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Scorpions Visit Keizer Fire Station (Photo)
Keizer Fire Dist. - 07/17/19 4:52 PM
Scorpion at Fire Station 2
Scorpion at Fire Station 2

From the “you just can’t make this stuff up” file:

July 17, 2019, Keizer, Oregon

Scorpions Visit Keizer Fire District

On duty personnel at Keizer Fire District Headquarters were surprised by a member of the public who brought four live scorpions to the fire station today at 661 Chemawa Road N.E. in Keizer.

After finding the arachnids in a container at Keizer Rapids Park in Keizer, the concerned citizens brought them to the fire station for safety as leaving them in the park near a play area was obviously dangerous to children. 

KFD Fire Chief, Jeff Cowan accepted the scorpions in their container and began a process to determine what was best for all concerned (the scorpions too). #1 was Public Safety, but turning them loose, termination, invasive species, who put them there and why, what do we do with them now, were all considerations. City of Keizer Police, Parks, and staff were notified of the unusual chain of events.

Fire Station personnel had a heyday with their new found “friends” who were now fondly named… Timmy, Lynn, Ted, and Jeramiah.  Chief Cowan contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who referred him to Oregon Department of Agriculture. Oregon Law has an invasive species act which is handled by the Oregon Department of Agriculture who maintain a staff of professional Entomologists (specialists in the field of insects- pun intended).

Tom Valente, Entomologist, Insect Pest Prevention and Management program, Oregon Department of Agriculture provided the following information:

The species is confirmed as our native Pacific Northwest Forest Scorpion, Uroctonus mordax.  The species is found throughout the valley.  They are nocturnal, and therefore they are uncommonly seen.  They are most often found on south- or west-facing slopes, under rocks or logs on the ground, preferring moister situations.  These are not found in desert conditions.  The species mordax is not aggressive.  Although they can sting (and do sting their prey when hunting), they “play dead” rather than trying to sting when disturbed.

Our scorpions are getting ready to have their photos taken.  Although mordax is not an uncommon species in the valley, we rarely see live specimens.  We’ll get some good portraits.  These will then travel for outreach events like the Oregon State Fair.  As soon as they arrived, people began to have ideas about groups that would be interested as they go on to live the life of a celebrity and good will ambassador.

Thoughts to pass along from our Oregon Entomology Experts:

-Although invertebrates like scorpions, spiders, millipedes, roaches, etc., do make quiet, easy-to-care-for pets or school projects, Oregon has a “white list” of invertebrates approved by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Insect Pest Prevention and Management program that can be brought into the state without a permit.  Any exotic invertebrate not on the approved list requires a permit to ship into the state.  The approved lists are invertebrates that already occur in the state or those that could not establish outdoors to become pests.  No exotic animal should be released into the wild under any circumstances, because of the risk of introducing disease as well as any risk the exotic itself poses.  The Approved list is on line at < https://www.oregon.gov/oda/programs/ippm/pages/aboutippm.aspx>

-Arachnids like scorpions and spiders attract a lot of attention because of the fear factor.  Oregon has over 500 species of spiders, 3 native species of scorpions, and other spider relatives.  All are predators and all use venom to subdue their prey, but ONLY one species of spider in the state, the Western black widow, Latrodectus hesperis, is medically dangerous to people.  Any arachnid can bite if handled, but our native arachnids are not dangerous.  More information at <https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/IPPM/Pages/OregonSpiders.aspx>.



Attached Media Files: Scorpion at Fire Station 2 , Scorpions at Fire Station

County council seeks applicants for additional vacancy on volunteer Planning Commission
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/17/19 2:38 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council is accepting applications to fill a second vacancy on the volunteer Planning Commission.

The position is filling a current vacancy, and begins August 1 through December 31, 2019.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that makes recommendations to the council on land-use planning, zoning and development in areas outside cities and about issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and applicable county ordinances.

Current applications that have already been submitted for the first vacant position will also be considered for this opening. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, PO Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Applications also can be emailed to auch@clark.wa.gov">alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019.

State Unveils Mobile Live-Fire Training Unit in Salem:New Tool for Career and Volunteer Firefighter Training (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/17/19 2:25 PM
Mobile Fire Training Unit
Mobile Fire Training Unit

Oregon is served by more than 13,000 career and volunteer firefighters who are members of more than 300 fire departments and fire protection districts across the state. Approximately 80% of Oregon's firefighters are volunteers.

The Fire Training Program at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) helps support local fire agencies, in every corner of the state, by supporting a variety of training classes.  DPSST also has more than a dozen mobile props that enable firefighters to receive realistic hands-on training. 

One of the most difficult tasks in the fire service is to provide personnel with realistic training to prepare them for field operations. Certainly, providing live-fire training is an important component. For combination and volunteer organizations, especially those in rural areas, the ability to provide live-fire training can be an extremely complex problem.  In the past many fire agencies had access to homes and buildings in their local communities that were going to be demolished that provided excellent hands-on training opportunities for firefighters.  Environmental concerns, neighborhood concerns, building materials, and a variety of other safety considerations have limited this.

This morning, at the City of Salem Fire Department, DPSST unveiled its newest addition of props available to local fire agencies, a 53 foot Mobile Fire Training Unit (MFTU).  The MFTU cost $500,000 and was funded by a Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This unit contains a permanent propane-fired bed prop and rollover simulator. Portable propane-fired pans can be relocated in the unit and covered with other simulated props to provide a variety of live-fire exercises. The unit’s onboard generator makes it totally self-contained and portable, though an optional shore power connection is available.  

Movable interior wall panels enable instructors to change the layout of the unit to present participants with different scenarios. Several panels have mock doors or other moveable components. The integrated smoke generator creates a dark smoke that forces members to crawl and search in realistic type conditions. The collapsible second story provides the means for performing other essential skills like laddering, vertical ventilation, and multistory fire attack. A few individuals can easily erect the second story in approximately 30 minutes

The MFTU contains numerous safety features to minimize participant risk. For propane fires to function, the operator must step on a control pedal while another instructor engages the portable safety pendant. Release of either immediately shuts the unit down. Temperature and propane sensors force operations to occur within safe limits. Should either exceed the allowable range, the unit automatically shuts down, sounds an alarm, and activates ventilation fans.

On an annual basis DPSST provides training to approximately 6,000 career and volunteer firefighters around the state free of charge thanks to the state's Fire Insurance Premium Tax.

The MFTU will remain at Salem Fire for two additional weeks which will allow Salem firefighters to train use it for training and also enable DPSST staff to run the new unit through its paces before scheduling it for travel to fire stations around the state.

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Patricia Patrick-Joling, public citizen representative, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


Attached Media Files: Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit , Mobile Fire Training Unit

Celebrate Hillsboro's 15th Year Arrives This Saturday at 9 am (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/17/19 2:04 PM
watching the show
watching the show

Thousands of people will take to the streets of Downtown Hillsboro this Saturday, July 20, for the 15th Annual Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare!

The event features: 

  • Live music and entertainment on 3 stages
  • Arts and culture
  • Games, crafts, and kids’ activities
  • FREE health screenings
  • Fire trucks and police cars
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Juggling tent
  • Inflatable fun zone
  • Saturday Farmers’ Market
  • Local food and beverages (beer & wine)

New this year, the 15th Birthday Bash at 4 pm on the Civic Center Plaza features Mayor Steve Callaway and others sharing free ice cream treats.

At 4:30 pm, the free after-hours concert kicks off with cover band Dancehall Days, followed at 6:30 pm by Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire.

View the Celebrate Hillsboro 2019 Event Guide and Music & Entertainment Schedule.


Map and Locations

Main Street

  • Saturday Farmers’ Market 8 am – 4 pm
  • Community Booths
  • Local Food
  • Beer and Wine
  • Youth Stage at Main & Third Avenue

Civic Center Plaza

  • Main Stage presented by Port of Portland
  • Sequoia Art Marketplace 10 am – 6 pm
  • Beer and Wine 11 am – 8 pm

Courthouse Lawn

  • Multicultural Arts
  • Culture Stage
  • Infatable Fun Zone
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Juggling Tent

Second Avenue

  • Free Health Screenings
  • Fire Trucks and Police Cars
  • Healthy Living Booths


Music and Entertainment Schedule

Musicians, roving stilt walkers, magicians, and jugglers will entertain on the streets of Downtown Hillsboro all day. 

Time  Artist  Stage
 9 am Chloro de Alegria Main
 9 am Crimson and Clover Culture
 9:30 am Sarada Kala Nilayam Culture
 10 am Saeeda Wright Main
 10 am Huchca Omeyocan Culture
 10:30 am Crimson and Clover Culture
 10:45 am School of Respect Youth
 11 am The Bylines Main
 11 am Sarada Kala Nilayam Culture
 11:30 am Hula Halau 'Ohana Holo'ako'a Culture
 11:30 am Hillsboro Dance Center Youth
 12 pm Filipino American Friendship Club of Oregon Culture
 12 – 4 pm Hillsboro Camp Amp & Hillsboro Arts Summer Youth
 12:05 pm Nick Rolfe and the Project Main
 12:30 pm Neftali Rivera Culture
 1 pm Paradise of Samoa Culture
 1:05 pm DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid Main
 1:30 pm Ballet Papalotl Culture
 2 pm Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon Culture
 2:10 pm Rock Bottom Boys Main
 2:30 pm Hula Halau 'Ohana Holo'ako'a Culture
 3 pm Neftali Rivera Culture
 3:15 pm St. James Gate Main
 3:30 pm Ballet Papalotl Culture
 4:30 pm Dancehall Days Main
 6:30 pm Kalimba The Spirit of Earth, Wind, & Fire Main



Celebrate Hillsboro has become a pinnacle summer event since it began in 2005.

Presented by Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro’s signature event celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year, bringing the community together to rejoice in our thriving city. To commemorate the anniversary, Celebrate Hillsboro has shifted its focus to highlight Hillsboro’s rich cultural diversity. The festival will come alive to honor the collective stories of Hillsboro’s diverse voices, past and present, sharing culturally significant music, food, art, and performance throughout the day.

The Cultural Village on the courthouse lawn will provide hands-on culturally based experiences, with demos, displays, and activities by Salon Amrapali, Matereva Enterprises, Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a, Filipino American Friendship Club of Oregon, and Ballet Papalotl. The lawn will also host the juggling tent and the inflatable fun zone—a returning favorites for kids and families.

New this year, local ethnic groups will share traditional creative expressions from across the globe on the Cultural Stage, including everything from Pre-Columbian music and dance with Huehca Omeyocan to Celtic music by Crimson and Clover to Polynesian dance by Paradise of Samoa—and much more!

Another new addition this year, Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza will transform into the living room of Celebrate Hillsboro, featuring an all-day world music stage, unique eats and drinks, and beer garden, along with shade tents to cool off from the summer heat and the fountain turned up to keep children and families wet and wild. Head inside the Civic Center to shop the first-ever Sequoia Art Marketplace with artisans displaying and selling unique, one-of-a-kind works of art from 10 am – 6 pm.

Partner booths, dining and shopping options, and the Farmers’ Market will fill the streets from 1st to 3rd Avenues and from Lincoln to Washington Streets. The Health & Wellness area returns to 2nd Avenue to offer free health screenings and will include vital information to promote community health and safety. Sustainability will still remain a theme for the event, with booths and activities focused on preserving the environment throughout. At the end of Main Street at 3rd Avenue, the Youth Stage returns, promoting young, promising musicians in our community.

This year, Celebrate Hillsboro is also expanding into the evening hours. After a full day of enjoying diverse cultural experiences, Celebrate Hillsboro “After Hours” will begin at 4:30 pm with an evening of free music on the Main Stage at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. The concert kicks off with the wildly popular female-led cover band, Dancehall Days, at 4:30 pm, and ends with Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire, at 6:30 pm. Grab dinner, a glass of beer or wine, and dance the night away as the sun slowly sets over Hillsboro.

With more than 12,000 families, children, and businesses anticipated to attend, this year’s festival is set to be an amazing day of cultural experience, family fun, and community connection.

For more details about this year’s event, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Celebrate.

Attached Media Files: watching the show , jugglers , street scene , band playing

Oregon State Police investigating sex abuse - Marion / Polk Counties (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/19 1:50 PM

On Monday, July 15, 2019, Oregon State Police Detectives from the Salem Area Command arrested James Allen Moore (80) on one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred in early June, when Moore sexually abused a 9 year old female, who was known to him. 

Moore was actively involved with his church, where he worked with children for decades in the Willamette Valley. With his involvement with children, OSP is concerned there could be more victims. If you have any information regarding Moore, please contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at OSP or 1-800-442-0776 and reference Detective Ian McKay.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/126125/Moore.png

Yamhill County Photographer Charged with Producing Child Pornography
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/17/19 1:11 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that Robert Arnold Koester, 52, a photographer from Yamhill County, Oregon, has been charged with six counts of production of child pornography.

According to the indictment, beginning in January 2015, Koester is alleged to have knowingly coerced six minor victims in Oregon to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

Koester is a suspected serial sexual predator who took nude photos of models and is alleged to have sexually assaulted many of these models, some of whom are minors. Koester, also known as Bert Kay, Rhake Winter, and Qitooly, has potentially been engaging in these criminal acts since 1994, continuing until his initial arrest in Carlsbad, California, on November 13, 2018.

Koester faces dozens of additional state and federal charges for related criminal conduct in Yamhill County and Carlsbad. On November 15, 2018, Koester was charged in San Diego County Superior Court with six felony counts involving sex crimes against minors. A week later, 35 additional related state charges were added. On February 6, 2019, Koester was charged with 32 related felony charges in Yamhill County Circuit Court. And finally, on March 7, 2019, Koester was charged in a two-count criminal information with production of child pornography by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California.

Federal law enforcement officials across the country have been working closely with local law enforcement in Carlsbad, Yamhill County and elsewhere to identify potential victims in this case. The FBI has created an online system to collect victim information.

If you have information about this ongoing investigation or believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by Koester, the FBI requests that you complete this secure, confidential online questionnaire. Information and tips from the public may also be submitted confidentially via email to modelcase@fbi.gov.

Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal and/or state law. More information is available at fbi.gov/modelcase.

This case was investigated by the FBI in Portland and San Diego, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Carlsbad Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Ravi Sinha, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: 2019-07/6325/126163/INDICTMENT-Koester-Final.pdf

AGC/SAIF Members receive $4.4 million retro return
SAIF - 07/17/19 1:00 PM

Strong safety efforts lead to return of paid premium.


The Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter (AGC) and SAIF announced today a payout of more than $7.6 million for the 641 companies who participated in the AGC/SAIF group workers’ compensation program during 2017–2018. This includes a $4,442,062 retrospective return—representing a 12.8% return of paid premiums during the policy year—and adjustments from the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) assessment and non-disabling claim reimbursements.

These are remarkable results for any industry, but particularly in the construction industry, where increasing construction activity and a continued shortage of qualified workers have presented unique challenges this year.

The retro return is an indicator of the commitment to worker safety that the participating companies have made. Program participants—employers and employees alike—must remain vigilant and focused on their safety efforts. Individual results and retro checks will be mailed directly from SAIF to policyholders in mid-August.

The retro return combined with the impressive 15% upfront premium discount savings offered to participants creates a total combined savings this year of 27.8%. A retro return has been paid to AGC members in 26 of the past 27 years. Total retro returns spanning the 27-year history for the AGC/SAIF program now surpass $193 million.

“These results demonstrate once again that safety does pay dividends. Our primary goal is to create and maintain a safety culture that encourages and rewards people to constantly be safe and productive on the jobsite,” said Mike Salsgiver, Oregon-Columbia Chapter executive director. “It is imperative that we create safer workplaces, reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, save lives, and save money.”

The retro return is based on the safety performance of all group members throughout the plan year (10/1/17—9/30/18), so it is truly a team effort. A retro return is earned by performing better than expected as a group over the course of the year. Employers in the program make investments and commitments to safety and training. Employees carry out the work, using safe work practices and behaviors. And industry professionals from SAIF, AGC, and agent brokers work diligently to train and educate, manage claims costs, and help injured workers get back to work.

“We are proud this program has served as an incentive to bolster workplace safety in this industry,” said Christy Witzke, vice president of marketing, sales, and communication at SAIF. “The real beneficiaries are the workers that go home safe and healthy each day.”

About AGC

For nearly 100 years, the AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter has been the premier professional association for contractors in Oregon and SW Washington, representing the best of the best in commercial construction. Together we’re setting the bar for quality and safety. We’re committed to enhancing the performance of our members, representing their interests, and building a better climate for construction.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

DSL implements Swan Island beach use restrictions, installs signs
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 07/17/19 11:18 AM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, ken.armstrong@state.or.us                      

July 17, 2019


Oregon DSL installs signage at Swan Island beaches announcing public use restrictions for camping, campfires


SALEM, Ore. – In response to the State Land Board’s direction last month to initiate a rulemaking imposing permanent use restrictions at certain beaches in the Portland area, the Oregon Department of State Lands on July 1 implemented temporary restrictions, which include placing signs on the subject properties advising the public about the restrictions.

On June 11, the State Land Board directed the Oregon Department of State Lands to pursue permanent use restrictions on the easterly banks of the Willamette River at Swan Island within the city of Portland.

The action comes as a result of a request from the Port of Portland and Daimler Trucks North America (a tenant of the port) that DSL enact restrictions on public use due to illegal and nuisance activity. The port is an upland owner adjacent to state property, which extends to Ordinary High Water. The department and the port have documented illegal and nuisance activities on state-owned lands, and which include:

  • Littering and dumping
  • Reckless burning and open fires
  • Damage to property

Temporary restrictions prohibit all activity between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and prohibit campsites and campfires at all times on the east bank of the Willamette River between river miles 9 and 10 in Multnomah County.

In the meantime, DSL will begin the process of initiating permanent restrictions by convening a Rulemaking Advisory Committee to review and provide input on the proposed rules. A public comment period will be part of that process. More information on the rulemaking process will be available at: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Laws/Pages/Rulemaking.aspx



Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1074/126162/Swan_Island_signage_DSL.docx

Oregon Department of Forestry does nighttime aviation testing in Grant County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/19 11:13 AM

JOHN DAY, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is working with CO Fire Aviation, an aerial resource vendor, to test the effectiveness and safety of nighttime use of Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) to fight wildfires in Oregon.

Exploratory testing started Monday night, July 15, at the John Day Airport, and continued Tuesday night. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, testing will transition from the airport to private lands protected by ODF’s John Day Unit in Grant County. ODF and CO Fire Aviation are coordinating with local emergency personnel and dispatch centers to provide current information on the operation.

This testing evaluates the feasibility of using advanced night vision technology to identify firefighters  and any hazards on the ground. Testing operations include on-the-ground firefighters communicating with the pilot via radio, using lights and lasers to identify drop areas. Information gathered during the testing will be used to determine whether night SEAT operations would be a viable tool.

“ODF consistently evaluates advances in technology to support our mission to safely suppress wildfires at the smallest size possible,” ODF State Aviation Manager Neal Laugle said. “Safety is first and foremost, which is why exploratory testing like this is so important. Using SEATs at night would allow firefighters to take advantage of the reduced fire activity typical in the evening hours. These aviation resources could support ground firefighters by slowing the fire’s spread and intensity.” 

Outcomes of this testing phase will determine the next steps in evaluating the potential use of this innovative technology.


Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council meets Aug. 1 in Lebanon
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/17/19 11:00 AM

LEBANON, Ore. – The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Samaritan Community Hospital, Health Career and Training Center, Conference Room 3, 525 N Santiam Hwy, Lebanon. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives.

View the agenda online: oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/082019ORTACAgenda.pdf.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and its partners in the development and promotion of high quality non-motorized trail systems throughout Oregon.

The council is made up of seven volunteer members representing the five congressional districts and two coastal representatives. Members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. The council holds quarterly meetings in different locations across the state.

For more information about ORTAC, visit oregon.gov/OPRD/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Advisory-Committees.aspx

The meeting location is ADA accessible. Individuals who need special accommodations to attend should contact Jodi Bellefeuille at 503-986-0716 or ellefeuille@oregon.gov">jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov at least three days in advance.

Travelers Losing Thousands To 'Expedia' Imposters
Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific - 07/17/19 10:44 AM

                                                  BBB TEAMS UP WITH EXPEDIA GROUP TO WARN CONSUMERS

A network of scammers is using Expedia Group’s name to take consumers for thousands of dollars. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest and Pacific has received several reports in just the past several days from consumers who’ve lost as much as $3,700.

Expedia is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating. In a statement, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said, “We are happy to team up with the BBB to educate people about this scam and share tips on how they can protect themselves.”

The scam begins when consumers search online, then call customer service numbers purporting to be Expedia. Customers ask the representative to confirm or change existing reservations they’ve made through the Expedia travel site. But instead of legitimate Expedia reps, they are calling phone numbers used by impostors. The impostors say their refund site isn’t working properly and the consumer needs to purchase gift cards in order to receive a refund or change bookings.

Consumers reporting this scam hail from 17 different states and Canada, and, together, report losing nearly $10,000.  One woman told BBB that the scammer kept telling her to, “purchase (additional) gift cards saying that he had to merge the cards together,” but not to worry as she, “was going to be well reimbursed.” Several customers say the fake customer service rep stayed with them on their cell phones while they purchased the gift cards.

That’s what happened when BBBNW+P contacted one of the phony numbers and listened as the impostor tried to convince us we needed to buy gift cards, giving us a convoluted explanation of how we would get a refund.

Expedia Group’s statement continues, “Our goal is always to ensure travelers have a seamless and trouble-free booking experience with us, and it’s incredibly unfortunate that scammers have disrupted our customers’ well-deserved vacations and travel plans. Rest assured that we are also working hard to identify ways to prevent this from happening in the future.”  

Expedia Group is taking steps to counteract these impostors, including working with popular search engines to reduce the occurrence of fake ads, making its customer service contact number more visible, and adding info about these scams to its customer service portal.

BBBNW+P offers the following tips for consumers to protect themselves:

  • Most trustworthy companies will never demand a gift card as any form of payment and consumers should never have to pay to get money back.
  • Using a search engine does not guarantee getting the correct number. Always go directly to a website to find contact information. Large companies often have a ‘Contact Us’ button or a help hotline number directly on their webpage.
  • Protect personal information. Be cautious when connecting to public Wi-Fi and never use it for online banking or entering personal or financial information.



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AARP Community Challenge Announces 159 Grantees including three Oregon recipients (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 07/17/19 10:33 AM

Clackamas -- Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including three recipients  in Oregon.  A total of nearly $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.

“AARP Community Challenge Grants fund projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open spaces, housing, smart cities and more, said AARP State Director Ruby Haughton-Pitts. “It’s exciting to see the creative ways cities and nonprofits can use some seed money to enliven their communities.” The Oregon winners include the cities of Salem and Talent and the nonprofit Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.

Oregon Grantees

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon will engage elders in Portland’s Jade District and teach them to use technology to increase mobility and connect to community resources. The Jade District is one of the most diverse census tracts in the city and a low-income neighborhood.

“Elders in our community face difficulties in technology and language access to our transit system. We do this program to help and support. They deserve to be empowered and have access to reliable safe transportation” said Wanna Lei, Community Organizer.

City of Salem and Center 50+ will hold “Downtown Pop-Up Summer Programming” that will foster positive interactions among people of all ages and abilities with free, inter-generational classes that are open to the public.

“This creative new ‘pop up classes’ collaboration in our downtown shopping district is the latest in this exciting project,” with Center 50+ said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett.

Talent Maker City will create innovative programs to include older adults in intergenerational learning opportunities. Building on City of Talent's status as an officially designated "Bee City," the program will have a fun pollinator theme and support proliferation of and interest in pollinator gardens in the city.

"We are thrilled to have AARP's generous support of our inclusive effort to cultivate an age-friendly community in Talent through hands-on creativity." Ryan Wilcoxson, Executive Director.

Nearly 1,700 Community Challenge Grant applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year. The full list of grantees can be found at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.

The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative which helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. As part of this, AARP staff and volunteers are working across the country, engaging and mobilizing residents, delivering technical assistance and expertise to local leaders and organizations, and supporting the work of the 381 communities and four states that have enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities 

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About AARP

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5564/126160/aarp-states.brightspotcdn.jpg

Public's Help Sought in Southeast Portland Shooting Investigation - Crime Stoppers Featured Case #19-20 (Photo)
Crime Stoppers of Oregon - 07/17/19 10:09 AM
The Portland Police Bureau, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect who shot and injured a woman in Southeast Portland.

On April 23, 2019, at approximately 8:42 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the area of Southeast 146th Avenue and Stark Street. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a female in her 20s suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to her serious injuries.

Officers learned that the victim and her boyfriend were sleeping in their car when an unknown person fired multiple shots into the vehicle.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is funded 100% by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers with a donation, please visit https://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/support.php


Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5183/126157/19-131865.jpg

Missing Child (Located: Safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/17/19 8:41 AM


Fiona Belden has been located and is safe.

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing 12 year old girl, Fiona Belden . Fiona was last seen in the area of NE 31st Street and NE 146th Ave in Vancouver Washington around 0900 or 1000 A.M. . She is a white female, 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. She has Blonde hair and Blue eyes. Her clothing is unknown.

If found please contact your Local Police Agency or the Vancouver Police Department through 911 or 311.

Sherwood Receives State Funding for Highway 99 Pedestrian Connection
City of Sherwood - 07/17/19 7:40 AM

With the conclusion of the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session, the City of Sherwood was recently allocated $2 million in state lottery funds to help provide improved pedestrian connections across State Highway 99W near the site of the new Sherwood High School currently under construction.  State Representative Courtney Neron (House District 26) worked closely with Mayor Keith Mays to help identify the funding during this past session.  “Sherwood is known for its excellent schools and being one of the safest communities in Oregon,” stated Representative Neron.  “The investments we make now will keep the community connected and maintain those values as Sherwood grows.  I advocated to fund the construction of this pedestrian bridge because it will do just: keep students safe as they cross from their neighborhood to their new high school in Sherwood West.  I am thrilled to be part of the team bringing this project to life in our district and grateful we secured this critical investment from the state.”

Improving safety and access along this state highway is a City Council priority and this state funding will help build upon the initial feasibility study that is currently being conducted by the City to identify options to address this important linkage need.  In addition to the new high school being constructed in the Sherwood West area, future growth of the Sherwood community is expected to take place in the areas west of Elwert Road and Highway 99. Linking the current neighborhoods south of Highway 99 to these future neighborhoods is a critical component to the ongoing success of the Sherwood community. “I want to thank the Oregon Legislature and Governor Brown for their support of this important Sherwood project.  Soon after being elected, our State Rep. Courtney Neron agreed with Sherwood City Council that it was important to remove future students and families from this highway crossing and made it a priority of hers to help us find support from the state,” said Mayor Keith Mays. “My big audacious goal is to have this grade separated crossing open for the community by fall 2021.  Sherwood can leverage these dollars to secure the additional funding needed for the project–a final dollar amount that should be determined by the end of 2019.”

Tue. 07/16/19
River Rescuers Honored Tonight
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 07/16/19 8:49 PM

Hello Stations,

On our Facebook page I just loaded video and sound bites from our Recognition Ceremony tonight at Clark County Fire District 6.


The point of the ceremony is to say thank you to all the first responders who were involved in a daring river rescue last May 4th on the Washougal River.

Besides a police officer from Washougal PD and a Firefighter from Camas Washougal, members of the Clark County Technical Rescue Team helped extricate the survivor from rocks and debris in Washougal’s “Bid Eddy” stretch of the river.

Tonight we said thanks to our members who also serve on the TRT, which consists of firefighters and paramedics from CCFD6, Vancouver Fire, Clark Fire and Rescue, and others.

On the FB video you will see cover b-roll plus (pretty hot audio—sorry!) from :

Chief Kristan Maurer/Clark County Fire District 6

Firefighter Chris McBride/Vancouver Fire

Firefighter Tony Lothspeich/Clark County Fire District 6


Thank you for any and all coverage you provide. We couldn’t share the word without your help!



Missing Child (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/16/19 6:53 PM

The Vancouver Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a missing 12 year old girl, Michelle Wheeler. Michelle was last seen in the area of SE 34th Street and SE 192nd Ave in Vancouver Washington around4 pm. She is 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 100 lbs. She has Brown hair and Brown eyes. She is wearing a Black and White Grass Valley Elementary school shirt, Black stretch pants with Black /Light Pink tennis shoes. Although she is pictured with glasses she may not be wearing them.

If found please contact your Local Police Agency or the Vancouver Police Department through 911 or 311.


Michelle Wheeler has been found safe. Thank you to all that assisted.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/385/126150/Michelle_Wheeler.jpg

Saturday Services on Route 99X and Dial A Ride
Canby Area Transit - 07/16/19 5:44 PM

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Canby Area Transit (CAT) will kick off a new Saturday service on both the Route 99X and the Dial-A-Ride services. Based on the 2017 Transit Master Plan and the outcome of public outreach efforts in June of 2018 Saturday service was identified as the next priority for implementation.

The new Saturday services will be funded with transit funding created by Oregon House Bill 2017. The bill established a public transportation payroll tax that collects 1/10 of 1% tax on employee wages. The new funding source is referred to as the Statewide Transit Improvement Fund (STIF).

The City of Canby is seeking community input regarding the proposed Saturday services. We encourage everyone to attend a public meeting:

August 1, 2019

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Canby Civic Center

Willamette Room (1st floor)

222 NE 2nd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

The proposed Saturday service for the CAT Route 99X will operate between Oregon and Woodburn via Canby between 8:00 am and 6:30 pm. The CAT Paratransit and General Public Dial-A-Ride program will operate within the Canby Urban Growth Boundary during the same hours. Paratransit service to Oregon City will be limited to TriMet LIFT transfers on Saturdays. More information including the proposed Route 99X schedule is available online at www.canbyareatransit.org and will be available in paper format on the buses and at the CAT office. If you would like to help distribute the proposed schedule and/or the meeting notice please contact us at 503.266.0751 or email cat@canbyoregon.gov.

English to Spanish interpretation is provided at all Transit Advisory Committee meetings and will be provided at the meeting on August 1, 2019.

All documents are available in alternative formats upon request.  

Attached Media Files: Saturday Schedule 9.7.19 , Meeting Info 8.1.19 , Press Release English

Deputies on Scene of Plane Crash Into a Farm Field ***Update***(Photo) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 5:21 PM

On July 16th, at approximately 1:23 pm emergency personnel were dispatched to a single engine plane reported to have crashed into a farm field.  When deputies arrived, the plane was fully engulfed in flames.

The pilot told deputies while flying from the Albany area to the Aurora Airport he experienced mechanical issues which led to the plane catching fire mid-flight.  The pilot made an emergency landing into the farm field and was able to walk away from the crash with non-life threatening injuries.

The pilot has been identified as Eugene Mitchell, 73, of Portland.  Mr. Mitchell is a military veteran, with flying experience dating back to Vietnam.  Mr. Mitchell was taken to a local hospital for his injuries where he was treated and released.

Emergency services from Aumsville Fire District, Marion County Fire District #1 and an ambulance from Santiam Hospital all responded to the scene to provide assistance.

The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate releasing any additional information regarding this incident.

This afternoon at approximately 1:23 pm, emergency services were dispatched to an air craft crash into a field in the area of Jordan St SE and Howell Prairie Rd SE in Marion County.  When deputies arrived on scene, the single engine plane was fully engulfed in flames.  The pilot was able to get out of the plane after making an emergency landing into a farm field.

The pilot told deputies he was forced to make an emergency landing in the field after his plane caught fire in the air after experiencing mechanical issues.  The pilot was taken to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane and there are no other reported injuries as a result of the crash.  The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board have been notified of the crash.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1294/126136/Crash_4 , 2019-07/1294/126136/Crash.jpg

State Announces Federal Funding Awards for Affordable Housing
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/16/19 5:11 PM

SALEM, OR - Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is excited to announce funding awards of $45,569,423 to build and preserve 636 homes through the awards of federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME, and National Housing Trust Fund resources, which leverage local, state, and private investments. Eleven developments were approved by the Oregon Housing Stability Council to receive funding.

“No Oregonian should worry about having a safe, stable place to sleep,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Families need homes that are more than just four walls and a roof, with rents that don’t mean choosing which bill to pay or what to do without this month. I am grateful that these resources will allow 636 families to rest easy in an affordable home.”

This latest round of awards brings OHCS to a record number of homes in the development pipeline – more than 9,800 affordable homes are in progress across the state. Oregon’s Statewide Housing Plan (oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/oshp.aspx) set a five-year goal to triple the development pipeline of affordable rental housing up to 25,000 homes.

“This is a big step toward meeting the ambitious goals of the Statewide Housing Plan,” said OHCS Director Margaret Salazar. “These developments bring us that much closer to closing the affordable rental housing gap and reducing housing cost burden for Oregonians.”

The developments that received awards are listed below, with full details available online: www.oregon.gov/ohcs/DO/docs/07-12-2019-Affordable-Housing-Awards.pdf.

  • Applegate Landing in Lebanon, 36 homes
  • Bridge Meadows in Redmond, 40 homes
  • Carnelian Place & Phoenix Crossing in Bend, 71 homes
  • Colonia Paz I in Lebanon, 24 homes
  • Going 42 in Portland, 55 homes
  • The Mary Ann in Beaverton, 54 homes
  • Oregon City Terrace in Oregon City, 48 homes
  • Patriot Heights in Stanfield, 53 homes
  • River Road Affordable Housing in Eugene, 60 homes
  • Rogue Valley Apartments in White City and Eagle Point, 76 homes
  • Rose Bowl in Portland, 71 homes
  • Snowberry Brook II in Ashland, 71 homes

Sheriff Kast Promotes Jeff Wood to Undersheriff (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 5:01 PM

This afternoon Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast hosted the summer swearing in ceremony for new Sheriff’s Office employees.  During today’s ceremony, 14 employees were sworn in as deputy sheriffs and four more were recognized as they joined the Sheriff’s Office in non-sworn roles.  Community Corrections Commander Jeff Wood was promoted and sworn in as Undersheriff.

Undersheriff Wood began his career in 1994 as a Corrections Specialist with the Marion County Department of Corrections and has over 25 years of experience in the juvenile and adult correctional fields.  Appointed by the Marion County Sheriff as a division commander in March 2009, Wood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and has earned his Executive Certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff Wood has received extensive training in evidence-based practices and has implemented a number of programs within the Community Corrections Division.  Undersheriff Wood has regularly provided legislative testimony on issues pertaining to sex offender supervision, registration, electronic monitoring, transition and reentry, and community corrections funding.  Wood just completed a two-year term as President of the Oregon Community Corrections Directors Association, currently serves as Chair of the Marion County Justice Reinvestment Council, sits on the Governor’s Reentry Council, and Oregon’s Corrections Forecast Committee.

Sheriff Kast thanked the family and friends who were in attendance to support their loved ones, stating “This job is challenging and rewarding.  However, this can’t be done without the love and support shown by the family and friends behind each of these new members of our office.”

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1294/126147/Undersheriff_Wood.jpg

UPDATE: Detectives Release Composite Sketch of Kidnapping Suspect (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 4:55 PM
Composit Sketch
Composit Sketch

Detectives are releasing the attached composite sketch of the suspect in attempted child abduction last month. The three-year old’s aunt saw the suspect leading the child away from their apartment in Aloha, Oregon. 

Anyone who recognizes the individual in the sketch is asked to contact detectives at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503 846-2700.

Attempted Child Abduction Reported in Aloha

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 7:50 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of an attempted child abduction in the 15600 block of SW Blanton Street in Aloha. When deputies arrived, they contacted family members of a three-year-old child.

The family members reported they were enjoying a family gathering when they realized they hadn’t seen the boy for about five minutes. When they went looking for him, they saw him being led away by the arm by an unknown Caucasian male in his thirties. Family members yelled for the child and the man released the boy, unharmed, before running west on SW Blanton Street. The boy’s father chased the man on foot, but lost him. Deputies also searched the area and did not locate the suspect.

Other witnesses saw an unknown African-American man in the area at the same time. He ran off when the other man did and his involvement in the abduction attempt was uncertain. Deputies contacted a man matching the description and arrested him on an unrelated warrant.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation. Please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.

Attached Media Files: 2019-06/1128/125425/MR190617_Attempted_Child_Abduction_Reported_in_Aloha.pdf , PDF of MR , Composit Sketch

Jared Walter sentenced to 364 days in jail, 5 years of probation for subjecting two women to offensive physical contact on TriMet
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/16/19 4:53 PM

July 16, 2019

Jared Walter sentenced to 364 days in jail, 5 years of probation for subjecting two women to offensive physical contact on TriMet

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that following lengthy pretrial negotiations 32-year-old Jared Walter changed his plea in Multnomah County Circuit Court and received a sentence that includes jail time, probation and the requirement to undergo mental health and sex offender treatment.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ryan accepted the guilty plea and convicted Walter of two counts of interfering with public transportation and two counts of harassment. Walter received 364 days in jail and five years of probation.

Walter was charged with quickly and lightly touching the side of one victim’s chest under her arm and the upper thigh of a second victim. One of the victims told police that she felt a man, later identified as Walter, sitting close to her. She inched forward to create separation. Shortly thereafter, the woman told police that she felt the man’s hand touching her upper thigh through her coat pocket. The woman told police she believed Walter was attempting to steal a lighter in her pocket so she stood up and activated the train’s emergency call button.

The other woman told police that the touching was so innocuous in the moment that she was initially unaware of it being a suspicious act. She only realized it may have been criminal after she saw a post about Walter’s arrest on social media and became concerned. 

Both women agree with the plea agreement and the decision to dismiss the previously charged counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, a Class A misdemeanor, in light of the sentence imposed by the court.

“I support the resolution because of the protection measures that are going to be in place. I am thankful for all of the work that everybody has done to get this case taken care of. I’m thankful for the ban [Walter] has on TriMet, and the stipulations in place that say he can’t go near platforms. That all makes me feel good because I still rely on public transportation. I actually feel more comfortable now because we don’t have to go to trial,” one of the victim’s said.

“This was a carefully negotiated case that took into account many different factors. We worked very closely with the victims, Transit Police Division and TriMet management to determine whether or not resolving this case was appropriate. Everyone involved in this case supports this highly structured plea agreement that holds Mr. Walter accountable. The ultimate goal of this sentence is to effect a change in behavior and to ensure the safety of our community,” said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Eric Zimmerman, who prosecuted this case.

Walter, who is already a registered sex offender, must continue to adhere to the lifetime TriMet exclusion, which was imposed in April. It was ordered that he not trespass on TriMet property without the permission of the Court, his probation officer and TriMet. Furthermore, Walter is not allowed to loiter within 50 feet of any TriMet stop or station.

If, while on probation, he has inappropriate contact either verbal or physical, with any TriMet employee or patron, Walter could be found in violation of his probation. If he violates any part of his probation, the court can impose up to an additional two years in jail.

Upon his release from jail, the court has agreed to conduct regular judicial reviews with Walter. During these reviews, the probation officer will provide detailed updates on Walter’s status on supervision.

Walter has agreed to write an apology letter to all of the victims associated with this case. Neither victim wants media contact.

If determined to be appropriate, Walter’s probation officer can order GPS monitoring and geographical restrictions.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the Transit Police Division, the Portland Police Bureau, and TriMet for their dedicated efforts investigating this case.


Contact: Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Phone: 503.988.6567

Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5769/126064/PR-19-157-Jared_Walter.pdf

OIS Update: Release Of Officer's Name (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/16/19 4:49 PM
Davenport photo
Davenport photo

On July 11, 2019 a Beaverton Police officer was involved in an officer involved shooting. The shooting took place near SW West Slope Drive/SW 83rd Ave.

The officer involved was 16-year veteran, Beaverton Police Department Detective Tom Stewart.  Detective Stewart remains on critical incident leave as the investigation continues.

Beaverton Police are still searching for 20-year-old Calvin Ramone Davenport, in connection with this incident.  Mr. Davenport is wanted for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (vehicle), Attempt to Elude (felony) and Promoting Prostitution.  Mr. Davenport is described as 5’9” tall, dark hair and 130 pounds.

If you see Mr. Davenport please call 911. If you just have information regarding Mr. Davenport’s whereabouts please call non-emergency dispatch, at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Press release , Davenport photo

Vehicle Crashed into Drift Creek Lincoln County knocking out power; Driver fled
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 4:13 PM

On July 16th at 12:30 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a one vehicle traffic crash on Drift Creek Road at Gorton Road, just east of Lincoln City.  Deputies discovered the vehicle, a silver 2011 Jeep Patriot bearing Oregon plate 164 FJW, was completely submerged in the water.  The North Lincoln Fire Department Rescue Swim Team was able to confirm there were no occupants in the car and no one was found at the scene.  The investigation revealed that the vehicle was eastbound when it left the roadway and sheared off a utility pole knocking out power and other utilities to the area.   The lines could not be cleared nor the vehicle removed from the river until about 8:00 AM this morning then power and utilities were restored.

Deputies continue to investigate the crash to identify the driver.


Respectfully Submitted by:

Mark Meister, Administrative Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive St.

Newport, Oregon 97365

Phone: 541-265-0684

Fax: 541-265-4917



CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 19
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/19 3:56 PM

July 16, 2019

Media contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 19

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, and general updates; public testimony; follow-up to questions from June meeting; select 2020 measure set; adjourn.

When: July 19, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building (formerly Lincoln) (421 SW Oak St, Portland, OR, 97204) Suite 775, Transformation Training Room. The public also may join remotely via webinar and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

For more information, please visit the committee's website.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, or .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Board of Forestry meets July 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/19 3:52 PM

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in Salem on July 24 at 9 a.m. This month’s meeting agenda includes:

  • A presentation on activities of the Committee for Family Forestlands and discussion of key issues and future policy needs.
  • An update on the 2019 fire season.
  • Testimony from the Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee.
  • Consideration of and determination on the petition for Forest Practices Act rulemaking on protection requirements for coho salmon resource sites.
  • An update on the department’s current fiscal and budgetary status.

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem. The meeting is open to the public, with the exception of the executive session scheduled from 11 a.m. until noon.

Public comment will be accepted on agenda topics and at the start of the meeting for topics not on the agenda. Written comments may be submitted to oardofforestry@oregon.gov">Boardofforestry@oregon.gov in advance of the meeting. A livestream option and meeting materials are available online at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF’s Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 503-945-7200.


The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

DPSST Parole & Probation Officer Firearms Training Revision Workgroup Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/16/19 3:43 PM

For Immediate Release                                        

July 15th, 2019

Contact:                Chris Enquist

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Parole & Probation Officer Firearms Training Revision Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on July 30th, 2019 from 11:00a-2:00p.  The meeting will be held in room A235 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Agenda Items:

  1. Welcome
  2. Review of History of Firearms Training for Parole Officers
  3. Discussion of Scope of Revision
  4. Review of Staff Recommendations
  5. Discussion and Decision on September Pilot Program
  6. Workgroup Goals and Future Tasks
  7. Conclusion

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Parole & Probation Officer Field Training Manual Revision Workgroup members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

UPDATE -- DECEASED ID: Deadly crash on SW Stafford Rd at SW Newland Rd (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 3:29 PM
Crashed vehicles
Crashed vehicles

UPDATE (Tuesday, July 14) -- DECEASED ID

Please reference CCSO Case # 19-016190

The man who died as result of the July 12 collision can now be identified as Gregory Edwin Frogner, 65, of Milwaukie.

Mr. Frogner had been operating the 2006 Ram truck. He had one passenger with him, identified as Nicole Lee Cereghino, 43, of Oregon City. Cereghino sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the 2015 Mercedes sedan was a 17-year-old male. He had two 17-year-old male passengers in the car with him. All three juveniles were transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Frogner had been travelling southwest on SW Stafford Rd. when he was struck by the Mercedes, which had been travelling northbound on SW Newland Rd. SW Newland Rd has a posted stop sign at that intersection.

This case is still under investigation. No further information will be released at this time.

EARLIER (Friday, July 12)

On July 12, 2019 at 3:35 p.m. deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of roll-over vehicle collision in the area of SW Stafford Rd and SW Newland Rd, near Tualatin, OR. As result of the crash, one vehicle collided with a utility pole and powerlines were down.

The collision involved a pick-up truck and a sedan. One person was confirmed to be deceased when first responders arrived.  There were four others injured as result of this crash.  All four of the injured were transported to area hospitals, one with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are on scene conducting a thorough investigation.  The Clackamas County Criminal Reconstructionist and Forensic Technicians Team (CRAFT) is on scene collecting evidence.  At this point, impairment is not believed to be a factor in this crash. 

Multiple agencies responded to this incident to include, Clackamas County deputies assigned to the City of Wilsonville, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon City Police, the Clackamas County Road Department and PG&E. 

SW Stafford Road is expected to be closed at this location until at least 7:00 p.m.

None of the names of the involved parties will be released at this time as this is still an active investigation.


Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online tip form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 19-016190.


Attached Media Files: Crashed vehicles , Intersection

Public Health closes Vancouver Lake to swimmers due to E. coli bacteria
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/16/19 3:14 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health is closing Vancouver Lake to swimmers due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria detected during routine testing. Some E. coli bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal illness if water is accidentally swallowed. 

Due to the elevated bacteria levels, Public Health is closing the lake to swimming and wading. People who fish at the lake should take precautions to avoid water contact.

“It’s especially important to keep children out of the lake because they are more likely than adults to swallow some of the water,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer and Public Health director.

Closure signs are being posted at Vancouver Lake today after water samples taken from the lake on Monday showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. Public Health will continue to regularly monitor water quality at the Vancouver Lake.

The closure will remain in effect until tests show that E. coli bacteria levels do not exceed state and US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. Public Health will advise the public when water contact is considered safe again. Test results and information about current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beaches website.

Public Health also has a blue-green algae warning in place for Vancouver Lake, due to elevated cyanotoxins in the water. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with all lake water.

Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Park visitors may continue to fish in the lake but should thoroughly clean all fish and equipment. Fish should be cooked before eaten. Anyone having contact with water in Vancouver Lake should wash hands with soap and water.

Information about E. coli

E. coli is a common kind of bacteria that lives in the intestines of animals and people. The presence of E. coli in Vancouver Lake water indicates that the water may contain bacteria found in animal or human feces. Some of these bacteria are capable of causing severe gastrointestinal illness.

Depending on the cause, people with gastrointestinal infections may experience fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea beginning several hours to several days or longer after exposure. Some infections may cause bloody diarrhea.

People who experience bloody diarrhea or persistent gastrointestinal symptoms should call their physician or other health care provider.

Online Car Purchase Leads to Armed Robbery in Rock Creek (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 2:45 PM
Booking photo
Booking photo

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 8:06 am, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near the Rock Creek Apartments. While on the way to the call, deputies found out the suspect was riding a blue Honda sport bike and left the area on the bike. Deputies searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

Deputies learned the suspect and victim initially met online using the app “LetGo” where they were communicating about purchasing a car. When the suspect arrived on the motorcycle, he pulled a gun out and robbed the victim of his backpack and its contents.

Deputies quickly found out the suspect, Aaron Lara, who used his real name when communicating with the victim and even told the victim his nickname: “Chief.”

Deputies recognized the nickname and were able to identify Lara. Deputies drove to the suspect's house located in the City of Cornelius and located the blue motorcycle in the driveway. A search warrant was executed by the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team, and Lara was located in the home.

Lara was arrested for Robbery in the first degree among other crimes.

Attached is an old mug shot of Aaron from June 2018. His new mug shot will be available later today when he is lodged at Washington County Jail.

Attached Media Files: PDF Media release , Booking photo

Online Car Purchase Leads to Armed Robbery in Rock Creek (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 2:43 PM
Booking photo
Booking photo

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 8:06 am, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near the Rock Creek Apartments. While on the way to the call, deputies found out the suspect was riding a blue Honda sport bike and left the area on the bike. Deputies searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

Deputies learned the suspect and victim initially met online using the app “LetGo” where they were communicating about purchasing a car. When the suspect arrived on the motorcycle, he pulled a gun out and robbed the victim of his backpack and its contents.

Deputies quickly found out the suspect, Aaron Lara, who used his real name when communicating with the victim and even told the victim his nickname: “Chief.”

Deputies recognized the nickname and were able to identify Lara. Deputies drove to the suspect's house located in the City of Cornelius and located the blue motorcycle in the driveway. A search warrant was executed by the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team, and Lara was located in the home.

Lara was arrested for Robbery in the first degree among other crimes.

Attached is an old mug shot of Aaron from June 2018. His new mug shot will be available later today when he is lodged at Washington County Jail.

Attached Media Files: Booking photo

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Three Lakes Road
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 2:12 PM

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred July 15, at about 11:37 p.m., on Three Lakes Road south of Grand Prairie Road near Albany.

The sole occupant of a 1986 Toyota Supra was a 15- year- old male from Albany.  The driver, who did not have a driver’s license, was north bound on Three Lakes Road south of Grand Prairie Road and failed to negotiate a curve.  The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate speed was a factor in the crash.  It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.     

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Albany Fire Department.

The case remains under investigation.


UPDATE -- SUBJECT LOCATED: Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in search for missing endangered adult Mary Tice; call 911 if seen (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 1:42 PM
Mary Tice
Mary Tice

UPDATE: Mary Tice has been located.

Thanks to everyone who sent tips!


Please reference CCSO Case # 19-016483

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help as it searches for missing endangered adult Mary Tice, 70.

Ms. Tice left her home on foot at about 1:45 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, July 16) in the area of SE Fuller Road and SE Michael. She is unfamiliar with the area, and will be unable to find her way home due to cognitive memory issues. She is in need of medication.

Mary Tice is described as follows:

  • White female
  • 70 years old
  • Blond/white hair
  • 125 pounds
  • 5'6" tall
  • Hazel eyes
  • Last seen wearing jeans, a white hoodie and brown clogs, while carrying a significant amount of art supplies.

A photo of Mary Tice is attached.

If you see Mary Tice, call or text 911. If you have information on her whereabouts, call the Sheriff's Office ASAP at 503-655-8211. Please reference CCSO Case # 19-016483.


Attached Media Files: Mary Tice

Union Gospel Mission Opening Temporary Overnight Shelter in Downtown Portland
Union Gospel Mission - 07/16/19 1:38 PM

For Immediate Release                                                Contact: Courtney Dodds

July 16, 2019                                                               503-274-4483

                                                                                    971-275-2334 (cell)


Union Gospel Mission Opening Temporary Overnight Shelter in Downtown Portland

Portland, Ore., - On July 7th Union Gospel Mission opened their doors for overnight shelter for up to 40 individuals who are experiencing homelessness. 

The Joint Office of Homeless Services for Multnomah County asked UGM to provide overnight shelter this summer at the downtown facility on Third and Burnside due to partial, temporary closures at other agencies. The shelter will be open every night for the next three to six weeks.

“We are happy to do our best to do our part when there is a seasonal need. And we will keep working for long-term solutions,” says Executive Director Bill Russell. “We believe that caring for people experiencing homelessness leads to building trust and connections that allow us to coach people to a better life.”

The Mission could use donations of blankets, they can be dropped off at 3 NW Third Avenue in Portland. Financial donations to support the overnight shelter can be made online at www.ugmportland.org, or by calling 503-274-4483.

About Union Gospel Mission: Union Gospel Mission’s purpose is “Feeding the hungry, restoring the addict and loving our neighbor.” Union Gospel Mission has been serving Portland since 1927. Union Gospel Mission provides meals and care for the homeless and operates LifeChange -- a transformative recovery program for men, women and children. Contact Union Gospel Mission at 503-274-4483 or ugmportland.org and @ugmpdx.

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Veterans' Town Hall Meeting Set for Next Week at Pendleton Convention Center (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 07/16/19 1:35 PM
Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford.
Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford.

Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will hold her first veterans’ town hall meeting in Pendleton next week.

“I really look forward to this opportunity to meet members of the eastern Oregon veteran community and learn about the concerns, issues and challenges facing veterans and their families in this part of the state,” Fitzpatrick said.

She will also answer questions and share the latest updates regarding ODVA programs and initiatives, as well as veteran-related developments from the 2019 legislative session.

The Veterans’ Town Hall event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Pendleton Convention Center. It will also be recorded and livestreamed on the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Facebook page for the benefit of those who are not able to attend in person.

The following day, and in the same location, ODVA and over 60 partnering organizations and agencies will be joining together for the Fifth Annual Veteran Benefit Expo, the state’s largest veteran resource event, which is being held in eastern Oregon for the first time.

The purpose of the Expo is to provide a one-stop shop for Oregon veterans of all eras and walks of life to learn about and access the full range of their earned benefits. The event will offer resources from many different benefit areas, including health care, claims assistance, finance, home loans, long-term care, mental health, education, business and recreation.

The Expo is free and requires no pre-registration. The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

For more information about the Expo, visit www.expo.oregondva.com

Attached Media Files: Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford. , Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford. , Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford. , Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford. , Scenes from the 2018 Veteran Benefit Expo in Medford.

Lincoln County Animal Shelter Operations Moved to On Site Temporary Location Following Building Inspection Report (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/19 1:25 PM

Due to unsafe mold levels found at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, the building has been closed to the public indefinitely.

Results from mold testing were submitted on Monday, July 15 showing toxic levels of dangerous mold in all areas of the shelter. While the building has been in disrepair for some time, it has reached a state where it is unsafe for people and animals. Remediation efforts have already begun. Staff are caring for animals utilizing personal protective equipment, and they are also working out of the emergency trailer parked in front of the Animal Shelter.

At this time, Lincoln County Animal Shelter staff are coordinating with regional shelters to transfer animals to different locations. The shelter will continue to rely on foster homes to help care for animals and encourages anyone interested in fostering to submit an application through their website at LincolnCountyAnimalShelter.org.

 “We know how important the Animal Shelter is to our community, and it is a priority for us to identify the best solution for a new shelter. It is our goal to continue to provide as many services as possible, give the animals the best standard of care, and ensure the safety of our community's people and animals,” shared Sheriff Landers.

Discussions have taken place over the past few years about where to best locate a new animal shelter building. Planning for emergency short-term and long-term solutions are taking place, and the county is open to ideas from the community. While plans are still unfolding about how to best provide services while keeping staff, animals, and the public safe, Animal Shelter Director Laura Braxling is available to answer questions regarding the closure and future plans at 541-265-0725 and raxling@co.lincoln.or.us" target="_blank">lbraxling@co.lincoln.or.us.


Respectfully Submitted,

Laura Braxling

Director, Lincoln County Animal Shelter

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5490/126131/download.jpg

Area Man Sentenced to 110 Months in Federal Prison for Bank Robbery
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/16/19 1:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore.—Dannie Kay Alston, 67, was sentenced today to 110 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for robbing four Oregon and Southwest Washington banks in a four-week period beginning in August 2017. Alston has no known permanent residence.

On February 21, 2019, Alston pleaded guilty in federal court to the following bank robberies:

  1. August 7, 2017; Chase Bank in Vancouver, Washington; collecting $2,300
  2. August 15, 2017; Wells Fargo Bank in Medford, Oregon; collecting $4,690
  3. August 24, 2017; Wells Fargo Bank in Salem, Oregon; collecting $1,317
  4. September 9, 2017; First Interstate Bank in Roseburg, Oregon; collecting $3,441

In each of his robberies, Alston attempted to disguise his identity by wearing sunglasses and some type of ball or ski cap. He communicated with the targeted bank tellers primarily through handwritten notes or signs. At his last robbery, in Roseburg, witnesses were able to provide a description of Alston’s getaway vehicle, leading to his quick arrest by the Oregon State Police. Police recovered the note used in the Roseburg robbery, a starter’s pistol with loaded caps, a Taser, sunglasses, wig and $3,441 cash from Alston’s person and vehicle.

Alston is a career offender with a criminal history spanning five decades and four states. He has previous burglary convictions in California and Texas, robbery convictions in California, Florida and Oregon, as well as assault, theft and narcotics convictions.

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane ordered Alston to pay $11,748 in restitution.

This case was investigated by the FBI, Clark County Washington Sheriff’s Office, Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Pamela Paaso, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

UPDATE: Identified - Police Request Help Identifying Man Suspected of Stealing Car (Photo)
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/16/19 1:08 PM

UPDATE: Suspect identified. We thank you for your help.

Tualatin Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the male shown in the attached picture.  On July 15, 2019, the male suspect stole a white 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee (OR – 730JUB) from the Bay Club parking lot, located at 18120 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tualatin Police at 503-691-4800 and reference case #19-9802. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can call the tip-line at 503-691-0285.

No further information at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2019-07/858/126120/19-9802.pdf , 2019-07/858/126120/19-9802.jpg

Returning the favor: With bases covered at home, ODF crews assist with Alaska wildfire response (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/19 11:30 AM

SALEM, Ore. – With relatively favorable early fire season conditions, last week the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) sent personnel to Alaska to assist with wildfire suppression. ODF leadership selected personnel from areas where current conditions and available resources allow for the opportunity to send help to our Alaskan partners while ensuring capacity to respond to any local fires on the home front.

As partners in the Northwest Compact — an agreement allowing quick and cost-effective resources sharing across state and international lines — Oregon and Alaska have helped one another in years past. Most recently, crews from Alaska provided assistance on both the Klondike and Taylor fires during the 2018 fire season.

The Alaska deployment offers unique firefighting challenges and training opportunities, such as working on the permafrost, avoiding conflicts with local wildlife, and the need for helicopter rides for personnel to remote fire camps. While this experience may differ from typical fires in Oregon, the objective is familiar for ODF crews: safely put fires out while they are small. Given ODF strives to safely put fires out at 10 acres or less 98 percent of the time, the focus on initial attack is a familiar one for these skilled firefighters.

“These ODF crews were selected from across the state for their skill and experience with initial attack, as well as the availability and conditions back home. Our folks are not assigned to a large fire up here, but are relieving exhausted personnel engaged in continuing efforts to catch new fire starts while they are small. As part of Oregon’s complete and coordinated system, and the Northwest Compact, this is what ODF is all about,” said ODF’s Jamie Paul, serving as the Agency Representative for ODF resources in Alaska. “We are happy the timing allows us to assist our interagency Alaskan partners in their time of need.”

With 8 overhead positions and 20 initial attack crew members, ODF has a total of 28 personnel currently engaged in Alaska. As crews prioritize initial attack efforts and minimize the long-term impact on resources, overhead positions are helping oversee operations.  A maximum duration of the standard 14-day assignment is expected, while some resources will head home as early as next week.

Consisting of 5 U.S. states; Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, the NW Compact also includes the 5 Canadian Provinces/Territories of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.


Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1072/126126/Alaska_initial_attack_ODF_crews_on_the_ground..jpeg , 2019-07/1072/126126/ODF_Initial_Attack_crew_pauses_to_pose_for_a_group_photo..jpeg

65 count sex crimes indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/16/19 11:18 AM

July 16, 2019

65 count sex crimes indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the filing of a 65-count indictment against 52-year-old Jose Luiz Monje-Reyez.

The indictment charges Monje-Reyez with 43 counts of sexual abuse in the fist degree, 13 counts of sodomy in the first degree, five counts of unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree and four counts of rape in the first degree. 

It is alleged that the abuse involved one female victim, and that the abuse occurred in Multnomah County from when she was nine years old through her early teen years. 

The indictment further alleges that Monje-Reyez used forcible compulsion on the victim to commit some of the alleged sex crimes.

Law enforcement located Monje-Reyez on July 11, 2019 in Milwaukie, Oregon and took him into custody.

He appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on July 12, 2019. On that same day, a grand jury convened and subsequently returned an indictment. 

Monje-Reyez is scheduled to appear in court at the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 22, 2019 for an arraignment on the indictment. 

The victim and her family do not want media contact. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office requests that media respect their privacy. 

This case is being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. 

The case is being litigated by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime. Monje-Reyez is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office or law enforcement at this time. 


Brent Weisberg
Communications Director 
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

Girl Scouts of the USA Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 07/16/19 11:14 AM

Girl Scouts of the USA Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World

By exploring topics like high adventure in the outdoors, coding, space science, and more, girls take control of their own leadership experiences. 

July 16, 2019—Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today reveals 42 new badges exclusively for girls in grades K–12 that allow them to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world. The badges enhance the organization’s existing girl-led programming, offering girls everything from adventuring in the snow or mountains to learning how to use coding to solve problems they care about. Girl Scout programming has long promoted independent decision making, which helps girls develop agency, challenge themselves to move beyond their comfort zones, and build confidence in their leadership abilities.

Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges that feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge. Giving girls choices is important for developing their sense of self, their own voice, and gender equality—research from the World Bank Group shows that increasing women’s agency and decision-making abilities is key to improving their lives, communities, and the world. And research shows that Girl Scouts are more likely than other girls to take an active role in decision making (80% vs. 51%).

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge events in select areas this fall. At these events, which will take place October 19, girls will learn crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes (funded by Raytheon).

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face). 
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.” 

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

At Girl Scouts she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. Join or volunteer at www.girlscouts.org/join.


We're Girl Scouts of the USA
We're 2.5 million strong—more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon work supported by NASA Science under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AB90A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

Show Your Support - National Night Out
Sandy Police Dept. - 07/16/19 10:34 AM

National Night Out is August 6th

You can show support for your community and Law Enforcement by switching out your regular porch light with a blue light bulb.

The Sandy Police Department has a limited supply of blue LED bulbs for sale.  Come to the Business Office on the 2nd floor, Monday thru Thursday between 8:00am and 6:00pm.  Blue bulbs are $5. (Cash only please).

Show your support and light up the City with blue lights on every street.  Which Sandy neighborhood will be the most "Blue"?



PeaceHealth scholarship award winners (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 07/16/19 10:30 AM

The PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation’s Health Career Scholarship Program recently awarded $33,000 in scholarships to 17 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The Scholarship Program provides continuing education scholarship opportunities for PeaceHealth Southwest caregivers and volunteers who are studying to become healthcare professionals. Recipients include PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth Medical Group caregivers, and PeaceHealth Southwest volunteers.

The Health Career Scholarship Program is funded through donations from PeaceHealth caregivers and volunteers, our generous community, the Jack and Nancy Barry Endowment, and the Sarina Slaid memorial scholarship. 

Award winners:

  • Yoo Sang Ahn, an adult volunteer, received a $2,500 scholarship and is a pre-med student.
  • Jocelin Bibian, a junior volunteer, received a $2,000 scholarship and is majoring in nursing.
  • Darian Bonk, a caregiver, received a $2,000 scholarship and is a pre-med student.
  • Alexis Bullard, a caregiver, received a $1,000 scholarship and is studying to become a nurse practitioner with an emphasis on adult gerontology.
  • Isabel Gutierrez-Johnson, a caregiver, received a $1,000 scholarship and is getting her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • Hannah Han, an adult volunteer, received a $1,750 scholarship and is studying to become a pharmacist.
  • Lilly Kovalenko, an adult volunteer, received a $2,000 scholarship and is majoring in nursing.
  • Ryan Kwon, a junior volunteer, received a $2,500 scholarship and is a pre-med student.
  • Juliah Larson, a caregiver, received a $2,000 scholarship and is majoring in nursing.  
  • Tatyana Molchanova, a caregiver, received a $2,000 scholarship and is pursuing her post-graduate Master of FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner).
  • Sari Munoz, a caregiver, received a $2,000 scholarship, and is studying to become a physician’s assistant.
  • Hieu Nguyen, a caregiver, received a $1,000 scholarship and is pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing degree.
  • Nicole Nugent, a junior volunteer, received $4,500 in scholarships which includes the Sarina Slaid Scholarship for $3,000 and Health Career Scholarship for $1,500. Nicole is pursuing a degree in public health.
  • Anthony Phung, an adult volunteer, received a $1,000 scholarship and is a premed student.
  • Irina Panova-Proctor, a caregiver, received a $1,750 scholarship and is pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing degree.
  • Ahmed Sheeti, an adult volunteer, received a $2,000 scholarship and is a pre-med student.
  • Leayn VanDeven, a caregiver, received a $2,000 scholarship and is studying to become a nurse practitioner.

In Photo:
Front row: L-R: Nicole Nugent, Lilly Kovalenko
Middle row: L-R: Isabel Gutierrez-Johnson, Juliah Larson, Ryan Kwon
Last Row: L-R: Leayn VanDeven, Sari Munoz, Ahmed Sheeti

About the PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation
The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation is a privately chartered nonprofit corporation, founded in 1983 with the sole purpose of attracting, managing and disbursing charitable gifts made for the benefit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who has fiduciary and legal responsibility for its operations. The Board of Directors, which is made up of donors and friends of the Medical Center, assists the Foundation in carrying out its fundraising, gift processing, investment and disbursement responsibilities. For more information visit www.peacehealth.org/foundation/sw-washington

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5173/126116/scholarship.JPG

Sandy Police Log 07-07-19 to 07-13-19
Sandy Police Dept. - 07/16/19 10:20 AM

See Attached Bulletin

Please be advised that the Bulletin does not include all calls for service to which officers respond.  Many calls do not require that a report be written; such as:

•Traffic Stops

•Advising/Referring a Person to the Proper Agency to handle their request

•Restoring the Peace

•Premise Checks

•Welfare Checks

•Flagged Down by Citizen

Attached Media Files: Bulletin

National Night Out Registration (Photo)
Keizer Police Dept. - 07/16/19 10:14 AM
Block Party
Block Party

National Night Out is quickly approaching!

In partnership with the National Association of Town Watch, the Keizer Police Department will co-sponsor National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. National Night Out is an annual event that takes place on the first Tuesday of August every year wherein neighborhoods organize block parties to socialize, share neighborhood news, and exchange contact information. The objective of National Night Out is to build stronger, safer communities by promoting communication among neighbors and with their local police department.

Residents are encouraged to contact their neighbors to begin planning their block party. Every neighborhood is unique; some block parties may be large and take place in a nearby park, while others may be small enough to fit in a single driveway. Officers and other personnel from the Keizer Police Department will be traveling throughout Keizer to visit all of the block parties that are registered with the department. The locations of the block parties will also be shared with the Keizer Fire District and Marion County Fire District #1.

To register a block party, visit www.keizer.org/national-night-out-2019 or complete a registration form in the Keizer Police Department lobby at 930 Chemawa Rd. NE Keizer OR, 97303.

Questions should be directed to Community Outreach Specialist Dorothy Diehl at 503-856-3472 or diehld@keizer.org.

Attached Media Files: Block Party

UPDATE: PPB Investigating Shooting at Dawson Park
Portland Police Bureau - 07/16/19 10:10 AM
The investigation continues into yesterday's shooting at Dawson Park. Shortly after the shooting, officers received a call about a fight at Northeast 7th Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street. Officers arrived and contacted a subject that may have been involved in the shooting at Dawson Park. The subject was ultimately released at the scene. No arrests have been made in connection to this shooting.

Investigators would like to hear from any witnesses. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to contact the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.



On July 15, 2019 at 7:54 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to reports of multiple shots heard near, and a vehicle driving through Dawson Park, located at 2949 N Williams Avenue. Officers arrived and located evidence of gunfire. Officers have not located any individuals injured by gunfire.

Investigators with the Gun Violence Reduction Team are responding to the scene to handle the investigation.

Dawson Park is closed while Officers and Criminalists process the scene. North Stanton Street from Vancouver to Williams Avenues is closed.

Anyone with information or video of the incident is encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 823-3333.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Employment in Oregon June 2019
Oregon Employment Department - 07/16/19 10:00 AM

Oregon’s Unemployment Rate 4.1 Percent in June 

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June, essentially unchanged from 4.2 percent in May. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 32 months, dating back to November 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent in June.

Oregon’s unemployment rate has been at or near record low levels for nearly three years. Of those unemployed in June, nearly half were either new or returning to the labor force. At 46.9 percent, the share of unemployed who were entrants was the highest since May 1999. Another 38.5 percent were unemployed due to a job loss. The remaining 14.7 percent had voluntarily left their previous job and were looking for work.

In June, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 900 jobs. The jobs gain in June followed a revised loss of 200 jobs in May. Monthly gains for June were strongest in professional and business services, which added 1,200 jobs, and in manufacturing, which added 900 jobs. Two industries with large losses in June were leisure and hospitality (-1,000 jobs) and retail trade (-900 jobs). Other sectors were close to their usual seasonal pattern of job gains or losses for June.

Looking at longer-term trends, Oregon’s economy continued to grow rapidly. Since June 2018, total nonfarm payroll employment was up 46,100 jobs, or 2.4 percent. Oregon’s job growth rate over the past 12 months was faster than the U.S. job growth rate of 1.5 percent.

The most rapid gains over the past year were in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+4,500 jobs, or 6.9%) and construction (+7,100 jobs, or 6.8%). Job gains were widespread, with three other major industries each adding between 2.6 percent and 3.7 percent to their jobs base in the past 12 months. These industries were manufacturing (+7,100 jobs, or 3.7%), professional and business services (+8,800 jobs, or 3.5%), and health care and social assistance (+6,800 jobs, or 2.6%). During that time, none of the major industries cut a substantial number of jobs, although three industries showed little change: retail trade; financial activities; and mining and logging.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 23rd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 13th.

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the October, November and December 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The PDF version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/930/126114/Employment_in_Oregon--June_2019--Press_Release.pdf

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against the One-Ring Scam (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 07/16/19 10:00 AM
TT - One Ring Scam - July 16, 2019
TT - One Ring Scam - July 16, 2019

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment.  This week: building a digital defense against the “one-ring” telephone scam.

It seems like most of us get those annoying calls from telemarketers and scammers these days. Your phone rings and rings and rings. Often, these are calls come from a lovely robotic voice informing you that you “missed an important payment.” Or, perhaps, the voice on the other end of the line is congratulating you on that “expense-free vacation” that you just won. In both scenarios, the scammer will try to get you to pay money to settle the non-existent debt or to pay for a small processing fee for that free trip. Later you discover later that you were taken.

While these kinds of telephone scams are not new, our friends at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are warning the public about a new variation that is popping up across the nation. It’s called the “one-ring” scam. Here’s how it works: you get a phone call from a number you do not recognize, and then the call drops after only one or two rings. The fraudster is counting on your curiosity – and maybe fear that the call you missed is really important. The goal is to get you to call the number back because, in reality, the scammer is calling from an international toll number. If you call back, you will likely receive per-minute toll charges ... and who do you think collects those funds? You are right if you guessed the scam artist.

So what can you do to avoid being a victim of this scam?

  • Do NOT call back numbers that you do not recognize, especially those that appear to come from overseas.
  • If you have received these calls, report the number to the FTC at www.donotcall.gov
  • Frequently check your phone bill for unusual or suspicious charges

As always, if you have been a victim of an online scam, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.


Attached Media Files: TT - One Ring Scam - July 16, 2019 , TT - One Ring Scam - July 16, 2019

PRSA Oregon Chapter-- DREAD, SHOCK and ex-AWE-stion: Tips on crisis pre-planning, initial response and sustained scheduling
Woloshin Communications Inc. - 07/16/19 9:53 AM

DREAD, SHOCK and ex-AWE-stion: Tips on crisis pre-planning, initial response and sustained scheduling


Your agency has a crisis response plan. But can you follow it? Do you even know where it is? This presentation leads you through the steps to turn that dusty old book into a live, flexible template—and provides you practical tips on how to use it when the stuff actually hits the fan.


Thursday evening July 18 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, the Oregon chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will present a two-hour workshop on planning for, responding to and surviving a crisis.


DREAD, SHOCK and ex-AWE-stion breaks down crisis planning and response into discrete actionable steps to help you perform at the level you need to lead your team—meeting your mission.


Former ODOT assistant communications manager and spokesperson Dave Thompson, APR has 40 years’ experience covering or responding to crises. Dave spent 20 years as a TV News reporter/producer/anchor, where he reported from Bosnia and Croatia during the war in the early 1990s; reported from Romania after the overthrow of Ceausescu; reported from not only school shootings but also elementary school bombings and coal mine collapses with miners trapped inside.


Dave spent 20 more years in public relations dealing with crises and tough questions almost daily. Dave co-opened the Information Center for the Bakken crude oil train fire derailment and fire in Mosier, Oregon in 2016; he helped open Multnomah County’s Information Center for the Columbia Gorge’s Eagle Creek fire in 2017. And Dave co-managed Oregon’s multi-agency coordination joint information center during the 2017 total solar eclipse, supporting a dozen local information centers around Oregon for six days before, during and after the eclipse.


You’ll learn:

·How to plan for disaster—by “slicing your bread many ways with many knives” (Dave actually brings the bread and the knives…)

·How to prioritize the kinds of crisis that could hit your agency

·How to identify the most common types of crisis most plans never plan for

·How to get off the dime when disaster hits—because you WILL be frozen

·How to create sustainable schedules for limited staff—before you need them

·How to set up coordinated schedules for different kinds of workers working different hours—that can be sustained over long periods


The presentation begins with networking at 5:30 pm Thursday July 18 at ODOT’s Portland headquarters, the newly-named Matthew L. Garrett building, 123 NW Flanders St., Portland, 97209, on the corner of NW Flanders and NW 2nd Ave.


Attached Media Files: Be prepared! Learn from master crisis consultant Dave Thompson.

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Hwy 101 - Coos County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/19 9:25 AM

On Monday, July 15, 2019 at approximately 10:30 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 279.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Yamaha Motorcycle, operated by Robert Killough (52) of Bandon, OR. was traveling south on Hwy 101 when it left the roadway and crashed.

Killough sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Coos County Sheriff's Department, Bandon Police Department, Bandon Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and ODOT.

New Firefighting Bootcamp for Women
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 07/16/19 8:49 AM

The Fire-Up Bootcamp will kick off its first ever camp this weekend, which is designed to introduce women on basic firefighting techniques, tool identification, health and fitness strategies as well as provide a unique networking opportunity for those attending. The two-day camp runs on July 20th and 21st at the Gaston Fire District, which is located at 102 E. Main St in Gaston. The public is welcome to watch, and limited seating will be available. The camp will provide a unique look into what it takes to become a volunteer or career firefighter for those 18 years of age and older.

The boot camp will train 16 women on several aspects of firefighting which will include using hydraulic tools to cut up cars, deploy hose lines to extinguish a live fire, practice carrying & raising ladders, connecting to fire hydrants, tool identification & use and much more. Additionally, camp attendees will learn about critical health and fitness strategies to ensure long term success in their personal and professional lives.  

This is the first year of the camp which is being hosted by the Gaston Fire District, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue and Cornelius Fire Department. Additionally, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire District #1 are providing sponsorship and support to make this event a success. The female instructors that are assisting come from several local and out of the area fire departments such as Estacada, Camas-Washougal, Clark County Fire District #6, Tacoma, and Los Angeles City Fire. Some of these instructors started in the fire service in Western Washington County.

For more information on the Fire-Up Bootcamp, please visit www.fireupbootcamp.com.

Niki Iverson Selected as Hillsboro Water Department Director (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/16/19 8:47 AM
Courtesy City of Hillsboro
Courtesy City of Hillsboro

The City of Hillsboro has selected Niki Iverson as Hillsboro’s next Water Department Director and General Manager for the Joint Water Commission (JWC). She officially began her new roles on June 28, 2019.

Iverson has served as the City of Hillsboro Water Department’s Water Resources Manager since 2007. Overseeing the Department’s natural resource assets, her areas of responsibilities included water rights, water quality monitoring and reporting, and watershed management. Prior to joining the City of Hillsboro, Iverson worked for the Sunrise Water Authority in Happy Valley, Oregon. 

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the City of Hillsboro’s Water Department focusing on the delivery of high-quality drinking water to our community, and preparing for our new water supply integration,” Iverson said.

National recruitment results in Iverson’s selection

Iverson was chosen from among a group of highly qualified finalist candidates during a national recruitment. She will lead the Water Department’s employees in serving more than 89,000 customers.

“Niki is highly regarded and respected in the regional water community, and has the necessary skills and work ethic to lead the Hillsboro Water Department and JWC well into the future,” said Interim City Manager Robby Hammond. “Hillsboro has a long-standing reputation of forward thinking and strategic planning, and Niki is well prepared to continue that tradition.”

Experience with Hillsboro customers and partners

In her 12 years of experience with the City of Hillsboro’s water system, Iverson has developed strong relationships with the agencies, cities, and partners that work with the Hillsboro Water Department, including the JWC, the Willamette Water Supply Program, and the Barney Reservoir Joint Ownership Commission.

The JWC is a partnership that operates the largest conventional water treatment plant in Oregon to produce municipal water supply for more than 375,000 people — includes the cities of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Beaverton, and the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD).

The Willamette Water Supply Program is a partnership between TVWD and the cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional water supply source, beginning in 2026. Iverson served as the program’s Permitting and Outreach Manager from 2015 to April 2019.

Continuing Hillsboro’s leadership on water

Iverson succeeds longtime Hillsboro Water Department Director Kevin Hanway, who retired in late June after 14 years leading the department. During his tenure, Hillsboro secured water rights and created the Willamette Water Supply Program partnership to expand the City’s water supply to meet needs for at least the next 50 years.

The program also will create a second source of water supply for Hillsboro, which will provide security against the risks of drought, earthquakes, and other emergencies. The program recently learned it would be invited to apply for a low-interest federal loan that will save Hillsboro customers an estimated $125.2 million in repayment costs over 35 years.

Hanway praised the City’s Utilities Commission and City Council for their leadership and their support of the department’s work to engage community members in the decision-making process on long-range water system investments. He also praised the selection of Iverson.

“Niki is the most effective manager I know. She is recognized statewide for her expertise in the water field and in infrastructure finance,” Hanway said. “Our partners know Niki and trust her judgment, and Water Department staff are excited for the continued progress that her leadership will bring.”

Iverson received two Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Iowa, as well as a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma. She is a current member of numerous state and national organizations, and serves as the chair of the League of Oregon Cities Water and Wastewater Policy Advisory Committee, project manager for the Oregon Water Utilities Council, and lead for the Willamette Basin Review Study. Iverson previously was the chair and vice chair of the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority, and now serves as a board member. 

Attached Media Files: Courtesy City of Hillsboro

River Rescuers Honored Tonight
Clark Co. Fire Dist. 6 - 07/16/19 8:43 AM

On Saturday, May 4th members of the Clark County Technical Rescue team were called to a daring rescue attempt on the Washougal river.

While rafting down the swift, cold river a woman fell off her raft and became trapped by rocks and debris.

Only a series of fortunate events, intense rescue training, and the hard work of over a dozen first responders saved her from drowning that night.

On Tuesday night we would like to honor the three members of Clark County Fire District 6 who are also members of the Technical Rescue Team (TRT) and were part of the rescue effort. Before our monthly Commissioners Meeting, we will gather in the Engine Bay of Station 61, at 8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, to present medals and commendations to:

  • Captain Scott Johns
  • Firefighter Bill Dunlap
  • Firefighter Tony Lothspeich

In attendance will be Francis Reagan, the Washougal Police officer who was first on scene to help Ms. Emily McCauley, the survivor of the evenings’ rescue. Other members of the TRT may also be in attendance, including members of Vancouver Fire, and Clark County Fire and Rescue.

The recognition ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. and should last no more than 20 minutes. Members are available for interviews.

  • WHAT: Appreciation ceremony for those involved in Washougal River rescue
  • WHEN: 7:30 Tonight
  • WHERE: 8800 NE Hazel Dell Avenue, Vancouver, WA  98665  
  • WHO: Clark County Fire District 6 Technical Rescue Team
  • WHY: Because these folks went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life!

Mon. 07/15/19
Rare corpse flower NOW IN BLOOM at WSU Vancouver (Photo)
WSU Vancouver - 07/15/19 9:06 PM
Rare corpse flower now in bloom at WSU Vancouver
Rare corpse flower now in bloom at WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A rare corpse flower housed at Washington State University Vancouver is blooming for its first time. The bloom began to open just before 8 p.m. Monday, July 15.

Titan VanCoug, as it is known on campus, is currently on display outside the greenhouse at the east end of the Science and Engineering Building. The corpse flower is infamous for its odor—comparable to that of a decomposing animal. The bloom is emitting odor that will last 24 to 48 hours. You may view this rare plant 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays. Or check in on Titan VanCoug any time via webcam at https://www.youtube.com/wsuvancouver.

About the corpse flower

The corpse flower (Latin name Amorphophallus titanum, also known as titan arum) is native to the limestone hills of Sumatra, Indonesia’s rainforests, the only place in the world where it naturally grows.

They are among the world’s largest and rarest flowering structures. They bloom rarely—typically after seven to 10 years of growth and just once every four years or so afterward throughout a 40-year expected lifespan.

A corpse flower’s odor is not without reason. It’s meant to attract pollinators and help ensure the continuation of the species. Dung beetles, flesh flies and other carnivorous insects that typically eat dead flesh are attracted to the corpse flower.

About Titan VanCoug

Titan VanCoug has been raised by Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences Steve Sylvester. He planted a seed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s titan arum plant, affectionately named Big Bucky, in 2002. He cultivated it in a pot on his desk until it grew too large to contain in such a small space. It has grown in a stairwell in WSU Vancouver’s Science and Engineering Building for some time.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4; after 5 p.m. $2. Parking is free after 7 p.m. weekdays and on weekends.

Attached Media Files: Rare corpse flower now in bloom at WSU Vancouver

Pedestrian dies while crossing I-205 - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 07/15/19 8:06 PM

On Monday, July 15, 2019 at approximately 5:05 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle on I-205 near mile post 12.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was headed east crossing the northbound lanes of I-205. The pedestrian was struck by a 2019 Ford Cargo Van operated by Steven Stewart (56) of Donald, OR.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. He will not be identified until next of kin can be notified.

Stewart remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Fire Department, and ODOT

Intermezzo calls the Port of Vancouver USA on her maiden voyage (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 07/15/19 5:09 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash.—The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Intermezzo, commanded by Capt. Ki Suhyn of South Korea, on her maiden voyage July 11.

Capt. Suhyn and his 21-member crew from Korea and Myanmar were welcomed to the Port of Vancouver USA by representatives from NuStar Energy L.P. and Norton Lilly.

The Intermezzo is a 180-meter liquid bulk vessel built in Mailiao, Taiwan. She is owned and operated by Mol Chemical Tankers PTE LTD, and is one in a series of vessels with music related names. 

The Intermezzo departed Taiwan for the U.S. on June 12.  She will discharge approximately 10,000 metric tons of sodium hydroxide at the Port of Vancouver USA before sailing to San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Photo credit: Port of Vancouver USA

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.


Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1489/126107/071019_MT_Intermezzo_Maiden_Voyage.pdf , 2019-07/1489/126107/Intermezzo.jpg

Gift Cards for Garbage Cleanup? Hillsboro Police create a unique partnership at homeless encampment (Photo)
City of Hillsboro - 07/15/19 4:48 PM
Courtesy City of Hillsboro
Courtesy City of Hillsboro

City of Hillsboro Police Department Officers Jason Becker and Mike Abshier had an idea for how to enlist help in cleaning up a homeless encampment.

Ask the people experiencing homelessness to lend a hand and, in return, they would receive a restaurant gift card.

With gift cards in hand, Officers Becker and Abshier tested the idea last week during an organized cleanup event. The officers, who are who are part of the Hillsboro Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team, asked people sleeping in camps on property owned by Clean Water Services and at Dairy Creek Park to get involved in the cleanup.

It proved successful as six people experiencing homelessness assisted in bagging garbage and bringing it to the parking lot, where the officers disposed of the garbage. 

Before and after pictures (attached) tell the story of the difference the cleanup made.

“This is a great way for our Crisis Intervention Team to make connections, build relationships, and establish a rapport with those we are seeking to help,” said Officer Becker. “It’s also an opportunity for us to educate people in these encampments about the time and work that it takes for City employees to clean up trash that’s left behind.”

The cleanup also got help from the Police Department’s Code Compliance Team, the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, and the City Manager’s Office

Metro’s RID Patrol and staff from Washington County’s Department of Health and Human Services also assisted in the cleanup and engaged with those experiencing homelessness.

“Hopefully, the people who helped us clean this homeless encampment will remember this experience and help keep the area clean in the future,” said Officer Abshier.

Attached Media Files: Courtesy City of Hillsboro , Courtesy City of Hillsboro , Courtesy City of Hillsboro

Centennial School District Governing Board Meeting Notice For July 17, 2019
Centennial Sch. Dist. - 07/15/19 4:35 PM

The Centennial School District Governing Board will hold a meeting of its members on July 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the district office board room - 18135 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, OR 97236.

Items of interest include the ratification of the Centennial Education Association contract with the Centennial School District.

An executive session will take place under ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations.

For more information, contact Pamela Jordan at pamela_jordan@csd28j.org.

Final health insurance rate decisions lower 2020 premiums by $44 million
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/15/19 4:34 PM

(Salem) - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance.

Final health insurance rates for the 2020 individual market have been lowered 1 percent on average from the division’s preliminary rate decisions, and 2 percent from the original requests filed by insurance companies in May. The final rates lower 2020 premiums by approximately $44 million from the original requests submitted by health insurance companies.

“Our collaborative rate review process has been key to building a stable health insurance market that enabled us to limit the individual market rate increase to an average of 1.5 percent,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “The Oregon Reinsurance Program has also continued to show its value, keeping individual rates 6 percent lower than they would be without the program. We are grateful to the legislature for passing and our stakeholders for supporting the six year extension of this important program.”

The division’s transparent rate review process brings insurance companies, the division, and the public together to review health insurance rates. The collaborative process ensures all data are thoroughly reviewed and considered before rates are charged to consumers.

Several factors, such as medical costs, federal policy changes, the Oregon Reinsurance Program, and federal risk adjustment payments are considered to make sure rates will adequately cover health care costs.

Individual market 
The division issued final decisions for seven companies in the individual market with average rate changes ranging from a 3.2 percent decrease to an 8.9 percent increase, for an average increase of 1.5 percent. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $436 to $530 a month.

The preliminary rates included reductions for HeathNet and Kaiser. The final decisions include reductions for Bridgespan (2.8 percent increase lowered to 1.4 percent) and Providence (2.1 percent increase down to 0.0 percent rate hold). Regence was the only company to see a rate increase moving from 3.9 percent to 5.5 percent.

The rate changes are company-wide averages based on premiums for plans before financial assistance through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace for 2020, even if they did not qualify last year. In 2019, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $140 a month.

Open enrollment for 2020 plans is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Small group market 
In the small group market, the division issued final decisions for nine companies with average rates ranging from a 2.3 percent decrease to an 11.7 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $321 to $394 a month.

Final rates include reductions from the preliminary decisions for five of the nine small group insurance companies.

See the chart for the full list of final decisions.  

Insurance companies have 21 days to request a hearing before the final rates are set for 2020.

More information for each insurance company can be found at oregonhealthrates.org. A complete premium comparison table for each county based on ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.


About DCBS: The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.


Vancouver Police seeking assistance to locate missing male (Located: Safe)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/15/19 3:26 PM

Benjamin Harm has been located and is safe.


Vancouver, Wash. –Vancouver Police are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate Benjamin T. Harm, 37. Benjamin was last seen at his residence in the 3400 block of E 29th Street on July 13.

He is a white male, 5’8”, 180lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, and has a beard.  He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up hoodie and blue jean pants.  He is known to frequent Grand Central Fred Meyer, Battle Ground Fred Meyer, Fourth Plain Blvd and Clark College. Benjamin does have some diminished mental capacity and also takes medication.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Benjamin T. Harm is asked to call 911.




The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/15/19 3:16 PM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Lindsey Llaneza, died the morning of July 15, 2019.  Llaneza was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla, and passed away in the infirmary at TRCI. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Llaneza entered DOC custody on April 15, 2004, from Multnomah County with an earliest release date of June 23, 2021.  Llaneza was 65 years old. Next of kin has been notified.  

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state. 

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include repair and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

Attached Media Files: Llaneza

Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee meets July 19 at ODF headquarters in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/19 3:15 PM

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee’s agenda include the following:

  • Project updates and overview of FTLAC and public engagement processes on Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Northwest State Forests Management Plan (FMP) revision
  • FTLAC chair topics: Gauging impact on counties of a revised Forest Management Plan, measuring how state forest management affects social and economic well-being of Council of Forest Trust Land Counties, and seeking to understand how selling carbon credits from state forests will impact rural economies
  • Opportunity for public comment

The meeting agenda and materials are posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Smooth Transition of Fire and Medical Services in Millersburg (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/15/19 3:06 PM
2018 Millersburg Celebration
2018 Millersburg Celebration

For one year, Albany Fire Department has been providing protection and life safety services to the entire City of Millersburg.   From the Department’s vantage point, it has been a smooth transition and complimentary fit for both municipalities and its residents. 

Albany Fire began taking emergency calls in Millersburg on July 1, 2018.  Station 15, located at 3360 Conser Road, officially opened on October 1, 2018. 

“This has been a mutually beneficial partnership between our two communities,” shared Assistant Chief Shane Wooton.  “Millersburg has seen a decrease in response times and the City of Albany receives an additional resource to assist with the rising call volume we are experiencing in Albany.”

Albany Fire’s current call volume projection for 2019 is forecasted to rise to 10,473 calls.  AFD responded to 9,463 calls in 2018 which is 25.9 calls per day.   The Department has experienced a 70% increase in calls over the past decade.

Station 15 responded to 310 calls, with 49% of the calls originating from Millersburg and the remainder from Albany, Albany Rural Fire District, and areas of mutual aid.  Response times to both non-emergency and emergency calls averaged 5 minutes and 41 seconds. 

“Providing a permanent presence in Millersburg has reduced response times for the ever-growing community but has also given us an opportunity to extend our mission statement of prevention to a population that we had not accessed before,” shared Public Information Officer Sandy Roberts.   

Albany Fire participated in the Millersburg Celebration and other community events over the year.  Department staff also worked with Millersburg businesses to complete 75 fire safety inspections, and reviewed plans for subdivisions, manufactured home parks, and commercial projects for fire safety access and suppression. 

Chief Bradner shared, “The Albany Fire Department has been honored to extend emergency response and life safety services to the entire community of Millersburg over this past year.  We look forward to continuing this positive partnership for years to come.”


Attached Media Files: 2018 Millersburg Celebration , Station 15 calls fro October 1, 2018 through July 1, 2019. , Fire suppression call in Millersburg.

Update: Final Update on Response to City Hall
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/19 3:05 PM
The incident today involving a suspicious package at City Hall generated a lot of questions about the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit and the team's work. This team is comprised of seven partner agencies, including: the Portland Police Bureau, Port of Portland Police Department, Clark County Sheriff's Office, Vancouver Police Department, Gresham Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The early partnership began in the 1970's in an effort to collaborate and share resources to respond to and address suspicious items that could involve explosives. The team has evolved into the seven agency collaborative that exists today. In 2018, the team handled about 438 missions, which included about 175 suspicious items.

While today's incident involved a suspicious item, there was not an explosive involved. There is an on-going investigation into the package to determine whether or not there a crime. We are unable to release further details about the package, the contents, or the circumstances surrounding it due to the pending investigation.

"Today's response to City Hall on the report of a suspicious package was a coordinated effort between PPB, federal, and local agency partners," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "We recognize these events can cause public fear and alarm and we want to reassure the public that there is not an identified on-going risk related to this incident. The efforts of those involved in ensuring the safety of the employees and community members frequenting City Hall are appreciated."

The public is reminded that it is incumbent upon all of us to be vigilant for the community's safety. If someone has information about a suspicious item or a threat, they are encouraged to call 911 for an immediate threat or suspicious item or non-emergency dispatch for non-imminent threats. Please do not handle or touch any suspicious item.



The PIO will be available for media at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Justice Center at Central Precinct at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue. City Hall has been re-opened and is back to normal operations.



The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit has determined there is not a risk to the public due to the package at City Hall. Team members are working on clearing the scene so City Hall can resume normal operations.



Officers have determined in the interest of public safety, Terry Schrunk Plaza needed to be closed while members of the Explosive Disposal Unit respond to this developing situation.

Specially trained officers from the Explosive Disposal Unit are responding and assessing the package to determine whether or not a risk to the public exists. In the meantime, the evacuation of the building, nearby street closures, and closure of the park were determined to be in the best interest of public safety. The evacuation of the building has been completed.

Media staging is at the Southeast corner of Southwest Jefferson Street and 4th Avenue. The PIO will respond and plans to brief the media at 11:00 a.m.



On Monday, July 15, 2019, at 9:36 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a report of a suspicious package at City Hall, located at 1221 Southwest 4 Avenue. Members of the Explosive Disposal Unit responded to assess the package. Out of an abundance of caution, it was determined City Hall should be evacuated. Officers closed down the streets in the immediate vicinity for safety purposes. City Hall is closed and those with business there will not have access until after it is deemed safe. Updates will be provided as they become available.


Deputies Crack Down on Package Thieves (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/19 2:13 PM
Protect Your Packages Graphic
Protect Your Packages Graphic

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will begin targeting thieves who steal packages delivered to porches across the county.

Working closely with the United States Postal Inspection Service, detectives with the Property Crimes Unit will be setting up a bait package mission in hopes of catching package thieves in the act.

These decoy packages are equipped with electronic tracking devices that allow deputies to track them after they’ve been stolen.

Detectives use package theft data provided by the U.S. Postal Service to determine which areas have the biggest problems with “porch pirates.”

This mission coincides with special deals being offered by many of the country’s largest online retailers this week.

Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit work proactively throughout the year to combat the problem of package thefts in our community. For the last four years, detectives have placed numerous bait packages throughout Washington County to deter potential package thieves.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version , Protect Your Packages Graphic

PPB Arrests 2, Cites 22 in Street Racing Mission (VIDEO) (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/19 2:12 PM
Grant Photo
Grant Photo
On Sunday, July 14, 2019, North Precinct Officers, in collaboration with the Traffic Division and Air Support Unit, conducted a speed racing mission. This mission was focused on those who gather and participate in reckless and dangerous driving behavior. Officers conducted 28 vehicle stops, issued 22 citations, towed one vehicle for community caretaking, and made two arrests during the mission.

At one point during the mission, officers learned of a vehicle involved in reckless driving in the area of Swan Island that crashed into a parked car and nearly hit several pedestrians. Officers arrived in the area and people started to flee. The driver of the involved vehicle fled the area and was not apprehended. A video of this incident can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/YlG8UJaMz1s

Police are releasing video related to this incident in an attempt to identify the involved driver. If you have information about who may have been driving the vehicle in a reckless and dangerous manner, contact North Precinct at (503) 823-5700.

Officers tried to stop another vehicle leaving the area, but the vehicle fled. The vehicle was located and officers arrested the driver, who was identified as Raymond L. Grant.

Raymond L. Grant, a 34 year-old male, was arrested and charged with Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving. (PHOTO)

Another subject was arrested on an outstanding reckless driving warrant.

The Portland Police Bureau reminds the public that careless and reckless driving put all of us at risk and is unacceptable behavior. PPB continues to work with the District Attorney's office on these and other speed racing related cases to hold people accountable for behavior that is criminal in nature.

If you see individuals or groups engaged in dangerous driving behavior, please call emergency dispatch at 911 for any emergency related matter or the non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333 for non-emergency information for the police.


Attached Media Files: Grant Photo

Murder charge filed against Roger Justice Jones for allegedly killing woman in SE Portland
Multnomah Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/15/19 2:03 PM

July 15, 2019

Murder charge filed against Roger Justice Jones for allegedly killing woman in SE Portland

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the filing of a single count charging document against 57-year-old Roger Justice Jones for the alleged murder of 46-year-old Huyen Cao. 

According to the charging document, Jones unlawfully and intentionally caused the death of Ms. Cao. 

This investigation started on May 17, 2019 when employees at a care facility in southeast Portland located Ms. Cao unresponsive inside her room, according to court documents. 

Employees called 9-1-1 but medical personnel determined Ms. Cao deceased on scene, a probable cause affidavit states. 

The next day, on May 18, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Ms. Cao died of asphyxia due to manual strangulation, and determined her death to be the result of homicidal violence. 

During the investigation, law enforcement obtained video that shows a person, later identified as Jones, entering and leaving Ms. Cao’s room, according to court documents. The video shows Jones entering the room on two separate occasions, court documents state. 

On July 12, 2019, law enforcement contacted Jones to discuss the video, according to the affidavit filed by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann. During the interview, according to court documents, Jones admitted to choking Ms. Cao. 

Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. 

He was scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court on July 15, 2019 for an arraignment. 

This remains an ongoing investigation and no other details can be provided. 

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Jones is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  


Brent Weisberg
Communications Director 
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Email: Brent.Weisberg@mcda.us

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure. (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/19 1:50 PM

July 15, 2019

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following policy(s):

  • Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Enforcement of Civil, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainers
  • Political Activity

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office website, accessible here: https://www.mcso.us/site/policy_review.php

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1276/126092/shaded_star.png

Gresham Police Make Arrest Involving Injury Hit and Run (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 07/15/19 1:22 PM
Julio Bautista Montella
Julio Bautista Montella

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police arrested the driver in a hit and run that caused serious injuries to the vehicle’s passenger. This morning at 2:12 a.m., police responded to the report of a disoriented female stating she was injured and trapped inside a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle on NE Wilkes Rd. just east of NE 181st Ave. The adult female was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver had fled from the vehicle.

At 3:23 a.m., a driver was flagged down by a male at NE 162nd Ave. and NE Russell St. The male was bleeding from the head and claimed that he was the backseat passenger of the vehicle. The male, later identified as 19-year-old Julio Bautista Montella of Portland, was transported to the hospital to be treated for his head injuries.

Further investigation revealed that there were no other people in the vehicle and Bautista Montella was the driver. After being released from the hospital, he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for Felony Hit and Run, Assault II, DUI Marijuana, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Criminal Mischief II.

Attached Media Files: Julio Bautista Montella , Car

Vancouver Police recruiting for upcoming Neighbors On Watch academy (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/15/19 1:06 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –The Vancouver Police Department is recruiting for our Neighbors On Watch (NOW) academy which kicks off September 26, 2019. Attendees will receive specialized training in observation skills, searching techniques, radio communication, CPR/first aid and much more. If you or someone you know would like to serve your community in a new and exciting way and support the Vancouver Police Department then consider joining Neighbors On Watch.

NOW volunteers act as the eyes and ears for the Vancouver Police Department through citizen patrols, assisting with special projects like the Out of State License Program and providing valuable administrative support.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit our Neighbors On Watch page https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/neighbors-watch-now-program or contact Vancouver Police Volunteer Coordinator Jordan Macfarlane at dan.macfarlane@cityofvancouver.us">jordan.macfarlane@cityofvancouver.us  to apply today!



Attached Media Files: 2019-07/385/126089/NOW_Academy_Fall_2019.png

Removal planned for one Camperdown elm at State Capitol (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/19 1:00 PM
Bark falling off the dead Camperdown elm
Bark falling off the dead Camperdown elm

Joint News Release
CAMS Project and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.


July 15, 2019

Media Contacts:
Jodie Jones, CAMS Director, 971-612-3149

Chris Havel, Director’s Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722  //  Cell: 503-931-2590

Removal planned for one Camperdown elm at State Capitol

Salem, Ore., July 15, 2019  – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) plans to remove a Camperdown elm at the State Capitol State Park that did not survive a 2017 transplant operation.

Six trees—four Camperdown elms, one cherry, and one redbud—were transplanted in the spring of 2017 to make way for the Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance, and Safety (CAMS) project designed to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project also includes updating mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

The ADA improvements required moving trees from both the east and west sides of the Capitol. Five of the trees appear to have survived being transplanted, though one other Camperdown will be pruned due to dead branches.

The dead Camperdown elm was infested by insects, attracted moss build up, lost its bark, and lost all its foliage. It has not bloomed in the past year. Arborists were consulted when it showed signs of distress.

“Parks has done all it can to help the tree succeed, but it’s just not responding,” Jodie Jones, director of the CAMS project said. “The trees needed to be moved to make way for the entire scope of the project, and CAMS took great pains to ensure qualified arborists completed the work and fenced in the trees to prevent equipment and human damage. Five of the six trees are doing great, but despite every effort, one did not make it.”

The diseased elm will be removed on July 18 during normal landscaping activities. Four new, mature Camperdown elms will be planted this fall; two outside the east entrance, and two outside the west entrance over the new utility vaults. The roofs of the new utility vaults are designed to hold the weight of the new trees. The transplanted Camperdown elms date back to the late 19th or early 20th centuries and had been moved at least twice before. Older trees are less able to bear the stress of transplantation, according to OPRD stewardship staff.

OPRD will oversee the tree’s removal.


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Attached Media Files: Bark falling off the dead Camperdown elm , One Camperdown elm has died , Three of the transplanted Camperdown elms are fine

PPB Seeks Public's Input on Directives
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/19 12:19 PM
The Portland Police Bureau directs member action through the establishment of policy, procedure, and rule, as found within Directives. The Bureau is in the process of reviewing all of its Directives and seeks public comments.

Currently, the Bureau is asking for the community's feedback regarding the following Directive(s):

1st Universal Review- 7/15/19 -- 8/14/19
Directive 750.00 Bureau Cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force (This is a new directive)

2nd Universal Review- 7/15/19 -- 8/14/19
Directive 825.00 Domestic Violence, Arrests, and Restraining Orders

Community members are encouraged to read these Directives at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/59757 and follow the link at the bottom of the draft to provide comments. This webpage also enables community members to sign up for email notifications when new or revised directives are posted.


PCC's Medical Imaging produces trained workers to fill a growing industry need (Photo)
PCC - 07/15/19 11:27 AM

HILLSBORO, Ore. – Portland Community College’s Medical Imaging Department is having quite the year.

The department, which is a critical resource to meet industry demand for skilled workers, celebrated 14 graduates this spring; 10 of them are already employed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all healthcare occupations.

“And this August, we will graduate another 32 Radiography students, with many of them already having secured positions with the clinics where they have been training,” said Patti Winters, director of the Medical Imaging Department. “The job outlook remains very promising in the medical imaging professions.”

One of these students is Jonah Scott, who is using his passion for photography to frame a burgeoning career in medical imaging. Scott is working as a temporary licensed employee with Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro. He estimates he’ll graduate and get certified this summer through the state and national exams because demand for radiography technologists in the field is at an all-time high.

“I wanted to help people, and I knew this was the most direct and rewarding field,” Scott said. “PCC absolutely prepared me for my career and, if anything, over prepared me. Instructors show you what is clinically accepted and the ideal at healthcare facilities. They throw you curveballs that you’ll see in the real world, to show you how things can go wrong.”

The 30-year-old’s interest in the medical imaging field stemmed not only from photography, but also because of personal loss. The California native was forced to "quickly grow up": His parents faced addiction issues, his family was impoverished, and he shouldered much of the responsibility of caring for his mother as she underwent cancer treatments.

Scott needed a change of scenery to transform his life. At the prompting of friends, he moved to Eugene and found employment at Radio Shack, where he worked his way up to manager. When the company went bankrupt, he headed north to Portland and enrolled in PCC’s Medical Imaging Department to jumpstart a new career.

“Moving up here got me out of a position where I was going nowhere,” Scott said. “It allowed me to get my feet under me and start a new life.”

Scott works two days a week at Tuality under his temporary license, providing x-ray services in the emergency room. In addition, he takes rigorous classes covering anatomy, radiation, interventional radiology and patient care at the Sylvania Campus while also completing competency tests within his clinicals.

“Throughout this process, the goal is to earn these competencies,” Scott said. “It’s a perfect way to hone your skills.”

Training as a radiography technologist at Tuality Hospital has been a perfect fit for Scott. His love and knowledge of electronics and cameras from his days at Radio Shack has made taking x-rays and imaging of patients an easy transition.

Scott, who represents his class with the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists, is earning his associate applied science degree in addition to his certifications. He hasn’t decided what he wants to do after graduation but is spending time in a specialty rotation at Tuality where he watches professionals work in the MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy departments. Eventually, his goal is to work in healthcare management in some capacity.

“The coolest part of the PCC program is the work,” Scott said. “At the clinic, you are part of the trauma or ER teams and take x-rays. I’m in surgeries quite a bit and have to be scrubbed up. All of that is exciting because we are saving lives and solving problems. It feels good.”

Scott said instructors have been critical to his learning. Their knowledge of industry standards and techniques have been invaluable to him. Instructors who have made an impact on him include Gayle Wright, who Scott said has an “encyclopedic knowledge” of radiography, and Abbie Berman, who has a way of connecting what they learn in class to the real world.

The love is mutual. Berman said Scott is very personable and has a bright future. She detailed how his engagement with his studies and enthusiasm within his cohort has been refreshing. She said he is a very quick study, and picked up on concepts and applications of radiation practices almost intuitively.

“He is a natural-born leader, a warm and magnetic personality, and is the glue keeping his class together,” Berman said. “The best part to witness was how he helped tutor others in class, and led study sessions and groups so they could all learn from one another.

“As much as all students overcome challenges to finish a degree at PCC, Jonah truly showed determination throughout his time here, and approached every obstacle with a balanced and positive attitude that will surely serve him well in his future,” she said.


About Portland Community College: Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon and provides training, degree and certificate completion, and lifelong learning to more than 71,000 full- and part-time students in Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Columbia counties. PCC has four comprehensive campuses, eight education centers or areas served, and approximately 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning.


Visit PCC news on the web at http://news.pcc.edu/

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/40/126086/Left_Gayle_Wright_with_Jonah_Scott.jpg , 2019-07/40/126086/Jonah_Scott.jpg

Toddler dies after being struck by vehicle
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/19 10:56 AM

On July 14, 2019 at about 9:46 PM emergency personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in Otis, Oregon regarding a 15-month old toddler struck by a vehicle at the residence.  The preliminary investigation has revealed Thomas Bartlett, 51, of Otis, Oregon was backing his 2000 Ford pick-up in the driveway of the residence to park when his 15-month old toddler was stuck by the pick-up.  

Lifesaving measures immediately began, and the toddler was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. At approximately 11:50 PM the toddler was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  The family is cooperating with the investigation and there does not appear to be any criminal charges pending as a result of this tragic incident.   

Sheriff's Office continues enhanced DUII patrols in July
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/19 10:30 AM

This July the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office continues to provide increased patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driver crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving at least one driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over a .08. This was a 28% increase from 2015. Nearly half of these fatal incidents involved a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher.

It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies -- not just on holiday weekends, but throughout the month.

We want to continue to remind people to please exercise extreme caution if using impairing substances while also enjoying the many aquatic resources in the area, and if you do use impairing substance please have a sober driver and boat operator.

The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired drivers. If you witness impaired driving, don’t hesitate to report it to your local authorities — it may save a life.

Please enjoy your time with friends and family as summer weather continues to improve, and please drive safe and sober.


Vehicle vs Train Collision
Camas Police Dept. - 07/15/19 9:59 AM

On 7/15/19 at approximately 0623hrs, Camas Police, Washougal Police and the Camas - Washougal Fire were dispatched to a vehicle vs train collision at the train crossing on SE Whitney Street. 

Arriving units discovered a small truck was traveling southbound on SE Whitney Street when it collided with a westbound BNSF Train.  The truck was driven by a 55 year-old male who was the only occupant of the vehicle.  He was transported to Peace Health SW Washington Medical Center with serious, life-threatening injuries.  No one aboard the train was injured.    

The cause of the crash is under investigation but it appears that all of the implemented safety equipment near the tracks was functioning at the time of the collision. 

The Camas Police Department is being assisted by the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit. 

SE Whitney Street has been closed since the collision and will likely be closed for several hours during the investigation.

No further details will be released at this time.

West Linn Police continue to have extra patrol cars on the lookout for intoxicated and distracted drivers this summer
West Linn Police Dept. - 07/15/19 9:17 AM

Our kids are our greatest treasures. One of the most challenging times for a parent is when their teenager/s starts learning how to drive. When teaching your teens about safe driving, make sure they understand how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol and drugs) and to avoid distracted driving. The stakes are high. In real-life, when it comes to driving, there is no such thing as a “do-over.” Here are some sobering statistics from the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) website:

Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash (NHTSA).

Teen alcohol use kills 4,300 people each year-that’s more than all illegal drugs combined.

Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years.

About one in seven teens binge drinks, yet only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her teen binge drinks.

Over a quarter of 8th graders have tried alcohol.

Over 40% of all 10th graders drink alcohol.

More than a third of teens mistakenly believe they drive better under the influence of marijuana.


County seeks input on rural event venues at July 31 public forum
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/15/19 9:09 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County has scheduled a public forum to hear residents’ comments regarding permitting private event venues in rural areas.

The forum will be 6-7:30 pm Wednesday, July 31, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public.

The proposed private event venues would typically be permitted independently of  those currently allowed as an accessory use to a winery, and would be available for weddings, celebrations and other private events.

The forum will be facilitated by Community Development Director Mitch Nickolds and staffed with employees from Building Safety, Fire Marshal and Land Use Review divisions in Community Development as well as Public Works Transportation staff.

County staff is looking for input from a wide variety of interested parties including residents, property owners, business operators and agency representatives.

Written comments can be sent to uralvenues@clark.wa.gov">ruralvenues@clark.wa.gov or mailed to Clark County Community Development Department, PO Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98660-9810. Written comments also can be delivered to the Community Development Department on the third floor of the Public Service Center at 1300 Franklin St.

All written comments received will be shared at the forum and available to the public. Comments will be accepted through 5 pm Friday, Aug. 9.

To learn more about current requirements for event-related activity on private property in Clark County, go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/rural-event-venues-forum.

East County Fire and Rescue - Levy Lid Lift
East (Clark) Co. Fire and Rescue - 07/15/19 8:30 AM

July 12, 2019


Dear Editor,


My name is John Prasch, a firefighter with East County Fire and Rescue in Clark County, WA. I write this to voice my support for an upcoming levy the department is putting on the August ballot, and implore your readers to do the same. 


I've worked at East County Fire and Rescue (ECFR) for 11 years. I started as a college intern and am now a senior, full- time firefighter.  I've seen the department go through hard financial times and persevere.  Unfortunately, the cost cutting measures taken to stave off the effects of the 'Great recession' have caught up with us.


The levy measure is a simple 1-year lid lift to $1.50 per $1000, what it was lifted to in 2008. Due to state law, the department's budget can only go up 1% annually, which prevents our budget from increasing at the same rate housing values rise.  This requires the Department to return to the voters every so often to 're-up,' so-to-speak.


Without a yes vote, stations will close.  Response times will go up, and it WILL cost lives.  There have been several close scrapes since the Department started browning out stations to cut cost, and it's a matter of time until a station is closed the day someone needs us most.


Please vote yes to fund the fire district.  We take pride in the service we provide and want nothing more than continuing to do so. 



John Prasch, Firefighter/EMT

East County Fire & Rescue

Oregon Heritage Commission to meet July 28-29 in Baker City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/19 8:00 AM

The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Baker City July 28-29.  

On July 28, Commissioners will gather at 1:00 p.m. to tour heritage sites surrounding the historic downtown.

On July 29 a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Geiser Grand Hotel at 1996 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814. The agenda includes reports on 2018 grant and MentorCorps programs, long-term planning, approval of Cultural Trust partner funds, and reports by commissioners. 

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

Commission meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting – including translation services – may be made by calling (503) 986?0690 at least 72 hours prior to the start of the meeting.

For more information and accessibility needs, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or eth.Dehn@oregon.gov">Beth.Dehn@oregon.gov.

Pedestrian Safety Education Announcement
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/19 6:35 AM
During the Months of July and August, officers and community partners, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact, will be conducting crosswalk enforcement actions along Naito Parkway, Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, and Southeast Foster Road in an effort to educate drivers, pedestrians, and other road users pertaining to Oregon's crosswalk laws.

Officers and partners will be providing educational materials, issuing warnings, citations, and offering safety education classes and literature as appropriate.

Per Oregon law: motorists are required to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing within marked or unmarked crosswalks (ORS 811.028) and pedestrians are expected to cross within marked or unmarked crosswalks, (ORS 810.080 ) obey traffic control devices, (ORS 814.010) and yield to vehicles when necessary (ORS 814.040 and ORS 814.050)

In 2019, the Portland Police Bureau has responded to 31 traffic related fatalities; 12 of fatalities were pedestrians.

The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officers respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction and disobeying signals.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work toward reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

Sun. 07/14/19
Vehicle crash with extrication and downed power lines (Photo)
Vancouver Fire Dept. - 07/14/19 7:48 PM

At 2:54 PM this afternoon, the Vancouver Fire Department sent a fire engine and ladder truck to NW Erwin O Rieger Memorial Hwy and NW Lower River Road for a 2 car motor vehicle crash. The first truck arrived in six minutes and found a Chevy Suburban partially on top of a VW SUV.  Occupants in the SUV were able to get themselves out safely. They were uninjured.  Firefighters used extendable rescue struts and straps to safely stabilize the vehicle. Two occupants in the Suburban required hydraulic spreaders and other extrication tools in order to get out safely.One person was transported to a local area hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Vancouver firefighters identified downed power lines and ensured that the public, the patients, and their crew remained safe throughout the incident. Clark County PUD was requested to assist with the downed power lines. Emergency crews closed down Lower River Road during the extrication. Further investigation of the crash is being conducted by Vancouver Police. 

Vancouver Fire PIO Joe Hudson

Photo credit: Vancouver Fire Dept

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5157/126073/MVA_LRR_3.jpg , 2019-07/5157/126073/MVA_LRR_2.jpg , 2019-07/5157/126073/MVA_LRR_1.jpg

Fatal Crash Highway 30 -- Baker County -- Corrected Date
Oregon State Police - 07/14/19 6:50 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning’s single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 30 in Baker County. 

On July 14, 2019 at about 2:30 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 30 near milepost 45.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Jesse Butler, age 30, from Baker City, was traveling eastbound on Highway 30.  The Chevrolet Malibu failed to negotiate a left curve and crashed through the guardrail causing extensive damage to the guardrail. The Chevrolet Malibu rolled several times and traveled approximately 200 feet and struck a utility pole. 

Butler was ejected and died from injuries at the scene.  A passenger, Travis Culbertson, age 36, from Baker City, also died from injuries sustained in the crash. 

Highway 30 was closed for several hours during the investigation.  

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Baker Fire, Haines Fire and Oregon Trail Electric Co-op. 

No photographs for release. 

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Trespasser on Steel Bridge Causes Closure, Subject Transported to Hospital (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/19 12:43 PM
Steel Bridge Response 3
Steel Bridge Response 3
On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 8:30 A.M., North Precinct officers were dispatched to the Steel Bridge, where a trespasser was seen in the bridge tender shed above the upper-level roadway (photos). The adult female was throwing objects, including cans of oil, onto the pavement below. Due to indicators that the subject was suffering from a mental health condition, Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) Officers responded and began communicating with her. The subject was uncooperative and refused to come out.

Officers requested assistance from the Portland Fire Bureau, Multnomah County River Patrol, and Central Precinct officers. Due to the danger that someone could be hit by one of the thrown objects, the bridge was closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Officers spoke with her for over two hours, finally convincing her to come out voluntarily. She was taken into custody, lowered down the stairs on a rescue gurney, and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-In Clinic. The clinic is located at 4212 SE Division and is open from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Services are free and available to individuals of all ages.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Attached Media Files: Steel Bridge Response 3 , Steel Bridge Response 2 , Steel Bridge Response 1

PPB's Role and Guidelines Regarding Immigration Enforcement
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/19 9:00 AM
The Portland Police Bureau follows and enforces Oregon law; it does not enforce federal immigration laws. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 181A.820 states:

No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws.
This law can be found at this link: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/181A.820

The Portland Police Bureau adheres to Oregon law as outlined in Directive 810.10-Immigration Enforcement and Diplomatic Immunity. This directive covers the expectations for our members related to immigration, and can be found at the following link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/669542

"Now more than ever it is important to understand and recognize the uncertainty and fear for many in our immigrant communities, not just around immigration enforcement efforts, but also hate crimes," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Members of the Police Bureau continue our outreach efforts to build relationships, especially in communities that may be distrustful of police. We want everyone in our community to feel safe and protected, which is why it is important to understand PPB's role and the laws related to immigration enforcement."


Passerby and Portland Police Officer assist Portland Fire with CPR
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/14/19 8:16 AM

Yesterday, at approximately 12:30 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue’s Rescue 23 (located SE 13th / Gideon) responded to a CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation) in progress call.  Due to the proximity of the call, Resuce 23 personnel, staffed with only 2 members, arrived within two minutes of being dispatched to the call.  Portland Fire & Rescue members arrived to witness a passerby (unidentified at this time) and a Portland Police Officer performing CPR on a 23 year old female on the ground.  

Upon Rescue 23’s arrival, which consisted of a paramedic/firefighter officer and an emergency medical technician - basic/firefighter, they both initiated life saving interventions but recognized they were short on staffing upon arrival.  Fire members asked the Portland Police Officer to continue hands only CPR, which they did effeiciently and effectively.  The hands only CPR by the passerby and the Portland Police Officer allowed Fire members to initiate medications and protect the airway.

Due to the recognition, willingness, and the cooperation of the passerby and the Portland Police Officer to initiate hands only CPR, the patient regained a pulse prior to transport to a local hospital.  

Station 23 (SE 13th / Gideon), previously staffed a 4 person engine with advanced life support capabilities, but is now currently staffed with a Rescue Unit, only a two person crew.  

Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community the importance of hands only CPR. Hands only CPR administered in the first few minutes can increase the chance of survival for the victim.  For every minute that passes without CPR, the chances of survival decreases by 10%.  

Learning hands only CPR is easy! Portland FIre & Rescue will be at all remaning Sunday Parkways to teach the community hands only CPR.  Click the following link for dates and locations of the Sunday Parkways, hosted by Portland Bureau of Transportation.  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58929

Sat. 07/13/19
Update: Neighborhood Search for Armed Suspect Concluded, Suspect Not Located
Portland Police Bureau - 07/13/19 11:07 PM
The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) has concluded its search in the Lents neighborhood. The suspect who ran from the traffic stop was not located. The perimeter is being removed. Residents are advised that they no longer have to stay inside and can resume their normal activities.

While we have concluded the active search, the investigation into the identity of the suspect continues.

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The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) is responding to assist East Precinct Officers after an armed subject ran from a traffic stop holding a gun. Officers have set up a perimeter between Southeast Steele Street and Southeast Liebe Street, and Southeast 87th Avenue and 88th Avenue. Residents in that area are encouraged to stay inside. The suspect is described as a male, black, about 6 feet tall, 150 pounds, wearing light blue jeans, red shoes, and holding a silver handgun. If anyone sees a suspect matching that description in the area, please call 911.

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Robbery at Gunpoint in Park, Juvenile Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/13/19 4:35 PM
Gun Photo 2
Gun Photo 2
On Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:34 A.M., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a robbery at gunpoint in Harrison Park, 8300 Southeast Stephens Street. Numerous officers responded and searched the area for the suspect. One of the officers located a suspect near Southeast Clinton Street and Southeast 84th Avenue. The suspect was detained and an investigation began. Officers developed probable cause to arrest the suspect and they located a loaded semiautomatic handgun believed to have been used in the robbery (photo).

Detectives from the Robbery Detail responded to assume the investigation. They determined the victim was sitting in the park when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect displayed the handgun and tried to take the victim's phone. After a struggle, the suspect ran off. There were no injuries.

The person arrested is 15-years-old male. He was booked into the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Menacing.

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Attached Media Files: Gun Photo 2 , Gun Photo 1

Fri. 07/12/19
UPDATE: I-84 Reopened To Traffic, Suicidal Subject Taken To Hospital
Portland Police Bureau - 07/12/19 9:50 PM
The incident involving the subject in crisis on the Northeast 12th Avenue overpass at I-84 has concluded. The subject came back over the railing, was taken into custody, and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

For over 8 hours, ECIT (Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team) officers communicated with the person and tried to get him to come to a place of safety so he may receive assistance for his mental health. The subject remained on the outside ledge of the Northeast 12th Avenue overpass threatening to jump down to the freeway below. During this event, the Bureau, with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Transportation, closed lanes of travel on I-84; eastbound I-84 traffic was the most significantly impacted.

The Portland Police Bureau recognizes that the protracted closure of a major interstate freeway through rush hour has a significant impact on motorists. One of the core missions of the Portland Police Bureau is to preserve life. At times like these when we are called to respond to a person in mental health crisis, we try to make the area as safe as possible. That way, specially trained officers can communicate with the person and try to get them help. That sometimes requires us to close roads to vehicles, both for the safety of the person but also for the safety of the general public traveling beneath. Whenever possible, we try to open lanes of traffic.

We've had inquiries as to why we do not just run up and pull the person down. This tactic is generally avoided, primarily for safety as it could cause the person to slip and fall, and because of concern that an officer or officers could be pulled over the side. But also, our ECIT officers work hard to build trust with the person in crisis. We do not want to violate that trust by rushing up without warning, potentially resulting in a catastrophic event. Even if the tactic were successful, we are concerned that the person would not trust us if they have police contact again in similar circumstances.

We appreciate the patience of motorists that were stuck in traffic during this incident, and we are grateful that it ended without anyone getting hurt.

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On Friday, July 12, 2019, at 1:04 p.m., North Precinct Officers responded to a call of a suicidal male on the 12th Avenue overpass crossing I-84. Officers arrived on scene and located the adult male over the barrier. Officers have requested assistance from Project Respond partners, who assist in situations involving subjects in mental health crisis. Officers are attempting to work with the subject to safely resolve the situation. It is unknown how long the traffic closure will remain in effect.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-In Clinic. The clinic is located at 4212 SE Division and is open from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Services are free and available to individuals of all ages.
Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Man Arrested Following Deadly Crash in Aloha (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/19 6:08 PM
Aerial photo
Aerial photo

On Friday, July 12th, 2019, at 1056 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an injury crash near the intersection of SW Farmington Road and SW 153rd Avenue. When deputies arrived, they located a serious crash between a 2012 Chrysler 300 and a 2013 Ford Fusion.

Deputies learned that before the crash, two vehicles, the Chrysler 300 and a 2005 Subaru Impreza, were apparently racing at a high rate of speed eastbound on SW Farmington Road. As the vehicles approached the intersection of SW 153rd Avenue, a 2013 Ford Fusion began turning onto SW Farmington Road.

The Chrysler crashed into the Ford causing significant damage to both vehicles. The Subaru continued traveling eastbound but was stopped shortly after by a Beaverton Police Officer near Hwy 217 on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.

The driver of the Ford, Patrick Ator, was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries and his wife, Janace Ator who was in the front passenger seat, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Chrysler, 20-year-old Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. After receiving medical attention, Alejandro was arrested and will be booked into the Washington County Jail for the following crimes:

?,? Manslaughter in the second degree

?,? Assault three

?,? Reckless Driving

The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be added at a later time.

Sheriff’s deputies are asking anyone with information related to this incident to please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 629-0111.

Booking photo will be available for media once he is lodged in the Washington County Jail.

Attached Media Files: PDF version of MR , Aerial photo , Damage to Chrysler 300

Traffic Advisory: Sewer construction to close N Vancouver Avenue between NE Russell and NE Hancock streets Monday, July 15 (Photo)
Portland Bureau of Environmental Services - 07/12/19 2:43 PM

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the public that a sewer repair project will close N Vancouver Avenue to daytime travel between NE Russell and NE Hancock streets Monday, July 15.

The closure will be in effect for construction from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. People traveling by motor vehicle will be detoured to NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. People traveling by bicycle will be detoured to NE Rodney Avenue.

Local access will be maintained for residents and people visiting businesses along N Vancouver Avenue. All lanes will re-open to traffic during non-construction hours.

The closure and construction are part of the Eliot Sewer and Stormwater Project and will allow crews to repair and replace about two miles of deteriorating public sewer pipes that are 100 to 120 years old. The project also includes constructing green street planters in key locations to reduce the amount of stormwater entering the combined sewer system. These improvements will protect public health, property and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases into streets, homes and businesses. Project information may be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/eliot.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5703/126055/Vancouver_Detour.jpg

Tigard-Tualatin School District Welcomes and Renews New Directors; Appoints Officers for 2019-2020 School Year (Photo)
Tigard-Tualatin Sch. Dist. - 07/12/19 2:04 PM
Ben Bowman
Ben Bowman

Tigard/Tualatin, Oregon – At a School Board Meeting and Work Session on Friday, July 12, 2019, Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) Superintendent Susan Rieke-Smith performed the official swearing-in of Ben Bowman as the district’s newest school board director and Jill Zurschmeide, re-elected to her fourth term. Bowman and Zurschmeide won their seats on TTSD’s school board during Washington County’s 2019 Special Election and will serve four-year terms that expire in 2023.

At Friday’s meeting, the school board also elected Maureen Wolf as the new school board chair and director Sharon Fox as the new board vice-Chair. Wolf has served on the school board since 2009 with her current term expiring in June 2021. Fox joined the school board in 2017 and is currently serving her first term with the district that also expires in 2021. Director Karen Emerson rounds out the five-member school board. She is also serving her first term which expires in 2021.

Attached Media Files: Ben Bowman

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce to meet July 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/12/19 12:26 PM

July 12, 2019

Media contact: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce to meet July 19 in Portland

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Taskforce.

Agenda: Welcome, taskforce purpose and outcomes, agenda review, introductions, background on formation of the Taskforce, principles for guidelines, key components for inclusion in the guidelines, next steps and summary.

When: July 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building (PSOB), 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland Oregon Room 1A. The public can also call into a listen-only conference line: 1-888-278-0296 access code: 843163

Program Contact: Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us

For more information, please visit the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force website.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, 711 TTY, or ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Health Share of Oregon's Board of Directors hosts Public Engagement Meeting
Health Share of Oregon - 07/12/19 12:03 PM

(Portland, OR) – Health Share of Oregon’s Board of Directors will host a Public Engagement Meeting, Wednesday, June 18 from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Date: Wedensday, July 17, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Health Share of Oregon, 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 200, Portland, OR

Agenda: Available online prior to each meeting

There will be opportunity for public comment. The Board will vote on distribution of 2018 quality incentive funds.

This meeting is open to the public and Oregon Health Plan members are encouraged to attend.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for interpretation services and for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Janice Chambers at janice@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-2096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.


About Health Share of Oregon

Health Share of Oregon is the state’s largest Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO), serving OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. Our mission is to partner with communities to achieve ongoing transformation, health equity, and the best possible health for each individual.

Health Share was founded and continues to be governed by eleven health care organizations serving OHP members: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release_Health Share of Oregon's Board of Directors host Public Engagement Meeting

Commissioners to select House District 19 replacement
Marion County - 07/12/19 11:04 AM

The Marion County Board of Commissioners will interview three nominees to fill the current vacancy for State Representative for House District 19. The three nominees will participate in a panel interview on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. Interviews will take place in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, in Salem. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Nominees from the Republican Party include Becky Mitts, Raquel Moore-Green, and Brad Nanke. The position must be filled within 30 days of the June 28, 2019, vacancy date and the commissioners are expected to select and appoint a new representative following the panel interview on July 23. 

The interviews will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 21 in the Salem area and live streamed on YouTube (@cctvsalem) and Marion County’s Facebook (@MarionCountyOR) page.  

Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Monday, July 22. Comments may be mailed to Marion County Board of Commissioners Office, PO Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309; e-mailed to s@co.marion.or.us">commissioners@co.marion.or.us; or hand delivered to 555 Court St. NE, Suite #5232, Salem, OR. To be included in the record, comments must include the commenter’s full name and address or e-mail address.

For more information, please contact the Marion County Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail s@co.marion.or.us">commissioners@co.marion.or.us.

PeaceHealth offers free Advance Directive workshops
PeaceHealth - 07/12/19 11:00 AM

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is offering free workshops to assist families in creating plans for care in the event a patient is rendered unable to speak on their own behalf. The workshops will provide information and assistance in completing a planning document called an "Advance Directive."

What is an Advance Directive?
An advance directive is a legal form that describes the kinds of medical care a patient desires if something happens that prevents them from participating in their own medical care decisions. Putting these wishes in writing helps avoid confusion or conflict in times of crisis or uncertainty.

Your Voice, Your Choice – Advance Care Planning Workshops
All classes will be held from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 in Conf. Room A/B
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Conf. Room C/D
  • Wednesday, Dec 11 in Conf. Room C/D

Your Voice, Your Choice
Making your personal goals, values, religious and cultural beliefs clearly known in advance of a crisis is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, your family and friends. Doing so is a gift of love and peace of mind. PeaceHealth St. John offers free, bi-monthly community presentations to help you complete your own advance directive documents, and also learn how to discuss advance directives with your loved ones. Register at www.peacehealth.org/yourvoiceyourchoice

People interested in attending who have questions about the workshops may contact Melissa Ensey at mensey@peacehealth.org.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

Missing Oregon State Hospital patient has been found
Oregon Health Authority - 07/12/19 10:29 AM

July 12, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141,ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Missing Oregon State Hospital patient has been found

The Eugene Police Department has located the patient reported missing yesterday by Oregon State Hospital. Please reference OSP Case Number SP19-246525.

On July 11 at 9:25 p.m., a Eugene police officer took the patient into custody. The patient is currently awaiting transport back to the hospital in Junction City.

Public Health issues warning for Vancouver Lake due to elevated toxin levels
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/12/19 9:20 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark County Public Health has upgraded its advisory at Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with all water in Vancouver Lake.

Public Health has been monitoring blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, at Vancouver Lake since June 12.

Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. The caution signs at the lake are being replaced with warning signs.

Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water. Health officials recommend:

  • No swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.
  • No drinking lake water.
  • No water contact for animals.
  • Cleaning fish well and discarding organs.
  • Avoiding areas of scum when using motorized boats.

Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver Lake throughout the summer and, as long as blooms are present, take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.

Vancouver Lake Regional Park remains open. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink.

Additional information about blue-green algae and current advisories are posted on the Public Health public beach website. To report algae blooms in other bodies of water, visit the Public Health website.

Fatal Crash Highway 228 near Brownsville -- Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/12/19 8:57 AM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 228 near Brownsville. 

On July 11, 2019 at about 1:40 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of an injury crash on Hwy 228 near milepost 2.5.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that a Jeep Cherokee operated by, Michael McDaniel, age 69, from Brownsville, was traveling westbound on HWY 228 near milepost 2.   For unknown reasons the Jeep Cherokee drifted over the center line and struck an eastbound fully loaded Kenworth log truck, operated by Bradley Crowson, age 48, from Springfield.

McDaniel died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  Crowson received only minor injuries.

Highway 228 was closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by local fire/ems, ODOT and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. 

Photograph provided by OSP. 

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
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Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/126046/Highway_228.jpg

Six Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/19 8:28 AM

Six Men Arrested in Undercover Child Predator Sting

July 12, 2019

On July 11, 2019, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a child predator sting where investigators posed on a variety of social media platforms and dating web sites as 15-year-old boys and girls.  The men contacted undercover deputies online and were arrested after arriving at a location where they believed they would be meeting a child in person for sex.

During this sting, multiple people immediately ended their conversations once they learned the person they were talking with was identifying as a child.

The Sheriff’s Office regularly conducts undercover operations targeting child predators.  Parents are encouraged to help their children be safe online and to be aware of the sites and applications their kids are using.  The Sheriff’s Office also provides online safety education for parents and community organizations.

All of the following men were arrested for the felony crimes of Luring a Minor and Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the First Degree:


Mario Bautista-Perez, 26, of Beaverton

Alfonso Cuevas-Alvarez, 40, of Oregon City

Larry Liu, 22, of Bethany

Shawn O’Brien, 30, of Portland

Pavel Protopopov, 25, of Washington State

Daniel Yim, 37, of Bethany

Attached Media Files: PDF version of MR , Mug shots all six arrested

Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/12/19 8:13 AM


JULY 1, 2019 @ 6:30 p.m.

1-720-707-2699 Ext. 526309737# and via Zoom at


Director Ray selected as Henry Toll Fellow for 2019
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/12/19 8:10 AM

Department of Revenue Director Nia Ray has been named a 2019 Henry Toll Fellow. Each year, The Council of State Governments (CSG) names 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government as fellows.

The Henry Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the fellowship gathers state leaders to strengthen their leadership and create a strong national network.

Fellowship alum Representative Janelle Bynum says this about Nia: “Oregon is investing in growing its bench of high-quality leaders and Director Ray fits the bill. Her testimonies before committees and interactions with the Legislature have garnered her an immense amount of respect among members and professional staff.”

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Katy Coba said, “Ms. Ray has come to be known as a leader who can advance important initiatives and move organizations forward. Part of this is attributed to her ability to engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, as well as to balance interests while seeking resolution to complex issues.”

Department of Revenue Deputy Director Satish Upadhyay said, “This is a huge testimony to Nia’s leadership and contributions to Oregon State Government. It’s a tremendous honor.”

Director Ray joins an elite group of past Oregon officials to receive this fellowship including judges, state legislators from both chambers, and Governor Kate Brown.

The program runs August 23–27 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Boat dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area will close July 24 - Aug. 10 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/12/19 7:00 AM
Dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area
Dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area

The boat dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area will be closed to the public July 24 – Aug. 10 while contractors work to stabilize the riverbank under the dock’s gangway access. Crews will work to repair riverbank erosion where the gangway meets the shore.

“The gangway will need to be removed to access the riverbank, so we’re asking visitors to steer clear of the dock area until work is complete,” said John Mullen, park manager at Champoeg.

Dock access will be closed from both the land and river during the construction timeframe.

The dock is the only one of its kind in the park, however visitors to the area have a few other nearby dock options:

  • Boones Ferry Park, near Wilsonville
  • Rodger’s Landing County Park, near Newberg
  • Memorial Park, near Wilsonville

More information about Champoeg State Heritage Area, including maps and driving directions, is on oregonstateparks.org.

Attached Media Files: Dock at Champoeg State Heritage Area

Thu. 07/11/19
Fatal Crash Highway 211 near Molalla -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/19 8:36 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 211 near Molalla. 

On July 11, 2019 at about 3:20 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 211 near South Mackburg Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Saturn Ion, operated by Tyler Bracken, age 18 and passeger Eric Santos, age 18, both from Beaverton, were traveling southbound on Highway 211. Bracken attempted to pass several vehicles in the northbound lane on a blind corner.  A Ford F250 pickup, operated by Craig Buche, age 53, from Molalla, was approaching in the northbound lane of travel.  Bracken veered to the right, applied his brakes, overcorrected and lost control.  The Saturn Ion travelled onto a soft shoulder and began sliding across both lanes of travel and was struck by the Ford F250 pickup. 

Bracken was transported by air-ambulance to Oregon Health Science University for life threatening injuries and Santos was pronounced deceased at the scene after life saving measures were perfomed.  Buche did not sustain any injuries during the crash. 

Highway 211 was closed for approximately 4 hours during the investigation. 

OSP was asssited by Clackamas County SO, ODOT, Molalla Fire District and Molalla PD.

The investigation is continuing

Picture courtesy of OSP.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/1002/126041/20190711_165601.jpg

Corbett Fire District recruits volunteer firefighter for the Aims and Corbett Station (Photo)
Corbett Fire - 07/11/19 7:08 PM
Fall 2018
Fall 2018

Picture info: Volunteers drilling on automobile extrication techniques with the "jaws of life"

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5572/126040/Recruit_Press_Release_2019.docx , Fall 2018

OIS Update: Suspect Identified (Photo)
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/11/19 6:26 PM
Suspect Davenport
Suspect Davenport

On July 11, 2019 a Beaverton Police officer was involved in an officer involved shooting. The shooting took place near SW West Slope Drive/SW 83rd Ave.

The outstanding suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Calvin Ramone Davenport, pictured below.

Currently, Mr. Davenport’s whereabouts are unknown but K9’s tracked Mr. Davenport into SW Portland between SW Scholls Ferry Rd and SW Shattuck Rd. 

Mr. Davenport is wanted for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon (vehicle), Attempt to Elude (felony) and Promoting Prostitution.

Mr. Davenport is described as 5’9” tall, dark hair and 130 pounds.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. 

Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Mr. Davenport.  If you see Mr. Davenport please call 911.  If you just have information regarding Mr. Davenport’s whereabouts please call non-emergency dispatch, at 503-629-0111. 


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Suspect Davenport

Pacific University Weekly News Brief
Pacific University - 07/11/19 4:57 PM

The latest news from Pacific University:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Motorcycle Studies

Pacific University Adds to Robust Offering of Programs for Undergraduate Students

Bobby Ulrich and Serena Wallace Named Northwest Conference 2018-19 First Team Scholar-Athlete

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Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/11/19 4:42 PM
Troy Irick
Troy Irick

July 11, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient

A 35-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Troy Irick, was reported missing Thursday. Anyone seeing Irick should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888. Please reference OSP Case Number SP19-246525.

Irick is not considered to be an imminent danger to himself or others. He is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Irick should not be approached.

Irick was admitted from Coos County to the Junction City campus of Oregon State Hospital Sept. 9, 2017. Irick was found guilty except for insanity on the charges of unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

He was last seen at approximately 1:45 p.m., on the grounds of the Laurel Hill Center, 2145 Centennial Plaza, Eugene, where he was attending a group activity. Irick asked to use the restroom and left the immediate area.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Irick as a male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 156 pounds, with short brown hair, a brown beard and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing gray sweat pants and a hooded sweat shirt.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.


Attached Media Files: Troy Irick , Troy Irick

Hillsboro Police Complete Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Patrols
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/11/19 4:28 PM

On Wednesday, July 10, the Hillsboro Police Department along with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation to raise awareness of crosswalk safety for drivers and pedestrians. During this enforcement operation there were a total of 70-traffic stops made that resulted in 60-citations issued for drivers not stopping for the passing pedestrians.

Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians waiting to cross or crossing the roadway, and at all crosswalks when a vehicle is stopped in an adjacent lane.

Drivers should give pedestrians space and slow down. It is the pedestrian’s responsibility to stop, look, and listen while at a crosswalk. 

Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 16% of all Oregon fatal crashes in 2017. Pedestrian injury is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children. 

This operation was grant-funded by the Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation. For more information, please contact Sgt. Jincy Pace at 503-615-6665.  For further information visit. http://bit.ly/2S3Dsix


Officer Involved Shooting
Beaverton Police Dept. - 07/11/19 4:08 PM

On July 11, 2019 a BPD officer was involved in an officer involved shooting.  The shooting took place near SW West Slope/SW 83rd at approximately 11:35 a.m.  

At the above date and time BPD detectives were conducting an undercover mission to apprehend suspects involved in sex trafficking.  Preliminary investigations show, after taking one suspect into custody, a second suspect accelerated his vehicle towards an officer.  It was during this action, by the suspect, that an officer involved shooting occurred.  No officers were seriously injured.  

The suspect was able to drive away from the scene in a blue Infiniti.  The unoccupied suspect vehicle was located by officers at SW West Slope/SW Canyon Lane.  A K9 track was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.    

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on critical incident leave, which is routine.  The suspects’ names and the name of the involved officer will be released at a later date due to the ongoing investigation.

Additional information regarding the circumstances that led up to the shooting will be released after the Washington County Major Crimes Team has concluded their investigation.   


Attached Media Files: Press Release

Gresham Arts Festival aims to break world record; offers free summer concert with internationally acclaimed country star
City of Gresham - 07/11/19 4:06 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – Celebrate art with free, family-friendly fun at the 18th annual Gresham Arts Festival with more than 100 artists, live music, Guinness World Record attempt and more—it’s all happening on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 in historic downtown Gresham.

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated selection of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

“We worked hard this year to create a community event that has plenty of free entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Whether you’re an art lover or looking for family fun, you’ll find it at the Gresham Arts Festival,” Mayor Shane Bemis said.

Festival activity summary:

Friday, July 19, Art Under the Stars, 6-10 p.m., Main Avenue in historic downtown

  • Kick off Arts Festival weekend with a free concert featuring rhythm and blues artist the Norman "Boogie Cat" Sylvester Band.
  • Beer, wine, outdoor dining, kids’ activities and a silent art auction benefitting Gresham Outdoor Public Art.

Saturday, July 20, Gresham Arts Festival, historic downtown

  • Artist Market, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: More than 100 juried artisans from all over the Pacific Northwest fill the streets with an amazing array of unique art. Featuring live music and cultural performances all day, more than 100 shops and restaurants, and the Gresham Farmers' Market. Location: Historic downtown.
  • Kids Village, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Art fun for kids is on the Arts Plaza, just steps from downtown. Enjoy free craft stations presented by sponsors, face painting, bounce houses, sports obstacles, live music, a visit from the Reptile Man and more. Splash in the Children’s Fountain. Location: Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St.
  • Guinness World Record Event, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Gresham is going to crush the world’s record for the largest display of origami turtles, in honor of Gresham’s native Western painted turtles. Location: Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St.
  • Breakin’ on Main, noon-5 p.m.: Breakin' on Main presented by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce takes the art of dance to a whole new level. Watch it unfold with more than a dozen talented break dance teams from around the West Coast. Hosted by OSK with music by djblessOne. Location: Second Street and Main Avenue
  • Summer Jam concert, 6-10 p.m.: Featuring Portland-based duo The Talbott Brothers and internationally-acclaimed country star Tenille Arts (as seen on The Bachelor!). Free. Live music, local cuisine, and Migration Brewing beer garden, with wine from Buddha Kat Winery and Catman Cellars and cider from Hood View Ciderworks. Location: Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St.

Park at Gresham City Hall at 1333 NW Eastman Parkway and take the free shuttle, courtesy of First Student, to the Arts Plaza. Parking is also available at nine City-owned lots in and around downtown or take public transportation via TriMet’s MAX Blue Line to Gresham Central Transit Center.

More than 60 sponsors make this community event possible. Special thanks to our Patron sponsors: Gresham Ford, The Outlook/Pamplin Media Group, MetroEast Community Media, 101.9 KINK FM and 98.7 The Bull.

For more information, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov/Gresham-Arts-Festival.

For information the day of the event, members of the media may call or text Elizabeth Coffey, Communications Manager for the City of Gresham, at 503-793-4167.

World War II Encampment Returns to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 07/11/19 3:58 PM

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce that a World War II living history encampment will occur on Saturday, July 20, from 9 am to 5 pm. This free event is in partnership with the Living History Group Northwest, a local World War II living history organization.  

“The U.S. Army had over 160 years of history here, and the military story at Vancouver Barracks definitely includes World War II,” said Supervisory Park Ranger Bob Cromwell. “During World War II this was the Vancouver Port of Embarkation, and Army units were organized, equipped, and shipped out to combat theaters in Africa, Europe and the Pacific.”

The reenactors will portray members of various U.S. Army units from World War II, as well as the homefront workers commonly known as “Rosie the Riveter.” The volunteers will bring World War II uniforms, weapons, tents and equipment, including period Army jeeps, and trucks. The encampment will be set up to the west of Pearson Air Museum, and will include temporary exhibits inside of the museum’s Historic Hangar.

“We are excited to grow this partnership with the National Park Service to bring a World War II living history event to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site,” said Eric Porter, Unit Commander of the 113th Cavalry Living History Group. “This is the fourth year we have participated in this event at the park, and every year it just gets bigger!” 

The public is welcome to stroll through the encampment, talk to the living history reenactors, and get a close up view of uniforms and equipment. Pearson Air Museum will be open from 9 am to 5 pm during the event, and the public is encouraged to park in the museum’s parking lot, or along E 5th Street. 

What: World War II living history encampment

Who: Living History Group Northwest, in partnership with the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

When: July 20, 9 am to 5 pm

Where: West of Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Cost: Free

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 18 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 07/11/19 3:35 PM

June 12, 2019

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 18 in Salem

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.

When: July 18,1-5 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital Callan Conference Room, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem. The public can also attend via toll-free conference line at 888-278-0296, access code 4294893.

Agenda: After the public comment period, topics will include a legislative update, a hospital capacity update, employment opportunities for patients, diabetic care at OSH and listing OSH policies on its website.

Details:The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

Program Contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us

For more information, please visit the board's website.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, 711 TTY, or jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Ninth Circuit Denies Emergency Relief from Domestic Gag Rule
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 07/11/19 1:58 PM

An en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today refused to block the Trump-Pence administration from enforcing the dangerous Title X gag rule.

Title X is the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, which serves nearly 50,000 Oregonians each year. Trump’s gag rule makes it illegal for healthcare providers in the Title X program to refer patients for abortion, and it blocks access to care through the program at Planned Parenthood by imposing cost-prohibitive and unnecessary “physical separation” requirements. Planned Parenthood will continue its efforts to restore the nationwide preliminary injunction and fight to protect health care for nearly 4 million patients across the country.

Providers that serve nearly half of the patients who get care through Title X have made it clear that the rule would force them out of program. Title X helps millions of people struggling to make ends meet — the majority of whom are people of color, Hispanic or Latino. 

Statement from Lisa Gardner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, and Anne Udall, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette:

“This is devastating news for the millions of people who rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and other critical primary and preventive care. While we are incredibly concerned the panel did not recognize the harm of the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule, we will not stop fighting for the thousands across the state in need of care. Planned Parenthood will keep fighting to block this dangerous rule that allows the government to censor our doctors and nurses from doing their jobs. Our health centers are open and are continuing to offer our full range of expert care, as always.”

Four district court judges had previously blocked the rule, with two judges blocking it nationwide. On June 20, the 9th Circuit granted the request from the Trump-Pence administration to stay the preliminary injunctions in Oregon, Washington and California, which allowed the gag rule to be enforced. The 9th Circuit agreed to rehear the administration’s request for a stay on July 3. Today’s order makes clear that while the court is rehearing the request for the stay, the stay remains in place, jeopardizing the care of millions of people who access birth control and other reproductive health services through Title X.

In June, the House of Representatives passed a spending package including strong language blocking the Trump-Pence administration’s Title X gag rule from being implemented. Now, the Senate must push for a spending bill that includes protective language to make sure millions of people can continue to access health care through Title X.

It is still unclear when the U.S. Health Department will begin officially enforcing the rule, and Planned Parenthood is monitoring the situation closely. More background and information on the gag rule and the litigation can be found here.

The medical community, public health experts and the general public are against this rule. In addition to the American Medical Association, the gag rule has been opposed by major medical associations, like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physicians, as well as 110 public health organizations and public health experts such as former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. A group of 19 different medical organizations, mayors, state lawmakers, more than 200 members of Congress, newly elected Democratic governors and several other governors have opposed this legislation as well.

Life Flight Network Announces Partnership with WhidbeyHealth to Add Air Ambulance Service to the Growing Region (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 07/11/19 1:25 PM
Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.
Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.

Aurora, Ore., July 11, 2019— Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is partnering with WhidbeyHealth Medical Center to open a new base in Island County, Washington. The base will be operational in late summer 2019. The 24/7 air medical helicopter, pilot and medical crew will be based on location at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, serving not only Coupeville and nearby communities, but also the broader Puget Sound Region including the San Juan Islands.

“We’re proud to partner with the exceptional providers at WhidbeyHealth and to work alongside local emergency responders in serving the health care needs of Island County residents,” said Life Flight

Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “At the core of our expansion in Washington is our mission to provide ICU- level transportation in a safe, compassionate, efficient and expeditious manner. With 41 years serving the state of Washington, we’re honored to add this new base and partnership to our service area.”

This second northwest Washington location expands capacity for Life Flight Network’s Port Angeles base, where demand is growing and the relationship with the local EMS community is strong. The two service areas will support each other when the demand for timely response for air medical transport is high.

“Our partnership with Life Flight Network will further enhance local services available for our patients and communities and allow us to provide access to even more specialized care,” said Ron Telles, WhidbeyHealth CEO. “We’re proud to be their partner, and we welcome Life Flight Network to Whidbey Island.”

In addition to serving Island County and neighboring rural communities, the new base will strengthen emergency medical response for the state’s population center. Seattle is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation this decade, growing by nearly 19 percent and adding more than 114,000 people since 2010. The broader Puget Sound region, including Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties, is expected to gain at least 1.9 million people by 2050, for a total of nearly 6 million residents.

“Partnering with Life Flight Network to provide locally-based air medical transport is an unequivocal advantage to both WhidbeyHealth EMS and our community,” said Sean LaVine, Assistant Manager of WhidbeyHealth EMS. “Life Flight Network’s exemplary history of providing safe and compassionate care is consistent with the WhidbeyHealth mission. We welcome Life Flight Network and look forward to working with them.”

The Whidbey Island base brings the total of helicopters serving the region from three to four. By comparison, the Phoenix, AZ metro area – a comparable-sized urban area with more than 4 million residents today – has eight helicopter bases serving its two-county landlocked region (Maricopa and Pinal counties).

“Helicopter air ambulance response is an essential health care service for a fast-growing urban area with traffic congestion among the worst in the country in addition to some of the most challenging landscapes due to large bodies of water,” said Dr. Jim Bryan, Life Flight Network Medical Director.

“During a medical emergency, every second counts. Helicopters are uniquely suited to respond to emergencies over bodies of water and during peak traffic times, when gridlock challenges ground ambulances to move quickly and safely.”

Life Flight Network will station an Agusta-Westland AW109E helicopter at its Whidbey Island base. The AW109E is an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capable aircraft, allowing safe operation in a range of weather conditions. The AW109E is one of the fastest light helicopters available and can cruise at 172 miles per hour. Each Life Flight Network helicopter is equipped with the medical equipment necessary to act as a mobile intensive care unit, with the ability to perform a multitude of highly skilled medical functions during transport, including video laryngoscopes, ICU level ventilators, and blood products for emergency transfusions.

Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air ambulance service and membership program with almost 600 employees. The new base will create nearly 20 new jobs on Whidbey Island. The aircraft will be staffed 24/7 with an ICU-level nurse, experienced paramedic, and a highly skilled pilot. In addition to the medical staff based in Coupeville, Life Flight Network employs a full time dedicated medical director and associate medical directors to oversee the high level of quality medical care provided across its service region. Life Flight Network serves the western United States, including Alaska, from bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.

Life Flight Network offers memberships for a $65 annual fee. Members incur no out-of-pocket expense if flown for medically necessary emergent conditions by Life Flight Network or one of its reciprocal partners. To request more information about the membership program, or if organizations would like an in-person presentation, contact the Life Flight Network membership office at 800-982-9299.


Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network is the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States. Its service area covers the western United States, including Alaska. Life Flight Network is headquartered in Aurora, Oregon. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.

Attached Media Files: Life Flight Network will station a helicopter equipped to act as a mobile intensive care unit, like the one pictured here, at its Whidbey Island base.

Head on crash, Motor Vehicle vs. Motorcycle
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/19 1:21 PM


Correction to press release 07/11/210 1:17pm

There was only one teen in the motor vehicle involved in the crash. The other two teens were witnesses in separate vehicles.


Original press release


On July 6 2019, deputies with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Astoria Police Department with a pursuit of motorcycle heading out Highway 202.  The deputies responded to assist with the pursuit. After approximately ten minutes, the pursuit was discontinued when the motorcyclist went around a locked gate on a forest road. By the time the gate was unlocked for law enforcement, the motorcyclist was gone.

Twenty five minutes later at almost 10:00pm, dispatch reported a motor vehicle accident on Pipeline Rd. The deputies responded along with rescue, medics and Astoria Police Department to the scene of the motor vehicle head-on crash versus motorcycle that was believed to be the same motorcycle from the earlier pursuit. 

The motor vehicle contained three teens recreating in the area. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. The teens were out enjoying the forest.

The motorcyclist, 30 year old Andrew Glegor, died as a result of the crash.

Bridge Rescue Saves Albany Resident (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/11/19 1:00 PM
Bryant Bridge and cabled sign.
Bryant Bridge and cabled sign.

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, at approximately 12:44 a.m., the Albany Police received a 911 emergency call from a citizen reporting a female screaming beneath the Bryant Way Bridge in the 800 block of SW Bryant Way.  The citizen reported a female was hanging on a sign beneath the bridge, over the Calapooia River.

At 12:51 a.m., Albany Police Department and Albany Fire Department responded to the scene. Albany police engaged the distraught female in conversation for approximately 1 hour while Albany Fire Department personnel conducted a technical rescue.  The distraught female, a 47-year old Albany resident, was hanging over the Calapooia River by two braided metal cables and a metal spillway sign.  The sign was suspended approximately 50-60 feet above the waterway.   A fall from this height could have been fatal due to low river levels and large rocks directly below her. 

Albany Fire’s Water Rescue Craft was deployed to the Willamette and Calapooia rivers while a technical rescue was launched from the Bryant Way Bridge.   One firefighter was lowered to the unidentified female where he was able to safely harness and secure her to his own rigging for a rescue pick off.  Both were then lifted to safety by Albany firefighters and police officers.

The female was medically evaluated on scene for injuries and interviewed by Albany Police for further investigation.  In total approximately 23 first responders assisted in this life saving rescue.  Albany Fire Truck 11 is equipped with technical rescue equipment and is frequently staffed with members of our specialized Technical Rescue Team.  Members undergo additional training in high angle rescue.  

Video Link at: https://www.facebook.com/albanyfiredepartment/videos/315547106000819/

Attached Media Files: Bryant Bridge and cabled sign.

Vancouver Police participating in 7-Eleven Operation Chill (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/11/19 12:47 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police is excited to once again be participating in the 7- Eleven Operation Chill program and what better day to kick it off than 7/11/2019! Thanks to 7-Eleven Inc., the department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee’s that officers will be handing out to kids all summer.

The Operation Chill program helps law enforcement agencies across the country promote positive relationships between police and kids and provides officers a great opportunity to interact with and rewards kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

7- Eleven is celebrating the 24th anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the fifth year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.

Summer can officially start now that Operation Chill is underway!




The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.



Attached Media Files: 2019-07/385/126025/Operation_Chill.JPG , 2019-07/385/126025/Operation_Chill_Logo_Color_new_TM.jpg

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Partner for Inaugural Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington - 07/11/19 12:27 PM
Girl Scout Kate Fayloga guides visitors through environmental science education at Tryon Creek as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in 2015
Girl Scout Kate Fayloga guides visitors through environmental science education at Tryon Creek as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in 2015

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Partner for Inaugural Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Weekend Includes Events at Champoeg State Heritage Area and Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Kickoff of Girl Scout State Parks Passport Program

PORTLAND, Ore. – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will join in a national effort to get more girls and their families outside July 13-14, 2019, for the first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. Girl Scouts in Oregon will find adventure and explore nature at events hosted by OPRD at Champoeg State Heritage Area in the Willamette Valley and Tryon Creek State Natural Area in the Portland-Metro.

“This is such a fitting and natural partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation,” says Karen Hill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “We share OPRD’s aim to educate future generations about the outdoors. Whether backpacking, canoeing, camping, hiking or horseback-riding—outdoor adventures have always been a part of Girl Scouts, and help girls develop a lifelong appreciation for nature.”

An integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program, the legacy of Girl Scouts and the outdoors is profound. Studies show that 71 percent of girl members ages 8–14 tried their first outdoor activity through the organization and half would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts. Through Girl Scouts’ cutting-edge environmental conservation, camping, and outdoor STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming, girls gain a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking, and take action to protect the environment for future generations.

“We are thrilled to host Girl Scouts for this program,” said OPRD director Lisa Sumption. “This event aligns perfectly with our mission—to provide a place for meaningful outdoor experiences for all generations.”

At Champoeg State Heritage Area, Girl Scouts will participate in a “Story and Stroll”—park rangers will lead girls and their families through a program integrating nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. Also at Champoeg, Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to discover living history through hands-on demonstrations by costumed interpreters and see how items were made for survival on a 19th century homestead. Girls can watch working blacksmiths create tools and hardware using hammers and anvils, and traditional woodworkers will demonstrate the tools and skills needed to turn a piece of wood into household items such as chairs, tables or spoons. Girls will earn a Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend 2019 fun patch by registering for these events. 

At Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Girl Scouts will participate in a Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt. Upon arrival, girls will receive a mission from a park ranger. Their missions will help the girls learn how to protect Oregon’s natural and cultural resources, including plants and animals. Girls who complete their mission will earn a Junior Ranger patch in addition to their Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2019 fun patch.

Senator Rob Wagner will be in attendance at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, where he has personal connection: his mother started the education programs at the park and his father still teaches bird watching there. “Tryon Creek is one of my favorite places on Earth and like our other state parks, must be preserved for future generations,” says Senator Wagner. “I’m excited to spend time with Girl Scouts to celebrate our public lands.”

Girls at both events will participate in the kickoff of the Girl Scouts State Parks Passport program developed by Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The program puts the spirit of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at girls’ fingertips all year-round, encouraging self-led outdoor adventure at state parks in Oregon, Washington and beyond. To complete her passport, a Girl Scout must visit at least five state parks, record and reflect on her experience, and complete at least two of seven exploration activities such as learning Leave No Trace principles, volunteering at a state park, going on a five senses nature walk, or becoming a Junior Ranger. Girls who have completed the passport are eligible for a special Girl Scouts state parks patch to commemorate their experience.

These events are part of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend (July 13-14, 2019), a national effort to get girls and their families visiting state parks across the country.

Who: Girl Scouts, Volunteers, Park Rangers

What: Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

When: July 13-14, 2019


Champoeg State Heritage Area
(Willamette Valley)
Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Story and Stroll (exclusive to Girl Scouts) – 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Activity begins at the Townsite Trailhead in the Townsite Parking Lot.
Living History (open event, including Girl Scouts) – 1-4 p.m. Activity takes place at the Manson Farmstead behind the Visitor Center.
Hashtags: #GetOutdoorsOR #gsOutdoors #gsLoveStateParks
On-site interviews: GSOSW’s Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe, and a Champoeg park ranger will be available on-site at the Champoeg State Heritage Area event and available for media interviews.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Junior Ranger Scavenger Hunt
Distinguished guest: Senator Rob Wagner
Hashtags: #GetOutdoorsOR #gsOutdoors #gsLoveStateParks
On-site interviews: GSOSW’s Chief Financial Officer, Harmony George and Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe will be on-site at the Tryon Creek event and available for media interviews. A park ranger will also be available.

Interested Media: Interested media please R.S.V.P. by email to communications@girlscoutsosw.org.

About Girl Scouts Love State Parks
Girl Scouts Love State Parks is a national initiative launched by Girl Scouts of the USA to help thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States find outdoor adventure and explore nature. “We are incredibly proud of our 107-year legacy of giving girls access to amazing outdoor experiences that help them build important life and leadership skills,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “We want to continue to get more girls outside to explore the world around them and learn the importance of environmental stewardship. Girl Scouts Loves State Parks is another exciting way for girls to take advantage of our unique and adventurous outdoor programming.”
To learn more about Girl Scouts Love State Parks, please visit: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2019/girl-scouts-love-state-parks.html.

About Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 37 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

About the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. OPRD manages one of the busiest, largest and most complex state park systems in the U.S. To learn more, please visit oregonstateparks.org.


Attached Media Files: Girl Scouts State Parks Passport , Girl Scouts Love State Parks Press Release , Top Reasons Why Girls Should Get Outdoors , Girl Scout Kate Fayloga guides visitors through environmental science education at Tryon Creek as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in 2015 , Girl Scouts take aim at Girl Scout Overnight Camp in summer 2018 , Girl Scouts ride the rapids at Girl Scout Overnight Camp in summer 2018 , Girl Scouts prepare for a showshoeing adventure in December 2018 , Girl Scouts pratice Knife Safety at Frog Hollow Day Camp at Champoeg State Heritage Area in 2018

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II Opens at the Oregon Historical Society July 12
Oregon Historical Society - 07/11/19 12:17 PM

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Portland, OR – On Friday, July 12, the Oregon Historical Society is proud to open a new special exhibit called Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II. Produced by The National WWII Museum, the exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and oral histories that highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the Home Front.

In the years before World War II, African Americans in many parts of the country were treated as second-class citizens. The government condoned discriminatory practices and denied African Americans many rights and liberties through laws that kept them in positions of inferiority. Due to the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision in 1896, the United States was a nation where “separate but equal” was law in many states. In addition, many military leaders declared African Americans unfit to serve in combat. However, once the war began, thousands rushed to enlist, determined to fight for freedom, while still being denied equality at home.

On display through January 12, 2020, Fighting for the Right to Fight illustrates how hopes for securing equality inspired many to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

“The Oregon Historical Society is very proud to work with The National WWII Museum to ensure that this important and compelling exhibit could be seen and experienced in the Pacific Northwest,” said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk.

Through myriad interactive experiences, visitors will discover the wartime stories of individual service members who took part in this journey of extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names, including Alex Haley (US Coast Guard); Sammy Davis Jr. (US Army); Benjamin Davis Jr. (US Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (US Army); and more.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original eight-minute video about the famed 332nd Fighter Group (better known as the Tuskegee Airmen), who in many ways became the public focus of African American participation during the war. Television personality Robin Roberts narrates the piece, whose own father flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during the war.

Including personal accounts from members of the 332nd Fighter Group, the video provides an overview of how their success in battle became a great symbol of bravery, helping refute notions that African Americans were inferior performers in the military, especially in roles requiring advanced training. Lieutenant Colonel William Holloman III recalls his leader Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.’s encouragement: “He said, ‘America’s watching you.’ He instilled in us a pride that I don’t think was there before we went in the service.”

Additionally, Fighting for the Right to Fight will feature two medals representing the seven African Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997, the bittersweet result of a long investigation by the US military on discriminatory policies in the awarding of combat medals. The exhibit will also provide in-depth coverage of lesser-known events and service, such as that of the USS Mason, the first American ship to have a predominately African American crew.

A national advisory committee, including the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price of Rutgers University, helped frame the exhibition. The committee, led by cochairs Dr. John Morrow of the University of Georgia and Claudine Brown of the Smithsonian Institution, helped advise on the exhibition’s narrative arc and content. To view artifacts and images from the exhibit, and to access educator resources and lesson plans, visit righttofightexhibit.org.

Fighting for the Right to Fight will be on exhibit July 12, 2019 through January 12, 2020. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $10, and discounts are available for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


About The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that future generations will know the price of freedom, and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org.


Lake Oswego Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl From China Leading to Overdose Death
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/11/19 12:01 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Joseph Richard Caruso, 34, a prolific darknet narcotics vendor residing in Lake Oswego, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for illegally distributing fentanyl that was linked to a 2017 fatal overdose in Wisconsin.

“A highly-coordinated effort by four law enforcement agencies led to Mr. Caruso’s arrest less than two days after his most recent inbound fentanyl package was discovered. It’s this sort of nimble and decisive law enforcement work that’s required to keep synthetic opioids off of our streets and prevent additional overdoses,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “I applaud the tremendous work of everyone involved in this case.”

“This sentence is a significant step forward in eliminating deadly drugs from our community,” said Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Seattle. “Fentanyl is an extremely deadly substance. Blatant disregard for the safety of those who could have come into contact with it will not be tolerated. This case is a testament to the hard work HSI, and our law enforcement partners, do every day to combat these drugs from making it to our streets.”

According to court documents, on November 19, 2017, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspector discovered a suspicious package addressed to Caruso at the U.S. Postal Service Portland Air Cargo Center. The package was transported to the Portland Police Bureau’s Drugs and Vice Division for further examination in a safe environment. Wearing a ventilated hood for protection, a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Taskforce opened the heat-sealed package and found a clear Ziploc baggie containing a fine powdery substance. A test conducted the following day at the Oregon State Police Laboratory confirmed the substance was cyclopropylfentanyl, a power opioid and Schedule I controlled substance.

Investigators removed the cyclopropylfentanyl from the package and replaced it with an inert powder similar in appearance. On November 21, 2017, they conducted a controlled delivery of the package with the inert powder to Caruso’s residence in Lake Oswego. Shortly thereafter, Caruso was observed retrieving the package from his apartment postal box. HSI agents and other task force officers confronted Caruso and placed him under arrest.

On April 3, 2019, Caruso pleaded guilty to one count of distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. At sentencing, he was ordered to forfeit more than $764,000 and a 2013 Audi A4 sedan.

This case was investigated by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Interdiction Taskforce, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division. It was prosecuted by Scott M. Kerin and Julia E. Jarrett, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

The Oregon HIDTA program was established by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in June of 1999. In 2015 the program expanded into Idaho and was renamed the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA consists of 14 counties and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Counties in the HIDTA include Oregon’s Clackamas, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Umatilla and Washington counties, and Idaho’s Ada, Bannock and Canyon counties.

Drug abuse affects communities across the nation, and opioid abuse continues to be particularly devastating. The CDC reports that from 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdoses. In 2016, 66% of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. In Oregon, the total number of deaths related to drug use increased 11 percent between from 2013 to 2017, with 546 known drug related deaths in 2017.

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please call the Lines for Life substance abuse helpline at 1-800-923-4357 or visit www.linesforlife.org. Phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text “RecoveryNow” to 839863 between 8am and 11pm Pacific Time daily.

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Investigation of Battle Ground Collision Continues; Police seek additional witnesses
City of Battle Ground - 07/11/19 11:39 AM

July 11, 2019 Update

The Battle Ground Police Department has been notified that motorcyclist, John Christianson, has died from the injuries he sustained in the collision.   



Battle Ground, WA  -  The Battle Ground Police Department, with support from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit, continue their investigation of a collision that occurred Monday morning at the intersection of SR 503 (10th Ave) and Eaton Blvd in Battle Ground, WA.

Emergency responders from Battle Ground Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Fire District 3 and AMR were called to the scene of a collision that occurred at approximately 8:00 am on Monday, July 8. 

Two vehicles had collided in the intersection - a 1992 Lexus sedan driven by Daniel S. Berry, 34 of Vancouver, WA and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by John A. Christianson, 58, of Ridgefield, WA.   Christianson was transported from the scene to Peace Health Hospital with life threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at the time of this release.

The initial investigation, including reports from witnesses, indicate that Berry was driving northbound on SR 503 and failed to stop at the red light at Eaton Blvd.  Christianson was traveling east on Eaton Blvd and was crossing the intersection when he was struck by Berry.  Debris from the collision struck two nearby vehicles. 

Just after the collision, the Lexus driver, Berry, stopped on the north side of the intersection.  He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.  Berry advised a Battle Ground Police Officer that he had no injuries and did not require medical attention.  He remained on scene and cooperative with officers during the investigation. 

The intersection remained closed for several hours allowing law enforcement officers to conduct a thorough on-scene investigation.  A complete investigation is ongoing.  

Battle Ground Police would like to speak with any witnesses to the incident that they have not already interviewed.  The number of 9-1-1 calls received indicate there are additional witnesses.  Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information should contact Battle Ground Detective Neil Seifert at 360-342-5244 or by email at t@cityofbg.org">neil.seifert@cityofbg.org.

Because the investigation is ongoing, no citations or charges have been issued.  The results of the completed investigation will determine appropriate citations/charges. 

Head-on Crash, Motor Vehicle vs. Motorcycle
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/19 11:33 AM

On July 6 2019, deputies with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Astoria Police Department with a pursuit of motorcycle heading out Highway 202.  The deputies responded to assist with the pursuit. After approximately ten minutes, the pursuit was discontinued when the motorcyclist went around a locked gate on a forest road. By the time the gate was unlocked for law enforcement, the motorcyclist was gone.

Twenty five minutes later at almost 10:00pm, dispatch reported a motor vehicle accident on Pipeline Rd. The deputies responded along with rescue, medics and Astoria Police Department to the scene of the motor vehicle head-on crash versus motorcycle that was believed to be the same motorcycle from the earlier pursuit. 

The motor vehicle contained three teens recreating in the area. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in the crash. The teens were out enjoying the forest.

The motorcyclist, 30 year old Andrew Glegor, died as a result of the crash.

Three Wasabi Dragon Boat Teams Compete at Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans
Woloshin Communications Inc. - 07/11/19 11:18 AM


July 11, 2019                                                            Photo/Video opportunities available
Media contact: Patti Atkins, APR
503-961-2535, patti@prpatti.com


Three Wasabi Dragon Boat Teams Compete at
Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans


Portland, Oregon – Three dragon boat teams from Portland Boathouse will be competing in Paddle for Life to benefit Clark County Veterans at Vancouver Lake on Saturday, July 13.

Three Wasabi teams will be competing and helping to raise money in this event. The teams include Wasabi Visually Impaired Paddlers (VIP), Wasabi Burn and Wasabi TideRunners (from Nehalem Bay).


Team descriptions:

Wasabi VIP
All Age, Mixed Team

Team VIP consists of men and women who are Visually Impaired Paddlers. We formed our Wasabi team in 2013 from other visually impaired teams in Portland including Blind Ambition and Lethally Blind.

Our ages range from the 20's to the 70's. We are from all walks of life. We have a variety of vision challenges ranging from low vision (legally blind) to completely blind. A handful of fully sighted team members round out our team to help us safely navigate the Willamette River. Our team competes all over the region, enjoying the love of paddling and the spirit of competition that dragon boat racing provides.


Wasabi Burn
Premier, Mixed Program

Established over 20 years ago, Wasabi Burn (formerly team Fury) is Wasabi’s premier mixed team.

Wasabi Burn is made up of a vast array of athletes.  We all are bonded by our ferocity for competition and camaraderie.  The team’s dedication to the sport is shown through our strong performance in local, national and international competitions.

Team Burn athletes have competed at the highest levels, paddling at Club Crew World Championships and Team USA international competitions.  We have our sights set on racing in Thailand 2019 and France 2020.  


Wasabi TideRunners of Nehalem Bay
All Age, Women's Team

We are a team of powerful, competitive women of all ages who race and train together on the beautiful Nehalem Bay, where we share the water with bald eagles, heron and seals.


The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 Lower River Road, Vancouver. For more information about the event (including the competition schedule), please visit https://paddleforlife.org/


The teams compete out of the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Avenue, which also hosts a variety of other competitive paddling teams. The Boathouse, rebuilt 20 years ago through Portland Development Commission grant, is losing its lease at the end of this month and needs to find a new home on Portland’s waterfront.


About Wasabi Paddling Club
Competition, community and comraderies, on and off the water, The Wasabi Paddling Club is a nonprofit Dragon Boat and Outrigger paddling club located at the Portland Boathouse and is dedicated to the participation and promotion of the national sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. The club’s charter includes assisting novice through experienced paddlers in the community.

The club has more than 350 members, eight dragon boat teams and an outrigger canoe program. Teams include: Wasabi Fury, a premier mixed team with 40 paddlers; Wasabi Grand Masters, an over age 50 team with 30 paddlers; Wasabi Kraken, a high school team of 15 paddlers; Wasabi VIP, a team of 30 visually-impaired paddlers; Wasabi Special Dragons, a team of 30 paddlers with special needs; Wasabi SOAR, a team of 40 cancer survivors and supporters; Wasabi Tide Runners, a team of 30 paddlers based in the Nehalem area; and Wasabi Women’s Program, which has 80 female paddlers.

For more information on the Wasabi Paddling Club, please visit http://www.wasabiusa.org.


Salem Police Investigating Overnight Shooting
Salem Police Dept. - 07/11/19 10:59 AM

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Salem Police Department responded to the McDonalds in the 1500 block of Hawthorne AV NE on the report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and located the male victim, who was being helped by passersby, in the drive through area.

It was determined that the male had been shot at a different location and walked to McDonalds before collapsing due to his injuries. He was transported to Salem Health for treatment, his status is unknown at this time. Detectives were called in to work the case.  

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released as they become available

Arson case follow up/arrest and search warrants (Photo)
Keizer Police Dept. - 07/11/19 10:53 AM


MEDIA RELEASE # CN19-2363 Follow Up


Incident Type:         Arson


Date/Time:               July 10, 2019


Location:                  4700 block of 18th Ave NE, Keizer, OR       


Arrested:                  Joseph Daniel Rife, 33 years old, resides at 2231 4th Street NE, Salem


Charges:                   Arson I, $40,000 bail



On July 10th, Keizer Police detectives arrested Mr. Rife and also executed search warrants at his residence and for a vehicle he is associated with, a dark grey Ram 1500 pickup, in connection with this case. Mr. Rife was arrested without incident and the truck was searched after he arrived for a meeting at 3610 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem after 4PM.

Following detectives’ interview with Mr. Rife, he was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility for Arson I. Damage to the victim’s vehicle was estimated to be a total loss, exceeding $12,000. Through their investigation, detectives were able to establish that Mr. Rife was present at the below described June 27th disturbance on Cherry Avenue.   

Original Media Release:

On June 27, 2019, at about 1:25 A.M. Keizer Police was notified about a red 2008 Ford Explorer that was on fire in a driveway in the 4700 block of 18th Ave NE, Keizer. Keizer Fire personnel arrived and quickly extinguished the flames. Keizer Police detectives began investigating the case as arson because evidence indicated the fire was intentionally set. Detectives believe the fire is likely related to a disturbance call that both Salem and Keizer police responded to earlier in the evening on June 26, 2019, in which the victim of the car fire and several other people were involved in a verbal argument.

The disturbance occurred at the location of a memorial at the Salem Parkway and Cherry Ave NE. The memorial was erected by family members to commemorate a traffic crash that resulted in the fatalities of three young women on June 2, 2019. The car fire victim was at the memorial picking up items and in doing so, attracted the attention of family members and others associated with the crash victims who then arrived at the memorial. The person told the family he was there to “clean up” and throw the items away, which they strongly objected to. Officers called to the scene determined the man had no lawful responsibility to dispose of the memorial items and also determined the memorial was not constructed in a way that endangered the public, nor did it create an obstacle for passers-by.

Officers were able to diffuse the situation on the Parkway, and the parties separated. At this time, it is not believed the car fire victim, and those associated with the crash victims know each other. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Tim Lathrop at 503 856-3481.

Sent by:

Lt. Bob Trump, PIO

Office: 503-856-3505

Cell: 503-932-2528


Attached Media Files: 2019-07/6630/126016/KPD_19-2363_A.JPG , 2019-07/6630/126016/KPD_19-2363.JPG , Joseph Daniel Rife

MESD Board Finance Committee meeting 7/16 at 5:00 p.m.
Multnomah ESD - 07/11/19 10:45 AM

The Multnomah Education Service District Board Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the main headquarters, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, Oregon  97220.

CCC offers Ireland study abroad experience (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 07/11/19 10:41 AM
CCC is offering three classes that culminate with a trip to Ireland.
CCC is offering three classes that culminate with a trip to Ireland.

OREGON CITY – This fall, Clackamas Community College is offering a study abroad trip to Ireland. Students and community members who take one of three classes will end the term with a trip Dec. 6-18, where they will learn about Irish history, ancient Celtic stories, Viking invasions, the Great Irish Famine and Irish emigration to the United States.

On the trip, students will discover the importance of Ireland’s borders in Brexit negotiations and see the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. They will also visit the O’Donnell Castle and Abbey in Donegal, hike the Sliabh Liag Cliffs, visit Yeats Country in and around Sligo, tour the Bloody Sunday Museum and Bogside Murals in Derry, and shop the Belfast Christmas markets.

Below is a list of available classes:

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication (COMM-130-01), 4 credits. For more information, contact Kerrie Hughes at kerrieh@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3155.
  • Appreciation of Theatre (TA-101-01), 4 credits. For more information, contact James Eikrem at jamese@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3157.
  • Introduction to Writing Creatively (WR-140-01), 4 credits. For more information, contact Sue Mach at suema@clackamas.edu or 503-594-3262.

Community members can participate in the study abroad experience without earning credit by registering through community education at www.clackamas.edu/workshops. Click on “Cougar Trax,” select “Community Education,” search “Ireland Workshop” and register.

Cost of the trip is $3,300, which includes airfare, accommodations, passport, course fee, most meals, course-related excursions and travel insurance. CCC tuition is separate from the price of the trip, but all financial aid applies for study abroad classes. Some additional small fees may apply.

For more information, contact Sue Mach at 503-594-3262 or suema@clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: CCC is offering three classes that culminate with a trip to Ireland. , Join Clackamas Community College for an experience of a lifetime in Ireland.

Spring 2019 Clackamas Community College graduates announced (Photo)
Clackamas Comm. College - 07/11/19 10:40 AM
A CCC graduate spies her friends and family in the audience at the June 14 ceremony on the college’s Oregon City campus.
A CCC graduate spies her friends and family in the audience at the June 14 ceremony on the college’s Oregon City campus.

OREGON CITY – This spring, Clackamas Community College awarded 1,328 degrees and certificates. On Friday, June 14, the college recognized students earning degrees and certificates. Of those graduates, the youngest was 15 years old and the oldest was 71 years old.

The following individuals who live in or have ties to [YOUR CITY NAME] earned a certificate or degree at Clackamas Community College:

For more than 50 years, Clackamas Community College has been changing with the times and working to meet the needs of the community. CCC is known for being a great value for the money, being close to home, its state-of-the-art facilities and robust student life programming.

Recognized for its committed, supportive faculty and staff, CCC offers classes and services to a diverse student body totaling more than 25,000 at three active campuses in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Wilsonville.

Registration is now open for all term. For more information, visit www.clackamas.edu.


Attached Media Files: CCC graduate Ariane Mabano, of Mulino, walks across the stage at CCC’s June 14 ceremony. , A CCC graduate spies her friends and family in the audience at the June 14 ceremony on the college’s Oregon City campus. , 2019-07/29/126013/grad_2.JPG , CCC awarded 1,328 degrees and certificates spring of 2019.

Happy Valley Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Fentanyl and Possessing a Machine Gun
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/11/19 10:09 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Johnell Lee Cleveland, 37, of Happy Valley, Oregon, was sentenced today to 57 months in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for distributing cyclopropyl fentanyl, possessing a machine gun and money laundering.

According to court documents, in March 2018, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), FBI, and IRS executed a series of search warrants on Cleveland’s residence in Happy Valley, his storage unit in Clackamas, Oregon and a stash house in Vancouver, Washington as part of an ongoing investigation of Cleveland, a suspected distributor of oxycodone pills in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

During the search of Cleveland’s home in Happy Valley, investigators seized $27,372 in cash, seven firearms, a ballistic vest, and more than 300 suspected oxycodone pills wrapped in two plastic baggies. One of the firearms seized was a fully-automatic machine gun with a drum magazine. In Cleveland’s garage, investigators found a white Mercedes-Benz with exterior bullet holes believed to be involved in a December 2017 downtown Portland shooting that left one man critically injured.

In searches of Cleveland’s storage unit and the Vancouver stash house, investigators found an additional $124,040 in cash, more than 900 additional suspected oxycodone pills and more than $100,000 worth of jewelry and Rolex watches. Laboratory tests revealed that the suspected oxycodone were in fact counterfeit pills made with cyclopropyl fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

On March 22, 2019, Cleveland pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cyclopropyl-fentanyl, one count of possessing a machine gun and two counts of money laundering. As part of his plea, Cleveland agreed to abandon any interest in the seized firearms and forfeit all criminally-derived proceeds as identified by the government.

Cleveland is currently awaiting trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court for attempted murder with a firearm related to the December 2017 shooting in Portland.

This case was investigated by PPB, FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Peter Sax and Benjamin Tolkoff, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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County council appoints Robin Grimwade to Columbia River Gorge Commission
Clark Co. WA Communications - 07/11/19 9:07 AM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council has appointed Robin Grimwade to fill a vacancy on the Columbia River Gorge Commission. The appointment is for a four-year term that begins immediately and continues through June 30, 2023.

Robin lives in Battle Ground and is vice president of corporate projects at Columbia Credit Union. He has advanced and associate diplomas in parks and horticultural management from the University of South Australia. Robin has served on the Clark County Planning Commission since 2017.

There are thirteen commissioners who serve on the Columbia River Gorge Commission. Washington and Oregon Governors appoint three commissioners each to represent their state, and each of the six counties in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area appoints one commissioner. The counties are Clark, Skamania and Klickitat in Washington and Wasco, Hood River and Multnomah in Oregon. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appoints one non-voting member who must be from the U.S. Forest Service.

The commission’s mission is to establish, implement and enforce policies and programs that protect and enhance the scenic, natural, recreational and cultural resources of the Columbia River Gorge, as well as support economic development where it is compatible with resource protections. It also serves as a neutral appeals board for land use decisions in the National Scenic Area.

More information about the commission is available at www.gorgecommission.org.

TODAY! Effective Influencer Marketing for Consumer Brands
Woloshin Communications Inc. - 07/11/19 8:32 AM

Who: Maxwell Public Relations Managing Director Vicky Hastings, APR, and Account Supervisor Sara Stewart. Portland-based Maxwell PR is an independent brand activation firm focused on building national, purpose-driven consumer brands. Recommendations in this session will be based on their experience carefully targeting and curating influencers to align with brands’ marketing objectives for clients including Bob’s Red Mill, Dave’s Killer Bread, Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Kettle Brand potato chips, McMenamins, Pacific Foods and Travel Astoria-Warrenton.

What: These PR pros will provide answers to questions PR practitioners are asking about influencer engagement:

· Why it’s important
· When it makes sense
· How payment works
· Who to target
· How to disclose
· What to measure

When & Where: Thu, July 11, 2019; 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

University of Oregon Portland, George S. Turnbull Center

70 NW Couch Street 

Floor 3R 

Portland, OR 97209

Cost: PRSA Member, $15, Non-member, $25, Student, $8

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/effective-influencer-marketing-for-consumer-brands-tips-for-creating-a-killer-program-tickets-63691609318

Or:  hyperlink to the PRSA Oregon website below. 

Organizers Oregon Chapter





Tip of the Week for July 15 - Fire Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/19 8:14 AM



We know that fires frequently occur, but no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire.  However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. Use the following tips to help keep you and your family safe especially during the hot, dry season.


Protect your home from wildfire

  • Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
  • Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
  • Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters and foundation screen vents free from debris.
  • Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
  • Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.



  • Call before you go – Call your local forestry office or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions.
  • Select the right spot – Choose campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees. Be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
  • Keep your campfire small.
  • NEVER use gasoline.
  • Always have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
  • When you leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.


For more information and tips, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 2019-07/5490/126003/wildfire.jpg