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Sheriff's Office Identifies Person of Interest in the Murder of Portland Woman PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 September 2016 14:02


The Columbia County Sheriff's Office -- in conjunction with the Columbia County Major Crimes Team -- is seeking the whereabouts of a key individual in a homicide investigation.   Jesse Allen Lane, 28, is named as a person of interest in the murder of Apache Rose Hightower.

Hightower's body was discovered in a rural Columbia County location on  Tuesday September 20. A subsequent autopsy indicated Hightower had been the victim of homicidal violence.

Lane is a white male adult, 6'-1" tall, weighing approximately 145 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his elbow, left arm, neck,  and right forearm.  He also has a tattoo of the letter "B" just below the corner of his right eye that has been added since the last photo we have of him had been taken.

The last known address for Lane is in Jackson County, Oregon, but he has been seen both in Portland and the St. Helens area in recent weeks.

Lane is a convicted felon who currently has an active warrant for his arrest issued by the State Parole Board.

Lane should be considered armed and dangerous.  If anyone knows of Lane's Whereabouts, they are encouraged to call law enforcement and not to take action themselves.

Suspicious Death Ruled a Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:16
The Suspicious Death investigation in Columbia County is now a homicide investigation. Investigators working on the case have identified Apache Rose Hightower, 24, Portland, as the victim of homicidal violence following the autopsy held this afternoon in Portland. 

Hightower's body was discovered yesterday afternoon a little before 4:30 p.m. by a passerby who did not have a cellular telephone with him, but notified other drivers who called 9-1-1. Deputies responding to the scene discovered her body down an embankment off of Pittsburg Rd. in the 30000 block. 

Investigators used fingerprint records to make a positive identification of Hightower's body. Investigators were also able to notify Hightower's next of kin this evening, leading to the release of this information. 

The investigation continues with the help of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team, the State Medical Examiner, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.  Investigators are encouraging anyone having information in regard to this case to call our recorded tip line at (503) 366-4698
Dog Licensing Program Changes for 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 08:58

Effective July 1, 2016, Dog Licensing is now under the Office of Sheriff for the purpose of creating enhanced communication between licensing and County Dog Control.  Licensing fees are the primary source of  funding that  provides for the work of our dog control office, including our ability to house stray and dangerous dogs. Dog Control's ability to work closely with licensing helps the Dog Control Office locate dog owners more quickly to return lost dogs, cuts down on mistakes in addressing dog control problems, and improves the service to dog owners in other ways by increasing the coordination between licensing, the animal shelter and the Dog Control Office.

Dog Licenses are now available from the Sheriff's Office Monday Through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  No appointment is necessary, but you must present proof of rabies inoculation in order to obtain a license.  You can download a pdf version of the license by going to  

Questions can be addressed to the Dog Control Clerk at (503) 366-4606.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:17
Sheriff's Office arrests 79-year-old Clatskanie man on Sodomy/Sex Abuse Charges PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:00
A 79-year-old Clatskanie Man is behind bars after an investigation stemming from a referral from a school resource officer from a high school outside of Columbia County.

Karl Cline is charged with two counts of Sodomy First Degree, seven counts of Sexual Abuse First Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse First Degree after indictments on those charges by the Columbia County grand jury. Two victims testified before the grand jury on Thursday, June 23.

The investigation began with our investigator receiving a referral from a school police resource officer from a school district in Clackamas County, advising that a female student had disclosed the abuse from 2010.  The investigation was submitted to the grand jury, which produced the indictment on the mentioned charges.

Cline was contacted at his residence Wednesday June 29 and taken into custody without incident.  Additional investigation at the residence could result in additional criminal charges.  

Details of the abuse were initially delayed in coming, with the first report to Oregon DHS in 2010 when the disclosing victim living in Clatskanie at the time (she was 12 years old at the time).  Cline had reportedly exposed himself to the victim, and a forensic interview was conducted in 2010.  Not enough information was developed to produce criminal charges at that time.

Last October, a school police resource officer had learned of a more detailed disclosure from one of the victims who is now six years older.  CCSO investigators opened a new case and investigators conducted a a child forensic interview in February. 
In March, Kline met with investigators, but was not arrested at that time.  Last week, both victims appeared before the Columbia County Grand Jury, which indicted Cline  on the mentioned counts.  Yesterday, the detective investigating the case went to Cline's residence in the 19000 block of Shepard Rd. in the Clatskanie area and arrested Cline without incident.

Cline is in jail with a bail amount of $108,000.

Anyone having any information about this case or this suspect is invited to call our citizen report line at (503) 366-4698.
                                                    Karl Cline 
CCSO Makes Attempted Murder Arrest in Vernonia Area PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:26
Kodiack Stone 
CCSO Deputies arrested Kodiack Stone, 26, Beaverton on attempted murder charges June 25 after an investigation into reported gunfire on Highway 47 outside of Vernonia on June 23.
Stone and the victim of the attempted murder know each other.  The victim, Michael Harris, 34, Vernonia was driving on Hwy 47 near Lone Pine Rd. on June 23 when the suspect fired a number of shots at Harris from the vehicle that was following Harris.  One round went through the window of the victim's black Ford pickup truck, and lodged in the headrest.

Harris is a mentioned individual in a separate death investigation we are conducting from an unattended death that occurred in the Vernonia area on June 7.  Stone is related to the deceased subject of that death investigation.  We are not releasing any information as to possible motives.

This matter was originally reported to the Vernonia Police Department, but it was later referred to us after it was determined to have occurred outside the City limits.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:34
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