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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.

Devin Wilmoth
Devon Wilmoth

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:03
Standoff Ends with Wanted Man in Custody PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 January 2010 14:48

With the help of two tactical teams responding to an area known for drugs and violence in Northwest Columbia County, a man wanted on three felony charges -- including attempted murder -- was taken into custody after a three-hour standoff.

Greg Richard Wilson, 49, Rainier surrendered to sheriff's deputies after tactical team members introduced a chemical agent into the trailer in which he was hiding. Wilson is now in custody in the Columbia County Jail.

Wilson was wanted on charges of Attempted Murder with a firearm, Assault First Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing, following his indictment on those charges by a Columbia County grand jury.

A Columbia County Sheriff's deputy observed Wilson entering his trailer at 75885 Price Rd. just before 8:30 this morning and requested assistance before making contact with Wilson. Efforts to have Wilson leave his trailer were unsuccessful, although three other people inside came out, advising Wilson was still inside.

Additional officers from the Rainier, Clatskanie and Oregon State Police Departments responded to the scene. The Sheriff's Office requested a callout from the local Critical Incident Response Team, which deployed members around the mobile home, after continuous efforts to contact Wilson by loud speaker and by telephone were unsuccessful.

Sheriff Jeff Dickerson also requested the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Tactical Negotiations Team, which responded and assumed operational control of the tactical effort to extract the wanted suspect from his home.

Additional calls into the home were unheeded, and a chemical agent was deployed, quickly resulting in the suspect coming outside. A brief struggle ensued with the suspect, but he was quickly subdued without injury.

"This was a textbook operation of how to quickly bring a situation under control when you have the resources to do it," Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said. "I am grateful to the Washington County Team for their rapid response and methodical operation, which resulted in the successful conclusion to this incident.

"I am also grateful for the multi-agency response from this county," he said. "Tactical team members from the St. Helens, Rainier and Scappoose Police Departments, and from our Sheriff's Office as well,performed admirably and worked well with the efforts of the Washington County team to complete the mission."

Columbia 911 Dispatch also responded to the scene with a tactical dispatcher and lent their support throughout the incident. Clatskanie Fire District Personnel staged at Price Rd. and Highway 30 to respond to any emergency medical situations arising from the incident. They also assisted by helping to shut down access to the scene on Price Rd.

The incident stemmed from a November 28, 2009 incident in the same trailer park where Wilson was taken into custody. Investigators believe Wilson and a juvenile suspect, Scott Lavell, 17 were involved in an attempt to murder William Temple, 29, St. Helens.

Sheriff's deputies responding to the scene that night on a shots fired call discovered that Temple had been shot and had been taken to a hospital in Longview. Temple was later transferred to OHSU Hospital in Portland with life-threatening injuries. Temple survived and has subsequently been released

Lavell was taken into custody a few days after the shooting, but Wilson remained on the loose until today, when grand jury indictments were handed down with warrants for his arrest.

The mobile home where Wilson lives is in a trailer park known for the presence of guns, drugs and the criminal element, the sheriff said.

"We chose to be very cautious in order to protect both the public and to minimize the potential for armed conflict in the trailer park," the sheriff said. "Neighbors were voluntarily evacuated and a substantial tactical response was implemented to minimize the risk to innocent lives, as well as to the suspect."


Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2010 20:38
Sheriff's Office Locates Missing Hunter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 January 2010 15:17
On Sunday morning, January 3, searchers from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office located a man missing since Saturday night in a wooded area near Camp Wilkerson.

Rick Taylor, 55, Columbia City became separated from his brother, Paul last night after a day of hunting elk in the area around Camp Wilkerson off of Apiary Rd. in north Columbia County. Paul Taylor made it to a residence on Meissner Rd. and notified authorities of his missing brother.

"We activated our county-wide volunteer Search and Rescue Team and called out two deputies to assist in the search," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We are very pleased to say that after an all-night search and rescue effort, Mr. Taylor was found relatively unscathed by our searchers this morning."

Taylor told searchers that after he was separated from his brother, the battery on his CB radio lost power, and he was unable to make contact with his brother again. There is no cellular telephone coverage in this area. He advised he tried to keep warm under some fir trees, but located some equipment with a concealed cab and spent the rest of the night inside.

A deputy driving down a gravel road about 2.5 miles from Camp Wilkerson located him just before 9 a.m.

"This is our second successful Search & Rescue mission in a row after we found a missing hiker in October," Dickerson said. "I can't say enough about the dedication to these kind of events we have with our search and rescue volunteers."

A total of 14 SAR volunteers and three sheriff's office enforcement deputies responded to the effort with the assistance of Columbia 911 Dispatch, the Columbia County Road Department, and Columbia River Fire and Rescue (which dispatched an ambulance to the scene to provide a medical check once the hunter was found).
CCSO Jail Revamping Inmate Mail Policy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:37
In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce threats to safety and security by minimizing contraband, the Columbia County Jail is moving to limit incoming and outgoing inmate mail to postcards only, according to Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.
"The processing of inmate mail is very time consuming and labor intensive," Dickerson says. "Additionally, mail coming in sealed envelopes increases the likelihood that contraband will make its way through the security measures we set up.
"Going to postcards will cut down on the time we need to take in that screening process, thus saving the taxpayer the costs involved in that screening."
A number of Oregon Jails are making the transition to postcards beginning in January, with a final implementation date of March 31.  On that date, the Columbia County Jail will only accept and mail out inmate mail on postcards.  The exception will be for legal and official mail.
"We will begin at the first of the year to replace envelopes and writing paper with postcards in all indigent and intake packets issued to inmates," the Sheriff says. "We will also replace stamped envelopes with postcards on the commissary menu.
"We will spend the first few months of the year, letting people know of this new policy, and on March 31, the only envelope mail allowed to come into or go out of the jail will be official and legal mail."
The Sheriff's Office will be posting the new guidelines in the Sheriff's Office lobby and on the agency website at: in the coming weeks.
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