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

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 (193) /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 (106) /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 (236) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO Deputies Safely Subdue a Violent Subject

May 22, 2020
BCSO Deputies Safely Subdue a Violent Subject
Chico, CA- On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies Botts and Rubinoff were dispatched to a home in north Chico, after reports that a man was having a mental health episode. The man was acting erratically and was in possession of a knife and was actively cutting himself. The reporting party also stated to dispatchers the man had attempted to stab a dog at the residence as well.
Deputy Rubinoff was the first to arrive on scene, followed by Deputy Botts. The man was in possession of the knife. Deputy Rubinoff remained calm and gave clear instructions to the man to drop the weapon. The man did not comply with Deputy Rubinoff’s attempts to de-escalate the situation. Deputy Botts drew his department issued taser and began giving instructions to the man to drop the knife. The man began walking towards Deputy Rubinoff and Deputy Botts. Deputy Botts deployed the taser, striking the man in the leg. After the taser was deployed the man threw the knife at Deputy Rubinoff, narrowly missing him. The deputies were then able to take the man into custody. The man later admitted to the deputies that he was attempting to hit them when he threw the knife.
The man was booked into the Butte County Jail for obstructing or resisting a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and felony animal cruelty. He is scheduled to undergo a mental health evaluation.
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Friday, May 22, 2020 /Number of views (105) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Residents for Child Endangerment

May 22, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Oroville Residents for Child Endangerment
Oroville, CA – In May of 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies began investigating a burglary that occurred in the Gridley area. During the investigation Zachariah Odom of Oroville, 27, was identified as a suspect in the burglary investigation.
On May 20 deputies and detectives served a search warrant at Odom’s residence, which is located in the 1600 block of 20th Street, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant deputies and detectives contacted Zachariah Odom, Mabel Dahl of Oroville, age 70, and four children all under the age of six.
During a search of the residence detectives located numerous evidence items to include methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. The methamphetamine was located in an area accessible to the children. The residence was in deplorable condition and was not safe for children. Odom was placed under arrest for felony child endangerment, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and for a felony probation violation. Dahl was placed under arrest for felony child endangerment and for possession of methamphetamine.
All four children were detained by detectives. During an interview Odom admitted to participating in the Gridley burglary. The burglary case is still under investigation and will be forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for review when completed. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Parsons at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, May 22, 2020 /Number of views (171) /Categories: Press Release
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