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Motor home fully engulfed in flames and destroyed. Deceased person found inside. (Photo) - 11/13/15

Detectives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshall's Office have been working on this case since early this morning. Through the investigation it was determined that 36 year old Tobias Schulson was the deceased person found inside the motor home along with his dog early this morning. Mr. Schulson had been living in the motor home at the time. The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and it was determined the cause of death was accidental ,due to smoke inhalation. The investigation is ongoing, but there does not appear to be any foul play involved. Through the investigation detectives learned that there was some type of electric heater that was being used inside the motor home during the night. According to arson investigators the heater is suspected to be the source of the fire.

On November 13th, 2015 at about 2:40 am the Dallas Fire Department assisted by SW Polk Fire, were dispatched to the 4000 block of Van Well Rd on a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival they found a motor home fully engulfed in flames. The fire department took action and later determined that there was a deceased person inside. They called the Polk County Sheriff's Office, who responded to the scene.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal. All of the agencies are working together to collect evidence from the scene to help determine what took place. An autopsy is scheduled for later this morning to help determine a cause of death.

At this point the investigation is ongoing and no further information is available. The Polk County Sheriff's Office will release more information when available.
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Suspect arrested in Polk County for stealing multiple vehicles - 11/03/15
On 11-3-2015 at about 11:25 a.m. the Polk County Sheriff's Office was notified of a stolen vehicle, reported to be a purple 1976 Chevrolet Corvette, from the residence at 9330 Grand Ronde Rd, Grand Ronde, Polk County, Oregon. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office responded to the location and as they were taking the stolen vehicle report they were advised of a stolen vehicle in progress report from the residence at 8253 Fire Hall Road, Grand Ronde, Polk County, Oregon. Deputies from the Sheriff's Office assisted by police officers from the Grand Ronde Tribal Police responded to the Fire Hall Road location where Clifford Sabey reported that he found a male subject who drove away from his residence in a blue 2001 Dodge Ram pickup belonging to Mr. Sabey. Mr. Sabey gave chase in his white Chrysler minivan and cut off the suspect.

Mr. Sabey then confronted the male, who ended up getting into Mr. Sabey's van and attempted to drive away. Mr. Sabey was able to block the van with the Dodge pickup to keep the male from driving off in the van. The man then ran northbound toward the creek on Fire Hall Road.

Law Enforcement spread out and searched the area and located a male matching the description of the suspect in the stolen vehicle reports. The male was walking along Andy Riggs Road wearing jeans and no shirt, but he was wet. When confronted by Law Enforcement the man ran. Deputies and Officers chased the suspect north along Grand Ronde road until he was taken into custody.

The man was identified as Tanner Abbott, DOB/ 6-21-1984, from Willamina. Deputies interviewed Abbott who admitted that he stole his father's pickup and television from Willamina and driving it to Grand Ronde. He then stole a bicycle from a shed on Grand Ronde Rd and rode it to where he stole the Chevrolet Corvette. He then drove the Corvette to 9615 Grand Ronde Road. He then walked to A Ackerson Road, off Grand Ronde Road, where he stole a white Ford F250 pickup.

Mr. Abbott then drove the pickup to Fire Hall Road where he stole Mr. Sabey's pickup.

Mr. Abbott gave two fake names to Deputies when he was being interviewed and was found to have arrest warrants for Contempt of Court from Linn County. Mr. Abbott was lodged at the Polk County Jail and charged with the following crimes:

* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
* Burglary II
* Theft III
* Giving False Information to Police
* Driving While Suspended (Felony)
* Criminal Mischief II
Applebee Aviation Helicopter
Applebee Aviation Helicopter
Helicopter Crashes during Christmas Tree Harvest (Photo) - 11/02/15
On 11-2-2015 at about 1424 hours a helicopter doing Christmas tree harvesting at 21350 Highway 22, Sheridan, Polk County, Oregon crashed. Reports from witnesses on the scene indicate that there was some sort of engine failure causing the pilot, later identified as Blane Hayes of Applebee Aviation, to lose control of the aircraft. The helicopter spun around as it descended to the ground coming to rest after damaging the rear tail section of the aircraft as well as the landing skids.

Medics and fire personnel from the West Valley Fire Department as well as deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office initially responded. When medics arrived Mr. Hayes indicated that he was uninjured and refused any medical assistance. The employees from Applebee Aviation who were at the scene then loaded into two vehicle and left prior to deputies from PCSO arriving on scene.

The NTSB and FAA were notified of the crash. FAA investigators responded to the scene and they are investigating the incident. At this point it is unknown why employees of the aviation company left the scene of the accident so quickly after refusing medical assistance.

The NTSB has been in contact with Applebee Aviation and they are cooperating with the investigation.

Applebee Aviation is known as AAI according to their website. They are based out of Banks, Oregon.
Attached Media Files: Applebee Aviation Helicopter
Sgt. Mark Garton Appointed to Replace Sheriff Wolfe - 10/28/15
On October 28th, 2015 the Polk County Board of Commissioners have appointed Detective Sergeant Mark Garton to replace Sheriff Bob Wolfe when he retires on November 30th 2015. The interim position will last from November 30th 2015 until January of 2017, at which time the newly elected Sheriff will take office.