CURRY COUNTY, OREGON      Sheriff's Office     

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The vision for the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional law enforcement services which deliver a feeling of safety and security to our citizens in an unbiased and fiscally responsible manner using the resources available.

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Sheriff John Ward


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 (541) 247-3242

(800) 543-8471

94235 Moore Street, Suite 311 (Mailing)

 29808 Colvin Street (Physical)

Gold Beach, Oregon  97444



Media Release
Date 04/08/15
From:  Sheriff John Ward 
UPDATE on below Press Release Dated 4/7/15:
On 04-08-15, a Curry County Sheriff's Detective applied for and was granted a search warrant for the vehicle Zachary Quisenberry was operating at the time of his arrest on 04-07-15.  The Detective and arresting Deputy searched the vehicle and located additional evidence such as methamphetamine, scales, and a stolen shotgun out of California.  The evidence was seized and the information forwarded to the Curry County District Attorney's Office for additional charges for both Zachary Quisenberry and Joseph Rawlins for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 
Media Release
Date:  04/07/15
From:  Sheriff John Ward

On 04-07-15 at about 7:38am, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Tony Voudy of Brookings, Or., reporting that while driving northbound on Highway 101 in the Pistol River area, a driver of a black Ford Ranger going south bound drifted over the centerline and side swiped Voudy’s vehicle nearly hitting him head on, breaking the side mirrors off both vehicles.  The black Ford Ranger continued south without stopping while Voudy turned around and followed the vehicle.  Curry County dispatch transferred the 911 call to the Oregon State Police for response.  Curry County Sheriff’s Lt. Mick Espinoza was north of that location when he overheard the call and Deputy Matt Carballo was in the Brookings area and they both responded in the direction of the call.  Deputy Carballo located the black Ford Ranger being followed by Voudy near Eggers Road and 101.  Deputy Carballo turned around and had activated his emergency lights when the Black Ford Ranger took off at a high rate of speed, turning onto Barnacle Rock Road in an attempt to elude.  Deputy Carballo caught up to the fleeing vehicle as it had turned onto a private driveway hitting a small log.  The driver and passenger had gotten out of the vehicle and were ordered to the ground at gun point until Sergeant Murray of the Brookings Police Department, Trooper Wehner of the Oregon State Police and Lt. Espinoza of the Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist. 


The driver, twenty-four year old Zachary Quisenberry of Klamath Falls, Or., was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  After an initial records check, the passenger, twenty-five year old Joseph Rawlins also of Klamath Falls was told he was free to leave.  Quisenberry was transported to the Curry County Jail by the Oregon State Police.  A short time later it was discovered that the passenger, Joseph Rawlins had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Klamath Falls for Probation Violation on an original charge of possession of methamphetamine.  Sheriff’s Lt. Espinoza located Rawlins at the Circle K Store in Brookings and arrested him without incident.  Rawlins was transported to the Curry County Jail and lodged on the warrant.  The vehicle Quisenberry was driving was seized as evidence for application of a search warrant for possible additional controlled substances.


CHARGES:  Quisenberry – Reckless Driving, Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver, Criminal Mischief II, Reckless Endangering x 2, Attempting to Elude and Possession of methamphetamine.   Rawlins – Warrant for Probation Violation on an original charge of Possession of Controlled Substance Methamphetamine.    

Media Release


Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

 From: Lt. Michael Espinoza

 Incident: Motor Vehicle Crash

 Location: 27684 Hunter Creek Road

 Agencies Involved:  Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach Police Department, and Gold Beach Fire.



Juvenile Male 17 years old

Gold Beach
Charges: Driving While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and Assault


 On March 29, 2015 at approximately 2000 hours, the Gold Beach Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office, along with Gold Beach Fire Department responded to 27684 Hunters Creek Road for a reported motor vehicle crash.  The initial reports indicated the vehicle, a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup, had driven off the road way at his location, possibly rolled and trapped the occupants of the vehicle.

 Gold Beach Fire Department had to extricate the occupants of the pickup in order provide them with proper medical care. Gold Beach Police initially arrived on scene and determined there were four occupants, all juveniles, one of them being the driver a 17 male, who was believed to be intoxicated.

 Shortly after removing the occupants of the vehicle, three of the four were transported to Curry General Hospital for treatment on injuries they sustained as a result of the crash.  One of the juvenile passengers was later flown by Cal-Ore Life Flight to Eugene for specialized medical treatment.

A Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and began the initial crash investigation.  During the investigation, it was determined the driver was intoxicated, which was the determining factor for the crash.

 The Sheriff’s Deputy arrested the 17 year old male driver for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Based on the high level of the driver’s blood alcohol content, the Sheriff’s Deputy could not lodge the driver at Juvenile Detention.  The driver was then issued a citation and released to his parents. 

 At this time there is no other information with regard to the status of the other passengers.  This investigation is continuing and additional charges are likely to be filed against the driver as a result of the crash and injuries sustained by his passengers.

 Contact:  Lt. Espinoza

(541) 247-3200
Media Release
Date: 03-28-15
From: Sheriff John Ward
Re: Capsized boat at mouth of Rogue River claims one life.

On 03-28-15 at 7:38am, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received two 911 calls from witnesses to a boating accident at the mouth of the Rogue River. The callers reported that about an eighteen foot boat with at least two subjects had capsized near the north jetty as it was attempting to cross the bar outwards. Sheriff Deputies, Ted Heath, Walter Scherbarth and Terry Brown were at the boat barn at the Gold Beach airport when the call came in and quickly hooked up to the marine boat and responded. A Gold Beach Police Officer responded to the jetty and relayed information regarding the location of the boat and conditions of the water. The bar was breaking half way across from the south side and there were six to ten foot swells on the north side. Deputies Heath, Scherbarth and Brown located the overturned boat about three hundred yards off shore of the north jetty in about twelve to fourteen foot swells. Near the boat they located the two occupants of the boat and one was holding onto a seat cushion and the other was face down in the water and unresponsive. Deputies pulled the unresponsive person onto their boat and then threw a lifeline to the other. Deputies were able to get the second person on board who was alert but very hypothermic and then transported them both back to the boat ramp where Cal Or Ambulance meet them. CPR was started on the unresponsive boat operator, fifty six year old Thomas Whiting of Cottage Grove, Oregon while the passenger thirty six year old Charlie Johnson also of Cottage Grove were transported to Curry General Hospital. The Gold Beach Fire Department had arrived and assisted the Medical crews with CPR for just over an hour until Whiting was pronounced deceased. Johnson who is the nephew of Whiting was admitted to the hospital for hyperthermia. There was also a female yellow lab on board but it has not been located.

Curry County dispatch contacted the Cottage Grove Police Department and requested a death notification to be given to the family of Whiting. The District Attorney was notified of the death and Redwood Memorial from Brookings responded to Curry General for Whiting.

I am very proud of my Dispatch Deputies who coordinated the rescue efforts by getting the information and relaying it so quickly. I am also so very proud of my Deputies who risked their lives this morning without hesitation. They without a doubt saved the life of Charlie Johnson and they did all they could to help save the life of Thomas Whiting.


Media Release
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

From: Lt. Michael Espinoza

Incident: Search Warrant

Location: 98080 Rivendell Way Harbor, Or.

Agencies Involved: Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Police Department, and Oregon State Police


Steinke, Susan 32 years old
Brookings, Or.
Charges: Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used.

Oliver, Shayann 27 years old
Brookings, Or.
Charges: Possession of a controlled substance Heroin

Tranchina, Nuria 36 years old
Brookings, Or.
Charges: Possession of a controlled substance (Meth), Delivery of a controlled substance (Meth/Marijuana), and Manufacture of a controlled substance (Meth/Marijuana).

Haussler, Gerald 51 years old
Brookings, Or.
Charges: Probation Violation and Possession of a controlled substance Methamphetamine


On March 27, 2015 at approximately 0830 hours, a Curry County Sheriff’s Detective initiated an investigation into suspicious activities related to possible drug activity taking place at 98080 Rivendell Way in Harbor. While trying to make contact with the occupants of this residence, Nuria Tranchina, drove up to the residence and was contacted by both the Sheriff’s Detective and Oregon State Police Trooper, who just arrived to assist. During the initial contact with Tranchina, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, a methamphetamine pipe with residue. Tranchina was immediately taken into custody after he made an attempt to destroy evidence by breaking a methamphetamine pipe found in his possession during a search of his person.

Due to the suspicious activities of the occupants of this residence and contact with Tranchina, the Sheriff’s Office Detective applied for and was granted a search warrant for this residence and for all persons and vehicles present.

During the execution of the search warrant 10 grams of methamphetamine, scales, drug records, a large sum of cash, pre-packaged marijuana for sale, packaging materials, and marijuana seeds were found inside a back pack located in the vehicle belonging to Tranchina. Oliver was found to have in her possession items related to the ingestion of heroin. Oliver had to be transported from the scene to Curry General Hospital for issues related to the ingestion of a controlled substance and the potential she was attempting to destroy evidence.

Steinke was cited and released from the scene for frequenting a known place where controlled substances are used/sold. Haussler was placed into custody for a Probation Violation based on his involvement with known drug users and possession of methamphetamine.

This investigation is continuing based on evidence gathered at the scene and statements made by those contacted. Additional charges are possible as this investigation continues.

Contact: Lt. Espinoza
(541) 247-3200



Media Release
Date: 03-26-15
From: Sheriff John Ward

On 03-25-15 at about 9:49pm, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a resident on Oceanview Drive near Toner Lane in Harbor, reporting a vehicle crashed into a power pole and the driver fled on foot. Sheriff Deputies responded from the Gold Beach area and the Harbor Fire Department was called to the scene. As deputies were responding, they were notified that the Fire Chief, Harbor 21 had followed the driver as the driver ran south on Oceanview Drive and then left the roadway and ran through a field. A deputy arrived on scene and searched the area where the driver was last seen running. About thirty minutes later, the deputy located the driver hiding behind some buildings and took him into custody without incident. The driver was identified as twenty four year old Jedidiah Warren of Brookings.

Warren had been driving south on Oceanview Drive near Toner and lost control of his vehicle, crossing over the north bound lane and struck a power pole. The impact severely damaged the power pole and Coos Curry Electric was called to respond. Warren was arrested and charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run-Property Damage. Warren was transported and lodged in the Curry County Jail.

On 03-26-15, Warren was arraigned on the charges by the District Attorney’s Office and then released by citation to appear in court at a later date.



Date: March 19, 2015


Regarding: Curry County Sheriff’s Office Spring High Visibility Traffic Enforcement Grant


Agencies: Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA).



The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting High Visibility Traffic Enforcement from March 20, 2015 through April 30, 2015.  The purpose of the High Visibility Traffic Enforcement program is to utilize grant funds provided by NHTSA, ODOT, and OSSA to increase our patrols and proactively reduce; the likelihood of driving while impaired and to actively reduce and investigate those who will operate motor vehicles in reckless or careless manner during periods of increased traffic in Curry County.  Based on the ability to use this grant, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office can provide enhanced safety on the rural roadways throughout Curry County.  Especially, over the spring break holiday, and during the month of April when we anticipate increased traffic from visitors.  In addition to the spring break holiday, the month of April is recognized nationally as “Alcohol Awareness” month. 


We encourage those traveling through the area during this time period or anytime; to drink responsibility, use designated drivers if you consume alcoholic beverages, and to drive in a safe manner when traffic numbers on our roadways have increased.  The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will provide updates on the results of the High Visibility Traffic Enforcement program.  This will include updates on enforcement actions to include traffic offenses investigated, arrests made, and future dates for increased patrols in Curry County.


The High Visibility Traffic Enforcement program is our effort to proactively reduce the number of traffic related incidents to include crashes and crimes during high volume traffic periods. 



Prepared by: Lieutenant Michael Espinoza

Operations Lieutenant

Contact:  (541) 247-3200


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