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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PALERMO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS, AND POSSESSION OF A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB

July 27, 2020
PALERMO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPONS, AND POSSESSION OF A METHAMPHETAMINE LAB
Palermo, CA – On July 23, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives received information Jason Ashby of Palermo, 38, had molested a 13-year-old victim. BCSO detectives conducted an investigation and located evidence showing Ashby molested the 13-year-old victim. On July 23, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ashby for three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14-years-old. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for Ashby’s residence, which is located in the 7600 block of Occidental Avenue, Palermo.
On the evening of July 23, BCSO detectives and Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) detectives served the search warrant at Ashby’s residence. During the service of the search warrant Ashby was contacted and placed under arrest. Detectives located numerous evidence items at Ashby’s residence to include a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, numerous firearms, three assault weapons, and two short barreled shotguns. Photographs of the methamphetamine laboratory and firearms are attached to this press release.
On the evening of July 23, detectives located multiple witnesses who previously witnessed Ashby engage in inappropriate behavior with minors. Detectives also located an additional victim who had been sexually abused by Ashby over a five year period when the victim was a minor.
On the evening of July 23, detectives booked Ashby at the Butte County Jail. Ashby was booked for three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14-years-old, one felony count of forcible rape, three felony counts of oral copulation with a child under the age of 14, one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, two felony counts of possession of a short-barreled shotgun, three felony counts of possession of an assault weapon, one felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance, and one felony count of child endangerment. Ashby’s bail was set at $1,100,000. Ashby is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, July 27, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Ashby to contact Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, July 27, 2020 /Number of views (104) /Categories: Press Release
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OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

July 21, 2020
OROVILLE RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
Oroville, CA – On July 17, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies responded to a local hospital and contacted the victim of an assault. The victim told deputies David Gonzales of Oroville, 41, was at his residence in Palermo earlier in the day. The victim explained Gonzales became upset with the victim and proceeded to strike the victim multiple times with a baseball bat. The victim sustained serious injuries as a result of being struck with the baseball bat. Deputies determined Gonzales was on active California State Parole for assault with a deadly weapon.
Deputies and detectives responded to the victim’s residence and collected evidence. Evidence was located which indicated Gonzales left the victim’s residence and went to a residence located in the 2800 block of Craig Avenue, Palermo. On the evening of July 17, deputies and detectives located Gonzales. Gonzales was placed under arrest for a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, and for violation of the terms and conditions of his California State Parole.
On July 20, detectives from the BCSO Felony Investigations Unit and BCSO Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at the residence located in the 2800 block of Craig Avenue. During the service of the search warrant detectives located the baseball bat that was used in the assault, a firearm, and approximately 182 marijuana plants. Three children were also located at the residence. Detectives determined two of the children were present when Gonzales hit the victim with the baseball bat. Detectives determined the residence and property was not safe for children. All three children were detained and turned over to Butte County Children’s Services.
Gonzales is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Tuesday, July 21, at 3 PM. Based on the fact Gonzales violated the terms and conditions of his parole, Gonzales is not eligible for bail until he attends future court proceedings. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about Gonzales to contact Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 /Number of views (109) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO COVID-19 Update

July 21, 2020
BCSO COVID-19 Update
Oroville, CA- Within the past two weeks there has been a rapid increase in the number of lab confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Butte County Jail. This increase coincides with an increase in the number of confirmed cases throughout Butte County and in many parts of California. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is working cooperatively with the Butte County Public Health Department and Wellpath, the jail’s medical services provider, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the jail and provide appropriate care for those inmates currently infected with the illness.
To date approximately 500 COVID-19 tests have been administered to both inmates and staff members. None of the BCSO staff members tested to date were positive for COVID-19. Currently, among the inmate population, there are 71 lab confirmed COVID-19 cases within the jail. An additional 18 tests are pending lab results.
The overwhelming majority of cases involve asymptomatic individuals or individuals with mild symptoms. One individual was admitted to an area hospital for observation over the weekend. That individual is in stable condition and is likely to be returned to the jail in the coming days. (When there is a need for an enhanced level of care, inmates are transported to local hospitals, but kept under observation by jail staff.) The jail’s medical staff is currently able to provide the necessary medical care within the facility for the rest of the inmates who tested positive. Inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being isolated from the remainder of the population. There is currently sufficient capacity within the jail to accommodate these individuals. Inmates who have tested positive are isolated for ten to fourteen days, in accordance with best practices as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Butte County Public Health Department and Wellpath.
The jail staff closely monitors the jail’s population on a daily basis and utilizes statutory and court ordered authority to maintain sufficient capacity within the jail to manage this regularly changing situation. Inmate, staff and public safety interests are continually being balanced during this process. As a general rule, inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19, who have not yet recovered, will not be released unless it is required by law or is medically necessary. In those cases, the jail will coordinate the release with Public Health to ensure proper post-incarceration housing, monitoring and care.
The jail continues to utilize previously adopted screening and detection protocols in an effort to mitigate the spread.
Those protocols include:
• Screening of all intakes for symptomatic individuals;
• Weekly temperature and symptom checks of all inmates;
• Use of Personal Protective Equipment, i.e. masks and gloves, by inmates and staff;
• Increased access to hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies for inmates and staff;
• Aggressive testing and monitoring in cooperation with the Butte County Public Health Department to detect asymptomatic individuals.
In addition to the protocols noted above, the jail has suspended public visiting and is actively working with the Butte County Superior Court, the Butte County Public Defenders and the Butte County District Attorney’s Office to limit in-person court appearances for inmates during the next 14 days.
Finally, the Sheriff’s Office website has a recently added a COVID-19 information page, which will be updated Monday-Friday. The page contains information about the status of COVID-19 in the jail and can be accessed through this link: https://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner/Covid-19
COVID-19 is a serious health issue in our community. The Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage everyone to do what they can to redu
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 /Number of views (500) /Categories: Press Release
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JULY 14, 2020 UPDATE

July 14, 2020
JULY 14, 2020 UPDATE
During the investigation, detectives identified the three juvenile victims’ mother as Summer Carver of Oroville, 33. Detectives located evidence showing Carver was present on multiple occasions when Acuff molested the victims. Detectives also located evidence Carver was present on one occasion when Chadwick molested one of the victims. Detectives determined Carver had a total of five children. Based on the aforementioned information, all five children were detained by Butte County Children’s Services Division.
On the afternoon of July 13, detectives placed Carver under arrest and booked her at the Butte County Jail. Carver was arrested for three felony counts of making a child available for the purpose of allowing lewd and lascivious acts to be committed on the child, three felony counts of child endangerment, one felony count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and two felony counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Carver’s bail was set at $825,000. Carver is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday, July 15, at 3 PM.
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July 10, 2020
TWO OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN DURING JOINT INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA – In July of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives received information Joshua Chadwick of Oroville, 39, was possibly acting inappropriately around several children. BCSO detectives conducted an investigation and determined Chadwick is on federal probation and is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act. On July 08, BCSO detectives and federal probation officers conducted a search of Chadwick’s residence in Oroville pursuant to the terms and conditions of his federal probation. During the search detectives located an electronic device containing multiple images of child pornography. Detectives placed Chadwick under arrest.
During the investigation detectives determined Chadwick had recent contact with three children, who were all under the age of 10. Detectives located evidence Chadwick had been sexually abusing the children over an extended period of time. Detectives also located evidence an associate of Chadwick’s, who was identified as David Acuff of Oroville, 38, was also sexually abusing the aforementioned three children.
Detectives contacted the Oroville Police Department (OPD) and determined OPD detectives had an open investigation regarding allegations Acuff had sexually abused the three children. Based on additional information obtained on July 08, OPD detectives authored a search warrant for Acuff’s residence, which is located on Greenville Street, Oroville.
On the evening of July 08, BCSO and OPD detectives as well as members of the OPD Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team served the search warrant at Acuff’s residence. During the service of the search warrant detectives located additional evidence. Acuff was not home at the time of the search warrant. Detectives immediately authored a warrant for Acuff’s arrest. On July 09, Acuff was located and placed under arrest. Based on the additional evidence located, detectives determined Acuff had been sexually abusing the children over an extended period of time.
Chadwick was placed under arrest for eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children, and for violating the terms and conditions of his federal probation. After reviewing the facts surrounding the federal probation violation, a federal judge determined Chadwick was not eligible for bail until future court proceedings take place. Acuff was placed under arrest for two felony counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one felony count of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 /Number of views (128) /Categories: Press Release
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TWO OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN DURING JOINT INVESTIGATION

July 10, 2020
TWO OROVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR ONGOING SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN DURING JOINT INVESTIGATION
Oroville, CA – In July of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives received information Joshua Chadwick of Oroville, 39, was possibly acting inappropriately around several children. BCSO detectives conducted an investigation and determined Chadwick is on federal probation and is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act. On July 08, BCSO detectives and federal probation officers conducted a search of Chadwick’s residence in Oroville pursuant to the terms and conditions of his federal probation. During the search detectives located an electronic device containing multiple images of child pornography. Detectives placed Chadwick under arrest.
During the investigation detectives determined Chadwick had recent contact with three children, who were all under the age of 10. Detectives located evidence Chadwick had been sexually abusing the children over an extended period of time. Detectives also located evidence an associate of Chadwick’s, who was identified as David Acuff of Oroville, 38, was also sexually abusing the aforementioned three children.
Detectives contacted the Oroville Police Department (OPD) and determined OPD detectives had an open investigation regarding allegations Acuff had sexually abused the three children. Based on additional information obtained on July 08, OPD detectives authored a search warrant for Acuff’s residence, which is located on Greenville Street, Oroville.
On the evening of July 08, BCSO and OPD detectives as well as members of the OPD Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team served the search warrant at Acuff’s residence. During the service of the search warrant detectives located additional evidence. Acuff was not home at the time of the search warrant. Detectives immediately authored a warrant for Acuff’s arrest. On July 09, Acuff was located and placed under arrest. Based on the additional evidence located, detectives determined Acuff had been sexually abusing the children over an extended period of time.
Chadwick was placed under arrest for eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children, and for violating the terms and conditions of his federal probation. After reviewing the facts surrounding the federal probation violation, a federal judge determined Chadwick was not eligible for bail until future court proceedings take place. Acuff was placed under arrest for two felony counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one felony count of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. After reviewing an arrest warrant for Acuff, a Butte County Superior Court Judge determined Acuff was not eligible for bail until future court proceedings take place. Chadwick and Acuff are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, July 13, at 3 PM.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information regarding Chadwick to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671. The Oroville Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about Acuff to contact Oroville Police Detective Jess Darnell.
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Friday, July 10, 2020 /Number of views (180) /Categories: Press Release
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