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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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Concow Resident

June 2, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Concow Resident
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Don Pejsa of Concow, 91. On the evening of June 1, a friend of Pejsa’s contacted BCSO and explained they were concerned because they had not been able to reach Pejsa by telephone since Saturday. Around 8:40 PM, BCSO deputies were dispatched to a welfare check at Pejsa’s residence, which is located in the 4900 block of Nobb Road, Concow.
Around 9:20 PM two BCSO deputies arrived at Pejsa’s residence. Both deputies were wearing fully marked BCSO uniforms and were driving fully marked BCSO patrol vehicles. Deputies knocked on the front door of the residence and identified themselves as the “Sheriff’s Office,” multiple times. Pejsa responded by pointing a shotgun out a window located in the front portion of the residence. Deputies again identified themselves as the “Sheriff’s Office,” and instructed Pejsa to put the shotgun down. Pejsa responded by firing the shotgun in the direction of one of the deputies. The deputy was able to quickly move behind cover, which prevented the deputy from being struck by the round Pejsa fired.
Several allied law enforcement agencies responded to Pejsa’s residence to assist the deputies. The BCSO SWAT Team responded and set up a perimeter around Pejsa’s residence. BCSO Hostage Negotiators responded and immediately began communicating with Pejsa over an intercom system. The BCSO SWAT Team members and BCSO Hostage Negotiators have special training which helps them bring safe resolutions to dangerous and violent situations. BCSO Hostage Negotiators also have special training related to de-escalation and helping individuals suffering from mental health issues.
A search warrant was eventually authored for Pejsa’s residence. BCSO Hostage Negotiators used numerous negotiation tactics for multiple hours, in an attempt to communicate with Pejsa. Pejsa did not acknowledge or communicate with BCSO Hostage Negotiators.
Around 1:30 AM on June 2, Pejsa fired an additional shotgun round at two members of the BCSO SWAT Team. Both SWAT Team members were standing near a marked law enforcement vehicle that was parked in Pejsa’s driveway. BCSO SWAT Team members and BCSO Hostage Negotiators were able to move behind cover, and they continued their attempts to communicate with Pejsa. SWAT Team members eventually deployed OC gas in an attempt to peacefully resolve the situation.
During this incident, Pejsa exited his residence holding a shotgun multiple times. At around 2:50 AM Pejsa exited his residence and moved toward a fence. SWAT Team members were able to use their training and experience to safely disarm Pejsa and take Pejsa into custody. No one sustained any injuries during this incident.
Pejsa was transported to the BCSO Office in Oroville. During an interview incident to his arrest, Pejsa stated he saw the “red and blue” flashing lights on the law enforcement vehicles parked in around his residence. Pejsa also stated he heard the sirens from the law enforcement vehicles parked around his residence. Detectives are in the process of interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.
Pejsa was booked into the Butte County Jail for three felony counts of attempted murder on a peace officer. Pejsa is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Thursday June 4, 2020, at 3:00 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020 /Number of views (134) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Detection of Positive COVID-19 Case in the Butte County Jail

May 29, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces
Detection of Positive COVID-19 Case in the Butte County Jail

Oroville, CA- Today, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the detection of a positive COVID-19 case within the Butte County Jail. The case involves an individual who was recently arrested for serious crimes and booked into the jail. The individual, who was asymptomatic for COVID-19 upon arriving at the jail, was screened as part of the jail’s established protocol and later housed within the facility. The individual was housed for two days in a dormitory with 26 other inmates. On Friday, May 29, 2020, the individual complained of shortness of breath. Jail medical staff evaluated the inmate and decided to send the individual to an area hospital. A COVID-19 test was administered and came back positive. The individual was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.
BCSO is working with Butte County Public Health to isolate, monitor and test the 26 inmates within the affected housing unit over the course of the next 14 days. Monitoring and testing will include daily checks by medical staff. Professional cleaners are being brought in to clean the housing unit thoroughly and inmates are being provided appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Testing and monitoring protocols for BCSO staff members have also been implemented in accordance with CDC guidelines for public safety employees.
BCSO knew from the start there would be a need to manage COVID-19 cases within the jail and prepared for that eventuality. The jail’s in-house medical providers are very experienced with managing communicable disease within a custodial environment, including COVID-19 in other correctional facilities outside Butte County.
Dr. Vivek Shah from Wellpath, the medical provider for the Butte County Jail said, “Our medical team is prepared to care for COVID-19 patients inside the Butte County Jail. Our team has the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment and is well trained in the care and treatment of contagious respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Our nurses have been preparing for this situation since early March and are ready to take excellent care of those who may fall ill.”
Since the emergence of COVID-19, the jail has handled eleven suspected COVID-19 cases, who all tested negative for the virus. Two inmates who were known to have COVID-19 prior to being booked into the jail were immediately isolated in the jail’s medical unit. One of those individuals has since recovered and no longer requires treatment and isolation. The second inmate is currently being treated at an area hospital for a condition unrelated to the COVID-19 infection.
At the beginning of the pandemic, BCSO developed protocols to manage the risk of COVID-19 within the jail. The risk mitigation protocols include a reduction in the overall population of the jail, from an Average Daily Population (ADP) of 580 inmates per day prior to the COVID-19 situation, to an ADP of 460 inmates per day. Additionally, “enhanced screening” procedures for COVID-19 were implemented to check staff and arrestees prior to entering the facility. After being screened, arrestees brought into jail are required to wear a mask while in the booking area.
The jail has protocols for isolating and testing inmates with COVID-19 symptoms. And there is a process for the on-going monitoring for COVID-19, which includes checking the temperature of every inmate in custody and asking about symptoms of COVID-19 on a weekly basis. To mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the jail, additional cleaning supplies have been provided to inmates and staff, including multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the facility.
“We take the health and wellbeing of our staff and the inmates in our care very seriously. Our response to the COV
Friday, May 29, 2020 /Number of views (282) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Concow Resident

May 28, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Concow Resident
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Lenny Maestas of Concow, 59. On May 9, BCSO contacted two victims in the 5000 block of Big Bend Road, Concow. The victims had previously witnessed a crime where a victim was shot in the Concow area on April 4, 2020. BCSO detectives determined Sean Franco was responsible for the April 4 shooting. BCSO detectives arrested Franco on April 28, 2020. Franco is currently in custody at the Butte County Jail.
On May 9, the aforementioned victims were contacted and threatened by Lenny Maestas. Shortly after the contact the victims believed Maestas discharged a firearm. The victims believed the May 9 threats occurred because they had provided a statement to law enforcement about the April 4 shooting. While investigating the incident on May 9, deputies located a spent firearm shell casing, indicating a firearm had been discharged.
After speaking with the victims, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Maestas. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for a property in the 5000 block of Big Bend Road, where Maestas was residing. On May 27, detectives from the BCSO Felony Investigations Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit, and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force served the search warrant. During a search of a motorhome where Maestas was residing detectives located ammunition. Maestas was not located during the service of the search warrant.
After serving the search warrant and speaking with individuals in the area, detectives made contact with a female at a neighboring residence. The female allowed detectives to enter her residence for the purpose of searching for Maestas. Detectives located Maestas in a rear bedroom inside the residence. A firearm was located in the same residence. A witness stated the firearm belonged to Maestas.
Maestas was arrested for one felony count of criminal threats, one felony count of illegally discharging a firearm, one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and one felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. Maestas was booked into the Butte County Jail on May 27. After reviewing the facts of the arrest, a Butte County Superior Court Judge set Maestas’ bail at $500,000. Maestas is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Friday May 29, at 3:00 PM. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020 /Number of views (161) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Deputies Safely End Standoff Involving a Juvenile

May 27, 2020
BCSO Deputies Safely End Standoff Involving a Juvenile
Oroville, CA- On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to a home in Oroville after reports a 16-year-old juvenile was threatening a family member with a knife.
Deputies arrived on scene and located the juvenile standing just outside the residence. The juvenile told deputies he wanted them to take his life, and asked deputies to shoot him. Deputies used de-escalation techniques in an attempt to calm the juvenile. Deputies asked for a behavioral health counselor to respond. Deputies contacted neighboring residents and asked them to remain inside. Deputies staged medical units in the immediate area. The behavioral health counselor arrived on scene shortly afterward and began speaking with the juvenile. The juvenile cooperated with the behavioral health counselor, and was detained within a few minutes. Deputies located a knife just outside the residence, where the juvenile stood during this incident.
Deputies conducted an investigation and took the juvenile into custody for brandishing a weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies booked the juvenile at the Butte County Juvenile Hall, and he is scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation. No one was injured during this incident.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 /Number of views (83) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Chico Resident for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

May 26, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Chico Resident for Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Matthew Dorenzo, of Chico, 37. On May 23, around 12:30 AM, BCSO contacted a victim at a local Butte County Hospital. The victim reported he had been assaulted with an axe in the Butte Meadows area. Deputies noticed the victim had a large wound in his chest area. The victim received emergency treatment and was admitted to a local hospital. The victim is currently in stable condition.
Deputies and detectives drove to the Butte Meadows area and contacted additional victims in the area where the assault occurred. Deputies and detectives located a large crime scene next to Butte Creek. BCSO personnel processed the crime scene, while detectives conducted interviews with the other involved parties.
After interviewing witnesses and other involved parties, detectives identified the person who struck the victim with the axe as Matthew Dorenzo. Detectives immediately authored an arrest warrant for Dorenzo, which was signed by a Butte County Superior Court Judge. Detectives determined Dorenzo was associated with a residence in both Chico and Oroville.
Around 7:30 AM on May 23, detectives saw Dorenzo’s vehicle in the area of the Oroville residence where they were conducting surveillance. Detectives followed Dorenzo’s vehicle and patrol deputies conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle. Dorenzo was placed under arrest without incident. After the traffic enforcement stop, detectives located additional witnesses who confirmed Dorenzo was the individual who struck the victim with the axe.
Dorenzo was arrested for one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of making criminal threats, and one felony count of battery. Dorenzo was booked into the Butte County Jail on May 23. After reviewing the facts in the arrest warrant, a Butte County Superior Court Judge set Dorenzo’s bail status as no bail until Dorenzo attends further court proceedings. Dorenzo is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday May 27, at 3:00 PM. This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detectives Zach Price or Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020 /Number of views (203) /Categories: Press Release
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