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27 Citations Issued During Speed Enforcement Mission - 08/13/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) conducted a speed enforcement mission on Interstate 84 on Saturday, August 11 resulting in 27 citations.

 

MCSO was joined by members from the Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau to provide an enhanced presence between the Interstate 205 interchange and Mile Post 42.  The primary goal of the enforcement mission was to provide a visible deterrent to unsafe driving practices.

 

Over the course of the four-hour mission, deputies, troopers, and officers stopped 37 vehicles, issued 27 citations and 14 warnings.

 

Citations:

  • Speeding: 24
  • Seatbelt Violation: 1
  • Uninsured Motorist: 1
  • Expired Registration: 1

Warnings were issued for speeding and other violations

 

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed 10,111 people, accounting for more than a quarter (27%) of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

 

This mission was grant-funded by ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division.

 

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Sgt. Brandon White
Sgt. Brandon White
Announcement: New Public Information Officer (Photo) - 07/30/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce our new Public Information Officer (PIO), Sergeant Brandon White.

 

Sgt. White has 18 years of Corrections experience and has supported the MCSO Communications Unit as a back-up PIO for a year and a half. He was hired with the Sheriff’s Office in 2000, was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2013, and has served in numerous specialty units and assignments.

 

He was born and raised in Multnomah County and attended Reynolds High School and Mt. Hood Community College. Sgt. White’s experience in operations and roots in the community will prove to be valuable in this new role as the agency’s spokesperson.

 

Members of the media may continue to use the PIO Pager (503-271-0226) for emergent issues or email pio@mcso.us to reach Sgt. White.

 

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Attached Media Files: Sgt. Brandon White
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Crash in Fairview - 07/27/18

Last night at approximately 11:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Gresham Fire Department, and American Medical Response responded to the report of a traffic crash involving a car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Halsey and 7th St. in Fairview.  The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene and the juvenile motorcycle passenger was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.  The driver of the car suffered minor injuries, and was transported to a local hospital as well.

The deceased motorcycle rider has been identified as 26 year old Yuriy Farina of Portland.

Preliminary reports show the motorcycle was traveling west bound on Halsey when it collided with the car traveling east bound.

The East County Vehicular Crimes Team responded to conduct the crach investigation. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team consists of MCSO Deputies, Gresham Police Officers, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Halsey at 7th St. was closed for the investigation, but reopened before 6:00 AM.

Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 988-7300

MCSO Deputy indicted on criminal charges - 07/26/18

Allegations of misconduct are serious matters for public safety agencies.  The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) holds our uniformed members to a higher standard because of the inherent responsibility bestowed upon them.  First and foremost, the Sheriff’s Office appreciates how difficult it was for the victim in this incident to come forward and report these allegations. We understand the significant emotional and physical pain that comes with abuse and victimization, and we hope this investigation helps the victim begin the healing process.

The allegations of misconduct against Dwight Richey are serious and complex.  The allegations were reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) although they occurred in Multnomah County.  Once MCSO was advised of the allegations, MCSO in consultation with WCSO, determined that WCSO should be the lead investigators in the case.  The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office requested the Oregon Department of Justice act as the Special Prosecutor to maximize objectivity and prevent any potential conflicts of interest.  We would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Justice for their thorough investigation and objective review of these allegations.

The Sheriff’s Office cooperated with the investigators throughout the investigation.  This included the timing of placing Mr. Richey on paid administrative leave, so as to protect the integrity of the criminal investigation.

On July 25th, 2018, we were notified that after careful review of the relevant facts, a Multnomah County Grand Jury:

Returned an indictment charging Mr. Richey with three counts of Sex Abuse II, five counts of Sex Abuse III and one count of Harassment.

Based on the decision of the Grand Jury to indict Mr. Richey, MCSO has placed Mr. Richey on unpaid administrative leave, which is standard practice.  Depending on the outcome of the criminal proceedings MCSO will initiate an administrative investigation.

In order to maintain the integrity of the criminal case and the administrative investigation, no additional information will be available at this time.

**Update** House Fire in Corbett results in death investigation - 07/26/18

Update

The victim of the July 10th fire has been positively identified as 78 year old Francine Roberta Lewis.  Ms. Lewis was the resident of the home.

The investigation is on-going, therefore no additional information is available at this time.

 

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On 07-10-18 at approximately 12:19 am, MCSO deputies responded to assist the Corbett Fire Department with a residential fire at 30245 E. Woodard Road near Troutdale.  Corbett Fire and the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office began a routine investigation to determine the cause of the fire.  During the course of their investigation human remains were discovered in the fire scene.  MCSO Detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office have responded to conduct a death investigation resulting from this recent discovery.

This is a complex and on-going investigation, therefore, no additional information will be released at this time.

 

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Media Opportunities: MCSO Participates in Community Summer Events - 07/19/18

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will participate in two local community summer events happening this weekend, July 20 and 21, 2018.


Wood Village Nite Out

Friday, July 20

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wood Village Baptist Church

23601 NE Arata Road

 

Coordinated by the City of Wood Village and hosted by the Wood Village Baptist Church, this annual summer event is the City’s largest neighborhood event! This year’s Nite Out will feature kid’s games and activities, great music and food, and exciting demonstrations by first responders. This event is a part of the National Nite Out Program that is supported by many of the businesses in the area. Wood Village Baptist Church provides over 100 volunteers for the estimated crowd of 2,500 visitors.

 

Due to construction on NE Arata Road and limited on-site parking, visitors are encouraged to use caution in the area and consider parking nearby and walking to the event.

 

 

Troutdale SummerFest

Saturday, July 21

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Glenn Otto Park

1102 E Historic Columbia River Hwy

 

Join in on the annual summer fun in Downtown Troutdale! The Historic Columbia River Highway will be closed off from Kibling to Glenn Otto Park and kids are invited to “Chalk It Up” on the streets in front of Mayor’s Square. At 11:00 a.m., the parade will march through town to Glenn Otto Park where the festivities will go on throughout the afternoon! Glenn Otto Park will have a variety of vendors, food, entertainment, music, and fun activities for the kids!

 

MCSO’s own K9 Ranger has been honored as the Canine Citizen of the Year! He and his partner, Deputy Weber, will proudly represent MCSO during the parade and throughout the day’s fun.

 

SummerFest is hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. This year, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Multnomah County Animal Shelter Services.

 

More information is available at http://www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/troutdale-summerfest/


Both events are family friendly and open to all!

Media is invited to attend both events.