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Longtime Deputy Named New Jail Commander PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 09:09
Jim Carpenter, Jail CommanderSt. Helens, Ore. – Sheriff Jeff Dickerson has chosen a familiar face to take command of the Columbia County Jail.

Dickerson has named First Sergeant Jim Carpenter to fill the position that had been vacant for two years prior to the new sheriff taking office January 1.  Carpenter was the construction liaison for the county when the current jail, sheriff’s office and community corrections facility was constructed in 2000. He has served the community in the Corrections Division of the sheriff’s office for 20 years. The new jail commander takes charge of his position effective April 1.

“Jim Carpenter  brings years of administrative and supervisory experience to the table,” Dickerson said. “He has been instrumental in assisting me with my transition to the sheriff’s office and has helped build relationships between me and my staff.  I believe he is the best person for the job to help me continue to reinvigorate the office of sheriff in Columbia County.”

Carpenter began his career with CCSO in 1989 after years in private business in Scappoose. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.  One of his three children, Doug Carpenter is a sergeant for the Scappoose Police Department.

After joining the sheriff’s office, Carpenter worked his way up the chain of command, beginning with an appointment to sergeant in 1998.  In 2001, he began running the programs inside the jail.  In 2005, Sheriff Phil Derby appointed Carpenter to the rank of first sergeant and gave him considerable administrative authority in the sheriff’s office.  In 2008, Derby named Carpenter as the acting jail manager, a position he continued to hold until Dickerson  tapped him to help with increased oversight in the jail.

“We are restructuring the command structure in the jail to address efficiency issues,” Dickerson said, “and Carpenter has been a great help to me all along the process.  He is a team player who has the best interests of the sheriff’s office and of our employees in mind.  I trust him to lead this transition with compassion and dedication to duty.”

Carpenter takes the reins in the jail with advanced and supervisor certificates in corrections from the State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.  He attended the state Executive Academy in 2003, the Supervisory Academy in 2004 and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College in 2005.

He is a member of the Elks Club who had helped in the formative stages of the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival, a past Scout master and is still involved in many fund raisers for children’s organizations and civic groups.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2009 16:13
One in Custody in Fatal Columbia County Shooting Incident PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:22
Booking photo of Desmond HinesBirkenfeld, Ore. – Investigators in a Columbia County homicide investigation have one suspect in custody.  Desmond W. Hines, 31, Birkenfeld is in custody at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Charges are pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from additional police agencies conducting the investigation have identified the deceased as Darrell K. Schoonover, 29, Vernonia.  The case is being investigated as a homicide.

The investigation continues. Additional information will be announced as it becomes available.
Sheriff’s Office Reports One Dead After Shooting Incident PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009 07:15
Birkenfeld, Ore. – At about 1:06 a.m., the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported shooting in the Birkenfeld area, a rural location in northwest Columbia County near the Clatsop County line. Responding deputies and officers found one person dead at the scene.

Law enforcement from the sheriff’s office, the Oregon State Police and the City of Clatskanie responded.  The first responding officer arrived at 1:39 a.m.

The sheriff’s office has activated the Columbia County Major Crimes Team. Investigators from the sheriff’s office, the Oregon State Police, the Scappoose Police Department, the St. Helens Police Department and the Rainier Police Department are currently in the very preliminary stages of their investigation. They do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the community.

No other details are being released at this time.
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
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