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Nuisance Properties Town Hall PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:10
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is holding the next in its series of sponsored meetings around the county regarding nuisance properties and ideas for combating the attendant crime and environmental problems associated with them. The meeting will be held Monday evening February 22 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Courthouse  in Room 308.
 
"More than 70 people attended the first meeting in Rainier," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We are hoping to continue the effort to gather information and ideas for combating this county-wide community problem."
 
The Rainier meeting took place January 28 at Alston Corner, with 71 people in attendance.  Many in attendance pressed for more teeth in county ordinances to address chronic crime properties and the public nuisances they become.
 
"The Sheriff's Office, in its role as conservators of the peace in Columbia County, has an earnest interest in improving measures to address these community problems," the sheriff said.  " We believe the best ideas for dealing with these issues can often come from the community that has to live with them. We also are aware of the efforts in other places to address these issues and improve conditions in their communities. Together, we can work to improve our situation in Columbia County, too."
 
This is the second of three planned community meetings to address nuisance properties in Columbia County.  Additional town hall meetings are also being contemplated for later in the year on a wide variety of public safety issues affecting the sheriff's office.
 
UPDATE: CARJACKING SUSPECT INVESTIGATION PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 18:28
Investigators believe that the suspect in custody for last Tuesday's carjacking and attempted murder incident in Columbia county, might be responsible for similar additional crimes in recent days.

"We believe this last incident to be the culmination of a series of violent events surrounding Mr. Wilmoth," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said. "We are encouraging those who may have worried about coming forward with information regarding similar crimes with the suspect still on the loose, to consider coming forward now with their stories now that Wilmoth is in custody."

Anyone with information regarding what investigators believe to be a crime spree involving, theft, armed robbery and other incidents involving Devin Wilmoth in recent weeks to leave a message for investigators on the Columbia County Tip Line at (503) 397-0007 or (877-798-8881).
 
COLUMBIA COUNTY CARJACKING SUSPECT DEVIN WILMOTH IS IN CUSTODY PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 18:25
Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson announced today that Carjacking suspect Devin Wilmoth is in custody.

Investigators from the U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force developed a lead that Devin Wilmoth was holed up at a Gaston, Oregon location. Task force members arrested  Wilmoth without incident about an hour ago in Gaston, the sheriff said. The address where Wilmoth was found is 41794 SW Vandehey Rd.

"I want to thank all our law enforcement partners in Columbia County, the U.S. Marshal's Service and in the Metro area for their tireless efforts to locate and arrest this suspect," Dickerson said.

This investigation continues, and further updates will be issued as soon as we have more information.
 
Update on CCSO search for armed robbery suspect: Vehicle Found PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:05
Columbia County Sheriff's deputies this morning located the pickup truck stolen during the armed robbery and attempted murder of a Longview man last night. The suspect in the case, 26-year-old Devin Wilmoth of Clatskanie remains at large. The vehicle, a black 2006 Chevy pickup was found approximately 5 miles away from the rural Clatskanie-area location from which the original 911 call came. Investigators are checking the area for any sign of the suspect.
 
CCSO Searching for Car Jacking Suspect PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 07:58

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is searching this morning for a lone suspect in a car jacking that occurred in the Clatskanie area last night. A temporary warrant has been issued in this case after the suspect stole money and a vehicle from an acquaintance at gunpoint. At one point, the suspect is reported to have fired shots at the victim. The victim is uninjured.

Wanted on probable cause to arrest for Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder is Devin J. Wilmoth, 26, of Clatskanie after he stole the pickup truck belonging to 26-year-old Andrew S. McKinley of Longview, and fired several shots at McKinley as he fled the area on foot. Wilmoth also got away with cash belonging to the victim. Sheriff's Investigators believe the incident is drug-related and have issued a temporary arrest warrant for Wilmoth with an armed and dangerous caution on the warrant. Also entered as stolen is a black 2006 Chevy pickup equipped with a lift kit and large black wheels, bearing Washington license plate number B05711N. Just after 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday evening, sheriff's deputies and officers from the Clatskanie, Rainier and St. Helens Police Departments and the Oregon State Police responded to the area of Shepard Rd., between Delena Mayger and Harms roads on a call of carjacking with shots fired. Upon arriving, they learned that the suspect and victim are known to each other and had ridden together from the Portland area into the rural area between Rainier and Clatskanie. Wilmoth was driving McKinley's pickup truck at the time. Wilmoth ordered McKinley out of the vehicle on Shepard Rd. near Harms Rd. and fired several shots from a handgun at the victim who fled the scene. McKinley proceeded to a nearby residence where he called 911. Investigators believe one or both individuals in this case might have been impaired with a controlled substance at the time of the incident.

Assistance in this case was also obtained with help of the Columbia 911 dispatch center, the Beaverton Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau, as a multi-agency effort to find the suspect in several jurisdictions was commenced. The suspect remains at large at this time. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous and no attempts should be made on the part of citizens to apprehend the suspect on their own. If the suspect or suspect vehicle is located, please call 911 immediately.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:03
 
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