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Injured Hiker near South Sister (Photo) - 09/23/18

Date: 09/23/2018

Victim: Doherty, Keith, 64 year old Male, Portland, OR. 

Reported by: Assistant SAR Coordinator Deputy Aaron Myers

Narrative:
On September 23, 2018, at approximately 1300 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call that a hiker had fallen while walking, on the trail, near Lewis Glacier, near South Sister. The injury prevented the hiker from continuing down the trail without assistance from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers. 

Four DCSO SAR Volunteers were transported by Air Link to the top of South Sister and walked approximately 0.5 mile down the scree slope to evaluate the injured hiker. An additional four DCSO SAR Volunteers hiked from the Devil's Lake Trailhead to meet up with the other Volunteers. DCSO SAR Volunteers assisted the injured Hiker into their wheeled litter and hiked approximately 1.5 miles to an area where Air Link was able to safely land. The injured Hiker was transported by Air Link to St. Charles for further evaluation for non life threatening injuries. 

The DCSO SAR Volunteers were assisted by several hikers on the trail with moving the injured hiker in the wheeled litter. 

 

 

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Bend Man Arrested During Road Rage Incident After Pointing a Gun (Photo) - 09/20/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: September 20, 2018

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Bend, OR – A Bend man was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Recklessly Endangering and Reckless Driving after a “road rage” incident on Highway 20 W in the Tumalo area of Bend.

On September 20, 2018 at 4:30PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to 911 reports of a white Chevrolet Suburban driving eastbound on Highway 20 west at Dayton Rd. Deschutes 911 was told by victims that the driver, Hawkens Mclean Hazelton, age 22 of Bend, Oregon, was pointing a gun at other drivers.

The investigation revealed that Hazelton was driving recklessly on Highway 20 W and began challenging other drivers to fight with hand gestures, physical threats and dangerous driving, all to intimidate the other drivers. At one point during the incident, Hazelton began pointing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol out of the Suburban windows towards another driver. No shots were fired and no injuries were sustained.

A Bend Police Officer located the Hazelton’s Suburban on Highway 20 as he approached Bend. DCSO Deputies and Bend Police Officers stopped the Suburban and conducted a “high risk traffic stop” at Highway 20 and Old Bend Redmond Highway.  Highway 20 W was briefly closed during the stop to protect the motoring public and DCSO Deputies.  

Ultimately, Hazelton was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Recklessly Endangering and Reckless Driving. He was later lodged in the Deschutes County Adult Jail with the same charges.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Bend Police Department Officers, Oregon State Police Troopers, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include a Marine Patrol, K-9 units, and Forest Patrol. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 157,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. The agency has 221 authorized and funded personnel which includes 175 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Vehicle vs bicycle crash with injuries on Cheyenne Road - 09/19/18

Released by: Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Location: 60150 Cheyenne Road

Vehicle 1: Red 2003 Subary Legacy

Vehicle 2: Cannondale Bicycle

Driver 1: Ethan Ropp, 26 years old, Bend Oregon

Driver 2: Mitchell Peters, 23 years old, Bend Oregon.

Narrative:

On September 19th, 2018 at approximately 5:42pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of an injury crash on Cheyenne Road involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist.

Upon arrival, deputies began administering first aid to the bicyclist, Mitchell Peters.  Investigation by deputies on scene determined that Peters was traveling north on Cheyenne Road.  A red 2003 Subaru Legacy driving by Ethan Ropp was also traveling north on Cheyenne Road. 

Ropp diverted his attention to an instrument gauge within his vehicle and did not notice that Peters was in the roadway.  Ropp was traveling near the posted speed of 35mph and struck Peters. 

Peters was transported by the Bend Fire Department to St. Charles in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.  Ropp was issued a citation for careless driving.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Oregon State Police and the Bend Fire Department.

Tepee Fire Leads to Evacuation Notices **Update as of 09-11-18/ 6:30 PM** - 09/11/18

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 09-11-18 / 6:30 PM

Firefighters have continued to make good progress on the Tepee Fire.  In coordination with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is canceling all evacuation notices due to this fire.  For updates on the Tepee Fire and other fires in Central Oregon, please go to: http://www.centraloregonfire.org

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Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 09-09-18 / 8 PM

Firefighters have continued to make good progress on the Tepee Fire today.  In coordination with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is lowering evacuation notices due to this fire.  All areas that were previously Level 3 (Go Now!) have been reduced to Level 2 (Get Set) and all areas previously Level 2 (Get Set) have been reduced to Level 1 (Be Ready).  The previous Level 1 (Be Ready) evacuation notice has been canceled.

Current Evacuation Levels: 

Level 2 (Get Set):

  • All areas south of Forest Service Road 2015 (Ford Rd), west of Forest Service Road 2016 outside the forest boundary.

Level 1 (Be Ready):

  • All areas south of Forest Service Road 2015 (Ford Rd), west of Forest Service 23 (Spencer Wells Rd), east of Forest Service Road 2016 and north of the forest boundary.

Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

For information regarding the area closure enacted by the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger Districts for lands managed by the United States Forest Service, please go to: http://www.centraloregonfire.org/2018/09/08/tepee-fire-activity-prompts-area-closure-on-bend-fort-rock-ranger-district/ or contact the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District.  

Residents are also encouraged to register for the Deschutes Alert System, which is a mass notification system that allows us to send emegency notifications based on your registered address.  It is free to register and only takes a few minutes to sign up.  More information and a registration link can be found at: https://www.deschutes.org/911/page/sign-deschutes-emergency-alerts 

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Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is currently assisting Central Oregon Fire Managment with the Tepee Fire off of Forest Service Road 18 (China Hat Rd). 

After consultation with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is issuing evacuation notices east of the fire in the area of Evans Well and the Millican Valley.  This is based on an increase in fire behavior and movement of the fire towards the east.  

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 3 (Go Now!):

  • All areas south of Forest Service Road 2015 (Ford Rd), west of Forest Service Road 2016 outside the forest boundary.

Level 2 (Get Set):

  • All areas south of Forest Service Road 2015 (Ford Rd), west of Forest Service 23 (Spencer Wells Rd), east of Forest Service Road 2016 and north of the forest boundary.

Level 1 (Be Ready):

  • All areas east of the north/south section of Forest Service Road 2015 (Fort Rock Rd), south of Hwy 20, west of Forest Service Road 2017 (Pine Mountain Rd) and north of the forest boundary.

The Sheriff's Office will continue to coordinate with fire managers and will adjust evacuation levels as appropriate.  Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

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Coffee with the Sheriff Events (Photo) - 09/10/18

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  September 10, 2018

NARRATIVE:

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson announces four upcoming Coffee with the Sheriff events in Deschutes County.  These four events have been organized in partnership with local organizations to give community members an opportunity to have coffee and conversation with Sheriff Nelson.  Coffee with the Sheriff events are each two hours long and will follow an open house format.  Community members are welcome to drop in at any time during the scheduled event and stay for some or all of the time.

Coffee with the Sheriff locations and times are as follows:
 

Wednesday, September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Terrebonne Depot Food + Drink

400 NW Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne

 

Thursday, September 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Tumalo Coffeehouse

19855 4th Street, Tumalo

 

Tuesday, October 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: La Pine Senior Center

16450 Victory Way, La Pine

 

Wednesday, October 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Sisters Coffee Company

273 W Hood Avenue, Sisters                                       

 

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Mentor a Child with an Incarcerated Parent- Fall Training (Photo) - 09/10/18

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 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 going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, September 22, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, 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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Boom Truck Service Vehicle Tears Down Power Lines and Poles (Photo) - 09/08/18

Submitted by:  K. Dizney

Vehicle #1: White 2013 Kenworth Crane Boom delivery truck.

Driver #1: Mees, Darrin Albert   Age:  29 

                    Redmond, Oregon

 

NARRATIVE:

On September 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm, a roof truss delivery boom truck owned and operated by Oregon Truss Company out of Dayton, Oregon, struck multiple power lines while travelling south on Pine Street. The driver of the boom truck had completed a delivery on North Pine Street near Barclay Drive and had failed to lower the boom crane onto the carrying cradle before leaving the job site. The boom caught a small wire near the intersection of Main Avenue and Pine Street, ripping it in half and flinging it onto the edges of the road. No wires were found arching on the roadway.

The truck continued south on Pine Street and crossed the intersection of Hwy 20/Cascade Avenue, where it then caught a full set of wires/communication cables that ran across Pine Street mid-block at the alley. This impact sheared off a power pole on each side of Pine Street and pulled the wires to the ground across Pine Street. The boom truck stopped in the southbound lane of travel on Pine Street with wires laying across the boom. The driver was able to exit the boom truck without injury or electrocution.

A Silver Mini Cooper that was parked along Pine Street facing south was damaged when the power pole on the west side of the street was broken and pulled down by the strained wires during the impact.

There were no injuries in this incident. Sisters Fire responded to this incident and assisted with road closure and scene control until the City of Sisters Public Works could bring out barricades and cones. Affected public utility companies include Central Electric Coop, Bend Broadband and Century Link.

South Pine Street between West Cascade/Hwy 20 and West Hood Street was closed for an extended period of time while the poles and wires were replaced.

Three business were without power when the service cables from the transformers to the businesses were ripped from either the power pole or the business.

No citations were issued in this incident and alcohol/drugs did not play any part in this incident.

 

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9/4/18**Updated Press release/ Harpole Located********Three subjects jump into irrigation canal to avoid contact with Detectives (Photo)********Updated**************** - 09/04/18

Released by:  Lt. Chad Davis

Release Date:  9/3/18   at  5:00 p.m.

 

Located/ Subject#1 Vanhouten, Brett       age:35, White male

                    Transient, Bend

 

Located/ Subject#2 Heisler,  Sarah           age: 38   White female

                    Transient, Bend

 

Located/ Subject#3  Harpole, Mitchell      age: 27   White male

                      Transient, Bend

9/4/18 at 1:45 p.m. - Updated Press release- Mitchell Harpole Located:

On 9/4/18 at 12:00 p.m., Detectives located Mitchell Harpole in Bend.  Harpole was not injured during the incident in the canal.  Harpole was interviewed and not charged with any crimes. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public with their assistance in this case.  

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Updated Press release, 9/3/18 at 10:00 p.m.-

DCSO SCU Detectives located both Brett Vanhouten and Sarah Heisler at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Bend and they are of no further interest.   Through interviews, Detectives learned after jumping into the canal, the trio exited the canal on the south side and hid in the area for several hours before parting ways and obtaining rides from the area.   Detectives are still seeking Mitchell Harpole and need to verify his well-being.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is continuing to ask to the public for their assistance in locating Harpole.  None of the individuals involved are being charged with any crimes at this time. 

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NARRATIVE:

 

On 9/3/18 at approximately 8:58 A.M., Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit (SCU) Detectives were in the area of Comet Lane and High Desert Lane, when they observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and acting in a suspicious manner.  SCU Detectives attempted to follow the vehicle, however it accelerated away from the area to avoid contact with the Detectives.  It is believed the subjects knew they had been observed by law enforcement.

 

SCU Detectives drove through the area of NE Brinson BLVD and Peerless Court, when they saw some dust flying in the roadway.  This made the Detectives believe the vehicle they were looking for had driven southbound on Peerless Court.   SCU Detectives then located a vehicle parked at 62880  Peerless Court and saw the subjects running around the northeast corner of the business and go south. 

 

The Detectives exited their vehicle and attempted to locate the subjects.   As Detectives went to the south side of the building, they could see the subjects near the COID (Central Oregon Irrigation District) canal.  The Detectives identified themselves to the subjects and told them to stop.  One of the males, identified as Brett Vanhouten, immediately jumped into the canal.  Heisler and Harpole then also jumped into the canal.  Approximately 200 yards downstream from their point of entry, there is significant drop in elevation in the canal, causing a fast moving waterfall and whitewater. 

 

Detectives then coordinated a search of the area with the assistance of DCSO Patrol deputies and the Bend Police Department. COID was contacted and notified of the incident. 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Division assisted in searching the area with the use of a drone/ UAV.   The canal banks and access points were also checked on foot.   A thorough search of the area was completed and none of the subjects were located. 

 

Detectives have attempted to speak with family members and check previous addresses for the subjects, however their status as transients has made this difficult.

 

It is believed Heisler may be in need of medical attention, due to a previous illness. 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public and asking them to contact the non-emergency dispatch number of 541-693-6911, if they know the whereabouts of any of the three subjects.   Callers can remain anonymous. 

 

 

 

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Vehicle versus motorcycle crash. - 09/01/18

 

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655

 

MEDIA RELEASE  

 

         Vehicle versus motorcycle crash

 

Released by:          Sgt. Doug Sullivan

Location:                La Pine, OR (Intersection of Burgess Rd. & Pine Forest Dr.)

 

Vehicle 1:                2008, Silver, Nissan Altima CP

 

Vehicle 2:                2018, Red, Harley Davidson FLF Motorcycle

 

Driver 1:                  Gene Smart                          Age:   63

                                  Salem, OR

 

Driver 2:                  Caldwell, Richard                           Age:   64

                                  Bend, OR

 

Citations:                Careless Driving & Dangerous Left Turn

 

NARRATIVE:         

 

On 09/01/18, at approximately 1538 hours, a Deschutes County deputy on routine patrol came upon a crash that had just occurred at the intersection of Burgess Rd. and Pine Forest Dr.

 

An investigation determined a 2008, silver Nissan Altima driven by Gene    Smart was westbound on Burgess Rd. and attempted to make a left (southbound) turn onto Pine Forest Dr.

 

Smart failed to yield to oncoming traffic and turned in front of a 2018, red Harley Davidson driven by Richard Caldwell.

 

Caldwell’s motorcycle struck the passenger side of Smart’s vehicle causing him to be ejected from his motorcycle.

 

La Pine Fire transported Caldwell via ground ambulance to SCMC, Bend for an evaluation of his injuries.

 

Burgess Rd. was temporarily shut down during the investigation and re-opened a short time later.

 

Smart was issued a citation for Carless Driving and Dangerous Left Turn.

 

 

Alcohol and speed are NOT believed to be a factor in this crash.

 

 

 

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DUII Crash Leads to Arrest (Photo) - 09/01/18

Injury Crash at 56896 Venture Ln. in the Parking Lot of Shell-Subway Crossroad Station; Driver Arrested

 

Released by:          Sgt. Don Manning

 

Location:                56000 block of Venture Ln.

 

Vehicle 1:                2002 Saab 9-3 Silver in Color

 

Driver 1:                  Hammermann, Allen          Age:   43

                                  Bend, Oregon 97707

Passenger 1:          Wasenius, Sylvia                Age:   34

                                  Bend, Oregon 97707

 

Charges:                 Assault 3, DUII Alcohol/Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering  

 

NARRATIVE:         

 

On August 31, 2018 at approximately 2220 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash in the 56000 block of Venture Ln, Bend.  The initial information was a single vehicle had crashed after driving off South Century Drive just prior to the Venture intersection.  The report stated that after the vehicle left the roadway it rolled through trees and came to a rest in the parking lot of the Crossroads Station.


During the investigation, deputies developed probable cause to believe Hammermann was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash under the influence of an intoxicant.  Hammermann was subsequently arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on the listed charges.  Hammermann was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was not injured.

 

Vehicle front seat passenger Sylvia Wasenius received non-life threating injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by the Sunriver Fire Department.  Wasenius was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sunriver Police Department, Sunriver Fire Department, and the La Pine Fire Department.

 

The crash is still under investigation. If you have any information please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.

 

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Man falls 150 feet while "free climbing" in Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 08/26/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 26, 2018

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Terrebonne, OR – Man falls 125 feet while “free climbing” in Smith Rock State Park and taken to St. Charles Hospital Bend with life threatening injuries.

On August 26, 2018, at approximately 4:04PM, Deschutes County Deputies, Redmond Fire Medics and members of the Deschutes County Search and Rescue MRU and Medical teams were dispatched to a serious fall in the most southern portion of Smith Rock State Park.

Sheriff Deputies and Redmond Fire Medics hiked into the park and reached the patient, Benjamin Schulman, age 21, of Alexandria, Virginia, on a steep hill about 100 yards above the river trail. They provided care until Deschutes County Search and Rescue personnel arrived to assist with the hillside evacuation. This process took over two hours because of Schulman's location and injuries.

The initial investigation determined that Schulman was visiting the park with friends when he chose to solo “free climb” a rock face not typically used or identified as a climbing route in the most southern section of the park. Schulman was not using ropes or other safety equipment and only handholds and footholds to ascend when he fell approximately 150 feet to the ground. After falling, Schulman rolled down a step hill another 100 feet before coming to rest mid-slope.

Schulman's climbing experience is unknown. However, he was camping nearby with other climbers familiar with the park. 

Rescue personnel extracted Schulman from the hillside and carried him to a nearby meadow where an AirLink helicopter was waiting. He was flown to St. Charles Health System – Bend for advanced care of his life-threatening injuries.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office thanks our public safety partners at the  Redmond Fire Department, Deschutes County Search and Rescue Volunteers, AirLink, and the State Park Rangers and Volunteers for their assistance.

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

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include a Marine Patrol, K-9 units, and Forest Patrol. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 157,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of the county. The agency has 221 authorized and funded personnel which includes 175 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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