Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
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Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hikers on Larch Mountain - 10/30/14
Final Update: At approximately 10:55 pm searchers located the group of lost hikers on the lower part of the Oneonta trail. The hikers were cold but uninjured and happy to see the SAR team. SAR members brought the hikers out to an access road and returned them to the Command post at the Larch Mountain parking lot just before midnight.

18 year old Nathan Whalen and his 14 year old brother of Damascus, OR said they set out on a day hike with Alicia Hannink and James Hannink cousins visiting from Michigan early in the afternoon on a day hike around the top of Larch Mountain. As they hiked on the trail they took a wrong turn and couldn't find their way back up the trail to where they started from. As it got dark, James called a family member and let them know they weren't sure where they were at on the trail and were trying to find their way out. They continued to hike the trail trying to find their way on the trail but were using their cellphone and light from their camera to see the trail. After a couple of their light sources died on them, they called a family member again when they were able to get a signal. She instructed them to call 911 which allowed the cellphone to be pinged and searchers were able to get a good location on the group. After talking with the SAR Coordinator, they stayed in place and waited for searchers to locate them.

The hikers helped speed their rescue by remaining in place once contact was made with them and not leaving the trail at any point as they tried to find their way out.

The sheriff's office wants to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the right equipment, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, a knife, a first aid kit, a GPS and a cellphone with extra battery. Be prepared for the elements. As seasons change and winter moves in carry extra clothing and a tarp or other type of shelter to keep you out of the elements and off wet ground cover.

Research your route before you go and stay on the trails. If you get lost and call for help, stay where you are because it helps searchers trying to find you. Hike with a friend and let someone know your plan so someone can call for help if you are overdue.





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Update: MCSO SAR members have made contact with the lost hikers. The hikers are cold but uninjured. Searchers are now working on escorting the hikers back off the trail.

Updates will be provided when more information is available.

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This afternoon at approximately 5:45 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of four lost hikers on Larch Mountain. The four hikers, a 14yr old male, 18 and 19yr old male and a 24 yr old female, started out on a day hike from the Larch Mountain parking lot and got lost on the trail. As they tried to find their way back it got dark and they called a family member to let them know they couldn't find there way back on the trail and didn't have a flashlight to see where they were going. They are wearing day hiking clothes and did not have emergency supplies with them for an overnight stay. MCSO SAR teams have responded from a training class they were in and deputies located the hiker's vehicle in the Larch Mountain parking lot.

MCSO SAR teams were deployed into the field at approximately 8:45 p.m. to begin searching for the hikers. At approximately 9:45 p.m. One of the hikers called 911 from their cellphone. 911 was able to ping the cellphone and obtain coordinates for the area the hikers are in.

Searchers are now moving towards the area to try and locate the hikers. The hikers appear to be uninjured and have been instructed to stay put while searchers work towards them.

More updates will be provided when information is available
Final Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost mushroom hiker, other hikers lost around Angel's Rest - 10/27/14
Final Update: Lost hikers near Angel's Rest walked out at approximately 2:45 a.m. to their vehicle. Both were uninjured. The hikers are identified as Dennis Rabikin, Age 24, of Vancouver, WA and Olga Kozinskiy, Age 24, of Portland, OR.

MCSO SAR teams are now returning from the field.

The sheriff's office wants to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the right equipment, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, a knife, a first aid kit, a GPS and a cellphone with extra battery.

Research your route before you go and stay on the trails. If you get lost and call for help, stay where you are because it helps searchers trying to find you. Hike with a friend and stay together. Let someone know your plan so someone can call for help if you are overdue.


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Update2: MCSO SAR teams deployed into the field from Wahkeena at approximately 12:40 a.m. Teams are working their way towards the area around Angel's Rest the hikers are believed to be in.

Media staging is available near the command post which has relocated to Wahkeena Falls parking lot.

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Update: MCSO SAR members located missing mushroom picker Katherine McKinnon at approximately 1120 p.m. cold and wet but otherwise uninjured. MCSO SAR members providing warm clothes and warming her up before hiking back out to the command post just after midnight. McKinnon was located just north of forest service road 315.

Search Coordinators are preparing search efforts for lost hikers around Angel's Rest. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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This afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a lost mushroom picker on Larch Mountain near Milepost 11. The lost mushroom picker is identified as Katherine Mckinnon, age 40, of Portland, OR. Her boyfriend became separated from her on the trail while out mushroom hunting and he couldn't find her after backtracking and searching along the trail. He returned to the road and traveled down to Vista House until he could get cell reception and called 911. MCSO deputies checked the area and trail around milepost 11 and were unable to locate Katherine. MCSO Search and Rescue was activated and teams are now being deployed onto the trails to search for the lost mushroom picker. Katherine was reported to be wearing rain pants and had a light cold weather coat on. She was carrying minimal emergency supplies, no cell phone and is not an experienced hiker.

An additional emergency call came in from a hiker lost in the area around Angel's Rest as MCSO SAR mobilized for the lost mushroom picker. Additional SAR resources have been activated to assist in additional searches for the lost hiker near Angel's Rest. The lost hikers are cold but otherwise uninjured and deputies have had intermittent contact with the hiker. They do have food and water and are working on making a fire for warmth while they wait to be located by MCSO SAR teams.

Media staging is located near the Command Post at milepost 12 on E Larch Mountain Rd.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting extra DUII enforcement patrols over upcoming holidays - 10/26/14
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies are conducting extra DUII enforcement patrols now through November 2 and again November 21 through November 30. Sheriff's deputies will be on the lookout for drivers operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is participating in High Visibility Enforcement patrols supported by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff's Deputies will be actively seeking out and arresting impaired drivers during these missions

If you are hosting a Halloween party or a holiday get together plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours. Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party - and provide plenty of food.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office asks the public if you see dangerous driving, report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating injury crash after driver flees traffic stop - 10/19/14
On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, near westbound 238th and Halsey St. in Wood Village, OR. The driver initially complied and pulled over to the side of the road after the MCSO deputy activated his emergency lights. As deputies got out of their patrol cars to approach the vehicle, the driver suddenly accelerated away from the shoulder heading westbound on Halsey. MCSO deputies followed the vehicle westbound on Halsey, but terminated their pursuit as speeds increased.

The driver, identified as Cody Wayne Mauser, Age 30, The Dalles, OR, attempted to make a right turn at 223rd/Fairview Ave. and crossed over into the southbound lanes of Fairview Ave. striking two vehicles. The driver and passenger of one of the vehicles struck were both transported to a local hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Mauser climbed out of the window of the Sebring as MCSO deputies arrived at the intersection. Mauser attempted to evade responding officers by running through a field and crawling through a drainage ditch near the accident. Additional officers arriving at the scene took him into custody as he came out on the other end of the drainage ditch.

Mauser was arrested and will be transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges including Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Hit and Felony Attempt to Elude. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team has responded to conduct the crash investigation and additional charges may be added.

Booking photo will be available on our website at www.mcso.us

The Northbound and Southbound lanes are expected to be closed for another hour while the crash investigation is completed.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit serves search warrant in drug dealing and distribution investigation - 10/14/14
This evening, Tuesday October 14, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) executed a search warrant at a residence located at 1912 SE 112th Ave. Portland, OR. The search warrant was served as part of a drug investigation into illegal drug dealing, distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine.

Three people were detained at the scene while MCSO SIU processed the search warrant. During the search investigators discovered and seized methamphetamine, drug packaging and scales, cash, marijuana, and evidence of manufacturing.

Alexander Barrington Rudine, Age 37, of Portland, OR was arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Delivery of Controlled Substance, and Manufacture of Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school.

Morgan Amanda Clingings, Age 39, of Portland, OR was arrested on a felony outstanding warrant for burglary charges.

A third person was interviewed at the scene and released.

Alexander Rudine and Morgan Clingings were transported and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Booking photos are available on our website at www.mcso.us

The investigation is continuing and more charges are expected. More information will be provided when available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ready to serve for annual 2014 Tip-A-Cop fundraiser - 10/10/14
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 11, 2014.

On Saturday October 11, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 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 the Red Robin restaurant located at Mall 205, 9880 SE Washington Street, Portland Oregon. Tips they receive 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 www.soor.org for more information on Special Olympics Oregon.