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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs - 10/21/16

On Saturday, October 22, 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 12th opportunity in six 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 The Troutdale Police Community Center at 234 SW Kendall Court, Troutdale, OR 97060. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds--about 3,200 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, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ready to serve for annual 2016 Tip-A-Cop fundraiser - 10/21/16

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Red Robin(R) to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon as part of the national Tip-A-Cop event taking place at Red Robin locations across the country benefitting Special Olympics on Saturday October 22, 2016.

On Saturday October 22, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and staff will become "celebrity wait staff" and assist in serving Red Robin restaurant guests to support Special Olympics Oregon at two Red Robin restaurant locations; Red Robin, Mall 205, located at 9880 SE Washington Street, Portland Oregon and MCSO will be partnering with Gresham Police Department at the Red Robin located at 789 SE Division, Gresham, Oregon in Gresham Station. Tips received go directly to Special Olympics Oregon to providing training and competition opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Tip-A-Cop is part of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) (LETR) campaign. LETR, which includes an international series of relay runs and special events like Tip-A-Cop, is presented by more than 144,000 law enforcement officers worldwide to help raise money and public awareness for Special Olympics. LETR is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics through which funds raised go directly to local programs in states or countries where the funds are generated.

Founded in 1972, Special Olympics Oregon is a year-round program offering 14 different Olympic-style sports to athletes with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the state of Oregon, over 8,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics. Competing in sports allows athletes to gain self-confidence, social competency and other enhanced skills.

Visit for more information on Special Olympics Oregon.

Attached Media Files: 2016_TipaCop_RedRobinflyer.pdf
Early Morning Search Warrant Leads to Five Arrests (Photo) - 10/20/16

On 10/20/2016 at approximately 5:00 am Portland Police SERT served a search warrant for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The search warrant was for the residence located at 5320 SE 122nd and included an apartment at 5312 SE 122nd, Apt. A.

The search warrant was part of an investigation being conducted by SIU in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau's Neighborhood Response Team, after several complaints from neighbors in the area. Further investigation revealed the occupants of the home were members of the Brood street gang, who had moved into the homes after they had been left vacant. The Brood members were selling methamphetamine, stealing cars and trying to take over the entire property.

Detectives recovered methamphetamine, scales, packaging material, a stolen vehicle, and items used for ID theft. Five people were arrested as a result of the investigation, and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges related to the items found at the homes. The names of those arrested are;

John C. Phillips, 47
Kyleah M. Hegre, 22
Donald R. Michaels Jr, 43
Shawna D. Rodriguez, 27
Charles C. O'Neil, 20

Booking photos are attached.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Finds Lost Hikers in Columbia River Gorge (Photo) - 10/20/16

On 10/19/2016, at approximately 7:00 pm, Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of two adult hikers lost in the Columbia River Gorge near Triple Falls. Deputies established communication with the lost hikers via text message. The hikers were not injured, but unable to find their way back to the trailhead. Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams were dispatched to the scene and set out from both the Oneonta and Horsetail Falls trailheads at approximately 9:45 pm.

MCSO SAR teams located the lost hikers at approximately 11:45 pm. Both hikers were able to walk out on their own, and anxious to get back to the trailhead.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research your route before you go. Make sure to plan your route and allow enough time if you are heading out on a day hike to ensure you are off the trail prior to sunset. Hike with a friend or a group and let someone know your route and when you are planning to return. Ensure you have the equipment you need with you when you embark on a hike including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, firestarter, extra clothing, a knife, first aid kit, GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. If you do get lost and call for help, stay where you are at. Remaining in one place and staying on the trail will assist searchers as they work to locate where you are at and help bring you down from the trail.

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*Update* Inmate Found Deceased at Multnomah County Inverness Jail - 10/12/16

The deceased has been identified as 50 year old Donald J. Sorvisto of Portland, Oregon. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office has determined the cause of death to be natural causes.


On 10/08/2016 at approximately 7:45 a.m. Multnomah County Corrections Deputies conducting a routine security check found an unresponsive inmate inside a cell. Onsite medical staff responded along with personnel from American Medical Response. Emergency medical technicians pronounced the inmate deceased at the scene.

As is matter of routine practice, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives have responded and are conducting a full investigation. Sheriff Michael Reese and Corrections Division Chief Deputy Shults also responded to the facility along with the Corrections Health Director. Preliminary investigation indicates no signs of foul play are involved. The facility resumed routine operations at 10:30 a.m.

The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No further details are available at this time pending family notification.

*Update* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol Deputies Recover Body from Willamette River - 10/07/16

The deceased has been identified as 25 year old Abdulrashid E. Osman of Portland, Oregon. The Multnomah County Medical examiner has ruled the cause of death as drowning, and the manner of death as undetermined.


On Thursday 10/06/2016 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River near the Broadway Bridge by a passerby on the shore. Portland Fire Bureau and 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.

*Update*Multnomah County Deputies Investigate Troutdale Shooting (Photo) - 10/04/16

The date of this incident has been updated to 10/02/2016.


On 10/02/2016 at approximately 10:30 pm, Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an assault call near the intersection of 257th and Hensley Rd. in Troutdale. When they arrived deputies discovered a male victim with minor injuries had been attacked by two men after he refused to buy marijuana from them. Further investigation revealed one of the attackers fired a gun at the victim, missing him as he fled the scene. Deputies were able to locate and arrest one adult male suspect and one juvenile male suspect a short time later at a nearby apartment complex.

The adult suspect was identified as 19 year old Yafeth Pozos of Fairview, who was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on Robbery charges. The juvenile suspect was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

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*Update* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Accident in Troutdale (Photo) - 10/03/16

The name of the deceased motorcyclist is Paul R. Woods, age 29, of Portland, Oregon. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner has ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force traumas, and manner of death as accidental.


This afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Gresham Fire Department responded to the report of a traffic accident involving a semi-truck and a motorcycle at the intersection of Graham Rd. and Frontage Rd. North. The motorcycle rider was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates both vehicles were taking the westbound off ramp from I-84 at Exit 17, when the motorcycle initially attempted to turn right at the intersection, and changed course and collided with the semi-truck. The driver of the semi-truck remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

The East County Vehicular Crimes Team has responded to conduct the accident investigation. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team consists of MCSO deputies, Gresham Police and Fairview Police officers along with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. The area surrounding Graham Rd. and Frontage Rd. is expected to remain closed for the next few hours while the investigation is being conducted.

Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at (503) 988-7300.

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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Announces New Public Information Officer (Photo) - 10/03/16

Captain Steve Alexander has been assigned to new duties within the Sheriff's Office. Effective September 30, 2016, the Public Information Officer will be Lieutenant Chad Gaidos.

Lieutenant Gaidos has been with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office for the last 23 years, working a variety of assignments including correctional facilities, inmate transports, life safety officer, and policy development. In addition to these, Lieutenant Gaidos also served as liaison with the Corrections Grand Jury and worked with community members and staff to develop a new Transgender Booking Policy. Lieutenant Gaidos is a member of the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, a unit dedicated to representing the agency at formal functions. With a proven track record of success in new opportunities, Lieutenant Gaidos will be a valuable asset to the agency as the new Public Information Officer.

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