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CCSO Deputy Involved in Shooting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:16

A Columbia County Sheriff's deputy responding to an unwanted subject at a residence in the Clatskanie area Monday was involved in a shooting with an armed suspect.

The deputy was not hit by gunfire.  The suspect was transported to a Portland hospital with injuries sustained in the fight. He was later transferred to the Columbia County Jail on several charges..

The name of the Deputy involved in yesterday's officer-involved shooting incident is Deputy David Fuller -- a 25-year veteran.

Deputy Fuller had responded to family dispute between a mother, Susan Souvenir of Clatskanie, and her son, Eric Toftemark, 35,  at the family residence at 73125 Alder Grove Rd.

When the Deputy arrived, Toftemark produced a shotgun.  A struggle over the shotgun ensued as Ms. Souvenir fled the home and accessed the  police radio in the deputy's car to call for help.

During the struggle, the shotgun discharged and the suspect was injured.  Deputy Fuller was able to take Mr. Toftemark into custody without further incident.

As part of standard procedure, Deputy Fuller is currently on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident.

CCSO takes Carjacking Suspect Into Custody PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 20:15

ST. HELENS – Columbia County Sheriff's deputies have a suspect in custody today after a  harrowing carjacking incident Sunday night that injured one victim and netted the recovery of  the stolen vehicle shortly after it was taken from a St. Helens area man.

In custody in the Columbia County Jail is Shannon L. Winter, 35, on one count of Assault Third Degree, One count each  of Kidnapping Second Degree and Recklessly Endangering Another, along with additional single counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Robbery Second Degree and Criminal Mischief Second Degree.

On April 12th, 2009 at about 6:50 p.m., deputies received a call of a stolen vehicle in progress on Vandolah Lane near St. Helens.  As deputies were responding, it was reported that the vehicle had crashed a short distance from where it had been taken.  Two  suspects (one male and one female) were reported to be at large in the densely wooded area just north of where the stolen vehicle had crashed.    A request for additional units was made and a perimeter was set using officers from the cities of Scappoose, Columbia City and Rainier and the Oregon State Police.  Canine units responded from St. Helens and Clatskanie police departments.

Approximately one-half hour after beginning a canine track of the suspects, Winter was located near a power line  access road and was taken into custody without further incident.

The incident began when Winter reportedly contacted the victims in their vehicle as the victims were preparing to tow a separate disabled vehicle with their 1997 Dodge pickup. The victims offered to give the suspect and a female subject a ride.  Winter and the female were in the pickup truck when the pickup's owner, Dave Brenden, 46, St. Helens, got out to hook up the disabled vehicle. A second victim, Daniel McMillen of St. Helens also got out and into the bed of the pickup.

With both victims out of the truck, the suspect got into the driver's seat and drove off with McMillen still in the back, and Brenden was dragged approximately 20 feet by his own vehicle.  Brenden reported no injuries.  McMillen received some injuries but refused medical attention. McMillen was in the bed of the pickup when the vehicle subsequently crashed but was not thrown from the vehicle. The suspect and female associate fled on foot.  The female has not been located or identified.

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.
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