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Veneta Man Pleds Guilty in Unlawful Mule Deer Case in Southern Oregon - 08/19/17

In March 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division received information a local man had taken two mule deer bucks without a valid controlled hunt tag for the Southern Oregon unit where the deer were shot and harvested.

Based on the verifiable information OSP was provided, Troopers from the Springfield Patrol Office applied for and obtained a search warrant to search the man's residence in Veneta for additional evidence of the crimes. Troopers executed that warrant on March 24, 2017, seizing various deer parts, a scoped rifle, and ammunition.

The investigation revealed Jason Brian Barker of Veneta, age 45, had legally obtained a controlled hunt buck tag for the Fort Rock Unit in Southern Oregon. However, Barker personally took two mule deer bucks in the Interstate Unit, exceeding his personal bag limit, as well as exceeding his permissible hunt area. The investigation confirmed Barker utilized an acquaintance's tag on the second deer, and reported on both tags to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife that the harvests had occurred in the Fort Rock Unit.

On August 18, 2017, Barker appeared in Lane County Circuit Court and plead guilty to two counts of Unlawful Taking of a Mule Deer Buck (No Valid Tag for Unit) and one count of Unlawful Borrowing of Big Game Tag.

Barker was sentenced to three years court probation, a 3-year suspension of his Oregon hunting privileges, $2000 in restitution to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the unlawful takings, 5 days of jail to be served on the road crew, forfeiture of the remaining deer parts, as well as the involved .300 Ultra Magnum scoped rifle, and a special condition that he not participate in any hunting excursions during the period of his probation.

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***Updaye Flyer - Remove one photo (Not the Blackwood who fled)*** OSP, partner agencies pursue suspect vehicle south of Wilsonville following rest-stop contact; two flee, one escapes after crash; tips sought (Photo) - 08/19/17

*** Update Flyer from Washington with pictures of tattoos***
OSP has been notified the photo we posted with Joshua Blackwood with sunglasses is not the Joshua Blackwood who fled the vehicle. Media please remove that photo from your websites. The attached flyer was provided from Washington Northwest Fugitive Investigations.

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At approximately 3:12 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, an Oregon State Police Trooper made contact with a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse at the Baldock rest area just south of Wilsonville suspicious activity. The trooper was investigating alleged public indecency.

During contact, the female driver exited the vehicle. Then the male suspect -- later identified as Joshua R. Blackwood, 22, of Shoreline, WA -- moved to the suspect vehicle's driver seat. The female then reportedly jumped back in the car, and the two suspects fled the scene.

Oregon State Police pursued, and were soon joined in the chase by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) patrol deputies and deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department.

At approximately 3:23 a.m., Blackwood crashed the vehicle near milepost 276 on Interstate 5 southbound. Blackwood then fled the vehicle on foot, heading westbound. The female passenger also bailed out of the vehicle and fled to the southwest.

At 3:51 a.m., police captured the female subject: identified as Ashley M Cochrane, 21, from Lake Stevens, Washington. Her case will be presented to a grand jury at a future date. However, police were unable to locate Blackwood. The Oregon State Police is seeking tips from the public. Cochrane is a known girlfriend of Blackwood and they are likely together.

Blackwood is wanted in Washington but the warrants are not serviceable in Oregon. Reportedly, Blackwood spent several months on Washington's most wanted list. He is known to steal vehicles is Washington. Attached are photos obtained from both Blackwood and Cochrane's Facebook pages.

Joshua R. Blackwood is identified as follows:
- White male
- 22 years old
- 5'7"
- 140 lbs.
- Blue eyes
- Blond hair
- Last seen wearing shorts with no shirt or shoes
- Tattoo of seattle Syline on R. Forearm
- Tattoo "Family" on left side of neck under ear

If anyone sees Blackwood they are urged to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888 or 911 DO NOT Approach Blackwood

The following charges are pending aganst Blackwood and this morning events:
- Assualt on a public safety officer
- Hit and Run
- Attempt to Elude
- Reckless Drive
- PCS
- Criminal Mischief

CCSO deputies searched the area the help of the CCSO Aviation Unit and K9 units from Clackamas and Tigard PD. Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies also responded to assist in the search.

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Motorcycle Fatal Crash on Highway 6 in Tillamook County (Photo) - 08/17/17

On August 16, 2017 at approximately 12:55 PM, Oregon State Police troopers responded to a serious injury crash occurred on SR Highway 6 near milepost 31.5. The female rider, identified as Janene Tailleur, 49, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was pronounced deceased at OHSU the evening of August 16, 2017.

The investigation of the crash revealed the 2013 Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Tailleur was eastbound when Tailleur lost control of the vehicle on a curve to the right. The motorcycle went over onto its right side and slid across the centerline into the westbound lane of travel. The motorcycle and rider were struck by a westbound 2014 Ford F150 pickup driven by Eric Kading, age 33, from Portland. Other occupants of the pickup were Laura Kading, age 31, from Portland, and the Kadings' two juvenile children.

Tailleur was transported from the scene by air ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries. None of the occupants of the Ford pickup were injured. Tailler was pronounced deceased at OHSU.

Troopers from the Tillamook, North Plains and St. Helens offices responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Tillamook Fire and Rescue and Banks Fire and Rescue assisted OSP.

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Oregon State Police Seeks Public Assistance in Douglas County Poaching Case (Photo) - 08/17/17

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a cow elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of August 13th, 2017, OSP was notified of a dead cow elk southeast of the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The animal was located near the intersection of Deans Creek Road and Johanneson Creek Road. An OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded and found the dead elk in an open field approximately 75 feet from Deans Creek Road. The animal had been shot and the majority of it was left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Friday, August 12th, 2017 during the late evening hours.

A reward of up to $500 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 program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Jay Evans through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-900-0447. (Case # SP17288134) (Email - JEvans@osp.state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.



Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

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

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

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters

Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

* $100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

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***Update #2 ** Audubon Society Offers Additional Reward Money for Illegal Killing of Bald Eagle -Washington County - 08/16/17

*** Update #2
The Audubon Society is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a Bald Eagle on or around June 27th 2017. This is in addition to a $1,000 reward offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Yamhill Chapter, a $1,000 reward offered by the Oregon Hunters Association Tualatin Valley Chapter, and $1,000 reward offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Oregon State Police ask that anyone with information about the case contact:
Senior Trooper Mike VanRenterghem at 1-800-452-7888 or the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 503-682-6131.

Below are the previous releases from the Oregon State Police related to this case:

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**** UPDATE PHOTO ADDED **** OSP SEEKING PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING WITNESSES TO BALD EAGLE - WASHINGTON COUNTY (PHOTO)

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 5:16 PM
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On June 28, 2017 at about 10:15 AM, Oregon State Police responded to the area of Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive, which is north of the town of Gaston, for a report of an injured Bald Eagle. The injured Bald Eagle was initially reported last week, but was able to fly away and could not be captured. This morning, Oregon State Police located the injured Bald Eagle after following it through thick brush, a knee deep swampy marsh area and a short distance through a field before it was finally captured. The injured Bald Eagle was taken to the Audubon Society where it was evaluated and determined that its injury was likely caused by a gunshot wound.

Oregon State Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for any information that may lead to a person(s) involved in this incident. Please refer calls for this case to Senior Trooper Mike VanRenterghem or Trooper Tayler Jerome at phone number 1-800-452-7888(Case Number SP17221814) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at 503 682-6131
Contact Info:

Sergeant Yvette Shephard
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Media Email: OSPPIO@state.or.us
Media Phone (Cell) 541-419-8843

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Death Investigation- Grand Ronde- ** Update #2 on Investigation Status *** (Photo) - 08/16/17

***UPDATE #2***
Based on the investigation conducted the information the Oregon State Police received Dayleen Crowder's death showed no evidence of foul play. The Oregon State Police is continuing to ask anyone who had seen or spoken to Crowder since the end of July to call the Northern Command Center at the below listed number.
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***Update#1***

On August 15, 2017 at approximately 2:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to report of a deceased female off highway 18 near the exit 25 overpass (Fort Hill). The female has been identified as Dayleen Kay Crowder (age 52) from Grand Ronde.

Crowder's last known residence was in Grand Ronde at the end of July. The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who might have information or who had seen Crowder after the end of July to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center. Please call (800) 452-7888 and refer to case number SP17-292529. Detective Moisan is the lead detective on the case.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Polk County Animal Control, and Polk County District Attorney's Office.

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The Oregon State Police and local Polk County agencies are conducting a death investigation off highway 18 near milepost 25 (Fort Hill area). The overpass 25 is closed at this time to help investigtors. There is no known threat to public safety. We will release information as it becomes available.

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***Name Released*** OSP Investigating Fatal Crash Involving Vehicle versus Bicyclist - Lane County (Photo) - 08/15/17

***UPDATE***

The bicyclist has been identified as John Carter REDMOND, age 53, of Oakridge. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger car versus bicycle collision on State Route 58, at milepost 34 in Oakridge.

On August 13, 2017, at about 9:38 p.m., a black 1984 Pontiac Fiero, operated by Stephen Bradley HERRICK, age 57, of Westfir, was traveling eastbound on State Route 58 at milepost 34, when a male bicyclist crossed the roadway in a southbound direction and in the path of the Fiero. The bicyclist sustained major injuries and was transported to River Bend Hospital by Oakridge Fire and EMS. He was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

One of the eastbound lanes of the highway was blocked for approximately four hours while the on-scene investigation was being conducted.

Preliminary information indicates that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and the bicycle did not have any lighting.

Efforts are still ongoing to notify next of kin of the deceased. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency and is being assisted by Oakridge Fire and EMS, Oakridge Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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***Name Released*** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 126E near Milepost 30 - Lane County (Photo) - 08/15/17

***UPDATE***

The driver of the Ford Explorer has been identified as Elizabeth Lee BARTLETT, age 22, of Portland. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.

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On August 9, 2017, at about 4:25 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 126E, east of Vida in Lane County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Ford Explorer was eastbound when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and struck a large boulder off the south shoulder. The vehicle caught fire after impact and was fully engulfed prior to emergency personnel arrival.

The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Explorer was pronounced deceased at the scene and the identity has yet to be confirmed.

Both lanes of Highway 126E were closed for approximately one hour before one lane was opened for commuting vehicles. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, US Forest Service, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released when available.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 45 Pounds of Methamphetamine - Douglas County (Photo) - 08/14/17

On August 11, 2017, at about 8:16 p.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper stopped a 2011 Nissan passenger car for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near MP 85 northbound, in Douglas County. During the traffic stop, a drug detection K-9 was applied to the exterior of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to the odor of a controlled substance and a vehicle search revealed approximately 45 pounds of suspected methamphetamine within the vehicle.

The two occupants of the vehicle Rafael VALENCIA, age 24, and Malori NELSON, age 23, both from California, were lodged at the Douglas County Jail for unlawful possession of methamphetamine and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Triple Fatality on Hwy 20 in Lincoln County (Photo)** UPDATE Names Added** - 08/14/17

** UPDATE NAMES ADDED TO DODGE DAKOTA
The driver of the Dodge Dakota has been identified as Gerald Bennett (age 74) and passenger as Gloria English Bennett (age 70). Both were from Dallas and were pronounced deceased at the scene.


**Correction**

The correct spelling for the female passenger of the Chevy Equinox is Kathleen OLIVER

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On Wednesday, August 02, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, OSP responded to a report of a 3 vehicle head on collision on HWY 20 around MP 31 in Lincoln County. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Chevy Equinox SUV was westbound with a 2005 Honda Odyssey van traveling in the same direction a short distance behind the Chevy. For unknown reasons, an eastbound 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup crossed the center line and crashed head on into the Chevy. The Honda was unable to stop and crashed into the other 2 vehicles and the Dodge caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed.

The two occupants of the Dodge were pronounced deceased at the scene and positive identification is still pending. The driver of the Chevy has been identified as 52 year old Michael STEENKOLK and his passenger, 48 year old Kathleen OLIVER, both from Toledo. STEENKOLK was pronounced deceased at the scene and OLIVER was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her current condition is not known. The driver of the Honda was identified as 17 year old Lucy JAEGER and her passenger as 20 year old Joseph SCHMIDT both from Corvallis. They received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Newport for evaluation.

Hwy 20 was closed completely for approximately 3 hours and reopened after 6 hours. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Toledo PD, Toledo Fire, Newport Fire, ODF Fire, Pac West Ambulance, Life Flight, Lincoln County DA's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office, AA Rowley's Towing, Bateman's Mortuary, and ODOT.

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Biggs Junction resident arrested for BHO lab (Photo) - 08/11/17

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at approximately 6:00PM, OSP executed a search warrant at a residence just outside of Biggs Junction off the Biggs-Rufus Highway. The warrant was the result of an assault between the resident and a commercial motor vehicle driver near the Pilot truck stop earlier that morning. The resident was observed by witnesses and was identified as 39 year old, Trevor Patrick BEERS.

BEERS had been involved in a verbal altercation with the CMV driver, identified as 45 year old Michael BRUNETTE from Salem. During that confrontation, BEERS struck BRUNETTE across the face and left the area. OSP Troopers responded to BEERS residence and while attempting to make contact with him evidence was observed indicating BEERS was involved in the manufacture and extraction of cannabinoids from marijuana into a concentrated form. This process is commonly referred to as a BHO (butane honey oil) laboratory.

A search warrant was authorized and executed. BEERS was located inside his residence and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged at NORCOR on the following charges:
Unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract, 2 counts of felon in possession of a firearm and harassment, which stemmed from the altercation with BRUNETTE.

As punctuated by a recent BHO laboratory explosion at a Portland area residence recently, these make-shift home labs are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. A BHO extraction lab is a potentially explosive technique that in general, produces cannabis extractions by placing marijuana or marijuana trimmings in some type of holding container and forcing butane through the pressurized container in a manner that doesn't allow the plant material to escape, yet allows the butane to escape. Butane is heavier than air and sinks to ground level where it can ignite by a stove pilot light or a refrigerator compressor. The butane strips the marijuana of cannabinoids and the end result is pure THC oil commonly turned into a product called "shatter or wax" that commonly has a THC potency 4 to 5 times that of a marijuana plant. Manufacturing BHO at home is always illegal in Oregon.

OSP Troopers from The Dalles were assisted by the OSP Drug Enforcement section, the Sherman County District Attorney and the Sherman County Sheriff's Office.

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***Update*** Two vehicle head on fatal collision on Marcola Road in Lane County (Photo) - 08/07/17

***UPDATE***

The driver of the Ford Ranger, a 17-year-old male who was transported to the RiverBend Hospital, has succumbed to his injuries and is deceased.

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Previously Released:

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 at approximately 6:35AM, OSP responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on Marcola Road near MP 4, in Lane County. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Chrysler van was westbound when for unknown reasons, an eastbound 1995 Ford Ranger pickup crossed the center line and crashed head on into the Chrysler.

The sole occupant of the Chrysler was identified as, 43 year old Todd Elkanah KENADY from Turner. KENADY was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Ranger was transported to RiverBend Hospital with life-threatening injuries. His current condition is not known. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released when available.

The roadway was closed completely for approximately 5 hours before being reopened. The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Marcola Fire and Rescue, Mohawk Fire and Rescue, Lane County DA's Office, Lane County Medical Examiner's Office, B&R Towing and Richmond Towing.

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Woodburn Man dies is two-vehicle crash on Hwy 240 near Newberg (Photo) - 08/05/17

On August 4, 2017, at about 11:17PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 240 near milepost 6.5 in Yamhill County, which is just west of Newberg. Preliminary investigation determined that a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup, being operated by 24 year old Jeffrey BERNARDS of McMinnville. BERNARDS was traveling eastbound on Highway 240 when a 2002 Ford Focus, operated by 18 year old Fredy ROMERO-LOPEZ of Woodburn, who was traveling westbound crossed into the eastbound lane and into the path of the pickup hitting it head-on.

BERNARDS was transported by ground ambulance to Newberg Hospital with minor injuries. ROMERO-LOPEZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. A witness described the Focus passing other vehicles and traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP was assisted at by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Newberg Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, Tualatin-Valley Fire & Rescue and ODOT.

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**UPDATE** Recovery Efforts Underway for Missing Swimmer near Sauvie's Island - 08/03/17

**UPDATE**

On August 2, 2017 at approximately 5:32PM OSP responded to the report of a missing swimmer at Walton Beach near Sauvie Island. Upon OSP's arrival at approximately 5:40PM, we learned the missing swimmer was identified as 18 year old, Jonathan James WALKER from Portland who had not been seen for approximately 15 minutes.

The investigation revealed that WALKER and a group of friends had been on a boat that was anchored approximately 30 feet off the shore. The group had jumped into the water and began to swim towards the shore when WALKER began to struggle. A Good Samaritan and one of WALKER's friends attempted to assist him but were unable to.

OSP was assisted by Multnomah County, Clark County and the US Coast Guard who searched the area for WALKER without success. Additionally, Sauvie Island Fire and Rescue conducted a search along the shore without success. A dive team from Multnomah County responded and recovered WALKER.

The investigation is ongoing and alcohol use is being considered as a possible factor.

**END OF UPDATE**


OSP is currently in the process of trying to locate and recover a missing teenage swimmer from the Columbia River near Sauvie's Island. Additional information will be released when it is available.

Josephine County Woman arrested and charged with manslaughter-Josephine County - 08/02/17

On August 1, 2017, at about 8:15PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a stabbing call in the 100 block of N Boundary Avenue, in Josephine County. The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division from the Central Point office responded to conduct the investigation.

The initial investigation has determined that 58 year old, Valerie Lynne ATCHER was in an argument with her husband, 55 year old Eric ATCHER and stabbed him at least one time. Eric ATCHER died as a result of his injuries at the residence.

Valerie ATCHER was arrested and lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the charge of Manslaughter in the first degree. No further information is available at this time.

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**Update - Name released** Motorcyclist Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo) - 07/31/17

*Update*

The deceased is identified as 30 year old Andrew HENSLEY

*End of Update*

On July 28, 2017 at about 5PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a motorcycle on Highway 20 near milepost 93 (west of Sisters).

Preliminary information revealed a 2015 Nissan Altima was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when it drifted across the centerline and into the path of an eastbound Kawasaki motorcycle. The two vehicles collided, ejecting the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, a 30 year old Hillsboro resident, died enroute to the hospital. The driver of the Nissan, Walter BONILLA, age 20, of Los Angeles, and his 2 passengers received minor injuries.

Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. The name of the motorcyclist will be released until the next of kin has been notified. Highway 20 was reduced to one lane for four hours. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Black Butte Police and Black Butte Ranch Fire. More information will be released when appropriate as this in ongoing investigation.

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Veneta Man loses life in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 38 (Photo) - 07/31/17

On Sunday July 30th, 2017 at approximately 4:23PM, OSP was notified of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 38 near milepost 21. A 2012 GMC Canyon westbound was being operated by a 83 year old Norman FRASER from Coos Bay when he was blinded by the sun and swerved into the oncoming lane of travel. A 1997 Toyota Tacoma was eastbound and attempted to avoid the GMC, but both vehicles struck nearly head on. The Tacoma was operated by a 70 year old Jerry D. PALMER from Junction City and was occupied with a passenger, 29 year old Jerry L. PALMER from Veneta.

The GMC came to an uncontrolled rest facing eastbound on the eastbound shoulder. The Tacoma came to an uncontrolled rest facing eastbound in the westbound lane. A third vehicle, identified as a 2001 Dodge 2500 pickup, operated by 77 year old Samuel AUSTIN from Cottage Grove struck the Tacoma and continued off the westbound shoulder where it stopped. FRASER was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Jerry D. PALMER was extricated from his vehicle and taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Jerry L. PALMER was extricated and succumbed to his injuries injuries. AUSTIN was uninjured and declined medical attention. All vehicles were towed by Mast Brothers due to damage. Investigation is ongoing. Highway 38 was closed for approximately 1 ?1/2 hours during the investigation.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Scottsburg Rural Fire Department, ODOT, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, REACH Air, Lane County Medical Examiner's Office, Douglas County DA's Office and Bay Cities Ambulance.

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***Mugshots*** Grants Pass Couple Arrested For Financial Exploitation Of Elderly Victim - Josephine County (Photo) - 07/28/17

On January 20, 2017, the OSP Major Crimes Section received information from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Adult Protective Services concerning the financial exploitation of an 83 year old Grants Pass resident perpetrated by his hired caregiver.

A nearly 5 month joint investigation between OSP and DHS revealed the caregiver and her husband stole approximately $50,000 from the victim over a course of 2 years. The caregiver and her husband used the victim's credit card and checking account to purchase and pay for such items such as vet bills, utility bills, cellular phone service, liquor, concert tickets and a used car from a local car dealership.

On July 26, 2017, a Josephine County Grand Jury indicted Martha COGHILL, age 48, and her husband Donald COGHILL, age 55, both residents of Grants Pass on multiple charges related to the investigation.

On July 27, 2017, as a result of a joint effort between the Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Martha and Donald COGHILL were arrested as they attempted to enter the County Crossing Music Festival with tickets they had purchased using funds from the victim's accounts.

Martha COGHILL was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:
Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree (5 counts)
Theft in the First Degree (2 counts)
Aggravated Theft in the First Degree (3 counts)

Donald COGHILL was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the following charge:
Theft in the First Degree (1 count)

More information will be released when available.

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Roseburg Man Killed In Highway 42 Crash - Douglas County (Photo) - 07/28/17

On July 27, 2017 at about 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and first responders responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 42 near milepost 62 (west of Winston).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle, operated by Tommy SARRATT, age 69, from Roseburg, was westbound on Highway 42 and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line where it collided with an eastbound 2015 Dodge Durango, operated by Jonathan EASTWOOD, age 63, from Glide.

SARRATT was ejected and the motorcycle continued and came to a rest partially in the westbound lane. SARRATT was transported with critical injuries to Mercy Medical Center via air ambulance. SARRATT died from injuries sustained in the crash shortly after arriving at the hospital. EASTWOOD sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene by first responders.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the crash. EASTWOOD was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash. SARRATT was wearing a motorcycle helmet. Highway 42 was closed for about 90 minutes.

OSP was assisted by, Douglas County Fire District 2, Camas Valley Fire Department, Reach Air and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Tacoma Man Crashes Semi Hauling Lumber On I-5, Arrested for DUII - Douglas County (Photo) - 07/26/17

On July 25, 2017 at about 5PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a rolled over truck on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 southbound (Canyon Mountain).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Volvo truck tractor towing a trailer loaded with lumber was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it left the roadway. The truck and trailer combination reentered the roadway and rolled over, blocking both southbound lanes of travel.

The driver, Richard A HELLER, age 53, and his passenger Tina M GORRIE, age 46, were not injured (both from Tacoma, Washington). While troopers were conducting the on scene investigation, they arrested HELLER for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Controlled Substance), Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. GORRIE was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Interstate 5 southbound was closed for two hours while the truck, trailer and lumber were cleared. GORRIE and HELLER were booked into the Douglas County Jail. No further information at this time.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed On Interstate 5 In Salem - Marion County - 07/26/17

On July 25, 2017 at about 10:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-tractor versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 253 in Salem.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a Chevy Aveo, Ted SATTER, age 49, of Dallas, was parked on the right shoulder of the highway. For unknown reasons, SATTER walked into the slow lane of the interstate and was struck by a southbound 2015 Freightliner towing two tanker trailers. SATTER was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Freightliner, Andrew RUZANSKI, age 38, of Albany, was not injured

Interstate 5 southbound was reduced to one lane of travel for four hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Salem Fire, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Dallas Police Department, and the Marion County Medical Examiner.

As this is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Serious injury crash south of Redmond injures three. (Deschutes County) (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 24, 2017 at about 12:10 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 97 just south of Redmond near milepost 128.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe being operated by David Nixon, age 80, from Redmond, turned northbound onto Highway 97, from Gift Road and pulled into the travel path of a southbound 2014 Infiniti Q50 being operated by Sondra Vaughn, age 67, also from Redmond. After the Infiniti collided into the Hyundai it crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1990 International dump truck being operated by Timothy Duggan, age 55, of Bend.

David Nixon and his female passenger Bonnie Nixon were transported from the crash with minor injuries via ground ambulance to the Saint Charles Hospital in Redmond. Sondra Vaughn was transported via air ambulance, with serious injuries, to the Saint Charles Hospital in Bend.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Redmond Fire Department and the Deschutes County Fire Department.

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Central Point Man Killed In Highway 140 Crash - Klamath County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 23, 2017 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 140W near milepost 58 (west of the Running Y Ranch).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling eastbound on Highway 140W when it attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing area. The Chevrolet was unable to complete the pass and collided head-on with a westbound 1994 Ford motorhome. Both vehicles came to rest in the highway.

Upon emergency crews arriving at the scene, they discovered the driver of the Chevrolet, Wally M LARSON, age 79, of Central Point, was deceased. The driver of the motorhome, Kimball L ROUNDY, age 38, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and his three passengers received minor injuries and were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

A witness told troopers the Chevrolet had been driving recklessly prior to the crash. Highway 140 was closed for about 4 hours. OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Klamath County Fire.

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

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Newport Man Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Newport - Lincoln County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 24, 2017 at about 8AM, OSP Troopers, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and other emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near MP 10 (at Pioneer Trail, east of Newport).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup operated by Andrew BEAUCHAMP, age 33, of Newport, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle drove off the westbound shoulder and struck a guard rail. The Nissan went airborne and struck a tree, causing BEAUCHAMP to be ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. It is also believed BEAUCHAMP was not wearing a safety belt.

Highway 20 was completely closed for a short period of time. The westbound lane was closed for several hours during the investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses of a Serious Injury Crash - HWY 20 - Linn County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 23, 2017 at about 3:25 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 32.9 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Red 2003 Kia Spectra, operated by a 17 year old male and passenger, 16 year old male, both from Sweet Home, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the Kia crossed into the eastbound lane. The Kia collided nearly head on with an eastbound 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Francisco RAMOS RIVERA, age 53, and passengers, 7 year old male and 8 year old female, all from Lebanon. Both drivers received serious injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The 16 year old male was not injured and the 7 year old male and an 8 year old female received minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for about 3.5 hours with a detour in place. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Sweet Home Fire Department and Reach Air Ambulance.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or driving behavior contributing to the crash to contact Senior Trooper Oxenrider or Senior Trooper Youngblood at (541) 967-2026. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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***Update - FEHLHABER in Custody*** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Shooting Suspect in Cave Junction - Josephine County (Photo) - 07/22/17

***UPDATE***

On July 22, 2017, at about 12 noon, the suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, turned himself into the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was then transported to the Josephine County Correctional Facility and lodged.

This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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On July 20, 2017 at about 8:57 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to the report of a shooting at the Speedy Mart at 305 S. Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction. The victim, Floyd Argus GREENLEE, age 29, of Cave Junction, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with serious injuries.

The suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. FEHLHABER's whereabouts are unknown at this time and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who identifies FEHLHABER is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

FEHLHABER is described as a white male, age 32, 5'8", 150 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the location of FEHLHABER is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17255970.

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Two-Vehicle Head-on Crash Claims the Life of a Monmouth Woman on Highway 99W at Milepost 67 - Polk County (Photo) - 07/22/17

On Saturday July 22, 2017 at about 3:54 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head on crash on Hwy 99W at milepost 67 (south of Monmouth).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 1990 Honda Civic, operated by Ashlee LEWIS, age 23, and passenger, Cherlyn LEWIS, age 57, both from Monmouth, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99W delivering papers. A blue 2008 Toyota Corolla, operated by Joshua BERRY, age 20, was northbound on Hwy 99W, when, for an undetermined reason, the vehicles collided on the northbound shoulder.

Cherlyn LEWIS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ashlee LEWIS and Joshua BERRY were transported to the local area hospital for treatment of their serious injuries.

Hwy 99W was partially closed for approximately 4.5 hours. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Polk County Fire District No. 1.

This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Drug Seizure Leads To Arrest of a Washington Man on US 97 Near La Pine - Deschutes County (Photo) - 07/21/17

On July 20, 2017 at about 4:22 p.m., an Oregon State Trooper stopped a northbound 2006 Porsche Cayenne, operated by Moises SANCHEZ ALCARAZ, age 58, of Mattawa Washington, on US 97 at milepost 170 for multiple traffic violations (two miles south of La Pine). During the traffic stop, numerous criminal indicators were observed and a consent search of the vehicle revealed 5.2 pounds of Cocaine.

SANCHEZ ALCARAZ was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Adult Delivery of Cocaine and Adult Possession of Cocaine.

This is a significant recent seizure of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police. The estimated street values of the drugs are over $67,000 dollars. It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of communities in the northwest.

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