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Double Fatal Vehicle Crash on Highway 138E near Milepost 44 - Douglas County (Photo) - 06/27/17

On June 26, 2017 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police, Douglas County SO and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle which left the roadway on Highway 138E near milepost 44, in Roseburg. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they located a vehicle on its top, completely submerged in the North Umpqua River.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Highway 138E near milepost 44, when for an unknown reason the vehicle drifted off the roadway, struck several boulders, went down a steep embankment, and came to rest on its top in the North Umpqua River. The driver of the Chevrolet, John Boyd STAPLES, age 91 and his passenger, Elizabeth Ann STAPLES, age 91 of Tualatin, were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved in the collision.

At the time of the collision John and Elizabeth STAPLES were wearing safety restraints and there was airbag deployment. Next of kin notification was made at 11:50PM to STAPLES' daughter.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County SO Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District II Swiftwater Rescue, Glide Volunteer Fire Department, PacifiCorp, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Kokua Towing Company.

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****Updated Photos Added ****Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 35 near Milepost 62 - Hood River County (Photo) - 06/27/17

On June 26, 2017 at approximately 12:50 PM the Oregon State Police out of The Dalles and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 35 near milepost 62 in Hood River County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white 2006 Chevrolet pick-up, operated by Denise J. HILKEY, an employee of the US Forest Service, age 46 of Parkdale, Oregon, was carrying a load of lumber. The Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Highway 35 and while negotiating a curve, the lumber in the lumber rack spilled onto the highway, partially blocking the north and southbound lanes of travel.

A gold 2006 Harley Davidson, operated David Bruce HALL, age 66 of Brookings, Oregon was traveling northbound on Highway 35. HALL attempted to avoid the lumber in the roadway which resulted in a crash. At the time of the crash HALL was wearing protective equipment. Lifesaving efforts were made; however, HALL succumbed to his injuries.

Next of kin notification has been made and the roadway remains closed at this time.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Double Fatal Near Black Butte Ranch (Photo) - 06/26/17

On June 25, 2017 at approximately 3:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a five vehicle (double fatal) crash on US Highway (Hwy) 20 near the Black Butte Ranch entrance.

The preliminary investigation revealed Unit #1, a 1996 Subaru Legacy, driven by Ethan G. Moreschi (age 28 from Bend, Oregon) was eastbound on Hwy 20 near Milepost (MP) 93. The Subaru Legacy crossed the centerline and struck Unit #2, a westbound 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Katherine L. Sales (age 80 from Eugene). Both Moreschi and Sales were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Unit #3 was a westbound 2004 HOLR Motorhome, driven by Robert A. Lounsbury (age 49 from North Bend) and was towing Unit #4 a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. Lounsbury attempted to avoid the first collision and struck Unit #5, which was an eastbound 1998 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta was being driven by Timothy R. Thompson (age 28 from Newberg).

Thompson was air transported to St. Charles with critical life threatening injuries. Lounsbury was ground transported to St. Charles with minor injuries. Lounsbury's passenger, Tammy R. Lounsbury (age 53 from North Bend) was not injured.

Both Moreschi and Thompson knew each other and it is believed they were with each other shortly before the crash. Impairment is being considered as a contributing factor for both Moreschi and Thompson.

The highway was affected for approximately six hours. ODOT, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, and Sisters Fire and Rescue assisted OSP.

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**Update**OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo) - 06/26/17

**UPDATE***
On June 24, 2017, Oregon State Police believes either WEST and/or MCAULIFFE stole a white Ford F250 from Oregon State Parks at Emigrant Springs State Park. The truck is marked with the state park emblem on the doors. The original plates on the vehicle were E273867. On the morning of June 24th MCAULIFFE was seen at a pharmacy in Milton-Freewater.

WEST is originally from Salem and MCAULIFFE is from Central Point.

If anyone sees the vehicle or either WEST or MCAULIFFE please call 911.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Redding Man Dies in Crash on Redwood Highway (Photo) - 06/26/17

On June 25, 2017, at approximately 4:15 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on state route (SR) highway 199 near milepost (MP) 27.

The subsequent investigation revealed a 2007 black Ford 3P, driven by David S. Sharpe (age 44 from Redding, CA), was Northbound on SR 199. The vehicle, for unknown reasons, exited the roadway, rolled several times and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Washington Man Loses Life in Crash in Hereford - Baker County (Photo) - 06/26/17

On June 24, 2017, at about 3:37 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 245 near milepost 11 (in Hereford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound when it drifted out of its lane of travel, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree. The driver, Luis Alberto BARRERA MENDEZ, age 29, of Centralia, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Octavio Castro VALDEZ, age 25, of Centralia, Washington, was transported by Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of his serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Fire Department, Blue Mountain Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Forest Service Road Fatal Near Oakridge - 06/25/17

On June 24, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, Oregon State Police was notified a of fatal crash on Forest Service Road 5850 South West of Oakridge.

Preliminary details revealed Cody Marshall (age 42 from Longview, Washington) was operating a 1986 Yamaha dirt bike on a rocky unimproved road when he struck a fallen tree. The tree was partially in the roadway. The investigation is continuing and no further information or photos are available.

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Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device Leads to Fatal Crash Near Bend - 06/25/17

On June 24, 2017, at approximately 2:30 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a two-vehicle, single fatal, at the intersection of Cooley Road and US Highway 20 in Bend.

The investigation revealed unit #1, a 2007 silver Subaru Outback, driven by Donald S. Grosh (age 92 from Bend) was southbound on Cooley Rd. GROSH approached a stop sign and failed to stop at the traffic control device before entering US Highway 20W.  Unit #2, a 2011 Dodge truck (with top RV camper), driven by Randall S. Pelcher (age 66 from Bishop, CA) was westbound on US 20W approaching the intersection of Cooley Road. PELCHER was unable to avoid crashing into the driver (front) side of Unit #1.  GROSH was transported by ambulance to St. Charles where he was declared deceased.

BELCHER and his passenger, Lori K. Burk-Pelcher (age 58 from Bishop, CA) were not injured. OSP was assisted by Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Bend Fire.

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Former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Arrested in Klamath County - 06/23/17

On June 23, 2017, Oregon State Police troopers and detectives arrested former Oregon State Police Evidence Technician Mark Matlick, age 57 of Klamath Falls. Matlick was employed with the Oregon State Police from 2007 through 2015 at the Klamath Falls Area Command.

In October of 2016, command staff from the Klamath Falls Oregon State Police Area Command became aware evidence had been unlawfully removed from the evidence lockers located in Klamath Falls and Lakeview. A lengthy investigation was conducted by Oregon State Police detectives, OSP support staff, and investigators from the Oregon Department of Justice. The investigation was conducted in consultation with Klamath County and Lake County District Attorney's Offices.

The investigation regarding the Klamath Falls evidence locker revealed the following: between the dates of November 13, 2007, and June 30, 2015, Mark Matlick, while acting in the capacity of the evidence technician for the Oregon State Police stole over $10,000 of money from the OSP evidence locker. Additionally, Matlick forged written instruments and tampered with the OSP evidence database (public records) to facilitate his thefts.

Matlick was lodged on the following charges in Klamath County: One count of Aggravated Theft, 29 counts of Computer Crime, 19 counts of Tampering with Public Records, two counts of Forgery in the Second Degree, 19 counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, one count of Theft in the First Degree and four counts of Theft in Second Degree.

The investigation in Lake County is on-going.

In the last couple of years, the Oregon State Police have made efforts to improve the integrity and security of evidence maintained under the control of the Oregon State Police Evidence Program. In regards to currency, OSP no longer holds any more than $100.00 in evidence at any given point in time. When the total combined amount of currency rises above $100.00, the currency is secured in a bank account. Additionally, annual inventories are conducted in all evidence lockers which is a practice consistent with the national standard and the destruction policy has been improved with additional layers of oversight.

Questions should be directed to the Klamath County District Attorney, Eve Costello.


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***Update - Names Released*** Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo) - 06/22/17

The deceased driver of the Chevy Suburban was identified as 68 year old Dallas Oregon resident Michael Dennis Roach. The female passenger was identified as Tara Rae Redfern. Redfern was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. There is no update to the condition of the involved children.

**End Release**


***Previous Release***Just prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.

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Fatal head-on crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond takes the life of a Gaston resident. (Photo) - 06/21/17

Just after 1:30 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Northwest Galloway Avenue. (North of Redmond) The preliminary investigation revealed that a light blue 2008 Honda Pilot SUV, operated by 26 year old Madras resident, Amber Paplia, was traveling northbound on Highway 97. A red 2015 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound at this location and had four occupants. The driver was identified as 78 year old Gaston resident, Dennis French. The other occupants in the Toyota were identified as 76 year old Gaston resident, Marjorie French, 49 year old Diane Acevedo and 11 year old minor child, both from San Bruno California.

The Honda SUV driven by Paplia crossed over into the oncoming southbound lanes and French, driving the Toyota, was unable to avoid impact resulting in a head-on crash. Marjorie French, the front passenger of the Toyota, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Dennis French and Paplia were both transported to the Redmond area hospital for serious injuries and both Acevedo and her minor child were transported to a Bend area hospital for non-lifethreatening injuries. Fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, Redmond Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.

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Serious Injury Crash in Tillamook County Hwy 6- Assistance Request (Photo) - 06/21/17

On 6-20-17 at approximately 2:47 PM, OSP, Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies and Tillamook City Officers responded to a three vehicle, serious injury crash on SR 6 MP 11.

According to Trooper John King, two vehicles were eastbound, a green, 1995, GMC van, driven by Kyle Turner (29) of Portland, and occupied by Holly Beck (26) of Portland. Driving behind the van was gray, 2013, Dodge Dart, driven by a juvenile, and occupied by Todd Eaton (39) of Hillsboro. Driving westbound was a white, 1994, Ford F150 driven by Jarrett Owens (27) of Tillamook.

The F150 drove into the ditch on the westbound shoulder, then drove into the eastbound lane where it struck the GMC van head on. The Dart attempted an avoiding maneuver, but was sideswiped as the F150 spun.

Owens and Turner were both initially transported by ambulance and then by air ambulanced to the hospital.

Beck was transported by ambulance to the hospital and released later that evening.

The juvenile and Eaton were uninjured.

OSP is leading the investigation, assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, ODOT, and Tillamook Fire Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Multiple witnesses observed the F150 driving poorly prior to the crash. It is believed there are other witnesses who observed the F150 prior to the crash who did not remain on scene. Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or vehicles driving prior to the crash to contact the Oregon State Police -- Tillamook Worksite at 503-842-2899.

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***Update* #2 Second Arrest** Arrest Made - Man Injured on Interstate 5 - Jackson County - 06/21/17

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On February 23rd, 2017 the members of the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section Central Point, were called out to investigate an assault of a victim identified as, Christopher Applegate (44). Applegate was located by local law enforcement and found to have been stabbed and shot somewhere along Interstate 5 in the Central Point, OR area. Applegate was transported and treated for his injuries sustained during the attack.



The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Aaron D Eaton (40) on 6/2/2017.



The follow up investigation has also led to the arrest of Steven A Martin, age 27, of Medford on 6/20/17.



Both Eaton and Martin were indicted by a Jackson County grand jury for; Attempted Murder, Assault in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 2nd Degree, Kidnapping II, Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of a firearm (felon), Unlawful use of a Weapon and Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.



Both Eaton and Martin are lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


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Update:

On June 2, 2017, Aaron Dale EATON, age 40, of Phoenix, was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 2, Robbery I, Assault 1, Assault 2, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Felon in possession of a firearm, Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

***End of Update***

Previously Released:

The victim of the assault has been identified as 43 year old CHRISTOPHER APPLEGATE from the Central Point area and remains in the hospital. No further information is available at this time.

The investigative team is still attempting to locate the person(s) of interest from yesterday. If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 541-664-4600.


***End of Update***

Previously Released:

In the early morning hours on February 23, 2017, the Oregon State Police responded to a call of a male on Interstate 5 near milepost 34 in Jackson County. The subject was eventually located, had injuries and was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. There are additional law enforcement personnel in the area of Gold Hill attempting to locate possible suspect(s).

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

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**Update - Suspect Charged in Douglas County Homicide Investigation** (Photo) - 06/21/17

*** UPDATE***


On Friday, June 2, Detectives from the Oregon State Police, acting as members of the Douglas County Major Crimes Team, added the following charges to Troy Russell PHELPS, 34 years old from Myrtle Creek, who was already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on unrelated probation violations. The additional charges include: Murder, Kidnapping 1st Degree, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Arson 2nd Degree.

These crimes were allegedly committed on May 30th and 31st in Douglas County at a location along the South Umpqua River resulting in the death of Brandon MICHAEL, 26 years old. Michael was shot several times with a small caliber handgun. The other victims have been identified as 23 year old, Kayla VIOL and her 10 month old baby, MICHAEL was the father. Early investigation revealed that VIOL contacted authorities after she and her baby had been abducted by PHELPS after MICHAEL was killed. PHELPS transported VIOL and her child to a residence in Myrtle Creek. VIOL was able to leave that residence and contacted the authorities from a neighboring residence. VIOL and her child suffered no physical injuries. MICHAEL's body was recovered and an autopsy performed on June 1st, confirms MICHAEL was killed by a small caliber handgun.

VIOL and MICHAEL had recently moved to Douglas County from the LaPine area.


**Previous Release**

On the morning on May 31, 2017 a frantic female reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that her boyfriend had been shot near the Lawson Bar area of southern Douglas County.

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the Lawson Bar area and completed an extensive search of the area. During the search an adult male was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and a person of interest was identified as, TROY PHELPS, age 34, from Myrtle Creek. Detectives located PHELPS and lodged him at the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation. Law Enforcement believes that there is no further threat to public safety regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police is the lead agency and is being assisted by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team. Member agencies involved with the Douglas County Major Crimes Team are: Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police.

This is still an active investigation and no further information is expected to be released tonight.

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*** Update-Names Released *** Josephine County man dies in motorcycle crash on Hwy 140 - Jackson County (Photo) - 06/21/17

The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as 69 year old Michael A. MILLETTE, from Grants Pass. The passenger on the motorcycle was Micheal's wife 66 year old, Virginia J. MILLETTE, who is in critical condition at a local hospital.

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***Previous Release***
On June 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00PM, the Oregon State Police responded to a motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 18, which is 18 miles east of White City, in Jackson County.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 140 and the operator failed to recognize that traffic had slowed/stopped for a turning vehicle. The operator laid the motorcycle down and crossed the westbound lane, striking the guardrail. The operator was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female passenger was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Lake Creek Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information is available at this time.

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Serious injury crash results in suspect lodged in Linn County (Photo) - 06/19/17

On June 17, 2017 at approximately 9:00 p.m., Oregon State Troopers and emergency workers responded to a three-vehicle serious injury crash on Highway (Hwy) 20 near milepost (MP) 76 (just east of the Hwy 20/126 junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed vehicle #1, 2016 Kia Optima, was travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The driver of vehicle #1 was unable to control the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane. Vehicle #2, 2016 Kia Sorento, was traveling westbound. The driver of vehicle #2 was able to avoid the collision by driving the vehicle into a ditch. Vehicle #1 then crashed, almost head-on, into westbound vehicle #3 (a 2014 Ford Focus).

Two passengers of vehicle #1 and the driver of vehicle #3 were air transported to St. Charles in Bend in serious condition. The driver and passenger of vehicle #2 were not injured.

On June 18, 2017, Salvador Marcelo Blas turned himself into the Bend Oregon State Police Office as the driver of vehicle #1. Salvador Marcelo Blas was lodged in Linn County. Charges have been filed accusing him of Assault III (x3), Reckless Driving and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver.

The highway was partially closed until approximately 4:00 a.m. All indications show seatbelts were in use by occupants.

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Single vehicle fatal near Hood River - Wasco County - 06/18/17

On June 18, 2018, at approximately 1:45 AM, Oregon State Police and additional emergency workers responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 84 near milepost 73 (Wasco County). The vehicle fire resulted in the death of the driver of the vehicle.

Preliminary investigation indicates Jason M. Degeus (age 25 from The Dallas) was traveling eastbound on Highway 84. The vehicle veered off the right shoulder, struck a highway sign, and was shortly engulfed in fire. Emergency workers put out the fire and found Degeus, the only occupant of the vehicle, deceased as a result.

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Bend Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Highway 78 near milepost 64 - Malheur County - 06/18/17

On June 17, 2017 at 9:02 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle fatality crash, on highway 78 near milepost 64 (Malheur County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford F250 Pickup, operated by Braden Glen FILLMORE, age 20, of Bend, was eastbound when, for unknown reasons, drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the westbound lane of travel and rolled off the westbound shoulder. FILLMORE was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Malheur County Medical Examiner and Burns Ambulance. No photos are available at this time.

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Double Fatal Crash on Highway 22 near milepost 41 - Marion County (Photo) - 06/18/17

On June 17, 2017 at 5:24 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle double-fatal head-on crash, on Highway 22 near milepost 41 (Marion County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Toyota Rav 4, operated by William Harold BODDEN, age 84, of Redmond, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2008 Jeep Patriot, operated by Joyce A. MAST, age 51, of Hillsboro, head-on. BODDEN'S passenger, Diane Theresa BODDEN, age 77, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. William BODDEN was transported via air ambulance and died while in transport to an area hospital. MAST was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Detroit Fire and Rescue and Marion County Medical Examiner. The roadway was blocked for several hours for purposes of the investigation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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***Update*** Knife River Construction Worker Dies after being Seriously Injured When Struck By Vehicle on Interstate 5 (Photo) - 06/14/17

**Update:

Ronald Ernest DAVIS, age 57, of Powell Butte died in an area hospital as a result of injuries sustained when his construction vehicle was struck by a box truck driven by Colin Michael COOK, age 27 of Fairview. COOK remains in custody in Marion County Correctional Facility. The investigation is ongoing.

**End of Update**

Update:

The driver of the box truck, Colin Michael COOK, age 27, of Fairview, was arrested for fail to perform duties of a driver/injury, assault II, reckless driving and reckless endangering. COOK is in custody and will be lodged in Marion County Correctional Facility.

The construction workers have been identified as Antonio Manuel BAHENA, age 20, of Troutdale, and Ronald Ernest DAVIS, age 57, of Powell Butte. Both workers continue to receive treatment at local area hospitals. Please respect their privacy as they recover from injuries sustained in this morning's crash.

***End of Update***

Previously Released:

On Tuesday morning, at about 3:15 a.m., Knife River construction workers were clearing the roadway on Interstate 5 at milepost 280 northbound, when a white box truck traveling northbound collided with a Knife River construction vehicle, injuring two construction workers. Both workers were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries.

The box truck continued northbound, failing to stop at the scene. Troopers located the box truck a short time later and the investigation is continuing.

As emergency workers worked the scene, a black Jeep SUV was reported as a reckless driver traveling northbound towards the crash scene, passing stopped traffic on the shoulders. The vehicle stopped at the crash scene and Troopers took the driver into custody for several charges, including reckless driving.

Please check trip check for traffic updates. We expect two lanes of Interstate 5 northbound to be closed for another 60 minutes.

OSP is seeking any witnesses that might have been in the area or have any information regarding this incident, and they are asked to call OSP Dispatch at 503-375-3555.

More information will be released when it is available.

Statement from Brian Gray, president of Knife River's Oregon operations:

This is a terrible situation that did not have to happen. Our team members were working in the closed lane, on the other side of traffic barrels when their vehicle was hit. We ask two things: Please keep our injured team members and their families in your thoughts, and please pay extra attention and slow down in work zones so something like this never happens again.

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Critical Injury Crash - HWY 207 Near Interstate 84 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 06/13/17

On June 12, 2017 at about 10:31 a.m., Troopers from the Oregon State Police Hermiston and Pendleton Offices responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 207 (Interstate 84 overpass).

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver Pontiac, operated by Markus SMITH, age 20, and passenger, 13 year old male, both of Boardman, was stopped at the stop sign, at top of the exit ramp, at exit 182 from Interstate 84 eastbound. The Pontiac pulled onto Highway 207 into the path of a commercial motor vehicle, operated by Kevin HELZER, age 56, of Hermiston, traveling northbound. The Pontiac sideswiped the commercial motor vehicle traveling north and spun striking another commercial motor vehicle, operated by Glen SHARP, age 53, of Umatilla, which was stopped on Highway 207, facing south and waiting to turn east onto Interstate 84.

SMITH was seriously injured in the crash and transported by ground ambulance to Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston. The 13 year old male passenger suffered critical injuries and was transported by Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Washington and later transported to a Spokane area hospital. HELZER and SHARP were not injured in the collision.

The crash is being investigated by Troopers from the Hermiston Worksite with assistance of the Oregon State Police Reconstruction Unit. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Single Commercial Vehicle Crash closes Hwy 126E near Milepost 21 (Lane County) (Photo) - 06/13/17

On Tuesday June 13th, 2017 at approximately 6:40am Troopers from the Oregon State Police Springfield Office responded to a report of a single commercial motor vehicle rollover on Highway 126E near milepost 21 which is near Greenwood Drive.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Kenworth Fuel Tanker with trailer was traveling eastbound when the vehicle drifted off the shoulder of the roadway and rolled. The vehicle came to rest up against some small trees.

The driver of the Kenworth, Robert REYNOLDS, age 31 of Hines, sustained moderate injuries in the crash and was transported by ground ambulance to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield.

The fuel tanker and trailer were both breached as a result of the rollover and were actively leaking at the scene. Eugene/Springfield HazMat is on scene working to contain the spill. The roadway is expected to be closed in both directions for most of the day. Detours are in place. Motorists are asked to visit Tripcheck.com for traffic updates.

The crash is being investigated by Troopers from the Springield Patrol Office.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie Fire Department, Eugene/Springfield Hazmat Response Team.

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Seaside Woman Dies in a Fatal Crash on Highway 101 near milepost 14 - Clatsop County (Photo) - 06/12/17

On June 10, 2017 at 2:29 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash, on highway 101 near milepost 14 (Clatsop County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1984 Chevy Pickup, operated by Christopher Jeremy COSTA, age 23, of Astoria, was northbound when, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2001 Toyota Camry, operated by Kayla Lynn WEBER, age 27, of Seaside, head-on. WEBER was pronounced deceased at the scene and COSTA was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria and later transported by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of his serious injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Gearhart Police Department, Gearhart Fire and Rescue, Warrenton Fire and Rescue, Medix Ambulance, Clatsop County Medical Examiner, and Clatsop County Sheriff's Office. A single lane of the highway was closed for four hours for purposes of the investigation.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Three California Men Arrested For Possession of Heroin and Marijuana - Lane County (Photo) - 06/09/17

On June 8, 2017, at about 9:32 a.m., a Springfield Trooper with a drug detection canine stopped a California plated, 2002 Mercedes C320, for a traffic violation on Interstate 5, in Cottage Grove.

The Trooper contacted the operator identified as Cesar MARTINEZ, age 26, of Kennewick, Washington. During the traffic stop, signs of criminal activity were observed and with the assistance of an Oregon State Police Drug Detection Canine, approximately 1.2 pounds of Heroin and 1.5 pounds of Marijuana were located inside the vehicle.

MARTINEZ and his passengers, Jose E. PINEDA, age 26, and Jayson J. MCKINLEY, age 29, both from Los Angeles, were arrested and lodged at the Lane County Correctional Facility for Unlawful Possession of Heroin. MARTINEZ was also lodged for unlawful possession Marijuana and importing Marijuana. MARTINEZ was also cited for driving while suspended and following too close.

No further information to be released at this time.

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California Man Loses Life in Fatal Crash near Powers - Coos County (Photo) - 06/08/17

On June 7, 2017, at about 4:16 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 242 near milepost 13.5 (about four miles north of Powers).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling westbound when it drifted out of its lane of travel, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree. The driver, Richard Carl STARR, age 44, of Napa, California, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Powers Police Department, Powers Ambulance, Myrtle Point Ambulance, Powers Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. Napa California Police Department assisted with the next of kin notification and Mast Brothers Towing assisted with the recovery and towing efforts.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Update*** Photos Released - OSP Requests Public's Assistance in Locating Suspect in Highway 30 Shooting (Photo) - 06/07/17

Update: (Photos Released)

The Oregon State Police is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the driver of this single cab, full size pickup, maroon or burgundy in color, with a silver or white stripe down the side. The suspect vehicle is displayed in the background, upper portion, of the photos. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Luke Schwartz by calling OSP at (800) 452-7888

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Previously Released:

On June 1, 2017 at about 3:40 PM, OSP responded to a report of a vehicle being shot on US 30 near milepost 33 just west of Columbia City. The victim vehicle was a white Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup being operated by Mindy Griffith, age 36 of St. Helens. She and her passenger, Raymond Griffith, age 40 also of St. Helens, reported they were traveling eastbound on US 30, approaching Columbia City, when they observed a maroon, single cab full size pickup, unknown make/model/license, traveling westbound with the driver pointing a black, semi-auto pistol in their direction. They reported their vehicle being struck by one round in the front windshield directly in front of Griffith. She was struck in the face by glass fragments and suffered minor injuries. She was transported to the hospital by a relative for treatment and to have possible glass fragments removed from her eyes.

The Oregon State Police is requesting the public's assistance in identifying this maroon, single cab full size pickup and the driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Luke Schwartz by calling OSP at (800) 452-7888

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***Update***Fatal head-on crash on Highway 97 takes the life of a Silverton Resident (North of LaPine) (Photo) - 06/06/17

The operator of the Ford has been identified as 69 year old Silverton resident Frederick Holmes Winkler. ***End Update***

PREVIOUS RELEASE:

Just after 1:30 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a report of a vehicle versus semi-tractor trailer crash on Highway 97 near Burgess Road. (North of LaPine) The preliminary investigation revealed that a red 1998 Ford Ranger was traveling northbound and for unknown reasons traveled into the oncoming southbound lane. A white cab 2015 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer operated by 29 year old Lake Havasu Arizona resident Tyler Staudt, was traveling southbound when the Ford drove into its lane. The Ford collided head-on with the semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lane of travel. The semi was unable to maintain control and rolled onto its side in the ditch. The semi-tractor trailer is owned by Indian River Trucking Company and was loaded with 5000 gallons of apple juice resulting in no hazardous material concerns.

The driver and sole occupant of the Ford was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification to the family. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was transported to the St. Charles Hospital in Bend for assessment and sustained only minor injuries.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, the LaPine Fire District, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash on HWY 395 near Pilot Rock - Umatilla County - 06/05/17

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at about 11:22 a.m., Troopers from the Oregon State Police-Pendleton Area Command responded to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 395, near milepost 14B. Initial reports to Oregon State police dispatch were that a male adult jumped into traffic and was struck by a vehicle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2014 Ford Edge operated by Kelly Rae FLANAGAN, age 46, of Halfway, was traveling southbound when Bradley Deshawn MCMANN, age 23, of Pendleton, jumped in front of her vehicle. FLANAGAN was unable to avoid a collision and struck MCMANN. Following the collision, bystanders performed CPR on MCMANN and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford Edge remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Witness and family interviews at the scene indicate MCMANN intentionally jumped into traffic.

The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Pilot Rock Police Department, Pilot Rock Fire Department and Pendleton Fire and EMS.

No photographs regarding this incident are available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Umatilla County Mental Health Crisis Number - (800) 452-5413 or (541) 278-5720 and Umatilla County Lifeways, Inc. Crisis Number - (866) 343-4473 or (541) 276-6207.

More information is available online at:

http://www.co.umatilla.or.us/AD/index.html
http://www.lifeways.org/crisis-2/

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Grants Pass Woman Dies after Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 05/31/17

On May 30th, 2017, at approximately 3:20PM, OSP was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on SR 260 (Riverbanks Road) near MP 16. A caller reported a crashed vehicle with a person slumped over. OSP Troopers from Grants Pass arrived and found a 2005 Mazda 4-door car that had been traveling westbound on SR 260 when it left the roadway on a sharp left corner. There appeared to be no signs of braking. The vehicle traveled approximately 180 feet through trees and thick brush, making it hard to see from the roadway. As a result of the crash, the driver and single occupant, identified as April Michele OTIS, age 40, from Grants Pass died from her injuries. OTIS was not using a safety belt.

OTIS was the subject of a Grants Pass Department of Public Safety call the night before where she had reportedly left her residence in that vehicle while under the influence of medication and alcohol following a domestic disturbance. She was also reportedly making suicidal statements. Otis had been reported missing earlier today after not returning home.

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OSP Arrests Driver and Passenger from same vehicle for DUII following crash (Photo) - 05/29/17

On May 25, 2017, at approximately 3:02pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 108 in Jefferson County, which is near Warm Springs.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Subaru, operated by 48 year old Aurel STINSON from Warm Springs was traveling westbound on Highway 26. An altercation broke out between her and her right front passenger, 42 year old Fabian SUTTERLEE Jr also from Warm Springs. SUTTERLEE Jr grabbed the steering wheel and forced the Subaru onto the soft shoulder. STINSON attempted to regain control the Subaru but it traveled into a dirt slope where it rolled onto its roof. STINSON and SUTTERLEE Jr were both transported to St. Charles Madras with minor injuries. SUTTERLEE Jr would later be transported to St. Charles Bend by air from St. Charles Madras.

The investigation revealed both STINSON and SUTTERLEE Jr were impaired leading to the following charges:

STINSON was charged with DUII.

SUTTERLEE Jr was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Assault IV and Criminal Mischief 1.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Fire and EMS, Warm Springs PD and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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**** Names Released**** Fatal Crash-Clatsop County (Photo) - 05/29/17

On May 28, 2017, at approximately 3:00 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 7.5 in Clatsop County, which is in the city of Warrenton.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford Focus, operated by 18 year old Ronald CABLE of Elma, WA, was travelling northbound on Hwy 101 when it crossed over the center line and into the path of a 2017 Freightliner truck. The Freightliner was operated by 45 year old Freddy PINA-LOPEZ. PINA-LOPEZ was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The operator of the Focus, CABLE, was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. 19 year old Devon BREATY, of Elma, WA, who was seated in the back seat was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and then to OHSU. 16 year old Eliana BREARTY, of Elma, WA was also seated in the back seat. She was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The 15 year old right front passenger, also from Elma, WA, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Fatigue and marijuana use is being considered as contributing factors in the crash.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Warrenton PD, Astoria PD, Seaside PD, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Clatsop County Medical Examiner, Warrenton Fire Department, Medix and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


End of Release.

Peviouse Release:

On May 28, 2017 at about 3:00 AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle, fatal crash, on Hwy 101 near milepost 7.5 in Clatsop County.

The preliminary investigation has determined that a passenger car, which was northbound, crossed over the center line, into the path of a semi-tractor trailer. One of the occupants in the passenger car was pronounced deceased on scene and all others involved have minor to no injuries. The roadway was closed, but is open at this time to all traffic.

At this time the names and other information is not available.