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OSP F&W Troopers in Bend - Arrest Suspect in Trophy Mule Deer Kill (Photo) - 11/26/14
On November 24, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Central Oregon received information about a trophy class, 205" mule deer, killed the day prior under suspicious circumstances in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit. Members of the team began an investigation and as the investigation unfolded the hunter who shot the animal was contacted and ultimately provided a full confession to the illegal harvest of the buck deer. The suspect was identified as DANNY DAVIDSON, 54. Mr. Davidson was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for the illegal take of the buck deer and hunting on the enclosed lands of another.
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***UPDATE *** Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Crash - 82nd and Causey in PDX (Photo) - 11/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 213 (82nd Avenue) and Causey Avenue involving a TriMet bus.

On November 26, 2014, at approximately 5:52 P.M., OSP troopers were dispatched to investigate a reported vehicle versus pedestrian fatal crash on 82nd Avenue at Causey Avenue. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2012, Gillig city bus, owned by Tri-County Metro Transit District (TriMet), and driven by JASON A. WILHELM, 46, had just finished servicing a stop at 82nd and Causey Avenue. As the bus prepared to proceed southbound, a 60-year-old male, name withheld pending next of kin notification, approached the bus pushing a bicycle and began striking the side of it.

When the bus pulled away the man fell to the ground and was run over by the rear wheels. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. The bus crossed through the intersection and stopped in a safe location just south of Causey Avenue.

The roadway was blocked with a single lane detour for just over 2 hours before being reopened. The Clackamas Reconstruction And Forensics Team (CRAFT), Clackamas Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Metro Transit Police and TriMet assisted OSP at the scene.

Anyone with information or who witnessed this crash is asked to contact Trooper Bailey at 503-731-3020. No additional releases will be made pending next of kin notification.
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Roseburg Fish & Wildlife Troopers Asking for Public Assistance - 11/25/14
Sheriff'sicegon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Roseburg are asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful shooting of a 3X4 Blacktail deer on Elkhead Road near milepost 11 (one mile north of the intersection of Scott's Valley Road), in northern Douglas County.

On November 23, 2014, at approximately 11:00 PM, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of shots being fired near the location. A vehicle was observed in the area and Troopers would like to speak the occupant(s) regarding the incident. The vehicle is described as a late 80's or early 90's Toyota standard cab pickup truck, dark blue or black in color with a loud muffler.

On November 24, 2014, Trooper Aaron Baimbridge received a call from a landowner in the area who located a wounded 3X4 buck deer lying in a creek near Elkhead Road. The deer had been shot and was dispatched at the scene.

A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Baimbridge at (541) 817-4473 or the Turn in Poachers hot lineotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-5 at MP 266.5 - Correct MCDA Contact Info (Photo) - 11/25/14
On November25, 2014, at approximately 2:50 a.m., the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.

While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates a white, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by AUDREY BLIVEN, 49, of Salem, was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel. Near milepost 266.5 on I-5, the Jetta crashed head-on into a black BMW 320 which was southbound in the left lane of travel. The female right front passenger in the BMW, identified as DEANA DELEON, 49, of Nyssa OR, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male driver, identified as JUAN LEDESMA, 37, of Renton WA, and juvenile female passenger whose name will be withheld, were injured and transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile female was transferred from Salem Memorial Hospital to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

BLIVEN was transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. Upon her release from the hospital, BLIVEN was arrested by OSP for the crimes of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - alcohol, Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving.

*** As a criminal investigation, any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office; contact Amy Queen at (503) 804-6591 at the Marion County District Attorney's Office. (Correct Number) ***

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
*** News Conference regarding I-5 Fatal Crash at 10:00AM *** - 11/25/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Marion County District Attorney's office are holding an informational conference for media concerning this mornings fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 266. Interested media should plan to arrive at the Salem Patrol Office, located at 3710 Portland Rd. NE, Salem OR 97301, by 9:45 a.m., for a 10:00 a.m., media briefing.

A follow-up news release will be posted immediately after the news conference as a follow-up to the information provided during the conference.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 at milepost 267 southbound in Marion County - Detour (Photo) - 11/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a crash at milepost 267 on I-5 southbound with blockage. The northbound lanes of travel are not affected.

According to the OSP Northern Command Center (OSP), the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) began getting reports of a vehicle going the wrong way on I-5, northbound in the southbound lanes, at approximately milepost 264. As units responded to the report additional callers indicated a crash had occurred at milepost 267. MCSO responded to the scene and assisted until troopers arrived.

The front passenger in the southbound vehicle struck by the wrong-way vehicle was the single confirmed fatality at the scene. The driver and a juvenile passenger in the back were injured and transported to Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile is reported as having critical injuries.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital to be treated. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established a detour for southbound traffic in the area. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible and select an alternate route. Troopers indicated they believe they should have at least 1 lane open in the next 1-1.5 hours.

DETOUR: Traffic is being redirected east on HWY 214 in Woodburn, then south on HWY 99E, then west on Chemawa Road and back onto I-5.

Additional updates will be released when they are available.

OSP is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Marion County District Attorney's office, Keizer Police Department and the Woodburn Fire Department.
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Warm Springs Police Department Release on HWY 26 Fatal Crash - 11/24/14
The following News Release is being forwarded at the request of the Warm Springs Police Department:

On November 22, 2014, at approximately 7:09 PM, the Warm Springs Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 77. Upon arriving on scene, officers determined that a van was that traveling eastbound on Highway 26 collided head-on with the Ford pickup, which was traveling westbound. A few moments after the head-on collision, a semi-truck traveling east on Highway 26 collided with the Ford pickup, compromising the head-on crash scene. The driver and lone occupant of the van, whose identity is being withheld pending next of kin notifications (s), was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected through the passenger-side window of the van; he was pronounced dead at the scene. The two involved vehicles had no other passengers and there were no other serious injuries reported. Highway 26 was closed so that investigators could complete the investigation.

The Oregon State Police responded to assist from Bend and Government Camp by providing Crash Reconstruction specialists. Road conditions were very icy at the time of the crash and Highway 26 was reopened at 4:00 AM.

No photographs are available for release.

Questions may be directed to Public Safety General Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Stan Suenaga at (541) 553-2283.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Thanksgiving Travel Plans? Look here first... - 11/24/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Woodburn Police Department (WPD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to urge I-5 travelers to plan ahead and travel smart.

Holiday travel can bring congested roads and worrisome weather for folks who don't plan ahead.

This Thanksgiving, Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores will be hosting a "Moonlight Madness" sale, bringing more traffic to the Woodburn area. Each year, traffic on I-5 typically backs up for several miles in both directions Thanksgiving night near exit 271 as travelers and shoppers pass by.

Woodburn Police, Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP are planning extra patrols and enhanced enforcement in the area. As vehicles begin to line up to take the 271 Woodburn exit, some drivers may be tempted to stop in the adjacent lanes and "cut" into the line. OSP and ODOT want to remind drivers that it is unlawful to stop/stand on the freeway and troopers working in the area will be stopping those folks and issuing citations as necessary.

ODOT, WPD, MCSO and OSP encourage shoppers visiting the Premium Outlet Stores to consider using additional parking at the newly completed Woodburn Park & Ride/Transit facility located just east of I-5 on Highway 214.

Pre-Holiday Travel Reminders:
* Stay alert and focused while driving;
* If headed to the Outlet Stores, be sure to get in the right lane several miles before the exit;
* DO NOT STOP in the center or left lanes to merge into the right lane - if you miss the start of the line you will need to proceed to the next available exit and turn around;
* A safe following distance will reduce rear-end crashes, so - leave more room;
* Look for alternate routes to Woodburn;
* Know Before You Go with www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

Report Drunk Drivers at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###

Twitter: @ORStatePolice
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*** Update *** Reward Increased to Help OSP Fish & Division Investigation of Multiple Deer & Elk Killings in Tillamook County (Photo) - 11/24/14
A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.

The ongoing investigations led OSP troopers on Monday, November 3, 2014, to two suspects. BRADLEY JORDAN, age 20, from Beaver, was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer, Unlawful Possession of Buck Deer (2 counts), Waste of a Game Animal, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. When arrested, JORDAN was in possession of an illegally killed black-tail deer. A second person identified as JOSHUA SINCLAIR, age 22, from Cloverdale, was cited and released to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court for Aiding in a Game Violation.

OSP believes there may be others involved in these incidents and are asking for the public's help. A $1,000 reward is offered, comprised of $500 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association and $500 from the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigations.

*** Enhanced Reward ***

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible. The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to conviction of suspected poachers.

Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Newport Troopers Investigate Wasted Trophy Buck Deer - *** REWARD *** (Photo) - 11/24/14
On November 7, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to a home off NE Port Lane in Lincoln City to investigate a report of a dead buck deer. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a deceased 4-point buck deer that appeared to have been shot with an arrow. The buck was unable to be salvaged. The deer was seen alive earlier in the afternoon and appeared to have been killed around 6:30 PM, inside city limits. This was the last day of the Western Oregon Deer season.

A $5,250 reward is offered, comprised of $250 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, $2500 from the Humane Society of the United States and $2500 from the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to please call Sr. Tpr. Ryan Kehr with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-0097
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*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash I-84 West of Pendleton (Photo) - 11/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an injury crash on I-84 near milepost 206.5 and are asking for your help finding an involved vehicle.

At approximately 6:22 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) was notified of a motor vehicle fire at milepost 206.5. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV with heavy front-end damage that had caught fire and burned. The car's driver, identified as SHELLEY WHITTAKER, 29, of Portland, was pulled from the vehicle by her passenger then collapsed beside it with serious injuries. Passers-by who stopped to help performed CPR on WHITTAKER until she was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.

The front passenger, identified as TUESDAY HAILEY, 35, of Hillsboro, self-extricated and received non-life threatening injuries.

Seatbelt information is not presently available for either occupant.

*** Troopers believe the Montero may have rear-ended an oil or gasoline tanker type semi-truck . Heavy winds in the area may have prevented the trucks driver from knowing the vehicle had been hit.***

OSP is asking for your help in identifying the semi-truck involved in this incident. Anyone travelling in the Pendleton area near milepost 206.5 (on the steep grade immediately west of Pendleton) who may have witnessed the rear-end crash but been unable to stop is asked contact Trooper John Juzuler 541-276-2121 (SCC) or 503-375-3555 (NCC).

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

Photographs are attached.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
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*** Update *** Minor Injury School Bus Crash on Century Drive West of Bend (Photo) - 11/22/14
At approximately 9:50 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a report of a school bus that had lost control, slid off the road and rolled-over at milepost 15.5 on Century Drive west of Bend.

Troopers, assisted by the United States Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, learned the bus slid through the eastbound lane and off the embankment before rolling over twice and coming to rest against some trees about 50 feet away from the road. The bus was occupied by six students plus the driver, identified as RUSSELL JOHNSON, 55, of Prineville. One of the students received a minor injury and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

The school bus was traveling from Prineville to the Mount Bachelor area transporting the cross country ski team. Information on seat belt use is not immediately available.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
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Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 99W near Junction City - Lane County. (Photo) - 11/21/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a four vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W at milepost 112 near Junction City in Lane County.

On November 21, at approximately 6:59 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a four vehicle crash on highway 99W at milepost 112 with a single confirmed fatality. The crash occurred when a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, travelling northbound and driven by CLINTON STEFANEK, 31, from Eugene, crossed the center median and struck a southbound 2014 Nissan Juke, driven by KIMBERLY ANNE BARCLAY, 39, from Corvallis. BARCLAY died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Subsequent to the initial crash, both vehicles were struck by additional cars heading southbound.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and pending the results of the collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Junction City Fire Department, Junction City PD, Lane Rural Fire District, the Lane County District Attorney and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Roll-Over Crash on I-84 at Milepost 145 (Photo) - 11/20/14
Troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 145 (EB) involving a semi truck pulling a set of double trailers.

Senior Trooper Mike Holloran of The Dalles said the truck's driver, identified as ODELL THOMAS,55, of Vancouver WA, was travelling too fast for conditions on an icy freeway as he approached traffic slowing ahead; losing control, going off the road into the median and rolling over. Sr. Trooper Holloran said the driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston for treatment of minor injuries.

Due to the icy conditions and location of the overturned truck troopers believe it will take several hours if not days to off-load the trailers by hand and then remove the truck. Drivers are asked to be mindful of crews working in the area to clear the crash and to reduce distractions and increase your following distances.

With icy weather motorists are urged to Know Before You Go and consult www.TripCheck.com for travel details. Drive Safe!
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*** I-84 Closures *** Know Before You Go! with TripCheck.com (Photo) - 11/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are advising of hazardous conditions on Interstate 84 at multiple locations in the Pendleton Area.

Freezing Rain is the culprit in this photo when an OSP patrol car was hit while unoccupied. Motorists should avoid the area and monitor www.tripcheck.com for details on when the roadways will be open. Know Before You Go.
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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash Highway 103 at MP 6.5 - Names Released (Photo) - 11/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.

On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as DAVID WEISS, 68, of Forest Grove, and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant, identified as EDWARD VAUGHN, 59, of Portland, died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Investigators indicated Vaughn was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.

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Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 103 at Milepost 6.5 - 11/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5.

On November 18, 2014, at approximately 6:10 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Preliminary investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.

The names of those involved are being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification and will be released once that has occurred. OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.

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*** Update *** Officer involved shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo) - 11/17/14
Below is a news release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN FRONTIER MARKET ROBBERY

                                                                                              

On Sunday, November 17, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.  

 

Officers pursued suspect Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77) and gunfire was exchanged. Miles was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center on Sunday, November 17, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.  No officers were injured from the gunfire.

 

Two additional suspects have been arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail in relation to the Frontier Market Robbery.  Garrett Michael Petersen (4/11/1987) and Samantha Darlene Robertson (10/20/1988) on charges of Robbery I and Criminal Conspiracy II.  The suspects will appear in Klamath County Circuit Court at 1:30pm on Monday, November 17, 2014.

 

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

 

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

 

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Officer Involved Shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo) - 11/16/14
The following is a Press Release from the Klamath County District Attorney:
Klamath County District Attorney's Office
Rob Patridge
District Attorney

November 16, 2014 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Patridge, 541-840-1600
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ROBBERY LEADS TO OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police, pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.

Officers pursued the Robbery suspect and gunfire was exchanged. The suspect, Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77), was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center at 9:41 p.m. No officers were injured from the gunfire.

Miles had warrants out for his arrest that involved four separate cases in Klamath County including: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Escape in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


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*** Update *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash I-5 southbound at MP 96 - Names Released (Photo) - 11/14/14
November 14, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on I-5 southbound at milepost 96 involving a car and semi-truck, which resulted in the death of a woman driving the wrong way on the freeway.

** Additional information to the original release ** On Nov. 14, prior to 10 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) began to receive multiple calls about a 2011 white Mazda 3, driving erratically in the Grants Pass area. Troopers in Grants Pass attempted to overtake the vehicle from behind but were unable to. Additional callers advised the vehicle was now northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 88, near Canyonville. Several vehicles avoided the wrong-way Mazda, including one that was forced off the roadway, as troopers scrambled to locate it. At milepost 96, the Mazda hit a semi-truck head-on. The collision occurred near the centerline of the freeway as the operator of the semi-truck was unable to avoid the car. The semi-truck caught fire and burned at the scene, blocking the freeway for several hours.

The Mazda's driver, identified as KATHLEEN F. PETERSEN, 64, of Brookings, died as a result of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck, JOSE GARCIA, 41, of Compton Calif., was transported to Mercy Medical Center and treated for a broken arm and unknown other injuries. The reason for PETERSEN's erratic driving is still under investigation as troopers follow-up with multiple callers on this incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Canyonville South Umpqua Fire Department, Riddle Fire Protection District, Azalea Rural Fire District, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Myrtle Creek Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, which was first to arrive on-scene.

The Brookings Police Department has been assisting OSP in attempting to locate next of kin for the deceased.
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Klamath County Major Crime Team investigating suspicious death - 11/14/14
The following is a press release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Klamath County District Attorney's Office

Rob Patridge

District Attorney         

November 14,
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated related to a homicide that occurred on the Oregon California and Eastern State Trail (OC&E) east of Altamont Drive in Klamath Falls, Oregon.   Shots were fired resulting in the death of Tyler Devore Nelson (DOB 11-25-74).   No one has been arrested related to this shooting.

 

The Major Crimes Team is actively seeking information from the public about this investigation.   The Oregon State Police are leading the investigation and if people have information they can call the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-883-5711.  Individuals may also leave anonymous information on the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.

 

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


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Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 26 - 6 Miles east of Prineville in Crook County (Photo) - 11/13/14
November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-1261

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 at milepost 25, east of Prineville in Crook County.

On November 13, at approximately 12:44 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle crash down a steep embankment on Highway 26 near milepost 25. Upon arrival, troopers located a tan, 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, off the roadway down a steep embankment. The pickup struck a Juniper tree in the drivers' side door causing significant damage. The pickups operator, identified as ROBERT L. AKINS, 91, of Bend, was deceased at the scene. No other passengers were riding with him.

Witnesses at the scene told OSP AKINS was travelling with two other vehicles in a caravan; the said AKINS and another vehicle began to lose traction on the packed snow and ice at the location. The second slipping vehicle was able to recover safely.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue, the Crook County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Senior Trooper Andrea Vaughn is the lead investigator on this crash. Next of kin notification has been made.



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OSP Fish and Wildlife Asking for Help in Newport - Waste of Game Animal (Photo) - 11/13/14
November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are asking for your help in Newport.

On November 3, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) located two deer carcasses which had been dumped near a Hancock Timber gate off of Hayes Creek Road. Hayes Creek Road is located off Highway 20, at milepost 21, in Lincoln County. Rib and neck meat had been left on both carcasses along with a bag of meat scraps. By the time troopers found the carcasses, the meat was spoiled; troopers estimate between 35-40 pounds of meat was wasted.

The Oregon Hunter's Association, in cooperation with Leupold and Stevens, are offering a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).

If anyone has information regarding these deer, please contact Trooper Heather Van Meter with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-9637.

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OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board (Photo) - 11/13/14
November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-1261

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board

Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Heather Van Meter, 41, was honored recently during the Annual Post Season Law Enforcement Conference in Bend by the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). Van Meter, a 7-year-veteran of the Oregon State Police, has served in the agencies Fish and Wildlife Division since the date of her hire.

Van Meter was honored for her contributions to the revision of Oregon's Outfitter and Guide laws. Her attention to detail help OSMB staff resolve rule inconsistencies for fishing guides and charter boats operating in Oregon. Several of the rules that went into effect in January are as a result of her efforts.

Sergeant Todd Thompson supervises the Newport Fish and Wildlife Team where Van Meter works. "Heather is a big contributor to the team; she's tenacious and always follows through," Thompson said. When asked why Van Meter was selected to receive the award Thompson added, "She recognized shortcomings in the existing rules and reached out to area guides and charter vessels, then followed up with the Marine Board to help resolve the matter."

More details on the ceremony can be found by visiting the OSMB page at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/news/2014/2014LESigContributionAwdsRel.pdf


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OSP Traffic Stop Uncovers 3.3 Pounds of Heroin (Photo) - 11/13/14
November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer



www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice



A Utah man and woman were arrested earlier this week during an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop along Interstate 5 near Portland after approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin was found concealed inside their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On Monday, November 10, an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Mercury Marquis, displaying Utah license plates, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290 for a traffic violation. The car's occupants were identified as driver, ADRIANA GISELA ARVIZU, age 30, from West Valley, Utah, and passenger, FRANCISCO TREJO GUERREO, age 21, also from West Valley, Utah.

Subsequent investigation during the stop aided by a drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin, valued at nearly $10,200, concealed in the trunk area.

Both were taken into custody and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Heroin.


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Winter Weather Alert Means Drivers Must Prepare - 11/12/14
Oregon State Police troopers in northern Oregon are asking motorists to remember to slow down and think ahead when driving in winter conditions.

Sergeant Brad Hessel of the McMinnville Area Command wants to remind drivers that a winter storm watch is in effect and winter driving conditions in northern Oregon demand drivers slow down, reduce distractions and arrive safely. "Typically what we see are folks who haven't left early enough to allow extra time," Sgt. Hessel said; "consequently, they are driving too fast for conditions and off the road they go." Sgt. Hessel reminds all drivers to allow extra travel time during winter conditions and to remember that slippery conditions cause stopping distances to increase.

Everyday tips for Safe Driving from Oregon State Police and ODOT include:
* Adjust your driving for the conditions if there is ice of snow on the road.
* Be ready to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking ahead.
* Look for signs indicating when chains or traction tires are required, and chain up early when you are required to do so.
*If you lose traction, slow down gradually - don't slam on your brakes.
*Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways; ice forms first on these surfaces.
* Don't use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.

Always - know before you go. Check current road conditions on ODOT's web site www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

### www.Oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Contributing: Sgt. Brad Hessel
McMinnville Area Command
*** Update *** Sauvie Island Death Investigation (#2) - 11/12/14
Oregon State Police detectives are continuing the death investigation of a man reported missing from the Portland Area found on Sauvie Island.

On November 11, at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP detectives were called to Willow Bark State Park on Sauvie Island in Columbia County to investigate a report of a deceased, white, male adult found there.

Detectives have identified the man as a missing person out of the Portland area. Preliminary information indicates the circumstances of the death are not suspicious; however, the man's name is being withheld pending next of kin notification and the completion of an autopsy. Portland Police Bureau detectives are following up on the missing person report and available details are limited.

Anyone with information on this event may contact Detective Sergeant Patti Rhodes at (503) 731-3030.

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*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash Highway 99W at MP 59 - Polk County (Photo) - 11/12/14
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday morning's head-on crash on Highway 99W in Polk County near Orrs Corner Road.
On Monday, November 10, 2014, at approximately 7:40 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle, head-on crash near milepost 59 on Highway 99W in Polk County, near Orrs Corner Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates AGUILAR D. DOMINGUEZ, 18, of Cornelius, was operating a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon southbound on HWY 99 in heavy fog when he attempted to pass in the oncoming lane. He collided head-on with a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by EMILY R. BEATLEY, 36, of Monmouth, that was northbound. DOMINGUEZ had minimal injuries and was transported from the scene via private vehicle. BEATLEY, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash, was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital; the unborn fetus did not survive the crash.

The crash blocked one lane of traffic for about one hour during the investigation. No citations have been issued to date and the crash is still under investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Fire District #1, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Polk County District Attorney's Office.


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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on State Route 3 in Wallowa County (Photo) - 11/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a single vehicle crash down a steep embankment off State Route 3 north in Wallowa County.

At approximately 3:54 p.m. on Nov. 10, OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on State Route 3 near milepost .7. Preliminary investigation indicates that, at approximately 3:30 p.m., SONJA LOUISE JOHNSON, 23, of Asotin, Wash., was traveling northbound when her vehicle, a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, crossed the southbound lane and continued off the shoulder and down into the canyon. The vehicle rolled approximately 500 feet before coming to rest near the bottom. First-responders on-scene discovered Ms. Johnson deceased in the vehicle. She was wearing her safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Wallowa County Search and Rescue, Enterprise Fire Department and Joseph Fire Department. Next of kin notification was made by Asotin County Sheriff's Office in Washington. Senior Trooper Jed Stone is the lead investigator in this crash.


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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Sergeant Kyle Hove
LaGrande Area Command
Oregon State Police
(Contributing)
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11/8/14 Crash on HWY 6 at MP 19.5 leaves woman hospitalized and vehicle destroyed. (Photo) - 11/10/14
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Tillamook and North Plains worksites responded to a report of a single vehicle crash near milepost 19.5 on Highway 6 outside of Tillamook. Upon arrival, troopers discovered the vehicle was off the roadway and had caught fire. Attempts to extinguish the fire by first responders were unsuccessful and the vehicle was destroyed.

Investigation revealed that DEBORAH MAE CLAYTON, age 62, out of Portland was driving eastbound in a red 1993 Jeep Wrangler on State Route 6 when for an unknown reason her vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a culvert ditch near the eastbound shoulder. Passerby's Scott (43) and April (40) Buckmeier stopped to render aid when they noticed the vehicle had caught fire in the engine compartment. Moments before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flame they were able to get Ms. Clayton out of the vehicle. A dog, which had been riding in the vehicle, was not injured and escaped the fire also.

Ms. Clayton was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of her injuries. The cause of the crash is pending investigation however, initial investigation indicates the driver may have fallen asleep and was not wearing a seat belt.

OSP was assisted on scene by Tillamook Fire & Rescue and Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Trooper Sarah Reding - Tillamook Worksite, 5995 Long Prairie Road, Tillamook, OR 97141, @ Office: (503)842-2899 ext. 3354
Fax: (503)842-5250.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Lower River Road - Grants Pass (Photo) - 11/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's single vehicle crash, which resulted in a fatality on Lower River Road, near Grants Pass.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., OSP Troopers were dispatched to investigate a domestic disturbance complaint at the White Horse Park, 7501 Lower River Rd., Space #26, in Grants Pass. Moments later, troopers were notified that an involved person, later identified as 59-year-old DONALD RICHARD PHILLIPS JR., had left the scene and was reportedly driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Shortly thereafter, troopers were notified of a crash at 7393 Lower River Rd., in Grants Pass, where a single vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The car's driver, DONALD RICHARD PHILLIPS JR., was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Preliminary evidence indicates he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and no passengers were in the vehicle with him. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The highway remained open during the investigation. Next of kin have been notified.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department of Grants Pass, American Medical Response (AMR) and Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home.

As the investigation is ongoing, no further details are available at this time. Anyone with information concerning this crash is asked to contact the Sr. Trooper Scott Holsworth at the OSP Grants Pass Worksite at (541) 955-6370.


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Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash on I-84 Westbound - Milepost 275 in LaGrande (Photo) - 11/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84 at milepost 275 near LaGrande at 11:14 a.m. on Sunday. The involved vehicle was a Frito-Lay tractor-trailer out of Vancouver, Wash., which was pulling two loaded trailers. The crash, which blocked the right lane of travel for 3 hours, was caused by a strong wind gust that forced the vehicle onto the highway shoulder. The truck's driver, 53-year-old WILLIAM ANDERSON, attempted to recover from the swerve and maneuvered back and forth across the highway until the second trailer tipped over. He was not injured, and no citations were issued.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The trailer was removed by Fenn's Towing.

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*** Update *** 10 Year-Old Boy Missing in Newport Found Safe - 11/09/14
The Newport Police Department (NPD) has reported 10 year-old ANTHONY McCORKLE who went missing from his residence at 265 NE 36th, #4, in Newport at about 4:00 P.M. yesterday, has been found safe.

For further inquiries contact the Newport Police Department.

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Aircraft Landing on Highway 20E at Milepost 11 (East of Bend) Blocking One Lane of Travel - 11/07/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are on the scene of an aircraft landing on US Highway 20E near Milepost 11 - East of Bend. Details are limited but one lane of travel is currently blocked. The involved aircraft is a Piper Cherokee which landed safety on the highway for unknown reasons. No occupants were injured during the landing. Updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

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*** Update *** Single Vehicle Double Fatal Crash - Highway 126W MP 15 - Mapleton (Photo) - 11/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people and injuries to three others on Highway 126W east of Florence. The names of the deceased are released in this update and other juvenile occupant names will be withheld.

November 6, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m., local emergency responders and OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 15 near Mapleton in Lane County. Upon arrival, troopers located the vehicle on its top down a steep embankment with 5 juvenile occupants. 17 year-old ABIGAIL BOYDSTON, of Noti, and 16 year-old WESTON BOWMAN, of Mapleton, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The three remaining juvenile passengers were treated for injuries sustained during the crash.

The cause the crash and safety belt use for all occupants is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing. Trooper Ricky Hamilton of the Springfield Area Command is the lead investigator and may be reached at (541)726-2536.

All occupants were students at Mapleton High School (MHS). The Lane County Sheriff's Office notified MHS of the crash and they are working with students and staff to provide grief counseling for those impacted by this event.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane County District Attorney's office, Lane County Medical Examiner, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Mapleton Fire Department and ODOT.


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Media Advisory: Contact Information for Next Oregon State Police Public Information Officer - 11/05/14
Effective Thursday, November 6, 2014, Lieutenant Josh Brooks will take over full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Brooks is assigned at General Headquarters in Salem and may be reached at:

Office: (503) 934-1261
Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Brooks' cellphone)

Brooks, age 36, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. Previous OSP assignments included working at offices in John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

Following a 36-year OSP career, Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer, is retiring effective December 1, 2014. Hastings served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

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Driver Involved in October 15 Fatal Crash Near Molalla Arrested on Drug-Related Warrant (Photo) - 11/03/14
A Colton man was arrested last weekend on drug-related charges associated with the ongoing investigation into an October 15 fatal traffic crash near Molalla. Enforcement action related to the fatal crash investigation is pending.

SEAN M. BUSCHKE, age 33, from Colton, was arrested November 1, 2014, during a traffic stop by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on a warrant after he was indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury for Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

The indictment was issued related to an investigation by Oregon State Police associated with a fatal traffic crash on October 15, 2014 at approximately 2:35 p.m., on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road. A 1994 Ford Mustang driven by BUSCHKE was westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when it crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound 1993 Honda Accord four-door driven by KRISTI LOUISE ANDERSON, age 64, from Molalla. ANDERSON died after arriving at a Portland hospital. Her 3-year old granddaughter received non-life threatening injuries.

BUSCHKE was transported by ambulance to OHSU where he was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

During the ongoing investigation OSP seized evidence. A search warrant was authorized that resulted in the seizure of controlled substances including heroin and methamphetamine from a container found inside BUSCHKE'S car.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Dan Swift and Trooper Tracy Clark are lead investigators.

Photograph - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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La Pine Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude Traffic Crash in La Pine Area - 11/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a La Pine man Friday evening on multiple charges after he fled a traffic crash in his car with 3 of his younger siblings inside in the La Pine area.

On October 31, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., an OSP senior trooper was outside of his patrol car assisting pedestrian traffic with crossing the road on Highway 97 at 1st Street in La Pine. An SUV had come to a stop when it was struck from behind by a 1998 Chrysler Sebring traveling approximately 25 mph.

After seeing the collision, the trooper reported hearing a girl inside the Chrysler yell through an open window to stop because she wanted out. The car's driver, later identified as TYLOR BRENTON BATES, age 22, from La Pine, put the car in reverse, spinning the tires as it drove away from the crash scene at a high rate of speed.

The trooper got into his patrol car and attempted to overtake and stop the Chrysler. As the fleeing vehicle turned west onto 1st Street, a small boy was seen rolling across the roadway and several citizens ran to help him. The Chrysler then turned north on Huntington Road, running a red light recklessly at a high rate of speed.

The Chrysler turned east on Burgess Road, passing vehicles on both sides of the road a high speeds. As the Chrysler turned north onto Skidgel Road, BATES lost control and the car went off the road into a ditch, through a couple fences and then hit a tree where it came to rest.

BATES was taken into custody without further incident.

The trooper found the driver's 11 year old sister holding a dog about 25 feet away from the vehicle among trees where she said she ran to get away from her older brother. Subsequent investigation also determined that the driver had punched her in the face while driving before the hit-and-run crash earlier.

The boy who was seen rolling across the road as the vehicle fled the first crash scene was identified as the driver's 14-year old brother who had jumped out of the moving vehicle. Another brother, age 9, was also found uninjured after the trooper learned he also got out of the moving car as the driver fled the first crash.

TYLOR BATES was lodged in the Deschutes County jail on the following charges:

* DUII
* Reckless Driving
* Felony Hit & Run
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)
* Assault in the Fourth Degree
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

A photograph of Bates is not available for release at this time on the Deschutes County Jail website.

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Death Investigation - Clear Lake east of Mt Hood in Wasco County - 10/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Wasco County Medical Examiner, are investigating the death of a 58-year old Yuma, Arizona man found deceased Wednesday evening from an apparent suicide about four miles south of Highway 26 near Clear Lake in Wasco County.

On October 9, 2014, Yuma County Sheriff's officials received a report of a missing person identified as JEFFREY A. McKEON, age 58. Unknown to OSP, McKEON indicated to family members he was traveling to the Portland area.

On October 29, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., an OSP trooper working in the area of Highway 26 near Frog Lake was contacted by a passing motorist who reported a pickup parked in a remote area near Clear Lake that appeared to have a deceased male inside. The trooper responded to the location and determined the man was deceased. Subsequent investigation and consultation with the Wasco County Medical Examiner indicated the man, positively identified as McKEON, took his own life. Next of kin were notified.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

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

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Superintendent Evans Announces Appointment of Lang Hinkle as Next OSP Springfield Area Commander (Photo) - 10/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. announced the appointment of a new area commander at the OSP Springfield Area Command office. Effective November 1, 2014, Lang Hinkle is promoted to Lieutenant following the promotion of Robert Edwards to Captain in charge of overseeing OSP Southwest Region operations.

Lieutenant Hinkle, age 54, joined OSP in 1988 and has spent the duration of his career in the Lane County area assigned to the Patrol Services Division. Hinkle was initially assigned at the Oakridge work site office until November 1995 when he was promoted to sergeant at the Springfield office. In July 2001, he was assigned to supervise OSP operations back at the Oakridge office where he worked the next 13 years. In 2011 he was promoted to Master Sergeant, the only individual on OSP currently holding that sergeant rank, until this promotion as the Area Commander at the Springfield office.

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.

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Serious Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 35 north of Highway 26 - 10/29/14
One person received serious injury Tuesday evening when he lost control of the commercial truck he was driving and rolled off Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows north of Highway 26.

On October 28, 2014 at approximately 6:16 p.m., a Freightliner truck pulling a trailed loaded with apples driven by PARITPAL SINGH, age 41, from California, was southbound on Highway 35 near milepost 64 negotiating a right curve when it rolled onto its left side and slid off the northbound shoulder where truck and trailer came to rest.

SINGH was seriously injured and trapped inside the truck and extricated by emergency responders. A male co-driver/passenger was in the truck's sleeper berth and not injured.

Local fire personnel, AMR ambulance, Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to the scene. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator.

SINGH was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The overturned truck and trailer were to remain overnight until a tow company could upright both and remove them from the scene. There was no report of the load being spilled.

No photographs available for this release.

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Minor Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 211 near Colton in Clackamas County (Photo) - 10/29/14
One person was injured following a minor injury crash Tuesday involving a commercial truck and passenger car on Highway 211 near Colton. The involved truck traveled off the highway and came to rest near a creek where approximately 190 gallons of diesel spilled into a creek.

According to Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe, on October 28, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a commercial chip truck driven by DAVID C. TUCKER, age 50, from Eagle Creek, was approaching the rear of a car behind a slower moving vehicle southbound on a straight stretch of Highway 211 near milepost 19. The chip truck moved into the northbound lane to pass the car and slow moving vehicle when the car, driven by MARLENE MUHS, age 50, from Silverton, also attempted to pass. As the car moved toward the northbound lane it collided into the side of the chip truck and then swerved back to the right where it came to stop on the southbound shoulder.

TUCKER steered left where the chip truck drove off the roadway onto the shoulder where it traveled down the length of a drainage ditch. The truck came to an abrupt stop against a concrete culvert structure. The truck's fuel tanks ruptured, spilling approximately 190 gallons of diesel fuel into a creek.

Emergency responders from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Colton Fire District, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, ODOT and a HazMat team came to the scene. HazMat and fire personnel worked to contain the diesel spill.

TUCKER was transported by ambulance with minor injuries to Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. He was treated and released.

MUHS was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office conducted the investigation.

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One Year Later: OSP Continues to Ask For Public's Help to Find Driver & Vehicle Involved in Double Fatal Hit & Run Deaths near Cave Junction - 10/29/14
One year later, Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to ask for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two men on October 30, 2013, who were reportedly struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on October 30, 2013 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a report was received that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30 south of Cave Junction. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed two males were deceased and the involved vehicle and driver was not at the scene. The victims were identified as JARRED QUINN HOUSTON, age 21, from Cave Junction, and ROBERT ROB CALVIN, age 41, from Cave Junction.

The men were reportedly involved in a dispute that turned physical in the southbound lane of travel where they were struck by the suspect vehicle that left the scene southbound without stopping.

The suspect vehicle was described as light colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980's style single cab Toyota pickup with matching color canopy and front end damage.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Services Division have invested hundreds of hours into the ongoing investigation. OSP detectives from the Central Point Area Command office are leading the investigation.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through the Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon program for information that leads to an arrest and the filing of charges http://bit.ly/1yGJKns. In addition, the families were offering a reward of up to $5,000 to help solve this case.

Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

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Update: Missing Woman Found Safe in Lincoln Beach in Lincoln County - 10/29/14
UPDATE: Missing woman found safe in Lincoln Beach and is no longer missing. Thank you for your interest.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.

ELIZABETH (Betsy) ANNE GARNER, age 33, was reportedly last seen October 28, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach where she was dropped off by a co-worker. She is presently living in the Gleneden Beach area.

GARNER is described as a white female, 5'11" tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket over a blue shirt, black pants, and may or may not have shoes on.

OSP was notified on October 29 at approximately 12:13 a.m. A search was started involving OSP troopers and detectives, Gleneden Beach Fire District, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies and Search & Rescue personnel, and Lincoln City Police Department. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to join the area search at daylight.

Anyone with information regarding the location of GARNER is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.

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