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Idaho Woman Reported Missing When She Failed to Return Home - Public Assistance Needed (Photo) - 01/20/18

On Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:09pm, Oregon State Police received a missing person call regarding Ruby Pike (age 52 Star, Idaho). Ruby was reported missing by her husband and was last known to be in Portland. Ruby was to be traveling from Portland to Boise with unknown direct route. His husband last spoke to Ruby at approximately 4:13pm and she told him she would call when she arrived to Ontario, Oregon and Ruby never called. Ruby was supposed to arrive home around 10:00pm on Friday January 19, 2018.

Ruby's cell phone was "pinged" and the last location was near Hwy 395b milepost 59 which is ten miles south of Ukiah. Ruby's exact route is unknown.

Ruby was last seen wearing jeans, an orange shirt, and clogs. Ruby is described as being 5'9", 180lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Ruby is driving a 2008 white Toyota Tundra with a matching white Leer canopy with glass sides. The Tundra has three stickers on the driver's side tailgate and driver's doors of "Dallbello, Marker, and Vokal". The Tundra has all black custom slightly oversized tires.

On Saturday units from Patrol Division and Fish & Wildlife Division, including the airplane, searched the area of the ping and were unsuccessful. Search and Rescue for Grant County has been activated for the area and a missing person report has been filed in Ada County, Idaho.

Anyone seeing Ruby or Ruby's vehicle yesterday or today please call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at (541)664-4600 and refer to case number SP18-023772.
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Man Swept Away Off Rocks in Depoe Bay (Photo)*** Update #2 Name Added** - 01/19/18

***Update #2**
On January 19, 2018 Oregon State Police was notified the Mexican Consulate had made contact with the victim's next of kin in Michoacán, Mexico. The victim has been identified as Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez (age 46). Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Alvarez is presumed deceased.

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***Update**

On January 18, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm, Oregon State Police was notified by the United States Coast Guard that they had terminated the search efforts in Depoe Bay for the male who was swept into the ocean. Due to the ocean temperature and surf conditions they do not anticipate resuming tomorrow.

The male has been identified as a 46 year old male who had been living in Newport but was from Mexico. At this time, he is presumed deceased. Next of kin is being completed by the Mexican Consulate and once that is completed his name will be release.

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On January 18, 2018 at approximately 11:20am the Oregon State Police responded to Depoe Bay for a report of a male that had been swept off the rocks near the sea wall in Depoe Bay. Witnesses reported the male went over the sea wall to look at the ocean and was then swept off the rocks.

Depoe Fire and Recscue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and the United States Coast Guard responded to assist with the search. The Coast Guard helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Facility Newport responded to the area within ten minutes and the crew ,aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, is continuing the water search but the male has not been seen since.

People are urged to be aware of the sneaker waves, high water, debris pattern from ocean waves, and not to cross closed parking lots or parks that are closed due to the ocean conditions.

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Investigation into Stolen Vehicles in Salem (Photo) - 01/19/18

On January 19, 2018 members of the Oregon State Police Major Crime Section served search warrants at two locations in North Salem and one in Marion County off West Stayton Road. All three locations have an association with Gone Towing. The major crime section is conducting an investigation based on information received that stolen vehicles were being held at the locations.

Anyone with information to report regarding Gone Towing please call Detective Barrientos at (503) 378-3387.

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Suspect eludes multiple law enforcement agencies and is in custody after an officer involved shooting in Wasco County (Photo) - 01/19/18

On Thursday, January 18th at approximately 3:20PM, an OSP Trooper operating a marked police vehicle attempted to stop a Dodge pickup for speeding on I-84 near milepost 109 westbound in Sherman County. The suspect failed to stop for the Trooper and when the suspect cut through the grassy median and began traveling eastbound, OSP discontinued the pursuit. At approximately 3:30PM, a Sherman County Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it near Moro. The suspect refused to stop for police and the Sherman County Deputy discontinued their pursuit.

A short time later an OSP Trooper observed the vehicle in Sherman County headed towards Wasco County. Wasco County Sheriff's deputies and the Oregon State Police attempted to stop the suspect by using spike strips at two separate locations, which were unsuccessful. The suspect vehicle was seen traveling through Tygh Valley at unsafe speeds and all law enforcement agencies discontinued efforts to stop the vehicle due to concerns for the public's safety.

At approximately 4:25PM, a Wasco County Deputy located the vehicle at a residence just off US 197 approximately 4 miles south of Tygh Valley. As the vehicle attempted to reenter US 197 the Deputy fired several rounds at the vehicle with his sidearm. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

The vehicle was operated by 30 year old Rudy Foki Paea FIFITA from West Jordan, Utah. FIFITA had two passengers in the vehicle, 23 year old Tiffany Joan ROUBMAI from Haiku, HI and their 1 year old son. Neither FIFITA, ROUBMAI or their son were injured during this incident.
FIFITA was lodged at NORCOR in The Dalles on charges stemming out of Sherman County for Attempting to Elude Police (2 counts), Recklessly Endangering another Person (4 counts) and Reckless Driving.

Under protocols established by Oregon Senate Bill 111 each county has a specific set of rules by which police shootings are investigated. In Wasco County those protocols call for the District Attorney to name another agency, which in this case was the Oregon State Police, to head the investigation, with participation from other officers of the County's Major Crime Team -- drawn from the other agencies. The agency involved in the shooting contributes a single liaison officer, but does not participate in the SB 111 review. The reason for this is so that there is as much of detached investigation as is possible.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Sherman County S.O., Wasco County S.O., The Dalles P.D., the Sherman County District Attorney's Office, the Wasco County District Attorney's Office, Oregon Department of Human Services and ODOT. The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released as the investigation allows.

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***Second Update***Murder Investigation Completed - One Arrested and Two Outstanding - Josephine County (Photo) - 01/18/18

On January 17, 2018, 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON (aka: Little Red) was located in Las Vegas, NV and arrested on the warrant for Murder.

***End Update***

***PREVIOUS***
On January 9, 2018, Damian Lee ATWOOD was taken into custody by Detectives of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the warrant for Murder.

Elizabeth HUDSON is still outstanding and we are asking for the publics help in locating her. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, you are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

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***PREVIOUS***
On June 22, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the death of 22-year old John REITTERER from Crescent City, California. REITTERER was located in a shallow creek off of Illinois River Road, near milepost 6. The death of REITTERER was determined to be a homicide and the investigation has been ongoing since that time.

On November 28, 2017, the completed investigation was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury. The Josephine County Grand Jury indicted the following persons on the charge of Murder and warrants were issued for their arrests:

- 22 year old Elizabeth Devine HUDSON, also known as "Little Red."

- 19 year old Damian Lee ATWOOD, also known as "Bubba J"

- 22 year old Ryan Michael ELDRED

On November 28, 2017, Ryan ELDRED was lodged at the Josephine County jail on the warrant for Murder.

The whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and Damian ATWOOD are unknown at this time but they are both known to frequent the Cave Junction, Oregon area.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Elizabeth HUDSON and/or Damian ATWOOD are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

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Salem Woman dies in Fatal Crash in Polk County (Photo) - 01/18/18

On January 17, 2018 at approximately 10:10pm Oregon Police State troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle fatal crash on HWY 22W near milepost 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Honda CRV, operated by Lauren Beasley, age 21 from Salem, was traveling westbound on HWY 22W Honda veered off the road and struck a guard rail on the westbound lane, crossed into the eastbound lane of travel then struck a tree down a 20 foot embankment on the eastbound shoulder. Beasley suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. The eastbound lane was closed for approximately five hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Polk County Fire, Sheridan Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Semi Truck and Trailer Crash Causes Multi-Car Pile Up on I-5 Near Cottage Grove (Photo) *Update Name Added* - 01/18/18

**Update fourth Driver named added***
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On Wednesday January 17, 2018 at approximately 7:46pm OSP Springfield and Roseburg responded to a multi-vehicle injury crash on I-5 near milepost 168.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound commercial motor vehicle (CMV), driven by Amarveer Dahliwal (age 45 from Everett, Washington), lost control of its trailer and struck the outside guardrail, the driver then overcorrected, crossed both southbound travel lanes and struck the center concrete barrier. The collision with the barrier dislodged several large concrete sections, forcing them into the northbound travel lanes.

A second northbound CMV, driven by David Solheim (age 55 from Myrtle Creek) stopped at the crash scene, exited the vehicle, in attempts to warn the southbound traffic. Solheim was struck by a southbound Dodge pick-up, driven by Decontee Renda (age 23 from Sheridan). Solheim was transported to sacred Heart at Riverbend hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

Four northbound vehicles crashed into the concrete barriers that were pushed into the northbound lane. Those vehicles were driven by: Bobby Carter (age 47 from Springfield), and Michelle Nickell (age 57 from Cottage Grove), Adam Castro (age 52 from Springfield), and Kelly Gregory (age 43 from Portage, Michigan). In total five people (all four drivers) were transported to Sacred Heart at Riverbend Hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The crashes completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes however Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) was able to open one lane of travel in both directions in under two hours, allowing tow operators on scene to remove the vehicles. ODOT Incident Response remained on scene to replace the six concrete sections.


**note the name of the driver of the Dodge Charger will be added as soon it can be confirmed.
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Oregon State Police Sergeant and Arson Detective's Investigation Lead to Arrests in an Arson Case- Douglas County (Photo) - 01/18/18

On September 2, 2017, OSP Fish & Wildlife sergeant was patrolling Roman Nose Mountain in the North Fork Smith River area, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle drive by him at a higher than normal speed. Approximately, ten miles down the road and half an hour later, the sergeant came upon a structure fire in an unoccupied building in a remote area of the North Fork Smith River. An off-duty forester, who also had just happened upon the scene, assisted the sergeant in taking action. The two forced entry through the gate of the property, put out a spot fire from embers that had crossed the river, and started building hand lines. Western Lane Fire Protection District employees responded with a helicopter and about half a dozen fire trucks and quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread further into the forest.

A follow-up investigation by an Oregon State Police arson detective led to charges being filed on three men. It was later determined that these three men where the same in the suspicious vehicle that had passed the sergeant.

Elijah James Peterson (18-yoa): Arson 1, Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

David Gilbert McCoy Jr (24-yoa): Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I

Lucas Charles Reed (21-yoa): Criminal Trespass I

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CMV crashes into a disabled vehicle and onto the shore of the Columbia River just east of Corbett - 01/15/18

On Monday, January 15, 2018 at approximately 5:15PM, Oregon State Police responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle and trailer that had crashed westbound off I-84 near milepost 23, just east of Corbett. It was reported the CMV had left the roadway, crashed through the guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment, landing on its side along the shore of the Columbia River.

Initial investigation revealed a 2015 International Prostar CMV was operated by 52 year old Suzanne BRAULT from Quebec, Canada. BRAULT had been driving in the slow lane of the interstate and traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder as she was checking her side mirror in preparation to move into the fast lane. At the point she traveled out of her lane and onto the shoulder, BRAULT struck a parked 1995 Chevy Tahoe that had run out of fuel and was disabled along the shoulder. The Tahoe had been operated by 53 year old Patrick SHEEHAN Jr. from Portland and his 47 year old passenger, Addison BLACKMON III also from Portland.

After striking the Tahoe, BRAULT's CMV and trailer, loaded with food supplies, crashed through the guardrail and traveled down a steep embankment, rolling onto its passenger side along the shoreline of the Columbia River. BRAULT, SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were all out of their vehicles upon law enforcement's arrival. BRAULT was transported to Emanuel hospital by ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. SHEEHAN Jr. and BLACKMON III were also transported by ground ambulance to OHSU for minor or non- life threatening injuries.

The interstate was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately three hours while this investigation was conducted. The shoulder will remain closed in this area throughout the night and should not affect traffic. During daylight hours tomorrow, January 16th, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and traffic restrictions as the CMV is removed. Please check tripcheck.com for updated information regarding any potential traffic impacts in that area.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Corbett Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information at this time. Photographs will not be available until daylight hours.

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Gresham Man Arrested For Manslaughter Following Fatal Crash On HWY 26 - Clackamas County (Photo)** Names added** - 01/14/18

*** Update names have been added***
Operator of motorcycle has been identified as David S. Weiss age 71 from Forest Grove
Passenger of motorcycle has been identified as Nancy Jo Ludwig age 70 from Hillsboro
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On January 13, 2018 at about 6:15pm, OSP Troopers along with Clackamas County SO Deputies responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on US 26 near milepost 47, just east of Rhododendron.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2003 Chrysler Town and Country van, operated by Robert E. WALSH, age 54 of Gresham was traveling westbound on US 26. While negotiating a curve, WALSH crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel and collided with a silver 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The operator of the Harley Davidson David Weiss (age 71 from Forest Grove) sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Nancy Jo Ludwig (age 70), from Hillsboro sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Emanuel Hospital.

At the time of the collision the operator and passenger were wearing helmets.

WALSH was taken into custody for Manslaughter II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and Assault II.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, multi-agency CRAFT Team, Hoodland Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Pedesrtian Killed On Highway 212 Near Damascus - Clackamas County (Photo) - 01/14/18

On January 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00am, OSP Troopers and Clackamas County SO Deputies responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 212 east of SE 222nd Ave in Damascus, Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Jose RODRIGUEZ-PINEDA, age 54 of Sandy was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 just east of SE 222nd Ave when he collided with a pedestrian. It was determined the pedestrian, identified as Jami Lee DASHER, age 28 of Boring was in the eastbound lane of travel at the time of the collision. DASHER sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, multi-agency CRAFT Team, Clackamas Fire Department and ODOT.

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Beaverton Man Killed in Fatal Car Crash Near Cloverdale (Photo) - 01/12/18

On Thursday, January 11, 2018 at approximately 8:30pm Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on US Highway 101 near milepost 89.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2005 BMW 325Ci, operated by Carl E. MATTHEWS, age 65, of Beaverton, was northbound on US Highway 101 when the vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle rolled through a brushy area east of the roadway and came to rest on its wheels, just off the highway facing southeast. MATTHEWS died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.

US Highway 101 at the scene was partially closed for approximately 3.5 hours following the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire and Rescue and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.

Speed, alcohol use and marijuana use are being investigated as possible contributing factors for the crash.

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Stolen Vehicle Pursuit in Oregon City -- Clackamas County (Photo) - 01/10/18

On January 10, 2018 Oregon City PD along with Gladstone PD and Clackamas County assisted with a vehicle pursuit on SR 99E near S 14th Ave, Oregon City.

At approximately 3:50 pm, an Oregon City PD officer attempted to stop a black 2017 Audi SUV for not stopping at a red light and switched license plate, when the operator, Robert Joseph YOUNG, age 29 of Milwaukie attempted to elude northbound on Highway 99E in Gladstone. Riding with YOUNG was one female passenger, identified as Michelle Renee CRANE, age 36 of Clackamas.

During the pursuit, YOUNG sideswipe a white pickup as he was operating the AUDI in the southbound lanes of travel. At the intersection of Abernathy Rd and Portland Ave, YOUNG made a U-Turn and seconds later struck an Oregon City officer's patrol vehicle. The officer was uninjured as a result of the collision.

YOUND and CRANE abandoned the Audi at Roethe Rd and Oakhurst Ct. YOUNG and CRANE were detained in the 5600 block of Byron Dr. without further incident. YOUNG was arrested for Attempting to Elude, Unauthorized Use Motor Vehicle, and Fail to Perform Duties of Driver-Property. CRANE was released at the scene.

The ADUI was a reported stolen vehicle from Wilsonville.

Oregon City PD was assisted by Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Gladstone PD assisted.

This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any addition questions or information, please refer to Oregon City PD and reference case # 18-125 at (503) 655-8211. The lead investigator for this incident will be Officer Willard.

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Pendleton Man Lodged on Multiple Fish and Wildlife Charges in Umatilla County (Photo) - 01/10/18

After a lengthy investigation involving Troopers of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division in Pendleton, a Pendleton area man was arrested on January 6, 2018 for multiple misdemeanor charges related to the illegal taking of wildlife on private and public lands within Umatilla County.

In September of 2017 an OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper received information about alleged illegal hunting activities. As the investigation progressed, the primary suspect was identified as JOSEPH REIDE ST. PIERRE, age 18, from Pendleton, who was alleged to be illegally Hunting, Taking, and Wasting Wildlife on both Public and Private Properties in Umatilla County.

Information obtained during the investigation alleged that JOSEPH REIDE ST. PIERRE was involved in the Unlawful Taking of Wildlife as far back as the fall of 2016, to include a large mule deer buck, 3 large whitetail bucks, and two antlerless elk.

On Saturday January 6th, 2018 JOSEPH REIDE ST. PIERRE was lodged at the Umatilla County jail for probable cause and arraigned on Monday January 8, 2018 for the following charges;
* Unlawful Take of Buck Deer Closed Season-4 counts
* Unlawful Waste of Game animal-2 counts
* Hunting on the Cultivated Lands of Another- 3 counts
* Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm Across a Public Way -2counts
* Hunting prohibited method: Shotgun with shot restrictions -- 1 count
* Unlawful Take of Antlerless Elk -- 2 counts
* Exceeding Annual Bag Limit Elk- 1 Count
* Criminal Trespass In The Second Degree-1 counts
* Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm-1 count
* Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle-1 count
* Hunting with the Assistance of Artificial light- 1-count
* Assisting of Aiding another in committing wildlife violation, Unlawful Taking of Buck Deer-2 counts

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Turn-in-Poacher TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or contact Trooper Tom Juzeler or Senior Trooper Ryan Sharp at the Pendleton office of the Oregon State Police 541-278-4090.

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shellfish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

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Pedestrian Fatal Crash Near Florence - 01/09/18

On January 8, 2018, at approximately 5:20 pm, OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command and Florence Worksite responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 191.

The preliminary investigation revealed 28 year old Heather Marie Sanford (from Eugene) was walking in the travel portion of the southbound lane of Hwy 101 when she was struck by a southbound 2017 GMC Sierra pickup. Sanford suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Sanford was wearing dark clothing at the time and had been reported by other passing motorists as a hazard immediately prior to the incident.


The GMC was occupied by the driver William Arthur Brown (age 70 from Florence). Brown is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

Hwy 101 was reduced to one lane travel for approximately two hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT Incident Response, Florence Police Department, and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue.

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DUII Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on SR 551 Near MP 1, Clackamas County (Photo) - 01/05/18

On Friday, January 5, 2018, at approximately 6:40pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash on SR 551 near milepost 1; which is in the city limits of Wilsonville.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a 2001 Ford F350, operated by Kenneth Lloyd PEPPERLING, age 59, of Wilsonville, was traveling southbound on SR 551 when for an unknown reason his vehicle left the roadway.

A 1997 Ford Econoline van, operated by Christopher Allen KELLEHER, age 56 and his passenger Gina Rose Marie KELLEHER, age 56, of Wilsonville had just pulled over onto the emergency shoulder. As KELLEHER was exiting his vehicle, he began walking towards the rear of the van when the Ford F350 struck the left rear portion of the Ford Econoline. The passenger, KELLEHER was uninjured in the crash.

After colliding with the Ford Econoline, the Ford F350 struck KELLEHER on the shoulder portion of the roadway. KELLEHER was fatally injured as a result of the crash.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash. PEPPERLING was taken into custody for DUII and a Felony DUII Warrant.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Multi-agency CRAFT, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Highway 26 Crash Kills 12 Elk- Washington County (Photo) - 01/04/18

On January 4, 2018, at approximately 4:30 AM, the Oregon State Police and Washington County Sheriff's office responded to a crash on Highway 26 near milepost 54 in Washington County. The initial report was that a vehicle hit approximately 11 elk.

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was contacted and responded to the scene. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is handling the crash and the Oregon State Police is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation in removing the elk.

There were 13 known elk hit by at least one, possibly more, vehicles. Approximately half of the elk were killed on scene and the others were put down for humanitarian reasons. Troopers are working to salvage the meat and distribute it to food banks and senior centers. Three of the elk will be taken to Astoria for distribution, 2 elk will be taken to Tillamook for distribution, and the remaining elk be distributed locally.

The operator of the Chevrolet Avalanche was not injured.

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***Correction***Roseburg Man Arrested and Lodged on Multiple Sex Crimes -Douglas County - 01/04/18

On January 3, 2018, Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, Roseburg office, completed a lengthy criminal investigation yesterday arresting and lodging 37 year old Sean Michael HANDLERY.

HANDLERY, who is from the Roseburg area, was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple sex crimes to include Rape III, Sodomy III, Sexual Abuse III, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Sexual Misconduct and Luring a Minor.

The Oregon State Police has no further information to provide at this time.

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***Update*** Nevada Man Swept Out to Sea By Wave-Curry County (Photo) - 01/04/18

UPDATE:

The United States Coast Guard (USCG)suspended the search for KARECK last night at approximately 11:15 PM. The USCG resumed their search this morning in an effort to locate the missing Nevada man, but have not located him.

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On January 3, 2018, at approximately 10:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers from the Gold Beach Worksite and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a male subject who had been swept off some rocks by waves into the Pacific Ocean near Indian Sands Trail. The location is near the city of Brookings, Oregon, off of Highway 101 near Milepost 348 in Curry County.

The victim has been identified as 21-year old Christopher M. KARECK by a traveling companion. KARECK is from Sparks, Nevada. The search effort, which is still underway, is expected to continue until sunset or when conditions no longer safely allow.

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Hit and Run Fatal Highway 26 - Clackamas County - 01/03/18

On January 2, 2018, at approximately 9:15 PM, the Oregon State Police responded with the Sandy Police Department to a report of a deceased male on the shoulder of Highway 26 in Clackamas County.

When Troopers and officers arrived on scene, they located 61 year old Jay BRADSHAW, from Sandy, on the shoulder of the westbound lane of Highway 26. The preliminary investigation has determined that BRADSHAW was walking along the highway, was struck by a passing motor vehicle, and died as a result of the injuries he sustained.

The Oregon State Police will be the lead agency for the investigation. At this time we have no vehicle description or direction of travel. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Sandy Police Department, Sandy Fire Department, Clackamas County District Attorney's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The investigative team is asking the public if they have any information related to this case to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch center at 503-375-3555.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 84 - Malheur County (Photo) - 01/02/18

On January 2, 2018, at approximately 4:15AM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 361, which is in Malheur County and 13 miles west of Ontario.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a 1997 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer was eastbound on I-84, when for unknown reasons drifted off the median shoulder, steered back onto roadway and the operator then lost control sliding off the median shoulder where it tripped and rolled down the median, coming to rest in the westbound lanes. The driver was ejected and pronounced deceased on scene. At this time we are not able to release the name of the driver until the family has been notified.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Crash On Highway 126 - Lane County (Photo) - 01/01/18

On January 1, 2018, at approximately 2:35 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 126E near milepost 48.5.

The preliminary investigation indicates a green Nissan Pathfinder was traveling eastbound when for an unknown reason it lost control and crossed over the westbound lane of travel and off the roadway before striking a tree and catching on fire. The unidentified single occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding fire and medical personnel.

The follow up investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Police crash reconstruction personnel. Hwy 126E was closed intermittently to one lane of travel while Oregon State Police Troopers conducted the reconstruction. Oregon State Police Troopers are actively working to identify the driver and notify the family.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Upper McKenzie Rural Fire personnel and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Update - *Names Released* Double Fatal Commercial Vehicle Crash US 20 near Milepost 216 - Malheur County (Photo) - 12/31/17

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On December 30, 2017 at approximately 9:10 a.m. (MT), Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a double fatal motor vehicle crash on US 20 at milepost 216 west of Harper, which is in Malheur County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2016 Kenworth commercial truck and semitrailer operated by Brian Brunscher (37) of Springfield, Oregon was traveling eastbound on US 20 near milepost 216, when for an unknown reason the vehicle entered the westbound lane of travel and into the path of an orange 2015 Freightliner commercial truck and trailer operated by James Shorten (55) of Portland, Oregon that was traveling westbound. The two commercial vehicles collided head on and burst into flames. The westbound commercial vehicle was followed by a green Jeep Wrangler operated by Leonard Herr (60) of Middleton, Idaho and a white Kia Spectra operated by Albert Nasby (52) of Fruitland, Idaho. The Jeep collided into the rear trailer of the westbound commercial vehicle and the Kia struck the rear of the Jeep. Airbags deployed on both passenger vehicles. No injuries were reported by Herr or Nasby. Brunscher and Shorten were confirmed deceased at the scene.

US 20 remained closed for over 12 hours while crews worked to extinguish the fire, investigate the scene and remove the vehicles from the roadway. Approximately, 400 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway.

Next of kin notifications have been made for both deceased drivers.

This continues to be an ongoing investigation. Speed and weather conditions are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

OSP were assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Ontario Haz-Mat, Vale Fire and Rescue, Steve Rich Environmental Services and Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel.

Photograph courtesy of OSP.

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On December 30, 2017 at approximately 9:10 a.m. (MT), Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a double fatal motor vehicle crash on US 20 at milepost 216 west of Harper, which is in Malheur County, Oregon.

Preliminary investigation revealed a commercial truck and trailer was traveling eastbound on US 20 near milepost 216, when for an unknown reason the vehicle entered the westbound lane of travel and into the path of a commercial truck and trailer that was traveling westbound. The two commercial vehicles collided head on and burst into flames. The westbound commercial vehicle was followed by a green Jeep Wrangler and a white Kia Spectra. The Jeep collided into the rear trailer of the westbound commercial vehicle and the Kia struck the rear of the Jeep. Airbags deployed on both passenger vehicles. No injuries were reported by the lone drivers' of the passenger vehicles. The driver and sole occupant of each commercial vehicle were confirmed deceased at the scene.

As of 7:30pm (MT), US 20 remains closed as the commercial vehicles are still burning. Approximately, 400 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway.

Next of kin notifications have been made for both CMV driver's. No names will be released at this time to allow the families time for additional notifications.

This is an ongoing investigation. Speed and weather conditions are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

OSP were assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Ontario Haz-Mat, Vale Fire and Rescue, Steve Rich Environmental Services and Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel.

Photograph courtesy of OSP.

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Fatal Crash Highway 58 in Lane County (Photo) - 12/31/17

Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's fatal crash on Hwy 58 in Lane County.

On December 30, 2017, at approximately 3:40 p.m., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 58 near milepost 57.

The preliminary investigation indicates a gray 2006 Dodge 1500 pickup being operated by Douglas NELSON, age 35, from Troutdale, was traveling eastbound when for an unknown reason lost control and crossed into the path of an oncoming westbound blue 2006 Honda CRV being operated by, Ashley RUSSELL, age 27, from Veneta.

NELSON and his 30 year old passenger Erica Nelson, age 30, from St. Helens, were uninjured during the crash.

RUSSELL was traveling with Zachary HEINEMAN, age 28, their seven (7) year old son and 15 month old daughter, all from Veneta. RUSSELL and HEINEMAN'S son suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. RUSSELL, HEINEMAN and their daughter were transported to Riverbend Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The names of the children are being withheld at this time.

NELSON is cooperating with the investigation. Alcohol or other intoxicating impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash. All occupants in both vehicles were properly restrained with safety belts and child safety/child booster seats. The investigation is being continued by OSP crash reconstruction personnel.

Hwy 58 was closed completely for approximately two hours and open to one lane travel for approximately four additional hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation.

OSP was assisted on scene by Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response and Oakridge Fire.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.
Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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Fatal Crash Highway 38 in Douglas County (Photo) - 12/31/17

Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's fatal crash on Highway 38 in Douglas County.

On Saturday December 30, 2017 at approximately 04:47 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 38 at approximately Milepost 14.

Preliminary information indicates a westbound silver 2004 Honda Civic operated by, Candelario RINCON-HAMM, age 18, from Coos Bay, left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle collided with a tree, rolled multiple times down an approximate 100 foot embankment and overturned in the North Umpqua River. RINCON-HAMM suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Fatigue and weather conditions are being looked at by investigators as possible contributing factors of the crash. Seatbelt usage is still being determined. One lane of travel of the highway was closed for approximately two hours.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Scottsburg Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Douglas County Medical Examiner.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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***update names released*** California Couple loses life in crash on Highway 140- Jackson County (Photo) - 12/29/17

***UPDATE***

The operator of the Freightliner was, 49 year old Kelly KIME, from the Grants Pass area. The operator of the Toyota was identified as, 65 year old, Vernon BLACK, from Rancho Cucamonga, California and the passenger was identified as, 59 year old Rachael BLACK, also from Ranch Cucamonga, California.


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On December 28, 2017, at approximately 1:15 PM, Troopers from the Central Point Area Command responded to a semi-tractor/passenger car crash on Highway 140 at the intersection of Kershaw Road. This crash was in Jackson County and is approximately 3 mile northeast of Medford.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a 2001 Freightliner was westbound on Highway 140 near milepost 2 when a 2013 Toyota Camry, that was northbound on Kershaw, failed to stop at the stop sign and drove into the path of the Freightliner. There were two occupants in the Toyota and they were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The names of those involved will be released at a later date. The operator of the semi was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation and no criminal charges are being considered.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Fire District 3, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Two Vehicle Injury Crash on Highway 213 Near Milepost 18 Clackamas County (PHOTO) (Photo) - 12/26/17

On Tuesday, December 26th, at approximately 6:22 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on SR-213 near S. Mt. Hope Road outside Molalla in Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed the green 2002 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Miranda Jolene WILLMAN, age 26, of Molalla was traveling southbound on SR-213 when for an unknown reason the Tacoma crossed the center line into the northbound lane and struck 2014 Ford C-Max head-on. The Ford operated by David William LAWVER, age 54, of Gresham.

WILLMAN and LAWVER were transported to OHSU by air-ambulance and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor of the crash.

SR-213 was closed for approximately three and a half hours. OSP was assisted by Life Flight, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Molalla Fire and ODOT

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

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Two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 in Wasco County Claims 2 lives (Photo) - 12/26/17

On Monday, December 25th at approximately 3:25PM, OSP Troopers from Portland and The Dalles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 65 in Wasco County. This location is just east of the intersection of Hwy 35.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2008 Nissan Versa was eastbound when it lost traction and crossed into the westbound lane in the path of an oncoming 2018 Subaru Outback. The Versa was struck at an angle in the passenger's side doors. The driver of the Versa was identified as 48 year old Deirdre Lynne MACKEY from Lake Oswego. The right front passenger of the Versa was identified as the 12 year old female juvenile daughter of MACKEY. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Subaru was identified as 41 year old Darrow Geordan RUPP and his passenger 39 year old Maria Suzanne VELTMAN, both from Portland. RUPP and VELTMAN were transported to Legacy Emanuel for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 26 was completely closed or limited to one lane of travel while this crash was being investigated for just over ten hours before being re-opened. Driving too fast for the conditions is being considered a factor in this crash. The investigation is continuing. OSP was assisted by ODOT the Hoodland Fire Department.

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Fugitive Arrested In Mexico 10 years Following Deputies Death (Photo) - 12/24/17

On June 16, 2007 Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call on Highway 99E when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by De Jesus Ascencio. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputy Fredinburg joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died. Oscar Ascencio Amaya, a 19 year old passenger in Ascencio's vehicle, also died as a result of the crash.

Following an investigation by OSP the case was presented to a Marion County Grand Jury and on August 3, 2007, Ascencio was indicted for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide. Ascencio fled to Mexico prior to being arraigned on the charges.

In 2010 the Marion County District Attorney's Office successfully filed an Article IV prosecution which allows certain crimes committed in the U.S. to be prosecuted by the Mexican Judicial System. A Mexican arrest warrant was issued for Ascencio for causing the deaths of Deputy Fredinburg and Oscar Ascencio Amaya.

On January 20, 2017, Ascencio was arrested on that warrant in the Mexican State of Puebla. He was transported to the Mexican State of Baja California where he was accidentally released approximately one month later, in February of 2017. The warrant for De Jesus Ascencio remained valid and active after his release. On December 21, 2017 OSP learned that Ascencio, age 29, was arrested in the State of Michoacán, on an arrest warrant.

OSP has worked jointly with the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Department, FBI Agents assigned in Mexico City and Salem, the U.S. Embassy, Interpol, and the Mexican Attorney General's Office in this investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

OSP Investigating Shooting and Kidnapping - Morrow County - 12/23/17

On Thursday December 21st, 2017 at about 7:30AM, OSP, Morrow County Sheriff's Office and Boardman Police Department responded to a report of male suffering from a gunshot wound at the Love's Truck Stop near exit 159 in Morrow County.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered a 48 year old male inside a private vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound. The adult male with a last known address in Eugene, Oregon, was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center for treatment of the gunshot wound.

Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was shot at another location and transported to Love's Truck Stop by a citizen who was waived down by the victim on Interstate 84 near milepost 151. The victim in this incident alleges to have been kidnapped and dropped off near milepost 151 (Tower Road Exit). The victim reports his abductors were operating a maroon van who fled the scene in an unknown direction. There is no evidence at this time indicating there is a threat to the general public regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting and reported abduction with assistance from the Morrow County Sherriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Local investigators have also been assisted in the investigation by law enforcement agencies in the Portland Metro area, Willamette Valley, and State of Washington.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious circumstances or observed the victim and suspect vehicle on Interstate 84 near milepost 151 this morning are asked to call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Dispatch Center at 1-541-664-4600 and reference case number SP17461025.

Further updates will be released as information becomes available.