Tuesday, December 31, 2013

UPDATE #2: Portland Police respond to stabbing to stabbing S.E. Portland

UPDATE #2: PORTLAND POLICE RESPOND TO STABBING TO STABBING S.E. PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 6:51 PM
The Portland Police Bureau has made an arrest in this case. Domestic Violence Reduction Unit detectives have booked Acension Rosales,a 48-year-old male, at Multnomah County Jail on assault I and attempted murder charges associated with domestic violence.

The victim, Marselia Maldonado-Diaz, a 41-year-old female, is being treated for life-threatening injuries at an area hospital.

There will be no additional updates this evening.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit is continuing to investigate this morning's stabbing. There is a suspect in custody at this time, however, the investigation is still ongoing. The victim in this incident suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at an area hospital.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Teresa Uttke at 503-823-0969.

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This morning, December 31st, 2013, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to the area of S.E. 142nd Avenue and S.E. Division street on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and discovered an adult female had been stabbed.

Medical units arrived and began treating the victim. The victim has been transported to an area hospital. The injury appeared to be serious.

PPB detectives are responding to the scene. It is still early in the investigation. More updates will follow.
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Linn Deputies Serve Search Warrant and Arrest Two Sweet Home Men

LINN DEPUTIES SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AND ARREST TWO SWEET HOME MEN


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 3:43 PM
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Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley reports that his deputies served a search warrant on December 29th, 2013, at approximately 2:13 p.m. in the 28000 block of Santiam Hwy, Sweet Home.

While serving the search warrant, stolen property including logging equipment, dealer amounts of methamphetamine, user amounts of marijuana, drug packaging and drug pipes were recovered. Information from the search warrant later led to the recovery of a stolen flatbed trailer at a second location in the 40000 block of Holley Heights Loop in Sweet Home.

This investigation involved multiple thefts, some of which were from private timber properties located in Linn County. In connection with this case, Forrest Clayton Norman, 46-years old from Sweet Home, and Jerald Allen Erickson, 53-years old from Sweet Home, were arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

Both Norman and Erickson were charged with Theft I, Criminal Trespass II, Offensive Littering, Criminal Mischief II and Unlawful Transport of Metal. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be pending.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Mountain Patrol deputies and detectives were assisted by Oregon State Police.
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Police warn against celebratory gunfire New Years Eve in light of near tragedy two years ago

POLICE WARN AGAINST CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE NEW YEARS EVE IN LIGHT OF NEAR TRAGEDY TWO YEARS AGO


News Release from Forest Grove Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 2:56 PM
Police are warning the public against firing weapons into the air to celebrate New Years Eve.

Moments into the New Year of 2012, Forest Grove Police responded calls of multiple shots fired and a call of a 7 y/o boy who was grazed in the stomach by a errant bullet moments after midnight. The bullet had entered through an exterior wall and into the bedroom where the child was watching television. The child was very fortunately to only sustain minor injuries.

Police later determined that 47 shots had been fired from a residence in Cornelius and arrested two suspects. Police located several damaged vehicles and damage to a structure from bullets.

Each year police get calls of gunfire during celebrations like the 4th of July and New Year's Eve. Celebratory gunfire can cause death, serious injury and property damage and it can result in arrest. Firing a gun within the city limits is illegal. Forest Grove Police will take full enforcement action against those caught in the act of firing a weapon. The public is encourage the public to report this activity if observed by calling 911.
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Beaverton Cares Recognizes Community Support for Toy & Gift Card Drive

BEAVERTON CARES RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR TOY & GIFT CARD DRIVE


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 2:20 PM
The City of Beaverton would like to thank everyone who donated to the Beaverton Toy & Gift Card Drive, from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, 2013. In partnership with the Tualatin Valley Gleaners and the Beaverton School District McKinney Vento Program, local families and youth in-need were able to receive new toys, food, and gift cards for the holidays.

"It is wonderful to see Beaverton residents helping their neighbors this holiday season," said Mayor Doyle. "The holiday season can be difficult for some and the generosity of our community helps to make it a little bit brighter."

More than 500 toys were collected at eight locations: Beaverton City Hall, Beaverton City Library, Murray Scholls Library, The Human Bean (Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy), Umpqua Bank (Barnes Rd, VeggieGrill (Cedar Hills Blvd), Little Pixels, and EcoBinary in addition to the Beaverton Tree Lighting on Dec 6. Over 1,200 pounds of food were collected at City Hall, Beaverton City Library, and the Beaverton Farmer's Market.

The Tualatin Valley Gleaners distributed the toys and food through their Baskets of Joy program to more than 400 low-income families, including more than 800 children on Dec 21. Including the gifts collected through the Beaverton Toy and Gift Card drive, the Gleaners distributed 1,300 toys and 20,000 pounds of food, with the help of donations from the Golden Crown Restaurant, Dugout Bar and Grill, Beaverton Elks, Albertson's (Barrows Rd) and the Oregon Food Bank.

"We couldn't have done it without the support of our dedicated volunteers," said Heather Thompson, the program director. "We all work together to make it a special holiday season."

The drive also helped the Beaverton School District McKinney-Vento Program to collect 175 gift cards, totaling $1,506, for homeless youth during winter break. Thanks to the kindness of local organizations and individuals, Beaverton homeless youth will have the gift of choice, with the ability to purchase a warm meal of their choosing during the cold winter months.

A special thank you to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board and the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Hills, for their help in collecting gift cards this year.

In addition, the city would like to thank the Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy locations of Sesame Donuts, Noodles and Company, and Einstein Bros Bagels, as well as the Beaverton Sub Station, Togo's Sandwiches, Albertson's (Hall Blvd), and the Five Oaks Triple Creek and Sexton Mountain Neighborhood Association Committees for their generosity, helping to make Beaverton the best of Oregon.

For more information about resources in the community or how you can help, please contact Lani Parr in the Neighborhood Program at 503-526-2243 or visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BeavertonCares.

In 2013, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon. Since 2007, Beaverton has been named one of the safest cities in the Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton.

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UPDATE: Portland Police respond to stabbing to stabbing S.E. Portland

UPDATE: PORTLAND POLICE RESPOND TO STABBING TO STABBING S.E. PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 1:33 PM
The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit is continuing to investigate this morning's stabbing. There is a suspect in custody at this time, however, the investigation is still ongoing. The victim in this incident suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at an area hospital.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Teresa Uttke at 503-823-0969.

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This morning, December 31st, 2013, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to the area of S.E. 142nd Avenue and S.E. Division street on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and discovered an adult female had been stabbed.

Medical units arrived and began treating the victim. The victim has been transported to an area hospital. The injury appeared to be serious.

PPB detectives are responding to the scene. It is still early in the investigation. More updates will follow.
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Future of Public Health task force meets Jan. 21

FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH TASK FORCE MEETS JAN. 21


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 1:31 PM
December 31, 2013

Future of Public Health task force meets Jan. 21

What: The second public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:
* Review, discussion, adoption of task force charter;
* Discussion of the role of governmental public health in Oregon;
* Panel discussion from local public health departments;
* Review, discussion, adoption of task force work plan;
* Public comment period.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1B

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348 to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, policy officer, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to hold brief telephone meeting Jan. 7

OREGON HEALTH POLICY BOARD TO HOLD BRIEF TELEPHONE MEETING JAN. 7


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 1:03 PM
December 31, 2013

Oregon Health Policy Board to hold brief telephone meeting Jan. 7

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a brief telephone meeting Jan. 7. The board will open for business to review the December meeting minutes and then will adjourn. Public testimony will be taken at the February meeting. Written testimony can be submitted by emailing ohpb.info@state.or.us.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 9-9:05 a.m.

Where: This meeting will be held by phone and will NOT be available via live Web stream. To attend the meeting, please use the toll-free listen-only conference line by dialing 1- 888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

For more information on the meeting, including meeting materials, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2013-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations to attend this teleconference should contact the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Enhanced Patrol for Drunk Drivers on New Year's Eve

ENHANCED PATROL FOR DRUNK DRIVERS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 12:52 PM
The Portland Police Bureau has been adding enhanced DUII patrols through the holiday season. As New Year's eve is upon us there will again be added DUII enforcement throughout the city; and motorists are strongly encouraged to utilize a sober designated driver, public transportation, or call a taxi.

Just in this last month the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team has investigated 4 fatal crashes, with the most recent one falling just two days after Christmas. Often times drug and alcohol impaired driving, speeding, and distracted driving (cell phone use / texting) are the major contributing factors to the fatal crashes we investigate.

The Police Bureau would ask citizens use care, caution, and common sense when celebrating the New Year. Everyone's lives are affected when something goes horribly wrong. Be safe and enjoy time with family and friends.
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Red Cross responds to

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 12:38 PM
Disaster Action Team volunteers of the American Red Cross this morning responded to a single-family house fire on in the 1000 block of 39th NE in Salem, OR. The fire affected 2 adults and 2 children. Red Cross provided food, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
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Street closures in Entertainment District for New Year's Eve

STREET CLOSURES IN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 12:13 PM
The Portland Police Bureau would like remind the public that N.W. Couch, N.W. Davis and N.W. Everett Streets will be closed from N.W. Naito Parkway to N.W. 4th Avenue and that N.W. 2nd and N.W. 3rd Avenues will be closed from W. Burnside Blvd. to N.W. Flanders Street from 10:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2013, to 3:00 a.m. New Years Day. Please do not park you vehicles inside this zone.
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Truck Driver & Dog Escape Serious Injury After Truck Goes Into Ice-Covered Upper Klamath Lake west of Klamath Falls (Photos)

TRUCK DRIVER & DOG ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AFTER TRUCK GOES INTO ICE-COVERED UPPER KLAMATH LAKE WEST OF KLAMATH FALLS (PHOTOS)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 11:56 AM
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A commercial truck driver and his dog escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after his truck and trailer traveled off Highway 140W about six miles west of Klamath Falls and went into the ice-covered Upper Klamath Lake. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash and ODOT is coordinating removal of the vehicle from the lake.

On December 31, 2013 at approximately 6:41 a.m., a commercial truck pulling an empty semi-trailer driven by CARL HANSEN, age 73, from Medford, was eastbound on Highway 140W near milepost 58. For an unconfirmed reason, the truck traveled across the westbound lane, off the shoulder and into the ice-covered Upper Klamath Lake. The truck and trailer broke through ice, coming to rest partially submerged in the water.

HANSEN escaped through the passenger side window and crawled across the ice to the embankment. After emergency responders arrived, he was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. He was driving for Hansen and Sons Trucking out of Medford.

His dog was spotted running on the ice at an unspecified distance from the crash scene. The dog was rescued and brought back to the highway by Klamath County Fire District No. 1 personnel.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office responded to the scene. Recruit Trooper Thomas Andreazzi is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District No. 1, Klamath County Dive Rescue, and ODOT.

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Fire Near Salem ***Update***

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS FIRE NEAR SALEM ***UPDATE***


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 11:52 AM
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A man is in custody at the Marion County Jail after a series of crimes that took place Monday beginning around 5:30 a.m. William Alva Riley Jr., age 41 was arrested after he crashed a vehicle into a road sign in the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE near Salem.

Investigators believe Mr. Riley was involved in several trespassing incidents, a hit and run crash involving a road sign and area thefts during the early morning hours. In addition to his other activities, Mr. Riley is also a person of interest in the house fire at a residence in the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE.

Detectives are asking that anyone who saw Mr. Riley in the area or may have been victims of a crime in that area on Sunday night or Monday morning, please contact Detective Nancy Hubbard with Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-316-6635.

The victims in the house fire have requested the Sheriff's Office keep their identity confidential. They are declining any invitation for an interview and we ask that the media respect their request.

Mr. Riley is lodged in the Marion County Jail and is facing charges of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, three counts of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Theft III. He is scheduled to appear in court today at 3:00 p.m.

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Today just after 5:30 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to assist in the investigation of a fire inside of a residence in the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE. Sheriff's Office officials can confirm that this is a crime scene, no one is injured and there is no immediate danger to the public.

The Sheriff's Office is being aided in its investigation by Marion County Fire District 1, The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Oregon State Police. As details become available more information will be released. There is currently no time frame as to when this release of information may occur.
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Update #2: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County (Photos)

UPDATE #2: NAME RELEASED - FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 6 NEAR LEE'S CAMP IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY (PHOTOS)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County. The victim's name is released in this update.

On December 30, 2013 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a 2006 Subaru Impreza driven by HAILA CHERYL ANN RUHL, age 21, from Portland, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 26 attempting to pass two other vehicles when RUHL lost control. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment where it overturned onto its top in a creek.

Responding firefighters used ropes to access the overturned car about 40 feet down from the roadway. RUHL was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook office are conducting the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator. Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and ODOT.

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CORRECTION: Interrupted residential burglary leads to two arrests

CORRECTION: INTERRUPTED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 8:50 AM
The name of first individual arrested in this incident is Mark I. Keith, not Mark T. Keith as originally reported.

The PPB apologizes for the mistake.


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Yesterday, December 30th, 2013, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residential burglary in the area S.E. 116th Avenue and S.E. Lincoln Street. The burglary had been interrupted when the homeowner returned home and tried to block the suspects in his driveway. The suspects fled in a vehicle and the homeowner pursued them. The suspect vehicle crashed in the area of S.E. 120th Avenue and S.E. Lincoln Street and the suspects fled on foot.

Officers responded to the area and were able to identify a residence associated with the vehicle. Inside the residence, officers identified Mark T. Keith, a 30-year-old male and Benjamin T. Hicks, a 33-year-old male as suspects in the crime. Both individuals were taken into custody and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on Burglary I charges.
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Update #2: Name Released - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 97 in Redmond Area

UPDATE #2: NAME RELEASED - FATAL PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 97 IN REDMOND AREA


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 8:48 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on Highway 97 near SE Veterans Way in Redmond. At the family's request, the victim's name is being released Tuesday.

On December 29, 2013 at approximately 9:14 p.m., a commercial truck pulling two trailers driven by JASON M. JOHNSON, age 37, from Moxee, Washington, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 122. PAUL DAVID DONLAN, age 34, from Redmond, was walking toward the highway on the east side when he reportedly moved quickly into the southbound lane. JOHNSON tried to steer clear but the front of the second trailer struck DONLAN, fatally injuring him.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Bob Olson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted by Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed for several hours with a detour in place during the investigation.

No photographs provided for release.

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Interrupted residential burglary leads to two arrests

INTERRUPTED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 8:24 AM
Yesterday, December 30th, 2013, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a residential burglary in the area S.E. 116th Avenue and S.E. Lincoln Street. The burglary had been interrupted when the homeowner returned home and tried to block the suspects in his driveway. The suspects fled in a vehicle and the homeowner pursued them. The suspect vehicle crashed in the area of S.E. 120th Avenue and S.E. Lincoln Street and the suspects fled on foot.

Officers responded to the area and were able to identify a residence associated with the vehicle. Inside the residence, officers identified Mark T. Keith, a 30-year-old male and Benjamin T. Hicks, a 33-year-old male as suspects in the crime. Both individuals were taken into custody and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on Burglary I charges.
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Portland Police respond to stabbing to stabbing S.E. Portland

PORTLAND POLICE RESPOND TO STABBING TO STABBING S.E. PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2013 7:25 AM
This morning, December 31st, 2013, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Portland Police officers responded to the area of S.E. 142nd Avenue and S.E. Division street on a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and discovered an adult female had been stabbed.

Medical units arrived and began treating the victim. The victim has been transported to an area hospital. The injury appeared to be serious.

PPB detectives are responding to the scene. It is still early in the investigation. More updates will follow.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Red Cross Assists Family in Vancouver-area Fire

RED CROSS ASSISTS FAMILY IN VANCOUVER-AREA FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 10:08 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting three adults and six children affected by a residential fire Dec. 30 in the 400 block of Grace Avenue in Battle Ground, Clark County, Wash.

The Red Cross provided food and clothing, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
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Suspicious Death Investigation Update #1

SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION UPDATE #1


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 6:31 PM
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Update #1

Polk County Major Crime Team, assisted by members of the Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a 29 year old male. This remains a on-going investigation with suspicious circumstances. An autopsy is planned for January 1, 2013 in Portland.

The deceased has been identified as JAMES WATSON HAWKES IV, 29 years of age from Independence, Oregon. Next of Kin live out of state and have been notified by authorities in Florida and Virginia. Mr. Hawkes was booked into the Polk County Jail on November 21, 2013 for Failure to Appear for Possession of Methamphetamine.

Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "Due to the body being found in a wooded area and partially clothed, we are treating this as suspicious at this time"

Polk County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a male citizen who located what appeared to be a male body in a wooded area. When deputies arrived they confirmed a male was deceased at the location and secured the area.

Based on the on-going investigation, limited information is being released at this time. We anticipate updating the media with additional information as it becomes available.
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Suspicious Death Investigation

SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 6:27 PM
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Major Crime Team is investigating the suspicious death of a 29 year old male found in Southwestern Polk County near the community of PeDee approximately 12 miles south of Dallas, Oregon.

Polk County Sheriff's Office was notified on 12-29-2013 at approximately 6:30 PM of a unconfirmed report of a male body discovered by a citizen in a wooded area. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed a deceased male and secured the scene overnight.

Polk County Major Crime Team consists of investigators from Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas, Independence, and Monmouth Police, along with assistance from the Oregon State Police and the Polk County District Attorney Office.

No further information will be released until after 6:00 PM today due to on going investigation and attempts to locate next of kin. We will update this release when information is available.
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Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Car fire I-5 NB north of Grants Pass MP 73. NB temporarily closed, occupants out and OK. Traffic updates TripCheck.com.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County (Photo)

UPDATE: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 6 NEAR LEE'S CAMP IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 5:13 PM
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Update: To allow family added time for notifications, the 21-year old victim's name will be released Tuesday.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2013 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a passenger car driven by a 21-year old female was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 26 attempting to pass two other vehicles when the driver lost control. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment where it overturned onto its top in a creek.

Responding firefighters used ropes to access the overturned car about 40 feet down from the roadway. The female driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook office are conducting the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator. Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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New Vancouver City Councilmember swearing-in ceremonies Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

NEW VANCOUVER CITY COUNCILMEMBER SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES DEC. 31 & JAN. 1


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 4:13 PM
The City of Vancouver invites you to attend the official swearing-in ceremonies for councilmembers-elect Alishia Topper and Anne McEnerny-Ogle. Both ceremonies are open to the public.

Swearing-In of Alishia Topper
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
2 - 3 p.m.
City Hall Lobby
415 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Swearing-In of Anne McEnerny-Ogle
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
11:30 am -12:30 pm
Vancouver Fire Fighters' Hall
2807 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98660

Topper and McEnerny-Ogle were elected to office in the November 2013 general election. Their first Vancouver City Council meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 6 at City Hall.
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Suspicious Death Investigation

SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 3:00 PM
The Polk County Sheriff's Office Major Crime Team is investigating the suspicious death of a 29 year old male found in Southwestern Polk County near the community of PeDee approximately 12 miles south of Dallas, Oregon.

Polk County Sheriff's Office was notified on 12-29-2013 at approximately 6:30 PM of a unconfirmed report of a male body discovered by a citizen in a wooded area. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed a deceased male and secured the scene overnight.

Polk County Major Crime Team consists of investigators from Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas, Independence, and Monmouth Police, along with assistance from the Oregon State Police and the Polk County District Attorney Office.

No further information will be released until after 6:00 PM today due to on going investigation and attempts to locate next of kin. We will update this release when information is available.
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UPDATE #4: Major Crash Team Responding to a Fatal Crash on SW Barbur Boulevard - Subject taken to jail

UPDATE #4: MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDING TO A FATAL CRASH ON SW BARBUR BOULEVARD - SUBJECT TAKEN TO JAIL


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 2:48 PM
This morning, December 30 2013, Audy Molina-Colindres, a 29-year-old male, was released from an area hospital and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. He was charged with Manslaughter 2, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving.

The PPB would like to remind the public to drive safely this holiday season. The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be conducted enhanced patrols related to DUII enforcement this New Year's Eve throughout the city. Additionally, Central Precinct will be conducting specific traffic enforcement on S.W. Barbur Blvd.

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Correction:
The correct spelling for the passengers name is Dmitriy Maksimov.

The Portland Police Bureau apologizes for the misspelling.

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The driver in the fatal crash on S.W. Barbur Blvd. is in custody for Manslaughter, Reckless Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He is 29-year-old, Audy Molina-Colindres. The passenger has been identified as 28-year-old, Dmitiriy G. Maksimov.

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Correction:
The passenger in the fatal accident was not ejected from the vehicle.

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The PPB's Major Crash Team continues to investigate this morning's fatal crash. Investigators believe that the vehicle involved in this crash was initially headed southbound on S.W. Barbur Blvd. The driver lost control, crossed over a median, through the northbound lanes of S.W. Barbur Blvd. and collided with a large tree.

The passenger of the vehicle died at the scene. The driver was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing and alcohol is believed to be a factor. Additional updates will follow.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind motorists to drive carefully. This incident marks the 35th traffic related fatality this year.

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This morning, Friday December 27, 2013, at 3:06 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Miles Street on the report that a vehicle crashed into a tree and that one person had been ejected from the vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a subject deceased outside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was trapped inside the car and was suffering from traumatic injuries. Portland Fire & Rescue personnel were able to remove the driver, who was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the scene to conduct a crash investigation.

Southwest Barbur Boulevard is closed in both directions and will likely remain closed for several hours as investigators process the crash scene. The road closure essentially extends from Capitol Highway to Terwilliger Boulevard.

Commuters are encouraged to use alternate routes, such as I-5 or Capitol Highway.

No additional information is available and updates will be provided this afternoon.

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Correction: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County

CORRECTION: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 6 NEAR LEE'S CAMP IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 2:20 PM
Correction: Paragraph one should read "Highway 6 near Lee's Camp"

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County. The victim's name is withheld pending next of kin notifications.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2013 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a passenger car driven by an adult female was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 26 attempting to pass two other vehicles when the driver lost control. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment where it overturned onto its top in a creek.

Responding firefighters used ropes to access the overturned car about 40 feet down from the roadway. The female driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook office are conducting the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator. Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and ODOT.

No photographs for release at this time.

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Health advisory lifted for Lost Creek Lake

HEALTH ADVISORY LIFTED FOR LOST CREEK LAKE


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 1:49 PM
December 30, 2013

Health advisory lifted for Lost Creek Lake
Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued Sept. 13 for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County. High levels of a blue-green algae in the lake prompted the advisory.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and associated toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a mat of algae is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. You can also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom program's website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 6 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 6 NEAR LEE'S CAMP IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 1:41 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 26 near Lee's Camp in Tillamook County. The victim's name is withheld pending next of kin notifications.

Preliminary information indicates on December 30, 2013 at approximately 6:40 a.m., a passenger car driven by an adult female was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 near milepost 26 attempting to pass two other vehicles when the driver lost control. The vehicle crossed the westbound lane, struck a guardrail and went down an embankment where it overturned onto its top in a creek.

Responding firefighters used ropes to access the overturned car about 40 feet down from the roadway. The female driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook office are conducting the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator. Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and ODOT.

No photographs for release at this time.

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Fire Near Salem

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS FIRE NEAR SALEM


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 1:13 PM
Downloadable file: Silverton & 72nd
Today just after 5:30 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to assist in the investigation of a fire inside of a residence in the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE. Sheriff's Office officials can confirm that this is a crime scene, no one is injured and there is no immediate danger to the public.

The Sheriff's Office is being aided in its investigation by Marion County Fire District 1, The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Oregon State Police. As details become available more information will be released. There is currently no time frame as to when this release of information may occur.
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Warning about the Dangers of "Celebratory" Gunfire on New Year's Eve

WARNING ABOUT THE DANGERS OF "CELEBRATORY" GUNFIRE ON NEW YEAR'S EVE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 1:00 PM
On New Year's Eve, Portland Police officers citywide will be on patrol and ready to respond to reports of shots fired in neighborhoods.

Last year, officers responded to 16 calls for service regarding reports of someone firing a gun on New Year's Eve.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind people that firing a gun within the city limit is illegal and anyone caught firing a gun will be arrested and charged with all applicable crimes.

Bullets flying into the air must come down and can injure or kill someone and the Police Bureau is asking for cooperation to end 2013 and begin 2014 without a firearm-related tragedy.

Anyone hearing gunfire in their neighborhood is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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Hillsboro Issues Twitter Throwdown, Beaverton and Others Join the Fray

HILLSBORO ISSUES TWITTER THROWDOWN, BEAVERTON AND OTHERS JOIN THE FRAY


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 12:17 PM
On Dec. 16, the City of Hillsboro issued a simple challenge to its neighbors: the first local government to 2,014 Twitter followers wins. The City of Beaverton accepted the challenge, as did Washington County, Tigard, West Linn and Tualatin.

The race is expected to end early in 2014, and represents a friendly competition between the involved localities. Residents are encouraged to propel Beaverton to victory by following the city on Twitter at @CityofBeaverton.

Designed to spur on a bit of friendly competition, the race to 2,104 followers serves to not only increase the visibility of Beaverton's government operations, but to improve the city's social media savvy and promote camaraderie among city staff.

"We are very excited about this challenge," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It's a great opportunity for us to improve our Twitter presence and increase our following--and a bit of friendly competition is a good thing too; we will all gain from it. I'm personally encouraging all our residents and our neighbors to be sure to follow us on Twitter at @CityofBeaverton!"

When Hillsboro first issued the challenge it had 825 Twitter followers, but after its early lead was soon caught up and passed by Tigard, with Beaverton giving close chase. As of Dec. 30, the breakdown is as follows:

Tigard: 920
Hillsboro: 877
Beaverton: 854
West Linn: 677
Tualatin: 600
Washington County: 531

For Beaverton and other cities like it, Twitter allows the local government to have a social media voice, engaging in its community in a more conversational way than is possible through normal resident/government interactions. It has the added benefit of serving as a means to quickly release important information to the community. Follow the City of Beaverton's twitter feed at @CityofBeaverton.

In 2013, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon. Since 2007, Beaverton has been named one of the safest cities in the Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Man Exposes Himself in Tualatin Drive-thru

MAN EXPOSES HIMSELF IN TUALATIN DRIVE-THRU


News Release from Tualatin Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 10:25 AM
Downloadable file: 13-4119
On Thursday, December 26, 2013 at approximately 8:56pm, Tualatin Police responded to a report of a sexual exposure at Starbucks, located at 19321 SW Martinazzi Avenue, in Tualatin.

When officers arrived they learned that a man pulled up to the drive-thru window with his genitals exposed and was masturbating. Surveillance video of this incident is not available.

The Starbucks employee described the suspect as a white male adult, approximately 40 years of age. He was wearing a button-up shirt that was unbuttoned and pulled open. He was not wearing any pants. He was also wearing a baseball style cap with brown hair sticking out from the bottom of the hat. The suspect's vehicle was described as a dark gray or blue, newer sedan

Similar incidents have occurred within the past week in Tigard, Lake Oswego, and Wilsonville. Police think these cases could be related.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. Jill Chapman, 503-691-4842.

No further information at this time.
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Update: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 97 in Redmond Area

UPDATE: FATAL PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 97 IN REDMOND AREA


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 9:44 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on Highway 97 near SE Veterans Way in Redmond. At the family's request, the victim's name will be released Tuesday.

On December 29, 2013 at approximately 9:14 p.m., a commercial truck pulling two trailers driven by JASON M. JOHNSON, age 37, from Moxee, Washington, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 122. A 34-year old male pedestrian from Redmond was walking toward the highway on the east side when he reportedly moved quickly into the southbound lane. JOHNSON tried to steer clear but the front of the second trailer struck the pedestrian, fatally injuring him.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Bob Olson is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted by Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. The highway was closed for several hours with a detour in place during the investigation.

No photographs provided for release.

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Clatsop County Interagency Narcotic Team

CLATSOP COUNTY INTERAGENCY NARCOTIC TEAM


News Release from Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 9:25 AM
A Clatsop County Drug Task Force investigation has led to the arrest of DUSTIN WILLIAM TAYLOR DOB: 01/29/86, on drug related charges Saturday morning. Drug Task Force detectives with the assistance of Clatsop County Sheriff's Deputies executed search warrants on Taylor and his residence located at 33788 Cullaby Lake Lane Warrenton, Oregon. At the residence detectives located methamphetamine, heroin, hashish, marijuana, prescription amphetamines and Ketamine as well as paraphernalia, including syringe needles, smoking devices, scales, packaging material, records of drug sales and $1,565.00 in cash. Inside the residence was a monitor conne cted to three closed circuit security cameras covering multiple angles of approach to the exterior of the residence.
Taylor was arrested on charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance Hashish, Possession of a Controlled Substance Ketamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance Amphetamine. Taylor was transported to the Clatsop County Jail where he was lodged.
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Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 east of Bend in Deschutes County

UPDATE: NAMES & ADDED INFORMATION - FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 20 EAST OF BEND IN DESCHUTES COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 9:13 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Sunday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 20 east of Bend that resulted in the death of a Middleton, Idaho man and serious injuries to the vehicle's driver. The names of the two occupants are released in this update following confirmation that next of kin were notified by Canyon County, Idaho Sheriff's Office.

On December 29, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 1998 Dodge pickup driven by MATTHEW A. DREYER, age 35, from Star, Idaho, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 31 negotiating a curve. The pickup went off the side of the highway and DREYER over-corrected trying to bring it back under control. The pickup rolled an unknown number of times before coming to rest off the south side of the highway.

DREYER was ejected and seriously injured. He was taken by Air Link ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

Passenger CHRISTOPHER H. JOHANSON, age 36, from Middleton, Idaho, was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and fire personnel.

No photographs provided for release.

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Traffic Stop Nets Marijuana and Hashish

TRAFFIC STOP NETS MARIJUANA AND HASHISH


News Release from West Linn Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 8:50 AM
Downloadable file: Jesse Ray BURNS
Downloadable file: MJ3
Downloadable file: MJ & Hash
Downloadable file: MJ2
Downloadable file: MJ1
Followi ng a traffic stop for speeding on I205, West Linn Police Officer Chris Thomas arrested Jesse Ray BURNS of Portland for Driving While Revoked, DUII, and Possession of Controlled Substances. BURNS was stopped for driving 78 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Once stopped, BURNS, a convicted felon who is on probation out of Multnomah County, told police he knew he was speeding and that he was suspended.

Officers noted a strong odor of marijuana, although BURNS claimed to have a medical marijuana card, he did not. Following a search of the vehicle, officers seized 48 ounces of marijuana, 3.8 ounces of Hashish, and several packages of Hashish wafers and oil. BURNS claimed to have obtained the substances in southern Oregon and was transporting them to the Portland area for medical marijuana patients.

BURNS failed Field Sobriety Tests, during which BURNS appeared to have flakes of marijuana clinging to his shirt. BURNS was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail for a Multnomah County detainer, Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor, Reckless Driving, DUII, PCS Marijuana over one ounce, and PCS Hashish. A Drug Recognition Expert was called in to conduct an evaluation of BURNS for DUII-Drugs. Test results are pending results for the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

A female passenger who was in the vehicle was not charged, she drove the vehicle from the stop scene following the arrest.
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End 2013 & Start 2014 On Safe Roads; Zero Tolerance For Impaired Driving

END 2013 & START 2014 ON SAFE ROADS; ZERO TOLERANCE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 8:33 AM
Downloadable file: OSP_Bulletin.jpg
Following last year's deadly New Year's holiday period during which 12 people died, including 9 in the tragic December 30 tour bus crash east of Pendleton, law enforcement agencies in Oregon urge travelers to be prepared for varied road conditions and don't ignore the dangers of impaired, fatigued, distracted, and other hazardous drivers on our roads.

"We definitely are concerned after last year's deadly holiday period when so many people lost their lives on our roads," said OSP Major Travis Hampton. "Make the right decision to drive alert, rested and sober. Celebrate responsibly and start the New Year by keeping everyone's safety on our roads your highest priority."

According to Oregon Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), last year's twelve fatalities equaled the highest number reported during only two other years (1998 and 1999) since 1970 for the New Year's holiday period. This year's holiday reporting period is 30 hours (6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2013, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014) because New Year's Day is on Wednesday.

Continuing stepped up enforcement efforts that are part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, in partnership with ODOT, offer these important safety tips:

* Have designated drivers. Plan to have sober drivers at your party who can help get folks home safely. Volunteer to be a sober driver at someone else's party.
* Plan to stay overnight. Make pre-arrangements to stay overnight at your friend's home or in a hotel room where you won't have to drive if you have been drinking.
* Monitor car keys. Collect your guests' car keys at the beginning of your event. Then, talk with your guests before they leave about the best transportation options for them.
* Be ready with a cab fare fund. Having available cash to pay cab fare for your guests if they need it reduces the stress on you. If you can't afford to pay for it yourself, ask your guests to pitch in a few bucks on your invitation. And keep phone numbers handy.
* Be responsible. If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible. Don't let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.
* Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out.
* Buckle up, every trip, every time.
* Drive defensively at all times.
* Show zero tolerance for impaired driving. Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).

According to ODOT's FARS, prior to last year an average of 5 traffic fatalities occurred in Oregon each year during the previous 10 years over New Year's holiday period. Eleven years ago (2003) when the last 30-hour reporting period took place, Oregon recorded the only fatal-free New Year's holiday period since 1970.

During the last three New Year's holiday periods, OSP troopers reported a total of 222 DUII arrests. Last year, nearly 40 percent of OSP's 78 reported DUII arrests occurred January 1st between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.

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2-Alarm house & garage fire burns while residents gone on vacation

2-ALARM HOUSE & GARAGE FIRE BURNS WHILE RESIDENTS GONE ON VACATION


News Release from Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 8:18 AM
Marion County Fire District #1, with mutual aid assistance from Silverton Fire District, was dispatched to a reported fire at residence at 5:20 a.m. this morning (12/30/13) in the 7200 block of Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon.

While responding, additional callers to 9-1-1 reported the garage was on fire, and that fire was extending to the residence. Upon arrival, firefighter's encountered a two-story farm house with an unattached garage. Heavy smoke was showing from both structures. The fire response was immediately upgraded to a second alarm, bringing over 20 pieces of fire apparatus and nearly 40 firefighters and command staff to the fire scene.

Firefighters immediately went to work battling the fire. The fire was brought under control within about an hour. A search of the home and garage revealed that there were no residents at the home at the time of the fire. They were later found to be safe, out of the area, on a family vacation. The family has been notified and is returning home this morning. No firefighters were injured at this scene.

The MCFD1 Fire Marshal's Division & Marion County Sheriff's Office remains on scene investigating the cause and origin of the fire. At the time of the press release, the cause is unknown and there is no damage estimate available. Additional details will be released once the Fire Marshal's Division completes their investigation. Photo's are not available at this time (we will try to provide photos later with daylight).

Woodburn Fire & Silverton Fire responded to provide fire district coverage while MCFD1 fought the fire. PGE also responded to turn off power sources at the location while firefighters worked to suppress the fire.


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Patrick J. Wineman
Incident Commander
Battalion Chief/Paramedic
Marion County Fire District No. 1
300 Cordon Rd NE * Salem, Oregon 97317
Cellular: (503) 932-8359
District Office: (503) 588-6526
Fax: (503) 588-6537
Website: http://www.mcfd1.com
Email: patrickw@mcfd1.com
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Driver Cited For 102 Miles Per Hour On Interstate 5

DRIVER CITED FOR 102 MILES PER HOUR ON INTERSTATE 5


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 7:56 AM
Saturday at about 4:15 p.m. Marion County Traffic Safety Team Deputy Ethan Griffith was southbound on Interstate 5 in the far left lane when he looked in his rear-view mirror and saw Michael Brazil age 61 of Sherwood traveling at a high rate of speed.

Deputy Griffith activated his radar in his marked Ford Mustang and was surprised to see that it read 94 miles per hour. Deputy Griffith's car is equipped with radar that is capable of tracking a vehicles speed from behind his vehicle and in front of his vehicle while he is in motion.

Deputy Griffith was even more surprised as he watched Mr. Brazil move from the left lane to the far right lane and accelerate to 102 miles per hour past him.

Deputy Griffith stopped Mr. Brazil who stated that he had some recent engine work done to his 1990, Chevrolet Camero and his speedometer never exceeded 70 miles per hour. Mr. Brazil was cited for exceeding the maximum speed limit a citation that if convicted carries a fine of $1150.00 and up to a 90 day license suspension.

Each year the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team responds to numerous motor vehicle crashes that have resulted in death or serious injury as a result of high speeds. Tragically in some of these cases had the driver obeyed the posted limit for the designated area the crash could have been avoided without injury or loss of life.
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UPDATE: Names & conditions -Vehicle crashes into Molalla River

UPDATE: NAMES & CONDITIONS -VEHICLE CRASHES INTO MOLALLA RIVER


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 30th, 2013 7:34 AM
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UPDATE Monday 12/30 0700:

Driver: Giovanni Demartino, age 22, from Clackamas. At OHSU in critical condition.

Passenger: Danie Fournier, age 23, from Oregon City. At OHSU in stable condition.

Several good samaritains helped the victims immediately after the crash. Douglas Parkins, age 25, from Sandy Oregon helped pull the driver from the vehicle shortly after the crash with the help of Michael Holliday age 31 and Ricky Hendrickson, age 34 both from Colton.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this crash. The case has been forwarded to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Assault.

The vehicle is a 1996 Dodge Stratus.

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Just after midnight Clackamas County received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash on the Molalla Forest Rd east of Molalla. A vehicle had gone off the roadway and landed upside down in the river. Two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash occurred about 7 miles east of the intersection with Dickey Prairie Rd.

Molalla Fire and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office were first on scene. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium also responded.

Crews arriving found two men on top of the vehicle in the water. The vehicle left the roadway and went off a 30 foot cliff before hitting some rocks then landing in the river. The vehicle was upside down and almost completely submerged. One of the males was the driver who was pulled from the water by a male who was not involved in the crash.

The female passenger in the vehicle was able to get out and swam to shore on the other side of the river. Two passerby's waded across and provided her aid until rescue crews arrived.

After reaching the injured parties rescue crews had to use a rapid deployment craft raft to bring them to shore. Then they had to be brought up a steep cliff by rope teams.

Molalla Fire, Colton Fire, Gladstone Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Clackamas County Dive and Marine Patrol all responded to the crash.

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. Their names are not being released at this time pending family notification.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Fatal Crash Hwy 6 east of Lee's Camp near MP 26. One vehicle off road, one fatality. No info availalble. Traffic updates TripCheck.com.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Preliminary Information: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 97 in Redmond Area

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: FATAL PEDESTRIAN-INVOLVED TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 97 IN REDMOND AREA


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 9:54 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal pedestrian involved traffic crash that occurred on Highway 97 near SE Veterans Way in Redmond.

On December 29, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m. a pedestrian was struck by a commercial truck and pronounced deceased. The crash has northbound and southbound lanes closed with a detour in place. No other information to be released until Monday.

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 east of Bend in Deschutes County

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 20 EAST OF BEND IN DESCHUTES COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 7:24 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is still on scene investigating a Sunday afternoon single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 20 east of Bend that resulted in the death of an adult male and serious injuries to another adult male. Names may be released Monday after confirmation of next of kin notification. The highway is now open to one lane of travel and traffic updates may be found at TripCheck.com.

Preliminary information indicates on December 29, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a pickup occupied by two adult males was traveling westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 31 negotiating a curve. The pickup went off the side of the highway and its driver over-corrected trying to bring it back under control. The pickup rolled an unknown number of times before coming to rest off the highway.

The driver was ejected and seriously injured. He was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The male passenger was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP is assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and fire personnel.

No other information or photographs for release.

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Deputies Pursue Suspects Near Stayton ***Update***

DEPUTIES PURSUE SUSPECTS NEAR STAYTON ***UPDATE***


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 6:40 PM
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Today at about 11:00 a.m. Deputies following up on several burglary investigations in south Marion County came across a silver Honda civic that they believed may be connected to their investigation near Jefferson.

When Deputy Derrick Ramseyer attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed toward the City of Stayton. As Deputy Ramseyer pursued the vehicle, he radioed for additional help from Deputies with the Sheriff's Office and Officers from the Stayton Police Department.

According to Deputy Ramseyer, prior to reaching Stayton the pursuit reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. As the vehicle came into Stayton, it slowed and that is when Cheyenne Moore age 32 of Dallas, ran from the vehicle.

Other pursuing officers quickly arrested Ms. Moore while Deputy Ramseyer resumed the pursuit of the vehicle. Shortly after resuming the pursuit, the Stayton Police Department successfully deployed spike strips against the vehicle, flattening three of its tires.

Despite deflating tires, the male driver later identified as Jerry Simpson age 29 of Dallas, continued to elude Deputies. Finally Mr. Simpson came to a stop behind the Dollar Tree in the 900 block of North 1st Street.

This is where Deputies and Officers began chasing Mr. Simpson on foot and through backyards until they lost sight of him. Thanks to citizens outside in their yards, Deputy Ramseyer was able to determine that Mr. Simpson had run into the front door of a residence in the 900 block of N. Birch Street.

After several tense minutes, Deputies, Officers and a K9 Officer from the Salem Police Department were able to convince Mr. Simpson to exit the residence and surrender peacefully. In an effort to thwart his arrest, Mr. Simpson changed into clothing from inside of the residence that he was hiding in and denied being the driver of the speeding vehicle. Deputies later entered the residence and found Mr. Simpson's clothing that he was wearing during the pursuit hidden inside of a closet.

It is believed that Mr. Simpson is an acquaintance of the homeowner, however there is no evidence that leads Deputies to believe that the homeowner aided Mr. Simpson in his attempted escape from arrest.

A later search of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine, drug packaging, scales, prescription narcotics, marijuana and over $1300.00 cash. The investigation into Mr. Simpson and Ms. Moore is ongoing and it is unknown at this time if they will face any additional charges.

Mr. Simpson and Ms. Moore are currently lodged at the Marion County Jail. Ms. Simpson is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Parole Violation. Mr. Simpson faces a Warrant for Parole Violation, Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.
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Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Fatal Crash Hwy 20 east of Bend near MP 31. Blockage reported. No more info available for release. Traffic updates TripCheck.com.

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Deputies Pursue Suspects Near Stayton

DEPUTIES PURSUE SUSPECTS NEAR STAYTON


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 12:44 PM
Today at approximately 12:00 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office engaged in the pursuit of a male and female suspect operating a vehicle near Stayton. As of this time both suspects are in custody and the investigation as to why they fled is continuing.

The Sheriif's Office can confirm that there are no injuries, no hostages and all suspects are in custody.

This is currently an active investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release anymore information.
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Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing in 7-Eleven Parking Lot.

GRESHAM POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING IN 7-ELEVEN PARKING LOT.


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 11:01 AM
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 29, 2013
CONTACT PERSON: Officer Ben Costigan - Public Information Officer
CASE NUMBER: 13-714142

Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing in 7-Eleven Parking Lot.


Gresham, Ore. - On Dec. 28, 2013 at 11:56 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of a man that had been stabbed in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 1430 NE 181st Ave.

Police located a male subject with a stab wound to his upper abdomen and another injured male that had been struck by a vehicle. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Johnnel Pettay, 23, and his brother John Pettay, 21, of Gresham stated that they had gotten into a fight with three subjects in the 7-Eleven parking lot. Johnnel was stabbed and they began to run away from the suspects on foot. They were then ran down and struck by the suspect's vehicle. Both victims were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspects are acquaintances of Pettay's and there is no danger to the public. It is not known if the incident is gang related at this time. No arrests have been made at the time of this release. The investigation is on-going and no other information is being released. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Gresham Police at 503.618.2719.
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Vehicle crashes into Molalla River

VEHICLE CRASHES INTO MOLALLA RIVER


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 29th, 2013 6:11 AM
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Just after midnight Clackam as County received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash on the Molalla Forest Rd east of Molalla. A vehicle had gone off the roadway and landed upside down in the river. Two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash occurred about 7 miles east of the intersection with Dickey Prairie Rd.

Molalla Fire and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office were first on scene. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium also responded.

Crews arriving found two men on top of the vehicle in the water. The vehicle left the roadway and went off a 30 foot cliff before hitting some rocks then landing in the river. The vehicle was upside down and almost completely submerged. One of the males was the driver who was pulled from the water by a male who was not involved in the crash.

The female passenger in the vehicle was able to get out and swam to shore on the other side of the river. Two passerby's waded across and provided her aid until rescue crews arrived.

After reaching the injured parties rescue crews had to use a rapid deployment craft raft to bring them to shore. Then they had to be brought up a steep cliff by rope teams.

Molalla Fire, Colton Fire, Gladstone Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Clackamas County Dive and Marine Patrol all responded to the crash.

The condition of the victims is unknown at this time. Their names are not being released at this time pending family notification.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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