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Motor Vehicle Safety Blitz (Photo) - 02/15/17

Location and Dates: Deschutes County February 16 -- February 19, 2017
Prepared By: Captain Paul Garrison


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is increasing traffic patrols during daylight hours for the purpose of enforcing seatbelt, child restraint, texting while driving and speed violations, for the period of February 16, 2017 through February 19, 2017. Deputies will be enforcing other traffic violations as well including Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. These patrols will include the use of unmarked Sheriff's Office vehicles.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office encourages all drivers and passengers to make a conscious effort to use their seatbelt at all times while traveling in a motor vehicle. Texting later while not operating a motor vehicle and driving the posted speed on the roadways traveled is also encouraged. Furthermore, we encourage all drivers to drink responsibly. If drivers intend to drink, please plan ahead and use a designated driver or public transportation such as a cab or the local bus system.

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traffic stop in LaPine that led to a seizure of methamphetamine and a handgun. (Photo) - 02/15/17

On 02/14/17 at about 2:20 pm, Juan Macias was arrested during a traffic stop in LaPine near mile post 170 on Hwy 97 that led to the deployment of a narcotics dog and resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and a handgun.


Deschutes County Deputy Sheriffs conducted the traffic stop on a gray Honda Odyssey Mini-Van around 2:20 p.m. in the area of mile post 170 on Hwy 97 for observed traffic violations. Drug-detection K-9 Molly was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. Just less than two pounds of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle along with a firearm.
Juan Macias, 31, of Lodi California, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a firearm. Macias was taken to the Deschutes County Jail, where he remained lodged Wednesday morning on $50,000 bail, facing charges of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.

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Jury Duty/ Warrant Scam being investigated - 02/07/17

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Date/ Time of release: 2/7/17 at 4:50 p.m.


NARRATIVE:

On 2/6/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office began receiving reports of a scam that has occurred several times within the last two years in our area.

This scam involves a male portraying himself as a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office and making a claim that a person has a warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty. The caller then advises the potential victim to purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide them with the numbers on the card in order to pay the bail on the warrant and avoid going to jail. Unfortunately, some citizens have followed through with the caller's instructions and lost significant amounts of money by falling victim to this scam.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know this is a scam, and they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to advise a citizen they have a warrant over the phone. In most cases a citizen with a warrant will be contacted in person, and the Deputy will have proper credentials when serving the warrant.

Anyone receiving phone calls similar to this in nature is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911 to report it. This scam is currently being investigated.

Deschutes County Sheriff's SAR rescues injured Nordic skier - 02/04/17

Released by: Deputy Jeff Winters, Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: 02/04/2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Swampy Lakes Trail System

Subject: 47 year old female, Judy Kerner from Eugene Oregon

NARRATIVE: On 02/04/2017 at about 1:30 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call from Dylan Treon reporting one of his skiing partners (Kerner) had fallen down while skiing down a short hill on the trail and been injured. Treon reported that Kerner was about 2 miles out from the parking area of the Swampy Lakes snow park, on the "Swede Ridge" trail.

Deschutes County Sheriff SAR was notified. Two volunteers and a Deputy responded to the area from the SAR headquarters on the north side of Bend with snowmobiles and an ambu-sled. While they were enroute, one of Kerner's group continued out to the parking area to help guide responders to Kerner's location.

Two other SAR volunteers were in the general area when the call went out. These volunteers skied into Kerner's location and were the first on scene. After making an initial assessment of Kerner's injuries, it was determined that she would not be able to travel under her own power and would need to be transported via ambu-sled. The first two arriving volunteers were able to stabilize Kerner and keep her warm while waiting for the ambu-sled to arrive.

Once the snowmobiles and ambu-sled arrived, the SAR volunteers packaged and loaded Kerner into the ambu-sled. She was then transported back to the parking lot where the remainder of her group was waiting for her. Kerner stated she wished to seek her own medical treatment and declined treatment or transport from Bend Fire and Rescue EMT's.

Members of Kerner's group reported that Kerner is an avid skier. She was well equipped and physically capable for the terrain she was traveling on.

Extra DUII Patrol Super Bowl Sunday - 02/03/17

During Super Bowl Sunday on February 5th 2017 the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will have additional patrol deputies on patrol focusing specifically on DUII driving. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to celebrate responsibly and have a designated sober driver. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to report DUII drivers to the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center. Please contact the dispatch center at 541-693-6911 if it is a non-emergency situation. Contact 911 in emergency situations.

Concealed Handgun License - 01/30/17

Released by: Captain Paul Garrison
January 30, 2017



In 2016, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office experienced a steady increase in applicants for new Concealed Handgun licenses (CHL), transfers, and renewals of licenses.

At times the wait time for an appointment ranged from four to six months. Recognizing the need to respond to this wait time, in August 2016, the Sheriff's Office reassigned existing staff to the Concealed Handgun License Unit.

In addition, CHL classes are offered once a month on Saturday only. This Saturday class allows citizens to attend a CHL qualifying class and complete the entire CHL permitting process in one half day with the CHL license being mailed to them within a week.

With these improvements to our processes the wait time has decreased to two weeks for an appointment. This is one example how the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is proactively identifying ways to better serve the citizens of Deschutes County.

Please visit our website: sheriff.deschutes.org to sign-up for a Saturday class or book a CHL appointment.

Two arrested in Kidnapping case that spanned Jefferson and Deschutes Counties - 01/29/17

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

Date reported: 1/27/17 at 3:40 p.m.

Locations: 12581 SW Cinder Drive, Crooked River Ranch, Or (Jefferson County)
Sisters Mainline Station, 1001 Rail Way, Sisters
Sisters Motor Lodge, 511 W. Cascade, Sister, Or


Arrested: Bryden, Alisha Age: 36
Crooked River Ranch, Or

Charges: Kidnapping I (two counts)
Robbery I (2 counts)
Assault I (2 counts)
Assault IV (2 counts)
Coercion (2 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts)
Menacing ( 2 counts)
Conspiracy (2 counts) Total bail $710,000.00

Arrested: Degraw, Jeremiah Age: 37
Modesto, CA

Charges: Kidnapping I (two counts)
Robbery I (2 counts)
Assault I (2 counts)
Assault IV (2 counts)
Coercion (2 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts)
Menacing ( 2 counts)
Conspiracy Total bail $710,000.00

Victim #1 Westover, Kiteara Age: 23
Crooked River Ranch, OR

Victim #2 Patteeuw, Damian Age: 23
Crooked River Ranch, OR

Minor child: 9 year old female, daughter of Bryden, name withheld

Suspect vehicle: 2002 Ford Expedition, gold in color


Narrative:

On 1/27/17 at 3:40 p.m., Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Sisters Chevron Mainline Station (gas station and convenience store) for a report of a kidnapping. Two adults (Westover and Patteeuw) reported they were victims of a kidnapping and had just been released by the suspects. The victims provided a suspect vehicle description, which was a 2002 gold Ford Expedition. The suspect vehicle was reportedly last seen heading eastbound on Highway 20 from the area.

An Oregon State Police Trooper located the suspect vehicle on Highway 20 in Tumalo and with the assistance of Deputies, conducted a high risk traffic stop on O.B. Riley Road near Hardy Lane. Degraw, Bryden and Bryden's 9 year old daughter were removed from the vehicle without incident.

The investigation determined that Bryden, Westover and Patteeuw all knew each other prior to this incident, since they were all living together at 12581 SW Cinder Drive in Crooked River Ranch. Degraw was unknown to Westover and Patteeuw. This residence is in Jefferson County.

On 1/26/17 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Westover and Patteeuw were in their bedroom, which they rent from Bryden, when Bryden and Degraw entered their room uninvited and accused them of stealing from Bryden. Degraw began assaulting Westover with a leather sap (an impact weapon that is a leather sleeve filled with lead pellets.) Bryden and Degraw were also armed with handguns. Bryden then grabbed Westover by the hair and dragged her from the room. Degraw then began hitting Patteeuw with the sap.

After Westover and Patteeuw were assaulted, their hands and feet were bound with plastic zip ties and they were further assaulted by Bryden and Degraw for over an hour. Following the assault, Westover and Paateeuw were loaded into the Ford Expedition at gunpoint, where they were threatened several times they would be killed. Bryden's 9 year daughter was present and witnessed these events.

Westover and Patteeuw were driven in the vehicle, where they were terrorized and threatened to be killed if they did not provide re-payment for items they were accused of stealing from Bryden. Additionally, Degraw used a folding knife to cut off portions of Westover's hair to further threaten her. Westover and Patteeuw were ordered to contact friends and relatives to wire order money for the re-payment.

Eventually, the suspects drove Westover and Patteeuw to Sisters, where they rented a room at the Sisters Motor Lodge. Their zip ties were removed from their feet so they could walk into the room, however their hands remained bound. They were threatened not to flee or they would be harmed further.

They all stayed one night at the Sisters Motor Lodge and the following morning they began to drive toward Eugene, Oregon, until the suspects determined the had no tire chains and would be unable to cross the pass without them. At approximately 3:40 p.m. on 1/27/17, Bryden and Degraw decided to release Westover and Patteeuw after they were unable extract money from them.

Westover and Patteeuw were ordered to go into the Sisters Mainline Station and create a scene, as though they were having an argument, so Bryden and Degraw could get away. Once inside the store, Patteeuw was able to call 911 and report they had been kidnapped. Westover and Patteeuw were contacted by Deputies and later transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire medics for their injuries. Westover and Patteeuw were treated for non-life threatening injuries and they were later released.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division conducted interviews with all of the mentioned parties and executed search warrants at the SW Cinder Drive address and the Sisters Motor Lodge, where evidence of the crimes were located. Detectives from the Oregon State Police and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation. Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Troopers assisted in the search of the SW Cinder Drive residence.

As a result of the investigation, Bryden and Degraw were arrested on the listed charges and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail, each with a bail of $710,000.00. Bryden's daughter was taken into protective custody by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

The Sheriff's Office will work in conjunction with the Jefferson County District Attorney's to refer applicable charges for crimes that occurred in Jefferson County for review.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is requesting any witnesses to this incident to contact the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911, to provide a statement. No further information will be released at this time.

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Pursuit and Arrest of Fugitive after he Steals Second Vehicle in Redmond (Photo) - 01/26/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: January 25, 2017 at approximately 2020 hours

Location: NW 25th Street / NW Rimrock Ln 4; Redmond

Arrested: Ryan N Fischer-Salt 36 year old male


NARRATIVE:

On January 25, 2017, at approximately 2020 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office located a stolen vehicle in the area of NW 25th Street and NW Rimrock Ln. 4, in Redmond. The vehicle was a 2014 Ford Focus and had been reported stolen out of Redmond earlier in the day.

The vehicle was initially unoccupied, but while the deputy was waiting for other deputies to arrive and assist a male got into the vehicle and started to drive off. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, but the driver pulled into a driveway and fled on foot. The deputy recognized Ryan Fischer-Salt as the driver that fled on foot. Fischer-Salt was also known to have felony warrants for his arrest for Parole Violation and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

As other units arrived in the area to assist with setting up a perimeter, another deputy attempted to stop a red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup that was leaving the area and was operating without any tail lights. This vehicle failed to stop and then attempted to elude the deputy.

A pursuit was initiated of the red Dodge Ram pickup near the intersection of Northwest Way and Yucca Avenue in Redmond. With the assistance of the Redmond Police Department and the Oregon State Police, the pickup was pursued onto Cline Falls Highway. A third deputy was able to set up and successfully deploy spike strips on Cline Falls Highway, near McConnell Road. The pickup continued for a short distance to the intersection of Cline Falls Highway and Becker Road where the vehicle was unable to go any further due to the deflation of the driver's side front tire.

Ryan Fischer-Salt got out of the pickup and again ran on foot. An Oregon State Police Trooper and deputies were able to catch Fischer-Salt after a short distance with the assistance of K9 Mavrick with the Redmond Police Department and his handler Officer Josh Powers.

Fischer-Salt was taken into custody without further resistance.
Fischer-Salt was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the following charges:

* Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle X 2
* Felony Attempt to Elude
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude
* Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of Heroin
* Reckless Driving
* Reckless Endangering
* Criminal Trespass II
* Warrants for Parole Violation and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

The pursuit lasted approximately twelve minutes and covered a distance of twelve miles. There was little to no traffic at the time and briefly reached a maximum speed of 80 MPH.