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MCSO Participates in Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Effort in Wood Village (Photo) - 06/23/17

**UPDATE**

Deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office issued 21 citations and made one warrant arrest during the Pedestrian Safety Enforcement enhanced patrol in the City of Wood Village on Tuesday, June 20th.

MCSO encourages all drivers to be aware of pedestrians while traveling Oregon roadways this summer.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement enhanced patrol in the City of Wood Village on Tuesday, June 20th.

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.

Half of the 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 everyone of these safety tips to help keep pedestrians safe:

* Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.

* 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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River Patrol Deputies Recover Body from Columbia River Slough - 06/17/17

On Saturday, 06/17/2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a boater had seen a body in the water of the Columbia Slough, near N. Denver Ave. MCSO River Patrol units recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time, pending identification and family notifications.

Body Recovered from Columbia River by River Patrol Deputies - 06/13/17

On Monday, 06/12/2017, at approximately 1:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report of a body floating in the Columbia River in the area of the Glen Jackson Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation. The body was 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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MCSO Deputies Assist Driver After Crash (Photo) - 06/09/17

On 6/9/2017, at approximately 2346 hours, two deputies responded to EB I84 west of Exit 17 on a welfare check regarding a female who was walking on the shoulder of the freeway.

Deputies located the woman laying on the shoulder just off of the fog line east of the Wood Village on ramp. Thinking she had been hit by a car, the Deputy activated his rear emergency lights and was about to stop for the female when a two vehicle accident occurred.

A sedan driven by a male subject had just merged onto EB I84 from Wood Village (238th exit) when he saw the Deputy activate his emergency lights. When he saw the lights, the driver slowed down and was about to come to a stop when he was rear ended by another vehicle that had also just merged onto I84 from Wood Village. The second vehicle was driven by a male and there were two young children in the backseat.

The collision caused a spark to occur in the trunk of the front vehicle and that started a fire that appeared to spread to the gas tank. While the car was on fire, the Deputy on scene attempted to open the driver side door to get the driver out, but it would not open. So the driver rolled down the window and the Deputy helped him climb out of the window while the car was on fire and got him to safety uninjured. The vehicle eventually was fully engulfed in flames and is a complete loss.

There were only minor complaints of pain from both drivers and the children were not injured. The woman, on the side of the road, was uninjured and was picked up by a friend. No one on scene went to the hospital via ambulance, but were advised to go to the hospital later if necessary.

Investigation into the crash resulted in the arrest of the second driver for DUII. He was transported to TPCC for processing.

Due to the car being fully engulfed in flames and small explosions coming from the car, the freeway was shut down from the Wood Village exit to Troutdale exit for approximately 30 minutes to allow GFES to put out the flames. Due to the extremely low level of traffic, only a few cars were impacted for a short time before opening up one lane of traffic. All lanes were eventually opened up after one and a half hours.

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MCSO Deputies Arrest Woman after pursuit (Photo) - 06/08/17

On June 8, 2017 at approximately 8:50pm deputies responded to a report of a theft in progress at the Wood Village Kohl's. Shortly after deputies arrived at the store, they observed the suspect get into a vehicle.

Deputies pulled in behind the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop in front of the store. At the same time, another deputy attempted to position their vehicle in front of the suspect to prevent them from leaving. The suspect accelerated forward, striking the front of the deputy's patrol car, causing damage to the patrol car.

The suspect then led deputies on a vehicle pursuit through Wood Village and Troutdale. Deputies terminated the pursuit near the Troutdale Airport after the suspect's driving became too dangerous. Several minutes later the suspect was spotted on foot in the 23000 block of NE Marine Drive.

A perimeter was established with the assistance of officers from the Fairview and Gresham Police Departments, and MCSO K9 Ranger began searching the area. Approximately one hour later, SUZANNE SELMAN, age 45, was located by Ranger and taken into custody without further incident.

SELMAN was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges, including Robbery in the First Degree, Felony Elude, and Reckless Driving.

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River Patrol Deputies Recover Body from Columbia River - 06/04/17

On Sunday, 06/04/2017, at approximately 12:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report a person at Captains Moorage, on NE Bridgeton Rd in Portland, OR, had seen a body in the water of the Columbia River. The body was near one of the boat slips. MCSO River Patrol units arrived in the area a short time later and recovered the body of a deceased adult male from the water.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting a death investigation; preliminary reports indicate no signs of foul play. The body will be 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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HOPE Team Deputies Evict Squatters in Wood Village (Update) (Photo) - 06/02/17

*UPDATE* - Mugshots attached.

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The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Homeless Outreach and Programs Engagement (HOPE) team received information that a vacant home at 1499 NE Kokanee Ln, in the City of Wood Village was being occupied by people who had no legal authority to live there.

Working with information provided by the Gresham Police Department Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET), deputies from the HOPE team were able to determine the home was in the process of foreclosure and made contact with a representative from the management company responsible for the home, and the president of the local homeowners association.

On 06/01/2017 HOPE team deputies went to the home with the representative and discovered the house was being occupied by four people who admitted they had not been given permission by anyone to stay in the home. Further investigation revealed they had been living there for approximately 2 weeks and had even turned on the power in their name.

Two of the people living in the home had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody. Deputies arrested 22 year old Ashley Cappa of Portland, OR on warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Attempting to Elude by Vehicle. The second person taken into custody was 22 year old Zachary Bender of Gresham, OR who had two separate warrants for Trespass II.

The other two people living in the home were provided time to gather their personal belongings and were told not to return to the location. The management company secured the home immediately after it had been vacated.

If not for the effort of HOPE team deputies to quickly collaborate with local public safety and community partners, this home may have continued to be illegally occupied. Members of the Home Owner's Association complimented the deputies for their swift, safe response to this problem home in their neighborhood.

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MCSO Participates in Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo) - 06/02/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be adding enhanced DUII patrols throughout the month of June. MCSO Deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

The Sheriff's Office reminds drivers: Stay Alive, Don't Drink and Drive:

* Use a designated driver

* Call a taxi or ride-sharing company

* Use public transportation

* Remember, "buzzed" driving is drunk driving

These types of missions are supported through grant funding made available by the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office participates in enhanced DUII enforcement efforts to assist in reducing impaired driving and save lives. Other enhanced DUII enforcement missions are scheduled to be conducted during summer months, holidays, and other special events with increased incidents involving impaired drivers.

Community members can support zero tolerance for impaired driving by immediately reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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One Dead in Boating Accident on Columbia River (Photo) - 06/01/17

**UPDATE(2)**

On 05/30/2017 members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team were able to locate the sunken boat involved in a fatal crash on 05/22/2017. The vessel was recovered from the Columbia River 05/31/2017 by Fred Devine Salvage, a marine salvage contractor.

Recovery of the vessel will aide investigators in determining how this accident occurred. This remains an ongoing investigation, no further details are available for release at this time.

**UPDATE**

Members of the East County Vehicular Crash Team continues to conduct an open investigation into the cause of last night's fatal boating crash on the Columbia River near the Glen Jackson Bridge. While details available for release are limited, investigators have confirmed that speed and water conditions were likely factors in this crash.

Investigators also noted the victims were originally reached by good Samaritans who used their personal boat to recover both boaters from the water, after witnessing the boat crash from the shore. As they returned to the Vancouver shoreline, MCSO deputies met them and assisted in CPR until medical personnel arrived.

The boat sank after hitting a bridge pylon at a high rate of speed shortly after 8 pm. The attached photo shows the point of impact on the pylon. Only pieces of the boat have been recovered, the bulk of the wreckage never resurfaced after sinking.

The deceased has been identified as 46 year old Heidi Knight of Wilsonville, OR. The boat operator has been identified as 55 year old Steven Schalk of Milwaukie, OR, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

No other details are available at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.

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On 05/22/2017 at approximately 8:15pm, MCSO River Patrol deputies responded to a report of a boat sinking in the Columbia River, near the Glen Jackson Bridge. Deputies arrived a short time later and found one adult male and one adult female in the water near the North end of the bridge.

Deputies recovered both people from the water, and immediately began CPR on the female boater. Crews from Port of Portland Fire Department arrived quickly and assisted deputies in their life saving efforts.

The female victim was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center via ambulance where she later died as a result of her injuries.

The male boater was taken to a Vancouver area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and is being interviewed by investigators. Neither of the boaters were wearing life vests at the time of the crash.

Members of the East County Vehicular Crash Team are on scene assisting in the investigation of this crash.

Preliminary information indicates the boat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck one of the pylons to the Glen Jackson Bridge. The boat immediately sank, and has not been recovered.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. The deceased's name will not be released at this time, pending identification and family notification.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind boaters to be safe when using local waterways for recreation. Always wear a life vest, know the water conditions, the condition of your vessel, and never use alcohol when operating a boat. Being prepared and being safe is the best way to enjoy summer weather.

Inverness Jail Closed to Public for Maintenance Project - 05/30/17

On Wednesday, 05/31/2017, the Multnomah County Inverness Jail will be replacing the chillers located on top of the roof of the facility. These units are very large and will require a large crane to hoist them over the parking area and public lobby and visitation area.

While this work is being conducted, it is not safe for people to be occupying the areas of the facility that are below the path of the chillers. It is expected to take all day for removal of the old chillers and replacement of the new.

As a result, there will be no public access to the facility on 05/31/2017. In addition, professional visitation will not be available at MCIJ.

Members of the public who are signed up for at-home video visitation may continue to arrange visits. For those interested in accessing video visitation, please go to our website at http://www.mcso.us/profiles/pdf/visitor_guide.pdf to learn more.

Regular facility operations will begin on Thursday 06/01/2017. Thank you for your patience.