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Neighbors Thwart Daytime Burglary near Scappoose PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 16:19
Deputies responding to a burglary in progress call yesterday found the suspect laid out on the ground underneath the brother and neighbor of the victim.
Timothy Owen Viles, 24, Scappoose is in custody today in the Columbia County Jail on one count of Burglary First Degree and is also being held on a Probation Violation.
The Sheriff's Office responded to 32713 APPLE VALLEY RD at 1:49 p.m. after a caller advised dispatch she had just seen someone enter the house at that address.  The caller, Janice Yauney and her husband, Fred Yauney live nearby and had been watching the house for Fred Yauney's brother, William Yauney.
As deputies were en route, the Yauneys saw Viles leaving the house. Fred Yauney chased the suspect down, threw him to the ground and sat on him until Deputies arrived.
After Viles was in custody, a subsequent investigation showed signs of forced entry into the home.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 10:42
CCSO requests public assistance in identifying robbery suspect PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2011 17:51
Columbia County Sheriff's deputies are requesting assistance from the public in identifying a masked man who robbed a country store of an undisclosed amount of money over the weekend. Two in-store videos of the robbery have been released to the public to aid in determining the identity of the suspect.

On Saturday Deputies responded to the Alston Country Store and Video, 25239 Alston Rd., Rainier just before 7 p.m. after the store clerk reported that an unknown male robbed the store. The suspect told the clerk that he had a gun, but one was never seen. He was described as being in his late teens to early 20's, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, black knit mask, black shoes, and dark blue pants.
The suspect is thin, between 5'-10" - 6'00", white, male.
The suspect was last seen walking in the direction of Highway 30, toward the Alston Church.
A Portland Police K9 responded over an hour after the incident, but was not able to locate a suspect. The sheriff's office also obtained assistance from the Rainier, Clatskanie and State Police departments. Deputies and assisting officers cleared the scene at 1:17 AM.

"We are releasing the videos from the in-store cameras in hopes someone will recognize the dress and mannerisms of the suspect," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.  Anyone with information regarding the suspect in this robbery is encouraged to call the sheriff's office citizen call line at (503) 369-4698 and leave as much detail as possible.  

The investigation is ongoing.
CCSO Search and Rescue Locates Body of Missing Teen PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:47

Columbia County Search and Rescue members located the body of a 19-year-old Rainier woman inside the vehicle she was last known to be driving.  Nichole Sherman appears to have suffered fatal injuries due to a motor vehicle crash. The crash appears to have occurred when Sherman’s vehicle left the roadway along her assumed route to a friend’s house.  Next of kin has been notified.

Ms . Sherman was last seen in the late afternoon hours on November 13.  She was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office on November 14.

Deputies, sheriff’s volunteers, family members and others have devoted hundreds of hours to finding out what happened.  Today, thanks to conditions at the time of the search and observant search and rescue members, deputies were able to recover Ms. Sherman’s body, which was still seat-belted into the red, 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier she was reported to have been driving.  The vehicle appears to have been involved in a high-velocity crash just off the roadway, where it subsequently came to rest in a creek bed that is surrounded by trees.

“Deputies had driven this route on multiple occasions, searching for indications of an off-road crash,” said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. “We also employed the use of private aircraft flying over the area, but were unsuccessful in our efforts until today. Aided by clear weather and the angle of lighting at the time of this search, members of our search and rescue team were alerted to what turned out to be a tree that appears to have been struck by the Sherman vehicle.”

Searchers examined the tree and saw in the gully a red car with extensive damage to the passenger side.  Deputies went into the gully and made positive identification of Ms. Sherman.

An Oregon State Police crash reconstructionist is assisting the Sheriff’s Office in determining the cause of the crash.

“Our hearts go out to the family members and fiancé of Ms. Sherman,” the sheriff said. “We express our condolences to them for the loss of their loved one, and we also want to thank our search and rescue volunteers for helping close this chapter of the investigation.”

The case will remain open pending official cause of death determination by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

In addition to OSP's assistance, Columbia River Fire and Rescue personnel were also assisting on scene. Assistance was also rendered by Columbia 9-1-1 dispatchers.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 18:36

Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators are enlisting the public's help in finding an adult female missing since Sunday afternoon.

Nichole  Sherman 19, reportedly left from her residence at 68160 Meissner Rd. on Sunday November 13 at approximately 4:45 P.M. to go to a friend's house on Apiary Road. She never arrived.  Investigators and family members have combed the area around the logical route between the two residences but have found no clues to the disappearance thus far.

The search has been extended into the Longview, Wash. area where Ms. Sherman attends college classes, also with no result.

"This is a highly suspicious disappearance, and we are putting extra effort into finding out what happened to Ms. Sherman," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said. "We are hoping someone might have seen her or her vehicle either in the area of her residence at the time of her disappearance or later in the Longview area."

Ms. Sherman has been entered as a missing person. The Sheriff's Office is providing a photograph of the missing woman and of the model of vehicle she drives (red, 2001 Chev. Cavalier, Oregon License YCD562)  in this effort.  Anyone with information on this case can call and leave information on the Columbia County Sheriff's crime line at (503) 366-4698.

Nichole Sherman

2001 Chevy Cavalier

Next Town Hall with the Sheriff Slated for Nov. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 10:46

The next Town Hall meeting with Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is scheduled in the South Columbia County area for November 15. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the St. Helens High School Auditorium.

The meeting is designed to give Columbia County residents a greater understanding of the service reductions and looming devastating cuts that are forecast for the sheriff's office, and to invite citizen involvement in the planning for what we will be doing as soon as next year.

 This year, the sheriff's office suffered more than $1million dollars in reductions, leading to the loss of sworn positions, reduced ability to respond to calls for service and massive reductions in jail beds.  More reductions are expected next year. The potential for loss of entire sheriff's office programs are a very real possibility.

 Citizens are urged to join the sheriff at the high school for an update on planning for next year and to offer their own thoughts on the loss of services or future cuts to sheriff's office programs.

"We had our first Town Hall meeting in Rainier," said the sheriff. "Although the turnout was light compared to the seriousness of topic, the questions and comments were outstanding, and we had a lot of people sign up for a tour of the jail."

Those attending the meeting November 15 will also be given an opportunity to sign up for a tour of the jail.

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