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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance with Road Rage Incident on I-205 - Clackamas County (Photo) - 05/24/16
A reported road rage incident occurred May 24, 2016 at 6:10 a.m., at I-205 southbound near Sunnyside Road and Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking the public's assistance in identifying witness(s) of the incident.

The two vehicles involved were described as a navy blue, 2014 Ford F150 pickup and a tan or light gray, 1987 Toyota SR5 pickup. Any information about the vehicles, resulting traffic disruption, weapons seen or the actions of the men driving the trucks would be sought. Photos of similar vehicles are attached to this release.

Please contact Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe at (503) 731-3020 x407 or email: jason.bledsoe@state.or.us
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***Update*** OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Linn County - 05/23/16
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to 906 Old Salem Road in Albany after receiving a call reporting a person with a gunshot wound was at the location.

Troopers arrived and discovered an adult male who had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. The injured person was medically treated at the scene and was later transported to an area hospital.

Oregon State Police Criminal Division detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. No arrests have been made however a vehicle possibly related to this incident was described as a red or orange in color Dodge Neon.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if anyone has knowledge identifying the operator of the Dodge Neon. Anyone will information is asked to call the Oregon State Police Detective Ted Moisan at (971) 718-6546.
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***Update*** Fatal Crash on Highway 26 North of Banks - Washington County (Photo) - 05/23/16
On May 23, 2016 at about 6:44 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 49 (north of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when it crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The Chevrolet collided head-on with an eastbound 1993 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer loaded with logs.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Bradley Cole VANDEHEY, age 20, of Hillsboro, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the truck, Raymond Michael SCOTT, age 32, of Tillamook, was injured and transported to OHSU where he was treated and released.

Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

Highway 26 was closed for over six hours with an established detour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Banks Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office.

More information will be released when it is available.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of a two vehicle crash, on highway 26, north of Banks (milepost 49). There is one confirmed fatality.

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

The highway is closed at this time and please visit tripcheck.com for up-to-date road status.
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***Corrected Name*** Coos Bay Motorcyclist Killed In Highway 126 Crash - Lane County (Photo) - 05/22/16
Corrected the name of the driver of the Lexus:

On May 21, 2016 at about 4:45PM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle on Highway 126 near milepost 26 (7 miles west of Walton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it failed to negotiate a sweeping right curve. The motorcyclist crossed the centerline and into the path of a westbound 1992 Lexus sedan where a collision occurred. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the highway. The motorcycle traveled off the roadway where it caught fire.

The motorcyclist, Khris M SACKET, age 59, of Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the Lexus, Toby Lee GRAY, age 45, of Florence, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence.

Highway 126 was closed for about an hour while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Lane County Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Linn County - 05/21/16
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to 906 Old Salem Road in Albany after receiving a call reporting a person with a gunshot wound was at the location.

Troopers arrived and discovered an adult male who had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. The injured person was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Oregon State Police Criminal Division detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. No arrests have been made. The Oregon State Police was assisted by members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Man Killed In Single Vehicle Crash Near Wolf Creek - Josephine County - 05/21/16
On May 20th at about 10:30PM, OSP responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Lower Wolf Creek Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1985 Nissan pickup was traveling on Lower Wolf Creek Road when its operator, Corey Clifford Ray STEWARD, age 21 of Wolf Creek, lost control of the vehicle. The Nissan rolled four to five times before coming to rest on the south shoulder.

Wolf Creek Fire and Rescue and AMR responded to the scene and began medical treatment on STEWARD. Several people showed up at the scene and became confrontation to medical personnel prior to OSP arrival. All the subjects had left the area upon arrival of the Trooper.

While AMR was transporting STEWARD to the hospital, an unknown vehicle operating with its headlights off began to follow the ambulance. According to the ambulance crew, the vehicle began to harass the ambulance by tailgating and driving recklessly near it. As the original Trooper was on scene of the crash, OSP dispatched another Trooper to intercept the reckless driver. Prior to a Trooper being in position the suspicious vehicle turned around and the ambulance crews lost sight of it.

STEWARD was taken to Rouge Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor to the crash. It was also learned STEWARD had a suspended Oregon driver's license. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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OSP Continuing Investigation After Triple Fatal Crash - Josephine County (Photo) - 05/21/16
On Friday May 20th at about 7:30PM, a head-on crash occurred on O'Brien Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary information revealed a 1997 Subaru Legacy was eastbound on O'Brien Road from Highway 199 lost control on a corner and crossed the centerline (near Waldo Road). The Subaru struck an westbound Mazda Protégé head-on.

The driver of the Subaru, Tommy E DODSON, age 69, of Cave Junction was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mazda, Michael T KENNEDY, age 62 and his passenger Tammy L BLIND, age 51 (both of O'Brien) were both pronounced deceased on scene. A dog in the Mazda was also killed.

Speed and alcohol consumption are being considered a contributing factor in the crash. Additionally it was discovered DODSON had a suspended Oregon driver's license. The roadway was closed for about 3 hours as the Troopers from the Grants Pass Office conducted their investigation. OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Verdict Rendered in the 2014 Shooting of a Klamath County Deputy - 05/19/16
On August 27, 2014, Klamath County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Weber was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop in Klamath Falls. The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated to investigate the shooting. The following day, William Jack PARKERSON, age 31, from Klamath Falls, was taken into custody for shooting Deputy Weber.

The trial began on May 10, 2016 and concluded on May 18, 2016. The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. PARKERSON was convicted of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Assault 1.

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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Grants Pass - Josephine County - 05/19/16
On May 18, 2016 at approximately 9:18 a.m., the Josephine County Sheriff's office responded to 1081 Palomino Drive, Grants Pass, in response to a 911 caller reporting there had been a shooting at that location.

Deputies arrived and discovered an adult male had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. After calling for medical assistance for the injured adult male and securing the scene, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from Oregon State Police (OSP) Major Crime detectives. The adult male was subsequently treated and released at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

OSP detectives arrived and investigated throughout the day. No arrests have been made and the investigation in ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Commercial Truck Driver Arrested for DUII on Interstate 5 near French Prairie Rest Area - Clackamas County (Photo) - 05/19/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested Stephen Augustus ROHAN, age 35, from Salem, who was operating a set of doubles (commercial motor vehicle) for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and other traffic-related offenses following an early Tuesday morning citizen's reported driving complaint.

Preliminary information indicates that on May 17th, 2016, at 5:40 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center Dispatch was notified of a driving complaint about a commercial truck pulling a set of doubles, traveling southbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 7, of failing to drive within a single lane and varying its speed. OSP troopers located the semi and stopped the vehicle on Interstate 5, near milepost 285 southbound (French Prairie Rest Area) and identified the driver as ROHAN.

Subsequent investigation led to ROHAN's arrest and citation for DUII-Controlled Substances, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver in possession of a controlled substance (PCS), CMV driver in possession of alcohol and he was lodged at the Clackamas County Correctional Facility.

Suspected controlled substances were seized and PCS charges are pending crime lab results.

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OSP Requesting Witnesses in Wrong Way Driver that Caused Crash - Douglas County - 05/18/16
Oregon State Police (OSP) is requesting any witnesses observing a vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Sutherlin Interchange (MP 136) that caused a two vehicle crash in the morning hours of May 18th.

On May 18, 2016 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near the Sutherlin Interchange (MP 136). Upon arrival, OSP troopers determined that a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Herman Jones, age 85, and his passenger, Veronica Jones, age 73, both from Wenatchee Washington, was northbound when it encountered a wrong way driver that was southbound in the northbound lanes. JONES stopped suddenly to avoid a collision with the wrong way driver. A north bound 2004 Ford Pickup, operated by Michael Hall, age 75, from Roseburg, was northbound and failed to stop before impacting the rear of JONES' vehicle.

None of the involved occupants from either vehicle were injured and all were wearing safety restraints.

The wrong way driver was described as being an elderly male that was driving a dark silver Ford Fiesta. It is believed that the elderly male had driven several miles southbound in the northbound lanes prior to causing the crash. The elderly male continued after causing the crash and has not been located.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command are continuing the investigation and are requesting anyone that may have witnessed the wrong way driver or has information to the identity of the operator to please call 541-440-3334 Extension 4725. Senior Trooper Mark Moore is the lead investigator into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation.

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***Update - Fourth Occupant Dies from Injures*** Highway 97 Crash Takes Three Lives South Of Madras - Jefferson County (Photo) - 05/18/16
OSP learned today that the 10 year old male passenger succumbed to his injuries while being treated at Saint Charles in Bend.

No further information is available for release at this time.

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Previous Release:

On May 17, 2016 at about 2:09PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 100 (intersection of Bear Lane, south of Madras).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Pontiac van was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it stopped in the lane of travel in preparation to make a left turn onto Bear Lane (waiting for southbound traffic to pass).

While waiting to make a left turn, an unknown vehicle that had also been traveling northbound on Highway 97 almost rear-ended the Pontiac but passed it on the right shoulder. Another northbound vehicle, a 2015 Ford van, could not avoid the Pontiac and rear-ended it at highway speeds. This impact forced the Pontiac into the southbound lane of travel where it collided with a southbound 2008 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Pontiac, Anita J BEMROSE, age 49, of Madras was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend where she died from her injuries. A 10 year old male passenger was also taken to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, a 12 year old male and 14 year old male, were pronounced deceased on scene. All passengers were sons to the deceased driver.

The driver of the Honda, Shirley AYRES, age 69, of Madras was transported to Saint Charles Madras for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, Bryan MCDONALD, age 41, of Redmond, was taken to Saint Charles Redmond for non-life threatening injuries.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if anyone has knowledge identifying the operator of the unknown vehicle who nearly collided with the stopped Pontiac. Anyone will information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Crash On Highway 20 Sends Three To Hospital West Of Sisters- Jefferson County (Photo) - 05/16/16
On May 16, 2016 at about 6:54AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 near milepost 83 (east of Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it lost control while negotiating a corner on a wet roadway. The Chevrolet spun out and into the path of a westbound 2016 Kia sport utility. The Chevrolet struck the Kia nearly head-on and then rolled over after impact.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Fredi TORRES REYES, age 20, of Woodburn, was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Kia, Terje WALTHINSEN, age 71, and his passenger, Timothy J WALTHINSEN, age 38, (both of Redmond) were taken by ground ambulance to Sisters where they were transferred to air ambulance. Both currently are at Saint Charles Bend with life threatening injuries.

Speeding by TORRES REYES is being considered a contributing factor in the crash. It was also learned TORRES REYES has a suspended Oregon Driver's License.

The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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Cottage Grove Man Killed In Crash On Highway 99 - Lane County (Photo) - 05/16/16
On May 16, 2016 at about 8:17AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99 near River Road (just north of Cottage Grove).

A 2004 Subaru wagon was traveling northbound on Highway 99 , when for unknown reasons, veered off the east shoulder of the highway and then crossed over into the southbound lane. A southbound 2014 Chevrolet van struck the Subaru on the rear passenger side.

The driver of the Subaru, Connor R FITCH, age 18, of Cottage Grove, was taken by ambulance to Cottage Grove Community Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Bryan A ROSS, age 25 of Eugene, was not injured.

Highway 99 was closed for three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by South Lane Fire, the Cottage Grove Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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***Update- Family Contacted *** OSP Seeks Assistance In Contacting Deceased Man's Family - Wasco County (Photo) - 05/16/16
DELAVERGNE's family has been contacted and OSP is no longer seeking the public's assistance. OSP is thankful to the media outlets who put this out to the public.
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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at approximately 7:30AM, Troopers from The Dalles Area Command, responded to a campsite off I-84 near milepost 79 (just west of The Dalles) to the report of a deceased male. The circumstances surrounding this death are not suspicious and are being investigated by the Wasco County Medical Examiner as being medically related.

This individual was a long time, local homeless resident to the area and is identified as 69 year old Donald Vernon DELAVERGNE, who most recently was using the last name of WONDER. DELAVERGNE was discovered by a local good-Samaritan who had befriended and had been assisting DELAVERGNE.

The OSP has taken extensive measures in an effort to locate and identify any possible next-of-kin without success. Information developed points to DELAVERGNE having lived in the Willamette Valley over 20 years ago, specifically in the Forest Grove area. It is also believed he may have relatives on the East Coast of the United States.

OSP is asking that anyone who might recognize or be familiar with DELAVERGNE or his next-of-kin, to contact Senior Trooper Michael Holloran at 541-296-9646 x 5330. The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff's office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Wasco County District Attorney, and the Wasco County Medical Examiner and Spencer.
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Independence Woman Killed In Crash West Of Monmouth - Polk County (Photo) - 05/16/16
On May 15, 2016 at about 12:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 194 near milepost 6 (west of Monmouth on Fishback Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Dodge Neon was traveling eastbound on Highway 194 (also known as Monmouth Highway) when it crossed the centerline striking a 2006 Dodge pickup head-on. The driver of the Neon, Tara C KADELL, age 30, of Independence, was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the pickup, Lacey C MCLAREN, age 23, of Portland, was not injured. Two other passengers, a four year old girl and a six year old girl, were also not injured. It was discovered MCLAREN had a felony warrant for Theft I issued by Linn County Sheriff's Office. She was arrested and lodged at the Polk County Jail.

A male passenger in the pickup, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving. He was later identified as Jason Lee GREER, age 33, of Oregon City. It was learned GREER had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. At the time of this release, GREER has not been located.

Witnesses reported observing the Neon driving at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Highway 194 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was being conducted. OSP was assisted by Monmouth Fire, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Crash Involving Commercial Vehicle Hauling Chocolate Snarls I-5 Traffic - Lane County (Photo) - 05/09/16
On May 9, 2016 at about 4:23PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck and trailer roll over on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 191.5 (just south of Eugene).

Initial investigation revealed a 2015 Volvo tractor towing a box trailer (loaded with chocolate ) was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted off the right shoulder striking the guardrail. The truck damaged over 300 feet of guardrail before rolling over and blocking the fast lane of Interstate 5.

The driver, Robert K CASADOS, age 24, of Anderson, California was not injured in the crash. Both northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 30 minutes. The slow lane was then opened for traffic to pass. The highway was completely cleared of the wreckage about four hours after the crash.

CASADOS was cited for Failure to Drive Within Lane (violation). OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Northwest Hazmat, and Eugene Springfield Fire.
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Man Killed In Highway 22 Crash East Of Salem - Marion County (Photo) - 05/09/16
On May 9, 2016 at about 5:50AM, OSP received the report of an eastbound vehicle which could not stay within it's lane of travel on Highway 22 near milepost 19. The caller reported the vehicle was crossing over the centerline and the back into it's lane of travel. At approximately 5:54AM, OSP received another call that the vehicle of concern had been involved in a head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just west of Lyons).

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle of concern, a 1997 Acura coupe, crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer head-on. The driver of the Acura, Richard J BEALS, age 21, of Lyons was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Jessica M LEMMER, age 36, of Mill City, received serious injuries and was taken to Salem Hospital and then to Oregon Health and Science University by air ambulance. LEMMER's passenger, Kaitlin MERCER, age 21, of Mill City, was taken to Stayton Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 22 was closed for 3 hours with a detour established by the Oregon Department of Transportation. OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Stayton Fire and Lyons Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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LaPine Woman Injured In Fiery Crash On Highway 58 - Lane County (Photo) - 05/09/16
On May 9th, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 19 (east of Lowell).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 1995 GMC sport utility was traveling eastbound when it departed the highway and rolled over multiple times. The vehicle caught fire and the driver, Jessie L SHADER, age 24, of LaPine, was able to exit the vehicle before it became fully engulfed.

SHADER was transported to McKenzie Willamette Emergency Room for minor injuries sustained in the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by Oakridge Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Union Pacific.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.
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Hillsboro Woman Loses Life After Crashing Her Motorcycle - Columbia County - 05/06/16
On May 5th, 2016 at about 5PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 202 west of the 47 junction (south of Clatskanie).

Preliminary investigation reveals a group of motorcyclists were traveling eastbound on Highway 202 when one of the riders failed to negotiate a corner. The motorcycle, a 2004 Harley Davidson, struck a guardrail which ejected the rider.

The rider, Peggy I AITCHISON, age 68, of Hillsboro, was declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel.

Highway 202 was closed for over three hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Department.

More information will be released as it becomes available.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation - Sherman County - 05/06/16
On May 3rd, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel received reports of a subject laying on the shoulder of Interstate 84 near milepost 107 (east of Biggs Junction).

A trooper arrived on scene shortly after and found a 48 year old male laying on his stomach. The male was in medical distress and his condition rapidly deteriorated prior to medical personnel arriving. The male stopped breathing and the trooper, along with a Sherman County Deputy, began CPR. The trooper and deputy performed CPR for almost thirty minutes and were relieved by medical personnel once they arrived. The male was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The male was identified as Thomas L KELSEY, age 48, of Deer Park, Washington. The investigation is continuing into the cause of his death and is being referred to the medical examiner. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, South Sherman County Fire Department, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man (Photo) - 05/06/16
On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeromy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER's passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ's passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.
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OSP Conducting Fatal Crash Investigation East Of McMinnville - Yamhill County - 05/04/16
On May 4, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (just east of McMinnville).

Initial reports indicate two vehicles were involved with one confirmed fatality. Three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Highway 99W is closed to allow the investigation to be conducted. Visit tripcheck.com for road status updates.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Body recovered in ocean near Depoe Bay - 05/03/16
On May 3, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police was notified of a deceased body in the Whale Cove water area just south of Depoe Bay.

The body was recovered and at this time is confirmed to be an unidentified male. The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner will work on identification through DNA.

OSP Patrol was assisted by Depoe Bay Fire, Seal Rock Fire, US Coast Guard, OSP Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Division.
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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo) - 05/03/16
On April 29, 2016 at 4:44 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 361 (three miles south of Brookings).

Preliminary information revealed a red 2006 F-350 pickup, operated by Rebecca CROCKETT, age 56, of Portland, had been traveling northbound on Highway 101 when it came to a stop in the left lane, waiting to make a left turn. The pickup had to yield to on-coming southbound traffic.

While waiting to turn left, the pickup was rear-ended by a northbound grey 2007 Mazda 3 passenger car operated by Susan CHILDRESS, age 47, of Brookings and passenger, Reggie DICKERSON, age 47, of Brookings. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, both CHILDRESS and DICKERSON were transported to the Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City by ambulance. CHILDRESS was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Redding, California and on May 1, 2016 died from her injuries. CROCKETT was not injured.

According to witness statements, CHILDRESS was traveling at a fast rate of speed and attempted to avoid colliding with the pickup at the last second.

One northbound lane of Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Cal-Ore Ambulance.
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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington - Gilliam County (Photo) - 05/01/16
On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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