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Star Chase Deployed During Pursuit Subject Later Located and Arrested - 04/19/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: April 19, 2021

Arrested: Justin Dean Merritt, 39 year old male, Sisters

Charges: Attempt to Elude (felony), Reckless Driving, and Interfere With a Police Officer

Vehicle: 2004 GMC Yukon

 

On April 18, 2021 at approximately 11:15 AM, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy was driving in the area of Hwy. 20 and S. Pine St. in the City of Sisters. The deputy observed a 2004 GMC Yukon on S. Pine St.  The registration for the vehicle showed to be expired. There was also history of this vehicle being associated with a subject the deputy knew was currently wanted on pending criminal charges.  

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and it immediately turned onto a dirt road and continued driving in an attempt to elude the deputy. The deputy pursued the vehicle for a short distance until it turned back toward the City of Sisters. The deputy discontinued the pursuit due to safety concerns. A deputy later observed the vehicle driving on Fryrear Rd. toward Hwy 126. The deputy followed the vehicle from a distance, advising other deputies of their location. Another deputy observed the vehicle near Buckhorn Rd. and Hwy 126. That deputy was able to successfully tag the vehicle with a Star Chase GPS dart. Deputies discontinued following the vehicle, and began tracking it remotely.

The GPS tracker showed the vehicle was stationary on BLM land off of Buckhorn Rd. Deputies located the vehicle and made contact with the only occupant of the vehicle. The subject later identified as Justin Merritt refused to obey commands to exit the vehicle. Deputies worked to de-escalate the situation and negotiated with Merritt for close to an hour before he agreed to exit the vehicle.

Merritt was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above mentioned charges.

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 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 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 assists injured Hiker at Smith Rock (Photo) - 04/18/21

Released by:      Dep. Kyle Joye, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:           4-18-21      1301 hours 

Location:            Smith Rock State Park

Rescued:           Marks, Raili 36 year old female            Seattle, Washington

                       

 

  NARRATIVE:

On 4/18/21 at about 1:01 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from an injured hiker at Smith Rock State Park.  The hiker, Raili Marks, had injured herself while hiking on Misery Ridge.  It was reported that Marks was near the Misery Ridge overlook and could not walk without assistance.  Ten Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers, along with one Deputy, and members of the Redmond Fire Department responded to the scene.

Redmond Fire Department medics arrived on scene, hiked up to the patient and began to provide medical care while SAR volunteers responded to assist with extrication.  SAR volunteers hiked up to Marks location where she was loaded into the wheeled litter and transported down the Misery Ridge Trail to a waiting ambulance.  Marks was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for further medical treatment. 

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 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 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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Driver arrested for DUII - 04/17/21

 

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

Driver arrested for DUII

 

Released by: Lt. Don Manning

Release Date: 04/17/21

 

Location: Bend Parkway near Murphey Road

 

Arrested: Jamie Caron-Clarkson 44 years old          

 

Charges: DUII

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 4/16/21 at approximately 2300 hours, the Bend Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash on the Bend Parkway near Murphy Road.  Once Bend Police Officers were on scene and rendering aid, it was learned that one of the drivers was Jamie Caron-Clarkson. Jamie Caron-Clarkson is a non-sworn, staff member of the Bend Police Department.  It was believed Caron-Clarkson may be impaired so the investigation was immediately relinquished to the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office conducted a DUII investigation on Jamie Caron-Clarkson and arrested her for DUII via cite in lieu of custody at Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend. The crash is being investigated by the Oregon State Police.  An internal affairs investigation will be conducted to determine if Jamie Caron-Clarkson violated any policies of 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, 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 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.

 

The crash investigation is still ongoing by OSP, no further information will be released at this time.

 

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Heroin Overdose in Jail Booking Sends Bend Man to Hospital - 04/13/21

Released by: Lt. William Bailey

Release Date: April 13, 2021

NARRATIVE:

On April 13, 2021, at approximately 2:44pm, a 28 year old Bend man was booked into the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail by the Bend Police Department on a valid felony warrant.  His warrant charges included Criminal Conspiracy I, Burglary I, Robbery I and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. In addition, he was lodged on a new charge of Resisting Arrest.

At approximately 3:20 pm, the male alerted jail staff that he wasn’t feeling well.  As deputies and jail medical staff began assessing him, he admitted to ingesting a large dose of heroin.  Soon after, he fell unconscious.  Deputies and jail medical staff began providing emergency medical care, to include administering four doses of Naloxone, or Narcan.

Bend Fire Medics were summoned simultaneously and at 3:45 pm, transported the male to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for treatment.  The male is currently in serious, but stable condition.

Additional information will be released as it becomes 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, 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 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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Climber Rescued from South Sister by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Oregon Army National Guard (Photo) - 04/12/21

Released by: Sergeant Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Release Date: April 12, 2021

Location:

North Aspect of South Sister at approximately 9800 feet elevation

Rescued:

Stephen Lamb, 49 yrs old, Beaverton, OR

NARRATIVE:

On April 12, 2021 shortly before 9 am, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Stephen Lamb.  Lamb reported he had been climbing alone up the north side of South Sister.  Lamb found himself in a precarious location where he was unable to continue up and unable to climb back down the mountain.  He was stranded on a small ledge in very steep terrain.  Snow, ice and poor rock prevented him from being able to move from his position.

Two Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Special Service Deputies responded to begin initial planning for rescue.  Upon initial investigation, it was clear the rescue would require technical rescuers from our Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue Unit (MRU).  Three Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers were flown by AirLink to the summit of South Sister.  AirLink made two flights ferrying rescuers and a third flight to assist in locating Lamb.

Six additional SAR volunteers responded to the Devil’s Lake Trailhead via snowmobile to support the mission and five additional volunteers supported Incident Management. At the same time, the Oregon National Guard was put on standby for the possibility of a hoist rescue. 

Rescuers had to proceed about 600 feet down a ridge off the Northwest side of the mountain and then traverse (move laterally along a slope) approximately 500 feet East to a location directly above Lamb. Lamb was located in a precarious location in a narrow chute.  At approximately 3:19 pm, an MRU member rappelled to Lamb and secured him from falling.  Due to the precarious location, they assisted him from the chute to a safer location for the Oregon National Guard HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to hoist from.  At approximately 4:30 pm, Lamb was hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown to a waiting Sheriff’s Deputy at the Sisters Airport. Lamb was uninjured, but exhausted from the long climb and from holding on to a ledge for over 7 hours. Helicopter rescue was deemed to be the safest method get Lamb off the mountain. 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank AirLink Critical Care Transport and the Oregon Army National Guard G/1-189 Aviation Regiment for their professional 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, 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 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 Search and Rescue assists injured hiker near Benham Falls Trailhead (Photo) - 04/11/21

Released by:      Dep. Kyle Joye, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:           4-11-21      0950 hours 

Location:            Benham Falls Trailhead

Rescued:           Philip Wolfkill   41 years old, Ocala, FL

                       

 

  NARRATIVE:

On 04/11/21 at about 09:50 AM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from an injured hiker at Benham Falls Trailhead.  The hiker, Mr. Philip Wolfkill, had injured himself near the edge of the river when he slipped on some ice.  It was reported that Wolfkill could not walk and needed assistance. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue K9 unit was training in the immediate area at the time of this call and were notified via the emergency paging system.  These volunteers arrived within 30 minutes of the initial call along with one Sunriver Police Department Officer who hiked in from the East side of the river.  These volunteers began to work immediately on patient care as well as extrication plans while five additional volunteers and one Special Services Deputy responded with required rescue equipment. 

When all SAR volunteers reached Wolfkill, he was loaded into the wheeled litter and transported a short distance up the side of the river bank and then down the trail to a waiting Bend Fire Department ambulance.  Wolfkill was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for further medical treatment. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Search and Rescue Unit would like to thank the Sunriver Police Department and Bend Fire Department for their assistance during the rescue of Wolfkill. 

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 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 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 Seizure of Methamphetamine, Heroin, and a Loaded Handgun. - 04/11/21

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: April 11th, 2021

 

Location:

Hwy 97 near Ogden Wayside, Terrebonne, OR

Arrested:

Dana Johnson (38 year old male), Bend OR

Charges:

Warrant (Parole Violation)

Failure to register as a sex offender

Unlawful Possession of Heroin

Unlawful Delivery of Heroin

Unlawful Possession Methamphetamine X 2

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine X 2

Felon in Possession of a firearm

 

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit has been investigating Dana Johnson for the sales of controlled substances in Deschutes County. On April 8th, 2021, Street Crimes detectives learned Johnson was returning to Deschutes County with possible controlled substances in his possession.

Detectives observed Johnson driving in a Jeep Wrangler south bound on Hwy 97 near Terrebonne, OR. Johnson was stopped by Street Crimes Detectives, CATT deputies, and members of DCSO SWAT at Ogden Wayside near Hwy 97. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office K9 Masa, and his partner Deputy Ben Bartness responded and alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle Johnson was driving. A subsequent search of Johnson’s vehicle revealed he was in possession of approximately 3/4 of a pound of Methamphetamine, approximately 1/2 pound of Heroin, over $7000 of US currency, and a loaded handgun. 

Johnson was initially transported to SCMC, Bend for medical treatment and later lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above listed 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 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 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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Truck and trailer crash into tree in Sisters - 04/08/21

Released by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Release Date: 4/8/21

 

Driver #1: 58 year old male, from Madras, Oregon

 

Passenger #1: 56 year old female, from Madras, Oregon

 

Passenger #2: 27 year old male, from Bend, Oregon

 

Vehicle #1: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, towing a 21 foot 2010 Forest River toy hauler trailer.

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 4/8/21 at 8:50 a.m., a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy was on patrol in the city of Sisters, when he was flagged down by a pedestrian and notified of a traffic crash near the intersection of East Cascade Avenue and North Larch St. in Sisters. 

 

The deputy quickly arrived on scene to find a 2011 Chevrolet pick-up pulling a 21 foot toy hauler trailer, which had left the roadway, struck a light pole, went into a gravel drainage ditch and then impacted a large tree.  After a brief assessment of the driver, the deputy realized the driver was not breathing.  A DCSO City of Sisters deputy arrived shortly afterward and together they removed the driver from the vehicle. 

 

The deputies then began performing CPR on the driver and were joined moments later by an off duty paramedic from the Black Butte Ranch Fire Department and an off duty nurse.  Working together, they continued CPR on the driver and utilized an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) until medics from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District arrived and took over lifesaving efforts.  

 

The driver was transported to St. Charles in Bend for continued care. 

Deputies interviewed the passengers in the vehicle and other witnesses to the crash.  The investigation determined the male driver was driving westbound on Highway 20 and entered Sisters.  The driver is believed to have experienced a sudden medical emergency and became unconscious.  The other passengers in the vehicle attempted to re-gain control of the vehicle, however they were unable to do so. The two passengers were also transported to St. Charles in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and crews from the City of Sisters Public Works Department assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office with 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 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 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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Investigation into Damage to Tumalo Irrigation Pipeline. - 04/07/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: April 7, 2021

Location: 18000 block of Pinehurst Rd.

 

On March 27, 2021 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report of criminal mischief to the new pipeline belonging to the Tumalo Irrigation District. Deputies and detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are currently conducting an investigation into the vandalism of the irrigation pipeline.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the person or persons responsible for the damage to the pipe.

If you have information please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 reference case number 21-15441.

See the below statement from the Tumalo Irrigation District regarding a reward being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

 

Tumalo Irrigation District Offers Reward Following Pipe Vandalism

Tumalo Irrigation District is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction after its new pipeline near Pinehurst Road was recently found to have been vandalized. During final inspections and testing of the new pipeline, it was discovered that multiple holes were intentionally and unlawfully drilled into the pipeline. It is believed that between January 6th and 13th the vandal climbed into the then open trench and drilled multiple holes in the 36” polyethylene pipeline.

The pipeline is part of a state and federally funded system improvement project intended to leave more water in area streams and rivers while providing farmers with pressurized, more reliable water for crops.

The irrigation district is working with its contractors and engineers as quickly as it can to repair the damaged pipeline so water can be delivered to farmers later this month. The estimated cost to repair the damage is $125,000 to $250,000. After the repairs are completed, the irrigation district and its engineers will determine whether the repairs are sufficient or if the damaged section of pipeline will need to be replaced entirely.

The irrigation district which has been in existence for over 100 years, provides water to 684 patrons that irrigate 7,350 acres of land to grow a variety of crops and dairy products. 

 

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 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 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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Subject Captured After Pursuit and K9 Track - 04/07/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: April 7, 2021

Arrested: William Earl Swanson, 42 year old male, Bend

Charges: Attempt to Elude Felony, Attempt to Elude Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

Vehicle: 1995 Honda Accord

 

On April 6, 2021 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies were in the area of China Hat Rd. A deputy observed a Honda Accord driving south on China Hat Rd. near MP 1 displaying expired registration stickers. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle immediately sped up in an attempt to get away. The deputy pursued the vehicle a short distance until it turned onto a dirt power line road.

The vehicle was quickly found near the power line road to the north of China Hat Rd. The vehicle had been abandoned and was still running.  Deputies believed the vehicle belonged to William Swanson based on prior contacts. Deputies had information that Swanson had been involved in two earlier disputes. During one dispute he reportedly displayed a weapon.

Deputies quickly set up a perimeter in the area. K9 Ezel and his partner, Deputy Johnson responded to the vehicle. Deputy Johnson made numerous announcements that he was tracking with a K9 advising the person he may be bit if he did not give up. K9 Ezel and Deputy Johnson started tracking the subject. K9 Ezel located the subject approximately ¼ from his vehicle. The subject identified as Swanson was hiding in a bush and was ultimately bit by K9 Ezel.

Swanson was taken into custody and evaluated by paramedics for minor injuries. Swanson was transported to St. Charles in Bend for an evaluation for reasons unrelated to the dog bite. After being evaluated at St. Charles, Swanson was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail and lodged on the above mentioned charges.

During a search of Swanson’s vehicle, deputies located a BB gun pistol which resembled an actual handgun equipped with a laser sight.

More charges from the earlier disputes are possible.

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 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 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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Deke DeMars no Longer Employed by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office - 04/05/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date Released: April 5, 2021

 

Deke DeMars submitted his resignation from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office effective April 1, 2021. Deke DeMars is no longer employed by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

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 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 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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Stabbing Investigation on China Hat Rd. (Photo) - 04/04/21

***UPDATE***

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Jayson Janes

DATE: April 4, 2021

 

ARRESTED: Tesla Delury, 30 year old female, Bend

CHARGES: Criminal Conspiracy (2 counts), Attempted Murder 2, Tampering with Evidence, and Resisting Arrest.

 

Narrative:

During the investigation detectives obtained evidence that showed Tesla Delury and Anthony Reyes conspired with one another in order to get the male victim to the China Hat Rd. area in order to Reyes to assault him.

Delury was interviewed by detectives on April 2, 2021. After the interview Delury was advised she was under arrest. Delury resisted arrest, but was ultimately taken into custody and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above mentioned charges.

 

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Released by: Sgt. Ron Brown

Release Date: March 28, 2021

 

Arrested: Anthony J Reyes, 33 year old male, Bend

Victim: 32 year old male, Bend

 

Charges: Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Tampering with a Witness

 

NARRATIVE:

On March 28, 2021 at about 12:00 AM deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Bend Police Department were dispatched to a stabbing on China Hat Road near Sunset View Drive. A female witness called 911 and reported her friend was stabbed in the neck and the head by an unknown male.


Law Enforcement and Paramedics from the Bend Fire Department met up with the victim at the Walmart parking lot. The male was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were called to conduct an investigation. The investigation determined that Reyes knew the victim and believed the victim was a witness in another criminal case involving Reyes. Reyes met up with the victim and a female witness on China Hat Road with the purpose of assaulting the male, because Reyes believed the male gave information about him in the other criminal case.  When Reyes arrived, he and the victim got into a physical fight where the victim was eventually stabbed.

Reyes was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail where he was lodged on the above mentioned charges. The investigation is still ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Bend Police Department and the Bend Fire 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 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 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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DCSO Captain Placed on Administrative Leave - 04/02/21

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: April 2, 2021

Narrative:

Today, Deron McMaster, a Captain with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation into alleged agency policy violations.

Anytime the Sheriff’s Office receives information alleging a policy violation, we will completely investigate the allegation to determine if an agency policy violation(s) has occurred and if any personnel action is necessary. This investigation does not involve criminal allegations.

Sheriff L Shane Nelson “I want to protect the integrity of administrative investigations, therefore I will not be releasing further details. We will investigate, collect facts, and review the investigative conclusions in order to arrive at an informed decision.”

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 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 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 offers pre-season boat inspections - 04/02/21

MEDIA RELEASE  

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office offers pre-season boat inspections

 

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Release Date: 04/02/21

 

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will once again be providing an opportunity for boaters to have their boats inspected at three different locations in Deschutes County.  The inspections will be offered on April 10th, 2021, at Big Country RV in Redmond, the Main Sheriff’s Office parking lot in Bend and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office substation in La Pine.  DCSO Marine Deputies and Volunteers will be present at the above locations on April 10th, between the hours of 9am-3pm.

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 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 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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Spring Volunteer Training to Mentor a Child with an Incarcerated Parent - 03/30/21

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, April 10, 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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Deschutes County Search and Rescue assists injured Hiker at Smith Rock (Photo) - 03/27/21

Released by:      Dep. Kyle Joye, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:           03-27-21      1611 hours 

Location:            Smith Rock State Park

Rescued:           Caroline Hottmann   42 years old, Beaverton, OR

                       

 

  NARRATIVE:

On 03/27/21 at about 4:11 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from an injured hiker at Smith Rock State Park.  The hiker, Ms. Caroline Hottmann, had injured herself while hiking on Misery Ridge.  It was reported that Hottmann could not walk and needed assistance.  Eleven Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers, along with one Deputy, and members of the Redmond Fire Department responded to the scene.

Two SAR volunteers were hiking Misery Ridge at the time of this call and were notified via the emergency paging system.  These volunteers arrived within 30 minutes of the initial call.  These volunteers began to work immediately on patient care as well as extrication plans while Redmond Fire Department personnel and remaining SAR personnel were responding. 

The remaining SAR volunteers and Redmond Fire hiked up to Hottmann’s location with a wheeled litter.  Hottmann was loaded into the wheeled litter and transported down the Mesa Verde Trail to the Crooked River.  Hottmann was then shuttled across the river in a Redmond Fire Department rubber raft.  Hottmann was tranported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for further medical treatment. 

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 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 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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Burglars steal over $13000 worth of tools from Sisters Rental - 03/25/21

MEDIA RELEASE  

Burglars steal over $13000 worth of tools from Sisters Rental

 

Released by: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Release Date: 3/25/21
 

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On 3/25/21 at 6:47 a.m., Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Sisters Rental (331 West Barclay Drive) for a burglary. The investigation determined at approximately 8:57 p.m. on 3/24/21, two suspects broke through a glass door and entered the business.  Once inside, the suspects stole over $13000.00 in Stihl chainsaws and a Stihl concrete saw.

 

The suspects were driving a newer, white, four-door, Honda Civic, with unknown license plates.  The driver is described as being an adult Latino male, approximately 25-35 years old, with dark hair, a beard and having a stocky build.  The passenger is described as an adult Latino male, approximately 20-30 years old, with a medium build.  Both suspects were wearing masks at time of the burglary. 

 

Deputies have contacted several businesses in the area to obtain additional evidence and video surveillance from the time of the burglary. 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the public to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911, if they have any further information reference case 21-15062.

 

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 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 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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SAR Volunteers assist stuck motorist south of Bend - 03/24/21

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

Date: 03/23/2021

Location: Forest Service Road 9710, south of Bend, east of Highway 97

Assisted: Beal, Michael, 44 years old, Bend, Oregon

Assisted: Juvenile family member

On March 23, 2021, at approximately 1820 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call from Michael Beal who reported he was stuck in the snow near forest service road 9710, south of Bend, east of Highway 97. Beal reported he was with a juvenile family member and requested assistance getting back to town. 

At 2000 hours, two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers departed the Search and Rescue Office to assist the Beal's. The SAR volunteers drove down the forest service road as far as they could safely do so and then unloaded the ARGO, a tracked vehicle. 

The SAR Volunteers traveled approximately 5.5 miles in the ARGO, arriving at the Beal's stuck vehicle at approximately 2110 hours. The Beal's were taken back into Bend. 

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 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 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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Investigation Leads to Search Warrant and Arrest at Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation - 03/23/21

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Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: March 23, 2021

 

Location: 52000 block of Elderberry Lane, La Pine

Arrested: Kirill Balayants, 41 year old male, La Pine

Charges: Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana, Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance (concentrates), Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance (concentrates), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (concentrates), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

 

On March 23, 2021 Sheriff’s Office marijuana enforcement detectives from the Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement (DCIME) team, with the assistance of DCSO SWAT, DCSO detectives, and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) detectives served a search warrant in the 52000 block of Elderberry Ln. in La Pine.

DCIME detectives began an investigation in approximately March 2020 into Kirill Balayants for the illegal manufacture of marijuana at his residence. During the investigation detectives were able to gain information necessary for a search warrant of the property to look for evidence of the unlawful manufacture, delivery, and possession of marijuana.

Balayants is a registered grower for one person through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Balayants is allowed to have six mature marijuana plants, and 12 immature plants. Detectives found 120 growing marijuana plants. He is also allowed to possess 32 ounces of flower/ dried marijuana (24 ounces OMMP and 8 ounces recreational). Balayants was in possession of approximately 704 ounces of flowered/dried marijuana. Balayants can possess 16 ounces of cannabinoid concentrates. Detectives found approximately 352 ounces of concentrates. He is also allowed to possess 16 ounces of solids/edibles. Detectives located approximately 128 ounces of solids/edibles.

Detectives also located an AR-15 style rifle in Balayants’ bedroom near his bed. Balayants is a convicted felon and not allowed to be in possession of firearms.

Balayants was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the above mentioned charges.

The Deschutes County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Detectives (DCIMED’s) would like to thank the legal marijuana businesses within Deschutes County for their collaborative efforts in combating illegal marijuana operations. The knowledge the DCIMED’s received from focus groups confirms that illegal marijuana within Deschutes County is a major concern for the legal marijuana market, residents, and businesses in our community.  DCIMED’s take illegal grow operations seriously due to the unregulated amounts of pesticides, fungicides and chemical solvents that can be used to manufacture marijuana products.  In addition, DCIMED’s have discovered illegal marijuana grows that contained mold, spider mites and toxic/harmful chemicals that are unsafe for human consumption. The Sheriff’s Office DCIME detectives are funded by the Board of County Commissioners.

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 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 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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