Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting saturation patrols as part of speed enforcement mission on Highway 30 during Hood to Coast Relay (Photo)
On Friday August 28, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Portland Police Bureau traffic officers will be conducting saturation patrols on Highway 30. These extra patrols are being conducted as part of an enforcement mission targeting drivers exceeding the posted speed limits on Highway 30 from Kittridge Ave to Watson Rd.
The Hood to Coast relay is taking place on August 28 and 29. This overnight long-distance relay with over 12,000 participants, runs almost 200 miles starting at Timberline Lodge, through the Portland Metro area and concludes in Seaside, OR. Participants will be running along Hwy 30 during a portion of this relay and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds drivers to be vigilant and observe posted speed limits.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, there were 4,375 pedestrians killed and an estimated 66,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. A total of 4,653 traffic crashes each had one or more pedestrian fatalities. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
MCSO deputies and PPB officers will be focusing on drivers exceeding the posted speed limits but will also be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, failing to wear seat belts, failing to maintain safe distance and following too closely.
This speed enforcement mission is being supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT provides grants for speed enforcement missions such as these with the goal to reduce deaths and injuries that are speed related on State/Interstate Highways, County Roads and city streets in Oregon. More information regarding ODOT Transportation Safety programs can be found on their website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/
No media ride a longs are available for this mission, results will be updated after the mission statistics are compiled.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team conducting search operations for missing swimmer in North Portland Harbor (Photo)
Update-Name release: The deceased is identified as Gregory Loren Whitlock, Age 62, of Portland, OR The Multnomah County Medical Examiner reported the Cause of Death as drowning and the Manner of Death as accidental.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered the body of the missing swimmer, an older adult male, at 7:45 p.m. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
No additional information is released at this time pending family notifications.
On Saturday August 22, 2015 at approximately 4:37 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol responded to the report of a person who had gone under the water and hadn't resurfaced after going swimming in the harbor off a cabin cruiser just west of the Suttle Road Moorage. Emergency responders from Portland Fire Bureau, Port of Portland Fire, Clark County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the area as they attempted to locate the missing swimmer, an older adult male.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team was activated and has responded. The Dive Team will conduct dive search operations and attempt to locate and recover the missing swimmer. Dive operations have commenced in the area the swimmer was last seen.
Initial reports are the male had been swimming with another person in the harbor near the cabin cruiser they were on and began to struggle in the water and called for help. The other swimmer attempted to assist but the person was struggling and broke away, went under the water and didn't resurface. Neither swimmer was wearing a life jacket.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Conducting Saturation Patrols as Part of a Slow-No Wake Enforcement Mission in the North Portland Harbor and the Multnomah Channel - 08/14/15
On Saturday August 15, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Baker County deputies and Columbia County deputies will be conducting saturation patrols in the North Portland Harbor and the Multnomah Channel. These extra patrols are being conducted as part of an enforcement mission targeting boat operators exceeding the Slow-No Wake zones in the North Portland Harbor and the Multnomah Channel. Slow-No Wake is defined as, "operating a boat at the slowest speed necessary to maintain steerage and that reduces or eliminates waves that appear as white water behind the boat".
The saturation detail will be focusing on boat operators in violation of the Slow-No Wake zones posted but will also be on the lookout for operators being unsafe, expired registration and outfitter and guide compliance.
Wake violations remain one of the leading complaints among those that live in houseboats or those that moor their boats at marinas. Wakes cause damage to homes, boats, marinas and structures. Boat wakes are also leading to the premature erosion of the banks in the Multnomah Channel which will soon have an impact on the Sauvie Island dike to include costly maintenance and repair.
This Slow-No Wake mission is being supported by the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). OSMB provides special emphasis funds for enforcement missions such as these with the goal to educate boaters and enforce boating safety.
Media ride-a-longs are available for this upcoming mission and statistical results will be provided after the mission has been completed.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Seeking Help From the Public In Identifying Suspects (Photo)
Identity Theft & Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
The MCSO Detective Unit is seeking public assistance in identifying the individuals depicted in the accompanying photographs. On 08/01/15 between 1200-1300 hours, the victim was at 1000 Acres when her car was prowled and purse stolen. The pictured suspects used the victim's credit card at the Fairview Target store to purchase several gift cards. Please call the MCSO Tip Line at 503-261-2847 if you can identify these individuals and/or know their whereabouts. You can remain anonymous.
Update: MCSO Search and Rescue activated to assist hikers in area of Nesmith Point - 08/11/15
Update: The hikers safely arrived at the Command Post at 1:30 a.m. Both hikers were in good condition and were grateful for the assistance of MCSO Search and Rescue personnel. After conversing with the MCSO SAR Coordinator the hikers returned to their vehicle in the lot.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone venturing out on trails or hikes in the Columbia River Gorge to always come prepared and carry the proper equipment when setting out including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Stay on the trails and if you become lost stay in one place as it helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Know your limits and plan accordingly. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. 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.
On Monday August 10, 2015 just before 5:00 p.m. MCSO Deputies responded to Yeon State Park at 64300 NE Frontage Rd. after a hiker called in and reported he and a companion started on Elowa Falls trail at Yeon State Park on a five mile hike to the peak. They had run out of water, were exhausted and were not sure where they were on the trail or if they had taken a wrong trail. They had not seen any other hikers and had no emergency supplies with them.
The MCSO Deputy located their vehicle in the parking lot of Yeon State Park. After talking with the lost hiker by cell phone, the deputy had them call 911 so they could ping their cell phone. The deputy instructed the hikers to stay where they were on the trail and wait for Search and Rescue personnel to be activated and respond to assist in bringing them back down the trail.
MCSO Search and Rescue Coordinators were notified just before 6:00 p.m. and responded to determine the resources needed. After making contact with the lost hikers, SAR Coordinators were able to determine their approximate GPS location from their cell phone. MCSO Search and Rescue personnel were activated to respond and assist in bringing the hikers out safely.
MCSO Search and Rescue personnel were deployed into the field at approximately 8:45 p.m. Additional SAR resources were transported near the top of Nesmith Point via service roads and deployed into the field at 9:50 p.m. MCSO Searchers deployed from near Nesmith Point made contact with the lost hikers on the Nesmith Point trail at approximately 10:30 p.m. The hikers were being evaluated and given water before being escorted back up the trail to the SAR vehicle for transport back to the Command Post at Yeon State Park.
The hikers are identified as Robert Denney, Age 39 and Andrea Kraiosky, Age 37, from St. Petersburg, Florida. It is expected it will be approximately two hours before the hikers are brought back to the Command Post at Yeon State Park where their vehicle is located.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Responds to Brush Fire near Lewis and Clark State Park (Photo)
At around 12:48pm this afternoon, Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to assist fire personnel with a brush fire near Lewis and Clark State Park on Jordan Rd in Troutdale, Oregon.
Multnomah County deputies along with assistance from members of the Oregon State Police and Oregon State Parks, evacuated approximately 25 citizens from Lewis and Clark Park and from the area above the fire which is popular with rock climbers.
The fire fighting was handled by Corbett Fire, Oregon Department of Forestry and the US Forest Service.
The incident lasted over two hours. During this time, deputies closed the park and Jordan Road from the Troutdale Bridge to I84 to allow emergency vehicles and personnel access to the fire.
Jordan Road and Lewis and Clark State Park were re-opened around 3:00pm and no afternoon commuter delays are expected.
Please call Lt. Brent Ritchie at 503-969-8885 if you have further questions (media only).
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol responds to Rooster Rock State Park on report of missing swimmer - 08/05/15
Update-Name release: The deceased is identified as James Watkins Jr. Age 54 of Portland, OR. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner reported the Cause of Death as drowning and the Manner of Death as accidental.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered the body of the missing swimmer, an adult male in his 50's, at approximately 8:00 p.m. this evening. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
No additional information is being released at this time pending family notifications.
At approximately 5:12 p.m. August 4, 2015 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to Rooster Rock State Park on the report a swimmer, an adult male, had gone under the water and didn't resurface while swimming across the river inlet to an island across from one of the beach areas. Corbett Fire Department, Gresham Fire Department, MCSO Patrol deputies and AMR rescue teams also responded to the call.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team has been activated and is responding to Rooster Rock State Park. At this time, water rescue crews from Gresham Fire and Corbett Fire Department are searching the river in the area the swimmer was last seen.
More updates will be posted when information becomes available.
Deputies Investigate Traffic Crash at NW 257Th Ave and NW 257Th Way in Troutdale - 07/31/15
Deputies are at the scene of a motorcycle versus vehicle traffic crash at NW 257Th Ave and NW 257Th Way in Troutdale. Northbound NW 257Th Ave will be closed for at least an hour as deputies worked to determine the cause of the crash. The operator of the motorcycle has been seriously injured and will be transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle remains at the cash scene and is cooperating with law enforcement.
Updates to follow as the PIO receives them.
Lt Travis W. Gullberg
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Protest Update/correction: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office made one protest-related arrest - 07/31/15
Correction to information given out yesterday: MCSO made one protest-related arrest on the Willamette River yesterday. A 19 year old SE Portland man, Christian Pence, was refusing to clear off the river after being informed the waterway was closed. The man eventually left his boat and began swimming in an attempt to avoid leaving the river. River Patrol members and rescue swimmers attempted to get the man safely out of the water. During the attempts to get the man from the water, the man resisted the rescue swimmers' efforts and assaulted a deputy/rescue swimmer. No one was hospitalized. The man pending charges for Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Interfering With a Police Officer and released on shore. No mug shot is available.