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Sunday, 25 April 2010 13:21
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies today added charges of attempted murder to the list of offenses they have against the man taken into custody early Saturday morning after firing several shots from a semi-automatic pistol late Friday night.

A Circuit Court Judge set the Security Release amount at $150,000 for Peter Schwert, 38, after deputies arrested the Scappoose-area man earlier Saturday morning.

Charges of 2 counts of Attempted Murder were added to the booking report, after investigators determined some of the shots fired from Schwert's handgun were aimed at two individuals, one a minor.

No one was injured in the late-night dispute that began when Schwert -- a regular customer at Mark's On the Water (in the Columbia Channel) -- was cut off from drinks in the bar at the restaurant.  A verbal dispute ensued,and Schwert was escorted off the property.  The suspect, however, returned a short time later and reportedly began firing rounds from his hand gun.

Investigators believe Schwert was intoxicated at the time he returned to the restaurant armed with a silver, semi-automatic pistol.  Schwert reportedly confronted employees of the restaurant as they were leaving for the night, after the restaurant had closed. He pointed the gun at one of the employees and fired at least two shots at the employee and his son (a 14-year-old boy who also works at the restaurant), as the two drove away from the scene.

Additional rounds were also fired.  Investigators believe at least 8 rounds were fired from the gun.   Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident.

Schwert is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on two counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of Menacing, two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another, four counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, four counts of Recklessly Endangering Another, and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 April 2010 10:50
Sunday, 25 April 2010 13:16

A gunman who opened fire in the parking lot of a floating restaurant in the Multnomah Channel is in custody today.

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies arrested Peter Miller Schwert, 38, Scappoose after he reportedly fired six rounds from a semi-automatic pistol during a dispute at the "Mark's on the Channel" restaurant located in McCuddy's Marina in the Multnomah Channel south of Scappoose.

"We responded to Mark's on the Channel Friday night at 11:38 p.m. when we received a call that someone with a gun was firing shots as he walked across the parking lot," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said. "Oregon State Police and Scappoose Police responded initially, but we were able also to respond with deputies on the water and in the field adjacent to the restaurant.  The Saint Helens Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) also responded and helped flush out the suspect."

Schwert was taken into custody at 2:34 a.m. after CIRT began searching an area north of where the shooting occurred. Two deputies on the perimeter of the search area located the suspect and took him into custody without further incident. 

Additional resources from the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were also summoned as  officers and deputies combed the tall grass in the area for the suspect. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office posted a deputy on Sauvie Island across the channel from the restaurant, and the Police Bureau was scrambling air support with infrared viewing capabilities about the time the suspect was taken into custody. Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens and Oregon State Police officers all assisted with the search and containment of the suspect. Columbia 911 Dispatch also committed a tactical dispatcher to the scene.

The incident remains under investigation, and updates will be published as they become available.

Schwert was lodged in the Columbia County Jail on two counts of Menacing, two counts of Pointing a Firearm at Another, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another, and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 25 April 2010 13:20
Are you a recent theft victim? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 April 2010 10:18

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, along with several city jurisdictions, continues to receive reports of thefts from the Highway 30 corridor between Rainier and St. Helens.  The majority of thefts occurred between March 15 and March 23. 

It is not too late to report a theft of your property.  Please contact us via a special report link on our contact page so the investigator managing the case can contact your for additional information.  It is important that we hear from you!

Sheriff's Office Determines Injury to 2-year-old to be Accidental PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 18:27
When a mother drove her vehicle over her two-year-old daughter in their driveway at their home near Rainier Friday night, it was an unfortunate accident, a Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigation has determined.
A deputy responded to Emanuel Hospital in Portland last Friday evening after learning the child had been flown there by Lifeflight from St. John Hospital in Longview. The child had been taken to the hospital after CPR attempts by family members had revived the child.
The sheriff's office investigation indicated that the mother, Julie Jo Biddix, 27, of Rainier had placed her daughter, Cordelia Biddix, 2, in the vehicle and believed her daughter was in her car seat when she began to back out of the driveway.  Somehow, the child had made her way outside the vehicle by the time she began to back up, and she ran over the child in the family driveway.  A family member picked up the child (who had stopped breathing) and administered CPR.  After the child began breathing again, she was transported by the family to St. John Hospital.
The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
After the child was taken to the hospital in Longview, she was flown by Lifeflight to Emanual Hospital, where she was treated for face and shoulder injuries.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 March 2010 18:28
CCSO announces Fingerprinting for your Kids PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 March 2010 20:51
CCSO would like to invite your family to our office to fingerprint your kids for child safety on March 27, 2010 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  See our flyer here for information.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 20:56
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