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Lt. Ty Rupert
On 3/23/2017, at approximately 1059 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a cow at large near the area of SW McVey/S. Canal. As of 3/24/2017 the Sheriff's Office has been unable to locate an owner and is caring for the cow at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Rescue Ranch. If you are missing a cow or have any information on an owner please call the non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. Thank You for your assistance.
Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager (on behalf of Cloverdale Fire District)
On 03-19-17 at approximately 3:30 PM, Cloverdale Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Varco Rd. The fire involved a large dwelling and was actively burning upon arrival of initial units.
Cloverdale Fire District was assisted by 9 fire agencies (Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, Bend Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire District, Sunriver Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire District, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and Oregon Department of Forestry). 22 pieces of fire apparatus and 55 firefighters responded to the scene, which includes 10 water tenders, which shuttled water to the scene.
Assistance was also provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Ranch Police Department.
As of 7 PM, firefighters are still actively fighting the fire and expect to work through the night.
A complete media release will be provided by Cloverdale Fire District at a later time.
Release by: Sgt. Mike Sundberg
On March 18th, 2017, at about 1916 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence located in the area of Skywagon Drive near Cougar Trail east of Bend for a report of an accidental gunshot wound.
It was determined, Trevor Rogers (22 year old male),from Bend, had been accidentally shot by his lifelong friend, Jullian Messner (21 year old male)also from Bend. Messner was trying to unload a semi-automatic handgun at the time of the incident. Neither subject was impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The shooting occurred when Messner attempted to unload the hand gun. Messner released the handguns magazine and thought he cycled the action on the handgun to remove the bullet from the chamber. The bullet did not clear the guns chamber and Messner's finger depressed the trigger causing the handgun to fire. The bullet struck Rogers in the upper torso. Messner immediately called 911 and rendered aid. The weapon involved in the incident was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.
Bend Fire Medics treated Rogers at the scene and a Life Flight helicopter was also dispatched to assist. Rogers was Flown by Life Flight to St Charles Medical Center, Bend. Rogers was able to provide a statement that supported this being an accidental shooting. Rogers is currently in stable condition at St. Charles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to follow the 12 Golden Rules for safe gun handling.
1. Always treat the gun as it's loaded
2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
3. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
4. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it
5. Never point the gun at anything that you don't intended to destroy
6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it
7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using
8. Always use proper ammunition
9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting
10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for
several seconds, then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload
11. Don't rely on the guns safety to keep it from firing
12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything
No criminal charges were filed against Messner at the time. This incident will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office for review.
Release by: Sgt. Sundberg
Occurred: March 17, 2017 1156 a.m.
Location: Area of Tumalo Rd and 97th St
Arrested: Chad Marcus, 34 yom, Bend, Oregon
Charges: Menacing, Assault IV Domestic, Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray
On March 17th, 2017, at about 11:56 a.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of 97th Street and Tumalo Road for a report of an assault that had just occurred.
Deputies learned this was an unprovoked assault in which the adult female victim returned to her residence to find her ex-boyfriend, Chad Marcus, inside the residence without her knowledge. The adult female victim reported being attacked by Marcus at which time Marcus sprayed the female victim with "Bear Spray". During the assault, Marcus made threatening statements to the female victim. After the assault, Marcus ran from the residence, leaving the "Bear Spray" and a police style collapsible baton behind.
Bear Spray is a type of pepper spray or capsaicin deterrent that is used to deter aggressive bears, typically in a wilderness environment. The effects of Bear Spray on humans include temporary blindness, swelling in the face, burning eyes and lungs, swollen mucous membranes and nasal irritation. Bear Spray contains the same active ingredients as pepper spray.
A roommate who was home at the time called 911 to report the assault and provide police with a direction of where Marcus ran. Deputies and Oregon State Police Troopers established an area of containment and a police tracking K-9 was deployed. Marcus was not located in the area. It was determined; Marcus likely left the area in a vehicle.
The adult female victim was treated by Bend Fire Medics for exposure to the "Bear Spray" and she was decontaminated for exposure at her residence. She was not transported to the hospital for additional treatment.
Several hours later, a deputy spoke with Marcus over the phone and he agreed to turn himself into law enforcement. Deputies met Marcus in the Redmond area and he was taken into custody without incident.
Marcus was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on criminal charges of Menacing, Assault in the Forth Degree (Domestic Violence) and Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray.
Due to this being a domestic violence investigation the victim's name is being withheld.
Tumalo Area Pursuit
Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert
Occurred: March 12, 2017 at 0307 hours
Location: Hwy 20 West / Dayton Rd.
Arrested: Gentry Ceniga 37 YOM from Bend, Oregon
Charges: DUII, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
NARRATIVE: On March 12, 2017 at about 0307 hours, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2015 Toyota 4Runner SUV for failure to drive in its lane of travel. The Toyota failed to immediately yield slowing to approximately 30 mph and continued east. The Toyota turned onto Dayton Rd, accelerated and attempted to elude the deputy. A pursuit was initiated and continued for approximately 1 mile at speeds up to about 50 mph. The deputy reported to his supervisors there was no traffic on the roadway during the pursuit.
The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, Gentry Ceniga, was located in his driveway off Dayton Rd. The deputy conducted a high risk traffic stop and Ceniga was taken into custody without incident. Ceniga was transported to the Deschutes County Jail and lodged on 1 count of DUII and 1 Count of Attempt to Elude a Police Officer.
Troopers from the Oregon State Police assisted with the incident.
Saturday March 11th, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This event will take place at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office main office at 63333 W. Highway 20, Bend, Oregon, on Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to the public for up to 4 medium boxes of personal shredding.
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and SecureShred are collaborating on March 11th to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy up to 4 medium boxes of personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.
The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have information on how to avoid becoming an identity theft victim and what to do if you believe your identity has already been stolen.
No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded.
The Sheriff's Office is asking event participants to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit a local food bank.
Drug Disposal Program
At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have a deputy available to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medication. No needles or over-the-counter drugs will be accepted.
The drug disposal program is designed to keep unwanted or unused medications away from abusers, children and animals. The program is also intended to reduce negative environmental impact to the water, soil and landfill's by using proper disposal practices.
Released by: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
March 2, 2017
Today, March 2, 2017, Brad Wright's employment with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was terminated following Sheriff's Office review of criminal and internal investigations into an incident occurring on December 24, 2016 involving Wright. This review found that Mr. Wright's conduct violated several Deschutes County Sheriff's Office policies.
Wright was placed on paid administrative leave on December 28, 2016. The Bend Police conducted a criminal investigation and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office conducted an internal investigation.
"Those employees who do not subscribe to the mission and values of the Sheriff's Office will no longer be a member of this agency", stated Sheriff Nelson.
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will once again be attending the Sportsmen's Show, being held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, in Redmond. The show runs March 2-5.
This year, in addition to our Marine and OHV Safety/Education booth, we will be presenting a power point slide show titled, "Insights Through Tragedy: Lessons learned from others' mistakes." Please refer to the attached flyer for additional details related to the presentation.
The DCSO Marine and OHV Safety/Education booth will be available throughout the Sportsmen's Show. The power point show will be presented in the "Red Theater" on the following dates and times:
Thursday, March 2nd, at 4pm
Friday, March 3rd, at 1pm
Saturday, March 4th, at 4pm
Updated Press release: 2/27/17 at 6:00 p.m.
Released by : Lt. Chad Davis, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Detective Division
Deceased subject: Hyder, Lester
On 2/26/17 at approximately 11:57 a.m, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report of a hiker in the area of Bessie Butte, who had located the body of deceased male. The body was located approximately 100 yards east from USFS Road 1810 and approximately 1/2 of a mile south of China Hat Road. Deputies, Detectives and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the location of the body. The remains were positively identified as Lester Hyder.
No evidence of foul play was discovered and it appears Hyder succumbed due the elements after he walked away from his vehicle that had become stuck in the snow. Hyder traveled on foot in a snowstorm that would eventually result in 2-3 feet of snow. Hyder had last been seen alive in the area of Tekampe Road in southeast Bend and his pick-up was later located approximately 1.5 miles northeast of where his body was eventually located.
The search for Hyder logged over 1200 hours. The agencies involved in the search consisted of DCSO SAR volunteers and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (Camp Sherman Hasty Team), and Pacific Northwest SAR. Air assets from the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Police and AirLink were also used in the search.
Lester Hyder's next of kin have been notified.
By: Sgt. K. Dizney
Vehicle 1: 1973 Chevrolet Pickup Gold
Driver: 16 year old juvenile
Passenger: 14 year old juvenile
Vehicle 2: 2014 Dodge Challenger Silver
Driver: Edwards, Steven 39 years old Bend, OR
Vehicle 3: 1997 Jeep Cherokee White
Driver: Tillery, Kenneth 52 years old La Pine, OR
Passenger: Metcalf, Alexandra 22
Passenger: Munden, Logan 26
Passenger: Sittel, Ethan 26
Vehicle 4: 2002 Ford F-150 Pickup White
Driver: Mealer, Stormey 67 years old La Pine, OR
On Sunday, 2/26/17, at approximately 1:30 pm, deputies responded to a reported motor vehicle crash involving multiple vehicles and reported injuries on Highway 97 near milepost 159 which is near the Deschutes County Landfill transfer station.
Deputies responded and determined a 16 year old male driver, operating a 1973 Chevrolet pickup, lost control of his vehicle on ice/slush surface roadway while traveling southbound at this location. The pickup crossed over the center line and impacted a white 2002 Ford F-150 pickup traveling northbound. This was a glancing crash which caused the Chevrolet pickup to impact into the oncoming lane guard rail before coming back into the highway where it struck a silver 2014 Dodge Challenger head on. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage from this crash. During this event, a white 1997 Jeep Cherokee, also traveling northbound behind the White Ford F-150, impacted into the northbound guard rail while attempting to avoid a collision with the out of control Chevrolet Pickup.
This crash blocked both lanes of Highway 97 for approximately 1 hour, while tow vehicles were dispatched to remove the Chevrolet pickup and Dodge Challenger which were both disabled during the crash due to damage. The investigation into the cause of this crash determined that the 16 year old driver of the Chevrolet pickup lost control during icy roadway conditions. Factors such as speed, alcohol, or distracted driving are not believed to be related to this crash.
Both occupants of the Chevrolet pickup were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Dodge Challenger also went to the hospital via private vehicle for non-life-threatening injuries.
The sheriff's office was assisted on scene by La Pine Fire Department, ODOT, and the Sunriver Police Department. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind drivers of fast changing driving conditions on our local roadways ranging from dry pavement to icy conditions in short distances, and to be ready to accommodate conditions as necessary while operating motor vehicles.