CURRY COUNTY, OREGON      Sheriff's Office     

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Sheriff Contact

 

Sheriff John Ward

 

Emergency:  911

 

Non-emergency:

 (541) 247-3242

(800) 543-8471

94235 Moore Street, Suite 311 (Mailing)

 29808 Colvin Street (Physical)

Gold Beach, Oregon  97444

PRESS RELEASES

Media Release

 
From Sheriff John Ward
 
Date:  06-23-15
 
Re:  Press Release 
 
On Thursday 06-18-15 at about 4:17pm, the Ray Huffman of Port Orford, Or., contacted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office to report that his wife, seventy nine year old Joyce Huffman had been missing from their property at the top of Hensley Hill for about an hour. Ray Huffman stated they he had been looking for her but was not able to find her.  Additional information provided was that at the time Joyce Huffman went missing she was suffering from several medical issues.

 

Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies and several SAR members led by SAR Coordinator Deputy Ted Heath and Sheriff John Ward responded to the property and searched the property around the residence, but were not able to find her before dark.  Additional resources were requested from CORSAR (California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue), who were gathering for the weekend at Riley Ranch North of North Bend for the annual CORSAR training.  Several K-9 Search teams from the CORSAR counties diverted and responded to the Huffman residence and once on scene also searched the area until about 4:00am Friday morning without success.  The search was suspended until additional resources could arrive.   

 

Joyce Huffman was listed in the national data base as a missing and endangered person and an all points bulletin was issued throughout the state.

 

On Friday 06-19-15 at about 9:00am, an Incident Command Post was set up on the property of the Port Orford City Shops just below Hensley Hill and between eighty and one hundred searchers prepared for search assignments.   An Overhead Incident Command Team from CORSAR counties assisted in the planning and logistics of the search.  ATV teams, K-9 teams and Ground Teams deployed all resources into the planned search area, searching the wooded area around the residence and all residences and properties on Henley Hill Road.  Air assets were provided by the U.S. Coast Guard as well as Civil Air Patrol.  The Coast Guard used FLIR while CAP used loud speakers from their planes.  A privately owned Ultra lite aircraft also assisted in the search from the air.  A private SAR member deployed a set of drown crafts equipped with cameras and were able to fly along the Elk River and areas near the residence,  By the end of Friday, searchers had found no clues to indicate where Joyce Huffman was.  Search efforts were greatly hindered due to the prevalent amount of gorse brush, making it very difficult to search most areas.

 

A very significant push was made to track the areas searched by downloading data from hand held GPS units onto a mapping program in computers used at the incident base. This created a visual representation for Command personnel to direct searchers into specific areas greatly maximizing the effectiveness of searches.  Large maps were printed as well as smaller maps to hand out to all searchers.

 

On Saturday 06-20-15 at about 9:00am, the Incident Command vehicle was relocated onto the Huffman property for better communications with searchers.  Approximately twenty five searchers including family members, K-9 teams, ground teams and ATV teams participated in checking areas.  A K-9 search team located several shoe prints in an area of the North Fork Hubbard Creek drainage that had not been searched and it was thought the prints could have been Joyce Huffman’s.  Additional search teams were sent to the area that was extremely rugged and almost impassable.  Local citizens took part in searching outlying areas, road systems and the Elk River.  They continued in the area until late evening and found nothing else.   

 

On Sunday 06-21-15 at about 9:00am, the Sheriff’s Office communication vehicle and Command Trailer was relocated again to the Fire Station on Old Mill Road.  Assignments were given to all search teams to continue in the area of the North Fork Hubbard drainage and all surrounding property.  Local residents in that area also assisted in searching for Joyce.  Once again search efforts were hampered due to the overwhelming amount of gorse brush.  The search continued into the evening with no additional clues as to the whereabouts of Joyce Huffman.

 

On Monday 06-22-15, at about 9:00am, after the Incident Command Team prepared assignments, approximately twenty searchers including a five Jackson County SAR members, a Josephine County Air Scent K-9 team, family members and a few local volunteer searchers assisted the Curry County SAR team in continuing searching some of the areas that had already been searched to check for access points through the thick gorse.  Early afternoon, Sheriff Ward contacted Dan Bratton of Cal Or Life Flights and asked for assistance in doing an overflight of the area.  Dan Bratton flew to a landing area near the residence and picked Sheriff Ward up.  After about a forty five minute flight, Sheriff Ward located a large timber stand that was surrounded on all sides about a quarter mile from the Huffman property.  A three man search team from Jackson County was directed to the area to search.  Just over an hour into the search of the wooded area, they located a purse that belonged to Joyce Huffman.  All searchers and resources were then directed to that location to continue searching.  Approximately two hours after the purse was found, Curry County SAR member and Man Tracker Ryan McGinnis found Joyce Huffman in a gorse patch.  Huffman was dehydrated and hypothermic but she was conscience and alert.

 

SAR members and volunteers of the Sixes River and Port Orford Fire Departments started cutting a trail through the gorse into where Joyce was found.  The Port Orford Ambulance responded and Joyce Huffman was carried out by stretcher as it got dark and she was transported to Curry General Hospital.

 

I would like to thank the dedicated Curry County SAR, the  Incident Command Teams of CORSAR and SAR volunteers who assisted in the search as well as the volunteer fire fighters from the Port Orford Fire and the Sixes Fire Departments, the local citizens who assisted.   There was well over four thousand man hours involved in this search for Joyce.  Finding Joyce and reuniting her with her family and community would have been much more difficult without their assistance and I am proud of our community partnership.

 

Thanks to :

Curry County SAR                            

Lake County SAR

Coos County SAR                             

Klamath County SAR

Josephine County SAR                      

Portland Mountain Rescue

Jackson County SAR 

U.S. Coast Guard                   

CAL-ORE Lifeflight

Douglas County SAR                        

Civil Air Patrol

Sixes River Fire, ( especially their Fire Chief Wayne Moore who spent countless hours.)

Port Orford Fire Department

The Huffman family

 

A very special shout out to Curry County’s IT Director Todd Weeks, who spent every day there in the Command Center making sure we had working equipment, updated maps with current GPS tracks downloaded, giving a clear picture of  what areas were searched and needed to be searched.

 

 
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Media Release
 
From:  Don Kendall, Emergency Services
 
Date:  06-13-15 
 
Re:  Buckskin Fire 
 
The lightening caused Buckskin Fire is approximately 1/2 mile SE of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and six miles north of the California border, located in the Baldface Creek area of Curry county.

 

High temperatures, low humidity, and gusty winds have driven the fire to 1,200 acres. The Path of the fire remains toward the South West following the Creek drainage.

*A Red Flag Warning remains in effect*

 

There are 145 personnel and aircraft currently assigned to the incident and a Type 3 Incident Management Team took command on June 13 at 6:00 a.m.

 

Fire and sometimes heavy smoke is still in the area and is part of the normal extinguishment process.  There are no evacuations planned or expected for the foreseeable future.

 

Curry County remains at “Level 1” or “Management Watch-Standby” for this incident.

 
 
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Media Release

From: Sheriff John Ward
 
Date:  06-05-15 

Re: Press Release

On 06-04-15 at about 9:59pm, a Port Orford Police Sergeant radioed the Curry County Sheriff’s Office requesting immediate backup due to being injured while dealing with a combative subject who he was attempting to arrest. The subject fled on foot from a vehicle he had just crashed in Port Orford near Madrona Street. The Sergeant requested medical for his injuries and advised that once he had the handcuffs on the suspect, identified as twenty one year old Matthew Storm of Port Orford, Storm had head butted him and during the struggle, the Sergeants left hand was injured. The Sergeant reported that Storm had then taken off on foot and that he was giving chase.

The only County Sheriff’s Deputy on duty at the time was in the Brookings area and there was an OSP Trooper at his office in Gold Beach. A call was placed to the Sheriff who responded from his home while a Gold Beach Police Officer was initially responding as well but was called off prior to arrival. While deputies and officers were responding to assist, The Sergeant informed he had Storm on the ground but that Storm was combative due to being under the influence of a controlled substance. Once the Deputies and Trooper arrived, they were able to secure Storm to a gurney and he was transported to Curry General Hospital to be medically cleared before going to the jail. The Port Orford Police Sergeant rode in the ambulance to assist the Port Orford Ambulance crew with Storm as the Deputies and Trooper followed in their patrol cars. The Ambulance had to stop twice along the way due to Storm breaking free of restraints and being combative. During one of the incidents in the ambulance, an ambulance crew members hand was injured. A Deputy and the Trooper got into the ambulance and rode the rest of the way to the hospital to help control Storm.

Once Storm was medically cleared from Curry General Hospital, he was then transported to the Curry County Jail where he was lodged on Probation Violation, Resisting Arrest x 4, Assault IV, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Burglary II, Escape II, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief II, Assault on a Peace Officer, Assault III, Interfering With a Peace Officer and Aggravated Harassment.

It is unfortunate that with the county’s financial restraints that restricts our law enforcements resources, that our Deputies and Officers are constantly putting themselves in harm’s way while trying to protect and serve on their own with little to no back-up. I want to give a shout out to our emergency dispatcher that was on duty by herself that night here at the Sheriff’s Office. She is our newest communications deputy and she did a fantastic job on getting an ambulance rolling at the same time getting back up for assistance from other agencies while at the same time making several phone calls to supervisors, taking other phone calls, handling other radio traffic, continuing to monitor the jail’s activities, and getting all the information documented at the same time. I am very proud of our employees and their dedication.

 

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Media Release 
 
From:  Sheriff John Ward 
 
Date:  June 5, 2015 
 
Re:  Press Release 
 
On 06-03-15 at about 4:07pm, Mona Peterson of Harbor, Or., contacted the Curry County Sheriff’s Office to report that her husband, fifty-three year old Dallas Peterson had been missing from their property for about five days.  Mona Peterson stated that they had last seen Dallas Peterson on 05-29-15 and that he had been working on their well pump which was about two hundred yards below their residence.  Mona Peterson stated that she and her family had been looking for Dallas but were not able to find him.  Additional information provided was that Dallas Peterson may have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time he went missing and that he was suffering from several medical issues.

 

Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies and several SAR members led by SAR Coordinator Deputy Ted Heath responded to the property and searched the property around the residence and around the area of the well which Dallas had been working on, but were not able to find him before dark.  A search effort was coordinated for the next morning.

 

On 06-04-15 at about 10:30am, Sheriff’s Deputies and SAR members including a two SAR members and a K-9 search dog from Del Norte County arrived back at the Peterson property.  The Sheriff’s Office communication vehicle was deployed and set up on the Peterson property for incident command.  SAR members including Sheriff Ward formed a ground search team and started searching the heavily wooded area from the well area where Dallas Peterson was last seen.  The search was directed down a drainage below the water well where the search team started discovering items such as tools, pack of cigarettes, inhaler,  backpack and clothing articles spread out down the steep brushy drainage that were believed to have been left by Dallas Peterson.  

 

About an hour into the search, the SAR team located the body of Dallas Peterson at the bottom of the drainage under heavy brush approximately four hundred yards below where he was last seen.  Due to the steep rugged area, additional manpower was requested from the Harbor Fire and the Winchuck River Fire Departments.  Crews used a chainsaw and machetes to cut a path down to where Peterson was found.  Peterson was secured in a stretcher and it took the search crew about three hours using a chainsaw winch to get Peterson back to the top of the drainage where he was released to Redwood Memorial.

 

At this time, there does not appear to by any foul play and an Autopsy was scheduled for later that evening to determine exact cause of death.  All indications point to possible hyperthermia and the Sheriff’s Office will continue the investigation.

 

I would like to thank the dedicated SAR volunteers who assisted in the search as well as the volunteer fire fighters from the Harbor Fire and the Winchuck River Fire Departments.   The recovery would have been much more difficult without their assistance and I am proud of our community partnership.

 

 
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Media Release
 
From:  Sheriff John Ward
 
Date:  05-26-15
 
Re:  Press Release 
 
On 05-25-15 at about 5:50pm, a thirteen year old female from Brookings walked into the Brookings Police Department reporting that she had been raped by a seventeen year old male and that it happened in the south county area.  A Curry County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant was called to respond and did an initial interview with the young female complainant.  The female complainant was provided a ride to Curry General Hospital by a family member for a forensic exam.

 

On 05-26-15 a Curry County Sheriff‘s Detective and Patrol Sergeant contacted the female victim and she was able to describe the location and then show the deputies where the incident took place.  Deputies located the area and recovered evidence of the sexual assault.  The Detective then assisted the Curry County Child Advocacy Center with a forensic interview of the female victim where she divulged additional information.

 

Sheriff’s Detective then contacted the seventeen year old suspect from Harbor and after an interview, arrested him on charges of Rape in the 2nd Degree, Sodomy in the 2nd Degree and Sex Abuse in the 1st Degree.  The seventeen year old suspect was transported to the Del Norte County Juvenile Detention Center by the Curry County Juvenile Department.

 

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation. 

 

 
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Media Release 
 
From:  Sheriff John Ward
 
Date:  5-23-2015 
 
Re:  Press Release
 
On the morning of 05-22-15, at approximately 8:10am, Oregon State Police responded to a report of suspicious conditions on the river bar at Loeb State Park.  A large pile of personal property was found on the bar including a cell phone and identification of 42 year old Angela Schauber. Near the pile of personal property was found droplets of blood.

 

Schauber’s family on the East coast was contacted and advised they had not heard from Schauber in a long time. Curry County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted Oregon State Police in trying to locate Schauber at her last known addresses, but attempts were unsuccessful. Schauber’s vehicle, a black ford utility van, was located in the parking lot of the South Coast Shopping Center in Harbor, unlocked and apparently abandoned.

 

The Curry County District Attorney activated the Major Crimes Team and further investigative assistance was rendered to the Oregon State Police by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.  During the investigation it was learned that Schauber had a boyfriend thirty eight year old Brian Kuzdale, whose whereabouts were also unknown.

 

After learning that Schauber and Kuzdale shared a campsite on a spur road off U.S. Forest Service Road 1107, a Curry County Forest Deputy responded to the camp site and while enroute located Schauber, walking along the U.S.F.S Road 1107.  Schauber was in good health and agreed to accompany law enforcement back to Loeb State Park where she was interviewed regarding her property being left on the river bar.

 

Schauber was assisted in gathering her belonging and she was given a courtesy ride back to her camp site on U.S.F.S. Road 1107. Where she was given food from the Forest Deputy’s lunch and Schauber declined any further assistance.

 

Attempts to locate Kuzdale in the Brookings Harbor area throughout the day were unsuccessful.

 

At approximately 8:38pm, Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen traveling down U.S.F.S Road 1107 who advised there was a van on fire near the 550 Spur Road. The U.S.F.S. was contacted and responded to the fire advising the fire was not in danger of spreading.

 

Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was advised that this fire was possibly related to the Schauber/Kuzdale incident earlier in the day. Curry County Sheriff’s Office personnel and U.S.F.S. law enforcement responded to location of the fire.

 

When law enforcement arrived the vehicle fire was out and as they approached with headlights on the vehicle a person was observed to sit up and look out at them. The person in the burned out vehicle was identified as Angela Schauber from the earlier incident. Schauber had suffered serious burn injuries, however, was alert and conscious and able to provide a statement to law enforcement while ambulance was enroute.

 

Schauber said she had tried to take her own life, by first cutting her wrists and then lighting the vehicle on fire while she sat inside. When Schauber could no longer take the pain and heat from the fire, she exited the vehicle. It is unknown where Schauber was when the fire was first reported or when the U.S.F.S. came to check on the fire.

 

Schauber was transported by ambulance to Sutter Coast Hospital and was then flown to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

 

On 05-23-15, Kuzdale was located in Smith River, California and interviewed by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. Kuzdale stated he had been staying with his friend in Smith River since the argument that led to all Schauber’s property being left on the River Bar.  Law enforcement was able to collaborate Kuzdale’s whereabouts during the night of 05-22-15 and 05-23-15.

 

The Oregon State Police will continue the investigation with the assistance of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

 
 
 
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Press Release

 

From: Lieutenant Michael Espinoza

 

Date: May 15, 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 May 19, 2015 through June 16, 2015.  This will cover the Memorial Weekend and local High School Graduations. 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. 

 

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 as 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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Press Release 

 
From:  Sheriff John Ward 
 
Date:  05-08-15 
 
Re:  Cedar Valley Fire 
 
On 05-07-15 at about 1:18pm, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Pamela Aldridge of Gold Beach reporting that her residence in Cedar Valley was on fire.  The Sheriff and Deputies responded as Cedar Valley Fire Department was paged to respond.  Sheriff’s Deputies arrived first on scene to find that the residence was not on fire but a vehicle near the residence was fully engulfed and the fire had spread into the brush of a logged off unit belonging to the Crook Timberlands.   Coos Forest Protective Association responded to assist Cedar Valley Fire as well as Ophir Fire Department.  Fire Crews were able to extinguish the vehicle fire and then started trying to contain the wild land fire.  Coos Forest Protective Association used a Dozer to cut a fire line around the south end of the fire to keep it from spreading any further.   The Gold Beach Fire Department sent a Fire Tender truck along with a crew and after several hours all fire crews were able to contain the fire which burned about four acres.  During the incident, Cal Or Life Flight who had been staged nearby was asked to respond to the Aldridge residence for a medical issue and ended up transporting the female homeowner to Curry General Hospital. 

 

It was quite impressive to see how everyone worked together in an area where it was not very accessible to get to with firefighting equipment.  The quick responses and hard work kept the fire from spreading more than it did.  It is unknown at this time what caused the fire.  The Curry County Sheriff’s Office will assist the Cedar Valley Fire Department in the investigation.

 
 
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Media Release 
 
From:  Sheriff John Ward 
 
Date:  05-07-15 
 
Re:  Series of Events on 05-06-15

 

On 05-06-15 at about 8:30am, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from twenty-five year old Robyn Culley of Port Orford, Or., reporting that she had fallen about a 100’ out of a tree and she was injured.  Culley did not know where she was, only that she and twenty-seven year old Sean Richards had ran into the woods south of Sea Crest Motel thinking they were being chased by the cops. Sheriff’s personnel responded along with the Port Orford Fire Department and the Port Orford Ambulance.  Several calls were placed back and forth to Culley and Richards in order to try and pin point where they were.  About an hour and a half after the 911 call, Deputies, Search and Rescue, and Port Orford Ambulance located Culley and Richards in heavy brush between Cemetery Loop Road and Old Mill Road.  Culley was wet, cold and suffering from hyperthermia.  Culley was attended to by EMS and placed into a stretcher to be carried out of the area with the assistance of SAR and the Port Orford Fire Department.  Culley was transported to Curry General Hospital.  Richards was taken into custody at the scene for violation of probation and transported to the Curry County Jail.  Culley was later medically cleared from Curry General and taken into custody for violating her probation and a new charge of possession of methamphetamine. 

 

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On 05-06-15 at about 1:55pm, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Judy Klus of Cedar Valley, Gold Beach., reporting that her husband, forty-seven year old Theodorus Overdevest was trapped under a large mower that had flipped over on him.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded as well as the Cedar Valley Fire Department.  Upon arrival, it was determined that while mowing his lawn, Overdevest had got too close to a steep embankment and the mower flipped over a couple times crushing Overdevest underneath it.  Overdevest was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Deputies and Firemen were able to get Overdevest out from under the mower and carried back to the top where he was then transported to Redwood Memorial in Brookings.

 

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On 05-06-15 between 2:47pm and 3:44pm, three separate traffic crashes occurred in three different locations in the county that Sheriff Deputies responded to.  The first traffic crash was a report of a vehicle over an embankment about sixteen miles east of Gold Beach on Lobster Creek Road.  The driver, sixty-two year old Chao Vang of Crescent City, CA., and his two passengers were uninjured after their vehicle had lost brakes and rolled over an embankment coming to rest on a tree.

 

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The second traffic crash was another single vehicle roll over on Carpenterville Road near Demoss Road.  The driver, sixteen year old Elena Villa of Brookings lost control of her vehicle when she reached down to grab a water bottle.  Deputies arrived along with the Brookings Fire Department and Cal Or Life Flight Ambulance.  The Oregon State Police arrived and took over the investigation and have more details on the traffic crash.

 

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The third traffic crash was another single vehicle roll over on U.S. Highway 101 near Cape Ferrelo Road just north of Brookings.  The driver, Jeffrey Dewolf of Crescent City California drifted across the lanes of travel and ended up in the ditch upside down.  Deputies arrived and secured the scene until an Oregon State Trooper arrived to do the crash investigation.  Dewolf was transported to Curry General Hospital by Cal Or Life Flight.  The Oregon State Police have more details on the traffic crash.


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Media Release

 

From: Lt. Michael “Mick” Espinoza

 

Date: May 1, 2015

 

Regarding: High Visibility Traffic Enforcement

 

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 participated in a High Visibility Traffic Enforcement event from March 20, 2015 through April 30, 2015.

 

During that time period, 2 drivers were arrested for DUII as a result of traffic crashes, multiple citations were issued for various traffic violations to include; driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, and failure to wear a seat belt while driving.  There were also multiple Drug Recognition evaluations completed for other agencies by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office Drug Recognition Expert.  These evaluations were also part of Driving While Impaired Investigations.  A total of 13 additional patrol hours were dedicated to the High Visibility Enforcement.

 

The purpose of the High Visibility Traffic Enforcement event is to proactively reduce the likelihood of driving while impaired and to actively investigate those who will operate motor vehicles while under the influence of an intoxicants or that drive in reckless or careless manner. The goal of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is to utilize additional resources to proactively reduce the number of traffic related incidents to include crashes and crimes during high volume traffic periods. 

 

Prepared by: Lt. Michael “Mick” Espinoza

Contact:  (541) 247-3200

 

 
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Media Release
 
From:  Curry County Law Enforcement 

 

Date:  April 30, 2015

 

RE:      Law Enforcement Memorial

 

On  May 13, 2015, at 12:00pm, Local law enforcement will hold the  annual Law Enforcement Memorial service at the Gold Beach Veteran's Memorial located at the south end of Gold Beach. The public is invited to join all of the law enforcement agencies at this service. This service is to remember the Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty in or who are from this area.

 

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like everyone to realize, “On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in America every 58 hours, and over 58,000 officers are assaulted each year; in which more than 15,000 are injured as a result of these assaults.”

 

On September 13, 1994; President Bill Clinton signed public law 103-322 requiring the American Flag to be lowered to half-staff on May 15th, each year to honor Peace Officers Memorial Day.

 

If you have any questions or comments about this service, you can contact Lt. Donny Dotson of the Brookings Police Department. If you would further information about fallen Peace Officers, go to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, web site.

 
 
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Media Release 

 

From:  John Ward, Sheriff
 

Date:  Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

RE:  Senate Bill 941                                                                             

 

Senate Bill 941 (Requires private person to complete transfer of firearm by appearing with transferee before gun dealer to request criminal background check or shipping or delivering firearm to gun dealer in certain circumstances.) 

 

After doing much research and talking to other Sheriff’s around the state of Oregon, it is quite clear to me that Senate Bill 941 is a bad piece of legislation and appears to be an infringement upon our citizens’ Second Amendment Rights.  SB 941 will not keep the guns out of the criminals’ hands; it will only affect those who obey and live within the law.  In my opinion the government does not need to know who owns guns or how many guns they own. 

 

As Sheriff of Curry County, I support keeping guns out of the hands of “Criminals” and we have current laws to enforce this.  We do not need a poorly written law that would be difficult to enforce and cause undue hardships and problems to our law abiding citizens who historically wish to acquire a gun legally through private sales. 

 

There is a time when proposed laws like this need to be addressed.  We need to take a stance and express what is right for all citizens regarding these bad laws that are being imposed upon us from those who are out of touch with “We the People” and try and govern us from afar. 

 

I do not support SB 941.

 

John Ward, Sheriff

Curry County, Oregon   

 

 
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Media Release

 

From: Lieutenant Michael Espinoza

 

Date: April 27, 2015

 

Regarding:  Motor Vehicle Pursuit and Crash

 

Location: Oceanview Drive near Hwy 101

 

Agencies Involved: Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Cal/Ore Life Flight

 

 

ARRESTED:

 

Plew, Michael Ray    Age: 26

Harbor, Or.

Charges: Attempt to Elude x2, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief I, Parole Violation, Controlled Substance Office, Reckless Endangering.

 

Cited:

 

Gastonguay, Tamara    Age: 40

Harbor, Or.

Charges: Permitting Unlawful Operation of a Motor Vehicle

 

 

On 4/24/2015 at approximately 2:45 pm a Curry County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed suspicious male, who he believed was a wanted subject in the area of Wenborne Lane and Sunset Strip.  This subject was later identified as Michael Plew DOB/08-05-88.  As the deputy attempted to contact Plew, he quickly disappeared in some nearby brush.  The deputy continued to look for Plew in the area, when he witnessed a passenger car drive by his location and coming from the area where the deputy last witnessed Plew.  Believing the vehicle had possibly picked up Plew, the deputy attempted to follow the vehicle to further investigate his suspicions. 

 

As the deputy was following this vehicle, he observed the vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at Olsen Lane and Oceanview Drive.  The deputy then activated his overhead emergency lights in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.  The vehicle immediately began to speed up failing to yield and attempting to elude the deputy.

 

The deputy pursued the vehicle driven by Plew south on Ocean View Drive reaching speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit a Sheriff’s Office detective joined the deputy to assist in trying to stop the fleeing vehicle.  At the south end of Oceanview Drive, on a 90 degree corner approaching Highway 101, Plew lost control of his vehicle taking out two mailboxes on Oceanview Drive and then crashed into a fence, causing further property damage to the asphalt, shrubbery and water service of another residence on Oceanview Drive.  Plew and his two passengers, Tamara Gastonguay dob/12-29-75 and Dylan Hall dob/01-20-94, were detained on scene and medical personnel were requested.

 

Plew and Gastonguay were transported to Curry General Hospital for minor injuries. Hall was interviewed and allowed to leave. The vehicle being driven by Plew was a 2000 Hyundai four door sedan and registered to Gastonguay.  Gastonguay was cited for allowing unlawful operation of a motor vehicle as Plew’s driving status is suspended.

 

After receiving medical attention, Plew was lodged in the Curry County Jail on the charges listed.  Plew will also be cited for Driving While suspended and speeding.  There may be additional charges to follow as the investigation continues. 

 

The Oregon State Police assisted the Sheriff’s Office by completing the traffic crash investigation.

 

 

Contact information: Lt. Michael Espinoza (541) 247-3200

 
 
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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. 
  
 
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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.    

 
 
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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.

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 ARRESTED:

Juvenile Male 17 years old

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

INCIDENT:

 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
  
 
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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.

 

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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
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ARRESTED:

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

INCIDENT:

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

 
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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.

 
 
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MEDIA RELEASE

 

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