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DCSOSAR on the trail
DCSOSAR on the trail
Medical Assist on South Sister Climber's Trail (Photo) - 07/20/18

Released by: Deputy Jim Whitcomb,  Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred: 07/20/2018  5:13 P.M.

Location: South Sister Hiker's trail

Hiker Assisted:    Perez, Melissa  37 yof   Twin Falls, ID

Fellow Hiker:   Franklin, Jamie  38 yof   Twin Falls, ID



On 07/20/2018, at about 5:13 P.M. Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call concerning a female hiker, Melissa Perez, that was currently suffering from a potentially serious medical condition, who was currently about one mile north of Moraine Lake on the South Sister climber's trail after summiting South Sister. The reporting person and fellow hiker, Jamie Franklin, was currently heading down the trail looking for help while Perez's medical condition was being monitored by other fellow hikers.

An available air resource was requested to fly to Perez's location and Life Flight launched at 5:37 P.M. A Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Deputy made phone contact with Perez and learned Perez was beginning to feel better and was going to begin hiking back down the trail. Life Flight was stood down at about 5:56 P.M.

Two DCSOSAR volunteers responded to the Devil's Lake trail head and deployed as a hasty team to make contact with Perez as soon as possible. Eleven more DCSOSAR volunteers followed behind with a wheeled litter in case Perez needed to be carried down to the trail head.

At about 7:07 P.M., the hasty team made contact with Perez and the rest of the group of 15 other female hikers she was hiking with from Idaho. Following a medical assessment, it was determined Perez would be able to continue walking down the trail on her own without the need of the wheeled litter.

The DCSOSAR team members and the group of hikers arrived at the Devil's Lake trail head at about 8:57 P.M. Perez did not need further medical attention after arriving at the trail head and advised she would seek her own medical attention.



Attached Media Files: DCSOSAR on the trail
DCSO Creates Team to Proactively Address Quality of Life Issues in Deschutes County (Photo) - 07/19/18

Released by: Sgt William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: July 19, 2018

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) has created the Community Action Target Team, or CATT, as a proactive approach to focusing on quality of life issues in Deschutes County. 

The CATT will be utilized on an ongoing basis to focus on locations within Deschutes County needing additional enforcement in the areas of distracted driving, illegal drug possession and sales, theft, trespass and criminal mischief.  The team will utilize a number of patrol and investigative platforms, including marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, in addition to foot and bicycle patrols.  We will have deputies in uniform and wearing plain clothes, whichever is best suited to accomplish these proactive patrols.

Our first CATT patrol occurred on Friday, July 13th, 2018.  DCSO utilized two marked patrol vehicles and four unmarked vehicles with the focus of the patrol being the illegal possession and sales of drugs in our communities.  The eight member team, consisting of five patrol deputies and three Street Crimes detectives, made the following five arrests during the targeted patrol:

James W. Bruce              Age: 34              La Pine, OR         Charge: Probation Violation

Richard T. Brummel        Age: 34               Bend, OR             Charge: Possession of Methamphetamine

Darren L. Irwin                 Age: 34               Bend, OR             Charge: Possession of Heroin

Steve J. Mullen                Age: 50               Bend, OR             Charge: Possession of Heroin

Jake Taylor Daniels         Age: 25               Redmond, OR    Felony Elude, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest, and Parole Violation Warrant

James Bruce and Richard Brummel were arrested in the area of Burgess Road and Ponderosa Way in La Pine.  Based on evidence and interviews, Bruce and Brummel were in the middle of a drug deal when deputies and detectives contacted them.  A third unidentified subject at the scene was not arrested, however, information is being forwarded to his probation officer for review.

Darren Irwin, Steve Mullen and Jake Daniels were each arrested after leaving a residence on Manzanita Lane in Bend.  Jake Daniels’ arrest came after a pursuit was initiated in the area of Knott Road and Scale House Road, south of Bend.  Daniels’ vehicle became inoperable during the pursuit after one of the front tires came off the vehicle.  Daniels resisted arrest and deputies had to break windows out of the vehicle to take him into custody.  The press release for this pursuit can be found here:

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is committed to community safety and addressing quality of life issues for the citizens and visitors of Deschutes County.


Attached Media Files: DCSO
Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested in Sisters (Photo) - 07/17/18

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer         

Occurred:  July 17, 2018

Location:  E. Cascade Ave. and N. Fir Street in Sisters         

Arrested:  Walton, Alexander J. - 45 year old male from Sisters, Oregon

Warrant: Attempted Murder       Bail $510,000


On July 17, 2018, at approximately 5:00 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) contacted and arrested Alexander J. Walton of Sisters on an outstanding Attempted Murder warrant issued out of Multnomah County, Oregon.

The arrest came after the Portland Police Bureau contacted DCSO late last week and asked for assistance in locating and arresting Walton.  Detectives used surveillance and other various investigative techniques to determine Walton was living in the Sisters area and to establish a plan to safely take him into custody.

Through the combined effort of DCSO Detectives, DCSO SWAT Team and Portland Police Bureau Detectives, Walton was arrested as he exited a vehicle this morning near the intersection of E. Cascade Avenue and N. Fir Street in Sisters.  Walton has subsequently been lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail.  Walton faces no charges in Deschutes County and will be transported to Multnomah County on his warrant in the coming days.

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Simultaneous Police Pursuits in Sisters and Bend by DCSO (Photo) - 07/13/18


Simultaneous Police Pursuits in Sisters and Bend

Location:   Highway 126 Near Cloverdale; and 15th and Knott in Bend

Time: 7:15 PM

BY:  Sgt. Kevin Dizney

Arrested: (Sisters Pursuit)

John Logston  Age:  37  from Bend, OR


Felony Elude

4 warrants (2 Deschutes County, 1 Lake County, and 1 Multnomah County)

Reckless driving

PCS meth


Arrested: (Bend Pursuit)

            Jake Taylor Lynn Daniels  Age: 24 from Redmond, OR


Felony elude


Abscond Warrant




Bailey Agenbroad  Age: 18 from Bend, OR

Not charged



On Friday, 7/13/18, at approximately  7:15 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies began a pursuit of a 2002 black BMW passenger car on Highway 126 Near Eagle Crest headed toward Sisters after the driver entered a vehicle after being stopped for urinating in public.  The driver left the scene after providing deputies with a false name.  Deputies began a pursuit at speeds ranging from 80-100 mph before deputies discontinued the pursuit for safety concerns.  Deputies began a search for the suspect in Dry Canyon area of Highway 126 during which a second, unrelated pursuit began in Bend. 

At approximately 7:50 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies engaged in a pursuit on 15th Street near Knott Road in Bend.  Deputies attempted to stop a red 1998 VW Jetta for a seatbelt violation.  The vehicle was occupied by two males.  The driver sped away eastbound on Knott near Scale House at speeds in excess of 50 mph before turning northbound on 15th Street for a distance of approximately ¼ mile before the driver’s side front tire came off. 

The driver attempted to continue to elude while driving on the brake assembly before stopping near the Bridges housing development before the vehicle became unserviceable and stopped.  The passenger got out cooperatively and was detained.  The driver locked all doors, and began taking his clothes off and acting erratically.  Deputies had to break multiple windows out to remove him from the vehicle.  Daniels was taken into custody and later transported to St. Charles Medical Center by deputies for treatment relating to the broken glass from the broken window.  One deputy received medical treatment relating to the broken glass during efforts to take Daniels into custody.  Daniels was identified as having a warrant for probation violation.  Alcohol and/or drugs are still being investigated.   


At approximately 8:16 PM, Black Butte Police again located the first pursuit suspect in the area of Indian Ford and Camp Polk Road northeast of Sisters.  A second pursuit of this vehicle began as the vehicle traveled southbound on Camp Polk toward Highway 126 at speeds in excess of 80 mph.  Deputies were able to spike strip the vehicle near Aspen Lakes Golf Course before it arrived at Highway 126.  After running over the spike strips, the vehicle turned eastbound on Highway 126 and came to a stop due to flat tires near Cloverdale Road and was taken into custody without further incident.  Deputies located suspected Methamphetamine and are investigating to see if the license plates and/or the vehicle are stolen as they plates did not match the vehicle.  The driver was found to have multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Drugs and/or alcohol are not related to the suspect's driving.  This investigation is ongoing. 

Photo attached.


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crash scene photo
Injury Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Crash in La Pine - Driver Arrested (Photo) - 07/12/18

Released by:        Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Location:              Highway 97 at Huntington Road in La Pine

Pedestrian:          Harold Headrick      Age: 77          La Pine, Oregon

Driver:                  Sheri L. Barnes       Age: 53          La Pine, Oregon

Vehicle:                Red 2012 Kia Rio

Charges:              Assault 2, Felony Unlawful Poss. of Methamphetamine, DUII, Reckless Driving,  Reckless Endangering


On July 12, 2018, at approximately 10:15am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) were dispatched to an erratic driver southbound on Highway 97 within the city limits of La Pine.  Moments later, the red 2012 Kia Rio struck a pedestrian attempting to cross Highway 97 from west to east at the intersection of Highway 97 and Huntington Road.  The first deputy arrived within a minute of being dispatched.

The driver of the Kia Rio, Sheri L. Barnes of La Pine, stopped and remained at the crash scene.  Deputies determined during the investigation Sheri L. Barnes was under the influence of a suspected controlled substance at the time of the crash and she was subsequently placed under arrest.

The pedestrian, Harold Headrick of La Pine, was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious, life threatening injuries.

Traffic on Highway 97 was routed around the crash scene while deputies completed their investigation.  DCSO was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, and La Pine Fire Department.


Attached Media Files: crash scene photo
Climber Rescued From Broken Top Summit After Fall (Photo) - 07/08/18

Released by:         Deputy Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              07/08/2018    9:38 AM

Location:               Broken Top Mountain (summit)

Rescued:               Rask, Sarah, Oregon City, OR, 29yo female



On 7/8/18 at about 9:38 am, Deschutes County dispatch received multiple 911 calls from subjects near the summit of Broken Top Mountain regarding an injured female climber. The callers stated in substance that the climber, later identified as Sarah Trask, had fallen near the summit and had sustained significant injuries. The callers further reported that Sarah was immobile and though anchored, she was in a precarious position near a 60-70 foot cliff.

It was later determined that Sarah had unintentionally gone off trail and lost her footing. As she did so, she grabbed a large rock about the size of a mini-fridge with both hands, which gave way and resulted in her fall. Sarah then fell a total distance of about 25 feet. At some point during her fall, the rock she had grabbed on to rolled over her, then reportedly continued to roll all the way down the mountain.

Due to Sarah’s injuries and positioning on the mountain, 17 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the scene to assist. Additionally, the DCSO SAR Unit requested the assistance of the Oregon Army National Guard. The National Guard responded by sending a Salem-based Blackhawk helicopter to the Broken Top summit where their medical team was lowered down to Sarah’s location. One DCSO SAR volunteer who had been recreating on nearby South Sister had learned of the call and traversed over to Broken Top to assist the responding helicopter. Sarah was then stabilized and lifted off the mountain in a litter via hoist. Sarah was immediately flown to St. Charles Bend where she is receiving treatment for her injuries.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Oregon Army National Guard for their assistance. The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the citizens who provided vital information to Sheriff’s Office personnel as well as assistance to Sarah while waiting for first responders to arrive on scene.

Minor Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 07/03/18

Prepared by:  Sgt. K. Dizney

Unit 1     Tilton, William / Age-47 / Madras, Oregon / Blue 2000 Peterbilt semi with double trailers

Unit 2     Hallock, Graydon / Age-37 / Tillamook, Oregon / Green 1997 Freightliner semi with double trailers

Unit 3     Chapman, Jeffrey / Age-70 / Sandia Park, New Mexico / Blue 2014 Subaru SUV with a camp trailer

Passenger 3     Chapman, Linda / Age-70 / Sandia Park, New Mexico

Unit 4     Nelson  IV, Charles / Age- 41 /  Bend, Oregon / Blue 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Passenger 4     Juvenile female



On Tuesday, 070318, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were disptached to a multiple vehicle motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 near W Rail Way west of Sisters. The investigation revealed that Unit 1 was eastbound and did not stop for slowed/stopped traffic caused by congestion in the city of Sisters near the Highway 20 round-a-bout. Unit 1 rear ended Unit 2, which was shoved forward and into Unit 3 and Unit 3 was shoved into Unit 4 in a chain like rearend crash sequence.

Graydon Hallock, the driver of Unit 2 and the juvenile passenger of Unit 4 were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by ground Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

All vehicles suffered some degree of damage as a result of this crash. Unit 1 and unit 3 were towed from the scene.  Unit 2 was parked off the side of the road and Unit 4 was driven from the scene by the owner.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Sisters Camp Sherman Fire Department, the Black Butte Ranch Police Department, ODOT and the Oregon State Police.  The driver of Unit 1, William Tilton, was cited for folloiwing too close (as traffic became congested).  The driver of Unit 2, Graydon Hallock, was also cited for defective lighting by operation without brake lights on his pup-trailer. 

Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be factors in this crash while distracted driving is, in combination with heavy traffic during the 4th of July holiday travel.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind drivers to be extra congnizant of driving conditions during the 4th of July travel and to always be aware of changing driving conditions while traveling throughout the state.   

Photos attached

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Two Juveniles Cited for Fire Inside La Pine State Park (Photo) - 07/03/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  July 3, 2018

Occurred: June 29, 2018

Location: La Pine State Park

Suspect #1: 16 year old juvenile male from La Pine

Suspect #2: 14 year old juvenile male from La Pine


On June 3rd, 2018, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and US Forest Service fire crews responded to a fire inside the La Pine State Park. The fire was controlled at approximately ¼ acre and mop up lasted through June 4th. ODF teams conducted regular checks of the fire scene throughout the month.

On June 28th, a second smaller fire was reported within the burn area of the first and ODF and US Forest Service units responded, along with deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). It was determined the fires were human caused, though it was unknown if the second fire was caused by a flare up from the first fire or if a new fire had occurred.

On June 29th, ODF crews conducting follow up observed the possible suspects in the area and contacted law enforcement. DCSO and Oregon State Police units responded to the area, however the subjects left prior to law enforcement arrival. During an extensive area search, a DCSO deputy located the two subjects, identified as a 14 year old male and a 16 year old male from La Pine. Based on the investigation and interviews, it is believed the two juveniles had built a fort in the area and were burning pine needles and other debris inside the fort. The two juveniles then failed to property extinguish the fire before leaving the area.

Both juveniles were cited in lieu of custody for Reckless Burning (ORS 164.335) and Criminal Mischief I (164.365), then released to responsible guardians.

Attached Media Files: photo from scene
Photos of Subaru
Photos of Subaru
*Updated - Truck Seized* Hit and Run Crash Sends Redmond Man to Hospital (Photo) - 07/03/18

Updated by Sgt. William Bailey on July 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Based on tips we received from the community, detectives have located and seized a white Dodge truck believed to be the suspect vehicle in this case.  A person of interest has also been identified and detectives are continuing to gather information and evidence in this case.

We would like to thank those members of the community who came forward and shared information with us. 

This investigation is ongoing.  Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Prepared by:  Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 06/22/2018 at 7:20 p.m.

Location: Old Bend-Redmond Hwy north of SW Young Ave.

Vehicle #1: white 2004-2008 full size Dodge pickup

Driver #1: Unknown male

Vehicle #2: blue 2010 Subaru WRX

Driver #2: Hernandez, Alberto - 26 year old male - Redmond, Oregon

On 6/22/2018 at about 7:20 p.m., deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Redmond Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on the Old Bend-Redmond Highway near SW Young Ave.  Upon arrival, deputies located the Subaru which was partially blocking the southbound lane of travel.  

During the investigation, deputies learned both the Subaru and Dodge had been northbound on the Old Bend-Redmond Hwy.  Hernandez was following the Dodge pickup and passed the Dodge.  Shortly after Hernandez completed the pass the Dodge pickup struck the right rear of Hernandez's Subaru, causing him to lose control, skid off the roadway and into a   juniper tree.  The driver of the Dodge truck then left the scene.  

Redmond Fire Department paramedics transported Hernandez to St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond with non life-threatening injuries.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the driver of the Dodge pickup.  The pickup is described as:

A white 2004-2008 Dodge full size four door pickup.  It has a black bumper, silver rims and headache rack.  It likely has been lifted and has approximately 35" tires.  It will likely have moderate damage to the left front fender/bumper area and possibly have blue paint transfer.  

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or have information regarding the identity of the driver of the Dodge pickup is encouraged to contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. 

The Old Bend-Redmond Hwy was reduced to a single lane of travel for approximately 90 minutes.

Attached Media Files: Photos of Subaru
Hiker Rescued Off Steep Embankment at Tumalo Falls (Photo) - 06/30/18

Released by:         Dep. Joshua Westfall, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:              06/30/2018     2:54 PM

Location:               Tumalo Falls hiking trail

Rescued:               Elizabeth Wright, Jacksonville, OR, 57yo female



On 6/30/18 at 2:54 pm, 911 dispatch received a call from Gavin Graham, who reported that Elizabeth Wright had fallen down a steep embankment at Tumalo Falls while hiking and was stuck with no way to get up or down. Though Wright was believed to be conscious, details of her injuries were unknown at the time because no one could reach her due to the fall location.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy initially responded to the scene and along with the assistance of a helpful citizen lowered an anchored stabilizing rope to Wright’s location, which was near the bottom of the falls about 20 feet down an embankment in between a side trail and the river. The rope prevented Wright from falling further down the embankment until additional resources could respond to the scene.

A short time later, 16 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers compromised primarily of the Mountain Rescue and Swiftwater units responded to the scene. The volunteers lowered themselves to Wright’s location via rope and harness and assisted lifting her back up to the trail where it was determined Wright had sustained non-life threatening injuries during the fall. Due to the injuries the Deputy and Search and Rescue Volunteers transported Wright down the trail on a wheeled litter to her vehicle. Wright declined further medical attention and was left in the care of a family member.

It was later determined that Wright and her party had gone off the marked trail onto a side trail blocked by multiple downed trees. It was in this area that Wright fell down the embankment while she had been attempting to navigate a narrow section of the trail. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the general public to please stay on marked trails while hiking in the Tumalo Falls area.  

Driver - Roberts, Travis J
Driver - Roberts, Travis J
*Updated-Driver Arrested* Hit and Run Crash on Skyline Ranch Rd., Vehicle of Interest Sought (Photo) - 06/26/18

Updated by Sgt. William Bailey on June 26, 2018 at 10:05 am

Driver: Roberts, Travis J. Age: 21 Bend, Oregon

Passenger: Krause, Zachary J. Age: 26 Bend, Oregon

Bicyclist: Holtvedt, Roy (Andrew) Age: 61 Bend, Oregon

On June 25, 2018, the driver of the truck that struck the bicyclist in the area of Skyline Ranch Road and Macalpine Road turned himself into detectives in the lobby of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in Bend. Travis J. Roberts of Bend contacted detectives and was subsequently arrested on charges of Assault III, Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons - Felony, and Reckless Driving. He was then lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail.

The truck involved in this crash, a blue 1997 Toyota Tacoma, has been located and seized as evidence.

The passenger in the truck, Zachary J. Krause of Bend, has also been contacted and interviewed by detectives.

## End of Update ##

Updated by: Sgt. William Bailey at 6:25 pm 

Based on video surveillance recovered from the area around the time of this crash, the Deschutes County County Sheriff’s Office is releasing three images this afternoon of a vehicle of interest in this crash.   The vehicle was observed on video surveillance in the area and matches the description of the suspect vehicle as described by a witness.    Anyone with information as urged to call Deschutes County non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.   

## End of Update ##

Released by : Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer 

Release Date: June 24, 2018

On June 23, 2018, at approximately, 1030 hours, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to area of Skyline Ranch Road and Macapline Road for a report of a Hit and Run, vehicle versus bicyclist. .  Information gathered from witnesses on scene found a blue mid-sized pick-up truck with a white canopy had stuck a bicyclist and fled the scene.  The make and model of the vehicle is unknown but reported to be similar in size to a Dodge Dakota.  There were no other physical observations made in relation to the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle was last seen northbound on Skyline Ranch Road towards Skyliners Road.  The vehicle was reportedly occupied by two subjects, with the passenger having long hair.  No other description was obtained on the subjects involved.

The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating the vehicle and suspects involved in the incident.  Anyone with information is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911

## End of Release ##

found canoe
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DCSO Seeking Information on Canoe Found Submerged in the Deschutes Rvr (Photo) - 06/23/18

Released by: Sgt William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 23, 2018

The Deschutes County Sheriff's office is currently seeking information about a canoe located just after 1:15pm this afternoon submerged in the Deschutes River above Pringle Falls, west of La Pine.  The green canoe was found pinned up against a log with gear still inside, including one lifejacket, packed lunches and an electric motor that was still running.

Deputies, U. S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Bend Police Department (drone and pilot), La Pine Fire, and Deschutes County Search and Rescue personnel spent the afternoon searching the Deschutes River from the Wickiup Reservoir Dam down to La Pine State Park for anyone who may be associated with the canoe.  Drones were also used to search the river and river bank, however search efforts have offered no additional information.  

We are still working to determine if the canoe was occupied when it became submerged.  We currently do not have anyone reported missing or unaccounted for in that area.  This may be a case of an unoccupied canoe that came untied and washed downriver.  We just want to confirm no one is still in the river.

We are asking anyone with information about this canoe, or may have seen it today on the Deschutes River above Pringle Falls, to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

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Attached Media Files: found canoe
*Swimmer Identified* Sunriver area man's body recovered from Deschutes River - 06/22/18

Updated June 22, 2018 at 4:15pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Swimmer:  Periman, Allan       Age:63

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has been able to confirm the family of Mr. Periman has been notified.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

## End of Update ##


Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date: 06/21/2018 at 8:32 p.m.

Location:  Deschutes River near the Snowgoose Ct. boat launch

Deceased: 63 year old male - Sunriver area resident - name withheld pending notification of next of kin


On 06/21/2018 at about 8:32 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call from a subject who reported her roommate jumped into the Deschutes River about 45 minutes prior and had not been seen since.  Five Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area in an attempt to locate the male in and along the river.  Upon arrival, deputies learned the male had been at the boat launch with his brother and decided to swim across the river but got swept downriver and was struggling with the current.  The current carried him around a bend in the river and his brother lost sight of him.  The brother checked the area and after not finding him, returned to their home and notified their roommate, who then called 911.

Deschutes County Search and Rescue (SAR) was requested and approximately 15 SAR Swift Water Rescue members and divers responded to the area to assist, along with two additional deputies in a sheriff's office jet boat. 

At about 9:37 p.m. a deputy located the deceased male about 500 yards down river from the boat launch, caught on a snag on the opposite side of the river.  The male was recovered by SAR Swift Water members, placed on the jet boat and transported back to the boat launch.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Deschutes County 911 at 541-693-6911.

Foul play is not suspected but alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.







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Personal Document Shred/Prescription Drug Disposal/Food Donation Event in Sisters Tomorrow (Photo) - 06/22/18

Released by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date: June 22, 2018

Event Date: June 23, 2018

Event Location and Time: DCSO's Sisters Substation at 703 N Larch Street, 10:00am to Noon

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Secureshred are collaborating tomorrow, June 23rd, to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy up to 4 medium boxes of personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.

The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, 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.

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

Drug Disposal Program

At the event, 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.

Attached Media Files: Shred Graphic