*** Media Photo *** Serious Injury Head-On Crash HWY 26 in Washington County (Photo)
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoons serious injury head-on crash on HWY 26 at milepost 40.
Preliminary information from troopers involved in the investigation indicates that shortly before 5:00 P.M., on Friday, February 27, a grey 2005 Honda CR-V, operated by LYNNE FIELD, 66, of Portland, was westbound on highway 26 near milepost 40 when it went onto the highway shoulder. The driver over-corrected from the shoulder and crossed the highway into the oncoming eastbound lane of travel; striking a blue, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic passenger car, head-on.
The driver of the CR-V, FIELD, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) with injuries described as critical. The driver of the Sonic, identified as RICHARD G. PAUL, 54, of Pearland Texas, and his passenger, MARY E. PAUL, 52, also of Pearland, were transported via ground ambulance to OHSU with reportedly serious injuries.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.
The road is blocked as the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes or expect delays. Check www.tripcheck.com
for road status updates. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
*** Photo's Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County (Photo)
Third Release - Photos now added. Media Only Release.
*** Update *** Photo's to be released later.
Pleasant Hill OR: Troopers from the Springfield Area Command of the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into this evenings two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 58 near milepost 5 in Lane County.
Preliminary information indicates that on February 26, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a white, 2003 Toyota pickup operated by 66-year old, GLEN D. PRATER, of Pleasant Hill, was traveling eastbound on highway 58 when for unknown reasons it drove into oncoming westbound traffic. PRATER'S vehicle collided head-on with a blue, 2011 Chevy Silverado , injuring its driver, 34-year-old, RYAN E. HARTMAN, and his wife, 32-year-old, JENNIFER L. HARTMAN and their 8 year old son; all residents of Malin, Oregon.
PRATER was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. The HARTMAN family was transported to Riverbend Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries..
Investigators are working to determine if a semi-truck may have also been involved in the incident which was reported to have lost a wheel however, that is still undetermined. The crash remains under investigation.
Preliminary information indicates all involved were wearing safety belts. Highway 58 was down to a single lane for approximately four hours.
OSP was assisted by Pleasant Hill Fire, Dexter Fire and ODOT.
Oregon State Police ( OSP ) are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County. Motorists traveling in the area are advised to use alternate routes or expect delays as early information indicates the road is blocked. More information will be released when it becomes available. For closure updates go to www.tripcheck.com.
*** Update *** Missing Inmate from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla Located/Arrested (Photo)
*** Update ***
At approximately 10:49 a.m. on February 26, Umatilla County Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting a sighting of Inmate Steven Fox near South 1st Street and East McKinney Ave just south of Hermiston. A Umatilla County Sheriff's Deputy responded and located Inmate Fox at approximately 11:00 a.m., near the reported location.
Inmate Fox was taken into custody without incident. After being taken into custody by UCSO he was transferred to the custody of the Oregon State Police and subsequently lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on an outstanding warrant issued as a result of his escape.
The Oregon State Police wishes to thank the public for remaining observant during the search for Inmate Fox and for the tip that ultimately led to his arrest.
Detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing their investigation and search for Inmate STEVEN LEE FOX, 49, who walked away from an inmate work crew at the Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman on February 25th. The whereabouts of Inmate FOX are unknown at this time and detectives are working with the Department of Corrections in attempts to locate him.
Members of OSP and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office patrolled the area Inmate Fox was last observed throughout the night but were unsuccessful in locating him and plan to continue patrolling the area throughout the day.
OSP and local law enforcement wish to remind people traveling in Western Umatilla and Eastern Morrow Counties to be observant and report any suspicious persons and are reminded to be cautious of picking up any hitchhikers in the area.
Anyone who sees or has seen Inmate FOX is asked to contact the Oregon State Police by calling 800-452-7888.
Original DOC Release:
Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office are responding.
Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.
Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He 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 similarly stenciled in orange.
Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.
Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
Lori Davis, 541-922-2008, Lori.A.Davis@doc.state.or.us
Betty Bernt, 503-551-1216, Betty.A.Bernt@doc.state.or.us
*** Update *** January 25th Shooting Investigation in La Pine Leads to Charges/Arrest
*** Update ***
On January 25, 2015, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to northern Klamath County to investigate a report of a drive by shooting. GARY T. DAVIS,31, of La Pine was identified as a suspect in the shooting and was subsequently involved in a brief stand-off with police in La Pine. (Previous release)
Detectives continuing the investigation identified and interviewed additional witnesses and gathered new evidence which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant in Klamath County for the charge of attempted murder for DAVIS.
On February 25, DAVIS turned himself in to troopers at the Oregon State Police office in Bend without incident. DAVIS was arrested and transported to Klamath County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant.
Any further releases will be coordinated through the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2015 11:31 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.
Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.
Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.
At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.
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Reckless Driver Pursuit in Eugene Ends When Driver Rams Other Vehicles - Lane County (Photo)
On Tuesday, February 24, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to assist the Lane County Sheriff's Office with a reported assault in the Pleasant Hill area shortly before 8:30 a.m. As troopers responded they began to receive reports of a vehicle associated with the assault being operated in a reckless and unsafe manner on highway 58. A short time later, troopers passed by the vehicle and attempted to stop it.
The involved vehicle, a white, 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by RYAN A. SPOONER, 22, of Pleasant Hill, fled from troopers and a short pursuit ensued. While troopers held back from the fleeing vehicle it struck two vehicles on I-5 disabling them. The Tacoma took the 30th Avenue exit in Eugene and as troopers attempted to stop the Tacoma intentionally rammed a passenger vehicle and a large box van which caused it to become disabled in the roadway. The driver was taken into custody without further incident and was lodged at the Lane County Jail on multiple charges including:
Attempt to Elude Police - Felony
Felony Hit and Run by a vehicle
Recklessly Endangering another Person
One of the drivers of a vehicle hit on I-5 was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, otherwise no other injuries were reported. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Goshen Fire Department.
* Clarification * OSP Investigation into Klamath County Man Who Took Archaeological Artifacts (Photo)
* Clarification * The initial release Headline indicated Cotallese was arrested while the body stated it was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. The Headline was incorrect and he has not been arrested at this point.
On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Klamath Falls, concluded a seven-month-long investigation into the unlawful take, possession, and sale of archaeological artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTALLESE, age 46, of Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary items and items of cultural patrimony. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia items.
According to Sergeant Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Office an extended drought in the region has exposed many archaeological areas normally concealed by water. Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. This case is being forwarded to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Oregon State Police and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our state. To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.
Sergeant Randall Hand can be contacted at (541) 851-4911.
*** Name Released *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 26 at MP 44.5 (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal traffic crash on highway 26 near milepost 44.5 in Washington County.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 9:30 a.m., a silver 2010 Toyota Camry was eastbound on highway 26 when for an undetermined reason it veered off the roadway and into a tree. The driver and front right passenger were transported via air ambulance to OHSU with serious injuries. The right rear passenger, identified as TERRY L. HIDY, 56, of Seaside, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Both lanes of travel were blocked during while the air ambulance landed. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has arrived at the site and reopened one lane of traffic with flaggers.
OSP is being assisted by ODOT, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Banks and Forest Grove Fire Departments. For updates go to www.tripcheck.com
*** Update *** Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Westfir - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on West Oak Road in the city of Westfir near Oakridge.
Preliminary investigations indicates that at approximately 7:55 a.m., a grey Honda Accord, operated by JERRY L. LOSSING, 66, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel. The Accord collided head-on with a silver, 2008 Toyota Rav-4, operated by KATHLEEN S. CAMERER, 68, of Oakridge, which was westbound. LOSSING was pronounced deceased by medics shortly thereafter. CAMERER was transported via ground ambulance to a Eugene area hospital with injury. Preliminary information indicates LOSSING was not using his safety belt.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.
This February, OSP is participating in ODOT's 'Click it or Ticket' campaign along with sheriffs and local police to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from FEBRUARY 9, to FEBRUARY 22, and reminds all drivers to take the time to buckle up.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oakridge Police Department, Westfir Volunteer Fire Department and Oakridge Fire Department.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two vehicle head-on fatal crash on West Oak Road (Westfir - Oakridge Road) just east of Westfir in Lane County. Additional details will be released when they become available.
Newport Area Troopers Complete Investigation into Unlicensed Guide/Outfitter
Troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division assigned to the Newport Area Command investigated a complaint of unlawful guiding/outfitting in the Alsea Valley area.
In February of 2014, troopers initiated an investigation into allegations that CHRIS COTTER, 30, of Tidewater OR, had been performing unlicensed guide/outfitter services under the business name 'Alsea Valley Outfitters'. Investigation revealed COTTER provided guide/outfitting services in May of 2014 on a spring bear hunt, without the proper licensure. Shortly thereafter, COTTER was cited and released for Guiding Without a License.
On January 20, 2015, COTTER pled guilty to One (1) count of Guiding Without a License. He was sentenced to 40 hours of Community Service, 24 months of bench probation, No hunting/fishing for probation term (24 months),may not act as a guide or outfitter during probation term (24 months), may not possess firearms or dangerous weapons, and was assessed a $250 fine with $700 restitution to Oregon State Police for costs.
Oregon State Police troopers in the Fish & Wildlife division investigate violations of Oregon's Guide and Outfitter laws with a focus on offenders who engage in the unlawful commercialization of fish and wildlife resources. The Fish & Wildlife Division works with the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx
No photographs are available for this release.
*** Update *** Lake County Sheriff's Office Coordinating Search for Missing 44-Year Old Man Near Lakeview (Photo)
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing the search for a missing Klamath County man who was last seen on Friday, February 13, near Quartz Mountain Snow Park.
SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, was traveling with his two Yellow Labrador dogs in the area where his burned RV was located on Forest Service Road 3660 about 30 miles west of Lakeview. Yesterday, one of the dogs (Bella) was located about 1.5 miles north of where the RV was located, near the Gearhart Wilderness area.
OSP and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone who may be in the area or was in the area and may have seen GIESEA or his dogs are asked to contact the Lake County Dispatch Center at 541-947-2504.
Photo of GIESEA and his two dogs (Bella and Angel) attached.
Oregon State Police and Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating SPENCER KLING GIESEA, age 44, of Klamath County.
GIESEA was last seen Friday, February 13, 2015, in western Lake County north of the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. This area is approximately 30 miles west of the city of Lakeview. GIESEA's motor home became stuck on Forest Service Road 3660, north of Highway 140.
GIESEA's motor home was found in the same location on Saturday, February 14, 2015; however, the motor home was completely burned. GIESEA and his two dogs (yellow labs) were not around the motor home.
Lake County Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search for GIESEA. Since that time, additional resources have been brought in to assist in the search for GIESEA from Klamath County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Siskiyou County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Civil Air Patrol and the Army Guard.
One of GIESEA's yellow labs has been located in the area; however, GIESEA and his other yellow lab are still missing.
GIESEA is 5'9" tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and snow pants. He was also wearing prescription glasses.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of GIESEA is encouraged to call Lake County dispatch at 541-947-2504.
Salem Man Arrested Following Elude in Marion County Near Keizer - 02/17/15
The Oregon State Police recovered a stolen Honda Accord in short pursuit that resulted in a crash and foot pursuit on Interstate 5 near milepost 260 northbound. Driver is in custody and Troopers believe that a female passenger fled on foot.
No reported injuries or property damage. Preliminary information reveals that Oregon State Police attempted to stop a 1994 blue Honda Accord driven by MAURICIO GOMEZ CASTANEDA, 28, from Salem, for speeding on Portland Road in Salem. GOMEZ attempted to elude and entered Interstate 5 northbound and lost control resulting in him crashing into the center divider. He then attempting to flee on foot and shortly after taken into custody by Troopers. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of the Keizer area.
GOMEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Driving While Suspended - Violation
*** Name Released*** Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - State Route 216 Near Warm Springs (Photo)
Crash Photo 2
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at State Route 216 milepost 17 near Warm Springs.
On February 15, 2015 at approximately 11:45 a.m., a motorcycle, operated by ARTHUR BRANDON KEM 45 from Gresham, was traveling eastbound on State Route 216 near Warm Springs when a saddle bag slid off and got caught in the rear wheel of the motorcycle causing KEM to lose control and crash.
The KEM was transported by life flight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with severe head injuries and initial information indicates he is in critical condition. KEM was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Juniper Flat Rural Fire Department, South Wasco County Ambulance Service, and ODOT. Trooper Matthew Zistel is the lead investigator.
One lane was opened to traffic at approximately 2:42 p.m., and the other lane was opened one hour later.
Photograph - Oregon State Police
Update: Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 214 MP 49 North of Silverton (Photo)
Crash Photo 2
A driver was cited Saturday following an investigation into a minor injury two vehicle crash on Highway 214 north of Silverton.
According to Trooper Michael Lopez, on February 14, 2015 at approximately 1:11 p.m., a red Honda Civic was traveling southbound when it was struck from the side by a silver Nissan Pathfinder entering traffic from Hobart road. The silver Pathfinder was traveling westbound on Hobart road when it came to the stop at highway 214. The driver of the Pathfinder states that he came to a complete stop, looked both ways and proceeded to enter traffic when he struck the red Honda Civic as it passed through the intersection.
Both occupants received minor injuries. Subsequent to the investigation, driver of the silver pathfinder was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.
The highway was partially blocked over one and a half hours with one lane of travel available for traffic.
Photographs - Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responders are on scene of a injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 214 at milepost 49 north of Silverton. The crash temporarily blocked the southbound lane and the northbound lane is reported open at this time.
Traffic updates can be checked on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.
No photographs available at this time.
*** UPDATE *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 SB at MP 80 - Douglas County (Photo)
Crash Photo 2
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 5 at milepost 80 interchange near Glendale. The crash resulted in the death of a Turner, Oregon man.
On February 13, 2015 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a 1992 Chevy pickup driven by WEBSTER WARREN WHITE, age 51, from Turner, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 80 when his vehicle left the freeway and rolled, ending up resting in the middle of southbound lanes.
WHITE was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders and no information was available on whether safety restraints were used. The crash occurred near the Josephine County line approximately one mile into Douglas County.
According to a witness, the pickup was traveling at fast rate of speed just prior to the crash.
OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation and were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Glendale Fire Department, and Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Partial lanes were closed during the investigation for two and half hours.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 80 in Josephine County. The crash is blocking the southbound slow lane of I-5 and the on-ramp to I-5 from exit 80. Travelers are asked to use caution when approaching the area. For updates to traffic delays visit www.tripcheck.com.
OSP Troopers in Florence arrest two Eagle Point Area robbery suspects who wore underwear disguises (Photo)
An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received an anonymous tip that one of two suspects involved in a September 19, 2014, robbery of an AM/PM Mini-Mart in Eagle Point was in the Florence area. Earlier this week the trooper was able to determine the name and location of one of the suspects, identified as GAGE S. MILLER, 21 of Florence, who was already in custody on other unrelated charges in the Florence Police Department Jail. During the interview of the suspect additional information was developed which led investigators to determine the identity and location of the second suspect.
The second suspect, identified as TIMOTHY D. RAYBOULD, 22, of Florence, was located and stopped leaving a Florence area residence on February 6. Both RAYBOULD and MILLER were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail pending charges for Robbery in the first degree and Robbery in the second degree. Preliminary information indicates the 'hoods' worn by the robbers were actually camouflage boxer-brief style underwear.
OSP was assisted in the investigation by the Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Florence Police Department.
*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.
A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL
Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com.
The website helps interested applicants:
* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing
To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:
* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015
Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.
Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com
website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.
The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.
Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
First Responders to Crash Locate Suspicious Devices in Involved Vehicle on HWY 97 in Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a head-on crash on highway 97 near milepost 123, in Redmond.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 11, a silver Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by TROY J. SCHAFFNER, 23, of Redmond, was northbound on highway 97 when for undetermined reasons it crossed the center median and into the right-hand lane of southbound traffic. The Dodge collided head-on with a 2002 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer, driven by GABRIEL PEREZ, 44, of Imperial CA. SCHAFFNER was transported via ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and PEREZ was not injured. Both drivers were using safety restraints and the airbags in the Dodge deployed.
First responders to the scene discovered suspicious items in the Dodge similar to improvised explosive devices. OSP Bomb Technicians were called in to collect the devices and secure the scene. Traffic was delayed for about 2.5 hours during the event. The highway was closed for 5-10 minutes while technicians secured the devices in a trailer designed to contain explosives.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and follow-up on the suspicious devices also. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Fish and Wildlife Troopers in La Pine Make Arrests in Mule Deer Poaching Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Troopers in Deschutes and Klamath Counties arrest La Pine man and others relating to Mule Deer Poaching.
In Mid-December 2014, Senior Troopers Hayes and Bean received information that GENE A. PARSONS, 37, of La Pine, had been involved in the illegal killing of a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks during the fall of 2014. Sr. Troopers Hayes and Bean initiated an investigation, gathering information and evidence over the next several weeks.
On January 17, 2015, a search warrant was executed at PARSONS' home in La Pine. During the service of the warrant, numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms, and controlled substances were seized. PARSONS was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Take/Possession of Mule Deer with additional charges pending.
Additional information developed during the search warrant led troopers to identify another suspect, LANCE COURNOYER, 44, of Grants Pass. Further investigation into COURNOYERS' conduct resulted in charges for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Take of Mule Deer, and waste of Game Mammal.
PARSONS' parents, OLIVER PARSONS, 64, and SUZAN PARSONS, 58, of La Pine, were found in possession of 6 sets of large mule deer antlers and deer meat and were cited and released for the crimes of Aiding in a Game Violation, Illegal Possession of Mule Deer, and Tampering with Evidence. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper James Hayes at 541-419-1653.
The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx
SCAM Calls - How to Safeguard Yourself
Recently, the Oregon State Police has taken reports from people who have been scammed out of money by people posing as law enforcement officers on the telephone.
Scammers have called and claimed to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment. Callers may instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers. Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency.
The Oregon State Police reminds you to be aware that:
* The Oregon State Police or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.
* The Oregon State Police does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.
* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.
Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:
* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.
The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:
* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.
* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hot-line at 1-888-564-2828.
* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.
If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an on-line Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx
Re-published by permission from and in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau www.portlandoregon.gov/police/
Fatal Head-On Crash on HWY 22W near MP 6.5 in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoon's head-on crash on highway 22W at milepost 6.5 - near Red Prairie Road in Polk County.
Preliminary information indicates shortly before 4:30 p.m., a green, 1995 Plymouth Neon, was westbound on highway 22W near Red Prairie Road overtaking another vehicle in the oncoming lane. The Neon collided head-on with an eastbound, Gray, 2004 Chevrolet Venture. The driver of the Neon, identified as Mr. JOSHUA DEEDS, 19, of Otis, was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Venture, identified as Ms. ORSENE L. DAVIS, 73, of Salem, was transported via air ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger in the Venture, identified as Mr. CARROL L. DAVIS, 70, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time. OSP is working with the Polk County District Attorney's office and any further release of information will be coordinated with the District Attorney. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Polk County Fire District No.1, Dallas Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
*** Update *** Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - HWY 240 at MP 6 in Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle fatality crash on SR 240 near milepost 6 in Coos Bay.
On February 8, 2015, at 10:39 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 240 near milepost 6. A 2002 Nissan Xterra, operated by DAVID CONN II, age 46, from Coos Bay, was northbound on Highway 240 near milepost 6 and for unknown reasons went off the roadway onto the northbound shoulder. Once on the shoulder the Nissan collided with a dirt bank and rolled at least one time coming to rest on its side.
Emergency responders extricated CONN from his vehicle and transported him to Bay Area Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash.
CONN was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash and was the only occupant in the vehicle.
Highway 240 was closed for about thirty (30) minutes and was opened to one lane for several hours while investigators completed the investigation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coquille Tribal Police, Charleston Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Coos County Medical Examiner and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash with a fatality on highway 240 at Tarheel Road in Coos County. Additional information will be added once it is available.
OSP Assisting the Lane County Sheriff's Office with Inmate Death at the Jail
Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating the unexpected death of an inmate in the Lane County Jail at the request of the Lane County Sheriff's Office.
Preliminary information indicates that on Friday, February 06, at approximately 12:11 p.m., Deputies and medical personnel at the Lane County Jail were performing routine duties when they checked the cell of 46 year-old, TROY L. BAILEY, of Eugene, in the intake/housing area.
Deputies discovered BAILEY, who was alone and secured in his own cell, unconscious and not breathing. Deputies and medical staff immediately initiated CPR and continued for approximately 30 minutes until BAILEY was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:44 p.m. Initial investigation suggest BAILEY died of an apparent suicide.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office has requested the Oregon State Police lead the investigation into this incident and will take any media inquiries also. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time. No photos are available for release at this time.
Extra Patrols During DUII Saturation in Eugene/Springfield -- KLCC Microbrew Festival
The Oregon State Police (OSP), in partnership with the Eugene Police Department (EPD) and Springfield Police Department (SPD), have organized DUII saturation efforts around the KLCC Microbrew Festival, February 6th and 7th at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
Additional troopers and officers will be assigned to the high visibility enforcement (HVE) event each night, targeting drug and alcohol-impaired drivers. Funding for these coordinated efforts are provided by grants through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This HVE effort is undertaken in conjunction with ODOT Transportation Safety Division's message, "Drive Sober - The Way to Go," and NHTSA's safety message, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Across the United States, more than 10,000 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2012. Here in Oregon in 2013, over 40% of all fatal crashes involved a driver who had been drinking.
Attendees are encouraged to designate a driver or use alternative transportation. KLCC and the Lane Transit District (LTD) are offering free bus passes for those attending the festival. Visit KLCC's website for more information. www.klcc.org
Point of contact: Sergeant Evan Sether - Oregon State Police (503) 375-3555