October 18, 2012
Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
Gilliam County Sheriff's Office
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During a multi-agency search coordinated by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, an inmate who escaped from a work crew at an Arlington-area waste management facility was taken into custody Wednesday night after he was spotted by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper walking along Interstate 84 about eleven miles west of Arlington.
According to Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, on October 17, 2012 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) inmate SHEA MICHAEL GODDARD, age 21, was part of an inmate work crew at an Arlington-area waste management facility when he fled the area. Gilliam County Sheriff's Office deputies began a perimeter search and requested additional law enforcement resources.
Law enforcement personnel and resources responded from OSP, Sherman and Morrow counties, Boardman Police Department, Goldendale Police Department with a tracking dog, and Tri-County Corrections probation officers. Hood River County Sheriff Joseph Wampler responded by aircraft to assist from the air during the search. Search and Rescue personnel on four wheelers and horses searched areas only accessible by foot or off-road vehicles.
At approximately 7:00 p.m., OSP Trooper Mark Jubitz was driving westbound along Interstate 84 near milepost 126 west of Arlington and saw a man walking matching GODDARD's description. Jubitz stopped, contacted the man and took him into custody without incident after confirming it was GODDARD.
GODDARD was transported by OSP to NORCOR and lodged for Escape in the Second Degree. He was serving a sentence for Burglary in the First Degree and Probation Violation.