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Two Suspects Charged and One Suspect at Large - Two Bull Elk Shot And Left To Waste - Union County (Photo) - 11/29/16

Update:

On November 16, 2016, Oregon State Police asked for the public's help to locate individuals involved in the incident involving the unlawful killing and waste of two bull elk in Union County.

As a result of the overwhelming support from the community, Nathan Crouch, age 26, Dylan Crouch, age 22, and Brianna Black, age 18, all from Elgin, were identified as suspects in the incident. Dylan Crouch and Briana Black were charged with three misdemeanor charges of aiding in a game violation.

At this time, Nathan Crouch has not been located and is believed to have fled the state. He is facing misdemeanor charges which include two counts of unlawful taking of a bull elk, casting a light within 500 feet of a vehicle, hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting prohibited hours, two counts for waste of a game animal, hunting on the enclosed lands of another and hunting prohibited area-public roadway.

During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that Nathan Crouch had also unlawfully taken a large bull elk in Union County a few years prior to this incident. The antlers from the bull elk were located and seized by Troopers. Due to the statute of limitations, Nathan Crouch can only be charged with the unlawful possession of the antlers. This will be an additional charge for Nathan Crouch.

Oregon State Police is extending a special thanks to the public for their assistance in this case and is further seeking the public's assistance regarding the whereabouts of Nathan Crouch. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or Email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.

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Previously Released:

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Union County.

On November 16, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk approximately 60 yards off of Yarrington Road, which is located northeast of Elgin in Union County. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found both bull elk had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot in the late evening hours of November 15 or early morning hours of November 16, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

A reward of up to $500.00 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us. Information may be kept anonymous.

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OSP Continuing Death Investigation - Klamath County - 11/29/16

On November 4, 2016, the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command received a report of a human skull that had been found in a wooded area on private property, just a short distance west of the city of Klamath Falls. Multiple OSP units responded and verified the skull was indeed human. Additionally, several teeth attached to the skull had fillings, and it appeared there was a noticeable membrane on the forehead; leading investigators to believe the skull was not an ancient artifact.

After finding the skull, investigators learned that on August 28, 2014, a black 2015 Dodge Challenger, belonging to a missing person, Brett T FARMER, was found abandoned in the area. Klamath County Sheriff's Deputies responded at that time, and learned Farmer had been reported to have been missing since August 23, 2014.

It was reported when FARMER was last seen he was carrying a Ruger.22 caliber pistol and a particular type of knife.

On November 6, 2016, Klamath and Jackson County Search and Rescue teams were activated to search the area where the skull and vehicle were located, in hopes of finding more remains. OSP Detectives and the OSP Crime lab were assigned to identify and investigate possible pieces of evidence searchers found. Searchers found the location where the subject most likely died; an area containing multiple human remains and clothing. Additionally, a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, knife, and two Dodge vehicle key fobs were located near the remains.

At the time of this press release, investigators are still awaiting the official autopsy results positively identifying the deceased, as well as the manner and cause of death.

No further information at this time.

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Highway 211 Fatal Crash Investigation Continuing - Clackamas County (Photo) - 11/28/16

On November 26, 2016 at about 11:09AM, a Clackamas County Deputy was in a marked patrol vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Clackamas County Fire Station on SR 211 and SE Judd Road. The deputy observed a Toyota Tacoma enter the parking lot and drive directly at his vehicle. The deputy believed the Toyota was attempting to collide with him and had to back his patrol vehicle out of the way to avoid a collision.

The vehicle, a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, left the area at a high rare of speed (southbound on Highway 211). The deputy believing the driver of the Toyota had just committed an attempted assault and was possibly DUII, began to pursue the Toyota. The deputy had lost visual sight of the vehicle and just a short distance from the fire station (about one mile), found the Toyota had crashed into a telephone pole and a tree near Fernwood Drive.

The driver, Matthew S JESSEE, age 33, of Beavercreek, was extricated from the vehicle and soon after pronounced deceased. During a search of the vehicle, a firearm was located in the Toyota.

OSP was assisted with the crash investigation by Clackamas County Sheriff's Officer, Clackamas Fire, CRAFT multi-agency team (Clackamas County Reconstruction and Forensics Team), and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

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Woman Killed In Highway 99W Crash - Polk County (Photo) - 11/27/16

On November 26, 2016 at about 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 70 (intersection of Suver Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Ford F250 was traveling westbound on Suver Road when it attempted to cross Highway 99W where it was t-boned by a southbound 2010 Honda. After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the roadway.

The driver of the Honda, Cecilia L NICOSIA, age 23, of Dallas, was taken by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis for treatment of serious injuries.

The passenger in the Ford, Sara L BROWN, age 24, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Matthew L SERRY, age 25, was not injured. (BROWN and SERRY were married and resided in Falls City.) Preliminary investigation indicates neither were wearing their safety belts.

Highway 99W was closed for about six hours (with an established detour) while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

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One Killed In Highway 212 Crash in Damascus - Clackamas County (Photo) - 11/27/16

On November 26, 2016 at approximately 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a fatal motor vehicle crash on SR 212 just east of SE Tong Road (Damascus).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 when it entered the westbound lane of travel where it was struck by a westbound by a 1998 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Toyota, William D ISAKSON, age 58, of Boring, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Honda, Aurelio M LOPEZ GOMEZ, age 49, of Salem, was taken to Oregon Health and Science University for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 212 was closed for about four hours (established detour in place) while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Contributing factors are still be investigated. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Bend Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash - Deschutes County (Photo) - 11/25/16

On November 24, 2016 at about 4:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash in the 19000 block of Innes Market Road (near Waldon Trail, west of Bend).

Preliminary information revealed a 2004 Ford F250 was traveling westbound on Innes Market Road when it lost control negotiating a corner, left the highway and struck a tree.

A passing motorist came across the crash and called 911. The motorist reported it appeared the driver was unconscious and not breathing, but could not reach him due to the vehicle being locked. An OSP Trooper was on scene within a few minutes and broke the window out to access the driver. The trooper provided medical attention but the male was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The driver was identified as Blake D PAYNE, age 56, of Bend. Both airbags deployed but it appeared PAYNE was not wearing a seatbelt and had struck his head on the windshield.

OSP was assisted by Bend Fire and Rescue and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. No further information to be released at this time

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Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle - Josephine County - 11/24/16

On November 23, 2016 at approximately 8:30 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 199 near milepost 5 (just south of Grants Pass).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound on Highway 199 when the driver encountered a pedestrian walking in the lane of travel. The driver attempted to avoid striking the pedestrian but was unable to do so. After being struck by the Volkswagen, the pedestrian was struck by several other vehicles.

The pedestrian, an adult male, was pronounced deceased on scene. Troopers are working to identify the pedestrian in order to notify the family. The driver of the Volkswagen, Brianna M WAKEFIELD, age 22, of Crescent City, California was not injured.

Highway 199 was closed completely then partially for three and a half hours. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Two Men Charged After Poaching Trophy Buck - Wheeler County (Photo) - 11/23/16

The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and Warm Springs Department of Natural Resources recently completed an investigation into the unlawful take of a trophy 4x6 buck mule deer in Wheeler County near Fossil.

The investigation revealed on October 27, 2016 at approximately 6:20PM, Erland SUPPAH SR, age 69, of Warm Springs, and Oscar FINLEY, age 40, Wapato, Washington unlawfully shot the trophy buck on private property without permission during closed season from the highway right-of-way.

On November 21, SUPPAH was criminally cited for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer Closed Season, Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another, and Hunting Prohibited Area; Highway Right-of-Way. FINLEY was criminally cited with Unlawful Taking Buck Deer Closed Season and Hunting on Enclosed Lands of Another. The Deer was seized as evidence.

No further information at this time.

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Two Elk Shot And Left To Waste (Again) - Columbia County (Photo) - 11/23/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two elk in Columbia County on November 21, 2016. This is following a similar incident that occurred last week in Union County (release below).

On November 21 at about 7am, troopers began an investigation after one cow elk and one five point bull elk were shot and left to waste on private property near Saint Helens (near Smith Road between Robinette Road and Dart Creek Road). OSP was able to salvage the elk where they will be donated to charity.

A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program and $500 from the Columbia County Chapter of the Oregon Hunter's Association.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Justin Morgan at (503)396-2408 or justin.morgan2@state.or.us. The TIP hotline may also be called any time at 1-800-452-7888. Any information may be left anonymously.


Release from 11/16/2016:
The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Union County.

On November 16, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk approximately 60 yards off of Yarrington Road, which is located northeast of Elgin in Union County. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found both bull elk had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot in the late evening hours of November 15 or early morning hours of November 16, 2016. Evidence was collected at the scene.

A reward of up to $500.00 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or email at marcus.mcdowell@state.or.us. Information may be kept anonymous.

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LaPine Man Arrested Following Road Rage Incident On Highway 97- Deschutes County (Photo) - 11/22/16

On November 22, 2016 at about 5:41AM, OSP received the report of a road rage incident on Highway 97 south of Bend.

Preliminary investigation revealed a male driving a 2015 Chevrolet pickup was driving aggressively and tailgating other motorists northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 146 (near Lava Butte ODOT scales) The Chevrolet soon after rearended a 1999 Honda Civic. The Honda suffered minor damage from this impact.

The driver of the Chevrolet and the Honda pulled onto the shoulder of the highway. The driver of the Chevrolet charged the driver of the Honda then punched him several times in the face. The driver of the Chevrolet then left the scene without exchanging information as required by law following a property damage crash.

The Honda driver, a 24 year old male from Sunriver, received minor injuries from the assault.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Brandon T KERN, age 25, of LaPine, was located at his place of employment. He was subsequently arrested and booked into the Deschutes County Jail for Assault IV and Menacing. More charges are pending completion of the investigation.

Any persons who have witnessed the incident are asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Jackson County Deceased Driver Identified*** Two Killed In Two Separate Crashes Overnight In Southern Oregon - 11/22/16

The driver of the Saturn was identified as Robert E JAMISON, age 67, of Klamath Falls. No further information to be released at thist time.
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Highway 140 -- JACKSON COUNTY

On November 21, 2016 at about 8:10pm OSP troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 31.5 (31 miles east of Medford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Ford pick-up was westbound on Highway 140 when it slid off the icy roadway into a ditch. The operator, Kevin CAIN, 31 of Klamath Falls and his pregnant wife, 40 year old Melinda VINCENT were not injured. A second vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler driven by 59 year old Dexter WILLIAMS and his wife, 66 year old Catherine WILLIAMS, both of Klamath Falls stopped to render assistance. An off duty EMT, 41 year old Michael TUTTLE of Shady Cove also stopped to assist. The WILLIAMS' placed VINCENT in their van and they were outside the vehicles near the Ford when the third vehicle approached.

The operator of the third vehicle, a 1998 Saturn lost control and crashed into the back of the van and struck several people outside the pickup. The operator of the Saturn was pronounced deceased on scene. The identity of this operator is being withheld until next of kin can be located and notified.

Catherine WILLIAMS, was taken by air ambulance to Sky Lakes Hospital in Klamath Falls with non-life threatening injuries.

Dexter WILLIAMS was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with non-life threatening injuries.

TUTTLE was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

VINCENT was transported to Sky Lakes Hospital with minor injuries and as a precaution.

CAIN was not injured.

Speed and road conditions are being investigated as contributing factors into the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lake Creek Fire Department, Mercy Flights and Air Life of Klamath Falls. The Highway was reduced to one lane for approximately three and a half hours. More information will be released when it becomes available.


Interstate 5 - JOSEPHINE COUNTY

On November 21, 2016 at about 11:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 52 (just south of Grants Pass).

Preliminary information is a 2007 Ford pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted off the freeway and into the grassy median. The vehicle then rolled several times, ejecting the driver onto the shoulder of the interstate. The Ford came to rest in the travel lanes of I-5. The driver of a southbound 1995 Nissan sedan was unable to avoid colliding with the unoccupied Ford.

The driver of the Ford, Garette D WILSON, age 30, of Grants Pass was taken to a local hospital where he died shortly after arriving. The driver of the Nisan, Alexis WILLIAMS, age 35, of Ashland, was not injured.

Contributing factors are still being investigated for this crash. I-5 southbound was closed for over an hour and a half before one lane was open for travel. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Deceased Driver Identified*** OSP Continuing Highway 126 Fatal Crash Investigation - Crook County (Photo) - 11/22/16

The driver of the Plymouth was identified as Stephen POOLE, age 24, of Prineville. The contributing factors of this crash are still be investigated. No further information to be released at this time.
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On November 21, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 126 and Highway 370 (just west of Prineville).

Preliminary information is a 1997 Plymouth Neon was turning eastbound onto Highway 126 from Highway 370 when it was t-boned by a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander that had been traveling westbound on Highway 126. The driver of the Plymouth was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jessica R BEAN, age 23, of Prineville refused medical attention.

Highway 126 was reduced to two lanes of east/west travel for two and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. The identity of the driver of the Plymouth is withheld pending next of kin notification.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Crook County Sheriff's Office and Prineville Police Department. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Driver Dies As Result Of Injuries *** Washington Man Critically Injured In Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County (Photo) - 11/21/16

OSP learned that on the evening of November 20, 2016, FLOHR died as a result of his injuries while be treated at the hospital. No further information at this time.
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On November 19, 2016 at about 8:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash near Interstate 5 milepost 136 (Sutherlin).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 GMC Suburban was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it left the highway, crashed through a fence and into the parking lot of a trucking company. The GMC crashed into a parked truck tractor and then a semi-trailer.

The driver, Peter W FLOHR, age 47, of Peshastin, Washington was taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of life threatening injuries

Fatigue and speed are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Sutherlin Fire, Sutherlin Police and Bay Cities Ambulance and the Chelan County Sheriff's Office (notification to driver's family).

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Idaho Man Survives After Being Struck By Vehicle, Falling 50 Feet Into Snake River Then Swimming to Island - Malheur County (Photo) - 11/21/16

On November 21, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 378 (on the Snake River Bridge between Oregon and Idaho).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling westbound on I-84 when it lost control on the bridge after hitting black ice. The Chevrolet impacted the bridge and came to rest on the shoulder of the bridge. The driver of the Chevrolet, Steven S BAILEY, age 41, of Middleton, Idaho was not injured.

A passing motorist, Steven ARRASMITH, age 34, of Mesa, Idaho, stopped his 2016 Jeep behind BAILEY's vehicle to offer assistance. Another westbound vehicle a 2008 Hyundai lost control on the ice and struck the back of the Jeep causing it to lurch forward. ARRASMITH, who was now standing on the bridge, was struck by his Jeep and thrown over the bridge railing. He managed to hang on for a short period, despite having a serious injury, before falling about 50 feet into the Snake River below.

In the darkness, ARRASMITH managed to shed heavier clothing and swam to a nearby island. First responders could hear him yelling for help soon after rescued him. ARRASMITH was taken to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Hyundai, Jim D HUDNALL, age 68, of Walla Walla, Washington, received minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Ontario Police Department, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire and Rescue, Payette Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

OSP Urging Safe Travels This Upcoming Holiday Weekend - 11/21/16

With at least 10 people losing their lives on state highways over the past week, OSP is urging motorists to travel safely this Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. Other traffic advisories to motorists are winter travel conditions, Black Friday shopping and the Civil War Game in Corvallis.

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend - This holiday period (Wednesday through Sunday) will see one of the highest volumes of traffic in over a decade according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. As with other holiday weekends OSP is urging motorists to plan ahead, expect heavy traffic, expect poor driving conditions with rain expected at lower elevations and snow in the mountain passes, and take your time (more traveling tips at the bottom of this release). Know the road conditions before traveling by going to www.tripcheck.com


Winter travel - Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roadways.

For those traveling Oregon's mountain passes, expect snowfall and winter driving conditions. Know when traction tires are required by visiting tripcheck.com. Too often these mountain pass crashes are caused by those not using traction tires. These crashes cause delays that last hours at times. If chains are the traction device, know how to install or use them. Too often we find motorists struggling in deep snow and below freezing conditions attempting to put them on for the first time.


November 24th and 25 - Black Friday Shopping at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has been historically major traffic issues on Interstate 5 in Woodburn on Thanksgiving evening and the following Friday due to the high volume of shoppers frequenting the Woodburn Outlet Mall. There has traditionally been backed up traffic prior to the Woodburn exit. Motorists are asked to consider taking alternate routes to Woodburn.

OSP will be focusing enforcement efforts on motorists driving on the shoulder of I-5, parking on the shoulder of I-5 and any other hazardous behavior. Another particular issue has been motorists driving past the backed up traffic and then trying to squeeze in prior to the Woodburn exit. OSP will be in the area actively enforcing traffic laws.


November 26 - Oregon State University versus University of Oregon Football Game in Corvallis at 1PM. OSP is advising motorists traveling on Interstate 5 to expect high volumes of traffic in the mid-Willamette Valley before and after the game. OSP is urging those attending the game to take your time, plan ahead and have a designated driver.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

*Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

*Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

*Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

*Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

*Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

*Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

*Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

*Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

*Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.

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Coquille Woman Killed In Highway 42 Crash - Coos County (Photo) - 11/19/16

On November 18, 2016 at about 6:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 42 near milepost 29 (east of Myrtle Point).

Preliminary information indicates a Chevrolet Aveo was traveling westbound on Highway 42 when it lost control negotiating a corner. The Aveo crossed the centerline where it collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban. Both vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Aveo, Savanna Jo MCADAMS, age 18, of Coquille, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Suburban, Mary L JONES, age 41, of Myrtle Point, was taken by ground ambulance to Coquille Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Speed is being considered a contributing factor in the crash. Highway 42 was closed with intermittent flagging in one lane for about 4 hours. OSP was assisted by the Myrtle Point Ambulance, Bridge Rural Fire Protection District, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County District Attorney and the Coos County Medical Examiner.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Highway 34 Crash Takes Life Of Salem Man - Linn County (Photo) - 11/18/16

On November 18, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash blocking Highway 34 near milepost 2 (just east of Corvallis).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Subaru sedan was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 when it lost control for unknown reasons. An eastbound 2002 Dodge pickup then t-boned the Subaru (passenger side impact). A third vehicle, a westbound 2015 Chevrolet pickup was struck by the Subaru sometime during the incident.

The driver of the Subaru, Michael S NELSON CEDILLO, age 29, of Salem was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, Christopher Lee SCHACHTSCHNEIDER, age 32, of Pendleton, was taken to Good Samaritian Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, William A HAMPTON, age 69, of Salem was not injured.

Highway 34 was closed or partially closed for almost three hours. OSP was assisted by the Corvallis Police Department, Corvallis Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is seeking any persons who witnessed this crash to call 503-375-3555. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Salem Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near Amity - Yamhill County (Photo) - 11/18/16

On November 17, 2016 at about 8:45am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 42 (one mile north of Amity and about 5 miles south of McMinnville).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup was traveling northbound and for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline and struck a 2006 Freightliner tractor towing a set of double trailers head-on. The driver of the Freightliner attempted to move to the right shoulder to avoid the collision, however was not able to do so. Seatbelts were worn by all occupants of the vehicles.

The driver of the Ford, a 27 year old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger of the Ford pickup, a 31-year-old male, was taken by ground ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville for treatment of minor injuries and released. The driver of the Freightliner, Arvis A LANE, age 67, of Eugene, was treated for minor injuries at the Willamette Valley Medical Center and released.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Police Department, Amity Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The family of the deceased was recently notified. His name will be released after sufficient time has passed for them to notify more family. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Missing Oregon State Hospital patient found in Philomath - 11/18/16

This release is being sent on behalf of the Oregon State Hospital.

An Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient who was reported missing Nov. 17 has been found by the Philomath Police Department.

Philomath police arrested Jeffrey W. Appelt, 28, off Oregon Route 34 near Philomath at 11:44 a.m. today. Appelt was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped, and the officer recognized him from past contacts. Appelt was arrested on a warrant for unauthorized departure and lodged in the Benton County Jail. No other charges were filed.

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November 18, 2016

A 28-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Jeffrey W. Appelt, was reported missing Thursday, Nov. 17. Anyone seeing Appelt should call 911 or the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Appelt is considered to be a danger to others and is accused of unauthorized departure. The OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Appelt should not be approached.

Appelt was admitted to Oregon State Hospital Oct. 3, 2016, as a civil commitment from Linn County. Appelt was transferred to the hospital from the Oregon Department of Corrections after being convicted of felony possession of a firearm and other firearms-related crimes.

He was last seen at Salem Hospital at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Two Oregon State Hospital staff members assigned to Appelt lost visual contact with the patient when he visited a restroom and did not return.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Appelt as 6 feet tall, 272 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a blue sweatshirt, khaki shorts and black and yellow Salomon sneakers.

Any future news releases will be issued by the OSP.

Contact Info:
Contact: Jonathan Modie, OHA, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

OHA External Relations,oha.externalrelations@state.or.us

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***Correction*** Fifteen Year Old Juvenile Killed In Highway 78 Crash, Two Others Injured - Harney County (Photo) - 11/18/16

The 14 year old was taken to Oregon Health and Science University, not Saint Alphonsus.
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Previous Release:
On November 17, 2016 at about 7pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 78 near milepost 18 (10 miles west of Crane, 18 miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Nissan pickup had been traveling eastbound when it drifted off the shoulder and the driver over corrected causing the vehicle to roll several times on the highway. All occupants were ejected from the vehicle (no safety restraints used).

The operator, a 15 year old male from Burns, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front right passenger, a 14 year old male from Burns, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health And Science University. The backseatpassenger, a 10 year old male from Burns was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of non-life threatening injuries (brother of driver).

Distracted driving is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Initial investigation indicates the juveniles did not have permission to be operating the vehicle. OSP was assisted on scene by Harney County Sheriff's Office, Harney EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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

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Double Fatal on I-5 near Tualatin (Photo) - 11/18/16

***UPDATE****
The driver and the passenger of the Volvo car were 16 year olds from Portland. Neither of the juveniles were wearing seat belts and speed is being considered a factor for the crash. Next of kin has been completed but names are being withheld because of their age. An updated photo with the Volvo is also being released.

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On November 18, 2016 at approximately 1:50 AM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on I-5 just (northbound) south of milepost 289.

The preliminary investigation revealed a white 1996 Volvo 740 (passenger car) was traveling northbound in the center lane behind a red 2003 Volvo semi-tractor. The 16 year old male operator of the Volvo attempted to the pass the semi-tractor. The driver of the semi was identified as Vitaly Ivanov, age 45 from Renton, Washington. The Volvo car collided into the rear of the commercial vehicle. The impact caused the Volvo to spin out of control and collide, again, with the semi-tractor.

The male driver and the juvenile female passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene. Mr. Ivanov was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Tualatin PD, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

The names of the deceased will be released once next of kin notification can be confirmed. No other information will be released at this time.

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Idaho seeking assistance for murder Suspect and endangered female (Photo) - 11/17/16

Bonneville County Sheriff's Office is conducting a homicide investigation which occurred on November 10, 2016 in Idaho Falls, and is asking anyone who has seen the suspect and a possibly endangered female to call 911.

The suspect has been identified as Jeremy James White, age 39, (see attached photo). He is described as being 6' 165 LBS with brown hair and blue eyes. White has a tattoo of "J.W." on his left forearm.

The female is identified as Deena Rane Aday, age 49, (See attached photo).Aday is being described as being 5'04" 150 LBS with brown hair and blue eyes. Aday has several tattoos including an infinity symbol on her right wrist,"Just breath" on her left wrist, "Roxie" and "Amrie" on her chest.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2004 silver (with black trim) Jeep Cherokee with Idaho license plate 8BHV461.

White should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. The public is asked to call 911 if they are seen.

The following information was the press release sent by the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office:

November 15th, 2016

RE: Updated tip line number (the previous 208-846-7676 number to the IDAHO fusion center still works, however it is not answered after hours at this time)

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Investigation continues on the Caldwell homicide and the whereabouts of Jeremy James White and Deena Aday are still unknown. The Sheriff's Office continues to receive tips via the previously released contact information but we still do not have a location on White, Aday, or the 2004 Silver Jeep Cherokee in question.

We would like to update the tip line information as follows:

By phone:
Crime Stoppers 208-522-1983
Dispatch 208-529-1200
(both of the above numbers are monitored 24hrs a day)

Online:
www.ifcrime.org
www.facebook.com/bonnevillecountysheriff

Again we stress that White is considered armed and dangerous and the welfare status of Aday is possibly endangered. Anyone coming in contact with either of these two individuals should not approach and contact Law Enforcement immediately.

November 14, 2016

RE: Continuing investigation of the Caldwell Homicide; search for information on whereabouts of suspect Jeremy White and endangered female Deena Aday.

Suspect: Jeremy James White, 39 years of age; Wanted for Homicide

Missing/Endangered female: Deena Rane Aday, 49 years of age

Vehicle: Silver 2004 Jeep Cherokee, Idaho license plate # 8BHV461

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The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation of the Christine Caldwell homicide from last week. Caldwell was found deceased last Thursday night in her residence after being reported missing earlier that day. Detectives are still in the process of analyzing evidence and awaiting results from an autopsy of the victim.

At this time the whereabouts of suspect, Jeremy James White (39 years of age), and a female accompanying him, Deena Rane Aday (49 years of age), are unknown. Detectives are currently following up on several leads and tips that have come in to our office over the weekend but we are still searching for information from anyone that may have seen or been in contact with White or Aday, or the vehicle they are believed to be traveling in. That vehicle is a Silver 2004 Jeep Cherokee with Idaho License Plate 8BHV461 and is registered to the victim, Christine Caldwell.

Jeremy White is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Ms. Aday's welfare status is unknown and we consider her to be endangered at this time. Jeremy also has the initials "J W" tattooed on his left forearm. If anyone should see these individuals

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Dallas Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 223 - Polk County (Photo) - 11/16/16

On November 16, 2016 at about 3:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 223 near milepost 1 (just north of Dallas).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Toyota Tacoma was traveling southbound on Highway 223 (Kings Valley Highway) when it crossed into the southbound lanes where it struck a northbound 2000 Toyota Corolla head on.

After the collision the Corolla left the roadway and rolled down an embankment. The Tacoma came to rest in the highway. A 2006 Kenworth tractor pulling a loaded log trailer had been following the Corolla northbound and swerved to avoid the collision. The truck left the roadway where it came to rest in the ditch.

The Corolla driver, Louis A HILDAGO, age 39, of Dallas, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Tacoma, Tad T YOUNG, age 34, of Silverton, received minor injuries and refused medical transport. The driver of the Kenworth, Steven E FOLLETT, age 65, of Philomath was not injured.

YOUNG is cooperating with the investigation. Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.

Highway 223 was closed for about seven hours (detour in place) while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Dallas Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Kansas State Highway Patrol (next of kin notifications).

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Victim Identified*** OSP Seeks Assistance After Hit And Run Crash Takes Life Of Pedestrian - Josephine County (Photo) - 11/16/16

The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Max Milton CARTER, age 91, of Cave Junction. Detectives are still seeking any information on who the driver of the vehicle was or any information on the incident. Those with information are asked to call OSP at 541-776-6111.

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Previous Release:
On November 14th, 2016, at approximately 7:15 AM, Troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass Office were dispatched to a report of a hit and run crash in the area of Kerby Avenue and Schumacher Street in Cave Junction. Troopers were advised that a pedestrian had been struck by a dark colored vehicle which left the scene after the crash.

Responding Troopers searched the area and located a vehicle of interest which matched the description from witnesses. The vehicle was seized as part of the ongoing investigation. The male victim was transported from the scene by AMR to Three Rivers Medical Center with critical injuries.

On November 15th, 2016, at approximately 1:30 AM, OSP was notified that the male victim had died as a result of his injuries. The victim' name and information are not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Troopers from the Grants Pass Patrol Office along with Detectives from the OSP Major Crimes Section in Central Point are continuing the investigation into the crash. As this is an active investigation, no further information is being released at this time.

OSP is asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash or who may have information related to the crash to contact Detective Brendan Quirke with the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section at 541-776-6111.

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Two Idaho Men Killed In Crash On Highway 95 - Malheur County (Photo) - 11/14/16

On November 13, 2016 at about 5:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 92 (30 miles north of the Nevada Border).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota Tundra was traveling northbound on Highway 95 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Luis M SALAS RAMIREZ, age 35, of Garden City, Idaho and his passenger Parrish W SPEEGLE, age 49, of Boise, Idaho were pronounced deceased at the scene. The left rear passenger, William K SPEEGLE, age 42, of Boise, Idaho suffered life threatening injuries was taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

The driver of the Toyota, Brandon FULLER, age 45, of Livermore, California received minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene and taken to the Malheur County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

Manslaughter II (two counts)
Assault III
Reckless Driving
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants

Alcohol consumption by FULLER is being considering a contributing factor in the crash. Highway 95 was closed for over six hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (NV), Humboldt County Fire and Rescue (NV), Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Jordan Valley Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Woman Arrested following Major Crimes Team Investigation - Klamath County (Photo) - 11/13/16

On behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Klamath Falls Police Department received information about a homicide in the 2400 block of Orchard Avenue in the City of Klamath Falls. Officers responded and found a deceased individual. The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated. The investigation is ongoing.

An arrest warrant was issued for Sheyanna RAY, age 26, for the crimes of Murder, Assault, Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering with Evidence. Ray was arrested by the Redding Police Department pursuant to the warrant and is currently in custody at the Shasta County Jail located in Redding, California.

At this point in the investigation the Major Crime Team is not announcing the name of the deceased.

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

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

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Fatal crash near Toledo, Oregon (Photo) - 11/12/16

On November 11, 2016 at approximately 7 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to SR-20 at Pioneer Trail (about MP 8) near Toledo, OR for a report of a two vehicle fatal crash.

According to Sergeant Tony Bettencourt, the preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Buick Lesabre operated by Angelica N. KENNY (from Toledo, Oregon) , age 22, and passenger Evan M WIXTED (from Toledo, Oregon), age 24, had stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Pioneer Trail / SR-20. KENNY failed to yield to oncoming traffic when she turned westbound and entered onto SR-20. Kenny's vehicle was struck by an eastbound 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven by a 17 year old male from Philomath with a 17 year old female passenger also from Philomath.

KENNY was pronounced deceased on the scene. WIXTED and the 17 year old driver and 17 year old passenger were transported to Samaritan Pacific Hospital in Newport by ambulance. WIXTED suffered serious injuries and went to emergency surgery. Both juveniles received minor injuries and were treated and released.

OSP was assisted on scene by Toledo PD, Newport PD, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Toledo Fire Department, ODOT, and Pac West Ambulance. The highway was completely closed for several hours. No other information is available at this time. The investigation is being conducted by Trooper Scott Severson with the assistance of the Lincoln County Crash Team.


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***Update 2- Two More Suspects Arrested In Murder Investigation*** OSP Continuing Investigation Into Shooting Death - Josephine County (Photo) - 11/11/16

Two more suspects have been arrested in relation to this investigation. On November 8, 2016 the below listed individuals were arrested by the Burbank Police on unrelated charges. On November 10, 2016 an Oregon arrest warrant was served on them while in custody for the following charges:

Nicholas SCARNECHIA, age 26, of Castaic, California - Murder, Robbery I, Robbery II, and Burglary I

Kacey Ann BRUNSON, age 25, of Castaic, California - Robbery I, Robbery II, and Burglary I

No booking photos are available at this time. No further information will be released as it could compromise the ongoing investigation.
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Previous Release 11/10/16:
OSP Detectives are continuing the investigation into last week's shooting death of a man in O'Brien. Detectives established Lieth Samir MOHAMMAD, 29, of North Hollywood, California, was a person of interest.

On November 8, 2016 the Burbank, California Police Department arrested MOHAMMAD on an unrelated charge and is currently being held in the Los Angeles County Jail. On November 10, 2016 an Oregon arrest warrant was served on MOHAMMAD while he was in custody on the following charges relating to the November 4th incident:

Aggravated Murder with a Firearm (ORS 163.115)
Murder with a Firearm (ORS 163.115)
Robbery in the First Degree (ORS 164.415)
Burglary in the First Degree (ORS 164.225)
Unlawful Use of a Weapon / Firearm (ORS 166.220)
Felon in Possession of a Firearm (ORS 166.255)
Theft I (ORS 164.055)

No further information will be released as it could compromise the ongoing investigation.


Previous Release 11/7/16:
On November 4th, 2016, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office received a report of a male who had been shot at 595 Waldo Road in O'Brien. Upon arrival of the sheriff's deputies, it was confirmed that the male was deceased due to a gunshot wound. The Josephine County Major Crime Response Team was requested to respond and assume the investigation. The investigation is being led by the Oregon State Police Major Crime Division.

The deceased male has been identified as Jason A GEORGE, 25 years of age. George is originally from North Carolina however has been residing in the Cave Junction area for the last couple of years. The investigation is an active homicide investigation and the suspect(s) are still outstanding.

Anyone with information in regards to the investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center, 541-664-4600.

The Josephine County Major Crimes Team is made up of members from the Oregon State Police Major Crime Division, The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, The Josephine County District Attorney's Office and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

No further information to be released at this time.

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***Update #2 - Suspect Vehicle Located, Police Seeking Registered Owner*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Fatal Pedestrian (Photo) - 11/09/16

OSP has located a vehicle which is believed to be the one involved in Tuesday morning's hit and run crash on Interstate 5 that took the life of a 57 year old Washington man.

On November 8, 2016 at about 4am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a person laying in the median of Interstate 5 near milepost 269 northbound (south of Woodburn). Emergency personnel arrived on scene and discovered an adult male deceased. Preliminary roadside evidence indicates the male, Delbert E COOPER, age 57, of Kent, Washington was struck by a vehicle that had been traveling northbound on Interstate 5.

OSP Troopers, Detectives and Crime Lab Personnel remained on scene for several hours investigating the incident. During this investigation they determined the suspect vehicle was an early 2000s silver Ford Focus (fragments of a headlight lens). That information was released to the public the evening of November 8th urging for the public to call with information.

On November 8 at about 11PM, OSP received a tip from a person that they believed they knew the location of a vehicle matching the description. OSP Detectives and Troopers responded to a location in Tualatin and located a 2002 Ford Focus with front driver's side damage consistent with what the investigation had revealed.

OSP has not been able to make contact with the registered owner of the vehicle, Juan Enrique GUZMAN RODRIGUEZ, age 45, of Salem. The public is urged to call 503-375-3555 if they have information on GUZMAN RODRIGUEZ's location or information on this incident.

No further information to be released at this time.

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***Update - Suspect Vehicle Information*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Fatal Pedestrian Crash On Interstate 5 - Marion County - 11/08/16

OSP is continuing it's investigation into Tuesday morning's crash on Interstate 5 that took the life of a pedestrian. Evidence left behind from the suspect vehicle indicates it was an early 2000's Ford Focus, silver in color with driver's side damage.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance in any information on this vehicle or who may have been operating the vehicle. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-375-3555.

The male pedestrian has been identified but OSP is ensuring family has been notified prior to releasing his name. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On November 8, 2016 at about 4am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a person laying in the median if Interstate 5 near milepost 269 northbound (south of Woodburn).

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and discovered an adult male deceased. Preliminary roadside evidence indicates the male was struck by a vehicle that had been traveling northbound on Interstate 5.

The vehicle involved did not stop and OSP is seeking the public's assistance on identifying the driver and vehicle involved in this crash. It is also believed other motorists may have stopped and left the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-375-3555.

The fast lane of Interstate 5 will be closed into the late morning as the crime scene is investigated. The OSP Crime Lab is also responding to assist with the investigation.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

OSP Continuing Death Investigation In Williams - Josephine County- Correction on name - 11/08/16

*** Correction on the name of the deceased male. The male has been identified as Nelson A. Portillo.****
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On November 6th, 2016 the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team responded to 1100 Findley Road in Willams on the report of a deceased male.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the male died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on the property. The deceased was identified as NELSON A. PORTILLO, age 23, of Loganville, Georgia.

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

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Man Rescued From Badger Hole After Fleeing From Police - Malheur County (Photo) - 11/04/16

On November 3, 2016 at about 730AM, an OSP Trooper was on patrol and located an occupied stolen vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, in Ontario and attempted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Jack in the Box (4th Street).

The driver drove away, jumping a curb, and then pursued by the Ontario Police Department. The vehicle was pursued for a short distance but terminated due to safety concerns. During the pursuit two males and a dog could be seen occupying the vehicle. Information led police to BLM land near Vale where a search was conducted by ground and air.

One suspect was located several hours later traveling by foot on the BLM land. The male was identified as Jerry E BOATMAN, age 35, of Ontario, and was arrested for Escape III and a parole violation.

The search continued and a couple hours later and aircraft located the vehicle in a ravine. Tracks leading from the vehicle were followed for over a mile and the dog was spotted. As law enforcement approached the dog, it fled into a large badger hole and would not come out. After getting the dog out, they could hear a male screaming for help from within the hole. Police discovered, Gregory A MORROW, age 22, of Ontario, was stuck approximately 8 feet underground and could not move. He was feet first in the hole and was losing the feelings in his arm.

Police immediately began digging to remove him from the hole. After about an hour and a half, MORROW was rescued and taken into custody after being identified as the driver of the stolen vehicle. He was briefly taken to Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Ontario to be treated for minor injuries. Following his arrest he was arrested for a parole violation warrant. Further charges are pending on MORROW.

Most likely MORROW would have died from exposure as he would not have been able to free himself. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted by the Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Vale Fire and Rescue.

Man Killed While Crossing Highway 22 - Polk County - 11/04/16

On November 3, 2016 at about 7:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 22W (near Frontage Road, just west of West Salem).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old male was crossing Highway 22 (from the south to north) when he was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz sedan traveling westbound on Highway 22. The driver of this vehicle told troopers she attempted to avoid the pedestrian but was unable to do so. After this impact, the pedestrian was struck by a second westbound vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Corolla.

This area of Highway 22 is not lit by street lights and there is no designated crosswalk. The pedestrian was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Alcohol consumption and improper position upon the highway are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Next of kin has not yet been made on the deceased. This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.


***This is the third fatal crash involving pedestrians that OSP has investigated in the past week***

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OSP urges pedestrians and bicyclists to wear bright colors, have reflective material and use extra caution when there is limited visibility due to hours of darkness or inclement weather. Also be knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to biking or traveling near and on highways. Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's pedestrian safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/pedestrian.aspx for further information on pedestrian safety.

Fatal Crash Investigation Underway - Polk County - 11/03/16

On November 3, 2016 at about 7:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 22 (just west of West Salem).

Preliminary information is a pedestrian attempted to cross Highway 22 when he was struck by two different vehicles. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.