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Deputies Nab Elude Suspect PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 May 2015 15:58

On May 2, 2015, a deputy working traffic on Pittsburg Rd, observed a vehicle driven by Enrique Naranjo, 29, Mexico,  being driven recklessly on Pittsburg Rd and Brinn Rd.The deputy attempted to make the traffic stop, but the chase was on.  Area police agencies responded to assist, but the suspect fled on foot and escaped – temporarily.


The following day two deputies, employing their knowledge of the area and their investigative skills were able to develop probable cause that Naranjo (who is reported to be in the United States illegally and had warrants for his arrest out of Multnomah County) was hiding out in a trailer on Anderson Rd.  They also developed probable cause to believe Naranjo had been delivering Methamphetamine in locations in South Columbia County. Deputies convinced the owner of the trailer to give up the wanted man, and promptly took him into custody after finding him hiding inside.


Deputies arrested Naranjo for Reckless Driving and Attempt to Elude, and served the arrest warrants for Multnomah County.  Naranjo’s back was severely scratched from the night before,  after he had run blindly through blackberry bushes.  They also requested and received a search warrant on the vehicle he used in his escape the day before.  The search warrant produced a small amount of Methamphetamine.

Detective Locates Wanted Child Sex Abuse Fugitive PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:44

An alert sheriff's detective took a Washington State fugitive into custody today on warrants for Child Molestation and Rape of a Child on Tuesday.

The CCSO detective had matched the identity of the man wanted out of Lewis County, Wash. as an associate with a North County resident involved in an unrelated investigation. Deputies conducted a stakeout on this associate’s residence and eventually identified the wanted man. The fugitive is now in custody of our Jail, awaiting extradition to Lewis County, Wash. to face those charges.

Scott Johnson,  36, was wanted out of Lewis County, Washington on three counts of Child Molestation First Degree and 1 count of Child Rape First Degree.  





Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:49
Warren Man in Custody after Burglarizing Home Where Residents Had Been Sleeping PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 22:29

Today, sheriff’s deputies  solved a burglary and theft of digital equipment from a residence in which the victims were sleeping during the early morning hours of Thursday, March 5. The next day, a break in the case led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Warren man and the recovery of the stolen property.


Investigators took Austin G. Brown-Oliver into custody on felony burglary and theft charges when the suspect’s attempt to sell the stolen items on a social media site led them to the residence where he had been staying. Deputies recovered two laptop computers and two digital cameras missing from the burglary which had occurred the day before at 58793 Saulser Rd. in South Columbia County.


The items were discovered missing when the family, which had purchased the equipment for an upcoming vacation, discovered their back door open and evidence that someone had been in the home while they were sleeping.


On Friday, March 6, the deputy who took the original burglary and theft call found the items for sale on a Facebook  marketplace site, and his subsequent investigation led investigators to an address on Stone Rd. in Warren, where the suspect was rumored to be staying.


Deputies recovered the stolen goods and took Brown-Oliver into custody without incident.  The items were subsequently returned to the victims in plenty of time for their upcoming trip.

Sheriff Announces Transition to Deputies Wearing Body Cameras PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:25

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  Photo Caption: A Columbia County Jail deputy with Taser Axon body camera. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is issuing body cameras to all full-time deputies employed in the jail and on patrol to "undergird accountability," protect against false accusations of misconduct and provide independent evidence in criminal and civil court cases obtained directly from the deputy's point of view."

In an effort to undergird accountability and protect against unfounded misconduct allegations, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office is moving to on-officer body cameras for deputies working both in the jail and on patrol. 

The transition in the jail has already begun, and in the coming weeks, it is expected that deputies on patrol will also have issued "body cams" designed to more fully document official contacts between deputies and the public (and between deputies and suspects or inmates). 

"The move to on-officer body cameras is critical to my commitment to transparency with the public," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Deputies are given tremendous responsibility under my authority, and I want them to have the confidence that there is an independent record of their activities that will protect them from false allegations of misconduct--and also hold them accountable to the high standards expected of them." 

Deputies are undergoing training and policy updating for the purpose of designing consistent use of the "body cams." It is expected that all official contacts will be recorded and kept in storage for the appropriate length of time, according to state public records laws. The cameras will also be used to document events to which deputies respond and provide evidence in criminal and civil court cases. 

The sheriff believes that on-officer cameras are a substantial improvement over dashboard and other mounted devices that do not adequately capture the officer's point of view. "These cameras stay with the deputy no matter where he or she is deployed," Dickerson said. "When it comes to documenting use of force cases, for example, these cameras afford a better chance of documenting more closely the conditions deputies face at the moment force is used, or the moment the decision to arrest is made. Our deputies make good decisions, I believe the use of these 'body cams' will document these decisions in decisive ways that will help underscore the good work they do." 

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:37
Clatskanie Area Man in Custody After Burning Down His Residence PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:33
Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies responded Friday, February 20 to the residence of a reportedly agitated and  intoxicated male subject who family members said was threatening to burn his house down. Darren Loftesness, 53, Clatskanie is charged with Attempted Assault of Public Safety Officers, DUII, Felony Attempt to Elude and resisting arrest, among other charges. Additional charges are pending the results of an ongoing investiga tion.

Just before 7 p.m., the sheriff's office and several area police agencies responded to a domestic disturbance that turned violent when the suspect reportedly used gasoline as an accelerant to burn down his own residence. Deputies and officers responding to the highly volatile situation at 23825 Blunk Dr., in the Clatskanie area found at least one building on fire and the suspect behaving erratically in the yard before leaving the scene in a car. The suspect drove down Blunk Dr., where he was hemmed in by responding law enforcement units. The suspect did not initially respond to law enforcement's request for him to leave the vehicle, but instead threatened to ram the police units with his pickup truck. Law enforcement officers used less lethal force to breach the vehicle and deployed a electronic stun device to end the incident and get the suspect in custody without serious injury to the suspect or authorities.

Fire personnel from three jurisdictions (Clatskanie Fire, Columbia River Fire, and Mist-Birkenfeld Fire) responded but could not address the burning building until the suspect was in custody. By the time they reached the residence, it was fully engulfed in flames.

"This was an intense, fluid law enforcement situation," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We were fortunate to have extra help with reserve deputies on duty and law enforcement from the Clatskanie and Rainier Police Departments, as well as troopers from the Oregon State Police. Everyone worked together very well to bring this matter to a safe conclusion."

Loftesness was placed in custody in the Columbia County Jail with bail set at $91,685.
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