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Juvenile Detained for School Threats (Gervais) ***Update*** - 02/23/18

Last night, February 23rd, around midnight, the Woodburn Police Department was informed of a threat made against the Woodburn and Gervais School Districts. Officers with the Woodburn Police Department began investigating the incident in conjunction with both school districts and the Gervais Police Department.

With student and staff safety as a top priority, both districts increased their levels of security as additional officers were brought into to patrol campuses. As the day progressed officers with the Woodburn Police Department continued to receive threats via social media.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., all of their efforts paid off after officers and educators identified a 17 year old, Gervais boy as the person believed to be responsible for the threats. The suspect was located at his residence where he was detained without incident. During the arrest the Gervais School District was placed on a brief lockdown as a precaution and later released.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to thank the Woodburn School District, Gervais School District and its law enforcement partners for their cooperation and assistance during this investigation. The Woodburn and Gervais Police Departments are continuing their investigation and there are no additional updates regarding the male juvenile at this time. For any further questions regarding this incident please contact:

Deputy Chief Marty Pilcher
Woodburn Police Department
503-980-2459
Marty.pilcher@ci.woodburn.or.us


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Today at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Gervais Police Department was notified of a threat made via social media regarding the Gervais High School. The Gervais Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the school which was placed into lockdown as a precaution.

Quickly the Gervais Police Department developed a suspect, a juvenile, who was taken into custody at his home without incident. The school has been released and deputies will remain on scene as a precaution while the students board buses and walk home.

There are no additional details available and all further questions should be directed to the Gervais Police Department.

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Deschutes County Man Arrested After Brief Chase (Photo) - 02/09/18

Today around 10:30 a.m., deputies stopped a gray Nissan Frontier on State Street near Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. During the traffic stop deputies learned the vehicle was stolen and when they attempted to arrest the driver he fled on foot.

The driver Mark Kurtz, age 39, of Deschutes County was arrested a short distance later and taken into custody. Mr. Kurtz has been identified as a person believed to be involved in a February 7th robbery of the Adult Book Store located at 155 Lancaster Drive NE.

Mr. Kurtz is currently at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Attempting to Elude Police, Unlawful Possession of Meth, Interfering with a Police Officer, Robbery II and Menacing. Additionally, Mr. Kurtz had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest out of Marion and Deschutes Counties.

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Extra Patrols Added to Roadways in February (Photo) - 02/09/18

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety team will be adding additional patrols during the month of February. Deputies will be putting on their uniforms and taking to the roadways to detect dangerous driving behaviors like DUII, Distracted Driving and Seat Belt usage. The Sheriff's Office began its first patrols Super Bowl Sunday and will continue their patrols through the month of February.

Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. In 2015, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives. Many Americans understand the lifesaving value of the seat belt -- the national use rate is at 90.1 percent -- but nearly 27.5 million people still don't buckle up.

That is why deputies are asking our residents and visitors to always buckle up, put your phones down and please drive safely.

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Rescuers Searching for Missing Hiker, Henline Falls **Final** - 02/04/18

Early this morning around 4:00 a.m., rescuers began carrying the injured hiker to an area where he could be hoisted to safety. The hoisting location is some 600 feet below where the hiker fell and it took rescuers nearly 4 hours to carry the man to that location. At 09:20 a.m., the hiker Andrew Agnesse,(Pronounced; "In-Yes") age 21, of Beaverton was air lifted and transported to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

From our investigation deputies believe Mr. Agnesse and two of his friends entered the woods near Henline Falls, yesterday afternoon. None of the men were prepared for the conditions and attempted to climb terrain beyond their skill level, resulting in the fall and injury to Mr. Agnesse. This incident is a reminder to all of our residents and visitors to always be prepared for conditions when recreating outdoors.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of those rescuers who made this operation possible.

Corvallis Mountain Rescue
Stayton Fire Department
Gates Fire Department
Salem Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Marion County Search and Rescue
Army Air National Guard

Images of the rescue are available at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/autrx9iihjj3bsf/AAAwkqvt3xFyXd4zBGajuMFCa?dl=0


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Tonight around 11:30 p.m., Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Linn County Search and Rescue and Marion County Search and Rescue began the hike in to assist in the recovery of the injured hiker. Due to the terrain the vast majority of the team was turned around and 8 climbers continued in to the injured man.

At 12:20 a.m., those climbers reached the injured man and are now working to assess the situation and begin planning the rescue. The below link contains images of those climbers beginning their ascent. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/autrx9iihjj3bsf/AAAwkqvt3xFyXd4zBGajuMFCa?dl=0


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At 8:15 p.m., rescue personnel reached the injured hiker and are now rendering him aide. Rescuers are describing the man as being seriously injured. Due to the extreme terrain and dangerous conditions rescuers will be waiting until first light before moving the injured man.

Specialized teams with Corvallis Mountain Rescue and The Army Air National Guard will be arriving at first light to begin evacuation procedures. Deputies have learned that the hiker was exploring waterfalls with friends and fell after attempting to reach a higher peak to view the falls. Rescuers will remain with the man until he can be transported.

This story will be updated when additional information is available.


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Today at 5:30 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called after a man fell approximately 30 feet near Henline Falls. 


Deputies believe the man is seriously injured and in need of immediate rescue.  Fire personnel from several agencies along with members of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue team are responding and attempting to locate the man now.  Additionally Deputies are in the process of requesting assistance from the Army Air National Guard.  No one is currently with the injured man. 


The area searchers are responding to is very remote and it will take some time before teams can arrive at the location where the man is believed to be. 


This release will be updated as soon as more details are available that time frame is not yet known.