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On February 17, 2017, just before 9:45 am, Oregon City Police received a report of a strong armed robbery at the Highland Stillhouse Pub, 201 S. 2nd St. The suspect, who was later identified as 26-year-old Jacob Ryan Moses, entered the Highland Stillhouse Pub and stole two money bags. Moses was caught by employees and they tried to stop him but he was able to run from the location. An employee chased Moses to a nearby vehicle that was parked on S. High St. A citizen assisted and blocked the vehicle from leaving. The employee tackled Moses as he exited the vehicle and the employee tried to retrieve their two money bags. Moses resisted and tried to retain the stolen money bags. The employee was able to retrieve one of the money bags from Moses during the scuffle. Moses was able to free himself and ran away as police were arriving. Moses ran through several yards off 1st St. before disappearing. Oregon City Police with the assistance of the Clackamas County Sherriff's Office, Gladstone Police Department, and the West Linn Police Department set up containment. A Clackamas County Sheriff K-9 was used to search for Moses.
Clackamas County Sheriff Sergeant Don Boone and his K-9 Spencer, began searching for Moses from where he was last seen. Moses climbed a steep embankment that overlooks the Oregon City Public Works Building and hid in some thick brush. K-9 Spencer located Moses and he was arrested without incident. K-9 Spencer searched the area and located evidence along with the stolen money bag.
Moses was transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged for Robbery III and Theft II.
The Highland Stillhouse employee was not injured during the scuffle with Moses. The investigation is continuing and at this time the Oregon City Police are not releasing information about the associated vehicle and the identity of the driver.
Reference OCPD Case number 17-538.
On February 9, 2017, just before 10:30 pm, Oregon City Police tried to stop a 1996 Honda with no license plates near 9th St. and John Adams St. After a short vehicle pursuit the male driver, who was identified as 20-year-old Oregon City resident Monte Wes McMullen, abandoned the vehicle on 10th St. McMullen fled on foot towards a nearby residence. Officers on scene determined McMullen ran into his house located in the 1500 block of 9th St. Oregon City Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Gladstone Police set a perimeter on the house. Other occupants at the house were evacuated. Officers then loud hailed into the residence and McMullen came out of the house and surrendered without a confrontation.
Oregon City Police determined the vehicle McMullen was driving was recently stolen from Portland. McMullen was taken to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged for:
811.540 - Attempt to Elude (Felony) - $10,000 bail
164.135 - Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (Felony) - $10,000 bail
811.540 - Attempt to Elude (Misdemeanor) - $2,500 bail
811.182 - Driving while suspended (Misdemeanor) - $2,500
Probation Violation (Felony) - Multnomah County -- no bail
Reference OCPD Case number 17-448
Oregon City, Oregon (February 8, 2017, 3:00 pm): James Edward Zwaschka, a 43 year old man out of Portland, was convicted by a Clackamas County Judge today of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Sodomy in the First Degree.
James Zwaschka was initially charged with multiple counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Sodomy in the First Degree after law enforcement learned he sexually abused a child between the ages of 4 to 5 years old. Multnomah County obtained an initial report from the victim and victim's family near the end 2015. After learning the crimes took place in Oregon City, the investigation was turned over to the detectives at the Oregon City Police Department. During a six month investigation, no additional victims were located and authorities have no reason to believe there are any outstanding victims.
Oregon City Police forwarded the case to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. On February 8, 2017 Mr. Zwaschka was found guilty of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Sodomy in the First Degree. He was sentenced to 100 months in prison.
Sexual Abuse in the First Degree is a Class B Felony and is a Ballot Measure 11 Offense, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison. Sodomy in the First Degree is a Class A Felony and is a Ballot Measure 11 Offense, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 100 months in prison.
Refer OCPD case #15-3584
At about 0155 HRS on February 1, 2017, an unidentified suspect burglarized Henry's Vape Inc, 517 Main St. The suspect broke a side glass window to gain entry into the store. Once inside the store the suspect broke a glass display case where he stole several items. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 20's-30's, wearing a heavy gray jacket with black accents, a black hooded sweatshirt or coat, and black pants. OCPD case # 17-345. (3 attached pictures of suspect)
Henry's Vape Inc, was also burglarized on January 3, 2017 at about 0548 HRS. The suspect in this burglary is a white male adult, 20's-30's, was wearing a light colored sweatshirt and dark pants. OCPD case # 17-21.
Oregon City Police are investigating both burglaries and looking at possible similarities to determine if they are related. Anyone with information about either burglary or the suspect in the pictures are encouraged to call the Oregon City Tip Line at 503-496-1616.
At 9:44 pm Oregon City Police Officers were dispatched to a reported assault at 200 Longview Way. On the way, officers learned at least one person had been stabbed. When officers arrived they found a 23 year old male with serious injuries. He was Life Flighted to OHSU. A person of interest was detained. He was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Detectives are on scene investigating.
This will be updated in the morning or as new information is available.
Oregon City, Oregon (January 30, 2017, 11:00 am): The Oregon City Police Department along with law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will be working to emphasize the importance of proper safety belt use, distracted driving, and driving appropriate speeds during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from February 6 through February 19. The enhanced enforcement is funded through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 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.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause nationwide of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
Oregon law requires children weighing under forty pounds to use a child seat with harness. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here: http://www.carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm
For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat fitting station listed at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/
An Oregon City man convicted by a Clackamas County jury earlier this month on 10 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree was sentenced to 10 years in prison today.
Roy Allen Richards, 64, was initially charged with multiple counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree after law enforcement learned he had sexually abused a 7 year old child. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office obtained an initial report from the victim's family on July 13, 2016. After learning the crimes occurred in Oregon City, the investigation was turned over to detectives at the Oregon City Police Department. During the course of their investigation, no additional victims were identified and authorities have no reason to believe there are any other victims.
Oregon City Police forwarded the case to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. In early January, Roy Allen Richards was found guilty of Sex Abuse in the First Degree and today, Roy Allen Richards was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Sexual Abuse in the First Degree is a Class B Felony and is a Ballot Measure 11 Offense, carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison.
Refer OCPD case # 16-2324