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Rescued snowshoers at AC/DC snow shelter (Photo) - 02/23/18

Date: February 23, 2018

Time of Call: 1640 hours

Location: AC/DC snow shelter northwest of Edison Butte Trailhead

Rescued: Russell, David (75 yom) Mt. Hood, Oregon
Rescued: Russell, Judith (74 yof) Mt. Hood, Oregon

By: Assistant SAR Coordinator Deputy Aaron Myers

On February 23, 2018, at approximately 1640 hours, Judith Russell contacted Deschutes County 911 Dispatch and reported she was snowshoeing with her husband, David Russell, and dog near Edison Butte and became lost. Judith said they had been going around in circles for hours and were exhausted.

Judith reported being near a snow shelter, which was later determined to be the AC/DC snow shelter. She reported having a little food and water left. The Russell's were properly dressed for the weather and had sufficient battery life for their phone. The Russell's did not have a working light or way to start a fire.

The distance from the AC/DC shelter to the Edison Sno-Park is approximately 2.8 miles. Judith said they were not comfortable snowshoeing that distance in the dark. Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to Edison Sno-Park and deployed on two track quads to the Russell's location. The DCSOSAR Volunteers traveled on a snowmobile trail, which took them approximately a quarter mile from the AC/DC shelter. They snowshoed to the shelter making contact with the Russell's at 2015 hours. The DCSOSAR Volunteers transported the Russell's to the Edison Sno-Park Trailhead, arriving at 2228 hours.

The Russell's left the Edison Sno-Park trailhead at approximately 1100 hours. They carried no map of the area.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in the back country to ensure they carry the "ten essentials."

1. Navigation (map and compass)
2.Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
3.Insulation (extra clothing)
4.Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.First-aid supplies
6.Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.Repair kit and tools
8.Nutrition (extra food)
9.Hydration (extra water)
10.Emergency shelter

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National Threat to 'SHS' School Determined to be Hoax (Photo) - 02/21/18

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Date: February 21, 2018

After 8:00pm this evening, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department began receiving calls from Deschutes County citizens regarding a viral post on social media from a person named "Ray Andres". The post indicated there was going to be a school shooting at 'SHS' tomorrow.

This is a nationwide viral post that originated in the state of Ohio and it has caused concern for parents, students and staff of every school in America with the acronym 'SHS'. We have contacted law enforcement in the state of Ohio and been told the original post has been tracked to the state of Kentucky and a person of interest is being interviewed.

This social media post has been determined to be a hoax and there is no credible threat to our schools in Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: Star2017.jpg
Vehicle Photo
Vehicle Photo
Wanted Subject Rolls Vehicle Attempting to Avoid Apprehension; Redmond (Photo) - 02/20/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Occurred: February 19, 2018 at 5:00pm

Location: 2200 block of SW 19th Street, Redmond

Arrested: Cooper, Randy Lee Redmond, OR
Age: 25

Charges: Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine - Felony
Reckless Endangering
Attempt to Elude - Misdemeanor
Criminal Trespass II
Criminal Mischief III
Parole Violation Warrant


On February 19, 2018, at about 5:00pm, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Detectives were working in the 2200 block of SW 19th Street in Redmond, attempting to locate Randy Lee Cooper of Redmond. Cooper was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant issued by the Oregon State Parole Board for Parole Violation. While conducting surveillance on a vehicle associated with Cooper, they observed a white 2000 Ford Explorer arrive in the area.

Detectives observed Cooper on foot a short time later and attempted to contact and detain him. Cooper saw the plain clothes detectives approaching him and ran back to the Ford Explorer. Cooper got into the driver's seat, put the Explorer into reverse, and began to quickly back out of the area to avoid apprehension.

After backing approximately 50 feet, Cooper abruptly jerked the wheel and struck a curb, causing the Explorer to rollover onto its top. Cooper then exited the vehicle through a broken passenger window and ran eastbound on foot. As Cooper attempted to climb over a residential fence, a detective caught up to him and took him into custody. During a subsequent search of the Explorer, a loaded .22 caliber revolver was located.

Cooper was taken to St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond for evaluation due to minor injuries he received during the rollover crash. He was then transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail and lodged on the listed charges.

We would like to thank the Redmond Police Department for their assistance and their investigation of the crash portion of this incident.

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.

Attached Media Files: Vehicle Photo , Cooper Booking Photo
Rescue at Smith Rock (Photo) - 02/17/18

Date: 02/17/2018

Time: 1733 hours

Reporting person Richmond, Caitlin - 32 yo Female Bend, Oregon

Rescued: Bedell, Samuel - 30 yo male Bend, Oregon

On 02/17/2018, at about 1733 hours, 911 Dispatch received a report of a male who had fallen at Smith Rock. The reporting person, Caitlin Richmond, advised her husband, Bedell, sustained an injury that would require a rescue to get him out of the lower gorge near the north point parking lot at Smith Rock State Park.

Redmond Fire and Rescue and 20 DCSOSAR volunteers with two DCSOSAR Deputies responded to the scene. Bedell was located on a small ledge below a vertical cliff after falling an unknown distance. A vertical rope system was set up while Bedell's injuries were being accessed. Bedell was packaged into a litter which was then raised up a distance of about 40 feet.

It was learned Bedell was in a group of six that had crossed the river to save time and distance in getting back to the main parking lot. The group was attempting to locate a ladder in this area to gain access to the top of the cliff when Bedell fell. The fall was not witnessed. Bedell was looking for the ladder at the time he fell.

Bedell was transported to St Charles Hospital in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

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**Update** DCSO Investigating Two Incidents at High Desert Middle School Today (Photo) - 02/16/18

**Updated on February 16, 2018 at 3:30pm by Sgt. William Bailey**

Deputies and Detectives have been working on the two incidents at High Desert Middle School since yesterday afternoon. We have since interviewed numerous students about these incidents and based on our investigation we have determined the following:

The first incident involving the fire alarm being activated was a single student who acted alone and this was not related to the later incident. This student has been disciplined by school administration and temporarily removed from school. He has also been cited and released to his parents on one count of Disorderly Conduct I.

The incident involving the second student's behavior was determined to be verbal threats of violence at the school and involved the use of a firearm. This information was brought forward by other students to school administration officials. These threats were made approximately twenty minutes after the activation of the fire alarm. Subsequent searches of the school grounds determined that although the student implied he possessed a firearm, no firearm was in his possession or ever on the school grounds. This student has been disciplined by school administration and DCSO investigators have cited and released him to his parents on the charges of Disorderly Conduct I and Harassment.

While we were investigating these incidents, we took every precaution to keep students safe. We increased our presence at the school and assigned DCSO Detectives to assist with the
investigation. We understand the public's desire for information in these types of cases and have been working to release accurate and verified information as quickly as we can to the public. Based on our investigation, there was never an actual threat to the safety of students and staff at High Desert Middle School.

End of Update


Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Release Date: February 15, 2018 at 5:40pm

Occurred Date: February 15, 2018 at 11:20am & 11:40am


This afternoon, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the High Desert Middle School in Bend regarding two separate and unrelated incidents involving student behavior.

The first involved a middle school aged male student who activated a fire alarm within the school. Students were evacuated from the school in response to the fire alarm, but no actual fire had occurred.

The second incident involved a separate middle school aged male student that engaged in inappropriate behavior amongst his peers, which caused them concern.

Both students have been disciplined by school administration and removed temporarily from school. Both incidents are still being investigated, but at this time we have no reason to believe there is any danger to students. We will continue working with our school district partners to ensure the safety of the students in our schools.

Attached Media Files: Star2017.jpg
**Updated** Scammers Portraying Themselves as Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies Indicted on Federal Wire Fraud Conspiracy Charges - 02/14/18

*** Update to Previous Press Release ***

Press Release from United States Attorney Beth Drake in the District of South Carolina

February 13, 2018


Follow us on Twitter: @USAO_SC

CONTACT PERSON: Winston David Holliday, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
(803) 920-6097

Georgia Prisoner Pleads Guilty to Phone Scam

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Jay Byron Wright, age 42, of the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan, Georgia, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, § 1349. Judge Mary Geiger Lewis accepted the plea and will sentence Wright at a later date.

Evidence presented at the hearing established that Jay Byron Wright and other prisoners called citizens of Oregon using a cell phone smuggled into their prison, told the Oregonians they were in contempt of court for not showing up for jury duty, and that they owed the court money. The Oregonians could pay this money by obtaining Money Pak Green Dot cards for the specified value and providing the numbers on the cards to the callers. The numbers gave the callers access to the value on the card, which could then be transferred onto other Green Dot cards. At least three people in Oregon fell for this scam, and they transferred values slightly less than $1,000 to cards used by various co-conspirators in South Carolina.
The maximum penalty faced by Wright is imprisonment for twenty years, with a potential fine up to $250,000.

The Deschutes County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office and SLED (South Carolina) investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Winston David Holliday, Jr., of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case.

End of Update

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. § 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 (Christina 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 Locates Lost/Broken Down Motorist - 02/13/18

Date: 02/13/18
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

Lost Subject: Jessica Hall, 21 year old Redmond female

Reporting Party: Rita Hall, 55 year old Redmond female

On 02/12/18, at about 7:31 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office received a report from Rita Hall that she had received a text message from her daughter, Jessica Hall, stating her vehicle had broken down in an unknown forested location in Deschutes County and needed assistance. Rita had received her daughter's text at about 4:02 pm, which included an attempt at describing her location. Rita attempted to locate her daughter without success, at which time she requested assistance from the Sheriff's Office. It should be noted, Jessica's cell phone had also died during this initial search period. With temperatures expected to be near zero degrees in the high mountain areas, a search was initiated immediately.

Seven Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies began searching for Jessica in and around the Lava Butte/Benham Falls area, where she had described her location (as she believed it to be) to her mother in the text. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by the US Forest Service, Sunriver Police Dept and Bend Police Dept, who searched other possible locations. Jessica's cell phone was pinged, but returned with a possible radius of over nine miles. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was contacted and began working with cell phone data to narrow the search area. As this process took place, Deputies and Officers continued to search through the night and early morning hours.

17 DCSO SAR Volunteers were dispatched to various search areas including Skyliner Rd, Cascade Lakes Hwy, USFS 41 Rd and the Lava Butte/Benham Falls area. On 02/13/18, at about 7:15 am, Jessica Hall was located by DCSO SAR Volunteers with her vehicle on a spur road, just north of the Cascade Lakes Hwy and approximately 5 miles west of Bend. Jessica was cold, but otherwise in good condition. Jessica's vehicle battery had died as well as her cell phone and was staying bundled up inside of her vehicle, in the hope that someone would locate her. Jessica did not require medical attention and she was provided a courtesy transport to her Mother's residence.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind those venturing into less traveled areas to tell someone where they are going and to carry basic survival gear with them. If you find yourself in a situation where you are lost and have cell service, we recommend you call 911 before your cell phone battery dies. This may assist searchers in getting a better location to begin searching.

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Overnight Burglary in Terrebonne ***Updated*** (Photo) - 02/12/18

****Updated on February 12, 2018 at 5:00pm by Sgt. William Bailey****

Detectives have been working since February 7th, following up on leads and collecting information in this case. Today, DCSO Detectives located a 17 year old male suspect in the case and have cited him in lieu of custody for the following crimes: Burglary II, Theft II and Criminal Mischief I.

Detectives are continuing their attempts to identify the other two suspects in the case and will provide further updates as they become available.

****End of Update****

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: February 7, 2018


On February 7, 2018, at 2:35am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to an audible burglary alarm at Ferguson's Market in Terrebonne; 8150 N. Highway 97. Arriving deputies found the front door had been smashed and entry had been made into the business. Deputies searched the interior of Ferguson's Market, but the suspects had already fled the scene.

K9 Masa and her handler Deputy Ben Bartness responded to the location and were able to track the unknown suspects to the southwest from the business. However, the track was lost in the area of the Rustic Ranch Mobile Park; 8045 N Highway 97.

Deputies have worked with the Ferguson's Market to obtain video surveillance from the burglary. We are releasing three still images with the hope the public can assist us with identifying and locating the suspects.

The suspects are described as three unknown males believed to be in their teens or early 20's. All three were wearing long sleeved shirts, shorts, hats and had masks covering their faces. If the public has any information about this burglary or can assist us with identifying any of the suspects in the surveillance images, they are asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference case 18-36444.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Redmond Police Department for their assistance last night during the investigation.

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Lt Tim Leak to Retire from DCSO effective February 28 - 02/12/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: February 12, 2018


On November 27, 2017, Deschutes County Human Resources received notice from Lt. Tim Leak of his intent to retire effective February 28th, 2018.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has since come to a separation and settlement agreement (release of claims) with Leak. Both the Sheriff's Office and Leak have agreed to a release of claims and neither party will file a lawsuit against the other. As a part of the agreement, the Sheriff's Office will administratively close the internal affairs investigation into Leak.

Sheriff Nelson said, "People who do not fall in line with the Mission and Values of this office will not work here. This agreement is in the best interests of the citizens we work for. This is a business decision I have made to end this matter and continue to move the Sheriff's Office forward. We are learning from our past and following the course we have charted for the future."

Leak has been on administrative leave since May 17, 2016. His salary while on administrative leave was $238,161.71. He will receive $33,330.00 under the terms of the settlement agreement.

Assault in NE Redmond area under investigation ***UPDATE*** - 02/12/18

**Updated February 12, 2018 at 1:45pm by Sgt. William Bailey**

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division has conducted further interviews in this case and has determined this was an isolated incident. Further, Detectives learned the suspects were known to the victim and the victim has chosen not to cooperate with the investigation at this time.

We do not anticipate releasing any further information regarding this incident.

****End of Update****

Date/ Time of release: 2/9/18 at 3:15 p.m.

Date of occurrence: 2/6/18

Time of occurrence: 3:00 a.m.

Location: 1800 block of NE Maple Avenue, Redmond, Oregon

Victim: 30 year old male, name withheld for safety reasons
Redmond, Oregon


On 2/6/18 at 3:00 a.m., Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported assault in the 1800 block of NE Maple Avenue, northeast of Redmond.

Deputies located a thirty year old male, who had been assaulted on NE Maple Avenue, near the High Desert Sports Complex. The male was transported by medics to St. Charles -- Redmond for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was released from St. Charles the following day. No suspects were located following an extensive search of the area.

The investigation determined the victim was assaulted by more than one suspect. The identity of the suspects are unknown at this time. The victim's name is being withheld for safety reasons.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division is currently investigating this assault and there is no risk to the safety of the public. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

Assault north of Bend sends one man to jail; one man to hospital with serious injuries - 02/11/18

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 02/11/2018 at 4:53 p.m.

Arrested: Planteen, Matthew - 34 year old male - Bend, Oregon


Attempted Murder - $250,000
Assault I - $100,000
Kidnapping I - $100,000
Unlawful Use of a Weapon - $10,000
Attempted Escape I - $10,000
Tampering With Evidence - $5,000
Resisting Arrest - $5,000

Total bail: $480,000

Victim: Trask, Terry - 63 year old male - Bend, Oregon

On 02/11/2018 at about 4:53 p.m. deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the 64000 block of the Old Bend-Redmond Hwy for a reported assault. Upon arrival, deputies found Trask had been assaulted by Planteen.

During the investigation, deputies learned Trask and Planteen were roommates and had a disagreement the previous day over Planteen moving out. Planteen reportedly assaulted Trask with a hammer at about 3:30 a.m. while he was asleep in bed. After the initial assault, Planteen drug Trask around the house while continuing to strike him with the hammer. Trask was finally able to get access to his phone and call his friends around 4:00 p.m. Upon arriving at the Trask/Planteen home, the friends, realizing what had taken place, called 911 armed themselves with a baseball bat and held Planteen at bay until deputies arrived.

Trask was transported via ground ambulance to Saint Charles Medical Center - Bend with serious injuries. Planteen was arrested on the above listed charges and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

SCAM Alert
SCAM Alert
Central Oregon SCAM Alert (Photo) - 02/11/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: February 11, 2018


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to again warn the citizens of Central Oregon of the ongoing warrant scam hitting our area. We have received several calls over weekend from community members who have been contacted by a subject who identifies himself as "Detective Garcia with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office" and asks for money to clear up a warrant issued after missing jury duty. We have also received other information two other names of actual current deputies are being used. Familiar names like "Lt. Husband" and "Sgt. Bailey" are also being used by scammers to convince our community members these phone calls are legitimate.

Law enforcement will never contact a citizen and ask for money to clear up a warrant or any other legal matter. If a citizen has a warrant, a member of a law enforcement agency will likely contact you in person and have the proper credentials to identify themselves. Citizens should always be skeptical of any situation where an unfamiliar person is asking for money over the telephone.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to ask community members to share this scam information with others. Unfortunately, we have had community members fall victim to this scam in the past and we would like to prevent anyone else from falling victim in the future. Consider talking with a neighbor, calling a friend or family member and/or sharing this information on social media. The best way to prevent someone falling victim to this scam is through education.

We would also ask if you have recently received a similar scam phone call and haven't already shared that information with us, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak to a deputy.

Attached Media Files: SCAM Alert
Dep Johnson and Ezel
Dep Johnson and Ezel
Two DCSO Patrol K9's now Cross Trained in Drug Detection (Photo) - 02/01/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: February 1, 2018


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to announce two of our three Patrol K9's are now cross trained in drug detection.

Deputy Jeremiah Johnson with K9 Ezel and Deputy Ben Bartness with K9 Masa recently spent four weeks participating in intensive in-service training to achieve this accomplishment. K9 Ezel and K9 Masa are now certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA) in both tracking and drug detection. The OPCA establishes minimum requirements for each K9 Team and our teams recertify once each year.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would also like to recognize our very own drug detection K9 handler Deputy Stacy Crawford. Deputy Crawford is a Master Trainer and Vice President of OPCA. Deputy Crawford developed the training plan and spearheaded the drug detection training which our K9's participated in this past month. Additionally, Deputy Crawford assisted with training a new drug detection K9 with the Redmond Police Department.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office currently has four K9 Teams that serve the citizens of Deschutes County.

For more information about the Oregon Police Canine Association, visit their website at

DCSO Personnel Actions *Correction* - 01/31/18

**Correction - The last sentence if the second paragraph is corrected to:

"It is Sheriff Nelson's hope this action is sufficient enough to ensure this supervisor will be in compliance with the high expectations of this office."

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Date: January 31, 2018

Today the following personnel actions were taken by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.

Sheriff Nelson terminated Eric Kozowski's employment with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office based on internal investigations which concluded that conduct by Mr. Kozowski violated Sheriff's Office policies. Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave on September 24, 2017. Mr. Kozowski has a right to due process and Sheriff Nelson will release additional information from the investigations after the separation process is complete.

Sheriff Nelson has also come to a determination based on the outcome of the internal affairs investigation into Corrections Sergeant Mike Molan. Sheriff Nelson has concluded personnel action will be taken against Sgt. Molan. Personnel action includes time off from work, additional training, and increased supervision; all with the goal of his future success. It is Sheriff Nelson's hope this action is sufficient enough to ensure this supervisor will be remain in compliance with the high expectations of this office.

Sheriff Nelson states, "I expect members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to adhere to the mission and values of this office. I will continue to enforce the highest standards of professionalism and conduct at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office."