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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


Sat, 20 Jul 2019 22:37:00 PDT

Death investigation underway following truck fire

Date of incident: 7/19/19 at 1:28 p.m.

Location: Near Mahogany  Butte, Approximately 45 miles southeast of Bend, Or

Vehicle: 2011 Dodge Crew Cab pick-up, unknown color or license plate

Narrative:

On 7/19/19 at 1:28 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) of a truck fire near Mahogany Butte.  USFS fire crews were on scene and extinguished the fire. A USFS Law Enforcement Officer responded to the scene and later determined human remains were in the vehicle. A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy from the Special Services Unit responded to the scene, along with Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.  Due to the late hour the scene was held overnight to allow investigators to work in the daylight. 

On 7/20/19, Detectives returned to the scene, along with an investigator from the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office and an Arson investigator from the Oregon State Police.  Investigators worked throughout the day to collect evidence and to determine the cause of the fire and to identify the deceased person inside the vehicle. Due to the extreme fire damage to the vehicle and the remains, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas will be assisting in the determining the identity of the deceased person in the coming weeks.  Based upon the investigation at this point, foul play is not suspected in this death. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division will be continuing to investigate this incident and will be assisted by the Oregon State Police Arson Unit.  Further information will be released after the remains are positively identified. 

 Prepared by: Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division

 


Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:43:54 PDT

Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)

MEDIA RELEASE  

Motor Vehicle Crash

 

Released by:          Sgt. K. Dizney

Release Date:        7/15/19

 

Driver #1:                Colburn, Edward                             Age:  62         Bend, OR

Vehicle #1:              Green Toyota Sequoia

 

Driver #2:                Voos, Susan                                    Age:  68         Bend, OR

Passenger:             Juvenile Male

Vehicle #2:              White Hyundai Elantra

 

Driver #3:                Dickerson, Theresa                        Age:  71         Bend, OR

Passenger:             Dickerson, Ronald L                      Age:  85         Bend, OR

Vehicle #3               Gray Cadillac SRX

 

NARRATIVE:

On Monday, 071519, at approximately 1202 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office began looking for a vehicle related to a traffic complaint that may have struck another vehicle in the area of Tumalo Road and Bend-Redmond Highway.  The vehicle was described as a green Toyota Sequoia SUV.  The driving associated with the green Toyota Sequoia was described as being a possible DUII while operating across the double yellow line and all over the roadway.   

 

While searching for the vehicle, deputies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving this vehicle in the area of Deschutes Market Road and Chasing Cattle Lane.  Deschutes County 911 reported several vehicles were involved in the crash.  Deputies arrived within minutes and determined a rear end crash had occurred when the green Toyota Sequoia, traveling at speeds of approximately 45 mph (average for that time and place) failed to slow down for two vehicles that were traveling southbound on Deschutes Market Road following a tractor displaying a slow moving vehicle emblem.  The tractor and two mentioned cars following it were traveling at approximately 10-15 mph.  The Toyota Sequoia, operated by Edward Colburn, crashed into the back of a white Hyundai Elantra being operated by Susan Voos and her passenger, a juvenile male.  That caused a chain reaction causing Voos’ vehicle to impact into a Gray Cadillac SRX being operated by Theresa Dickerson and her passenger, Ronald Dickerson.  The crash caused extensive damage to the white Hyundai Elantra and required all three vehicles be towed from the scene due to damage. 

 

Deputies investigating the crash believe the cause of this crash is related to a medical issue being suffered by Edward Colburn operating the green Toyota Sequoia.  Bend Fire Medics were dispatched and transported Colburn to SCMC in Bend with unknown medical complications not related to the crash. 

 

Due to the slow moving traffic, speed is being investigated as a cause of this crash along with a medical condition.  Alcohol, drugs, or other distracted driving are not believed to be involved.  No one else was injured during the crash.    

 

Deschutes Market Road was not closed during this investigation. 

 

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

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Sat, 13 Jul 2019 17:50:48 PDT

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash

Date:  07/13/19

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Vehicle 1:  Green 1999 Subaru Forester

 

Driver 1:     Male Juvenile, Bend, OR

 

Vehicle 2:   White 2019 Toyota Sequoia

 

Driver 2:      Ceniga, Gloria 68 years of age  Bend, OR

 

Vehicle 3:    White 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

 

Driver 3:       DuPont Gayosso, Anna Laura 28 years of age, Bend, OR

 

On 07/13/19 at approximately 1453 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an unknown injury motor vehicle crash on Deschutes Market Road and View Lane.  It was reported that three vehicles were involved, and they were blocking one lane of travel.

 

Upon arrival, Deputies found the south bound lane blocked by the Subaru and the Toyota.  One lane remained open during the investigation.  The Bend Fire Department was also dispatched, and transported the male juvenile and Ceniga to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation showed that DuPont-Gayosso, who was driving the Hyundai, had stopped in the south bound lane of Deschutes Market Road to make a left hand turn on to View Lane.  Ceniga stopped her Toyota behind the Hyundai waiting for them to turn.  The male juvenile driving the Subaru then rear ended the Toyota pushing it into the rear of the Hyundai.  Speed, alcohol, and drugs do not appear to be factors in this crash.  Deschutes Market was reduced to one lane with temporary full road closures to allow emergency vehicles and tow trucks in and out of the scene.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department.

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Fri, 12 Jul 2019 20:14:10 PDT

Parole Fugitive Captured in Tumalo after 4 Hour Manhunt (Photo)

Contact: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp (kentv@deschutes.org) 541-388-6655

July 12, 2019 – For Immediate Release

Bend, Oregon – On July 12, 2019 at approximately 4:45PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisting Bend Police Officers with a traffic stop in the Tumalo area. During the traffic investigation, DCSO Deputies received information that Ryan Nathaniel Fischer-Salt, age 38, of Redmond, Oregon was inside a nearby Tumalo bar. Fischer-Salt was known to have an outstanding state-wide felony parole violation warrant after he fled from an unrelated traffic stop the night before.  

Deputies converged around the Tumalo Tavern and found that Fischer-Salt fled the bar just prior to their arrival. DCSO K9 Ezel and his partner began tracking Fischer-Salt around the southern Tumalo area as private citizens called 911 to report his movement.  DCSO Deputies and Detectives, Bend Police Officers and Oregon State Troopers contained the area. Cascade Academy’s Summer Camp was briefly placed on lock-down as law enforcement moved through the area.

Deschutes County 911 also deployed the Deschutes Alert System to alert nearby Tumalo residents about the on-going manhunt. The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to register their cellular or VoiP phone numbers on the Deschutes County 911 website if you would like to be included in the important and valuable service.

DCSO Deputies believed Fischer-Salt remained the area and that law enforcement had him contained in the Tumalo area.

Weather conditions were hot, and K9 Brolo was called in to assist and allow the other K9 team to cool down and rest. Around 530PM, Fischer-Salt was spotted crossing Highway 20 near Old-Bend Redmond Highway.

DCSO Deputies surrounded the area while K9 Ezel and K9 Brolo, with their handlers, worked in concert to converge on Fischer-Salt with the help of a DCSO Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone. As the K9 teams began to merge, Fischer-Salt emerged from the hillside and surrendered to K9 Brolo and DCSO Deputies on the opposite side of the river.

Fischer-Salt walked across the Deschutes River to awaiting DCSO Deputies. He was taken into custody without further incident. He was later taken to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail and lodged on his outstanding parole board Warrant.

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, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:29:45 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail Adds Body Scanner to Combat Contraband (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 12, 2019

NARRATIVE:

Over the past several months, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail has been training and implementing the use of a body scanner into the jail to combat the illegal introduction of drugs and contraband.  Individuals that are booked into the jail at times will attempt to bring items into the jail that are either illegal, dangerous, or not permitted into our facility. Whether it’s tobacco, drugs, or weapons, inmates will do whatever it takes to get something in if they have an agenda to do so. Much of this contraband comes in during the booking process, by inmates attempting to hide it in their mouth, clothing, stomach, and body cavities. It makes it very difficult for our correctional professionals to find it with normal pat searches and unclothed searches. 

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson has spent the last three years working with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) to bring body scanners to Sheriff’s Offices across the State of Oregon.  The OSSA understands that contraband is a serious issue and they wanted to take immediate action to find a solution to this important safety issue.  Their hard work and dedication has allowed OSSA to negotiate a reduced price on the latest technology in body scanners from Smiths Detection.  Negotiations have not only reduced the price significantly, the cost of training, shipping, installation and support has been included with the purchase of this product.  Other jails that have also purchased body scanners under this opportunity include Lincoln and Yamhill counties, as well as NORCOR, or Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility.  NORCOR serves Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam counties.

Drugs and contraband inside our correctional facility threatens the safety of the inmates, as well as the deputies supervising them. Drugs reach inmates in numerous ways – and correctional professionals are finding more illegal contraband coming into the jail with the inmates in light of the opioid epidemic. For the safety of our inmates and correctional professionals, we are bringing this new technology in our jail to help combat the problem.  For more information about the body scanner being used visit: https://www.smithsdetection.com/products/b-scan/

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:03:54 PDT

DCSO Street Crimes Detectives Serve Search Warrant in SW Redmond (Photo)

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  July 11, 2019

Location:  1626 SW 27th Street, Redmond

      

Arrested:

Kane, Nicole R.  45 year old female  Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine

Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin

Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine 1000’ feet of a School

Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin 1000’ feet of a School

Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule III

 

Hinkle, Tina M.  50 year old female Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

 

Lopez, Cydnie  R.  21 year female Redmond, OR

Probation Violation

 

Wines, Edward  47 year old male  Redmond, OR

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

 

Miller, Ethan S.  34 year old male  Redmond, OR

Probation Violation

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

 

Marcoulier, Mason C.  33 year old male  Redmond, OR

Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

 

Bauldree, Tanner M.  22 year old male  Redmond, OR

Probation Violation

Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used

NARRATIVE:

On July 10, 2019 at approximately 12:36pm, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1626 SW 27th Street in Redmond.  The Street Crimes Unit (SCU) had received information that occupants at this location were involved in illegal drug activity, specifically the ongoing sales of narcotics from the residence.  The SCU initiated an investigation into the illegal drug activity and through various investigative techniques, acquired enough evidence to apply for and obtain a search warrant for the residence.  Evidence of drug sales and user amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were seized during the search warrant.  The seven subjects listed above were arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail as a result of this investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.  The DCSO Street Crimes Unit was assisted by the Redmond Police Department Street Crimes Unit.  (As of July 1, the City of Redmond has now instituted a full time Street Crimes Unit that will be working with other public safety partners to address quality of life issues in their community.)

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, Street Crimes Unit, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2019 22:45:54 PDT

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)

MEDIA RELEASE  

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash

 

Released by:          K. Dizney

Release Date:        7/9/19                        

 

Driver #1:                Lara, Rose M            Age:  18         Terrebonne, OR

Passenger #1:       10 year old male juvenile. 

Vehicle #1:              2005 Chrysler BTM passenger car 4D white

Arrest charges:     DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault 3, and MIP Alcohol by Consumption.

 

NARRATIVE:

On Tuesday, 070919, at approximately 6:02 PM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported Injury Motor Vehicle Accident in the 8000 block of NW 19th Street in Terrebonne, Oregon.  Deschutes County 911 received a report a vehicle had crashed into a yard at this location and information received was that there were potential life threatening injuries to a 10 year old passenger.  Life Flight air ambulance was launched and landed nearby to transport the juvenile to SCMC in Bend.

Upon arrival, deputies began an investigation and determined a 2005 white Chrysler BTM passenger car was traveling southbound on NW 19th Street when the driver, identified as Rose Lara, failed to negotiate corners in the area and drove off the roadway on the west side of the roadway.  The vehicle clipped a power pole before driving through a pole fence into a field and through the same fence at the corner of a field and coming to rest in a residential yard at this location.  Both Lara and the juvenile male passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The juvenile was transported to SCMC in Bend via air ambulance and Lara was transported to SCMC in Redmond.  An investigation determined Lara was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested after a search warrant for her blood was obtained. 

The power pole did not require replacement.  Speed and alcohol are believed to be to be related to this crash. 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2019 19:36:29 PDT

DCSO Searching for Missing Sisters Area Man

Updated by Sgt. William Bailey at 7:35pm

Elwin "Gale" Larson has been located with his vehicle in the area of Goverment Camp.  A motorist stopping at a gas station had seen the recent KTVZ alert on Facebook regarding Larson being missing.  As the motorist walked into the station, she saw Larson and immediately thought she recognized him from the alert.  After checking her phone to confirm it was him, she notified law enforcement.

Larson’s family is on their way to his location now to be reunited.  We would like to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance at Goverment Camp.  We would also like to recognize and give a special thank you to the observant motorist that found Larson and immediately reported it to law enforcement.

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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 9, 2019

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Sisters area man, last seen at 11:45am this morning at his residence in the 16000 block of Cattle Drive Road in Sisters.

Elwin “Gale” Larson, age 86, is believed to have left his residence on Cattle Drive in his tan 2008 Toyota Tacoma with lumber rack, bearing Oregon registration plate SL67632, sometime after 11:45am today.  His whereabouts are unknown and investigators have learned Larson has difficulty hearing and suffers from memory loss.  Larson is described as a white male, 5’11”, 165 lbs, with light colored hair and blue eyes.  Larson is possibly wearing a green and blue striped pullover shirt and blue jeans.

Larson does not have a phone with him and has difficulty walking, so he may be sitting inside or near his vehicle.  He is familiar with the areas of Three Creeks Lake, Squaw Creek Canyon, and Tollgate.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or that has seen Elwin “Gale” Larson or his vehicle since noon today to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

A photo of Larson and a photo of a vehicle similar to his is attached to this release for reference.  (The truck photo is not his actual truck, only similar.)

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:17:17 PDT

**Updated July 8, 2019 at 4:45pm**Bend Man Missing and Presumed Drowned at Wickiup Reservoir (Photo)

Updated Release by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

This morning, July 8, 2019, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office marine patrol deputies continued their search for Michael Mead, the man missing and presumed drowned at Wickiup Reservoir.  Todays efforts included side scan sonar search equipment provided courtesy of community members Patty Mayo and Jared Leisek of Redmond.  At just after 1:00pm today while search efforts were underway, the body of Michael Mead was located on the surface of the water within the Davis arm of Wickiup Reservoir.  Mr. Mead has since been recovered from the water and is being taken to a local funeral home.

Our thoughts are with Mr. Mead’s family and friends as they go through this difficult time and mourn the loss of their loved one. 

A special thank you to Patty Mayo and Jared Leisek with Adventures with Purpose for donating the side scan sonar search equipment today.

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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 13, 2019

Missing/Presumed Drowned: Mead, Michael   Age: 29,  Bend, Oregon

                                                   Description: 5' 6" tall, 170 pounds, Brown hair, blue eyes, with tatoos 

Second Person: Ganley, Daniel,   Age: 24, Bend, Oregon 

*********************Updated Press release as of 6/14/19 at 5:00 p.m.**************************

Updated Narrative:

On 6/14/19, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, including Marine Patrol Units and Detectives continued the search for Michael Mead at Wickiup Reservoir.  Additionally, Marine Patrol assets from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the search for Mead, utlizing their Side Scanning Sonar unit.

Unfortunately, after throughly searching the areas in the vicinity of the capsized canoe and likely recovery areas, Mead's body has not been located.  Mead's next of kin has been notified of the incident and the investigation at this point.  Mead has been entered as a missing person.  Mead is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing no shoes, no shirt and possibly either black pants or black shorts. 

In the following days, Marine Patrol units from the Deschutes County Special Services Unit will continue to conduct patrols in the area, searching for Mead.

Anyone with further information on this investigation is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

NARRATIVE:

On June 13th, 2019, at approximately 9:06am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a drowning on the Davis arm of Wickiup Reservoir.    Deputies, along with members of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Marine Patrol, responded to the scene.

The investigation has determined the two Bend men were camping last night in a dispersed camping area off the Davis arm of Wickiup Reservoir.  Overnight, both males and a dog had been out on the Davis arm in a canoe.  At approximately 2:00am the canoe overturned sending both males and the dog into the water.  A 24 year old Bend man and the dog were able to successfully swim to shore.  A 29 year old Bend man is still missing and presumed drowned.

Given the isolated location of the incident and no known way to make a call for help or drive to find help, the 24 year old Bend man waited at camp.  At about 9:05 this morning, an out of service cell phone was located in camp and he then made the 911 call for assistance.

A DCSO Search and Rescue dive team and a DCSO drone team have assisted with the search.  The dive team has located gear from the boat on the lake floor in approximately 20 feet of water.  Search efforts are focused in this area and will continue into the evening.

Neither male was wearing a lifejacket when the canoe overturned.  Alcohol is believed to be a contributing in this incident.  The names are being withheld at this time, pending notification of next of kin.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 14:32:36 PDT

Bear Killed Near Sunriver as Threat to Public Safety (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 8, 2019

NARRATIVE:

On July 7, 2019, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area 56800 block of Gina Lane, near Sunriver, on a report of a black bear.  The property owner told dispatch he was armed and guarding his livestock from the bear.  The reporting person had attempted to scare the bear away with loud yelling and banging noises, but the bear would not leave.

This was the sixth reported bear sighting in the area over the previous 36 hours.  On July 6th at 10:02am, a caller reported a bear was blocking the hiking path near Cardinal Landing Bridge.  On July 6th at 7:18pm, a caller reported a bear had just walked by the front door of his residence on Besson Road.  On July 7th at 11:46, a caller on Besson Road reported a bear had been seen on her property the day before.  On July 7th at 4:16pm, caller reported a bear on his property on Besson Road.  On July 7th at 4:17pm another caller on Besson Road reported a bear on his property.

Deputies arrived at the Gina Lane address and located the bear in the back yard of the residential property.  The deputies attempted to scare the bear off with beanbag projectiles fired from a 12-gauge shotgun.  The bear was struck three times, but did not run off.  The bear responded by climbing a short distance up a tree, then came back down and began walking slowly southbound along the residential area.  Deputies walked with the bear to alert any residents in the bear’s path to go inside their residences.  Deputies followed the bear to Spring River Road, where it was nearly struck by a vehicle as it crossed the roadway.  As the bear continued walking south in the residential area, the deputies observed the bear exhibit signs of aggression toward them.

As the bear continued in the residential area, the deputies could hear kids playing in the direction the bear was walking, then observed four children between the ages of six and eight playing in an outdoor pool.  The deputies yelled to alert the kids and then their parents, who quickly removed the kids from the pool and escorted them inside their residence.  The deputies then observed the bear approaching a residence where an adult male was outside and up on a ladder.  The path the bear was on was going to place it in close proximity to this residence, as well as entering a more densely populated area of the subdivision. 

Based on the unsuccessful attempts by both a homeowner and deputies to scare the bear back into the forest and due its close proximity to residences and people, a deputy shot and killed to bear in the interest of public safety.  The decision to kill the bear was made only after other attempts to scare the bear back into the forest had failed and deputies feared an encounter between the bear and a person/child was imminent.

The young adult male bear, weighing approximately 96 pounds, has been turned over to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Bend for inspection. 

A short video related to this incident can be found on the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon Facebook page.

Sheriff L Shane Nelson said, “This bear was a threat to public safety and I would not allow it to have an opportunity to injure or kill a person.   This bear was seen too many times in this area and we were not going to take a risk with an encounter.”

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2019 04:47:44 PDT

Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest

Vehicle Pursuit

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

Date:  07/08/19

 

Arrested:  Johnson, Malachi Melvin Webb

                    20 years of age

 

Charges:  UUMV x 3

                   Aggravated Theft x 3

                   Theft I (handgun)

                   Reckless Endangerment x 4

                   UEMV x 3

                   Criminal Mischief I

                   Attempt to Elude (Felony)

                   Reckless Driving

 

Arrested:  Male Juvenile

                    14 years of age

 

Charges:

                   UUMV x 3

                   Aggravated Theft x 3

                   Theft I

 

Vehicle:  2019 Ford Explorer         

 

On 07/08/19 at approximately 0028 hours, a Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2019 Ford Explorer for running the stop sign at NW Oak and NW 35th in Redmond, Oregon.  The Ford Explorer nearly struck the Sheriff’s Office vehicle after running the stop sign.  As the Deputy attempted to stop the Explorer, it fled the Deputy at a high rate of speed.

 

The pursuit ended on Northwest Way with speeds reaching approximately 90 miles per hour.  During the course of this pursuit, there was no other traffic on the roadway.  The suspect stopped the vehicle on a couple of occasions, and then fled again as the Deputy was getting out of her vehicle.  The suspect eventually stopped at Northwest Way, and Odem Avenue.  A high risk traffic stop (guns drawn) was conducted on the vehicle, and one adult and three juveniles were detained.

 

During the course of the investigation, it was learned the vehicle had been recently stolen.  Johnson was also in possession of a stolen handgun.  The owner of the Ford Explorer was contacted, and the vehicle was signed as stolen at that time.  There was minor damage to the Ford Explorer, and the owner was able to retrieve the vehicle from the scene.

 

Johnson was charged with the following:

UUMV x 3

Aggravated Theft X 3

Theft I (handgun)

Reckless Endangerment X 4

UEMV x 3

Criminal Mischief I

Attempt to Elude Felony

Reckless Driving

 

A Male Juvenile was charged with the following:

UUMV x 3

Aggravated Theft x 3

Theft I x 3

 

Johnson was lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail, and the male juvenile was lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Facility.  The other two juveniles were released to their parents.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this pursuit by the Redmond Police Department and the Oregon State Police.  There were no injuries during this pursuit, and alcohol was not a factor.

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:54:20 PDT

Rollover Crash NW of Terrebonne Sends One to Hospital by Air Ambulance (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 5, 2019

NARRATIVE:

Driver #1: Millhouse, Richard A             Age: 77          Cooked River Ranch, OR

Vehicle #1: Black 1998 Pontiac Firebird

On July 4, 2019, at 6:08pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 11900 block of NW 43rd Street near Terrebonne for an injury rollover crash.  The initial information to 911 dispatch was a single vehicle had rolled and the driver was pinned under the car.  Several deputies, along with the Redmond Fire Department, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and a Life Flight air ambulance responded to the crash scene.

The investigation determined Richard A. Millhouse of Terrebonne was behind the wheel of his black 1998 Pontiac Firebird when he lost control and struck a rock embankment.  The Firebird rolled and came to rest on its top after sustaining heavy damage in the crash.  Millhouse was freed from the vehicle and then transported by a Life Flight air ambulance to St. Charles Bend with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators do not believe Millhouse was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, while speed and alcohol are suspected to be contributing factors.  NW 43rd Street was closed for approximately two hours during the crash investigation.   This investigation is ongoing.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:38:34 PDT

Woman Rescued From South Sister Trail (Photo)

Date:  07/04/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued:  Jennifer Gray, 45 year old female, Portland, Or.

On 07/04/19, at about 1:08pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a report from Brian Gray, that his wife, Jennifer Gray, had just sustained a non-life threatening injury while hiking on the South Sister trail.  The Gray's were at approximately 8,100' elevation, where the injury occurred.  Mrs. Gray was unable to hike any further.  Other hikers in the area stopped to assist the couple until rescuers arrived.

Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies and 14 DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to assist.  Two DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to AirLink, who was able to assist with getting SAR Volunteers into the area of the injured subject faster.  Four DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to the Mt. Bachelor parking lot in case they needed to be shuttled up the mountain as well.  Six DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to the Devil's Lake trail head and began hiking up the South Sister trail to the injured subject.

AirLink was able to fly DCSO SAR Volunteers to a location in close proximity to Mrs. Gray and her group.  DCSO SAR Volunteers made contact with Mrs. Gray and her group at approximately 3:38pm, further stabilizing her.  DCSO SAR Volunteers, with the assistance of the group on scene, carried Mrs. Gray to the awaiting AirLink helicopter.  AirLink then transported Mrs. Gray to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for further medical treatment.  DCSO SAR Volunteers hiked with the remaining group back down to the Devil's Lake trail head.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank AirLink for their assistance with this rescue.  Without their assistance, the response time to Mrs. Gray's location would have been considerably longer, potentially leading to further medical problems.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those traveling in the back country at this time of year, to prepare for all different types of trail conditions (dirt, snow, ice) and all different types of weather conditions (sun, rain, sleet, snow).  Always travel with the "10 Essentials":  Navigation, Sun Protection, Extra Clothing, Extra Food, Extra Water, Light Source, First Aid Supplies, Multi-tool, Emergency Shelter and a way to start a warming fire.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 


Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:29:47 PDT

Follow-up to Sisters Emergency Notification Exericse

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Release Date: July 3, 2019

NARRATIVE:

On June 29, 2019 at 10 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District and Deschutes County 911 conducted an emergency notification exercise. 

The test message was sent to 1062 recipients who had signed up with Deschutes Alerts and lived within the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Boundary.  Over 54% of those who received the message, confirmed they received the message. Since the test, 61 additional people signed up within the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

We encourage all residents of Deschutes County to sign up for Deschutes Alerts or go to their existing profile to ensure their contact information if current and accurate.  When you do receive an alert, we ask you to confirm receipt of the message when prompted.  In most cases, this is as easy as clicking a link in an email or texting “yes” to a test message.  This helps us know the message is being received.

Deschutes Alerts is utilized to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of emergency situations, such as dangerous law enforcement incidents, missing persons and evacuations.  This system replaced an older system with additional features, more ways to receive critical information and a more user-friendly interface.

If you did not receive a test message, you are probably not signed up or have not updated your profile with current address and contact information.  Please go to www.deschutes.org/911/alerts to sign up or update your profile and contact information.

If Sisters area residents have trouble receiving or signing up for messages, they are encouraged to contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District during business hours (8 am to 5 pm weekdays) at 301 South Elm Street or by phone at 541-549-0771.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:49:22 PDT

Juvenile Rescued on Milican Crater Trail (Photo)

Date:  07/02/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

 

On 07/01/19, at about 8:09pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from an employee with Northwest Outward Bound School, reporting a 16 year old male enrolled in their program, was missing.  The juvenile had been camping with several other juveniles and Northwest Outward Bound School employees at Yapoah Lake and had last been seen at about 1200pm.  It was unknown whether the juvenile had intentionally run away from the camp or had become lost.  The juvenile had reportedly left the camp with food, water and minimal clothing.

One Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy and two DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers immediately began working on search plans, while three additional DCSO Deputies responded to the closest trail heads, Scott's Pass and Milican Crater, both off of Forest Service Rd 1018.  The juvenile was not located at either of the trail heads or surrounding forest service roads.  Northwest Outward Bound School employees, who had been searching for the missing juvenile for several hours, later reported they had located a note left by the juvenile in the dirt at a nearby trail junction.  The employees followed what they believed to be the juvenile's shoe impressions to the Scott's Pass/Pacific Crest Trail junction, where they lost them in the snow.  DCSO Patrol Deputies continued to be on the lookout in the area for the juvenile throughout the night.

On 07/02/19, at about 6:30am, two DCSO SAR Horse Team Volunteers, deployed to search the Pacific Crest Trail, from Lava Camp Lake south to the Scott's Pass Trail junction.  The Oregon State Police was contacted and assisted with an aerial search from their fixed wing airplane.  One DCSO Airops SAR Volunteer joined the OSP pilot to assist as a spotter.  Additionally, 24 DCSO SAR Ground Searchers responded to assist with various trail searches.  The Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit was contacted, who assisted by sending searchers to the nearby PCT area in their county.  The Air Force Civilian Air Patrol was notified and prepared to assist with a further aerial search if necessary.  

At approximately 9:30am, the OSP airplane crew reported they had observed a subject matching the juvenile's description on the Milican Crater Trail, actively waving and signaling to them.  The subject's location, which was approximately 2.9 miles (via trail) away from Yapoah Lake, was relayed to the DCSO SAR Horse Team.  The Horse Team arrived at the subject's location at about 10:33am.  Besides being tired and hungry, the juvenile was in good condition and did not require medical treatment.  The DCSO SAR Horse Team provided the juvenile a ride to the Milican Crater Trail head, where he was later turned over to Northwest Outward Bound School employees.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 


Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:33:04 PDT

Emergency Notification Exercise Planned for Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Boundary (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Release Date: June 28, 2019

NARRATIVE:

Local public safety agencies are planning an emergency notification exercise mid-morning on Saturday, June 29th, 2019.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, and Deschutes County 911 will send out a test message via Deschutes Alerts around 10 am tomorrow morning to residents of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.

Deschutes Alerts is utilized to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of emergency situations, such as dangerous law enforcement incidents, missing persons and evacuations.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, and Deschutes County 911 want you and your family to be prepared for the upcoming wildland fire season, and any emergency.

The message will clearly indicate it is a test message and will encourage the receiver to update their profile in Deschutes Alerts, which can be done at www.deschutes.org/911/alerts. The message will also ask the receiver to encourage friends, family and neighbors to sign up for emergency alerts.  Residents can receive messages in the form of Everbridge Contact Bridge App (available on the Apple App Store and Google Play), text, voice call, email as well as TTY (text telephone).  Participants can provide up to 11 contact paths to receive notifications.  Once receivers respond they received the message, it will stop notifying them unless an updated message is sent out.  Please note that a text message may come in more than one text message, but will be numbered so you can read them in the correct order.

If you did not receive a test message, you are probably not signed up or have not updated your profile with current address and contact information.  Please go to www.deschutes.org/911/alerts to sign up.

If Sisters area residents have trouble receiving or signing up for messages, they are encouraged to contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District during business hours (8 am to 5 pm weekdays) at 301 South Elm Street or by phone at 541-549-0771.

Please do not call 911 for assistance with notifications and reserve 911 for reporting emergencies. 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:48:52 PDT

Man Rescued Off Of The South Sister Climbing Trail (Photo)

Date:  06/25/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued:  Blake Ettestad, 31 year old male, Redmond, OR 

On 06/25/19, at approximately 9:57am, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a report of an injured hiker on the South Sister climbing trail.  The injured hiker, identified as Blake Ettestad, had reportedly fallen on a portion of the trail at about 8,100' where it was steep, icy and approximately 4.5 miles from the Devil's Lake Trailhead.  Ettestad had lost control on the ice, fallen and slid into a tree, sustaining a non-life threatening injury which kept him from being able to continue.  Ettestad had been hiking with a small group of friends who stabilized him as best as they could and called 9-1-1.

Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies and 10 DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to assist.  Life Flight was contacted and assisted by flying four of the DCSO SAR Volunteers to the closest available landing area at approximately 7,550'.  The four SAR Volunteers then skinned up the trail to Ettestad's location, arriving at approximately 1:17pm.  Ettestad was further stabilized and packaged into a Cascade rescue sled for transport.  With thunderstorms passing through the area, five additional DCSO SAR Volunteers began hiking up the trail from Devil's Lake Trailhead in case Life Flight was not able to return.  Life Flight was able to return and meet the four DCSO SAR Volunteers, who had transported Ettestad back to the previously described landing area.  Life Flight then transported Ettestad to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Life Flight for their assistance with this rescue.  Without their assistance, the response time to Ettestad's location would have been considerably longer, potentially leading to further medical problems.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:56:05 PDT

Road Rage Menacing with a Firearm

 

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

Road Rage Menacing with a Firearm

 

Released by:          Sgt. K. Dizney

Release Date:        6/23/19

 

Location:                Highway 20 West near Cloverdale Road

         

Arrested:                 Lehr, Justin Allen    Age:  39

                                  Forest Grove, OR

 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On Sunday, 6/23/19, at approximately 5:55 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a road rage incident near the intersection of Highway 20 West and Cloverdale Road heading toward Sisters.  Deschutes County 911 received a report from one of the involved drivers who explained that a man later identified as Justin Lehr pointed a firearm at him from his vehicle in motion.  The victim driver described the suspect vehicle as a White Dodge Pickup and provided a description of the suspect driver who had pointed the gun.  The suspect vehicle followed the victim into Sisters where the victim turned and the suspect did not follow.  Deputies were assisted by the Black Butte Police and Oregon State Police with a search of the Sisters area looking for the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle was located in motion near Bi-Mart and deputies assisted by the Oregon State Police conducted a high risk (guns drawn) traffic stop and took Lehr into custody.  A search of his vehicle located a handgun that is alleged to be involved.  Lehr’s 7 year old son was also present in the vehicle during this incident and was returned to his mother following Lehr’s arrest.  Lehr was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges including:

 

  • Unlawful use of a Weapon
  • Menacing
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Minor

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:47:52 PDT

Airplane Crashes Into the Deschutes River Near Sunriver (Photo) **Updated 06-23-19 / 10 am

Updated Release

Date: June 23, 2019

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Pilot: Kevin Padrick, 63 year old male, Sunriver resident (Deceased)

Passenger: Johannes Noordwijk, 69 year old male, Sunriver resident

Aircraft: 1996 Maule M-7 Single Engine with floats

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office identified the occupants of the aircraft as Kevin Padrick and Johannes Noordwijk, both of Sunriver, Oregon.  Noordwijk, the passenger was able to escape the aircraft after the crash.  He was later assisted to shore by Sunriver Fire and Rescue.  Padrick was later located deceased by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Divers.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has video is asked to contact the Deschutes  County Sheriff's Office at non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911.

This incident (including circumstances around the crash and cause of death) is still under investigation by multiple agencies.  No more information is available at this time.

Original Release

Date: June 22, 2019

Released By: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

On 06-22-19 at approximately 10:40 am, Deschutes County 911 recieved a call of a plane crash in the Deschutes River near Sunriver. The plane flipped onto its top and submerged.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (Patrol, Search and Rescue, and Marine Patrol), Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police and Sunriver Fire and Rescue responded.  

Sunriver Fire and Rescue arrived and was able to rescue 5 subjects from the aircraft as it floated upside down.  One of the subjects was rescued was a male occupant of the aircraft who was able to escape the aircraft.  The other subjects had swam to the plane to assist the occupants.  It was determined a male subject was still underwater and initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The remaining occupant in the airplane was believed to be deceased.

The surviving occupant was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue with swift water rescue technicians and rescue divers arrived.  While being supported by Marine Patrol Deputies, divers were able to locate the second occupant of the aircraft deceased underwater.  

Initial information indicates the plane had just taken off from Sunriver Airport.  The aircraft, an amphibious float plane, flipped upside down upon contact with the water.  The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.  Any further information relating to the details of the crash investigation will be released by NTSB.  The release of names of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Sunriver Police and Fire, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

Adult Jail

(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

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