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Boat Crash on Columbia River Severely Injures Two PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 09:33

On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at approximately 0908 hrs.,the Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol was dispatched to a two-boat, head-on collision on the Multnomah Channel approximately 1/2 mile south of  the mouth of the Scappoose Bay.  As a result of the collision Sang Hyun Kim, 61, Beaverton,  and Jung Suk Lee, 57, Beaverton, were transported from the scene to Emanuel Hospital, Portland with life threatening injuries.

 

Kim and Lee were angling in their 16-foot Skokercraft riveted aluminum boat when a larger boat struck them, the investigation shows. The larger boat is believed to have been underway at a speed between 20 and 30 miles per hour when the collision occurred. 

 

The larger boat is a 1999 23-foot Alumaweld Stryker Sled made of welded aluminum.  The operator of the larger vote was Paul Woebkenberg Jr., 64, Wilsonville.  Woebkenberg is a guide/outfitter licensed by the State Marine Board. 

 

Investigators believe a the Woebkenberg boat struck the boat occupied by Kim and Lee while the latter boat was trolling in the current, down river at a speed estimated at between 3-5 MPH.  The collision was nearly head-on with the Woebkenberg boat striking the second boat just to the port side of the bow.  The Woebkenberg boat traversed up and over the second boat, striking both Kim and Lee.

 

Following the collision, Woebkenberg returned to the damaged second boat (which was taking on water and already partially submerged)  Woebkenberg left his boat and entered into sinking boat to rescue Kim and Lee, who were not wearing life jackets, appeared unconscious, and in substantial peril.  Woebkenberg removed each of the injured as the boat sunk beneath him and capsized.  Woebkenberg was able to re-board his own boat and immediately transported the injured to the Scappoose Bay Marina where they were treated by Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel and transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland by Life Flight Helicopter and Ambulance.  Both Lee and Kim remain hospitalized with serious injuries.

 

The two boats were identified as follows:

Boat #1                 1999 23 foot Alumaweld Stryker Sled w/200 HP Mercury Engine

                                Construction/Welded Aluminum

                                Oregon Registration # OR 016 ZD

                                Hull ID #AWB15178L899

                                Occupied by five (5) – One Guide/Outfitter and four (4) adult male clients

                                Operator/Paul Victor WOEBKENBERG Jr.

                                Guide/Outfitter

 

Boat #2                 2000 16 foot Smokercraft w/50 HP Mercury Engine and Tohatsu trolling motor

                                Construction/Riveted Aluminum

                                Oregon Registration # OR 678 ZW

                                Hull ID #SMK99092J900

                                Operator/Sang Hyum KIM

 

Deputies were able to recover the second boat, and both boats are in custody of the Sheriff's Office, as the investigation is continuing.  The Oregon State Marine Board has authorized a reconstruction team to review the boating crash. 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 09:40
 
Deputies Crack Burglary, ID Theft Case PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 June 2016 09:25
In between 01/30/2016 and 03/03/2016, a St. Helens area homeowner reported at least three different burglaries at his vacant property at 61375 Barger Road.  The property has a house, barn, and several out buildings that stored tools, personal documents, and collectible memorabilia.  Andrew Jones was developed as a suspect during the course of the investigation.  

A breakthrough in the case was made when a CCSO Deputy assisted St Helens Police Officers during a traffic stop of Andrew Jones in the parking lot of Rite Aid.  Jones' vehicle was seized as evidence.  St Helens Police Department executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized heroin, methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms, and stolen property.

While working with St Helens Police Department, Patrol Deputies executed search warrants at 255 S 16th Street, 920 Plymouth Street, and Linda Strawn's vehicle.  During the search warrants, Deputies and Officers recovered stolen property from the mentioned burglaries as well as several burglaries from different storage units at private storage facility.  Stolen mail was seized from people living on Sauvie's Island all the way to Rainier.  

Andrew Jones and Linda Strawn were taken into custody on 05/23/2016.  They remain in custody at the Columbia County Jail.  

On 06/22016 Linda Strawn and Andrew Jones were indicted on over forty counts each of charges ranging from Mail Theft, Burglary, Identity Theft, Theft, PCS (Methamphetamine), and DCS (Methamphetamine).  The investigation is still on going.  More charges are anticipated for Andrew Jones and Linda Strawn.    The investigation is continuing, and additional suspects or people of interest have been identified.

One of the persons involved in the case was identified as Jason Edward Johnson.  He is currently on Parole for Robbery II.  There is an outstanding warrant for his arrest from the Oregon Parole Board for Parole Violation.  We expect a warrant will be issued within the next couple days for Burglary II and Theft II out of the Columbia County Circuit Court.
 
 
Jason Edward Johnson 
 
 Andrew Jones
Lisa Strawn 
 
Sheriff's Office Releases 2015 Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2016 13:32

"After years of declining budgets and position cuts due to reduced resources, 2015 was a pivotal year for the Sheriff's Office, and our annual report documents how this organization has been able to turn the corner with funding that has helped us be more effect and efficient than ever," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson after releasing his annual report to the Citizens of Columbia County.

The 2015 version of the sheriff's report documents the cessation of forced release of inmates after the influx of voter-approved funding to not only rescue the jail from its scheduled closure in 2014, but also to rebuild the jail's capacity to hold inmates beyond just the 25 local inmates the jail was able to hold in previous years.

The report also documents activities in the Enforcement and Support Services Division, with major crimes being solved, the addition of a law enforcement canine unit, the great work of our volunteers who continue to add so many hours and services that we could not provide without them, and much more!

The report is available online at:

http://www.co.columbia.or.us/sheriff/images/pdfs/2015Report.pdf   

and limited numbers of printed copies are available at the Sheriff's Office.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 May 2016 13:52
 
Paddle Boarder Presumed Drowned Near Collins Beach PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2016 14:06

On Sunday, May 1, 2016 the Columbia County Sheriff's Office received a call at approximately 4:20 PM that a female paddle boarder went into the Columbia River and did not resurface. This occurred in the area of Collins Beach on Sauvie Island. 28 year old Ha Khuong Vo Dang of Portland is presumed drowned. A recovery search by the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol continues this afternoon.

Two patrol boats from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office responded to search for the missing paddle boarder. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, US Coast Guard, Portland Fire, and Scappoose Fire also responded with patrol boats. A US Coast Guard helicopter also assisted in the search.

At approximately 8 PM the Columbia County Sheriff's office suspended the search. The missing person was not located.

Although the sheriff's office had identified the missing paddle boarder we did not release the name until notification was made today at 2:00 p.m., because family has not been able to be located until that time

It appears that the paddle boarder was not wearing a life jacket. The sheriff's office is also investigating the possibility that alcohol may have been involved. Citizens are reminded that the Columbia River at this time a year has very low temperatures with a fast current and all river users are encouraged to her personal floatation devices (PFD's) at all times.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 14:08
 
Deputies Capture Jail Inmate who walked away on April 18 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:14
Deputies searching in the area of Tide Creek Rd. on Wedenesday  located the inmate who walked away from our outside worker program April 18..

On Monday April 18th, Everett Eugene Stougard, Jr., Age 40, walked away from the yard at the Columbia County Jail. Stougard, who was booked into jail on March 12, 2016, was serving a 120 day sentence for Possession of Methamphetamine. He was due to be released on May 27, 2016.

Deputies spent the afternoon hours today conducting consent searches  of possible  residences where Stougard was known to  frequent.  At 5:30 p.m., deputies, with the assistance of our Tracking K "Lars," encountered the inmate hiding in a residence.   The inmate initially refused to come out, but surrendered to deputies who threatened to deploy the K9 deputy.

"We are reviewing our security measures and qualifying procedures for those assigned to the outside worker program," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said.   "While Inmate Stougard had been in our facility before and had successfully taken part in the program in the past, we will take a look at any other factors that contributed to a different outcome in this instance.  We remain committed to finding ways to assist inmates in developing positive attributes that can help keep them from committing new crimes.
Needless to say, Stougard has been rescinded from ever participating in this program."
 
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