Multiple Arrests Made At Depoe Bay Charter Company For Racketeering And Theft

RacketeeringArrested in the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay investigation were, (left to right) Tim Harmon, Julie Harmon, Eva Harmon, Noelie Achen, Dustin Couch, Bradley Haight, Daniel Zimmerman and Richard Newton. (Photos: Lincoln County Jail)
Oregon State Police Fish and Game troopers last week served a search warrant in April on Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay on suspicions the company had been taking money for one day fishing licenses but not issuing them. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Oregon State Police Fish and Game troopers  served a search warrant in April on Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay on suspicions the company had been taking money for one day fishing licenses but not issuing them.  (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Oregon State Police Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division along with the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office received grand jury indictments stemming from an ongoing investigation into activities by the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay Charter Company. In March of 2015, the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant on the company’s premises. The company was under investigation for a variety of theft charges based on various allegations. This included allegations the company had charged customers for daily angling licenses but never purchased these licenses from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife nor provided an actual license to customers. On July 2, 2015, the company owners, employees and some of the charter boat captains were indicted by a grand jury on the following felony and misdemeanor charges:

Arrested in the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay investigation were, (left to right) Tim Harmon, Julie Harmon, Eva Harmon, Noelie Achen, Dustin Couch, Bradley Haight, Daniel Zimmerman and Richard Newton. (Photos: Lincoln County Jail)

Arrested in the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay investigation were, (left to right) Tim Harmon, Julie Harmon, Eva Harmon, Noelie Achen, Dustin Couch, Bradley Haight, Daniel Zimmerman and Richard Newton. (Photos: Lincoln County Jail)

Tim HARMON, age 67 (of Lake Oswego), Julie HARMON, age 52 (of Lake Oswego), Eva HARMON, age 24 (of Lincoln City), Noelie ACHEN, age 30 (of Depoe Bay) and Dustin COUCH, age 30 (of Depoe Bay) were all indicted for Racketeering – 2 counts, Theft in the First Degree – 4 counts, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree – 2 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Theft in the First Degree – 4 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Theft in the First Degree – 2 counts, Failure to Remit Moneys from License Sales, Conspiracy of Failure to Remit Moneys from License Sales, Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws, and Conspiracy in Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws.

Bradley HAIGHT, age 48 (of Depoe Bay), Craig CALKINS, age 45 (of Depoe Bay), Daniel ZIMMERMAN, age 60 (of Depoe Bay), Richard NEWTON, age 67 (of Depoe Bay), and Roman SMOLCIC, age 31(of Lincoln County) were indicted for Racketeering – 2 counts, Conspiracy in Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws, and Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws – multiple counts.

On July 8th and July 9th, all above subjects were arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation and any inquiries should be made to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office. The Oregon State Police is continuing an investigating relating to charges that have been brought against Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay, Oregon and associated parties for alleged criminal conduct involving the sale of fishing licenses to angling charter customers.

It is alleged that customers were charged for fishing licenses and then were either not issued licenses or were given receipts and told those receipts were valid fishing licenses. Any potential victims of this activity, and/or you have information regarding this activity, you are requested to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.

Information provided by OSP