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Firework Flier
Firework Flier
Sheriff's Office Promotes a Safe 4th of July Holiday (Photo) - 06/29/16

June 29, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday period.

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, Sheriff's Deputies will be prepared to enforce laws related to illegal fireworks. Using or possessing illegal fireworks in Oregon 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 injuries, 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. The public 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) support the Sheriff's Deputies enforcement 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 referred to as bottle rockets, roman candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's provides information on legal and illegal fireworks (separate attachment).

Please remember to be safe, legal and considerate while celebrating Independence Day.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier , Firework Flier
Robbery Suspect Photo
Robbery Suspect Photo
Sheriff's Deputies Search for "Lucky Dog Deli" Robbery Suspect (Photo) - 06/26/16

June 26, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he robbed a local business.

On June 25, 2016 at 9:27 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Lucky Dog Deli at 4714 SW Scholls Ferry Road in the community of Raleigh Hills, concerning a robbery. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies learned there was a man that robbed the 27 year-old male clerk at gunpoint. Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by Portland Police Bureau Officers, responded to the area to search for the suspect.

Sheriff's Deputies were told the robbery suspect came into the business and walked quickly towards the clerk who was behind the counter. The clerk told Sheriff's Deputies the man had a handgun and demanded the cash in the register. The employee gave the man a very small amount of cash and the man fled on foot. The employee was not injured.

Sheriff's Deputies searched the area with the assistance of a Sheriff's Office K9 with no success locating the suspect. There is the possibility a vehicle was used to flee the area. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and other evidence. There is a still photo (inset) from the video that shows the suspect with a gun in his hand.

It was reported that the Portland Police Bureau was investigating a similar robbery that occurred less than a half mile away, a few hours prior to this robbery. Both robberies had many similarities, and it is possible they were committed by the same man.

The man was described as a dark skinned black male, in his 20s with a thin build. He was reported to have a beard and he was wearing a black hoody and camouflage colored shorts. Witnesses reported the man walked with a distinctive limp on his right side.

Deputies are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2700.

Attached Media Files: PDF , Robbery Suspect Photo
Hillsboro Man Dies in Early Morning Crash - 06/25/16

June 25, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. The driver did not survive his injuries.

On June 25, 2016, at 1:04 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by Hillsboro Police Department, were called to SW Highway 219 south of Clean Water Services concerning a single vehicle crash.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2005 Honda Civic over an embankment on the west side of the road. Sheriff's Deputies determined the Honda was travelling north on SW Highway 219 when it failed to negotiate a curve. The Honda then drove off the west side of the road, struck a tree and rolled over.

Sheriff's Deputies found that Dashiell Solberg-Bell, 22, from Hillsboro, was the driver and sole occupant of the Honda. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminarily, Sheriff's Deputies were not able to determine why Mr. Solberg-Bell left the roadway, although excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue assisted with the crash.

Highway 219 was closed for about two hours to investigate the crash. Investigators have not determined if there were other factors that contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.

Attached Media Files: PDF
Dawnyle Durham/White/Kaestner Booking Photo
Dawnyle Durham/White/Kaestner Booking Photo
Detectives Search for Information Concerning Former DHS Foster Parents (Photo) - 06/23/16

June 23, 2016-- A Washington County Grand Jury indicted two former Department of Human Services DHS foster parents on several felony charges. Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives are seeking additional information regarding any unreported crimes involving the parents.

Dawnyle Durham/White/Kaestner (photo attached) is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail. She is charged with four counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, two counts of Delivery of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance to a Minor, Possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of Causing a Minor to Ingest a Controlled Substance and two counts of Applying a Scheduled II Controlled Substance to a Minor. She is held on $150,000 bail.

Darren Durham (photo attached) is currently lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is charged with one count of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, two counts of Delivery of a Scheduled II Controlled Substance to a Minor, two counts of Applying a Schedule II Controlled Substance to a Minor, and two counts of Causing Another Person to Ingest a Controlled Substance. He is held on $110,000 bail.

The Durhams were DHS certified foster care providers from 2001-2013. During that time, they had more than 50 children in their care. They adopted four of the foster children prior to their certification being revoked by DHS in 2013.

A Washington County Grand Jury indicted the Durhams on June 3, 2016. They were both were arrested six days later. All four children were taken into protective custody.

Detectives ask that if anyone thinks they know of a possible child abuse situation to please call the Sheriff's Office or their local law enforcement to report it.

Washington County Child Abuse Detectives are interested in any additional information regarding unreported crimes committed by the Durhams. Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.

Roger Gastemum Booking Photo
Roger Gastemum Booking Photo
Beaverton Man Charged in Aloha Homicide (Photo) - 06/22/16

On June 21, 2016 at about 8:30 p.m., members with the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Roger Gastemum Medina, 21, from Beaverton. Mr. Gastemum Medina was charged with the murder of 21 year-old Yusef Sharif. Marshals had been tracking Mr. Gastemum Medina throughout the area since Monday's homicide. They captured him in Tigard as he walked down the sidewalk on SW Highway 99W near SW 72nd Avenue.

On June 20, 2016, Sheriff's Detectives believe Mr. Sharif was walking on SW Blanton Street. Mr. Gastemum Medina stopped in a vehicle to confront Mr. Sharif about an issue. Investigators discovered that during the confrontation, Mr. Gastemum Medina shot Mr. Sharif with a handgun then fled the area. Sheriff's Detectives do not believe this incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.

Roger Emir Gastemum Medina was booked in the Washington County Jail charged with Murder. He is held without the possibility of bail. His arraignment is today at 3:00 p.m. at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center.

The US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, Oregon State Police and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Original Press Release Below:

Detectives Search for Suspects in Aloha Homicide
Case#50-161720305

June 20, 2016--Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street that resulted in a man's death.


On June 20, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found an adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound lying on SW Blanton Street. The first deputy that arrived at the scene attempted life saving measures until relieved by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no information to lead investigators to believe this was a random act. It is believed the victim was walking on SW Blanton Street when he was shot. It was reported the people responsible fled east bound on SW Blanton Street in a dark colored sedan. Detectives are continuing their search for the vehicle and suspect(s) involved in this shooting.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit and the Oregon State Police Forensics are on scene and assisting with the investigation. Blanton Street will remain closed for the next several hours while the investigation continues.

There is no additional information available for release at this early stage of the investigation. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier , Roger Gastemum Booking Photo
Shawn Kinney Arrested
Shawn Kinney Arrested
Man Arrested after Machete Attack (Photo) - 06/20/16

June 20, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after allegedly assaulting another person with a machete who had been sleeping in a residence.
On June 20, 2016 at about 3:43 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies serving the City of Cornelius, were called to the 1800 block of South Oleander Lane in Cornelius concerning an assault. Sheriff's Deputies were told a man was attacked with a machete while he was sleeping.

The Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 28 year-old resident of the house had been attacked with a machete while he was sleeping on the couch. Sheriff's Deputies saw the man's arm had several deep lacerations apparently caused by a sharp object with significant force. The victim told Sheriff's Deputies he was able to pick up a steel pipe to fend off his attacker. He said he struck the man in the head with the pipe initiating an end to the attack. The victim was treated and released from the hospital.

The suspect, Shawn Kinney, 28, from Forest Grove, was also located at the house. He had a laceration to his head with what appeared to be a blunt weapon. Mr. Kinney was treated at a local hospital and released to Sheriff's Deputies. His current booking photo is very graphic so the attached booking photo is from earlier this month.

Shawn Paul Kinney was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail where he was charged with First Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. He is held on $250,000 bail.

This incident is still under investigation as to the reason for the attack. Sheriff's Deputies are asking for the public's assistance with additional information that may shed light on this case.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier , Shawn Kinney Arrested
Homicide Photo
Homicide Photo
Detectives Search for Suspects in Aloha Homicide (Photo) - 06/20/16

June 20, 2016--Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street that resulted in a man's death.

On June 20, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found an adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound lying on SW Blanton Street. The first deputy that arrived at the scene attempted life saving measures until relieved by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no information to lead investigators to believe this was a random act. It is believed the victim was walking on SW Blanton Street when he was shot. It was reported the people responsible fled east bound on SW Blanton Street in a dark colored sedan. Detectives are continuing their search for the vehicle and suspect(s) involved in this shooting.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit and the Oregon State Police Forensics are on scene and assisting with the investigation. Blanton Street will remain closed for the next several hours while the investigation continues.

There is no additional information available for release at this early stage of the investigation. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier , Homicide Photo
Rifle Photo
Rifle Photo
Sheriff Warns of the Dangers with Replica Guns (Photo) - 06/17/16

June 17, 2016--The Washington County Sheriff's Office is concerned with a surge in incidents where replica guns are being used. These firearms are very realistic and cause significant danger to the community.

In the last four days, there have been three separate occasions where Sheriff's Deputies responded to 911 calls from the public reporting a person shooting or threatening to shoot a gun at or toward people. In all three occasions, very realistic replica guns were used (photos inset), all were pellet or BB guns.

Sheriff's Deputies are often forced into making split-second decisions about whether a gun is real. In a rapidly developing situation, a realistic looking replica gun can easily be identified as a real gun, with potentially tragic results. Fortunately, Sheriff's Deputies were able to resolve these three situations peacefully. In all three instances, it was not until close examination; Sheriff's Deputies were able to determine the guns were replicas. Two of the three incidents resulted in arrests.

The Sheriff's Office is also concerned about the public mistaking a replica gun for a real gun, and they may try to resolve the situation themselves. These situations could end with tragic results.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "We work hard every day to ensure that our interactions with the public are as safe and peaceful as possible. These dangerously realistic guns are being marketed as cool and trendy, when improperly used, the consequences could have catastrophic results."

While actual statistics are difficult to calculate, reports of deaths, injuries and close calls involving replica guns are becoming more common across the nation. Many of these incidents involved individuals using a replica gun to commit a crime.

Since 1989, federal law has required that replica guns be manufactured with a bright orange plug at the end of a non-shooting barrel or a body that's brightly colored. Airsoft guns are required to have an orange collar on the muzzle, transparent or neon-colored bodies. Sheriff's Deputies have often found these guns altered to remove the orange markings. Unfortunately, pellet and BB guns do not fall into this category.
Deputies caution the public to be wary of the possible repercussions of carrying or handling replica guns in public and ask parents not to allow their children to use these realistic looking guns.

Attached Media Files: PDF , Rifle Photo , AR15 and Handgun Photo
UPDATE--Missing Endangered Man Found Safe - 06/17/16

UPDATE: Missing Man Found Safe

June 17, 2016, a concerned citizen called the Portland Police Bureau after seeing a news story about Mr. Lafferty being reported missing to report he was at a hotel. Portland Police confirmed it was Mr. Lafferty and that he was safe. The Sheriff's Office thanks the media and the alert public for spreading the news to quickly locate Mr. Lafferty.

Original release below:

Deputies Search for Missing Endangered Man

June 16, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Yesterday, Sheriff's Deputies were called to take a missing person report from the sister of William Eugene Lafferty (62 years old from Aloha.) Mr. Lafferty left the DePaul Treatment Center located at 1312 SW Washington St. in Portland on Monday. He had been receiving treatment for substance abuse. He has not been seen or heard from since then.

Mr. Lafferty's sister reported that he lives with their mother on SW Pheasant Dr. in Aloha. He has a severe alcohol and prescription-drug problem that may have induced his dementia. He is unable to care for himself and does not know his way home. He does not take any life sustaining medication. It is very unusual for Mr. Lafferty to be out of contact with his family for this length of time.

Mr. Lafferty is 5'8" tall 230 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. He was wearing a tan and blue plaid shirt and khaki pants when he left the treatment facility.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of William Lafferty, please call 503-629-0111.

Results of the "Click it or Ticket" campaign - 06/13/16

The results of the "Click it or Ticket" campaign are:

893 total motorist contacts which include 125 Seatbelt/Child Restraint violations and 334 Speed violations.

This program is funded through a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

According to research conducted by (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.

There are additional traffic safety details scheduled throughout the summer.

Steele_Bridge.jpg
Steele_Bridge.jpg
Sheriff's Marine Deputies pull Jumper from River (Photo) - 06/12/16

Sheriff's marine deputies working river patrol for the Rose Festival rescued a man after he jumped from the Steele Bridge in an attempt to take his own life. The man suffered minor injuries from the fall and was taken to a local hospital.

On Saturday, June 11, 2016, at about 5:25 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Marine Deputies were assisting the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office with security on the Willamette River for the naval vessels in port during the Rose Festival.

While they were patrolling the security zone surrounding the ships, they heard a large splash near the west end of the Steele Bridge. They saw a man flailing in the water and threw him a lifeline. The man grabbed the line and the deputies pulled him into the safety of the boat. He was taken to shore for treatment.

The 45-year-old Portland man jumped from the car deck of the Steele Bridge. He sustained minor injuries from the 100 foot fall. The man was treated by medics and taken to a local hospital for additional treatment. The man thanked the deputies for saving his life and was thankful he was going to get the help he needed.

Damaged Boat Photo
Damaged Boat Photo
Sailboat Damaged in Collision with Sheriff's Boat (Photo) - 06/10/16

June 10, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies were in a collision with a sailboat on the Willamette River during Fleet Week patrols. The wooden sailboat received minor damage.

On June 9, 2016, at about 5 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Marine Patrol Deputies were assisting with scene security for the Rose Festival Fleet Ships on the Willamette River. Washington County, along with Marine Patrols from across the state, provides security every year for this event.

Boats that wish to pass through the secure zone around the ships are stopped, checked for weapons or explosives and then wait to be escorted through a designated zone. All Marine Patrol boats have their emergency overhead lights turned on throughout the entire event.

A sailboat, known as the Golden Rule peace boat, approached the secure zone under power, apparently wanting to travel upriver. The Golden Rule had reportedly traveled downstream through the secure zone earlier in the day. Sheriff's Deputies flanked the sailboat's starboard, with overhead lights on, trying to get to the operator to stop prior to entering the secure zone.

The sailboat changed course as it turned toward the port of the Sheriff's Patrol boat. The Sheriff's Patrol boat made an emergency maneuver to avoid an impending serious collision. The port aft of the Sheriff's Patrol boat collided with the starboard of the sailboat causing the minor damage seen in the attached photo.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is honored to assist with this security detail every year as it has for many years.

Attached Media Files: PDF , Damaged Boat Photo
May and Memorial Holiday DUII Results - 06/03/16

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 86 impaired drivers in May. Of those 86, at least 10 were impaired with drugs. Ten of the 86 impaired driver arrests were over the Memorial Day weekend travel period. Sheriff's Deputies also issued seven 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 continue to conduct enhanced high visibility DUII enforcement patrols the entire month of June looking for impaired drivers. The Sheriff's Office encourages 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 June DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of July.