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Two Killed In Highway 213 Crash North Of Silverton- Clackamas County (Photo) - 07/28/16

On July 28, 2016 at about 4:15PM OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a two vehicle, head-on collision on Highway 213 near milepost 22 (near Scotts Mill).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Toyota Sienna van was traveling southbound when it drifted off the roadway, lost control and came back onto the highway. The Toyota crossed the centerline at an angle where it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 1999 Acura sedan.

The driver of the Toyota and his front passenger, both adult males, were pronounced deceased on scene. An adult female and a two year old (passengers in the Toyota) were taken to Oregon Health and Sciences (OHSU) for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Acura was also taken to OHSU for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 213 was closed for approximately four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Silverton Fire, Monitor Fire, Molalla Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Police Actively Searching For Armed Suspect South Of Salem - Marion County - 07/28/16

On July 28, 2016 at about 7:15PM, an OSP Trooper spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of Interstate 5 and Delaney Road SE. Prior to backup units arriving in the area, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot. An adult male passenger was detained and stated the driver was armed with a handgun.

Witnesses observed the male running south along Interstate 5. Additional troopers, Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to assist. A perimeter was established and a search of the area began. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black tank top with the number "7" on the back.

A police canine track led to a vacant residence at 8232 Squirrel Hill Road. Police discovered a door on the residence had been recently kicked in. Efforts were made to contact any occupants inside the residence without success.

The OSP SWAT Team has been activated and will respond to clear the residence. The public is asked to avoid this area on Squirrel Hill Road. More information will be released when it becomes available.

OSP Investigating Fatal Crash Near Cave Junction - Josephine County - 07/28/16

On July 27, 2016 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 199 near milepost 30 (near Cave Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Ford Ranger drifted out of its lane of travel and off the roadway where it struck a tree. The driver, William A ROBERTS, age 39, of Cave Junction was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Condon Teenager Loses Life In Crash On Highway 206 - Gilliam Co. (Photo) - 07/28/16

On July 27, 2016 at about 4:30 PM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 206 MP 44 (east of Condon).

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice was traveling eastbound when it collided with a 1995 International truck towing a grain trailer.

The driver, a seventeen year old female from Condon, was extricated from her vehicle and taken by air ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where she died from her injuries. The truck driver, Benjamin a MCELLIGOTT, age 35, of Ione, Oregon was not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County EMS, Fire & Rescue, Sherman County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation into the crash is still being conducted. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Community members who need mental health assistance or counseling services in regards to the loss of this local teenager are asked to contact Community Counseling Services at 541-384-2666.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Identifying Additional Victims Of Sex Abuse (Photo) - 07/26/16

The Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into sex abuse allegations against a Grants Pass man, Michael "Bo" FRAMPTON. OSP Detectives arrested FRAMPTON, age 39, on July 1, 2016 in the Grants Pass area for the following charges:

Sex Abuse I (5 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)
Attempted Rape I

The victim, a nine year old female, was known to FRAMPTON.

Since the original release last week of his arrest, 9 other victims of abuse have been identified. It is believed FRAMPTON has abused multiple victims over the past 20 years. He has lived in Grants Pass, Gold Beach, Port Orchard, Washington and an unknown location in Arizona. FRAMPTON has worked as a used car salesman and odd jobs.

OSP is seeking to identify any additional victims of abuse by FRAMPTON as it is possible there are others that have not yet come forward. The victims known to OSP at this time were females between the ages of 9 and 15.

Any persons with information are asked to call Detective Brendan Quirke at 541-618-7952. No further information will be released at this time.

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***Update - Subject Arrested*** Interstate 205 NB Near Johnson Creek Closed For Criminal Investigation - Clackamas Co. (Photo) - 07/25/16

On July 24, 2016 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a driving complaint on Interstate 205 northbound near Johnson Creek Blvd. Additional 911 callers reported a male fell out of a silver Dodge Neon. These callers stated this male had his hands bound behind his back and a bag over his head.

Preliminary investigation has revealed after the male fell out of the vehicle (at an unknown speed) it came to a stop. Two males exited the vehicle and approached the bound male, but as witnesses stopped at the scene they returned to their vehicle. It was reported one witness attempted to flatten a tire on the Dodge prior to the males fleeing the area.

The male who had fallen out of the vehicle was identified as John R MCPHAIL, age 57, of Camas, Washington. He received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Oregon Health and Sciences University where he was treated and released. MCPHAIL initially told investigators he had been kidnapped which had originated in Camas, Washington. Multiple police agencies began investigating the incident in fear there may be other victims.

Further conversations with MCPHAIL caused investigators to become suspicious due to gross inconsistencies. MCPHAIL was arrested for Initiating a False Report and Conspiracy to Commit Theft I. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance in locating the other two males, Justin M GIBSON, age, 36 and Joseph L GIBSON, age 33 (both of Camas, Washington) as they are considered witnesses to this incident. They were last seen driving a 2000 Silver Plymouth Neon with a Washington plate of AYW4837. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-375-3555.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

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On July 24, 2016 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a driving complaint on Interstate 205 northbound near Johnson Creek Blvd. It was reported a vehicle was chasing another on Interstate 205 when a person fell out of one of the vehicles. That person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

I-205 northbound is currently closed at Johnson Creek with a detour in place to allow the investigation to be conducted.

The vehicle the person fell from was identified by witnesses as a Silver Dodge Neon with a possible Oregon license plate similar to "W2YA". Witnesses stated it may have a flat tire. Both occupants of the vehicle were white males and wearing dark clothing.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if they witnessed the incident or can identify the vehicle/persons involved. Any persons with information are asked to call OSP at 503-375-3555.
More information will be released as it becomes available.

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OSP Seeking Witnesses To Road Rage Incident Near Scappoose (Photo) - 07/24/16

On July 23, 2016 at about 5:17 PM a vehicle versus motorcycle crash occurred on Highway 30 near MP 14 (northwest of Portland near Cornelius Pass Road) stemming from a road rage incident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a road rage incident occurred between two passenger vehicles and at least two motorcyclists as they traveled northbound on Highway 30. These four vehicles were reportedly driving reckless swerving at each other as they were traveling on Highway 30.

During this ongoing incident, a 2008 Pontiac sedan swerved out of its lane back and then back into the lane striking a 2012 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle crashed on the highway, sending the driver and passenger tumbling down the highway The motorcyclist, Kelly R SNYDER, age 41, of Portland, and his passenger were taken by ground ambulance to Oregon Health and Sciences University for non-life threatening injuries.

The Camaro and Pontiac accelerated rapidly away from the crash scene, continuing northbound on Highway 30. Witnesses report both vehicles were driving recklessly as they were being chased by at least one of the motorcyclist. Both vehicles were eventually stopped by Scappoose Police at SW EM Watts Road and Highway 30.

The driver of Camaro, Brandon L GOODSON, age 34, of Portland, was arrested for Reckless Driving and cited for Driving While Suspended Violation and Driving Uninsured. The driver of the Pontiac, Justin M WILLARD, age 28, of Portland, was arrested for Assault III x2, Hit & Run Injury, Reckless Driving x 2, Reckless Endangering x 4 and Restraining Order Violation. WILLARD was also cited for Driving While Suspended Violation and Driving Uninsured.

The Oregon State Police needs assistance in identifying the rider of a red sport style motorcycle as they are a witness and potential victim. Any other witnesses that could also help in the investigation are asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-397-3131.

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Death Investigation - Highway 101 Near North Bend in Coos County - 07/21/16

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Coos County Medical Examiner and the Coos County Sheriff's Office, is completing an investigation into the death of a Nevada man. He was found deceased Wednesday near his vehicle, at the ODOT wayside along Highway 101, at milepost 230. The initial investigation indicates that the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On July 20, 2016, at approximately 6:24 p.m., an OSP Trooper stopped to check a 2015 Jeep Patriot parked at the a wayside between Lakeside and North Bend along Highway 101, at milepost 230. The Trooper reported discovering a deceased adult male sitting in a folding chair adjacent to his vehicle.

The deceased was identified as Mason Larue GEBE, age 75, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Coos County Public Health and the Coos County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-links.htm

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Driver of Crash - Clackamas County (Photo) - 07/21/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the driver of a single vehicle roll over crash that occurred on Monday, July 18, 2016 at approximately 7:44 PM.

OSP's Northern Command Center was advised of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 212 and Highway 26. Investigation discovered that a white, Ford Escape SUV with Oregon license plate 638 DYB crashed and rolled over after exiting Highway 26, westbound to Highway 212. The vehicle crashed on the off ramp and came to rest on its side. This same vehicle was called in as reckless driving complaint on Highway 26 near milepost 41 at approximately 7:21 PM earlier in the evening of July 18th.

OSP is asking for anyone who witnessed this crash, stopped immediately after the crash or witnessed and/or assisted the occupants in getting out of the vehicle to please contact OSP. Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Scott McLeod at 503-731-3020 (ext. 240) or Sgt. Chris Allori at 503-708-6461.

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Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 224 - Clackamas County (Photo) - 07/18/16

On July 16, 2016 at approximately 8:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 224 near milepost 34 (just east of Estacada).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on Highway 224, when it veered off the roadway, over-corrected and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Chrysler struck an eastbound 2008 Dodge Charger head-on.

The driver and sole occupant of the Chrysler, Joshua R. RICHARDS, age 34, of Portland, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Dodge, Keith C. PIERCE, age 35, of Mulino, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for serious injuries. Two adult passengers, Alex J. DAUL, age 34, of Portland, and Mandy L. ALTON, age 34, of Oregon City, were transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A fourth occupant, an eleven year-old male passenger in the Dodge, was found unresponsive and an OSP Trooper arrived and began CPR. He was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for serious injuries.

The fifth occupant of the Dodge, an eight year-old male passenger, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The highway was closed for about four hours while investigators completed a reconstruction of the crash scene. ODOT established detours in the area during the closure.

Alcohol consumption is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by Estacada Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Multi-Agency Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Assault and Robbery Case - Sauvie Island - 07/18/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating an assault and robbery that reportedly occurred on July 13th, 2016, sometime between 7:00 PM and midnight at Walton Beach on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The victim was reportedly held down by two individuals and pepper sprayed while they stole items from a backpack. The suspected assailants are described as follows:

Suspect #1:
* White
* Male
* Adult
* In his 20's
* Thin
* Shaved head
* A single cross tattoo under each eye
* A large face tattoo, red in color starting at the left brow and running along the left side of his face.
* Possible additional tattoos on arms.

Suspect #2:
* White
* Male
* Adult
* In his 20's
* Approximately 5'11" tall
* Husky
* Dark hair

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Joe Dezso at 503-410-1503 or the OSP Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888. This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Boyd Loop Road south of The Dalles - Wasco County (Photo) - 07/18/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday night's single vehicle fatal crash along Boyd Loop Road, about 13 miles south of The Dalles, that resulted in the death of two occupants and injuries to three other occupants.

On July 17, 2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 1994 Chevy 1500 pickup driven by Tamara J. KUCHER, age 40, from Dufur, was traveling east on Boyd Loop Road near Highway 197, when for unknown reasons the driver lost control, traveled off the roadway into a ditch and rolled several times.

The driver, KUCHER, and pickup bed passenger, Hunter W. SPEARS, age 21, from Dufur, were ejected and both succumbed to their injuries at the scene.

The right front passenger, Marshall A. JOHNSON, age 32, from Dufur, was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles by ground ambulance with serious injuries. He was later taken by Life Flight to a Portland area hospital for treatment.

Two rear seat passengers, 17 year-old female juvenile and 16 year-old male juvenile, both from Dufur, were transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment of minor injuries.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Vadim Bogdanov is the lead investigator.

Alcohol, speed, lane safety and occupant safety are being investigated as possible contributing factors.

OSP was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Dufur Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the Mid-Columbia Fire Department.

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Fatal Crash Highway 211 -- Clackamas County - 07/16/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 211 in Clackamas County.

On July 14, 2016, at about 4:15 p.m., OSP troopers and EMS responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 211 near MP 22. Preliminary investigation indicates, that a 1961 Ford pickup, operated by Jacob DONDERO, age 33, from Caldwell ID, was northbound when it left the highway at a high rate of speed. The pickup rolled, coming to an uncontrolled rest in the brush approximately 20 feet off the roadway. The passenger in the vehicle, Anthony SCALLON, age 39, from Garland, TX, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Dondero was transported to OHSU for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. Troopers determined that neither occupant was wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

The highway was closed for nearly five (5) hours while troopers and members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT team investigated the crash scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT team, ODOT and local EMS.

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Grants Pass Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation-Josephine County (Photo) - 07/15/16

On June 30th, 2016, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Central Point Criminal Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a 9 year old female child. On July 15th, 2016, the suspect, Michael Frampton, age 39 from Grants Pass, was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges.

Sex Abuse I (5 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)
Attempted Rape I

The female victim was known to Mr. Frampton.

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Three Portland Men Arrested For Charges Related to Shooting in Columbia River Gorge- Hood River County * Update* (Photo) - 07/15/16

Three Portland men were arrested on Wednesday July 13, 2016 on charges in relation to a shooting that happened on the night of Tuesday July 12, 2016 on Herman Creek Road near I-84 in Hood River County.

The three men, AUSTIN GREGORY STEED age 20, CHANCE COREY PINKARD age 19 and DESHONE JAHEEL BROOKS age 21, all residents from Portland, Oregon were all lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault 1st degree and Robbery 1st Degree.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the three men drove to Herman Creek Road, which is near I-84 approximately 4 miles east of Cascade Locks on the night of Tuesday July 12, 2016. While at that location, the three met with CHARLES KANE JR., age 23 and CODY DALE RAU age 21, both from Portland, Oregon. KANE JR. and RAU had drove to the Herman Creek meeting site in separate vehicles. While at the Herman Creek location, KANE JR. was shot in the left arm.
KANE JR. and RAU left the scene in their vehicles and stopped along I-84 near the Wyeth interchange. From there, KANE JR. was transported to the Gresham area by RAU. KANE JR. and RAU were contacted by police in the Gresham area. KANE JR. was transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

STEED, PICKARD and BROOKS were located in the area of the shooting by troopers from the Oregon State Police The Dalles Area Command and deputies from the Hood River Sheriff's Office.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing at this time. The Oregon State Police was assisted by deputies and detectives from the Hood River Sheriff's Office and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office as well as the Hood River District Attorney. No further information will be released pending authorization from the Hood River District Attorney.

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Shooting Investigation - Hood River County - 07/13/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a shooting that occurred along I-84 on Herman Creek Road, in Hood River County.

On July 12, 2016 at approximately 11:30pm, The Skamania County Washington 911 center received a report that a subject had been shot along I-84 west of Hood River. The emergency call was passed onto Hood River 911 center. Officers were able to locate the injured subject and arrange for transport to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers from OSP, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River Sheriff's Office are in the process of conducting an investigation into the shooting. While the investigation is continuing, information gathered indicates that there is no threat to the general public in relation to this incident.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

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Double Fatal Crash Highway 47 -- Washington County *Update names released* (Photo) - 07/14/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's double fatal crash on Highway 47 in Washington County.

On July 13, 2016 at about 3:23 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 47 near milepost 69. Once on scene, troopers observed two Ford F-150 pickups that were fully engulfed in fire and had been involved in a near head-on crash. The collision occurred when a northbound white and red 1995 Ford F150 being operated by Kelly D. FULTZ, age 39, from Hillsboro, crossed over the centerline on a curved section of the highway and struck an oncoming southbound black 2014 Ford F150 being operated by Tim V. MARSHALL, age 58, from Beaverton. Following the impact the southbound F150, operated by Marshall, rotated away from the area of impact and came to a final uncontrolled rest approximately 20 feet down an embankment and on its passenger side. The northbound F150, operated by Fultz, came to final uncontrolled rest within the southbound travel lane. As a result of the damage sustained in the collision both vehicles suffered extensive fire damage.

Both Fultz and Marshall were declared deceased at the scene. Speed and distracted driving are being investigated as possible contributing factors.

The highway was closed for about five (5) hours while investigators completed a reconstruction of the crash scene. ODOT established detours in the area during the closure.

OSP was assisted on scene by Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District, Banks Fire Rescue, Vernonia Police Department, the Washington County Medical Examiner and ODOT.

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Double Fatal Crash Highway 47 -- Washington County - 07/13/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's double fatal crash on Highway 47 in Washington County.

Preliminary information indicates that on July 13, 2016 at about 3:23 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 47 near milepost 69. Once on scene, troopers observed two Ford F-150 pickups that were fully engulfed in fire and had been involved in a near head-on crash. One of the pickups came to an uncontrolled rest in the southbound lane and the other came to an uncontrolled rest on the southbound shoulder. Both drivers were determined to have sustained fatal injuries from the crash. There were no passengers in either pickup.

It is possible that some bystanders stopped at the crash and left prior to the arrival of emergency responders and troopers. It is requested that any possible witnesses or bystanders that stopped at the crash scene before emergency responders arrived contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 503-375-3555. Trooper Billy Bush from Saint Helens Worksite is the lead investigator for the crash.

Highway 47 is currently closed near the crash scene and ODOT has a detour set up. Check TripCheck.com for detour routes and closure updates.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.

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Brookings Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation-Josephine County (Photo) - 07/14/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Brookings man in connection with a Sex Abuse Investigation that occurred in Josephine County.

On June 5th, 2016, at approximately 11:40 PM, a female called 911 to report she was asleep when she was woken up to a man sexually assaulting her. The suspect identified himself as Jack Laughlin and left the area in a vehicle. The location of occurrence was in the area of Boundary Lane within Josephine County.

The incident was reported at the time of occurrence and the initial report was taken by Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command. The Central Point Criminal Division was asked to assume the investigation and the subsequent investigation positively identified the suspect as Jack S. LAUGHLIN, age 65, from Brookings.

On July 13th, 2016, Jack S. Laughlin was contacted at a residence in Brookings, Oregon. Laughlin was interviewed and then arrested on the following charges:

Unlawful Sexual Penetration
Sexual Abuse (First Degree)

Mr. Laughlin was transported and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

No further information for release.

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***Update*** Josephine County Man Convicted and Sentenced in connection to shooting investigation from March 2015- Josephine County. - 07/14/16

On March 24, 2015, the Oregon State Police Central Point Criminal Division investigated a shooting which had occurred on Riverbanks Road in Josephine County. The victim was taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital after being shot one time in the back. The subsequent investigation revealed that the incident occurred after the suspect chased the victim down in his vehicle and shot the victim who was in a separate vehicle. On March 26, 2015, Stephen Murphy, was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

The victim, Peter Harrod was seriously injured from the shooting however, recovered from his injuries. Harrod later died unrelated to the injuries sustained from the shooting.

On July 12, 2016, Stephen Murphy appeared in the Josephine County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to Assault 3 with a firearm enhancement. Murphy was given the maximum sentence of 60 months in prison.

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News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: March 26th, 2015 8:57 PM

OSP DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECT RELATED TO MARCH 24TH SHOOTING INCIDENT

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 5:45 PM, Stephen Bryce MURPHY was taken into custody and subsequently lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

There will be no further release of information related to this case at this time. All further media requests should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

Previous Release:

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of Stephen Bryce Murphy (age 21 from Grants Pass), to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-474-3174. Murphy should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see Stephen Bryce MURPHY, immediately contact the Oregon State Police or dial 911.

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at approximately 7:13 PM, Oregon State Police Grants Pass patrol troopers and Oregon State Police Major Crimes detectives from Central Point responded to the report of a shooting incident which occurred in the area of milepost 21 on Riverbanks Road just outside of Grants Pass.

Initial information obtained by investigators indicates that Peter A. Harrod, age 23, from Eagle Point, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on Riverbanks Road, also known as State Route 260, when he was shot by a subject later identified as Stephen Bryce MURPHY, age 21 from Grants Pass.

HARROD was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he underwent surgery for injuries sustained from the incident. HARROD is currently listed in serious but stable condition. MURPHY fled the scene after the incident and is still outstanding as of this release.

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 6:20 AM, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT team, served a search warrant at the residence of 3923 Riverbanks Road as part of a continuing investigation into this incident. Riverbanks Road was temporarily closed during the initial execution of the warrant as a precaution to the public and reopened to intermittent traffic until OSP personnel completed their investigation.

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***Update*** California Man Convicted and Sentenced in connection to triple fatal crash from September 2015- Josephine County. - 07/14/16

On September 10th, 2015, Joshua Gibson was driving a vehicle on Hwy 199 near MP27 when he passed a large group of vehicles in a no-passing zone. Gibson's vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle. As a result of the crash, three passengers in Gibson's vehicle lost their lives; 27 year old Christopher Burke, 25 year old Claire Honsaker and 28 year old Steven Stinson. Passenger Keane Krause and driver Joshua Gibson were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Driver of the oncoming vehicle sustained minor injuries. Gibson's blood alcohol level was found to be above the legal limit. Gibson was subsequently arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

On July 14th, 2015, Gibson accepted a plea of 15 years in prison for Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Assault and DUII.

The investigation was conducted by Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command as well as Detectives from the Central Point Criminal Division.

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News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 11th, 2015 1:53 PM

OSP has made notifications to the family members involved in Thursday evening's triple Fatal Crash in Josephine County.

The driver of the 2004 Ford Pickup was Michael E NOLAN, age 44, of Cave Junction who suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by family members.

The driver of the Buick, Joshua F GIBSON, age 27, of Costa Mesa, California, was initially taken to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass but then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland for serious injuries.

A passenger in the Buick, Kean G KRAUSE, age 21, of Costa Mesa, California, was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center then transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The status of their injuries are unknown at the time of this release.

Three other passengers in the Buick, all from Costa Mesa, California, died from their injuries either at the scene or while being transported to the hospital. They are identified as Claire N HONSAKER (age 25), Steve E STINSON( age 28), and Christopher T BURKE (age 27).

The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available.

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Previous Release:

On September 10, 2015 at about 5:38PM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 199 at MP 27 (just south of Kerby).

A 1999 Buick Sedan operated by a 27 year old male from Costa Mesa, California was traveling northbound on HWY 199 and attempted to pass another vehicle where passing was not allowed (solid double line). The Buick traveled into the path of a southbound 2004 Ford Pickup where they collided head-on.

The operator of the Ford, Michael E NOLAN, age 34, of Cave Junction suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by family members.

The 27 year old operator of the Buick was initially taken to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass but then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland for serious injuries.

A 21 year old passenger in the Buick from Costa Mesa, California was taken to Three Rivers Medical Center then transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The status of their injuries are unknown at the time of this release.

Three other passengers in the Buick, all in their 20s from Costa Mesa, California, died from their injuries either at the scene or while being transported to the hospital. The names of the occupants of the Buick will be released when family members have been notified.

Preliminary information indicates alcohol may have been a contributing factor as well as the unlawful pass. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours with intermittent single lane openings.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Illinois Valley Fire Department, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, the Josephine County District Attorney's Office and American Medical Response.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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High Visibility DUII Saturation Event - Oregon Country Fair - Veneta July 8 - 10, 2016 *Update-Results - 07/14/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Department, and Eugene Police Department, were out in force this past weekend in Veneta. With the assistance of Lane County District Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers were cracking down on impaired drivers and today reported the results of its highly effective DUII saturation during the Oregon Country Fair.

A total of fourteen (14) drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) during the Country Fair's weekend. Seven of those arrested for DUII were under the influence of Marijuana. The remaining seven arrests were for alcohol. The participating officers focused on extra patrol in Veneta and surrounding towns only. This included Veneta, Elmira, Noti, and Loraine.

Arrests were also made for:

Possession of Methamphetamine (2 counts)
Possession of Cocaine
Arrest warrants (2 counts)

During the Event's saturation times (Friday, July 8th through Sunday, July 10th from 6 pm to 12 am each night), there were two reported crashes on 126W. One collision occurred within the saturation area. The second crash was approximately 10 miles west of the Oregon Country Fair's location. Both crashes were fair related and the drivers were determined not impaired.

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Double Fatal Crash Highway 47 -- Washington County - 07/13/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's double fatal crash on Highway 47 in Washington County.

Preliminary information indicates that on July 13, 2016 at about 3:23 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 47 near milepost 69. Once on scene, troopers observed two Ford F-150 pickups that were fully engulfed in fire and had been involved in a near head-on crash. One of the pickups came to an uncontrolled rest in the southbound lane and the other came to an uncontrolled rest on the southbound shoulder. Both drivers were determined to have sustained fatal injuries from the crash. There were no passengers in either pickup.

It is possible that some bystanders stopped at the crash and left prior to the arrival of emergency responders and troopers. It is requested that any possible witnesses or bystanders that stopped at the crash scene before emergency responders arrived contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 503-375-3555. Trooper Billy Bush from Saint Helens Worksite is the lead investigator for the crash.

Highway 47 is currently closed near the crash scene and ODOT has a detour set up. Check TripCheck.com for detour routes and closure updates.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.

No photographs available for release.

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Shooting Investigation - Hood River County - 07/13/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a shooting that occurred along I-84 on Herman Creek Road, in Hood River County.

On July 12, 2016 at approximately 11:30pm, The Skamania County Washington 911 center received a report that a subject had been shot along I-84 west of Hood River. The emergency call was passed onto Hood River 911 center. Officers were able to locate the injured subject and arrange for transport to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers from OSP, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River Sheriff's Office are in the process of conducting an investigation into the shooting. While the investigation is continuing, information gathered indicates that there is no threat to the general public in relation to this incident.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 18 - Lincoln County - Update Names Released - 07/13/16

The driver has been identified as Shaypher Lee M. HENDRICKS, age 22 from Ellensburg, Wa. HENDRICKS is currently at Legacy Emmanuel in Portland for treatment of serious injuries.

The passenger has been identified as Austin M. MAYHAK, age 27, from Union Gap, WA.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.

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Previous Release:

On July 12th, 2016 at about 2:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 3.5 (north of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation reveals a white in color 15-passenger GMC van, was traveling westbound when it departed the highway and for unknown reasons, striking several large trees and catching fire. The driver was transported to North Lincoln Hospital and immediately flown to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland for treatment of serious injuries. The right front passenger was found deceased in the burnt van. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Highway 18 was closed completely for approximately 8 hours. Traffic was re-routed onto North Bank Road during that time. The highway was opened briefly a few times to let commercial motor vehicles clear.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing and names will be released pending notification to next of kin.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance in the Shooting of Livestock - Klamath County - 07/12/16

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for shooting of livestock in Klamath County.

On Friday, July 8, 2016, a cow was shot on the 106 road near Camp Four in Klamath County. The incident was witnessed by Oregon Department of Forestry personnel. The suspect was described as a white male adult, heavier build, wearing shorts and no shoes. He was operating an older Ford Taurus or Chevy Cavalier, light grey or white in color and with several stickers at the top of the rear window. Evidence was collected at the scene and the investigation is on-going.

On Monday, July 11, 2016, OSP troopers investigated two more deceased cows near the 100 line road at Spencer Creek. Those may have been shot as well and the investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Sergeant Dennis Yaws at (541) 883-5713 extension 321. Information may be kept anonymous.

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***Update 3*** Police Continuing Officer Involved Shooting Investigation - Polk County - 07/12/16

Update #3:

The investigation into the July 5th officer involved shooting in Polk County is continuing.

The involved Polk County Deputy has been identified as Deputy Casey Gibson, age 28. Deputy Gibson has approximately three years of law enforcement service and was uninjured in the incident.

The suspect who was fatally shot in the encounter, has been identified as Joshua Bolster, age 29, of Salem.

No further information to be released at this time.

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Previously Released:

An Oregon State Trooper arrived on scene in response to requests for assistance by Polk County Deputies after shots had been fired. The arriving Trooper took part in the attempts to take the injured suspect into custody, who was still not complying with officers commands, and employed less lethal means to do so.

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On the evening of July 5th 2016, the Monmouth Police Department responded to a call for service to an apartment complex regarding a male suspect who was trespassing and harassing an ex-girlfriend at that location. When Monmouth Police Department officers arrived at the scene, they learned that the male suspect had left the scene and had been involved in a confrontation with a male tenant of the apartments in which the suspect pulled out a knife.

The Monmouth Police Department sent an attempt to locate to the local agencies in the area with the suspect's information and a description of his vehicle. The Monmouth Police Department told the local agencies they had probable cause to arrest the suspect for Trespassing and Menacing and the suspect was believed to be armed with a knife.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Deputies set up on Highway 22W near Doaks Ferry Rd. looking for the suspect and his vehicle. Polk County Sheriff's Deputies subsequently stopped the vehicle and began giving commands to the suspect in an attempt effect an arrest. An Oregon State Trooper also responded to the scene to assist. During the confrontation the Trooper deployed less lethal force options. A Deputy fired shots and the suspect was injured. Medical aid was rendered to the suspect and he was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The suspect later succumbs to his injuries at the Salem Hospital.

Following the Polk County Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, the Polk County Inter-agency Major Crimes Team was contacted and it was decided the Oregon State Police would be the lead agency for this investigation.

Agencies who assisted on scene were Salem Fire, Falck Ambulance, Polk County District Attorney's Office, Independence Police and Monmouth Police.

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

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On July 5, 2016 at about 9:45 p.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office was on a citizen contact on Highway 22 near milepost 23 (Holman Frontage Road) when they requested backup. Shortly after the deputy advised there had been shots fired and the subject was down.

The adult male was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Highway 22 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted.

The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 18 - Lincoln County (Photo) - 07/12/16

On July 12th, 2016 at about 2:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 3.5 (north of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation reveals a white in color 15-passenger GMC van, was traveling westbound when it departed the highway and for unknown reasons, striking several large trees and catching fire. The driver was transported to North Lincoln Hospital and immediately flown to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland for treatment of serious injuries. The right front passenger was found deceased in the burnt van. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Highway 18 was closed completely for approximately 8 hours. Traffic was re-routed onto North Bank Road during that time. The highway was opened briefly a few times to let commercial motor vehicles clear.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing and names will be released pending notification to next of kin.

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OSP Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter Recognized as Fish and Wildlife Division's Trooper of the Year for 2015 Accomplishments (Photo) - 07/08/16

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter, from the Marine Fisheries Team - Newport, when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that she was the recipient of the Division's "Trooper of the Year" award for 2015. Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter was presented the award at a special gathering held on July 7, 2016 at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters in Salem. The presentation of the award celebrates and recognizes the outstanding work by an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.

Prior to being assigned to the Marine Fisheries Team, Senior Trooper Van Meter was a member of the NW Region South Coast Team -- Newport assigned as an Oregon Plan Trooper concentrating on watershed and environmental issues.

Senior Trooper Van Meter has completed several noteworthy investigations this past year to include the following:

Starting in 2012 through 2014, Senior Trooper Van Meter began receiving information and looking into a Depoe Bay fishing charter business for possible angling license violations where the business was charging a license fee to customers but not actually issuing them an ODFW angling license. Through hard work and perseverance, Senior Trooper Van Meter was able to develop enough information in 2015 to apply for search warrants on the business and 11 associated charter vessels. After the search warrants, Senior Trooper Van Meter and the Division detectives worked to compile the evidence, which resulted in Grand Jury indictments for Felony Racketeering. The principle suspects recently pled guilty. The business pled guilty to Racketeering, the principles pled guilty to a Wildlife Misdemeanor, with orders to pay over $115,000 in restitution and to sell the business and not to engage in any Oregon charter fishing business for life.

In 2012, Senior Trooper Van Meter discovered an old bear bait station in east Lincoln County. As part of her tenacity, she checked on this bait site every year since and in the spring of 2015, as she was checking the area on foot she observed an unidentified subject leaving the bait station who had just put out fresh bear bait. The following day, Senior Trooper Van Meter, with the assistance of other team members, re-entered the area to put up video surveillance. As the Troopers were in the area, the suspect arrived at the bait sight and was contacted entering the area with fresh bait, a rifle, bow, tree stand, and a valid tag for another unit. The suspect later pled guilty and received license suspensions, and over $1,000 in fines.

Each of the above cases illustrates Senior Trooper Van Meter's tenacious attitude to keep going where others may have given up or moved on to other tasks. Additionally, Senior Trooper Van Meter was instrumental in two derelict vessels being removed from Yaquina Bay and discovered dozens of commercial fish violations along the coast by pouring over a magnitude of commercial fish landing information from ODFW. She is also is assigned as one of two vessel operators of the Division's 50 foot patrol vessel named the "Guardian".

Senior Trooper Van Meter is well respected by the District Attorney's Office and the local judges which is evident in her ability to build and maintain strong relationships with our partner agencies. She is always willing to tackle any assignment and is involved in the community through the local 4H chapter and Hunter Education.

Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter is to be commended for her dedication and commitment to protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources. She performs at a high standard, has a great work ethic, strong interpersonal skills and is involved in the community outside of work.

To learn more about the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division you can follow us on twitter @OSP_Fish or find us on the web at https://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/pages/index.aspx.

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OSP Mid-Valley Team Recognized as Fish and Wildlife Division's Team of the Year for 2015 Accomplishments (Photo) - 07/08/16

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of troopers from the Mid-Valley (Salem/Albany) Team when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that the team was the recipient of the Division's "Team of the Year" award for 2015 efforts. The team was presented the award at a special gathering of family, friends and peers, held on July 7, 2016 at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters in Salem. The presentation of the award celebrates and recognizes the outstanding teamwork by OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.

The Mid-Valley Team, supervised by Sergeant James Halsey, works out of the Salem and Albany Area Command Offices. Team members during 2015 were as follows:

Sergeant James Halsey
Senior Trooper Casey Hunter
Senior Trooper Kirk Burkholder -- Former OSP member
Senior Trooper Ron Clement
Trooper Brian Glaser
Trooper Steve Kenyon
Trooper Jim Andrews

The Mid-Valley Team is responsible for protecting natural resources spanning Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties, and during the past year consisted of a team of five Troopers and a Sergeant. Because of the large area they are responsible for, the team works individually, in pairs, or as an entire group to effectively work their patrol area. Whatever the season or priority, the Mid-Valley Team addresses the task at hand with great enthusiasm and determination to catch violators and educate the public.

The Mid-Valley Team has taken on a number of issues during 2015 and have proven that they are both forward thinking and relentless in their pursuit to not just catch violators, but to offer rule change suggestions, take on additional assignments and use Division resources such as wildlife enforcement decoys (WED) and the Aircraft Program to tackle poaching issues. Two specific examples of this include defining the Team's focus on natural resource protection. In the first; the South Santiam River at Waterloo has historically been the hub of nearly all salmon snagging complaints and social issues for the Albany Troopers. Sergeant Halsey and his Troopers worked with the local ODFW biologist and hatchery manager to recommend a rule change that put anti-snagging regulations into effect. Secondly, and most notably; Sergeant Halsey and the entire Mid-Valley Team redefined the way the aircraft program has been used over the past several years in the NW Region and made some outstanding big game cases. They included the Aircraft Sergeant in team meetings, maintained outstanding lines of communication with him throughout the fall, put a team member in the plane to act as an observer for spot lighters, and adjusted their shifts to have as many team members as possible on the ground to make the aircraft patrol effective. The team went above and beyond to ensure they maximized the aircraft to its fullest potential with great success.

The team also thought outside the box, wanting to obtain more effective equipment to assist in their enforcement of the wildlife laws. The team field tested forward looking infrared (FLIR) units during the fall big game season, and utilized their great relationship with the Oregon Hunter's Association to have a set of FLIR purchased for, and donated to, the Mid-Valley Team.

In regards to excellence and dedication to protecting Oregon's natural resources and citizens, the Mid-Valley Team has been instrumental in protecting fish and wildlife resources in their area of responsibility and made many outstanding cases during 2015. This team is commended for a job well done.

To learn more about the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division you can follow us on twitter @OSP_Fish or find us on the web at https://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/pages/index.aspx.

Team Photograph (left to right: Tpr. Brian Glaser, Tpr. Steve Kenyon, Sr. Tpr. Casey Hunter, Sgt. James Halsey, Sr. Tpr. Ron Clement, Tpr. Jim Andrews, and former member Sr. Tpr. Kirk Burkholder)

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High Visibility DUII Saturation Event - Oregon Country Fair - Veneta July 8 - 10, 2016 - 07/08/16

To combat the deadly problem of impaired driving, the Oregon State Police -- Springfield Area Command, along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, and Springfield Police Department will be out in force during the Oregon Country Fair weekend (July 8th through 10th), cracking down on impaired drivers.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there is an average of 325 fatal collisions in Oregon each year. Reports from the Oregon State Police Central Records Division indicated that there were 54 fatal collisions in 2012 and 52 fatal collisions in 2013 on state highways that involved intoxicating liquor and/or controlled substances.

In the United States, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired (0.04 for commercial drivers). It is important to note that a person is arrested based upon impairment, so even if someone is below the legal limit if they are impaired, they can be arrested. For example, some prescription medicines, illegal drugs, legal recreational drugs, and/or combinations of alcohol and drugs can impair a person's ability to operate a vehicle safely.

June 2016, the legalization of marijuana oils and extracts went into effect. It is critical for the motoring public to understand that marijuana can impair a person to operate a vehicle safely, and if such driver exhibits impairment from the use of recreational marijuana they will be arrested.

All law enforcement officers participating in the event will be encouraged to exercise all resources available to gather as much evidence for the crime of DUII as needed. This event will help ensure that prosecutors obtain the scientific evidence needed to effectively pursue cases involving impaired drivers.

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***Update*** Several Injured In Crash On Highway 101 Near Lincoln City (Photo) - 07/05/16

Initial information was Logan KITZHABER suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the crash. New information is that those injuries were serious but he has been since released from Oregon Health Science University. No further information to be released at this time.
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Previous Release:
On July 4, 2016 at about 1:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving two vehicles on Highway 101 near Devils Lake Road (just north of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it crossed the centerline, sideswiping a northbound 1988 motorhome. After the impact, the motorhome rolled onto its side and the Toyota came to rest on the shoulder.

The driver of the Toyota, Logan G KITZHABER, age 18, of Portland, was extricated from the vehicle and taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University for life threatening injuries. The drive of the motorhome, Stanley V LYCKMAN, age 67, of Port Angeles, Washington was taken to North Lincoln Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, Martha LYCKMAN, age 63, of Port Angeles was also taken to North Lincoln Hospital for minor injuries.

Highway 101 was closed completely for one hour then opened one lane with intermittent closures for over an hour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

OSP is seeking any persons who may have witnessed the Toyota Prius and it's driving behavior prior to the crash to call OSP at 503-375-3555. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information to be released at this time.

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Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash Near Cottage Grove - Lane County (Photo) - 07/03/16

On Saturday July 2nd, 2016 at approximately 4:00 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a report of a motorcycle versus vehicle crash on London Road near the Cottage Grove Reservoir.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda 900 motorcycle was traveling southbound on London Road at a high rate of speed just as a 2008 Chrysler Sebring was pulling out of a private drive northbound. The motorcycle impacted the driver's side of the Sebring. The rider, identified as Cory Nathan TOCHER, age 33, of Cottage Grove, was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Sebring, Jeremy Paul OWENS, age 41, of Eugene was not injured in the crash.

The roadway was closed for approximately 1 ?1/2 hours for a collision reconstruction to be completed. TOCHER was wearing a motorcycle helmet and speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Medical Examiner and South Lane Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Bicyclist Critically Injured In Crash On Highway 99W Near McMinnville - Yamhill County (Photo) - 07/01/16

On July 1, 2016, at about 9:49AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pickup versus bicycle collision on Highway 99W (milepost 35) near the intersection with Highway 47 just north of McMinnville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a utility trailer, driven by John D HARTLEY II, age 30, of Banks was traveling southbound on Highway 99W when a southbound bicycle being operated by, Joseph T BOWERMAN, age 37, of Lafayette entered the southbound travel lanes. HARTLEY II swerved into the southbound guardrail in attempt to avoid the bicyclist, but ultimately struck the bicyclist.

BOWERMAN was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with life threatening injuries; he was not wearing a helmet. HARTLEY II was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

The southbound lanes of Highway 99W were closed for approximately 3 and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and McMinnville Fire Department.

There were reports of possible witnesses who stopped to render aid, but left prior to OSP arrival. It was reported one of these witnesses was an adult male wearing a shirt with the word "Verizon" on it. It is speculated he is an employee of a Verizon retail store. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 472-2184.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Fourth Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Less Than A Week On Oregon's Highways - Lane County (Photo) - 07/01/16

On June 30, 2016 at approximately 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup Hwy 36 near milepost 12 (near Deadwood).

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1992 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on Highway 36 when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossing the centerline and sideswiping an eastbound 2007 Dodge pickup.

The motorcycle and its rider came to rest in the north ditch after the collision. The rider, Richard F ARAUJO, age 68, of Deadwood, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, Elaine R BEERS, age 63, of Swisshome was not injured.

The roadway was restricted to one lane for approximately 3 ?1/2 hours. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Western Lane Ambulance. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.

This marks the fourth fatal motorcycle crash on Oregon's highways in less than a week. For information on motorcycle safety, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's motorcycle safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspx


OSP Release from June 26, 2016:

JUNE 24 -- LANE COUNTY

On June 24, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus a pickup on Highway 36 near milepost 7 (near Mapleton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossed the centerline, and struck a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on.

The motorcyclist, Michael R LUCIER, age 56, of Swisshome, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Rodney D PRUETT, age 23, of Florence was not injured.

There were intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Florence Police.


JUNE 25 -- JOSEPHINE COUNTY

On June 25, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 46 at milepost 7 (Caves Highway near Cave Junction).

The 911 caller, who was a passing motorist, reporting seeing a motorcycle partially down the embankment. The caller also reported the rider was not breathing. Emergency crews arrived on scene and pronounced the motorcyclist deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Triumph motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 46 at milepost 7 when it left the roadway on a corner. The motorcycle struck a tree and the rider, Patrick Michael DALEY, age 57, of Cave Junction, was thrown down the embankment.

Roadway evidence indicates excessive speed was a factor. Highway 46 was closed for approximately 1 hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire Department.


JUNE 26 -- LINN COUNTY

On June 26, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a truck versus motorcycle collision on Interstate 5 at the 235 interchange (just north of Albany). Information received is the truck driver failed to remain at the scene and left the area.

Preliminary information indicates a 1995 Kenworth truck tractor towing a chip trailer had been traveling southbound on Old Salem Road. The truck began to make a left turn onto the Interstate 5 southbound onramp, but turned in front of a northbound 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist crashed as a result of the truck turning into its path. The rider, Kevin R ARGO, age 39, of Lebanon was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The operator of the truck, Ruben L DEFOOR, age 79, of Albany, was later located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The onramp was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Albany Fire, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.

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Law Enforcement Continuing Enforcement Efforts In And Around The Sauvie Island Wildlife Area - 06/30/16

The Oregon State Police is urging visitors to the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) to consume intoxicants responsibly. This is a result of numerous DUII/BUII complaints and arrests over the past several weekends. Additionally there has been parking issues and car break-ins.

OSP urges visitors to not park on the roadways in SIWA which has been a reoccurring problem. At times cars are completely blocking the roadways and they are being towed (emergency vehicles cannot access SIWA). Additionally, leave valuables at home or if they are in your vehicle, hide them from plain sight.

OSP and its partners are continuing joint enforcement efforts on SIWA, surrounding areas to include the waterways. The following is an example of those enforcement efforts which involved a saturation patrol from June 24 to June 26:

OSP was assisted in the operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). The saturation was run in conjunction with Operation Dry Water a National weekend of boating under the influence awareness, education and enforcement effort. Fish and Wildlife Troopers and CCSO patrolled the waters around Sauvie Island. As a result of the operation one person was cited for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) and Nine persons were cited and/or arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). Multiple warnings and citations were issued for boating related violations and multiple parking and traffic citations were also issued.

* One boater was found by CCSO to be BUII and was arrested and transported to the DUII Mobile Processing Center where subject provided a breath sample at .04% BAC. A urine sample was also collected for analysis. The boat operator was cited for BUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle being operated near Collins beach with a small child unsecured and bouncing around. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver presented indicators of impairment due to marijuana use. The driver was subsequently arrested and booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII. Additional charges will be referred to the D.A.'s Office.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and observed the driver was impaired to a noticeable and perceptible degree. The driver was subsequently arrested, and later booked into the Columbia County jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle failing to drive with a lane of travel and conducted a traffic stop near Walton Beach. The driver presented indicators of impairment. The driver was arrested and provided a breath sample of .11% BAC. The driver was booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Sergeant stopped a vehicle coming from the SIWA beaches for failing to drive within lane. The driver was subsequently arrested, refused to provide a breath sample and a search warrant was secured for the driver's breath and blood. The driver provided a breath sample at .17% BAC nearly 3 hours after the time of stop. It was the driver's third DUII arrest and he was cited for Fail to Install Ignition Interlock Device, Fail to Drive Within Lane, Refuse to Submit to Breath Test, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Collins Beach. The driver was arrested and provided a breath sample at .11% BAC. The driver was cited for MIP -- Alcohol, Following Too Closely, Driving Uninsured, No Operator's License, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. The driver was released to his mother.

* An OSP Saint Helens Patrol Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for following too closely. The driver was arrested for DUII and provided a breath sample of .14% BAC. The driver was cited and released.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper and an OSP Astoria F&W Sergeant observed a vehicle near Walton Beach after closure hours (The SIWA closes at 10:00 PM). It was discovered two teenagers were smoking marijuana. One individual was cited for MIP-Marijuana and parents were summoned to pick them up.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed an individual selling Jell-O shots to beach goers. The suspect salesman carried two coolers and loudly advertised the 100 proof Vodka shots for sale. The Trooper saw the suspect sell shots to beach goers and summoned two other F&W Troopers to the area. A Trooper interviewed the suspect who admitted his crimes. Both coolers with the remaining Jell-O shots and $117 dollars of sale proceeds were seized as evidence. The suspect was cited for SIWA Day Use Violation- Selling Goods and Sale of Alcohol without a License and released. Investigation revealed the suspect had also sold the Jell-O shots to minors and an additional charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor will be considered.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper stopped a vehicle for Reckless Driving. The driver presented indicators of impairment, was arrested and provided a breath sample of.08% BAC. The driver was cited for DUII and Reckless Driving and released.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper observed a vehicle traveling from the SIWA beaches that was all over the road. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver admitted to smoking marijuana ten minutes prior to driving. The driver provided a breath and urine sample and was cited and released for DUII.

* An OSP Saint Helens F&W Trooper was flagged down by a concerned motorist reporting a vehicle all over the road from the SIWA beaches. The Trooper conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver was disoriented. The driver was arrested for DUII and provided a breath sample of .21% BAC. The driver was booked into the Columbia County Jail for DUII and Reckless Driving.