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Sheriff's Deputies Searching for Wanted Subject Make Drug Bust on Unrelated Subjects PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 September 2012 23:31

Deputies searching for a subject who had run from them on Diblee Point Beach came across an unrelated vehicle during the search and ended up arresting the occupants on Drug and Theft charges early Monday morning.

Raymond Grothen, 58 and Cameron Mathews, 52 were inside a vehicle on the beach as deputies and other officers were searching the area for Jake Koski, 36, who was wanted out of Columbia County for Menacing and Recklessly Endangering Another.  Koski evaded capture in the darkness, but Grothen and Mathews were found with Methamphetamine and stolen goods in the vehicle.

Mathews was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Trespassing II, Theft II by Receiving, and also had a Warrant from Vancouver Police. Grothman was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Meth, and Trespassing 2.

"Law enforcement agencies patrolling in North County have been attempting to crack down on illegal activity occurring on the beach at Diblee Point," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "Deputies were on the beach making proactive contacts after midnight Monday morning when they came across Mr. Koski, who had the warrant.  When Koski ran from us, we came across the two men with a quantity of Meth during our search for Koski," the sheriff said.

The men were unlawfully on the beach at that time of night and had evidence of stolen goods (clothing) inside, as well as a quantity of methamphetamine on each of their persons.

The Sheriff's Office also had the help of the Oregon State Police and the Clatskanie Police Department in their search of the beach for unauthorized parties.  Koski remains at large.




Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 23:39
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
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