La Pine Man Drowns in Prineville Reservoir

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, at approximately 1524 hours, deputies from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the report of a person that jumped off of Dinosaur Rock into the water of Prineville Reservoir and had not surfaced.

When deputies arrived on scene, they learned that a 28 year old male subject, who was later identified as Christopher Brown, from La Pine, Oregon, had climbed to the top of Dinosaur Rock and jumped off of the rock face into the water, which was over 100 feet above the water surface.  Deputies searched the area, but were not able to locate Christopher.

At approximately 1547 hours, the Crook County Sheriff’s Office called the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Dive Team to assist in locating Christopher’s body.  When the Deschutes County Search and Rescue Dive Team arrived at the scene, they immediately deployed.  After about one hour of searching, the dive team was able to locate Christopher, who was still submerged in approximately 65 feet of water.  Christopher was transported to a local funeral home in Prineville.

This incident was an accident.  The Crook County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to exercise caution when enjoying the local water ways and to refrain from jumping off of any objects into a body of water.

Alcohol and marijuana are believed to be a factor in this incident.

By Sgt. Bill Elliott, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, 541-447-6398

METEOR SHOWER August 12 – The Brightest in Human History

Governor Kate Brown Declares State of Emergency to Address Statewide Wildfire Activity

(August 2, 2017, Salem, OR) — Governor Brown today declared a state of emergency in response to wildfire activity across the state. Hot, dry, and windy conditions and forecasts for more thunderstorms around the state have resulted in multiple red flag warnings, placing Oregon in a critical fire danger situation. The entire region is experiencing similar issues, resulting in a strain on resources. The declaration enables the Oregon National Guard to mobilize resources on an as-needed basis to assist the Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office with firefighting.

“As Oregon faces a near record-breaking heatwave, the threat of wildfires increases,” Governor Brown said. “I am thankful to the firefighters and crews working tirelessly throughout the state, and remind all Oregonians to be safe and follow posted fire bans. Our state agencies have a long-standing tradition of collaboration, and this declaration of emergency will ensure they have the resources needed to minimize the impact of wildfires.”

Information on conditions throughout Oregon is available here.

Shop Smart in La Pine Robbery Friday Morning – July 27, 2017

By Kathy Matthews, Staff Writer

La Pine – Have you seen this man? He robbed Shop Smart at 9:37 a.m. this morning.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office:

The male in the photo is the suspect in a Robbery that occurred at Shop Smart in La Pine at 9:37 am this morning. He is believed to be associated with a small, black sedan with tinted windows and possibly left the area southbound on Highway 97.

Please report any sightings or info to dispatch 541-693-6911.