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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
Names Released in Columbia County Double Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2009 22:23

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the bodies of two adults found dead in their home a mile south of Scappoose earlier today.


Carolyn Ann LeBlanc, 61, and Deric James Fox, 41 succumbed to homicidal violence in their home, and their bodies were discovered a little before 9:30 a.m. when concerned neighbors gained access to their residence.


Deputies responding to the scene requested the assistance of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team. Investigators from the Scappoose, and Saint Helens police departments responded, as did investigators from the Oregon State Police. The investigation is being coordinated by the OSP.


“Identification of the deceased was delayed until next of kin could be notified,” said Columbia ounty Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. “This investigation is centered around the home in which the victims appear to have been residing, and we do not believe at this time that there is any threat to the community,” he said. The investigation is ongoing and few details have been confirmed by investigators. “We will continue to assess the progress of the investigation and provide what information we are able to release as soon as we know it,” Dickerson said.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 12:57
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