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April Stats for Alcohol and Drug Offenses for WCSO - 05/02/16
The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 74 impaired drivers in April. Of those 74, at least 4 were impaired with drugs. Sheriff's Deputies also issued 3 Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) violations.

Many of these DUII arrests were made by Sheriff's Deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct enhanced high visibility DUII enforcement patrols the entire month of May looking for impaired drivers. We encourage the public to enjoy their various celebrations responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The May DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of June.
Previous Mug Shot
Previous Mug Shot
Crash severely injures Passenger, Driver likely Impaired (Photo) - 05/01/16
Early this morning, Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of a roll-over crash on NW West Union Road near NW 203rd Place. The passenger was pinned under the car and the driver had minor injuries. Both were hospitalized, deputies are still investigating the crash.

On May 1, 2016, at about 1:26 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a serious crash on NW West Union Road near NW 203rd Pl. in the community of Rock Creek. A car was reported overturned in a field.

Sheriff's Deputies and Firefighters form Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived and found the female passenger, 39-year-old Nicole Nelson of Hillsboro, pinned under the black 2002 BMW 325i. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to lift the car and get Ms. Nelson out.

The driver of the car, 38-year-old Cary Lovelady of Hillsboro, was already out of the car when deputies arrived. Mr. Lovelady and Ms. Nelson were both transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital. Mr. Lovelady had minor injuries and Ms. Nelson's injuries were life threatening.

The Washington County Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CART) was called to the scene to investigate the crash. Their preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Lovelady was driving west on NW West Union Rd. and was entering a 40 MPH curve at a high rate of speed. He started to go off the road and then overcorrected his steering, losing control of the car and putting it into a roll. At this time investigators believe that both alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. No other vehicles were involved and Mr. Lovelady's license is currently suspended.

Mr. Lovelady may face felony DUII charges because of prior convictions for DUII and additional charges for injuries Ms. Nelson suffered in the crash. The investigation is continuing, no charges have been filed at this time.
Campus Safety Training Event for College Students - 04/29/16
The Washington County Sheriff's Office invites you to attend this informative public safety training geared towards college students. Sheriff's Depuies lead a powerful discussion on personal safety strategies. Students, educators and community members are all encouraged to attend.
Attached Media Files: Campus Safety Flier
Sheriff's Office Participates in "Click it or Ticket" Campaign - 04/29/16
From May 16, through May 29, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff's Office will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. This program is funded through a partnership with NHTSA.

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA), nationwide 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes were not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use. Washington County consistently maintains over 98 percent compliance with wearing seat belts.

In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will enforce seat belt usage day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
Award Photo
Award Photo
Washington County Sheriff's Office Receives Top DUII Award (Photo) - 04/28/16
April 28, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Office receives top Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) award.

Today, the Washington County Sheriff's Office was selected by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force as the County Agency-of-the-Year for 2015 for DUII enforcement.

This award is presented to a Sheriff's Office which has initiated or accomplished an effective DUII project or program in their area of responsibility through enforcement, prevention, and community involvement. The agency must also proactively train officers in DUII enforcement and drug-impaired driving laws, taking a proactive approach to deter impaired drivers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has DUII enforcement as one of our top priorities. The Sheriff's Office continues to arrest over 1000 impaired drivers every year. Washington County fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped in recent years. There is still much work to be done, especially with the increasing number of impaired people driving under the influence of drugs and prescription medication.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit has DUII enforcement deputies dedicated to prevent alcohol and drug impaired people from driving and creating hazardous situations. The Sheriff's Office will continue to stay focused to stop impaired driving to help keep our roads safer.

If you have any information concerning an impaired driver, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111 or 911 if it is an emergency.
Attached Media Files: PDF , Award Photo
Prescription Drug Turn-in Event - 04/22/16
See attached PDF for information concerning the April 30 event locations and times
Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
Award Photo
Award Photo
Detective Shipley Receives the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children Award (Photo) - 04/21/16
April 21, 2016 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective John Shipley (photo inset) was honored with the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award this morning at the Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit. This annual conference and awards ceremony is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award is presented to an individual who, as part of their profession, is charged with protecting children and takes the responsibility to heart by dedicating themselves to this purpose. Randy was a member of the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 17 years. He was a member of the Governor's Sexual Assault Task Force, and in 2002 became a member of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit until his unexpected death in 2006. Randy is remembered as a tireless advocate for children and knew of no greater calling than the protection of children.

Detective John Shipley has been a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit for the last 13 of his 23 years with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Detective Shipley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office as a dedicated expert in the field of child abuse investigation.

Detective Shipley is a positive role model and mentor to detectives who are new to child abuse investigation. Detective Shipley not only helps other detectives with their investigations but is very attentive to the mental wellness of new detectives working their own difficult cases.

Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "I congratulate Detective John Shipley for this very deserving honor. The stress of working child abuse cases can be very significant. John has investigated over 700 cases, he is a very skilled detective and his work helps at-risk children across Washington County. John stays grounded and is an effective mentor to others. I am grateful he is on our team and part of a strong group of detectives at the Sheriff's Office."
Attached Media Files: PDF , Award Photo
Burnt Trailer Photo
Burnt Trailer Photo
Aloha Woman Arrested for Early Morning Arson (Photo) - 04/19/16
April 19, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Arson Deputies arrested and charged an Aloha woman with First Degree Arson. Sheriff's Deputies believe she intentionally started a fire in a travel trailer that she and her children were living in. There were only minor injuries.

Today, at 3:18 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to 4435 SW 175th Avenue concerning a reported trailer fire. Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a large travel trailer fully engulfed in flames. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) arrived and quickly extinguished the fire.

The property consists of two travel trailers and a house on a small parcel of land owned by another person. Sheriff's Deputies located Kimberly Clemens, 36 (photo inset), concealed, lying in the grass at the far end of the property. She was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

A Sheriff's Office Arson Detective has been working with the TVF&R Deputy Fire Marshal with this investigation. Investigators believe that Ms. Clemens intentionally started the fire while she and her teenage son were in the trailer. It was reported that as the fire continued to consume the trailer, Ms. Clemens' son had to force her out of the trailer and physically restrain her to keep her out.

At 8:56 a.m., Ms. Clemens was arrested as she was released from the hospital. She was charged with First Degree Arson and lodged in the Washington County Jail, held on $250,000 bail.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank TVF&R for their assistance with this case.
Attached Media Files: Burnt Trailer Photo , ARRESTED
Media Members Invited to "Media Day" a Use of Force Experience - 04/12/16
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is inviting members of the media, TV, Radio, online, and Print, to a rare experience. On April 28, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., the Sheriff's Office will present a unique opportunity to learn about and experience use of force principals and situations in an interactive environment.

More information will be forthcoming concerning the class agenda and appropriate attire.

Class size is very limited and is on a "first come first serve" basis.

Please contact Bob Ray directly by email at bob_ray@co.washington.or.us to reserve your spot before the class is filled up.

Thank you
Joseph Colver Photo
Joseph Colver Photo
UPDATE-- Missing Endangered Man Found Safe (Photo) - 04/12/16
UPDATE -- April 12, 2016--Joseph Colver returned home safe today at 12:25 p.m. He appeared unharmed and I good health. It is unknown where he was overnight. The Sheriff's Office is working with the family with Project Lifesaver and additional safety measures for Mr. Colver. Sheriff's Deputies thank the media and the public search for Mr. Colver.

April 11, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

This evening, Sheriff's Deputies were called to assist in the search for Hugh (Joseph) Colver. This is the second time today Sheriff's Deputies were called to his home in the community of Raleigh Hills. Sheriff's Deputies searched and were able to locate Mr. Colver within a short time early this morning.

Mr. Colver was again reported missing at 6:16 p.m. today. The last time Mr. Colver was seen was about 3:00 p.m. today. It is very unusual for Mr. Colver to be out of contact with his family for this length of time.

Mr. Colver was reported to have memory issues that could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to communicate or find his way home. He responds to Joseph, not Hugh for his first name. Sheriff's Deputies also believe Mr. Colver is without his critical medication that if not taken, could cause serious medical issues.

Joseph Colver is 71 years old and is described as being 5'10" tall, 155 pounds, balding with gray hair and beard with green eyes (photo inset). He was wearing blue jeans and sweatshirt.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Joseph Colver, please call 503-629-0111.
Attached Media Files: Joseph Colver Photo
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Beaverton Man Dies in Crash (Photo) - 04/12/16
April 12, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a motorcycle left the roadway and collided with a bridge railing. The rider did not survive his injuries and his passenger received serious injuries.

On April 11, 2016, at 8:46 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Highway 219 north of SW Wolsborn Avenue concerning a motorcycle crash.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2011 Suzuki SX7 (photo inset) heavily damaged on its side on SW Highway 219. Sheriff's Deputies determined the Suzuki was travelling south on SW Highway 219, failed to negotiate a bridge, crashed, and ejected the rider and passenger.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mark Sellars, 28, from Beaverton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His passenger, a 29 year-old female, was found over an embankment and about 40 feet down a ravine. She was transported by Life Flight to a local hospital where she was reported in critical condition.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with the crash. Sheriff's Deputies were not preliminarily able to determine why Mr. Sellars left the roadway.

Highway 219 was closed for about three hours to gather evidence and document the scene. Investigators have not determined if there were other factors that contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo
UPDATE with OSP information--Good Samaritans pull Victims from burning Car (Photo) - 04/11/16
April 10, 2016 -- A single vehicle crashed on Highway 26 with two occupants. The SUV caught fire and numerous good Samaritans stopped to help pull the people and a dog from the vehicle.

On Saturday, April 09, 2016, at about 10:50 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 26 and Highway 6 near the City of Banks. Prior to the deputies arrival several people, including an off-duty Sheriff's Deputy, saw the vehicle in the median just after it crashed. The Jeep Cherokee was on fire and the two occupants were injured and unable to get out.

Four of the good Samaritans pulled a young woman and a dog from the SUV as it became engulfed in smoke and flames. The off-duty deputy pulled the driver, Jordan Moore, 18, from Hillsboro, out of the Jeep as the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. None of the good Samaritans were injured.

The woman was taken to Emanuel Hospital by ambulance and her condition is unknown at this time. Mr. Moore was transported by Life Flight to Oregon Health Sciences University. His condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and he is expected to recover from his injuries.

Gaby, the dog that was recovered from the vehicle, was uninjured and was returned to a family member.

It is unknown at this time what caused the crash. Mr. Moore was driving west on Highway 26 and left the roadway at the Highway 6 turn off. The vehicle went into the median and went airborne over a large drainage ditch. The vehicle impacted the other side of the ditch and caught fire.

Oregon State Police (OSP) responded and were the primarily investigators of this crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. OSP will be the point of contact for any further inquiries.
Attached Media Files: PDF , image2.JPG , image001.JPG , image03.JPG
UPDATE--Cornelius Man Identified - 04/08/16
UPDATE--Cornelius Man Identified

April 8, 2016--Greg Howard Moore, 54, was the man involved in the incident in Cornelius last night. The hospital reports Mr. Moore should fully recover from his injuries.

Original updated release below:

April 8, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a disturbance at a residence. Sheriff's Deputies arrived and the situation escalated rapidly, forcing the deputies to respond with lethal force.

On April 7, 2016, at 8:03 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence on South 25th Place by a neighbor who reported that a male was breaking windows and damaging his property. Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by the Forest Grove Police Department, arrived and contacted the resident who had an active felony warrant.

The man was uncooperative. The man's behavior caused the situation to escalate rapidly, forcing the deputies to respond with lethal force. At least one shot was fired by Sheriff's Deputies. The man was continually uncooperative and refused to exit the house to receive medical care. Sheriff's Deputies persisted and, after about an hour and a half, the man came out of the house and was taken into custody. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident. They were assisted by the Oregon State Police Forensics Unit to process the scene and collect evidence.

There is limited additional information, including the man's name, which cannot be released at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Attached Media Files: PDF
School Safety Map
School Safety Map
'No left turn' Traffic Change Implemented for Oak Hills Elementary (Photo) - 04/07/16
April 7, 2016--Left turns from NW Oak Hills Drive onto NW Perimeter Drive, in the community of Oak Hills, are prohibited from 7:15-8:15 a.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m. when Oak Hills Elementary School is in session.

The intersection is a source of traffic congestion when drivers are transporting students to and from Oak Hills Elementary School during these hours. Drivers attempting left turns from NW Oak Hills Drive onto NW Perimeter Drive are impacted by a crosswalk frequented by those walking or biking to the school. This causes traffic to back up on NW Oak Hills Drive west through the intersection of NW Bethany Boulevard causing increased traffic hazards.

Parents and caregivers of Oak Hills Elementary School students were notified of the traffic change the week of March 14, 2016. A large sign notifying travelers of the no-left-turn traffic change was installed on March 28, 2016. Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team Deputies have been contacting violators and reminding them of the change. Beginning Monday, April 11, 2016, citations will be issued to those in violation of the new traffic safety sign. The violation is Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device which carries a fine of $260.

Washington County Sheriff's Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Tannenbaum reminds drivers to always be aware of traffic safety signs and devices especially in school zones.
Attached Media Files: PDF Press Release , School Safety Map , New Sign
Reminder of CALEA feedback opportunity - 04/06/16
Sheriff Garrett Invites Public Feedback for Inspectors
Accreditation Inspection April 11 -- 14, 2016

Beginning April 11, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff's Office will be inspected for compliance with national law enforcement standards by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This four-day inspection is the most intensive part of the re-accreditation process for large law enforcement agencies who voluntarily apply for national accreditation. This is the agency's fourth re-accreditation process.

Sheriff Garrett explains that many agencies can claim they provide excellent law enforcement services, but few can prove it by achieving and maintaining rigorous accreditation standards that impact every aspect of operations. The CALEA team will be working hard to gain an understanding of our technical abilities and to learn about the Sheriff's Office culture and values.

One important way to assess our values is by talking with the community. The public can help the inspection team evaluate our community partnerships, staff interactions with the community, and quality of service delivery. Sheriff Garrett encourages the community to participate in one of three ways.
* Between now and April 14, any member of the community can e-mail the inspection team using the following link: CALEA@co.washington.or.us. The same link will be available from the Sheriff's Facebook and Twitter pages.

* On Monday, April 11, beginning at 6:00 pm, the public can attend a hearing in the Charles Cameron Memorial Auditorium in the Public Services Building at 155 North First Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon. Those who wish to speak will be allowed 10 minutes to comment on standards compliance.

* On Tuesday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, the public can call (503) 899-2669 and share comments by telephone. (The line will otherwise be inoperable.) Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes.

Original release below:

March 14, 2016 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) next month. A team of inspectors will arrive on Monday, April 11, 2016, to review all aspects of Sheriff's Office operations in light of national standards considered priorities for large law enforcement agencies. The inspection will end on Thursday, April 14. The public has several opportunities to give input to the inspection team on Sheriff's Office services.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
ESPD Advisory Committee Recruitment - 04/05/16
April 5, 2016--The Sheriff's Office of Washington County is accepting applications for citizens to serve on the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) Citizens' Advisory Committee. The Committee works with the Sheriff and other officials from the Sheriff's Office to review and offer recommendations regarding the level and type of police service in ESPD. The Committee advises the Sheriff on strategic goals and direction for the law enforcement district. Future considerations of the Committee will be to review other long-range opportunities for enhanced law enforcement and community collaboration.

ESPD provides enhanced patrol response to over 210,000 residents of the urban areas outside the cities. There are 130 Sheriff's Deputies serving the citizens in the district. The Sheriff's Office has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) continuously since 2004.

Committee members serve a three-year term. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and must live in the district. Applications can be obtained online at www.WCSheriff-OR.com, in person at the Washington County Sheriff's Office Executive Administration Office, by phone by contacting Lori Larson at (503) 846-2694, or by e-mail at lori_larson @co.washington.or.us . The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Attached Media Files: ESPD Application , PDF Flier