Prison to the Butte County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “I am proud of the persistent determination of the detectives who have worked throughout the years to bring justice to John and closure to his family.”
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Thursday, August 13, 2020 /Number of views (70) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BERRY CREEK HOMICIDE

August 7, 2020
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING BERRY CREEK HOMICIDE
Berry Creek, CA – On August 6, 2020, at 2:01 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 911 call from an individual who reported a dispute on Spence Way, Berry Creek. During the 911 call the individual reported a male, later identified as Scott Halliburton of Berry Creek, 40, had been shot. Deputies and detectives arrived and located Halliburton near the driveway of a residence. Deputies immediately began applying first aid to Halliburton. Deputies eventually determined Halliburton was deceased.
While deputies were providing first aid to Halliburton, deputies and detectives began interviewing witnesses. Witnesses identified the individual who shot Halliburton as Matthew Pia of Berry Creek, 51. One witness told detectives Pia returned to his neighboring property on Spence Way after the shooting and committed suicide. Deputies and detectives immediately responded to the property to check on Pia. Deputies and detectives located Pia on the property. Deputies and detectives determined Pia was deceased as a result of a gunshot wound.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Halliburton and Pia’s properties, which are both located on Spence Way. After obtaining the search warrant, detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit, Designated Area Deputies, and the California Department of Justice processed the crime scenes and searched the properties. During the search numerous evidence items were located to include video surveillance, large quantities of marijuana, firearms, and a butane honey oil manufacturing lab.
Based on video surveillance and witness statements, detectives determined Halliburton and Pia were involved in a dispute over a property line. The dispute escalated and Halliburton and Pia both shot at each other. Halliburton died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting. Pia returned to his property, where he died as the result of a gunshot wound. This investigation is ongoing. Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detectives Tristan Harper or Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, August 07, 2020 /Number of views (87) /Categories: Press Release
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