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Brookswood Pursuit - 01/20/18


Brookswood Pursuit

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Location: Brookswood Blvd / Poplar St.

Occurred: January 20, 2018, 5:52 PM

Suspect Driver: Daniel James Wallace, 34 years of age, Bend, Oregon.

Charges: Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering.

Passenger: Chase Lingo Swafford, 47 years of age, Bend, Oregon.

Charges: Warrant.

Vehicle: 1990 Toyota Celica, white.

NARRATIVE: On January 20, 2018 at about 5:52 pm, a Deschutes County Deputy observed a white 1990 Toyota Celica run a stop sign at Baker Rd and Brookswood Blvd. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Brookswood Blvd and Poplar Street. The vehicle fled eastbound on Poplar Street in an attempt to elude the deputy. A short pursuit ensued with speeds between 32 mph and 42 mph ending in the area of Cultus Drive and Ponderosa Street. The driver stopped, exited the vehicle, and fled on foot.

A passenger who remained in the vehicle, Chase Lingo Swafford, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Deputies were assisted by the Oregon State Police, Bend Police and a Bend Police K9 in a search for the suspect driver, but he was not located.

Deputies were able to identify the driver as Mr. Daniel James Wallace through their investigation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to encourage anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Wallace to call the non-emergency line at (541) 693-6911.

Similar Truck
Similar Truck
Search underway for missing Redmond man (Photo)*****Updated Press release, subject located*************** - 01/19/18

********Located Person: Douglas, John Stanton Age: 60 (Located)*************
Redmond, Oregon

On 1/19/18, John Douglas was located in Washington state in good condition and has been cleared as a missing person. Douglas' family has been notified with this information.

************End of updated press release 1/19/18 ******************************

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in locating a missing Redmond man, who was last seen going to Sonic to get lunch in Redmond on 01/10/2018 around noon. Douglas left his residence in a 2000 white Ford F250 extended cab truck bearing Oregon License Plate 788KCU. See attached photo of a pick-up similar to Douglas' pick-up.

Douglas is described as a white male, who 6' 2" tall, weighing 220 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. See attached photo of Douglas. Douglas was last seen wearing a green Carhart jacket, blue jeans, shoes and a hat.

Douglas has been known to frequent the Three Creeks Road area of Sisters. Douglas could be in need of medical attention.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public with any information on the whereabouts or any sightings of John Douglas. Anyone with information on this missing person case is asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911.

Attached Media Files: Similar Truck , Douglas' photo
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office To Assist With Sno-Park Parking Permit Enforcement - 01/19/18

Date: 01/19/18
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has entered into an agreement with the Oregon Department Of Transportation to provide Sno-Park Parking Permit Enforcement. Oregon's Sno-Park Program is funded entirely by the sale of Sno-Park permits. The program provides funds for snow removal in Sno-Parks as well as maintenance and development of Sno-Parks.

Costs of the permit vary from $4-25 depending upon if you are purchasing a one day, three day or season permit. Permits can be purchased at any DMV office or at any of the vendors listed at the following weblink: Sales agents may charge an additional service fee for each permit they sell. Oregon Sno-Park permits are also honored in Idaho and California.

Valid Sno-Park permits must be displayed near the lower left (driver's side) corner of the vehicle windshield when parking in a designated winter recreation parking area (Sno-Park) between November 1st and April 30th. The goal of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is to achieve voluntary compliance from those recreating at one of our many Winter Recreation Areas. However, parking in an Oregon Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $30 fine.

S. Century Fatal Crash
S. Century Fatal Crash
Fatal Crash on S. Century Drive (Photo) - 01/17/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Location: S. Century Drive near milepost 1

Vehicle: Silver 2004 Ford F350 pickup

Driver: Gary Dale Lawrence Age:84
Terrebonne, Oregon


On January 17, 2018, at 6:22am, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the area of S. Century Drive, near milepost 1. Witnesses reported seeing the 2004 Ford F350 suddenly accelerate and then fail to negotiate a curve in the roadway, crossing through the oncoming lane. The Ford F350 then went down an embankment and into a group of trees.

An investigation at the scene determined Gary Dale Lawrence of Terrebonne was driving westbound on S. Century Drive, east of Sunriver. Lawrence failed to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway and crossed through the oncoming lane and then left the roadway. Lawrence's vehicle continued a short distance along the roadway shoulder and then struck a large tree, causing the pickup to rollover onto its top.

The Sunriver Fire Department responded to the crash scene and determined Gary Lawrence was deceased.

It is believed Lawrence experienced a medical event, which was the primary contributing factor to this crash. Roadway conditions and cold temperatures are not believed to be factors.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Sunriver Police Department.

Attached Media Files: S. Century Fatal Crash
Photo of vehicle
Photo of vehicle
Pursuit in NW Redmond sends one to jail (Photo) - 01/17/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: January 16, 2018 at 10:32pm

Location: NW 25th Street / NW Rimrock Lane; Redmond

Arrested: Lane Eugene Johnson 51 year old male


Felony Attempt to Elude
Reckless Driving
Criminal Mischief II
Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver
Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon


On January 16, 2018 at 10:32pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Honda Accord that was being driven in the area of NW Redmond. The reason for the traffic stop was the vehicle made an un-signaled turn onto NW Yucca Way from NW Pershall Way, in Redmond. The driver attempted to elude police and sped away from the traffic stop. The vehicle continued on NW Yucca Way then onto NW 21st Street where the vehicle turned around and drove back to NW Yucca Way.

The vehicle then drove west on NW Pershall Way at about 60 mph. The vehicle lost control on the "S" turns where NW Pershall Way turns into NW Coyner Avenue. The vehicle left the roadway crashing into a large rock and through a fence. The suspect vehicle continued through a field back towards two deputies missing one of the patrol vehicles by approximately 1-2 car lengths. The vehicle continued east bound on Pershall Way at which time the front and rear passenger side tires flattened causing the vehicle to drive on its rims. The vehicle continued east bound on Pershall Way crossing over Highway 97 and onto Oneil Highway at very low speeds. The vehicle continued east on Oneil Highway and straight onto NE Yucca Way before coming to a stop at the intersection of NE Yucca Avenue and NE 17th Street.

Officers with the Redmond Police Department assisted deputies with a high risk traffic stop where the only occupant, Lane Eugene Johnson, was taken into custody. Johnson was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail and lodged on the listed charges.

Johnson was also issued a citation for driving while suspended (violation) and driving uninsured.


Attached Media Files: Photo of vehicle
DCSO SAR Assists With Overdue Hiker At Smith Rock State Park - 01/10/18

Date: 01/10/18
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Coordinator

Overdue Hiker: Jared Irick, 20 year old male, Redmond, OR

Reporting Party: Janet Irick, 58 year old female, Redmond, OR


On 01/09/18, at about 7:31pm, Janet Irick telephone 9-1-1 Dispatch reporting her son, Jared Irick, was overdue from returning from his hike at Smith Rock State Park. Janet reported Jared had left their Redmond home at about 3:30pm to hike at the park. When Jared did not return home soon after dark, Janet drove to the park and located Jared's vehicle in the parking lot. Janet attempted to locate Jared without success and then called friends, family and 9-1-1 Dispatch for assistance in locating Jared. Jared was reported as wearing blue jeans and a dark gray t-shirt, with no additional safety equipment (flashlight, cell phone, additional clothing, etc).

Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the park and met with Janet to gather more information, while 18 DCSO SAR Volunteers were assembled to assist with the search for Jared. AirLink also assisted with an aerial search as DCSO SAR Volunteers on board utilized a hand held FLIR device (in an attempt to locate Jared via his body's heat signature).

Friend's of the Irick's also responded to the park and began searching. One of the Irick's friends heard what they believed to be a call for help coming from the northeast end of the park. Jared was located in that general area on the Wolf Tree Trail, near the Burma Road Trail. Jared was wet and cold, but able to hike out on his own with his friend and DCSO SAR Volunteers. He was reunited with his mother, Janet, and other friends in the nearby parking lot.

Jared had hiked the Wolf Tree Trail to the Burma Road Trail and a short distance beyond. He had become lost after dark and at one point entered the river in an attempt to cross to the other side. He rightfully determined the river crossing was too dangerous and turned back. Jared eventually observed the headlamps of searchers and called out for assistance.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in our many outdoor locations, to always plan for the unexpected. Even short hikes can get extended for unforeseen reasons. A cell phone with battery charging device, small first aid kit, extra clothing, emergency shelter, extra food and water, flashlight, etc. can make a big difference when the unexpected happens to either you or someone you come in contact with.

Precautionary Lockout at La Pine High School (Photo) - 01/08/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Location: La Pine High School

Occurred: January 08, 2018


At 10:40am, Deschutes County 911 received information from the Safe Oregon school safety tip line ( that they had received an anonymous tip from a student of a possible threat to the safety of students at La Pine High School.

A precautionary "lockout" was immediately placed at La Pine High School while law enforcement investigated the threat and worked to locate the juvenile that had been named. Because La Pine High School shares a campus with La Pine Middle and Elementary Schools, those schools were also placed on a precautionary "lockout".

Law enforcement has since made contact with the juvenile and determined there is no credible threat to the students of La Pine High School. At 12:28pm, the precautionary "lockout" was lifted.

The Safe Oregon tip line is one of the tools included in a suite of Tip and Talk resources, called First Step, that the district pushed out to all iPads issued to students in grades 6-12 in December. Elementary families can access the resources at on their mobile device or computer.

Attached Media Files: badge
Photo of truck
Photo of truck
DUII crash north of Bend sends one driver to the hospital (Photo) - 01/06/18

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/Time: 01/05/2018 7:14 p.m.

Location: Old Bend-Redmond Highway/Rodeo Dr. - Bend

Driver 1: Valdovinos, Jose A. Age: 22
Bend, Oregon

Charges: DUII
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering Another Person (3 counts)
Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor
Passing in a No Passing Zone

Passenger 1: Sinclair, Alisha Age: 22
Bend, Oregon

Vehicle 1: Black 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup

Driver 2: Smith, Brittany Age: 29
Redmond, Oregon

Passenger 2: Newton, Caitlin Age: 27
Redmond, Oregon

Vehicle 2: Black 2007 Nissan Altima


On January 05, 2018, at 7:14 p.m. deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and paramedics from the Bend Fire Department responded to a two vehicle crash on the Old Bend-Redmond Highway south of Rodeo Dr., north of Bend. Arriving deputies found a black 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup on the southbound shoulder of Old Bend-Redmond Highway, facing south that had struck a tree. The black 2007 Nissan Altima was parked on the northbound shoulder of the roadway.

An investigation at the scene determined Valdovinos was driving northbound on the Old Bend-Redmond Highway, following the Nissan. He passed the Nissan in a no passing zone (double yellow) and as his vehicle became parallel with the Nissan, he rapidly accelerated, causing the Chevy to fishtail on the slick roadway, hitting the Nissan. The Chevy then spun around, slid off the roadway backwards and struck the tree.

Valdovinos was transported to Saint Charles Medical Center - Bend with serous injuries. He was later cited and released on the above listed charges. Sinclair was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Neither Smith nor Newton were injured.

The Old Bend - Redmond Highway was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately 45 minutes during the investigation.

Attached Media Files: Photo of truck
Pursuit leads to Bend woman's arrest - 01/06/18

Released by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/Time: 01/05/2018 at 9:04 p.m.

Location: Hwy 97/SW Pumice Ave.,Redmond (parking lot of Redmond Safeway)

Driver: Curtis, Christa Age: 46
Bend, Oregon

Vehicle: Silver 2004 Chevy Colorado

Charges: Attempt to Elude - Felony
Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor
Possession of Methamphetamine - Felony
Probation Violation

Total bail: $25,000


On January 05, 2018, at about 9:04 p.m. a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office observed Curtis operating a 2004 Chevy Colorado on Highway 97 near Pumice Ave. He knew from previous contacts with Curtis that her driver's license was suspended and initiated a traffic stop on Curtis in the Safeway parking lot in Redmond.

During this time a Redmond Police Officer arrived to assist. After making contact with Curtis, the officer subsequently obtained a consent for and searched her vehicle, finding suspected methamphetamine. Upon contacting Curtis' Probation Officer the deputy was advised a probation "detainer" would be placed on her for a violation of her probation. Upon hearing this Curtis fled in her vehicle, running over landscaping in the Safeway parking lot.

Curtis fled southbound on Highway 97. The deputy and Redmond Officer pursued Curtis southbound to the area of Hwy 97/Yew Ave., reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour. With the slick road conditions the pursuit was discontinued in the interest of public safety.

At about 02:04 hours, another deputy located her vehicle on Bachelor Ln. east of Bend. She was found sleeping in it and was taken into custody without incident. She was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on the above listed charges.

Two Arrested After Gas Drive off in Sisters where Fuel Attendant was Injured (Photo) - 01/04/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Occurred: January 3, 2018 at 4:26pm

Location: Space Age Fuel; 411 W Cascade Ave, Sisters

Arrested: White, Victor A Age: 33
Portland, Oregon
Charges: Robbery in the 2nd Degree
Assault in the 3rd Degree
Reckless Driving
Reckless Endangering
Possession of Controlled Substance
Felon in Possession of a Weapon
Parole Violation Detainer

Arrested: Johnson, Coltin R Age: 26
Portland, Oregon
Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Parole Violation Detainer


On January 03, 2018, at approximately 4:26pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a reported hit and run involving a pedestrian that occurred at Space Age Fuel in Sisters; 411 W. Cascade Avenue. The initial information to Deschutes County 911 was the driver of a black Kia Soul had partially paid for requested fuel, then left from the gas station. A fuel attendant attempting to stop the driver for only partially paying had been struck and injured by the Kia Soul as it left the scene. The fuel attendant and a second Space Age Fuel employee were able to provide a description of the vehicle, the vehicle license plate and a description of the occupants to Deschutes County 911.

An attempt to locate (ATL) was broadcast throughout Central Oregon and two deputies with DCSO located the black Kia driving eastbound on Highway 20 near Couch Market Road approximately 12 minutes after the call to 911. A traffic stop on Highway 20 near Tumalo resulted in two of the vehicles three occupants being arrested. Deputies also located controlled prescription medication and a loaded firearm during a search of the vehicle

The driver, Victor A. White of Portland, was arrested for Robbery in the 2nd Degree, Assault in the 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and a Parole Violation detainer.

A male passenger, Coltin R. Johnson of Portland, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Parole Violation detainer.

A third female passenger was contacted and released from the scene.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Black Butte Ranch Police and the City of Bend Police Department.

Attached Media Files: Star2017.jpg
photo of crash
photo of crash
DUII Crash South of Redmond (Photo) - 01/04/18

Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Location: SW Helmholtz Way at SW Canal Blvd; Redmond

Driver 1: Whinery, Justin F Age: 37
Bend, Oregon
Vehicle 1: Silver 2007 Nissan Titan

Charges DUII and Reckless Driving


On January 03, 2018, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of SW Helmholtz Way and SW Canal Boulevard, south of Redmond. Arriving deputies found a silver 2007 Nissan Titan on its passenger side on the SW corner of the intersection. The driver and only occupant of the truck, Justin F. Whinery of Bend, told deputies he had swerved to miss a deer.

An investigation at the scene determined Whinery was driving southbound on SW Helmholtz Way, approaching the intersection of SW Canal Boulevard. Whinery failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway just before the stop sign at SW Canal Blvd. and rolled his vehicle. Whinery was not injured.

The investigation also determined Whinery was impaired and he was taken into custody for DUII and Reckless Driving. Whinery was transported and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on these charges.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Fire Department. The stop and street sign at the intersection was damaged as a result of this crash. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Attached Media Files: photo of crash
Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children with Incarcerated Parents (Photo) - 01/02/18

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 13, 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 Additional program information is available at the Sheriff's Office web site at

Attached Media Files: COPY_hands.JPG
Driver Arrested for Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist - 12/30/17

Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Location: Near Dodds Road / Obernolte Road; East of Bend

Arrested: Witt, Shantel L 41 year old female
Bend, Oregon

Vehicle: Gray 2002 GMC Sierra pickup

Deceased: Stone, Marika J 38 year old female
Bend, Oregon

Charges: Manslaughter in the First Degree
Reckless Driving
Reckless Endangering X 2


Today at 3:21pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a crash in the area of Dodds Road and Obernolte Road, east of Bend. The initial information to Deschutes County 911 was the crash involved a GMC pickup and a bicyclist.

An investigation at the scene determined Shantel Witt was driving her gray 2002 GMC Sierra pickup eastbound on Dodds Road, near the intersection of Obernolte Road. Witt failed to negotiate a slight curve to the right in the roadway and continued straight, crossing through the westbound lane. Just before Witt's vehicle left the westbound shoulder of Dodds Road, it struck one of three bicyclists riding westbound on the westbound shoulder. Marika Stone of Bend was the third bicyclist in the line of three and she died at the scene.

Based on the investigation and evidence collected at the scene, Shantel Witt has been arrested and will be lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail on the charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree, DUII and Reckless Driving.

Dodds Road was closed or reduced to one lane for approximately five hours. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Police Department, Oregon State Police, Bend Fire Department, Alfalfa Fire Department, and the Deschutes County Road Department.

Stone's next of kin have been notified. This investigation in ongoing. Anyone that may have witnessed this crash and has not spoken to investigators is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Suspect arrested following Kidnapping, Assault, Burglary investigation - 12/28/17

Released by: Sgt. Don Manning, DCSO Detective Division

Occurred: 12/25/17 at 23:05 p.m.

Location: 18000 Block, Bull Springs Road, Bend, Oregon

Arrested : Miller, Gregory Mason Age: 47
Bend, Oregon

Charges: Kidnapping I, bail $100,000.00
Robbery I, bail $100,000.00
Arson I, bail $25,000.00
Burglary, I bail $25,000.00
Assault II, bail $50,000.00
Strangulation, bail $10,000.00
Coercion, bail $10,000.00
Unlawful Use of a Weapon, bail $ 10,000.00
Menacing, bail $ 5,000.00
Reckless Endangering, bail $5,000.00
Stalking, bail $ 5,000.00
Criminal Mischief I, two counts bail $20,000.00
Criminal Mischief II, two counts bail $10,000.00

Total Bail $375,000.00

Victim: Adult female, name withheld
Bend, Oregon


On 12-25-2017 at approximately 2305 hours, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division responded to a reported Kidnapping and Assault, involving a weapon, which occurred in the 18000 block of Bull Springs Road in an unincorporated subdivision of Bend. The initial investigation revealed that the victim encountered a male, Gregory who laid in wait inside of her barn/stable knowing she would be checking on her animals. Miller then held the victim against her will for an extended period of time. Miller attempted to bind her hands and also used a deadly weapon during the incident. The victim was eventually able to escape from Miller.

The victim received minor injuries during the abduction that were treated at a later time.

Shortly after the initial report members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SWAT team responded to assist Patrol Deputies in the investigation.

According to initial statements law enforcement believed Miller was still likely in the area and on the property itself. Due to the extensive acreage involved, along with the unpredictable violent actions of the suspect, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, Detectives and a Deschutes County Patrol Canine were deployed to locate Miller.

While conducting the search for Miller, Law Enforcement located his vehicle, which had been destroyed by fire and still smoldering. SWAT operators, patrol deputies and canine resources searched for Miller over nearly one mile of difficult terrain utilizing various tracking and investigative techniques to eventually locate him near the residence where the incident occurred.

Miller was taken into custody without incident. He was immediately treated by Bend Fire/Paramedics and transported to St. Charles Medical Center due to self-inflicted, none life threatening injuries. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputies, Detectives, Canine and SWAT members worked through the night and into the mid-morning hours to bring this event to a safe conclusion.

The assault/kidnapping was not believed to be a random act. Miller knew the victim prior to the incident.

Miller was lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail after being released by St. Charles Medical Center on the listed charges.

The investigation is still on-going by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives Division.