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 Investigating Child Abuse Case Involving a Three-Year-Old Child Who Ingested Methamphetamine

April 17, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Child Abuse Case Involving a Three-Year-Old Child Who Ingested Methamphetamine
Oroville, CA- On April 16, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to assist CAL FIRE with a medical call involving a three-year-old child. Deputies arrived at the intersection of Oroville-Bangor Highway and Swedes Flat Road and contacted CAL FIRE personnel and Joseph Webb of Bangor, 42. Webb told deputies his three-year-old step-child had ingested methamphetamine water. Deputies determined Webb resided with Alisha Crandell of Bangor, 38, in the 300 block of North Stoney Oaks Loop, Bangor.
The child was transported to Oroville Hospital and then was flown by helicopter to a hospital in the Sacramento area. Initial tests conducted by medical staff indicated the child had ingested methamphetamine. The child is currently receiving medical care at the Sacramento area hospital.
Deputies determined Webb, Crandell, and their children were residing in a travel trailer at the aforementioned property. Detectives and deputies responded to Webb’s residence and contacted several people to include Crandell and Anita Morgan of Bangor, 49, and two children. Morgan was contacted in a stolen vehicle and was placed under arrest for felony vehicle theft. The overall condition of the property was deplorable.
A search warrant was obtained for the property and detectives interviewed Webb and Crandell. Webb and Crandell both admitted their three-year-old child ingested methamphetamine water that Webb and Crandell had removed from their “water bong,” which Webb and Crandell were using to smoke methamphetamine.
After the child ingested the methamphetamine, Webb admitted he did not immediately summon medical aid. Instead Webb and Crandell spent approximately 15 minutes attempting to get the child to vomit. The child eventually began having what Webb described as a seizure. Webb then placed the child in a pond located on his property. Webb told detectives he was attempting to “cool down” the child. After removing the child from the pond, Webb then summoned medical aid. All three children were detained by detectives.
During a search of the property detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force located numerous evidence items to include methamphetamine pipes and methamphetamine “water bongs.” Webb and Crandell were both placed under arrest for three felony counts of child endangerment. Webb and Crandell’s bail was set at $500,000. Their arraignment in Butte County Superior Court was set for April 20, 2020.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Mollath or Detective Tristan Harper at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, April 17, 2020 /Number of views (196) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting

April 16, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting
Oroville, CA – On April 11, 2020, a female victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and reported she had shot her husband during a domestic dispute. Dispatchers and deputies determined the female, her child, and husband were on a road in a remote area of Concow. Deputies arrived on scene and located the female and her child. Several minutes later deputies located the female’s husband, who was identified as John Williams of Magalia, 30. Deputies determined Williams was suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies provided first aid to Williams, he was transported to a landing zone by deputies, and then by helicopter to a local hospital. Williams was later discharged from the hospital.
Deputies conducted an investigation and located evidence showing the female was the victim of a domestic violence incident that occurred in a vehicle in the Concow area. The female victim and her child were transported to BCSO and interviewed by detectives and deputies. Based on the investigation, detectives determined the female victim and Williams decided to take a drive on Saturday afternoon. During the drive, the female victim and Williams became involved in an argument, a physical fight took place, and Williams ended up suffering from a gunshot wound that occurred during the altercation.
Detectives interviewed Williams on April 14. Williams told detectives he “blacked out” after consuming alcohol and he did not remember the incident. When the investigation is completed it will be forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for review.
During the investigation detectives learned several individuals were in the area where the incident occurred. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who had contact with Williams on April 11, or who witnessed this incident to contact Detectives Brian Parsons or Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020 /Number of views (134) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Resident Arrested for Sending Sexually Explicit Text Messages and Photos to Undercover Sheriff’s Deputy Using the Persona of a Minor

April 14, 2020
Butte County Resident Arrested for Sending Sexually Explicit Text Messages and Photos to Undercover Sheriff’s Deputy Using the Persona of a Minor
Oroville, CA – On February 24, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by a subject alleging he had evidence to prove that Michael Zuccolillo, 41, of Paradise, had been sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs of his genitals to a person Zuccolillo believed to be a 16-year-old female visiting the Sacramento, CA area from China. The subject said the texts and photos were sent during an ongoing conversation that included discussion of Zuccolillo traveling to Sacramento to have sex with the purported 16-year-old and her adult sister. The subject told sheriff’s detectives he obtained the evidence by targeting Zuccolillo in what is best described as a self-initiated “to catch a predator” style operation. The subject informed detectives he took on the persona of a 16-year-old female and targeted Zuccolillo due to animosity he had for Zuccolillo resulting from a bad business deal.
Detectives were leery of the information provided by the subject, and questioned the veracity of the evidence provided by the subject, given the subject’s motivation for targeting Zuccolillo. However, given the seriousness of the allegations detectives did not believe they could dismiss or ignore the allegations without conducting an independent investigation. Detectives took the information from the subject and told him to cease all contact with Zuccolillo. Detectives then initiated an independent investigation into the allegations.
During the course of that investigation, detectives consulted the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Cellular telephone records for both Zuccolillo and the subject making the allegations were obtained through search warrants. The records provided preliminary confirmation of the allegations. An undercover law enforcement officer, using the previously established persona of the 16-year-old female from China began exchanging text messages with Zuccolillo. During those exchanges, Zuccolillo sent sexually explicit text messages and additional photos of his genitals to the undercover officer.
Additional search warrants were obtained for Zuccolillo’s home, vehicles and electronic devices. The case was submitted to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for review.
After reviewing the evidence obtained during the independent investigation, the District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Zuccolillo charging Zuccolillo with Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Lewd or Lascivious Behavior; Sending Harmful Material to a Minor; and for Communicating with a Minor for the Purpose of Engaging in Sexual Conduct.
Zuccolillo turned himself in at the Butte County Jail on April 14, 2020. His bail was set at $135,000, which he posted. His arraignment in Butte County Superior Court was set for July 10, 2020.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeant Pat McNelis or Detective Jason Miller at 530-538-7671.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020 /Number of views (144) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Four Individuals

April 13, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Four Individuals
Oroville, CA – On April 11, 2020, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Arredondo conducted a traffic enforcement stop in Oroville. Deputies identified the occupants of the vehicle as Christopher Gude of New York, age 26, Julian Jenkins of New York, age 26, Frank Perry of Georgia, age 35, and Samantha Reyessickels of Los Angeles, age 25. A records check showed Gude had a felony warrant for his arrest out of New York for homicide, and Perry had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Trinity County, California.
During the traffic enforcement stop, BCSO Police Service Dog (PSD) “Chico” conducted a free-air sniff of the public space around the vehicle. “Chico” alerted on the vehicle indicating the odor of a narcotic was coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle approximately 64 pounds of marijuana and approximately $99,000 was located.
In addition to the arrest warrants, the occupants of the vehicle were all placed under arrest for possession of marijuana for sale, and for transportation of marijuana. Detectives and deputies interviewed all four individuals and determined Gude, Jenkins, and Reyessickels traveled from the Los Angeles area to Northern California to purchase marijuana. Gude indicated he planned to resell the marijuana in the Los Angeles area. Detectives and deputies determined Perry had traveled from Georgia to help facilitate a marijuana purchase.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Sergeants Pat McNelis, Brad Meyer, or Deputy Arredondo at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, April 13, 2020 /Number of views (149) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting

April 6, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Concow Shooting
Oroville, CA – On April 04, a citizen called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) to report a victim had been shot in the 5000 block of Big Bend Road, Concow. BCSO deputies responded and contacted a victim who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital by helicopter, underwent surgery, and is currently in stable condition. Detectives and deputies spoke with individuals who witnessed the shooting and determined Sean Franco of Concow, age 42, was the person who shot the victim.
Deputies and detectives determined Franco lived at a residence next to where the shooting occurred. Deputies and detectives set up a perimeter around Franco’s residence, obtained an arrest warrant for Franco, and obtained a search warrant for Franco’s residence. On the afternoon of April 4, the BCSO SWAT team served the search warrant. Evidence related to the shooting and a large marijuana grow was located during the service of the search warrant. Franco was not located and detectives believe at some point after the shooting, Franco fled the area on foot.
BCSO deputies and detectives are actively looking for Franco. Franco currently has a warrant for his arrest for one felony count of assault with a firearm, and for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Monday, April 06, 2020 /Number of views (184) /Categories: Press Release
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