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**UPDATED** Suspects in Stolen Vehicle Crash through Yards of Several Residences in NE Bend (Photo) - 04/24/18

**UPDATE on April 24th at 5:38pm by Sgt. William Bailey**
At about 5:00pm this afternoon, Aviles was taken into custody at a residence in NE Bend. He has been lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail.

-End of Update-


Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey - Public Information Officer


Release Date: April 24, 2018      



Arrested:     Bingernheimer, Ashley (28 years old, Bend, Oregon)


Charges:     Reckless Driving

                      Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle

                      Attempt to Elude - Felony

                      Criminal Mischief in the First Degree

                      Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle


Suspect:     Aviles, Christopher (28 years old, Bend, Oregon)


Charges:     Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

                      Probation Violation




On April 23, 2018, at approximately 8:33pm, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that had just been stolen from the Shell Tumalo Country Store. The owner of the vehicle told dispatchers his silver 2001 Subaru Impreza had just been stolen while left   running in front of the store.


A few minutes later, a deputy spotted the stolen Subaru on the area of 3rd Street and Empire Avenue in Bend.  He followed the Subaru eastbound on Empire Ave., then north onto Layton Avenue, and then east onto Boulderfield Avenue.  The stolen vehicle then quickly sped away from the deputy eastbound.  The deputy activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the stolen vehicle.  The stolen vehicle failed to yield and continued to accelerate away.  Due to the deputy being in a residential area, he reached a top speed of approximately 30 MPH while the suspect vehicle quickly sped away and out of sight.  The deputy deactivated his lights and siren and did not give chase due to the residential area and risk to the community.


The deputy continued in the last know direction of the stolen vehicle on Boudlerfield Avenue.  Near the intersection of Boulderfield Ave and Black Powder Lane, the deputy again found the stolen vehicle after it had lost control and crashed through several front yard fences and nearly struck a residence.


The deputy observed two subjects, a male and female, walking away from the scene and a nearby citizen confirmed they were the occupants of the vehicle.  The deputy gave verbal commands at both subjects to stop and get on the ground and at the same time advised other nearby citizens to move away from the two suspects.  The male refused to follow commands and had his hands concealed near his front waistline.  The male took off running towards a large construction site in the area.  The female did comply with the deputies commands and did stop and lay down on the ground.  She was handcuffed and detained without further incident.


The female was identified as Ashley Bingenheimer and the male was identified as Christopher Aviles, both from Bend. Aviles left the scene on foot and is still outstanding. Bingenheimer was transported by the Bend Fire Department to St. Charles in Bend for non-life threatening injuries.


It was determined Bingenheimer was driving the vehicle at the time it was stolen and while the deputy was attempting to stop the vehicle. Bingenheimer conspired with Aviles to steal the vehicle and Aviles was the front passenger. Bingenheimer was cited in lieu of custody at St. Charles in Bend.


Aviles is still outstanding and being sought by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Deschutes County non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. 

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DCSO Provides Boater Education Classes And Pre-Season Boat Inspections - 04/12/18

By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Special Services Coordinator
Date: 04/12/18

2018 Mandatory Boater Education Training Classes and Pre-Season Boat Inspection Opportunity

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit is pleased to announce the return of our free Mandatory Boater Education training classes as well as a pre-season opportunity to have your motorized boat inspected. Oregon law requires Oregon residents 12 years of age and older who operate powered boats of more than 10 hp, to obtain their Mandatory Boater Education card. Failure to have a card under the above conditions might result in a $110 fine. This card is not a license to operate a boat, as there is no such requirement in Oregon. Once a boater receives their card, it never has to be renewed. There is a one-time $10 cost to receive your card and duplicate cards are available for $5.

Boat operators can also access the testing material and take the test on-line through the Oregon State Marine Board website, but there is generally a fee associated with the test and receiving a certificate. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office offers five, three hour classes free of charge that accomplishes the same goal. Students watch a video, are given information pertaining to specific Oregon laws and requirements and have the opportunity to ask questions. Students then take a 75 question multiple choice test; a minimum score of 70% is needed to pass. The tests are graded at the class and once a student has passed, they receive all necessary paperwork and information on how to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board.

The following is the schedule of classes for 2018. All classes run from 6pm-9pm and are held at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in Bend (63333 Hwy 20 West). There is no sign up or registration for the class, but please arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the class to check in. For additional information, go to, or or contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-388-6501.

The first class date offered will be this Friday, April 13th.  Subsequent classes will be held on:  May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, and September 14th.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will also be providing an opportunity for boaters to have their boats inspected at three different locations in Deschutes County. The inspections will be offered this Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at Big Country RV in Redmond, Sportsman's Wherehouse in Bend and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office substation in La Pine. DCSO Marine Deputies and Volunteers will be present at the above locations on April 14th, between the hours of 9am-3pm.

** Updated** DCSO Seeks Public's Help in Locating Runaway Juvenile Male - 04/11/18

Updated at 2:25pm by Sgt. William Bailey

Within the last hour, Michael Fenicle was located in a residential area of NE Bend and is safe.  We would like to thank our community for their help in locating and returning him home safely.

**End of Update**


Released by: Sgt. William Bailey Release date: April 11, 2018 Runaway: Fenicle, Michael K 13 year old juvenile male Oregon Water Wonderland, south of Sunriver On April 11, 2018, at approximately 0600 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a runaway thirteen year old male juvenile in the Oregon Water Wonderland Subdivision. The parents of the juvenile reported that he left their residence sometime during the night of 04/10/18 or early morning of 04/11/18. Deschutes County Dispatch received two phone contacts from motorists around 4:00 am stating they observed a "teenage male" on Hwy 97 near milepost 148 (lava butte) waving a flashlight at passing vehicles. An area check was done and deputies were not able to locate the "teenage male" believed to be the runaway, Michael Fenicle. It is unknown where Fenicle's current location is but he is possibly in the Bend area and may be trying to get to the Portland area. Fenicle is white male, 5'6", 105 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a green jacket, black Adidas athletic pants with white stripes on the side, blue Nike shoes and an unknown color backpack. If anyone sees Fenicle, they are asked to contacted Deschutes County non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911. A photograph of Fenicle is attached.

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**Updated** Climber Falls at Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 04/11/18

**Updated April 11, 2018 at 11:30am by Sgt. William Bailey**

The climber has been identified as 20 year old Alexander J. Reed of Bend. Reed's next of kin has been notified of his death.

**End of Update**

Released by:          Sgt. Grant Johnstone


Release Date:        April 10, 2018




On April 10, 2018 at approximately 7:50am, Deschutes County 911 received a call of a male climber that had fallen within Smith Rock State Park.  The male had fallen within the area of Misery Ridge.


Deschutes County deputies along with EMS responded and determined that the male subject was deceased.  Witnesses reported the subject was alone and had gone up the Misery Ridge Trail.  They reported hearing a subject yell and saw the male fall from the top of the Misery Ridge Trail.  The subject was not actively engaged in climbing at the time of the incident but was equipped with climbing rope, harness, and other gear.


Preliminary investigation shows this to be an accidental fall of approximately 200 feet.  Twelve Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to assist in removing the subject due to the difficult terrain.  The subject's identification is withheld pending notification of next of kin.


Deschutes County deputies were assisted by Smith Rock State Park Rangers and Volunteers, Redmond Fire Department, and Deschutes County SAR.

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Fire at Homeless Camp - 04/10/18

By:  Sergeant Kevin Dizney

Date:  4/10/18

Victim:  Bonjorni, Christopher  Age:  34

Location:  1/4 mile east of Highway 97 near milepost 130


On Monday, 040918, at approximately 9:50 PM, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputy encountered a man walking in the middle of Highway 97 near milepost 130.  The deputy stopped for the man and determined he was having a medical emergency relating to a fire that had occurred at his camp nearby.  Bend Fire Department responded and transported the victim, Christopher Bonjorni to St. Charles Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries.  Deputies and fire fighters were able to locate the camp which was a total loss.  The fire had spread to an area approximately 50 feet by 50 feet and had ignited trees and brush.  An initial investigation determined that the cause of the fire was related to a propane cooking stove that ignited and caught a tent and surrounding materials on fire.  No one else was present or affiliated with the camp.  This investigation is ongoing.    

Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 04/10/18

Prepared By:  Sergeant. K. Dizney

Date:  4/10/18

Driver:  PRINZING, THOMAS LOWELL 07-30-1991  Age:  26    From:  BEND, OR



On Monday, 040918, at approximately 11:23 PM, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were disptached to a reported injury motor vehicle accident on Powell Butte Highway near milepost 9.  Dispatch reported the driver called in and said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and rolled.  Deputies located the crash at this location and contacted the driver, Thomas Prinzing, trapped inside the vehicle upside down on the north shourlder of the roadway.  Deputies determined that Prinzing had likely fallen asleep at the wheel and no other indications of speed, alcohol, or other distractions were noted. 

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department, OSP, Crook County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department.  Powell Butte Highway was closed in both directions for approximately 30 minutes to allow for fire apparatus to work to free Prinzing from the crash.  He was transported to St. Charles Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Photo attached:  1 of upside down vehicle.  Please turn photo to display correctly.  Photo upside down. 

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Wanted subject escapes arrest NE of Redmond - 04/09/18

Wanted subject escapes arrest NE of Redmond



Released by:          Sgt. Aaron Harding


Release Date:        April 9, 2018


Suspect:                 Sonny Allen Agrelius, Male 20 yrs, Albany, Oregon.


Charges:                 Felony Warrant, Misdemeanor Warrant, Escape, Assaulting a Peace Officer.




Agrelius was located and arrested April 9, 2018 at about 1050 hours, by the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Deputies after a citizen reported seeing a suspicious subject in the area of NE 33rd and O’Neil Hwy.





On April 9, 2018 at about 0530 hours, a Deschutes County Deputy was conducting a Runaway Juvenile investigation near the intersection of NE 33rd St. and O’Neil Hwy, when he encountered a wanted subject, Mr. Sonny Agrelius.


As the deputy attempted to arrest Agrelius, he assaulted the deputy striking and kicking him. Agrelius fled the scene to the west. Several additional deputies, Redmond Police Officers, and Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area. A sheriff’s office K9 also responded, but efforts to locate Agrelius were unsuccessful.


Agrelius was last seen wearing blue jeans and no shirt. He is about 5’11, 185 lbs, has brown hair and hazel eyes.


The Deputy was not injured during this incident.


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage anyone with information regarding Agrelius’ whereabouts call the non-emergency dispatch number, (541)693-6911.

Class Prepares Volunteers to Mentor Children with Incarcerated Parents (Photo) - 04/09/18

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.

This Saturday, April 14, 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. This will be the last training class offered until September.

For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email Additional program information is available at the Sheriff’s Office web site at

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Alfalfa Pursuit Leads to Wanted Persons Arrest (Photo) - 04/05/18

Released by:       Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Date / Time of Incident: 04/05/2018  1144AM

Location: 26000 Block of Willard Rd, Alfalfa

Arrested: Glover, Stan Lee Age 34 of Alfalfa


  • Felony Parole Violation Abscond Warrant- No Bail                  
  • Felony Probation Violation Warrant- No Bail
  •  Attempting to Eluding in a vehicle
  •  Attempting to Elude on foot
  •  Felony Driving with a Suspended License
  •  Resisting Arrest
  •  Interfering With a Peace Officer 
  •  Reckless Driving
  •  Criminal Mischief

On April 5th, 2018 at approximately 12:21 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Jeep near the Alfalfa Market store for minor traffic violations. The driver, later identified as Stan Lee Glover of Alfalfa, sped away from the traffic stop and refused to stop.

Alfalfa is an unincorporated community in Deschutes County about 16 miles east of Bend. This sparsely populated rural ranching community is home to mostly agricultural ranches and small residential communities.

Deputies pursued Glover through the rural Alfalfa area for several miles before Deputies utilized a PIT Maneuver near the intersection of Johnson Ranch Rd and Alfalfa Market Rd. This area was traffic free and a straight section of roadway. The PIT Maneuver caused Glover to lose control of his vehicle and drive through a pasture fence, into the shoulder ditch where the Jeep rolled onto its side. The PIT Maneuver is designed as a safe alternative to bring vehicle pursuits to an end and prevent risk to the public.

Glover then climbed out of the car and began running through the pasture as Deputies pursued. Glover continued to resist his arrest when Deputies caught him. After a brief struggle, Glover was placed under arrest and transported to St. Charles Medical Center – Bend for treatment of minor injuries he sustained during the pursuit.

The damaged fence contained a nearby family's horse. Deputies and Fire Fighters with the Alfalfa Fire District corralled the horse in a smaller pasture and contacted the homeowners. The Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the homeowners to repair the fence. The horse was uninjured during the incident.

After receiving medical treatment, Glover was lodged in the Deschutes County Adult Jail with the above listed charges.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police and the Alfalfa Fire District for their assistance with this investigation.

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Street Crimes Detectives Execute Four Search Warrants and Recover Cash and Other Items Taken in Redmond Burglary (Photo) - 04/04/18

Released by:  Sgt. William Bailey

Release Date: April 4, 2018        

Arrested on March 30th (Lodged at Deschutes County Jail):

Guerrero, Ricardo A.        44 year old male, Terrebonne, OR

Charges for Guerrero

Burglary II

Theft I – Aggravated

Criminal Mischief II

Criminal Conspiracy

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of Cocaine

Arrested on March 31st (Lodged at Jefferson County Jail):

Zimmerman, Thomas J.  34 year old male, Madras, OR

Charges for Zimmerman

Probation Violation

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine

Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

(Additional Charges Expected)

Arrested on April 3rd (Lodged at Deschutes County Jail):

Westcott, Wesley L.          31 year old male, Terrebonne, OR

Charges for Westcott

Burglary II

Theft I – Aggravated

Criminal Conspiracy

Criminal Mischief I

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Probation Violation


On March 26, 2018, patrol deputies were dispatched to a reported overnight burglary of a business in the county south of Redmond.  An investigation into the burglary determined entry had been made into the business and a safe was stolen.  Inside the safe was a handgun, business documents and vehicle titles, and a large amount of cash money.

Over the past week, our Street Crimes Unit detectives have executed four separate search warrants in various parts of Jefferson County as part of the burglary investigation.  These locations include 1200 block of SW Murray Street, Madras; 100 block of SW Cleveland Street, Madras; 6300 block of Buckskin Lane, Crooked River Ranch; and 12000 block of Highway 97, Terrebonne.

Through the execution of these four search warrants, detectives have recovered the stolen safe, including the various business documents and over $100,000 in cash.  Guerrero, Zimmerman, and Westcott have all been taken into custody over the past week and lodged in jail on various charges in relation to the burglary.  The handgun has not been recovered.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street level drug cases and quality of life issues connected to property crimes throughout Deschutes County. 

The business owner and victim in this case is taking addition security measures to prevent this from re-occurring in the future.

This investigation is ongoing.



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Man struck by vehicle and pepper sprayed south of Bend **Name Correction** - 04/02/18


Suspect: Emmy A Gilbert


Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time:  04/01/2018 at 4:19 p.m.

Location: 19800 Block of Rocking Horse Road - Bend

Victim: Paul Gilbert - 61 year old male - Bend

Suspect: Emily Gilbert   Emmy Gilbert- 28 year old female - Bend (daughter of Paul)


Assault II, Assault IV, Meancing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray

Total bail: $85,000

 Vehicle involved: White 2003 Volkswagen Jetta


On 04/01/2018 at about 4:19 p.m. Deschutes County 911 recieved a call from Emily Emmy Gibert who reported spraying her father with pepper spray after striking him with her vehicle.  A short time later Paul got on the phone with 911 dispatch and reported having sustained moderate injuries.  Responding Deputies arrived and found the VW Jetta had crashed into a fence at the residence.  

Investigating deputies learned Paul had seen  Emily Emmy drive by his house eastbound on Rocking Horse Road and he went out to the roadway, anticipating her arrival.  She then came back westbound and made a wide turn into the driveway, striking Paul who was standing about 1.5 feet in the asphalt lane of travel of Rocking Horse Road.  The Jetta continued into the driveway, striking the fence.  This caused Paul to land on the hood/windshield of the Jetta.  After being struck, Paul made his way to his front porch where Emily Emmy approached him and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray.  He ran into his house and she went after him, spraying him again in the back of the head.

Bend Fire Department paramedics responded and assessed Paul at the scene but he wasn't transported to the hospital. 

Emily Emmy was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the above listed charges.       





Suspect arrested on Burglary - 04/02/18


Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office

63333 Highway 20 West

Bend, Oregon 97703

541- 388-6655





Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief and Probation Violation


Released by:          Sgt. Don Manning


Occurred:               April 1, 2018 at 2107 hours


Location:                16000 Block of Del Pino Dr., La Pine   


Name:                      Richard A. Bounds

                                  La Pine, Or.

                                  27 years old


Charges:                 Burglary I

                                 Criminal Trespass II

                                 Criminal Mischief II

                                 Probation Violation




On 04/01/2018 at approximately 2107 hours deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 16000 block of Del Pino Road in La Pine, OR.  According to the report, there was a 27 year old male, Richard Bounds, who was discovered inside the kitchen of the residence by the home owner after the home owner was awakened by a loud noise.  When confronted by the home owner, Bounds fled the scene prior to the police arriving.


Within minutes, deputies arrived in the area and located Bounds hiding in the driveway area on the neighboring property.  During initial contact with Bounds, it was determined that he was most likely under the influence of an unknown substance.  Based on the evidence located at the scene along with victim statements Bounds was arrested. He was later taken to St. Charles Medical Center to be medically evaluated and treated.  

This investigation is on going.




Wanted subject flees from police - public's help sought in locating him - 04/01/18

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time:  04/01/2018 at 12:54 p.m..

Location: 5th St./Cook Ave. - Tumalo

Suspect: Credille, Ronald K. - 22 year old male - Bend

Suspect vehicle: white 1992 Ford F350 pickup



On 04/01/2018 at about 12:54 p.m., an Oregon State Trooper made a traffic stop on the above vehicle after receiving a traffic complaint on it.  The vehicle operator, Credille, provided identification to the trooper but then fled the scene of the stop on foot.  It was determined Credille had two outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Linn County.

Multiple deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the Tumalo area to assist.  A short time later, Credille was seen at the end of Riverview Dr. by a deputy and fled across highway 20.  A deputy gave chase along the south end of the Knife River complex but lost Credille in the area.  A DCSO K9 was requested and Deputy Johnson and his partner Ezel responded to assist and began to track the suspect.

An EPN (Emergency Phone Network) notice was sent out to residents in the area asking them to secure their homes and be on the lookout for him.  Credille was tracked along the Deschutes River and the K9 team found a hat and "hoodie" sweatshirt that Credille dropped while fleeing. 

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Credille (photos attached).  If anyone has information regarding Credille's whereabouts please contact Deschutes County 911 non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.  


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Injury Motor Vehicle Crash Terrebonne - 03/30/18

Released by: SGT Kevin Dizney

Release Date: March 30,2018

Location: NW 43rd St. approximately 1/4 mile south of NW Chinook Dr.

Vehicle:  1999 Nissan Frontier pickup Silver

Driver:  Johnson, George  67 years old of Terrebonne, Oregon

On March 30th at approximately 6:35am, deputies were dispatched to a vehicle rollover on NW 43rd St. near NW Chinook Dr.  Deputies determined that the driver, George Johnson, swerved to miss a deer while negotiating curves traveling southbound at this location.  His vehicle lost control and went off the west shoulder and rolled coming to rest on its roof.  Johnson was able to remove himself from the vehicle and was transported by ground ambulance by Redmond Fire Department to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries.  The roadway was not blocked as a result of this crash.  Speed, alcohol, or other distracted driver are not believed to be factors in this crash.  

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Warning of Reoccuring SCAM in Central Oregon (Photo) - 03/28/18

Prepared by: Sgt. William Bailey

Release Date: March 28,2018

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to again warn the citizens of Central Oregon of the ongoing warrant scam hitting our area. We have received several calls over the past week from community members who have been contacted by a subject who identifies himself as "Detective Garcia with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office" and asks for money to clear up a warrant issued after missing jury duty or court. The Sheriff’s Office is working on identifying the subject/subjects involved in the scam.

Law enforcement will never contact a citizen and ask for money to clear up a warrant or any other legal matter. If a citizen has a warrant, a member of a law enforcement agency will likely contact you in person and have the proper credentials to identify themselves. Citizens should always be skeptical of any situation where an unfamiliar person is asking for money over the telephone.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to ask community members to share this scam information with others. Unfortunately, we have had community members fall victim to this scam in the past and we would like to prevent anyone else from falling victim in the future. Consider talking with a neighbor, calling a friend or family member and/or sharing this information on social media. The best way to prevent someone falling victim to this scam is through education.

We would also ask if you have recently received a similar scam phone call and haven't already shared that information with us, please call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak to a deputy.

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Climbers Rescued From Wherever I May Roam At Smith Rock State Park (Photo) - 03/28/18

Date:  03/28/18

By:  Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

Rescued:  Alex Chmiel, 24 year old male, Portland, OR

Rescued:  Connor Enos, 24 year old male, Missoula, MT

Rescued:  Stewart Reiswig, 34 year old male, Portland, OR


On 03/27/18, at about 8:33pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from Alex Chmiel, reporting he and his two friends, Enos and Reiswig had been climbing at Smith Rock State Park and had become stuck on the climbing route "Wherever I May Roam".  Chmiel reported he and his friends had successfully climbed to the top of Wherever I May Roam and then shortly after beginning their decent via rappel, their rope became stuck at some point above them and they were unable to descend any further.  Chmiel reported they had sufficient food and clothing for the weather, but were stranded on a rock ledge, which was later determined to be approximately 250 feet above the climber's trail below.

Ten Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers along with three DCSO Deputies, responded to Smith Rock State Park, arriving at approximately 9:40pm.  The ten DCSO SAR Volunteers, who are also part of the unit's Mountain Rescue Team, hiked in with additional climbing ropes and high angle rescue gear, working their way up climber's trails to the top of Wherever I May Roam.  Additional rope systems were set up, allowing DCSO SAR Volunteers to rappel down to the stranded climbers and then assisting the stranded climbers further down to the climber's trail below.  There were no injuries and no medical attention needed.  Due to the night time conditions, the rescue was prolonged and not complete until approximately 2:40am.

The rescued subjects were experienced climbers, but not familiar with the climbing route they were on, which led to them choosing the incorrect descent route.  It is recommended for anyone climbing in a new area, to have a partner who has experience in that terrain.

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