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ODOT Closes Parts of the East Historic Columbia River Hwy Due to High Winds - 12/11/17

ODOT has closed the East Historic Columbia River Hwy from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil due to high winds and the potential tree danger in the burn zone.

The east winds have already caused trees to fall along Corbett Hill Road and soon after 11 PM, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office along with Corbett Fire, responded to East Knieriem Rd on a report of a tree into a house. A 65 year old female was injured when a branch impaled her. She has been transported to a local hospital.

Grayhound Bus Incident Update - 12/01/17

On Wednesday evening, November 29th, at approximately 11:40 p.m., MCSO received a report of a disturbance on a Greyhound bus heading eastbound out of the Portland metro area.
As the bus travelled on I-84 near exit 18 in Troutdale, one passenger began to attack the driver of the bus. Two passengers, Francisco Owens and Stephen Danca, intervened in the unprovoked attack. Without regard for their own personal safety, Owens and Danca forcefully engaged the attacker and the driver was able to safely stop the bus. The attacker, Robert Moran-Vasquez, was forced off the bus and the driver closed and locked the doors to prevent further incident. MCSO deputies arrived and arrested Moran-Vasquez. Without the rapid and heroic actions of the passengers and the driver, a more tragic outcome would have been certain. Their immediate response prevented any further injury and saved those aboard from imminent perilous circumstances.
The in-depth investigation delayed many travel plans for those aboard. Greyhound Lines Inc. immediately made another transport vehicle available for passengers and accommodated the delayed travel plans for Owens and Danca to get them safely to their original destinations.

MCSO investigates a stabbing on a Greyhound bus on I-84 near Troutdale. (Photo) - 11/30/17


MCSO, in partnership with the East County Major Crimes Team, is investigating a stabbing incident which occurred on a Greyhound bus late last night.

The suspect, MORAN VASQUEZ, ROBERT, has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center under the following charges: Attempted Murder; Assault II; and 28 counts of Reckless Endangerment.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time.


On Wednesday, 11/29/2017, at approximately 11:40 P.M. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a stabbing on a Greyhound bus on I-84 just east of the Troutdale exit. Deputies were able to take the subject into custody at the scene. Two victims were transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening wounds. A Trimet bus was used to transport the passengers from the Greyhound bus to the Troutdale Policing Community Center.
MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation. No further details are available at this time.


Suspicious Death Investigation in Troutdale (Photo) - 11/21/17

On Friday November 17th at approximately 4pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report about a deceased male near exit 17 on west bound I-84. The East County Major Crimes team responded with the Oregon State Police. There is an on-going death investigation with the State Medical Examiner. Investigators have not been able to rule out a vehicle hit and run as a cause of death.

The individual discovered has been identified as BRANDON LEE MILLER, 29 years old, formerly of California. At the time he was found, he was wearing blue jeans and a black, gray, and teal zip-up sweatshirt.

The East County Major Crimes Team is seeking information for this investigation. If you have information about Brandon Lee Miller, saw an individual matching his description, or information about suspicious circumstances near Exit 17 on I-84, please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip Line: 503-988-0560.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: I-84 , MILLER
Commercial Burglary Arrest in Wood Village (Photo) - 11/21/17

On November 21, 2017 at approximately 3:00am Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary alarm at Camping World, located at 24000 NE Sandy Blvd in Wood Village.

During their search of the large commercial property, deputies located and arrested CHAD SOUTHWELL, age 31. SOUTHWELL was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges, including Burglary in the Second Degree.

MCSO Patrol Unit deputies were assisted by K9 teams from the Portland Police Bureau and the Hillsboro Police Department.

Attached Media Files: SOUTHWELL
MCSO Announces New Public Information Officer (Photo) - 11/17/17

With the recent promotion of Chad Gaidos to Captain, he will assume new duties within the agency. Effective December 11th, 2017 Lieutenant Marc Shrake will become the PIO for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Shrake has 25 years of law enforcement experience in our community which will prove to be a valuable asset in this new assignment. Lt. Shrake was hired by Troutdale Police in 1991 after serving in the United States Navy. He began his supervisory role in law enforcement in 1998 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After the merger of the Troutdale Police Department with MCSO, Shrake continued his path towards leadership when he promoted to lieutenant in January of this year.

As a long time Multnomah County resident, Lt. Shrake brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience both living and working in our community. His experience in operations and leadership in law enforcement has uniquely prepared him for the role of agency spokesperson.

During the transition period leading up to Lt. Shrake's appointment to PIO on December 11th, members of the media may still use the PIO Pager or to reach an on-call PIO.


Attached Media Files: marc_shrake.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds community of ongoing phone scams - 11/17/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has continued to receive reports from members of our community being targeted by ongoing phone scams attempting to elicit money from victims.

Previously, MCSO has released information about these phone scams and the various tactics being used to victimize individuals. The scammer calls to explain that you have a warrant due to missed jury duty, or other unpaid fines, and need to wire money or send pre-paid gift cards immediately to resolve the issue.

These scammers identify themselves as a member of MCSO; most recently, the scammers have used names of current MCSO command-level staff members. The voicemail greeting on the call-back number provided also identifies the scammers as MCSO employees.

MCSO does not request payment of any fines via phone and will not initiate any request involving a wire-transfer or pre-paid card.

These scams are not only being targeted to individuals within our immediate community; they have reached statewide locations.

We urge the community to be aware of this ongoing scam. If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with this scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.

Do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.