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Coos Bay Woman Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Coos County (Photo) - 01/21/17

On January 20, 2017 at about 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 101 near milepost 241 (just south of Coos Bay). Emergency personnel crews arrived on scene and found an adult female deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Honda Accord attempted to cross Highway 101 from Millington Frontage Rd near milepost 241. The Honda was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet pickup that had been traveling southbound on Highway 101. The driver of the Honda, Kelly J SMITH, a 55 year old female from Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ronald L RANDOLPH, a 57 year old male from Myrtle Point, was taken to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane, both northbound and southbound, while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Millington Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to be released at this time.

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Two-Deer Poaching Case in the Wolf Creek area - Lane County - 01/19/17

On October 26, 2016, a Lane County Sheriff Deputy stopped a pickup truck being operated by Hunter Dillen JOHNSON, age 19, of Noti, Oregon. The Deputy discovered the carcasses of a Black-tailed deer doe and a Black-tailed deer spike in the bed of the pickup. JOHNSON produced a hunting license and tag issued to another person. The Deputy called the Oregon State Police to investigate.

Trooper Todd Cutsforth, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife, responded to investigate. The investigation revealed that JOHNSON had shot and killed both deer that date, one with a .22 caliber rimfire rifle. JOHNSON had already filled his valid tag earlier in the season and had no right to be hunting additional deer.

On January 18, 2017, JOHNSON plead guilty to five charges: Unlawful Borrowing of Deer Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe without Valid Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe (Exceeding Bag Limit), Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike without Valid Tag, and Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike (Prohibited Method-Rimfire Rifle).

JOHNSON was sentenced to three years court probation, a three-year suspension of all hunting privileges, four days in the Lane County Jail with a recommendation it be served on the Road Crew, $2,000 restitution to the State of Oregon for the taking of the deer, and a special condition of probation that he not participate in any hunting excursions during the period of probation.

Oregon State Police donated the seized deer to a local church in the Florence area for dispersal to families in need. Additionally, OSP seized two rifles in JOHNSON's possession which were ordered forfeited to OSP.

By law, wildlife is the property of the State of Oregon. No person shall angle for, take, hunt, trap or possess, or assist another in angling for, taking, hunting, trapping or possessing any wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws and established rules.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are 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, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, 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.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
* $100 Game Fish
* $100 Upland Birds
* $200 Habitat
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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)

OSP Troopers Patrolling Mule Deer Winter Ranges - Central Oregon - 01/19/17

OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers will be conducting saturation patrols on Oregon's "winter ranges" to protect deer and elk from illegal activity and poachers. These areas are vital to deer and elk in order to avoid heavy snowfall, have access to food sources and rear their offspring.

Not only will there be patrols on the ground, OSP F&W aircraft will be flying daytime and nighttime missions over these areas. Troopers will be searching for those violating road closures and "spotlighters".

Saturation patrols will occur in the White River Wildlife Area, Silver Lake Unit, Fort Rock Unit, Paulina Unit and Metolius Unit. These units are home to thousands of wintering deer and elk.

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Redding California Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Crimes - Jackson County - 01/18/17

On January 17, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Division began an investigation into a runaway 13 year-old female from Josephine County. She was reported to be in the company of an adult male.

At about 8:00 a.m., on January 18, 2017, a patrol trooper stopped to check on a disabled motorist on Interstate 5 at milepost nine, south of Ashland. The trooper identified the female juvenile and determined she was the listed runaway from Josephine County. The detective assigned to the case responded and continued the investigation. The victim and suspect met through an adult dating website.

The suspect, Francis Marcel WARD, age 21, of Redding, California, was arrested on sexual abuse related charges from Josephine County and additional charges will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office at a later date. WARD was processed and lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility.

This is an active investigation and no further information is to be released at this time.

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Highway 140 West Crash Kills Two from California - Klamath County (Photo) - 01/18/17

On January 17, 2017, at about 10:52 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 140 West near milepost 38 (1/2 mile east of Dead Indian Memorial Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Chu VANG, age 51, and female passenger Pa VANG, age 47, both of Sacramento California, was traveling westbound when it lost control and slid sideways into the path of an eastbound 2008 International box semi-truck, operated by Denny CHOATE, age 38, of Grants Pass. The International impacted the passenger side of the Toyota causing extensive damage. Chu VANG and Pa VANG suffered fatal injuries while CHOATE suffered minor injuries and declined emergency medical care.

The roadway was snow-covered, yet was plowed and sanded. Information indicates that speed may have been a contributing factor. Seatbelts were utilized and airbags deployed.

Highway 140 West was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for three hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Rocky Point Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Update*** Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo) - 01/16/17

The search for the missing persons has lasted throughout the night and this morning by the US Coast Guard. The adult male or his three year old son ave not yet been located. The adult male has been identified as 31 year old Jayson Dean THOMAS, of Elmira, Oregon.

OSP does not usually release the names of juveniles unless there is consent by the family or if the juvenile is a public safety threat. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.

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***Name Correction*** Lyons Teenager Loses Life In Highway 226 Crash - Linn County - 01/16/17

Drivers name is Emily not Emil

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Previous Release:
On January 15, 2016 at about 7:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 226 near milepost 22 (just west of Lyons). Upon emergency personnel arriving on scene they found a car had struck a power pole and an 18 year old female was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler passenger vehicle was westbound on Highway 226 (Albany-Lyons Highway) near Rashmar Road when it lost control and left the highway. It slid down a steep embankment, struck a powerpole on the driver's side, and then rolled over. A Linn County Sheriff's Deputy was first on scene and found the driver, Emily J REEDY, age 18, of Lyons, was deceased.

The roadway conditions were icy at the time of the crash. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and others. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo) - 01/14/17

The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

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Previous release:
On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Theft from Several Vehicles at Silver Falls State Park - Marion County (Photo) - 01/11/17

On December 3, 2016, OSP was notified of several vehicles broken into while parked at the 214 Trailhead at Silver Falls State Park, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The subsequent investigation revealed the thefts total over $10,000 and a stolen credit card was used at three Salem businesses shortly after. The pictured male and female are suspects in the thefts and the pictured truck, or one like it is associated with the pair. The truck is a Ford, possibly with black rims and is likely a diesel.

Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Trooper Elias Breen of the OSP Salem Area Command at 503-798-5035 or ebreen@osp.state.or.us . Reference case number SP16407520.

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***Update*** Law Enforcement Investigating Fatal Crash Following Reported Kidnapping - Malheur County - 01/10/17

Update - Names Released:

On Jan 9, 2017 at about 6:45 a.m.(MST), the Ontario Police Department responded to the report of a kidnapping in progress at a convenience store in Ontario. Just as Ontario Police arrived on scene, the suspect, Anthony Wayne MONTWHEELER, age 49, of Nampa, Idaho, fled in a 2014 black Dodge pickup. Officers received information that there was an adult female, Annita S. HARMON, age 40, of Weiser, Idaho, who was being held against her will, in the pickup. Officers pursued the suspect in the city then traveled south onto Highway 201.

As the Dodge was traveling southbound, it crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 2001 Ford Excursion. The driver of the Ford, David Joseph BATES, age 38, of Vale, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger in the Ford, Jessica Sara BATES, age 35, of Vale, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Jessica BATES was later transported to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho for further treatment. Jessica BATES is in stable condition at this time.

MONTWHEELER received serious injuries and also taken to an area hospital where he remains. Inside the Dodge, HARMON was deceased. Investigation to HARMON's cause of death is still under investigation.

Highway 201N near milepost 29 was closed for over six hours while investigators processed the scene. The Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and the Ontario Police Department are continuing the investigation. Investigators from the Idaho State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Weiser Police Department are assisting with the investigation and follow-up as needed.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Two Seriously Injured In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County (Photo) - 01/10/17

On January 10, 2017 at about 6:20 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 129. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find one subject entrapped in a vehicle and two with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a white 1990 Toyota Corolla had been traveling northbound on Highway 97 north of Bend when it lost control on the icy roadway and collided with a southbound 2000 Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Toyota, Kimberly BAKER, age 46, and a passenger Kelly SHEHAN, age 34, both from Redmond, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for serious injuries resulting from the crash. SHEHAN was entrapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver of the Dodge, Wayde PRATT, age 20, from Sisters and the passengers; Joel PRATT, age 25, from Philomath, and Martin LANGAGER, age 25, from LABANON, were not injured in the crash.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted OSP at the scene. Highway 97 was closed for just over an hour before the Highway was reopened, while the crash investigation was conducted and the Highway was being cleared.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 near LaPine (Photo) - 01/09/17

On January 8, 2017 at about 2:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 161. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find three involved vehicles and one male driver deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2015 Peterbilt semi-truck and trailer had been traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it lost control on the icy roadway and collided with two southbound vehicles. The first vehicle was a maroon 2004 Toyota Tacoma pick-up and the second vehicle was a white Nissan Xterra, all three involved vehicles came to rest on the southbound shoulder of the roadway.

The driver of the Nissan, Derek TEDROW, age 40, from LaPine, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, Samuel COLEE, age 33, from Eugene was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the Peterbilt, Arthur RAMBO, age 29, from Sacramento California, and his passenger Goodwin EZE, age 43, from Rancho Cucamonga, California we not injured.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, LaPine Fire & Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted OSP at the scene. Highway 97 was closed for four hours before one traffic lane was opened up for purposes of the crash investigation.

Anyone who witnessed or has new information about this crash is requested to call or text Senior Trooper Jason Hansen at 541-410-3793.

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OSP Urging Safe Travels After Responding to Over 750 Traffic Incidents In 36 Hours - 01/08/17

In the past 36 hours we have had responded to over 750 traffic incidents statewide. These include 91 road hazards, 266 disabled vehicles, and 394 reported crashes. Most were weather related. Fortunately no lives were lost but we are still urging motorists safe travels during this storm.

*If traveling is not necessary, please don't. If it is necessary please "Know Before You Go" by going to www.tripcheck.com to see travel conditions and chain requirements.

*Take your time and slow down when poor driving conditions are present. Please know chain/traction tire requirements when traveling. Failure to follow the requirements could result in a $160 fine and being turned around.

*If your vehicle becomes disabled or cannot travel any further, do NOT stop in the roadway. Please try to get it off the plowed section of the roadway or it could be towed. Leave a note with the vehicle explaining when you intend on removing it. Under state law, an abandoned vehicle which is a hazard can be towed immediately. If not a hazard it can be towed 24 hours after tagged by law enforcement.

*Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

*Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

*Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

*Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.

These simple tips are your way to support our mission of transportation safety during storms such as these.

A few images from traffic incidents: https://youtu.be/578lAcTMYCw

***Officer Names Released*** Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing In Bend - Deschutes County - 01/03/17

The two Bend Police Officers have been identified as Officer Scott Schaier and Officer Marc Tisher. During this incident one or both of the officers deployed a Taser and Officer Schaier fired his handgun.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation is continuing now being reviewed by the Oregon Department of Justice. This includes agencies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Madras Police Department, Warms Springs Police, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division. OSP has been assigned as the lead investigating agency.

Following this release no further information will be released until a prosecuting attorney (in this case the Oregon Department of Justice) has reviewed the investigation, which is standard procedure in officer involved shootings.

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Previous Release:

Detectives and forensic experts are continuing the investigation into Friday night's officer involved shooting that occurred in downtown Bend.

Further investigation has revealed at 10:26PM, Deschutes County 911 received calls of white minivan driving erratically southbound on 3rd street near Butler Market. At least two 911 callers identified the vehicle and the poor driving. That behavior included driving into snow banks, sideways in the road, almost striking a bicyclist and other dangerous driving. The vehicle drove to the intersection of 3rd and Franklin where it began traveling westbound on Franklin after driving through the 7-11 parking lot.

At approximately 10:30PM, A Bend Police Officer locates the vehicle traveling westbound on Franklin and conducts a traffic stop on the vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, which comes to a stop on Franklin just prior to Bond Street. During this stop a second officer arrives at the scene.

The male driver, was later identified as Michael Tyler JACQUES, 31 years old, of Bend. During this contact, JACQUES, did not cooperate and they attempted to place him under arrest. A Taser was deployed without any success. Following these failed attempts at arresting JACQUES at least one officer fired his duty weapon striking JACQUES.

JACQUES was removed from the vehicle by officers and first aid was rendered. Upon medical crews arriving on scene JACQUES was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both Bend Police Officers did not receive any serious injuries. It is unknown at this time if JACQUES was armed at the time of the incident as his vehicle has not yet been search pending a search warrant.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Deschutes County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, Madras Police, Warm Springs Police and the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.

Any witnesses that have not yet spoken to law enforcement about this incident are urged to call OSP Detective James Koehler at 541-633-2215.

These investigations take time and more information will be released as soon as practical; understanding the need of public information and transparency but also weighing the integrity of the investigation.

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Cottage Grove Woman Killed In Interstate 5 Crash - Lane County (Photo) - 01/03/17

On January 3, 2017 at about 1PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi versus a passenger vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 171 (just south of Cottage Grove). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they found the adult female driver of the passenger vehicle was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Chrysler sedan was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it came to a stop in the slow lane (two southbound lanes) for an unknown reason. A southbound 2006 Freightliner box truck was unable to avoid colliding with the stopped Chrysler, rear-ending it. Following the collision, the Chrysler came to rest off of the highway.

The driver, Janine B COOK, age 57, of Cottage Grove, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It took fire personnel an extended amount of time to remove her from the vehicle due to the extensive damage. The driver of the Freightliner, Nytasha VATLAND, age 26, of Roseburg, was not injured.

Interstate 5 southbound was reduced to one lane for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Cottage Grove Police Department, South Lane County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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***Update*** Interstate 5 Crash Kills Springfield Man - Josephine County (Photo) - 01/03/17

The driver of the Ford who was identified as J Guadalupe ARENAS, age 45, of Springfield. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger, Mirna F ARENAS, age 42, also of Springfield, was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Two juvenile passengers were also taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The occupants of the disabled vehicle were outside of it when the crash occurred. They told troopers they observed the Ford sliding towards them and they were able to move out of the way.

Highway conditions at the time of the crash were patches of ice which is being investigated as a contributing factor. Additionally, it is not believed the driver was wearing a safety belt. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On January 2, 2017 at about 11:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 55 (Grants Pass). Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find a vehicle on its roof with and that the male driver had died.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford F150 had been traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it left the roadway and crashed into a disabled 2004 GMC Yukon that had been parked on the shoulder of the interstate. After the collision, the Ford rolled over onto its roof in the ditch.

The driver of the Ford, a 45 year old male from Springfield, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Three passengers from the Ford were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released later in the day.

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***Names Released*** Two Women Killed After Falling From Interstate 5 Bridge - Douglas County (Photo) - 01/03/17

The women who were killed have been identified as Amanda J FULLER, age 32, of Roseburg and Stephanie N THOMAS, age 29, of San Bernardino, California. The investigation is continuing. More information will be released when it is available.
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Previous Release:
On January 2, 2017 at about 2:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 112 (north of Myrtle Creek). Upon arriving on scene, emergency personnel could not locate the driver or occupants. Two adult females were soon after located deceased on the river bank below the bridge where the crash had occurred.

Preliminary information revealed a 2002 Kia sport utility was traveling southbound on Interstate5 when the driver lost control and crashed on the bridge crossing the South Umpqua River near milepost 112. At some point after the crash the driver and her passenger exited the vehicle and called 911 to report the incident.

It is unknown at what point the following event occurred, but both occupants crossed over the bridge railing falling to the riverbank below. Both adult females were pronounced deceased by medical personnel upon their arrival. Troopers obtained a measurement of approximately 80 feet from the bridge deck to the river bank below.

The victim's names will be released once the families have been notified and appropriate time has passed for them to notify other friends and family.

OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Creek Police, Myrtle Creek Fire, Dillard Fire, Tri-City Swift Water Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is incident is not being investigated as a traffic crash fatality but a death investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Age Correction*** 16 Year Old Male Dies From Gunshot Wound - Josephine County - 01/02/17

***Correction on Victim's Age*** Victim was sixteen years old, not 15.

Previous Release:
On December 31, 2016 at about 8:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a shooting that had just occurred at a residence on Robertson Bridge Road near Merlin. First responders arrived and discovered a fifteen year old male had been shot and died from his injuries at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a fifteen year old male, who resided at that residence, had several friends over while his parents were out of town. This preliminary investigation indicates that the teenager accidentally shot himself while handling a firearm. His friends called 911 and began CPR but he died prior to emergency personnel arriving.

It is believed several friends of the deceased may have left prior to emergency crews arriving. OSP is wishing to speak with them to assist with the investigation. Those with information or were at that residence are asked to call OSP at 541-776-6111.

No further information to be released at this time as this is an active investigation.

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Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 50 - Klamath County (Photo) - 01/01/17

On January 1, 2017 at about 9AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 50 near milepost 25 (just southeast of Malin).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Jeep Wrangler was southbound on Morelock Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign with the intersection of Highway 50 (Klamath Falls -- Malin Highway). The Jeep crossed Highway 50 and rolled into an empty irrigation ditch, coming to rest on its roof.

The driver, Alejandro ZAMORA LAGUNAS, age 31, of Malin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is believed the crash occurred between 3am and 9am based on a text message he sent and time of discovery. Contributing factors leading to the fatality are believed to be failure to use safety belt and consumption of alcohol.

OSP was assisted by the Malin Fire Department. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Dexter Man dies in a fatal crash near Pleasant Hill - Lane County (Photo) - 12/29/16

On December 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash four miles east of Pleasant Hill.

According to Trooper Martin, a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Michael VONORTLOFF, age 43, and two juvenile male passengers, all from Dexter, was traveling eastbound on State Route 58 near milepost eight, when VONORTLOFF's vehicle swerved across the westbound lane of travel and collided head-on into an oak tree.

Both juvenile passengers were extricated by fire and medical personnel and were transported to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, in Springfield, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. VONORTLOFF was pronounced deceased at the scene. Distracted driving may have been a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted on scene by Dexter Fire Department, Goshen Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. State Route 58 was not closed during the investigation.

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Three being transported to area hospitals following violent crash on I-84 near Cascade Locks (Photo) - 12/29/16

On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at approximately 1:00PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash westbound on I-84 near milepost 44, which is near Cascade Locks. The vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, had crashed into the center concrete barrier while negotiating a curve, crossed both lanes of the interstate and crashed through the guardrail and down a wooded ravine. The force of the crash caused significant guardrail damage and sheared a large tree off at the base where it came to rest on top of the Trailblazer, which came to an uncontrolled stop on the driver's side facing eastbound.

The vehicle was operated by Madeline HANEL, 18 years old, from Parkdale. Two male passengers were inside the vehicle and have not been positively identified at this point. HANEL and the passenger from the backseat were transported by ground ambulance to a Portland area hospital for minor injuries. The second passenger, who was in the right-front seat, was transported by helicopter to a Portland area hospital for serious injuries.

Prior to OSP arriving on scene, a local Cascade Locks resident Ken DAVIS, 37 years old, heard the crash and was first to arrive. He assisted Hanel and the rear passenger out of the car. He also attempted to extract the right-front passenger who was trapped in the Trailblazer. While Davis was waiting for emergency responders, the Trailblazer caught on fire and Davis was able to put it out with fire extinguishers he acquired from passing motorists.

Early investigation is showing that speed is a contributing factor in this crash. OSP is still on the scene and the slow lane is blocked to assist in the removal of the vehicle and as the investigation is completed.

OSP was assisted by Cascade Locks Fire Department, Skamania County Ambulance and ODOT.

Photo credit OSP

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Pursuit in three central Oregon Counties (Photo) - 12/28/16

On December 28, 2016, several Central Oregon police agencies were involved in a pursuit that started in the City of Prineville. The pursuit was terminated several times, the suspect vehicle was spiked, and then ultimately the Oregon State Police used a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) maneuver. Two suspects were taken into custody. The suspects have been identified as Eddie VILLAGOMEZ-LOPEZ, age 23, of Prineville and David CASTANEDA-VALERIO, age 21, of Salem.

The incident started in Prineville when an officer attempted to stop a 1994 Silver Buick at approximately 9:45 AM. Prineville terminated the pursuit but it was later resumed by Redmond Police Department in their jurisdiction. Redmond Police Department also terminated the pursuit.

The vehicle traveled through Terrebonne and Culver where Oregon State Police, Madras Police Department and Jefferson County used spike strips to stop the vehicle. As a result of the spikes, all four tires were deflated but the vehicle continued at a slower rate of speed. An Oregon State Police trooper utilized a TVI maneuver forcing the vehicle off the roadway where it became immobile and both subjects were placed into custody.

The driver and passenger were taken into custody and were lodged in Jefferson County. Additional charges will also be filed in Deschutes and Crook Counties. The investigation is continuing and the charges will be updated at a later time. No additional information will be released at this time.

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash on HWY 126 East of Redmond - Deschutes County - 12/28/16

On December 27, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single-vehicle versus pedestrian fatal crash, that occurred on State Route 126 around milepost three, east of Redmond.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 white Ford F250 pickup was eastbound when it crashed into an adult male, in the eastbound lane of travel. The driver of the Ford was identified as Brianna Reed CERULLO, age 19, from Powell Butte.

The pedestrian was identified as Anthony Marvin MASON, age 22, from Redmond. MASON was wearing dark clothes and was walking in the eastbound lane of travel. MASON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

CERULLO stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

State Route 126 was closed for about three hours, with a detour in place, while the scene was investigated. OSP was assisted by Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available, as this is an ongoing investigation.

No photos are available at this time.

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Jackson County fatal suspect sentenced to 141 months in prison - 12/28/16

On August 6, 2016 at approximately 11:54 PM, Medford Police Department and surrounding agencies were involved with a pursuit with suspect Robert Brooks. The pursuit ended when Brooks crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Vilas and Table Rock Road. The driver of the other vehicle died as a result of the crash (for full details see Medford Police Department media release attached).

The Oregon State Police was the lead investigating agency. On December 16, 2016 Brooks pled guilty to Manslaughter I, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude, Reckless Endangering, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

On December 28, 2016 Brooks was sentenced to 141 months in prison.

Attached Media Files: medford_pd._brooks.pdf
DUII Saturation patrol planned for Tillamook County - 12/27/16

The Oregon State Police Tillamook Worksite in conjunction with the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department, Tillamook Police Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department, and Manzanita Police Department have a joint Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) saturation patrol scheduled for December 30, 2016 to kick off the New Year's Weekend High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) period.

The New Year's Weekend is a time for celebration, and renewal. Everyone wants to have a good time, but for those who make the decision to drive impaired, police are on the lookout. Our main goal is not to catch drunk drivers, but to be seen everywhere and hopefully deter someone from driving while intoxicated.

Tillamook County will have over a dozen law enforcement officers out on patrol. Officers trained to identify signs of an impaired driver will be on high alert. People should also be aware that marijuana is considered an intoxicant. Being under the influence of marijuana while driving is grounds for a DUII, despite Oregon's recent legalization of marijuana. DUII patrols will continue through New Year's Day as needed. We encourage you to have a plan in place before the festivities begin. Have a designated driver, call for a cab or a ride, stay the night, anything to keep everyone safe this holiday weekend.

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***Update - Media Advisory*** Location set for Trooper Cederberg Media Briefing Planned - 12/27/16

The 2PM Media Briefing will be held at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Media should park on the top level of Parking Lot C off SW Sam Jackson Park Road, near the main OHSU Hospital entrance. The media staging area will be near the pedestrian foot bridge. Here is an online OHSU interactive map: http://www.ohsu.edu/map/ .

For any questions related to parking or location, please contact OHSU Media Relations: 503.494.8231.

***End Update***


Previous Release:
We will be holding a media briefing to update the status of Trooper Nic Cederberg and a statement from the Oregon State Police. This will be focused on our employee and not the events that occurred leading to his injuries.

The briefing will be held at 2PM in the Portland area as we are working on a location suitable for those involved. The location will be posted by 11AM.

Please email osppio@state.or.us for questions.

Here is the most recent facts we have released to date: http://bit.ly/2iwCpc5

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Klamath County Major Crime team investigates murder (Photo) - 12/27/16

The following release is being sent on behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
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Klamath County District Attorney's Office
Rob Patridge
District Attorney
December 26, 2016 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Patridge, 541-840-1600
Murder in Bonanza

On Monday, December 26, 2016, at approximately 1:10 p.m. the Klamath County
Sherriff's Office and the Oregon State Police responded to a 911 call of a shooting in
the 7000 block of East Langell Valley Road in Bonanza, Oregon. Officers responded
and found Troy Kimball (DOB 10-11-1965) deceased. The Klamath County Major Crime
Team was activated.

Officers have arrested the deceased's brother, Travis Kimball (DOB 7-9-1964), for the
crime of Murder.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department,
Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, Klamath County District
Attorney's Office.

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Three people lose thier lives in crash near Warm Springs - 12/27/16

On December 26, 2016 at approximately 4:00 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a three vehicle- triple fatal motor vehicle crash on US26 near milepost 86, on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

The initial investigation revealed a westbound black 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, being operated by Nathan VERHAEGHE, age 31 of Spokane WA, struck the rear of a westbound 2006 Toyota Matrix being operated by Adam CLAUSEN, age 37 of Portland OR. The Matrix was then pushed into the eastbound lane where it was struck by a white 2013 Chrysler van being operated by Robert BURKE, age 34 of Reno NV.

Adam CLAUSEN and his passenger, Shannon OLEARY, age 39 of Portland, OR were deceased at the scene. The third occupant was a four year old child from Portland, Oregon was transported to St. Charles Bend with minor injuries.

Robert BURKE was also deceased at the scene. One passenger, Rachel BURKE, age 29 of Reno, NV was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. His other passenger a 22 month old child from of Reno, NV was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Bend with minor injuries.

VERHAEGHE was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.

Speed and other contributing factors are being investigated as causes of the crash. US26 was closed for 5.5 hours as the investigation was completed. OSP was assisted at the scene by Warm Springs Police Dept., Warm Springs Fire Dept., and ODOT.

No photos are available at this time.

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***Correction*** Washington Man Killed In Highway 30 Crash Near Astoria - Clatsop County (Photo) - 12/25/16

The occupants of the Honda in this crash were injured in the initial crash with the Toyota. The were not struck while on the roadway.

Corrected Release:
On December 24, 2016 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 81 (approximately 15 miles east of Astoria). Upon arriving on scene they discovered an adult male had been struck while outside his vehicle and killed.

Preliminary investigation revealed a two vehicle crash had occurred on Highway 30 due to icy conditions. A 1996 Toyota 4Runner and a 2011 Honda Odyssey were involved in a minor, non-injury crash caused by lack of traction on an icy roadway. Both these vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The occupants were outside their vehicle standing on the highway when a third vehicle, a westbound 1998 Subaru Legacy, lost control on the icy highway and struck the Toyota 4Runner. Edward C CARLSON, age 59, of Long Beach, Washington (an occupant of the Toyota) was standing outside that vehicle when he was struck by the Toyota and the Subaru. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Another occupant of the Toyota, Lorraine K SEBASTIAN, age 62, of Castle Rock, was also struck by at least one vehicle while standing on the roadway. She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Subaru, Daniel D CARTER, age 70, of Rainier, OR, was not injured.
The occupants of the Honda received minor injuries from the initial crash with the Toyota. They were identified as Earl J LOWERY, age 66, and Nancy K LOWERY, age 64, both of Kelso.

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Knappa Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Update - Name Released*** LaPine Woman Loses Her Life In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County (Photo) - 12/24/16

The deceased driver has been identified as Lola Maye STANPHILL, age 57, of LaPine. No Further information at this time

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Previous Release:
On December 23, 2016 at about 5PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 155 (near Vandevert Road north of LaPine).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche was southbound on Highway 97 when the driver lost control and crossed into the northbound lane. The Chevrolet was sliding sideways when it was struck by a northbound 2003 International tractor towing a trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, an adult female from LaPine, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck tractor, Philip J CLARK, age 54, of Bend, was not injured.

Current highway conditions at the time of the crash were snow and ice. Highway 97 was closed for almost three hours while the scene was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Police, Sunriver Fire, LaPine Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Coos Bay Man Dies Following Fall From Cliff - Coos County (Photo) - 12/23/16

On December 22, 2016 at about 2PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of a possible deceased person at near the south cove Bastendorff Beach near Charleston.

First responders located an adult male deceased under an approximately 80 foot cliff lying in the sand at the edge of the cove.

First responders needed to work fast to investigate the scene and remove the deceased before the ocean tide came in. The troopers had to time the outgoing waves to quickly cross through the narrow access point as it would go from being under multiple feet of water and then about a foot of water as the waves ebbed and flowed. The deceased was recovered and was identified as Ryan L CROUSSER, age 36, of Coos Bay.

OSP was assisted by the Coos County Sheriff's Office, NOAA Marine Fisheries Law Enforcement, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Charleston Fire Department.

At this time there appears to be no foul play in the death. More information will be released as it becomes available as the investigation is ongoing.

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OSP Continuing Death Investigation - Klamath County - 12/23/16

On December 14, 2016, OSP received a report of a deceased individual at an abandoned house at 3116 Maryland Avenue, Klamath Falls. Troopers responded and found a human corpse that had been decomposing for an extended period of time. The OSP Klamath Falls Major Crimes Section responded to assist with the investigation.

Investigators located a cell phone and some paperwork with some identifying information on it. After reviewing a video on the cell phone, it appeared the individual in the video had a bracelet that matched the deceased. The subject in the video was also wearing a piece of clothing that was also found near the deceased. The video on the cell phone was dated from April of 2016.

On December 21, 2016, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and identified the deceased as James A CRAIGER, age 50, who had been a listed as a missing person since May of 2016.

OSP investigators have learned that CRAIGER was homeless that had been staying at various locations in Klamath County, including the abandoned house. Persons with any information on this investigation are asked to call the Klamath Falls Area Command at 541-883-5713. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.