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.

BCSO Participate in National Coffee with a Cop Day

BCSO Participates in National Coffee with a Cop Day

Oroville- (10/6/16)

On Friday, 10/7/16, several members of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) will participate in Coffee with a Cop day. This is a great chance to learn more about BCSO, ask questions about public safety, or share concerns about what’s going on in your community.
This is the first National Coffee with a Cop day which was organized by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. This innovative program was first started by the Hawthorne Police Department in 2011 to help break down barriers between the community and law enforcement.

Members of BCSO will be at three locations in Butte County from 8:00am-10:00am:

-Lots’ A Java, 116 Table Mountain Blvd, Oroville, CA 95965

-Dolly- O-Donuts, 14122 Skyway, Magalia, CA 95954

-Chatterbox Café, 2500 Durham-Dayton Hwy #2, Durham, CA 95938

Sheriff Honea will be having coffee at the Chatterbox Café in Durham. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 06, 2016 /Number of views (1450) /Categories: Press Release

Arrests Made in String of South Oroville Drive-By Shootings

October 6, 2016

Arrests Made in String of South Oroville Drive-By Shootings

Oroville, Ca-- On September 10, 2016 a drive by shooting occurred at a residence in the 2400 block of D St. in the South Oroville area. During that shooting, a 16-year-old juvenile, who was sleeping inside the house, was struck in the leg by a bullet. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) launched an investigation into the shootings.

On September 16, 2016, BCSO detectives, who as a result of the shootings, were conducting extra patrol in the South Oroville area, performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area. Rodrigo Carmona Jr. – age 17, was a passenger in that vehicle. Detectives found Rodrigo in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun, at which point other BCSO deputies and Oroville Police officers arrived at the location to assist. Rodrigo Carmona Jr. was arrested for possession of a loaded handgun, which had been reported stolen during a 2015 residential burglary. Detectives later discovered that Rodrigo Carmona Jr. was involved in the September 10, 2016 drive-by shooting. Rodrigo was subsequently charged as an adult for his involvement in the shooting.

On September 23, 2016, BCSO Detectives served search warrants in the Oroville area and arrested Jeremiah Hill – age 16, and Bowen Hill – age 18, for their involvement in the same September 10, 2016 drive-by shooting.

All three suspects are charged as adults in Butte County Superior Court with their involvement in the shooting, including the charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the string of five shootings which occurred on and around D St. in the South Oroville area on and between September 9, 2016 and September 11, 2016. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 538-7671.

For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit

Thursday, October 06, 2016 /Number of views (1586) /Categories: Press Release

Butte County Sheriff's Officials Assist Yuba County Sheriff's Office in the Arrest of Attempted Homicide Suspects

October 5, 2016

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

Thursday, October 06, 2016 /Number of views (1252) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca—At approximately 7:30 p.m. on October 2, 2016, Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a family disturbance in the 5000 block of Fall River Court in Oroville. The reporting party had called 9-1-1 reporting his step son was causing problems and threatening to kill family members. The reporting party also reported the subject was armed with a knife, a bat, and a machete.

Deputies arrived and contacted the subject who was intoxicated, highly agitated and suicidal. For almost two hours, deputies worked to de-escalate the situation by talking to the subject in an effort to convince him to put down his weapons and allow them to take him to the hospital. During that period, the subject stated multiple times that he wanted deputies to kill him. The subject would not comply with the deputies and approached the deputies in a threatening manner multiple times, while holding a bat and a knife. Deputies were able to take cover near a patrol car in front of the residence while the subject continued to brandish the knife and bat at them in a threatening manner. At one point, deputies fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds at the subject in an effort to disarm him and take him into custody. The rounds appeared to strike the subject but had little effect, except for causing the subject to become further agitated.

The subject continued to approach deputies with the knife and bat, yelling for them to kill him. Deputies were able to get the subject to put down the bat in his driveway. As the subject continued to approach deputies in a threatening manner with the knife, deputies again fired two less-lethal bean bag rounds, hitting the subject in the stomach area. The rounds again had no effect on the subject, and at that point he turned and ran towards the empty garage. Deputies chased after the subject and were able to subdue and arrest him inside the garage, prior to him making it inside the residence.

The subject was treated at Oroville Medical Center for his injuries, and later booked into Butte County Jail for 417(a)(1) PC, brandishing a weapon other than a firearm, and 69 PC, resisting an executive officer. The subject’s bail was set at $250,000. After being booked into the Butte County Jail, the subject was seen by jail medical staff and was monitored while he sobered. The subject evaluated by the jail’s psychiatric staff on 10-3-2016. (The name of the subject is being withheld to protect his healthcare privacy.)

Sheriff Kory Honea said, “this was a tense, uncertain and dangerous situation. Fortunately, in this case the deputies were able to use their training and equipment to take the subject into custody without having to resort to the use of lethal force. I am thankful and proud of their efforts. Unfortunately, however, law enforcement officers are required to deal with situations of this nature on a regular basis, and although these situations are often resolved without lasting harm, that outcome cannot be guaranteed. With the recent focus on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers, this incident demonstrates that lethal encounters are the exception and not the norm and that the vast majority of law enforcement officers view lethal force as an option of last resort.”

For more information please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
Media Line: 530.871.9440

Miranda Bowersox
Community Relations Coordinator
Butte County Sheriff’s Office
33 County Center Dr.
Oroville, Ca. 95965
(530)538-5384, (530)990-6949
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 /Number of views (1370) /Categories: Press Release


Oroville, Ca—On September 29, 2016, command staff of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received information that a Correctional Deputy, identified as Ryan Woolery, age 32, had become involved in a romantic relationship with a female inmate in the Butte County Jail.
An Internal Affairs investigation was immediately launched which produced information that corroborated the allegation. Within hours of receiving the information, BCSO requested the Butte District Attorney’s Office (BCDA) conduct an independent criminal investigation. That investigation revealed a romantic relationship had developed and Woolery and the inmate had engaged in consensual intimate contact. Despite the fact it was consensual, the conduct was inappropriate and in violation of the law.
On September 30, 2016 BCDA investigators arrested Woolery and booked him into the Butte County Jail for violating Section 289.6(a)(2) of the California Penal Code, a felony, which prohibits any consensual sexual conduct by a custodial officer with a person confined in a detention facility. The established bail for the charge is $45,000. After being booked, Woolery posted bail and was released in accordance with the law. He is scheduled to appear in the Butte County Superior Court on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8:30 AM.
After being arrested, Woolery resigned from his position as a correctional deputy and is no longer employed by BCSO.
Changes made after previous incidents aided in the early detection of Woolery’s misconduct and enabled investigators to gather evidence that will be helpful to the in the prosecution. Those changes included increased training and awareness of supervisors and the installation of additional cameras to monitor inmate and staff interactions.
Sheriff Kory Honea said, “The Sheriff’s Office takes allegations of staff misconduct very seriously and works diligently to investigate and hold accountable any staff member who violates the law or the department’s policies. Conduct of this nature will not be tolerated.”
For more information, please contact
BCSO Community Relations Unit
Monday, October 03, 2016 /Number of views (1357) /Categories: Press Release
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