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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


Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:05:55 PST

Search Warrant Leads to Arrest of Fentanyl Trafficker, Concludes Long Term Investigation (Photo)

***UPDATE***

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) continued their investigation into the commercial drug offenses alleged to have been committed by Jeffrey Cluff of Bend. 

Cluff had been the target of SCU investigators for trafficking fentanyl in Deschutes County and was believed to be the leader of a localized drug trafficking organization. Upon serving a search warrant at Cluff’s trailer a substantial quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine was located and Cluff was charged for the illegal distribution. 

As part of SCU’s ongoing criminal investigation and additional search warrant was served at a separate location that Cluff is associated with in Bend. The result of this search yielded an additional commercial quantity of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl and nearly $37,000 in US currency and over $2,000 in Australian currency. 

Through their investigation narcotics detectives believed these were proceeds from illegal drug sales and seized the cash as fruits of the crimes of Cluff’s drug operation.

SCU would like to thank the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team for their assistance during this investigation.

 

***END OF UPDATE***

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: February 15, 2024

Location: 22000 block of Nelson Road, Deschutes County 

Arrested: Cluff, Jeffrey Jack 54-year-old male, Bend

Charges: Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance-Fentanyl, Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance-Fentanyl, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Felony Warrant-Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Narrative:

On February 14th, 2024, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) concluded a long-term investigation into the possession and distribution of Fentanyl and Methamphetamine in Deschutes County with the arrest of Cluff.

SCU detectives identified Cluff as a fentanyl trafficker in Deschutes County through several separate investigations indicating that Cluff was a primary source of supply for localized fentanyl distribution.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, working alongside detectives from the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team developed enough investigative information to secure a search warrant for Cluff’s residence, near the Bend Airport.

Narcotics detectives coordinated a traffic stop utilizing the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Community Action Target Team (CATT) resulting in the arrest of Cluff and seizure of a criminal amount of powder fentanyl packaged for delivery.

Narcotics detectives then executed a search warrant at Cluff’s trailer and seized a commercial quantity of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, a commercial quantity of suspected powdered fentanyl and a commercial quantity of methamphetamine.

As a result of the investigation investigators learned Cluff maintained a connection with a Drug Trafficking Organization in the Portland area which served as his source of fentanyl supply. Cluff would purchase large quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine from this source and redistribute the controlled substance to localized dealers within Deschutes County as well as directly distributing the controlled substance to local users. 

The SCU Detectives investigative information shows Cluff was operating in the capacity of the head of this localized drug trafficking organization. Cluff was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on the above-mentioned charges.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit would like to thank the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team for their assistance with information that aided in 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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 

 


Mon, 19 Feb 2024 12:14:25 PST

Assistance Requested in Locating Missing Male From La Pine Area (Photo)

Additional information

Mr. Seymour was found safe and in good health. 

 

UPDATE

Released by: Lieutenant Jayson Janes

Date: February 19, 2024

 

Mr. Seymour has been located. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in locating Mr. Seymour. 

End of release

 

Released by: Lieutenant Jayson Janes

Date: February 18, 2024

Missing Person: Kenneth Seymour, 41 year old male

Vehicle: White 2020 Ford F150 with Oregon license 061 PKZ

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 41 year old Kenneth Seymour. Seymour is described as 5’8” approximately 250 pounds with green eyes and blond hair. 

Seymour was last seen on February 15, 2024, leaving a residence on Hwy 31 in La Pine. Seymour left the area in his white 2020 Ford F150 displaying Oregon license 061 PKZ. Seymour is possibly wearing a gray Carhartt sweatshirt and black Muck boots or Hey Dude shoes. 

If you have information on Seymour’s whereabouts or if you have seen Seymour, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office 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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:28:33 PST

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Request Public Assistance in Finding Owner of 8 Abandoned Puppies (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: February 12, 2024

Narrative:

On February 8th, 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the La Pine Animal Hospital regarding 8 puppies that were brought in by a concerned citizen. During the course of the investigation it was determined the 8 puppies, who were believed to be approximately 7-8 weeks old were abandoned in the area of Boundary Road and Camino De Oro Avenue in La Pine. 

A witness advised that a green Subaru was seen leaving the area, driven by a late 20’s male and a female passenger. The witness was unable to obtain a license plate of the Subaru. Keeping in mind this vehicle may be un-related, investigators would like to contact the driver and passenger of the green Subaru.

The 8 puppies were eventually transported to the Humane Society in Bend, where they were all evaluated and are currently being treated.

Based on the information gathered it appears the puppies were abandoned. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate the puppies’ owners, if anyone recognizes the puppies or has information regarding the owner(s) please contact Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center (non-emergency 541-693-6911), reference case number 24-7083.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Mon, 12 Feb 2024 04:09:50 PST

Motor Vehicle Crash Temporarily Closes SW Helmholtz Way near SW Canal Blvd

***Update - SW Helmholtz Way is now open for travel***

 

On February 11, 2024 at approximately 1950 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported single-vehicle rollover crash that sheared a power pole along SW Helmholtz Way near SW Canal Blvd.  The crash resulted in multiple power lines hanging low over SW Helmholtz Way.  

A Trooper with the Oregon State Police arrived first on scene and made contact with the driver, who was trapped in a Tesla resting on its roof.  Redmond Fire units arrived and have begun extrication efforts.  An air ambulance has been requested, which is enroute for transport.

Central Electric advised DCSO that the wires across the roadway are considered to be active and dangerous.  Drivers are asked to avoid the area, and nearby residents are asked to stay in their homes.  

SW Helmholtz Way will remain closed during the investigation and evaluation of the power lines.  This release will be updated when the road re-opens.  


Sun, 11 Feb 2024 21:07:02 PST

Motor Vehicle Crash Temporarily Closes SW Helmholtz Way near SW Canal Blvd (Photo)

***News release updated with photo***

On February 11, 2024 at approximately 1950 hours, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a reported single-vehicle rollover crash that sheared a power pole along SW Helmholtz Way near SW Canal Blvd.  The crash resulted in multiple power lines hanging low over SW Helmholtz Way.  

A Trooper with the Oregon State Police arrived first on scene and made contact with the driver, who was trapped in a Tesla resting on its roof.  Redmond Fire units arrived and have begun extrication efforts.  An air ambulance has been requested, which is enroute for transport.

Central Electric advised DCSO that the wires across the roadway are considered to be active and dangerous.  Drivers are asked to avoid the area, and nearby residents are asked to stay in their homes.  

SW Helmholtz Way will remain closed during the investigation and evaluation of the power lines.  This release will be updated when the road re-opens.  


Wed, 07 Feb 2024 13:34:47 PST

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Team Execute Search Warrant (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: February 7, 2024

Location: 7000 block of SW 77th Street, Redmond, Oregon

Arrested: Putnam, Christopher George

Charges: ORS 475C.337, Possession of Marijuana (32 times legal limit) ORS 475C.345 Attempted Delivery of Marijuana (32 times legal limit)

 

Narrative:

On February 6th, 2024, at approximately 9:30 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Illegal Marijuana Market Team (DCIMME) executed a search warrant in the 7000 block of SW 77th Street, Redmond, Oregon. This was the result of a long-term investigation into the possession, manufacture, and delivery of illegal marijuana and marijuana items.

Putnam was contacted during a traffic stop where he was read and provided a copy of the search warrant. Detectives then responded to the residence where they executed the search warrant. 

During the search, detectives located and seized an AR-15, two handguns, 152 pounds of processed marijuana estimated to have a street value of $100,000.00 and almost $10,000.00 in U.S. Currency.

The marijuana seized was pre-packaged and destined for the black market according to investigators.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office's Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Team (DCIMME) continues to conduct investigations into the illegal manufacturing of marijuana in Deschutes County. 

We are asking the community that if they see anything or smell anything that they find suspicious of marijuana growing operations, to report them to the DCIMME team. 

These reports can be made through non-emergency dispatch 541-693-6911 and through CannaFacts — Facts about Legal and Illegal Cannabis in Our Community (canna-facts.com).

DCIMME would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, Drug Enforcement Administration, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department, Oregon Army National Guard Counterdrug, Oregon Water Resources, Deschutes County Code Enforcement, and Oregon State Police.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Mon, 05 Feb 2024 14:35:57 PST

Tent Fire Off China Hat Road Extinguished by Quick Actions of Responding Deputies (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: February 5, 2024

Location: U.S. Forest Service Road 1801, mile post 2.5 China Hat Road

Narrative:

On February 3rd, 2024, at approximately 1:00 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a tent fire in a camp off of the U.S. Forest Service Road 1801, near China Hat Road.

Deputies arrived on scene and determined the tent fire was a result of wood stove fire which eventually burnt the tent, surrounding area, and began threatening large trees.

Deputies were able to dig a fire line around the spreading flames and contained the fire to an approximate area of 30’x30’. Deputies were also able to knock the flames down and prevented spreading of the 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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Fri, 02 Feb 2024 08:16:03 PST

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Requesting Assistance Locating Missing Terrebonne Woman

****UPDATE****

Shelly Ann Morton has been located and is no longer considered a missing person. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.

****END of UPDATE****

 

 

****CORRECTION****

Morton was last seen Monday January 29th.

 

****END OF CORRECTION****

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: February 1, 2024

Missing Person: Morton, Shelly Ann 47-year-old female, Terrebonne

Missing Person Description: Caucasian female, 5’06, 165lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes

Vehicle of Interest: 2020 Blue KIA Sorrento Oregon license plate 345 NDA

 

Narrative:

The Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a missing/overdue female from the Terrebonne area.

Shelly Ann Morton’s last contact with family was on Monday January 26th. Morton drives a 2020 blue Kia Sorrento bearing Oregon license 345 NDA, and frequents the Terrebonne and Redmond areas.

At this time, it is unknown where Morton would be travelling to, or if she is still in the local central Oregon area.

We are asking the public to contact non-emergency 911 Dispatch (541-693-6911), reference case # 24-5656, if the blue Kia Sorrento or Morton is witnessed.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Mon, 29 Jan 2024 11:22:39 PST

Human Remains Located in Vacant Field Near Landfill Determined to be a Disposal Error (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: January 29, 2024

Location: 61000 block of 27th Street, Bend

 

Narrative:

On January 21st, 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of possible human remains located near the Knott Landfill.

The reporting party had been walking a number of dogs in a field across 27th Street from the Knott Landfill when one of the dogs returned with what initially appeared to be a portion of a human foot.

Deputies responded to the location and secured the item which was determined to indeed be a portion of a human foot. Investigators contacted numerous agencies to assist with the peculiar case. The State of Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Forensic Anthropology Unit, Deschutes County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office all assisted with helping identify how the human remains could end up in a vacant field near the landfill.

Investigators have determined the partial remains are not suspicious in nature and more likely than not is a result of accidental improper disposal. It is with a high degree of confidence the remains are a result of a medical procedure (an amputation).

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Mon, 29 Jan 2024 10:44:19 PST

Accidental Shooting Sends Seven-Year-Old to Hospital (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: January 29, 2024

Location: 64000 block of Hunnell Road, Bend

Arrested: Ipock,Roy 32-year-old male, Bend

Charges: Assault in the Third Degree, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Negligent Wounding

 

Narrative:

On January 28th, 2024, at approximately 2:30 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of an apparent gunshot wound. Initial reports detailed a 7-year-old male was accidentally shot while a family member was manipulating a handgun.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned Roy Ipock was manipulating a handgun in the living room of his residence. His 7-year-old son was in the room as well when the firearm discharged a round striking him in the area of his armpit. The 7-year-old was transported to St. Charles Bend, and eventually to a Portland area hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives assisted with the investigation, interviewing all subjects present, applying for and being granted a search warrant for the residence, collecting evidence related to the investigation.

Roy Ipock cooperated with the investigation and was issued a citation in lieu of custody for the above-mentioned crimes.

This investigation is on-going, further details may be released when they become available.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Sat, 27 Jan 2024 21:45:22 PST

**Update**Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Requesting Assistance Locating Missing La Pine Woman

Released By:  Sergeant Kalmbach

Release Date: January 27, 2024

****UPDATE****

On Saturday, January 27th, 2023 Tamera Torkelson was located deceased in the area of 6th St. and Hwy 97 in the La Pine area.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division responded and conducted a thorough investigation and foul play is NOT suspected.  The Deschutes County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office will continue the investigation. Prior to the discovery of Torkelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive search for Torkelson.  Efforts included the deployment of K9 Bloodhound, Copper, and his handler, Search and Rescue Deputies, Detectives, drones, and the Patrol Division.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the residents of La Pine for their assistance in this matter.

 

****END OF UPDATE****

 

Released Date: January 25, 2024

Missing Person: Tamera Torkelson, 35-year-old female, La Pine

Description of Missing/Overdue: 5’06”, 180 lbs. black shoulder length hair and brown eyes

Narrative:

On January 25, 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a missing/overdue female from the La Pine area.

Deputies learned through their investigation Tamera Torkelson left her residence at approximately 10:00 pm on January 24th, 2024. 

Tamera Torkelson left her residence on foot, without a phone or identification. Tamera was last seen wearing a black and white sweater, unknown color leggings, and slippers or sandals of unknown color. It is not known where Tamera will travel to, however has friends in the La Pine area.

If you or anyone you know has seen Tamera Torkelson, please contact non-emergency Dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference case number 24-4421.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 


Thu, 25 Jan 2024 19:15:14 PST

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Requesting Assistance Locating Missing La Pine Woman (Photo)

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Released Date: January 25, 2024

Missing Person: Tamera Torkelson, 35-year-old female, La Pine

Description of Missing/Overdue: 5’06”, 180 lbs. black shoulder length hair and brown eyes

Narrative:

On January 25, 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a missing/overdue female from the La Pine area.

Deputies learned through their investigation Tamera Torkelson left her residence at approximately 10:00 pm on January 24th, 2024. 

Tamera Torkelson left her residence on foot, without a phone or identification. Tamera was last seen wearing a black and white sweater, unknown color leggings, and slippers or sandals of unknown color. It is not known where Tamera will travel to, however has friends in the La Pine area.

If you or anyone you know has seen Tamera Torkelson, please contact non-emergency Dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference case number 24-4421.

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County. 

 

 

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