Wheeler County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Wheeler County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 701 Adams St, Fossil, 97830 OR
  • Chief:
Phone: 541-763-4101

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office is located at 701 Adams St, Fossil, 97830 OR. The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office phone number is 541-763-4101.

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office News

Lost dog has found her owner!!

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office was brought a dog just a few minutes ago. She is a black and tan hound dog (has had puppies) with a blue nylon rope tied around her neck.

Sheriff's office and search & rescue members - Basic knots, slight incline reach & treat, and grid searches with GPS.

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office would like to introduce you to our newest recruit, Deputy Rodney Hines.

OREGON FBI TECH TUESDAY: BUILDING A DIGITAL DEFENSE AGAINST CYBER PREDATORS Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against cyber predators and privacy violators targeting your kids. Last week, we talked about the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing program designed for kids in grades three through eight. The program teaches them good online etiquette, how to stay safe on social media and more. This week, we turn to the parents. We – as parents – know we are supposed to watch over our children’s virtual lives, but the vigilance required and the rapidly changing nature of technology can make that seem like an impossible task. Your best bet is to work WITH your child. Talk about the potential dangers kids face these days, the hard decisions they may have to make when faced with difficult choices online and your family’s expectations as to appropriate behavior. To that end, we are going to offer you some easy starter tasks to get you going: • Together, check your child’s phone and computer to identify which apps they have loaded and what programs they are using. Work with the child to set the privacy settings on each of these platforms, games, and chat programs to the highest, most restrictive level. Because these privacy settings seem to change frequently, it is a good idea to do an online search to receive specific instructions on how best to manage these settings for any particular app. Your goal is to restrict who can see your child’s profile and how much private info that person can see. You also want to limit an outsider’s ability to be notified when your child is online. • Talk about what a safe profile includes. Instead of uploading a profile photo of your child, suggest he uses a picture of his favorite pet or game character. Never post a full name – partial names or initials are a better bet. Don’t give out dates of birth, school info or details about sports teams, hobbies and the like. • For new users, create a safe screen name. Avoid using your real name, if you can … as well as anything that identifies your age, gender and geographic location. Obviously off limits: anything that is sexually provocative (or could be seen that way by others). • Make sure you know who your child’s virtual friends are, and how often they are communicating. Are they talking by text? Video chat? Through gaming sites? Teach them to deny friend requests from people who are not face-to-face friends as well. • Teach your kids that what they post online is forever. It can be very easy to share hurtful comments and personal pictures with your BFF or new boyfriend… but actions taken out of temporary teenage angst can have lifelong impacts. Colleges and employers are diligently digging up old posts to find out what kind of person you are. In many cases they can find posts you thought you deleted. Do you really want them to see that hateful thing you said or did in middle school? And, that embarrassing photo you thought you were only sending to one person? The whole school saw it in a matter of minutes. • Finally, teach your kids to trust their instincts. If they have a sense that something is not quite right, they feel threatened or they see something that is inappropriate – they need to know that they can come talk to you. Work with your school, local police or the social media provider to report concerns. Most will have procedures in place for you to report abusive or inappropriate behavior. As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Disaster Charity Fraud This week: building a digital defense against charity fraud. With Hurricane Florence hitting the east coast last week… and the on-going disaster recovery efforts stretching from Hawaii to Puerto Rico… you need to be able to tell the legitimate charities from the frauds. It is no secret that charity scams spike after significant events, particularly natural disasters. The news and your social media feeds are filled with photos of chaos and destruction. You feel helpless, and the fraudster knows it. These criminals will create fake social media accounts and websites to make it easy for you to give. Just click the link, and you will feel like you’ve made a difference. Unfortunately, if you pick the wrong organization, those most in need will never see your donation. Along with the Federal Trade Commission, FEMA and other partner agencies, we offer these tips for safe giving:  Donate to charities you know and trust.  Designate the donation to go to a specific disaster relief effort as opposed to a general fund.  Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited e-mail or social media posts.  Verify the legitimacy of any e-mail or social media solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.  Beware of organizations with copycat names similar to, but not exactly the same as, those of reputable charities.  Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.  Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services. They also won’t ask for donations via gift cards.  Most legitimate charity websites end in .org rather than .com.  Make contributions directly, rather than relying on others to make a contribution on your behalf. Those affected by recent disasters can use your help – and there are plenty of legitimate charities out there to do that work. You just need to do your research before giving. If you have been victimized by a charity fraud scam or any other online scam, be sure to file a report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.

Another successful Wheeler County Search & Rescue training. We have an excellent team! Thank you for participating - Bill Potter, Rick Shaffer, Mick Wright, Mitch Elliott, Tyler Eoute, Susan Moore, Gretchen Ladd, Andrew Stanbridge and Brenda Snow Potter.

Our fire

Photos and info from Public Information Officer Howard Hunter. "Photos of the very successful operations yesterday afternoon and evening. There is still some line to tie into the fire and some mop-up but the north end of the fire is looking great. Howard Hunter PIO"

***********FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE********* Fossil, OR ----- On Friday, August 17th, 2018, while engaged in efforts to protect several structures that were directly threatened by wildfire, a Wheeler County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) vehicle suffered a catastrophic equipment failure resulting in its rolling down a hill and landing in a ditch. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time. “I am just thankful that no one was hurt. We will of course be reviewing the incident, as we do anytime a vehicle is damaged,” Said Sheriff Humphreys, “I do want to point out that all types of tactical situations, including responding to fires, presents an inherent risk. It is actually a testament to the level of training and experience of your volunteers that we have not seen more of these kinds of things.” Friday marked the second day of fire operations after what had been a lengthy lightning storm from the night before. Those same WCFR personnel had been out late searching for several fires on Thursday night, and most of them had worked all day on Friday before the afternoon fires began flaring up. These same WCFR personnel then worked almost continuously through the weekend on the Jennie’s Peak fire. Wheeler County Fire and Rescue is a volunteer fire agency that was created in 2014 with an initial $10000 dollar grant from the Wheeler County Court and used equipment donated from the now defunct Wheeler Point Fire Department. Currently WCFR sustains itself fully on local donations and contract services and grants from federal and state partners. WCFR does not charge landowners for its local response nor is there any sort of tax assessment/district involved in its funding. WCFR’s vehicles are used military surplus provided through the Oregon Department of Forestry and their FPP program. WCFR has an oversight board made up of local community members that are appointed by the County Court. Currently, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue is made up of the following members: Rick Shaffer Scott Field Mick Wright Debbie Woody Roger Stockton Jason Shaffer Matt Mortimore Kevin Hall Andrew Stanbridge Brett Henry Ben Henry Bill Potter Steve Speer Bud Thompson Marissa Humphreys Ken Shaffer Jim Humphrey Tyler Hunt Penny Moon Joan Field Robin Hunt-Thompson Brenda Snow-Potter Sheriff Chris Humphreys Wheeler County (OR) 541-763-4101

This mornings update............. Jennie’s Peak – This fire is 70% contained and 41,000 acres. Yesterday crews conducted firing operations into the night to secure the northern flank of the fire. Today’s operations will focus on holding and mopping up yesterday’s burnout, continued burning to add depth to the fireline in a few critical areas, and searching for any remaining hot spots around the perimeter of the fire. The fire continues to hold along the John Day River, staying north and east of the river.

Jeannies Peak Fire Update from last night.................we will update as soon as we receive this mornings update Jennie’s Peak – Crews continued with firing operations on the north end during the day to stay in front of the fire. With a successful day shift, crews tonight will monitor Rhodes Canyon Road and hold the fire from further growth to the north. Due to smoky conditions, air tankers were unable to support the men and women on the ground with retardant but two Type 1 helicopters, one on loan from Oregon Department of Forestry helped hold the lines along the north end.

Air Quality Alert ORC013-017-021-023-031-049-055-059-061-063-065-069-241900- Crook-Deschutes-Gilliam-Grant-Jefferson-Morrow-Sherman-Umatilla- Union-Wallowa-Wasco-Wheeler- Including the cities of Prineville, Post, Paulina, Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, Sisters, La Pine, Brothers, Condon, Lonerock, Arlington, John Day, Monument, Dayville, Long Creek, Seneca, Madras, Warm Springs, Culver, Boardman, Heppner, Lexington, Ione, Irrigon, Wasco, Moro, Grass Valley, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater, Pendleton, Athena, Pilot Rock, Stanfield, Umatilla, Ukiah, Helix, La Grande, Elgin, Union, North Powder, Enterprise, Joseph, Wallowa..Imnaha, Troy, Lostine, The Dalles, Maupin, Shaniko, Tygh Valley, Fossil, Spray, and Mitchell 1051 AM PDT Thu Aug 23 2018 ...AIR QUALITY ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PDT FRIDAY... Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory...which remains in effect until noon PDT Friday. Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels. Air quality will be slowly improving today and tonight.

Update Jennie's Peak......... This fire is 65% contained and 39,000 acres. Last night the fire was active in the northeast flank, with a 70 acre spot fire. There is fire line around the spot, and crews will continue to work on improving the fire line today. Burnout will continue as firefighting efforts and weather allow, to steer the fire towards the old Porcupine Fire burn from both the east and west. The fire countinues to hold along the John Day River, staying north and east of the river

Fire Update........ Jennie's Peak crews worked during the day to prepare Rhodes Canyon Road as a fire line to the north, burning out to secure the line as needed. There were also burn operations that were conducted along Ridge Road and the dozer line to Old Mill Canyon.

Update on Jennie’s Peak – This fire is 40% contained and 38,000 acres. The fire perimeter has been secured along the east flank and along the south and up the western flanks of the fire along the John Day River. Successful burnout operations took place yesterday on the northeast corner of the fire as firefighters are steering the fire toward the northwest toward the Porcupine Fire burn scar. Preparation of the Rhodes Road as a fireline on the northwest flank of the fire will continue today.

SIGN UP FOR WHEELER COUNTY ALERTS Go to Wheeler County Web Page http://www.wheelercountyoregon.com/ On the bottom right you will see the white everbridge alert logo(see picture). Click on this logo and you will be prompted to login or signup. Click on the signup link and entered required information. You will need to mark your choices for those Alerts you want to receive and how you want to receive them i.e. land line, text cell phone etc. Please remember to use your physical address and not your PO Box Number. If you have any questions when signing up please contact Terry Ignowski at 541-763-2380. Once you have completed your sign up with your notificaton choices, be sure to mark save. When alerts are requested to be sent they will be sent via the choice of delivery you have chosen.

IMPORTANT FIRE INFO “Based on the current status of the Jennie’s Peak Fire, the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office has lifted all current Level 1 Evacuations. South Twickenham Road is now open. We ask that if you are in the area that you please continue to drive with caution as there is still an increased level of vehicular traffic due to firefighting operations.”

BUILDING A DIGITAL DEFENSE AGAINST GRANDPARENT SCAMS Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against grandparent scams. The love between a grandparent and a child can be very strong – but, ironically, the strength of that bond can actually make families more vulnerable to scam artists. The grandparent scam has been around for awhile, but the use of social media is helping to fuel fraudsters’ ability to make money on it. Here’s how it works: con artists will pose as a loved one, make up a story about some urgent need, and trick you into wiring money. Only later will you find out that your loved one was never actually in danger and that the money you sent is gone for good. As we post more and more personal information on social media, we are making the whole thing easier for the fraudsters. Names, photos and info from your travels, school information and more can be a gold mine for the scam artists. They use this info to make a more convincing story. You could get a call, email, text, or social media message claiming to be a loved one in need. The alleged victim will ask you to send money to pay hospital bills, to get out of jail, to escape a foreign country, or to help deal with an auto accident. Sometimes it will be a story as simple as the victim’s purse was stolen. The scammers will urge you to keep quiet about their need for money and claim to be embarrassed in order to prevent you from looking into it further. So, no matter how urgent or convincing the story might seem—check it out before sending cash. Here are some tips: • Resist the urge to act right away. The story is probably going to sound drastic and urgent, but that is what the scammer is banking on. He wants you to make an impulse decision to send money. Slow down and look into the story before you send anything. • Call your loved one on a trusted, genuine number; don’t redial the number provided by the caller. You can also verify the story with someone else in your family or friend group. • Verify the caller’s identity by asking questions that would be difficult for a stranger to answer. • Familiarize yourself with the information that your family members are sharing online. Many scammers will use this information to make their stories seem more believable. • Don’t wire money or send a money order. Scammers will almost always ask for money to be sent through a money wire, a gift card, a cash reload card or the like. These payment methods are practically like giving cash. If you pay this way, you will never see the money that you sent again. If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

All evacuation levels for Wheeler County have been lifted. South Twickenham Road, Pine Creek Lane, and Bridge Creek Road have been reopened to traffic. Fire personnel and vehicles are actively working in these areas, so please use caution when traveling through.



Due to wildfires there will be limited staffing in the Sheriff's Office. No CHL appointments, Please call 911 for emergencies. Non emergency calls can be made to the Sheriff's Office but may not be responded to immediately.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Email Loan Frauds Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against email loan frauds. Fraudsters have been trying to find ways to steal money for as long as people have been using money. Not surprisingly, every day these scam artists are testing new methods to separate you from your hard-earned cash. This year alone the Better Business Bureau has seen a large number of scam reports involving fake loan email messages. Here’s how it works: You are perusing through your email inbox and notice that you have received an unexpected email stating that you have pre-qualified for a loan or been approved for a loan. All of the information regarding the loan – including the final payback amount—are included in the email. Many of these messages will include an attached file that appears to be an official document approved by several government agencies. However, you will come to find out that there is a tiny little requirement before you can receive your loan – an “upfront” fee of $150. If you pay this, you are likely to lose your 150 bucks and never get the loan itself. Here are some tips to avoid email phishing scams: • If someone you don’t know unexpectedly contacts you with an amazing deal, be cautious. It is probably too good to be true. • Never click on or download attachments from an unknown source. Scam artists will often camouflage malware in these attachments, and if you click on them, they will have access to your computer and your personal information. If you do choose to click on the link, hover over it first to see what the real destination is. • If you receive a request to “verify that your account information is correct in order to send the loan proceeds”… watch out. You should never provide account information or other sensitive personal information to a solicitor. • Look for some dead giveaway signs. If there is no personal information in the email, such as your name, than it could be a mass email that the scammer sent out. Additionally, look for spelling errors or typos. If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.