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In-Custody Death at the Multnomah County Detention Center - 08/14/17

**Update**

The adult in custody found deceased yesterday has been identified as 37 year old Dee E. Glassmann of Portland, Oregon. A cause and manner of death are still being determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. Detectives note no indications of foul play are present.

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On 08/13/2017 at approximately 7:45 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division deputies conducting a routine morning "wake up" check at the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) found an unresponsive inmate inside a cell.

MCDC medical staff responded immediately and began life-saving medical care. Emergency Medical Technicians from American Medical Response arrived several minutes later and pronounced the inmate deceased at the scene.

As is matter of routine practice, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives have responded and are conducting a full investigation. Sheriff Michael Reese and Corrections Division Chief Deputy Mike Shults also responded to the facility. Preliminary investigation indicates no signs of foul play at this time.

The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time pending family notification. An update will likely be released on the afternoon of 08/14/2017.

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MCSO deputies to conduct Safety Belt Blitz (Photo) - 08/14/17

Beginning Monday, August 21 and extending through Sunday, September 3, MCSO deputies will participate in the Safety Belt Blitz, an enforcement effort focused on educating the public about safety belt and child seat laws.

This two-week Blitz is funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

ODOT statistics show that the lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in thirty-five percent of motor vehicle occupant fatalities. Safety belts, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of major injury or death by up to sixty-five percent.

New Oregon law extends the rear-facing position for children from age one to age two. A child over the age of two must continue to ride in a car seat with a harness, or in a booster, until they reach age eight, or 4'9" in height, and an adult belt fits properly. For help selecting or installing child car seats, consult the manufacturer's instructions, or visit a local child seat fitting station: http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.htm . Additional resources can be found through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats .

MCSO would like to remind everyone of these safety tips:

* Proper use of a safety belt and child restraint is the number one way to prevent injury if you or your children are involved in a crash

* NHTSA recommends that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat

* For adults, proper use of a safety belt means the lap belt must be placed low across the hips and the shoulder belt must cross over the collar bone and the center of the chest

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Sheriff's Office Employee Investigation - 08/14/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has been cooperating with the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) regarding an investigation into allegations made against an MCSO employee.

MCSO takes any and all allegations of misconduct seriously and has worked to ensure the integrity of WCSO's criminal investigation. After consultation with WCSO investigators, MCSO placed the employee in question on administrative leave.

MCSO will conduct an administrative investigation which will commence after WCSO concludes the criminal investigation in order to not compromise the integrity of the criminal case. MCSO will hold the employee accountable to investigative findings.

MCSO and WCSO cannot comment further on matters under active investigation.

Thank you.

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MCSO to conduct Pedestrian Safety Mission in Fairview (Photo) - 08/11/17

**UPDATE**
MCSO Deputies completed their Pedestrian Safety Mission in Fairview yesterday. During the three-hour operation, several citations were issued to drivers including 12 citations for Failure to Stop for a Pedestrian, four cellphone violations, six citations for not wearing a seatbelt, two drivers who were driving while suspended, and two other citations.

MCSO reminds drivers that if you see a pedestrian in a crosswalk, you must stop and allow them to cross.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a Pedestrian Safety Mission on Thursday, August 10 near 202nd & NE Halsey in the City of Fairview. Funding to perform this mission is provided by Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon's streets and highways are busy, with roadways being shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle/pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to a pedestrian. A quarter of pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety.

MCSO would like to remind you of these tips to help keep pedestrians safe:

* Remember, under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at every intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked.

* Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. (A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing.)

* When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.

* When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.

* Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.

* Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.

* Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.

* Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.


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Attached Media Files: Oregon Crosswalks
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Enhanced DUII Enforcement through Labor Day Weekend (Photo) - 08/07/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in enhanced DUII enforcement during the month of August and continuing through Labor Day Weekend. Funding for this extended effort is provided by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

As summer starts to wind down, Labor Day Weekend approaches, and we continue to have busy travel weekends, we are reminding travelers to drive sober. The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015. Of those, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes--almost a third of all traffic fatalities.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to remind you that any time you drive under the influence of alcohol, you put everyone in danger, including yourself. Help us spread this lifesaving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

MCSO will be adding enhanced DUII patrols and enforcement throughout the county.

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive, even if you've just had one alcoholic beverage.

MCSO, ODOT, OSSA, and NHTSA remind you to have a plan if you are going to drink:
* Designate a sober driver
* Call a taxi or ride-sharing service
* Use public transportation

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1. If you know a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements for a safe trip home.

Commit to only driving 100-percent sober. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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Attached Media Files: Patrol Vehicle
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Fatal Traffic Crash In East Multnomah County (Photo) - 08/06/17

On August 6, 2017 at approximately 1:54am deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to the 4400 block of SE 282nd Ave to investigate a report of a single vehicle crash.

Upon arrival deputies were informed by medical personnel that an adult male was deceased, and that a second adult male had sustained non life-threatening injuries. The Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team, which is comprised of members from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Gresham Police Department, responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into the cause of the crash.

ROBERT STICKNEY SR., age 48, from Damascus, was identified as the deceased person. Investigators determined that Mr. Stickney was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors.

SE 282nd Avenue was closed for 4 hours between SE Powell Valley Rd and SE Division St. MCSO was assisted at the scene by the Gresham Police Department, Gresham Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Multnomah County Roads and Transportation Department.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: Crash 2 , Crash 1
Death Investigation along I-84 near Corbett - 08/05/17

**UPDATE AND CORRECTION**

The decedent's name is JACOB BERRY, not JERRY BERRY. MCSO apologizes for the incorrect information in the original release.


On August 5th, 2017 at approximately 10:36am Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the area of eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 21 to investigate the report of a deceased person. BOEC had received a call from a passerby that the body of an adult male was observed on the south shoulder of the interstate.

When deputies and medical personnel arrived at the location, they confirmed that the person was deceased and summoned detectives to the scene to continue the investigation. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and removed the body for further examination.

The decedent has been identified as JERRY BERRY, age 20, from Warm Springs, Oregon. Mr. Berry was reported missing to the Gresham Police Department on August 3rd, 2017 by family.

MCSO Detectives are working with the Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.

No other information will be released at this time.

MCSO Dive Team recovers body at Blue Lake - 07/31/17

On Monday, July 31, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a man who had gone under the water at Blue Lake.
A male and female were on a rented paddle boat when they began to move about the boat. The paddle boat began to take on water and list to one side. The occupants of the boat jumped into the water and began swimming toward the boat dock. Once in the water, both swimmers began to struggle.
A bystander on the dock saw the two struggling swimmers, and jumped into the water to help. The bystander swam out to them, and was able to assist the female onto a boat. When he turned to look for the male swimmer, he had gone under the water.
Members from Gresham Fire and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. The Swift Water Rescue Team deployed a boat and went searching for the male. Rescuers called out Lifeflight and had them circling the scene in case of a rescue. Lifeflight stayed on scene for 45 minutes, before the incident switched from a rescue to a recovery.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team took over the scene and began searching for the male. At approximately 6:00p.m. divers found the body of the male boater.
The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.

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Statement from Sheriff Michael Reese (Photo) - 07/31/17

Last week I learned of a criminal act which victimized a member of our community and left all of us feeling distressed and heartbroken. All of our thoughts and prayers must be with her at this difficult time.

This terrible incident is concerning for everyone. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) members followed state statute and federal case law. We managed the defendant through criminal procedure. We held the defendant until he could not be legally held any longer. We used the full scope of authority at our disposal.

Prior to his release, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials had not sent a criminal warrant, signed by a judge, allowing MCSO to hold the defendant in jail. Instead, they processed a civil detainer, which they know cannot be legally used in Oregon.

This defendant has a lengthy criminal history. He has been booked into Multnomah County Jail on nine separate occasions since 2008. Most recently, he was released from Multnomah County on July 17, 2017, after serving 31 days in custody. He was released consistent with the orders of the court. No federal or state criminal warrants were present at the time he left our custody.

MCSO has no authority in deportation or issues surrounding illegal reentry into the United States. MCSO holds in custody anyone who has been alleged to have committed a criminal act, or for whom a criminal warrant has been issued, until all charges have been properly adjudicated. MCSO does not hold anyone in custody for civil matters, as per federal and state law.

Federal authorities indicate the defendant in this case is not legally present in the United States and has been deported on numerous occasions. The defendant has been removed from the Country, and has returned to commit additional crimes. Given this defendant's repeated deportations following criminal convictions in the United States, it would help our community to understand how he was held accountable by federal authorities for multiple, illegal reentries.

Local public safety entities, including MCSO, have previously met with the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, and our local ICE officials, to discuss the legal need for a criminal warrant to hold defendants in a situation such as this. Federal and state law prohibit Oregon Sheriffs' Offices from holding anyone based solely on an immigration detainer.

ICE officials have the ability to ask for a criminal warrant, signed by a federal judge, to keep defendants in custody. If this were to happen, Sheriffs in Oregon would cooperate with the federal criminal warrant until the charges were properly adjudicated. No such warrant was placed on this defendant prior to his release.

A link to this statement is available on our website:
https://www.mcso.us/site/pdf/sheriff_statement_ice_detainers_073117.pdf

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MCSO deputies respond to a shooting in Troudale. One injured, and one in custody. (Photo) - 07/29/17

On Friday, 07/28/2017, at approximately 11:50 P.M. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a person shot near the 400 block of SE 5th street in Troutdale.
MCSO deputies arrived on scene, immediately identified the victim and were able to get them to an ambulance for transport to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies began searching for the suspect along with officers from Gresham and Fairview Police Departments, and eventually called in additional resources from the Portland Police Special Emergency Response Team. Sheriff Mike Reese was also on scene and assisted with this call for service.
During a search of the area, which lasted approx. 5 hours, an MCSO patrol deputy spotted the suspect near the corner of Columbia River Highway and 257th Ave. Deputies took the suspect into custody without further incident.
The suspect has been identified as 44 year old Jerod Sutton of Troutdale, Oregon. Sutton will be interviewed by detectives and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Attached is a 2015 booking photo of Sutton.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Team, which is comprised of members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Gresham Police Department, are on scene and are continuing to investigate.
MCSO would like to thank the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, and the Fairview Police Department for their assistance in this case.
There is no danger to the public.

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MCSO Responds to Overnight Burglary at Reynolds High School *Update* (Photo) - 07/24/17

The suspects in this case have been identified as 58 year old George Brooks of Portland, OR and 34 year old Ruben Bentz of Gresham, OR. Both were lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Burglary II, Criminal Mischief I, Attempted Theft I, and Interfering with a Police Officer. Booking photos are attached.

Injuries involved a dog bite to one of the suspects, and the other complained of trouble breathing after a brief foot pursuit. Both were treated at a local hospital prior to being booked.

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On 07/24/2017, shortly after 3:00 am, MCSO deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR. When deputies arrived they were able to hear suspects in an area of the school currently undergoing renovation, and found one of the doors accessing the area had been pried open.

Deputies worked along with members of Gresham, Fairview and Portland Police to establish a perimeter around the school as they searched for the suspects. Once the alleged thieves heard police inside the building, they attempted to run away on foot through an open field.

A police K9 from the Portland Police Bureau captured the first suspect, while deputies arrested the second. Deputies returned to the construction area and found several tools loaded into wheelbarrows, ready to be taken from the scene.

Both suspects in this case were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, names and booking photos will be released as soon as they are available.