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**UPDATE**Shooting Investigation Underway on McGrath Road (Photo) - 01/17/19

Updated January 17, 2019 at 3:35pm by Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Arrested: Joanna L. Kasner     Age: 49 year old female

Charge:  Murder

On January 17, 2019, Joanna L. Kasner was arrested by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office detectives on one count of Murder.  Kasner is in police custody and currently at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

Any further information about this case will be released by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. 

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Updated on January 16, 2019 at 6:30pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Deceased Victim: Valerie A. Peterson     58 year old female

A person of interest is currently with DCSO detectives at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.  Whether the victim and the person of interest knew each other is unknown at this time.  The investigation into this shooting will continue into the night and additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.

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Released by:  Sergeant William Bailey - Public Information Officer

Release Date:  January 16, 2019         

NARRATIVE:          

On January 16, 2019 at 11:01am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at 64800 block of McGrath Road.  Deputies arrived to find an adult female who had been shot.  Lifesaving efforts were attempted, but the woman died at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, two DCSO K9 Teams, and a DCSO patrol drone responded to the scene.  DCSO has been assisted at the scene by the Oregon State Police, Bend and Redmond Police Departments, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, the Bend Fire Department and the Deschutes County Road Department.

There is no continued threat to the community.

DCSO detectives are on scene investigating and being assisted by the Tri-County Major Incident Team.  DCSO Search and Rescue drones are also at the scene to assist with video and mapping.  The Oregon State Police Crime Lab is also responding to assist with the investigation.

The community should expect extended road closures in the area. 

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Driver mistakes accelerator for brake, crashes into Lapine grocery store (Photo) - 01/15/19

MEDIA RELEASE  

Released by: Lieutenant Mike Biondi

Date/Time of incident: 01/15/2019 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Ray's Food Place - 51537 Hwy 97, Lapine, Or

Driver: Jaramillo, Anita - Age: 79 - Lapine, Or

Vehicle: Red 2019 Toyota Corolla

On January 15, 2019 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of Ray's Food Place in Lapine.  DCSO Deputies arrived to find a red 2019 Toyota Corolla, driven by Jaramillo, had driven over the sidewalk and through the front entrance of the store. The store was open and employees were present at the time. 

An investigation determined Jaramillo had recently purchased the vehicle and was not very familiar with it.  She pulled into a parking stall in front of the store and then mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal. The Toyota drove over the sidewalk and into the store, causing substantial damage to the building, store displays and checkstands.  

Lapine Fire Department personnel arrived to assess Jaramillo who declined treatment.  Jaramillo was provided a ride home by DCSO deputies.  

No citations have been issued and no one was injured.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or iffPIO@deschutes.org">SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Cold Exposure Death Investigation near La Pine (Photo) - 01/14/19

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: January 14, 2019

Deceased: Larry A. Campbell of La Pine         Age: 66

NARRATIVE:

On January 14, 2019, at approximately 11:45am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 17600 block of Penny Court regarding a male that had been located laying in the driveway.  Penny Court is a dead end street in the Newberry Estates subdivision NE of La Pine.

The first deputy arrived at the address nine minutes later and found the male cold to the touch and beyond medical help.

The initial investigation into the death has determined Mr. Campbell likely arrived at his residence yesterday evening.  Evidence at the scene shows he had slipped on the ice and fell upon exiting his vehicle.  Mr. Campbell was unable to get to his feet and began crawling towards an area of the driveway with less ice, where he could get back onto his feet.  Mr. Campbell ultimately was not able to get up and likely succumbed to cold exposure.

Our thoughts are with the friends of family of Mr. Campbell.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 186,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Hypothermic male found near Lava Lands Visitor Center - 01/11/19

Hypothermic male found near Lava Lands Visitor Center

Released by: Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Contacted:  Gilliam, Adam - Age 27

                      John Day, Oregon

 

NARRATIVE:

On 01/10/2019 at 2215hrs, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Officers with Sunriver Police Department responded to a report of a disoriented male at the Lava Lands Visitor Center entrance on Highway 97.  The male was reportedly naked and approached another motorist asking for assistance to jumpstart a vehicle. 

When deputies and officers arrived, the male was located inside his vehicle at the entrance to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.  The male was exhibiting signs of hypothermia and had extensive injuries consistence with walking through trees and brush without clothing.

Medical personnel from Sunriver EMS responded and transported the male to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.  Deputies spoke with the male at St. Charles Medical Center and learned that he had walked from Lava Lands Visitor Center to Benham Falls and back without clothing, covering a distance of over 10 miles.  Temperatures at the time were in the low 20’s.

Drugs are believed to be a factor in his behavior.  Intervention by Deschutes County Deputies and Sunriver Police Officers prevented further serious medical complications. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Mentor a Child with an Incarcerated Parent- Winter Training (1/19) (Photo) - 01/07/19

Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent.


After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.


On Saturday, January 19, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email COPY@deschutes.org Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.sheriff.deschutes.org/copy.

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Weapons Offense Investigation (Photo) - 01/02/19

Released by:  Detective Ron Brown

Occurred:   December 29, 2018 at about 11:00 PM

Location:    56000 block of Stellar Drive, Spring River/Bend         

Arrested: James S. Crawford 32 years old

Victims: 18 Year Old Adult Female & 30 Year Old Adult Male

Victim Vehicle: Tan Toyota FJ Cruiser

Charges: Attempted Assault I (2 counts), Menacing (2 counts), Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts), Pointing a Firearm at Another (2 counts), Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended (1 count), and Violating a Restraining Order (1 count).    

NARRATIVE:

On December 29, 2018, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a weapons offense that occurred in the area of Fontana Road and Stellar Drive in the Spring River area. During the investigation, Sheriff’s Office patrol and detectives determined that James Crawford and his girlfriend had been in an argument. The girlfriend went to Crawford’s residence with a friend to retrieve her dog. The girlfriend became concerned for Crawford’s safety and tried to remove firearms from the residence. A struggle ensued and Crawford was able to retain the firearms. The girlfriend fled the residence with her friend. Crawford drove to the friend’s residence on Fontana Road in his motorhome. Crawford had a shotgun with him and pointed it at the girlfriend and her friend, at least three times, from a short distance away. Crawford then fired the shotgun once towards the vehicle that the girlfriend and her friend were in, causing minor damage to the vehicle. Crawford returned to his residence.                       

About 1:30am on December 30, 2018, deputies observed Crawford driving into the parking lot of the Circle K gas station on Enterprise Drive in Sunriver. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SWAT team members contacted Crawford by phone and he agreed to come out of his motorhome.  Crawford was then arrested without incident.  No one was injured during the incident or the arrest.  During the investigation, it was learned that Crawford had a valid restraining order against him that prohibited him from possessing firearms.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sunriver Police Department.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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**UPDATE** DCSO Searching for a Bend Man After Early Morning Pursuit (Photo) - 12/27/18

Updated December 27, 2018 at 4:50pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Freddy Ayala was located today in Madras by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.  He is currenlty lodged in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  December 25, 2018

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Bend, OR – DCSO Searching for a Bend Man After Early Morning Pursuit

On December 25, 2018 at approximately 6:05AM, a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted a traffic stop with a grey 2016 Dodge Ram pick-up truck for a traffic violation. The DCSO Deputy contacted the driver, who provided a false identification.

During the traffic stop, the DCSO Deputy was able to identify the driver as Freddy Ayala, age 27 of Bend, Oregon after searching databases. The DCSO Deputy re-contacted Ayala at the driver’s window and attempted to arrest him for Driving While Criminally Suspended. Ayala sped away.

DCSO Deputies and Bend Police Officers pursued Ayala for several blocks until the pursuit discontinued in the interest of public safety.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance locating Mr. Ayala’s whereabouts. He is known to frequent the Bend and Prineville areas. Ayala is a Hispanic male, 5’08, 180 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. His last name, “Ayala”, is tattooed on the back of his neck. (Photos Attached)

Please contact the Deschutes County 911 Non-Emergency dispatch (541-693-6911) with any information about Ayala’s whereabouts. Reference DCSO Case # 18-398411 Do not contact or attempt to detain Mr. Ayala.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Terrebonne (Photo) - 12/27/18

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date:  December 27, 2018      

Occurred:  December 27, 2018 at 08:43am

Location:  C Avenue near Highway 97; Terrebonne            

Arrested:

Driver: Abbas, Bruce R.  Age:  37  Terrebonne, Oregon

Passenger: Worthington, Tracy A.  Age:  36  Terrebonne, Oregon

On December 27, 2018, at approximately 08:43am, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling in the Terrebonne area.  The deputy observed a gold 1992 Honda Accord eastbound on C Avenue that he recognized as a previously reported stolen vehicle from the Terrebonne area.
The deputy pulled in behind the Honda Accord and initiated a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle as it began to pull to the roadway shoulder near the intersection of C Avenue and Highway 97.  Both occupants of the stolen vehicle followed commands from the deputy until back-up arrived on scene.

The male driver, Bruce R. Abbas, was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possessing a Stolen Vehicle.  The female passenger, Tracy A. Worthington, was taken into custody without incident and then released by citation to appear on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of Methamphetamine – Misdemeanor.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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DCSO Deputy Acts Quickly to Save a Life (Photo) - 12/27/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey – Public Information Officer

Release Date: December 27, 2018

On December 26, 2018, at about 2:00pm, a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was at a residence in the La Pine area addressing county ordinance violations with the homeowner.  During the contact, a female subject inside the home came out of a bedroom and reported another female on scene was “down” and not breathing.  The reporting female suspected an opioid overdose and had already administered a dose of Narcan to the unresponsive female, but it had no apparent affect. 

The deputy immediately summoned emergency medical assistance and went to the bedroom where a 57-year-old unresponsive female was located.  The deputy began assessing the female’s condition and based on her observations also suspected an opioid overdose.  The deputy obtained a second dose of Narcan from her patrol vehicle and administered it to the unresponsive female.  This dose had an immediate affect and the female began breathing again.  Without this second dose of Narcan being with the deputy, it would have been ten minutes before the first emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.

Each of our patrol units carry Narcan with them for situations like these.  Narcan has been available in the jail since 2015 and it was added to our patrol fleet in early 2016.  DCSO deputies have administered Narcan 40 times during suspected opioid overdoses since 2015, both in the field and inside the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said, “Addiction affects the lives of everyone and more so families who suffer a tragic loss from an overdose death. Our office deployed Narcan as a life-saving tool nearly five years ago and we have used it 27 times this year alone.  In this national opioid crisis, my hope is that those who are saved after an overdose will take this second chance to change their life.” 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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SW Canal Blvd crash injuries one (Photo) - 12/26/18

Released by:          Sgt. Grant Johnstone

Location:                7000 block of SW Canal Blvd Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle 1:                Black 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Driver 1:                  Salena Wilson (Female)    Age:   21

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Citations:                No citations Issued, investigation ongoing

 

NARRATIVE:         

On 12/25/2018 at approximately 1910hrs, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of an injury crash on SW Canal Blvd near SW 61st Street in the Redmond area.

Upon arrival, deputies determined that a black 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Salena Wilson, age 21 of Redmond was southbound on SW Canal Blvd.  Near the 7000 block of SW Canal Blvd, the vehicle left the roadway and traveled off the right shoulder.  After leaving the roadway, Wilson struck a fence and then crashed into a tree head on.

A citizen driving the area immediately after the crash observed that Wilson had extricated herself from the vehicle and had crawled up the shoulder and onto the roadway.  The citizen stayed with Wilson to protect her from other traffic until emergency personnel were able to arrive.

Wilson was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend Oregon with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.  The investigation is ongoing to determine why Wilson went off the roadway.

Deschutes County deputies were assisted on scene by Bend Fire.

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Prineville Man Revived and Arrested for DUII-Drugs After Crash in Tumalo (Photo) - 12/25/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  December 25, 2018

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Bend, OR – Prineville Man Revived and Arrested for DUII-Drugs After Crash in Tumalo

On December 25, 2018 at approximately 2:39PM Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on the east Tumalo grade of US Highway 20. Witnesses called 911 to report a silver Cadillac DeVille had crashed into a guard rail while driving through Tumalo. The Cadillac continued eastbound, towards Bend, when it crossed over the center line into on-coming traffic on the east grade of Highway 20.

The Cadillac, driven by Tyland John Shoals, age 28 of Prineville, OR, left the north side of the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Bystanders stopped to check on Shoals and found he was unresponsive and not breathing. Moments later and with the assistance of by-standers, DCSO Deputies arrived and provided Shoals life-saving medical aid.

Bend Fire Department Paramedics arrived to assist and he was transported to St. Charles – Bend. ODOT Incident Response also assisted with traffic control during the incident.

DCSO Deputies conducted an investigation and determined Shoals appeared to be having an emergency medical issue when he crashed the Cadillac. As a result of the investigation, Shoals was arrested for DUII – Drugs, Recklessly Endangering Another, and Reckless Driving. 

In lieu of custody, Shoals was cited and released at St Charles – Bend.

Instead of a “physical arrest”, the citation-in-lieu-of-custody releases the person on the promise to appear in court at a specified date and time. Due to privacy laws, I am unable to specify the reason a “citation-in-lieu-of custody” was used in this particular case. However, citations-in-lieu of custody are often used when people are charged with certain misdemeanor or felony offenses, are too unhealthy or ill for jail, they require emergent medical or mental health care at a hospital or several other unusual circumstances. However, a citation-in-lieu of custody is still an “arrest” and does not discount the seriousness of the alleged crimes.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

 

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Redmond Man Arrested After an Attempted Hemp Farm Robbery and Pursuit (Photo) - 12/25/18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  December 25, 2018

Released by: Sergeant Kent Vander Kamp

Redmond, OR – Redmond Man Arrested After an Attempted Robbery Investigation and Pursuit

On December 25, 2018 at approximately 12:25PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a trespass in progress at 500 block of NE O’Neil Way. The victim and reporting party told Deschutes County 911 dispatchers that he was holding two trespassers at gunpoint after confronting them on their licensed industrial hemp farm. The trespasser’s truck became stuck on rocks during the confrontation. The driver, later identified as, Mitchell Bruce Ballard, Jr., age 31 of Redmond, Oregon was able to remove the truck from the rocks and fled before law enforcement could arrive.

An Oregon State Police Trooper spotted the truck leaving the area and pursued it for several minutes before discontinuing the pursuit in the interest of public safety. DCSO Deputies and Detectives saturated the area and located Ballard and a woman in the public lands behind the Negus Landfill Transfer Station with the truck. After a short foot pursuit, Ballard was detained. The woman has been identified, however remains at large. Her identity is being withheld as the investigation continues.

During the initial investigation, it was determined that Ballard and the woman entered an industrial hemp farm with the intent to steal, what they believed was, marijuana. Industrial hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Although it does contain minute amounts of THC, industrial hemp does not have the impairing effects of marijuana.

When confronted by the property owners, Ballard produced a weapon and threatened the owners. The property owners lawfully defended themselves with firearms and attempted to detain Ballard and the woman until law enforcement arrived.

Ballard crashed into the property owner’s vehicles when he fled, causing substantial damage.

Ballard Jr. was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges;

Attempt to Elude – Felony

Robbery I

Reckless Endangering x3

Criminal Mischief I x2

Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver – Misd x2

Criminal Trespass II

DCSO Deputies and Detectives are attempting to contact and interview the woman involved in this case. More information may be released when it becomes available.

CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   Sgt. William Bailey, Public Information Officer, 541-388-6655 or SheriffPIO@deschutes.org  

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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Rollover Crash on Deschutes Market Road (Photo) - 12/25/18

Released by: Lt. Ty Rupert        

Location: Deschutes Market Rd at Morrill Rd            

 

Vehicle 1: 2004 Ford Freestar Van                                           

 

Driver 1: Marion Ringo                                        Age: 45         

                                 

Passenger: Ruby Ringo                                      Age: 38

         

Passengers: 3 Minor Children                           Ages: all under 10

 

Citations: None                

 

NARRATIVE:

 

On December 25, 2018 at approximately 0917 hours deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a rollover motor vehicle accident on Deschutes Market Road near Morrill Rd. Upon arrival, deputies located the vehicle on its roof down a 30 foot embankment. All parties were out of the vehicle. The driver had a small laceration to his forehead and multiple small cuts on the back of his head from glass. The female passenger was complaining of pain to her knee and was holding her three young children to keep them warm. One of the three children received a minor abrasion to his face.  All parties were treated and released at the scene by Bend Fire Medics.

 

The investigation revealed the driver was southbound on Deschutes Market Road when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway and rolled down the embankment. All parties were wearing seatbelts and all three children were restrained in car seats.   The family was enroute to their relative’s house to celebrate Christmas. Their Christmas presents were scattered around the crash. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by OSP and Bend Fire who helped gather the presents and load them into a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle. Family members arrived on scene to provide transportation to all parties involved in the accident. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies delivered the families Christmas presents to their relatives home so they could celebrate Christmas.

Alcohol or Drugs were not a contributing factor in the crash.        

 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Motor vehicle crash injuries one on Highway 20 at Old Bend Redmond (Photo) - 12/23/18

MEDIA RELEASE  

Motor Vehicle Crash w/injuries Hwy 20 / Old Bend Redmond

 

Released by:  Sgt. Grant Johnstone   

 

Location:        Highway 20 / Old Bend Redmond      

 

Vehicle 1:        Gray 2005 Ford Excursion       

 

Vehicle 2:        Blue 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser           

 

Driver 1:          Juvenile (female)             Age:   17

                          Bend

                                 

Driver 2:          Kirkpatrick, Jeff              Age:   60

                          Bend

 

Citations:        Investigation continuing          

 

NARRATIVE:         

 

On 12/23/2018 at approximately 1916hrs, deputies with Deschutes County were dispatched to a report of motor vehicle crash at Highway 20 and Old Bend Redmond.  Initial reports were that the crash was a high mechanism crash with unknown injuries.

 

Upon arrival, deputies determined that a blue 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Jeff Kirkpatrick was westbound on Highway 20 approaching Old Bend Redmond.  A gray 2005 Ford Excursion driven by a 17 year old female juvenile from Bend attempted to turn east on Highway 20 from Old Bend Redmond and turned into the path of Kirkpatrick.

 

Old Bend Redmond is controlled by a stop sign at this location.  Highway 20 traffic has right of way through the area.

 

Kirkpatrick was transported to St. Charles Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  Highway 20 traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction for approximately 45 minutes.  Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

 

Deschutes County Deputies were assisted on scene by Bend Fire, Oregon State Police, and ODOT.

 

 

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service organization providing patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today directed by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the more than 185,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 180 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

 

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Avalanche At Tumalo Butte (Photo) - 12/20/18

Date:  12/20/18

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

 

On 12/19/18, at approximately 9:00am, a large avalanche released on the northeast aspect of Tumalo Butte.  Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers were in close proximity and proceeded to investigate immediately.  The avalanche released at the southeast end of the bowl, where motorized activity is permitted.  DCSO SAR Volunteers did not observe how the slide was triggered so immediately assessed the debris area for safe access and began a beacon search, followed by a visual search for any clues of human interaction.  

No subjects or clues were located, so DCSO SAR Volunteers proceeded to the summit of Tumalo Butte to investigate further.  Upon reaching the summit ridge, searchers noted large cracks in the snow as a result of snow bike tracks along the ridge, directly above the slide.  Approximately 60% of the bowl released, traveling about 1/4 mile and was destructive enough to bury, injure or kill a person recreating in the area.  Probes were used to determine the depth of the snow in areas of the avalanche, measuring approximately 9'.

It is very fortunate no one was injured or killed as a result of this avalanche.  This is a sobering reminder of the dangers of traveling and recreating in back country/wilderness areas and in avalanche terrain as well as the destructive force of an avalanche.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those planning to recreate in these areas, to have proper gear (avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, 10 essentials for wilderness travel) and training prior to.  Investigate available resources such as the Northwest Avalanche Center, Central Oregon Avalanche Association and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to understand and mitigate potential danger when traveling in remote and avalanche terrain.