Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Memorial Day Holiday Travel Safety Tips - 05/28/16
Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the summer vacation season. As warmer weather approaches, the Washington County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to take the proper precautions before and while driving on the roadway.
During the summer months, there is an increase in the number of vehicles on the roadways. Families take to the highways for vacations and extended road trips. And while these excursions can start off as a happy occasion, they can too often result in tragedy due to negligence and failure to properly take the necessary steps to ensure safe travel. There are typically hundreds of crash related fatalities nationwide during the Memorial Day holiday period.
Drivers should remember prevention and planning is much easier than dealing with the consequences of a breakdown, or worse yet, a highway crash. To help avoid crashes on our roadways, below a list of tips that drivers can use for safe travel:
?,? Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. -- Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts every time they are riding in or driving your vehicle. Wearing a seatbelt is the best defense against injury in a crash.
?,? Don't Drive After Drinking -- Impaired driving deaths spike during the holidays. Be responsible -- don't drink and drive. If you plan to drink or use marijuana, choose a designated driver before going out.
?,? Check your Tire's Air Pressure, Tread Wear, and Spare -- Proper tire care is essential for driving to avoid breakdowns and potential crashes. Proper tire maintenance is especially important when traveling long distances.
?,? Keep Children Safe In Your Vehicle -- Make sure car seats are properly installed and that any children riding with you are properly fitted in the car seat to best protect them. There are other dangers to children in and around cars that you should know. One of those dangers is heat stroke, from being left unattended in a hot vehicle.
Throughout this Memorial Day holiday, and the rest of the year, drivers should utilize the above suggestions to stay safe on our nation's roads.
Washington County Search team Locates Missing Gaston Man (Photo)
May 26, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies were searching for a man that was reported missing and possibly in danger due to health issues.
On May 25, 2016 at about 10:00 p.m., a family member called Washington County Sheriff's Deputies to report Glenn Ellis, from Gaston, went fishing and never returned.
The family reported to Sheriff's Deputies they dropped Mr. Ellis off at SW Richmond Road and SW Patton Valley Road to fish the Tualatin River. The family said they dropped him off at 1:00 p.m. yesterday and went back about 7:00 p.m. last night to pick him up but were unable to find him. They said it is very unusual for Mr. Ellis to be out of contact with his family for this length of time. Mr. Ellis was reported to have recent surgery that he has not recovered from that could cause serious medical issues.
Sheriff's Deputies began an extensive search in this rural secluded area. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted with an aerial search overnight with no success. Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue was activated to help find Mr. Ellis. The enhanced search was assisted by Mountain Wave Search & Rescue and Gaston Fire Department.
Glenn Ellis is 53 years old and was described as being 6'3" tall, 310 pounds, with brown hair and beard and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black tee shirt and black shorts and sandals.
At 8:43 this morning Washington County Search and Rescue team members found Mr. Ellis near the 50000 block of SW Patton Valley Road. He reported injuring his leg in a fall causing him to spend the night in the woods. He was checked by Gaston Fire and released in otherwise good health.
2016 K9 Trials Announcement (Photo)
Photo of K9 Chase
K9 Chase Defends "Top Dog" Title at the 11th Annual K9 Trials
On June 4, 2016, the public is invited to watch the 11th Annual Washington County Sheriff's Office and Police K9 Trials. Brian MacMillan from KPTV Fox 12 is scheduled to emcee this event. The event is from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Hillsboro Stadium (4450 NW 229th Ave, Hillsboro) and is free to the public. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., K9 teams will compete in the following events:
?,? Area Searches for Suspects and Evidence
?,? Agility Course
?,? Fastest Dog
?,? Suspect Apprehension
?,? Vehicle Extraction
?,? Handler (Officer) Protection
K9 Teams competing this year are from: Washington, Clatsop and Multnomah County Sheriff's Offices, Sherwood, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Springfield Police Departments and Portland Police Bureau.
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. Washington County Sheriff Deputy Zaugg and K9 Chase will be defending their 2015 Top Dog title.
The event also features a Safety Fair that includes bicycle safety, dog safety and emergency vehicle display. Safety fair participants are: Washington County Sheriff's Office special teams, Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation, Hillsboro Fire Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Tigard Police Department, United States Coast Guard Lifeflight, Metro West Ambulance and Washington County Land Use and Transportation.
Sponsors include Krav Maga Global NorthWest, Bethany Family Pet Clinic, Impact Signs Company, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital, Pet Barn and Unleashed by Petco.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, please leave your pets at home. Attendees are encouraged to bring bags or cans of premium dog or cat food that will be donated to Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro.
More about the Washington County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit:
The Washington County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit responds to approximately 500 incidents each year. To help ensure a high rate of success and longevity, new canines 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. Like all Sheriff's Office K9 teams, these dogs will live with the deputy and their family when not at work. The K9 Unit participates in public demonstrations every year, for more information please call 503-846-2700.
Teenager Arrested and Charged with Murder (Photo)
Tannekqwa Thompson Booking Photo
May 17, 2016--Detectives have arrested a teenager in relation to a homicide in a Cedar Hills residence.
On May 16, 2016, at 7:22 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 13400 block of SW Driftwood Place in the community of Cedar Hills, concerning a possible stabbing.
Sheriff's Deputies arrived and learned the victim, Charreen Stanford, 18, had been taken to an area hospital by a family member. Sheriff's Deputies discovered the suspect, Tannekqwa Thompson, 18, had fled the house on foot prior to the deputies' arrival. Both women lived at the house where the incident occurred.
Sheriff's Deputies contained the area while two Sheriff's K9 Deputies and a Beaverton K9 Officer searched for Ms. Thompson. Law enforcement was able to keep the area locked down for more than an hour, until Ms. Thompson was found hiding in a yard nearby and taken into custody just after 8:30 p.m.
Ms. Stanford was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The Washington County Major Crimes Team and the Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to the house to investigate and process the crime scene.
Ms. Thompson was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Murder, and held without the possibility of bail.
There is no additional information available for release at this early stage of the investigation.
Shots Fired Leads to Arrest (Photo)
Sunday May 8, 2016 - Washington County Deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an argument where shots were fired. A Cornelius man was arrested and taken to jail.
Sunday May 8, 2016 at 12:09 a.m., Washington County Deputies responded to N Clark Court in Cornelius on a report of gunshots being fired. Two men were reportedly drinking and involved in an altercation in front of their duplex. After the fight was broken up, both parties returned to their homes.
The suspect, identified as Huber Lopez-Lopez, age 38 of Cornelius returned to his home and retrieved a gun. Mr. Lopez-Lopez was upset with his neighbor over the fight and threatened to kill him. He then reportedly fired his gun in an unknown direction. No one was injured as a result of the gunshots, and no property damage has been located or reported.
Deputies responded with the assistance of the Tactical Negotiations Team and secured the scene. After several attempts to contact Mr. Lopez-Lopez, deputies were able to take him into custody without incident.
Huber Lopez-Lopez has been lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of Weapon, Menacing and Harassment.
Deputies Arrest two for Early Morning Robbery (Photo)
Saturday May 7, 2016 - Washington County Deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to an armed robbery and two suspects were taken into custody.
Saturday May 7, 2016 at 4:12 a.m., Washington County Deputies responded to N 7th Avenue in Cornelius on a report of an armed robbery. Two suspects demanded money, assaulted the victim and fled the scene. Responding deputies quickly located one of the suspects and identified him as Johnathan Zurita-Veladiz, age 20 of Cornelius. The second suspect eluded the deputies.
During the investigation, deputies learned a gun was involved in the robbery and continued their search for the second suspect. At 9:49 a.m., deputies located the second suspect, identified as Luis Rios, age 19 of Portland inside a residence on N. Davis Street. After negotiating with the second suspect for about an hour, he surrendered to the deputies.
Luis Rios has been lodged in the Washington County Jail on a Parole Violation and is facing charges of Robbery and Assault.
Johnathan Zurita-Veladiz has been lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of Robbery I and Assault III.
The victim's mother wanted to share the following statement, "The community worked together with the police to take the suspects into custody."
DUII Driver Crashes into Parked Car (Photo)
May 7, 2016 -- Friday night, Washington County Deputies arrested a man for DUII after he crashed into a parked car.
Friday May 6, 2016 at 11:16 p.m., A Washington County deputy observed a 1995 Subaru Impreza traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop and the driver, Codey Guerreiro, age 22 of Beaverton continued driving at a high rate of speed down SW Farmington Road.
While in pursuit of Mr. Guerreiro, he took several turns through the neighborhood off SW 198th avenue and the deputy lost sight of the Subaru. The deputy terminated the pursuit. The deputy was then dispatched to a crash on SW Bayberry Drive, which is the last known location of the Subaru driven by Mr. Guerreiro. Upon arrival, the deputy located the Subaru he attempted to stop on SW Farmington Road. Mr. Guerreiro had crashed into a parked car. He was injured during the crash and transported with non-life threatening injuries to OHSU.
During the investigation, it was determined Mr. Guerreiro was driving impaired. He was cited and released for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
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.
Crash severely injures Passenger, Driver likely Impaired (Photo)
Previous Mug Shot
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.