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.

Update on body found at Lake Oroville


The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announces that the death of Stephon Jones appears to be an unfortunate accident. Autopsy results could not pinpoint the cause of death which is common in circumstances involving significant decomposition. However, circumstantial evidence gathered during the course of this lengthy investigation has allowed the Sheriff’s Office to draw this conclusion.

The autopsy ultimately revealed no sign of trauma to the body which would indicate foul play or suicide. The circumstances surrounding him going missing indicate this was an accidental death.

On 9/9/16, BCSO received a report from California State Parks regarding a fisherman who had located a body in the area of Red Tape Road on Lake Oroville.  BCSO representatives responded to the scene and located the deceased individual face down on the shore. Due to the condition of the body, BCSO representatives were unable to make positive identification. On 9/15/16, the body was positively identified as Stephon Jones through the use of dental records.  Jones was reported missing on 2/10/16.





BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 693-7054

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 /Number of views (16) /Categories: Press Release

Bangor Shooting Death Investigation



On Tuesday, 10/11/16 at approximately 5:45am, a male subject was brought into the Bangor Fire Station with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and has been identified as Andrew Paz Junior, age 25.


Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on the 100 block of Bangor Park Road where they located the victim’s brother, Lorenzo Paz, age 20, as well as the victim’s father, Andres Paz, age 49. Two outdoor marijuana grow sites were also discovered on the property. BCSO detectives arrived at the scene to investigate. During the investigation, detectives learned that the victim’s brother, Lorenzo Paz, shot the victim. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation. Firearms were seized from the residence. The marijuana plants found on scene were eradicated due to evidence found that indicated the sale and distribution of marijuana and the manufacturing of butane honey oil.  Lorenzo Paz was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on a charge of manslaughter with the use of a firearm, with bail set at $80,000.


The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is encouraged to contact the investigations unit at 538-7671.


Thursday, October 13, 2016 /Number of views (49) /Categories: Press Release

Oroville assault with a deadly weapon

On Saturday, 10/8/16 at around 4:00pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 7300 block of Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville for a white male adult who had stumbled out into the roadway with a head wound. Deputies learned the male had left a local casino with two unidentified women and was taken to an abandoned property on Lower Wyandotte Road where he was assaulted with pepper spray and a baseball bat. The male was transported to a local hospital and then flown to a trauma hospital where he received treatment. Deputies were able to find the location of the assault which was in the area where the male was located. Deputies also provided possible identities of the two women involved.

Butte County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to investigate and located Angela Cross, age 35, and Tammy Waldrop, age 40, at an address on Bessie Lane in Oroville. Detectives interviewed the two women then arrested Cross for assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. Waldrop was arrested for accessory to the assault. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Detective Chris D’Amato at 538-7671.

Megan McMann
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530) 693-7054 (cell)
Monday, October 10, 2016 /Number of views (51) /Categories: Press Release

Magalia man arrested for machete attack

DATE: October 8, 2016
RELEASED BY: Sergeant Sam Burnett
Magalia CA- On October 8, 2016 at approximately 12:10 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Turenne was dispatched to the 6000 block of Allentown Road in Magalia regarding a subject that was attacking people with a machete. Paradise Police Department assisted in responding to the call. When Deputy Turenne and Paradise Police arrived, they discovered two victims with injuries. One of the victims was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, and the other was treated at the scene.
Deputies were able to determine that the suspect in the attack was inside the residence in the 6000 block of Allentown Road. Deputies established a perimeter around the residence and, after multiple attempts, were able to make contact with the suspect over the phone. Deputies identified the suspect as Aina Lozada, age 49. After a short conversation with the suspect, she exited the residence and was detained by deputies. Another male subject identified as James Peer age 50 was contacted in the residence and detained.
Lozada was placed under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail of $30,000.00. Peer was placed under arrest for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and was subsequently released with a notice to appear.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Monday, October 10, 2016 /Number of views (41) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca--On 10/5/16 the Butte County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Yuba County Sheriff's Office Officials who were investigating an attempted murder, and had reason to believe that the two suspects involved in that case were at a residence in Palermo, in Butte County. BCSO detectives received information confirming that the suspects were at that location.

Yuba County detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for William Allen Hibbens, 46, charging attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats. The second subject was identified as Jessica Prater, 39, who was wanted on the same charges.

The subjects were believed to be armed with a firearm. BCSO SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called in to assist with the arrest and search of the residence. Initial contact was met with no response by the subjects inside. A phone was delivered into the residence in an effort to make contact with the subjects inside. After several hours of attempting contact with the suspects, the SWAT team inserted non-lethal chemical agents in the residence and a distraction device in an effort to get the subjects to come out. Within minutes of utilizing that tactic, the subjects came out and were taken into custody without injury to them or any Sheriff's personnel on scene.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
Monday, October 10, 2016 /Number of views (42) /Categories: Press Release
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