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CCSO Releases 2012 Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:55

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has released its annual report for the 2012 Calendar year.  It can be viewed online by downloading the pdf version of the report HERE.

 "This annual report shows how the Sheriff's Office continues to perform very well despite our funding shortages," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  "While cutbacks on the horizon have tempered our exuberance, they do not take away from the accomplishments of 2012."

Indeed, CCSO continued to see improvements in crime reports, civil process efficiency, marine patrol hours and BUII arrests, volunteer hours, DUII arrests, and a host of other accomplishments, making 2012 another banner year for the Sheriff's Office, especially considering the additional cutbacks made in the summer of 2012.

"As long as we are able, we will continue to fire as effectively as possible on all cylinders," the Sheriff said. "We are glad to be able to serve to the level that we have, and believe we have done our part to help make our county safe and livable for our families and our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens."

 
Clatskanie Man Arrested For Attempted Assault of Officer during Pursuit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 February 2013 11:32

Aggressive attempts to elude capture last Friday night-- including attempting to ram a pursuing deputy -- have resulted in attempted Assault charges against a Clatskanie man.

 

John Phillip Rasler, 39, Clatskanie was lodged in the Columbia County Jail and charged with Attempted Assault I x 2, Attempted Assault on Public Safety Officer x 2, Attempt to Elude (felony), Attempt to Elude (misdemeanor), Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and DWS Misdemeanor. He was also wanted on a warrant for his arrest for similar charges out of Columbia County Circuit Court.

 

The pursuit began at 8:47 p.m., after a deputy on routine patrol found Rasler's brown, 1978 Chevrolet pickup truck partially blocking the roadway on Anliker Road. When the deputy stopped to investigate, the driver sat up in the seat, spun gravel, and accelerated toward Deputy Dews as he was still in his patrol car. The driver narrowly missed hitting Deputy Dews and his patrol car as he sped away.

 

The deputy gave chase as the driver fled and went up Canaan Road. Officers from the Clatskanie, Rainier, St. Helens and Oregon State Police departments responded to assist. As the deputy continued to follow at speeds of 50-60 miles per hour, the pursuit continued to the area of Clark Road / Whitney Road.

 

At one point, the suspect spun out on the gravel road. When he got the truck going again, he attempted to drive into the driver side door of the deputy's patrol car. The suspect continued to flee into a large wooded area off of Whitney Road. A short time later, the deputy found the pickup abandoned up a small, muddy road. The deputy called out to the suspect who came out of hiding and was held at gunpoint until help could arrive from responding police.

 

Several police vehicles sustained minor damage due to the driving on rough terrain.

 

Rasler is currently in custody in the jail with security release set at $55,750.

 

 
Sheriff Answers 2nd Amendment Concerns PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 17:16

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson today  answered concerns of citizens worried about potential overreaching by federal authorities in the current gun control debate.  The sheriff authored an open letter to County citizens underscoring his long-held support for the the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights (go here to read the letter).

 The letter was in response to citizens who wanted to make sure their sheriff was in agreement with the comments made by Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden yesterday.

"Sheriffs in Oregon agree that one of their primary responsibilities is to safeguard the constitutional protections of our basic rights," the sheriff said. " 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,' the Second Amendment says.  I take those words pretty seriously." 

"Clearly, there are things the federal government can do to tighten enforcement of current laws and help insure that only law-abiding citizens have access to firearms, and we have to focus our energies on those things, without infringing on the rights of the good citizens in our county."

For a scholarly piece on the importance of the Second Amendment, the sheriff recommends an article that appeared in Imprimis magazine in March 2013, written by Edward J. Erler, Ph.D.  Dr. Erler is professor of political science at California State University, San Bernadino.  His article entitled, "The Second Amendment as an Expression of First Principles" can be found HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 09:38
 
Alert Deputy Nabs Car Thief PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 16:34
A car theft suspect in a stolen car out of St. Helens Thursday night is now in jail after a deputy watching traffic near the Yankton School was alerted to the suspect. After determining the vehicle had been stolen, the deputy gave chase to the vehicle as the driver sped off in an effort to elude capture. The chase ended in St. Helens after the driver crashed. The suspect later told the deputy he had just gotten out of prison for car theft.
 
Joshua K. Hayes, 31, Portland is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and one count each of: Attempt to Elude (vehicle); Attempt to Elude (foot); Criminal Driving While Revoked; and, Parole Violation.
 
At 10:27 p.m., the sheriff's deputy saw suspicious driving on the part of the suspect and began following the vehicle from Brinn Rd. and Pittsburg Rd. in the St. Helens area. Once the deputy got behind the vehicle, he noted the description and last three numbers on the license plate matched the description of the 1999 Nissan that had been previously reported as stolen out of St. Helens. The deputy began to follow the vehicle and called for assistance from the St. Helens Police.
 
As the deputy was following behind the suspect, the suspect accelerated rapidly. The deputy gave chase--eventually with lights and siren--headed eastbound on Pittsburg Rd just to the west of the City of St. Helens. The suspect vehicle drove down Barr Avenue from Pittsburg and entered the city, eventually crashing the stolen vehicle on Snow Street just before 10:30 p.m. The vehicle ended up in the driveway of 34763 Snow Street in West St. Helens. The suspect then fled on foot, but the deputy gave chase and captured the suspect, holding him at gunpoint until help arrived from the St. Helens Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and lodged in the Columbia County Jail. The stolen vehicle was recovered by the deputy and turned over to the St. Helens Police Department.
 
Hayes' parole officer was contacted and a detainer was placed on the suspect in addition to the local criminal charges.
 
State Sheriffs' Association Recognizes Courageous,12-year-old Vernonia Boy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:06

Vernonia's Seth Cutright, the 12-year-old boy who rescued his grandmother from their burning home in October was recognized tonight by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for his heroics and courage.

Approximately 300 attendees at the annual state sheriff's conference in Bend gave the boy a standing ovation as his story was read and he was given the sheriff's prestigious Life Saving award.

Seth and his family were in attendence, along with members of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office who were there for the annual Sheriff's conference and awards banquet. "We are proud of Seth and glad we could be here to help acknowledge his courageous act in saving his grandmother from their burning home this fall," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

The boy still had a glove on his right hand to aid in the healing of burns he received while saving his grandmother's life.

The Sheriff's Office will also present Seth with its own life saving award at a later date.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:23
 
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