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Sheriff's Deputies invite you to "Coffee with a Cop" - 05/28/15
May 28, 2015-- As part of a national event sponsored by Starbucks, the Washington County Sheriff's Office is participating in two opportunities to have "Coffee with a Cop."
Sheriff's Deputies will be at a Bethany and a Cornelius city Starbucks providing coffee and conversation to everyone that stops by.

The events are tomorrow morning, May 29, from 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. A flyer for each event is attached.

The Sheriff's Office looks forward to seeing you at one of these locations.

Media is welcome to attend these events.
Attached Media Files: Cornelius Location , Bethany Location
UPDATE--Driver Cited in Collision with Bicycle - 05/27/15
UPDATE--Driver Cited in Collision with Bicycle

May 27, 2015--Investigators determined that David Warren, the driver of the Bronco, committed violations that were contributing factors in the May 22, 2015 crash with David Garcia. Yesterday, Mr. Warren was issued citations for Dangerous Left Turn and Careless Driving. His court date is scheduled for June 17, 2015.

Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Vehicle

May 22, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle and a bicyclist collided. The bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries.

On May 22, 2015, at 1:45 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Miller Road at SW Barnes Road in the community of Cedar Mill concerning a traffic crash between a bicyclist and a sport utility vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found David Garcia, 43, from Cedar Mill, unconscious in the roadway. He incurred life-threatening injuries. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue treated Mr. Garcia prior to transporting him to Emanuel Hospital.

Sheriff's Deputies learned that a 1988 Ford Bronco had been driven by David Warren, 64, from Hillsboro, eastbound on SW Barnes Road. Deputies found that David Garcia was riding his bicycle westbound on SW Barnes Road. Witnesses told investigators that he was riding his bicycle at a high speed and continued straight while in the right turn lane at SW Miller Road. Mr. Warren turned his Bronco left onto SW Miller Road into the path of Mr. Garcia.

David Warren remained at the crash scene and cooperated with investigators, he was not injured.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist with diagrams and processing evidence. The intersection was closed for approximately three hours.

Investigators will complete their analysis of this crash in the coming weeks. No citations have been issued.
Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Vehicle - 05/22/15
May 22, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle and a bicyclist collided. The bicyclist suffered life-threatening injuries.

On May 22, 2015, at 1:45 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Miller Road at SW Barnes Road in the community of Cedar Mill concerning a traffic crash between a bicyclist and a sport utility vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found David Garcia, 43, from Cedar Mill, unconscious in the roadway. He incurred life-threatening injuries. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue treated Mr. Garcia prior to transporting him to Emanuel Hospital.

Sheriff's Deputies learned that a 1988 Ford Bronco had been driven by David Warren, 64, from Hillsboro, eastbound on SW Barnes Road. Deputies found that David Garcia was riding his bicycle westbound on SW Barnes Road. Witnesses told investigators that he was riding his bicycle at a high speed and continued straight while in the right turn lane at SW Miller Road. Mr. Warren turned his Bronco left onto SW Miller Road into the path of Mr. Garcia.

David Warren remained at the crash scene and cooperated with investigators, he was not injured.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to assist with diagrams and processing evidence. The intersection was closed for approximately three hours.

Investigators will complete their analysis of this crash in the coming weeks. No citations have been issued.
Sheriff Invites Public to Memorial Day Ceremony - 05/21/15
May 21, 2015--Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett extends his invitation to veterans, families and friends to honor this Memorial Day Holiday at a special ceremony. This event honors the members of the armed forces that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey will be the ceremony host and Sheriff Pat Garrett will be the keynote speaker.

Mayor Willey served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran.

Sheriff Garrett enlisted in 1987, serving two tours overseas, to include a tour in Iraq. Sheriff Garrett recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Army Reserve.

The ceremony will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds Veterans Memorial Gateway at 34th Avenue and Veterans Drive in Hillsboro on May 25th at 2:00 p.m. Free parking is located in the TriMet lot at the Fair Complex-Hillsboro Station.

Sheriff Garrett looks forward to the public attending this important opportunity to express gratitude and honor our fallen service members.
Attached Media Files: Full Release With Phot
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DUII Driver Hits Patrol Car (Photo) - 05/17/15
May 17, 2015, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a suspected DUII driver. She attempted to elude deputies and at one point struck a patrol car. She was arrested for DUII and related charges.

On Sunday May 17, 2015 at 6:05 p.m., a citizen called 911 to report a suspected impaired driver. Deputies located and stopped Donna Cowling, age 48 of Portland. When deputies made contact with her, she fled the scene in her 2004 Jeep Liberty and led deputies on a short pursuit.

Ms. Cowling eventually stopped when she pulled into a driveway near her home. As deputies approached the vehicle, she attempted to leave, but backed into a parked patrol car. When she made contact with the patrol car, she accelerated in an apparent attempt to flee. Deputies were able to detain her and determine she was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ms. Cowling was arrested for DUII, Attempt to Elude Felony, Criminal Mischief II, Hit and Run and Reckless Endangering. She was lodged in the Washington County Jail.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office advises citizens not to drive after the consumption of alcohol or drugs. If you must travel, the Sheriff's Office encourages citizens to pre-arrange a designated driver. The Washington County Sheriff's Office continues to promote safer roadways with strict enforcement of impaired drivers.
Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol for Memorial Holiday Travel - 05/15/15
May 15, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and local law enforcement agencies will be on the roads providing extra patrol to enhance safety for this Memorial Day Holiday travel period.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Holiday traveling experience. The Memorial Day Holiday travel period is one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways combined with aggressive and distracted drivers.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday travel period, deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. Deputies will be out in force from May 18 through May 31, 2015. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided June 1, 2015.

Every Memorial Day Holiday weekend, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to numerous traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt and secure children in properly fitted child restraints.

Consistent vehicle passenger restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from injury or death. ODOT reports that in 2013, over 50% of all fatal crashes involved an improperly restrained or unrestrained driver or passenger. Washington County has over 98 percent of consistent seatbelt use; the goal is 100% compliance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommendation for child passenger's fact sheet is attached.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the holiday.
Attached Media Files: Odot Fact Sheet
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Woman arrested on Multiple Charges following Crash (Photo) - 05/10/15
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Early this morning a woman was arrested after causing a two-vehicle crash. One person was injured in the crash. The suspect was charged with multiple charges including assault and resisting arrest.

On Sunday, May 10, 2015, at about 1:13 a.m., a Sheriff's deputy witnessed a crash at the intersection of Kruse Way and the off-ramp from I5 South. The victim's car, a 2004 Chevy four door, was leaving Hwy 217 South and proceeding through the intersection to Kruse Way when it was struck on the driver side by the suspect's 1999 Acura TL. The suspect was traveling south on the off-ramp from I5 south.

The victim's car was occupied by three males, the driver Pedro Trujillo (37), the front passenger Juan Trujillo (24), and the rear-driver-side passenger Elias Trujillo (56) all from Portland. The suspect vehicle was driven by Hailey Elden (21) from Tigard.

Deputies believe that Ms. Elden ran the red light and struck the other car. When deputies contacted her they quickly suspected that she was under the influence of something that was impairing her ability to drive. She was arrested and they later determined that she had given them a false name. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released. When the deputies attempted to take her to jail from the hospital she fought with them. No one was injured.

Elias Trujillo had to be extricated from the rear of the car by TVF&R personnel. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital. He has since been released from the hospital. No one else was injured in the crash.

Ms. Elden was charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, Assault IV, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Resisting Arrest, False Information to Police, and a warrant for Failure to Appear in court on a previous heroin charge.
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Driver Dies after driving his Car off the Road (Photo) - 05/08/15
Friday, May 08, 2015

Tonight, a man driving west on NW Gales Creek Road failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his car. The car rolled and the driver died at the scene.

On Friday, May 08, 2015, at about 6:45 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the scene of a vehicle crash on NW Gales Creek Road and NW Sargent Road in unincorporated Washington County.

When Deputies arrived they found a vehicle in a field on the south side of the road. The Driver, 53-year-old Steven Vincent Gorretta from Forest Grove, was deceased at the scene of the crash. Mr. Gorretta was driving west on NW Gales Creek Rd when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

Deputies said Mr. Gorretta was not wearing a seat belt and was killed when the car rolled. He was driving a maroon 1970 Ford Mustang.

Investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) are conducting the investigation into the crash.
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Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Human Remains Found in Aloha (Photo) - 05/05/15
May 5, 2015, Deputies are investigating the discovery of human remains found in Aloha.

On May 5, 2015, at about 12:08 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called
to an overgrown brushy area in the community of Aloha concerning found human remains.

Deputies were called by a tree trimming contractor that was clearing brush and removing hazardous trees and branches along SW Heritage Parkway and SW Heritage Court. The contracted crew had been working in the area since early this morning. Shortly after noon, they called the Sheriff's Office to report finding human remains.

Sheriff's Deputies went to a secluded area where the decomposed human remains were located. There was no immediate indication that violence may have been a cause of the death. The remains are from an adult but the gender is not being released at this point in the investigation.

The Washington County Forensic Science Unit responded to search for evidence and
process the scene. The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy in the coming days to
confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Attached Media Files: Scene Photo
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UPDATE: Missing and Endangered 85-year-old man (Photo) - 05/03/15
Mr. Richard Gehr was found shortly after 5:00 p.m. in Portland safe and sound. He was located by Portland Police Bureau while riding Trimet.

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Subject name: Richard Gehr
Age: 85

Description: Male
Height: 6'
Weight: 175 lbs
Hair: Grey
Eyes: Blue
Clothing: Long brown shirt, blue jeans, unknown color of shoes

Summary:
At 9:30 a.m. this morning, Mr. Richard Gehr walked away from a care facility in the area of SW Vista Place and SW 97th Ave. Richard has a known memory issue and gets confused easily. He is known to walk around the area and will answer to his name. He is known to use public transportation and he was last seen at 11:30 a.m. in the area of SW Columbia and 5th Ave in downtown Portland. Richard should be wearing glasses and appears like his DMV picture. Please call the Sheriff's Office if you see or have seen Richard since this morning. Richard's family is concerned for his wellbeing and The Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help to locate him.