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OSP-The Dalles is Seeking Public Assistance on a Motor Vehicle Collision - Wasco County (Photo) - 02/21/18

On February 21, 2018 at approximately 9:30am, the Oregon State Police responded to a multiple motor vehicle collision on I-84 near milepost 88, just west of The Dalles Dam.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup truck lost control on the icy roadway, struck the guardrail and came to rest in the right lane of travel. As the operator of a red unknown make pickup truck with canopy approached the crash location, the operator of the red pickup truck applied their brakes, but they were unable to avoid the colliding with the Dodge Ram truck. After impacting the Dodge Ram truck, the operator of the red pickup pulled to the side of the highway briefly before fleeing the scene without exchanging information. The red pick should have damage to the passenger side taillight.

OSP-The Dalles Area Command is seeking assistance with identifying the red pickup and its occupants. If you witnessed the crash or have any information pertaining to this crash, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at (503)731-3020 or *OSP and refer to case number SP18-066123.

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Man Found in River Identified - Josephine County- Rogue River (Photo) - 02/21/18

On January 12, 2018 the Josephine County Sheriff's office began the investigation into a missing Josephine County man, 27 year old, Ryne NACE. On January 23rd, 2018, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation division was asked to assume the investigation.

On February 16, 2018, investigators learned of a male that was found in the Rogue River near the Graves Creek area by a rafter. Josephine County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police detectives responded to the area and were able to retrieve the body from the river. The body was found approximately ?1/4 of a mile down river from the Graves Creek boat ramp. NACE was last known to be camping near the Argo boat ramp, which is about four miles upriver from where the man was located.

On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, an autopsy was performed on the male by the state medical examiner.

Per the medical examiner, the male was positively identified as 27 year old Ryne NACE, from Josephine County. The cause and manner of his death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 199 near Milepost 24.5 -- Josephine County (Photo) - 02/21/18

On Tuesday, February 20th, at approximately 6:59pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a head on fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 199 near milepost 24.5 in Selma, Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white GMC Safari, operated by Robert A. JAKOVIC, age 20 of Ridgeville, Ohio was traveling northbound on Highway 199 and a red Toyota Prius, operated by Deborah J. NEWELL, age 69 of Cave Junction was traveling southbound on Highway 199 just north of the intersection of Reeves Creek Road. While negotiating a curve, the vehicles collided head on near the center line.

NEWELL sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. JAKOVIC was transported to a local hospital for serious injuries. JAKOVIC and NEWELL were wearing safety belts at the time of the collision and it is not believed that intoxicants are a contributing factor.

Next of kin notification has been made.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police -- Winter Travel Safety Tips - 02/17/18

With the potential for poor weather and hazardous road conditions in the next several days the Oregon State Police (OSP) would like to remind motorists of winter travel safety tips.

OSP recommends the following travel safety tips to help get you safely to your destination:

* Expect the unexpected. Be informed and prepared when traveling on any of our highways.

* When traveling anywhere, plan ahead and take known routes if possible. Our weather has been changing quickly and sometimes without warning. For road conditions in Oregon, call 5-1-1 or (800) 977-ODOT (6368). Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. Visiting TripCheck.com on the Internet provides information on road and weather conditions, incidents and traffic delays, and links to numerous cameras on many mountain passes and major routes.

* Take the time to keep up on current and future weather conditions in the area you are traveling, especially if going to or through higher elevations and mountain passes, areas where your vehicle needs to have appropriate traction tires or devices.

* If considering a remote route that you have never traveled on, don't hesitate to contact available road and weather condition phone numbers or Internet resources, or contact police or highway department officials.

* Prepare an emergency kit to place in your car for longer trips and keep track of how much fuel is in your tank, especially if traveling unfamiliar routes or into remote locations.

* Let friends and family know what routes you plan to take when on a trip, keeping them updated and letting them know if these plans change.

* Drive to the conditions. If it's icy or wet, increase your following distance and reduce your speed. Use your headlights to improve not only your visibility, but also so others can see your vehicle.

* In bad weather, don't use cruise control.

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Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Walton -- Lane County (Photo) Update Time Correction - 02/16/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126W near Walton.

On February 16, 2018 at approximately 2:26 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 33, near Walton. Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2013 Dodge Van, operated by Sharon Lee MILLER, age 76, from Mt. Angel, was traveling eastbound on 126W navigating a small left hand corner when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The Dodge hit a tree on the passenger side before coming to rest.

The passenger Charles Eugene MILLER, age 83, from Mt. Angel, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS.
Sharon was transported by ambulance to the Riverbend Hospital with non-life threating injuries.

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sherriff's Office, Lane County Fire Authority and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 35minutes.

This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photograph Courtesy of OSP

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Salem Couple and Others Arrested In Felony Wildlife Crimes -- Lake County (Photo) - 02/16/18

On February 14, 2018, the LaPine Office of the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division completed a four month investigation into the unlawful killing of several Winter Range Trophy Class Mule Deer Bucks. They were assisted by Fish and Wildlife Troopers from both the Klamath Falls and Salem offices.

The investigation originated when a trooper located a trophy class buck deer shot near Cabin Lake Road in Lake County with the assistance from the OSP Fish and Wildlife Aircraft during winter range patrol. That incident led to a search warrant being executed at the residence of G.W. Todd FULFER, age 40, and his wife Samantha GERMAN-FULFER, age 27, in Salem, on January 31, 2018. Evidence at the residence, along with additional information, led Fish and Wildlife Troopers to the Albany home of Scott Allan HARRIS, age 55. Upon the service of a second search warrant, additional evidence was seized including several trophy class antlers.

A fourth suspect, Jacen Todd FULFER, age 19, was contacted at his residence in Lebanon, as officers conducted their investigations in Salem and Albany.

All four suspects were cited into Lake County Circuit Court on a variety of charges ranging from Take/Possession-Buck Deer (Felony), Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Waste of Game Mammal, and Hunting Game Mammal Prohibited Method.

The investigation produced evidence indicating both Samantha GERMAN-FULFER and her husband, GW Todd FULFER, committed wildlife crimes in Lake, Jefferson, Benton, Linn, and Marion Counties. In addition to the multiple deer suspected to have been poached by the FULFERS in 2017, evidence at the residence suggested that a wild turkey and pheasant were also harvested illegally. The suspects were also cited into the other counties for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and various Wildlife Crimes.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888, *OSP (*677) or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**
Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.
TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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***Update Additional Reward***Illegal killing of a Bull Elk -- Jackson County (Photo) - 02/16/18

The Rogue Valley Chapter of Oregon Hunters Association had added an additional $500.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s)in the illegal killing of a bull elk. The total reward is now $1,000.
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***PREVIOUS***
On January 27 at approximately 9:00 am, Central Point Fish and Wildlife Troopers were called to the Sam's Valley area near Agate Road to investigate the possible shooting of a bull elk. This is in Jackson County and is approximately one mile south of Highway 234.

When Troopers arrived they found a four point bull elk standing in a pasture with what appeared to be a bullet wound just behind his left shoulder blade. Shortly after their arrival, the bull succumbed to his injury. A witness in the area said that two hours prior to the Troopers arrival, he had observed a newer, white, full size truck that had stopped in the roadway just east of where the bull was located. The witness reported the passenger of that vehicle fired the shot. The vehicle then left the area.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Update Name Added) - 02/16/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male, identified as Salvador RIOS-CERVANTES, age 18, from Salem, climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with RIOS-CERVANTES after he jumped from the overpass. RIOS-CERVANTES suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photograph provided by OSP

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Death Investigation Interstate 5 at Center Street Overpass -- Salem (Photo) - 02/15/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the death of a Salem man that occurred on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the Center Street Overpass in Salem.

On February 15, 2018, at about 3:40 P.M., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to an adult male that had jumped from the Center Street Overpass and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. Preliminary investigation revealed that witnesses observed an adult male climb the fence on the side of the Center Street Overpass and jump off and onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by James LOWRANCE, age 75, from Salem, collided with the adult male after he jumped from the overpass. The adult male suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. LOWRANCE did not sustain any injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The name of the deceased adult male is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Two of the three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 2 hours during the investigation. OSP was assisted by Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is requesting any witnesses that have not already been contacted by Law Enforcement to please call the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555. Witnesses can reference OSP Case # SP18-058516 when calling with information.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photograph provided by OSP

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Reminder to use SafeOregon the statewide School Safety Tip Line for concerns about safety - 02/15/18

The Oregon State Police (OSP) reminds students and families to learn more about SafeOregon, the statewide school safety tip line. The tip line is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for students to alert authorities to information that may be useful in preventing school attacks, bullying, and suicidal behaviors.

SafeOregon can be accessed through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to review, analyze and route tips for the most appropriate follow-up and urgency. Tip line staff make sure follow-up is noted and recorded.

Superintendent Travis Hampton, "We know the tip line works. We've seen other students report concerns about their friends and we've gotten their friends help. We've been able to get in front of safety concerns. Sometimes students might see or hear something that might be confusing or they are unsure what to do with the information but they do know something isn't right. That's where the tip line can help. Students have the opportunity to provide information to a trusted adult that can look into the situation and take it from there."

The Oregon State Police also encourages students to have conversations with adults around them about anything they are concerned about. Students have an important voice in their own safety, and the safety of their fellow students and school. But, the tip line gives a voice to those students who don't feel comfortable going to an adult for whatever reason or they might be anxious or afraid.

Since the tip line began in January, 2017 -- over 525 tips have been received. The top five types of tips include bullying or harassment, possession or distribution of drugs, concerns about safety issues, cyberullying and sexual harassment.

Today, 813 Oregon schools in the PK-12 grades are signed up to use the statewide tip line. It's open to private and public schools in those grade ranges. To find out if your school is using the system visit SafeOregon.com and click on report a tip. Here you'll see all the different methods of reporting. By clicking on web report form you will see a box for "school name" begin entering your school name. If the school name appears, they are using SafeOregon. You should also talk to your school about how the system works and what you can do to help promote the statewide tip line in your school.

It is against the Oregon Law to misuse the tip line and report false tips. ORS 165.570

For more information visit SafeOregon.com.

Background: SafeOregon became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. During the 2014 session, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4087, to establish a Task Force on School Safety. The bill, created a working group to examine steps to improve safety and security at schools across the state. As specified in HB 4087, the task force is made up of representatives from the legislature, the governor's office, as well as the education and public safety communities. A complete roster of the task force members appears at the left side of this page. For more information on the task force visit the Oregon State Police website at www.oregon.gov/osp

As a reminder OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.


### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Media Interviews Regarding SafeOregon School Safety Tip Line- - 02/15/18

Due to interest in the school safety tip line, SafeOregon, managed by OSP, OSP personnel will be available for on-camera/media interviews today, February 15, 2018 between 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The location will be at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters, 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, Salem Oregon. OSP asks any media to check in at the front reception area.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Fatal Crash Highway 101 near Wheeler -- Tillamook County (Photo) - 02/15/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing Wednesday evening's fatal crash on Highway 101 near Wheeler in Tillamook County.

On February 14, 2018, at about 5:45 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 at milepost 46Z south of Wheeler. Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Philip MEIER, age 29, from Tillamook, was southbound negotiating a leftward sweeping curve when it lost control. Witnesses said that the Nissan Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a northbound grey 2018 GMC SUV, operated by Talbot BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, collided with the Nissan Altima on the passenger side.

MEIER died from injuries sustained in the crash. BETHELL and his passenger, Anne BETHELL, age 75, from Netarts, were transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Investigators are looking at speed and wet roadways as possible contributing factors in the crash.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane through the area of the crash for about 4 to 5 hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control. OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Ambulance, Nahalem Bay Fire and Rescue and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photographs courtesy of OSP

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Missing and Endangered 4-Year Old Boy from Washington Located - 02/14/18

On Wednesday February 14, 2018 at about 7:45p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were alerted to kidnapping out of Battle Ground, Washington, involving a 4-year old boy taken by an estranged relative suffering from a mental health crisis.

The vehicle was located on Interstate 5 near mile post 244 in Marion County by an OSP -- Salem Sergeant and a Linn County Deputy.

OSP Troopers, Linn County Deputies and Marion County Deputies were able to safely remove the child from the car and the female was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing and the child has been returned to family.

Further inquiries regarding the Kidnapping case should contact the Battle Ground Police Department. Contact Info: Bonnie Gilberti at 360-342-5342 or by email Bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

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BATTLE GROUND POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP TO LOCATE MISSING AND ENDANGERED 4-YEAR OLD BOY (PHOTO)

News Release from City of Battle Ground
Posted on FlashAlert: February 14th, 2018 8:36 PM
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Update: The child has been found, is safe, and in custody of the Oregon State Police. His family has been notified and plans to reunite with the child are being arranged.

The Battle Ground Police Department thanks the public for the tips
that led to a quick resolution and the safe return of the child.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Battle Ground, WA - An Endangered Missing Person Advisory has been issued at the request of the Battle Ground Police Department to locate a missing 4-year old boy, Aziel Belza of Battle Ground.

Aziel was taken from his Battle Ground home by family relative, Lyubob Bilyk, at approximately 2:04 pm this afternoon. The boy was sitting in an unattended car when Bylik took the vehicle without permission. Bilyk did not have authority or permission from the boy's mother to take him, or the car, from the residence. Police have reason to believe the child may be in danger.

Police officers also believe Bilyk has traveled south into Oregon and may be in the Eugene, OR area. She is driving a taupe/gold 2002 Toyota Camry 4-door with WA plates 652XVU. The car has damage on the driver's side back door. (Picture of a similar car -- not the suspect car - is attached).

Bilyk is a 34-year old female, , is 5'7" tall, 125 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. 4-year old Aziel is 3'6" tall, weighs 32 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lyubob Bilyk, Aziel Belza,or the described vehicle are asked to contact the Battle Ground Police Department at 360-342-5345.

Contact Info:
Bonnie Gilberti
Contact: 360-342-5342
bonnie.gilberti@cityofbg.org

Critical Injury Pedestrian Crash Highway 26 near Sandy -- Clackamas County - Corrected Date - 02/14/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing this morning's investigation into a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 near Sandy.

On February 14, 2018 at about 12:35 a.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched at a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 26 at milepost 22. Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian identified as Raphael Frederick CALDERA, age 51, from Warm Springs, was attempting to cross the highway when he was struck by a westbound 2007 Nissan Sentra, operated by Sarah WALL, age 33, from Boring. CALDERA sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a Portland area hospital. WALL remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

CALDERA was wearing dark clothes at the time of the crash and the section of highway is not lit by ambient lighting.

The westbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed for about three hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted with traffic control at the scene.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department and Warm Springs Police Department.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

No photographs available for release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Oregon State Police seeking the public's help in locating Felon- Josephine County (Photo) - 02/14/18

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's help in locating Christopher WILLIAMS. WILLIAMS has an active Felony Warrant for Parole Violation. WILLIAMS is 33 years old, is 5' 11" and weighs approximately 185 pounds; with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He has a prominent tattoo on the front of his neck, "DANIELLE".

WILLIAMS is known to frequent Cave Junction and Grants Pass, Oregon and Happy Camp, California. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of WILLIAMS, please contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center or 911. Do not contact WILLIAMS. The photo with the red scarf is a very recent picture of WILLIAMS.

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Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Veneta -- Lane County (Photo) - 02/13/18

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal crash on Highway 126W near Veneta.

On February 13, 2018, at approximately 9:10 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Springfield Patrol office responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 126W near milepost 51 in Lane County.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that a 2001 Dodge Pickup, operated by Christopher SHERIDAN, age 32, from Springfield, was westbound when for unknown reasons failed to react to slowing traffic and struck the back of a 2006 Pontiac Vibe, forcing the white Dodge Pickup into the eastbound travel lane where it struck an eastbound 2006 Chrysler minivan nearly head-on. The driver of the minivan, Jeannie SAEBURN, age 51, from Veneta sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The male juvenile passenger of the minivan was transported to the local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac Vibe, Kenneth SHEMEL, age 25 and his passenger Rachel WILSON, age 26, both from Eugene, were transported to the local hospital with minor injuries. SHERIDAN was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The highway was closed for about three hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to set up a detour around the crash scene.

OSP was assisted by Lane Rural Fire Department, Eugene Fire Department, ODOT and the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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***Update-Name Released*** Fatal Crash Highway 199 - Josephine County (Photo) - 02/13/18

***UPDATE*** The operator of the Honda has been identified 35 year old Paul Garcia VIDALES of Josephine County.

****End Release***



***Previous*
On February 8, 2018 at approximately 3:30pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a 3 vehicle crash on Highway 199, near milepost 25. The incident location is several miles north of Cave Junction, in Josephine County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a green Chevy van, operated by 46 year old Joseph PYGMAN, of Medford, was southbound on Highway 199 and for an unknown reason, crossed into the northbound lane of travel, hitting a Honda SUV. The vehicles collided head-on in the northbound lanes. The driver of the Honda was flown to a trauma center where they were pronounced deceased. The driver of the Chevy van was transported by ground ambulance to TRCH with non-life threatening injuries. A third vehicle, a white Mercedes , operated by 37 year old Sang Coa Tran, of Crescent City, ran into the back of the Chevy van after the head on collision occurred. The driver of the Mercedes was not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire, AMR and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified.

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Oregon State Police Launches Interactive Monthly Patrol Activity Map (Photo) - 02/12/18

On February 12, 2018, the Oregon State Police is launching an interactive patrol activity map on our webpage http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/pages/index.aspx. This interactive map displays the patrol activities undertaken by OSP across Oregon. This information is searchable by county, activity type, and violation type. The patrol activities are classified as Charges or Events. Charges are citations or warnings issued for a violation of an Oregon Revised Statute, and an Event is an incident reported to the Department's dispatch centers.

Event type category descriptions are:

Calls for Service -- Requests for Oregon State Police personnel to respond to incidents reported to the Department's dispatch centers

Crashes -- Motor vehicle accidents reported to the Department's dispatch centers

Routine Contact -- Contact with an individual initiated by Oregon State Police personnel

Speed -- Citations or warnings issued to motorists for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes related to vehicle speed

Occupant Safety - Citations or warnings issued to motorists for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes related to the safety of occupants in vehicles (e.g., no seatbelt)

Lane Safety - Citations or warnings issued to motorists for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes related to roadway standards (devices, markers, signals, signs, etc.)

Impaired Driving - Citations or warnings issued to motorists for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes related to operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants

Distracted Driving - Citations or warnings issued to motorists for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes related to operating a vehicle while distracted (e.g., using a cellphone)

All Other -- All other citations or warnings issued to individuals for violations of Oregon Revised Statutes not related to speed, occupant safety, lane safety, impaired driving, or distracted driving


We are still in the early stages of this project and will be making improvements along the way. The goal of this page is to connect the public with useful information pertaining to the great work done by the Oregon State Police. We value the publics feedback and want to know what they think. Any suggestions, comments or questions can be emailed to ask.osp@state.or.us.

Springfield Woman Loses Life Several Days After Crash - Lane County - 02/12/18

On February 7, 2018 at approximately 7:00 PM, the Oregon State Police investigated a single vehicle crash on Highway 126 near milepost 13, east of Springfield in Lane County.

On February 10, 2108, at approximately 9:40 AM, Troopers were informed the operator of the vehicle, 25 year old Reynee CICERO of Springfield, had passed due to the injuries sustained in the crash.

Based on preliminary information learned in this investigation, Troopers determined CICERO, who was operating a 1994 Mazda pickup, was eastbound on Hwy 126, crossing a small bridge over the Waterville Canal. CICERO drove upon the curb of the bridge, losing control and traveling down the gravel shoulder where the car rolled, pinning CICERO in the vehicle. Emergency personnel were able to extricate her from the vehicle and she was transported to an area hospital. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by McKenzie Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Sutherlin Woman Dies in early morning Crash on I-5 - Douglas County - 02/11/18

On February 11, 2018, at approximately 3:30 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Roseburg office responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 131 (north bound), which is approximately two miles north of Roseburg, in Douglas County.

Based on preliminary information learned in this investigation, Troopers determined a semi tractor-trailer, operated by 43 year old Kerry KIPPES, of Roseburg was northbound on Interstate 5 when a 2008 Chrysler minivan, operated by 29 year old Brandy HAGA of Sutherlin, failed to see the semi in the slow lane in front of her and drove into the back of the trailer. KIPPES was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

HAGA and her three passengers were transported to an area hospital. One passenger, 34 year old Jennifer CRUZ died at the hospital from her injuries sustained in the crash. CRUZ was not wearing her seatbelt. The other passengers, 30 year old Desiree URENA and Amanda CASTRO, both from Sutherlin are being treated at an area hospital for unknown injuries. HAGA's injuries are unknown at this time.

At this time this investigation is open, but does not appear any criminal charges will be filed. No photos are available at this time.

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***Name Released*** Bicyclist dies after riding into path of semi- Curry County (Photo) - 02/10/18

The bicyclist has been identified as 25 year old Micah Carmen RODRIGUEZ from the Brookings area. No further information is available at this time.
***End Update***


***Previous***
On February 9, 2018, at approximately 12:20 PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a bicyclist on Highway 101 near milepost 350, in Curry County.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the bicyclist had ridden into the path of a 2018 Peterbilt tractor/trailer combination operated by 57 year old Robert Bailey of Coos Bay. Cal-Ore Life Flight Helicopter (stationed in Brookings) responded and flew the victim to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where he later died of his injuries. Highway 101 was initially closed for approximately 1 hour. During the investigation and reconstruction, the highway was reduced to one lane.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Cal-Ore Life Flight and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The identification of the bicyclist has not been determined at this time.

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***Update Name Released*** Spokane man dies in crash Interstate I 84 - Umatilla County - 02/09/18

***UPDATE***
The operator of the semi has been identified as 52 year old Ray Dean HARPER from Spokane Washington.


**PREVIOUS***
On Friday February 9, 2018 at approximately 12:10 AM, Troopers from the Hermiston and Pendleton offices responded to a report of a commercial motor vehicle rollover crash on the I 82 onramp from I 84 westbound at milepost 180.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Freightliner, towing an unloaded flatbed trailer, failed to negotiate the curve on the onramp to I 82, left the roadway on the west shoulder and rolled several times in the median. The operator, a 50 year old male from Spokane Washington was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command are conducting the investigation into the cause of the crash with the assistance of a collision reconstructionist.

The roadway was partially closed for approximately 5 hours to allow for scene investigation and vehicle recovery.

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Umatilla County Fire District 1.

The name of the deceased driver will be released upon notification of next of kin. No photos available.

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Oregon State Police looking for Information- Attempted Kidnapping on I-5 Salem, Marion County (Photo) - 02/08/18

The Oregon State Police is investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 20-year-old woman who's vehicle was disabled on I-5 southbound near the Market Street on-ramp at approximately 4:00 am on February 8, 2018. The woman ran out of gas and was waiting for her father to help when an unknown man stopped and offered assistance. When the woman declined the man's assistance he grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her back toward his pickup. The woman escaped because another unknown woman driving by slowly, yelled out her window to offer assistance. The man then let go of the woman, ran back to his pickup and sped away.

The Oregon State Police is looking for the public's assistance in locating the woman who interrupted this event. The suspect is described as a white male adult 5'9" to 5'10" tall, medium build, and approximately 200 lbs. He is described as having dark brown hair wearing a dark colored plain T-shirt, jeans, and athletic type shoes. The suspect was described as driving a dark blue or black standard cab 4 x4 pickup that appeared "beat up."

The victim in this case worked with a forensic sketch artist from the Clackamas County Sheriff's office to develop the image depicted below. If anyone has any information about this suspect or saw this incident, they are asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 375-3555 or *OSP from your mobile phone and reference Oregon State Police case number SP18-048588.

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Washington Man Loses Life in Crash on Hwy 99W-Yamhill County (Photo) - 02/07/18

On February 7, 2018, at approximately 6:40 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a 2 vehicle crash on Highway 99 W near milepost 28, which is approximately 1 mile south of Dundee, in Yamhill County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, operated by 46 year old Dwayne KEMP, of Tacoma, WA, was travelling southbound on Highway 99W when he went into cardiac arrest, causing his vehicle to veer off the road across the grass median and into the northbound lanes. While crossing the northbound lanes, the semi was struck by a 2005 Hyundai SUV, which was travelling northbound on Highway 99W. The collision occurred just off the highway on the east side of the northbound lane.

KEMP was transported to Providence Hospital in Newberg, where he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. The driver of the Hyundai, 49 year old Tarin BICKFORD, of McMinnville, passenger 21 year old, Emma ALLEN of McMinnville and a juvenile were transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The occupants of both vehicles were wearing safety restraints.

Highway 99W was open with one lane in either direction for approximately 6 hours with intermittent closures for vehicle removal and the reconstruction. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Dundee Fire, TVF&R, McMinnville Fire, Yamhill County Sheriff's Department, the Newberg-Dundee Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Boardman Man Loses Life in Crash on I-84 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 02/06/18

On February 5, 2018, at approximately 8:40 PM, troopers from the Pendleton area command investigated a single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 84 near MP 181, in Umatilla County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer (SUV), operated by 48 year old Ever MORENO LERMA, from Boardman, was eastbound on Interstate 84 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, rolling several times. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the SUV was fully engulfed in flames. MORENO LERMA was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The eastbound "B" lane was closed for approximately 3 hours while OSP investigated the crash. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor and it was determined that MORENO LERMA was not wearing his seatbelt.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Umatilla County Fire District 1, the Baker City Police Department, the Idaho State Police, the Boardman Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon State Police Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) hotline adds a new phone number option- *OSP (Photo) - 02/05/18

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is excited to share the launch of *OSP (*677) as fast & easy way to call an Oregon State Police Dispatch Center for Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reporting of wildlife and/or habitat law violations or other suspicious activity from a mobile phone.

*OSP (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number established to provide the public with a quick, easy to remember number to use for non-emergency reporting of fish & wildlife violations, traffic safety, highway hazards & obstructions, minor crashes, and requests for assistance. *OSP is not an emergency number and 9-1-1 still remains the emergency number to call for an emergency. *OSP rings directly into the State Police Dispatch center and is answered by a live dispatcher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In the event that you are in a rural area or cannot get through to *OSP, please continue to report poaching and/or suspicious activity to 1-800-452-7888 or email TIP@state.or.us. If you have an ODFW license or tag the TIP phone number is listed on the back of the document(s) should you forget the number.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program pays for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.
Reward offers include:

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf
* $300 Habitat Destruction
* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
* $100 Furbearers

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Clackamas County Deputy Injured in Crash While Responding to Call-Clackamas County - 02/05/18

On February 5, 2018, at approximately 8:15am, the Oregon State Police responded to a crash on I-205 near milepost 8, in Clackamas County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a Clackamas County Deputy (motor officer) was southbound on I-205 responding to an incident, with lights and siren on and operating a 2009 BMW motorcycle. He was driving on the inside shoulder, when 46 year old Eric PROCTOR, who was in the left lane, failed to yield to the right and moved to the inside shoulder in front of the deputy. The deputy made an evasive maneuver, but was unable to avoid a rear end collision with the passenger car. The deputy sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. PROCTOR was not injured.

PROCTOR was cited for Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle and Driving Uninsured.

The operator of the motorcycle, Deputy Troy GILMORE, is a 6 year employee of the Clackamas County Sheriff's office and is assigned to the Traffic Unit as a motor officer. His condition was originally listed as serious, but has been upgraded to fair and may be released this afternoon.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 138E near milepost 16 -- Douglas County (Photo) - 02/03/18

On February 2, 2018 at approximately 11:57pm, the Oregon State Police and medical personnel responded to a single fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 138E near milepost 16 in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1992 Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Dakota Richard Miller, age 27 of Glide was traveling westbound on Highway 138E when he failed to negotiate a curve. The Toyota left the roadway, rolled several times causing Miller to be ejected. The Toyota came to a rest on its top on the shoulder portion of the highway. Miller succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by medical personnel.

Next of kin notification was made.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County SO, Douglas County Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon State Police Launches *OSP (STAR OSP) (Photo) - 02/01/18

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is excited to launch *OSP (star OSP). This is a fast & easy way for you to contact the Oregon State Police's dispatch for a non-emergency from your mobile phone.

*OSP (*677) is a mobile phone direct call number established to provide the public with a quick, easy to remember number to use for non-emergency reporting of traffic safety, highway hazards & obstructions, minor crashes, and requests for assistance. *OSP is not an emergency number and 9-1-1 still remains the emergency number to call for an emergency. *OSP rings directly into the State Police Dispatch center and is answered by a live dispatcher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Department in collaboration with Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon's cell phone providers have secured this number to make it easier to contact the OSP for non-emergency police services and road hazards.

Currently, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular have worked with the Department to facilitate this service. It is the Departments goal that, as this program develops, other cell providers will partner with us in this venture to provide access to all cell phone users.

Now that the majority of motorists have cell phones, this easy to remember number will help ensure people have a way to report non-emergency issues directly to OSP. For members of the public who do not have cell phone service, or have providers that do not currently support this access number, they can still dial the Department's toll free phone number 800-452-7888.

*OSP was established as a way to better serve the public and ensure a fast and easy way to contact OSP for public safety services.

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Elgin Man Charged For Unlawful Taking Of Wolf And Unlawful Trapping - Union County - 01/31/18

On December 18, 2017, an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Trooper was inspecting a trap line near Elgin, OR, when he located a deceased wolf adjacent to one of the foothold traps. Upon inspection, it was determined that the wolf had more than likely been shot after having been caught in the foothold trap.

The trooper initiated an investigation, including an x-ray examination and necropsy of the deceased wolf, which revealed a small caliber bullet retrieved from the wolf's spinal column. Throughout the investigation, a suspect was developed and following an interview, the individual admitted to killing the wolf after finding it caught in one of his traps. The investigation also determined that the trapper was utilizing traps, which were not branded or marked with the trapper's information, as required by law.

Following the investigation, David M SANDERS (JR), age 58, of Elgin, was cited to appear for Unlawful Taking of Wildlife --Unbranded Traps and Unlawful Taking of Wildlife -- Special Status Game Animal (both misdemeanors). SANDERS was arraigned in Union County Circuit Court on January 23, 2018, where the case is still pending.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) assisted with the identification of the wolf and also collected DNA samples for further testing. According to ODFW, the wolf killed was a 63.5 pound juvenile female born in April 2017. Based on its location, ODFW believes it was the offspring of a new pair of wolves that bred this year in the Mt. Emily Wildlife Management Unit, but is awaiting DNA results to confirm this. (More information about this new pack will be available in March, when ODFW releases its annual wolf report.)

ODFW reminds all trappers to immediately contact OSP or their nearest ODFW field office if they find a wolf caught in a trap. Four wolves are known to have been inadvertently caught by licensed trappers since wolves began returning to Oregon in the late 2000s, but in all these known cases, the trapper contacted ODFW. Wildlife biologists were able to respond and then collar and safely release the wolf from the trap.

No further information to be released at this time.

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Two Vehicle Fatal Crash Highway 140 - Jackson County (Photo) - 01/30/18

On January 29th, 2018, at approximately 6:30pm, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 1, at the intersection of Lakeview Drive in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a 1985 white Ford F250 pickup, operated by 23 year old, Devyn J. BALDOVINO, of Eagle Point, was traveling eastbound on Highway 140. A 2006 maroon Scion XB, operated by 29 year old Jordan R. BAILEY, also traveling eastbound on Highway 140, had slowed to turn left (north) onto Lakeview Drive. BALDOVINO, failed to recognized this and the Ford F250 impacted the rear-ended of the Scion, at near highway speeds.

The 7 year old rear passenger of the Scion suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of Scion and two other passengers (2 and 14 years old) were transported to Rogue River Medical Center to receive treatment for injuries. BALDOVINO was uninjured.

The eastbound lane of Highway 140 was shut down for approximately four hours. OSP was assisted by Jackson County Fire District 3, Jackson County District Attorney's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Distracted driving is being investigated as a cause for the crash.


This is an ongoing investigation and further information will be released when available.

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**Date Correction** Lowell Man Eludes Troopers, Later Arrested Hiding In Travel Trailer - Lane County (Photo) - 01/29/18

The date of the incident was January 29, 2018.
***End Release***

Previous Release:
On January 28, 2018 at about 8AM, an OSP trooper observed a 2005 Chrysler Sebring traveling eastbound near milepost 9 (near Pleasant Hill) which he recognized as being driven by a male who was associated with a stolen vehicle.

The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle but it sped away, hitting speeds of over 111 mph on Highway 58. Due to safety concerns, the trooper discontinued his efforts to stop the Chrysler. The vehicle was located crashed a short time later at the intersection of Wheeler Road and Pheasant Road in Pleasant Hill. The driver, later identified as Joel C BARBOUR, age 44, from Lowell, had fled on foot prior to them locating the crashed vehicle.

Troopers and units from the Springfield Police and Lane County Sheriff's Officer responded to assist with the search of BARBOUR. A Springfield Police K9 was able to track BARBOUR through fields, briar patches and over a creek. The track led to a small travel trailer at 84674 Hill Top in Pleasant Hill.

BARBOUR refused to comply and exit the trailer. After several minutes of no compliance from Barbour, law enforcement introduced a chemical agent into the trailer. BARBOUR exited and was arrested without further incident.

BARBOUR was taken to the Lane County Jail where he was lodged for Reckless Driving, Unauthorized Use of A Vehicle (previous incident), Eluding in a Vehicle (Felony), Eluding on Foot (Misdemeanor), Criminal Trespass II, and Interfering with a Police Officer.

No further information at this time.

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***Names Released*** Sandy Man Killed Following Early Morning Crash In Sandy - Clackamas County (Photo) - 01/29/18

The driver of the Jaguar who died as a result of the crash was identified as Edward K ALSTAT, age 71, of Sandy. The driver of the commercial truck was identified as Daniel A MCINTOSH, age 49, of Fairview. It is believed that ALSTAT may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash which is still under investigation.
***End Update***


Previous Release:
On January 26, 2018 at about 4:45AM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 26 (Rueben Lane in the City of Sandy).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Jaguar Coupe was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 26 (5 lane highway). An eastbound commercial tanker truck towing two fuel trailers collided with the Jaguar nearly head-on. The driver of the Jaguar, driven by a 71 year old Sandy man, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck, a 49 year old male from Fairview, was not injured.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed most of the morning with a detour in place. More information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation .

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Pedestrian Killed In Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 99E near milepost 10 - Clackamas County (Photo) - 01/29/18

On January 28, 2017 at approximately 7:30pm the Oregon State Police and medical personnel responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on SR 99E between SE Jennings Rd and SE Boardman Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2003 Ford Taurus, operated by Alfredo Gil PONCE, age 38 of Oregon City, was traveling southbound on 99E when a pedestrian, Ebodio Castrejon VILLANUEVA, age 41, of Milwaukie, began crossing the SR 99E outside of a designated crosswalk. VILLANUEVA was struck in the B-Lane of travel and suffered fatal injuries. VILLANUEVA was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin notification has been made.

At this location on SR 99E, the lighting conditions are dimly and VILLANUEVA was wearing non-contrasting clothing at the time of the crash. PONCE in cooperating with the investigation.

SR 99E was closed for three hours following the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas Count Sherriff's Office, Clackamas Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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*** Name Correction*** Gold Hill Woman Loses Life After Crashing Her Vehicle Into The Rogue River - Jackson County (Photo) - 01/28/18

***Deceased correct name spelling is FLUCK***
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Previous Release:
On January 26, 2018 at about 3PM, an OSP Trooper responded to the report of possible vandalism to a mailbox in the 4400 block of Rogue River Highway (just south of the City of Rogue River).

The trooper arrived on scene and noticed fresh skid marks and other evidence to suggest a vehicle had struck the mailbox, went down the embankment and into the Rogue River. There was no vehicle visible in the river and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded with a marine patrol boat. They quickly located a submerged vehicle approximately a quarter mile downstream. They also determined there was a deceased occupant inside the vehicle.

Due to the growing darkness it was decided for safety to remove the vehicle in the morning. A trooper stayed on scene to ensure On January 27, 2018 at about 9am crews removed the vehicle, a 1998 Subaru Legacy, from the river and identified the deceased driver as Melinda A FLUCK, age 65, of Gold Hill.

Preliminary investigation appears FLUCK was traveling southbound on Rogue River Highway when it appeared she drifted on the east shoulder, over corrected and crossed both lanes and over the embankment into the river.

This is an ongoing investigation, more information will he released as it becomes available. OSP was also assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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