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Columbia County Man in Custody on Child Sex Abuse Charges PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2017 17:24
A St. Helens man is in custody today after a grand jury indictment on 20 counts of child sex abuse, including rape and sodomy charges. 

The Sheriff's Office arrested Joseph Mace, 55, yesterday after deputies put together a case of child sex abuse that had lasted approximately 10 years before the victim came forward last year. The investigation took several months to be completed. The victim, now 17, told investigators that the suspect and sexually abused her from the time she was 5 years old. 

Mace is lodged in the Columbia County jail on seven counts of Rape First Degree; seven Counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration First Degree; two counts each of Unlawful Sexual Penetration Second Degree, and Sodomy First Degree; and, one count each of Sexual Abuse First Degree and Sexual Abuse Second degree. He is in custody with bail of $1,485,000 (full fail required
Fatal Fire Rainier Area PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 00:16
On 01/09/17 the sheriff's office responded to a travel trailer fire at around 6:40AM,  on Wonderly Road near Rainier. This happened on a piece of private property where the resident was using the travel trailer as a primary residence. Columbia River Fire responded and extinguished the fire. While battling the fire they discovered a body in the front sleeping area of the trailer. 

A positive identification wasn't possible on scene and a  positive identification awaits findings from the the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal was called to assist along with Oregon State Police Arson investigators. After examining the scene, investigators believed that the cause of the fire was  likely from a space heater used inside the travel trailer. 

At this point in the investigation, deputies are treating this death as accidental. The body was transported to the State ME's Office for examination.

Further information is pending forensic results from the ME's Office.

Driver Drives Vehicle Into River at Scappoose Bay PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:56
Our marine patrol responded to the Scappoose Bay Marina at 12:44 p.m. on report of a driver driving into the river at the boat ramp.  The female driver apparently stayed in the vehicle for a period of time as it began to sink, then she exited the vehicle.  Deputies arriving on scene interviewed the 46 year old female, who told us there was no one else in the vehicle.  As a precaution, we requested the assistance of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Dive Team, which responded and confirmed there was no one else in the vehicle.  The dive team also assisted us in attaching a tow line to the vehicle so we could get it to shore.   

The driver was detained for purposes of ascertaining whether she was a threat to her own safety.  She was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment of hypothermia and observation for potential mental illness.

The Marine patrol also scoured the area looking for any oil sheen from the submerged vehicle, and found none.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 17:01
Sheriff's Office Beginning Clatskanie Patrols November 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 October 2016 18:05

The City of Clatskanie and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office have agreed on a contract for the Sheriff to begin serving the municipal law enforcement needs in the City, effective November 1.

The agreement allows for a part-time chief (fulfilled by the Undersheriff) a part-time supervisor (A current CCSO sergeant) and two patrol deputies.  Deputies will also be able to take calls for service outside the City within the general boundaries of the Clatskanie School District.  The County will subsidize the operation with 15 percent of the costs in order to cover calls outside of City Limits.

"This is a win for the City of Clatskane, which will receive police services at a greatly reduced costs," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, "but it is also a win for the County, which will see reduced response times throughout the County with these deputies covering North County in a dedicated fashion."

This agreement came about when the City contacted the Sheriff's Office to discuss ways to provide the best scenario for police services with a reduced budget.  The City had previously provided a full-time chief, a full-time sergeant and three patrol officers.  The staffing has been cut in half due to City budget constraints.

The City has also issued the following information for Clatskanie Residents:


Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2016 18:18
CENT Team Takes Down Clatskanie Drug Dealier PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 October 2016 17:31

After working a 2-week undercover narcotics investigation, the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT) on Monday executed two search warrants in Clatskanie, arrested three subjects on drug charges  (and a fourth subject on a warrant), and recovered cash and controlled substances in the service of the search warrants.


CENT served consecutive search warrants at the addresses of 428 NW 5th Street #5 and 500 SW Bel Air Drive, both inside the City of Clatskanie.  In the service of the search warrants, investigators found controlled substances,  including methamphetamine and Oxycodone; they also found evidence of drug trafficking and recovered a small amount of cash.


Law enforcement took the following people into custody:  Randy Houle, 27, Clatskanie; Crystal Hansen, 33, Clatskanie; Anthony Campbell, 45, Clatskanie; and, Tashina Herrera, 31, Clatskanie. Houle was charged with: 2 counts each of Manufacture and Delivery of Methamphetamine; 1 Count of Delivery of Methamphetaime within 1,000 feet of a school; 1 Count of Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school; 3 Counts  of Possession of Methamphetamine;  and, 1 Count of Possession of Oxycodone.  Hansen was charged with: 2 counts each of Manufacture and Delivery of Methamphetamine;  1 Count of Delivery of Methamphetaime within 1,000 feet of a school;  1 Count of Delivery of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a school; 1 Count  of Possession of Methamphetamine;  and, 1 Count of Possession of Oxycodone.   Herrera was charged with: 1 count of Possession of Methamphetamine.  Campbell was arrested on an outstanding Multnomah County warrant for failure to appear.


Sheriff Jeff Dickerson credited CENT investigators for the successful two week operation: "With the reinvigorated CENT team in Columbia County, I am pleased to see this multi-agency effort bearing fruit in the North County area. For years, we have not had this kind of ability to reach drug trafficking networks and their associated effect on the livability of our neighborhoods, but thanks to several agencies chipping in to make the team viable again, we've been able to start taking a bigger bite out of drug-related crimes occurring in our County."


The CENT team consists of deputies from the Sheriff's Office, an officer from Scappoose Police and the participation of the local police departments in which the investigation occurs.  This investigation was assisted by the Clatskanie Police Department.

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