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Deputies Arrest 65 Impaired Drivers During July, Enhanced Patrols Continue Through Labor Day Weekend - 08/16/17

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and through grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), provided enhanced DUII patrols during the month of July. In total, deputies arrested 65 impaired drivers during that month.

Deputies will continue extra patrols during the month of August and will provide special attention to the Labor Day holiday. These extra patrols are designed to reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads and to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal traffic crashes. Drivers who drive impaired are a leading cause of traffic deaths.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to drink responsibly, plan ahead, and have a designated driver or alternate method of transportation. Driving impaired is a choice- please do your part to keep our roads safer and make a difference this Labor Day holiday.

Kidnapping Phone Scam Targets Washington County - 08/14/17

Media Release

Kidnapping Phone Scam Targets Washington County

August 14, 2017 -- Deputies took several reports today from county residents who received phone calls in which the caller claimed to have kidnapped a family member and demanded money.

On Monday, August 14, 2017, several county residents called the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report suspicious phone calls they had received.

The complainants reported that an unknown caller told them a family member was being held hostage. During the calls, realistic-sounding screams and yelling could be heard in the background. The caller demanded ransom money in order to release the hostage.

In none of these reports is there evidence that anyone has been kidnapped or harmed.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office strives to keep the public informed about ongoing crime trends in our community. If you have information about this or any crime, please call our non-emergency dispatch number at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release
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Sheriff Garrett Speaks at Portland Hate Crimes Forum (Photo) - 08/14/17

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Sheriff Garrett Speaks at Portland Hate Crimes Forum

August 14, 2017 -- Sheriff Pat Garrett participated in a panel discussion on Saturday at the Portland Hate Crimes Forum, hosted by the Coalition Against Hate Crime and held at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Sheriff Pat Garrett participated in a panel discussion which addressed the topic of "Responses to Hate from Local & Federal Law Enforcement Agencies." The panel was part of the Portland Hate Crimes Forum, an afternoon event hosted by the Coalition Against Hate Crime and held at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Portland.

Sheriff Garrett enjoyed participating in this free, public event and said that such community discussions help law enforcement better understand how to respond to victims of hate crimes. This event also allowed representatives from federal and local law enforcement agencies to explain how hate crime investigations are conducted. Sheriff Garrett praised this forum for including diverse community voices and perspectives. He said the panel reminded all forum participants of their roles in "rejecting hate, working to improve relationships and reporting crimes or suspicious activities."

Hate crimes are defined on www.fbi.gov as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated...by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity." The Washington County Sheriff's Office celebrates the diversity of our community and is committed to the investigation of hate crimes. We encourage anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime to immediately make a report to 911 or via the non-emergency line at 503-629-0111.

Also participating in this event were representatives from the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Anti-Defamation League and leaders from the Muslim, Sikh, LGBTQ, Interfaith and Disability communities.

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Woman Arrested After Pointing Gun During Road Rage Incident (Photo) - 08/14/17

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Woman Arrested After Pointing Gun During Road Rage Incident

August 14, 2017 -- On Saturday evening, a California woman was arrested for pointing a gun at a motorist during a road rage incident northwest of Forest Grove.

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 7:19 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the area of NW Timber Road and NW Wilson River Highway on a report that a female motorist pointed a firearm at another person during a road rage incident.

While a deputy was taking an initial statement from the complainant, the suspect vehicle drove by their location. Deputies and Oregon State Police troopers caught up to it and conducted a high-risk traffic stop at NW Gales Creek Road and NW David Hill Road, northwest of Forest Grove.

Deputies searched the suspect vehicle and located an unloaded 9mm handgun in the center console.

Christina Salazar, 28, of Vallejo, California, was arrested for Menacing and Unlawful Possession of Firearms.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the Oregon State Police for their assistance with this case.

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MEDIA EVENT: "Backpacks and Snacks with Deputies" Tomorrow in Cornelius - 08/11/17

The Washington County Sheriff's Office invites our media partners to attend and cover a positive, community-oriented story taking place tomorrow in Cornelius.

Date: Saturday, August 12th
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cornelius PD, 1311 N Barlow St, Cornelius, OR 97113

On hand for interviews:

- City of Cornelius Police Chief Al Roque
- Free Orchards Elementary Principal Karen Murphy
- Families of participating students *who are willing to speak with media*

On August 12, 2017, local children will be participating in "Backpacks and Snacks with a Deputy," a program providing elementary school students in Cornelius with much needed backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year.

Children have been nominated by local schools and a total of 30 students will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies. Participating schools are Cornelius Elementary, Echo Shaw Elementary, and Free Orchards Elementary.

On Saturday, the children and their families will be coming to the Cornelius precinct and enjoying a barbecue lunch hosted by first responders. The families will spend time with Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius and the Cornelius Fire Department, fostering positive relationships between youth and emergency first responders.

This program is sponsored by the Sheriff's Office Foundation of Washington County, Oregon and the Washington County Police Officer's Association, who are both providing funding, as well as Cornelius Elementary School, who is donating the backpacks. The Cornelius Fire Department is partnering in the event.

"The donations from this event not only send students to school with the supplies they need to learn, but it also increases their self-confidence and ensures a positive start to the new school year," said Free Orchards Elementary Principal Karen Murphy in a statement. "I am grateful for this partnership, as it builds a trusting relationship between our students, their families, and the community."

Media interested in attending can call the PIO line at 503-209-5613 for additional information. Day-of inquiries are asked to call Rylan Albright, WCSO Public Affairs (cell: 503-889-7207), who will be onsite during the event.

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Tractor Ends Up On Top of Vehicle During Crash in Downtown Gaston (Photo) - 08/09/17

August 9, 2017 -- A vehicle clipped a passing tractor trailer, causing it to be run over by a second tractor. The two occupants were transported by Life Flight with non-life threatening injuries.

On August 9, 2017, at 8:40 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a traffic crash involving two tractors and a vehicle in downtown Gaston, Oregon. Deputies arrived and found a silver 2006 Pontiac Solstice, occupied by two people, trapped under one of the tractors.

Deputies learned that two tractors, both pulling combine trailers, were traveling southbound on Front Street near East Main Street. The Pontiac was traveling northbound and clipped the trailer of the first tractor, pulling the vehicle into the path of the second tractor. The second tractor then drove up on top of the Pontiac where it came to a rest.

The Cornelius Fire Department, Forest Grove Fire Department, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire Department, and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue conducted a highly technical extrication of the two people entrapped inside the vehicle. Hillsboro Towing assisted in lifting the tractor off the Pontiac.

Both occupants, a male and female, were transported via Life Flight to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The operators of the tractors, ages 15 and 17-years-old, had valid licenses to operate such equipment.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing but alcohol does not appear to have been a factor. The interagency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) assisted with the investigation. Front Street was closed while deputies investigated.

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UPDATE: Missing 23-Year-Old Woman Found Safe in Roseburg - 08/08/17

August 8, 2017 -- Based on a tip from the public, Lane County Sheriff's Office deputies located missing 23-year-old Demi Helenius this evening around 8:30 p.m. in Roseburg, Oregon. Ms. Helenius was determined to be safe and in good health.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Tigard Police, and Cottage Grove Police for their assistance with the investigation. Detectives would also like to thank the public for the numerous tips and the media for their coverage.

No additional information is available at this time. The original media release is below.

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Detectives Looking for Information on Missing Woman

August 7, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives are asking the public's help in finding 23-year-old Demi Helenius. She has been missing from the Portland area since Saturday night. We have located her car in Cottage Grove, but she is still missing.

On Sunday, August 6, 2017, the Washington County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned family from the community of Rock Creek. The Helenius family wanted to report their 23-year-old daughter, Demi, missing.

Her parents told the investigating deputy that Demi had gone to a conference at the Portland Embassy Suites (7900 NE 82nd Ave) that started on Friday and was supposed to go through Saturday night. She arrived home Friday night and went back again on Saturday morning. She never came home from the conference on Saturday night. They said Demi is very good about calling them when she is leaving someplace to let them know when she will be back.

The Helenius' said Demi didn't call at 10 p.m. on Saturday when the conference was supposed to be done for the day. They tried to call her phone but got no answer. Just after 11 p.m., they called and got an answer from a woman who said she had the phone at the Dairy Queen in Creswell, Oregon, 133 miles south of the Portland International Airport in Lane County, Oregon.
The Dairy Queen employee reported that a man came through the drive through and gave them the phone. He told the employee that he found the phone and asked if they had a lost and found and then handed the phone to the employee.

The Helenius' called the Lane County Sheriff's Office to report Demi as a missing person. On Sunday August 6th, the Helenius' called their home law enforcement agency, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, for assistance in locating Demi.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies alerted the media of Demi's disappearance and were able to get her featured on the late news Sunday night. One of the tips we were looking for was the location of her 2013 Volkswagen Bug. Today we received numerous tips on the whereabouts of Demi's car and one of them led to the recovery of her VW Bug in Cottage Grove, Oregon, just nine miles south of Creswell.

The Cottage Grove Police, the Lane County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted us in processing the scene where the car was found and hauling the car to the OSP crime lab. A very cursory examination of the car at the scene found no foul play. The car will be processed more thoroughly at the OSP crime lab.

Because of high quality video surveillance at the Dairy Queen in Creswell, Sheriff's detectives were able to see the license plate of the car that dropped off the phone. Detectives talked to the man and were told that he found the phone in a nearby parking lot after seeing someone throw an object from a car. Detectives are still investigating this lead.

At this point, Sheriff's detectives are looking for any and all leads they can come up with, including the attendees of the conference Demi attended. We do not currently have any active suspects we are seeking from that conference. Detectives are also looking at Demi's phone for any clues to her whereabouts.

Included in this media release is a flyer The Helenius' have put together with some updated photos of Demi. If you have seen Demi Helenius in the last week or if you have seen her car in the last two days, please call 503-846-2500 to report it.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
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UPDATE: Detectives Looking for Information on Missing Woman (Photos of Recovered Vehicle) (Photo) - 08/08/17

August 8, 2017 - Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office are working closely with Oregon State Police, Cottage Grove Police, and the Lane County Sheriff's Office to follow up on all leads related to missing 23-year-old Demi Helenius of Rock Creek.

This morning, detectives are releasing photos of Ms. Helenius' vehicle as it was found yesterday, located in the 1100 block of Pacific Highway in Cottage Grove. Detectives are hoping the photos will lead to additional tips to assist in bringing Ms. Helenius home safe.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503-629-0111. Media is asked to use the hashtag #FindDemi to continue spreading the word on social media.

The original media release is below.

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August 7, 2017 -Sheriff's detectives are asking the public's help in finding 23-year-old Demi Helenius. She has been missing from the Portland Area since Saturday night. We have located her car in Cottage Grove, but she is still missing.

On Sunday, August 06, 2017, The Washington County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned family from the community of Rock Creek. The Helenius family wanted to report their 23-year-old daughter, Demi, missing.

Her parents told the investigating deputy that Demi had gone to a conference at the Portland Embassy Suites (7900 NE 82nd Ave) that started on Friday and was supposed to go through Saturday night. She arrived home Friday night and went back again on Saturday morning. She never came home from the conference on Saturday night. They said Demi is very good about calling them when she is leaving someplace to let them know when she will be back.

The Helenius' said Demi didn't call at 10pm on Saturday when the conference was supposed to be done for the day. They tried to call her phone but got no answer. Just after 11pm they called and got an answer from a woman who said she had the phone at the Dairy Queen in Creswell Oregon, 133 miles south of the Portland airport in Lane County.

The Dairy Queen employee reported that a man came through the drive through and gave them the phone. He told the employee that he found the phone and asked if they had a lost and found and then handed the phone to the employee.

The Helenius' called the Lane County Sheriff's Office to report Demi as a missing person. On Sunday, August 6th The Helenius' called their home law enforcement agency, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, for assistance in locating Demi.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies alerted the media of Demi's disappearance and were able to get her featured on the late news Sunday night. One of the tips we were looking for was the location of her 2013 VW Bug. Today we received numerous tips on the whereabouts of Demi's car and one of them led to the recovery of her VW Bug in Cottage Grove Oregon, just nine miles south of Creswell.

The Cottage Grove Police, the Lane County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted us in processing the scene where the car was found and hauling the car to the OSP crime lab in Portland. A very cursory examination of the car at the scene found no foul play. The car will be processed more thoroughly at the OSP crime lab.

Because of high-quality video surveillance at the Dairy Queen in Creswell, Sheriff's detectives were able to see the license plate of the car that dropped off the phone. Detectives talked to the man and were told that he found the phone in a nearby parking lot after seeing someone throw an object from a car. Detectives are still investigating this lead.

At this point, Sheriff's detectives are looking for any and all leads they can come up with, including the attendees of the conference Demi attended. We do not currently have any active suspects we are seeking from that conference. Detectives are also looking at Demi's phone for any clues to her whereabouts.

Included in this press release is a flyer The Helenius' have put together with some updated photos of Demi. If you have seen Demi Helenius in the last week or if you have seen her car in the last two days please call 503-846-2500 to report it.

Attached Media Files: Photo 2 , Photo 1
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Detectives looking for Information on missing Woman (Photo) - 08/07/17

August 7, 2017 -- Sheriff's detectives are asking the public's help in finding 23-year-old Demi Helenius. She has been missing from the Portland Area since Saturday night. We have located her car in Cottage Grove, but she is still missing.

On Sunday, August 06, 2017, The Washington County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned family from the community of Rock Creek. The Helenius family wanted to report their 23-year-old daughter, Demi, missing.

Her parents told the investigating deputy that Demi had gone to a conference at the Portland Embassy Suites (7900 NE 82nd Ave) that started on Friday and was supposed to go through Saturday night. She arrived home Friday night and went back again on Saturday morning. She never came home from the conference on Saturday night. They said Demi is very good about calling them when she is leaving someplace to let them know when she will be back.

The Helenius' said Demi didn't call at 10pm on Saturday when the conference was supposed to be done for the day. They tried to call her phone but got no answer. Just after 11pm they called and got an answer from a woman who said she had the phone at the Dairy Queen in Creswell Oregon, 133 miles south of the Portland airport in Lane County.

The Dairy Queen employee reported that a man came through the drive through and gave them the phone. He told the employee that he found the phone and asked if they had a lost and found and then handed the phone to the employee.

The Helenius' called the Lane County Sheriff's Office to report Demi as a missing person. On Sunday, August 6th The Helenius' called their home law enforcement agency, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, for assistance in locating Demi.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies alerted the media of Demi's disappearance and were able to get her featured on the late news Sunday night. One of the tips we were looking for was the location of her 2013 VW Bug. Today we received numerous tips on the whereabouts of Demi's car and one of them led to the recovery of her VW Bug in Cottage Grove Oregon, just nine miles south of Creswell.

The Cottage Grove Police, the Lane County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted us in processing the scene where the car was found and hauling the car to the OSP crime lab in Portland. A very cursory examination of the car at the scene found no foul play. The car will be processed more thoroughly at the OSP crime lab.

Because of high-quality video surveillance at the Dairy Queen in Creswell, Sheriff's detectives were able to see the license plate of the car that dropped off the phone. Detectives talked to the man and were told that he found the phone in a nearby parking lot after seeing someone throw an object from a car. Detectives are still investigating this lead.

At this point, Sheriff's detectives are looking for any and all leads they can come up with, including the attendees of the conference Demi attended. We do not currently have any active suspects we are seeking from that conference. Detectives are also looking at Demi's phone for any clues to her whereabouts.

Included in this press release is a flyer The Helenius' have put together with some updated photos of Demi. If you have seen Demi Helenius in the last week or if you have seen her car in the last two days please call 503-846-2500 to report it.

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Serious Crash causes Life-Threatening Injuries closes Hwy 47 (Photo) - 08/05/17

August 5, 2017 - Today, a man driving a mini-cooper ran a stop sign on SW Porter Road where it intersects with Highway 47. The car was struck by cross traffic and severely damaged. A passenger in the Mini Cooper suffered life-threatening injuries.

On Saturday, August 05, 2017, at 10:09 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a serious crash at the intersection of Highway 47 and SW Porter Road, north of the City of Forest Grove in unincorporated Washington County.

Deputies arrived and found three vehicles involved in the crash. Fire crews had to extricate two people from a Mini Cooper, the 34-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital by Lifeflight. Deputies closed Hwy. 47 for several hours during the investigation.

Deputies investigating the crash determined that the Silver Mini Cooper Countrymen ran the stop sign at SW Porter Road and entered the Westbound lane. It was struck by a Ford Escape and then entered the eastbound lane where it was struck by a Ford Expedition. People in the other cars suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the Mini Cooper, Corey Jenon Wade (31 years old from Beaverton,) had a felony warrant for a probation violation. He was arrested on the warrant after being checked out at the hospital. Witnesses who observed Mr. Wade's driving indicated that he was illegally passing cars and speeding prior to the crash.

Deputies are still investigating the crash and have not determined if any criminal charges will be filed. They are asking for the public's help, if anyone witnessed the crash or Mr. Cooper's driving prior to the crash please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.

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UPDATE: Mr. Szabo was found (Photo) - 08/03/17

Mr. Szabo was found in Woodland Washington by law enforcement. We don't have any details at this point, but he is not injured and his family is on their way to pick him up.

Deputies are asking the public's assistance in finding 91-year-old Eugene Szabo. missing since 900 a.m. when he dropped wife off at work in the area of SW scholls ferry Rd. and skyline Blvd. in Portland. He Diabetic, 5'7" med/heavy build gray hair and glasses, wearing a white long sleeve dress shirt and light colored long pants. Driving a silver 2004 neon with license plate 115cjr, with red and green drinking straws on the antenna.

The Picture is 20 years old, but he looks very similar except he is balding.

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Name and mugshot of man who climbed the tree this morning (Photo) - 08/03/17

The name of the suspect in the pursuit from this morning is Fadi Kamal Zayed (from Beaverton). He was arrested for Attempt to Elude, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (passenger) and a warrant for a parole violation. He was not injured.

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Update: Pedestrian Struck During Two-Car Crash Dies From Injuries - 08/01/17

August 1, 2017 -- 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi, the pedestrian struck during Sunday's traffic crash, died yesterday at the hospital. Mr. Franciosi's family has been notified. The interagency Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) continues to investigate. The original media release is below.

Correction: Ms. McMillan's last name was spelled incorrectly in the original release. It has been corrected in the text below.

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Pedestrian Severely Injured During Two-Car Crash

July 30, 2017-- A two-vehicle crash ended when an uninvolved pedestrian was struck on the sidewalk along Highway 99W. The road remains closed at this hour while law enforcement investigates the crash.

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 6:33 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash with injuries on Highway 99W near the intersection of SW Fischer Road near the City of Tigard. Two vehicles had collided and one of them came to rest on the sidewalk where 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi, from Tualatin, had been walking. He was severely injured when he was struck by the vehicle.

Deputies called in investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) to investigate the crash. They determined that a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 58-year-old Michelle Marie McMillan, from Tigard, was traveling south on Highway 99W south of SW Fischer Road. She turned east to cross the northbound lanes in order to enter the Avalon Park Apartment complex.

As she was crossing over the north-bound lanes she was struck by a 2011 Chevy Suburban driven by 71-year-old William Blakeslee, from Sherwood. He was traveling northbound and had the right of way.

The impact sent the suburban onto the sidewalk where it struck Mr. Franciosi. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

Ms. McMillan suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to OHSU. Investigators believe she had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
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Washington County Law Enforcement Agencies Deploying Medication on Patrol to Combat Drug Overdoses (Photo) - 08/01/17

*The following is a joint media release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Metro West Ambulance, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, and Washington County Department of Health and Human Services.

August 1, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Department, and Forest Grove Police Department are deploying medication in patrol vehicles to save the lives of those having an opioid drug overdose.

Law enforcement is often times the first to arrive to overdose incidents where minutes can mean the difference of life or death. A drug called naloxone, brand named "Narcan," can be administered nasally by deputies and officers to drastically increase survival rates of someone having an opioid overdose from drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program provided grant funding for the naloxone kits. Metro West Ambulance supplied additional kits, and has also committed to replacing kits that are administered or expire.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue provided specialized training to deputies and officers carrying the naloxone kits in their patrol vehicles. Agencies also developed policies pertaining to its application and maintenance.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has been collaborating with Washington County Public Health to raise awareness about the opioid crisis. "We are pleased that local law enforcement is now equipped to reverse life-threatening overdoses in the field by carrying naloxone with them," says Dr. Christina Baumann, deputy health officer for Washington County. "Addiction can happen to anyone, and we encourage people to visit www.AnyonePDX.org for support and resources."

This program is a joint effort between multiple agencies working closely together with the primary goal of saving lives. Exact deployment dates are expected over the next several weeks. Additional Washington County law enforcement agencies are likely to participate in the program as training and policies continue to be finalized.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Photo
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Body of Missing Swimmer Recovered From Hagg Lake (Photo) - 07/31/17

July 31, 2017 -- A 68-year-old swimmer drowned yesterday afternoon at Henry Hagg Lake in western Washington County.

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 6:42 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to Henry Hagg Lake in western Washington County concerning a missing swimmer.

Deputies learned that 68-year-old Mark Allan Cuddigan, of Hillsboro, had been swimming with a friend at Bobcat Cove when he went under the water. He had not been seen since that time.

Around 2:00 a.m., deputies searching the lake located Mr. Cuddigan's body in the water. His body was recovered by the Gaston Fire District and released to the Washington County Medical Examiner.

Deputies did not find any evidence of foul play and believe Mr. Cuddigan was not wearing a life jacket. Mr. Cuddigan's family has been notified.

Record high temperatures are expected in the coming week. Deputies ask those enjoying the water to always wear life jackets and swim with a buddy.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Map
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Man struck by Car suffers Life-Threatening Injuries (Photo) - 07/31/17

July 30, 2017-- A two-vehicle crash ended when an uninvolved pedestrian was struck on the sidewalk along Pacific Highway (Hwy. 99W). The road remains closed at this hour while law enforcement investigates the crash.

On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 6:33 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to a crash with injuries on Hwy. 99W near the intersection of SW Fischer Rd. near the City of Tigard. Two vehicles had collided and one of them came to rest on the sidewalk where 36-year-old Nathaniel Franciosi (from Tualatin) had been walking. He was severely injured when he was struck by the vehicle.

Deputies called in investigators from the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) to investigate the crash. They determined that a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 58-year-old Michelle McMillian (From Tigard) was traveling south on Hwy. 99W south of SW Fischer Road. She turned east to cross the northbound lanes in order to enter the Avalon Park Apartment complex. As she was crossing over the northbound lanes she was struck by a 2011 Chevy Suburban driven by 71-year-old William Blakeslee (from Sherwood). He was traveling north bound and had the right of way.

The impact sent the suburban onto the sidewalk where it struck Mr. Franciosi. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

Mrs. McMillian suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to OHSU. Investigators believe she had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.

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Man Arrested After Attempting to Burn Down Duplex in Cedar Hills (Photo) - 07/21/17

July 21, 2017 -- A man attempted to set fire to his own duplex in Cedar Hills. He was arrested after a nearly six hour standoff.

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 21:05 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a welfare check in the 12900 block of SW Gentry Lane, located in the community of Cedar Hills. Initial reports were that a male was attempting to set fire to his own duplex.

Upon arrival, smoke could be seen coming from the residence intermittently. Deputies quickly surrounded the area and began evacuating nearby homes. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue staged fire crews in the area.

The Washington County Crisis Negotiation Unit and Tactical Negotiations Unit, both inter-agency teams comprised of members from the sheriff's office and local police departments, responded to the incident. Negotiators communicated with the suspect, 47-year-old Roy Merritt, by phone for multiple hours.

Just before 3 a.m., deputies made entry into the residence and took Mr. Merritt into custody. More than one burn pile was found inside the home, which was checked by firefighters and turned over to detectives.

Mr. Merritt was lodged at the Washington County Jail for arson in the first degree and reckless endangering.

The sheriff's office would like to thank those displaced from their homes during the incident for their patience.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Booking Photo , Photo