Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office
Correction - Update: 89-year-old portland woman uninjured after 80 foot fall down ravine in vehicle (Photo)
Correction - Update: The driver of the vehicle is identified as Alva Mae Hurst of Portland, OR. Initially her age was reported as 89 years old, her age is actually 85.
On August 12, 2014 at 11:37 p.m., deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) were dispatched to the area of SE Division Rd. and SE Troutdale Rd. to investigate a single-vehicle crash. An 89-year-old Portland woman called 911 after her vehicle left the roadway and slid down an 80-foot embankment into a creek bed and heavy brush.
The woman was disoriented and unsure where she was. 911 dispatchers were able to obtain an approximate location for the woman by tracing her cell phone's GPS signal. MCSO deputies, along with other first responders, spent several minutes attempting to locate the woman's vehicle. The darkness and dense forest made it difficult to see the vehicle from the roadway. Deputies eventually heard the woman's car horn and were able to locate her in the wooded area just north of SE Division Rd. and west of SE Troutdale Rd.
Gresham Fire was able to reach the vehicle through a private property off of SE Troutdale Rd., to the north of the creek bed. The woman was extricated, assessed by medical personnel at the scene, and released to a family member.
Local roads were wet from afternoon thunderstorms and the initial investigation indicates that the woman lost control while heading eastbound on SE Division Rd. SE Division Rd. was closed for approximately one hour between SE Troutdale Rd. and SE Williams Rd.
MCSO was assisted by the Troutdale and Gresham Police Departments, the Gresham Fire Department and American Medical Response.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office conducting death investigation near Oneonta Falls - 08/11/14
Update: The deceased is identified as Joseph Holly Kincaid Jr., Age 49, of Portland, OR. The Medical Examiner determined the Cause of Death to be blunt force trauma and the Manner of Death was ruled accidental.
The area the body was located at along the Historic Columbia River Highway was approximately fifty yards east of the Oneonta Gorge tunnel near the roadside. It was at the bottom of a steep embankment leading up to a cliff face. The top of the cliff was estimated to be approximately 300 feet.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, Sunday August 10, 2014 MCSO Deputies responded on the report of a body seen along the side of the Historic Columbia River Highway by a passerby just east of the Oneonta Gorge tunnel. MCSO Deputies arrived and located the body of a deceased adult male about fifty yards east of the Oneonta Gorge tunnel. MCSO Detectives and the Medical Examiner were notified. The Historic Columbia River Highway was closed in both directions for approximately two hours just east of the Oneonta tunnel while the investigation was conducted. Initial indications are there are no signs of foul play.
The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office. No additional information is available at this time pending identification and family notifications.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives arrest former Juvenile Justice employee after investigation into misuse of public funds
Former juvenile justice employee, Davia Nemkevich, Age 42, of Vancouver, WA was arrested by MCSO detectives after a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted Nemkevich on charges of Official Misconduct I, 4x Theft I, 5x Theft II, and 2x Theft III for misuse of public funds while she was employed as the Nutrition Services Manager at Donald E Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH). Nemkevich was taken into custody after meeting with MCSO detectives this evening.
The law enforcement investigation began on April 16, 2014, after a Multnomah County employee contacted Sheriff Dan Staton regarding potential misuse of public funds by another employee. After listening to the employee, Sheriff Staton immediately contacted MCSO detectives and the District Attorney's office to initiate an investigation into the allegations.
The three month investigation uncovered a pattern and practice of misuse of a county procurement card, county equipment and other county resources by former JDH Nutrition Services Manager Davia Nemkevich for personal gain. Davia Nemkevich had already been placed on Administrative Leave on March 11, 2014 by the Department of Community Justice (DCJ) as they were conducting an internal investigation. MCSO was not contacted regarding the ongoing investigation by DCJ and became aware of the internal investigation after MCSO detectives began working the case.
As part of the investigation the Multnomah County Auditor conducted a review of Nemkevich's county purchases between July 1, 2011 and April 30, 2014. There were numerous items and purchases that were identified as not being made for county use. A significant portion of the purchases occurred within the last 12 months. The suspected amount of loss is conservatively estimated to be $16,757.91.
Davia Nemkevich was transported and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Booking photo is available from our website at www.mcso.us
Questions regarding Nemkevich's position and duties can be made through Multnomah County Communications Director Dave Austin at 503-803-8616.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to conduct "Operation Undercover Crossing" pedestrian safety enforcement mission - 08/07/14
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will commence "Operation Undercover Crossing" on Friday August 8th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Friday's operation will take place in the area of 102nd south of Prescott in the community of Maywood. This will be the first of several pedestrian safety enforcement missions conducted by the Sheriff's Office over the rest of the summer.
The focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Both pedestrians and drivers will be observed during this mission.
Approximately 75% of motor vehicle - pedestrian car crashes are due to driver miscalculations when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street. In 2012, 18 of the state's 61 pedestrian fatalities occurred in Multnomah County and the death toll rose to 61 from 46 pedestrian fatalities in 2011.
According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver has stopped. Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic violation punishable by a fine of $260.
Passing a vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk is also a Class B traffic violation, also punishable by a fine of $260.
Funding from Oregon Walks and the Oregon Department of Transportation has made Operation Undercover Crossing possible.
If you have questions about this mission or would like to ride along with deputies during the event, please contact the MCSO Public Information Officer.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue locates lost hikers on forest service road near Nesmith Point - 08/06/14
This morning, Wednesday August 6, 2014, MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) units were deployed from Horsetail Falls to locate two hikers who became lost on the trails late last night around Nesmith Point and did not know where they were at after taking a shortcut. MCSO Patrol deputies received the initial call late last night and after determining the lost hikers were somewhere near Nesmith Point, contacted the MCSO SAR Coordinator. Both hikers were uninjured and were fine but did not know where they were. They had limited supplies and no protective gear but temperatures were very mild in the area. The MCSO SAR Coordinator arranged to have MCSO SAR and MCSO Green Hornets deploy in the morning as the area the hikers cell phone was pinged was several miles up the trail near Nesmith Point and the hikers were in no immediate danger.
MCSO Green Hornet Trail Rescue and MCSO SAR team members were deployed into the field at approximately 5:45 a.m. this morning. The hikers were located on a Forest Service road near Nesmith Point at approximately 7:30 a.m. by an MCSO SAR team checking roads as they were being transported to their deployment point. The hikers were uninjured and in good condition. The hikers were transported back to the command post.
The hikers, identified as Zachary Hale, Age 21, of Vancouver, WA and Tisha Urioste, Age 18, of Vancouver, WA said they started their hike yesterday at around 2:00 p.m. on the Oneonta Gorge Trail and hiked up the trail, then took the Horsetail Creek Trail and continued east. They tried to come back down Devil's Backbone and Rock of Ages but it appeared to steep and they turned back. It started getting dark and they lost the trail and stopped. They realized they were lost and called for help. Both hikers did not have any emergency supplies or hiking equipment with them but did have some water. They stayed where they were after calling 911 and waited for Search and Rescue units to locate them. They were both happy to be off the trail and safe.
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, 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. Hiking 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. 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.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) Team Up to Crack Down on Alcohol Use at Parks Along the Sandy River. - 08/03/14
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) performed combined missions on Thursday and Friday along park areas on the Sandy River in both Dabney State Park and the Lewis & Clark State Park. The goal of these missions was to enforce alcohol restrictions in park areas and to cut down on under-age persons drinking alcohol. MCSO has consistently seen that alcohol is often a factor in both fights and drownings along the Sandy River in the past. Alcohol is prohibited in all park beach areas along the Sandy River downstream of the Stark Street Bridge.
MCSO and OLCC issued 8 citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, 20 citations for Alcohol in Prohibited Area of a Park, one parking citation and made one arrest for a probation violation. MCSO patrols the areas on a daily basis with additional enforcement missions planned for August.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol responds to subject tight rope walking the Steel Bridge (Photo)
Man on Cables
On 08/02/14 at 0554 hours the River Patrol was dispatched to a possible jumper on the Steel Bridge. Updates came out that the individual was on the top of the bridge on the cables that raise and lower the lift span. It is an estimated height of 270'. Portland Police blocked off the entire bridge and the Bridge Tender shut down the bridge so that the bridge could not lift.
Upon arrival, River Patrol Deputies could see the individual up on the cables that ran across the top of the lift span. The subject was working his way across the cables toward the east tower. Portland Police Officers and Portland Fire were up on the upper deck near the bridge house waiting to see what the subject intended on doing. A River Patrol boat along with a Portland Fire Boat were staged under the bridge in case the individual fell or jumped off. After approximately 10 minutes the individual walked down the stairs on the east tower where he met up with Portland Police. He was escorted down to the main deck by Portland Police where he was then taken into custody.
Mr. Lovitz was arrested and booked on Trespass and Disorderly Conduct.
Subject: Lovitz, Benjamin
Resides in SW Portland
UPDATE: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Deputies respond to Missing Swimmer at Sellwood Park - 08/01/14
***UPDATE*** 08/01/14 11:30pm
The missing swimmer has been identified as 18 yr old Mario Antonio Martinez Villalta, of Portland Oregon. For several hours, MCSO Dive teams unsuccessfully searched the area where Mr. Martinez Villalta was last seen, concluding their search a little after 11:00pm tonight.
Investigators were told the young man was having trouble swimming back to shore. Two friends tried to help but were unable to save him.
At this time the MCSO does not have a photo of Mr. Martinez Villalta.
This afternoon, Friday 08/01/14, at around 5:30pm, Multnomah County River Patrol deputies and other emergency units responded to the East Bank of the Willamette River, near Sellwood Park where it was reported that a young adult male jumped from a structure near the water and was not seen again.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol boats are currently on scene searching for the missing man and the MCSO Dive Rescue Team has been activated.
More info will be posted as it becomes available.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office seeks public's help to identify burglary suspects (Photo)
On the morning of Tuesday July 22, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the report of a burglary that occurred overnight at the 76 Station located at 28210 SE Orient Drive in Gresham, OR. Burglars broke into the store by throwing a brick through one of the front windows. The burglars caused thousands of dollars in damage and stole dozens of cartons of cigarettes and other merchandise from the store. All three suspects were caught on surveillance cameras during the course of the burglary. The video is being released to help identify the suspects involved.
Anyone with information regarding any of the suspect's identities is asked to please contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847, this can be done anonymously.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal single vehicle crash (Photo)
Update: Name of deceased released: The deceased is identified as Derek Allen Cranford, Age 25, of Gresham, OR.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Saturday July 26, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and Gresham Fire Department responded to the report of a single vehicle crash in the 30300 block of SE Lusted Rd. Arriving emergency responders found two persons in a severely damaged 1994 black Mitsubishi 3000GT. The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, was declared deceased at the scene and the passenger was transported for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.
The East County Vehicular Crimes Team responded to conduct the crash investigation. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team consists of MCSO deputies, Gresham PD, Troutdale PD, and Fairview PD officers along with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
Preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling westbound on SE Lusted Rd when it crossed the eastbound lane and struck a utility pole in the 30300 block of SE Lusted Rd. The impact of the vehicle broke the utility pole and spun the vehicle around and into a ditch approximately forty feet further west. Initial indications are high speed and alcohol may be contributing factors in the crash.
More information will be released when it becomes available
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives recover Plymouth reported stolen in 2001 - 07/24/14
On July 23, 2014 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives and Special Investigations Unit detectives served a search warrant in Unincorporated East Multnomah County and recovered a green 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 2 door hardtop vehicle. The Plymouth had been reported stolen in 2001, and purged from the Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) as a stolen vehicle years after. Barring a court order to the contrary, the Plymouth will be returned to its registered and titled owner.
The Plymouth is not in drivable condition, with many essential parts and components missing. Efforts continue to recover the remainder of the vehicle.
No arrest has been made by MCSO at this time, the case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.
The vehicle is not available for media to view at this time as the investigation continues.
Update: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue activated for lost hiker in area above Multnomah Falls
Update: The MCSO Search and Rescue (MCSO SAR) member that had the medical emergency is identified as Richard Chambers, Age 63, of Gresham, OR. He suffered an overwhelming medical condition which required Life Flight transport for treatment. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.
Richard Chambers is a first year MCSO SAR member. He has been very active over the course of the last year in both MCSO SAR searches and events. He is an avid hiker and served in both the Army and Coast Guard. He is also heavily involved with Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council.
Richard's family is asking media to respect the family's privacy and do not wish contact. The family also requests no visitors for Richard at this time.
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 www.mcsosar.org
More information will be provided when available.
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.