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Fatal vehicle crash Hwy 20 east of Sweet Home - Linn County (Photo) - 07/18/18

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at about 2:00 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and Sweet Home Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 20  east of Sweet Home.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a  2001 Pontiac van, operated by Scott A. WARTENA, age 76, of Sweet Home, was traveling west bound on Hwy 20, when for an unknown reason began swerving back and forth in both lanes of travel.  An east bound 2006 Ford Explorer, operated by Linda K. PHILLIPS, age 69, of Boring, saw the white Pontiac van weaving and attempted to avoid a collision.  PHILLIPS was unable to avoid the Pontiac and the vehicles hit head on near the fogline of the east bound lane. 

All involved were transported to area hospitals.  

On Wedmesday,  July 18, 2018 WARTENA died, at the hospital, from injuries sustained in the crash.

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Motorcyclist killed in single vehicle crash - Hwy 202 (Nehalem Hwy) - Clatsop County - 07/17/18

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 202 near milepost 6.

Investigation revealed that a Triumph Motorcycle operated by Damian BURRELL, age 30 of Warrenton, was westbound on Hwy 202, traveling at a high rate of speed while passing, when he lost control of the motorcycle and traveled off the roadway and crashed into the water.  Passing motorists stopped to assist and pulled BURRELL from the water.   

BURRELL suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Oregon State Police were assisted on scene by Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance,  ODOT, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.  

***Update-Names Released***Josephine County man Kills ex-girlfriend and then takes his own life - Josephine County - 07/16/18

***UPDATE NAMES RELEASED***

The names are being released after the families were notified. The victim, 27 year old, Kristina L. Mehaffey was from the Josephine County area. The suspect, 28 year old, Jeremy L Sweet, also from Josephine County.

 

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On July 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00PM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at an address in the Merlin area. When Troopers arrived they located a passenger van in the driveway and the female operator was deceased. Approximately 1 mile from this scene a second vehicle was located and the male driver was pronounced deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation has determined that the male had confronted the female, killing her and then took his own life.  

The names will be released at a later time once the families have been notified. No other information is available at this time.

UPDATE - Double fatality crash Hwy 211 - Clackamas County - 07/16/18

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2005 Mini Cooper operated by Jesus David Jay THARP, age 33 of Colton, was westbound on Oswalt Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Oswalt and Hwy 211. The Mini Cooper collided with a 2000 Holr motor home operated by Steven Gary DAVIS, age 67 of Estacada. 

THARP and the passenger in the Mini Cooper Dylan James TAYLOR, age 28 of Burns, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Steven DAVIS and the passenger in the motor home Jeanette Sue DAVIS, age 54 of Estacada, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.  

 

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On July 15, 2018 at approximately 9;15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 near mp 20. 

Two people are confirm deceased and two people have been transported to the hospital for injuries.

A detour is in place, however expect delays for several hours while the troopers investigate.

No more information to be released at this time.

Both drivers killed in crash on Hwy 99W (Lane County) - 07/14/18

On Friday July 13, 2018 at approximately 4:35 PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on SR-99W near milepost 111, south of Junction City.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, operated by Aleeshaeseana Gordon-Germain, age 40, of Junction City was traveling north on SR-99W when for an unknown reason crossed over into the southbound lanes of travel and crashed head on into a southbound blue 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup, operated by William Galt IV, age 22, of Eugene.

Both drivers suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on scene. 

OSP Troopers were assisted by Junction City Fire, Junction City PD, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, and T&M Towing.

The southbound lane of SR-99W was shut down for approximately 4 hours.

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Motorcyclist killed in vehicle crash on Hwy 219 - Marion County (Photo) - 07/13/18

On Thursday July 12, 2018 at about 5:38 PM hours, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 219 and Mahony Rd NE.

Investigation revealed that a 2000 Harley Davidson, operated by John STEWART age 75, of Port Angeles, Washington, was traveling northbound on Highway 219 when for unknown reasons the motorcycle veered into the oncoming lane hitting a 2015 International truck, operated by Finet Navan Carlos FALIG age 27, of Gresham, OR. 

Stewart suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Falig was not injured.

Highway 219  was closed for five and half hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, St. Paul Fire and ODOT.

 

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Serious injury crash in construction zone on Highway 97 south of Madras - Jefferson County (Photo) - 07/13/18

On July 12, 2018 at about 9:00 p.m., Troopers from the Bend Area Command responded to a three vehicle injury crash occuring on Highway 97 near milepost 101, south of Madras.  Knife River Construction is repaving this section of Highway 97 and was active in the zone when the crash occured. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Silver Saturn ION, operated by 23 year old Portland resident Casandra Monsivais, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 101, and for unknown reasons, was unable to stop in time before crashing into stopped vehicles waiting for the construction zone to open to southbound traffic.  The Saturn rear ended a silver 2013 Dodge Ram truck, operated by 27 year old Spokane resident, Kelty Godby.  The impact to the Dodge then pushed it into a 2014 Subara Crosstrack, operated by 57 year old Chiloquin resident Timothy Parrish. 

The passengers of the Saturn, were identified as 20 year old Portland resident Rachel Reed and 18 year old Gresham resident Hailee Owen, and were both injured in the crash.  Reed was transported to a Bend area hospital by air ambulance for life threatening injuries and Owen was transported via ground ambulance for non-lifethreatening injuries.  The other involved occupants of the involved vehicles were all treated for minor injuries and later released.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Jefferson County Fire District #1 and the Knife River Construction Flagging Crew.

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OSP Detectives make an arrest after credible threat investigation (Photo) - 07/11/18

On Tuesday July 10, 2018, at 9:01am, an email was sent to the Oregon Lottery Headquarters Office in Salem.  The email contained an imminent threat to shoot and kill people at the Lottery Office.  OSP Gaming Enforcement Detectives along with Major Crimes Detectives began investigating the threat.  

At about 2:30pm, Major Crimes Detectives arrested Jason David Ouellette (42-years-old) from Lebanon, Or. for menacing.  Ouellette was lodged at the Marion County Jail without incident.

 

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Multi-Vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 22 westbound- Polk County (Photo) - 07/09/18

On Sunday July 8, 2018 at about 5:10 pm, a Dodge Ram, driven by Kelton Dillard (81-years-old) from Dallas, attempted to change lanes, when a Red Honda Civic started to pull ahead of him.  The pickup collided with the left rear of the red Civic causing it to spin out of control into the westbound lanes of travel.  The red Civic then collided with a silver Civic driven by Armando Raul Gines-Galan (37-years-old) from Independence.  Both Gines-Galan and his passenger were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

The operator of the red Honda Civic sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Name will be release pending next of kin notification.

OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Salem Fire Department and Falk Medical Transport, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Serious Injury Crash on US 26 near Government Camp Loop -- Clackamas County (Photo) - 07/07/18

On July 7, 2018 at approximately 4:45pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a serious injury crash on US 26 at the Government Camp Loop, within Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2011 Chrysler 200, operated by a juvenile driver, of Happy Valley was attempting to emerge onto US 26 from the Government Camp Loop parking lot to proceed eastbound. While executing the left turn, the Chrysler was struck by a black 2003 Ford F350, which was traveling westbound on US 26.  The Ford was operated by Bruce DYAL, age 19 of Brightwood.

Two occupants, Ya-Chu Matilda Chuang and the juvenile driver, of the Chrysler were transported to Oregon Health Sciences University in serious to critical condition. The third juvenile occupant sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. Neither speed nor alcohol is contributing factors.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Hoodland Fire, US Forestry Service Officers, and All Ways Towing Company.

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Oregon State Police requesting information to locate suspect(s) in shooting of deer with arrow- Douglas County (Photo) - 07/07/18

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for shooting a female deer in the head with an arrow on July 4, or July 5, 2018.

An OSP Fish and Wildlife Officer and ODFW Wildlife Biologist responded to the 800 block of San Souci Drive west of Roseburg on July 6, 2018.

The arrow was removed and the deer returned to its small fawn nearby.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the animal was likely shot from a residence on Braunda Drive, San Souci Drive, or Bellwood Lane.

Those with information are asked to contact Sr. Trooper Stone directly at (541) 817-4472 or OSP dispatch at (541) 440-3333. Those with information can remain anonymous and a TIP reward will be offered for information leading to a citation or arrest in the case.

**Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

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

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

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

Rewards:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose                                                       $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

Furbearers                                                                                               $100

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Update - Suspect Located - Oregon State Police requesting assistance with subject impersonating a police officer (Photo) - 07/07/18

On July 6, 2018 at approximately 7:30 PM.  John OLSEN, age 54 from Portland, contacted the Oregon State Police and turned himself in.  He was cited and released for criminal impersonation of a public servant and disorderly conduct.

The Oregon State Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. 

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The Oregon State Police Salem Area Command is seeking any information on a male adult who is impersonating a police motor officer.

On July 5, 2018 at about 9:45pm the pictured male stopped a vehicle on Interstate 5 near Ehlen Rd (Exit #278) .  The male is described as an older male adult with a nose ring and tattoos on his arms.  He was wearing a black leather vest, black leather pants with a chain wallet,  and what was described as a "weird" helmet. The photographs show a black/white half helmet. The male is riding what appears to be a black/white Harley-Davidson type motorcycle with a large front fairing.

Blue lights are visible on the motorcycle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 and ask to  leave a message for Trooper Elias Breen or email reen@state.or.us">elias.breen@state.or.us

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UPDATE - Westbound Rest Area at Memaloose - I-84 milepost 73 closed due to fire (Photo) - 07/06/18

The fire has jumped I-84.  Fire has issued a level 1 evacuation for Rowena Dell.  High winds from the west are pushing the fire east.

I-84 exit 76 is closed and Hwy 30 (adjacent to I-84) is closed in the area. 

Please avoid the area and allow The Dalles and Hood River Fire Departments to deal with the fire.

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On July 6, 2018 at approximately 6:00PM a fire broke out at the westbound Memaloose rest area.  The Dalles and Hood River Fire Departments are on scene.  The rest area will be closed for an unknown amount of time.  One building in the rest area has been damaged by fire.

Memaloose State Park Campground, located west of the rest area, has not been evacuated at this time.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

UPDATE - Names Released - Fatal car crash Hwy 26 east of Sandy June 29, 2018 - 07/06/18

The operator of the passenger car, a 2012 Honda accord, has been identified as Ryan REYNA, age 28 from Sandy, OR.

The operator of the commercial motor vehicle has been identified as Brian SHERIDAN, age 49 from Terrebonne, OR.

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On June 29, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 48. 

Preliminary investigation is a passenger car traveling east crossed into the westbound lanes for unknown reason.  The passenger car struck a westbound commercial motor vehicle hauling wood chips. The commercial truck came to rest off the road in some trees and caught fire. 

Both drivers suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with any information to contact 503-375-3555.

More information will be released when it is available.

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Single vehicle fatal crash Hwy 58 near Oakridge - Lane County (Photo) - 07/05/18

On July 5, 2018 at approximately 12:05 PM Oregon State Police Troopers from the Springfield Area Command and emergency personnel  responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 58 near milepost 32.

Preliminary investigation is Robert BIELER, age 81 of Lapine, was traveling east on Hwy 58 near milepost 32 when for an unknown reason failed to negotiate a slight left hand curve. The vehicle he was operating, a 2006 (GMC) St. Vincent De Paul delivery truck traveled  off the highway down an embankment,  across a side road before colliding into a large oak tree.

Bieler was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire and ODOT.

 

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Man loses his life in late Prineville area single vehicle crash (Crook County) - 07/04/18

On Wednesday July 4th, 2018 at about 12:15 a.m., Troopers from the Bend Area Command and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 380 near milepost 23.  This is located just outside of the community of Post and south east of Prineville. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a black 1999 Subaru Impreza, operated by 28 year old Post resident, Joshua Perman, was westbound and for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled several times.  Both Perman and the male passenger, identified as 46 year old Post resident, Alfred Cody, were ejected from the vehicle.  Joshua Perman was pronounced deceased at the scene and Cody was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for serious injuries. 

Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors and additionally, Perman was believed to not be wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, Crook County District Attorney’s Office, Crook County Medical Examiner, emergency responders from the Prineville area of Crook County and the Crook County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Suspect charged with felony for shooting and wounding two black-tail deer-Jackson County - 07/03/18

On June 28, 2018, Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point completed a three month long investigation into the unlawful shooting and wounding of two black-tail deer in the Shady Cove area in Jackson County this past spring.

The investigation originated when Troopers responded to reports of two live deer that had been shot with arrows and the arrows were still in the deer. There was no hunting season for deer during this time. With assistance from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife the deer were located and tranquilized. The arrows were successfully removed without further injury to the deer. The deer were shot with older type arrows that had practice field tips and not broadhead tips.  Broadhead tips are required for archery hunting for big game during authorized seasons.  Sgt. Collom believes this was not a hunter who was trying to harvest a deer to eat, but more of a malicious intent to wound not one, but two deer.

On June 28, 2018, 36 year old Daniel Logsdon was charged with UNLAWFUL TAKE/POSSESSION OF ANTLERLESS DEER,  AGGRAVATED ANIMAL ABUSE IN THE FIRST DEGREE (FELONY) AND FAIL TO REPORT ACCURATE INFORMATION AS A SEX OFFENDER.

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

 

Single vehicle fatality Hwy 101 - Lincoln County - 07/01/18

On Saturday June 30, 2018 at approximately 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on US-101 near milepost 155. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2017 Toyota Sienna, operated by Jeanne KROEGER, age 68, of Seal Rock, was northbound when for an unknown reason, it traveled off the road and down an embankment, eventually rolling and coming to rest on its roof.  KROEGER was pronounced deceased at the scene.   

US-101 was closed completely for 1.5 hours, and was open to one lane for an additional hour following the crash.  ODOT, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, and PACWEST Ambulance assisted the scene.

    

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Single vehicle fatal crash - HWY 78 near Burns - Harney County (Photo) - 06/29/18

On June 28, 2018 at approximately 12:10 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Hwy 78 near milepost 21. 

Investigation revealed a 2017 Chevy SUV operated by Earl NORWOOD, age 83 from Wenatchee WA. was traveling west on highway 78 near milepost 21.  When for unknown reasons the operator lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway, rolling and coming to rest on its top. 

Earl NORWOOD suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The passenger, Vivian NORWOOD, age 80 from Wenatchee, WA. was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. 

The driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Harney County EMS, and ODOT

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Second person arrested in Newport sex abuse case - 06/29/18

On June 29, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM Oregon State Police detectives arrested  Michael Goff a parking enforcement contractor for the City of Newport. 

A Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted Goff involving separate incidents, but the same victim former Newport Sergeant Brad Purdom was arrested for on June 28, 2018. 

Goff was indicted on one felony count of Sexual Abuse-Second Degree and one misdemeanor count of Sexual Abuse-Third Degree.  Goff was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the referenced charges.

Anyone with useful information regarding this investigation may contact the Oregon State Police at (503) 731-3030; please reference case #SP17-202539.

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Fatal car crash Hwy 18 near McMinnville - Yamhill County (Photo) - 06/29/18

On Thursday June 28, 2018 at approximately 9:32pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on HWY 18 near milepost 43.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 1998 Chevy Trailblazer, operated by Donald WHITLOW, age 74, of McMinnville, made a left turn into the path of an eastbound commercial motor vehicle.  The commercial motor vehicle was operated by Barry Allen THOMPSON, age 33, of Modesto, CA.  

WHITLOW suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. THOMPSON was uninjured and cooperated with the investigation.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

HWY 18 west of HWY 99 was closed for approximately five hours.

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CORRECTION - JUNE 28 - Fatal single vehicle (motorcycle) crash near Parkdale - Hood River County (Photo) - 06/29/18

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, at approximately 7:41 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle near MP 72 on SR-35.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Steven Marshall PATRICK, age 31, of Portland, was traveling southbound on SR-35 when for unknown reasons the motorcycle lost control in the southbound lane, left the southbound shoulder and crashed into a large gravel shoulder. Patrick suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The southbound shoulder of SR-35 was the only area impacted by the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire and Rescure and ODOT.  

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2nd UPDATE - Three Lincoln County Residents Involved in Serious Injury Crash on Cape Foulweather (South of Depoe Bay) (Photo) - 06/28/18

2nd UPDATE - On June 28, 2018, Gary Blaine MOORE, age 36, of Lincoln City died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash

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UPDATE - On June 11, 2018,  Robert Anthony FRANANO, age 75, of Newport died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

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On Saturday, June 9, 2018 at approximately 9:15 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle serious injury crash on US-101 around milepost 132.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, allegedly operated by Rhonda Colleen Jean MESSER, age 38, of South Beach, was traveling southbound on US-101. Messer lost control of the vehicle and it spun into the northbound lanes. The Cavalier crashed, nearly head, on with a silver 2000 Lincoln passenger car operated by Robert Anthony FRANANO, age 75, of Newport.

Both MESSER and a passenger, Gary Blaine MOORE, age 36, of Lincoln City, were ejected from the Cavalier and landed in the ditch on the east side of the roadway.  FRANANO was extricated from the Lincoln by Depoe Bay Fire.  All occupants were transported by air ambulance to various hospitals with serious and critical injuries.

US-101 was closed for five and a half hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by ODOT, and Depoe Bay Fire District.

Impairment, of Messer, is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.

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Former Newport Police Sergeant arrested on charges of sex abuse - 06/28/18

On June 28, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM, Oregon State Police detectives arrested former Newport Police Department Sergeant Brad Purdom on charges involving sexual abuse of a minor in Lincoln County.  A Lincoln County Grand Jury indicted Purdom on three felony counts of Sexual Abuse-Second Degree.  Purdom was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the referenced charges.

 Anyone with useful information regarding this investigation may contact the Oregon State Police at (503) 731-3030; please reference case #SP17-202539.

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Fatal crash Hwy 221 - Polk County (Photo) - 06/28/18

On Wednesday June 27, 2018 at approximately 7:06 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 221 near MP 13.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon  2004 Ford F350  operated by Zachary FRISBEE, age 27, from McMinnville was traveling  southbound on Hwy 221 when for unknown reasons traveled into the northbound lane hitting a, 2002 Pontiac operated by Judith KIRBY, age 55, from Dayton,  head on.  KIRBY was pronounced deceased at the scene.  FRISBEE was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Hwy 221 was closed for about 5 ½  hours  following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Dayton Fire, Yamhill County S.O, Polk County S.O. and ODOT.

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

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UPDATE - Name released - Suspicious death Hwy 213 and Interstate 205 - 06/27/18

The Clackamas County Major Crimes team with assistance of the State Medical Examiner determined that Michael Anthony James DAVIS, age 40, a Clackamas County resident was the victim of homicidal violence. 

Investigation continuing - no further information to release at this time

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Members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are investigating a suspicious death at the intersection of Highway 213 and Interstate 205.

On June 26, 2018 the Oregon City Police Department responded to the location around 12:30 pm, after receiving a report of a deceased person.  The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available for release at this time.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555

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Linn County Resident arrested for multiple wildlife offenses and posession of weapons (Photo) - 06/27/18

Fish and Wildlife Division troopers from the Mid-Valley Team (Salem/Albany) served search warrants on the residence of Nathan J. Rice (age 40) of Sweet Home.  Rice is a convicted felon, on post-prison supervision, and is currently serving a lifetime hunting suspension.  Troopers received information Rice was in possession of multiple firearms and wildlife parts associated with two unlawfully killed buck deer.  The search yielded eight firearms, many of which were fully loaded, and multiple sets of trophy blacktailed deer and elk antlers.  The troopers seized the firearms, antlers, and game meat. 

Rice was lodged at the Linn County Jail on a parole violation detainer and issued criminal citations for Possession of Firearm by Felon (8 counts), Take/Possession Buck Deer (17 counts), Take/Possession Bull Elk (2 counts), Lend/Borrow Big Game Tag, Exceeding Bag Limit of Game Mammal, and Aiding in Wildlife Offense (2 counts).    Additional suspects and charges pending follow-up investigation.

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).

Anyone with information regarding  wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

Local Man Dies After Suffering Gunshot Wound - Josephine County - 06/27/18

On June 22, 2018 at approximately 3:30am, Troopers from the Grants Pass office responded to a residence off of Woodland Park Drive, where 39 year old, Jesus Ramirez was suffering from a gunshot wound. Ramirez was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Oregon State Police detectives responded and began an investigation and detectives continue to investigate this incident. There is no further information at this time.

OSP's response to Charges filed against Captain Bill Fugate - 06/26/18

The Oregon State Police appreciates the prompt and thorough investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the subsequent review by the District Attorney’s Office.  Pursuant to OSP practices, we will immediately begin the due process procedure to modify Captain Fugate’s duty status to unpaid administrative leave- now that a charging instrument has been issued.

The agency will manage a concurrent personnel investigation into Captain Fugate’s employment status, so not to interfere with the criminal investigation.  Any inquiries into the status of the criminal investigation should be referred to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

Statement from Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton

“While Captain Fugate is entitled to due process, the Oregon State Police strongly condemns acts of domestic violence, which is especially alarming and disgraceful when involving a police officer. Conduct of this nature is grossly unacceptable and employees that engage in these actions have no place in law enforcement.”

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Update: Passenger has died as result of Fatal crash on Hwy 6 claims life of Tillamook man (Photo) - 06/26/18

Update on passenger Karen Mae Andrehsen, age 62, from Warren, has died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash that occured on June 10, 2018.

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On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at about 3:20pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle, head on crash on Highway 6 near milepost 24.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1996 Saturn SL, operated by George MADSEN IV, age 33, from Tillamook, was traveling westbound on SR Highway 6.  A silver 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van, operated by Debra Ann FRAPPIER, age 60, from Scappoose, was eastbound.  Other occupants of the Chrysler van included, Geraldine Mae MURPHY, age 84, from Warren, Kathy Marie THOMAS, age 56, from Columbia City, and Karen Mae ANDREHSEN, age 62, from Warren. 

The Saturn entered the oncoming lane for an unknown reason and struck the Chrysler van head on.  The Saturn came to rest in the eastbound lane against the guardrail, facing west.  The Chrysler came to rest in the eastbound lane against the guardrail, facing east. 

MADSEN IV, died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. 

FRAPPIER and THOMAS were transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. MURPHY and ANDREHSEN were transported by ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries. 

Traffic was affected on SR Highway 6 for approximately 4 hours following the crash. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Tillamook Fire and Rescue, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Metro West Ambulance, and ODOT.   

 

Fatal Motorcycle Crash OR-74 Morrow County - 06/26/18

On Sunday, June 24, 2018 at about 2:18PM, Oregon StateTroopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on OR-74 at milepost 22. The preliminary investigation revealed that a purple, 2005 Harley Davidson, FXD motorcycle, operated by Gordon Wayne Smith, age 68, of Boardman was traveling east bound on OR-74 failed to negotiate a curve in the Hwy and veered off of the road.  Mr. Smith suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OR-74 was closed for approximately 3 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Ione Ambulance, Heppner Ambulance and ODOT.

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Fatal motor vehicle crash Hwy 101 near Beaver Oregon - Tillamook County (Photo) - 06/24/18

On Friday, June 22, 2018 at about 7:45am, an Oregon State Police Trooper and emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic crash on US Highway 101 near milepost 76.5, north of Beaver.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2003 Saab, operated by Mikayla Michelle HOWARD, age 18, of Beaver, was traveling northbound when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel for an unknown reason.  The vehicle struck a southbound red 2018 Kenworth log truck with a bunked trailer head on.  The Kenworth Tractor was driven by Howard Edwin RHOADES, are 64, from Toledo.

HOWARD was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.  She was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health Sciences University for further treatment.  HOWARD died from injuries sustained during the crash. 

RHOADES was not injured as a result of the crash. 

US Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash.   OSP was assisted by Nestucca Fire and Rescue,  Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Life Flight, and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police is Hosting a National Summit on School Safety Tip Lines (Photo) - 06/21/18

Representatives from 21 States and Canada are gathering in Salem, Oregon next week for a three-day Summit (Monday June 25 – Wednesday June 27). The Summit is the first of its kind and will feature presentations from experts, government officials, and other school safety leaders regarding the effective implementation and operation of tip lines to prevent threats to student safety. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will welcome participants and kick off the Summit.

Oregon State Police will showcase the State’s school safety tip line SafeOregon. SafeOregon launched statewide in January 2017, and to date, generated over 1,450 tips. For more details visit www.safeoregon.com.  

“This summit will give the opportunity to share information first hand and learn from others with years of experience to help Oregon continue to improve our processes and tip line tool to be the best resource it can for our young Oregonians.”  Superintendent Travis Hampton.

Outcomes of the Summit include a blueprint for implementing and sustaining a tip line. OSP is partnering with RTI International and Summit participants to develop a framework to share with others interested in starting at tip line.

Pre-registration was required to attend this event.

Media is welcome to attend on Monday, June 25, 2018 until the conclusion of Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s welcoming. (Media needs to be set up by 12:30 PM.  We expect remarks to be done by 1:00 PM)

 About SafeOregon

SafeOregon is a statewide resource managed by Oregon State Police and is designed to accept confidential or anonymous reports concerning student safety through a phone call, text message, mobile application or the internet by students and other members of the public. The school safety tip line program is called SafeOregon. It became Law through HB 4075 (2016), as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

About RTI International

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world.  For more information, visit www.rti.org.

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