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Deputies Arrest Business Burglars Stealing Generators (Photo) - 05/18/18

May 18, 2018 – After responding to a commercial alarm, deputies arrested two men for attempting to steal over $10,000 in Honda generators. 

On May 18, 2018, at 3:22 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to a commercial alarm at Coastal Farm & Ranch, located at 3865 Baseline Street in Cornelius.

As they were arriving, deputies spotted a black Dodge Ram pickup occupied by two males leaving the parking lot with no headlights on and boxes visible in the truck bed. Deputies stopped the vehicle and discovered five brand new Honda generators totaling $6,400 inside.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies located a mask, gloves, and a keychain full of dozens of various car keys. A cell phone app was heard inside the truck monitoring police scanner traffic and the license plates on the vehicle were later learned to be stolen.

Back at the store, deputies discovered a sixth Honda generator worth $4,000 and a pallet jack in the parking lot. They found an open security fence, broken lock, and bolt cutters nearby. 

Deputies arrested the suspects, 38-year-old Kenny Ross of Cornelius and 54-year-old Curtis Vanzee of Portland, for aggravated theft, burglary in the second degree, possession of burglary tools, and criminal mischief in the second degree. Additionally, Mr. Vanzee was charged with a probation violation.

When they later observed security video with an employee, deputies learned a third male was involved in loading the stolen generators into the vehicle. It is unknown how he fled the scene.

Deputies believe these suspects are likely involved in similar crimes around the metro area. Anyone with information is asked to call Washington County non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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15-Year-Old Shooting Suspect Arrested in Vancouver (Photo) - 05/17/18

May 17, 2018 – The suspect in Friday’s shooting in the Sexton Mountain neighborhood was arrested yesterday afternoon in Vancouver, Washington.

During the investigation, Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit detectives identified the shooting suspect as 15-year-old Raelyn G. Domingo of Vancouver. Detectives learned she was the suspect in an unrelated robbery reported early Saturday morning in Camas, Washington. Working closely with Camas Police investigators, corroborating information linked Ms. Domingo to the Washington County shooting.

Yesterday afternoon, at 5:29 p.m., Ms. Domingo was taken into custody in the Mill Plain community of Vancouver by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, Camas and Vancouver Police Departments, and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Ms. Domingo is being held at the Clark County Juvenile Justice Center on a Washington County arrest warrant for robbery in the first degree and assault in the first degree, both Measure 11 charges. Additionally, Camas Police investigators have charged Ms. Domingo with first-degree robbery. Oregon will seek her extradition from Washington.  

Sheriff’s Office detectives were assisted in their investigation by detectives from the Tigard Police Department.

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Shooting Investigation Underway in the Sexton Mountain Neighborhood

May 11, 2018 – A 56-year-old man was shot inside a home in the Sexton Mountain community. Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect.

On May 11, 2018, at 1:51 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting at a residence in the 8600 block of Southwest Muledeer Drive in the Sexton Mountain community.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 56-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was able to provide a description of a female suspect prior to being transported to a local hospital by with apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Three separate K-9 units, two from the Sheriff’s Office and one from Sherwood Police, searched the area extensively but the suspect was not located. Members of the inter-agency Tactical Negotiations Team assisted in the search. Area schools were placed in lockout for a short period of time.

The suspect is described as an Asian female, approximately 20-years-old, with long dark hair. 

Members from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded and are investigating. They are being assisted at the crime scene by Forensic Science Unit personnel.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Facebook Photo
Deputies Conducting Enhanced Seat Belt Patrols in May - 05/16/18

May 16, 2017 – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), will be conducting enhanced patrols in May as part of the two-week statewide “Seat Belt Blitz” campaign.

Between the dates of May 14 and May 27, extra deputies will be on the roadways looking for vehicle occupants not wearing, or improperly using seat belts. They will also be checking for proper child safety seat use.

This campaign corresponds with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which runs between May 22 and June 4. According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death or disability in children from two to fourteen years of age. This number is due in large part to non-use, or improper use of seat belts and child safety seats. Proper seat belt and child restraint use is the number one way to prevent injury or death if you or your children are involved in a crash.

For safety belt systems, proper use means the lap belt must be placed low across the hips and the shoulder belt should cross the center of the chest over the collar bone. Belts should be free of slack and have no twists or knots. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back; this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.

Information regarding proper child safety seat use and local car seat clinics can be found at www.oregonimpact.org/

The Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit is dedicated to promoting and improving traffic safety through education, analysis, and enforcement. Learn more about the team:

www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff/fightingcrime/patrols/traffic-safety-unit.cfm

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Banks Man Taken by Air Ambulance After Off-Road Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 05/13/18

May 13, 2018 – A Banks man was transported by air ambulance to a local trauma center after he crashed his off-road vehicle and it came to rest on top of him. He suffered life-threatening injuries.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 6 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of a single-vehicle injury crash on a property in the 18800 block of Northwest Azure Drive, just north of the city of Banks.

Deputies learned that a 40-year-old man had been operating an off-road vehicle on private property when it rolled over. The man was not wearing a helmet or seatbelt and was partially ejected. The vehicle then came to rest on top of him. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported by air ambulance to a local trauma center.

With the warmer temperatures, deputies see more people using their off-road vehicles on both private and public lands. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reminds recreational vehicle enthusiasts to use all available safety equipment, particularly helmets and seatbelts.

We wish to thank the Oregon State Police, the North Plains Police Department, the Banks Fire District and Life Flight Network for their assistance at the scene.

The injured man’s family does not wish to speak to the media.

Attached Media Files: Air Ambulance Photo , Vehicle Photo
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Kayaker Reported Missing on Tualatin River Located (Photo) - 05/13/18

The 15-year-old kayaer does not wish to speak to the media. There were no issues with his kayak. He is healthy and well. He was separated from his group and did not have a cell phone with him.

He has been reunited with his family at Eagle Landing Park and will departing soon for home.

Attached Media Files: Scene Photo
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Shooting Investigation Underway in the Sexton Mountain Neighborhood (Photo) - 05/11/18

May 11, 2018 – A 56-year-old man was shot inside a home in the Sexton Mountain community. Deputies are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect.

On May 11, 2018, at 1:51 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting at a residence in the 8600 block of Southwest Muledeer Drive in the Sexton Mountain community.

Upon arrival, deputies found a 56-year-old male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was able to provide a description of a female suspect prior to being transported to a local hospital by with apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

Three separate K-9 units, two from the Sheriff’s Office and one from Sherwood Police, searched the area extensively but the suspect was not located. Members of the inter-agency Tactical Negotiations Team assisted in the search. Area schools were placed in lockout for a short period of time.

The suspect is described as an Asian female, approximately 20-years-old, with long dark hair. 

Members from the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit responded and are investigating. They are being assisted at the crime scene by Forensic Science Unit personnel.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Scene Photo
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Violent Assault Suspect Arrested After Standoff in Aloha (Photo) - 05/11/18

May 11, 2018 – The suspect of a violent assault was safety taken into custody after a five hour standoff in Aloha. The 62-year-old victim, a roommate of the suspect, is listed in critical condition.

On May 11, 2018, at 8:47 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an assault at an apartment complex located at 2800 Southwest 185th Avenue in Aloha.

When they arrived, deputies found a 62-year-old male inside the apartment suffering from serious injuries. Deputies evacuated him and Metro West Ambulance transported him to a local hospital.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that the female suspect was roommates with the victim and that she had barricaded herself inside the residence.

Deputies were able to establish intermittent communication with the suspect from outside the residence, but she stopped responding as the incident progressed.

Members of the inter-agency Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit responded and unsuccessfully attempted to establish communication with the suspect for approximately five hours.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., tactical officers made entry into the apartment and safety detained the suspect, 34-year-old Michel Roper of Aloha. She was not injured during the incident.

Ms. Roper was lodged at the Washington County Jail on the charge of assault in the second degree. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

The booking photo from today’s incident will be available at a later time. A previous photo from October 2016 is being provided.

The victim is listed in critical condition and is being treated at a local hospital.

Results: Deputies Arrest 73 Impaired Drivers in April - 05/08/18

May 8, 2018 – During enhanced patrols in the month of April, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 73 impaired drivers. That equates to an average of nearly two and a half DUII arrests each day. Of those arrested, 56 were for alcohol and 14 for drug impairment. Deputies would like to remind the public that impaired driving is a one hundred percent preventable offense, and to always plan a sober ride.

The original media release is below.

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Deputies Conducting Enhanced Impaired Driving Patrols in April

March 30, 2018 – The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will be conducting high visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers during the entire month of April.

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities were in crashes during which a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08.

On average, a driving under the influence arrest costs $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more.

There are many other ways to ensure a safe ride home besides relying on a friend. The options include using public transportation, calling a taxi, or using a rideshare program such as Uber or Lyft. In addition, NHTSA’s SaferRide Mobile App, available in the app store, is another resource to help fans who have been drinking find a sober ride home—by identifying their location and helping to call a taxi or a friend to pick them up.

Please do your part in keeping our roadways safe and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. If you plan on drinking or consuming drugs, designate your sober driver. And remember: Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.

The results of the April enhanced impaired driving patrols will be posted in early May.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Washington County Negotiation Team Wins Regional Competition for Fourth Consecutive Year (Photo) - 05/04/18

May 4, 2018 – The Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit was awarded first place at the 5th annual Hostage Negotiation Team Competition in Reno, Nevada. This is the fourth consecutive year the team has taken first place at this event.

On May 3, 2018, members of the inter-agency Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit participated in the 5th annual Hostage Negotiation Team Competition in Reno, Nevada, organized by the Western States Hostage Negotiators' Association. Ten negotiation teams from multiple states competed in a challenging full-day scenario in which every aspect of crisis negotiation was utilized and tested.

Upon completion of the competition, the Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit was awarded first place, tying with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. This is the fourth consecutive year the team has taken first place at this highly challenging competition. The Crisis Negotiation Unit tied for first place in both the 2015 and 2016 competitions, and won outright in 2017.

Formed in 1981, the Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) is an inter-agency team whose primary goal is to create peaceful resolutions to often extremely volatile situations. The unit's cornerstones are empathy, knowledge, and compassion. The team is comprised of members from the Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police, Hillsboro Police, Tigard Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), mental health consultants, and a certified psychologist.

The Western States Hostage Negotiators' Association (WSHNA) was founded in 1986 with the mission of developing negotiation teams to the highest degree of proficiency in the performance of their professional duties. The association is represented by enforcement and corrections crisis negotiators from eight states and British Columbia.

This year’s conference and competition was hosted by the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Local Reno media coverage of the event can be viewed here.

Update: Additional Information Regarding Yesterday's Plane Crash - 04/27/18

April 27, 2018 – Additional information is being released regarding yesterday’s plane crash outside of Hillsboro that injured two people.

Both occupants were taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as trauma entry patients.

The pilot, 88-year-old Gennaro Avolio of Hood River, OR, was transported by Life Flight helicopter. He is listed in serious condition.

The passenger, 73-year-old Gary Hagstrom of Canby, OR, was transported by Metro West Ambulance. He is listed in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are continuing their investigation.

The patients and their families do not wish to speak with the media and are asking for privacy at this time.

The original media release is below.

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Two Men Seriously Injured After Plane Crashes Outside Hillsboro

April 26, 2018 – Two men were seriously injured after their plane crashed into an orchard outside of Hillsboro. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

On April 26, 2018, at 4:18 p.m., Washington County dispatch received information from the Hillsboro Airport regarding an approaching aircraft experiencing engine trouble. At 4:20 p.m., dispatch received reports of a plane crash in the 1000 block of Southwest 331st Avenue outside of Hillsboro.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with deputies serving the City of Cornelius, responded and located a single-engine Yakovlev Yak-52 aircraft that had crashed into an orchard. Deputies climbed onto the aircraft and rendered first aid to two male occupants until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded, stabilized the plane, and extracted the occupants, ages 73  and 88, from the aircraft. One patient was transported by Life Flight helicopter and the second by Metro West Ambulance to local hospitals. They are listed in serious condition.

There were no injuries or property damage on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified and are investigating.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release
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Two Men Seriously Injured After Plane Crashes Outside Hillsboro (Photo) - 04/26/18

April 26, 2018 – Two men were seriously injured after their plane crashed into an orchard outside of Hillsboro. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

On April 26, 2018, at 4:18 p.m., Washington County dispatch received information from the Hillsboro Airport regarding an approaching aircraft experiencing engine trouble. At 4:20 p.m., dispatch received reports of a plane crash in the 1000 block of Southwest 331st Avenue outside of Hillsboro.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with deputies serving the City of Cornelius, responded and located a single-engine Yakovlev Yak-52 aircraft that had crashed into an orchard. Deputies climbed onto the aircraft and rendered first aid to two male occupants until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded, stabilized the plane, and extracted the occupants, ages 73  and 88, from the aircraft. One patient was transported by Life Flight helicopter and the second by Metro West Ambulance to local hospitals. They are listed in serious condition.

There were no injuries or property damage on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified and are investigating.

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Photo 1 , Photo 2
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Deputies Searching for Theft Suspects in Stolen Vehicle (Photo) - 04/25/18

April 25, 2018 – The Sheriff’s Office and Portland Police Bureau are seeking information regarding the suspects in multiple thefts from vehicles and fraudulent credit card transactions around Beaverton and Portland.

On April 16, 2018, Portland Police Bureau officers took a report of a vehicle stolen overnight from the 7400 block of Southwest 37th Avenue in Portland. The vehicle was described as a blue 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan with the Oregon plates 253HTX. Credit cards left inside the vehicle were later used to make fraudulent transactions at multiple businesses in Portland.
 
On April 19, 2018, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to two theft from vehicle calls that occurred within blocks of each other overnight in Aloha. Deputies learned that a handgun was stolen from inside a vehicle in the 400 block of Southwest 195th Avenue. 
 
A second vehicle was entered in the 200 block of Southwest 192nd Place. Credit cards, cash, jewelry, and prescription medication were stolen during that incident. The stolen credit cards were later used to make fraudulent transactions at multiple businesses in the Beaverton area, including a car wash on Southwest Canyon Road.
 
Deputies obtained and reviewed surveillance video from the car wash, which showed the stolen minivan occupied by two males. A disabled parking permit is seen hanging from the rearview mirror. Upon reviewing the video, deputies saw that the license plates belonging to the vehicle had been removed, and the rear plate displayed Oregon 647BQN. Officers confirmed that plate had been stolen from another vehicle in Portland.

The Sheriff’s Office is releasing surveillance video from the car wash in hopes the public can help identify the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Link to surveillance video: https://youtu.be/8LVu--XXlw8

Attached Media Files: PDF of Media Release , Suspects Photo