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Arta Potties Pilot Program Unveiling -- September 27, 2017 (Photo) - 09/14/17

On September 27, 2017 from 5:00PM-8:00PM the Oregon City Police Department, in partnership with Arta Potties and Trent Clinkscales of Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service, will be launching an Arta Potties pilot program in Oregon City. Arta Potties is a community organized project, founded in Salem Oregon, with a mission to provide clean/safe/aesthetically appealing portable toilets. The pilot program will consist of two Arta Potties placed in downtown Oregon City providing access to public restrooms 24 hours a day.

OCPD is taking a proactive approach to concerns from the community and business owners regarding people relieving themselves outdoors on both public and private property. We also recognize the need for access to restrooms 24 hours a day, specifically for our homeless population who may not have access to restrooms otherwise.

The owner of Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service in Molalla, Trent Clinkscales, served as a key element in making this innovative solution a reality in Oregon City. It took nothing more than a phone call to Mr. Clinkscales for him to graciously provide OCPD with support in the project. Mr. Clinkscales was so supportive in fact, he donated a portable toilet and committed to splitting the cost of servicing both portable toilets with OCPD. A huge thank you is in order for Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service for their support in making our community a cleaner/safer place.

With guidance and expertise from Rebecca Courtney of Arta Potties, we have selected an 1889 photograph of the Oregon City-West Linn Suspension Bridge to be displayed on one of the Arta Potties. The photograph was selected from the Clackamas County Historical Society collection. The second of the Arta Potties will be displaying an oil painting from Roger Yost Gallery called "Totality" by artist Tina Palmer.

Please join us at the Oregon City Municipal Parking Lot at 1220 Main St. in Oregon City on 9/27/17 from 5:00PM-8:00PM. The artistic wraps for the selected artwork will be applied to the Arta Potties during the event and the Timothy James Band will be providing live music.

For questions, please contact OCPD Homeless Liaison Officer Mike Day: mday@orcity.org

Clinkscales Portable Toilets and Septic Service:

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Scams: Please don't fall victim to fraudulent phone scams - 09/13/17

The Oregon City Police Department along with several neighboring agencies are receiving a large amount of fraudulent phone scam reports. Some of the phone scams are claiming that you need to pay the person on the phone a fee because there is a warrant for your arrest. These phone scammers are claiming to be from a police agency, sheriff's department, or federal agency. Sometimes they have your name, address, date of birth, and phone number. The scammers are demanding money in forms of pre-paid visa cards, I-Tunes Cards, Green Dot cards, and other similar pre-paid cards. These are all scams! Do not fall victim to these scammers even though they may sound convincing.

Here are some helpful tips:

Do not answer calls from a phone number that you do not recognize.If it is important the company or government agency will leave a message.

If you receive a message demanding a call, call that agency specifically and verify the identity of the person who called you.

DO NOT buy pre-paid cards. No police agency, sheriff's office, federal agency, IRS, or court will accept these cards and will not call you asking you to purchase these cards for payment.

If you do answer a call.Ask for specific information from the person that you can verify.Politely tell the caller you will verify the information and call them back.Ask them for a good call-back number.Once you disconnect call the agency in question and verify the information you received.If after hours, all local police agencies have a 24-hour dispatch center that can verify the identity of who is working.

PLEASE SHARE these simple tips with your family and friends. Most of the scammers are persistent and demand money. The Oregon City Police Department, along with other police agencies will not call you for money. Information about the Oregon City Police Department can be verified at 503-496-1600 or Clackamas County Dispatch, 503-655-8211.



UPDATE: Missing person located (Photo) - 09/10/17

Me. Maurer has been located in Portland and reunited with family.

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Oregon City Police attempting to locate an elderly overdue motorist (Photo) - 09/10/17

Oregon City Police is looking for an overdue elderly motorist which resides in Oregon City. Mr. Solomon Maurer was last heard from on September 10, 2017 around 07:00 AM, near Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital. Mr. Maurer's last contact with family was when he left them a message informing them he was lost. Mr. Maurer may be driving his White 1997 Toyota Camry bearing Oregon License plate 473AQB. If Mr. Maurer or his vehicle is located, please contact 911 or Clackamas County Non-Emergency at 503-655-8211.

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Outreach Story from our Homeless Liaison Officer (Photo) - 09/06/17

On 8/28/17 Officer Koehnke spoke to a concerned father regarding his 54-year-old daughter, Kristine Rauch, who recently became homeless. The father didn't want to lose track of Kristine and was looking for resources to assist her. Officer Koehnke learned Kristine was at a local apartment complex and we went there to check on her welfare.

We met with Kristine and I spoke with her at length about her current situation. Kristine told me she's been homeless for about 2 months. To add to the difficulties homelessness presents on its own, Kristine has serious health issues. Kristine had been a house wife/stay at home mother. She's currently going through a divorce, which led to her homelessness. Kristine is currently unemployed and has limited income.

In an effort to find housing for Kristine, I reached out to Clackamas County Fire District #1 Community Paramedic Amy Jo Cook by phone. Amy suggested I contact Oregon City Residential Care (OCRC). I spoke to the owner of OCRC, Art Johnson, by phone. Art didn't hesitate to help Kristine. He quickly sent a registered nurse to our location to conduct an assessment on her.

The registered nurse met with Kristine and I in the parking lot of the apartment complex and completed an assessment on Kristine. The nurse informed me his recommendation to Art would be that Kristine could live at OCRC medically, so long as she was seen at an emergency room for sores that needed immediate treatment.

With that information, I gave Kristine a ride to the Providence Willamette Falls Hospital emergency department. Kristine was treated at the hospital and discharged later in the day. I picked Kristine up from the hospital and gave her a ride to OCRC, where her own room was waiting for her. I took a picture of Kristine in her new home.

On 8/31/17 I followed up with Kristine at OCRC. Kristine told me she loves it there. Art told me Kristine can stay at OCRC as long as she needs. Additionally, Art said she is staying there free of charge. Art told me he regularly has bed(s) at the facility for those who meet residential care facility requirements, but otherwise can't afford to live there.

Without Art Johnson and the Oregon City Residential Care facility, none of this would have been possible. I'm thankful for Art's generosity and I'm grateful Kristine is now living indoors.


Homeless Liaison Officer Mike Day

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pedestrian safety opreation - august 30, 2017 - 08/31/17

Oregon City Police Department Stats from Pedestrian Safety Operation

The Oregon City Police Department conducted its third pedestrian safety enforcement operation for 2017. The safety enforcement operation was funded by a grant from Oregon Impact.

The primary focus of this operation was to educate drivers and help raise awareness of the pedestrian right away laws. The Oregon City Police Department used a pedestrian decoy, while another police officer observed traffic violations occurring and radioed awaiting uniform officers to make the stop. The officers issued citations or warnings to help educate the violators. Three drivers did not stop for the pedestrian decoy.

The safety operation occurred on August 30, 2017, at the intersection of Washington St. and 12th St. between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The operation resulted in 27 drivers being stopped. The violations included 3 citations issued for failing to stop or remained stopped for a pedestrian, 15 citations issued for driving while using a mobile communication device, 1 for no insurance, 1 for driving with a suspended driver's license, 2 for not wearing a seatbelt, and 2 other miscellaneous violations. 6 warnings were given during the operation.

This intersection was specifically selected for the pedestrian safety operation due to heavy foot traffic along Washington St. This intersection has a flashing pedestrian signal at the crosswalk. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle and avoid distracted driving by not using your mobile communication device.