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Next Town Hall with the Sheriff Slated for Nov. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 10:46

The next Town Hall meeting with Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is scheduled in the South Columbia County area for November 15. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the St. Helens High School Auditorium.

The meeting is designed to give Columbia County residents a greater understanding of the service reductions and looming devastating cuts that are forecast for the sheriff's office, and to invite citizen involvement in the planning for what we will be doing as soon as next year.

 This year, the sheriff's office suffered more than $1million dollars in reductions, leading to the loss of sworn positions, reduced ability to respond to calls for service and massive reductions in jail beds.  More reductions are expected next year. The potential for loss of entire sheriff's office programs are a very real possibility.

 Citizens are urged to join the sheriff at the high school for an update on planning for next year and to offer their own thoughts on the loss of services or future cuts to sheriff's office programs.

"We had our first Town Hall meeting in Rainier," said the sheriff. "Although the turnout was light compared to the seriousness of topic, the questions and comments were outstanding, and we had a lot of people sign up for a tour of the jail."

Those attending the meeting November 15 will also be given an opportunity to sign up for a tour of the jail.

 
UPDATE: COLUMBIA COUNTY HOME INTRUDER IDENTIFIED AND IN CUSTODY PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 22:32
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has a suspect in custody from the October 9 incident wherein an off-duty federal police officer fired at (and hit) an intruder.

Robert C. Clement, 38, (last known address in Gresham), is in custody in the Columbia County Jail on an unrelated warrant.  Investigators are requesting citizen help in identifying additional burglaries that might have been committed by Clement and a suspected accomplice, Jodi L. Hill, 34, (also last known address in Gresham).  Hill is in custody on an unrelated warrant in Multnomah County.

Clement is suffering from a gunshot wound to his left shoulder that investigators believe he sustained on the night he was confronted by the off-duty officer at the officer's home in Warren.  The injury is non-life threatening.  He was treated and released from Emanuel Hospital last night.

Of interest to investigators is any information citizens might have in regard to either of the two suspects, or the vehicle seized (see photos) from their arrest in Portland yesterday evening.
 

The vehicle is a black, 1998 Nissan Sentra 4-door, bearing Oregon License ZWH337.

The Multnomah County Warrant Strike Team, acting on an anonymous tip, located the suspects in a Troutdale Motel 6 yesterday during the noon hour.  The strike team notified the sheriff's office that they were en route to the location. 

"We obtained assistance from the Columbia County Major Crimes Team and took custody of Mr. Clement in Portland," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We are asking citizens for their help in identifying either the car or the suspects in regard to the numerous unsolved burglaries we are working in our county."

Anyone with any information to help in this investigation may contact Detective David Peabody at the Sheriff's Office: (503) 366-4611 ext. 4609.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 22:40
 
Three in Custody, Another Hospitalized after Violent Domestic Dispute in Deer Island PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 23:29
Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a wild family brawl in  Deer Island Tuesday afternoon that put one man in the hospital with critical injuries and ended up with three family members in jail.

Deputies responded to 31625 Canaan Rd. at 4:22 p.m. after a caller summoned them to the residence there, reporting that there had been a family fight where one man had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely.

Deputies--assisted by the Oregon State Police, the Columbia City and St. Helens Police Departments--responded to the scene to find that the stabbing had occurred when a man swinging a length of PVC pipe during a domestic dispute was stabbed in the belly with a long knife wielded by the son of the man’s girlfriend.  Before law enforcement arrived, the stabbing victim’s sister had also responded to the scene and menaced both the suspect and the stabbing victim with a firearm.

The stabbing victim, Theodore McIntyre, 46, Deer Island was taken to Emanuel Hospital by Lifeflight helicopter with critical injuries.  McIntyre’s current status is unknown.

Prior to his stabbing, McIntyre was reportedly involved with Margaret Fournier 43, Deer Island in a domestic dispute that had become physical

After deputies were able to sort out the details of what had actually occurred, they took Brandon Brown, 22, Seaside into custody for Assault Second Degree. He was lodged in the Columbia County Jail.  Brown is the son of Fournier.

Also arrested was Dawn Teves, 50, Deer Island for menacing and Fournier was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of controlled substances.  Fournier was lodged in the jail on the outstanding warrant, and Teves was booked for Menacing and later released.

Photos for the three custodies and a file photo on McIntyre are included with this news release.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:14
 
Sheriff's Office Arrests Vernonia-Area Woman for Attempted Murder PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2011 02:58

A family disturbance turned into attempted murder yesterday evening when a female opened fire on a male family-member and another individual with a rifle.  The incident occurred in Columbia County just north of the Washington County line at 54658 Nehalem Hwy S., about 5 miles outside of Vernonia.


Sheriff’s deputies from both counties converged on the scene, along with officers from several police agencies.  Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sally Ann Lee, 57, Vernonia on four counts of attempted murder.


Dispatch received a call from the brother of the suspect (Tom Lee, 56), saying his sister was intoxicated and shooting a gun at 8:06 pm Sunday night. A Columbia County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to the call from the Sheriff’s Office in St. Helens, when the report came back indicating that people at the scene were running for cover.  Dispatchers reported hearing at least two shots during the 9-1-1 call.


“We had one deputy on duty when the call came in,” said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, “and we were a long way away from the scene of the shooting.  With the help of our partner law enforcement agencies, we were able to bring the scene under control and make an arrest without anyone getting injured.”


The Sheriff’s Office received assistance from a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Saint Helens Police, Clatskanie Police, Oregon State Police and Columbia City Police Departments. Neighboring Washington County sent five deputies to the scene to assist.  A tactical dispatcher from Columbia 911, the Vernonia Fire Department, and Metro West Ambulance also participated in the multi-agency response.


“Members of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) responded to the scene,” the sheriff added. “Our deputies, and members of the St. Helens Police Department provided the tactical team services during the incident.”


Deputies at the scene recovered evidence of at least four shots that had been fired from a rifle.  Witness statements indicated those shots had been fired in their direction.


Investigators believe the incident was the latest in a series of inter-family squabbles on the premises of Lee’s U-Catch Trout Farm near the Washington-Columbia county line. Tensions had been high for the past few weeks after the suspect learned the house in which she was living was  undergoing foreclosure proceedings.


Responding law enforcement learned the suspect had access to several firearms, and took precautions with the activation of the CIRT team.  Deputies and officers surrounded a fifth-wheel trailer where she had holed up after the shooting incident. She was taken into custody just before 1 a.m., surrendering to authorities without further incident.  She is lodged in the Columbia County Jail on four charges of Attempted Murder.  Additional charges are expected, as the incident remains under investigation.

 
One dead, One Critical in Alcohol Related Crash near Vernonia PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2011 13:33
One man is dead, and another is in critical condition following an early morning, single-vehicle crash on Keasey Rd about 1 mile outside Vernonia this morning. A third occupant was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash after a call came in at 5:42 a.m. advising that a vehicle had struck a tree.  It was not immediately known at what time the crash occurred, but a neighbor reported hearing something around 3:30 a.m.. The neighbor said she did not investigate the cause of the sound.

When deputies arrived, they found a white, 2001 Dodge Ram Pickup beside a large oak tree, where the vehicle had crashed. The one-ton pickup struck the tree with enough force to send debris flying over 50 feet.  One large piece off the trunk of the tree (over 50 pounds in weight) traveled approximately 50 feet.  One of the occupants was inside the pickup, unconscious, and two were outside the vehicle.  One of the occupants found outside the vehicle, Joshua G. Watson (34 years old, Vernonia) was pronounced dead at the scene.  Kasey L. Cooper (22 years old, Yamhill) was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to OHSU Hospital and in critical condition.  Ryan B. Rowlands (32 years old, Newberg) was transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital with unknown injuries.

The crash appears to be related to speed and the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and it remains under investigation.  Sheriff's deputies -- with the help of an Oregon State Police crash reconstructionist -- are investigating the crash.  The Oregon State Police and Vernonia Fire departments also assisted at the crash scene.
 
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