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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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH MINOR VICTIMS

May 18, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH MINOR VICTIMS

Oroville, CA – In May of 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained a video depicting Aimee Few, age 36, of Oroville having unlawful sexual contact with a minor victim. During a subsequent investigation, detectives obtained evidence that Few had unlawful sexual contact with a second minor victim.
During the investigation, detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and obtained additional digital evidence. On May 11, detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for Few. On May 12, detectives located Few in Chico during a traffic enforcement stop. Few was placed under arrest without incident.
During the arrest of Few, detectives located electronic devices that belonged to Few. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the electronic devices and located additional evidence related to this investigation. Based on the evidence located during the investigation, Few was booked into the Butte County Jail for two felony counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with minor victims.
Few later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on July 30, 2021, at 8:30 AM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 /Number of views (349) /Categories: Press Release
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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

May 10, 2021

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Chico, CA – Earlier this year, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives began investigating Clinton Kennedy, age 39, of Chico. During the investigation, detectives located evidence indicating Kennedy was downloading child pornography. Kennedy is required to register with law enforcement pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act. Kennedy is also on active California State Parole.
On May 06, 2021, detectives, with assistance from California State Parole Agents, contacted Kennedy in Chico. Kennedy was placed under arrest for violating the terms and conditions of his parole. Detectives transported and booked Kennedy at the Butte County Jail. During Kennedy’s arrest, law enforcement located Kennedy’s cellular telephone.
Detectives conducted a forensic search of Kennedy’s cellular telephone and located videos of child pornography. On May 07, detectives contacted the Butte County Jail and placed Kennedy under arrest for a felony charge of possession of child pornography.
Kennedy is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, May 10, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, May 10, 2021 /Number of views (452) /Categories: Press Release
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SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

April 14, 2021

SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING IN CUSTODY DEATH

Oroville, CA – On the morning of April 14, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies were conducting routine safety checks on inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. Around 1:30 a.m., a correctional deputy noticed Inmate Dan Fallis, age 30, of Chico appeared to be having a medical issue.
Correctional deputies and jail medical staff immediately began providing Fallis 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 Fallis.
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 within the Butte County Jail. To date, detectives and investigators have not located any evidence that Fallis committed suicide. Investigators and detectives determined Fallis was housed in a cell by himself and other inmates did not have access to Fallis’ cell. Investigators and detectives did not locate any signs of trauma or injuries on Fallis’ person. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine Fallis’ cause of death.
Investigators and detectives determined Fallis had been housed at the Butte County Jail for several months. Fallis has received extensive medical and mental health treatment since being housed at the Butte County Jail. Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office detectives are actively investigating this incident.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 /Number of views (428) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigation

April 14, 2021

Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Burglary Investigation

Oroville, CA – In March of 2021, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Designated Area Deputies began investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the Oroville area. While processing the residence for evidence, deputies located items they believed would contain DNA evidence.
In November of 2018, BCSO obtained an ANDE DNA Instrument which allows for DNA to be processed and analyzed rapidly. In April of 2021, BCSO used the ANDE DNA Instrument to process DNA located during the residential burglary investigation. BCSO determined the DNA profile of Peter Lor, age 24, of Oroville was a match to the DNA located on the evidence items collected from the residence where the burglary occurred.
Detectives determined Lor was in custody at the Butte County Jail on an unrelated case. On April 13, detectives contacted Lor about the burglary investigation. During the contact with Lor, detectives located additional evidence indicating Lor committed the residential burglary. After contacting Lor, detectives drove to a residence on Claremont Drive, Oroville and recovered some of the property that was stolen during the burglary. Lor was booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony count of residential burglary.
Lor is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 15, at 3:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Lor to contact Detective Thao or Deputy Sandquist at
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 /Number of views (420) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SELLING SUSPECTED FENTANYL TO MINOR VICTIMS

April 9, 2021

OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SELLING SUSPECTED FENTANYL TO MINOR VICTIMS

Oroville, CA – On the evening of April 5, a minor victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and reported her three juvenile friends had overdosed on Xanax pills. BCSO deputies and medical personnel responded to a residence in the Palermo area and contacted three juvenile victims. The three juvenile victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Over the past week detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force, Special Enforcement Unit, and the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit conducted follow-up related to the aforementioned overdose. During the follow-up investigation, detectives determined the pills the juveniles overdosed on were suspected counterfeit Xanax pills that likely contained Fentanyl.
On April 6, detectives served a search warrant at a residence on Baldwin Avenue in Palermo. During the service of the search warrant detectives obtained evidence related to this investigation. On April 7, detectives identified the individual who sold the juveniles the suspected counterfeit Xanax pills as Knowa Massey, age 18, of Oroville.
On the evening of April 7, detectives, with assistance of the Oroville Police Department, served a search warrant at Massey’s residence, which is located near the 100 block of Grand Avenue, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located a large quantity of counterfeit Xanax pills that detectives suspect contain Fentanyl. Detectives also located cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale. During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence which confirmed Massey was the individual who sold the counterfeit Xanax pills to the juveniles. Detectives also located evidence Massey knew the pills he sold to the juveniles were extremely potent.
Massey was placed under arrest for the following felony counts: Possession of cocaine for sale, possession of a narcotic substance for sale, three counts of child endangerment, selling a controlled substance to minor victims, committing felonies which caused great bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana for sale. Massey was booked into the Butte County Jail on the evening of April 7. Massey is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 9, at 3 PM.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that medications not obtained from legitimate pharmacists and illicit drugs like methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and counterfeit pills can be laced with Fentanyl. Illicit drugs containing Fentanyl could result in death if ingested. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Massey to contact detectives at 530-538-7671. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about illegal narcotics sales to contact the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force at 530-538-2261.
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Friday, April 09, 2021 /Number of views (622) /Categories: Press Release
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