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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
Columbia County Sheriff's Office Hosts Free Self-Defense Class For Women PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2009 12:57

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to offer a self-defense class to the public on Saturday April 11, 2009 in the Sheriff’s Office Training/Conference Room at 901 Port Avenue, in St. Helens.  The class will begin at 8:00 A.M. and will conclude at approximately 4:00 P.M.  The class will be offered free of charge to Columbia County residents.

The course will be taught by certified defensive tactics instructors who received their certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and American Council on Criminal Justice Training (ACCJT).  The course is designed to teach participants skills to protect themselves in situations that could result in serious assault or death.  The course will be taught in “hands on” format.  Topics will include personal safety strategies for the workplace and travel.

All participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and to wear comfortable clothing, socks and tennis shoes.  Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent present and sign a release form in order to participate in the class.  If you plan to send your child with another adult, please contact the Sheriff’s Office prior to the class to ensure the accommodation can be made.  Due to the mature nature of the information presented, this class is not appropriate for children 13 years and younger.  Future classes will be provided to meet the needs of our younger citizens.

Class space is limited and individuals interested in participating must pre-register to attend.  Registration forms are available at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office or by contacting Deputy Caldwell or Deputy Ritchie at (503)366-4611, Monday through Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 14:05
Names Released in Columbia County Double Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2009 22:23

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the bodies of two adults found dead in their home a mile south of Scappoose earlier today.


Carolyn Ann LeBlanc, 61, and Deric James Fox, 41 succumbed to homicidal violence in their home, and their bodies were discovered a little before 9:30 a.m. when concerned neighbors gained access to their residence.


Deputies responding to the scene requested the assistance of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team. Investigators from the Scappoose, and Saint Helens police departments responded, as did investigators from the Oregon State Police. The investigation is being coordinated by the OSP.


“Identification of the deceased was delayed until next of kin could be notified,” said Columbia ounty Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. “This investigation is centered around the home in which the victims appear to have been residing, and we do not believe at this time that there is any threat to the community,” he said. The investigation is ongoing and few details have been confirmed by investigators. “We will continue to assess the progress of the investigation and provide what information we are able to release as soon as we know it,” Dickerson said.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 12:57
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Double Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2009 22:17
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene of a reported double-homicide this morning have confirmed that two people are dead in a residence just south of Scappoose near the Multnomah County line.  Sheriff Jeff Dickerson has activated the Columbia County Major Crimes Team to assist in the investigation. Neighbors, concerned for the welfare of the occupants of the home, entered the home to check on them and discovered the two bodies, Dickerson said. Confirmed dead are a male and a female in their 40s. There is not an immediate concern for the safety of people living in the area, he added.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2009 22:31
Domestic Disturbance Leads to Attempted Murder Charges PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 09:56
Booking photo of Zane BarclayA 19-year-old man is in jail tonight after a domestic disturbance in his rural Columbia County home turned violent. Zane L. Barclay was lodged in the Columbia County Jail with 10 counts of attempted murder connected to gunshots fired at his mother.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Smith Rd. and Gensman Rd. west of the City of Saint Helens after a call went out from the mother saying her 19-year-old son was attempting to get into the family gun safe.  Soon afterward, the report came that the suspect had fired several rounds from an assault rifle.

Law enforcement from five additional police agencies reacted to the scene, together with representatives from Columbia River Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and two private timber Companies in response to the escalating situation in a rural, heavily forested setting.

After taking several hours to assimilate the mixed host of resources, a break in the case was made when family members of the suspect located him by calling a friend’s cell phone. Police were dispatched to the scene just a few miles west of the initial crime scene, where the suspect was located and taken into custody without further incident.

“A multi-agency response of police officers from Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier, Portland and the Oregon State Police helped bring this emergency to a satisfactory conclusion,” said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. “The Portland Police Bureau sent fixed wing assistance to provide aerial surveillance and two canine officers in the event that we would need to track the suspect in this rural area.  I’m also grateful for the assistance from Scappoose and Saint Helens police chiefs who rendered incalculable assistance in the command post,” Dickerson said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident.

Jeffrey M. Dickerson
Columbia County Sheriff
(503) 366-4611
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 10:33
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