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Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker in area above Multnomah Falls - 07/23/14
Correction: Hiker's name spelling - Robert Bruce Gwynn

Update: The MCSO Search and Rescue Team deployed on to the trail from the Multnomah Falls Trailhead at approximately 2:45 a.m. They worked their way up the trail and at 3:10 a.m. made audio contact with the missing hiker. Shortly after making audio contact with the hiker, one of the MCSO SAR team members suffered a medical emergency. The rest of the MCSO SAR team immediately attended to the fallen member and began providing medical aid. Additional resources from the Command Post were dispatched up the trail to assist and medical was requested to immediately respond to the Multnomah Falls Lodge to assist.

Corbett Fire Department and AMR responded along with additional MCSO and Troutdale Police Department units. AMR and Corbett Fire expedited up the trail to help render aid to the SAR member and transported the SAR member back down to Life Flight which had been activated, responded and was staged in the Multnomah Falls parking lot on I-84. The SAR member was transported to the hospital for treatment and is in critical condition. MCSO Sheriff's Office personnel are with the family and providing support for them.

Two members of the SAR team were dispatched to locate the missing hiker they had audio contact with as soon as additional resources arrived on scene on the trail. The missing hiker was located off Trail 400 near switchback 1. He was greatly relieved to see the MCSO Search and Rescue team members and was given some food and water while he waited with SAR team members until the SAR member with the medical emergency was evacuated down the trail. The hiker was a little cold and thirsty but otherwise was in good shape. The SAR members then escorted the hiker back down to the Multnomah Falls Trailhead.

The hiker is identified as Robert Bruce Gwinn, Age 52, of Cape Canaveral, Florida Robert set out from the Multnomah Falls Trailhead around 5:00 p.m. to take some pictures of the falls and said he lost track of time while he was walking around enjoying the scenery. When it began to get dark, he started to worry he wouldn't be able to find his way down from where he was. He wasn't carrying any equipment other than a walking stick and did not have a flashlight or other emergency items such as extra food and water, firestarter, or extra clothing with him. Once it became dark he couldn't see the trail and didn't know which way to go to get back to his vehicle in the parking lot. He called for help and said his battery was about to give out on his phone, which it did shortly after talking for a couple seconds with a responding deputy. He stayed in the area where he was after talking with the deputy and searchers were able to narrow down the general search area from the partial ping they received from the initial call.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue is an all volunteer organization that is regularly called on to find the lost and care for the injured in the Columbia River Gorge, throughout Multnomah County and around the State of Oregon. For more information on MCSO SAR please visit

More information will be provided when available.

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At approximately 11:20 p.m. MCSO Deputies were dispatched to Multnomah Falls after a hiker called 911 and said he was lost and his cell phone was almost out of power. He was trying to find his way back to where his vehicle was, but wasn't sure where he was at. Initial indications from cell phone information obtained on his potential location place the hiker somewhere in the area of Multnomah Falls. An MCSO Deputy did talk briefly with the hiker just before the phone cut off. Attempts to reach the hiker's cell phone have since been unsuccessful. Responding MCSO patrol deputies checked along the E. Historic Columbia River Hwy and located the hiker's vehicle near the Multnomah Falls lodge.

After searching the area along the E. Historic Columbia River Hwy east and west of the Multnomah Falls Lodge, MCSO deputies contacted the MCSO SAR Coordinator to begin activating MCSO Search and Rescue units. It is not known what equipment the hiker was carrying when he embarked on the hike, but a friend of the hiker contacted by phone said he is not an experienced hiker and is not familiar with the area.

MCSO Search and Rescue units have responded to the Multnomah Falls Lodge parking lot and are preparing to deploy to the trails to attempt to locate the missing hiker. Media staging is at the Multnomah Falls Parking Lot off E. Historic Columbia River Hwy near the Command Post.

More information will be posted when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies respond to drowning at Dabney State Park - 07/20/14
This afternoon, Sunday July 20, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies along with other emergency responders from Troutdale Police Department, Corbett Fire Department and AMR responded to the report of a swimmer in distress in the Sandy River near Dabney State Park. Initial efforts to locate the missing swimmer were hampered by language barriers with the caller as they tried to narrow down where the swimmer had gone under the water. Troutdale Police and MCSO Deputies were searching along the banks of the river trying to locate the swimmer and the location of the caller. A person standing higher up on the bank spotted something floating down the river mid channel and an individual who heard the emergency vehicles arriving and was down close to the shore line could tell it was a body floating down the river mid channel. He ran down the river bank keeping the body in sight and saw the body get hung up on some bar rocks in the middle of the channel where the river became a little shallower. A Troutdale Police Officer searching the river from the bank area also spotted the body hung up and the person who followed it down the river held a safety rope the officer had with him and waded out to the body and brought it back in to shore. The Troutdale Police Officer started CPR on the river bank and was assisted by an arriving MCSO Deputy. Corbett Fire responders arrived several minutes later and continued lifesaving efforts as they brought the person back to the Dabney State Park boat ramp. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive him.

The deceased has been identified as Birtha B Subba Age 52, of Portland, OR. According to his brother-in- law they had been out fishing along the banks of the river upstream from Dabney State Park when Birtha decided to go further upstream from where they were fishing. The caller who reported the swimmer in distress recognized it was his brother in law after he called 911 but was unable to assist him because he did not know how to swim. Birtha was not wearing a life jacket when he was pulled from the river.
Update:Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Sandy River - 07/18/14
Update: The deceased has been identified as Kyle Peterson, Age 29 of Gresham, OR. Kyle Peterson was reported missing after walking into a heavily wooded area on February 24, 2014 after a car accident in Troutdale, OR. The family asks that media respect their privacy and request no media contact at this time.

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On Friday July 18, 2014 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the Sandy River after a day hiker reported seeing what he thought was a body floating in the River by a log near the mouth of the river. MCSO Deputies arrived in the area and located the body of a deceased adult male approximately a half mile up from the mouth of the River near the west bank. Gresham Fire Department responded and assisted in the recovering the body from the River. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified and responded. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are handling the investigation.

The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any more information at this time pending family notifications. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office promoting the Rosewood Safety Bucks program at Bicycle Safety "Fiesta" - 07/17/14
On Saturday July 19, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies will join members of the Rosewood Initiative and Portland Police Bureau during their Bicycle Safety "Fiesta" from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at 16126 SE Stark St. Portland, OR. During the bike safety event children can enjoy a free carnival, food and refreshments, be fitted for a free bicycle helmet, meet police officers and participate in a bicycle rodeo to learn more about riding their bicycles safely. MCSO River Patrol will have one of their quads on site and children will be able to have their picture taken on the quad at MCSO's booth during the event. MCSO Deputies will also be out looking for positive actions to reward with "Safety Bucks" and promoting the Rosewood "Safety Bucks" program.

The Rosewood "Safety Bucks" program was introduced in November, 2013 after an MCSO deputy wanted to reward positive actions of children he observed during patrols in the Rosewood area. The introduction of the program created a positive contact with Rosewood youth through the issuance of safety bucks in recognition of a youth's positive decision making as observed by a deputy or officer. Once given to a youth by the deputy or officer, the safety bucks can be redeemed at the Rosewood Café for a prize. Prizes for the program have been donated by several local businesses in the area. Portland Police Bureau and the Gresham Police Department have also participated in the program since it was introduced.

The Bicycle Safety "Fiesta" is sponsored by Providence Health and Services, Zman Foundation, Portland Police Bureau and the Rosewood Initiative.

The Rosewood Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making the Rosewood area a desirable place to live, work and play. Partnering with residents, apartment managers and owners, businesses, churches, social services agencies, neighborhood associations, and public safety agencies to create space for the community to come together to meet their common goals.

The Rosewood neighborhood area is a 15 block area around the intersection of 162nd and Burnside and is home to about 5,000 people, 70-80% of whom live in apartments.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joins in partnerships such as these to help improve the quality of life for residents of Multnomah County and is dedicated to providing exemplary service to the citizens of Multnomah County.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joining in City of Wood Village 15th Annual City Nite Out Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - 07/16/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be joining the City of Wood Village for the 15th Annual City Nite Out taking place on Friday July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wood Village Baptist Church located at 23601 NE Arata Rd. in Wood Village, OR.

The City of Wood Village in conjunction with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will also be introducing their new Citizen SPOT Award at Wood Village Nite Out. The award will be handed out to residents for random acts of kindness, youth leadership, obeying certain laws, or by assisting the Sheriff's Office. MCSO Deputies can issue the award when they observe a positive action and that individual can turn the document in to Wood Village City Hall for a certificate and reward.

The introduction of this award program gives deputies an opportunity to contact individuals, and have a positive, encouraging interaction. Promoting and encouraging leadership by example can be an effective crime prevention strategy and promote local citizens' pride for their community.

Among the events scheduled for this year are demonstrations from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, the MCSO SWAT team along with a TASER demonstration. LifeFlight is also scheduled to land and the Gresham Fire Department will be using the Jaws of Life as they cut into a vehicle during their demonstration. US World Taekwondo and Northwest Gymnastics will each have students performing exhibitions as well during the Nite Out event.

Free children's bike helmets program returns by popular demand and helmets will be fitted and handed out this year while supplies last. This year's bike helmet program is sponsored by Morasch Meats and Pressure Safe LLC. and promote bike safety for children. Kaine Horman will have a Kyron Horman awareness and child safety booth and a Kid Safe ID station will be available for families to have their own child safe identification kits created for their children. Several community vendors will have exhibits and booths and the American Red Cross will be on-site with their blood mobile from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for the Red Cross blood drive.

Multnomah County Sheriff Staton and Wood Village Mayor Patricia Smith will welcome and open the Wood Village City Nite Out once the Emergency Vehicle Parade concludes at the Wood Village Baptist Church 23601 NE Arata Road. Music will be provided throughout the event by Clark Bondy. Please see the attachment for the parade route for this year's City Nite Out emergency vehicle parade starting at 5:00 p.m.

MCSO will have their "Shoot or Don't Shoot" simulation scenarios in place again this year for the Nite Out and welcomes media to experience one of the simulation scenarios.

Thank you to the many contributing sponsors of the Wood Village 15th Annual City Nite Out including the City of Wood Village, Wood Village Baptist Church, Morasch Meats, Pressure Safe LLC, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Fred Meyer, Brasher's Auto and Truck Collision Repair, Walmart, Frontier, the Wood Village 76 Station, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Waste Management.

Wood Village City Nite Out flyer, schedule and parade route attached.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives investigating Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Station burglary - 07/15/14
On Thursday July 10, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to take a report regarding a burglary that occurred the previous week at the Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Aims Station located in Corbett, OR.

Several fire-fighting and lifesaving equipment items were stolen from the station including a Thermal Imaging Camera used to locate hurt or injured persons and a Lifepack 12 (cardiac monitor/defibrillator) machine used in lifesaving efforts. Much of the equipment stolen was obtained through a federal grant program and will be very hard for the Fire District to replace in the short-term and will cause a significant impact on emergency service operations from that station.

Multnomah County Rural Fire District #14 Fire Chief Phil Dearixon will be available at the Corbett Fire Station located at 36930 E Historic Columbia River Highway for interviews and has examples available of some of the life-saving equipment items that were stolen from the AIMS Fire Station.

Anyone with information regarding this burglary please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847.
Multnomah County Inverness Jail visiting hours cancelled/jail lobby closed this weekend due to repair - 07/12/14
Due to an ongoing facility repair this weekend, Multnomah County Inverness Jail visiting has been cancelled for the remainder of the weekend. The jail lobby will also be closed for the remainder of the weekend. Persons wishing to make deposits to inmate commissary or phone accounts may still do so online through TouchPay's website or through a TouchPay kiosk located in the Multnomah County Detention Center jail lobby located at 1120 SW 3rd ave in downtown Portland. Online remote (from home) visiting sessions will take place as scheduled for inmates in dorms with video kiosks installed.
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker on trails above Horsetail Falls - 07/10/14
Final Update:Jessica Wheeler arrived back off the trails at approximately 11:45 a.m. this morning. When asked about what happened, Jessica said she was traveling on the trail and took a wrong turn somewhere after passing Nesmith Point and went off trail. She called her husband and left a message to tell him she didn't know where she was but thought it was above Horsetail Falls before the battery died on her phone. After going off the trail she eventually ended up stopping and realized she was lost. She made a small campfire overnight to help her and Sophie (her dog) stay warm. A plane flew overhead later that night and she signaled the plane with a torch flashlight when she heard it flying over. The plane circled enough that she knew it was looking for her and realizing the plane saw her light, so she stayed where she was. Another plane flew over in the morning so she knew searchers knew where she was even if she didn't. Her dog started barking when searchers got close in the morning and located her. Jessica did have food and water with her and other camping supplies she had taken with her on the trip when she left Monday. She was extremely grateful to Search and Rescue volunteers who located her and was very happy to see them.

Search efforts throughout the night involved several different agencies including MCSO Search and Rescue, Pacific Northwest Rescue, Hood River County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue air unit, Portland Police Bureau Air 2 and Mountain Wave Communications who provided radio communications for search and rescue personnel. Additional Search and Rescue Units, including Washington County Search and Rescue and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse were in the process of responding this morning to also assist when Jessica was located. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office thanks all of these agencies for their support during this search and rescue operation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on hiking trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to 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. If you do become lost in the woods, call for help and stay in place after you make the call. Staying in one place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention. Hike with a group or a friend, stay together and keep each other in sight. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. Research your route beforehand and let someone know when you are leaving and when you plan to return. 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.

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Update #3 Jessica Wheeler was located cold but uninjured deep in the woods east of Nesmith Point by MCSO SAR teams at approximately 6:40 a.m. this morning. The location she was found in was in the same area a Hood River County Sheriff Search and Rescue pilot spotted a flashing light last night during a visual aerial search of the area. MCSO SAR teams worked throughout the night to reach the area and as they neared Portland Police Bureau Air 2 who was in the air assisting located a heat signature on the ground in the same area shortly before MCSO SAR personnel reached the area. The MCSO SAR team is now working on escorting Jessica out of the woods along with her dog Sophie who is uninjured as well. The extraction will take several hours to complete as the area Jessica was found in is remote and difficult to navigate.

Further updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

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Update #2 As of 3:45 a.m. this morning, Thursday July 10, 2014, MCSO Search and Rescue Units continue to search on the trails above Horsetail Falls. MCSO SAR units are also working towards an area around Nesmith Point to check on a flashing light spotted by a Hood River Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue air unit conducting a visual search over the area earlier while assisting with search efforts. MCSO SAR teams have covered over thirty miles of trails since the search began yesterday evening. Additional Search and Rescue teams from Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNW SAR) and members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse will be assisting with search efforts this morning. Additionally Portland Police Bureau Air 1 will be assisting with search efforts in the area via air and using FLIR technology to attempt to locate Jessica Wheeler and her dog Sophie.

Further updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

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Update #1: At approximately 8:15 p.m. the MCSO Green Hornet Trail team was deployed onto the trails and began running the trails before nightfall searching for the lost hiker identified as Jessica Wheeler, Age 33, of Wasco, OR. She also has her dog Sophie, a golden lab, with her. Jessica has some hiking/camping experience and had camping equipment and some supplies when she embarked on her trip Monday but it is unknown what supplies she has remaining. MCSO Search and Rescue (MCSO SAR) units began arriving at 8:45 p.m. Two MCSO SAR teams were deployed onto the trails at approximately 9:30 p.m. and a third SAR team was being deployed onto the trails shortly after. The temperatures in the area are mild and teams are making progress up the trails towards the area she is believed to be in, however efforts to contact the hiker or locate her via cell phone ping have remained unsuccessful. A Hood River Sheriff's Office search plane has arrived in the area and is assisting with a visual air search as well.

Further updates will be provided when more details are available.

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At approximately 6:40 p.m. this evening (Wednesday July 9, 2014) Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded on the report of a lost hiker above Horsetail Falls. The caller reported they spoke with the hiker an hour earlier and she had told them she was not sure where she was and had lost the trail trying to come back down. The caller said the hiker originally set out Monday afternoon on a camping trip and believed she was hiking somewhere near Horsetail Falls with her dog. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived in the area at the Horsetail Falls Trailhead and located the hiker's vehicle in the parking lot at Oneonta Gorge Trailhead. Deputies checked around the trails near the trailhead and attempts to call and ping the hiker's cell phone have been unsuccessful so far. The MCSO Green Hornets Trail Rescue team and MCSO Search and Rescue have been activated to respond to help locate the hiker. Mountain Wave Communications has been notified and is responding to assist with radio communications.

Media staging will be available near the Command Post at the Oneonta Gorge Trailhead. Updates will be posted as the search and rescue operation progresses.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating body recovered from Willamette River - 07/09/14
On Wednesday July 9, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded on a reported sighting of a body floating in the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge. MCSO River Patrol units responded to the area and recovered the body of a deceased person in the river just north of the Steel Bridge on the west side of the river at approximately 8:20 a.m. MCSO River Patrol deputies transported the body to the McCormick Pier. MCSO detectives and the Medical Examiner have responded and MCSO detectives are handling the investigation. The body will be turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. We are not releasing any additional information at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office joins other agencies in carrying the torch for Special Olympics Oregon - 07/08/14
As a lead up to the Oregon Special Olympics Summer State Games being held in Newberg July 12 and 13, 2014, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies along with law enforcement officers from the Metro area and our federal partners will join in carrying the Special Olympics Torch as part of the first leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The first stage of the north leg of the Torch Run will occur Thursday July 10, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Reynolds High School at 1698 Southwest Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, OR. The runners will run west on Cherry Park, continue west on Glisan Street to 122nd Avenue ending at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Agencies with members participating and supporting this stage of the Torch run include the Troutdale Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Fairview Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, ICE, Port of Portland, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Over sixty runners and Multnomah County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are expected to be participating in this leg of the Torch Run.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) represents a long-standing tradition within the Special Olympics family. During the week of July 7-12, several hundred law enforcement volunteers (Guardians of the Flame) and Special Olympics Oregon athletes relay the Flame of Hope to Summer State Games, their destination being the Games Ceremonies at Newberg High School Stadium.

The Final Leg of the Torch Run will take place on Saturday afternoon from McMinnville to Newberg Newberg High School. Then, LETR officials will convene for the final Torch procession. Led by more than 100 law enforcement officers; athletes and their coaches will parade into the Newberg High School stadium for Games Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. At the close of ceremonies, a torch bearer and Special Olympics Oregon athlete will run a final lap around the stadium and light the cauldron.

That weekend-- July 12th and 13th -- some 3,000 Special Olympics Oregon athletes, coaches, and other volunteers will converge on the Newberg area to compete for Olympic medals and ribbons in softball, golf, track and field, and bocce. Athletes have been training for a minimum of eight weeks for the State Summer Games, and must have participated in one of many regional competitions to be eligible to compete this weekend. The public is welcome to come out and watch the competition. Admission is free.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run began in Wichita, Kansas in 1981. Now a year-round global event, all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run relay. In Oregon, more than 1,000 law enforcement personnel from federal, military, state, county and local agencies participate in the Torch Run, Special Olympics Oregon's largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness program.

This year's Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Oregon is sponsored by many agencies and businesses including: Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, Red Robin, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Beaverton Police Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, Port of Portland Police Employees' Association, Redmond Police Officers Association, Tualatin Police Officers Association, Newberg/Dundee Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Police Officers Association and the official Pace Car of the Torch Run - Newberg Dodge-Chrysler Jeep.

In addition, thank you to the following for donations supporting the first stage of the north leg of the Torch Run. These include: Skyland Pub, Aramark, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, and the Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff's Association.

About Special Olympics Oregon:

Special Olympics Oregon serves the largest disability population in the state and this year they will celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics Oregon is Training for Life. Additional information can be found at
MCSO Deputies and OSP Troopers partner for extra patrols on Sauvie Island during mission - 07/07/14
On Saturday July 5, 2014 members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police partnered to provide extra patrols on Sauvie Island. MCSO Deputies and OSP Troopers were on the lookout for impaired drivers and those who were publicly intoxicated and/or using illegal drugs.

During the mission three people were arrested for DUII and two Drug Recognition (DRE) evaluations were conducted and determined those drivers were impaired by Cannabis. One person was investigated for Felony PCS/DCS marijuana. The driver of that vehicle cooperated with deputies and his vehicle was seized. 38 citations and 9 warnings were issued during the mission.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reminds visitors to the Sauvie Island beaches to make a plan before consuming intoxicants and stick to it. Use safe ride alternatives, taxis, public transportation, or designate a sober driver for your group beforehand.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will be conducting several more DUII patrol missions throughout the summer months at various locations, including Sauvie Island. These saturated patrols are sponsored in part through federal grants administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigates Stabbing on Government Island (Photo) - 07/05/14
Update at 5:48 p.m. - Mr. Brandon Richard Cullen DOB: 08/02/1977 of Wilsonville, Oregon has been booked and charged with three counts of Felony Assault I in connection to the stabbings of three males on Government Island during the early morning hours of July 5th. Mr. Cullen's bail has been set a $750,000 ($250,000 per count). Please find Mr. Cullen's attached booking photo. There are no new updates on the stabbing victims at this time.


On July 5th, 2014 at about 1:45 a.m. the Sheriff's Office River Patrol Unit, along with Port of Portland Fire and the Portland Fire Bureau were dispatched to the West end of Government Island on a report of fight in progress with several possible stabbing victims.

Upon arriving, Fire personnel and the Sheriff's River Patrol, assisted by area police officers from the Portland Police Bureau, Gresham Police Department, Troutdale Police Department and Fairview Police Department found nearly 1000 people partying to a DJ stage. First responders were eventually able to navigate the large crowd where they located three victims. Those victims are identified as three adult males, whom had suffered multiple stab wounds. The victims were evacuated and transported off the island by boat and then taken by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital. Two of the male victims are considered in stable condition and the third has suffered serious injuries.

A suspect has been arrested and investigators have confirmed there is no other person or persons of interest at large. The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff's Office will release more details as they become available.

Lt. Travis W. Gullberg

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MCSO River Patrol participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 (Photo) - 06/26/14
Starting Friday June 27, 2014 and running through Sunday June 29, 2014, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be on enhanced patrols, looking for boat operators who have had a little too much alcohol, as part of the national Operation Dry Water education and enforcement initiative.

Held in June just prior to the Fourth of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.

According to 2012 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities; in 2012, boaters impaired by alcohol were a factor in 17 percent of boating fatalities.

BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher exceeds the Oregon state limit of .08.

Boating under the influence also applies to drugs. Even some prescription medications can make operating a recreational vessel unsafe. Check with your doctor about the effects of any medications you may be taking.

Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.

Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion - "stressors" common to the boating environment - intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.

BUI continues to be a major problem in the U.S. A boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard.

Launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in partnership with the United States Coast Guard, Operation Dry Water was has been a highly successful effort to draw public attention to the hazards of boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

For more information, visit
Attached Media Files: MCSO River Patrol