Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cowlitz Sheriff Marine patrol rescues boater clinging to his capsized boat in Cowlitz River (Photo)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 5:13 PM
Downloadable file: Deputy Hockett

Kelso, Wash - The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Marine Patrol received a call of a man who was clinging to his capsized boat in the Cowlitz River in Kelso.    Deputies responded and they were able to pull the man on board.   The man, Wayne Snaza, 57 years, said that he had been in the water for about an hour.   

Snaza said the outboard motor on his 12 foot aluminum boat became loose and that contributed to the boat sinking in the river.   Snaza who did not have a PFD (Life vest) was very cold and had a hard time moving when the deputies arrived.   

The deputies, Nate Hockett and Sgt Troy Brightbill were able to tow the sunken boat to the shore for Snaza.

Firefighters from Longview Fire and District 2 Fire responded and manned the bank ready to help if needed.  Snaza was checked by medical aid, but he declined to be transported to the hospital.  

CCD. Charlie Rosenzweig states "The water is still dangerous cold this time of year and people need to be very cautious.  Boaters should wear life vests so if an accident happens they are prepared." 

The photo attached was taken by the Longview Fire. 

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Mayor convenes Gresham Youth Summit


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 4:58 PM

GRESHAM, OR. – Local youth will share their thoughts on safety in schools, bullying and technology at the Gresham Youth Summit, convened by Mayor Shane Bemis. Select students from all Gresham high schools will be invited to attend and participate in moderated youth panel discussions on Tuesday, May 29 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1331 NW Eastman Parkway.

Youth voices have been a critical factor in recent national conversations.  Gresham’s summit will feature those voices with panel discussions including students from area high schools, moderated by Bemis. The summit will also use technology to examine thoughts and opinions of the larger group in real-time during the discussion.

Through his involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Bemis will also be leading a national task force on youth involvement, which launches during the Conference’s upcoming annual meeting.

“We have a laser focus on children and families right now in Gresham. Given the national focus on youth voices, this seemed an opportune moment to connect with the young people in our community to hear their thoughts on issues that matter to them,” said Mayor Bemis.

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Senate Bill 144 Strenthens Oregon State Law Protecting Archaeological Objects


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 2:52 PM

The Oregon State Police wants to alert the public to the passage of Senate Bill 144 from the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session, which took effect on January 1, 2018.  Senate Bill 144 makes it unlawful to remove an archaeological object from public land without a permit.

ORS 358.920 prohibits a person from excavating, injuring, destroying or altering an archaeological site or object or removing an archaeological object located on public or private lands in Oregon unless that activity is authorized by a permit.  Prior to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 144, pursuant to ORS 358.915, a person who unintentionally discovered an archaeological object that had been exposed by the forces of nature on public OR private lands could retain the object for personal use.  However, after the passage of SB 144, that exemption no longer applies to public lands.  As of January 1, 2018, a person is only exempt from the prohibitions found in ORS 358.920 if they unintentionally discover an archaeological object that has been exposed by the forces of nature on private property.  Individuals found to have excavated, injured, destroyed or altered an archaeological site or object or removed an archaeological object located on public lands could be subject to prosecution.

As the summer months approach and more people are out recreating on public lands, citizens are reminded to leave discovered archaeological objects in place and not to remove and/or retain them.  Removing an archaeological object from public land without a permit is punishable as a Class B Misdemeanor Crime.  Citizens with questions about archaeological objects can email the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office at  Reports of anyone observed illegally collecting artifacts or looting of archaeological sites/gravesites can be made to the Oregon State Police (24/7) at 1-800-452-7888 or by using your cell phone keypad to dial *OSP (*677) .


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Oregon State Police Memorial Day Travel Message (Photo)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 2:37 PM
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This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial launch into summer.  Experts already predict that this will be the busiest traffic weekend of the year.  To help keep your spirits high during your vehicle travel, take a few pointers from us here at the Oregon State Police.  

Plan ahead, be prepared and above all else be patient.  

  • Timing your departure can make all the difference.  Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination without getting frustrated when heavy traffic puts a pause in your time frame. 
  • Know your routes and options if you come across detours or construction. OSP likes to encourage all drivers in Oregon to use the Oregon Department of Transportation’s
  • Ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and in good working order to avoid maintenance emergencies.
  • If you are traveling with children, have something to keep them occupied. Games, snacks and pillows for sleeping will not only keep them occupied, but it will keep your attention where it needs, on the road.

The Oregon State Police patrol will be out in force this weekend.  Oregon State Troopers will be focusing on maintaining the flow of traffic as well as enforcing all traffic laws but especially the Fatal 5.  These 5 major categories of driving behaviors contribute to most fatal or serious injury crashes.


The Oregon State Police hopes that we don’t have to see you this memorial day weekend. Have safe holiday.


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Oregon Brings Together Local Leaders to Discuss Key Public Safety, Behavioral Health Challenges


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 2:18 PM

A broad coalition of stakeholders met today to discuss ways Oregon can help counties and tribal governments improve responses to people in the criminal justice system who have behavioral health needs.

Thirty-two of the state’s 36 local public safety coordinating councils (LPSCC) were represented at the Oregon Forum on Behavioral Health and Public Safety, which took place at the Salem Convention Center. Attendees included sheriffs, jail commanders, community mental health program (CMHP) directors, probation and parole officers, judges, local police departments, LPSCC coordinators, jail mental health directors, representatives from coordinated care organizations, Oregon Health Authority behavorial health staff, district attorneys and public defenders.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said, “The justice system was designed to prevent, protect against and prosecute criminal offenses. It was not designed to treat mental illness. The best way to support people with mental illness is to connect them to treatment in our local communities. Today’s conversation is a chance to deepen the partnership between Oregon’s behavioral health and public safety systems and lay the groundwork for more effective solutions that better promote individual recovery and community safety.”

Participants at the forum discussed the challenges that local governments and the state face regarding community behavioral health treatment and services, including services that are tailored to people in the criminal justice system. They also discussed how to increase access to and effectiveness of behavioral health treatment in localities across the state and how to improve information and data sharing across behavioral health and criminal justice agencies.

“While Oregon has a rich base of behavioral health treatment practitioners, services are not equally accessible to all, especially for people in the criminal justice system,” said Michael Schmidt, Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC). “Even when people are able to access services, those services too often are not timely or tailored to be most effective in addressing the unique characteristics and needs of people with frequent contact with the criminal justice system.”

The statewide forum builds on the national 50-State Summit on Public Safety, which was hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center in partnership with the Association of the State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) in November 2017. The CSG Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

Attending the 50-State Summit from Oregon were CJC Director Mike Schmidt, Oregon Department of Corrections Director Colette Peters and Assistant Director for Offender Management and Rehabilitation Heidi Stewart and Judge Kelly Skye. They joined teams from 49 other states at the summit to examine local criminal justice trends and identify strategies for reducing crime and recidivism, improving outcomes for people who have mental illnesses and substance addictions, and reducing spending on prisons and jails.

“Like many states across the nation, Oregon has seen an increase in the number of drug overdose deaths over the last decade, particularly from methamphetamine use. Local and state law enforcement and corrections departments report that many people in their custody struggle with mental illnesses and substance addictions,” said Dr. Reginald C. Richardson Sr., Executive Director of the Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. “Developing a more comprehensive and integrated statewide behavioral health strategy is essential to supporting local systems.”

Oregon is currently seeking to partner with the CSG Justice Center to use a data-driven behavorial health justice reinvestment approach to analyze and address the state’s challenges. This project would be a unique approach in that county and tribal government officials would help drive the project to ensure that the statewide strategies identified can truly improve behavioral health and criminal justice outcomes and reduce costs at the local level.

The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and Oregon Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission hosted the state forum, and it was facilitated by representatives from the CSG Justice Center. Funding for the forum was provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office Make Arrest in Arson


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 2:03 PM

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that Joshua Lee Laub, 29, a transient of Lebanon, was arrested on May 24, 2018, at about 6:00 a.m., in connection to a fire that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Russell Street in Lebanon.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Center received a call regarding the fire on February 07, 2018, at 8:05 p.m., The Lebanon Fire Department extinguished the fire and fire investigators determined the cause was arson. 

Detectives of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conducted the criminal investigation.  It was determined the residence was in foreclosure and nobody was living there at the time of the fire.    The damage to the residence as a result of the fire was in excess of $75, 000.  Investigators were able to identify Laub as a person of interest in the fire after receiving tips from the public.  Ultimately  Laub was interviewed and confessed to starting the fire.

Joshua Laub was arrested and charged with Arson I and Criminal Mischief I.           


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Third county manager candidate will join community forum on May 30


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: May 24th, 2018 1:50 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Council has invited a third finalist for the county manager position to participate in a moderated forum next week. Keith A. Regan, managing director of the County of Maui will join the forum with two other finalists announced last week. They are Rick Rudometkin, county manager of Eddy County, New Mexico, and Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

The forum will be 9-10 am Wednesday, May 30, in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public and will be moderated by Jim Rumpeltes, interim county manager.

If you have suggested questions for the candidates, please send them to    

Regan has been managing director since 2011and has more than 20 years of experience in senior management in the public and private sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business operations from DeVry Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a master’s of public administration from the University of Southern California. He also earned a certificate in Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Rudometkin has held his current position since 2013 and previously served as Eddy County Public Works director. He has 24 years of progressive local and municipal government experience. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Woodbury University, Burbank, California. He also holds credentials as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics and Certified Public Manager through the New Mexico EDGE program. 

Henessee has been city administrator of City of Pleasant Hill since 2017, and served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wisconsin, from 2015 – 2017. He has extensive experience with county and local government departments and functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wichita State University, a master’s degree in political science from University of Kansas, and a juris doctor from University of Missouri.

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