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Oregon City Police Participating in Safety Belt Blitz - 05/16/15
Oregon City, Oregon (May 16, 2015, 12:30pm): 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 starts May 18, 2015 and continues through May 31, 2015. 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.

Statewide observation surveys in June 2015 found 98% percent of Oregon travelers routinely using safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes --- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports.

OSP, sheriffs and local police will be working day and night to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from May 18 through May 31. Officers will also be on the alert for persons riding illegally in the open bed of pickup trucks. This enhanced "Click It or Ticket" enforcement is paid for by dedicated funding from USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the car to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or a crash. Without a safety belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle which greatly increases chances of serious injury.

Child car seats reduce the likelihood of infants under 1 year old being killed in a crash by 71 percent and the fatal risk for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by 54 percent, and 58 and 59 percent for infants and toddlers in SUVS, pickups and vans. Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury by 45 to 65 percent.

Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them 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/
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Oregon City Police arrest Sarah Elizabeth Martin on Murder Warrant (Photo) - 05/06/15
Oregon City, Oregon (May 6, 2015, 1:30pm): Oregon City Police arrested 37 year old Sarah Elizabeth Martin at 10:25 am today on an arrest warrant issued out of Clackamas County. She was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on one count of Murder and one count of Manslaughter I. Ms. Martin is being held with no bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, May 7, 2015.

On May 5, 2015 a Clackamas County Grand Jury indicted Ms. Martin on the charge of Murder for the death of 7 month old Izaak Gillen. Ms. Martin was babysitting Izaak at her residence in Oregon City, when she is alleged to have caused injuries to Izaak, which resulted in his death on April 7, 2015.

Izaak's parents have released the following statement regarding today's events. They ask for everyone to respect their privacy, while they grieve.

"Our hearts are broken over the loss of our son, Izaak. We think about him and grieve for him daily. Izaak will forever live in the hearts and memories of everyone who knew him.

A special thank you goes out to all the support personnel for our family: the Oregon City Police Department, the staff of Randall Children's Hospital, the District Attorney's Office, and all others. We especially want to thank our family, friends, and church for their love and support during this time. God loaned us an angel for seven short months, and it is our faith in Him that gets us through each day.

We trust the legal system to determine the facts of the case and to bring justice for Izaak. We believe that, in time, the person responsible for Izaak's death will be held accountable."
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Oregon City Woman Dies after Falling Off the Bluff - 05/04/15
Oregon City, Oregon (May 4, 2015, 9:00 am): A 33 year old Oregon City woman identified as Sarah Kaye Crunelle was found deceased on Hwy 99 E south of the Oregon City tunnel just after midnight on Saturday May 2, 2015. Initial calls came into Oregon City Police suggesting an auto vs pedestrian car crash at the location. Patrol officers arrived and found Ms. Crunelle south of the tunnel. Officers quickly determined Ms. Crunelle was not hit by a car, but had fallen about 100' from the bluff above onto the roadway below.

Ms. Crunelle's husband was with her when she fell and flagged responding patrol officers down to report the incident. Alcohol was determined to be a factor of the fall. Initial details appear to suggest the fall was an accident. Ms. Crunelle's husband has fully cooperated with police during the investigation.

The Oregon City Police request anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Oregon City Tip Line at (503) 496-1616.
Oregon City Police Arrest Babysitter for Izaak Gillen's death. - 04/29/15
Oregon City, Oregon (April 29, 2015, 5:00 pm): Oregon City Police have arrested 37 year old Sarah Elizabeth Martin, out of Oregon City, for causing the death of 7 month old Izaak Gillen. Investigators arrested Martin today, around 4:27 pm near her mother's house in Oregon City.
Martin was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Manslaughter I. Her bail has been set at $250,000.

Oregon City Police Detectives have been investigating this case since they were contacted by hospital staff from Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel on the afternoon of April 6, 2015. Izaak Gillen died on April 7, 2015 from injuries he received, while he was at Martin's residence in Oregon City. Martin knew the Gillen family through church and been babysitting Izaak since December of 2014.

Martin is expected to be arraigned on her charges April 30, 2015.