Friday, January 31, 2014

Double Fatal Crash Highway 20 West of Sisters (Photo)

DOUBLE FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 20 WEST OF SISTERS (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 9:02 PM
Downloadable file: 2014-01-31_16-02-39_46.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Bend Area Command are continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's double fatal crash on Highway 20 west of Sisters. Names of all involved will be released at a later time pending next of kin notification.

On January 31, 2014 at approximately 2:28 p.m., a silver Acura SUV, operated by a 61 year old male, from Salem, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 86. A black Toyota pickup, operated by a 42 year old male, from Newberg, was eastbound on Highway 20 at the same location. For unknown reasons the ACURA crossed into the east bound lane and crashed nearly head-on into the Toyota pickup.

Both the driver of the Acura and the driver of the Toyota pickup received fatal injuries from the crash. A 41 year old female passenger of the Toyota pickup, from King City, was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Hospital in Bend for non-life threatening injuries.

All involved parties were wearing safety belts and both vehicles' air bags deployed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Ranch Fire Department and Sisters Fire Department. The highway was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

Photograph provided by OSP

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Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Injury four car crash I-5SB MP 270 near Woodburn.2 SB lanes are closed.Expect significant delays.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: One lane is now open on U.S. 20 just east of Santiam Pass near Suttle Lake Loop (milepost 86) following a two vehicle crash that resulted in a double fatality earlier this afternoon. Flaggers are controlling traffic. Motorists can still expect delays as traffic is cleared. UPDATE

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West Linn PD Participates in DUII grant

WEST LINN PD PARTICIPATES IN DUII GRANT


News Release from West Linn Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 4:05 PM
The West Linn Police Department participated in and completed the Winter High Visibility Enforcement program, the DUII grant provides overtime funding through the Oregon Department of Transportation. Although numerous traffic stops were conducted, no DUII arrests were made.

West Linn PD participated in a minor Decoy Operation, visiting 11 establishments that sell alcohol in the city. The teenage decoy was able to purchase alcohol in 7 of the 11 locations. That is only a 36% compliance rate, when the Oregon State average of compliance is in the high 70%'s. Clearly, there is more work to do in our city when it comes to businesses insuring they are not selling to underage people. Another Minor Decoy Operation is planned for later this year.
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New email for West Lin PD on-call PIO

NEW EMAIL FOR WEST LIN PD ON-CALL PIO


News Release from West Linn Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 4:04 PM
West Linn PD has created an email address of WLPDPIO@WESTLINNOREGON.GOV that goes to both PIO's. This is to insure that whom ever is on call gets the info/requests. Thanks
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Oregon Health Authority Client Civil Rights Policy and Procedures Rules Advisory Committee to meet February 6 in Portland

OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY CLIENT CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY AND PROCEDURES RULES ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET FEBRUARY 6 IN PORTLAND


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 3:31 PM
January 31, 2014

Contact: Mavel Morales, 971-673-2000 (meeting information or accommodations)
Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-756-0366 (media inquiries)

Oregon Health Authority Client Civil Rights Policy and
Procedures Rules Advisory Committee to meet February 6 in Portland

What: Oregon Health Authority Client Civil Rights Policy and Procedures Rules Advisory Committee to meet February 6 in Portland. The committee will be updated on the development of administrative rules governing client civil rights.

When: Thursday, February 6, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Transformation Center Training Room
Lincoln Building, Suite 775
421 SW Oak St. Portland

Toll-free conference call line: 1-866-590-5055, Participant Code: 2766017#
Webinar (if needed to review documents): https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/878119687

For more information on the meeting, visit the committee's website: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/oei/Pages/OHAClientCivilRights-RAC.aspx

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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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 20 is closed in both directions just east of Santiam Pass near Suttle Lake Loop following a two vehicle crash involving major injuries. Law enforcement has closed the highway to conduct a crash investigation and reconstruction. This will likely be a long closure. There are no easy detours so motorists should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect long delays. UPDATE

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Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Two vehicle fatal crash. Highway 20 MP 86 west of Sisters. Highway blocked.

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Detectives Seek Public's Help in Sexual Assault Investigation at Grant Park

DETECTIVES SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION AT GRANT PARK


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 2:44 PM
Portland Police Sex Crimes Detectives are asking for the public's help in solving a sexual assault that occurred on Tuesday.

This investigation started on Tuesday January 28, 2014, at 8:30 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to a residence in Northeast Portland's Grant Park neighborhood on the report of a sexual assault.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, told officers that at approximately 7:00 p.m., she'd been out walking on Northeast 36th Avenue, passing Grant High School when a man pulled up in a vehicle and stopped. The victim told police that the man got out of the vehicle, grabbed her, slammed her face into the side of the truck and drug her into the North end of Grant Park and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told police that the suspect ran away and the victim walked back to her house and called 9-1-1. The victim was later treated at a Portland hospital.

The suspect is described as a light or tan-skinned male in his 20s, 5'7" tall, large dark eyebrows, a thin scar from his upper lip to cheek, and unshaven, wearing baggy blue jeans and a baseball cap. He was driving a white or light-colored Chevy Tahoe or Blazer SUV.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-strangers sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) and we want you to know that you need not be alone as a survivor of a sexual assault. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Katie Manus at (503) 823-3774 or katie.manus@portlandoregon.gov.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 22 is closed in both directions near Harmony Road four miles east of OR 18 following a two vehicle crash involving a chip truck and van. There are injuries. A detour has been set up for westbound motorists: Red Prairie Road to OR 18; for eastbound motorists: OR 18 at Wallace Bridge to Red Prairie Road and to OR 22. Motorists should avoid the area, consider an alternative route or expect delays.

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Despite Gresham Compromise Overture, Portland Proceeds With Tower Application on Butte: Proposed mega-microwave tower threatens to mar the City's iconic Gresham Butte vista (Photo)

DESPITE GRESHAM COMPROMISE OVERTURE, PORTLAND PROCEEDS WITH TOWER APPLICATION ON BUTTE: PROPOSED MEGA-MICROWAVE TOWER THREATENS TO MAR THE CITY'S ICONIC GRESHAM BUTTE VISTA (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Gresham
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 2:19 PM
Downloadable file: Proposed mega-microwave tower threatens to mar the cityĆ¢€™s iconic Gresham Butte vista.
GRESHAM, Ore. - Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis continued to reach out to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales this week, trying to avert a showdown over Portland's proposal to place a 140-foot microwave communication tower on top of Gresham Butte, one of Gresham's most treasured open-space vistas. Despite Bemis' overtures, Ha les directed his staff to resubmit their land-use application on Friday.

The two mayors had lunch on Tuesday, in an attempt to reach a compromise. "I left that lunch feeling, for the first time, like Mayor Hales might be starting to understand how important this issue, and that butte, are to our residents," Bemis said. "Unfortunately, somehow we're still not there yet."

Bemis appealed to Hales to put the brakes on the application, so that the two jurisdictions could negotiate in a neutral environment. "It's awfully hard on our end to pursue an alternative that has a hope or a chance when Portland is simultaneously gunning full speed ahead on an option our residents will never accept," Bemis said.

Hales pledged to pursue alternatives over the next 30 days, ultimately deciding whether or not to withdraw the proposal and submit a different one. "I like Mayor Hales, which is part of what makes this issue so frustrating," Bemis said. "My strong hope is to like him even more 30 days from now, if Portland pivots to a viable solution that works for everybody."

Portland's initial land-use application for the tower, which would be more than three times taller than a current tower and largely visible above the butte's scenic tree-line, was remanded as incomplete by Gresham planning officials late last summer. Bemis had hoped that, prior to Portland resubmitting its updated application, the two mayors might agree to pursue an alternative.

The tower proposal has been heavily opposed by the Gresham Butte Neighborhood Association, and Gresham's elected officials. Gresham planning staff will now re-evaluate the application for completeness, which will be followed by a 14-day public comment period, and an eventual staff evaluation and decision.

As an adjacent landowner, the City of Gresham is an "interested party" to the land-use application, and will submit its own analysis of why other alternatives to Portland's proposal could both meet the technical and public safety goals of the project, and protect the view of Gresham Butte.

"We have opposed this blight from day one, and we will oppose it until this proposal is dead. Too many generations of Gresham residents worked too hard for too long to protect this icon for us to sit idly by and let Portland capriciously mar our scenic vista," Bemis said.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announces opening of 2014 Local Government Grant Program

OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF 2014 LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANT PROGRAM


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 2:01 PM
Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has officially opened the Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) grant cycle for 2014. The LGGP is an Oregon Lottery-funded reimbursement program designed to help local government agencies fund the development, rehabilitation, or planning of parks and other outdoor recreation areas and facilities, including property acquisition. Approximately $2.8 million is available for large grants, with an additional $407,000 for small grants and $90,000 for planning.

Cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, parks and recreation districts, and ports are all eligible to apply. Large and small grant applications are available now online and are due by Friday, Apr. 4; planning grant applications will be available beginning Wednesday, Mar. 5 and will be due Friday, May 16. An advisory committee will review the applications between June 3 and 5, and the full review by the OPRD Commission will take place on Sept. 17.

The 2014 grant application includes new criteria in conformance with the 2013-2017 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). A grant manual, application instructions, pre-application worksheet, and program schedule are available online at oprdgrants.org. New users of the online system will be required to request an account in order to access the application; requests can take up to three business days to process.

A webinar to guide applicants through the process will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; an in-person workshop will be offered in Salem on Friday, Feb. 14, also from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required, as space is limited. To sign up, interested parties should send their contact information to Grant Program Coordinator Mark Cowan at mark.cowan@state.or.us in advance.

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Safeway Pharmacy robbed by man armed with knife

SAFEWAY PHARMACY ROBBED BY MAN ARMED WITH KNIFE


News Release from Forest Grove Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 1:48 PM
On January 30th at 4:26pm, Forest Grove Police responded to a report of a robbery at the pharmacy located inside the Forest Grove Safeway store at 2836 Pacific Avenue. A suspect approached the pharmacy counter armed with a knife and produced a handwritten note. The suspect then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of oxycodone pills. A K-9 unit was called to assist but efforts to locate the suspect were unsuccessful.

The suspect is described as a caucasian male adult in his 20's, 6'00 and thin build. The suspect was initially wearing a green coat which was later recovered by police. The suspect was also wearing grey hooded sweatshirt, light colored blue jeans and brown boots. The suspect was also wearing a black colored beanie type hat and gloves. The knife allegedly used by the suspect was recovered.

No one was injured in the incident and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is ask to call Forest Grove Police at 503.992.3260 or after hours at 503.629.0111.
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UPDATE - Major Crash Team Responding to Pedestrian Fatality at SE 173rd and Division

UPDATE - MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDING TO PEDESTRIAN FATALITY AT SE 173RD AND DIVISION


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 1:48 PM
The investigation into last night's crash is continuing today.

The pedestrian killed on Southeast Division Street has been identified as 46-year-old Angelo Elton Tupper.

Investigators learned that a white 2013 Mercedes C250, driven by 43-year-old Ted Chu, was traveling eastbound on Division Street in the right lane. The driver told police that, without warning and at the last second, he saw Tupper lying in the roadway. Chu was unable to swerve in time and struck Tupper in the road, then immediately stopped.

Chu cooperated with investigators and was not under the influence of intoxicants.

Investigators do not know why Tupper was lying in the roadway. Investigators learned that Tupper was at a nearby lounge prior to the crash. There is no information on Tupper being hit by a different vehicle prior to Chu and the investigation is continuing into the cause and manner of Tupper's death.

Southeast Division Street was closed for approximately 3 hours as officers investigated the crash.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Officer Peter Kurronen at (503) 823-2208 or peter.kurronen@portlandoregon.gov.

This was the first traffic fatality of 2014.

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This evening, Thursday January 30, 2014, at 8:34 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 17300 block of Southeast Division Street on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began treating the male adult victim but were unable to save his life and he died at the scene.

The involved driver has remained at the scene and js cooperating with the investigation.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to conduct an investigation.

Division Street will remain closed in both directions until the crash scene investigation is complete.

Additional details will be released when they become available.

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Fatal Crash Hwy 213 and South Macksburg Road

FATAL CRASH HWY 213 AND SOUTH MACKSBURG ROAD


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 12:54 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's fatal crash on Highway 213 near Mulino that resulted in the death of a Molalla woman.

On January 31, 2014 at approximately 4:33 a.m., a 1987 Nissan pickup, operated by SOLEDAD CASTRO-MONTES, age 45, from Molalla, was northbound on Highway 213 near milepost 13 and was approaching South Macksburg Road. A 2004 Chevrolet pickup, operated by GARRY BEATTY, age 49, from Mulino was southbound on Highway 213 near the same location.

CASTRO-MONTES turned left and into the path of BEATTY'S pickup and the two vehicles crashed nearly head-on. CASTRO-MONTES sustained fatal injuries from the crash. BEATTY did not receive any injuries.

Both CASTRO-MONTES and BEATTY were wearing safety belts. The airbag in BEATTY'S pickup deployed. There was no air bag in CASTO-MONTES' vehicle.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and local fire and EMS. The highway was closed for about four hours during the investigation.

No photographs available for release.

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Press Briefing Set For Monday, Feb. 3 At Oregon City Police Department

PRESS BRIEFING SET FOR MONDAY, FEB. 3 AT OREGON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 12:31 PM
Clackamas County Major Crimes Team completes investigation of Nov. 3 murder of Officer Robert Libke; press briefing set for Monday, Feb. 3

PRESS BRIEFING SET FOR MONDAY, FEB. 3 AT OREGON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team -- working with partner agencies Oregon City Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon State Police -- has completed its investigation of the Nov. 3, 2013 murder of Oregon City Police Reserve Officer Robert Libke.

OCPD is releasing written reports and photos from the investigation on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 -- as well as providing a summary report that includes a detailed timeline of fire and police response on Nov. 3, as well as later investigative findings.

Media outlets are invited to attend a briefing on the timeline. The briefing will be held at the Oregon City Police Department on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9 a.m.

After the briefing, media outlets may also obtain a CD-R containing an incident timeline, incident map, written reports and investigation photos. The records fee for the CD-R is $25.

No video or audio recordings will be allowed during the briefing, but PIOs will be available for on-camera interviews by appointment after the briefing.
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Internet contact blackmailing local juvenile females for pornography through Facebook

INTERNET CONTACT BLACKMAILING LOCAL JUVENILE FEMALES FOR PORNOGRAPHY THROUGH FACEBOOK


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 12:18 PM
Over the course of the last month or so, a local female juvenile was "friended" on Facebook by an unidentified person. At some point the Facebook "friend" convinced the girl to provide some nude pictures of herself. After getting those pictures, the Facebook "friend" is now blackmailing this girl in an effort to obtain more pornographic pictures of her.

On January 30th, we learned that another local female juvenile was contacted on facebook and the nude pictures were shared with this girl who is friends with the original victim. The person then threatened to share her friend's naked pictures globally on Facebook unless this second girl shared some naked pictures of herself back to his facebook account.

If any other families have had similar blackmail attempts to obtain pornographic images of their children, please report it immediately. If it is recent and the information is still available, leave the data as is and let our investigators obtain information from the contact before deleting or otherwise changing the account.

McMinnville Police Department is working aggressively to identify and prosecute the suspect. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Detective Sergeant Scott Fessler at 503-435-5616.

We also want to remind parents to take a proactive role in making sure that their children are safe from these kinds of internet predators, as well as other inappropriate internet threats (sexting, cyber bullying, etc). The below listed guidelines are a good start at helping parents work to educate and protect their children from internet predators and threats.

Social Networking Site Safety Tips For Parents
Social networking sites (SNS) such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, and Twitter are popular with teens because they give them
* An easy way to share their lives with their friends and family
* The chance to try on different identities and explore new interests
* A semi-private platform on which to communicate outside of the supervision of adults
Help children use social networking sites safely
Social networking sites can have many benefits for children, such as allowing them to explore new interests. Help your children use them more safely by going over the following tips and discussion starters.
* Check your child's friend lists to see who has access to his or her profile. Make sure your child knows all friends in person.
* Teach your child to set profiles to private-but be aware that privacy settings do not guarantee complete privacy.
* Have your child remove any inappropriate content and photos and delete any personal information.
* Check the profiles of your child's friends to see if there is revealing information or photos about your child.
* Report inappropriate or criminal behavior to the appropriate authority. Most sites have a reporting mechanism for non-criminal behavior. Criminal behavior should be reported through law-enforcement agencies and the CyberTipline(R) at www.cybertipline.com.
Discussion Starters
Start a discussion with your child
Use these discussion starters to get an Internet safety conversation going with your children. The more often you talk to them about online safety, the easier it will get, so don't get discouraged if they don't respond immediately!
* Could you show me your online profile(s)?
* Do you use your real name or age when communicating with others online?
* What kinds of things do your post on your page?
* How do you decide who to add as a friend?
* Would you feel comfortable if I checked your profile?
For additional information you can go to WWW.netsmartz.org
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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought in Locating a Missing Medically Endangered 55-Year-Old Woman

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN LOCATING A MISSING MEDICALLY ENDANGERED 55-YEAR-OLD WOMAN


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 11:55 AM
Marcy Boyer has been located safely by Portland Police and given appropriate care.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help in locating 55-year-old Marcella Mae "Marcy" Boyer, missing from her St. Johns neighborhood care facility.

Marcy was last seen on Monday afternoon in Downtown St. Johns and was not dressed for cold weather. Marcy has several medical conditions that, if left unchecked, could endanger her welfare.

Marcy is described as a white female, 5'3" tall, 153 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair, and glasses. Marcy was last seen wearing a pink skirt, a red blouse and carrying a black backpack.

Anyone seeing Marcy is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein at (503) 823-0446; mike.weinstein@portlandoregon.gov.

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Stabbing in Northeast Portland's Kerns Neighborhood - Suspect Arrested on Burnside Bridge

STABBING IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND'S KERNS NEIGHBORHOOD - SUSPECT ARRESTED ON BURNSIDE BRIDGE


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 11:47 AM
This morning, Friday January 31, 2014,at 11:08 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of four men fighting and one person stabbed at Northeast Grand Avenue and Everett Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located the male adult victim suffering from a stab wound. He has been transported to a Portland hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was located by officers on the Burnside Bridge and taken into custody.

Assault detectives are responding to continue this investigation.

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Attempted Robber injured when he threatens McMinnville Jogger

ATTEMPTED ROBBER INJURED WHEN HE THREATENS MCMINNVILLE JOGGER


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 11:35 AM
On 1/31/2014 at about 3:40 a.m. McMinnville officers, assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies, responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred near 18th St. and Michelbook Ln. in McMinnville. The victim, an 18 year old male, was confronted by three males while jogging in the area. A short time later the three males confronted the victim after they pulled up in a yellow or light colored Cadillac. One of the males got out of the car and displayed a chrome handgun, while demanding either money or that the victim get into the car. The victim was able to fight off the suspect and run home. The suspect is likely to have sustained injuries to his right arm and the left side of his face during the incident.

The suspect vehicle is described as a yellow or light colored Cadillac with a dent on the back bumper. The suspect with the gun was described as 5'9" to 5'10" weighing 135 to 150 lbs. He was wearing a red t-shirt and dark baggy pants with a dark "beanie" style hat.

Anyone with further information about this crime is asked to contact Officer McMullen at 503-435-7307.
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Grand Jury Rules Mystic Gentleman's Club Shooting as Justifiable Under Oregon Law

GRAND JURY RULES MYSTIC GENTLEMAN'S CLUB SHOOTING AS JUSTIFIABLE UNDER OREGON LAW


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 10:43 AM
On Thursday January 30, 2014, a Multnomah County Grand Jury concluded its review of evidence in the January 11, 2014 fatal shooting at the Mystic Gentleman's Club, located at 9950 Southeast Stark Street.

The grand jury determined that the 31-year-old Jonathan Baer's use of deadly force against Thomas Hjelmeland (pronounced Yelm-Land) was justified under Oregon criminal law. This ends the criminal investigation and no charges will be filed.

This investigation began on January 11, 2014, at 8:40 p.m., when East Precinct officers responded to the Mystic Gentleman's Club on the report of multiple gunshot victims.

The four people injured were identified as:

26-year-old Brian Thomas Rizzo.

31-year-old Gonzalo Zamora-Hernandez.

27-year-old Nichole Danielle Procter.

43-year-old Thomas Elliott Hjelmeland.

Rizzo remains hospitalized in critical condition while Zamora-Hernandez and Procter were treated and released.

Hjelmeland died at a Portland hospital as a result of his injuries.

Detectives learned that Hjelmeland had been denied entry at the bar earlier in the evening by Rizzo, who was working security at the bar. Hjelmeland returned with a handgun and, wearing a Halloween-style mask, shot at Brian Rizzo three times. Rizzo and the two other victims were hit by gunfire.

Still armed, Hjelmeland turned to go outside where several people were standing and another bar employee, Jonathan Baer, returned fire and struck Hjelmeland in the upper back, knocking him to the ground with injuries that ultimately killed him. Baer has a valid Oregon Concealed Handgun License.

A search of Hjemeland's car, parked nearby the bar, revealed plastic baggies containing multiple rounds of .38, .357 and .38 buckshot ammunition. Additionally, detectives located another Halloween-type mask and ten 31 round Glock pistol magazines, fully loaded and some taped together to allow for rapid reloading of Glock handgun.

It is not clear what Hjelmeland's intentions had for the additional ammunition in his vehicle. At the time of the shooting, Hjelmeland was armed with a revolver and no Glock semi-automatic handguns were ever located.

A fundraising concert for shooting victim Brian Rizzo called "Rise Up For Rizzo" is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on February 27 at the Bossanova Ballroom, located at 722 East Burnside Street. Additionally, the Mystic Gentleman's Club has set up the Brian Rizzo Donation Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-01 Conor McMahon Hit and Run Update - Family Reward (Photo)

CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #14-01 CONOR MCMAHON HIT AND RUN UPDATE - FAMILY REWARD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 10:17 AM
Downloadable file: Conor_McMahon_Suit.jpg
Portland Police Bureau Assault detectives, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for the public's help in identifying a hit and run assault suspect that seriously injured a 20-year-old Conor McMahon.

On January 1, 2014, at 3:34 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to North Lombard Street and Jordan Avenue on the report of an injury crash. Officers arrived in the area and located 20-year-old Conor James McMahon down in the street suffering from serious injuries. Witnesses told police that a vehicle appeared to intentionally strike McMahon then continue driving eastbound on Lombard Street. McMahon was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Investigators have learned that the McMahon and a friend were waiting for a ride at the intersection of Lombard and Jordan when a vehicle pulled up to them and asked if they needed a ride. McMahon and his friend declined and the vehicle pulled away westbound, did a u-turn then sat idling in the street approximately one block to the West. The driver then accelerated and drove eastbound striking McMahon as he stood in the street, who stepped out to look down Lombard for their ride.

The suspect is described as a male white, Hispanic or Middle Eastern, 35 to 40 years old, dark, short hair buzzed on the sides, and a slight mustache and goatee.

The vehicle is described as a medium to dark-colored Dodge Caravan or similar model vehicle with two front doors and a rear slider and it appeared to have a fare meter (similar to a taxi) on the dashboard.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Conor's family has offered an additional cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case. To be eligible for this additional reward, tipsters would have to speak to the detective directly.

Conor's family is willing to do interviews. Interested media should contact Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Investigator:
Det. Todd Prosser
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0400
todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov

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Red Cross Responds to Vancouver, WA Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO VANCOUVER, WA FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 10:14 AM
On Friday morning at 4:00 AM, The American Red Cross sent a volunteer DAT team to a residential fire in the 3000 block of 57th Street in Vancouver, Washington.

This multi-family fire affected 5 adults and 6 children. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, infant supplies and formula, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

Tom Traver
Communications Volunteer
503-233-5159
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Red Cross Responds To Salem Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO SALEM FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 10:11 AM
On 1/31/13, at 6:20AM the American Red Cross Volunteer DAT team responded to a residential fire in the 4000 block of Seaton Street NE in Salem, Oregon.

This single family fire affected 3 adults and 5 pets. Red Cross provided lodging and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.


Tom Traver
Communications Volunteer
503-233-5159
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Beaverton Police Chief and TVF&R Chief Discuss Future of Beaverton's Public Safety and Emergency Response Needs at Open Forum

BEAVERTON POLICE CHIEF AND TVF&R CHIEF DISCUSS FUTURE OF BEAVERTON'S PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE NEEDS AT OPEN FORUM


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 9:56 AM
The City of Beaverton's Visioning Advisory Committee (VAC) invites residents to attend the Beaverton Forum on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street). The forum will focus on the public safety and emergency response highlights of the past year and give progress reports on visioning goals and future projects.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Chief Michael Duyck will discuss the past year of emergency response in Beaverton and planning for the future with the replacement levy in May 2014; followed by a question and answer session.

Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding will give an update on the City of Beaverton's plans for a remodeled public safety center at the site of the current City Hall and answer questions from the public.

"This is an important forum addressing public safety--one of the most pertinent issues on our residents' minds," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "By working together--with our regional, state and federal partners--we will continue to keep Beaverton safe while bring our community's vision to life."

TVF&R and Beaverton Police Department are both strategic partners in the award-winning Beaverton Community Vision project.

"The Beaverton Forum is one more thing the visioning committee is doing to host opportunities for the public to learn about what is going on in our community, ask questions, and get involved," said Jaann Hoisington, committee chair.

Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP required. For more information, contact Erin Gordenier, at 503-526-2232 or egordenier@BeavertonOregon.gov.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon as well as the safest city in the entire Pacific 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 Beavert on 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, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police Team Up for Super Bowl Sunday DUII Enforcement (Photo)

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU AND OREGON STATE POLICE TEAM UP FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY DUII ENFORCEMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 9:00 AM
Downloadable file: NHTSA_SB_Poster.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police will be combining teams this Sunday February 2, 2014, to keep Portland Metro area drivers safe from drunk drivers.

Both the Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police would like to remind football fans to "Think Before You Drink", and arrange safe transportation to and from any Super Bowl festivities.

According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), impaired drivers contribute to Super Bowl Sunday becoming one of the most dangerous days on the road. Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.

As game day approaches and football fans finalize plans, the Portland Police Bureau and the Oregon State Police join the NHTSA and the National Football League and other partners in spreading the message about designating a sober driver because - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Before choosing to drink, choose your MVP - A sober, designated driver.

If you're attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

* Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
* Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
* Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don't drive until you are sober.
* Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
* Always buckle up. It's still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:

* Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
* Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
* If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.
* Encourage guests to pace themselves.
* Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.
* Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
* Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

Support zero tolerance for impaired driving by reporting impaired drivers to 9-1-1.

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Sheriff's Office increases patrols for Super Bowl

SHERIFF'S OFFICE INCREASES PATROLS FOR SUPER BOWL


News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2014 12:47 AM
The Hood River County Sheriff Office is participating in a DUII enforcement overtime grant this coming weekend, Feb 1-3, 2014. This grant is funded through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Our goal is to reduce instances of people driving under the influence of intoxicants this holiday season by high visibility enforcement. Enforcement and visibility is critical in reducing fatalities and injuries that occur from impaired driving. We will be increasing our patrols and have Deputies dedicated to searching for impaired drivers during this tim e.

Super Bowl weekend has historically been a dangerous one on the roadways. Statistics for impaired driving injuries and fatalities are always above average for the Super Bowl weekend. The Sheriff's Office urges everyone to drive with care and to please not drive when using substances that impair, including prescription medication, alcohol, marijuana or any other impairing substance. Enjoy the Super Bowl, but please remember to use a designated driver if you must be out on the road. If you have information about an impaired driver or are concerned about someone please call 911 and report it.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tualatin Police Dept. PIO

TUALATIN POLICE DEPT. PIO


News Release from Tualatin Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 9:44 PM
Until further notice, Lt. Greg Pickering will be the acting PIO for the Tualatin Police Department. Any media inquiries should be directed to him at either gpickering@ci.tualatin.or.us or on his cell phone at 503-572-7717.
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Major Crash Team Responding to Pedestrian Fatality at SE 173rd and Division

MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDING TO PEDESTRIAN FATALITY AT SE 173RD AND DIVISION


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 8:54 PM
This evening, Thursday January 30, 2014, at 8:34 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the 17300 block of Southeast Division Street on the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and began treating the male adult victim but were unable to save his life and he died at the scene.

The involved driver has remained at the scene and js cooperating with the investigation.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to conduct an investigation.

Division Street will remain closed in both directions until the crash scene investigation is complete.

Additional details will be released when they become available.

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Hazardous Material Spill from Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash near The Dalles (Photo)

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL FROM COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH NEAR THE DALLES (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 8:52 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's commercial motor vehicle crash that resulted in a hazmat spill in the Wasco County area near The Dalles. The hazardous material was "Severe Marine Pollutant" containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB-S) an Environmentally Hazardous solid substance.

On January 30, 2014 at approximately 12:40 p.m., A Perterbilt truck and pup trailer, operated by MONTE HURLBUT, age 27, from Vancouver, Washington, was northbound on Steele Road near milepost 5. A southbound commercial vehicle came into the northbound lane and HURLBUT drove toward the ditch to avoid a collision. The trailer tires dug into the soft shoulder and the trailer rolled down the embankment dumping approximately 34,000 pounds of the solid hazardous material.

No water ways were affected and the substance was being removed by the hauling company, Dietrich Trucking.

OSP troopers are attempting to locate the southbound commercial motor vehicle and multiple witnesses that stopped at the scene to give information.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.
Photographs provided by OSP.

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UPDATE -- CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS $1k REWARD FOR INFO: Sheriff's Office seeks tips in Jan 27 Kidnapping/assault case (Photo)

UPDATE -- CRIME STOPPERS OFFERS $1K REWARD FOR INFO: SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKS TIPS IN JAN 27 KIDNAPPING/ASSAULT CASE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 6:09 PM
Downloadable file: Collage of suspect photos
Downloadable file: UPDATE -- 2nd collage of 3 suspect photos
Downloadable file: Kelly Vern Swoboda suspect bulletin (PDF format)
Downloadable file: Suspect vehicle type (not literal suspect vehicle)
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-2548
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UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m.) -- CRIME STOPPERS REWARD OFFERED

There is now a $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward for info leading to the arrest of kidnapping suspect Kelly Swoboda. Full details are here:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/read.cfm?id=4757&ec=1
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EARLIER (Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m.) -- PHOTO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE TYPE RELEASED; TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service continue to work together in the manhunt for kidnapping/assault suspect Kelly Vern Swoboda, age 49.

Attached to this release is a photo of the suspect vehicle type (not the actual vehicle) reportedly used in Monday's kidnapping -- a purple Dodge Caravan minivan.

Again, the attached is a photo of the TYPE of vehicle reportedly used in the kidnapping -- not surveillance footage of the actual suspect vehicle.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use our online tip sheet at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html . If you see Swoboda, do NOT engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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EARLIER (12:25 p.m., Jan. 29): MORE INVESTIGATIVE INFO; MARSHALS JOIN THE MANHUNT

Detectives are still actively searching for kidnapping/assault suspect KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. The U.S. Marshals have also joined the search effort.

The link to suspect Swoboda in this case was developed from a fingerprint at the crime scene.

Deputies who initially responded and contained the scene located the evidence and later turned it over to our Crime Scene Investigators (CSI). Evidence Technicians were able to process the evidence, find the fingerprint, and match it to the suspect.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949. If you see Swoboda, do not engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

For more information on our CSI unit, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/csi.html
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EARLIER (5:20 p.m., Jan. 28) -- SUSPECT NAMED; NEW BULLETIN, 2013 BOOKING PHOTO RELEASED; TIPS SOUGHT; CALL 911 IF SEEN

The suspect in yesterday's assault and kidnapping has been identified as KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. His current address is unknown.

A new suspect bulletin is attached to this release as a PDF. It contains an additional booking photo from November 2013, in which Kelly Swoboda has a shorter beard.

Mr. Swoboda is a person of interest in the kidnapping and assault of a female in the unincorporated area of Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him or know of his current whereabouts, do NOT attempt to contact him -- call 911.

If you have any other information on Kelly Swoboda, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

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EARLIER (Jan. 28, 2:49 p.m.) -- A second collage of three suspect photos is now attached to this release -- providing a clearer view of the man authorities are seeking as a suspect in yesterday's kidnapping and assault.
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EARLIER (11:14 a.m.) -- An improved collage of four suspect photos is now attached to this release.
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EARLIER:

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an aggressive kidnapping case that occurred in unincorporated Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. The victim is safe in an area hospital. The suspect -- an adult male around age 50, with gray hair, wire-rimmed glasses and a goatee or beard, wearing a dark navy-blue hooded jacket and driving a purple-colored minivan -- is still at large. Police are requesting the public's help to identify him.

On Monday, Jan. 27 around 9:30 p.m. Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies responded to what was initially reported as an auto-versus-pedestrian crash on Oatfield Road. Further investigation revealed a female victim had actually been kidnapped before managing to escape from the suspect.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted a female in her mid-20s who was seriously injured. Once she was able to tell deputies what had happened to her, detectives additionally responded to the scene.

Just minutes earlier, the victim had reportedly been at her place of employment on Hwy 99. While she was working alone, the suspect walked into the business, physically assaulted her, and forced her outside and into what is described as a purple-colored minivan.

At some point while the suspect was driving, the victim managed to escape the moving vehicle. She sustained additional injuries during the escape.

The victim was transported to an area hospital and interviewed by detectives -- who are seeking the public's help to find the suspect.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION (photos attached):
- Adult male around 50 years old
- Full head of gray hair
- Possible gray goatee or beard
- Wire-rimmed glasses
- Last seen wearing dark pants and a hooded dark-navy-blue jacket

SUSPECT VEHICLE
- Purple-colored minivan
- Unknown make, model or plate

The victim and family are requesting privacy and are not available for interviews.

Stranger-on-stranger abductions are extremely rare, and detectives are taking this case very seriously. It is an open and ongoing investigation.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-2548.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.
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Sheriff's Deputies Provide Extra Patrol for Super Bowl Weekend

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES PROVIDE EXTRA PATROL FOR SUPER BOWL WEEKEND


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 4:13 PM
January 30, 2014--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies will be on the roads providing extra patrol to enhance safety for this Super Bowl weekend.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Super Bowl celebration. Statistically, the Super Bowl weekend can be a dangerous time for crashes due to people celebrating with alcohol or drugs then getting behind the wheel of a car.

In addition to extra sheriff's patrols focused on impaired driving over the weekend, deputies will also focus on aggressive drivers. Sheriff's Deputies will be looking for drivers that are speeding, following too closely, and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. Deputies will be out in increased numbers from January 31, 2014 through the early morning hours of February 3, 2014.

Sheriff's Deputies respond to a large number of avoidable traffic related incidents. Deputies are reminding drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, allow adequate following distances, and wear their seatbelt. If you plan to drink alcohol, plan to have a designated driver.

Please remember to be safe and considerate while enjoying the Super Bowl weekend.
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UPDATE - Public Alert: Reports of Man Exposing Himself to Kids in Northeast Portland

UPDATE - PUBLIC ALERT: REPORTS OF MAN EXPOSING HIMSELF TO KIDS IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 4:07 PM
North Precinct officers took an additional report of a man exposing himself on Tuesday January 28, 2014, at 6:40 a.m, at Northeast 29th Avenue and Stanton Street. The victim's in this incident were adult female joggers.

Anyone seeing this suspect is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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The Portland Police Bureau would like to alert the public that in the past three weeks officers have taken three reports of a man exposing himself to kids in Northeast Portland.

In all three reports, the suspect has approached kids, 10 to 12 years old, and exposed himself to them as he stood in the street or on the sidewalk.

The victims described to police that the suspect would expose his penis through the opening in his boxers or completely pull down his boxers then run away.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 40 years old, 5'9" to 5'10" tall, 170 to 185 pounds, dark brown hair, scruffy face, wearing a white t-shirt, blue or green boxer shorts, and dirty old running shoes.

These incidents have occurred at Northeast 36th Avenue and Klickitat Street, 37th Avenue and Failing Street, and 70th Avenue and Mason Street.

Anyone seeing this man is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.

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Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-07 Wanted Kidnapping Suspect Kelly Swoboda (Photo)

CRIME STOPPERS FEATURED CASE #14-07 WANTED KIDNAPPING SUSPECT KELLY SWOBODA (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 3:29 PM
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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted kidnapping suspect.

49-year-old Kelly Vern Mark Swoboda is wanted in connection with a kidnapping and assault that occurred in Milwaukie, Oregon on Monday January 27, 2014.

Swoboda is suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a woman who was working at Palm Beach Tan, located at 17046 Southeast McGloughlin Boulevard. The victim, a woman in her 20s, suffered significant injuries and escaped by jumping out of Swoboda's minivan while it was moving along Southeast Oatfield Road.

Swoboda is described as a white male, 6'1" tall, 185 pounds, gray hair, blue eyes, wearing glasses. He may be driving a purple 1989 to 1996 Dodge or Plymouth Caravan.

Investigators believe he is armed and dangerous.

Anyone seeing Kelly Swoboda is asked not to approach him but to immediately call 9-1-1.

Two different photos of Kelly Swoboda are being released as well as a photo of a similar vehicle to what Swoboda may be driving to aid the public in this investigation.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be submitted in English, Spanish or French.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Media Inquiries:
Lt. Robert Wurpes
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
(503) 237-2643

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Marion County Sheriff's K9 Program gets Big Boost with Citizen Donation (Photo)

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S K9 PROGRAM GETS BIG BOOST WITH CITIZEN DONATION (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 3:16 PM
Downloadable file: Mortensen and Max
Long time Salem resident, Donald Mortensen, came to the Marion County Sheriff's Office last week to donate $10,000 in honor of his late wife, Bonnie, who passed away in January of 2005. Mr. Mortensen said, "If Bonnie was alive today she would be very happy in making this donation."

Ms. Mortensen was an animal lover and her husband has asked that the Sheriff's Office use the money to either purchase another K9 or replace a retired K9.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is truly grateful for the generosity of the Mortensen family. With the recent retirement of a K9, the Mortensen's donation will help replenish the team. Sheriff Jason Myers added, "Our K9 program is possible because of giving citizens like the Mortensens. The K9 program adds to the safety of our community, and I appreciate all donors for contributing to its success."

To learn more about the Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 team you may visit our web site at www.co.marion.or.us/SO/EnforcementDivision/k9.htm
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UPDATE-Move-Over Enforcement Traffic Detail-UPDATE

UPDATE-MOVE-OVER ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC DETAIL-UPDATE


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 2:35 PM
UPDATE --January 30, 2014--Preliminary results from the Move-Over safety detail.

Law enforcement officers dedicated to the detail completed 452 traffic stops yesterday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Of those stops, 104 citations were issued for failing to maintain a safe distance from emergency vehicles. There were 194 additional citations issued for dangerous driving behavior including speeding, following too close, and using a mobile communication device.

Law enforcement also made two arrests, one for an outstanding warrant and another for driving while criminally suspended. Seven commercial motor vehicle inspections were completed, resulting in three trucks removed from service for safety reasons.

Law enforcement encourages drivers to recognize the hazards of working on the roadside by looking and planning ahead, and moving over for emergency vehicles.

Original Release Below:

January 28, 2014--Local law enforcement agencies will be on the roads with an emphasis to educate drivers of the Move-Over law. This law was created to help keep emergency personnel safer while on the roadways.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team is sponsoring a multi-agency traffic detail to enforce the Move-Over law which directs drivers to move over or slow down when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped. Last year, over 40 law enforcement officers were killed in vehicle crashes nationwide. A number of those were drivers crashing into the parked emergency vehicle or officer while on the roadside.

Oregon Revised Statute 811.147 requires motorists to change travel lanes or slow to at least five miles per hour below the posted speed limit, if unable to change lanes, when approaching emergency personnel and their vehicles. The fine for violating this law is $260.

Preliminary information indicates there will be over 50 law enforcement officers from nine different agencies working the detail. There will be Washington County Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Police Troopers, Portland Police Bureau, and officers from Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Tigard, Lake Oswego, and West Linn Police Departments.

Law enforcement will be out in force on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. They will be focusing on I-5, I-205, and Hwy 26 during the morning and afternoon hours.

The detail enforcement statistical information will be sent out January 30, 2014.

Please remember to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.
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Boater Safety Class Being Offered in February (Photo)

BOATER SAFETY CLASS BEING OFFERED IN FEBRUARY (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 1:21 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office, The Keizer Fire District and the Oregon State Marine Board are sponsoring an Oregon Boaters Safety Class on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Keizer Fire Station at 661 Chemawa Rd. NE in Keizer. The class begins at 8:00 am and will conclude at 5:00 pm.

Pre-registration for the class is required as class size is limited. Cost of the class is $5.00 per student and is payable at the beginning of the class. Class textbooks do need to be picked up prior to the class at the Keizer Fire District Business Office or the Oregon State Marine Board located at 435 Commercial Street in Salem. The required textbooks are free. For class registration or for more information contact Doug White at 503-463-4956.

Oregon law requires that anyone 12 and older must have an Oregon Boaters Card in their possession when driving a power boat with a motor that is bigger than 10 horsepower. Participants who successfully complete the class receive a certificate of graduation that qualifies the student to receive their card from the Oregon State Marine Board.
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UPDATE -- SUSPECT VEHICLE TYPE PHOTO: Sheriff's Office seeks tips in Jan 27 Kidnapping/assault case (Photo)

UPDATE -- SUSPECT VEHICLE TYPE PHOTO: SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKS TIPS IN JAN 27 KIDNAPPING/ASSAULT CASE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 12:36 PM
Downloadable file: Collage of suspect photos
Downloadable file: UPDATE -- 2nd collage of 3 suspect photos
Downloadable file: Kelly Vern Swoboda suspect bulletin (PDF format)
Downloadable file: Suspect vehicle type (not literal suspect vehicle)
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-2548
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UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m.) -- PHOTO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE TYPE RELEASED; TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service continue to work together in the manhunt for kidnapping/assault suspect Kelly Vern Swoboda, age 49.

Attached to this release is a photo of the suspect vehicle type (not the actual vehicle) reportedly used in Monday's kidnapping -- a purple Dodge Caravan minivan.

Again, the attached is a photo of the TYPE of vehicle reportedly used in the kidnapping -- not surveillance footage of the actual suspect vehicle.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use our online tip sheet at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html . If you see Swoboda, do NOT engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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EARLIER (12:25 p.m., Jan. 29): MORE INVESTIGATIVE INFO; MARSHALS JOIN THE MANHUNT

Detectives are still actively searching for kidnapping/assault suspect KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. The U.S. Marshals have also joined the search effort.

The link to suspect Swoboda in this case was developed from a fingerprint at the crime scene.

Deputies who initially responded and contained the scene located the evidence and later turned it over to our Crime Scene Investigators (CSI). Evidence Technicians were able to process the evidence, find the fingerprint, and match it to the suspect.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949. If you see Swoboda, do not engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

For more information on our CSI unit, visit http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/csi.html
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EARLIER (5:20 p.m., Jan. 28) -- SUSPECT NAMED; NEW BULLETIN, 2013 BOOKING PHOTO RELEASED; TIPS SOUGHT; CALL 911 IF SEEN

The suspect in yesterday's assault and kidnapping has been identified as KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. His current address is unknown.

A new suspect bulletin is attached to this release as a PDF. It contains an additional booking photo from November 2013, in which Kelly Swoboda has a shorter beard.

Mr. Swoboda is a person of interest in the kidnapping and assault of a female in the unincorporated area of Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him or know of his current whereabouts, do NOT attempt to contact him -- call 911.

If you have any other information on Kelly Swoboda, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

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EARLIER (Jan. 28, 2:49 p.m.) -- A second collage of three suspect photos is now attached to this release -- providing a clearer view of the man authorities are seeking as a suspect in yesterday's kidnapping and assault.
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EARLIER (11:14 a.m.) -- An improved collage of four suspect photos is now attached to this release.
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EARLIER:

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an aggressive kidnapping case that occurred in unincorporated Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. The victim is safe in an area hospital. The suspect -- an adult male around age 50, with gray hair, wire-rimmed glasses and a goatee or beard, wearing a dark navy-blue hooded jacket and driving a purple-colored minivan -- is still at large. Police are requesting the public's help to identify him.

On Monday, Jan. 27 around 9:30 p.m. Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies responded to what was initially reported as an auto-versus-pedestrian crash on Oatfield Road. Further investigation revealed a female victim had actually been kidnapped before managing to escape from the suspect.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted a female in her mid-20s who was seriously injured. Once she was able to tell deputies what had happened to her, detectives additionally responded to the scene.

Just minutes earlier, the victim had reportedly been at her place of employment on Hwy 99. While she was working alone, the suspect walked into the business, physically assaulted her, and forced her outside and into what is described as a purple-colored minivan.

At some point while the suspect was driving, the victim managed to escape the moving vehicle. She sustained additional injuries during the escape.

The victim was transported to an area hospital and interviewed by detectives -- who are seeking the public's help to find the suspect.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION (photos attached):
- Adult male around 50 years old
- Full head of gray hair
- Possible gray goatee or beard
- Wire-rimmed glasses
- Last seen wearing dark pants and a hooded dark-navy-blue jacket

SUSPECT VEHICLE
- Purple-colored minivan
- Unknown make, model or plate

The victim and family are requesting privacy and are not available for interviews.

Stranger-on-stranger abductions are extremely rare, and detectives are taking this case very seriously. It is an open and ongoing investigation.

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-2548.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.
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Cash, Drugs, Cars, and Super Bowl Tickets Seized in Weekend Drug Investigation (Photo)

CASH, DRUGS, CARS, AND SUPER BOWL TICKETS SEIZED IN WEEKEND DRUG INVESTIGATION (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 12:05 PM
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Over the January 24-26, 2014 weekend, the Portland Police Bureau's Drugs and Vice Division (DVD) arrested two people and made a significant seizure of narcotics, cash and property.

Evidence seized included:
* $350,000+ in US Currency
* $3,850 Euros
* 2003 Hummer H2
* 2002 Cadillac Escalade SUV
* 80" television
* 47" television
* 3 tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII
* Small amount of Steroids
* 269 pounds of processed marijuana
* 84 mature marijuana plants
* Four rifles
* Two handguns
* Marijuana growing equipment

This investigation started on Friday January 24, 2014, at 10:00 p.m., when DVD investigators contacted 39-year-old Kao Choy Saechao at the Portland International Airport. During a search of his luggage, $49,000 in cash was located.

DVD investigators then served a search warrant at Saechao's residence, located at 8404 SE 134th Drive. At the residence, investigators seized an additional $2,900 in cash, a small amount of steroids, approximately 12 pounds of processed marijuana, four rifles, and two handguns.

Investigators developed information that led them to apply for a search warrant for the residence of 42-year-old Matthew Parker, located in the 3800 block of Northeast View Place in Gresham, Oregon.

As officers were waiting for the search warrant, 43-year-old Edwin Logan Olson and 19-year-old Dreyson Parker exited the residence with several large trash bags they placed into the back of a 2002 Cadillac Escalade parked in the driveway.

When officers made contact at the residence they detained Olson but Dreyson Parker fled the area.

Investigators served the search warrant and during a search of the Escalade they discovered approximately 212 pounds of processed marijuana in the trash bags, as well as three Super Bowl XLVIII tickets. Additionally, a 2002 Hummer H2 was seized at the residence.

Inside the residence, investigators seized more than $300,000 in cash, $3,850 Euros, and an 80" television. At a storage locker, investigators seized a 47" television and a large amount of marijuana growing equipment.

Additionally, investigators learned of a storage locker belonging to Matthew Parker in Florida. Florida law enforcement served a warrant on the storage locker and recovered 45 pounds of processed marijuana.

At 1243 Northeast 126th Ave, investigators discovered a marijuana grow site containing 84 mature marijuana plants and various grow equipment.

DVD investigators also seized approximately $25,000 from various bank accounts belonging to Matthew Parker.

Kao Choy Saechao was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery and Possession of Marijuana, and Money Laundering.

Edwin Logan Olson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery and Possession of Marijuana.

DVD investigators are seeking information on the whereabouts of Matthew and Dreyson Parker, father and son.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts, or any information concerning the above mention individuals should contact Officer Chris Devin of the Drugs and Vice Division, (503) 823-0246 or chris.devlin@portlandoregon.gov.

Assisting in this investigation were the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Interdiction Task Force and the Port of Portland Police.

Community members concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood should report the information on line at http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?c=30740 or call the Drugs and Vice Division Drug Complaint Hotline at (503) 823-3784.

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Robbery Suspect Who Shot Himself in the Testicles Booked into Jail (Photo)

ROBBERY SUSPECT WHO SHOT HIMSELF IN THE TESTICLES BOOKED INTO JAIL (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2014 10:36 AM
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40-year-old Joseph Johnson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail in the afternoon of Wednesday January 29, 2014. Johnson was booked on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

These charges come as a result of a Tuesday evening robbery and shooting at Southwest 10th Avenue and Columbia Street.

Robbery detectives learned that Johnson and the victim, 32-year-old Jordan Merrell, both lived in the same residential building and knew each other quite well prior to the robbery.

Detectives learned that Johnson confronted Merrell in the parking lot behind the building and demanded his property, then shot Merrell once in the leg. As Johnson ran from the scene, he shoved the gun into the front of his waistband and shot himself in the testicles.

Johnson was later located by a Transit Police officer at Southwest 6th Avenue and Mill Street as he was talking to a woman getting into her car. The woman did not know Johnson and he attempted to run from the officer but fell to the ground and officers took him into custody, discovering that he still had possession of the handgun used in the shooting.

Investigators learned that the handgun in Johnson's possession was stolen in a car prowl in November 2013 in the Rose Quarter.

Johnson was treated for his injuries and released to be booked into jail. Jordan Merrell remains in the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Former Washington State Trooper Lieutenant arrested

FORMER WASHINGTON STATE TROOPER LIEUTENANT ARRESTED


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2014 9:38 PM
On January 29, 2014, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Gresham Police Department and the East Metro SWAT team arrested Kenneth S. Garrison on multiple counts of sexual abuse. The victim is a relative of Garrison's.

Garrison was taken into custody without incident at the Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2323 NE 181 Ave, in Portland.

Garrison is a former member of the Washington State Patrol, having resigned from his position as a Lieutenant in December of 2013. He also served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Washington Army National Guard but retired from service on January 27, 2014.

The investigation is on-going.

Anyone having information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 360-397-6008 extension 2120.

Any questions regarding his employment with the Washington State Patrol can be addressed by Bob Calkins in Government and Media Relations at (360) 596-4013.

Sgt. Kevin Allais
Major Crimes Unit
Clark County Sheriff's Office
(360) 397-2020
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Fatal Pedestrian Crash South of Roseburg - Update (Names Released)

FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH SOUTH OF ROSEBURG - UPDATE (NAMES RELEASED)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2014 6:35 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal pedestrian crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on I-5 south of Roseburg. Names of the involved are included in this release.

According to Lt. Douglas Ladd, on January 29, 2014 at approximately 11:45 a.m., a 2012 Freightliner Truck and trailer, operated ALVIN CHANDRA, age 29, from Elk Grove, California was southbound on I-5 near milepost 124 when a pedestrian walked into the southbound lane of travel. CHANDRA was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian, who died at the scene. The pedestrian is identified as RONALD PAGE, age 55, from Roseburg. CHANDRA is cooperating with the investigation.

According to witnesses PAGE appeared to make several attempts to cross the southbound lanes of the freeway and a number of vehicles made evasive maneuvers to avoid hitting him prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command are continuing the investigation and are requesting any witnesses that observed PAGE prior to and at the time of the crash to call the OSP at 541-440-3334. Senior Trooper Robert Gorman is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Roseburg Police Department, and Roseburg Fire. One lane was closed for several hours as OSP troopers complete the investigation.

No photographs for release.

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