Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
-UPDATE-RESULTS-Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol for June and Out of School Safety - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies arrested 74 impaired drivers and issued 24 citations to underage people for illegal alcohol consumption.
Sheriff's Deputies will continue to focus on impaired drivers and underage drinking as the hot summer continues. There will be enhanced traffic safety details announced as they occur.
ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:
June 16, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), will be on the roads providing extra patrol to enhance safety for the month of June focusing on out-of-school illegal activities.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer experience. The June travel period is dangerous due to heavily traveled roadways combined with impaired and distracted drivers. Underage alcohol use is a serious safety issue. Underage drinking is a major contributor to assaults, (both physical and sexual), along with impaired driving and other serious consequences.
Deputies will be out in force during busy times the entire month of June. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided in July, 2015.
Please remember to be sober, safe and considerate while enjoying the beginning of the summer.
Law Enforcement Scams Continue to Plague Area - 07/01/15
July 1, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received numerous complaints from the public concerning a warrant or jury duty scam. The person would ask for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly had a warrant, missed jury duty or had other financial issues.
The scammer would call a phone number at random and identify themselves as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff and would say the person currently has a warrant for their arrest. Lately, there have been reports that the person will identify themselves as Chief Deputy Willie Bose from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The name and rank will change but the scam is the same. Some people reported that if they missed the call, the person would leave a message for them to call back.
As the conversation progressed, the person would tell the victim that they will be arrested if they did not buy a Green Dot prepaid card in a specified amount to pay the fine. Once the victim had the card, the person would then arrange a location to meet them and obtain the card. The person would threaten to arrest them if they didn't pay the fine.
No law enforcement agency will ever call demanding money to clear a warrant or for any other reason. If a person has a warrant for their arrest, a law enforcement officer is required to take them into custody and not take any type of payment to clear the warrant. We are advising anyone who receives a call like this to report it immediately.
Other local law enforcement agencies have received reports with similar circumstances. This scam is a variation of other incidents where scammers will call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment that involves urgency. These are all considered scams to cheat you out of your money. Prepaid cards are considered as good as cash. Once a person has the secreted code located on the back of the card, your money is lost and very difficult to trace.
The Sheriff's Office reminds the public to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. These requests are a concern for law enforcement with individuals attempting to cheat you out of your money through various methods.
Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe 4th of July Holiday Weekend
July, 1, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks everyone to be safe and considerate when celebrating the 4th of July. In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired drivers over the holiday weekend, deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks is a Class C Misdemeanor.
Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of holiday gatherings and other celebrations that get out of hand due to intoxication and illegal fireworks. These complaints include physical injury, property damage and neighborhood disturbances. Pets and small children are also affected by loud noises from illegal fireworks that are often used late into the night. Citizens should also consider that damage or injury caused by a careless act involving fireworks can bring significant civil liability. Fire danger will be especially high during this unusually dry weather we have been experiencing.
Fire Marshals with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) will ride with Sheriff's Deputies during the holiday. TVF&R is another agency kept very busy with fire and medical calls on the 4th of July.
Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than 6 feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's provides information on legal and illegal fireworks (see attachment).
Please remember to be safe, legal and considerate while celebrating Independence Day.
Ted and Cindy Mackley Retire from the Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Cindy and Ted with Retirement Displays
June 30, 2015-Today, the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) celebrates the retirement of married couple, Lieutenant Cindy Mackley and Sergeant Ted Mackley after almost 50 combined years of honorable service to Washington County.
Throughout their careers, the Mackleys have both demonstrated integrity and an enduring commitment to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and its mission. Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "Jail work is extraordinarily difficult. Those who do it well are unsung heroes in public safety. Cindy and Ted Mackley are two of those heroes. I thank them for their terrific work and leadership over many years."
Cindy joined the WCSO in 1991. She held positions of increasing responsibility including Field Training Officer, Jail Sergeant managing jail operations and administration, as well as Sergeant in the WCSO Professional Standards Unit. She was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2004 where she worked in both jail operations and jail administration before 2007 when she assumed the responsibilities of the Patrol Administrative Lieutenant until her retirement. During her career, Cindy worked as a suicide prevention instructor and was also a representative of the Washington County Police Officer Association (WCPOA) Division Executive Board.
Ted joined WCSO in 1990. He quickly became a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and was part of a small team who developed essential curriculum concerning Use of Force standards. Ted also was a part of WCSO's leadership team, earning a promotion to Sergeant in 1997. During his time as a Sergeant in the jail, he was the founder and team commander of the Corrections Emergency Response Team and co-developed the Mobile Response Team.
Ted and Cindy met at the WCSO and were married in 1995. According to the happy couple, they look forward to spending time with their son, traveling, volunteering their time to various community organizations and golfing.
Two Men Arrested and Charged with Armed Robbery (Photo)
June 26, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported robbery with a firearm where two men fled in a vehicle. Deputies located and arrested the men a short time later.
On June 25, 2015, at 1:56 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a reported robbery in the 15700 block of SW Barrington Terrace, in the community of Bull Mountain.
A 27 year-old man called and reported that he was robbed in his driveway by two men. One of the men displayed a handgun and wore a mask; the other man was not in disguise. They reportedly took cash and various other items from the victim. The men then fled in a light colored sedan that was parked down the road.
All local law enforcement were notified of the incident and assisted in the deputies' search for the vehicle and the occupants. Within five minutes, a Tigard Police Officer located a vehicle matching the description driving on SW Highway 99W close to the robbery location. There was sparse traffic and Tigard Police Officers performed a high-risk traffic stop where four occupants were removed safely from the vehicle and detained. There was a significant amount of evidence from the robbery, including a hand gun, located in the vehicle.
Sheriff's Deputies detained Andrew Elbert Westfall, 25, Tyrone Dwayne Bowden, 28, and two females, all from Portland. After Sheriff's Deputies interviewed the victim and compiled the evidence, they believe this was a premeditated robbery.
The evidence suggests the men used a ruse to sell the victim prepaid gift cards. Deputies believe the men intentionally did not meet the victim, followed him to a nonpublic location, and then robbed him.
Both men were lodged in the Washington County Jail, held on $250,000 bail each. Tyrone Bowden was charged with First Degree Robbery, First Degree Theft, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Andrew Westfall was charged with First Degree Robbery, First Degree Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at another and an outstanding Warrant for Theft.
There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues. The two females that were in the vehicle have not been charged in this time.
Hillsboro Man Dies in Crash (Photo)
June 24, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and crashed. The vehicle was only occupied by the driver. The driver did not survive his injuries.
On June 24, 2015, at 11:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Jackson School Road north of NW Evergreen Road north of Hillsboro concerning a single vehicle crash.
Several deputies arrived and discovered a 1986 Ford Ranger pickup on its side at the edge of NW Jackson School Road. Deputies determined that the Ford had been southbound on NW Jackson School Road when it crashed. The Ford was reportedly traveling at about 60mph when it made an abrupt right turn into a large oak tree.
Sheriff's Deputies found that Patrick Michael Conley, 52, from Hillsboro, was the driver. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Jackson School Road was closed for about two hours to gather evidence and document the scene. Investigators have not determined if there are other factors that contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.
Deputies Arrest Man with Large Knife after Confrontation with Frontier Workers (Photo)
Yesterday Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a "man with a knife" at the Frontier Communication equipment yard in Cornelius. Employees caught the man attempting to steal equipment and tried to detain him. The man pulled out a large Bowie knife and fled the scene. Deputies arrested him a short time later.
On Saturday, June 20, 2015, at about 7:45 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, serving the City of Cornelius, responded to the Frontier Communications equipment yard, located at 198 N. 19th Avenue in Cornelius, on a disturbance call involving a weapon.
When deputies arrived they were told that when Frontier employees arrived for work, they saw that many of the trucks had been opened and equipment from the trucks had been stockpiled in several locations. They looked around the yard and found a man, 25-year-old Benjamin Johnson, hiding near the fence. The employees confronted him and tried to make him stay at the location while they called the police. Mr. Johnson pulled out a large twelve-inch Bowie knife and threatened the employees if they didn't let him leave, he then ran down the street.
Deputies flooded the area and eventually found Mr. Johnson hiding in the woods near the Fred Meyer. Mr. Johnson was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Johnson still had the knife with him.
Mr. Johnson was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of Robbery I, Theft II, and Trespass II. His bail is set at $250,000. No one was hurt during this incident.
UPDATE--Sheriff's Detectives Search for Possible Arson Witness Identification
June 19, 2015--Public tips have led Sheriff's Detectives to positively identify the two witnesses previously photographed. They have been interviewed and are no longer of interest to detectives. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this case.
ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:
June 17, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Detectives are searching for the identity of two men that may be possible witnesses to an intentionally set house fire on park owned property.
June 17, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Arson Detectives are looking to identify and speak with two individuals that are potential witnesses in what is believed to be the work of a serial arsonist that has targeted Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) properties. Sheriff's Detectives have been working with TVF&R fire investigators in an attempt to identify the arsonist. A suspect has yet to be arrested in this case.
The two individuals pictured in the attached surveillance photo are NOT SUSPECTS IN THE ARSONS or any other crimes.
This photograph (attached) was taken at 20 NW 114th Avenue on May 20, 2015 at about 5:00 p.m., a couple of hours prior to the fire being started.
The five fires at two houses on THPRD property that were intentionally started are listed below:
Arson Date Arson Location
April, 22 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 23 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
April, 29 2015 4950 NW Saltzman Road
May, 19 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue
May, 20 2015 20 NW 114th Avenue
TVF&R has previously issued a press release (attached) at the time of the fires.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Washington County Detectives at 503-846-2500.
2015 K9 Trials (Photo)
The Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes a wide array of tactics and tools to serve and protect the community. One of the most successful and popular is the K9 Unit, consisting of seven highly trained canines and their handlers. These teams are responsible for apprehending suspects, searching buildings and vehicles, detecting narcotics and protecting deputies and community members.
This Saturday, June 20, the public is invited to watch K9 teams in action at the 10th Annual Washington County Sheriff's Office and Police K9 Trials. Defending their 2014 Top Dog title will be Washington County Sheriff Deputy Akin and K9 Stark (see photo). The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Washington County Fair Complex (873 NE 34th Avenue, Hillsboro) and is FREE to the public. Almost a dozen K9 teams from around the region will compete in the following skills:
?,? Area Searches for Suspects and Evidence
?,? Agility Course
?,? Fastest Dog
?,? Suspect Apprehension
?,? Vehicle Extraction
?,? Handler (Officer) Protection
?,? Top Dog
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three dogs in each event, with the Top Dog designation awarded to the dog with the overall fastest time in all six events. The event also features a Kids & K9 Safety Fair from 10:00 am-12:00 p.m. that includes bicycle and dog safety, emergency preparedness tips, and emergency vehicle demonstrations. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The public is asked to leave their pets at home.
Staff from the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter will be on hand and are encouraging people to support all the K9 (and feline) friends that the shelter cares for. Please bring along any size bag or cans of premium dog or cat food.
Last year, the Sheriff's Office Canine Unit responded to approximately 658 incidents. To help ensure a high rate of success and longevity, new 'recruits' are specially bred and trained. Each handler and dog must complete a minimum of 400 hours of training and pass the Oregon Police Canine Association Standards prior to being deployed.
This past April, two new canines were added to the department: Chase and Oz. Like all Sheriff's Office K9 teams, these dogs will live with their deputy and their family when not at work. The K9 Unit participates in dozens of public demonstrations every year. If your group would like a visit from the Washington County K9 Unit, please call 503-846-2700.
Felon Uses Taser in Robbery (Photo)
June 14, 2015-- A convicted felon robbed a driver at Taser point and then fled the scene after crashing into a parked car. Deputies located him and arrested him on related charges.
June 14, 2015, at 2:02 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a tow truck driver who blocked in another driver and then stole the victim's car keys before leaving the scene. The victim reported that he observed a tow truck that was following him as he was returning home. When he turned into a cul-de-sac at SW Midline Street in Aloha, the tow truck driver blocked in his car.
According to the victim, the tow truck driver, later identified as Steven Lankford, 43, of Portland exited the truck and pointed a Taser at him, demanding his car keys. The victim, fearing for his safety, complied. Mr. Lankford quickly left the area, but not before backing into a parked car.
Deputies located the tow truck within six minutes of the reported robbery. During their investigation, Mr. Lankford reported that the victim was driving recklessly and he was trying to stop him. Deputies also learned that Mr. Lankford is a convicted felon. Possession of a Taser by a felon is illegal.
Deputies arrested Mr. Lankford for Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Robbery II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). He is lodged in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Mr. Lankford is an independent tow truck driver not affiliated with specific company.
DUII Driver Crashes Truck and it Catches Fire (Photo)
June 14, 2015 -- A man was arrested for DUII after he rolled his vehicle. Sheriff's Deputies determined the use of alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.
June 13, 2015, at 11:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a crash on SW Tongue Lane in rural Washington County on a report of a truck on fire. Deputies located a 2004 Toyota Tacoma fully engulfed in flames. Deputies learned that the driver, Daniel Donovan, 32, of Portland failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the road. As a result, he drove off the road and rolled his truck which then caught fire. He was able to exit the truck with non-life threatening injuries.
During the investigation, deputies determined that Mr. Donovan was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital to treat his injuries. Deputies criminally cited Mr. Donovan for DUII to appear in court at a later date so he can be treated for his injuries at the hospital.
Sheriff's Office "Truck Rodeo" Keeps Roadways Safer (Photo)
The Sheriff's Office participated with ODOT in a commercial truck enhanced inspection detail at the fairgrounds on June 11, 2015. This is one of several planned enhanced inspection programs planned to ensure that the large commercial vehicle comply with accepted safety standards. Photo attached.
The following are the statistics from yesterdays Truck Rodeo:
WEIGHT & MEASURES:
Trucks weighed: 52
Overload citations: 9
Overload warnings: 4
Other citations: 5
Trucks legalized at site: 9
Total trucks inspected: 46
Total truck violations revealed: 159
Trucks placed out of service: 24
Drivers placed out of service: 2
Vehicle violations: 20
Driver violations: 4
Other violations: 3
TOTAL CITATIONS ISSUED: 41
Man Seriously Injured in Fiery Motorcycle Crash (Photo)
June 10, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash involving a motorcycle and a car. The rider was listed in serious condition at the hospital.
On June 10, 2015, at 5:59 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway about 100 yards east of SW Oleson Road, in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a crash. It was reported a motorcycle and a car collided and the motorcycle rider was on fire.
Sheriff's Deputies arrived within minutes and discovered a 2002 Kawasaki motorcycle and a 2014 Hyundai Elantra in the median of SW Beaverton Hillsdale. Both vehicles had collided and were engulfed in flames (photo attached).
The motorcycle rider was identified as Sean Henderson, 23, from Portland. Bystanders had extinguished the fire on his clothing and moved him away from the burning vehicles. The driver of the Hyundai was identified as Cindy Stanley, 56, from Beaverton. She was not injured.
Deputies determined that Ms. Stanley had been westbound in the center divider on SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway passing stopped traffic when Mr. Henderson pulled east into the median from a parking lot. The vehicles collide head-on in the median and immediately burst into flames. It is suspected the motorcycle gas tank ruptured causing the fire. Both vehicles burnt almost completely before TVF&R arrived to extinguish the flames.
SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway was closed intermittently until 8:30 p.m. to gather evidence and document the scene. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team was consulted concerning this investigation.
Cindy Stanley was issued a citation for Improper Use of Special Turn Lane. Sean Henderson was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.