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Sheriff's Office arrests 79-year-old Clatskanie man on Sodomy/Sex Abuse Charges PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:00
A 79-year-old Clatskanie Man is behind bars after an investigation stemming from a referral from a school resource officer from a high school outside of Columbia County.

Karl Cline is charged with two counts of Sodomy First Degree, seven counts of Sexual Abuse First Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse First Degree after indictments on those charges by the Columbia County grand jury. Two victims testified before the grand jury on Thursday, June 23.

The investigation began with our investigator receiving a referral from a school police resource officer from a school district in Clackamas County, advising that a female student had disclosed the abuse from 2010.  The investigation was submitted to the grand jury, which produced the indictment on the mentioned charges.

Cline was contacted at his residence Wednesday June 29 and taken into custody without incident.  Additional investigation at the residence could result in additional criminal charges.  

Details of the abuse were initially delayed in coming, with the first report to Oregon DHS in 2010 when the disclosing victim living in Clatskanie at the time (she was 12 years old at the time).  Cline had reportedly exposed himself to the victim, and a forensic interview was conducted in 2010.  Not enough information was developed to produce criminal charges at that time.

Last October, a school police resource officer had learned of a more detailed disclosure from one of the victims who is now six years older.  CCSO investigators opened a new case and investigators conducted a a child forensic interview in February. 
In March, Kline met with investigators, but was not arrested at that time.  Last week, both victims appeared before the Columbia County Grand Jury, which indicted Cline  on the mentioned counts.  Yesterday, the detective investigating the case went to Cline's residence in the 19000 block of Shepard Rd. in the Clatskanie area and arrested Cline without incident.

Cline is in jail with a bail amount of $108,000.

Anyone having any information about this case or this suspect is invited to call our citizen report line at (503) 366-4698.
                                                    Karl Cline 
CCSO Makes Attempted Murder Arrest in Vernonia Area PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:26
Kodiack Stone 
CCSO Deputies arrested Kodiack Stone, 26, Beaverton on attempted murder charges June 25 after an investigation into reported gunfire on Highway 47 outside of Vernonia on June 23.
Stone and the victim of the attempted murder know each other.  The victim, Michael Harris, 34, Vernonia was driving on Hwy 47 near Lone Pine Rd. on June 23 when the suspect fired a number of shots at Harris from the vehicle that was following Harris.  One round went through the window of the victim's black Ford pickup truck, and lodged in the headrest.

Harris is a mentioned individual in a separate death investigation we are conducting from an unattended death that occurred in the Vernonia area on June 7.  Stone is related to the deceased subject of that death investigation.  We are not releasing any information as to possible motives.

This matter was originally reported to the Vernonia Police Department, but it was later referred to us after it was determined to have occurred outside the City limits.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 15:34
Boat Crash on Columbia River Severely Injures Two PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 09:33

On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at approximately 0908 hrs.,the Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol was dispatched to a two-boat, head-on collision on the Multnomah Channel approximately 1/2 mile south of  the mouth of the Scappoose Bay.  As a result of the collision Sang Hyun Kim, 61, Beaverton,  and Jung Suk Lee, 57, Beaverton, were transported from the scene to Emanuel Hospital, Portland with life threatening injuries.


Kim and Lee were angling in their 16-foot Skokercraft riveted aluminum boat when a larger boat struck them, the investigation shows. The larger boat is believed to have been underway at a speed between 20 and 30 miles per hour when the collision occurred. 


The larger boat is a 1999 23-foot Alumaweld Stryker Sled made of welded aluminum.  The operator of the larger vote was Paul Woebkenberg Jr., 64, Wilsonville.  Woebkenberg is a guide/outfitter licensed by the State Marine Board. 


Investigators believe a the Woebkenberg boat struck the boat occupied by Kim and Lee while the latter boat was trolling in the current, down river at a speed estimated at between 3-5 MPH.  The collision was nearly head-on with the Woebkenberg boat striking the second boat just to the port side of the bow.  The Woebkenberg boat traversed up and over the second boat, striking both Kim and Lee.


Following the collision, Woebkenberg returned to the damaged second boat (which was taking on water and already partially submerged)  Woebkenberg left his boat and entered into sinking boat to rescue Kim and Lee, who were not wearing life jackets, appeared unconscious, and in substantial peril.  Woebkenberg removed each of the injured as the boat sunk beneath him and capsized.  Woebkenberg was able to re-board his own boat and immediately transported the injured to the Scappoose Bay Marina where they were treated by Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel and transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland by Life Flight Helicopter and Ambulance.  Both Lee and Kim remain hospitalized with serious injuries.


The two boats were identified as follows:

Boat #1                 1999 23 foot Alumaweld Stryker Sled w/200 HP Mercury Engine

                                Construction/Welded Aluminum

                                Oregon Registration # OR 016 ZD

                                Hull ID #AWB15178L899

                                Occupied by five (5) – One Guide/Outfitter and four (4) adult male clients

                                Operator/Paul Victor WOEBKENBERG Jr.



Boat #2                 2000 16 foot Smokercraft w/50 HP Mercury Engine and Tohatsu trolling motor

                                Construction/Riveted Aluminum

                                Oregon Registration # OR 678 ZW

                                Hull ID #SMK99092J900

                                Operator/Sang Hyum KIM


Deputies were able to recover the second boat, and both boats are in custody of the Sheriff's Office, as the investigation is continuing.  The Oregon State Marine Board has authorized a reconstruction team to review the boating crash. 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 09:40
Deputies Crack Burglary, ID Theft Case PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 09:25
In between 01/30/2016 and 03/03/2016, a St. Helens area homeowner reported at least three different burglaries at his vacant property at 61375 Barger Road.  The property has a house, barn, and several out buildings that stored tools, personal documents, and collectible memorabilia.  Andrew Jones was developed as a suspect during the course of the investigation.  

A breakthrough in the case was made when a CCSO Deputy assisted St Helens Police Officers during a traffic stop of Andrew Jones in the parking lot of Rite Aid.  Jones' vehicle was seized as evidence.  St Helens Police Department executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized heroin, methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms, and stolen property.

While working with St Helens Police Department, Patrol Deputies executed search warrants at 255 S 16th Street, 920 Plymouth Street, and Linda Strawn's vehicle.  During the search warrants, Deputies and Officers recovered stolen property from the mentioned burglaries as well as several burglaries from different storage units at private storage facility.  Stolen mail was seized from people living on Sauvie's Island all the way to Rainier.  

Andrew Jones and Linda Strawn were taken into custody on 05/23/2016.  They remain in custody at the Columbia County Jail.  

On 06/22016 Linda Strawn and Andrew Jones were indicted on over forty counts each of charges ranging from Mail Theft, Burglary, Identity Theft, Theft, PCS (Methamphetamine), and DCS (Methamphetamine).  The investigation is still on going.  More charges are anticipated for Andrew Jones and Linda Strawn.    The investigation is continuing, and additional suspects or people of interest have been identified.

One of the persons involved in the case was identified as Jason Edward Johnson.  He is currently on Parole for Robbery II.  There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the Oregon Parole Board for Parole Violation.  We expect a warrant will be issued within the next couple days for Burglary II and Theft II out of the Columbia County Circuit Court.
Jason Edward Johnson 
 Andrew Jones
Lisa Strawn 
Sheriff's Office Releases 2015 Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 13:32

"After years of declining budgets and position cuts due to reduced resources, 2015 was a pivotal year for the Sheriff's Office, and our annual report documents how this organization has been able to turn the corner with funding that has helped us be more effect and efficient than ever," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson after releasing his annual report to the Citizens of Columbia County.

The 2015 version of the sheriff's report documents the cessation of forced release of inmates after the influx of voter-approved funding to not only rescue the jail from its scheduled closure in 2014, but also to rebuild the jail's capacity to hold inmates beyond just the 25 local inmates the jail was able to hold in previous years.

The report also documents activities in the Enforcement and Support Services Division, with major crimes being solved, the addition of a law enforcement canine unit, the great work of our volunteers who continue to add so many hours and services that we could not provide without them, and much more!

The report is available online at:   

and limited numbers of printed copies are available at the Sheriff's Office.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 13:52
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