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 Arrests Related to Berry Creek Shooting

June 11, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Berry Creek Shooting
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrests of Darrell Jordan of Berry Creek, 64 and Sarah Jordan of Berry Creek, 43. On June 09, an individual called BCSO and reported a juvenile had been shot at a residence located in the 200 block of Graystone Lane, Berry Creek. The reporting party stated the juvenile was being transported to the hospital in a private vehicle. An ambulance responding to the residence intercepted the vehicle transporting the juvenile. Paramedics took custody of the juvenile and transported the juvenile to a local hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, doctors performed emergency surgery on the juvenile. The juvenile is in serious condition and is currently receiving medical treatment at a local hospital. Detectives later responded to the hospital and confirmed the juvenile’s injuries were caused from a gunshot.
Deputies responded to the residence where the shooting occurred (located in the 200 block of Graystone Lane, Berry Creek) and determined Darrell Jordan was the individual responsible for shooting the juvenile. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and interviewed Darrell. Darrell told detectives he was involved in an altercation with a 20-year-old relative. The altercation ended and Darrell went to a shed and retrieved a handgun. Darrell pointed the handgun at the 20-year-old relative and a second altercation took place. At some point during the altercation the handgun discharged, and the juvenile victim was struck with a bullet fired from the handgun.
Deputies and detectives contacted multiple individuals at the residence where the shooting occurred to include three additional children and Sarah Jordan. Detectives determined Sarah Jordan was the children’s mother, and Darrell Jordan was the children’s grandfather. The children, Sarah and Darrell all reside on the property where the shooting occurred. During a search of the residence and property numerous evidence items were located to include over 60 marijuana plants, approximately 139 pounds of processed marijuana, and a handgun. Detectives noticed the residence and property were in deplorable condition and were unsafe for children. All four children were detained by Children’s Services.
Darrell was placed under arrest for one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, one felony count of child endangerment, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, one felony count of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and one misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm. Sarah was placed under arrest for four felony counts of child endangerment. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, June 11, 2020 /Number of views (234) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Possession of Child Pornography

June 5, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Resident for Possession of Child Pornography
Today the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced the arrest of Dwayne Hansen of Oroville, 49. On May 29, Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Marine Unit were patrolling the area of the Monument Hill Boat Launch, Oroville. Deputies located a motorhome with expired registration parked in the Monument Hill parking lot. Deputies contacted Dwayne Hansen, the individual who was living in the motorhome. A records check indicated Hansen was required to register pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.
During the contact with Hansen, deputies located marijuana and methamphetamine. While searching the motorhome deputies located children’s underwear. Deputies questioned Hansen about the children’s underwear. Hansen told deputies he used the children’s underwear while performing sexual acts. Deputies continued speaking with Hansen, at which time Hansen disclosed he had child pornography on a cell phone located inside the motorhome. After disclosing he was in possession of child pornography, Hansen stood up and attempted to run away from deputies. After a short foot pursuit, Hansen was arrested without incident.
Detectives arrived and collected Hansen’s electronic devices. Detectives authored a search warrant for the electronic devices, and a forensic download of the devices was conducted pursuant to the search warrant. Detectives located numerous images of child pornography on Hansen’s electronic devices.
Hansen was booked into the Butte County Jail for a felony count of possession of more than 600 images of child pornography, a felony count of possession of child pornography showing the intentional infliction of pain on minor victims for the purpose of sexual gratification or stimulation, a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, a felony count of possession of nunchakus, a misdemeanor count of resisting or delaying a peace officer, and a misdemeanor count of possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, June 05, 2020 /Number of views (190) /Categories: Press Release
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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 (189) /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 (334) /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 (191) /Categories: Press Release
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