Yamhill County Sheriff Will Conduct Enhanced Traffic Enforcement Over Labor Day Weekend.

YCSO press release today:

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office will increase patrols over the Labor Day Weekend in an effort to minimize and reduce the negative impact of impaired drivers on law abiding motorists. These extra patrols will take place September 4th to September 6th, 2020.


If you plan to host a party or attend a party where alcohol is being served you can take some precautions beforehand to avoid what could be a deadly end to the night.

* If you host a party and provide alcohol, make sure to also include food and non-alcoholic beverages. Monitor your guest’s alcohol consumption and take the keys from a guest who has had too much.
* Use public transportation or a taxi;
* Ask a friend who has not been drinking for a ride home;
* Promote the use of designated drivers and stop impaired family or friends from driving;
* Always wear your seatbelt.

If you see a suspected impaired driver please call 9-1-1 and report them. Some signs to look for are:
* Swerving or weaving in and out of a lane;
* Stopping abruptly at traffic signs or signals;
* Making unusually wide turns;
* Driving over curbs;
* Driving with headlights off at night.

McMinnville Nursery Defrauded Of $4.4 Million. Suspect Arrested.

Press Release from YCSO:

On February 24, 2020 Oregon Pride Nursery, which is located in rural McMinnville, filed a criminal report with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office involving suspected fraud.  The business located some suspicious transactions and performed an extensive audit of their books, finding suspicious transactions dating back to 2013.

Over the course of several months, Oregon Pride Nursery worked with an accounting firm and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jacob Herr, identifying that from 2013 until 2019 approximately $4.4 million dollars had been embezzled by a former employee, identified as 61 year-old Jeanna Lee Buxton, who currently resides in La Pine, OR.

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The case was presented to a Yamhill County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging 21 counts of Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree.  A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeanna Lee Buxton with a bail amount of $200,000.

On July 20, members of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Team (CRT) contacted Jeanna Lee Buxton at her residence and took her into custody on the outstanding warrant.  She was lodged into the Deschutes County Correctional Facility in Bend.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Oregon Pride Nursery for their extensive cooperation in this complex investigation, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the arrest.

 

Yamhill County Sheriff Announces Operations Change Due To COVID-19 Emergency.

Press Release From Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office today:

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing temporary changes in protocol and the services we offer to the public due to the COVID-19 virus situation.   These changes are being implemented to protect our staff, the public, and inmates who interact with YCSO corrections employees.

Effective Monday, March 16th, the main business office of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office will remain staffed but closed to the public. This includes Dog Control licensing.  Items emailed to the Sheriff’s Office or mailed through the postal service will be processed normally.  In addition, items placed in our secure drop box, located in our exterior lobby, will also continue to be processed.

Concealed Handgun License processing and fingerprinting services will be suspended until further notice.

Patrol Deputies are being instructed to answer calls for service via telephone if possible but will continue to respond in person to emergency situations and those wishing personal contact.

The Yamhill County Correctional Facility will be modifying the procedure for, but not eliminating, inmate visitation.  Specialty programs requiring outside entities to enter the jail (e.g., Narcotics Anonymous, Provoking Hope, etc.) will be suspended until further notice.

We will continue to work closely with public health officials and our public safety partners to monitor the situation and will adjust protocol as needed to fulfill our mission to the citizens of Yamhill County.

Additional details can be located on the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office website located here:

https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/sheriff