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.

Stolen Property Recovered

Chico, CA- On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies served a search warrant at a home on Gaia Way, off Highway 99, just south of the Tehama County line. The resident of the home, Jason Coy, age 41, was arrested in Chico April 16, 2017, on charges of petty theft and possession of stolen property after being found with items stolen from a home in North Chico.

During the search of the home, deputies located numerous items of stolen property, including firearms, ammunition, chainsaws, power tool equipment, bicycles and generators. A butane honey oil lab was also discovered, along with a significant amount of methamphetamine. Deputies believe the stolen items are related to unsolved burglaries from North Chico and southern Tehama County.

Jason Coy was arrested on several charges, including the manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Coy’s girlfriend, Deven Smith, age 26, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property. A third person at the home, Jose Ortiz Hernandez, age 24, was also arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm.

Anyone living in North Chico or southern Tehama County who was the victim of a burglary and had construction equipment stolen is urged to contact Sgt. Brazzi at 538-7321.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 /Number of views (23) /Categories: Press Release
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Stolen Property Arrest

Chico, CA- On Sunday, April 16, 2017, at about 2:30 PM, a resident in the area of Donald Dr. and Keefer Rd. in the Chico area observed a subject stealing a package that had just been delivered to his home. The victim called the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and provided an excellent description of the vehicle and its direction of travel. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle driving southbound on Cohasset Rd. Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted its occupants, 41 year old Jason Patrick Coy of Chico, and 40 year old Thomas Eli Devlin of Chico. Devlin was determined to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for prior convictions. A search was conducted of the vehicle and the contents of the stolen packages were located. Jason Coy was arrested for misdemeanor counts of petty theft and possession of stolen property and was booked at the Butte County Jail with a bail of $6,000. Thomas Devlin was also charged with petty theft and possession of stolen property, as well as a probation violation. Devlin is being held without bail.

The stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the packaging for the stolen packages was dumped on the property of another residence on Keefer Rd. If you located empty cardboard “Amazon.com” packaging that does not belong to you on your property in the Keefer Rd area, please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

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Monday, April 17, 2017 /Number of views (25) /Categories: Press Release
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CHICO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Chico, CA- On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at about 10:50 am, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Lone Pine Avenue near Chico River Road in Chico after a passerby noticed a body in Little Chico Creek. Deputies arrived and found a deceased male in the water. Butte County Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene to retrieve the body and BCSO detectives were also dispatched to investigate. Through fingerprint analysis, the body has been identified as William Kohnke, age 33, of Chico. William was reported missing to the Chico Police Department in January 2017.

BCSO detectives, in conjunction with the Chico Police Department, are investigating this case as a homicide, due to evidence collected at the scene.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jim Beller at (530) 538-7671.

Monday, March 27, 2017 /Number of views (88) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING EARLY MORNING STABBING

Chico, CA – On March 27, 2017, at about 1:30 am, the Chico Police Department (CPD) received a 911 call regarding a stabbing victim in the area of Miller Avenue and Pomona Avenue, Chico. CPD Officers and medical arrived on-scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim is expected to survive his injuries.
CPD determined the stabbing actually took place inside a home on the 500 block of Pomona Avenue which is the Butte County Sheriff’s jurisdiction. CPD requested Deputies respond to take over the investigation.
BCSO Deputies arrived, and with the assistance of CPD, located and processed the crime scene.
Two suspects have been identified as Daniel Hensley and Corey Crews. Deputies are still working on the identity of a third suspect and will release his information and photo once available. The motive is still under investigation.
Hensley and Crews are wanted for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. They should be considered armed and dangerous. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information to call BCSO at 530-538-7321.
Monday, March 27, 2017 /Number of views (74) /Categories: Press Release
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Butte County Sheriff Lifts All Evacuation Advisories & Warnings Previously Issued for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

OROVILLE, Calif. (March 22, 2017) – Effective immediately, Butte County Sheriff Kory L. Honea has lifted all evacuation warnings and advisories for Butte County residents previously affected by the February 12th Oroville Dam spillway emergency evacuations.

“These past six weeks have been a very difficult and unsettling time for many individuals and families affected by the danger posed by fast-moving erosion to the emergency spillway,” said Sheriff Honea.  “I couldn’t be more proud of this community and the countless unsung heroes who helped their neighbors and cared for those who needed it most.”

“I feel satisfied with the progress made in reinforcing the primary spillway, emergency spillway and returning the Hyatt Powerhouse to an operational state, as well as the successful efforts by the California Department of Water Resources to lower the lake level enough to buffer for future storms,” said Honea.  In the coming few months, work will continue to manage the spring runoff inflows to the reservoir.

Additional work continues on the primary spillway, the area below the emergency spillway, access roads, and other areas eroded by the emergency spillway runoff. Rock benches and check dams are being constructed to slow water and minimize erosion should the emergency spillway ever need to be used again.  Sheriff Honea urges all residents to ensure they have an emergency plan and supplies ready for any and all emergencies that may come up throughout the spring season.  An evacuation plan has been developed, and may be accessed by visiting www.buttecounty.net/OEM.

As a reminder, this is the spring runoff season. Water levels and flood concerns can change in the region’s waterways.

It is also important to keep informed by following reliable and accurate sources of information.  Follow the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for emergency mass notifications at

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