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Death Investigation at Milo McIver State Park - 05/22/17

On May 21, 2017, at about 5:37 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a deceased male at the Milo McIver State Park.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a hiker was walking on the Dog Creek Trail in the Milo McIver State Park when they came across a deceased male, later identified as William W. KEMP, age 65, of Milwaukie. Initial indicators revealed that the cause of death may have been medically related.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, Estacada Fire Department, and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

No further information will be released at this time and no photographs regarding this incident are available.

Warrenton Woman Loses Her Life in a Fatal Crash on US-101 - Clatsop County - 05/20/17

On May 19, 2017, at about 11:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on US-101 near milepost 17 (north of Gearhart).

Preliminary information indicates that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, operated by Wendi ROBINSON, age 42, of Warrenton, had been seen driving at high speeds heading south towards Seaside. A witness reported observing the Corolla lose traction and ultimately drive off the western edge of the roadway. The Corolla had overturned and came to rest, partially submerged in three feet of water. ROBINSON was extricated from the vehicle by first responders who arrived on the scene. CPR was attempted but ROBINSON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

One lane was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department and Medix. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Highway 6 Crash Takes Life of a Rockaway Man - Washington County (Photo) - 05/19/17

On May 19, 2017, at about 11:41 a.m., a driving complaint was called into Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch regarding a green Toyota Rav4 that was driving erratically, traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 34. At about 11:47 a.m., while Washington County Sheriff Deputies were attempting to locate the vehicle, Washington County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a report of a two-vehicle, head-on crash, on Highway 6 at mile post 37.5 involving the same green Toyota that was called in previously. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash scene (west of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Toyota Rav4, operated by David John WISE, age 80, of Rockaway, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6, when for unknown reasons he crossed into the oncoming westbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2006 Jayco Motorhome, operated by Marcus Reid HOLCOMB, age 46, of Scappoose. WISE was pronounced deceased at the scene and HOLCOMB was not injured.

Highway 6 was closed with one lane open intermittently for approximately three hours for the crash investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Banks Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses of a Hit And Run Crash - Douglas County - 05/19/17

On May 19, 2017 at about 9:38 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 158 (north of Sutherlin).

Preliminary information is a log truck and a white commercial motor vehicle with white trailer were traveling southbound when they collided. The white commercial motor vehicle left the scene but was later found and driver was identified.

OSP is asking any witnesses to his incident or persons with information to call 503-375-3555 (Case number SP17164277). More information will be released as it becomes available.

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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating a Missing Person - Josephine County (Photo) - 05/18/17

The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing adult female who was last seen in Williams, Oregon on March 2, 2017.

Kimberly Ann MERICLE, age 46, has an associated vehicle that is a burgundy Isuzu Rodeo, Oregon License Plate # 004 HSN. She is a white female, 5'3" tall, weighs 120 pounds, chin length brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of MERICLE, please contact:

Oregon State Police Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or the Southern Region Communications Center (Dispatch) at 541-776-6111

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Media Alert- Safe Kids Event Thursday May 25, 2017 at Capitol Mall Park (Photo) - 05/18/17

May 25, 2017- The Oregon State Police in partnership, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the FBI's Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (CARD) are hosting a Safe Kids event from 11:00 to 3:00 pm at the Capitol Mall Park in Salem, Oregon.

This event is happening on National Missing Children's day to help bring awareness to the over 450 missing children, who are currently missing from Oregon.

What: OSP's Safe Kids Event for National Missing Children's Day

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:00 to 3:00 pm (Speakers begin at 11:00)

Where: Capitol Mall Park, just north of the Capitol Building, Salem

Speakers will be:
* Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
* Dr. Nici Vance, Forensic Anthropologist
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
* Desiree Young (Kyron Horman's mother)
* SSRA Kevin Damuth, FBI Missing Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team

Booths:
* National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
* Homeland Security Investigations
* Oregon State Police's Criminal Division
* Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office
* Oregon State Police's Forensics Unit and Truck
* Mountain Wave Search & Rescue

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Elmira Area Resident Loses Life in Fatal Crash - 126W Eugene/Veneta - Lane County (Photo) - 05/17/17

On Wednesday May 17, 2017 at about 1:20 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta.

The ongoing investigation revealed that a white 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, operated by 78 year old Elmira local Larry Lay, was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled over into the oncoming lane, crashing head-on into an eastbound black 2011 Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Nissan died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Lay was transported to a Springfield area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification to the family. Information will be provided as it is available.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield Fire, the Lane County District Attorney and Medical Examiners offices.

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Fatal Crash Claims the Life of a Sutherlin Woman on Highway 20 at the Santiam Junction - Linn County (Photo) - 05/15/17

On May 15, 2017 at about 10:04 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 75 (at the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2001 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Lucas ETTINGER, age 33, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 at the Santiam Junction when a 1993 Ford F250 pickup, operated by Willard METZLER II, age 57, and passenger, Dana METZLER, age 63, both of Sutherlin, was travelling westbound and turned in the path of the Toyota. The Toyota collided with the Ford nearly head-on.

Dana METZLER suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants received minor injuries and were transported by third party for treatment of their injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by the Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department, Black Butte Ranch Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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

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Veneta man dies in single vehicle crash - Lane County (Photo) - 05/14/17

On May 14, 2017 at about 7:30 pm, troopers responded to a single vehicle crash near milepost 11 on Highway 126E just east of Springfield.

The preliminary investigation indicated a maroon 2004 Chevy Trailblazer, operated by Veneta resident 34 year old James Lee Hammons, was eastbound and for unknown reasons, went over the oncoming lane and off the roadway striking a tree. Hammons died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

OSP was assisted on-scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Springfield Fire and Rescue and McKenzie Fire and Rescue.

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Pendleton Man Dies in Crash on Hwy 97 (Photo) - 05/13/17

On May 13, 2017, at approximately 5:00 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle crash on HWY 97 near MP 50. The crash resulted in a single fatality of a passenger, identified as Shawn Campbell (age 39 from Pendleton).

The preliminary investigation indicates the driver, identified as Tiarra Burnette (age 40 from Pendleton), was driving a white 2012 Kia Ultima northbound on HWY 97. Hail began to come down and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle fishtailed, struck an embankment, and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on the driver side. Campbell was in the rear passenger seat and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger, identified as Joseph R. Perilli (age 28 from Pendleton) and Burnette were not injured.

OSP was assisted by Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Sherman County Fire & Rescue. All occupants were wearing seat-belts.

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Two Officers Assaulted and Male Suspect Deceased in Florence- Update names of officers added-- - 05/13/17

*** Update*** The names and photos of the officers have been added. No other information is being released***

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On May 8, 2017, at approximately 9:00 AM, Oregon State Police troopers were notified of assistance needed at the Florence Police Department (PD) Jail. Troopers and officers responded and found two officers had been seriously assaulted when they were attempting to release a 40-year-old male from the custody of the Florence PD jail. As medics arrived to attend to the two officers, who were assaulted, the male became non-responsive and medics turned their attention to him. The male was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital and was pronounced deceased.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Division was requested to assist with the investigation. The two officers were transported to a hospital for their injuries.Both officers are employed by Florence Police Department. Ken Larson has been with Florence PD for 24 years and Stephanie Sansom has been employed for one year.

There is no further threat or danger to the public and any further information release will have to be approved through the Lane County District Attorney's Office.


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Attached Media Files: FW__Sansom__and__Larson_Photo.zip
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Western Oregon University Student Dies in Crash on I-5 in Salem (Photo) - 05/10/17

On May 9, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on I-5 near MP 256 (in Salem). The crash resulted in a passenger, identified as Brandon Lin (age 22 from Portland) losing his life in surgery from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2006 Honda Accord was traveling northbound in the B (middle) lane and an Affordable Tow truck was northbound in the C (slow) lane. The driver of the Honda, identified as Laurie Son (age 18 from Beaverton), changed lanes into the tow truck and lost control. The driver of the tow truck was identified as Andrew Hillman (age 26 from Portland).

The Honda impacted a tree on the right shoulder. The right front passenger of the Honda, identified as Jeremy Danh (age 22 from Portland) and Laurie Son received minor injuries. Andrew Hillman was not injured.

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Motorcycle operator Dies Near The Dalles (Photo) - 05/10/17

On May 10th at approximately 1:15 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle call. The responding trooper arrived on scene of a motorcycle laid against the guardrail. After some searching, the driver of the motorcycle was located with injures. The driver was transported, by EMS, to the hospital but succumbed to the injuries while en route to the hospital.

The driver was located approximately 330 feet behind the location of the motorcycle over the guardrail about 35 feet down an embankment in some tall grass. The driver stated he had blacked out while riding eastbound on I-84 near milepost 92.

The name of the driver will be released at another time to give the family more time for notifications

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Fatal Plane Crash Near Klamath Falls - 05/10/17

On May 10, 2017 at approximately 10:40 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency workers responded to a report of a fatal small plane crash near a bypass road of Hwy 39.

The initial information is the small jump plane crashed into a local field. There is confirmation of one fatal. No other information is available at this time.

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Fatal Commerical Motor Vehicle Crash near Banks (Photo) - 05/09/17

On May 9, 2017 at 2:35 PM OSP Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two commercial motor vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 6 near milepost (MP) 35.

Preliminary information indicates a westbound Isuzu box truck was negotiating a left hand curve when it crossed the centerline and entered into the eastbound lane. Traveling eastbound was a loaded chip truck. The driver of the chip truck attempted to avoid the collision but the two commercial motor vehicles collided striking driver side headlight to driver side headlight. After the collision, the chip truck hit the embankment and crossed the westbound lanes. The chip truck traveled down another steep embankment and came to rest.

The driver of the box truck was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the chip truck was transported to a Portland hospital, via ground ambulance, in stable condition.
The names of the drivers will be released at another time to give families more time to make the necessary notifications.

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Eagle Point man loses life in crash - Jackson County (Photo) - 05/09/17

On May 9, 2017, at approximately 9:50am, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 140 at the intersection of Kershaw Road. The crash scene is approximately three miles north east of Medford, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation determined that 80 year old Allan CAMPBELL, of Medford, was operating a 2004 Ford pickup and was northbound on Kershaw Road. After stopping at the controlled intersection (stop sign) he proceeded north across Hwy 140. The operator of the 2001 Honda motorcycle, 21 year old Hunter HOEPTNER of Eagle Point, was westbound on Hwy 140 and as he approached the intersection, crashed into the side of the Ford. HOEPTNER was pronounced deceased on scene. CAMPBELL was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. The speed of the motorcycle is being considered as a factor in the crash.

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

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Wrong Way Driver Dies on I-84 Near Baker City - 05/09/17

On May 7, 2017 at approximately 9:45 PM, Oregon State troopers received a call regarding a wrong way driver on I-84 near mile marker 294. While troopers were on the phone with the complainant, the suspect vehicle (a black Ford Focus) crashed (side swiped) into an eastbound commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the Ford Focus was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary information indicated the driver of the Ford Focus was identified as Joseph Sizemore (age 32 from Pendleton). Sizemore had just left the Baker Valley rest area and traveled westbound into the eastbound lanes. The Ford Focus crashed into a 2016 Freightliner commercial vehicle (CMV) tractor/trailer. The 2016 CMV was being driven by Jonathan M Lawrence (age 26 from Hammond, Indiana). After the initial crash, the 2016 CMV's trailer crashed into another CMV (a 2013 Freightliner) being driven by Isaac J. Pitts (age 34 from Hahira, Georgia).

Neither of the CMV drivers were injured but, due to the damage, both CMVs had to be towed from the scene. The cause of the crash is being investigated as possible impairment of Sizemore.

Albany man loses life in crash - 05/05/17

On May 5, 2017 at approximately 12:40am, the OSP responded to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near the Santiam Rest Area in Marion County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 49 year old Edward Scott SCHMIDT, from Albany, was operating a 2011 Chevrolet pickup and was southbound on Interstate 5 when he drove into the back of a semi-truck that was parked in the "gore point" - the area between the interstate's slow lane and the exit lane. SCHMIDT was pronounced deceased on scene and the operator of the semi-truck was not injured.

There is no further information available at this time.

OSP looking for witnesses to reckless driving incident on I-5 in Albany area - 05/02/17

OSP is seeking any information from victims or witnesses to a reckless driving incident occurring at around 8:30 pm on May 1, 2017.

The incident occurred on I-5 south of Albany in the northbound lanes. A black Chevy Silverado was reported to have been driving at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, forcing a dark colored Toyota Prius and a white Chevy Silverado off the roadway. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Trooper Normand at the OSP patrol office in Albany at (541) 967-2026.

Media Advisory: Impaired Driving Event Being Held At Madras High School - 05/02/17

On May 3, 2017 the Oregon State Police along with it's public safety partners will be presenting to the student body of Madras High School about the dangers of impaired driving.
This event, "Every Fifteen Minutes", is a two day event to illustrate the impact to friends, family and peers when someone is killed in an impaired driving crash. Here is more information http://www.everyfifteenminutes.org/aboutus/

On day two, May 3, 2017, media is invited to attend the final assembly where a simulated crash scene is shown to the student body following an assembly. Media is asked to arrive at Madras High School at 12PM on May 3, 2017 and check into the office. Media is asked to rsvp with Oregon State Police by emailing Captain Bill Fugate at bill.fugate@state.or.us.

Attached is the schedule of events for May 3, 2017.

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Coos Bay woman dies in crash on Hwy 101 - Coos County (Photo) - 05/01/17

On April 30, 2017 at approximately 3:20pm, the OSP and emergency personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 222, which is in Coos County approximately 13 miles north of North Bend.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 1998 Dodge van was northbound on Hwy 101 and for an unknown reason, left the roadway and drove into the path of a tree. The operator of the Dodge van, 54 year old, Susan Katherine MULLENS was pronounced deceased on scene as a result of the injuries sustained. MULLENS, who is from Coos Bay was wearing her seat belt. The juvenile passenger, who was not wearing her seat belt, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Bay Area Hospital.

There were three dogs in the vehicle, two did not survive the crash, but the third was transported a local veterinary hospital in Reedsport and treated for injuries.

OSP was assisted by Coos County Sheriff's office, Hauser Fire Department, Lakeside Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Coos Bay Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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SW Portland Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 286, Wilsonville -- Clackamas County (Photo) - 04/29/17

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at approximately 2:37am, OSP Sergeant and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 286, just north of the city limits of Wilsonville (Clackamas County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2006 Toyota Solara, operated by Wyatt TABOH-GRAZIANO, age 28, of SW Portland, was traveling northbound when for an unknown reason, TABOH-GRAZIANO lost control of his vehicle and slid across all three northbound lanes of travel. The Toyota struck a highway guardrail and continued sliding onto the grassy shoulder. The Toyota then struck an ODOT metal electrical box, flipped onto its top and collided with a cyclone fence. The Toyota came to rest on SW Parkway Ave.

TOBAH-GRAZIANO was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU),listed in critical condition. On April 28, 2017, TABOH-GRAZIANO succumbed to his injuries.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, ODOT and the Clackamas County multi-agency Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT).

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***Update #4*** Commercial Driver Witness Sought By Police ...OSP Investigating Fatal Motor vehicle collision in Polk County (Photo) - 04/28/17

Investigators from the Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of an April 14, 2017, hit and run crash involving a fatality. Detectives are seeking the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operating in the area of Hwy 22 near Hwy 99W on April 14, 2017, between the hours of 12:30am and 2:30am. Detectives believe the driver may have information relating to the crash involving a Toyota Prius and a motorcycle and believe the Prius may have been attempting to pass the CMV when the collision occurred. It is possible the driver of the CMV was unaware of the crash but may have pulled over shortly thereafter for an unknown reason. OSP is asking CMV operators who may have information about or who may have been driving in the area during the listed time frame to contact OSP Dispatch at 503-375-3555.

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Previous Release:

Brenden James Duck was located and arrested on April 16, 2017 and lodged in the Polk County Jail. DUCK has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit & Run, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and PCS Meth. Jessica Jaeger and Michala Ann Brown were located and questioned. Investigators are still trying to locate Makayla Aldeguer as a person of interest.


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Previous Update:
On the evening of April 15th, BROWN was located and is cooperating with the investigation. She was subsequently taken into custody for a probation violation.

OSP is still seeking to speak with three other persons of interest. Those persons are:
*Brenden James DUCK, age 19, of McMinnville
*Makayla C ALDEGUER, age 23, of McMinnville
*Jessica M JAEGER, age 19, of Sheridan

OSP is asking if anyone knows the location of the above persons or has information about the incident to call 800-452-7888.

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Previous Release:
The victim has been identified as 43 year old James Rudolph Osredkar from Sheridan. OSP is requesting assistance in locating a person of interest who has been identified as 22 year old Michala Ann Brown. Her last known address was in McMinnville. She has relatives in Dayton and McMinnville.

On April 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30am, OSP was notified and responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 22 near milepost 14. Shortly after arriving on scene of the motorcycle crash, OSP was notified of a vehicle fire on Ford Street in Rickreall.

OSP determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lincoln County several days earlier. Evidence at the scene of the motorcycle crash links the stolen vehicle to the fatality crash. OSP is withholding the involved individual's identification until the family has been notified.

OSP is seeking any witnesses that might have been in the area or have any information regarding this incident and are asked to call OSP Dispatch at 800-452-7888. The pictured black Toyota Prius is not the actual vehicle involved, but is for comparison uses only.

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Josephine County Man arrested on sex crimes - Jackson County (Photo) - 04/28/17

In 2014, an investigation was conducted in regards to sexual contact between a 13 year old female and a 20 year old male. The male suspect, 23 year old Wesley Allen HEALER moved out of the area at the time of the disclosure by the juvenile female.

In 2016, HEALER moved back to the Josephine County area and was interviewed by detectives. The case was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury on April 18th, 2017 and HEALER was indicted for Sex Abuse I, Rape II and Sodomy I. A felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

On April 27th, 2017, OSP detectives contacted Wesley HEALER in Jackson County and arrested for the felony warrant. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail without incident.

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*** Update Subject in Custody ***Oregon State Police Detectives seeking information in shooting - Cave Junction (Photo) - 04/28/17

On April 26th, 2017, 26 year old Jacob MORGAN was located and arrested in Los Angeles, California by the Pacific Southwest Violent Offender Task Force.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Neuenschwander, Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, 541-618-7988.

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Previous Release:

Just after 2:00 am, on April 9, 2017, Oregon State Police Troopers assigned to the Grants Pass Patrol Worksite, responded to a reported shooting occurring in front of Art's Red Garter Steakhouse in Cave Junction. Upon arrival, one male was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest. The male was identified as 32 year old Cave Junction resident, Andre Dwayne Wright. Wright was transported to the Rogue Regional Emergency Room for critical injuries.

OSP detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Section in Central Point responded and are investigating the incident. There have been no arrests made in connection with this shooting. Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center at (541) 664-4600.

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Traffic Crash Takes the Life of a Washington Man on Interstate 84 at MP 277 - Union County (Photo) - 04/27/17

On April 26, 2017, at about 2:59 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277, fourteen miles east of La Grande in Union County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, operated by Richard Arnold COCHRANE, age 77, and passenger, Joanne Kay COCHRANE, age 73, both from Spokane Valley, Washington, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 277 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crashed through a guardrail into the median and overturned. Richard COCHRANE suffered fatal injuries while Joanne COCHRANE suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital for treatment.

One lane of the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by La Grande Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Traffic Stop leads to seizure of drugs and money and gun - Jackson County (Photo) - 04/27/17

On April 26, 2017, at approximately 5:20pm an Oregon State Police Trooper, out of the Central Point Area Command office, stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 5 near mile post 27, which is near the Medford area in Jackson County for a traffic violation. The vehicle was northbound.

The trooper observed indications of criminal activity and obtained consent to search the Chevrolet. The consent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 22 pounds of marijuana, 6.8 pounds of cocaine and over $6700.00 in cash. The narcotics were found in the luggage area of the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle, 38 year old Carlos Zavala FLORES of Juneau, Alaska and the passenger, 27 year old Jorge Armando LOPEZ-VILLAREAL of California were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine and Import/Export of Marijuana.

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*** Update-Name Released *** Single vehicle fatal crash -- Columbia County (Photo) - 04/26/17

The operator of the 2007 Honda was 23 year old Lenore Consuela RIBERA from Warren, OR. No further information is available at this time.

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Previous Release:

On April 26, 2017, shortly after 7am, Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 59, which is about 1 mile east of Clatskanie in Columbia County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a small sedan was west bound on Hwy 30 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, striking several trees before coming to rest. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased after medical personnel arrived on scene.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Clatskanie County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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*** Update *** Photo Added Lebanon Man Sentenced after taking already dead Trophy Bull Elk - Linn County (Photo) - 04/25/17

On April 24, 2017, 53 year old Jeffrey Allan McCRAVEN of Lebanon, was found guilty in a Linn County Court of one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule, a Class A Violation.

Subject to the guilty verdict, McCRAVEN was required to:

-Forfeiture of the elk meat and antlers; Ordered by the court to be released to the victim.
-Forfeiture of Bow and Arrow seized during investigation.
-Pay $15,000 in restitution to ODFW.
-Pay $435 for the violation of Take/Possession of Bull Elk.
-Pay $279.23 for meat processing.
-Pay $500 to the OHA TIP fund.
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team, which concluded McCRAVEN engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in East Linn County on September 11th, 2016.

The investigation revealed that the bull elk was legally shot and mortally wounded by the victim who is an acquaintance of McCRAVEN. A search party, which included McCRAVEN, could not locate the bull that day. The following morning, McCRAVEN located the expired elk and he shoved and shot arrows into the bull to make it appear as if he had lawfully harvested the bull. McCRAVEN then validated his archery elk tag, and then tried to convince others that he killed it.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

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, fur-bearers 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 $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Fur-bearers $100

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Fish and Wildlife Trooper Seeks Public's Help In Illegal Killing of Beef Calves - Coos County (Photo) - 04/25/17

On April 13, 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division investigated the illegal shooting of two yearling beef calves on a local cattle ranch north of Port Orford. The incident took place in a pasture east of highway 101 near milepost 291 in Denmark, Oregon.

One of the calves was left wounded while the other calf was field dressed and removed from the field. The suspect(s) gained access to the pasture by cutting a hole in the fence and loading the animal into a vehicle that was parked on highway 101.

The victim of the incident is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Dylan Roberts at the number listed below.

Trooper Dylan Roberts: (971)-601-0047

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

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

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Wolf Creek - Josephine County - 04/25/17

On April 24th, 2017, at approximately 9:38 PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Wolf Creek General Store in Josephine County Oregon, attempting to locate a male subject known to have a felony warrant. While attempting to take the male subject into custody, a struggle ensued between the suspect and a Trooper. During the struggle the male suspect was shot, resulting in a fatal injury. The Trooper was uninjured.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111, the Josephine County Major Crimes Response Team was activated to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

All further information related to this investigation will be released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.