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.





Press Releases that were issued during the Camp Fire incident are here


June 19, 2018

New CCW License Application and Renewal Process at BCSO

Oroville, CA- Beginning July 2, 2018, The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) will be switching to an online process for issuing Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) licenses. BCSO is streamlining the process by utilizing a computerized program called “Permitium.” This will allow users the ability to go online 24 hours a day and turn in the application online. The new process is for both first time CCW license applicants as well as CCW license holders who need to renew their license. First time applicants will still need to visit BCSO one time, to be fingerprinted and to have a photograph taken. The thorough background check for new applicants conducted by the Department of Justice does not change through this new process. 
In California, “Permitium” is used in 40 out of the 58 Sheriff’s Offices. This new system will eliminate the need to make multiple trips to BCSO, and make the process of receiving and renewing CCW licenses faster. This new process will also increase our efficiency, saving staff time and resources at BCSO. To renew or apply for a CCW license you can visit, http://www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner and click on the “get a CCW” icon on the right-hand side of the page. 

BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 /Number of views (10508) /Categories: Press Release

Stolen Property Recovered

Stolen Property Recovered
Chico, CA- On May 23, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call regarding a residential burglary that had just been discovered at a home off of Keefer Road in Chico. The homeowners were out of state at the time of the burglary. Numerous items, valued at more than $10,000, which included three firearms, were stolen from the home. Deputy Mariah Smith conducted an investigation, which led to an apartment building on Ralland Circle in Chico. Deputy Smith located items inside a vehicle parked outside the apartment complex that had been stolen from the victim’s residence. After further investigation, Deputy Smith located the apartment associated with the vehicle. Attempts to make contact at the apartment were unsuccessful. A search warrant was written for the vehicle and the apartment. On service of the search warrant, BCSO deputies and detectives located the suspects, identified as Cody Bentley, age 26, of Corning, and Cezarina Rose, age 31, of Gerber.

During the search of the apartment and the vehicle, the three firearms belonging to the victim were recovered, along with other stolen property taken during the burglary. Also during the search, deputies located stolen property taken from at least one residential burglary, which occurred in Oregon. Bentley and Rose were arrested. Bentley was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, residential burglary, and possession of stolen property. Rose was arrested for possession of stolen property, and residential burglary.

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Bentley pleaded guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. Rose pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of stolen property. Bentley will be sentenced July 11th, and Rose will be sentenced August 8th.

Friday, June 15, 2018 /Number of views (2954) /Categories: Press Release


May 23, 2018
Oroville, Ca--Keep the summer fun coming - whether it's a recreational boat, a canoe, or a personal watercraft, the Butte County Sheriff’s Marine Unit wants everyone to have a safe and memorable time out on the water.

Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness, and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic boat accidents, and the leading cause of death while boating is drowning. Crash statistics show that boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to stay safe on our waterways.

Follow these basic safety tips when enjoying our beautiful lakes and rivers with family and friends:

 Wear a life jacket and insist that your guests do the same. Children under the age of 13 are required by law to wear a life jacket that fits them properly while on your boat, and a life jacket on board of proper size is required for every person. Life jackets are also required on standup paddle boards and kayaks/canoes.
 Never drink alcohol while boating. Alcohol was again the leading factor in all fatal boating accidents. Stay sharp on the water by leaving the alcohol on land.
 Take a boating safety course. Many courses are available online, and California’s Boater Card requirements are now in effect - this year, anyone ages 16-20 must have a card in their possession to operate a boat, and older age groups will be included in years following. Visit californiaboatercard.com to get started.
 Stay in control by taking charge of your safety and that of your passengers - it is imperative to maintain control of your vessel and your passengers. Don’t forget that safety and responsibility begins with you.
 Understand and obey boating safety recommendations and navigational rules - learn the rules of boating before you head out on the water.
 Prepare your boat before you leave home - make sure it runs and operates safely, and be sure to check for required equipment such as life jackets, a throwable flotation device, and a marine-type fire extinguisher. Visit California Boating & Waterways online for complete requirements specific to your boat.
The Sheriff’s Marine Unit is out on our waterways to ensure a safe environment for all - boater education and strict enforcement of California’s boating laws are always a priority, so follow the rules, have fun, and enjoy the summer season!
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 /Number of views (2861) /Categories: Press Release


May 19, 2018
Magalia, Ca-- On 5/18/18, at approximately 6:40 PM, Deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to an address on Mason Court in Magalia, CA for a report of a domestic violence incident. The female victim fled the residence to call 9-1-1; however, the male suspect, later identified as 36 year old Logan Awalt, remained inside.
Upon arrival, Deputies were confronted by Awalt, who was extremely agitated and refused to surrender himself to deputies. Deputies had information that Awalt had access to at least one firearm inside the home, and that Awalt was possibly under the influence of LSD or some other drug. Deputies took cover, surrounded the home from a safe distance, and continued to try to deescalate the situation by attempting to talk to Awalt. Awalt exited the home numerous times, but only went as far as the front and back porches. While outside on the porches, Awalt continued to threatened Deputies and assert that someone would die if they attempted to take him into custody. At various times, Awalt threw chunks of firewood and a chair at Deputies, and threatened to burn the house down. Awalt told Deputies that if they wanted him then they’d have to shoot him. Officers from the Paradise Police Department and CHP arrived to assist.
After close to two hours of trying to negotiate Awalt’s surrender with no success, coupled with his numerous threats, the decision to deploy a BCSO Police Service Dog (K9) was made once Awalt returned to the front porch. It initially appeared that the K-9 was going to be successful in apprehending Awalt; however, Awalt repeatedly punched the K-9 and used the front door to bash the dog. Fortunately, the K9 did not receive any serious injury as a result. The K-9 released Awalt, and Awalt retreated back into the home and locked the door. Deputies forced entry, at which point they utilized a Taser as well as less lethal bean bag rounds in an effort to take him into custody. Even after deploying the K-9, a Taser, and bean bag rounds, Awalt was still able to resist arrest and flee out the back of the home. Awalt jumped a fence, and entered a nearby neighbor’s home on Carnegie Road where he barricaded himself again. The owner of the Carnegie Road home was able to escape his home safely. Deputies soon learned that the Carnegie Road home had multiple unsecured firearms and ammunition available to Awalt. It was at this time that BCSO SWAT, BCSO Crisis Negotiation Team and Butte Interagency Bomb Squad were requested for assistance.
After establishing a secure perimeter, the Crisis Negotiation Team made multiple attempts to negotiate with Awalt and secure his surrender. After approximately two hours of no contact, a decision was made to utilize the bomb squad robot equipped with a camera to enter the home. BCSO personnel were able to see Awalt inside of the home. Awalt was still very agitated and refused to surrender. At one point, SWAT personnel saw an opportunity to enter the home. With a plan to take him into custody, SWAT made entry into the home and located Awalt hiding in a bathroom. After several minutes of struggling and additional Taser deployments, Awalt was taken into custody and removed from the home.
BCSO SWAT Medics immediately began medical treatment on Awalt pending the arrival of CAL Fire and Butte EMS personnel, who were staged nearby. Awalt was transported to a nearby hospital for a medical clearance and treatment, he will be booked into the Butte County Jail upon his release. BCSO will be seeking charges of Felony Domestic Violence, Burglary, Criminal Threats, Vandalism, and Felony Resisting Arrest. His bail will be approximately $218,000.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 /Number of views (2717) /Categories: Press Release


May 17, 2018
Magalia, Ca—On April 19, 2018 at approximately 10:30 PM, a Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on Wycliff Road in Magalia. During the course of the investigation he located methamphetamine as well as items associated to the illegal sales of methamphetamine. As a result; the driver, identified as Jaren Percell, age 26, from Magalia, was arrested for illegal sales of narcotics.
The investigation into this incident continued, and BCSO detectives authored search warrants for Percell’s residence and storage unit. Additional items associated to drug use were located in Percell’s residence.
During the search of Percell’s storage unit, numerous items of stolen property were located and later identified as belonging to a local heating and air conditioning company. BCSO detectives and deputies returned to Percell’s residence on April 24, 2018, pursuant to a search warrant. Numerous items of stolen property were located belonging to same air conditioning company, in addition to a local logging company and an electrical company out of Sacramento. All stolen property was returned to victims. The stolen property had an estimated value of $26,662.04.
Percell was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a short barreled shotgun, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, possession of heroin, and 3 counts of possession of stolen property. Percell was booked into Butte County Jail with a bail amount set at $80,000.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 /Number of views (2762) /Categories: Press Release