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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.

BCSO DEPUTIES AND DETECTIVES ARREST THREE IN CONNECTION TO TWO RECENT BURGLARIES

March 28, 2018
BCSO DEPUTIES AND DETECTIVES ARREST THREE IN CONNECTION TO TWO RECENT BURGLARIES
Chico, Ca--On March 21, 2018 at approximately 1:00PM, it was discovered that multiple storage trailers located at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Search and Rescue building in Chico had been broken into. The burglary suspects cut locks that had been put on the trailers and stole approximately $23,000 worth of dive equipment used by the Butte County Dive and Rescue Team and members of Butte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.
BCSO Patrol Deputies and Detectives with the BCSO Felony Investigations Unit initiated an investigation into the Search and Rescue burglary. Through the investigation, BCSO Deputies and Detectives determined the burglary was connected to a recent burglary at the Skyway Golf Park.
On Saturday March 24, through the collection of evidence in the process of the investigation, it was discovered that Dusty Mason of Magalia, and a 17 year old juvenile, were responsible for the burglary of the BCSO Search and Rescue trailers and the Skyway Golf Park. BCSO Detectives interviewed the juvenile, who confessed to the burglary at BCSO Search and Rescue and stated that he concealed a portion of the stolen property at Mason’s mother’s house in Tehama County.
BCSO Deputies and Detectives contacted Mason’s mother, Kelly Bruce, in Tehama County and conducted a search of her residence. During the search, approximately $10,000 worth of equipment associated to the burglaries was recovered.
Through the investigation, BCSO Deputies and Detectives learned that additional property associated to the burglaries was thrown into The Sacramento River.
BCSO Detectives contacted the Butte County Dive and Rescue Team and the BCSO Marine Unit and coordinated the collection of $2,500 of additional property in The Sacramento River. There is still approximately $10,500 worth of dive masks, scuba tanks and miscellaneous scuba equipment that remains missing at this time.
BCSO Deputies and Detectives have made three arrests associated to this case:
• 17 Year Old Male Juvenile, arrested for Possession of Stolen Property, and Burglary
• Dustin Mason, Age 29 from Magalia, arrested for Burglary, Violation of Probation, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Stolen Property
• Kayla Keehl, Age 26 from Magalia, arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and as an Accessory
Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that the Butte County Dive and Rescue Team and The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team are the only water rescue teams in Butte County. The teams conduct water rescues and water recoveries. The loss of equipment associated to this theft is detrimental to their mission to provide water rescue and recovery services to the citizens of Butte County. Citizens who happen to locate dive equipment near the Sacramento River are encouraged to contact the BCSO Felony Investigations Unit at 530.538.7671.
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For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 /Number of views (588) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LOCATES MISSING FAMILY LOST IN THE SNOW

March 25, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATES MISSING FAMILY LOST IN THE SNOW
Butte County, Ca—At approximately 9:40AM on March 25th, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received reports of a family who had gone to the snow the previous day and had not yet returned. BCSO, along with 11 members of BCSO Search and Rescue, responded to the area of the High Lakes in an effort to locate the family, including three juveniles and two adults.
At approximately 2:00PM, the missing family was spotted by the BCSO Helicopter near the Carr Mine in the area of the High Lakes. Their location was reported to ground personnel who were able to use snow mobiles, the Snow Cat and the ARGO to make access to the area.
The missing family was located at 3:30PM, and have since been reunited with family members. The juveniles and adults were cold, but were not in need of medical attention. The family had spent the night in their vehicle, a 1993 Jeep Cherokee, but had not planned on being away from home for more than a day. If it wasn’t for a family member reporting them missing, this situation could have been much worse.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people that the snow is deep in many areas, vehicles can become stuck very easily. Please follow chain restrictions and use good judgement. If you plan to visit the snow, pack extra blankets, food, and water along with a full tank of gas. Most importantly, always let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return. It’s also important to remember that cell service is not available in many areas.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018 /Number of views (533) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION PROGRAM

March 6, 2018
BCSO APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDING THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS OFF-HIGHWAY MOTOR VEHICLE RECREATION PROGRAM
Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is in the process of applying for grant funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.
Funds from the OHMVR grant support the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office in patrolling the Jonesville Snow Park, the Plumas National Forest, and the Lassen National Forest. These duties include enforcement of state laws, federal regulations, and Butte County ordinances. If awarded, Sheriff’s Deputies will use patrol vehicles and snowmobiles to patrol in and around these areas year round. Deputies will assist with visitor safety, education, enforcement, and search and rescue efforts.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office will provide information and education regarding environmental issues and conservation concerns regarding off-highway vehicle use. The Sheriff’s Office, along with Butte County Search & Rescue will respond to emergency calls for service in and around these areas as needed.
Beginning Tuesday, March 6, 2018 through Monday, April 2nd, 2018, a draft of the grant application will be available for viewing and public comment at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. From that website, the public will be directed to the Grants/On-Line Grant Application (OLGA) public review feature for instructions on how to submit their comments.
Written public comments can also be mailed to Sergeant Jack Storne at the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, 5 Gillick Way, Oroville Ca. 95965.
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Date: March 6, 2018
Released By: Sgt. Jack Storne
Contact: (530) 538-7389

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 /Number of views (604) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO ARREST LEADS TO CHILD PREDATOR BEING SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON

March 1, 2018

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST LEADS TO CHILD PREDATOR BEING SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON

On January 19, 2017, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Detective Miller was contacted by the Sacramento High Tech Task Force for Crimes Against Children, which he is a member of, regarding information they had received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). NCMEC representatives had recently received information that a subject had been downloading and sharing child pornography in the Butte County area.
Detective Miller initiated an investigation and identified Ricky Leach, age 57, to be a person of interest in the case. During the investigation, Detective Miller learned that Ricky Leach was also a Sex Registrant. Detective Miller received an additional NCMEC hit from New Mexico regarding Ricky Leach being a suspect for downloading and distributing child pornography in New Mexico.
Detective Miller authored a search warrant for a residence in Gridley California, where Leach was believed to be residing. Upon execution of the search warrant, several computers and cell phones were taken and examined. Detective Miller analyzed the computers and cell phones and located in excess of 60,000 images of child pornography. Ricky Leach was subsequently interviewed and arrested on January 28th, 2017, for possession and distribution of Child Pornography.
Upon further investigation Detective Miller located additional images of Ricky Leach sexually assaulting a minor. Detective Miller was able to locate the minor, and confirm that the victim was sexually assaulted by Ricky Leach in New Mexico. Authorities in New Mexico have been advised of this information and are conducting their investigation.
Recently the case went to trial in Butte County. Based on his criminal history, this was a third strike offense and Ricky Leach was found guilty for possession and distribution of child pornography in California, he has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
BCSO would like to thank the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for their vigorous prosecution of this case and especially to Deputy District Attorney J. Bennett for her efforts and success in prosecuting a dangerous child predator from our community.
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Thursday, March 01, 2018 /Number of views (664) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS JUVENILE FOR MAKING THREATS TO KILL A TEACHER

February 27, 2018
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS JUVENILE FOR MAKING THREATS TO KILL A TEACHER
Oroville, Ca—On February 27, 2018, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was contacted by a Prospect High School Official advising that a 16 year old male student had made threats to kill a teacher.
BCSO School Resource Officer, Deputy Jesse Nicholaw, notified Oroville Unified High School District of the threats and requested that school officials notify him if the student was seen on campus.
Deputy Nicholaw received information that the student was staying at a family member’s home in the Oroville area. Deputy Nicholaw contacted the student at the residence, and arrested him for making criminal threats.
The student was booked into Juvenile Hall, his name will not be released due to the fact he is a juvenile.
BCSO would like to thank school officials and community members who share information in an effort to keep our schools and community safe.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 /Number of views (645) /Categories: Press Release
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