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2016 Outstanding Task Force Award
2016 Outstanding Task Force Award
CCITF named '2016 Outstanding Task Force' (Photo) - 07/26/16

Clackamas County's drug task force just earned regional honors for a year of strong enforcement efforts.

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program and the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association (ONEA) just presented the Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) with their "2016 Outstanding Task Force Award."

The award recognizes the CCITF's efforts from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. During that time period the CCITF:

- seized 22 pounds of heroin
- seized 68 pounds of methamphetamine
- seized 3.6 pounds of cocaine
- seized 30 firearms
- seized 4,105 prescription pills
- made 141 arrests
- served 55 search warrants
- and investigated 15 heroin-overdose deaths, some of which led to federal prosecution under Len Bias laws -- under which a drug overdose causing death or serious injury can lead to stiffer criminal penalties for all members of the drug-distribution chain that led to the overdose death.

The seizures were a result of many different types of investigations -- from street-level cases to problem area residences to federal cases -- all with the goal of disrupting/dismantling Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs).

A photo of the award is attached.


The Clackamas County Inter-agency Task Force (CCITF) is a coordinated group effort by state, local and federal law-enforcement officials to reduce illegal drugs and related crimes -- including child endangerment -- in Clackamas County.

The team comprises state, local, and federal partners including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Oregon State Police, Milwaukie PD, Oregon City PD, Gladstone PD, Canby PD, Clackamas County DA's Office and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The United States Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated Clackamas County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2008. The CCITF is funded in part by Oregon's HIDTA program grants, which administered by ONDCP.

The CCITF's investigative focus is identified by Task Force member communities and tips from the public.

To learn more about the CCITF, including member agencies, or to send tips, visit


Attached Media Files: 2016 Outstanding Task Force Award
UPDATE w/ VIDEO SOUND BITES: Sheriff Roberts travels to Washington to D.C to discuss future of policing (Photo) - 07/25/16


High-definition video sound-bites of Sheriff Roberts talking about the trip to Washington D.C. can now be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

EARLIER (Friday, July 22, 2016)

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts and Chief Deputy Chris Hoy traveled to Washington D.C for the White House 21st Century Policing Briefing on July 22. Sheriff Roberts and other law enforcement leaders from across the United States are gathering to discuss the future of policing.

"It's a great honor to meet with law enforcement professionals from around the country to discuss how to strengthen community policing and build trust with the communities we serve," said Sheriff Craig Roberts.

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. This briefing is focused on discussion around their findings and recommendations. Some of the topics of discussion are officer safety, building trust and legitimacy, technology and social media, and officer training and education.

The Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing is available online at

Attached Media Files: Best_of_Sheriff_and_Chris_Hoy.jpg
Colton man dies after the tree he was cutting, fell on him. - 07/25/16

On July 25th at 1015 a.m. the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a man who had been injured while cutting down a tree in the 19000 block of S. Frank Rd. which is just outside the City of Colton, in a very rural area of Clackamas County.

The Sheriff's Office learned from witnesses that 75 year old John Ross was cutting down a tree and as it fell, the upper portion of the tree had got hung up in a stand of other trees. Mr. Ross used his farm tractor to push the tree over, however the upper part of the tree he was pushing on was rotten, and as he pushed with the tractor, the top half of the tree broke off, falling backwards on him. Mr. Ross was thrown from the tractor and became pinned in between the tractor and a tree. Sadly Mr. Ross died of his injuries.

Mr. Ross was not wearing a safety hard hat and the tractor was not equipped with a protective cage.

The Colton Fire Department and the Clackamas Fire District #1 Heavy Rescue arrived on scene to assist with the investigation.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, would like to remind people to use the proper safety clothing and use the right equipment for the job when operating power machinery.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office case number 2016-20253

Contact Info:
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE -- NEW ARRAIGNMENT TIME: Sheriff's Office locates, arrests man posting threat to judge, deputies on Craigslist (Photo) - 07/20/16

UPDATE: Mr. Snyders will now be arraigned at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) in Clackamas County Circuit Court. This time has also been corrected below.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, several citizens called into the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office about a concerning post they saw on Craigslist.

The post featured a photo of a rifle pointed at a window. This image was accompanied by text that threatened a Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies.

A screencap of the post (with profanity redacted) is attached. The text reads: "Your a crooked [expletive] [expletive] trying to take a guys home security away judge.... I got a little something in mind for you and your crooked blueeye Clackamas County sheriff's." [sic]

Now aware of this threat, the Sheriff's Office Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit was activated.

Investigators were able to determine that the person responsible for this threat was Jonathan Joseph Snyders, age 39. Investigators also learned the threatened judge had recently signed a stalking order against Mr. Snyders.

Mr. Snyders was taken into custody by Patrol deputies at his residence in the 44000 block of SE Keisecker Road, outside of Sandy.

A search warrant was served on Mr. Snyders' home -- and the firearm brandished in the photo was seized.

Mr. Snyders was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Harassment, Stalking and Violation of a court stalking/protection order. His bail was set at $250,000. His complete booking info is here: A booking photo is attached.

Mr. Snyders will be arraigned at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, July 21) in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

The Sheriff's Office is extremely grateful to the citizens who saw this troubling post and immediately alerted police. If you encounter violent threats against law enforcement online, please contact us at our Non-Emergency Line at 503-655-8211 or by using our online Tip Sheet -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online form at


Lindsey Hood CSAP graduation
Lindsey Hood CSAP graduation
NEW VIDEO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Corrections Substance Abuse Program changes lives (Photo) - 07/18/16

- On YouTube:
- High-def .m4v on Dropbox:
- On Facebook:

Nearly 100 women have graduated from Clackamas County's Corrections Substance Abuse Program (CSAP) since it began in 2009. The innovative program helps women who are addicted to drugs and end up in the criminal justice system receive important treatment to begin a new life of sobriety.

Recently, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office profiled Lindsey Hood, a graduate of the program, on her journey through CSAP.

A former Trail Blazers dancer, Lindsey Hood had everything going for her -- until an addiction to heroin left her life in shambles. Two years later, Lindsey Hood has turned her life around. She hopes by sharing her story others may be motivated to get the help they need to live a clean and sober life without crime.

Here are links to the video story:
- On YouTube:
- High-def .m4v on Dropbox:
- On Facebook:


Lindsey Hood is willing to do interviews with media. Interested media should contact Sgt. Brian Jensen at

More information on the Clackamas County Substance Abuse Program can be found here:


Attached Media Files: Lindsey Hood CSAP graduation
Gerry Hines, who teaches the juvenile offenders to work on the bikes
Gerry Hines, who teaches the juvenile offenders to work on the bikes
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to give refurbished bikes -- repaired by juvenile offenders -- to at-risk children; media invited (Photo) - 07/18/16

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will award bicycles refurbished by juvenile offenders to 18 children in need at Boones Ferry Primary School (11495 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville) on Wednesday, July 20 at 11:00 a.m. Media is welcome to attend.

The Sheriff's Office donates unclaimed bikes from its Property Room to Love Inc. -- a local non-profit that takes donated items and repairs them to be donated back into the community. The bicycles will be given to children of incarcerated parents.

Love Inc. teaches offenders from the Clackamas County Juvenile Department to repair the bikes.

"This is the second time our office has had the opportunity to be a part of the bike donation," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We are grateful to partner with local non-profits like Love Inc. and Northwest Family Services that are truly making a difference in the lives of local children. Every kid needs a bike and to see the joy on their faces as they ride away is priceless."

A photo of Gerry Hines, who teaches the juvenile offenders to work on the bikes, is attached.

Sheriff Craig Roberts will ride his bike alongside deputies who will accompany children on their new bikes at the ceremony on Wednesday, July 20. Kids will enjoy snacks and have the opportunity to meet the Clackamas County Sheriff's office K-9 dogs and their handlers. Each child will also receive a helmet to go with his or her bicycle.

The bike giveaway is a partnership between Love Inc., Northwest Family Services, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Northwest Family Services supports programs focused on supporting individuals, families, and children ( ). The mission of Love Inc. in part is to respond to needs of those in the community and help in any way possible ( ). The partnership with Love Inc. and Oregon City Evangelical Church has been made possible by a Clackamas County grant serving vulnerable populations.


Treehouse Trespasser High on Meth (Photo) - 07/11/16

On 07-11-16 at about 4:25pm, City of Happy Valley deputies responded to a homeowner's report of a trespasser in her treehouse, located on an undeveloped lot in the 9900 block of SE Eastview Dr., within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Happy Valley.

The first deputies to arrive located an adult male in the treehouse, who refused to come down. He was identified as 40 year old Troy Miller, of Happy Valley, Oregon. Behavioral Health Specialists assigned to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, as well as members of the Hostage Negotiation team, responded to assist with the call. Members of the Clackamas Fire District were dispatched to the scene to assist with providing ladders to help access the man.

Deputies negotiated with the man for over two hours. At times he would climb onto the roof of the treehouse, and higher into the tree. Deputies were concerned the man might fall, and remained steadfast in their negotiation efforts. Ultimately, the man came down for a bottle of water, and was taken into custody without injury.

The suspect was transport to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was lodged on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest, and Criminal Trespass.

Thanks to the patience and professionalism of all involved.

Attached Media Files: Treehouse1.JPG , Treehouse2.JPG
Law enforcement torch run - 07/07/16

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office teams up with Special Olympics Oregon for the 30th Annual Torch Run

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will team up with Special Olympics Oregon for the 30th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run scheduled for July 8 at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Oswego High School. This year multiple law enforcement agencies will walk and run a six mile course ending at Cook Park in Tigard. The run will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at Lake Oswego High School.
Deputies will join law enforcement officers from around the state in carrying the torch around Oregon to its final destination at Newberg High School on July 9 for the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a year round campaign in which law enforcement support Special Olympics Oregon athletes by carrying the "Flame of Hope" Torch. Law enforcement supporters attend competitions, participate in medal ceremonies, and raise funds through special events so athletes can participate in the sports they love.
Media is welcome to attend.

Deputies resolve standoff with suicidal man - 07/05/16

On 07-05-16 at about 2:45 pm, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a man in the area of 18080 SE Mcloughlin Blvd. who was threatening to kill himself or someone else. This location is a small strip mall in unincorporated Clackamas County, with active businesses and pedestrian traffic.

The first deputy arrived and located the man, later identified as 33 year old Buck Sleight of Gladstone, OR. Mr. Sleight was armed with a knife and standing among several people. Additional resources responded, including officers from Gladstone Police, the Oregon State Police and Transit Police.

Deputies worked to separate Mr. Sleight from any potential victims and engage him in conversation. Mr. Sleight refused to drop his knife and cooperate with deputies. Nearby businesses and traffic in the vicinity were disrupted for over an hour, due to the standoff that ensued.

Members of the Clackamas County Hostage Negotiation Team, as well as mental health professionals from the Behavioral Health Unit embedded within the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with negotiations.

Thanks to the efforts of all involved, Mr. Sleight eventually threw down his knife, and surrendered to authorities. Mr. Sleight was transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Deputies Performing SFST's
Deputies Performing SFST's
CCSO to Perform Enhanced DUII Patrols During the Month of July (Photo) - 07/03/16

This July, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driving crashes.

In the month of June, CCSO arrested approximately 41 people for driving while intoxicated, and responded to at least one car crash where impaired driving contributed to multiple deaths.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed as a result of impaired driving crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. Additionally, impaired driver crashes accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols every weekend this month, starting with this Independence Day weekend. These patrol units will be focusing on the many roadways in Clackamas County, including those near the popular waterways within Clackamas County.

If you or a loved one chooses to enjoy our scenic roadways or waterways, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public that consuming alcohol, or any other impairing substance, multiplies the chances for a traffic crash resulting in deaths. Additionally, operating a boat or even floating the river on certain "rafts" while under the influence, can land you in jail for boating under the influence; a crime that carries the same penalties of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities; it may save a life.

We wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day, and a happy rest of your summer.

Missing Photo
Missing Photo
Search and Rescue effort ended after missing man contacted (Photo) - 07/01/16

Search and Rescue resources including Mountain Wave Communications and Northern Oregon Regional Search and Rescue are being released after news stories and social media appear to have led to Mr. Mitchell exchanging communication with a close friend.

Clackamas County Search and Rescue cannot accomplish their mission without the assistance of the numerous volunteer search organizations that that respond to conduct the search activities, frequently under trying conditions and without regard to the timing, such as this Independence Day weekend. Many of the searchers who responded this afternoon had participated in the 5 day SAR in the mountains above Estacada.



The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit is currently conducting a search in an effort to locate Tyler Mitchell, age 26. Mr. Mitchell is a white male, 5'10" and 220 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen on foot on 30 June 2016 at 1130 in the morning wearing a grey t-shirt, shorts and sandals. Mr. Mitchell lives in the Stafford/Norwood area south of the city of Tualatin in unincorporated Clackamas County.

Mr. Mitchell has a medical condition that may make him confused and disoriented. He is not a danger to the public. If you see Mr. Mitchell or have information that could help us locate him please call 911.

Attached Media Files: Missing Photo
Search and Rescue Suspended - 07/01/16

After consulting Search and Rescue experts and medical professionals, the search for James Earl Smith has been suspended pending any new credible information on his current location. If you have any information on Mr. Smith's current location please call 911.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office wins Department of Defense Freedom Award - 07/01/16

The Department of Defense announced on June 30, that the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will receive the Department of Defense's, Freedom Award, the highest honor given to employers for their support of employees in the National Guard and Reserve forces. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was one of 15 employers selected from across the nation to be given this award out of 2,424 nominations received.

"These 15 employers have distinguished themselves through their outstanding support of our guard and reserve members and their families," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. "Without the unfaltering support of employers like them, the men and women of the National Guard and reserve would not be able to fulfill their vital roles in our national security strategy.

Sheriff Craig Roberts has taken the lead to ensure deputies in his department serving in the military receive all the help they need while on a deployment and transitioning back into civilian life when they return from overseas. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office launched the Military Employee Support Program in July of 2014. The program offers financial and logistical support for employees and their families during a deployment.

"We are honored to receive the Freedom Award," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Supporting our men and women who serve in the military is extremely important. I know the tremendous sacrifice they make and we will continue to try to ease the burden at home for their families and let them know they are not forgotten during deployments."

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy John Zagyva serves with the Oregon National Guard and said the extra support he received from his employer helped tremendously.

"As a soldier and deputy, I can tell you there is no place I would rather work," said Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy John Zagyva. "The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office went above and beyond to support my family while I was serving overseas, from mowing our lawn to sending care packages every need was met."

Sheriff Craig Roberts supported legislation passed last year that allows public agencies at the state and local level to supplement the military pay received by employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves. This allows public employers to make up the difference in pay while on a deployment if the employees military salary is less than that of their civilian job.

Sheriff Craig Roberts will travel to Washington D.C. later this summer to receive the award from the Dept. of Defense. The Freedom Award was established in 1996, and since then 220 employers have received the award.

Missing Adult (Photo) ** UPDATE ** - 06/30/16

*** UPDATE ***

Ms. Jordan has been located safe and sound.


Judy Ann Jordan, 69 year old from Estacada has gone missing. Ms. Jordan was last heard from on June 29, 2016 at approximately 9:00pm when she spoke on the telephone. Ms. Jordan is described as 5'3", 130lbs, gray curly hair and hazel eyes. Ms. Jordan had planned on leaving her residence in Estacada and driving to Canby but never arrived. Ms. Jordan's vehicle is described as a 1983 Mercedes 300, tan in color Oregon license QRQ326 , similar to the one pictured. Ms. Jordan has early onset of Dementia. If you see Ms. Jordan or know of her whereabouts please call 911.

Teen drowns in swift moving Clackamas River near Estacada (Photo) ***UPDATE Victim Identification*** - 06/30/16


The victim of yesterday's drowning at Milo McIver Park in rural Clackamas County has been identified as Brandt W. Hatch, 18 year old male, Newberg Oregon. Mr. Hatch's family has been notified.

On June 29th at about 5pm the Estacada Rural Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District, Lake Oswego Fire Department, TVF&R, Gladstone Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to Milo McIver Park in rural Clackamas County in response to a swimmer who had possibly drown on the Clackamas River.

Upon arrival, rescuers learned from witnesses that the unidentified teen had attempted to swim across the river with friends, two made it across as the third attempted to make the shore. Rescuers learned that none of the swimmers were wearing PFD's (personal flotation devices).

Rescuers quickly arrived on scene and learned the swimmer had been under water for about ten minutes before rescue attempts were made.

Additional resources to include Lake Oswego Fire and Rescue, Gladstone Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Dive Rescue, Clackamas County Marine Patrol and TV&R Dive Rescue arrived on scene to assist in the locating the missing teen.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is sad to report that the teen whose name is being withheld until notification to the family can be made did not survive and was located in the river where friends last saw him.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind users that the water is still very cold and to wear PFD's when near or in the water. Users should also let others know where you will be and stay with a others when in the water.

Contact Info:
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Attached Media Files: 004.JPG , 003.JPG , 005.JPG , 006.JPG
Archive photo 2: river enforcement
Archive photo 2: river enforcement
Marine Unit rescues two overcome by cold, fatigue while trying to swim across Willamette River; CCSO urges safety (Photo) - 06/28/16


CCSO urges cold-water caution, personal floatation devices

At around 1:38 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a swimmer struggling in the water at Dahl Beach, in the Clackamas River at the mouth of the Willamette River in Gladstone.

The call soon became more complicated than that.

The 911 caller had told dispatch that a woman who was not wearing a life jacket was struggling to stay afloat. The woman had called back to her friends saying she couldn't move -- and she was reportedly going under the surface of the water.

Marine Unit Sgt. Thoroughman and Deputy Griffith quickly responded by boat to the location where the woman was last sighted.

They soon observed a woman who appeared to be struggling in the water, later identified as Angel Clyde, age 22. The deputies threw her a Type-4 throwable flotation device, grabbed her arm and led her to the back of the boat, pulling her onto the swim deck of the boat before placing her inside the passenger seating area.

Sgt. Thoroughman then maneuvered the boat and located a SECOND person in apparent distress -- later identified as a 16-year-old girl.

Sgt. Thoroughman maneuvered the boat to the second subject, who had made it to a rock near the shoreline.

Deputy Griffith grabbed her arms and asked her to climb on board the swim deck. The girl told deputies she was too weak to climb onboard -- so Deputy Griffith lifted her onboard by grabbing her wrists.

Once all parties were safely inside the boat's passenger seating area, Sgt. Thoroughman drove the boat across the river to awaiting medical personnel.

Deputies learned the two women had been attempting to swim across the river when the 16-year-old subject began struggling due to the effects of the cold water. The girl began to shout for help while having a hard time swimming; she finally made it to the rock -- but was then unable to stand or move due to cold and exhaustion once she reached it. Ms. Clyde was also reportedly getting tired by the time Marine deputies arrived on scene and retrieved her from the water.

Ms. Clyde was cold but otherwise uninjured. AMR checked the 16-year-old for injuries and contacted her parents in Seattle.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind swimmers: The water is colder than you think. Underestimating river temperature has led to several tragic drownings on county waterways in recent years. Don't let poor judgment turn you into a sad statistic. Anyone swimming or boating in local waterways should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

You can find additional water-safety tips here:


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