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Sheriff's Office Adds Narcotics Detective PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 19:18

In answer to the ongoing battle against the scourge of methamphetamine and the effects it and other associated illicit activities have had on our communities, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has assigned a full-time detective position to the county-wide narcotics team.

"This is an answer to the call of many citizens in our county to beef up our effort to combat the effects the illegal drug trade have had in our community," says Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Our resources are stretched thin, but not too thin to prevent us from doing everything in our power to halt the influx of meth and other drugs  that rip apart our society."

The new detective position will be assigned to the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics Team (CENT), and will give new energy to the effort to combat the drug problem wherever it rears its head in Columbia County.

Dickerson says the newly assigned position will help pull more resources into the rural areas of the county to address criminal issues in those areas.

"We've selected an experienced narcotics detective to fill this position, and we are excited about the prospect of bringing the detective's experience and knowledge to bear in a very difficult environment," the sheriff says.  "We are looking to bring immediate pressure on the criminal element that is introducing the drugs into our communities, our schools and our neighborhoods, and to solving some of the other crimes associated with drug use as well."

The Sheriff says that enforcement of narcotics laws is a key element that helps the other pieces of the solution (education, counseling and rehabilitation) take root. "Without enforcement, we don't have as much incentive for violators or potential violators to get the help they need," he said.

Sheriff's Office Locates Parole Absconder PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:18

Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a hold-up alarm this morning arrested a male suspect on a felony parole violation. The resident of the home was also arrested for Hindering Prosecution.


In custody is Roger Dale Tatum, 57,  on a statewide arrest warrant for Absconding from Parole and a secondary warrant for Menacing out of Columbia County.  Deputies also arrested the resident of the home where they found Tatum. Sandra K. Poslick, 65, of St. Helens was booked and released on a charge of Hindering Prosecution.


Deputies responded to 33170 Dan Cupp Rd., after an alarm company notified the Sheriff’s Office of a manually triggered hold-up alarm.  After deputies arrived, they determined the alarm may have been triggered inadvertently.


Deputies determined, however that Mr. Tatum was hiding in the residence and were preparing to go in when the suspect surrendered without incident.


Tatum was absconding from his state parole on driving offenses.


The Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by officers from the St. Helens and Vernonia Police departments.  Two Canine officers responded to assist as well.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:20
Teen Driver Indicted for Death in DUII Crash PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 February 2009 00:24

Nearly seven months after the car he had been driving crashed and killed a teenaged passenger, a 17-year-old St. Helens youth turned himself in to deputies who were looking for him, bearing a warrant for the juvenile suspect’s arrest.  The boy was charged with one count of Manslaughter First Degree, one count of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, one count of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and one count of Reckless Driving.


“The juvenile suspect was indicted yesterday by the Columbia County Grand Jury,” said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, “and the intent at this time is to charge the boy in adult court.”


The charges against the suspect stem from a DUII-related, single-vehicle crash on Honeyman Rd. July 15, 2008. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and found no driver and a deceased female passenger.  The deceased passenger was later identified as 17-year-old Molly Irene McCarter of Scappoose.


An investigation lasting more than six months and culminating in Thursday’s indictment identified the juvenile male suspect and associated him with intoxication that contributed to the crash.


The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office is pursuing charges against the suspect in adult court.  Jurisdictional questions should be directed to the district attorney’s office.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 February 2009 00:28
Grand Jury Indicts Barclay on 14 Counts of Attempted Murder PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2009 13:03

The Columbia County Grand Jury yesterday indicted 19-year-old Zane Barclay on 14 counts of attempted murder after the Sheriff’s Office arrested the St. Helens-area man last week for attempting to shoot his mother with an assault rifle.

Additional counts in the indictment included 1 count of menacing and two counts of carrying a firearm with intent to use it. Barclay, who remains in custody in the Columbia County Jail was set to be arraigned today on those charges.

“This is a very difficult time for members of the Barclay family, who hate to see a beloved family member with such charges,” Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said. “Nevertheless, we have a duty to ensure that the peace in our community is conserved to the best of our ability.

“This investigation is a culmination of effort from many law enforcement agencies who responded to the scene that day, and who responded later to help us with this investigation.”

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State police and the St. Helens and Scappoose police departments worked together to compile a thorough investigation.

“I’m grateful for the interagency support that helped put together the case that produced these indictments,” the sheriff said.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 14:04
Investigators Call South County Deaths "Murder-Suicide" PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2009 13:02

Investigators in the homicides that occurred in South Columbia County earlier this week have determined the deaths to be the result of a murder-suicide.

Following the results of an autopsy and an extensive investigation by the Columbia County Major Crimes team, investigators believe Deric James Fox, 41, inflicted a fatal gunshot wound on Carolyn Ann LeBlanc, 61, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life as well.

"Investigators from three police agencies have assisted our office in coming to our conclusions in this case," said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "The Oregon State Police along with help from the Saint Helens and Scappoose police departments have done an excellent job in their investigation."

The case will be submitted to the Columbia County District Attorney's Office for review, but, except for a few details yet to be finished up on, the Sheriff's Office is satisfied this investigation can come to a close.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 14:04
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