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Safety Camp Openings (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/16/14
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There are still some spots available for the second Safety Camp of 2014. Safety Camp is for kids going into 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the fall of 2014. Safety Camp is July 28-31 at South Albany High School. You can register at that Boys and Girls Club located at 1215 SE Hill St. The cost of camp is 35.00 and that includes, swimming every day, snacks and lunch, a field trip, t-shirts and great safety information. Scholarships are available.
Safety Camp is sponsored by Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Greater Albany Public Schools, Albany Community Pool and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.


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Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Department - 07/14/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with ACTS Oregon and Kuni Collision Center will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Kuni Collision Center located at 3725 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different car seats on the market, it's no wonder parents find this overwhelming.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Pedestrian Safety Detail
Beaverton Police Department - 07/14/14
The Beaverton Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Detail on Thursday, July 17, 2014 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and it will be at the intersection of SW Hall Blvd. and SW Broadway St.

This detail will focus on vehicles failing to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Motorists are reminded it's your lane plus six feet. Stop for the pedestrian, who must clear the lane you're turning into and at least 6 feet of the next lane, before you proceed.

Please see the link for full text of the law at. http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.028
The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. Through the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Beaverton Police Department hopes to raise the awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws.

Pedestrians are also reminded to wear bright colors and pay attention to the traffic flow when preparing to cross the road. Pedestrians are also required to obey any traffic control device that directs the pedestrian's movement.

In our continued effort to provide options other than the standard citation, drivers receiving citations are given the option of taking a crosswalk diversion program hosted by the Beaverton Police Department.

Please see the YouTube link below to watch an informational video on crosswalk safety.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzexhlX73W8&feature=share&list=PLxrQ2N-yvFxjXHl2qDcTALpZZ2dq8H548
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Attached Media Files: Press release
This Fourth of July Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Beaverton Police Department - 07/01/14
The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, and fireworks. For many people, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. Over the July 4th holiday period in 2012 alone, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation's roads.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Beaverton Police Department will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. "For everyone's sake, don't drink and drive or you will be arrested. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving--no excuses."

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012--representing a third of all crash fatalities. Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. During the July 4th period in 2012 (6 p.m. on July 3 to 5:59 a.m. on July 5), there were 179 people killed in crashes, and 44 percent of those crashes were alcohol-impaired.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th period in 2012, more than a third (39%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 16 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Beaverton roads safer for everyone. Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you're caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. And keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.

The Beaverton Police recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to contact the Beaverton Police by calling 911.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Department - 07/01/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Beaverton City Hall located at 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This clinic is designed to teach parents and caregivers how to properly install and use a child safety seat. A properly installed and used child safety seat will greatly decrease the chance of your child sustaining a serious or life threating injury during a motor vehicle crash.

One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. The proper use of car seats helps keep children safe.

The type of car seat your child needs depends on several things, including your child's age, size and the type of vehicle you have. It is important that you read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions that came with the car seat you purchased.

The best car seat is the one that you will use properly. This is what we hope to teach you when you come to one of our car seat clinics. The uses of safety belts and child safety seats have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of sustaining serious injuries during a motor vehicle crash.

A certified technician will help parents and caregivers learn to install and use their child safety restraints properly. No appointment is required just drop by during the event. Each car seat check will take about 30 minutes.

http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington-county-0
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Beaverton Police Department Target Illegal Fireworks
Beaverton Police Department - 07/01/14
The use of illegal fireworks within the City of Beaverton is of concern to a number of our residents and the Beaverton Police Department. The Beaverton Police Department is committed to a Fourth of July holiday that can be enjoyed by everyone. Police officers will be working with the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Department and will focus efforts on reducing the use of illegal fireworks over the Fourth of July.

There will be extra patrols in the neighborhoods to enforce the laws regulating the use and possession of illegal fireworks.

Oregon law bans possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called "bottle rockets", "Roman Candles", and fire crackers are illegal in Oregon.

Individuals found with illegal fireworks:

?,? Will have the illegal fireworks seized by officers.

?,? Can potentially face arrest and criminal prosecution.

?,? Can be held civilly liable for damages resulting from misuse of fireworks.

?,? Can be liable for damages their children are found to have caused.

The Fourth of July holiday is an opportunity for many of us to spend time with friends and family and to enjoy community celebrations. The Beaverton Police Department wants to ensure it's a safe and fun time for everyone.

The non-emergency telephone number for dispatch to report any illegal fireworks is (503) 629-0111
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Pedestrian Safety Detail
Beaverton Police Department - 07/01/14
***UPDATE***
The pedestrian detail scheduled for today has been canceled and will be re-scheduled for a later date.

The Beaverton Police Department will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Detail on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and it will be at the intersection of SW Hall Blvd. and SW Nimbus Ave.

This detail will focus on vehicles failing to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Motorists are reminded it's your lane plus six feet. Stop for the pedestrian, who must clear the lane you're turning into and at least 6 feet of the next lane, before you proceed.

Please see the link for full text of the law at. http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/811.028
The primary focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. Through the use of a decoy pedestrian, the Beaverton Police Department hopes to raise the awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws.

Pedestrians are also reminded to wear bright colors and pay attention to the traffic flow when preparing to cross the road. Pedestrians are also required to obey any traffic control device that directs the pedestrian's movement.

In our continued effort to provide options other than the standard citation, drivers receiving citations are given the option of taking a crosswalk diversion program hosted by the Beaverton Police Department.

Please see the YouTube link below to watch an informational video on crosswalk safety.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzexhlX73W8&feature=share&list=PLxrQ2N-yvFxjXHl2qDcTALpZZ2dq8H548
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
We Need Your Help in Locating a Missing Endangered Teenager (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 06/30/14
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***UPDATE***
Sheyenne Garnett has been located in San Jose, California and is safe. The Beaverton Police Detective that was working the case determined that a boy she had been communicating with on a social network lived in San Jose. The detective was able to reach the father of the boy this evening who confirmed that Sheyenne was at his house. San Jose Police were contacted and took Sheyenne into protective custody at 10:30 p.m. because she was a runaway.

We would like to thank you all for getting the word out and assisting us in trying to locate this young lady.

At about 3:10 a.m. on June 30, 2014 Sheyenne Marie Garnett sent a text message to her father in Arizona stating, "Please don't tell anybody, I am running away." Garnett has been staying in the Beaverton area for an extended vacation with a family friend. Garnett has not returned to the house she has been staying at.

Garnett has no money and is from Arizona, so she does not know the Beaverton area and does not use public transportation. Garnett does have several medical conditions that she takes medicine for; it is not known if she has her medication with her.

Garnett was last believed to be wearing a black hoodie with "Cool Story Bro" on the front, short black athletic shorts and white Chuck Taylor Converse shoes. Garnett is 13 years old, approximately 4'11", 100 pounds, Brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has any information that might assist the Beaverton Police in locating Garnett is asked to call (503) 629-0111.
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Benton County Marine Deputies Perform Two Rescues on North Santiam River (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
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On Saturday, July 12, 2014, BCSO Marine Deputies were on patrol on the North Santiam River, just upstream from the confluence of the South Santiam River. They went to the same log jam where, on June 7, 2014, they rescued several groups of people. After June 7, they cleared a portion of it, but not all of it due to its size and location.
At about 3:45 pm, on July 12, 2014, deputies saw a 19 year old female clinging to a log in the same log jam, after being ejected from her kayak. She was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). The deputies carefully navigated the boat near the female, put a PFD on her, and assisted her to the boat and then to shore uninjured.
At about 4:30 pm, a small group of people were floating towards the same obstruction. A seven year old girl was floating on an inner tube, wearing a PFD. The girl's father was floating on a separate inner tube. He was capsized by a different log jam and became stuck. The girl floated past him and in the direction of the same log jam. The deputies recognized that she was headed directly towards the large log jam and knew she would be washed directly into it and most certainly capsized. The deputies navigated the boat past the log jam and were able to safely push her out of the path of it. She avoided it and they picked her up unharmed. They picked the father up, who had abrasions and scratches.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to always wear a PFD when on the waterways and exercise extreme caution. People should be familiar with the water they are navigating and prepared for any emergencies. Navigating our rivers can become very dangerous very quickly and can result in tragedy.


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Sheriff Opens the Jail for Public Tours
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson will hold Jail Open Houses events starting this Saturday, June 28th with two others scheduled for July 12th and July 26th.

Community members who are interested in touring the jail can sign on by visiting the Benton County Sheriffs website @ http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/, Or by calling 541-766-6866

Once signed up, you will receive a confirmation of your tour time with information for that day.

This is a great opportunity to see your local jail first hand.
Robbery Suspect in Custody
Camas Police Dept. - 07/02/14
Camas, Washington -

On July 2, 2014, at 10:21a.m., Camas Police and assisting agencies were dispatched to a Robbery that just occurred at 7 Market; 3520 NE 3rd Ave, Camas.

The male clerk at the market reported a white, adult male was armed with an ax and demanded money. The clerk was injured when the suspect threw the ax at the clerk and left the area in an older, red, Chrysler Sebring. The clerk was slightly injured with a minor abrasion on his forehead which did not require medical treatment.

The suspect's vehicle was found, unoccupied, at the Port of Washougal. Containment was set up and Washougal PD's K9 Officer performed a successful track and the suspect was taken into custody at the 2200 block of SE 12th Ave.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Keki Kiril Silva McKendree from Washougal.

The investigation is on-going and Camas Police Department is thankful for the assistance of Washougal Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Explosion in Camas Home Extinguished by Residential Fire Sprinkler System
Camas-Washougal Fire Department - 07/21/14
At approximately 11 pm on July 17, a painting contractor was working inside a 4300 square foot Camas home nearing the final stages of construction. The contractor was spraying flammable liquids and inadvertently forgot to turn off the gas fired water heater. An explosion resulted, creating a fireball that engulfed the mechanical room where the water heater was located before spreading to a large downstairs family room. Fortunately the home was constructed with residential fire sprinklers. A single sprinkler head activated closest to the explosion and extinguished the fire. The painting contractor was not injured and shut off the water before calling the homebuilder. Camas-Washougal Fire Department was not notified at the time of the incident as the homebuilder felt the fire had been extinguished. A CWFD deputy fire marshal was sent to the scene the following day to investigate. The homebuilder estimates the damage to be under $10,000. CWFD continues to be encouraged by the number of residential fire sprinklers being installed in new homes in the area. As this case demonstrates, they make a difference.
Camas-Washougal Fire Department Responds to Natural Gas Leak (Photo)
Camas-Washougal Fire Department - 07/15/14
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At approximately 12:30 pm, CWFD was dispatched to a report of a large natural gas line that had been broken in the area of NW Howard Street and NW 47th Drive in Camas. On arrival, units discovered a construction company that had been operating a backhoe in the area of a lot being developed. The backhoe had struck a 2" natural gas line, which was venting pressurized gas. Fire department staff asked for immediate response of Northwest Natural Gas, while advising surrounding neighbors to shelter in place by keeping all doors and windows closed. One nearby family voluntarily evacuated their residence for the duration of the incident due to the strong smell of natural gas. There were no injuries and Northwest Natural Gas was on scene within approximately 30 minutes to repair the line.


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3 sets of porta potties have burned in the last month suspected Arson (Photo)
Canby Fire Dist. - 07/08/14
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Canby Fire has had 3 different fires in the last month involving porta potties. The one last night put several residence at risk. Canby Fire responded to 562 NW 5TH at 10:50 on a unknown type fire. When they arrived they found 4 porta potties burning with a large tree next to the apartment structure on fire. Firefighters immediately extinguished the tree. then went to the apartments to look for extension, they found a window that had been broken from the radiant heat of the fire. This is 2nd fire at the same location we need your help in finding who is starting these fires.


Attached Media Files: Porta potties and apartments , Apartment complex
UPDATE -- OWL MISIDENTIFIED, INJURIES REQUIRE EUTHANASIA: Sheriff's Office recovers wounded owl (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/14
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UPDATE (7/21, 1 p.m.) -- Via The Oregonian, unfortunate news about the owl we took to the vet this morning -- it was misidentified, and the bird's injuries require its humane euthanasia. Details here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2014/07/clackamas_deputies_bring_injur.html#incart_river
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EARLIER (7/21. 11 a.m.):

At approximately 3:18 a.m. on Monday, July 21, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a wounded owl in the roadway at S. Barlow Road and Hwy. 211 in Hubbard.

According to a report from the responding deputy:

"Savana Biggart of Canby and Jessica Montgomery of Aurora were driving home from Silverton when they saw eyes in the roadway on Barlow Road. They turned around to see what is was -- and it was an owl that was unable to fly, because of what Savana and Jessica thought was a broken wing.

"They called the non-emergency number and I responded. With help from Savana and Jessica, I was able to get the owl into a container. I transported the injured owl to Northwest Veterinary Specialists (Pet Emergency) on 82nd Drive.

"Personnel on-site at NW Vet Specialists were able to stabilize the owl, and identified it as a Spotted Barn Owl, which is an endangered species. They advised me they were going to transport the Spotted Barn Owl to the Audubon Society ( http://audubonportland.org/ ) in the morning for rehabilitation."

Attached are photos of the owl being treated at NW Vet Specialists ( http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/northwest-veterinary-specialists ).

[END]


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CCSO: Small plane crash outside Aurora, OR. (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/14
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On July 19, 2014 at 10:48 am, a deputy from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a small plane crash near S. Meridian Rd. and S. Whiskey Hill Rd. near Hubbard, OR. The two occupants of the plane were reported to be out of the plane and walking around.

The plane was traveling from the Lenhardt Airpark in Hubbard, OR headed to the Mulino Airport in Mulino, OR. The pilot noticed his altitude was too low as he approached some trees but was unable to correct this in time. The wing of the plane struck a tree which caused the plane to go down.

The plane came down in a wooded area without causing serious injury to the passenger or the pilot. There were no structures or other property damage. No roadways were closed due to this crash.

The Aurora Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance responded to the scene. The two occupants were transported to an area hospital for what appears to be minor injuries. The pilot was identified as Robert Teneyck, 81, of Woodburn, OR. The passenger was identified as Rosalie Carman, 70, of Portland, OR.

It's unknown if the passenger or the pilot are willing to speak with the media regarding this crash. The FAA is aware of the crash and will be investigating.


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Sheriff's Office contacts juvenile wandering in road near Molalla; young man IDed, reunion with family in progress (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
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At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to reports from passerby that a juvenile was wandering in the middle of the road on Hwy. 211 near Union Mills Rd. outside of Molalla.

Deputies contacted the juvenile. The young man was unable to communicate to deputies who he was or where he lived.

Deputies transported the juvenile to the Department of Human Services office in Oregon City. DHS employees recognized the juvenile, and at this writing are working to reunite him with his family.

The Sheriff's Office is pleased that the situation was quickly resolved, and will work with DHS and the juvenile's family to investigate the situation. The Sheriff's Office also thanks the public and media for helping spread the word on social media and news platforms as we worked to identify the young man.

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Media contact info 6 year old nearly drowns in pool, saved by CPR
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
For Media only rescuer Domiteala Galvez can be contacted for a statement at 971 258 5275
6 year old nearly drowns in pool, saved by CPR
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
On July 15, 2014 just after 6pm Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, American Medical Response and Clackamas Fire were dispatched to a report of a six year old drowning victim at the Greenleaf Monterey Apartments located at 8640 SE Causey Ave in unincorporated Happy Valley, OR. The victim was described as unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing and that CPR was being performed by a bystander.

Upon arrival they found 6 year old conscious, alert and breathing in the apartment's recreation centers pool area. The bystander, Domiteala Galvez, had found the girl motionless at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. She removed her from the water and performed rescue breaths until she regained consciousness.

The juvenile was at the pool with her cousins and had been properly supervised. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Emanuel. She is in good condition at this time.

Dpmiteala said she was trained in CPR and her training just took over.

The Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to keep a close eye on others around water and get trained in CPR it could save a life as it did in this incident.
UPDATE (JULY 15): Clackamas County SWAT Team involved in shooting
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
UPDATE (July 15, 2014): Involved deputies' names released; statement from Clackamas Women's Services
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office can now name the deputies involved in the July 7, 2014 shooting incident in the 30000 block of S. Hwy 213, an unincorporated area of the county outside of Molalla.

Clackamas County deputies responded to the address on a report of domestic violence. The victim reported being threatened with a firearm and physically assaulted. Deputies interviewed the victim and determined that several domestic-violence crimes had occurred, including a felony assault. The suspect refused to exit his home or cooperate with deputies.

The SWAT team responded to the scene to assist in arresting the suspect. Just before 2 a.m. on July 7, the suspect initiated contact with SWAT team members located outside the home and was shot multiple times. The suspect was armed with multiple firearms.

Medical personnel with the SWAT team immediately rendered care to the suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The involved deputies are:

Deputy Nicholas Adler
With Sheriff's Office 4 years
On SWAT team for 2 years

Sergeant Anthony Kollias
With Sheriff's Office 14 years
On SWAT team for 13 years

Detective Jeff Miller
With Sheriff's Office 15 years
On SWAT team for 9 years

Per standard policy in these incidents, these deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team investigates.

Clackamas Women's Services has also released a statement in the wake of the incident, which can be read here:

http://www.cwsor.org/2014/07/07/statement-death-shane-griffin/

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EARLIER: JULY 7, 2014, 5:07 a.m.

On 07-06-14 at 10:08 pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in the 30000 block of S. Hwy 213, an unincorporated area of the county outside of Molalla, OR.

The reporting party indicated the disturbance had been physical, and included the threatened use of several firearms. The victim was able to flee the scene with the couple's children and meet with Deputies. Deputies interviewed the victim and determined several domestic violence crimes had occurred including a felony assault. Deputies negotiated with the male for hours, trying to get him to surrender.

The Clackamas County SWAT team was activated to assist in the apprehension of the suspect. SWAT members made contact with the subject just before 2:00 am and shots were fired moments after they arrived. Medical personnel, who were with the SWAT Team, immediately rendered care to the suspect but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene was made safe, and there is no further danger to the community. Additional details are not available at this time, as this is an ongoing criminal investigation.

Hwy 213 remains closed at this time from S Vick Rd north to S Barnards Rd.

The deceased has been identified as Shane Griffin, 36 years old, of Molalla.
UPDATE 2 w/ VICTIM NAME, CORRECTED AGE: Estacada man killed in tree-felling incident
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
UPDATE (MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014):

[Now with corrected age]

The Sheriff's Office can now release the name of the victim in the July 10 tree-felling accident.

Per the Medical Examiner's Office, the victim has been identified as Arthur Canada, 64, of Estacada.
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EARLIER (THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014):

Just after 1:00 pm Thursday July 10, 2014 a group of campers were out cutting fire wood in the Mount Hood National Forest on USFS RD 4630 about a mile from Lake Harriet. They were improperly felling large Douglas Fir tree that was dead and leaning over.

The tree was described as 130 to 150 feet in length. They used a chain saw to cut the tree and a chain attached to a truck that was then hooked to the tree. When the tree fell the top rotten section of the tree broke off and fell separately from the main tree hitting one of the men and seriously injuring him.

One of the men went to the Ripple Brook Ranger Station to call for help. Clackamas County received a 911 call at 1:30pm. Medical personnel responded to the scene and rendered first aid to the injured male.

The male in his 60's from Estacada Oregon was fatally injured when struck by the falling rotten tree top.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiners Office responded to the scene and investigated the incident.

The name of the male is not being released at this time pending family notification. The others involved in the incident do not wish to be contacted.

Please refer to the Mount Hood National Forest website regarding proper wood cutting areas, rules, and techniques.
Sheriff's Office releases 2013 Crime Report, posts crime-stat archives to web
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has released its 2013 Crime Report -- compiling crime statistics from last year into a set of easy-to-read charts and infographics.

The 2013 report (attached as a PDF) includes stats on population, reports processed, all crimes reported, stolen and towed vehicles, jail bookings, SWAT calls, search-and-rescue calls, DUII arrests, and much more.

The 2013 report and reports from 2006-present can also be downloaded as free PDFs from this webpage:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/crimereports.html

Direct link to the 2013 Crime Report PDF:
http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/documents/crimereport2013.pdf

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Attached Media Files: 2013 Crime Report (PDF format)
Clackamas County Jail inmate commits suicide in cell
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
A Clackamas County Jail inmate committed suicide in his cell on Friday, July 4.

The deceased is identified as Brandon Anthony Barker (DOB: 06/09/1986).

Barker was in the jail on charges of Assault IV, Strangulation, Interference with Making a Report, and Menacing.

Barker has been a Clackamas County Jail inmate 16 times (including this incarceration) starting in 2007. His charge history has included thefts, criminal mischief, parole violations, assaults, and DV-related charges including second-degree kidnapping (for which he received a 40-month sentence) and violation of restraining order.

Deputies found Barker with a noose made of a bed sheet around his neck. They attempted to revive him but were not successful.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and investigated the incident. Barker's death has been ruled a suicide.

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Molalla Man shot in leg, Suspect arrested.
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/29/14
On 06-28-14 at about 9:45 pm, Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies, with assistance from the Molalla Police Department, responded to a report of a shooting in the 800 block of W. Main st., an unincorporated area outside of Molalla, OR. Reports indicated a man had been shot in the leg with a shotgun.

Deputies arrived and located Daniel Nyberg, 44 of Molalla, OR, with non-life threatening injuries to his leg. Mr. Nyberg was treated on scene by Molalla Fire personnel, and transported to Willamette Falls Hospital.

Based on statements from Mr. Nyberg and other witnesses, the suspect was located at a nearby residence. Through interviewing those involved, Deputies located the shotgun believed to have been used in this incident, as well as a stolen rifle.

The suspect is identified as 43 year old Brian Alan Keslar, of Molalla, OR. He was arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County jail on charges of Assault II and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Additionally, during the course of the investigation, deputies learned the shotgun had been removed from the crime scene by Tina Zimmerly, 43 of Molalla, OR. Tina Zimmerly was arrested and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Theft I and Tampering with Evidence.

There is no additional information available at this time.
Deputies Respond to Eagle Creek Home Invasion
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/27/14
On 6-27-14 at about 0207 hours deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in the 22500 block of SE Van Curen Road in Eagle Creek. Five masked and gloved suspects entered the home and used flexible ties to restrain the homeowner and his family while they stole a number of expensive items including firearms and a significant amount of cash. The suspects appeared to be Latino with one speaking "broken English" according to the victim.

The victim reports that the suspects were in the house for a protracted period ransacking the home. Investigators believe there could be some connection between the suspects and the victim as they seemed aware that certain items would be in the home.
The suspects were seen driving away in a silver, four door sedan.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries during the burglary and was cared for by medical responders.

The Clackamas County Sheriff case number is 14-17302.

If you would like to provide information regarding this case or any criminal activity, you can call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or you can fill out the e-mail form that can be found at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

The homeowner is willing to speak with the media. Page for their phone number.
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit deputies reward kids -- with candy -- for practicing good life-jacket safety (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/25/14
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SUBHEAD: The Sheriff's Office works with Plaid Pantry and the makers of Mike & Ike candy to reinforce a good safety habit.
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For the public, summer means fun and sun. For the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, it means ensuring our waterways are safe.

The Marine Unit just partnered with Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. to give kids a sweet reward for wearing their life-jackets.

As part of the "Life Jacket Voucher program," the Marine Unit is partnering with Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. to provide movie-sized boxes of Mike & Ike candy to children who wear their life-jackets. Marine Patrol deputies will give vouchers to children who are wearing their PFD's; the kids can redeem those vouchers for Mike & Ike at any Plaid Pantry store.

Sheriff's Office Marine deputies patrol all the waterways in Clackamas County -- including 50 miles of the Clackamas River and 30 miles of the Willamette. They also enforce boating laws including those related to personal flotation devices, or PFDs.

According to the Oregon State Marine Board:

* All boats must carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD for every person on board.
* All children ages 12 and under must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life-jacket at all times while on boats that are underway or being towed.
* "Boats" means every description of watercraft including sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rafts.

"Our deputies come into contact with hundreds of families during the summer months and we find most children are wearing PFDs," said Sgt. Steve Thoroughman, who oversees the Sheriff's Office Marine Unit. "This year, we get to reward them for being safe."

"Just Born -- makers of Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales and other candy -- is a family-owned business that shares many of the same values as Plaid Pantry," said Plaid Pantry spokesperson Jonathan Polonsky. "When we asked them if they would help us support the Life Jacket Voucher program, they instantly agreed -- and worked with us to come up with a reward we could pass along to the kids to help promote water safety.

"We're particularly happy to support the Clackamas County Marine Unit's project because of the way it is going about rewarding kids for wearing their life-jackets.... The Marine Unit's strategy to reward kids for good behavior is a great way to reach out to kids in a very positive way."

The Life Jacket Voucher Program will run until September 2015, and is sponsored by the Clackamas County Safe Communities, Plaid Pantry and Just Born Inc. The hope is that the program will help reinforce a potentially life-saving habit for children.

Lt. Robert Wurpes of the Sheriff's Office says one of the most common excuses he hears about people not wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs) is, "I'm a good swimmer." "But even a good swimmer can be overcome -- quickly -- by injury, cold, exhaustion, and fear," he said. "The best practice is to wear it."

Plaid Pantry has a history in encouraging community safety. In 2011, CEO Chris Girard was recognized by the Board of County Commissioners for his leadership restricting youth access to alcohol and his work with Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
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To learn more about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/marine.html . To learn more about Clackamas County Safe Communities, visit http://www.clackamassafecommunities.org .

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Attached Media Files: 2014-06/624/75438/ChildWithLifejacketAndVoucher.jpg , 2014-06/624/75438/CandyVoucherHandoff.jpg
Clackamas Fire District 1 firefighters quickly extinguish blaze!
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 07/19/14
CFD#1 firefighters were initially dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of Alder Place, and someone yelling that there was a fire. As a result of additional information, this was upgraded to a full box alarm, which brought: 4 engines, a truck, a battalion chief, and a rescue. The first arriving engine found a house fully charged with smoke, and a fire in an attached garage converted into a room. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, and ventilated the house, to clear the smoke. There were no injuries reported on this incident.
Heisson area Serious injury crash - Lifeflight Activation (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/14
Photo of crash
Photo of crash
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UPDATE

Involved in the crash from last Friday were:

Jennifer Hanes 35 of LaCenter

Ethan Hanes 9 yo son

Any medical information updates would need to be obtained through the hospitals.


About 13:00 Hrs. today a 1997 white Ford Expedition operated by the owner, a 35 YOA female, resident of La Center, WA. was N/B on NE 152nd Ave. at the 30300 Blk. when a deer suddenly ran out in front of the vehicle. The impact caused the driver to swerve off the road and crash into a ravine on the east side of the roadway. The only passenger, the woman's nine year old son was seated in the front passenger seat. Both the woman and child were injured in the crash. The woman was attended and transported to Peace Health SW Wa Hospital via North Country Ambulance with unspecified but non-life threatening injuries. The Nine yoa was treated by EMS and taken to Emanuel Hospital via Lifeflight with unspecified critical injuries, at last check he is in critical but stable condition at the hospital. No other vehicles were involved. The deer was killed in the impact. The crash is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff's Traffic Unit. Excessive speed or driver impairment are NOT involved in the crash. The driver's name is being withheld pending family notifications.


Attached Media Files: Photo of crash
Arrest made in fires in Orchards
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/14
This morning, the Clark County Sheriff's Office arrested an Orchards man in relation to a fire that occurred in the early morning hours of July 21, 2014

Brandon Emery, 18, was booked into the Clark County Jail charged with 2nd Degree Arson as a result of an investigation conducted by the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office and the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Emery lit two grass fires near York Elementary School. Damage was limited to two small areas, less than a quarter acre. The fires were set in tall dry grass and had extreme potential to become very large.

Emery also spoke to the investigators about his involvement in other fires in the area.

The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional charges.
Update: Missing Salmon Creek Man Located
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/14
UPDATE 07/20/14 Missing man located safe.

Early this morning, missing 88 year old Don Meisenbach was located in southern Oregon. Meisenbach drove himself to the Sutherlin Police Department and contacted an officer there for assistance. Meisenbach was reported in good spirits and appeared fine. As a precaution, he was taken to Mercy Medical Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. Family members are en route there now to bring him home.


07/19/2014 88 year-old Don Meisenbach left his Salmon Creek area home on July 18th in a white 2010 Scion with Washington license plate DV00778. The vehicle has a USMC sticker in the rear window. Don has a developing memory condition, but is in generally good health. He uses two canes to support himself when he walks. He needs hearing aids to hear, but left them at home. He took his wallet with him but left his cell phone. He usually wears khaki pants and plain T-shirts. His family reports it is unusual for him to be gone this long. The Clark County Sheriff's Office has entered Don in the missing person database and flagged his vehicle.

Please call 911 if you have any information related to the location of Don or his vehicle.

A photo of Don has been attached.
Update-Suicide Attempt at the Clark County Jail
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/14
UPDATE: 07/18/2014 At 12:45 pm today, inmate SAPP, James was prounced dead. Family notifications have been made. He has been transferred to the Clark County Medical Examiner for determination of cause and manner of death. This matter remains under investigation of the Regional MCU.

At their request, we are including this statement from James Sapp's family:

"The family of Mr. Sapp wishes to express their concern and sorrow for the suffering and injuries inflicted on Vancouver Police Officer Dustin Goudschaal and the members of the Vancouver Police Department. The family asks for privacy as they work through this difficult time."

Nothing further will be released at this time.

Suicide Attempt at the Clark County Jail

Inmate: SAPP, James Todd - DOB 07/06/1966

Approximately 13:30 Hrs. today Clark County Corrections Deputies making a routine cell check discovered inmate SAPP, James in the act of an attempted suicide inside his cell at the main jail facility. Deputies intervened in the suicide attempt. On duty Jail medical staff responded immediately and provided emergency medical care until relieved by Vancouver Fire Department and AMR EMS. Sapp was transported to an area hospital via AMR ambulance.

Inmate Sapp was being held on charges of attempted homicide. The circumstances of the attempted suicide are currently under investigation of the Regional Major Crimes Team. No other details on this incident are being released at this time.
Arrest made in fireworks-caused fire in Felida
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
This morning, the Clark County Sheriff's Office arrested a Hazel Dell man in relation to a house fire that occurred in the early morning hours of July 5th.

Andrew Perez, 18, of Hazel Dell, was booked into the Clark County Jail charged with 1st Degree Arson as a result of an investigation conducted by the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office. Additionally, a 16 year old male was taken into custody for his involvement in this event. The investigation concluded that the two individuals intentionally placed a firework device in the front yard of 100 NW 108th Street and aimed it at the home, igniting decorative vegetation beneath the combustible eave of the roof. Flames entered the attic of the house through the eave vents and spread throughout the home. The structure was determined to be a total loss.

During firefighting efforts, one firefighter suffered injuries when a portion of the ceiling collapsed on him. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

The investigation is ongoing and may result in additional arrests and / or charges.
Lost rafters reunited with family.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/14
At approximately `1830 hours tonight the Clark County Sheriff's Office received a call for assistance from the parents of two lost rafters. The rafters, 10 and 12 year old boys, were last seen playing in the river at Lewisville Park with their families. When the parents could not locate the boys they called 911. The boys were not wearing life jackets. The Sheriff's Office responded and in partnership with Fire District 6 Technical Rescue Unit began the process of searching for the lost boys. Witness were located who reported seeing the boys leaving the river between Lewisville Park and Daybreak Park. At approximately 2130 the boys were located at a residence west of the Lewisville Hwy. The boys were uninjured and were reunited with their families.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to make sure that anyone in or near water wear a personal floatation device and to make sure that children are supervised any time they are near water.
Retired Sheriff's K-9 Requires costly medical operation (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
K-9 Dash too
K-9 Dash too
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On July 7th, retired Sheriff's K9 Dash suffered a serious medical condition, often referred to by veterinary staff as "gastric torsion" or "gastric volvulus." This condition is more commonly known by pet owners as a stomach flip, which creates an immediate life threatening situation for the dog. K9 Handler Deputy Seth Brannan rushed his retired canine partner to Columbia River Veterinary Hospital where Dash was met by waiting medical staff. Emergency surgery was required to save Dash's life; Dash is only 7 years old and had just retired at the end of 2013. Dash is out of emergency surgery and is now in recovery. Dash lost his spleen and 20% of his stomach. Fortunately, Dash is expected to make a full recovery.

Once a law enforcement K-9 retires from service the handler assumes all financial responsibility for the life of the dog. Dash's medical costs already surpass five thousand dollars. The local non-profit organization DogPaw has graciously set up a fund to help cover Dash's medical expenses. Those who wish to donate can do so through DogPaw's website via their PayPal account at http://clarkdogpaw.org or mail a check to DogPaw at 13504 NE 84th St #103, PMB 303, Vancouver, WA 98682. Please mark your contribution "Dash Medical."

Dash began working for the Sheriff's Office in 2009 where he was certified as a Patrol and Narcotic detection dog. Dash was also assigned to Southwest Washington Regional SWAT. Dash was certified by Washington CERT in Marijuana Eradication Short Haul Helicopter Operations. During short haul operations the K-9 and handler are suspended beneath a helicopter and flown into remote areas to apprehend suspects. Please keep Dash and the Brannan family in your thoughts; we certainly wish Dash a speedy and complete recovery.

Commander Mike McCabe
Clark County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit


Attached Media Files: K-9 Dash too , K-9 Dash
Arrest made in Traffic Fatality Case
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
UPDATE 07/10/2014: Case #S14-4131
Arrested: LEFFLER, Tanya Marie - 34 years of age, Amboy, WA.
Charged with: one count Vehicular Homicide
Additional Charges pending:
1.) Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.
2.) Driving while operator license is suspended or revoked 3rd degree.
Update on the investigation of a fatality collision occurring on 4/14/2014 at the intersection of NE Padden Parkway and NE 94th avenue. Motorcycle operator James Luden was stopped for traffic at a red light on westbound Padden Parkway when he was struck from behind by a vehicle and died as a result of the collision. The evening of 07/09/2014 Detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit arrested Tanya Marie Leffler on one count of Vehicular Homicide; she was booked into CCSO jail. Leffler is alleged to have been under the influence of an illicit drug at the time of the collision. Additional charges of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Driving while License Suspended or Revoked in the third degree are being referred to the Clark County Prosecutor.

Original Release 04/14/2014
Initial investigation indicates that James Luden was stopped waiting for a left turn signal to go from west bound Padden Park Way to south bound NE 94th Ave. He was riding a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Robert Kenck was stopped waiting to go the same direction in front of James Luden. He was operating a 1972 Ford pickup. Tanya Leffler was traveling west bound on Padden driving a 2010 Mitz Gallant and struck James Luden from behind. The impact propelled James Luden into the Ford pickup. James Luden was pronounce deceased at the scene.

James Luden 54 years of age from Vancouver, deceased on scene.
Tanya Leffler 34 years from Amboy was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.
Robert Kenck 58 years from Vancouver was uninjured.

On April 14th at 3:55 PM Clark County 911 received a phone call regarding a serious injury crash on NE Padden Parkway. Emergency crews arrived and found the crash to involve a passenger car, a truck, and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Currently Padden Parkway is closed between 94th ave and SR 503. It is expected to be closed for several hours.
Camas teenager, Anji Dean has been located and has been reunited with her family.
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
UPDATE:

We have correct the telephone connection problem. I will be available at the number below until 10:00pm....




After receiving close to a 150 phone tips, as well as numerous tips that had come through via social media, Detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit were able to locate Anji Dean at Clackamas Town Center in Clackamas, Oregon. Anji was contacted by Detectives within the mall. She was interviewed and then reunited with her family in Clark County.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office would like to thank The Vancouver Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVE) for their assistance in the search of Anji.

Sergeant Kevin Allais stated: "It is clear that the local and national news coverage as well as the wide spread sharing of this family's story via social media such as Facebook and Twitter was integral in leading us to her safe return. This is an active investigation that includes the crime of human trafficking. We will be continuing our investigation."

The family would like the media to respect their privacy. I will be available via phone until 09:30pm.

Sergeant Kevin Allais
Major Crimes Unit
Clark County Sheriff's Office
(360) 397-2020
Man wounded by gunshot on 4th of July evening
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
Case #S14-7486
Victim: OSTRIEM, Logan J. 24 years of age of Vancouver, WA.
Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound victim at the ER of Peace Heath SW Med Ctr about 23:30 hrs. on 07/04/2014. GSW victim, OSTRIEM, Logan said that he was enjoying the 4th of July festivities with a few friends at his Orchard's area home. The group of friends were outside of the residence while there were numerous firework displays going off all around the neighborhood. Ostriem said that he suddenly felt a deep pain in his right forearm and immediately saw that he was injured and bleeding. Ostriem said he assumed that he had been struck by errant fireworks. Ostriem's friends tended to his wound and drove him to the ER at Peace Health.
An X-ray of Ostriem's forearm revealed a bullet lodged beneath the skin in his arm and law enforcement was notified. All GSW's are investigated by law enforcement. The bullet was surgically removed and collected as evidence. The bullet appears to have been fired from a 9mm handgun.
Ostriem said that he has no idea where the bullet round came from and has no reason to suspect anyone who might purposely shoot at him. After investigation of the scene and interviews with persons present it appears that the round was a random shot fired by some irresponsible individual celebrating the holiday which unfortunately struck Ostriem on the downward trajectory. Ostriem's GSW is not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. There are presently no known suspects. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Det. Joe Swenson at 360 397-2044
Robbery Suspect Photograph (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
Photo of suspect
Photo of suspect
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Case #S14-7591
On 07/07/2014 at approximately 16:30 Hrs. a lone subject entered the Canton Chinese Restaurant at 1118 NE 78th Street, approached the cashier station and demanded cash. The suspect simulated a handgun under his clothing. The cashier handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white male adult 20-30 years of age, thin build, 5'-09"; 165 lbs. wearing a camo ball cap, black shirt and dark colored pants.
See attached surveillance photograph of the suspect. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Det. Chris Luque at 360 397-6079.


Attached Media Files: Photo of suspect
Overdue Rafters on East Fork Lewis River Located (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
East Fork Lewis River today
East Fork Lewis River today
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Missing/Located
BUTLER, Austin L. 18 years old of Vancouver, WA.
LANGWORTHY, Sampson 18 years of age of Ridgefield, WA.

Sheriff's deputies received a call of overdue rafters on the East Fork of the Lewis River at approximately 00:30 Hrs. on 07/08/2014. Parents of the two missing teenagers reported that Butler and Langworthy had left Daybreak Park on a small inflatable raft at about 18:00 Hrs. yesterday (07/07/2014) they had intended to float downstream to a private take out at the NE 2900 Block near the old Pioneer Cemetery, making landing before dark. Both were wearing lifejackets, neither carried a cell phone. When they had not arrived, concerned parents reported them missing to 911 at 00:30 Hrs.
A search with ground teams and an aircraft with FLIR searched for the two overnight. About 07:30 Hrs. today, the pair knocked on the door of a farmhouse along J.A. Moore Rd and were reunited with family. The men said that about two hours into their trip, their small raft popped and they were forced to walk and swim to continue downstream. This proved difficult on slippery rocks and shallow water and they made slow progress. When darkness overtook them, they sought shelter is some trees along the river bank and spend the night. They could hear search teams calling and the aircraft circling but were unable to make contact with either. Other than bug bites and bramble scratches the two were fine for their experience. Wearing Lifejackets proved to be a smart idea as they remained buoyant when swimming and stayed warmer overnight.


Attached Media Files: East Fork Lewis River today , Two Teens reunited with parents
Drowning - Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/03/14
Additional UPDATE:
Divers with SWORD made recovery of Kelulau's remains. The body was located in approximately 30 ft. of water near the location he was last seen before going under. The body was placed in the custody of the Clark County Medical Examiner. Family notifications have been made.


UPDATE 07/03/2014

Missing and presumed drowned: KELULAU, Pioneer Anastaco Age 42 of Vancouver, WA.

Divers from SWORD are resuming the search in Klineline pond for missing and presumed drowned KELULAU, Pioneer. The county park remains closed while search operations are underway.

07/02/2014
Drowning - Klineline Pond
Drowning Victim: 42 year old male resident of Vancouver, missing and presumed drowned.
Approximately 20:30 Hrs. today 911 received a report of a possible drowning in Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park. Responding deputies learned that a number of family members had arrived at the park about 18:00 Hrs. to enjoy the evening. Several members of the group had walked out onto the fishing dock located on the south side of the pond. According to witnesses, one of the children's hat blew off into the lake. The missing male adult jumped off the dock and attempted to swim after the hat which was being blown further away from shore. The male retrieved the hat and was swimming back to shore when he suddenly called out for help and went below the surface about 50 ft. from shore.
A second adult family member went in the water to assist but he was unable to rescue the first individual. The second subject made it back to shore but was having difficulty swimming in the cold water. At that point the family called 911.
Divers with Fire District Six Technical Rescue Team and SW Organized Rescue Divers (SWORD) conducted an underwater search for the missing individual until hours of darkness made further searching too hazardous at about 22:00 Hrs, without success. Further search efforts are being planned for tomorrow. The water depth in the search area is approximately 40 feet deep with water temperature of about 50 degrees.
The name of the missing individual is not being released at this time. Clark County Parks Department has decided to close Klineline Pond and the entrance to the park while search operations are underway.
3rd local child to become honorary Chief for a Day
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/03/14
On July 4th at approximately 11:00 AM, La Center Police Chief Marc Denney will swear in Brooklyn Johnson, an 8 year old boy, to be their honorary Chief for a Day. The ceremony will happen at the beginning of the children's parade which attracts thousands of children to Felida Park each 4th of July.
The Felida Neighborhood Association has been sponsoring this parade and community get together for years and each year it grows in size. The Hazel Dell Lions club will be cooking free food for the event and there will be many displays and vendors in the park. Children commonly decorate their bikes, wagons, or themselves as they walk or ride in the children's parade.
Newly sworn in Chief Brooklyn will join Honorary Sheriff Cole, and Honorary Chief Chase (BGPD) on the fire engine to lead the parade as grand marshals.
Chief for a Day is a program created by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in order to celebrate the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness. Clark County law enforcement agencies decided to expand the program within our own communities to share the experience with more children and highlight the local needs and opportunities to serve our neighbors.
Death Investigation - Traffic Incident - June 28th, 2014
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
Death Investigation - Traffic Incident

Incident Date: 06/28/2014 03:20 a.m.

Deceased: SPERLINE, Luke A. age 23 of Vancouver, WA.

Driver: LEGATO, Kyle Steven age 23 of Vancouver, WA.

Location: 2400 NW 116th Street

On Saturday, June 28th, 2014 just after 3 AM a 23 year old male was fatally injured when he fell to the pavement from the bed of a moving pick-up truck in the Hazel Dell area. The pick-up, a 1999 Ford F-150 truck was travelling east on NW 116th Street at approximately the 2400 Block when Sperline fell out of the rear bed of the truck. Sperline had been riding with another male passenger in the bed of the truck at the time; Legato (driver) had one male passenger riding in the cab of the pick-up. According to the rear passenger, Sperline attempted to stand up and accidently fell out of the truck. Sperline sustained significant head injuries in the fall and was treated at the scene by fire/rescue and then transported to SW Peace Health Medical Center where he later expired. The driver and other passengers remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The death is under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic unit.

Preliminary investigation determined that all three PASSENGERS, including Sperline had been consuming intoxicating beverages. The Driver, Legato DID NOT appear to be under the influence of intoxicants nor was the vehicle travelling at an excessive speed. Legato consented to a toxicology blood draw to test for the presence of any substance causing possible impairment. This case remains under active investigation...
Drowning victim recovered from North Fork Lewis River
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
UPDATE: 07/02/2014
Deceased: KEMPER, Donald M. 80 years of age of Ridgefield, WA.
Family notifications have been made.

Preliminary investigation shows that Kemper was the sole occupant/operator of a 14' open aluminum motorboat on the North Fork of the Lewis River in the area of the Lewis River golf course yesterday (07/01/2014) when he became separated from his watercraft. Kemper was not wearing a Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket) and is presumed to have drowned. His body was recovered yesterday, 07/01/2014. There were no witnesses to the apparent accidental drowning. The Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit continues to investigate.

This accidental drowning is the third recreational river death in the last few days.
Saturday, June 29th Boater age 25 missing from small water craft mouth of the Lewis River.
Tuesday, July 1st Recreational swimming death 44 YOA male - Moulton Falls

Recreational boaters, especially in small open watercraft are encouraged to wear a Personal Flotation Device; children 12 and younger are REQUIRED to wear a PFD. Swimmers should use caution as stream flows are high and river currents strong while water temperatures remain cold.


07/01/2014 Case #S14-7369
The body of an adult male, an apparent drowning victim was recovered from the waters of the North Fork Lewis River today. 911 received a report about 16:12 Hrs. from a boater reporting a body in the water at the 800 Block of NE Cedar Creek Road, across the river from the Lewis River Golf Course. Emergency responders from Woodland Fire, Cowlitz County Dive Team and Fire Dist 6 Technical Rescue along with Sheriff's Deputies responded.

The remains were laying on the bottom of the river in about eight to ten feet of water about mid stream and were recovered by divers. He was not wearing a life jacket. The body was taken into possession of the medical examiner. A small fishing boat was found unoccupied caught in some debris just up-stream from the recovery site. The drowning victim is associated with the vessel. The identity of the drowning victim is not being released at this time.

The drowning is under investigation of the Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol. Scene photo available @Clarkcosheriff
Drowning victim recovered from Moulton Falls County Park
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
UPDATE 07/02/2014
Deceased: MARGETIS, Sean N. 44 years of age of Vancouver, WA.
family notifications have been made.

07/01/2014 Case #S14-7367
The body of a 45 year old male, an apparent drowning victim, was recovered from the East Fork of the Lewis River at Moulton Falls this evening. Moulton Falls is a County Park at 27781 NE Lucia Falls Road, Yacolt. Witnesses reported that a adult male had jumped from the rocks at Moulton Falls into the swirling water. When he didn't resurface, witnesses called 911. Emergency services from North Country Fire/Rescue, SW Wash. Organized Divers (SWORD) and CCSO deputies responded. Divers located the missing man in about 10 feet of water.

The body was taken into custody of the Medical Examiner. The drowning victim's identity is being withheld pending family notifications.
Sheriff's Office responds to Fatality Traffic Collision
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/14
The Clark County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the collision which left one teen dead and 2 others injured. The following individuals have been identified:

Deceased: Andreaus T Matthews (Jackson)
Age 16
Orchards area resident

Driver: Landon D. Stewart
Age 18
Battle Ground resident

Passenger: Bong, Paige J
Age 19
Kalama resident

Vehicle: 1995 Nissan Maxima

Detectives from the Clark County Sheriff's Office will continue their investigation into the collision. Both the driver and the passenger were transported to Peace Health Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver is cooperating and alcohol or other impairment do not appear to be factors in this collision.

Prepared by Sgt Dennis Pritchard
360-397-6127




SheriffJune 29, 2014
10:40 PM
On the listed date and time 9-1-1 received a call of a possible vehicle collision in the 14100 block of NE 172nd Avenue in the Hockinson area. Arriving deputies found that there was a single vehicle and a pedestrian involved. Preliminary investigation showed that a 16 year old male was skateboarding down the travel section of NE 172nd Avenue and was struck by a northbound vehicle; the male was killed by the impact. The skateboarder was wearing dark colored clothing and there are no street lights in the area. After the impact the vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The driver and passenger were both transported via ambulance to the hospital for possible injuries.
The Sheriff's Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation.
The names of the involved parties will be released at a later time.
Boating Incident (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/29/14
Search area from CCSO boat deck
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UPDATE: 06/29/2014
Clark County Sheriff's Marine Patrol assisted by Columbia County (Oregon) Sheriff's Marine patrol and USCG continue to search for missing boater, Jay Jones. Jones is missing and presumed drowned. Search boats are concentrating on approximately 1/2 mile area of the Columbia River from the mouth of the Lewis River at Austin Point upstream to the northern end of Bachelor Island on the Washington side of the Columbia River. The exact location where Jones separated from the small aluminum boat was not witnessed and is unknown making the search area significantly large. Search boats are scanning the river bottom using a high definition echo sounder and side scan sonar in an attempt to locate Jone's body.

Water temperatures are too cold for even strong swimmers and marine deputies encourage all boaters to wear a life jacket, especially when riding in open small craft vessels. Even while searchers are looking for the presumed drowned victim today, they continue to see boaters in small boats transiting the search area, not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD).

I attached a photograph taken this afternoon from the deck of the Clark Co. Sheriff's boat in the search area, with the Columbia Co. Sheriff's patrol boat in the background. I plan to update the SAR progress at the end of today.
Sgt. Fred M. Neiman

06/28/2014 Today, just after 5:30 pm The Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol was dispatched to a report of a boat adrift on the Columbia River near the mouth of the Lewis River.

Callers to 9-1-1 reported that the motor was still running, but the boat was un-occupied. At least one caller indicated seeing a person in the water. An extensive search by citizens, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol was conducted in an attempt to locate the boat's operator. The search has been unsuccessful.

The boat's owner, and operator, Jay Jones a 25 year old Battle Ground resident, is missing. The vessel he had been operating was a 16 foot Smokercraft brand aluminum boat.

It is unknown at this time if the operator had been wearing a flotation device at the time of the incident.

This press release will be updated if or when any new details are available.

Sgt. Chad Rothenberger
Clark County Sheriff's Office


Attached Media Files: Search area from CCSO boat deck
Bank Robbery - Columbia Bank (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
Bank Robbery Suspect
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Bank Robbery - Columbia Bank
Case No. S14-7185
Suspect: White female, late age 20's to mid 30's; 5'-6" med. build - Dark Brown hair tied in a ponytail, wearing dark sunglasses, Dark sweat shirt and pants.
Suspect Vehicle: Newer model white sub compact "Smart type" car with navy blue stripes on the sides of the vehicle.
Just after 3:30pm this afternoon the Columbia Bank at 7500 NE 117th Ave. in Vancouver was robbed by a lone female suspect as described above. The suspect approached a teller and demanded cash; no weapon was seen or displayed. An undisclosed amount of cash was handed over and the suspect ran out. The suspect is believed to have left south bound on NE 117th Ave in a newer white "Smart Type" car as described above.
Please see attached photograph of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rick Torres at 360 397-6079.


Attached Media Files: Bank Robbery Suspect
Fatality Collision in Hazel Dell
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
UPDATE: 6/26/2014
Pedestrian-Deceased:
Grubbs, James Joseph 45 yo male
Vancouver resident

Driver:
Thomas, Marion Hubbard Jr 47 yo male
Vancouver resident

Vehicle:
2007 Ford Mustang Coupe

No charges are anticipated for the driver who has cooperated fully in this investigation.

On 6/25/14 at 17:17 hours Deputies with the Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision just south of the intersection of NE Highway 99 and NE 78th street. Citizens reported to 911 that a male had been struck by a Ford Mustang that had been north bound on Hwy 99. Rescue crews transported a 45 year old male from the scene with critical injuries. He unfortunately passed away from his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The driver of the Mustang remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. There are no indications of impairment or distracted driving. Indications are that the pedestrian was crossing Highway 99 south of the intersection and outside of a marked crosswalk in heavy traffic. The Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is conducting the investigation. At this time no charges are being considered against the driver. Names of involved parties are being withheld at this time pending notification of the family.
Operation Dry Water Campaign Emphasis Patrols June 27-29, 2014 (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/24/14
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OPERATION DRY WATER CAMPAIGN EMPHASIS PATROLS JUNE 27, 28 AND 29, 2014


The Clark County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol will again be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI). The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a national boating under the influence (BUI) campaign developed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the United States Coast Guard. Now in its sixth year, ODW partners with the recreational boaters, as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to bring attention to the dangers of drinking and boating. ODW encourages boaters to pledge to make wise decisions about alcohol use, and NEVER drink while boating. The campaign focuses on preventing accidents, injuries and deaths resulting from people abusing alcohol or drugs while operating boats. The 2013 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics stated that, alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. According to Washington State Parks Boating Programs, between 2007 and 2013, at least 36 people died in reportable boating accidents where alcohol use was a contributing factor.

"As with drinking and driving, boating while intoxicated is illegal and dangerous," said Sheriff Garry Lucas. "Marine Deputies will be watching for boaters operating a vessel recklessly or under the influence. We practice a zero tolerance enforcement policy for vessel operation (BUI) while impaired."

Extra marine patrols for Operation Dry Water are provided by funding through Washington State Parks and Recreation. The Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program is a leader in boating safety and environmental education and outreach, with the purpose of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of Washington waterways, and keeping recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.

For more information on boating regulations, visit www.boat.wa.gov
For more information about the Washington Operation Dry Water Campaign, download Washington State Parks news release: www.parks.wa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=49

For more information about the national Operation Dry Water Campaign, go to www.operationdrywater.org.


Attached Media Files: CCSO Marine Patrol
Injury Traffic Collision
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/14
On Saturday June 21st at about 11:23PM Clark County Sheriff's Office deputies and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of NE 167th Ave and NE 199th St. near Battle Ground WA.

Investigators found a 2000 Ford F150 truck that had been traveling south on NE 167th Ave collided with a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon which had been traveling east on NE 199th St. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. The driver of the Hyundai, Frederick Viray, was transported to the Peace Health hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, Jeremy Saia, was also transported to Peace Health with non-life threatening injuries.

The Ford truck was driven by Mario Beaudoin. He and his two passengers suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the scene by medical personnel.

The collision is being investigated by the Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit but the preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Beaudoin failed to stop at a "stop" sign for southbound traffic and was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Mr. Beaudoin was booked into the Clark County Jail on felony charges of Vehicular Assault.

Booked: Beaudoin, Mario Age: 42
Camas WA resident

Injured / Driver Viray, Frederick Age: 21
Brush Prairie WA resident

Injured / Passenger: Saia, Jeremy Age: 20
Battle Ground resident

Prepared by; Sgt Dennis Pritchard
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 07/16/14
(Vancouver, WA) A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA(R)) will arrive August 2, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Director Anna Pendergrass announced today.

The Assessment Team is comprised of Team Leader Commander Cheri Akselsen, Johns Creek Police Department (GA) and Team Member Ms. Michelle Provencher, Goffstown Police Department (NH). Verification by the team that Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation - a highly prized recognition of public safety communications excellence, Pendergrass stated.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (360) 992-6274 on Monday, August 4, 2014 between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Comments will be taken by the assessment team. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

Persons wishing to submit written comment about CRESA's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA(R)), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite #320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155.

The Agency has to comply with 219 standards in order to retain accredited status, Director Anna Pendergrass stated. Pendergrass further explained that accreditation will provide official recognition of the dedication and hard work of the professionals at CRESA who work tirelessly 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to assist community members in emergency situations.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite #320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or email calea@calea.org.
Warrenton Man Arrested (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
William F. Cox Jr
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On 06/24/14, at approximately 2330hrs, a Cannon Beach Police officer was conducting a traffic stop on Hwy 101, just north of the Hwy 26 junction. During the traffic stop, a 37 year old Seaside woman, wearing only a shirt, ran to the Officer for help. She reported William Fredrick Cox Jr., 61 of Warrenton, had attempted to rape and sodomize her.

Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputies responded with assistance from Oregon State Police, Seaside and Cannon Beach Police Departments. A perimeter was established around the area and a search for Cox began. Sr. Deputy Thomas Phillips and his K-9 partner Pax conducted a search of the area, locating Cox hiding in tall grass to the north of Dennis' Seven Dees landscape center. Cox refused to follow orders and attempted to further evade Deputies and Officers, resulting in the deployment of Pax to capture Cox. Cox was taken into custody at approximately 0210hrs on 06/25/14. Cox was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the capture, prior to being lodged in the Clatsop County Jail.

Cox is charged with Sodomy I, Attempted Rape I, Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, Coercion and Harassment. Cox will be arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court today.

Dennis' Seven Dees is not part of this investigation. Cox is known to be employed by a neighboring business. If you have any information about this case, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at (503) 325-8635.


Attached Media Files: William F. Cox Jr
Volunteer firefighter retires after 25 years of service
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/10/14
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Kelso- Bryan Christiansen will retire after 25 years serving the community as a volunteer firefighter for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. Bryan started in April of 1989 at Cowlitz 2’s Columbia Heights station (station 23). Christiansen was recruited by a friend who was already with the department. Bryan was trained in first aid/CPR, wildland firefighting and structural fire suppression. He also served as a training officer. A retirement party will be held at the Columbia Heights station, 918 Nevada Drive in Longview, July 16th at 7pm. Refreshments will be available.

Bryan comments on his time with Cowlitz 2, “I sure liked going on wildland fires. The Lake Chelan fires in 1993 and 1994 were exciting. I am going to miss the crews I worked with at the department. The relationships I’ve built are strong. I enjoyed my time helping others.”

Christiansen moved to the Longview/Kelso area from The Dalles in 1976. He is married to his wife Keri and has two adult children. He plans on using his extra spare time in his yard, camping with his family, and riding his ATV.


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Smoke visible on cottonwood island, authorities are aware
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/02/14
Cowlitz Co. Emergency Management: A fire on Cottonwood Island is being monitored by fire agencies (including Dept. Of Natural Resources - DNR). Since there is NO danger to persons or structures, responder agencies will monitor overnight and start extinguishing actions tomorrow morning. Citizens should please refrain from calling 911 ........... we are aware of the situation and want to keep the 911-lines open for emergencies.
Fireworks, sky lanterns, concerning to fire officials
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 07/01/14
Kelso - Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue asks the public to please be safe while celebrating the 4th of July with their fireworks. The potential for fires has increased with the recent weather and fireworks account for hundreds of injuries each year. Always have an extinguishing device or water source nearby, follow safety directions on fireworks, and use a water bucket to ensure all fireworks are out. Last year firefighters responded to two vegetation fires and numerous injuries related to firework activity. Attending a professionally organized fireworks show may be the safest option.

Fire officials also noted a new danger, Sky lanterns. Sky lanterns are a basic small hot air ballon that uses heat from an open flame to cause lift and rise into the sky. They are popular in wedding ceremonies and in some asian cultures. Currently they are not classified as a firework and are not illegal, according to Washington State Fire Marshal's office, RCW 70.77.250 (4), but are considered very dangerous. Once they are lit they have the potential to travel several miles and can stay lit for up to 15 minutes, increasing the risk of ignition to other property or wildland area. The use of them, including the 4th of July celebrations, have been linked to several fires over the last few years, according to the State Fire Marshal's office.

According to the Washington State Fire Marshal's office, 341 injuries related to fireworks were reported by fire departments and hospitals in the State last year. In 2012, the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fireworks Report showed that U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries. Of these emergency room fireworks-related injuries, 55% were to the extremities and 31% were to the head. More on firework safety can be found at the Washington State Fire Marshal's website: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm
and the NFPA's website: http://www.nfpa.org/ .
Recent traumatic emergencies linked to alcohol use, carelessness
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 06/24/14
Cowlitz County (WA) - Firefighters have raised concerns about an increased number of traumatic injuries related to outdoor activities that could have been prevented. Alcohol consumption, the lack of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including wearing a seatbelt, and accidents in remote areas may be to blame. In the last three weeks there have been multiple emergencies involving these factors that have sent people to the hospital by ambulance or in a Lifeflight helicopter. Injuries resulting from all-terrain vehicles (ATV) accidents on remote logging roads, car accidents, and a recent zip line malfunction could have been avoided or significantly reduced if alcohol was absent and more PPE was worn.

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Captain/Paramedic Bert Thayer comments on the concern, "Accidents are going to happen, but drinking alcohol, not wearing a helmet or a seatbelt during these activities adds to the risk of a life threatening injury. Even mowing the lawn while drinking is not a good idea. Also, ensure someone knows for how long and where you're riding ATVs alone. Better yet, don't ride alone."

According to the Center for Head Injury Services, there is a traumatic brain injury every 15 seconds in the United States (2 million each year). One quarter of patients with these injuries are admitted into hospitals and of those that sustain the injury, half were intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Cowlitz Sheriff reports unidentified body found on banks of Columbia river near Woodland
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/14
July 20th - 12:30 p.m. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office reports that fishermen found a body on the banks of the Columbia River near Woodland Washington. The body appears to have been in the water for several weeks or longer. The identity of the victim is not known at this time.

The Coroner has the body and he will be releasing the cause and manner of death after further examination. We are not speculating on the gender, or the persons age due to the decomposition of the victim.

More information will be made available when it is known.
Cowlitz Sheriff Releases photos of burglary suspect and suspect vehicle (Photo)
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
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Cowlitz County Sheriff releases photos of the suspect and suspect car that is involved in the Burglary to residence just west of Longview on 07-07-14. (we are not releasing the victims name or address out of respect to the victim's privacy) . The Suspect pried front door and stole four .22 rifles, two shotguns, flashlights, laptop, TV, checkbook and debit card. Card was used at Kelso McDonalds, Bridgeview Tabaco in Rainier and 15th Ave Safeway.

Vehicle description is dark blue late 90's Nissan 200sx coupe with black rims, spoiler and missing the "Nissan" symbol on the grill. Suspect is described as white male adult between 20-40 with short dark hair and goatee.

Anyone who has any information on this case is encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at (360) 577-3092, or Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

WARNING: Subject May Be Armed


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UPDATE: Victim recovered by Divers: Cowlitz Sheriff reports 19 year old vancouver man missing and presumed drowned at Yale resevoir
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
UPDATE: #1 Monday July 7th Cowlitz Divers located the body of Austin Wolford this morning in Yale Reservoir not too far from where he was last seen swimming in distress. His family was in the area and has been notified.

The victim will be turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner who will provide the cause and manner of death at a later time.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff reports that shortly after noon today a 19 year old Vancouver man who was swimming at Yale Reservoir is now reported as missing and presumed drowned. The man, who was reported by friends as "not a strong swimmer", was out on the lake in an inner tube when he began having difficulties when he slipped off of the inner tube and could not get back on it. He tried to swim to shore but could not make it. The young man's girlfriend's father (who was nearby) tried to rescue him but by the time he got to the victim, he had gone under the water and could not be found.

The missing man is Austin H. Wolford, 19yrs, of Vancouver. His family has been notified.

Clark County Divers and Clark County Fire responded and searched the area for several hours, but were not successful in finding the Austin.

A Cowlitz Sheriff SAR Coordinator will return to the area tomorrow with divers to continue the search.

The friends who were with the victim are very upset and out of respect for their privacy, we are not identifying them at this time.
ECFR Open House (Photo)
East (Clark) County Fire & Rescue - 06/29/14
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For immediate release
East County Fire and Rescue will be holding their annual Open House on Sunday July 27th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Open House will be held at ECFR Station 91, 600 NE 267th Ave, Camas, adjacent to Grove Airfield. There will be a demonstration of the "Jaws of Life", an impressive demonstration by the Clark County Fire Marshall's office on the value of having a home sprinkler system, as well as many information booths regarding your family's safety and fire prevention. A Life Flight helicopter is expected to land between noon and 1:00. Come and meet our dedicated Firefighters, tour the station and check out our awesome fire apparatus. For the kids, we'll have plastic fire helmets, coloring books, and a Dalmatian bouncy house. There will also be free popcorn for all. Bring the family and come enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the Fire Station.
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Death Investigation at Chinook Landing in Fairview
Fairview Police Dept. - 07/16/14
On July 15, 2014 at approximately 1:41 P.M., the Fairview Police Department responded to a report of an unknown suspicious male subject driving alone in the parking lot of Chinook Landing at 5201 NE 223rd Avenue in Fairview. It was reported the subject had a rifle in the vehicle and he provided a private citizen an unknown amount of Canadian and American money in multiple denominations. He told the citizen he was dying of cancer and not to believe what they would say about him.

As the subject exited the east exit of the park in his vehicle, a Fairview Officer attempted to make contact with the driver. The officer observed the vehicle traveling in reverse as he approached it from the rear. There was an occupied school bus a short distance from where the vehicle was reversing. As a precautionary maneuver, the officer placed his patrol car between the bus and vehicle to prevent it from getting closer to the bus. It is unknown if the driver was attempting to harm the children on the school bus. No one on the school bus saw the incident nor was anyone injured.

The driver then immediately drove forward exiting towards the main exit of the park. Within a few seconds, the officer reported hearing a gunshot coming from inside the vehicle as it continued east bound out of the park. The vehicle drove about one hundred feet on the roadway, then down an embankment into a marsh wetland where it came to rest. Officers discovered the body of a man inside the vehicle. It appears the male driver died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The male driver has not been identified at this time pending further investigation by the Fairview Police Department and Medical Examiners' Office.

Sergeant Gary Kirby Fairview Police
FBI Youth Leadership Academy (media availability)
FBI - Oregon - 07/16/14
The FBI's Portland Division is hosting more than 50 high school students from across the region at its fifth annual Youth Leadership Academy. The academy gives motivated high school students the chance to develop leadership skills by engaging them in team-building experiences, exposing them to careers in law enforcement, and encouraging them to communicate and collaborate across cultures. Participants have direct interaction with FBI special agents and community leaders throughout the program.

Activities will include interview/resume skills, physical fitness, hands-on forensics work, and participation in a mock crime scene investigation.

Media Availabilities:
When: Thursday, July 17th - 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
What: Students will be rotating through a series of activities, including forensics (how to process a crime scene); legal training; and arrest techniques.

When: Friday, July 18th - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
What: Students will be participating in a kidnapping scenario, involving "witness" interviews, working with a "prosecutor" and "judge" to obtain a search warrant, arresting the bad guy, processing crime scenes and more.

Media interested in covering the FBI Youth Leadership Academy MUST call ahead to arrange access. Please contact Beth Anne Steele at Elizabeth.steele@ic.fbi.gov at least two hours in advance of anticipated arrival
FBI Searches for Missing Woman Charged with Sex Trafficking (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/25/14
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The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating Julia Lynn Haner, age 19. In April, a federal grand jury indicted Haner on charges related to sex trafficking of a minor. As legal proceedings continued, Haner was allowed to live at home while wearing an ankle monitoring device. The FBI has learned that Haner removed the monitoring device over the weekend and disappeared.

Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call their local FBI office. In Portland, the twenty-four hour number is (503) 224-4181.


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FBI Child Exploitation Task Force & Local Partners Recover Minor Victim in Sex Trafficking Sting (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/23/14
FBI Agents and local police officers briefing during Op Cross Country VIII
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The FBI, local law enforcement partners and victim service agencies from throughout the region joined forces to launch multi-day undercover operations targeting child sex trafficking operations in the Portland metro and Eugene areas. These operations, which ran June 18th - June 22nd, resulted in the recovery of one minor child and the identification of 20 adult prostitutes. Many of the adults had been trafficked since they were 13 or 14 years old. The Oregon FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) conducted these stings in conjunction with a national weeklong event, Operation Cross Country VIII, which included enforcement actions in 54 FBI field offices and 106 cities across the United States.

Law enforcement and social service providers worked with each victim to provide counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing, and advocacy resources to them. Due to the sensitive nature of these cases, there will be no further details released about the minor child sex trafficking victim.

As part of Operation Cross Country VIII, local police arrested three traffickers on state charges. Those arrested include:

* Joseph McKenzie, age 41 , charged with promoting prostitution (arrested by Portland Police Bureau)
* Courtney L. Milan , age 23, charged with promoting prostitution (arrested by Beaverton Police Department)
* Alexandra R. Roberts, age 22, charged with promoting prostitution (arrested by Eugene Police Department)

In addition to the minor victim, local police cited 20 adult women on prostitution charges. Victim specialists offered all of these women the opportunity to access help through law enforcement victim service programs and the social service partners.

"Sex traffickers are selling kids - our kids - every day in motels, on the street and in our neighborhoods for sex. Over time, the children age into adulthood - but the impact of this victimization continues for each of them, their families, and the community as a whole," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force brings together our agents, local law enforcement, and passionate community advocates. They are doing great work - not just during Operation Cross Country stings, but every day, pulling children out of horrendously violent and abusive situations. They cannot do their jobs, though, without the help of concerned parents, teachers and community members."

If you suspect that a child is being sexually exploited, please call your nearest FBI office or local law enforcement agency immediately.

In the course of - but unrelated to - the undercover stings, officers and agents came into contact with a four-year-old child living with a non-custodial parent. That child was placed in state custody, and local police arrested the parent on outstanding warrants.

**Background Information**

* This is the eighth Operation Cross Country event that the FBI has coordinated since 2008.
* In seven previous Operation Cross Country events, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies joined together to recover 434 child victims and arrest 581 pimps nationwide.
* In Oregon, the FBI participated in Operations III - VII, leading to the recovery of a total of 20 local minor victims during those specific operations.
* Operation Cross Country is part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, established in 2003 by the FBI, the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
* Since 2003, the FBI and its task force partners have recovered a total of more than 3,500 children throughout the U.S.
* Since 2003, the task force investigations have led to total of 1,450 convictions and resulted in many lengthy sentences, including 14 life terms.
* More information on recent Oregon cases and convictions can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/portland/news-and-outreach/stories/protecting-our-children-fbi-child-exploitation-task-force


**Partnerships**

Locally, the FBI would like to thank the full-time members of the Child Exploitation Task Force as well as the other agencies and departments who took part in the law enforcement portion of the Operation Cross Country VIII sting:
FBI Child Exploitation Task Force Members:
* Portland Police Bureau
* Beaverton Police Department
* Tigard Police Department
* Vancouver Police Department

Other participating agencies:
* Eugene Police Department
* Hillsboro Police Department
* Troutdale Police Department
* Washington County Sheriff's Office
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF)
* Interagency Gang Enforcement Team (IGET)
* Prostitution Enforcement Team
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office
* Washington County District Attorney's Office
* Lane County District Attorney's Office
* United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon

Task force operations such as this one usually begin with the development of information that a pimp is trafficking a minor. That information can come from parents, concerned citizens, local law enforcement or other sources. In many cases, the trafficker is posting photos or other details about the minor on websites that cater to men wanting to schedule meets. (We will not release the specific locations or methods utilized in this local operation due to ongoing investigative interests.)

These cases are jointly investigated by FBI agents and local law enforcement. As the case progresses, the investigators and prosecutors work together to determine whether state or federal charges are most appropriate.

The charges filed in this operation are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Social service and non-profit agencies who provided assistance during Operation Cross Country VIII locally include:
* LifeWorks NW
* Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
* Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
* Beaverton Police Department Victim Services
* Multnomah County Department of Human Service/Child Protective Services
* Multnomah County Department of Community Justice
* Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Victim Services
* Washington County Department of Human Services/Child Protective Services
* Washington County Juvenile Department
* Lane County Department of Youth Services
* Lane County District Attorney's Office of Victim Services
* Lane County Department of Human Services/Child Protective Services
* United States Attorney's Office Victim Assistance Program

The FBI would like to thank all law enforcement and social service provider agencies for taking part in Operation Cross Country VIII and for their ongoing work with the Child Exploitation Task Force.


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Truck and Horse Trailer Accident (Photo)
Fire Dist. 3, Clark County - 07/19/14
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Fire District 3 responded at 3:00pm today to the 22700 block of 182nd Avenue, Northeast of Battle Ground, on a motor vehicle accident involving a truck and horse trailer with two horses on board. Apparently the trailer came unhitched from the tow vehicle causing the trailer to go into the ditch. There were no injuries to the occupants of the tow vehicle and only minor injuries to the two horses on board. Fire District 3 personnel assisted with off loading the horses who were able to walk home with the assistance of the owners. 182nd Avenue was closed temporarily to aid in the off loading of the horses.


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Single car accident in an attempt to avoid a deer (Photo)
Fire Dist. 3, Clark County - 07/18/14
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Fire District 3 responded at 1pm today to a single car accident. The SUV was apparently traveling north bound on 152nd Ave near the 30000 block when it lost control after hitting a deer. The driver and occupant were both transported, one to Emmanuel via Life Flight and the other by North Country EMS to Peace Health Southwest. Fire District 13, Clark County Fire and Rescue and Clark County Sheriffs Office also responded.


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Fire Destroys 5th Wheel Trailer Residence in Brush Prairie (Photo)
Fire Dist. 3, Clark County - 07/13/14
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Fire District 3 responded to a reported structure fire at 7:42 this evening at 16214 NE 152 Ave. While responding to the fire, fire personnel were told the fire was in a 5th Wheel trailer and the owner/occupant may still be inside. Engine 31 arrived to find a well involved 5th wheel trailer with fire showing at all windows. Eventually the occupant was found uninjured. One of three cats that lived in the trailer is still missing. The trailer was a total loss. Fire also extended to a shop/garage adjacent to the trailer. The fire was extinguished in the garage before major damage occurred. Fire District 3 was assisted by fire personnel from the Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire & Rescue. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire. Firefighter Andrew Blomdahl and Captain Jason Mansfield are pictured extinguishing hot spots in the trailer.


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Fire Damages Home in Hockinson (Photo)
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Fire District 3 responded to a structure fire today at 04:51. Four occupants escaped the fire prior to our arrival. The fire started in the HVAC system. The fire extended in to the second floor and was confined to the area of origin. Smoke damage was extensive. Four fire engines, including two from the Vancouver Fire Department, responded to the scene. The Clark County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.


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Firefighters call for Coast Guard helicopter to rescue injured man (Photo)
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FIREFIGHTERS CALL IN U.S. COAST GUARD HELICOPTER FOR RESCUE IN TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST

Just before 2:30 pm on Thursday July 17, firefighters from the Forest Grove Fire Station were called to a report of a fall patient near the Gales Creek Campground off of the Wilson River Highway. Apparently a team of surveyors working for Washington County were working in the Coast Range when one of the men fell approximately 20 feet into a ravine and creek bed. Upon arriving on scene firefighters found the injured man, a 57 year old County employee, conscious and talking with our crews but in extreme pain from what appeared to be possible broken ribs and internal injuries suffered during the fall. At that time Incident Commanders called for a Coast Guard helicopter to respond to the scene to assist with transporting the seriously injured man from the steep terrain he was in. The HH-60J Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria arrived on scene shortly there after and worked with firefighters to hoist the injured man approximately 75 feet into the air where the helicopter then also hoisted a Firefighter Paramedic from the Forest Grove Fire Station and transported the injured man to Providence St. Vincents Hospital in Portland for treatment of his injuries. Crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Metro West Ambulance, Washington County Sherriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police also assisted Forest Grove Fire & Rescue with the ground effort during this rescue.
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Media Advisory - Firefighters sponsor fireworks show to help combat illegal fireworks
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue - 06/24/14
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MEDIA ADVISORY - FOREST GROVE FIREFIGHTER'S FIREWORKS SHOW RETURNS

Friday July 4th will find the western sky of Forest Grove lit up with fireworks, and it will all be perfectly legal. For the third year in a row, the Forest Grove & Cornelius Firefighter's Association is sponsoring an old fashioned Independence Day community party in an effort to combat the use of illegal fireworks and also as a fundraiser for the projects funded by the non profit group of firefighters. This event will once again be held on the fields at the Tom McCall Upper Elementary School campus, located at 1341 Pacific Avenue, and everyone is welcome. Gates open at 6:00 pm with food vendors on hand to fill your bellies while you enjoy the evening, local Americana band Trask River Redemption takes the stage to kick the party off at 7:00 pm, and then finally as the sun sets over the beautiful view of the Coast Range, the fireworks will start lighting up the sky at 9:45. Bring a blanket to lay on, a ball or frisbee to kick or throw around, and the entire family, but please leave the booze, tobacco, and personal fireworks at home as they aren't allowed on school grounds. Remember, this is your only chance in Forest Grove and Cornelius to watch some of the high powered aerial fireworks that aren't legal for personal use in Oregon, without having to worry about getting caught with them yourself and have to pay the $1,000 ticket that comes with getting caught. Admission to our fireworks show will only cost you $5 per person, or $20 per family, which is a suggested donation and we only ask that you give what you can to help keep this show going next year.

Parking is available at the Tom McCall campus, as well as at the Assembly of God church across the street, but we obviously encourage people in the nearby neighborhoods to walk to the show if they can, and Pacific Avenue/E Street will be closed from C Street to Goff Road at the conclusion of the event to facilitate an easier flow of traffic out of the area. There are literally acres upon acres of wonderful grass covered areas to sit and enjoy the show and let the kids run and play too, with playgrounds on site as well. This event is the largest fundraiser o the year for the non profit Forest Grove and Cornelius Firefighter's Association, proceeds raised here will fund future July 4th community parties, as well as programs such as our maintenance of the large US flag on Pacific Avenue, a relief fund for those who experience a fire or emergency, smoke alarms for low income neighbors, assistance for families during the holidays, and much more. For questions please contact our agency public information officers David Nemeyer at dnemeyer@forestgrove-or.gov or Matt Johnston at mjohnston@forestgrove-or.gov.

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Forest Grove Police Plans National Night Out Events and Joins Forest Grove Summer Fest
Forest Grove Police - 07/21/14
The Forest Grove Police Department will be celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday August 5th by visiting neighborhoods throughout the Forest Grove community from 4pm-8pm with ice cream, free give-away's and visits by the men and woman that serve and volunteer with the Forest Grove Police Department. The police department will also be visiting association picnics, block parties and Neighborhood Watch gatherings in the first two weekends of August for those who could not plan a Tuesday evening activity.

This year, the Forest Grove Police Department will also join the Forest Grove "Summer Fest" celebration on Sunday August 10th from 11am-6pm. The event will be held at the sports field near 16th Avenue and Elm Street and will include food vendors, entertainment, a market place, pony rides, face painting, games, free ice cream and more! The department will have several informational booths set up to provide information on getting involved in the local community with Neighborhood Watch and other crime fighting programs.

These events are all part of the Forest Grove Police Department's commitment to outreach to prevent crime and build a safer community.

Anyone with questions about joining or starting a Neighborhood Watch group in their area can call Forest Grove Police at 503.992.3260.
Forest Grove Police to Host 2nd "Coffee with a Cop" Event Tomorrow (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 07/01/14
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Forest Grove Police welcomes the public to stop by Maggie's Buns at 2007 21st Avenue anytime between 8:00am-10:00am tomorrow for "Coffee with a Cop." The department is hosting this after success with the first event back in April that was held at BJ's Coffee company.

"Coffee with a Cop" started in Hawthorne California and has grown to over 175 cities and towns in 36 states. These events help in building community trust, police legitimacy and partnerships. Citizens can stop by to talk about a neighborhood concern, ask questions about the law or simply just say hello. The Forest Grove Police Department will host this event on a quarterly basis and will rotate to different locations.

This event is part of the department's continued efforts in outreach to the greater Forest Grove community.


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Forest Grove Police to have Extra Patrols over July 4th Holiday
Forest Grove Police - 06/27/14
The Forest Grove Police Department will have extra patrols out looking for impaired drivers over the July 4th holiday. All too often the festivities turn tragic on our nation's roads during holiday celebrations. This iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011), 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The planned extra patrols are consistent with the Forest Grove Police Department's mission to step up traffic and pedestrian safety enforcement.
Man Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison for Super Bowl Sunday Apartment Fire
Gresham Police Dept - 07/15/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Arsenio Lee Jumping Bull, 26, was sentenced yesterday to 90 months in prison for breaking into an apartment on Super Bowl Sunday and starting it on fire. He pled no contest to two counts of Arson in the First Degree and was ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. Collaborative efforts between fire and police investigators are credited for saving lives and bringing this case to a swift resolution.

On Feb. 2, 2014, at 12:56 p.m., Gresham police officers and fire fighters responded to the Highland View Apartments, 4725 West Powell Boulevard, for the report of a disturbance and fire. First responders struggled to gain entry into the burning apartment as the fire spread. According to police reports, Jumping Bull jumped out of a window after fire fighters knocked down flames inside a bedroom. He was immediately taken into custody by police. Deputy Fire Marshals Shawn Durham and Robert Mottice led the arson investigation, determining Jumping Bull had started the blaze from multiple ignition points.

No one was hurt as a result of the fire but two families were displaced. Police reports suggest Jumping Bull was delusional and under the influence of cocaine and methamphetamine when he broke into the apartment and started the fire.




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Gresham Man Arrested for Damaging Mother's Home, Killing Her Cat
Gresham Police Dept - 07/08/14
Gresham, Ore. - Gresham resident Jonathan Frederick Wagner, 27, was arrested on July 7 for destroying the inside of his mother's home and killing her cat, "Tom."

Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to a single story home in the 400 Block of NE 18th St. for the report of a disturbance. A distraught female caller said her 27-year-old son, Jonathan, had "thrown things around, cut TV cords, destroyed her car" and "killed her cat," according to the police report. Wagner was gone when police arrived but the responding officer found the inside of the home to be "demolished and trashed."

Wagner, who was apprehended a short time late while walking near the intersection of NE Kelly Ave. and NE Burnside Rd., may have been upset by his mother's recent request for him to move out and her placing some of his belongings in boxes. In his rage, Wagner is believed to have smashed in a car windshield; broken pictures, figurines, wall hangings and lamps; poured liquids on the carpet and walls; scrawled threatening messages to his family on paper and doors; and killed Tom, his mother's 16-year-old tabby cat whose throat appeared to be cut.

Tom, originally Wagner's late grandfather's cat, came to live with Wagner's mother in October of last year. A necropsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of his death.

Wagner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, charged with Criminal Mischief in the first degree and Aggravated Animal Abuse in the first degree.

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.
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Gresham Police Increase DUII Enforcement for July 4th Weekend
Gresham Police Dept - 07/02/14
Gresham, Ore. - The Gresham Police Department is participating in a nationwide traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired drivers this July 4th weekend.

Police officers will perform enhanced DUII focused patrols throughout Gresham, looking for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The goal of this campaign is to save lives by removing impaired drivers from the streets.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the July 4th holidays from 2008 to 2012, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The July 4th DUII campaign is designed to deter people from driving while impaired by implementing high-visibility enforcement and increasing the number of officers on the streets who are assertively seeking to identify and stop impaired drivers.

Ways to prevent impaired driving:

?,? Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
?,? Prepare for guests to stay the night or assist with calling for cab service.
?,? Choose a responsible designated driver.
?,? Serve plenty of food to lessen the effects of alcohol.
?,? Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages.
?,? Report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Grant funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact support these extra high-visibility DUII patrols.
Gresham Police Arrest Robbery Suspect
Gresham Police Dept - 06/24/14
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Craig Junginger, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer

Gresham Police Arrest Robbery Suspect


RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2014
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 14-707005


Gresham, Ore. - On June 23, 2014, at 11:04 p.m., Gresham Police were dispatched to Richards at 1403 NE 181st after witnesses called 911 to report a robbery in progress. During the robbery, a weapon was implied and an undisclosed amount of money was taken by the suspect. Gresham Police responded to the area just as a vehicle was leaving the area. The driver took off and a pursuit followed. With the help of Portland Police and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office the pursuit was brought to a safe conclusion on I5 northbound in NE Portland near the Broadway exit. There were no reported injuries as a result of this pursuit.

Police arrested the suspect, 48 year old Nicholas Eugene Johnson of Gresham, and transported him to Gresham police department to be interviewed. Charges are pending and Gresham Police do not believe there are any suspects outstanding.

The Gresham Police Department would like to thank everyone who helped in the apprehension of suspect and the safe ending to this pursuit.


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Cell 503.766.3066
18 Hillsboro Workers Treated for Breathing Battery Fumes (Photos Corrected) (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/21/14
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(Hillsboro, Oregon) - Eighteen Hillsboro workers were treated for minor injuries early Monday morning as a result of breathing fumes from overheated lead acid batteries. The incident occurred at Cascade Systems Technologies, 23176 NW Bennett Street, shortly before 8 am. When Hillsboro firefighters arrived, they found approximately 50-60 people evacuated from the building and, initially, seven of them were complaining of eye and nose irritations, breathing difficulties and nausea. The incident commander requested a medical task force to bring additional crews along with three Metro West Ambulances.

Firefighters set up triage and determined that none of the employees was suffering any serious symptoms. All who were exposed were advised to be evaluated by physicians. The 17 people who complained of any symptoms were loaded into three ambulances and transported to local hospitals: five to Tuality, five to St. Vincent's Medical Center and seven to Kaiser Westside. An 18th employee had left prior to firefighters' arrival and had driven to a private physician.

Company managers told Hillsboro Fire investigators that several lead acid batteries were placed on a timed charger over the weekend. Apparently, the charger failed to shut off in time and two of the batteries overheated and began producing acid fumes. The batteries were removed from the building. Firefighters checked the building for residual fumes and determined it was clear before allowing the employees to reenter. Cascade Systems Technologies is a contract manufacturer. There was no threat to any surrounding businesses.

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Deck Fire Damages NE Hillsboro Home (Photo)
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/19/14
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A fire on the back deck of a northeast Hillsboro home caused extensive damage this evening. The blaze was reported to Washington County 9-1-1 dispatchers at 8:15pm. When Hillsboro firefighters from the Jones Farm Station #5 arrived, they found fire inside the garage and from the rear of a one story home located at 1832 NE 9th Avenue.

The crew from Engine #5 quickly extinguished the fire in the garage. Upon entering the home they discovered that the fire had gotten into the attic and a back office space. The crew from the next arriving engine attacked the fire from the rear of the house. Their combined efforts extinguished the fire within fifteen minutes.

The homeowner and his wife and were found safely outside having evacuated the home when they heard the sound of breaking glass caused by the flames. Because the fire started outside the home the smoke alarms inside had not yet sounded. The family will be staying with nearby neighbors.

After interviewing the homeowners and processing the scene for evidence Hillsboro Fire Investigator Joe Ligatich determined the cause for the fire to be improperly disposed of charcoal briquettes placed on the back deck of the home. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

A total of 21 firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze. No firefighters were injured.

Hillsboro Fire and Rescue reminds all residents to:
*Allow coals to burn out completely and let ashes cool at least 48 hours before disposing.

*Dispose of cold ashes by wrapping in heavy-duty aluminum foil and placing in non-combustible container. Be sure no other combustible materials are nearby.

*If you must dispose of ashes before completely cooled, place them in a metal container and soak them with water.

For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/fire or call 503-681-6166.
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Burn Ban Initiated in Hillsboro & Washington Co.
Hillsboro Fire and Rescue - 07/14/14
The warm, dry weather has prompted the issuance of a burn ban in the City of Hillsboro and Washington County Fire District 2 (WCFD2). In fact, the burn ban extends across all of Washington County. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and WCFD2, in conjunction with the Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief and the Oregon Department of Forestry, have issued the ban on burning effective immediately.

A burn ban is declared each year based on weather conditions and the relative fire danger. It will remain in effect until further notice.
The Burn Ban includes:
* All backyard burning
* All agricultural burning

The Burn Ban does NOT include the following:
* Recreational fires (e.g. Cooking fires in a fire pit or barbeque) Persons intending on using fire in this manner should use caution.
* Ceremonial fires or religious fires which require a permit issued by your local fire department.

Backyard burning has been prohibited in Hillsboro since June 15th. Residents who violate the burn ban are subject to fines. Additional information on burning within the city can be obtained from the Burn Line at 503-681-6204. If you plan to vacation in other counties or states, check with the local fire agencies in those areas to determine whether there are restrictions on the use of campfires or off-road recreational vehicles. For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire or call 503-681-6166.

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Hillsboro Police Arrest Hit and Run Suspect
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/13/14
Earlier this afternoon, KEVIN BORCHERT, age 48, contacted Hillsboro Police to report that he thought he might have been in a crash the prior evening on SE Borwick St. Officers went to BORCHERT's residence and determined that the damage to BORCHERT's vehicle, a dark green 2004 Porsche Boxster, matched that of the reported suspect vehicle in a hit and run crash in the 6500 block of SE Borwick St. that injured a 9 year old boy. BORCHERT's residence was approximately one-half mile from the crash location. BORCHERT was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of Failure to Perform Duties of Driver When Person is Injured and Reckless Driving.

Hillsboro Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 503-629-0111.
Hillsboro Police Seek Hit and Run Driver
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/13/14
On July 12 at about 9:30 PM, officers from the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run crash in the 6500 block of SE Borwick St. Witnesses reported seeing a dark green compact convertible car traveling westbound on SE Borwick St. strike a 9 year old boy on a bicycle in the head with its passenger side rearview mirror. The force of the impact pushed the boy into the 10 year old girl walking with him, and the mirror was shorn off the car. Miraculously, the boy received only minor injuries, and the girl was not injured.

The vehicle was estimated by witnesses to be traveling in excess of the posted 25 MPH speed limit, and it was last seen turning southbound on SE Century Blvd. after failing to stop at the scene of the crash. Witnesses were not able to provide officers with a description of the driver, and an extensive area check by officers did not locate the vehicle.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect or suspect vehicle are asked to contact Hillsboro Police at 503-629-0111.
Hillsboro Police Arrest Burglary Suspect
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/12/14
Shortly before midnight on July 11, Hillsboro Police Department officers and Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested KEVIN TOLER, age 22, at a residence in Cornelius following a burglary and theft of a firearm earlier in the day at 2905 SW Cornelius Pass Rd. TOLER was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree and Theft in the First Degree.
Hillsboro Police Investigate Burglary
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/11/14
Hillsboro Police and Washington County Tactical Team respond to a barricaded burglary suspect.

On 07-11-14 at 1:30 PM, Hillsboro police officers responded to 2905 SW Cornelius Pass Rd in Hillsboro at the report of a burglary suspect at the location. The witness reported that a male suspect had entered an apartment unit and had gained entry into another adjoining apartment by kicking a wall and gaining access through the attic area.

Once inside the suspect stole guns from the apartment and officers believe that he barricaded himself in the attic. Officers contained the area and evacuated people from the 4-plex-apartment bldg.
Due to the dangerous nature of the situation and the suspect's possession of weapons, the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Intervention Unit were activated.

The tactical team responded and cleared the structure at about 8:30 PM and discovered that the suspect was not at the location and that he had fled prior to containment.

The suspect has not been identified and he remains at large. He is described as a white male in his early 20's.

No persons were injured during this incident.

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Hillsboro Police Encourage Holiday Safety
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 07/02/14
The men and women of the Hillsboro Police Department wish you a happy and safe Independence Day.

Hillsboro police will have officers dedicated to neighborhood safety and extra patrols on July 4th and throughout the weekend.
Please keep your celebrations safe and consider the following advice:

Fireworks Safety Tips
* Only adults should light or handle fireworks.
* Supervise children all times when fireworks are being used.
* Please Store fireworks, matches and lighters out of reach of children.
* Use fireworks outside on a paved surface, away from buildings and bushes.
* Have a hose or bucket of water on hand to douse misfired and spent fireworks, and extinguish potential fires.
* Never point or throw fireworks at buildings or people.
* Never alter or make your own fireworks.


What is Illegal?
Oregon basically bans all fireworks that fly, explode, or act in an uncontrolled manner. Popular fireworks such as M80s, roman candles, firecrackers, and bottle rockets, are illegal in the state of Oregon.


What are the Penalties? Under Oregon law, officials can seize illegal fireworks and you can be fined up to $500 per violation and the violator could be arrested.

Please keep it legal, keep it safe and enjoy the 4th of July.

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Hillsboro Police Investigate Train Vs. Bicyclist Crash
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 06/26/14
On 06/26/14 at 8:35 PM Hillsboro police responded to a collision between a man on a bicycle and a Tri-Met Train.

The crash occurred on SE 10th Avenue at Washington St whereby a 58 year old male, unknown identity, was riding his bicycle southbound on 10th Avenue as a Tri-Met train was traveling westbound on the tracks on Washington St. crossing 10th St.
The man on the bicycle was riding on the sidewalk when he ran into the side of the train causing him to fall onto the roadway.

The man was not run over by the train but did suffer serious head injuries that appear serious during this incident.
The bicyclist was transported to Emanuel Hospital via ambulance. No one on the train was injured and the train immediately stopped.

The roadway will be closed for approx 4 hours during this investigation conducted by HPD, Washington County CART Team, Tri-Met, and Transit Police.
10th avenue will be closed between Baseline Rd and Main Street and Washington St will be closed between 9th Avenue and 11th Avenue. Tri-Met will bus riders around the area during this investigation.

The identity of the bicyclist will not be released at this time pending proper notifications.

UPDATE: SE 10th Avenue has been reopened to vehicular traffic as of 11:20 PM.


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Stabbing Leads to Arrest of Hood River Man (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/14
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HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Just after 6 p.m. on July 17, 2014, the Sheriff's Office and Parkdale Fire were called to the 3800 block of Paul Partlow Dr. on an alleged stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies located fifty-four year old Richard E. Wilson of Ocean Park, WA, who was suffering from life threatening knife wounds. A deputy and neighbors performed life-saving measures until medical personnel arrived.

Wilson was transported from the scene via Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where he remained in critical condition Thursday night.

The initial investigation continued into Friday morning and led to the arrest of a neighboring Paul Partlow resident. Dale Allen Bush, 66, was lodged at NORCOR on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault I.

Following the arrest, HRCSO personnel executed a search warrant at Bush's residence. The investigation is on-going.


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4 Alarm Fire In Turner, Oregon (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 07/18/14
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On Friday July 18, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. Turner Fire District was dispatched to a low risk grass fire at 12307 Summit Loop SE Turner, Oregon. Upon arrival Incident Commander, Jon Remy saw that the fire was approximately six acres. The fire quickly escalated to a four alarm fire. Albany, Lebanon, Jefferson, Scio, Salem, Stayton, and Marion County were also dispatched to assist with the call. There was a small shop being threatened within a few feet of where it appeared to be an illegal burn. The fire quickly moved through approximately 15-20 acres.

There were several homes that were threatened from Pearson Road towards Wintercreek. Marion County Sheriff's gave standby evacuation notices to the homes that were potentially threatened by the fire.

The fire was deemed under control at 3:19 p.m. Crews continue to mop up for several hours after. The cause of the fire appears to be from an illegal burn and is under investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office.

There were no injuries to firefighters or animals.


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update...Lake Oswego Restaurant damaged from explosion and fire... (Photo)
Lake Oswego Fire Dept. - 07/20/14
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At 11:33 pm Lake Oswego Firefighters responded to a report of an explosion and fire at a local restaurant. Firefighters arrived at Scratch Restaurant located at 149 A Avenue in Downtown Lake Oswego to find the front windows blown into the street. There was smoke coming from the building and a fire was burning in a room off of the main restaurant area.
Firefighters advanced hose lines into the structure and were able to bring the fire under control in less than 10 minutes. Additional firefighters checked neighboring occupancies to ensure the fire had not spread to those tenant spaces. It was determined that the fire was contained to the original occupancy.
No one was in the business when the explosion occurred and no injuries were reported.
Lake Oswego Firefighters were assisted by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue at the fire and Portland Fire provided an engine to help cover other 911 calls.
The Fire Marshal will work through the night trying to determine a cause.

UPDATE 1634hrs 7/20/2014

Fire investigators were unable to absolutely determine a cause of the fire. The investigators found a ceiling fan that may have contributed to the fire. At this time the cause is listed as undetermined.

There was an explosive event that blew some of the windows out of the front of the restaurant. It is possible that a smoke explosion occurred. Battalion Chief David Morris explains that "A smoke explosion occurs when the products found in smoke, mix with air, creating a flammable mixture. When this flammable mixture finds a ignition source it creates a explosion, similar to what happens when a cloud of gas reaches a ignition source". There was no evidence that anything from the kitchen was involved in the fire or subsequent explosion.

The building has been turned over to the owner and it is believed that there may be about $50,000 worth of damage.
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Two Women Arrested With Drugs and As Part Of Possible Organized Retail Theft Operation (Photo)
Lake Oswego Police Dept. - 07/11/14
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LAKE OSWEGO - On July 9, 2014, Lake Oswego Police Officers arrested two northeast Portland women, Carmen Genevieve Young (DOB: 02/18/78) and Victoria Jean Brown (DOB: 12/28/65), for Theft II, PCS-Meth, PCS-Heroin and PCS-Cocaine. Carmen Young was also charged with 4 counts of probation violation, and the pair are suspected of being a part of an organized retail theft operation.

The original report was generated from Sur La Table, at 390 N. State Street, whose employees observed the two suspects stealing items while in the store and called police. The two suspects were found in possession of the aforementioned drugs and stolen property from Sur La Table. Officers also seized numerous bags of what they believed to be more stolen property totaling more than $2,000.

Officers are still investigating the possibility of this incident being a part of a larger organized retail theft operation affecting numerous retail stores around the Portland Metro area.

Photos of the suspects and evidence can be seen on our Twitter feed (@LOPolice) or on our website at www.ci.oswego.or.us/police.

If you have any further inquiries or information about this case or related cases, please contact Sergeant Tom Hamann at (503) 635-0238.

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Attached Media Files: Drug Evidence , Recovered Stolen Items , Victoria J. Brown (DOB: 12/28/65) , Carmen G. Young (DOB: 2/18/78)
Sheriff's Office Fall Citizens Academy
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley announces the next Linn County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy will be held this fall starting September 9th and concluding on November 18th. The academy will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sheriff Riley is excited to start the next installment of this valuable program. The academy will touch on all aspects of the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Students will receive approximately 30 hours of training.

Applications for Citizens Academy can be located on the Linn Sheriff's Office website (Linnsheriff.org) under volunteer programs. Applications will need to be returned by August 22nd. Space for the academy is limited. If you have any questions, you may call 541-967-3950 and speak with Undersheriff Jim Yon or Debbi Harrell.
Linn Deputies Investigate Scio Area Robbery
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/03/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his deputies are investigating a robbery. On July 2, 2014, at 7:25 P.M. the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call from Nickolaus Thomas Blair, 21 years of age (of Scio) stating he had just been robbed at knife point.

Blair reported he had been walking along the banks of Thomas Creek with his dog, then walked back to his car, which was parked on Densmore Road just west of Kelly Road in Scio. Blair told deputies when he arrived at his vehicle, there was a 90's dark green Honda Civic with paint peeling on the trunk, parked along the roadway. Blair said the doors of the Honda Civic were open and two adult males were inside the vehicle. Blair told deputies as he walked past the green Honda to his vehicle, he heard the two males approaching him. Blair reported he turned around and one male grabbed him by the throat and held a knife to him, while telling him to unlock the door to his vehicle. Blair told deputies he unlocked his vehicle door while one male kept him at knife point and the other male entered his vehicle, taking Blair's wallet, a Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun, and his iPhone 4S. Blair told deputies the two males fled the area in the dark green Honda Civic, last seen driving towards Jefferson on Densmore Road. Blair was uninjured during this incident.

The only suspect information the deputies were able to obtain was there were two adult Hispanic males who were described by Blair as short. One Hispanic male was wearing a white T-Shirt and blue jeans and the second Hispanic male was wearing a gray tank top with blue jeans.

This investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Lieutenant Bob Clark at (541) 967-3950.
Linn Sheriff warns public of Bench Warrant Scam
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
Undersheriff Jim Yon would like to remind citizens to be on the lookout for possible fraud involving telephone scams.

Telephone scams are a serious crime that continues to grow throughout America. As of today our office has taken 7 reports involving a scam that claims the victim did not show up for jury duty as required by law. The caller claims to be a Deputy with Linn County, saying the victim can resolve the issue by loading money on a pre-paid card. The victim will then give the caller a card number and an amount to resolve the warrant.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement do not request money over the telephone to pay for any warrant or citation. If you receive a telephone call similar to this and believe you are a victim of a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

To protect you from fraud involving scams, the Linn County Sheriff's Office recommends that everyone check and monitor their financial accounts and credit report. Be smart on your passwords and be careful where you purchase items Online. Do not open E-mails from unknown sources and always shred sensitive documents that might contain personal information. Don't give out your Social Security Number and make sure you keep personal information secure in your home.
Scio Man Drowns in Thomas Creek
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
Undersheriff Jim Yon reports, the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call of a missing 91 year old man with dementia on June 30, 2014, at 11:26 pm from a residence in the 45000 block of Thomas Creek road outside of Scio. Ashby "Al" Getz was last seen inside the residence reading a book earlier in the evening.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area and began searching for Getz. They searched the immediate area around the residence and nearby roads. Linn County Search and Rescue was brought in to assist with the search. The Linn County Dive team responded to search Thomas Creek, which backs up to the property. Oregon Air National Guard sent a helicopter to assist with the search.

Today at 10:08 am, Getz' body was located by Oregon Air National Guard approximately 150 feet below the residence in the middle of Thomas Creek. Linn County Dive Team removed Getz from the river. The body was taken to Aasum Funeral Home.
Firefighters Quick Actions Save Home and Sleeping Resident (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 07/14/14
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At 0741 today (Monday, July 14) Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) Firefighters where called to the intersection of Hollywood and Leafwood Ave NE in Salem for smoke showing from a home. Arriving Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire on the outside of the home that was just starting to work its way into the attic. While Firefighters were searching the structure they found one resident sleeping and assisted him outside unharmed.

In all 22 personnel from 3 engines, 1 heavy rescue, 1 utility vehicle, 3 chiefs officers, 2 staff officers and 1 ambulance responded to the scene.

MCFD1 investigators are continuing to investigate the cause of this fire. Damage is believed to be lass than $5,000.

Marion County Fire District #1 would like to remind all residents to check their smoke detectors and replace if needed.

For additional questions, please contact:

Robb Milano
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com


Attached Media Files: Leafwood Fire
Entrapped driver extricated by MCFD1 firefighters after early morning crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 07/04/14
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At 04:33 a.m. this morning (Friday, July 4th), Marion County Fire District No. 1 Firefighters and Paramedics were dispatched to an injury vehicle crash on Rambler Drive NE, near Yew Tree Ln NE, west of Mt. Angel in rural Marion County.

A passerby in the area noticed gravel on the roadway as he was making his morning drive and stopped to investigate. The passerby discovered a vehicle that had just moments before had rolled off the roadway and down an embankment (see picture 1). The passerby, name unavailable, noted the vehicle was still occupied and was still running. The passerby then called 911 to report the crash.

MCFD1 Firefighters and Paramedics arrived and immediately went to work reaching the vehicle and then began the process of assessing the lone occupant of the vehicle who was trapped in the vehicle under the crushed roof of the car. Using specialized hydraulic extrication equipment (known as the Jaws of Life), the firefighters began extricating the patient from the mangled vehicle. In all, it took personnel 22 minutes to free the patient from the vehicle.

Once extricated, the patient was then packaged and then moved up the side of the embankment to a waiting ambulance. The patient was then transported to Salem Hospital, the local Level II Trauma Center, for further treatment of injuries. Consistent with HIPAA privacy laws, no further information about the identity or condition of the patient will be released by MCFD1.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident and is continuing to investigate this crash. At the time of this release, it was unknown if alcohol or speed were factors.

In all, 3 engine companies, 1 heavy rescue, 1 ambulance and 1 chief officer, totaling 16 personnel, responded to the scene.

For additional questions, please contact:

Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
BC-32 Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


Attached Media Files: Photo 1 scene from road , Photo 2 car caved in roof , Photo 3 firefighters extricating patient , Photo 4 firefighters extricating patient II
Marion County Fire responds to 2-Alarm house fire overnight, extingushed, no injuries
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/23/14
On June 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD1) units were dispatched to the report of a residential structure fire at 180 Kenwood Ave NE, in Salem, Oregon.

First arriving units were met by the sole occupant that exited the building prior to arrival and was reporting no one else in the home.

Crews made entry into the structure and were met with heavy fire conditions as they worked their way to a finished room in the attic. Fire conditions deteriorated and crews were pulled out of the structure and the fire was attacked from the exterior in a defensive posture.

A second alarm was called to bring additional resources to the scene. Once the fire was knocked down from the exterior, crews were able to re-enter the structure to complete extinguishment of the fire. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to control the fire.

The fire remains under investigation and no dollar loss is available at this time however there was significant damage to the second floor/attic space. The occupant was staying with family in the area.

Forty-three personnel were on scene:

1 Battalion Chief
7 Engines
1 Rescue
3 Medics
4 additional Command/Support Staff

There were no injuries to the occupant or firefighters.

MCFD1 thanks Woodburn Fire District and Aumsville Fire District who assisted with Station coverage while MCFD1 crews worked on scene of the fire.

MCSO assisted with traffic and crowd control. PGE responded to turn off power to the home.

Photos are not avail for this fire at this time.

For additional questions, please contact:


Joshua Darland, Incident Information Officer
Captain/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: Joshd@mcfd1.com
3-Alarm wildland fire extinguished in rural Marion County, firefighters save structure (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 06/22/14
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At 3:15 pm today (Sunday, June 22, 2014), Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD1) responded to initial reports of a "low-risk" grass fire in the area on 119th Avenue NE and State St, east of Salem. While enroute to the scene, the Salem 911 center received additional information and notified responding units that the fire was spreading uphill towards a densely forested area of the hillside. This prompted an upgrade to a First Alarm assignment bringing more firefighters and portable water as there were no hydrants in this part of the county.

Upon arrival of the first MCFD1 unit, the fire was located in a ravine set off the road approximately one-half mile. The ~3 acre wildland fire, burning in grass and light brush, was growing rapidly pushed by light winds in an area immediately adjacent to a farmers shop and two forest tree stands with significant additional risks including homes.

The incident commander upgraded the response to a Third-Alarm, bringing mutual aid firefighter and water support from a number of neighboring jurisdictions including Stayton, Sublimity, Turner, Jefferson, Aumsville, Silverton, Mt. Angel, Woodburn, Keizer & Salem. These firefighters immediately went to work providing structure protection, as well as establishing fire lines to prevent the further spread of the fire. After nearly 4 hours, and with approximately 60 firefighters, the fire was confined to 6 acres. Fortunately, due to the quick and coordinated efforts of the units on scene, no structures were lost or damaged. For precautionary reasons, one firefighter was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. That firefighter is expected to have a full recovery.

An investigation into the cause of the fire found the property owner had been in the ravine clearing some of the property by means of burning brush and tree stumps. Due to the extremely dry fuels and winds today, the fire quickly grew beyond his ability to manage it. He then drove from the fire to his home to call 911 as there was such poor cell phone reception in the area.

MCFD1 would like to remind everyone that Oregon's summer fire season has arrived nearly a month early. Fuels are much dryer, and the potential for fire spread is far greater than average years. Please be extremely careful with any and all fire activities. For more information on how residents can prepare for wildfire emergencies, please review tips on FEMA's website at http://www.ready.gov/wildfires.

For more information on this and other district activity, please follow MCFD1 on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MarionCountyFireDistrict1.


Patrick J. Wineman, Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com


Attached Media Files: farmers shop that was protected from advancing fire , how close fire got to tree line , firefighters using foam to stop fire's progress , firefighters mop up fireline , firefighters monitoring fireline near trees , fire stopped before reaching trees , firefighters receive briefing from division supervisor , firefighters accessing fire
Pursuit leads to rural search for suspect
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/14
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Evans Valley Rd just outside of Silverton just after 5 P.M. The vehicle was a grey Ford Ranger pick-up. The vehicle failed to stop with a white male adult driver and a white female adult passenger inside.

The initial reason to stop the vehicle was reckless driving where the Ford Ranger almost caused an accident. The driver continued to drive with deputies following to Forest Ridge Rd and ultimately drove down a gravel access road near the 17500 Block of Powers Creek Lp.

Deputies set a perimeter and deployed police canines into the area to track the suspects. This area of Marion County is rural forest and the terrain is steep with thick underbrush. Deputies tracked the suspects northeast for approximately 4 miles and ended up near Abiqua Rd NE.

The Sheriff's Office last received information from the public the suspects were seen near the 17000 Block of Abiqua Rd NE at around 10 P.M. The suspects who are described as a white male, long brown hair with a medium build and unknown age. The female is described as a white female, long brown hair wearing a backpack.

It is believed the suspects were attempting to get out of the area and the direction of travel
would indicate the same. We have no specific information that would indicate there is a danger to the community other than it is unknown why they were trying to avoid police contact. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are not actively searching the area for the suspects any longer.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspects or their location, please call 503-588-5094 for Deputy Walker. Citizens are asked to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032 if you see the suspects or any kind of suspicious activity in the area that might be related.
Injured Hiker Rescued near Mt Jefferson
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office received information from The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which is located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City Florida, there was an activation from a Personal Locator Beacon near Mt Jefferson. A Personal Locator Beacon is similar to locating devices which are used on aircraft, but for personal use.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was able to find out the beacon was registered to 56 year old Michael Smilenski out of the Detroit, Oregon area. Deputies received information from friends that Mr Smilenski left yesterday to hike up to Mt Jefferson but they did not know the trail he was taking.

Deputies attempted to locate Mr Smilenski's vehicle and began activating Search and Rescue units from Marion County and Linn County. The sheriff's office also requested a helicopter from the Oregon National Guard. The National Guard activated staff and sent a helicopter into the area to locate Mr Smilenski.

Mr Smilenski was located by the helicopter just after 10 P.m. as he was flashing some kind of light to signal rescuers. The helicopter that located Mr Smilenski was not equipped to conduct a rescue operation and they requested an additional helicopter for the rescue.

Once the rescue helicopter was on scene overhead, they were able to use a hoist to lower down, load up Mr Smilenski and lift him up into the helicopter where he was flown to Salem and then taken by ambulance Salem Hospital for medical treatment. Mr Smilenski was hoisted into the rescue helicopter just before 2:30 A.M.

Mr Smilenski is an experienced hiker and had hiking equipment with him for the different conditions he might face. Information from Mr Smilenski indicates he fell approximately 100 feet and was unable to hike out on his own due to the injuries he sustained. The sheriff's Office will not be releasing further details about his injuries.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank The Linn County Sheriff's Office for the assistance of deputies and Search and Rescue Crews, The Oregon National Guard as well as Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams. We would also like to thank the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center for the information and resources they provided throughout this rescue mission.
Deputies and Fire on scene fire South Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/14
Fire personnel were dispatched to Summit Loop SE in Marion County on a fire that appears to have started from an illegal burn. Residents in the area have been notified to be ready to evacuate if needed by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and fire personnel. The fire is mostly contained at this point but fire crews are still checking further.

The public is asked to avoid the area of Parrish Gap Rd SE, Wintercreek Rd SE and Summit Loop SE. The Oregon State Fire Marshalls Office will be investigating the cause of the fire and will give a follow up media release as they are available. Please direct questions to the State Fire Marshalls Office for additional information.

The Sheriff's Office does not plan on putting out any further media releases.
Base jump leaves one man Dead
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are finishing up at the scene of a base jumping accident. Deputies responded to a report from friends of 38 year old Zachary Sommer of Portland that he had not returned from a base jump. Initial information is Mr Sommer called his friends last night letting them know he was heading out for a base jump, but he never called them back and they became worried something bad happened and called the Marion County Sheriff's Office just after 7 A.M. this morning.

Deputies arrived on scene at the tower southeast of Silverton where they found Mr Sommer deceased. The tower is approximately 1000 feet high and is located on private property. We will not be releasing the exact location of the tower.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Cooper, who is an experienced base jumper and known in the base jumping community believes Mr Sommer grabbed a lanyard as well as the handle to deploy his pilot parachute which prevented the proper pull and deployment of the parachute. Deputy Cooper describes the lanyard as a part of the stash bag which is used to package the parachute once the jump is completed.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens there are no legal locations for base jumping within Marion County but there are websites that list legal options for base jumping on line.
PIO Coverage 07/17 thru 07/21
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
Sergeant Baldridge will be on vacation starting 07/17 thru 07/21. In his absence to reach a PIO you must call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great week!
Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect ***In Custody*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
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Approximately one hour ago an alert Salem Police Officer, Officer Laura Seefeldt spotted a male matching the description of the person who was involved in an armed robbery at Target on July 14th. The male was walking on D Street near the I5 Overpass. Kraig James Fox, age 28, of Keizer has been arrested on outstanding warrants for parole violation and he is to be lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Once Mr. Fox has been interviewed by Detectives it is expected he will face charges associated with the robbery. Those exact charges have not yet been determined by Detectives.


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Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75940/target_armed_rob.jpg , Fox
Deputies Searching For Missing Female (Photo)***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
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Ms. Wymer has been found safe in the area of 17th and State Street. An alert citizen saw Ms. Wymer near a coffee stand at State and 14th Street and called police. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the agencies who helped search for Ms. Wymer throughout the night.

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On July 14th at 8:50 p.m., deputies were called to the 1800 block of Walker Road NE in Salem. Mary Catherine Wymer, age 58 walked away from her care facility and as of this hour she has not yet been located.

Ms. Wymer suffers from dementia as well as several other serious mental health conditions. The area Ms. Wymer is missing from is densely populated, however to the east quickly turns to rural farm land. The Sheriff's Office Jeep Patrol and Search and Rescue K9 Units are out and actively searching the area for Ms. Wymer.

Ms. Wymer is a Native American female, 5'05" tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing bright green tennis shoes, turquoise sweat pants and a gray tee shirt with a green teddy bear on the front of it.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you see Ms. Wymer to please call 911.

***The attached photo of Ms. Wymer is the only image available and was taken in the 1970's.***


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Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
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Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75939/target_armed_rob.jpg
Hazelgreen Road closed due to crash ***Updated Details Correction on Age of Victim*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
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The driver in yesterday's crash that blocked Hazelgreen Road has died. Brittany Perry, age 17 of Silverton was taken to the Salem Hospital where she was treated and ultimately died from injuries sustained during a single vehicle collision with a tree.

The passenger in the vehicle remains in the hospital and her condition is unknown. MCSO does not intend to release the passenger in the vehicles name nor do we anticipate any further release regarding this incident.

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The time of call for the accident was 0556 a.m.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Crash Team is on the scene of a single vehicle accident in the 6600 block of Hazelgreen road which is approximately 5 miles east of Salem. Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident into a tree. A citizen driving through the area spotted the vehicle and immediately checked on the occupants and called 911.

Fire and medical personnel from Marion County Fire later transported the driver and a single passenger to Salem Hospital Emergency Room with serious injuries. We plan to release further information at a later time regarding the occupants.

Initial information indicates the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Hazelgreen road, left the roadway impacted a tree. No other vehicles were involved and it is unknown at this time if speeds or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Hazelgreen road is closed between 62nd Av and 75th Av and will remain closed for several hours. We would ask commuters to avoid this area while our investigators finish up at the scene.


Attached Media Files: Hazelgreen Crash Scene
PIO for 07/11 & 07/12
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/14
Sgt Baldridge will be off for the next two days. To reach a PIO please dial the PIO line at 503-584-MCSO (6276). Thanks and have a great weekend.
Sheriff's Office On Scene of Second Drowning ***Name Release*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
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The Sheriff's Office has identified Tuesday's drowning victim as Ralph Johnson the III, age 30. Mr. Johnson is from the New York area but had recently been living in Portland. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this case.

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The Sheriff's Office and Crisis Chaplaincy Service are working very hard to locate and notify family of the deceased male from yesterdays drowning. As of the time of this release however we have not made any contact with family. We are exhausting all means and resources prior to releasing the males name.

We will continue working on these notifications and once they are complete we will be releasing the name. The Sheriff's Office thanks the media for its patience and understanding in this matter.


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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene of it second drowning two days. At approximately 5:45 p.m. today deputies were called to the Scott's Mills Park to assist with the investigation of an adult male who had drown and subsequently died in a popular swimming hole located on Butte Creek.

Deputies have found that the male was swimming with a friend, began struggling against a current and drown. CPR was performed by first responders but he was unable to be resuscitated. These two tragic events compel the Sheriff's Office to remind that public of theses few safety tips when swimming.

1 Know your swimming skill.
2 Always swim with a buddy.
3 Have a Coast Guard approved flotation device with you, on you, or near you at all times when swimming.

The Sheriff's Office is still working with the friends of the victim to identify him and then notify his family of his tragic death. Once this process is complete the victim's name will be released.


Attached Media Files: Swimming Hole
Marion County Sheriff's Office Adopts Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), which is a private social network for neighborhoods and neighborhood watches. It is intended to build stronger, safer communities through the help of residents.

Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff's Office to communicate online with neighborhoods. Residents and the Sheriff's Office will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.

With Nextdoor, Marion County residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Sheriff's Office will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within their community.

"We believe in our communities and their ability to effect positive change by working together," said Undersheriff Troy Clausen. "With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and to stay connected by giving them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts."

Already, Nextdoor has proven to be a well-received tool for northeast and southeast Salem-area residents. Seven neighborhoods have already joined!


Nextdoor is free for both residents and the Sheriff's Office. Each Marion County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who can verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the Sheriff's Office will not be able to access residents' websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by any search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.


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Marion County Sheriff's Office Adding Extra Patrols For Holiday Weekend (Stats Added) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
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During the Sheriff's Office extra patrols focused on detecting DUII drivers deputies contacted 24 drivers, issued 21 citations and arrested 3 impaired drivers. For any questions regarding the specific violations cited please contact the PIO at the listed numbers.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be adding extra patrols over the 4th of July weekend thanks to grants made possible thru the Oregon State Sheriff's Association. The extra patrols will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

With the warm weather and the holiday weekend comes the increased usage of our roadways to access our waterways, parks and rural camping areas. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists that it is all of our responsibility to drive safe and sober.

If you are drinking and you must drive a few simple steps can help you avoid a crash or a trip to jail.

* Volunteer or designate your sober driver before leaving home.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you.
* Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

And finally please report any possible intoxicated drivers to your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office can be reached at 503-588-5032 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.


Attached Media Files: 2014-06/1294/75544/Clarke_DUII_Arrest.JPG
Salem Resident Loses Pet Snake ***Update Snake Found*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
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Nomad the nomadic boa has been located. According to the snakes owner she found a hole in the sheet rock inside of their residence and climbed inside of a wall, where she remained until she was located. The owners have assured the Sheriff's Office that they have purchased an upgraded snake cage to prevent these types of escapes in the future.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the citizens who offered their help during this strange incident.


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It's not every day law enforcement is called to help a pet owner find their lost pet. But when it is a 10 foot, red tail, boa constrictor it perks our attention. That is what brought us to 825 Treewood Lane SE in Salem. The owners of the snake say it has been missing for about four days and it may have slithered out a second story window.

The owners called deputies because of the size of the 23 year old, female snake, appropriately named nomad and its close proximity to other residences. Deputies have searched the area but were unable to locate the snake. Residents close to the home are being contacted by deputies and made aware of the situation. We are asking other residents to be mindful of their pets and small children until the snake can be located.

The snake is green and tan and despite its name does not have a red tail. If you locate the snake please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. The photograph attached is similar to the missing snake.


Attached Media Files: Snake
Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
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Yesterday at 3:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. That is where deputies learned that 14 year old Sean Kaleopa had been swimming with family at Three Pools Recreational area.

Family members noticed Sean was missing and when they began looking for him they found him submerged and at the bottom of the pool of water. A heroic effort to save Sean was put into action by family members and park goers. Sean was pulled from the pool and a human chain was formed to extricate him from the river's edge. CPR was performed on Sean by citizens and responding fire personnel, however Sean could not be resuscitated.

Sean is described by his family as the, "Big brother to all." Sean is a Houck Middle School Student who was active in numerous sports, his most favorite being football. An impromptu memorial has been scheduled at Houck Middle School at 1:30 p.m. The family spokesperson Bob Jung will be on hand to answer any questions.

The immediate family has declined any personal interviews and they are requesting all media refrain from coming to their residence during their time of mourning.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75741/Sean.jpeg
Sheriff's Office Accepts Donation in Honor of Torch Run (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
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This Friday the Marion County Sheriff's Office will take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. LETR is a grassroots funds raiser that benefits the Special Olympics Oregon athletes.

On Friday the 11th at 8:15 a.m., at the Jefferson Home Town Market, the Sherriff's Office will be passed the torch and then carry it approximately 10 miles, to Delaney Road and Interstate 5 where it will be passed to the Salem Police Department.

Last night Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers accepted a donation for the Special Olympics Oregon athletes. GTECH Enterprises a worldwide company with an office in Salem, made a $500 contribution to support our Oregon athletes.

As of today the Sheriff's Office has raised more than $1,150.00, if you would like to donate to the Special Olympics Oregon through the Sheriff's Office you can email Deputy Matt Hagan at mhagan@co.marion.or.us or donate directly at https://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?name=Donate-Now&PID=70


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Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Updated with the time of call)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
At 2:50 p.m. today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the drowning death of a teenage, juvenile male at the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. We are currently in the process of the notifying the family and do not expect to release any further details regarding this tragic incident until later tomorrow.
Sheriff's Office Advising of Possible Traffic Delays (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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With the consolidation of courts and the opening of the new Marion County Justice Court located at 4660 Portland Road NE, Suite 7, comes a back log of arraignments. This onetime event has made it necessary for the Sheriff's Office to notify the public of possible traffic delays in the area.

The courts in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office and Marion County Public Works will be working feverishly to process the some 800 arraignments, scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

Traffic control will be in place but the Sheriff's Office and Public works are asking for motorists to seek alternate routes if possible during their normal commutes to avoid congestion.


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A Bizarre Test Drive Leads to Arrest of Salem Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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Three days in a row a man identifying himself as a deputy sheriff came to the car lot at Good Fellows Auto Sales located at 218 Lancaster Drive NE to test drive a black, Chevrolet Tahoe. On the third day employees grew suspicious and went along on the test drive.

That is when Anthony McGuire, age 40, of Salem began yelling at a motorcycle to pull over. The motorcyclist pulled over and Mr. McGuire told the rider he was a deputy and he was stopping him for speeding.

Everyone involved grew suspicious of Mr. McGuire and called the real deputies. Mr. McGuire admitted to impersonating a deputy and he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. If you believe you have been a victim of Mr. McGuire please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.

Please remember that deputies and police officers acting in their capacity will always carry official identification to include a badge. If you ever have questions about a police officer or deputies identity please call your local law enforcement or 911.


Attached Media Files: McGuire
Sheriff's Office Cadets Graduate US Border Patrol Academy (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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On June 27th three Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadets graduated from the United States Border Patrol Explorer Academy held at Camp Ortoha. The Explorer Academy is located in the Okanogan National Forest, near the Canadian border in Central Washington.

Cadets John Mendrin, Nick Skelton and Grant Thommen participated in the week long academy which covered numerous law enforcement skills with a high degree of focus on team building and physical fitness.

Cadet Mendrin was chosen by Academy Advisors and awarded with the "Outstanding Performance" award. This award goes to the cadet who demonstrated leadership and the best overall performance for the week.

The Marion County Cadet Program is for area youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, Cadets volunteer twenty hours a month, while attending school. Cadets assist with community events throughout Marion County and participate in ride-alongs with Deputies.

To learn more about our cadet program or make a donation go to, http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/jointheteam/cadetunit.htm


Attached Media Files: Cadets
Motorcyclist Seriously Injured After Crash ***Update Driver Name Released*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/04/14
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The driver of last night's motorcycle crash has been identified as 45 year old, William Liebertz the IV of Salem, he remains in critical condition at Salem Hospital. No further information is available about this incident at this time. Additional information may be released upon the completion of the CRASH Teams investigation and that time frame is currently unknown.

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A motorcyclists is in critical condition after riding recklessly and crashing near the intersection of 45th and Market Street in Salem. Deputies attempted to stop the motorcycle after it passed them at high speeds on Lancaster near Center Street.

The deputies turned around to stop the motorcycle and radioed ahead to additional units. One block later a Sergeant with the Sheriff's Office witnessed the rider's behavior and activated his lights in an attempt to pull the motorcycle over. The rider continued riding at high speeds and the Sergeant quickly terminated the pursuit of the motorcycle.

Unfortunately even after all deputies deactivated their lights and stopped following the motorcycle, the rider continued speeding through city streets. Near the intersection of 45th and Market Street the rider lost control and crashed his motorcycle.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team has been called to the scene to investigate. The riders name and more details surrounding this event should be available tomorrow.


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Close Call Spurs Warning to Swimmers from Sheriff's Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
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An eight year old boy is alive, thanks to the quick reactions of his 12 year old brother after a near drowning at a local swimming hole. Yesterday at about 3:15 p.m., the two juveniles and their 43 year old aunt, Connie Kitchen of Scotts Mills were swimming in Butte Creek at the Scotts Mills Park, in Scotts Mills.

The eight year old became caught in a swirling current, was growing tired and swallowing water. His 12 year old brother saw he needed help, swam out to him and together they reached the shore. Neighbors heard the screams of Ms. Kitchen and called 911.

When law enforcement and fire arrived the boy was tired but uninjured. The eight year old was taken to Silverton Hospital for evaluation. Life preserves were not being used by either child in this case, nor were they accessible.
Although this incident turned out well it could have quickly turned tragic.

Please remember a few things can save you or your child's life when swimming in the open water:

* Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
* Always swim with a buddy
* Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
* Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
* Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
* Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person's ability.


Attached Media Files: Park
PIO Change 06/28 & 06/29
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/14
MCSO PIO coverage will be handled by Sergeant Jeff Stutrud for the next two days. To reach Sergeant Stutrud please call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great weekend.
Woodburn Man Arrested After Stealing From Cemetery (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
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You would think after thirteen years of law enforcement that the shock factor would be gone, but that certainly was not the case when reviewing the calls for service on June 25th. That was when I learned that Randall Kuschnick, 42, of Woodburn had been arrested for stealing metal flower pots and 300' of fencing wire from a cemetery in rural north Marion County.

Deputies were alerted to the Belle Passi Cemetery by the care taker after he discovered the missing items between the dates of June 13th and June 20th. The care taker began searching local scrap yards and after finding the flower pots called deputies in to investigate.

That is when deputies used recycling records to locate and arrest Mr. Kuschnick for the thefts. Mr. Kuschnick was cited and released for the charge of Theft I and he is scheduled to appear in court on 07/25/2014 at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.


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Deputies Need Your Help in Solving Sexual Assault Case (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/14
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Sheriff's deputies are seeking the public's help in locating a man suspected of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a teenage female at a residence on State Street SE. The man is described as small, approximately 5'5" in height, thin build, strong, shoulder length hair pulled back into a pony tail, wearing basketball shorts and a tank top or cut off t-shirt.

If you think you may have seen this person near 46th Avenue SE and State Street SE, between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 6 a.m. on June 22nd, please call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-540-8079, you can remain anonymous.


Attached Media Files: Crime Alert
Lando Lakes Purina Feed Mill Catches Fire in McMinnville (Photo)
McMinnville Fire Dept. - 06/23/14
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Yamhill County Communications Center received a 911 call about a commercial structure fire at 102 SE Booth Bend Road at 06:49 this morning. McMinnville Fire Department responded to the Purina production plant to find a heavy smoke coming from the top of the production plant. Fire crews initiated an interior attack to the basement where a rolling mill cooler had caused sparks to catch the grain product on fire. A second alarm was sounded to supply personnel and equipment due to the size and complexity of the property. Crews worked to extinguish the fire in the basement then proceeded to follow the product transfer piping into the upper levels of the processing plant to put out small fires and hot spots that had transferred throughout the product movement system. Final Units cleared the scene at 08:43.

There were no injuries and property damage was limited to the some machinery and its contents. There are no dollar loss estimates at this time.

The cause of the fire is has been identified as an equipment malfunction.

12 Fire units from McMinnville, Amity, Newberg, responded to the scene with 40 firefighters. Lafayette and Newberg filled the McMinnville station in support of any additional calls while the fire operations were under way.


Attached Media Files: Newberg Ladder
McMinnville Search Warrant leads to 3 drug arrests and recovery of a stolen firearm (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 07/14/14
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On July 12th, 2014 at about 5:00 am, McMinnville Officers and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for narcotics at 2400 SE Stratus Avenue #88. The basis of the warrant was information provided by citizens that had noted apparent drug activity occurring at that residence or with the resident, Daniel Joseph Martin.

During the search warrant, officers located quantities of heroin and methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. They also recovered a stolen firearm.

Daniel Joseph Martin DOB 08/11/1981, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin SRA $10,000
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Kenneth L. James DOB 01/14/1971, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Aften Valene Gunn DOB 06/11/1981, of McMinnville was arrested and lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court for the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin SRA $10,000
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine SRA $ 6,250
Frequenting a place where Drugs are used SRA $ 6,250

Kenneth James and Aften Gunn were also arrested for arrest warrants in other criminal cases.

The case is ongoing and further charges and arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information specific to this case is asked to contact Sergeant Rhonda Sandoval at 503-434-7307.


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Join the "9K for K9" Walk This Saturday and Show Support for the Milwaukie Police Canine Unit. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/17/14
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Join the "9K for K9" Walk This Saturday and Show Support for the Milwaukie Police Canine Unit.

The Milwaukie Public Safety Advisory Committee and the Milwaukie Public Safety Foundation are co-sponsoring the "9K for K9" fun-walk scheduled for Saturday, July 19th starting at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Albertson's at the Milwaukie Market Place.

Bring a canine walking partner and choose between the 3K, 6K, or the whole 9K route along SE International Way in Milwaukie. Water for walkers and their dogs will be available along the route, and a dog-pool can be found at the half-way point along the walking route.

The first leg of the walk begins at 9 a.m., the second leg at 10 a.m., and the third started at 11 a.m.

Pre-registration is $25. The fee includes a short-sleeve event shirt, a water bottle, and dogs biscuits for the four-footed participants. Registration is $30 the day of the event.

Proceeds benefit the Milwaukie Police Department Canine Unit. Come meet Canine Handler Officer Les Hall and his German shepherd partner "Yago".

For more information go to www.milwaukiepsf.org/k9walk


Attached Media Files: Yago and Officer Les Hall , Yago and Officer Les Hall , Shaka and Officer Billy Wells , Shaka and Officer Billy Wells
Update on Milwaukie Missing Person Tanya Banton. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/15/14
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Update on Milwaukie Missing Person Tanya Banton.

On 07-14-14 Milwaukie Police contacted the media regarding a person reported missing. As of 07-15-14, 51-year-old Tanya Elizabeth Banton is still listed as a missing person, and her status has been upgraded to 'missing/endangered' due to health concerns.

Through the investigation police do not believe she is a victim of foul play but the police are concerned for her safety due to recent health issues. Tanya Banton's last known location was in the town of Brightwood near the Mt. Hood National Forest on Saturday, 07-12-14.

Tanya drives a silver-gray 1994 Chrysler Concorde, Oregon license plate number ZTZ464.

If anyone knows Tanya's whereabouts, or has seen her vehicle, please contact the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7500.


Attached Media Files: Tanya Elizabeth Banton , 2014-07/1406/76005/3150830139_large.jpg
Missing Person Brandon McLain has been located.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/15/14
Milwaukie Police officers have located 20-year-old missing/endangered person Brandon Michael McLain. He is being medically evaluated, and is no longer considered missing or endangered.

Thank you for your assistance.
Milwaukie Police Asking for Public's Help in Locating a Missing/Endangered Person. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/15/14
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Milwaukie Police Asking for Public's Help in Locating a Missing/Endangered Person.

On 07-15-14 at 7:20 p.m. Milwaukie Police took a missing person report on 20-year-old Brandon Michael McLain of Milwaukie. He has been listed as missing/endangered due to medical issues.

He has recently been distraught over personal issues and police are concerned for his safety due to current mental health problems.

Brandon McLain is 6 foot tall, 160 pounds with short black hair, and brown eyes. He has tattoos of multi-colored stars on his wrists, and tattoos of claws on his chest.

He was last seen wearing a black, sleeveless shirt and tan shorts. He does not have a vehicle, and is likely on-foot.

If anyone has seen Brandon or knows his whereabouts, please contact the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7500.


Attached Media Files: Brandon Michael McLain
Milwaukie Police Asking for Public's Help in Locating a Missing Person. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/14/14
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Milwaukie Police Asking for Public's Help in Locating a Missing Person.

The Milwaukie Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 51-year-old Tanya Elizabeth Banton who has not been seen or heard from since Friday morning, July 11th, 2014.

Friends and family are concerned because they have been unable to contact her, and she has not answered her cellular phone. She is self-employed, but has not arrived for scheduled work appointments.

Tanya is described as 5-9" tall, weighing 210 pounds. She has shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes.

Tanya drives a silver-gray 1994 Chrysler Concorde, Oregon license plate number ZTZ464.

If anyone knows Tanya's whereabouts, or knew of her activities since July 9th or 10th (last Wednesday or Thursday), or has seen her vehicle, please contact the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7500.


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More Sex Abuse Victims Come Forward After Media Airs Information on Suspect Arrested by Milwaukie Police. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/08/14
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More Sex Abuse Victims Come Forward After Media Airs Information on Suspect Arrested by Milwaukie Police.

After an initial investigation responding to a report of an adult male who had sexually abused 12 year old girls in his home during the last year, Milwaukie Police sought help in locating other possible victims.

On May 22, 2014, Jason James Karsten, 41 years old of Milwaukie was arrested on allegations of child sex abuse. He was charged with Sex Abuse I and indicted by a Clackamas County grand jury on those charges.

After media reports aired seeking help in locating other possible victims, Milwaukie Police Detectives received tips that led them to further, previously unreported victims of Jason Karsten.

In a continuing effort to locate any other possible victims who have not yet contacted the police, the Milwaukie Police Department once again is asking if anyone has any information to contact the Milwaukie Police Department at 503-786-7500.


Attached Media Files: Jason James Karsten
Gladstone Incident Concluded
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/07/14
On 07-07-14 around 2:40 p.m. the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team made entry into the residence where a person inside had earlier discharged a firearm. The team discovered the man inside was deceased, from a self-inflicted gunshots wound.

The name of the deceased is not being released until relatives have been notified.

Webster Road and surroundings streets are now open.

Please refer any additional questions about this incident to the Gladstone Police Department.
Gladstone Police Attempt Welfare Check at home; shots fired from inside the residence.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/07/14
On 07-07-14 at about 0856 hours Gladstone Police Officers were dispatched to conduct an welfare check on a person inside a residence on SE Springhill Drive in Gladstone. When officers attempted to make contact, shots were fired from inside the residence. Police safely retreated and locked down the area.

Washington County's Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT) responded to assist. The team is currently attempting to communicate with the subject inside the home.

Due to the location of the residence on SE Springhill Drive, Webster Road is closed in both directions. Parents needing to pick up children at Kraxberger Middle School should access SE Oatfield Road to SE Ridgegate Street which is behind the middle school. Students will be escorted down a walking path to Ridgegate to meet their parents.
Milwaukie Officer Tries to Contact Occupants of Suspicious Vehicle - Driver Rams Patrol Car Twice During Attempt to Elude. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 07/03/14
Suspect vehicle at end of pursuit
Suspect vehicle at end of pursuit
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07-03-14

Milwaukie Officer Tries to Contact Occupants of Suspicious Vehicle - Driver Rams Patrol Car Twice During Attempt to Elude.

On 07-02-14 at 11:10 p.m. a Milwaukie patrol officer was dispatched to a fireworks complaint at Ardenwald Elementary School near the 3600 block of SE Roswell Street in Milwaukie.

When the officer arrived in the area, she tried to contact occupants of a parked vehicle near SE 36th and SE Barba Street, the driver attempted to elude her. The vehicle sped away but turned into a dead-end cul-de-sac near the east side of the school. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, the driver turned and twice rammed the front of the patrol car head-on while trying to elude.

The pursuit continued toward SE 79th and SE Luther where the vehicle once again turned onto a dead-end street. Clackamas County deputies were arriving in the area to assist in the pursuit. A Clackamas County patrol unit was also struck by the suspect driver.

Portland Police Bureau and PPB transit officers also assisted in the pursuit. A PIT maneuver successfully ended the pursuit near SE 84th and SE Beibe in Portland. Three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. The driver and the passengers in the vehicle were all juveniles.

The 17-year old driver was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries that resulted from the incident. The two juvenile passengers were released to legal guardians. A criminal complaint will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. The incident is still under investigation.

One Milwaukie patrol car and one Clackamas County patrol car sustained damage when rammed by the suspect vehicle.


Attached Media Files: Suspect vehicle at end of pursuit , Suspect vehicle at end of pursuit
Booking Photo of Sullivan Now Available - Milwaukie Assault Suspect (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 06/30/14
Timothy Sullivan Booking Photo
Timothy Sullivan Booking Photo
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The booking photo for Timothy Richard Sullivan is attached.


Attached Media Files: Timothy Sullivan Booking Photo
Assault Suspect in Custody for Milwaukie Man's Beating.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 06/30/14
Assault Suspect in Custody for Milwaukie Man's Beating.

On 06-30-14 at about 6:20 p.m. a tip from a concerned citizen led Milwaukie Police to the 12600 block of SE River Road, where they located Timothy Richard Sullivan in an apartment on the premise. Sullivan was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Clackamas County Jail.

Sullivan is being lodged on one felony-count of Assault II, which is a Measure II crime. All information about the incident and investigation is being forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

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Person of Interest Sought in Beating of Milwaukie Man.
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 06/29/14
Person of Interest Sought in Beating of Milwaukie Man.

Milwaukie Police are asking for the public's help in locating a person of interest in the severe beating of a 59-year-old man in the street near the 12200 block of SE 19th Street in Milwaukie the night of June 26th, 2014.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating 26-year-old Timothy Richard Sullivan, he is wanted for questioning regarding the assault incident. Anyone who sees Timothy Sullivan or knows his whereabouts is asked to contact the Milwaukie Police Department.

Anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the Milwaukie Police Department.

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On 06-26-14 at about 9:04 p.m. Milwaukie Police Officers responded to a report of a 'man down' in the street near the 12200 block of SE 19th Avenue in Milwaukie. It was reported the man was bleeding and lying in the street.

When officers arrived, it was determined that 59-year-old Joseph Garvey had been assaulted by an unknown male adult. Garvey was transported to OHSU hospital for medical treatment.

The incident stemmed over Garvey yelling for a driver on SE 19th Avenue to slow down. An occupant related to the vehicle came back and confronted Garvey who was walking on the side of the roadway. The suspect assaulted Garvey and left the area.


Attached Media Files: Timothy Richard Sullivan
Milwaukie Man Assaulted After Yelling at Passing Car to "Slow Down".
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 06/27/14
Milwaukie Man Assaulted After Yelling at Passing Car to "Slow Down".

On 06-26-14 at about 9:04 p.m. Milwaukie Police Officers responded to a report of a 'man down' in the street near the 12200 block of SE 19th Avenue in Milwaukie. It was reported the man was bleeding and lying in the street.

When officers arrived, it was determined that 59-year-old Joseph Garvey had been assaulted by an unknown male adult.

The incident stemmed over Garvey yelling for a driver on SE 19th Avenue to slow down. An occupant related to the vehicle came back and confronted Garvey who was walking on the side of the roadway. The suspect assaulted Garvey and left the area, presumably in a vehicle.

Garvey was transported to OHSU hospital for medical treatment.

Police are currently investigating several leads as to the identity of the suspect. This is an open investigation and no additional information can be released at this time. Anyone with information related to this investigation, please contact the Milwaukie Police Department.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies respond to drowning at Dabney State Park
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/14
This afternoon, Sunday July 20, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies along with other emergency responders from Troutdale Police Department, Corbett Fire Department and AMR responded to the report of a swimmer in distress in the Sandy River near Dabney State Park. Initial efforts to locate the missing swimmer were hampered by language barriers with the caller as they tried to narrow down where the swimmer had gone under the water. Troutdale Police and MCSO Deputies were searching along the banks of the river trying to locate the swimmer and the location of the caller. A person standing higher up on the bank spotted something floating down the river mid channel and an individual who heard the emergency vehicles arriving and was down close to the shore line could tell it was a body floating down the river mid channel. He ran down the river bank keeping the body in sight and saw the body get hung up on some bar rocks in the middle of the channel where the river became a little shallower. A Troutdale Police Officer searching the river from the bank area also spotted the body hung up and the person who followed it down the river held a safety rope the officer had with him and waded out to the body and brought it back in to shore. The Troutdale Police Officer started CPR on the river bank and was assisted by an arriving MCSO Deputy. Corbett Fire responders arrived several minutes later and continued lifesaving efforts as they brought the person back to the Dabney State Park boat ramp. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive him.

The deceased has been identified as Birtha B Subba Age 52, of Portland, OR. According to his brother-in- law they had been out fishing along the banks of the river upstream from Dabney State Park when Birtha decided to go further upstream from where they were fishing. The caller who reported the swimmer in distress recognized it was his brother in law after he called 911 but was unable to assist him because he did not know how to swim. Birtha was not wearing a life jacket when he was pulled from the river.
Update:Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Sandy River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/14
Update: The deceased has been identified as Kyle Peterson, Age 29 of Gresham, OR. Kyle Peterson was reported missing after walking into a heavily wooded area on February 24, 2014 after a car accident in Troutdale, OR. The family asks that media respect their privacy and request no media contact at this time.

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On Friday July 18, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the Sandy River after a day hiker reported seeing what he thought was a body floating in the River by a log near the mouth of the river. MCSO Deputies arrived in the area and located the body of a deceased adult male approximately a half mile up from the mouth of the River near the west bank. Gresham Fire Department responded and assisted in the recovering the body from the River. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified and responded. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are handling the investigation.

The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any more information at this time pending family notifications. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office promoting the Rosewood Safety Bucks program at Bicycle Safety "Fiesta"
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
On Saturday July 19, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies will join members of the Rosewood Initiative and Portland Police Bureau during their Bicycle Safety "Fiesta" from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at 16126 SE Stark St. Portland, OR. During the bike safety event children can enjoy a free carnival, food and refreshments, be fitted for a free bicycle helmet, meet police officers and participate in a bicycle rodeo to learn more about riding their bicycles safely. MCSO River Patrol will have one of their quads on site and children will be able to have their picture taken on the quad at MCSO's booth during the event. MCSO Deputies will also be out looking for positive actions to reward with "Safety Bucks" and promoting the Rosewood "Safety Bucks" program.

The Rosewood "Safety Bucks" program was introduced in November, 2013 after an MCSO deputy wanted to reward positive actions of children he observed during patrols in the Rosewood area. The introduction of the program created a positive contact with Rosewood youth through the issuance of safety bucks in recognition of a youth's positive decision making as observed by a deputy or officer. Once given to a youth by the deputy or officer, the safety bucks can be redeemed at the Rosewood Caf for a prize. Prizes for the program have been donated by several local businesses in the area. Portland Police Bureau and the Gresham Police Department have also participated in the program since it was introduced.

The Bicycle Safety "Fiesta" is sponsored by Providence Health and Services, Zman Foundation, Portland Police Bureau and the Rosewood Initiative.

The Rosewood Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area a desirable place to live, work and play. Partnering with residents, apartment managers and owners, businesses, churches, social services agencies, neighborhood associations, and public safety agencies to create space for the community to come together to meet their common goals.

The Rosewood neighborhood area is a 15 block area around the intersection of 162nd and Burnside and is home to about 5,000 people, 70-80% of whom live in apartments.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joins in partnerships such as these to help improve the quality of life for residents of Multnomah County and is dedicated to providing exemplary service to the citizens of Multnomah County.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joining in City of Wood Village 15th Annual City Nite Out Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be joining the City of Wood Village for the 15th Annual City Nite Out taking place on Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wood Village Baptist Church located at 23601 NE Arata Rd. in Wood Village, OR.

The City of Wood Village in conjunction with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will also be introducing their new Citizen SPOT Award at Wood Village Nite Out. The award will be handed out to residents for random acts of kindness, youth leadership, obeying certain laws, or by assisting the Sheriff's Office. MCSO Deputies can issue the award when they observe a positive action and that individual can turn the document in to Wood Village City Hall for a certificate and reward.

The introduction of this award program gives deputies an opportunity to contact individuals, and have a positive, encouraging interaction. Promoting and encouraging leadership by example can be an effective crime prevention strategy and promote local citizens' pride for their community.

Among the events scheduled for this year are demonstrations from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, the MCSO SWAT team along with a TASER demonstration. LifeFlight is also scheduled to land and the Gresham Fire Department will be using the Jaws of Life as they cut into a vehicle during their demonstration. US World Taekwondo and Northwest Gymnastics will each have students performing exhibitions as well during the Nite Out event.

Free children's bike helmets program returns by popular demand and helmets will be fitted and handed out this year while supplies last. This year's bike helmet program is sponsored by Morasch Meats and Pressure Safe LLC. and promote bike safety for children. Kaine Horman will have a Kyron Horman awareness and child safety booth and a Kid Safe ID station will be available for families to have their own child safe identification kits created for their children. Several community vendors will have exhibits and booths and the American Red Cross will be on-site with their blood mobile from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for the Red Cross blood drive.

Multnomah County Sheriff Staton and Wood Village Mayor Patricia Smith will welcome and open the Wood Village City Nite Out once the Emergency Vehicle Parade concludes at the Wood Village Baptist Church 23601 NE Arata Road. Music will be provided throughout the event by Clark Bondy. Please see the attachment for the parade route for this year's City Nite Out emergency vehicle parade starting at 5:00 p.m.

MCSO will have their "Shoot or Don't Shoot" simulation scenarios in place again this year for the Nite Out and welcomes media to experience one of the simulation scenarios.

Thank you to the many contributing sponsors of the Wood Village 15th Annual City Nite Out including the City of Wood Village, Wood Village Baptist Church, Morasch Meats, Pressure Safe LLC, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Fred Meyer, Brasher's Auto and Truck Collision Repair, Walmart, Frontier, the Wood Village 76 Station, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Waste Management.

Wood Village City Nite Out flyer, schedule and parade route attached.


Attached Media Files: WV Emerg Veh Parade Route , WV Nite Out Schedule , WV Nite Out Flyer
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives investigating Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Station burglary
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
On Thursday July 10, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to take a report regarding a burglary that occurred the previous week at the Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Aims Station located in Corbett, OR.

Several fire-fighting and lifesaving equipment items were stolen from the station including a Thermal Imaging Camera used to locate hurt or injured persons and a Lifepack 12 (cardiac monitor/defibrillator) machine used in lifesaving efforts. Much of the equipment stolen was obtained through a federal grant program and will be very hard for the Fire District to replace in the short-term and will cause a significant impact on emergency service operations from that station.

Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Fire Chief Phil Dearixon will be available at the Corbett Fire Station located at 36930 E Historic Columbia River Highway for interviews and has examples available of some of the life-saving equipment items that were stolen from the AIMS Fire Station.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847.
Multnomah County Inverness Jail visiting hours cancelled/jail lobby closed this weekend due to repair
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/14
Due to an ongoing facility repair this weekend, Multnomah County Inverness Jail visiting has been cancelled for the remainder of the weekend. The jail lobby will also be closed for the remainder of the weekend. Persons wishing to make deposits to inmate commissary or phone accounts may still do so online through TouchPay's website or through a TouchPay kiosk located in the Multnomah County Detention Center jail lobby located at 1120 SW 3rd ave in downtown Portland. Online remote (from home) visiting sessions will take place as scheduled for inmates in dorms with video kiosks installed.
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker on trails above Horsetail Falls
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
Final Update:Jessica Wheeler arrived back off the trails at approximately 11:45 a.m. this morning. When asked about what happened, Jessica said she was traveling on the trail and took a wrong turn somewhere after passing Nesmith Point and went off trail. She called her husband and left a message to tell him she didn't know where she was but thought it was above Horsetail Falls before the battery died on her phone. After going off the trail she eventually ended up stopping and realized she was lost. She made a small campfire overnight to help her and Sophie (her dog) stay warm. A plane flew overhead later that night and she signaled the plane with a torch flashlight when she heard it flying over. The plane circled enough that she knew it was looking for her and realizing the plane saw her light, so she stayed where she was. Another plane flew over in the morning so she knew searchers knew where she was even if she didn't. Her dog started barking when searchers got close in the morning and located her. Jessica did have food and water with her and other camping supplies she had taken with her on the trip when she left Monday. She was extremely grateful to Search and Rescue volunteers who located her and was very happy to see them.

Search efforts throughout the night involved several different agencies including MCSO Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest Rescue, Hood River County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue air unit, Portland Police Bureau Air 2 and Mountain Wave Communications who provided radio communications for search and rescue personnel. Additional Search and Rescue Units, including Washington County Search and Rescue and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse were in the process of responding this morning to also assist when Jessica was located. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks all of these agencies for their support during this search and rescue operation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on hiking trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do become lost in the woods, call for help and stay in place after you make the call. Staying in one place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Hike with a group or a friend, stay together and keep each other in sight. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Research your route beforehand and let someone know when you are leaving and when you plan to return. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.


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Update #3 Jessica Wheeler was located cold but uninjured deep in the woods east of Nesmith Point by MCSO SAR teams at approximately 6:40 a.m. this morning. The location she was found in was in the same area a Hood River County Sheriff Search and Rescue pilot spotted a flashing light last night during a visual aerial search of the area. MCSO SAR teams worked throughout the night to reach the area and as they neared Portland Police Bureau Air 2 who was in the air assisting located a heat signature on the ground in the same area shortly before MCSO SAR personnel reached the area. The MCSO SAR team is now working on escorting Jessica out of the woods along with her dog Sophie who is uninjured as well. The extraction will take several hours to complete as the area Jessica was found in is remote and difficult to navigate.

Further updates will be provided when more information becomes available.


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Update #2 As of 3:45 a.m. this morning, Thursday July 10, 2014, MCSO Search and Rescue Units continue to search on the trails above Horsetail Falls. MCSO SAR units are also working towards an area around Nesmith Point to check on a flashing light spotted by a Hood River Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue air unit conducting a visual search over the area earlier while assisting with search efforts. MCSO SAR teams have covered over thirty miles of trails since the search began yesterday evening. Additional Search and Rescue teams from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNW SAR) and members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse will be assisting with search efforts this morning. Additionally Portland Police Bureau Air 1 will be assisting with search efforts in the area via air and using FLIR technology to attempt to locate Jessica Wheeler and her dog Sophie.

Further updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

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Update #1: At approximately 8:15 p.m. the MCSO Green Hornet Trail team was deployed onto the trails and began running the trails before nightfall searching for the lost hiker identified as Jessica Wheeler, Age 33, of Wasco, OR. She also has her dog Sophie, a golden lab, with her. Jessica has some hiking/camping experience and had camping equipment and some supplies when she embarked on her trip Monday but it is unknown what supplies she has remaining. MCSO Search and Rescue (MCSO SAR) units began arriving at 8:45 p.m. Two MCSO SAR teams were deployed onto the trails at approximately 9:30 p.m. and a third SAR team was being deployed onto the trails shortly after. The temperatures in the area are mild and teams are making progress up the trails towards the area she is believed to be in, however efforts to contact the hiker or locate her via cell phone ping have remained unsuccessful. A Hood River Sheriff's Office search plane has arrived in the area and is assisting with a visual air search as well.

Further updates will be provided when more details are available.




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At approximately 6:40 p.m. this evening (Wednesday July 9, 2014) Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded on the report of a lost hiker above Horsetail Falls. The caller reported they spoke with the hiker an hour earlier and she had told them she was not sure where she was and had lost the trail trying to come back down. The caller said the hiker originally set out Monday afternoon on a camping trip and believed she was hiking somewhere near Horsetail Falls with her dog. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived in the area at the Horsetail Falls Trailhead and located the hiker's vehicle in the parking lot at Oneonta Gorge Trailhead. Deputies checked around the trails near the trailhead and attempts to call and ping the hiker's cell phone have been unsuccessful so far. The MCSO Green Hornets Trail Rescue team and MCSO Search and Rescue have been activated to respond to help locate the hiker. Mountain Wave Communications has been notified and is responding to assist with radio communications.

Media staging will be available near the Command Post at the Oneonta Gorge Trailhead. Updates will be posted as the search and rescue operation progresses.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
On Wednesday July 9, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded on a reported sighting of a body floating in the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units responded to the area and recovered the body of a deceased person in the river just north of the Steel Bridge on the west side of the river at approximately 8:20 a.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies transported the body to the McCormick Pier. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner have responded and MCSO detectives are handling the investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joins other agencies in carrying the torch for Special Olympics Oregon
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
As a lead up to the Oregon Special Olympics Summer State Games being held in Newberg July 12 and 13, 2014, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with law enforcement officers from the Metro area and our federal partners will join in carrying the Special Olympics Torch as part of the first leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The first stage of the north leg of the Torch Run will occur Thursday July 10, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds High School at 1698 Southwest Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, OR. The runners will run west on Cherry Park, continue west on Glisan Street to 122nd Avenue ending at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Agencies with members participating and supporting this stage of the Torch run include the Troutdale Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Fairview Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, ICE, Port of Portland, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Over sixty runners and Multnomah County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are expected to be participating in this leg of the Torch Run.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) represents a long-standing tradition within the Special Olympics family. During the week of July 7-12, several hundred law enforcement volunteers (Guardians of the Flame) and Special Olympics Oregon athletes relay the Flame of Hope to Summer State Games, their destination being the Games Ceremonies at Newberg High School Stadium.

The Final Leg of the Torch Run will take place on Saturday afternoon from McMinnville to Newberg Newberg High School. Then, LETR officials will convene for the final Torch procession. Led by more than 100 law enforcement officers; athletes and their coaches will parade into the Newberg High School stadium for Games Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. At the close of ceremonies, a torch bearer and Special Olympics Oregon athlete will run a final lap around the stadium and light the cauldron.

That weekend-- July 12th and 13th -- some 3,000 Special Olympics Oregon athletes, coaches, and other volunteers will converge on the Newberg area to compete for Olympic medals and ribbons in softball, golf, track and field, and bocce. Athletes have been training for a minimum of eight weeks for the State Summer Games, and must have participated in one of many regional competitions to be eligible to compete this weekend. The public is welcome to come out and watch the competition. Admission is free.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981. Now a year-round global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run relay. In Oregon, more than 1,000 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies participate in the Torch Run, Special Olympics Oregon's largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness program.

This year's Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Oregon is sponsored by many agencies and businesses including: Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, Red Robin, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, Port of Portland Police Employees' Association, Redmond Police Officers Association, Tualatin Police Officers Association, Newberg/Dundee Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Police Officers Association and the official Pace Car of the Torch Run - Newberg Dodge-Chrysler Jeep.

In addition, thank you to the following for donations supporting the first stage of the north leg of the Torch Run. These include: Skyland Pub, Aramark, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, and the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

About Special Olympics Oregon:

Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state and this year they will celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life. Additional information can be found at www.soor.org.
MCSO Deputies and OSP Troopers partner for extra patrols on Sauvie Island during mission
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
On Saturday July 5, 2014 members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police partnered to provide extra patrols on Sauvie Island. MCSO Deputies and OSP Troopers were on the lookout for impaired drivers and those who were publicly intoxicated and/or using illegal drugs.

During the mission three people were arrested for DUII and two Drug Recognition (DRE) evaluations were conducted and determined those drivers were impaired by Cannabis. One person was investigated for Felony PCS/DCS marijuana. The driver of that vehicle cooperated with deputies and his vehicle was seized. 38 citations and 9 warnings were issued during the mission.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds visitors to the Sauvie Island beaches to make a plan before consuming intoxicants and stick to it. Use safe ride alternatives, taxis, public transportation, or designate a sober driver for your group beforehand.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be conducting several more DUII patrol missions throughout the summer months at various locations, including Sauvie Island. These saturated patrols are sponsored in part through federal grants administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigates Stabbing on Government Island (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/05/14
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Update at 5:48 p.m. - Mr. Brandon Richard Cullen DOB: 08/02/1977 of Wilsonville, Oregon has been booked and charged with three counts of Felony Assault I in connection to the stabbings of three males on Government Island during the early morning hours of July 5th. Mr. Cullen's bail has been set a $750,000 ($250,000 per count). Please find Mr. Cullen's attached booking photo. There are no new updates on the stabbing victims at this time.


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On July 5th, 2014 at about 1:45 a.m. the Sheriff's Office River Patrol Unit, along with Port of Portland Fire and the Portland Fire Bureau were dispatched to the West end of Government Island on a report of fight in progress with several possible stabbing victims.

Upon arriving, Fire personnel and the Sheriff's River Patrol, assisted by area police officers from the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Troutdale Police Department and Fairview Police Department found nearly 1000 people partying to a DJ stage. First responders were eventually able to navigate the large crowd where they located three victims. Those victims are identified as three adult males, whom had suffered multiple stab wounds. The victims were evacuated and transported off the island by boat and then taken by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital. Two of the male victims are considered in stable condition and the third has suffered serious injuries.

A suspect has been arrested and investigators have confirmed there is no other person or persons of interest at large. The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff's Office will release more details as they become available.

Lt. Travis W. Gullberg

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MCSO River Patrol participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 (Photo)
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
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Starting Friday June 27, 2014 and running through Sunday June 29, 2014, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be on enhanced patrols, looking for boat operators who have had a little too much alcohol, as part of the national Operation Dry Water education and enforcement initiative.

Held in June just prior to the Fourth of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

According to 2012 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities; in 2012, boaters impaired by alcohol were a factor in 17 percent of boating fatalities.

BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher exceeds the Oregon state limit of .08.

Boating under the influence also applies to drugs. Even some prescription medications can make operating a recreational vessel unsafe. Check with your doctor about the effects of any medications you may be taking.

Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.

Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion - "stressors" common to the boating environment - intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.

BUI continues to be a major problem in the U.S. A boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard.

Launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water was has been a highly successful effort to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org


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Follow Up from the guns stolen at Fred Meyer
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/21/14
On June 18, 2014 shortly after 9:00 pm a male suspect stole 22 handguns from the Newberg Fred Meyer store. At 10:45 pm that night store employees noticed that the guns were stolen and contacted the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

The guns were for sale and stored in a locked display case prior to the theft. The suspect was able to break into the display cases with a hammer that he stole from Walmart in Woodburn and placed the guns into a backpack that he stole from a shelf at Fred Meyer.

Based on witness statements and video surveillance footage during the investigation the Newberg-Dundee Police Department released a bulletin with a still photo of the suspect to the media as well as other law enforcement agencies in the region.

Officers and detectives were able to obtain all makes, models and serial numbers of the guns and enter them into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as well as the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS). The Newberg-Dundee Police Department also contacted a federal agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to assist should the firearms be located.

On June 21, 2014, at approximately 7:27 PM, an off-duty Mount Vernon Washington Police Officer, aware of the outstanding Theft and Resisting Arrest Warrants on Mark A. Reyna, observed him (Reyna) driving a black Audi. When on-duty officers attempted to contact Reyna, he fled in his vehicle.

After a short pursuit, Reyna exited the car and ran. Mount Vernon PD's K9 Team was heading towards the location of the pursuit when Mark Reyna left the car and fled on foot. When K9 Luther located Reyna a short distance away, Reyna began assaulting the police dog. Reyna also resisted arrest efforts from assisting officers and once in custody, had to be sedated by a medical crew.

Reyna was booked into Skagit County Jail for Investigation of Attempt to Elude Police, Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd, Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Degree and the outstanding felony (Theft 2) and misdemeanor warrants (Retail Theft, Resisting Arrest).

While processing the vehicle for impound, Officers noticed a handgun under the car seat. A search warrant was obtained and it was then officers learned the gun was entered stolen by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department in Oregon. An Officer searched the Internet, found the article/bulletin about the Newberg Fred Meyer burglary, and in the photograph published from the store security camera. The officer recognized Mark Reyna as the suspect. The officer then contacted Detective Sheldon Clay from NDPD and exchanged case information.

In the days following, Mount Vernon Detectives interviewed witnesses and Reyna's family members and served search warrants on several residences and vehicles in the Mount Vernon area. Six additional guns from the Fred Meyer burglary were located as well as a handgun stolen during a theft in Skagit County and another handgun whose origin has not yet been determined.

Two brothers, ages 20 and 22, were also arrested and booked into Skagit County Jail for possessing stolen firearms and other evidence related to the Newberg Fred Meyer burglary. Other than possession of the stolen property neither brother appears to have been directly involved in the original theft of the guns.

On July 3rd, the Skagit County Prosecutor charged Reyna with Attempting to Elude Police, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The charges of Resisting Arrest, Assault 3rd Degree and Driving While License Suspended/Revoked 3rd Degree may be charged later when the entire investigation is complete.

A federal arrest warrant/hold was issued for Mr. Reyna but I do not have the date or details of when it was issued or the charges.

Members of the Mount Vernon Police Department worked tirelessly to bring this case to its resolution. It is important to note that while the suspect was captured very early in this investigation it was decided that a press release would not be authored to protect the safety of the Mount Vernon Police Officers, and ATF agents, while they were actively tracking down leads, writing search warrants, and recovering stolen property.

On behalf of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department we would like to thank the following agencies and community partners and recognize that without their help this case may not have been solved:

* The Mount Vernon Police Department in Mount Vernon Washington
* The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
* Fred Meyer and it's loss prevention division
* Members of the press for getting the Law Enforcement Bulletin out to the public
July Fourth Holiday Traffic Activities for Yamhill County
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 07/08/14
Over the long July 4th holiday weekend, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, McMinnville Field Office of the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Police Department and Yamhill Police Department are all joined forces to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

The combined effort led to six (6) persons being arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Fortunately, there was no fatal or serious injury crashes reported over the weekend, although law enforcement responded to approximately two minor crashes throughout the county. One of those crashes involved an impaired driver. Officers also made arrests for Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering Another Person and issued one citation for being a Person Under 21 Years of Age in Possession of Alcohol.

In addition, law enforcement officers issued approximately 43 citations for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Failing to Wear Seat Belt and Excessive Speed. Officers also issued approximately 47 warnings for varying violations to include Excessive Speed, Using Mobile Communications Device, Equipment, and other varying moving violations.

Law Enforcement Officers that work within Yamhill County would like to extend a "thank you" to those who planned ahead by designating a driver and who chose to not drink and drive. One's personal commitment to safety is imperative to the well-being of all motorists and their passengers.

Thank you for your commitment to the safety.


END / BOLEK
Yamhill County Law Enforcement will be Targeting Impaired Drivers Over the long Fourth of July weekend
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 06/26/14
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department, McMinnville Field Office of the Oregon State Police, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Police Department and Yamhill Police Department are all joining forces to locate, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers this upcoming Fourth of July. These patrols can be expected July 3rd - 6th, 2014.

Law Enforcement officers in Yamhill County will aggressively be seeking out impaired drivers. Impaired driving continues to be a public safety threat all over the country. Yamhill County is no different.

This year, the Fourth of July holiday falls on a Friday, which therefore gives many folks a long weekend. The extra time off will increase the number of trips and lengths of trips and therefore, increase the potential for highway crashes. Law Enforcement officers in Yamhill County are committed to zero traffic related injuries or deaths. To insure motorists get to their destinations safely, Yamhill County Law Enforcement agencies are teaming up to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

Our goal is simple; to save lives.

"Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk", said Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Brian Casey. "The consequences and costs of an arrest are massive and extensive. You will lose your license, your vehicle insurance rates can become unmanageable and you may even spend time in jail."

Finally, in addition to the financial impacts and personal hardships a drunken driving arrest will have, you will also ruin what you had otherwise planned to be an enjoyable holiday. Even worse, if you cause a crash and injure or kill someone, those effects are painful, everlasting, far-reaching and irreparable.

Plan ahead. Designate a driver. Don't Drink and Drive.

END / BOLEK
Oregon City Cougar Sightings Reported
Oregon City Police Dept. - 07/14/14
Over the weekend two separate cougar sightings were reported in the Park Place neighborhood area of Oregon City. The first call came in to police on Saturday, July 12th about 8:46 pm on Harley Ave between La Rae St and Cleveland St. A citizen reported seeing the cougar lying down on the south west portion of her property. Oregon City Police responded to the area, but were not able to locate the cougar. On Sunday, July 13th at about 3:00 am a second citizen reported seeing two cougars in the area of Swan Ave and Cleveland St. This sighting was less than 1/2 mile east from the first reported sighting. Patrol Officers did not locate the cougars. Notifications have been made to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the County Trapper.
Car Dealership Steps Up in a Big Way for Wendy Libke.
Oregon City Police Dept. - 07/02/14
I want to give a public thank you to Town and Country Gladstone Honda for going out of their way to help Wendy Libke with something they had absolutely no benefit from doing. The car industry does not have the best reputation and we were surprised when a local dealer stepped up to the plate.

As the rest of the community moves on and goes about their lives, Wendy Libke and her daughter Ziva are still in the process of learning what life looks like with Rob being gone. Like many families, Rob and Wendy had two vehicles and two car payments. Wendy's car was leased and they were making payments on Rob's truck. As we were working to help her sell the truck because she simply can no longer afford both payments, something became clear. It was very important to her to keep and drive Rob's truck--for whatever reason, driving it helps Wendy get through each day. She feels safe knowing Rob's big truck is around her and Ziva. She did not want to sell it.

We decided that we would try to help get Wendy out of her lease, which was much more difficult. An attorney tried to work with Volkswagen on Wendy's behalf, to no avail. I personally went to the dealership where Wendy and Rob leased the vehicle, explained the situation and they were no help at all. They basically said, that is between her and the bank--sorry. I understand they are in no position requiring them to help; we were looking for a favor.

Out of options, we called somebody who is a vendor (Elite Window Tinting) that does work for us and we knew worked with Gladstone Honda, asking for advice on other options we could research. The person asked for some details and told me he would get back with me. He contacted me after about an hour and said that he and several of his employees were each offering $500, for a total of $2000, to the dealership to help offset the cost. He told me that he had told the sales manager at Gladstone Honda about all of this and that he would get back to me to see if that would help.

Within a couple of days, I received a call. Hearing what was going on, the dealership had offered to take care of the whole thing. I was blown away. The best part about all of this was calling Wendy and getting to tell her that somebody had again stepped up to help her. I simply cannot communicate how meaningful the help is to the Libke family. I could hear it in her voice, it just makes her smile to know that people are still doing what they can to help.

They bought Wendy out of her lease and are just going to sell the car--all this at a considerable loss of several thousand dollars. This took place today, July 2, 2014. Wendy is doing better each day. It is great to know that of all things, a car dealership helped her--with nothing to gain. On behalf of Wendy Libke and the Oregon City Police Department, I just wanted to say a public thank you.

Jim Band
Chief of Police
State fire marshal encourages fire safety with outdoor cooking (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/11/14
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With the onset of warmer weather many people will be taking their cooking outdoors prompting Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker to urge Oregonians to be fire safe during barbecues and cookouts to avoid tragedy during summer activities. From 2009 through 2013, there were 215 outdoor cooking-related fires in Oregon, resulting in 11 injuries and more than $3.8 million in property loss.

"Cooking outdoors is a nice way to enjoy Oregon's wonderful summers with family and friends, and following a few basic outdoor cooking fire safety tips will help keep it safe," says Walker.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal offers the following safety tips:
* Only use barbecue grills, smokers and turkey fryers outdoors. Using them indoors or in any enclosed space (e.g. garage) poses a fire hazard and exposes you and your family to deadly gases.
* Keep the grill, smoker, or turkey fryer away from siding, deck railings, and out from under eaves or overhanging branches according to the manufacturer's instructions.
* Grills, smokers, and turkey fryers should never be used on a porch or balcony; including any porch or balcony on an upper level of a building.
* Keep three-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
* Periodically remove grease or fat buildup from catch trays to prevent it from being ignited by a hot grill.
* Never leave the grill, smoker, or turkey fryer unattended.
* For propane grills, make sure to check the propane cylinder hose for leaks. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
* Only use proper starter fluid for charcoal grills. Store the charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
* Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited.

"Also, make sure you dispose of ashes properly," says Walker. "Even though ashes may feel cool to the touch, treat them as if they are hot. Soak them with water and place them in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Store the container away from things that can burn and do not leave it on a wooden deck."

You can download the OSFM grilling safety card on our website at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/2012_SA/1141361_outdoor_cooking_WEB.pdf

There are more resources such as a grilling safety infographic, tip sheet, video, and national data on grill related fires available on the NFPA website at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

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Oregon crude oil reports now on the web
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/08/14
The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, acting in its role as the State Emergency Response Commission, announced today that reports received from railroad companies on the movement of Bakken crude oil through Oregon are now available to the public. The agency announced last week that it would provide the reports through the OSFM website.

The OSFM has previously provided copies of these reports to local emergency response agencies in areas where trains carrying crude oil travel.

Railroad companies are required by federal law to notify counties prior to making any material changes in the estimated volumes or frequencies of trains traveling through a county. The United States Department of Transportation considers an increase or decrease of 25 percent or more in the number of implicated trains per week to be a material change.

The railroad reports are available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/SERC/CrudeOilReports.aspx
Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/14
The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2014 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Monday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 197 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2013, resulting in one death, 38 injuries and more than $775,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2009 through 2013, there were 905 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 150 civilian injuries, and more than $4.4 million in property damage.

Under Oregon law, officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
* Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
* Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
* Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
* Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.
Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

More fireworks information is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Licensing_Fireworks_Home.shtml
Update: Photo - Madras High School Track & Field Coach Arrested on Allegation Related to Unlawful Relationship With Team Member (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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Note: Questions regarding this investigation should be directed to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office at (541) 475-4452.

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The head track and field coach at Madras High School was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an investigation into an alleged unlawful relationship with a 17-year old male member of the high school track team. OSP is continuing the investigation and requesting contact from anyone with information or who may have been a victim related to this investigation.

On July 21, 2014, OSP troopers and detectives arrested MELISSA BOWERMAN, age 43, at her residence in Fossil, Oregon. BOWERMAN was transported by OSP to the Jefferson County Jail in Madras and lodged on the following charges:

* Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (class C felony)
* Luring a Minor (class C felony)
* Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree (class C felony)
* Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor (class A misdemeanor)

Earlier this month, OSP received a tip that BOWERMAN, who has been coaching at Madras High School for two years, was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile male. Subsequent investigation, in cooperation with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, identified the juvenile male and developed evidence that led to her arrest related to alleged unlawful conduct since May 2014.

OSP investigators are concerned there may possibly have been other victims. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Tips will be forwarded to the lead investigator for follow up.

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OSP Sergeant Receives Department Lifesaving Award For Actions During May 2012 Hostage Rescue in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) sergeant from the Springfield Area Command office was presented last week with the Department's "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" for his heroic, lifesaving action in May 2012 that helped save a female kidnap victim while she was held hostage at a remote cabin in Klamath County.

On July 16, 2014, OSP Major Travis Hampton presented the "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" to Sergeant Casey Codding in front of family, friends and co-workers at the Portland Area Command office. The lifesaving award is presented to OSP employees who distinguish themselves by performing or reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner which saves, or reduces the risk of loss of life of another person; and, where a strong possibility existed that if such action wasn't taken, loss of life or serious injury would have resulted.

On May 1, 2012 in the late morning hours, law enforcement officers responded to a report that a vehicle associated with a Umatilla County missing person case was spotted near a cabin in the Crescent Lake area. Upon confirming the report, officers secured the area and the OSP SWAT team responded to the scene. Negotiators made contact with two people inside later confirmed as the 28-year old suspect and a 26-year old female kidnap victim. According to Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, the victim was reported missing under suspicious circumstances on April 27.

After several hours of negotiations, the male suspect exited the cabin with the kidnap victim in close quarters as a human shield. During the standoff outside the cabin, Sergeant Codding was assigned in a sniper position on the perimeter of the scene. As the suspect held the victim as a human shield, the suspect was shot once by Sergeant Codding and received a non-life threatening injury. The female hostage was released unharmed and rescued from the cabin where she reportedly was held against her will since she was reported missing.

The suspect was subsequently prosecuted in Umatilla County.

"Casey's courage and skills during a life-threatening situation ultimately saved the woman's life," said Superintendent Richard Evans.

Sergeant Codding, age 37, is a 13-year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Springfield Area Command office.

The "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" is named after Lieutenant Harold R. Berg who died in 1975. Berg, while off duty at a family picnic near Tillamook, was contacted by a citizen who informed him that a boy scout was missing at Cape Lookout State Park. While attempting to search a cave near the water's edge, he was washed out to sea.

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(Left to right: Sergeant Codding & Major Hampton)

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Truck Fire Partially Closes Interstate 84 WB Lanes west of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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Firefighters are working a fully engulfed commercial truck fire along the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 198 west of Pendleton. The westbound lanes are closed to traffic and updates for travelers can be monitored on TripCheck.com.

Preliminary information indicates on July 21, 2014 at approximately 12:13 p.m., a report was received of a truck fire westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 198. The trailer was transporting produce and the driver got out uninjured. A grass fire also started but was extinguished by responding firefighters.

No other information available at this time.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cannon Beach in Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal traffic crash found Sunday evening by a hitchhiker along Highway 101 about one mile north of Cannon Beach. The vehicle was spotted approximately 40 feet down a heavily wooded embankment where the passenger was deceased and the driver injured.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 8:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a male hitchhiker spotted a crashed vehicle after hearing cries for help from down an embankment along Highway 101 near milepost 28. Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Chevrolet four-door driven by GABRIELA RAYON, age 21, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling southbound on Highway 101 with a passenger identified as RUTH A. DELGADO, age 23, from Los Angeles, California. For an unconfirmed reason, the car left the roadway down the embankment where the passenger side struck a tree. The car then came to rest on the ground in heavy brush amongst the trees and was not visible from the roadway.

It appears the crash occurred at least 12 hours before the vehicle was spotted by the hitchhiker.

DELGADO was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RAYON was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is listed in fair condition.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Greg Schuerger is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Medix, and ODOT.

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cannon Beach
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a fatal traffic crash reported Sunday evening along Highway 101 between Cannon Beach and Highway 26 in Clatsop County. Prior to OSP arrival at the scene, the initial report indicated two people died but confirmation from OSP troopers later confirmed one person died and one person was injured in the single vehicle crash.

The highway was initially closed and is now open to one lane of travel that is being used to move traffic through for both directions.

More information will be shared Monday.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 234 near Gold Hill in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
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A 31-year old Lakeview man died Sunday morning after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a field along Highway 234 near Gold Hill in Jackson County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a 2014 Suzuki motorcycle operated by NOLAN RAYCE RINGULET, age 31, from Lakeview, was traveling westbound on Highway 234 near milepost 9 with two other people, one on a motorcycle and another driving a pickup. RINGULET reportedly passed the pickup at a high rate of speed and as he moved back into the westbound lane he lost control. The motorcycle traveled onto the gravel shoulder and left the highway into a field where RINGULET was ejected. The motorcycle came to rest several hundred feet away from its operator.

RINGULET was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet. Next of kin were notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Jeff Walker is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

ODOT recently sent a news release regarding motorcycle safety with reminders and tips for everyone traveling on our roads:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/nr14062401.aspx

OSP joins ODOT in urging all travelers to stay focused on safety and Drive Safely to Save Lives.

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Update: Named Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 40-year old woman along Highway 126E about four miles east of Vida. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 126E near milepost 30. McKenzie Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on scene and confirmed an adult female, later identified as JENNIFER ROSE COACH, age 40, from Blue River, was deceased.

Preliminary investigation indicates the white 1993 Toyota Camry driven by JENNIFER COACH was traveling eastbound negotiating a right curve when it crossed the centerline. The driver over-corrected and the car began to spin, crossing the highway and crashing into a ditch on the north side of the road.

There are no known witnesses other than the person who spotted the crash at 1:45 a.m. after it happened. OSP confirmed the driver got off work in Springfield at midnight.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator. Anyone who saw the vehicle traveling between Springfield and Vida between midnight and 1:45 a.m. is asked to contact Trooper Sether at (541) 726-2536 ext 439.

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Update #2: Victim Identified - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 211 between Molalla and Woodburn (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 211 about five miles east of Woodburn. A 36-year old female died after being struck by a vehicle. Her name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Jason Lindland, on July 19, 2014 at approximately 4:35 a.m., two adult females were walking eastbound on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 211 near Rock Creek Bridge between S. Barlow Road and S. Needy Road. The two women decided to cross the highway in the darkness to walk on the westbound side. One of the women safely made it across but the second woman was struck by a westbound 1982 Volvo four-door station wagon driven by ABEL GUZMAN CALDERON, age 20, from St. Paul.

The severely injured woman came to rest along the side of the roadway and was later pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. She was identified as AMANDA ALICE HOCKETT, age 36, from Beaverton.

GUZMAN CALDERON remained at the scene and was not injured. He is cooperating fully with the investigation and there is no indication of fault on his part.

OSP troopers from the Portland and Salem offices are on scene investigation the crash. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Monitor Rural Fire Protection District #58, Clackamas County Medical Examiner and ODOT are assisting.

The highway was closed until about 10:00 a.m. during the scene investigation.

Pedestrian-related safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Transportation Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/pedestrian.aspx.

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12-Year Old Boy Injured in Skateboarding Accident at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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A 12-year old Eugene boy suffered a potentially serious head injury Saturday afternoon when he fell from his skateboard while riding on the entrance road into Milo McIver State Park near Estacada.

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was on patrol in Milo McIver State Park when he was flagged down by a park ranger and told that a young boy was injured in a skateboarding accident. The trooper responded to the injured boy and provided initial emergency medical care until relieved by responding firefighters who ordered LifeFlight response. The boy was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of a possible serious head injury.

The trooper learned the boy and a juvenile female were skateboarding down the hill on the entrance road followed by the boy's aunt in a motor vehicle. The boy and girl both were going too fast and lost control, falling off their skateboards. Neither was wearing a helmet. The girl had a minor injury and didn't go to a hospital.

The boy's name is not being released unless approved by immediate family.

OSP and State Parks & Recreation Department urges all park visitors to be aware of park rules. Remember that all park area roadways are considered public roadways and all provisions of the Oregon Vehicle Code, ORS chapters 801 to 826, are applicable and enforceable. Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-010-0026 covers use of non-motorized vehicles, cycles, and similar devices in State Parks, stating that persons under 16 years of age are required to wear protective headgear when operating a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, rollover- or inline skate, or other wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Oregon/California Border (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an off-duty California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation corrections officer as he was returning home from work along Highway 101 about one mile north of the Oregon/California border. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 7:15 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified of a single vehicle traffic crash off Highway 101 near milepost 362. Upon arrival, a deceased adult male driver was located at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by JOEL RAMOS, age 29, from Brookings, Oregon was traveling northbound when it crossed the southbound lane and went off the highway. The car struck a large stump and then crashed head-on into a tree where it came to rest. RAMOS was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

Troopers confirmed RAMOS had gotten off work at Pelican Bay State Prison and was returning home when the crash occurred. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Next of kin and prison officials were notified of his death.

OSP troopers from the Gold Beach office are investigating the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted by Brookings Police Department, local fire personnel and ODOT.

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Update: Investigation Into Officer-Involved Shooting in Reedsport
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's officer-involved shooting in Reedsport. The man shot by a law enforcement officer is still being treated at a local hospital and no officers present were injured.

Updated information authorized for release indicates on July 17, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., four law enforcement officers (two from Reedsport Police Department and two from Douglas County Sheriff's Office) responded to a reported verbal and physical disturbance at a mobile home park located at 1000 N. Eighth Street in Reedsport.

After arrival, the officers were confronted by an adult male suspect armed with a handgun. Shots were exchanged between the man and law enforcement. The suspect was shot at least once and injured. He was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital for initial treatment where he is still being treated.

For investigative reasons, including pending interviews, the names of the person shot and the involved officers are still withheld.

Both deputies from Douglas County Sheriff's Office and one Reedsport police officer are on paid administrative leave at this time, which is standard protocol during officer-involved shooting investigations.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is represented by investigators from OSP, DCSO, Reedsport Police Department, and Roseburg Police Department. The Douglas County District Attorney's Office is assisting the Major Crimes Team.

Additional information will be released when approved by the investigative team.

Officer-involved shooting investigations can be complex and take several weeks to complete and present to the District Attorney's office for review. To provide educational outreach to local communities, a video was produced by the Lane County District Attorney office with the assistance of law enforcement and national and regional experts. The 17-minute video provides important details regarding officer-involved shootings and the process used to investigate them. The video may provide useful background for reporters and the public, and it can be viewed via this link: http://bit.ly/q0V69v

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Oregon State Medical Examiner Receives Eye Bank Association of America's "Gift of Sight Award" (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
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The Oregon State Medical Examiner recently received special recognition by the Eye Bank Association of America for her advocacy and support of eye and corneal donation when she was presented with the association's "Gift of Sight Award".

Dr. Karen Gunson has worked for the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for over 28 years and has been the Chief Medical Examiner since 1999. Dr. Gunson is a strong advocate and supporter of organ and eye donations and was intimately involved in developing Oregon's 9-1-1 referral system to the eye bank to give families an opportunity to authorize donations whenever possible.

The "Gift of Sight Award" is presented by the Eye Bank Association of America to a professional who works closely with the eye banking community and whose efforts have demonstrated significant support of eye and corneal donation.

Corrina Patzer, Director of Business Development for Lions VisionGift, submitted the nomination leading to Dr. Gunson's award.

"Dr. Gunson makes a difference and creates a positive impact on the field of eye donation and transplantation. Her dedication, energy and leadership provide a direct and lasting benefit to donor families, people in need of transplantation, and transplant recipients. Her steadfast support for donation translates into saved lives and enhanced living for many others," said Patzer.

Dr. Gunson graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in 1981 and is board certified in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology. In 2009, she was the first ever medical examiner to win the "Regional Champion Award" from the Health Resources Services Administration for outstanding contributions on behalf of organ donors, donor families and transplant patients.

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About the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Division:
The purpose of the Medical Examiner Division is to provide direction and support to the state death investigation program. The Medical Examiner manages all aspects of the state medical examiner program and has responsibility for technical supervision of county offices in each of the 36 counties of Oregon. The division is staffed by four full??'time forensic pathologists, supported by four staff personnel located in the Portland Metropolitan area. Further administrative support and oversight are provided by the Department of Oregon State Police. The main activity of the division is to certify the cause and manner of a death requiring investigation within the authority of ORS Chapter 146. This activity includes post mortem examination and alcohol and drug analyses. The division also maintains appropriate records and provides lectures and training on legal medicine and death investigation to medical school physicians and students, attorneys, law students, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other persons associated with the death investigation system.

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Advisory: Wheeler County SO & OSP Urge Highway Travelers To Slow Down, Drive Safely as Firefighting Efforts Continue
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police are urging all travelers in the vicinity of Highway 26 and Highway 19 to slow down and drive safely. A wildfire in the area has closed Highway 26 between milepost 35 and 53 east of Prineville. ODOT's TripCheck.com notes due to hazardous debris and weather, there is no current estimated time for opening.

Law enforcement is concerned that limited visibility, increased traffic on secondary roads, and firefighting efforts/movements may affect highway safety in the Mitchell and Spray areas. Motorists using alternate routes are asked to slow down, drive alert and be watchful for others using the area roads.

Traffic updates on state roads in the area can be monitored on ODOT's TripCheck.com website.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 153 (SE Amity Road) east of Amity in Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 153 (SE Amity Road) east of Amity near SE Burch Hill Road in Yamhill County. The crash resulted in the death of a 19-year old female whose name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Brad Hessel, on July 17, 2014 at approximately 10:20 a.m., a 1999 Toyota Camry four-door driven by ARIEL DAWN DUMLER, age 19, from Amity, was traveling eastbound on Highway 153 when, for an unconfirmed reason, the driver lost control on a slight left curve. The vehicle traveled off the highway and down an embankment where its top collided into a tree.

The crash was not witnessed but a local resident heard it and called 9-1-1. Local emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed the female driver was deceased.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating. The victim was using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Fire District, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed with a detour in place during the scene investigation.

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Correction: Preliminary Information: Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting in Reedsport
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
Correction to first paragraph changed to "Thursday afternoon"

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The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, is starting an investigation into Thursday afternoon's officer-involved shooting in Reedsport. The man shot by a law enforcement officer is being treated at a local hospital and no officers present were injured.

Preliminary information indicates on July 17, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., law enforcement officers from Reedsport Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported disturbance at a mobile home park located at 1000 N. Eighth Street in Reedsport.

After arrival, the officers were confronted by the armed adult male suspect and shots were exchanged between the man and law enforcement. The suspect was shot at least once and injured. He was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital for initial treatment. His condition is unknown.

No other information, including names of law enforcement officers or the suspect, will be released without authorization by the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The involved law enforcement agency will be identified when approved for release.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is represented by investigators from OSP, DCSO, Reedsport Police Department, and Roseburg Police Department.

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Correction: Update #2: Second Person Dies; Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W between Veneta and Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed that a second person died following Wednesday afternoon's two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W between Veneta and Eugene. OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The names of both drivers are released in this udpate.

On July 16, 2014 at approximately 1:10 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Prius driven by BRUNHILDE MARIA WATKINS, age 78, from Veneta, was westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 50. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled across the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1986 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle driven by KIRK GERARD RINALDI, age 47, from Dorena.

WATKINS was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RINALDI was extricated by firefighters and transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. According to the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office, RINALDI died early Thursday morning at the hospital.

Both drivers were believed to be using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Fire Authority, and ODOT. The highway was blocked and a detour in place until it was re-opened about 4:30 p.m.

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OSP Arrests Attempted Murder Suspect in Williams, Oregon Who Was Wanted Out of Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Klamath County man Tuesday evening in Josephine County who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Attempted Murder. The warrant was issued in relation to a Klamath County Sheriff's Office investigation into a shots fired incident in Sprague River in May 2013.

On July 15, 2014 at approximately 8:07 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to the Williams Country Store in Williams after OSP received a tip that a man wanted on a warrant was at the store. The trooper arrived and contacted two people identified as MICHAEL ROBERT HORN, age 41, and REBECCA JUNE TOMPKINS, age 36.

Further investigation confirmed HORN was wanted out of Klamath County on a felony warrant for two counts of Attempted Murder. TOMPKINS was also wanted out of Klamath County on a misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Appear in the Second Degree.

HORN was taken into custody without incident and lodged in Josephine County Jail pending transfer to Klamath County. TOMPKINS was issued a citation to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court and was not lodged in jail.

According to Klamath County Sheriff's Office, HORN was wanted in relation to their investigation into a shooting that occurred in Sprague River on May 23, 2013. HORN is suspected of shooting several rounds at a vehicle occupied by two people during a disturbance. The vehicle was struck but no one was injured.

Questions regarding the investigation may be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Questions regarding pending court appearance(s) should be directed to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Update: Search Scaled Down For Murder Suspect Daniel Martinson in SE Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of other area local and federal agencies, has scaled down the search for a murder suspect Wednesday in a remote wooded area of southeast Josephine County just north of the Oregon/California border. OSP will maintain a patrol presence in the area and is urging the public to call OSP or 9-1-1 if they have information where he is hiding or if they see him.

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINSON, age 44, has a felony warrant issued for his arrest for Murder in a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction. The search focused near Page Mountain Sno-Park in the southeast corner of Josephine County. There are some homes in this remote area. MARTINSON was spotted several times last night and this morning and has eluded officers on a motorcycle on several remote paved and dirt roads. The motorcycle is described as back in color with a red tank.

MARTINSON was last seen this morning wearing full camouflage clothing and has shaved his head. He is described as a white male, 5'6", and 155 pounds. MARTINSON is missing a front tooth and has a tattoo on his back of a pit bull dog with the word "Outlaw" underneath. A previously released photograph is provided with this news release advisory.

MARTINSON is considered armed and dangerous. OSP troopers from several Department divisions (Patrol, Criminal, Fish & Wildlife) were involved in the search all day with support from other agencies on the ground and in the air including California Highway Patrol, Del Norte County, California Sheriff's Office, and US Marshals Service.

Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600 or 9-1-1.

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Correction: Extensive OSP F&W Division Investigation Into Central Oregon Illegal Guiding & Hunting Activities Leading to Multiple Convictions (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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In perhaps one of the most extensive investigations involving troopers of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division, a Bend area man was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegal guiding and hunting activities in central Oregon. In total, 23 people have been charged for more than 200 counts/charges filed in Wheeler County and 15 additional charges were filed in Deschutes County. Ten of those individuals pled guilty or no contest; and cases are pending adjudication for 13 other people.

In October 2012, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper received an anonymous tip about alleged illegal guiding and hunting activities in Wheeler County. The initial tip only provided a first name of a suspect. As the investigation progressed, the trooper identified the primary suspect as ALAN ROY ARONSON, age 43, from Bend, who was alleged to be conducting illegal guided hunts, primarily for elk and buffalo, on another person's ranch property without the owner's consent.

During the investigation, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers across the state were involved in a coordinated effort and interviewed over a hundred people. Information indicated ARONSON was performing guided fee hunts, to hunters on private lands, whether or not they had valid hunting licenses or tags. Between 2010 and 2012, hunters accompanying ARONSON killed dozens of elk, including several large trophy elk that were shot and killed by persons without valid tags, and at least 9 buffalo from a neighboring ranch without the ranch owner's consent. Oregon State Marine Board records revealed that ARONSON was not a registered hunting guide in the State of Oregon during the time of the unlawful activities and was operating on land he did not own and therefore was illegally guiding hunters without an outfitter/guide registration.

Investigators also found evidence that a 6x7 bull elk was unlawfully shot and killed by his wife, EMILY ARONSON, age 34.

Search warrants were served at two different locations tied to the ARONSON's in Deschutes and Wheeler County. Subsequent to searching the properties, evidence seized included documents, a computer, untagged trophy elk and deer mounts, vehicles, a rifle, and three freshly skinned buffalo hides.

Both ALAN ARONSON and EMILY ARONSON were sentenced in Wheeler County Circuit Court on June 20, 2014. ALAN ARONSON pled guilty to three misdemeanor counts of failure to register as an outfitter and guide, and two felony counts of theft in the first degree. ALAN ARONSON was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a lifetime hunting license suspension and approximately $66,050 in fines and restitution, in addition to forfeiture of property to include a 2005 Ford pick-up and two UTV's vehicles that were determined to be used in the illegal guiding operation. EMILY ARONSON pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of hunting wildlife without a valid tag, was sentenced to a three year hunting license suspension and ordered to pay fines and restitution of $15,350 for the illegal taking of a 6x7 bull elk.

The global resolution for the 10 adjudicated persons to date, have resulted in the following cumulative sanctions:
* 180 days in jail (all jail sentences suspended except for the 30 days levied against ALAN ARONSON)
* 34 years in hunting license suspensions, plus the lifetime suspension for ALAN ARONSON
* Over $152,000 in fines, fees, restitution, and forfeitures
* 140 hours of community service* 222 months of probation

"The case resolution was successful in part from the great efforts and investigative skills of the lead investigator and team members whom worked tirelessly on this extensive and complex case, along with assistance from other Fish and Wildlife troopers from across the state," said Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division director.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division was assisted in this investigation and prosecution by Wheeler County District Attorney's Office, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, and Oregon Department of Justice.

Questions regarding this investigation and court matters should be directed to the Wheeler County District Attorney Daniel Ousley at (541) 763-4207.

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Update: Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 211 south of Estacada (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's serious injury traffic crash involving a motorcycle and passenger car that occurred on Highway 211 at S. Hayden Road south of Estacada. The names of the involved drivers are released in this update.

On July 15, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m., a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by JOHN W. GROENER, age 59, from Beavercreek, was traveling southbound on Highway 211 when a northbound 2013 Kia Soul four-door turned left toward S. Hayden Road. The motorcycle crashed into the Kia's passenger side, ejecting GROENER from the motorcycle onto the highway.

GROENER was critically injured and transported by AMR ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University. He was wearing a protective helmet.

The Kia's driver, TARA R. JOYCE, age 20, from Portland, and three passengers were also transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals. Their injuries were non-life threatening and considered minor to serious. One of the passengers, DANNY D. MANJEOT, age 38, from Portland, was treated and released then taken into custody by OSP on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant charging Fail to Appear - DUII. MANJEOT was lodged in Clackamas County Jail.

JOYCE is cooperating with the investigation and no enforcement action has been taken at this time. OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Cameron Bailey is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by fire and paramedics from Estacada, Molalla, Colton, Sandy and Clackamas County fire departments, officers from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Sandy Police Department, and ODOT. A detour was in place while the highway was blocked during the investigation.

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Update #2: Photo - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 395 near Ukiah (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash found by a citizen who had stopped along Highway 395 near Ukiah. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Sterling Hall, on July 15, 2014 at approximately 12:48 p.m., a citizen had stopped along the side of Highway 395 near milepost 53B when he saw a motorcycle over the edge of the roadway. Emergency responders arriving on scene confirmed there was an adult male lying near the motorcycle who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Buel motorcycle operated by MARK HALL PFENNING, age 57, from Bend, was traveling northbound when PFENNING lost control in a left curve. The motorcycle slid on its side across the turnout on the shoulder where it went down an embankment off the highway. The estimated time of the crash is not confirmed.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Ukiah Quick Response Team, Pendleton Fire and Ambulance Department, LifeFlight, and ODOT.

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ODOT recently sent a news release regarding motorcycle safety with reminders and tips for everyone traveling on our roads:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/nr14062401.aspx

OSP joins ODOT in urging all travelers to stay focused on safety and Drive Safely to Save Lives.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Territorial Highway near Lorane in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday evening's serious injury two vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 200 (Territorial Highway) west of Creswell. Six people were transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

According to Trooper Cale Day, on July 12, 2014 at approximately 3:42 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by RICK A. KITZEL, age 20 from Eugene, was traveling southbound on Territorial Highway near milepost 34 at Hamm Road when the pickup crossed the centerline. A northbound 1999 Nissan Pathfinder operated by MARCOS QUIAHUA-QUIAHUA, age 40, from Eugene, swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the pickup. The pickup's driver then moved back into the southbound lane where both vehicles collided head-on.

The five occupants in the Nissan Pathfinder and the pickup's driver were all transported with serious injuries to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. One of the Nissan's occupants, MARIA YNEZ, age 42, from Eugene, was transported by air ambulance. The others were taken by ground ambulance.

OSP is working in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney's Office as part of the ongoing investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by South Lane Rural Fire District, Eugene and Springfield fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about three hours.

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OSP Arrests Man For Attempted Homicide & Robbery of Hitchhiker Along Southern Oregon Coast
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 56-year old Washington man Saturday after he allegedly threatened to kill and robbed a hitchhiker at knife-point while giving the victim a ride along Highway 101 on the southern Oregon coast.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 1:56 p.m., OSP was notified by Curry County 9-1-1 of a report that a hitchhiker was robbed by a suspect who was last seen southbound on Highway 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings. A vehicle description including license plate was provided. The victim had been given a ride by some people passing through the area to Brookings where he reported the incident and was contacted by OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Johnson at Brookings Police Department.

The victim, DANIEL DEDARD GUAU, age 28, from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada reported he was picked up by the suspect while hitchhiking on the northern Oregon coast. As they traveled along the southern Oregon coast near milepost 345, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife on the victim, placed it against his throat and threatened to kill him. The suspect, later identified as SAMUEL NILS STROM, age 56, from Lynnwood, Washington, slashed at the victim and forced him from the vehicle, leaving him on the side of the road. STROM left in the vehicle with the victim's passport and other personal property.

Through the trooper's investigation the suspect was positively identified. At approximately 6:13 p.m., the trooper learned the suspect's vehicle was parked at a residence west of Highway 101 between Brookings and the Oregon/California border. OSP troopers found the vehicle and observed the victim's property and a knife inside the vehicle. Subsequent contact with STROM led OSP to take him into custody for Attempted Criminal Homicide, Robbery in the First Degree, and Menacing.

Troopers were able to return the victim's property to him after seizing it from the vehicle.

No photographs available for this release.

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Driver Arrested For DUII After Nearly Hitting Several Bicyclists Along Highway 30 east of Scappoose
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
A Lake Oswego man was arrested Saturday evening after nearly hitting several bicyclists on Highway 30 east of Scappoose who were participating in the Group Health STP Seattle to Portland bicycle event.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 7:52 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to a reported disturbance along Highway 30 near Watson Road. Upon arrival, the trooper was contacted by several witnesses reporting a man operating a Ford pickup nearly hit several bicyclists near milepost 18 before stopping along the highway.

The trooper contacted the pickup's driver identified as DAVID J. EASTON, age 53, from Lake Oswego. Subsequent investigation led the trooper to arrest EASTON for DUII and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was taken to Columbia County Jail.

No photographs for this release.

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Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Highway 224 east of Estacada
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's serious injury motorcycle traffic crash on Highway 224 east of Estacada. Alcohol is a contributing factor in this crash.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by ERIC L. COLLIANDER, age 38, from Oregon City, was traveling westbound on Highway 224 near milepost 31 when left the highway on the north side shoulder into a ditch. COLLIANDER was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on bordering boulders.

COLLIANDER was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet. Subsequent investigation led OSP to cited him into Clackamas County Circuit Court for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Trooper Scott McLeod is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Estacada Rural Fire District #69. The highway was opened about an hour after the crash.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), in fatal crashes in 2012, a higher percentage of motorcycle riders had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher than any other type of motor vehicle driver. More than 1 in 4 (27%) motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were alcohol-impaired. More motorcycle safety-related information and statistics is available at:
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No photographs available for release at this time.

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Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Wilsonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/12/14
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One person received non-life threatening injuries Saturday afternoon in a five vehicle chain-reaction crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Wilsonville. An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation concluded with the offending driver being cited for Careless Driving.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., northbound traffic on Interstate 5 near milepost 283 was stopped. A Ford Escape driven by JENNIFER EISENZIMMER PRICE, age 45, from Portland, was the last vehicle in the line of stopped traffic in the left lane when the Ford was struck from behind by a passenger car driven by JESSE D. DARLING, age 22, from Seaside. The impact pushed the Ford forward into the back of a third vehicle leading to the chain-reaction crash involving a total of five vehicles.

EISENZIMMER PRICE was extricated from her vehicle by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters. She was transported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with potential serious but non-life threatening injuries.

DARLING was not reported injured. He reportedly had his vehicle's cruise control set at 64 mph and failed to see the stopped traffic before crashing into the back of the Ford Escape. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.

No other injuries were reported. The crash blocked the majority of the northbound lanes for over an hour. Traffic was eventually able to get by on the far right side of the traffic lanes.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, and ODOT.

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Non-Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's non-injury commercial truck that partially blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on July 11, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 in the right hand lane when it traveled onto the right shoulder and struck an impact attenuator at the top of exit 108. Several gallons of fuel spilled from the truck's tanks but were contained with barriers and absorbent materials placed by Myrtle Creek Fire Department firefighters.

The truck's driver, STANLEY DIGGS, age 58, from Jefferson, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Myrtle Creek Police Department, Myrtle Creek Fire Department, and ODOT.

One northbound lane and the shoulder are still blocked. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

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Update #2: Name Released - Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Crash - Highway 211 near Molalla (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday's serious injury bicycle-involved crash that occurred along Highway 211 just east of Molalla. Initial investigation indicates alcohol is a possible contributing factor for the injured bicyclist. The bicyclist's name is released in this update. His injuries are not life threatening.

On July 10, 2014 at approximately 7:40 a.m., DANIEL LAWRENCE NYBERG, age 44, was riding a bicycle westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when he suddenly turned left into the path of a westbound 2005 Toyota pickup approaching from behind. The pickup's driver, VICTOR MAXFIELD, age 32, from Molalla, wasn't able to avoid the bicyclist and struck him.

NYBERG was transported from the scene by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). NYBERG is believed to live in the Molalla area and has previously resided in Portland. He was not wearing a protective helmet. The hospital and lead investigator, Sergeant Jason Lindland, haven't been able to reach any family members to notify them where he is being treated at.

MAXFIELD was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. The highway was closed for about 45 minutes.

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OSP Investigating Illegal Towing Operation Arrests Owner For Fail to Register as Sex Offender and Parole Violation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/10/14
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A 35-year old Polk County man under investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an alleged illegal towing business was arrested Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and parole violation.

MICHAEL ALAN SELMER, age 35, from Falls City, is the subject of an ongoing investigation after OSP received information he acquired two tow trucks and began advertising towing services in Salem and Independence areas without obtaining a towing certificate authorizing him to perform tow services. His tow trucks displayed the name "Whoops! Towing" and he allegedly posted tow impound signs at various businesses in the Salem, Jefferson and Independence areas, using a spotter to call for tows before removing vehicles.

On July 8, 2014, OSP arrested SELMER when he began to tow an undercover OSP vehicle from a parking lot. SELMER was lodged in Marion County Jail for Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Parole Violation. Additional charges related to the OSP investigation may be pending following review by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information related to the illegal towing investigation is asked to contact Senior Trooper Doug Brown at (503) 378-3387 ext 30500.

No other information for release due to the ongoing investigation.

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Update #2: Missing Keizer Man Found Deceased in Southwest Marion County; Death Investigation Underway
Oregon State Police - 07/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, and Marion County District Attorney's Office, are investigating the manner and cause of death of an adult male found Wednesday morning in a field near the community of Talbot in Marion County. The deceased was identified as missing Keizer man, ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP.

On July 9, 2014 at approximately 9:17 a.m., a report was received that a deceased body was found in a field near Talbot in rural southwest Marion County. Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene and confirmed the report.

The body was identified as ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP, age 54, from Keizer, who was reported missing to OSP June 8, 2014, after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem.

The Marion County Medical Examiner and OSP Forensic Services Division personnel also responded to the scene to assist with recovering the body.

An autopsy is pending by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the manner and cause of death.

No other information to be released at this time.

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Photos Addded - Non-Injury Truck Crash Leads to Lumber Spill Partially Blocking Highway 101 in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/09/14
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A commercial truck driver was cited following an early Wednesday morning non-injury crash in which a load of lumber spilled onto Highway 101 north of Cloverdale, partially blocking the highway for several hours.

On July 9, 2014 at approximately 4:24 a.m., a Peterbilt truck pulling two trailers loaded with lumber driven by GUY HOLLIS JR, age 51, from Tillamook, was traveling southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 77. As the truck and trailers traveled through a curve, they went off the roadway and struck and embankment where the truck detached from the lead trailer. Both trailers stopped abruptly, causing the lumber to shift forward and spill onto the highway.

HOLLIS was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.

One lane has been blocked several hours while ODOT personnel coordinate cleanup efforts. Traffic updates are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Update: Victim's Name Released: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Pleasant Hill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 58 twelve miles east of Pleasant Hill. The crash involved a pickup and commercial truck, resulting in the death of the pickup's adult male and minor injuries to the truck's two occupants. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Robert Edwards, on July 8, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a Dodge pickup driven by TIMOTHY DAVID FINE, age 55, from Oakridge, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 16 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with computers and tires. The truck and trailer caught fire and was fully engulfed when emergency responders started arriving. The fire spread to brush on both sides of the highway.

The truck's two occupants escaped the commercial truck with minor injuries. Both were transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. Their names are not available at this time and both were released from the hospital.

FINE was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway was completely closed while firefighters controlled the fire. One lane was opened after 8:00 p.m. The other lane was closed for several hours while ODOT and a tow company work with heavy equipment to remove the burned truck and semi-trailer, and the pickup. The highway was fully re-opened after midnight.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Kyle Bachmeier is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by fire personnel from Dexter, Lowell, Oakridge, and Goshen. Additional assisted provided by ODOT, Department of Forestry and Northwest Hazmat, Inc.

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Update: Photo for Preliminary Information: Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Seaside (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responders are on scene of a minor injury crash involving three vehicles on Highway 26 near Rippet Lane between the Highway 26 junction and Seaside. The crash temporarily blocked the highway and one lane is reported open at this time.

According to Sergeant Dennis Thomas, preliminary information indicates on July 8, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m., a truck transporting wood debris was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 24 when the driver lost control, forcing two other vehicles off the road. The debris spilled and struck the vehicles, a van and sport utility vehicle, causing significant damage.

One person was reported transported to an area hospital with minor injury. Names are not available for this release and tows have been dispatched to the scene.

Traffic updates can be checked on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99W between Amity and McMinnville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/14
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One person was seriously injured Tuesday morning when the truck he was driving collided into the back of a stopped pickup on Highway 99W between Amity and McMinnville. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On July 8, 2014 at approximately 11:47 a.m., a Dodge pickup driven by JOEL STOCKHOFF, age 54, from Dayton, was stopped southbound on Highway 99W waiting to turn left onto SE Whiteson Road when it was struck from behind by an Isuzu box truck. After impact, the truck stopped off the highway on the right shoulder.

The Isuzu truck's driver, THOMAS NORTON, age 52, from Portland, was seriously injured and extricated by firefighters from Amity Fire District and McMinnville Fire Department. NORTON was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with non-life threatening injury.

STOCKHOFF was taken by ground ambulance with minor injury to Willamette Valley Medical Center.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office responded to investigate. Recruit Trooper Roy Adams is the lead investigator.

ODOT also responded to assist with traffic control. The highway was closed about an hour.

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Update: Employer Offers Reward to Help Find Keizer Man Reported Missing June 8, 2014 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/14
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The employer of a Keizer-area man reported missing June 8, 2014, is offering a reward of up to $500 for information that helps authorities find him.

ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP, age 54, was reported missing to Oregon State Police (OSP) after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem. KNUPP is described as a white male, 5'11", and 215 pounds, with brown salt & pepper hair and a short beard. He was last known to be wearing a blue print Hawaiian-style shirt with khaki pants, white socks and brown leather tie shoes. He was driving a 1993 Geo Metro passenger car found locked Sunday, June 8, about midnight at the rest area. He was last seen in Albany on Saturday, June 7.

KNUPP has worked 17 years for Garten Services, Inc., a Salem-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1970 to support people with disabilities in their effort to contribute to the community through employment, career, and retirement opportunities. At the time of his disappearance, he was working as a custodial supervisor.

Garten Services, Inc., has established an account at US Bank under "Robert Knupp Reward Fund" in case anyone wished to donate.

Anyone with information regarding KNUPP's whereabouts is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Lead investigator is Detective Richard Olsen.

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Update #2: Added Info & Photo - Washington Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Interstate 5 Between Eugene and Cottage Grove (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/07/14
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Update #2: Based on the car's vehicle identification number, OSP has confirmed it was a reported stolen out of Washington State. Additional charge for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle is pending.

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Update #1: As the eluding vehicle was traveling northbound from Cottage Grove, the passenger side window blew out as it was passing the left side of a commercial truck and semi-trailer. After the eluding driver was in custody, OSP found a handgun inside the car missing two rounds. OSP suspects the driver fired at least one round out of the car as it was passing the truck and semi-trailer. The truck is described as a late model Freightliner conventional style cab pulling a white in color box semi-trailer. The driver probably is unaware that the left rear side of the trailer may have been struck by a gunshot. OSP would like to speak to the truck's driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at (541) 726-2536.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old Tacoma, Washington man Monday after his attempt to elude troopers on Interstate 5 south of Eugene. The suspect eluded Lebanon police earlier in the day.

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 1:47 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint of a high speed 1990s Mercury displaying Washington license plates southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 216. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle reported by Lebanon Police Department after it eluded one of their officers.

Troopers set up southbound along Interstate 5 to find the car. At approximately 1:57 p.m. a vehicle matching the description passed an OSP trooper near Coburg. A second trooper also got behind the car and they attempted a traffic stop near Belt Line Road. The vehicle failed to yield and sped up to speeds over 100 mph as it drove recklessly, passing vehicles on the shoulder.

Troopers backed off, keeping the car in sight as it continued southbound and OSP notified Lane County Sheriff's Office and Cottage Grove Police Department (CGPD) for assistance. The driver avoided spike strip deployment by Cottage Grove police near milepost 176, but a second attempt by CGPD near milepost 174 successfully deflated the left front tire.

The vehicle exited Interstate 5 at London Road on the south end of Cottage Grove and returned northbound on the freeway. Speeds began to slow to 80 - 90 mph as the vehicle was traveling on 3 tires.

At approximately 2:26 p.m., the vehicle exited in Creswell and turned right onto E. Cloverdale Road where a trooper pulled along the passenger side and safely executed a tactical vehicle intervention technique. The eluding car came to a stop and the driver fled on foot on Emerald Parkway for about a half block before troopers took him in custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as JAMES CARL VOSHELL, age 24, from Tacoma, Washington. VOSHELL was lodged in the Lane County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Carrying a Concealed Weapon
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (10 counts)

Additional charges may be pending by Lebanon Police Department related to their incident earlier.

Investigation is continuing.

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Minor Injury Truck Crash - Highway 47 north of Highway 26 in Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/07/14
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A truck driver received minor injury Monday afternoon following a traffic crash while avoiding a down tree across Highway 47 about two miles north of Highway 26 in Washington County.

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 2:36 p.m., a report of a traffic crash was received involving a truck going off Highway 47 near milepost 75. Oregon State Police (OSP), Washington County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and local fire personnel responded to the scene.

Initial information indicates a dump truck was traveling southbound on Highway 47 when it encountered a tree down across the highway. The truck's driver tried to avoid the tree but struck it and then traveled off the highway, down an embankment. The truck struck another tree before coming to rest down the steep embankment.

The truck's driver got out of the truck and back up to the highway. He received minor injury not requiring hospital transport. His name is not available.

One lane was eventually re-opened until the truck was removed from the scene. All lanes are open.

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Update #2: Traffic Fatality Count Increased to 4 - Post-Fourth of July Holiday Reporting Period Information (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/07/14
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(Updated) Preliminary information now indicates 4 people died in four separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Fourth of July holiday period between 6:00 p.m., July 3, and 11:59 p.m., July 6. Information regarding a fourth fatal crash was received by ODOT's Fatality Analysist Reporting System (FARS) from Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The following is a brief overview of the four confirmed reported fatal traffic crashes:

* On July 4, 2014 at approximately 8:31 p.m., an off-road motorcycle operated by a 21-year old Reedsport man crashed in the Loon Lake area off Highway 38 in Douglas County. The victim was not wearing a protective helmet. Douglas County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.

* On July 5, 2014 at approximately 10:03 p.m., a pickup driven by a 48-year old Madras man rolled off NE Clark Drive near NE Dogwood Lane north of Madras. The driver was ejected and transported to an area hospital where he died later that night from injuries sustained in the crash. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency and reports alcohol appears to be a contributing factor.

* On July 6, 2014 at approximately 12:55 a.m., a passenger car driven by a 16-year old St. Helens girl was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 53 west of Rainier. For an unconfirmed reason, the car traveled off the highway and rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its top. The female driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and her 16-year old male passenger had minor injuries. Both were using safety restraints. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.

* On July 6, 2014 at approximately 4:36 p.m., a 92-year old female from Hines died in a single vehicle rollover crash on Steens Mountain Loop Road in Harney County. The driver was using safety restraints. Additional details of the fatal crash on not available. Harney County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.

During the 2013 Fourth of July 102-hour holiday period, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Fourth of July holiday period occurred in 1980 when there were 19 reported deaths during a 78-hour period. Since 1970, a total of 306 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Fourth of July holiday reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 50 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 60 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 50 reported DUII arrests, eight were the direct results of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Springfield Area Command office - 11 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* The Dalles Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Portland Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* North Plains Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* Coos Bay Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers on patrol and fish & wildlife troopers in field also reported arresting 25 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies)

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Update #2: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 30 west of Rainier that resulted in the death of a 16-year old female and minor injury to the teenage passenger. Both names are released in this update.

On July 6, 2014 at approximately 12:55 a.m., a 1993 Subaru driven by SEEAIRA D. HICKS, age 16, was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 53. For an unconfirmed reason, the car traveled off the eastbound shoulder and rolled several times before coming to rest on its top.

HICKS was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger SCOTT A. HAMLIN, age 16, received minor injury and was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington. Both occupants are from St. Helens and were using safety restraints. The car's airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from St. Helens and Astoria offices responded to the scene to investigate. There is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. OSP is looking at driver fatigue as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Billy Bush is the lead investigator.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OSP Arrests Wilderville Woman In Husband's Shooting in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's shooting at a residence in Wilderville in Josephine County. The initial investigation led to the arrest of a 35-year old woman on allegations related to the shooting of her husband who is being treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 9:50 p.m., a report was received by 9-1-1 of a shooting at 483 Waters Creek Road in Wilderville. OSP patrol troopers responded and confirmed DARICK JONES, age 35, was shot in the leg and they detained his wife, BETHANIE J. JONES, age 35.

DARICK JONES was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment of the gunshot injury.

OSP detectives responded to lead the investigation with the assistance of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. Initial investigation led detectives to arrest BETHANIE JONES and lodged her in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the First Degree and four counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

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Chemult Man Arrested After Troopers Respond to Disturbance, Find 2 Pipe Bombs in Vehicle
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 26-year old Chemult man Saturday night following a disturbance and discovery of 2 small pipe bombs in the man's car.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 10:12 p.m., OSP responded to reported disturbance in the 500 block of Benard Lane in Chemult. Reported information indicated an intoxicated male broke a car window, threatened to use explosive devices on a vehicle and the residence, and indicated he might take his own life.

Upon OSP's arrival, DONALD E. COCKERILL, age 26, from Chemult, was detained without incident. Troopers also found two pipe bombs in his vehicle, so they requested OSP Hazardous Device technicians respond to remove the homemade explosive devices.

Subsequent investigation resulted in COCKERILL being lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

* Possession of a Destructive Device
* Menacing
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
* Harassment

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Death Investigation - South of Oswald West State Park in Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Tillamook County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the death of a 44-year old adult male who apparently took his own life Friday night on a trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The deceased male's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Greg Plummer, on July 4, 2014 at approximately 8:47 p.m., OSP was notified that a deceased male was found at the end of a trail by several citizens after they heard a gunshot. The trail led from a viewpoint along Highway 101 between Oswald West State Park and Manzanita near milepost 41.

After responding to the scene, police and medical responders confirmed the report and that the deceased male had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was still in possession of a handgun. His vehicle was found parked at the viewpoint near the trail entrance.

The deceased male was identified as BRIAN ALLAN BITTON, age 44, from Portland.

Due to safety concerns related to potential danger for emergency responders retrieving the body in the darkness, the area was secured during the night. The Tillamook County Medical Examiner and an OSP detective came to the scene Saturday morning to continue the investigation prior to removing BITTON.

OSP was also assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Manzanita Department of Public Safety, and Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue.

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Umatilla Man Arrested After DUII-Involved Serious Injury Crash - Highway 207 east of Hermiston (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
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A 39-year old Umatilla man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Saturday evening following a two-vehicle serious injury traffic crash on Highway 207 at E. Punkin Center Road east of Hermiston in Umatilla County.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by ALBERTO PEREZ, age 39, from Umatilla, was involved in a collision at the Highway 207 / E. Punkin Center Road intersection with a 1992 Geo Metro driven by BALDOMERO VALENCIA GARCIA, age 46, from Hermiston.

VALENCIA GARCIA was extricated from his car by Hermiston Fire Department personnel and then taken by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

PEREZ was not injured. Subsequent initial investigation led to his arrest for DUII and he was lodged in Umatilla County Jail. Investigation continuing. Trooper Mark Amos is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Stanfield Police Department, and ODOT.

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help Investigating Deer Poaching in the East Evans Creek/Antioch Road Area in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a buck deer recently in the East Evans Creek or Sams Valley area off Antioch Road in Jackson County.

Sergeant Kirk Meyer is investigating the discovery of deer parts, including a deer head with the skull cap and antlers cut off, by an area resident on Antioch Road near milepost 10 on July 2, 2014. Evidence at the scene indicates that the buck deer was recently killed elsewhere and butchered. The deer head, legs and other parts of the carcass were dumped there.

A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sergeant Meyer at (541) 618-7944, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking Public For Help Investigating Deer Poaching - Highway 30 near Rowena in Wasco County (Photo)
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in The Dalles is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a doe deer last month on Highway 30 near the community of Rowena Dell in Wasco County.

Trooper Brent Ocheskey is investigating the discovery of a doe deer by area residents near Rowena Dell Road on June 21, 2014. Evidence at the scene indicates the doe deer was shot and left to waste on the evening of June 20 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The deer was shot from the roadway and died on the highway shoulder. Ocheskey also believes the doe had a fawn in the area.

A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to the arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Ocheskey at (541)296-9646, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Updated: Name Released - Death Investigation - Drowning off Lincoln City Beach
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
Note: The victim was reportedly wearing a wet suit and life jacket vest. Information provided also indicates he was an experienced kitesurfer.

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A 49 year old male died Thursday afternoon after being transported to a Lincoln City hospital following an apparent accident while kitesurfing in the ocean off the beach at Roads End State Park. The victim was identified as an off-duty member of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR).

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Oregon State Police was notified that an adult male was being taken to a hospital in Lincoln City after he was found by a friend unresponsive in the water while kitesurfing. When OSP arrived at the hospital, medical staff had pronounced him deceased after lifesaving efforts at the beach by the victim's friend, responding fire personnel, and hospital emergency room staff.

The victim is identified as WYLIE DALE JOHNSON JR, age 49, from Dundee. According to TVFR, JOHNSON was a firefighter for 19 yrs with TVFR and, most recently, was assigned as a lieutenant at Fire Station 35 in King City.

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pac West ambulance were involved in initial response and transport to the hospitals. Lincoln City police also assisted.

Questions regarding Lieutenant JOHNSON's service with TVFR should be directed to their department.

No other details available at this time.

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Driver Arrested After Collision With Parked Police Car Blocking Intersection at Fire Response Scene in Ontario
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
A 25-year old Ontario man was arrested Thursday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) for DUII and other charges after he collided with a parked Ontario police car that was blocking an intersection where firefighters were handling a fire-related call.

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 10:48 p.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched to investigate a non-injury traffic crash involving an Ontario Police Department (OPD) patrol vehicle at the intersection of SE 7th Avenue and SE 3rd Street. The OPD vehicle was parked with emergency lights activated blocking an intersection when it was struck by 2014 Chevrolet Impala four-door traveling westbound on SE 7th Street.

When the trooper arrived on scene he found the Chevrolet's driver, JAIME MORENO JR, age 25, from Ontario, visibly intoxicated, belligerent and aggressive toward those present at the scene. Subsequent investigation indicated MORENO had taken the car without the owner's permission. MORENO was arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges:

* DUII
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (11 counts)
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

The eleven recklessly endangering counts are for the alleged endangerment of 2 police officers, 2 firefighters, 2 passengers in the car, and 5 citizen bystanders who were present when the collision occurred.

He was also cited for No Operators License and Refusing a Breath Test.

The damage to the police car did not require towing from the scene.

No photographs provided for release.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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Two Wanted Subjects Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Interstate 84 Between Cascade Locks and The Dalles (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of several law enforcement partners in Hood River and Wasco counties, arrested two wanted persons following Thursday morning's high speed attempt to elude along Interstate 84. The attempt to elude concluded without further incident along the eastbound lanes in The Dalles after officers had successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle that was confirmed stolen from Gresham.

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 9:49 a.m., OSP and Hood River County Sheriff's Office were notified of a white sports car eastbound on Interstate 84 in east Multnomah County traveling at a high rate of speed. The car reportedly had stolen license plates displayed.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the white 2011 Subaru Legacy four-door was spotted eastbound by Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO) and OSP west of Hood River. The vehicle attempted to elude eastbound at high speeds as other officers from OSP and HRSO moved into position to try and stop the vehicle as it approached Hood River. The eluding vehicle reportedly struck a guardrail near milepost 62 and an officer successfully deployed spike strips near milepost 64. Despite the right front tire being deflated, the vehicle continued eastbound at speeds near 100 mph as other troopers and officers from Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department (TDPD) positioned themselves to assist with stopping the eluding vehicle.

Traveling through The Dalles on Interstate 84, TDPD deployed spike strips and deflated the left front tire. The right front tire shredded off earlier and the vehicle was running on one of its rims.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the driver stopped near milepost 87 in the left lane. Officers stopped traffic in both directions while the two occupants were removed at gunpoint and taken into custody.

The two occupants were identified as driver PATRICIA MARIE MOTLEY, age 30, from Gresham, and passenger AARON JOSEPH SMITH, age 28, from Rosamond, California. Both were wanted on outstanding felony warrants issued out of Clackamas and Multnomah counties. They were lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility in The Dalles.

MOTLEY was arrested the following six warrants:
* Fail to Appear - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle / Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (Clackamas County warrant)
* Theft in the Second Degree (two separate Clackamas County warrants)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Multnomah County warrant)
* Fail to Appear - Possession of Burglar Tools, Theft in the Second Degree (Multnomah County warrant)
* Fail to Appear - Theft in the Third Degree (Multnomah County warrant)

She also lodged for the following local charges to be filed in both Hood River and Wasco counties related to the incident:
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Kidnapping in the Second Degree
* Theft in the Third Degree

SMITH was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and the following three warrants:
* Dangerous Drugs (Multnomah County)
* Parole Violation (Multnomah County)
* Fail to Appear - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, ID Theft, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (Clackamas County)

The displayed license plates were reported stolen July 2nd to Beaverton Police Department and had been placed on the stolen car.

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Update: Name Released & Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal crash after a sport utility vehicle went into the Umpqua River as it traveled along Highway 38 about six miles east of Reedsport in Douglas County. The victim's name is released in this update along with previously provided information and safety tips for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on July 2, 2014 at approximately 3:49 p.m., a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by KENNETH RAY RICHARDS, agea 54, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on Highway 38 near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it traveled off the highway into the Umpqua River where it became submerged. ODOT employees came across the crash scene and reported it to law enforcement and local emergency responders.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT personnel went into the river and confirmed the driver was deceased. US Coast Guard personnel responded to the scene with a boat and helicopter, and along with OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers in a second boat, they searched the river for any other possible occupants. Emergency responders determined the driver was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Dave Timm is the lead investigator. RICHARDS was not using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Reedsport Police Department, Lakeside Fire Department Dive Team, Douglas County Sheriff's Office / Medical Examiner, and US Coast Guard.

The highway was restricted to one lane for the duration of scene investigation and victim recovery which lasted about 5 hours.

OSP and ODOT remind everyone traveling on our roads that this year's Fourth of July holiday 78-hour period starts 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and concludes 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6. Last year in Oregon, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period. The following safety reminders can help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

Motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists should remember that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Murder Suspect Sought Related to November 2013 Homicide in Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to locate a 44-year old Josephine County resident wanted for murder in connection with a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction. OSP detectives have been handing out information flyers in the southern Josephine County today to help alert area citizens as they look for the wanted man.

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINSON, age 44, has a felony warrant issued for the murder of AARON LEE CLOUSER, age 39, from Cave Junction. MARTINSON is described as a white male, 5'6", and 155 pounds. MARTINSON may have shaved his head and might not have facial hair as shown the photograph provided with this release. MARTINSON is missing a front tooth and has a tattoo on his back of a pit bull dog with the word "Outlaw" underneath.

MARTINSON is known to frequent the Cave Junction / Selma / Kerby areas in Josephine County and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600 or 9-1-1.

On November 5, 2013 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a report was received of a man lying in the road in the 200 block of W. Millie Street in Cave Junction. The deceased man was later identified as CLOUSER and his death was determined to be a homicide. The cause of the death is not being released until approved by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives have been investigating the homicide with the assistance of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and Josephine County Parole & Probation.

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Reckless, Eluding Motorcyclist Arrested Following Incident on Highway 30 west of St. Helens; Additional Witnesses Sought by OSP (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking additional witnesses following the arrest of a motorcyclist Wednesday morning who attempted to elude a trooper along Highway 30 west of St. Helens. The motorcycle operator was located after a log truck driver saw it pull into a parking lot near St. Helens and notified police.

On July 2, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., an OSP senior trooper on patrol saw a black & silver 2003 Suzuki motorcycle displaying a Washington license plate eastbound on Highway 30 milepost 42 traveling 120 mph. When the trooper activated the patrol car's emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle sped up faster on the two lane highway passing other unidentified witnesses using the westbound lane and eastbound shoulder. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle a couple miles later and terminated the attempt to stop it.

At approximately 6:40 a.m., a report was received from a log truck driver that the reckless, eluding motorcyclist pulled into the Dyno Nobel plant parking lot where it was parked. The trooper and officers from St. Helens Police Department and Rainier Police Department arrived at the parking lot and found the unoccupied motorcycle.

Subsequent investigation confirmed the motorcycle's operator, MICHAEL TEJADA ECHEVERRIA, age 19, from Longview, Washington, worked at the plant and he was contacted by officers. TEJADA ECHEVERRIA was arrested and lodged in the Columbia County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph, No Motorcycle Endorsement, and Driving Uninsured.

OSP is looking for other witnesses who observed the motorcycle's reckless operation on Highway 30 between the PGE Trojan Park entrance and Dyno Nobel plant. A photograph of the motorcycle, and clothing, gloves and helmet worn by the operator are provided with this release.

Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Robin May.

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Update: Deceased Driver Identified Related to June 23, 2014 Fatal Crash - Highway 18 east of Otis in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
The Polk County Medical Examiner confirmed positive identification of a driver killed in a June 23, 2014, on Highway 18 about seventeen miles east of Otis. Both vehicles caught fire following impact and the deceased's identity was confirmed using dental records.

The deceased driver was identified as JASON E. MACHADO, age 22, from Salem.

On June 23, 2014 at approximately 11:16 p.m., a 1997 Ford Escort driven by MACHADO was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 18. For an unconfirmed reason, the Ford Escort crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Mercedes sport utility vehicle occupied by two people. The Ford Escort was split into two sections and both vehicles caught fire.

The two occupants of the Mercedes got out of the Mercedes on their own and were later transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. MACHADO was deceased at the scene.

The fire also spread to the side of the highway. The fire to both vehicles and along the highway was extinguished by responding firefighters.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/06_24_2014_fatal_hwy18_mp18.aspx

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Update: Driver Cited Following Investigation Into March 2014 Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring
Oregon State Police - 07/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a driver in connection with a completed investigation into a March 23, 2014, fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 57-year old Oregon City woman on Highway 212 west of Boring. The enforcement decision was made after the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office reviewed the investigation and declined criminal prosecution.

Last weekend, OSP cited AMANDA J. GRAHAM, age 18, from Boring, for Careless Driving. On March 23, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a pickup driven by GRAHAM crossed the double solid centerline while traveling eastbound on Highway 212 near milepost 6. The pickup collided head-on with a passenger car resulting in the death of the car's driver, CHERYL ELAINE HILL, age 57, from Oregon City. GRAHAM was seriously injured in the crash.

Driver fatigue was identified as a contributing factor for the offending driver. OSP Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe was the lead investigator.

Information about the incident is available in the initial news release on the OSP website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/03_24_2014_fatal_hwy212_mp6.aspx.

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OSP Announces New Area Commander for the Portland Area Command Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/01/14
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Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Portland Area Command office has a new area commander appointed by Superintendent Richard Evans Jr.

Lieutenant Jon Harrington, age 41, takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the promotion of Lieutenant Jeff Hershman to director of the OSP Criminal Investigations Division.

Lieutenant Harrington joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties.

The Portland Area Command office oversees Patrol, Fish & Wildlife and Criminal division operations supporting public safety services in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. The office has a total staff of 35 sworn officers (Patrol, Criminal, and Fish & Wildlife) and five non-sworn employees.

Patrol sergeants and troopers working out of the Portland office support law enforcement partners and have primary responsibility for patrolling state highways and portions of Interstate 5, Interstate 205, and Interstate 84 within Multnomah, Clackamas, and east Washington counties. A sergeant and six Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats covering over 2,200 square miles. Six detectives support local law enforcement in the three counties and Columbia County, while also conducting major criminal investigations and providing investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

The Portland Area Command Office was recently selected by the Department to receive the 2013 "Area Command or Work Site of the Year Award". (http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/04_24_2014_portlandAC_award.aspx)

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Update #2: Photo - Double Fatal Crash Highway 101 north of Bandon in Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/01/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the double fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 in Coos County north of Bandon. The crash resulted in the death of a San Francisco woman and the death of a Bandon man. Names of the deceased are provided in this update.

On June 30, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., a Honda Accord driven by DONALD WILLIAM DODGE, age 80, from Bandon, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 253. A Honda Element driven by VIRGINIA SIMPSON WOODSON, age 64, from San Francisco, California, was northbound at the same location. For unknown reasons, the Honda Accord crossed into the northbound lane and crashed nearly head-on into the Honda Element. Both the drivers died from their injuries at the scene of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash. Seat belt usage is still being determined by investigators. Highway 101 was closed for about 3 hours and was restricted to one lane for about an hour during the investigation. Trooper Josh Mullins in the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Bandon Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County District Attorney's Office, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office, Bandon Police Department, Myrtle Point Police Department, and North Bend Police Department.

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OSP troopers in Salem investigate stabbing at Oregon State Fairgrounds
Oregon State Police - 06/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers is continuing the investigation into a reported stabbing that occurred at the Oregon State Fairgrounds early Saturday morning.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 28, 2014, Troopers from the OSP Salem Area Command responded to the report of a fight in progress with injuries at a dance event in the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Salem Police Department and EMS also responded to assist. A seriously injured juvenile male was found near the Pavilion with multiple stab wounds. Emergency first aid was rendered and the injured juvenile was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment. Officers learned from witnesses that several persons became engaged in a fight during which time the juvenile male was stabbed multiple times by at least one male suspect.

The investigation continued during the weekend and a male juvenile suspect was positiviely identified. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2014, a search warrant was executed without incident by OSP Troopers and Detectives, assisted by Salem Police Department officers, at a location in NE Salem. The suspect, identified as a 17 year old male juvenile, was found at the residence, taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on Attemtped Murder and Assault 1 charges. The case will be forwarded to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is reqeusted to contact Senior Trooper Jason Perrizo at 503-378-3387.

No further information for release pending authorization by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Law Enforcement & Highway Officials Urge Driver and Bicyclist Safety During Baker City Cycling Classic Weekend Events
Oregon State Police - 06/26/14
Oregon State Police, Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Police Department, and ODOT urge travelers in the Baker County area to be alert for bicyclists on several state, county and local roads this weekend participating in the Baker City Cycling Classic.

On June 27 - 29, the cycling event holds two long distance rides and a local Baker City Criterium ride. Information about each day's event and route is available on the Baker City Cycling Classic at http://www.bakercitycycling.org/BCCC/Stages.html.

Law enforcement and highway department officials ask motorists and bicyclists to safely share the road. Drivers are asked to slow down when approaching bicyclists and make sure there is adequate distance to safely pass riders. Bicyclists are asked to be watchful for motor vehicles and follow the rules of the road, similar to those required of drivers.

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Oregon State Police Acting Public Information Officer Contact: June 27 - June 30, 2014
Oregon State Police - 06/26/14
STARTING FRIDAY, June 27, THROUGH MONDAY, June 30, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted at:

Office: (541) 737-3010
Email: Steve.Mitchell@oregonstate.edu (receives also on his cell phone)

Please note that Lieutenant Mitchell has other assigned duties and his response may be slightly delayed. We appreciate the media's patience during this period.

Lieutenant Hastings will return to his office Tuesday, July 1.

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Celebrate Our Country's Birthday By Driving Safely To Save Lives This Fourth of July Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/26/14
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The Fourth of July is a popular holiday for many Oregonians and others around our country. Families and friends travel locally and long distances to gather and celebrate our nation's birthday with parades, parties, and fireworks. The Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement partners statewide urge all travelers during the Fourth of July weekend to keep the holiday from quickly going from festive to fatal on our roads.

This year's Fourth of July holiday 78-hour period starts 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and concludes 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6. Last year in Oregon, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period. One fatal crash involved a motorcyclist, another was pedestrian-involved, and in both of the passenger vehicle-involved crashes the victim was not using safety restraints. Three of the 4 fatal traffic crashes were alcohol-involved.

"Holidays are a time for celebration, but they often lead to increased traffic and public safety issues for law enforcement on Oregon's highways. The Fourth of July is no exception," said Captain David Anderson, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division. "Our goal is to keep the holiday from quickly turning tragic through targeted enforcement of drivers who put lives in danger. Each of you can help by making safe driving choices, using appropriate safety restraints, and driving sober."

Oregon law enforcement agencies are joining others nationwide as part of the ongoing "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown with stepped up enforcement efforts to stop impaired drivers before they cause a tragic highway incident. The campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving and no excuses for those who do so.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of all crashes (44%) with fatalities during the 2012 July Fourth holiday weekend involved a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above .08 percent. Between 2008 and 2012, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.

Alcohol-involved fatal traffic crash rates during the Fourth of July holiday period in Oregon are similar to national percentages. Over the past 25 years, nearly half of Oregon's fatalities occurred in alcohol-involved crashes. More than 300 people have died since 1970, of which sixty-one deaths have happened between 2000 and 2013.

Anticipated warmer weather, coupled with Fourth of July celebrations, often extends celebrations and gatherings well into the evening and night. According to NHTSA, statistics reflect the combined dangers of alcohol and night driving. During the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period, 59 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes between 9:00 p.m. and midnight were drunk.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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NOTE: Questions regarding your local OSP or other law enforcement agency enforcement efforts should be directed to those OSP offices or other agencies. OSP media ride-along requests should be arranged through your local OSP office before the holiday weekend starts.

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Woman Arrested After Vehicle Theft, Attempt to Elude near Pendleton
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
A 31-year old woman was arrested Wednesday by Oregon State Police (OSP) after allegedly stealing a relative's car and then attempting to elude troopers before spike strips were deployed, safely bring the incident to an end in Pendleton.

On June 25, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m., OSP received information that a 2006 Chevrolet Impala was stolen from the Hermiston area by AMBER WALLING COPENHAVER, age 31, from Echo. The suspect is a relative of the car's owner.

After OSP spotted the stolen car, the suspect attempted to elude at high speeds eastbound on Interstate 84 approaching Pendleton. At approximately 12:22 p.m., OSP successfully deployed spike strips and the suspect stopped the car near milepost 205. She was taken into custody without further incident.

WALLING COPENHAVER was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person

No photographs available for this release.

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Update - Names & Added Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W southeast of Sisters (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday morning's two vehicle serious injury traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20W southeast of Sisters. The names of three people involved in this crash are released in this update.

On June 25, 2014 at approximately 8:15 a.m., a 2004 Honda Element driven by JILL BEAMAN, age 60, from Bend, was traveling westbound on Highway 20W near milepost 1 when it crossed the centerline. The driver of an eastbound box truck tried avoiding the Honda but was struck in the left rear axle area. The box truck overturned on its side and the Honda came to rest in a traffic lane on the highway.

BEAMAN was extricated by firefighters and taken by LifeFlight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. Subsequent to the investigation, she was cited for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

The truck's driver, JORGE MALPICA, age 42, from Vancouver, Washington, received minor injury not requiring hospital transport. The truck's passenger, GUILLERMO GOMEZ JOVEL, age 34, from Beaverton, received minor injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

All person were using safety restraints.

The highway was blocked about one hour and then open to one lane until vehicles are removed about 12 noon.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire District, Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District, and ODOT.

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OSP Announces New Area Commander for the Coos Bay Area Command Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
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Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Coos Bay Area Command office will have a new area commander appointed by Superintendent Richard Evans Jr.

Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, age 40, takes over as Coos Bay Area Commander following the transfer of Lieutenant Steve Smartt to the OSP La Grande Area Command office. Lieutenant Mitchell started his career in 1997 and worked as a patrol trooper and sergeant at OSP offices in Klamath Falls, Roseburg, and Central Point. In 2010, he transferred to the OSP Office of Professional Standards for about a year before being promoted to lieutenant at the Oregon State University office where he worked for three years before transferring to the Coos Bay office.

The Coos Bay Area Command office oversees Patrol, Fish & Wildlife and Criminal division operations at two offices (Coos Bay and Gold Beach) supporting public safety services in Coos, Curry, and western Douglas counties. The two offices have a combined total staff of 21 sworn officers and two non-sworn employees.

Patrol troopers working out of the Coos Bay office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 242 miles of state highways in Coos and western Douglas counties. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within 1,800 square miles of Coos and western Douglas counties. One detective supports local law enforcement in the three counties with major criminal investigations and on interagency teams, while also providing criminal investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

Patrol troopers working out of the Gold Beach office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 100 miles of state highways. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within nearly 2,000 square miles of Curry County.

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Death Investigation - Snake River east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area in Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Malheur County Sheriff's Office, located and recovered a deceased 81-year old Corvallis man who died Tuesday evening while fishing along the Snake River east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area (http://bit.ly/1nHlri0).

On June 24, 2014 at approximately 9:44 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was notified of a welfare check for an 81-year old man who failed to return to his campsite at Farewell Bend State Recreation Area after going fishing earlier in the day. The man's wife contacted the State Park host who then called OSP with information the man probably drove to the Interstate 84 interchange at exit 356 (Highway 201N) to fish in the Snake River.

About 45 minutes later, an OSP trooper found the man's car parked on the interchange's westbound on ramp where access to the Snake River is possible by walking down a steep embankment. Four OSP officers and Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel started searching the area along the riverbank for the man identified as ALAN WINTHROP EDE, age 81, from Corvallis.

Shortly after midnight, an OSP trooper on foot spotted a partially submerged body along the rocky shore line about a mile west of where the man's car was located. Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel helped retrieve the body that was later confirmed as EDE.

Preliminary investigation indicates EDE may have slipped or lost his balance on a large rock. One of his legs was wedged between rocks and he fell into the water where it is suspected he drowned.

OSP will work with the Medical Examiner to confirm the cause of death.

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Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 18 west of Grand Ronde
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
Update: The Ford's driver was the victim in this crash and was deceased at the scene. Positive identification is pending and won't be released until authorized by the Polk County Medical Examiner.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night's two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 18 about seventeen miles east of Otis in Polk County. The victim's name is withheld pending positive identification.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on June 23, 2014 at approximately 11:16 p.m., a 1997 Ford Escort was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 18. For an unconfirmed reason, the Ford Escort crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Mercedes sport utility vehicle occupied by two people. The Ford Escort was split into two sections and both vehicles caught fire.

The two occupants of the Mercedes got out of the Mercedes on their own and were later transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They are identified as male driver AMNATA RATSASACK, age 52, and female passenger NELAVANH BOUNKETH, age 48, both from Happy Valley.

The fire also spread to the side of the highway. The fire to both vehicles and along the highway was extinguished by responding firefighters.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire District, Sheridan Fire District, Polk County Medical Examiner, Polk County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT.

After the highway was opened, it was restricted to one lane of travel. Total duration of closure and lane restriction was over five hours.

No photographs for release at this time.

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Update #2: Deceased Suspect Identified - Investigation of Rainier Police Officer-Involved Shooting
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
The investigation into Monday afternoon's shooting of a Rainier police officer is continuing. The following is an update to include the name of the deceased suspect and background information for the injured officer.

On June 24, 2014, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on CHRISTOPHER EUGENE ELLIOTT, age 30, from Waitsburg, Washington. The autopsy determined ELLIOTT died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He had no outstanding warrants and there is no confirmed motive for the officer's shooting at this time.

On June 23 at approximately 5:00 p.m., ELLIOTT was found deceased by members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team searching an area of tall grass approximately a quarter mile from where a vehicle he was driving was abandoned. A handgun was found near his body.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., ELLIOTT fled in a vehicle from a traffic stop following the shooting of Rainier Police Officer Russ George. The vehicle was found abandoned outside of Clatskanie on a dirt road. Columbia County Sheriff's Office coordinated a multi-agency search for the suspect using ground and air resources.

Officer George remains in fair condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Accompanied by a Reserve Officer on patrol, they stopped a passenger car driven by ELLIOTT on Highway 30 near Veterans Way related to reports of driving complaints. As Officer George approached the vehicle, ELLIOTT shot the officer in his right hand. The bullet traveled through his hand and struck him in the chest which was protected by a ballistic vest. Following the shooting, Officer George drove to a local hospital in Longview, Washington, from where he was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

According to Rainier Police Department, Officer George, age 45, started his law enforcement career with Rainier Police Department as a Reserve Officer in February 1993. He was hired as a full-time police officer in July 1995 until leaving their Department in October 2001. Since that time he worked for Scappoose Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff's Office, before returning to Rainier Police Department in January 2013.

The name of the Reserve Officer present during the traffic stop and shooting is withheld pending completion of an interview by investigators. The reserve officer was hired September 2013.

Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section detectives are leading the investigation with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office, St. Helens Police Department, Scappoose Police Department, and Columbia County District Attorney's Office.

A photograph of ELLIOTT is not provided with this release.

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Update: Investigation into Rainier Police Officer-Involved Shooting
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
Rainier Police Officer Russ George is still being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is reported in fair condition.

The investigation into Monday's shooting continues. An autopsy was scheduled this morning on the deceased. The name of the deceased suspect and reserve officer present during the shooting are not being released at this time. Other investigative details will only be released when approved by the investgative team led by Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section.

Another update news release will be sent when information can be provided.

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Preliminary Information: Investigation and Search Related to Rainier Police Officer Shooting
Oregon State Police - 06/23/14
A person believed to be the suspect sought by law enforcement from multiple agencies after shooting and injuring a Rainier police officer Monday afternoon was found deceased near the vehicle he abandoned outside of Clatskanie. The deceased's name and other information not included in this news release will be provided when approved by investigators.

On June 23, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a Rainier police officer, accompanied by a reserve officer, stopped a passenger car on Highway 30 near Veteran's Way in Rainier related to reported driving complaints. As the officer approached the car the driver shot the officer in one of his hands. The driver then fled in the vehicle westbound on Highway 30.

The officer drove himself to a local hospital in Longview, Washington, from where he was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for further treatment. Officer Russ George remains at the hospital for treatment related to his gunshot wound. He is in serious condition, but his injury is non-life threatening. The officer's family relayed through Legacy Emanuel Medical Center their gratitude for the community's support and requests privacy and no media contact at this time.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., officers searching for the suspect found a deceased male in the vicinity of the vehicle found abandoned earlier this afternoon outside of Clatskanie. Questions regarding the search should be directed to Columbia County Sheriff's Office which coordinated the multi-agency ground and air search. The deceased's name will be provided in an update news release after an autopsy is scheduled and completed.

Highway 30 was restricted to one lane of travel in both directions until about 6:20 p.m. OSP detectives and a reconstructionist are on scene completing evidence collection, photographs, and scene diagram measurements.

No updates are anticipated tonight. Additional information, including the reserve officer's name, will be released only if approved by investigators, Rainier Police Department, and Columbia County District Attorney's Office.

The injured officer's age and law enforcement background is not available at this time.

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Update: Driver Cited - Injury Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 26 east of Sandy (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/23/14
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The elderly driver of a motor vehicle, IRMA SWEARENGEN, that struck and injured a bicyclist last Wednesday on Highway 26 east of Sandy, was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.

*** Previously released information below ***

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a bicycle-involved injury traffic crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon along Highway 26 about seven miles east of Sandy at the bottom of Cherryville Hill.

On June 18, 2014 at approximately 3:15 p.m., a 1998 Plymouth Voyager van driven by IRMA SWEARENGEN, age 80, from Sandy, was eastbound in the right hand lane on Highway 26 near milepost 32. As SWEARENGEN passed a cyclist riding in vicinity of the right shoulder, her van's right side mirror struck the cyclist's left hip.

The cyclist, KENNEDY SALVETER, age 20, from Sandy, was knocked down and injured. He was wearing a protective helmet. SALVETER was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham with non-life threatening injuries.

SWEARENGEN complained of chest pains following the crash and was evaluated at the scene by paramedics. She was not taken to a hospital.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sandy Fire District 72. Trooper Ted Moisan is the lead investigator.

OSP and ODOT urge everyone to remember that no matter how you travel, there are some simple steps you can take to improve safety:

* Pay attention: your life depends on it. An inattentive driver is the most common cause of work zone crashes.
* Buckle up every time. Safety belts and child safety seats are the biggest contributors to saving lives in crashes.
* Pedestrians and bicyclists: Stay alert, be predictable, follow traffic signals, wear light-colored or reflective clothing, and be especially careful at intersections.
* Share the road. Check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. Don't tailgate.
* Don't drive, walk or ride impaired. Alcohol, illegal drugs and even some legal drugs can reduce the ability to use good judgment.
* Obey the speed limit. Excessive speed is a factor in many crashes and the most common one in crashes that result in fatalities.

More bicycle-related safety information is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/ts/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx

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Transient Arrested After Stealing 1930 Ford Model A and Crashing Into Crooked River south of Prineville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/23/14
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A 34-year old transient was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly stealing a fully remodeled 1930 Ford Model "A" coupe and crashing it into the Crooked River along Highway 27 south of Prineville. The suspect was arrested after being treated for injuries at a hospital.

On June 22, 2014 at approximately 3:10 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a vehicle traveled off Highway 27 near milepost 9 (SE Riverview Road) into the Crooked River. Prior to arrival, responding Crook County Fire & Rescue paramedics located a male near the scene who was identified by witnesses having swum from the 1930 Ford Model A to the shore. The male, later identified as ERIK BLAKE HALPIN, age 34, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of injuries.

Subsequent investigation confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day to Prineville Police Department which sent an officer to the scene to take a report on the vehicle's recovery. Witnesses also confirmed HALPIN was seen driving the vehicle prior to traveling off the roadway and rolling it into the river. A tow company recovered the vehicle from the river.

After being treated and released at the hospital, an OSP trooper took HALPIN into custody on the following charges:

* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
* Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
* Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident

HALPIN was also cited and released to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor Fail to Appear warrant. He was lodged in the Crook County Jail.

Questions regarding the stolen vehicle report should be directed to Prineville Police Department Captain Michael Boyd or Sergeant Joanne Bauer at (541) 447-4168.

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Polk County Accepting Reserve Deputy Applications
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting Reserve Deputy Sheriff applications for the Reserve Academy that runs from early November 2014 until the middle of May 2015. The application deadline is August 1st, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applicants must be 21 years of age and will be required at a minimum to pass a written test, interviews, criminal background check, psychological evaluation, physical fitness test and drug screening. Apply at http://www.co.polk.or.us/ru/volunteer-opportunities-polk-county and select volunteer application.

Send the completed applications to the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 850 Main St Dallas, Or 97338. For further information, contact Detective John Williams at 503-623-9251.
Drive-by Shooting in Falls City **UPDATE** (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
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***UPDATE*** 07/14/14

Micheal Johnson has been taken into custody without incident today. He is being held at the Polk County Jail on the following charges:

Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Unlawful use of a weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Reckless Endangering.

Total bail: $217,500



***UPDATE***

On July 10th, 2014 the Polk County Sheriff's Office has identified the second involved person known initially as "Scotty". "Scotty" has been identified as 31 year old Scott Newton of the Mill City area. Scott Newton also goes by the nickname, "sidewinder".

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Scott Newton or Micheal Johnson, please call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 503-623-9251 and speak with Detective Sergeant Mark Garton.

The Silver Honda Accord that Micheal Johnson had been seen driving is no longer of interest to the Sheriff's Office. It is not known at this time what vehicle's either Johnson or Newton are involved with.



On 7-8-2014 at about 1530 hours there was a shooting incident in Falls City on Sheldon Avenue. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were advised that two white male subjects had gone to the falls located between Parry Road and Mitchell Street and threatened another male with firearms. The subjects were identified by witnesses as Michael Johnson, DOB/ 2-13-1979, and a yet to be identified WMA who goes by the name "Scotty". Both subjects were reported to be armed with .45 caliber semi automatic pistols that had silver slides and black handles.

After the altercation at the falls the subjects went to Sheldon Avenue near Frost Road where they reportedly shot 4-5 rounds at the residence located at 243 Sheldon Avenue. The home owner at that location returned fire and then gave chase as the suspect's car sped away westbound into Falls City. The vehicle chase continued through town and the suspects reportedly fired back at the pursuing vehicle as they were passing in front of the Falls City High School on North Main Street heading eastbound out of town.

No one was hit in the exchange of gunfire nor in the short pursuit. The home owner who was targeted by the drive-by shooting stopped when he saw a Polk County Deputy in the area and reported the incident.

At this point Mr. Johnson remains a person of interest in the investigation as does the subject known as "Scotty". Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Sgt. Michael Holsapple at 503-623-9251. Mr. Johnson is reported to be driving a silver Honda Accord with Texas plates. He also has a silver Toyota Tundra pickup with Texas plates.


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Sheriff Concerned About Calls
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/14
Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe continues to express concern regarding the ability of his agency to handle calls and provide back up to local agencies due to loss of staff and budget reductions. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "Since July of last year we have lost several experienced deputies and reduced our patrol hours to just 10 hours per day in March of this year"

Staffing levels for the patrol division on July 1, of this year is now at 6 deputies and 3 sergeants. Last year at this time we had 14 deputies and 4 sergeants. In the last twelve months the sheriff's office has eliminated a forestry patrol deputy, one patrol sergeant, four contract deputies assigned to Grand Ronde, along with the retirement of a 22 year veteran deputy and two additional deputies cut from the budget beginning July 1st.

Between March 29th and June 30th there have been 485 calls from citizens requesting a deputy to respond during the hours in which no deputies are on duty. The calls range from domestic disturbances to reckless drivers on the highways. On July 6th a domestic resulted in Yamhill County Sheriff's Office having to detain a male subject who was shooting a firearm, setting off fireworks in his house that caught the house on fire while intoxicated. At the request of Yamhill County a patrol sergeant was called out of bed to come to the scene and take custody of this subject who was lodged in Polk County Jail.

"We appreciate Yamhill County responding to stabilize this serious situation and understand this tied up multiple deputies while they waited for my sergeant to get up, get dressed and respond from his home", stated Sheriff Bob Wolfe. This is a perfect example of the impacts of a delayed response to serious situations. Over the last week dispatchers have called patrol sergeants out of bed to respond to domestics and fights, several involving firearms. The potential for things to go really bad on these delayed calls continues to increase as responding deputies have to wake up, get the details, get dressed then drive with lights and siren to the scene.

Next week, another deputy will be leaving to accept a position with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "This is bittersweet, we are happy for him, but we lose another deputy with 10 years of experience to another agency because unless stabilized funding is established, more lay-offs will occur one year from now" stated Sheriff Bob Wolfe.

A noticeable change with less hours of patrol coverage and less deputies has been a 30% reduction in warrants being served. "I know for a fact some citizens are not calling us about problems they are having because they know we are short handed. This is not good because this only allows individuals intent on committing crimes to feel more confident they will not be caught" stated Sheriff Bob Wolfe

This week Polk County Sheriff's Office investigates a drive by shooting, something not common in Polk County with limited resources and only during the 10 hours a day that deputies are on duty along with handling other calls.
POINT Team makes arrests and seizes nearly 2 pounds of meth and cash (Photo)
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/14
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**CORRECTION**

Daryl Donat was arrested on June 24th as part of this investigation. He was lodged at the Polk County Jail

On June 24th, 54 year old Daryl Donat of Lincoln City was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (substantial quantity)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Total Bail - $515,000


On June 26th, The Polk County Inter-Agency Narcotics Team (POINT) completed several drug investigations that just began at the beginning of June 2014. The POINT team normally consists of a detective from the Oregon State Police, a detective from the Monmouth, Dallas and Independence Police Departments and is supervised by a sergeant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Currently the Independence and Dallas Police Departments do no't have a dedicated detective on the team due to their own department staffing issues.

Since the beginning of June several different drug investigations began and one thing was consistent between all of them, large amounts of Methamphetamine and heroin where being distributed throughout the non-incorporated parts of Polk County and also in the cities of West Salem, Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and Grand Ronde.

During these cases nearly 2 pounds of Methamphetamine and over 2 ounces of heroin were seized, along with over $6000 in cash and one car. The street value of the drugs is over $41,000. "The cases that the POINT team concluded are very significant for our county, because these cases reached just about every corner of Polk County, including every city", said Detective Sergeant Mark Garton.

On June 24th, 54 year old Daryl Donat of Lincoln City was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (substantial quantity)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Total Bail - $515,000

On June 26th, 33 year old Christopher Perez of Falls City was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (substantial quantity)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Total Bail - $525,000.

There were three other people arrested throughout these cases. Not all of them were lodged at the Polk County Jail. There are still arrests to be made as a result of these investigations and additional charges will be filed to all of the involved.

Detective Sergeant Mark Garton also said, "while the POINT team was at it's minimum staffing level of three, they were still able to investigate these cases successfully and safely bring them to a close. There would have been no way for an individual deputy or officer from any of the agencies in Polk County to investigate these cases and get the outcomes the team did".


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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to am Apartment Fire (815 NW Naito Pkwy)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/21/14
This morning at 6:30 am Portland Firefighters were called to the Yards apartments on a fire alarm. On arrival firefighters from Station 1 (Old Town) found smoke and water issuing from one of the units. The fire officer called for additional units and the firefighters made entry.

When they got inside firefighters found a man down on the floor next to a couch that had fire damage. The fire had been put out by fire sprinklers prior to firefighters arrival. The man was transported to Emanuel hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening issues.

A fire investigator responded and determined that the fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking material (cigarette). The investigator estimates that this fire caused $10,000 dollars in damage.
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a Residential Fire (4118 SE Belmont)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/20/14
This evening at 4:57pm Portland Fire & Rescue Responded to a residential fire at 4118 SE Belmont. On arrival firefighters from Engine 9 (Hawthorne District) found heavy fire on the rear exterior of a house. That fire was extinguished and firefighters began working to determine if the fire had spread to the interior.

Firefighters searched the interior and found a small amount of fire inside. The occupants were not inside the house and no injuries were reported in association with this fire. An investigator is on scene working and this release will be updated with cause and damage information when it becomes available.
PF&R Haz-Mat Team responds to leaking C02 tank at Cascade General Ship Repair
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/15/14
At 12:10pm PF&R crews were dispatched to the scene of a CO2 tank leaking at Cascade Ship Repair(5555N Channel Dr). The 10,000 gallon tank had been recently filled and is experiencing failure at the valve allowing the escape of CO2 gas. While en route to the scene, the PF&R Haz-Mat team has been able to consult crews already on-scene as to the specific dangers and evacuation needs. It's been determined that the only hazard associated with this type of leak is oxygen displacement and the team did not feel that there was a high risk to the public at this time. After examining the location of the tank and monitoring the air around the tank the Haz-Mat team has recommended that the gas company responsible for filling the tank, "Air Gas", respond to the scene to fix the malfunctioning valve; Updates to follow via twitter/@pdxfire.
(Update)PF&R and NW Natural at scene of natural gas incident at 6957 N Columbia
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/14/14
NW Natural reports that a construction crew was digging and hit an underground line and that the gas was shut off at 10:15 by one of their crews at the scene. Crews have thouroughly checked the surrounding structures for gas and have confirmed that the area is clear. All PF&R crews are clearing the scene now.



At 9:45 PF&R was requested to respond to 6957 N Columbia to assist with a natural gas leak. The request came from a NW Natural crew that was already on scene monitoring for the presence of natural gas in the area. The leak is apparently coming from underneath the street; the gas supply has been shut off but crews are now confirming if all the gas has dissipated. Gas has been detected in the back yard of at least one home -resulting in evacuation. There are road closures in the area. Updates will be provided when possible.
(Update w/ fire cause) PF&R crews pull two victims from SE Portland apartment fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/11/14
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The cause of this apartment fire has been determined to be abandoned/discarded smoking material.

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At 3:09am PF&R was dispatched to an apartment fire at 2530 SE 125th ave.
Fire crews found heavy fire showing from the windows of a 2nd story unit when they arrived. One of the 9-1-1 callers reported that she could not get out of her apartment and was on the phone with emergency dispatchers when firefighters arrived and rescued her and her 4 year old son.

While performing search and rescue operations, the crew of Truck 7 found an unconscious man inside the apartment. The crew immediately carried him outside for another fire crew to begin resuscitative efforts. Unfortunately, the 50yo man suffered severe burn injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire was contained to just the one apartment of the 8 unit complex, however, 5 residents were displaced due to extensive smoke damage and are currently being assisted by the Red Cross.

Because of the warm weather, two neighbors had windows open which allowed smoke to enter their apartments, activating their smoke alarms, and alerting them to the fire early, where they then took action to activate a fire alarm pull station alerting all other neighbors. Despite having a working smoke alarm in the designated sleeping area in the apartment where the fire began, the man was sleeping in a living area, not required to have smoke alarms.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens commended the fire crews quick actions for containing the fire to the apartment of origin and successful rescue of the occupants in the adjoining apartments where they were threatened from hot, toxic smoke and gases and fire spread. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the fire victim. The quick response and actions of neighbors and our fire crews kept this fire from taking additional lives. Please be sure to have smoke alarms in any area you may sleep, including an occasional nap. Today's tragedy highlights the importance of prevention efforts and rapid response of highly trained crews to any emergency.

**photos provided by PF&R photographers Dick Harris and Greg Muhr


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to SE Portland Residential Structure Fire; one resident displaced
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/10/14
Portland Fire & Rescue responded early this afternoon to a residential structure fire at 4023 SE 50th Avenue.

The first crew to arrive encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the front if the single-story home.

Engine 25 assumed command and performed fire attack as firefighters from additional companies completed primary and secondary searches of the home, secured utilities, and protected adjacent property.

Reports of hoarding have not been confirmed; however, as a result of these warnings firefighters were forced to operate with extreme caution.

One resident was displaced by this fire--volunteers have helped the occupant to make living arrangements.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters resulted from this fire.

A fire investigator is on scene. Fire cause and damage estimate are pending and will be released as each becomes available.
PF&R at scene of early morning SE Portland house fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/10/14
PF&R crews are at scene of a house fire at 7028 SE Crystal Springs blvd. One smoke inhalation injury being reported. Crews forced to withdraw due to heavy fire. PIO en-route to scene. Updates will be provided via PDXfire twitter.
Misused "legal fireworks" blamed for NE Portland house fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/09/14
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At 1:42pm a neighbor of 6022 NE Failing reported that there was fire and smoke that could be seen from a second story window. When PF&R crews arrived they found the upper level of a two story home at the above address was fully involved with fire. Complicating efforts, fire crews worked to extinguish the fire in 80+ temperatures. After searching the home for potential victims and collecting information from witnesses, fire crews were able to confirm that everyone had made it out safely.
Fire investigators were called to the scene and determined that a firework, "legal" in Oregon state, had been lit by a 13 year old boy on the second floor of the home. The firework was tossed out a window but wind may have blown hot sparks back into the room and smoldered without immediate notice. Some of the residents were still inside the home when the 9-1-1 call was placed by multiple neighbors including one off-duty Portland firefighter. No injuries to firefighters, residents or pets were reported.

PF&R has made public education in fireworks safety a priority. Oregon State law prohibits any fireworks that explode or fly; but this case is a reminder that even using "legal" fireworks can be extremely dangerous.

-always light fireworks outside on a non-flammable surface and according to manufacture directions.

-keep a bucket of water nearby and completely submerse spent fireworks after they have been allowed to cool down for at least 45-60min and leave overnight.

-children with fireworks should always be supervised by an adult.


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Portland Firefighters swim out to rescue 18yr male in Willamette River
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/08/14
At 7:50pm this evening PF&R crews and rescue boats were dispatched to rescue an 18yr old male who was having difficulty swimming in the Willamette River near Kelly Point Park in North Portland. Witnesses said the patient was wading in the river and was washed out to deeper water approximately 150yds from shore. The 18yr old was not a strong swimmer and was observed having difficulty when the 9-1-1 call was placed. With rescue boats still en route to the scene, two firefighters from PF&R Engine 22 jumped into the river and swam out to the 18yr old along with a bystander and secured him until a U.S. Coast Guard boat arrived and transported the troubled swimmer and the rescuers to shore. "Had these firefighters and the bystander not acted quickly this young man would not have survived" commented Battalion Chief Tom Williams who was coordinating rescue efforts at the scene.

*Safety message: PF&R would like to remind Portland residents and visitors about the seriousness of swimming accidents. The CDC reports that 10 people die everyday due to unintentional drowning and it now ranks fifth in unintentional deaths in the U.S. amongst all age groups.
Enjoy our beautiful waterways but understand the dangers -conditions can be unpredictable. When possible, always wear a U.S. Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.) approved life jacket and consider swimming lessons if you are not a strong swimmer. Always have a U.S.C.G. approved life jacket or approved flotation device if attempting to help a troubled swimmer.
Portland Fire & Rescue responds to motor vehicle crash; 6 patients transported
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/07/14
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Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a motor vehicle collision in the 8900 block of N. Columbia Blvd., a total of 6 patients were transported.

First arriving crews discovered several patients and immediately called for additional resources. While fire officers took command of the incident, crews simultaneously established a medical branch, to direct triage, treatment, and transport of the injured; extrication operations, to remove patients from vehicles; and hazard control, securing the scene, and mitigating other hazards. Two engines and two trucks in addition to five ambulances and several police resources worked at this scene.

A total of 6 patients were transported: 5 patients who were from the involved vehicles (4 adults and 1 child); and a sixth patient who was not involved in the collision.

Several bystanders further complicated this difficult incident. Portland Fire & Rescue urges all bystanders to stay well clear of fire crews during all incidents.


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Portland Fire & Rescue releases preliminary citation numbers
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/05/14
This year, "Operation Lower the Boom" has already issued over 100 citations and seized illegal fireworks from more than 90 groups.

Illegal fireworks are to blame for several weekend fires including one that destroyed a Southeast Portland home.

Anyone can report the use of illegal fireworks use by calling the city's non-emergency line at 503–823–3333. This number is available throughout the year.

Portland Fire & Rescue also want to emphasize that anyone with illegal fireworks that the fireworks can be turned in to any Portland Fire or Police Station with no questions asked. No citations will be issued to anyone who voluntarily surrenders illegal fireworks in this manner.
URGENT: Illegal “Aerial Fireworks” to blame for 4th of July fire in Southeast Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/05/14
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Illegal fireworks are to blame for a late evening fire that destroyed a Southeast Portland home last night.

Fire crews from Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire responded to the fire at 17036 SE Alder. The fire was one of many caused by illegal fireworks.

Fire Investigator Rob Garrison arrived at the scene early into the firefight and could see that an aerial firework had landed on the rear porch awning, igniting the fire that extended to the home and caused the larger fire.

As firefighters continued working to bring the heavy fire under control, several groups in the area continued to launch illegal fireworks, apparently with no regard to the safety of working firefighters or other area neighbors.

"I couldn't believe that while a fire caused by illegal fireworks was burning, less than 100 feet away, people kept launching illegal fireworks." Said Investigator Rob Garrison.

Investigators have confirmed that “Mortar” type fireworks, illegal under Oregon Law, ignited the fire. This was the first structure fire resulting from fireworks--though crews across the city report several firework related fires where rapid response by firefighters was able to prevent much greater losses.

Shortly after the fire started, investigators arrived in the neighborhood and began issuing citations. Operation “Lower the Boom”, now in its fifth year, places teams of firefighters and police officers into areas where illegal fireworks are being used. Investigators will be out again tonight--

Investigators are working to determine if those responsible for the fire were issued citations. When caught, the individuals responsible for the fire could face criminal charges and be civilly liable for the associated losses.

Anyone in possession of illegal fireworks faces fines in excess of $500. Illegal fireworks can be turned in, no questions asked, at any Portland fire or police station.

Every year, illegal fireworks cause fires and injuries throughout our city, state and nation--while the 4th of July is a time for celebrating--the cost of celebrating with illegal fireworks can be great:

In 2011, illegal aerial fireworks were responsible for a two-alarm fire at NE 17th and Alberta, displaced three businesses and caused over 1 million dollars in damage.

Last night's fire destroyed a home and the costs could have been even worse, between 2009 and 2013 fireworks caused more than 150 injuries in Oregon alone.


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Portland Fire & Rescue assists with multiple-patient incident on Government Island
Portland Fire & Rescue - 07/05/14
Portland Fire & Rescue responded alongside Vancouver Fire Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau and American Medical Response (AMR) to assist with the triage and treatment of at least three patients on Government and Lemon Islands. Rescue Boat 17 provided transport of fire crews and law enforcement to and from the island and transported patients from the island to awaiting ambulances.

Portland Fire & Rescue will be releasing no further information on this incident and all inquiries into law enforcement action should be directed to Portland Police Bureau or the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Southeast Portland Fire crews extinguish residential fire
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/27/14
Incident Location:
6930 SE 116th Ave. Portland.

Incident Time:
2:06 pm


Southeast Portland fire crews responded to a residential fire this afternoon—initial reports indicate the fire started on an exterior porch and spread to the interior of the building.



Firefighters from Woodstock Fire Station 25 arrived first to the scene and immediately assumed fire attack. Next arriving fire companies completed a thorough search of the homes interior, ventilated the home to remove smoke, and located the seat of the fire. The fire was extinguished with the damage isolated to the buildings exterior. Additional crews were returned to available status while the first due companies remained on scene to complete post fire salvage and overhaul.



Although the resident believes the fire was started my a discarded cigarette, a fire investigator has been dispatched to the scene to confirm or otherwise determine the origin and cause of the fire and to complete preliminary damage estimates.



No injuries to firefighters or civilians are reported as a result of this fire.



Cause and damage estimates are pending; this release will be updated as each is available.
PF&R at scene of duplex fire at 2335 SE 162nd
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/25/14
At 5:38pm PF&R crews were dispatched to a residential fire at 2335 SE 162nd ave. Police officers who arrived on scene first reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of the home. They also reported that all residents were outside the home and that there were no injuries. The first arriving fire crews reported smoke from the one story duplex. Further investigation inside the home revealed that there was a small fire on a stove that is now out.
Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a house fire in northeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 06/24/14
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Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (1934 NE Clackamas St) at 8:33 AM. Initial reports indicated a fire in the basement and that it was quickly spreading. The first in engine company arrived to smoke coming from both the rear and the side of the home. Fire crews quickly accessed the basement to extinguish the fire, while simultaneously looking for the occupant's pets ... 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a lizard. Two of the cats were pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants were alerted of the fire by their smoke alarms. They quickly called 911 thereby limiting the amount of damage to their home. Remember, working smoke alarms save lives.

The Red Cross has been called out to assist the residents with housing arrangements. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and a damage assessment is forthcoming.


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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-27 Commercial Burglary (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/21/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a commercial burglary in Northeast Portland.

On Wednesday July 16, 2014, at 8:15 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a commercial burglary at T.D. Curran, located at 12310 Northeast Whitaker Way.

Officers spoke with the victim who told police that the burglary occurred overnight, at approximately 10:20 p.m.

T.D. Curran sells Apple products, including iPads, monitors, laptops, and iPhones.

The suspect or suspects broke into a vacant warehouse space next to the store, then broke through a common wall to access the store.

The victim estimates the total loss to be nearly $180,000 worth of products, including at least five customers property.

At this point there is no suspect information in this case.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to make people aware that thieves often will sell stolen property at a greatly reduced price through online ads. All of the property from this burglary is accounted for by serial number and will be listed as stolen property.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Detective Mace Winter
Burglary Detail
mace.winter@portlandoregon.gov

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Driver Who Struck Two People on Bicycles Saturday Night Arrested for Assault, Hit and Run (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/21/14
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On Saturday July 19, 2014, at 10:51 p.m., 32-year-old Lisa Lynn Vesely was arrested by Portland Police after fleeing the scene of a crash into two people riding bicycles on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway at 50th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and learned that the suspect vehicle fled the scene, leaving two injured people

Officers learned that 30-year-old Jasmine Zamora was riding behind 25-year-old Cameron Duff, when they were struck from behind by a dark-colored car that fled the scene. Zamora was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries while Duff was treated at the scene.

Duff and a witness told police that the suspect vehicle drove back by the crash scene before police arrived and continued driving westbound on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

A witness later flagged down police and told officers that they followed the suspect vehicle to a residence in the 5700 block of Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Officers responded to that location, seized the vehicle and, after additional investigation, arrested Vesely for the hit and run crash.

Vesely was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment.

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Suspect Approaching Women in Lower Southeast Portland Arrested by Central Precinct Officers (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/19/14
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On Friday July 18, 2014, at 11:12 p.m., Central Precinct officers arrested 44-year-old Jerry Johnson after Sex Crimes Unit detectives determined that he was the suspect that kissed a woman at OMSI and approached other women in Lower Southeast Portland.

Officers arrested him at his home in the 2600 block of Northwest Upshur Street and transported him to the Detective Division.

Detectives learned that Johnson was working as a security guard, but quit on July 17, due to the intense public scrutiny on the case.

Johnson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree. He will be arraigned on Monday.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the public for sharing information about this case and coming forward with information that assisted in identifying Johnson.

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Mother Using Heroin Arrested Downtown, 7-Year-Old Child in Car (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/14
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This afternoon, Friday July 18, 2014, at 1:08 p.m., a Traffic Division officer was flagged down at Southwest 4th Avenue and Harrison Street on the report that a woman and a child were in a parked car nearby and that the woman was shooting up heroin.

The officer walked over to the car and observed the woman injecting heroin into her arm while the child was seated in the rear of the vehicle.

The woman, 27-year-old Adrianna Marie Vandehey, was arrested on charges of Possession of Heroin and Reckless Endangerment.

The child, in good health, was taken into protective custody and placed in the custody of other family members.

Vandehey was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday July 21.

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PPB to Hold Bike Safety Fiesta for Local Kids (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's Youth Services Division will host its second annual Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark Street, Portland. The event, co-sponsored by Providence Health & Services and Walmart, will include a variety of bike safety awareness booths for parents and children. There will be several stations at the event which will include bike helmet fitting, rules of the road for bikers, bike safety inspection and a bike riding obstacle course. There will also be a limited number of helmets available for youth who don't have a helmet or one that fits properly. The event will also feature refreshments, chances to win a free bike and cultural dancers.

Parents are reminded to bring their child's bike and helmet to this event. All are invited!

For more information about Youth Services or other youth programs, call 503-823-4849 or visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/PPBYSD

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Disabled Woman's Tricycle Stolen from Southeast Portland's Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/14
Today, Friday July 18, 2014, a Portland Police officer took a report from a woman who had her tricycle stolen from her home last night.

56-year-old Wendy Gonzalez reported to police that sometime overnight, between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m., her Red Wing Tricycle was stolen from her driveway. The tricycle had been chained and locked to a pole in her driveway, located in the 5800 block of Southeast Lexington Street.

The victim is legally blind and disabled and uses the tricycle as her only form of transportation.

Unfortunately, there is no suspect information at this time.

The tricycle is a Red Wing brand, red paint, red handles, two baskets, a lap belt, and one mirror. It is valued at $500.

Anyone with information about this tricycle theft is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333, reference case #14-57912.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Child Abuse Team Detectives Seeking Public's Help to Find Wanted Child Abuse Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/18/14
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39-year-old Fredrick Alan Hartstrom turned himself in to Portland Police early this morning and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Multnomah County Child Abuse Team detectives are seeking the public's help in locating 39-year-old Fredrick Alan Hartstrom who has warrants for Sodomy in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

Hartstrom is aware of the charges and has failed to turn himself in as promised. He is believed to be staying somewhere between Portland and Eugene.

Hartstrom is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, approximately 6'2" tall, and 185 lbs.

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.

Based on the investigation, detectives do not believe the public is at risk.

Anyone with information about Hartstrom's whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Anyone with non-emergency information about Hartstrom's whereabouts can email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov

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Public Alert: Additional Reports of Suspicious Subject Approaching Women in Lower Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/14
On Wednesday July 16, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau released information about a suspicious subject approaching two different women in Southeast Portland.

After seeing media reports, two additional women have contacted police with similar incidents to report.

The new reports stem from incidents on Saturday July 12, 2014.

The first new incident occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m., outside OMSI. The victim reported to police that she was left work at OMSI and was walking to the streetcar when she saw a dark-colored security van parked in the OMSI lot, with a security guard lingering by the vehicle. The victim told police that it seemed obvious that the man was a security guard but she was certain he did not work at OMSI.

The victim told police that the security guard spoke to her and was "hitting on" her while he was on duty. The victim continued walking and the man did not follow her.

The victim told police that the suspect was an African American male in his 40s, shorter, short hair, wearing a dark blue uniform. The victim told police that the van was a dark-colored van with some kind of writing on the side.

The second new incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m., at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

The victim told police she was driving northbound on Milwaukie Avenue, stopped in the left turn lane for westbound Powell Boulevard. The victim told police that the suspect pulled up to the light on the right side of her vehicle and asked engaged her in conversation and asked if she was interested in "hooking up." The victim told police that she politely declined, the light turned green and she drove away.

The victim described the suspect as an African American male, 30 to 40 years old, shaved head, odd-shaped goatee, sideburns, a round face, very white teeth, wearing a navy blue button down shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, and a yellow or green neon jacket with white reflectors.

The victim told police that the van was a dark blue or black minivan, dark interior, with dents on the driver's side door (as if someone kicked it), with a white piece of printed paper that said "SECURITY" taped to the door.

These two new reports are in addition to the initial two reports on Saturday July 12, and Monday July 14.

The first incident occurred on Saturday July 12, at approximately 3:00 p.m., when the suspect approached a volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 Southeast Water Avenue. The suspect made suggestive comments to her, hugged her and kissed her while she was trying to pull herself away from him.

The second report, on Monday July 14, was made at Southeast Clinton Street and Milwaukie Avenue. The reporting party described being approached by the suspect asking her to pull down a side street.

Officers conducing following-up contacted construction workers on the Tillikum Crossing project who told police that they have seen the van in the area.

The suspect claims to be a security guard in the area of OMSI and the new Tillikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River.

Anyone seeing this vehicle or with information about the suspect is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Anyone personally encountering the suspect should immediately call 9-1-1.

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Police Still Seeking Tips on Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-13 Plaid Pantry Armed Robbery (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/17/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

On February 21, 2014, at 12:55 a.m., a man armed with a handgun robbed the Plaid Pantry store, located at 6010 Northeast Halsey Street.

The suspect entered the store and browsed the candy section. The suspect selected some candy bars and approached the clerk to pay. After the clerk rang up the candy bars, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect reached over the counter and pulled an undisclosed amount of money from the register before running out of the store. The clerk was not injured during the robbery.

The suspect was last seen running southbound on Northeast 60th Avenue. A neighborhood search using a Police K-9 Unit did not locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 40s, 5'8" tall, and 190 pounds.

Surveillance images of the suspect are being released to aid the public in identifying this suspect to detectives.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

In addition to any Crime Stoppers reward, Plaid Pantry is offering an additional reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. To be eligible for this additional reward, tipsters cannot remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Robert Hollins
Robbery Detail
(503) 823-3441
robert.hollins@portlandoregon.gov

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CORRECTION #2: Public Alert: Suspicious Suspect Approaching Women in Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 07/16/14
The first victim at OMSI was not a security guard but was an OMSI volunteer.

The Bureau regrets the error.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Both incidents were reported on Monday July 14, 2014. The first incident occurred on Saturday July 12 but was not reported until Monday.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Central Precinct officers have taken two reports this week about a suspicious man approaching women and, in one case, inappropriately touching them.

The first incident occurred on Saturday July 12, at approximately 3:00 p.m., when the suspect approached a volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 Southeast Water Avenue. The suspect made suggestive comments to her, hugged her and kissed her while she was trying to pull herself away from him.

The second report, on Monday July 14, was made at Southeast Clinton Street and Milwaukie Avenue. The reporting party described being approached by the suspect asking her to pull down a side street.

Officers have been following-up and today contacted construction workers on the Tillikum Crossing project who told police that they have seen the van in the area.

The suspect in both cases is described as an African American male, 30-40 years old, 5'9" tall, medium build, close-cut or shaved head, goatee, wearing a light yellow or green safety vest.

The suspect claims to be a security guard in the area of OMSI and the new Tillikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River.

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark blue or black minivan with "SECURITY" taped to the side door.

Anyone seeing this vehicle or with information about the suspect is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Anyone personally encountering the suspect should immediately call 9-1-1.

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UPDATE #2 - FATALITY: Major Crash Team Responding to a Motorcycle Crash on Northeast Cornfoot Road (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/14
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The motorcycle rider killed on Monday has been identified as 54-year-old Robert Carl Tilander Jr. of Southeast Portland. Investigators determined that speed was a factor in the crash. It is not yet known if drugs or alcohol played a factor.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results which are expected to take several weeks.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Traffic officers are continuing to investigate the cause of a motorcycle crash that occurred on Northeast Cornfoot Road.

The rider, a 54-year-old male, died at the scene despite life-saving efforts by his friend and medical personnel.

Preliminary information indicates that the rider was eastbound on Cornfoot Road when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a telephone pole. The crash occurred just West of the main gate to the Portland Air National Guard Base (PANG). The rider does not appear to have any connection to PANG.

Cornfoot Road should be re-opened to traffic within the next two hours.

The rider's name will be released tomorrow after the Oregon State Medical Examiner conducts an autopsy.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This afternoon, Monday July 14, 2014, at 5:06 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Northeast Cornfoot Road, West of Alderwood Road.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began attempting life-saving CPR on the rider.

Northeast Cornfoot Road is closed in both directions and the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to conduct an investigation.

Interested media should stage on the Alderwood side of the crash scene.

PIO is enroute, ETA 10-15 minutes.

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52-Year-Old Man Arrested for Exposing Himself to a Child on a TriMet Bus (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/15/14
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On July 11, 2014, at approximately 1:30 p.m., 52-year-old Karl Deickmiller was arrested regarding his acts of public indecency on a TriMet bus.

This investigation began on July 7, 2014, at approximately 11:00 a.m., when officers assigned to the Transit Police Division responded to a call of a man on a TriMet bus exposing himself to a 5-year-old-girl in the area of Southwest 6th Avenue and Columbia Street.

The responding officers retrieved bus video recording which was used to identify and later locate the suspect. Officer served a search warrant on the suspect's place of residence where evidence related to the crime was seized. No other suspects are outstanding.

Deickmiller had been identified prior to his arrest but was receiving medical treatment and was being monitored prior to his actual arrest.

Deickmiller was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Public Indecency, Interfering with Public Transportation (two counts), Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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City of Portland Part I Crime Stats Through June 28 - Up 5% From 2013
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/14
City of Portland Part I Crime Stats through June 28, 2014, indicate that Part I crimes are up 5% over the same time period in 2013.

Of particular interest is the rise in non-residential burglary (up 17%) and larceny from autos (up 18%).

Community members are urged to protect themselves and their property by obtaining tips on how to prevent crime from occurring in their neighborhoods.

Crime Prevention information from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp

Neighborhood crime statistics are regularly available by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com and using the CrimeStats tool.

The attached document is Part I Crimes only, as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Part I crimes include: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Larceny, Auto Theft, and Arson.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-07/3056/75937/City_of_Portland_Part_1_Crime_Stats_Through_June_28_2014.pdf
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought Locating a Missing Medically-Endangered 44-Year-Old Man
Portland Police Bureau - 07/14/14
Allen Kay was safely located and is no longer a missing person.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help locating a missing 44-year-old man.

Allen Harry Kay was last seen walking away from a residential facility in the 2300 block of Northwest Glisan Street on July 2, 2014. A police report was made on July 8 regarding his departure from the facility.

Kay is not his own legal guardian and is unable to care for himself. He may wander aimlessly into traffic when not being treated.

Kay is described as a white male, 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, shaggy brown hair, mustache and beard, last seen wearing a black polo-style shirt and dirty jeans.

Anyone seeing Kay is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein at (503) 823-0446 or mike.weinstein@portlandoregon.gov.

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30-Year-Old Woman Arrested After Shoving, Spitting on TriMet Operators
Portland Police Bureau - 07/13/14
Today, Sunday July 13, 2014, at 1:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report that a woman spit on and pushed a TriMet bus operator.

Officers arrived in the area and were directed to the suspect, who was off of the bus. The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Eucharia Michelle Nwerem, resisted attempts to arrest her and fought with officers before being taken into custody.

Officers learned that Nwerem pushed, shoved and spit on a TriMet bus operator on a northbound 82nd Avenue bus, then when another driver was getting on the bus to relieve the first driver, she pushed him and poked him in the face.

Neither victim required medical transport for injuries.

Nwerem was transported to a Portland hospital for an evaluation prior to being booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Harassment (two counts), Interfering with Public Transportation, and Resisting Arrest.

Nwerem will be arraigned on Monday July 14.

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Gang-Related Shooting Injures One Man in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/13/14
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On Sunday July 13, 2014, at 12:44 a.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to North Interstate Avenue and Killingsworth Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived and located a male adult victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the buttocks. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers canvassed the area and located a crime scene. Based on witness information, the shooting was determined to be gang-related so the Gang Enforcement Team took over the investigation.

No suspect information is available and there were no arrests.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. 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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-07/3056/75901/GET_Patch.jpg
UPDATE - ARREST: Shooting in Northeast Cully Neighborhood Injures One - Not Gang Related (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/13/14
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The suspect in yesterday afternoon's shooting in the Cully neighborhood turned himself in to police early this morning.

35-year-old Shelby Lee Kyles turned himself in at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Southeast 147th Avenue and Burnside Street.

Kyles was interviewed by Assault Detail detectives then booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Kyles will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

The victims, 26-year-old Jose Lopez-Mathison (gunshot) and 28-year-old Jose Cardenas (head wound from shovel) were both treated at a Portland hospital for their injuries.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This afternoon, Saturday July 12, 2014, at 6:08 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 6100 block of Northeast Ainsworth Street on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the male adult victim suffering from a gunshot wound to one of his legs. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to the non-life-threatening injury. A second male adult was transported to the hospital for a non-life-threatening injury to the head after reportedly being struck with a shovel.

Officers learned that there was a disturbance and fight among individuals known to each other leading up to the shooting by a known suspect.

No arrests have been made and Assault Detail detectives will be conducting an investigation.

The incident is not gang-related.

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Shooting in Southeast Portland's Foster-Powell Neighborhood - No Injuries, Not Gang-Related
Portland Police Bureau - 07/12/14
This afternoon, Saturday July 12, 2014, at 12:38 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of shots fired in the 6900 block of Southeast Rhone Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the reporting party who told police that a dark-colored SUV stopped at a stop sign and the occupants, a male and a female, were arguing with each other. The reporting party told them to stop arguing or he'd call the police.

The driver pulled away from the intersection then stopped and fired several shots before speeding away northbound on 70th Avenue. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored SUV, possibly an older Suburban, black wheels, possibly with one back window broken out, bearing Washington plates. The driver is described as a white male in his 40s with lots of tattoos.

Nobody was injured during the shooting and it does not appear to be gang-related.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating Two Overnight Shootings - No Known Injuries (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/12/14
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This morning, Saturday July 12, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team is investigating two overnight shootings in Northeast Portland. No known injuries have been reported and there have been no arrests.

At 1:28 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 500 block of Northeast Lombard Street, in the Woodlawn Neighborhood, on the report of multiple shots fired.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire on the sidewalk but did not find any bullet strikes or victims.

Witnesses described hearing multiple gunshots then seeing a large group of people run in varying directions out of the area. No suspect information was reported to police.

At 3:36 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to 7500 block of Northeast Stanton Street, in the Roseway Neighborhood, on the report of multiple shots fired.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire outside a residence, as well as bullet strikes on a home located at 7532 Northeast Stanton Street. One bullet traveled through a wall and through a couch where a resident was laying.

No injuries were reported and there is no suspect information.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

Gun crimes in progress should immediately be reported to 9-1-1.

Anyone with second-hand information is asked to share it with police. 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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

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Two individuals arrested in the death of a newborn child
Portland Police Bureau - 07/11/14
Early this morning, July 11, 2014, at 3:36 a.m., North Precinct officers arrested Sarah Mangus, a 29-year-old female, and Jamie Mangus, a 34 year-old male, on charges of Murder by Abuse and Manslaughter I. The couple had been indicted earlier in July in connection with the April 12, 2014 death of Krystal Mangus, a newborn female.

The incidents stems for an April 12, 2014 call for police to assist medical units for a baby that was not breathing, in the 8000 Block of North Newman. Officers arrived and request Portland Police Homicide detectives respond to assist with the investigation.

Homicide detectives were able to determine that the child had been born in an apartment in the North Portland and had not received medical attention. This week the case was presented to a Multnomah County Grand Jury and the couple was indicted for case was presented and the couple indicted on the charges listed above.

This investigation is ongoing.

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UPDATE - Located - Detectives seek public's help in locating missing/endangered juvenile (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/10/14
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###UPDATE###

Joshua has been located today in the downtown area and is no longer in danger.


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###UPDATE###

Joshua is a male white fourteen-year-old. He was last seen in the area of S.E. 34th and S.E. Powell.

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons detectives are seeking the public's help in locating a missing and endangered juvenile. Detectives are asking for help in locating Joshua Murphy. Joshua is a male white, 5'7" tall weighing about 130 lbs. Joshua was last seen wearing a dark green shirt, khaki cargo shorts and black sneakers.

Joshua may appear sick or confused. If located the please call 9-1-1 and do not approach or attempt to detain Joshua prior to the police arriving.

Anyone with information on Joshua's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0400 or email her at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Murphy
Operation Cool Down
Portland Police Bureau - 07/10/14
In response to ongoing violence in our community, the Portland Police Bureau and its partners will be initiating OPERATION COOL DOWN this weekend. This event will include enhanced patrols by the Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Unit, supported by other Police Bureau resources as well as the Gresham East County Metro Gang Enforcement Team, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention.

The community and the Police Bureau have learned over the years that enforcement alone is not sufficient to prevent ongoing violence in the long term. Therefore, in addition to traditional methods focusing on increased enforcement, this multi-disciplinary response to gang violence will include partners such as the street-level gang outreach workers who focus on prevention programs. These individuals will be available to provide resources to gang-impacted youth and their families.

The Portland Police Bureau also asks the community to support and attend upcoming events, which focus on improving public safety. These events include:

The National Night Out Kickoff Party and Information Fair: This event, hosted by the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program, is being held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Laurelhurst Park. This event will provide information on how to host a National Night Out party, allow for networking with long-time party hosts and will honor several Portland residents for their work in this area.

Silence the Violence rally: This event is being held at McCoy Park (9298 N. Woosley Avenue)on Friday, July 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. It has been organized and is being led by youth from Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES)associated with STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere). It is a peaceful, silent protest against violence in our communities. More information can be found at www.safeyouth.gov

Community Meeting: This July 14th, at 6 p.m., Portland Parks and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention will be hosting a community meeting at Peninsula Park. This meeting will focus on how the community can work collectively to impact violent crime. The Office of Youth Violence prevention offers resources at: http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/.

Gang Violence Task Force meeting: The next Gang Violence Task Force meeting will be held July 18th at 10 a.m., in the North Precinct Community Room (449 N.E. Emerson Street).

Finally, the Police Bureau would like to highlight Operation Safe Summer 2014, https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/443604 This resource guide, produced in collaboration by the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau and Police Bureau, contains resources on safe, supervised and structured activities for youth in our community.

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UPDATE 2- Link to Photo of Olin -Subject arrested for assaulting a police horse
Portland Police Bureau - 07/10/14
The Portland Police Bureau Mounted Patrol Unit will be available for pictures and interviews at the Special Olympics Torch run, today, from 11:30 to Noon. The Unit is out supporting this important event and will make themselves available at the run's finish line, located at N.E. 122nd Street and N.E. Glisan Avenue.

The Mounted Patrol Unit would love to highlight this event and encourage the public to come support the Torch Run. This event is sponsored by law enforcement and attempts to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics program.

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###UPDATE 1####

Here is a link to a photograph of Olin on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/portlandpolice/posts/444465435621651?comment_id=3809147

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, July 9th, 2014 at about 11:20 a.m., Mounted Patrol Unit officers were patrolling the Old Town area near N.W. 6th Avenue and N.W. Hoyt Street (in from of the Greyhound Bus Depot) and stopped to speak with a group of individuals.

While speaking with the group, Joseph Cruz, a 29-year-old male, ran up from behind "Olin" the police horse, issued a karate-like battle cry, and delivered a jumping, double-kick to Olin's right thigh.

Thankfully he was unable to phase the stout police horse, who outweighed him by approximately 1,000 lbs. Cruz landed, also uninjured.

Olin and his partner were then able to take custody of Cruz, who had an arrest warrant. Cruz was also charged with interfering with a law enforcement animal. The Police Bureau is very thankful that no one was injured in this incident.
UPDATE: HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION - Five People Shot in Gang-Related Shooting at Southeast Portland Strip Club
Portland Police Bureau - 07/10/14
Last evening, July 9, 2014, at about 10:00p.m., members of the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau, the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office took custody of 27 year-old Jontae Mixon in the area of N.E. 180th and N.E. Couch. Mixon was wanted in connection with this case.

Mixon is in custody for multiple charges including: multiple counts of Assault I and II, multiple counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Murder, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. Mixon has been lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

The Portland Police Police Bureau would like to thank our partners,the US Marshal's Fugitive Task, the Gresham Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in taking Mixon into custody

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This morning's shooting outside Soobie's Bar & Grill Strip Club has become a homicide investigation. One of the five gunshot victims died at a Portland hospital after being transported from the scene by ambulance.

The deceased is a 26-year-old male. Detectives are working to confirm his identity and notify family.

A second victim located at the scene is a male in his 20s and detectives are also working to confirm his identity.

The third, fourth and fifth victims were all taken by private car to a neighborhood hospital then transported by ambulance to trauma centers. They have been identified as a 24-year-old male, a 32-year-old male and a 27-year-old female.

None of the others' injuries are life-threatening and all are expected to recover.

Homicide and Gang Enforcement Team detectives are actively working to determine what occurred during the shooting.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at (503) 823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Michele Michaels at (503) 823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This morning, Saturday July 5, 2014, at 3:14 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside Soobie's Bar & Grill Strip Club, located at 333 Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located five people suffering from gunshot wounds. All five people were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment, one for life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting is gang-related and that it occurred in the parking lot outside Soobie's.

Detectives, Criminalists and members of the Gang Enforcement Team are en route to the scene to continue the investigation.

At this point, there is no suspect information to share with the public.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

No additional information is available at this time and updates are not expected until later this morning.

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UPDATE - Located - Detectives seek public's help in locating missing/endangered person (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/09/14
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###UPDATE###

Mr. Kersey has been located. Thank you

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Lawrence "Larry" Kersey. Mr. Kersey is a 69 year-old male white, 6'1" tall (however he hunches making it appear that he is shorter) and weighing about 170 lbs. Mr. Kersey has white hair and is clean shaven (see attached photograph). He was last seen wearing a dark navy blue tee shirt and gray sweat pants.

Mr. Kersey suffers from dementia and medical issues requiring ongoing treatment. He was last seen in the 600 block of NE 155th Avenue and may be associated with a silver 1999 BMW 528 station wagon with an expired trip permit and no plates.

If located please contact 9-1-1. Mr Kersey may be in need of medical assistance. Anyone with information about Mr. Kersey's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0400 or email her at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: Kersey
Correction - Injury collision involving a bicyclist
Portland Police Bureau - 07/09/14
Today, July 9, 2014, at 7:46 a.m., Central Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to an injury collision between a car and a bicyclist at S.E. Ankeny Street and S.E. 7th Avenue. Officers arrived and learned that the bicyclist suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers determined that the driver of the car had turned left while traveling eastbound on S.E. Ankeny, onto northbound S.E. 7th. The driver turned into the path of the bicyclist causing the accident.

The driver of the vehicle had stopped prior to turning and did not show any signs of impairment. It appears that the driver did not see the bicyclist.

The driver of the car was cited for a Dangerous Left Turn and released at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau would like remind all road-users to remain safe and to pay attention while using public roadways. We would also like to remind motorists to pay particular attention to vulnerable road-users.
UPDATE #3 - East Precinct officers respond to a shooting in the 12500 Blk of Powell Blvd
Portland Police Bureau - 07/09/14
###UPDATE #3###

Officers are clearing the scene in the 12500 block of S.E. Powell Blvd. Gang Enforcement Team investigators are continuing to investigate this case.

Investigators have determined that the suspect arrived in the area of the Laurel Place Apartments and fired multiple rounds. These rounds stuck the primary victim, a 5-year-old boy, in the leg. Investigators do not believe the child was an intended target in this shooting. The gunshot caused non-life-threatening injuries to the child. No other shooting victims have been identified at this time, however, rounds also struck nearby apartments.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland. They are asking the public's assistance in these ongoing cases. Investigators hope that additional witnesses will come forward and provide information on this incident and other recent gang-related crimes.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.



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###UPDATE #2###

The child in this shooting, a 5-year-old boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.

Investigators believe this incident is gang-related and the Gang Enforcement Team has responded to investigate. The PIO will be available at 10:50 p.m., for interviews on the north side of S.E. Powell at 125th.

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###UPDATE###

The PIO will be responding, eta is 45 minutes. The media can stage at S.E. 125 and S.E. Powell.

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###UPDATE###

The time in the orginal message should read 8:51 p.m.. The PPB apologizes for the error.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, July 7, 2014, at 8:21 p.m, officers from East Precinct responded to a shooting in the 12500 Block of Powell Blvd. Officers arrived and learned that a young child had been struck by gunfire. The child is being transported to an area hospital and is in unknown condition. Officers are still working to actively secure the crime scene.

The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will follow.

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UPDATE PHOTOGRAPHS OF SUSPECT - Man reportedly exposes himself on a TriMet Bus (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/08/14
The Transit Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the individual suspected of exposing himself to a mother and her young daughter on a TriMet bus.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Officer Chad Daul or Officer Rich Harvey at 503.962.7566. Alternately they can be emailed at chad.daul@portlandoregon.gov or Richard.harvey@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###
Today, July 7, 2014, at 11:03 a.m., Central Precinct and Transit Police officers responded to a report of a man who allegedly exposed himself on a TriMet bus Officers arrived and were told that a male white, about 6'1" tall, very thin, around 40-years-old and wearing light colored clothing had exposed himself to an adult female and her daughter. The mother then alerted the bus operator, who then immediately contacted dispatch asking for police assistance. The suspect was last seen in the area of S.W. 6th Avenue and S.W. Columbia Street.

Transit Police are investigating this report. TriMet is assisting and providing camera footage from the bus. There is no other information to be released at this time.

The Portland Police Bureau and TriMet encourage riders to be aware of their surroundings and if they see something suspicious, to say something - either to an operator or other TriMet employee, security personnel or police, or report it by calling 9-1-1.


Attached Media Files: Exit 3 , Exit 2 , Exit 1 , Door Entry , Door entry side view
Re post of Marijuana-related video
Portland Police Bureau - 07/07/14
Below is a re post of information provided earlier regarding Washington Initiative 502 (the legalization of recreational marijuana).

Original Message:

Washington voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning on Thursday December 6, 2012, it is not a violation of Washington state law for adults over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. The initiative establishes a one-year period for the State of Washington to develop rules and a licensing system for the production and sale of marijuana.
While legal in the State of Washington beginning on December 6, Oregon law has not changed with regards to marijuana possession, distribution or manufacturing.

It's important though to understand that under Oregon law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is classified as a violation. It is not a criminal offense and people cannot be arrested or jailed for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Possession of Less than One Ounce of Marijuana has been a low law enforcement priority for 35 years in Portland and this will not change due to the new Washington law.

What is NOT a low law enforcement priority is Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). DUII enforcement remains a high priority for the Portland Police Bureau.

Much like existing fireworks laws, what is legal in Washington is not legal in Oregon, In other words, if it goes high in the air or gets you high, you should probably use it in the Evergreen State.


Link to informational video from Dec. of 2012:

http://youtu.be/eh2vI0Gn2Xw

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Armed Suicidal Subject Safely Contacted by Police - Taken to Hospital (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/07/14
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On Saturday July 5, 2014, at 12:45 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 4900 block of Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Highway on the report that a 48-year-old male was feeling suicidal and was planning to go to Forest Park to end his life.

Officers arrived in the area and spotted the man carrying a large black duffel bag walking to a waiting taxi.

Officers contacted the man and placed him into custody to check his welfare. Inside the bag, officers located a shotgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.

The man was taken to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation and the gun was taken for safekeeping.

The Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) was notified for potential follow-up.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-07/3056/75706/BHU_Logo_for_Web.jpg
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Friday July 11, 2014
Portland Police Bureau - 07/07/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, beginning today until the evening hours of Friday July 11, 2014.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating a Shooting in North Portland's New Columbia Neighborhood - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 07/07/14
This morning, Monday July 7, 2014, at 12:26 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of North Woolsey Avenue and Newark Street after multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire one block West, in the 9300 block of North Dwight Avenue, including bullet strikes to a parked car and a residence in the New Columbia neighborhood.

Officers have detained several people found in the area as Gang Enforcement Team officers are responding to the scene to investigate.

No gunshot victims have been located at the scene or have arrived at Portland hospitals.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-26 Hahrahcio Branch Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/05/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a gang-related shooting that killed one man and injured four others.

On Saturday July 5, 2014, at 3:14 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting outside Soobie's Bar & Grill Strip Club, located at 333 Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located two people suffering from gunshot wounds.

26-year-old Hahrahcio Roy Branch was transported to a Portland hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Sunday July 6 to determine the exact cause of death.

26-year-old Lamarcus Sanchez Miles received a non-life-threatening injury to one of his eyes and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The third, fourth and fifth victims were all taken by private car to a neighborhood hospital then transported by ambulance to trauma centers.

24-year-old Ladarrius Deon Givens received a non-life-threatening injury to one of his legs.

32-year-old Tony Dwayne Allen received a non-life-threatening injury to his head.

27-year-old Samantha Sonnel Jones received a non-life-threatening injury to one of her legs.

Homicide and Gang Enforcement Team detectives are actively working to determine what led up to and what occurred during the shooting.

Investigators are asking for any information about this case to help identify a suspect or suspects in the shooting.

At this point there is no suspect information to share with the public.

Anyone with second-hand information should also share it with police. 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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Detective Anthony Merrill
Homicide Detail
(503) 823-4033
anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov; or

Detective Michele Michaels
Homicide Detail
(503) 823-0692
michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.

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#CS


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/3056/75689/Hahrahcio_Roy_Branch_26.jpg
29-Year-Old Woman Arrested for Felony Assault After Pouring Hot Grease on Sleeping Boyfriend (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/04/14
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On Friday July 4, 2014, at 2:45 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 7000 block of Northeast 27th Avenue on the report that a woman poured hot grease all over her boyfriend.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 54-year-old male victim suffering from significant burns to his face, chest and hands. The victim was transported to Portland hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officers placed the suspect, 29-year-old Shiree Franklin, into custody and transported her to the Detective Division where Family Services Division detectives continued the investigation. Detectives were unable to learn what led to Franklin pouring hot grease onto her boyfriend.

Franklin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on one count of Assault in the First Degree (Domestic Violence).

Franklin will be arraigned on Monday July 7.

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Public Alert: Cougar Sightings Continue in East Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 07/04/14
This morning, Friday July 4, 2014, East Precinct officers responded to three separate cougar sightings in East Portland.

The first sighting was reported at 1:30 a.m., in the area of Northeast 117th Avenue and Siskiyou Street.

The second sighting was reported at 4:11 a.m., in the area of the Gateway bike path at I-205 northbound.

The third sighting was at 5:30 a.m., in the area of Northeast 115th Avenue and Siskiyou Street.

Officers checked the area after each of the sightings but did not locate the cougar.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have been notified about the sightings by East Precinct officers.

In a previous call, on Wednesday July 2, at 2:01 a.m., a report of a cougar was made at Northeast 148th Avenue and Sacramento Street, and officers spotted the cat walking along a vegetable field at approximately Northeast 147th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The cat disappeared into the tree line and was not seen again by officers checking the area.

On Tuesday July 1, a caller in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Main Street reported her domestic house cat had been killed by an animal, and the only thing that remained was the cat's had and a paw.

On June 29, 2014, at 5:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a cougar sighting in the area of Southeast 121st Avenue and Division Street.

Two different callers reported seeing the full-sized cougar heading North across Southeast Division Street and into the neighborhood.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate the cougar.

The Gresham Police Department also took a report of a cougar sighting on Monday June 30, in the area of Northeast 167th Avenue and Halsey Street.

Anyone seeing the cougar should not approach it and should immediately call 9-1-1.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has some tips to remember about cougars: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp

ODFW advises the following if you encounter a cougar:

STOP - Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.

STAY CALM - Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.

APPEAR LARGE - Make yourself look large. Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.

FIGHT BACK - Fight back if attacked.

MAKE NOISE - Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.

KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE - Always keep children close by and in sight.

AVOID WALKING ALONE

The Portland Police Bureau would like community members to be aware of the possible sighting and encourages anyone seeing a cougar not to approach it but to immediately call 9-1-1.

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34-Year-Old Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting his Grandmother and Uncle on Wednesday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/04/14
On Tuesday July 1, 2014, at 10:10 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in North Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and learned that the suspect sexually assaulted his 82-year-old grandmother and his 49-year-old uncle then ran out of the home.

The 82-year-old victim was treated at a Portland area hospital.

The victims identified the suspect as 34-year-old Willie Andre Johnson (also known as Aundre Willie Johnson).

Officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the neighborhood but did not locate the suspect.

Early Wednesday morning, family called 9-1-1 again to report that Johnson was at McDonald's, located at Northeast Grand Avenue and Weidler Street. Officers responded and took Johnson into custody without incident.

Johnson was transported to the Detective Division to be interviewed by Sex Crimes Unit detectives.

Johnson complained of medical issues and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment where he was admitted overnight. He was released on Thursday afternoon and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Johnson was booked on charges of Attempt Rape in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree (two counts), Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Assault in the Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence).

Johnson is a Registered Sex Offender on an original charge of Rape in the First Degree.

Johnson will be arraigned on Monday July 7, 2014, in Multnomah County Court.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-25 Burglary (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/03/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a Downtown Portland residential burglary

In the Fall of 2013, a Downtown Portland condominium was burglarized and the victim lost several items of jewelry that hold significant family value.

The burglary occurred sometime between October 15 and November 25, 2013, at a condominium located at 311 Northwest 12th Avenue. The resident was out of town during that period of time and discovered the burglary upon her return.

Two items in particular were stolen that are family heirlooms are a gold coin bracelet and a platinum and gold diamond ring.

Burglary detectives have run out of leads in the case and are asking for the public's help in recovering the jewelry and identifying a suspect.

Photos of both the bracelet and the ring have been released to the public in hope that someone will recognize them and provide helpful information to police.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Detective Nathan Sheppard
Burglary Detail
nathan.sheppard@portlandoregon.gov

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#CS


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Southeast Precinct Officers Talk Suicidal Woman Off of Northeast Portland Freeway Overpass
Portland Police Bureau - 07/02/14
Today, Wednesday July 2, 2014, at 12:03 p.m., Southeast Precinct officers responded to the Northeast 53rd Avenue overpass above I-84 on the report of a woman standing outside the railing and that she was thinking about suicide.

Officers arrived and began to talk with the 44-year-old woman who told police she was recently released from the hospital but was still feeling suicidal.

Officers talked with her for approximately 30 minutes then she came back over the railing to be taken to the hospital.

TriMet MAX lines and Union Pacific Railroad were briefly stopped during this incident as the woman was over the MAX and train tracks.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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Shooting in Northeast Portland's Montavilla Neighborhood - One Man Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/14
This evening, Tuesday July 1, 2014, at 9:36 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 700 block of Northeast 91st Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the victim, a 30-year-old male, who was suffering from a single gunshot wound in the right leg.

The victim told police that he was walking along the street when he got into an argument with a passing driver, who stopped, got out of the car and fired one round into the victim's leg, then sped away.

The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to his non-life-threatening injury.

Officers have checked the area for the suspect vehicle, described as a white or silver Acura Integra. No crime scene has been located and officers are working to verify the victim's story.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Assault Detail detectives at (503) 823-0400.

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UPDATE- FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought in Locating a Missing 51-Year-Old Southwest Portland Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/14
Missing 51-year-old John O'Malley was located safely in Lake Oswego today and is no longer missing.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help in locating missing 51-year-old John Anthony O'Malley.

O'Malley left his home in the 11400 block of Southwest Oak Creek Drive in the Arnold Creek neighborhood on a walk on Sunday afternoon and never returned. According to family, this behavior is very out of character and they are concerned for his welfare.

O'Malley is described as a white male, 5'7" tall, 180 pounds, bald, gray goatee, glasses, last seen wearing a red Adidas jacket and jeans.

Anyone seeing O'Malley is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081.

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Traffic Division Conducting Extra DUII Patrols Through the 4th of July Weekend
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/14
Over the next week, the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be adding extra patrols to the streets of Portland for the 4th of July holiday weekend. This high visibility enforcement will be looking for people driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Independence Day is filled with celebrations, family, friends, food, and fireworks; but, all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, the 4th of July holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year, due to drunk-driving crashes.

According to data from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during July 4th holidays over the five year time period from 2007 to 2011, 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.

Please celebrate our Nation's Independence Day safely and responsibly.

Don't forget, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

If you see a suspected drunk driver, call 9-1-1 and make a report.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-24 Andrew Coggins Homicide (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 07/01/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a homicide that occurred on June 30, 2014.

On Monday June 30, 2014, at 2:46 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting near North Fessenden Street and Fiske Avenue.

24-year-old Andrew Leon Coggins Jr. was found mortally wounded by gunfire in a drive-by shooting. The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on July 1 and determined that Coggins died of a single gunshot wound.

Although there were a number of witnesses at the scene and in the area, very little information was shared with police.

Investigators are asking for any information about this case to help identify a suspect or suspects in the shooting.

Anyone with second-hand information should also share it with police. 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. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigators:
Detective Rico Beniga
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0457
rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov

Detective Chris Traynor
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0449
christopher.traynor@portlandoregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: 2014-07/3056/75573/Andrew_Leon_Coggins_Jr_24.jpg
UPDATE #3: Shooting Investigation Underway in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/14
The victim in this homicide has been identified as Andrew Coggins, a 24-year-old male.

Mr. Coggins was shot in the 4900 block of North Fessenden Street. Officers rushed to the scene and worked to secure the area so that medical personnel could begin treatment. An officers assisted with CPR using a respirator mask, retrieved from his patrol car.

Despite attempts by the officers and citizens along with medical personnel, Mr. Coggins died at the scene.

There were a large number of witnesses to this incident and detectives are still in the process of conducting interviews. If anyone has information about this incident we are asking that the contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

Updates will follow as more information becomes available.


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The PIO is onscene. There will be a media breifing at 5:45 p.m., at the media stagging area (N. Trenton and N. Fiske).

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This shooting is now a homicide investigation.

Sgt. Greg Stewart is responding to the scene and will meet with media. ETA is one hour.

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This afternoon, Monday June 30, 2014, at 2:46 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 4700 block of North Trenton Street.

Officers have arrived and located one gunshot victim and began CPR until medical personnel could respond.

No additional information is available at this time and there is an active investigation in the area.

Updates will be provided at a later time.


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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for Portland Police Bureau
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

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Protester Attempting to Block Train Car Arrested in Northwest Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/30/14
This morning, Monday June 30, 2014, at 5:15 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a woman sitting on the railroad tracks in the 5200 block of Northwest Front Avenue.

Officers arrived and found 22-year-old Irene Marjorie Milsom sitting on the railroad tracks with her arm secured inside a large plastic drum filled with concrete. Milsom was accompanied by a group of 15 to 20 protesters who told police they were protesting "big oil" and "the burning of fossil fuels."

Milsom refused to leave the tracks voluntarily so officers assigned to the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) responded with specialized equipment to remove Milsom's arm from the concrete barrel.

After freeing her from the barrel, Milsom was arrested for Criminal Trespassing in the First Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. She was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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CORRECTION - Stabbing in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Injures One Man
Portland Police Bureau - 06/29/14
Correcting the earlier news release, the victim's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

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On Sunday June 29, 2014, at 10:43 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the a disturbance at a residence in the 13900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and learned that two men who know each other were in a fight and that one of the men stabbed the other.

The adult male victim is being transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect left the area on foot and is described as a white male with a shaved head, wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, and carrying a backpack.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Assault Detail detectives at (503) 823-0400.

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Public Alert: Cougar Sighting in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/29/14
This morning, Sunday June 29, 2014, at approximately 5:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a cougar sighting in the area of Southeast 121st Avenue and Division Street.

Two different callers reported seeing the full-sized cougar heading North across Southeast Division Street and into the neighborhood.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate the cougar.

Anyone seeing the cougar should not approach it and should immediately call 9-1-1.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has some tips to remember about cougars: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp

ODFW advises the following if you encounter a cougar:

STOP - Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.

STAY CALM - Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.

APPEAR LARGE - Make yourself look large. Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.

FIGHT BACK - Fight back if attacked.

MAKE NOISE - Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.

KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE - Always keep children close by and in sight.

AVOID WALKING ALONE

While there have been no other reported cougar sightings, the Portland Police Bureau would like community members to be aware of the possible sighting and encourages anyone seeing a cougar not to approach it but to immediately call 9-1-1.

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UPDATE #4: SERT and CNT Responding to Report of a Shooting in Southeast Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 06/28/14
The victim in Friday night's shooting at the Amber Court Apartments has been identified as 42-year-old Maria Soumphonpackdy. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that she died of multiple gunshot wounds after her husband, 60-year-old Jack Soumphonpackdy, shot her with a handgun.

Jack Soumphonpackdy then turned the gun on himself and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives learned that Maria recently filed for divorce from Jack, which may have led to the shooting.

Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue help is available.

The Portland Women's Crisis Line phone number is 1-888-235-5333. Additional, web-based resources are available from Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Coordinator's office http://web.multco.us/dv

The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence, which are those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence.

Information on the DVRU is available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/35679.

Finally, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and numerous other partners have joined together to created the Gateway Center. The Gateway Center attempts to limit the impact of intimate partner violence through by providing multi-cultural and survivor-centered advocacy and services. Given the complexity of domestic violence this center provides a single-point of access to services and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence.

Information on the Gateway Center can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/gatewaycenter/52837

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At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Friday June 27, 2014, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Amber Court Apartments, located in the 2500 block of Southeast 141st Avenue on the report of a shooting.

Officers arrived at the scene and, based on information that there may be an injured woman inside the apartment, the officers entered the apartment to rescue the victim and to get her to immediate medical aid.

As the officers were beginning to search the apartment, they heard a gunshot inside the residence. The officers were unable to determine where the shot came from inside the residence so they backed out and immediately called for SERT and CNT to respond to the scene.

Crisis Negotiators attempted to make contact with someone inside the apartment but did not receive any response.

Due to the concern over the welfare of the victim, SERT launched several tear gas rounds into the residence and immediately entered the premises to rescue the victim.

SERT officers located the female victim and a male, both deceased, inside the residence.

No officers fired gunshots during this incident.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting is a domestic violence murder suicide.

Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division have taken over the crime scene and are conducting an investigation.

There is no risk to the public and there are no additional victims.

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PIO will brief onscene media at 142nd and Division at 7:45 p.m.

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Media staging is moved to 142nd, North of Division. Access is from the North.

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The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) are responding to assist East Precinct officers with a reported shooting inside a residence at Southeast 141st Avenue and Division Street.

Southeast Division Street is closed in both directions, from approximately 136th to 145th Avenues.

This is an ongoing tactical incident and no further information is available.

Media staging will be at Southeast 145th Avenue and Division Street.

PIO is enroute, ETA 30 minutes.

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UPDATE - Downtown Streets Closed Due to Man Threatening to Jump from a Tree
Portland Police Bureau - 06/28/14
Crisis Negotiators were able to convince the man to climb down and he is being taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

All streets are now open to traffic.

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This morning, Saturday June 28, 2014, at 9:12 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street on the report of a man 30' up a tree threatening to jump.

Officers arrived and attempted communication with the man but he appears to be suffering from a mental health crisis as well as possibly high on stimulants.

The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is at the scene as well as Portland Fire & Rescue to attempt to safely get the man to climb down the tree.

Southwest 1st to 3rd Avenues and Ankeny to Pine Streets is currently closed to all pedestrian, vehicle and bicycle traffic as negotiators attempt to diffuse the man's agitated state.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Sexual Assault in Southeast Portland's Lents Park - Suspect Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/27/14
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On Thursday June 26, 2014, at 12:09 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Lents Park, located at 4727 Southeast 92nd Avenue, on the report that a woman had been sexually assaulted in the park.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the adult female victim who told police that she met the suspect just prior to the assault and that he ran out of the park eastbound. The victim provided a description of him to officers and provided a picture of the suspect to police that she took with her cell phone.

The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Michael Jermaine Miranda, was located in the area and taken into custody.

The victim was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Miranda was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Sex Abuse in the Second Degree (2 counts) and will be arraigned on Friday.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) and we want you to know that you need not be alone as a survivor of a sexual assault. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.

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UPDATE #2: Public's Help Sought Locating a Missing Southeast Portland Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/14
Detectives have been in contact with Robert Brinkmeyer and he is no longer considered a missing person.

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Detectives have obtained a more recent photo of missing 34-year-old Robert Brinkmeyer that they are releasing to the public.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help in locating 34-year-old Robert Paul Brinkmeyer.

Brinkmeyer was reported missing after quitting his job on Sunday and leaving concerning messages with family members. Brinkmeyer does not have a history of being away from home overnight.

Brinkmeyer is described as a white male, 6'1" tall, 170 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a gray zip hoodie, gray pants, and a gray Puma baseball cap. Brinkmeyer does not have a car and regularly uses TriMet.

Anyone seeing Brinkmeyer is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at (503) 823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Detectives Seeking Information on Pastor Arrested for 1997 Sex Crimes (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/14
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On June 19, 2014, Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives arrested 64-year-old Michael George Sperou for three counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

This arrest stems from a series of 1997 police reports involving juvenile girls who lived within the Southeast Bible Church community, now known as the North Clackamas Bible Community.

At the time of his arrest, Sperou was a senior pastor at the church.

The churches have operated in Southeast Portland and Happy Valley between 1980 and 2014.

Detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims who have not reported similar crimes to police.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Heidi Helwig at heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Robbery Detectives Investigating a Bank Robbery in the Parkrose Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/26/14
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This morning, Thursday June 26, 2014, at 9:27 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Columbia State Bank, located at 5083 Northeast 122nd Avenue, on the report of a bank robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled the bank in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late-20s, 6'2" tall, medium build, wearing a gray and black coat, black stocking cap, black bandana over his face, black pants, armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov; or, the Portland office of the F.B.I. at (503) 224-4181.

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Crime Alert: Car Prowlers Hit Southeast Portland's Eastmoreland Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/25/14
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In the early morning hours of Wednesday June 25, 2014, several cars were broken into in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Henry Street. Additionally, the suspect stole three bicycles from an area residence.

An alert neighborhood resident took pictures of the suspects as they rode the stolen bicycles in the neighborhood.

Both appeared to be white males, wearing dark pants and gray hoodies.

Based on current information, detectives do not believe these suspects are related to the Woodstock neighborhood tire puncture incidents from the past two weeks.

Anyone with information about these incidents or the identity of either suspect is asked to contact Detective Chris Brace by email at chris.brace@portlandoregon.gov, or by phone at (503) 823-0541.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-23 Hillsboro Gang Shooting (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/25/14
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The Hillsboro Police Department, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect wanted for a 2011 gang shooting in Hillsboro.

On March 27, 2011, 15-year-old Luis Solano-Sanchez was shot multiple times, near the intersection of Cornell Road and Northeast 21st Avenue in Hillsboro. The investigation revealed that the incident was gang-related and the suspect was identified as 26-year-old Leopoldo Junior Diaz.

In April 2011, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Diaz for Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Diaz is described as a male Hispanic, 5'7" tall, 132 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, and numerous tattoos on his body including "FG 14" on his chest and a Huelga bird on his left leg.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Detective Anthony Johnson
Hillsboro Police Department
(503) 793-4083
anthony.johnson@hillsboro-oregon.gov

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Attached Media Files: 2014-06/3056/75428/Leopoldo_Junior_Diaz_26.jpg
Assault Detectives Investigating a Shooting in a Downtown Portland Residential Hotel - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/14
This afternoon, Tuesday June 24, 2014, at 5:40 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Fairfield Hotel, located at 1117 Southwest Stark Street, on the report of a shooting. The Fairfield Hotel is a long-term residential hotel.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that several gunshots were fired into his room from a neighboring room. The victim was not injured and told police there has been an ongoing dispute with the occupant of the neighboring room.

The suspect has left the premises and detectives are responding to continue the investigation.

At this point, officers do not believe there is any significant danger to the public.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

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Cat Helps Cops Search for Burglary Suspect in Southeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/14
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On Monday June 23, 2014, at 4:16 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Southeast 98th Avenue on the report of a burglary.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who'd just returned home from work and found her house burglarized. The victim left home at approximately 7:40 a.m. and told police that everything was fine at the time she left for work.

Uncertain whether or not someone was still in the home, officers entered the residence to check for a suspect. While searching the home, one officer noted broken glass on the floor of both the basement and a bathroom. The victim's cat was walking around on the floor so the officer picked up the cat to make sure it did not step in the glass. The cat climbed up onto the officer's shoulders and remained there as they finished searching the house.

No suspect's were found but several personal items were discovered missing after the burglary.

Officers contacted a neighbor who told police that she saw a suspicious man in the neighborhood earlier in the day that seemed interested in the activities of the neighborhood.

The witness described the man as a white male, 30-40 years old, 5'9" tall, skinny build, curly brown hair, wearing a dark-colored track suit with pants tucked into his socks and boots.

Another neighbor described seeing an older white van, driven by a white male with dark hair and sunglasses, driving through the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about this burglary is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

Community members are encouraged to visit the City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention page at http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/cp for crime prevention tips and resources.

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Crime Alert: Multiple Tires Punctured in Southeast Portland's Woodstock Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 06/24/14
Today, Tuesday June 24, 2014, Southeast Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 41st Avenue and Schiller Street on the report of multiple vehicles with flattened tires in the neighborhood. Similar reports were taken last week.

Officers are taking reports on the vehicle vandalisms and are encouraging owners who discover vehicle damage to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at (503) 823-3333.

There is no suspect information at this time and police are unable to say if these new incidents are at all related to a string of tire slashings in 2013.

From May to November 2013, the Portland Police Bureau's Crime Analysis Unit found more than 500 reports were filed about tire vandalism. The estimated cost of this string of vandalism to community residents was estimated to be $300,000 to $500,000.

If you suspicious activity consistent with these reports, please immediately call 9-1-1.

Victims discovering damage to vehicles are asked to file reports by calling the non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333.

The Portland Police Bureau and Crime Prevention want to help you and catch the person(s) responsible for these crimes.

We offer the following suggestions and tips:

* Park your vehicle off the street and in a garage, if possible.
* Enhance your exterior lighting: leave porch lights on at night, add motion sensor lighting to the garage and add pathway or sidewalk solar lighting. Prune trees or bushes that obstruct light.
* If you have exterior video cameras, turn them toward the street to capture activity and people near vehicles parked on the street.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

For more information about vehicle and home safety and security, contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator. Call (503) 823-4064 to locate your coordinator or visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/cp to learn more about Crime Prevention.

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Gang Enforcement Team Investigating a Driveby Shooting at Mt. Scott Park - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/14
This evening, Monday June 23, 2014, at 9:38 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding shots fired at Mt. Scott Park, located at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Harold Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted several witnesses who told police that someone fired multiple rounds into the park from a vehicle along the 74th Avenue side of the park. Witnesses told police that there were 40 to 50 teens and kids in the park at the time of the shooting. Many of the kids left the park before officers arrived in the area.

At this point, no gunshot victims have been located and none have arrived at any Portland hospitals.

Evidence of gunfire was found along the 74th Avenue side of the park. At this point, there is no confirmed suspect information to share with the public.

Based on preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to the scene to conduct an investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force are continuing to actively investigate gang and gun crimes in the City of Portland.

Anyone with information about gang and/or gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at (503) 823-4106.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Traffic Stop on I-5 Leads to Seizure of 50 Pounds of Cocaine - Driver Arrested (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/14
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On Friday June 20, 2014, at 5:12 p.m., Portland Police officers conducted a traffic stop on I-5 northbound at Delta Park. Officers noted that the driver, 28-year-old Charles Taesung Pak, was nervous, driving a rental car and couldn't answer basic questions. Pak is a Canadian citizen from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Based on the officer's observations, they asked Pak for consent to search his car called for a Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) narcotics K-9 to respond to the stop. Pak consented to the search and "Nikko" the narcotics dog discovered approximately 50 pounds (20 kilos) of cocaine in the vehicle.

Investigators from DVD responded to assist with the investigation.

The current US street value of the seized cocaine is approximately $420,000; in Canada, where police believe the cocaine was destined for is approximately $920,000.

Pak was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Manufacturing, Distribution and Possession of Cocaine.

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Major Crash Team Investigating Rollover Crash Overnight on I-5 - Driver Critically Injured
Portland Police Bureau - 06/23/14
On Sunday June 22, 2014, at 11:47 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a two-car rollover crash on I-5 northbound at Rosa Parks Way.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and learned that the crash involved only one vehicle and that the driver was ejected during the crash. Portland Firefighters were able to free the driver, an adult female, and she was transported to a Portland hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded and began a crash investigation. Preliminary information indicates that both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

I-5 northbound was closed for several hours during the crash investigation.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Reynolds High School 9-1-1 tapes can be released
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 07/10/14
We received authorization from the Troutdale Police Department yesterday afternoon to release the 9-1-1 & Non-Emergency calls related to the Reynolds High School shooting.
If you would like a copy of the recording, please email:

BOECPIO@portlandoregon.gov

There is a $75 fee for the recordings.
When you should and should not call 911 this 4th of July
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 07/03/14
The City of Portland's Bureau of Emergency Communications 9-1-1 takes great pride in meeting our service goals. You, the citizen, can help by only calling 911 in the event of an emergency. Whether something is an emergency or not is determined by a danger to life or property. If it is not happening right now, it is more than likely not an emergency. Please do not dial 911 to report fireworks unless there is an active fire hazard i.e. aerial fireworks have caught a roof on fire, fireworks are being shot directly at persons, etc. Help keep your neighborhood safe by reporting non-emergent illegal firework activity by calling the Public Safety Non-emergency number: 503-823-3333.
Save the date! Portland 9-1-1 Media Day
Portland/Mult Co 9-1-1 - 06/24/14
The City of Portland 9-1-1 Center will be holding an open house specifically for the media, on Thursday September 11, 2014. We would like to invite the media to take a tour of our 9-1-1 Center, and perhaps a have sit-along with a call-taker / dispatcher to witness firsthand how emergency calls are received and how they are processed.

More details to follow.
Hot Weather Fire Prevention and Safety
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/10/14
With the projected warmer weather this week and into next week, the Salem Fire Department reminds everyone that additional steps should be taken to prevent fire and maintain health. Due to increased temperatures and lower fuel moistures, the risk of fire ignition and fire spread is magnified. Additionally, high heat can impact the health of people and pets. Here are some key points to follow to "beat the heat" and be safe:

Fire Prevention
*Dispose of cigarettes properly in non-combustible ashtrays or extinguish them in water or sand. In Oregon, cigarettes start one in ten fires statewide.
*When using barbeque grills, maintain clearance from combustible decks, fences, and vegetation. Allow ashes to completely cool and then dispose of them in metal containers. Barbeque ashes can maintain ignition temperatures for many hours, even if the surface is cool to touch.
*Avoid using welding, grinding, or mowing equipment near dry weeds and grass.
*Avoid parking vehicles in dry, weedy areas. The temperature of vehicle exhaust components can easily ignite dry grass and weeds.
*Don't overload electrical outlets with portable fans, air conditioners, or extension cords.
*Keep a fire extinguisher, water hose, or bucket handy in the event a fire occurs.
*Observe no-burn regulations.

Hot weather safety
*Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which promote dehydration.
*Minimize direct exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen.
*Limit exercise and exertion - rest frequently and pace yourself.
*Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
*During the warmest parts of the day, consider indoor activities such as visiting the library, a shopping mall, or a movie theater.
*Consider scheduling outdoor activities during cooler time periods.
*Plan ahead before swimming and follow water safety tips.
*Don't leave children or pets in vehicles. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk to heat-related issues.
*Cooling shelters are available at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, 503-588-6071, and Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, 503-588-6303. Open times vary by location and day, please check schedules online or call to confirm.

Being prepared and proactive can decrease the likelihood of fires starting and spreading. Take time to review your family's fire evacuation plan and emergency preparedness supplies and also review the basic safety tips for staying cool.

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Salem Fire Department - Three Alarm Commercial Fire
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/09/14
At approximately 3:10 a.m. on July 9, 2014, fire crews from the Salem Fire Department were dispatched to the 800 block of Commercial Street NE in Salem, Oregon, for a commercial structure fire. The call was reported via 911 by a railroad train engineer who noticed flames showing on the west side of the business. Due to the location and information received, a second alarm was immediately called, adding additional Salem Fire firefighting resources to the dispatch.

Upon arrival by the first arriving fire engine approximately four minutes later, heavy fire was found and a third alarm was called, adding more fire engines to the response, including mutual aid from neighboring fire districts.

A total of nine fire engines and three ladder trucks were on scene during the fire, along with command staff, support vehicles, and medic units from Rural Metro Ambulance. Mutual aid was received from Aumsville Rural Fire Protection District, Keizer Fire District, Marion County Fire District #1, and Polk County Fire District #1, which provided support at the fire as well as subsequent coverage in the City.

Firefighters initially made a defensive, exterior attack to protect adjacent buildings and to begin extinguishing the fire. Once fire conditions were controlled, crews quickly transitioned to an interior attack, completing interior searches and extinguishing the fire. Initially, Front Street NE, Commercial Street NE, and the Portland & Western Railroad line were closed to allow firefighting operations. All streets and the rail line are now open.

The majority of fire damage was limited to the center area of the building and did not involve the main sales area of the business. Fire damage to the structure is estimated at $100,000 to $200,000 and it is anticipated that the main sales area of the building will reopen within the next few days. Additionally, minor fire damage was incurred at an adjacent business in the 900 block of Front Street NE, which included broken windows and charring to the exterior siding caused by the intense heat from the fire.

Fire investigation personnel from Salem Fire have begun an investigation into the origin and cause. No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters and the majority of fire crews were back in service within two hours. Salem Fire units will remain on the scene throughout the day to assist with the investigation.
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Salem Fire Graduates 15 from Firefighter Academy (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/27/14
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The Salem Fire Department recognized 15 new firefighter/paramedics on their successful completion of the department's firefighter academy at a graduation ceremony, which was held today at the fire training facility. The celebration and swearing-in ceremony included city staff, department members, and family and friends of the new firefighter/paramedics.

The graduation marks the successful completion of an intensive 14-week firefighter academy, which included a combination of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-job training. All recruits participated in an initial two week training academy that was designed to meet State and National standards for basic firefighter and then began subsequent phases of training that included responding as teams to emergencies within the community.

Phase II of the department's recruit training program involved staffing a 24-hour training engine responding from Fire Station 11, located at 1970 Orchard Heights Road NW. Twelve of the newly hired, entry-level recruit firefighter/paramedics were assigned to three 24-hour shifts, which were led by seasoned Salem fire captains and apparatus operators. Each of the six-person crews continued rigorous hands-on training that included firefighting techniques, fireground operations, and emergency medical care. The 3 other firefighters, who each had considerable experience from other career fire departments, continued a 2-week training program and then began assignments at fire stations in the community.

The enhanced recruit academy model was selected to provide better on-the-job experience for the new firefighters, while also adding coverage for emergencies in Salem. The 24-hour coverage allowed for quick response to medical emergencies, vehicle crashes, and miscellaneous emergency calls, augmenting the primary fire response in the community. As the training academy continued, the crews responded to additional emergency calls, which provided valuable experience for the new firefighters, as well as augmenting the staffing levels in the community.

The graduates include:

Paul Amar
Nathaniel Arguien
Steve Cudeck
Peter Desmarteau
Dylan Harvey
Allan Kehrer
Dustin Labrousse
Josh Massie
Tyler Mendel
William O'Connell
Ian Poulos
Matthew Shore
Daniel Steffen
Brent Stepman
Joseph Weigand

The training engines were led by seasoned fire captains and apparatus operators and included:

A-Shift - Captain Rich Lee, Apparatus Operator Brian Mitzel
B-Shift - Captain Jason Armstrong, Apparatus Operator Trevor Fosmark
C-Shift - Captain Gary West, Apparatus Operator Chuck Ettel

The department's recruitment process began in the winter of 2013 and 15 fifteen recruits were hired to maintain staffing levels and replace vacancies that occurred over the previous year. The 2014 recruit class included 12 entry-level firefighters and 3 lateral-transfer firefighters that came from other career fire departments. The class included 8 people who resided in Oregon as well as 7 others that relocated from out of state. Prior to beginning employment with the Salem Fire Department, all recruits were required to be certified as paramedics and also completed extensive testing requirements, including written exams, emergency medical scenarios, physical agility tests, and comprehensive interviews.


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Salem Police Recover Skeletal Remains
Salem Police Dept. - 07/21/14
Sunday at about 6:50 PM, officers of the Salem Police Department responded to a wooded area near Hawthorne Ave SE and State St in response to a report someone had spotted human remains. It was confirmed that there was a body; however, the decision was made to secure the scene until the following morning when conditions would be better for processing.

This morning Salem Police detectives, assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory, recovered the skeletal remains of a human. The remains are being transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office for analysis. There is a tentative identification of a 48 year old male; however, pending confirmation and notification of next of kin, that name will not be released. There was no indication of homicidal violence during the initial processing of the scene.
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Salem Police holds National Night Out kick-off party tomorrow-Officers plan kick-off party to encourage citizen participation in annual event (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/21/14
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The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its 8th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

Staff invites Salem residents to attend the event to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, apply for a street closure permit, and pick up some resources to distribute at their block party.

"Our slogan for this year is 'Turn up the heat on crime!' said Ofc. Mark Jantz, "which fits nicely with our theme which is the neighborhood barbecue." To help bolster enthusiasm for the event and its theme, The Home Depot is sponsoring the event, and bringing a barbecue to grill up some treats for all the registered block party hosts.

Other kick-off sponsors include Target stores with last minute block party ideas, the US Postal Service who will speak to attendees about postal crime prevention, and the Community Development Department's Neighborhood Services Section.

At the kick-off, those block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Jantz.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot, should register soon as the number of parties we can visit is limited by staffing and fleet.

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175 or visit www.cityofsalem.net/nno.


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Salem Police investigating found human remains
Salem Police Dept. - 07/20/14
9:50pm., Sun., 7/20/14

At 6:50pm.,Salem Police responded to a report of what appeared to be human remains found in a wooded area near State St. & Hawthorne Ave. NE. Officers confirmed that remains appear to be of a human. Detectives responded and the scene has been secured pending crime lab technicians and daylight hours to continue.

The investigation in continuing.
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash on Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp
Salem Police Dept. - 07/18/14
8:55pm, Fri. 7/18/14: The eastbound lanes of Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp have been re-opened upon completion of the fatal traffic crash investigation.

The deceased driver has been identified as Randy W. Whittaker, 48yrs of Dallas. Whittaker was employed as a Sergeant with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and had been with PCSO for 15 years. Next of kin notifications have been made.
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Salem Police responded to a single vehicle traffic crash at 4:11pm, (Fri., 7/18/14), which occurred in the eastbound lanes of Hwy 22 near the Rosemont NW on-ramp. The crash resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle. There had been a dog in the vehicle which ran off after the crash, but has been located and is being returned to family of the deceased.

From the preliminary investigation, the deceased was in his vehicle with his dog, traveling east on Hwy 22 in the right lane, when another vehicle passed it. The deceased moved into the left lane, lost control of his vehicle and struck the large cement barriers running along the east side of the highway. The driver has been identified but release of identity is pending next of kin notification.

Salem Police request anyone who may have witnessed the events prior, during or after the crash to contact Salem Police Dispatch at 503-588-6123. The crash investigation is being conducted by the Traffic Control Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the following vehicle of interest and or its occupants are asked to call Salem Police Dispatch. Vehicle description: a white Dodge or Chevy 3/4 ton or 1 ton pick up truck, (unk year), standard or possibly with an extended cab. The pick up has an industrial type black flat bed. The pick up is raised, with large, oversize tires. The pick up appeared to be a work truck. In the pick up were two male occupants.

Hwy 22 continues to be closed as the crash investigation continues. Its expected to be closed for approximately another 1 - 1 1/2 hrs. When re-opened, an update will be sent out.
Reward Offered In UGM Thrift Store Fire (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/16/14
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The Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for starting the July 9th three-alarm fire at the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store. The fire was discovered at the store shortly after 3:00 AM. The store is located at 885 Commercial St NE.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone Detective Adam Bello at (503)540-2355. Information concerning the reward program can be found at www.oregoniaai.org
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Salem Police Seek Help Locating Autistic Child (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/16/14
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12:56 PM Marissa Ridenour has just returned home and is well and fine.

The Salem Police Department is actively searching for 15 year old Marissa Ridenour who wandered away from her residence in the 3100 block of Marcia Dr NE. Marissa is autistic and is incapable of safely caring for herself. She has not been seen since about 10:00 this morning. She is described as a white female, 5'3" tall, 160 pounds, with short dark blond hair. She was last observed wearing a pink and brown leopard print baseball cap, pink sunglasses, a pink hoodie, blue jean shorts, black and pink tennis shoes, and a white zebra print backpack.

The Salem Police Department has activated "A Child Is Missing," which is an organization with the capacity to simultaneously telephone a particular neighborhood and broadcast a message concerning the missing child. Officers are actively looking for Marissa.

Anyone seeing Marissa is asked to immediately call the Salem Police Department at 911.
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Salem Motel Manager Arrested For Promoting Prostitution (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/15/14
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The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit arrested a manager at the Phoenix Inn, 4370 Commercial St SE, charging him with Promoting Prostitution, Prostitution, Tampering with Evidence, and Interfering with Police. At approximately 6:15 last night, Christopher Butler, 25 years of age of Salem, was taken into custody after an investigation determined he was providing free rooms which were being used for prostitution in exchange for sexual favors. The corporate management cooperated fully with the investigation.

Butler was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility.
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Salem Police K9 Unit receives donation (Photo link fixed) (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/15/14
Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
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Generosity knows no bounds in this community.

Today, the Salem Police K9 trust fund received a $20,000 donation from the estate of Shirley Allister. The generous gift was presented to Chief Jerry Moore and members of the K9 Unit by Daryl Vogel, Allister's son.

"We are extremely grateful to your mother," Chief Moore said to Vogel, "As she requested, the funds will be dedicated for use by our K9 Unit."

The unit comprises seven police service canines and their officer-handlers. Six of the dogs, or more commonly known as K9s, are assigned to the patrol division, and one K9 is part of the department's undercover drug team. These highly trained dogs are an integral part of the department's force. The K9s perform a variety of functions, including suspect and missing person searches, and participate in the apprehension of violent and resistive suspects. The purchase of a police service canine costs approximately $20,000, and includes intensive six-week training with the officer.

"It is donations, such as yours that keep this valuable program going, and we are very appreciative of your support," said Chief Moore to Vogel.

For more information about the Salem Police K9 Unit contact Sgt. Ryan Demmer at (503) 588-6123. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the K9 Trust Fund may contact the Salem Police Foundation (www.salempolicefoundation.org) for assistance.
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Attached Media Files: Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
Salem Police Serve Search Warrant On Tryon St (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/11/14
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Detectives from the Salem Police Department, assisted by the department's SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 400 block of Tryon St NE at about 4:00 this morning. Officers were following up on a shooting that occurred on July 4th in the 2500 block of Broadway NE. Richard Keith, 22 years of age, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound just after 7:00 PM on July 4th at the Somerset Apartments.

Taken into custody this morning in connection with the shooting was 41 year old Johnnie Garcia. He has been booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges of Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Two other people were taken into custody at the Tryon St residence and booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility. Shatara Holmes, 28 years of age, was arrested on a warrant accusing her of Prostitution. Tamica Jones-Killion, 26 years of age, was arrested for a Parole Violation.

The residence was found to have no electricity or running water. The renter, 43 year old Angela Smith, was cited and released for Maintaining a Public Nuisance. The city's Compliance Services responded and posted the dwelling uninhabitable.

Anyone with information about the July 4th shooting is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Jake Burke at (503)540-2463.
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Salem police officers to carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope through town
Salem Police Dept. - 07/10/14
Members of the Salem Police Department will be participating in the Oregon Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run that is passing through Salem, Friday, July 11, 2014 according to Officer Brian Frazzini who is coordinating the Salem Police Department's participation.

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch, known as the Flame of Hope, will be carried through Salem by a squad of police officers and cadets as it makes its way to Newberg, Oregon for the June 12 opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch is carried across the state before the summer games to raise awareness of the Special Olympics Oregon's year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Each year, a caravan of vehicles and motorcycles accompany the runners as they make their way on the 11-mile route through town. (See route details below.) To cheer on the officer-runner, Special Olympians from the Marion County Chapter of Special Olympics will be in the caravan riding in a van. Some Special Olympians will be running a portion of the route from city hall to the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The Salem Police Department will be posting social media updates (Twitter: @salem_police and Facebook: SalemPoliceDept) throughout the event. Follow along and use the hashtag #SPDTorchRun to ask question or to track posts.

Route:
The approximate 11-mile route begins (at approximately 10:30 a.m.) on the south side of town (Delaney Road Park & Ride) as the torch is handed to the Salem Police Department by runners representing the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The run will continue north on Commercial Street to Liberty Street, and to city hall(555 Liberty St. SE) for a brief stop (at approximately 12:15 p.m.) where additional officers will join the parade of runners. The group will proceed north on Liberty Street, west on Chemeketa St. to Front St., and on toward the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge into West Salem and to the Brush College Park & Ride where the torch will be passed to the Oregon State Police runners.

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Salem Police Investigating UGM Fire
Salem Police Dept. - 07/10/14
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The fire occurred Wednesday morning.

The Salem Police Department, along with the Salem Fire Department, is investigating a suspicious fire at the Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store, 885 Commercial St NE, which was discovered just after 3:00 AM Wednesday. The fire ultimately went to three-alarms. Police are waiting for laboratory analysis of evidence collected; however, there were indications the fire may have been deliberately set. Anyone with information concerning the fire is asked to telephone Detective Adam Bello at (503)540-2355.
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Salem Police to participate in traffic safety campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 07/09/14
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The Salem Police Department had two officers assigned to work varied shifts during the holiday weekend on this high visibility project. These officers arrested three subjects for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, arrested one suspect on drug possessions charges, cited two drivers for driving with suspended licenses and issued 24 citations and warnings on various other violations. There were six additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during this time period.


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Salem Police Officers will be participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the July 4 holiday weekend to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011). These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The Salem Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, but please celebrate safely and always have a designated driver. Remember: When in doubt, get a ride!
Salem Police Investigating Shooting Incident
Salem Police Dept. - 07/04/14
Salem Police responded to a report of a subject who had sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound at 7:16pm, (7//04/14); at the Somerset Apts., located at Broadway Ave NE & 4th St. NE. A male subject in his early 20's was located who had sustained a gunshot injury and was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

At this point, no suspect has been identified or taken into custody.

The investigation is continuing, being led by the Gang Response Team and Criminal Investigations Detectives. Anyone with information concerning the shooting or person/s involved are asked to contact Salem Police Dispatch at 503-588-6123.
Salem Police Investigating Homicide in Northeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 07/03/14
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Salem Police Officers were called to 4704 Niles Ave NE at approximately 3:59 pm on July 3 on a report of suspicious circumstances. When officers arrived on scene they discovered 58-year old Larry Bush of Salem had been stabbed and was deceased at the scene. Shortly thereafter they detained 50-year old Jon Bush at the scene. Larry Bush and Jon Bush are brothers.

The investigation revealed that the brothers were involved in an altercation at that location at which time Jon Bush stabbed his brother. No further information is being released at this time about the nature of the altercation. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Jon Bush was subsequently arrested and charged with Murder and lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

All further media releases on this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Nichole Theobald, 503-588-5222.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a homicide investigation following an altercation in the 4700 block of Niles Ave NE.

One adult male is deceased and one adult male is currently being detained as the investigation continues. There are no further outstanding suspects.

This investigation is in its very early stages, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Make safety a part of your Independence Day celebrations
Salem Police Dept. - 07/01/14
Independence Day is a day of celebration for our nation, and in 2013, it happened to be busiest day of the year for the Salem Police Department Patrol Division.

The Willamette Valley Communications Center, also known as the dispatch center for the Salem Police Department, received 1,066 calls for service during the 72-hour period before and after July 4, 2013.

Of those, 153 were complaints about fireworks, noise, or calls about possible shots fired. The high volume of calls on the days preceding and after Independence Day always sets up the Patrol Division for very busy shifts throughout the day and night.

As with all calls for service involving noise, please be advised that patrol staff will try to respond to complaints of fireworks, noise, or shots-fired, depending on other emergency calls. However, it is important that the caller leave their name and provide a specific location. General or anonymous calls of fireworks will be noted, yet only addressed as patrol staff is able. The phone number to call is the police non-emergency line at (503) 588-6123. However, Salem Police Public Information Officer Lt. Dave Okada provides some sound advice, "Should any resident observe the use of fireworks, illegal or not, that are posing a threat to property or individuals, call 9-1-1 immediately."

Residents are reminded to only use fireworks that are permitted in our state. For safety tips, please review the English and Spanish language videos we have posted on the Salem Police Department YouTube channel: www.facebook.com/SalemPDTV.

Lastly, rather than hassle with a fireworks at home, Lt. Okada reminds residents of a local alternative. "Don't forget about the City of Salem's Independence Day celebrations occurring at Riverfront Park," added Lt. Okada, "There will be live music, food vendors, and a great fireworks display at dusk to complete your July 4th fun!"

Fireworks safety video (English) direct link: http://youtu.be/QWR_PfUjHXI
Fireworks safety video (Spanish) direct link: http://youtu.be/1ljSvygKmBQ10
Sherwood Police Captain Completes FBI Academy (Photo)
Sherwood Police Department - 07/18/14
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The Sherwood Police Department is proud to announce that Police Captain Mark Daniel graduated from Session #255 of the FBI National Academy on June 13, 2014.

Captain Daniel was among 220 law enforcement professionals from 46 states, five branches of the military, several federal police organizations and 17 foreign countries.

Known internationally for its academic excellence, the National Academy program is held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and offers ten (10) weeks of advanced leadership & management, investigative and fitness training. Only Command level officers who have proven records as professionals are invited and selected to attend.

Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy Staff, FBI Field Agents and others who hold advanced degrees and are recognized internationally in their field of expertise.


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Sherwood Woman Arrested for Child Mistreatment
Sherwood Police Department - 07/15/14
On Monday July 14 at about 6:30pm, Sherwood Police were called to a welfare check of two small children wandering in the area of SW 1st and SW Oak in Sherwood. Responding officers located a 3-year old little boy and a 2-year old little girl wandering unattended in the 90 degree heat.

The children were being watched by unrelated Sherwood residents who were in the area. Officers found the children in states of partial dress and unkempt.

Police officers located the children's home, where they found the mother unresponsive and unable to care for the children. Upon further investigation the officers found the children's home unsuitable and based on the circumstances took the children into protective custody. The children were released into the custody of the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare.

Sherwood Police arrested 34-year old Mary Katherine Hilliker, born 12/30/79 of Sherwood and charged her with Criminal Mistreatment and Child Neglect. Mrs. Hilliker was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

The Sherwood Police would like to share their gratitude and appreciation for the bystanders that came to the aid of the children, by keeping them safe, cleaning them up and providing them a clean change of diapers and clothes and giving them food and water.

This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released.
Silverton Fire District: Drownings Can Be Prevented (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 07/09/14
Scotts Mills County Park in the Silverton Fire District
Scotts Mills County Park in the Silverton Fire District
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One near drowning of a child and one drowning fatality of an adult at the same park in the Silverton Fire District all within two weeks should raise some red flags. Swimming is a fun and healthy activity, but it can be dangerous.

Every year the Silverton Fire District responds to water fatalities, near fatalities and water rescues. Most, if not all, of these tragedies can be avoided by following some very easy tips provided by the American Red Cross:

1) Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
2) Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
3) Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
4) Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
5) Maintain constant supervision.
6) Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well.
7) If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
8) Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
9) If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
10) Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
11) Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
12) Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you're not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

Knowing how to swim is the first line of defense in the water and making sure that your family and you know how to swim well can keep water tragedies from becoming a reality. However, it is important to understand that even the strongest swimmers can easily become tired in the water very quickly especially after drinking alcohol and eating heavy meals. Know what your own limitations are and listen to what your body is telling you; if you realize that you are becoming fatigued, get out of the water and take a rest.

The Silverton Fire District would like everyone to stay safe in and around the water. By doing your part, you can help prevent these yearly tragedies that affect so many lives.

See attached picture of Scotts Mills County Park

Captain Ed Grambusch - PIO
Silverton Fire District

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Attached Media Files: Scotts Mills County Park in the Silverton Fire District
Silverton Fire District: Protect Your Home from Wildfire (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 07/07/14
Fast Moving Field Fire in Silverton
Fast Moving Field Fire in Silverton
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Every year the Silverton Fire District responds to numerous wildfires in fields or in heavy timber in our response area. Many of these fires threaten near-by homes and other structures. Home owners have a responsibility to ensure that they take measures to keep their home is safe during a wildfire situation.

Some of the more prominent problems in this area are access issues, flammables being stored to close to the home, tree limbs overhanging the home, and not having a 30 foot or larger fire break around the home.

Having a 30 foot fire break around the home is extremely important. Fire breaks consist of low growing bushes kept away from the home, green grass that is kept short and well watered, and keeping dry debris cleared from the area. Fire breaks give firefighters a much better chance at saving a home than those that do not have a fire break. It is also a very important element in keeping the home safe if firefighters are not available to defend the home. All flammables, including wood piles and other debris, should be in a sheltered area well away from the home.

It is preferred to have large trees away from homes. However, if homeowners choose to keep them in close proximity, limbs should not be allowed to hang over portions of the home. Trees that catch fire can commonly "crown" which means that the limbs higher up become involved in fire. When this happens, there is a massive amount of fire, heat, and embers that are produced within seconds.

Home owners should also make sure that their driveway is well marked with their address and that tree limbs and brush along the side of the driveway will not interfere with emergency vehicles having access to the home. Home owners should keep in mind that emergency vehicles are larger and require more room when trying to get to a residence.

The following are some tips for protecting a home from wildfire:

1. Roofing is made of non-combustible materials.

2. Trees have been trimmed away from the roof.

3. Use landscaping plants that are low growing and less flammable.

4. Flammables are stored away from the home.

5. Yard is well trimmed and free of debris.

6. The roof and gutters should be cleaned of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.

7. A 30 foot non-combustible fire break surrounds the home.

8. An adequate water supply is available to fight fire.

9. Good access is provided for emergency vehicles.

10. Exterior walls are made of fire resistant materials.


SEE ATTACHED PICTURES OF A SILVERTON FIRE DISTRICT WILDLAND FIRE EVENT

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Attached Media Files: Fast Moving Field Fire in Silverton , A Silverton Fire Water Tender Attacks a Field Fire
Silverton Fire Adds New Pumper to it's Fleet (Photo)
Silverton Fire Dist. - 06/26/14
Old Pumper Still in Service
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A new addition to the Silverton Fire District's fire truck fleet will make the District a safer place to live and play. The Fire District received a new customized pumper that will be used for structure fires, car crashes and rescue situations.

After extensive training, the new pumper was put into service at the District's Main Station two weeks ago and has already responded to one house fire as well as several other calls in the area. The new pumper was featured in the national publication Fire Apparatus Magazine and it was showcased by the manufacturer at the Portland Fire Expo last month. This new pumper replaces a fire engine that was purchased in 1989.

The cost of the pumper was $398,000 and the firefighting equipment for the pumper was $71,000 for a total of $469,000. As the Fire District has done in the past with large purchases, the District financed the cost of the pumper. The annual payment will be $53,478 for the next ten years.

The new pumper is a major asset to the District as the average age of a Silverton Fire District pumper is 24 years old which is far beyond the national average. The last newest pumper was purchased almost 20 years ago.

The most important aspects of the new pumper are the safety features which include: enhanced safety restraints, roll over protection, retro reflective graphics, and greater lighting capabilities. It also has space for more firefighting equipment and carries 6 firefighters instead of the usual 5 firefighters.

The attached pictures show the new pumper (Engine 415) and our oldest in service pumper (Engine 495) which is 43 years old.

PIO contact:
Captain Ed Grambusch
Silverton Fire District

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Attached Media Files: Old Pumper Still in Service , New Pumper
Skamania County Emergency Services Respond to Water Rescue on Washougal River
Skamania Co. EMS and Rescue - 07/15/14
Washougal, WA, July 14th, 2014: At 8:08p.m. Skamania County EMS (SCEMS), Skamania County Fire District #4 (SCFD#4), Skamania County Fire District #5, and Skamania County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Dougan Falls on the Upper Washougal River for a reported subject in the water with his leg trapped by a rock. While en route crews requested the Regional Technical Rescue Team for their swiftwater rescue capabilities. Emergency crews arrived to find a subject just downstream from a small waterfall stuck in turbulent water with his leg trapped underneath a rock. SCFD#4 crews worked with bystanders to place a personal floatation device on the subject and capture him with ropes to stabilize the patient until additional rescue teams arrived. Upon arrival of SCEMS rescue crews additional rope lines were placed on the subject while advanced rope systems were built. The subject was able to assist in placing a harness on himself, and then was able to be pulled upstream by rescue teams, freeing his trapped leg from underneath the rock. The subject was then placed into a stokes basket and brought up the embankment to a waiting SCEMS medic unit. The subject was transported to Peace Health Southwest for hypothermia and minor injuries.
Tigard Police Apprehend Wanted Suspect: Leslie VonWald (Photo)
Tigard Police - 07/01/14
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At approximately 8:00 a.m. today, Tigard Police investigators took wanted suspect, 45 year-old Leslie Von Wald into custody. Von Wald has been eluding police since she was indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury on May 30th. Von Wald is charged with distributing methamphetamine. A search warrant conducted at her residence in Tigard on April 18th resulted in finding a pound of methamphetamine and $4600 in cash. Von Wald's two children, who were also in the home at the time of the search warrant, have been placed by authorities into foster care.

For the past couple weeks, Tigard Police have been fielding numerous tips and other investigative leads regarding Von Walds' whereabouts. As a result, Tigard Police investigators along with the assistance of Lake Oswego Police went to a home located 1116 C Avenue in Lake Oswego and and found Von Wald. She was taken into custody without incident. Von Wald is presently lodged in the Washington County Jail on warrants. Additional charges are pending as a result of today's arrest.


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High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) Planned in Tigard Throughout the July 4th Holiday Weekend
Tigard Police - 06/27/14
Over the long July 4th holiday weekend, Tigard Police have plans for a high visibility enforcement (HVE) as part of a nationwide effort to reduce impaired drivers. Here in Tigard, grant funded overtime for officers will allow extra patrol to locate drivers who are operating a vehicle under the influence. The program is in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Drive sober or get pulled over. If the statistics surrounding impaired drivers isn't enough-the related penalties if caught will certainly be.

* Last year, more than 10,000 people died as a result of alcohol-impaired crashes:
one every 51 minutes
* Alcohol impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually

Please plan ahead if you are driving and plan to consume alcohol. If you become impaired, don't drive - call for a sober driver, taxi or use public transportation to get home safely. If you notice an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 immediately to report it.

Together we can all make our roads safer. You can learn more about HVE campaigns at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober Have a safe holiday.
Tualatin Police - Acting P.I.O.
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/11/14
From Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16, Lt. Greg Pickering will be the acting PIO for the Tualatin Police Department. Any media inquiries should be directed to him at either gpickering@ci.tualatin.or.us or on his cell phone at 503-572-7717.
Officers To Issue "Tickets" For Good Deeds
Tualatin Police Dept. - 07/11/14
School's out for summer, and kids in Tualatin may actually look forward to their next encounter with the "heat" this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven(R) stores' popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a very cool treat.

Through Operation Chill(R), Tualatin Police officers can "ticket" youngsters caught in the act of doing good with Slurpee(R) beverage coupons. Appropriate "offenses" might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a positive activity in the community. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven(R) stores.

Since the program's inception in 1995, more than 12.5 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in the areas where 7-Eleven(R) operates stores. During 2014, approximately 1 million coupons will be issued nationally; most during the summer months and back-to-school season.

"This is a great opportunity for our police officers to interact with young people in a non-enforcement manner and to reinforce good behavior," says Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker.

Operation Chill was developed by 7-Eleven(R) to positively reward and encourage good behavior by kids during the hot summer months, when there is often an increase in loitering, shoplifting and graffiti, and to support law enforcement agencies' community relations projects. The success and popularity of Operation Chill has resulted in the program being extended beyond the summer months to a year-round tool for local law enforcement officers to use during the school year as well.

Youngsters ticketed by the police will receive coupons good for a free small Slurpee(R), that can be redeemed at the Tualatin store, located at 6630 SW Nyberg Street. The semi-frozen carbonated beverage is a favorite with both young and old. More than half-million Slurpees(R) are purchased each day during the summer at 7-Eleven(R) stores across the country.
Tualatin Police - Acting P.I.O.
Tualatin Police Dept. - 06/27/14
From Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, June 29, Lt. Greg Pickering will be the acting PIO for the Tualatin Police Department. Any media inquiries should be directed to him at either gpickering@ci.tualatin.or.us or on his cell phone at 503-572-7717.
Tualatin Police June Minor Decoy Operations Results
Tualatin Police Dept. - 06/24/14
On June 20, 2014, the Tualatin Police, in conjunction with the OLCC, conducted minor decoy operations. Underage volunteers attempted to purchase alcohol at establishments in Tualatin. Out of 13 establishments visited, a total of four (4) sold alcohol to the minor decoy.

The goal of a minor decoy program is to reduce youth access to alcohol by encouraging licensees to verify that an individual purchasing alcohol is at least 21 years of age. The minors answer any questions about their age truthfully and do not use fake identification.

Sales clerks and servers who furnish alcohol to a minor are charged with a criminal penalty. A first conviction results in a $350 fine; second conviction, $1,000; third or subsequent conviction, $1,000 fine and not less than 30 days of imprisonment (ORS 471.410). For the non-compliant store/restaurant owner or licensee, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission may impose administrative sanctions with a maximum fine of $4,950 and a possible license suspension or revocation.

The operation was funded by a grant from the Washington County Health and Human Services. The minor decoy operations will continue through 2014 with the goal of achieving 100% compliance rate (no sales to youth) among Tualatin establishments. In addition to the minor decoy operation, Washington County Health and Human Services is also working with several local coalitions, such as Tualatin Together to prevent and disband unsafe social environments conducive to underage drinking. The groups hope to raise awareness about the dangers of binge and underage drinking, as well as discourage adults from providing alcohol for their kids and their kids' friends.

"Many adults believe drinking is a harmless rite of passage. They may have no idea what is really happening at these underage parties," says Rebecca Collett of Washington County Health and Human Services. "And even though data shows that most high school kids in Washington County are, in fact, not drinking, it's still a serious problem with dangerous consequences."


Attached Media Files: 2014-06/858/75417/June_Minor_Decoy_Operation_Results.pdf
Media Invited to Firewise Cleanup Day Event, West Linn, OR - Saturday, July 19th
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/16/14
Barrington Heights neighborhood becomes a Firewise community and takes proactive steps to protect their homes from wildfire risk

TVF&R, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, and Oregon Dept. of Transportation partner together to create wildfire fuel break

WHAT: Neighbors create wildfire defensible spaces at their homes and TVF&R, ODF, & ODOT partner to improve wildfire fuel break on ODOT property
WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Media invited from 8:30am - 10:00am)
WHERE: Cul-de-sac at Beacon Hill Drive & Imperial Drive, West Linn, OR
(Map Coordinates: 45.350938, -122.632721)

MEDIA: Shadow a Firewise Home Assessment; Observation of fuels mitigation with ODF/ODOT/TVF&R crews; Interviews with homeowner Robert Jester & Levi Hopkins (ODF), Kimberly Dinwiddie (ODOT), and Chief Brian Sherrard (TVF&R)

CONTACT:
Stefan Myers, Public Affairs Officer, (503) 259-1203, Stefan.myers@tvfr.com
Kimberly Dinwiddie, Community Affairs Coordinator, (503) 731-8281, Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us
Jenna Nelson, Firewise Coordinator, (503) 829-2216; jenna.a.nelson@state.or.us


On Saturday, July 19th, neighbors and homeowners in the Barrington Heights area of West Linn, OR will come together to celebrate their Firewise community cleanup and education day. Working with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), residents were provided education and guidance to create wildfire defensible spaces on their home property. This proactive effort removes and reduces fuels that readily propagate fire close to homes and structures and create fuel breaks that limit the spread of wildfires.

Concurrently, TVF&R, ODF, and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), will be working in partnership to improve the wildfire fuel breaks on the ODOT-managed property immediately adjacent to the Barrington Heights neighborhood. This activity builds upon ODOTs early efforts to create fuel breaks in vegetation and shrubbery that significantly stunt the progression of fire.

In addition to becoming a Firewise community, the Barrington Heights Neighborhood Association (BHTNA) will also become patron of the Adopt-A-Landscape Program. This ODOT program allows members of the association to access the ODOT managed property giving them the ability to continue regular vegetation fuels control by maintaining vegetation within specified criteria.

West Linn Mayor John Kovash states, "We are proud of the Barrington Heights neighborhood for pulling together and working to become the first Firewise community in West Linn. It is our hope that the residents in Barrington Heights will take their new knowledge and share it with the rest of West Linn."

NFPA's Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities - a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue provides fire protection and emergency medical services to approximately 454,000 citizens in one of the fastest growing regions in Oregon. Our 210 square mile service area includes the cities of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Rivergrove, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, and Wilsonville, and unincorporated portions of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County.

It is the mission of the Oregon Department of Forestry to serve the people of Oregon by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. For more information, please visit: www.oregon.gov/odf

The Oregon Department of Transportation works to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. We develop programs related to Oregon's system of highways, roads, and bridges; railways; public transportation services; transportation safety programs; driver and vehicle licensing; and motor carrier regulation. For more information, please visit: www.oregon.gov/odot

Note to news desks: Media that will follow ODF and ODOT crews into vegetation mitigation zone must wear protective clothing and equipment. This includes long pants (no skirts, no kilts, no leggings, no exceptions), thick soled work boots that lace up and over the ankle, tennis shoes, rubber boots and ballet flats are not allowed, reflective vests and hard hats. Media that are not appropriately dressed will not be allowed into the work zone. This work area on the slope nearly 100 feet over I-205 is normally closed to the public.

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Firefighters and Fire Investigators Busy Overnight with Residential Fires in West Linn and Beaverton
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/16/14
**UPDATE: AREA OF ORIGIN **

A TVF&R Fire Investigator has determined that the area of origin for the Beaverton fire on SW 8th street was the back deck near a meat smoker. Damage estimate is not yet available.

Additionally there were two dogs along with the four adults that have been displaced by the fire and Red Cross is assisting.

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West Linn
Just after 1:15am this morning, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire in the 1900 block of Ostman Road in West Linn. Callers to 9-1-1 reported heavy fire and loud popping noises from a duplex. Initially it was unclear whether anyone was trapped inside either unit. Within six minutes from being dispatched, firefighters from TVF&R's Willamette Fire Station 59 were first to arrive and began an aggressive defensive fire attack and search of the affected duplex.

Based on the heavy volume of fire and threat to an additional duplex, fence and trees, the incident commander called for a second alarm of resources to assist with fire attack, salvage, search and patient care. For 40 minutes, nearly 50 firefighters from TVF&R, Lake Oswego Fire Department and Clackamas Fire District worked to contain and extinguish the fire. After multiple searches, firefighters confirmed that residents of both units had safely escaped. Damage was limited to two duplexes. West Linn Police officers and paramedics from AMR also provided assistance and support to residents and neighbors.

No residents or firefighters were injured as a result of the fire, but one female occupant was evaluated and cared for at the scene. Firefighters also rescued and resuscitated a pet cat. Eight adults and three children have been displaced as a result of the fire and American Red Cross is helping them with housing and immediate needs.

Based on preliminary interviews and evidence, the investigator has determined that unattended cooking was to blame for the blaze. The fire was fed by natural gas, which added complexity to the incident. There is no damage estimate at this time.

Beaverton
While firefighters were still tending to hotspots at the West Linn fire at 2:42am, TVF&R responded to another fire in the 12000 block of SW 8th Street in Beaverton. First-arriving firefighters from Beaverton Station 67 found a two-story home with fire coming out of two sides. Firefighters initially fought the fire from the outside and transitioned to an interior fire attack where heavy smoke filled the home. Though they had information that no one was inside the home, they still conducted two searches to be sure.

Firefighters contained the fire within 30 minutes were able to limit damage to the home, but the garage was a complete loss. An investigator remains on scene at this hour and will examine material evidence and conduct witness interviews to determine where and how the fire started. No people were injured as a result of the fire, but a cat perished.


For cooking safety and home fire escape planning tips, visit www.tvfr.com.

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Firefighters and Fire Investigators Busy Overnight with Residential Fires in West Linn and Beaverton (update with multimedia) (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/16/14
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West Linn

Just after 1:15am this morning, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire in the 1900 block of Ostman Road in West Linn. Callers to 9-1-1 reported heavy fire and loud popping noises from a duplex. Initially it was unclear whether anyone was trapped inside either unit. Within six minutes from being dispatched, firefighters from TVF&R's Willamette Fire Station 59 were first to arrive and began an aggressive defensive fire attack and search of the affected duplex.

Based on the heavy volume of fire and threat to an additional duplex, fence and trees, the incident commander called for a second alarm of resources to assist with fire attack, salvage, search and patient care. For 40 minutes, nearly 50 firefighters from TVF&R, Lake Oswego Fire Department and Clackamas Fire District worked to contain and extinguish the fire. After multiple searches, firefighters confirmed that residents of both units had safely escaped. Damage was limited to two duplexes. West Linn Police officers and paramedics from AMR also provided assistance and support to residents and neighbors.

No residents or firefighters were injured as a result of the fire, but one female occupant was evaluated and cared for at the scene. Firefighters also rescued and resuscitated a pet cat. Eight adults and three children have been displaced as a result of the fire and American Red Cross is helping them with housing and immediate needs.

Based on preliminary interviews and evidence, the investigator has determined that unattended cooking was to blame for the blaze. The fire was fed by natural gas, which added complexity to the incident. There is no damage estimate at this time.

Beaverton
While firefighters were still tending to hotspots at the West Linn fire at 2:42am, TVF&R responded to another fire in the 12000 block of SW 8th Street in Beaverton. First-arriving firefighters from Beaverton Station 67 found a two-story home with fire coming out of two sides. Firefighters initially fought the fire from the outside and transitioned to an interior fire attack where heavy smoke filled the home. Though they had information that no one was inside the home, they still conducted two searches to be sure.

Firefighters contained the fire within 30 minutes were able to limit damage to the home, but the garage was a complete loss. An investigator remains on scene at this hour and will examine material evidence and conduct witness interviews to determine where and how the fire started. No people were injured as a result of the fire, but a cat perished.


For cooking safety and home fire escape planning tips, visit www.tvfr.com.


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Residential fire engulfs rear of home and deck, resident escapes safely (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/15/14
Timberland Place-2
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**UPDATE: FIRE CAUSE & DAMAGE ESTIMATE**

A TVF&R Fire Investigator has concluded that the cause of the fire is Undetermined. Damage to the home is estimated at approximately $250,000.

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Around 6:20 am, a neighbor described hearing what she thought was thunder and awoke to find her neighbor's roof ablaze and black smoke billowing from the rear of the home. She quickly called 9-1-1 as multiple additional calls came in from other neighbors and passing cars.

The first crews from Beaverton Station 67 arrived to find black smoke coming from the front of the home and flames coming from the roof and rear of the home. With personnel from Brockman Station 66, crews initiated an immediate attack on the fire. Additional crews performed a thorough search of the home and confirmed that the resident had exited safely. One pet remains missing but crews did not find any indication that the pet was inside.

Crews were advised that a ground-level back deck had collapsed due to fire damage but no one was injured as a result of the collapse. Given that nearby homes also had wood shake roofs, crews worked to protect nearby homes from any fire spread and no other homes were impacted. Crews had fire knocked down within ten minutes of their initial arrival. Approximately 24 firefighters fought the fire with assistance from TVF&R volunteers and Beaverton Police.

One adult and one pet were displaced as a result of the fire but no injuries were reported. Given the significant damage to the home, the American Red Cross is assisting the displaced resident.

A TVF&R investigator is still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Attached Media Files: Timberland Place-2 , Timberland Place-1 , Timberland Place-3
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue to Ban Outdoor Burning
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/14/14
The Washington County Fire Defense Board, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, has enacted a burn ban within Washington County effective today.

Following that decision Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will ban all outdoor open burning within its jurisdiction, including areas served by TVF&R in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, effective today, July 14, 2014.

The Burn Ban includes the following situations:
1. Backyard burning (yard debris, etc.)
2. Agricultural burning
3. Land clearing or slash burning

The Burn Ban does not include small recreational fires as follows:
1. Small backyard fire pits (maximum 3-foot diameter and 2-feet in height).
2. Outdoor fireplaces and portable fireplaces (Chimineas, etc.)

Individuals intending to burn in this manner should use extreme caution, and all combustible vegetation and materials should be cleared from the area. Additionally, all recreational fires must be constantly attended until the fire is fully extinguished.

If conditions worsen, TVF&R may ban recreational fires as well.

Individuals found to be in violation of these requirements during the burn ban may be held liable for the cost of extinguishment and for any property damage resulting from an illegal fire.

The burn ban will remain in effect until weather conditions minimize the fire danger.

TVF&R urges residents to use extreme caution with smoking materials, barbecues, and other open flames. Visit our website at www.tvfr.com for more tips, including how to protect a home located in a wildland urban interface, from a potential wildfire.

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Shed fire extends to home, no injuries (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/12/14
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**UPDATE: CAUSE & DAMAGE ESTIMATE**

A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the cause of the fire is Undetermined. Damage estimates for the fire are approximately $200,000 and include the shed, home, and one vehicle.

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Early this afternoon, a resident heard crackling and exited his front door to find flames and heavy smoke billowing from his nearby storage shed. A neighbor attempted to help extinguish the fire with a garden hose while another called 9-1-1. The call to 9-1-1 came in at 1:32pm for fire at 6900 SW 195th in Aloha, and crews were immediately dispatched to the scene. The first engine from Aloha Station 62 arrived within five minutes and found the shed fully involved with fire extending to the home. Crews initiated an aggressive attack from the outside the home and shed. Crews were informed that residents had escaped the home safely and the no one was inside. Additional crews searched the home and confirmed everyone was out safely including one small dog. Crews had the fire knocked down within ten minutes. Approximately 30 firefighters fought the fire. TVF&R was assisted by Washington County Sheriff's deputies who helped to protect the scene for safety and assist with a language barrier in communicating with the home's residents.

Three adults and one pet were displaced as a result of the fire but no injuries were reported. Given the significant damage to the home, the American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

A TVF&R investigator is still working to determine the cause of the fire.

TVF&R would like to remind everyone that working smoke alarms can save lives. Combined with a family escape plan and central meeting place, families can better prepare themselves in the event of a fire emergency in your home. For more information, please visit www.tvfr.com.

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TVF&R loses firefighter (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/04/14
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It is with sadness we report the passing of one of our employees, Lieutenant Wylie "Dale" Johnson Jr. Dale was off-duty, kitesurfing off the coast near Lincoln City Thursday afternoon when an accident occurred. As reported by Oregon State Police, a friend Dale was kitesurfing with noticed he was unresponsive. Dale was brought ashore and CPR was started until medics from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue arrived. Crews and medical staff continued lifesaving efforts at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Tragically, Dale succumbed to his injuries.

Dale started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Jackson County, Oregon. In 1995 he joined Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue as a firefighter/paramedic and in 2006, was promoted to lieutenant. Since 2011, Dale was assigned to Station 35 in King City. Fellow firefighters said Dale loved his crew, his job, and was someone who was passionate about everything he did, be it work or play. He was an avid kitesurfer and enjoyed his time on the water.

"Dale Johnson was a good firefighter, a good lieutenant and a good man. The men and women at TVF&R will miss him, and our hearts go out to his family," states Chief Mike Duyck.

The family does not wish to be contacted by media and no further information is available at this time.


Attached Media Files: Lt. Dale Johnson
Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Reminds You to "Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe" This Holiday
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 07/02/14
In an effort to help curb illegal activity, TVF&R Firefighters will be patrolling neighborhoods on Friday reminding individuals to use fireworks safely. In addition, TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshals will attend public displays and will ride with local police officers to assist with enforcement efforts.

Individuals needing to report a fire or medical emergency should call 9-1-1; individuals wishing to report a nuisance or concern about illegal fireworks should do so via their non-emergency 9-1-1 number. These situations will be logged and passed on to local enforcement, and responded to as resources allow.

Fire Marshal Steve Forster states, "In the past five years, TVF&R has had 86 fireworks-related fires causing nearly $2 million dollars in damage. This is significant when you realize that fireworks are only on sale for less than two weeks a year."

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, there were 197 fireworks-caused fires, and 31 reported fireworks-caused injuries statewide last year. Most of the injuries were from using illegal mortars and legal sparklers. Fireworks can also be traumatic to veterans and pets.

KEEP IT LEGAL
Oregon law bans fireworks that fly, explode, or move across the ground more than six feet or up in the air more than 12 inches. This includes popular items like bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and M80s. Fireworks purchased by mail order, or in the state of Washington or on Native American reservations, may be illegal in Oregon. To keep it legal, purchase all fireworks at a licensed Oregon firework stand or retail outlet.

Under Oregon law, law enforcement officers can seize illegal fireworks and you can be fined up to $500 per violation. You can also be held civilly liable for damages resulting from improper use of any fireworks - legal or illegal.


KEEP IT SAFE
Many of TVF&R's firework-related fires are caused by careless use or improper disposal of legal fireworks. Chief Forster adds, "Our fires involve both illegal and legal fireworks. Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's 100% safe." This includes sparklers. They can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees; wood burns at 575 degrees, while glass melts at 900 degrees (National Fire Protection Association).

Help ensure your safety this year with the following tips:
-Only adults should light or handle fireworks. Supervise children at all times.
-Store fireworks, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
-Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation.
-Never pick up or try to re-light a "dud."
-Never alter fireworks or make your own.
-Have a hose nearby in case of fire and place "spent" fireworks in a metal bucket with water.

One of the most common fires that TVF&R responds to involves "spent" fireworks placed in a bucket or grocery sack that rekindle and spread to fences, decks, and even homes.
**Updated with Damage Estimate, Photos** Firefighters Respond to Residential Fire on Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 06/30/14
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Updated information: The cause of yesterday's fire at 949 Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn remains under investigation at this time. A TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the fire originated on the back deck of the home. The fire is estimated to have caused $150,000 in damage. Additional photos are attached.

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Shortly after 12:30 pm, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to multiple 9-1-1 reports of heavy black smoke and high flames coming from the roof of a two-story home at 949 Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn adjacent to the Tualatin River.

Upon arrival, fire crews from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire District #1 initiated an aggressive offensive fire attack. Recognizing that there was active fire in the attic, the truck crew laddered to the roof and cut ventilation holes, while engine crews performed an interior attack with 2 ?1/2" hose lines.

They were able to achieve knock down of the fire on the interior and exterior of the home within approximately 15 minutes. Firefighters were urged to use caution while engaging in firefighting and salvage operations near the home's back deck, which had burned through and weakened.

Neighbors reported that nobody was home at the time of the fire; a primary and secondary search of the 3,500-square-foot structure by fire crews confirmed this.

A TVF&R fire investigator remains on scene working to determine the cause of the fire and a damage estimate.


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Vancouver Officer Involved in Shooting Identified
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/21/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On July 19, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 16000 block of NE 37th Street where a male was threatening family members with a gun. Vancouver Police patrol officers and on-duty SWAT members arrived and located Cacy L. Jordan, at the residence. Jordan refused commands from the officers at the scene and was shot by a Vancouver Police Officer during the incident. Jordan was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Jordan remains in police custody at the hospital and once released, will be booked on two counts of Assault I Domestic Violence. Additional charges are possible.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Christopher Douville, 29. Officer Douville has been employed with the Vancouver Police Department since April 2013. Previously he was employed as a police officer with the Spokane Police Department from August 2008-April 2013.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Douville is currently on paid administrative leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.
Vancouver Police Respond to Disturbance, Suspect Shot (Update 1)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/20/14
*** UPDATE ***

The suspect, Cacy L. Jordan, 37, remains in police custody at an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Jordan will be booked on two counts of Assault I DV, pending release from the hospital. Additional charges are possible.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information will be released related to this investigation this evening.

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On July 20, 2014, at approximately 10:48 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a disturbance at a residence in the 16000 block of NE 37th Street. The caller reported to dispatch that a male was armed with a gun and was threatening family members at the residence. Vancouver Police patrol officers and on-duty SWAT members arrived and located the suspect, who refused commands from the officers at the scene. A Vancouver Police Officer fired at the suspect, hitting him. The suspect was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Regional Major Crimes Team will be investigating this incident and no further information is expected to be released this morning.
Assault & Robbery investigation in East Vancouver area
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/15/14
On 07-15-14 at approximately 5:48 pm multiple Vancouver Police patrol units responded to a radio call of "Disturbance With a Weapon" at 3800 block of NE 132nd Ave. Upon arrival, it was determined that several individuals were involved in the altercation.

As a result of the investigation so far, Vancouver Police Detectives detained two individuals. One of the two individuals is a juvenile male. At time of this report the juvenile has been charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and felony assault. The second individual is an adult male. He has been charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree.

This incident involved a drug related transaction, which turned into a robbery. During the altercation a weapon was used, a type of sickle farming tool. At this point in time, it is not believed that anyone was seriously injured during the fight.

This investigation remains active and no other details are available at this time. We are unable to specify how many other suspects are involved in this incident, other than the fact that more arrests and / or charges are expected to be filed in the near future.
Vancouver Police taking applications for NOW volunteers through July 23
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/15/14
Vancouver, Wash. - Founded on the crime prevention theory that the more eyes there are on a street, the safer the street is, the Vancouver Police Department is looking to add to its citizen patrol volunteer team called, Neighbors On Watch (NOW). These volunteers conduct foot, bike and vehicle patrols throughout the city, are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month after receiving specialized training provided by the Vancouver Police Department.

"The NOW program has proven to be a valuable asset to our community-oriented policing strategy. Recognizing the benefits received from the dedication of those willing to give enhances our ability to deliver a higher level of service to the community," says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

NOW volunteers are a huge resource for the Vancouver Police Department. These citizen patrol team helps staff special events with the police department, canvass neighborhoods for missing children and vulnerable adults, and are able to assist in a multitude of ways to assist the Vancouver Police Department with its public safety mission.

The Vancouver Police Department is accepting applications through July 23 for the NOW program. Citizens who apply will undergo a thorough background investigation. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live in the city limits of Vancouver. To apply, contact Kelly Cheney at (360) 487-7467 or Kelly.Cheney@cityofvancouver.us. For more information and a printable application, visit the Vancouver Police NOW page.

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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.
(Updated) Missing 70 year old woman with Alzheimer's Disease (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/14/14
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Update:

Mrs. Forkner has been located and reunited with her family.


The Vancouver Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Mary P. Forkner, who drove away from the 3500 block of NE 102nd Court in Vancouver sometime between 0600-0845 hours on 7-14-14. Mrs. Forkner has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and gets lost easily.

Mrs. Forkner is 70 years old, wears glasses, is 5'02 tall, weighs approximately 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was possibly wearing blue stretch pants and a purple University of Portland windbreaker when she left this morning.

Mrs. Forkner was driving a green 1997 Ford Explorer with Washington plate 661XVV.

If anyone sees Mrs. Forkner or her vehicle, please call 911 to provide that location.


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2 Arrested in Waterfront Assault case
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/06/14
On 7/6/2014 at approximately 12:44 AM, Vancouver Police officers were summoned to a disturbance at a waterfront beach area off of Lower River Road. The victims reported that the suspects, Andrew Mortensen (30 years old) and Michael Nottingham (26 years old), threatened them with a firearm and assaulted them. The incident stemmed from a disagreement over the volume of music being played by the suspects while camping. One victim suffered facial injuries. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. A third victim was threatened after reporting she had called 911.

Clark County Search & Rescue volunteers responded to the scene and assisted detectives in the search for evidence.

Arrested were:
Andrew Mortensen
Assault 1 (2 Counts)
Felony Harassment (1 Count)

Michael Nottingham
Assault IV (1 Count)


This is an active investigation. The Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit has assumed this investigation. No further information will be released today.
Vancouver Police remind citizens of laws around legal marijuana
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/03/14
Vancouver, Wash. - In preparation for the start of sales of marijuana in Vancouver, the Vancouver Police Department has developed a fact sheet with information on the laws around consumption and use, legal possession amounts, and penalties for violations.

The Vancouver Police Department anticipates compliance with not only the marijuana laws, but also with parking regulations in and around retail establishments, pedestrian and vehicle traffic right of way, and other ordinances, such as camping and noise as well.

For information on the fact sheet and to download a copy, visit the Vancouver Police Department at: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/marijuana-legal-do-you-know-law.

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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.


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Vancouver Officer Identified (Update 2)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/03/14
*** UPDATE ***

Ofc.Goudschaal has been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing and no additional information related to that investigation is available at this time.

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*** UPDATE ***

As of this morning Ofc. Goudschaal's condition is Satisfactory. He remains hospitalized.


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Vancouver, Wash. - The Vancouver Police Officer that was shot multiple times during a traffic stop yesterday morning is Dustin Goudschaal. Officer Goudschaal, 32, was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2008 and was previously employed as a police officer with the University of Arizona Police Department. He was the recipient of a department Meritorious Service Award for an incident December 12, 2011 and has been a traffic motor officer since September 2013.

Officer Goudschaal remains hospitalized, and as of this morning is in stable condition.

The department wishes to express sincere thanks for the outpouring of support for Officer Goudschaal that has come in from the community at large.


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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.
Regional Major Crimes Team Seeking Information on Additional Victim (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/01/14
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Vancouver, Wash. -The Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing their investigation into the shooting of a Vancouver Police Officer and are seeking assistance from the public in identifying the victim of an attempted carjacking that occurred on June 30, 2014 in approximately the 14500 block of NE 31st Street (in the vicinity of Diamond Park).

Anyone with information on the above-mentioned carjacking or that had contact with suspect James Todd Sapp, and who have not already spoken with police, is encouraged to call the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 1-877-CRIME11 (274-6311) or ccsomcu@gmail.com.


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Vancouver Police officer shot during traffic stop
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/01/14
Vancouver, Wash. - On June 30, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a Vancouver Police traffic officer was shot while conducting a traffic stop in the area of NE 162nd Avenue/NE 34th Street. The Officer was shot multiple times and is in critical condition at an area hospital.

Officers and SWAT personnel responded to the area and at this time two individuals are in custody and are being interviewed by Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit.

NE 34th Street will remain closed between 162nd and 160th Avenue, and 162nd Avenue southbound has a partial lane closure at 34th Street while investigators are on scene.

A collision involving a police car that was responding to the shooting occurred at SR 500/Stapleton Rd., there may be traffic delays in that area as well.

The Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the shooing incident and no further information is being released at this time.

***UPDATE*** ***UPDATE***

One person has been arrested and booked into the Clark County jail related to this incident. James Todd Sapp (47 years of age) was booked on charges of: Attempt Murder I, Robbery I, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm II.

The Regional Major Crimes Team will continue to investigate this matter.

No further information will be released this morning.

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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.
Vancouver police seek assistance to locate assault suspect (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 07/01/14
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Detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit are asking for assistance in locating Jason A. Hanson, DOB 12/15/1990. Hanson is 6'0", 165lbs., brown hair, brown eyes and has tattoos of a bomb on back (right shoulder) and cross on left leg. Hanson is wanted in connection with an assault in Esther Short Park on June 23, 2014. Hanson is considered violent and should not be approached. He is believed to frequent the downtown Vancouver area.

The female suspect in the assault case has been identified, is a juvenile, and is in custody on unrelated charges.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jason A. Hanson is asked to call 911.

***** UPDATE *****UPDATE *****

The suspect being sought by Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit detectives, Jason A. Hanson, was arrested on 6/30/2014 in Salem, OR on an unrelated matter. Detectives will be seeking to have Hanson brought back to Vancouver, WA related to this assault investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


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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.


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Vancouver arson team investigation continues (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/30/14
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Vancouver, Wash. - On June 20, 2014 Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire responded to the 800 block of SE Tech Center Dr. for the report of an apartment building under construction that was engulfed in fire.

The Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Arson team is continuing the investigation and are seeking assistance from the public to identify three persons of interest related to this case.

Anyone with information on these individuals is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.


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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.


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Vancouver Subway robbed
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/30/14
On June 30, 2014, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery at the Subway restaurant located at 2265 Andresen Rd. A male suspect entered the restaurant, approached the counter, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the employee. Suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Subject was described as a white male, 5'09", medium build, late 20's to early 30's, wearing a black zip up hoody with the hood pulled up, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.



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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.
Vancouver police investigate violent assault (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 06/24/14
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Vancouver, Wash. - On June 23, 2014, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 700 block of Columbia Street for an assault. The victim, a 64 year old male, was walking through Esther Short Park when he was approached by a female that asked him for money. He replied that he did not have any money and the female made an ethnic slur and struck him in the head with a skateboard. As the victim was calling 911, an unknown male approached and began punching the victim in the face and head. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the assault. His identity is not being released.

A surveillance camera in the area captured images of the male suspect who was wearing black shorts with a dark shirt that was open in the front and a white or lighter T-shirt underneath The male suspect has a very distinctive Mohawk haircut which is seen in the surveillance photos. He was also wearing a baseball cap that fell off during the fight. The female suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt or hoodie, glasses and shorts.

Anyone with information on the identity of either suspect is asked to call the Vancouver Police Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.


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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.


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You Called 911 for That?! July
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 07/08/14
This month's edition of You Called 911 for That?! is a gentleman reporting a loose deer in the Bethany area. We receive a LOT of 911 calls about wildlife in our area, such as deer and coyotes, and typically there is nothing that the police can do, with a few exceptions.

Deer - If a deer appears to be injured AND is creating a hazard in a roadway, we'll respond.

Coyotes - We'll respond if a coyotes is reported to be threatening people.

For more information on living with urban coyotes, please see this link from the Audubon Society of Portland. http://audubonportland.org/wcc/urban/coyotes#living-with-urban-coyotes

As always, our non-emergency # is 503-629-0111!
Burn Ban Initiated in Washington County Fire District 2
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 07/14/14
The warm, dry weather has prompted the issuance of a burn ban in the City of Hillsboro and Washington County Fire District 2 (WCFD2). In fact, the burn ban extends across all of Washington County. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and WCFD2, in conjunction with the Washington County Fire Defense Board Chief and the Oregon Department of Forestry, have issued the ban on burning effective immediately.

A burn ban is declared each year based on weather conditions and the relative fire danger. It will remain in effect until further notice.

The Burn Ban includes:
* All backyard burning
* All agricultural burning

The Burn Ban does NOT include the following:
* Recreational fires (e.g. Cooking fires in a fire pit or barbeque) Persons intending on using fire in this manner should use caution.
* Ceremonial fires or religious fires which require a permit issued by your local fire department.

Backyard burning has been prohibited in Hillsboro since June 15th. Residents who violate the burn ban are subject to fines. Additional information on burning within the city can be obtained from the Burn Line at 503-681-6204. If you plan to vacation in other counties or states, check with the local fire agencies in those areas to determine whether there are restrictions on the use of campfires or off-road recreational vehicles. For more fire and life safety information, visit: www.wcfd2.com or call 503-647-9900.

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North Plains Couple and Pets Escape Early Morning House Fire (Photo)
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 07/10/14
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North Plains, OR - A couple and their three dogs escaped unharmed in a one-alarm house fire in North Plains Thursday morning. The blaze was reported to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 12:45 and the first engine company to arrive from the North Plains Station #17 found heavy smoke coming from the front door and windows of the two story home located at 10105 NW 313th Ave. Firefighters quickly mounted an attack against the extensive flames that they discovered on the first floor of the structure.

Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and TVF&R arrived to assist as the fire spread to the 2nd story of the home. Due to the balloon construction of the structure the fire traveled inside the walls to the attic space where firefighters focused their efforts until the fire was extinguished.

Justin Sorensen, 32, told investigators he and his wife noticed flames on the first floor of the house and evacuated immediately calling 9-1-1 once they were safely outside.

Fire investigators have interviewed the home owner and are working to determine the cause of the fire.
No damage estimates are available at this time.

For tonight, the couple and their dogs will be staying with neighbors.

30 Firefighters from Washington County Fire District 2, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and TVF&R responded to the fire. No injuries were reported.

Washington County Fire District 2 reminds you to evacuate immediately if you suspect fire and call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside. And remember, when evacuating from a fire - ONCE OUTSIDE, DON'T GO BACK IN.

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Two Crashes this Evening End with Injuries and DUII Charges (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/14
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Two roll-over crashes, about two hours apart, were influenced by drivers who were intoxicated. A passenger in one of the vehicles seriously injured an arm. Both drivers were arrested.

On Friday, July 18, 2014, at about 4:06 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a roll-over crash near 32380 NW Hornecker Rd. in unincorporated Washington County near the City of Cornelius. The driver, 26-year-old Wert Russert from Hillsboro, lost control of his 2003 Chevy pick up truck and left the roadway. The truck rolled at least once and came to rest on its wheels. Fire crews had to cut off the top of the truck in order to remove the passenger, a 17-year-old male. The passenger was transported to Emanuel hospital with an injured arm.

Deputies investigating the crash determined Mr. Russert was intoxicated and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of intoxicants and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

About two hours later, at 6:09 p.m., in the community of Laurelwood, deputies responded to another roll-over crash at the intersection of SW Laurelwood Rd. and SW Parmele Rd. The driver, 25-year-old Jason Eaton of Beaverton, lost control of his 1997 Dodge pick up and rolled it an unknown number of times. Both he and his 24-year-old passenger were not hurt. Deputies determined that Mr. Eaton was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him for DUII.


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Deputies Search for Suspect in Drive-by Shooting (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
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July 17, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the person that shot a parked vehicle in Cornelius this morning.

On July 17, 2014 at about 4:39 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies, serving the city of Cornelius, were called to a residence in the 1700 block of North Davis in Cornelius, concerning a drive-by shooting. The homeowner called to report his vehicle had been shot overnight.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 2002 GMC Envoy parked in a driveway with damage consistent with being shot with a shotgun. They found the rear glass was shot out with substantial damage to the lift gate (photos attached). Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect but were unable to locate the responsible person.

Sheriff's Deputies were told by two different neighbors that they heard a gunshot between midnight and 1:00 a.m. but did not call 911. The vehicle owner found the damage just prior to calling Deputies. There are no known suspects and it appears the vehicle was possibly randomly chosen.

If suspicious or criminal activity is suspected, the public is encouraged to immediately call the Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Envoy , Envoy
Sheriff's Employee Arrested for Sexual Misconduct (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
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July 16, 2014, Sheriff's Office employee arrested for sexual misconduct.

On July 8, 2014, the Sheriff's Office learned of possible criminal conduct concerning Jill Curry, a civilian Jail Services Technician employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office since October of 2004. The reporting person contacted the Sheriff's Office Professional Standards Unit to investigate the validity of the complaint. It was alleged that Ms. Curry had engaged in criminal activity related to her official duties while working in the Washington County Jail.

That same day, Ms. Curry was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an external criminal investigation. Sheriff Pat Garrett contacted the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to request a comprehensive independent criminal investigation.

Today, July 16, 2014, Ms. Curry, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail. She is held on $120,000 bail. She is charged with six counts of first degree Custodial Sexual Misconduct and six counts of first degree Official Misconduct.

The Sheriff's Office investigates all complaints thoroughly and holds all employees accountable for their actions to maintain the highest standards.

Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "While there's a presumption of innocence in our justice system, this employee is accused of extremely serious misconduct. If the allegations are found to be true, then this employee completely violated my trust and the public's trust and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately."

The criminal investigation is ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.


Attached Media Files: ARRESTED
Deputies Respond to a Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/14
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July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and a SUV. The driver of the motorcycle was fatally injured as a result of the crash.

At 6:51 p.m. Deputies responded to an injury crash at SW 185th and SW Farmington Road in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival deputies learn that a motorcycle ridden by 26-year-old Andrew Barnes of Bethany was riding north on SW 185th. After crossing SW Farmington Road, he crashed into a 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by 36-year-old Heather Williams of Portland.

The initial investigation revealed that Ms. Williams pulled out of a parking lot onto SW 185th and into the path of Mr. Barnes. Deputies also learned Mr. Barnes was wearing novelty helmet, which does not meet minimum DOT safety requirements and is a violation of Oregon law.

According to the Center for Disease Control, "Helmets are estimated to prevent 37 percent of crash deaths among motorcycle riders."

The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued.


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Deputies Catch Burglar After He Falls From Tree (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/12/14
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July 12, 2014 - Washington County Deputies responded to a call from a homeowner who found a man inside his home. The suspect assaulted the homeowner before running from the house. Deputies located the suspect in a tree where he eventually fell and was taken into custody.

At 2:40 p.m. Deputies responded to SW Pheasant Drive in the community of Aloha on a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies learned the suspect fled the scene into a green space behind the home. Deputies tracked the suspect with the assistance of a Sheriff's K9.

After a search of the area, deputies located the suspect in a tree less than a mile from the victim's home. The suspect refused several orders to come down from the tree. Instead he climbed higher until he fell approximately forty feet and sustained minor injuries.

The suspect was taken into custody and later identified as 46-year-old Bret T. Davis with a last known address in Hillsboro. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Once cleared at the hospital, Mr. Davis will be transported to the Washington County Jail and charged with Burglary I, Robbery III, Assault IV and Theft II.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.


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Sheriff's Office Hosts Multi-Agency Crisis Training (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
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July 10, 2014--Some situations that law enforcement respond to involve people who are
experiencing a crisis in their lives. These incidents require the assistance of trained
professionals. The Washington County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
regularly trains to assist people in their time of need. The CNU is comprised of
Washington County Sheriff's Office Deputies, the FBI, and officers from the Hillsboro,
Beaverton and Tigard Police Departments.

On July 9, 2014, the CNU hosted a multi-agency crisis training event at Hillsboro High
School. Participating in the training were Washington County CNU, Portland Police
Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with Oregon City Police Department, Western
States Hostage Negotiator's Association, Hillsboro Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire
and Rescue and Washington County Mental Health.

The scenario based training provided the opportunity for the agencies to train side by side
and learn from each other to enhance their response individually and as a group. The
training focused on making the situation safe for all people involved, then concentrating
on active communication with the person in mental crisis or in emotional distress. There
were about 80 participants involved, including volunteer role players to help add the reallife
aspect for the negotiators. The crisis scenarios ranged from active threat situations to
suicidal situations. The Hillsboro Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue
used ladder trucks to transport negotiators to the rooftop to negotiate with roll players in
diverse hazardous situations (photo attached).

For many years, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has trained our deputies and have
assisted other law enforcement agencies how to help people in crisis situations. This
training varies from smaller scale situations to large scale multi-agency operations similar
to the one yesterday.

The Sheriff's Office is pleased to have this opportunity to train together to provide
improved services to the citizens of Washington County and the metropolitan area. The
Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved, including the Hillsboro School
District for generously allowing the use of their school buildings to facilitate the training
in a real-life environment.

The Sheriff's Office urges anyone who hears of, or has knowledge of, someone in a crisis
situation to please notify their local law enforcement.


Attached Media Files: Rooftop Communication
Woman Arrested after Burglarizing Occupied House (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/06/14
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July 6, 2014--Washington County Deputies arrested a woman who burglarized a home while the owner was present. The woman was captured after a search of the house.

On July 6, 2014, at about 5:14 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17600 block of SW Alexander Street in Aloha concerning a burglary. The homeowner called Sheriff's Deputies and reported she thought someone was breaking in to her house through a rear window.

Numerous Sheriff's Deputies converged to the area to secure the house for the homeowner's safety and attempt to capture the suspect. The deputies had the homeowner safely exit the house.

As the deputies were entering the house, they saw a female run out of the rear door. Deputies quickly caught up to the female and as they attempted to detain her, she began fighting to avoid arrest. After she was handcuffed, she broke away from deputies but was again captured where she began fighting. She was identified as Shaunte Comfort, 35, from Beaverton.

The Washington County Forensic Science unit arrived to process the scene. There was several hundred dollars of damage done to the rear door and window of the house caused by Ms. Comfort.

Shaunte Comfort was lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with First Degree Burglary, Escape, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Mischief. She is held on $50,000 bail.
Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: Arrested
Deputies Search for Subway Robbery Suspect
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/04/14
July 4, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he robbed a Subway Restaurant.

On July 4, 2014 at about 1:40 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Subway Restaurant at 10725 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was one man that robbed the 21 year-old female clerk. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the robbery suspect came into the restaurant at 1:40 a.m., ordered a sandwich and went through the process of having the employee make it. The employee told Sheriff's Deputies that when she rang the order up, the man displayed an unspecified weapon and demanded the cash in the register.

The employee gave the man a small amount of cash and he fled on foot. The employee was not injured. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success.

Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing.

The man was described as a light skinned black male, 16-20 years old with a very thin build. He had longer brown and blonde streaked hair with brown eyes and was clean shaven. He was wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and white draw string. He wore dark blue denim pants and had black framed glasses.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.
Helicopter Crash at Lumber Mill Injures California Man (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/03/14
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July 3, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a helicopter that crashed on takeoff. The pilot received minor injuries.

On July 3, 2014, at 8:08 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Stimson's Lumber Mill in the community of Gaston concerning a helicopter crash.

Deputies responded and found a 1969 Bell 47G-3B-2 helicopter on its side in the gravel area next to the mill. The helicopter was a total loss from the extensive damage it received. Deputies learned that the pilot was attempting to takeoff with a bucket suspended by cables underneath. The bucket was loaded with mosquito treatment that the pilot was planning on dropping into the log ponds.

The initial investigation reveals that on takeoff, the right landing gear became entangled in the cable suspending the bucket. Witnesses told deputies the helicopter reached a height of about 20 feet before it tipped to the side and crashed.

There were four men on the ground within 40 feet of the helicopter as it attempted to takeoff. The men saw there was trouble and ran for cover behind a nearby pickup. They narrowly escaped serious injury as debris and pieces of the aircraft were launched through the air, some damaging the pickup they were behind. Another large piece of metal was catapulted through the cab of a Dodge pickup and landed about 150 feet away (photo attached).

Sheriff's Deputies found that Warren Larson, 31, from Cloverdale California was the pilot and lone occupant of the helicopter. He was treated by medical personnel for head and arm injuries and released at the scene. Warren Larson was employed for Western Helicopter Services in Newberg at the time of the crash.

The FAA was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.


Attached Media Files: Damaged Pickup , Helicopter
Swim Coach Arrested for Sex Abuse, Additional Victims Sought (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
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July 2, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for additional sex abuse victims following the arrest of a Beaverton man. There are two victims identified. Detectives fear there may be additional victims due to the man's extensive contact with children.

On June 23, 2014, at 7:07 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were contacted by the Sunset Athletic Center at 13939 NW Cornell Road to investigate a complaint that Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly, 17, from Beaverton had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls. Sheriff's Deputies investigated the complaint as the Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives were contacted to assist with the case.

Preliminary information was that Mr. Kelly had been a swimming instructor at the club since October 2013. His main responsibility was to teach children how to swim and provide lifeguard services at the pool. He would teach individual and group lessons. Sheriff's Deputies learned that Mr. Kelly finished a swim lesson with children under eight years old and afterward allegedly inappropriately touched two of them in a secluded room.

Child Abuse Detectives have processed evidence and interviewed a number of people who had knowledge of the incident. Detectives fear there may be additional victims that Mr. Kelly may have abused due to his employment placing him in close proximity to children. Mitchell Kelly worked at the Beaverton Swim Center on NW Science Park Road for about eight months prior to his employment at Sunset Athletic Center.

Mitchell Kelly was arrested and transported in the Washington County Jail where he was arraigned in adult court on June 30, 2014. He is held on $250,000 bail and has been transferred to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland. He was initially charged with two counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and two counts of Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. Complete charges will be forthcoming after the case is presented to a Washington County Grand Jury.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case or possible additional unreported crimes committed by Mr. Kelly. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: Arrested
Deputies Capture Three Men after Extensive Manhunt (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
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July 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies captured three men who are believed to have burglarized a house. The men fled to avoid arrest but deputies searched until all were eventually captured. One man had numerous violent crime warrants.

On July 1, 2014, at about 1:49 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 17700 block of SW Corona Lane, in the community of Aloha, concerning a burglary.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff's Office to report there were men breaking a window to gain access to an abandoned house. They told deputies there have been problems with this house in the past.

Multiple deputies converged upon the area in an attempt to capture the men. Deputies were assisted by Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Officers. As the deputies were securely containing the house, three men ran out the front door. Almost immediately, Sheriff's Deputies detained a 16 year-old male that ran.

The other two suspects were identified as another 16 year-old male and Terry Lynn Smith Jr., 20, from Aloha. Terry Smith was a wanted fugitive and had numerous outstanding felony warrants for his arrest, including robbery and weapons charges. Both men were jumping fences and running through yards and wooded areas as Sheriff's Deputies and Police Officers were actively pursuing them in the 95 degree heat.

The men continued to elude law enforcement although they were contained to an area around SW 185th Avenue and SW Salix Drive. The men split up but they both continued to run and attempt to hide. They would be periodically spotted by law enforcement and begin running again. They were steadily being contained to a rapidly reducing area as time went on. At 4:26 p.m., the second 16 year-old suspect was captured while hiding in some bushes. At 4:42 p.m., Terry Smith was captured attempting to hide behind an apartment building.

Terry Lynn Smith Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Burglary, Trespassing, and the existing warrants for First and Second Degree Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Theft. He is held without the possibility of release.

The juveniles were turned over to Donald E. Long Detention Center pending charges.


Attached Media Files: Photo from May 2014 Arrest
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe and Enjoyable 4th of July
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
July, 1, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe
and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to be safe and considerate when
celebrating the 4th of July. In addition to extra patrols focused on intoxicated driving
over the holiday weekend, deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor.

Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of holiday
gatherings that get out of hand due to intoxication and illegal fireworks. These
complaints include physical injury, property damage and neighborhood disturbances. Pets
and small children are also affected by loud noises from illegal fireworks that are used
late into the night. Citizens should also consider that damage or injury caused by a
careless act involving fireworks can bring significant civil liability.

Fire Marshals with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) will ride with Sheriff's
Deputies during the holiday. TVF&R is another agency kept very busy with fire and
medical calls on the 4th of July.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal's information flyer on legal and illegal fireworks is
attached.
Please remember to be safe and considerate while celebrating this Independence Day.


Attached Media Files: Legal and Illegal Fireworks
Sheriff's Office Police Services Begins in Cornelius (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/30/14
Chief Moss, Sgt. Roque, Cpl. Trost
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PRESS RELEASE

Sheriff's Office Police Services Begins in Cornelius
June 30, 2014 -- Tomorrow at 12:01 a.m., the police services for the City of Cornelius will be officially provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office working in partnership with the city council and mayor.

The Sheriff's Office looks forward to the opportunity to serve Cornelius and is honored to be chosen as the law enforcement provider for the city.
Lieutenant (Chief) Gene Moss, Sergeant Al Roque, and Corporal Mark Trost will be the leadership team at the city. They will be joined by 10 additional deputies to provide continuous law enforcement coverage. The previous Cornelius Officers will be Sheriff's Office Deputies beginning July 1, 2014.

The previous Cornelius Officers will receive a two month training and familiarization to the Sheriff's Office which will be completed by September. Preliminary planning is for the return of some previous Cornelius Officers to patrol the city after the Sheriff's Office September shift bid.

For July and August, Cornelius will be serviced by current Sheriff's Office Deputies. During the summer transition, some deputies will be in Sheriff's Office vehicles and uniforms while some will be in Cornelius vehicles and Sheriff's Office or Cornelius uniforms. Beginning September 1, 2014, all deputies serving the city will be in Cornelius vehicles and uniforms.


Attached Media Files: Chief Moss, Sgt. Roque, Cpl. Trost
--UPDATE-- Detectives Arrest Dotty's Assault and Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/14
WINCO PHOTO
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June 23, 2014--Tonight, detectives arrested Leo Renea Robles Jr., 35, from Aloha, for assaulting and robbing the clerk at the Dotty's in Aloha on June 17, 2014. The US Marshals Office assisted the Washington County Violent Crime Detectives identify and track Mr. Robles Jr. to a business in NW Portland. Sheriff's Detectives took him into custody without incident.

The Washington County Forensics Science Unit was able to connect Mr. Robles Jr. to the crime with convincing physical evidence.

Leo Renea Robles Jr. was lodged in the Washington County Jail and held on $250,000 bail. He was charged with Robbery in the First Degree and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree. Additional charges are likely to be filed as the investigation continues.


Deputies Search for Man that Assaulted and Robbed a Woman

June 19, 2014--Photos are attached showing the suspect committing the crime and later that day attempting to cash in the lottery tickets at a Hillsboro WINCO store. He was unsuccessful cashing in the tickets because the serial numbers are reported stolen.

Detectives are asking the public to look at the photos and call the Washington County Sheriff's Office with any information concerning the case.

Original release below:
June 17, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he allegedly beat a store clerk and took property.

On June 17, 2014 at about 2:29 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to Dotty's establishment at 20571 SW TV Highway in the community of Aloha, concerning an assault and robbery. Multiple Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to render aid to the victim and search for the suspect. Upon arrival, deputies learned there was one man that reportedly attacked the 32 year-old female clerk as she closed the establishment for the night.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the clerk went outside and was locking the front door behind her, closing for the night, when a man ran up to her and began striking her in the head with a solid object. The clerk said when she fell to the sidewalk; the man ran into the establishment and took an unspecified amount of lottery tickets and a small amount of cash.

The clerk was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with significant head injuries. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with a K9 and handler with no success. Washington County Forensic Science Unit assisted with crime scene processing. Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation.

The man was described as having dark skin, in his thirties with a medium build. He was reportedly wearing a light colored shirt with a Nike logo on the front wearing black colored warm-up pants with a white strip down the leg. He wore a dark ball cap and had a surgical mask covering his face.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.


Attached Media Files: WINCO PHOTO , ROBBERY PHOTO , ROBBERY PHOTO , Arrested
Artists Drawing of Aloha Portable Toilet Explosion Suspect (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/14
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June 23, 2014, The Washington County Sheriff's Office is releasing a sketch and suspect description from the explosive assault.

Today, Washington County Sheriff's Detectives utilized a law enforcement sketch artist to illustrate the suspect from Saturday's explosive assault injury in Aloha (sketch attached).

The suspect is described as a 15-19 year-old male with olive colored skin; he had brown eyes, short black hair, and was 5' 7" tall, weighing 140-150 pounds. He was wearing khaki shorts, an unknown type shirt and was carrying a black back pack. No facial hair was reported.

There was a third incident that occurred on June 20, 2014, but was not reported to Sheriff's Deputies until the next evening. This incident was in the 16500 block of SW Davis Street and was very similar to the mailbox explosion on SW 180th Avenue reported on June 21, 2014.

Original release below:

Deputies Responded to a Report of an Explosive Device at the International School of Beaverton

June 21, 2014 - At 12:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of an injured woman. The 40-year-old Spokane woman received an injury to the back of her head while inside a porta-potty. She was struck what was described as a small explosion. She was treated at Tuality Hospital and released.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a possible bomb at the International School of Beaverton, located at 17770 SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, deputies rendered aid to the victim and cordoned off the area of the explosion. Subsequently the entire area was evacuated to safeguard crowds attending a regional softball tournament at the school.

Deputies then contacted the Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad who responded to assist with a search of the area and assessment of the explosive device. The investigation determined that the explosion was very likely caused by a home made device using chemicals that are readily available at any grocery store. When this mix combined, it caused the explosive reaction. A thorough search revealed no additional devices at the school or adjacent park.

The search of the area around the school and Arnold Park took several hours and the area was re-opened to the public at 3:20 p.m.

At 3:45 p.m., Deputies received a second call regarding a similar explosive device. This originated from approximately a quarter of a mile south of the International School of Beaverton on SW 180th Avenue. The device was located by a home owner at 12:45 p.m., but not reported to deputies until later. The device was placed into a mailbox where it exploded causing minor damage. Investigating deputies believe these two incidents are related.

Washington County Sheriff's Detectives will conduct follow up interviews with the victims and witnesses in the next few days.

If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call the dispatch non-emergency number at 503-629-0111 and ask to speak to an on-duty deputy.


Attached Media Files: Suspect in explosion
Enhanced DUII Patrols slated for July 4 holiday week
West Linn Police Dept. - 06/30/14
The West Linn Police Department will be working in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and other local agencies in putting additional officers on the road during the upcoming 4th of July holiday week. Funding is provided by a grant from the ODOT. Last year in Oregon, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period.
Officers will also be looking for distracted drivers who are texting and using their cellphones as well as enforcing speed laws. While death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

WLPD offers these safety tips for motorists

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.



For additional information, contact Sgt. Wade Corbin at the West Linn Police Department at 503-655-6214.
Woodburn police respond to shooting near Safeway on Sunday
Woodburn Police - 07/21/14
WOODBURN - Woodburn police responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound in the Safeway Parking, lot located at 1550 N. Pacific Highway, on Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived on scene they saw the victim, a 24-year-old man, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

Officers determined that the victim, the suspect - identified as Gerardo Ortiz Campos, 26 - and several other people were inside of a vehicle traveling along Highway 211 near Cooley Road. At some point Ortiz Campos fired the handgun outside of a Chevrolet Tahoe. He attempted to unload the weapon and the weapon discharged, sending a bullet through the seat and struck the victim in the back. The victim was treated by the Woodburn Fire Department and then transported to a Portland hospital via LifeFlight.

Officers at the scene recovered the firearm. The victim is currently in the hospital recovering from the incident.

Ortiz Campos was arrested for Assault 3 and transported to the Marion County Jail. Police believe alcohol was involved.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.
Suspects arrested in Woodburn drive-by shooting
Woodburn Police - 07/18/14
WOODBURN - Woodburn police officers arrested two men in connection with a June 23 drive-by shooting near the intersection of Hardcastle Avenue and Gatch Street.

The victims provided police with the direction the vehicle headed after the shooting and a possible residence of the shooting suspects.

Police responded to the residence and found the suspected vehicle and one of the suspects, Rudy Arroyo, 19. Detectives interviewed Rudy Arroyo and later arrested him on the three charges of attempted assault 1 and unlawful use of a weapon.

On July 12, detectives arrested Luis Arroyo, 24, on a warrant for the same charges. The victims notified police after they had an encounter with him at a local business.

Both suspects were arrested without incident. None of the victims were injured during the shooting.
Frontier Communication line cut - affects land line 911 calls.
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
UPDATE @ 1510: Fiber cut has been repaired and 911 services are restored.


Frontier Communications has advised that a telephone fiber was cut during road construction work, near the City of Dundee, around 10:20 this morning. There is currently an outage that involves 911, regular land line and internet service. Frontier Customers are impacted within the communities of Lafayette, Dayton, NW McMinnville, and Yamhill. Oregon Emergency Management has been notified, and Frontier is working on restoring service to those affected. The projected timeframe for restoration is currently 6 hours.

"There is no known affect to cellular service within the region. Citizens who are unable to reach 911 through normal land line phone, are encouraged to call with an alternate cellular device." Local public safety providers have been advised.
Unidentified Body Found Along Willamette River- Update (Photo)
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/24/14
Forensic Sketch
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UPDATE to 4/29/14 Release:

On April 19th, 2014, the body of an unidentified male was found along the banks of the Willamette River in Yamhill County. The investigation is still ongoing into identifying who the subject is. The body was examined by a Forensic Anthropologist from the State Medical Examiners Office and they gave the following general description: 20-30 years of age, Hispanic or possible mixture of Caucasian/Hispanic, and 5'3" to 5'8". The body could have been in the water anywhere from 6 months to two years. A composite sketch was also created as part of the investigation. Due to the state of decomposition, there were no visible identifying marks on the body. The victim also had a "bandage" around his lower right leg indicating a possible injury or a chronic condition like tendonitis.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is requesting information that may lead to a positive identification of the subject. If you have any information, please contact the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit at 503-434-7508.


Attached Media Files: Forensic Sketch
Medical
Community Advisory Council's monthly public meeting set for July 11 in Hillsboro
Health Share of Oregon - 07/02/14
(Portland, OR) - The Community Advisory Council of Health Share of Oregon will hold their monthly public meeting beginning at 12:30 pm on Friday, July 11 at the Tuality Health Education Center in Hillsboro (335 SE 8th Avenue).

At their July meeting, the Council will hear news and updates on the latest activities at Health Share, as well as a presentation on the 2014 Member Handbook.

The meeting is open to the public and Health Share members are encouraged to attend.

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

Time: Council Meeting: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Public comment period: 1:35 pm to 1:50 pm

Location: Tuality Health Education Center, 335 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro

Agenda: Posted to the Council's website one week prior to each meeting

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Joe Enlet at joe@healthshareoregon.org or (503) 416-4959 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

- About the Community Advisory Council -
Comprised of Oregon Health Plan members, leaders from community-based organizations and county agencies, the Council plays a dual role. In addition to advising Health Share's Board of Directors on the strategic direction of the organization, the Council enables consumers to take an active role in improving their own health and that of their family and communities.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 225,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 18,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: 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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Health Share of Oregon earns 100% of potential Oregon Health Authority Performance Metric Funds
Health Share of Oregon - 06/24/14
- Metro area coordinated care organization is awarded $13.7 million, which will be reinvested in continuing Oregon's health reform efforts -

(Portland, OR) - Health Share of Oregon, the state's largest coordinated care organization (CCO), has successfully met the requisite Oregon Health Authority's 2014 Performance Metrics and will receive an incentive award of $13,720,133, the maximum amount available. The Portland Tri-County CCO will reinvest the award earnings in provider and infrastructure support to further health care reforms.

"Health Share's partners have worked collaboratively across the network to improve care," said Andrew McCulloch, president of Kaiser Permanente Northwest and founding Health Share board member. "Together, we have made significant progress in critical health metrics, including increasing colorectal cancer and child development screening rates, reducing ED utilization and significantly increasing the number of members seen in a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH)."

Performance metrics and quality measures are being used by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to determine how successful CCOs have been at improving care, making quality care accessible, eliminating health disparities and curbing the rising cost of health care for the populations they serve. Incentive funds from a quality pool have been awarded to CCOs based on their performance on 17 measures.

Among Health Share's achievements has been to develop and implement a provider performance dashboard to provide timely information about the measures to providers, so they can monitor their progress. Through this effort, Health Share is emerging as the statewide leader in the collection of clinical measures across a large network.

"We have worked to foster a community of sharing and learning across systems through identification and promotion of best practices, process enhancements and clinical expertise," noted Janet Meyer, chief executive officer of Health Share. "From health plans and hospitals to individual providers, health clinics and social service agencies, we have embraced the concept of community-wide collaboration. Transformation will come from the collective impact of changes that occur across the system from those committed to making it better."

In addition to continued investment in infrastructure to support quality improvement activities, Health Share will reinvest the incentive funds in payments to providers based on performance; the development of provider capacity to calculate and report specific clinical quality measures; and strategic provider-driven initiatives to improve performance on key metrics.

- About the Performance Metrics -
The Oregon Metrics and Scoring Committee was established in 2012 by Senate Bill 1580 to establish outcomes and quality measures for the state's newly formed coordinated care organizations. In October 2012, the Metrics and Scoring Committee identified 17 initial outcomes and quality measures to be used in the incentive program (quality pool); the 17 CCO measures are also required by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as part of Oregon's 1115 waiver agreement.

To read about the incentive program, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/CCOData/ReferenceInstructions.pdf.
For more information on the 17 outcomes and quality measures, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/CCOData/CCO%20Incentive%20Measures%20Quick%20Guide%20(June%202013).pdf.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 225,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is Oregon's largest coordinate care organization. Health Share is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 18,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: 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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Portland VA Medical Center opens new Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Salem (Photo)
Portland VA Medical Center - 06/24/14
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The Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) is opening its newest Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) tomorrow in Salem as part of an on-going effort to improve access to care for Veterans.

'This is an incredible, first class facility we at the Portland VA are proud to present to our Veterans and the public," said Joanne M. Krumberger, Director of PVAMC. "I know our Salem area Veterans will be happy with the beautiful design, expanded size, and additional services provided there. We are honored to serve our Veterans and this new clinic is the perfect tool to allow our staff to provide the best care possible."

The new 26,000 square foot facility is located at 1750 McGilchrist Street Southeast, Suite 130 in Salem and currently serves approximately 9,000 Veterans. At two and a half times the size of the previous clinic located on Oak Street Southeast, the new facility will grow in staff by approximately 30 and available services including primary care, mental health, physical therapy, laboratory services, Tele-health, enrollment, optometry, ophthalmology, podiatry, and plastic surgery. In 2015, PVAMC expects to include dermatology, and orthopedic services for Veterans.

The Salem CBOC is the second new clinic PVAMC has opened this month; on June 20, the Lincoln City Clinic opened for services for Veterans one day per week every Friday.

A formal grand opening ceremony is scheduled for the Salem CBOC later this summer. The new phone number is 971-304-2200
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The Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC ) serves more than 85,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. PVAMC consists of the main tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located near downtown Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, east Portland, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.


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Salem Hospital returns to normal operations
Salem Health - 07/09/14
Today at 8 a.m., Salem Hospital returned to normal operations after conversations with Salem Police determined that the threat level had diminished.

The hospital entered a "Code Black" for a threat on Tuesday morning after it received a threatening phone call. Salem Police immediately responded and were a visible presence throughout Tuesday.

This morning, all hospital entrances reopened with normal operations and access. Salem Police will continue its visible presence on campus for now.

Hospital security measures remain in place for the safety of staff, patients and visitors. Hospital leadership continues to monitor the situation and remain in constant contact with Salem Police.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Keep safety in mind with expected extreme heat
Salem Health - 07/01/14
The staff and physicians of Salem Hospital's emergency department want area residents to stay healthy and safe today with expected temperatures near 100 degrees. They offer these tips to help you, your children, and even your parents, stay safe, and what to do if you have problems in the heat.

Stay well hydrated

* Aim for two to three quarts of fluid per day (non-caffeinated).
* Water is good, but don't limit your intake to just water. You also need electrolytes, which you can get from a variety of sports drinks.
* If you're thirsty, you've waited too long.
* One way to tell if you're getting enough fluid is to look at your urine. In general, it should be clear. Yellow urine means you need to drink more water, unless it is affected by food, vitamin, medication or caffeine intake.
* Limit alcohol intake during hot weather. It doesn't count toward your water consumption and it can impair your judgment.
* Be smart about your outdoor activities
* Unless your job requires you to be outdoors, stay inside.
* If you have to be outdoors, avoid strenuous activities between the hottest times of the day, typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* If you need to be outdoors, prime the pump before you go. In other words, start your fluid intake before you take your first step outside.
* Wear sun block and a hat.
* Use a water spritzer to cool off. Battery-operated, hand-held fans may also be helpful.

Some people need extra precautions

* "Before the day is over, call your mom and check on her," says Heather Cofer, R.N., emergency department assistant nurse manager with Salem Hospital. High heat can cause people to be confused. So be sure to check on your elderly relatives or neighbors to see how they're doing.
* The very young and the elderly are most susceptible to thermal-regulation problems. Their bodies simply have a harder time regulating heat. They especially should avoid the outdoors and manage their fluid intake. This is also true for people with chronic illnesses, like those on dialysis.
* Children can become dehydrated much more quickly than adults. Be sure they get enough fluid and follow all heat and sun-safety procedures.
* Don't overdress your newborn. If you're wearing a tank top and shorts, then a similar outfit for your baby is appropriate, whether it be a shorts outfit or simply a t-shirt and diaper. Stay in the shade. Use a lukewarm washcloth to cool baby. And carry a blanket to protect the baby when you enter air-conditioned extremes.
* Some medications can cause problems during heat spells, particularly some psychiatric medications and diuretics. Talk with your pharmacist if you have concerns.

Be safe in the water

* When it gets hot, you may be tempted to jump in the river to cool off. Be careful. Remember, Oregon rivers are cold, even on hot days. Do no dive into rivers or ponds. They may be shallow.
* Wear a life jacket on the boat and in the river.
* Do not consume alcohol.
* Children need close parental supervision in the water, as do some people who have mental or physical disabilities.
* If you have a home pool, make sure it has a fence around it.

Warning signs and what to do if you experience them

* Heat illness progresses through three stages: heat cramps, then exhaustion, and then heat stroke. If you experience heat cramps, you'll have muscle cramps and feel dizzy. You need to get in the shade and use a cold compress and take fluids.
* In heat exhaustion, you'll sweat profusely, and be pale. You need to get in the shade, and use a cold compress and fluids. IV fluids may be needed.
* "If you are having a heat stroke, you will be very pale and have a fever. You won't be able to sweat and you will be mentally confused. Your body core temperature has gotten too high. Call 9-1-1!" says Paul Gramenz, M.D., an emergency physician and medical director/section chief with Salem Hospital.
* Heat related illness could cause serious problems. You can reduce your chance of feeling tired or becoming seriously ill with a few simple steps.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Salem Hospital Foundation grants scholarships to more than 100 students
Salem Health - 06/24/14
The Salem Hospital Foundation announces that 103 students in medical or medically related fields will receive a scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The Foundation awarded a total of $191,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in a variety of medical programs.

The scholarships include several named scholarships in memory of various community members, including the John Alsever physician scholarship, the Cass Bailey physician scholarship, the Hattie Kremen nursing scholarship, the Patricia Legate H.I.M. scholarship, the Elmera "Tiny" Richardson nursing scholarship, the Sewell Family scholarship, and the Grayce & Glola Sigg nursing scholarship. In addition, the Salem Self-Help Nursing Scholarship was awarded through the Salem Foundation.

Recipients for the 2014-2015 school year:

Albany: Lindsay Klampe and Sandra Moreno

Amity: Julie Altree

Dallas: Angie Bishop, Hilary Broadus, Jennifer Broadus, Leslie Classen, Hailey Clothier, Missy Huber, Kristi Tichenor and Miki Todosov

Dundee: Curtis Dodson

Gates: Julie Minton

Independence: Sheali Bowker and Kirsten Fertig

Jefferson: Rachel Hickman

Keizer: Taryn Cutchin, Nicole Daulton, David Hanna, Rachel Hittner, Katie Lofthus and Denis Marshall

Lebanon: Teresa Rush

Lyons: Kelly Owen

Madras: Moriah Pugh

McMinnville: Randy Calligan and Janae Mansour

Monmouth: Shannon Carey, Jordan Frerichs, Michael Frerichs and JingJing Rao

Portland: Amber Banks, Bruce Rodgers, Bethany Sappington and Nicole Webber

Salem: Elaina Atkin, Paige Baldwin, Ellie Barnhart, Matthew Boles, Heather Boone, Douglas Casteel, Iuri Cernev, Jill Cohen, Kristen Connolly, Courtney Dawes, Kaylinn Dokken, Krissa Dorfner, Hillary Drake, Leann Drake, James Fahey, Cristina Garcia Ortega, Mary Gregory, John Guy, Kathleen Hainsworth, Stephanie Hamel, Joana Hester, Anna Hiebert, Jessica Hoff, Juline Hoffman, Nathan Hoover, Winter Horsley, Jesse Huang, Stephen John, Daryn Jones, Erin Jones, Hannah Kuizenga, Chris Lentz, Kyle Lenz, Benjamin Long, Brianna Neufeldt, Nduta Nyoro-Cayton, Michael Petrone, Karina Porter, Amanda Reynolds, Timothy Rock, Stephanie Rodriguez, Christina Romeo, Brandon Schmidgall, David Schultze, Nicholas Sedor, Michelle Slattum, Zachary Smith, Michelle Snawder, Krista Studebaker, Lori Swain, Angela Taylor, Rebecca Tish, Sarah Tomscha, Victor Toran, Annette Whitney and Audrey Williams

Sheridan: Kirsten Walker

Sherwood: Tiffany Taylor

Silverton: Christi Christian, Monica Henderson, Rebekah Kaufman, Emily Paysinger and Stephanie Sprauer

Stayton: Marci Jordan

Sublimity: Renee Martizia-Rash and Georgianne Mayer

Turner: McKenzie Beeson

Woodburn: Ashley Medford
Utilities
NW Natural Launches "Energy Analyzer" so Customers Can Learn How to Save Energy and Money
NW Natural - 07/14/14
Customers who try it out by Sept. 5 could win a tankless water heater

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has created a new tool to help customers save energy and money.

The online Energy Analyzer is easy to use: customers simply go to the company website's Energy Analyzer page, log in, and then begin answering questions about their energy use. Then they will receive a wide range of suggestions to improve the efficiency of their home based on how much time and skill they have for energy projects; how much money they care to invest; and how much energy they'd like to save. Options could include turning down the temperature on the water heater to upgrading a heating system and/or adding insulation.

There are dozens of steps in between to match time, budget and interests. Customers can choose how much sweat equity, skill and money they want to invest, as well as how much energy and money they want to save.

"We want to thank Energy Trust of Oregon for partnering with us to make this new tool possible," said Cory Beck, NW Natural Communications & Internet Services manager. "Our customers are paying less for natural gas than they did 10 years ago. But they can save even more money and energy when they take steps to improve the efficiency of their home."

The Energy Analyzer also helps customers compare the amount of energy they use to similar homes in the area. If they are using more than their neighbors, they can learn some easy ways to cut use and save money. Users can also sign up to receive ongoing emails to remind them to finish the energy-saving projects they've self-selected.

Customers who try out the Energy Analyzer between July 14 and September 5 will automatically be entered into a contest to win a tankless water heater. Visit nwnatural.com for complete contest rules.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 698,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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NW Natural Shareholders Donate More Than $30,000 to Four Pivotal Programs for Children
NW Natural - 07/09/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has given grants to four local nonprofits serving children in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Through its shareholder-funded Corporate Philanthropy Fund, the company awarded $10,000 grants to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest and Camp Fire Columbia, a $6,500 grant to Children's Center, and a $5,000 grant to I Have a Dream Oregon.

"These four organizations are making a huge difference in the lives of children throughout the region," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "We're proud to support the important work they're doing."

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest works with children who are experiencing adversity, providing them with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships.

Camp Fire Columbia works to build caring confident youth and future leaders. Each year, its programs directly serve over 3,000 children ages five to 18 and help serve another 11,000 children and families through partnerships and special projects.

Children's Center is Clackamas County's sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews and family support services to children who are suspected to be victims of child abuse and neglect.

I Have a Dream Oregon helps students in low-income communities succeed in school, college and career through long-term mentorships, academic and personal/social support services and creation of a "culture of college and career" within schools and Dreamer families.

NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million to local nonprofits each year. Visit the community section of the company's website to learn more about how our Corporate Philanthropy Fund supports children and families at risk.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 698,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Four NW Natural Grants Nurture Environmental Stewardship
NW Natural - 06/26/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has given grants to four local nonprofits working to protect and care for the region's ecosystems.

Through its shareholder-funded Corporate Philanthropy Fund, the company awarded a $7,500 grant to Friends of Trees and $5,000 grants to The Freshwater Trust, Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and The Nature Conservancy.

"Environmental stewardship is one of NW Natural's core values, " said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "Supporting these four environmental organizations, along with others, helps all of us be better stewards of this place we call home."

Friends of Trees brings people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in the Portland-Vancouver, Salem and Eugene-Springfield metro areas. Since Friends of Trees was founded in 1989, they have planted nearly half a million trees and native plants.

The Freshwater Trust actively works to preserve and restore our freshwater ecosystems. The organization builds, locally implements and scales game-changing tools that achieve freshwater health.

Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge supports, protects and enhances the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife habitat, and broadens public awareness and participation in its environmental, cultural and educational opportunities. The refuge encompasses approximately 5,300 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands in Southwest Washington.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide, including numerous preserves across Oregon.

NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million to local nonprofits each year. Visit the community section of the company's website to learn more about how our Corporate Philanthropy Fund supports children and families at risk.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 698,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 07/11/14
Pacific Power media hotline: July 11, 2014
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to stay cool, use less energy and save money

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the next week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

1. Be air conditioner smart
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
* Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
* Use an air conditioner timer; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
* Replace air conditioner filters now, then once a month.
* Don't place lamps or televisions near the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
* Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
* Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

2. Don't let the sun shine in
* On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

3. Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
* Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
* Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperature drop.

4. Reduce the heat inside
* Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
* Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
* Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

5. Think for the long term
* Plant deciduous trees to shade the south side of your house. Well-placed trees can reduce cooling needs as much as 20 percent, and an air conditioner operating in the shade can use as much as 10 percent less electricity.
* Insulate floors, walls and attics to keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Seal and insulate air conditioning ducts that run through unconditioned spaces.
* Get your air conditioner tuned up annually.
* Consider a new air conditioner and other appliances -- new models are more efficient and may lower your electric bill. Look for ENERGY STAR appliances.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
Pacific Power renewable energy customers are national leaders....again
Pacific Power - 07/08/14
Contact:
Tom Gauntt
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Pacific Power renewable energy customers are national leaders....again
Blue Sky is a top 5 utility green power program for 11th year

PORTLAND, Ore.--Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program has once again received national recognition for its leadership and impact. For the 11th year, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked PacifiCorp--which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power--in the top five utility green power programs in the entire country.

For 2013, Blue Sky ranks second for total number of participating customers and third for total renewable energy sales through a voluntary program.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Top 10 Utility Green Power Programs for 2013

"Our Blue Sky customers have helped build a market for renewable energy for more than a decade and have helped fund the construction of more than 70 renewable energy projects in our customer communities," said Pat Reiten, Pacific Power president and CEO. "For our customers who choose to voluntarily support the continued growth of renewable energy, Blue Sky is a smart choice that makes a real difference for the environment, sustainability and individual communities.."

At the end of last year, there were nearly 95,000 Blue Sky customers in PacifiCorp's six states. These customers make a difference by supporting more than 634 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy during 2013, with environmental benefits equivalent to 395,844 tons of carbon dioxide avoided. That's like taking 74,169 cars off the road or planting 9.3 million trees. Blue Sky customers also helped fund dozens of new community-based renewable energy projects. Their participation continues to make a difference today.

In 2013, Blue Sky participation by Pacific Power customers increased by more than 9 percent and Blue Sky funding was awarded to 15 new community-based renewable energy projects. There are currently more than 52,000 Blue Sky customers in Pacific Power's service area in Oregon, Washington and California. A Blue Sky challenge in Medford, Oregon, in 2013 had a goal of increasing participation by 25 percent in that community. The challenge handily exceeded that goal and the heightened awareness continues to spread the word. As of July 1, 2014 Medford enrollment is up 50 percent from before the challenge. A similar community challenge is underway in Roseburg, Oregon this summer.

The Blue Sky program provides an easy and convenient way for Pacific Power customers to support renewable energy in the region beyond the company's cost-effective renewable resource investments to serve all customers. Blue Sky is Green-e Energy certified by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions and customers can participate in the program for as little as $1.95 each month. For more information or to sign up, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky or call toll free at 800-769-3717.
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With summer temperatures expected to soar this week, PGE offers simple tips to stay cool and save energy
PGE - 07/11/14
Portland, Ore. - More than 80 percent of Portland General Electric's residential customers have air conditioning to help them seek solace from summer heat. While AC units keep homes cool, they use additional electricity, increasing energy bills. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the cost of keeping cool as temperatures rise or staying cool without the aid of an air conditioner. Customers can stay cool and trim summer electricity use by following these easy tips:

* Open windows (upper stories are the safest) when it's cool outside (at nights and early in the morning). Monitor outside temperatures; when it's warming up and approaching 75 to 80 degrees, close windows and use an indoor fan (portable or ceiling). When the temperature inside your home becomes too warm, you may want to turn on the AC to keep cool.

* Setting the central air thermostat to 75 degrees (instead of 70 degrees) results in an estimated energy savings of 115 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per month and an estimated monthly savings of approximately $11.

* If the temperatures stay relatively mild during the day, cooling with outside air may be all your home needs to stay comfortable.

* Close curtains on sun-facing windows. Awnings help shade windows that face the sun, too. Use white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

* When cooling the whole house with an AC, be sure to keep all windows and doors closed. When cooling a single room with a window AC, be sure to close all windows and doors in that room to keep the unit running more efficiently; open windows and doors in other parts of the house to take advantage of cool breezes. Be sure to dress as coolly as possible: shorts, short sleeves, sandals (no socks), etc.

* When using AC, avoid cooking with a stove or conventional oven as heat from these appliances reduces the ability of the unit to cool your house; instead use a microwave or barbecue outdoors.

* Consider turning off the air conditioning and running a portable window fan overnight for 12 hours instead; for an average home with air conditioning, this results in an estimated energy savings of 335 kwh per month and an estimated monthly savings of approximately $32.

Here are a few tips to keep an air conditioner running effectively:

* Bigger doesn't necessarily mean cooler when it comes to room air conditioners. In fact, a unit that is too large for the room operates less efficiently than one that is properly sized.

* Don't switch the unit off and on. Window units work best when left to run for long periods.

* Don't keep the unit running at the coldest setting. Set the thermostat as high as is comfortable.

* Don't put lamps or TVs that emit heat near the air conditioner thermostat.

* Use interior fans to circulate cooled air more effectively through the house.

* Clean or change furnace/air conditioner filter every three months.

* Seal leaks in heating/air conditioning ducts (insulate ducts where necessary).

Other money-saving tips for your home:

* Keep refrigerators and freezers full. Fill freezers with plastic milk jugs full of water if needed (they make great ice blocks for picnic coolers, too). Full refrigerators and freezers are more efficient because the capacity for warm air to enter is reduced, eliminating the need for the unit to cool that warm air. Keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible.

* Turn up refrigerator thermostat from 32 to 37 degrees. This cuts energy use in the average home by 9 kwh per month.

* Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Swapping out 16 bulbs could reduce usage by 90 kwh per month and save an estimated $8.50 a month.

* Decrease hot tub thermostat from 105 degrees to 80 degrees. Typical savings is 20 kwh per month.

Customers who are shopping for new forced-air systems are encouraged to compare energy costs; look for Energy Star(R) logos on the most efficient models and then compare costs, which are located on the yellow EnergyGuide(R) labels.

Those who are thinking about installing air conditioners should also consider heat pumps. According to PGE Energy Specialists, an energy-efficient heat pump is the most efficient way to heat and cool your home. Residents stay comfortable year-round and use up to 40 percent less electricity to heat their homes. In the summer, a heat pump operates as an air conditioner, collecting heat from the air in your home and sending it outside. In the winter, the process is reversed. The heat pump collects heat from outdoor air and pumps it inside to warm your home.

When buying central air conditioning systems or heat pumps, customers should be sure to get the right sizes for their homes. For assistance, contact a PGE Energy Services representative at 800-722-9287 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays or visit PortlandGeneral.com/Energy.

About Portland General Electric Company: Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a fully integrated electric utility that serves approximately 838,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our website at PortlandGeneral.com.

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Transportation
C-TRAN Board of Directors Gives Green Light to Fourth Plain BRT
C-TRAN - 07/09/14
VANCOUVER - At their July 8, 2014 meeting, by a vote of 6-3, the C-TRAN Board of Directors approved a resolution committing sufficient local funding that allows the agency to move forward with the Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit Project.

The vote commits $6.7 million of C-TRAN's uncommitted cash reserves and investments, fulfilling the required local match for federal funding, and provides authority to C-TRAN's Executive Director/CEO to sign a grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for $38.3 million in federal project funding.

"Fourth Plain is by-far, our busiest transit corridor, and bus rapid transit will significantly improve service reliability for existing riders, while attracting new riders well into the future," said Jeff Hamm, C-TRAN's Executive Director/CEO.

In the coming months, C-TRAN will work closely with the FTA on the Small Starts Grant Agreement which is scheduled for completion before the end of this year. C-TRAN will then begin the first in a series of procurements, to include bus acquisition, construction management services and a construction contractor, with actual construction beginning in the Summer of 2015 and the Fourth Plain BRT beginning service in the late Summer of 2016.

Once built, the Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit Project will be a state-of-the-art transit link between downtown Vancouver, the Fourth Plain community, Clark College, the Veterans' Administration complex and Westfield Vancouver Mall. BRT buses will operate in mixed traffic along this 6 mile route, serving 34 curbside stations, and will replace existing Routes 4 and 44. The project will retain most of the existing bus stops and plans for the stations to be within 1/3 mile of each other. During weekdays, BRT will operate with 10-minute frequencies during peak periods and 15-minute frequencies during much of the off-peak. Peak weekend times may also see more frequent service.

About the Project
In recent years, travel by transit in the corridor has suffered by longer and more unpredictable travel times, delays caused by traffic congestion, bus overcrowding and difficulties getting to and from bus stops. In January 2011, C-TRAN initiated the Fourth Plain Transit Improvement Project Alternatives Analysis. This 18-month study identified a set of problems with existing transit service along the Fourth Plain Boulevard corridor, developed and evaluated 23 different alternatives and culminated in adopting a Locally Preferred Alternative to implement Bus Rapid Transit from downtown Vancouver to Westfield Vancouver Mall. C-TRAN has received $4 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grants from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), matched with $1,000,000 from C-TRAN's adopted 2013-2014 budget, to undertake the current phase of project planning, called "Project Development". Project Development has been underway since April 2013 and focuses on developing the project's design, station features, as well as completing environmental studies and permitting.
All WB I-84 lanes now open
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/10/14
All westbound lanes of Interstate 84 are now after a crash Thursday morning just east of Northeast Halsey Street.
Slowdowns, closures on I-84 Tuesday night
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/08/14
A series of intermittent closures on Interstate 84 will create traffic delays Tuesday night as CenturyLink crews replace cables pulled down in a crash earlier in the day in East Portland.

ODOT is working with CenturyLink to minimize delays but travelers should expect significant delays on both eastbound and westbound I-84.

The closures will begin at 8:30 p.m. with closures of the northbound Interstate 205 ramp to eastbound I-84 and the Northeast 122nd Avenue ramp to eastbound I-84. They will remain closed until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

At 9 p.m., a series of rolling slowdowns will begin with intermittent full closures lasting up to 20 minutes. The slowdowns and closures will take place on westbound I-84 between 181st and 148th avenues and on eastbound I-84 from Gateway to 122nd Avenue.

Travelers should find an alternate route or expect significant delays.

All lanes are scheduled to be open by 5 a.m. Wednesday.
All lanes of I-84 now open
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/08/14
All lanes of Interstate 84 are now open at Northeast 125th Avenue.
I-84 closed in both directions at NE 125th Avenue
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 07/08/14
All lanes of Interstate 84 are closed at 125th Avenue after a boom on a truck in the eastbound lanes pulled utility lines down. The lines cross all eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway. Utility companies are now evaluating conditions. Motorists should expect delays or find an alternate route. There is no estimated time for re-opening.
Expect congestion and delays on I-5 between Drain and Cottage Grove (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/18/14
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Motorists traveling north on Interstate 5 should expect lane closures, congestion and delays between Drain and Cottage Grove today and tomorrow, July 18-19, due to pavement repairs.

Northbound lane closures will be in effect between milepost 168 and milepost 170, just north of the Lane-Douglas County Line. The lane closures are necessary because several large potholes have developed along the right side of the road this week.

Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, workers plan to dig out a 500-foot section of the northbound right lane, replace the rock under the road and pave the surface. All lanes are expected to be open by Saturday evening.


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20 minute delay scheduled for US 101 south of Depoe Bay
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 06/24/14
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 all traffic on US 101 between Depoe Bay and Otter Rock (MP 131-132) will experience a 20 minute delay as ODOT crews remove a tree that poses a hazard by leaning over the highway.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 11 a.m., crews will fall and remove the tree. Because the tree is located along a three-lane section of US 101, traffic will need to be stopped only when the tree is felled. Crews will then push the fallen tree into a single lane and allow north and southbound traffic to travel in the two available lanes while the tree is cut into segments and removed from the roadway.

Mid-morning hours typically experience lower traffic volumes on the highway, but motorists traveling at that time should plan on a 20 minute delay.
Subaru delivers one-millionth car to Port of Vancouver USA (Photo)
Port of Vancouver - 07/15/14
Former Port Commissioner Bob Moser and the first Subaru to cross port docks in 1993
Former Port Commissioner Bob Moser and the first Subaru to cross port docks in 1993
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VANCOUVER, Wash. - A red, balloon-bedecked 2015 Forester had the honor of being the one-millionth Subaru vehicle to cross the docks at the Port of Vancouver USA.

The SUV was one of 2,077 vehicles arriving Sunday, July 13, after a two-week journey from Japan. Representatives with the port, Subaru of America and multiple logistics partners, including carriers, labor, stevedores, vessel agents, and transportation providers, were there to greet the landmark vehicle and celebrate a long partnership.

Automobile imports generate the most revenue of all commodities handled at the Port of Vancouver, which translates to jobs and spending in the local economy.

"Our 21-year partnership with Subaru is not only important to us here at the port, but also to the community," said Todd Coleman, port CEO. "Roughly $300 from every vehicle delivered to the port gets reinvested in Washington and Oregon."

Approximately 200 jobs at the port are supported by automobile delivery and processing. This includes workers who drive vehicles off the ships, process them for sale in the U.S., install accessories and prepare them for transport.

Subaru of America signed its first lease with the Port of Vancouver in December 1992. Port leadership and the community hailed the first Subaru vehicle, an Impreza wagon, at a dockside event on Jan. 7, 1993.

This summer, the port and Subaru reached an agreement to continue partnering through 2035 to bring vehicles, jobs and economic benefit to our community.

We look forward to working with Subaru for another two decades and celebrating the next million!

- 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: Former Port Commissioner Bob Moser and the first Subaru to cross port docks in 1993 , On Sunday, July 13, Port, Subaru and logistics chain partners celebrate the one millionth Subaru to be handled at the Port of Vancouver USA
Military
(PHOTO) Oregon Army National Guard aviators conduct fire suppression operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter returns to the Madras Airport after successfully dumping water on a target area in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter waits for a launch order to continue supporting fire suppression efforts in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Video can be found at:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression#.U8xlH45iG_E


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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Army National Guard aviators assist in fire suppression efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/19/14
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Ground crew re-fuelers prepare an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter for take off at the Madras Airport in Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the Logging Unit fire. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot and commander of the Pendleton-based Bravo Company, 1-168 Aviation, coordinates with ground crew prior to flying out in support of fire suppression missions at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19.Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter stands by to begin fire suppression operations in support of local responders at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19.Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Video available at the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmKRVww2sVc&feature=youtu.be


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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry honored during mobilization ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/18/14
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Family, friends and well-wishers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, gathered to honor the Citizen-Soldiers during a mobilization ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.
"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."

It is customary for senior leaders and elected representatives to deliver letters to the deploying units. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wrote, "I have no doubt your team will demonstrate skill and professionalism in your upcoming mission. I know you will display courage and strength as you provide security forces at the Bagram Airfield base."
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden also provided letter to the unit. Many local, state and other elected officials were in attendance alongside representatives from law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
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Photo Captions:
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation for a unit photo, prior to their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, is joined by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (right), and Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with unit Solders following the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), speaks to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers and guests during the mobilization ceremony for the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen (right), listens as Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs unit Soldiers, prior to the start of their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry prepares to mobilize Soldiers to Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/15/14
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The Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is scheduled to mobilize approximately 275 Soldiers to Afghanistan in a ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The public and media are invited to attend. The address is 1465 Webster St., in Ashland, Ore. For parking, take I-5 Exit 14, head west on Ashland St. and turn right on Walker Ave.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.

"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."


To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/347734/1-186-infantry-battalion-mobilization-training#.U8V0_ZRdV8E

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438538/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1JJRdV8E

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Photo captions:
130309-Z-9135B-353: Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Mark Timmons (right), commander of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, surveys the situation and gives instructions to Soldiers following a simulated battle during a full-scale infantry training exercise at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

130309-Z-7541B-003: Oregon Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Scott Bagdan, with Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, gives instructions to Soldiers during a simulated casualty evacuation at the Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. Infantry units, based out of Coos Bay and St. Helens, Ore., met in Salem to conduct a full-scale training exercise simulating battlefield scenarios. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

130309-Z-AH721-013: Oregon Army National Guard Cpl. Andrew J. Miller, with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, provides roadside security in the blackberry bushes as the sun rises through the trees during a training exercise, March 9, at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore. (Photo by Spc. Erin J. Quirke, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain promoted (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/12/14
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel Scott Delbridge, recently appointed as State Chaplain, was promoted to colonel in a ceremony held at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12.
The ceremony was attended by family, friends and members of the military, both currently serving and retired. The Adjutant General for Oregon, Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson presided over the ceremony. Delbridge has served with the Oregon Army National Guard since 1994 when he transferred from the Air National Guard.

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140712-Z-G3909-063: Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, addresses family and friends during a promotion ceremony for Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-082: Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, receives his new shoulder boards from his wife (pictured left) and his father (pictured right) during his promotion ceremony to the rank of colonel held at Heritage Park in Salem, Oregon, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-119: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain, addresses family and friends during his promotion ceremony at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-208: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, poses for a photo with his family after his promotion ceremony to colonel, at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.


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142nd Fighter Wing conducts dissimilar air combat training (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/11/14
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing takes off at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing takes off at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting F-18 Hornets from Lemoore Naval Air Station to conduct dissimilar air combat training, July 14-18. Flights will launch daily after 7 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since September 11, 2001, the Wing has flown more than 48,000 hours in support of this mission.


Attached Media Files: An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing takes off at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
Oregon Air National Guard general retires in ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/09/14
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce W. Prunk, Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard, retired in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9.

Prunk retired after more than 30 years of service. In his most recent position, he was responsible for strategy development, state and federal liaisons, inter-agency coordination, and special duties supporting the 105,000 Air National Guard members nationwide.

He was commissioned in 1983 through the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science. Prior to receiving his commission, he was an enlisted member of the 142nd Combat Support Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard. He has served as a social actions officer at both the wing and state levels, and was the 142nd Fighter Wing's Inspector General. In 1996 he was selected to command the 142nd Security Forces Squadron; further proceeding as the 142nd Mission Support Group commander and the vice commander of 142nd Fighter Wing.

In 2006, he became the Director of Staff of the Oregon Air National Guard for Oregon Joint Force Headquarters. He deployed in 2007 to Iraq as the deputy commander of the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Prior to his most recent assignment, he served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air for the Oregon National Guard; responsible for staff oversight within state joint force headquarters and support to the commander.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, returns a salute from Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left) Adjutant General, Oregon, presents both the Oregon Distinguished Service Medal and the Oregon Thirty Year Faithful Service Medal to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) with a Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Air Force during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) poses with his wife, Janice Prunk, as they hold the Certificate of Appreciation that was presented to her from the Sec. of the Air Force on the occasion of her husband's retirement in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Col. Rick Wedan (left), 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, presents a lithograph with an F-15 Eagle to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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The Oregon National Guard Army Band announces its Summer Concert Series schedule
Oregon Military Department - 07/03/14
The Oregon National Guard Band, the 234th Army Band, is scheduled to perform at a number of venues throughout the state this summer.

The Army Band is Oregon's own National Guard Band and will present "Heroes and Villains," a free public performance for the entire family, featuring:

* Superman March

* Music from Frozen

* Highlights from the Incredibles

* Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

* Selections from Les Miserables

* Marches, Patriotic Selections & More

No tickets are necessary to attend the performances, but arrive early to ensure the best seats in the house.

July 6, 2pm - Liberty Theater, Astoria

July 7, 7pm - Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport

July 9, 7pm - Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

July 11, 7 pm - North Medford HS Auditorium, Medford

July 12, 7 pm - Rose Auditorium, Roseburg

July 15, 7pm - Grand Theatre, Salem.

For more information, check the Army Band Facebook page at: facebook.com/234tharmy band.
PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard units conclude annual training in Yakima, Wash.-Part II (Photo)
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, set off a charge of 128 pounds of ammonium nitrate and C4 explosive as a "cratering charge" during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The explosion had an equivalent of 220 pounds of TNT. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, prepare C-4 charges during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, speaks to Soldiers of the 162nd Engineer Company, during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. "Missions like these are what keeps us as Soldiers coming back year after year," Polley said of the Soldiers' training. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Golf Troop, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, guard an entry control point at the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion compound at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 21. Several Oregon Army National Guard units converged on the training site for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Sheria Pitman (left), and Sgt. David McCabe, with Bravo Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, work on a HMMWV ambulance at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Pitman, a welder, and McCabe, a mechanic, were joined by fellow Citizen-Soldiers from several Oregon Army National Guard units at the training facility for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Burghart (left), commander of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, fires an M240 "Bravo" machine gun, while assisted by Maj. Brian Stramel, on the weapons qualification range at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Berghart and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major Allen Holland toured the training facility, visiting with Oregon Citizen-Soldiers who were conducting their annual training. The units will conclude their training cycle over the next week and head back to Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Alexandria Davidson, treatment platoon leader for Charlie Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, works on a computer program in the Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 21. The unit's TMC supports medical needs of service members with a full complement of doctor, nurse, dental, x-ray, and administrative services. The Soldiers recently completed three weeks of training at Orchard Combat Training Center, in Idaho, before gearing up for their annual training cycle in Yakima. Davidson, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, received her commission through the school's ROTC program. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Derek Hotchkiss (right), battle captain with the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Valleton, assistant S3 non-commissioned officer, conduct a battle drill in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC), during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Several Army National Guard units from Oregon converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle, and worked alongside other Army units from Washington State and several Marine Corps detachments. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, yells out the command to fire a 105mm Howitzer, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, from Keizer, Ore., is joined by number one man on the gun, Spc. Cody Shepherd (second from left), of Milwaukie, Ore.; gunner Spc. William McKnight (seated), of Vancouver, Wash.; assistant gunner, Pfc. Jordan Pena (right), of Portland, Ore.; and ammunition team chief, Sgt. David Tully (not pictured), of Gresham, Ore. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, explains fire coordinates and trajectory tables to gun crew member, Spc. Cody Shepherd, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, who is from Keizer, Ore., and Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore., were joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Justin Simonson, number one man on the gun crew for Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, listens to a briefing before the start of a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Simonson, of McMinnville, Ore., was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Platoon, Gun #2, of Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, scores a direct hit on a target using a 105mm Howitzer during a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. The gun crew is comprised of Staff Sgt. Richard Moisa, gun chief; Sgt. Daniel Hyde, gunner; Sgt. Michael Whalan, gunner #2; Spc. Nathan Livingood, ammunition team chief; Spc. Derek Becker, number one man; and Pfc. Blake Smith, number two man. Moisa's gun crew was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Sanderson, assistant S4 for the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, organizes a weapons check exercise for a platoon of U.S. Marines during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Sanderson, who is from Portland, Ore., and another Oregon Soldier were tasked as the liaison non-commissioned officers between the Oregon Army National Guard unit and the Marines who were embedded with the Oregon unit. The Marines planned daily and nightly tactical raids on the Army compound in order to test their defenses against adversaries. Sanderson, who has worked closely with members of other branches of the military over the years said embedding the Marines with the Oregon Army National Guard unit was a big win for both organizations, from a cross-cultural standpoint, and for strategic joint training and readiness. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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1860s Vintage Base Ball Returns to Fort Vancouver NHS on July 26 (Photo)
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 07/16/14
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By popular demand, visitors to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will once again hear the phrase, "Striker to the line!"

After a one-year respite, the National Park Service is proud to bring back 1860s vintage base ball to the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site -- base ball played according to the rules in place in 1867, by costumed staff and volunteers portraying two of the Pacific Northwest's first baseball teams, the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland.

The nine-inning match game will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 26, 2014, on the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, just west of the park's Bandstand. It is a fun, free, and fantastic opportunity to travel back in time to 1867 to experience "base ball" (then two words) at its infancy, with costumed players and supporters, a brass band concert, and a howitzer firing to start the game.

"We are very pleased to have the support of the local community in helping bring back this popular event," said Tracy Fortmann, park superintendent. "We encourage visitors to purchase a snack onsite or bring a picnic along with lawn chairs or blankets to see the action and cheer on the Occidentals and Pioneers in the national park." Hot dogs and popcorn will also be available for purchase, courtesy of the Grant House Restaurant.

"Base ball in 1867 was a very different game than the modern form played today," said Greg Shine, the park's chief ranger and historian. "The hurler -- the predecessor of today's pitcher -- threw to the striker's liking. Players wore no gloves, and could catch the ball on one bounce for an out -- though such a practice was not considered 'gentlemanly.' In a time of growing community rivalries, there was an extensive code of conduct to ensure all would play in a gentlemanly manner. Sliding into a base, while now a standard practice, was not considered a gentlemanly activity in base ball of the 1860s."

On May 29, 1867, the Pioneer and the Occidental Base Ball Clubs met for the first time, with the Pioneers winning by a score of 79 to 62. "Our match with not be an exact repeat of this historic game, in order to spare our participants the task of running around the bases 141 times," said Park Ranger Robert Gutierrez, the event organizer, "but I can assure the crowd that it will be a lot of fun and all will adhere to the code of conduct of the time. If not," he said with a smile, "the umpire may very well levy some fines."

Along with the costumed players will be well-dressed "cranks" (baseball fans from 1867), and music between innings provided by the Vancouver Community Concert Band. Based on feedback from previous years, a play-by-play will be provided over loudspeakers during the match game from the scorer's table, blending modern communication technology with nineteenth century terminology, historical tidbits and phrases, and explanation of on-the-field action.

To learn more about early baseball history in Vancouver, please download the park's historic resource study The National Game is Decidedly 'On the Fly'": The Rise of Organized Base Ball in the Portland and Vancouver Area in 1867 at http://go.usa.gov/5cmh

Cost: Free!

What: 1860s Vintage Base Ball Match Game, Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland vs. Occidental base Ball Club of Vancouver

Who: Staff and volunteers at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Where: Historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System.

Free parking is available at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, along the Park Road, and along E. Fifth Street between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve St.

When: 6:00 pm, Saturday, July 26, 2014

More Info & Photos: http://go.usa.gov/5xNC

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Background: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The Reserve's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities -- create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.


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Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins Statement on Daimler Trucks North America Headquarters Groundbreaking
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/18/14
PORTLAND - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins issued the following statement today at Daimler Trucks North America's Headquarters groundbreaking event on Portland's Swan Island:

"Daimler Trucks North America's commitment to stay and expand its corporate headquarters here in Oregon is an enormous vote of confidence in our state's economic future. Our highly-trained workforce and high quality of life continues to make us globally competitive as we develop foreign partnerships and attract investment from around the world. We're an international player, and Oregon will continue to attract foreign direct investment and work to grow companies like Daimler here."


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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting - July 25
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/18/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, July 25 at 2 World Trade Center, Flags Conference Room, 121 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Five Oregon Outdoor Gear Companies to OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/09/14
SALEM - Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of five outdoor gear and apparel companies to the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014 trade show in Germany this week.

Another 13 Oregon outdoor firms will also either appear at the show or promote themselves in the Oregon Outdoor booth. The OutDoor Friedrichshafen show takes place July 10-13 and is considered Europe's premier outdoor industry event. It features more than 900 exhibitors from 40 countries showcasing their products and services.

"Nike and Columbia Sportswear aren't here by accident. Oregon has emerged as a global leader in the outdoor gear and apparel industry, in part because we are the place where customers come to play and to push their gear to the limit," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That is why we work hard every day to help Oregon's outdoor gear designers and manufacturers find customers all around the world so they can grow back here in Oregon."

Business Oregon will provide export assistance grants to five firms to help defray their costs of attending the show. Those companies include Oregon City's FixnZip, climbing pack maker CiloGear, climbing apparel maker NW Alpine, stainless steel bottle maker Hydro Flask and ultralight equipment maker Six Moon Designs of Beaverton.

Business Oregon offers matching grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon companies to help defray the expense of traveling to trade shows around the world, and can also provide technical assistance and expertise to Oregon companies seeking export markets for their products.

Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded 240 Grants totaling $804,303 to 222 different Oregon companies. As a result, these Oregon firms report an estimated $29 million in immediate sales, and another $105 million in projected future sales as a result of the trade shows appearances.

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Statement from Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins on Opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's new, $200 million processing line in Boardman.
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 06/27/14
Statement from Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins on Opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's new, $200 million processing line in Boardman.

SALEM - "The citizens of the northeastern Oregon will benefit greatly from ConAgra Foods' $200 million investment and the creation of 130 new jobs at the Lamb Weston frozen potato processing plant in Boardman. Every time we can use our resources to help put Oregonians to work, it is a win for the entire state and its economy.

We are happy to celebrate this success with our partners on this project: ConAgra Foods, Inc., the Port of Morrow, City of Boardman, Morrow County and the Oregon Department of Transportation. ConAgra already plays a large role in the area's economy where it operates seven plants and employs 750 employees in Boardman and another 500 in Hermiston. Agriculture and the production of value-added goods are an important component of our state's economy and are an important global export for Oregon. We are pleased to have been a part of this important expansion."

For more information on the project, please see: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/conagra-foods-lamb-weston-and-community-leaders-celebrate-boardman-plant-expansion-2014-06-27.

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The Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting June 27 CANCELED
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 06/25/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting Scheduled for Friday, June 17 at Port of Morrow in Boardman has been canceled due to the lack of a quorom. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
CCB Sweeps Central, Eastern Oregon for Unlicensed Contractors
Construction Contractors Board - 07/15/14
Salem - Construction Contractors Board (CCB) investigators recently showed up unannounced at more than 200 jobsites in Central and Eastern Oregon as part of an ongoing campaign targeting unlicensed contractors.

Six investigators visited nearly 40 communities in late June. They turned up 43 potential violations of construction contractor law in communities ranging from Hood River and The Dalles east to Pendleton and from the Bend area east to Ontario.

The single-largest number of cases, 17 total, involved people working without a license. Another six cases involve contractors who hired an unlicensed subcontractor.

Other violations included contractors who lacked workers' compensation coverage, contractors who neglected to include their CCB number on advertising and contractors who lacked a license to handle lead-based paint.

Anyone who repairs or remodels, as well as those who build new homes or businesses, must be licensed with the CCB. Contractors working on homes built before 1978 need special licensing to handle lead-based paint.

In May, investigators turned up 30 similar violations after random visits to more than 200 coastal job sites.

"We will root out unlicensed contractors," CCB Interim Administrator Berri Leslie said. "Penalizing contractors who work on the fringe of the law levels the playing field for hard-working, legitimate contractors and protects the public."

Licensed contractors must carry a surety bond as well as liability and workers' compensation insurance. Also, homeowners may be able to get help from the CCB to resolve construction-related disputes if they use properly licensed contractors.

Salem staff now decide whether to issue warnings or fines based on the facts of the case and whether it is a first-time violation. A typical first-offense penalty for working without a license is $1,000 with subsequent violations resulting in fines of up to $5,000. Working without a license is also a misdemeanor crime.

Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity or verify licenses on the CCB's website or by calling 503-378-4621.
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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
Contractor board finds new administrator at architect agency
Construction Contractors Board - 07/14/14
Salem - James Denno, the top executive at the state Board of Architect Examiners, will become the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) administrator on Aug. 11.

The contractor board selected Denno this week after receiving input from staff and stakeholder groups. Denno replaces Craig Smith, who served as the agency's top executive for 13 years before retiring in February. Berri Leslie, deputy administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division, served for six months after Smith left.

Denno has experience in local and state government working in housing, building codes, building energy conservation, and professional licensing regulation. He has served as the administrator of the State Board of Architect Examiners for nearly three years.

At the CCB, Denno will lead an agency that regulates more than 34,000 licensed construction contractors with about 60 employees and a $15.1 million 2013-15 budget. His annual salary is $101,400.

"I will miss the outstanding team at the Architect Board, but I have been very impressed by the CCB staff and board members," Denno said. "They are energized about the future of the CCB and I am excited to be joining them. It is an honor to be chosen to lead their team."

The CCB protects consumers by preventing and resolving construction contracting problems. In addition to licensing contractors and investigating complaints against licensees, the agency educates the public about how to avoid problems on construction projects and mediates disputes between homeowners and licensed contractors.

"In a field of strong candidates, Jim Denno stood out," Board Chair Rob Yorke said. "He has the people skills, regulatory acumen and innovative thinking to propel the agency forward.

"I have every expectation that he will advance the positive momentum started at the agency by Interim Director Berri Leslie," Yorke added. "In his prior roles, Jim has done much for the citizens of Oregon. There will be more to come as he leads the CCB."

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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 34,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
Make plans to attend one of these DHS Town Hall Meetings: Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community
OR Department of Human Services - 07/17/14
You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Your input and participation is extremely valuable to us. Please make plans to attend a meeting in your local area -- or to log on for a statewide web-based meeting (if you are unable to attend in person). We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College (Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Portland

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (Hitchcock Auditorium)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Bend

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (Center for Meeting & Learning)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eugene

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Community College (RCC/SOU Higher Education Center)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Medford

Thursday, August 7 (special online meeting for those unable to attend in person)
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Web

Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Additional information will be coming soon - please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Thank you!

Questions?
Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Save the date, make plans to attend a Department of Human Services Town Hall Meeting this summer
OR Department of Human Services - 07/10/14
Save the date and make plans to attend a DHS Town Hall Meeting: Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community.

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, and DHS agency operations.

Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Your input and participation is extremely valuable to us. Please make plans to attend a meeting in your local area -- or to log on for a statewide web-based meeting (if you are unable to attend in person). We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College - Cascade Campus (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Valley Community College (room to be announced)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Thursday, August 7
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Additional information will be coming soon - please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Thank you!

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Affordable Care Act Allows Former Foster Care Youth to Remain on Medicaid/OHP until Age 26
OR Department of Human Services - 07/10/14
On January 1, 2014, Oregon began providing Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) benefits to former foster care youth under the age of 26. Oregon's program is called the Former Foster Care Youth (FFCY) Medical Program. It is estimated that there are 3,329 former foster care youth in Oregon eligible for the program.

A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows children/dependents under the age of 26 to stay on their parent's health insurance. Recognizing that children who are discharged from the foster care system as an adult (18-20) do not always have that option, the ACA includes a provision allowing former foster care youth to remain on Medicaid until age 26, regardless of income.

"We are working with our caseworkers, community partners and stakeholder networks to help us get the word out, so these young adults can get enrolled in health care coverage" said Sherril Kuhns, Federal Compliance Manager for the Oregon Office of Child Welfare. "Since January 2014, we have enrolled 544 youth under the age of 26 into the Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program."

Youth can request a FFCY application from their DHS caseworker, Independent Living Program (ILP) provider or FosterClub Dedicated Outreach Representative. Other options include:

* Phone: The DHS Children's Medical Unit (CMED) can take applications over the phone, please call 503-945-5720 or 503-947-2598.

* Email: Applications can be requested or submitted via email 5508.c-med@state.or.us.

* Mail: Applications are also available online on the DHS Independent Living Program website; look for FFCY Medical Program Referral Form. To submit application print, complete and mail application to CMED, 500 Summer Street NE, E-69, Salem, Oregon 97301

* Fax: Completed applications can be faxed to 503-945-7032

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Consider a New Career as an Adult Foster Home Provider - Pendleton and Surrounding (Photo)
OR Department of Human Services - 07/08/14
Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
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Becoming an adult foster home provider is an opportunity to open your home to help others. When elderly people or adults with physical disabilities are no longer able to care for themselves in their own homes, adult foster care is an option.

Adult foster homes are single-family residences that offer 24-hour care in a home-like setting. The goal of an adult foster home is to provide necessary care in a home-like setting while emphasizing the residents' independence, choice and decision making.

Adult foster homes provide meals and help with eating, dressing, personal care, walking and/or getting out of a bed or a chair, social needs, and medication assistance. Being an Adult Foster Care provider allows you to make a difference in the lives of others while making a living in your own home. Adult Foster Care providers have the satisfaction of operating their own business.

Mary Alva has been an adult foster home provider in The Dalles since June of 2000. She owns and operates two adult foster homes, Mary Alva Senior Class I, and Mary Alva Senior Class II. She says she "just happened to run into the person who was putting the homes together" after moving to Oregon in 2000. "The person who was supposed to open the homes ended up not being able to. There was an adult foster home training in The Dalles at that time, so I thought I guess this is a good time to open my own business."

Mary came from a medical background and had worked in the medical field in Seattle since 1976. She says her favorite part about being an adult foster home provider is "the satisfaction of knowing we are creating a good home for our community's elders, and it is very satisfying. The residents and their families really appreciate the nice home we provide them. I also enjoy getting to know the residents and their families and learning about the contributions they've made to the community."

Becoming an adult foster care provider offers personal and financial benefits, as you and your family experience the joys of a multi-generational household. Providing adult foster care is ideal for those who wish to work from home, own their own business and provide personal care and services outside of an institutional setting. On-going training is available to help providers grow in their chosen field.

If you are interested in becoming an adult foster home provider, or would like more information, please contact your local Aging and People with Disabilities office.
Within Umatilla and Morrow counties please contact:

The Pendleton APD Office
1555 Southgate Place, Pendleton OR 97801
541-278-4161


Attached Media Files: Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
Consider a New Career as an Adult Foster Home Provider - The Dalles and Surrounding (Photo)
OR Department of Human Services - 07/08/14
Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-07/973/75751/thumb_Mary_Alva_AFH.jpg
Becoming an adult foster home provider is an opportunity to open your home to help others. When elderly people or adults with physical disabilities are no longer able to care for themselves in their own homes, adult foster care is an option.

Adult foster homes are single-family residences that offer 24-hour care in a home-like setting. The goal of an adult foster home is to provide necessary care in a home-like setting while emphasizing the residents' independence, choice and decision making.

Adult foster homes provide meals and help with eating, dressing, personal care, walking and/or getting out of a bed or a chair, social needs, and medication assistance. Being an Adult Foster Care provider allows you to make a difference in the lives of others while making a living in your own home. Adult Foster Care providers have the satisfaction of operating their own business.

Mary Alva has been an adult foster home provider in The Dalles since June of 2000. She owns and operates two adult foster homes, Mary Alva Senior Class I, and Mary Alva Senior Class II. She says she "just happened to run into the person who was putting the homes together" after moving to Oregon in 2000. "The person who was supposed to open the homes ended up not being able to. There was an adult foster home training in The Dalles at that time, so I thought I guess this is a good time to open my own business."

Mary came from a medical background and had worked in the medical field in Seattle since 1976. She says her favorite part about being an adult foster home provider is "the satisfaction of knowing we are creating a good home for our community's elders, and it is very satisfying. The residents and their families really appreciate the nice home we provide them. I also enjoy getting to know the residents and their families and learning about the contributions they've made to the community."

Becoming an adult foster care provider offers personal and financial benefits, as you and your family experience the joys of a multi-generational household. Providing adult foster care is ideal for those who wish to work from home, own their own business and provide personal care and services outside of an institutional setting. On-going training is available to help providers grow in their chosen field.

If you are interested in becoming an adult foster home provider, or would like more information, please contact your local Aging and People with Disabilities office.
Within Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Hood River Counties please contact:

The Dalles APD Office
3641 Kiindt Drive The Dalles, OR 97058
541-298-4114 or 1-800-452-2333


Attached Media Files: Dorothy Jones, Mary Alva
Public comments being taken on proposed Supported Employment Policy
OR Department of Human Services - 07/02/14
Public comments will be taken until 5 p.m. on July 11, 2014 on a proposed Supported Employment Policy for the Vocational Rehabilit