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DCSO Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (Photo) - 12/11/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Occurred: December 11, 2017


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office today announced that it has started using Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve countywide communications by connecting with residents on a hyper-local level.

This integration enables the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer and more prepared communities with the help of Deschutes County residents. On Nextdoor, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Nextdoor neighborhoods are able to work together to improve safety related to emergency preparedness, strengthen community engagement, and better prepare for, mitigate and recover from emergency situations.

Nextdoor is popular amongst Deschutes County neighborhoods. More than 20,000 Deschutes County residents are connected and communicating on the social network.

With Nextdoor, Deschutes County residents create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within Deschutes County.

Nextdoor is free. Each Deschutes County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is not able to access residents' websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office joins over 2,400 public agencies across the country that are using Nextdoor for Public Agencies to build stronger relationships with residents.

Attached Media Files: Nextdoor.jpg
Deputy Barness and K9 Masa
Deputy Barness and K9 Masa
DCSO's newest K9 'Masa' Hits the Streets (Photo) - 12/11/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Occurred: December 11, 2017


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce our newest patrol K9 hit the streets of Central Oregon this morning. K9 Masa is an eighteen month old Czech-Shepard from Slovakia. Last week she successfully completed her certification training, making her and her handler Deputy Ben Bartness ready for patrol use this week.

Deputy Ben Bartness is a seven year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and has served in the positions of Field Law Enforcement Technician, Patrol Deputy, and Police Training Officer. Deputy Bartness is also a US Marine Corp veteran.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has four K9 Teams that are assigned to the Patrol Division. There are three tracking and apprehension K9 teams and one narcotics detection K9 Team. K-9 teams are on-call 24 hours a day. The K-9 teams devote a significant amount of time to ongoing training. They train individually almost every day and train with other K-9 teams in Central Oregon on a weekly basis. Our K-9 teams also regularly assist other law enforcement agencies throughout Central Oregon. All of our K-9 teams are certified annually by the Oregon Police Canine Association (

B Roll video footage of K9 Masa and Deputy Bartness can be located here :

Attached Media Files: Deputy Barness and K9 Masa
Three subjects arrested - stolen pickup from Gresham recovered in Redmond - 12/10/17

Date/Time: 12/10/2017 at 1:56 p.m.

Location: NW Birch Ave./NW 4th St.- Redmond

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Vehicle involved: red 1996 Nissan pickup

Driver: Morkert, Dean F. - 46 year old male - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Bail: $10,000

Passenger: Higbee, Amber E. - 48 year old female - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Cited and released at scene

Additional arrested subject: Leeper, Garrett V. 25 year old male - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Warrant for probation violation for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Bail: None

On 12/10/2017 at 1:56 p.m., a Deschutes County Deputy observed the above listed vehicle and attempted to stop it for a traffic violation. The driver (Morkert) avoided the deputy and attempted to hide the Nissan in an alley near the listed location. The deputy located the pickup just as Morkert was walking away from it.

Upon seeing the deputy, Morkert fled on foot northbound from the alley, crossing through yards in the neighborhood. Additional deputies and officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to the area to assist in locating Morkert. During this time it was determined the vehicle Morkert was driving was stolen out of Gresham in November of 2017. A K9 was requested and Deputy Johnson and his partner Ezel responded to assist.

Higbee was also seen walking away from the pickup and was later contacted by deputies.
It was learned that Morkert might be headed to Higbee's address on N. Canal Blvd. A Redmond Police Officer observed a male fitting Morkert's description enter the residence. Higbee advised she didn't know who was inside her house and requested it be searched by law enforcement.

Multiple deputies and officers responded to Higbee's address. After numerous attempts by deputies at the scene to get Morkert to come out, K9 Ezel was utilized to bark and announce his presence. Upon hearing Ezel's barking and after being told he was going to utilized to search the residence, Leeper exited the residence without incident. Morkert also exited a short time later without incident.

Both Morkert and Leeper were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Higbee was cited and released. Leeper was not charged in the theft of the Nissan pickup.

Deputy Kevin Turpen
Deputy Kevin Turpen
Deschutes County Sheriff's Employees Association Presents No Shave November Donations (Photo) - 12/08/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Location: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Occurred: December 08, 2017 at 1:00pm


Today at 1:00pm, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Employees Association (DCSEA) presented two $2500 checks to two organizations the association's members had chosen last month to be the recipients of their donation.

DCSEA pledged to match the individual donations made by members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office during our No Shave November 2017 event. A total of $5000 was donated by 126 participating members of DCSO to cancer related organizations of the individual's choice. With DCSEA's matching donation, the total amount contributed to cancer related research and awareness was $10,000.

DCSEA wanted to give their donation in the name of Deputy Kevin Turpen, a current patrol deputy with our office. Deputy Turpen is currently fighting his own battle with cancer, which we are happy to report his is winning!!

DCSEA President Scott Herrmann said, "It is with great honor that the Deschutes County Sheriff Employee Association (DCSEA) would like to match the $5000 raised by the generous employees of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office for No Shave November 2017. DCSEA would like to honor one of our own, Deputy Kevin Turpen, who is currently fighting his own battle with cancer and donate $2500 to Bend Ronald McDonald House and $2500 to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Kevin's name. Cancer has affected many, if not all of us in one way or another, and the DCSEA feels this is a very worthy and worthwhile cause and are excited to make this donation."

group photo
group photo
Deputies Receive Life Saving Award at Oregon State Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Bend (Photo) - 12/08/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 06, 2017


On December 6, 2017 two members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, along with a Sunriver Police Officer, were presented with a Life Saving Award for their actions during the early morning hours of June 27, 2017. Sgt. Doug Sullivan, Deputy Ben Bartness and Sunriver Police Officer Michael Womer were presented their award during the Oregon State Sheriff's Associations (OSSA) Annual Conference in Bend this week. Lt. Mark Eggert with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office submitted the following facts to the OSSA Awards Committee for consideration:

"On June 27th at approximately 0555 hours, Sgt. Sullivan, Deputy Bartness (DCSO) and Officer Womer (Sunriver Police Department) responded to the Deschutes River near La Pine. A home owner reported seeing a deceased male body floating down stream with the swift current of the river. The home owner lost sight of the body after it moved quickly past his property. As deputies arrived near this location, a woman ran to a responding deputy's car and reported that her 80 year old mother (with significant medical conditions) had walked away from home during the early morning and had been missing for over two hours. The deputy relayed this information with new concern the body seen was the elderly woman.

Officer Womer went to the home of a citizen in this area and utilized their small motorized boat to begin what was believed to be a recovery attempt. Officer Womer navigated the boat upriver and located the body of the missing 80 year old woman. The swift current of the river pushed her body against a sunken tree with exposed branches. Officer Womer picked up Sgt. Sullivan and Deputy Bartness from a nearby boat ramp. They removed their ballistic vests; the boat did not have any floatation devices onboard. Officer Womer piloted the boat to the tangle of limbs and close to the body. They immediately noticed that she was alive and was completely submerged with only her mouth slightly above the cold, rushing water. Concerned that at any moment she could sink or be pushed under the fray of limbs by the fast current; Sgt. Sullivan and Deputy Bartness pulled her body in the boat while Officer Womer held the boat steady. With the woman now on board, they immediately went to a nearby private dock and assessed her condition. With hypothermia being an obvious threat, they covered her in blankets to suppress the possible damage from the cold water temperature. Because of these law enforcement professionals, Paramedics were able to transport her to the hospital, where she survived her injuries.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said the following, "I am incredibly proud to work with Sgt. Sullivan, Deputy Bartness and Officer Womer. Their quick thinking and heroic actions that day undoubtedly saved her life."

(Pictured from L to R: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson DCSO, Sgt. Doug Sullivan DCSO, Deputy Ben Bartness DCSO, Sgt. Mike Womer SRPD, Capt. Cory Darling BPD/SRPD)

Attached Media Files: group photo
Captain Michael Shults Received Meritorius Service Award for Service to Multnomah County SO (Photo) - 12/08/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 6, 2017


On December 6, 2017, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Captain Michael Shults received the Meritorious Service Award at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Bend this week. Multnomah County Sheriff Michael Reese submitted the award nomination for then Chief Deputy Shults and his service to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division.

The following remarks were mentioned during Captain Shults award presentation:

"Chief Deputy Mike Shults has shown steadfast leadership over the [Multnomah County Sheriff's Office] MCSO Corrections Division for the past 6 years, which is the longest period of time anyone has served in this position in the agency. His hard work, dedication, forward thinking and foresight has given MCSO a distinction as being a leader in the corrections industry. It was through his leadership that MCSO became known for its pioneering efforts in addressing transgender issues in the jail, which lead to one of the first comprehensive polices in the nation. Among Mike's long list of accomplishments was to bring the agency into [Prison Rape Elimination Act] PREA compliance, successfully introducing Tasers into the jail setting, implementing a suicide prevention program and spearheading partnerships with external and internal partners to address mental health issues in the jail.

While Mike's "Can Do" attitude has contributed to countless achievements, he is also known for his ability to disarm a room with his overwhelming knowledge of corrections issues and delivers the information in a humble, but confident way with answers and solutions. He has a heart for people from all walks of life and could be found working a post in the jail to augment staffing, attending all retirements and visiting injured or sick staff at hospitals. He always has a smile on his face and looks to encourage and help others often on his own time. His leadership has made an indelible mark on the Sheriff's Office and will be an iconic figure that will not be forgotten."

(Pictured from L to R: DCSO Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, DCSO Captain Michael Shults, MCSO Sheriff Michael Reese)

group photo
group photo
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Emergency Manager Receives Distinguished Service Award (Photo) - 12/08/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 6, 2017


On December 6, 2017, Emergency Services Manager Nathan Garibay was presented with the Distinguished Service Award during the Oregon State Sheriff's Associations (OSSA) Annual Conference in Bend this week. Captain Paul Garrison with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office submitted the following facts in part to the OSSA Awards Committee for consideration:

"In the months and weeks leading up to and during the operational period of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Emergency Manager Sergeant Nathan Garibay's diligence in cooperatively working with his fellow emergency managers to prepare the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and our other public safety partners, demonstrated his dedication to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the citizens we serve.

Sergeant Garibay was instrumental in the organization and day to day operations of the Tri-County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) which managed the response of various resources to incidents within the Tri-County area. MACC responsibilities grew from not just coping with the significant rise in population due to the eclipse, but included the Level I evacuation from the Millie Fire that threatened Sisters and neighboring subdivisions and the Symbiosis event in Crook County.

The advanced preparations by Emergency Managers and their collaborative efforts was the foundation for success during the operational period of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, while simultaneously managing the challenges presented by the concurring incidents of the Millie Fire and Symbiosis."

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said, "Sergeant Garibay's tireless work in preparation for and during the eclipse event, along with his collaboration with other emergency managers, was so crucial to our communities and the roughly 200,000 people who traveled to the Central Oregon region to experience this once in a lifetime event. The appropriate preparedness messaging helped ensure that no major unforeseen problems occurred."

Sergeant Nathan Garibay said, "It was an honor to work with such a talented group of more than 100 professionals throughout the planning process and in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center(MACC). We are fortunate in Central Oregon to have the support of our leaders in collaborative planning and interagency coordination. It is one of the things that makes this such a special place to live and work.

(Pictured from L to R: Crook Co. Sheriff John Gautney, Crook County Emergency Manager Michael Ryan, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman, Deschutes County Emergency Manager Nathan Garibay, Sheriff L. Shane Nelson)

Attached Media Files: group photo
Aramark Employee Arrested for Sexual Contact with Inmate and Introducing Contraband into Jail - 12/05/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Location: 63333 Highway 20 West, Deschutes County Adult Jail

Occurred: November 1, 2017

Charges: Supplying Contraband, Custodial Sexual Misconduct I & II

Aramark Employee: Hoisington-Kite, April A 43 year old female
Bend, Oregon
DCAJ Inmate Rechner, Stephen M 39 year old male Bend, Oregon


On November 01, 2017, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received information that an Aramark employee assigned to work within the kitchen of the Deschutes County Adult Jail was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a jail inmate. Detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office immediately began investigating the allegation and interviewing the involved subjects.

The investigation determined Aramark employee April Hoisington-Kite was involved in an inappropriate relationship with jail inmate Stephen Rechner that included sexual contact on more than one occasion. Hoisington-Kite was also introducing chewing tobacco into the facility and providing it to Rechner.

Once the investigation determined Hoisington-Kite had committed criminal conduct within the Deschutes County Adult Jail, Aramark Corporation was notified and her access into the jail was revoked. Hoisington-Kite has been issued a citation to appear on the above listed charges in Deschutes County Circuit Court on December 06, 2017 at 9:00am.

Aramark is contracted with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to provide food services for jail inmates and operate within the kitchen area of the Deschutes County Adult Jail. Aramark Corporation has also taken this matter very seriously and assisted with the investigation.

House Bill 2618 Increases Civil Service Fees Jan 1 - 12/04/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey


House Bill 2618 was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on June 20, 2017 and will take effect January 1, 2018. This Bill increases the fees (under ORS 21.300) for service of papers by the Sheriffs and includes language that the earliest the fees could increase again would be July1, 2021 depending on cost of living increase. Last time civil fees were increased was in 2009. At that time the fee for service of a small claim or summons & complaint went from $28 to $36 ($8.00 increase). See fee increase schedule below:

For Small Claims, Summons and Complaint/Petition, F.E.D. Summons/Complaint, Notice of Restitution, Civil Subpoena, or any notice process not mentioned herein, follow the schedule below. (For process service over 75 miles roundtrip, the fees are an additional $45.00)

1 Person 1 address $45.00
2 People 1 address $45.00
2 People 2 addresses $90.00
3 People 1 address $75.00
4 People 1 address $100.00

Delivery / Writ of Garnishment $25.00 (no change)
Writ/Order of Assistance $80.00
Writ of Execution (Real Property) Actual Cost of Service
Writ of Execution (all others) $80.00 to $125.00(subject to additional fees such as storage, moving company, boarding, etc. depending on what the writ & letter of instructions directs the Sheriff to do. Publication fees for sales are not included, the newspaper determines this amount. Additional fees for actual cost of postage and copying apply to most executions)

Criminal Subpoena No Charge
Restraining Orders/Protective Orders No Charge
Copying $.25 per page /$3.00 per folio
Postage - Actual Cost
Certificate of Sale and Deed $50.00
Notary: $10 (for Sheriff certificate of sale, Sheriff's deed or out of state process which requires a notarized affidavit of service). This office does not perform notarial services for the general public.

If the public has questions about civil service or the associated fees, they can contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Civil Unit at 541-388-6640.

You can view the complete language of House Bill 2618 here:

Suspicious Male Runs Towards Ten Year Old Girl South of Bend - 11/29/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Occurred: November 29, 2017 at approximately 2:30pm

Location: Woodside Road & Pine Vista Drive, Bend

Suspect: Approximately 40 year old white male with
black hair, wearing a red jacket, grey pants, black shoes


On November 29, 2017, at approximately 8:45pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to contact a resident who lives in the area of Woodside Road and Pine Vista Drive, south of Bend. The resident reported that earlier in the day at about 2:30pm, her ten year old daughter had been walking to a friend's house in the same area and had encountered the suspicious male described above.

The daughter observed the male also walking in the area and upon seeing her, the unknown male began running towards her. The girl ran away from the male as fast as she could, safely making it to her friend's house.

Deputies are working to determine the circumstances of this incident and identify the male. At this time, it is not known why the male ran towards the girl, but the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office wanted to make residents in that area aware of this incident.

We are asking for anyone with information about this incident, or anyone that may have seen a male in that area that matches the description provided to report the information by calling non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

La Pine area Schools on Lockdown After Unconfirmed Report of Armed Subject UPDATE - 11/29/17

Prepared by Sgt. William Bailey

Update at 1800 hours

The third hand report of an armed subject has been determined to be unfounded. The schools were on lockdown for approximately 15 minutes as a precaution while witnesses were interviewed.


At approximately 4:40 pm, Deschutes County 911 received a report of an armed subject in the area of the La Pine Health Based Clinic and Head Start, located at 51605 Coach Road. The female caller reported a male armed with a firearm had chased and attempted to grab her, but she had ran to the clinic to call for help.

Due to this locations close proximity to La Pine Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, all three schools have been placed on lockdown as a precaution while deputies investigate the report.

The male was described as a white male in his 60's, approximately 5'8" and heavy build. The male was reported to have short grey hair was last seen wearing black pants and jacket.

Deputies are on scene and investigating this report. More information will be released when it becomes available.

DCSO Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Citizen's Academy (DATE CORRECTION) (Photo) - 11/29/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey


Correction: Citizens Academy is scheduled every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, starting February 7, 2018 and continuing through April 18, 2018. The previous release stated "starting February 8". We apologize for the error.


Registration is open for the 2018 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy, to be held at our Bend office. This 10-week course is designed to give attendees a very in-depth look at the different divisions of the Sheriff's Office and educate the public about what your Sheriff's Office does and is responsible for.

In addition to the classroom instruction, participants can go out on a patrol ride-a-long, and tour the 911/Dispatch Center as well as the Deschutes County Jail. There are also two optional Saturday sessions; participants can experience Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC) during one session and Use of Force simulation training during the other.

The academy is scheduled every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, starting February 7, 2018 and continuing through April 18, 2018. There is no cost to attend this academy.

The deadline for receiving applications is January 12, 2018.

Interested persons can pick up an application at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend at 63333 West Highway 20, Bend, OR 97703. Additional information and an on-line application can also be found at (Click on "Community" then "Community Program" and then select "Citizen's Academy").

Attached Media Files: Badge
Small Business Administration Offers Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted by Milli and Nash Fires - 11/27/17

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Milli and Nash Fires the occurred August 10 -- September 25, 2017. For a link to the complete SBA media release, please go to the following link:

The deadline to apply for economic injury is August 16, 2018.

Fatal Vehicle Vs Pedestrian Crash on Cline Falls Highway - 11/24/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Occurred: November 24, 2017 at 5:04pm

Location: 65400 block of Cline Falls Highway, Bend

Pedestrian: Michael R. Porter (Deceased) Age: 69
Bend, Oregon

Driver: Lance J. Hitson Age: 59
Bend, Oregon

Vehicle: Silver 2002 Dodge Ram 3500 dually truck


On November 24, 2017 at approximately 5:04pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the 65400 block of Cline Falls Highway. The initial information from dispatch was the male pedestrian was in the roadway and a nurse was with him providing medical care.

An investigation at the scene determined just before the collision, Michael R. Porter of Bend had crossed Cline Falls Highway in front of his residence to collect his mail from the mailbox.

At about the same time, a witness driving southbound on Cline Falls Highway observed Porter bent over or kneeling in the middle of Cline Falls Highway, possibly collecting dropped mail. This witness had nearly hit Porter and was turning around to return and check on him.

Lance J. Hitson of Bend was driving northbound on Cline Falls Highway in his 2002 silver Dodge 3500 pickup. Hitson observed a southbound vehicle flash its headlights at him, then he heard and felt his vehicle strike something. Hitson then saw Porter out his driver's side window and realized he had struck a person.

A passing nurse arrived on scene just moments after Porter was struck and provided medical care, including a tourniquet to one of his legs. A Bend Fire Department ambulance also responded to the crash scene, but medics determined Porter was deceased.

Hitson remained at the scene of the collision and cooperated with investigators. It is not believed alcohol or distracted driving on Hitson's part contributed to the collision. Porter's dark clothing and his position in the roadway are being considered as factors in this incident.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, the Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes County Road Department. Cline Falls Highway in this area was closed for approximately 3.5 hours during the investigation. This investigation is ongoing.

Photo of Wood
Photo of Wood
Stolen vehicle leads to pursuit and arrest in Lapine (Photo) - 11/24/17

Date/Time: 11/24/2017 at 16:05 hours

Location: 50882 Hwy 97 - Ed Staub and Sons Fuel Oil- Lapine

Arrested: Wood, Shawn V. 33 year old male - Boise, Idaho resident

Charges: Burglary I
Burglary II
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle
Attempting to Elude - Felony
Attempting to Elude - Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving X 2
Criminal Mischief II
Criminal Mischief III

Total bail: $81,000

Vehicle involved: 1992 red Chevy S10 pickup

On 11/24/2017 at about 16:05 hours, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from a subject who reported a male (Wood) was "going crazy" in the parking lot at the above location. The caller then advised Wood stole a pickup truck that had been parked in the parking lot and was last seen headed northbound on Hwy 97.

Approximately four minutes later a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office located the pickup and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on it. Wood failed to yield to the deputy and fled northbound on Hwy 97. The deputy pursued the pickup for approximately four minutes before the pursuit was discontinued in the interest of public safety. It was believed Wood was in the Pinecrest lane area.

A short time later a resident on West Dr. reported Wood struck their gate with the pickup. The truck was found unoccupied in front of 17059 West Dr., stuck in the soft dirt. Witnesses in the area advised responding deputies that Wood had fled the area just minutes prior. A perimeter was set up by deputies, officers from the Sunriver Police Department and troopers from the Oregon State Police. Deschutes County K9 Ezel was requested and assisted in tracking Wood. Wood was located by K9 Ezel in a crawl space at 17015 West Dr. He was taken into custody without incident.

Investigating deputies learned Wood had run out of gas and left his vehicle on Highway 31, south of Lapine prior to stealing the truck.

Prepared by Lt. Mike Biondi

Attached Media Files: Photo of Wood
Humbard's vehicle
Humbard's vehicle
Body of Gary Humbard located near Davis Lake (Photo) - 11/20/17

Location: Davis Lake area, La Pine, Oregon

BY: Lieutenant Chad Davis, DCSO Detective Division

Missing person/ Deceased: Humbard, Gary Lynn 61 year old male (Photo attached)
La Pine, Oregon

11/20/17**************************Updated Press Release*********************11/20/17

On 11/19/17 at 2:23 p.m., elk hunters in the area of Davis Lake advised they had located human remains partially buried in the snow. A U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer was the first law enforcement responder to arrive on scene. A short time later, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit Deputy and a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective arrived on scene.

Based upon evidence located at the scene, the remains were positively identified as Gary Humbard. Humbard was reported missing on 9/10/17. Humbard's body was located approximately 3/4 of a mile from where his vehicle was initially located on 9/16/17.

In consultation with the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined Humbard died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. Humbard's next of kin have been notified.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit and Search and Rescue volunteers logged 357 hours over seven operational periods, while searching for Gary Humbard, since his vehicle was located in the area of Davis Lake.

The following resources were utilized during those operational periods: horse teams, ATV teams, unmanned aerial system teams, ground teams, human remains detection K-9's from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit. K-9 teams from Mountain Wave Search and Rescue and the Crook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit also assisted during the mentioned operational periods

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the citizens who contacted the Sheriff's Office regarding this investigation. The information provided by the public was vital in the resolving this case.

9/25/17***************************Updated Press Release*********************9/25/17

On 09/23/17, 10 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one DCSO Deputy continued the search for Gary Humbard in the area surrounding where his vehicle was located near Davis Lake. Included in this search team, were multiple K9 teams and an Unmanned Aerial System (drone) team. The Crook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit also assisted with multiple K9 teams. Humbard was not located. There are no leads at this time as to which direction Humbard may have left from his vehicle. Searchers worked most of the day, searching through open areas with tall grass as well as densely forested areas with significant dead and down timber.

This case remains an open missing person investigation and future searches will occur as ground conditions and resources permit. Our thoughts are with Mr. Humbard's family.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who has information regarding this case to contact us through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

9/18/17 **************************Updated Press Release*********************9/18/17

On 9/16/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report from a group of hunters in the area of Davis Lake, who had located Gary Humbard's 1999 Ford Explorer at a nearby trailhead. Davis Lake straddles the border between Deschutes and Klamath County in the Deschutes National Forest.

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit responded to the area, along with law enforcement officers from the Oregon State Police and the U.S. Forest Service, and began a search of the vehicle and the area.

One of the hunters reported seeing a single male, later confirmed to be Humbard, exit the vehicle with a backpack on 9/2/17, when they were in this same area hunting on a previous trip to the Davis Lake area. When they returned on 9/16/17, they believed the circumstances surrounding this vehicle were suspicious, so they called dispatch to notify law enforcement. Based upon this information, it is believed Gary Humbard drove to this area in his vehicle on 09/02/17 and left on foot to an unknown destination.

A search of the area around Davis Lake has been conducted both on foot and on ATV's, however no sign of Humbard, his route or destination has been located. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit will be conducting further searches of the Davis Lake area and surrounding trails for Gary Humbard.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would request anyone with information on any sightings or contacts the public may have had with Gary Humbard on 9/2/17, or after in the area of Davis Lake, to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911. Please refer to the attached photos of Gary Humbard and a photo of his vehicle.

Further information will be released as information is developed.

***********************End of Update**********************************************


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a missing person's case involving 61 year old Gary Lynn Humbard of La Pine. Humbard was reported missing on 9/10/17, after not returning phone calls from family members.

A subsequent search of his residence determined both Gary Humbard and his vehicle were both missing. Deputies conducted a search of the surrounding neighborhoods, however neither Humbard nor his vehicle were located.

Humbard suffers from some medical issues that may hinder his ability to drive or walk for very long periods of time. Thus far attempts to ping Humbard's cell phone have been unsuccessful.

Humbard is described as a white male, 5' 10" tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. It is unknown what he is currently wearing.

Humbard is believed to be driving a maroon 1999 Ford Explorer bearing Oregon license plate WZX 682.

Humbard is known to frequent the Eugene area, but there is no specific location known to the Sheriff's Office where he may be going.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to view the attached photos of Humbard and a photo similar to his vehicle.

Based upon the investigation, it is believed Humbard may be a danger to himself, therefore the public is asked to contact 911, if he is seen or his whereabouts are known.

Attached Media Files: Humbard's vehicle , Gary Humbard photo
prior jail booking photo of stryffeler
prior jail booking photo of stryffeler
Vehicle Pursuit on Lower Bridge Road, Terrebonne (Photo) - 11/20/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Occurred: November 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

Location: NW 43rd Street and NW Lower Bridge Way

Suspect: David E. Stryffeler Age: 34
Terrebonne, Oregon


On November 20, 2017, at approximately 0943 hours, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was patrolling on NW 43rd Street, near NW Lower Bridge Way, west of Terrebonne. The deputy observed a black Honda Accord and attempted to stop the Accord for a traffic violation.

The Honda Accord failed to yield to the emergency lights and siren and drove away, turning west onto NW Lower Bridge Road. The deputy initiate a pursuit of the vehicle. At the time of the pursuit, there was little to no traffic observed on Lower Bridge Road and the pursuit speeds were 50-65 MPH.

The deputy pursued the vehicle for approximately 3 miles before it turned into BLM land off the north side of Lower Bridge Way. The Accord only went approximately ?1/4 of a mile on BLM land before it became high centered on a rock. The driver and only occupant then fled on foot.

Oregon State Police Troopers, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies, Redmond Police Officers, a BLM Ranger with K9 and a Bend Police Department with K9 responded to assist with a perimeter of the area and track the driver. After an extensive search, the driver was not located.

An investigation throughout the day was able to determine David E Stryffeler is the suspected driver of the Accord at the time of the pursuit. Stryffeler also has a felony warrant out of Deschutes County for Parole Violation.

This investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on David Stryffeler's whereabouts, please contact Deschutes County Dispatch at 541-693-6911. Reference case #17-359030

Rollover Crash at Butler Market Road and Hamby Road (Photo) - 11/20/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Location: Hamby Road / Butler Market Road

Vehicle 1: 2000 black Ford Ranger pickup

Vehicle 2: Dark colored passenger car

Driver 1: Cody R. Bean Age: 20
Redmond, Oregon

Driver 2: Unknown


On November 20, 2017, at approximately 0955 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Bend Police Department were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Butler Market Road and Hamby Road in Bend. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Cody Bean of Redmond, was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the crash.

An investigation at the scene determined Bean was driving southbound on Butler Market Road approaching the intersection with Hamby Road. A second vehicle was stopped on Hamby Road facing north, preparing to turn westbound onto Butler Market Road. This three way intersection is controlled with stop signs at Hamby Road facing north and Butler Market Road facing east. Southbound Butler Market Road is not controlled and has the right of way at the intersection.

The northbound facing vehicle failed to yield right of way and turned into the path of Bean's southbound Ford Ranger. Bean swerved to avoid the vehicle to vehicle collision, but then lost control of his pickup and rolled onto the roadway shoulder.

The Bend Fire Department extricated Bean from his vehicle by removing the roof of the Ford Ranger. Bean was then transported to the St. Charles Medical Center Bend with unknown injuries.

The other vehicle, described as a dark colored passenger car, left the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may information on the second vehicle or witnessed the crash and hasn't been interviewed, to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak to a deputy. Reference case 17-359048

Wright, Jay
Wright, Jay
Scammers Portraying Themselves as Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies Indicted on Federal Wire Fraud Conspiracy Charges (Photo) - 11/15/17

Prepared by Sgt. William Bailey

****Correction to Name: Christina Wright****

Correct name: Christine M Wright

From late 2015 through early 2017, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has been investigating reports of various telephone scams targeting Deschutes County citizens. Since then, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives followed many investigative leads around the country and presented their findings to the United States Attorney's Office in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, the United States Attorney's Office and a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective obtained a Federal Criminal Indictment charging:

Jay Baron Wright, Sr., 42, an inmate at the Calhoun State Prison (GA)
Christine Wright, 24, of Windsor, South Carolina
Barbara Lynn Clayton, 43 of Windsor, South Carolina

With Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. ยง 1349).

It is believed that Jay Baron Wright, Sr., and possibly another Georgia prison inmates allegedly used contraband cellular telephones from inside Jimmy Autry State Prison (Pelham, GA) to access Internet websites to identify the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of potential fraud victims. Using the cellular telephones, the inmates called the victims. During these calls, the they made certain false representations to the victims, including: (a) that he was a Deschutes County law enforcement official; (b) that the potential victims had unlawfully failed to appear for jury duty; (c) that because the potential victims had failed to appear for jury duty, warrants had been issued for the victims' arrest; and (d) that the potential victims had a choice of being arrested on the warrants or pay fines to have the arrest warrants dismissed. To make the calls seem real, the inmates created fictitious voicemail greetings on their contraband cellular telephones, identifying themselves as members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Unfortunately, several of our Deschutes County citizens made payment believing it would be used to pay the fine for failing to appear for jury duty and would result in the dismissal of the arrest warrant. For those victims who chose the "fine", the inmates instructed them to purchase pre-paid cash cards and provide the account number of the cash card.

After a victim provided an inmate with the account number of the pre-paid cash card, the inmates then used their contraband cellular telephones to contact the co-conspirators (Christine Wright and Barbara Clayton), who were not incarcerated, to have them transfer the money from the cash card purchased by the victims to a pre-paid debit card possessed by the co-conspirators. Next, the co-conspirators withdrew the victim's money, which had been transferred to the pre-paid debit card they controlled, via an automated teller machine or at a retail store. Typically, the co-conspirators then laundered the stolen money by purchasing a new cash card so that the victims' funds could be transferred back to the inmates.

During our investigation, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives located additional victims in Colorado, Kentucky and Virginia.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know 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.

Sheriff Nelson said, "I am so proud of Sgt. Vander Kamp and everyone else who worked on this case. These types of cases can be time intensive and extremely difficult to investigate. Scams come in many different forms and being able to follow the leads and get this indictment is outstanding. Because of hard work and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, these scammers will be held accountable."

An investigation of the complexity required partnerships with other Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies from around the United States. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the United State Attorney's Office -- South Carolina received investigative assistance from:

Oregon State Police -- Bend
Oregon Department of Justice -- Criminal Division
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
United States Marshal Service (Atlanta, GA)
Pueblo County (CO) Sheriff's Office
Albemarle County (VA) Sheriff's Office
Douglas County (GA) Sheriff's Office
Kentucky State Police

This investigation is on-going and more indictments and arrests are anticipated. Please contact Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp (541-693-6911) if you were a victim of this particular "warrant" scam and have not yet reported your loss.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search And Rescue Is Seeking Additional Volunteers (Photo) - 11/15/17

Date: 11/15/17
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 2016, DCSO SAR completed over 400 missions and training's. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and if selected, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. This year's academy will begin on April 2nd, with Volunteers graduating on May 10th. Generally, training occurs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, 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 and must be submitted by January 19th, 2018 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 allowing for SAR training and missions, 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 and