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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Agricultural Equipment Theft Arrests

March 20, 2020
Agricultural Equipment Theft Arrests
Chico, CA-On 03/20/2020, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Designated Area Deputy (DAD) Team was alerted to a burglary in progress at a building on Hamilton Nord Cana Hwy in the County of Butte, west of the City of Chico. DAD deputies have been investigating numerous thefts in the northern Butte County area directly related to agriculture theft. This particular property had been the victim of recent thefts of building materials during the remodel of an ag-shop building. BCSO DAD deputies had placed a piece of equipment inside the shop equipped with a tracking device. The piece of equipment was also coated in Smart Water CSI.
Smart Water CSI is a forensic marking solution used to identify items of property when they have been stolen to help identify the owner and get the property returned. The Smart Water CSI marking solution is non transferrable. Smart Water CSI also has a forensic marking solution that comes in the form of a grease that is transferrable. The transferrable grease is used by law enforcement during covert sting operations. When an object is coated with the transferrable grease, if a person touches the item, the Smart Water CSI grease transfers from the item to their skin/clothing. Once on the person’s skin or clothing, Smart Water CSI grease will remain there for a number of days. Each batch of Smart Water CSI has its own forensic code made up of a mixture of 30 different metals and is registered to individual users. The Smart Water CSI is tested in a lab to identify the person/business it is registered to. Smart Water CSI is invisible to the naked eye.
After being alerted to the theft of the piece of equipment, BCSO deputies tracked the equipment to a parking lot on Esplanade at East Ave in Chico. Deputies contacted 3 subjects standing outside of a vehicle in the parking lot. Deputies carry a special high UV spectrum flashlight that is used to locate the Smart Water CSI. Deputies used the special flashlight and located Smart Water CSI on all three subjects’ hands and clothing. The piece of stolen equipment (valued at $2,000) was located in the back seat of the vehicle they were standing next to. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the stolen equipment was recovered. Methamphetamine and burglary tools were also located in the vehicle. One of the burglary tools located happened to be a makeshift post office key used to open a community mail box. A large amount of mail was located in the vehicle as well that appeared to be recently stolen from a business district in the north end of the City of Chico. Deputies will investigate the mail theft and return the stolen mail to the owners.
The three subjects were identified as:
Ryan Marx, DOB 09/12/76. Marx was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property) and 11377(a) H&S (possession of a controlled substance).
Christopher Seghetti, DOB 12/14/1987. Seghetti was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property) and 11377(a) H&S (possession of a controlled substance).
Joanna Zepeda, DOB 08/09/1989. Zepeda was arrested for 459 PC (Burglary), 487(a) PC (grand theft), 466 PC (possess burglary tools), 496(a) PC (receive known stolen property).
If anyone has any information regarding agriculture related thefts in Butte County, contact Sgt. Josh Brazzi at 530-990-6852 or at jbrazzi@buttecounty.net.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (87) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Explosion at Berry Creek Residence

March 20, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Explosion at Berry Creek Residence
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Elizabeth Ellis of Berry Creek, age 55. On March 19, deputies were dispatched to a report of an explosion at a residence located on Leaf Lane, Berry Creek. Upon arrival, deputies’ contacted Elizabeth Ellis and Nicholas West of Berry Creek, age 26. West had multiple injuries on his hands and legs. Deputies located evidence that explosive devices were being manufactured inside the residence. Deputies were concerned about the safety of the public based on the fact an explosion occurred and explosive devices were being manufactured. Deputies evacuated the area, assisted medical personnel, and West was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence, and the Butte Interagency Bomb Squad responded to the residence. The Bomb Squad removed components used to manufacture explosive devices and pieces of a detonated explosive device from the residence.
After the Bomb Squad determined the residence was safe to enter, detectives, deputies, and the Bomb Squad conducted a more detailed search of the residence. Additional components used to manufacture explosives were located. Deputies and detectives also located numerous evidence items to include the following items: 20 firearms, ammunition, psilocybin mushrooms, and large quantities of controlled narcotic medications. Four of the firearms located were illegal assault weapons. A photograph of the firearms is attached to this press release.
Ellis was arrested for possession of illegal assault weapons, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of an explosive device, and possession of materials necessary to make an explosive device. The Bomb Squad and detectives are actively working on this investigation and additional arrests are anticipated. Based on the initial investigation, detectives believe West was attempting to manipulate an explosive device he manufactured when the explosion occurred. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detectives Joe Hooks or Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (92) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Update Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020
BCSO Update Regarding COVID-19
Butte County, CA- We know this is an uncertain time for our community. We are all dealing with the COVID-19 virus together, and we will get through this together. We continue to work with our partners at Butte County Public Health and Office of Emergency Management in our efforts to contain and mitigate the spread of this virus.
The Governor’s Executive Order asking all residents statewide to stay home is not cause for panic. We ask that you all continue to practice proper social distancing and our hope is for voluntary compliance from our community. We can all do our part. Here at BCSO, the day-to-day operations of our patrol deputies have not changed and we will continue answering calls for service and protecting the citizens of Butte County. The Governor’s Executive Order does not prevent people from leaving their homes to get essential items, such as food and medical supplies, engaging in essential business, or going outside to get exercise. In fact, there are many legitimate exceptions to the stay-at-home order, and if you have questions, we encourage you to read the order. We want everyone to practice good judgement and to take care of yourself, your family, and our community.
Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Butte County Jail inmate public visitation will be modified to enhance public safety and promote social distancing. All inmate visiting times will remain unchanged for all housing units. However, each inmate will only be allowed one visit per week, and limited contact visits.
Saturday: Inmates whose last name’s start with A-L.
Sunday: Inmates whose last name’s start with M-Z.
The BCSO Records Division will remain open as usual Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., providing essential services to the community. In order to best accommodate the public with their requests for services, we encourage everyone to call the Records Division at (530) 538-7391 prior to showing up. The Records Division will still be providing the following essential services for the community: Registering and updating Sex Registrant information, processing vehicle releases for vehicles that were impounded, processing and releasing necessary reports to victims, and Live Scan services for those deemed critical needs; such as EMT’s, IHSS, and child care providers.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, The Records Division will be temporarily postponing the issuing of any permits obtained through our Records Division, and temporarily postponing non-essential services, such as general Live Scans for employment and/or volunteer opportunities.
We have received inquiries regarding expiring CCW permits. If your CCW permit is set to expire during the stay-at-home order, we are extending the permit for the duration of the order, within Butte County.
The BCSO Civil Division will be processing all services as normal. The only delay in services at this time will be the execution of a Writ of Possession during eviction cases. We are still accepting them, but the date in which the service is provided will be postponed to a future date, not determined at this time.
“We’ve been through crisis situations before and we came out of them stronger than before. We will do it again. Listen to Public Health guidelines. Use common sense. And remember, we are Butte County strong,” said Sheriff Kory Honea.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (126) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Palermo Shooting

March 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Palermo Shooting
Palermo, CA- On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) were dispatched to a home on the 2300 block of Messina Avenue in Palermo for reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived at the home, they found a 10-year-old juvenile suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip area. The juvenile was flown from the scene to U.C. Davis Medical Center, and is currently listed in stable condition.
After further investigation, deputies learned the 10-year-old juvenile and his 7-year-old brother were inside the house, when the 7-year-old found a handgun and accidentally discharged the weapon, striking the 10-year-old.
Deputies are interviewing family members to determine the owner of the firearm, and why it was accessible to the juvenile. The investigation is ongoing.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 /Number of views (64) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Firearms Seizure

March 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest Related to Firearms Seizure
Oroville, CA – Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Erik Clarke, of Chico, age 36. On March 15, deputies began investigating a domestic violence incident that occurred in Chico. During the investigation, Clarke was identified as the suspect. On the afternoon of March 15, deputies and officers with the Chico Police Department located Clarke in a vehicle in Chico.
During the contact with Clarke, a firearm, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia was located. Clarke was placed under arrest for a felony domestic violence charge, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of drug paraphernalia. After Clarke’s arrest, a Butte County Superior Court Judge issued an emergency protective order, which prevented Clarke from contacting the victim in the domestic violence incident.
On March 16, deputies and detectives received information Clarke had additional firearms at his residence, which is located near the 100 block of Caruthers Lane, Chico. Detectives also determined Clarke was attempting to communicate with the victim in the domestic violence incident by using telephones at the Butte County Jail. Based on the aforementioned information, detectives obtained a search warrant for Clarke’s residence.
On March 16, deputies and detectives served the search warrant at Clarke’s residence. Deputies and detectives located numerous evidence items at Clarke’s residence to include the following items: 19 firearms, marijuana packaged for sale, and large quantities of ammunition. Four of the firearms located were illegal assault weapons. As a result of the search warrant, Clarke was arrested for additional counts of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition, possession of illegal assault weapons, possession of marijuana for sale, and violation of a court order.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Tristian Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 /Number of views (82) /Categories: Press Release
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