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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Investigating Death South of Redmond (Photo) - 09/25/22

Update Skyler Myers Located

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date/Time: September 25, 2022 5:15 PM

Skyler Myers has been located and is of no further interest.

Further information on this investigation will come from the Oregon State Police. 

End of Update

 

 Update Attaching Flyer From the Oregon State Police

 

 

***UPDATE PERSON OF INTEREST***

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

DATE/TIME: September 25, 2022 2:11 PM

PERSON OF INTEREST: Skyler Ray Myers, 30 year old male, Redmond, OR

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is working in conjunction with the Oregon State Police on this investigation. Investigators have determined that Skyler Ray Myers is a person of interest in this investigation. Myers is believed to have left the area on foot. 

If you see Myers, or if you know his location, do not approach him. Call 911 immediately. 

 

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

DATE: September 25, 2022

LOCATION: 5000 block of SW Young Ave

DECEASED: Adult Male

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the area of the 5000 block of SW Young Avenue south of Redmond on a death investigation.

Numerous law enforcement officers will be in the area while this is being investigated. 

The Sheriff’s Office is looking for an adult male subject who may be involved in this incident. DCSO is asking those that live in the area to contact the Sheriff’s Office if they notice anything suspicious in the area. The Sheriff’s Office is also asking for those in the area to take safety precautions and lock their houses, outbuildings, and vehicles. 

It is still very early in the investigation and law enforcement is still gathering information, so additional information will be released at a later 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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Search Warrant Results in Arrest of Redmond Man for Possession of Fentanyl and Stolen Property (Photo) - 09/22/22

Released by: Detective Sergeant Doug Sullivan

Release Date: September 22, 2022

 

Location: 

3600 block of N. Hwy 97. Redmond, OR 

Arrested: 

Troy Schaffner, 30 year old male, Redmond, OR

Charges: 

PCS II (possession of fentanyl)

Mail theft

Theft III

 

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit conducted a short term investigation into Troy Schaffner for possession of fentanyl pills and possession of stolen property. On September 21, 2022 at approximately 3:39 PM, Street Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant at Schaffner’s residence. 

During the investigation and search warrant execution, a commercial quantity of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl was located. Detectives also located numerous pieces of stolen mail to include checks, credit/debit cards and stolen vehicle license plates.

Schaffner was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Jail where he was lodged on the above listed charges. 

Street Crimes Detectives were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team. 

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may follow.

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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist ill hiker near Broken Hand - 09/20/22

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

Released Date: 09/20/2022

Location: Tam McArthur Rim, near Broken Hand (Sisters)

Person Assisted: 38 year old male, La Pine, Oregon 

On September 20, 2022, at 8:13 AM, the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding a hiker who had become ill while hiking the Tam McArthur Rim trail near Broken Hand located in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The reporting person told the 911 call taker that the ill hiker was not feeling well yesterday at around 3:00 PM.  The hiking party (total of three) decided to camp near the trail overnight, to see if the ill party's health would improve the next morning.  There was no improvement in the subjects health, in-fact, his condition deteriorated overnight to the point that he was now unable stand let alone hike back out.  It was also reported that this hiker was still recovering from a serious injury related to a vehicle collision that he was involved in approximately 8-months ago.   

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Medical Team was contacted about the ill hiker, and phone contact was made to the hiker by a SAR Medical Volunteer.  It was determined that the subject would need the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team, and possibly an Air Ambulance.  AirLink was contacted and agreed to assist SAR with this patient, depending on flying conditions.  

At approximately 9:11 AM hours, a page was sent out to SAR and a total of 14-SAR volunteers responded to this mission. As SAR members were responding, AirLink requested to have two SAR members fly with them to the location to prepare the patient for air transport if the weather conditions were favorable enough to land in the area.  Two SAR members responded to the AirLink office in Bend and they were flown to the area where a safe landing zone was established.  Two SAR members then hiked from the helicopter a short distance to the patient reaching him at approximately 10:47 AM.  The patient's health was assessed by the SAR members and he was then transported to a landing zone and prepared for air transport.  

While the patient was being prepared for air transport, two additional SAR teams were responding on foot hiking up the Tam McArthur trail towards the patient with a wheeled litter as a contingency plan.  The weather conditions were favorable and the patient was successfully loaded into the AirLink helicopter and flown to the Saint Charles Hospital in Bend for further treatment and medical evaluation.  

The SAR volunteers remained at the location and assisted the remaining hiking party members back out to their vehicles located at the Tam McArthur trailhead.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank AirLink for their assistance on this call. 

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

 

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Searching for Missing Bend Area Man (Photo) - 09/17/22

***UPDATE JOHN MCPHEETERS HAS BEEN LOCATED***

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 17, 2022

John McPheeters has been located safe and is no longer of interest. The Sheriff's Office would like the community for their assistance in locating him. 

 

Released by: Sergeant Doug Jackson

Release Date: September 15, 2022

 

Missing Person: John William McPheeters, 64 year old male

 

NARRATIVE:

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Bend area man last seen on September 10th around 10:00 am. John McPheeters, 64, was reported missing this morning. He was last known to be living off the east side of Hwy 97 near mile post 132, just north of Bend. McPheeters is known to frequent the area of Robal Lane and Hwy 97.

 

McPheeters is described as a white male, 5’ 8”, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with medium length brown hair and a gray beard. McPheeters last known clothing description is a tie dye t-shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and an unknown color jacket. McPheeters also routinely carries a blue duffle bag.

 

A recent photo of McPheeters is attached to this press release. 

 

Anyone with information or that may have seen McPheeters is asked to call non-emergency 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 five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers assist injured hiker at Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 09/17/22

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

Released Date: 09/17/2022

Location: Southwest of Asterick Pass at Smith Rock State Park

Person Assisted: 21 year old male, Seattle Washington 

On September 17, 2022, at 1003 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker who reported to have fallen approximately 35-50 feet on an unimproved route southwest of Asterick's Pass. The injured hiker was scrambling up a rock outcropping to set up a slack line. During the fall, the injured hiker sustained injuries that prevented him from making it down to the river trail. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Mountain Rescue Team was conducting a joint training operation with multiple out of county MRU teams at Smith Rock. Among those were 2 members of the Hood River Crag Rats, 7 members of Corvallis Mountain Rescue and 9 member of the Eugene Mountain Rescue.

The DCSO SAR MRU Team was notified of the incident and responded to the injured hiker. 9 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded and at approximately 1045 hours made contact with the injured hiker. The DCSO SAR Volunteers saw the male would have to be lowered from his location approximately 650 feet down to the river trail in a litter. The teams training with DCSO SAR assisted in the lower of the subject to the river trail. 

The male was safely brought down with the assistance of the MRU Teams and was transferred to an ambulance at approximately 1530 hours and was transported to St Charles for further medical evaluation.   

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Hood River Crag Rats, Eugene Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue and Redmond Fire for their assistance on this call. 

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

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Assistance Requested in Locating Missing Female (Photo) - 09/17/22

***UPDATE MARINA TURRINI HAS BEEN LOCATED***

Released By: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 17, 2022

Marina Turrini has been located. She is safe and is no longer of interest. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the community for their assistance in locating her. 

 

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

DATE: September 16, 2022

MISSING: Marina Turrini, 16 year old female. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their assistance in locating Marina Turrini. Turrini was reported missing on September 16, 2022. She walked away from a camp in the area of China Hat Road near mile post 30. She was last seen in the area between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM. 

Turrini was last seen wearing a royal blue long sleeve shirt, black fleece pants, hiking boots, blue puffy jacket, and an orange beanie hat. Turrini has pink hair, and a circular patterned upper back tattoo. Turrini is from the San Jose, California area, so she is unfamiliar with Central Oregon. She may be attempting to return to the San Jose area. 

If you have seen Turrini or know her location, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911 reference case 22-50661. 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 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Update September 13, 2022 - 09/13/22

***UPDATE September 13, 2022 5:00 PM***

Since, September 1, 2022, the Deschutes County  Sheriff's Office in coordination with the Deschutes National Forest and Fire Managers issued multiple Evacuation Notices due to risk from the Cedar Creek Fire. Currently all areas under evacuation are included inside the updated Emergency Fire Closure Order issued by the Deschutes National Forest on September 13, 2022. 

For this reason, we are transitioning away from local evacuation notices and encouraging the public to follow the closure area in place to provide for public and firefighter safety. Persons who enter the area may inadvertently place themselves at risk from firefighting operations and may not be aware of changing fire conditions that may threaten the area. Any private lands within this boundary should be considered equivalent to a Level 3: Go Now evacuation.

If conditions worsen, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office may issue additional evacuation notices outside the forest closure. Please go to www.deschutes.org/emergency for up to date evacuation maps in Deschutes County as well as the forest closure boundaries. You can also go to the Deschutes National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/deschutes/home for more information about the Emergency Fire Closure.

Please make sure you are signed up for emergency alerts. You can sign up for emergency alerts in the county you reside or work at www.oralert.gov.

In some cases, local officials may issue Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which was issued by both Deschutes and Lane Counties during the Cedar Creek Fire due to the large backcountry area affected. These alerts should alert most cellular phones located within the reach of the alerting towers whether the recipient is signed up for alerts or not. In some cases, these alerts go outside the area at risk, so it is important to pay close attention to the message to determine if you are in the affected area. Signing up and maintaining a profile with your local alerting authority, which can be done at www.oralert.gov allows you to receive specific messages for your address. 

 

***UPDATE September 7, 2022 7:14 PM***

The area around South and North Twin Lakes west of Forest Road 4262 including Twin Lakes Lodge, Gull Point Campground, North Wickiup Campground and Sheep Bridge Campground have all been placed on Level 2 evacuation status.  

 

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 7, 2022

 

Below are the updated evacuation levels for Deschutes County due to the Cedar Creek Fire. For detailed information on evacuation areas go to deschutes.org/emergency. 

Level 3 - GO NOW

  • Areas east of the Lane County/Deschutes County Line, North of the Klamath County/Deschutes County line, northwest side of Wickiup Reservoir, the area surrounding Crane Prairie Reservoir and south of 6 Lakes Trail and Lava and Little Lava Lakes to include:
    • Cultus Lake Lodge and Campground
    • Little & Big Cove Boat-In Campground
    • West Cultus Boat-In Campground
    • Little Cultus
    • Cultus Mountain
    • Crane Prairie Reservoir
    • Brown's Mountain
    • Lemish Butte
    • Ketchketch Butte
    • Johnny Lake

Level 2 - BE SET

  • North of the line delineating Township 20S from Township 19S, east of the Lane County/Deschutes County line, south of 6 Lakes Trail, and west of Cascade Lakes Highway to include
    • Lucky Butte
    • Williamson Mountain
    • Winopee, Snowshoe, Senoj, Big Finger, Upper Snowshoe, Long, Puppy, Leech, Goldeneye, and Lucky Lakes
  • The northwest side of Davis Lake

Level 1 - BE READY

  • The area surrounding Lava and Little Lava Lakes

Deschutes County 911 will be using wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to reach visitors in the evacuation areas that may not be signed up for Deschutes Alerts. 

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

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Passing of Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Ernie Brown (Photo) - 09/13/22

***UPDATE CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LT. ERNIE BROWN***

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 13, 2022

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office will be closing all offices including the jail administration office on September 14, 2022 at 12:30 PM in order for our staff to attend the celebration of life for Lt. Ernie Brown.

As a reminder, the celebration of life for Lt. Ernie Brown will be taking place on September 14 at 2:00 PM at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in the Middle Sister building. The public is welcome to attend. The media is also welcome to attend. Media will be directed to the designated media area upon arrival. 

The Sheriff’s Office will livestream Lt. Brown’s celebration of life for those unable to attend. The livestream can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCewAnOckHUpOwN2njCwpm7A/videos?view=2&live_view=502

Lt. Brown’s family requests instead of flowers, donations be made in Lt. Brown’s name to any of these organizations: Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation (Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation), Creating Memories for Disabled Children (Creating Memories for Disabled Children), or Tight Blue Lines.

 

***UPDATE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LT. ERNIE BROWN***

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 9, 2022

The memorial for Lt. Ernie Brown will be taking place on Wednesday September 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM. The service will take place in the Middle Sister building at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. Members of the public are invited to attend the service. 

 

***UPDATED TIME FRAME FOR PROCESSION***

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 7, 2022

At this time it is estimated the procession will arrive in the City of Sisters at approximately 12:30-12:45 PM

Arrival into the City of Bend at approximately 1:00-1:15 PM

Arrival at Niswonger-Reynolds at approximately 1:15-1:30 PM

If there are any further drastic changes in arrival times an updated press release will be sent out. 

 

***UPDATE PROCESSION FOR LT. ERNIE BROWN****

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

On September 7, 2022 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Brown’s family will be bringing Lt. Brown back home from Springfield to Bend. 

Members of the public are welcome to view the procession and show their support for Lt. Brown’s family. The route and approximate arrival times for the procession are outlined below:

Highway 20 through the City of Sisters, arriving approximately 11:30 AM

Hwy 20 east into the City of Bend, arriving approximately 12:00 PM

South on 3rd St to NW Greenwood Ave. 

West on NW Greenwood Ave. to NW Hill St.

South on NW Hill St to Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home 105 NW Irving Ave, Bend

Arriving at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home approximately 12:15 PM

All local first responders are welcome to participate in the procession. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office members will be staging at Black Butte Ranch at 10:30 AM and will be joining in the procession from that location. 

***END OF UPDATE***

 

RELEASED BY: Sergeant Jayson Janes

DATE: September 6, 2022

 

On September 4, 2022 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was informed that Lt. Ernie Brown died in an off duty motorcycle crash in Junction City, Oregon. Lt. Brown was transported to the hospital after the crash, but passed away from injuries he received.

Lt. Brown began his career with the Sheriff’s Office 24 years ago as a technician in our corrections division. Lt. Brown became a corrections deputy in 2001. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Brown proved himself to be a leader. Ernie earned the rank of Sergeant in 2011. He later became the Sheriff’s Office training Sergeant before being promoted to Lieutenant in 2019. Lt. Brown was also a founding member of the DCSO SWAT Team and the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. 

Lt. Brown was a veteran having proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. 

Lt. Brown is survived by his wife and three adult children.  His family is requesting their privacy during this tragic time. 

“Ernie was a humble and kind man, a selfless public servant, and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He touched many lives and was always willing to lend a helping hand to everyone. Our office has lost a great teammate and friend, and our community has lost a dedicated public servant.” Sheriff L. Shane Nelson

"Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and honor for our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.  Thank you for helping us through this most difficult time."  Brown/Piatt family 

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Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children of Incarcerated Parents (Photo) - 09/12/22

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

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

On Saturday, September 24, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This 3½ hour class covers program policies, Q&A from a current volunteer, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. 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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Arrest Made in Skyliners Road Shooting (Photo) - 09/08/22

Released By:  Detective Sergeant Troy Gotchy

Release Date:  09/08/22

Arrested: 17 year old male, Bend, OR

Charges: Attempted Murder, Assault II X 2, Menacing, Theft I, Theft III, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, and Altering a Firearms ID

Victim 1: 17 year old male, Bend, OR

Victim 2: 18 year old male, Bend, OR

 

On 09/06/2022 at approximately 2305 hours, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a gunshot wound on NW Skyliners Road near Forest Service Road 4606.  The Sheriff’s Office located a 17 year old male with non-life threatening injuries from the gunshot wound. He was transported to St. Charles Medical Center by Bend Fire.

Officers from the Bend Police Department and the Oregon State Police also responded to the area to assist.  During the course of the investigation, it was learned the shooting occurred at a rave party off of the 4606 road.  By the time Deputies arrived in the area of the party, most people had fled.  Those still on scene advised there had been a fight between two males, one of whom had a gun. During the fight the gun went off striking the 17 year old male.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene, and made contact with the male victim at the hospital. While at the hospital a second injured victim arrived at the hospital with minor injuries from the fight.  This victim had wrestled the gun from the suspect and turned it over to detectives.  He was treated and released from the scene.

On 09/08/2022 at approximately 1028 hours, the suspect was located and taken into custody without incident.  At approximately 1425 hours a search warrant was executed at his residence in the 61000 block of Sally Lane in Bend.  The suspect was lodged at the juvenile detention center on the above listed charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bend Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the Bend Fire Department for their assistance on this case.

This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone from this party has video of this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office 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 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 193 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Information for Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/07/22

***UPDATE September 7, 2022 7:14 PM***

The area around South and North Twin Lakes west of Forest Road 4262 including Twin Lakes Lodge, Gull Point Campground, North Wickiup Campground and Sheep Bridge Campground have all been placed on Level 2 evacuation status.  

 

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 7, 2022

 

Below are the updated evacuation levels for Deschutes County due to the Cedar Creek Fire. For detailed information on evacuation areas go to deschutes.org/emergency. 

Level 3 - GO NOW

  • Areas east of the Lane County/Deschutes County Line, North of the Klamath County/Deschutes County line, northwest side of Wickiup Reservoir, the area surrounding Crane Prairie Reservoir and south of 6 Lakes Trail and Lava and Little Lava Lakes to include:
    • Cultus Lake Lodge and Campground
    • Little & Big Cove Boat-In Campground
    • West Cultus Boat-In Campground
    • Little Cultus
    • Cultus Mountain
    • Crane Prairie Reservoir
    • Brown's Mountain
    • Lemish Butte
    • Ketchketch Butte
    • Johnny Lake

Level 2 - BE SET

  • North of the line delineating Township 20S from Township 19S, east of the Lane County/Deschutes County line, south of 6 Lakes Trail, and west of Cascade Lakes Highway to include
    • Lucky Butte
    • Williamson Mountain
    • Winopee, Snowshoe, Senoj, Big Finger, Upper Snowshoe, Long, Puppy, Leech, Goldeneye, and Lucky Lakes
  • The northwest side of Davis Lake

Level 1 - BE READY

  • The area surrounding Lava and Little Lava Lakes

Deschutes County 911 will be using wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to reach visitors in the evacuation areas that may not be signed up for Deschutes Alerts. 

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

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Cedar Creek Fire Evacuation Information for Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/07/22

Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes

Date: September 7, 2022

 

Below are the updated evacuation levels for Deschutes County due to the Cedar Creek Fire. For detailed information on evacuation areas go to deschutes.org/emergency. 

Level 3 - GO NOW

  • Areas east of the Lane County/Deschutes County Line, North of the Klamath County/Deschutes County line, northwest side of Wickiup Reservoir, the area surrounding Crane Prairie Reservoir and south of 6 Lakes Trail and Lava and Little Lava Lakes to include:
    • Cultus Lake Lodge and Campground
    • Little & Big Cove Boat-In Campground
    • West Cultus Boat-In Campground
    • Little Cultus
    • Cultus Mountain
    • Crane Prairie Reservoir
    • Brown's Mountain
    • Lemish Butte
    • Ketchketch Butte
    • Johnny Lake

Level 2 - BE SET

  • North of the line delineating Township 20S from Township 19S, east of the Lane County/Deschutes County line, south of 6 Lakes Trail, and west of Cascade Lakes Highway to include
    • Lucky Butte
    • Williamson Mountain
    • Winopee, Snowshoe, Senoj, Big Finger, Upper Snowshoe, Long, Puppy, Leech, Goldeneye, and Lucky Lakes
  • The northwest side of Davis Lake

Level 1 - BE READY

  • The area surrounding Lava and Little Lava Lakes

Deschutes County 911 will be using wireless emergency alerts (WEA) to reach visitors in the evacuation areas that may not be signed up for Deschutes Alerts. 

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

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers provide medical assistance to hiker near Chush Falls - 09/04/22

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

Release Date: 09/04/2022

Location: Near Chush Falls, Sister Oregon

Person Assisted: 52 year old male, Bend Oregon 

On September 4, 2022 at 2:01 PM, 911 Dispatch received a call regarding a hiker experiencing a medical issue at Chush Falls. The reporting person advised he was approximately 5 miles in on the trail at the “upper falls” and was experiencing a medical issue.  The hiker advised 911 he was unsure if he was going to be able to make it back to his vehicle without assistance. 

Two ATV Deputies and One Special Services Deputy were initially dispatched to this call.  The ATV Deputies responded directly to the trailhead and began to hike to the patient.  At the time of the call, two Deschutes County Search and Rescue Volunteers happened to be working and the caller/patient was conferenced in with the Special Services Deputy and one volunteer with Advanced Life Support (ALS) certifications. 

The volunteer was able to complete a medical assessment over the phone and afterwards, 15 volunteers responded with a wheeled litter and medical equipment to the trailhead. 

The ATV Deputies were able to make contact with the patient at 3:10 PM and the SAR Medical Team made contact with him at 3:35 PM.  After medical assessment the patient walked to the trailhead while being escorted by the volunteers where he was released to the care of family members.

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

Chush Falls
Chush Falls
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers assist injured hiker near Chush Falls (Photo) - 09/03/22

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

Release Date: 09/03/2022

Location: Near Chush Falls, Sister Oregon

Person Assisted: 56 year old female, Bend Oregon 

On September 3, 2022 at 1151 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker near Chush Falls. The reporting person advised a female hiker had fallen and sustained a knee injury, preventing her from being able to hike back to the trail head on her own and would need assistance from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue. 

11 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to assist the injured hiker. DCSO SAR Volunteers reached the trail head at approximately 1:10 p.m. and walked approximately 2.3 miles to the patient, arriving to the patient at approximately 2:05 p.m.

A medical assessment was done and the DCSO SAR Volunteers placed the injured hiker into a wheeled litter and wheeled her back to the trailhead. The injured hiker was transported to the hospital by medics 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 five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.   

Attached Media Files: Chush Falls
Deschutes and Lane County Sheriff's Office SAR Teams Assist Lost Hikers West of South Sister - 09/02/22

Released by:        Lieutenant Mike Biondi - Search and Rescue Coordinator

Release date:       09/02/2022

Location:             Approximately ½ mile west of the South Sister Climber's Trail (in Lane County)

Persons assisted: 38 year old female - Saint Paul, Minnesota

                          50 year old male - Columbia Heights, Minnesota

On 08/30/2022 at about 01:00 am Deschutes County 911 received a request from a Lane County Sheriff's Office SAR Coordinator for assistance in locating two lost hikers who were about ½ mile west of the South Sister Climber's Trail (in Lane County).  It was learned that earlier in the evening, the two hikers called in stating they were lost.  Both a Lane County and Deschutes County Search and Rescue Coordinator assisted the hikers via phone in locating the Climbers Trail and the hikers informed them they were headed back down to the trailhead.  

During the following few hours, they lost the trail again which prompted the phone call to dispatch in the early morning hours.  It was also reported the female had slid approximately 30 feet down a slope and had injured her knee. Deschutes County 911 was able to ping the female's cell phone which confirmed they were still west of the climbers trail.  

One Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputy, along with eight Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the call.  A initial hasty team consisting of three Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue members headed to the subjects location.  An additional team of four SAR members - along with three members of the Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue - headed up the trail with a wheeled litter in the event the female was unable to walk out on her own.

The hasty team was able to get a visual on the hikers at 06:45 hours, but due to the terrain not able to reach them until 07:30.  They conducted an assessment of the female's injuries and determined she was able to walk on her own. The SAR teams escorted both hikers back down the trail, reaching the trailhead at 11:50 am.  The hikers did not need any additional medical attention.

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