Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Jerry W. SmithThe 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.

Burglary in Palermo

Oroville, CA -      On April 28, 2015, a citizen flagged down Deputy Brian Evans in Palermo to report some suspicious activity on Melvina Avenue. The citizen described a white Cadillac parked in front of a residence with 3 males carrying items from the house to the car. Deputy Evans was only a couple of blocks away and responded to the area immediately. The Cadillac was able to slip away prior to the deputy’s arrival. Deputy Evans investigated the home and it appeared that forced entry had been made with the contents of the home ransacked. Deputy Evans broadcast the description of the car over the radio and within moments Deputy Angelo Tavelli saw the car pulling into a residence on Lincoln Boulevard, about 5 miles away. Deputy Tavelli made contact with the occupants of the Cadillac and assisted Deputy Evans with the investigation. They determined that this was the same car and individuals that the citizen saw on Melvina Avenue and the car was filled with property from the house. All three occupants of the car, Anthony Skelly (DOB 11-18-87), Samuel Smiley (DOB 8-1-90) and Sean Smiley (DOB 4-19-94) were arrested for residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Sean Smiley had 2 additional arrest warrants from Oroville Police Department that were served and Anthony Skelly had the additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. All the recovered property will be safely stored at The Butte County Sheriff’s Office until the owner can make arrangements to retrieve it. The quick action of the citizen in recognizing the suspicious activity and reporting it to the deputy was instrumental in the successful arrest and recovery of property.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 /Number of views (25) /Categories: Press Release
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Pursuit of stolen vehicle

On Saturday April 25, 2015, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Hooks observed a previously reported stolen Honda Civic driving on Montgomery Street in Oroville.  Deputy Hooks attempted to stop the car and it fled southbound on Highway 70 in excess of 100 MPH.  With minimal other traffic the suspect continued to flee to Central House Road, across to the town of Honcut, then up through eastern Palermo ultimately fleeing across Cynthiann Lane and up Drescher Tract Road.  Other Deputies and the California Highway Patrol responded to the area to assist and the suspect lost control of the Honda at Drescher Tract Road and Pinecrest Road, wrecking into the ditch.  The driver got out of the car and ran away, leaving two passengers behind. 

The passengers were detained and treated at the scene for injuries received from the wreck.  The investigation revealed that the passengers were not responsible for the theft of the vehicle, and were released.  The investigation is continuing to identify and arrest the driver. 

Monday, April 27, 2015 /Number of views (26) /Categories: Press Release
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Burglary at Training Grounds Prompts Joint Investigation

BURGLARY AT TRAINING GROUNDS PROMPTS JOINT INVESTIGATION

On Saturday, April 18, a burglary occurred at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Posse Grounds and Range and the CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Training Grounds located on Openshaw Road off Highway 149. 

Items taken in the burglary include rescue and emergency equipment and construction equipment. The value of the equipment is estimated to be $30,000.00.

This crime is being jointly investigated by BCSO and CAL FIRE. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact BCSO Detective Freeman at (530)538-7671.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 /Number of views (36) /Categories: Press Release
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 /Number of views (60) /Categories: Press Release
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CHP INVESTIGATES DEPUTY SHERIFF INVOLVED ACCIDENT

Oroville, Ca—At approximately 5:20 PM today, while responding to a call for service, a deputy sheriff was involved in a collision with another vehicle in the 2800 block of Olive Highway in Oroville, CA. Officers from Oroville Police Department arrived to assist with traffic control until officers from The California Highway Patrol arrived and assumed those duties. The California Highway Patrol took the responsibility for investigating the traffic collision. Fire and medics also responded to the scene. All parties were taken to Oroville Hospital with minor complaints of pain. The involved deputy went to Oroville Hospital in an abundance of caution and is expected to be treated and released. Any witness to the collision is encouraged to contact The California Highway Patrol. All further inquiries should be directed to The California Highway Patrol, as well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 /Number of views (43) /Categories: Press Release
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