News and Press Releases
Rainier Area Shooting Suspect in Custody PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:01

The Sheriff’s Office responded today at 11:06 a.m. to a shooting incident in the Rainier area stemming from a dispute that occurred at 33445 Jaquish Rd.  between a 20-year-old resident and a renter on his family’s property at that location.

The renter, David Sorrell, 28, Rainier, obtained a 12-guage shotgun  from the family home and fired shots at Brandon J. McKay after the dispute between the two began. McKay lives in the main residence with his family. Sorrell and his wife rent a room from the family in a building adjacent to the residence.

Investigators believe a total of four rounds were fired during the dispute—one of the rounds striking a vehicle on the property and shattering the driver side windows.  Investigators believe three rounds were fired at McKay, who was struck once and sustained non-life threatening injury.

Following the shooting, Sorrell left the scene in a grey, Honda Civic 4-door with Washington Plates.  An Oregon State Police sergeant in the area looking for the vehicle located it driving westbound on Highway 30 at 11:29 a.m.  The OSP Officer and a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy made the high-risk stop on the suspect vehicle and made the arrest. The highway on the westbound side was closed while  law enforcement took Sorrell into custody.

Sorrell is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault, Second Degree.   The Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation, and had the assistance of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Helens Police, Rainier Police, Scappoose Police and the Oregon State Police in responding to this incident.

St. Helens Man Arrested on Multiple Sexual Abuse Charges PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 November 2015 14:30
Acting on a tip from an out-of-state source, Columbia County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a St. Helens man on multiple Sexual Abuse charges.

Mark Habel,46, St. Helens is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on 18 counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse, 14 counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Contempt of Court. His total bail is set at $1,760,000 with 10% acceptable.

The charges stem from an investigation detailing the ongoing abuse of a single victim, who was under 18 at the time.
Sheriff's Office to Host National Night Out Event PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2015 15:30

Sheriff Dickerson and staff will once again be hosting a family-friendly community event in conjunction with the National Night Out ( event on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m.

We will host the event in front of the sheriff's office (901 Port Ave., St. Helens) in the grass and we will have some equipment on display for families to look at (incident command vehicle, boat, patrol car)

We will also be showing a kid-friendly movie starting at 8:30 PM. The movie will be played outdoors on a portable screen in the front grassy area of the Sheriff's Office.

Fresh Start Espresso has agreed to provide Italian Sodas for attendees

Some of our reserve deputies will also be present during the event. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Sheriff Releases 2014 Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2015 10:33

The report covering the Sheriff's Office activities for 2014 has finally been released.  It can be found on our web site at:    

"I am very proud of the efforts of our staff during a tumultuous year that saw the jail rescued from elimination in a last-minute vote of the people," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  "We went through several different contingency plans leading up to the deciding election, and then reversed course and built plans for reviving the operations that had been dialed back so much in the preceding years."

This report details the activities of the three divisions of the Sheriff's Office and the role each plays in the Sheriff's mission to conserve the peace throughout Columbia County.  

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 17:10
CCSO Deputy Receives Lifesaving Medal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 May 2015 19:52

 CCSO Deputy Receives Lifesaving Medal After Rescuing Elderly Woman Caught in Burning Building

The Sheriff’s Office recognized one of its own today for his heroism in braving a house fire to rescue an elderly female resident this past week.

Deputy Bill Goodwin pulled the 91-year-old Rainier resident from her burning home at 25246 Birchtree Street #25, Rainier on Saturday, May 23, at approximately 12:17 p.m. The home was subsequently destroyed by the fire.

“Deputy Goodwin’s actions at the risk of his own safety made a life and death difference in this instance,” said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. “Deputy Goodwin heard fire department dispatched to the location, and because he was in the area, he did not hesitate, but also rushed to the scene.

“When he arrived, he saw heavy smoke coming from inside the structure and heard the voice of the resident still inside. He crawled his way through heavy smoke and located the woman near the kitchen. She advised the deputy that she needed her walker, but she was able to escape the burning building with the assistance of Deputy Goodwin.
“Both Deputy Goodwin and the woman were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Deputy Goodwin’s actions represent extraordinary lifesaving measures in the line of duty, and for this reason it is my great honor to bestow upon him the Columbia County Sheriff’s Lifesaving Medal.”

Deputy Goodwin is a retired fire chief from Columbia River Fire and Rescue. He has been serving as a volunteer reserve deputy in the enforcement division since 2009. Recently, he has been employed as a part-time temporary deputy, filling in for the Enforcement Division’s depleted manpower following a deputy’s retirement in 2014.

Deputy Goodwin teaches CPR and First Aid to Sheriff’s Office and other County employees on a regular basis.

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