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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, 19 Jun 2021 03:17:42 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist lost hikers near Yapoah Lake

Released by: Deputy Shane Zook, Assistanant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date: June 18, 2021

Location: Yapoah Lake

Persons Assisted: Autum Keller, 30 year old female, Yamhill, OR and Tasmin Strode 31 year old male, Yamhill, OR

 

On 06-18-21 at about 8:30 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a call of two lost hikers near Yapoah Lake, which is a small wilderness lake about 11 miles south west of the city of Sisters. 

The subjects were lost and their phone was nearly dead.  Dispatch was able to get the coordinates of their phone, which were provided to a special services deputy.  The deputy contacted the subjects and advised them to stay at their current location.  The deputy paged out Deschutes County Sheriff's Office search and rescue volunteers to assist the lost hikers.  Six volunteers responded and were deployed to hikers location.

Because of the remote location and the fact that the hikers had wandered a good distance from the nearest trail, search and rescue volunteers did not reach the subjects until 12:40 AM.  The subjects were in good health and were able to hike back with volunteers to the trailhead where their vehicle was parked.

Search and rescue volunteers were all secured by 3:30 AM.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:54:29 PDT

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist mountain bike rider at Phil's Trailhead

Released by: Deputy Shane Zook, Assistanant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date: June 18, 2021

Location: Phil's Trailhead

Person Assisted: Paula Jewett, 52 year old female, Eugene, OR

On 06-18-21 at about 1249 hours, Deschutes County Dispatch received a call of an injured mountain bike rider at Phil's Trailhead.  The caller indicated that they were going to need assistance to get the injured rider back to the Phil's Trailhead parking lot.  Nine Deschutes County Sheriff's Office search and rescue volunteers, along with one deputy responded to the scene.

The injured rider was located about .7 miles down Kent's Trail from the Phil's Trailhead parking lot.  Search and rescue medical team staff assessed the rider's medical condition.  The rider was then loaded into a wheeled litter.  Search and rescue volunteers carried the rider in the litter, to the parking lot, where Bend Fire and Rescue was on scene with an ambulance.  The rider refused transport via ambulance and planned to seek futher medical treatment on their own.  

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Fri, 18 Jun 2021 10:19:22 PDT

Public's Assistance Requested for Multiple Burglaries

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date Released: June 18, 2021

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Redmond Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect involved in multiple burglaries to businesses in Sisters and Redmond. The burglaries took place overnight between June 17th and 18th.

If you know who this subject is please call 541-693-6911 reference DCSO case 21-32343 or Redmond PD case 21-15294.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:58:56 PDT

Vehicle Pursuit Leads To Arrest

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: June 16, 2021

Location:  USFS Rd 4330, North of Burgess Rd, La Pine

Arrestee:  Lester, Brackery 27 year old male, La Pine, OR

Charges:  Attempt to Elude Felony, Parole Violation, and Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended

Vehicle: 1997 Red Honda Civic

 

On 06/15/21, at approximately 11:43 PM, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a red Honda Civic, on Burgess Rd, near Meadow Ln, in La Pine, for driving with no tail lights.  The driver of the Civic fled westbound on Burgess Rd, refusing to pull over.  There was no other traffic on the roadway and the Deputy pursued the red Civic westbound on Burgess Rd., then northbound on USFS Rd 4330.  The Civic continued northbound on the 4330 Rd for approximately 1.5 miles. The driver then stopped and fled from the vehicle.

The DCSO Deputy remained with the suspect vehicle until additional DCSO Deputies, Sunriver Police, and Bend Police Officers Officer arrived a short time later.  Officers maintained a perimeter in the area until a drone operator along with K9 Vegas and his partner Officer Nick Lee were deployed.  Just after 1:00 AM, the drone operator notified officers searching on the ground that it appeared the suspect was attempting to hide underneath a log a short distance away from their location.  Approximately 10 minutes later, K9 Vegas and law enforcement officers located Brackery Lester. Brackery Lester was taken into custody without incident.  Lester was located approximately .5 miles away from the red Civic he had fled from.  Lester was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail and lodged on the above listed charges.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bend Police Department and Sunriver Police Department for their assistance.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:30:15 PDT

Wanted Subject Captured After Fleeing Traffic Stop and Crashing

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: June 7, 2021

 

Arrested: Bernice Mitchell, 33 year old female, Warm Springs OR

Charges: Felony Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Misdemeanor Elude, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Possession of Heroin, Hit and Run (property damage), and three out of county warrants.

 

Arrested: Chanelle Jackson (Passenger), 40 year old female, Warm Springs OR

Charges: Warrant

 

Vehicle: 2004 Kia Optima

 

On June 6, 2021 at approximately 6:00pm a Deschutes County Sheriffs’ Office deputy stopped a 2004 Kia Optima on Highway 97 and Pershall Way just north of the City of Redmond. During the stop the deputy believed the driver was giving him a false name. The deputy confirmed the person was giving him a fictitious name. The driver was identified as Bernice Mitchell and she had warrants for her arrest. He re-contacted Mitchell and advised her to exit her car. Mitchell then sped away from the traffic stop.

The vehicle was later located west of the stop location in the 2300 block of NW Coyner Ave. The vehicle was found to have been crashed. The vehicle was still running, but had been abandoned.

Chanelle Jackson who was identified as the passenger of the vehicle was contacted nearby and taken into custody without incident.

Deputies set up a perimeter in the area and searched for Mitchell. An alert was also sent to residents in the area advising of the search and description of Mitchell. At approximately 9:00pm a citizen called to advise a female matching Mitchell’s description was in the driveway of a residence in the 2500 block of NW Coyner Ave.

Deputies responded to the location and took Mitchell into custody without incident. During the investigation Mitchell was found to be in possession of a handgun, and felony amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.

Both Mitchell and Jackson were transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail where they were lodged on the above mentioned charges.

DCSO would like to thank the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond Police Department, and the Bend Police Department for their assistance.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Fri, 04 Jun 2021 12:13:50 PDT

Community Free Shred Event and Drug Take-Back Disposal (Photo)

***UPDATE CORRECTED TIME FOR SHRED EVENT***

Date: June 4, 2021

 

The correct time for this event is 10:00am-Noon. It is not 10:00am-2:00pm. 

 

END OF UPDATE

 

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: June 1, 2021

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is again hosting a community free shred event and drug disposal. This event will take place on June 5, 2021 from 10:00am – 2:00pm in the parking lot of the main Sheriff’s Office in Bend, at 63333 Hwy 20 west.

This is a residential free shred event and is not intended for business/commercial shredding. We can accept paper clips and staples, but cannot take plastic bags or three ring binders.

Medications accepted are: prescription, patches, ointments, over-the-counter, vitamins, samples, and medications for pets. NO SHARPS, THERMOMETERS, INHALERS, ETC.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Sun, 30 May 2021 13:06:11 PDT

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in the Little Deschutes River

Released By: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: May 30, 2021

Location: Bridge Dr.

Driver: Toye Jeffers, 58 year old male, La Pine, OR

Vehicle: 2017 Ford F150

 

On May 29, 2021 at approximately 9:23 PM an off duty Deschutes County Sheriffs’ Office deputy witnessed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Bridge Dr. The deputy then heard what he believed to be a vehicle crashing. The deputy responded to the area and observed damage to a fence at the end of Bridge Dr. and a Ford F150 lying on its side in the Little Deschutes River. The vehicle was on its side in the river and ultimately caught fire. The deputy attempted to remove the driver, but was unable to do so. He tried to put the fire out by throwing water on it, but was unsuccessful due to the extreme heat.

The driver of the vehicle identified as Toye Jeffers succumbed to his injuries from the crash.

The off duty deputy was evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but was otherwise uninjured.

The cause of this crash is still under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by La Pine Fire 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 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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Thu, 27 May 2021 11:05:40 PDT

Three Injured in Crash on Skyliners Rd.

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: May 27, 2021

Driver: 16 year old male, Bend

Passenger: 16 year old male, Bend

Passenger: 16 year old male, Bend

Vehicle: 1997 Honda CRV

 

On May 27, 2021 at approximately 1:01 am Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash in the area of Skyliners Rd at the bridge near Skyline Dr. The reporting person advised the vehicle had rolled and was currently on its top.  The three occupants were injured and one was trapped inside.

One subject was extricated from the vehicle by the Bend Fire Department. All three subjects were transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries. One was transported by air ambulance and the other two were transported by ground ambulance.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, Air Link, and Deschutes County Public Works.

This crash is still being investigated. Further information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Alcohol appears to be a factor in 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 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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Thu, 27 May 2021 09:31:16 PDT

Fake Contractor Arrested For Theft by Fraud

Released by: Sgt Kent Vander Kamp

Arrested: Quesada, Jacob I.C.       Age: 29         Lodi, California

Charges:  Theft I by Deception or Fraud 

In March 2021, a Detective with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office began receiving information from several citizens throughout Deschutes and Crook County regarding “Quesada Handyman Service” and Jacob Quesada.

Citizens reported that money was being paid to Quesada for residential and commercial flooring, decking, and painting installations. Oregon law requires contractor's licenses and insurance for these services. Quesada is not licensed nor insured to conduct these services.

Quesada often advertised these services on Facebook and would communicate with victims on the social media platform. Victims would provide down-payments to Quesada during an in-person meeting. In some instances, Quesada would never return. Other times, Quesada would begin the work and discontinue mid-project, or the work was sub-standard.

During the investigation, Deschutes County Detectives located a victim in Crook County that lost substantial money to Quesada. Earlier this month, the Deschutes County Detective presented the case to the Crook County District Attorney’s Office and an arrest warrant was obtained.

Detectives believe Quesada is a California resident and returns to the central Oregon area to pursue this scam regularly. While searching for Quesada, he was stopped in Bend for a traffic violation and arrested for the Crook County theft warrant.

Detectives believe there are other victims of Quesada’s scam in the central Oregon area. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has been a victim of this scam to call Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp at 541-550-4869 or 541-693-6911 to make a report. Reference case # 21-22798

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office also reminds citizens that they should use caution and due diligence when hiring a contractor. The Oregon Construction Contractors Board website offers quality resources to help avoid common scams and confirm a professional’s license status.

Quesada was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above-mentioned charge. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


Tue, 25 May 2021 11:03:18 PDT

Investigation into Damage to Tumalo Irrigation Pipeline. (Photo)

***UPDATE REWARD INCREASED***

Updated by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: May 25, 2021

The board for the Tumalo Irrigation District has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for this case. The reward is now $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and $25,000 for information leading to a conviction. 

If you have information please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911 reference case 21-15441.

 

***END OF UPDATE***

 

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: April 7, 2021

Location: 18000 block of Pinehurst Rd.

 

On March 27, 2021 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of criminal mischief to the new pipeline belonging to the Tumalo Irrigation District. Deputies and detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are currently conducting an investigation into the vandalism of the irrigation pipeline.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for the damage to the pipe.

If you have information please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 reference case number 21-15441.

See the below statement from the Tumalo Irrigation District regarding a reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

 

Tumalo Irrigation District Offers Reward Following Pipe Vandalism

Tumalo Irrigation District is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction after its new pipeline near Pinehurst Road was recently found to have been vandalized. During final inspections and testing of the new pipeline, it was discovered that multiple holes were intentionally and unlawfully drilled into the pipeline. It is believed that between January 6th and 13th the vandal climbed into the then open trench and drilled multiple holes in the 36” polyethylene pipeline.

The pipeline is part of a state and federally funded system improvement project intended to leave more water in area streams and rivers while providing farmers with pressurized, more reliable water for crops.

The irrigation district is working with its contractors and engineers as quickly as it can to repair the damaged pipeline so water can be delivered to farmers later this month. The estimated cost to repair the damage is $125,000 to $250,000. After the repairs are completed, the irrigation district and its engineers will determine whether the repairs are sufficient or if the damaged section of pipeline will need to be replaced entirely.

The irrigation district which has been in existence for over 100 years, provides water to 684 patrons that irrigate 7,350 acres of land to grow a variety of crops and dairy products. 

 

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 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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