Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 4700 NW Pioneer Place, Pendleton, 97801 OR
  • Chief:
Phone: 541-966-3600
Fax: 541-278-5496

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is located at 4700 NW Pioneer Place, Pendleton, 97801 OR. The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office phone number is 541-966-3600.

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office News

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office will have several DUII/High Visibility Enforcement grant events during the month of July: Independence Day event – July 3rd and 4th; Pendleton Whisky Music Fest – July 13th and 14th Pendleton Bike Week – July 17th thru July 22nd. During these events, the Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies patrolling the roadways looking for impaired and/or distracted drivers. In 2016, 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. This was a 28% increase from 2015. Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle with at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .15% or higher – almost twice the legal limit. These statistics do not include persons driving under the influence of drugs, or a combination of drugs and alcohol. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office invites people to enjoy these events, but to do so responsibly. UCSO Deputies are committed to the safety of our citizens. They will continue to seek out distracted or impaired drivers in order to prevent injuries and deaths on our highways. The deputies of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office are trained to recognize the signs of persons who are not only impaired by alcohol, but also by legal and illegal drugs, including prescriptions. These events are funded through a grant from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. Please continue to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 541-966-3651, or 911 if it appears to be an emergency.

STOLEN VEHICLE. Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance in locating a stolen white 1997 flat bed GMC Sierra pickup (OR license plate VDB972). The pickup was taken from a farm off Agnew Rd in Hermiston. The vehicle is similar to the one pictured. Anyone with information, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON FACEBOOK, instead call our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. In an emergency call 911. Case 18-0949. We appreciate the public's assistance in sharing this information. Please secure your vehicles and report any suspicious activity.

STOLEN VEHICLE. Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public be on the look out for a silver gray 1987 Honda Accord with damage to the passenger front panel and bearing Washington Plates ANZ9460. The vehicle was noticed missing late last night from a residence in the city of Athena and is believed to have been taken sometime earlier in the day (June 25, 2018). The actual vehicle is pictured. Anyone having information, please DO NOT RESPOND ON FACEBOOK, instead notify our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. If an emergency, please call 911. Thank you for sharing this post. Ref Case: 18-0946.

Always training to be prepared. Here are photos of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Reserve Deputies, Emergency Management and our new Chaplain, together with Walla Walla County Search and Rescue, during the Life Flight landing zone safety training held last night in the parking area of Umatilla County Sheriff's Office in Pendleton. Those in the area may have noticed the activity as the helicopter arrived and left. Check out the video on our page as well.

Members of Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Reserve Deputies, Emergency Management and our new Chaplain, together with Walla Walla County Search and Rescue, participated in Life Flight landing zone safety training last night in the parking area of Umatilla County Sheriff's Office in Pendleton. "This we others might live."

June 18, 2018 NEWS RELEASE - SCAM PHONE CALLS Over the past few days, unknown persons, who are posing as members of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office have phoned local residents threatening to arrest them and asking for money. THESE ARE SCAM CALLS. No one from the Sheriff’s Office will call members of the public in this manner to solicit money. Unfortunately, the number of scam phone calls continues to increase both locally and nationwide. There are many types of scam calls and some of these calls are coming from what appear to be local land line or cellular phone numbers. Please contact our office if you receive a phone call from anyone representing themselves as a member of our office who is asking for money for any reason. Consider the following tips if you receive a suspicious phone call: 1. If your phone rings, whether you recognize the number or you don’t, you are not obligated to answer - If the caller ID displays a number you’re not familiar with, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with ignoring it. If it was an important phone call, they’ll leave a voicemail. You can choose whether or not to call back after hearing the message. 2. You don’t have to call back - That might seem obvious if the message is a marketing or sales call, but what if the caller says they’re from the IRS, or the courts, or law enforcement, and that you’re in legal trouble for not filing your taxes, or you have a warrant? That kind of message is harder to ignore, and far too many victims of tax and other frauds scams return that call and eventually send money. 3. Greetings are often the trigger for the scam phone call - Beware when there is a silence or a delay after you answer the phone and say “Hello”. Why does this happen? The first hello triggers the scammer’s automated software to realize that a connection has been made. If you say “Hello” again, the human scammer has time to step in and join the call. Try to answer only once and wait. If you don’t hear anything more, just hang up. 4. If you suspect the call is suspicious, try to put the caller on the defensive and make them answer questions - If they ask for your name or other information, respond by saying something like, “What is the nature of your call?” or “Who am I speaking with?” If they’re a legitimate caller, they should be able to give you good answers. If they’re a scammer, they won’t. They’ll be less likely to launch into their sales pitch, and many times, they will hang up. 5. No one is entitled to your personal information over the phone - When someone calls you and tells you to verify your identity, or state your account number, or any similar request, simply tell them “No”, or say, “I don’t give out that information over the phone.” Remember, they called you, and if they are a legitimate business, they should already have your information. Take their name, company name, and direct phone number. Try an Internet search to verify the actual phone number for the company, and if you do call back, use that phone number. You might find that the “urgent” problem with your account actually doesn’t exist when you speak to the legitimate company. For more information on phone scams, see the link below to the Federal Trade Commission's website -

ROBBERY at COMFORT INN & SUITES, HERMISTON On June 17, 2018 at approximately 1:27 a.m. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 77514 S. Highway 207, Hermiston, Oregon. A male suspect entered the lobby of the business, displayed a gun and demanded the clerk give him all the money in the cash drawer and safe. The clerk complied and the male exited the building. The suspect is described as possibly a Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall, dark hair, wearing a light colored jacket with a hood pulled over around his face. He was carrying a dark colored bag or backpack, which he instructed the clerk to put the money into. No arrests have been made at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is working to retrieve video. It is anticipated clearer photos will be released in the future. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public to identify the suspect. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND with information ON FACEBOOK. Anyone having information please contact our 24 hours dispatch center at 541-966-3651. If it is an emergency, please call 911. The investigation is ongoing. Case# 18-0903.

COLD ROBBERY - TAJ Food Mart, Milton-Freewater. On June 16, 2018 at approximately 7:58 p.m. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a cold robbery that had occurred earlier that morning at the TAJ Food Mart, 84802 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater. The owner reported a young Hispanic male had entered the store at approximately 6:30 a.m., grabbed an 18 pack of Budweiser beer, and ran out of the store. The suspect got into the passenger side of a white Chevrolet car with damage to the front passenger side and drove off toward toward Milton-Freewater. The gas attendant had followed the vehicle until the suspects held a handgun up in the air, displaying it for her to see. No arrests have been made at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance from the public to identify the suspects and vehicle. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND with Information ON FACEBOOK. Anyone having information please contact our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. If an emergency call 911. The investigation is ongoing. Case 18-0901. See Photos Attached.

STOLEN VEHICLE – ATTEMPT TO LOCATE A tan 2005 Chevrolet Silverado with Oregon Plate 374CEE was stolen today, June 15, 2018 between 6:00 a.m. and 9:27 a.m. from the area of Cold Springs Reservoir, east of Hermiston. The photo attached to this post is the actual vehicle. It is a quad cab with a short box and no aftermarket accessories. It had a ½ tank of fuel at the time of the theft. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has taken a stolen vehicle case and is asking the public to be on the lookout. Anyone having information, DO NOT respond on FACEBOOK, instead contact our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. If it is an emergency please call 911. Please share this post. Case 18-0891.

HOME SECURITY. HOW SECURE IS YOUR HOME? Recently you may have noticed a post on our website reporting the arrest of two suspects during a burglary in progress. The quick response of law enforcement was possible because the home owner had a security system in place and quickly notified law enforcement. As technology advances, more and more options are available for home owners to protect their property. Although a security system does not guarantee safety from burglary or theft, it can deter criminals. If a crime does occur, the right system can also be valuable in identifying, arresting and convicting offenders. Have you looked into a security system? It might surprise you how affordable some may be. Nowadays there are systems you can install yourself and monitor on your smart phone. Systems can automatically notify you of any activity, including sending video or pictures directly to your phone. You can then decide whether or not to call law enforcement. If you are interested in home security, we recommend citizens take time to research options. Search the web, ask friends and neighbors, check with your insurance company for recommendations (installing a security system can often reduce insurance rates too). Here are some of the things we recommend to help secure your property: * Install cameras and security systems. * Keep outside entryways lit and install motion-sensing or heat-sensing lights. * Install deadbolts on all outside entry doors. * Lock doors that connect your home to an attached garage. * Lock windows. * Don’t leave valuables in site. * Don’t leave tools or ladders outside and accessible. * Consider your landscape and fencing; does it help deter criminals or help conceal them? *Avoid placing valuables in obvious hiding places, like the freezer or under the mattress. * Make a list and take photos or video of your property now. Photos or video can help identify property if it is stolen later. * Make your valuables or tools identifiable by marking them in some unique way that is not obvious and only known by you. Identifying property helps law enforcement make an arrest, which also helps to return property to the owner. * Get to know your neighbors and watch out for each other’s property. * Report suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement and give specific details. The more we work together as a community to protect our property, the more successful we are at deterring and/or convicting criminals.

WANTED PERSON - FELONY BURGLARY. Case 18-0716 Umatilla County Sheriff Deputy LIMBURG has issued probable cause for the arrest of Ramon Luis ZARAGOSA, 38 years old from Milton-Freewater, on the charges of Burglary I, Aggravated Theft I and Criminal Trespass I in connection with a burglary that occurred in May on W. Crockett Rd in Milton-Freewater. Anyone having information on his location, DO NOT RESPOND ON FACEBOOK, do not approach, call our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. If an emergency, call 911 On May 30th, 2018, Deputy LIMBERG arrested Crystal GONZALEZ in connection with the same burglary. GONZALEZ was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail. While in custody, Deputy RANKIN, also submitted probable cause for Theft II against GONZALEZ in connection with the theft at Ranch and Home in Milton-Freewater on May 16th, 2018.

PRESS RELEASE – Burglary Suspects Arrested and Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Tollgate Area On June 1st, at about 9:50 a.m., UCSO Deputy Jason Post and Deputy Jeff Brown responded to a burglary in progress at a cabin near milepost 12 off Highway 204 in the Tollgate area. The reporter was monitoring security cameras from off site and saw two suspects breaking into the back of the cabin. While responding, Deputies requested additional cover from Oregon State Police. Trooper Pace responded from the Pendleton area. Upon arriving, the Deputies could hear people talking and ransacking the inside of the cabin. They set up a perimeter and waited for Trooper Pace to arrive. As the individuals came outside the cabin, they were taken into custody at gunpoint. They were identified as Amber Pauline Livingston, a 37 year old female from Walla Walla, WA, and Jonathan Prescott Williams, a 40 year old male from Milton-Freewater, OR. Deputy Post requested assistance from Trooper Pace to search the area for a vehicle the suspects might have used to drive to the location. Trooper Pace located a black Honda Accord on Carter Lane and Highway 204, which had been reported stolen out of Walla Walla PD. Jonathan Williams admitted to Deputy Brown that he had driven the stolen vehicle to the area. Jonathan Williams was arrested for Burglary I, Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Mischief II. Amber Livingston was arrested for Burglary I, Criminal Mischief II and a misdemeanor warrant for fail to appear out of Umatilla County Circuit Court on the original charge of Criminal Trespass I. Both individuals were lodged at the Umatilla County Jail. The investigation revealed additional victims may exist. UCSO is requesting anyone with property in the Weston Mountain area, please check their property and report any thefts immediately to our 24 hour dispatch center 541-966-3651.

Stolen Vehicle from Hermiston Area. We are requesting assistance in locating a stolen beige 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, 2 door with access cab (Similar to the one pictured) with Oregon Plate 917GGX. Vehicle was last seen on May 16th and was reported stolen last night. If you have information, please DO NOT respond on facebook, instead call our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. In an emergency call 911.

Deputy RANKIN with Umatilla County Sheriff's Office has requested assistance to identify the individuals in the attached photograph. They are suspects in a theft case at the Ranch & Home in Milton-Freewater. If you have any information please DO NOT respond to facebook. Instead call our 24 hour dispatch center and Reference Case 18-741. Thank you. **UPDATE** Supects have been identified. Thank you!

National Police Week is Sunday, May 13th - Saturday, May 19th, 2018 PLEASE JOIN US IN HONORING ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THIS WEEK!

The Sheriff's Office is sharing the following media release issued from Umatilla County.

STOLEN TRUCK. A red 2007 Dodge 3500 flatbed dually with Oregon Plates 032GPW (pictured) was reported stolen today. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a report the vehicle had been stolen sometime between last night and early this morning from an area just south of the intersection of Stage Gulch Road and Kilgore Road between Stanfield and Pendleton. If vehicle is spotted, do not approach and DO NOT respond on facebook. Instead, please call our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. As always, call 911 if it is an emergency. Case 18-0680.

On May 3rd, 2018, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received the 2017 DUII Enforcement “Agency of the Year” award at the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force Conference in Bend, OR. Last year, UCSO deputies made over 100 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Some of these arrests led to major drug seizures and solved other criminal cases. We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the hard work our deputies are doing to battle impaired driving in Umatilla County. The credit goes to our patrol deputies, reserve deputies, dispatch and jail personnel, records staff, and the prosecutors for making this award possible. GREAT TEAMWORK BY ALL!! DUII enforcement is very important to us because it directly affects the safety and well-being of our citizens. Our deputies are trained in the detection and investigation of DUII, and we have two Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) on staff. We are committed to making our roads safer from the impacts of impaired drivers. We encourage our citizens who notice someone may be driving impaired to call 911.

NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES WEEK Every year, we recognize the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers’ and Employee’s Week. This year it will be from May 6th through the 12th. On May 5th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating “National Correctional Officers Week”. We take this time to recognize and applaud the hard work, dedication, and the commitment of our great staff at the Umatilla County Jail and all others who serve in the profession. They successfully manage the inmate population all day, every day, keeping our communities safe. Please thank them and join us in celebrating National Correctional Officers’ and Employee’s Week!

On April 12, 2018, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Morrow County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance for a search and rescue mission on U.S. Forest Service Road 53, near the Umatilla/Morrow County line. One female and two male juveniles called 911 to report they were stuck in the snow. Search and Rescue volunteer, Travis Lundquist responded with UCSO’s tracked Utility Vehicle (UTV) to assist Lt. Terry Harper with Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, reach the stranded juveniles. Lundquist initially planned to meet Lt. Harper and travel together, however, one of the juveniles called to report that the female had cut her hand. Lt. Harper then responded directly with a four wheel drive vehicle and was able to reach the juveniles. He assessed the female’s injury and determined there was no need for a medical response. Lundquist arrived at the scene and they were able to free the vehicle using the winch on the UTV. The juveniles arrived back home without further incident.