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Wilsonville PD investigates July 7 assault, robbery at Boones Ferry Park; police seek tips to ID three teens involved in riverbank attack - 07/08/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-014116

At approximately 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a welfare check at Boones Ferry Park (31240 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Wilsonville).

The 911 caller told dispatchers they could see a person yelling for help along the riverbank across the river from Boones Ferry Boat Launch, which was in the vicinity of Boones Ferry Park.

Deputies arrived at Boones Ferry Park. With the help of a man swimming in the Willamette River, they located the subject approximately 100 feet down the shoreline. At the riverbank, deputies found the subject in the water along the shoreline, holding onto driftwood.

Once assisted out of the water, the 20-year-old victim told deputies they had been punched in the face and their iPhone had been stolen.

The victim told deputies about events leading to the assault. On the path to the river, the victim saw three male teenagers. The victim heard one of the teens call the victim a transgender slur, but ignored the comment and continued upriver.

While the victim was sitting on a log eating, one of the teenage males approached the victim and asked if they had any alcohol.

About 45 minutes later, the three teens approached the victim. One male reportedly punched the victim on the right side of the face, then in the nose, and possibly a third time. The victim then fell into the water and tried to swim away from the teen attackers.

One of the teens then stole the victim's iPhone 8.

The victim swam upstream about 100 feet and tried to make it back to shore, but got stuck in the mud, where deputies later contacted the victim. The victim was unable to get out of the water and said they lost one of their water socks. The victim told deputies they had been yelling for help for a couple of hours and were extremely cold.

Deputies were concerned about hypothermia and called for medical to respond to check out the victim, who also had injuries and abrasions to the face, arms and legs. American Medical Response responded to the scene to render aid.

Detectives are currently talking to the victim, who identifies as transgender. An appointment has been scheduled tomorrow (Thursday, July 9) with a forensic sketch artist to obtain a sketch of the suspects.

The three male suspects in the assault and robbery are currently described as follows -- more info (including suspect sketches) will be released as available:

Teen male, approximately 5'8" tall with short, shaggy brown hair.

Teen male, approximately 5'8" tall with longer, chin-length brown hair. Believed to be the suspect who punched the victim in the face.

Teen male, approximately 5'10" tall with blonde hair.

After assessment by AMR paramedics, the victim declined a hospital visit and was given a ride home by a Wilsonville deputy. The victim is now cooperating with detectives, who are seeking tips from the public.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-014116.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The victim is asking for privacy at this time, does not want to be identified, and does not want to speak with media.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley, Estacada and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.



Second SAR mission of holiday weekend: Injured hiker, 52, rescued July 4 near Hood River - 07/07/20

In addition to the July 3 search-and-rescue detailed in our previous press release, on the following day (Saturday, July 4), the Clackamas County Search & Rescue Team assisted with the rescue of a 52-year-old injured hiker.

Subject Kimberly Whipkey was hiking east of Upper Twin Lakes with her husband on July 4 when she hurt her knee.

The pair reached out to authorities for help.

A U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer requested assistance from Clackamas County SAR. The CCSO Search and Rescue Ground Team, Pacific NW Search and Rescue (PNWSAR), and Mountain Wave responded.

Rescuers located the injured female hiker about 3 miles out on the Barlow Trail. After a medical assessment, it was determined she would need assistance getting out.

PNWSAR rescuers took over medical care for Whipkey and transported her back to the trailhead in a wheeled Stokes basket, with help from the CCSO Ground Team.

Upon reaching the trailhead, Kimberly Whipkey was released to her husband, who drove her home at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 5.

A total of 20 search-and-rescue volunteers participated in the rescue. Mountain Wave provided a critical role by maintaining communications with search teams during the rescue.

Learn more about CCSO Search and Rescue here:


EARLIER: Missing hiker, 72, rescued July 3 near Trillium Lake


Missing hiker, 72, rescued July 3 near Trillium Lake (Photo) - 07/07/20

A 72-year old woman who got lost while hiking with a friend southwest of Trillium Lake on Friday, July 3 was found safely a few hours later.

Catherine Howell, 72, was hiking with her dog "Early" and her friend near Trillium Lake on Saturday.

Early ran off -- prompting the pair to split up to try and find the dog.

One of the hikers went back to the car and found Early waiting there, but then the dog ran off again.

Howell, however, did not return to the car -- prompting her hiking partner to call 911 at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The Clackamas County Search & Rescue Team was activated. SAR Coordinators called on special teams to assist, including the CCSO Ground Team and the Trail Running Rescue Team. Three USFS law enforcement officers also assisted.

Two teams deployed through the trail system, locating Howell less than a mile up the trail. Early the dog was with her.

Rescuers then assisted Howell and her dog down the trail and back to the parking lot. Both were tired but uninjured.

Howell, an experienced hiker, told searchers she had taken a wrong turn but had gotten back on the main trail and was trying to get find her way out when rescuers located her. 

Learn more about CCSO Search & Rescue here:

The Trail Running Rescue Team comprises skilled off-road ultramarathoners who can deploy on roads and trails during search and rescue missions.

Photos from the rescue are attached.


Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire, AMR respond to July 5 fatal crash on SE 362nd Avenue in Boring; motorcyclist deceased (Photo) - 07/06/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013950

At 6:02 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a fatal traffic crash in which a motorcyclist was killed after his Kawasaki Ninja collided with a Chevy Silverado pickup on SE 362nd Avenue in Boring.

As seen in the attached photos, deputies arrived at the 10400 block of SE 362nd Avenue to find a Chevy Silverado pickup and Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle with heavy damage next to a large debris field.

Clackamas Fire and AMR EMTs were already on-scene treating the involved parties. EMTs pronounced the rider of the motorcycle -- Robert W. Burke, Jr., 40 -- deceased at the scene. CPR was not attempted.

SE 362nd was closed in both directions at the 10400 block in Boring while authorities investigated the crash. The Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians (CRAFT) responded to the scene to help. The driver of the truck remained on scene and cooperated with authorities.

Early reports indicate Burke and a fellow motorcycle rider were traveling south at a high rate of speed on SE 362nd when the Silverado attempted to turn northbound onto SE 362nd from the northwest entrance to a mobile-home park. The Silverado stopped abruptly when the driver saw Burke approach, and the deceased rider attempted unsuccessfully to veer around the truck before impacting the front of the Silverado.

A passenger in the Silverado was transported by AMR to a local hospital.

Family notifications are complete.

Photos from the crash scene are attached.


Sheriff's Office sergeant injured, subject deceased following officer-involved shooting in Welches (Photo) - 07/03/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013809

An officer-involved shooting this afternoon left one Clackamas County Sheriff's Office sergeant wounded and the subject dead following a confrontation at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort in Welches. The sergeant's injuries are not life-threatening.

At 2:46 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, Sheriff’s Office deputies and Sandy Police officers responded to a welfare check on a possibly suicidal subject at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort in Welches. Deputies received information from a family member that the subject was in mental-health crisis.

Deputies responded to the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort, located at 65000 E. Hwy. 26 in Welches.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted a 58-year-old white male subject. A Patrol deputy who is also a crisis negotiator was on-scene and attempted to reason with the subject in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

Investigators are still conducting interviews and reconstructing the ensuing confrontation. At this writing, investigators have determined that law enforcement personnel attempted to deploy less-lethal options to subdue the subject, without success; the subject produced a handgun; and one member of law enforcement shot the subject, killing him.

During the confrontation a Sheriff's Office Patrol sergeant was shot in the arm. The injured sergeant did not fire his weapon. The injured sergeant and officers on-scene immediately began to provide first-aid to the subject. Deputies then realized the sergeant had been shot and had him stop providing aid. They placed a tourniquet on the injured sergeant's arm.

The sergeant was alert and communicating with AMR and Hoodland Fire paramedics at the scene. Life Flight was called, but the deputy was transported to an area hospital by AMR ambulance after the wounds were determined to be non-life-threatening. He was treated and released.

The Sheriff's Office and the multi-agency Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are leading the shooting investigation. Currently, detectives from Tualatin PD, Oregon State Police, Mollala PD, Canby PD, and Lake Oswego PD, as well as CRAFT and CSI technicians are processing the scene and detectives are conducting interviews. Personnel from the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office are also on-scene.

Photos from the scene are attached. B-roll video can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

The deceased suspect's name will not be released at this time pending family notifications.

The injured sergeant's name will not be released at this time pending family notifications.


Marine Unit deputies replace tattered Willamette Falls American flag in time for July 4 (Photo) - 07/03/20


For July 4, our Marine Unit deputies did something special: They replaced the tattered American flag at Willamette Falls.

If you navigate the Willamette River or look out at the Willamette Falls from one of the viewpoints, or perhaps catch a glance on your commute, you may have noticed a flagpole with a tattered U.S. flag in the middle of the falls. Our deputies recall seeing Old Glory and the pole there for the last 10 years.

Our Marine Unit deputies noticed the flag was in bad shape. It had been there for years and was tattered, worn and faded -- hanging only from its lower grommet.  

So Marine Unit deputies did a little research to try and determine who was responsible for the flag's presence at the Falls.

Portland General Electric and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are responsible for this area of the falls. They seemed likely to be the responsible parties for the flagpole.

As it turned out, neither entity placed the flagpole there.

The structure is on is a combination of the Blue Heron Paper Mill site's diversion dam and the fish ladder. But no one at the mill knew how the flag got there.

Deputies took a closer look -- and realized this was not even a traditional flagpole, which would have a halyard (rope) to easily lower or raise a flag.

Instead, the Willamette Falls flagpole is a 20-foot-long log painted white, with a couple of eye-bolts at the top to attach a flag.

At the top of this makeshift pole was a non-functioning solar light, presumably used to comply with the requirement to illuminate the American Flag when flown overnight.

The log/flagpole was jammed between some steel and concrete, with sticks wedged inbetween to secure the makeshift flagpole in place.

Our deputies decided to replace this flag for two reasons:

  1. This is a dangerous location for boaters, and our Marine deputies did not want someone to be in danger taking it upon themselves to fix this flag.
  2. The other reason seems obvious: This symbol of our great nation needed to be replaced.  

The deputies went to work. They lifted the pole out of its hold in order to remove the old torn flag. They replaced it with a new flag. The deputies then reset the pole, topped with a fresh Stars and Stripes.

We hope you take a moment this holiday weekend to enjoy Old Glory flying above Willamette Falls from one of the many available viewpoints. Deputies also want to remind people that the Willamette Falls Flag is planted in a dangerous location -- and ask people to enjoy the view from a safe distance.

Photos are attached, and video can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: To speak to members of the Marine Unit about the flag restoration, contact PIO Sgt. Mendoza.


UPDATE -- CORRECTED DATE: Suspect driver, 18, crashes Acura after beer run gone bad; robbery, hit-and-run for $30 worth of Keystone, Coors (Photo) - 07/01/20


CORRECTION: Indicent happened Thursday, June 25, not Saturday. Corrected below.

Two juvenile accomplices sought; witness driver available for interviews

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013258

Dash-cam video of deputies arriving on-scene (.mp4 format)

At about 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the report of a theft in progress at the Eagle Creek Jackpot, located at 29629 SE Hwy. 224.

A young adult male and two unidentified juveniles were attempting to steal beer when their plans went significantly sideways.

The two juvenile suspects ran out of the Eagle Creek Jackpot carrying cases of Keystone and Coors beer. They then jumped into a waiting suspect vehicle, a 1997 Acura CL driven by Caleb Scott Mitchell, 18, of Wilsonville.

A gas attendant attempted to stop the teens from leaving. Mitchell reportedly accelerated the getaway vehicle toward the attendant.

A customer in the parking lot saw this and believed the suspect driver was attempting to hit the attendant with the Acura.  Thinking fast, the customer pulled his Honda Civic in front of the suspects.

The Acura collided with the passenger side of the Honda Civic, then fled east on Hwy. 224 and then on SE Currin Road.

The customer in the Honda Civic followed them.

The occupants of the suspect vehicle reportedly realized they were being followed by the Honda -- and made a U-turn and started traveling in the opposite direction.  As the suspect vehicle passed the Honda, the Acura sideswiped the the Honda Civic, damaging it a second time. 

The Honda's driver -- now a hit-and-run victim -- continued to follow the Acura in his Honda ... only to find the suspect vehicle had flipped over in the middle of Currin Road near Eagle Creek Road.

The suspects were seen getting out of the upside-down vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot. Before fleeing, one of the juvenile suspects reportedly approached the Honda and threatened to punch a female victim in the passenger seat before running away. 

As seen in the above-lined dash-cam video, deputies arrived on scene and investigated.

The female passenger had an injured elbow from the hit and run, but declined medical attention. They estimated about $2,500 damage to the Honda.

A short time later, the suspect driver -- 18-year-old Caleb Mitchell -- returned to the crash scene, driven by his mother. 

Mitchell was detained without further incident.

Mitchell admitted to being the driver, but declined to identify his two juvenile accomplices.

Mitchell was booked at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Robbery II and Hit and Run with an Injury. His booking photo is attached.

The stolen beer was worth $30.78.

Photos from the crash scene are attached.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: The witness driver of the Honda Civic is available for media interviews. Contact PIO Sgt. Mendoza for contact information.

TIPS SOUGHT: The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the two juvenile suspects in this case, who ran out of the Eagle Creek Jackpot carrying the purloined beers. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013258.


UPDATE: Statement from Sheriff Roberts regarding Aug. 5, 2019 incident and pending lawsuit - 07/01/20


In accordance with Sheriff's Roberts' June 18 statement, police reports and other relevant material from the Aug. 5, 2019 incident can now be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

A FAQ on Sheriff's Office hiring, training, policy and discipline is here ( ), our joint statement on racial violence is here ( ), and Sheriff Roberts' original June 18 statement is below.

"I’m glad County Counsel has decided to honor my request to release all the records in this case," said Sheriff Roberts. "Transparency is needed to build trust with our communities. I’m proud of my deputies and the professionalism they show on a daily basis. I stand by our internal investigation and the facts on this matter."

EARLIER (June 18, 2020 5:07 p.m.):


I can only imagine the fear a parent has for their child of color engaging with police. I know that there is nothing I can say to make their worry go away.  What I can say is: I will do my part to make sure that we use appropriate force and that every use of force continues to be reviewed by my agency. 

Due to public interest, here is the information we can share at this time, pending litigation. 

On Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, deputies responded to the mall, following a 911 call from mall security reporting a fight in progress involving a large group of juveniles following and physically assaulting a female juvenile. Deputies contacted the juveniles in the mall parking lot to investigate the alleged assault. All complied with deputies when asked to remain except one male juvenile, who refused to comply. He pulled away from deputies. They briefly placed him on the grass and then in handcuffs. He was questioned and released to his guardian. 

On Aug. 6, the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the juvenile's mother regarding this incident. Our Professional Standards Unit (PSU) immediately started an investigation. This involved an extensive review of reports, video and photographs from the scene, and interviews with witnesses and deputies. 

PSU did not find that any deputy placed a knee on the juvenile's neck. We do not train deputies to restrict a person's airway or impede their ability to breathe. It was determined the involved deputies followed training and policy.

We also participated in community discussions arising from this incident. On Oct. 8, 2019, we engaged in a community listening session organized by Representative Janelle Bynum and facilitated by Clackamas County Resolution Services. 

I will be asking Clackamas County Counsel to release police reports concerning this case.

For more information on our stance on racial violence, our recent joint statement is here:

-- Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff's Office leads successful Saturday-morning rescue of fallen climber on Mt. Hood; climbing partner available for interviews; video available (Photo) - 06/27/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013340

B-roll video of chopper hoist from rescue operation (.mp4 format):

At about 7:30 a.m. on Saturday June 27, 2020, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to a climbing accident on Mt. Hood.

A climber -- Katie Howard, 23, of Portland -- had called 911 to report her climbing partner -- Von Donald Houvener, 26, of Portland -- had fallen and was presumed to be seriously injured.

Houvener had fallen about 300 feet down to the White River Canyon and was located at approximately 9,100' elevation.

Clackamas County SAR was activated and called on special teams including Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), Mountain Wave, American Medical Response's Reach and Treat Team, and the U.S. Forest Service. SAR Coordinators from the Hood River Sheriff's Office also responded to assist, as the area the climber fell was located is near the border of Clackamas and Hood River Counties. Due to the seriousness of the injury, special permission was requested and obtained from USFS to enter the Wilderness Area with motorized equipment. SAR Coordinators also contacted the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to request a helicopter from the Army National Guard out of Salem for support.

Rescuers used a snowcat to travel above Palmer Lift into the Wilderness Area below Crater Rock. Rescuers then traversed east to the edge of White River Canyon and onward to the patient.

The first team of rescuers reached the patient about 11 a.m.

They assessed Houvener. He had serious injuries but was conscious and alert.

The Oregon Army National Guard helicopter arrived soon after. The patient was stabilized and prepared to be hoisted by the helicopter. The rescue chopper hoisted Houvener and transported him to an area hospital just after noon.

All the rescuers made it down off the mountain safely. The Sheriff's Office thanks  all the rescue teams and organizations involved for their support and assistance during this successful rescue op.

Photos from the rescue operation are attached, and B-roll video of the chopper hoist can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: Katie Howard -- Houvener's climbing partner who made the 911 call -- is available for media interviews. Contact PIO Sgt. Marcus Mendoza for contact information.

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS SAFETY NOTE: Volunteer rescue crews are taking what precautions they can in the age of COVID-19 -- but they're also asking climbers to consider this before summiting the mountain. To ensure quick and safe rescues, volunteers must often move in confined spaces, working as a team in close proximity. These close quarters have rescuers concerned about COVID-19 exposure -- if a patient or rescuer contracts COVID-19, everyone in the rescue group would have to quarantine, which would diminish our response in future rescue missions.


Deputies respond to shooting in Riverside Park area; one injured; suspect in custody; additional witnesses sought (Photo) - 06/25/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013240

B-roll video from crime scene:

At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Riverside Park area in Clackamas following 911 calls about a disturbance that led to a shooting. One person was injured, and the suspect is in custody. Authorities are seeking tips.

The shooting occurred a short distance upriver from the park. Deputies arrived to find that the male victim, 26, had sustained an injury to his leg related to gunfire following an argument between his friend and the suspect.

The victim told deputies he was trying to defuse the argument between his friend and the suspect when the suspect began shooting. 

Deputies detained a suspect -- Philip Eric Pierce Jr., 33, of Happy Valley -- without incident. Pierce had been fishing along the river prior to arguing with the victim's friend for reasons unknown at this writing. 

SE Evelyn Street was closed at SE Jennifer Street while deputies investigated.

The Sheriff's Office Marine Unit also deployed to the shooting scene. CCSO's patrol boat was used to transport the victim a short distance downriver to the park, where he was treated by AMR and Clackamas Fire District #1 and transported to an area hospital. Life Flight was notified, but that call was canceled by authorities -- the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

The area was opened for public access again shortly before 8 p.m.

Philip Eric Pierce Jr. was transported to the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:


A booking photo is attached.

WITNESSES, ADDITIONAL INFO SOUGHT: Deputies believe several people who were involved in or witnessed the shooting left the scene before deputies arrived. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or -- please reference CCSO Case # 20-013240.

Photos from the scene are attached. B-roll video can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:


Sheriff's Office to re-open some services, buildings after holiday weekend as part of Phase I procedures - 06/25/20

Clackamas County is now in Phase I of reopening. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will re-open some services with precautions after the July 4 holiday weekend, starting July 6 and July 8. Details are below.


The week of Monday, July 6, 2020, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will begin the process of reopening its Brooks Building lobby and some services to the public. Details:

  • Starting July 6, the lobby of CCSO's Brooks Building headquarters (9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd.) will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our Community Service Officers will return to work to staff the public lobby. However, we encourage people whenever possible to contact us via phone for the time being (including to file police reports) at 503-655-8211.
  • Records requests, alarm permits, and fine payments must still be handled via phone, email, or website.
  • New Brooks Building lobby signage will convey social-distancing requirements.  Additionally, tape in the lobby floor will mark 6-foot distances and entry and exit paths for the lobby, and there will be a hand-sanitizer station.
  • Per Gov. Brown's order, all Brooks Building visitors must wear masks in the building and lobby.


On Wednesday, July 8, our Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) will partially re-open, by appointment only. Details:

  • Gun-range use will be available by appointment only. No public walk-ins will be allowed. For shooting-range appointments call 503-794-8023.
  • Concealed Handgun License (CHL) appointments will be available starting July 8 with additional precautions by calling 503-794-8059. No walk-ins will be alllowed.
  • Fingerprinting and passport-photo appointments will be available starting July 8. To make an appointment call 503-794-8072. No walk-ins will be alllowed.
  • Per Gov. Brown's order, all PSTC visitors must wear a mask inside the facility.

For more information on Clackamas County's reopening plans, visit the county's resource page:


Sheriff's Office SAR, RAT Team, Trail Running Team respond to help dehydrated hikers in Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness (Photo) - 06/24/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-013000

At approximately 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, 26-year-old Michelle Roberts called 911 to report that she and her husband, 27-year-old Kyle Roberts, had been hiking all day and were both now suffering heat exhaustion and dehydration and needed help in getting back to their car, which was parked at the Green Canyon Campground in Welches, OR.

This campground sits along the Salmon River, with several trails leading into the surrounding Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue Coordinator arrived on scene along with members of AMR's Reach and Treat Team at about 10 p.m. and met up with Michelle at the campground. She told searchers she was able to walk out of the backcountry, but had left her husband along the trail, as he was in rough shape.

The RAT Team immediately began to hike toward where Kyle was reportedly left along the trail. About a quarter-mile down the trail, searchers located Kyle and were able to walk him out of the backcountry under his own power.

AMR gave Kyle medical attention at the campground. Kyle refused transport to a hospital and was driven home to Hillsboro by Michelle.

The SAR Coordinator also called out our new Trail Running Rescue Team to join the search, but the subject was located before they could deploy on the trails.

Photos from the staging scene are attached.

As summer heats up, we encourage hikers to prepare with adequate hydration. Backpacker Magazine offers these important hydration tips:


Deputy, bystander pull tow-truck driver from flaming head-on car crash; other involved driver deceased; video available (Photo) - 06/22/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-012812

Dash-cam video of crash and rescue (.mp4 format):

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy and a bystander pulled an injured tow-truck driver from a flaming head-on car crash on June 19. The other involved driver was killed in the crash.

As detailed in Oregon State Police's original press release on the crash ( ): At approximately 11:23 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020, Oregon State Police toopers and emergency personnel responded to a crash on Highway 224 near SE Dale Lane, east of Barton.

A preliminary investigation reveals that a red 1992 Ford F150 pickup was traveling eastbound when for it crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a white 2014 Dodge Ram tow truck. A witness driving an uninvolved car called 911 and told authorities the red Ford pickup had been tailgating the witness driver, and had passed the witness driver just prior to colliding head-on with the tow truck.

The Dodge Ram tow truck was operated by Gary Smith, 56, of Portland. Smith was accompanied by a passenger, Jennifer Sampson, 48, of Vancouver.

The operator of the red Ford pickup -- Kelly Ann Mumby, 59, of Estacada -- sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased.

When a Sheriff's Office deputy arrived at the crash scene, Mumby's red pickup was fully engulfed in flames -- and both vehicles were spilling fluids. Bystanders told the deputy the driver of the tow truck was still pinned in the vehicle.

The deputy found driver Gary Smith pinned in the vehicle by the dashboard. The tow-truck driver told the deputy his leg was broken and that he was unable to get out of the truck.

Meanwhile, as seen in the above-linked video, the fire from Mumby's pickup was encroaching on the tow truck.

The deputy acted fast. He pulled Smith to the passenger side and extricated him from the truck. With the help of a bystander, the deputy carried Smith about 25 yards away from the truck, laid him on the ground, and supported his neck.

A few minutes later, fire personnel arrived and extinguished the fire. 

AMR arrived and gave Smith medical treatment. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Tow-truck passenger Sampson was also transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel with serious injuries.

OSP was also assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT), which  documented and laser-scanned the scene, Clackamas County Fire District #1, AMR and ODOT.

Photos from the crash scene are attached. Video of the fire and rescue can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:


UPDATE -- AGE CORRECTION: Water Rescue Consortium responds to report of three in distress on Clackamas River on Friday; one deceased (Photo) - 06/20/20

CORRECTION: Drowning victim Leanna Rae Middleton was 62, not 68. This has been amended below.


The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to reports of three people in distress on the Clackamas River on Friday. One of the three drowned. Another was transported to the hospital.

Just before 4 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting multiple women in distress in the Clackamas River, just upriver from Barton Park.

Upriver from Barton Park, a family was outside their residence when they heard what sounded like someone in distress in the river. When they looked out to the river, they could see multiple women who appeared to be in distress. One was floating face-down in the river.

The women had been part of a larger group floating the river recreationally, and had fallen behind that larger group.

One of the residents called 911 while her husband grabbed a personal floatation device and ran down to help. The husband reached the woman floating face-down in the river -- later identified as Leanna Rae Middleton, 62, of Portland -- and held her head above water for an extended period of time as emergency workers responded to the scene.

Sheriff's Office deputies and Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators responded to Barton Park along with the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium -- comprising personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire, American Medical Response, and CCSO's Marine Unit and Dive/Rescue Team. A Life Flight Helicopter deployed to the scene as well.

Rescuers reached the good-samaritan husband and Middleton, and pulled Middleton from the river. Rescuers performed CPR on Middleton for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, she could not be revived.

Further investigation revealed Middleton had a personal floatation device (PFD) with her on the inner-tube she was using to float down the river, but had not been wearing the PFD.

Two other women from the larger group were also found to be in distress during this call. Rescuers assisted them to safety and provided first aid. One was transported to an area hospital, while the other declined medical attention.

Life Flight deployed to the area, but was not used to transport any patients. However, while overhead, Life Flight did assist rescuers in attempting to locate subjects in distress.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating Leanna Middleton's drowning.

Photos from the scene are attached.


Joint Statement on PNWSAR letter of intent establishing new relationship with Clackamas County SAR - 06/17/20

On May 26, 2020, Pacific Northwest Search & Rescue (PNWSAR) representatives signed a mutually drafted letter of intent establishing a new relationship with Clackamas County Search & Rescue.

The letter of intent is attached as a PDF.


Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) is pleased to announce the first step in formalizing our longstanding relationship with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) through a mutually drafted Letter of Intent. The PNWSAR Board of Directors voted on May 22 to sign a Letter of Intent to enter into a definitive agreement with CCSO. The letter is a non-binding agreement designating PNWSAR as a service provider to CCSO, defining the collaborative relationship between PNWSAR and CCSO we have enjoyed since PNWSAR’s inception in 1993.

Clackamas County is one of the most visited counties in the country, and it takes highly trained teams like Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue to accomplish these rescue missions safely. This letter of intent is a significant milestone, as we partner together to develop constructive solutions to support search and rescue in Clackamas County and the greater Pacific Northwest. PNWSAR looks forward to a robust ongoing conversation with CCSO and all the search and rescue teams in the region to create a unified response to visitors and citizens in need.


For 27 years Pacific Northwest Search & Rescue has been a dedicated partner in our search-and-rescue operations in Clackamas County. Along with the other members of our Sheriff’s Office search and rescue operations, we share a common purpose: saving lives.

This letter of intent sets expectations to support our cooperative work under a unified command structure that brings together the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team alongside PNWSAR and other SAR providers. Clackamas County Search & Rescue looks forward to many more decades of partnership with PNWSAR, wherever search expertise is needed.


Attached Media Files: LetterOfIntent.pdf
Sheriff's Office arrests Tony Mccaw on multiple sex-crime charges; additional victims sought (Photo) - 06/17/20

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-012091

Shortly after 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, detectives and deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Adult Sex Crimes Unit and Domestic Violence Response Team (DVERT) arrested 20-year-old Tony Ray Mccaw on two counts of Rape in the 1st Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the 1st Degree and Coercion.

Mccaw also goes by the names of "Tony Ray Brittsan" and "Antonio Ray Mccaw." He is currently being held in Clackamas County Jail. His complete booking info (under the name "Tony Ray Brittsan") can be found here: Bail was set at $760,000.

Booking photos from 2020 and 2019 are attached.

He came to the attention of investigators after two separate victims came forward accusing him of sexual assault.

The investigation is still ongoing, but investigators are concerned Mccaw could have additional victims. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office asks that anyone with information on Mccaw's alleged criminal activity or possible additional victims to  contact Detective Shipley or Detective Kyser at 503-655-8211, referencing CCSO Case # 20-012091.

Tips can also be sent using the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Again, please reference CCSO Case # 20-012091.

Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence can contact Clackamas Women's Services at 503-654-2288 or 888-654-2288 for confidential support and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Adult Sex Crimes Unit was officially formed last November. Employing three full-time detectives, the unit operates out of A Safe Place Family Justice Center in Oregon City. Learn more here:


Truck crashes into house; bystanders keep driver from fleeing scene; driver subsequently arrested on DUII, hit-and-run charges (Photo) - 06/15/20

DASH-CAM VIDEO (.mp4 format):

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the report of a single-vehicle crash into a house on SE Jennings Avenue near SE Oatfield Road in unincorporated Clackamas County.

Several people had called 911 to report that the suspect vehicle had rolled over during the crash into the house -- and that the driver was now attempting to leave on foot.

The first deputy arrived to find a group of people watching while several people prevented the suspect driver from leaving.

The suspected driver was identified as Richard Allen Ellis Jr., 37, of Mulino.

Ellis was agitated, complaining that people were trying to fight him. The responding deputy explained they were trying to keep him from leaving. Ellis confirmed to the deputy that he was trying to leave to go home.

A subsequent crash investigation revealed that Ellis had been travelling east on SE Jennings Avenue in a Toyota truck when he drove off the road near SE Emerald Drive, through a front yard. collided with the front porch of a home, and rolled the truck.

American Medical Response paramedics and Clackamas Fire paramedics were on scene and offered to check Ellis, but he refused, demanding to go to a hospital.

Ellis was transported to an area hospital. While at the hospital, a search warrant was granted to obtain a blood sample to determine Ellis’ blood alcohol content (BAC).

Ellis was subsequently arrested on charges of DUII, Criminal Mischief II and Hit and Run.

Thankfully, no one was injured as result of this crash.

Photos from the scene are attached. Dash-cam video from the scene can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:


Wilsonville PD responds to report of suspicious males in mobile-home park -- and recovers stolen car; tips sought (Photo) - 06/10/20

Subjects, mostly juveniles, believed involved in burglaries in Gladstone, Sherwood

Please reference CCSO Case # 20-011990

Just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, an alert resident called C-COM to report two suspicious males walking around the Oakleaf Mobile Home Park in Wilsonville. The two males were reportedly walking up to homes and through yards.

Deputies contracted to the Wilsonville Police Department arrived and spotted a silver Honda Ridgeline with several people inside. The vehicle began to leave the mobile-home park, but was stopped by responding deputies.

It was determined the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Battle Ground Police Department on Thursday, June 4.

Six people were detained. Five were juveniles between 14 and 17 years old. One was an adult male: Brandon Dipwek, 20, of Portland.

The subjects were found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle; in possession of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana; and in violation of curfew.

Deputies also discovered seven vehicles in the mobile-home park had been rummaged through.

Further investigation revealed these subjects were believed to be involved in burglaries that occurred in Gladstone and Sherwood. Authorities in those jurisdictions were notified and are investigating.

Dipwek was cited and released pending further investigation.

This is the fourth significant interception of thieving crews by Wilsonville PD deputies in the past two weeks. Eleven arrests related to car break-in thefts have been made by WPD in recent weeks. Several items of stolen property have been returned to owners after processing. 

Remember to the public: Keep valuables out of cars and keep cars and garages secure. Don’t be an attractive theft target.

TIPS SOUGHT: If you have relevant information regarding these crimes, you are urged to contact the Wilsonville Police. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at . Please reference CCSO Case # 20-011990.

Photos from the June 10 scene are attached.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley, Estacada and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.