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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.

Washington County Sheriff's Office Bethany Station Grand Opening Tonight - 08/25/16

The grand opening of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Bethany Station, located at 4876 NW Bethany Blvd., Ste. L-5, Portland will take place on Thursday August 25 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to this event.

This facility will house North Operations and proudly serve the communities generally north of highway 26 to include Cedar Mill, Rock Creek, Oak Hills, Bethany, Somerset West, Claremont, Bonny Slope and West Haven-Sylvan and the surrounding locations. This 3,000 square foot station is bounded by Bethany Boulevard to the west and Central Drive to the south.

Approximately 15 years ago, the Sheriff's Office proudly first opened its doors in Bethany. The old site provided deputes a location to write reports. Since then, the community rapidly increased in size and now comprises 12% of the population in Washington County and averages 23,148 calls for service annually. Sheriff Pat Garrett states, "We are eager to open our doors and continue to build new and strengthen existing relationships with our residents in the northeast part of Washington County. This new location will allow us to better understand the needs of our growing communities that we honored to protect and serve."

One lieutenant, sergeants and up to 20 deputies will be based out of Bethany Station and serve North County. Bethany Station will provide employment fingerprinting, some records release and, in the near future, will have a permanent prescription drug turn-in box. This office will not be used for holding or processing suspects.

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Canine "Chase" Tracks Down and Captures Fugitive (Photo) - 08/20/16

On August 20, 2016 at approximately 3:47am, 22-year-old Joshua Ray Dow escaped from the Washington County Community Corrections Center (WCCCC) by climbing out a window. The WCCCC is a transitional facility and generally houses inmates who have been sentenced for low-level crimes. The facility allows its residents to leave during the day to seek employment, attend substance abuse treatment, etc.

Local law enforcement agencies were alerted to Mr. Dow's escape. At 5:49am, Deputy Michael Zaugg spotted Mr. Dow at a bus stop at Baseline Street and N 29th Avenue in the city of Cornelius. When Deputy Zaugg stopped to contact Mr. Dow, Mr. Dow ran. Deputies assigned to the city of Cornelius responded to assist with containing Mr. Dow to a smaller area.

Deputy Zaugg's canine partner "Chase" tracked Mr. Dow until Mr. Dow climbed a fence near the Cornelius Cinemas and was taken into custody by a sheriff's sergeant at 6:08am.

Prior to his escape, Mr. Dow had been in custody since August 4, 2016 on original charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Criminal Trespass I and Theft III. He is now charged with Escape II and a parole detainer, held without bail at the Washington County Jail.

Deputies Provide Enhanced Labor Day DUII and Traffic Safety Patrols - 08/18/16

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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Aloha Man Found Deceased in Private Lake (Photo) - 08/17/16

August 17, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a rural area north of North Plains concerning a possible drowning in a private lake. The man's body was later recovered from the lake.

On August 17, 2016, at 10:23 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by the North Plains Department, were called to the 25200 block of NW Braga Road concerning a possible drowning. Family members called and reported Charles Merrill, 76, from Aloha, was missing. The family owns acreage on NW Braga Road that has a large lake of unknown depth. The family went searching for him and saw the family boat capsized on the lake but no sign of Mr. Merrill. It was not unusual for Mr. Merrill to visit the property and fish from the boat.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found the lake was about one acre in size and a capsized boat was found far from shore. The boat was unable to drift due to heavy vegetation. Sheriff's Deputies called the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office dive team to help search for Mr. Merrill. The dive team searched the water and at 4:55 p.m., found Mr. Merrill deceased in the lake near the boat. It does not appear he was wearing a lifejacket.

The Washington County Medical Examiner believes Mr. Merrill suffered a medical issue causing him to fall into the water.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Lake Photo
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"Backpacks and Snacks" Event Provides School Supplies (Photo) - 08/15/16

On August 13, 2016, a total of 30 local children participated in a new program titled "Backpacks and Snacks with a Deputy." The goal is to provide children with much needed new school supplies. This program also fosters positive relationships between youth and emergency first responders.

With the generous donations from community partners, this event assisted nearly 30 children identified and nominated by local schools. Each child received a backpack filled with school supplies, enjoyed some lunch and spent time with Cornelius Sheriff's Deputies and the Cornelius Fire Department.

This event was made possible by donations from Cornelius Walmart, the Washington County Police Officers Association and the Western Washington County Firefighter's Association.
Cornelius Police Chief Roque said, "We are thankful to all of the supporters of this program. It gives you a good feeling to be part of making a child's future a little brighter."

Dr Perla Rodríguez Principal, Echo Shaw Elementary School said, "This event is important for various reasons. In addition to supplying students with greatly needed school supplies, it also creates an opportunity for students to connect with our local law enforcement officials in a family like environment, further strengthening our community as a whole."

The Sheriff's Office thanks everyone involved for their hard work and the generous contributions to help make this event a success.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Photo
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UPDATE--Deputies Locate Endangered Man Missing from West Slope Neighborhood (Photo) - 08/12/16

UPDATE: Johnson Wang was found safe in Beaverton. Mr. Wang was located by an alert person who had seen the story on KOIN 6 News. A second person called in shortly after, as well. Mr. Wang was evaluated by EMS, found to be in good health, and was returned home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved in locating Mr. Wang, including the media and the alert public.

Original Release Below:

Deputies Search West Slope Neighborhood for Missing Endangered Man

August 12, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching the West Slope neighborhood for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Today at 4:26 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the West Slope neighborhood for a report of a man missing from the area of SW Canyon Road and SW Walker Road. Johnson Wang, 56-years-old, was reported missing by a caregiver. The last time Mr. Wang was seen was at about 4:00 p.m. today.

Mr. Wang is reported to have dementia and Parkinson's disease, which could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to find his way home. It is reported that Mr. Wang's dementia sometimes causes him to attempt to speak primarily in Chinese, though he is fluent in English.

Johnson Wang is described as being 6'00" tall, thin build, with medium-length black and gray hair (photo inset). He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue sweatpants.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are enhancing the search efforts and utilizing a K-9 unit in attempts to locate Mr. Wang.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson Wang, please call 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Updated Press Release , Subject Photo
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Deputies Search West Slope Neighborhood for Missing Endangered Man (Photo) - 08/12/16

August 12, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching the West Slope neighborhood for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Today at 4:26 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to the West Slope neighborhood for a report of a man missing from the area of SW Canyon Road and SW Walker Road. Johnson Wang, 56-years-old, was reported missing by a caregiver. The last time Mr. Wang was seen was at about 4:00 p.m. today.

Mr. Wang is reported to have dementia and Parkinson's disease, which could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to find his way home. It is reported that Mr. Wang's dementia sometimes causes him to attempt to speak primarily in Chinese, though he is fluent in English.

Johnson Wang is described as being 6'00" tall, thin build, with medium-length black and gray hair (photo inset). He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue sweatpants.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are enhancing the search efforts and utilizing a K-9 unit in attempts to locate Mr. Wang.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson Wang, please call 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Press Release , Subject Photo
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UPDATE--Deputies Locate Missing Endangered Man (Photo) - 08/01/16

UPDATE: Robert Hankins was found safe in Hillsboro. He was found by an alert person who saw the information on the Sheriff's Office Twitter account. He was in good health and returned home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone involved in the search and for the alert public's help in locating Mr. Hankins.

Original Release Below:

August 1, 2016 -- Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man that has been reported missing and is possibly in danger due to health issues.

Today at 4:47 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a report of a man missing from the area of NW 198th Avenue and NW Baseline Road. Robert Hankins, 83, was reported missing by his wife. The last time Mr. Hankins was seen was about 2:00 p.m. today. It is very unusual for Mr. Hankins to be out of contact with his wife for this length of time.

Mr. Hankins is reported to have memory issues that could cause him confusion and make it difficult for him to communicate or find his way home. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and Washington County Search and Rescue are enhancing the search efforts.

Robert Hankins is described as being 5'7" tall, thin, and is balding with gray hair (photo inset). He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue plaid shirt and black shoes.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help with this case. If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Robert Hankins, please call 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: PDF Flier , Robert Hankins Photo
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UPDATE--Sheriff's Office Partners with Neighborhoods at 2016 National Night Out (Photo) - 08/01/16

UPDATE--The large Neighborhood gathering at Aloha has been canceled and replaced by several smaller gatherings.

ORIGINAL Release Below Minus the Aloha Information:

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking forward to joining residents for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016. National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to improve neighborhood livability. This year's theme "Lights On, Lock Up" encourages simple crime prevention strategies such as utilizing proper lighting techniques or securely locking property to help improve the safety of our communities.

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 helps us so we can best respond, provide education and continue to serve our communities with excellent service."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office will be at various neighborhood events including:

* Banks National Night Out: 6-8:30 PM at Sunset Park/Speedway 12765 NW Main St. Banks

* Cornelius National Night Out: 5:30-8 PM at Harleman Park 875 S. Heather St. Cornelius

* Metzger National Out: 6-8 PM at Metzger Park 8400 SW Hemlock St. Portland

You can find more information about National Night Out at: https://natw.org/

Attached Media Files: Deputy with Kids Photo
Sheriff's Deputies Provide Monthly Traffic Safety Patrols - 08/01/16

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested 77 impaired drivers in July. Of those 77, at least 12 were impaired with drugs. Sheriff's Deputies also issued 24 Minor in Possession of Alcohol/Marijuana (MIP) violations.

Many 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).

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 August DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of September.