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.

Butte County Sheriff vehicle pursuit

Chico, CA- On Thursday November 24, 2016, at about 7:30 PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Baker attempted to stop a vehicle, for a lighting violation, in the area of Oro Chico Highway and Midway. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled from Deputy Baker. 

A 30 minute pursuit ensued which traveled through parts of Durham and then back into Chico, reaching speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour (MPH). The occupants tossed counterfeit currency from the vehicle during the pursuit. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) assisted by laying spike strips across the road in the area of Oro Chico Highway and Neal Road. The fleeing vehicle struck the spike strips which blew out at least one tire. Although the spike strips did not immediately bring the fleeing vehicle to a stop, the driver did slow down to about 40 MPH as it travelled back towards the Chico area. 

As the pursuit reached the area of northbound Cypress Avenue, approaching E. 12th Street, the fleeing vehicle veered left and continued northbound on Pine Street which is a southbound only lane. Deputy Baker remained northbound on Cypress Avenue and momentarily lost sight of the vehicle. Officers from the Chico Police Department (CPD) located the vehicle a couple of minutes later, stopped at the intersection of Woodland Avenue and E.  7th Street. A female passenger was detained at that time. The male driver had already fled the area on foot into Bidwell Park. A search was conducted but the male was not located. Deputy Baker soon learned that an infant boy was in the back seat of the vehicle during the pursuit. The baby boy was uninjured and later taken into protective custody by Children’s Services.                 

The mother of the infant boy, 34 year old Amber Ward of Hamilton City, was arrested on charges of child endangerment, possession of counterfeit currency, and destroying evidence. 
The driver, and father of the infant boy, has been identified as 36 year old Chico resident, Thomas Sanders. Sanders is wanted for evading, child endangerment, and possession of counterfeit currency. 

Anyone with information about the pursuit or the whereabouts of Sanders is urged to call BCSO at 530-538-7321. 

 

Middle Honcut Road Suspicious Death Investigation Update

November 17, 2016
MIDDLE HONCUT ROAD SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Oroville, Ca—Butte County Sheriff’s Investigation Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation regarding the body that was located on Middle Honcut Road on November 10, 2016. The body has been identified as that of Travis Gunnells, age 44, from Texas. Next of kin has been notified.
Detectives are investigating this incident as a suspicious death, no suspects have been identified. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Beller at
(530) 538-7322.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440

Suspicious Death Investigation

Oroville- (11/14/16)

On Thursday, 11/10/16 at around 2:00pm, Butte County Sheriff’s (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Middle Honcut Road near Highway 70 in Oroville after a utility worker located the body of a white male adult. BCSO detectives responded to the scene to investigate. Due to the state of decomposition, it appeared the body had been there for a significant amount of time. An autopsy is planned for this week.

At this time, the case is being investigated as a suspicious death and no arrests have been made. Identification will not be made on the body until after the autopsy is completed. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BCSO Investigation Unit at (530) 538-7321.

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BCSO Community Relations Unit
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Thursday, November 17, 2016 /Number of views (583) /Categories: Press Release
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Bangor Suspicious Death Investigation Update

November 17, 2016
BANGOR SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Oroville, Ca—The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation into the suspicious death in Bangor, involving a male who was located deceased in the passenger seat of a vehicle on McCaton Drive. The deceased male has been identified as Kenneth Tam, age 55, from the Sacramento area. Next of kin has been notified.
The cause of death remains unknown at this time; however, an autopsy will be conducted this week.

Through the investigation, detectives have learned that the deceased male was connected to a marijuana grow in the Brownsville area. This incident is being investigated as a suspicious death at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the BCSO Investigations Unit at (530)538-7671.
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440





Bangor Suspicious Death Investigation
Oroville- (11/15/16)

On Monday, 11/14/16 at approximately 1:09pm, a citizen reported a subject deceased in a vehicle on McCaton Drive in Bangor. Deputies arrived and located a deceased male in the passenger seat. The identity of the deceased male has not been confirmed.

It is not believed the vehicle was involved in a traffic collision and investigators are looking into the death as suspicious at this point. Anyone with information is urged to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at (530) 538-7671.
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BCSO Community Relations Unit
(530) 871-9440



Thursday, November 17, 2016 /Number of views (699) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Homicide Investigation

Oroville- 11/8/16

 

On Saturday, 11/5/16 at 9:05am, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to a home on Sunnybrook Lane in Oroville. While en route, one deputy noticed a car driving away from the scene with the victim, Ramon Becerril, 62, in the passenger seat. The driver of the car informed deputies that Ramon had been in an altercation with his brother, Vincent Becerril, 54, and was in need of medical attention. During the altercation, Ramon was hit in the neck with a metal pipe. Vincent was also hit during the altercation, and was in need of medical attention as well. Both men were taken to Oroville Medical Center where Ramon was pronounced dead. Vincent sustained head trauma as a result of the altercation and was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.

 

BCSO detectives responded to the scene as well as Oroville Medical Center to investigate. At this time, charges have not been filed against Vincent Becerril. The investigation is ongoing and more information will become available after the autopsy is completed.

 

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BCSO Community Relations Unit

(530) 871-9440


Tuesday, November 08, 2016 /Number of views (684) /Categories: Press Release
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BCSO deputy assaulted while making arrest

Oroville-(10/31/16)

 

On Saturday, 10/29/16, at approximately 10pm, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Gold Country Casino in Oroville for an intoxicated male who had assaulted staff at the casino. When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, Dallas Keith Iverson, 23, of Oroville, being detained by staff outside the casino. When deputies made contact with Iverson, he began yelling racial slurs and acting combative. Once deputies placed Iverson in a patrol car, he began violently kicking the right rear passenger door. As a deputy opened the door, he was kicked in the chest and knocked to the ground by Iverson. Iverson was removed from the patrol car and placed in a safety restraint to prevent any more damage to the patrol car or injuries to deputies. The deputy who was kicked was taken to Oroville Medical Center with injuries to his rib cage and knee. Iverson received minor injuries while acting combative to both casino staff and deputies and was evaluated at Oroville Medical Center before being released to be booked into the Butte County Jail.

 

Iverson was arrested on charges of PC 69-resisting an executive officer with force or violence, PC 243(b)-battery on a peace officer, and PC 242-battery. The deputy who was injured was treated and released from Oroville Medical Center and is recovering.

 

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(530) 693-7054

Monday, October 31, 2016 /Number of views (711) /Categories: Press Release
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