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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
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
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