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Man Taken Into Custody After Standoff in Sheridan (Photo) - 05/20/19

On May 20, at about 5:00 a.m. Yamhill County deputies were dispatched to a menacing that was occurring at 747 NW Evans Street in the City of Sheridan.  Witnesses at the house advised the son of the resident was there brandishing a knife and threatening occupants, including his handicapped father.  That man was identified as 47 year old Sheridan resident, Kenneth Lee Sundrud.

Deputies responded to the location, and were accompanied by officers from the McMinnville Police Department and Grand Ronde Tribal Police Department.  Sundrud refused to comply with orders to drop his knife and was struck with a 40mm less than lethal projectile while law enforcement was evacuating residents.  He continued to present threatening behavior and refused to comply with lawful commands.

Supervisors on scene requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT unit who responded while Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office investigators prepared a search warrant affidavit.

Oregon State Police SWAT attempted to get Sundrud to voluntarily surrender but he refused to exit the house.  At about 12:15 p.m., Oregon State Police Swat breached the door to the residence.  Sundrud then cooperated and was taken into custody without incident.

The search warrant service is still occurring and the case is still under investigation.  Sundrud will be transported to the hospital for clearance and charges are expected to be filed.

Attached Media Files: sundrud
YCSO to Focus on Seatbelt Enforcement as Part of Nationwide Safety Campaign (Photo) - 05/16/19

Sheriff Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office announced today that his office will join with other law enforcement agencies state wide May 20th through June 2nd, 2019 to encourage the use of safety belts and child restraints as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash related injuries and fatalities. With the beginning of Summer vacations traffic will be increasing on not only state highways but also on county roads.

For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, NHTSA is asking all states to participate in the kickoff event, Border to Border (B2B), a one-day national seat belt awareness event on May 20th that is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement. 

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Oregon, the presumptive fine for a seat belt violation is $110.00.


Attached Media Files: car
5th Annual Clean Up the Mountain Event To Be Held on June 22, 2019 (Photo) - 04/29/19

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism) invites the public to come help clean up public lands at the 5th Annual Bald Mountain Forest Clean-up event on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019.  We ask you to meet at the Sheridan Peak kiosk on Bald Mountain Road at 8:30 a.m., to pick up trash large and small.  We will be serving BBQ Hot Dogs, chips and water for all the volunteers beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers should wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes or work boots. Bring rain gear, just in case!  Come get your hands dirty, meet some wonderful people and help keep our forests clean!

Since 2015, volunteers have removed over 25 tons of garbage and over 180 tires from the forest.  Although a large amount of garbage has been removed over the last four years, dump sites in the forest continue to be a major issue.  Please join us for this year’s event!

Unsightly garbage is harmful to plants and animals.  It can pollute water sources and promote the growth of noxious weeds. Dumping on private forest lands has resulted in many land owners closing their lands to public access.   Make a difference and join us on June 22nd!

Please remember to report illegal dumping!  It can help make a difference. 

For more information about SOLVE and to register for this awesome event:


For more information about the BLM:  https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington

For more information about the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office:

https://www.facebook.com/YamhillCountySO/ and http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff


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Large Scale Emergency Preparedness Excercise Planned in Yamhill County (Photo) - 04/25/19

In its on-going efforts to practice and improve the county’s emergency preparedness posture and response to large-scale emergency events, Yamhill County Emergency Management and Yamhill County Public Health will be conducting a full-scale exercise beginning on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and ending on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  In this exercise, Yamhill County Emergency Management and Yamhill County Public Health, in conjunction with Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control, and five counties in the Northwest Oregon region, will test the dispensing of medications following an intentional release of a biologic agent.  This exercise focuses on establishing and staffing a department operations center by Public Health staff; resource ordering and logistics with State level partners; and the setting up and operations of public Points of Dispensing (POD).

This exercise will include activities occurring at numerous locations within the City of McMinnville, the City of Newberg, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  Participating in the exercise is Yamhill County Emergency Management, Yamhill County Public Health, Yamhill County Public Works, City of McMinnville, City of Newberg, Newberg School District, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Willamette Valley Medical Center, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Chemeketa Community College, Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP), OHSU Monmouth Nursing students and George Fox Nursing Program students.

The volunteer groups assisting in this effort include the county-wide Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Medical Reserve Corps, and the American Red Cross.  These volunteer groups represent just a few of many volunteer groups who play an active and vital role in community preparedness as well as emergency response within the county.

As in an actual emergency event, many of the county’s departments play critical roles in staffing the county emergency operations center with personnel trained in the essential skills to successfully track response efforts, order resources outside of the county capacity, and work with the Board of Commissioners to establish response objectives, execute public notification, and lead recovery efforts.  This exercise is designed to use a realistic scenario to allow the multiple agencies to practice the vital cooperation of responding to community needs outside the day-to-day routines and expectations.  From this effort, the participating agencies will strengthen and improve its community preparedness posture.  

Attached Media Files: EM