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Enhanced Columbia County Marine Patrols Payoff On Busy Labor Day Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:11

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office committed extra manpower and boats to the Columbia River over the Labor Day Weekend.  The extra resources helped ease the burden on marine deputies as the weather favored a large turnout on the water.

Deputies put three boats on the river during peak hours and logged 152 man hours and 86 boat hours over the three-day weekend.  Deputies responded to three Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicant calls.  One culminated in the drowning death of a SeaDoo operator adjacent to Collins Beach on Sauvie Island, while the other two resulted in BUII arrests.

Deputies also were  able to make 28 boater contacts on the water, as well as assisting two boaters with disabled vessels.  Deputies were also the first to respond to Collins Beach on an additional medical assist--a day after they had responded to the same area on a BUII drowning.

"We prepared for this weekend with additional personnel to handle the expected increase in boaters during the holiday weekend," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  "The extra staff enabled us to increase the number of positive contacts on the water, as well as to conduct the criminal and death investigations involving operators who were boating under the influence.

"The extra people on the water paid off for us, especially with the beautiful weather that drew even more people to the water for the three-day weekend," the sheriff said.

Marine Deputies responded to this location on Collins Beach, the day after a  SeaDoo operator drowned.  The call shown here was for a medical assist on the beach.


CCSO Detective Nabs Theft Suspect at Airport PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:40
On Tuesday, a Columbia County Sheriff's detective, acting on a lead, arrested the son of a man who had been jailed  on a domestic violence arrest, after the former had stolen a reported $32,800 from his father while he was incarcerated.

Freddie K. Sandusky, 22, Springfield, was taken into custody as he was preparing to board a flight to Hawaii at the Portland Airport at approximately 10:00 Tuesday morning.  He had been on the run for two weeks, and reportedly has spent and/or gambled away 40 percent of what he had stolen.   Investigators have recovered approximately $19,000 since locating the suspect.

The case began August 14, when deputies responded to the scene of a domestic violence call. Sandusky's father, Dennis A. Newman, 59, Scappoose was taken into custody for Assault and for being a felon in possession of a weapon.  Sandusky was listed as the victim in this case.  Once deputies learned that Newman had a large amount of cash back at the house, he was transported back to the house, only to find the cash (and Sandusky) had already disappeared.

Acting on a Lead that Sandusky might be heading to Hawaii, a Columbia County Sheriff's detective responded to the airport and found Sandusky headed to the airline after checking in.

"This is a case where our deputies had compassion on the man they had just arrested and acted in his interest, even though the victim himself had previously committed a crime," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "The good police work on the part of our people to find the suspect and recover some of the money is noteworthy, even when the victim is also a suspect in another matter."
Sheriff Sends SAR Members to Jefferson Wilderness to Aid in Search Efforts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:47
As the search for a missing hiker continues in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, a 6-member crew from the Columbia County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team has joined the effort.
Ronald Ohm, 52, of Portland was hiking with two others last Thursday when he decided to stay behind to take photos while his companions went ahead to start a camp on Russell Lake about a mile north of Mount Jefferson.

Ohm never arrived at the camp. His friends called for help Friday evening.
   CCSO SAR Camp Near Jefferson Wilderness               
Last night, Sheriff Jeff Dickerson dispatched Undersheriff Andy Moyer and a crew of 5 volunteer search team members to help in the expanded effort to find Mr. Ohm. "We want to do what we can to send trained search and rescue team members into the area to assist with this search," he said.
Volunteer team members from Columbia County include: Terry Martin,  57, St. Helens; Michelle Jenkins, 31, Vernonia; Joe Jenkins, 34, Vernonia; Steve Reddington, 53, Kelso, Wash.; and, Al Bernal, 46, Scappoose.
The team brought relief to teams that had been searching to no avail since the weekend.  The sheriff expects the team to return Wednesday.

Terry Martin                    Michelle Jenkins              Joe Jenkis
  Al Bernal                      Steve Reddington
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:39
Sheriff Invites Community to National Night Out Observance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:04

Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is inviting the communities we serve to join us in the National Night Out observance at the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Sheriff's Office Justice Facility grounds located at 901 Port Avenue, St. Helens.

Ice cream will be provided free of charge along with a host of opportunities to get to know members of the Sheriff's Office staff, learn more about opportunities to volunteer with the Sheriff's Office, and find out what you can do to improve the peace and safety of our communities.

"Last year, more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out events around the country," the Sheriff said, "we want to do our part to keep folks informed and to give them a chance to meet some of our public safety professionals up close."

 In addition to the free ice cream, the event will feature a dunk tank, Information about our jail, our enforcement team, and our other vital services.  There will be information available about supporting and/or joining one of our volunteer teams, as well.

"We also look forward to meeting with members of the community and listening to their concerns," the Sheriff said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:18
Dozens of Cattle Seized in Columbia County Animal Neglect Case PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2012 16:54
Columbia County Sheriff's deputies today executed a search warrant on properties controlled by a South Columbia County rancher under suspicion of Animal Neglect.  Dozens of cattle were seized as part of a joint operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Humane Society.  The exact number of animals seized is yet to be determined.

Deputies served the search warrant on William F. Holdner, 86, Warren, who was convicted in March of pollution charges stemming from his cattle ranching operation.  Humane Society agents also cited Holdner for Animal Neglect last November.

"We have an ongoing understanding with the Oregon Humane Society whose agents handle most of the animal abuse complaints in Columbia County that are not associated with dogs.  In this case, Humane Society agents enlisted our help in investigating these crimes and executing the search warrant," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  "Our efforts were greatly helped by the knowledgeable OHS staff, who provided the expertise necessary to develop the probable cause for this warrant, who, as well, assisted us in identifying the cattle requiring immediate intervention."

In addition to the help of the Humane Society, the Sheriff's Office also received the assistance of the Oregon State Police, and the Scappoose and Vernonia Police Departments in executing the warrant.  The Sheriff's Office also relied on a number of volunteers in gathering the cattle and transporting them to an offsite location designed to provide for their care.

The search warrant was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Humane Society(OHS), the Columbia County District Attorney's Office  and the Board of County Commissioners--the latter of which needed to take action on behalf of the county to  address the care and feeding of the cattle for a protracted amount of time.

Through an agreement with the OHS,  the cost of the care for the herd will be reimbursed through OHS funding.  The Sheriff's Office developed probable cause of animal neglect after reviewing the OHS investigation.  The warrant was served on Mr. Holdner at his residence in Warren (32456 Viewcrest Drive) just after 7:00 a.m.  Subsequent locations where the warrant was executed included the following addresses in Scappoose: 34109 Johnson Landing Road and 30754 Dutch Canyon Road. The Sheriff's Office and its partner agencies provided security at the locations where the animals were seized and relied on the knowledge of veterinarians in identifying which animals to seize.

Those animals showing clear signs of neglect according to the veterinarians were seized and transported to a location identified earlier in the week where the animals could be cared for and nursed back to health.
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