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Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children of Incarcerated Parents (Photo) - 09/13/21

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, is offering a virtual class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. 

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent on outside activities, exploring the community, doing art or craft projects, or simply hanging out and talking. 

On Saturday, September 25, COPY will offer a virtual orientation/training class. This 3½-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, communication skills, and safety and best practices for mentoring in a COVID-19 world. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required.

For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.sheriff.deschutes.org/copy.

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Inmates tested positive for COVID in the DCSO Jail (Photo) - 09/08/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 8, 2021

 

During the evening of September 7, 2021, an inmate in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail was displaying symptoms of COVID. This inmate, along with the other inmates in the housing unit were all tested for COVID. Five of the seven inmates in this single housing unit tested positive for COVID. 

Throughout this pandemic, the DCSO Jail has been following Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority guidelines and taking necessary precautions for infection control in an attempt to keep COVID out of the facility. 

The Sheriff’s Office Medical Director is managing care for these positive cases and currently coordinating with Deschutes County Public Health. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured climber at Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 09/07/21

Released by: Deputy Shane Zook - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 09/06/21 at 2:27 PM

Location: Smith Rock State Park

Injured:  Savanah Thomas – 26 year old female – Lake Tahoe, CA

 

On 09/06/21 at about 2:27 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from a male climber at Smith Rock State Park.  The climber reported that his female climbing partner had fallen about 15 feet and sustained injuries, which would require a rescue. 

A Special Services Deputy responded to the park, along with the Redmond Fire Department.  The Deputy paged out for Search and Rescue volunteers to respond to the park as well.  Eighteen Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the page.  

The Deputy, two members of the Redmond Fire Department and one State Park employee responded to the location of the injured climber, which was in the Monument climbing area.  The climber was located in a ravine, several hundred yards up from the canyon floor.  Members of the Redmond Fire Department assessed the climber's injuries and provided pain management medication until Search and Rescue arrived on scene.  

When Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue arrived on scene, the medical team members began providing patient care and preparing the injured climber to be moved down the ravine in a litter.  Members of the Mountain Rescue Team began preparing a technical rope system to assist in lowering the litter through some vertical areas within the ravine.  Once the patient was ready, Search and Rescue members along with Redmond Fire and a State Park employee began moving the climber down through some tough terrain, eventually reaching the canyon floor.  The climber was then carried out to an awaiting ambulance in a wheeled litter. 

This was a team effort and and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Redmond Fire and the Oregon State Parks for their assistance in this rescue.    

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  

 

 

 

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Large Illegal Marijuana Grow Controlled By Cartel Dismantled in Alfalfa (Photo) - 09/03/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 3rd, 2021

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp 

 

Alfalfa, OR – 

On Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, Detectives with the Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement team concluded a long-term investigation involving a large-scale illicit outdoor marijuana grow near Dodds Rd and Alfalfa Market Rd in the Alfalfa community. 

On September 2nd, 2021, DCIME detectives, with the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, executed a Search Warrant on the 30-acre property and located 49 greenhouses containing 9,227 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. In addition to the plants, 2,800 pounds of processed marijuana were also found. Also concerning, two pistols and an AR-15 rifle was found within the marijuana grow operation.

During the investigation, it was determined that this particular illegal marijuana grow site was operated by and affiliated with a foreign Mexican drug cartel attempting to cultivate illegal marijuana for sale throughout the United States commercially. Most of the laborers found working on the grow site are Mexican nationals and illegally trafficked into the United States to work in the illegal marijuana trade involuntarily. The laborers were found living in primitive wooden structures and dome tents with limited clean water sources and dumping wastewater directly into the soil.  

Approximately twenty-one people were detained and later released by Detectives at the scene. Some of the laborers fled into the neighboring property and offered no resistance when contacted by detectives. Several suspects, both foreign and domestic, have been identified. One person was arrested at the scene and released with a citation to appear in court. Detectives expect arrests are forthcoming once additional follow-up investigations are complete. 

The possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal for recreational use in Oregon. However, large, unlicensed marijuana operations remain illegal. Due to these operations being unregulated, they pose dangers to the public and environment. 

The Alfalfa community and surrounding areas in Deschutes County have been struggling with consistent groundwater sources. Since the beginning of DCIME, investigators have found illegal marijuana grows diverted or stolen significant water from nearby homes, commercial farms, or directly from pumps connected to underground sources in the arid central Oregon high desert. This particular grow site used underground water and maintained a complex watering system that supplied several on-site 15,000-20,000 gallon cisterns. 

Additionally, Illegal marijuana farms, including this one, often use pesticides and insecticides that threaten residential water supplies and endanger the end user. 

Illegal marijuana grows facilities have a very high electrical demand due to the lights, fans, and other equipment used. This grow site used jerry-rigged copper wire, extension cords, and power strips as permanent exterior wiring for processing equipment, lighting, fans, etc. Overloaded electrical wiring has caused fires in other marijuana grow facilities. 

The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement (DCIME) program is a partnership between the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the Bend Police Department, and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office to address illegal marijuana activity in Deschutes County.

DCIME Detectives were assisted by the Deschutes County Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Crook County Sheriff’s Office and the Alfalfa Fire Department, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration with the investigation, eradication, and dismantling of this site. 

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, 541-550-4869 or kentv@deschutes.org  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include a Marine Patrol, K-9 units, and Forest Patrol. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 157,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. The agency has 221 authorized and funded personnel, including 175 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured hiker near Pole Creek Trailhead (Photo) - 08/30/21

Released by: Deputy Shane Zook - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

 

Date/time: 08/29/21 at 2:33 P.M.

 

Location: Pole Creek Trailhead

 

Injured:  Steve Rex – 62 year old male – McMinnville, Or

 

 

On 08/29/21 at about 2:33 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a report of an injured hiker near the Pole Creek Trailhead.  The reporting person stated that a male in her hiking party had fallen and injured himself.  The caller stated that the hiker could not walk out and would need assistance to get back to the Pole Creek Trailhead.  According to the coordinates that dispatch received from the caller’s phone, the injured hiker was located about 3.5 miles from the trailhead.

 

Ten Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the call.  The volunteers parked at the Pole Creek Trailhead and hiked in with a wheeled litter.  Members of the medical team evaluated the hiker’s condition and prepared him to be transported in the wheeled litter.  The hiker was then loaded into the wheeled litter and carried back out to the trailhead. 

 

The hiker chose to seek further medical treatment on his own and did not want the assistance of an ambulance.  

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured mountain bike rider on South Fork Trail - 08/25/21

Released by: Deputy Kyle Joye - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 08/24/21 at 11:47 AM

Location: South Fork Trail out of Tumalo Fall Trailhead

Injured: Julie Poulen – 46 YOF out of Bend, Oregon

 

On 08/24/21, at about 11:47 AM, Deschutes County 911 received a phone call from a female who was reporting an injured mountain bike rider on the South Fork Mt. Bike Trail, approximately 1.5 miles out of Tumalo Falls Trailhead. 911 Dispatch was able to obtain accurate coordinates for the injured rider, Ms. Julie Poulen.  

Ten Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, along with one DCSO Deputy responded to the scene.  One of the DCSO SAR Volunteers was near the rider's location and responded directly to the scene to render aide until the remaining volunteers could respond on foot. 

The patient was evaluated by DCSO SAR medical team members, and loaded into a wheeled litter.  The patient was carried out to Tumalo Falls Trailhead, where she was transferred to her personal vehicle.  The patient refused any further medical treatment and planned to seek further medical treatment on her own.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.   

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers assists hiker on South Sister (Photo) - 08/23/21

Released by: Deputy Aaron Myers, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date: 08/22/2021

Location: South Sister

Person Assisted: Farney, Julia 25 year old female, Portland, Oregon 

On August 22, 2021, at approximately 1600 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call from a hiker near the top of South Sister who reported a person hiking in their group, Julia Farney had a medical issue that prevented her from hiking further down the mountain without the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. 

Dispatch was able to obtain GPS coordinates of the groups’ location and provided those coordinates to DCSO Search and Rescue. 

Due to the nature of the reported medical condition, Airlink was contacted and agreed to assist by transporting two DCSO Search and Rescue Volunteers to a landing zone near the location where Farney was. The two DCSO SAR Volunteers reached the landing zone at approximately 1800 hours.  The two SAR Volunteers hiked approximately ½ mile from the landing zone to Farney to begin medical assessment and treatment. The SAR Volunteers reached Farney at approximately 1840 hours.

10 DCSO SAR Volunteers drove to the Devils Lake Trailhead and began the hike up to Farney’s location to assist the other two DCSO SAR Volunteers. The DCSO SAR Volunteers assisted Farney approximately 1 mile down the trail in a litter to another landing zone where Airlink had landed. The DCSO SAR Volunteers reached this landing zone at approximately 2100 hours. Farney was transported by Airlink to St. Charles-Bend. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Airlink for their assistance in this mission. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Traffic Stop Leads to 4lb Seizure of Methamphetamine (Photo) - 08/20/21

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: August 20, 2021

 

Location: E Cascade and N Larch St., Sisters, OR

 

Arrested: Crystal Wells, 35 year old female, Salem, OR

Charges:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

 

Arrested: Kristen Haynes, 39 year old female, Salem, OR

Charges:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

 

Arrested: Rafael Diaz-Ramirez, 35 year old male, Salem, OR

Charges:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine 

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

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The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) conducted a short term investigation into Crystal Wells for the sales of controlled substances in Deschutes County. On August 19, 2021, Street Crimes detectives learned Wells was returning to Deschutes County with possible controlled substances in her possession. 

At approximately 12:12 AM, detectives observed Wells traveling in a 2010 Honda Civic east bound on E Cascade in Sisters, OR. A Deschutes County Deputy stopped Wells for a traffic violation near E Cascade and N Larch St. Bend Police Department K9, Bonnie, and his partner Officer Jeff Perkins responded and alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle Wells was driving. A subsequent search of Wells and her passengers revealed they were in possession of more than 4 pounds of Methamphetamine and over $9,000 in US currency. 

Wells and her passengers, Kristen Haynes and Rafael Diaz-Ramirez were lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above mentioned 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. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.