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Expanded Investigation Leads to Additional Suspect; More Stolen Equipment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 June 2017 16:01


                 Siegelbaum                                      Kelley


A second suspect involved in an expanded aggravated theft case in Columbia County has been arraigned today in Columbia County Circuit Court. Deputies arrested Michael Siegelbaum, 52, Warren Wednesday afternoon following a search warrant served on Siegelbaum's property. 

Close to $90,000 in stolen equipment was seized in two different raids in Rainier and Warren in the last two weeks. Tractors, chain saws, power tools and other construction equipment have been recovered under the authority of two search warrants obtained in this ongoing investigation. 

Wednesday, deputies recovered a Caterpillar front-loader tractor, a utility trailer, and numerous types of power equipment from Siegelbaum's property located in the 33000 block of Slavens Road in Warren. This raid was the second in the month of May, following a search warrant on May 19 in Rainier that also recovered two tractors and other power tools and equipment and building supplies. 

Following the first search warrant and arrest of Derek Kelley, 40, Rainier on May 19, investigators developed additional information regarding stolen equipment involving the Siegelbaum residence in Warren. Additional investigation provided the necessary information for the second search warrant. 

In both the arrest of Kelley and Siegelbaum, the suspects were also charged with controlled substance violations. With Kelley, he has been indicted by the Grand Jury on additional charges stemming from previous investigations. Investigators continue to match stolen equipment with theft victims in both Columbia and Multnomah counties. 

Siegelbaum is being held on a $15,000 security bond for the following charges: two counts of Aggravated Theft, First Degree; two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle; two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle; Theft, First Degree; and, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. 

Following the Grand Jury indictments, Kelley is being held on a security bond of $18,300 for the following charges: Three counts of Burglary, First Degree; two counts of Burglary Second Degree; one count of Aggravated Theft, First Degree; three counts of Criminal Trespass, First Degree; three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle; two counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle; and additional theft and criminal mischief charges. 
These cases remain under investigation, and more indictments are expected.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 June 2017 16:08
Summer Classes for Women's Self Defense PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 May 2017 16:21

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to offer 2 separate women's self-defense classes to the public this summer. The classes will be held in the Sheriff’s Office Training/Conference Room at 901 Port Avenue, in St. Helens.  The classes will begin at 6:00 P.M. and will conclude at approximately 10:00 P.M.  The classes will be offered free of charge to Columbia County residents.

Classes will be held on Saturday evenings on June 24 and July 22  The classes will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Although the classes are free, a sign-up process is involved.  Class space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

The course will be taught by certified defensive tactics instructors who received their certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).  The course is designed to teach participants skills to protect themselves in situations that could result in serious assault or death.  The course will be taught in “hands on” format.  Topics will include personal safety strategies for the workplace and travel.

All participants are asked to bring a bottle of water and to wear comfortable clothing, socks and tennis shoes.  Participants under the age of 18 are required to have a parent present and sign a release form in order to participate in the class.  If you plan to send your child with another adult, please contact the Sheriff’s Office prior to the class to ensure the accommodation can be made.  Due to the mature nature of the information presented, this class is not appropriate for children 15 years and younger.  

Class space is limited and individuals interested in participating must pre-register to attend.  Registration forms are available at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office or by going on line to the sheriff's web pages at Questions can also be directed to Timmi Sue at the Sheriff's Office at (503) 366-4651.

Adult Self Defense Class Application      


Minor Self Defense Class Application      

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:30
Theft Suspect in Custody, Stolen Tractors Recovered PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 May 2017 15:59

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies today recovered 2 stolen tractors and other property following the service of a search warrant on a property in the 30000 block of Beaver Homes Rd. in the Rainier Area. Deputies also arrested one suspect in relation to the stolen property and two others on drug possession charges. 

Deputies developed probable cause to search the property yesterday when a deputy responded to the 68000 block of Holbrook Rd., Rainier to investigate a cold burglary of a rental house. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect, who was later identified as Derek Kelley 40, Rainier had burglarized the residence on several occasions. Building material was stolen during these burglaries. 

The investigating deputy proceeded to Beaver Homes Rd., where Kelley is known to be staying and noticed Kelley on a brand new orange tractor, working on the property. 

Deputies from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office worked through the night to obtain a search warrant for the property. 

Today at 1047 hours, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office--with the assistance of the Rainier Police Department--executed the search warrant. Kelley was found sleeping in a trailer on the property. The stolen building material was recovered, along with the two tractors. 

One of the tractors was a excavator stolen from Portland. The second stolen tractor was a brand new, Kioti front loader worth $28,000, which had been reported stolen yesterday from Doetsch Road in Rainier. Both tractors were seized as evidence. 

Kelley was taken into custody and transported to the Columbia County Jail. He is currently being charged with Burglary II, Theft II, and Criminal Mischief III. The investigation into the stolen tractors is ongoing and we are anticipating more charges being added to Kelley, who also is the suspect in several other burglary/theft cases pending in the County. 

Dennis Cliett, 75, Transient and James Sjong, 62, Transient were also taken into custody on PCS (Methamphetamine) charges, but expected to be released with court appearance dates within 48 hours.

Derek Kelley 

Vernonia Area Shooting Suspect Sought PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 February 2017 03:06

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Gregory Reynolds, the suspect in a shooting incident Saturday afternoon that left one man with a gunshot wound just south of Vernonia.  The highway, which had been closed for several hours, is now opened back up to travel.

Reynolds is the suspect in the shooting that occurred in the 58000 block of Kirk Rd in the Vernonia area at 2:49 p.m. Saturday.  CCSO deputies and other officers responded to that location when a caller advised that Reynolds had driven to the residence and opened fire, striking Lewis Cochrane, 45.  Cochrane was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital in Portland and treated for a gunshot wound.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle (a two-toned, red/white Ford Pickup) at the suspect's last known residence at 3:17 p.m. and surrounded the house at 58442 South Nehalem Highway.  The Washington County tactical team responded to assist deputies and officers on the scene, and the highway was shut down at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate police operations, while a thorough search for the suspect was conducted in the house and the surrounding area.   The suspect was not located.

The suspect is a white male, 6'-1", 150 pounds, with brown hair and beard and hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing dirty blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket.  His vehicle has been impounded, but investigators are unsure if he is in another vehicle or on foot.

He is wanted on several felony warrants not associated with this incident and is sought for questioning in this incident.  He should be considered armed and dangerous, and the public should not attempt to contact him if located.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call Columbia County dispatch at 503-397-1521.

The investigation into this shooting continues, but the highway was opened back up at 2:15 Sunday morning.

Sheriff's Office Cracks Mail Theft Ring PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2017 17:26

Columbia County Sheriff's deputies have taken a significant bite out of a mail theft ring out of Columbia County and operating in Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties. Thus far, deputies have arrested three individuals on Theft and other charges associated with stolen mail from residences in Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Scappoose, Warren and St. Helens.


Last week, deputies ce began investigating an incident where a a Warren residenthad three personal checks stolen from her mail box and deposited at a US Bank ATM in St Helens, OR.  Ford had placed her checks in her mailbox to pay her bills.  The checks were deposited into the personal account of a male named Rodney Oates.  


After auditing Oates' personal account, investigators found that there were twenty stolen checks deposited into that account fraudulently between 12/03/2016 and 01/03/2017.  Photographs obtained by ATM cameras from each deposit revealed that four different people made deposits and or cash withdraws from Oates account.  The suspects were identified as Oates, Michael Welch, Charles Lockridge III, and a fourth, unidentified suspect.      


On 01/07/2016, Deputies and members of the St. Helens Police Department executed search warrants at 56813 Raasee Lane, Warren, and 280 St Helens Street Apt A, St Helens.  During the search warrants, large amounts of stolen mail and check stubs were recovered.  Oates was present and taken into custody for his involvement in the case. He was later released pending completion of the investigation.  


Charles Lockridge III was located and arrested on 01/11/2016 while walking back to his apartment at 280 St Helens Street Aprt A.  Lockridge is currently in custody at the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.


On 01/12/2016 a Columbia County Deputy responded to a possible intoxicated driver who crashed near the intersection of Bennett Road and Old Portland Road.  When the Deputy arrived, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Michael Welch.  The vehicle that Welch was driving was a stolen Ford F150 from Hillsboro, OR.  Welch was taken into custody and the stolen truck was seized as evidence.  


On 01/13/2016 the Columbia County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on the stolen truck.  During the search warrant, Deputies recovered a large sum of stolen mail. 


During the course of the investigation, large amounts of stolen mail and packages were seized from victims who live in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Scappoose, Warren, St Helens, and Columbia City.  Deputies are continuing to investigate the incident and are contacting victims.  


 The suspects have been found to target mail boxes, steal mail, and search for checks in the stolen mail.  The suspects then take the checks to an ATM, deposit them, and immediately withdraw cash from the ATM.  They then return to the bank within days and withdraw more money from the account once the check clears.  The total amount stolen from the suspects is still unknown and part of the ongoing investigation. 

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