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MCSO hosts annual Community Transitional School Holiday Party (Photo) - 12/13/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is honored to host the 2017 Community Transitional School Holiday Party. This year's festivities take place Thursday, December 14, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail (12240 NE Inverness Drive, Portland, OR).

The Community Transitional School is committed to provide at-risk children from Portland and East Multnomah County with a stable educational environment that promotes academic and personal growth. During the holidays, the School provides services and resources for gifts to families that may not otherwise receive them. Members of the Sheriff's Office generously provide gifts for the students to open during the party. Other highlights of the party will also include; caroling with Sheriff's Office staff, a clown act, a pizza lunch, and a special visit from Santa!

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office proudly partners with the Wilson High School Leadership Group, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Management Association, Multnomah County Corrections Deputy Association, Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association, AFSCME Local 88, Multnomah County Corrections Health, Multnomah County Judges, and Aramark to provide this wonderful experience for children in our community who are in need during the holidays.

Media is cordially invited; those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m., check in at the public entrance of the Inverness Jail, and ask for Lt. Marc Shrake.

More information about the Community Transitional School can be found at .


Attached Media Files: HolidayPartySanta.jpg
Suspect arrested in connection with Sauvie Island shooting (Photo) - 12/13/17

MCSO detectives identified and arrested the suspect in yesterday's shooting incident on Sauvie Island.

ANDRE, BRETT KAGE, age 28, was arrested and booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on the following charges: Attempted Murder, Assault I, Assault II, Robbery I, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

MCSO detectives were assisted by teams from Portland Police Bureau and Gresham Police Department.

Detectives are still investigating this incident, and no further information is available at this time.


Attached Media Files: ANDRE_BRETT_KAGE.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Responds to a Shooting on Sauvie Island *Update* - 12/13/17

**Update 2**

MCSO is following up on information related to last night's shooting incident on Sauvie Island.

Detectives have identified and located persons of interest in the area of the 9500 block of NE Sacramento Street. The persons of interest are being interviewed to determine what level of involvement they may or may not have. The names of the persons of interest will not be released at this time.

Detectives are still investigating this incident and we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.


On Tuesday, 12/12/17, at approximately 7 p.m., the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting on Sauvie Island near the Sauvie Island Community Church. MCSO deputies and emergency medical first responders arrived at the church and located the victim, who was immediately transported to an area hospital.

MCSO detectives responded and learned that the victim made his way to the church for medical assistance from a nearby field. The victim is not a member of the Sauvie Island Community Church and the Church's only association to the victim was an initial point of contact with good Samaritans that provided medical aid and called 911. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. There appears to be no threat to the public.

MCSO detectives are actively investigating this shooting and no further details are available at this time.

We are seeking the public's assistance. If you have information that could be related to this shooting, please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-988-0560.

Original release below:
On Tuesday, 12/12/2017, at approximately 6:55 P.M. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting on Sauvie Island. One victim has been transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound.

MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation. No further details are available at this time.


Enhanced DUII Enforcement through the New Year (Photo) - 12/13/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be participating in enhanced DUII enforcement through the New Year. Funding for this effort is provided by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

As the holidays approach and we see an increase in travel and traffic, MCSO reminds you to drive sober.

MCSO 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 and your passengers. There were 10,497 deaths from alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2016. Help us spread this lifesaving message: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Today through New Year's Day, MCSO is adding enhanced DUII patrols and enforcement throughout the county including a dedicated safety mission on New Year's Eve.

MCSO, ODOT, OSSA, and NHTSA remind you to have a plan and commit to making our roads safer. If you're drinking, do not drive.
* 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 someone who has been drinking and plans to drive impaired, take the keys and make arrangements for a safe trip home.

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


Attached Media Files: MCSO
ODOT Closes Parts of the East Historic Columbia River Hwy Due to High Winds - 12/11/17

ODOT has closed the East Historic Columbia River Hwy from Larch Mountain Road to Bridal Veil due to high winds and the potential tree danger in the burn zone.

The east winds have already caused trees to fall along Corbett Hill Road and soon after 11 PM, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office along with Corbett Fire, responded to East Knieriem Rd on a report of a tree into a house. A 65 year old female was injured when a branch impaled her. She has been transported to a local hospital.

Grayhound Bus Incident Update - 12/01/17

On Wednesday evening, November 29th, at approximately 11:40 p.m., MCSO received a report of a disturbance on a Greyhound bus heading eastbound out of the Portland metro area.
As the bus travelled on I-84 near exit 18 in Troutdale, one passenger began to attack the driver of the bus. Two passengers, Francisco Owens and Stephen Danca, intervened in the unprovoked attack. Without regard for their own personal safety, Owens and Danca forcefully engaged the attacker and the driver was able to safely stop the bus. The attacker, Robert Moran-Vasquez, was forced off the bus and the driver closed and locked the doors to prevent further incident. MCSO deputies arrived and arrested Moran-Vasquez. Without the rapid and heroic actions of the passengers and the driver, a more tragic outcome would have been certain. Their immediate response prevented any further injury and saved those aboard from imminent perilous circumstances.
The in-depth investigation delayed many travel plans for those aboard. Greyhound Lines Inc. immediately made another transport vehicle available for passengers and accommodated the delayed travel plans for Owens and Danca to get them safely to their original destinations.

MCSO investigates a stabbing on a Greyhound bus on I-84 near Troutdale. (Photo) - 11/30/17


MCSO, in partnership with the East County Major Crimes Team, is investigating a stabbing incident which occurred on a Greyhound bus late last night.

The suspect, MORAN VASQUEZ, ROBERT, has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center under the following charges: Attempted Murder; Assault II; and 28 counts of Reckless Endangerment.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time.


On Wednesday, 11/29/2017, at approximately 11:40 P.M. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a stabbing on a Greyhound bus on I-84 just east of the Troutdale exit. Deputies were able to take the subject into custody at the scene. Two victims were transported to an area hospital for non-life threatening wounds. A Trimet bus was used to transport the passengers from the Greyhound bus to the Troutdale Policing Community Center.
MCSO detectives were notified and are conducting an investigation. No further details are available at this time.


Suspicious Death Investigation in Troutdale (Photo) - 11/21/17

On Friday November 17th at approximately 4pm, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report about a deceased male near exit 17 on west bound I-84. The East County Major Crimes team responded with the Oregon State Police. There is an on-going death investigation with the State Medical Examiner. Investigators have not been able to rule out a vehicle hit and run as a cause of death.

The individual discovered has been identified as BRANDON LEE MILLER, 29 years old, formerly of California. At the time he was found, he was wearing blue jeans and a black, gray, and teal zip-up sweatshirt.

The East County Major Crimes Team is seeking information for this investigation. If you have information about Brandon Lee Miller, saw an individual matching his description, or information about suspicious circumstances near Exit 17 on I-84, please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Tip Line: 503-988-0560.

No further information will be released at this time.

Attached Media Files: I-84 , MILLER
Commercial Burglary Arrest in Wood Village (Photo) - 11/21/17

On November 21, 2017 at approximately 3:00am Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a report of a burglary alarm at Camping World, located at 24000 NE Sandy Blvd in Wood Village.

During their search of the large commercial property, deputies located and arrested CHAD SOUTHWELL, age 31. SOUTHWELL was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges, including Burglary in the Second Degree.

MCSO Patrol Unit deputies were assisted by K9 teams from the Portland Police Bureau and the Hillsboro Police Department.

Attached Media Files: SOUTHWELL
MCSO Announces New Public Information Officer (Photo) - 11/17/17

With the recent promotion of Chad Gaidos to Captain, he will assume new duties within the agency. Effective December 11th, 2017 Lieutenant Marc Shrake will become the PIO for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Shrake has 25 years of law enforcement experience in our community which will prove to be a valuable asset in this new assignment. Lt. Shrake was hired by Troutdale Police in 1991 after serving in the United States Navy. He began his supervisory role in law enforcement in 1998 when he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After the merger of the Troutdale Police Department with MCSO, Shrake continued his path towards leadership when he promoted to lieutenant in January of this year.

As a long time Multnomah County resident, Lt. Shrake brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience both living and working in our community. His experience in operations and leadership in law enforcement has uniquely prepared him for the role of agency spokesperson.

During the transition period leading up to Lt. Shrake's appointment to PIO on December 11th, members of the media may still use the PIO Pager or to reach an on-call PIO.


Attached Media Files: marc_shrake.jpg
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds community of ongoing phone scams - 11/17/17

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has continued to receive reports from members of our community being targeted by ongoing phone scams attempting to elicit money from victims.

Previously, MCSO has released information about these phone scams and the various tactics being used to victimize individuals. The scammer calls to explain that you have a warrant due to missed jury duty, or other unpaid fines, and need to wire money or send pre-paid gift cards immediately to resolve the issue.

These scammers identify themselves as a member of MCSO; most recently, the scammers have used names of current MCSO command-level staff members. The voicemail greeting on the call-back number provided also identifies the scammers as MCSO employees.

MCSO does not request payment of any fines via phone and will not initiate any request involving a wire-transfer or pre-paid card.

These scams are not only being targeted to individuals within our immediate community; they have reached statewide locations.

We urge the community to be aware of this ongoing scam. If you are contacted by a person claiming to be a member of MCSO and requesting payment in any capacity, DO NOT SEND MONEY or engage with this scam.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please file a police report by calling (503) 823-3333 and select the option for non-emergency police reporting in the jurisdiction that reflects your residence.

Do not fall victim to this recurring phone scam. Please help us spread the message and keep our community safe.