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Citizens Receive Awards from Fire Department
Albany Fire Dept. - 04/14/14
At the April 9, 2014, Albany City Council meeting, Fire Chief John Bradner presented the following civilian awards:
Certificates of Appreciation to Mark and Andrea Ylen for their actions on December 9, 2013, assisting an Albany father and his daughter in getting out of their home safely during a fire.
Civilian Lifesaving Award to Rich Roven for his actions on the evening of February 8, 2014.
On a walk Mr. Roven saw smoke coming from an attic window of a home on Elm Street. Mr. Roven entered the home and attempted to put the fire out. Had Mr. Roven not taken immediate action to help his neighbor when he did, this fire would have caused significant damage but more importantly the resident could have died.
Civilian Lifesaving Award to James Myrick for his actions the morning of December 3, 2013.
Mr. Myrick was traveling on Highway 20 when he witnessed a collision. Mr. Myrick found the other driver injured and trapped inside the car. Mr. Myrick had to reach through a broken window to get the driver's head into a position that assisted with his breathing and to stabilize his neck. He held the driver in this position until the Fire Department arrived. He continued to provide assistance to firefighters while they worked to remove the driver from the car.
Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force Welcomes Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker to Oregon
Albany Police - 04/18/14
Delanie Walker of the NFL Tenessee Titans, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 annual DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Lincoln City.

After losing his aunt and uncle to a drunk driver in New Orleans immediately following Super Bowl XLVII, Delanie became determined to give back. As a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Delanie has represented the organization on a local and national level, sharing his story with other players, team executives, media and fans across the country.

According to DUII Task Force Chair, Robert Hayes, "This is an unique position for a professional athlete and I applaud Delanie for speaking so openly about the dangers of impaired driving, as well as leading by example. He understands that his voice could save lives. We are honored to have him as our keynote speaker."

The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference is attended by various disciplines including law enforcement, prosecutors, treatment and prevention providers, evaluators, parole and probation and others involved in the fight against impaired driving.

Media inquiries should be directed to Chair Robert Hayes at 541-979-2663.

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Child Pornography Arrest - Albany Police Case 14-7340 (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/18/14
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at about 11:30 a.m., Albany Police Detectives, assisted by the Oregon Department of Justice, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2400 block of SE 8th Avenue in Albany. Following the search warrant 39-year-old Albany resident Stanley Brittain was taken into custody at the residence without incident and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

* Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (25 counts).
* Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (25 counts).

Evidence supporting the charges of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse was seized during the search warrant. This investigation began after the Albany Police Department received a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force regarding Stanley Brittain, a priest also known as Father Isidore. Until last week, Stanley Brittain was associated with St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis.

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding Stanley Brittain is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Unit at 541-917-7680.

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Attached Media Files: Stanley Brittain Booking Photo
We Need Your Help Locating A Missing Juvenile (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 04/17/14
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***UPDATE***
The young man was found walking on SW Allen Blvd by his father and has been returned home safe.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Beaverton Police Officers responded to the Highland Park apartments located at the 14000 block of SW Allen Blvd. on a report of a missing 12 year old boy.

It was reported by the mother of the missing child identified as Ken Luafudu that he was last seen at 3:00 p.m. Ken left his apartment and did not take his cell phone with him and his family was not able to locate him.

Ken is a Pacific Islander, 5'6", 150, black hair and brown eyes. Ken was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweat pants.

Beaverton Police Officers are currently searching the area around his apartments and are asking for the community's help in locating Ken.

If you have seen or see Ken you are asked to call the Beaverton Police Department at (503) 629-0111.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo
The Beaverton Police Department and KGW News Channel 8 are Providing You a Free Shredding Event
Beaverton Police Department - 04/16/14
The Beaverton Police Department and KGW News Channel 8 will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The event will be held at Tektronix 13975 SW Karl Braun Dr. Beaverton, Oregon from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Identity theft and fraud crimes are on the rise. The City of Beaverton and KGW want to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud, by keeping your personal information away from the hands of thieves. One of the methods thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.
For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills, and other documents that may contain sensitive information.

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event each vehicle will only be allowed TWO BANKER STYLE BOXES. This event is not for business documents, it is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first come, first served basis and limited to the capacity of the commercial-sized shredding trucks from Cintas. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached.

Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event. We cannot accept any cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Suspect Crashed Into Police Vehicle
Beaverton Police Department - 04/15/14
***Update***
The suspects are identified as Davontie Donahue 21 years old and his wife Torri Donahue 22 years old and both are from Vancouver. The victim was not related to the suspects.

Torri Donahue was cited and released at the hospital on the charge of promoting prostitution.

Davontie Donahue will be lodged at the Washington County Jail on a felony want and will be charged with compelling and promoting prostitution, elude and felon in possession of a firearm.

A Smith & Wesson AR15 style assault rifle was found in the truck of the vehicle along with loaded magazines.

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at approximately 2:43 p.m. Beaverton Police Detectives stopped a vehicle on SW 173rd Ave near SW Washington Court. The occupants in the vehicle were suspects in a Human Trafficking Investigation that involved a 17 year old girl. The detectives had been following the suspects from the time they dropped the 17 year old girl off at The Comfort Inn the hotel in Beaverton. The occupants of the vehicle a black female and black male adult refused to follow the detective's commands and fled in the vehicle.

When the suspects fled they crashed into a detective's car and a marked K9 vehicle. The subjects continued South on SW 173rd Ave and turned West onto SW Farmington road where they struck a citizens vehicle. The subject's car then left the roadway crashing through a fence and coming to rest in a drainage ditch. The male occupant fled the vehicle and was located a short time later by the K9 Officer whose vehicle he struck. He was hiding in the back yard of residents inside a child's pink play house.

Both suspects were taken to a local area hospital for treatment of non-life threating injuries. The 17 year old victim of Human Trafficking is safe and is with Beaverton Detectives.

The names and charges of the involved suspects will be released at a later date. It is expected that SW Farmington westbound between SW 170th and SW Kinnaman will be closed for several hours for the investigation.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Department - 04/14/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, April 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.
http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington-county-0
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Women arrested for throwing lit flares (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 04/11/14
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On April 11, 2014 at 8:04 AM Beaverton Police Department officers located three lit road flares in our northwest parking lot. 28 Year old Brenda Adams of Tigard, Oregon was arrested in connection with the incident. Adams was seen by witnesses throwing the lit flares and then fleeing the area in her vehicle. Adams was stopped after she was located driving her vehicle a short distance away from the police station. The evidence and statements collected during the traffic stop supported Adams being the suspect in this incident. Adams was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Offensive Littering.

Evidence and statements collected also supports Adams being the suspect in two similar incidents which occurred at the Beaverton Police Station and at Hwy 26 near Camelot court during the early morning hours of April 4th, 2014. For the April 4th incident Adams was charged with two additional counts of Disorderly Conduct and Offensive Littering.

Adams was transported to Washington County Jail. No one was injured during the incidents. The motive is still under investigation.



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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Photo
2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Beaverton Police Department - 04/07/14
Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no assistance. The criminal justice system often seemed indifferent to their needs. Victims were commonly excluded from courtrooms and denied the chance to speak at sentencing. They had no access to victim compensation or services to help rebuild their lives. There were few avenues to deal with their emotional and physical wounds. Victims were on their own to recover their health, security, and dignity.

Today, the nation has made dramatic progress in securing rights, protections, and services for victims. Every state has enacted victims' rights laws and all have victim compensation programs. More than 10,000 victim service agencies now help people throughout the country. In 1984, Congress passed the bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), which created a national fund to ease victims' suffering. Financed not by taxpayers but by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports victim services, such as rape crisis and domestic violence programs and victim compensation programs that pay many of victims' out-of-pocket expenses from the crime, such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages.

Victims' rights advocates have scored remarkable victories over the last 30 years. But there is still a lot of work to be done. As we move forward, we are increasingly expanding our reach to previously underserved victim populations, including victims of color, American Indians and Alaska Natives, adults molested as children, victims of elder abuse, and LGBTQ victims. Over three decades, VOCA pioneered support efforts for victims of once-hidden crimes, like domestic and sexual violence. Today, we are shining a spotlight on other abuses that have long been unreported and often not prosecuted--hate and bias crimes, bullying, and sex and labor trafficking, among others.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be held April 6-12 in communities throughout the nation. In Washington, DC, the U.S. Department of Justice will kick off the week with OVC's annual Service Awards Ceremony to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime. Law enforcement agencies in Washington County will observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a fundraising BBQ hosted by the Washington County DA's Office, this event is open to the public. The funds raised by this event will be used for emergency services for victims in Washington County. The BBQ will be held on April 8, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Washington County Public Services Building Cafeteria located at 155 N. First Ave. Hillsboro, Oregon 97124.

The Beaverton Police Department will have advocates at this event talking about our new app that is available on Apple products. This app provides victims with fast access to contact information for many resources that are available as well as victims' rights. The app is free and is available in the Apple app store and can be found by searching Beaverton Police. The goal of this app is to provide victims an easy and safe way to locate all the rights and resources that are available to them. Many times victims are afraid to use the home computer to search for help; this app allows the victim to search for help in a safe place.
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Attached Media Files: BBQ , Press Release
Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Cedar Hills Blvd (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 04/07/14
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On April 7, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Beaverton Police Officers responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on SW Cedar Hills Blvd at SW Huntington Ave.

When officers arrived they saw that this crash involved two cars and one motorcycle. The motorcycle operator had been thrown from the motorcycle and had been struck by a vehicle that was travelling northbound. It appeared that the motorcycle was attempting to pass a vehicle in the right lane and struck a red Volkswagen that was stopped in the left lane to turn onto SW Huntington Ave. This collision caused the motorcycle operator to leave the motorcycle and he slid into the right lane and was then struck by a silver Mazda.

The motorcycle operated is identified as Adam Jarman, 35 years of age from Beaverton. Mr. Jarman sustained major injuries from this collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mr. Jarman's next of kin has been notified.

This incident is being investigated by the Beaverton Police Department and members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART).

Expect that SW Cedar Hills Blvd. north and southbound in this area will be closed for at least several more hours for the safety of the investigators.
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Attached Media Files: Press Release , 2014-04/1412/73158/moto.jpg
Free Child Safety Seat Clinic
Beaverton Police Department - 04/02/14
The Beaverton Police Department in a partnership with Safe Kids Washington County will be conducting a free child car seat clinic on Saturday, April 5, 2014 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. 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

http://www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-washington-county-0
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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Two Arrested With Over 100 Counterfeit Credit Cards (Photo)
Beaverton Police Department - 04/01/14
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On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:30pm Nordstrom's Loss Prevention alerted Beaverton Police Detectives about two individuals who were most likely using counterfeit credit cards. The Detectives confirmed the suspects were in fact using counterfeit credit cards and the suspects had targeted several Metro area stores including Nordstrom, Staples, Office Depot, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, JC Penney, and TJ Maxx.

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 5:20pm, Beaverton Police Detectives arrested Yasser Hernandez 28 years of age and Raul Gonzalez-Rodriguez 26 years of age at the Avis Car Rental located at the Portland International Airport. The suspects were attempting to change rental cars when they were arrested.

Hernandez and Gonzalez-Rodriguez are both from Miami, FL and arrived in Portland on March 26, 2014. Beaverton Police Detectives recovered over 100 counterfeit credit cards and other documents containing credit card numbers and the available credit on each card. Also recovered was over $10,000.00 in gift cards, cash, high end watches, fragrances, electronics, and other items.

Hernandez and Gonzalez-Rodriguez were both lodged at the Washington County Jail for Aggravated ID Theft with more charges pending. Gonzalez-Rodriguez also had an extraditable warrant out of Idaho for the same crimes.


Attached Media Files: Press Release , Gonzalez-Rodriguez , Hernandez , Photo of items
Beaverton Police Department Announces the 2014 Awards and Recognition Ceremony
Beaverton Police Department - 03/30/14
The Beaverton Police Department's 2014 Police Service Awards and Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Southwest Bible Church, located at 14605 SW Weir Road, and will take place in the main sanctuary.

We will be honoring three citizens from our community in addition to officers and non-sworn members of the Beaverton Police Department.

This ceremony is open to the public and media. Please join us for this wonderful event and opportunity to recognize citizens from our community, your police officers and other members of the Beaverton Police Department.
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Attached Media Files: Awards
Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigate Shooting Incident (Photo) update with correct spelling of victims name
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
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On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at about 5:37 pm, Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the 27000 block of Reese Creek Road, about five miles northwest of Monroe, for a woman with a gunshot wound. Medics from the Monroe and Corvallis Fire Departments also responded.
Gale Fogelstrom, age 60, from Monroe, Oregon, was treated for two gunshot entrance wounds. The wounds were on the left side of her lower back and the other on her left buttocks. It appears that the bullets had not exited from the victim.

On initial assessment, the injuries do not appear to be life threating. She was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital by a REACH helicopter. There is no condition update at this time.

BCSO Deputies investigated the incident and were preliminarily able to determine that Gale Fogelstrom had walked south about half a mile on Reese Creek Road from her residence to get a newspaper from a newspaper box. While walking, Ms. Fogelstrom told deputies that she heard about 40 rounds of ammunition being fired, which is fairly common for the area. She was walking north, back towards her residence when she was struck by two bullets. She continued to walk down the roadway before being picked up by motorist. Ms. Fogelstrom was given a ride to her home where her boyfriend called 911.

After an initial investigation, deputies spoke to Jeffery Field, age 47, and Lena Potter, age 37 at 24863 Dawson Road. They told deputies they had been target practicing on their property at the time the victim had reported being shot. They had been shooting north, down the heavily forested hill. Reese Creek Road is north about 100 yards directly below the hill. They were unaware anyone had been struck by gunfire. Deputies were able to recover the two handguns and ammunition Jeffery Field and Lean Potter had been using.
No arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Detective Justin Bowers at 541-766-6858.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1505/73147/Reese_Creek_Shooting_04072014.jpg
Search Warrant Served at the residence belonging to Maria Shaw, ex-wife of Ward Weaver and mother of Francis Paul Weaver
Canby Police Dept. - 04/16/14
Over the past year, the Canby Police Department has received information from multiple people that illegal drugs were being sold from the Forrest Manor Apartment complex, located at apartment 292 S. Locust Street, Canby, Oregon. Specifically, the Canby Police Department was told the ex-wife of Ward Weaver, Maria Shaw, also known as Maria Weaver and Maria Stout, F.W. 02/14/61, and her son, Francis Paul Weaver, M. W. 12/13/82, were selling the controlled substance methamphetamine. This residence is the location where both Maria Shaw and Francis Paul Weaver were residing.

In response to these complaints, the Canby Police Department initiated a criminal investigation. The investigation resulted in the issuance of a Clackamas County search warrant for the residence 292 S. Locust Street, Canby, Oregon. The search warrant was served today, April 16, 2014, at approximately 6:00 A.M. Maria Shaw is the principle person of interest in this criminal investigation.

Evidence that included drug paraphernalia and drug records were seized from the location.
At the time of the execution of the search warrant, Maria Shaw was not present and her whereabouts are unknown at this time.

On February 18, 2014, on a separate incident, Francis Weaver was arrested and charged with the crime of murder. Francis Weaver and four other co-conspirators are believed to be responsible for the death of Edward Kelly Spangler in a drug related attempted robbery on February 16, 2014, at the Forrest Manor Apartments, in front of the residence 292 S. Locust Street, Canby, Oregon. Francis Weaver is currently in custody and awaiting trial.
Deputies Respond to Shooting at Kings Row Motel
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/14
Just before midnight on Thursday, April 17, 2014 the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was called to the King's Row Motel on a report of a shooting. King's Row Motel is located in the 12700 block of McLoughlin Blvd in Milwaukie, an unincorporated area of Clackamas County. The manager of the Motel called 911 reporting a male had came to the front desk reporting he had been shot by his wife while staying at the Motel.

Deputies responded to the scene and were able to make immediate phone contact with the female half. She cooperated with their commands and came out of the room without incident.

The male was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made at this time as this investigation is still ongoing.

The names of those involved are not being released at this time.
UPDATED w/ CORRECTED DATE, DROP-BOX INFO: Sheriff's Office set to participate in 'National Drug Take-Back Day' on Saturday, April 26 (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
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[NOTE: Release updated to reflect correct year of 2014, link to info on permanent prescription-drug drop-boxes.]

Want to safely dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs?

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will hold a no-questions-asked "Prescription Drug Take-Back" on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kaiser Permanente parking lot next to Mt. Talbert Medical Clinic (10100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas).

Sheriff's Office deputies will be on hand to accept unwanted medications at your driver's-side door.

Prescription medications are among the most commonly abused drugs, so it is important to dispose of them safely after they are no longer needed by the patient. Flushing pharmaceuticals down the toilet can be dangerous both for the community and local wildlife, so take-back programs like this are the best option for disposing of unused prescription drugs.

Last year's event resulted in more than 1,600 pounds of drugs being removed from Clackamas County homes and safely destroyed.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for local citizens to help us take drugs off the street before they ever even get there in the first place," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts.

This year's Drug Take-Back is presented by the Sheriff's Office, Kaiser Permanente, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, Walgreens, and the Overland Coalition Against Drug Crime.

The event is held in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take-Back Day. According to the DEA, during last year's event, held April 27, "742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event. When added to the collections from DEA's previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation."

UPDATED TO ADD: If you can't make the April 26 event, Clackamas County also has convenient permanent drop-boxes in ten locations around Clackamas County. A full list of drop-box locations can be found in this 2013 press release:

http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pressreleases/2013-06-07-CCSOPR-PrescriptionDrugDropBoxes.html

For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit at 503-785-5077 or by email at crimeprevention@clackamas.us

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Attached Media Files: Prescription Drug Take-Back flyer (PDF format) , Photo from 2010 Prescription Drug Take-Back , Photo from 2010 Prescription Drug Take-Back , Photo from 2010 Prescription Drug Take-Back
Sheriff's Office hosts 15th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 22-25; contact PIO for interview opportunities (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
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The 2014 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit ( http://www.ChildAbuseSummit.com ) starts Tuesday, April 22 and ends Friday, April 25 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. For media outlets, interview opportunities are available with experts leading sessions at the Summit; contact PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for details.

The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 750 attendees came from across the United States and around the world.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/cat.html ) and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT)( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/dvert.html ). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The conference theme, "The Power of One in Collaboration with Others," continues throughout the Summit as professionals learn new ways to work together to protect and make each child safe in our communities.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office offers its sincere thanks to SAFEWAY as a steadfast supporter and corporate sponsor of the Summit.

Visit http://www.ChildAbuseSummit.com for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

Registration for the Summit closes Friday, April 19.

Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Nate Thompson for interview inquiries.

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Attached Media Files: Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit logo
Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office announce suspension of I-247 detainer placements after court ruling
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/14
As a result of a recent court opinion and order issued on April 11, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, as well as other recent court rulings, finding that holding a person solely on an ICE detainer violates the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office's have made the decision to suspend placement of I-247 Immigration Detainers.

To view the Court Opinion and Order, see attachment.

The I-247 detainer is issued by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information about ICE detainers please visit their website at http://www.ice.gov

The Sheriffs are committed to remaining in compliance with all state and federal laws and the Constitution of the United States. As the pertinent law evolves through court decisions and/or legislation the Sheriffs will adjust their policies accordingly.


Attached Media Files: Court Opinion and Order (PDF format)
Reward now $16,000 for information leading to arrest of Dirck White in murder case (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
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Update: Wednesday 4/9/14

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the U.S. Marshals to track down homicide suspect Dirck White. White is the prime suspect in the murder of Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter on February 6th of this year.

The reward money is now $16,000 for information leading to the arrest of Dirck White. Anyone with information is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's tip line - 503 723 4949, or tips can be submitted on line at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

Attached:
Photos of suspect and vehicle
PDF information flyer
Video clip of suspect

PREVIOUS RELEASE:

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is now working with the U.S. Marshals in the manhunt for White, who is believed to have murdered Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.

NEW SUSPECT FOOTAGE

Attached photo/video is from footage taken of suspect Dirck White at a local store just days before the Feb. 6 murder.

If you see Dirck White or the suspect vehicle -- a four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070 -- call 911 immediately. Do not approach, as White is still considered armed and dangerous.

NEW SUSPECT INFO; WEAPONS CHARGE IN WA; WANTED FOR CHILD SEX-CRIME QUESTIONING

At the time of the Feb. 6 murder, White was a delivery driver for O'Malley Brothers Trucking in Estacada.

The owner and staff of O'Malley Brothers trucking have been very cooperative with investigators.

Murder victim and Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter had reportedly stopped Dirck White while White was driving a truck hauling wood for not having a license plate on the trailer.

Clackamas County detectives have been in contact with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in Washington. Pierce County has an active warrant for White's arrest on a weapons charge. White is also a suspect and wanted for questioning for a sex crime regarding the rape of a child in Pierce County.

CCPOBF ESTABLISHES GRADY WAXENFELTER FUND FOR VICTIM'S FAMILY

A donation fund has been set up by the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation (CCOBF). CCPOBF has no overhead fees -- 100% of donations go directly to the Waxenfelter family to help cover expenses.

Donations can be made at any Clackamas County Federal Credit Union Branch or can be mailed to CCPOBF, P.O. Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015 -- with donations made out to "CCPOBF" with "Grady Waxenfelter Fund" in the in the memo line.

More info on the CCPOBF can be found at http://ccpobf.org/

[END UPDATE]


UPDATE (FRIDAY 2/7/2014, 9:45 A.M.): SUSPECT BULLETIN RELEASED

Attached to this release in JPEG and PDF formats is a new suspect bulletin for homicide suspect DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. It includes photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle, a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070.

Call 911 if you see Dirck White. He is considered armed and dangerous.
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EARLIER (2/7/14, 9 a.m.)

The victim in this case has been identified as Grady Waxenfelter, a weighmaster in the Transportation Maintenance Division of Clackamas County.

Grady came to Clackamas County in 1987 as a mechanic, was promoted to senior mechanic in 1999 and served as a County weighmaster since 2005. The Sheriff's Office offers its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Attached to this release are photos of the actual suspect vehicle in this case. This is a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate of ANB7070.

Please call 911 if you see this vehicle or have information regarding the whereabouts of DIRCK MORGAN WHITE. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators are working around the clock to track down the suspect in this case.
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EARLIER:

On Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10:48 a.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported shooting on Hwy. 224 near Amsigger Road outside of Barton. The shooting is considered a homicide, and suspect Dirck Morgan White -- 41, of Edgefield, WA -- is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Tips are sought. If you see Dirck White, call 911 immediately.

At 10:48 a.m., an unknown caller contacted 911 to report a person had been fatally shot. Deputies arrived and discovered the deceased was a Clackamas County weighmaster.

At this writing, SWAT and other first responders are searching for suspect Dirck Morgan White and his vehicle -- a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070. Full description below.

Deputies closed Highway 224 between Bakers Ferry Rd. (on the west side) and Hwy. 224 and 211 (on the east side), and also closed Amsigger Road while CRAFT (Crime Reconstruction and Forensic Team) and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) responded to the crime scene. Highway 224 and Amsigger Rd are now re-opened.

Complete family notifications are still underway, and we will release the victim information at a later date.

SUSPECT INFO, PHOTOS; TIPS SOUGHT

Based on evidence gathered at the scene, a suspect has been identified. Police are searching for DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. Suspect photos are attached. He is considered armed and dangerous. White is wanted on a weapons offense out of Pierce County, Washington.

Dirck White was last seen driving a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070.

If you see homicide suspect Dirck White, do NOT engage him -- call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.


Attached Media Files: White video , White PDF flyer , Suspect vehicle 2 , Suspect vehicle 1 , White 2 , White 1
Update 4/2: Suspect in custody-- Clackamas County SWAT Team responds to a barricaded wanted man in Estacada. (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/14
Older booking photo
Older booking photo
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UPDATE: BRANDON STAVENJORD ARRESTED AFTER MULTI-AGENCY, MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT

Brandon Stavenjord -- the suspect in a March 19 SWAT call that ended when deputies learned Stavenjord fled the scene before SWAT arrival -- has been arrested following a multi-agency, multi-county pursuit.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies had been actively following up on leads on Stavenjord's whereabouts for the past couple weeks -- until last night's Portland Police pursuit offered a break in the case.

Just after midnight on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Portland Police Bureau officers attempted to stop Stavenjord in his vehicle, a purple 1994 Ford Explorer. PPB had probable cause to stop the vehicle on a theft charge unrelated to the March 19 SWAT call, in which deputies were attempting to arrest Stavenjord on a parole violation.

Stavenjord fled in his vehicle, and PPB gave chase.

The pursuit crossed into Clackamas County at 12:35 a.m.; Clackamas County dispatch advised Clackamas County Sheriff's Office units that PPB was in pursuit. Several Sheriff's Office units joined the chase.

Deputies joined the pursuit at Johnson Creek Blvd. and 92nd Ave. -- continuing on Sunnyside to 122nd Avenue, down SE 135th Avenue to SE Highway 212, then east onto Highway 224 towards Carver.

Around 12:40 a.m., one of the pursuing Sheriff's Office deputies recognized that the fleeing Ford Explorer was associated with Stavenjord, who was possibly armed.

The pursuit continued into Carver. Spike-strips were deployed in an attempt to flatten the vehicle's tires near Ely Road, but were unsuccessful.

The pursuit continued down Hwy. 211 into Estacada. Deputies finally encountered the suspect SUV spun out on the 33000 block of SE Moss Hill Road. Stavenjord was seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing into the nearby woods. Approximately 200 feet into the woods, deputies and K9s took Stavenjord into custody around 1:04 am.

Brandon Jon Stavenjord is now lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Driving While Suspended/Revoked, Attempting to Elude A Police Officer, and Parole Violation. Bail is set at $22,500. His full booking info is here:

http://www.clackamas.us/safetyapp/inmates/inmate.jsp?in=2014008707

A new booking photo is attached.

[END UPDATE]


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EARLIER:

********UPDATE on Brandon Stavenjord**********

The Clackamas County Sheriff's SWAT Team did a thorough search of the residence and area only to find Mr. Stavenjord had escaped before the SWAT teams arrival.

Mr. Stavenjord is believed to have left the area by an unknown means and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has no reason to believe he is an immediate threat to area citizens.

Anyone one with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Brandon Jon Stavenjord is urged to call 911 or you can contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html


PHOTO ATTACHED


On March 19 at 1:30 pm the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to an address on SE Tumala Mountain Rd. in rural Clackamas County in an attempt to arrest 41 year old Brandon Stavenjord who was wanted on a felony parole warrant. When deputies arrived, they learned he was inside the residence and refused to come out. Based on Mr. Stavenjords past criminal history and access to weapons the Clackamas County SWAT Team was called to the scene.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like residents in the area to know the scene is contained and they are not in any immediate danger. Would also like the residents in the area near SE. Tumala Mountain Rd and SE. Kemp to stay away due to heavy police activity.

The investigation is still ongoing and will give more updates later.


Attached Media Files: Older booking photo , New booking photo: Brandon Jon Stavenjord
Aircraft-carrier friendship leads to much-needed Sheriff's Office laptop donation (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/14
Deputy Jesse Unck, Captain Dave O'Shaughnessy, Deputy Jason Ferguson
Deputy Jesse Unck, Captain Dave O'Shaughnessy, Deputy Jason Ferguson
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A friendship on an aircraft carrier led to a donation of laptop computers by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

That donation will help a rural Montana sheriff's office write reports from the road for the first time.

On Jan. 31, 2014, Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Ferguson, 31, and his wife Bonnie paid a visit to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The purpose of the visit was twofold.

First, Deputy Ferguson was picking up six Panasonic ToughBook laptops, recently decommissioned and donated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. These computers will be the first laptops issued to deputies in Sweet Grass County, located in rural southern Montana.

Second, Ferguson was visiting his old friend, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jesse Unck. Unck and Ferguson served together as Marines on the USS Nimitz as ordinance technicians -- part of four-man teams loading bombs on F-18s.

Unck and Ferguson stayed in touch after their military careers ended (Ferguson's in 2005, Unck's in 2007) and each man pursued a career in law enforcement.

The Sweet Grass Sheriff's Office is small, but covers a lot of territory -- a Sheriff, six deputies and 10 reserve deputies serve a population of just over 3,600 spread over 1,800 square miles. "A River Runs Through It" and "The Horse Whisperer" were shot in Sweet Grass County, and actor Michael Keaton has a ranch there.

"Sweet Grass deputies had no laptops before this," explained Ferguson. "The Sheriff had one and would loan it to us for, say, report-writing. But mostly, to write reports we have to come into the office and use one of our two desktop computers. Sometimes it can be a 45-minute drive just to get back to the office. We carry our own guns. We don't even have work email addresses."

Deputy Unck knew about the need, and a discussion with CCSO Laptop Administrator Maurice Boardman got the donation underway.

"I was talking to Maurice and found out we like to donate decommissioned equipment to other law agencies -- mostly local agencies, plus search-and-rescue, churches, and other organizations," said Unck.

Ferguson presented Boardman with a Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office challenge coin as a thank-you for the donation.

Deputy Ferguson couldn't be happier. "This is going to allow us to write reports from the field," he said. "A lot of times, I'm the only one working. This is going to save us a lot of time."

Photos from Deputy Ferguson's visit are attached to this release.

To learn more about the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office:
http://www.co.sweetgrass.mt.us/sheriff20.html


Attached Media Files: Deputy Jesse Unck, Captain Dave O'Shaughnessy, Deputy Jason Ferguson , Deputy Jesse Unck, Deputy Jason Ferguson and Maurice Boardman , Deputy Jesse Unck and Deputy Jason Ferguson , Deputy Jesse Unck and Deputy Jason Ferguson , (l-r) Maurice Boardman, CCSO Deputy Jesse Unck, CCSO Captain Dave O’Shaughnessy, Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Ferguson , CCSO Laptop Administrator Maurice Boardman and Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Ferguson , CCSO Laptop Administrator Maurice Boardman and Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jason Ferguson
UPDATED w/ CORRECT CHARGES -- 3:45 p.m. UPDATE -- VICTIM AND SUSPECT IDs -- Clackamas County Sheriff's office investigating a reported stabbing (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/14
George Gardea
George Gardea
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UPDATE (March 31, 2014 3 p.m.) -- VICTIM AND SUSPECT IDs

[UPDATED: The charge is Murder, not Homicide. Amended below.]

The victim in this case has been identified as Marcos Fielder, age 21, from Portland. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner has identified the cause of death as homicide from multiple sharp force injuries.

The suspect in this case is George Gardea, age 24, from Portland. He has been booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. This is a no-bail charge. A booking photo is attached.

The suspect and victim were not known to each other prior to today. They reportedly met at a party and at some point were involved in an altercation.

##END UPDATE##
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EARLIER 3/31 6:15am:

The stabbing victim in this case is deceased. The identity will be released at a later time. Detectives have a person of interest detained for questioning. Investigators are still on scene processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses.

The incident occurred at a party with several people in attendance.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-8484.

##END UPDATE##
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EARLIER:

On 03-30-14 at about 11:52 pm, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a disturbance in the area of 9009 SE Causey Ave. The caller reported that someone had been stabbed. Responding deputies arrived and located one injured man, whose name and condition are not being released at this time.

Based on witness accounts, the suspect fled to a nearby apartment. Law enforcement professionals surrounded the apartment and tried to make contact with the suspect as he was seen exiting. The suspect did not interact with the police, and barricaded himself inside. The Clackamas County SWAT team has been called out and is currently working to resolve the situation.

Detectives are investigating this developing situation, and no additional information is available at this time.


Attached Media Files: George Gardea
UPDATE 2 (3/27): Suspects in custody-- Wilsonville PD looking for two masked robbers; tips sought (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
Suspect Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19
Suspect Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19
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UPDATE 2 Thursday March 27th 8:30pm--

The suspects in the Wilsonville robberies are in custody lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

This evening around 6:00 pm the Wilsonville robbery suspects ANDREW SANDFORD GOSSETT age 20 and
TRAVIS ANDREW WYATT age 19 turned themselves in to the Clackamas County Jail.

Both were booked on charges of Robbery in the 1st degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, and Kidnapping in the 1st degree. The total bail is set at $500,000.

The Wilsonville Police Department would like to thank the public for the tips provided in this case.

## END UPDATE 2##

UPDATE (Wednesday, March 26) -- SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED; CONSIDERED ARMED, DANGEROUS; CALL 911 IF SEEN

Wilsonville Police have identified the suspects in two robberies near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville, and warrants for their arrest have been issued. The public is urged to call 911 if they see the suspects.

After a thorough investigation by Wilsonville Police, two suspects have been identified and warrants for their arrest have been issued by the courts. Both suspects face charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, and Kidnapping in the 1st Degree.

- Suspect #1 has been identified as Andrew Sandford Gossett, age 20. He is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, 140 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.

- Suspect #2 had been identified as Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19. He is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, 140 lbs., with light brown hair.

Photos of the suspects are attached.

These subjects should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, do NOT approach -- call 911.

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EARLIER (MARCH 24, 2014)

Around 7 a.m. today (Monday, March 24, 2014), two masked suspects allegedly robbed two different victims near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville. Wilsonville Police are seeking tips from the public in these cases.

In the first robbery, the two suspects -- who were wearing dark-colored hoodies and bandanas as masks -- approached the male victim in a parking lot near the 26000 block of Canyon Creek Road. The suspects demanded that the victim empty his pockets, took an undisclosed amount of cash and other items, and fled on foot.

Detectives with Wilsonville PD later learned of a second robbery near the same location around the same time. In this incident, another male victim was robbed and assaulted.

The suspects are described as follows:

- One is 6'4", one 6'2"
- Wearing dark-colored hoodies
- Faces covered with bandanas
- Suspects approximately in their early 20s
- Race unknown

The victims are not available for interviews at this time.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

TIPS SOUGHT

If you see these suspects or know of their current whereabouts, do NOT approach or attempt to contact them -- call 911.

If you have any other information on the suspects, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html .


Attached Media Files: Suspect Travis Andrew Wyatt, age 19 , Suspect Andrew Sandford Gossett, age 20
Update 2: Missing Molalla Woman found in the Wilderness Outside Scotts Mills
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
UPDATE 2 Thursday March 27th 8pm--

At approximately 3:00 pm on Thursday March 27th, searchers found JANICE LYNN ERNEST deceased near Butte Creek Rd outside Scotts Mills.

Ms. Ernest has been the subject of an exhaustive search of the area after her car was found abandoned on March 24th. Ms. Ernest had been reported missing from her Molalla home on Sunday, March 16th at 8:30 am.

The Sheriff's Office offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Ernest. We also want to thank the volunteers who donated many hours to this search.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office have been in the area searching since her car was found. SAR Coordinators were assisted by the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Washington and Marion County Search and Rescue resources, Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

Clackamas County SAR Coordinators also want to thank the public for the tips they provided. Citizen tips and media coverage were instrumental in helping them to focus their search in what is a very dense wilderness area. Without citizen tips, searchers would not have had a place to start.

No signs of foul play were discovered in this case.

##END UPDATE 2##

UPDATE (Wednesday, March 26, 2 p.m.) -- COUPLE REPORTS MARCH 14 SIGHTING OF JANICE ERNEST; SCOTTS MILLS-AREA RESIDENTS URGED TO CHECK SHEDS, OUTBUILDINGS

Clackamas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue coordinators recently confirmed reports that JANICE LYNN ERNEST was last seen on Friday, March 14.

Earlier today (Wednesday, March 26), deputies contacted a couple working on some property in the search area. When contacted during the search, the couple positively identified Ms. Ernest from a photograph. The couple told deputies she was seen walking down Butte Creek Road near Scotts Mills on Friday, March 14.

The couple said Ms. Ernest appeared to be walking fine, and looked a bit dirty, as if she had been walking in the woods. She reportedly actively avoided direct contact with the couple that had seen her.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents of the Scotts Mills area to be on the lookout for Ms. Ernest. Please check any storage sheds, barns or other outbuildings, in case she sought shelter in the area.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The couple who provided the information do not reside in the area and are not available for interviews.

#END UPDATE#

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EARLIER (March 24, 2014):

Last night (Sunday, March 23, 2014), authorities were alerted to a suspicious vehicle near the 16000 block of Butte Creek Road near Molalla.

Upon further investigation, police found it to be the vehicle belonging to JANICE LYNN ERNEST -- a person previously reported as missing/endangered by the Molalla Police Department (see previous release below). The vehicle was found unoccupied.

It is believed Janice Ernest may have wandered into the forest area near where the vehicle was found. Clackamas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to the scene.

SAR Coordinators have been working with the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Washington County, and Marion County resources to aid in the search.

Searchers plan to work until dark and resume operations tomorrow.

A photo of Janice Lynn Ernest is attached to this release.
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PREVIOUS RELEASE, COURTESY MOLALLA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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UPDATE: The Molalla Police Department is still trying to locate Ernest. New information leads us to believe she could have gone to the Vancouver, Washington area. Ernest has not been on her medications for at least a week and will most likely be easily confused and disoriented. If she is seen please call your local law enforcement agency Clackamas County non-emergency at 503-655-8211.
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DETAILS:
On Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. JANICE LYNN ERNEST was reported missing from her Molalla, Oregon home.

The 62-year-old woman was last seen Thursday, March 13, 2014 at her residence. Although foul play is not suspected at this time, Ernest suffers from bipolar disorder and is believed to be off of her medication. Both she and her vehicle are missing.

Janice Ernest is described as a white female, 62 years old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with sandy brown hair and blue eyes. No clothing description available.

Ernest may be driving her 2005 white Buick Rendezvous, Oregon license plate 969BWX. It is believed that she does not have her cell phone with her at this time and recent circumstances indicate she may not be able to find her way home without assistance.

To report information or further details call the Non-Emergency Dispatch number at 503-655-8211. Refer to Molalla Police Case # 14-0474.
UPDATE 2 (3/26) -- COUPLE REPORTS 3/14 SIGHTING; SCOTTS MILLS-AREA RESIDENTS URGED TO CHECK OUTBUILDINGS: Sheriff's SAR partners join Molalla Police missing endangered person case (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/14
Janice Ernest
Janice Ernest
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UPDATE (Wednesday, March 26, 2 p.m.) -- COUPLE REPORTS MARCH 14 SIGHTING OF JANICE ERNEST; SCOTTS MILLS-AREA RESIDENTS URGED TO CHECK SHEDS, OUTBUILDINGS

Clackamas County Sheriff's Search and Rescue coordinators recently confirmed reports that JANICE LYNN ERNEST was last seen on Friday, March 14.

Earlier today (Wednesday, March 26), deputies contacted a couple working on some property in the search area. When contacted during the search, the couple positively identified Ms. Ernest from a photograph. The couple told deputies she was seen walking down Butte Creek Road near Scotts Mills on Friday, March 14.

The couple said Ms. Ernest appeared to be walking fine, and looked a bit dirty, as if she had been walking in the woods. She reportedly actively avoided direct contact with the couple that had seen her.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents of the Scotts Mills area to be on the lookout for Ms. Ernest. Please check any storage sheds, barns or other outbuildings, in case she sought shelter in the area.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The couple who provided the information do not reside in the area and are not available for interviews.

#END UPDATE#

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EARLIER (March 24, 2014):

Last night (Sunday, March 23, 2014), authorities were alerted to a suspicious vehicle near the 16000 block of Butte Creek Road near Molalla.

Upon further investigation, police found it to be the vehicle belonging to JANICE LYNN ERNEST -- a person previously reported as missing/endangered by the Molalla Police Department (see previous release below). The vehicle was found unoccupied.

It is believed Janice Ernest may have wandered into the forest area near where the vehicle was found. Clackamas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to the scene.

SAR Coordinators have been working with the Oregon Army National Guard, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, Portland Mountain Rescue, Washington County, and Marion County resources to aid in the search.

Searchers plan to work until dark and resume operations tomorrow.

A photo of Janice Lynn Ernest is attached to this release.
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PREVOUS RELEASE, COURTESY MOLALLA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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UPDATE: The Molalla Police Department is still trying to locate Ernest. New information leads us to believe she could have gone to the Vancouver, Washington area. Ernest has not been on her medications for at least a week and will most likely be easily confused and disoriented. If she is seen please call your local law enforcement agency Clackamas County non-emergency at 503-655-8211.
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DETAILS:
On Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. JANICE LYNN ERNEST was reported missing from her Molalla, Oregon home.

The 62-year-old woman was last seen Thursday, March 13, 2014 at her residence. Although foul play is not suspected at this time, Ernest suffers from bipolar disorder and is believed to be off of her medication. Both she and her vehicle are missing.

Janice Ernest is described as a white female, 62 years old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, with sandy brown hair and blue eyes. No clothing description available.

Ernest may be driving her 2005 white Buick Rendezvous, Oregon license plate 969BWX. It is believed that she does not have her cell phone with her at this time and recent circumstances indicate she may not be able to find her way home without assistance.

To report information or further details call the Non-Emergency Dispatch number at 503-655-8211. Refer to Molalla Police Case # 14-0474.


Attached Media Files: Janice Ernest
Two-vehicle crash on 82nd Drive sends two to hospital (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/14
Crash photo 1 facing north
Crash photo 1 facing north
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Shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported two-vehicle crash with injuries on 82nd Drive near Church Street in Clackamas.

Upon arrival, deputies found two vehicles with heavy damage. A Volkswagen GTI had sustained heavy front-end damage, and a white GMC Sonoma pickup was lying on its side in the roadway. (Photos from the crash scene are attached.)

The driver of the Volkswagen -- Rickie Batchelder, 39, of Vancouver -- was transported to OHSU with injuries. The driver of the Sonoma -- Norman Hunt Jr., 46, of Portland -- was taken to Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center with less-severe injuries, where he has been interviewed by deputies.

Witnesses told deputies that the Sonoma driven by Hunt was traveling northbound on 82nd Drive when it left its lane and collided with the Volkswagen.

Investigators believe an underlying medical condition may have caused the crash.

Deputies have cited Hunt for Failure to Maintain a Lane. The investigation is ongoing at this time.


Attached Media Files: Crash photo 1 facing north , Crash photo 2 facing south
A Very Good Friday For Clackamas Ducks (Photo)
Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 - 04/18/14
duck #2
duck #2
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Firefighters rescued two ducklings from an Oregon City storm drain in the Berry Hill Mall located at the intersection of Beavercreek Road and Highway 213. A local couple noticed the two ducklings struggle to follow their mother up a parking lot curb, and tumble into the drain. The single fire engine from station 16 was dispatched using a non-emergent line at 0930 this morning, and used the simple compassion and care located in every Clackamas tool box for the safe recovery of the two wandering ducks.


Attached Media Files: duck #2 , duck#1
Chief for a day expands to other Clark County law enforcement agencies
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
Clark County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Lucas and six year old honorary Sheriff Cole will join other law enforcement officials at Main Event East tomorrow April 18th from 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM for a donation dinner. Law enforcement officials with work beside the competent and profession staff of Main Event East requesting donations for the Chief for a Day Junior Deputy Program.

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission sponsors the statewide Chief for a day program every two years and Clark County Sheriff's Office has participated in the last 3 events. There are 32 agencies participating this year. The focus of the statewide event is about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic medical condition.

Sheriff Cole was diagnosed with a stage IV Wilm's Tumor in September 2011. He was sworn in as the Honorary Sheriff on January 14th at the Mill Creek Pub where a fundraiser was held for the program. In four hours, with an amazing outpouring of support, the community raised $2508 for the program. Russell Brent has issued a friendly challenge to Main Event East to beat that amount. The Main Event jumped at the chance, scheduling this dinner on one of their busiest nights of the week.

Sheriff Cole has a soft spot in his heart for "sick kids". He has done toy drives, made donations, and staffed a cookie and lemonade stand to raise money for other children battling illnesses. Sheriff Cole didn't want to be the only child in Clark County to be the "Chief for a day", so we are expanding the local program. Clark County Sheriff's Office contacted other agencies and asked if they were interested in sponsoring a child locally. The response was overwhelming.

Battle Ground Police Department, Camas Police Department, and La Center Police Department so far have all committed to adopting honorary young Chiefs.

----Honorary Chief Chase Getch-----

Tomorrow night at 6 PM at the Main Event East. Chief Chase will be sworn in as Battle Ground's Honorary Chief. Sheriff Cole will witness as Chief Bob Richardson swears him in.
Chase Getch is an 8 year old boy who has a condition called Achondroplasia, also known as "Dwarfism", which has caused him to undergo several surgical procedures.

This fundraiser at Main Event East will be to raise money for all these Chief for a Day Junior Deputies. On September 20th, 2014 at the Clark County Sheriff's Office West Precinct, all Honorary Chiefs and Sheriff Cole will participate in a motorcade leading them to the annual open house event where they will snack on free hot dogs and soda while learning about special law enforcement equipment and units, life flight, and fire fighters. Between now and then, each honorary chief will have a unique experience partnering with their local law enforcement to both bring awareness to families in need in our community, and give these special kids fond memories that will last a lifetime!

Contributions for the Chief for a Day Junior Deputy Program can be made at Riverview Community Bank.
Bank Robbery in Hazel Dell
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
On April 17th 2014 a white female walked into the Peoples Community Credit Union located at 7403 NE Hazel Dell Ave., and presented the teller with a note. The note said that she had a gun and wanted the money. She was given a sum of money and fled the bank.

A search of the area did not locate the suspect. The suspect was described as a white female in her 30's. She is described as being 5 foot 6 inches tall with a skinny build. She was wearing a white hoody which had the hood drawn tight around her face. She had on gray sweat pants and was also wearing sunglasses.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 911.
UPDATE 04-15-14 2nd injury motorcycle collision in Clark County
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/14
Lars Landsem was east bound on NE Gabriel RD riding a 2004 Honda CBR600. He attempted to pass a vehicle, on a curve, over a double yellow line. Christopher Winchell was westbound on Gabriel rd, operating a 2005 Chevrolet Express can and collided with the motorcycle. Lars was ejected from the motorcycle on Impact.

At last information Lars was in stable condition and undergoing surgery.

Lars Landsem 23 years old Yacolt resident
Christopher Winchell 38 year old Hockinson resident.
The investigation is continuing.



April 14th at about 5:30 Clark County 911 received a report of an injury collision in the 17800 Block of NE Gabriel road. This is the northern area of Clark County. A motorcyclist collided with a van on a curvy portion of the roadway.
The motorcyclist was seriously injured and Life Light was called to transport the subject by air. The extent of his injuries are not known at this point. Portions of Gabriel road will be closed during the investigation and only local traffic is being allowed.

The press release will be updated and more information becomes available.
UPDATE 04-15-14 Fatal Motorcycle Crash
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/14
UPDATE ON FATALITY COLLISION

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.

Further details will be released when available.
SWAT Training Today in Felida
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/14
The Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team will be conducting training exercises today at an abandoned house in the 11900 block of NW Lakeshore Dr. from approximately 9am until 6pm. The training exercise will most likely involve a few loud explosions at some point in the afternoon.
Large training signs will be placed near the location and neighboring residences will be notified.
This release is to make you aware of the exercise, in the event you receive calls from citizens.
No PIO will be on-scene and SWAT will not be available for interviews.
meth lab found in vancouver house (Photo)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
Lab pic
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On April 8th at about 10:00 the Clark County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 516 Fourth Plain in connection with a larger stolen vehicle investigation that occurring in Portland with the Portland Police Bureau. During the service of the search warrant Detectives discovered a working meth-lab, three firearms, and a quantity of processed Methamphetamines.
The Washington State Patrol Lab Team responded to the location and with the assistance of the Department of Environmental Quality dismantled the lab and removed all of the hazardous materials.

Arrested were:
Jeanne Schneider 66 years of age for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver
Brian Schneider 45 years of age for Manufacturing a controlled substance


Attached Media Files: Lab pic , Lab pics
Clark County Sheriff's Office Investigates apparent Murder / Suicide
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/03/14
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Clark County Sheriff's Office Investigates apparent Murder / Suicide
Deceased - Fay Marie Allen (70 years old)
Deceased - Milton "Wayne" Allen (71 years old)
Address: La Center, WA (exact address not being released in order to safeguard the property)

On 03/31/2014 Clark County Sheriff's patrol responded to a residence in the Fargher Lake area in north Clark County regarding a welfare check. Upon arrival, a deputy contacted a family member who was standing by at the residence. The family member, who does not live at the residence, related he had not heard from his mother for several days. He had knocked on the door, looked through the windows and walked the property but didn't see anything. The cars were still in the driveway. Feeling something was amiss, he contacted 911. Deputies entered the house through an unlocked rear door and found Fay and "Wayne" Allen deceased in a bedroom. Evidence at the scene indicated that "Wayne" killed Fay and then took his own life. A firearm was involved.

Records indicate that 911 had received a hang up call from the residence on 3/28/14. A deputy was dispatched to check on the welfare of the occupants at the address, but the call was cancelled prior to arriving at the location. An internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the call is underway and the deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.
There is not any other previous call history for this particular address.


The Clark County Sheriff's Office delayed issuing a press release until Wayne's son could be notified of the deaths. That notification occurred the afternoon of April 2nd.


The investigation is ongoing.
Skyview Student Arrested for Felony Harrassment Charges
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
Clark County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers arrested a ninth grade male born in 1999 today for threatening to bring a weapon to school and shoot students.

The statements were brought to the attention of staff after the student made the statements to a group of peers and showed them a website where he would acquire a weapon. Skyview security reacted immediately and took the student to the office without incident. Clark County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers conducted an investigation into the allegations. They arrested the student and he was transported to Juvenile Detention.

It doesn't appear that the suspect had access to weapons at his home.

Clark County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officers make an effort to use every alternative to arrest and incarceration when appropriate however, we take all threats of violence at our schools very seriously.

The name of the minor will not be released. There is no further information at this time. This is still an open investigation.
SWAT serves search warrant in Covington Neighborhood. (UPDATE)
Clark Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
ARRESTED TODAY:

Hector A Nunez 12/21/89 Assault I
Juan R Granillo JR 11/9/91 Assault I
David J Oster 6/28/82 Rendering criminal assistance

All are Vancouver residents. Safe Streets Task Force will be continuing their investigation into this matter.





At 0500 on 03-27-2014 Safe Streets Gang Task Force with help from the Southwest Washington SWAT Team served two search warrants in the same Covington neighborhood. During the service of the search warrants several flash bangs were deployed as distractions. Initially 18 people have been detained.

This investigation started on New Year's Eve with a gun involved assault.

The two addresses are:

10805 NE 67th St, Vancouver
6704 NE 108th Ave, Vancouver

There have been no arrests as of yet. Detectives are still interviewing subjects. Updates to come.
E911 Service Restored StateWide
Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA) - 04/10/14
Enhanced 911 phone service has been restored from Century Link 911 outage overnight. However, sporadic call routing difficulties may still occur.

In Clark County please call 360-696-4461 if you have any difficulties


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/561/73270/NR1_E911_Services_Restored.pdf
Oregon Sheriff's Oppose Drivers Cards
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014 / 1:00 PM

(SALEM, OR) -- OREGON'S SHERIFFS HAVE VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO OPPOSE
MEASURE 301, WHICH PROVIDES "DRIVERS CARDS" TO PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PROVE THEIR
LEGAL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

"OFFERING THE PRIVILEGE TO DRIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW MAKES NO
SENSE TO THOSE OF US WHO ENFORCE THE LAW," SAID CLATSOP COUNTY SHERIFF TOM
BERGIN. "IT JUST DOESN'T PASS THE 'COMMON SENSE' TEST. OREGON'S SHERIFFS URGE
VOTERS TO OPPOSE MEASURE 301."

IN 2013 THE OREGON LEGISLATURE PASSED A BILL CREATING "DRIVERS CARDS" FOR
PEOPLE IN OREGON WHO ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION THAT THEY ARE IN
THE UNITED STATES LEGALLY. THE BASIS FOR THE LAW WAS TO ALLOW THIS POPULATION
THE ABILITY TO OBTAIN INSURANCE AND DRIVE LEGALLY.

THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES WERE GATHERED TO REFER THE NEW LAW TO A VOTE.
OREGON VOTERS WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF DRIVERS CARDS IN NOVEMBER, 2014.
THE SHERIFFS OF OREGON POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (SOO-PAC) IS THE VOICE OF
OREGON'S 36 ELECTED SHERIFFS. SUPPORT FROM A SUPER MAJORITY OF SHERIFFS IS
REQUIRED BEFORE SOO-PAC TAKES A POSITION ON A MEASURE OR SUPPORTS A
CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.

28 SHERIFFS VOTED TO OPPOSE DRIVERS CARDS. THE REMAINING EIGHT SHERIFFS HAVE
NOT TAKEN A PUBLIC POSITION ON THE MEASURE TO OUR KNOWLEDGE.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/3864/73508/Sheriffs_Drivers_Cards_Press_Release_2014_04_17.pdf
Heroin and Methamphetamine Dealer Arrested in Astoria (Photo)
Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
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An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) has led to the arrest of Darrin Paul Nichols, DOB 10/29/1967, an Astoria resident.
The investigation began when CCINT detectives learned Nichols was a Heroin and Methamphetamine dealer that supplied many people in the Astoria and Warrenton area. As the investigation continued, CCINT detectives were granted search warrants for Nichols, his vehicle and his residence on Mudd Lane, Astoria
On 03/27/2014, CCINT detectives and members of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, executed search warrants at Nichols' residence and took him into custody. Also living at the residence was Nichols' long time girlfriend, Angela Rose Hakala 04/07/1981 and two minor children.
During the search of Nichols and his property, CCINT detectives located a dealer amount of Heroin and Methamphetamine, Suboxone tablets, Benzodiazepine tablets, multiple digital scales, drug packaging material, a restricted weapon, over $1000 in cash, Heroin pipes, Methamphetamine pipes, loaded syringes, stolen property and drug transaction records.
Also arrested at the scene were Timothy Dean Yaakola 08/14/1971 and Robert Donald Sparling 02/15/1964. Sparling was charged with Attempted Possession of Heroin with Possession of Heroin charges pending results from the crime lab. Yaakola was charged with Theft I and Unauthorized Entry to a Motor vehicle, for a theft that occurred last year in the City of Astoria.
Nichols was arrested on charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance- Heroin, Delivery of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance- Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine, Possession of a Schedule II Substance- Suboxone, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Theft by Receiving in the First Degree, Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Sold and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
DHS was called and decided to temporarily remove the minor children from the home. Sparling and Nichols were lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.
If you have additional questions or information regarding this case, please contact CCINT Group Supervisor Detective Jason Hoover or Sheriff Tom Bergin at 503-325-8635.


Attached Media Files: Evidence , Yaakola,Timothy Dean DOB: 08/14/1971 , Sparling, Robert Donald DOB:02/15/1964 , Nichols, Darrin Paul DOB 10/29/1967
abandon house catches fire
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 04/15/14
Longview- fire units from Cowlitz 2 fire & Rescue responded to a report of smoke coming from a garage and the eves of a abandoned structure at 26 Burdick Place at 6:45 Monday morning. the fire was extinguished in under 10 minutes. fire officials estimate $15,000 in damages and no injuries were reported. the fire is under investigation and believed to be suspicious.

three fire engines and a chief officer responded to the incident. the fire was reported by a neighbor. A nearby neighbor also reports that there had been some work on Friday and Saturday being preformed on the house. when the initial engine company arrived there was moderate smoke coming from the structure with no visible flames.
Emergency alert - 911 system is down
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue - 04/10/14
For an unknown reason the 911 system is down in Cowlitz and surrounding counties. While the system is down call (360) 577-3090 or (360) 577-3084 to report an emergency if you live in Cowlitz County. Please spread this information to your friends and neighbors via all means possible.
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office accepting Reserve Deputy applications
Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/14
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Reserve Deputies now thru Oct 1st, 2014.

Applicants for the volunteer positions must be at least 21 years old; have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or G.E.D.; pass a physical agility test and an in-depth background investiga-tion.

Applicants who pass the background investigation will be required to participate in the Reserve Academy, which will start in January 2015. Those who pass the Reserve Academy must donate a minimum of 16 hours a month assisting Sheriff's Deputies in their day-to-day duties and attend bimonthly training.

Applications are available at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office in the Hall of Justice on week-days between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at 577-3092 or log on to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/sheriff. Completed applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
Fairview Police Launch New Pilot Park Patrol Program
Fairview Police Dept. - 04/02/14
As summer approaches and the weather gets warmer there is always an increase in activity in neighborhood parks, which often leads to increase criminal activity. To improve public safety in our parks, the Fairview Police Department is launching a new "Volunteer Park Patrol Program" which will be an extension of our Neighborhood Watch Program.

The pilot program will begin by soliciting volunteers to help patrol the Fairview Woods Park, located in the 23000 block of Bridge Street (between Bridge Street and Halsey).

Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson had this to say about the pilot program: "The true essence of community policing is local law enforcement partnering with the community to solve problems and fight crime. Neighborhood Watch and Neighborhood Park Patrol Programs are key elements of community policing. With Park Patrol added to the Neighborhood Watch Program, it extends the ability to keep crime from moving into the rest of the neighborhood."

If you are interested in volunteering to patrol the Fairview Woods Park, please contact the Fairview Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator, Detective Eric Flener at (503) 674-6201 or email flenere@ci.fairview.or.us
FBI Director James Comey Presents Community Leadership Award to a Portland Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program
FBI - Oregon - 04/04/14
On Friday, April 4, 2014, FBI Director James Comey presented the Director's Community Leadership Award to the Second Chance Program run by Big Brothers, Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Tami Wallis, the Second Chance program manager, accepted the award from Director Comey during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters. Second Chance is a program that pairs adult mentors with youths ages 12 to 17 who are currently involved in the juvenile justice system.

"We know that some kids need the help and opportunities offered by programs such as Second Chance to break the cycle of bad choices that lead them into the justice system," said Gregory T. Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These mentors truly care about encouraging and supporting these youth as they work to get an education, gain life skills, and find the path to a successful and productive life as a member of our shared community. We are proud to have nominated Big Brothers, Big Sisters' Second Chance program, and we applaud the work they do."

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Volunteers who work with the Second Chance program at Big Brothers, Big Sisters commit to meeting with their matched youth at least three to four times a month over at least an 18-month time period. Each volunteer must pass a background check and participate in training specifically designed to help them deal with the challenges of helping these youth transition back into the community. They also receive continuing guidance, training, and resources.

"I was matched last August with a 17-year-old and have experienced positive experiences together--laughing, car dancing at red lights, singing at the top of our lungs, watching movies, and just talking. After several months, she texted me asking for help. This was significant because it meant she could trust and depend on me. Now, she just calls me for fun. She definitely brings me joy, and I feel like our relationship is bringing her joy as well," said Caresse, a Big Sister.

Since Big Brothers, Big Sisters established the Second Chance program in 2010, it has supported more than 43 youth from throughout the Portland Metro area. The program is seeing big improvements in those children in terms of social confidence (up 67 percent), scholastic competence (up 100 percent), educational expectations (up 100 percent), grades (up 50 percent), and parental trust (maintained or up 83 percent).

Second Chance mentors include adults previously involved in the justice system, educators, lawyers, police officers, members of the faith-based community, and others who have a passion for working with older at-risk youth.

Media may download a high resolution image at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2013/portland

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FBI Seeking Individuals Who May Have Information Regarding a Suspected Child Sexual Predator (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/02/14
John Doe 28 photos
John Doe 28 photos
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public across the country and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side.

** There are no specific details linking the suspect to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown. **

The suspect appears to be a white man, possibly in his 30s or 40s, with a receding hairline and wearing wire-framed glasses. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Doe) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: ECAP Fact Sheet , Operation Rescue Me Fact Sheet , John Doe 28 poster , John Doe 28 photos
Gregory T. Bretzing Named Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/31/14
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
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Director James B. Comey has selected Gregory T. Bretzing to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI's Portland Division. Mr. Bretzing most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bretzing began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crime matters. He was the case agent of a large, multinational organized crime and corruption case and received the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Task Force Investigation of the Year award, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator's Award.

In September 2000, Mr. Bretzing was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he was instrumental in tracing funds used by the hijackers to carry out the attack.

Mr. Bretzing was promoted in August 2002 to unit chief in the Terrorist Financing Operations Section. He was recognized for his work by the CIA and received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his contributions to the FBI's counterterrorism efforts.
In January 2004, Mr. Bretzing transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in September 2007 and led the office's Criminal Branch. In August 2009, he was assigned as the FBI on-scene commander in Afghanistan, where he served for four months.

In December 2009, Mr. Bretzing returned to Salt Lake City as the assistant special agent in charge and assumed responsibility for Salt Lake City's National Security Branch in July 2010. Mr. Bretzing was appointed as an inspector in August 2012.

He attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor's degree in accounting.
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Attached Media Files: FBI SAC Gregory T. Bretzing
Oregon FBI On-Call PIO
FBI - Oregon - 03/23/14
PIO Beth Anne Steele is on leave until Monday, March 31st. Until then, media please utilize the on-call pager at (503) 208-6241 for assistance. Thanks.
Forest Grove Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Stings
Forest Grove Police - 04/14/14
In response to the increased concern for pedestrian safety in Forest Grove, police will conduct the first of several planned Pedestrian Safety Enforcement stings on Tuesday April 22 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm on Pacific Avenue near the downtown area. "While the most recent fatalities have not been related to crosswalks, we have had pedestrians report near misses and complain that cars have not stopped for them" reports Captain Mike Herb. "The hope is that this mission raises awareness of the need to look out for all pedestrians."

The upcoming Pedestrian Safety Enforcement operation will involve a "decoy pedestrian" attempting to cross the street in a lawfull manner at a crosswalk. Nearby officers will be waiting and will stop drivers that fail to yield. Warning signs for motorist will be posted the day prior at the location. "The emphasis again is to raise awareness about pedestrian safety through enforcement and education in our community, not to see how may tickets can be written" said Herb.

Drivers who receive first time citations for "Failing to Stop and Remain Stopped for a Pedestrian (ORS 811.028) will even be given the option of attending a diversion class in lieu of paying the fine and having the citation go on their record.

This is the first of four operations planned for this year.
Man arrested following 8 hour stand-off with police (Photo)
Forest Grove Police - 04/10/14
Glanville
Glanville
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A man has been taken into custody in Forest Grove following an 8 hour stand-off with police following what started out as a call of a man with a gun shortly after 5pm on 4/9/14. Arrested was 56 y/o Gregory Glanville who is transient and listed a previous address in Forest Grove.

Forest Grove Police arrived at K & S Auto Sales located at 3821 Pacific Avenue after a witness reportedly observed a man with a gun walk through the parking lot and enter the business. Officers arrived on scene within seconds of the call and learned that a robbery was in progress. Officers learned moments later that the owner of the business was engaged in a volatile physical struggle inside and that shots had been fired by the suspect in the struggle. These rounds reportedly narrowly missed hitting the business owner.

Police surrounded the location and requested additional assistance. The business owner along with a woman and small child were able to escape the business leaving the armed suspect inside.

Members of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team responded to the scene and attempted to negotiate Glanville's surrender over several hours. Glanville was still armed and reportedly made threats to kill police and others during the standoff. After attempts to negotiate with Glanville failed, officers deployed chemical agents in an attempt to force him out. Glanville was eventually taken into custody shortly after 1:00am this date.

The business owner suffered minor injuries during his struggle with the suspect. The woman and child were not injured. No officers were injured in the incident.

Glanville will be lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Glanville will also be lodged on a Deschutes County Warrant.


Attached Media Files: Glanville
Names released in Forest Grove fatal Crash
Forest Grove Police - 04/09/14
The Forest Grove Police Department is releasing the names of the individuals involved in the fatal crash this morning on 18th Avenue.

The deceased was 49 y/o J T Mercado-Nuno of Hillsboro. The other injured individual was 27 y/o Scott B. Bafaro of Portland. Bafaro was transported to the hospital by private vehicle with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released. Both victims were employed by Oregon Green Thumb Landscape Maintenance out of Forest Grove and were in the process of unloading equipment from a work trailer when the crash occured.

The driver of the vehicle was 25 y/o Eric Adam MacDonald of Forest Grove.

This crash is still under investigation by Forest Grove detectives along with members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team. No citations have been issued.
Police investigating auto-pedestrian fatality in Forest Grove
Forest Grove Police - 04/09/14
At 7:30am this date, police and fire first responders were called to a reported auto vs pedestrian crash in the 3100 block of 18th Avenue. The location is west of Maple Street directly in front of Joseph Gale Elementary School and adjacent to Forest Grove Tuality Hospital.

Upon arrival, officers found two victims with hospital staff members and a citizen doing CPR on one victim. Lifeflight was activated for the most seriously injured victim however canceled after medical personnel pronounced the individual deceased on scene. The second victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries by private vehicle.

Initial investigation reveals that the two subjects were hit by a sport utility vehicle traveling eastbound on 18th Avenue. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with authorities.

Investigators with Forest Grove Police along with members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team are on scene and investigating this crash. 18th Avenue will be closed at Maple Street for the next couple of hours.

Names are not being released at this time as authorities are attempting to locate the next of kin of the deceased, a man in his 40's. No students from the school were involved in this crash.

More information will be released as it becomes available.
Six People Cited For Selling Alcohol To Minors Following Compliance Check
Forest Grove Police - 04/08/14
The Forest Grove Police Department in a collaborative effort with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the Hillsboro Police Department and in cooperation with the Cornelius Police Department conducted compliance checks at 16 stores and restaurants in the Forest Grove and Cornelius area on Friday April 4th.

Under the direct supervision of police officers, minors were sent into businesses where they attempted to purchase alcohol. Employees at Urban Decanter, Pizza Schmizza and Izgara in Forest Grove sold to the minors and were cited. In Cornelius, citations were issued to employees at Chevron, Leo's Lair and the Union 76 Station after they sold to minors. In all, six employees were cited in the operation.

The minors utilized in this operation were members of the Hillsboro Police Department Cadet Program and were supervised by police officers. This mission was part of the effort of local law enforcement and OLCC in cracking down on area establishments that serve alcohol to minors.

The Forest Grove Police Department will continue to work with our partner agencies in enforcing laws related to the unlawful furnishing of alcohol to minors. More operations are planned for later this year. For information on employee training programs and other questions related to OLCC laws and regulation, please visit www.oregon.gov/OLCC
Hit and run driver attempts to flee with Homeland Security Officer hanging on to his vehicle
Gresham Police Dept - 04/17/14
Gresham, Ore -A driver trying to flee a Hit and Run left the scene taking an off-duty Homeland Security Officer with him, who was hanging onto the vehicle. Sean P Hacker, 33, of Gresham was arrested after a police canine was deployed and he was taken into custody by perimeter officers. He will be charged with a variety of crimes related to this case.

It began when the off-duty officer observed a person driving a black Lexus driven by Hakcer, eastbound on N.E. Glisan make a right turn onto southbound N.E. 223rd. The vehicle spun out, leaving it facing northbound in the southbound lanes. The vehicle had hit a tree that was part of the landscaping on the sidewalk just north of the intersection. The officer stopped and identified himself with the intention of intervening. Instead, the driver was attempting to flee so the officer reached into the car to try to take the keys. The driver drove off southbound in reverse with the officer hanging onto the door for about 150 feet. When the driver suddenly stopped, the officer let go and was able to escape without any injury. The driver continued until he reached the driveway of the Crunch Fitness, 355 N.E. 223rd, where he tried to turn around, while still driving in reverse. In doing so, he hit a raised curb and his car was disabled. He was seen fleeing on foot from the second crash. Officers were able to set up a perimeter and a police canine was deployed. The canine tracked him to a swampy area west of the location. Hacker then ran from this area and to waiting officers in the perimeter, where he was taken into custody without incident.

He is being charged with a variety of crimes related to this incident and will be lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. There were no injuries related to this incident. There was property damage to Hacker's vehicle and the landscaping.
Multiple Wanted for Stealing From Guide Dogs for the Blind (photo) (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 04/03/14
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Gresham, Ore. - At least two men and one woman are wanted in connection with stealing approximately $4,800 from the Boring, Ore. based Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sometime between Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014, unidentified suspects unlawfully entered some of the organization's vehicles and stole gas cards. The cards were then fraudulently used at several gas stations in Gresham, Troutdale, and Portland. Surveillance photos depict multiple vehicles and suspects being involved in these crimes. (Suspects and vehicles pictured below)

The three suspect vehicles involved are identified as a white, 4-door, 2000 era Dodge Stratus; a white, 4-door, 2000 era Buick LeSabre with a dent or mark on the trunk; and a gold, 4-door, 2000 era Chevrolet Malibu with oversize chrome-colored wheels.

Detectives are seeking the public's help identifying all suspects in this case. Anyone with pertinent information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police. The Gresham Police tip line is 503.618.2719 (local) or 1.888.989.3505 (out of area).


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Police seek public's help in locating missing Gresham man (Photo)
Gresham Police Dept - 03/25/14
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Gresham, Ore -Gresham Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who has not been heard from since January 18, 2014. Cameron Lowell Combs has no known ties outside of the east Multnomah County area and his family says it is unusual for him to be non-communicative for this long. Family and friends have not heard from him since that date.

He is described as a white male, 24 years old, 5-feet 6-inches, 135 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a cross tattoo on one of his arms, a '420' tattooed on the opposite upper arm and a single straight line tattoo on one of his thighs. If anybody has any information related to his whereabouts or if anybody spots him, please call Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.


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Hillsboro Police Conclude the Investigation Into Dog Investigation
Hillsboro Police Dept. - 03/26/14
This media release updates a case that began on February 25, 2014 on NW Garibaldi St. whereby a Washington County Animal Control Officer responded to a dog at large case and used force on a dog that was then reported to the Hillsboro police department by Mr. Marlin Starr as an animal abuse case.

The case was assigned to Hillsboro police detectives on March 3, 2014 and the investigation began. Detectives reported the ascertainable facts of the case, and on March 13, 2014 the case was referred to the Washington County District Attorney's Office for review and charging decision.

The Hillsboro police were later notified by the District Attorney's Office that no charges would be brought in the case.

HPD Detectives completed a very through and detailed investigation into this matter and at the conclusion the facts of the case as known did not contain the necessary elements of the crime of animal abuse.

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Hood River Lions Club Grant Helps Ensure Better Training and Safety For Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/14
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HOOD RIVER, ORE. - Sheriff's Deputies practice handcuffing, control holds and defensive tactics in the Hood River County Courthouse. This is all done in a controlled and now safe environment thanks to a generous grant by the Hood River Lions Club. The Sheriff's Office was awarded money to purchase folding mats so personnel could remain on site to train.

"Before the acquisition of these mats, we had to try to schedule space and time in local schools. Typically we were only able to offer this type of training once a year", said Lead Defensive Tactic's Instructor Deputy Joel Carmody. Carmody, who applied with the Lions Club for the grant said that having their own dedicated space and equipment now allows Sheriff's Office personnel to have more organized training sessions annually and gives deputies an opportunity to practice individually or in small groups at the office, in addition to regularly scheduled training sessions.

Certified Police Officers in Oregon are required to have a minimum of eighty-four hours of training every three years. At the end of the three year cycle, personnel that have not made their hours, risk revocation of their certification by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Without a certification, a law enforcement officer can no longer work.

In Law Enforcement, training is a necessity. It exposes personnel to best practices and current law, reduces liability for agencies and the jurisdictions they serve, keeps the public and law enforcement officers safer, and motivates employees by introducing new techniques and giving them the ability to become more efficient and effective.

Oregon's tight and shrinking public safety budgets in recent years, coupled with the numerous requirements and responsibilities law enforcement agencies face, have made it difficult for organizations to effectively address all of their priorities; particularly smaller agencies. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office is no exception. At the end of the last training cycle, a majority of the Sheriff's Office's deputies were short on their required training and faced potential loss of certification.

"Training is expensive, takes personnel time but is absolutely critical in our line of work", said Hood River County Sheriff Matt English. "Frankly, the position we were in was scary. I vowed to do everything I could, to never let that happen again", English went on to say.

Last year, using donations, personal contributions, grants and countless volunteer hours from employees and family, the Sheriff's Office converted a space in the courthouse to a dedicated training room. "This is the first time we've had our own training space", Carmody said. "We can now train on site, more often, with our own equipment", he concluded.

In January of 2013, schedule changes within the Sheriff's Office were instituted to allow employees to train during their regularly scheduled work hours; keeping deputies in the county and drastically reducing overtime costs often associated with training. All of this was accomplished without sacrificing the day to day operational needs of the agency. While deputies train during their shift, there are always enough deputies on the road to cover calls and provide service to the citizens.

"Last year, our patrol deputies averaged nearly one hundred hours of training each", said Chief Deputy Brian Rockett. "We anticipate that at the end of the next training cycle, our staff will have nearly three times the minimum required hours".

The Sheriff's Office stressed how thankful they were to the Hood River Lions Club for helping them achieve their training goals and contribute to the safety and security of the citizens and deputies that serve the community.


Attached Media Files: Deputies prepare for training on new mats purchased with grant funding from the Hood River Lions Club. , Sheriff personnel stand with members of the Hood River Lions Club on newly acquired training mats.
Hood River County Sheriff's Office Swears in New Deputy (Photo)
Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/14
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The Hood River County Sheriff's Office has hired Dylan Lerch as a Deputy Sheriff. Dylan started on March 17th. We are excited to have him on our staff. Dylan has been working for the last year and a half with the OHSU Police Department. Dylan grew up in Hood River and graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 2003. He brings unique perspectives and experience in law enforcement to our community and is a valuable asset to the Sheriff's Office.


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Independence Crash Update
Independence Police Dept. - 04/18/14
Both the Independence Police Department and the Oregon State Police are still investigating Yesterday's Fatal Car crash on Stryker Road in Independence. The driver of the Dodge Durango has been identified as Colleen Patrick of Salem. Both her and her 2 children are recovering from the crash with minor injuries.

The deceased driver of the passenger car has been identified as 18 year old Jacqueline Hernandez-Romero from Independence Oregon. Also in the car was her mother, Maria Del Rocio Romero Valtierra from Independence and the 8 year old son of Maria. Maria was treated and released while the 8 year old is still in ICU.

No additional press releases are planned.
Independence Fatal Car Crash
Independence Police Dept. - 04/18/14
Independence Police Department (IPD), with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP), is continuing the investigation into the cause of a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Thursday afternoon east of the Independence State Airport. One person died and five others were injured. Names will be released Friday.

According to IPD Lieutenant Rick Igou, on April 17, 2014 at approximately 4:55 p.m., a Dodge Durango driven by an adult female was northbound on Stryker Road when it collided into the driver's side of a passenger car driven by an 18-year old female that pulled out from a parking lot near Stinson Street.

The passenger car's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Also in the passenger car was an adult female and 8-year old boy. Both were injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. The boy was critically injured and the female received minor injuries. All were believed to be using safety restraints.

The Dodge's adult female driver received non-life threatening injuries. She was also transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. Two juvenile age boy passengers were transported as well, but the injuries were minor. All were believed to be using safety restraints.

An OSP collision reconstructionist and troopers responded to the scene to assist IPD with the investigation. Also assisting at the scene was the Monmouth Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District #1, and Independence Public Works.

No photographs or other information to be released at this time.
Overnight fire destroys storage building, deck and kayaks, $40,000 in damage (Photo)
Lake Oswego Fire Dept. - 04/15/14
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Lake Oswego - An alert citizen notice flames from across Westlake bay in Lake Oswego and reported it to 9-1-1 at 1:05 AM. Dispatchers took very little time to pin point the address and directed firefighters to 602 Cabana Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found a storage building on top of a deck that is built over Lakewood bay fully involved in flames. The fire had spread to the deck area making it challenging with the concerns for falling through the deck. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

The property is the Lakewood Bay Community Club which is an easement among the residents in that neighborhood. Residents have access to the Bay from the easement and about 20 kayaks and paddle boards are stored there and at least 12 of those were destroyed by the fire. They have been working hard to prepare the facilities for summer hours including staining of the deck just yesterday. At this time the fire cause is undetermined but investigators cannot rule out the possibility of oily staining equipment left on the deck.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 structural and $15,000 content damage including the privately owned kayaks.


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Home owner rescued from stopped tram on side of lake oswego Hill (Photo)
Lake Oswego Fire Dept. - 04/09/14
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around 12:10PM today firefighters from lake Oswego Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a tram stuck halfway down a steep hill behind a house at 1745 South Shore Blvd. When they arrived they found the female homeowner about 300 feet down the tracks inside the tram car. She was the only occupant and was the one that called 9-1-1. It was determined that a large boulder rolled down the very steep hill sometime after last night and damaged the deck and control panel of the tram. When she started down in the tram she got to about 70 feet from the bottom when it suddenly stopped and the emergency break system activated leaving her 10 feet up in the air on the track and 70 feet from the bottom up the steep hill.

Firefighters used the rescue boat to reach her from the lake side and were able to coach her down a 14' tall ladder out of the tram car. Ones she was down from the car firefighters attached a rope to her to assist with going down the steep hill to the awaiting rescue boat. She was taken to the Lake Corp office and eventually back home. She was a little shaken up but not injured.

"Its rare to have an incident like this where we have to use two specialty rescues, the water rescue team and rope rescue team" said Training Chief Randy Hopkins. "It definitely shows that training for these situations work by how smooth the entire rescue went". The entire rescue took almost 45 minutes to get her safely down.

Photo caption: Firefighters prepare the ladder to get the stuck woman down from the tram car. In the background you can see some of the damage the rock made to the deck and railing.


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Linn Deputies Recover Body From Willamette River (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/20/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his office received a call at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, of a body floating in the Willamette River near Bryant Park, Albany. A family, while on a hike along the river, spotted the body just west of the park.

Deputies responded to the area and located the body of a white male adult partially submerged in the river approximately ten feet from the shoreline. The body was in moderate decomposition indicating it has been in the river for some time.

At the time of this release, deputies have not made positive identification nor has the cause of death been determined.

Deputies are collecting information from missing person reports to help identify the body. The body is described as being approximately 6'02" to 6'04" tall with short, graying hair and beard.

Deputies were assisted by the Benton County Marine Patrol, Albany Fire Department, and Albany Police Department. Fisher Funeral Home removed the body.

Anyone who may have information as to the possible identity of the body is asked to contact Linn County Detective Mike Harmon at 541.967.3950.

As more information becomes available, additional releases will follow.


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Focused School Zone Traffic Safety
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on the morning of April 3, 2014, his office focused patrol efforts in various speed zones near several schools in Linn County. The focused efforts were emphasized during the morning commute. These schools included Hamilton Creek School in Lebanon, Central Linn Elementary in Halsey, Mari Linn School in Lyons and Clover Ridge School in Albany. The deputies stopped 17 vehicles for various violations, ranging from seat belt violations to speed violations. Our goal was to educate drivers and remind citizens of traffic safety within school zones. Sheriff Bruce Riley holds our children's safety as a priority and we will continue more random enforcement of school zones in the future. Please remember the posted school speed zones are there for a reason. Please continue to drive safe.
Linn Sheriff Warns Public of Tax Fraud
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/04/14
With the tax season upon us, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens to be on the lookout for possible ID theft involving IRS tax refund fraud.

ID theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. Other states like Washington are reporting a growing number of others filing taxes using your name and Social Security number. As of today, our office has taken 2 reports involving tax fraud in rural Linn County.

Sheriff Riley recommends that everyone check and monitor their financial accounts and credit report. Be smart on your passwords and be careful where you purchase items when 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.

If you believe you have been a victim of tax fraud or your personal information has been stolen, please contact your local law enforcement agency. For information from the IRS please visit http://www.irs.gov and click on the identity theft tab.
Three People Arrested For Armed Robbery (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/03/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on April 1, 2014, at 6:46 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 emergency phone call from a Lebanon women reporting she had been robbed at gunpoint by several people. Leslie Hall, 48-years old from Lebanon said two males and one female pointed a handgun at her and took her purse.

Hall said the robbery happened on Cyrus Road near Albany. Cyrus Road is a dead end road located in the Knox Butte area, northeast of Albany. Hall told deputies she knew who the female suspect was but did not know who the male suspects were.

Deputies learned that Hall and her two friends, Randy Watkins 25-years old and Larissa Charles, 21-years old both from Lebanon, were in Halls vehicle together. Hall said they were giving Charles a ride to Albany when Charles directed Hall to drive towards the Knox Butte area near Cyrus Road.

Charles told Hall she was lost and directed her to stop behind a Ford Ranger pickup which was parked alongside the road. Hall believed they stopped behind the pickup in hopes of asking for directions.

Hall told deputies when she stopped behind the pickup, Charles grabbed Hall's purse, yelled "you're being robbed," then got out of the vehicle. Two males from the parked pickup then approached Hall's vehicle with guns drawn and confronted Hall and Watkins.

One male suspect ordered Watkins to give him everything out of his pockets while the other male suspect ordered Hall to give him her car keys. Both Hall and Watkins were told they would be shot if they did not do what they told them.

Hall got into a struggle with one of the males over the keys to the car and she was able to drive away from the suspects. Watkins was able to jump into Hall's vehicle as she began to drive away.

No injuries were reported.

On April 2, 2014, at 12:45 p.m., Linn County Detectives located Larissa Charles and James Harris, 25-years old from Lebanon, at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Oak Street in Lebanon. Detectives seized a taser from Harris which Hall reported was in her stolen purse. After searching Charles's apartment, detectives seized a .357 revolver, over a quarter pound of processed marijuana, user amounts of methamphetamine, Oxycodone, heroin paraphernalia, packaging material, and a digital scale.

Charles and Harris were both arrested for Robbery I and taken to the Linn County Jail. Harris also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a parole violation.

On April 2, 2014, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Highway 34 near Columbus Street on the suspect vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Martin Wilson, 40-years old from Lebanon. Detectives searched the pickup and found a holster for a handgun used in the robbery and user amounts of methamphetamine.

Wilson was arrested and charged with Robbery in the first degree and unlawful possession of methamphetamine. He was also taken to the Linn County Jail.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

Arrested Subjects:
Charles, Larissa Leigh DOB: 06/07/92
Harris, James Michael DOB: 10/12/88
Wilson, Martin Matthew DOB: 09/22/73


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Albany Man Arrested for Road Rage Incident (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/01/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies have arrested an Albany man for a road rage incident. On March 27, 2014, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call from a 17-year old female reporting someone had just punched and broke the passenger side window to her 1995 Mercury Tracer.

The incident occurred in the 2100 block of Old Salem Road, Millersburg. A female passenger, Cheyenne Lea Ford, 18-years old, from Albany, sustained cuts on her face from the broken glass hitting her. Also in the vehicle were friends of the driver, a 17-year old female and a 16- year old male, who both witnessed the incident.

Deputies went to the location and learned the suspect vehicle had stopped in the middle of the road; the male driver exited his vehicle and walked back to the Mercury Tracer. After words were exchanged, the male walked back to his pickup and the car drove around the pickup to leave. As the vehicle passed the male, he lunged toward the car and punched the passenger window of the vehicle with his fist.

Deputies were able to identify Robert Raymond Ramsey, 45-years old from Albany, as the suspect. Deputies were also able to retrieve a surveillance video from a local business which aided in the investigation.

Deputies arrested Ramsey on March 31 at approximately 11:00 p.m. and took him to the Linn County Jail. Ramsey was charged with Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II, Reckless Endangering and Disorderly Conduct II.

Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public that aggressive or reckless driving often leads to road rage incidents, which potentially can end in violent encounters. Please be courteous to others and avoid contact with aggressive drivers. Using obscene gestures and words will often make matters worse. Always protect yourself by keeping your doors and windows locked. Try to avoid stopping or confronting an aggressive driver. If an aggressive driver confronts you, call 9-1-1 or drive to the nearest law enforcement agency or other safe area.


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Albany Teen Killed by Train
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/30/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a 16-year- old girl that was struck and killed by a train near Highway 99E and Beta Drive, Albany.

On March 29, 2014, at about 11:10 p.m. the Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a Union Pacific Railroad employee reporting that a person was walking south on the railroad tracks in a dark, unlit area. The caller told dispatch that the person was struck by a southbound freight train traveling approximately 40 MPH. The train was estimated to be about one mile long and the rear train cars were still blocking Ellingson Dr. after the train was able to come to a stop.

The victim was identified as Sara-Tessa Raechelle Lytle, from Albany.

Emergency Personnel from the Tangent Fire Department and Linn County deputies searched the area and located Lytle near the railroad tracks at about 11:26 p.m. The investigation reveals that Lytle was alone at the time she was hit by the train.

Lytle was a student at West Albany High School. The school district advises that grief counseling is in place for students returning to school tomorrow.

AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home removed the body from the scene. The investigation is continuing.
Lebanon Father Arrested for Murder by Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on January 21, 2014 at 10:36 p.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive 3 month old male located at 37017 Middle Ridge Drive, Lebanon.

The infant was identified as Wade Mitchell Brown. Deputies learned CPR was being performed and that Wade was being transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Approximately 2 hours later, at 12:26 a.m., on January 22, 2014, Wade Brown died at the hospital.

The investigation revealed there were three other people present at the time Wade was found unresponsive on January 21, 2014. They were Wade's mother, Kayla Harris, 21 years of age, from Lebanon, Wade's father, Kyle Brown, 27 years of age, from Lebanon, and their 19 month old daughter.

On a later date the 19 month old child was taken into protective custody by the Department Human Services.

Detectives learned that Kayla left Kyle alone in the bedroom with Wade and toddler daughter so that she could take a shower. Kayla told detectives Wade was awake and breathing at the time she went to shower. Upon her return a short time later, she found that Wade was not breathing.
Kyle, and their infant daughter, who was asleep in a playpen, were the only people with Wade.

Kayla Harris immediately called 9-1-1 for help. Detectives seized evidence from the residence that included drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana.

While at the hospital, detectives noticed bruising on Wade's face as well as other parts of his body which is consistent with abuse.

On March 26, 2014, a Linn County Grand Jury heard testimony from over 20 witnesses and issued Murder By Abuse, Manslaughter In The First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine indictments on the father, Kyle Lee Brown. A no bail warrant listing the above charges was signed by a Linn County Judge.

On March 27, 2014, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Linn County Detectives and Deputies took Kyle Lee Brown into custody on Milton Street near Park Street in Lebanon, Oregon. Kyle was arrested without incident and transported to the Linn County Jail.


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Linn Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/23/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred during the early morning hours of March 23, 2014. The crash was reported at 6:48 a.m. by a nearby resident who lives at 34645 Oakville Road, which is south of Albany.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1991 Acura Integra, was identified as 33-year-old Shayna Johnson of Philomath.

The investigation reveals Ms. Johnson had been traveling south on Oakville Road when she lost control of her vehicle near the intersection of Walnut Drive. Ms. Johnson's vehicle crossed the opposing lane of travel, sliding into the ditch.

The Integra then crashed through a horse fence where it rolled, ejecting Ms. Johnson from the vehicle. Ms. Johnson was found deceased, lying in the field near her vehicle. At this time it is unknown why Ms. Johnson's vehicle left the roadway and it does not appear any other vehicles were involved.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Albany Fire Department. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
Lebanon Man Dies in Snowmobile Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/22/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of a Lebanon man.

On March 22, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Linn County 9-1-1 dispatch received a call reporting the crash near Hoodoo Ski Bowl on the Santiam Pass.

The victim, identified as George Elmer Eichner, age 67 from Lebanon, was operating his snowmobile when he crashed into a tree. Eichner was part of a snowmobile club and was riding with a friend, Alen Lee Wargnier 44 years old, of Keizer.

Black Butte and Camp Sherman medics were called to the scene and Life Flight was activated.

Eichner, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a severe head injury. Approximately one hour later, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Hoodoo Ski Patrol, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Medics and Camp Sherman Medics.

Eichner's body was taken to the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


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Longview Police Department Investigates 3 vehicle Collision (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/18/14
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On April 18, 2014, at approximately 1:41 pm, Longview Police and Fire Departments along with American Medical Response responded to 38th Ave and Ocean Beach Hay for a three vehicle collision. Initial reports were that one of the vehicles crashed into McDonald's and there were a total of six patients. Emergency personnel arrived on-scene and began treating the victims. Three patients were transported to St. John Hospital and one was transported by private vehicle. It is unknown on the extent of the injuries.

The investigation shows that a blue Chevrolet S-10 driven by Joshua P. Goble (30 yoa) of Kelso, Washington was southbound on 38th Ave in the turn-lane to go east on Ocean Beach Hwy. The light was red and there was a vehicle in front of Goble's vehicle. Goble pulled out of the turn lane and accelerated into the intersection and struck a motorcycle (1995 Harley Davidson) that was westbound on Ocean Beach Hwy. The motorcycle rider was identified as Steven C. Morris of Longview, Washington. Morris was transported to St. John Hospital by ambulance.

Goble's vehicle continued and collided with a truck (2005 Chevrolet Colorado) that was eastbound on Ocean Beach Hwy. The truck was driven by Dennis M. Loney and Valerie L. Loney was a passenger. Both are of Longview, Washington. Mrs. Loney was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.

Goble's vehicle continued into the McDonald's drive-thru and up onto a fence which surrounds the outdoor seating area. The truck a customer who was seated at a table. The female was identified as Diana K. Johnson of Longview, Washington. Johnson was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Goble was also transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The investigation revealed Goble may have been under the influence of drugs. A search warrant was completed to obtain a sample of Goble's blood. A search warrant was obtained for Goble's truck. Goble was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail for Vehicular Assault.


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Fire Damages #5 Paper Machine at Kapstone Mill (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/13/14
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Longview, WA - A fire erupted in Kapstone paper machine #5 just before 9:00 PM tonight. Initial callers to 911 reported a "serious" fire in a paper machine building. Mill personnel, including the Kapstone emergency response team (ERT), battled the blaze as firefighters from Longview and Kelso responded to the incident. Crews arrived to find low visibility conditions due to smoke and steam; this added to the difficulty of firefighting operations.

Longview fire personnel quickly accounted for all mill personnel and worked side by side with the ERT to gain access to equipment and to investigate for fire spread. A Longview fire crew opened large hatches on the roof of the mammoth commercial building to allow heat, smoke, and steam to escape. By 9:21 PM the fire was declared confined to the paper machine with an automatic sprinkler system continuing to drench the area. By 10:00 PM, the sprinkler system was turned off and the fire was declared out.

Thirty firefighters responded both to the scene and to Longview and Kelso area fire stations in case of other emergency calls during the duration of the fire. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and Kapstone officials have not yet released a damage estimate. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

Fire officials attributed the success of the operation to cooperation and preparedness. "Local fire departments train with the Kapstone ERT annually; it is that training and overall level of readiness that paid off tonight," said Longview Fire Battalion Chief Eric Koreis. He added that the department recently completed training exercises at Weyerhaeuser; the next regularly scheduled training at Kapstone is on April 25.


Attached Media Files: Firefighters Position a Ladder Truck at Kapstone, Longview
Speed a factor in rollover accident; streetlight severed (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/08/14
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A Longview woman escaped serious injury this morning after she lost control of her vehicle. She was traveling Northbound on NE Nichols Boulevard at a reportedly high rate of speed just before 5:30 AM. Unable to maintain control, the car careened off the roadway crashing through a streetlight pole. The light pole tumbled into the roadway as her vehicle flipped over onto its top.

Police officers arrived on the scene, forced their way into the badly damaged car, and began to render aid. A Longview Fire Engine and Paramedic unit arrived soon after to continue the rescue effort. They deployed a standby fire hose as a precaution as the woman remained trapped in her vehicle. After the arrival of additional personnel, the firefighters pulled the woman from the wreckage. AMR paramedics transported her urgently to St John Medical Center for trauma care.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by police. Based on initial witness reports, excessive speed is suspected as a contributing factor to the incident.


Attached Media Files: Patient freed, being pulled from the car , Firefighters work to free trapped woman
Semi Truck Ignites Next to Nursing Facility (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/07/14
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On the morning of April 7th at 503 AM Longview Fire Department was dispatched to a truck fire. The reporting party stated that his semi-truck was on fire behind the Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center, located at 1500 3rd Ave, in Longview.
Longview Police were first to arrive and advised dispatch the semi was fully involved in fire and immediately adjacent to the nursing home. Shortly thereafter a loud explosion occurred when the trucks drivers-side tire exploded. Longview PD made contact with Frontier Rehab and advised them of the fire and to move all occupants to an area of safety.
When Longview Firefighters arrived they found a Spring Valley Dairy (Salem based company) delivery truck with its cab fully involved in fire - spreading to the trailer. The truck was approximately 10 feet from the Frontier Rehab laundry facility, which is accessed off the back of the building. As firefighters further evaluated the situation they identified a commercial gas meter immediately behind the truck as well as a fixed propane tank.
Firefighters deployed two hand-lines to extinguish the blaze and protect the exposures. Shortly into fire extinguishment another loud explosion erupted, this time from the trucks on-board refrigeration unit.
The fire took nearly 20 minutes to fully extinguish. Once extinguished extensive overhaul was conducted to the engine compartment, the cab, and the trailer unit.
The fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at the time of this release. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. Frontier Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center was occupied with approximately 115 patients and staff at the time of the fire.


Attached Media Files: Preparing Hose , Extinguished , Overhaul , Knock Down , Wide Angle , Up Close , Fire Attack , Before Fire Department Arrival
Longview and Cowlitz Firefighters Conduct Joint Training with Weyerhaeuser (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/06/14
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On April 2, 2014 Firefighters from Longview Fire Department and Cowlitz County Fires District #2 converged on the Longview Weyerhaeuser site located at 3410 Industrial Way to take part in an annual training exercise to better prepare themselves for possible emergencies within this expansive industrial campus. In addition, members of the Weyerhaeuser and North Pacific Paper Corporation (NORPAC) Medical Emergency Response Team (MER) and Lifeflight Network participated in the drill.
The exercise simulated an explosion and subsequent fire that had disabled the built-in automatic fire sprinkler. In addition, there was victim who had been electrocuted and fell from a mezzanine requiring evacuation and medical treatment.

When fire crews arrived they found a massive wood framed structure with simulated fire showing through the roof. The facility was filled with a combustible product called Wet Lap that was freely burning inside the Warehouse. Shortly into the incident crews were advised they had a victim inside and that the NORPAC MER team was responding.

Big fires demand big water. The incident commander ordered one engine to flow water from a 2 1/2 inch handline and a deck gun, which is a pre-plumbed water turret mounted to the top of the apparatus. In addition, the ladder truck was strategically located and an elevated master stream was established. Between the two apparatus more than 3000 gallons per minute were being flowed (the water was aimed in a greenspace for drill purposes). Crews were also sent to the roof to evaluate rooftop ventilation needs. Ventilation techniques are used to open a large hole in the roof to allow heat and smoke to be released.

After the MER's provided initial medical treatment and moved the electrocution victim to a safe location fire crews from Cowlitz Fire took over medical care and activated Lifeflight. The use of Lifeflight is dictated anytime there is a critically injured victim that requires intervention in a trauma hospital and 10 minutes can be saved in total transport time. Lifeflight was landed in a safe area just adjacent to a series of large chip piles on the Weyerhaeuser campus.

At the conclusion of the drill a post incident review and familiarity tour were conducted.

The objectives of the drill included firefighting operation, master stream utilization, coordination between fire agencies and MER's, the on-site water supply performance, Lifeflight Landing Zone viability, and facility familiarity. At days end much was learned, making all the emergency responders better prepared for tomorrow. Weyerhaeuser Safety manager Stacy Fanchin shared,"The region's emergency responders are critical to maintaining the safety of the men and women who work at our Longview complex. To that end, we understand the importance of training for the emergency responders and are more than happy to host response drills in order to ensure the emergency responders are prepared in a time of unexpected emergence response need."

There will be two additional drills scheduled at the Weyerhaeuser location, April 9th and 16th. In these drills two additional Lifeflight Landing Zones will be utilized.


Attached Media Files: Lifeflight lifting off , Keenan Loop , Opening Hydrant , Lifeflight Loading , Treatment Team , Climbing Ladder , Liason , Captian Communicating , Truck and Chip Pile , Water Cannons
Dog Rescued from Bluff Just Outside Kalama (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 04/03/14
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At approximately 7:30 PM Kalama Fire was notified that a dog appeared to be stuck on the bluff located above Old Pacific Hwy, between Bluff Road and Mt Pleasant Rd in Cowlitz County.
When Fire Crews arrived they could see what appeared to be a Golden Lab mix-breed scared and limping on the bluff, unable to find its way off. The owner of the dog was not initially on scene and firefighters looked for options to make the rescue. As rope rescue teams were gaining access above the dog's location the Ladder Truck from Longview Fire was requested. With darkness setting in, slippery climbing conditions, and rain falling - if the Truck was able to gain access it would be the quickest, easiest, and safest way to affect the rescue.
Firefighters were able to use the reach of the 100' telescoping ladder to easily gain access to the dog, which was placed on a leash, walked into the trucks bucket, and lowered to the ground. Its owner told firefighters that the dog was quite old and had been missing for two days. He was grateful to find "Zeeke" because he would be leaving on vacation in the morning and didn't think he would have seen his dog again. Zeeke was not injured during the rescue, and seemed to enjoy his ride in the trucks bucket. The entire rescue took approximately one hour. The name of the owner is unknown.
Although firefighters typically save and rescue human lives, performing animal rescues offer excellent training for firefighters and specialty rescue teams. The injured dog on the bluff above Old Pacific Hwy could just as easily been an injured hiker, and this carefully coordinated rescue not only saved Zeeke's life, but has better prepared the rescuers for future rescue situations.
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Attached Media Files: Google Earth of Area , Zeeke with owner
Longview Firefighters Score High Marks - Stairclimb Fundraising Champions - By the Numbers! (Photo)
Longview Police & Fire - 03/31/14
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On March 9, 2014 firefighters from 282 different fire departments from all across the America and 4 Countries numbering 1653 strong gathered at the Columbia Center (formerly the bank of America Tower) in downtown Seattle to participate in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The firefighters, dressed in full personal protective clothing and equipped with a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) would ascend 69 flights of stairs, completing a total of 1311 steps to an overall vertical climb of 788 feet - ultimately landing on the Observation Deck overlooking the City of Seattle. The motto for these industrial athletes: Climb, Conquer, and Cure; raising critical funds for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and Myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Last year this event raised a record 1.44 million dollars for blood-cancer research and patient services.
This year, for the 7th consecutive year, Longview Fire Department put together a four person team to support this endeavor. The team included Master Firefighter Eric Bergquist, Firefighter Mike Mann, Firefighter Graham Lasee, and Firefighter/ Paramedic Dan Jones. Collectively their overall team performance total-time was 55:58, ranking them #76 out of 188 teams. The fasted team clocked out at 37:35, while the last team to complete the race finished in 2:30:24.
Team Captain Eric Bergquist, who has performed in the last 7 years, clocked a very quick 15:56, placing him 105th overall. Firefighter Graham Lasee, who entered his 5th race, ran a brisk 18:34. Mike Mann, who entered his 4th year ran a 21:29; he placed 45th in his age bracket and 744 overall. Firefighter/ Paramedic Dan Jones ran a 23:53 earning him 995th .
March 31st is the last official day of collections for the fundraising efforts, and at the issuance of this Press Release the Longview Firefighter Foursome is positioned to capture the #1 per capita (average donations per member) designation, raising an impressive $13,572.00 as a team...or $3393.00 per member.
Chief Fundraiser for the team is Firefighter Mike Mann, who leaned upon personal stories involving his mother, his cousin, and his best childhood friend, all who faced life altering bouts with Leukemia and Lymphoma . Living through these close-to-the-heart scenarios inspired Mike to raise an amazing $10,690.00... putting him in the top 5 fundraisers for 2014.
The motto for the City of Longview Fire Department is Quality Service and Timely Response. The Stairclimb team epitomized this vision competing honorably with a 55:58 overall time, and raising $13,572.00, all in the name of charity. Firefighter Mike Mann says it best, "I can't wait for next year"!
* Attached photos read members left to right


Attached Media Files: Bergquist Lasee Mann Jones , Mann Bergquist Lasee Jones , Mann Bergquist Lasee Jones , Bergquist Lasee Mann Jones , Mann Bergquist Lasee Jones , Mann Bergquist Lasee Jones
Marion County Fire District fights 3rd Alarm Barn Fire (Photo)
Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1 - 04/17/14
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At 7:34 PM last night (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) Marion County Fire District #1 firefighters were dispatched to a reported barn fire in the 7700 block of 65th Ave NE in the Labish Center area. On arrival of the first arriving personnel, a large barn was fully involved in fire and threatening a residence and surrounding trees.
Due to the large structure, fire involvement and rural area, a 2nd alarm was requested and then a 3rd alarm brought additional water tenders to shuttle water to the fire scene as there are no fire hydrants in the area. With mutual aid support from the Keizer, Salem, Woodburn, Mt Angel, and St Paul Fire Districts, the Marion County Fire District was able to contain the fire to the large barn structure in about an hour and save the residence. Over 20 pieces of fire apparatus and 50 firefighters responded to the fire. No civilian or firefighter injuries occurred.
No cause of the fire has been determined at this time and firefighting crews will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor remaining hotspots. Marion County Fire District #1 would also like to thank the Aumsville, Woodburn and Silverton Fire Districts for providing coverage to the citizens while Marion County Fire District #1 resources were committed on the fire.


Attached Media Files: Barn Fire #2 , Barn Fire #1
Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Suspicious Package. **Update w/ Photo** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/14
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At 10:45 p.m. deputies with the assistance of the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad determined the device to be a hoax. The TA Truck Stop has been reopened for regular business and deputies will continue to investigate who placed the device behind the business.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you saw anyone or anything suspicious around the truck stop this evening to please call 503-588-5032.


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Sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Troopers are on scene and investigating a suspicious device found on the backside of the TA Truck Stop located at 21856 Bents Road NE. The device was located behind the Country Pride Restaurant which is on the campus of the TA Truck Stop at approximately 8:00 p.m. this evening.

After being called to the truck stop troopers and deputies evacuated the area and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene to assist. There are no injuries and no traffic delays associated to the incident and the truck stop is the only business affected by this incident.

Further details will be released as they become available.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1294/73592/2.jpg , 2014-04/1294/73592/1.jpg
Deputies Arrest Speed Racing Driver (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/14
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Last night, 04/19 at about 1:30 a.m., a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office encountered two vehicles racing at high speeds on Market Street near Clay Street NE. When the deputy attempted to turn around on the vehicles they split directions and began using city streets to hide from responding deputies.

A short time later deputies located a white, BMW 330 that was parked opposing traffic on the side of Swegle Road NE. Deputies believed this was the vehicle they were looking for and when they went to contact the driver the vehicle drove away at a high rate of speed.

Once the deputy got his vehicle turned around he could see the BMW was traveling down 45th Avenue NE toward Center Street NE. However due to the deputy having to turn around the vehicle was lost and deputies again began searching.

It was at this point that 911 operators began receiving reports of a vehicle into a house at 4490 Center Street NE. When deputies arrived they found the BMW had struck a parked vehicle. As a result of the crash the parked vehicle impacted a residence causing significant damage to the house.

The driver of the vehicle Humberto Ramirez, age 20 fled the scene of the crash but was seized after hiding under a house in the 500 block of Citation Way NE, by K9 Yo and his handler, Deputy Wollenschlaeger.

After being treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries associated to the dog seizure, Mr. Ramirez was taken to the Marion County Jail and lodged. Mr. Ramirez is currently being held on 9 counts of reckless endangering, reckless driving, attempting to elude the police and the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Mr. Ramirez's 9 counts or reckless endangering stem from his passenger in the vehicle and the 8 occupants of the residence struck by the vehicle he hit. Mr. Ramirez's unlawful use of a motor vehicle charge is a result of him taking his mother's car without her permission.

Deputies want the public to know that this incident took less than three minutes to unfold. Each year deputies respond to calls for service regarding drivers racing and these incidents can often turn tragic or have deadly results. The Sherriff's Office asks that you call 503-588-5032 if you see vehicles racing and report their activity.


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Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers Provides Statement Regarding Recent Court Ruling
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
In responses to media inquires Sheriff Jason Myers has issued the following statement regarding the Miranda-Olivares decisions set forth by the US District Court of Oregon.

Effective April 16, 2014, and consistent with the Miranda-Olivares decision, the Marion County Jail will no longer hold inmates pursuant to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer alone. ICE may issue or forward a federal judicial warrant or order authorizing a suspected alien's detention, and the Jail will honor such warrants and orders. Jail staff will continue to collect and submit information to ICE regarding foreign-born arrestees, but will not place holds upon such arrestees unless a judicial warrant or court order is received authorizing detention.

The Miranda-Olivares decision is attached to this release.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1294/73512/Judgment_Summary_1.pdf
Marion County Deputies Investigating Stabbing (Photo) ***Ages Corrected***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/17/14
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This morning at around 1:50 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Salem Hospital, to investigate a man who had been transported to the hospital by a friend with multiple stab wounds. The victim, Charles Berry, age 49, is currently at Salem Memorial Hospital and being treated for what deputies are calling non-life threatening injuries.

From the investigation deputies have learned that Mr. Berry and the suspect Jonathan Schueller, age 31 had an altercation in the street in the 4100 block of Glenwood Drive SE in Salem. Investigating deputies believe that during this altercation Mr. Schueller stabbed Mr. Berry and then left the area. Mr. Schueller was found and arrested a few hours later not far from the scene. Mr. Schueller is currently in the Marion County Jail where he is being held on the charges of Assault II and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The cause of the altercation is still being investigated and deputies are asking any witnesses who may have information to please come forward. If you have information you can call MCSO at 503-588-5032.


Attached Media Files: Schueller
Law Enforcement Working Together to Add Extra Patrols
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/14
Beginning this week and ending 04/27, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management will be increasing their patrols in the forested areas between the Crooked Finger and Butte Creek areas.


These patrols are in response to an overwhelming amount of complaints associated to underage drinking and vandalism during the week of Easter. The Sheriff's Office is asking for area residents to call and report any suspicious activity to their local jurisdiction. Marion County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line: 503-588-5032, Clackamas County non-emergency line: 503-655-8211
A Man, A Car, A Fire and A Train ***Update Photos*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/14
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Clues as strange as the head line, but these were the circumstances deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were sorting through this Saturday when they responded to the 2900 block of Wintel Road SE.

Deputies were initially called to the area because Kyle Randall, age 24 was knocking on doors and asking residents for a place to sleep. After arriving deputies noticed a plume of smoke in the distance that turned out to be a car fire.

When they went to investigate the fire they located the burned out carcass of the vehicle Mr. Randall had been driving. So after interviewing Mr. Randall and evaluating the scene deputies believe the following occurred.

At around 5:00 a.m. Mr. Randall was driving east on Wintell Road when he drove through a stop sign and ran into a passing train. The train hooked his vehicle and drug him approximately 300 feet. Mr. Randall came to a rest, exited his vehicle and then sought out shelter from nearby residents.

Mr. Randall was not injured in the crash, he was however arrested for DUII and taken to the Marion County Jail. At the jail his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.


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Stolen Vehicle Refuses to Stop for Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/14
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Yesterday at about 10:30 p.m. deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a red Honda Civic for a lighting violation on Hazelgreen Road NE. Once the deputy initiated the traffic stop the vehicle immediately took off and lead the deputy on a pursuit over several miles throughout Marion County.

During the pursuit deputies observed the driver and passenger switch places while driving down the roadway. The pursuit took deputies through portions of rural Marion County and then finally back toward Salem where the Salem Police Department deployed spike strips, flattening the vehicles tires.

After the tires on the vehicle deflated deputies attempted to PIT the vehicle but missed and a short distance later the vehicle crashed into a tree in the 2900 block of Tide Court NE. Once the vehicle crashed one of the three occupant's attempted to run but was quickly apprehended.

All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salem Hospital where they have been treated and released. The first driver of the car, Joann Wills, age 40, was booked into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude (Vehicle), Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The Second driver Shawn Woddard, age 41 was book into the Marion County Jail for Attempt to Elude, (Vehicle), Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangering and several warrants. The third passenger was released without charges.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1294/73334/woodard_shawn_lee.jpg , 2014-04/1294/73334/wills_joann_lee.jpg
#ProjectNat (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/12/14
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Earlier this afternoon the Marion County Sheriff's Office began receiving tips from its community partners about a large party with underage drinking set to take place somewhere in Marion County. The party was said to be organized via Twitter and to have a trend of #ProjectNat.

The Sheriff's Office attempted to be proactive and try and prevent to party from happening so using our social media we broadcasted the party's information and contacted the party's organizer trying to make him aware of the consequences of his actions.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. tonight the party was located at Packsaddle Park in rural Marion County. When deputies arrived they found a stage, a bon fire, alcoholic beverages and several party goers. Deputies also located the parties organizer Nathaniel Gray, age 19, of Salem.
Mr. Gray was uncooperative with deputies and as a result of his actions he was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor offensive littering and providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.
In addition to his criminal charges the Sheriff's Office has been informed that the Gates Fire Department may seek penalties for its reimbursement from Mr. Gray for its response to extinguish the bonfire.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for its out pouring of tips that lead us to the early intervention of this event. This type of public interaction is key to our children's safety in this digital age.


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Two Vehicle Crash Results In Serious Injury (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/14
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A man who witnesses say forced one vehicle off the roadway after he crossed the center line struck another vehicle sending both men to the hospital. Pavel Bobko, age 32, of Salem was driving his silver Dodge Caravan on Cordon Road NE between Sunnyview Road NE and Carolina Road NE this afternoon around 2:00 p.m. That is when witnesses say it left its lane of travel and collided head on with a white Dodge Dart driven by Isiah Ursprung, age 40, of Salem.

Both men were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with what investigators are describing as serious injuries. The Marion County Traffic Safety Team's CRASH Unit had the road closed for nearly two hours while they investigated.

Although it is early in the investigation alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in today's crash. As of this time the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release any further details about this incident.


Attached Media Files: Crash
Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Gunshot Wound (Victim Identified)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
The victim in the shooting incident has been identified as Christopher Martinez, age 23, of Salem. Mr. Martinez has been discharged from Salem Hospital and no further information about his medical condition is available at this time.

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Last night at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sheriff's Deputies began receiving reports of multiple guns shots in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE. Approximately one hour later deputies were called to the Salem Hospital to investigate a male with a gunshot wound to his right knee.

The victim a 23 year old male, of Salem, was taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The victim told investigators that he was riding his bicycle in the 4400 block of Silverton Road NE when an unknown person operating a dark blue sedan began shooting at him.

Detectives are asking the public for any witnesses who may have seen the incident to please come forward. Specifically detectives are seeking two males on bicycles who helped the victim immediately after he was shot. If you were a witness or may have information regarding this incident please call Detective Christopher Bangs at 503-932-3244. You may remain anonymous.
Aggressive Driving Unit Nabs High Speed Motorcyclist ***Updated with date and time*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/14
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When a Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Aggressive Driving Unit saw a motorcycle weaving and acting aggressively within its lane of travel he suspected the rider to be up to no good. And as soon as the rider turned onto McCleay Road SE from Cordon Road SE the deputy's suspicion was confirmed.

When the rider later identified as David Ladeby, age 26, of Salem made his turn, he accelerated and rocketed out of sight of the deputies unmarked Ford Mustang. When the deputy finally caught Mr. Ladeby at the intersection of 62nd and McCleay Road SE he followed Mr. Ladeby as he turned onto 62nd. This is when Mr. Ladeby accelerated and the deputy followed initiating his radar as the speeds climbed to over 117 miles per hour. As the deputy activated his lights, Mr. Ladeby continued his acceleration, reaching 133 miles per hour.

Once Mr. Ladeby saw the deputy he immediately pulled over. Mr. Ladeby stated to the deputy that he believed he did not exceed 95 to 97 miles per hour and he was apologetic for his behavior. Mr. Ladeby was cited for careless driving and violation of the maximum speed limit. Careless driving carries a maximum fine of $260.00 and the violation of the maximum speed limit in excess of 100 miles per hour carries a fine of $1150.00 and up to a 90 day license suspension.

With the weather clearing and the roads drying the Sheriff's Office often sees an increase in these types of aggressive driving incidents. The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind the public that we share the roadway and operating any machinery at these high speeds can have a deadly consequence. Please drive safely and obey all traffic laws.

This occurred yesterday approximately 3:00 p.m.


Attached Media Files: 133 MPH
Two New Sergeants Sworn in by Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/14
Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
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Today at 1:30 p.m. family, co-workers and friends gathered to watch as Kate Abraham and Warren McDaniel were sworn in as Institutions Division Sergeants by Sheriff Jason Myers.

Sergeant Abraham was born and raised in the Stayton and Sublimity area. She first started her career with Marion County at the age of 15 as a Search and Rescue volunteer. In 1996, Sergeant Abraham left Marion County and began working for the Department of Forestry as a fire fighter. After three years Sergeant Abraham returned to Marion County as a cadet working Marine Patrol.

In 2000 Sergeant Abraham made the leap from volunteer and was hired on in the jail as a temporary employee and later as a full-time employee in 2002. Since then she has worked various specialty assignments within the Jail such as intake and transports.

Sergeant McDaniel was born and raised in the Scio and Lebanon area. In 1993 he joined the Air Force where he worked as a Munition Systems Specialist. After the Air Force, Sergeant McDaniel became a mechanic, before being hired by the Sheriff's Office institutions division in 2008. During his time with the Sheriff's Office he has worked numerous specialty positions including Classification and is a member of our Security Threat Group Team.

Sheriff Myers was very pleased with the additions to the Office's Leadership Team, saying, "These two new Sergeants are going to do a great job for our office and community."
Sergeants McDaniel and Abraham are filling positions vacated by Sergeants who have retired from the Sheriff's Office.


Attached Media Files: Sgt's and Sheriff Myers
Salem Man Arrested After Refusing to Appear for Jury Duty (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/03/14
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James McCalmon II, age 48, of Salem was summoned for grand jury duty and when he showed up he agreed to be a member of the grand jury, reporting that he had no conflicts that would prevent him from appearing. The Grand Jury is a special council of citizens that hears criminal cases over a period of two weeks, generally a four or six day commitment. Citizens of Marion County have a duty to serve on jury duty when summoned by the court.

Mr. McCalmon failed to appear for his Grand Jury appointment on Tuesday April 1st. Deputies were ordered by the court to locate him and bring him in front of the court to explain himself. However when deputies went to find Mr. McCalmon at his residence there was no answer at the door. Deputies left a card for Mr. McCalmon to call the court and left the residence.

On Wednesday April 2nd, the court ordered deputies to return to his house and find him. This time deputies located Mr. McCalmon, arrested him and brought him before the court.

During the court hearing Mr. McCalmon admitted to working a grave yard shift and knowing that he needed to call the court but admitted that he did not call. After hearing Mr. McCalmon's story the court relieved Mr. McCalmon of his jury duty obligation, found him in Contempt and he was taken to the Marion County Jail where he spent 24 hours.


Attached Media Files: McCalmon
Deputy Not Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Car While on Traffic Stop (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/14
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"I was sitting in my car filling out a citation and suddenly I was thrown forward." These are the words of Deputy Justin Kinyon who was struck by another vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on Lancaster Dive NE near Glendale Avenue NE at about 1:00 p.m., yesterday.

Deputy Kinyon was pulled to the right in his fully marked patrol car with his emergency lights activated. According to witnesses, Mohammed Ali, age 53, of Salem was driving his Ford, Windstar van in the right hand lane as he approached Deputy Kinyon's traffic stop. Mr. Ali attempted to move over into the left lane to go around the traffic stop but did not see the vehicle beside him.

This forced the second vehicle into the turn lane and Mr. Ali took evasive action to avoid hitting the second vehicle. Mr. Ali over corrected and crashed into Deputy Kinyon. Thankfully neither Deputy Kinyon nor Mr. Ali were seriously injured in the collision.

An investigation of the crash was completed by Marion County Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Craig Cunningham. As a result of his actions Mr. Ali was issued a citation for driving without a license and careless driving. Mr. Ali was operating his vehicle with an instruction permit and not a valid Oregon license. Deputy Kinyon did not return to duty after the crash and Mr. Ali was taken to the Salem Hospital for evaluation.

Sergeant Cunningham wants to take time and remind drivers that when you encounter an emergency vehicle on the side of the roadway with its emergency lights activated please follow these simple steps. Please, slow your vehicle by at least five miles per hour and move to the left if there is another lane available and that lane is clear, failure to do so could result in a fine of $260.00.

According to Sergeant Cunningham this law was enacted after an Oregon State Trooper was killed while on a traffic stop on Interstate 5 just south of Salem approximately 10 years ago.


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Marion County K9 Rushed Into Surgery (Photo) ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/01/14
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The Sheriff's Office and its family of K9 handlers is pleased to announce that Max is out of surgery and already up and walking around. Max was saved by the early intervention of his handler Deputy Bush and his, spleen.

Yes, his spleen! According to Deputy Bush the spleen prevented the stomach from completely twisting and possibly killing Max. Max will remain in the hospital over night for observation and is expected to be taken home tomorrow.

According to Deputy Bush, "Bloat" can occur in a dog with a large chest cavity. Deputy Bush stated, "It's an emergency! It's life or death!" If your dog is showing signs of bloating or blockage contact your vet immediately as this may be signs a life threatening condition.

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This morning at 7:00 a.m., Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 Max was rushed to the emergency vet clinic by his handler Deputy Shawn Bush. After arriving at the clinic, Max was diagnosed with a twisted stomach or "bloat" and he has been rushed into surgery at the Aumsville Pet Clinic.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and its K9 Team are asking to keep Max in their thoughts and prayers while he battles his way through this very serious health condition.

To learn more about our K9 Team or to make a donation please go to http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/EnforcementDivision/k9.htm

Further updates on Max will be made as soon as they are available.


Attached Media Files: Max and Bush
Burglars Caught in the Act in Gates ***Updated with date and time of occurrence*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/14
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This incident occurred 03/24 at about 11:45 a.m.
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Alert neighbors in the 100 block of Maple Street in Gates called the Sheriff's Office and reported that two men were at a residence and stealing items from inside. The residence has been vacant for several months and was broken into after the suspect's pried open the plywood covering the front door.

When deputies arrived they quickly surrounded the house, that it is when Melvin Roehm, age 46 walked out the front door carrying an arm load of stolen property. While deputies were taking Mr. Roehm in custody his accomplice attempted to run out the back door.

The second suspect Joshua Archer, age 34 was immediately taken into custody by a Marion and Linn County deputy who were watching the back door. All of the stolen property was recovered and Mr. Roehm was taken to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with Burglary I. Mr. Archer was cited and released from the scene.

The Sheriff's Office is always seeking alert neighbors to be a part of our Neighborhood Watch Program. For more information on this program please call the Community Resource Unit at 503-588-7981.


Attached Media Files: Roehm , Archer
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/14
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local organizations including the Marion County Community Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the City of Salem Police Department, Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Salem-Keizer School District 24-J, the Department of Human Services and the Hands and Words are not for Hurting Project will spearhead activities during the month of April as part of a national "Child Abuse Prevention Month" effort.

On Monday March 31st officials will gather at 8:30 am in front of the Marion County Courthouse with PGE to begin hanging blue ribbons on the large tree on the northwest corner of the block. The ribbons will symbolize the 10,054 confirmed victims of child abuse in the State of Oregon in 2012.

Below are a few tips that can help prevent child abuse.

1. Be a nurturing parent. The best gift you can give your child is YOU. The love and attention you give now will stay with your child forever.

2. Be available. Develop the kind of relationship that allows your children to come to you for help and support for themselves or their friends.

3. Get involved. Get to know your child's friends and the homes where your children play. Volunteer in their classrooms or coach their teams.

More information on combating child abuse can be found at www.parentforthefuture.com. The public and media is invited to attend the event on Monday, project organizers will be on hand to distribute information


Attached Media Files: Invite
Deputies Arrest Gun Wielding Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/14
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"I've got problems," is what Jose Brown-Ceballos, age 24 told deputies after he brandished a handgun at a passerby. Yesterday at about 2:04 p.m., deputies responded to the area of 47th Avenue NE and Silverton Road NE after Mr. Brown-Ceballos lifted his shirt, exposing a gun and asking a passerby, "What are you looking at."

The victim in the case was able to give an exact description of Mr. Brown-Ceballos which aided Deputies in locating him. Mr. Brown-Ceballos was arrested without incident near the area of the call and found to be in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

Mr. Brown-Ceballos is a convicted felon with a past history of burglaries. He is currently in the Marion County Jail and facing the charges of Menacing, Unlawful Use of Weapon and Felon in Possession of Firearm. Mr. Brown-Ceballos also had warrants for Assault IV, Menacing and Harassment.


Attached Media Files: Brown-Ceballos
Motor Vehicle Accident at Sunrise Market (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/14
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Late this afternoon, Daniel Alik was arrested for DUII, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Mr. Alik drove his car into the ice machine outside of the Sunrise Market in the 3500 block of Silverton Road.
This pushed the ice machine through the glass window of the store front. No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. Mr. Alik was twice the legal limit by the time he arrived at the Marion County Jail.


Attached Media Files: Alik, Daniel , Ice Machine
McMinnville PD is recognized on Special Olympics honor roll for 2013 (Photo)
McMinnville Police Dept. - 04/16/14
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McMinnville Police Department was the recent recipient of the Special Olympics - Law Enforcement Torch Run honor roll by raising $3,042.00 in 2013. There were a total of 42 Oregon agencies that earned this recognition by raising over $1,500.00. We are also pleased that Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was similarly recognized, indicating an even greater level of generosity among our local community residents and businesses.

In 2013, over 50 Oregon law enforcement agencies participated in the Law Enforcement Torch run and related fundraising events (tip-a-cop, polar plunge, and other events). Oregon agencies raised a total of just over $554,000.00 for Special Olympics in 2013. Many local agencies, including McMinnville PD, also joined with Special Olympians during the annual torch run and participated in awarding medals to Special Olympic athletes during the 2013 competition in Newberg, Oregon.

We would like to specifically recognize Pam Ramsey who has coordinated our department's involvement and worked with local business and other agencies as we participate in fund raising events. She has been an invaluable part in completing the work needed to earn this award. We would also like to thank Golden Valley Brew Pub for their generous participation in the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office - McMinnville Police Department annual Tip-A-Cop promotion.
Raising funds for the Special Olympic program has been a positive connection for the department and many of our officers. We have greatly appreciated the opportunity to build relationships with many of these athletes and assist them in their effort to compete on a state, national, and international level.

Please join us in raising funds in the coming year for this very valuable program for our local Special Olympians. The 2014 Summer Games are scheduled for July 12-13, 2014 in Newberg. The leg of the Torch Run beginning at the south end of McMinnville and ending at the Summer Games will begin around noon on Saturday July 12, 2014. Prior to the games in Newberg, we will partner again with Golden Valley to raise money for our local Yamhill County Special Olympics program.


Attached Media Files: 2013 Award , Tip A Cop - Golden Valley Brew Pub
Reckless Driver in Milwaukie Attempts to Elude Police; Driver and Passenger Arrested. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 04/17/14
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Reckless Driver in Milwaukie Attempts to Elude Police; Driver and Passenger Arrested.

On 04-17-14 at about 11:00 a.m. two different citizens called 9-1-1 to report a traffic complaint on Hwy 224 near SE 37th Avenue in Milwaukie. The driver of a silver-colored, Mitsubishi Galant with Utah license plates was witnessed 'cutting cookies' and executing U-turns in the middle of Hwy 224.

When police tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver would not stop. A slow-speed pursuit ensued, until officers were able to box-in the car near SE Washington Street and SE 23rd Avenue in downtown Milwaukie.

The driver, identified as 24-year-old Josie Marie Worrall from Milwaukie, resisted arrest but was subsequently taken into custody. The passenger, identified as 33-year-old Sorin Nita, was also taken into custody. Both appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant and were transported to local hospitals for medical observation.

Worrall will be charged for the crimes of: Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering, Attempt to Elude, Interfering With a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. Worrall was later lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

Sorin Nita will be charged for the crimes of: Interfering With a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest. He was cited and released.

The pursuit ended near Milwaukie High School. The school was notified of the police activity, but the incident was resolved quickly and did not cause a lock-down situation.

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a medium-size dog described as similar to a salt-and-pepper colored blue heeler/border collie mix that escaped from the suspect's car. Police have not been able to locate the frightened pet.


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D.U.I.I. driver attempts to elude Milwaukie Police; Crashes into landscaping in Police/Fire Department. (Photo)
Milwaukie Police Dept. - 04/05/14
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D.U.I.I. Driver Attempts to Elude Milwaukie Police; Crashes Into Landscaping at Police/Fire Department.

On 04-05-14 at 00:41 a.m. 51-year-old Gregory A Fischer tried to elude a Milwaukie Police traffic stop initiated near Hwy 224 and SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie. The van driven by Fischer veered off the roadway and crashed into landscaping shrubs several feet from the wall of the Public Safety Building at 3200 SE Harrison Street.

After crashing, Fischer exited the van and refused to comply with police directions. The police officer who initiated the traffic stop just happened to be the police canine handler. After Fischer refused numerous directions by police, the canine was deployed.

Fischer was taken into custody and later lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.


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Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office announce suspension of I-247 detainer placements after court ruling
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/14
As a result of a recent court opinion and order issued on April 11, 2014 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, as well as other recent court rulings, finding that holding a person solely on an ICE detainer violates the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County Sheriff's Office's have made the decision to suspend placement of I-247 Immigration Detainers. To view the court opinion and order see attached.

The I-247 detainer is issued by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security. For more information about ICE detainers please visit their website at www.ice.gov

The Sheriffs are committed to remaining in compliance with all state and federal laws and the Constitution of the United States. As the pertinent law evolves through court decisions and/or legislation the Sheriffs will adjust their policies accordingly.


Attached Media Files: US District Court for the District of Oregon opinion-order
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies recover two bodies from Columbia and Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/14
Update: The deceased have been both been identified.

Danna Keith White (DOB 01/07/1987) of Portland, OR. body was recovered on the Willamette River. He was previously reported missing to Portland Police Bureau on March 18, 2014. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death drowning and Manner undetermined. There were no indications of foul play.

Scott Jerome Perry (DOB 12/18/1957) of Vancouver, Wa. body was recovered on the Columbia River. He was previously reported missing on February 22, 2014 and his vehicle was recovered on the Glenn Jackson Bridge. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled cause of death drowning, blunt force injuries and Manner of death as suicide.

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On Monday 04/14/2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Columbia River by a boater in the area. As River Patrol Deputies were en route to the call, the deputies spotted a body floating mid-channel of the Willamette River near the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge. The MCSO River Patrol unit stopped and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the Willamette River. U.S. Coast Guard units responding to the Columbia River report arrived in the area of the reported body sighting near Reeder Beach and were able to confirm the sighting. The U.S. Coast Guard unit stayed on station until another responding unit arrived. A Clark County Fire and Rescue boat arrived and recovered the body of a deceased adult male. Both bodies were transported to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin death investigations for both recoveries. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the bodies have been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identifications and family notifications.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
This morning, Wednesday April 9, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the Willamette River downstream from the lightrail bridge installation. A dragon boat crew member on the water in the area saw the body and called in the report.

MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and the body of an adult male was recovered downstream from the bridge near the west side of the river at approximately 10:10 a.m. The body was transported to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Portland Police Bureau detectives also assisted. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton announces Command Promotions
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/14
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton recently promoted two Command members to new assignments within the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Captain Linda Yankee has been promoted to Chief Deputy and has been assigned as Chief Deputy of the Business Services Division. Lieutenant Derrick Peterson has been promoted to Captain and assigned as the Facility Commander of the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Linda Yankee has spent the majority of her 27 year career with the Sheriff's Office in Corrections Operations. She has managed the Multnomah County Detention Center, the Multnomah County Inverness Jail, and the Facility Services Section of the Sheriff's Office. In 2005, she was recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association as the Jail Commander of the Year. She has served on various committees for Multnomah County to include the Domestic Violence Emergency Response Team, Gang Suppression, Intervention, Prevention Task Force, the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Multnomah County Re-Entry Council.

Yankee was born and raised in Brush Prairie, Washington and is the daughter of the late Walter and Regina Satrapa. She graduated from Clark Community College and attended Washington State University, studying Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

Derrick Peterson, a 27 year veteran of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office has been promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned as Facility Commander of one of the largest jail facilities in the state of Oregon network. Peterson has previously been assigned as a shift commander in the jail, in addition to being assigned lateral duties for a period as the CERT (Corrections Emergency Response Team) and CNT (Corrections Negotiation Team) commander. Peterson moves from his current assignment as the Administrative Lieutenant where he was tasked with overseeing the food services contract, served as County Attorney liaison and managed special projects. Peterson also served as chair of the Probationary Officer's Review Board, assisted with PIO duties and represented MCSO on the Multnomah County Equity and Wellness Team.

Peterson is a long time, active member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) and has had the support of the organization in his past and new position. "Captain Peterson is an exceptional appointee for this position" said Roy Jay, NW Chapter President of NOBLE. He's a team player, has the years of experience and is highly respected both inside and outside the department.

Peterson was born in Portland, Oregon and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Administration of Justice at Portland State University. Peterson was raised in Portland, Oregon and is the son of George and Essie Peterson of Tuskegee, Alabama. He has been married to his wife Leslie for 20 years and has a 16 year old son.

Sheriff Dan Staton plans future advancements and administrative changes in an effort to continue to make the Sheriff's Office more responsive to both the public needs and those of the hundreds of employees who strive to provide exemplary service to the citizen's of Multnomah County.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1276/73207/MCSO_Command_Promotions.pdf , MCSO Command Promotions
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 2014 Spring Awards Ceremony
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Sheriff Daniel Staton will host the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's Semi-Annual Award Ceremony. This ceremony will honor citizens and members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies.

Awards being presented at the ceremony include a Purple Heart award, Distinguished Service award, twenty-one Lifesaving-Suicide Prevention and four Lifesaving Awards, one Citation, and two Sheriff's Awards along with others. There will be thirty-eight total awards presented during this ceremony.

The ceremony is open to the public and community members and media are invited and encouraged to attend as we recognize exemplary service and actions which went above and beyond.


Attached Media Files: MCSO Awards PR
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office expands TouchPay kiosk services, now accepts inmate trust account deposits
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) which is continuing to roll out jail kiosk capabilities as part of its agreement with Securus Technologies and through their partnership with TouchPay Holdings, LLC has now enabled the TouchPay jail lobby kiosks to receive cash/credit/debit deposits for inmate trust accounts in addition to the Securus Advance Connect payment services already being accepted. TouchPay kiosks are currently installed in the lobbies of both the Multnomah County Detention Center and the Multnomah County Inverness Jail. The TouchPay kiosks do not accept monies for self-bail processes at this time. Additional capabilities are expected to continue to roll out over the next several months.

The TouchPay kiosks provide greater convenience and more payment options for individuals making deposits to offender accounts. Family and friends of offenders in custody are now able to deposit funds in cash or with a credit/debit card through the TouchPay kiosks. In addition, deposits to inmate trust accounts will now be accepted through the TouchPay website portal and/or their toll-free 1-800 number (1-866-232-1899) allowing loved ones to deposit monies without having to travel to one of the jail facilities to complete a transaction. Costs and fees associated with handling these transactions, previously absorbed by MCSO, will now be collected by the vendor at no cost to the Sheriff's Office. The TouchPay kiosk located in the Multnomah County Inverness Jail lobby will be available for visitor use during lobby hours. The Multnomah County Detention Center kiosk will have 24 hour access in the jail lobby.

An additional TouchPay intake cash-handling kiosk will automate offender booking deposits at MCSO. The intake kiosk will count offender's coin and cash in bulk during the booking process, relieving MCSO staff from having to manually count incoming monies and increasing efficiencies in Sheriff's Office operations. Once installation and testing is completed, full implementation of the kiosk system will introduce greater security and auditing functionality as recommended by the County Auditor's office as part of an Inmate Welfare Fund audit from 2011.

The MCSO is committed to providing exemplary service and quality, cost effective prevention, intervention and detention services to the communities of Multnomah County. Partnerships such as these increase operational efficiencies and mitigate the increasing costs of managing these services. As part of our agreement with Securus Technologies and its partnership with TouchPay Holdings, LLC., work is continuing on installation and introduction of kiosks for video visiting and increased digital delivery of services to the offender population. Once completed the video-visiting kiosks will be incrementally enabled and provide additional convenience and expanded visiting hours to family and loved ones of in custody offenders. After initial shared kiosk installation costs, maintenance, and cash pick-up services are provided to MCSO at no cost.

For more information please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer or visit the TouchPay website at www.touchpayonline.com
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Attached Media Files: Kiosk services PR
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/14
On Monday 03/24/14 at approximately 2:15 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near the east bank north of the Steel Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the river at approximately 2:20 p.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies transported the body to the Willamette River Patrol office at 2200 NW Front Ave. MCSO Detectives and the Mulntomah County Medical Examiner have responded. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and 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.
Update: Inmate dies in his cell from apparent self-inflicted injury
Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/14
Update: Name release and update - The inmate is identified as Sandro Israel Perezbejar (DOB 03/23/1975). The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the Cause of Death - Asphxia by Strangulation and the Manner of Death - Suicide.

Sandro Perezbejar was initially booked into custody on May 2, 2013 and was awaiting trial on charges of Sex Abuse I, Sodomy I x3 and had a USI Hold. Inmate Sandro Perezbejar was discovered unresponsive in his single cell at approximately 11:50 p.m. on March 22, 2014 during a security and welfare check by a jail deputy. MCSO deputies, MCSO Medical and EMS personnel attempted to revive him but efforts were unsuccessful. Sandro Perezbejar was declared deceased shortly after 12:00 a.m. Sunday March 23, 2014. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to conduct the death investigation and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner was notified and responded as well.


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Around midnight on March 23, 2014 a Multnomah County inmate was found unresponsive in his single cell from what appeared to be a self-inflicted injury. Emergency medical efforts were made by staff and EMS personnel in attempt to revive the inmate but they were unsuccessful. The inmate, who had been in custody for almost a year, had no other prior in-custody incidents before last night.

A full investigation is underway as standard per Sheriff"s Office protocols and the inmate"s name is being withheld pending family notification.

Contact: Lt. Travis W. Gullberg
Newberg-Dundee Police to Conduct Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations * CORRECTED VERSION*
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 04/01/14
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department with the partnership of a grant from Oregon Impact, will conduct a series of pedestrian safety enforcement operations at various times over the next six months. The tentative dates, times and locations are as follows:

Friday, April 4th
E 1st / School
1400 to 1700hrs

Thursday, May 22nd
SW 1st / SW 7th St - Dundee
1300 to 1530hrs

Thursday, May 22nd
1530 to 1800hrs
E 1st St / Blaine St

Friday, June 6th
1300 to 1800hrs
E Hancock / Edwards St

Thursday, July 3rd
1400 to 1900hrs
E Hancock / Edwards St

Friday, July 25th
1100 to 1400hrs
E 1st / Blaine St

Wednesday, September 3rd
1400 to 1700hrs
E Hancock / Meridian St

These operations are set to primarily focus on specific pedestrian-related violations, remind motorists of the need to yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks, encourage pedestrians to follow traffic rules related to pedestrian movement, discourage cell phone use while driving and other distracted driving habits. However, any witnessed violations will be subject to enforcement.

Motorists are reminded to:

* stop for and yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk
* do not pass another vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk
* remember that crosswalks may also exist at other locations than intersections along a roadway; such a mid-block
* remember that a crosswalk exists, whether marked or unmarked, at any public road intersection
* when turning at a traffic signal or while traveling on a one way street, motorists must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning or traveling and at least six (6) feet of the next lane
* be alert for pedestrians at all times

Pedestrians are reminded to:

* not walk into or across a crosswalk where a pedestrian control device is erected and displays the message or image not to walk
* not to cross a street or roadway between intersections
* be mindful and use extreme care when walking with young children who are often unpredictable and can quickly and easily run into traffic or off of a sidewalk into traffic
* be alert for motorists at all times
Newberg Man arrested for assault in second degree (Photo)
Newberg-Dundee Police Dept. - 03/24/14
Randall Edward Bracken
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March 24, 2014

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 5:37pm the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded to a 911 call from a neighbor at 315 N. Harrison Street. The caller told dispatch that Randall Bracken had shot his mother in the hand with a crossbow which resulted in her finger being severed.

After searching the residence and immediate area for Randall, officers determined he had fled. As officers were setting up containment they requested assistance from a couple of Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Deputies that were in the area working on a separate call just outside of Newberg.

A short time later officers learned that the deputies located Randall Bracken walking on Chehalem Drive. When contacted by the deputies Bracken was carrying a loaded compound bow in a "low ready" position and was refusing to follow orders. Within a few moments Randall complied with the orders and was taken into custody at 18:04 without further incident.

Randall Edward Bracken, 21, of Newberg was lodged at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility with a security amount of $162,500 on the following charges:

* Assault in the Second Degree
* Unlawful Use of a Weapon
* 2 counts of Menacing

Randall's mother was taken to a Portland area hospital by the Newberg Fire Department for treatment of her injuries. She later confirmed with officers that doctors amputated the injured finger.

The residence where the assault occurred is a two story duplex/apartment. The assault took place in the second story where Randall lives with his mother. Randall's mother ran down stairs to report it to the neighbor.


Attached Media Files: Randall Edward Bracken
North Clackamas Christian School Vandals Identified and Charged
Oregon City Police Dept. - 04/03/14
Thanks to tips received from the public three suspects from the North Clackamas Christian School Vandalism have been identified. The suspects have been interviewed by Police and charged with Criminal Mischief and Theft. The suspects are Juveniles and their names will not be released. The suspects were not students at the school.
Vandals Target North Clackamas Christian School (Photo)
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The Oregon City Police Department is currently investigating a vandalism that caused significant damage at the North Clackamas Christian School, 19575 Sebastian Way, Oregon City. The vandalism took place sometime after 9:00pm on April 2nd, 2014. The three suspects who appear to be 18-20 yrs old males entered a locked gated area of the school courtyard. Once inside they smashed windows, spilled paint on playground equipment, and ransacked students lockers. The estimated damages are into the thousands of dollars, making the crime a felony. If anyone has any information regarding the incident please contact the Oregon City Police Department 503-655-8211


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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 22E near Gates in Marion County
Oregon State Police - 04/19/14
A 48-year old woman was seriously injured Friday night in a single vehicle, alcohol-involved traffic crash along Highway 22E in the Gates area. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers investigating the crash later cited the driver who is being treated at Salem Hospital.

On April 18, 2014 at approximately 11:13 p.m., a 1986 Toyota pickup driven by TAMMY HELTON, age 48, from Gates, was traveling on Highway 22E near milepost 34 when she lost control and the pickup rolled off the highway. HELTON was ejected and came to rest on the roadway seriously injured.

HELTON was transported by air ambulance to Salem Hospital. Subsequent to the initial investigation, she was cited to appear at a later date in Marion County Circuit Court for DUII and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Gates Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene to assist. The highway was blocked for about an hour.

No photographs available for this release.

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Prineville Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charge; OSP Investigation Continuing (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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A Prineville man, who was a scout master with the Prineville-area Boy Scouts, turned himself in to Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives after he was indicted and a warrant issued for his arrest for Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On April 18, 2014, JAMES ALLEN WILSON, age 36, from Prineville, turned himself in at the Deschutes County Jail. WILSON was indicted by a Klamath County Grand Jury and an arrest warrant issued. Arrangements were made for WILSON to surrender himself at the Deschutes County Jail.

OSP detectives were investigating allegations that WILSON sexually abused a male who was a minor at the time of the alleged crimes over a several year period. WILSON was involved with the Boy Scouts organization since his childhood and was a Scout Master for several years in Prineville. His association with the organization ended after the investigation started.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division believes there may be other victims and is interested in speaking with anyone who has information related to this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mitch Meyer at (541) 633-2225 or email mitch.meyer@state.or.us.

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Interagency Tillamook Narcotics Team Investigation Leads to Seizure of 7 lbs of Meth, Guns, Meth Lab, & Two Arrests in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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Following a lengthy multi-agency investigation led by the Tillamook Narcotics Team (TNT), in conjunction with the DEA - Salem Task Force, detectives arrested two Salem-area residents Friday morning and seized approximately 7 lbs of methamphetamine, seven guns (two stolen), ammunition, cash and a clandestine methamphetamine reduction lab. The drug, property and evidence seizures were the result of a traffic stop and subsequent search warrant served at a residence.

During the early morning hours of April 18, 2014, a traffic stop was conducted on a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by LISANDRO SANCHEZ, age 23, from Salem. During the stop, a drug detection canine alerted on the vehicle in which a secret compartment was found containing approximately 6.5 lbs of packaged methamphetamine. SANCHEZ was taken into custody as the investigation continued.

Detectives later served a search warrant at SANCHEZ's residence located at 2270 Hyde Street SE in Salem where they arrested his girlfriend, CHERYL PURCELL, age 24. During a search of the residence and property, detectives found a methamphetamine reduction lab in a back yard shed. OSP Drug Enforcement Section detectives trained in processing clandestine labs responded to the residence to process and clean up the lab.

Located in the residence was approximately a half pound of methamphetamine, 7 firearms (two of which had previously been reported stolen), drug records and other evidence.

LISANDRO SANCHEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Felon in Possession of a Firearm (7 counts)
* Theft by Receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (2 counts)
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (3 counts)
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold

CHERYL PURCELL was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Theft by receiving (2 counts)
* Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Frequenting a Place Where Drugs are Used/Kept/Sold

TNT is comprised of members from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police.

The DEA Task Force is comprised of members from DEA, Department of Justice, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

Questions should be directed to Tillamook County Sheriff's Office TNT supervisor.

Photograph Sources:
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Meth & Guns - Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section

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OSP, Clackamas County SO, Tualatin Police Targeting Distracted Drivers April 21 & 25 on Interstate 5 & Interstate 205
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
Next week, the Oregon State Police (OSP), Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Tualatin Police Department are conducting joint enforcement operations on Interstate 5, Interstate 205 and area roads aimed to prevent traffic crashes that may be connected with distracted driving. During April, law enforcement and traffic safety partners have taken educational and enforcement steps to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month.

OSP, ODOT, law enforcement in Oregon and around the nation, along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) consider distracted driving to be an emerging highway safety issue that must be addressed. OSP, CCSO and Tualatin Police Department are conducting joint enforcement efforts Monday morning, April 21, and Friday afternoon, April 25.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind of the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) and hearing something not related to driver (auditory distraction).

Distracted driving-related behavior may be factors in crashes involving following too close, fail to obey traffic control devices, fail to maintain lane of travel, and roadway departures. The most obvious violation associated with distracted driving will be handled through enforcement of Oregon's cell phone law (Unlawful Use of a Mobile Communication Device).

According to ODOT, from 2008 - 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

OSP, CCSO and Tualatin Police Department remind drivers of all ages that a lot can happen during a period of distracted driving, no matter how brief it may be. For example, when sending or receiving a text, a driver's eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph (the posted speed on the targeted highways listed above), this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

Now is a good time for all users of the transportation system to put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 45 lbs of Marijuana, 1/4 lb of Hash & Arrest of 2 Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Central Point (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/18/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday night near Central Point led to the arrest of two Washington residents after the trooper discovered they were transporting approximately 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash in their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On April 17, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a Saturn station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 32 for a speed violation. The vehicle's two occupants were identified as driver RYAN A. LONGLEY, age 23, from Lake Tapps, Washington, and passenger COTY S. HAMMOND, age 22, from Spanaway, Washington.

Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of approximately 45 pounds of marijuana and a quarter pound of hash concealed in trash bags inside the car. Estimated value of the seized marijuana and hash is over $110,000.

HAMMOND and LONGLEY were both lodged in the Jackson County Jail for felony Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Correction: OSP Detectives Investigate Incident Involving Jackson County Deputy's Car Sideswiping Armed, Fleeing Man in White City
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
Correction: OSP detective investigating advised deputy was in a marked vehicle.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives, at the request of Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO), are investigating an incident that occurred early Thursday afternoon in which a deputy's marked vehicle sideswiped a man armed with a gun. The suspect was trying to flee deputies on foot from a vehicle at a White City gas station and was eventually taken into custody in a nearby field with the assistance of a JCSO K-9.

On April 17, 2014 at approximately 12:01 p.m., JCSO deputies responded to a report of a wanted person inside a vehicle at a White City-area Chevron gas station. As two deputies arrived on scene, two people were seen inside the car. A male, later identified as FRANK JOSEPH HERNANDEZ JR, age 21, from Central Point, exited from the rear seat and as he started running, a gun fell from his person onto the ground.

A deputy in an marked vehicle started driving in the direction HERNANDEZ was running as a second handgun fell onto the ground. HERNANDEZ allegedly stopped, grabbed the second gun off the ground and pointed it at the approaching marked vehicle driven by the deputy. As HERNANDEZ turned to run again, the marked vehicle sideswiped HERNANDEZ briefly knocking him to the ground before he got up and ran into a field.

A deputy with a K-9 pursued on foot. The K-9 overtook HERNANDEZ who was subsequently taken into custody. HERNANDEZ received a hand injury caused by the K-9 and was driven by police to an area hospital for treatment.

HERNANDEZ is being lodged in the Jackson County Jail by OSP on the several charges including:

* Theft in the First Degree
* Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
* Menacing
* Unlawful Use of a Firearm
* Interfering with Police Officer
* Felon in Possession of a Weapon (2 counts)
* Alteration, Obliteration of a Serial Number on a Firearm

Two other people associated with the vehicle were arrested by JCSO. Their names are not available.

OSP will forward the investigation to Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

A photograph of Hernandez is not available at this time.

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Arrest Related to Murder Investigation - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
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The following is a news release distributed for Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 6:12 a.m. Klamath Falls Police Department officers responded to the 1800 block of Laverne Avenue on the report of a murder. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a deceased male who had been shot multiple times. Officers took James Harold Forshee II, age 58, from Klamath Falls, into custody at the scene and have charged him with Murder.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated to investigate. The investigation is currently active.

The Klamath County District Attorney intends to present this case to the Klamath County Grand Jury next Thursday, April 24, 2014. Questions regarding the investigation and arrest should be directed to Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge at (541) 840-1600.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of members from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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OSP Roseburg Area Command Office Resumes Business Operations After Move To New Facility (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/17/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office opened its doors and resumed administrative business operations Thursday morning, April 17, 2014, as scheduled at its facility at 6536 Old Highway 99N. The new location is at the 129 interchange off Interstate 5.

For one week, OSP Roseburg office business administrative functions were stopped to facilitate movement of the telephone switching system and other IT components from the old facility to the new location. During the closure, the office was closed to the public but law enforcement operations were not affected.

We appreciate the public's understanding during this time and look forward to providing our public safety services from the new facility.

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 226 / Highway 22E in Lyons (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female at the intersection of Highway 226 and Highway 22E in Lyons. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2000 Chrysler 3000 four-door driven by BARBARA ANN KING, age 54, from Lyons, was traveling northbound on Highway 226 at a high rate of speed when it traveled through a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 22E. The vehicle continued straight across the T-intersection and crashed through a guardrail. It went airborne for approximately 70 feet before crashing into an unoccupied parked flatbed truck in a meat market business parking lot.

KING was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An OSP collision reconstructionist is assisting, and investigators are looking into if the driver had a medical emergency that may have contributed to the cause of this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Lyons Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 238 west of Jacksonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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A Jacksonville man was injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 238 ten miles west of Jacksonville. The Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation is continuing.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on April 15, 2014 at approximately 4:45 a.m., a 2002 Volkswagen bug driven by PAUL SAGE, age 47, from Jacksonville, was westbound on Highway 238 near milepost 23 when an eastbound 1996 Ford Explorer operated by DAVE WILLIAMS, age 41, from the Applegate, crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into the Volkswagen.

SAGE was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, and then he was later flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was wearing his safety restraint.

WILLIAMS, who was wearing a safety restraint, was checked at the scene by paramedics and was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Applegate Fire District 9, and Mercy Flights. The westbound lanes were closed for approximately 5 hours while an OSP collision reconstructionist assisted with the investigation. Senior Trooper Bill Matson is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 62 two miles north of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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A White City woman was injured Monday morning when her van was struck by a pickup on Highway 62 at the intersection of Antelope Road, two miles north of Medford. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation led to a citation being issued to the pickup's driver.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on April 14, 2014 at approximately 5:30 a.m., a 2002 Kia van driven by CARLA ASHKER, age 50, from White City, was westbound on Antelope Road. A 2001 Dodge Ram pickup operated by WADE GOLDSMITH, age 31, from Eagle Point, was traveling southbound on Highway 62 approaching Antelope Road and failed to stop at the intersection for the red light. The pickup crashed into the left side of the van.

ASHKER was transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. She was wearing her safety restraint.

GOLDSMITH, who was wearing his safety restraint, was checked at the scene by paramedics and not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device - Traffic Signal.

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

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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OSP Detectives Arrest Grants Pass Man on Multiple Sex Crime Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Division detectives arrested a 37-year old Grants Pass man Tuesday on rape and sexual abuse allegations involving a female who was a minor at the time of the alleged offenses.

On April 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., OSP detectives arrested JOSEPH A. CALDERON, age 37, at his Grants Pass residence and lodged him in the Josephine County Jail for Rape in the First Degree (1 count), Sodomy in the First Degree (2 counts), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (1 count), Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree (1 count), and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (2 counts). A Josephine County Grand Jury indicted CALDERON April 9. Initial bail was set at $100,000.

In June 2013, OSP detectives began an investigation into allegations that CALDERON sexually abused a female several years ago when the victim was between 4 and 12 years of age.

There is no evidence or information at this time that there are other victims.

Questions regarding the case should be directd to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Wanted Walla Walla Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude in Stolen Car in Milton-Freewater Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Milton-Freewater (MFPD) and Athena police departments, arrested a 27-year old Walla Walla, Washington man Tuesday afternoon following an attempt to elude in a stolen vehicle and on foot that ended in the Milton-Freewater area. The suspect left his wallet and ID in the car helping officers identify and arrest him.

On April 15, 2014 at approximately 10:51 a.m., an OSP sergeant attempted to stop a 1993 Toyota Camry four-door station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 14 for a speed violation. The driver failed to yield and sped up in excess of 100 mph attempting to elude OSP. An Athena police officer joined OSP for a short distance as the vehicle continued recklessly northbound until OSP terminated the pursuit approaching the south end of Milton-Freewater.

Entering Milton-Freewater, the OSP sergeant spotted the Toyota abandoned at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of SE 12th Avenue and S. Main Street where it appears the driver intentionally drove into a yard behind bushes at the bottom of steps leading to a house. MFPD joined OSP searching for the driver who was identified as ANTONIO SATURNINO CONTRERAS, age 27, from Walla Walla, Washington, because he left his wallet with identification inside the car.

At approximately 12:43 p.m., a citizen reported seeing CONTRERAS in an alley about two blocks from the abandoned car. MFPD and OSP officers took CONTRERAS into custody following a brief foot chase.

Subsequent investigation determined the car was reported stolen April 14 to Walla Walla, Washington Police Department.

CONTRERAS, who was wanted on a warrant out of Walla Walla for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, was lodged in Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Fugitive from Justice (warrant)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked

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Note: No photograph of Contreras available at time of this release.

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Update #2: Two Juvenile Suspects Identified in April 13th Intertate 5 / Creswell Cinder Block Incident (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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Update: On April 14, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) received phone calls that led to identifying two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, as suspects in the April 13, 2014, throwing of a cinder block off an Interstate 5 / Creswell-area overpass that struck a vehicle's windshield and injured a woman inside the car.

The lead OSP investigating trooper contacted both suspects and parents at their Creswell residences. They are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. The suspects' names and other information are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, OSP will meet with the Lane County District Attorney's Office when potential charges will be decided.

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On April 13, 2014 at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by MICHAEL BECKER, age 28, from Roy, Washington, was northbound on Interstate 5 in the right lane traveling under the E. Oregon Avenue overpass in Creswell when a cinder block fell from the overpass and came through the windshield. The block struck passenger TIFFANY BECKER, age 30, in her face causing non-life threatening injury.

TIFFANY BECKER was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. She was treated and released. The driver was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications April 15 - June 15 to Hire Recruit Troopers in Early 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper, now is the time to check us out as OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in early 2015. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, OSP started accepting applications for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions at 12:01 a.m., April 15, 2014. This two month long opportunity to apply runs through 11:59 p.m., June 15, 2014.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29
* Session #2 - Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175.

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Update #3: Ongoing Investigation Leads OSP Detectives to Arrest Former Deputy a Second Time (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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A former Lake County deputy who turned himself in Sunday morning, April 13, after a warrant was issued for his arrest was taken into custody again by Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives that evening and is now lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, was arrested by OSP detectives after new warrants were issued for his arrest for Custodial Interference in the First Degree and Tampering with a Witness. TURKLE was taken into custody without incident after he bailed from Lake County Jail where earlier he turned himself in after arrest warrants were issued for 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor.

A 17-year old Lakeview girl, who TURKLE was allegedly involved with in a sexual relationship, was found safe Sunday afternoon when she contacted a local law enforcement officer in Lakeview. The girl was unharmed and had been sought by Oregon State Police (OSP) and local law enforcement agencies since Friday when she was reported missing. She has returned to her family.

OSP detectives are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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Injury Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 213 south of Oregon City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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A Molalla man was injured Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle was injured in a collision with a sport utility vehicle on Highway 213 at the intersection with S. Spangler Road eight miles south of Oregon City. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation led to a citation being issued to the sport utility vehicle's driver.

On April 13, 2014 at approximately 5:35 p.m., a 1984 Yamaha motorcycle operated by GREGG A. DIX, age 59, from Molalla, was traveling southbound on Highway 213 approaching S. Spangler Road. A 2011 Ford sport utility vehicle driven by BERNARD WRIGHT, age 93, from Beavercreek, was eastbound on S. Spangler Road and pulled across Highway 213 in the motorcyclist's path. The motorcycle crashed into the left side of the sport utility vehicle, ejecting DIX from the motorcycle.

DIX was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of moderate, non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a protecting helmet.

WRIGHT was checked at the scene by paramedics and was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device - Stop Sign.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Fire Department, and ODOT. Recruit Trooper Matthew Schmidt is the lead investigator.

OSP urges motorists and motorcyclists alike to share the road in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries. As the weather gets warmer, we all need to be aware that more motorcycles and other vulnerable users (bicycles and pedestrians) will be on or near our roads. Share the responsibility of keeping the roadways safe. Obey and follow traffic control devices, obey speed limits, avoid distractions and stay focused on the road.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Minor Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 213 north of Silverton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's three vehicle minor injury traffic crash that occurred on Highway 213 at the Mt. Angel / Scotts Mills intersection.

On April 14, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 2003 Honda van driven by PAUL CARL, age and residence not available, was westbound on Mt Angel / Scotts Mills Road and was involved in a collision with a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup traveling southbound on Highway 213. The impact caused the Honda van to spin out of control and collide into the front of a 2008 Toyota pickup that was stopped at the intersection facing east on Mt. Angel / Scotts Mills Road. The van then rolled and came to rest on its top in the intersection.

CARL was treated for minor injuries at the scene but not taken to a hospital. The Ford pickup's driver, MATTHEW SIDES, age and residence not available, was transported by ambulance to Silverton Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The Toyota pickup's driver, STACY BOOST, age and residence not available, was transported by a family member to Silverton Hospital and treated and released.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator. No citations have been issued at this time.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Correction to Update #2: Investigation After Man Found Suffering Gunshot Wound in Vehicle Sought Following Ontario Bank Robbery (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/14/14
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(Correction to lead sentence. Deceased is not an Oregon resident.)

Update: The deceased has been positively identified as a 71-year old male who is not an Oregon resident. Detectives are continuing to locate next of kin. His name and residence information are not being released at this time. The multi-agency investigation is continuing.

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An adult male sought following a reported bank robbery in Ontario early Thursday afternoon died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital. The man was found suffering a gunshot wound seated in the suspect vehicle after stopping on side of an area road south of Ontario.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 12:27 p.m., OSP troopers were notified by Ontario Police Department (OPD) to be on the lookout for a pickup that fled a reported bank robbery at the Bank of the West in Ontario. The pickup driven by an adult male armed with a handgun reportedly fled south as OSP, OPD, and Malheur County Sheriff's Office headed along area roads to locate it.

At approximately 12:35 p.m., an Ontario police officer saw a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle's description traveling south on Alameda Drive and attempted a traffic stop. The driver was slow to yield before stopping on the shoulder near Onion Avenue. While staying back at the patrol car waiting for cover officers to arrive, the driver shot himself.

OSP and OPD arrived shortly thereafter and approached the pickup where they found the male unconscious, slumped over with a gunshot wound to his head. The man initially wasn't breathing and had no pulse. Officers initiated emergency medical care and the man started breathing.

Medics arrived on scene and transported the man initially to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. He was then transferred to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise and was pronounced deceased. His name is withheld pending positive identification and confirmation that next of kin were notified.

A handgun was found inside the pickup.

Alameda Drive was closed at Railroad Avenue and Onion Avenue for 2.5 hours while detectives from the Major Crime Team investigated at the shooting scene. The Malheur Major Crime Team includes members from OSP, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and Ontario Police Department.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Missing Lakeview Girl Found Safe, Unharmed
Oregon State Police - 04/13/14
MARRIAH ANDREWS, a missing 17-year old Lakeview, Oregon girl, was found safe Sunday afternoon after she contacted a law enforcement officer in Lakeview. She was unharmed and Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives have notified her family. Detectives and local law enforcement agencies have been trying to find her since Friday when she was reported missing.

OSP appreciates the public's interest in this matter and thanks the media and those who assisted via social media to get the word out. No other information will be released.

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Update: Former Lake County Deputy Turns Self In; Public's Help Sought to Find Missing, Endangered 17-Yr Old Lakeview Girl (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified former Lake County deputy KENNETH TURKLE, age 42, turned himself in Sunday morning at the Lake County Jail on outstanding warrants issued Saturday for his arrest related to an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship with the missing 17-year old Lakeview girl. The girl, MARRIAH F. ANDREWS, is still missing. Anyone with information to help find ANDREWS is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 947-2267.

TURKLE, age 42, from Lakeview, was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for 3 counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree and 3 counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor. TURKLE, who worked for Lake County Sheriff's Office for over 10 years, resigned a week ago while he was under investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives with the assistance of the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

On Friday, April 11, 2014, OSP detectives contacted TURKLE after receiving information that MARRIAH ANDREWS was reported missing by her family. ANDREWS was last seen Friday morning in the Grants Pass area where she was staying with a friend and reportedly left with an adult male who was later identified as TURKLE. ANDREWS is described as a white female, 5'4", 130 lbs, with blonde hair, blue eyes and a pierced nose.

OSP detectives are continuing their investigation and ask the public to contact them if they know where ANDREWS is.

Photographs of both individuals are provided with this release.

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Update #3: Added Names - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 near Scottsburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/12/14
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Update: Names of the occupants in the other involved vehicle who had minor injuries. Driver TODD SIMS, age 40, from Hillsboro, and passenger CLAY CLARK, age 31, from Cave Junction.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday morning's traffic crash on Highway 38 near Scottsburg that resulted in the death of a Gold Beach man and minor injuries to two others.

On April 12, 2014 at approximately 6:07 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a report of a head-on crash on Highway 38 near milepost 18. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed one person was deceased, and two others were injured in a vehicle that went down an embankment and was stopped by several trees about 100 feet from the Umpqua River. The crash involves a 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven the deceased and a 2002 Ford F550 truck with two occupants reportedly transporting helicopter fuel and drums of Atrazine, a herbicide similar to Roundup.

Preliminary investigation indicates the Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by JOSHUA DALE RAY CARTER, age 22, from Gold Beach, was westbound on Highway 38 when it crossed the double solid center lines and collided nearly head-on with the eastbound Ford truck. The truck came to rest down the embankment off the highway where some helicopter fuel leaked from a container down an embankment in the direction of the Umpqua River. Four drums containing herbicide fell out of the back of the truck into the brush.

Regional HazMat teams from Coos Bay and Roseburg responded to handle the hazardous material spill and coordinate clean up. There appears to be no danger to fish or wildlife from the spilled materials. Roseburg Forest Products, Scottsburg Fire Department, and Lower Umpqua Ambulance also assisted at the scene. The US Coast Guard, DEQ and ODFW were notified.

The Toyota pickup came to rest on the highway and CARTER was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver and passenger received minor injuries. SIMS wasn't transported to a hospital but planned on seeing a doctor later. CLARK was transported by ambulance to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. The vehicle they were driving is registered to Applebee Aviation out of Banks, Oregon.

Highway 38 was blocked in both directions for three hours and then one lane was blocked with ODOT helping traffic get through the area. Mast Brothers Towing removed the vehicles. According to ODOT's website TripCheck.com, the highway is fully open now.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 / Clear Lake Road north of Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road about four miles north of Eugene. The victim's name is released in this update.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup driven by WILLIAM ANDREW CHAPPELL IV, age 29, from Eugene, was eastbound on Clear Lake Road approaching Highway 99. Witness information indicates the driver entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99. The pickup traveled off the highway and struck a traffic light pole on the SE corner of the intersection before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road.

The initial impact heavily damaged the pickup's left side. CHAPPELL was using safety restraints but he fell out of the damaged vehicle as it was coming to a stop. CHAPPELL was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, and ODOT. One northbound lane of Highway 99 and Irving Road was closed during the investigation. All lanes were opened about 1:00 p.m.

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Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Two people were injured Friday morning in a commercial truck crash on Highway 126E about five miles east of Vida in Lane County.

On April 11, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer containing computer servers driven by FRANK BENSON, age 64, from Carmichael, California, was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 32 when the truck and trailer traveled partially onto the right shoulder. BENSON attempted to steer back into the eastbound lane but the trailer struck a tree and power pole. The truck and trailer overturned onto their side and came to rest across the highway blocking both lanes.

BENSON was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Co-driver/passenger CHARLES TRONCIN, age 46, from Vallejo, California, was asleep in the truck's sleeper berth and was transported by air ambulance with non-life threatening injuries to the same hospital.

BENSON was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain Lane of Travel.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, McKenzie Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. Recruit Trooper Bryan Kolacz is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed for over 3 hours.

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Update: Death Investigation - Dirt Road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation into the death of a 66-year old man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the back of a burning pickup on a dirt road south of Highway 140W west of Klamath Falls. An autopsy conducted Thursday, April 10, by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m., Rocky Point Fire & EMS responded to a reported vehicle fire on a dirt road about a mile south of Highway 140W near milepost 51. OSP troopers responded, and after the fire was extinguished they found the body of a deceased male in the bed of a charred pickup.

Initial investigation identified the deceased male as JOSEPH E. HUNTSTIGER, age 66, from Klamath Falls. A handgun was found with the victim.

An OSP arson detective responded to the scene to assist with determining the cause of the vehicle fire. The fire started in the rear of the camper but the cause is undetermined at this time.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of Two People - Highway 97 south of Bend
Oregon State Police - 04/11/14
Two people were arrested last Friday in connection with an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop on Highway 97 about four miles south of Bend after a trooper located approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 12:20 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 2003 Hyundai Elantra displaying Oregon license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 for a speed violation. During the traffic stop the two occupants were identified as driver CARMEN D. ZAVALA, age 32, from Madras, and passenger DAVEY L. CULPUS, age 28, from Warm Springs.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led troopers to discover approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the car's trunk and rear passenger compartment. Estimated value of the seized methamphetamine is $60,000.

ZAVALA and CULPUS were arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Deported Felon Arrested Following Menacing Incident Near Oregon City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), arrested a 28-year old man Wednesday night on numerous charges related to an investigation that the suspect shot at another vehicle while traveling on Highway 213 off Interstate 205. Subsequent investigation determined a BB gun was used and the suspect was in possession of heroin. Troopers also confirmed the suspect was a deported offender on felony probation out of Multnomah County following a conviction on heroin-related crimes.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., a 21-year old female called OSP Northern Command Center dispatch reporting that ten minutes earlier a man in a silver Ford pickup fired a BB gun, striking the side of her car after she exited southbound Interstate 205 onto Highway 213 in the Oregon City area. For an unknown reason, the Ford pickup almost rear-ended her car as she exited the freeway and pulled along the passenger side. The male passenger in her car yelled "Gun" when he saw the Hispanic male driver in the Ford pickup pointing it at the car. The car's two occupants both said they heard something hit the side of the car after the man shot a BB gun at them.

As an OSP trooper contacted the complainant in a convenience store parking lot off Interstate 205 to obtain information, CCSO called OSP advising they stopped the Ford pickup on Highway 213 near Molalla.

The trooper responded to the CCSO stop location. The detained driver provided a Mexico driver license that was later determined to be fake with a false name and date of birth. Subsequent investigation also led to the discovery of a BB gun in the pickup, approximately 5 grams of suspected heroin, and over $6,600 cash.

The driver was taken into custody and initially transported to the OSP Portland Area Command office. Upon arrival, he admitted the license was fraudulent and purchased to be used as false identification. The suspect provided another name and date of birth that also proved to be false. He said he was deported over 2 years ago and had illegally returned about a month ago.

After lodging the suspect in Clackamas County Jail, fingerprints were taken and run through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). As a result, the suspect was positively identified as DANIEL JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN, age 28, a deported offender on felony probation supervision out of Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (MCDCJ). Prior to learning JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was back in Oregon, MCDCJ had him listed on "Inactive" status because he was known to have been deported and wasn't actively being supervised but was being monitored in case he returned.

In addition to an ICE hold, JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

* Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Menacing
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Menacing

Upon confirming JIMENEZ-BARRAGAN was in custody in Oregon, MCDCJ filed a detainer because of his known probation violation related to the arrest.

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Driver Cited in Alcohol-Involved Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in NE Lane County
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
A female driver was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an investigation into Wednesday afternoon's single vehicle injury rollover crash on Highway 126E near S. Belknap Springs Road in northeast Lane County. The OSP investigation indicated alcohol was a contributing factor.

On April 9, 2014 at approximately 4:05 p.m., OSP was notified of a rollover crash with driver entrapment on Highway 126E near milepost 18. An OSP trooper arrived on scene about 50 minutes later and contacted an off-duty Warm Springs police officer who stopped to help.

Subsequent investigation revealed a 2013 Honda Civic driven by WANDA L. KELLER, age 65, from McKenzie Bridge, was eastbound on Highway 126E passing other vehicles at a high rate of speed. A witness traveling westbound reported having to pull onto the shoulder as the Honda approached. The Honda swerved back to the eastbound lane, hit a dirt berm on the shoulder and launched in the air for 80 - 90 feet before landing and rolling onto its top against a guardrail.

KELLER was extricated by Upper McKenzie Fire & Rescue firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Her injuries were non-life threatening. She was cited by OSP for DUII and Reckless Driving.

No photographs available for this release.

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Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 20 near Harper in Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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Two occupants of a commercial truck received minor injuries Wednesday evening in a traffic crash along Highway 20 near Harper in Malheur County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Kurt Marvin, on April 9, 2014 at approximately 7:18 p.m. (Mountain Time), a 2008 Volvo truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by NURLAN SADVAKASSOV, age 29, residence not available, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 221. SADVAKASSOV said he lost control while trying to avoid an animal on the highway. As the truck traveled onto the eastbound shoulder, SADVAKASSOV over-corrected causing the truck and trailer to cross the highway where it crashed and came to rest on the westbound side of the highway and traffic lane.

Vale Ambulance responded to the scene and transported SADVADASSOV and passenger ALEXANDER MIKHAYLOV, age 26, residence not available, to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of minor injuries. Both men were treated and released. Safety restraint use information is not available.

The highway was closed for about 20 minutes before being open to one lane with ODOT flagging traffic through using the westbound lane.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Malheur County Sheriff's Office. Trooper Brian Wickert is the lead investigator.

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Serious Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 58 west of Willamette Pass Ski Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/10/14
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One person was injured early Thursday morning in a commercial truck rollover crash on Highway 58 about one mile west of the Willamette Pass Ski area. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the driver.

On April 10, 2014 at approximately 1:15 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with medical supplies driven by TEODOR MARGINEANU, age 64, from Portland, was westbound on Highway 68 near milepost 61 when MARGINEANU failed to safely negotiate a right curve. The truck and trailer crossed both eastbound lanes, struck a guardrail damaging approximately 300 feet of railing and then tipped onto the left side before coming to rest blocking the right eastbound lane. The trailer split open spilling a portion of the interior load onto the highway.

Co-driver/passenger WILLIAM MORRIS, age 50, from Nampa, Idaho, was asleep in the truck's sleeper berth and received serious, non-life threatening injury. He was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

MARGINEANU was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Maintain Lane and later given a ride by a trooper to an area hotel.

OSP troopers from Oakridge and Springfield responded to investigate the crash. Senior Trooper Cecil Arient is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oakridge Fire & EMS, Northwest HazMat Inc., and ODOT. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about four hours. One eastbound lane is now closed until the vehicles are removed and ODOT assesses guardrail damage. Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.

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Advisory: OSP Roseburg Area Command Office Building Closed to Move to New Location
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Roseburg Area Command office is moving to a new location, prompting an administrative closure for one week starting 3:00 p.m., April 10. OSP patrol troopers, fish & wildlife troopers, and criminal detectives will still be working on the road and out of other police facilities during the move.

OSP Lieutenant Douglas Ladd said the closure is necessary to facilitate movement of the telephone switching system and other IT components from the current facility to the new location at 6536 Old Highway 99N. The new location is at the 129 interchange off Interstate 5.

During the closure, Ladd noted the office will be closed to the public and all phone and data lines will be non-operational. OSP law enforcement operations will not be affected.

The new facility is tentatively scheduled to open for business Thursday, April 17.

Anyone can still request contact with an OSP trooper assigned to the Roseburg Area Command office through the Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 440-3333.

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Reward Offered: OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help in Investigation of Fawn Deer Shooting in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect(s) involved in the shooting of a fawn deer in late March in Douglas County. A reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) Reward Program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this investigation.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., unknown suspect(s) drove near the 1600 block of Melqua Road about 1.5 miles east of Melrose Store, shot a fawn deer and left it in a ditch along the side of the road. An OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper responded and is conducting an investigation.

A reward of up to $500 is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association TIP Reward Program for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP line at 1-800-452-7888 or Senior Trooper Don Frerichs at (541) 440-3334 ext 4540 or email don.frerichs@state.or.us.

More information about the Turn-In-Poachers Program is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/f_w_tip.aspx

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SE Portland Teen Arrested for Attempt to Elude - Interstate 5 in Salem Area
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
An 18-year old Portland resident was arrested Tuesday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) after he attempted to elude a trooper at speeds in excess of 120 mph for a brief distance on Interstate 5 in Salem area.

On April 8, 2014 at approximately 10:20 p.m., an OSP senior trooper obtained a speed reading on a 2004 Acura passenger car northbound on Interstate 5 at milepost 254 at 95 mph. The trooper lost sight of the vehicle briefly in traffic but spotted it near milepost 257 as it was following too closely behind another vehicle in the left lane. The Acura moved to the center lane and accelerated to over 120 mph as the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle.

The driver didn't yield to the trooper, continuing at a high rate of speed before 'slowing' to 105 mph near Keizer until stopping north of the Keizer interchange. The trooper, with the help of Keizer police, took OLIVER BRASSARD, age 18, from southeast Portland, into custody for Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph.

During the traffic stop, a northbound vehicle reportedly slowed to approximately 15 mph as the driver was distracted, looking to the side of the freeway. The vehicle was struck by another northbound vehicle and then a third vehicle almost struck the other two cars. There were no reported injuries. OSP was assisted at the crash scene by Marion County Fire District #1 and Rural Metro ambulance.

April is national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month. Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind off the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction), and hearing something not related to driving (auditory distraction).

OSP urges all drivers to focus on getting to where you want to go safely and avoid distractions. When approaching emergency vehicles actively engaged on the side of the highway, don't 'rubberneck' but focus ahead on your driving and move over for the safety of law enforcement and first responders.

No photographs or other information for this release.

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 NB Off Ramp at Harvard Avenue in Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 04/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 53-year old Grants Pass woman at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 exit ramp at milepost 125 and Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. The crash occurred directly in front of Roseburg High School but didn't involve any students. The names of all persons involved are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2010 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by GAIL WEAVER, age 56, from Myrtle Creek, was exiting Interstate 5, hit a curb on the west side of the off ramp and drove through brush. The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy four-door traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels. The Honda continued across the intersection hitting a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by ERIC JENKINS, age 40, from Eagle Point, and then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance.

The Subaru's 24-year old driver, MATTHEW CORTEZ, and 23-year old male passenger, G. REINHOLD PRINCE, both from Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Rear seat passenger LAURA BETH CORTEZ, age 53, from Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance to the hopsital and pronounced deceased after arrival.

WEAVER was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation.

The Nissan's driver and 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, ODOT, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.

No photographs available for release.

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Two Hour Search Finds Elderly Man Uninjured After Leaving Vehicle on Foot - Interstate 84 west of Pendleton
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
A two-hour search on ground and by air Tuesday afternoon in the Pendleton area off Interstate 84 helped find an 80-year old man who walked away from the vehicle he was traveling in with his wife, following a verbal dispute.

On April 8, 2014 at approximately 4:33 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a welfare check call westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 206. Upon arrival, troopers learned the occupants of the vehicle, a couple from Washington State, were involved in a verbal dispute. The 80-year old male driver parked on the freeway shoulder and walked away, leaving his 79-year old wife in the vehicle.

The elderly man walked off the freeway into a hilly area containing numerous draws west of Pendleton. He reportedly has a heart condition and his wife and troopers were concerned for his safety because of the terrain, his medical condition, and the light clothing he was wearing with night approaching.

After troopers searched on foot and viewed the area using binoculars without spotting the man, Umatilla County Search & Rescue was contacted to assist and a LifeFlight helicopter stationed at the Pendleton Airport provided air support.

At approximately 6:47 p.m., the LifeFlight crew spotted the man in a draw, landed near him and confirmed he was not injured. OSP troopers responded to the location on foot and walked him back to the highway.

No arrests were made.

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Oakridge Man Recovering from Injuries After Spending Night in Crash Vehicle along US Forest Service Road southeast of Oakridge (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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An Oakridge man is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after spending a night in his crashed vehicle off a remote US Forest Service Road near Hills Creek Reservoir southeast of Oakridge.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 1:20 p.m., a citizen driving on US Forest Service Road 23 near milepost 11 south of Highway 58 came upon a vehicle crashed along side the road with an injured man lying outside next to the car. The injured man, RUSSELL B. HAYES, age 59, from Oakridge, was conscious and got himself removed from the vehicle after crashing Sunday afternoon, April 6, at about 4:00 p.m.

The citizen who spotted the car and injured man had to drive to Oakridge where he reported the incident and Oakridge Fire Department personnel responded.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Senior Trooper Marshall Maher was on boat patrol at Hills Creek Reservoir and saw the emergency responders. He returned to shore and drove to the scene in the OSP pickup to investigate. Preliminary investigation indicates HAYES was negotiating a right curve, traveled across the road and struck several trees.

HAYES was transported by ambulance to a nearby landing site where an air ambulance took him to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by US Forest Service law enforcement.

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OSP Bend Troopers Targeting Distracted Driving-Related Violations During "Distracted Driving Awareness" Month (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/14
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During April, the Oregon State Police (OSP) is joining law enforcement and traffic safety partners to increase awareness and save lives during national "Distracted Driving Awareness" month.

OSP, ODOT, law enforcement in Oregon and around the nation, along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) consider distracted driving to be an emerging highway safety issue that must be addressed. OSP troopers will be participating in a special week of enforcement, April 10 - 15, as well as other dates during the month. Enforcement efforts will be stepped up toward preventing traffic crashes that may be connected with distracted driving.

During the special enforcement week, the OSP Bend Area Command office will put extra troopers on patrol during unannounced times using ODOT-provided roadway departure grant overtime funding targeting Highway 20 (east and west), Highway 97 (north and south), and Highway 126 west of Redmond. Distracted driving-related behavior may be factors in roadway departure crashes such as head-on, sideswiping another vehicle, fail to obey traffic control devices, fail to maintain lane of travel, and rolling over or colliding with a fixed object off the highway.

Distraction is anything that diverts the driver's attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. To put it another way, a distraction is anything that takes your eyes off the road (visual distraction), your mind of the road (cognitive distraction), your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) and hearing something not related to driver (auditory distraction).

OSP and ODOT remind drivers of all ages that a lot can happen during a period of distracted driving, no matter how brief it may be. For example, when sending or receiving a text, a driver's eyes are taken off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph (the posted speed on the targeted highways listed above), this is the equivalent to driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.

According to ODOT, from 2008 - 2012 in Oregon, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers using a handheld mobile communication device to talk or text. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of distracted driver.

Now is a good time for all users of the transportation system to put away the distractions and focus on getting where you want to go safely.

Note: Since Oregon's cell phone law went into effect in January 2010, OSP troopers during the next four years (2010 - 2013) reported over 21,000 enforcement contacts resulting in more than 8,100 citations and 13,000 warnings. Effective January 1, 2014, Senate Bill 9 changed Oregon's traffic offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device from a class D violation to a class C violation. The minimum fine for a class C violation is $142, and the fine for this offense can be as high as $500.The fines increase is aimed at reducing the number of crashes that involve a driver talking on a handheld phone or texting. Since the penalty change took effect, OSP troopers during the first two months of 2014 reported 460 citations and 381 warnings.

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Update #2: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 47 north of Forest Grove (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people on Highway 47 at NW Verboort Road north of Forest Grove. The deceased individuals names are released in this update.

On April 7, 2014 at approximately 9:25 a.m., OSP, WCSO, local fire and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 47 near NW Verboort Road about a mile north of Forest Grove. Upon arrival, two people in a passenger vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial scene investigation indicates at 2002 Hyundai four-door passenger car driven by a 18-year old female was stopped westbound on NW Verboort Road. The car pulled into the path of a northbound 1996 Freightliner box truck driven by CORY JORDAN, age 44, from Gaston. JORDAN had little time to react before the collision and both vehicles came to rest blocking the highway.

The car's female driver and 19-year old female passenger, both from northwest Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The are identified as driver KIDEN ESTHER DILLA and passenger AYAN MOHAMED OSMAN.

JORDAN was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The 32,000 lb. truck he was driving was unloaded.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 47 was closed in both directions with ODOT personnel on scene coordinating a traffic detour for 5 hours.

OSP troopers and OSP collision reconstructionists from the North Plains, McMinnville, Portland, and St. Helens offices responded to the scene. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Forest Grove Police Department, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. A chaplain from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with initial next of kin notification.

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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation at Port of Brookings Leads to Water Pollution Charge for Boat Captain (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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A commercial crab boat captain was cited by an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper for Water Pollution in the First Degree related to an investigation into last week's dumping of an estimated 5,000 pounds of rotten, skinned mink carcasses into the water at the Port of Brookings in Curry County.

During the night of April 1 and early morning hours of April 2, boat captain CHARLES CASE, age 48, from Brookings, and the crew of "Ann Me", a commercial crab boat, allegedly dumped the mink carcasses into the port waters. During the morning of April 2, the Port Manager contacted law enforcement and the Department of Environmental Quality to investigate and determine who was responsible. That morning, Port of Brookings workers began coordinating the removal of the rotten mink carcasses from the port waters.

During the weekend, port workers had retrieved approximately 3,000 pounds of bloated, floating carcasses out of the water as the workers were forced to wear protective clothing and masks lined with "Vicks" vapor rub to combat the smell. Clean up is continuing as the mink continue to float to the surface.

On April 5, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper assigned to the investigation contacted CASE and the boat's crew for interviews. Based on the investigation, CASE was cited to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for one count of Water Pollution in the First Degree, a class B felony.

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National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 7 - 11: Travel Safely Through Road Construction Work Zones (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) along with our law enforcement partners join ODOT and transportation agencies across the country in raising awareness about the importance of traveling safely through road construction work zones during "National Work Zone Awareness Week", April 7 - 11, 2014.

This year's theme, "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake", aims to raise awareness of speeding and the effect speed and unsafe driving has on work zone safety. Traffic crashes cause serious injuries and death. Nationally, an average of 595 people is killed in work zone crashes each year. According to ODOT, during the last 3 years there were 21 fatalities in work zone crashes.

ODOT's work zone safety program is aimed primarily at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes that occur in all roadway and utility work zones in Oregon. This is achieved through a comprehensive program which includes engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services.

OSP troopers work closely with ODOT to address safety concerns in highway work zones on state highways and freeways. ODOT provides overtime grant funding to OSP to put troopers on overtime working in many work zones throughout the state. The following is a brief review of the overtime work OSP troopers have done during the last two years in work zones:

2012
* 8,080 overtime hours worked in 48 work zones
* 9,819 vehicles stopped
* Issued 4,224 citations, including 1,995 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 11,838 traffic-related violations (note: a traffic stop may result in a warning issued for more than one violation)
* Arrested 67 DUII drivers

2013
* 11,076 overtime hours worked in 51 work zones
* 14,196 vehicles stopped
* Issued 6,728 citations, including 3,698 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 12,959 traffic-related violations
* Arrested 54 DUII drivers

National studies show that driver inattention and distraction is the biggest factor in work zone crashes. Excessive speed is the next biggest problem. Some other work zone facts provided by ODOT include:

* Over 40% of work zone crashes happen in the transition zone prior to the work area.
* Road construction is the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
* More drivers and their passengers than workers die each year in National and Oregon work zones.
* Work zone crashes tend to be more severe than other types of crashes.

Additional information about National Work Zone Awareness Week and work zone safety in Oregon is available on ODOT's website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/workzonesafety.aspx.

A new Public Service Announcement about work zone safety is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpZKhgTtCXw

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 34 near Lebanon in Linn County
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of an early Saturday morning double fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Highway 34 west of Lebanon. The names of the four occupants in one of the vehicles are released after confirmation of identities and next of kin notifications for the deceased persons.

Updated information indicates on April 5, 2014 at approximately 1:22 a.m., a 1996 Toyota Corolla driven by BREANNA J. LARKINS, age 19, from Portland, with three male occupants was eastbound on Highway 34 near milepost 17. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled partially off the roadway onto the gravel shoulder and struck a mailbox. The car then slid sideways into the westbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 1996 Ford Thunderbird. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.

Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, OSP and ODOT responded to the scene.

LARKINS and right front male passenger JARED BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, age 21, from Portland, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Two rear seat male passengers were injured. TYLER L. SIMS, age 21, from West Linn, was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. SKYLAR PARKER-MILLER, age 19, from Troutdale, was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital with minor injuries. The two deceased occupants and the passenger with minor injuries were using safety restraints. Safety restraint use by the seriously injured male passenger is pending further confirmation.

The Ford's driver, KENNETH E. HENLEY II, age 29, from Albany, received minor injury and was taken by an OSP trooper to Lebanon Hospital. He was using safety restraints and was treated and released.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Casey Hunter is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed over four hours during the investigation. No photographs to be released at this time.

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Update: Names Released - Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/05/14
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The following news release is approved for release by Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton:

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information is released in this update.

On April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup and a 2011 Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The Ford Ranger pickup's occupants are identified as driver CAYDEN THOMAS FITCH, age 18, and passenger/father BRYAN FITCH, age 43, from Lincoln City. BRYAN FITCH is employed as an Oregon State Police trooper out of the Newport Area Command office and was off duty traveling with his son when the crash occurred.

The Toyota RAV4 occupants are identified as driver MICHAEL JOSEPH MOYLETT, age 69, and passenger/wife ESTELLA MOYLETT, age 61, from Gresham.

Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest off the north side of the highway in bordering bushes and trees. All involved occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and Keizer Police Department. OSP requested Keizer Police Department provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by ODOT.

"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our Department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."

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Preliminary Information: Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22 west of Dallas in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Polk County District Attorney's Office and Keizer Police Department, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information will be released at a later time following approval from the District Attorney's office and confirmation of next of kin notifications.

Preliminary investigation indicates on April 4, 2014 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.

The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup was traveling eastbound and the sport utility vehicle was westbound.

OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from Keizer Police Department and OSP. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

The highway has been closed since the crash occurred with a detour in place established by ODOT. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

No photographs for released at this time.

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In-Car Tracking Device Helps Troopers Find Stolen Car, Arrest Driver - Interstate 84 east of Baker City
Oregon State Police - 04/04/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Sunnyside, Washington Police Department and a car dealership using an in-car tracking device, located a stolen vehicle and arrested a woman Thursday afternoon at an Interstate 84 rest area about 30 miles east of Baker City.

On April 3, 2014 at approximately 12:18 p.m. (Mountain Time), OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Sunnyside Police Department regarding a stolen 2004 Chevrolet Impala believed operated by an adult female. A Sunnyside, Washington car dealership, from where the car was sold, was assisting the police in locating the stolen car by tracking it using an in-car tracking device indicating its last known location was eastbound on Interstate 84 east of Baker City.

OSP troopers from Baker City and Ontario were dispatched to be on the lookout for the stolen car. One of the troopers contacted the car dealership by phone and was told the car was stationary at the Weatherby Rest Area near milepost 335. The trooper asked that the car be remotely disabled through the tracking device to prevent he car from leaving the rest area and possibly being involved in a pursuit once it was back on the road.

At approximately 1:07 p.m. OSP troopers arrived in the rest area and saw a citizen was trying to help the woman jump start the car. The troopers detained the female driver identified as MELISSA N. ROMAN, age 29, from McAllen, Texas. She was accompanied by her three children ages 11, 9, and 4.

Subsequent to the investigation, ROMAN was arrested and lodged in the Baker County Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. While in a jail holding cell, a Baker County corrections deputy saw via video surveillance ROMAN attempting to discard a glass pipe down a drain. The deputy interceded and seized the pipe that fielded tested positive for methamphetamine. She was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The three children were released to the custody of Department of Human Services. The woman was reportedly driving with the children back to Texas.

Questions regarding the stolen vehicle investigation should be directed to Sunnyside Police Department.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Named Released - Death Investigation - OC&E Woods Line State Trail east of Klamath Falls
Oregon State Police - 04/03/14
Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the State Medical Examiner's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday morning in the brush off OC&E Woods Line State Trail near Olene in Klamath County. There was no obvious sign of foul play.

The deceased man is identified as CODY HAROLD PEMBERTON, age 60, from Klamath Falls. The State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an examination Thursday afternoon and told detectives the cause of death is pending toxicology test results.

According to Sergeant Robert Fenner, on April 2, 2014 at approximately 12 noon, OSP Klamath Falls troopers and detectives responded and confirmed the body of a fully clothed deceased adult male was found a quarter mile from Olene Store in the brush about 30 yards off the trail. A hiker reported finding the deceased male, identified as PEMBERTON, while traveling along the trail.

Detectives learned PEMBERTON was dropped off at the trail on Monday and failed to contact a family member as originally planned.

The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is a rails-to-trails conversion into a non-motorized path for walking, jogging, cycling, and equestrian use.

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OSP Criminal Investigations Division Sex Abuse Investigation Leads to Arrest of Fort Klamath Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 58-year old Fort Klamath man Tuesday evening after a warrant was issued for his arrest for Sex Abuse in the First Degree.

On April 1, 2014 at approximately 8:20 p.m., OSP troopers contacted EFREN M. VALENCIA, age 58, at his residence in the 52000 block of Highway 62 and took him into custody. A Klamath County Circuit Court judge issued a felony warrant for Sex Abuse in the First Degree after a grand jury indicted VALENCIA following an investigation by OSP Criminal Investigations Division. VALENCIA was lodged in the Klamath County Jail.

The investigation centered on alleged criminal conduct toward a known female victim when she was less than 12 years of age. In October 2013, OSP arrested VALENCIA related to another sex abuse investigation into allegations involving a second known female victim who at the time was also under 12 years of age.

Lead investigator is Detective Don Miller.

Photograph - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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Hermiston Police & OSP Asking For Public's Help to Find Missing Hermiston Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Hermiston Police Department and Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help to find a 59-year old Hermiston-area man reported missing under suspicious circumstances after his car was found Monday morning in a parking lot to the foot bridge on the westbound side of the Interstate 82 over the Columbia River.

On Monday morning, March 31, 2014, Hermiston Police Department was contacted by a family member of ALVIN LEE PATTERSON, age 59, from Hermiston. Hermiston police subsequently took a missing person report after his vehicle was found parked at the bottom of the path to the foot bridge on the westbound side of the Interstate 82 bridge. The car contained his personal property, identification and cellphone.

PATTERSON is described as a white male, 5'5", 160 lbs, short black hair, and was last known to be wearing a navy blue shirt and tan pants. (Oregon DMV photo is provided with this release)

Hermiston Police Department and Oregon State Police are asking to speak with anyone who saw a man matching PATTERSON's description in the parking lot or walking on the footbridge Monday morning between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or anyone with related information regarding this missing person investigation to Hermiston Police Department Officer Robert Guerrero or OSP Trooper Jerrad Little through OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4660.

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Update #2: Added Charge - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 26 near Banks (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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(Note: ALLEN also cited for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamephetamine after a small amount was found on her personal property while being treated at hospital)

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's serious injury traffic that occurred along Highway 26 near Banks. The name of the Toyota's driver is released in this update.

Preliminary information indicates on March 31, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by JOY DE'ANN ALLEN, age 35, from Beaverton, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 51 when it crossed into the eastbound lane and crashed into the left front corner of an eastbound 2007 Freightliner truck.

ALLEN and her 2-year old daughter were extricated by firefighters. ALLEN was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries. The child was transported to the same hospital by ground ambulance with minor injuries.

The truck's driver, GREGORY P. KOSTRBA, age 66, from Wilsonville, received minor injury but refused medical care at the scene.

Subsequent to the preliminary investigation, ALLEN was cited to appear in Washington County Circuit Court for:

* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
* Assault in the Fourth Degree (2 counts)
* No Operators License

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire District, and ODOT. Highway 26 was closed with a detour in place for over 3 hours. Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Update: Motorcyclist Facing Several Charges After Serious Injury Traffic Crash While Attempting to Elude Trooper (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a Yakima, Washington man following Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper. The seriously injured man's name and other information is being released in this update.

On March 30, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a recklessly operated motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 68 west of Mosier after initially confirming it was traveling 110 mph in a 65 speed zone approaching the trooper from behind. The motorcyclist attempted to elude eastbound at a high rate of speed and the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle east of Mosier as troopers also began to set up in The Dalles area to assist if needed.

About ten minutes later, Klickitat County, Washington 9-1-1 received a call from an unidentified man saying he was hurt in a motorcycle crash while attempting to elude police in Oregon. The man wasn't able to provide an exact location before his cellphone call was dropped and ended.

OSP and Wasco County Sheriff's Office started checking the area between The Dalles and Mosier. An OSP sergeant traveling westbound spotted the motorcycle crash scene and injured man across the freeway about 4:03 p.m. near milepost 76 west of the Rowena interchange. The sergeant stopped, ran across the freeway and requested medical respond as he started initial emergency care. The motorcycle had left the freeway coming out of a sharp left curve and collided head-on with a tree.

The motorcyclist, KENNETH S. MARAVELIAS, age 27, from Yakima, Washington, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet. On Monday, March 31, OSP cited MARAVELIAS to appear in Wasco County Circuit Court for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, No Valid Operator License and other traffic violations.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue and ODOT. One eastbound lane was closed during the scene investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update #3: Missing Oregon State Hospital Patient Located (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) psychiatric patient missing since March 29th is now back in custody and care of OSH staff. On Sunday afternoon, March 30, GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, was brought to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis after local medics responded to a park on a medical call. PAGE initially provided a false name but was later suspected by one of the hospital's doctors of being the missing OSH patient. Corvallis police responded to the hospital, positively identified PAGE and notified Oregon State Police.

There is no information indicating that PAGE received help to leave custody of OSH. How he traveled from Salem to Corvallis is not known at this time. Upon conclusion, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division investigation will be reviewed with the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detective confirmed this morning that GREGORY A. PAGE, age 60, a psychiatric patient reported Saturday, March 29, on unauthorized departure from the Oregon State Hospital was located. For security reasons at this time, no other information is being released pending return back to the care and custody of the staff at Oregon State Hospital (OSH).

According to a Oregon Health Authority news release issued March 29, the patient, GREGORY A. PAGE, was not considered to be a danger to himself or others. The Oregon State Police was conducting an investigation to help locate him and bring him safely back to the hospital.

PAGE was first admitted to the Oregon State Hospital on October 14, 1994, and most recently on March 27, 2012, as a forensic commitment from Lane County. In 1994, PAGE was deemed Guilty Except for Insanity for attempted murder. He was sentenced for 20 years for under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Patients under the jurisdiction of the PSRB live in a variety of settings, from independent living in the community to the Oregon State Hospital.

PAGE is a resident of one of the group homes on the grounds of OSH that are staffed 24-7 and designed for patients who receive treatment but do not need to live within the secure perimeter of the state hospital.

He was last seen at the Denny's on Market Street in Salem at approximately 8:30 a.m. PAGE was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. when nursing staff discovered he was not in his room during hourly rounds.

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Update #2: Correction & Added Info - Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/31/14
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Correction: The offending driver's correct age is 42, not 32 as originally listed. OSP investigation is continuing and no other information regarding it is being released at this time.

Note: The celebration of life for the victim, Karen Greenstein, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland High School. According to a news release sent Sunday by Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, friends, family and Emergency Service workers from all agencies are invited to attend.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the early Thursday morning two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. Additional details and names are released in this update. OSP is seeking information from witnesses related to this fatal crash investigation.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality.

Preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by RICHARD WEBSTER SCOTT, age 42, from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by KAREN LEE GREENSTEIN, age 58, from Ashland.

SCOTT was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.

GREENSTEIN was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned GREENSTEIN worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was enroute home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP is asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111. Investigators are looking for witnesses to any driving prior to the fatal crash involving the silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan along Interstate 5, including information related to a report that prior to the crash a vehicle matching the van's description was seen sideways on the southbound off ramp at exit 21 about three miles south of the scene.

OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, Jackson County Fire District 5 and ODOT.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on part of the offending driver. Safety restraint use by both drivers is pending confirmation. OSP is investigating this crash as a criminal investigation.

The southbound lanes are still closed at this time. OSP troopers on scene anticipate southbound lanes will remained closed until around 12 noon. Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

Wrong way drivers present an obvious danger to all motorists on our highways. The most recent available crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5% of all fatal crashes nationally. Wrong way drivers usually drive in the inside lane or inside shoulder, believing they are actually on a two-lane highway. Most common types of wrong way driver-involved crashes are head-on or sideswipe crashes.

The following information and safety tips are offered related to wrong way drivers.

Who is the wrong way driver?

* Intoxicated driver
* Older drivers who easily get confused
* Intentional drivers (example - trying to avoid traffic jams / congestion caused by crashes)
* Inattentive drivers who mistake an off ramp for an on ramp

Safety Tips:

* Watch far ahead for signs of a possible wrong way driver, looking for signs similar to pending problems or developing emergency situations such as other traffic braking or swerving to avoid something, or the obvious - headlights coming in the opposite direction.
* Caution against driving long periods in the inside lane on freeways, especially on curves.

Photograph of offending driver's vehicle provided with release.

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Update Information: Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 84 west of The Dalles
Oregon State Police - 03/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper. This release is an update and the injured motorcycle operator's name will be released Monday.

On March 30, 2014 at approximately 3:50 p.m., an OSP trooper attempted to stop a recklessly operated motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 69 at Mosier. The motorcyclist attempted to elude eastbound at a high rate of speed and the trooper lost sight of the motorcycle east of Mosier.

About 20 minutes later, OSP received a report of a serious injury motorcycle crash into a tree near milepost 76 in the vicinity of the Rowena interchange. OSP, Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue responded and found the motorcyclist was seriously injured.

The motorcyclist was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

One eastbound lane was closed during the scene investigation.

No other information for release at this time.

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Arrest Following Attempt to Elude in Vehicle & Foot in St. Helens (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/29/14
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St. Helens Police (SHPD) and Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 23-year old man on multiple charges Friday night following his attempt to elude in a vehicle and on foot in the St. Helens area.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 8:41 p.m., OSP received two driving complaints of a possible DUII driver northbound on Highway 30 from Scappoose. An OSP senior trooper overtook the Ford Focus passenger car on Old Portland Road where a traffic stop was initiated. As the trooper was talking to the male driver, he sped off in the car and attempted to elude toward St. Helens.

St. Helens police deployed spike strips near 14th Street on Old Portland Road successfully hitting 3 of the car's four tires. As the driver continued to attempt to elude on city streets, St. Helens police took the lead with OSP assisting.

The car crashed on N. 9th Street and Columbia Boulevard where the driver fled on foot a brief distance before a St. Helens police officer tackled him in the back yard of a residence. The driver resisted but was restrained by officers and taken into custody at 8:57 p.m.

The driver was identified as STEVEN MICHAEL THOMPSON, age 23, from St. Helens. THOMPSON was lodged by SHPD in the Columbia County Jail on the following charges:

* DUII
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Resisting Arrest
* Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree
* Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree

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Second Person Arrested In Ongoing Currency Forgery Investigation in Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
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An ongoing investigation following the arrest earlier this month of a woman in possession of counterfeit money led to the arrest Friday morning of a Klamath Falls man at a local motel. The man was in the process of forging currency in his motel room when contacted by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Klamath Falls Police Department.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 2:15 a.m., OSP troopers, with the assistance of Klamath Falls police, contacted a motel room at the Cimarron Motel Inn at 3060 South Sixth Street. Contact at the motel stemmed from an ongoing forgery investigation following the March 18 arrest of STEPHANIE VIGIL, age 30, by OSP during a traffic stop in which VIGIL was in possession of counterfeit money and methamphetamine.

Officers contacted the room's occupant identified as VERNON EDWARD SCHAEFFER, age 36, from Klamath Falls. SCHAEFFER was in the process of forging fake currency and had at least twenty fake $20, $50, and $100 bills. In addition to the fake currency, officers seized a color copier/scanner, paper, a small amount of methamphetamine and other evidence.

OSP arrested SHAEFFER and lodged him in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

* Twenty (20) counts of Forgery in the First Degree
* Twenty (20) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine

OSP is continuing the investigation.

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Gresham Man Sentenced to 75 Months in Prison Related to September 2012 Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 31 south of Silver Lake
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
According to Lake County District Attorney Ulys Stapleton, 23-year old SEAN TAYLOR BERGLUND of Gresham, Oregon, was sentenced on March 10, 2014 by Lake County Circuit Court Judge Rob Nichols to 75 months in prison (without the possibility of parole) after pleading guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree.

At sentencing, the defendant finally admitted responsibility for the death of ROBERT SANCHEZ BUSCH, age 22, also from Gresham, who was a passenger in a vehicle driven by BERGLUND. The fatal traffic crash occurred in September of 2012 on Highway 31 about four miles south of Silver Lake.

Until his guilty plea, BERGLUND insisted throughout the investigation that an unidentified third person was driving the vehicle. During an extensive multi-month ongoing investigation by the Oregon State Police, BERGLUND was identified as the pickup's driver and was indicted by a Lake County Grand Jury in May of 2013.

"I want to again personally thank all of the State Troopers and other investigators who participated in this case for their hard work," said Lake County District Attorney Ulys Stapleton. "It has been a long and arduous process, especially for the victim's family."

Questions can be directed to the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

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http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_02_2012_fatal_hwy31_silverlake.aspx

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Six Injured, Including 5-Yr Old Ejected Child, in Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Meacham in Umatilla County
Oregon State Police - 03/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Interstate 84 west of Meacham in northeastern Oregon that resulted in serious injuries to a 5-year old boy who was not using safety restraints and was ejected.

On March 27, 2014 at approximately 11:37 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban driven by BEATRIZ MURILLO, age 38, from Salem, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 234 when MURILLO lost control on black ice. The vehicle rolled several times crossing through the median before coming to rest on the westbound shoulder.

The Suburban was occupied by six family members. A 5-year old boy was not properly restrained and was ejected from the rolling vehicle, coming to rest seriously injured in the westbound lanes. The child, whose name is not available, was initially transported by air ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. He was then taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for treatment of serious injuries.

The other five family members, including driver MURILLO and 44-year old passenger LUCIO MENDOZA, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Other names are not available for this release.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Michael Wolf is the lead investigator. No photographs available for this release.

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal EMS, Pendleton EMS, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed approximately 1 hour.

OSP and ODOT urge all travelers to remember that proper safety restraint usage is the single most effective way to protect against injuries or death in a motor vehicle crash. The greatest danger to unbelted children and adult occupants is ejection from the vehicle. An unbelted or improperly restrained occupant is five times more likely to be ejected than one who is belted.

The odds of surviving ejection are estimated at one in four - compared to a one in two hundred fatality rate for occupants who remain inside the vehicle. Ejection is the principal reason that minors are prohibited from riding in an open bed of a pickup truck.

For child safety seats, follow the manufacturer's instructions or attend a free child safety seat clinic (see below for resources). For adults, "proper use" means the lap belt is placed low across hips with the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

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OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

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Update: Photo - Woman Treated & Released From Hospital After Spending Hours Trapped in Vehicle off Highway 95 near Rome in Southeast Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
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A Meridian, Idaho woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she spent several hours in her crashed vehicle down in a ravine off Highway 95 near Rome in southeast Oregon. The woman's vehicle was spotted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employees who contacted police and medical responders.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 7:07 p.m., ODOT employees reported to OSP Southern Command Center dispatch that a vehicle was seen off Highway 95 near Rome Hill an estimated distance of over a hundred yards in a ravine. Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency responders were dispatched to the remote area. ODOT employees hiked down to the vehicle and confirmed that a conscious, injured adult female was trapped inside.

The woman, identified as TARAH M. COLWELL, age 32, from Meridian, Idaho, told the ODOT employees she was trapped inside her damaged passenger vehicle since early that morning after it went off the highway to where it came to rest.

An air ambulance and ground medical personnel were dispatched to the area. Jordan Valley Ambulance and rescue personnel arrived about an hour after the report came in to remove the woman out of the ravine back to the highway for transport to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. According to the hospital, COLWELL was treated and later released. Malheur County search and rescue resources were also requested to respond but were advised to disregard after the woman was rescued.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The vehicle may not be recoverable.

No other information available for this release.

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Preliminary Information: Wrong Way Driver-Involved Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Medford
Oregon State Police - 03/27/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning the investigation into early Thursday morning's two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. The southbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to Highway 99 with anticipated closure and possible delays for a few hours.

Preliminary informtaion indicates on March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 25. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was extricated from the vehicle and is being taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are on scene investigating. OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.

Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No more information expected for release until later today.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 3 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Portland Man - Interstate 84 near North Powder in Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 84 near North Powder led to the arrest of a Portland resident after the trooper found approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 26, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2013 Ford Fusion displaying Arizona license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 282 for a speed violation. The driver was identified as JESUS MACIAS, age 35, from Portland.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to find approximately 3 lbs of marijuana inside a suitcase on the rear seat. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $7500.

MACIAS was taken into custody and lodged in the Union County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

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Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team Dismantles Heroin & Meth Operation in Newport; Two Arrested (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
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Two Newport residents were arrested Tuesday when Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) detectives, assisted by Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police, served search warrants at two locations and seized a large quantity of heroin and methamphetamine, firearms, and a large amount of currency.

On the morning of March 25, 2014, LINT detectives served a search warrant in the 400 block of SW 7th Street in Newport. A search of a residence led to the seizure of evidence related to the delivery and possession of heroin, along with a firearm and a large amount of currency. An occupant of the residence, GIANG HOANG LE, age 36, was not there but officers learned LE was staying at another residence in the same complex.

Officers contacted the residence where they believed LE was at and found him and his girlfriend, BRITTNEY MARIE WOOD, age 24. LINT detectives obtained a search warrant for the second residence at the complex. A search was conducted with the assistance of a Newport police K-9 team and detectives seized approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of heroin, and other evidence including two loaded handguns. Over $20,000 cash was also seized associated with the investigation.

Over the past several months, LINT detectives received information that LE was selling methamphetamine and heroin in the Newport area. LE and WOOD were taken into custody by LINT detectives and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges:

GIANG HOANG LE
* Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Manufacture, Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm

BRITTNEY MARIE WOOD
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin
* Warrant (Marion County): Fail to Appear - Burglary in the First Degree

LINT is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. LINT urges anyone with information regarding this case or suspected drug crimes in Lincoln County to call (541) 265-8101.

Photograph Sources:
LE and WOOD photos - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Drug, firearms and cash photo - LINT

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Update: Motorcyclist Dies From Injuries Sustained in March 22nd Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee
Oregon State Police - 03/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed through the Medical Examiner's office that a 24-year old Newberg man died early Wednesday morning, March 26, at a Portland hospital from injuries sustained Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County.

CURTIS PETERSON, age 24, was critically injured March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., while operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28. PETERSON failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the highway where he was ejected.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he was being treated until he passed away. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/03_23_2014_seriousinj_mtc_hwy99w_mp28.aspx

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 10 lbs of Marijuana, Pending Court Appearance for 2 Utah Men
Oregon State Police - 03/25/14
Two Utah men are facing charges in Lake County Circuit Court after a traffic stop Saturday by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper led to the seizure of approximately 10 pounds of marijuana from their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On March 22, 2014 at approximately 12:22 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped at 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle displaying Utah license plates for a traffic violation eastbound on Highway 140 near Adel east of Lakeview. The two occupants were identified as driver JAMES K. CLARK, age 33, from Salt Lake City, Utah, and passenger DANIEL KEENER, age 40, from Magna, Utah.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 10 pounds of marijuana inside a suitcase in the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $25,000.

CLARK and KEENER were taken into custody. They were later cited and released to appear in Lake County Circuit Court for felony Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

No photographs available for this release.

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Loaded Log Truck Crashes off Highway 204 west of Elgin into Phillips Creek (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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A log truck driver received minor injuries Monday after losing control resulting in the truck and trailer loaded with logs coming to rest on their side in Phillips Creek along Highway 204 about a mile west of Elgin.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Walt Anderson, on March 24, 2014 at approximately 4:35 p.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a loaded log trailer driven by JUSTIN K. WRIGHT, age 33, from Summerville, was eastbound on Highway 204 near milepost 39. As the truck and trailer came out of a right curve, it traveled onto the shoulder and continued down the embankment into the river where it came to rest on its right side.

WRIGHT freed himself from the truck and got out on his own. He had minor injuries and was cited for Fail to Drive Within a Lane.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Union County Sheriff's Office, Elgin Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. DEQ was notified to assess any environmental impact. There is no information regarding a diesel spill from the truck.

ODOT and the logging company are on scene to remove the truck, trailer and logs from the creek.

Both lanes are potentially affected during recovery work. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

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Update: Name Released - Numerous Citizen Driving Complaints Help OSP Troopers Find, Arrest Reckless Driver in Salem
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a 26-year old male Monday afternoon on traffic-related charges after more than 15 citizens called in driving complaints as he drove southbound on Interstate 5 from the Wilsonville area toward Salem. The driver is identified as JEREMY ENGLISH from southwest Portland. He was lodged in Marion County Jail for Reckless Driving and 18 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

On March 24, 2014 at approximately 12:35 p.m., the first of several citizen driving complaints were phoned into to OSP Northern Command Center of a gold passenger car, later identified as a 1999 Ford Taurus, southbound on Interstate 5 at high speeds, passing on shoulders, and using all three lanes of traffic.

At 12:50 p.m. an OSP trooper got visual on the vehicle near Brooks and as it had slowed down approaching the Salem area. After exiting Interstate 5 onto Salem Parkway Avenue, at approximately 12:53 p.m. the trooper attempted a traffic stop but the driver failed to yield to the trooper's patrol car until stopping near Hyacinth Street NE.

OSP troopers took ENGLISH into custody without incident.

OSP and ODOT reminds all travelers that many people are hitting our highways day and night during spring break period, March 22 - 30. During last year's spring break, six people died in 6 separate traffic crashes on Oregon's roads.

OSP urges all motorists to join their law enforcement officers in keeping our roads safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your traffic lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

Everyone traveling - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - all have the individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. As in this incident, 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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Injury Traffic Crash Involving Log Truck - Highway 241 east of Coos Bay (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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A 32-year old Coos Bay woman received non-life threatening injuries Monday morning in a collision with a loaded log truck along Highway 241 near Allegany east of Coos Bay. One lane is still closed while ODOT coordinates removal of the loaded log truck that is partially off the highway and blocking one lane.

According to Senior Trooper Jeff Smith, on March 24, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by MELISSA J. LaRUE, age 32, from Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 241 near milepost 15 when it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 1988 Kenworth truck pulling a trailer loaded with logs driven by JAMES COOK, age 46, from Coos Bay. The truck came to rest over an embankment with the trailer stopping blocking one lane.

LaRUE was transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was cited by OSP for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

COOK was checked at the scene but refused transport to a hospital. Both drivers were using safety restraints.

OSP, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Millington Fire Department, and ODOT responded to the scene.

Traffic updates related to the partial road closure are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 31 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Minnesota Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop last Wednesday about 15 miles north of Madras on Highway 97 led to the seizure of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana and the arrest of a Minnesota man. OSP Drug Enforcement Section has been conducting follow up investigation and has authorized the release of the information related to the arrest.

On March 19, 2014 at approximately 1:10 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring displaying Minnesota license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 75 for a traffic violation. The vehicle's driver was identified as DANIEL R. VAGLE, age 31, from Big Lake, Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop with the assistance of an OSP drug detection dog led to the discovery of approximately 31 pounds of marijuana in a large duffel bag in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $75,000.

VAGLE was taken into custody by troopers and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Correction to Update #2: Additional Information & Photo - OSP SWAT Helps Take Two in Custody Following Attempt to Elude in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Correction to female suspect's first name spelling to read "CHALLIS"

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Two people were taken into custody Sunday morning after trying to hide in a residence leading to an over two hour standoff with Oregon State Police (OSP), Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department. OSP is continuing the investigation. The name of the female and a list of charges are provided in this update.

The male suspect is identified as BRENT WALDORF, age 23, from Madras. He was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony warrant - Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (Wasco County)
* Felony warrant - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Felony Attempt to Elude & Reckless Driving (Jefferson County)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Arson in the First Degree

The female suspect is identified as CHALLIS SHAREI HEATH, age 23, from Warm Springs. She was lodged in Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

* Arson in the First Degree
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop 1992 Honda Civic four door for disobeying a stop sign southeast side of Madras in Jefferson County. The driver failed to yield, attempting to elude by driving through a field, across Madras and onto Highway 361 into the Metolius area.

About 10 minutes later, the male and female occupants abandoned the car in an alley and fled on foot. OSP, with the help of Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Police Department, tracked the two people to a residence in the 500 block of Washington Street in Metolius. Contact with the residence owners confirmed the two suspects were inside trying to hide.

One of the suspects was believed to be WALDORF who was wanted on outstanding warrants and thought to be potentially armed. OSP activated SWAT personnel from central Oregon and Willamette Valley. After some of the SWAT personnel arrived on scene, they made entry and took both people into custody at approximately 10:15 a.m. While inside, SWAT officers learned the suspects set a fire in the kitchen and it was put out with fire extinguishers.

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Heath photograph not available for release

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Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's two vehicle head-on traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 57-year old Oregon City woman and critical injury to an 18-year old Boring girl along Highway 212 west of Boring in Clackamas County. Updated information and names are released in this update.

On March 23, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by AMANDA J. GRAHAM, age 18, from Boring, was eastbound on Highway 212 near Peterson Road about milepost 6. For an unknown reason at this time, the pickup crossed the double solid centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2000 Mazda Protege four-door driven by CHERYL ELAINE HILL, age 57, from Oregon City.

HILL was critically injured and transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she died after arrival.

GRAHAM was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe is the lead investigator. Both drivers were using safety restraints and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Boring Fire District, AMR ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was re-opened at 3:00 a.m.

OSP and ODOT reminds all travelers that many people are hitting our highways day and night during spring break period, March 22 - 30. During last year's spring break period, six people died in 6 separate traffic crashes on Oregon's roads.

All motorists are urged to join their law enforcement officers in keeping out highways safe by obeying the posted speed, properly use safety restraints and child safety seats, don't drive distracted, drive safely within your lane, and never drive impaired or fatigued.

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 212 west of Boring
Oregon State Police - 03/24/14
Highway 212 west of Boring near milepost 6 is re-opened to traffic following Sunday night's two vehicle traffic crash that is now confirmed fatal after one of the involved drivers, a 57-year old female, died at a Portland hospital. The surviving driver, an 18-year old female, is being treated for injuries at a Portland hospital. Names and other information will be released later today.

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Update: Name Released - Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Highway 99W south of Dundee (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's critical injury motorcycle crash that occurred on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County. The operator's name is released in this update. He is still in critical condition.

According to Sergeant Jose Orosco, on March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle operated by CURTIS M. PETERSON, age 24, from Newberg, was southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28 and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle traveled off the highway and the operator was ejected, coming to rest in a grassy area adjacent to the highway.

PETERSON was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is in critical condition. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville and North Plains offices are continuing the investigation. Speed and alcohol are suspected contributing factors. Trooper Nic Cederberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Newberg and Dundee fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was closed over an hour before one lane was open.

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Polk County Sheriff Makes Additional Reductions
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/14
Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe announced additional reductions in patrol hours from 20 hours a day to 10 hours a day due to budget and staffing reductions. "My overtime budget is less than 6% for the remainder of this budget cycle which ends in June and I have received notification from another deputy who has accepted a conditional job offer making this the fourth deputy to leave in the last two months" stated Sheriff Bob Wolfe.

The sheriff's office has not had 24 hour a day coverage since March of 2013. In November of 2013 a county public safety levy to restore patrol coverage, enhance staffing of the district attorney, juvenile and community corrections failed. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "Failure of the public safety levy set into motion the departure of employees from my agency who are seeking employment with other agencies who have stable financial outlooks"

Due to additional departure of employees from the sheriff's office beginning March 29, 2014 the patrol division will be reduced to 10 hours of patrol a day, seven days a week. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "This is extremely difficult and makes the third time since late February I have had to make shift adjustments. I have to make cuts so as to not overspend my budget" The 10 hours of patrol each day will reduce overtime cost through the redirection of scheduling and allow more coverage within the 10 hours each day than what we are currently doing with two 10 hours shifts.

The Polk County Budget Committee meets next week to work on the 2014-2015 budget which begins on July 1, 2014. Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "This will be another tough budget session with no bright outlook for next year. I know additional cuts will happen and this is why employees are still out looking for other work"
PF&R crews dealt with a double house fire in SW Portland caused by oily rags
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/14/14
***Update

At 2:15pm today PF&R crews were sent to 4430 SW Vesta Dr. where it was reported that several neighbors had called 911 reporting that two houses were on fire. When crews arrived they found one home with heavy fire and smoke extending to a nearby home. Crews had to quickly deploy exterior hose lines to contain the damage already done and prevent any further spread to additional surrounding homes. Once the large body of fire was knocked down from the outside crews could then begin an interior deployment of firefighters to attack the fire and support search and rescue efforts. No residents were in the home at the time of the fire. There were reports of pets inside but they were able to escape without injury. The fire was contained to the two homes; the first home sustained heavy damage and the second was partially damaged (no specific damage assessments have been made yet). The reports of explosions heard from original 911 callers is believed to be propane tanks. No electrical transformers were damaged as originally reported.
Fire investigators have sifted through evidence, testimony from residents and neighbors and have determined that the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion from oily rags left out on a wood deck.

Safety Message: It's estimated that spontaneous combustion caused from sources like oily rags cause over 14,000 house fires every year nationwide.
Realizing that we are coming into a season for outdoor projects like staining decks, PF&R would like to remind home owners that oily rags should be kept in well-covered metal cans and thoroughly dried before collection or transport. Never put oily rags in regular trash cans and never leave them out on combustible surfaces such as wood.
Portland Fire & Rescue fights house fire in N.E.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/13/14
Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire (5425 N.E. Mason St.) at 5:20 pm. They arrived to smoke coming from a second floor window. Station 28 made an immediate attack , while simultaneously verifying that all occupants were out of the house. This fire was recalled (declared under control) at 5:40 pm. Several crews are still on scene and an investigator has been called out to determine a fire cause and damage assessment .
Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire respond to early morning mobile home fire (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/12/14
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Portland Fire&Rescue and our regional partners from Gresham Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire this morning at 6:02am. Crews arrived at 16745 SE Division to find a mobile home with heavy fire and smoke involvement. Because of the close proximity of mobile homes, preventing spread to additional units was an initial priority. One female who was inside sleeping when the fire broke said that she was awakened by her cat and realized there was heavy smoke and heat inside the home; she and the cat were able to make it out without serious injury. The resident was evaluated by firefighters for smoke inhalation but was not transported. Once the fire was extinguished, fire investigators surveyed the scene but have not released a cause yet. The fire was contained to just the single mobile home but the damage was significant. Red Cross volunteers were called to the scene to help find temporary shelter for two displaced residents.

*Photos courtesy of PF&R photographers Dick Harris and Greg Muhr


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Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a house fire in N.E. (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/11/14
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Firefighters were dispatched to a residential fire (2066 n.e. 143rd av.) around 3:45 pm. They arrived to "smoke and flames coming from a second story window", which was located at the front of the home. Within minutes, the fire spread into the attic and to the back of the house. Fire crews had to attack the fire from the inside, while simultaneously knocking the fire down at the back of the house. This has to be coordinated so the outside firefighters don't spray the inside crews, thereby limiting their mobility. Firefighters had to cut several holes in the roof to allow the smoke to vent to the outside.

All occupants escaped the fire unharmed and there were no injuries. A fire investigator is on scene to determine a damage estimate and cause. Gresham Fire also responded on this incident.

Photos courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R)


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PF&R at scene of SW Portland house fire/possible fire victim
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/10/14
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At 12:48pm PF&R crews were dispatched to the scene of a house fire at 10931 SW 61st ave. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire and smoke from a single family residence and there were reports that an elderly male was still inside. Fire crews immediately began search and rescue efforts and found one deceased fire victim. The fire was contained to just one room; fire investigators are on scene to identify the victim and establish a cause of the fire. There were reports that neighbors made several attempts to enter the burning home before firefighters arrived. "While we certainly understand and appreciate the efforts of these concerned citizens and neighbors we want to also enforce our concern for their safety. Without the proper equipment they could have easily been additional victims in this tragedy. PF&R has made safety messaging a priority and our message here is to survey your own homes for hazards and ensure you have operating smoke alarms, create an escape plan and use the 911 system for emergencies" said PF&R Fire Chief Erin Janssens, who was at the scene today -"Our hearts go out to the family members, neighbors and friends for their loss today."
Fire investigators will be continuing their investigation and will provide information on the cause and how the clutter/hoarding situation may have effected the outcome. No other injuries to residents, pets or firefighters were reported.


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PF&R crews rescue woman trapped under van with the help of off-duty firefighter
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/08/14
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At 8:40am this morning PF&R crews were sent to NE 65th and Glisan where it was reported that a woman had been hit by a car and was trapped underneath. When PF&R Engine 19 arrived they found one 50 year old female pinned underneath a van. According to witnesses the van had accidentally backed into the woman, she fell and then became trapped underneath; the van appeared to not be aware she was there. An off-duty Portland firefighter was at the scene comforting the trapped woman and providing medical aid when Engine 19 arrived. A ladder truck was called to the scene to provide specialized rescue tools and personnel if needed. Crews were able to free her without further injury and she was transported to OHSU as a trauma system injury. No further details on her injuries available.


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PF&R responds to basement fire in SE Portland (Photo)
Portland Fire & Rescue - 04/01/14
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At 11:10am this morning Portland Fire&Rescue crews responded to a residential fire at 3654 SE Nehalem St. The fire was reported by a neighbor who noticed smoke from the residence; when crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the basement of the two story home. All residents of the newly remodeled home were gone at the time of the fire and there were no reports of pets. PF&R crews were able to find an exterior entrance to the basement and extinguish the fire before it had a chance to spread to other parts of the home.
Fire investigators are at the scene to determine a cause and damage assessment.


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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds To Early Morning House Fire In SE Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/31/14
At 2:24am Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire at 8028 SE Taylor St. Station 19 (Mt. Tabor) arrived and soon found smoke and fire coming from a second story window. Engine 19 made their way to the second floor to extinguish the flames while additional fire crews vented the smoke and fire from the building and searched all floors for any possible victims. The only occupant was found outside the home.

The fire was brought under control at 2:52am and there were no injuries reported on this fire. A fire investigator is on scene working to determine the cause of the fire and damage estimates. Updates will be given as they become available.
***UPDATE @ 4:29pm*** Portland Fire & Rescue Technical Rescue Team Responding to Rescue Aboard Large Ship
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/29/14
***UPDATE***
The initial responders from Engine 24 and Rescue 24 arrived at the shipyards and immediately boarded the ship (which was in dry-dock) to investigate. After being escorted down two levels below the deck they found the patient laying on his back with severe injuries to his head, from what appeared to be a fall from an unknown height.

After assessing the patient, Engine 24 made a plan to package the patient and use the Technical Rescue Team that was standing by to hoist the man out of the ship using a high-angle rope system. The patient's head trauma caused him to be non-responsive to rescuers requests and began to climb out of the ship himself. To avoid further injury to the patient and crews the patient was carefully led out of the ship to the deck. A crane operated personnel carrier was used to hoist the patient down to the ground level to an awaiting ambulance. The patient was transported to Emanuel as a trauma system entry. The patients name is not being released at this time.

Any additional requests for information: (503) 940-6003



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Portland Fire & Rescue Tech Rescue Team is responding to rescue an injured man that is two decks below the surface on a large ship. Due to his injuries and limited access points in these large ships, a high angle rope system will be used.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

A PIO is enroute, and unable to answer pages at this time.
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds To Apartment Fire In SE Portland
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/29/14
***UPDATE at 9:47am: Fire Cause***

Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Investigators have reported that the cause of this mornings apartment fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The estimated loss to structure damage and contents is $50,000.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens that overloading electrical circuits is a real hazard. More than 25,000 electrical fires occur annually in the US on average.

See video for more info: http://youtu.be/tbPKVMpEA6M

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At 5:32am Portland Fire & Rescue responded to an apartment fire at 3629 SE Division St. The Battalion Chief and Engine Company from Station 9 (Hawthorne District) arrived and found dark smoke coming from a second story window of an apartment unit. Fire crews made entry and extinguished the fire while simultaneously performing a search for any possible victims. It was discovered that the occupant made it out safe and the fire was contained to the kitchen.

The fire was brought under control at 5:55am and fire crews remain on scene mopping up. A fire investigator is also working to determine the fire cause and damage estimates. Updates will be given as they become available.
PF&R crews battle early morning house fire at 720 NE 91st ave.
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/27/14
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***UPDATE

Fire investigators have determined that the cause of this fire was an unattended candle. It is believed that candles were being used as a light source due to lack of power to the home. Damage to the home is estimated at $50,000.

Candles start more than 13,000 home fires each year. Most candle fires start in the bedroom. PF&R would like to remind Portland residents of the following safety recommendations in regards to using candles:

- Never leave a lit candle unattended,

- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

- Keep lit candles away from bedding, curtains, and anything that can burn.

- Put candles in sturdy, metal, glass, or ceramic holders.

*Photo's courtesy of PF&R photographer Dick Harris.

***End of Update

Portland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to report of a house fire at 3:52am and arrived to find heavy fire and smoke conditions. Six residents at 720 NE 91st ave. had evacuated the home without injury; pets inside the home at the time evacuated safely also. Fire crews dealt with "extreme clutter" on the first level of the home making it difficult to locate the fire and confirm that there were no victims; with low visibility and several obstacles, crews had to find alternate means to locate and extinguish the fire. Fire investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire and damage assessment. The Red Cross was called to the scene to find shelter arrangements for four of the residents.


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Local Family Likely Saved by Carbon Monoxide Alarm. ***Interview Opportunity***
Portland Fire & Rescue - 03/23/14
***The family will be available to the media at PF&R Station 19 (73rd & Burnside) at 4:30pm today.***


At 9:31pm last night PF&R Engine 19 (Mt. Tabor) was dispatched to a Carbon Monoxide Alarm at 1100 SE 84th Ave. A family of 4 (two adults & two children) report that this was their first day in their new rental home. The residents called 911 after the carbon monoxide alarm sounded twice within 15 minutes. Upon arrival Engine 19 began air monitoring and within seconds of entering the first floor of the home the air monitor went into alarm for elevated Carbon Monoxide. Engine 19 evacuated the residents and their pet cat then began searching for a source of the Carbon Monoxide. The initial Carbon Monoxide reading was over 50ppm at the front door, further investigation revealed Carbon Monoxide readings of 112ppm in the basement near the gas water heater.

Engine 19 requested the assistance of C3 to evaluate the residents for possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning utilizing a specialized piece of equipment capable of detecting Carbon Monoxide levels in the blood. Northwest Natural responded as well to evaluate the gas appliances and due to safety concerns the joint decision was made to shut down the natural gas supply to the structure and to assist the residents with finding shelter for the evening. According to the representative from Northwest Natural the source of the Carbon Monoxide was likely improper venting of exhaust from the water heater and furnace. Thanks to the alarm and taking the appropriate action, the family is safe.

Lt. Mark Tilden (E-19): "This incident illustrates the value of installing Carbon Monoxide detectors and following proper construction safety codes. Without working Carbon Monoxide detectors it is my belief this family would likely not have survived through the night."

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents that carbon monoxide detectors save lives and should be installed in residences with any source of CO (gas fueled appliances, water heaters, stoves, furnaces etc.), it's also the law.

For more information on CO see the following:

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/302604
UPDATE #3 - East Precinct officers respond to shooting in the 4200 blk of S.E. 122 ave.
Portland Police Bureau - 04/20/14
###UPDATE###
Domestic Violence Reduction Unit Detectives have lodged Myesha Lewis-Turner, a 36 year-old female, into the Multnomah County Jail. Lewis-Turner is being charged with unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of discharging a firearm in the city.

###PPB###

###UPDATE###

East Precinct officers have stabilized the scene. They do not believe that anyone has been shot but have recovered evidence and taken witness statements which lead them to believe at least one shot was fired.

Officers have believe they have identified all the involved parties and do not believe there is a risk to the public at this time. Domestic Violence Reduction Unit detectives are responding to the scene to assist with the investigation. However, it is early in the investigation. One person has been detained pending the results of further investigation.

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 provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most sever 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

###PPB###

###FIRST UPDATE###

At this time, 8:45 a.m., officers have not located a victim. A residence associated with the incident has been cleared and officers are still investigating.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

This morning, April 20, 2014, at 7:51 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 4200 block of S.E. 122 avenue on a report of a shooting. Officers are now in the area investigating the incident. It is still early in the investigation and the scene has not been stabilized. Updates will follow as more information becomes available.
UPDATE - Central Precinct officers respond to individual possibly armed with a pipe bomb
Portland Police Bureau - 04/20/14
The Explosive Devices Unit has determined that the device in this incident is not explosive and poses no risk to the public. OHSU's Department of Public Safety has detained the subject associated with this incident and is investigating. Access to OHSU has been re-opened. Additional inquiries regarding the status of the investigation should be directed to the OHSU Department of Public Safety.

##PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

Today, April 20, 2014 at 10:45 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to OHSU to assist their Department of Public Safety regarding a subject in possession of what may be an explosive device. Officers have arrived and contained the area. The incident is ongoing and access to certain parts of OHSU has been blocked. Due to the fluid nature of the situation there is limited information at this time but it appears that officers and security have contacted the subject who is not longer in possession of the possible device. It has not been confirmed that the object is in fact an explosive device.

The Explosive Devices Unit is responding to assist with this call. US Veteran's Highway is currently blocked at Sam Jackson Parkway. Updates will follow as more information becomes available.

###PPB###
UPDATE #2-Suspect booked-Update on Wednesday Morning Shooting of Police Officer and Canine in Southwest Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/19/14
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###UPDATE###
The picture which initially went through was for the original message. The current picture is the booking photograph for Ropp. We apologize for the confusion.

###PPB###

Portland Police Detectives have booked the individual suspected of shooting police officer and his K-9 partner into the Multnomah County Jail. Paul Alan Ropp, a 20-year-old male, is being booked on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault II, Assault of a Law Enforcement Animal, Animal Abuse I (aggravated), Possession of an Explosive Device, Unlawful Use of Weapon (firearm), Burglary I and Attempt to Elude (vehicle).

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

This update provides the most current available information regarding the ongoing investigation into yesterday's shooting in Southwest Portland.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, shortly after 2:00 a.m., a Central Precinct officer responded to a reported alarm at Blumenthal Uniforms, located at 9047 Southwest Barbur Blvd. As part of his investigation, the officer requested additional officers respond. As officers responded, they focused on a suspicious vehicle and began to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle, a white Chevrolet Suburban, did not stop and a short pursuit commenced and concluded quickly with the vehicle crashing into a pole at Southwest Lobelia Street and Capitol Highway.

The driver of the vehicle quickly exited and two other occupants stayed in the Suburban and were surrounded by officers.

Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year veteran, assigned to the K-9 Unit with his canine partner, Mick, and Officer Jason Worthington, a 9-year veteran, assigned to Central Precinct began a foot pursuit of the suspect.

Very quickly, shots were fired by the suspect, Officer Dorn and Officer Worthington. Officer Dorn was struck two times in the legs and Mick was struck on his body.

A necropsy performed today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Mick died of a single gunshot wound. Mick fled after being wounded and was found several hours later, deceased under a nearby hedge.

The suspect, who suffered a non-life-threatening injury to his head, fled the shooting scene on foot and a large neighborhood perimeter was established along Southwest Capitol Highway.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Air Support Unit (ASU) responded and began assisting patrol officers in searching for the suspect. Other local law enforcement responded as well, including: Tualatin Police, Lake Oswego Police, Tigard Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.

Calls to 9-1-1 by residents assisted police officers in locating the suspect in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road. The suspect was contacted by SERT and taken into custody without incident. Officers searching the neighborhood located an AR-15 rifle and seized it as evidence.

The suspect that fled the scene is identified as 20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp. He was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.

25-year-old Jamaell Diamond Riley was also transported to a Portland hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

20-year-old Steven Alan Young was transported to the Detective Division and was booked early this morning into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree.

Ropp and Riley are expected to be booked later today and all three face additional charges.

Officer Dorn was released from the hospital this morning and will continue to recover from his injuries. Detective interviews of both involved officers are in the process of being scheduled.

Officer Dorn is unable to accommodate any media interviews for the foreseeable future and is asking for privacy at his home and neighborhood.

Detectives worked through the night and finished processing the crime scene in the early morning hours of April 17, 2014. They are still in the midst of executing search warrants and continuing this complex investigation.

The Portland Police K-9 Unit would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support for Officer Dorn and the loss of their K-9 partner, Mick.

Mick's original name was "Dusty vom Langgarten" but was changed to "Mickey" by Officer Dorn's family. His name was shortened to Mick for street work. Mick was a purebred German Shepherd, imported from Germany.

The Police Bureau purchased Mick from Brett Titus through his company Tac-Dogs in Colorado, http://www.tacdogs.com

Mick was born September 3, 2012 and died April 16, 2014.

Mick passed his Oregon Police Canine Association Certification on March 5, 2014 which made him eligible to work the street. 9 days later, Mick made his first 3 captures in the same day on March 14, 2014.

Mick had 5 total captures before he was gunned down, including the capture of a burglary suspect for North Precinct officers on April 15, 2014, the night before he was killed.

Officer Dorn has been with the K-9 Unit since 2006, and Mick was his second police dog. Officer Dorn is also assigned as a K-9 Handler as part of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), and was one of several officers awarded the Medal of Valor for his heroic work on November 23, 2010, during an incident with an armed suspect on Southeast Cherry Blossom Drive.

The Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit consists of eight officers and two sergeants, each assigned a canine partner.

The patrol dogs are trained in suspect tracking and apprehension, as well as finding articles of evidence.

The unit averages approximately 1,000 high-risk applications per year and approximately 230 captures of suspects.

All members of the K-9 Unit train daily and devote most Wednesdays to train together as a unit. The canines all have ballistic vests that are used during known high-risk situations. They are not worn continuously as they are too cumbersome for the dogs to wear throughout their shift.

Several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:

Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215

It has not been determined yet if there will be any public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ppbk9 or the Bureau's Twitter account, @PortlandPolice. Use the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.

###PPB###


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UPDATE-FOUND SAFE_Police seek assistance locating missing endangered person (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
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Mr. Todd has been located and is safe.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE###

The Portland Police Bureau is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing endangered person. Matthew David Todd was last seen April 17 at 3:54 a.m. and may be in the area of St. John's Park. Mr. Todd is a 31 year-old male white, about 6' tall and weighs about 240 lbs. His photograph is attached.

If seen the public is asked to call 911. Anyone who may have other information about his possible whereabouts is asked to call Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081.

###PPB###


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Portland Police respond to threats at David Douglas School
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
Today, Friday April 18, 2014 at approximately 1:40 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the area of David Douglas School on a report of a person making threats. Officers arrived and were able to determine the identity of the suspect and that he had returned home. Officers contact the subject's family and learned that he was suffering from mental health issues and was in need of mental health assistance.

After consulting the Project Respond and the PPB's Behavioral Health Unit, as well as the family of the subject, officers determined that an appropriate course of action would be to allow the subjects family to transport him to an area mental health facility for treatment.

The incident is now resolved and there is no danger to the public.

The following is from Multnomah County's Mental Health Services website:

"Mental Health Crisis Intervention

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or want help to avoid a crisis we are available to help.

(503) 988-4888

Toll-Free: 1(800) 716-9769

TTY: (503) 988-5866

The Mental Health Call Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a highly-educated, well-trained staff. The Call Center offers:

Crisis counseling by phone, with translation services for non-English speakers
24/7 mobile outreach for in-person crisis assessment

Referral to low-cost or sliding-scale agencies

Help finding mental health or addiction providers, including those with linguistically specific services

Information about non-crisis community resources"

More information is available at:

http://web.multco.us/mhas/mental-health-services

Information on the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit is available at:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/62135
Portland Police conduct extra patrol in response to recent shootings
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
The Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team and Gun Task Force will be conducting extra patrols this weekend in response to recent shootings. These units will be supplemented by officers from the Precinct Neighborhood Response Teams, Youth Services Division, Traffic Division and Transit Division. Additionally, the Department of Community Justice, Office of Youth Violence Prevent gang outreach, other area gang enforcement teams as well as community groups will be out trying to prevent additional violence through both increased police presence and outreach to at risk individuals.

The PPB would like ask the public to help make us aware of any emerging issues by calling 911 for an emergency response involving potentially violent situations or by calling 503-823-3333 for other, non-emergency,situations which the police should be aware of. Additionally, anyone with information about the recent shootings is asked to come forward and contact the Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4190 or 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.


###PPB###
Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Sunday April 20, 2014
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau until Sunday April 20, 2014.

Sgt. Stewart can be reached by email, greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov, or via the media-only pager for urgent breaking news.

###PPB###
47-Year-Old Sex Offender Arrested Wednesday for March 2014 Sexual Assault (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
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Portland Police Sex Crimes Detectives, assisted by officers from the Sex Offender Registration Detail (SORD) and Central Precinct, arrested 47-year-old Clarence Ray Williams on Wednesday in connection with a March 2014 sexual assault.

This investigation started on March 11, 2014, when the 20-year-old female victim called 9-1-1 to report that a stranger sexually assaulted her near the stairs at the East end of the Steel Bridge. After the attack, the victim returned home and called 9-1-1.

In addition to sexually assaulting the woman, the suspect stole her bank cards.

Sex Crimes Detectives worked closely with SORD and Central Precinct to identify the suspect as Clarence Williams, a Registered Sex Offender. He was arrested without incident at Southwest 5th Avenue and Burnside Street on April 16, 2014, at just before 5:00 p.m.

Williams was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Rape in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Third Degree, and Aggravated Identity Theft and was arraigned on Thursday.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults are fortunately a rare occurrence and the Bureau makes every attempt to share information as soon as practicable.

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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Gang Unit Investigating a Drive-By Shooting in Northeast Portland's Argay Neighborhood - No Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/18/14
Early this morning, Friday April 18, 2014, at 12:47 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 13900 block of Northeast Klickitat Court on several reports of a drive-by shooting.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the resident who was not injured. The resident showed the officers debris of gunfire in his home.

Officers located evidence of gunfire outside the home and, based on a preliminary investigation, called for the Gang Enforcement Team to respond and investigate.

The shooting is believed be gang-related and at this time there is no suspect information. It is not known if this shooting is connected to an earlier shooting on Thursday evening in the same neighborhood.

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 illegal 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.

If you see an illegal gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

###PPB###
Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Argay Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/17/14
This evening, Thursday April 17, 2014, at 9:42 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Greenleaf Springs Apartments, located in the 4200 block of Northeast 125th Place, after multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and two apartments that were hit with bullets. There were no gunshot victims located. One apartment was occupied and the other was empty.

There is no suspect information at this time and it has not been determined if this shooting is gang-related.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

###PPB###
Second Suspect Booked in Connection with Wednesday Morning Shooting of a Police Officer and Canine in Southwest Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/17/14
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25-year-old Jemaell Diamond Dominique Riley was released from a Portland hospital this afternoon and was booked into the Multnomah County Jail this evening on multiple felony charges.

Riley has been charged with Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree, Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree, and two counts of Burglary in the First Degree.

20-year-old Steven Alan Young, already in jail on a charge of Burglary in the First Degree, will face additional charges of Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping in the First Degree, Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree.

Both Young and Riley will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Friday April 18, 2014.

20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp will face charges after he is released from a Portland hospital, expected to be within a few days. He is under 24 hour guard by Portland Police Officers at the hospital.

During this investigation, detectives have learned that the three suspects have been involved in an active, ongoing crime spree leading up to Wednesday's shooting. This crime spree over the past several weeks includes but is not limited to incidents of robbery and burglary.

Detectives are continuing to follow every lead and still have an active, ongoing investigation.

Detectives believe that the suspects' white Chevy Suburban that was crashed on Wednesday may have been used in the commission of other crimes.

Anyone with information about the suspects' criminal activity in the past several weeks is asked to contact Detective Anthony Merrill at (503) 823-4033 or anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE #2- Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's Parkrose Heights Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/17/14
Gang Enforcement Team detectives would also like the public to know that, in addition to the three gunshot victims in the home, there were six children in the home at the time of the shooting. Their ages ranged from 9 days old to 6 years old. None of the children were injured as a result of the shooting.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The victim's injured in last night's shooting have been identified as 48-year-old Monique Shelby, 27-year-old Farah Bertrand and 24-year-old Audreanna Young.

Shelby and Bertrand were transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds that are not life-threatening. Young was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

Gang detectives learned that the unknown suspect fired multiple rounds into the residence, striking the three victims.

At this point, there is no suspect information.

There is very limited information on this shooting and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at (503) 823-2092 or meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This evening, Wednesday April 16, 2014, at 9:24 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence in the 11100 block of Northeast Knott Street.

Officers arrived and located three gunshot victims inside the residence. Two of the three victims have been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds. A third victim has been treated at the scene by medical personnel.

At this point, there is no suspect information available to share with the public.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting is gang-related so the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

No additional information is available at this time and updates are not expected until Thursday morning after 9:00 a.m.

###PPB###
Portland Police K-9 Officer Available for Media Interviews on Friday (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/17/14
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On Friday April 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., Portland Police K-9 Officer Shawn Gore and his canine partner Jasko (pronounced "Yah-skow") will be at the K-9 Unit to answer general media questions about the unit, K-9 training and the impact the shooting of Officer Jeff Dorn and his canine partner Mick.

Officer Gore is a 21-year veteran of the Police Bureau and a long-time member of the K-9 Unit.
The K-9 Unit is located at 4735 East Burnside Street.

Several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. The Bureau has learned that donations ARE tax-deductible and can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:

Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215

The City's federal tax identification number is 93-6002236, and there is an official notice on the Auditor's website if a donor wishes to print it for their records: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/article/38071

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ppbk9 or the Bureau's Twitter account, @PortlandPolice. Use the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.

###PPB###


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Police Bureau Identifies Officer and Canine Partner Shot in the Line-of-Duty Today (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/14
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The Portland Police K-9 Unit officer shot in the line of duty this morning is Officer Jeff Dorn, a 16-year-veteran of the Bureau assigned to the K-9 Unit Night Shift. Officer Dorn has consented to the release of his name prior to the standard 24-hour waiting period as his family has been notified of his injuries.

His canine partner, "Mick," suffered fatal injuries this morning during the shootout with the 20-year-old male suspect.

Mick just recently joined the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit after completing the extensive training program required to become state certified as a police canine.

Officer Dorn remains in the hospital and is continuing to recover from gunshot wounds to both legs.

Officer Dorn and his family are very thankful for the outpouring of support by fellow police officers, their families and the community at-large. The family is asking for complete privacy at this time.

Officer Dorn would like the community to know that "Mick saved my life."

"We've had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today's incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be," said Chief Michael Reese. "I'm very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners."

"We are saddened by the death of Mick, but heartened that Officer Jeff Dorn is doing okay and is in good spirits," said Mayor Charlie Hales. "I visited Jeff and his family in the hospital this morning to voice our thanks for his service."

Several members of the community have asked if there is a donation fund for the K-9 Unit. Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:

Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215

It has not been determined yet if there will be any public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.

The community is encouraged to share their thoughts and well wishes for Officer Dorn and Mick on the K-9 Unit's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ppbk9 or the Bureau's Twitter account, @PortlandPolice. Use the hashtag #RIPK93Mick.

The Police Bureau would like to thank all of its partner agencies who responded and assisted.

Updates on the ongoing investigation will be provided when they become available.

###PPB###


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UPDATE - Police Officer Injured in SW Portland Shooting - Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/14
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Officers conducting a secondary search of the neighborhood near the shooting scene have located our missing K-9 dog deceased beneath a hedge. The K-9 appears to have suffered at least one fatal gunshot wound.

Officers searching the area near where the suspect was taken into custody located the rifle associated with the suspect.

Chief Mike Reese will be briefing media at 10:30 a.m., at Southwest Capitol Highway and Dolph Court.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to sincerely thank members of the community for their thoughts and concerns about our fallen K-9. His name, as well as the injured officer's name will be released at a later time.

###PPB###

###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This morning, Wednesday April 16, 2014, at approximately 2:51 a.m., a Portland Police K-9 Officer was injured during a shootout with a suspect near Southwest Capitol Highway and Lobelia Street.

The officer, assigned to the K-9 Unit, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect fled the shooting scene on foot and and a large neighborhood perimeter was established along Southwest Capitol Highway.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to the scene and began assisting patrol officers in searching for the suspect, believed to be armed with an AR-15-type rifle.

The Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) initiated a reverse 9-1-1 call to area residents asking people to remain in their homes and to call 9-1-1 if they saw anything suspicious.

The Portland Police Bureau Air Support Unit responded to the area and assisted with the search for the suspect.

Calls to 9-1-1 by residents assisted police officers in locating the suspect in the 6900 block of Southwest Oleson Road. The suspect was contacted by SERT and taken into custody without incident.

The suspect, a male adult, has been transported to a Portland area hospital for treatment to unknown injuries.

No additional suspects are outstanding and there is no risk to the public.

Officers have not located the suspect's rifle and are continuing to search the area for the gun. Anyone finding this rifle or other suspicious items in their yard are asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

Additionally, the K-9 Officer's partner/dog is believed to be injured and lost somewhere in the area of the shooting. Multiple officers are continuing to search the area for the K-9 and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone seeing or hearing sounds of an injured German Shepherd are asked to immediately call 9-1-1. The photo being released is of the K-9 and he will be wearing a Portland Police Bureau harness/vest. Anyone seeing the dog should not approach him as he may be in significant distress.

The investigative phase into the shooting is now beginning and detectives are at the scene.

Traffic along a large section of Southwest Capitol Highway, from Multnomah Boulevard to Barbur Boulevard is closed and commuters should seek alternate routes.

The injured officer is in good spirits and is mostly concerned about his K-9 partner. The officer and his family request complete privacy at this time.

Updates will be provided later today on the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the numerous officers and firefighters from Metro agencies that responded to assist. These agencies include, but are not limited to: Tualatin Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Sherwood Police, Milwaukie Police, and Portland Fire & Rescue.

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SERT Responding to an Active Tactical Incident in Southwest Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 04/16/14
The Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) is responding to the area of Southwest Capitol Highway and Primrose Street to assist Central Precinct officers with an active tactical situation involving an armed man loose in the neighborhood.

Residents in the area are asked to remain in their homes and immediately call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.

Media staging at this point is Southwest 41st Avenue and Capitol Highway. Access to this area is best reached from the South on Capitol Highway (nearest major intersection is Capitol Highway and Taylors Ferry Road)

PIO is enroute, ETA 30 minutes.

No additional updates will be provided at this time.

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East Precinct Investigating an Armed Robbery of a Russell Neighborhood Bar and Grill
Portland Police Bureau - 04/15/14
This afternoon, Tuesday April 15, 2014, at 4:17 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Paddy's, located at 1736 Northeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the bar, displaying a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bar without incident.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 6' tall, thin build, wearing a gray hoody, dark-colored pants, and sunglasses.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Robbery Detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Bank Robbery Investigation Underway in Southwest Portland's Bridlemile Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/15/14
This afternoon, Tuesday April 15, 2014, at 3:24 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Bank of the West, located at 6521 Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

Officers responded to the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect used a note to demand money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and was last seen walking northbound out of the parking lot.

Multiple officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is descried as a white male, 55-60 years old, 5'5" to 5'8" tall, medium build, dark hair, mustache, glasses, wearing dark-colored cap, and a gray hoody.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Detective Ken Reynolds at (503) 823-0407 or kenneth.reynolds@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Armed, Possibly Suicidal Man Taken Into Custody After Traffic Stop at PCC-Sylvania Campus (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/15/14
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The 35-year-old man detained at PCC-Sylvania this morning has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail on domestic violence charges after officers determined there were prior incidents of domestic violence involving the man's girlfriend.

Jacob Rosen was charged with Assault in the Fourth Degree (DV), Harassment (DV) and Menacing (DV) and booked into jail. In addition to the two firearms seized from the trunk of his vehicle, officers seized a rifle and a shotgun (with ammunition) at the residence.

Rosen will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.

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###ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW###

This morning, Tuesday April 15, 2014, North Precinct officers responded to a call at a residence in the 9700 block of North Leonard Street on the report that a suicidal male left the residence, armed with a shotgun, and was possibly driving to school where he is a student at the Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, located at 12000 Southwest 49th Avenue.

Officers obtained information on the 35-year-old man, and vehicle information and relayed it to Central Precinct officers who began checking the area of PCC-Sylvania. Officers also relayed the information to PCC-Sylvania Campus Safety so they too could be on the lookout for the man and his vehicle.

Officers in the area located the man driving his vehicle into the parking lot. Officers stopped the vehicle and took the man into custody without incident. Officers located a shotgun and a handgun in the trunk of the vehicle. Both guns were not loaded and no ammunition was found in the vehicle.

The man was transported to a police facility where the investigation is continuing.

At this point, there is no information that the man was intending on hurting anyone other than himself and it is not believed that there was ever any threat to other students at PCC-Sylvania.

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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Portland Police Bureau Swearing-In Six New Police Officers Today
Portland Police Bureau - 04/15/14
Today, Tuesday April 15, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be swearing-in six new Portland Police Officers.

The ceremony will take place in the Wayne Sullivan Conference Room on the 14th floor of the Justice Center, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Chief Mike Reese will be in attendance and are expected to address the new recruits.

Media is invited to attend and should arrive early to set up.

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UPDATE: Shooting Victim Walks Into Area Hospital (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/14
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41-year-old Nathan Steven Newitt was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

He will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

Assault Detectives have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with this morning's shooting in Northeast Portland.

The victim, 42-year-old Jason Reed Jacoby, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot would to a leg this morning after getting into an argument with the suspect. The victim and suspect lived together.

The suspect's name, charges and booking photo will be released as soon as he is booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This morning, April 14, 2014, at 4:18 a.m., East Precinct police officers responded to an area hospital on a report that a shooting victim had been dropped off at the location with non-life-threatening wounds. Officers responded and were able to determine a possible crime scene location in North Precinct and get the name of a potential suspect.

North Precinct officers responded to he location in the 3300 block of N.E. 127th Ave. At the location officers located and detained a possible suspect. Detectives are still investigating this incident. Further updates will follow as more information becomes available.

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Hotel Robbed at Gunpoint in Northeast Portland's Lloyd District
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/14
This morning, Monday April 14, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Residence Inn Marriott, located at 1710 Northeast Multnomah Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee who told police that the suspect entered the hotel and walked behind the counter. The employee told the suspect that he could not be behind the counter and the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the hotel without injuring the employee.

Several officers, including a K-9 Unit, canvassed the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in is 40s to 50s, 5'9" tall, wearing a dark-colored bandana over his face, a green jacket, and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Portland Police respond to request for assistance with crowd control at shut down concert
Portland Police Bureau - 04/14/14
Last evening, April 13, 2014, at 11:18 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a request for assistance with crowd control from the Crystal Ballroom. The location, located at 1332 W. Burnside Blvd., was hosting an concert and discovered damage to a support beam. This created an unsafe situation.

Staff began evacuating the crowd, reportedly 1,200 to 1,500 persons and this caused a disturbance, disrupting traffic on W. Burnside Blvd. Officers arrived and were able to clear the streets and assist concert-goers in either safely leaving the area or returning to downstairs section of the venue.

There were no arrests associated with this incident and, as of the writing of this document, no reports of property damage. W. Burnside Blvd. is open at this time.
UPDATE - FOUND SAFE - Medically endangered man missing from Southeast Portland (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/11/14
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Mr. Walden is safe and have been located with help from the Port of Portland Police.

Thank you

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help in locating 64-year-old Tim Walden, who was reported missing from his residential care facility, in the 10400 block of Southeast Cora Street, since about 3:00am this morning, April 11, 2014.

Walden suffers from a serious medical condition, which necessitates immediate care. He can sometimes seem quite lucid, or may seem altered and confused. He was last known to be on foot, and tends to walk very slowly.

East Precinct uniform officers have been working with Missing Persons Unit detectives to attempt to locate Walden, including conducting searches of the surrounding area. A specially trained, state-certified Search & Rescue K9 team is currently en route to assist in the search.

Detectives will also be activating the "A Child Is Missing" (ACIM) emergency, reverse phone notification system in the area, which will send out a pre-recorded message to listed landline phone numbers in the local area, advising of a missing person.

Walden is described as a white male, 64 years old, 5'9", weighing 180 pounds. He has short, salt/pepper gray hair, and brown eyes. He is missing a number of teeth; his clothing description is unknown.

Anyone who knows of Walden's whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional, non-emergency information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at 503-823-0446 or mike.weinstein@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE-FOUND SAFE:Public's help sought in locating a missing and endangered 63-year-old male (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/10/14
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Mr. McDonald was located by East Precinct officers and safely returned home yesterday evening.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is seeking the public's help in locating Richard McDonald, a 63-year-old male. Mr. McDonald was reported missing from his care facility on 4-08-14 at 9:30 a.m. Mr. McDonald was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and may be wearing gold rimmed reading glasses. Mr. McDonald suffers from medical issues which require medication. Anyone with information on Mr. McDonald's whereabouts are asked to contact Det. Lori Fonken at lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov. (see attached photo)


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CORRECTION: Bank Robbery in Goose Hollow
Portland Police Bureau - 04/09/14
###UPDATE###

The address of the US Bank was incorrectly listed as 2000 SW Salmon Street. The correct address is 2000 SW Morrison Street. We apologize for the error.

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This morning, Wednesday April 9, 2014, at 9:38 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an bank robbery at the US Bank, located at 2000 SW Salmon Street.

Officers arrived and learned that the suspect entered the store and used a note to demand money. The suspect left the location with an undisclosed amount of money.


Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his teens, approximately 5'8" tall, wearing black beanie type cap.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Ken Reynolds at (503) 823-0400.

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Monday April 14
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/14
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Portland Police Bureau, beginning today through Monday April 14, 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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Search Warrants Served as Part of Ongoing, Multi-Agency Auto Theft Investigation
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/14
Today, Tuesday April 8, 2014, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau served several search warrants in the Portland Metro area as part of an ongoing, significant auto theft investigation.

Search warrants were served at the following locations:

9609 North Columbia Boulevard (A1 Light Truck and Van Parts)

9101 North Columbia Boulevard (West Coast Car Crushing)

330 North Lotus Isle Drive

516 West Fourth Plain Boulevard (Vancouver, WA)

514 Northwest 40th Street (Vancouver, WA)

A Multnomah County Grand Jury will consider felony charges at a later date.

This is an ongoing investigation involving the following agencies: The Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct and Detective Division, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Clark County (WA) Sheriff's Office, and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

No additional information will be released at this time.

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UPDATE - ARRESTED: Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-16 Wanted Sex Abuse Suspect (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/14
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Wanted suspect, 34-year-old Carlos Miguel Deleon, turned himself in early this morning to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and was booked into jail.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted sex abuse suspect

34-year-old Carlos Miguel Deleon has a felony warrant for Sex Abuse in the First Degree after an investigation revealed that Deleon was sexually abusing his teenage daughter.

Deleon is described as a male Hispanic, 5'9" tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, with multiple tattoos on his body.

Anyone seeing Deleon is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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
Child Abuse Team
(503) 823-0182
mace.winter@portlandoregon.gov

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Search Warrant Served at North Portland Car Crushing Business
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/14
Today, Tuesday April 8, 2014, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau served a search warrant at West Coast Car Crushing, located at 9101 North Columbia Boulevard, as part of an ongoing auto theft investigation.

A media briefing will be held outside the business at 2:30 p.m.

No additional information is available at this time.

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Sunshine Partners with Zupan's Markets to Give Families a Ray of Hope
Portland Police Bureau - 04/08/14
The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division & Zupan's Markets will partner for the 25th annual Ray of Hope spring food drive, raising food and awareness for local families struggling with year-round food insecurity. The food drive runs April 1st through April 30th, 2014, at all four Zupan's Markets locations. Customers can donate $5 or $10 at the register, giving food support for local families in need or donate food items in collection barrels at each store.

"Since its establishment in 1975, Zupan's Markets has been passionate about giving back to the local Portland community," said Zupan's Markets president Mike Zupan. "We are proud to be partnering with an organization like the Sunshine Division with one of the highest efficiency ratings, where $0.94 of every dollar goes to programs to help people in need."

"Zupan's Markets has supported the Sunshine Division during times when the only food in our inventory came from their stores or their customers", explains Sunshine Division's Officer Phil Kent. "The community should know that without partners like Zupan's we would not be able to provide families, seniors, and veterans with food assistance in times of crisis - hard times that effect Portlanders year-round, not just at the holidays." Many families receiving support from Sunshine Division's food programs are direct referrals from the Portland Police Bureau and have been pulled from human trafficking situations, reside in at-risk, low-income communities, or have been affected by domestic violence and are living in transitional shelters or hotels. As first responders, the police are the first to answer the call for help and often the first to see when a person or family is in crisis.

"The Sunshine Division is a really important tool for officers to be able to engage families in areas where our presence may only be associated with crime prevention" says Officer Dave Thoman. "The Sunshine Division food boxes and officer referral cards are a way to open communication, so that families feel positively connected to us and reach out to us when they need our help." Thoman is a school resource officer, and accesses Sunshine Division services for families in Portland Public Schools.

In 1923, the Sunshine Division was started on the philosophy that "no one should commit a crime due to hunger". Nonprofits addressing food insecurity, such as Sunshine Division, and community policing programs managed through the Portland Police Bureau, help to positively reverse the effects of poverty on crime making more productive communities.

About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org

About Zupan's Markets
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan's Markets is a local and family-owned market that has served Portland's food-loving community for 38 years. Zupan's Markets, with four locations, focuses on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com or stay in touch at www.facebook.com/ZupansMarketsPortland. ###
Shots Fired Inside Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Bar - No Known Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
On Monday April 7, 2014, at 10:40 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Papa Son's Bar, located at 12525 Southeast Powell Boulevard, on the report of a shooting inside the bar.

Officers arrived in the area were flagged down by a witness who told police that the suspect was last seen running eastbound on Powell Boulevard.

Multiple officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, canvassed the neighborhood looking for the suspect but did not locate anyone matching his description.

The suspect is described as an African American male, wearing a hoody and some kind of mask.

There are no reported injuries and officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. Officers did locate evidence of gunfire inside the bar but it is unclear why the suspect fired a gun or why he was inside the bar.

No additional information is expected to be released this evening.

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Downtown Business Robbed at Knifepoint - Suspect Fled the Area
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
This evening, Monday April 9, 2014, at 8:34 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Peterson's on Yamhill, located at 115 Southwest Yamhill Street, on the report that someone robbed the employee at knifepoint.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee who told police that the suspect robbed the business while armed with a knife, then ran out the door.

The suspect was described as a white male, 21 to 26 years old, 5'10" to 6'00" tall, medium build, possibly bald, wearing glasses, wearing a black t-shirt, and black pants.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Drive-By Shooting Investigation in Northeast Portland's Piedmont Neighborhood - No Reported Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
This evening, Monday April 7, 2014, at 7:31 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of Northeast Lombard Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and learned that a residence on the South side of the street was hit by gunfire. There were no gunshot victims located at the scene but officers are speaking with several witnesses who were outside when the shots were fired.

At this point in the investigation there is no additional information to share and the Gang Enforcement Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

Northeast Lombard Street is closed both directions to all traffic, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Mallory Avenue as the investigation develops.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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UPDATE - Homicide Detectives Investigating the Death of a 44-Year-Old Man (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
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Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the stabbing death of a 44-year-old man dropped off at Portland Adventist Medical Center on Sunday morning.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy this morning and determined that 44-year-old Victor "Todd" Howell died of a stab wound.

Detectives served a search warrant early this morning at 14630 Southeast Caruthers Street in connection with this investigation and believe that it is the location of the stabbing.

Detectives have authorized the release of a photo of Todd Howell to assist the public with helping solve this case.

There have been no arrests and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this case, or anyone who lives in the area of 14630 Southeast Caruthers Street with information about the stabbing, is asked to contact Detective Molly Daul at (503) 823-0991, molly.daul@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457, rico.beniga@portlandoregon.gov.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This morning, Sunday April 6, 2014, at 9:11 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Portland Adventist Medical Center on the report that a 44-year-old man arrived by private car, suffering from a stab wound.

Officers arrived at the hospital and learned that the man died after medical staff was unable to save him.

Homicide detectives have been called to the hospital and are in the very early stages of a death investigation.

At this point, it is not known where the stabbing occurred and police are asking that anyone with information call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Police Still Seeking Tips on Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-13 Plaid Pantry Armed Robbery (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
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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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#CS


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Shots Fired Overnight in Northeast Portland's Vernon Neighborhood - No Reported Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
On Sunday April 6, 2014, at 7:28 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area of Northeast 19th Avenue and Killingsworth Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a witness who indicated that there was a large fight among some teenagers, next to Alberta Park, and one of the people in the group pointed a handgun into the air and fired some shots. After the shots, the crowd dispersed into the neighborhood.

Officers located evidence of gunfire on Northeast Jarret Street, between 18th and 19th Avenues. Officers also contacted a group of teenagers but they denied being involved in a fight.

No arrests were made and no victims called police.

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Shots Fired Overnight in Southeast Portland's Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood - No Reported Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
On Monday April 7, 2014, at 12:24 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunshots heard in the area of Southeast 129th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted witnesses who described hearing two vehicles driving in the area, with occupants possibly shooting at each other. Officers located evidence of gunfire in the 3600 block of Southeast 130th Avenue and additional evidence at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Limited vehicle descriptions are that of a smaller car and an SUV. No victims were located or contacted police.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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UPDATE - Shooting Investigation at Northeast 122nd and Sandy - One Person Injured (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
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22-year-old Patrick Kimmons was the gunshot victim dropped off at Providence Hospital then later transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Friday night.

Kimmons' injuries were not life-threatening.

After Kimmons was dropped off at Providence, hospital security alerted police about a vehicle containing several occupants that was somehow associated to Kimmons. Officers stopped the vehicle at 55th Avenue and East Burnside and took four people into custody on probation violation warrants:

22-year-old Mascio Walker

25-year-old Marico Camel-Harris

21-year-old Isaiah Hassan

26-year-old Romel Yarborough

All five people, including Kimmons, are known gang associates and were uncooperative with Gang Enforcement Team investigators.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This evening, Friday April 4, 2014, at 8:01 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northeast 122nd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. As officers were enroute they received additional information that a 9-1-1 call was received from approximately 100th Avenue and Northeast Sandy regarding a shooting but the call disconnected.

Officers arrived in the area of 122nd and Sandy and located evidence of gunfire. A short time later, a 23-year-old male was dropped off at Providence Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The victim was then transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Preliminary information indicates that the shooting occurred between occupants of two vehicles and is gang-related.

There is no suspect information to share at this time.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting and has not talked to police is asked to call the non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333. All other information is directed to the Gang Enforcement Team at (503) 823-4106.

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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Tuesday April 8 at Lincoln Park School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/07/14
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On Tuesday April 8, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.,the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Lincoln Park School, located at 13200 Southeast Lincoln Street.

Officers Tracy Ballew, John Shadron and Spencer Sheldon will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Northeast Fremont Street Bar Robbed at Gunpoint Overnight
Portland Police Bureau - 04/06/14
This morning, Sunday April 6, 2014, at 2:15 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Fremont Ridge Inn, located at 5103 Northeast Fremont Street.

Officers arrived and spoke to employees who told police that two men entered the bar, one armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects left the bar and it is not known where they went after exiting.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspects' descriptions.

The suspects were described as white males, both 5'7" to 5'8" tall, one in a gray hoody, one in a black hoody, one armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Armed Robbery of Cricket Wireless in Northeast Portland's Madison South Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 04/05/14
This afternoon, Saturday April 5, 2014, at 1:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Cricket Wireless store, located at 8226 Northeast Fremont Street.

Officers arrived and contacted the employee who told police that he locked the door to take the trash out and when he returned to the front door, the suspect was waiting to go inside.

Once inside, the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from the employee. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the store and was last seen walking eastbound on foot.

Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, 5'11" to 6'0" tall, wearing blue sweat shorts and a pink shirt with red sleeves.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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East Precinct Hosting Tours for Children and Young Adults with Autism (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/05/14
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The Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct is hosting tours of the police facility for children with Autism, in partnership with the Autism Society of Oregon and the Portland Autism Moms group.

The tours began last weekend and will continue for the next several weeks. The tours are an opportunity for young people with Autism to meet police officers in a safe environment and for officers to interact with the youth and share important safety information.

Upcoming dates for tours include:

Saturday April 5

Saturday April 12

Saturday April 19

Saturday April 28

To learn more about the Autism Society of Oregon, please visit http://www.autismsocietyoregon.org

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Driver Intentionally Hits Bicyclist with her Car in Downtown Portland - Arrested for Assault (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/04/14
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On Thursday April 3, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash involving a bicyclist and a vehicle at Southwest Broadway and Jackson Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the bicyclist, 47-year-old Brian Lee Groce of Southwest Portland. Groce was suffering from non-traumatic injuries and told officers that he had been cut off in traffic by a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta (driven by 29-year-old Celine Julia Geday) and he'd ridden up to her and told her that she'd almost hit him and she replied by honking her horn.

Groce explained to police that they were both traveling East on Jackson and stopped at the red light at Broadway and he repeated to her that she'd almost hit him. Groce told police that the light turned green and they both started to cross Broadway when the driver swerved left, knocked him off the bike, then stopped her car.

Based on Groce's account of events, and independent witness statements, Assault detectives were consulted rather than Traffic investigators as the information indicated that the crash was an intentional act.

29-year-old Celine Julia Geday was arrested on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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The "Nerdy Bandit" Arrested After Early Morning Search Warrant in Southeast Portland's Richmond Neighborhood (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/04/14
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This morning, Friday April 4, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant at 3576 Southeast Division Street, in connection with a series of late-2013 robberies at clothing stores.

31-year-old Thaddeus Vachel Lindsay-Woods was arrested and charged with Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday.

This investigation started on October 4, 2013, at approximately 7:55 p.m., when a suspect walked up to the counter at the American Apparel store, located at 3410 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, and presented a demand note implying that he was armed. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect walked out of the store and was last seen walking eastbound on Hawthorne.

A second robbery occurred on October 11, 2013, at approximately 8:34 p.m., and investigators believe the same suspect entered the American Apparel store located at 1234 Southwest Stark Street and presented a demand note to the employee, who ran away from the register. The suspect then fled the store and was last seen running westbound on West Burnside Street. The suspect did not obtain any money in this robbery.

A third robbery occurred on October 13, 2013, at approximately 6:30 p.m., and investigators believe that the same suspect entered the Urban Outfitters store located at 2320 Northwest Westover Road and demanded money from the employee, but this time the suspect was armed with a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled out the back entrance onto Northwest 24th Avenue.

In all three robberies, the suspect entered the store and browsed for clothing for several minutes before committing the robbery.

The suspect was described as a white male, early 20s to early 30s, 5'8" to 6' tall, skinny build, brown hair, "nerdyish" (according to one witness), wearing a hat (different in each robbery), yellow teeth, and black-rimmed glasses.

A forensic sketch of the suspect was released to the public and assisted with the identification of Lindsay-Woods. Additionally, Crime Stoppers of Oregon received numerous tips that assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with additional information about these robberies or Lindsay-Woods is asked to contact Detective William Winters at (503) 823-0466 or william.winters@portlandoregon.gov.

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Calling All Men! Help Stop Violence in Our Community by Volunteering for the New Violence Prevention Program BoyStrength (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/04/14
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On December 4, 2013, the Portland City Council approved funding for the Portland Police Bureau to pilot a boy's violence prevention and education program in 2014.

Under the successful model of the WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs, which have a 34 year history of success, the BoyStrength program mission is: fostering awareness, redefining masculinity, and encouraging boys to be leaders in nonviolence.

Contribute to your community by volunteering to teach violence prevention skills. No experience necessary!

Men from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (over 18) are encouraged to apply.

BoyStrength Program instructor applications are being accepted until May 1, 2014, and the training begins on June 7, 2014.

For the Volunteer Information and Application forms, visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/BoyStrength

For additional information, contact the Strength Programs at the Portland Police Bureau's Family Services Division by calling (503) 823-0239, or emailing WomenStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov

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UPDATE - Man Claiming to Have a Gun Taken into Custody near Lincoln High School - No Gun Located (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/14
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Officers who searched the 31-year-old man who was taken into custody earlier this afternoon did not locate a handgun on him but during the search officers did locate an item fashioned to resemble a handgun. A photo of this item has been released.

At this point, the man will not face any charges and will continue to receive medical treatment.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This afternoon, Thursday April 3, 2014, at 3:43 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 18th Avenue and Salmon Street on the report of a male who appeared to be high on drugs walking in and out of traffic and banging on cars.

Officers arrived and contacted the man, estimated to be in his late-20s or early-30s, and he claimed to have a gun and motioned to his waistband. The man refused to comply with officers commands so, concerned the man was armed with a handgun based on his words and actions, an officer fired a less lethal shotgun at the man. The man did not immediately react then he laid down on the ground and was taken into custody.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and have transported the man to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and for a possible drug overdose.

Officers searched the man but no gun was located.

Lincoln High School was placed in lockdown briefly as a precaution.

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Metro Gang Task Force Investigation Leads to Three Arrests - Seizure of Guns and Narcotics (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/14
This morning, Thursday April 3, 2014, at 4:45 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant at a residence in the 9500 block of North Buchanan Avenue in connection with an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Metro Gang Task Force.

Investigators seized two firearms, counterfeit US currency, and quantities of Oxycontin, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, and marijuana.

Three people were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges:

25-year-old Sonny Phosakham

22-year-old Teng Cha

29-year-old Christopher Phomsopha

All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Friday.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no additional information can be released at this time.

The Metro Gang Task Force is a multi-agency anti-gang effort that includes representatives from the Portland Police Bureau; the Beaverton Police Department; the Tigard Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); the United States Attorney's Office, District of Oregon; and, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Friday April 4 at Margaret Scott School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/14
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On Friday April 4, 2014, at 12:05 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Margaret Scott School, located at 14700 Northeast Sacramento Street.

Officer Amy Bruner-Dehnert will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Donate Food for Sunshine Division and Receive Free Skiing
Portland Police Bureau - 04/03/14
***This Flash Alert is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division***

Donate 8 cans of food to ski or ride for FREE during the
26th Annual Ski for Sunshine set for Friday, April 4th, 2014.

(Government Camp, OR --April 2, 2014) - Skiers and snowboarders may ride for free from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, April 4th with the donation of eight cans of food that will benefit the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division.

All riders are encouraged to bring peanut butter, chili, soups, canned meats, fruits and vegetables to fill the Sunshine Division truck that will be parked in the Skibowl West parking lot. A contribution of eight items (per person) will qualify you for a day lift ticket, valid from 9:00am to 4:00pm, a $49.00 value!

"We've done this for 26 years now and are so gratified by the support we receive from our guests, said Kirk Hanna, Owner and Operator of Mt. Hood Skibowl. "Through the years Skibowl guests have donated over 115,000 pounds of food for emergency relief, making a significant difference in the lives of Portland area families and individuals. We are hoping to collect even more this year since the need continues to grow."

Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.
The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division and Skibowl have partnered since 1988 and in that time, Skibowl has collected more than 115,000 pounds of food, nearly 57 tons, for local people in need.

About Sunshine Division:
The Sunshine Division offers free food assistance six days a week at their N Portland warehouse as well as 24/7 through a partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct for immediate dispatch. In addition, Sunshine Division provides no-cost, bulk food and food boxes to 15+ local hunger relief non-profits serving Clark, Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties. The Sunshine Division also offers new and gently-used clothing and funds school clothes shopping for low income children through the Izzy's Kid's program that pairs a Portland Police Officer with a child for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.

About Skibowl:
Mt. Hood Skibowl is the closest ski resort to Portland, less than an hour east on Highway 26 in Government Camp. Open daily, it is America's Largest Night Ski Area. For up to date information, check out www.skibowl.com or call the snow phone, 503-222-BOWL (2695). 87000 E Hwy 26, Government Camp, OR 97028
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Driver Issued Citations for Fatal February Traffic Crash on Southeast Division Street
Portland Police Bureau - 04/02/14
38-year-old Jarred Holt has been issued two traffic citations as a result of the investigation into a pedestrian crash on February 14, 2014, at Southeast 84th Avenue and Division Street.

The citations are for Careless Driving Causing Death to a Vulnerable Road User and Careless Driving Causing Serious Injury to a Vulnerable Road User. Holt must appear before a judge on April 21, 2014.

This investigation started on February 14, 2014, at 11:26 a.m., when East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 84th Avenue and Division Street on the report of two pedestrians struck by a vehicle.

Investigators have learned that a 80-year-old Zhi Hu and his wife, 78-year-old Yan Huang, were crossing Southeast Division Street, from North to South in an unmarked crosswalk. A 2014 GMC pick-up truck, driven by Holt, was making a left (eastbound) turn from 84th Avenue onto Division Street when he struck both pedestrians near the center turn lane.

Huang died at the scene and her husband, Hu, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

Holt remained at the scene and cooperated fully with the investigation. Impairment by drugs or alcohol is was not a factor in this crash.

The case was presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, who determined that no criminal charges would be filed against Holt.

This was the second traffic fatality of 2014 in Portland.

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Car Crashes Into Northeast Portland 7-Eleven Store - Injures a Customer
Portland Police Bureau - 04/02/14
This afternoon, Wednesday April 2, 2014, at 2:02 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 7-Eleven store located at 4715 Northeast Columbia Boulevard on the report that a car crashed into the store and injured a customer.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the customer, 25-year-old Andres Pasaye-Remigio, who was suffering from minor injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The driver, 47-year-old Alake Patterson, was cited for Driving Uninsured and Careless Driving (with a crash). She was not impaired at the time of the crash.

Investigators learned that Patterson accidentally accelerated instead of using her brakes as she pulled into a parking spot and crashed into the store.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-15 Identity Theft (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/02/14
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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in identifying two identity theft suspects.

On January 1, 2014 at 4:30 a.m., two suspects used a stolen credit card at a Northeast Portland convenience store. Later that day, a residential burglary victim called police to report a burglary in Southwest Portland. One of the items stolen was the victim's credit card.

Surveillance images of the two identity theft suspects are being released to assist the public in identifying the men 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 Stephen Gandy
Burglary Detail
(503) 823-0491
stephen.gandy@portlandoregon.gov


Update: Broken photo links fixed.

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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Thursday April 3 at Harrison Park School
Portland Police Bureau - 04/02/14
On Thursday April 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Harrison Park School, 2225 Southeast 87th Avenue.

Officers Heather Martley and Dave Thoman will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Police Bureau Offers Tips to Community Members on Reporting Tax Return Identity Theft
Portland Police Bureau - 04/01/14
The Portland Police Bureau is aware of incidents where people have filed their tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) only to find out that someone has used their identity to file a false return.

If you are a victim of this type of crime, you can file a report with the Portland Police Bureau by calling the non-emergency number, (503) 823-3333. Although the Police Bureau cannot investigate these crimes since they are a federal crime, investigators can document the information which can assist federal investigators if a suspect is identified.

Additionally, here are a few links the IRS recommends that provide additional information and steps community members can take to help protect their identity:

Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Guide-to-Identity-Theft

Identity Theft Prevention and Victim Assistance: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4535.pdf

Identity Theft Affidavit (Form 14039): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f14039.pdf

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GREAT Graduation Scheduled for Wednesday April 2 at Rosa Parks School (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 04/01/14
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On Wednesday April 2, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Program will be honoring students at Rosa Parks School, 8960 North Woolsey Avenue.

Officers Matthew Huspek and David McCarthy will be celebrating the graduation and honoring the students hard work and achievement in the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Media is invited to attend this special event and is asked to check in with the office before attending the graduation.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact Officer Mike Paresa at (503) 823-2186 or Mike.Paresa@PortlandOregon.gov.

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Saturday Night Crash on I-5 Injures Two - Damages Police Car and Honda Civic
Portland Police Bureau - 03/31/14
On Saturday March 28, 2014, at 11:44 p.m., Officer Tyrone Willard observed a vehicle traveling 71 MPH on northbound I-5 at Corbett Street. Officer Willard attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver didn't pull over to the right shoulder until she was on the approach to the Marquam Bridge.

Officer Willard was seated in his patrol car, about to exit to contact the driver when a tractor trailer, loaded with wood chips, side-swiped the patrol car then swerved into the left lane, striking a Honda Civic that was also traveling northbound. The speeding vehicle that Officer Willard stopped did not sustain any damage.

Officer Willard and the driver of the Honda were both transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

The police car, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, sustained serious damage to the rear and left side of the vehicle. The Honda Civic was heavily damaged by the crash.

The driver originally stopped for speeding was issued a citation.

The truck driver, 33-year-old Richard Collins of Eugene, was given citations for Careless Driving (with a crash) and Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle. The truck is owned by Walsh Trucking Company of Troutdale, Oregon.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

The Portland Police Bureau released this video in 2012 discussing 811.147 (Failure to Maintain a Safe Distance from an Emergency Vehicle): http://youtu.be/eRx8K6q0Lj0

Officer Willard is a seven-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, assigned to the Traffic Division.

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UPDATE - Major Crash Team Investigating a Single Vehicle Traffic Fatality in North Portland
Portland Police Bureau - 03/31/14
The man killed in Sunday's traffic fatality on North Interstate Avenue has been identified as 30-year-old Lamar Jaray Hart.

Investigators determined that Hart was driving a 2007 Ford Five Hundred sedan at a high rate of speed northbound on Interstate Avenue when he lost control and crashed into a power pole.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology reports to determine if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###

This morning, Sunday March 30, 2014, at 2:03 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle crash at North Interstate Avenue and Tillamook Street.

Officers and medical personnel responded and located the vehicle crashed into a power pole along the MAX line. The driver and lone occupant, an adult male, was deceased.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner has taken custody of the deceased and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has responded to conduct an investigation.

Crews are working to free the vehicle from the power pole and clear up the MAX line before MAX begins service this morning.

No additional information will be available until Monday.

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Shooting Investigation in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood - No Known Gunshot Victims
Portland Police Bureau - 03/31/14
On Sunday March 30, 2014, at 10:31 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of gunshots heard in the area of North Trenton Street and Newark Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire. No victims were located at the scene and witnesses described hearing gunshots then seeing two cars leaving the area. It is not known if the two cars, described as an SUV and a sedan, were related to the call.

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 illegal 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.

If you see an illegal gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Suspects Arrested After Burglary at Southwest Portland Home Listed For Sale (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/29/14
18-year-old Dustin Shannon and 19-year-old Ryan Wilson were booked into the Multnomah County Jail on two counts each of Burglary in the First Degree. They will be arraigned on Monday.

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This afternoon, Saturday March 29, 2014, at 1:07 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 1400 block of Southwest College Street.

The caller reported that the house was for sale and that she (homeowner) had arrived for a showing when she saw two men inside the home. The victim, who was outside the home, saw the two men go out of the house and walk down the street.

Arriving officers located the two suspects and took them into custody, recovering stolen property from them.

Burglary detectives are continuing the investigation and there is no risk to the public.

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UPDATE - Major Crash Team Investigating Bicycle/Vehicle Crash in Northeast Portland's Cully Neighborhood
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/14
Traffic officers are continuing to investigate last night's crash that critically injured a bicycle rider in Northeast Portland.

24-year-old Ryan Egge remains in critical condition but is expected to survive his injuries.

Investigators learned that Egge was riding his bicycle northbound on Cully Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he cut through a convenience store parking lot on the southwest corner of Cully and Killingsworth and continued riding onto westbound Killingsworth, where he struck a 2013 Dodge Dart traveling westbound, driven by 64-year-old Cheryl Sellars.

Egge was not wearing a helmet and suffered a significant head injury.

Sellars was not impaired or speeding and cooperated with investigators.

The investigation is continuing and citations may be issued at a later time.

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This evening, Thursday March 27, 2014, at 7:48 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast Killingsworth Street and Cully Boulevard on the report of a traffic crash involving a bicycle and a vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the bicycle rider, a male in his 20s, suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment and his current condition is not known.

The driver of the vehicle has remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that the bicycle rider was traveling in a northwesterly direction from Cully Boulevard, across Killingsworth, when he struck the side of the westbound vehicle on Killingsworth. The crash occurred West of the intersection.

Due to the bicycle rider's injuries, the Traffic Division Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

Killingsworth Street is closed in both directions as the investigation continues.

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24-Year-Old Man Arrested for Violent Attack in Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Bar (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/14
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On Thursday March 27, 2014, at 11:23 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a fight at B.C.'s Bar and Grill, located at 2443 Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers arrived and took the suspect, 24-year-old Jared Glen Christensen, into custody.

The victim, 47-year-old Danny Ray Grall, was suffering from multiple traumatic injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital where he remains in serious condition.

Christensen was also transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to injuries he suffered while witnesses held him down after breaking up the fight.

Investigators learned that Grall was at the bar celebrating his birthday when Christensen entered the bar and, without provocation, began violently assaulting him, causing significant injuries.

After being released from the hospital, Christensen was arrested for Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Meghan Burkeen at (503) 823-2092 or meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Stabbing in Southeast Portland's Foster-Powell Neighborhood Injures One Man - Suspect in Custody
Portland Police Bureau - 03/28/14
51-year-old Nantharath Thilavanh was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree in connection with this stabbing.

The victim, 49-year-old Sergey Evan Feodoroff, continues to recover from non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators learned that the two men, who knew each other, argued over some money which led to the stabbing.

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This evening, Thursday March 27, 2014, at 9:39 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the 5100 block of Southeast 76th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, a male in his 40s or 50s, suffering from stab wounds to the chest. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital with traumatic but not believed to be life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, a male in his 40s, was located in a neighboring apartment and taken into custody without incident.

Officers learned that the two men know each other and were at the Fred Meyer store bottle return area, located at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Foster Road, when they got into a dispute resulting in the stabbing.

Assault Detail detectives will be investigating the incident and there is no risk to the public.

Updates will be provided when they become available on Friday.

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CORRECTION - UPDATE - ARREST: North Precinct Investigating a Robbery at Lloyd Center Macys (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/14
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Poston was charged with Interfering with a Peace Officer, not "Peach" Officer, as originally released.

The Bureau regrets the typo.

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The man detained by officers in the area of Northeast 7th Avenue and Prescott Street was arrested and charged with several crimes in connection with this incident.

23-year-old Andre Jarae Poston was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The other suspect in this case has not been located.

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This evening, Tuesday March 25, 2014, at 8:40 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Lloyd Center Macys store on the report that Loss Prevention Officers were struggling with a shoplifter who dropped a gun during the struggle.

As officers were enroute, additional information was broadcast that the suspect, an African American male, and an associate ran out of the store after the associate grabbed the gun.

A possible vehicle description was given to police and officers assigned to the Gang Enforcement Team spotted the vehicle at Northeast 7th Avenue and Prescott Street. As the officers turned around to stop the car, the driver and passenger jumped out of the car and ran away into the neighborhood.

One person was detained after being located by officers during a neighborhood search.

No additional information is available this evening.

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UPDATE - ARREST: Stabbing Injures Man in Downtown Portland - Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/27/14
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27-year-old Colby Lee Aplin was arrested and charged with Assault in the Second Degree after he was treated by medical personnel.

The victim, 65-year-old Larry Holm, was treated at a Portland hospital.

Detectives learned that the victim and suspect knew each other and that he suspect began acting irrationally in the car and stabbed Holm without provocation.

Aplin was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned today.

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This evening, Wednesday March 26, 2014, at 9:44 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing at Southwest 9th Avenue and Alder Street.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, a male in his 60s, suffering from a stab wound to the head. He was transported to a Portland hospital with a traumatic, but not believed to be life-threatening injury.

The suspect was also contacted at the scene, in a vehicle, and taken into custody. The suspect, a male in his 20s, was suffering from an unknown medical issue and was being treated at the scene.

Preliminary information indicates that the stabbing occurred inside a parked car on the street.

There is no risk to the public and updates will be provided on Friday.

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Man Arrested for Theft in Rose City Park Neighborhood After Demanding Money from Plaid Pantry (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/14
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Today, Tuesday March 25, 2014, at 10:52 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Plaid Pantry store, located at 6220 Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

As officers were enroute, additional information was broadcast that the suspect did not use or imply that he had a weapon, and that he walked westbound on Sandy Boulevard after getting money from the store.

Officers arrived in the area and began to establish a neighborhood perimeter to search for the suspect. Officers located the suspect in the bathroom at the Jack in the Box, located at Northeast 57th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard.

The suspect, 45-year-old Ivan Dyer, was taken into custody without incident.

Officers learned that Dyer entered the Plaid Pantry store and demanded money from the employee but did not use any weapons or make any threats.

Dyer was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Theft in the Third Degree.

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Shots Fired Overnight in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - No Reported Injuries
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/14
On Tuesday March 25, 2014, at 12:59 a.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Northeast Killingsworth Street and Mallory Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire and damage to a residence in the 5500 block of Northeast Mallory Street.

Officers spoke to witnesses who told police that a suspect fired several shots then ran away southbound on Mallory Avenue.

No useful suspect description is available.

The Gang Enforcement Team took control of the scene and is conducting an investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has pertinent information is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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 illegal 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.

If you see an illegal gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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Police Bureau Implements a New Community Engagement Strategy
Portland Police Bureau - 03/25/14
As part of the Portland Police Bureau's continuing focus on community engagement, it has implemented a new strategy to increase positive police and community interactions at selected locations in the City of Portland. These areas, called Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NILoc), will have officers dispatched to them several times a day for short periods of time, usually 10 to 15 minutes. This will provide officers the opportunity to build relationships and interact with the community while providing a visible police presence.

"The goal of this new initiative is to carve out dedicated time for officers to positively engage with community members in areas that are experiencing high volumes of crime and/or livability concerns," said Chief Michael Reese. "Programs similar to this have been successful in other cities, and we are looking at this program to allow for additional contact between police and the community, as well as being a deterrent to crime."

The Police Bureau intends to create non-emergency calls in areas which may benefit from additional positive police presence and emphasize improving the community/police relationship by providing officers dedicated time to work in those areas. By initially focusing on areas with larger volumes of crime, the Police Bureau hopes to leverage research findings which indicated that increased police presence in these areas reduced crime and calls for service. Just as importantly, the results of previous community surveys indicate that increased positive contact between the police and community may increase trust in the police. Studies show it may be possible to reduce crime through police presence and create more positive community/police interactions.

The initial effort created one location in each of the City's three precincts (Central, North and East) as a pilot test to familiarize police and the dispatch systems with the new program. The program has now expanded to 20 other locations that have experienced high levels of crime and/or calls for service by community members over the last three years. This portion of the program will run for approximately five months.

At the end of this period, the Bureau, in cooperation with Portland State University researchers and other nationally recognized experts in evidence-based policing, will examine the results of the program and use that analysis to create an ongoing program aimed at reducing crime and continuing to give officers time to interact with the community while not answering calls for service.

The expanded program now includes 20 locations in 25 different Portland neighborhoods:

Neighborhood - Location:

St. Johns - 6800 block of North Fessenden Street
Kenton - North Denver Avenue & Kilpatrick Street
Humboldt/Boise - North Michigan Avenue and Prescott Street
Woodlawn/King - Northeast MLK Jr. Boulevard & Ainsworth Street
Cully - Northeast 72nd Avenue & Killingsworth Street
Cully - Northeast Cully Boulevard & Killingsworth Street
Lloyd District/Eliot - Northeast Broadway & Victoria Avenue
Hosford-Abernethy/Creston-Kenilworth - Southeast 28th Place & Powell Boulevard
Pearl/Old Town/Chinatown - 800 block of Northwest 6th Avenue
Downtown - Southwest 1st Avenue & Salmon Street
Goose Hollow/Northwest District - West Burnside Street & 22nd Avenue
Downtown - Southwest 5th Avenue & Hall Street
Montavilla - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Washington Street
Hazelwood/Glenfair - East Burnside Street & 148th Avenue
Russell/Parkrose Heights - Northeast 122nd Avenue & San Rafael Street
Hazelwood - 13700 block of Southeast Stark Street
Powellhurst-Gilbert/Mill Park - Southeast 112th Avenue & Division Street
Lents/Foster-Powell - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Raymond Court
Brentwood-Darlington/Lents - Southeast 82nd Avenue & Malden Street
Lents - Southeast 92nd Avenue & Flavel Street

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49-Year-Old Man Arrested Sunday Night After Climbing the Hawthorne Bridge (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/14
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On Sunday March 23, 2014, at 9:18 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Hawthorne Bridge on the report that a man climbed to the top of one of the bridge towers and that he claimed to be carrying an envelope containing the toxic substance ricin.

Officers arrived in the area and shut down the bridge to all traffic and located the man on a platform on the East tower of the bridge. The man was verbally hostile, visibly intoxicated and refusing to come down.

An officer assigned to the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) responded and continued to talk with the man. After approximately 20 minutes, the man agreed to come down on his own and, after climbing down, he was taken into custody without incident. The envelope he claimed was containing ricin was empty and posed no danger.

The man, 49-year-old William Mscichowski, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Public's Help Sought Identifying "Jabba the Robber" After Woodstock Neighborhood Bank Robbery (Photo)
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/14
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On Monday March 24, 2014, at 10:50 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch, located at 4515 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard.

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 walked out of the bank and disappeared into the neighborhood.

Several officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 6'2" tall, stocky build, dark eyes, pale skin, wearing all dark clothes.

Two surveillance images of the suspect are being released to aid the public with identification.

Robbery detectives have nicknamed the suspect "Jabba the Robber" due to his size and choice of dark clothing.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at (503) 823-1080 or brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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Shooting in Southeast Portland's Mill Park Neighborhood Injures a Teen Girl
Portland Police Bureau - 03/24/14
On Sunday March 23, 2014, at 11:23 p.m., East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the report of a fight and gunshots heard at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Mill Street.

Multiple officers arrived at the scene and located a large group of teens in the street and one gunshot victim, a teen-aged girl. The victim was transported to a Portland hospital with what is believed to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

As officers were attempting to locate a crime scene, several fights broke out in the crowd and additional officers were called to restore order in the neighborhood.

Officers located a crime scene and evidence of gunfire on Mill Street, East of 122nd Avenue.

Limited suspect information is an African American male in his late teens or early 20s, 5'11" tall, average build, fired several rounds into the crowd then ran eastbound on Mill Avenue.

Preliminary information indicates that there was a party at the American Legion hall, located at 1830 Southeast 122nd Avenue, and that two groups of people were involved in a verbal dispute outside, resulting in someone firing a gun.

As the shooting appears to be gang-related, the Gang Enforcement Team is at the scene and will be conducting the investigation. Additionally, members of the Crisis Response Team and Youth Gang Outreach are responding to assist with easing tension among the crowd.

Southeast 122nd Avenue, both directions, is closed from approximately Mill Court to Stephens Street to allow officers to process the crime scene.

No additional updates are expected to be released until at least mid-morning on Monday.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has pertinent information is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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 illegal 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.

If you see an illegal gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

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East Precinct Officers Investigating Shooting in Southeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood - No Known Victims
Portland Police Bureau - 03/23/14
This morning, Sunday March 23, 2014, at 10:11 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of gunshots heard at Southeast 141st Avenue and Stark Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted several witnesses who heard multiple gunshots but did not see anything. Officers canvassing the area located evidence of gunfire on 141st, South of Stark Street.

No gunshot victims have been located at this time.

Based on preliminary information the shooting does not appear to be gang-related.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has pertinent information is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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Witnesses Sought In Friday Night Crash
Salem Police Dept. - 03/31/14
The Salem Police Department continues to investigate a pursuit that ended in an injury motor vehicle crash Friday night at Hawthorne and Sunnyview NE. Investigators believe there were at least two other vehicles at the intersection who witnessed the crash; however, they left the scene prior to giving statements.

Just before 12:30 AM Saturday morning, an officer attempted to stop a 2007 Chrysler Sebring on Lancaster Dr NE, but the driver failed to yield. The vehicle turned westbound onto Wolverine and then southbound on Coral. The vehicle stopped briefly to let two passengers out, then continued southbound on Coral Av before turning westbound on Sunnyview. At Sunnyview and Hawthorne the Chrysler disobeyed a red traffic light and crashed into a 2002 Lincoln Navigator.

The driver of the Chrysler, Miguel Carranza-Ventura, 29 years of age, fled the scene but was captured following a K-9 track. He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility after being treated at Salem Hospital for minor injuries. He was charged with felony and misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Assault II and III, felony hit and run, Reckless Driving, and a Parole Violation. A passenger in the Chrysler, Moriah Fragua, 27 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital where she underwent surgery.

The driver of the Lincoln Navigator, Elvira Anaya, 37 years of age, was transported to Salem Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.

It is believed that potential witnesses, confused by the chaos of officers treating the injured, as well as chasing the driver who had fled on foot, simply drove away from the scene. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to telephone Officer Zohner at (503)588-6171.
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Salem Police Investigate Apparent Accidental Drowning
Salem Police Dept. - 03/31/14
Dustin Hill, 33 years of age, was found deceased in a drainage ditch west of the 2000 block of 25th St SE Sunday at about 5:00 PM. Hill had been reported as a missing person earlier in the day after he had failed to return home the previous night. Family members had been out searching for him when they discovered the body. Hill was observed to be highly intoxicated the previous evening and the death appears to be an accidental drowning. The results of toxicology testing are still pending.
Prolific Burglar Arrested By Salem Police (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/27/14
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Salem Police detectives served a search warrant in the 500 block of Plaza Del Rey NE yesterday at about 2:00 PM in connection with a burglary investigation. At the same time the suspect, Owenn Mitchell, 31 years of age, was stopped on a traffic stop at Park Av and D St NE and taken into custody without incident.

Sometime during the night of March 22nd, Withnell Dodge, 2650 Commercial St SE, was burglarized. Among the items taken was a credit card. Purchases in the Salem area with the credit card led police to Mitchell.

Mitchell was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility charged with Burglary I, four counts of Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Felony, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card-Misdemeanor, two counts of Forgery II, and Theft I. Evidence located during yesterday's search warrant links Mitchell to additional burglaries that recently occurred in Keizer, so additional charges are likely.

Mitchell is not a stranger to the Salem Police Department. On January 1st at about 2:00 AM, Mitchell was arrested at the Vista Post Office, 3624 Commercial St SE, after he was caught prying into post office boxes. He was cited and released for Mail Theft, Criminal Mischief II, and PCS Meth.

On the night of February 21st, Capitol Chevrolet and Capitol Toyota, 700 block of Auto Group Av SE were burglarized. On the night of February 23, these same businesses with the addition of Capitol Subaru, were again burglarized. Taken from the Subaru dealership was a 2005 Subaru Impreza.

On February 27th, Mitchell unwittingly agreed to meet detectives in the 3300 block of Marietta Av SE to sell the stolen Subaru. He was lodged in jail, charged with Burglary I, Theft I, PCS Meth, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Identity Theft. At the time of this arrest, he was found in possession of US Savings Bonds.

On March 10th, Mitchell was again taken into custody after it was determined the US Savings Bonds had been taken during a burglary of a residence in the 600 block of Plaza Del Rey NE. He had more US Savings Bonds in his possession at the time of his arrest. An ATM card that had been stolen from a mailbox in the 700 block of Weeks Av NE was also found in his possession. Mitchell once again went to jail, charged with Identity Theft and Forgery I.

Anyone with information concerning any of these crimes is asked to telephone Salem Police detectives at (503)588-6050.
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Salem Police Conduct Sweep to Enhance Victim Safety
Salem Police Dept. - 03/25/14
The Salem Police Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) teamed up with deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division on the evening of March 21 to conduct a domestic violence offender compliance and victim safety sweep.

Eight Salem police officers and a Salem Police domestic violence victim advocate partnered with nine Marion County deputies to conduct the release agreement compliance sweep of known domestic violence offenders. Officers and deputies made unannounced visits to locations where court release agreements restricted the presence of specific domestic violence offenders.

When offenders are arrested and booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility and released pending trial, they are issued a release agreement that they must sign. The document is a court order with various instructions and/or restrictions, the most common being an order to have no contact with the alleged victim, and often also restricts the offender from specific locations. It was these locations and victims that were visited by the officers and deputies to check for compliance by the suspects.

Twelve locations were visited by the teams, and four offenders were arrested for being in violation of the no contact portion of the release agreements. There was also one suspect arrested for a parole violation.

There are annual domestic violence sweeps that are conducted in our area, and the Salem Police DVRT will be conducting additional operations to enhance the safety of victims in our community.

The Salem Police Department is committed to the safety of our community, and the Domestic Violence Response Team will continue to focus on the safety of domestic violence victims and to reduce the incidents of repeated domestic violence.
Skamania County Emergency Services respond to Motor Vehicle Collision in Upper Washougal (Photo)
Skamania Co. EMS and Rescue - 04/12/14
Photo Compliments of Ron Romine SCFD #4
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Washougal, WA, April 11th, 2014: Skamania County Emergency Medical Services responded to a reported motorcycle collision with unknown injuries at 1:10 p.m. The motorcycle versus car collision occurred on Skye Rd at the intersection of Bishop Rd. A sedan traveling northbound was struck by a motorcycle traveling southbound. The sedan's single occupant, an adult female, was out of the vehicle with no medical complaints. The motorcycle rider, an adult female, was unconscious and transported by Skamania County EMS to a helicopter landing zone at Canyon Creek Middle School with serious injuries. She was taken by Life Flight to Peacehealth Southwest. SCEMS, SCFD #4, and SCSO were on scene.


Attached Media Files: Photo Compliments of Ron Romine SCFD #4
Stayton Local Responders Train Together (Photo)
Stayton Fire Dist. - 04/18/14
MCI/MPI Stayton Drill
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On Thursday evening, April 17th Stayton area first responders participated in a training exercise with a local business to prepare for a critical incident response involving several injured victims. Participants included Stayton Police Department, Stayton Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, Santiam Ambulance, METCOM (911 dispatch), and Mastercraft Furniture. The combined effort of 55 first responders and Mastercraft Furniture employees will help to prepare for possible future incidents in the local communities.

Goals of the training included effective communications, unified incident management system and integration of Law Enforcement and EMS operations. The exercise was a success and will help identify future training and operational needs.

Marty Olson, President of Mastercraft Furniture commented on the success of the exercise and that it highlighted the good working relationship between the local first responders.

The Stayton Police Department and Stayton Fire District would like to thank Mastercraft Furniture owner and employees for the use of the facility and their support of local emergency services.


Attached Media Files: MCI/MPI Stayton Drill
Tigard Police Arrest Arson Suspect
Tigard Police - 04/08/14
Two alert citizens helped police locate an arson suspect over the weekend. The incident occurred Friday, April 4th at approximately 7:20 pm. A Tigard couple was driving in the area of Burnham and Main Streets in Tigard when they spotted a suspicious man leaving the area where a vehicle appeared on fire. The couple called 9-1-1 and within minutes, Tigard Police Officers along with TVF&R arrived at the location. Shortly after, police located and detained a suspect in the area fitting the description obtained from the witnesses.

The investigation revealed that the suspect, 48 year-old Charles Wayne Bliss, allegedly forced entry into two company vehicles in a parking lot behind Perma Treat, located 12525 SW Main St. in Tigard. Bloodied articles located by police at the scene of the fire appeared consistent with visible cuts sustained by the suspect. The two Perma Treat vehicles involved had several windows shattered and interior contents strewn about the parking lot. TVF&R was able to extinguish the fire before the vehicles became fully involved preventing spreading to any nearby structures.

Bliss was transported and lodged at the Washington County Jail. He is charged with Arson II, Unauthorized Entry Into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief and Theft II. Bliss also had a warrant issued out of Washington.
Tualatin / Sherwood Road open again
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/07/14
Update- Tualatin / Sherwood Road has been cleared and the roadway is back open again.

There were no injuries and no citations issued as a result of the incident.
Correction - media staging area
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/07/14
The media staging area is at the Century Hotel on Nyberg, not the Grand Hotel.
Tualatin / Sherwood Road blocked in Tualatin
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/07/14
Eastbound Tualatin / Sherwood Road is partially blocked at at SW Martinazzi Avenue due to a commercial vehicle that has lost its load.

A commercial vehicle transporting large steel beams lost its load, damaging the cab.

Drivers can expect traffic tie ups and long delays in Tualatin. Tualatin Police ask that motorist avoid the area if possible.

More info to follow.

Media please park in the Grand Hotel Parking lot for access.
Tualatin Police Respond to Suicide, Drugs Found
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/04/14
On April 3, 2014, at approximately 9:20am, Tualatin Police responded to a request for a welfare check at 9563 SW Arikara Drive, in Tualatin. As officers were responding to the call, witnesses reported hearing a gunshot.

When officers arrived, they found a deceased adult male on the front porch of the house. After further investigation, officers found evidence that the person died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When officers entered the house to check for any other victims, evidence of illegal drug manufacturing was found. The Washington County Clandestine Lab Team and the TVF&R HazMat Unit were called to assist with processing the scene, ensuring it was safe.

During the incident, SW Arikara was closed between SW Boones Ferry Road and SW Columbia for approximately four hours.

This is still an ongoing investigation and the deceased's name is not being released at this time in order to allow time for family notifications.

Tualatin Police want to remind citizen's to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity.


Attached Media Files: 14-1015
Traffic Enforcement Detail Results
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/03/14
The Tualatin Police hosted a four (4) hour traffic enforcement/education detail on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 between the hours of 8:30am and 12:30pm. During that time the Tigard and Sherwood Police Departments assisted Tualatin Police with the enforcement.

The detail focused on seatbelt use, cell phone use, failure to obey traffic control devices, unsafe/un-signaled lane changes, speeding, and misuse of continuous left-turn lanes. Enforcement efforts took place in various locations throughout the city. The effort was to focus on education through enforcement.

A total of 39 traffic stops were made throughout the event, resulting in 27 citations and 13 warnings being issued.

Tualatin Police encourage drivers to remain vigilant and to obey Oregon traffic laws.


Attached Media Files: Traffic Enforcement Detail Results
Police Plan Traffic Enforcement Detail
Tualatin Police Dept. - 04/01/14
The Tualatin Police will be hosting a four (4) hour traffic enforcement/education detail on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 between the hours of 8:30am and 12:30pm. During that time the Tigard and Sherwood Police Departments will be assisting the Tualatin Police with the enforcement. The detail will focus on seatbelt use, cell phone use, failure to obey traffic control devices, unsafe/un-signaled lane changes, speeding, and misuse of continuous left-turn lanes. Enforcement efforts will take place in various locations throughout the city. The focus will be on education through enforcement.

Drivers are reminded to be extra vigilant in regards to their driving practices and to follow Oregon traffic laws.


Attached Media Files: April 2014 MATT Detail
**Updated w/Cause & Damage Estimate** - Crews Battle fire in Portable Classroom at Highland Park Middle School (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/15/14
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A TVF&R fire investigator has ruled the cause of this fire as undetermined. The fire originated in the attic above the suspended ceiling. Damage is estimated at $100,000. The portable classroom was being used to store drama props, desks, chairs, file cabinets, and other miscellaneous items.

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At approximately 5:50am this morning TVF&R firefighters were dispatched to a fire in a portable classroom at Highland Park MS, which was located behind the main school structure. On arrival crews found the portable classroom fully involved with flames that were approximately 40ft high. Firefighters began a quick exterior fire attack of the portable while also ensuring the fire did not spread to the main school building. While several downed power lines created a safety hazard for crews, firefighters were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire within 15 minutes.

School principal David Nieslanik said the portable classroom was being used for storage at the time and not as a classroom.

A fire investigator is currently onscene to determine fire cause and origin. There were no reported injuries.


Attached Media Files: Highland Park MS Portable Classroom
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Hosts Bone Marrow Registry Drive (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 04/04/14
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When most people think of bone marrow donations, they shudder and conjure images of painful procedures and lengthy recoveries. Even the prospect of being tested as a potential donor has outdated stigmas. The reality is much less scary. In fact, a simple swab of the cheek is all that's needed to determine whether someone has the power to provide lifesaving marrow to fight the devastating impacts of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

The TVF&R family is all too familiar with the impacts of cancer. Since 2008, four firefighters have succumbed to the ruthless disease. Firefighters are exposed to carcinogenic contaminants from fires and hazardous materials incidents. These contaminants include combustion by-products such as benzene and formaldehyde, and materials in debris such as asbestos from older structures *. Currently another retired brother is battling cancer and has resolved to highlight awareness about the national bone marrow registry while he still can. (See Dan's story below.)

Members of the community and media willing to register for the National Marrow Donor Program can join firefighters and Fire District staff on Saturday, April 12 for a bone marrow donor drive held by Be The Match(R) to address a critical shortage of donors on the Registry--especially donors with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. By becoming a member of the Registry, you could be a match for a patient in critical need. You could be the one to save a life.

Media Invited

What: Bone Marrow Registry Drive

When: Saturday, April 12 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Station 50
12617 SW Walnut Street, Tigard 97223


Joining the Registry is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Meet the age (18-44), health, and weight requirements and be willing to help any patient in need.

2. Complete a registration form with contact information, health history questions, and a signed agreement to join the Registry.

3. Give a swab of your cheek cells so your tissue type can be added to the Registry.



Meet Dan:

In March 2013, Dan Schrader was enjoying his first year of retirement after 35 years in the fire service when he started feeling weak and knew something wasn't right. He saw a doctor and was initially diagnosed with Bells Palsy, but his symptoms continued to progress and he began losing weight at a rapid pace. After seemingly endless scans and tests, they discovered that Dan had cancer and they gave him 60 days to live. Dan has a huge heart and after 35 years of saving lives, he is now fighting for his own. He has gone through chemo treatment and made progress in getting rid of some of the cancer, but will likely need a bone marrow transplant.

Dan hopes to share his story and support of the national registry at the upcoming drive at TVF&R Station 50, 12617 SW Walnut Street, Tigard 97223 from 11am-2pm. This community event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

*Multiple national studies have evaluated the prominence of cancer among firefighters, but this statistic comes from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/firefighter_health_safety/health_fitness/cancer.shtm .


Attached Media Files: Dan Schrader
Fire alarm system alerts guests to fire at Beaverton hotel (Photo)
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - 03/27/14
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At 5:25am on March 26th, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was dispatched on an automatic commercial alarm at 13455 SW Tualatin Valley Highway in Beaverton. The alarm also indicated that a pull station at the address had been activated. Beaverton Engine 67 was the first unit to arrive within minutes and initially found nothing showing from the outside of the structure. Through a thorough and detailed search of the 4-story structure, they found signs of smoke on the second floor and quickly located the fire in a guest room on the first floor. The crews immediately went to work to put out the fire and prevent the fire from spreading to other rooms. The fire was upgraded to a first-alarm response as a precaution to bring in additional resources if needed should the fire have already spread through the walls or ceiling spaces. Within five minutes, the fire was completely knocked down. Thanks to the quick and thorough action of firefighters, the fire was contained to the single guest room. The guest room was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.

A TVF&R Fire Investigator determined that the area of origin for the fire was near a room air conditioning unit. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. Initial damage estimates are $20,000 for the room contents only.

The fire alarm system at the location worked as expected and notified guests of the emergency and prompted a safe evacuation. TVF&R would like to remind everyone that when traveling and staying in hotels, be aware of emergency exits and the nearest routes to safety should a fire occur. Place shoes and important documents nearby to quickly escape and never return to a room to retrieve anything. For more information and tips, please visit www.tvfr.com.
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Attached Media Files: Guest Room fire_2 , Guest Room fire_1
Vancouver Police Hiring Officers (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/17/14
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The Vancouver Police Department has current police officer vacancies and is actively hiring entry leveland lateral police officers. The department will be hosting an informational meeting designed to offer prospective candidates information on the testing and background process and to answer questions.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Police West Precinct (2800 NE Stapleton Rd.)

For additional information on careers with the Vancouver Police Department visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers or contact the Background unit at (360) 487-7454.

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Vancouver Police investigate early morning burglaries (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/14/14
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Vancouver Police are investigating a pair of early morning burglaries to convenience stores between the 8000 and 9700 blocks of Mill Plain. Both burglaries, occurring on consecutive days at similar hours, involve a white male subject in his late teens to early twenties, wearing jeans, a gray jacket and a mask, breaking glass doors with a brick and entering the stores to steal cigarettes.

Along with the location, time of day, and method of operation, video surveillance from both stores suggests the same subject was involved in both incidents. Anyone having information regarding these incidents or recognizing the subject in the related photos is asked to contact the Vancouver Police.


Attached Media Files: 4/13/14 , 4/14/14 , 4/14/14
Vancouver Credit Union Robbed
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/09/14
On April 9, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a robbery alarm at the Cascade Federal Credit Union (1706 D St #C).

Employees reported that a male entered the credit union with a bandanna pulled over his face, lifted his jacket to reveal a handgun in his waistband, and demanded money. He fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was described as a white male 30-40, 6', 200 lbs., wearing a black jacket, black pants, plaid print baseball cap, bandanna, and black gloves.

A search of the area was conducted, the suspect was not located.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact Vancouver Police.
Vancouver Police Attempting to Return Recovered Stolen Property
Vancouver Police Dept. - 04/03/14
On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police West Neighborhood Response Team (NRT West) conducted follow up on an investigation involving a series of thefts and residential burglaries. Detectives served search warrants at a residence and a storage unit where several items of stolen property were recovered.

Detectives are attempting to locate the victims related to these thefts and return the recovered property to them. Below is a list of the property items recovered. Photos of each of the items can be viewed on the Vancouver Police Department website at the following link. http://bit.ly/1lsxotg.

* Department 56 collectible Christmas decorations
* Collectible Steiff Bears - some in original boxes and some in plastic bags
* Specialized bike - silver and black
* Specialized bike - green and white (serial # in photo)
* Lionel model train cars
* Lehmann LGB model train cars (Amtrak)

The Vancouver Police Department is asking victims that recognize their property from the list and images to contact Vancouver Police Det. Tyler Chavers at (360) 487-7447 or tyler.chavers@cityofvancouver.us.
Vancouver Police Seek Assistance to Locate Missing Teen (Photo) (UPDATE 2: LOCATED)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/31/14
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*** UPDATE 2 ***

Lorenzo Gordon has been located by VPD. He is safe and being reunited with family.

*** UPDATE 1 ***

Contact was made with Lorenzo Gordon, no longer considered missing/endangered. Considered runaway. Still outstanding. If seen contact the Vancouver Police Department.

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On March 31, 2014, Vancouver Police responded to the 700 block of SE 139th Avenue for the report of a missing/runaway teen, Lorenzo C. Gordon, 13, was last seen on March 30, 2014 at approximately 9:00 pm. It appears that Lorenzo left his residence sometime during the night and was discovered missing by family members this morning. He has some developmental delays and functions at a level below his age. He previously resided in the 3400 block of NE 66th Ave and may try to travel back to that location.

Lorenzo is a light-skinned black male, 5'2", 100 lbs., brown eyes, short black hair, believed to be wearing a black shirt and black shorts or pants, unknown if he was wearing shoes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lorenzo Gordon is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department or 911.


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Vancouver Police Looking for Missing Three Year Old (Update 2: LOCATED SAFE) (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/28/14
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*** UPDATE ***

Missing 3 year old Ajay Sardis has been located safe. He will be reunited with family shortly.


*** UPDATE ***

Attached is a flyer that members of the public can print and distribute as needed. Members of the public are asked to look for and listen for Ajay Sardis as they are starting their day, looking in yards, under outdoor furniture or outbuildings or other locations where a young child may be to get out of the weather.

The active search for the child is still ongoing.


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On March 28, 2014 at approximately 3:06 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to a residence in the 5400 block of NE 34th Street for the report of a missing 3-year-old male child. The child was being cared for by a relative at the residence and was last seen at approximately 1:15 a.m. The relative woke up to check on the child at around 3:00 a.m., and he was not in the home and the residence was unlocked.

The child, Ajay J. Sardis is a Pacific Islander, male, 3 years old, black hair, last seen wearing a long sleeve shirt (possibly black), brown pants, and is not wearing shoes or a coat.

The Vancouver Police are asking residents in the are to check areas in and around their home to look in places where a 3 year old may hide to get out of the weather. Anyone who sees Ajay is asked to call 911 immediately.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-03/385/72920/VPD_Missing_Child_Sardis_3-28-14.pdf , 2014-03/385/72920/Sardis.jpg
Vancouver Police Recover Stolen Nutcracker (Photo)
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/27/14
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Vancouver, WA. - On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police West Neighborhood Response Team (NRT West) was conducting follow up on an investigation involving a series of thefts and residential burglaries. Detectives learned that a Vancouver residence and storage unit were being used to store various items of stolen property. Search warrants were served at both locations and several items of stolen property were recovered, including a six-foot nutcracker that was reported stolen from the porch of a residence in December 2013.

James Elioff, DOB 6/3/64, was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property I and booked into the Clark County Jail. Additional charges are anticipated and the case is still ongoing.


Attached Media Files: 2014-03/385/72911/Nutcracker_recovery.jpg
Vancouver Police Investigate Single Vehicle Crash
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/26/14
On March 26, 2014 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3700 block of SE Columbia Way for a single vehicle collision. When officers arrived they located a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on the south side of the roadway. The driver, and lone occupant, Anthony N. Almeida, 24, of Vancouver, required extrication by emergency personnel and was transported with life-threatening injuries. He later died at the hospital.

The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is investigating and at this time it appears speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
Vancouver Police Activities League Host Literacy Event
Vancouver Police Dept. - 03/24/14
On March 27, 2014, the Vancouver Police Activities League (PAL) will host another monthly literacy event at a local elementary school.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Burton Elementary School (14015 NE 28th Street)

Each month Vancouver PAL partners with an elementary school in either the Vancouver or Evergreen School District and provides each second grade student a free book and a chance to read with a police officer. In addition to reading with the students, Officers from the Vancouver Police Department also have an outdoor display of police vehicles for the kids to see and to meet the officers.

Media are always invited to attend any PAL event. There are great visuals at the literacy events! Members of the media who wish to attend should check in at the school office upon arrival.
You Called 911 for That?! - Campaign modification
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 04/15/14
Our You Called 911 for That?! campaign is transitioning from weekly call postings to monthly call postings, effective immediately. Future calls related to the campaign will be published on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our next call will be released on Tuesday May 13th.
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to WCCCA
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 04/11/14
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government at its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This has been presented to the Administration and Finance Division of WCCCA.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington D.C.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/3406/73306/CAFR.pdf
You Called 911 for That?! Week 11
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 04/08/14
Here's this week's edition of, You Called 911 for That?!

A guy calls 9-1-1 to ask if he could drive through a police roadblock.

Personnel at our 9-1-1 center will not give a citizen permission to drive through any sort of roadblock, so please don't even call and ask!
You Called 911 for That?! week 10
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 04/01/14
Sorry, no call to send all of you this week. I'm encouraged that this reflects our campaign to educate our community about the non-emergency number and when to use it, versus calling 911 is working!

For non-emergencies in Washington County the number to call is: 503-629-0111.
You Called 911 for That?! week 9
Washington Co. 9-1-1 - 03/25/14
Here's this week edition of, You Called 911 for That?!

On Thursday, March 20th we answered a 911 call from a gal inquiring about whether or not someone was in custody at the jail. This is not information we provide.

If an individual is suspected of being in custody in Washington County, you can contact the jail directly at 503-846-2600 or use the jail's online search function to search for an individual by name.

http://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/Jail/who-is-in-custody.cfm
North Plains Shooting Incident Ends With House Fire (Photo)
Washington Co. Fire Dist. 2 - 03/27/14
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North Plains, Oregon - At 11:45 a.m., March 26, Washington County Fire District 2, Engine 17 from North Plains was dispatched to an apparent shooting incident at 35053 NW Mountaindale Road, just north of town. Shortly after arriving at the scene, firefighters were escorted by a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy to the patient, an adult male, who was sitting in a vehicle near the location of the shooting. Two of the District 2 firefighters assisted Metro West Ambulance personnel in the initial treatment and transporting of the patient to a local hospital.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of the shooting attempting to communicate with the apparent shooter, Brian Olson, 30, who had retreated into the house. The house was contained by deputies who also closed down NW Mountaindale Road at the Dairy Creek Road intersection to keep traffic safe from any potential future assaults from Mr. Olson.

Just before 3:00 p.m., deputies saw fire develop inside the house prompting the dispatch of Washington County Fire District 2, Hillsboro Fire Department and Banks fire crews. During the period of time that deputies determined it was unsafe for fire personnel to approach the scene, the blaze fully developed engulfing the majority of the home in flames. Once firefighters were able to attack the fire, they had it under control within 30 minutes.

Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives, Washington County Fire District 2 Investigators, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation. It is expected to take at least two days to determine the cause of the fire.

Photo caption: Washington County Fire District 2 firefighters working to extinguish the North Plains house fire.


For fire and life safety information, call Washington County Fire District 2 at 503-647-9900 or visit www. wcfd2.com.

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Deputies Warn of Warrant Scam
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/14
April 18, 2014--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received complaints from citizens concerning a warrant payment scam. The subject would ask for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly had the warrant.

The subject would call a citizen at random and identify himself as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and that the citizen currently has a warrant for their arrest. The subject tells the victim that they will be arrested if they did not buy a Green Dot prepaid card in a specified amount and pay them to clear the warrant. Once the victim had the card, the subject would then arrange a location to meet them and obtain the card. The subject would threaten to come to their house and arrest them if they didn't pay.

Attached is a voicemail audio recording that was obtained when a deputy called the phone number back acting as the potential victim (use MP3 player). The subject's phone was disconnected shortly after the call.

No law enforcement agency will ever call demanding money to clear a warrant or for any other reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a law enforcement officer is required to take them into custody and not take any type of payment to clear the warrant. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.

Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other scams where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment that involves urgent payment. Prepaid cards are as good as cash. Once a person has the secret code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.

The Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money.

Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding this case or similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Scam Audio (MP3)
Detectives Search for Endangered Runaway (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/14
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April 18, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Detectives are searching for a runaway juvenile that is engaging in dangerous activities.

Detectives are asking for the public's help to locate Steven Zellmer, 16, from Beaverton. It is believed that he has repeatedly engaged in dangerous self-destructive behavior when he previously ran away from home.

Below, in bold, is a statement from Steven's family:

Please Help Us!

We are frantically worried about our son, Steven Zellmer. He recently turned 16 years old and has been missing from home in Beaverton, Oregon since April 5, 2014. (Washington County Sheriff's Office case #14-505053).

Steven is quite personable, but has very poor judgment. He is a chronic runaway who is engaged in high risk, dangerous behavior when he is on the run. He continues to be at risk of abuse by men in their 30's, 40's and 50's. He meets these men using social media sites.

Steven is 5'8" and 145 pounds, with hazel brown eyes and light brown hair. He has braces on his teeth and noticeable acne on his face and torso.

We believe he may be wearing his black/dark brown leather jacket with a gray hood, jeans, and gray leather high-top Nikes with purple and yellow trim. He usually wears a green baseball cap, or a green baseball cap with a gray front. He may have his long board with him.

Steven usually hangs around the Aloha/Beaverton area, at times on or near the MAX line, but has also spent time in Downtown Portland, near China Town.

Gratefully,
The Zellmer Family

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. When Steven is located, he will be taken to a secure care facility. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Steven Zellmer Photo
Deputies Respond to Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/16/14
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April 16, 2014--Washington County Deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on SW Scholls Sherwood Road near SW Lebeau Road.

At 6:28 p.m., Deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Scholls Sherwood Road near the City of Sherwood. Upon arrival, deputies learned a motorcycle driven by Martin Ellis, 57, of Sherwood crossed the center line while driving north on Scholls Sherwood Road. Brian Medley, 40, of Hillsboro was driving a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo south when the motorcycle crossed the center line and struck the Isuzu head on. Mr. Ellis did not survive his injuries and the next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the Isuzu and his passenger, Danny Hetzel, 47, of Forest Grove were not injured.

Deputies were not able to determine why Mr. Ellis crossed the center line with his motorcycle. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available at this time.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1128/73488/PR_140416_Fatal_Motorcycle_Crash.pdf , 2014-04/1128/73488/Scholls_Sherwood2.jpeg , 2014-04/1128/73488/Scholls_Sherwood1.jpeg
Juvenile Rolls Stolen SUV After Pursuit (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/13/14
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April 13, 2014 - Washington County Deputies pursued a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-year-old juvenile. The pursuit ended after the suspect crashed. During the pursuit the suspect rammed two patrol cars.

Sunday morning at 6:55 a.m. Deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver at Heritage Village Mobile Park in the community of Aloha. Upon locating the vehicle, deputies learned the 1998 Dodge Durango was reported stolen. When deputies attempted to perform a traffic stop, the vehicle fled.

Deputies pursued the stolen vehicle through Aloha onto Highway 26 and into Hillsboro. During the pursuit, the suspect rammed a patrol car, and continued to flee. At the intersection of SW Imlay and SW Tualatin Valley Highway, the suspect drove the Durango into the shoulder and lost control, rolling the SUV. The SUV came to rest upright on Tualatin Valley Highway. As deputies moved in to perform a high risk stop, the suspect accelerated and rammed a second patrol car.

Once the suspect was in custody, deputies learned the driver was a 15-year-old juvenile male. The juvenile was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Injuries to the deputies are also minor.

The juvenile has been charged with Unlawful Use of Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Attempt to Elude Felony, Identity Theft, Theft I, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. He has been lodged at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1128/73345/PR_140413_Juvenile_Pursuit_Crashes.pdf , 2014-04/1128/73345/Durango1.JPG , 2014-04/1128/73345/Durango2.JPG
-UPDATE-Man Killed on Railroad Tracks Identified
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/14
-UPDATE-Man Killed on Railroad Tracks Identified

April 9, 2014--The man that was killed on the train tracks has been identified as James Yelton, 42, from Tigard. It was reported that he left his house and went for a walk about 8:00 p.m. the evening of April 7, 2014. It is not known why Mr. Yelton was on the railroad tracks. This case is still under investigation.


Original release below:

PRESS RELEASE
Case #14-505188

Deputies Responded to Man Killed by Train

April 8, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a train struck and killed a man who was on the railroad tracks.

On April 7, 2014, at 11:38 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a secluded area, close to SW Tonquin Loop concerning a train crash. This is north of the community of Sherwood.

Sheriff's Deputies discovered there was an unidentified man laying on the train tracks in the path of a northbound Portland and Western (P&W) Railroad train. The tracks were on a raised dike over a wetlands area. The train engineer saw the man about 150 feet prior to striking him. The train was reportedly traveling 30 mph and blew the air horn with no response from the man. Due to the train's heavy weight, it traveled 800 additional feet after striking the man before coming to a full stop.

The man did not survive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The man did not have any identification, and investigators are attempting to identify the man using fingerprint analysis. He is described as a white male about 40 years old with a medium build and brown colored hair.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene along with P&W investigators to assist in the investigation. The railroad track was closed until about 3:30 a.m. to gather evidence and document the scene.
Deputies Responded to Man Killed by Train
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/08/14
April 8, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a train struck and killed a man who was on the railroad tracks.

On April 7, 2014, at 11:38 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a secluded area, close to SW Tonquin Loop concerning a train crash. This is north of the community of Sherwood.

Sheriff's Deputies discovered there was an unidentified man laying on the train tracks in the path of a northbound Portland and Western (P&W) Railroad train. The tracks were on a raised dike over a wetlands area. The train engineer saw the man about 150 feet prior to striking him. The train was reportedly traveling 30 mph and blew the air horn with no response from the man. Due to the train's heavy weight, it traveled 800 additional feet after striking the man before coming to a full stop.

The man did not survive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The man did not have any identification, and investigators are attempting to identify the man using fingerprint analysis. He is described as a white male about 40 years old with a medium build and brown colored hair.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene along with P&W investigators to assist in the investigation. The railroad track was closed until about 3:30 a.m. to gather evidence and document the scene.
Runaway Pickup containing Three Children crashes into House (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/05/14
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A pickup truck with three children in it rolled down the street uncontrolled and crashed into a house. The children were not hurt and no one was home at the time of the crash.

Yesterday, Friday, February 21, 2014, at about 4:42 p.m. Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a pickup truck that crashed into a house at 8415 SW Carmel CT in the community of Garden Home. After a brief investigation, deputies learned that 35-year-old Juan Jose Martinez-Valazquez was working at a landscaping job in the area. His wife, 38-year-old Olivia Lombero-Lopez, and their three children ages five, seven, and ten, came to visit with him.

The children were left in the families '96 Ford F-150 pickup truck while Mrs. Lombero-Lopez was visiting with Mr. Martinez-Valazquez. They heard a crash and saw that their truck had rolled about 40 feet down the street, through a yard and into the front of a house. It also took out a mailbox in the process. The children were not injured and the house sustained some damage to the wall. The homeowner was not home at the time of the crash.

Deputies determined that the children were playing in the truck and one of them knocked it out of gear. No charges have been filed and no citations were issued.


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1128/73124/PR_140404_Three_Children_Pickup_into_house.pdf , 2014-04/1128/73124/photo3_copy.jpg , 2014-04/1128/73124/photo2_copy.jpg , 2014-04/1128/73124/photo_copy.jpg
Gunfire Erupts at Family Disturbance (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/14
2/5/2014 booking photo
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March 31, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after he barged into a family member's home allegedly to cause harm. The resident shot at the man with his handgun before the man fled.

On March 31, 2014, at 8:35 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence located at 5500 block of SW 170th Avenue in the community of Aloha. It was reported that Albert Leggett, 43, from Aloha barged into the residence to have a confrontation with Samuel Poulson, 23, who lives at the house. Samuel Poulson reportedly shot at Mr. Leggett once from his handgun after repeated commands for Mr. Leggett to leave were ignored. Albert Leggett immediately fled the residence and was not struck by the bullet.

Deputies were able to quickly secure the handgun, contain the scene, and gather information to the whereabouts of Mr. Leggett. He was located at Buddy's Sports Bar at SW 185th Avenue and SW Farmington Road. He was detained without incident.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. It was reported that Mr. Leggett is Mr. Poulson's wife's uncle. There allegedly has been a family disagreement that had been brewing over a period of time and Mr. Leggett came in the residence uninvited to confront Mr. Poulson about the issue.

Albert Leggett was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with First Degree Burglary, and Second Degree Criminal Mischief. He is held on $50,000 bail.


Attached Media Files: 2/5/2014 booking photo
Family disturbance ends with man being shot at
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/14
Today at 8:35 p.m. Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the area of SW 170th Ave and SW Farmington Rd. This was between extended family members. One shot was fired from a handgun at a person that does not live at the residence but nobody was struck. There is one person in custody and deputies are investigating the incident.

More information will be forthcoming later tonight in a press release.
--UPDATE--The Good Samaritan that assisted Corporal Crecelius has been identified
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/14
-UPDATE-

March 31, 2014--The Good Samaritan that assisted Corporal Crecelius has been identified.

The unknown man that assisted Corporal Crecelius pull Mark Vanvleck from the burning Jeep has been identified as Nickolas Kingston, 22, originally from Forest Grove and currently enlisted in the US Navy in Oak Harbor Washington. He has agreed to talk to the media. Please call me for his contact information.



PRESS RELEASE
Case #14-504627

Off-Duty Deputy Rescues Two People from Burning Vehicle

March 30, 2014--A vehicle crashed at a high rate of speed and burst into flames. There were three occupants, two of them were unconscious. The vehicle caught fire as an off-duty Washington County Deputy Sheriff pulled the unconscious occupants from the vehicle.

On March 29, 2014, at 8:11 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Springhill Road, north of the intersection of SW Laurelwood Road, concerning a serious single vehicle crash. This is east of the community of Gaston.

A 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee was northbound on SW Springhill Road traveling at a high speed when it crashed. The Jeep sped through a stop sign at SW Laurelwood Road then left the roadway striking two drainage culverts and two trees before coming to rest. The jeep crashed with enough forward force to separate the engine and transmission from the body. The transmission was launched 46 feet down the roadway from the Jeep.

The Jeep landed upright and began burning as Christian Bandmann, 23, who was seated in the rear, escaped from the right rear door.

Off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Corporal Cheryl Crecelius came upon the scene moments after the Jeep crashed. Corporal Crecelius saw the driver and front passenger were unconscious as the fire began encroaching into the passenger area. She realized there was a very short window of time to rescue them before the fire took their lives. The Jeep received extensive damage and all of the doors were jammed closed except the right rear door.

Corporal Crecelius unfastened the seatbelt and pulled Jason Eaton, 25, from the front passenger seat backwards through the right rear door as the Jeep filled with smoke. She placed him on the ground a safe distance from the fire that was rapidly consuming the vehicle. He was regaining consciousness as she raced to free the unconscious driver.

Corporal Crecelius unfastened Mark Vanvleck's seatbelt as she attempted to pull him backwards out of the same rear door. The fire had consumed the entire engine compartment and flames were breaching through the floorboard area as the smoke began to get very thick in the passenger area. Mark Vanvleck's legs were pinned between the dash and seat making it impossible for Corporal Crecelius to pull him to freedom. She crawled back out of the vehicle to get assistance. There was an unidentified man in his 20's that stopped and helped by getting back into the burning vehicle with Corporal Crecelius. Together they were able to free Mr. Vanvleck, 25, from the vehicle moments before it was fully engulfed in flames. He remained unconscious until Gaston Fire Department personnel arrived and were able to revive him.

Christian Bandmann was transported to OHSU by Lifeflight. Jason Eaton and Mark Vanvleck were both transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital. All three men received non life-threatening injuries.

Mark Vanvleck was cited for DUII, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Forth Degree Assault. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Due to Mr. Vanvleck being in the hospital, there is no booking photo available.

Corporal Crecelius received a minor injury to her hand and suffered minor smoke inhalation. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the unidentified man that assisted in saving Mr. Vanvleck from the burning wreckage.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Forest Grove Police also responded to assist with the crash. Springhill Road was closed until after 1:00 a.m. to gather evidence and diagram the scene. Investigators believe alcohol and speed were factors in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Off-Duty Deputy Rescues Two People from Burning Vehicle (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/14
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March 30, 2014--A vehicle crashed at a high rate of speed and burst into flames. There were three occupants, two of them were unconscious. The vehicle caught fire as an off-duty Washington County Deputy Sheriff pulled the unconscious occupants from the vehicle.

On March 29, 2014, at 8:11 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Springhill Road, north of the intersection of SW Laurelwood Road, concerning a serious single vehicle crash. This is east of the community of Gaston.

A 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee was northbound on SW Springhill Road traveling at a high speed when it crashed. The Jeep sped through a stop sign at SW Laurelwood Road then left the roadway striking two drainage culverts and two trees before coming to rest. The jeep crashed with enough forward force to separate the engine and transmission from the body. The transmission was launched 46 feet down the roadway from the Jeep.

The Jeep landed upright and began burning as Christian Bandmann, 23, who was seated in the rear, escaped from the right rear door.

Off-duty Washington County Sheriff's Corporal Cheryl Crecelius came upon the scene moments after the Jeep crashed. Corporal Crecelius saw the driver and front passenger were unconscious as the fire began encroaching into the passenger area. She realized there was a very short window of time to rescue them before the fire took their lives. The Jeep received extensive damage and all of the doors were jammed closed except the right rear door.

Corporal Crecelius unfastened the seatbelt and pulled Jason Eaton, 25, from the front passenger seat backwards through the right rear door as the Jeep filled with smoke. She placed him on the ground a safe distance from the fire that was rapidly consuming the vehicle. He was regaining consciousness as she raced to free the unconscious driver.

Corporal Crecelius unfastened Mark Vanbleck's seatbelt as she attempted to pull him backwards out of the same rear door. The fire had consumed the entire engine compartment and flames were breaching through the floorboard area as the smoke began to get very thick in the passenger area. Mark Vanbleck's legs were pinned between the dash and seat making it impossible for Corporal Crecelius to pull him to freedom. She crawled back out of the vehicle to get assistance. There was an unidentified man in his 20's that stopped and helped by getting back into the burning vehicle with Corporal Crecelius. Together they were able to free Mr. Vanbleck from the vehicle moments before it was fully engulfed in flames. He remained unconscious until Gaston Fire Department personnel arrived and were able to revive him.

Christian Bandmann was transported to OHSU by Lifeflight. Jason Eaton and Mark Vanbleck were both transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital. All three men received non life-threatening injuries.

Mark Vanbleck was cited for DUII, Reckless Driving, and two counts of Forth Degree Assault. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues. Due to Mr. Vanbleck being in the hospital, there is no booking photo available.

Corporal Crecelius received a minor injury to her hand and suffered minor smoke inhalation. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Sheriff's Deputies are searching for the unidentified man that assisted in saving Mr. Vanbleck from the burning wreckage.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Forest Grove Police also responded to assist with the crash. Springhill Road was closed until after 1:00 a.m. to gather evidence and diagram the scene. Investigators believe alcohol and speed were factors in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.


Attached Media Files: Burnt Jeep , Burnt Jeep
-UPDATE-North Plains Man Dies after Shooting another Man
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
March 27, 2014-Update on Brian Olson's cause of death and information concerning the fire.

This afternoon, the Medical Examiner's Office determined that Brian Olson died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The fire investigators could not conclusively determine the cause of the fire due to the extensive damage to the house. Fire investigators did determine there were no law enforcement gas canisters in the area where the fire started. There was a propane torch found close to Mr. Olson. The gas canisters used are specifically designed to be flameless to avoid causing a fire.


PRESS RELEASE
Case #14-504404

North Plains Man Dies after Shooting another Man

March 26, 2014--Washington County Deputies responded to a shooting incident that seriously injured a man. The suspect then barricaded himself in his North Plains house that ultimately caught on fire. The suspect was later found deceased in his house.

Today at about 11:15 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an incident at 35053 NW Mountaindale Road in the community of North Plains, where someone was allegedly shot with a gun. Minutes later a deputy arrived and located James Crandall, 24, in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his upper abdomen. The vehicle was parked across the street from where he was originally shot. The vehicle was driven by his mother, 49 year-old Pamela Crandall. The deputy was able to move the vehicle to a safe location to help Mr. Crandall into an ambulance and get him transported to a local hospital.

The initial information given to the deputies was that Brian Olson, 31, and Mr. Crandall had been in a dispute at the home that all three people shared. Brian Olson is a male companion of Pamela Crandall. At some point during the dispute, Mr. Olson shot Mr. Crandall with a high powered rifle and then retreated into his house. The house was contained by deputies who also closed down NW Mountaindale Road at the Dairy Creek Road intersection to keep traffic safe from any potential future assaults by Mr. Olson.

The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) and the Crisis Negotiations Unit (CNU) responded to attempt communication with Mr. Olson for a peaceful resolution. After all remote communication attempts failed, TNT moved into a position close to the house and loud hailed for Mr. Olson to exit the house and surrender. Brian Olson continued to ignore all attempts of communication and stayed barricaded in the house.

After several dozen unsuccessful communication attempts, TNT deployed gas canisters into the house to prompt Mr. Olson to surrender. Shortly after the gas was deployed, deputies saw a fire develop inside the house. Fire personnel were unable to extinguish the fire due to the belief that Mr. Olson was inside armed with a rifle. It is not yet known if Mr. Olson or the gas deployment started the fire.

As the house filled with smoke, deputies heard what they believed to be a single gunshot from inside the house. There was a period of time until it was safe for fire personnel to extinguish the fire. Shortly after the fire was out, investigators discovered Mr. Olson deceased inside the house.

Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation. It is expected to take at least two days to determine the cause of the fire and the cause of Mr. Olson's death.

There is no additional information expected to be released until Friday, March 28th.
-UPDATE-Deputies Search for Missing Woman (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/27/14
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Missing woman found safe at a house close to her previous SW Portland home.

Investigators received a call about 9:30 a.m. this morning to report a friend had taken Ms. Clark into their home last night. The friend didn't realize until this morning that she was reported missing. Deputies have returned her safely home.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the media for getting the word out to assist in locating Ms. Clark.

Original release below:

March 27, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies search for missing Alzheimer's woman in the Portland metropolitan area.

Marilyn Clark was last seen after she helped drop her mother off at St. Vincent Hospital at about 7:00 p.m. on March 26, 2014. She was reported missing to the Sheriff's Office by family members at about 11:45 p.m.

Marilyn Clark is 74 years old, she suffers from Alzheimer's disease, and is described as:
* 5'8" tall
* 180 pounds
* Gray hair
* Blue eyes
* Wearing blue jeans, red shirt, jean jacket, glasses, and carrying a black purse

Two photos are attached. One is a recent DMV photo and the other is a surveillance photo taken last night which shows the clothing she is currently wearing.

Ms. Clark accidentally took her mother's purse and identification when she left the hospital. Her mother's name is Lavelle Schmalle born in 1918. It was reported that Ms. Clark is easily confused.

Washington County Search and Rescue is assisting Sheriff's Deputies search for Ms. Clark. It is believed she got onto a bus possibly headed toward SE Portland but she could be anywhere in the Portland metropolitan area. She has been entered into law enforcement data bases as a Missing Person Endangered.

Anyone who locates Ms. Clark or has any information of her whereabouts is asked to please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.


Attached Media Files: Clothing Photo , DMV Photo
North Plains Man Dies after Shooting another Man (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/14
Burning House
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March 26, 2014--Washington County Deputies responded to a shooting incident that seriously injured a man. The suspect then barricaded himself in his North Plains house that ultimately caught on fire. The suspect was later found deceased in his house.

Today at about 11:15 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an incident at 35053 NW Mountaindale Road in the community of North Plains, where someone was allegedly shot with a gun. Minutes later a deputy arrived and located James Crandall, 24, in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his upper abdomen. The vehicle was parked across the street from where he was originally shot. The vehicle was driven by his mother, 49 year-old Pamela Crandall. The deputy was able to move the vehicle to a safe location to help Mr. Crandall into an ambulance and get him transported to a local hospital.

The initial information given to the deputies was that Brian Olson, 30, and Mr. Crandall had been in a dispute at the home that all three people shared. Brian Olson is a male companion of Pamela Crandall. At some point during the dispute, Mr. Olson shot Mr. Crandall with a high powered rifle and then retreated into his house. The house was contained by deputies who also closed down NW Mountaindale Road at the Dairy Creek Road intersection to keep traffic safe from any potential future assaults by Mr. Olson.

The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) and the Crisis Negotiations Unit (CNU) responded to attempt communication with Mr. Olson for a peaceful resolution. After all remote communication attempts failed, TNT moved into a position close to the house and loud hailed for Mr. Olson to exit the house and surrender. Brian Olson continued to ignore all attempts of communication and stayed barricaded in the house.

After several dozen unsuccessful communication attempts, TNT deployed gas canisters into the house to prompt Mr. Olson to surrender. Shortly after the gas was deployed, deputies saw a fire develop inside the house. Fire personnel were unable to extinguish the fire due to the belief that Mr. Olson was inside armed with a rifle. It is not yet known if Mr. Olson or the gas deployment started the fire.
As the house filled with smoke, depu
ties heard what they believed to be a single gunshot from inside the house. There was a period of time until it was safe for fire personnel to extinguish the fire. Shortly after the fire was out, investigators discovered Mr. Olson deceased inside the house.


Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation. It is expected to take at least two days to determine the cause of the fire and the cause of Mr. Olson's death.

There is no additional information expected to be released until Friday, March 28th.


Attached Media Files: Burning House
Fatal Head-on Crash Involving a Dump Truck (Photo)
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/26/14
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March 26, 2014--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where an SUV entered into the path of a dump truck. The drivers were the lone occupants in both of the vehicles. The driver of the SUV did not survive the crash.

On March 26, 2014, at 6:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Roy Rogers Road north of the intersection of SW Scholls Sherwood Road concerning a two vehicle crash. This is north of the community of Sherwood.

Deputies discovered a 2009 Escalade SXT was traveling southbound on SW Roy Rogers Road when it failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The Escalade crossed into the oncoming lane in front of a dump truck heading northbound. The Escalade apparently drifted over the dividing line in the curve when it collided with the truck. Both vehicles received severe damage.

Witnesses and evidence led deputies to believe both vehicles were traveling close to the 55 mph speed limit. Sheriff's Deputies found that Todd Spencer Ringheim, 50, from Aloha was the driver of the Escalade. Mr. Ringheim did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the dump truck received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. Sherwood Police also responded to assist with the crash. Roy Rogers Road was closed until after 1:00 p.m. to gather evidence and diagram the scene. Investigators are still trying to determine why Mr. Ringheim crossed into oncoming traffic. The investigation is ongoing.


Attached Media Files: Crashed Dump Truck , Crashed SUV
UPDATE 2 SUSPECT'S NAME RELEASED Homeowner interrupts burglary tackles suspect and waits for police (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/19/14
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UPDATE: On April 19, 2014 West Linn Police arrested STROSCHEIN, EZEKIEL ""ZEKE" KIRK for Burglary 1, Theft 1, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and PCS/Methamphetamine, and a Parole Violation Detainer. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

Mr. STROSCHEIN was caught breaking into a home in the 5400 Block of River St. by the homeowner and his roommate. They gave chase and were able to detain him in the yard. The WLPD was called at 5:16 P.M. and the first officers arrived at 5:19.

Mr. STROSCHEIN arrived at the crime scene in a Mercedes Benz Coupe that was stolen from in Portland within the last month.


*****UPDATE VICTIM AND WITNESS WILLING TO SPEAK WITH THE MEDIA THIS EVENING*****


On Saturday April 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM a homeowner arrived home to find a burglary in progress. The suspect attempted to flee, and was tackled by the homeowner and his friend.

The burglary occurred in the 5400 Block of River St. in West Linn.


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West Linn Police Respond to DUII Rollover Crash overnight (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/16/14
Roll Over Crash
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West Linn Police were dispatched to an unknown injury rollover crash on Wednesday April 16, 2014 shortly after midnight on McKillican St. near Amy St.

Responding officers arrived within minutes and found a red Honda CRV on its side and a witness was helping the driver and sole occupant from the vehicle. The driver David James Morton (49) of West Linn was checked at the scene by TVF&R and AMR and released.

Mr. Morton turned off Willamette Dr. (Hwy 43) onto McKillican, where he struck a Jeep that was parked alongside the roadway. This caused his Honda to roll over, and the Jeep to strike another parked car.

Mr. Morton was subsequently arrested for DUII, cited and released, there is no mug shot available.


Attached Media Files: Roll Over Crash
Three car, minor injury DUII crash closes Salamo Rd. for 2 hours Saturday afternoon (Photo)
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/13/14
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On Saturday 041214 at 5:47 P.M. the WLPD was dispatched to an injury crash on Salamo Rd. between 10th St. and Greene St. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered a three vehicle crash.

Officers Jeff Mayer and Sam Tooze reported that a KIA Sportage SUV was travelling eastbound on Salamo Rd when it crossed the center line and struck 2 other vehicles that were travelling west.

The driver of the KIA, Anne Marie MEISEN(49)of West Linn was transported to Meridian Park Hospital with minor injuries. Upon her release, she was arrested for DUII and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

Salamo Rd., a main arterial road in West Linn, was closed for over 2 hours for the investigation, and clean up from the crash.

Ofc. Jeff Mayer stated "We were lucky no one was seriously injured in this crash, drinking and driving never mix."


Attached Media Files: Mug Shot , Kia , Kia , Honda , Acura
West Linn Police need your help in identifying criminal mischief suspect
West Linn Police Dept. - 04/06/14
On April 6. 2014 at 3:21 A.M. an unknown suspect spray painted the front door, and several vehicles in the driveway of a residence in West Linn's Hidden Springs neighborhood.

The suspect only targeted one home that is on a cul de sac. He is unknown to the residents.

If you know the identity of the person in the video, please contact WLPD Officer Nick Amendolara at 503-655-6214 x4452, or email him at namendolara@westlinnoregon.gov

Anonymous tips can always be sent to us by texting "WLPD plus your tip, to 274637"


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/1071/73132/Outdoor_Camera_-_03_21_AM_PDT_Apr_06_2014.mp4
WLPD Participates in DUII Grant
West Linn Police Dept. - 03/29/14
This last Saint Patrick's Day, West Linn Police Department participated in a state wide DUII Enforcement event funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Over that weekend, including St. Patrick's Day on Monday, WLPD arrested 4 individuals for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
UPDATE (Video and photos): Graffiti, vandalism hit Woodburn senior community (Photo)
Woodburn Police - 04/03/14
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WOODBURN -- Woodburn police continue its investigation into Tuesday vandalism and graffiti spree in The Estates Golf and Country Club. Fifteen homes were targeted, along with cut wires to phone and cable systems.

This release has photos and video of the suspects.


Attached Media Files: Video 2 , Video 1 , Suspect , Suspect walking , Two suspects
Woodland school principal arrested ( corrected version)
Woodland Police - 04/17/14
Woodland, WA - Woodland Police arrested Woodland Primary School Principal Mark Houk for three counts of Assault in the 4th degree today. He was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on the gross misdemeanor charges with a total bail of $1,500.00 The arrest is the culmination of a several week investigation into allegations that Houk had assaulted a student at the school on 02/26/14.
Chief Gillaspie said that it took longer than anticipated to conduct the investigation due to the complexity and number of interviews needed to collect all the facts and evidence. It is important that we do a complete investigation even if it takes extra time. The Woodland School District cooperated fully with the investigation.
Should there be a need for additional information please contact Chief Brad Gillaspie at 225-6965
Woodland Police Arrest Walmart Burglary Suspects (Photo)
Woodland Police - 03/26/14
Michael R. Smith
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On 03/22/14, Woodland Police responded to the Woodland Walmart, located at 1486 Dike Access Rd, for a theft report incident involving the theft of multiple car battery cores that had been stolen from a locked / secured storage area at the Woodland store.

Woodland Police have taken multiple similar theft reports involving battery cores between 05/2013 and 03/2014 with a total of 349 batteries stolen during that time period. An estimated loss to the Woodland Walmart is $4188.00. The suspects steal the batteries and then take them to a recycling center where they receive an average of $12 per core. Additionally, there had been damage to the storage area when the suspects forced entry into the storage area.

Woodland Police were able to identify the two suspects as Summer N. Smith and Michael R. Scott, both from the Vancouver Washington area, through the course of the investigation. On 03/23/14, Woodland Police requested Vancouver Police to assist WPD by checking their residence to see if they were home. VPD located and detained both Smith and Scott until a Woodland officer could respond to their location to take custody of them. Smith and Scott were transported to the Cowlitz County Jail where they were booked on 14 counts of burglary, theft charges, malicious mischief charges(vandalism to the building/store), and trespass charges.

Under Washington State RCW, a burglary occurs when a person enters or remains in building with the intent to commit a crime. The definition of a building includes any secured or fenced area used for storage. When Smith and Scott forced entry into the secured storage area where the battery cores were being stored, and then stole them, they committed a burglary.

The Woodland Police Department is asking for the assistance of any witnesses and/or recycling centers that have information pertaining to this investigation.

Attached to this press release are photographs of the arrested suspects.


Attached Media Files: Michael R. Smith , Summer N. Smith
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office reports 9-1-1 lines back inservice
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/10/14
Centurylink service in Yamhill County has been restored and the 9-1-1 lines are working again.
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Locates Suspect Vehicle
Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/07/14
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office reports the suspicious vehicle and driver reported on Ballston Road outside of Sheridan has been identified.

The vehicle and driver of the suspicious vehicle reported to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office on Monday, March 31st has been located and is of no further interest. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for their concern and assistance in locating the suspicious vehicle.

Family members located the vehicle at a McMinnville business on Saturday afternoon, April 5th. The driver and owner of the vehicle was cooperative with Sheriff's Deputies, and stated he had driven to the Sheridan area to look for and purchase boat parts and became lost while looking for the business. Sheriff's Deputies were able to confirm the driver and his dog had been to the area on the day of the reported incident looking for the boat shop, and ultimately made a purchase there.

The boat shop is located at 27234 Ballston Road and is approximately 1.75 miles west of the Sheridan family's farm.

Questions regarding this incident may be directed to Captain Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7440.
Medical
AMR Portland Paramedic Awarded 2014 Star of Life (Photo)
AMR - 03/23/14
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Dale Montgomery, a Paramedic for American Medical Response in Portland, has been selected as a 2014 Star of Life by the American Ambulance Association. Dale is one of only 100 recipients nationwide to receive the 2014 Star of Life award - the highest honor an EMS professional can receive.

Dale will be recognized at the 2014 Stars of Life event in Washington, DC March 23-25, where he will join other Stars in a special awards ceremony. In addition, Stars recipients will meet with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.

"We are very proud of Dale's accomplishments, he is a dedicated professional and there is no one more deserving of this award than him," said Randy Lauer, AMR Portland General Manager.

(See Dale Montgomery's full Bio attached for more information)


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Health care study explores the impact of housing on health care use, costs and outcomes
Health Share of Oregon - 04/10/14
- Survey of residents at Bud Clark Commons shows a 55 percent reduction in health care costs
when individuals have stable housing and access to health care services -

(Portland, OR) - A recent study of residents at The Apartments (at Bud Clark Commons indicates a direct relationship between stable housing and both the reduction in health care costs and in improved health care outcomes for Medicaid members. The study, conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) at Providence Portland Medical Center on behalf of Health Share of Oregon and Home Forward, found that health care costs, including emergency room visits and hospitalizations, fell by over 50 percent in the first six months after a resident moved into stable housing, and continued to dip in the second and third years after moving in. Concurrently, residents reported significant reductions in unmet needs for physical and mental health care and better health overall.

The study, which was based on resident surveys and health care utilization data, included 99 of the 130 residents at The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons (BCC), a permanent supportive housing building in downtown Portland which serves residents who have been experiencing homelessness and complex health issues. Results showed that in the year before they moved into BCC, residents on Medicaid averaged total health care costs of $2,006 per month, or 4.4 times higher than the average adult Medicaid member. In the year after moving in, average costs were $899 per month, a 55 percent decline.

"The results of this study reinforce what we already know about what impacts an individual's health outcomes," noted Janet Meyer, chief executive officer of Health Share of Oregon. "You can't begin to help someone get their chronic health conditions under control when they're living in a doorway or under a bridge. Stable housing, along with other social determinants such as adequate food and transportation, is critical in improving outcomes by helping to manage chronic health conditions."

The study indicates the average resident saw a reduction of over $13,000 in annual claims, which is an amount greater than the estimated $11,600 to house a resident at BCC. Additionally, the reduction in claims was maintained into and beyond the second year of their residency, suggesting that supportive housing has an ongoing impact on health care costs.

"The study certainly adds to evidence supporting a 'housing first' model," said Bill Wright, associate director, Center for Outcomes Research & Education (CORE) at Providence Health & Services and principal investigator for the study. "We found that even when stable housing is not predicated on having already overcome addictions issues; it can produce dramatically better health care outcomes and reduced costs."

Residents also reported significant declines in unmet health care needs, as well as improvements in their own physical and mental health after moving into BCC.

"The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons pair housing and health care to provide some of the most vulnerable residents in our community with a good place to call home. We're very pleased that the research results demonstrate the value of this innovative model," said Steve Rudman, executive director, Home Forward).

"This demonstrates that our investments in affordable housing and ending homelessness are key to reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes in our community. Housing is health care. We're proud to partner in this work," said Traci Manning, director, Portland Housing Bureau.

BCC is an innovative partnership among the Portland Housing Bureau, Home Forward, Transition Projects, Inc., and Multnomah County. The center provides vital resources, shelter and housing placement services to individuals and couples experiencing homelessness in Portland.

BCC apartment residents often have numerous health issues and complex psychosocial barriers that make them among the costliest patients to care for in the community. Coordinated care organizations such as Health Share are increasingly looking for new strategies to effectively care for these highly complex and costly patient populations.

"We're looking forward to continuing our conversations with affordable housing stakeholders in the Tri-County area," added Meyer. "Addressing the needs of these members, those who often receive the least benefit in terms of health outcomes, but who often use the greatest amount of health care resources, will be critical to the success of health care transformation."

Visit http://healthshareoregon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2014-3-26-BCC-FINAL-with-appendix.pdf to view the study or please contact Beth Sorensen at beth@healthshareoregon.org or at 503.416.4963 to receive a hard copy.

- About CORE -
The Center for Outcomes Research and Education is a grant-funded health services research shop within Providence Portland Medical Center. CORE's goal is to improve health care and health outcomes for vulnerable populations. To accomplish this, CORE staff field research, conduct program evaluations, and build data systems for health care transformation. They use longitudinal surveys, qualitative interviews, and claims data analysis, and most of their work is conducted with uninsured and Medicaid populations.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 200,000 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.

- About Home Forward -
As the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon, Home Forward (formerly known as the Housing Authority of Portland) offers a variety of housing options to low-income individuals and families: more than 6,000 apartments to rent, including approximately 1,980 units of public housing, and approximately 9,390 Section 8 rent assistance vouchers. Housing is available to individuals, families, people with disabilities or special needs and seniors who meet each program's income guidelines. Home Forward is a public corporation serving all of Multnomah County, including the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Portland, and Troutdale, and other East County communities.

- About Portland Housing Bureau -
Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) focuses community resources on solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland by building and preserving affordable housing; supporting programs that help low-income Portlanders find, rent, buy, retain and repair their homes; bringing together and leading our partners as we assess housing needs, choose efficient solutions and identify funding; and reaching out to racially and culturally diverse groups to ensure their participation in the economic opportunities that our housing investments create.

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Community Advisory Council announces focus areas for Health Share of Oregon's 2014-2015 Community Health Improvement Plan
Health Share of Oregon - 03/31/14
- Year-long assessment designates Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease as population health priorities -

(Portland, OR) - After nearly a year of inquiry and analysis, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHA) Committee, a subset of Health Share of Oregon's Community Advisory Council (CAC), has designated Behavioral Health and Chronic Disease as the two priorities for focus in Health Share's Community Health Improvement Plan, which will be submitted to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in June 2014.

"While the process has been time consuming and sometimes overwhelming, it has been a privilege to work with the members of this committee who have been unwavering in their commitment to ensure that the needs and priorities of the communities are heard," said Committee Chair Sonja Ervin. "Behavioral health issues and chronic disease related to issues of nutrition and physical activity are impacting so many in our communities. We are hopeful that the work that is being done in Health Share and the Committee will begin to reduce the health disparities and build healthy communities."

Under the direction of Ms. Ervin, the committee members Joseph Lowe, Tab Dansby and Ronda Harrison have, since February 2013, engaged in a comprehensive process to identify the population health issues Health Share, the state's largest coordinated care organization, will address through 2015.

The goal of Health Share's Community Health Needs Assessment is to reduce health disparities, promote health equity and improve overall population health. The regional Healthy Columbia-Willamette Collaborative (HCW) community health needs assessment served as a foundation for Health Share, which then used community-led self-assessments and health disparities from Health Share's own member data to further prioritize needs. Health Share focused on finding community-led self-assessments from a wide array of communities.

"Health Share staff is excited to work with our Council members on population health," said Janet Meyer, Health Share CEO," because in order to improve health outcomes for our members we have to get ahead of the curve and begin to focus on prevention. We can no longer focus just on the individuals in a clinical setting, we have to move further out into the community to support health in our members' families and neighborhoods."

The Community Health Improvement Plan, which will be reviewed and approved by Health Share's CAC and Board of Directors in May, will focus on addressing behavioral health and chronic disease within identified communities served by Health Share.

- Community Health Improvement Plan -
As a part of health care transformation in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority asked the 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs) throughout the state to collaboratively engage in a systematic approach to assessing the health of the populations they cover and the communities those populations live in, and then planning to improve the health of those communities by addressing health disparities. As part of this process, CCOs are developing a CHA and adopting an annual Community Health Improvement Plan.

Health Share's Community Advisory Council will use the Community Readiness Model from Colorado State University's Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research as a basis for Health Share's Improvement Plan. This model was chosen because it is measurable, multi-dimensional and allows matching of interventions to the community's level of readiness which is critical for success. The process identifies community leaders and impacted communities, and solicits questions around the level of awareness and commitment to address community health.

- About Health Share of Oregon -
Serving over 200,000 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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Oregon nursing assistant repeatedly breaks world record for powerlifting
Salem Health - 04/16/14
NOTE TO EDITORS: YouTube link listed below; Clean video (no supers/voice track), broadcast and AP style scripts attached to this release.

A certified nursing assistant at Salem Hospital has become a worldwide powerhouse away from her job, while pursuing her passion for powerlifting. Most people would never know it by looking at Christie Luehrs, who is 5'1" and 130 pounds.

"My parents taught me to be independent," said Luehrs. "So I equated it with strength. I needed to be strong." Luehrs, of Salem, has worked at Salem Hospital for nearly 10 years as a certified nursing assistant. She often helps lift and move patients, which sometimes can be challenging.

Luehrs developed her interest in weightlifting in high school. After years of training and countless hours working out, she set a personal goal to break the open world record for powerlifting. The dream came true 13 years later in November 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Luehrs bench-pressed 249 pounds.

Luehrs has since broken that world record three times. In 2013, she benched 251 pounds at an event in Reno, Nevada. In March 2014 in Portland, she bench-pressed 253 and then 264 pounds--more than two times her own body weight.

Luehrs says this is only the beginning of her journey. "I really want to get into the 300 pound mark for bench pressing," she said. "I want to be healthy and live a good, long life. I just have to eat right, exercise and take good care of myself. I want to motivate others to do the same."

Salem Health produced a video about Luehrs, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/M4yzKM_Ovc0.

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.


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Salem Hospital receives Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award(TM); Only large Oregon hospital recognized as national leader for patient experience
Salem Health - 04/10/14
Salem Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the second consecutive year. This distinction places Salem Hospital among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient experience. Salem Hospital was identified for providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Salem Hospital is also the only large hospital in Oregon to achieve this honor.

"As a Magnet(R) organization, everyone here is aware of our commitment to positively impact the patient experience through clinical excellence resulting in good clinical outcomes as well as high patient satisfaction," said Marty Enriquez, vice president and chief nursing officer at Salem Health. "We believe that patient experience is intertwined with the quality of our care and is key to delivering the best possible outcomes for those we serve."

Healthgrades evaluated 3,582 hospitals that submitted patient surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from March 2012 - April 2013, to assess those hospitals that are leading the nation in delivering the best patient experience. To be eligible for the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, hospitals had to meet additional clinical quality requirements. This ensures recipient hospitals are delivering strong outcomes in addition to an excellent patient experience during the hospitalization. The top 15 percent of this national group (447 hospitals) achieved the 2014 award, and Salem Hospital is 1 of only 4 recipients in Oregon, and 1 of 394 hospitals to rank in the top 10 percent nationally.

In January, Healthgrades announced that Salem Hospital was a recipient of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and Critical Care Excellence Award. The patient experience award continues to solidify Salem Hospital as a national leader for both excellent clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

"It takes great effort, involving many people at all levels of large organizations to achieve the type of culture change necessary to improve the patient experience," said David Barlow, director of service excellence. "Achieving high patient satisfaction involves partnering with families in significant ways to improve care and welcoming participation from our guests in the design of structures and process that ultimately help us serve others better. Wherever we have success with tests of change and innovation we share those across our system with the intent to bring that same positive experience to all patients."

Healthgrades evaluated Salem Hospital's performance as assessed by the hospital's patients across 27 different questions that roll up to ten distinct measures. Ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in a patient room to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patient's needs, the measures also include whether a patient would recommend this hospital to friends or family.

"As consumers are becoming more active participants in their health care, measured performance surrounding the patient experience at a hospital is an increasingly important consideration for patients in choosing where to receive their care," said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy for Healthgrades. "Consumers can rest assured that those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Experience Award demonstrate a commitment to exceptional focus on the needs of the patient during their stay at the hospital."

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to get information about hospital and physician quality, visit: healthgrades.com today.

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. 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 offers opportunities for new volunteers
Salem Health - 04/08/14
Salem Hospital is looking for new volunteers to help in a variety of ways--including way finding and offering assistance at the newly remodeled Salem Cancer Institute.

"We're looking for people who would like to be an integral part of the Salem Hospital family to help patients, families, visitors, and our hospital staff," said Earlene Naylor, volunteer services manager. "Volunteering provides a great opportunity to experience health care and make a contribution to health care in our community."

Volunteer opportunities include:

* Providing information and guiding patients throughout Salem Cancer Institute
* Greeting and way finding on Salem Hospital campus and at Walton House
* Helping in reception areas

Volunteer perks include:

* Free flu shot annually
* Discount cards for local and online businesses
* Meal tickets
* Free fountain drink
* Ongoing hospital education
* Discounts at the hospital fitness center and cafeteria
* Discount at hospital retail pharmacy (after 90-day trial period and ending when you retire from volunteering)
* Studies have shown that people who volunteer improve their health and well-being, feel better about themselves, and live longer!

Volunteers typically provide service once a week for four hours either in the morning or afternoon. Hospital volunteers range in age from 14 to 94 and demonstrate excellent customer service at every turn. Contact Volunteer Services at 503-561-5277 or apply online through salemhealth.org (click on "Careers" and then "Volunteer Opportunities").

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.
Utilities
Leading Energy Storage & Natural Gas Company Partner on Innovative Project for CNG Vehicles
NW Natural - 04/17/14
EnerG2, NW Natural Blend Technology and Product Development so CNG vehicles can travel farther on a tank of natural gas

SEATTLE and PORTLAND - April 17, 2014 -EnerG2, a Seattle-based company manufacturing advanced nano-structured materials for next-generation energy storage breakthroughs; and NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), an Oregon gas distribution company, are partnering to improve the fuel storage on board vehicles that use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) by developing a new adsorbed natural gas technology.

The research and development project is intended to make natural gas a more useable transportation fuel for consumers and businesses through a new approach to an emerging technology called "adsorbed natural gas." The adsorbent material packs inside an existing CNG tank and increases the energy density of natural gas at a given pressure. This allows the vehicle to travel longer distances. A CNG tank with adsorbent material could contain 20 percent more energy at certain pressures and extend the vehicle range proportionately.

"We believe the adsorbent technology that we're developing with EnerG2 will make natural gas fleets an even more attractive choice for business owners," said Chris Galati, NW Natural CNG Program Manager. "We hope to partner with other companies and agencies as our research and development project progresses."

EnerG2's world-class carbon adsorbent material transforms the way natural gas tanks on vehicles are designed and function, which could increase the number of natural gas vehicles on the road since the cost of tanks is the most expensive component on these cars and trucks. The EnerG2 material, which packs at optimal density and has been produced at scale, is compatible with any and all tank geometries and systems. And, in terms of performance, it allows similar volumes of gas to be stored at lower pressure levels of 500-800 psi, as opposed to the more standard pressure levels of 3,000-3,600 psi.

"Our carbon adsorbent material for natural gas enables tremendous design efficiency and no wasted space, because a low-pressure tank can be shaped more like a traditional gasoline tank to fit in a space onboard a vehicle that's about half the size of a high-pressure cylinder," said Dr. Aaron Feaver, CTO and co-founder of EnerG2. "We are pleased to be working with a forward-thinking organization like NW Natural, which has expertise in CNG and CNG fleets, on this demonstration project."

NW Natural and EnerG2 expect to complete a series of bench tests and vehicle road tests in the second quarter of 2014. These tests should confirm the long-term viability of the technology and inform future development of the ANG product material.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 695,000 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.

About EnerG2
With headquarters in Seattle, Wash., EnerG2 operates the first and only manufacturing facility in the world dedicated to the commercial-scale production of nano-engineered polymer material for high-performance energy storage applications. The 74,000 square foot plant, located in Albany, Ore., came online in February 2012.

The company's ISO 9001:2008-certified facility in Albany is produces advanced polymer materials at a multi-ton scale and is supplying commercial quantities to a growing, global customer base. Based on EnerG2's patented Carbon Technology Platform, this facility delivers on the promise of rapid innovation translated to large-scale manufacturing - all for the purposes of energy storage.
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Before you dig in your yard, call 811 to have utility lines located
NW Natural - 04/09/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Just as the weather is getting nice enough for yard projects, NW Natural reminds you to do one thing before you start working outside: call 811 before you dig. April is National Safe Digging Month, and a good time to remember that you or your contractor must call 811 to have underground utility lines located two business days before digging.

The most common cause of damages to a natural gas line is someone accidentally digging into it. Whether it's been hit by a garden shovel, backhoe, trencher, post-hole digger or other tool, a damaged line can be a serious safety hazard and lead to unwanted fines.

"We know that it only takes one accident to create major damage, service disruptions and possible injuries," said Scott Gallegos, NW Natural damage prevention supervisor. "That's why it's important for everyone to remember to make that one quick phone call to 811 before any digging occurs."

NW Natural tracks the number of damages to its gas lines each year. The company recorded slightly more damages in 2013 than in 2012.

The company also tracks requests to locate its pipelines and responded to 13 percent more calls last year over the previous year.

"Responding to more calls for locates is a step in the right direction," added Gallegos. "But we still have a long way to go to see the number of damages go from 500+ per year down to zero."

If a gas line has been accidentally damaged, remember these simple tips: Smell. Go. Let us know. If you smell an odor like rotten eggs from a natural gas line and/or hear a hissing sound, immediately leave the area on foot and follow these tips:
* Do not use your telephone, cell phone or any electronic or battery-powered device.
* Do not light matches.
* Do not operate any electrical switch including lights.
* Do not create any other source of ignition or spark that could ignite the gas.
* Evacuate the area on foot.
* Call NW Natural's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-800-882-3377 once you're away.

NW Natural encourages you to visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety for information about digging safely.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 695,000 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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Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Pacific Power - 04/10/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 10, 2014
503-813-7291
tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Pacific Power investments reduce power outage frequency and duration for customers
Technology upgrades, grid hardening and vegetation management drop outages by 40 percent
PORTLAND, Ore.--Power outages are getting fewer and farther between for Pacific Power customers as targeted long term investments to strengthen the utility's power grid are showing positive results.
Since 2007, the number of outages has dropped markedly, by 40 percent. The average duration of a customer outage has dropped 28 percent, according to year end 2013 figures.
"It is great to see that our targeted projects reducing the number of outages, vastly improving our ability to isolate outages when they do occur to minimize inconvenience to our customers," said Doug Butler, vice president of operation.
To ensure that customers receive the safest, most reliable and affordable service possible, the company is focused on continuous improvement. These improvements in service were due in part to the utility's investments in several key projects, including:
* Targeted Circuit Program: Since 2007, Pacific Power has completed 480 targeted projects on 220 circuits. The intensive investment, which includes proactive animal protection and technical upgrades, will continue in the coming years on a priority basis for the other nearly 700 circuits in Pacific Power's grid.
* More resilient lines: Pacific Power has pioneered the use of specially-constructed cable that absorbs incidental knocks by branches and animals without power being lost. In addition, the company has also developed techniques to make line splices stronger in areas especially hard hit by wind, rain and snow.
* Substation Upgrades: Technicians have upgraded substation equipment to handle an increase in demand, to improve equipment performance or to maintain or restore service when electricity needs to be rerouted.
* Vegetation Management: Crews worked to keep our electric lines free from trees and brush, helping to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of service to our customers. The company has trimmed nearly 1 million trees in the last two years. Vegetation-related outage events are down by 30 percent since 2007.
Butler concludes: "We are proud of the improvements we have made. Our program to improve reliability has been successful; of course weather and other unexpected events can always wreak havoc with this work, which disappoints us and our customers, but we still are working hard to make sure as few customers as possible are affected whenever a problem occurs on the power lines that serve our customers."

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, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Go green, get green
Pacific Power - 04/09/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 9, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Go green, get green
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For 13 years, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy in the western region. Since 2006, these customers also have helped put more than 70 new small scale community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California. These projects have added more than 4.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Karen Gilmore, vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- many highly visible and very helpful in making green energy a part of our everyday lives in communities. We look forward to seeing this round of applications and selecting projects that demonstrate significant community and educational benefit for our customers."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $6 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m.
June 30, 2014.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that develop renewable energy generation, support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy development and generation, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

Funding is not available for off-grid or residential projects, for passive or thermal solar energy projects or for geothermal heat pump systems. Other restrictions also apply. For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.


Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the ninth consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 51,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. 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. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 04/08/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 8, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Warmer weather is drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of spring, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power - 04/02/14
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, April 2, 2014
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1

Reusable envelopes save money, trees and water
Pacific Power customers now getting special envelopes with their monthly bills

PORTLAND, Ore. - Beginning in April, just in time for Arbor Day and Earth Day, Pacific Power customers will receive their billing statements in new reusable envelopes they can also use to send their payments back to the company. This switching from the traditional two-envelope combination to a single reusable envelope will help keep operating costs low and benefit the environment.

"Last year alone, we sent more than 16 million return envelopes to customers, yet only 5 million were used to return payments," said Karen Gilmore, Pacific Power vice president of customer service. "With reusable envelopes we're eliminating the need for a separate return envelope, just one of the many, innovative ways we are saving our customers money and conserving resources. This change has the potential to conserve up to 3,200 trees, 3.7 million gallons of water and avoid nearly 1 million pounds of carbon emissions each year."

To learn more about Pacific Power's new reusable envelopes and watch a 1-minute video showing how to use them, visit pacificpower.net/reusableenvelope.

"We know this represents a change, but the savings are real," said Gilmore. "We've tested this with customer groups and they were surprised how easy it was. With the video and other outreach plans, we want to make this fundamentally beneficial change as easy as possible."

Customers with questions can also call to speak with a customer service representative anytime, toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Pacific Power is one of the first businesses in the region to use these special envelopes. The company is informing customers about the new envelopes in a variety of ways, including its Voices newsletter, the company website, social media and outreach to senior service agencies and other community organizations.

"We're proud to be one of the first companies to take this step," said Gilmore. "The environmental benefits will expand as more companies follow. That is good for everyone."

About 179,000 of Pacific Power's 733,000 customers are using paperless billing and other secure payment options that don't require any envelopes. To learn more about these payment options, customers can visit pacificpower.net/pay.

Environmental respect is an important value Pacific Power shares with its customers. For more information about ways the company is working to conserve natural resources, develop renewable resources, reduce emissions and protect habitats, visit pacificpower.net/respect.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. 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. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Transportation
Bus Pass Price Reduced
Canby Area Transit - 03/26/14
Canby Area Transit (CAT) has reduced the price of its Monthly Pass from $40 to $20 effective April 1, 2014. This change was recommended by the Transit Advisory Committee and approved by the Canby City Council via Resolution 1179 on February 5, 2014.

In addition to the Monthly Pass price reduction Resolution 1179 eliminates the $20 Discounted Monthly Pass. Which was only available to qualified commuters and low-income riders. The Discounted Monthly pass will not be offered after April 1, 2014.

Charging the same price for all Monthly Passes eliminates the need for the discount qualification process and simplifies the fare offerings. The discounted ($20) Monthly Pass and the 24 ride Punch Pass ($20) have been popular with CAT riders. Conversely, only a few $40 Monthly Passes have been sold since CAT implemented a fare.


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OR 228 to remain closed until this evening (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/16/14
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OR 228 (Halsey-Sweet Home Hwy.) will remain closed in both directions in Halsey until as late as 8 p.m. tonight. A Union Pacific Railroad project to repair failed concrete in the rail crossing will not be complete at 3 p.m. as planned. Motorists needing to access I-5 should plan an alternate route, such as OR 34 to the north.


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OR 228 closed near Halsey (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/15/14
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A railroad crossing repair project has resulted in the complete closure of OR 228 (Halsey-Sweet Home Hwy.) in Halsey.

The closure began at 8 a.m. today, April 15, 2014 and will continue until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. The highway is closed to all traffic at the rail crossing.

The closure will allow time for the Union Pacific Railroad to complete concrete repairs at the crossing.

Detour Route Information:

No local detour is available. Motorists need to avoid traveling through this area during the closure period, or use authorized alternate routes, such as OR34 in Tangent to access I-5.


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Port of Vancouver announces 2014 public tour schedule
Port of Vancouver - 04/15/14
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Port of Vancouver USA will hold a public tour on Wednesday, April 30, from 11:30-1 p.m. This will be the first of four public tours planned for 2014.

Port tours offer an excellent opportunity to catch a glimpse of the global marketplace in action. The free, two-hour tours will showcase the largest transportation project in the port's 100-year history, the West Vancouver Freight Access rail project, as well as the diverse range of marine cargoes handled on port docks.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the port at 360-693-3611 or by emailing the port at RSVP@portvanusa.com. Make sure to bring government issued photo identification to attend a tour (such as a driver's license), and please leave your cameras at home as they are not allowed on marine terminals.

Public tours begin at the port's administrative building, located at 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver, where port staff makes a brief presentation on the port's history and mission. Following the presentation, attendees participate in a bus tour of the port's bustling marine terminals and ever-expanding industrial properties.

The remaining tour dates are:
* Thursday May 22, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
* Saturday, July 26, from 10-11:30 a.m.
* Thursday, September 11, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

For more information on the tours, visit the port's website at http://www.portvanusa.com/community/know-your-port.

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Study shows very low risk of derailment on new rail entrance
Port of Vancouver - 03/25/14
Port of Vancouver USA commits to even greater safety enhancements

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Representatives from a world-renowned rail safety organization told port commissioners today that based on extensive analysis of the port's rail infrastructure and the port's willingness to invest in additional safety enhancements, there is a very low potential for derailment of trains as they enter the Port of Vancouver USA.

TUV Rheinland Rail Services, Inc.'s Chief Operating Officer Sebastian Oertel summarized their findings related to the port's rail project as "above and beyond what we see in the industry."

"Going above and beyond is how the port operates," said port Director of Economic Development and Facilities Curtis Shuck. "Regardless of what type of cargo is being transported, our priority is that trains move through our community without incident; and we're committed to doing everything we can to ensure that our rail system is unparalleled when it comes to safety."

Commissioned by the port and completed by TUV Rheinland Rail Sciences, Inc., the study evaluated the derailment risk on approximately 3,000 feet of rail track exiting the BNSF Railway mainline and entering the port. This section of the port's West Vancouver Freight Access project is part of a new rail entrance to the port that, when complete in 2015, will reduce congestion on the regional rail system by as much as 40 percent. The track, with approximately half its length running parallel to the BNSF Railway mainline, also flanks the waterfront redevelopment project proposed by local developer Barry Cain.

The purpose of the study was two-fold. First, the port wanted a neutral, third-party safety evaluation of track that will serve as a significant portion of the port's main rail entrance beginning in 2015. Second, the port asked TUV Rheinland to offer recommendations on additional steps that could be taken to make that section of track even safer.

"Our work does include analyzing why incidents happen, but our preferred focus is preventing derailments through design," said Jack Chislett, P.E., director of engineering applications for TUV Rheinland. "That's what the port has asked us to do - provide an assessment and guidance on how they can reduce the likelihood and severity of derailments as much as possible on their project."

The firm ran multiple simulations using the tracks' geometry data, operating speeds and train data for three different types of trains: a grain train, an oil train and a potash train. Based on in-train force and vehicle dynamics analyses, the study found that the "proposed operation and track configuration is well within industry safety standards" with "a low risk of derailment."

The report also responds to the port's request for recommendations on what could be done to make that section of track even safer. The five possible safety enhancements identified by TUV Rheinland, all of which the port plans to implement, include:

Maintain track to a minimum Class 2 standard to reduce levels of allowable track deviation and the associated risks of local track perturbations over time.

Install a high guard rail frog on #15 turnout and double guard rail on the connection track between #15 turnout and the BNSF overhead bridge and through the "Trench," to further lessen the potential for damage.

Construct the track structure with new concrete or wooden ties, premium fasteners, and continuously welded 141 pound rail to maintain a robust and less dynamically varying track structure.

Perform rail neutral temperature measurements during track construction to properly set track neutral temperature.

Periodically measure track geometry to ensure safety against derailment as the track changes over time.

Construction of the safety enhancements will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and be complete in 2015, with an estimated cost of $500,000. The enhancements will be made by the port regardless of whether or not the oil terminal proposed by the port's long-term tenant Tesoro, in partnership with the logistics company Savage, moves forward.

Visit the ports website to view a complete copy of the report.

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TUV Rheinland Rail Sciences, Inc. is one of the rail industry's premier consulting firms specializing in the application of highly analytical skills to rail issues. With extensive experience with safety regulations and standards around the world, TUV Rheinland experts help companies bring their railway operations into compliance with relevant requirements. Railroad testing services include programs for addressing all components of Railway Technology, including materials analysis, component evaluations, and failure analysis. The company's client base includes several of the major domestic freight railroads, short line, transit and passenger railroads, leading local and international suppliers, international railroads and government agencies.

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.
Military
PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard dedicates Fort Dalles Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/17/14
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to an audience during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Hokanson, and Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, in addition to several other local representatives joined at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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From left to right: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, following the dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Mr. Frank Toda, (right), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, thanks Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (seated left), during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Wyden and Merkley joined Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, in addition to several other local representatives at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, (left), The Adjutant General, Oregon, joins Mr. Frank Toda, (right), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College for a photo with a commemoration plaque, during a dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center, in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined Hokanson and Toda, in addition to several other local representatives at the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon is flanked by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (to his right) and Jeff Merkley (to his left), Mr. Frank Toda, (center), president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, and present and past leadership of the Oregon National Guard and local community, during the ribbon-cutting portion of the dedication ceremony for Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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The Oregon National Guard held a dedication ceremony for the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., April 17. Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon hosted Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Mr. Frank Toda, president of the Columbia Gorge Community College, and present and past leadership of the Oregon National Guard and local community, who attended the ceremony. The Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., (-), 3-116 Cavalry, will share the new facility with the Columbia Gorge Community College, and can also be utilized by the local community. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)


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Oregon National Guard dedicates new Fort Dalles Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/14
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THE DALLES, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a dedication ceremony for the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Ore., on April 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Media and the public are invited to attend. The address for the readiness center is 402 E Scenic Dr., The Dalles, Ore.

Among the official party scheduled to attend the ceremony are U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Oregon Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day, OR-District 30); Oregon Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles, OR-District 59); The Dalles Mayor Stephen Lawrence; Dr. Frank Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, commander of 82nd Brigade Troop Command.

The new readiness center replaces the Webber Street armory, built in 1951, as the home of Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard. Approximately 150 Soldiers will gather at the facility each month to train. The space is also shared with Columbia Gorge Community College.

The bottom floor of the building will be used by students and faculty of community college, including two labs, two classrooms, a computer work area, and a break area with a small kitchen.

The second floor of the building contains office space, a commercial-grade kitchen and a 10,000 square-foot assembly hall for the Oregon Guard unit. The third floor houses a fitness center, locker rooms and other spaces to accommodate training needs of the Soldiers.

The facility also includes a shared industrial shop, providing 12 student welding labs and a maintenance bay for Oregon National Guard vehicles.

The readiness center will serve the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements, as well as State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.


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142nd Fighter Wing conducts F-15 night flying (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/11/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will be conducting routine F-15 night flying training April 14-17.

The missions allow the wing to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for night time maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

Since September 11, 2001 the 142nd Fighter Wing has flown more than 47,000 hours in support of the Aerospace Control Alert mission to ensure the Pacific Northwestern skies remain safe.


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Oregon National Guard recognizes April as Month of the Military Child (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/08/14
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SALEM, Ore., - The Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program is scheduled to sponsor a number of events across the state to acknowledge the sacrifices made by military families in honor of Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child is a legacy of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and is designed to applaud military children and youth for the sacrifices they make to support America's armed forces.

To honor military kids for their sacrifices and courage, this campaign allows for community members and military personnel alike to pay tribute to these military kids for their service.

As part of this nation-wide campaign, the Oregon Guard Youth Program is sponsoring forums from Ontario to Salem to highlight the challenges military children often face when a loved one is called to serve their state and nation. The goal of these events is to celebrate the sacrifice of military families and create a safe environment to help nurture youth and children to share their experiences as military kids.

The program will sponsor sessions at the following locations and dates throughout Oregon:
Eugene: April 12, Young Leaders Conference and Youth Military Ball
Salem: April 15, AG Gilbert Discovery Center
Springfield: April 20, Putters
La Grande: April 22, Cook Memorial Library
Burns: April 26, Burns Armory

Oregon has more than 10,000 children who have a parent currently serving in the military, and hundreds more connected to military service through other relatives. Recognizing this special populations' sacrifice, dedication and their strength is a priority of Month of the Military Child, because when parents serve in the military, their kids serve too.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard Child and Youth Program visit their website at http://www.orng-smfs.org/FP/youth%20program.html
or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-National-Guard-Oregon-Military-Department/63030240817?ref=hl#!/ORNG.ChildandYouthProgram


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Oregon National Guard ceremony marks re-dedication of Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo Release) (Photo)
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., April 5.

The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

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140405-Z-OT568-004: The Oregon Army National Guard held a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-129: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key with a rendition of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center during a re-dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center prepare to cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-157: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard and distinguished guests involved in upgrading the Milton-Freewater Readiness Center cut a ribbon symbolizing the re-dedication of the facility, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. Mayor Lewis Key (center) and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, were in attendance for the celebration. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140405-Z-OT568-173: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon; Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key; and Pvt. Vance Knudson (second from left), the youngest member of Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, cut the cake with a saber to celebrate the re-dedication of the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center, while Col. Christian Rees (left), Director of Installations, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (right) look on, during a ceremony, April 5, in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is home to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the military police detachment. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Oregon National Guard re-dedicates Milton-Freewater Readiness Center (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/03/14
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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a re-dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently upgraded Milton-Freewater Readiness Center in Milton-Freewater, Ore., on April 5 at 11:00 a.m.

Milton-Freewater Mayor Lewis Key, Oregon Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

Media and the public are also invited to attend.

The readiness center is located at 149 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, Ore. The facility is currently home to Detachment 1, 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard.

The first unit assigned to the armory was Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Division, which was federally recognized in March 1947. After World War II, with support from the local American Legion post and the Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Army National Guard organized a unit in Freewater. The unit initially drilled in the Freewater Community Building. By 1951, the merged towns of Milton and Freewater began promoting a centrally located armory by donating six lots to the state.

The building's original construction was completed on Jan. 1, 1954. The completed armory was dedicated in March 1954. The armory served as a civil defense headquarters and Red Cross kitchen during the 1964 and 1965 floods.

The armory is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places due to its association with the post-WWII National Guard expansion program. It was the first armory to be built in Oregon using the 75-percent federal and 25-percent state funding program outlined in the Defense Facilities Act of 1950. Also, it was the first armory built to house a single unit in Oregon under the National Guard Bureau plan and therefore an example of the K-style armory.

A unique feature of the armory is the upper-story windows on the assembly hall drill floor. It is the only K-style armory with tall windows allowing for much natural lighting. All other K-style armories had smaller, and fewer upper-story windows. The Milton-Freewater Armory has retained its integrity of location, setting, design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

Work on the upgrade began in September 2012 and was completed in March 2014 at a cost of more than $4 million. This facility serves the community with flexible rental space and it meets all building codes for Americans with Disabilities Act and seismic requirements. The building also meets State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.


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Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package scheduled to participate in Alaska Vigilant Guard Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/25/14
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The Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to participate in the Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, March 25 - April 3.

The unit's mission is to respond to man-made or natural events and provide a robust, quick-response search and extraction, with the varied capacities of decontamination, medical triage, treatment and stabilization, and fatality recovery.

Oregon's CERFP unit will work alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise will tie into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

Two groups from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing provide the medical support (to include a trained medical team embedded within the search and extraction team), and fatality recovery elements, and Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 3670th Maintenance Company and the 224th Engineer Company provide personnel for the decontamination, search and extraction, and command and control teams.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

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To see the Flickr photo album of our Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/

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140324-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-002: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) set ramps to load equipment into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24, as they prepare to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140324-Z-MZ730-005: Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (center), Director of the Air National Guard, poses for a photo with members of the Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 24. Clarke was in Oregon to attend a Silver Star ceremony for a member of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. He also met with the CERFP as they prepared to depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

140325-Z-MZ730-001: Members of Oregon's joint service Air and Army National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Force Response Package (CERFP) load into a plane at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., March 25, as they depart for the Vigilant Guard Alaska Exercise, which takes place March 25 - April 3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, in Anchorage Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)


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PHOTOS: Oregon Air National Guard combat controllers awarded for heroism (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/24/14
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron were honored for their heroism during an award ceremony today, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

The Airmen recognized were Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews with the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones with the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson with the Bronze Star.

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard were in attendance at the ceremony.

Biography for Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III is the Director, Air National Guard:
http://www.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130416-029.pdf

Fact Sheet for Silver Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7729

Fact Sheet for Bronze Star:
http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7771&page=1

PHOTOS:
140324-Z-CH590-336: U.S. Army Capt. Seth Nieman (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews (right), a combat controller with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, with the rarely awarded Silver Star, March 24, during a ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. Matthews' actions saved Nieman's life, along with other Special Forces teammates, during an ambush near Jalrez, Wardak Province in Afghanistan on Nov. 27, 2012. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-276: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III (third from left) and Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant James W. Hotaling (center) following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; Lt. Gen. Stanley Clarke; Chief Master Sergeant James Hotaling (a former Oregon Air Guard member); Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-280: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo with Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson; Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; and. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140324-Z-CH590-302: Combat controllers with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron pose for a group photo following an award ceremony, March 24, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. From left: Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews received the rarely awarded Silver Star; Staff Sgt. Christopher Jones received the Bronze Star with Valor and first Oak Leaf Cluster; Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and second Oak Leaf Cluster; and Tech. Sgt. George Thompson received the Bronze Star. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/11/14
PR 10 14
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328 or 503-230-5131

Construction of Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line begins in May:
New line will bring more renewable wind energy west

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration will begin construction of the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project in May. The new line is expected to carry over 800 additional megawatts of renewable wind energy, enough to power about half a million Northwest homes when the wind is blowing. BPA will hold two "Meet the Builder" open houses in late April.

The 38-mile, 500-kilovolt line in Washington will connect the new Central Ferry Substation in Garfield County to the existing Lower Monumental Substation in Walla Walla County. It is expected to be energized in December 2015.

"Building the right facilities in the right place at the right time is a key principle of our long-term transmission services planning process," said Richard Shaheen, BPA vice president for Engineering and Technical Services. "Specifically, this project will add critical transmission grid capacity, support new transmission requests from generators in the Snake River area and be a welcome boost to local and regional economies."

For more than 75 years, BPA has been the major developer of energy infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Electric utilities and electric power consumers depend on BPA to maintain reliable transmission service at low rates and meet growing demands for electricity.

Over the past several years, numerous power generation projects, including large wind projects, have requested interconnection with the BPA system in the Snake River area. After studying the transmission system and identifying where capacity is available, BPA determined that there is not enough available transmission capacity to accommodate the requests. Building the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental project will allow BPA to meet the requests for transmission and allow additional power to flow between areas east of the Cascade Mountains to heavily populated areas in the west.

In August 2011, the Central Ferry-Lower Monumental Transmission Line Project was put on hold because of uncertainties regarding the need for the new line. However, in August 2013, BPA notified customers, landowners and stakeholders that it was moving forward with construction of the line. Existing customer need coupled with an agreement for Portland General Electric to acquire Phase 2 of Puget Sound Energy's Lower Snake River Wind Project, which PGE renamed the Tucannon River Wind Farm, required construction activities to begin this spring.

The Tucannon River Wind Farm is a key infrastructure investment that supports PGE's balanced energy portfolio. Tucannon River will help PGE satisfy Oregon's renewable energy standard, which requires the utility to supply 15 percent of the electricity its customers use from renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

In early 2011, BPA completed an environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering design for the project. BPA issued a record of decision to build the line in March 2011. Since then, BPA has conducted additional environmental review of some access road modifications and a material yard.

The contractor hired to build the new line is MYR Group, a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market throughout the United States. It has the experience and expertise to complete electrical installations of any type and size. MYR Group's power line capabilities include transmission, overhead and underground distribution and substation projects.

Two "Meet the Builder" open houses are being held so the public can learn more about the construction process and schedule, speak with representatives from the MYR Group and meet the BPA project team.

For more information, visit the project website at www.bpa.gov/go/centralferrylomo.

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BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration that markets renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.
State
Oregon InC Releasing RFP on May 1st For New Ideas to Spur Innovation and Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/14/14
SALEM - The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) will release a Request for Proposals on May 1 to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

Oregon InC is a public-private partnership with a mission to nurture the growth of industry clusters in areas where Oregon has unique advantages in leadership, R&D, supply chain and manufacturing. In recent years, Oregon InC has funded new initiatives supporting wave energy, bioscience, nanotechnology, clean tech, electric vehicle development and unmanned aerial systems. With each, the goal is to create new companies and new jobs in developing areas that will strengthen and diversify Oregon's economy.

Oregon InC initiatives have helped incubate 86 new companies which have raised more than $130 million in non-state funding. They have helped companies and researchers capture more than $400 million in federal and private grants, and provided new companies with access to technical expertise and mentoring, R&D help and a network of 11 labs and 450 university researchers able to help get ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of private sector leaders who will focus primarily on the proposal's potential to: create new businesses and jobs in an emerging industry sector; successfully compete for private and federal investment; help new and existing businesses access additional sources of capital, and demonstrate a clear return on the state's investment.

The 2014 RFP may be viewed on May 1 at: www.oregon4biz.com Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Interested parties may review the 2012 Request for Proposals at: www.oregon4biz.com

The current Innovation Plan, comprised of seven initiatives, is available online at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovation-in-Oregon/

About Oregon InC and Business Oregon
Oregon InC is a private-public statewide advisory council created by the 2005 Oregon Legislature and charged with developing a biennial public investment plan to stimulate economic development and job growth across the state. The council works in partnership with Business Oregon, which 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.
Business Oregon Leads Business Development Mission to Japan and Taiwan (Photo)
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/09/14
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SALEM - On April 14 a delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon, in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation returned from Brazil on March 22, and Business Oregon is accompanying seven Oregon companies to the world's largest trade show for advanced manufacturers this week in Hannover, Germany.

The latest delegation of officials and business leaders will travel to Tokyo and Osaka the week of April 14th for a series of meetings and to deliver two seminars with the broad goal of developing business and trade between Japan and the state of Oregon. The centerpiece is the annual Doing Business in Oregon (DBO) seminar, to take place in Tokyo and then Osaka, which has been presented in Japan by the Business Committee of the Japan Oregon Society of Oregon (JASO) since 2010.

"We have built up a strong network of relationships and a strong reputation in Japan as an ideal place for Japanese investment and trade," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe. "We have proven that using our foreign office in Tokyo and a network of Japanese-speaking resources, we are ready to help duplicate the success in Oregon already enjoyed by such firms as Panasonic, Montbell and Shimadzu Corporation."

The DBO seminars in Japan are presented by the Business Committee of JASO and Business Oregon. Sponsors include Delta Air Lines, the Port of Portland, Lane Powell PC, InSpec Group, the City of Salem, the City of Hillsboro, the City of Beaverton, the City of Gresham, Greater Portland Inc, Portland General Electric, CBRE, and Deloitte LLC.

Over the five consecutive years that Business Oregon has held the DBO seminars, attendance has increased steadily. In 2013, 107 Japanese company representatives participated and in 2014 Business Oregon hopes to attract 220 with the promotional help of organizations such as JETRO, the U.S. Commercial Service, Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper, SME Support, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In addition, Director McCabe and Business Recruitment Officer Colin Sears will travel to Taiwan April 21 and 22 to attend a series of meetings in Taipei. They will investigate ways that Taiwan and Oregon can work more closely with one another on both inbound and outbound investment opportunities in various technology industries.

Delegation members include Director Tim McCabe, JASO Chairman Doug Smith, Metro president Tom Hughes, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson, Joe Mollusky of the Port of Portland, Business Oregon Recruitment Officer Colin Sears, and Mitsu Yamazaki of the Portland Development Commission, as well as business representatives from Lane Powell LLC, CBRE, Perkins & Co., Mackenzie, and InSpec Group.


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Business Oregon Leads Business Mission to World's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Trade Show in Hannover Germany
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
SALEM - Business Oregon's global trade and recruitment teams will travel with representatives of seven Oregon companies to Hannover Messe, the largest advanced manufacturing trade show and conference in the world, to be held in Hannover, Germany April 7-11.

Business Oregon is providing Export Assistance grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 in matching funds to six of the companies to help defray the costs of travel and exhibiting at the show. Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded more than 200 Export Assistance grants to 157 companies. Those companies have reported actual and projected sales revenue as a result of these trade show appearances at more than $50 million.

"The return on investment of our export assistance strategy has been really impressive," said Business Oregon director Tim McCabe. "A small amount of backing has helped many Oregon companies realize millions of dollars in new sales to new customers around the world. It's been a tremendous economic development strategy for Oregon small businesses."

The seven Oregon advanced manufacturing firms exhibiting at this show are: ClearEdge Power (fuel cells), Xzeres Wind (small wind turbine systems), EV4 Oregon (EV charging stations), Powin Energy (energy storage), Zess, Inc. (micro-channel heat exchangers), IndustrialEnet (network solutions) and Real Carbon (carbon fiber technology). In 2013, Oregon advanced manufacturers exported $4.24 billion in goods.

In addition to the companies traveling to Europe, Business Oregon will partner with the cities of Gresham and Hillsboro, as well as the Port of Portland, to promote Oregon's business climate for technology and advanced manufacturing opportunities.

It's a busy season for trade promotion, as an Oregon delegation just returned from Brazil on March 22, and on April 14 another delegation led by Business Oregon will be in Japan to promote Oregon firms, meet with individual Japanese companies and hold seminars on doing business in Oregon in partnership with the Japanese American Society of Oregon.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, 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 Growth Board to Meet on April 7 in Portland
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 04/01/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Oregon Room on the Mezzanine Level at 2 World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St. in Portland.

The meeting agenda can be found here: : http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Growth-Board/2014meetings.php
Cascade Tissue to Expand its St. Helens Operations Adding 29 Jobs
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/31/14
SALEM - Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe toured the Cascade Tissue plant in St. Helens today praising the company's decision to retool and expand its operations adding an estimated 29 jobs at the site.

Business Oregon provided the company with a $60,000 forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund to help fund training of the company's expanded workforce on the plant's new equipment. The company currently employs 66 full-time employees at the plant.

"We are pleased with Cascade Tissue's decision to re-invest in Oregon and expand its operations here in St. Helens," said McCabe. "By choosing to not only remain, but expand this former mill site, Cascade has shown its commitment to the community of St. Helens and to providing high-paying jobs to Oregonians."

The $30 million expansion at the St. Helens site, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will more than double the plant's capacity while improving efficiencies. Under the terms of the forgivable loan, the company must maintain both the existing and new employees for a two-year period or else pay back a portion of the funds.

Cascade Tissue Group Oregon currently manufactures tissue paper for multiple customers on a single paper tissue machine in the former Boise Cascade Paper Mill in St. Helens. Cascade Tissue Group Oregon's operations were previously integrated and co-located with Boise Cascade's papermaking operations at the St. Helens site until December 2012, when Boise Cascade ceased its operations there.

Cascade Tissue Group is the fourth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in North America. Founded in 1964, Cascade produces, converts, and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed of mainly recycled fiber. The company employs more than 12,000 workers at more than 100 plants in North America and Europe.

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Business Oregon, Oregon's economic development agency, 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.
MEDIA ADVISORY - Oregon Business Development Commission to Meet April 4 in Tillamook
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 03/27/14
MEDIA ADVISORY

The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in two locations in Tillamook on Friday, April 4. The first portion of the meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be held at the Tillamook Creamery Board Room, 4185 Highway 101 South. The second portion, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at the Officers Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officers Row, in Tillamook.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Beware paving, other home repair scams/Pretend "contractors" offer too-good-to-be-true deals
Construction Contractors Board - 04/07/14
Salem - An Estacada couple recently received an offer they couldn't refuse - a promise to pave their entire driveway for $1,500. The $1,500 was the most homeowner Fern Mathews said they could afford.

That wasn't a problem for the workers who showed up at their house. We'll work with you, one of them said. In fact, he had an extra truckload of material so he could give the Mathews a good price. Minutes later, the project was under way.

But instead of a freshly paved driveway for $1,500, the Mathews ended up with a thin coat of soft, sandy gravel. And, once the two men started putting down material, they insisted on being paid $4,700 to finish the work. In the end, Fern wrote a check for $3,200.

"They make you nervous," the 67-year-old said. "It's just a scary situation."

That didn't stop her, however, from using a contact the men gave her to track them to a motel. Once she realized she wasn't getting a real paving job or her money back, she took down their license plates and contacted law enforcement.

"Our top priority is to protect our most vulnerable citizens -- including the elderly," said Lt. Rob Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "We urge property owners throughout Oregon to exercise their good judgment when hiring a contractor, especially if the deal sounds too good to be true.

"We also encourage family members and neighbors to look out for citizens who may be especially vulnerable to financial scams."

While the CCB and law enforcement agencies are investigating the Estacada incident, Fern remained stuck with a mushy driveway as of early April. She warns others to beware of traveling construction workers who offer unrealistic discounts.

"Always use reputable contractors, check references and never pay all the money up front," added Berri Leslie, interim Construction Contractors Board administrator.

The contractors board recommends that property owners get a written contract for home improvement projects, even small ones.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and state regulators say the numbers of driveway, roof, and other home improvement scams will only increase as temperatures warm.

Here are some key ways to spot thieves:
* You don't call them - they show up at your doorstep.
* Their vehicles often show out-of-state license plates.
* They say they have leftover materials so they can give you a great price.
* They quote an initial low price, then demand more to finish the project.
* Generally, they are not licensed with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB). (Call the CCB at 503-378-4621 to verify that a contractor is licensed to work in Oregon.)

If you encounter a situation like this, call your local law enforcement agencies or the Construction Contractors Board.

Wurpes said that once money changes hands, as it did in Fern's case, it becomes harder to pursue criminal charges against fraudulent contractors. Often, the cases must be resolved in civil court -- meaning additional time and expense for the victim.

"We're proud to partner with the Construction Contractors Board to combat this type of crime and make sure that perpetrators are held accountable whenever possible," Wurpes said. "Working together, we really can make a difference."

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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.


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Child Abuse Prevention Month: Support Services Protect Children & Help Build Strong Families
OR Department of Human Services - 04/14/14
A Guest Editorial by Lois Ann Day, Child Welfare Director, Oregon Department of Human Services

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Oregonians are often surprised to learn that neglect of children, failure of parents to meet children's basic needs, is the most prevalent reason families come to the attention of child welfare. In Oregon, neglect is statutorily defined as abuse and it is the largest category of founded allegations of abuse.

Specifically, neglect is defined as a failure of a child's caretaker to adequately protect a child from harm. It is the inability of parents to meet their children's basic needs. Neglect can include an ongoing pattern of serious neglect by a parent or caregiver, and the pattern can often be corrected only to repeat over the same or new concerns. When it reoccurs, it is most often a result of parents being unable to access services that would help them out of the situation that is challenging their efforts to parent. More than 60% of all incidents of child abuse in Oregon are because of neglect or threat of harm.

Neglect is most often accompanied by several risk factors: extreme poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness of parent/child. Neglect is harmful for children and families, it causes trauma that has lasting impact on children that is increasingly difficult to mitigate. And that accumulated trauma stresses the scarce resources of the state.

We must ask ourselves: isn't there a better way to engage families struggling with these issues? Can we intervene with families earlier? Can we actually engage with families in a way that empowers them to identify their needs and take steps to ensure their children's safety and continue to parent them while addressing the issues that brought them to the attention of the child welfare system? Can we implement a child welfare system that supports parents to make decisions that keep their children at home rather than placement in foster care?

We can and we are. Oregon is in the process of implementing a Differential Response model that can transform child welfare's engagement with families and in many cases (with the right support services), keep children safely at home. During the 2013 session, the Oregon Legislature and Governor Kitzhaber took up the challenge, too. The final budget provided an increase of $92.7 million in total funds in Child Welfare programs to further earlier assistance for families.

Part of the investment was $23.7 million in total funds for statewide implementation of Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs. These programs, created by the legislature in 2011, are statutorily designed to provide a broad array of services to support families and keep children safely at home. Concrete supports are needed to address the underlying issues that lead to neglect. These supports include services that meet families' basic needs, such as food, housing, transportation and employment. In more advanced cases, the need is for services such as drug/alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, parenting support and skill-building. Providing these services in a culturally appropriate manner enhances the family's chances at successfully addressing their challenges.

Across the state, we are working in collaboration with local communities to enhance the service array. These services are to specifically address needs of children and families who come to the attention of Child Welfare through a report of abuse or neglect. Examples of the types of services communities are putting in place are family meeting facilitation; trauma and therapeutic services; enhanced family visitation; youth transition and mentoring services; intensive in-home services; parent navigators; parenting education and classes; parent mentoring and coaching; relief nurseries; housing stability assistance; emergency and short term housing supports; and employment assistance.

In May, Child Welfare will begin providing a new route for families to connect to these services. Differential Response is a redesign of the child welfare system's initial response for families with a screened in report of abuse or neglect. With a differentiated response system, there will be two tracks of response to families. Regardless of the track of response, all families involved with child welfare will receive a comprehensive child safety assessment by child welfare staff. However, some families, where they are able to keep their children safe, will be offered services without opening a case with child welfare.

Just as every family is unique, the department's approach needs to be flexible enough to serve the family's needs. Our design includes specific screening criteria to determine the best response to assess families and increase their success in keeping parenting their children safely at home.

Families can more successfully resolve issues when they take an active role in crafting the solution and where they have the opportunity to partner with child welfare and their community in the identification of services and supports needed. Our goal, and the goal of all communities, is to keep children safe and increase the strength and resiliency of families. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to recognize the essential support families and children have received from Oregon's Legislators and Governor Kitzhaber. We are particularly grateful to have the opportunity to undertake this important work.

~Lois
Last Call: Oregon DHS Direct Care Career Fair in Salem on Friday, April 11
OR Department of Human Services - 04/09/14
Help for local job seekers: The Oregon Department of Human Services will hold a Direct Care Career Fair on Friday, April 11, 2014, highlighting jobs providing care for adults and children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn about a variety of jobs caring for some of Oregon's most vulnerable citizens, for example in the Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU). Help individuals achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.

This is a great chance to meet DHS site managers, direct care staff and more. They will be available to answer your questions and help you get started with a rewarding career.

Details: DHS Direct Care Career Fair will be held on April 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the AFSCME Building, 1400 Tandem Ave. NE in Salem.


Attached Media Files: Career Fair Poster
Search reopens for Oregon Arts Commission|Oregon Cultural Trust Executive Director
Oregon Arts Commission - 04/10/14
Following a preliminary round of interviews, the screening committee for the Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust executive director search has elected to reopen the search to ensure a pool of two to three finalists for the public round of interviews.

While impressed with initial applicants, the committee determined expanding the search will guarantee a stronger group of finalists.

"We are committed to finding the best possible candidate to lead our organizations into the future," agreed Julie Vigeland, chair of the Arts Commission and Bob Speltz, chair of the Cultural Trust board of directors. "If that requires spending more time on the process, we will do it."

The executive director is a full-time, executive service position located in Salem, Ore. The successful candidate will become part of the state's Executive Service team. The position requires a minimum of three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization or two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization and 45 to 48 quarter hours (30 to 32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. The salary range is from $64,608 to $95,136 per year plus benefits.

For additional information on the requirements and desired attributes for the position please view the complete announcement. The announcement can be found at www.Oregonjobs.org and is scheduled to close at the end of the day on Monday, April 28. Interested candidates should apply now.

Interested candidates, or those wishing to recommend a candidate, should contact Lawson at (503) 373-7677 with questions.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is 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. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.


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$237,500 awarded to boost capacity for 17 Oregon arts organizations
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
As part of its multi-year Sustaining Oregon's Arts program, the Oregon Arts Commission has awarded $237,500 in Capacity Building Grants to 17 Oregon arts groups. The grants, which range from $3,100 for upgrading Triangle Productions' office equipment to $24,500 for a capital campaign position at the Salem Arts Association, fund specific projects designed to strengthen the organizations and help them better achieve their missions.

Capacity Building Grants enable groups to respond to technology and environmental changes by building their operating capacity, improving financial sustainability, refining artistic products, diversifying audiences and/or strengthening management and board governance.

"These grants help arts groups keep pace with changing technology or respond to one-time challenges or opportunities," said Commission Chair Julie Vigeland, who chaired the grant panel. "The number of grant requests we receive, which far exceeds what we are able to fund, demonstrates that this is an area of great need for the arts field."

Applications from 40 organizations totaling $756,664 were received.

2014 Capacity Building Grants were awarded to:

All Classical Public Media, Inc., Portland: $22,400
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center, allowing All Classical to enhance programming, build audiences and further develop financial capacity and stability. The new facility will provide adequate, healthier space for volunteers, interns and staff, in addition to accommodating on-site meetings by the board of directors.

Arts Council of Pendleton, Pendleton: $6,400
To support the design and installation of exterior signage and other projects to increase organizational visibility. Included will be design and production of a new council brochure, new projection capability for meeting spaces and enhancements to the website for user and donor functionality.

Chamber Music Northwest (CMNW), Portland: $22,300
To support a full technology systems upgrade to manage the organization's artistic programs and generate earned and contributed revenue, including a new computer network and an updated website. The new technology will allow CMNW to more fully utilize its Customer Relationship Management software.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay: $10,000
To support the purchase of new workstations and software, replacing decades-old donated computers with a new, compatible system. The upgrade will allow the museum to increase efficiency and expand programs and services to better meet community needs.

Eugene Opera, Eugene: $12,000
To support the creation of a new website that improves user navigation and is accessible to mobile devices, adding a content management system for staff and volunteers and integrating the opera's blog. The website will include design updates and a new video more accessible to younger audiences.

Eugene Symphony, Eugene: $19,000
To support the adoption of a cloud-based database to integrate analyze, and maximize the use of patron data. The database will enable the symphony to significantly enhance messaging for its communications, cultivation and stewardship efforts while ensuring patrons and donors feel their relationship with the Symphony is fully recognized and valued.

Friends of Chamber Music, Portland: $10,000
To support the relocation to Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center. The move will provide space for the recruitment of skilled volunteers to track and manage patron data, as well as for board meetings; it also will inspire closer collaboration with fellow tenants Portland All Classical and Portland Opera.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph: $17,000
To support the purchase of computers, software and a new phone system. The technology upgrade will allow staff to be more productive and efficient, enhance the ability to plan, organize and market programs, simplify program registration and increase public access to Josephy Library resources and Josephy Center programs.

Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego: $11,500
To support the adoption of a new cloud-based database to integrate ticketing, subscriptions, fundraising, email marketing and collaboration. The database will allow the company to advance its five-year strategic plan to improve fiscal growth with enhanced communication and better understanding of its users.

Literary Arts, Portland: $20,000
To support re-mastering Literary Arts lecture archives and make them available to anyone across the state through a new online interface and associated marketing plan. The project will remove geographic barriers to participation in Portland Arts & Lectures, reaching new audiences and strengthening the organization's mission to promote reading and writing statewide.

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland: $7,900
To support an upgrade to the organization's financial management and network security systems, increasing Newspace's ability to effectively and efficiently process visitor donations, class registrations and related communications. The upgrade also will better separate office and web systems, ensuring that Newspace customer data is more secure.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $22,300
To support the creation of a new website in advance of the organization's 50th Anniversary Season. The website will allow functionality for use on tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices, better enabling the Opera to attract and retain younger audience members. It also will be more cost-efficient to maintain and will provide greater patron security.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,200
To support the migration to a new integrated relational database that will capture donations, ticket purchases and patron information in one central system. The new system will enable the theater to strategically market to people who have purchased tickets to similar shows; easily identify donors in specific categories to maintain or expand giving relationships; re-engage lapsed donors; and encourage first-time charitable giving by ticket-holders.

Salem Art Association, Salem: $24,500
To support a temporary increase in the Grants Manager position, enabling the manager to work full-time toward completion of the association's Access Art capital campaign. The campaign will fund the installation of an elevator, allowing access to the upstairs gallery space, and the renovation of the Bush Barn Annex to accommodate space for workshops and a studio.

Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem: $5,600
To support the purchase of upgraded computers and software that will increase system capacity and allow the institute to better manage relationships, grow revenue, develop new partnerships and attract more volunteers.

triangle productions, Portland: $3,100
To support an upgrade of office technology to enhance marketing and sales efforts. The new equipment will enable staff to create quality marketing materials in-house, enhance presentations and utilize point-of-sale technology as well as improving services to patrons.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Wash., Portland: $15,300
To support technical upgrades including replacing current accounting program, migrating data and updating scheduling software. The new equipment and software will save staff time by eliminating the need for manual hand entry to connect the accounting and scheduling systems, reduce opportunities for error, improve user experience with the Educator's Guide, and improve back-end reporting so Young Audiences can better track and evaluate program use.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Oregon Cultural Funders Hold Conversations with Funders in The Dalles, Statewide (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/14
The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
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Salem, OR - Grant application season has begun for the Oregon Cultural Trust and its partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and Oregon Heritage.
This group of statewide culture-focused organizations will be coming to the Gorge on Tuesday, April 15, to share briefly about their programs, and discuss how they can be helpful and add value to the current and future activities of the cultural nonprofits and individuals in the community.

The workshop, "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities," will take place April 15, 10am-12pm at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth St. This meeting is open to all potential grant applicants, and is likely to draw from several cities in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties.

Cultural Trust Manager, Kimberly Howard said she hopes the introductions and small group breakout sessions will be, "a broad discussion of how our organizations can intersect with your community in a way that has significance." Rotating small group conversations with each of the funders during the program will identify community needs and provide networking opportunities with regard to arts, heritage and humanities. "We hope people will make new connections in their conversations," said Howard.

After adjourning, the funding organizations will have clipboards available, on which potential applicants may sign up to receive additional information about a particular program. The Cultural Trust will also be scheduling one on one phone consultations with serious applicants in the months leading up to the May 15, 2014 deadline.

The group of cultural partners traveled the state together in 2012, meeting with applicants, but they did their grant workshops by webinar in 2013. Said Howard, "These workshops are a great chance for funders and cultural nonprofits to meet, face to face. This ends up being the most effective way of providing technical assistance and being present to listen for the best possible results."

Other "Conversations With Funders: Arts, Heritage and Humanities" programs will take place in April in Bend, Burns, Echo and LaGrande.

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Attached Media Files: The Dalles Art Center is a past grantee of the Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Wasco County Cultural Coalition.
Wet weekend weather could bring Oregon landslides
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/27/14
PORTLAND, Ore.-The National Weather Service anticipates a strong, wet storm for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington tonight. Saturated soil conditions could lead to additional landslides, especially in the Coast Range, Willapa Hills, North Oregon Cascades, and Columbia River Gorge.

Plan to be alert to weather conditions throughout the weekend. Flooding is not expected at this time, but additional landslides are possible. Caution should be used when traveling. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk.

According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/
Landslide and debris flow resources: www.oregongeology.org/sub/Landslide/Landslidehome.htm
Landslide fact sheet (PDF): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/publications/landslide-factsheet.pdf
Fallen Oregon workers to be remembered April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/17/14
(Salem) - Not all Oregon families are able to welcome home their loved one after a day on the job. Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, invites all Oregonians to attend a 12:30 p.m. ceremony on Monday, April 28, 2014 to honor those lost to workplace deaths. The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall in Salem.

The memorial service will feature the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2013. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the speakers at the ceremony.

"This Workers Memorial Day, I want to challenge all Oregonians to think about what they need to stay safe at work," said Chamberlain. "Are you getting the training you need? The right equipment? This month we remember our neighbors who we lost due to workplace tragedies. But in their memory we must do more to keep Oregonians safe on the job."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

"As the economy recovers, some see an increase in the number of injuries and even deaths as inevitable - the cost of doing business," said Wood. "Workers Memorial Day rejects that approach. We must not only remember. We must demand better."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by roughly three-quarters since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

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

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 250,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and restoring the middle class. The Oregon AFL-CIO - A Strong Voice for Oregon's Middle Class.
Videos offer primer on investing, seeking professional financial help
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/14
To recognize Financial Literacy Month in April, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has produced a series of videos about investment basics and how to choose a financial professional to help people get started with their retirement planning.

The 13 videos, created by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, break down the six most common investment products, including stocks, bonds, commodities, and real estate, and describe the characteristics, responsibilities, and compensation of a stockbroker, investment advisor, and financial planner. The division licenses and regulates some of these financial professionals.

"Many people feel they lack the knowledge it takes to invest," said David Tatman, the division's administrator. "We encourage them to take the initial steps with these easy-to-understand videos to gain more confidence and begin to take control of their financial future."

Viewers can choose to watch individual videos based on their interest or need, or watch one video that includes all the topics. Videos can be found on the division's website at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/consumer_info/BasicsInvestmentPlanning.html.

Financial Literacy Month, designated in 2004 through a resolution by the U.S. Senate, was established to help Americans to learn to make wise investments and improve financial literacy.

About us:
The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS) helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Consumer alert: Long-term care insurance rates on the rise, talk to your financial adviser about what is right for you
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/14
As long-term care insurance rates continue to rise, the Oregon Insurance Division is urging consumers to carefully examine their options and how this type of insurance fits into their overall financial strategy.

"Consumers facing rate increases may have options to reduce their premiums," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "For consumers thinking of buying this type of insurance, it's important to consider whether it complements their long-term financial goals."

In recent months, the Insurance Division has approved long-term care rate increases affecting more than 29,000 Oregonians, and several other rate increases are pending. The division has reduced the increases during the review process - companies originally requested an average 45 percent increase, but the division approved an average 26 percent increase.

"While these increases are still significant for consumers, they are much lower than what was originally requested," Cali said. "By reducing the rate increases, we hope to give policyholders the ability to maintain their coverage or to adjust their benefits so that they can still afford it and be able to access benefits should they need long-term care."

Long-term care insurance covers people who are chronically ill in a variety of settings - at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, for example. Typically, people begin paying premium before they need benefits. They become eligible for benefits if they can no longer perform certain daily activities such as eating, dressing, or bathing or if they have a mental impairment such as dementia.

Long-term care is a relatively new type of insurance and insurers nationwide have been raising rates over the past several years. That's due to the fact that policyholders kept their policies longer than expected and are living longer than projected, using more benefits. In addition, low interest rate returns are not keeping pace with increases in the costs of long-term care services.

Consumers will receive letters from their insurance companies at least 45 days before an increase takes effect. The Insurance Division has also asked companies to notify policyholders of their intentions for future rate increases.

In many cases, consumers facing rate increases can reduce their premium by reducing the benefits covered by their policy. For example, they could reduce their inflation protection, which means their policy would cover a smaller percentage of the costs of care in the future. Other options for reducing benefits range from reducing the daily benefit amount to shortening the benefit period.

Deciding how to pay for long-term care services should be part of your overall retirement planning, Cali said. As part of National Retirement Planning Week (April 7-11), the National Retirement Planning Coalition has collected the latest resources to help consumers and financial professionals focus on long-term financial goals, available at www.retireonyourterms.org.

A summary of the recent long-term care rate increases in Oregon is attached. For a complete list of all the policies affected as well as pending requests, go to http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/?pg=ltc_welcome.html. For general information about long-term care insurance, go to http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/long-term-care/Pages/ltc_overview.aspx or call the Insurance Division consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894.


Attached Media Files: rate summary table
Oregon OSHA fines WildCat Haven for safety violations following worker's death
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined WildCat Haven $5,600 for safety and health violations after an animal keeper was attacked and killed at the Sherwood sanctuary. The sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure and cage latches did not fully secure dangerous cougars, Oregon OSHA found.

"Sadly, as is so often the case, this workplace tragedy may have been prevented if the employer had followed and enforced its own guidelines when employees entered the cougar enclosures," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator.

Renee Radziwon Chapman was attempting to clean one of the cages at the sanctuary when one or more cougars attacked her on Nov. 9, 2013. The victim was working alone at the facility.

Oregon OSHA cited WildCat Haven for two serious violations, each with a penalty of $2,800. The investigation found the sanctuary violated its two-person safety procedure by allowing keepers to work alone on a frequent basis.

The second violation identified an inadequate latch design on the cougar cages. If the locks were not fully closed, they could inadvertently pop open. In order to fully secure the latch, keepers were required to enter the cage and attach a carabiner onto the latch's lock fitting. The enclosure itself was also poorly designed with no separate entry door. As a result, cougars in two separate chambers needed to be secured in order to safely enter.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.


Attached Media Files: Oregon OSHA citation
Two Rivers Correctional Institution placed on lockdown
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/16/14
Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) was placed on lockdown Wednesday, April 16, after an inmate disturbance occurred in a housing unit. The institution is currently running under modified operations. Visitation is cancelled until further notice.

At approximately 9:06 a.m., the institution was placed on lockdown after several inmates engaged in mutual altercations in one of the institution's general population living areas. Staff responded and quickly gained control of the incident

A total of 24 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. Two inmates required outside medical treatment for minor injuries.

Oregon State Police has been notified and an ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/10/14
A Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday morning. As with all unanticipated inmate deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. on April 10, 2014, inmate Dean Wayne Guiley, 53, was found unresponsive in his housing unit. He was pronounced deceased at 7:27 a.m.

Guiley entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 14, 2001, on three counts of Kidnapping I and one count of Assault II out of Lane County. His earliest release date was January 2043.

Next of kin has been notified. DOC will release more details when the investigation is completed.

TRCI is a medium and minimum security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.

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Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/04/14
At approximately 9:45 a.m., Friday, April 4, three inmates engaged in a fight on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A portion of the institution remains on partial/modified lockdown, but regular visiting will occur as scheduled.

EOCI is a medium security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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Wildfire knows no season (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/14
Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
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May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month! Please be mindful of the growing potential for wildfires and follow basic fire safety rules and precautions. The heaviest activity is in the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, state, local and federal fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake - lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests. In 2013, three firefighters died battling Oregon wildfires. Timber losses totaled about $370 million, and the fires decimated key fish and wildlife habitats. Homes and outbuildings were destroyed as well.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact in keeping your home, family and community safe," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the backyard.

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors and reduce your community wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 3. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of wildfire.

"Thousands of Oregonian's lives and homes can be put at risk when a wildfire strikes," reminds Interim Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "I encourage everyone to prepare their home and the area around their home before wildfire season begins by checking the websites for Keep Oregon Green and the Oregon Dept. of Forestry."

Coming soon: More Wildfire Awareness Month tips
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote fire prevention messages on:

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Attached Media Files: Is your home safe from wildfire? Wildfire Awareness Month is a good time to create defensible space on your property ahead of the summer fire season.]
State Forests Advisory Committee to meet April 22 in Forest Grove
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/17/14
An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) state forests advisory group will meet April 22 in Forest Grove to receive updates on ODF district operation plans and state forest issues, including:

* Alternative Forest Management Plan workshop summary
* FY 2015 ODF district Annual Operation Plans (AOPs)
* Forest Grove Watershed Management Plan
* State Forests Division updates

Public comment opportunities are currently scheduled for 2 p.m.

>SFAC's role
The State Forests Advisory Committee (SFAC) is comprised of citizens and representatives of timber, environmental and recreation groups. SFAC provides a forum to discuss issues, opportunities and concerns, and offer advice and guidance to ODF on the implementation of the Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan. The plan provides guidance for managing 616,000 acres within the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests, and several scattered state-owned forest tracts in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and Lane counties through a balanced approach to generate revenue while prioritizing environmental and social benefits.

>Meeting details
The State Forests Advisory Committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main Street, Forest Grove.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-359-7426.
Get a jump on fire season on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/17/14
Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
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The severe 2013 fire season still fresh in their minds, Oregonians are focusing their efforts on protecting against future wildfires. Approximately 751,672 Oregonians (occupying about 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire.

Are you one of them? Get involved by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3. Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions help reduce your community's wildfire risk.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common - they are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk, the Oregon Department of Forestry's National Fire Plan Coordinator. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space around homes is a proven way to make it less vulnerable to wildfire. Kolomechuk pointed rural residents to the national Firewise Communities USA Program for tips. "Defensible space" simply means to:
- Maintain the landscape around a home to reduce fire danger.
- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it.

The National Fire Protection Association through its Firewise Communities Program has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to provide cash awards of $500 to 20 individual projects to be undertaken during the May 3 event. Two Oregon communities, Grants Pass and La Pine, received awards to support community preparedness events.

In addition, the Rogue Valley Fire Cooperative received $900 to support local Wildfire Community Preparedness efforts through the "1,000 Safer Places Firewise Challenge."

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that intermingle with forested and other undeveloped lands to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

"By working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards," she said, "you can help protect homes and even entire communities from future wildfires."


Attached Media Files: Fuel reduction work is key to creating defensible space. It can include limbing trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the crowns and carrying flames to homes.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 21
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/14
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday, April 21 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Santiam Room Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Plans for a tax symposium about forest taxes, among other topics, will be discussed by the Committee. Members will also review and discuss multiple collaborative efforts to improve forest health and assist landowners with managing their forests and protecting natural resources.

The committee will also review and discuss:
* Prior meeting's minutes.
* Bald Eagle and leave behind tree and wood rules
* Eastside Private Forests Collaborative Project
* Review draft USFS National Forest Plan for the Blue Mountains
* Annual Report to the Board of Forestry
* Wildfire Response and Repair Fund Framework
* Paired Watershed Studies and what they can tell us
* Communicating with non-forest land owners

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and all issues related to its work.

Committee
Committee Chair Craig Shinn, a Portland State University faculty member and PhD Program Director facilitates thoughtful discussion among the Committee to help inform the Department about issues affecting family forestlands. At Portland State, Shinn develops environmental and natural resource policy through his teaching, research, and professional outreach.

The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative.

Non-voting ex-officio members may include Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF's web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Forest conservation program application period now open
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
Applications are now being accepted for a program created to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of parcelization or new development.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may be lost to non-forest uses. This voluntary program provides financial incentives -- via conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important "working forest" areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program is designed to support state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) administers the program in Oregon. Applications for Forest Legacy funding are now being accepted for Fiscal Year 2016.

Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 16, 2014. Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria. The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives.

To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated in Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf ).
Letters of interest should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest, with a property description attached, must be submitted by close of business May 16, 2014, to:

Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills. Currently, Oregon has two projects awaiting federal fiscal year 2013 appropriation, both in eastern Oregon. Gilchrist Forest is ranked 6th nationally; followed by the Blue Mountain Heritage, ranked 11th nationally.

A conservation easement is a legal restriction placed on a piece of property to protect a specific resource, or several resources, such as a working forest. By stripping off certain property rights to the property - such as development rights - conservation easements can be used to keep forestlands for forestry purposes in perpetuity for enjoyment by future generations.

For more information:
Fiscal Year (FY) Forest Legacy Program Project Application Instructions
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/FY%202015%20Oregon%20Application%20Instructions.pdf

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/docs/legacy/oregonforestlegacyareas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/StewardshipCoordinatingCommittee.shtml.

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/privateforests/ForestLegacy.shtml

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Winners of 2014 Urban & Community Forestry awards announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
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In celebration of Oregon Arbor Week (April 7-13), Oregon Community Trees (OCT) - the state's urban and community forestry council - announces the 2014 recipients of the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards.

The award recipients are:

Tree City of the Year: City of Philomath

In 2013, the City of Philomath removed many scrub and crabapple trees from an area that had long been an eyesore as people entered the city. The city enlisted help from a local grade school to help plant 47 trees on the newly-cleared land. Not only did the kids have fun while planting the trees, they also learned about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide. As the trees grow, they will beautify the area and provide shade for a local creek. The project has been a huge success and the city has received numerous compliments from local citizens. Water samples have already shown a decrease in stream temperature as well as reduced levels of some chemicals in the stream. Recognizing Philomath's accomplishments in promoting healthy urban and community trees is especially appropriate in 2014, which marks Philomath's 20th year as a Tree City USA.

Organization Award: Greenworks

GreenWorks is a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in Portland, Oregon, and has been working with the City of Portland Parks & Recreation Department to design Werbin Park -- the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood in northeast Portland. During the summer 2013, GreenWorks provided outreach for underprivileged neighborhood children, using the park project to teach the children about park design and construction. GreenWorks partnered with Verde and Hacienda's Expresiones after school program to develop six weeks of activities for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Student participants visited the Werbin Park project site, other similar parks, and the GreenWorks office, learned about the design process, experienced firsthand how construction drawings are developed, and engaged in activities to develop their own design skills. Through this unique outreach effort, GreenWorks demonstrated their support for the Cully Neighborhood's commitment to social equity and provided an amazing learning opportunity for local children, who will ultimately become the primary users of Werbin Park. GreenWorks greatly deserves recognition for including this exceptional outreach effort in the design phase of their scope of work.

Individual Award: Laura Lesher

Laura Lesher has made outstanding contributions to urban forestry in the Salem area. She has served on the City of Salem's Shade Tree Advisory Committee, the Oregon Community Trees board of directors, and is a Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) graduate. She has also served on the City of Salem's tree advisory board for 7 years -- as chair for the last 5 years. During that time she has shown the highest degree of professionalism, diplomacy, and courtesy in often difficult and emotional tree hearings before the committee. She also has served on the several other sub-committees related to Salem's urban forest, including the current street tree code revision committee. She often utilizes her expertise in team building and collaboration and acts as an advisor and mentor to others who are interested in trees. Laura has advocated for trees by serving on Oregon Community Trees' Board of Directors for 5 years, where she provided valuable expertise in board development and team building. Laura exudes positive energy in all undertakings and has a true passion for trees and the urban forest.

Organization Award: Angell Job Corps

Angell Job Corps receives this award in recognition of this organization's success and continued efforts in teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent citizens. They strive to place their students in meaningful jobs or on track for additional education. Angell Job Core has directly influenced many students to achieve their goal of becoming arborists. After graduating from Angell Job Core, many students have earned positions with commercial urban forestry companies such as General Tree Service, Collier Arbor Care, Asplundh Tree Expert Company, and other arboriculture-related companies. We salute Angell Job Corps for their contributions to social justice as well as their excellent track record in training young professionals in community forestry.

About These Awards
For the 21st year, the O.C.T. awards recognize individuals and organizations for their exceptional, inspiring accomplishments and leadership in enhancing Oregon's urban and community forests.

Anyone can make nominations for these awards, which are given annually for leadership in community and urban forestry.

For more information, please visit: www.oregoncommunitytrees.org


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Forestry Board to meet in Canyonville 4-14, tour Douglas Complex site 4-15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/07/14
On April 15 the Board of Forestry will tour the site of Oregon's largest wildfire of 2013, the 48,000-acre Douglas Complex near Glendale. At its business meeting in Canyonville on April 14, the board will address agenda items on water quality, management of state forests, and other topics.

Highlights from the April 14 meeting include:

STREAM PROTECTION RULE ANALYSIS
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) staff will report on ongoing work involving possible new forest practice rules designed to maintain cold water in streams. With the board, they will also discuss emerging policy issues pertaining to riparian (streamside) protection.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEAVE-TREE AND DOWNED-WOOD REGULATIONS
Landowners in Oregon's Coast Range are 97 percent compliant with forest practice regulations that require them to leave green trees or snags and downed logs when conducting clearcut timber harvests, according to a completed study. The Oregon Forest Practices Act calls for their retention to provide wildlife habitat and maintain healthy soil.

ALTERNATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANS
ODF staff will describe progress in evaluating alternative forest management plans for the northwestern Oregon state-owned forests. Last June, the board directed ODF to explore alternative forest management plans that would be financially viable and improve conservation outcomes.

HIGH-VALUE CONSERVATION AREAS
The board will receive an update on ODF's efforts to implement an administrative rule change adopted last year that created the new "high-value conservation area" land management classification on state-owned forests.

SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FORESTS
A board subcommittee on federal forests will update the full board on its draft work plan. The subcommittee focuses on federal forest policy issues, with an aim to help the board interact with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, the Legislature and others on management of the 18 million acres of federally owned forestland in the state.

APRIL 14 MEETING DETAILS
The board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Birch-Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, in Canyonville. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, (2014 meeting link).

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

APRIL 15 FIELD TOUR DETAILS
The board will meet for a field tour outside of Glendale near the site of the 2013 Douglas Complex fires. The tour will examine the complexity of forest management, wildfire management, and post-fire salvage and restoration operations in the context of multiple public and private landowner objectives. A tour briefing will be held at 8 a.m. in the Cedar Room at the Seven Feathers Convention Center in Canyonville. Members of the public wishing to join the tour are asked to provide their own lunch and potentially their own transportation if additional van seating is unavailable.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at www.oregon.gov/odf.
Department of Forestry names new State Forests Division Chief
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) named Liz Dent as chief of its State Forests Division this week.

Dent, who had been the division's deputy chief since May 2012, succeeds Mike Bordelon who retired after 28 years with ODF.

Dent, of Corvallis, received a Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and a Masters degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University. After graduating from Oregon State, she worked on fish habitat and water quality projects for the U.S. Forest Service, and has been with ODF since 1995, working in a variety of nationally recognized water quality and monitoring leadership roles.

"The State Forests Division has a full plate in the coming years with challenges to address, and opportunities to build upon. I am honored to be the State Forests Division chief, with the opportunity to help lead the division towards successful outcomes," Dent said.

"We are fortunate to have a wide range of stakeholders engaged, all with diverse perspectives on state forest management," she added. "This proves an exciting time for change, and fortunately ODF is resilient and well-versed in embracing changing times. Those out in the field, and those in Salem are exceptionally good at what they do, and that makes me proud to be part of this organization."

The division is responsible for managing nearly 850,000 acres of state-owned forestland, ensuring these lands produce a broad range of benefits including timber, revenue to help support local public services, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for Oregonians. ODF-managed lands are mostly concentrated in six state forests in western and central Oregon, and account for about three percent of the state's forestland base.

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County groups to discuss state forestry issues April 4 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/28/14
County commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, April 4, in Salem.

Goals of the combined Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) and Council of Forestry Trust Land Counties workshop agenda include:

* Reviewing the alternative forest management planning process to date
* Developing criteria for acceptable outcomes of an alternative forest management plan
* Identifying ideas for agreement with the Board of Forestry decision in the fall of 2014
* Reviewing draft proposals being considered for county revenue distribution

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room - Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Parole & Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/19/14
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 67th Parole and Probation Officer Class on April 25, 2014 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and elected officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us

Members of Parole & Probation Class #67

Officer Kevin Blaich
Josephine County Community Corrections

Officer Jason Caldwell
Clackamas County Community Corrections

Officer Lisa Coates
Polk County Community Corrections

Deputy Ryan Downing
Baker County Sheriff's Office

Officer Harley Earl III
Multnomah County Community Justice

Officer Holly Fischer
Washington County Community Corrections

Officer Zachariah Foos
Klamath County Community Corrections

Supervisor Joseph Garcia
Douglas County Community Corrections

Officer Richard Gill
Coos County Community Corrections

Officer Erin Gladstone
Washington County Community Corrections

Officer Flemming Greene
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Heather Harris
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Officer Daryll Healey
Lincoln County Community Corrections

Officer Colleen Kim
Multnomah County Community Justice

Supervisor Gregory Lay
DOC/Linn County Community Corrections

Officer Mark McDaniel
Klamath County Community Corrections

Officer Andrew Morgan
Lincoln County Community Corrections

Deputy Frances Murrey
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Officer Christine Myers
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Tyler Nelsen
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jeromy Pilon
Yamhill County Community Corrections

Officer Joshua Pritt
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Officer Consuelo Ramirez
Hood River County Community Justice

Officer Ronald Ramsey
Multnomah County Community Justice

Officer Matthew Scott
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Anna Seaholm
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jacob Skokan
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Connie Trigilio
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Officer Brittany Whitmire
Jackson County Community Justice

Officer Keith Yori
Douglas County Community Corrections


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/03/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training April 24, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Tammera Hinshaw at least 48 hours before the meeting at(503)373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.


1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the January 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-008-0010 & OAR 259-008-0011 Proposed Rule Change
Fingerprint Procedure Changes
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by TPC on February 5, 2014,
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 Temporary Work Permit Definition
Private Security Services - Definitions
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-060-0120 Additional Certification Requirement
Private Security Professional Certification and Responsibilities
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-061-0040 & 259-061-0300 Proposed Rule
Private Investigator Moral Fitness
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 18, 2014.

F. *Proposed Training Standard
Firearms Private Security Instructor Curriculum
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on February 19, 2014.

G. *John Slyter - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014, and
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

H. *Shawn King - DPSST#49251 - Dept of Corrections - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

I. *John Crowder - DPSST#43014 - Enterprise PD - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

J. *Ray Rockafellor - DPSST#42493 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

K. *Dwayne Gift - DPSST#30008 - Dept of Corrections EOCI - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by CPC on February 11, 2014.

L. *Sean Sothern - DPSST#28796 - Portland Police Bureau - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on November 12, 2014.

M. *Ronald Swanson - DPSST#19084 - Revocation
Approved to recommend to Board by PPC on February 20, 2014.

N. *Policy Committee Changes
Corrections:
Jeff Wheeler - Oregon Sheriffs Jail Command Council - New appointment

2. OAR 259-008-0070 and OAR 259-060-0600 - Temporary Rule - Linsay Hale Error Correction

3. OAR 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule - Linsay Hale Intermediate and Advanced Certification Chart Date Extension

4. Background Investigations - Linsay Hale

5. Annual Director Evaluation - Chair Barker

6. Five Year Review of Revocation/Denial Cases - Steve Winegar

7. Director Update - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
* Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
* Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
* Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
* Private Security Policy Committee - Jeff Martin, Chair
* Telecommunications Policy Committee - Rob Poirier, Chair

9. Recognition of Outgoing Board Members

10. Next meeting date: July 24, 2014


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Engraving Day held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/02/14
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the names of two of Oregon's fallen were added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The memorial honors more than 178 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) approved the addition of two officers during the 2014 ceremony. It is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon's fallen officers and they families they left behind. Below is information on the two officers whose names were etched on the memorial today and will be officially honored during next month's ceremony.

Reserve Police Officer Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department will be the 180th officer to be honored on the state's memorial. On November 3, 2014, Clackamas County Fire District #1 and Oregon City Police units were dispatched to a report of a house fire on November 3, 2013. Police were sent to deal with a report of an armed male at the fire scene. Reserve Officer Robert Libke (DPSST #51035) of the Oregon City Police Department was shot at the scene of the house fire. Officer Libke was transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he died from his injuries on November 4, 2013. Officer Libke, age 41, left behind a wife and unborn child. Officer Libke served as a reserve officer with the Oregon City Police Department since 2009. Officer Libke graduated from the 276-hour Clackamas County Reserve Officer Academy on February 11, 2010. Officer Libke grew up in Portland and graduated from Marshall High School in 1991. He worked as a general supervisor at Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland.

Deputy Charles H. Basye of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will be added to the memorial this year through the historic recognition process. Deputy Basye was murdered by an inmate during an escape from the Jackson County Jail on June 12, 1917 and his death was unknown for many years until research done by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office located additional details of his death.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

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Half million Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/08/14
The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding nearly 500,000 Oregonians that they still need to file personal income tax returns by the April 15 filing deadline. That's only one week away.

"Based on last year's totals, we expect another 470,000 returns by April 15," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That's nearly one-third of all the returns we receive during tax season."

Revenue says about one million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. Oregonians are overwhelmingly filing returns electronically, with a statewide average of almost 92%. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically, Revenue encouraged anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all the required forms are included in your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent little mistakes that will slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Revenue department offers new ID theft-reporting tools
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/14
Amid a growing number of reports of federal tax returns being filed by identity thieves, the Department of Revenue has established new ID theft reporting options for Oregonians.

"ID theft and tax fraud can go hand-in-hand," said JoAnn Martin, Personal Tax and Compliance Division Administrator at Revenue. "We want it to be as easy as possible for potential victims to protect their tax accounts."

Revenue's website now features a webform for reporting ID theft quickly and easily. The ID theft page includes links to information about filing reports with other important entities like the IRS and credit reporting agencies. Taxpayers without Internet access can call 503-947-2000, a phone line dedicated to receiving ID theft reports.

As the April 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns approaches, Revenue officials anticipate additional reports of identity theft. Several recent reports have been triggered when an Oregonian tries to file their federal tax return and it's rejected by the IRS because a return was previously filed using their Social Security number. Revenue's best advice?

"File as soon as you can and if you suspect you've been a victim of identity theft, notify us immediately," Martin said.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.

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Attached Media Files: 2014-04/861/73028/20140402_ID_theft_release_final.pdf
Sandy River Basin restoration receives State Land Board Award (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/08/14
Left to right: Sec. of State Kate Brown, Lisa Northrup, Patrick Hawe, Mark McCollister, Greg Wanner, Bill Westbrook, John Huston and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Left to right: Sec. of State Kate Brown, Lisa Northrup, Patrick Hawe, Mark McCollister, Greg Wanner, Bill Westbrook, John Huston and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
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Project hailed for efforts to restore native fish habitat

Salem - The State Land Board at their April 8 meeting presented the 2013 Stream Project Award to the many organizations involved in the Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration in the Welches, Oregon area. The project is part of a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin.

The component completed in 2013 included restoration efforts in the Salmon River and Still Creek, a tributary to the Zigzag River in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Activities included reconnecting isolated habitats; installing 25 large-wood habitat structures; and restoring riparian vegetation and watershed processes. The activities increased side channel habitat by nearly 7,000 feet, which greatly improved adult spawning and juvenile rearing habitat for native fish.

"This project is about partnerships and a long-term vision," said Secretary of State Kate Brown, who presented the award. "The Land Board appreciates the many volunteers, agencies and citizens dedicated to this important effort to restore fish habitat in the Sandy River Basin." Brown noted that funding for the project came from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.

The project was led by The Freshwater Trust, on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners, a coalition of government agencies, the local watershed council, private interests and non-profits dedicated to restoring Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead.

"This was truly a cooperative effort, and one that not only benefits native fish, but shows the magnitude of what can be accomplished when organizations and dedicated volunteers work together to restore important habitat," said project leader Mark McCollister of The Freshwater Trust.

The State Land Board is marking their tenth year of giving awards for projects and efforts that promote responsible, sustainable stewardship of state resources or that benefit Department of State Lands-related programs. Since 2004, 25 projects have been honored, representing all regions of Oregon.

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Attached Media Files: Left to right: Sec. of State Kate Brown, Lisa Northrup, Patrick Hawe, Mark McCollister, Greg Wanner, Bill Westbrook, John Huston and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/01/14
Board to consider legislative concept, hear reports

Salem - Two awards honoring an exceptional stream project and an exemplary partnership effort, will be presented by the State Land Board at their public meeting on April 8:

Stream Project Award: Upper Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration, a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin. Partners include The Freshwater Trust, Sandy River Basin Partners, local governments, conservation groups, Mt. Hood National Forest, PGE and Bureau of Land Management. The project is supported by funding from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.

Partnership Award: Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, a collaborative effort among public- and private-sector citizens in the Coos Bay Community. The partnership's goals are to develop locally-driven approaches to responsible development, and to help prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon's south coast. Past and present partners include the South Slough National Research Reserve, the Coos Watershed Council, the Coquille Indian Tribe, local economic development organizations, the International Port of Coos Bay, local businesses, and a wide variety of government agencies. Funding has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

The stream award recognizes responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, and the partnership award recognizes people and programs that work together to help advance the goals of the Department of State Lands. The Department is the South Slough's state administrative partner.

In other business, the board will be asked to authorize the Department of State Lands to proceed with drafting a legislative concept related to marine renewable energy.

The informational agenda includes the annual reports on Common School Fund investments and the Estates Program.

The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Agenda:

http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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State to auction coins, jewelry, collectibles from abandoned safe deposit boxes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 03/25/14
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Public invited to April 3-5 event in southern Oregon

White City - About 1400 lots, ranging from diamond rings to baseball cards, will be offered for sale at a public auction in White City, near Medford.

Location:
885 Industrial Circle, White City, OR (9 mi. north of Medford)

Auction Preview:
Thursday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Public Auction:
Friday, April 4, 9:00 a.m. (jewelry and miscellaneous)
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. (coin and currency)

The location is the auction facility of the auctioneer, Liska and Associates.

Every year the Department of State Lands, which manages the state's unclaimed property program, receives hundreds of boxes, envelopes and packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when owners cannot be located for two years.

Before scheduling a sale, unclaimed property staff looks for owners by posting their names on a searchable online database and by performing specialized individual searches. Any unclaimed contents are sold at public auction. The proceeds from the sale are posted to the owner's account and are available forever to be claimed.

Unclaimed funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund until claimed by owners or their heirs. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Additional information, including auction catalogs:

State Lands: 503-986-5257 (Salem)
http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/UP/Pages/up_auction_2014.aspx

Liska: 541-471-0916 (Grants Pass)
http://www.liska-auctioneers.com/2013/other-auctions/april-4-5-safetyauction/


The State Land Board consists of Governor John A. Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Women Veterans Conference in Eugene March 28-29
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 03/25/14
SALEM -- Female veterans from every branch of military service, era and background are invited to attend the free semi-annual Oregon Women's Veterans Conference in Eugene, March 28-29, at the Eugene Hilton and Conference Center, located at 66 E. 66th Ave.

Co-sponsored by the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, and the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), the conference serves as both an educational tool, and as a celebration of the service and sacrifices of women veterans throughout history.

A variety of workshops addressing veterans' benefits, women's wellness, employment and small business tips will be offered. Attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD Form 214 or other proof of military service with them to the conference.

ODVA Director Cameron Smith, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said the conference is a significant opportunity to bring women veterans together to both educate and build camaraderie within their ranks.

"So many women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces don't realize that they are a veteran," said conference coordinator and Oregon Army National Guard officer Renee French. "This free conference will again be a unique opportunity for Oregon to honor its women veterans and thank them for serving."

It is estimated Oregon has more than 28,000 women veterans.

Several dynamic speakers will be featured at the conference including Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg, Oregon State Rep. Julie Parrish, and the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the ODVA, retired Air Force Col. Mary J. Mayer.

On-line registration is required to attend the conference. Seating is limited, but registration remains open. The conference agenda is posted on-line.

For more information about the conference or to register, go to, www.oregon.gov/ODVA/pages/WOMENVET.aspx.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon March 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/15/14
Oregon Job Growth Hits Fastest Pace in Eight Years

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted monthly job gain of 7,500 in March was the largest since November 2005 when 9,300 jobs were added.

The rapid job growth in recent months may be pulling people back into the labor market. Nearly five years into this economic recovery, rapid gains in construction employment and an end to overall government job declines have lent support to more broad-based economic expansion.

The jobs report indicated economic growth accelerated in March, with many of the major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.

Construction shot up by 1,800, following a gain of 1,300 in February. Leisure and hospitality bounced back from a one-month dip, adding 2,100 in March. In addition, five industries added close to 1,000 jobs: retail trade (+1,200 jobs), financial activities (+900), professional and business services (+1,200), private educational services (+800), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only industry showing a large loss in March was wholesale trade, which shed 1,000 jobs.

Over the past 12 months, Oregon's economic expansion was rapid and broad-based. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment grew by 46,300 jobs, or 2.8 percent since March 2013 as each major industry added jobs. The private sector added 43,700 jobs, or 3.2 percent, while government added 2,600 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Within the private sector, construction grew at the fastest pace, having added 7,800 jobs or 10.8 percent since March 2013.

In March, seasonally adjusted construction employment broke through 80,000 for the first time since January 2009. After plummeting to near 67,000 in 2010, the industry has once again returned to near 80,000, which was close to its level during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

In March, most of construction's job gains were in building equipment contractors, which added 1,400 and was up 2,600 in the past 12 months. The industry is primarily comprised of contractors specializing in electrical; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

These preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses and are subject to later revision.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in March, essentially unchanged from 6.8 percent, as revised, in February and significantly below the year-ago figure of 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Oregon's labor force increased for the fifth consecutive month in March, following nearly two years of monthly declines. Continued job growth, coupled with a high number of entrants to the labor force, has been driving recent labor force growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, April 21st and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 13th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: Oregon March 2014 Unemployment Rate Press Release
Media Advisory: Press Conference Tomorrow for March Statewide Unemployment
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for March 2014 will be released tomorrow, April 15, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Communications manager Tom Fuller and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000 Over the Year
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/14
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.
Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.

All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon.
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013.

Along with more vacancies, there are fewer unemployed competing for those available jobs. In January, 146,600 Oregonians were unemployed, which means roughly 4 unemployed people for each private-sector vacancy. One year ago, the ratio was 8 unemployed for every job vacancy.

As the labor market tightens, employers are having more difficulty finding the workers they need. Employers reported that more than half of their vacancies in the winter were difficult to fill. The share has increased since winter 2013, when 39 percent of vacancies were difficult to fill.

At $16.05, the average wage offered for a vacancy in winter 2014 was $0.74 above the level from the prior year - one more sign of a job market picking up steam.

Food preparation and serving workers, and production workers topped the list of occupations with vacancies, with more than 4,000 apiece.

All regions had more vacancies this year than last. Vacancies have increased significantly in Central Oregon since winter 2014. The Portland Tri-County area had 19,000 vacancies, more than half of the statewide total.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2014 will be released in July.
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release details of the 2013 "Why are positions difficult-to-fill?" responses in May.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


Attached Media Files: 2014-04/930/73355/Job_Vacancy_Survey_Winter_2014_News_Release.pdf
February 2014 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon's Counties
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/24/14
Benton County had Oregon's lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February at 5.3 percent. Harney County (11.6%) registered the highest rate for the month. Fourteen of Oregon's counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 6.9 percent and 12 were below the nationwide rate of 6.7 percent. Grant County saw the largest improvement in its unemployment rate over the year with a drop of 3.7 percentage points.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in all of Oregon's six broad regions between February 2013 and February 2014. The largest job gains occurred in Central Oregon (+2.7%). The Portland area (+2.2%), the Willamette Valley (+1.9%), Southern Oregon (+0.4%), Eastern Oregon (0.3%), and the Oregon Coast (+0.2%) also saw job growth over the year.

For additional information on your local area, please visit QualityInfo.org and select an area on the Regional Information map.

Next News Releases
The Oregon Employment Department will release statewide unemployment rate and industry employment data for March on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be released on Monday, April 21, 2014.


Attached Media Files: 2014-03/930/72787/February_2014_Local_Rates.pdf
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 04/14/14
April 14, 2014

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 18 in Wilsonville

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, April 18. The primary agenda items will be the process for selecting the 2015 metrics, and presentations on long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics; population health metrics; and early learning metrics. Public testimony will be heard at 11:45 a.m.

When: Friday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions and parking information: http://www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:
Welcome and consent agenda
Updates
Work plan to select measures for 2015
Presentation: long-term supports and services (LTSS) metrics
Presentation: population health metrics
Presentation: early learning metrics
Public testimony

For more information, please visit the Metrics and Scoring Committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Future of Public Health Task Force meets April 16
Oregon Health Authority - 04/04/14
April 4, 2014

What: The fifth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

* Explore approaches to delivering governmental public health services.

* Begin to develop framework for recommendations.

* Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B, Portland

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348A to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

May 12, 2014, Bend, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 18, 2014, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tentative time)

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, policy officer, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon State Hospital patient on unauthorized leave (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 03/29/14
Gregory A. Page
Gregory A. Page
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A 60-year-old psychiatric patient from the Oregon State Hospital was reported to be on unauthorized leave on Saturday, March 29.

The patient, Gregory A. Page, is not considered to be a danger to himself or others. The Oregon State Police are conducting an investigation to help locate him and bring him safely back to the hospital. Anyone seeing Page should call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Page was first admitted to the Oregon State Hospital on October 14, 1994, and most recently on March 27, 2012, as a forensic commitment from Lane County. In 1994, Page was deemed Guilty Except for Insanity for attempted murder. He was sentenced for 20 years for under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board. Patients under the jurisdiction of the PSRB live in a variety of settings, from independent living in the community to the Oregon State Hospital.

Page is a resident of one of the group homes on the grounds of OSH that are staffed 24-7 and designed for patients who receive treatment but do not need to live within the secure perimeter of the state hospital.

He was last seen at the Denny's on Market Street in Salem at approximately 8:30 a.m. Page was reported missing at approximately 7:30 a.m. when nursing staff discovered he was not in his room during hourly rounds.

Hospital officials, who reported the escape to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Page as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 215 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. He may also be wearing a bright blue coat and silver-rimmed glasses.

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Attached Media Files: Gregory A. Page
Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/28/14
March 28, 2014

Blue Mountain Recovery Center closes
Patients and medical records transferred to Oregon State Hospital

The Blue Mountain Recovery Center will close March 31. Built in 1948, BMRC was originally the admission and treatment building of the former Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Most recently, it provided hospital-level care for up to 60 patients who had been committed to the Oregon Health Authority for psychiatric treatment.

The remaining BMRC patients have been transferred to the Oregon State Hospital's Portland and Salem campuses. Construction of a new psychiatric facility in Junction City is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, and it will begin serving patients in spring of 2015. The new facilities in Salem and Junction City were designed to provide a therapeutic environment that best supports recovery from mental illness.

Upon closure, Oregon State Hospital will take possession of the archived medical records of former patients of Blue Mountain Recovery Center, Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center, and Eastern Oregon State Hospital. Records will be available after May 1, 2014. Individuals who wish to obtain copies of former patient medical records should mail or fax their request to Oregon State Hospital:

Mailing address
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
Oregon State Hospital
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Fax: 503-945-9855

For questions about medical records, please contact the Oregon State Hospital Health Information Department at 503-945-2976.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/27/14
March 27, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 1 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 1 in Portland, where OHA staff and the board will continue to work on the board's recommendations to Governor Kitzhaber. The board will hear a general progress report on the work, as well as a presentation on the Sustainable Rate of Growth work group. The board also will hear an update on OHA's data and measurement strategy - including the payment process for coordinated care organization quality incentive measures - and an update on selection of new health plans by the Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB). The board will hear public testimony beginning at 3 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 1, 1-3:15 p.m.

Where: Market Square Building, ninth floor, 1515 S.W. Fifth Ave. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream, and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page.

Agenda:
* Director's report
* OHPB recommended actions: progress report
* Sustainable Rate of Growth work group update
* Data and measurement update, including:
- Health plan quality metrics work group and metrics alignment
- CCO quality incentive payment process and timeline
* Coordinated care model spread: PEBB health plan selection and Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) update

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Public Hearing Notice: 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/17/14
OREGON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Public Hearing Notice

There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan for Oregon

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Place: North Mall Office Building, Room # B138
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Sandy McDonnell, 503.986-2012, by TTY at 503.986-2100, or by email at sandy.mccdonell@oregon.gov.

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public comment on the proposed 2014-2015 US Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program State Plan for Oregon. Persons interested in commenting on the state plan are invited to attend the public hearing. Written comments will be accepted as long as they are received by 5:00pm, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. A copy of the proposed state plan will be available to view on the OHCS website after Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The web address is www.ohcs.oregon.gov. Please send all correspondence and requests for copies of the plan to Oregon Housing and Community Services at the address below:

Oregon Housing and Community Services
Attn: Chris Shoopman, Weatherization Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301-1266
Phone: 503-986-0972
Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/01/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014


CONTACTS:
Jared Paben, Oregon Volunteers
(503) 725-8322
jared@oregonvolunteers.org

Tom Unger, Wells Fargo
(503) 886-2051
ungert@wellsfargo.com


Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards

SALEM, Ore. -- Some of the most outstanding volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and achievements at the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

The awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards (see winners list below). The winners serve in areas stretching from Medford to Portland and Newport to Ontario, and places in between.

"These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service."

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by April 17 at:
www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva/2014.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner.

"Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees' dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

The winners of this year's awards emerged from an extraordinary competition. Oregon Volunteer received a record 114 nominations this year, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

State-Level Winners

Youth Volunteer:
Grant Crim of Coquille
American Cancer Society Volunteer
Diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of 22 months, Grant Crim has devoted himself to supporting the American Cancer Society, especially through his support of the Relay for Life fundraiser. A past relay participant, Crim joined his local Relay for Life of South Coos County event planning committee in August 2012 as the team development chair. He recruited new teams, mentored existing teams, prepared monthly meeting agendas, facilitated monthly team captain meetings and served as spokesman for his local event. Averaging 15-20 hours per week in Relay for Life volunteer service, Crim has put in about 1,560 hours since 2012. He shares his personal story of survivorship at local civic clubs, high school assemblies and Relay for Life events. He wrote and helped produce a song and several videos about his experiences spreading awareness about cancer and fundraising. In memory of his late friend Natalie Hill, he started a national #LLLN (Live Life Like Natalie!) fundraising and cancer awareness campaign.

Adult Volunteer:
Christy Martinez of Carlton
City of Carlton Police Department Volunteer
The Carlton Police Department is an accredited police agency because of Christy Martinez. The department has only three full-time officers and no support staff. Over the past two years, Martinez has volunteered to help with support staff duties. She created a high professional level for operating standards at the agency, allowing it to receive accreditation earlier this year. She volunteered about 125 hours per month on the accreditation project alone. In addition, she established a Child Identification Day in Carlton to coincide with a national effort to protect children, and she is instrumental in facilitating Project 365, a year-long community improvement project associated with National Night Out. Over the past 25 years, she has been involved in Relay for Life, Make A Wish Foundation, basketball coaching and many other efforts. Many people had no idea she with diagnosed with cancer five years ago because, despite how she felt physically, she rarely missed work or volunteer obligations.

Elder Volunteers:
Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean of Ontario
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Volunteers
Brothers Ronald Verini and Douglas Dean started the nonprofit Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in 2008. The all-volunteer organization's mission is to provide a voice for, support and honor, recognize and advocate for veterans, active-duty military and their families. The organization, with nearly 100 volunteers, provides space where people can come to find resources and assistance, as well as camaraderie. The resources include help with benefits and financial and mental health assistance. One veteran said he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Verini and Dean. The veteran was close to ending his life when these two award winners helped him see how important he was and that he had a place in society. In addition to starting and volunteering at Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida, Verini has served on the City Council for eight years, and Dean is a consultant for the Treasure Valley Community College BizCenter. They are both Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and serve on the Visitors and Convention Board.

Youth Volunteer Program:
Josephine County Foundation of Grants Pass
Josephine County Foundation is a high school student-led organization that serves a key role in an economically depressed community. In fall 2011, guided by teachers and community leaders, students from Hidden Valley High School formed the foundation, which now has student officers from all five high schools in Josephine County. The foundation teaches students about philanthropy, community service project planning, nonprofit management, fundraising and more. Through grant writing and other fundraising, the students have raised $160,000 for community projects and scholarships. For example, they held a free vision clinic in December 2012 that provided eye exams and glasses to 150 low-income residents. One eyeglasses recipient cried afterward, saying it was the first time she'd been able to clearly see her granddaughter. Other projects included a "Care Faire" that provided free dental cleanings, a needs assessment of all fire stations in the county and a "Business Bootcamp" for middle school students.

Not-for-Profit Volunteer Program:
Josephine Community Libraries of Grants Pass
Without the volunteers at Josephine Community Libraries, 83,000 Oregonians wouldn't have access to a public library. Josephine Community Libraries formed in fall 2007, after the county closed its libraries due to funding cuts and the failure of a ballot initiative for a library district. The nonprofit today operates all the county's libraries, with volunteers filling core roles: cataloging and shelving books, providing information to library users, hosting children's story times, checking books in and out, marketing, communications, fundraising, outreach, facilities maintenance and more. The system has 360 dedicated volunteers. About 2,500 patrons check out items from the libraries each month, and 1,700 patrons use the public Internet computers. The system also has special programs for children: First Steps for toddlers, K-9 Reading Buddies for young readers, story times and the Summer Reading Program. It also has the Expanding Opportunities Program, which provides deeper access to library resources and community partners, helping people improve their prospects in education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Large Business Volunteer Program:
Willamina Lumber of Willamina
The employees have rallied to help their community in many ways. They've formed a committee that identifies community needs and projects to address them, and it sets financial goals to meet those needs. Employees have competitions for deductions from their paychecks to make donations. They've donated thousands of dollars to causes ranging from Christmas presents for low-income families in Sheridan and Willamina to a youth program called "Night Court" that provides youth sports programs in the evenings. They've built swing sets in the park, planted flowers in town and cut wood and donated it to keep people warm. They not only hold food drives and donate enough food to last the food bank for three months, but they volunteer at the food bank to put the food away. The local churches and other organizations try their best to meet the needs in the community, but not one could even come close to meeting them without the mill and its employees.

Statewide Business Volunteer Program:
Fred Meyer Volunteer Program of Portland
Fred Meyer's volunteers support many causes throughout Oregon. For example, for more than 15 years, Fred Meyer has supported SOLVE, an organization that organizes volunteers to improve the environment. In 2013, Fred Meyer employees donated more than 1,000 service hours to SOLVE's Spring Beach Cleanup, Project Oregon and Fall Beach and Riverside Cleanup. They pulled invasive weeds, planted native shrubs and trees and cleared watersheds and coastlines of trash. The company has also been a national corporate team member of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for nine years.