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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$50,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION FOR THE MURDER OF TYLER DICKSON

March 14, 2022

$50,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION FOR THE MURDER OF TYLER DICKSON

On July 3, 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to the Loafer Creek Campground, which is owned and operated by California State Parks, to assist with a homicide investigation. During the initial response, State Parks Peace Officers requested BCSO assume jurisdiction over the investigation.

Detectives responded and determined that 20-year-old Tyler Dickson, of San Pablo, was fatally shot while sleeping inside a tent. Detectives initiated a homicide investigation. Over the past several months, detectives have actively and zealously investigated this case, however it has remained unsolved.

In 2021, BCSO requested Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office issue a reward through the Governor’s Reward Program to encourage those with pertinent information to come forward. After reviewing the circumstances of the case, Governor Newsom’s Office issued a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the murder of Tyler Dickson.

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to solving this case. We very much want to bring closure to Tyler’s family and friends and see to it that the person(s) responsible for Tyler’s murder are held accountable. Our hearts go out to Tyler’s family and we are hopeful that this reward will renew public interest in the case and ultimately result in justice for Tyler.

BCSO encourages those with pertinent information to come forward. Anyone with information is requested to contact Sergeant Patrick McNelis or Detectives Tristan Harper and Zach Price at 530-538-7671.


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Monday, March 14, 2022 /Number of views (4519) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS

February 09, 2022

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS

Oroville, CA – On February 09, at approximately 1140 a.m., BCSO began receiving reports that an individual was shooting a firearm at victims working in an orchard. BCSO deputies responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Lone Tree Road, Oroville, and attempted to contact the individual who shot the firearm. Upon arrival deputies identified the individual who shot the firearm as Todd Murray, age 56, of Oroville.
Murray did not follow deputies directions and he ran in and out of a residence numerous times. After attempting to communicate with Murray for approximately one hour, deputies were able to use a taser to take Murray into custody. Deputies investigated and located evidence that gave them cause to believe Murray discharged a firearm in the vicinity of several victims. After shooting the firearm Murray threatened the victims.
Murray was arrested for three felony counts of making criminal threats. Deputies obtained a search warrant and are in the process of searching Murray’s residence. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact deputies and detectives at 530-538-7671.
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 /Number of views (2734) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

February 2, 2022

OROVILLE SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Oroville, CA- On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at approximately 7:35 p.m., the Oroville Police Department (OPD) began to receive 911 calls indicating there was a Greyhound bus outside the AM/PM store, located on Oroville-Dam Blvd. and Feather River Blvd. and a shooting was taking place inside the bus. OPD Officers responded and requested BCSO deputies respond to the location as well. Upon arrival, BCSO deputies and OPD officers located several subjects suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite lifesaving measures, one person was pronounced dead at the scene and others were transported to local hospitals.

The shooting suspect fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Shortly after, the Oroville Police Department began to receive additional 911 calls with callers stating the suspect was inside Walmart, located on Cal Oak Road in Oroville. BCSO deputies, along with several allied law enforcement officers responded to Walmart and contacted the suspect, and located evidence that gave them cause to believe it was the suspect involved in the shooting. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Butte County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

A press briefing has been scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday February 3, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, located at 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.

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Wednesday, February 02, 2022 /Number of views (4795) /Categories: Press Release
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INMATE ARRESTED AFTER SMUGGLING FENTANYL INTO JAIL CAUSING MULTIPLE INMATE OVERDOSES

January 7, 2022

INMATE ARRESTED AFTER SMUGGLING FENTANYL INTO JAIL CAUSING MULTIPLE INMATE OVERDOSES

OROVILLE - During the early morning hours of January 6, 2022, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies were alerted to three inmates within a medium-security housing unit at the Butte County Jail, who were exhibiting signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Jail medical staff and correctional staff immediately responded and administered Narcan® (naloxone) to the three inmates. Each inmate required multiple administrations of naloxone. All three inmates were subsequently transported to the hospital via ambulance. Two of the three inmates have since been treated and released back into custody at the jail. One remains hospitalized. Later in the day on January 6, 2022, correctional deputies were alerted to another inmate within the same housing unit who was also exhibiting signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose. Medical and jail staff again immediately responded and administered multiple doses of naloxone. That inmate was also transported to the hospital, where he was treated and released back into custody at the jail.
The housing unit was subsequently searched and approximately 14.8 grams of fentanyl was discovered. Included in that amount was approximately 14 grams that an inmate had attempted to conceal in his anal cavity, which the inmate voluntarily removed. The inmates within that housing unit were advised of the significant risks associated with the use of fentanyl.
Detectives from the Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force (BINTF) were brought in to investigate.
The next day, on January 7, 2022, correctional deputies were alerted to an additional inmate within the same housing unit who was exhibiting signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose. Medical and jail staff again immediately responded and administered a single dose of naloxone. That inmate was medically cleared by jail medical staff.
The BINTF investigation into how the fentanyl entered the facility continues. However, to date, BINTF detectives have identified 35-year old Eric Robert Rehse as the source of the fentanyl resulting in the overdoses. On January 5, 2022, Rehse had been arrested on an outstanding felony warrant related to property crimes when he voluntarily came to the lobby of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives have cause to believe Rehse concealed the fentanyl inside his anal cavity prior to his arrival at the Sheriff’s office and subsequent arrest. Detectives believe Rehse retrieved the drugs after being visually strip searched and placed into the housing unit, then he distributed the drugs to other inmates, who intentionally ingested the drugs. Detectives re-arrested Rehse, who remained in custody, and forwarded a request for complaint to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for the felony charges of bringing a controlled substance into the jail and sale/transportation/distribution of a controlled substance.
It has and continues to be the policy of the Butte County Jail that inmates who are housed be thoroughly searched prior to being initially admitted into the housing areas. Housing intake searches include a thorough visual search of the incoming inmate’s body. However, without probable cause, a court order and assistance from licensed medical professionals, correctional deputies are legally prohibited from physically searching the body cavities of inmates.
In addition to screening and searching incoming inmates, correctional staff continue to conduct regular and unannounced searches of inmate housing units, including using K-9’s that are trained to alert to the odor of narcotics. Additionally, naloxone is distributed and staged throughout the jail facility to allow for the rapid administration to inmates and staff in the event of an overdose or exposure emergency.
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Friday, January 07, 2022 /Number of views (4700) /Categories: Press Release
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