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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, 24 May 2018 16:19:54 PDT

DCSO Seeking Public's Help to Locate Missing Female from Bend **Garcia Located**

Updated at 4:20pm by Sgt. William Bailey

At about 4:00 pm this afternoon, Dawn Garcia was located on private property in the area of Glacier View Drive north of Bend. She is with deputies and currently being evaluated by medics. Thank you to everyone who help with the search.

End of Update.



Updated on May 24th at 10:35am by Sgt. William Bailey

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search for Dawn Garcia, who was last seen May 22 at about 9:00pm.  This morning, we have expanded the search area to include the areas east of Highway 97 at the Tumalo Road overpass, to include the Boonesborough Subdivision and BLM land north and east of Morrill Road.

Since yesterday, we have alerted over 1000 citizens associated with locations in the search area using the Deschutes Alert System.  The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) is used to notify the public with important information during emergency evacuations, natural Disasters, missing or endangered persons, hazardous material incidents, or neighborhood emergencies .  

We ask anyone residing or having property within the search area to please check their property and search any outbuildings.

We would also like to talk to anyone who has had contact with Ms. Garcia since 9:00pm on Tuesday, May 22nd.  Anyone with information is asked to call Deschutes County non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

We're also releasing two additional photos of Ms. Garcia to share with the public.

End of Update.


Updated at 5:45pm by Sgt. William Bailey

***Additional Information***

Based on a possilbe sighting of Ms. Garcia in the area of Deschutes Junction (Highway 97 at the Tumalo Road overpass) at about 11:15 last night, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for property owners and residents in the following areas check their property and outbuildings.  The area includes locations between Old Bend Redmond Highway and Highway 97, both north and south of Tumalo Road.  Although we cannot confirm the possible sighting was actually Ms. Garcia, we believe the informaiton is worth sharing with the public and ask them to check their properties and outbuildings.  We have included a map of the area we are asking property owners search.


End of Update


Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey         


Release Date: May 23, 2018




The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is turning to the public in an attempt to locate 49-year-old Dawn R. Garcia of Bend.

Garcia was last seen at approximately 9:00pm yesterday in the 64800 block of Hunnell Road after she left her residence on foot.  She left barefoot and without her cellphone, wallet, or glasses.


Garcia is described as a white female, 5’02” tall and 110lbs.  She was last seen wearing a white tank top, purple tye-dye shirt and white pants.


We’re asking anyone that may have seen Garcia since yesterday at 9:00pm, or has information on her current whereabouts, please call Deschutes County non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference 18-149009.


We have attached an Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photo of Garcia.

Thu, 24 May 2018 15:41:29 PDT

Increased Traffic Enforcement over Memorial Day Weekend (Photo)

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey         


Release Date: May 24, 2018       




Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to the summer vacation and travel season.  More importantly, Memorial Day is for remembering those heroes who died while serving in our country’s armed forces.


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional deputies to our roadways over the upcoming holiday weekend to focus on aggressive and distracted driving behaviors that often contribute to crashes.  Deputies will specifically focus on drivers violating Oregon speed laws, as well as drivers using a cell phone or other electronic device while behind the wheel.  These added deputies will be on the streets starting tomorrow and these focused traffic safety patrols will continue through Monday.  Additionally, all of our deputies working over the holiday weekend will be looking for intoxicated or impaired drivers. 


Those wanting to report an aggressive or suspected impaired driver can do so by calling non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 or by dialing 911.  The information you can expect to be asked will include your current location and direction of travel, a vehicle description (license plate if possible), and what the vehicle is doing that caused you to call.  You will also be asked for your name and telephone number, as law enforcement may want to follow up with you about the other vehicle. 


Please drive carefully and have a safe holiday weekend.

Tue, 22 May 2018 13:02:45 PDT

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Semi vs. Sedan) in Terrebonne (Photo)

By: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Vehicle #1 Blue 1989 Peterbuilt Tractor towing an unloaded trailer
Driver #1 Nash, Robert Paul. 63 year old male of Crooked River Ranch, OR

Vehicle #2 White 1994 Cadilac Deville
Driver #2 Krabill, Danielle Rae. 34 year olf female of Terrebonne, OR

On May 22nd, 2018 at about 8:27AM, Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a report of an injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway 370 (O'Niel Highway) and NE 5th St. The investigation revealed that the northbound Peterbuilt tractor towing an empty "belly bump" trailer failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the road.  The driver of the Peterbuilt reported having a sudden medical issue the caused him to lose control of the truck and trailer.

The Peterbuilt continued through the intersection and struck the southbound Cadillac before pushing it into a concrete barrier. The vehicles came to rest in the intersection with the Cadilac wedged between the trailer and concrete barrier. The driver of the Cadilac sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond by ambulance. The driver of the Peterbuilt was uninjuried during the crash. However, he later was transported by family members for medical treatment. 

No citations have been issued at the time of this release. Oregon State Police assumed the investigation and it is on-going. Please contacted DCSO or OSP at 541-693-6911 if you witnessed the crash and have not yet been interviewed by investgators.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Redmond Fire Department, Deschutes County Public Works and Oregon Department of Transportation.


Sat, 19 May 2018 21:51:12 PDT

Injured Skier rescued off South Sister (Photo)

Date:  05/19/2018

By:  Deputy Aaron Myers Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued Skier: Nick Economou, 32 year old male, Portland, OR

On 05/19/18, at about 2:24pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a report of an injured skier on South Sister. The caller reported 32 year old Nick Economou had suffered a non life threatening injury and was unable to get down South Sister without assistance. Economou was reported to be at approximately 8,250' elevation. 

Eight Volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit responded to assist. Air Link flew four DCSO SAR Volunteers to an area as close as possible to where Economou was located. The additional four DCSO SAR Volunteers hiked from the Devil’s Lake Trailhead towards Economou’s location on South Sister. 

DCSO SAR Volunteers made it to Economou's location at approximately 3:18pm, stabilized his injury and transported him back on a rescue sled, approximately 1/2 mile, to the location AirLink was standing by at.  Economou was then transported by AirLink to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for further evaluation.

Skiing South Sister is inherently dangerous, but Economou did several things right to help mitigate the problems he encountered.  Economou was familiar with the area, prepared for the conditions and was traveling with other skiers who were able to contact 911 for assistance.  Those considering recreating in the Cascade Mountains at this time of year should be prepared for anything from bare dirt to deep snow as well as extreme weather pattern swings.

Tue, 15 May 2018 20:13:15 PDT

Climbers Rescued Off Of Monkey Face At Smith Rock State Park (Photo)

Date:  05/15/18

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued Climber:  Joseph Henderson, 37 year old male, Portland, OR

Rescued Climber:  Simuel Dekalita, 21 year old male, Portland, OR


On 05/15/18, at about 2:26pm Joseph Henderson called 9-1-1 Dispatch, reporting he and his climbing partner, Simuel Dekalita, had become stuck on a rock ledge while attempting to climb Monkey Face at Smith Rock State Park.  Henderson further reported he and his partner were safely attached to an anchor above the first pitch of the climb, but were unable to move further, due to their rope being stuck.

Nine Mountain Rescue Volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit as well as one DCSO Deputy responded to Smith Rock State Park and hiked the Misery Ridge Trail, with additional ropes and rescue gear, to access an area above the climbers.  SAR Volunteers set up a rope system, enabling them to rappel down to the stuck climbers and eventually assisted the climbers to the ground.  The rescued climbers were not injured and did not require medical attention.

Smith Rock State Park and its surrounding area has nearly 2,000 different climbing routes with varying difficulties.  The rescued climbers were not familiar with the park or the route they intended to climb.  They also ran out of water and were extremely thirsty.  As we approach warm summer weather, taking along extra water no matter where you recreate is encouraged.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office strongly recommends that those who wish to climb at Smith Rock State Park, do so with experienced climbers who are familiar with the intended climbing routes. 


Tue, 15 May 2018 14:38:43 PDT

La Pine Burglary Interrupted (Photo)

Submitted by: Sgt. Kent VanderKamp

Occurred: May 15th, 2018 at 12:33PM

Location: 50000 Block of Ash Rd., La Pine

Arrested: Timothy Ray Paul EVANS, Age 33, of Salem, Oregon

On May 15th, 2018, at approximately 12:33 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a residential burglary in progress. An alert citizen noticed a broken window and saw an unknown person walking around the inside of a residence in the 50000 block of Ash Rd. in La Pine.  The citizen left the immediate area and contacted Deschutes County 911.

DCSO Deputies and K9 “Brolo” responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Once in place, Deputies made several announcements. The unknown man, later identified as Timothy Ray Paul EVANS, responded by attempting to flee from the rear of the home into the woods when he was confronted by Deputies. Evans did not immediately respond to Deputies commands. However, Evans did respond to K9 “Brolo’s” barking commands and surrendered to Deputies.

Evans was taken into custody without further incident. The investigation is on-going.

Evans was later lodged into the Deschutes County Adult jail with the following charges:

Burglary 1, Criminal Mischief  and Theft 3

K9 Brolo is a six year old Belgian Malinois. He has been with the agency since September 2015.


Thu, 10 May 2018 17:49:23 PDT

Missing One Year old South of Bend (Photo)

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey         


Occurred:   May 10, 2018


Location:    Forest Land off China Hat Road 


Arrested:     Brandon M. Blouin             Age:   25

                      Belpre, OH




On May 10, 2018, at about 06:17 am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 21100 block of Sholes Road, south of Bend, regarding a male that had come out of the woods and was on the caller’s property asking for law enforcement.


Deputies contacted the male, Brandon M. Blouin, and learned that he, an eighteen year old female and their one year old son Bradley Michael Thomas had been staying in a vehicle in the forest land to the north of China Hat Road, near milepost 3.  The female had walked away from the vehicle at some point alone and left Bradley in the care and custody of Blouin.  Blouin waited for a period of time for her to return, but then took Bradley with him to look for the female. 

During Blouin’s search for the female, he set Bradley down in the forest and left him.  Blouin is believed to have been under the influence of a controlled substance when he made the choice set him down and walk away.


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office activated numerous resources in a race against time to locate Bradley, who we believed to be somewhere in forest land between China Hat Road and Tekampe/Sholes Roads.  Activated resources included DCSO Detectives, DCSO patrol personnel, ground and horseback searchers, and drones and helicopters with thermal image sensors.  At about 12:11pm this afternoon, a detective assisting with the search located Bradley about 1 mile from the family’s vehicle.  Bradley was found naked and laying in the dirt.  He was immediately transferred into the care of medical personnel on scene.


This afternoon, Brandon Bouin was arrested by DCSO detectives on charges of Criminal Mistreatment I, Child Neglect II, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Assault III.  The assault charge stems from an injury that we believe Bradley suffered while in Bouin’s care.  Boudin is currently in police custody at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.


We are incredibly thankful for the outpouring of assistance we received from other public safety partners and the community during this incident.  We would like to thank the following resources who helped in the search for Bradley; Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Crook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department, AirLink, Oregon National Guard, Deschutes National Forest fire crews, Deschutes County 911, and the many private property owners in the area who assisted by searching their land.


This investigation is ongoing.

Mon, 07 May 2018 19:01:01 PDT

Single Vehicle Crash at Deschutes Junction (Photo)

Released by:          Sgt. William Bailey


Location:                Highway 97 at Deschutes Junction


Vehicle 1:                Grey 2003 Chevy Silverado truck


Driver 1:                  Willis, Greg L                        Age:   56

                                 Bend, OR


Charges:                 DUII – Felony

                                 Driving While Suspended – Felony

                                 Recklessly Endangering a Highway Worker



On May 7, 2018, at about 2:43pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a complaint about a vehicle leaving Redmond and driving southbound on Highway 97.  The first caller reported seeing a bike come out of the bed of the truck and a second caller reported seeing the vehicle going into oncoming traffic.


A deputy was in the area and located the grey 2003 Chevy Silverado truck still southbound, just north of Deschutes Junction.  The deputy pulled in behind the Silverado and activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, however the driver didn’t respond or yield to the emergency lights.  As the Silverado approached southbound highway exit at Deschutes Junction, the driver drifted onto the highway shoulder and nearly struck an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) worker as he worked in the area.  The Silverado then left the roadway at highway speed and crashed.

The driver, Greg L. Willis of Bend, was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for apparent minor injuries.  Willis’ injuries have since been changed to serious and he has been admitted into the hospital.  Alcohol is suspected as being a factor in this crash.


Willis has been cited on charges of DUII – Felony, Driving While Suspended – Felony, and Reckless Endangerment of a Highway Worker.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, Bend Police Department, Bend Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).


If you see a suspected drunk or impaired driver, you can report it by calling 911 or non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Fri, 04 May 2018 10:24:13 PDT

Personal Document Shred/Prescription Drug Disposal/Food Donation Event in La Pine this Saturday (Photo)

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer
Release Date: May 4, 2018

Event Day and Time - Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00am until Noon
Event Location: La Pine Substation - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office 51340 US-97, La Pine, OR 97739

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Data Delete of Oregon are collaborating on May 5th to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips. 

The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, the Sheriff's Office and Mid Oregon Credit Union will also have information how to avoid becoming an identity theft victim and what to do if you believe your identity has already been stolen. 

No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded. There is no cost to the public for up to 4 medium size boxes of personal documents. 

Donate a Non-Perishable Food 

The Sheriff's Office is asking event participants to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the La Pine Community Kitchen. 

Drug Disposal Program 

At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have a deputy available to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medication. No needles or over-the-counter drugs will be accepted. 

The drug disposal program is designed to keep unwanted or unused medications away from abusers, children and animals. The program is also intended to reduce negative environmental impact to the water, soil and landfill's by using proper disposal practices. 

"We want to make Deschutes County citizens aware of the risks of improper document and drug disposal while helping local families in the community," said Sheriff Shane Nelson.

Thu, 03 May 2018 05:08:52 PDT

Fleeing Suspect Arrested On Multiple Charges

Released by:       Sgt. Don Manning

Date / Time of Incident: 05/02/2018 10:39 PM

Location: Highway 97near mile post 166

Arrested: Snyder, Lesley Jackson – Age 66


  •  Felony Elude in a vehicle
  •  Reckless Driving
  •  Criminal Mischief I X 2
  •  Driving Under the Influence of an Intoxicant
  •  Reckless Endangering X 9
  •  Hit and Run
  • Attempted Assault III

On May 2, 2018 at approximately 10:39 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched for an unwanted subject at La Pine Inn, a local business.  An employee reported the male was highly intoxicated and out of control.  The male, later identified as Lesley Snyder of La Pine, had left the area by the time the deputy had arrived. Shortly after arriving, Lesley was located by the deputy who observed Lesley driving in a reckless manner as he almost collided into several stationary objects off the highway including a local business.

A traffic stop was attempted by the deputy within seconds on Highway 97 northbound, but Lesley refused to stop.  Lesley’s approximate speeds during the pursuit ranged from 25 mph to 65 mph.  At one time, it was observed Lesley drove his vehicle into oncoming traffic forcing a vehicle off the highway to avoid a collision. The pursuit continued northbound for approximately two miles until Lesley turned around in oncoming traffic almost striking a southbound semi-truck on Highway 97. 

After changing directions and attempting to elude law enforcement, Lesley struck a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle assisting in the pursuit.  Stop sticks (spike stripes) were successfully deployed twice by Oregon State Police (OSP) during the pursuit, once northbound and another southbound. Due to Leslie’s unsafe, erratic driving and for the safety of the public deputies then continued southbound on Highway 97 attempting to stop Lesley.

While driving southbound on Highway 97, Lesley drove into the oncoming lane of travel multiple times nearly causing another head on collision and running the oncoming vehicle off the highway missing it by a few feet.  Therefore, a member of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was finally able to safely end the pursuit by performing a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on Lesley's vehicle resulting in no injuries.  A PIT is a pursuit tactic by which a patrol vehicle can force a fleeing car abruptly sideways causing a fleeing vehicle to come to a stop.  Lesley was taken into custody and received medical attention on site for minor injuries after being noncompliant.  He was later lodged into the Deschutes County Adult Jail with the listed charges above. No deputies or OSP Troopers were injured during this incident.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police and the La Pine Fire Department for their assistance with this investigation.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the investigation please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.


Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:37:22 PDT

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash Highway 126 at SW Helmholtz Avenue

By Sgt. K. Dizney DCSO


1.  2013 Dodge Ram Pickup gray

     Driver:  Gertraud Morrison.  Age: 68  Terrebonne, OR 


2.  2001 Dodge Ram Pickup white

     Driver:  Jeffrey Hewitt.  Age: 52  Prineville, OR 


3.  2000 Plymouth Breeze gray

     Driver:  Margaret Brundage Age:  17  Redmond, OR 


4.  2017 Audi Q5 Blue

     Driver:  Roland White  Age:  Age: 64  Redmond, OR


On Monday, 4/30/18, at approximately 1532 hours, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 126 at SW Helmholtz Avenue just west of Redmond.  Deschutes County Dispatch reported multiple vehicles were involved with non-life threatening injuries reported. 

An investigation at the scene determined that Gertraud Morrison, operating a gray Dodge Pickup, was attempting to cross Highway 126 on SW Helmholtz Avenue from south to north.  As she attempted to cross the highway, she pulled into the path of Jeffrey Hewitt, also operating a Dodge Ram pickup, who was traveling westbound on the highway.  The two pickups collided in the westbound lane of Highway 126 sending both vehicles into the southbound lane of SW Helmholtz Avenue, where the gray dodge pickup impacted into the 2000 Plymouth Breeze, operated by Margaret Brundage, who was stopped at the stop sign waiting to cross the highway southbound.  The Breeze was pushed backwards into the car behind it,  a 2017 Audi Q5, operated by Roland White, who was also stopped at the stop sign for southbound travel on Helmholtz Avenue. 

Jeffrey Hewitt was transported by Redmond Fire Ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life-threatening injuries.  Speed, alcohol and/or drugs, nor distracted driving are believed to be related to this crash.   

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, Redmond Police, ODOT and the Redmond Fire Department.  Traffic was diverted onto Antler from southbound Helmholtz Avenue as a detour around the crash.  Helmholtz Avenue between Antler and Highway 126 was closed for approximately 1.5 hours during the investigation.  Hwy 126 remained opened with the assistance of ODOT. 

No photos available

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:54:07 PDT

Suspect in Custody After Early Morning Stabbing in Deschutes River Woods (Photo)

Released by:          Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Occurred:               April 27, 2018 at 1:11am

Location:                19300 block of Kiowa Road       


Suspect:                 Steel, Marcus S.        43 year old male of Bend


Victim #1:                39 year old female of Bend

Victim #2:                22 year old male of Bend




On April 27, 2018 at about 1:11am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an address in the 19300 block of Kiowa Road, south of Bend, regarding a stabbing that had just occurred.  The 39 year old female caller told Deschutes County 911 dispatchers she and possibly one other person at the location had been stabbed.  The suspect, 43 year old Marcus S. Steel of Bend, was the female caller’s ex-boyfriend and she reported he had left the scene on foot.


Deputies, Oregon State Police troopers, and City of Bend police officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter around the area.  An Emergency Phone Network broadcast, or EPN, was sent out to residences in the area alerting them to the police activity and asking residents to secure their homes and report any sightings to 911.  Steel was not immediately located during the search.


An investigation at the scene determined Steel arrived at the residence to talk to the 39 year old female victim.  A physical dispute quickly ensued inside the living quarters and during that dispute, both the 39 year old female and 22 year old male were stabbed. 


The 39 year old female victim was transported by a Bend Fire Department ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for serious injuries.  The 22 year old male victim was transported by a friend to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, also with serious injuries.

At about 5:30 am this morning, Marcus S. Steel was located after he entered the backyard of a nearby residence.  The property owner and his two dogs held the suspect in the yard until deputies arrived and took him into custody.  Steel was transported by a Bend Fire Department ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for serious injuries.  Steel’s injuries are believed to have occurred after the dispute at the victim’s residence and before entering the backyard of the nearby residence this morning.  Deputies took Steel into custody without incident.


Steel is currently in the custody of deputies and receiving medical care at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

This investigation is still ongoing.

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