Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
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News Releases
Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office announce suspension of I-247 detainer placements after court ruling - 04/16/14
As a result of a recent court opinion and order issued on April 11, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, as well as other recent court rulings, finding that holding a person solely on an ICE detainer violates the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office's have made the decision to suspend placement of I-247 Immigration Detainers. To view the court opinion and order see attached.

The I-247 detainer is issued by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information about ICE detainers please visit their website at www.ice.gov

The Sheriffs are committed to remaining in compliance with all state and federal laws and the Constitution of the United States. As the pertinent law evolves through court decisions and/or legislation the Sheriffs will adjust their policies accordingly.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies recover two bodies from Columbia and Willamette River - 04/15/14
Update: The deceased have been both been identified.

Danna Keith White (DOB 01/07/1987) of Portland, OR. body was recovered on the Willamette River. He was previously reported missing to Portland Police Bureau on March 18, 2014. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death drowning and Manner undetermined. There were no indications of foul play.

Scott Jerome Perry (DOB 12/18/1957) of Vancouver, Wa. body was recovered on the Columbia River. He was previously reported missing on February 22, 2014 and his vehicle was recovered on the Glenn Jackson Bridge. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled cause of death drowning, blunt force injuries and Manner of death as suicide.

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On Monday 04/14/2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Columbia River by a boater in the area. As River Patrol Deputies were en route to the call, the deputies spotted a body floating mid-channel of the Willamette River near the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge. The MCSO River Patrol unit stopped and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the Willamette River. U.S. Coast Guard units responding to the Columbia River report arrived in the area of the reported body sighting near Reeder Beach and were able to confirm the sighting. The U.S. Coast Guard unit stayed on station until another responding unit arrived. A Clark County Fire and Rescue boat arrived and recovered the body of a deceased adult male. Both bodies were transported to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin death investigations for both recoveries. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the bodies have been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identifications and family notifications.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River - 04/09/14
This morning, Wednesday April 9, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the Willamette River downstream from the lightrail bridge installation. A dragon boat crew member on the water in the area saw the body and called in the report.

MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and the body of an adult male was recovered downstream from the bridge near the west side of the river at approximately 10:10 a.m. The body was transported to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Portland Police Bureau detectives also assisted. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton announces Command Promotions - 04/08/14
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton recently promoted two Command members to new assignments within the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Captain Linda Yankee has been promoted to Chief Deputy and has been assigned as Chief Deputy of the Business Services Division. Lieutenant Derrick Peterson has been promoted to Captain and assigned as the Facility Commander of the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Linda Yankee has spent the majority of her 27 year career with the Sheriff's Office in Corrections Operations. She has managed the Multnomah County Detention Center, the Multnomah County Inverness Jail, and the Facility Services Section of the Sheriff's Office. In 2005, she was recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association as the Jail Commander of the Year. She has served on various committees for Multnomah County to include the Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team, Gang Suppression, Intervention, Prevention Task Force, the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Multnomah County Re-Entry Council.

Yankee was born and raised in Brush Prairie, Washington and is the daughter of the late Walter and Regina Satrapa. She graduated from Clark Community College and attended Washington State University, studying Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

Derrick Peterson, a 27 year veteran of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office has been promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as Facility Commander of one of the largest jail facilities in the state of Oregon network. Peterson has previously been assigned as a shift commander in the jail, in addition to being assigned lateral duties for a period as the CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) and CNT (Corrections Negotiation Team) commander. Peterson moves from his current assignment as the Administrative Lieutenant where he was tasked with overseeing the food services contract, served as County Attorney liaison and managed special projects. Peterson also served as chair of the Probationary Officer's Review Board, assisted with PIO duties and represented MCSO on the Multnomah County Equity and Wellness Team.

Peterson is a long time, active member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) and has had the support of the organization in his past and new position. "Captain Peterson is an exceptional appointee for this position" said Roy Jay, NW Chapter President of NOBLE. He's a team player, has the years of experience and is highly respected both inside and outside the department.

Peterson was born in Portland, Oregon and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Administration of Justice at Portland State University. Peterson was raised in Portland, Oregon and is the son of George and Essie Peterson of Tuskegee, Alabama. He has been married to his wife Leslie for 20 years and has a 16 year old son.

Sheriff Dan Staton plans future advancements and administrative changes in an effort to continue to make the Sheriff's Office more responsive to both the public needs and those of the hundreds of employees who strive to provide exemplary service to the citizen's of Multnomah County.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2014 Spring Awards Ceremony - 04/07/14
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Sheriff Daniel Staton will host the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's Semi-Annual Award Ceremony. This ceremony will honor citizens and members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies.

Awards being presented at the ceremony include a Purple Heart award, Distinguished Service award, twenty-one Lifesaving-Suicide Prevention and four Lifesaving Awards, one Citation, and two Sheriff's Awards along with others. There will be thirty-eight total awards presented during this ceremony.

The ceremony is open to the public and community members and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions which went above and beyond.
Attached Media Files: MCSO Awards PR
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office expands TouchPay kiosk services, now accepts inmate trust account deposits - 04/07/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) which is continuing to roll out jail kiosk capabilities as part of its agreement with Securus Technologies and through their partnership with TouchPay Holdings, LLC has now enabled the TouchPay jail lobby kiosks to receive cash/credit/debit deposits for inmate trust accounts in addition to the Securus Advance Connect payment services already being accepted. TouchPay kiosks are currently installed in the lobbies of both the Multnomah County Detention Center and the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. The TouchPay kiosks do not accept monies for self-bail processes at this time. Additional capabilities are expected to continue to roll out over the next several months.

The TouchPay kiosks provide greater convenience and more payment options for individuals making deposits to offender accounts. Family and friends of offenders in custody are now able to deposit funds in cash or with a credit/debit card through the TouchPay kiosks. In addition, deposits to inmate trust accounts will now be accepted through the TouchPay website portal and/or their toll-free 1-800 number (1-866-232-1899) allowing loved ones to deposit monies without having to travel to one of the jail facilities to complete a transaction. Costs and fees associated with handling these transactions, previously absorbed by MCSO, will now be collected by the vendor at no cost to the Sheriff's Office. The TouchPay kiosk located in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail lobby will be available for visitor use during lobby hours. The Multnomah County Detention Center kiosk will have 24 hour access in the jail lobby.

An additional TouchPay intake cash-handling kiosk will automate offender booking deposits at MCSO. The intake kiosk will count offender's coin and cash in bulk during the booking process, relieving MCSO staff from having to manually count incoming monies and increasing efficiencies in Sheriff's Office operations. Once installation and testing is completed, full implementation of the kiosk system will introduce greater security and auditing functionality as recommended by the County Auditor's office as part of an Inmate Welfare Fund audit from 2011.

The MCSO is committed to providing exemplary service and quality, cost effective prevention, intervention and detention services to the communities of Multnomah County. Partnerships such as these increase operational efficiencies and mitigate the increasing costs of managing these services. As part of our agreement with Securus Technologies and its partnership with TouchPay Holdings, LLC., work is continuing on installation and introduction of kiosks for video visiting and increased digital delivery of services to the offender population. Once completed the video-visiting kiosks will be incrementally enabled and provide additional convenience and expanded visiting hours to family and loved ones of in custody offenders. After initial shared kiosk installation costs, maintenance, and cash pick-up services are provided to MCSO at no cost.

For more information please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer or visit the TouchPay website at www.touchpayonline.com
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Attached Media Files: Kiosk services PR
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River - 03/24/14
On Monday 03/24/14 at approximately 2:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near the east bank north of the Steel Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the river at approximately 2:20 p.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies transported the body to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Mulntomah County Medical Examiner have responded. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Update: Inmate dies in his cell from apparent self-inflicted injury - 03/24/14
Update: Name release and update - The inmate is identified as Sandro Israel Perezbejar (DOB 03/23/1975). The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death - Asphxia by Strangulation and the Manner of Death - Suicide.

Sandro Perezbejar was initially booked into custody on May 2, 2013 and was awaiting trial on charges of Sex Abuse I, Sodomy I x3 and had a USI Hold. Inmate Sandro Perezbejar was discovered unresponsive in his single cell at approximately 11:50 p.m. on March 22, 2014 during a security and welfare check by a jail deputy. MCSO deputies, MCSO Medical and EMS personnel attempted to revive him but efforts were unsuccessful. Sandro Perezbejar was declared deceased shortly after 12:00 a.m. Sunday March 23, 2014. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to conduct the death investigation and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner was notified and responded as well.


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Around midnight on March 23, 2014 a Multnomah County inmate was found unresponsive in his single cell from what appeared to be a self-inflicted injury. Emergency medical efforts were made by staff and EMS personnel in attempt to revive the inmate but they were unsuccessful. The inmate, who had been in custody for almost a year, had no other prior in-custody incidents before last night.

A full investigation is underway as standard per Sheriff"s Office protocols and the inmate"s name is being withheld pending family notification.

Contact: Lt. Travis W. Gullberg