Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered in Willamette River - 04/24/15
Update: The deceased has been identified as Cole Martin (DOB 03/11/1996) of Portland, OR. He was reported missing December 11, 2014 to the Portland Police Bureau. The Medical Examiner has reported there were no signs of foul play.
On Wednesday April 22, 2015 just before 12:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies were dispatched to the report of a body spotted floating in the Willamette River near Linnton. A boater in the area saw the body and called in the report. MCSO River Patrol Deputies and Portland Fire Bureau responded to the area and recovered the body near the west bank of the river at approximately 12:25 p.m. The body was transported to the Cathedral Park boat ramp. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner responded to begin the death investigation. MCSO detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. Portland Police Bureau detectives also assisted.
We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications. Further information will be provided when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to begin providing police services to the City of Troutdale on July 1, 2015 - 04/23/15
This morning, Thursday April 23, 2015, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to begin providing police services to the City of Troutdale beginning July 1, 2015. This approval moves forward the consolidation of law enforcement services between the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale Police Department. Over the next two months, both agencies will strive to ensure a seamless transition and look forward to providing enhanced police services to the City of Troutdale as the transfer of Troutdale Police Department personnel moves forward.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is pleased to welcome the experienced officers and staff from the Troutdale Police Department and continue to build on the excellent service they have provided over the years to the citizens of Troutdale. Beginning July 1, 2015, the officers will continue to patrol the City of Troutdale as they do today but as deputies and/or sergeants for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. MCSO Supervisors are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week expanding the coverage provided to the City of Troutdale.
This process took place over several years and was introduced as a concept by Sheriff Staton during conversations at an all-cities meeting shortly after Sheriff Staton took office in 2010. Over the next several years Sheriff Staton continued to research his idea and worked tirelessly with his MCSO Executive Staff to see if consolidation with Troutdale would result in the efficiencies he envisioned and realize a positive benefit to the community and Multnomah County as a whole. The Executive Division of the Sheriff's Office discovered significant system efficiencies could be realized through the consolidation of a number of operational functions including law enforcement records, property and evidence control, investigations and supervision.
In the Spring of 2014, Sheriff Staton talked with Chief Anderson and began the process to bring his proposal forward for further consideration by the City of Troutdale and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. As part of this process, a workgroup was formed to work through the financial and operational details to determine the feasibility of the proposal and build a more defined service model.
On March 24, 2015 the Troutdale City Council approved a resolution approving the consolidation of law enforcement services with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. On April 23, 2015 the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted resolution 2015-033, which served as the final step in bringing Sheriff Staton's vision for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the City of Troutdale to reality. The contract will be implemented on July 1, 2015.
All current sworn and civilian staff of the Troutdale Police Department will transfer from the city of Troutdale to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. All personnel will maintain employment.
A lease agreement for the Troutdale Police Community Center was also presented and approved. The Troutdale Police Community Center will now be the home of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division. Patrol services will be centered out of the Troutdale Police Community Center, which will remain under the ownership of the city, effective July 1, 2015.
MCSO Search and Rescue and MCSO Trail Hornets assist medical first responders extract injured hiker on Munra Trail - 04/18/15
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Saturday April 18, 2015, MCSO patrol deputies responded to the trailhead at trail #400 after a hiker called 911 and reported another hiker had fallen off the trail coming back down from Munra Point. The hiker had fallen about 15-20 feet onto a ledge and suffered a head injury. The caller, Jessica Smith, Age 27 of Vancouver, WA was able to make it down to the person and was staying with the injured hiker until emergency responders arrived. The MCSO Sergeant activated MCSO Search and Rescue units and MCSO Trail Hornets to assist medical responders from Cascade Locks Fire Rescue 93 and AMR Reach and Treat extract the injured hiker identified as Monique Thees, Age 25 of Portland, OR and transport her out.
Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue was also activated to assist with the extraction of the injured hiker and arrived to support the emergency responders as they brought the hiker down from the trail.
The injured hiker was brought out at the trailhead at approximately 8:30 p.m. and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
A Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue volunteer responding to the request for assistance was involved in an accident on Eastbound I-84 at milepost 38. The volunteer was transported by life flight to the hospital with serious injuries. The Vehicular Crimes Team has responded and is assisting Oregon State Police with the investigation. More information will be provided when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office inmate work crews join in metro recreational waterway cleanup effort - 04/06/15
On Tuesday April 7, 2014 and Wednesday April 8, 2015 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Inmate Work Crews will be joined by inmate work crews from Washington, Clackamas and Marion County Sheriff's office as they focus on cleaning up recreational waterways around the metro area.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol units as well as River Patrol units from Clackamas, Washington, Marion and Clark County will be supporting the clean-up effort. River Patrol units will be providing transport for the operation to work sites and assisting with removal of debris and trash from several areas previously identified by MCSO River Patrol deputies as areas of concern and/or need. Metro is also supporting cleanup efforts providing trash dumpsters at different locations for refuse collected during the cleanup.
This Sheriff's Office inmate work crew project was coordinated by MCSO River Patrol as part of a larger multi-agency effort to maximize the use of resources to effectively focus on clean up and/or improvement projects in the communities they serve. Additional projects have or are scheduled to take place in communities of those participating Sheriff's Office jurisdictions.
The Sheriffs will continue this partnership in the future, when the use of combined resources enhances public safety and the livability of the communities each serves. Occasionally combining resources with surrounding Oregon counties assures the mission of each office is met and larger projects can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time, providing a significant benefit to the community.
The elected office of the Sheriff is unique among law enforcement entities. By statute it is responsible for several critical areas of responsibility for public safety, including operating a jail, search and rescue, waterway protection, and civil services. Each sheriff's office also has resources necessary to meet other law enforcement needs that benefit the citizens of each county, including people who live inside incorporated cities.
Interested media can contact the MCSO Public Information Officer for more information and availability of ride-a-longs with River Patrol during part of the cleanup effort.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responds to report of lost 12 year old on Larch Mountain - 12yr old walks out at Multnomah Falls - 04/05/15
This afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday April 5, 2015 MCSO deputies responded to the Larch Mountain snow gate on the report of a 12 year old boy who had become separated from his group. The 12 year old had run ahead of his brother and two cousins walking up from the Larch Mountain snow gate and his brother couldn't see where he had gone and locate him. MCSO Deputies arrived at the Larch Mountain snow gate and began checking the area for the 12 year old boy. MCSO Search and Rescue units were also activated to assist in the search for the missing boy.
As MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were en route to the call, information was received the boy had walked out at Multnomah Falls and called his dad from the information center after not reaching his brother. An MCSO SAR Coordinator diverted to Multnomah Falls and located the boy at the Multnomah Falls parking lot at approximately 5:06 p.m. The boy was in good condition, but was cold and dressed only in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. He was very happy to see the MCSO deputy arrive to help him.
The 12 year old said he had run ahead of his group and went into the bathroom at the top of the lot for a minute to warm up after he got there. He came up out and saw a sign for Multnomah Falls and thought it wasn't too far and headed out on the trail. After running for a long time on the trail he thought he might be lost and asked some hikers who were on the trail where Multnomah Falls was. They told him the way to go and he realized he had gone too far down the trail to make it back to where he started from so he continued running down the trail until he came out at Multnomah Falls. He used the air dryers in the restrooms at the lodge to warm himself up and went over to the information center to try and call his brother and after not reaching him, called his dad, who was able to pass the information on regarding the boy's location to deputies on scene.
Rain showers and near freezing temperatures were expected overnight in the Larch Mountain area. If you are setting out on any type of hike, be prepared for inclement weather. If you are hiking in a group or with someone, stay together. Carry the proper equipment when setting out on any type of hike. Items to carry include a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and a signaling device (such as a whistle). A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Do not lie directly on the ground make a mattress of pine boughs or leaves. Try to find a place out of the rain and wind, but be visible. Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Low temperatures in higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.
Final Update: Multnomah County Road Closure (now open) - SE Kerslake Rd to Stark St Bridge to assess sinkholes developing in roadway (Photo)
SE Stark St between SE Kerslake rd and the Stark St Bridge is now reopen to all traffic. Multnomah County Roads has completed temporary repairs to the road surface. Complete repair will occur Monday April 6 but will not necessitate full closure. Attached is a picture of the repaired surface.
Update: Picture of sinkhole on SE Stark St attached. Will update with further once assessment is completed.
Multnomah County Road Maintenance responded to a 911 call regarding a pothole developing in the roadway on SE Stark St. between SE Kerslake Rd and the Stark St Bridge.
Upon initial visual inspection it was determined that the potholes were sinkholes developing. At this point County Road crews will be closing SE Stark St from SE Kerslake Rd. to the Stark St. Bridge. Multnomah County Engineers are on-site to determine extent of the damage and repairs needed. For the safety of the traveling public---this section of roadway will be closed until determined safe.
Further updates will be provided when more information is available. Alternate route travel available S Troutdale Rd to the W Historic Columbia River Highway.
Injured Hiker Assisted by Rescue Personnel (Photo)
Attached are pictures from todays mutual aid assist to an injured hiker near Rock Arch. Today around 1:20 p.m. crews responded to the 62 year old woman hiker who had suffered an isolated leg injury while hiking the trail to Rock Arch. An AMR Reach and Treat Team, members of Corbett Fire and the Sheriff's Office Green Hornet Trail Rescue Team responded to assist the hiker after it was determined she would not be able to walk out on her own. Members of the MCSO Trail Rescue team were the first to reach the victim and were able to guide the other medical services quickly to her. The victim had slid from a switch back where there was a narrow stretch of trail. Because it was also steep in that area the teams decided it would be safest to lower her down using a rope system to a wider and flatter area of the trail. From there she was brought down on a wheeled stokes.
The response to this call is another excellent example of the great partnerships between Fire, Medical and Sheriff's Office personnel, and in this case it led to the fast response and reduce extraction time of the injured hiker considering the tough terrain and her inability to walk herself out.
There are no names available at this time and no response for interviews. Sorry for the delay in getting this out as we just received the pictures and information.
Lt. Travis W. Gullberg