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DCSO Dive Team Searching
DCSO Dive Team Searching
***UPdated Press release 6/14/19 ****Bend Man Missing and Presumed Drowned at Wickiup Reservoir (Photo) - 06/14/19

 

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 13, 2019

Missing/Presumed Drowned: Mead, Michael   Age: 29,  Bend, Oregon

                                                   Description: 5' 6" tall, 170 pounds, Brown hair, blue eyes, with tatoos 

Second Person: Ganley, Daniel,   Age: 24, Bend, Oregon 

*********************Updated Press release as of 6/14/19 at 5:00 p.m.**************************

Updated Narrative:

On 6/14/19, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, including Marine Patrol Units and Detectives continued the search for Michael Mead at Wickiup Reservoir.  Additionally, Marine Patrol assets from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the search for Mead, utlizing their Side Scanning Sonar unit.

Unfortunately, after throughly searching the areas in the vicinity of the capsized canoe and likely recovery areas, Mead's body has not been located.  Mead's next of kin has been notified of the incident and the investigation at this point.  Mead has been entered as a missing person.  Mead is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing no shoes, no shirt and possibly either black pants or black shorts. 

In the following days, Marine Patrol units from the Deschutes County Special Services Unit will continue to conduct patrols in the area, searching for Mead.

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

 

NARRATIVE:

On June 13th, 2019, at approximately 9:06am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a drowning on the Davis arm of Wickiup Reservoir.    Deputies, along with members of Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Marine Patrol, responded to the scene.

The investigation has determined the two Bend men were camping last night in a dispersed camping area off the Davis arm of Wickiup Reservoir.  Overnight, both males and a dog had been out on the Davis arm in a canoe.  At approximately 2:00am the canoe overturned sending both males and the dog into the water.  A 24 year old Bend man and the dog were able to successfully swim to shore.  A 29 year old Bend man is still missing and presumed drowned.

Given the isolated location of the incident and no known way to make a call for help or drive to find help, the 24 year old Bend man waited at camp.  At about 9:05 this morning, an out of service cell phone was located in camp and he then made the 911 call for assistance.

A DCSO Search and Rescue dive team and a DCSO drone team have assisted with the search.  The dive team has located gear from the boat on the lake floor in approximately 20 feet of water.  Search efforts are focused in this area and will continue into the evening.

Neither male was wearing a lifejacket when the canoe overturned.  Alcohol is believed to be a contributing in this incident.  The names are being withheld at this time, pending notification of next of kin.  Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Man Rescued Off Of North Sister (Photo) - 06/10/19

Date:  06/10/19

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued:  Robert Kalmbach, 21 year old male, Eugene, OR 

Assisted:  Michael Martin, 21 year old male, Eugene, OR

 

On 06/10/19, at about 10:21am, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from Robert Kalmbach, who reported he had injured himself while hiking/skiing North Sister and needed assistance.  Kalmbach and his friend, Michael Martin, had set out earlier in the morning from the Pole Creek Trailhead with a plan to summit North Sister and then ski back to the trailhead.  Kalmbach reported he and Martin made it to within 200' of the North Sister summit which reaches 10,085', when he fell and slid partway down the mountain's east slope.  Kalmbach injured himself during the fall and was unable to continue on his own.

9-1-1 Dispatch was able to provide Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies with accurate coordinates of Kalmbach and Martin's location through the 9-1-1 call, placing them approximately 5.5 miles from the Pole Creek Trailhead.  AirLink assisted by flying Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers to a point approximately 800' below Kalmbach and Martin.  Five additional DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to the Pole Creek Trailhead.  While the first two DCSO SAR Volunteers made their way up the slope to Kalmbach, AirLink responded to the Pole Creek Trailhead and picked up two additional SAR Volunteers to fly in.  The four DCSO SAR Volunteers, consisting of Mountain Rescue and Medical Team members, arrived at Kalmbach's location at approximately 1:46pm.  

Kalmbach was stabilized as much as possible, packaged into a rescue sled made for snow travel and lowered down to the awaiting AirLink helicopter.  AirLink then transported Kalmbach to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.  DCSO SAR Volunteers then assisted Martin back to the Pole Creek Trailhead.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank AirLink for their assistance with this rescue.  Without their assistance, the response time to Kalmbach's location would have been considerably longer, potentially leading to further medical problems.

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.

Building Relationships with Students
Building Relationships with Students
Mt. View High School Trap Club Challenges Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to Friendly Competition (Photo) - 06/06/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 6, 2019

NARRATIVE: 

Bend, OR – On June 5, 2019, members of the Mt. View High School’s trap club participated in a friendly shooting competition with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, strengthening relationships between Central Oregon youth and law enforcement.

The informal competition between students and deputies followed the standard event protocol for actual trap shooting competitions, where each participant shoots at 100 airborne clay targets launched between 48 and 52 yards from the shooter.

The Mt. View trap club team is already proving themselves to be formidable opponents throughout state competitions, with several members ranked among the top 50 shooters in the state. The trap club was formed in 2018 by Jennifer Phillips, a mother whose son participates in trap shooting. The club has quickly grown to include 17 members, managed by Mrs. Phillips. The dedicated student athletes practice several times a week at the Bend Trap Club, where the exciting and challenging student/deputy competition was held on June 5 at 4:00pm.

“Mt. View High School has a good team and we are proud to support them,” said Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson. “The deputies were excited to compete with these talented student athletes. It was a fun afternoon and provided a great opportunity to build meaningful relationships between the students and the deputies.”

“Our kids were thrilled to compete against the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office,” said Phillips. “It was fun for everyone and a tremendous boost for us as we get ready for the upcoming state tournament at the end of June.”

A short video of the trap shoot can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9pwpebstck149n8/Trap%20Shoot%20Competition.mp4?dl=0

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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Upcoming Storm Spotter Training in Central Oregon - Update - 06/05/19

Joint Press Release

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

**Please see Prineville location change below**

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the Crook,
Deschutes, and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices (Emergency Management),
will host three Skywarn Storm Spotter Training events June 10th and 11th, 2019.
These trainings are intended to educate the public on how to observe
and report all forms of hazardous weather including tornadoes, hail,
flooding, winter weather and more!

Spotter Training Schedule:

• Monday, June 10: 1 PM - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, 675 NW Cherry Ln Madras, OR
• Monday, June 10: 6 PM - Deschutes County Road Department, 61150 SE 27 th St Bend, OR
• Tuesday, June 11: 9 AM - Crook County SAR Building, 1280 S Main St Prineville, OR

Storm spotters are a critical part of the warning decision process,
supplying ground truth reports of dangerous weather to the National
Weather Service This information is crucial during severe weather
episodes. Parts of Central Oregon have limited radar coverage, so a
pool of devoted storm spotters is vital for the National Weather Service
to effectively provide life saving warnings when severe weather strikes.

Join us June 10th and 11th and learn how YOU can be a crucial part of
making the public aware of the weather hazards that are common to
Central Oregon! 

Visit www.weather.gov/pdt/spotterTraining for more details!

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Hiker assisted on Tumalo State Park Trail. (Photo) - 06/02/19

 

Released by:  Dep. Shane Zook, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

 

Occurred:              06/02/2019   4:25 PM

 

Location:               Tumalo State Park Trail

 

Rescued:               Davis, Holly C.  37 year old female from Bend, Or

 

           

 

NARRATIVE:

Hiker Assisted on the Tumalo State Park Trail.

On 06/02/19 at about 4:25 PM, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a call from two hikers, who were hiking on the river trail from Tumalo State Park.  One of the hikers was feeling exhausted and did not know if she could make it back to the park without assistance.

The two hikers were later identified as Holly Davis and Christina Davenport of Bend. 

Two deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and 18 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the area to assist Davis.

The deputies assisted Davis as she continued down the trail, towards the park.  When DCSO Search and Rescue arrived on scene, they evaluated Davis and assisted her into a wheeled litter.  Davis was carried in the litter back to an awaiting vehicle at the park.  Davis had no life threatening injuries 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 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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Lost Hikers Rescued from Tumalo Falls (Photo) - 06/02/19

Released by:         Deputy Josh Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              06/01/2019    5:02 PM

Location:               Tumalo Falls

Rescued:               Deen, Kenneth, Bend OR (24 years old)

                               McLean, Sonja, Bend OR (41 years old)

NARRATIVE:

On 6/1/19 at about 5:02 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call from Kenneth Deen, who stated he and his friend Sonja McLean had become lost while hiking in the Tumalo Falls area and losing the trail in the snow.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and one Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteer immediately responded to the Tumalo Falls trailhead and deployed as a “hasty team” with the intent of reaching the lost subjects as quickly as possible. Seven additional DCSO SAR volunteers also responded to the scene to assist.

The hasty team was able to locate the lost subjects who had started a warming fire but were otherwise uninjured. The subjects were guided back to the trailhead on foot by the Deputy and SAR volunteers where they had parked their vehicle. No further assistance was rendered or requested by the subjects at that time.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to always have a reliable navigation system and plenty of food, water, light sources and clothing for all types of conditions when venturing outdoors.

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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Fallen Climber Rescued from Smith Rock (Photo) - 06/01/19

Released by:         Deputy Josh Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              06/01/2019    10:01 AM

Location:               Smith Rock State Park

Rescued:               Hunter, Kelsey, Eugene, OR (20 years old)

NARRATIVE:

On 6/1/19 at about 10:01 AM, Deschutes County dispatch received multiple 911 calls regarding a climber, later identified as Kelsey Hunter, who had fallen approximately 20 feet while climbing the Red Wall section of Smith Rock State Park.   

Four Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, 11 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, Redmond Fire and Rescue and Smith Rock Rangers responded to the scene to tend to and rescue Kelsey.

Kelsey was located below a Red Wall climbing route and was treated for non life-threatening injuries at the scene. She was then transported down the Misery Ridge trail via wheeled litter and then transported to Redmond St. Charles by ground ambulance for further treatment.

It was later learned that the belay device that had been set up failed to prevent Kelsey’s fall.

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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Jeep and Trailer
Jeep and Trailer
Motor Vehicle Crash on Cline Falls Highway (Photo) - 05/30/19

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

       Motor Vehicle Crash  

 

Released by: Sergeant Deke DeMars

Release Date: 05/30/2019

 

Driver #1: Schmidt, Diane 51 yof from Bend, Oregon

Vehicle #1: 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee towing a 2015 utility trailer   

 

Passenger: Schmidt, Vicki 73 yof Bend, Oregon

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On May 30, 2019 at approximately 1030 hours Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an unknown injury motor vehicle crash near the 65000 block on Cline Falls Highway. It was reported that a Jeep Grand Cherokee had driven off the road while towing a utility trailer and had caught on fire.

 

Upon arrival Deputies located the Grand Cherokee down a 20 foot embankment. The front of the vehicle was on fire. The City of Bend Fire Department responded and was able to put out the fire. The fire caused some burn damage to nearby Juniper trees. Deputies contacted the driver, Diane Schmidt and passenger, Vicki Schmidt. Both occupants were evaluated by the Bend Fire Department and released with minor injuries. The investigation revealed Diane Schmidt was driving north on Cline Falls Highway towing a 15 foot trailer loaded with gravel. Diane Schmidt lost control of the vehicle and it is believed the weight of the trailer pushed the vehicle off the east side of Cline Falls Highway, down the embankment where it came to rest against a Juniper tree. Both occupants were able to self-extract from the vehicle. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Bend Fire personnel. 

 

 

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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Attached Media Files: Jeep and Trailer
Shots Fired at Domestic Leads to Arrest - 05/26/19

 

Shots Fired at Domestic Leads to Arrest

Date:  05/26/19 @ 0910 hours

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Suspect:  Bendsneyder, Gina Lee 54 years of age

                Bend, Oregon

 

Charges:  Unlawful Use of a Weapon

                 Pointing a Firearm at Another

                 Recklessly Endangering Another

 

On 05/26/19 at approximately 0910 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a domestic dispute call involving a firearm.  The male caller advised his girlfriend (Bendsneyder) was armed with a handgun, and had fired a round next to his head.  The male advised Bendsneyder had left and was sitting in her vehicle outside the residence. 

 

At approximately 0913 hours, the first Deputy arrived on scene and conducted a high risk (guns drawn) stop on the vehicle.  Bendsneyder was compliant during the stop, and was taken into custody without incident.  A loaded handgun was located inside her vehicle and secured.  She was later taken to the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the above listed charges.  There were no injuries during this incident.

 

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 on Bear Creek, Driver Arrested - 05/26/19

 

Released by: Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Release Date: 05/26/2019

Arrested:     Meyer, Kelly Joe                   Age: 48          Bend, Oregon

Passenger:  Vandette, Chelsea                Age: 35          Bend, Oregon

Passenger:  Coultress-Bennett, Caleb    Age: 28          Bend, Oregon

NARRATIVE:

On 05/26/2019 at approximately 1:13am, a Deschutes County Deputy was traveling west on NE Bear Creek Road near NE Alpenview Lane and reported to dispatch that a vehicle had swerved into his lane and almost hit him head on.  The deputy took evasive action, going off the roadway to avoid being struck by a gold 1998 Buick Century.

The deputy turned around to attempt to stop the vehicle and the driver failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens.  Bend Police Officers, Sunriver Police, and additional Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area to assist.

The pursuit lasted approximately 9 minutes.   Motor vehicle traffic in the area was minimal.  The suspect reached a maximum speed of 55mph on SE 3rd Street, but speeds were generally in the 35-40mph zone.  The suspect avoided multiple attempts to utilize a Pursuit ImmobilizationTechnique (PIT).  Spike strips were successfully deployed by Bend Police on SE Parrell Road.  The vehicle began to slow as the tires deflated and came to rest on a boulder at the dead end of Aberdeen Drive near Penhollow Lane.

The driver, Kelly Joe Meyer of Bend Oregon, was arrested on multiple charges to include Fleeing or Attempt to Elude – Felony, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, 3 counts of Reckless Endangering, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  A stolen handgun was located in the vehicle.  Deputies also recovered body armor, tactical gear, a security badge, and an older Bend Police shoulder patch from the vehicle. 

Two passengers in the vehicle were released with no charges.  The passengers   told investigating deputies that Meyer had been “playing chicken” with other motorists on the roadways.

The investigation is continuing on this case.

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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Suspect arrested in Shots Fired Domestic - 05/25/19

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SHOTS FIRED DOMESTIC

Date:  05/25/19

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Suspect:  Thomas, Jeremy Hotha 34 years old

   Shoreline, Washington

 

Charges:  Menacing

                   Pointing a Firearm at another

                   Unlawful use of a weapon

                   Felon in Possession of a Firearm

                   Burglary II

                   Theft III

 

Vehicle:  2017 Chevy Cruz.  Oregon License 773KDJ

 

On 05/25/19 at approximately 0458 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Domestic on Dove Road in Crooked River Ranch.  The male caller advised his step son (Thomas) was on scene threatening him.  The caller further reported Thomas had threatened to shoot him.  The caller advised Thomas’ girlfriend, who was also on scene, told him Thomas had a gun, but did not know where it was.  The caller then advised Thomas had the gun out and was pointing it at him.  The male caller then ran into the house, and advised dispatch the suspect was firing the gun.

 

Thomas and his girlfriend then left house with their 3 year old child in the car prior to law enforcement arrival.  Several Deputies contacted the victim on scene, while several others including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police searched the area.  Deputies learned while on scene that the suspect had fled in a Chevrolet hatchback, and an attempt to locate was put out for that vehicle.

 

At approximately 0759 hours, an Oregon State Trooper advised he was in contact with a tow company that had been called by female regarding a dead battery in her car.  The female caller advised the tow truck driver that the vehicle was on Lower Bridge Road to the west of Holmes Road.  Deputies and State Troopers responded to that area and located the suspect vehicle parked along the roadway.  A high risk stop (guns drawn) was conducted, and Thomas was taken into custody without incident.  Thomas’ girlfriend and child were uninjured.  A loaded handgun was found inside the vehicle.

 

Deputies learned from the investigation that the vehicle Thomas was driving was low on fuel.  Thomas stopped the vehicle on Lower Bridge, entered an unlocked barn, and stole a gas can.  He filled the small gas can with diesel fuel from a larger fuel tank on the property, and put that into his vehicle which runs on unleaded gasoline.  The vehicle became disabled because of the diesel fuel, not a dead battery.

 

Thomas was taken arrested for the above listed charges, and transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail in Bend.  There were no injuries to any of the involved parties.  Drugs may have been a factor in this incident.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on this call by the Oregon State Police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Redmond Police Department, and the Bend 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, 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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Two Arrested After Shots Fired During Dispute Between Employer and Employee (Photo) - 05/24/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 23rd, 2019

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Sisters, OR – Two Arrested After Shots Fired During Dispute Between Employer and Employee

On May 23rd, 2019 at approximately 9:17PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a dispute near the intersection of USFS Road 1505 and USFS Road 1513, in the wilderness about 5 miles southwest of Sisters, Oregon.

The caller reported that he was assaulted with a firearm by his employer after a physical altercation at a campground.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police Officers and Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area and began searching for the suspect who fled the area.

About an hour after the incident, a DCSO Deputy, located the suspect on Highway 126 near mile post 102. A high risk traffic stop was conducted and Justin Richard Swope, age 41, of Terrebonne, Oregon was detained without further incident. Highway 126 was briefly closed during the traffic stop.  

An investigation determined that the dispute between Swope and the victim had been on-going for several days via phone and text messages. The cause of the dispute is being withheld for further investigation. However, Swope is the owner of a central Oregon landscaping company and the victim was a previous employee of the company.

Swope drove to the victim’s Sisters campground in an attempt to end the dispute. Swope arrived at the campground with his brother, Jonathan Paul Stark, age 37, of Sisters, Oregon. When they arrived, a physical fight began between Swope and the victim ensued. During the fight, Stark began damaging the victim’s truck with a wooden tool.

At one point during the fight, Swope introduced a pistol and fired it more than once. No one was struck or injured by the gunfire. Swope and Stark then fled in Swope’s black Ford truck towards Sisters. They hid the pistol on Stark’s property before Swope was stopped by law enforcement on Highway 126. However, the pistol and other weapons used were later recovered by DCSO Deputies.

Alcohol and controlled substances do not appear to be a factor.

Swope was lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Jail with the following charges; Assault IV, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapons, and Disorderly Conduct II.

Stark was cited, in lieu of custody, for Criminal Mischief II and released with a court date.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

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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DCSO Seeking Additional Witnesses and Information on Sisters Area Assault (Photo) - 05/22/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: May 22, 2019

NARRARIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking additional information related to a reported assault that occurred in the 100 block of N. Tamarack Street in Sisters on April 18, 2019.

On April 19, 2019, deputies were dispatched to contact a 24-year-old Sisters man after he reported being assaulted the previous night on N. Tamarack Street.   Investigating deputies learned there had been a social gathering at a residence on N. Tamarack Street on the evening of April 18.  Sometime after 11:00pm, participants of the gathering started to disperse from the residence.  The 24-year-old male who lived at an adjacent residence was later discovered injured, with evidence being located that he was assaulted in the driveway where the gathering occurred.  The male had significant, non-life threatening injuries consistent with being assaulted.

Deputies have been actively investigating this assault case and interviewing all known witnesses since it was reported to us.  Investigators are asking any additional witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to come forward and speak to a deputy by calling non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911, Ref. Case 19-123753.

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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2000 Le Sabre (not actual vehicle)
2000 Le Sabre (not actual vehicle)
Sheriff's Office requesting assistance with missing male (Photo) - 05/21/19

################ UPDATED PRESS RELEASE ###########

Mr. Reedy has been safely located and is being reunited with family.

 

Missing Male with Alzheimer’s

Date:  05/20/2019

By:  Sergeant Troy Gotchy

 

Missing:  Reedy, Herbert 74 years of age

 

Vehicle:  2000 Buick Le Sabre Tan in color Oregon License XMW834

 

On 05/20/19 at approximately 2115 hours, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an address on Sunrise Blvd. regarding a missing 74 year old male with Alzheimer’s.  When Deputies arrived on scene, they learned Herbert Reedy had left his residence in the Buick Le Sabre and had been gone approximately 4 hours.

 

It was reported that Reedy liked to go to Gordy’s Truck Stop in La Pine, and the Dutch Brothers on the south end of Bend.  Those locations have been checked by local Law Enforcement.  At this time it is unknown where Reedy may have gone.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for Reedy at this time, but is requesting the assistance of the public in the search.

 

If Reedy or his vehicle are seen, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office through our dispatch center 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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