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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.

SUICIDAL SUBJECT STABBED SHERIFF'S K9 BEFORE BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY BCSO

October 12, 2018

SUICIDAL SUBJECT STABBED SHERIFF’S K9, BEFORE BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY BCSO DEPUTIES
Oroville, Ca--On October 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00 AM, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel King was flagged down by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) employee who reported that a man, later identified as Lonnie McAllister, age 51, was lying in the bushes near the entrance to the wildlife area on Oro Dam Blvd. and 10th Street in Oroville. The DFW employee told Deputy King there has been an ongoing problem with illegal camping in the area. The DFW employee asked Deputy King to contact McAllister and ask him to leave the area. Deputy King contacted McAllister and requested he come out of the bushes. McAllister became agitated and refused, so Deputy King requested backup. Additional deputies from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to assist.
Shortly after making contact with McAllister, he pulled a knife from his pocket and held it to his throat. McAllister told the deputies he wanted to die. BCSO Crisis Negotiators were called to the scene and a request for assistance from the Butte County Behavioral Health Department was made. From the beginning, deputies worked to deescalate the situation and tried to convince McAllister to put the knife down.
During the negotiations, McAllister made repeated demands for the deputies to shoot him, and at one point, moved towards deputies with the knife in hand. At another point, McAlister started using the knife to make incisions on his neck. In an attempt to disarm and incapacitate McAlister, deputies deployed their Tasers, which had little effect. K9 Ray, a BCSO Police Service Dog, was deployed in a second attempt to disarm and incapacitate McAllister. McAllister responded violently by stabbing K9 Ray twice with the knife. K9 Ray retreated to his handler and negotiations continued. K9 Ray was transported to Valley Oak Veterinary Hospital for evaluation. Fortunately, the harness Ray was wearing kept the knife from penetrating his skin, however, he did suffer scrapes and bruising. Ray was cleared to return to duty.
McAllister’s agitation persisted, and deputies grew increasingly concerned he would cause significant injury or death to himself with the knife. Deputies then deployed less-lethal bean bag rounds, Tasers and a second BCSO Police Service Dog, K9 Solo, which proved to be effective in subduing McAllister to the point where deputies were able to remove the knife from his hands and detain him.

McAllister was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of self-inflicted knife wounds, a mental health evaluation and a medical clearance for jail. McAllister was arrested for the following felony offenses: 1) Resisting a peace officer with violence, 2) Battery on a police service dog, 3) Brandishing a weapon at a peace officer, and 4) Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. McAllister will be booked into Butte County Jail following his medical clearance, with bail set at $70,000.
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DETECTIVES SERVE SEARCH WARRANTS ON PAIUTE DRIVE

October 12, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES SERVE SEARCH WARRANTS ON PAIUTE DRIVE

Concow, Ca-- On October 09, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit and Special Enforcement Unit served two search warrants on Paiute Drive in Concow. The search warrants were conducted in relation to illegal marijuana gardens and to the missing persons case involving Robert Gonzalez. During the service of the search warrants, several people on Paiute Drive were interviewed by detectives in relation to the Gonzalez case. 

During the service of the search warrants, Carson Bellah 32 of Quincy, Garretson Murphy 34 of Oroville, Carolina Argente 28 of Barcelona, Coleby Avelina 34 of Westwood, Ruben Ballesteros 33 of Barcelona, Elizabeth Beirer 27 of Vils Austria, Nigel Bjornberg 39 of Siteges Barcelona, Steven Carr 58 of Jamesville, Christian Cortyzo 28 of Baja Irun Barcelona, Donald Cox 29 of Westwood, Robert Cox 30 of Westwood, Lorena Eizaguire 27 of Espanta Barcelona, Jon King 39 of Westwood, Fran Smart 32 of Espanta Barcelona, Kane Westerman 28 of New Zealand, and Ruben Verdugo 31 of Chico were all detained without incident. 

As a result of the warrants a total of 381 marijuana plants, 522.83 pounds of processed marijuana, and 39 firearms were seized. Of the weapons seized 6 were illegal weapons including two AR style assault rifles with high capacity magazines, three AK style assault rifles with high capacity magazines, and one pistol with a threaded barrel which makes it capable of being used with a silencer.

Garretson Murphy was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of maintaining a residence for the storage/sale of a controlled substance 11366.5 H&S a felony, armed with an assault weapon 12022(A)(2) PC a felony, cultivation of marijuana 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana for sale 11359(B) H&S a misdemeanor, possession of an illegal assault weapon 30605(a) PC a felony, and armed in the commission of a felony 12022(c) PC a felony.

Ruben Verdugo was cited and released at scene for cultivation of more than six marijuana plants 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor.

The remaining 13 individuals were questioned and released on scene without charges. 

This case is ongoing, additional information will be released when it becomes available.
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SEARCH WARRANT ON ACACIA DRIVE IN OROVILLE LEADS TO ONE ARREST

October 11, 2018

SEARCH WARRANT ON ACACIA DRIVE IN OROVILLE LEADS TO ONE ARREST

Oroville, Ca--On October 10, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 100 block of Acacia Drive Oroville after Oroville Police Officers located a butane honey oil lab.

Jonathan Vaughan, 34 of Oroville, was detained by Oroville Police Officers without incident.

As a result of the warrant, 22 marijuana plants, 216.07 pounds of processed marijuana, a butane honey oil lab, and several pounds of marijuana concentrate was confiscated.

Jonathan Vaughan was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance 11379.6(A) H&S a felony, cultivation of more than six marijuana plants 11358(c) H&S a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana for sale 11359 H&S a misdemeanor.
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SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF BUTANE HONEY OIL LAB

October 11, 2018

SEARCH WARRANT LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF BUTANE HONEY OIL LAB

Butte County, Ca-- On October 04, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on Chalair Drive in Concow, and Warren Road in Paradise.

During the service of the search warrant, Mark Hatch 47 of Concow, was detained without incident.

As a result of the warrant 371 marijuana plants, 27.24 pounds of processed marijuana, and a butane honey oil lab was seized.

Hatch was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of Cultivation of Marijuana with environmental damage 11358(d)(3)(E) H&S a felony, Possession of Marijuana for sale 11359(b) H&S a Misdemeanor, and dumping a hazardous material near waterway 374.8(b) PC a Felony.

A second suspect is currently being sought in connection to the butane honey oil lab.

This case is ongoing, additional information will be released when it becomes available.
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SEARCH WARRANT ON LUMPKIN ROAD LEADS TO THREE ARRESTS

October 11, 2018

SEARCH WARRANT ON LUMPKIN ROAD LEADS TO THREE ARRESTS

Oroville, Ca--On October 01, 2018 members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the 100 block of Lumpkin, Oroville.

During the service of the search warrant, Yolando Andrea 46 of Oroville, Somphone Buphaphan 57 or Fresno, Fouchoy Saephan 39 of Fresno, Mirinda Sanavongxay 38 of San Diego, Imande Stevens 39 or Oroville, and Paul Sayalath 63 of Fresno, were detained without incident.

As a result of the warrant 963 marijuana plants, 38.55 pounds of processed marijuana, three firearms, and 1.3 grams of methamphetamine was seized.

Somphone was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of cultivation of marijuana 11358(C) H&S a Misdemeanor, possession of marijuana for sale 11359 (b) H&S a Misdemeanor, possession of methamphetamine 11377 (a) H&S a Misdemeanor, felon in possession of a firearm 29800(a)(1) PC a Felony, and felon in possession of ammunition30305(c)(1) PC a Felony.

Mirinda was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of cultivation of marijuana 11358(C) H&S a Misdemeanor, possession of marijuana for sale 11359 (b) H&S a Misdemeanor, possession of methamphetamine 11377 (a) H&S a Misdemeanor, felon in possession of a firearm 29800(a)(1) PC a Felony, and felon in possession of ammunition30305(c)(1) PC a Felony.

Fouchoy was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of cultivation of marijuana 11358(C) H&S a Misdemeanor, possession of marijuana for sale 11359 (b) H&S a Misdemeanor.
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