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Tues, 31 Jan 2017

Immigration: OSSA Legal Analysis

Many Oregon residents are asking their local Sheriff how President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration will change local practices. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association provides the following analysis of this complex issue. The answer, at least in the short term, is that immediate changes to police practices are unlikely.

Click here for full article on OSSA Website


Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:51:52 PDT

Employee Resignation (Photo)

The personnel investigation involving Deron McMaster was completed, and personnel action was taken. 

On September 21, 2021 Deron McMaster resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. 

Sheriff Nelson disputes the claims made by Deron McMaster and his attorney in the tort claim notice, as they are inaccurate.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Wed, 06 Oct 2021 10:48:02 PDT

Update to Missing Kayaker On Deschutes River

Update 10/06/21

Released by:            Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Missing Person:        Alex Kollar, 28 year old male, Bend resident

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has been continuing efforts to locate Alex Kollar who went missing while kayaking the Deschutes River in the area of Lava Island. Efforts have included continued shore searches and the use of a canine team. Additional and reoccurring drone flights are planned as well as daily river monitoring to search for clues or additional search opportunities.

Kollar's family requests privacy at this time and we ask for the public and media to respect their wishes.

 

End of Update

 

Original Release

Released by:              Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator 

Release Date:            October 3, 2021

Location:                   Deschutes River near Lava Island (Upstream from Meadow Camp)

Missing Person:          28 year old male

                                 Bend, Oregon resident

Narrative: 

On October 1, 2021 at approximately 7:52 p.m., 911 Dispatch received a call regarding a missing kayaker and possible water rescue in the area of Lava Island Falls.  Bend Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit responded with one deputy and eleven volunteers.

It was determined the kayaker was last seen by his party near Lava Island just upstream from Meadow Camp in Class 4/5 whitewater.  Search activities included shore searches, use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), and water rescue teams.  Sheriff’s Office SAR teams searched the area until approximately 2 a.m. on October 2nd. Searchers later found the kayaker’s belongings including his kayak and paddle.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., two deputies and sixteen SAR volunteers responded back to the scene and began searching again. These searches included additional drone flights, shore searches, and water searches by swiftwater and dive rescue team members. Resources remained on scene until just before 7 p.m.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on October 3, 2021, one deputy and seventeen volunteers responded back to the scene to continue search efforts. They continued searching with drones, rescue swimmers, and shore based searchers.  Underwater pole cameras were used to search holes and other underwater features. SAR teams worked until approximately 6 p.m. At this time, the kayaker’s body has still not been located and he is presumed drowned.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Bend Fire and Rescue on the first night; and is still being assisted by the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Sun, 03 Oct 2021 19:14:44 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Searching for Missing Kayaker on Deschutes River South of Bend (Photo)

Released by:               Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator 

Release Date:             October 3, 2021

Location:                    Deschutes River near Lava Island (Upstream from Meadow Camp)

Missing Person:           28 year old male

                                 Bend, Oregon resident

Narrative: 

On October 1, 2021 at approximately 7:52 p.m., 911 Dispatch received a call regarding a missing kayaker and possible water rescue in the area of Lava Island Falls.  Bend Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit responded with one deputy and eleven volunteers.

It was determined the kayaker was last seen by his party near Lava Island just upstream from Meadow Camp in Class 4/5 whitewater.  Search activities included shore searches, use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), and water rescue teams.  Sheriff’s Office SAR teams searched the area until approximately 2 a.m. on October 2nd. Searchers later found the kayaker’s belongings including his kayak and paddle.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., two deputies and sixteen SAR volunteers responded back to the scene and began searching again. These searches included additional drone flights, shore searches, and water searches by swiftwater and dive rescue team members. Resources remained on scene until just before 7 p.m.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on October 3, 2021, one deputy and seventeen volunteers responded back to the scene to continue search efforts. They continued searching with drones, rescue swimmers, and shore based searchers.  Underwater pole cameras were used to search holes and other underwater features. SAR teams worked until approximately 6 p.m. At this time, the kayaker’s body has still not been located and he is presumed drowned.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Bend Fire and Rescue on the first night; and is still being assisted by the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  


Sun, 03 Oct 2021 18:33:58 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers assist injured bicyclist on Kent's Trail

Released by: Deputy Aaron Myers, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator 

Release Date: October 3, 2021

Location: Kent's Trail 

Person Assisted: 62 year old female, Sacramento, CA 

Narrative: 

On October 2, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., 911 Dispatch received a call regarding a bicycle crash on Kent's Trail, approximately 1.5 miles from Phil's Trail trailhead. 

The injured cyclist sustained non-life threatening injures that prevented her from making her way back to the trailhead without assistance from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team. Ten Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one deputy responded to assist. 

The ten DCSO SAR Volunteers hiked 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the injured cyclist reaching her location at approximately 2:40 p.m. A medical assessment was done by SAR Volunteers and it was determined the injured cyclist would be transported via a wheeled litter to meet a Bend Fire and Recue ambulance at the trailhead. 

The injured cyclist was transported to St. Charles-Bend by ambulance for further evaluation. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  


Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:07:39 PDT

Update to Tumalo Creek Death Investigation (Photo)

*****Correction on Date of Incident******

The date of the incident was September 29 not September 20

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Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 30, 2021

Deceased: Sook Hui Lee, 74 year old female, Beaverton, OR

Location: Tumalo Creek above Tumalo Falls

 

On September 20, 2021 at approximately 3:21 PM the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Tumalo Falls for a report of a female in Tumalo Creek. 

DCSO Deputies, Search and Rescue Volunteers, and Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. While enroute to the scene, an air ambulance was requested to respond. Upon arrival Lee had been removed from the creek and life-saving efforts were being performed. Unfortunately all life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. 

SAR volunteers from the mountain rescue unit and swift water rescue teams were utilized to remove Lee from the location. The volunteers used a rope system to raise Lee up an approximately 15 foot nearly vertical embankment. 

 The Deschutes County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. During the investigation it was determined that Lee fell off of the embankment landing in the creek. Lee’s death was not suspicious as there was no evidence of foul play. 

This case is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:30:00 PDT

Injured Hiker Assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (Photo)

Released by: Deputy Donny Patterson - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 09/26/21 at 1:46 PM

Location: Camp Lake near the Middle Sister

Injured:  55-year-old male – Portland, OR

On 09/26/21 at approximately 1:46 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a Deputy with the Lane County Sheriff's Office regarding a hiker with a leg injury that was unable to walk.  The hiker was reported to be in Lane County's jurisdiction, on southwest side of the Middle Sister, in the Three Sisters Wilderness.  His three hiking partners were attempting to escort the injured party back to their camp that was located in Deschutes County at Camp Lake.

Lane County advised they were attempting to coordinate both a land, and/or air rescue for this injured subject and they had been in contact with the Oregon National Guard checking on the availability of a helicopter.  While possible contingency plans were being established, it was determined that Lane County was unable to obtain the assistance of the Oregon National Guard  and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team was needed to assist.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team then contacted AirLink for assistance.  Two SAR members responded to the AirLink hanger in Bend and were flown to the area of the hiking party.  At approximately 4:55 hours, AirLink landed near Camp Lake and the two SAR members hiked up to the injured hiker reaching the hiking party at approximately 4:59 PM.  The hiker's injuries were evaluated and he was prepared for air transport by the SAR team members.  

The SAR team members transported the injured hiker to a location where Air Link was able to land.  The hiker was then loaded and transported via AirLink to the Saint Charles Medical Center. The SAR team members then hiked approximately 7-Miles back to the Pole Creek Trailhead with the rest of the hiking party.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank AirLink for their assistance in this rescue.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  

  

 


Mon, 27 Sep 2021 16:32:14 PDT

Planned Message to Specific Deschutes Alerts Opt-In Recipients

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Release Date: September 27, 2021

NARRATIVE:

On September 29, 2021 at 9 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County 911 will be sending a message to people signed up for Deschutes Alerts who have also indicated they have additional needs during emergencies. Approximately 775 people will receive this alert. 

The purpose of this message is to encourage people who have additional needs to log in to their profile and make sure their address and contact methods are up to date.

If you have not indicated in Deschutes Alerts that you have additional needs during an emergency such as oxygen dependency, dialysis, or mobility challenges you will not receive a message on September 29. This message will only be sent to those who have indicated an additional need.

If you receive the message, please follow the instructions to log in and update your profile to make sure we can reach you during an emergency.  We recently expanded the list of additional needs. Please select any of the options that might affect your ability to help yourself during an emergency. You can visit https://bit.ly/2ZDzEwk right now to watch a video on how to update your profile. 

Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management team members will be available to assist community members with updating their profile via phone between 9 am and 1 pm on September 29. If you need assistance after receiving the message, please call 541-388-6501. 

Deschutes Alerts is utilized to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of emergency situations, such as law enforcement incidents, missing persons and evacuations. 

You can go to www.deschutesalerts.org to sign up or to login and check/update your profile. We encourage everyone to do this at least once a year, not just those who have indicated an additional need. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Sat, 25 Sep 2021 21:23:12 PDT

Injured Hiker Assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (Photo)

Released by: Deputy Donny Patterson - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 09/25/21 at 2:03 PM

Location: No Name Lake near Broken Top

Injured:  27 year old female – Bend, OR

On 09/25/21 at approximately 2:03 PM, the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a hiking party near No Name Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness located near Broken Top.  The 911 caller reported there was a female hiker in this area who had fallen while scrambling up a hillside and injured an ankle.  The hiker was reported to be in fair condition, though unable to walk out of the location and would need assistance getting back to the trailhead.  

A Special Services Deputy contacted a member of the hiking party by phone and obtained a coordinates for the injured hiker.  The hiker was well prepared to stay overnight at the location, having extra food, water, a shelter, and clothing for the weather. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team members were paged out to assist this injured hiker. 

At approximately 3:04 PM, the first of four SAR teams deployed from the Sheriff's Office to the location.  An additional team was diverted from a separate SAR call that was resolved prior to arrival.  At approximately 4:57 PM, the first SAR team arrived to the injured hiker.  The injured hiker was evaluated by SAR Medical team members and then transported by wheeled litter back to the trailhead arriving at 6:58 PM.  

The hiker chose to seek further medical treatment on her own and did not want the assistance of an ambulance.   Thirteen SAR Volunteers and two Special Service Deputies responded to this incident. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  

 

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