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*Swimmer Identified* Sunriver area man's body recovered from Deschutes River - 06/22/18

Updated June 22, 2018 at 4:15pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Swimmer:  Periman, Allan       Age:63

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has been able to confirm the family of Mr. Periman has been notified.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date: 06/21/2018 at 8:32 p.m.

Location:  Deschutes River near the Snowgoose Ct. boat launch

Deceased: 63 year old male - Sunriver area resident - name withheld pending notification of next of kin


On 06/21/2018 at about 8:32 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call from a subject who reported her roommate jumped into the Deschutes River about 45 minutes prior and had not been seen since.  Five Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area in an attempt to locate the male in and along the river.  Upon arrival, deputies learned the male had been at the boat launch with his brother and decided to swim across the river but got swept downriver and was struggling with the current.  The current carried him around a bend in the river and his brother lost sight of him.  The brother checked the area and after not finding him, returned to their home and notified their roommate, who then called 911.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue (SAR) was requested and approximately 15 SAR Swift Water Rescue members and divers responded to the area to assist, along with two additional deputies in a sheriff's office jet boat. 

At about 9:37 p.m. a deputy located the deceased male about 500 yards down river from the boat launch, caught on a snag on the opposite side of the river.  The male was recovered by SAR Swift Water members, placed on the jet boat and transported back to the boat launch.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Deschutes County 911 at 541-693-6911.

Foul play is not suspected but alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.







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Personal Document Shred/Prescription Drug Disposal/Food Donation Event in Sisters Tomorrow (Photo) - 06/22/18

Released by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Event Date: June 23, 2018

Event Location and Time: DCSO's Sisters Substation at 703 N Larch Street, 10:00am to Noon

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Secureshred are collaborating tomorrow, June 23rd, to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy up to 4 medium boxes of personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.

The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have information on how to avoid becoming an identity theft victim and what to do if you believe your identity has already been stolen.

No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded.

The Sheriff's Office is asking event participants to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit a local food bank.

Drug Disposal Program

At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have a deputy available to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medication. No needles or over-the-counter drugs will be accepted.

The drug disposal program is designed to keep unwanted or unused medications away from abusers, children and animals. The program is also intended to reduce negative environmental impact to the water, soil and landfill's by using proper disposal practices.

Attached Media Files: Shred Graphic
Deputy-Involved Shooting off Century Drive (Photo) - 06/20/18

Release by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer
Release Date - June 20, 2018  **Date Corrected**

A deputy-involved shooting has occurred involving one of our deputies off Century Drive, at a camp off the USFS 4610 Road. The Major Incident Team is being called out to the scene. The adult subject in this incident is deceased. Our deputy was not injured. Any future information will be released by the DA’s Office and Major Incident Team.

In accordance with our office's standard practice, the two deputies at the scene will be placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Media staging area is located at Century Drive at the USFS 4610 Road.

Attached Media Files: photo
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DCSO SAR Rescuer
Man Rescued From South Sister (Photo) - 06/14/18

Release by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Rescued Subject: Arthur Duncan, 56 yrs (Portland, OR)


On June 14, 2018 shortly after 4 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was notified of a stranded hiker on South Sister.  The hiker, Arthur Duncan called 911 to report he had left the South Sister Climbers Trail and at some point slid and fell leaving him stranded.  Duncan found himself on a cliff and unable to go down, back up or to the side without risking a dangerous fall.

Deputies utilized location data from Duncan's 911 call and determined he was about 400 feet down from the Caldera rim above the Lewis Glacier.  Duncan was at approximately 9800' elevation and was not prepared for overnight exposure to the elements.  Two DCSO SAR Mountain Rescue Unit members were flown by AirLink to the summit of South Sister while additional SAR members began the hike in from the Devils Lake Trailhead.  The first two rescuers made contact with Duncan at about 7:35 pm.

Upon contacting Duncan, rescuers determined he had minor injuries.  Duncan told them he had gotten off the trail after summitting.  At one point, he slipped, tumbled and slid 50 to 100 feet before catching himself on a rock before going over a cliff avoiding a near certain tragic outcome.  Duncan remained on a ledge until rescuers reached him.

Due to the precarious location, unstable slopes, and limited daylight a hoist capable Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was requested early in this incident and arrived around 8:30 pm.  The helicopter was able to hoist Duncan from his position and flown to waiting SAR members at the Mount Bachelor West Village Lodge parking lot.  Duncan declined medical care.  The two SAR members that assisted Duncan were able to make their way back to the summit where they were picked up by a LifeFlight helicopter.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is incredibly thankful to AirLink, LifeFlight and the Oregon National Guard.  The aircraft contributed to a safe resolution to this incident and prevented a night technical rescue, thus minimizing the risk to Duncan and rescuers.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those hiking/climbing South Sister that by leaving the climbers trail you can face loose rocks, scree, and treacherous conditions. 


Attached Media Files: DCSO SAR Rescuer , National Guard Helo
Sutherland vehicle
Sutherland vehicle
Terrebonne Crash sends two local men to hospital (Photo) - 06/13/18






Released by:          Sergeant Shawn Heierman 541-388-6655


Location:               NW 19th St./ NW Odem Ave--Terrebonne


Vehicle 1:                1996 White Toyota Tacoma pickup


Vehicle 2:                2002 Silver Lexus 300 sedan


Driver 1:                  Richard Alan Sutherland Jr.    Age: 48



Driver 2:                  Dylan Dae Taylor                    Age: 23



Citations:                none at this time



On Wednesday June 13, 2018 at around 15:45 hours, a head on motor vehicle crash involving 2 vehicles was reported to Deschutes County 911 that had just occurred at the intersection of NW 19th St. and Odem Ave in Terrebonne.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to find a white 1996 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by 48 year old Richard Sutherland Jr. of Redmond had been stuck on the front driver's side of his pickup by a silver 2002 Lexus 300 sedan driven by 23 year old Dylan Taylor also of Redmond.

Sutherland was treated on scene by Terrebonne District Fire Department medics and then transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with non-life threatening injuries. Taylor was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond by a family member. Both drivers were reported to have been wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

On scene investigation showed Sutherland who was stopped at the NW 19th St. stop sign, pulled out into the intersection in front of Taylor's vehicle which was eastbound on NW Odem Ave, causing Taylor's car to crash into the driver's side of Sutherland's pickup.

No citations have been issued at this time, however the investigation is ongoing. Alcohol is not believed to have been contributing factor in this crash




Attached Media Files: Sutherland vehicle
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Public Information Bulletin - Rainbow Family Gathering on Santiam Pass (Photo) - 06/12/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 12, 2018

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has received information that the Rainbow Family group may be traveling through Deschutes County on their way to a regional gathering event off Highway 22, near the Santiam Pass.  As this is a regional event, it is estimated up to 600 Rainbow Family members will be in or traveling through our area from June 11th through June 21st.  The event location is not located within Deschutes County, but the closest town for fuel and supplies is Sisters. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has learned to expect:
* Increased vehicle traffic and hitchhiking through the area;
* Expect to encounter lost and/or stranded motorists looking for the event;
* Expect disabled or abandon autos on roadways and public lands.
What to watch for:
* Increased theft or criminal mischief especially to local merchants who sell
food, beverages or clothing;
* Petty theft of items on private property which are easily visible or in walking
distance from major roadways;
* Strangers trespassing on your property looking for food, gas, water or shelter.
Who are they?
The Rainbow family is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. In 1997 the Rainbow Family held their annual event on the Ochoco National Forest and about 20,000 to 30,000 people attended. There were substantial impacts to the forest, forest roadways, state highways and nearby communities to include extraordinary demands on law enforcement, hospital and medical services, social services and businesses. The Rainbow family does not have centralized leadership, does not obtain proper permits and does not usually provide details about the location or activities of the event to law enforcement.

Attached Media Files: dcso badge
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Corrections Team
DCSO Adult Jail Meets 100% of Oregon Jail Standards (Photo) - 06/11/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 11, 2018

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office had our biennial Jail Standards inspection on April 10, 2018. A team of professionals in corrections from around the state reviewed our policy and operations to ensure we are following legal requirements and sound correctional practices while operating the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail. At the end of May, we received notification from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association that our Adult Jail is in full 100% compliance.

The inspectors were thorough in their review of our processes.  Every aspect of the jail is reviewed including maintenance records, general paperwork, medical records, mental health reports, logs and time-check records.

"The professionalism of our staff during this inspection period was overwhelming and the way they conduct themselves on a year round basis keeps our facility in compliance. We are proud to serve our community and are dedicated to keeping the public’s trust. The Oregon Jail Standards evaluations are best practices in operating a correctional facility. Our teammates are well-trained and well-prepared. This is a tremendous accomplishment to our office and our citizens. I am proud to work with our great teammates at the Sheriff’s Office," stated Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.

This is the third biennial inspection in a row the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail has been 100% in compliance with Oregon Jail Standards.


Attached Media Files: Corrections Team
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Motor Vehicle Crash on China Hat Road **UPDATED**(Photo) (Photo) - 06/09/18

Updated June 9, 2018 at 8:25pm by Sgt. William Bailey

A preliminary investigation of the crash scene has determined the 2001 Ford F350 crew cab pickup was driving westbound on China Hat Road near milepost 13.  The unlicensed sixteen year old driver lost control of the pickup and left the roadway.  The pickup then went head-on into a juniper tree just off the roadway edge.  At the time of the crash, three of the seven occupants inside the cab of the truck were wearing seatbelts.  An eighth occupant in the bed of the truck was ejected out of the truck during the crash.

Evidence at the scene has determined the truck was speeding and being driven recklessly at the time of the crash.  Marijuana impairment is also being investigated as a contributing factor.

The sixteen year old driver of yesterday’s crash has been cited and released on the following charges: Assault III - Two counts, Assault IV - Four counts, Recklessly Endangering Another - Seven counts, Reckless Driving – One count.  The driver has been released from the hospital.

The eight occupants of the truck are all students of Marshall High School and Mt. View High School in Bend.  As of this afternoon, three of the vehicle’s occupants are still in the hospital in critical condition.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the quick response and efforts of the US Forest Service firefighters who were in the area and responded to the crash scene.  Their quick medical aid, in conjunction with the Air Link and Life Flight air ambulances that responded to the scene, has ensured the best possible outcome from this crash.

This investigation is ongoing.

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Released by:   Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer
Release Date:  June 8, 2018

Driver:  16 year old male
Passenger Info: Seven passengers 15-17 years old (3 females/4 males)


On June 8, 2018, at about 2:50pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported injury motor vehicle crash on China Hat Road, near milepost 13.  Deputies, along with US Forest Service and Bend Fire Department resources responded to the area.  Additionally, two air ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Two occupants, one male and one female, suffered serious, life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.  Each was transported by air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend.  The six other vehicle occupants were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

This investigation is still active and ongoing.

Attached Media Files: air ambulance
Toddler Hospitalized After Accidental Marijuana Edible Overdose - 05/31/18

By: Sgt Kent Vander Kamp

Arrested (Cited in Lieu of Custody): Katelynn Joy, Age 27, of La Pine, Oregon

Charges: Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Child Neglect II

Victim: 2 Year Old Male

On May 30th, 2018, at approximately 5:15PM, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies and La Pine Fire Paramedics responded to an emergency medical aid call on the 14000 block of White Pine Way, in La Pine. Joy reported that her 2 year old son consumed a THC-infused candy left on a table. First responders arrived to find the toddler in distress. Paramedics transported the 2 year old to St. Charles Medical Center with life-threatening overdose symptoms. 

Deputies investigated and determined that Katelynn Joy, the mother of the child, left the THC infused candy unsecured and unattended when the toddler ate it. The mother later discovered the partially eaten candy and waited several hours until the THC overdose symptoms worsened before calling 911. 

It was determined that the THC infused candies in this case were homemade and ingredients or amount of THC are unknown. THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, and is the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana that gives the user the intoxication “high”. Unlike tobacco, marijuana edible products are not required to have printed health warnings or safety packaging and are often attractive to children when formed into candies, deserts or beverages. Often the THC doses are made for adults and can be dangerous for children and animals. 

Some signs of a marijuana overdose or excessive consumption may include:

  • Rapid heart rate, increasing the risk of heart attack.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Vomiting.
  • Mental confusion.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Extreme paranoia.

While we do not encourage drug use, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reminds our citizens to protect themselves, children and animals from THC exposure and overdose. Please prevent access to marijuana and THC products from children and do not leave children unattended with these items. 

If you suspect a child or animal has consumed marijuana or THC infused products, call 911 or your veterinarian immediately. The Poison Control Center is also available 24/7 at 800-222-1222 and the ASPCA Animal Poision Control is available at 888-426-4435. 


Idaho Fugitive Flees During Domestic Disturbance - Captured by K9 - 05/31/18

By: Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Arrested: Bailey J Redwing; 18 Y/O Male from Post Falls, Idaho

Charges:  Kootenai County (ID) Arrest Warrants x3, Escape III, Elude - Misd, and Interfere with Making a Report (911 Call)

On Thursday, May 31st, 2018, at 1:30PM, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in progress at the Five Pines Lodge and Conference Center in the City of Sisters. A Deputy arrived and contacted Baily J. Redwing to investigate the disturbance. During the initial investigation, it was determined that Redwing had outstanding arrest warrants in Kootenai County, Idaho. The Deputy began to arrest Redwing for the outstanding warrants when he broke away from the Deputy and fled south towards the Sisters waste water treatment plant. The Deputy gave chase through the conference center until he lost sight of him.

Additional Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police Officers and Oregon State Police Troopers converged on the Five Pines complex and contained the area before Redmond Police Officer Josh Powers and his K9 partner "Maverick" arrived. After about 10 minutes K9 "Maverick" located Redwing hiding in the tall grass adjacent to the waster water holding ponds. Redwing was arrested without further incident. 

Redwing was transported and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail. 


Terrebonne woman swerves to avoid deer, crashes into irrigation canal (Photo) - 05/29/18

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 05/29/18 04:58 a.m.

Location:  Hwy 97 just north of Cinder Butte (MP 118)

Driver: De Latorre, Mary - 45 year old woman -Terrebonne, Or

Vehicle: Black 2004 Chevy Trailblazer

On 05/29/2018 at 04:58 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a motorist who reported a vehicle had run off the road and into the irrigation canal at the location.  

Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office and Redmond Fire Department personnel responded and located a black Chevy Trailblazer which was submerged in the canal up to its wheel wells, with De Latorre still inside.

Redmond Fire personnel attached a cable to the Trailblazer to keep it from moving in the swiftly flowing canal.  

Redmond Fire Department personnel then used a ladder, placed in the driver’s window, to allow De Latorre to crawl across to the bank.

De Latorre was uninjured but transported to Saint Charles Medical Center - Redmond for evaluation.

The southbound lanes of Highway 97 were closed for approximately 45 minutes.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Redmond Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Lt. Mike Biondi
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division

Attached Media Files: pic_3.jpg , pic_2.jpg , pic_1.jpg
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Paraglider crashes on Pine Mountain east of Bend (Photo) - 05/27/18

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 05/27/2018 at 4:26 p.m.

Location: East side of Pine Mountain

Paraglider pilot: Michael Lee - 34 year old male - Reno, Nevada

On 05/27/2018 at 4:26 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a 911 call from Lee who reported being injured while making an emergency landing while piloting a paraglider.  Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, a USFS LEO and paramedics from the Bend Fire Department responded to the area and located Lee on the east side of Pine Mountain.

Lee advised he launched from the west side of Pine Mountain but got caught in unpredictable winds, and landed on the east side of Pine Mountain, outside of the designated landing zone.  Lee was evaluated by Bend Fire Department paramedics and transported via ground ambulance to Saint Charles Medical Center - Bend for observation.

The paraglider Lee was piloting was non-motorized and similar in shape to a parachute.








Attached Media Files: Photo of scene , Photo of paraglider
DCSO SAR assists injured bicyclist on Tiddlywinks Trail - 05/26/18

Date:  05/26/2018

By:  Deputy Aaron Myers Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Injured Biker: Popenuk, Holly, 32 year old Female, Portland, OR

On 05/26/18, at about 1535 hours, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a report of an injured bicyclist on the Tiddlywinks bike trail, which is a part of the Phil’s trail riding system. The caller reported Popenuk had sustained non-life threatening injures as a result of the bicycle crash but was unable to move any further. Popenuk was riding with other riders, who were familiar with the area and called 911.

Five Volunteers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit, a DCSO Deputy, a US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer and Bend Fire Personel responded to assist. Responding units hiked approximately 0.5 miles to Popenhuk, arriving at her location at 1700 hours. Popenuk was treated by medical personnel and assisted onto a wheeled liter. Popenuk was transported by wheeled litter back to the waiting Bend Fire ambulance and transported to St. Charles for further evaluation and treatment.   

Human Remains located east of Bend - 05/26/18

On May 26, 2018, at about 07:49 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a hiker who reported finding what he believed to be a human body wrapped up in a tarp while hiking yesterday afternoon about 21 miles east of Bend.  A sheriff's office sergeant responded to the area and confirmed the contents of the tarp were human remains.  Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Bend Police Department responded and began a joint investigation with the assistance of the Deschutes County Medical Examiner, Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. 

During the investigation, a drone, piloted by a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer was used to help document the scene.  Based on the investigation, it is believed the remains are likely that of Sara Gomez but investigators are awaiting confirmation of the deceased's identity from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office, which may take several weeks.

Sheriff Nelson expressed, "Bend Police Chief Jim Porter, D.A. John Hummel and I believe that this is the body of Sara Gomez, but it will take the conclusion of the Medical Examiner’s investigation to confirm the identity of the human remains. Our thoughts and prayers have been with Ms. Gomez's family since her disappearance and if the remains are determined to be her, our hope is it will bring her family some closure." 

This investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available.