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Update:Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River - 03/03/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Francisco Marcelo Flores (DOB 02-06-1954) of Portland, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death as drowning. There were no indications of foul play. The investigation is continuing.

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On Sunday March 1, 2015 at approximately 3:42 p.m. a fisherman reported spotting a body along the east bank of the Willamette River north of the Fremont Bridge. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and located the body of a deceased adult male just after 4:00 p.m. along the east bank of the Willamette River near N. Port Center Way.

MCSO River Patrol recovered the body and transported it to the Willamette River Patrol Office. Both MCSO detectives and the Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrest individual after break in at Multnomah County Courthouse - 03/02/15
On Sunday March 1, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Portland Police Bureau officers responded to the Multnomah County Courthouse located at 1021 SW 4th Ave. after the alarm was activated. While deputies were responding to the courthouse a Deputy DA leaving the building called 911 to report an individual had broken into the building and was inside. The Deputy DA exited the building and arriving MCSO and PPB units discovered a shattered glass entry door on the 5th Ave side of the courthouse. A metal grate appeared to have been used to break the glass entry door. As deputies prepared to make entry into the courthouse, the suspect came out of the building and surrendered to police.

Michael Hernandez, Age 27, of Portland, OR was arrested and charged with Burglary II, Disorderly Conduct 2, and Criminal Mischief I. MCSO deputies cleared the courthouse and found a fire pull station had been pulled on one of the floors and a fire extinguisher removed from a cabinet. Hernandez is also suspected of activating a fire alarm pull station earlier at the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct prior to breaking into the Courthouse.

Booking photo is available on our website at
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Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and Sheriff Dan Staton host SELMA movie screening as part of Black History Month activities and celebrations (Photo) - 02/27/15
This morning, Friday February 27, 2014, Multnomah County District 2 Commissioner Lorretta Smith partnered with Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton to host a screening for invited student groups of the movie SELMA in celebration of Black History Month. The screening was held at the Living Room Theatre located at 310 SW 10th Ave in Portland, OR. A student group from the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School was joined by student members of the Multnomah County Youth Commission along with students from a DCJ program and several community members. Students were treated to popcorn and drinks, followed by lunch after the screening while they participated in a discussion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Commissioner Loretta Smith was joined by Sheriff Dan Staton and former Senator Margaret Carter at the front of the theatre after the movie screening to discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965, civil liberties, election law and other important issues in Multnomah County. The students, ages 15-20, were able to ask questions and participate in a dialogue about the importance of voting and staying active and engaged in community issues that are important to them and the community.

The event sponsored by Commissioner Loretta Smith's office and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is part of a number of activities celebrating Black History Month and the significance of the Voting Rights Act passed 50 years ago this year.
Attached Media Files: group discussion , Officials
Join the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Take the Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon (Photo) - 02/26/15
Join the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office polar plungers out in the cold this weekend taking part in the Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge at Broughton Beach on the Columbia River. This is the seventh year of this very popular fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon in Portland. The event will be held this Saturday February 28, 2015 with on-site plunge registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and the plunge starting at 11:00 a.m. at Broughton Beach, NE 42nd and Marine Drive. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Polar Plunge team the MCSO All Stars will be there along with over 1,500 other plungers all to raise funds for Special Olympics Oregon. The optional 5k Polar Plunge Fun Run/Walk will kick off the day at 9:00 a.m. at Portland Airport Economy Parking Red Lot and end at the Polar Plunge site.

New this year, attendees and participants are invited to join in a "Winter Beach Party" prior to plunging this year, open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be live music, food and activities all morning long on Saturday. Come out and join law enforcement and all the other plungers as we help raise fund to help support Special Olympics Oregon.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, The Portland Police Bureau and other local law enforcement agencies will be on hand to assist with the event. One of our own MCSO Facility Security Officer Jennifer Lindstrand will be joining this year's Polar Plunge Super Plungers and plunge into the frigid Columbia River waters once an hour for 24 hours beginning at noon on Friday, February 27, 2015. FSO Lindstrand individually rose over $3,500 to support Special Olympics Oregon and participate in the Super Plunge.

Proceeds from the event go towards continuing the Special Olympics Oregon mission: to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

For more information visit the 2015 Polar Plunge site to consider donating to the MCSO All Stars or one of the many other teams participating this year and/or join in the 2015 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Oregon!
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Multnomah County Inverness Jail inmates culminate completion of "A Social Ignition" course with presentations - 02/23/15
Over the past eight weeks, several inmates from the Multnomah County Inverness Jail have been participating in "A Social Ignition" course at the jail. "A Social Ignition" is a private, non-profit providing personal and leadership development, entrepreneurship training and professional and start up mentoring.

On Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. inmates in the class will present their completed business plans to an audience at the jail. Media are invited to attend and talk with participants after their presentations are completed. Multnomah County Inverness Jail is located at 11540 NE Inverness DR Portland, OR 97220. Please arrive fifteen to twenty minutes early to facilitate access into the jail.

The inmates involved in the course have attended 16 sessions (2 hours, twice a week) with instructors from "A Social Ignition". This intensive programming provides sessions on cognitive thinking, goal setting, employment development, team-building, budgeting and finance, entrepreneurship along with independent reading assignments and study. The class culminates in development of a business plan each inmate presents upon completion of the class.

Multnomah County library provided support for materials used in the class in a partnership with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office counseling program. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office counseling program continues to explore ways to provide intensive programming options such as these to encourage self growth and provide tools that can assist offenders in seeking employment opportunities when they return to the community.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office police activity at Travelodge Motel - 02/12/15
Update: The report of a man threatening with a weapon in a room at the Travelodge has been determined to be false. Based on the initial information received, the occupants of rooms around the room in question, were evacuated and a limited deployment of the East County SWAT team and an HNT member were called to the scene. The HNT negotiator attempted to make contact with occupants in the room and after several attempts were unsuccessful, East County SWAT made entry into the room and found the room unoccupied. Officers from the Troutdale, Gresham and Fairview police departments assisted during this incident. All roads have reopened around the Travelodge. Deputies are now following up with the initial complainant regarding the report.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a man threatening with a weapon in one of the rooms at the Travelodge located at 23705 NE Sandy Blvd at approximately 7:00 a.m. This is an ongoing tactical incident. Sandy Boulevard is closed between NE 235th and NE 238th. Media staging is at 223rd and NE Sandy Blvd. PIO is enroute.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit serves search warrant in drug investigation (Photo) - 02/10/15
This morning Tuesday February 10, 2015, at approximately 5:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) assisted by Portland Police Bureau SERT executed a search warrant in a drug investigation at a residence located at 3124 SE 131st Ave in Portland, OR.

PPB SERT executed the search warrant and loud hailed the house for the occupants to come out of the home. During this process PPB SERT fired Sage impact rounds at multiple surveillance cameras around the home to disable them. The occupants surrendered to police without further incident and were detained for questioning.

Seven people were detained during the search. Two were released at the scene and five were taken into custody. Crystal Lynn Tuell, Age 31, and Ruby Johnson, Age 32, of Portland, OR were both arrested on outstanding warrants. John Henry Jeska, Age 41, of Portland OR was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and Felon in possession of Firearm, additional charges are expected. Carey Ann Dedolph, Age 39, of Portland, OR arrested on Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and Delivery of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Hugh Thomas Shepard, Age 54, of Portland, OR was arrested on Possession of Controlled Substance (Heroin). During the search of the residence approximately 2 oz of Methamphetamine was seized, along with two guns, two rifles, and 1 Shotgun. Drug scales, packaging materials and approximately $14,000 in cash. A large collection of stolen Oregon identifications, drivers licenses, and several passports were also confiscated. One individual was also taken for evaluation to a local hospital after complaining of stomach pains when the house was being searched.

MCSO SIU investigators worked in cooperation with PPB NRT (Neighborhood Response Team) officers during this investigation due to the chronic complaints they have received regarding this property.

Booking photos are available on our website at
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MCSO participating in Oregon "Click it or Ticket" safety blitz February 9 through February 22 - 02/09/15
From Monday February 9th through Sunday February 22nd, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be aggressively looking for safety belt usage and compliance. OSP, sheriffs and local police will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz". This enhanced enforcement is paid for by dedicated funding from USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

MCSO will be adding extra deputies throughout the county to enforce Oregon safety belt and safety seat laws. Motorists who fail to properly use their safety belt, or who do not properly secure a child in the appropriate safety seat, will be contacted by these extra patrols.

Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under 1 year old being killed in a crash by 71 percent and the fatal risk for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent, and 58 and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVS, pickups and vans.

* Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

* For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: or at

MCSO conducted DUII emphasis patrols over Superbowl weekend, January 30-February 1, 2015, resulted in six DUII arrests during the OSSA/ ODOT grant High Visibility Enforcement mission period. The patrols were conducted as part of a grant funded safety campaign to limit impaired drivers.

The goal of HVE DUII emphasis patrols is to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries, as well as educate the public of the risks associated with driving while impaired. These patrols were supported by grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.