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

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.

Umatilla County 911 Communication Center, Milton-Freewater Police Department Dispatch and John Day Emergency Communications Center are now able to accept Text-to-911 messages to report emergencies. Text to 911 is a new service that is intended to benefit people that may not be able to make a voice call due to an emergency such as home invasion or domestic violence situation; as well as individuals that are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. A few things you should know about how Text to 911 works: • Texting to 911 is intended to benefit people that may not be able to speak in an emergency. The key thing to remember is “Call if you Can, Text if you can’t”. • When texting to 911 for an emergency, the first message should be the location of the emergency (including city) and the type of emergency help needed (police, fire, or medical). • Keep text messages brief and concise; using full words. • Stay with your phone. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call taker. • Photos, videos and emoji cannot be sent to 911 at this time. Trying to send these will corrupt the call text. • You cannot include 911 in a group text or while roaming. Text to 911 service is not yet available statewide in Oregon or California. If you send a text to 911 from a wireless carrier or a city/county without Text to 911 service, you should receive a message saying that there is no text service to 911 available at this time. For more details and updates about Text to 911 go to

Thanks to East Oregonian reporter Jayati Ramakrishnan and staff photographer E.J. Harris for the story below: THANKS TO OUR GREAT DISPATCH STAFF!!

SEAT BELT SAFETY BLITZ RESULTS During the weeks between February 5, 2018 and February 18, 2018, the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement agencies across the nation, participated in extra traffic patrols and enforcement in the county with an emphasis on seat belts/child restraints, texting, and speed violations. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office provided Umatilla County with over 21 additional hours of traffic enforcement and emphasis patrols, and issued over 245 warnings and citations for traffic related offenses. Our goals were to increase traffic safety by educating the public about the importance of seat belts and child restraints, and the dangers of texting while driving and speeding. This effort was funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of their annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office conducted enhanced patrols on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2018. Deputies were only able to work 3.5 hours of grant overtime during the day, but still yielded 5 contacts, with one of those being a DUII arrest. At about 1700 hours, 20-year-old Joel Dominguez Jr. of Umatilla was stopped on Powerline Road near Country Lane, west of Hermiston. During the contact Dominguez exhibited signs of marijuana impairment, and admitted to using marijuana earlier in the day. Deputy Nathan Rankin conducted the investigation and ultimately arrested Dominguez for DUII. Dominguez’s BAC was .00%. A drug recognition expert was called in to evaluate Dominguez. This was second time Dominguez has been arrested by UCSO for DUII in the last year. On March 25, 2017 Dominguez was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. That case is still pending in court. 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. The next DUII/HVE event is scheduled around Cinco De Mayo weekend, May 4 – 6, 2018. Please continue to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 541-966-3650, or 911 if it appears to be an emergency.

Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a warrant scam circulating our county again. This is how it works. The scammer calls a potential victim, claims to be from our agency’s warrant department and demands payment of money to resolve the issue. One victim was kept on the phone while he/she went to a local store, purchased a green dot visa card and then provided the caller with the visa card numbers. Please be aware, these calls are always a scam. Law Enforcement and those in the Criminal Justice system never call people to request payment to resolve a warrant issue or pay a fine. If you receive one of these calls, you can be assured it is a scam. If you are still worried, then report in person to the actual courts to inquire. Never give out payment over the phone to someone who has called you about resolving a warrant issue. If the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office was aware of a warrant for your arrest, we would visit you in person to arrest you. We would not give you a call ahead of time to alert you. Information on this scam has been turned over to the F.B.I. for investigation.

Theft of brass sprinkler heads from fields in the Hermiston Area. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of numerous brass sprinkler heads being stolen from the fields in the area along Canal Rd between Diagonal Rd and East Loop Road in Hermiston. Anyone having information, please do NOT respond to Facebook, but instead contact our 24 hour dispatch center at 541-966-3651. We are asking for people in the area to be on the lookout and report any suspicious activity.

Shortly before 9am today, March 7th, 2018, Umatilla County Deputy Daugherty was dispatched to 78626 Agnew Rd, Hermiston in response to the sighting of a wanted person, 36 year old Naythan Olney. Deputy Daugherty staged in the area and waited for backup to arrive before making contact. While waiting for backup, a 2017 white Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Naythan Olney, left the residence at a high rate of speed. The pickup has been reported stolen to Morrow County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Daugherty followed the vehicle from Agnew Rd onto Westland Rd and initiated lights for a stop. The suspect vehicle drove off the road and across an open field onto Bridge Rd heading westbound. The deputy was unable to follow. A Umatilla PD officer located the vehicle and initiated a pursuit, with the suspect vehicle going off road and eventually driving through the circles off Powerline Rd and heading toward the interstate. The suspect abandoned the vehicle in the area of I-82 at milepost 2 and fled on foot toward the river. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and a grid search was conducted on foot. At approximately 11:13 a.m., Umatilla County Deputies called off the physical search and the UCSO Drone was called in to conduct an aerial search. Olney was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, white/blue/green plaid shirt and a ball cap. At the time of this media release, the UCSO drone had arrived on scene as was being deployed to search the area. The stolen vehicle has been recovered and is being processed. Olney has been known to carry a handgun. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately and do not approach Olney.

After seeing the need for Narcan in our county, Sgt. John Shafer reached out to Mike Stensrud with the Umatilla County Public Health Department for help in obtaining this drug. Stensrud will train Sgt. Shafer to become the trainer for the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office. Shafer is currently the first aid/CPR instructor for the agency.

Aircraft Goes Down in the Blue Mountains Milton Freewater, Oregon - Shortly after 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 28th, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a single engine Piper Arrow aircraft had gone down in the area of Government Mountain Road, about 13 miles east of the City of Milton Freewater. Members of the UCSO Patrol Division and Search and Rescue Team responded to the area in an attempt to locate a Walla Walla University aviation student and instructor who were piloting the aircraft when it went down. Both walked away from the accident uninjured and were found a short time later walking on Government Mountain Road by the Search and Rescue team. It is unknown at this time what caused the plane to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of accident and they will be conducting their investigation into the cause of the crash.

Thanks to Senior Reporter Phil Wright and Staff Photographer E.J. Harris of the East Oregonian for the article on our jail modification plan.

On February 19th, 2018 at approximately 10:19 p.m., Deputy Jeff Brown responded to Sinclair Gas Station located at 84875 Highway 11 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, for a reported robbery that had just occurred. Deputy Brown contacted an employee who reported that he had closed the Sinclair Gas Station and was leaving work with a deposit bag. The employee reported that after locking the door to the gas station, he walked to his vehicle and heard someone yell at him. He turned and was immediately sprayed in the face with Mace. He was thrown to the ground then the suspect took the deposit bag, key to the business, a personal cell phone and personal keys. The employee stated that he only saw one person but thought there were two that attacked him. The employee was checked by medics and denied any further medical care. First suspect is described as possibly a white male, 6’00, 200 lbs., wearing a dark hoodie with a black bandana with one large skull covering his face. Second male subject is approximately 5’10, stocky build, wearing a Brown hooded jacket and blue jeans. Suspects reportedly left in a tan or silver midsize four door SUV, similar to a Ford Explorer, with unknown license plate and has a very loud muffler. Anyone with information regarding this incident, please contact Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office at 541-966-3651. Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation and will release more information as it becomes available.

Deputy Steven McDaniel and Deputy Rick Carter were on snowmobile patrol, and they found plenty of snow. Looks like fun! Please be prepared for cold weather and lots of snow if you're heading to the mountains...

With the recent snowfall and colder temperatures, it looks like Old Man Winter is going to hang around for a while longer. Be careful if you travel to the mountains and higher elevations in Umatilla County. Be prepared for adverse weather and road conditions, and most of all, BE SAFE. If you're going to the mountains to snowmobile or play in the snow, please remember these safety tips from our friends at the Oregon Snowmobile Association. What to Take 1. Take a winter first aid kit 2. Take matches and a fire starter in a waterproof container 3. Take extra food and water 4. Take extra clothing, including a wool or synthetic sweater, gloves, and a rain shell. 5. Take a plastic whistle 6. Take a map and compass and, if possible, a GPS receiver 7. Take a flashlight with extra batteries and bulb 8. Take an emergency reflective rescue blanket 9. Take a pocket knife 10. Take an avalanche cord or transceiver and breakdown probes when in avalanche country 11. Take a mobile phone or radio transceiver for back country emergency communication What To Know * How to stay calm in an emergency * How to do basic maintenance and adjustments of your equipment, particularly snowmobiles * When to use good judgment to avoid risks and hazards * Where you are at all times