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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident (Photo) - 02/13/19

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

 

Released by:          Sgt. K. Dizney

Release Date:        2/13/19

 

Driver #1:                Farey, Frank E         Age:  84

Vehicle #1:              Red 2002 Suzuki SUV

 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On Tuesday, 02/13/19, at approximately 10:21 AM, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported injury motor vehicle accident in the 65000 block of Old Bend Redmond Highway near Journey Avenue.  Deschutes County 911 received reports of a single vehicle that had driven through a fence and impacted head on into a tree which was reported to be operated by an elderly male driver with no passengers. 

 

Deputies arrived on the scene with medics from the Bend Fire Department and determined the driver, identified as Frank Farey, had been operating a red 2002 Suzuki SUV traveling northbound on Bend Redmond Highway, when for unknown reasons at this time, failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.  Mr. Farey drove off the embankment into the yard of a residence on the east side of the roadway, crashing through a fence and impacting head on into a large juniper tree causing significant front end damage to the vehicle. 

 

Bend Fire Department was able to remove Mr. Farey from the vehicle and transport him to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, where Mr. Farey passed away from his injuries.  Speed, drugs/alcohol are not believed to be factors in this crash at this time.  The roadway was dry with no obstructions.  The sheriff’s office was assisted on scene by the Bend Fire Department.  One lane of travel was partially blocked for approximately 30 minutes to allow for emergency vehicle parking and both directions of travel on the highway were maintained.  This investigation is ongoing. 

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

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Skyliners thefts leads to arrest - 02/08/19

Released by:  Sergeant DeMars

Release Date: 02/08/19   

 

Location: Skyliners Road/ Forest Service Road 4606                      

 

Arrested: Watson, Thomas J (23 years of age) Bend, Oregon

 

Passenger: Harrington, Christian (26 years of age) Bend, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

 

On 02/07/19, at approximately 0940 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the report of a vehicle that had been broken into in the area of Skyliners Road. While investigating, 911 dispatch received a call of a single vehicle roll over crash on Skyliners Road near Forest Service Road 4606.

 

Deputies responded to the crash and found that Watson and his passenger, Harrington, had left the scene. Deputies located them in the area and Watson was found to be in possession of stolen property from the car break-ins.  Watson was also found to be in possession of user quantities of heroin.  Harrington was released from the scene.

 

The vehicle was towed from the scene and Watson was arrested and booked into the Deschutes County Jail for the following crimes:

 

Unlawful entry into a motor Vehicle (7 counts)

Theft in the Second Degree

Unlawful Possession of Heroin

Probation Violation

 

It is unknown if there are other victims in the area and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office asks if you report any other car break-ins to dispatch at, 541-693-6911. 

 

 

 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Pursuit suspect evades capture - 02/01/19

Suspect in NW Redmond Pursuit evades capture 

Released by:          Sgt. Shawn Heierman

 

Occurred:               February 1, 2019

 

Location:                NW 49th/ NW Coyner Ave          

 

NARRATIVE:         

 

On February 1, 2019 shortly before 9:00 a.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit of a green 2001 Lexus passenger car with Washington State license plates. The driver of the vehicle had a few moments earlier evaded Redmond Police Officers during a pursuit within the Redmond City limits after an unsuccessful attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office patrol units located the suspect vehicle in the NW Hemholtz Way / NW Wickiup area and engaged in a short pursuit. Reported speeds ranged between 50-90 mph as county patrol units pursued the suspect vehicle northbound on Hemholtz Way to the Tetherow Crossing subdivision area.

The driver of the supect vehicle sped down NW 49th towards the Odin Falls Ranch area, briefly driving off road in the NW Easton Ct. area, before returning to the paved roadway on NW 62nd. The suspect driver then for unkown reasons, left his car in the roadway near NW 62nd and NW Griffith and fled on foot.

Several units from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Bend Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to the area, and set up a perimeter in an attempt to locate the suspect male.

Patrol units remained in the area in an attempt to locate the suspect male for approximately 3 hrs using various location techniques. The suspect male was not located during that search.

This incident is still under investigation and no futher information will be released at this time.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police, and the Redmond and Bend Police Departments for their assistance with this incident.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency providing patrol, criminal investigations, jail operations, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Investigates Death At Smith Rock State Park - 02/01/19

Date:  02/01/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

 

On 01/31/19, at approximately 2:31pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from hikers at Smith Rock State Park, who had just come across a subject who had apparently fallen from a higher elevation near the same slope as "Monkey Face".  Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Redmond Fire Department personnel, Smith Rock State Park personnel and DCSO Search and Rescue Unit Volunteers responded to the scene.  One DCSO SAR Volunteer, who is also a medical professional, was hiking in a different location at the park and was able to respond quickly and confirm the subject was deceased.

The DCSO Deputies on scene conducted an investigation and learned this incident was a suicide with no one else involved.  The deceased subject was a 21 year old male.  HIs name is being withheld at this time. 

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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

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Suspicious Device found on Deschutes Market Rd - 01/31/19

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Suspicious device found Deschutes Market Rd

 

Released by: Sergeant Shawn Heierman

Release Date: January 31, 2019

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On January 31, 2019 Deschutes County Dispatch received a call regarding a suspicious device found alongside Deschutes Market Rd in the 64000 block area.

 

Oregon State Police bomb disposal unit in Salem, OR was called and responded to the call, eventually taking possession of the suspicious device.

 

No suspect information is known at this time, and the incident is under futher 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, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

 

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Snowmobiler's Rescued (Photo) - 01/26/19

Lost Snowmobiler’s Rescued

 

Released by: Dep Jim Whitcomb Assistant SAR Coordinator

Release Date: 01/26/2019

Location: Bend Watershed

Reporting Person: Elliff, Jenny   Bend, OR

Rescued: Elliff, Seth 40 yom   Bend, OR

                Druckrey, Zachary 42 yom  Bend, OR

 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 01/25/2019, at about 2227 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Jenny Elliff, advising her husband, Seth, and his friend Zachary, left Kapka Butte Snow park to go snowmobiling at about 1400 hours this date and were due back by 1800 hours. Jenny had not been able to call either snowmobiler as both cell phones were going straight to voicemail.  In the meantime three friends had been searching on snowmobiles in the area for three hours without success.

At about 2241 hours, the on call Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Deputy was notified, who with the assistance of DCSOSAR volunteers began to plan a subsequent search .

At about 2300 hours Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies located the missing snowmobiler’s vehicles still parked in the Kapka Butte parking lot. Attempts were made to ping both missing snowmobiler’s phones with little success in the ping’s accuracy.  Continued attempts to call their cell phones resulted in going straight to voicemail. The parking lots of Mt Bachelor, Edison, Dutchman, Swampy, Wanoga and the ODOT yard west were checked to ensure the snowmobiler’s had not arrived at either one of these locations.

At about 0120 hours, a friend who also works for Central Oregon Adventures, searched snowmobile trails 2, 6, 7 and 8 without success in locating the missing snowmobilers.

It was learned the snowmobile trails had been groomed overnight in the area and the groomer had not seen any sign of the two missing snowmobilers.

At about 0300 hours, two DCSOSAR snowmobilers were deployed to search the trails and meadows in an area south of Wanoga where it had been common for Seth and Zachary to ride. This snowmobile team was not successful in locating any sign of Seth or Zachary.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was contacted to better assist in determining the location of the missing snowmobiler’s using cell phone forensics.  The information received placed the most probable location of the missing snowmobiler’s in the Bend Watershed area east of Tumalo Mountain with the latest cell phone activity being just after 1753 hours on 01/25/2019. This information was received at about 0448 hours.

At about 0615 hours, 18 DCSOSAR volunteers deployed to the area using snowmobile trail #6 via snowmobiles and a tracked side by side. Two snowmobile teams, a ski team and two snowshoe teams were used to search for Seth and Zachary in the watershed.

At about 0740 hours Zachary was able to call 911 after a couple of earlier broken cell phone calls. Dispatch was able to provide coordinates that were within a half mile accuracy which helped confirm the prior cell phone forensics from the AFRCC.

Airlink was requested and responded to the area of the latest coordinates at about 0814 hours being assisted by two DCSOSAR volunteers on board to further assist with navigating and observing. While conducting a grid search of the area, one of the missing snowmobilers was located from the air at about 0905. The coordinates of the first subject were provided to the SAR teams on the ground, one of which located Seth at about 1016 hours. A second SAR team located Zachary approximately 400 yards SW of Seth at about 1029 hours.  Seth and Zachary were found in good condition, not in need of medical attention. The DCSOSAR ground teams guided Seth and Zachary back to trail #6 arriving at about 1245 hours where a tracked side by side was waiting to transport them back to Kapka Butte Snow Park.

It was learned they had been able to make a small warming fire, had brought food, water, map and shovel. They had placed one of their cell phones in airplane mode to help conserve the battery. Seth and Zachary had been traversing along trail #6 and had inadvertainly traveled downhill into the watershed terrian. At about 1800 hours the night prior, they realized they were lost and did not know which direction to go or how to ride out of their location.

USFS Law Enforcement Officer's were standing by at Kapka Butte to speak with Seth and Zachary and made arrangements to assist with the removal of their snowmobiles the following day.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency providing patrol, criminal investigations, jail operations, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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2 Injured Snowmobile Riders Rescued Near Green Lakes Trail Head (Photo) - 01/24/19

Date:  01/24/19

By:  Deputy Josh Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued:  Alan Valenti, 48 year old male, Bend, OR

Rescued:  Joseph Virgilio, 44 year old male, Bend, OR

On 01/24/19, at approximately 1:50pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from Alan Valenti, who had just been in a snowmobile crash near Green Lakes Trail Head.  Valenti reported he had crashed his snowmobile into Fall Creek just north of Hwy 372 and had received a non life threatening injury from his snowmobile rolling on top of him.  Valenti also reported his snowmobile partner, Joseph Virgilio, had received a non life threatening injury while assisting him in the creek.  Valenti reported they would both need assistance in getting out of the backcountry so they could seek medical attention.

Six Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, two DCSO Deputies, and three US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers responded to assist.  One of the DCSO SAR Volunteers had been in the nearby area snowmobiling and responded directly to the crash location, arriving at approximately 2:30pm.  Valenti and Virgilio were assisted out of the creek and stabilized/warmed as much as possible until the remaining resources arrived at 3:37pm.  Both subjects were transported via snowmobile and ambusled back to Dutchman Flat parking area, where they were turned over to Bend Fire Dept. personnel. Virgilio was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles in Bend while Valenti declined transport. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Stuck Snowmobile riders rescued near Kwolh Butte (Photo) - 01/21/19

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This incident occurred on January 20th, not the 21st.

 

Date: 01/21/2019

By: Deputy Aaron Myers Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Assisted Snowmobiler: Roos, Jeffrey Clark, 46 year old Male, Eugene, Oregon

Assisted Snowmobiler: Lang, Sarah Dawn, 18 year old female, Eugene, Oregon

On January 21, 2019, at approximately 1945 hours, Jeffrey Roos called 911 Dispatch and reported his snowmobile was stuck near Kwolh Butte. Roos reported Sarah Lang was riding with him when the snowmobile got stuck. Roos was riding in the area with another snowmobiler, however they got separated earlier in the day. 

Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers and one Deputy responded to Edison Butte Sno Park. The two DCSO SAR Volunteers traveled approximately 5 miles in a tracked side by side to assist Roos and Lang. 

While the DCSO SAR Volunteers were en route Roos called to report Lang was starting to get cold. Roos and Lang were contacted at approximately 2250 hours, warmed and assisted out of the backcountry. They did not require medical attention.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people traveling in the backcountry to be prepared for the unexpected and to carry necessary essentials to spend the night, if needed. Snowmobiler riders should always carry a shovel, avalanche beacon and avalanche probe. 

DCSO serves the citizens and visitors of Deschutes County over an area encompassing 3055 square miles.  Additionally, our automotive fleet regularly drives over a million miles each year.  By having highly visible and well maintained vehicles, we can ensure that no matter where and when a citizen needs our service, we will be there.

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**UPDATE**Shooting Investigation Underway on McGrath Road (Photo) - 01/20/19

Updated January 20, 2019 at 4:00pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Joanna L. Kasner has been released from the hospital.  She has been transported to and is now lodged inside the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail.  Her first court appearance is scheduled for January 22, 2019 at 1:30pm in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

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Updated January 17, 2019 at 3:35pm by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Arrested: Joanna L. Kasner     Age: 49 year old female

Charge:  Murder

On January 17, 2019, Joanna L. Kasner was arrested by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office detectives on one count of Murder.  Kasner is in police custody and currently at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

Any further information about this case will be released by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. 

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Updated on January 16, 2019 at 6:30pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Deceased Victim: Valerie A. Peterson     58 year old female

A person of interest is currently with DCSO detectives at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  Whether the victim and the person of interest knew each other is unknown at this time.  The investigation into this shooting will continue into the night and additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.

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Released by:  Sergeant William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date:  January 16, 2019         

NARRATIVE:          

On January 16, 2019 at 11:01am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at 64800 block of McGrath Road.  Deputies arrived to find an adult female who had been shot.  Lifesaving efforts were attempted, but the woman died at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, two DCSO K9 Teams, and a DCSO patrol drone responded to the scene.  DCSO has been assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, Bend and Redmond Police Departments, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, the Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes County Road Department.

There is no continued threat to the community.

DCSO detectives are on scene investigating and being assisted by the Tri-County Major Incident Team.  DCSO Search and Rescue drones are also at the scene to assist with video and mapping.  The Oregon State Police Crime Lab is also responding to assist with the investigation.

The community should expect extended road closures in the area. 

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