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Wednesdays temporary school lockout - 02/07/20

Case: 20-000927                                           WEDNESDAYS TEMPORARY SCHOOL LOCKOUT

Date: 2/7/2020

On 2/5/2020 at approximately 10:44 am, Milwaukie Police responded to the area of SE Main Street and SE Jefferson Street in downtown Milwaukie, regarding a report of a disturbance where one subject allegedly had a hatchet.  The witness who called in reported seeing a male subject with a hatchet chasing a second subject east bound from the area.

Due to the nature of the call, the request for a “Lockout” was forwarded to; Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie & El Puente     Elementary School, Waldorf School, and St. John the Baptist Catholic School. A Lockout is a precautionary measure taken to    protect students and staff when there is a possible threat to public safety outside the schools. A lockout allows staff to secure exterior doors and then continue normal business inside until the matter outside is resolved.  The call was dispatched at 10:45 am, and the lockout was immediately initiated.  The first officer arrived at 10:46 am, and the lockout was cleared at 10:57 am.  

Officers located and contacted the victim, 46-year-old Christian Alan-Zachery Smith, at SE Main Street and SE Monroe Street. Mr. Smith admitted he had been armed with a hatchet and had chased a subject he knew as “Ted” who had allegedly tried to steal from him.  When Officers contacted Mr. Smith, he no longer had the hatchet and he informed officers he had put it back in his vehicle.

Mr. Smith told officers “Ted” was an acquaintance he had previously met and the two had arranged to meet to smoke marijuana. During their meeting, “Ted” allegedly took Mr. Smith’s marijuana and ran away.  Mr. Smith briefly chased him with a sheathed hatchet in his hand but was unable to catch “Ted”. Mr. Smith returned to his vehicle and put the hatchet away moments before the first officer arrived and contacted him. 

Mr. Smith would not provide any additional statements and said he did not wish to pursue theft charges. An area check was   conducted by officers, but they were unable to locate the alleged suspect.  Based on the initial information, the surrounding schools were placed on Lockout for about 12 minutes while police investigated what had happened and evaluated the risk to local schools. 

No further information regarding this incident is available at this time.  


Vehicle vs. School bus Crash - 01/29/20

Case: 20-000722

Date: 1/29/2020

On 1/28/2020 at approximately 12:52 pm, Milwaukie Police and medics responded to a vehicle vs. school bus crash at the intersection of SE Harrison Street and SE 37th Avenue in the City of Milwaukie. Police contacted 81-year-old Marvel E. Beck; driver of the 2016 Kia Sol involved in the crash. Mrs. Beck’s airbag deployed as a result of the crash. Mrs. Beck reported she was not injured by the collision or airbag deployment.  

The driver of the school bus, 63-year-old Janet L. Lemke and the five preschoolers on board were also uninjured. All children on the bus were properly restrained in their seats at the time of the crash.

During the investigation police learned the school bus was travelling east on SE Harrison Street as it entered the SE 37th Avenue intersection. Mrs. Beck was travelling north on SE 37th Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign before entering the intersection. As a result, Mrs. Beck’s vehicle collided with the front passenger side fender of the school bus, causing her Kia to spin before coming to a stop on the south-east curb of SE Harrison Street.

Mrs. Beck was issued a citation for; ORS 811.265/Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

Vehicle vs. Scooter (Wheelchair) - 01/28/20

Case: 20-000703

Date: 1/27/2020

On 1/27/2020 at approximately 6:27 pm, Milwaukie Police responded to a vehicle vs. motorized scooter (wheelchair) crash on SE 42nd Avenue near SE Harrison Street in the City of Milwaukie. Police first contacted the pedestrian/scooter operator, 56-year-old Erica DeSilva. Mrs. DeSilva told investigators she was travelling south in the bike lane on the east side of SE 42nd Avenue when the crash occurred. Mrs. DeSilva explained she had just gotten off a Tri-Met bus and was heading home. Mrs. DeSilva told medics she was experiencing some pain on her left side due to the crash. Mrs. DeSilva’s injuries appeared minor and non-life threatening. Mrs. DeSilva was transported by AMR to a local hospital for additional evaluation and treatment.

The driver, identified as 41-year-old Jason Anderson, remained on-scene and cooperated with the investigation. Mr. Anderson told police he had just fueled up his black Kia Sol and was preparing to turn out of the Safeway gas station north onto SE 42nd Avenue. Mr. Anderson told police he looked left, then right, then left again, before letting his foot off the brake to turn out of the driveway. Mr. Anderson said he stopped immediately when his vehicle contacted Mrs. DeSilva and her scooter.    

A Safeway employee, Joseph Budd, told police the Kia Sol was not moving very fast at the time of the crash.  No citations have been issued at this time. 

The Milwaukie Police would like to remind everyone that night-time and rain can significantly reduce visibility for drivers and pedestrians.  We encourage everyone to use extra caution during low-light conditions and inclement weather.


Vehicle Vs. Ped Hit and Run - 01/22/20

On 1/22/2020 at about 4:04 am, the Milwaukie Police were dispatched to a hit and run crash near the intersection of S.E. Harrison Street and 31st Avenue in Milwaukie. There was a crew doing routine maintenance on the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks at that location and time.  A worker directing traffic was struck by a gray colored sedan which initially left the scene. The construction worker was transported by ambulance to a local hospital from the location with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Michael Taylor, returned to the scene of the crash about 30 minutes later.  He was driving a gray 2008 Ford Focus. Mr. Taylor then cooperated with investigators.  He was taken into custody for Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons (Hit and Run) and the incident is still under investigation.

Anytime a driver approaches a road construction zone with altered traffic patterns, they should slow to a speed they are certain is safe until they are completely through it.  

Suspicious circumstances SE Lake Rd. - 01/22/20

On the morning of 1/21/2020, a 13-year-old Rowe Middle School student reported suspicious circumstances to school staff. The incident was reported to the Milwaukie Police Department in the afternoon, after the student had gone home. The student said at approximately 9:00 am, an older white business van with scratched pink and light blue lettering followed her on SE Lake Road from about SE 23rd Avenue to SE Guilford Drive, before turning around. The student described the driver as possibly a Hispanic male in his 20’s or early 30’s, with dark hair. The student explained the driver stopped the van in the street and exited twice, with his hazard lights on, but did not actually attempt to contact her.  She reported the situation made her uncomfortable. She was not able to get the vehicle plate. The Milwaukie Police are investigating this incident and the safety of our community is always our highest concern. Based on the information we received, no crime was committed, but we would be interested in identifying the vehicle and driver to better understand what was going on.  We want to remind parents and students to always be aware of their surroundings. If walking to and from school, we would encourage students to walk with others if possible. If you have information regarding this incident, please call the Milwaukie Police Department at; 503-786-7446. Our non-emergency dispatch number is 503 786-7500 and for any emergencies with an immediate threat to people or property, dial 911.