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2016 SWAC
2016 SWAC
Preparations are underway for the 2017 Shop with a Cop program (Photo) - 10/17/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey


Planning and preparations are underway for the 2017 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office's Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop is a joint venture between local law enforcement agencies throughout Deschutes County, local Walmart stores, and McDonalds. Its primary focus is to help make the holidays a little brighter for less-fortunate families, and provide an opportunity for children to engage in positive police interaction.

The dates for this year's events are:

* Tuesday, December 12th, Redmond Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
* Wednesday, December 13th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
* Thursday, December 14th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm

This will be the seventeenth year this event will take place. The program has come a long ways since its inception in 2001; that year, 20 school-aged students went shopping, and the $1500 in donations came from employees at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

During 2016's program, 107 school-aged children (grades 1-12) from schools in Deschutes County participated, shopping for approximately 552 family members. Many times, the students are hesitant to get anything for themselves, instead being more concerned with their family member's needs. The officers encourage the student shoppers get something for themselves, and, many times, a warm winter coat or a new set of snow boots "magically" appears in their shopping cart. Gifts are not always "fun and game" items; they often include shoes, clothing, personal items, family activities, household items and other needed supplies. In addition this program assists children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies.

Shop with a Cop is completely funded by donations from our community. Many businesses, organizations, and individual citizens give money to the program. No tax dollars are spent on this program. In addition to shopping with the students, SWAC partners with Food 4 Less to help provide a Christmas meal for some families. We apply 100% of your donations to this local program.

Participating students are referred primarily by a community based advocacy group that works directly with school aged children at most schools throughout Deschutes County. Additional students are referred via the Central Oregon Partnership for Youth (COPY) program, which provides positive mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. The selected students are picked up by officers at their respective schools and driven to Walmart where they then enjoy a "one-on-one" shopping experience with their uniformed partner. While gifts are being wrapped, the students are treated to lunch, donated by the in-store McDonald's restaurants.

Although Shop with a Cop is overseen and coordinated by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, its continued success stems from the participation of officers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, police departments throughout the region, the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Services, and BLM law enforcement. Shop with a Cop has also been overwhelmingly successful in past years because of the outstanding generosity, in the form of monetary support, from local citizens and businesses. Volunteer support for the program has always been a critical part of the program's success as well.

For businesses and citizens who would like to make a monetary contribution towards this year's program, donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend, or at the Sheriff's Office's substations in La Pine and Sisters. Checks, made out to "DCSO SWAC", can also be mailed to:

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Shop with a Cop Program
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703

We again would like to thank the many Central Oregon businesses and community members that make Shop with a Cop possible...together, we CAN again make a big difference in the lives of many individuals and families!

Attached Media Files: 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC , 2016 SWAC
Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA - 10/14/17


Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Location: Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Way

Vehicle 1: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Purple.

Vehicle 2: 2016 Toyota Corolla, Silver.

Driver 1: Farrow, Albert W Age: 77
Terrebonne, Oregon

Driver 2: Kinsey, Rebecca J Age: 66
Redmond, Oregon

Citations: Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

NARRATIVE: On October 14, 2017 at about 2:25pm, Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office where dispatched to an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Hwy 126 and SW Helmholtz Way. Deputies responded to the scene with the Redmond Fire Department, the Oregon State Police and ODOT.

It was determined that Vehicle 1 was traveling north on SW Helmholtz, when it stopped at the intersection then attempted to cross Hwy 126, in front of Vehicle 2, which was traveling westbound. After the collision both vehicles came to rest on the north side of the highway.

Both drivers were transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Redmond, due to their injuries.

Traffic in the area was slowed, but continued moving while the scene was investigated.

The driver of Vehicle 1, Mr. Albert Farrow, was cited for Fail to Obey as Traffic Control Device.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this crash.

This investigation remains open.

DCSO investigating car break-ins and a burglary in Sisters over the last week - 10/09/17

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Occurred: 10/4/17 -- 10/7/17

Location: Sisters, Oregon


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is investigating several car break-ins that occurred on the night of 10/4/17 and a burglary that occurred on the night of 10/7/17, in the city of Sisters.

The car break-ins occurred on South Oak St, South Pine Meadow and on North Songbird St.

The burglary occurred at Richard's Produce at 411 West Cascade Avenue.

The Sheriff's Office is reminding the public to lock vehicles and remove any valuables from the interior of vehicles to prevent becoming a victim of theft.

Citizens can remain anonymous and still provide valuable information on these cases. Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

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DUII crash closes SW Helmholtz Way west of redmond - 10/07/17

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time of incident: 10/06/2017 at 12:43 hours.

Location of incident: SW Helmholtz Way/SW Obsidian Ave.

Arrested: Higbee, Justin B., - 47 year old male - Redmond, Or.

Vehicle: 2000 Ford F350 pickup

Charges: DUII, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief

On 10/06/2017, at about 12:43 hours, Deschutes County Dispatch received a call from a male on 911 who reported a single vehicle crash on SW Helmholtz, south of SW Obsidian Ave.

Upon arrival, responding deputies located a green 2000 Ford pickup that had overturned, crashed into a power pole and was resting on its side. The pole had been sheered off and was lying on top of the truck. The driver of the pickup, Justin Higbee, was out of the vehicle and uninjured. Redmond Fire Department and Redmond Police Department personnel responded to assist with the crash.

Higbee was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the above listed charges. SW Helmholtz Way was closed for approximately 90 minutes while the crash was being investigated and the power pole was replaced.

Naked male arrested southwest of Redmond - 10/07/17


The spelling on the suspects last name should be:Hebda

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time of incident: 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours

Location of incident: 3651 Cline Falls Hwy (Cline Butte Rock Products)

Arrested: Heba, Adam - 28 year old male

Clarksville, Tn


Attempted Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Unlawful Entry into Motor Vehicle

Victim: Davis, Frances "Dorene" - 64 year old female
Redmond, Or

On 10/06/2017 at 12:56 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Davis who reported a male inside a co-workers vehicle at the listed address. Davis then advised she was not able to talk, hung up and could not be reached by phone.

Upon arrival, investigating deputies learned that Heba was a contract employee from out of the area working on a cell phone tower that was located on Cline Butte Rock Products property. For unknown reasons, Heba entered a vehicle on the property and Davis, an employee of Cline Butte Rock products, confronted him. He exited the vehicle, approached her and dragged her approximately 30 feet back to the vehicle and forced her to get inside. Davis was able to physically fight him off and separate from him.

Heba then rifled through a portable toilet, soiling his clothes. He then removed all of his clothes and left the area of foot. He was contacted approximately 1/2 mile down a gravel road from the rock pit and detained by sheriff's deputies. Heba was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend to be evaluated by medical staff. Heba was cited for the above offenses and additional charges may be considered.

Davis didn't report any injuries during the incident.

Emergency Management Seeks Information Regarding Economic Loss Due to Late Summer Wildfires - 10/06/17

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management is working with the State of Oregon to identify potential economic losses due to wildfires from mid-August through early September. Businesses can suffer economic damages from major events and disasters. When made aware of these losses, the Governor can request assistance from the Small Business Association (SBA) in the form of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

We are currently accepting applications from small businesses and 501c3 non-profits for EIDL. If your Deschutes County small business or non-profit organization suffered an economic loss due to the smoke beginning on August 17, 2017 through early September and you're interested in applying for assistance, please email your contact information and the name of your business to A representative will contact you with more information.

Please contact us by 5 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017. We still need between 5-10 businesses or qualifying non-profits to report loss in order to qualify for assistance.

For more information on the EIDL process, please visit Please do not apply online, but email your interest to the above mentioned email address.

Hit And Run Investigation Involving Cattle No Longer Being Investigated As A Criminal Matter - 10/05/17

Location: Dickerson Well Rd (also known as Fox Butte Rd), approximately 1.5 miles west of Moffit Rd

By: Lieutenant Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

Victim: Ken Burbank, Lazy CJ Ranch

Contacted: Brian Pies, Redmond, OR

********************************Updated Information****************************************

On 10/05/17, at about 6:30pm, as a result of the earlier media release, Brian Pies, contacted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, claiming responsibility for the below accident. Pies reported he had contacted the Oregon State Police Dispatch within an appropriate amount of time after the accident had occurred. DCSO Deputies were able to confirm this information. This accident is no longer being investigated as a criminal matter.


On 10/01/17, at about 7:20am, during a routine Off Highway Vehicle (ATV) Patrol in the area of Dickerson Well Rd near Moffit Rd, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputy came upon two deceased black cows on/near the roadway. The Deputy stopped and investigated the scene and located broken vehicle parts belonging to the front of a Ford truck. The vehicle parts were in the roadway near the dead cows leading the Deputy to believe the truck had likely struck and killed the cows sometime during the previous night.

The area where the cows were struck and killed was determined to be within the "open range" area, making the driver of the truck responsible for notifying law enforcement of the accident and or the owner of the cows. The owner of the cows was identified as Ken Burbank, who owns the Lazy CJ Ranch. Burbank had not been notified by anyone reporting the accident.
Burbank estimated the value of the cows at $2,000 each. Each cow weighed approximately 1,000 lbs and it is believed the front of the suspect vehicle sustained significant damage. The surrounding area was searched, but the suspect vehicle was not located.

Anyone with information related to this accident is encouraged to call the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6655.

Employment terminated for Corrections Sergeant - 10/04/17

Released by: Captain Deron McMaster -- 541-388-6655
October 4, 2017

Today, October 4, 2017, Sheriff Nelson terminated Paul Navarro's employment with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office based on an internal investigation which concluded conduct by Mr. Navarro violated Sheriff's Office policies.

Navarro was placed on paid administrative leave on May 3, 2017. Sheriff Nelson will release additional information from the investigation after the conclusion of the separation process.

Sheriff Nelson states, "I expect supervisors to lead by example and adhere to the policies, mission and values of this office."

Deputy Eric Kozowski Placed on Administrative Leave - 10/03/17

Statement from Sheriff L. Shane Nelson:

"Deputy Eric Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave last week pending the outcome of multiple Internal Affairs investigations. These investigations were conducted by outside investigators hired by the Sheriff's Office and an investigator from the District Attorney's Office. Several of these investigations stemmed from citizen complaints and several of these investigations have been active for over a year.

To ensure impartiality the Sheriff's Office does not dictate the timeline when we hire an outside investigator. Sheriff's Office Command and County Legal Counsel reviewed the investigation. As part of the Internal Affairs process, Deputy Kozowski was placed on paid administrative leave.

When the Sheriff's Office receives complaints, we look into every complaint for violations of our policy as well as adherence to our mission and values. This is what is expected by the citizens we serve and ensures transparency."

I am not able to release any specific information regarding these investigations. Additional information will be released once they are concluded.

Photo of ATM
Photo of ATM
Suspects steal forklift and attempt to steal an ATM (Photo) - 10/01/17

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Occurred: October 1, 2017 at 00:54 hrs

Location: 51535 Huntington Rd., Lapine, Oregon

On 10/01/2017 at about 00:54 hours, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to an alarm at Washington Federal Bank, located at 51535 Huntington Rd. in Lapine. Upon arrival, they located a drive up ATM that had been struck and dislodged from its fixed location in the drive through.

During the investigation, deputies located a Hyster forklift parked south of the bank in an alley, still running. Deputies determined the forklift had been stolen from nearby Ace Hardware and driven through a six foot high chain link fence. It was then driven about two blocks south to Washington Federal Bank, where it was used to dislodge the ATM.

The ATM was still intact and no money was removed from it.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

Attached Media Files: Photo of ATM
DCSO SAR Assists Lost Hiker Near Tam McArthur Rim Trail - 09/28/17

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

Assisted Subject: Vanessa Collier, 39 year old female, Redmond, OR

On 09/27/17, at 4:39pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a non-emergency call from Vanessa Collier, who stated she had been hiking for about 2-3 hours on the Tam McArthur Rim trail near Broken Top and was lost. Collier advised she was dressed for the weather, had food and water, but her shoes were wet. Collier's cell phone battery at the time of call was at 25%.

The call was lost and dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from Collier who reported her cell phone battery was now 20%, but she had a portable charger that would be able to extend the battery's life. Collier was patched through to a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Deputy, who attempted to help orient her as to her whereabouts as well as made a plan to pick her up at the Broken Top trail head south of her current location. The cell reception at Collier's location was poor and attempts to text Collier additional maps or extraction routes were unsuccessful.

Approximately one hour later, Dispatch received a 9-1-1 hang up call from Collier and it was later learned her charging device was not functional and her cell phone battery had died. Three DCSO Search And Rescue Volunteers and two DCSO Deputies responded to the last known location for Collier and began searching into the night. Although the trail where Collier had began her hike at Three Creeks Trail head was dry, the trail near the bottom of Broken Top was covered in snow. Collier had lost the trail in the snow.

The DCSO SAR Volunteers were successful in locating Collier's tracks in the snow and were able to follow them back to the main trail where they were undetectable among the other tracks of other hikers. AirLink assisted by joining the search, their standard flight crew accompanied by one additional DCSO SAR Volunteer spotter.

At approximately 2:30am, one of the DCSO Deputies located Collier at the Todd Lake Trail head. Collier had successfully started a small warming fire and was appropriately waiting for one of the search teams to locate her at the trail head. Collier was in good physical condition.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those that recreate outdoors to prepare accordingly for your activity. Some considerations include proper clothing for day and night conditions in your environment, even if you do not expect to be out over night. Ensure you have adequate water and food, topographical trail maps, extra batteries or charging options for phones or GPS units. Bring a light source and a signaling device. Seek out information regarding the area and what may be encountered, such as current and projected weather conditions as well as terrain in the area. Tell someone where you are going, what you will be taking with you and when you plan to return. Collier had done several of these things which helped in locating her.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office strongly encourages those recreating in the outdoors to do so with a partner(s) and not separate.

Scammers portraying Deputies, trying to collect payment for fines. - 09/25/17

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Date/ Time of release: 9/25/17 at 4:00 p.m.


On 9/25/17, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office began receiving reports of scammers that are targeting citizens, trying to seek payment for fictitious fees due to an alleged "C Violation" they may have committed.

The scammers have been portraying themselves as a member of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and directs the potential victim to call a separate phone number to arrange payment on the violation to avoid a warrant being issued for their arrest. At this point, no citizens have reported following through with the payment to the scammers.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know this a scam and they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to advise a citizen they have a warrant over the phone, nor to take payment on any fines or fees 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.

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

Gary Humbard photo
Gary Humbard photo
No results after additional search conducted for missing subject, Gary Humbard (Photo) - 09/25/17

Location: Davis Lake area, La Pine, Oregon

BY: Lieutenant Chad Davis, DCSO Detective Division

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

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: Gary Humbard photo
Fatal Fall at Smith Rock State Park - 09/20/17

By: Sgt Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Date: 09/19/2017

Deceased: Sebastian E Baker, 23 year old male, of Vancouver, WA

On 09/19/2017, at about 1857 hours, Deschutes County 9-1-1 received a report of a hiker that had fallen about 250 feet in the area of the Picnic Lunch Wall. Deschutes County Office Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Park Rangers, Redmond Fire and Rescue and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene.

The hiker, Sebastian Baker, was in the area of the Picnic Lunch Wall peak before falling to the base of the wall. It appears Baker was hiking alone on the Misery Ridge trail before leaving the trail and falling. Mr. Baker died at the scene. The cause of the fall appears accidental, although, it remains under investigation.

DCSO Detectives are seeking any additional witnesses that may have seen the incident at Smith Rock State Park or Mr. Baker prior to the incident. Please contact DCSO Detective Patterson at 541-693-6911 with any additional information.