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 LOCATES MISSING FOREST RANCH RESIDENTS

January 31, 2021

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATES MISSING FOREST RANCH RESIDENTS

Forest Ranch, CA – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was actively looking for Mike Hernandez, age 58, of Forest Ranch. BCSO was also actively looking for Hernandez’s 10-year-old grandson. On the morning of January 30, Hernandez and his grandson left their residence in Forest Ranch to take a day trip in the Forest Ranch/Magalia areas. On the evening of January 30, Hernandez’s family members contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported Hernandez and his grandson missing. Family members indicated they did not return from the day trip.
Hernandez and his grandson were driving a four door 2019 black and camouflage Can-Am all-terrain vehicle. Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel, deputies and detectives conducted searches of the Forest Ranch and Magalia areas. On the morning of January 31, Hernandez and his grandson were safely located in the Philbrook area by a BCSO helicopter.
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Sunday, January 31, 2021 /Number of views (320) /Categories: Press Release
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FIVE ARRESTED DURING SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT

January 29, 2021

FIVE ARRESTED DURING SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT

Oroville, CA – On January 28, 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force detectives, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement detectives, and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit served a search warrant in the 1800 block of Fort Wayne Street, Oroville. During a search of the residence and property, detectives located numerous evidence items to include the following items: approximately 153 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 11 grams of heroin, a firearm, ammunition, a butane honey oil manufacturing lab, narcotics paraphernalia, and burglary tools.
During the service of the search warrant the following individuals were contacted and arrested:
Russell Crane, age 30, of Oroville was arrested for felony counts of possession of a narcotic substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, being armed while committing a felony, and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools.
Michael Gumaer, age 43, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance. Gumaer also had a felony arrest warrant from an unrelated investigation.
Andrea Maestas, age 34, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor count of possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
Lenny Maestas, age 60, of Oroville was arrested for felony counts of being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and for committing a felony while being released on bail for a felony charge.
Amanda Pack, age 34, of Oroville was arrested for a felony count of possessing a firearm while being addicted to a narcotic substance, and for a misdemeanor count of possession of a narcotic substance.
All of the individuals who were arrested are scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on Monday, February 1, at 3 PM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Vaj Thao at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, January 29, 2021 /Number of views (318) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE BEGINS ADMINISTERING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT THE BUTTE COUNTY JAIL

January 28, 2021
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE BEGINS ADMINISTERING COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT THE BUTTE COUNTY JAIL
Oroville, CA- The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), in partnership with the Butte County Public Health Department and Wellpath, the jail’s medical provider, began today to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. The vaccine is being provided to inmates as the jail is a congregate living environment, so there is a greater potential for the virus to spread among inmates and staff members. Staff members were previously authorized to get the vaccine, when Butte County moved into the 1B tier earlier this month.
The Butte County Public Health Department has provided the jail with enough vaccine to administer the vaccine to 100 inmates. The vaccine will be provided to inmates on a voluntary basis, with priority given to inmates 65 years of age or older and inmates with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to the virus. The vaccines are being administered inside the jail’s medical facility by jail medical staff. The Sheriff’s Office continues to work diligently with our partners at Butte County Public Health on receiving the additional vaccines needed to vaccinate our entire inmate population.
Sheriff Kory Honea says, “This is a big step forward in our ongoing effort to keep inmates and staff members working in the jail safe. It will also help control Covid-19 in our community, which is a benefit to everyone.”
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Thursday, January 28, 2021 /Number of views (362) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

January 25, 2021

CHICO RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Chico, CA – In 2021, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) detectives began investigating Laird Easton, age 64, of Chico. During the investigation, detectives located evidence indicating Easton was downloading child pornography. Detectives determined Easton was employed by California State University, Chico. On January 20, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Easton. On January 21, detectives served a search warrant at Easton’s residence, which is located in the 1900 block of Citrus Avenue, Chico. Detectives and California State University, Chico Police Department Officers also served a search warrant at Easton’s office, which is located on the California State University, Chico campus.
During the service of the search warrant detectives seized a cellular telephone from Easton’s person, and multiple electronic devices that belonged to Easton. Detectives are in the process of conducting forensic searches of Easton’s electronic devices. During a review of the cellular telephone located on Easton’s person, detectives located over 100 images of child pornography. Detectives are still in the process of reviewing the cellular telephone data and Easton’s other electronic devices. Detectives also located evidence indicating Easton was the individual who downloaded the child pornography.
On January 21, detectives placed Easton under arrest for a felony count of possessing child pornography. Easton was booked into the Butte County Jail on January 21. Easton later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on April 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, January 25, 2021 /Number of views (476) /Categories: Press Release
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Update: Michael Berry Back in Custody

January 25, 2021

UPDATE
Around 10:00 AM, an alert community member contacted BCSO and reported seeing Berry at the Chevron Gas Station, which is located at 2030 3rd Street, Oroville. Deputies located Berry and placed him under arrest without incident.
During the investigation deputies and detectives determined Megan Margetts, age 29, of Chico had communicated via telephone with Berry prior to Berry’s escape. Detectives located evidence Margetts was aware Berry was going to attempt to escape from the jail. Around 2:00 AM deputies contacted Margetts near the Butte County Court House, Oroville. Margetts was placed under arrest for possessing narcotic paraphernalia. During a subsequent investigation, detectives determined Margetts came to Oroville to pick Berry up after he escaped from jail. Margetts was booked at the Butte County jail for a felony count of conspiracy, and a misdemeanor count of possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

January 25, 2021

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR INMATE WHO ESCAPED FROM THE BUTTE COUNTY JAIL

Oroville, CA – On January 25, 2021 around 1230 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies were conducting a check of inmates housed in a minimum security dorm at the Butte County Jail. While correctional deputies were finishing the check, Michael Berry, age 29, of Chico was able to slip past an open door. Berry then traversed a fence and escaped from the jail. Correctional staff monitoring surveillance systems observed Berry exit the jail perimeter fence. Correctional staff immediately notified deputies of their observations, and deputies immediately began searching for Berry.
Deputies and detectives are actively searching for Berry. On the morning of January 25, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Berry for a felony charge of escaping from a custodial facility. A photograph of Berry is attached to this press release. Berry was a pre-sentenced inmate at the Butte County Jail and was booked January 11, 2021 for a felony burglary charge. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Berry’s location to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7322.
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Monday, January 25, 2021 /Number of views (365) /Categories: Press Release
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