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Authorities Offer Cash Reward For Information Related to Burglary Spree PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014 23:09
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and St. Helens Police Department have announced the establishment of a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those person(s) involved in the numerous burglaries occurring in the Greater St. Helens area.  

Working in conjunction with the Columbia Enforcement Narcotics team (CENT), a reward of up to $1,000 dollars  has been established to help draw out this information.   CENT is offering the reward for specific, credible information that leads to arrest(s) and conviction(s) in this case.

People with information concerning these burglaries can contact St. Helens Police Sgt. Phil Edwards at (503) 397-3333 or Sheriff's Detective Lenard Olsen (503) 366-4611.
St. Helens Area Hit by Day Time Burglary Spree PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 22:46

Over the last two weeks, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office has taken multiple residential burglary reports at residences off of West Kappler Rd., East Kappler Rd., Sykes Rd. and Firlok Park Blvd.  Firearms have been taken n some of the burglaries.

As of yet, no positive suspect identification has been made.  The Sheriff's Office recommends locking windows and doors and keeping valuables in a safe.  Document serial numbers and keep them in  safe place.  Law enforcement needs make, model and serial number information in order to enter stolen items into its database.

 Deputies are working these areas to identify suspicious activity.  They will also be handing out flyers in the neighborhoods warning residents to be on the watch for suspicious behavior.  You may report  suspicious activity by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at (503) 397-1521.  If you witness criminal activity in progress, please call 911.  Citizens are encouraged not to approach potential suspects, but should provide dispatch call takers with as much descriptive information (make, model, color, license plate; and/or race, sex, height, weight, hair color and clothing description) as possible.

Marine Patrol Deputies Recover Body of Missing Portland Man PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 February 2014 01:57

Sheriff's Deputies recovered the body of a man missing from a kayaking incident in the vicinity of the Gilbert River and McNary Lake on Sauvie Island Friday afternoon.

At around 2:30 PM, Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies responded in patrol boats, and also requested the assistance of the United States Coast Guard. Oregon State Police Fish and Game Troopers had arrived and found an overturned kayak, and clothing in the area where the missing man was last seen. One man had already swam to safety, but one man was still missing.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with additional searchers.The Coast Guard responded with a helicopter, but was unable to spot the missing person from the air. The shoreline in the area was also thoroughly searched with the assistance of Multnomah County. Scappoose Police also responded early in the search to assist.

After ground searches were unsuccessful, a small boat was launched in McNary Lake with deputies on board. A large portion of the bottom of McNary Lake was searched using a drag bar, and around 9:15 PM, deputies found and recovered the body of 41 year old Dim Dy of SE Portland, OR.

During the investigation it was determined that the victim had been fishing in a 14 foot kayak with an unrelated adult male friend in McNary Lake. One of the men in the kayak attempted to stand up in the small boat and cast his line. This caused the boat to capsize, throwing both men into the frigid 45 degree water. The victim who survived swam around 50 yards to shore, but his friend, Mr. Dy was not able to make it safely to shore. The victim who survived was very hypothermic, and was transported by ambulance to a Portland area hospital. At last check, he was in serious condition.

Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, and both had been drinking alcohol at the time of the incident. The waterways in Columbia County are very high and cold right now. This is a very unfortunate incident--alcohol and no life jacket are always a bad combination.

Dog Licensing Information for 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 December 2013 16:15

A few changes have been made in the dog license fees for 2014, including an increase in the licensing fee to $15.00. This is the first increase in licensing fees in more than 8 years. The fee for unfixed dogs and for dogs licensed to senior citizens remains the same.

Dog licenses may now only be obtained by contacting the County Clerk’s desk at the Columbia County Court House, 230 Strand St., Saint Helens, Oregon 97051. License applications may be downloaded from the sheriff's web site ( and mailed to the clerk with proof of rabies vaccinations and the appropriate fees. Licenses issued after March 10 will be consider late and assessed a $25 late fee.

ALL dogs residing in the State of Oregon are required to be vaccinated for rabies–-a  deadly disease for both humans and dogs. State law also requires dogs to be licensed in the County in which they reside. The license requirement applies to all dogs, whether or not the dog is an inside or outside dog. The fees collected from the licensing of dogs provides for County services directly related to dog issues. The fees also provide for the sheltering of lost, abandoned  and/or neglected animals.

Columbia County is no longer providing staffing at the Lomar Holshimer Animal Shelter located at 2084 Oregon Street in Saint Helens, and thus, licenses are no longer issued at this location. The County currently
contracts with the Columbia Humane Society to provide shelter services for lost and found dogs. License application may however be picked up at the shelter. The Columbia Humane Society staff might also be able to assist the public with other animal related services.

Another new aspect to the County's dog control program is that owners who failed to licenses their dogs will be subject to a citation being mailed to the owner. Fines for unlicensed dogs have been reduced from $250 to  $75. Continued violations can result in fines being levied up to $500.00 per dog. A late fee of $25 may also be assessed to any dog owner who fails to licenses their dog by the due date.

Owners who vaccinate their dogs but failed to obtain a license will be sent a 30 day notice by the County Clerks Office advising them of the requirement to license their dogs. Failure to obtain the license would then result in a citation being mailed to the dog owner and a $75 fine being assessed.

If you have any questions about the requirements to license a dog, you can contact the County Clerks office at 503- 397-3796.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 14:05
Deputies,Firefighters Receive State Sheriff Association Awards PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 December 2013 12:44

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies received awards for distinguished service and life-saving from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association December 4.  Firefighters from Columbia River Fire and Rescue also were recognized at the State Sheriff's Association's annual award banquet in Bend.

Deputy Bill Haas and Reserve Deputy Tyler Miller were recognized with the state association's Distinguished Service Award for their bravery in facing down a knife wielding suspect in St. Helens in July.  Undersheriff Andy Moyer and Lt. Dustin Hald received the sheriffs' life-saving award--along with firefighters Tom Moung and Nolan Gerety--for the four men's quick action in saving a drowning pair on the Columbia River in July.

Sheriff Dickerson was on hand for the awards and congratulated his deputies and the firefighters for their exemplary public service.  "These individuals represent the best of Columbia County," the sheriff said. "To a man, they are committed public servants and valuable members of our public safety teams in the county. I am honored to be associated with each one of them."

On the following evening, Undersheriff Moyer and Lt. Hald also received life-saving awards from the Oregon State Marine Board for their actions on the river in July. The Marine Board provides the funding of equipment and staff to put deputies on the river.  "It is a very successful program, both for the marine board and for us," said the sheriff. "The county benefits by having a public safety rapid response on the river, as well as the enforcement of boating laws that keep people safe on one of the largest rivers in the country."

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