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 SWAT Team Arrests Fugitive from Nebraska

May 20, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team Arrests Fugitive from Nebraska
Thermalito, CA- On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by the U.S. Marshals Service regarding a subject, identified as Johnathon Earth, age 38 of Winnebago, Nebraska, who was wanted in South Dakota for a stabbing that occurred on May 7, 2020. After the stabbing, Earth fled South Dakota. The U.S. Marshals Service received information Earth had family connections in the Oroville area and developed further information that he was staying at a home on Vaquero Drive in Thermalito. BCSO deputies conducted surveillance on the home and confirmed Earth was there.
On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, along with members of the U.S. Marshals Service served an arrest warrant at the home on Vaquero Drive. Several people from the home were detained and later released. Earth did not come out of the home and remained inside for approximately one hour while SWAT team members made numerous announcements over the PA system for him to come out. At approximately 10:20 a.m., SWAT team members made entry into the home and found Earth hiding inside a clothes dryer. He was placed under arrest and then taken into custody by U.S. Marshals without further incident.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 /Number of views (172) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Burglary Investigations

May 8, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrests Related to Burglary Investigations
Oroville, CA – In December of 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Felony Investigations Unit and the BCSO Marine Unit began investigating two vehicle burglaries that occurred at the Monument Hill Recreation Area, Oroville. During the burglary investigations deputies determined a firearm was stolen. Deputies were also able to locate DNA evidence.
In April of 2020, deputies and detectives began investigating additional vehicle burglaries that occurred near Lime Saddle Marina, Oroville. During the investigation deputies were able to locate additional DNA evidence. Detectives conducted additional follow-up and were able to locate video surveillance of the suspect vehicle.
Based on the investigation detectives obtained arrest warrants for Mark Kelley of Oroville, 34, and Jason Triplett of Oroville, 43. BCSO obtained an ANDE DNA machine in 2018. The ANDE DNA machine allows for rapid DNA, which is the generation of a DNA ID to identify DNA within hours. Detectives were able to use the ANDE DNA machine in this investigation to link Kelley to the burglaries in 2019 and 2020.
On May 5, members of the Felony Investigations Unit and the Marine Unit served a search warrant at Kelley’s residence, which is located in the 1900 block of Greenville Street, Oroville. During the service of the search warrant Kelley, Tami McPhun of Oroville, 38, and Tonya West of Oroville, 59, were contacted.
During a search of the residence multiple evidence items were located to include stolen property, a stolen Oroville Fire Department portable radio, methamphetamine, and approximately five firearms. One of the firearms had been reported as stolen from a vehicle burglary in Glenn County. Kelley was placed under arrest for numerous charges to include multiple counts of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and for committing a felony while released on OR/Bail. West was arrested for multiple charges to include possession of brass knuckles, possession of an illegal baton, possession of stolen property, and possession of firearms with serial numbers removed. McPhun was arrested for possession of stolen property, and for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Detectives are still attempting to locate Triplett. Triplett has an active felony warrant for his arrest.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information or who was the victim of a vehicle burglary at a boat launch area to contact Detective Zach Price at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, May 08, 2020 /Number of views (220) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Berry Creek Residents Related to Domestic Violence and Marijuana Investigations

May 6, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Berry Creek Residents Related to Domestic Violence and Marijuana Investigations
Oroville, CA – On April 21, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) began investigating a domestic violence incident that occurred in Berry Creek. During the investigation deputies and detectives determined a female victim sustained serious injuries during the domestic violence incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she received treatment for her injuries. After conducting an investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Junior Harvey of Berry Creek, 39. Detectives determined Harvey was cultivating a large amount of marijuana at a residence located in the 100 block of Bromilow Lane, Berry Creek.
During the investigation, detectives located large marijuana grows on three additional parcels located in the 100 block of Bromilow Lane. On May 6, detectives from the Felony Investigations Unit and Special Enforcement Unit served search warrants at the four aforementioned locations. During the service of the search warrants numerous evidence items were located to include hundreds of marijuana plants, firearms to include an illegal assault weapon, processed marijuana, evidence of marijuana sales, and approximately $47,000.
Detectives were unable to locate Junior. Junior has a warrant for his arrest for one felony count of domestic violence, one felony count of battery with great bodily injury, and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. During the investigation Toma Malchov of Berry Creek, 45, Marta Stoyanova of Berry Creek, 35, Sompha Sipaseuth of Sacramento, age 38 and Anton Andonov of Berry Creek, age 50 were contacted. Malchov was arrested for possession of an illegal assault weapon, illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. Stoyanova was arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana and for possession of marijuana for sale. Andonov and Sipaseuth were both arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Mollath at 530-538-7671.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2020 /Number of views (206) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Berry Creek Residents for Child Endangerment

May 1, 2020
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Announces Arrest of Berry Creek Residents for Child Endangerment
Oroville, CA – On April 25, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies conducted a traffic enforcement stop in Oroville. During the traffic enforcement stop Brandon Swift of Berry Creek, 28, and Sutton Swift of Berry Creek, 24 were both placed under arrest. Multiple evidence items were located during the traffic enforcement stop to include tools, a Home Depot credit card, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
After conducting an investigation deputies placed Brandon and Sutton under arrest for numerous charges to include possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance. Sutton was contacted a second time by BCSO deputies on April 29. During the contact deputies located heroin and drug paraphernalia. Sutton was placed under arrest and issued a citation for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On April 30 detectives served a search warrant at Brandon and Sutton’s residence, which is located in the 200 block of Sand Creek Drive, Berry Creek. During the service of the search warrant detectives contacted Sutton, Shanna Haynes of Berry Creek, age 59, and two children who were both under the age of five.
During a search of the residence detectives located numerous evidence items to include methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, and drug paraphernalia. Many of the aforementioned items were located in areas accessible to the children. The residence was in poor condition and was not safe for children. One of the items detectives located was a juice bottle which was converted into part of a pipe used to smoke illegal drugs. Detectives located a second pipe used to smoke illegal drugs, a ball and a children’s cup in the same area. A photograph of the aforementioned items is attached to this press release.
Both children were detained by detectives. Sutton and Shanna were both placed under arrest for two felony counts of child endangerment. Sutton and Shanna’s bail was set at $100,000. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Detective Mariah Smith at 530-538-7671.
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Friday, May 01, 2020 /Number of views (190) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Vehicle Pursuit

May 1, 2020
Oroville Vehicle Pursuit
Oroville, CA- On Friday, May 1, 2020, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputy Arredondo was on patrol in the area of Oroville Dam Blvd. and Veatch Street, when he observed a driver, whom he recognized as Joseph Simpson, age 42 of Oroville. Simpson had a no bail parole warrant out for his arrest through the California Department of Corrections. The Oroville Police Department (OPD) was involved in a vehicle pursuit with Simpson on April 11, 2020, where Simpson had fled and got away. Deputy Arredondo initiated a traffic stop, but Simpson did not stop and a short pursuit ensued. Simpson was traveling eastbound on Mitchell Avenue, approaching the intersection at Fifth Avenue when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign, and collided with a vehicle. Simpson’s vehicle then collided with a power pole and a tree, causing major damage to his vehicle. Simpson then tried to exit the vehicle, but was stuck and was assisted out of the vehicle by deputies and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The victim in the vehicle Simpson hit was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
After medical clearance, Simpson will be booked into the Butte County Jail for violation of parole, driving under the influence, driving under the influence causing injury, felony evading, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a Billy Club.
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Friday, May 01, 2020 /Number of views (159) /Categories: Press Release
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