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Traffic Enforcement
Traffic Enforcement
Focused Traffic Safety Blitz during the Upcoming Spring Break Week (Photo) - 03/22/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Release Date: March 22, 2018


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will be increasing our traffic enforcement presence during the upcoming spring break week. The increased presence will begin Saturday, March 24th and continue through Sunday, April 1st. Spring break week is expected to bring increased vehicle traffic to the Central Oregon area as families travel to and through Deschutes County on vacation.

These additional deputies will be focusing on distracted and unsafe driving behaviors utilizing marked and unmarked Sheriff's Office vehicles. Members of our community have also asked for more enforcement in specific driving behaviors. These behaviors include the use of cell phones while driving, following other vehicles too closely, unsafe speeds, and the use of off-road lighting on our public roadways. These driving behaviors are often contributing factors to the motor vehicle crashes in our community. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to 22 motor vehicle crashes during the spring break week in 2017.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office largely focuses on education during traffic enforcement, always with the goal of changing driving behaviors for the better. Please drive safe during the upcoming spring break week.

You can read more about distracted driving at

Attached Media Files: Traffic Enforcement
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Vehicle Crashes in La Pine Building; Driver Suffered Apparent Medical Emergency (Photo) - 03/21/18

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Release Date: March 21, 2018

Driver: 63 year old male; La Pine, Oregon
Passengers: Two juvenile females; ages 3 & 6; La Pine, Oregon
Vehicle: Gray 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Crash Location: 1st Street and Coach Road; La Pine


On March 20, 2018, at 6:22pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the area of Darlene Way and Reed Road in La Pine after Deschutes County 911 received a 911 phone call from a frantic six year old female. The female reported her "fake grandpa" had intentionally crashed their vehicle once and the vehicle was mobile again.

At 6:29 pm, a deputies located a vehicle suspected to be the vehicle in question driving quickly on Reed Road. Moments later the vehicle crashed into the La Pine Parks and Recreation building located at the intersection of 1st Street and Coach Road, La Pine.

Deputies located an adult male and two juvenile females in the vehicle. The adult male was seriously injured in the crash and was subsequently transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The two juvenile passengers, ages 3 and 6, received minor injuries in the crash.

An investigation into the incident determined the 63 year old male had picked up his two granddaughters as he regularly does and was driving them to get food in La Pine. During this trip, the male began experiencing an apparent medical emergency, which affected his ability to operate the vehicle. The six year old passenger recognized there was something wrong and located a cell phone in the vehicle and called 911. Based on the 911 call, Deschutes County 911 was able to ascertain the area where the call was being placed from and direct deputies to them. It is believed the six year olds reference to "fake grandpa" meant her grandpa was not acting like himself.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to commend the six year old female passenger that recognized there was a problem and knew to call 911. Her timely call to 911 allowed first responders to quickly locate their location and provide quick emergency assistance after the vehicle crashed. She was incredibly brave and we are very proud of her.

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

Attached Media Files: crash photo 2 , crash photo 1
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**Updated**DCSO Investigating Attempted Robbery in La Pine (Photo) - 03/20/18

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

**Updated March 20, 2018 at 1:05pm**

Within an hour of asking the public to help us with information in this case, we began receiving tips through our social media platforms. Based on those tips, we identified the suspect in the attempted robbery as 31 year old Jason L Reed of Newberg, Oregon. This morning, Reed was taken into custody by the Salem Police Department.

We would like to thank the public for their assistance. Reed's charges for the attempted robbery in Deschutes County are pending.

***End of Update***

Release Date: March 19, 2018

Location: Dairy Queen; 52505 Hwy 97 N, La Pine, OR 97739


On March 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a robbery attempt at the Dairy Queen in La Pine. The male left Dairy Queen before law enforcement arrived and was last seen driving southbound on Highway 97.

An investigation at the scene determined the suspect male entered into Dairy Queen and asked the cashier to open the cash register. The male acted as though he had a weapon, but no weapon was seen during the robbery attempt. The cashier refused to open the cash register, so he left.

The male is described as an adult white male, approximately 5'10" and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was described as having short, dark colored hair, a trimmed beard, and dark framed glasses. He left in a silver Chevy Traverse LS with Oregon license plates.

If the public has any information on this case or can help us identify the male, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference case 18-79592.

Attached Media Files: suspect's vehicle , suspect
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Investigation Underway After 53 Dogs Removed from La Pine Property (Photo) - 03/19/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer
Release Date: March 19, 2018


On March 16, 2018, at approximately 11:00 am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 51000 Block of Ash Road in La Pine to perform a welfare check on multiple dogs.

Deputies were permitted to perform a visual inspection of the dogs on the property and observed minimum care standards were not being met. Additionally, one adult female dog and two puppies were located in distress and in need of urgent care. The adult female dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment, but has since been euthanized. The two puppies located with the adult female dog are being cared for at the Humane Society of Central Oregon, but their prognosis is uncertain.

The owner of the dogs is cooperating with investigators. During the initial stages of the investigation, she released ownership in the 53 dogs to the Humane Society of Central Oregon. Medical assessments have been ongoing throughout the weekend and the health of each dog varies. The breeds of the dogs removed from the property include Labradors, German Shorthairs and Dachshunds.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is appreciative of the quick response and incredible partnership with the Humane Society of Central Oregon and the Oregon Humane Society during this investigation. The health and welfare of the dogs is the primary focus right now. It will take time to review the medical assessments from each dog to determine what charges may be filed.

Attached Media Files: dcso badge
Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 East at Ward Road Results in DUII Arrest - 03/16/18

By: Sgt. Kevin Dizney

Vehicle #1 Silver 1999 Ford F150 pickup
Driver #1 Gastiaburu, Rosa M. 57 year old female.
Bend, Or.
Passenger #1 De-la-Combe, Cesar (Gastiaburu's father and owner of Vehicle #1)

Vehicle #2 White 1999 Volkswagen Passat
Driver #2 Rupel, Taylor L. 27 year old female
Bend, Or.

On March 15th 2018 at about 9:49pm, Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of an injury motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 20 East and Ward Road. The investigation revealed that the northbound Ford pickup failed to stop at the stop sign at Ward Road and entered the intersection striking the passenger side of the eastbound Volkswagen Passat. Both vehicles then traveled to the northeast of the intersection and came to rest off the shoulder of the highway.

During the investigation, it was determined that Gastiaburu was under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Gastiaburu was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult jail on the following charges with a total bail of $40,000.00.

DUII- Alcohol
Assault III X2
Recklessly endangering another person X2
Reckless Driving

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Oregon State Police, Bend Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
No photos available at this time.

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Owner Cited After Her Two Escaped Dogs Attack Woman Walking Her Leashed Dog (Photo) - 03/15/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey -- Public Information Officer
Release Date: March 15, 2018


On March 15, 2018, at 10:32 am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a female that had been attacked by two dogs east of Bend. The incident occurred on Groff Road, between Supreme Ct. and Bacchus Lane.

An investigation of the incident determined Joy Stanovich-Brown of Bend was walking her leashed Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dog Rudy on Groff Road. Two Boxers living in the area escaped their fenced enclosure and went after Rudy. Stanovich-Brown picked up Rudy to prevent him from being attacked, which shifted the focus of the attack to her. Stanovich-Brown ended up on the ground where the attack continued until another citizen drove up and observed what was happening. The citizen pulled up next to Stanovich-Brown and helped pull her and Rudy into a vehicle. Stanovich-Brown was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for multiple, non-life threatening injuries. Rudy was also injured in the attack and required veterinary care.

The two dogs responsible for the attack were located, impounded, and are now being held at the Humane Society of Central Oregon. They have been identified as a seven year old male Boxer named Marshall and a one and a half year old female Boxer named Brandi. Their owner, Jean A Straight of Bend, has been issued citations for two counts each of Animal Nuisance (DCC 6.08.050), Animal at Large (DCC 6.08.060) and Possession of an Unlicensed Dog (DCC 6.04.030).

For more information about animal control laws in Deschutes County, visit our website at

Attached Media Files: DCSO badge
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Suspect Sought in La Pine Pursuit (Photo) - 03/13/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Release Date: March 13, 2018

Driver/Suspect: Walter, Jason D Age: 42
La Pine, Oregon


On March 11, 2018, at about 10:51pm, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was patrolling in the area of Day Road and Cascade Lane and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee for failing to properly signal a turn. The deputy also noted as the vehicle passed in front of his patrol car, the driver was laying low in the seat and attempting to avoid being seen.

After the deputy activated his emergency lights to initiate the traffic stop, the vehicle failed to yield for a short period of time before quickly accelerating away. The deputy pursued the vehicle northbound on Day Road and then eastbound onto Sunset Lane. The driver entered a residential driveway at the east end of Sunset Lane and as the vehicle came to a stop, the vehicle struck the house on the property causing minor damage. The driver then fled on foot to the north.

Deputies were able to track the suspect for a short distance, but were unsuccessful in locating him. Based on evidence collected in the vehicle, the driver has been identified as 42 year old Jason D. Walter of La Pine. He is wanted on charges of Attempting to Elude - Felony, Attempting to Elude - Misdemeanor, Hit and Run - Misdemeanor, and Criminal Mischief I.

Walter is believed to be living at an unknown location in the La Pine area. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911, reference case 18-71560.

Corrections Staff Use Narcan on Inmate in Booking (Photo) - 03/12/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Release Date: March 12, 2018


On March 11, 2018, a 21 year old male arrived to be booked into the Deschutes County Adult Jail. The male was initially assessed by deputies, followed by a thorough medical assessment by a corrections nurse. At the completion of the booking process, the male was accepted into the custody of the jail and placed into a holding cell in the booking area.

A little over two hours later, a corrections deputy was conducting a regular check on the inmate and noticed his condition was deteriorating. A corrections nurse was immediately summoned and again assessed the inmate. The inmate's blood pressure was very low and exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence of opiates. The corrections nurse summoned emergency medical assistance and then administered two doses of Narcan to the inmate. After the second dose, the inmate immediately responded to the medication.

Emergency medical personnel with the Bend Fire Department arrived at the jail and subsequently transported the inmate to St. Charles Medical Center -- Bend, where he was admitted. The inmate was treated at the hospital overnight and has since returned to the jail.

This is the sixth time this year the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has use Narcan during known or suspected drug overdoses.

Narcan(R) (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Each of our patrol units and the Deschutes County Adult Jail have access to Narcan for situations like this.

Attached Media Files: Narcan
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Investigation Underway into Apparent Suicide Attempt at the Jail (Photo) - 03/12/18

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: March 12, 2018


On March 11, 2018, at about 8:40 pm, Inmate Bryan Michael Penner was discovered by another Inmate after an apparent suicide attempt in one of the jail housing units. The Inmate then alerted corrections staff. Corrections deputies and a corrections nurse responded and immediately began life-saving efforts, which continued until emergency medical personnel with the Bend Fire Department arrived. The Bend Fire Department has transported Penner to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson and District Attorney John Hummel are at the jail and have been briefed on the investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Sheriff Nelson said, "Our office takes these investigations seriously. I have requested the Oregon State Police lead this investigation, assisted by the Deschutes County Major Incident Team."

Attached Media Files: jail stock photo
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Personal Document Shredding/Drug Disposal Event Today from 10:00 am Until Noon (Photo) - 03/10/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Release Date: March 10, 2018

Event Location: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, 63333 Hwy 20 West, Bend

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Secure Shred are collaborating today from 10:00 am until noon to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy up to 4 medium boxes of personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.

This event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. 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.

Drug Disposal Program

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.

Donate a Non-Perishable Food

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

Attached Media Files: dcso badge
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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Powell Butte Highway at McGrath Road (Photo) - 03/06/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: March 06, 2018

Location: Powell Butte Highway / McGrath Road

Vehicle: White 2006 Hyundai Tucson

Driver: Toews, Samantha L Age: 25
Powell Butte, OR

Passenger #1 House, Jason L Age: 36 (deceased)
Powell Butte, OR

Passenger #2 9 year old female
Powell Butte, OR


On March 05, 2018 at 7:50pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash in the area of Powell Butte Highway at McGrath Road. The initial information into dispatch was three people were injured in the crash.

An investigation into the crash has determined Samantha Toews of Powell Butte was at the wheel of her white 2006 Hyundai Tucson, traveling westbound on Powell Butte Highway. As the vehicle approached the right hand curve in the road before the intersection of McGrath Road, Toews failed to negotiate the curve. The Tucson crossed through the oncoming lane and then left the roadway, rolling multiple times.

Samantha Toews of Powell Butte was restrained in the driver's seat and sustained significant injuries during the crash. Jason House of Powell Butte was sitting unrestrained in the front passenger's seat and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. A nine year old female was sitting restrained in the back seat behind the driver and sustained minor injuries during the crash.

Bend Fire Department arrived and quickly prepared and transported all three vehicle occupants to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Upon arriving at the hospital, Jason House was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

Speed and failing to negotiate the curve are believed to be the cause of this crash. Intoxicants are also being investigated as a contributing factor.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes County Road Department. Traffic in the area was affected for approximately three hours while the crash scene was investigated.

This investigation is ongoing.

Attached Media Files: DCSO Badge
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Powell Butte Hwy at McGrath Road (Photo) - 03/06/18

Released by Sgt. William Bailey

On March 05, 2018 at 7:50pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a rollover vehicle crash in the area of Powell Butte Highway at McGrath Road. Bend Fire Department resources also responded and transported three patients to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

This crash is now being investigated as a fatal crash. A 36 year old male died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

We anticipate releasing names and details of this investigation later today.

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Fatal Skiing Accident At Mt. Bachelor - 03/03/18

Released by: Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator
Release date: March 3, 2018

Deceased: Nicole Panet-Raymond, 19 year old female, Eugene, OR


On March 2nd, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Mt. Bachelor ski patrol received a report of a missing adult female skier who had become separated from her friends.

Mt. Bachelor ski patrol launched a search with Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and after several hours of searching, crews located the missing skier, 19 year old Nicole Panet-Raymond, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Nicole was located in a tree well near the more-difficult White Bark run in the vicinity of the Cloudchaser lift. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cell phone forensics were utilized in assisting searchers to locate Nicole. She was found buried in approximately six feet of snow, approximately 10 yards off of the White Bark run.

For information about tree wells and safe skiing in the trees, please visit: To learn about industry skiing and snowboarding safety and statistics, visit

Fatal Snowboarding Accident at Mt. Bachelor - 03/03/18

Released by: Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator
Release Date: March 2, 2018

Deceased: Alfonso Braun, 24 year old male, Bend, OR


At approximately 12:00pm today, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to Mt. Bachelor for a report of a snowboarder found buried in the snow. Other skiers in the area began working to uncover the snowboarder, who was found to be unconscious and not breathing. Mt Bachelor Ski Patrol members arrived and began performing CPR while transporting the snowboarder to the West Village parking lot. The snowboarder, 24 year old Alfonso Braun of Bend, was pronounced deceased once being transferred into the care of awaiting emergency medical personnel.

Alfonso was found in the West Bowls, which is an expert-only area off of the Northwest chairlift. Weather at the time was reported to be mostly cloudy with light snow showers. Snow conditions at the time consisted of "unconsolidated powder".

An investigation at the scene determined Braun had separated from his friends, snowboarding into a treed area. Braun snowboarded into a tree well, becoming buried in approximately six feet of snow, head first, where he was later found. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives with the assistance of the Medical Examiner's Office are further investigating this accident.

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DCSO Uses 'Narcan' Twice in Two Days in South County (Photo) - 03/02/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: March 2, 2018


Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies used Naloxone Hyrdochloride or 'Narcan' twice in the last two days to save a life.

On March 1, deputies responded just after 5:00pm to a reported drug overdose of an adult female in the La Pine area. Responding deputies arrived within six minutes after receiving the call and administered a single dose of Narcan to the patient, who responded immediately and regained consciousness.

At 11:34am today, deputies were again dispatched to the same location regarding an overdose of the same adult female. Arriving at the scene nine minutes after receiving the call, deputies again administered a single dose of Narcan. The patient again responded immediately and regained consciousness.

Each of our patrol units carry Narcan with them for situations like these. Deputies can arrive within minutes of receiving the overdose call and quickly administer this live-saving medication. Deputies used Narcan nine times in 2017 and five times so far in 2018 during suspected drug overdoses.

Attached Media Files: Badge w Narcan
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Animal Neglect Case 3900 Block NW Progress Lane, Redmond (Photo) - 03/02/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Release Date: March 02, 2018

Cited: Springer, Anne M 41 Year Old Female Redmond, OR


On February 25, 2018, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's office were dispatched to the 3900 block of NW Progress Lane, Redmond, to check the welfare of several dogs on the property. The concerned citizens reporting the information had not seen anyone on the property caring for the dogs in several days.

Deputies responded to the residence and observed several dogs inside the residence through a window. Attempts were made to contact the last known resident of the location throughout the rest of the day, but were unsuccessful.

On February 26, a search warrant was executed at the residence to locate, check the welfare, and seize any animals on the property. Four pit-bull mix and one Chihuahua mix dogs were located on the property and seized. A fifth deceased pit-bull mix dog was found on the property. Based on our investigation, it is believed the dogs were not fed, cared for, or checked on for at least 6 days prior to being seized.

On February 28, Anne M. Springer of Redmond was contacted determined to be the owner of the six dogs. She was cited in lieu of custody on five counts of Animal Neglect II and one count of Animal Neglect I.

The seized dogs are currently being cared for and sheltered at Brightside Animal Center in Redmond.

Attached Media Files: Seized Dogs
Redmond Pursuit leads to wanted subject arrest and stolen vehicle recovery - 03/02/18

Released by: Sgt. Shawn Heierman

Date/time: 3/2/2018 12:45 a.m.

Location: NW 19th/ Maple Ave - Redmond

Arrested: Wilson, Scott Robert 30 years old, Redmond, OR

Charges: Felony Parole Violation Abscond Warrant- No Bail
Possession of Stolen Vehicle
Attempting to Eluding in a vehicle
Attempting to Elude on foot
Driving with a Suspended License/Misdemeanor
Reckless Driving

Additional Bail Total: $35,000

At around 12:45 a.m. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Ford Explorer in the Redmond Wal-Mart parking lot for not having a license plate. During the course of the traffic stop, it was determined the Ford Explorer was a vehicle stolen out of Portland, OR in November 2017.

While investigating the circumstances of the stolen vehicle, it was learned that Scott Robert Wilson of Redmond was associated with the stolen Ford Explorer.

Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to stop Scott Wilson at around 2:30 a.m. near the 3500 block of NW Maple Ave in a red 2002 BMW sedan. When Wilson fled in the BMW vehicle, spike strips were deployed in an attempt to immobilize the vehicle.

A brief low speed pursuit was then initiated thru a NW Redmond neighborhood which culminated in Wilson's vehicle becoming disabled in the back property of the Catholic Church at 19th / Maple Ave. Wilson then fled on foot and hid on church property until being located by Redmond Police K-9 "Maverick" where he was taken into custody without incident.

Wilson was then lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on the above listed charges.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Redmond Police Department and the Oregon State Police for their assistance with this investigation.

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Criminal Investigation Inititated into OSP Captain (Photo) - 03/01/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Public Information Officer

(All media inquiries should be directed to Sgt. Bailey at

Release Date: March 1, 2018


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has initiated a criminal investigation into Captain William Fugate of the Oregon State Police after receiving an anonymous report on February 27, 2018 at 7:52pm. We are in the early stages of this investigation and will not be releasing any specific information at this time about the nature of the investigation. The investigation is not related to his employment or on duty conduct.

Captain William Fugate has been an OSP employee for approximately 11 years and is currently assigned as the agency public information officer (PIO). He was placed on paid administrative leave on February 28th, when OSP was notified of the criminal investigation initiated by our office. If criminal charges are filed, OSP's practice has been to modify the administrative leave to an unpaid administrative leave status.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said, "This investigation involves a high-level commander in a professional law enforcement agency. We are in the beginning stages of this investigation and want to balance transparency with our duty to protect the integrity of the investigation. We take these investigations seriously and will always do the right thing. In all criminal investigations, we respect our citizen's rights as we investigate to gather the facts."

Travis Hampton, Superintendent, Oregon State Police said, "I placed Captain Fugate on administrative leave once I learned of the criminal investigation initiated by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The Oregon State Police is grateful for the immediate and professional response by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, to allegations involving our employee. We are appreciative for the timely notification to our agency, so duty status determinations could be immediately made. OSP has the utmost confidence in Sheriff Nelson and his investigators to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation."

Attached Media Files: DCSO Badge , OSP Badge
Redmond area crash sends driver to hospital (Photo) - 02/28/18

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 02/28/2018 at 4:26 p.m.

Location: 3600 Block of NW 10th Street - Redmond

Driver #1 Foster, Bonnie 69 year old female - Prineville, Or

Vehicle #1 Grey 2005 Jeep Cherokee


On February 28, 2018 at 4:26 p.m., deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Redmond Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the 3600 Block of NW 10th Street (just north of the city limits). The reporting party advised the Jeep had struck a power pole at the location. Upon arrival, deputies located the Jeep partially in the ditch after going through a fence at the location.

The investigation revealed Foster was northbound on NW 10th Street when she lost control of her vehicle for unknown reasons, went off the roadway and through the fence. She was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center - Redmond by paramedics with non life-threatening injuries. NW 10th Street was either restricted to one lane of travel or totally blocked for about 45 minutes. Fatigue is believed to be a factor in this crash but speed is not.

Central Electric Cooperative personnel responded to the scene to inspect the power pole. It was determined to have very minimal damage.

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American Legion Post 45 in La Pine Burglarized During Early Morning Hours Today; Suspect Sought (Photo) - 02/28/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Release Date: February 28, 2018

Location: American Legion Post 45; 52532 Drafter Rd


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in an early morning burglary at the American Legion Post 45 in La Pine.

At about 05:30 this morning, deputies were dispatched to the American Legion Post 45 regarding a possible burglary of the building. Arriving deputies found forced entry had been made into the building and items within the building had been taken. These items included alcohol and a safe with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies worked with American Legion staff this morning to obtain video surveillance of the burglary. We are now releasing two still images of the burglary to the public in the hopes someone can help us identify the suspect.

The suspect can be seen in the images wearing a black stocking hat with white snowflakes, a dark colored jacket, gray pants with a vertical black stripe and carrying an Easton brand bag. The burglary is believed to have occurred at around 4:20 am today based on video surveillance.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. (Reference Case 18-58986)

Attached Media Files: Photo 2 , Photo 1
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Threats Made at La Pine High School Result in One Student Being Arrested (Photo) - 02/28/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Location: La Pine High School; 51633 Coach Road
Arrested: 15 year old male student at La Pine High School
Charges: Disorderly Conduct I x 3


On February 28, 2018 at about 7:30am, a student with La Pine High School approached our School Resource Officer who was arriving on campus about a possible threat to the safety of students and staff at the school. The deputy immediately located and removed the identified suspect student from class while additional deputies responded to the school as a precaution. The initial information was about threats made in the past and were not of an impending nature.

Deputies worked throughout the morning interviewing potential witnesses and the identified suspect student. The investigation determined a fifteen year old male student had made threats to the safety of students and staff on three occasions over the past two months. The most recent threat occurred two days ago and involved a threat of violence at the school involving the use of firearms.

A search determined the identified student did not have a firearm on him or ever on school grounds. However, the student did have access to unsecure firearms in his home.

The student who made the threats has been taken into custody and lodged at the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Facility on three counts of Disorderly Conduct I.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office takes any threat to the safety of our schools very seriously. Any threat to school safety will not be tolerated and investigated completely by our agency in partnership with school officials.

This case is also a good reminder that all firearms in the home should be locked up and/or secured in a manner that keeps firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them.

We would also like to commend the student who came forward with the information to our School Resource Officer this morning. This student followed the "See Something...Say Something" campaign perfectly.

Attached Media Files: La Pine High School
DCSO SAR Rescues Male On Tumulus Trail (Photo) - 02/27/18

Date: 02/27/18

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, DCSO SAR Coordinator

Rescued: Jesse Bupp, 25 year old male, Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania

On 02/27/18, at about 7:18am, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from Jesse Bupp, who reported he had camped overnight on the Tumulus Trail (east of Bend and accessed off of Walker Rd), was extremely cold and could not walk due to his feet and lower legs being completely numb and possibly frostbit. Bupp reported having appropriate clothing for the conditions as well as food and water, although his water supply had frozen overnight. Bupp had started a warming fire at one point, but it had since burned out.

Nine Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, one DCSO SAR Horse and one DCSO Deputy responded to the Tumulus Trail head and hiked approximately 5.5 miles, arriving at Bupp's location at 11:35am. Bupp was provided warm clothing, blankets and fluids, but he was not able to stand or walk under his own power, due to the condition of his feet. It was determined Bupp could safely ride on horseback and was assisted onto the DCSO SAR Horse. Bupp's camp was packaged and he was led out by the DCSO SAR Volunteers.

Bend Fire Department personnel, as well as Volunteers from the Alfalfa Fire District, met the DCSO SAR Volunteers and Bupp at the Tumulus Trail Head, at approximately 1:45pm. Bend Fire Department personnel transported Bupp to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for further evaluation.

Bupp had many appropriate supplies needed for camping in winter weather conditions, including many warm clothing layers, food, water, fire starting material, GPS, cell phone with charging device, etc. He did not have a sleeping pad to act as a barrier between his sleeping bag and the cold ground, which most likely sped up the process of him becoming cold.

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Sisters House Fire Destroys Home and Displaces Family (Photo) - 02/26/18

Submitted by Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

On February 25th, 2018 at approximately 11:00PM, Deputies and Fire Fighters from the Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to structure fire in the 69000 block of Hinkle Butte Dr in the Sisters subdivision of Panoramic View Estates. The homeowners heard noises in the bedroom area of the home before finding smoke and flames inside their children's bedrooms. The homeowners pulled their children to safety before attempting to extinguish the fire with a household fire extinguisher. The homeowners attempts to extinguish the fire did not work and the family fled the home wearing only pajamas.

One of the homeowners was treated and released at the scene for non-life threatening injuries as a result of the fire.

Sheriff's Office Deputies arrived to find the house fully involved with fire and cared for the family until Fire Fighters from Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District arrived. They were assisted by Fire Firefighters from the Sisters -- Camp Sherman Fire District, Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire District, and the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District. The City of Bend and Redmond Fire Departments provided fire and medical coverage in the various districts during the fire. Fire Fighters worked into the early morning hours, in sub-freezing conditions, to knock down the fire and investigate the cause.

The house and its contents was a total loss and is estimated to be valued at $110,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, although it is believed to be accidental.

Sheriff's Office Deputies collected children's clothing from their families in Sisters, handmade quilts donated by the Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild, and stuffed animals for the displaced children. The American Red Cross was also on scene to provide additional resources to the family.

The homeowner's pet cats were believed to be trapped in the house during the fire. However, a Deputy located one of family's cats in the neighborhood. The second pet cat has not been located yet.

The Sheriff's Office and our Fire Fighting partners remind our communities to install and regularly inspect smoke detectors inside bedrooms. Besides regularly replacing batteries and testing the smoke alarms, most alarms should be replaced after ten years from their manufacture date. The manufacture date can be found on the back of the alarm. If you don't have working smoke alarms in your home, complimentary installation resources can be found by contacting your local fire agency or the American Red Cross (541-749-4144).

DCSOSAR Rescues Two Snowmobilers (Photo) - 02/25/18

Location: Sheridan Mountain Sno-Shelter -- approx. 19 miles west of Sunriver

Date: 02/25/2018

By Deputy Jim Whitcomb -- Assistant DCSOSAR Coordinator

Reporting Party: Brittanie Hendricks -- 25 yof Sunriver, Oregon

Rescued: Daniels, Tony - 27 yom Sunriver, Oregon
Duffy, Jack - 26 yom Bend, Oregon


On 02/25/2018, at about 1630 hours, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call from Brittanie Hendricks reporting Tony Daniels had called her to state he and his friend, Jack Duffy, had gotten their snowmobiles stuck in deep snow on Sheridan Mountain. Dispatch directed Hendricks to have Daniels call 911 so their actual location could be determined. Hendricks advised dispatch Daniels and Duffy were going to attempt to hike up to the Sheridan Sno-Shelter where they would be able to stay warm in hopes of being rescued.

Daniels was able to contact 911 dispatch. The call confirmed their location was near Sheridan Sno-Shelter. A DCSOSAR Deputy was able to make phone contact with Daniels who confirmed they had made it to the shelter after about a quarter mile hike, had a means of starting a fire, had water to drink, but no food. Daniels advised they had just left the shelter earlier and were on their way down the mountain when they had gotten stuck while riding off trail. Daniels was advised DCSOSAR would not be attempting to locate their stuck snowmobiles. Daniels stated he understood and was not wanting to attempt that in the dark.

Three Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to Snowmobile trail 2 where it intersects with River Summit Drive west of Sunriver. A DCSOSAR tracked Ranger deployed on the trail at about 1945 hours to travel the distance of about 9.5 miles to the shelter. The depth of the snow came up to the bottom of the Ranger's door.

At about 2030 hours, DCSOSAR Volunteers were contacted by snowmobilers that had made contact with Daniels and Duffy. These snowmobilers assisted DCSOSAR by making snowmobile tracks on the trail to aid the travel in the deeper snow as the trail climbed towards the shelter.

DCSOSAR Volunteers arrived at the shelter about 2118 hours and made contact with Daniels and Duffy. At about 2126 hours, DCSOSAR Volunteers began the transport of Daniels and Duffy back down the mountain, arriving at the trail 2 intersection of River Summit Dr at about 2242 hours.

Daniels and Duffy were provided a courtesy transport to their starting location where their vehicle was parked; River Summit Dr and FS road 40.

Attached Media Files: DCSOSAR Ranger , DCSOSAR_Mission_Map.jpg
Rescued snowshoers at AC/DC snow shelter (Photo) - 02/23/18

Date: February 23, 2018

Time of Call: 1640 hours

Location: AC/DC snow shelter northwest of Edison Butte Trailhead

Rescued: Russell, David (75 yom) Mt. Hood, Oregon
Rescued: Russell, Judith (74 yof) Mt. Hood, Oregon

By: Assistant SAR Coordinator Deputy Aaron Myers

On February 23, 2018, at approximately 1640 hours, Judith Russell contacted Deschutes County 911 Dispatch and reported she was snowshoeing with her husband, David Russell, and dog near Edison Butte and became lost. Judith said they had been going around in circles for hours and were exhausted.

Judith reported being near a snow shelter, which was later determined to be the AC/DC snow shelter. She reported having a little food and water left. The Russell's were properly dressed for the weather and had sufficient battery life for their phone. The Russell's did not have a working light or way to start a fire.

The distance from the AC/DC shelter to the Edison Sno-Park is approximately 2.8 miles. Judith said they were not comfortable snowshoeing that distance in the dark. Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to Edison Sno-Park and deployed on two track quads to the Russell's location. The DCSOSAR Volunteers traveled on a snowmobile trail, which took them approximately a quarter mile from the AC/DC shelter. They snowshoed to the shelter making contact with the Russell's at 2015 hours. The DCSOSAR Volunteers transported the Russell's to the Edison Sno-Park Trailhead, arriving at 2228 hours.

The Russell's left the Edison Sno-Park trailhead at approximately 1100 hours. They carried no map of the area.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in the back country to ensure they carry the "ten essentials."

1. Navigation (map and compass)
2.Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
3.Insulation (extra clothing)
4.Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
5.First-aid supplies
6.Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
7.Repair kit and tools
8.Nutrition (extra food)
9.Hydration (extra water)
10.Emergency shelter

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National Threat to 'SHS' School Determined to be Hoax (Photo) - 02/21/18

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Public Information Officer

Date: February 21, 2018

After 8:00pm this evening, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department began receiving calls from Deschutes County citizens regarding a viral post on social media from a person named "Ray Andres". The post indicated there was going to be a school shooting at 'SHS' tomorrow.

This is a nationwide viral post that originated in the state of Ohio and it has caused concern for parents, students and staff of every school in America with the acronym 'SHS'. We have contacted law enforcement in the state of Ohio and been told the original post has been tracked to the state of Kentucky and a person of interest is being interviewed.

This social media post has been determined to be a hoax and there is no credible threat to our schools in Deschutes County.

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