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Sheriff's Posse returns to patrol Town Center parking lot on horseback -- once again with our Bike Patrol (Photo) - 11/25/15
This Friday (Nov. 27, 2015), the Clackamas County Sheriff's Posse kicks off its annual holiday-season presence on horseback patrol in the Clackamas Town Center parking lot.

This time around, they're once again joined by enhanced Sheriff's Office bicycle patrols.

This will be the 18th year the Posse has worked with the Town Center to welcome shoppers and provide a striking holiday presence -- and the Bike Patrol's second.

Last year's Posse/bike patrol initiative was a big success. "After a weekend of increased patrols, I'm happy to report there were no reported vehicle break-ins during the enhanced service time," said Sgt. Bradley O'Neil in one Nov. 30, 2014 email. "We did not catch anyone breaking into or even attempting to break into cars. A lot of that has to do with the high visibility of the increased Town Center security, mounted posse and CCSO Bike patrol."

Another example: In December 2013, three Posse members on duty at the Town Center spotted a man wearing a surgical mask running out the door carrying stolen items. The Posse sprang into action and caught up with the suspect on their horses. They were then able to get a description of his car's license plate number and gave that information to the Sheriff's Office. The man was arrested at his home that afternoon.

The Posse encourages the public to come meet our four-legged partners during this holiday season. The Posse will stage their trucks and trailers in the south lot of the Town Center, just south of Sears.

Photos of the Posse and Bike Patrol are attached.

The Sheriff's Office reminds shoppers to lock their car doors and keep valuables stowed away and out of sight while away from their vehicles.


The media is invited to meet the horse at 10 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 27) in the south lot of the Town Center, just south of Sears.

Media inquiries should be directed to Jessica Curtis at Clackamas Town Center.

Sheriff's Office deputies once again grow beards for 'No Shave November,' raise money to fight cancer (Photo) - 11/25/15
November is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are recognizing this important effort by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign.

The Sheriff's Office is participating in a big way -- and the competition is furious.

Normally, CCSO grooming standards don't allow deputies to wear beards. If you've seen our deputies out in the community this month, you may have noticed that's changed. As part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues -- including the kinds of cancer that only affect men -- Sheriff Craig Roberts has once again decided to relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.

"Of course, the public still expects us to maintain our professional appearance," said Sheriff Roberts in an Oct. 29 email to all Sheriff's Office personnel, "so if you choose to participate, make sure to keep your beard trimmed and neat."

The goal of "No-Shave November" is to raise cancer awareness by growing facial hair. To the deputies, it's even more than that -- the fundraiser has turned into a heated competition between the Corrections and Patrol Division No-Shave teams. The competition only intensified after Sheriff Roberts declared that the team that raises the most money gets to keep their facial hair until the first of the year.

With the end of the month coming Monday, competition has increased to the point that the teams have raised thousands of dollars in the last week alone. This has moved the Sheriff's Office into 6th place overall on the No-Shave website company leaderboard -- which has already raised over $1.3 million worldwide.

Want to contribute? Both Sheriff's Office No-Shave November Teams are online here:

As of mid-day on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Sheriff's Office ranked 6th in company team fundraising overall, with $9,802 raised -- with funds going to the American Cancer Society ( ).

During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.

Here is the Sheriff's Office TEMPORARY relaxed grooming policy for the month of November 2015. The policy is currently scheduled to return to its previous terms promptly on Dec. 1, 2015.


Personnel may elect to have a beard or goatee. Beards and goatees will be neatly trimmed and at no time be longer than one inch when extended straight out from the skin surface.

A beard is defined as hair grown covering the face line in a continuous pattern from sideburns, along the cheek line, covering the chin and connecting with a mustache.

A goatee is hair that is grown in a continuous pattern including the chin and mustache but does not extend along the cheek line and does not connect to sideburns.

COVER: Oregon Task Force School Safety -- Report to the Oregon State Legislature
COVER: Oregon Task Force School Safety -- Report to the Oregon State Legislature
UPDATED w/ REPORT DOWNLOAD: Task Force releases recommendations to improve school safety at Nov. 18 briefing; Gov. Brown in attendance (Photo) - 11/18/15
UPDATE: The Oregon Task Force on School Safety's Report to the Oregon Legislature (PDF format) is now available as a download at the top of the Task Force webpage:

Salem, Ore. -- On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Governor Kate Brown will join Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, Chair of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, on behalf of the entire Task Force, for the release of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety report.

Media is welcome to attend the briefing, scheduled for Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

"This report is the result of countless hours of work with our partners in school safety," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "With the recent shooting on the UCC campus in Roseburg and other incidents across our state and nation, it is clear we need to do everything we can to help make our schools safer."

Also scheduled to attend the press briefing is Jennifer Hoffman, mother of 14-year old Emilio Hoffman, who was killed in the Reynolds High School shooting on June 10, 2014. Hoffman has become an advocate for youth mental-health awareness and school safety in the wake of her son's death.

In 2014, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, establishing the Oregon Task Force on School Safety (OTFSS). The OTFSS was tasked with coming up with strategies to more effectively respond to school violence and active-shooter situations.

The Task Force began meeting in August 2014 -- studying data and hearing presentations from a variety of experts in school safety and related fields.

The Task Force's report to the Oregon Legislature looks at how school officials and law enforcement can work together to help prevent school shootings. Partnerships with school leadership, first responders, mental-health professionals and the community are critical to overall school safety. Recommendations and study areas in the report include a statewide school-floorplan database, standardized terminology, a tip line, a statewide threat-assessment system and additional online resources.

The Task Force report will be available for download as a PDF on Wednesday at

Members of the Task Force will be available for interviews following the Nov. 18 press event.

Booking photo: Garrett Young, 26
Booking photo: Garrett Young, 26
CORRECTED: Deputies douse stolen-car suspect, take him safely into custody following destructive high-speed chase (Photo) - 11/17/15
[CORRECTION: Pursuit took place Sunday morning, not evening. Amended below.]

Pursuit dashcam video can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

On Sunday morning (Nov. 15), deputies used a creative method to flush out a suspect following a dangerous and destructive high-speed chase -- during which the suspect crashed a stolen car into a PGE power box before crashing into a chain-link fence -- followed by a four-and-a-half-hour standoff.

At about 5:57 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy in a Patrol cruiser noticed a maroon Saturn station wagon traveling at a high rate of speed on SE Bell St. Driving conditions were rainy and unsafe.

The deputy turned to pursue and activated overhead emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle -- which turned out to be stolen -- then quickly accelerated in an attempt to flee. The deputy made chase, and was soon joined in the pursuit by other patrol vehicles.

The suspect driver -- Garrett Young, 26 years old, with no known address -- led deputies on a dangerous chase that traveled east on SE Overland and proceeded north on SE 82nd Ave. toward Johnson Creek. Suspect Young reportedly lost control of the vehicle through intersections and corners -- at one point driving the vehicle onto the curb on the northwest end of the intersection of SE 82nd and Johnson Creek Blvd., destroying a PGE power box in the process.

Young then reportedly drove the vehicle onto the parking lot of the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer, hitting multiple curbs in the parking lot and blowing out the stolen vehicle's tires before traveling onto Johnson Creek Blvd., turning north on SE Bell, traveling into the oncoming lane and crashing into a chain-link fence.

Suspect Young then exited the vehicle -- leaving behind two passengers. A deputy attempted to use a Taser on Young, who leaped a fence, rolled down an embankment, and finally climbed onto the roof of the Oregon Worsted Co. -- where he remained for the next several hours.

During the standoff, the Clackamas County Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) deployed to the scene and attempted to talk the subject off the roof. Clackamas Fire District #1 was dispatched to the scene to assist. Ladders were propped up against the building to give Mr. Young a way to safely climb down from the roof. When he moved to a flat part of the roof (photo attached), where he had no danger of falling off, deputies came up with a creative solution to safely flush out Garrett Young: Using a hose, they got Young soaking wet. Eventually he became uncomfortable and climbed down from the roof of his own accord to be taken into custody.

Garrett Stephan Young was taken to the hospital for an evaluation (he was reportedly wet but uninjured) and then transported to Clackamas County Jail and booked on a long list of charges that included Recklessly Endangering, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, among other charges. Bail was set at $59,500. His full booking info is here:

A booking photo is attached.

K9 Kilo has close call as deputies arrest toiletry-stealing burglar brandishing large samurai-styled knife (Photo) - 11/10/15
Just after 2:30 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015), a 911 call came in describing a male throwing items over a fence and acting in a suspicious manner.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies -- including a deputy and his K9 partner Kilo -- responded to the scene, a State Farm Insurance office on the 13000 block of SE Rusk Road in Milwaukie.

Once on scene, deputies noticed a building with a broken back door -- and saw a suspect moving around inside and trying to hide. Items in the process of being stolen allegedly included a vacuum cleaner, DVDs and jumbo packs of Charmin Ultra-Soft and Kirkland toilet paper, among other items (photos attached).

After the building was surrounded, deputies called in several times, trying to get the suspect to come out. When there was no response, K9 Kilo went in to try and locate the suspect.

Once inside, Kilo located the suspect right away in an office -- and a struggle ensued. As Kilo pulled on the suspect, the male pulled out a large knife with samurai-sword styling (see photos) and attempted to stab K9 Kilo multiple times, damaging nearby drywall.

Deputies were able to quickly disarm the suspect during the struggle while K9 Kilo was still engaged in the melee.

Kilo was unharmed. The suspect sustained a bite on the arm.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital, where he received treatment for minor injuries from the dog bite. He was then taken to the Clackamas County Jail.

The suspect is Timothy Allen Nelson, 37 years old, of Milwaukie. He is currently on parole for burglary. He is now additionally charged with Burglary II, Attempted Assault of a Police Animal, Interference with a Police Animal, and Resisting Arrest. His booking photo is attached, and his full booking photo is here:

A photo of Kilo at the hospital is attached.


(taken from his K9 trading card, available via the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- image attached)

Breed: Belgian Malanois
Specialties: Patrol
Favorite Toy: Stuffed animals
Birthday: Aug. 1, 2008
Birthplace: USA
Language: Dutch
Began Service: 2009

Sketch released in hope of identifying Redland armed burglary / robbery suspects (Photo) - 11/03/15
On Saturday October 19, 2015, early afternoon, a resident interrupted a burglary in the 19000 block of SE Fishers Mill Rd outside of Oregon City. Two burglary suspects were armed and prepared to commit a takeover type robbery. When the male resident walked in on the suspects, one of the suspects held him gun point and used plastic ties to bind his hands and feet. Multiple items, including firearms, were taken from the residence.

After the suspects left the resident was able to free himself enough to call 911. Responding Deputies had to assist him in removing the rest of the restraints.

He told investigators both males were armed with handguns. One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 30's, 6 foot tall, 220 pounds and heavier set, with brownish colored hair. He was wearing a navy blue pull over sweatshirt with bright green "Nike" on the front, dark pants, and dark colored hiking style shoes.

The second male suspect is only described as a white male, mid 30's, also around 6 foot, and heavy set. He was wearing dark cloths and jeans.

The suspects may have fled the scene in a black 2 door sedan.

A sketch of the first male subject is included.

Since January there have been almost 40 burglaries in the Redland and Beavercreek area. Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify this suspect or provide any tips leading to identifying suspect(s) committing burglaries in this area.


If you have any information regarding this case or any criminal activity, please contact the Sheriff's Office using our Tip Line -- by calling (503) 723-4949 or using the online email form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case # 15-28070.