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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JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN MURDER ARREST

July 21, 2021

JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN MURDER ARREST

Oroville, CA – On December 25, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies and detectives responded to a shooting in the 2900 block of Clark Road, Oroville. Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased male who was identified as Salvador Fuentes, age 27, of Oroville. During the subsequent investigation, it was determined Fuentes died as a result of a gunshot wound. Detectives located evidence that gave them cause to believe Fuentes was murdered.
During the investigation, detectives identified Johnny Cabrera, age 34, of Chico as a suspect. Detectives located evidence that gave them cause to believe Cabrera was associated with a local criminal street gang and the murder was gang-related.
In 2018, the Chico Police Department (CPD) Violence Suppression Unit and the FBI Chico Office began assisting BCSO detectives with the murder investigation. BCSO and CPD detectives spent the past three years investigating the murder. In April of 2021, Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators began assisting with the investigation.
Over the past four months, detectives conducted additional interviews and served search warrants at two locations in Chico. Detectives located additional evidence that gave them cause to believe that Cabrera murdered Fuentes.
In May of 2021, detectives worked with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant for Cabrera for an open count of murder. Cabrera is currently incarcerated at the California Department of Corrections Corcoran State Prison for an unrelated criminal conviction. On July 16, 2021, detectives interviewed Cabrera at Corcoran State Prison. Detectives and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office are working on having Cabrera transported to the Butte County Jail. If anyone has information about this case, they are encouraged to call Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 /Number of views (4263) /Categories: Press Release
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JULY 2021 UPDATE – SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER

July 12, 2021

JULY 2021 UPDATE – SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER
Over the past 18 months, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives have continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder of Jacob McArthur. During the subsequent investigation, detectives located evidence that give them cause to believe that Dylan Rice murdered Jacob.
In July of 2021, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Rice. On July 9, 2021, the BCSO SWAT Team and detectives arrested Rice in Paradise. Rice was placed under arrest and later booked into the Butte County Jail for an open count of murder. This investigation is ongoing. Rice is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on July 12, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. If anyone has information about this case, they are encouraged to call Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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January 7, 2020
Murder Investigation Results in Discovery of Drug Trafficking Organization and Child Pornography
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) provided details about a murder investigation that began on December 21, 2019. On December 21, deputies responded to a report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound at a residence located in the 700 Block of Craig Access Road, Oroville. The male was later identified as Jacob McArthur, age 27. Upon arrival, deputies determined the male was deceased. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and began conducting follow-up.
During a follow-up investigation, Detectives suspected the murder was directly related to the illegal sales of marijuana. Detectives identified a large drug trafficking organization, and at this point believe an individual or individuals participating in the drug trafficking organization were responsible for the murder. Over the past two weeks Detectives have served search warrants at 13 residences in Butte County. Shaina Burnette of Chico, age 39 was determined to be the leader of the drug trafficking organization. During the service of one of the search warrants in Concow, electronic devices were located. While processing evidence, child pornography was located on one of the devices belonging to Christopher Mack, age 30 of Concow. An additional search warrant was obtained and additional electronics were seized.
To protect the integrity of the investigation, a press release was not done until detectives finished executing search warrants related to the murder. Detectives also had to finish the child pornography investigation, and ensure two juveniles contacted during the investigation were not victims of child pornography prior to issuing a press release.
As a result of the search warrants numerous evidence items were located to include the following items: Approximately 3,300 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, approximately 10 firearms, approximately $140,000 in United States currency, approximately $30,000 in silver coins, numerous cellular telephones and computers, and a generator and vehicle that were purchased with the proceeds from narcotics trafficking. The United States currency and silver coins were also determined to be proceeds from narcotics trafficking.
To date the following individuals have been arrested:
Dylan Rice of Chico, age 25 was arrested for maintaining a residence where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
Shaina Burnette of Chico, age 39 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
Morgan Karno of Chico, age 52 was arrested for maintaining residences where narcotics are stored/sold, possession of marijuana for sale, and cultivation of marijuana.
Christopher Mack of Concow, age 30 was arrested for maint
Monday, July 12, 2021 /Number of views (6291) /Categories: Press Release
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

July 6, 2021
SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH
Oroville, CA – On the evening of July 4, 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Deputies were conducting routine safety checks on inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. Around 6:30 p.m., a correctional deputy discovered Inmate Madison Sall, age 45, of Chico unconscious on the bed within his cell. Upon closer examination, the deputies determined that Sall was not breathing and appeared to be having a medical issue.
Correctional deputies and jail medical staff immediately began providing Sall with emergency medical treatment. Paramedics responded and provided additional emergency medical treatment. Despite the life-saving measures that were administered, jail medical staff and paramedics were not able to revive Sall.
Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Butte County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded to the jail and began conducting an investigation. During the investigation, personnel interviewed correctional deputies, medical staff, and inmates housed in cells adjacent to the cell occupied by Sall. To date, detectives and investigators have not located any evidence to suggest Sall committed suicide or was involved in any type of criminal violence prior to being found unresponsive. Additionally, there were no use of force incidents involving Sall and BCSO staff.
Investigators and detectives determined Sall was housed in a cell by himself and other inmates did not have access to Sall’s cell. Investigators and detectives did not locate any signs of trauma or injuries on Sall’s person. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine Sall’s cause of death.
Investigators and detectives determined Sall had been housed at the Butte County Jail for several months. Sall has received extensive medical treatment since being housed at the Butte County Jail. At the time of his death, Sall was housed in the medical unit at the Butte County Jail as a result of health-related conditions. The medical unit is located next to the medical offices in the Butte County Jail which allows inmates to have immediate access to medical staff. Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office Detectives are actively investigating this incident.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2021 /Number of views (1991) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

July 6, 2021

BCSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Oroville, CA – On July 3, 2021, around 5:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a 9-1-1 call from an individual who was camping at the Bidwell Marina Campground, Oroville. The individual reported a male at the campground was injured. BCSO deputies and California State Parks law enforcement arrived in the area and located Tyler Dickson, age 20, of San Pablo, inside a tent. Medical personnel arrived and determined Dickson was deceased.
California State Parks law enforcement requested BCSO assume jurisdiction of the investigation regarding Dickson’s death. BCSO detectives responded to the Bidwell Marina Campground and gathered evidence and information which indicated Dickson was murdered. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this investigation, they are encouraged to call BCSO detectives at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2021 /Number of views (3435) /Categories: Press Release
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JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN MURDER ARREST

June 30, 2021
JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN MURDER ARREST

Forest Ranch, CA – In June of 2017 family members and friends of Jennifer Moore, age 41, contacted the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and reported Jennifer as a missing person. GCSO immediately began investigating the circumstances surrounding Jennifer’s disappearance.
In January of 2021, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by a citizen who reported finding human remains in a remote area of Forest Ranch. Detectives responded to the area and began an investigation. During the subsequent investigation the human remains were determined to be Jennifer Moore’s remains.
Over the past six months BCSO detectives, GCSO detectives, and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office have been investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of Jennifer Moore. During the subsequent investigation, detectives gathered evidence and information showing Dustin Kimball, age 47, of Magalia, was in a dating relationship with Jennifer Moore prior to her death. Detectives located evidence that gave them cause to believe that Kimball murdered Jennifer in 2017.
In June of 2021, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Kimball. On June 29, 2021, detectives located Kimball during a traffic enforcement stop in Chico. Kimball was placed under arrest and later booked into the Butte County Jail for an open count of murder. This investigation is ongoing. Kimball is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on July 1, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. If anyone has information about this case, they are encouraged to call Detective Zach Price or Detective Phil Wysocki at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 /Number of views (3340) /Categories: Press Release
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