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$100,000.00 Aggravated Theft Investigation Results in Arrest - 01/31/23

****UPDATE****

Forgery in the First Degree has been updated from 3 counts to 7 counts.

****END OF UPDATE****

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 31, 2023

Arrested: Todd Hedberg, 48-year-old male, Redmond, Oregon

Charges: Aggravated Theft in the First Degree (3 counts), Forgery in the First Degree (3 counts), Aggravated Identity Theft (2 counts)

 

Narrative: 

On 01/26/23, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call for service regarding a large theft from a local construction company. The victim advised their former business manager had fraudulently written numerous unauthorized checks, forging the owner’s signature. The former business manager had also made unauthorized cash withdrawals from the business’ bank and had made multiple purchases through an online shopping website for personal items using the business credit card.

During the preliminary investigation the deputy was provided documented proof of these transactions by the victim. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division was contacted, and they assisted analyzing the vast number of financial documents provided to the deputy. Based on the information gleaned from the documents provided by the victim to investigators, it was determined Todd Hedberg had stolen cash and made unauthorized purchases in excess of $100,000.00 dollars. Investigators applied for and were granted a Search Warrant for Hedberg’s residence. 

On 01/28/23 deputies and detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 3200 block of SW 28th Street in Redmond. During the execution of the search warrant investigators located several items that corroborated the unauthorized purchases from an online shopping website, to include receipts from the unauthorized business credit card purchases.

Hedberg was contacted at the residence, taken into custody without incident, and subsequently lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on the above listed charges.

The investigation is still active, further details will be released when available.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Snowmobile Crash
Snowmobile Crash
Snowmobile Crash on Cascade Lakes Highway Sends One to Hospital (Photo) - 01/30/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 30, 2023

Location: Cascade Lakes Highway, mile post 30 

Vehicle#1: Polaris 800 RMK Pro

Rider: Christian Michael Horton 29-year-old male, Bend Oregon

Vehicle #2: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado

Driver: 43-year-old male, Bend Oregon

 

Narrative:

On 01/29/23, at approximately 7:30 pm, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a snowmobile and a tracked snow vehicle on Cascade Lakes Highway at mile post 30.

Initial reports indicated the snowmobile rider struck a stationary Elk Lake Lodge tracked vehicle at a high rate of speed throwing him from the snowmobile almost 100 feet. The driver of the tracked vehicle, an Elk Lake Lodge employee, was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision and was not injured.

As a result of the collision, the snowmobile caught fire and was completely consumed. Employees from the Elk Lake Lodge learned of the crash and responded to the area to assist with additional cold weather gear for the snowmobile rider and driver of the tracked vehicle.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was mobilized and responded to the area to assist air medics and conduct an investigation into the cause and manner of the crash. Life Flight was able to land safely and transported the snowmobile rider to St. Charles Bend, where he is listed as being in stable condition.

Speed appears to be a factor in this crash; however, the investigation is still on-going, and further details will be released when available.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone when recreating in the winter months, specifically in the back country, carry sufficient gear for your chosen activity, carry a communication device, tell someone where you are going, expected route, and expected time of return.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: Snowmobile Crash , Snowmobile Crash
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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Bear Creek Road & Byram Road (Photo) - 01/23/23

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 23, 2023

Location: Bear Creek Road at Byram Road

Vehicle #1: 2022 BMW X3

Vehicle #2: 2008 GMC Sierra Pick-Up

Driver #1: Manuel Davis, 74-year-old male, deceased.

Passenger Vehicle #1: 61-year-old male, Bend Oregon, life threatening injuries.

Driver #2: 65-year-old male, Bend, Oregon, non-life-threatening injuries.

Narrative:

On 01/23/23, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a report of an injury motor vehicle crash in the area of Bear Creek Road and Byram Road. Initial reports were two vehicles involved, one of which was on its side. The two occupants of the BMW X3 which was on its side appeared injured, the sole occupant and driver of the GMC pick-up also appeared injured.

The preliminary investigation indicated the BMW X3 was travelling north on Byram Road from Highway 20, the GMC pick-up was traveling east on Bear Creek Road. The BMW X3 did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign and was struck by the GMC pick-up. The driver of the BMW X3, Manuel Davis, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Davis’s passenger was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the GMC pick-up received non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstructionist responded to the scene to conduct a further investigation.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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71 pigs, 16 goats seized from Terrebonne ranch as a result of livestock neglect investigation (Photo) - 01/21/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 21, 2023

Arrested: Linda Sue Evans 73-year-old female, Terrebonne, Oregon

Charges: ORS 167.325 Animal Neglect in the Second Degree

Narrative:

On January 20th and 21st, 2023, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 5000 block of 10th Street, Terrebonne, Oregon. Deputies received information of possible animal neglect involving livestock, to include Kune Kune pigs, Guinea hogs, and dairy and meat goats.

During the course of the investigation deputies determined the livestock located on the approximate 17-acre ranch were in dire need of intervention, namely veterinarian care, and proper feed. Over the course of two days, 71 pigs, and 16 goats were removed from the property and transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Ranch is 23 acres and serves as a rehabilitation center for neglected, abandoned, and abused livestock. The livestock seized as a result of this investigation are receiving veterinarian care, and appropriate feed.

Evans was issued a citation in lieu of custody for Animal Neglect in the Second Degree. The case is also being forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: Pigs&Goat , Pigs , Goat
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist stranded motorist (Photo) - 01/20/23

Released by: Deputy Donny Patterson, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Released Date: 01/20/2023

Location: Swamp Wells Butte

Person Assisted: 20 year old male, North Hills, CA

                        19 year old female, Woodland Hills, CA 

On 01/19/23 at approximately 3:22 PM, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the area of Swamp Wells Butte located southeast of Bend. The 911 caller reported that he and his friend had been driving on Forest Service Rd. 1810 near Swamp Wells Butte when their vehicle slid off the road and got high centered in deep snow and ice. 

The caller reported that he could not get his vehicle (2020 Subaru Forester) unstuck and they needed assistance. The caller advised that they were uninjured, they had food, water, and plenty of gas to run their vehicle until help arrived. 

A Special Services Deputy made phone contact with the stuck motorist and attempted to drive to their location.  The depth of the icy snow conditions prevented the deputy from reaching the subjects.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was activated, and two SAR volunteers responded to the location in a tracked vehicle (Argo). 

At approximately 6:45 PM (after sunset) the SAR volunteers reached the stuck motorists.  The subjects were then transported out of the area and provided with a ride to a nearby hotel so they could make tow arrangements the following day.  At approximately 8:30 PM all SAR members returned to the SAR Team Office completing 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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High Risk Stop
High Risk Stop
Assault at Pine Nursery Park (Photo) - 01/20/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 20, 2023

Arrested: 15-year-old juvenile male (name withheld).

Victim:  50-year-old male, Bend, Oregon

Charges: ORS 163.165 – Assault in the Third Degree

 

Narrative:

On 01/19/23, at approximately 7:45 pm deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to Pine Nursery Park after receiving a report of a possible robbery. Initial reports detailed the victim had been assaulted and the assailants had attempted to take his money.

The victim advised Deschutes County 911 three to four assailants left in two separate vehicles travelling east on Yeoman Road. Deputies responded to the area and contacted the victim while other responding deputies attempted to locate the suspect’s vehicles.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined the victim was dropping a family member off at the Pine Nursery Park, and witnessed multiple vehicles driving in a dangerous manner, spinning their tires causing the vehicles to move in a circular motion, commonly referred to as “cookies” or “donuts”.

The victim was approached by a male subject who was threatening violence and provoking the victim to physically fight. When the victim refused to engage with the male subjects, he began assaulting him. The victim was restrained by a second assailant and not able to defend himself. The victim attempted to defend himself with a leatherman style tool and was eventually able to break free of one of the suspects. The victim received non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the assault by the males. 

Deputies responding to the area eventually located one of the suspect vehicles and initiated a high-risk traffic stop at the corner of Hamby Road and Neff Road. One of the suspects in the assault was taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Deschutes County Resource Center where he was lodged on the above-mentioned charge. The second suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile male, was not located, and is being sought by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

The investigation is on-going, and updates will be released when available. 

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: High Risk Stop
Bookstore Burglar Arrested in Sisters - 01/18/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 18th, 2023

Arrested: Hendrix Reed Pursell, 21-year-old male, Bend Oregon

Charges: ORS 164.215- Burglary in the Second Degree, ORS 164.365- Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, ORS 164.235- Possession of a Burglary Tool or Theft Device

Narrative:

On 01/17/23, at approximately 6:15 pm deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a Burglary in progress at the Lonesome Water Bookstore in Sisters.

A passing motorist advised Deschutes County 911 that a subject wearing a black ski mask was attempting to break into a bookstore. As deputies responded to the area, Deschutes County 911 were advised the subject wearing the ski mask had gained entry to the store.

When law enforcement arrived, the subject wearing the ski mask exited the store and was armed with a hatchet. A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy assisted by the Black Butte Ranch Police Department contacted the subject and ultimately took him into custody without incident.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, and the Redmond Police Department.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce our newest K-9 teammates (Photo) - 01/10/23

K-9 Christopher, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois who was born in Germany was imported by Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office selected Christopher July 2022. K-9 Christopher received four months of “basic training” at which point Deputy Johnson travelled to North Carolina and picked up his new partner.

Deputy Johnson has been with the Sheriff's Office for 15 years, starting out as a Field Law Enforcement Technician in 2007. In 2010 he became a Patrol Deputy and has been a K-9 Handler since 2013. He is also a Field Training Officer and a SWAT Team Member. Deputy Johnson has been a K-9 handler for over 9 years, this will be his third K-9 partner.

K-9 Vinnie, a two-year German Shepard who was born in Slovakia was also imported by Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office selected Vinnie in July. K-9 Vinnie received four months of “basic training”, at which point Deputy Witherspoon travelled to North Carolina with Deputy Johnson and picked up his new partner.

Deputy Witherspoon has been with the Sheriff's Office for 9 years, becoming a Reserve Deputy in 2013. Deputy Witherspoon became a Corrections Technician in 2014, a Corrections Deputy in 2016, and a Patrol Deputy in 2019, Deputy Whitherspoon was recently selected as Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office newest K-9 handler in September 2022.

All of our K-9 teams are certified annually by the Oregon Police Canine Association (http://www.opca.com/home).

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: K-9_Christopher.jpg , K-9_Vinnie.jpg
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Sheriff's Office to host Community Academy in Sisters (Photo) - 01/09/23

MEDIA RELEASE   

Sheriff’s Office to host Community Academy in Sisters

 

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Release Date: 1/9/2023

 

NARRATIVE:

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a two night Community Academy in Sisters, on January 18th and 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sisters Community Hall.  The Community Hall is located at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department at 301 South Elm St. in Sisters.

 

The Community Academy is open to all members of the public and no sign up is required.  The academy presentations will cover different divisions within the Sheriff’s Office each night.  The first night will feature the Sheriff’s Office Command staff, deputies assigned to the city of Sisters and Sisters schools, as well as our Corrections Division and K-9 unit.  The second night will feature deputies assigned to our Patrol division, Special Services Division (SAR), Detectives, and SWAT.   

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s encourages members of the public who are interested in learning more about your Sheriff’s Office to attend and bring a friend or neighbor.  Please direct any questions to our Sisters substation at 541-549-2302.

 

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 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Hit and Run in Sisters, Suspect Still Outstanding - 01/09/23

**** UPDATE****

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date: January 9th, 2023

Arrested: Richard Anthony Bassett, 89-year-old male, Sisters, Oregon 

Charges: Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (Class C-Felony), Assault IV (Class A- Misdemeanor)

Narrative:

On 01/09/23, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were able to determine a full license plate of the suspect's vehicle and contacted the registered owner. As a result of the investigation the registered owner and driver of the vehicle at the time of the vehicle crash was issued a citation in lieu of physical custody on the above charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their assistance.

 

****END OF UPDATE****

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Date:January  9th, 2023

Location: 380 W. Cascade Avenue, Sisters

Suspect Vehicle: Maroon GMC Yukon (possible model year 1996-2006)

Narrative: 

On 01/08/23, at approximately 1:00 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a Hit & Run crash involving a pedestrian. Initial information received was that a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe or similar struck a pedestrian standing at a parked vehicle in the 300 block N. Pine Street. 

The suspect vehicle continued north on N. Pine Street, and eventually turned east on W. Main Street. Deputies were able to review video surveillance and determine the suspect vehicle was a 1999-2006 GMC Yukon with a partial Oregon license plate of “ZV”. The suspect vehicle sustained damage to the passenger side front quarter panel. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries and received medical attention on scene.

An extensive search for the suspect vehicle, and the driver was conducted. At this time the driver is unidentified, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance. If you or anyone you know has information regarding this incident, please contact Deschutes County 911 Dispatch at 541-693-6911, and reference Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office case # 23-1272.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Corrections Deputies Quick Response Results in Five Inmates Surviving Suspected Opioid Overdose. (Photo) - 01/05/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: 01/05/2023

Location: Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail

Arrested: McDonald, Sean Robert 25 year old male

Charges: Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (4 Counts), Recklessly Endangering Another (4 Counts), Supplying Contraband

Narrative:

On 12/31/22, at approximately 10:45 pm corrections deputies were alerted to an emergent medical issue within the Adult Jail. Bend Fire/Paramedics were immediately dispatched to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail for a report of a possible opioid overdose involving two inmates.

Corrections deputies immediately began life saving measures, to include administering Narcan (a brand of Naloxone), performing CPR, and employing an AED. 

During these life saving measures, it was determined two other inmates were experiencing medical complications similar to the first two and they were evaluated and treated. One inmate was administered Narcan.

In a coordinated effort between the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Corrections Division, and Bend Fire/Paramedics all four inmates were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses/reduces the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan was administered in the form of a nasal spray during this incident. All patrol deputies carry Narcan, and it is strategically placed inside the adult jail to be readily available for its use on either inmates or corrections deputies in the event of an exposure.

On 01/01/23 at approximately 2:00 am, it was determined a fifth inmate was exhibiting signs and symptoms of a possible opioid overdose. That inmate was treated and ultimately transported to St. Charles Medical Center.

Due to the immediate action of the corrections deputies, and extensive training they receive in being able to identify the signs/symptoms of a possible opioid overdose and appropriately respond, all five inmates survived.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, it was determined an inmate was successful in secreting fentanyl laced pills on their person and introduced them into the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail. The counterfeit pills were then distributed to other inmates that were housed in the same dormitory.

Searches were conducted and are currently ongoing throughout the facility, resulting in the seizure of approximately 50 counterfeit pills laced with suspected Fentanyl.

All inmates were treated and released from St. Charles Medical Center, returning to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail.

McDonald was additionally charged and lodged on the above listed charges.

During 2022 there were a total of six incidents where Narcan was administered to inmates as a result of a suspected opioid overdose. In five of these incidents the inmates were administered Narcan, and eventually transported to St. Charles Medical Center, treated and returned to the Adult Jail. One incident did not require hospitalization.

Between December 31, 2022 and January 03, 2023 there have been six inmates who experienced suspected opioid overdoses, 4 of which were administered Narcan by Corrections Deputies, all six inmates survived.

In comparison, during 2021 there were four incidents where Narcan was administered to inmates as a result of suspected opioid overdose.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. A 3-milligram dose of fentanyl—a few grains of the substance—is enough to kill an average adult male. The availability of illicit fentanyl in Oregon has caused a dramatic increase in overdose deaths throughout the state.

Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that there were more than 107,000 fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from the previous year. Synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) accounted for more than three-quarters of these deaths. Numbers from 2022 are not yet available.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six 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 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: Narcan.jpg , Fentanyl_1.jpg , Fentanyl_2.jpg