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CCSO Deputies Have Busy Labor Day Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 16:01
The Labor Day Weekend brought much activity to the small crew of deputies at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.  A string of burglaries in North County have been tied to a small group of known individual suspects, and patrol deputies took 7 intoxicated people off the roads and waterways in the county.
Deputies arrested four boat operators for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants on the Columbia River Friday and Saturday and three additional motor vehicle drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants on Friday and Saturday, as well.  Thanks to grant funding from the state Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Transportation, most of the sheriff's office's five enforcement and two marine patrol deputies were on duty for much of the weekend--and they were busy.
In addition to the seven alcohol-related vehicle and boat operation arrests, deputies also developed suspects in a string of burglaries occurring in North County.  Items stolen from a number of properties in the area around Clatskanie have been returned, and the investigation is continuing.
Deputies also served arrest warrants, including the arrest of a man claiming to be an FBI agent and asking the residents of 33222 Hillcrest Drive near Scappoose to open their door to him just after midnight Saturday morning.   Instead, the residents called 9-1-1 and a deputy responded to the scene.  Roy G. Cheney, 43, Salem, was subsequently arrested on an outstanding hit and run warrant (see photo). Another warrant arrest over the weekend took place when Marine Deputies contacted a suspected BUII operator.  Although he had been drinking, Glenn A. Bustos, 52, Woodland, Wash., was not impaired.  He was wanted, though for Unauthorized Use of A Vehicle, Theft and Controlled Substance Charges.  He was taken into custody without incident.
Two of the four individuals arrested for BUII over the weekend were arrested off of the same boat after one operator turned the control of the boat over to a second operator -- but both were impaired
"We put as many people out as we could over the holiday weekend, thanks to the additional funding," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We expected the weekend to be a busy one, and this turned out to be an extraordinarily busy weekend, even for the holiday.  I'm extremely proud of our crew and the hard work they put in every day, as well as the extra effort we always seem to get when we need it."
Deputies and Firefighters Pull Drowning Pair from Columbia River PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:17
One man told deputies he could swim no longer, the other had already gone under and come back up several times.

Deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and firefighters from Columbia River Fire and Rescue rushed to the north end of Sand Island in the Columbia River on a sheriff's patrol boat when witnesses called out two swimmers in distress.

Two men, who identified themselves as Kawai Niau, 24, and Kyle Snider, 19, both of St. Helens, were pulled from the water at 1:26 p.m. after deputies found the pair floating helplessly downstream. Niau called out to Undersheriff Andy Moyer, Lieutenant Dustin Hald and firefighters Tom Moung and Nolan Gerety, saying he could no longer tread water. Approximately 100 yards, downstream, Snider was losing consciousness and going under.

Rescuers quickly pulled Niau on board the sheriff's patrol boat, and sped off to rescue Snider, who was unresponsive and unable to grasp the rescue rope. Firefighter Moung jumped into the river and secured Snider. Both were pulled back on board. Snider, however was unconscious. He also had sustained a puncture wound, presumably from the wing dam around which they had been swimming.

Niau refused additional medical attention after he was taken to shore. Columbia River Fire and Rescue medics transported Snider to Emanuel Hospital in critical condition.

"This was a matter of seconds before both men would have been beyond our help," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "The quick action of our deputies and the firefighters from Columbia River Fire made the difference today."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:33
One Dies, three injured in Alcohol Related Crash PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:38
One man died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Scappoose-Vernonia Rd. yesterday afternoon.

A Columbia County Sheriff's deputy medical examiner pronounced Yuriy Zagorulko, 31, Portland, dead at the scene in what deputies are calling an alcohol-related crash. Zagorulko's two passengers were transported to the hospital, one with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Kennedy Ragsdale, 40, Vernona was also injured. The passengers in Zagorulko's vehicle were his brother, Andrey Zagorulko, 30, Portland and Aleksey Martynov, 35, Portland. All three injured individuals were taken by ground ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Investigators believe Zagorulko's blue, 2002 Nissan Xterra had been traveling eastbound toward Scappoose on Scappoose-Vernonia Rd. near milepost 3 when the vehicle went off the roadway, then back onto the roadway and into the oncoming lane, where Ragsdale was traveling westbound toward Vernonia. The two vehicles collided, with the Nissan coming to a halt in the middle of the roadway, and Ragsdale's white, 2006 Ford 350 truck went off the roadway and down into a gully.
News Conference: Additional Info Released on Police Shooting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 May 2013 18:49

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office Held a news conference with local and Portland media today wherein prepared statements and photographs were delivered to media representatives.  Sheriff Jeff Dickerson told the media representatives gathered at the Sheriff's Office that the investigation is ongoing but that substantial facts had been developed to merit a new release.  The information released for the first time included the nature of the original stop (speeding 78 mph in a 55 zone on hwy 30), the pursuit speeds (over 100 mph) and the type of gun recovered from the suspect.    To read the entirety of both statements released by the sheriff and undersheriff today, you can go here.




Last Updated on Thursday, 09 May 2013 19:31
Suspect Identified; Officers Involved Named in shooting incident on Hazen Rd PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:38
A 27-year-old St. Helens man is dead and the state police officers involved in the shooting incident have been named by the Oregon State Police after investigators spent approximately nine hours overnight piecing together the evidence from what occurred.
Josiah M. Fischer, 27, St. Helens has been identified as the deceased suspect that led OSP troopers through parts of South Columbia County on a high-speed pursuit that ended on Hazen Rd. at the intersection with Stone Rd. in the unincorporated area of Warren.
Columbia 911 Dispatch records show the pursuit had been westbound on Highway 30 (beginning around 6:38 p.m.) between Scappoose and St. Helens, when the suspect turned and went westbound on Millard Rd. at 6:40 p.m.  The Suspect took Bachelor Flat Rd. south to Bennett Rd., going westbound on Bennett Rd.  The suspect vehicle  (black, 1997 Mitsubishi 4-door) continued southbound on Hazen Rd. before going into a ditch at the intersection with Stone Rd.  Dispatch was notified of shots fired at 6:44 p.m.
The Oregon State Police today identified the two troopers involved in the incident: Robin May and Justin Oxenrider, both assigned to the St. Helens office.
Two St. Helens Police officers responded to the scene soon after the shooting, and additional law enforcement personnel arrived from the Sheriff's Office and surrounding police agencies soon after that.
The Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency in the shooting, and has activated the Columbia County Major Crimes Team to assist with the investigation into the use of deadly force. Agencies participating on the Major Crime Team activation included: Columbia Co. SO, Scappoose PD, St. Helens PD, Vernonia PD and OSP, including a response to the scene from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. An autopsy on the body was planned to take place today at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas.
Investigators initially thought the suspect to be female, but corrected this perception once positive identification of the suspect had been made.  Mr. Fischer's next of kin has been notified of his death.
The State Police announced that the troopers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending a review of the shooting through the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.
In addition to the Major Crimes Team, the Sheriff's Office also received assistance from the Columbia County Road Department, Columbia River Fire and Rescue and the Columbia 911 dispatch center in managing the scene and shutting down the roadway in the area for nearly nine hours.  
The investigation is continuing, and no other information is anticipated for release today.
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