Masked gunman robs Oregon City Coin & Jewelry (Photo)
On March 10, 2014, at about 1254 hours, a masked male suspect entered the Oregon City Coin & Jewelry, 618 Molalla Ave., and pointed a handgun at the owner demanding money. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. He ran to a nearby get-away vehicle, which witnesses described as an electric blue 2000 or newer sedan similar to a Hyundai Elantra or Nissan Sentra with alloy wheels and a license plate similar to 407-HIC. The suspect was then seen heading southbound on Molalla Ave. from the area of Grocery Outlet.
The suspect was described as a white male adult, approximately 5'10", and 170 pounds. He possibly picked up a female passenger as he fled the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oregon City Police Department tip line at (503) 496-1616, OCPD Case # 14-870.
Oregon City Police Participates in Oregon Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Blitz
The Oregon City Police Department along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and OSP are participating in the OREGON SAFETY BELT OVERTIME CAMPAIGN BLITZ. The Blitz started February 10, 2014 and continues through February 23, 2014. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind you to "BUCKLE UP" before operating your vehicle.
The following information is provided by O.D.O.T. and the US Department of Transportation.
* A statewide observation survey in June 2013 found ninety - eight percent of Oregon's motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon one of the two highest belt use states in our country. Since the 1990 passage of Oregon's adult belt law, observed belt use among the motoring public has doubled from 50% to 98% while crash fatality and injury rates have both dramatically decreased by 58% and 24% respectively.
* Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from crash injury or death, according to the US Department of Transportation.
* Child safety seats reduce crash fatality risk for infants under 1 year old by 71 percent and for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent. Safety belts reduce fatality risk by 45 to 60 percent. And yet, 31% or 61 of Oregon's 198 occupant fatalities in 2012 were reportedly unrestrained. ODOT estimates that approximately half of these fatalities could have been avoided with proper restraint use.
* The first of three annual traffic enforcement "blitzes" dedicated to proper safety belt and child restraint use will run February 10 through February 23.
* Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and OSP will participate on federal overtime grants from US Department of Transportation.
* Speeding and driver impairment are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use.
* OREGON LAW: A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4' 9" tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.
* For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm
or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
* "BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS of the American Academy of Pediatrics and USDOT: Children should ride in rear-facing car seats to age two or to the upper weight limit of the seat in use. Children should continue to ride in safety seats to forty pounds or the maximum upper weight limit of their forward facing seat before transitioning to a booster seat. Children under age thirteen should ride in the back seat. National statistics suggest rear seating reduces injury risk by 37% among that age group.
* Oregon law requires "proper use" of restraints, meaning use of the entire belt system or child restraint as intended by the manufacturer.
* For safety belt systems, "proper use" means lap belt placed low across hips and shoulder belt crossing center of the chest over the collarbone. Belts should be free of slack and lying flat with no twists or knots. If the shoulder belt portion of the belt rides up onto the neck or feels uncomfortable, comfort may be increased by using the built-in adjuster or by moving seat position. The shoulder belt should NOT be placed under the arm or behind the back - this can cause serious internal injuries or ejection in a crash.
* The greatest danger to unbelted children and adult occupants is ejection from the vehicle. Unbelted or improperly restrained occupants are five times more likely to be ejected than one who is belted. They can also slam into other passengers and injure them during a crash or sharp swerve. Odds of surviving ejection are estimated at one in four. (Compare this to a one in two hundred fatality rate for occupants who remain inside the vehicle.) Ejection is the principal reason that minors are prohibited from riding in an open bed of a pickup truck.