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Sheriff's Office Partners with Neighborhoods at National Night Out - 07/31/15
Washington County Deputy Sheriffs are looking forward to joining residents on National Night out (Tuesday, August 4th) to discuss ways to keep their neighborhood safer. This year's theme, "See Something, Say Something" encourages residents to not only contact 9-1-1 when a crime has been committed, but also utilize a non-emergency number (503-629-0111) to report activities or situations that may seem suspicious or troubling.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett states, "National Night Out is a great tradition that brings neighborhoods and public safety agencies together. Hearing from our residents that night helps us learn of trends so we can best respond, provide education, and continue to serve our communities with excellent service."

Deputies also plan to provide tips on how neighbors can work together year-round to help keep their home and neighborhood safer.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Officer McGruff will be at the following community events:

?,? Banks National Night Out: 6-8 pm at 44950 NW Hartwick Road
?,? Cornelius National Night Out: 5:30-8 pm at Harleman Park
?,? Metzger National Out: 7-9:30 pm at Metzger Park
?,? Bethany National Night Out: 6-8:30 pm at John Marty Park

Individuals unable to attend one of these events can find important safety tips at: http://www.co.washington.or.us/Sheriff/OtherServices/CrimePrevention/national-night-out.cfm. Tips include: knowing your neighbors and neighborhood; keeping up your yard; safeguarding outdoor equipment; exercising caution at night; safety when you are out of town; and helping our detectives find your stolen items.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer places to live.
Toddler survives fall from third story window by Landing on Father - 07/20/15
Last night at about 8:00 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a child who fell out of a third story window and was not breathing. A Sheriff's deputy was close by and was on scene within a minute. He assisted a neighbor with CPR and they were able to revive the child.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015, at 8:17 p.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 19900 block of SW Monson Street in the community of Aloha, on a call of a two-year-old boy who fell out a third story window and was not breathing.

The deputy arrived within a minute and found a neighbor performing CPR on the child. The Sheriff's deputy assisted the neighbor and together they revived the boy. Paramedics from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were also quickly on scene and took over care of the child. He was transported to Emanuel Hospital and is in critical condition.

Deputies investigated the fall and found that the child's mother had been giving him and his brother a bath. When the young boy was done he went to the window to see if he could see his father who was walking the dog outside. The window was open and had a screen in place. The boy put his body weight on the screen it gave way. Miraculously, the boy's father was walking directly under the window when the child fell on top of him, breaking his fall that would have otherwise resulted in the boy landing on pavement.

The boy's father immediately started calling for help and the neighbor, who is CPR trained, came running to assist. Without his quick thinking and willingness to help the child would not have had a chance at survival.

Every year when the weather heats up, law enforcement and fire personnel respond to children who have fallen out of windows. This is a reminder for parents of young children to use a window block to keep the window open a safe distance.

The parents of the child are tending to him and would like the media to respect their privacy. They are not willing to talk to the media at this time. The parents are not under criminal investigation at this time.
Attached Media Files: PR_150720_Child_out_window.pdf
Information Regarding Gas Station Fire - 07/20/15
TVF&R put out a release on Saturday about a gas station fire at the Chevron station located on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Scholls Ferry Rd. Many of you have requested information regarding those involved in the incident. WCSO determined that there was no criminal activity involved and we are not investigating the crash. It appears the driver accelerated in reverse when she meant to apply the brakes. Here is the information I have on the people involved:

Driver of the car: Sally Moeller, 6-6-37, 3480 SW 87th Ave, Portland. I do not have a phone number. She was transported to St. Vincent's.

Man who pulled her from the car: Phillipe Bittar, 2-3-96, 503-953-2932, 7045 SW Brenne Ln. His brother also assisted, but I do not have any information about him.

Please contact TVFR for any fire related questions.
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Driver in Crash arrested for DUII and Assault (Photo) - 07/18/15
Today at about 1:00 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash on SW 185th Ave. near SW Rigert Rd. Two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was arrested for DUII and other charges.

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at 1:03 p.m., Sheriff's deputies were called to a single-vehicle crash on SW 185th Avenue north of SW Rigert Road in the community of Aloha. A single vehicle lost control on a curve, left the roadway and turned over. The driver, Joshaua Farnsworth (30 years old from Beaverton) and the male adult passenger were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies investigating the case determined that Mr. Farnsworth had been drinking heavily prior to the crash. A deputy responded to the hospital where he was being treated and arrested Mr. Farnsworth for DUII, Assault 4, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering another Person. Because he was being treated in the hospital he was issued a citation to appear in court at a later date.
Attached Media Files: PR_150718_Rigert_Crash.pdf , photo.JPG
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UPDATE: Kenneth Hicks Sentenced in 1982 Homicide of Lori Billingsley (Photo) - 07/13/15
July 13, 2015--This morning, Judge Thomas Kohl sentenced Kenneth Lee Hicks to life in prison for the 1982 homicide of Lori Billingsley in Aloha. This is believed to be the oldest case prosecuted in Washington County.


The trial began on June 16, 2015 and concluded on July 2, 2015 with a verdict of guilty on two counts of Aggravated Murder after five hours of jury deliberation. Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey and Deputy District Attorney Jason Weiner prosecuted the case.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

February 28, 2013--Washington Sheriff's Detectives arrested a man and charged him with the 1982 homicide of 17-year-old, Lori Billingsley.

Washington County Sheriff's Detectives arrested Kenneth Lee Hicks, 49, from Saint Helens. He was charged with the 1982 murder of Lori Billingsley.

On October 10, 1982, Lori Billingsley's body was found in a drainage ditch on SW Miller Hill Road south of SW Farmington Road in the community of Aloha. It was determined that Ms. Billingsley was sexually assaulted and murdered.

Washington County Detectives tenaciously worked the case for over a year until all leads were exhausted. Kenneth Hicks (19 at the time) was identified as a potential suspect but there was not enough evidence to charge him with the murder. Sheriff's Detective Jim Welch was the lead investigator assigned to the case in 1982. Detective Welch (deceased) completed a very comprehensive investigation that would prove to be invaluable to investigators decades later. While there was evidence collected, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing did not yet exist.

In the early 1990's, DNA was beginning to be recognized as a valuable investigative tool to aid in the identification and elimination of subjects connected to a crime. In 1991, Sheriff's Detectives submitted evidence from the Billingsley homicide to the Oregon State Police (OSP) Crime Lab for DNA analysis. No profile was identified.

In 2010, DNA technology had advanced to allow testing of small or degraded samples of evidence that were previously unable to be tested. In 2010, Sheriff's Detectives again submitted evidence from the Billingsley homicide to the OSP Crime Lab for DNA analysis. A DNA profile was identified but didn't match any people currently in the DNA database.

In April of 2010, Detective Mike O'Connell retired from the Washington County Sheriff's Office after 30 years of service. Detective O'Connell served in the Investigations Division for 23 years before his retirement. Detective O'Connell began as a Washington County Deputy Sheriff two years prior to the Billingsley homicide. In December 2010, Detective O'Connell returned part time to the Sheriff's Office dedicated to solving cold cases. He began working the Billingsley homicide, supported by the Sheriff's Violent Crimes Unit.

Detective O'Connell served a search warrant to seize Kenneth Hicks's DNA. Kenneth Hick's DNA sample was sent to the OSP Crime Lab. The DNA profile from the Billingsley homicide was a positive match for Kenneth Hicks's DNA profile.

On February 26, 2013 a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Kenneth Hicks with two counts of Aggravated Murder. District Attorney Robert Hermann was assigned to the original case in 1982 and is currently prosecuting the case on behalf of Washington County.

On February 27, 2013, at about 4:15 a.m., Kenneth Hicks was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is held without bail and charged with two counts of Aggravated Murder.

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.
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Deputies Arrest Ice Cream Salesman for DUII (Photo) - 07/10/15
July 10, 2015 - Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Cornelius man for DUII as he was selling ice cream out of his van to children.

On July 10, 2015, at 5:35 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius were called by an alert citizen who reported an ice cream truck was driving erratically in Cornelius. The caller said there was an ice cream truck that drove into oncoming traffic and hit the right hand curb twice.

Sheriff's Deputies quickly located a 1994 Plymouth Voyager, covered in ice cream decals and playing music, at North Barlow and North 29th Avenue in Cornelius. Deputies contacted the driver, Noe Andrade Silva, 38, of Cornelius who was stopped and selling ice cream to children out of the van (photo attached).

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Andrade Silva had been driving around under the influence of alcohol selling ice cream.

Noe Andrade Silva was arrested and charged with DUII. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail held on $2,500 bail. A court date has not yet been determined.

Every year the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrests about 1000 impaired drivers in a continued effort to keep the roads safer. If you see a suspected impaired driver, please call 911 immediately.
Attached Media Files: Ice Cream Truck Photo , ARRESTED
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Sheriff Warns of the Dangers of the iPhone Gun Case and Replica Guns (Photo) - 07/09/15
July 9, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office joins law enforcement agencies across the country in speaking up against an iPhone case that looks very much like a real gun. (See inset photos from a news conference hosted by New York Senator Chuck Schumer calling for a ban on iPhone cases shaped like a handgun.)

Deputies often make split-second decisions about whether a gun is real. In a fast-developing situation, if someone pulled this device out to videotape or to call someone, it could have tragic results.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett said, "We work hard every day to ensure our interactions with the public are as safe and peaceful as possible. This dangerously realistic gun phone case is marketed as cool and trendy when, in fact, the consequences of quickly pulling it out of a pocket or bag could have catastrophic consequences."

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 involve individuals using a replica gun to commit a crime.

The Sheriff's Office is also concerned about the public mistaking this phone case for a real gun, prompting calls to 911. It is not uncommon for deputies to respond to a "person with a gun" report, later to find out it was a replica gun.

Recently, several online news stories reported eBay began removing listings for the iPhone gun case from its marketplace due to it violating their 'replica gun policy' and posing a safety threat to consumers.

Since 1989, federal law requires replica guns be manufactured or imported with a permanent 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 or transparent neon-colored bodies. Deputies often find these guns altered to remove the orange markings. The Sheriff's Office urges parents to not allow their children to use these realistic looking guns.

Media interested in seeing a comparison between actual firearms and replica guns (in photo to right) currently in the possession of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, should contact Sergeant Bob Ray at 503-209-5613.
Cornelius parking and city parks time changes - 07/06/15
The City of Cornelius announces two upcoming changes:
Effective July 1, 2015, Cornelius city parks will be closed from sunset to sunrise, the new park hours are designed to help deter crime and keep the community safe during the busy summer months.

After assessing parking on the busy downtown area, it was determined an adjustment to the time limit was needed to better meet the needs of the public and businesses. A new two-hour parking time limit on Adair and Baseline between North 10th Avenue and North 14th Avenue will be implemented during business hours.

Signs noting the changes are installed.
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Sheriff's K9 Tracks Down Two Suspects on Fourth of July (Photo) - 07/05/15
July 5, 2015-- On July 4, Sheriff's K9 Stark assisted deputies in tracking down two suspects in two separate incidents, both after a short pursuit. Both suspects were arrested and taken to jail.

On July 4, 2015 - Washington County Deputies captured two men who attempted to elude them. With the assistance of K9 Stark, both suspects were located after they fled on foot after exiting a car.

At 5:44 p.m. A Washington County Deputy serving the City of Cornelius performed a traffic stop of a suspect vehicle involved in thefts from vehicle at Hagg Lake earlier in the day. The driver pulled into the Cornelius Walmart parking lot, parked and fled on foot from his vehicle. After a short K9 track, Kasim Hawash, 32, of Hillsboro was arrested for several crimes. Several items that appeared to have been stolen were located in the stolen car driven by Mr. Hawash. Mr. Hawash was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges and warrants for Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle x 2, Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Theft I x 2, and Criminal Mischief.

At 8:54 p.m. A Washington County deputy observed a vehicle run a red light directly in front of him at the intersection of SW Schools Ferry Road and SW Murray Blvd. The deputy attempted a traffic stop and the driver fled. After a short pursuit the driver stopped and fled on foot. After a short K9 track, also by K9 Stark, Michael Mast, 45, of Portland was arrested near Jesuit High School. Mr. Mast was lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges and warrants for Attempted to Elude, Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of Meth and Identity Theft.