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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.

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.

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