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Crossroads subdivision, Edgington and Remuda Roads moving to Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notification, Tollgate and Areas between Highway 20 and Highway 242 at Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation notification - 08/17/17

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 2 (Get Set) Evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 ?1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd. These areas were previously Level 1.

Level 2: Means "BE SET" to evacuate. You must prepare to leave at a moment's notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntary relocate to a shelter or with family and friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. This may be the only notice you receive. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.




A Level 1 (BE READY) Pre-Evacuation notice is issued for the following areas:

All areas between Highway 242 and Highway 20 from the Cold Springs Campground to the city of Sisters, which includes the Tollgate Subdivision. This notification does not include the city of Sisters or Black Butte Ranch.


Level 1: Means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.
This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.


The Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the Sisters Middle School for residents that have been affected by the Milli Fire. The shelter will be open by noon today.


Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com


Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County S.O.

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Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Northwest Way near Terrebonne (Photo) - 08/17/17

Submitted by: Sgt. K. Dizney

Driver: Cole, Robert Earl Age: 49

Vehicle: 1993 Audi Quattro White

Narrative:

On 8/16/17 at approximately 8:26 pm, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle crash with unknown injuries in the 3900 block of Northwest Way near Terrebonne, Oregon. 911 dispatchers reported that the driver, later identified as Robert Cole of Bend, had walked away from the scene for unknown reasons before deputies arrival, and witnesses reported that he appeared injured at that time.

Deputies were assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Bend Police Department K-9 "Haras", who conducted an extensive search of the area looking for the driver. At approximately 2116, Cole was located by "Haras" in an adjacent pasture in need of potentially life threatening injuries. Redmond Fire Department responded and transported Cole via ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond.

During the investigation, it was determined Cole had been traveling northbound on Northwest Way just north of NW Upas Way. Cole did not successfully navigate curves in the roadway which caused his vehicle to cross into the oncoming lane of travel before exiting the west shoulder of the roadway and impacting into a telephone pole, severely damaging it, before impacting into a rock pile.

Deputies determined Cole was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana and was arrested for DUII, Criminal Mischief 1, and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). He remained at St. Charles Hospital following his arrest with non-life threatening injuries.

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Level 1 "Be Ready" Pre-evacuation Notice for areas West of Sisters Due to Milli Fire - 08/16/17

Released by: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

Date: 08/16/17

Due to increased fire activity on the Milli Fire located west of Sisters, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 1 (Be Ready) Pre-evacuation notice for the following areas:

All areas south of Hwy 242 (McKenzie Hwy) and west of the Pole Creek Ditch (1-1 ?1/2 Miles west of and parallel to FS Road 16/Three Creeks Rd). This area includes the Crossroads Subdivision and homes off of Edgington Rd and Remuda Rd.

Level 1: Means "BE READY" for potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movements of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

This decision was made after consultation with fire managers. We will continue to work with fire managers to ensure public safety and prevent conflicts between citizens and fire operations. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of residents.

Follow the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office on Twitter and Facebook @DeschutesSO

Current maps including evacuation areas can be found at:

https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information

For fire information, you can visit the Central Oregon Fire Information site at:

http://centralorfireinfo.blogspot.com

Follow Central Oregon Emergency Information Network on Twitter and Facebook @COEmergencyInfo

and

http://coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com

Cornell Dr. Search Warrant - 08/16/17

MEDIA RELEASE
Search Warrant served at residence resulting in two arrests, for Possession and Delivery of Methamphetamine, Assault on a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest.

Released by: Captain Paul Garrison

Date of incident: 08/15/17
Time: 3:20 p.m.

Location: 15690 Cornell Drive
La Pine, Oregon

Arrested Person #1: Morganti, Benjamin Dean age: 48
La Pine, Oregon

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine
Delivery of Methamphetamine
Parole Violation


Arrested Person #2: Edmondson, Robert A age: 60

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine
Assault on a Public Safety Officer (2 Counts)
Resisting Arrest (2 Counts)

Arrested Person/ Cited in Lieu of custody #3: Edmondson, Sarah age: 40
La Pine, Oregon

Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine

Narrative:

On 08/15/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit and Patrol Deputies were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team with executing a search warrant at 15690 Cornell Drive, La Pine Oregon.

The search warrant was the culmination of a several week investigation initiated by patrol deputies related to the sale of methamphetamine. Deputies compiled information from several citizen complaints regarding suspected drug activity at the residence. Patrol Deputies and Street Crimes Detectives were able to utilize multiple investigative techniques including surveillance and traffic stops to determine Benjamin Morganti was involved in the sale methamphetamine.

During the execution of the search warrant, members of the Special Operations Team contacted Robert Edmondson Jr. who did not follow lawful deputy commands, attacked and fought with deputies, resisted arrest including attempting to gain control of deputies firearm. Once under control, by Deputies, Edmondson was arrested on scene for the above listed charges.

The investigation led to the seizure of user amounts of suspected methamphetamine along with, packaging material digital scales and others items consistent with the sales of controlled substances.

Morganti was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine along with a Parole Violation. Sarah Edmondson was cited in lieu of custody for possession of methamphetamine.

Robert Edmondson was evaluated by Medics with the La Pine Fire Department before being transported to Saint Charles Medical Center by deputies for treatment for non-life threatening injuries, sustained while resisting arrest. Edmondson was later lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above listed charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County.

Sheriff Shane Nelson would like the public to know "this situation could have been a justified use of deadly force. When contacted by Law Enforcement comply with their commands. The Special Operations Team handled this situation perfectly."

Any questions may be directed to Captain Paul Garrison.

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DCSO SAR Rescues South Sister Hiker (Photo) - 08/14/17

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator
Date: 08/14/17

Rescued: Jhonzell Burton, 24 yom, Portland, OR

On 08/14/17, at about 12:41pm, Deschutes County 9-1-1 received a report of a hiker near the false summit of South Sister mountain in need of medical attention. The hiker, later identified as Jhonzell Burton had been located crawling on the trail and incoherent. Fellow hikers assisted Burton to a shaded part of the trail nearby and called 9-1-1.

Nine DCSO SAR Volunteers and two DCSO Deputies responded to assist. AirLink was contacted and assisted with flying two DCSO SAR Volunteers to a location about 600' below Burton, dropping them off there to hike the remaining distance. Six other DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to the Devil's Lake Trail head and proceeded up the trail with a wheeled litter and additional patient packaging gear. One DCSO SAR Volunteer remained at Airlink to act as a liaison during the rescue mission.

The two DCSO SAR Volunteers dropped off by AirLink, contacted Burton at about 2:30pm and began providing medical assistance. Burton was located at about 8,600' elevation. At about 3:30pm, with the assistance of hikers in the area, DCSO SAR Volunteers began to assist Burton down the trail, meeting back up with Airlink at a lower elevation. AirLink then transported Burton to St. Charles Hospital in Bend to be further treated for his unknown medical problem.

Burton had been attempting to summit South Sister with friends when he began to suffer from his unknown medical problem. They returned down the trail with the responding DCSO SAR Volunteers.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be in the Three Sisters Wilderness, Smith Rock State Park or any of our many outdoor areas, to plan ahead for all types of weather. Research the weather forecast, bring extra food and water and utilize sun protection.

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Busy Weekend for Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (Photo) - 08/14/17

By Deputy Jim Whitcomb, Assistant SAR Coordinator

Injured Climber: Josh Lockerby, 49 yo, Portland, OR

Narrative:

On 08/12/2017, at about 11:25 AM, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) was dispatched to a report of a climber on North Sister who had a rock collapse during the ascent to the summit causing an injury that forced the climb to be discontinued. The climber, Josh Lockerby, who was part of a group of about a dozen Mazama climbers was provided assistance by the team in beginning the technical descent down the mountain beginning at 10,030 feet of elevation. The summit of North Sister is 10,085 feet

Airlink was requested to transport two DCSO SAR Mountain Rescue Unit (MRU) teams of two to the saddle between North Sister and Middle Sister to assist the Mazama group in the technical descent. The first MRU team landed at the saddle at about 1:35 PM hours and began their ascent towards Lockerby's location. The second team arrived at the saddle as soon as Airlink was able to fly back to Bend and back.

After DCSO MRU team members made contact with the Mazama group it was determined the injuries sustained by Lockerby, would require air transport to a medical facility, if possible, versus the long hike out to Pole Creek Trail head.

An Army National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter was requested to assist in the rescue of Lockerby from the lower end of the SE Ridge of North Sister. DCSO MRU members assisted by Mazama members were able to locate a suitable Landing zone to enable the Blackhawk to land at about 1930 hours versus using the hoisting option. Lockerby was then transported to St Charles Medical Center, arriving at about 1950 hours, where he was treated for serious non-life threatening injuries.

MRU members along with the Mazama group walked back out to the Pole Creek Trail Head arriving at about 10:45 PM.

Since Friday the 11th, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR also assisted Linn County Sheriff's Office SAR on two missions, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office SAR.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR rescues Portland man near summit of South Sister (Photo) - 08/08/17

Released by: Deputy Jeff Winters
Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: 08/7/2017 at 3:40 p.m.

Location: South Sister Climber's Trail

Rider: 66 year old male
Steve Bachelder
Portland, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

On 08/07/2017 at about 3:40 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call reporting a male subject had fallen while descending the summit of South Sister and sustained injuries that rendered him unable to continue his descent under his own power.

The subject was later identified as 66 year old Steve Bachelder from Portland.
Bachelder was reported to be on the climber's trail between the false summit lake and the true summit.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit was notified immediately. A total of 13 volunteers and one Deputy responded to the call.

A hasty team of two DCSO SAR members with Advanced Life Saving training were taken by an AirLink helicopter and dropped off several hundred meters from Bachelder, while 11 additional members started hiking in from the Devils Lake trail head packing a wheeled litter and additional rescue gear.

Upon reaching Bachelder and assessing his injuries and mobility, the hasty team determined that an air ambulance would be needed to safely extricate him from the mountain. However, the area where Bachelder was located proved impossible to land a helicopter.

Lightning was seen in the area and the hasty team decided moving Bachelder down to a lower elevation would need to be accomplished as soon as possible and they wouldn't be able to wait for the litter team to arrive.

With the help of fellow climbers on scene, the hasty team moved Bachelder down to the false summit lake and requested AirLink respond to evaluate that area as a suitable landing zone.

When AirLink arrived in the area, the false summit proved insufficient for landing and they diverted to a landing zone about one mile away and 1500' lower in elevation.

At about 9:00 p.m., the litter team met up with the hasty team at the false summit. Bachelder was packaged into the litter and the SAR team began moving him down the trail to the waiting AirLink helicopter.

At 11:45 p.m., the SAR teams reported they had reached the AirLink Helicopter and passed Bachelder's care off to the flight medics. Bachelder was flown via AirLink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

The DCSO SAR members then hiked out to the trail head and returned to Bend, arriving back to their headquarters at about 2:30 a.m.

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Two Vehicle Crash Involving A Bicyclist (Photo) - 08/07/17

Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert

Location: Old Bend Redmond Hwy/Young Ave.

Vehicle 1: 2014 Buick Verano

Vehicle 2: 1992 Honda Accord

Driver 1: Ashley Lair (Female) Age: 28
Beaverton,OR

Driver 2: Juvenile (Male) Age: 16
Redmond,OR

Bicyclist: Matthew Davis (Male) Age: 44
Bend,OR

Citations: Pending Further Investigation

NARRATIVE:

On August 07, 2017, at approximately 0757 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the area of S. Canal Blvd. and Young Ave. The initial report indicated two vehicles and a bicyclist were involved.

An investigation of the scene determined Ashley Lair was driving her Buick Verano northbound on S. Canal Blvd. Lair crossed over the center line for an unknown reason on S. Canal Blvd. and into the path of a 16 year old male who was driving southbound on S. Canal Blvd. in his Honda Accord.

After the collision, the Accord spun into the northbound lane and struck Matthew Davis who was riding his bicycle. Both vehicles sustained significant damage and needed to be towed from the scene.

The juvenile driver of the Accord was transported to St. Charles by family members for evaluation. Lair was transported by a friend to St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond for evaluation. Davis was seriously injured as a result of the collision and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend by the Bend Fire Department for treatment. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Bend and Redmond Fire Departments.

The investigation is ongoing; it does not appear as if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash at this time.

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Missing Endangered Female from La Pine; *****UPDATE***** - 08/06/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: August 04, 2017 at 0500

Location: 52000 Block of Shady Lane, La Pine

Missing Person: Amanda F. Noyes 21 year old female
5'04" and 135 pounds, black hair/brown eyes

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UPDATE by Sgt. William Bailey
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On August 06, 2017, at approximately 1300 hours, the Crook County Sheriff's Office received a call that citizens in the area of Forest Road 33 in the Ochoco National Forest northeast of Prineville had found the body of Amanda Noyes. The Crook County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and located Noyes near her vehicle. Noyes died of an apparent self inflicted injury. Noyes' next of kin has been notified.

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NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance with locating a missing female from the La Pine area. Amanda F. Noyes is a 21 year old female who was last seen during the early morning hours of August 04, 2017. She was last heard from on the afternoon of August 04th, where she sent text messages indicating she may be suffering from a mental illness.

Amanda is driving a 1992-1996 green Buick LeSabre with unknown Oregon license plates. A vehicle similar to the one Amanda is driving has been attached to this media release.

Amanda is believed to have her cell phone with her and the last activity indicated she may be in the Crook County area in Ochoco National Forest land NE of Prineville. However, there has been no activity on her phone since the afternoon of August 4th and the accuracy of this location is uncertain.


Amanda is new to the La Pine area, but has ties to both Crook and Klamath Counties. If anyone has seen Amanda or the vehicle she is driving between 5:00 AM on August 04th and now, they are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office via non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 or the Crook County Sheriff's Office at 541-447-6398.

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MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH Smith Rock State Park (08/04/17) (Photo) - 08/04/17

MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH
Smith Rock State Park (08/04/17)
BY: Lieutenant Joe DeLuca
Arrested Driver-MATHEWS,BRADFORD (26yr) from Prineville, OR
CHARGES: DUI, Reckless Driving, Driving While suspended -Misd

Vehicle- 2006 Land Rover

On 8/4/17 at approximately 6:50 pm the Deschutes County Dispatch received a call of a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Smith Rock State Park.

When deputies arrived on scene there was a 2006 Land Rover that struck a power pole breaking it off with power-lines in the middle of the roadway.

It was determined through their investigation the driver Bradford Matthews lost control of the vehicle going off the roadway and striking the power pole. Matthews was uninjured and needed no medical treatment.

Pacific power came out to the scene to repair the down power-lines in the roadway. The roadway was reopened after approximately two hours.

Matthews was arrested for driving under the influence,Reckless Driving, Driving While suspended -Misd. Matthews was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

This case is still under investigation


Lt. Joe DeLuca

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SAR unit rescues woman after horse accident - 07/31/17

Released by: Deputy Jeff Winters
Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: 07/31/2017 at 6:15 p.m.

Location: Three Sisters Wilderness
Wickiup Plains area

Rider: 74 year old female
Sharon Kay Andreasen
Fall Creek Oregon

NARRATIVE:

On 07/31/2017 at about 6:15 p.m., Robert Andreasen called Deschutes County 911 reporting his wife, Sharon, had been thrown from her horse, was injured and needed help.

Robert stated Sharon was on the "Wickiup Plains" trail near the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Immediately after the incident, Robert rode his horse out to the Devil's Lake trail head where he made the 911 call.

Robert reported that Sharon was alone and described her injuries as potentially serious. Additionally, Sharon's horse had ran off after throwing her.

Within minutes after getting the 911 call, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit was notified. A total of 13 volunteers and one Deputy responded to the call.

It turned out that three SAR members were recreating at Mt. Bachelor. Those three immediately headed to Sharon's location and were the first on scene, while another hasty team of two responded from Bend. Another team of eight members was formed to assist with the liter extrication if needed.

Upon reaching Sharon and assessing her injuries, it was determined that an air ambulance would be needed to safely extricate her from the wilderness. Air Link of Bend was notified and agreed to assist with the rescue.

The second hasty team arriving on scene was able to catch Sharon's horse and secured it to a tree. Robert was then notified and came back to the scene to retrieve her horse.

Just before 9:00 p.m., the Air Link helicopter landed near Sharon's location. Sharon was flown via Air Link to St. Charles in Bend with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The SAR team them made the nearly 4 mile trek back to the trail head.

It is unknown what the experience level of the riders was and exactly what caused the horse to throw Sharon off.

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Robbery at Shop Smart in La Pine (Photo) - 07/28/17

On 07/28/2017 at approximately 0945 hours, Oregon State Police Troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a call of a Robbery at the Shop Smart Store in La Pine. On arrival, they learned about a suspect, who fled in a dark colored vehicle.

Deputies and Troopers immediately started a search of the area and were not able to locate the suspect. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives also arrived on scene to assist in this investigation. The investigation revealed the suspect is a white, male approximately 5'06"-5'10" tall with a thin to medium build. He is estimated to be in his mid to late twenties. The suspect was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt, black shoes and black jeans. The suspect had dark hair and facial hair.

The suspect entered the store, took a couple of items and walked to a check out register. No weapons were observed. The suspect then handed the employee at the register a note demanding cash. The employee who was in fear for their safety opened the till and handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The suspect then left the store, walked to his vehicle in the parking lot and drove away from the scene. This is an active investigation at this time. If you have any information regarding this investigation please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office through the non emergency dispatch center. 541-693-6911.

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Missing Person Investigation (Photo) - 07/25/17

UPDATED INFORMATION*******

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Dennis Whitney has returned home and our investigation is closed at this time.


Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes 541-693-6911

Missing Person: Dennis Whitney 74 year old male from La Pine, Oregon

Vehicle Information: White 1993 Toyota extra cab pick-up. Oregon license plate ZCQ 188, with a white canopy and orange ribbon sticker on left side of tailgate.


NARRATIVE: The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a missing person's case involving 74 year old Dennis Whitney of La Pine. Whitney went missing the morning of 7/24/17

Whitney is described as a white male with grey hair, 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. Whitney was last seen wearing a denim shirt, black Levis, brown boots, and a grey and white boonie type hat.

Whitney is believed to be driving a white, 1993 Toyota extra cab pick-up with a white canopy. There is also an orange ribbon on the left side of the tailgate. The truck is bearing Oregon license ZCQ 188.

Whitney is known to frequent the Cascade Lakes area and Highway 31 east of La Pine.

The Sheriff's Office is asking the public to view the attached photograph of Whitney and a photograph of a truck similar to his vehicle.

Anyone who has seen Whitney or his vehicle in the last 24 hours is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

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DCSO SAR Assists Injured Hiker At Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 07/24/17

Date: 07/24/17
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, DCSO Special Services Coordinator

Injured Hiker: Eric Reynolds, 18 yom, Aumsville, OR

Narrative:

On 07/24/17, at about 1:11pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call reporting Eric Reynolds had been hiking on the Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park, had lost consciousness and fallen over 100'. Reynolds had come to rest on a lower section of the trail and was in need of medical attention. Reynolds had been hiking up the trail with his family and when they stopped to rest, the fall occurred. It is unknown if Reynolds was tired or experiencing a form of heat exhaustion from the warm weather.

13 DCSO SAR Volunteers, one DCSO Deputy and personnel from Redmond Fire Department and Smith Rock State Park hiked to Reynolds' location, approximately one half mile from the Misery Ridge trail head. Redmond Fire Department personnel began treating Reynolds for non life threatening injuries. Reynolds was packaged in a wheeled litter and transported down the steep trail, at which point he was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or any of our many outdoor areas, to plan ahead for all types of weather. Research the weather forecast, bring extra food and water and utilize sun protection.

IRS Warrant Phone Scam - 07/24/17

NARRATIVE: On 07/24/17 the Deschutes County 911 dispatch center advised they received approximately 100 calls from citizens reporting an IRS scam. The callers are identifying themselves as IRS agents, and are telling people they owe back taxes. Citizens are being told there is a warrant for their arrest, and they need to send money to clear up the warrant. None of the callers reported to have fallen for the scam. Dispatch has referred them to contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at TIGTA.GOV or to call 1-800-366-4484.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people the IRS will not request money for back taxes over the phone. Do not send money or give personal information to these callers.

Vehicle vs Pedestrian Hit and Run - 07/22/17

MEDIA RELEASE

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Hit and Run

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Location: NW 31st Ave / NW Sedgewick

Vehicle 1: 2013 Subaru Forester, Silver


Driver 1: Butler Gander Age: 66
Terrebonne

Pedestrian: Witheld Age: Juvenile


Citations: DUII (alcohol), Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver (physical injury)

NARRATIVE: On July 21, 2017 at about 2118 hours, Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of NW 31st Ave and NW Sedgewick Ave for a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. A passerby reported finding a juvenile male lying in the road, apparently after being struck by an unknown vehicle. Deputies arrived and provided aid to the juvenile until Redmond Fire Paramedics arrived. Based on evidence at the scene, Deputies were able to determine the suspect vehicle was a Subaru.

The juvenile was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Subaru, Mr. Butler Gander, called to report that he possibly struck a pedestrian on NW 31st Ave once he arrived at his residence. Gander was contacted by a Jefferson County deputy at Gander's residence and remained with him until the investigating DCSO deputy arrived. Gander was arrested for DUII (alcohol) and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (physical injury). Gander was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Redmond Fire Department assisted in this incident.

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DCSO Detective Receives Oregon-Idaho HIDTA and Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association's Award for Excellence (Photo) - 07/19/17

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: July 18, 2017



NARRATIVE:

On July 18, 2017, the Oregon-Idaho Narcotics Enforcement Association's Award for Excellence was presented to Detective Kent Vanderkamp with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The award was presented to Detective Vanderkamp during a hosted luncheon at the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Associations (ONEA) Training Institute at Eagle Crest Resort yesterday afternoon.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) and ONEA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize an individual assigned to an inter-agency drug team/task force who has utilized the fundamental drug enforcement principles to achieve outstanding results. To meet the criteria for this award, Detective Vanderkamp demonstrated the following skills:

* Leadership and Direction
* Outstanding Success
* Collaboration Across Jurisdictional Boundaries
* Coalition Building

Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team supervisor Lt. Nick Parker with the Bend Police Department said the following in Detective Vanderkamp's nomination; "Detective Vanderkamp is not motivated by personal success. He is a team player dedicated to helping his fellow detectives on their cases. His teammates routinely go to him for advice, direction, and leadership. He will do any assigned task, even the most daunting or mundane tasks in a drug investigation."

Detective Vanderkamp is a nine year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. He is currently in his third year assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team.

[Attached photo names from left to right: ONEA Board Member Jeff Herring, Detective Kent Vanderkamp, Sheriff L. Shane Nelson]

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