Sheriff's Office Takes On Parole and Probation Operations (Photo)
Parole and Probation staff take the oath of office on July 1, 2014
HOOD RIVER, ORE. - On the morning of July 1, Parole and Probation personnel raised their right hands as Sheriff Matt English deputized staff. The Sheriff's Office officially assumed the reigns at the beginning of the fiscal year. Four Parole and Probation Deputies, a work crew supervisor and a corrections technician are tasked with supervising individuals in the community that are placed on probation by the court or released from prison. Currently, the division supervises around 300 offenders.
Parole and Probation has undergone many changes in recent years since counties took over in the mid-1990's following Oregon Senate Bill 1145. In Hood River County, Parole and Probation has been an autonomous county department twice and combined with the Juvenile Department, in what is known as the Community Justice model. The prevailing model in Oregon is for Parole and Probation Offices to operate under the direction of the Sheriff. Nearly half of the state is utilizing the sheriff model.
Sheriff Matt English, who started his law enforcement career in Parole and Probation, said he was excited about the future of the division. "I'm confident this is the right move for our community", English said. "This move makes sense for criminal justice in Hood River County. It will provide more continuity of services and will ensure the philosophy remains consistent with the other public safety components in the county".
One of English's first moves was to hire a commander to run the division's operations. Commander Jamie Hepner started in mid-June, just prior to the official transition. Hepner comes from Skamania County, where she ran the county's Parole and Probation services for several years. Prior to that, Ms. Hepner worked as a Parole and Probation Officer for Washington State Department of Corrections. She has also worked as a dispatcher and corrections deputy for Skamania County.
Sheriff English commends outgoing Community Justice Director Deirdre Kasberger for her work with Parole and Probation. "Deirdre has done a fantastic job rebuilding Parole and Probation. She's had to endure some tough times but she was able to transform the department by filling vacancies with smart, energetic personnel and helping to ensure offender accountability and rehabilitation remained the focus. Her work in the past few years makes this transition much smoother."
Parole and Probation deputies will now enjoy the resources of the Sheriff's Office, including enhanced training opportunities and access to additional equipment and support services.
Stabbing Leads to Arrest of Hood River Man (Photo)
HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Just after 6 p.m. on July 17, 2014, the Sheriff's Office and Parkdale Fire were called to the 3800 block of Paul Partlow Dr. on an alleged stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies located fifty-four year old Richard E. Wilson of Ocean Park, WA, who was suffering from life threatening knife wounds. A deputy and neighbors performed life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived.
Wilson was transported from the scene via Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where he remained in critical condition Thursday night.
The initial investigation continued into Friday morning and led to the arrest of a neighboring Paul Partlow resident. Dale Allen Bush, 66, was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault I.
Following the arrest, HRCSO personnel executed a search warrant at Bush's residence. The investigation is on-going.