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New School Zone Photo
New School Zone Photo
Cornelius Schools Open with Traffic Changes (Photo) - 08/31/15
August 31, 2015--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius, reminds drivers that all Cornelius Schools will be back in session September 1st.

The Cornelius Police Department asks everyone to be safe and extra cautious as schools begin Tuesday. There has been a new flashing speed advisory sign (photo inset) placed on North Adair in front of Cornelius Elementary school. Drivers need to pay attention and watch for all school zone flashing lights and signs advising the busiest times for children to be present. Drivers should also be alert for school buses to stop often and unexpectedly.

Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks. Many children ride their bicycle to school and may be in the roadway, sidewalk or behind a vehicle as it backs out of a driveway.

Every year Washington County Sheriff's Deputies respond to complaints of speeding drivers in school zones. A number of the speeding drivers are parents dropping their children off at school. Plan ahead and expect traffic delays around all schools, especially during the first week. Drivers are reminded to stop behind the crosswalk and not obstruct the designated area causing children to walk around their vehicle.

Drivers are cautioned that speeding in a school zone doubles the presumptive fine.
Attached Media Files: New School Zone Photo
UPDATE: Missing and Endangered 14-Year-Old Aloha Teen Found. (Photo) - 08/31/15
August 31, 2015 - Giovanni Garcia-Delgado was found at a local park just before midnight by a member of his family.

August 30, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help to locate a 14-year-old teen that is missing and poses a danger to himself.

August 30, 2015 - At 3:27 p.m., The Sheriff's Office responded to the community of Aloha on a report of a missing teenager. Giovanni Garcia-Delgado, age 14 has been missing since Sunday afternoon. The family reported that Giovanni suffers from anxiety and has made recent statements of self-harm.

His parents reported that he may have gone to the Hillsboro 24-hour fitness on Tualatin Valley Highway and he spends time with his aunt on SE Century Blvd in Hillsboro, but he has not been seen there today. Deputies checked the local parks and places Giovanni is known to spend time, but he was not located. The Sheriff's Office is now seeking the public's help in an effort to locate Giovanni.

Giovanni left on foot in an unknown direction. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, blues jeans and black rimmed glasses. Giovanni is 5'2", 110lbs, has brown eyes and black hair.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Giovanni Garcia-Delgado to call 911.
Missing and Endangered Rock Creek Man. (Photo) - 08/28/15
August 28, 2015--The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help to locate a Rock Creek man who is missing and poses a danger to himself.

The family of a Rock Creek man called the Sheriff's Office regarding a missing family member. Russell Smeed, age 50 has been missing since earlier this month. The family reported that they found a note left by Mr. Smeed that contained self-harm statements. After attempts by the family to locate Mr. Smeed were unsuccessful, they contacted the Sheriff's Office for help.

Deputies have followed known leads and have not been able to locate Mr. Smeed and are concerned for his safety. The Sheriff's Office is now seeking the public's help in an effort to locate Mr. Smeed.

Mr. Smeed Left on foot with a grey toy poodle and was last seen wearing a baseball cap, bright tank top, dark grey shorts, brown leather boots and was carrying a small black backpack. Mr. Smeed is 6'3", 230lbs, has blue eyes, brown hair and a brown beard. He also has several tattoos: a skull and flames on his left arm, a clown face with a smoking gun on his right arm and a tribal skull with a top hat on the left side of his chest.

The family does not know where Mr. Smeed might have gone. He lived in Klamath Falls just over a year ago, but there is no evidence to suggest he has traveled to Klamath Falls.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Mr. Smeed to call 911.
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Portland Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash (Photo) - 08/28/15
August 28, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a motorcycle rider that was missing. The rider was later located deceased over an embankment.

On August 27, 2015, at 10:22 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the area of NW Highway 26 in the community of Timber. It was reported a group of 10 motorcycles had been riding in the area the previous night. The group reportedly had a final stop in Vernonia then departed in different directions. A family member reported that Vadim Danilin, 24, from Portland did not return home and no one has seen or heard from him since they left Vernonia.

Sheriff's Deputies began an extensive search of the roadways in the remote area. With a large area to search, Sheriff's Deputies searched for any signs of a crash or where Mr. Danilin's 2005 Suzuki GSXR600 motorcycle may have left the roadway.

On August 27, 2015, at 7:43 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were notified by a searcher that they found signs where a motorcycle left the roadway at the 26000 block of NW Timber Road. Vadim Danilin was located deceased near his motorcycle, about 40 yards over an embankment after failing to negotiate a curve and striking a tree.

It appears that excessive speed may have been a contributing factor in this crash.
The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team assisted with this investigation.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo
Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit Continues DUII Enhanced Patrols - 08/26/15
August 26, 2015-Sheriff's Deputies continue enhanced traffic safety patrols through August and through the Labor Day weekend. Mission specific information will be released later.

In July, the Sheriff's Office arrested 82 impaired drivers and issued citations for underage alcohol use to 33 minors.

The Sheriff's Office arrests about 1000 impaired drivers every year and has zero tolerance for impaired driving that puts the public in danger.
Schmolling Booking Photo
Schmolling Booking Photo
Sheriff's Office K9 Team Captures Violent Fugitive (Photo) - 08/25/15
August 25, 2015-Washington County Sheriff's Office K9s and their handlers assisted patrol with tracking and capturing Reiner Schmolling, Jr., 37, (booking photo attached) who had a felony warrant for a parole violation. Schmolling is also known for shooting a WCSO detective and killing a Hillsboro Police Department K9 during a standoff in 1997.

On August 24, 2015, the capture of Schmolling began when Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to assist the North Plains Police Department on a report of two males fighting. Although both males were gone upon officers' arrival, it was quickly learned that one of the males was Schmolling who had violated his parole and had a 'felony warrant with caution' due to the 1997 shooting incident. Two K9 teams were called out due to the possibility that Schmolling might be armed and his history of shooting at law enforcement. The K9s Chase and Tux (photo attached), and their handlers followed Schmolling's scent over city streets, surrounding fields of tall grass, through a creek, and deep into a wooded area west of town where they eventually found Schmolling hiding with his girlfriend. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes a wide variety of tactics and tools to serve and protect the community. One of its most successful resources is the K9 Unit consisting of five highly trained dogs and their handlers. These teams are responsible for apprehending suspects, searching buildings and vehicles, detecting narcotics, and protecting deputies and community members. Last year, the Sheriff's Office K9 unit responded to over 658 incidents. To help ensure a high rate of success and longevity, new 'recruits' 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.

In 2007 the City of Hillsboro opened its first off-leash dog park. The park was named in honor of Hillsboro Police K9 "Hondo," who lost his life in the aforementioned 1997 shooting. He is the only Hillsboro Police K9 to give their life in the line of duty. The dog park includes a plaque dedicated to his service.

Media interested in doing a story about the Sheriff's Office K9 program can contact Sergeant Bob Ray at 503-209-5613.
Attached Media Files: Schmolling Booking Photo , K9s
Driver hits Horse and Rider on Roadway (Photo) - 08/22/15
Tonight a female rider on horseback was struck by a vehicle and suffered serious injuries. The horse was killed in the crash. Investigators are still on scene and have not determined the cause of the crash yet.

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 8:47 p.m., Sheriff's deputies responded to NW Shadybrook Road and NW Pumpkin Ridge Road on a report of a pickup truck that struck a horse and rider. The horse was dead at the scene and the 26-year-old female rider from Portland was critically injured.

The preliminary investigation so far is limited. Members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) are on their way to the crash scene and will conduct the investigation. At this time the only information we are able to release is that the driver of a pickup truck stuck the horse and rider, his name is Michael Brown (49 years old from Beaverton.) He remained at the scene after the crash. Mr. Brown was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

More information will be available tomorrow after CART concludes their on-scene investigation.
Information from today's shooting in Banks - 08/22/15
The incident occurred at 3:03 p.m at 47580 nw sunset hwy, Banks. The suspect is 60-year-old Joseph Bossen who lives at the same address. He fired a gun at his adult step-son, who was not injured.

Mr. Bossen was arrested when he came out of his house and he was not injured. He did however suffer a medical problem and was transported to the hospital and was admitted for the problem. He is expected to recover. He has not ben arrested yet, but faces criminal charges when he is released from the hospital.

If you have any other questions call me.
Instructor Critically Injured During Training Exercise - 08/15/15
August 15, 2015, The Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a training facility near the rural community of Timber. A group was conducting training when the lead instructor was injured and was taken by Life Flight to OHSU with life threatening injuries.

August 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., Washington County Deputies responded to 72000 NW Cochran Road in the community of Timber to the Joint Regional Operation Center (JROC) a private training facility. Upon arrival, deputies learn a group of ex-military and ex-law enforcement rented the facility and were conducting firearms training involving the use of Tannerite.

The training exercise involved several scenarios to include shooting the Tannerite, which is explosive upon being struck by a bullet. The Tannerite was placed behind a car door. When the Tannerite was struck and exploded, shrapnel from the car door hit the instructor, Scott Turner, age 42 of Albany. He received multiple life threatening injuries and was treated by a medic on scene before being taken by Life Flight to OHSU.

Although the investigating deputies believe this to be a training accident, the investigation is on-going.
Sheriff's Office presents Community Public Safety Academy - 08/13/15
August 13, 2015 - Are you interested in learning more about your Sheriff's Office?

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Community Public Safety Academy is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in this opportunity. The Community Public Safety Academy supports the Sheriff's Office effort to promote and preserve a safe community.

The Community Public Safety Academy is a 55-hour training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. This unique program provides community members with the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, including:

* Introduction to law enforcement equipment
* Touring criminal justice facilities, including the County Jail
* Live-action role playing scenarios
* Overviews of crime scene investigations, patrol duties, jail activities and operations, K-9 teams, tactical operations, narcotics enforcement and much more.

The next Community Public Safety Academy occurs September 1, 2015 through November 10, 2015. Each academy is limited to 40 students and is offered free of charge.

Classes are every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with three weekend classes.
Classes are typically held in the Sheriff's Office training rooms at 215 S.W. Adams Avenue Hillsboro. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications for the academy are available on the Washington County Sheriff's Office
website or by visiting Sheriff's Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton at 3700 S.W.
Murray Blvd.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor by phone (503-846-2774) or by email
Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo
Stolen Mazda (Recovered)
Stolen Mazda (Recovered)
Sheriff's Deputies Arrested a Burglary Suspect in a Stolen Car (Photo) - 08/09/15
August 9, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a possible burglary where the suspect fled in a stolen car. He was located and arrested within minutes.

On August 9, 2015, at 7:20 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a reported stolen 1997 Mazda Protege in the 19900 block of SW Monson Street in the community of Aloha. It was reported that the Mazda was taken overnight. The deputy entered the stolen car into the Law Enforcement Data System.

At 11:12 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 300 Block of NW 183rd Avenue in Aloha for a possible burglary in progress. It was reported that a man was taking items out of a boarded-up house and placing them into a car. The witness was able to provide a description and license plate on the vehicle the man was loading items into. The information provided matched the Mazda that was reported stolen earlier.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the Mazda driving out of the area and north onto NW 185th Avenue. Deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop on the Mazda at NW185th Avenue and NW Walker Road.

Sheriff's Deputies arrested Alan De Jesus Victoria 23, from Beaverton (photo attached). It is suspected there were several potentially stolen items discovered in the Mazda. Those items have been placed into evidence while the owners are located.

Mr. Victoria was lodged in the Washington County Jail, charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief. He is held on $12,500 bail. There is the possibility of additional charges as the investigation continues.
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
DUII Driver Seriously Injures Passenger in Crash (Photo) - 08/08/15
August 8, 2015--Deputies arrested a DUII driver that crashed into a tree, injuring his two passengers.

On August 8, 2015, at 2:33 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to NW Hornecker Road, north of the city of Cornelius, concerning a report of a vehicle that crashed into a tree. The driver reportedly remained at the crash scene.

Deputies arrived on scene and found a 1996 Hyundai Sonata that failed to negotiate a sharp right-hand curve after skidding over 170 feet. The Hyundai had severe damage with significant passenger compartment intrusion after striking a large Walnut tree. The two injured male passengers, ages 18 and 21, were transported to a hospital by a family member prior to the deputies' arrival.

Deputies contacted the driver, Christian Vazquez-Alfaro, 19, from Forest Grove. Sheriff's Deputies believe that alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. Mr. Vazquez-Alfaro was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

It was learned that one of the passengers had serious injuries and the other had minor injuries. The severity of the passenger's injuries is yet to be determined. This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney for Grand Jury consideration.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation.

Every year, the Washington County Sheriff's Office arrests about 1000 drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and have a designated driver arranged before they consume any substance that can cause impairment.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo , Crash Photo
Inmate Takes His Own Life While Lodged in Jail - 08/06/15
On August 5, 2015, at 7:07 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy found Gary Bruce Walker, 59, from Tigard unresponsive in his cell. Additional deputies responded and immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived to assist and transported Mr. Walker to a local hospital.

Despite lifesaving efforts, Mr. Walker succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Mr. Walker was housed in general population in a single occupant cell. He was discovered by the deputy on her regularly scheduled check of all the inmates. Preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Walker intentionally took his own life.

Mr. Walker was lodged in the Washington County Jail on August 1, 2015. He was arrested by Tigard Police Department and charged with Assault, Strangulation and Harassment steaming from a domestic violence incident.

The Washington County Jail has an extensive suicide assessment and prevention program that begins before the arrested person is lodged in the jail and continues throughout their stay.

Washington County Detectives are conducting a thorough investigation, which is standard procedure in these types of incidents.

Mr. Walker's family has been notified of the incident.