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Joint Press Release for DCSO and La Pine Fire Regarding Fatal House Fire (Photo) - 06/01/24

Released by: Sergeant Kyle Kalmbach

Release date: June 1, 2024

Location: 15000 block of Old Mill Rd, La Pine 

Deceased: David Hill, 67 year old male, La Pine 

 

 

Narrative:

On June 1, 2024, at approximately 12:05 AM Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to assist the La Pine Fire Department with structure fire in the 15000 block of Old Mill Road in La Pine. Initial reports included an entire house engulfed with flames along with hearing explosions. There were also reports of the fire spreading to other nearby structures on the property. Responding deputies evacuated nearby neighbors for precautionary measures.  

La Pine Fire Engine 121 was first on scene to deploy exposure protection lines stopping fire spread. A total of 12 fire apparatuses responded to the scene along with 22 firefighters. Mid-State Electric secured utilities, allowing for aggressive fire suppression and providing for a primary search of nearby RVs and motor vehicles.  Fire damage was limited to structures on the property with minor damages to neighboring structures and fences. 

La Pine Fire remained on scene throughout the night fighting the fire. At approximately 10:00 AM, David Hill was found deceased within the residence along with one dog. 

Overhaul is ongoing by the La Pine Fire Department while the investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Fire Marshal and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office detectives. Based on evidence located during the investigation, it has been determined the cause of the fire is not criminal in nature.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the La Pine Fire Department would like to thank the following departments for their assistance: Sunriver Fire Department, Bend Fire Department, Crescent Fire Department, Alfalfa Fire Department, and Mid-State Electric. 

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.

Attached Media Files: old_mill_fire.jpg
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Media Release
Bend Man Arrested as a Result of Tip to Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Detectives (Photo) - 05/31/24

Released by: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 31, 2024

Location: 500 Block of NE Burnside Ave, Bend, OR

Arrested: Jack Bergeron, 61-year-old male, Bend, OR

Charges:

  • 10x Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree ORS 163.684
  • 10x Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree ORS 163.686
  • 1x Encouraging Sexual Abuse of an Animal ORS 167.341

 

NARRATIVE:

In March of 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an IP address that was actively distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material through Peer to Peer (P2P) networks in Deschutes County. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) out of Eugene, Oregon was able to connect directly to a computer that was actively distributing this material and shared this information with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit. ICAC detectives initiated an investigation and obtained a large amount of evidence over the next two months.

On May 30th, 2024, detectives determined that the IP address that was distributing this Child Sexual Abuse Material was operated by Jack Bergeron of Bend. Detectives also learned that the residence where Bergeron resides, and the distribution of this Child Sexual Abuse Material was occurring, also operated as a licensed childcare facility.

Due to the significantly increased risk of Bergeron’s access to children, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office ICAC unit, as well as detectives with the Street Crimes unit, Digital Forensics unit, Oregon State Police ICAC detectives, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Redmond Police Department Digital Forensics unit served a search warrant at Bergeron’s residence immediately.

Several digital devices were seized from the residence. Bergeron was placed under arrest, transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail, and lodged on the aforementioned charges.

At this time, detectives have no evidence to show that the children of the childcare facility were victims of the aforementioned charges. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office requests that if parents of children who attend the childcare facility have questions or concerns to contact Deschutes County Dispatch Non-Emergency at 541-693-6911 to be placed in contact with the ICAC unit. Further search warrants will be sought for the analysis of the seized digital devices, which may result in future charges being filed.

 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.

 

Attached Media Files: Media Release
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Requesting Assistance with Locating Missing Mustang (Photo) - 05/30/24

****UPDATE****

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was just notified the missing Mustang has been located and in relatively good health. We would like to thank all those that assisted in attempting to locate the missing horse.

****END of UPDATE****

 

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 29, 2024

Location: 70000 block of Holmes Road, near Sisters, Oregon

MISSING: 17-month-old Mustang, all white

 

Narrative:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public with locating a missing horse.

On May 28th, at 10:00 pm, the horse owner contacted Deschutes County 911 Dispatch to report the 17-month-old Mustang had escaped from the owner’s property in the 70000 block of Holmes Road, near Sisters Oregon.

The mustang was last seen wearing a red and white blanket (pictured).

If you or anyone you know has seen the horse, or know where the horse is currently located, please contact Deschutes County 911 non-emergency, 541-693-6911, reference case number 24-29408.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: missing horse , missing horse
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Off to a Busy Start to the Summer Season (Photo) - 05/29/24

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 29, 2024

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers have been very busy assisting the residents and visitors of Deschutes County. Those who choose this area for its amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, and those who reside in the area eager to get out and explore. Our Search and Rescue volunteers are incredibly dedicated people who spend many hours of their time training, preparing, and assisting the citizens and visitors of Deschutes County.

So far this month Search and Rescue Volunteers have responded to twelve calls to assist the public. Those calls for service include but are not limited to injured motorcycle riders, lost or missing people and hikers, lost snowmobile riders, missing motorcycle riders, medical emergencies and injuries, stuck climbers, and stuck motorists. 

Search and Rescue held 27 in-house trainings and exercises, attended 3 Public Events: The Special Olympics kickoff in Redmond, Sisters High School Outreach Program, and the Suttle Lake “Ida B. Wells” high school student Wilderness First Aid event. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue is asking the public to plan, and prepare for their outdoor activities they wish to participate in. Helpful information and things to take with you, and things to consider.

 

The 10 Essentials for Survival While Recreating in the Outdoors:

 

  • NAVIGATION: A USGS or equal topo map, a properly declinated (14 degrees east locally) base plate compass, along with the knowledge of how to use them together. A simple GPS can also be quite useful if you’re familiar with how to use it and the batteries aren’t dead. A watch and fully charged cell phone should also be carried.
  • SUN PROTECTION: Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat (for hot OR cold, summer or winter weather)
  • INSULATION: The MOST important consideration: NO cotton clothing! Carry synthetic or wool layers, waterproof/windproof rain jacket/ pants; extra gloves/hat, and extra socks as required. Wear layers of clothing to adjust insulation to activity level and current weather. Stay dry to decrease the risk of hypothermia (which can be life-threatening).
  • ILLUMINATION: Headlamp or flashlight, with extra batteries.
  • FIRST-AID SUPPLIES: Basic supplies such as Band-Aids, gauze pads, triangular and compression bandages, etc. Include any medications you may currently be taking and a bee sting kit if you are allergic.
  • FIRE: Waterproof matches, butane lighter or candle stubs, plus fire-starting materials (paste, etc.). Do NOT depend on making a fire in bad weather!
  • REPAIR KIT/TOOLS: Multi-tool (Gerber®, Leatherman®, Swiss Army knife, etc.), Duct tape. Don’t carry what you don’t need.
  • NUTRITION: High energy, no-cook foods, such as high-carb energy bars. Carry at least 200 calories for every hour you will be out.
  • HYDRATION: Extra water; take at least (1) liter for short outings and at least 2.5 liters for all-day excursions. Remember that extra water will be needed for hot or cold weather, drink continuously during your outing. Don’t wait until you are dehydrated!
  • EMERGENCY SHELTER: A Space blanket or bright plastic tarp (9’ x 12’) and a few large plastic trash bags. Bring something to insulate you from the ground, regardless of the time of year. You cannot dig a snow cave without a shovel, and you should not sit/sleep on snow without an insulating pad.

There are vast areas within Deschutes County where cell service is limited to the point that cell service is non-existent.  Always carry alternative Satellite Communication Device such as Spot, Garmin In-Reach, Zoleo, ACR Bivy Stick in case of an emergency without cell service. 

Remember if you’re traveling in a vehicle, travel in pairs, carry the above items, and also bring with you tow straps / recovery rope, self-recovery gear (a winch / a come along tool) shovel, axe, and have a plan if you get stuck in the snow or mud. Always remain with your vehicle, until help arrives.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: SAR Smith Rock , SAR Smith Rock , SAR
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Illegal Marijuana Market Team Execute Search Warrant (Photo) - 05/28/24

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 28, 2024

Location: 8000 block of Yucca Avenue, Redmond, Oregon

Arrested: Thibodeau, Robert William Jr. 68-year-old male, Redmond, Or

Arrested: Howard, Michael Brandon, 37-year-old male, Redmond, Or

Charges: ORS 475C.349(3) (b) (A) F- Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana Item

 

Narrative:

On May 22, 2024, at 7:00 am, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Illegal Marijuana Market Team (DCIMME) executed a search warrant in the 8000 Block of Yucca Avenue, Redmond Oregon. This long-term investigation resulted in the arrest of two Deschutes County residents, Robert Thibodeau and Michael Howard. 

DCIMME seized of over 400 illegal marijuana plants which were being grown in a 4,700 square foot shop on a 40-acre parcel of land. This investigation has led detectives to believe the marijuana was grown for the purposes of being distributed onto the black market out of the state. In addition to the marijuana seized, two firearms and a large sum of U.S. Currency was also seized pursuant to the search warrant. 

During the execution of the search warrant, unpermitted electrical hazards including dangerous building modifications were located on site. Black mold and leaking septic were also located on the premises. While investigators were on scene, wind speeds were topping nearly 30 mph. large compost piles from the marijuana disposal on the property began to combust resulting in a fire danger to the surrounding properties. Redmond fire responded to the location to extinguish the compost piles to avoid a possible wildland fire. 

Both Thibodeau and Howard were transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail without incident.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Illegal Marijuana Market Team would like to thank the following agencies whom assisted in dismantling this large illegal drug operation: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SWAT, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement, Drug Enforcement Administration, Oregon State Police, City of Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Oregon Army National Guard, Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, Lane County Sheriff's Office SWAT, Deschutes County Code Enforcement and Central Oregon Water Resources.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: electrical , grow room , grow room , fire dept
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Needs Your Help Locating This Stolen Canine (Photo) - 05/24/24

****UPDATE****

Tragically GRISHA has been located deceased a few miles from where she went missing. As a result of the investigation the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious in nature and is likely due to the elements.

Our thoughts go out to GRISHA's owner and all who knew her.

****END OF UPDATE****

 

 

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 17, 2024

Location: Whychus Canyon Preserve Trailhead, Sisters, Oregon

 

Narrative:

On May 17, 2024, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a stolen K-9 from the Whychus Canyon Preserve Trailhead.

The dog owner had parked their vehicle at the Whychus Canyon Preserve Trailhead in the shade. While walking two other dogs the dog owner had secured their 8-month-old Belgian Malinois in a crate inside their vehicle. Upon returning to their vehicle, the dog owner witnesses clearly that someone had opened their vehicle and removed the dog.

The stolen K-9, “GRISHA” was inside a crate with water accessible, and the windows lowered to allow air flow. “GRISHA” was wearing a collar that is black in color and is also chipped. “GRISHA” is well-mannered and responds to her name.

The Deschutes County Sheriff is asking for the publics’ assistance in locating “GRISHA”. Please contact Deschutes County 911 Dispatch non-emergency at 541-693-6911 if you know the whereabouts of “GRISHA” or if you have seen her.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: stolen k9 , stolen k9
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Requests Publics Assistance with Locating Vehicle Involved in Pursuit (Photo) - 05/20/24

****UPDATE****

Attached is an actual photo of the SUSPECT vehicle 

****END OF UPDATE****

 

 

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: May 20, 2024

Suspect(s):  Unknown female driver and unknown male passenger

Suspect Vehicle: A newer model compact or mid-size SUV, blue in color, bearing an Arizona plate similar to "CVM3211"

Narrative: 

On May 20, 2024, at about 9:15 am a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle traveling north on Highway 97 near MP 143 that was travelling at an estimated 90mph. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled. A second Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to deploy "Stop Sticks" in an attempt to stop the vehicle from creating a greater danger to the public in area of Knott Road and Rickard Road. 

It is believed the suspect vehicle was successfully “spiked” and it is believed one or more tires were affected by the “Stop Sticks”. The suspect vehicle continued to drive recklessly (passing on the right) and at a high rate of speed when it was last seen north bound on 27th St. near Stevens Road.

The suspect vehicle was able to successfully elude Law Enforcement after being “spiked” and at this time is still outstanding.

The suspect vehicle was occupied by a female driver, and male passenger who were operating a newer model compact or mid-sized SUV, blue in color, bearing Arizona license plate similar to “CVM3211”

The vehicle was described as have low profile "racing" style tires/wheels. The vehicle could possibly have been abandoned in the area of SE Bend or east of Bend city limits. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for their assistance, if the suspect vehicle is witnessed, please contact Deschutes County 911 Dispatch non-emergency 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, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 263 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 178 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: suspect vehicle
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Offers Free Shred Event In La Pine (Photo) - 05/17/24

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free community shred event and drug disposal with the assistance of Republic Services tomorrow, May 18th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  

Location: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office La Pine Substation, 51340 Hwy 97 

This is a residential free shred event and is not intended for business/commercial shredding.  

We can accept paper clips and staples but cannot take plastic bags or three ring binders. We are asking that people limit the number of documents to be shredded to no more than four boxes.  

If you have more than four boxes of material to be shredded, we are asking that you contact Republic Services at 541-352-2263 to determine how to dispose of your items.  

Medications accepted are prescription, patches, ointments, over the counter, vitamins, samples, and medications for pets. 

NO SHARPS, THERMOMETERS, INHALERS, ETC.  

New to the shred event and drug disposal is a flag disposal. If anyone has an old tattered American flag, they would like properly disposed of it can be done at these events.  

Food donations are also accepted during the event, which will go to a local foodbank. 

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