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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington - Gilliam County (Photo) - 05/01/16
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Rural Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner's Office.
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Additional Rewards Offered -- Unlawfully Killed Bighorn Ram In Gilliam County (Photo) - 04/29/16
The Oregon State Police continue the investigation into the third bighorn sheep ram that was unlawfully killed in early April near milepost 118 on Interstate 84, east of Rufus.

Two additional rewards have been offered, with total rewards now at $2000, for information which leads to the arrest/conviction of the person(s) responsible. The rewards are as follows:

Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) Statewide TIP reward $500 (previously offered)
OHA Clatsop County Chapter reward $500
Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (OR-FNAWS) reward $1000

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person with information on this incident to contact Senior Trooper Jubitz at 541-705-5330.
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Previous Release:
On Sunday April 10th, 2016 at approximately 6:00PM the Oregon State Police received several reports from passing motorist's about a bighorn sheep near milepost 118 on Interstate 84 (east of Rufus).

The callers reported that the sheep was in an unusual position and was possibly dead. The deceased ram was located by OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers in a rock slide near the highway. A necropsy determined the ram had shot with a firearm and left to waste. There is no indication that this incident has any connection to the killing of two rams the week before just east of this location.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person with information on this incident to contact Senior Trooper Jubitz at 541-705-5330. A Turn-In-Poachers (TIP)reward of up to $500.00 is available for information that leads to an arrest. Call 1-800-452-7888. No further information will be released as this is an ongoing investigation.

Information on the TIP Reward Program:
The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
* $100 Game Fish
* $100 Upland Birds
* $200 Habitat
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)
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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in John Day - Grant County - 04/29/16
On behalf of the Grant County District Attorney, Jim Carpenter:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 10:49 p.m., 911 received a call related to individuals that were shot and wounded, at the John Day Trailer Park, in the town of John Day. Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.

The victims were identified as Christopher WOODELL, age 32, from John Day, and Eric TOWERS, age 35, from John Day. WOODELL was transported to Saint Charles in Bend by Life Flight and is in critical condition. TOWERS was transported to John Day Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

A suspect has been identified and interviewed and the investigation is ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the John Day Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Grant County District Attorney's Office.
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***Second Escapee Arrested*** Law Enforcement Searching For Prison Escapee In South Salem (Photo) - 04/28/16
On April 28, 2016 at about 6PM, a citizen recognized MCGINNIS by his neck tattoo in a McDonalds located near Commercial Street and Kuebler Blvd and called 911. During this time, the 911 caller kept law enforcement updated as MCGINNIS exited McDonalds and entered a nearby Applebee's restaurant.

OSP and Salem Police arrived at the Applebee's prompting MCGINNIS to flee through the kitchen area. MCGINNIS exited out the rear of the restaurant where he was captured by law enforcement without incident.

Both MCGINNIS and CARNES were lodged at the Marion County Jail. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On April 28, 2016 at about 12:30PM, an OSP Detective spotted two prison escapees in south Salem. A foot pursuit ensued and the two escapees evaded law enforcement. A large perimeter was established and about 2:30PM, Justin CARNES was apprehended with the assistance of a K9 team from the Salem Police Department in the backyard of a residence near Kuebler and Sunnyside.

Law enforcement activity is still heavy in that area searching for William MCGINNIS, age 30, is a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and plaid shorts.

The public is asked to call 911 if MCGINNIS is spotted. More information will be released when it is available.

Please refer to this Department of Corrections Release from April 26, 2016:

Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.
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***Suspect In Custody*** OSP Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect -Josephine County (Photo) - 04/26/16
Linzin Rooni ESHALOM has been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona. OSP is still seeking the public's assistance if anyone has information on the April 19th incident to contact them at 541-776-6111. More information will be released when it becomes available.

***End Release***

Previous release:
On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. They are currently believed to be enroute to Glendale, Arizona in a 2016 white, Chrysler, Town and Country mini-van, bearing Oregon Plate, 647GJG.

The Oregon State Police has probable cause to arrest Linzin Rooni ESHALOM, who resides in Peoria, Arizona, on the following charges:

Attempted Murder
Robbery I
Assault II
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Burglary I

Additional investigation is being conducted in order to identify the three additional suspects.

More information will be released when it is available as this is ongoing investigation.
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***Update - Statistics Released*** Central Oregon Law Enforcement To Conduct Distracted Driving Saturation Patrol - 04/26/16
Targeted enforcement efforts were successful over the past weekend in Central Oregon. Partners from most law enforcement agencies in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes Counties participated in the saturation patrol targeting behaviors that contribute to serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Those behaviors are speed, occupant safety, lane violations, impaired driving and distracted driving (handheld electronic devices).

The saturation patrol was conducted on April 23 and 24 as April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Agencies issued 317 traffic citations and issued 273 warnings.

The results from this event included the following statistics:
Speed citations: 172 warnings: 61
Seatbelt citations: 17 warnings: 18
Lane violation citations: 14 warnings: 38
Cell phone citations: 15 warnings: 10
DUII arrests: 9
Other traffic crime arrests: 5
Warrant arrests: 3
Minor in Possession: 2
Open container: 2
Misc citations :99 warnings: 146

This saturation patrol included Warm Springs Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Prineville Police, Black Butte Ranch Police, Sunriver Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Redmond Police and OSP.

***End Release***

Previous Release:
Central Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies are coordinating enforcement efforts on Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 for Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

In light of recent events involving several serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes in Central Oregon, this team effort will concentrate on driving behaviors that contribute to serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Those behaviors are: speed, occupant Safety, lane Violations, impaired driving and distracted driving (handheld electronic devices).

The saturation patrol will last for 48 hours, involve multiple agencies and be on state highways, county roads and city streets.

Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

Pay attention, save a life: Ditch the distractions - April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

"If you're texting... you're not driving."

Studies show many drivers will talk and text when they're alone, but think twice about it when they have a passenger. Yet nearly all drivers think it's dangerous to do so, passengers or not.

More than eight in every ten respondents to a recent survey said they feel uncomfortable riding with a distracted driver.

ODOT and partner agencies the Oregon State Police and AAA Oregon/Idaho are emphasizing the importance of focusing on driving when you're behind the wheel.

"Our goal is to change cultural norms when it comes to distracted driving," said ODOT Director Matt Garrett. "If each of us focuses on the job of driving when we get behind the wheel, we'll save lives every year."

Ditch the distractions
1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
3. Install an app. Apps can help you avoid texting while driving. Go to your app store and search for Distracted Driving Lifesaver.
4. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
5. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
6. X the Text. Don't ever text and drive, browse online or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
7. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Oregon prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
8. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
9. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
10. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
11. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Statistics
* ODOT data analysis of crashes in Oregon in 2010-2014 shows:
o On average, a distracted driver crash occurs in Oregon every 2.5 hours.
o On average, a person is injured in a distracted driver crash in Oregon every 3 hours.
o On average, a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone occurs in Oregon more than 5 times a week.
o On average, almost 5 people are injured each week in a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone.
* A recent AAA survey concluded that, in a 30-day period, 70 percent of drivers talked on their cell phone while driving and percent read texts or emails while in traffic.
* A recent ODOT survey by Southern Oregon University concluded drivers didn't like someone else driving distracted, but still did it themselves: 84 percent of respondents said they feel uncomfortable riding as a passenger with a distracted driver. But 44 percent admitted to driving distracted with passengers. And 75 percent admitted they drove distracted when they drove alone.
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***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver - Douglas County (Photo) - 04/26/16
The deceased driver was identifed as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

***End Update***

Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it's roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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Manzanita Couple Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo) - 04/24/16
On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 3:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 near milepost 28 (just north of Cannon Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2011 Hyundai sport utility was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe head-on. After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Hyundai, Gregory W HERON, and his passenger, Martha H HERON (both age 64 and from Manzanita) were pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Diana R FEKE, age 57, and Jethro J FEKE, age 59 (both of West Linn) received non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Highway 101 was closed for about three and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner, Cannon Beach Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will released when it becomes available.
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McMinnville Man Loses Life In Highway 18 Crash - Yamhill County (Photo) - 04/23/16
On April 22, 2016 at about 4:35AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 49 (one mile east of McMinnville).

A 2003 Dodge Durango was westbound on Highway 18 when it crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Astro van head-on. The Dodge then struck a 2005 Honda Civic which had been following the Chevrolet. When this impact occurred, the Dodge rode up and over the hood of the Honda. The roof of the Honda was tore off killing the driver inside. The Durango then rolled over and came to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the Dodge, Daniel L CAIN, age 25, of Lafayette, received minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Stanley N CASS, age 62, of McMinnville, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The deceased driver of the Honda was identified as Robby A ROBBINS, age 56, of McMinnville.

Fatigued driving is being investigated as a contributing factor. Seatbelts were worn by all drivers. A detour was established for approximately four hours as the scene was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Dayton Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.
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Former OSP Sergeant John Burright Honored At Ceremony In Salem (Photo) - 04/22/16
A ceremony was held on April 21, 2016 to dedicate the naming of a Salem City Street in the name of former Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright who was critically injured in 2001. John later medically retired due to being disabled.

The ceremony took place at the site of the future Oregon State Police headquarters building in southeast Salem. The ceremony was attended by John's family, friends and coworkers. Superintendent Rich Evans presented the family with replicas of the street sign "Burright Ln SE", which was later unveiled by John's son Jeremy.

On September 4, 2001, Sergeant Burright, OSP Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf were alongside Interstate 5 near milepost 243 (south of Salem) assisting a disabled motorist when they were struck by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Senior Trooper Mignano and Officer Hoerauf were killed and Sergeant Burright was critically injured.

Mignano and Hoerauf have been honored for their sacrifice at the Oregon Peace Officer Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. "This is a way to honor John for his contributions serving the citizens of Oregon", said Superintendent Evans. "The sign will remind troopers when they are on their way to work how important the work they do is".

People close to John stated he set the standard of a family man, fellow trooper and friend. They believe that naming the street after John will bring his presence back to the office and something he would have wanted.

The new OSP headquarters, which is at 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, is set to be open by mid-summer. The building will consolidate several OSP facilities that are currently scattered around Salem. Those include, Office of State Fire Marshal, property and procurement, Criminal Justice Information Services, the Salem Area Command and OSP headquarters.
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Records And Video Being Released Surrounding The Death Of Sergeant Jason Goodding - Clatsop County - 04/21/16
The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office is releasing reports and video from the officer involved shooting surrounding the February murder of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding.

Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis will release these items beginning on April 21, 2016 at 8:45AM as requested. Due to the volume of information (500 pages of reports and 33 seconds of video), the information is being placed on DVD and will be available for pick up at the district attorney's office or through the mail.

District Attorney Marquis advised not all documents will be available to public disclosure, but the vast majority will be, including a major portion of the body video of one of the officers involved.

On February 5, 2016 Sergeant Jason Goodding and Officer David Davidson contacted Phillip Ferry and attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. During the contact, Ferry resisted arrest and was able to fire one shot from a concealed firearm which struck Sergeant Goodding who died from his injuries. Officer Davidson returned fired striking Ferry, who later died from his injuries.

Under Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, a multi-agency crime team was activated with OSP as the lead investigating agency. The investigation was turned over to District Attorney Joshua Marquis who determined that Officer Davidson's use of deadly force on Ferry was justified.

Since media will need to pick up the report and video from the DA's office (e-mail is not possible) please e-mail or call the DA's office ASAP and advise if you need a copy and when someone from your organization will be at the DA's office to get it. Someone will be available over the noon hour at the DA's office.

Clatsop County DA contact info:

749 Commercial Avenue, Third Floor, Astoria, OR 97103
jmarquis@co.clatsop.or.us
503-325-8581.
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***Photo Update*** OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Missing Person - Marion County (Photo) - 04/21/16
The attached two photos are accurate photos of HALL. An earlier release contained a photo of another person. Please delete that photo.
***End Update***

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating an missing and endangered adult male who was last seen at a Goodwill Retail Store at 1125 Crowley Ave SE, Salem.

Jerome W HALL, age 37 was last seen on April 20, 2016 around 1:30PM at or near the Goodwill Retail Store. OSP is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of HALL to notify law enforcement immediately. HALL has medical conditions that if left untreated could be of serious risk.

HALL is a white male, 5'9" tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has a diabetic symbol tattoo on his upper left arm, a dragon tattoo on his upper right arm. He was last seen wearing a bright green Under Armour hooded sweatshirt and black Carhartt pants. It is believed he may be heading to the Portland or McMinnville area.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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***Name Released*** Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash On Interstate 84 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 04/21/16
The deceased operator of the motorcycle was identified as Richard R HUTCHINS, age 80, of Chicago, Illinois. More information will be released as it becomes available.
***End Update***

Previous Release:
On April 19, 2016, at about 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle into a guardrail on Interstate 84 near milepost 219 (east of Pendleton).

Preliminary investigation indicates the adult male rider was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when for unknown reasons, drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Saint Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, WA by air ambulance. Medical staff at the hospital later pronounced him deceased as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police are working with the Walla Walla County Coroner in an effort to positively identify the driver. OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire and Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies To Conduct Distracted Driving Saturation Patrol - 04/21/16
Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies are coordinating enforcement efforts on Friday April 22 for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This enforcement effort will be focused on Highway 22E (east of Salem).

OSP and Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies will focus enforcement efforts on driving behaviors that contribute to serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes. Those behaviors are: Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Violations, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving (handheld electronic devices).

Agencies participating are Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, Aumsville Police Department, and Turner Police Department.


Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

Pay attention, save a life: Ditch the distractions - April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

"If you're texting... you're not driving."

Studies show many drivers will talk and text when they're alone, but think twice about it when they have a passenger. Yet nearly all drivers think it's dangerous to do so, passengers or not.

More than eight in every ten respondents to a recent survey said they feel uncomfortable riding with a distracted driver.

ODOT and partner agencies the Oregon State Police and AAA Oregon/Idaho are emphasizing the importance of focusing on driving when you're behind the wheel.

"Our goal is to change cultural norms when it comes to distracted driving," said ODOT Director Matt Garrett. "If each of us focuses on the job of driving when we get behind the wheel, we'll save lives every year."

Ditch the distractions
1. Turn it off and stow it. Turn your phone off or switch it to silent mode before you get in the car. Then stow it away so that it's out of reach.
2. Spread the word. Record a message on your phone that tells callers you're driving and will get back to them when you're off the road, or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
3. Install an app. Apps can help you avoid texting while driving. Go to your app store and search for Distracted Driving Lifesaver.
4. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
5. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call or respond to a text for you.
6. X the Text. Don't ever text and drive, browse online or read your email while driving. It's dangerous and against the law in most states. Even voice-to-text isn't risk-free.
7. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car. Oregon prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones in addition to texting.
8. Prepare. If using a GPS device, enter your destination before you start to drive. If you prefer a map or written directions, review them in advance. If you need help while driving, ask a passenger to assist you or pull over to a safe location to change your GPS or review your map/directions.
9. Secure your pets. Unsecured pets can be a big distraction in the car.
10. Mind the kids. Pull over to a safe place to address situations involving children in the car.
11. Focus on driving. Multi-tasking behind the wheel is dangerous. Refrain from eating, drinking, reading, grooming, smoking, and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Statistics
* ODOT data analysis of crashes in Oregon in 2010-2014 shows:
o On average, a distracted driver crash occurs in Oregon every 2.5 hours.
o On average, a person is injured in a distracted driver crash in Oregon every 3 hours.
o On average, a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone occurs in Oregon more than 5 times a week.
o On average, almost 5 people are injured each week in a distracted driver crash involving a cell phone.
* A recent AAA survey concluded that, in a 30-day period, 70 percent of drivers talked on their cell phone while driving and percent read texts or emails while in traffic.
* A recent ODOT survey by Southern Oregon University concluded drivers didn't like someone else driving distracted, but still did it themselves: 84 percent of respondents said they feel uncomfortable riding as a passenger with a distracted driver. But 44 percent admitted to driving distracted with passengers. And 75 percent admitted they drove distracted when they drove alone
***Name Released*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian - Lane County - 04/19/16
The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Jacob D WALTERS, age 28, of Eugene. No further information is available for release at this time.

***End Release***

Previous Release:
On April 18th, 2016 at about 10:34PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on Highway 99W near Clearlake Road just north of Eugene.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2003 Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on Highway 99W when it struck a pedestrian in the lane of travel. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The driver of the Dodge, Ray E LUNT, age 69, of Lincoln City, was not injured in the crash. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed. That information will be released once the deceased has been identified and a next of kin notification has been conducted.

Highway 99W was partially closed for approximately 4 hours for the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Lane Fire Authority, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner.

It is believed that one or more persons may have witnessed the incident but not spoke with troopers. OSP is requesting ant persons with information on the incident to call the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation - near Hagelstein Park, north of Klamath Falls - Klamath County - 04/16/16
On April 11, 2016, at about 12:08 p.m., a pair of mushroom pickers found a body in the woods off Hagelstein Rim Road, northeast of Hagelstein Park. They notified OSP who responded and conducted a death investigation.

The male was identified as Jamie Urban WILSON, age 29, from Klamath Falls.

The investigation revealed that in December 2015, snowmobilers reported an abandoned gold 1995 Toyota 4-Runner that was stuck in the snow. The abandoned vehicle was later towed approximately two weeks before the body was located. WILSON was about 100 feet from where the Toyota was, in a wooded area.

OSP Troopers, with the assistance of the Klamath County Medical Examiner's Office, believe based on evidence at the scene, that WILSON died of exposure but are still waiting on toxicology results.

OSP Troopers from the Klamath Area Command are leading the investigation and OSP was assisted by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department and Klamath County Medical Examiner's Office.

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OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Asking for the Public's Assistance with Poaching Case in Baker County - 04/16/16
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of two bull elk near Sparta, within the Keating Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County. A TIP reward of $500.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk.

On February 26, 2016, OSP was notified of multiple dead elk located off of Sparta Road between Sparta and Richland. On February 27, 2016 OSP F & W Troopers responded and located the remains of two dead bull elk. The investigation determined the two bull elk had been unlawfully shot and killed.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867 or 541-523-5866.
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Klamath County Major Crime Team Press Release - Veteran's Memorial Park Homicide (Photo) - 04/15/16
On behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office and the Klamath County Major Crime Team:

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is seeking the help from the public related to the Veteran's Memorial Park Homicide. The Major Crime Team would like to know any recent activity or contacts the public has had with the victim, Arnulfo Panuco-Anzaldo. The homicide occurred on Friday, April 15, 2016 at approximately 12:15 a.m. The victim Panuco-Anzaldo is described as a 48 year old hispanic male, approximately six feet tall and weighing 165 pounds (Victim's Photo Below):

The Major Crime Team is requesting that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5334.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Man Swept out to Sea off Rocky Creek Scenic View Point - Lincoln County (Photo) - 04/15/16
On Friday, April 15, 2016, at 10:54 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Depot Bay Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a man washed off shore of the point at the Rocky Creek Scenic View Point, just south of Depoe Bay on US 101. (http://bit.ly/22AFweH)

Preliminary information reveals that Kelly Bennett SMITH, age 26, from Athens, GA was visiting the coast for the first time with five other friends after finishing up a job in Corvallis before flying back home. He and another friend climbed out on the rocks beyond the viewpoint to get as close to the water to take some photos, when a rogue wave approached and struck them from behind. SMITH was pulled by the current out into the rough seas.

An emergency call was immediately made and attempts to rescue SMITH were made by friends. He was seen alive in the surf for approximately seven minutes before sinking below the water. He was also seen several times floating by responders. But as of this time, he is no longer in sight and the United States Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay's search to locate SMITH's body is ongoing.

According to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website, "They're called sneaker waves because they appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force, and are impossible to predict. Sneaker waves also carry a large amount of sand that can saturate your clothes, weighing you down and making escape difficult if not impossible."

The website also states, "How to play it safe: Never turn your back on the ocean."

Additional beach safety tips are available on the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/pages/beach_tips.aspx

Update to follow.

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Death Investigation in Klamath River Canyon - Klamath County - 04/15/16
On Friday, April 15, 2016, Search and Rescue teams from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Josephine County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Travis ROTE, age 25, of Klamath Falls, from the Klamath River.

On Monday, April 11, 2016, ROTE was reported missing when he failed to report in at the end of his shift. ROTE worked for a private security company that patrols the area near the John C. Boyle Dam, in the Klamath River Canyon.

ROTE's co-workers discovered his gray 2004 Ford pickup approximately 300 feet below the road, deep in the Klamath River Canyon. The Ford had come to rest near the river's edge. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office led an effort to locate ROTE.

Search and Rescue crews continued their effort until ROTE's body was located around noon on Friday.

Oregon State Police assisted the Klamath County Sheriff's Office by conducting the death investigation and mapping the crash scene. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the search and rescue effort by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

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Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Klamath County - 04/15/16
On behalf of Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

On Friday, April 15, 2016, at approximately 12:19 a.m., 911 received a call related to an individual being shot at Veteran's Park in the City of Klamath Falls.   Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.  

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated.  The investigation is ongoing.  

Currently, Main Street in front of Veteran's Park is blocked so that the investigation can continue.   Main Street traffic is being routed down Payne Alley and then back onto Main Street.

The Major Crime Team is requesting that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. 

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
OSP Investigating Fatal Crash On Highway 58 - Lane County - 04/14/16
On April 14, 2016 at about 4:08PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15 (just east of Lowell).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 1991 Chevrolet pickup towing a 1999 Jeep Cherokee was traveling westbound on Highway 58 when it crossed the centerline. There it struck an eastbound 1999 Ford F350 pick-up head-on. All vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Emmett L BEMROSE, age 68, of Portland, was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the Ford, Jerry R CARGIL, age 53, of Oakridge, received minor injuries. The passenger in the Chevrolet, Ratree T BEMROSE, age 68, of Portland, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Highway 58 was closed for 1.5 hours until one lane was opened for alternating traffic flow. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lowell Fire Department and the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. More information will be released when it is appropriate as this is an ongoing investigation.
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Interstate 5 Crash Takes Life Of California Man - Jackson County (Photo) - 04/12/16
On April 12, 2016 at about 2:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound milepost 19 (near Ashland).

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle drove off the roadway, down an embankment and rolled over. The driver, Robert D BUTLER, age 85, of Montague, California, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

OSP is still investigating contributing factor(s) but can confirm BUTLER was not using his safety belt. A number of citizens sopped at the scene prior to emergency personnel arriving. Among them were a commercial truck driver and a male driving a motorhome who left prior to speaking to troopers.

OSP is asking for witnesses of the crash to call 541 664-8365. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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***Update*** Teenager Loses Life In Collision On Highway 47 - Yamhill County (Photo) - 04/12/16
OSP is continuing the investigation into last week's fatal crash on Highway 47. The third driver involved with the incident has been identified as Andrea AUSMUS, age 33, of Yamhill, OR. The investigation has revealed AUSMUS was driving a 2011 Dodge Caravan northbound on Highway 47 when she drifted over the centerline.

Stephanie CADD was traveling southbound in a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser and attempted to maneuver to avoid colliding with AUSMUS' vehicle. CADD's vehicle was struck by a 2001 Toyota Camry leading to the death of a 14 year old passenger in the Chrysler.

AUSMUS did not stop at the scene of the crash but later contacted law enforcement and has been cooperating with the investigation. This is an going investigation and once completed it will be referred to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office for review. No further information to be released at this time.

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Previous Release:
On April 6, 2016 at about 4:05 PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a serious injury collision involving two vehicles on Highway 47 near milepost 29 (south of Gaston).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling southbound on Highway 47 when it swerved to avoid a collision with a northbound vehicle that had entered its lane. The Chrysler began to slide sideways and traveled into the northbound lane where it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 2001 Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Toyota, Jill D YODER, age 57, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Chyrsler, Stephanie D CADD, age 18, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries. CADD's passenger, a 14 year old female, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the vehicle that crossed into the oncoming lane in front of CADD called law enforcement and reported they may have been involved with the crash. The subject was contacted by law enforcement and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
HWY 47 was closed for approximately 4 and half hours.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill Police Department, ODOT, Yamhill Fire Department, Gaston Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, and Oregon Life Guard (air ambulance).
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OSP Continuing Investigation After Explosion At Home - Jackson County (Photo) - 04/12/16
On April 9, 2016 at approximately 8:13 PM, OSP Troopers and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to 225 Flounce Rock Road in Prospect for the report of a structure fire/explosion.

Upon arrival of emergency crews they discovered the residence fully engulfed in fire.
It was determined that the residents, Michael MCNALL and Karyl MCNALL, were not at home and were not injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Oregon State Police is being assisted by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

This is a preliminary release, more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 - West of La Grande - Union County - 04/11/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening's fatal crash on Interstate 84, near La Grande (milepost 256 eastbound).

Preliminary information indicates on April 11, 2016, at 5:46 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Solara, operated by Melissa BOOK, age 19, from La Grande, with passengers Alexis BROWNING, age 18, from La Grande, and Hanna DOIG-CASHELL, age 18, from La Grande, was traveling eastbound and attempting to pass a vehicle, when for unknown reasons, lost control, left the roadway and overturned.

DOIG-CASHELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. BOOK received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. BROWNING received serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Rural Fire District, La Grande Fire Department, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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

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Oregon City Man Sentenced for Fishing Offenses (Photo) - 04/08/16
The Oregon State Police (OSP) concluded an investigation into an Oregon City fishing guide found to be committing fishing violations while acting as a guide. In October of 2015 the OSP learned of a fishing trip where the clients had not only kept a foul-hooked salmon, but continued to angle once retaining their individual limit, and failed to validate their catch. A subsequent investigation revealed the guide, Wayne Priddy, 59, had aided his customers into violating wildlife laws while he was employed to guide them on Tillamook Bay. PRIDDY was later taken into custody and lodged at the Tillamook County Jail. He was charged with:

* Four (4) Misdemeanor Counts of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense
* Two (2) Misdemeanor Counts of Failure to Record/Validate Salmon

On April 4, 2016, PRIDDY pled guilty in Tillamook County Circuit Court to one (1) count of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. He was sentenced to;

* 36 month probation
* $250.00 in fines
* Forfeit all property to OSP
* Ten (10) days in jail minus time served
* Cannot angle or assist anyone in angling until January 10, 2017
* Cannot possess any angling equipment outside his residence until January 10, 2017.

The Oregon State Police works closely with the Oregon State Marine Board to ensure guides and outfitters follow all laws related to the commercialization of wildlife. All wildlife violations, including those of the outfitter and guide laws, can be reported to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.
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Three Injured In Highway 126 Crash Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo) - 04/05/16
On April 5, 2016 at about 5:21PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 126 near milepost 98 (east of Sisters and within the intersection of Holmes Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford Escort sedan was traveling southbound on Holmes Road when it failed to obey the traffic control device (stopsign) at the intersection with Highway 126. As the Ford attempted to cross Highway 126 to Fryrear Road, it was struck in the driver's side by a westbound 2015 Toyota 4runner.

The Ford spun around and crashed through a fence on the southwest corner of the intersection. After impacting the Ford, the Toyota spun out and was struck on its driver's side by a westbound 1997 Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep and Toyota came to rest in the eastbound lanes of Highway 126.

The driver of the Ford, Tyler J MYERS, age 22, of Corvallis, was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota, Jacquelyn A EKERN, age 49, of Redmond, was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Redmond for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep, Hayden JONES, age 20, of Sisters, was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for non-life threatening injuries

Highway 126 was closed for about an hour and a half before one lane was opened (alternating directions under traffic control was established). OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Cloverdale Fire Department, Sisters Fire Department,

More information will be released when it becomes available.
***Update - Names Released*** Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 on ramp at Baker City - Baker County - 04/04/16
The two deceased occupants of the Chevy Cobalt were identified as an un-named female child, age 3, from Portland, and Wayne A OWENS, age 35, from Portland. The seriously injured driver of the Chevy Cobalt was identified as Samantha P HARPER, age 22, from Portland.

The investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

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Previously released:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into this Monday morning's fatal crash on Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp, near Baker City (milepost 306).

Preliminary information indicates on April 4, 2016, at 5:34 a.m., a 2006 Chevy Cobalt was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled several times, ejecting a child passenger.

The child passenger and an adult passenger suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

One westbound lane of Interstate 84 was closed for approximately four hours following the crash.

OSP is being assisted by the Baker City Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Baker County Fire Department.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. Names and photos will be released once next of kin notifications are confirmed.

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Previously released:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of single vehicle, rollover crash, on Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp, near Baker City (milepost 306). There are two confirmed fatalities.

This is a preliminary release, more information to follow pending family notifications.

One lane is closed at this time. Please visit tripcheck.com for up-to-date road status.
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***Age Correction*** Two Men Charged With Poaching Two Bighorn Sheep - Gilliam County (Photo) - 04/04/16
Cody J PLAGMANN, is 37 years old and from Albany
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Previous Release:
On April 3, 2016 at about 9:45AM, OSP Troopers received a report of suspicious activity alongside Interstate 84 near milepost 119 (east of Biggs Junction). The reporting party stated it appeared a subject was gutting a big game animal and was concerned it was a bighorn sheep.

OSP Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and located a vehicle in the area occupied by a male later identified as Justin M SAMORA, age 32, of Layton, Utah.

While troopers were speaking with SAMORA, passing motorists stopped and advised there was a male hiding in the brush just west of their location. While troopers were searching for the male, they discovered two severed bighorn sheep heads.

More OSP troopers responded to assist with the search. The other male, identified as Cody J PLAGMANN, age 28, of Troutdale, was found hiding along railroad tracks two miles to the east of the scene around 4PM.

Investigation revealed PLAGMANN and SAMORA had worked together to shoot and remove the heads of the bighorn sheep. Both bighorn sheep were recovered but were not able to be salvaged. PLAGMANN was arrested and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles for:

Taking/Possession of Bighorn Sheep
Wasting of a Game Animal
Hunting on Another's Cultivated or Enclosed Land

SAMORA was arrested for Aiding in A Game Violation and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

"It's an outrage that someone would poach a bighorn sheep, when hunters can wait their whole life and still never get the opportunity to hunt this iconic species," said Jeremy Thompson, district wildlife biologist in The Dalles. " This herd is also a popular viewing attraction for people driving along I-84, and has been there since 1993."

Any persons who may have witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call The Dalles Area Command at 541-296-9646. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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***Correction*** Grants Pass Woman Dies Following Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 - Jackson County - 04/03/16
Wendy RICHARDSON passed away on April 2, 2016
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Previous Release:
On April 1, 2016 at about 10:18PM a two vehicle, serious injury crash occurred on Interstate 5 northbound, near milepost 37 (north of Medford).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Nissan van was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted out of it's lane and rear-ended a 1998 International cargo truck.

The driver of the van, Cornelius CREAN, age 46, of Grants Pass, was not injured. His female passenger, Wendy F RICHARDSON, age 38, of Grants Pass was critically injured and taken to Providence Medical Center in Medford. RICHARDSON died April 2 due to the injuries received from the crash.

The driver of the truck, Robert T MARTINEZ, age 42, and his passenger, Steven G DILLARD, age 24 (both of Fresno, CA) received minor injuries.

Distracted driving is being considered as a contributing factor. The northbound slow lane of I-5 was closed for about 2 hours during the incident. OSP was assisted at the scene by Fire District 3, Jackson County District Attorney's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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OSP Continuing Highway 39 Fatal Crash - Klamath County (Photo) - 04/03/16
On April 3, 2016, at approximately 2:28AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crashed into a tree on Highway 39 near milepost 5 (just south of Klamath Falls).

Upon emergency personnel arriving on-scene, they found a 2004 GMC Yukon fully engulfed in flames. After the flames were extinguished, emergency personnel discovered a deceased driver inside.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2004 GMC Yukon was traveling southbound on Highway 39 when it drifted off the northbound shoulder. The vehicle then traveled through the air before striking a large tree several feet up from the ground where it burst into flames.

The deceased driver was later identified as Anthony B HERNANDEZ, age 21, of Merrill.

Alcohol and speed are being considered as contributing factors. Highway 39 was partially closed for over 4 hours. OSP was assisted by Klamath County Fire District #1, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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***Update - Names Released*** Two Killed In Wrong Way Collision on Interstate 84 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 04/03/16
The driver of the 1999 Saturn was identified as Shane R WARE, age 48, of Hermiston. The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as Mary A PADILLA, age 47, of Homedale, Idaho. No further information will be released at this time,


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Previous Release:
On April 3, 2016, at about 1:30AM, a 1999 Saturn SL was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 outside of Pendleton. The wrong way driver forced a 1998 Saturn SL off the highway near milepost 217 on I-84 eastbound. The driver of the 1998 Saturn, Sherry Marie ANDERSON, age 24, of Rainier, Oregon was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non- life threatening injuries she sustained in the crash.

The 1999 Saturn continued westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck a 2001 Chevrolet Venture head-on near milepost 214. Both the driver of the 1999 Saturn and the driver of the Chevrolet were killed in the collision. A ten year old passenger in the Chevrolet was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Names of both deceased drivers are being withheld at this time pending notification to their families. It is unknown at this time if drug or alcohol impairment was a factor in the crashes.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Umatilla Tribal Fire and Ambulance, Pendleton Fire and Ambulance, Umatilla County Sheriff's Department, Pendleton Police Department, and the Umatilla Tribal Police Department.

While officers were investigating the fatal crash, a 1994 Ford Ranger drove through the closed scene. The Ford Ranger was stopped and the driver, Joshua HAYNIE, age 32, of Pendleton, Oregon was arrested by the Umatilla Tribal Police Department for DUII. He later provided a breath sample of .16% BAC.
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***Date Corection*** Fatal Crash on Highway 97 North of La Pine - Deschutes County (Photo) - 04/03/16
Date of Crash - April 2, 2016 1:45PM

On April 4, 2016 at about 1:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 161 (north of La Pine).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Chevrolet van was traveling southbound on Highway 97 when it crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The Chevrolet collided head-on with a northbound 1999 Freightliner towing a commercial box trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Nathan D MACKEY, age 26, of Bend, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the truck, Steven J WESTER, age 59, of Yakima, Washington was not injured.

Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

Highway 97 was closed for over three hours with an established detour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and La Pine Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released when it is available.

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Previous Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of a two vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 97 just north of LaPine (near milepost 161). There is one confirmed fatality.

The highway is closed in both directions with a detour in place. This is a preliminary release, more information to follow pending family notifications.

Expect extended delays and visit tripcheck.com for road status.

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