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UPDATE: St. Patrick's Day Weekend Enhanced Patrols Results - 03/22/17

UPDATE: St. Patrick's Day Weekend Enhanced Patrols Results

March 22, 2017 --- Over the holiday weekend, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 14 drivers who were operating vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Two of the impaired drivers arrested struck Sheriff's Office Patrol cars, injuring the deputies.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a strict no-tolerance approach to impaired drivers that continue to threaten the public's safety.

***ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE BELOW***

Enhanced Sheriff's Patrols for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

March 15, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be on the roads providing extra patrols to enhance safety for the St Patrick's Day holiday weekend.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday weekend, deputies will also be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided after the holiday weekend.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding everyone to designate a sober driver, slow down, avoid distractions and allow adequate following distances.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday.

Attached Media Files: PDF file
Jeffrey Lane Booking Photo
Jeffrey Lane Booking Photo
Updated Information Aloha Burglary Today (Photo) - 03/21/17

This morning at 10:26 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a burglary at NW Doma Lane and NW 201st Avenue. The resident said he interrupted a burglary and was injured fighting with the intruder.

Deputies along with the Hillsboro and Beaverton Police Departments searched for the suspect. At 11:52 a.m., Beaverton K9 "Kahz" tracked Jeffrey Lane, 37, to the back yard of a residence. Mr. Lane was arrested on a Parole Violation from an an original burglary conviction and Trespassing. (Booking photo attached).

Detectives believe Jeffrey Lane is NOT the person responsible for the initial burglary on Doma Lane. At this time there is no evidence to connect Mr. Lane to the initial burglary. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case.

Attached Media Files: Jeffrey Lane Booking Photo
Banks Man Takes His Own Life while Lodged in Jail - 03/20/17

March 20, 2017 -- Early this morning, a man who harmed himself while lodged in the Washington County Jail, died at a local hospital.

On March 17, 2017, at 6:55 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy found Ryan Freeman, 36, unresponsive in his cell. Jail medical staff, as well as other deputies, responded and immediately began lifesaving measures. Medical personnel arrived and transported Mr. Freeman to an area hospital.

On March 20, 2017, Mr. Freeman succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Mr. Freeman was housed in a single cell in the jail's Medical Observation Unit. He was discovered by a jail deputy during regularly scheduled 15 minute checks of the inmates. Preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Freeman intentionally took his own life by tying an item around his neck.

Mr. Freeman was lodged in the Washington County Jail on January 16, 2017. A Grand Jury indicted him on charges including Assault, Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Sexual Penetration, and Attempted Rape.

The Washington County Jail has an extensive suicide prevention and assessment program, which begins before a person is lodged into the jail and continues throughout their stay.

Detectives with the Washington County Sheriff's Office are conducting a thorough investigation, which is standard procedure.

Mr. Freeman's family has been notified.

Attached Media Files: PDF
Sheriff Garrett's Response to Declined Detainer Outcome Report - 03/20/17

March 20, 2017-Today, the Department of Homeland Security released U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report. The press release states; "This report will be issued weekly to highlight jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification, therefore potentially endangering Americans." The Declined Detainer Outcome Report does not accurately describe the difficulties or potential legal ramifications associated with honoring ICE detainer requests.

In April of 2014, a judge for the US District Court of Oregon found Clackamas County violated Maria Miranda-Olivares' constitutional rights (Case No. 3:12-cv-02317-ST). Clackamas County honored an ICE detainer and held Ms. Miranda-Olivares ultimately costing taxpayers in excess of $100,000. Additionally, any agency that honors an ICE detainer is subject to civil litigation.

The Clackamas County court ruling led Washington County, along with every other county in Oregon, to immediately stop honoring ICE detainer requests. Washington County informed ICE officials that it will honor any warrant or court order to detain a person. Washington County will continue to follow the court's clear guidance that these detainer requests are unconstitutional.

Attached Media Files: PDF
Booking Photo
Booking Photo
DUII Driver Rear-Ends Patrol Car, Injures Deputy (Photo) - 03/18/17

March 18, 2017 -- A Sheriff's Office deputy was rear-ended by a DUII driver. The suspect fled the scene and was later captured by a Hillsboro Police K-9.

On March 18, 2017, at about 2:30 a.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy had just completed a traffic stop and was pulled over on the shoulder of westbound Sunset Highway near the exit to 185th Avenue. The deputy was sitting inside of his vehicle.

The deputy's patrol car was rear-ended by a silver 2006 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Marco Rosario-Palma, 25, of Hillsboro. Mr. Rosario-Palma fled the scene of the crash on foot. The deputy was injured, but was able to call for help via radio.

Deputies, with the assistance of officers from Hillsboro and Beaverton Police, set up a perimeter to search for the suspect. After about 30 minutes of searching, Mr. Rosario-Palma was found hiding in bushes off the highway by Hillsboro Officer Schmidt and his partner, K-9 Blazer.

The deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries and is being treated at an area hospital.

Hillsboro Police conducted the primary investigation and arrested Mr. Rosario-Palma. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of felony hit and run, DUII, assault in the fourth degree, attempting to elude a police officer, and criminal mischief in the second degree.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstructive Team (CART) also assisted in the investigation.

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Body of Missing Man Recovered from Bethany Lake Park (Photo) - 03/17/17

PRESS RELEASE

Body of Missing Man Recovered from Bethany Lake Park

March 17, 2017 -- Deputies investigated a deceased person found floating in the lake at Bethany Lake Park. No foul play is suspected and the public is not in danger.

On March 15, 2017 at 7:08 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Bethany Lake Park, located at 5118 NW 185th Avenue, to investigate a report of a body floating in the water. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) responded to recover the deceased person from the lake.

Sheriff's Deputies suspected the deceased person to be John J. Walsdorf II, 46, of Bethany, who was reported missing by his family on March 1, 2017. Washington County Search and Rescue (SAR) crews had searched the park earlier in the week looking for Mr. Walsdorf, who was believed to be suicidal.

The Washington County Medical Examiner responded and assumed control of the remains. On March 16, 2017, the medical examiner was able to positively identify the deceased male as Mr. Walsdorf. There is no danger to the public.

Enhanced Sheriff's Patrols for St. Patrick's Day Weekend - 03/15/17

March 15, 2017--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will be on the roads providing extra patrols to enhance safety for the St Patrick's Day holiday weekend.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday weekend, deputies will also be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided after the holiday weekend.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to many traffic related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding everyone to designate a sober driver, slow down, avoid distractions and allow adequate following distances.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday.

Attached Media Files: PDF With Photo
Engine from Porsche
Engine from Porsche
Crash leaves One Person Dead and One Injured (Photo) - 03/07/17

A crash last night on Scholls-Sherwood Road left one woman dead and another man injured. It appears the deceased driver's vehicle crossed over into incoming traffic and was struck by a mini-van.

On March 6, 2017, at about 10:24 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on SW Roy Rogers Road north of SW Scholls-Sherwood Road. When they arrived they found 62-year-old Marlene Macewan of Sherwood deceased at the scene and 51-year-old Calvin Taylor of Tigard with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies called members from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) to investigate the crash. The preliminary investigation indicates that Mrs. Macewan was driving her 1995 Porsche 911 south on SW Roy Rogers Road into the sweeping curve near the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. She lost control of the vehicle and started to slide sideways around the corner into oncoming traffic. Mr. Taylor was north bound on Scholls Sherwood and struck the Porsche in his lane.

Mr. Tyler was extricated from his 2013 Toyota Sienna by Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. He was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fred Meyer Jewelry Store Damage
Fred Meyer Jewelry Store Damage
Deputies Capture Jewelry Thief (Photo) - 03/04/17

March 4, 2017--Sheriff's Deputies arrested a local man that stole jewelry from a local store. Sheriff's Deputies have been working on this case for over a month.

On January 19, 2017 at 4:43 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies serving the City of Cornelius, were called to the Cornelius Fred Meyer store. A man came into the jewelry section, smashed a display case, grabbed gold necklaces and ran out of the store. Sheriff's Deputies searched the area but did not locate the thief. The gold necklaces were valued at $15,666.

Sheriff's Deputies began working leads in the case including video surveillance footage. Sheriff's Deputies saw a booking photo of Marshall Litten, 25, (photo inset) following an arrest made by the Beaverton Police Department for robbery. Sheriff's Deputies believed Mr. Litten was the suspect in the theft. The Sheriff's Office Forensics Science Unit processed physical evidence located at the store and confirmed Mr. Litten was the man responsible for the theft.

On February 2, 2017, Marshall Litten was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the Beaverton Police robbery case. On March 3, 2017, Sheriff's Deputies contacted Mr. Litten in the jail and charged him with First Degree Theft and Criminal Mischief charges pertaining to the theft at Fred Meyer. He is being held on $280,000 total bail.

Sheriff's Deputies have recovered some of the jewelry and continue to search for the rest. Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

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February Results and March Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo) - 03/01/17

March 1, 2017 - During the month of February, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 81 impaired drivers. A number of these DUII arrests were made by deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Sheriff's Office will conduct high-visibility enforcement patrols during the month of March with an enhanced emphasis on impaired drivers.

The Sheriff's Office encourages people to enjoy the Spring Break holiday period and March Madness basketball celebrations responsibly. Prior to consuming alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana, make sure to have a designated sober driver or arrange for an alternate form of transportation.

Impaired drivers are involved in a significant number of injury and fatal traffic crashes each year.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The March DUII Enhanced Patrol results will be posted at the beginning of April 2017.

Attached Media Files: PDF File , Photo