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One Dead in Boating Accident on Columbia River (Photo) - 05/23/17

**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.

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MCSO Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 in Wood Village (Photo) - 05/21/17

*FINAL UPDATE*

Investigators have determined that a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck was travelling eastbound in the center lane of Interstate 84 when it came to a stop, along with several other vehicles, due to debris in the roadway.

The obstruction was cleared from the roadway and traffic began to move again. The Chevrolet pickup experienced a mechanical problem and was not able to move from where it had stopped. A 2012 Dodge Caravan struck the rear of the Chevrolet pickup at freeway speeds.

The passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, GLEN HAMPTON, age 60 from Lyle, Washington, died at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, LINDA HAMPTON, age 67 from Lyle, Washington, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan, JACK YOUNG, age 75 from Troutdale, Oregon, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

MCSO was assisted at the scene by the Gresham Police Department, Fairview Police Department, Gresham Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 are expected to re-open by 12:30am. Refer to www.tripcheck.com for updated closure information.

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*UPDATE #1*

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash and was not interviewed at the scene by law enforcement. Please call the MCSO LE Records Unit at 503-988-7300 and identify yourself as a witness.

Investigators are still working on notifying the families of the individuals involved in this crash. Once this had been completed, additional information will be released to the media.

I-84 EB continues to be closed for at least the next 2 hours while the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to check www.tripcheck.com for update road information.

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MCSO Deputies are on scene of a fatal traffic crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of NE 238th Ave.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at 7:03pm after witnesses reported seeing one vehicle stopped in the middle lane, which then led to a second vehicle crashing into the stopped vehicle at a high rate of speed. It is unknown at this time why the first vehicle was stopped in the middle of the travel lane.

One person died at the scene of the crash and two others have been transported to local area hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of I-84 will be closed between Fairview Parkway and 238th Drive for several hours while the East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team investigates the crash.

More information will be released via Flash Alert as it becomes available.

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MCSO Deputies Respond to Injured Hiker Call at Horsetail Falls (Photo) - 05/21/17

*FINAL UPDATE*

Rescue crews have escorted the hiker back to the parking lot and provided treatment for minor injuries. Picture of emergency vehicles attached.

*UPDATE*

Rescue crews have reached the injured hiker and are walking him out to the parking lot for further treatment. The hiker was able to get out of the ravine without the assistance of a rope rescue team.

Additional information will be released soon.

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MCSO Deputies are en route to Horsetail Falls to assist medical personnel with treatment of an injured hiker. A call to 911 at 5:28pm indicated that a male in his 20s fell approximately 15 feet off of the trail down a ravine and may have suffered a broken arm.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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MCSO River Patrol Respond to Boat Fire - 05/21/17

On 05/21/17 at 1420 hours MCSO River Patrol Deputies responded to a report of a boat fire at the Donaldson Marina at 3501 NE Marine Drive. When deputies arrived, personnel from Portland Fire & Rescue and the United States Coast Guard Reserve had the fire under control.

There are no reported injuries, and the fire was contained to a 30-foot sailboat, with no other significant property damage having been reported at this time.

MCSO River Patrol deputies will be assisting investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue to determine the cause of the fire.

There are no available pictures of the fire at this time.

Hiker Missing Overnight Found Safe - 05/14/17

On 05/14/2017 just after 8:30 am, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue teams responded to a report of a missing 19 year old female hiker near the Angel's Rest Trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge.

The hiker was with a group of friends hiking at 11 pm on Saturday night when she became separated from the group. She made contact via cell phone with her friends early Sunday morning, but her battery died a short time later. The missing hiker did not have adequate clothing, food or water for an overnight stay.

Just before 11 am, a man hiking in the area reported he had found the missing hiker and was walking her back to the trailhead. She was cold and wet, but otherwise uninjured and able to walk out on her own.

Search and rescue crews met up with the lost hiker just before 11:30 am when she returned to the trailhead.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind all those hiking in the gorge to always be prepared. Ensure you have proper clothing, food and water, and plan to carry enough resources to sustain you for longer than you anticipate hiking.

Make friends or family aware of your route, and when you expect to return from your hike. Should you become lost, immediately contact 911 and stay in place until rescue crews can get to you. Remember that cell phone battery life can fade quickly, so save as much battery resource as possible to communicate with search and rescue crews.

The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful wilderness area which can quickly become dangerous for those who are not prepared. Please hike safely!

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Joint Effort Between Sheriff's Office And Police Bureau Leads to Drug Bust (Photo) - 05/13/17

On the morning of Friday, May 12, a joint team of investigators from the Portland Police Bureau Drugs and Vice Division and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit stopped an SUV traveling on I-205 for a traffic violation. While investigating that traffic violation they found 82 Xanax tablets in a plastic baggie, approximately one pound of methamphetamine, and a .45 caliber handgun inside the vehicle.

Two arrests were made in connection to the traffic stop, 24 year old Ruben Corranza and 23 year old Domingo Lopez-Carranza, both residents of California. Each was charged with Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The vehicle was impounded and the joint investigative team applied for, and received, a warrant to search the vehicle the suspects had been driving. Later the same afternoon, the vehicle was searched and an additional six pounds of methamphetamine was discovered in multiple hidden compartments.

The wholesale (supplier to dealer) value of the methamphetamine seized is approximately $28,000. The street (dealer to end-user) value of the methamphetamine is approximately $180,000.

Sheriff Mike Reese commented, "Today's drug seizure highlights the value of working in collaboration to ensure dangerous drugs are kept off our streets."

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MCSO Deputies Recover Body from Willamette River - 05/12/17

On Friday, 05/12/2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to a report of a body floating in the Willamette River near the Steel 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 have been notified and will be 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.

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MCSO Search and Rescue Media Event (Photo) - 05/11/17

On 05/12/2017 at 2pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be holding a media event to highlight the agencies Search and Rescue Program. The event will include comments from Sheriff Reese and Sheriff English of the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

This event will include a demonstration of equipment, information search coordinators use to find lost hikers, as well as interviews with members of the MCSO SAR program. Media is encouraged to attend.

Please join us at the Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 Kendall Court in Troutdale, OR as we highlight this essential program and encourage safe, prepared hiking in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Sheriff's Office Deputies Participate in Seat Belt Safety "Blitz" - 05/11/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will once again be participating in a national traffic safety "blitz" focused on preventing traffic crash fatalities as the result of lack or improper use of safety belts and child safety seats from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 28.

This year, deputies will also be checking compliance with laws prohibiting transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed.

Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.

Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to sixty-five percent. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.

Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.

Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm

For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/

This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon Department of Transportation.

MCSO Honors Members who Died in the Line of Duty - 05/10/17

On Thursday, 05/11/2017, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will hold two memorial ceremonies to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting our community.

The first event will take place at SW 35th and Arnold, where Deputy Sheriff Earnest Loll was shot and killed in 1935, while attempting to arrest bird poachers. This service will begin at 9 am and is expected to last 10 minutes. Traffic in the area will be blocked for the brief ceremony.

The MCSO Memorial will take place at 1pm at the Troutdale Police Community Center located at 234 Kendall Court in Troutdale, OR. This service will include a full honor guard contingent and traditional ceremonial honors including a flag fold, 21 gun salute, and taps.

Light refreshments will be available following the 1pm memorial service. All are welcome, please come join our agency in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our community.

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MISSING PERSON - Bonnie Luther (Photo) - 05/10/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing, possibly endangered, 58 year-old woman named Bonnie Luther. Bonnie is 5'9" tall, weighs 235 pounds, has grey hair down to her waist and blue eyes. She may be wearing a light blue shirt and black pants. Bonnie may be suffering from a mental illness and has been missing from her home in Troutdale since 5:45am this morning. If you see Bonnie, please call 911 right away.

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River Patrol Deputies Investigate Stabbing Aboard Boat Near Willamette Park Boat Ramp (Photo) - 05/04/17

On 05/04/2017 River Patrol Deputies responded to a call of a stabbing that occurred between two homeless men living aboard derelict boats near the Willamette Park Boat Ramp. The 26 year old male victim was stabbed in the back, which resulted in minor injuries. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Detectives have been called and are investigating the case. No further details are available for release at this time.

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MCSO K9 Ranger finds DUII Suspect who Crashed into Home (Photo) - 05/02/17

On the evening of 05/02/2017 deputies responded to a call of an intoxicated driver who had crashed into a home in the 8400 block of SE 172nd Ave. The residents were home at the time of accident, and were not injured.

The suspect contacted the residents and told them not to call the police and asked to hide inside the home. When he was denied entry to the home, he ran off first hiding in a culvert, then an unlocked garage nearby.

Witnesses told the arriving deputies that the suspect had run into the garage. The suspect refused to comply and come out of the building. K9 Ranger arrived and was able to find the suspect who immediately surrendered without further incident. The dog did not make contact with the suspect, his presence alone persuaded the suspect to come out to awaiting deputies.

The driver was identified as 27 year old, Vincente L Burciago of Portland,OR. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Misdemeanor Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver, Criminal Mischief I, Felony DUII, and Felony Driving While Suspended. Burciago also had outstanding warrants from Clackamas County.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public feedback about policy and procedure - 05/02/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recognizes and takes seriously its affirmative responsibility to engage community stakeholders about service delivery; one form of engagement the Office undertakes is to seek public feedback about proposed policy and procedure(s) through a Stakeholder Review period.

The Sheriff's Office is currently in the process of reviewing the following draft(s):

* 500.00 -- Confrontation Management Performance Standards
* 510.00 -- Use of Force
* 520.00 -- Post-Deadly Force and Death-in-Custody
* 530.00 -- Reporting Efforts to Control
* 540.00 -- Control Event Report Reviews

The Stakeholder Review period is open for all members of the public to submit comments or proposals relevant to the content of the draft, which will be posted for the next thirty (30) days. To comment, please go to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office website, accessible here:

http://www.mcso.us/profiles/policy.html

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks you in advance for taking the time to review its drafts and express your views; the Office will take individual comments into collective consideration as it finalizes a policy and procedure.

MCSO Is Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs APRIL 29 - 04/25/17

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Ct., Troutdale, OR 97060. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) No Thermometers, Sharps, Syringes, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers or epi pens. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds--more than 3,500 tons--of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.