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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


Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:42:21 PST

La Pine Man Arrested After An Occupied Home Burglary

Released by Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

December 12th, 2019 – For Immediate Release

La Pine, Oregon – On December 12th, 2019 at approximately 1:07PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to burglary in progress at an occupied home on the 16000 block of Cassidy Drive within the City of La Pine.

The homeowners called Deschutes County 911 after the family pet began barking at the intruder. They searched the home and found 23 year old, Dakota Daniel Willis, of La Pine in their child’s room. The homeowners chased Willis out of the house and into the street. Willis fled the area as the homeowners called 911.

DCSO Deputies arrived in the area within minutes and found Willis running on Health Drive. Willis ran into an open garage and attempted to hide as Deputies pursued. Ultimately, he surrendered to Deputies and was taken into custody without further incident.

The Deputies’ investigation determined that Willis entered the home through an unlocked door and was not able to steal any property before being confronted. No one was injured during the incident.  

Willis was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail with Burglary I, Trespass I and Attempted Theft III charges. In addition, Willis had an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Appear for a Possession of Methamphetamine charge in Marion County, Oregon.

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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Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:30:11 PST

Pursuit of Vehicle NE of Redmond; Driver Arrested (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: December 12, 2019

Location:    NE of Redmond, Oregon

Arrested:     Vannorsdall, Kent A.  27 year old male   Prineville, Oregon

Charges:     Attempt to Elude – Felony, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Driving Suspended – Misdemeanor, Identity Theft, Out of County Warrant x 2

NARRATIVE:

On December 12, 2019, at approximately 7:36am, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a purple 1996 Ford Probe in the area of NW Canal Blvd. and NE Oneil Way, NE of Redmond, for failing to display a front license plate and expired registration.  The driver of the Probe failed to stop and the deputy initiated a pursuit on the vehicle.  Early in the pursuit, the right rear tire of the suspect’s vehicle failed and the vehicle was being driven on three tires and a rim.  The pursuit continued toward the northeast, away from Redmond, at speeds ranging from 40 – 65 MPH, with a max speed of 78 MPH.

Additional deputies responded to the area to assist with establishing a perimeter and setting up spike strips.  Approximately fourteen minutes into the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle lost the other rear tire and the driver lost control and ended up in the ditch near the area of Smith Rock Way and Lone Pine Road.   Deputies then took the driver, Kent A. Vannorsdall, into custody.  Vannorsdall was subsequently transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail and lodged on the above listed charges.

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 led 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, 08 Dec 2019 04:29:16 PST

Missing Endangered Infant Located after State-Wide Search

Released by: Sergeant James McLaughlin

Release Date: December 8th, 2019

Location 19000 Block of Shoshone Rd. Bend

Arrested: Skeele, Amber Joy 30 year old female, Eugene resident 

Charges: Custodial Interferance I, Burglary I, Contempt of Court

Narrative:

On 12/8/19 at approximately 8:45pm, Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an in-progress domestic dispute on Shoshone Road in the Deschutes River Woods neighborhood.  While in route, deputies learned that two females had engaged in a physical struggle with the father of an infant child, and fled the residence with the child.  Deputies subsequently learned one of the females, Amber Skeele, was the child’s mother, and the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) had removed the infant from her care, placing the infant with his father, due to a recent arrest involving child neglect, which is still under investigation. 

Probable Cause was developed for the crimes of Custodial Interference in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, and Contempt of Court. 

Deputies conducted an extensive search of the region for the females and their associated vehicle.  Skeele was reportedly from the Eugene area, but other information was available that she may travel east to Idaho.  Deschutes County issued a statewide all-points bulletin broadcast in an attempt to locate the vehicle for the safety of the child. 

At approximately 12:30am on 12/8/19, a Lane County deputy and a trooper with the Oregon State Police located the vehicle in the Eugene area.  Both females were found in the vehicle with the child.  Skeele was arrested and the child was returned safely to his father.  Skeele was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail and booked on the aforementioned charges.  Information on possible criminal charges for the other female will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review.  

Numerous investigative techniques were used to locate the child.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division was assisted in this investigation by Deschutes County 911, the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, and the Deschutes County Detectives Division; as well as the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Sunriver Police Department, Eugene Police Department, Deschutes and Lane County DHS, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigation, 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.


Sat, 07 Dec 2019 02:16:39 PST

Domestic Investigation

Domestic Violence Investigation

12/07/19

By: Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Suspect:  29 year old male

                Redmond, Oregon

 

Victim:  22 year old female

              Redmond, Oregon

 

On 12/06/19 at approximately the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible domestic dispute in the Terrebonne area.  Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call, and could hear a female screaming and crying.  During the phone call Dispatchers could hear what they believed to be a Domestic Assault in progress.

A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and two Officers with the Redmond Police Department arrived on the scene and witnessed an assault taking place.  The Deputy and the two Officers were able to get the victim out of the residence safely.  The male suspect ran into another room and locked himself inside.  It was believed the suspect might have access to weapons in that room.  The Deputy and the two Officers evacuated the victim to a safe location, and set a perimeter around the house.

Several more Deputies and several Officers from the Redmond and Bend Police Department arrived on scene to assist along with armor from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.  Several attempts were made to contact the male including phone calls into the house, and loud hailing from the armor.  There was no response from the residence.

This is an ongoing investigation and the names of the suspect and victim will not be released at this time.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, the Bend Police Department, the Redmond Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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, 06 Dec 2019 01:23:01 PST

New Truck Crashes Into a La Pine Storage Building After Losing Wheel (Photo)

Released by Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

December 5th, 2019 – For Immediate Release

La Pine, Oregon – On December 5th, 2019 at approximately 9:43PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to motor vehicle crash into a commerical building. The manager of High Desert Self Storage located at 52620 Pan Lane, in the City of La Pine, told Deschutes County 911 that a truck drove into his employer’s building.

This was the second motor vehicle crash into a building in La Pine today.

DCSO Deputies arrived to find a 2019 Ford F250 had driven off the roadway, through a chain link fence and into a building of storage units. The truck partially penetrated two full storage units. None of the units were occupied by people.

The Deputies’ investigation determined that the 2019 Ford was being driven by 73 year-old, John Roger Pasma, of Bend, Oregon. Mr. Pasma was employed to drive the new truck from a Grants Pass car dealership to a Bend car dealership where it was to be sold the next day.

During Pasma’s drive on Highway 97, the truck's front-right tire separated from the wheel. For reasons unknown, Mr. Pasma continued to drive on the metal wheel for a substantial distance. This caused the front wheel to be ground down to the wheel studs.

When Mr. Pasma arrived in La Pine, he attempted to navigate the truck to a tire repair store before losing control of the truck. It appears Mr. Pasma applied the accelerator rather than the brake. This caused the truck to leave the roadway, through a fence and into two storage units.

No one was injured in the crash. The damage to the new truck was moderate and the metal framed building was substantial. The damage to the storage units contents are unknown since it was unsafe to enter the building. 

The cause remains under investigation. Alcohol and/or drug impairment do not appear to be factors. Although citations have not been issued, reports have been forward to the DMV recommending Mr. Pasma for a driver’s license re-examination.

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, 29 Nov 2019 20:31:00 PST

Tri-County Major Incident Team Activated for Deputy Involved Shooting in Bend (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: November 29, 2019

NARRATIVE:

A deputy-involved shooting has occurred involving one of our deputies in the area of Robal Lane and Hunnell Road, at the north end of Bend.  The shooting occurred at 6:08 pm.  The Tri-County Major Incident Team is being called out to the scene. The adult male subject in this incident has been transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  His condition is currently unknown. Our deputy was not injured. Any future information will be released by the DA’s Office and Major Incident Team.

In accordance with our office's standard practice, one deputy at the scene will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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Sun, 24 Nov 2019 20:47:53 PST

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Searching For Missing Cloverdale Man (Photo)

********UPDATE********

Mr. Lake was found deceased today at about 5 p.m., southwest of Suttle Lake.  No foul play is suspected.    

 

******CORRECTION******

Lake's vehicle is a Ram 2500 series pickup truck.    

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******UPDATE*****

Larger photo of Connor Lake and two photos of his pickup truck attached.

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DCSO Searching for Missing Cloverdale Area Man 

Released by: Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Release Date: November 24, 2019

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Cloverdale area man, last seen around 8:00pm on Friday November 22nd, 2019 at his residence in the 18000 block of 2nd Avenue.

Connor Lake, age 22, is believed to have left his residence and was last seen heading toward Bend.  He is driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup with Oregon license SL61503 that is gray/silver in color.  The vehicle has a small lift kit, oversized black wheels and tires, a black tool box in the bed, and a black “Fox” tail gate pad draped over the rear tail gate. 

Lake was last seen wearing brown cowboy boots, dark blue jeans, a green crewneck sweater, and a white/gray baseball cap with a leather “Made in Oregon” logo on the front.

A photo of Lake and his vehicle is attached to this release for reference. 

Anyone with information on Lake’s location is asked to call Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 541-693-6911.

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 led 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, 24 Nov 2019 13:18:24 PST

La Pine man shot after checking on victim of assault. (Photo)

**** UPDATE ****

UPDATED INFORMATION, ADDING BOOKING PHOTOGRAPH AND VICTIM NAME

MALE VICTIM: Jonathon James Arnold,

                            La Pine, OR

The male victim in this case is identified as Jonathon James Arnold of La Pine. Due to the ongoing investigation the female victim’s name will not be released.

The location Arnold ran to after being shot is called Vic’s Bar and Grill. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this case.

Released by:  Sgt. Jayson Janes

Release Date:  11/24/19  

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Location:     Highway 97 and Burgess Rd. La Pine              

 

Arrested:     Wilson, Cheyenne- 43 year old male

                       Marcola, OR

 

Victims:       37 year old male

                      La Pine, OR

                     

                      34 year old female

                      Pleasant Hill, OR

 

Charges:     Assault II, Assault IV, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing (2 counts), and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 11/24/19 at approximately 0011 hours Deschutes County 911 received a call from a Vic’s Tavern employee who reported a male had just come into the establishment with a gunshot wound. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Oregon State Police, and Sunriver Police responded to the area. The male victim was located inside of Vic’s Tavern. La Pine Fire Department medics responded and began treating the victim. The victim was transported to St. Charles Medical Center by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Deputies contacted Wilson in the area of Hwy 97 and Burgess Rd. Wilson had been located and held by two citizens after they learned of the shooting. Wilson was taken into custody without incident. The handgun used in the incident was recovered nearby.

 

Sheriff’s Office detectives were called to assist in the investigation. Based on witness and victim statements it was determined Wilson and the female victim were walking away from Vic’s Tavern. While walking away from the area, Wilson began assaulting the female victim. The male victim was outside of his residence and could hear a female yelling and calling for help. The male victim decided to check the area, and the welfare of the female.  The male victim contacted the female on Hwy. 97 near Burgess Rd to check her welfare. While speaking with the female, the male victim was contacted by Wilson. The male victim was trying to keep Wilson from the female and himself at which time Wilson displayed a handgun. Wilson then fired the handgun at the male victim as he was trying to get away. The victim was struck by one round from Wilson’s handgun.

 

The female victim and Wilson are friends and were visiting the La Pine area. The female received minor injuries. The male victim received a gunshot wound to the buttock.

 

Wilson was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on the above mentioned charges.

 

The victim’s names will not be released at this time as this case is still under 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, 23 Nov 2019 04:15:48 PST

Pursuit of Speeding Vehicle

MEDIA RELEASE  

Pursuit of Speeding Vehicle

Released by: Sgt. Dizney

Release Date: 11/23/19

Location:    Highway 20 East milepost 27

Arrested:     Titus, Blair Nathanial         Age:  21

                      Salt Lake City, UT

Passenger: Adult female                         Age:  21

Charges:     Attempt to Elude

                      Felon in Possession of a Stolen Firearm

                      Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

                      Reckless Driving

                      Recklessly Endangering

                      Violation of Restraining Order

                      False Information to a Police Officer

 

NARRATIVE:

On Friday, 11/22/19, at approximately 2305 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) was made aware of a police pursuit that was taking place on Highway 20 East in Harney County being conducted by the Hines Police Department and assisted by the Oregon State Police.  It was learned a White 2014 VW Passat with Utah plates was attempting to elude officers at speeds reported to be at approximately 118 mph.  DCSO learned that pursuing officers discontinued the pursuit a few minutes later and that that vehicle was still headed toward Deschutes County.  At this time, DCSO learned the reason for the pursuit had been related to the speed.    

DCSO deputies responded to the area of milepost 42 on Highway 20 East in effort to attempt to locate the suspect vehicle.  At approximately 2340 hours, a deputy located the vehicle at this location and observed the vehicle to be speeding at 108 mph according to radar.  The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for the speeding violation and the driver failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated.  The suspect vehicle maintained speeds between approximately 115-120 mph for approximately 12 miles before another deputy was able to deploy spike strips.  Spike strips are designed to deflate the tires of a suspect vehicle at a controlled rate to bring a vehicle to a safe stop.  The deputy was successful with the spike strip deployment and the vehicle began to slow to speeds around 30 mph.  The suspect vehicle continued to attempt to elude at which time the original pursuing deputy was able to deploy the PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to cause a controlled rotation of the vehicle causing the vehicle to drive off the roadway and come to a safe stop. 

Deputies then conducted a high risk traffic stop while displaying firearms at the occupants of the vehicle, who were determined to be an adult male driver and an adult female passenger.  Both subjects were detained without further incident. 

An investigation determined the occupants of the car were traveling together, but no probable cause was established for the arrest of the female passenger.  The male driver, identified as Blair Nathanial Titus, was identified as having been in possession of a stolen firearm and suspected Methamphetamines, which he had attempted to hide by throwing them from the vehicle during the PIT maneuver.  Deputies were able to locate the gun and drugs near the car.  The firearm was determined to be stolen from Spokane, Washington.  Deputies further learned that there was a valid protection order from the Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah protecting the female passenger from being in the presence of Titus. 

Titus was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for the listed charges. 

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 led 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, 22 Nov 2019 12:52:26 PST

LaPine Mail Theft (Photo)

MEDIA RELEASE  

LaPine Mail Theft

 

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

 

Release Date: November 22, 2019

 

Location:    Elderberry Ln / Pine Forest Drive, LaPine, Oregon

 

Arrested:     Nessly, David Stephen, 20, LaPine

 

Charges:     Mail Theft (20 counts)

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On November 22, 2019 at about 0548 hours, Deputies from the Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious subject in the area of Elderberry Ln and Pine Forest Drive, LaPine. The subject was described as acting suspicious at mailboxes in the area, and was possibly stealing mail.

 

Deputies responded and located the subject, David Nessly. After a brief investigation it was determined that Nessly was in possession of mail stolen from several mailboxes in the area.

 

Nessly was arrested and booked at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on 20 counts of Mail Theft.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office encourages any additional victims to call non-emergency dispatch at (541) 693-6911 to make a report.

 

The sheriff’s office would also like to remind citizens to be vigilant and report this type of suspicious activity during this holiday season. It is a good practice to collect your mail on a daily basis, use a locking mailbox and ensure packages delivered to your residence are removed at the earliest opportunity.

 

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 led 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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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:02:22 PST

Search And Rescue Volunteer Annual Recruitment Begins (Photo)

Date:  11/20/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2018, DCSO SAR completed 143 missions and over 300 trainings. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain/Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Selected applicants, who must be at least 21 years of age, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. The 2020 SAR Academy will begin on March 30th, with Volunteers graduating on May 14th. Generally, training occurs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises.

Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a "pack test", which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy.

Applications can be found online at www.deschutes.org/jobs and must be submitted by January 17th, 2020 at 5 PM.

Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include a flexible schedule enabling mission attendance, the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy.

Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to http://sheriff.deschutes.org/Special-Services/sar/ and www.deschutessearchandrescue.org.

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, 19 Nov 2019 08:33:55 PST

Preparations Underway for 2019 Shop with a Cop Program (Photo)

Released by:  Sergeant William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: November 19, 2019

NARRATIVE:         

Planning and preparations are underway for the 2019 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop is a joint venture between local law enforcement agencies throughout Central Oregon, local Walmart stores, and McDonalds. Its primary focus is to help make the holidays a little brighter for less-fortunate families, and provide an opportunity for children to engage in positive police interaction.

Here are the dates for the 2019 Shop with a Cop program:

  • Redmond Walmart: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, approximately 1:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Bend Walmart: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, approximately 1:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Bend Walmart: Thursday, December 12, 2019, approximately 1:00pm-5:00pm.

This will be the 19th year this event will take place. The program has come a long ways since its inception in 2001; that year, 20 school-aged students went shopping, and the $1500 in donations came from employees at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

During 2018’s program, 102 school-aged children (grades 1-12) participated, shopping for themselves and their family members. The students are often hesitant to get anything for themselves, instead being more concerned with the needs of their family members. The officers encourage the student shoppers get something for themselves, including a warm winter coat and a new set of snow boots. Gifts are often essential items such as; shoes, clothing, personal hygiene items, household items and other needed supplies. The program also assists children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies.

Shop with a Cop is completely funded by donations from our community. Many businesses, organizations, and individual citizens give money to the program. No tax dollars are spent on this program. In addition to shopping with the students, Shop with a Cop also partners with Walmart to help provide a Christmas meal for some families.  We apply 100% of community donations to this local program.

Participating students are referred primarily by a community based advocacy group that works directly with school-aged children at most schools throughout Deschutes County. Additional students are referred via the Central Oregon Partnership for Youth (COPY) program, which provides positive mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. The selected students are picked up by officers at their respective schools and driven to Walmart where they then enjoy a "one-on-one" shopping experience with their uniformed partner. While gifts are being wrapped, the students are treated to lunch donated by the in-store McDonald's restaurants.
 
Shop with a Cop is overseen and coordinated by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, however, its continued success stems from the participation of deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, officers and deputies from agencies throughout Central Oregon, the Oregon State Police, and law enforcement from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and BLM. Shop with a Cop has also been overwhelmingly successful in past years because of the outstanding generosity, in the form of monetary support, from local citizens and businesses. Volunteer support for the program has always been a critical part of the program's success as well.

For businesses and citizens who would like to make a monetary contribution towards this year's program, donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend, or at the Sheriff's Office's substations in La Pine and Sisters.
 
Checks, made out to "DCSO SWAC", can also be mailed to:

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Shop with a Cop Program
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703

We again would like to thank the many Central Oregon businesses and community members that make Shop with a Cop possible...together, we CAN again make a big difference in the lives of many individuals and families!
 
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Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:39:36 PST

Dispute at Transient Camp leads to Gunshots

Released by: Sgt. Shawn Heierman- Patrol Division

Release Date: November 18, 2019

Incident Location:  Undeveloped property near NE 17th, NE Hemlock Ave.

 

Suspect: Earl Benjamin Noble   Age: 47 years old

Charges: Burglary 1

                 Assault 4

                 Menacing

                 Unlawful use of a Weapon

                 Felon in Possession of a firearm

Victim: David Ybarra  Age: 60 years old

 

 

NARRATIVE:

On November 18, 2019 at approximately 5:00 a.m., 911 dispatch received a call from a female at a transient camp east of Redmond City Limits just east of the NE 17th and Hemlock Ave intersection. The female caller reported a physical dispute over a stolen utility trailer and stated gunshots were fired during the dispute between victim, David Ybarra and suspect, Earl Noble.

Several members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office along with DCSO Swat, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department and Oregon State Police units arrived on scene to assist with evacuation of the camp residents, and to secure and search the area for Noble.

It was determined Noble had fled the area shortly after Law Enforcement arrival. Ybarra suffered minor injuries and no other parties were apparently harmed.

At this time, Earl Noble is wanted for questioning in regards to this incident. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Please call 911 to report any information regarding Noble's whereabouts or this incident. This investigation is on-going and further information will be released when appropriate.

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 led 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.


Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:20:59 PST

DCSO Searching for Missing Sisters Area Man (Photo)

 

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655

***** UPDATE*****

James Fisher was located at approximately 6:00am in the Sisters area.  Fisher contacted a resident in the 16000 block of Perit Huntington Road in Sisters and sought shelter from the temperatures.  The resident immediately contacted Deschutes County 911 and provided the information.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies responded and verified that the subject was James Fisher.  

Fisher was transported by EMS to the hospital for evaluation.

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

DCSO Searching for Missing Sisters Area Man

 

Released by: Sgt. Deke DeMars

Release Date: November 16, 2019

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Sisters area man, last seen around 10:00 pm on Friday November 15th, 2019 at his residence in the 400 block of N Songbird Street in Sisters.

 

James Fisher, age 89, is believed to have left his residence on N Songbird Street on foot, sometime after 10:00 pm November 15th, 2019.  His whereabouts are unknown and investigators have learned Fisher has difficulty hearing and suffers from memory loss. Fisher is described as a white male, 6’2”, 165 lbs, with gray colored hair and green eyes.  Fisher is possibly wearing a black plaid flannel long sleeve shirt, light blue jeans with black shoes and might be wearing a black Oregon State University baseball hat.

 

Fisher does not have a phone with him and has difficulty walking.  He is familiar with the areas of downtown Sisters, the Timber Creek Subdivision, and the shopping center near Bi-Mart and Rays Food Place in Sisters. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or that has seen James Fisher to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak with a deputy.

 

A photo of Fisher is attached to this release for reference. 

 

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.

 

 

## End of Release ##


Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:44:51 PST

Injured Hiker Rescued from Top of Misery Ridge (Photo)

Released by:          Dep. Josh Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              11/15/2019     1:40 PM

Location:               Smith Rock State Park

Rescued:               Roth, Jennifer, Sutherlin, OR, 48 year old female

NARRATIVE:

On 11/15/19 at about 1:41 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker, later identified as Jennifer Roth, who had slipped and fell on the trail while hiking on top of Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park. While the injury was reportedly non-life-threatening, it had left Roth immobilized and stranded on top of Misery Ridge.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and 13 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to the scene to assist. Redmond Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and were the first to make contact with Roth, tending to her injuries until DCSO units could arrive.

The DCSO Deputy and SAR volunteers, along with the assistance of Redmond Fire, transported Roth down the Misery Ridge trail on wheeled litter. Roth was handed over to a member of her party at her request and was reportedly intending on seeking further treatment of her injuries at St. Charles.  

 

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

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(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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