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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.

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER EMPLOYEE

January 5, 2017
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER EMPLOYEE

Oroville, Ca--Today, the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) announced the January 1, 2017 arrest of Kathleen Acosta, 48, Oroville, a former employee of the Sheriff's Office, for the theft and possession of items stolen from the Sheriff's evidence-property building. It is alleged Acosta stole the items, which included prescription drugs and firearms, while she was employed as an evidence technician working in the building.

Acosta's January 1, 2017 arrest resulted from an investigation which was launched after an Oroville Police officer stopped a vehicle Acosta was driving after a domestic dispute. As a result of that stop a gun, a small quantity of methamphetamine and prescription drugs in sheriff’s office evidence packaging where found in the car. The officer notified the sheriff’s office of the discovery. BCSO detectives then took over the investigation and searched Acosta's residence and two storage units rented by Acosta. The searches turned up additional items of property stolen from the sheriff’s evidence-property building, which included more prescription drugs and 19 firearms which had been slated for destruction or disposal. To date, the investigation has revealed the items recovered are not items of evidence in pending criminal cases. The investigation also revealed documents which track the disposition of contraband and property to be destroyed or disposed of in accordance with the law that are believed to have been falsified by Acosta.

Acosta's employment at the Sheriff's Office ended in May 2016 when she resigned. Acosta's resignation was tendered after she was advised she was facing termination for mishandling property stored in the evidence-property building, in violation of established procedures, and then attempting to conceal the misconduct from a newly assigned supervisor to the unit. At the time, the matter was handled as a work performance issue as there was insufficient evidence to believe any property had been stolen.

During the investigation into Acosta’s work related misconduct, an independent audit and review of property handling procedures was commissioned by the Sheriff's Office. The audit did not reveal any theft of the items by Acosta, likely due to what is believed to be Acosta's falsification of documents showing the property had been properly disposed of. However, some additional procedures and safeguards were recommended and the need for an updated evidence-property facility was confirmed by the audit. The procedures and safeguards have or are being implemented and plans to construct an updated evidence-property facility are moving forward.
Following her arrest, Acosta was booked into the Butte County Jail on allegations of grand theft, embezzlement and the unlawful possession of prescription drugs. On January 4, 2017 Acosta posted bail and was released with an appearance date of January 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM. The investigation continues, and the case has been referred to the Butte County District Attorney for prosecution. Additional charges stemming from the falsification of official documents are being requested.

Acosta previously served as a sheriff's clerk and correctional officer for 8 years before becoming an evidence technician July 2014. Nothing in her prior work history gave Sheriff's officials reason to believe Acosta was not suited to hold a position requiring a high degree of trust. Sheriff Honea said, "I am angered by the illegal conduct of this now, former employee and disheartened to think her actions will reflect negatively upon the rest of the Sheriff's Office employees who do great work on a daily basis.&quo
Thursday, January 05, 2017 /Number of views (905) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT RESCUES TWO IN BUTTE MEADOWS

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT RESCUES TWO IN BUTTE MEADOWS

Oroville, Ca—On December 30th, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a woman reporting her son and his fiancée had been trapped in the snow in Butte Meadows since approximately 5:00 p.m. on December 29th. The reporting party advised that she had been in contact with her son, via text message, and was able to provide detailed information regarding their location.

BCSO Search and Rescue unit responded to the Butte Meadows area with their Argo Snow Vehicle, and located the trapped individuals at 12:40 p.m. BCSO personnel transported the individuals to the Jonesville Snowmobile Park, where they were reunited with family members at approximately 2:00 p.m.
Thankfully, the individuals in this incident were well prepared for the snow, and were able to survive without any injuries. The individuals had also advised family members where they were going and when they planned to return. Fortunately, there was cell reception within walking distance from where the individuals became stuck, and contact was made with family members. We are thankful for the positive outcome of this incident.

Please remember to be prepared anytime you plan to visit the snow. Bring extra clothing, blankets, food and water. Always let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
Friday, December 30, 2016 /Number of views (697) /Categories: Press Release
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BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SWAT TEAM RESPONDS TO OROVILLE STANDOFF

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SWAT TEAM RESPONDS TO OROVILLE STANDOFF
Oroville Ca,-- On Thursday December 29th, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) SWAT Team was requested to assist Oroville Police Department (OPD) after negotiations between OPD and suspect, Ronnie Johnson, were unsuccessful.
Johnson, 51 of Oroville, was wanted for domestic violence, kidnapping and false imprisonment charges. BCSO SWAT team responded to the 100 block of Fairhill Drive in Oroville, where Johnson was reported to be residing inside a motorhome and was refusing to come out. BCSO SWAT Team introduced gas into the motorhome in an effort to get Johnson to exit. During that time, Johnson put the motorhome into reverse and backed into an OPD vehicle, thankfully no injuries were reported. BCSO SWAT Team members were able to gain entry into the motorhome and detained Johnson, along with three other individuals.
This was a joint effort between BCSO and OPD in the successful arrest of the suspect.

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BCSO Community Relations Unit
530.871.9440


Friday, December 30, 2016 /Number of views (664) /Categories: Press Release
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Oroville Attempted Robbery and Assault


On December 27, 2016, at approximately 4:50PM, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputies were dispatched to Helen Wilcox School located at 5737 Autrey Lane in Oroville regarding a subject who had possibly been struck by a vehicle during a sale of a vehicle. Deputies arrived and located a male and female victim, both with minor to moderate injuries.
During the investigation, deputies were able to determine that the victims had located a vehicle that was for sale on a social media website and had arranged to meet with the sellers of the vehicle at Helen Wilcox School. The victims stated that they met with sellers of the vehicle who were later identified as Paul Chirita, age 19, and Adriana Pavich, age 19, both of Oroville. During the meeting the female victim was physically assaulted by Chirita and Chirita began searching the victim’s pockets (possibly for the money that was going to be used to purchase the vehicle). The victim’s husband then confronted the subjects and both suspects attempted to flee in the vehicle. The victim’s husband attempted to stop the suspects by jumping on the hood of the car however was thrown from the vehicle when the vehicle rapidly swerved. Both suspects fled the area.
The suspect vehicle was later located and a traffic stop was conducted by Oroville Police Department after a BOLO was broadcast by the Sheriff’s Office. BCSO deputies responded to the scene of the traffic stop and subsequently interviewed and arrested both Chirita and Pavich. Pavich was booked into the Butte County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery with a total bail of $60,000.00. Chaiita was also booked for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery as well as outstanding arrest warrants. The total bail for Chirita was $70,000.00.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to use caution when purchasing items off the internet from individuals. Although this is a very common method of purchasing items, there are some people that will take advantage of the scenario. When making purchases from the internet it is best to meet in a public place where there are a lot of people present to minimize the risk of thefts and assaults.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 /Number of views (697) /Categories: Press Release
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ARREST MADE IN OROVILLE STABBING INCIDENT

December 25, 2016

 

ARREST MADE IN OROVILLE STABBING INCIDENT

 

Oroville, Ca—On December 23rd at approximately 4:00 p.m., Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received reports of a man approaching residences on Rosita Way in Oroville claiming to have been stabbed by his wife. BCSO deputies responded to the scene and located the subject who was suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound to the chest. The subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released.

After further investigation, BCSO Deputies learned that the subject and his wife, Lisa Belyew, had been in a verbal argument that had turned physical in the backyard of their Rosita Way residence, ultimately resulting in Belyew stabbing the subject in the chest. Deputies also learned that Belyew was currently out on her own recognizance from Colusa County for assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and destruction of property.

BCSO deputies arrested Belyew for assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and committing a felony while out on her own recognizance. Belyew was booked into the Butte County Jail with bail set at $105,000.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call 538-7322.

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For more information, please contact

BCSO Community Relations Unit

530.871.9440

Sunday, December 25, 2016 /Number of views (734) /Categories: Press Release
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