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UPDATE: Terminated Caregiver Receives 18 Additional Charges (Photo) - 09/22/16

September 22, 2016 -- Today at 3:00 P.M., Adeladilew A. Mekonen was charged with several new crimes at his arraignment at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center.

The additional charges concern two victims, ages 87 and 94 years old. The charges are:
* One Count of 1st Degree Rape
* One Count of 1st Degree Kidnapping
* Four Counts of 1st Degree Sexual Penetration
* Three Counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse
* Four Counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse
* Five Counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse

These charges are from two of nine identified victims of unwanted sexual contact from Mr. Mekonen. Adeladilew A. Mekonen was previously employed at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Portland prior to working at Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center. The nine victims that have come forth to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives are associated with the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center and Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center locations. Both previous employers are cooperating with the Sheriff's Office with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives are concerned there are additional victims that have yet to come forward. Anyone with information on these cases should call the Sheriff's Office Detective Division at 503-846-2500.

Adeladilew A. Mekonen is held in the Washington County Jail on 1,000,000 bail. Due to the ongoing investigation, limited information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

September 15, 2016 - Washington County Detectives arrested a Certified Nursing Assistant from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for sexual contact with patients.

On September 14, 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives, assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, arrested 34-year-old Adeladilew A. Mekonen, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center, for sexual contact with patients.

The investigation stemmed from complaints made by two elderly females who were recently patients at the hospital. Sheriff's Detectives did follow up work and developed probable cause that Mr. Mekonen engaged in criminal conduct.

Mr. Mekonen has been charged with one count of Rape in the First Degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree. He remains in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center for their full cooperation with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives believe there could be additional victims. Mr. Mekonen worked at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center from May 2016 until yesterday, when he was arrested. Anyone with information on these cases should call Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.

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Man Indicted for Invasion of Personal Privacy and Child Pornography (Photo) - 09/17/16

PRESS RELEASE
Case#50-162250721

Man Indicted for Invasion of Personal Privacy and Child Pornography

September 16, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Child Abuse Detectives are searching for additional victims following the arrest of an Aloha man after being found in possession of stolen female under garments and child pornography.

Deputies began investigating Leighton Tilford Olson, 37, after being called to a suspicious circumstance in the community of Aloha. It was discovered that Mr. Olson was in possession of thousands of stolen female under garments. Enforcement deputies obtained a search warrant for Mr. Olson's residence and contacted Child Abuse detectives.

During the investigation, detectives discovered evidence that Mr. Olson had been recording his co-workers in the employee restroom at his place of employment, Little Caesar's Pizza in Aloha. Detectives also discovered recordings of unsuspecting victims in his bathroom at his apartment.

On September 13, 2016 a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Leighton Olson on 5 counts of Invasion of Personal Privacy, 4 counts of First Degree Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse, 4 counts of Using Child In Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 2 counts of Second Degree Theft, and 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree.

Mr. Olson was arrested at a court hearing Friday September 16, at 3:00 p.m. His bail is set at $1,165,000.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely. No additional information is available at this time.

Detectives believe that there may be more victims and are asking for the public's assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tim Miller at (503) 846-2700.

Women's Safety Fair Announcement - 09/16/16

Women's Safety Fair Announcement Attached

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
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Detectives Arrest Hospital Caregiver for Sexual Contact with Patients (Photo) - 09/15/16

September 15, 2016 - Washington County Detectives arrested a Certified Nursing Assistant from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for sexual contact with patients.

On September 14, 2016, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detectives, assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit, arrested 34-year-old Adeladilew A. Mekonen, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, for sexual contact with patients.

The investigation stemmed from complaints made by two elderly females who were recently patients at the hospital. Sheriff's Detectives did follow up work and developed probable cause that Mr. Mekonen engaged in criminal conduct.

Mr. Mekonen has been charged with one count of Rape in the First Degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree. He remains in the Washington County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The Sheriff's Office wants to thank Providence Health & Services for their full cooperation with this investigation.

Sheriff's Detectives believe there could be additional victims. Mr. Mekonen worked at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center from May 2016 until yesterday, when he was arrested. Anyone with information on these cases should call Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.

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Detective Receives the 2016 Fire Investigator of the Year Award (Photo) - 09/15/16

September 15, 2016 -- Yesterday, Washington County Sheriff's Office Detective James "Mitch" Coley was honored with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) 2016 Fire Investigator of the Year award at the IAAI Annual Awards Banquet in Bend, Oregon.

The IAAI Fire Investigator of the Year award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and professionalism in the field of fire/arson investigation and is selected from nominations submitted by their peers in the field of Arson Investigation for the honor.

Detective Mitch Coley was nominated for this prestigious award for his diligent and tireless efforts investigating a series of arson fires set on Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation (THPRD) properties where the responsible party was ultimately prosecuted for these crimes.

Detective Mitch Coley has been a Detective for 10 of his nearly 20 years with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and specializes in Arson/Explosives investigations. Detective Coley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office as a dedicated expert in the field of arson investigation.

He is a mentor to his fellow investigators and peers and supervisors often attribute successful prosecution of cases to Detective Coley's thorough and detailed investigation. He has also served on the Clandestine Lab Enforcement, Remotely Operated Vehicle (Robot) Teams, Major Crimes Team, Westside Interagency Narcotics team and is a Survival Skills Instructor at the Sheriff's Office.

Detective Coley served in the Unites States Air Force and retired in December of 2013 as a Chief Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. While working at the Sheriff's Office, Detective Coley deployed four times to Iraq, Afghanistan and other foreign countries. He earned the Bronze Star for working with the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and led 867 combat missions during that deployment.

Attached Media Files: PDF , Award Photo
Sheriff's Office statement concerning deputy's comments - 09/13/16

This is concerning the September 10, 2016 arrest of a 14 year-old girl for Harassment. A 25 minute video of the deputy's interaction with the girl and her family was recorded and distributed by a neighbor.

The Sheriff's Office releases the following statement:

As the deputy spoke to the girl, he made inappropriate comparisons to women of other beliefs and cultures as a way to illustrate to the young woman her situation was not as bad as she thought.

While we believe the deputy was acting in good faith, there is no question that his remarks were insensitive and inappropriate. We hope to turn this incident into a learning opportunity for the rest of staff.

Thank you

RESULTS--Deputies Provide Enhanced Labor Day DUII and Traffic Safety Patrols - 09/08/16

September 8,2016--The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 78 impaired drivers from August 1 through September 6, 2016 at the end of the Labor Day Holiday period. Of those 78, at least 10 were impaired with drugs. Sheriff's Deputies also issued 22 Minor in Possession of Alcohol/Marijuana (MIP) violations.

Nine 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).

During this same time period, Sheriff's Deputies worked an ODOT sponsored "seat-belt enforcement. The results are as follows:

680 Total traffic stops that resulted in:
98 Seat-belt citations
15 Suspended driver citations and one criminal suspension arrest
275 Speeding violation citations
35 Insurance violation citations
67 Cell phone citations

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct enhanced high visibility DUII enforcement patrols throughout the entire month 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 September DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of October.

ORIGINAL RELEASE BELOW:

August 18, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for the Labor Day holiday.

The Labor Day holiday period is known as one of the most dangerous holidays for crashes due to heavily traveled roadways, in combination with impaired and aggressive drivers.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving over the holiday period, Sheriff's Deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices, along with seatbelt compliance checks.

Sheriff's Deputies will be providing extra DUII patrols and a Three Flags Seatbelt Blitz from August 22, 2016 through September 5, 2016. These enhanced traffic safety missions are sponsored with grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The final results will be provided at the conclusion of these traffic safety missions on September 7, 2016.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies regularly respond to traffic related incidents that could have been avoided if all drivers were sober, safe and considerate. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, wear their seatbelt, and secure children with properly fitted child restraints. The following ODOT three minute video provides safety recommendations for proper child and adult seatbelt use. http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/PublishingImages/safetybelts/swf/index.html

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. The Sheriff's Office arrests about 1000 impaired drivers every year and has zero tolerance for impaired driving.

Attached Media Files: PDF with video link
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Portland Man Dies in Late Night Crash (Photo) - 09/08/16

September 8, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. The driver did not survive the crash.

On September 8, 2016 at 6:06 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to NW Phillips Road in the community of Helvetia, concerning a single vehicle crash that was called in by an off-duty Hillsboro Police Officer.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found a 2005 Nissan 350Z convertible heavily damaged in a field. Sheriff's Deputies determined the Nissan was travelling east on NW Phillips Road at a high rate of speed, failed to negotiate a hill, struck the ditch and rolled over several times. The investigation revealed that the crash possibly occurred prior to midnight.

Sheriff's Deputies found Christopher Smith, 46, from NW Portland, was driving the Nissan. Mr. Smith was ejected from the car and pronounced deceased at the crash scene.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstructive Team responded to gather evidence and document the scene.

Investigators believe excessive speed contributed to this crash. This case is still under investigation.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Crash Photo
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Doormat seen by deputies
Deputies surprised by welcome mat when serving warrant (Photo) - 09/06/16

On the evening of 9/5/16, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a dispute between some loggers and their neighbors in Gales Creek. The altercation rapidly escalated into a physical assault where a tree limb was used as a weapon. Gunshots were also fired. Fortunately, no one was hit by the gunfire. One man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Detectives from the sheriff's Violent Crimes Unit collaborated with patrol deputies on a search warrant to recover the handgun used. When deputies arrived early this morning to serve the search warrant, they were surprised to see this welcome mat at the location.

Attached Media Files: Doormat seen by deputies
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Driver Arrested for DUI after Rollover Crash (Photo) - 09/04/16

September 3, 2016 -- Deputies responded to a roll-over crash on NW Thompson Rd. and arrested the driver for DUI. There were no injuries but the driver ran over a fire hydrant before flipping his SUV.

On Saturday, September 3, 2016 at about 4:42 p.m., deputies responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash at NW Thompson Road and NW Hibbard Drive in the community of Bonny Slope. Deputies determined Andriv Serezentynov, 36, of Portland, was driving east on NW Thompson Rd. when he failed to negotiate a curve. Mr. Serezentynov struck a fire hydrant, but there was no water leak. Mr. Serezentynov then flipped his SUV in the ditch, landing up-side-down.

Deputies investigating the crash determined that Mr. Serezentynov had been drinking and he was arrested. He was later booked into the Washington County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUI).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to drive sober this holiday weekend. Deputies will be on extra impaired driving patrols through the Labor Day weekend.

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Man dies in Single-Vehicle Crash on Hwy 26 (Photo) - 08/29/16

This morning Deputies responded a roll-over crash on Highway 26 and Maller Road. The single occupant of the car died at the scene. There were no other cars involved in the crash.

On Monday, August 29, 2016, at about 2:24 am, deputies responded to a roll-over crash on Highway 26 near NW Maller Rd. Medical personnel on scene determined that the driver was deceased.

After investigating the crash, deputies determined that 27-year-old James D Worrell of Springfield Missouri, was traveling west on Hwy 26 at a high rate of speed. For an unknown reason, Mr. Worrell lost control of the white Scion and rolled the vehicle. The car came to rest approximately 500 feet from the point it left the roadway, Mr. Worrell was ejected from the car during the crash.

Mr. Worrell's next of Kin was notified of his death, there is no indication that any other vehicles were involved in the crash.