Saturday, January 31, 2015

Deputies on Scene of Serious Injury Crash

DEPUTIES ON SCENE OF SERIOUS INJURY CRASH


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 11:48 PM
Currently, Marion County Deputies are on scene of a serious injury crash involving a passenger car and a motorcycle at the intersection of Quinaby Road NE and River Road N, near Keizer. The driver of the passenger car and motorcycle rider have been taken to the Salem Hospital. Very few details regarding this incident are currently available.

The Marion County Traffic Safety Team's CRASH unit is headed to the scene to assist in the investigation. Deputies expect the intersection will be closed for the next several hours and motorists should seek alternate routes. An additional release will follow as soon as more details are made available.
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Bridgeton Neighborhood Subway Robbed - No Injuries

BRIDGETON NEIGHBORHOOD SUBWAY ROBBED - NO INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 10:54 PM
On Saturday January 31, 2015, at 9:23 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at Subway, located at 919 North Anchor Way.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that a suspect implying she had a handgun robbed the shop. After obtaining and undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the shop and was last seen walking eastbound on North Marine Drive.

Several officers, including a Police K-9, searched the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American female in her 40s, 5'6" tall, medium to heavy build, wearing a blue and white hoody and dark pants. The suspect implied that she had a gun but none was actually seen.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.

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Red Cross responds to home fire in Salem

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE IN SALEM


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 9:48 PM
Red Cross disaster action team volunteers responded Saturday, Jan. 31, to a home fire in the 400 block of Jefferson Street in Salem. The single-family fir affected two adults, three children and a dog. Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging and information abut disaster mental health and recovery services.
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Deputies Arrest Man after DUII Rollover Crash (Photo)

DEPUTIES ARREST MAN AFTER DUII ROLLOVER CRASH (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 9:02 PM
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
Downloadable file: ARRESTED
January 31, 2015 - A man was arrested for DUII drugs after he rolled his vehicle at a busy intersection. Sheriff's Deputies believe the use of marijuana was a contributing factor to the crash.

On January 31, 2015, at 4:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a crash on NW West Union Road west of NW Bethany Boulevard in the community of Bethany. Deputies found a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer upside down on NW West Union Road. Nickolas Hoffman, 19, of Bethany was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the Blazer.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Hoffman was driving northbound on NW Bethany Boulevard and accelerated at a very high speed as he was turning left onto NW West Union Road. Investigators determined Mr. Hoffman lost control of the Blazer, ran onto the shoulder then rolled over in the roadway. He received minor injuries and was treated by medical personnel on the scene.

It was determined that Mr. Hoffman was under the influence of marijuana and driving recklessly at the time of the crash. He was arrested and charged with DUII. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail held on $2,500 bail.
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Deputies Arrest Man after DUII Rollover Crash (Photo)

DEPUTIES ARREST MAN AFTER DUII ROLLOVER CRASH (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 9:01 PM
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
Downloadable file: ARRESTED
January 31, 2015 - A man was arrested for DUII drugs after he rolled his vehicle at a busy intersection. Sheriff's Deputies believe the use of marijuana was a contributing factor to the crash.

On January 31, 2015, at 4:16 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a crash on NW West Union Road west of NW Bethany Boulevard in the community of Bethany. Deputies found a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer upside down on NW West Union Road. Nickolas Hoffman, 19, of Bethany was identified as the driver and sole occupant of the Blazer.

Sheriff's Deputies found Mr. Hoffman was driving northbound on NW Bethany Boulevard and accelerated at a very high speed as he was turning left onto NW West Union Road. Investigators determined Mr. Hoffman lost control of the Blazer, ran onto the shoulder then rolled over in the roadway. He received minor injuries and was treated by medical personnel on the scene.

It was determined that Mr. Hoffman was under the influence of marijuana and driving recklessly at the time of the crash. He was arrested and charged with DUII. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail held on $2,500 bail.
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Enhanced DUII Enforcement for Superbowl

ENHANCED DUII ENFORCEMENT FOR SUPERBOWL


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 7:20 PM
January 31, 2015--Sheriff's Deputies will provide extra patrols on Washington County roadways to enhance safety for Superbowl travelers.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Superbowl celebration experience.

The Sheriff's Office will be providing extra patrols focused on impaired driving before, during and especially after the Superbowl. The Sheriff's Office has zero tolerance for impaired drivers that place themselves and others in harms way.

Sheriff's Deputies will also be providing enforcement of drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted while using mobile communication devices.

These extra patrols are funded by a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant obtained through the Department of Transportation. The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a goal to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, reduce crashes and save lives. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people to have a safe traveling experience and designate a sober driver before the celebration begins.

This is one of several sponsored traffic safety missions. The results will be provided at the conclusion of this traffic safety mission.
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Tigard Police Investigating a Homicide (Photo)

TIGARD POLICE INVESTIGATING A HOMICIDE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 4:44 PM
Downloadable file: Person of interest-Orlando Lee Pouncey
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Tigard Police detectives are continuing the investigation into the shooting death of 37 year-old Jerry Duy Nguyen of Beaverton. Nguyen was shot outside the Tigard home of his ex-wife Friday evening. Nguyen was at the home to pick up his child when he was allegedly shot by a friend of his ex-wife. The child was inside the home during the incident however it was witnessed by the child's mother.

Tigard Police are focusing their attention on a possible suspect, 29 year-old Orlando Lee Pouncey who lives nearby where the shooting occurred. Tigard Police along with a host of neighboring law enforcement agencies combed the area last evening in hopes to locate Pouncey who was observed running from the scene after the shots were fired. Police were ultimately able to enter and check his residence late last night however no one was located. Police do not know what circumstances led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Pouncey is urged to contact Tigard Police at 503-639-6168 or via email at tips@tigard-or.gov
If Pouncey is seen-an immediate call to 9-1-1 should be made.





On Friday, January 30, 2015 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tigard Police were called to an area of 107th and Canterbury Lane in Tigard on reports of a shots fired and disturbance call. Tigard Officers quickly located a gunshot victim lying outside a condominium garage located at the Canterbury Heights. A Tigard officer began to administer life-saving chest compressions to the victim as well as a resident in the area. The 36 year-old male victim died at the scene.

Tigard Police as well as numerous officers from neighboring agencies swarmed the area in hopes to contain a suspect who was observed running from the scene. A K-9 track led police to an apartment complex just east of Pacific Highway and south of Canterbury Lane. Police began to contact residences in that area in efforts to possibly locate the suspect. Many residents in the area had to delay their return home until police could conclude their search. Most residents were allowed to return home and were escorted by Tigard Police later in the evening.

Investigators would like the opportunity to speak with a person of interest who may be closely connected to the incident. Tigard Police are asking that the public alert police if they see or have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of 29 year-old Orlando Lee Pouncey, who was seen in the area at the time of the shooting. Pouncey is considered dangerous and police caution the public not to approach but rather call 9-1-1 if he is seen. Other information or tips can be directed to
503-639-6168.
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Sheriff's Deputies Respond to Assist in Rescue of Three Climbers on Mt. Hood

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES RESPOND TO ASSIST IN RESCUE OF THREE CLIMBERS ON MT. HOOD


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 2:49 PM
On January 31, 2015 at approximately 11:00 AM, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Deputies assigned to the Search & Rescue (SAR) Team responded to assist Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) on Mt. Hood with three climbers who fell in the Hogsback area. PMR personnel were in the Hogsback area training at the time of the fall and were able to immediately respond to aid the fallen climbers.

The three climbers were found to be two men and one woman. Initial reports indicated two of the three climbers were injured; the female climber suffered two fractured ankles and one of the male climbers suffered a fractured leg. PMR was able to assist the third climber down the mountain under his own strength.

CCSO SAR Team personnel are on scene helping to coordinate an Oregon National Guard helicopter to transport the two injured climbers off the mountain.

The names of the climbers will not be released at this time.
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*** Update *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 38 near Elkton (Photo)

*** UPDATE *** FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH ON HWY 38 NEAR ELKTON (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 11:49 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Coos Bay are continuing the investigation into yesterday's fatal head-on crash on Highway 38 at Paradise Road, near Elkton.

Preliminary information from the scene indicates that at approximately 3:45 p.m., a black, 2012 Honda CR-V, operated by HEATHER R. FRIEDRICH, age 44, of North Bend, was eastbound when it crossed the centerline into the westbound lanes and hit a tan, 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by KATHLEEN D. HANDCOCK, 57 of Coos Bay, which was westbound. The front passenger in the Camry, VIRGINIA L. WHALEN-JENNINGS, 59, of Coquille, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FRIEDRICH was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. HANDCOCK and her rear passenger were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.

The highway was blocked for several hours as troopers investigated and reconstructed the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist and a traffic detour was established.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, and Elkton Rural Fire Protection District. No citations have been issued at this time however, investigative findings will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney for review.

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OSP Traffic Stop Turns Into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County

OSP TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO PURSUIT - SHOTS FIRED - MARION COUNTY


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 11:41 AM
OSP Traffic Stop Turns Into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at approximately 12:23 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper on Interstate 5 stopped a white, 2006 Honda Civic, for a speeding violation. The driver, identified as 21 year-old TRACY A. BETANCOURT-GARCIA, of Gresham, pulled over near milepost 242, at the Linn/Marion County line. As the trooper was in the process of writing Bentancourt-Garcia a citation, she and the male passenger switched places and the Honda left the scene and a pursuit ensued.

So far the investigation has shown that, the pursuit moved off the freeway and then back on again in the south Marion County area. At some point the new driver, identified as GUSTAVO FLORES-VEGA, 22, of Boring, left the freeway once more and went through Turner and out Mill Creek Road toward Aumsville before the vehicle turned onto 75th Place.

Troopers utilized a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) or similar technique to stop the car. After the vehicle was disabled Flores-Vega ran on foot and Troopers gave chase. After a short foot chase Flores-Vega was taken into custody by Troopers without further incident or injury.
The Sheriff's Office can confirm that during the pursuit of Flores-Vega shots were fired by Troopers. Detective Sergeant Craig Cunningham stated, "This is an active investigation, and it will take time to put all of the pieces together."

No one was injured during this incident and the Marion County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP by leading the investigation. Flores-Vega is currently at the Salem Hospital, under guard, where he is being treated for an illness not related to last night's incident. Mr. Flores-Vega's is under arrest for attempting to elude the police and once he has been cleared by the hospital he will be taken to the Marion County Jail. Once the investigation is completed it will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review and to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

According to Oregon State Police spokesperson Lt. Josh Brooks, both Troopers involved in last night's pursuit have been placed on paid administrative leave. Lt. Brooks stated, "This is standard procedure in these types of use of force cases." The Troopers names are not being released at this time.

Investigators are looking for motorists who may have witnessed the incident. If you were in the area last night and saw the pursuit of Mr. Flores-Vega please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
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Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting (Update 1: Arrests)

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING (UPDATE 1: ARRESTS)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 8:37 AM
*** UPDATE 1 ***

The Safe Streets Task force arrested two individuals related to this incident. Shawn Crawford, 08/21/92, and a 16 year old male. Crawford was booked into the Clark County Jail on three counts of Assault I and the juvenile was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on the same charges.

This incident involved two crime scenes where shots were fired; 2300 Neals Lane and E. Fourth Plain Blvd./Grand Blvd. (3300 block).

The Safe Streets Task Force is continuing the investigation and due to the sensitive nature of the incident and safety considerations for others, no victim information, to include hospital location, is being released. Media are asked to consider discretion on release of any information related to witness or victim information that may become available through other documents as well as this is an ongoing investigation.

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Vancouver, Wash. - On January 30, 2015, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3300 block of E Fourth Plain Blvd. after citizens called 911 to report hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located one male victim with a non-life threatening injury to the leg. That individual was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Currently, police have two individuals detained. Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force are investigating this incident. There is not believed to be any threat to the general public.

No further information is available at this time.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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OSP Traffic Stop Turns into Pursuit - Shots Fired - Marion County

OSP TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO PURSUIT - SHOTS FIRED - MARION COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 3:31 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) has requested the Marion County Sheriff's Office lead the investigation into an OSP officer involved shooting that occurred near Aumsville just off Mill Creek Road. No one was injured as a pursuit, which started on I-5 near the Linn/Marion County line, ended after shots were fired. Additional details will be released when they become available but the suspect in this incident has been arrested and no risk to the public is present.

Any further releases will be coordinated with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County District Attorney.

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Tigard Police Investigating a Homicide (Photo)

TIGARD POLICE INVESTIGATING A HOMICIDE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2015 12:04 AM
Downloadable file: Person of interest-Orlando Lee Pouncey
On Friday, January 30, 2015 at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tigard Police were called to an area of 107th and Canterbury Lane in Tigard on reports of a shots fired and disturbance call. Tigard Officers quickly located a gunshot victim lying outside a condominium garage located at the Canterbury Heights. A Tigard officer began to administer life-saving chest compressions to the victim as well as a resident in the area. The 36 year-old male victim died at the scene.

Tigard Police as well as numerous officers from neighboring agencies swarmed the area in hopes to contain a suspect who was observed running from the scene. A K-9 track led police to an apartment complex just east of Pacific Highway and south of Canterbury Lane. Police began to contact residences in that area in efforts to possibly locate the suspect. Many residents in the area had to delay their return home until police could conclude their search. Most residents were allowed to return home and were escorted by Tigard Police later in the evening.

Investigators would like the opportunity to speak with a person of interest who may be closely connected to the incident. Tigard Police are asking that the public alert police if they see or have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of 29 year-old Orlando Lee Pouncey, who was seen in the area at the time of the shooting. Pouncey is considered dangerous and police caution the public not to approach but rather call 9-1-1 if he is seen. Other information or tips can be directed to
503-639-6168.
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Traffic Patrols Increased for Superbowl

TRAFFIC PATROLS INCREASED FOR SUPERBOWL


News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 6:52 PM
HOOD RIVER ORE. - The Hood River County Sheriff Office is participating in a DUII enforcement overtime grant this coming weekend, Feb 1, 2015. 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 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 time.

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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Driver from December 19 Pursuit in Klamath County Found Deceased

DRIVER FROM DECEMBER 19 PURSUIT IN KLAMATH COUNTY FOUND DECEASED


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 5:54 PM
On December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:11 pm, Troopers from the Klamath Falls Patrol office attempted to stop an orange Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on Highway 66 in Klamath. The driver who was later identified as Christopher Sellars, age 32, of Klamath Falls, attempted to elude troopers while traveling westbound on Highway 66 towards Ashland.

During the pursuit a large gas can was lit on fire and thrown towards an OSP patrol vehicle. Sellars continued to elude troopers for approximately 39 miles before the vehicle came to a stop and two of the three occupants fled on foot, near milepost 18, on Highway 66. The right rear passenger, Levi Cortez, age 25, did not flee and was taken into custody. The following day, the right front passenger, William Anthony Noble, age 25, was taken into custody near where the vehicle came to a stop.

On January 30, 2015, a Southern Oregon University professor and students on a field trip found a deceased male approximately 1 mile south of Highway 66, in a forested area. A Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner and an OSP detective responded to the scene and identified the deceased male as Christopher Sellars. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy from the State Medical Examiners office.
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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 38 at MP 28

FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH ON HWY 38 AT MP 28


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 5:46 PM
Troopers are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash in HWY 38 at milepost 28.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Terry Riley Sworn as Fire Chief for MCFD#1 (Photo)

TERRY RILEY SWORN AS FIRE CHIEF FOR MCFD#1 (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 4:45 PM
Downloadable file: Riley.jpg
Chief Terry Riley was officially sworn in today as the fire chief for Marion county Fire District #1. The swearing in ceremony was held at Station 1 in the newly constructed apparatus bays where Chief Riley took his oath in front of a sea of family, friends, district personnel, and representatives from neighboring fire and public safety agencies.

Before administering the oath of office, Board President Bernie Otjen stated, "This organization needs a qualified chief to lead the way, and dedicated personnel who are willing to follow. We believe we have that in Chief Riley, and as evidenced by those here today, we also have the dedicated personnel who are prepared and ready to follow his lead." Chief Riley's wife, Lona, had the honor of pinning Chief Riley with his new gold badge.

In his first public address as the fire chief, Chief Riley stated that he looks forward to what the future has in store for MCFD#1, stating that he is honored to, "work alongside some of the finest people I've had the privilege to work with as we make a positive difference in our community." He added that he is humbled by his selection as fire chief, and expressed his appreciation to the Board of Directors for putting their faith in him to lead.

Chief Riley's fire service career began in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter at Applegate Fire District. He came to MCFD#1 in 2008 as the Training Officer and was appointed to Assistant Fire Chief in July 2013. He has been the interim fire chief since October 30, 2014.
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Local Authors Invited to Participate in Beaverton City Library Book Fair

LOCAL AUTHORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY BOOK FAIR


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 4:18 PM
LOCAL AUTHORS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE
IN BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY BOOK FAIR


BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton City Library is recruiting writers from the tri-county area for a free local authors book fair, to be held at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth Street, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Writers from Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties are invited to apply for a space to share and promote their work. All genres are welcome, including young adult and children's literature.


Participating authors will receive their own table at the book fair, and will discuss and sell their own work. Authors will keep any sales proceeds. Up to six authors will also have an opportunity to address the audience or read from their works. The event is free for participating authors, but the library requests that each author donate one of his or her books to the library. Donations are not guaranteed placement in the library's collection, but the library will put them to good use.


"The Beaverton City Library is dedicated to cultivating local partnerships that help staff and patrons to be more active members of the Beaverton community," said Linda Fallon, adult services manager. "The library makes a conscious effort to support local businesses and artists through its programming, and strives to invest in opportunities that have a real impact on our neighbors."


Applications are due by Sunday, Feb. 15.


For more information on the book fair or to submit an application, contact Shirley Sullivan at ssullivan@BeavertonOregon.gov or 503-526-3635.


The Beaverton City Library is one of 15 libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) network. Libraries in WCCLS work together to share resources and information in an effort to provide excellent countywide service.


For more information on the Beaverton City Library, call 503-644-2197, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org, or follow the library on Facebook at BeavertonCityLibrary or Twitter and Instagram @BeavertonLib.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, recei ved a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Two Men Arrested For Multiple Identity Thefts

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE IDENTITY THEFTS


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 4:17 PM
Gresham, Ore. - On January 2, 2015 Gresham Police received a report of two K-Mart employees that were receiving gift cards fraudulently. K-Mart has a frequent shopper promotion that was providing gift cards to random customers in amounts of $5, $10 or $15 throughout the holiday shopping season. The K-Mart corporate office was alerted to two 19-year-old employees that were putting items on layaway and then paying their accounts off with hundreds of the gift cards that they obtained fraudulently through this promotion.

Gresham Police investigated the allegations and identified the two suspects, 19-year-old Allan James Parsons of Gresham and 19-year-old Guadalupe Aguilar-Govea of Portland, as the two K-Mart employees that were involved in the fraud. During interviews Aguilar-Govea admitted to masterminding the fraud operation and Parsons admitted to participating in it as well. Gresham Police determined that Aguilar-Govea created over 3700 fictitious accounts using names created by a third-party website in order to receive the gift cards. In total, over $22,000 in small gift cards were received by the suspects and they were able to spend around $5,000 in the gift cards before the rest expired.

Parsons was arrested for the following charges: Theft II, Conspiracy to Commit Theft I, and Computer Crime. Aguilar-Govea was arrested for the following charges: Theft I, Aggravated Theft I, Computer Crime, and 37 counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. Aguilar-Govea is still being held on $750,000 bail at the Multnomah County Jail. Photos available through Multnomah County Sherriff's Office.

It's important to note that there was no data security breach and there is no indication that any K-Mart customer information was compromised or used in any way. The identities created by the suspects were fictitious and generated randomly by a third-party website.

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Vancouver Police Investigate Shooting

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 4:13 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - On January 30, 2015, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 3300 block of E Fourth Plain Blvd. after citizens called 911 to report hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located one male victim with a non-life threatening injury to the leg. That individual was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Currently, police have two individuals detained. Detectives from the Safe Streets Task Force are investigating this incident. There is not believed to be any threat to the general public.

No further information is available at this time.



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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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UPDATE- Man Arrested in Cornelius Head-on Crash (Photo)

UPDATE- MAN ARRESTED IN CORNELIUS HEAD-ON CRASH (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 3:34 PM
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UPDATE: Man Arrested in Cornelius Head-On Crash

January 30, 2015--Today, a Washington County Grand Jury indicted Adam Buchalski for Second Degree Manslaughter, Reckless Driving and Forth Degree Assault. The assault charge is regarding the injuries to his passenger. Sheriff's Deputies arrested Mr. Buchalski at his Cornelius residence without incident at 12:16 p.m. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail held on $250,000 bail.

Original Release below:


Summary:
Today, a 22-year-old Hillsboro woman was killed when her car was struck head-on by an SUV near Cornelius. The two occupants of the SUV were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Details:
On Sunday, January 04, 2015, at about 10:35 a.m., deputies responded to a head-on collision on SW Susbauer Road near SW Long Road, in unincorporated Washington County north of the City of Cornelius.

Deputies arrived and determined that one person was dead at the scene and two people were being transported to an area hospital. The Washington County Crash Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene to investigate the crash.

Based on preliminary witness statements and evidence at the scene, investigators determined that a 1999 Honda Accord, driven by 22-year-old Maria Lara Martinez of Hillsboro, was South bound on SW Susbauer Rd. She was struck head-on by a 2006 Mercedes Benz ML500 SUV, driven by 53-year-old Adam Buchalski of Cornelius. Mr. Buchalski was traveling north bound in the south bound lane while passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

Mr. Buchalski and his passenger, 51-year-old Paulina Lea of Cornelius, were transported to Emanuel Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

CART will continue to investigate this incident to determine if there are any criminal factors that contributed to Ms. Martinez' death. No one has been charged at this time.
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Local man arrested after stabbing incident

LOCAL MAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING INCIDENT


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 2:59 PM
On January 29th, 2015, at approximately 8:00 pm McMinnville Police Officers responded to the First Baptist Church at 125 SE Cowls Street regarding a stabbing that just occurred. Upon arrival the victim was located and identified as a 59 year old local resident.

According to the victim, he had parked at the church parking lot and was walking toward the building to attend a meeting. The suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, reportedly walked up and said "Gotcha" and apparently stabbed him in the arm with a knife or some other sharp object. The victim received medical treatment on scene for a small cut to his arm. He declined further medical assistance.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a grey Toyota or Subaru passenger vehicle. The suspect was identified as Thomas Allan Greenslade (age 45) of Carlton. Thomas Greenslade has been taken into custody as of this afternoon at about 2:30 pm. he will be lodged in YCCF for a probation violation detainer. Charges in this incident will be determined after further investigation and interviews.
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Residents encouraged to apply for neighborhood traffic safety funding (Photo)

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC SAFETY FUNDING (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 2:52 PM
Downloadable file: Sample traffic calming project in the Marrion neighborhood
Vancouver, Wash. - For 2015, the City of Vancouver is announcing several opportunities for Vancouver residents to help slow neighborhood traffic and increase pedestrian safety through the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program and a Community Development Block Grant program for ADA curb ramps. The City's Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program will allocate approximately $170,000 for traffic calming projects, and a $10 0,000 grant will help install new curb ramps making them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program marks its third year with several enhancements to the program. The City of Vancouver, working in close partnership with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance (NTSA), offers this program with various resources and possible project opportunities for residents seeking to slow local traffic while creating a more livable community.

The traffic calming program will create two project tracks for 2015: 1) project proposals that contain only signing and striping elements; and 2) project proposals that include a physical traffic calming device such as speed cushions, pedestrian refuge islands, curb extensions, radar feedback signs or street trees. As an added bonus for this year, project proposals will also be accepted for streets in need of new ADA curb ramps. Each project track will have its own funding allocation and be evaluated on a separate timeline.

Signing and striping project proposals will be evaluated and awarded during the first part of 2015, with implementation planned for later in the year.

Traffic calming device project proposals will be evaluated and awarded in the last half of 2015, with implementation expected to occur in mid-2016.

ADA curb ramp project proposals will be evaluated and awarded during the first part of 2015, with implementation to occur by March 2016.

Both the City of Vancouver and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance encourage neighborhoods to propose and champion projects. For any traffic calming project to be considered for funding through the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, project proponents must work closely with the NTSA and City staff as they proceed through the program. The first step in proposing a traffic calming project is to attend a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance meeting and make a brief presentation providing information regarding the traffic problem and proposed solution.

Applications are now being accepted from Vancouver residents who wish to apply for traffic calming or ADA ramp project funding. For signing and striping projects, neighborhood residents must schedule project presentations and submit applications by Friday, April 24, 2015. For project proposals that include traffic calming device elements, residents need to schedule project presentations and submit pre-applications by Friday, May 22, 2015. For projects that focus on ADA curb ramp enhancements, applications must be submitted by Friday, April 24, 2015.

The Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program takes a citywide approach to help neighborhood associations manage traffic and address high priority needs within residential areas. The program has been set up with limited resources to allow residents to take the initiative when seeking traffic calming solutions while providing the most benefit for their neighborhoods and community. The City of Vancouver works closely with the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance to promote this program to Vancouver residents as they pursue innovative ways to address concerns about traffic safety and speeds in local neighborhoods. "The increased participation of the past several years shows our community's need and interest to slow traffic and improve neighborhood livability," Ross Montgomery, NTSA Chairman, said.

More program details and application information can be found on the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/TrafficCalmingProgram.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Investigating a Single Vehicle Rollover Crash on Powell Boulevard (Photo)

UPDATE: MAJOR CRASH TEAM INVESTIGATING A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER CRASH ON POWELL BOULEVARD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 1:32 PM
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The roadway is clear as officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash. The driver, a 32-year-old man, remains in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Officers learned that the driver was eastbound on Powell when he left the roadway, struck a pole and rolled over.

Attached are photos from the crash scene, courtesy of the Traffic Division.

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On Friday January 30, 2015, at 10:27 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash at Southeast 174th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located the vehicle lying on its roof, off the roadway on the North side of Powell.

Firefighters worked to remove the driver, a male adult, who was then transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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

Traffic is closed on Southeast Powell Boulevard, from 172nd through 174th Avenues.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Rollover Accident with Critical Patient

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE RESPONDS TO ROLLOVER ACCIDENT WITH CRITICAL PATIENT


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 12:17 PM
At 10:30 this morning, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched along with a fire engine from Gresham to report of an overturned vehicle at SE 174th & Powell Blvd. Based on information from witnesses to the accident, the response was upgraded to a Pin-in, to bring resources necessary to perform an extrication.

Upon arrival, Truck 7 reported that there was one male driver in the vehicle, held upside down by his seatbelt. Due to the serious nature of his injuries, a rapid extrication occurred to facilitate transport to a trauma hospital. The driver is in critical condition and was a trauma system entry.

Due to the quick thinking and assistance from bystanders before fire responders arrived, the appropriate resources needed were dispatched to this incident.

The accident is under investigation by Portland Police Bureau.
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Traffic stop leads to drug arrest and seizure (Photo)

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST AND SEIZURE (PHOTO)


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 12:09 PM
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On January 29thm, 2015 at approximately 9:30 pm, a McMinnville Police Officer initiated a traffic stop in the 300 block of N Hwy 99 in McMinnville. The stop involved a red 1990 Nissan 300ZX that had committed a traffic violation. During the stop, a narcotics canine alerted on the vehicle for the presence of drugs and the vehicle was searched. During the search officer s located over $6000.00 in cash and a half ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

Prior to being taken into custody, the male driver fled the scene on foot. The driver ran from the scene and was eventually captured a dew blocks away with the assistance of a Newberg Police Department tracking canine. The driver was identified as Elias Garcia-Abel (38 years old) of McMinnville.

Elias Abel-Garcia was lodged in YCCF pending arraignment in Circuit Court on the following charges:
Attempt to Elude (on foot) SRA - $ 5,000.00
Possession of a Controlled Substance(meth) SRA - $ 7,500.00
Delivery of a Controlled Substance(meth) SRA - $50,000.00.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-7307
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DUII Patrols in Gladstone on Superbowl Sunday

DUII PATROLS IN GLADSTONE ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY


News Release from Gladstone Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 11:44 AM
The Gladstone Police will be conducting high visibility DUII enforcement patrols on Superbowl Sunday, February 1st, from 5pm - 11pm.

If you're going out to enjoy the game with friends, be sure to have a plan in place that will get you home safely if you'll be partaking of your favorite adult beverage. If the party is at your house, you also need to make sure you know how your guests will get home safely.

Get your lucky t-shirt ready, along with the hot wings, meatballs and nachos -- and plan ahead for staying safe during the big game celebration so you can tell everyone on Monday what a great time you had during the Superbowl.
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Artists, Schools, and Community Groups Invited to Apply for Beaverton Arts Commission Community Grants (Photo)

ARTISTS, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION COMMUNITY GRANTS (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 11:42 AM
Downloadable file: Masque Alfredo, a 2014 Beaverton Arts Commission Grant Recipient
THIRD CYCLE OF BEAVERTON ARTS COMMISSION
COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN


BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Beaverton Arts Commission (BAC) is now accepting applications for the BAC Community Grants program until Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m. The BAC Grant Program provides financial support for nonprofit visual, written, and performing arts organizations who serve the Beaverton community. Beaverton schools and individual artists are also eligible to apply. This program is funded by the Beaverton Arts & Culture Foundation.


"We have a tremendous network of artists and cultural organizations here in Beaverton," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "This grant program helps foster the growth of our creative population while providing unique cultural activities for residents and visitors to enjoy."


Now in its third year, grants are open to individual artists, arts/cultural groups, and Beaverton schools. Social service agencies, religious organizations, and private businesses are also eligible if they partner with a not-for-profit arts or diverse cultural organization for a joint project. The full application can be found online at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/BACGrants. Applicants will be notified by the end of May. All funded activities must take place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.


Applicants to this grant program can apply for activities or opportunities that address one or more of these five goals:

1. Bring people together by providing opportunities for all people to experience and explore art.

2. Create ways for people to celebrate cultural diversity through art.

3. Help local artists to have a voice and to thrive artistically.

4. Spur the development and stewardship of art.

5. Educate the community on the intrinsic and economic value of art.


For more information, please email mailboxmayorartscommission@BeavertonOregon.gov.


The BAC contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events that celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The BAC presents annual events such as Last Tuesdays, the Beaverton Arts Mix! and Ten Tiny Dances. In addition, the BAC leads public art projects, including Beaverton's mural program. For more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit www.BeavertonArts.org, call 503-526-2288 or the event information line at 503-526-2379.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, rece ived a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Caption: Masque Alfresco, a 2014 Beaverton Arts Commission Grant Award Recipient
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Major Crash Team Investigating a Single Vehicle Rollover Crash on Powell Boulevard (Photo)

MAJOR CRASH TEAM INVESTIGATING A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER CRASH ON POWELL BOULEVARD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 11:20 AM
Downloadable file: MCT_Stock_Photo.jpg
On Friday January 30, 2015, at 10:27 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash at Southeast 174th Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Officers, firefighters and medical personnel arrived and located the vehicle lying on its roof, off the roadway on the North side of Powell.

Firefighters worked to remove the driver, a male adult, who was then transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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

Traffic is closed on Southeast Powell Boulevard, from 172nd through 174th Avenues.

Updates will be provided when they become available.

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Red Cross Assists Hood River Family Affected by Home Fire

RED CROSS ASSISTS HOOD RIVER FAMILY AFFECTED BY HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 11:20 AM
American Red Cross disater action team volunteers this morning assisted Hood River residents who experienced a multi-family fire in the 3000 block of West Cliff Dr in Hood River, OR. This disaster affected three adults, two children and two dogs. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, health services, and information about recovery and disaster mental health.
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Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force Arrests (Photo)

CLARK-VANCOUVER REGIONAL DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTS (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 11:10 AM
Downloadable file: Meth
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January 29th, 2015 The Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force arrested three people believed to be connected with a drug-trafficking operation. The Drug Task Force had developed information of a Methamphetamine drug transaction taking place in the Winco parking lot, located at 9700 Northeast Highway 99, Vancouver, WA. Detectives arrived and witnessed what was believed to be approximately 2 pound methamphetamine transaction taking place in the parking lot. Two suspects were contacted and arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

Additional information obtained at the scene led to a third arrest that took place in the 3500 block of 96th Street. There, Luis A. Naranjo-Arias was contacted and found to be in possession of an additional 2 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine.

In all approximately 4 pounds of Methamphetamine was recovered with an estimated Street Value of $20,000-$25,000 Dollars.

Arrested and Booked into CCSO Jail:

Rojas-Hernandez, Juan DOB 6/25/88
PCS/ With Intent to Deliver

D.Zul-Uxul, Jose DOB 6/6/77
PCS / With Intent to Deliver

Naranjo-Arias, Luis DOB 6/5/89
PCS / Possession

No additional information concerning this case will be released.
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Wilsonville Burglary Interrupted by Homeowner Returning for Lunch (Photo)

WILSONVILLE BURGLARY INTERRUPTED BY HOMEOWNER RETURNING FOR LUNCH (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 10:17 AM
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On 1-29-15 at about 1 pm a homeowner returning home for lunch at his home in the 28000 block of SW Flynn Street in Wilsonville encountered two men in his home committing a burglary.

Initial entry into the home was made through a side "man" door. When that had limited access to the home they shattered a rear window and made entry. The suspects ransacked the home and had organized items to be taken. It appears some items were stolen, but the interruption appears to have caused them to leave items behind as well. The exact list of items stolen is still being compiled.

When the homeowner entered his home he encountered first one man that ran from the home and then a second man who ran from the upstairs, past him, and out the front door.

Deputies from Wilsonville Police responded with the assistance of a police canine unit from the Oregon City Police. A search by the officers and the canine did not locate the suspects, but was in fact more indicative of their departure via a nearby vehicle.

The scene was processed and evidence will be evaluated for processing by the Clackamas County Sheriff crime scene investigations unit and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory.

A forensic artist was dispatched to the scene from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and worked with the homeowner to prepare the attached forensic sketches.

The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect 1: Mixed race, possibly Latino or African-American, stocky build, about 30 years of age, short curly hair short enough to see the scalp, wearing black sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Suspect 2: White, about 20-30 years old, short straight hair, possibly prematurely gray visible under a knit beanie, black sweatshirt, gray shorts, tennis shoes.

This investigations is active and deputies will be in the area canvassing beginning at 1130 hours today.

The victim made himself available for a news station yesterday that initiated contact with him, but he has not returned calls today, so we do not know if he will do more media interviews.
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Sheriff's Office Recovers Stolen Items In Search Warrant

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECOVERS STOLEN ITEMS IN SEARCH WARRANT


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2015 10:07 AM
Downloadable file: Stephen_Scott_Herod.docx
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2015

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECOVERS STOLEN ITEMS IN SEARCH WARRANT

On Wednesday, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant for suspected stolen items at 262 NE 2nd Street in Willamina. The warrant affidavit was prepared by Deputy Nathan Skaer who is assigned to the West Valley rural patrol. It was the result of an investigation into theft and burglary occurring in Yamhill and Polk Counties. Information led investigators to believe the home was being used to store stolen property taken from rural properties and residences.

A search of the home resulted in the recovery of a stolen Honda motorcycle, a stolen welding machine, numerous stolen electric guitars and amplifiers, jewelry and other miscellaneous items. A small amount of suspected methamphetamine was located as well. In addition, a stolen John Deere tractor associated with the case was recovered at 1621 NW Center Street in Sheridan.

A resident of the Willamina address, Stephen Scott Herod, 48 years of age, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Theft I, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Theft by Receiving, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. He is currently housed at the Yamhill County Jail with a bail of $32,500.

"One of the things we pride ourselves on is the ability of our deputies to dig into substantial cases" said Sheriff Tim Svenson. "I want our deputies to be well rounded and have the ability to run with most any type of case when it presents itself. I'm proud of Deputy Skaer in taking the initiative to investigate this case to conclusion. The result is citizens will receive some valuable property back and people will be held accountable."

This was the second search warrants in as many months at the NE 2nd Street address. The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT) served a narcotics warrant at the address in December. Methamphetamine, heroin, and evidence of delivery of controlled substances were recovered in that warrant service.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by the Newport Police Department, YCINT and Yamhill County Community Corrections.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Nathan Skaer of the Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7506.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Linn Deputies Make Arrest Domestic Violence Arrest (Photo)

LINN DEPUTIES MAKE ARREST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST (PHOTO)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 9:55 PM
Downloadable file: ruck.jpg
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 28, 2015, his deputies made an arrest in a Domestic Abuse case involving Walter Warren John Ruck, 33 years old of Lebanon.

At 3:10 pm our office received a call from Mario Gonzales, owner and CEO of Americare Health products in Las Vegas, reporting a female being beaten and screaming for her life in the 31000 block of Eastway Street in Lebanon. Mr. Gonzales was making a follow-up call to the female at this address. Mr. Gonzales said he could hear a woman screaming for her life and yelling "please don't kill me." He added that it sounded like the female was being physically beaten while yelling "Please stop."

Mr. Gonzales Googled the local police department related to her address. He called the Lebanon Police Department and was transferred to the Linn County Sheriff's Office because the location was outside their city limits.

When deputies arrived on scene a female was heard calling for help, while a male voice could be heard saying "quiet."

Deputies made entry into the residence and saw Ruck, holding the female from behind. When Ruck saw the deputy, he let go of the female, who was crying and gasping for air, she immediately ran past the deputy out of the house.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned she had been held down, physically assaulted and had her head and face smothered with blankets and pillows.

Deputies learned at one point during the struggle, the female said Ruck obtained a rifle and positioned the barrel near his face and shoved the stock of the gun into her chest telling her to pull the trigger. The victim stated she was in total fear of her life and was convinced Ruck wanted to kill himself or kill her and then himself.

The female had been carrying her cellphone in her back pocket. She stated she never dialed the phone for help and had no idea who had called the police. Deputies credited Mr. Gonzales for intervening and possibly saving the woman's life.

Mr. Ruck was transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail for charges of Assault IV, Menacing and Strangulation.

Correction to previous release, Ruck was arrested not Gonzales.
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Suspect Arrested After Eluding Tigard Police Officer

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ELUDING TIGARD POLICE OFFICER


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 9:40 PM
On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at approximately 5:15 pm a Tigard Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop with a vehicle in the area of 71st and Oak in Tigard. The driver stopped then sped off in efforts to elude the officer. The suspect led the Tigard officer through Tigard and areas of Metzger and at one point intentionally rammed into the Tigard Police patrol vehicle and sped off. The officer was not injured and was able to continue efforts to stop the suspect.

The suspect ultimately reached the access roads for Washington Square where he crashed into a motorist. No one was injured and the suspect continued to elude police. At this time a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy joined the chase which ended minutes later in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites Hotel located just northwest of the mall.

The suspect ran from his stopped his vehicle near the hotel entrance. As the suspect attempted to enter into the hotel lobby, the Tigard officer caught up and was able to take him into custody assisted by the Washington County deputy. A brief struggle ensued while police worked to bring the suspect under control. No one was injured.

Jacob William Strickler, DOB 122282, is being held on two felony warrants out of Douglas County Oregon, stemming from weapons and drug charges. Tigard Police has charged Strickler with Attempted Assault I, Attempted Assault On a Police Officer; Resisting Arrest; Reckless Driving; Reckless Endangering; Felony Elude; 2 counts of Hit and Run and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. He will be lodged in the Washington County Jail.
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Fatal Traffic Crash I-5 at MP 110 - Douglas County

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH I-5 AT MP 110 - DOUGLAS COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police - Statewide
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 9:09 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 110 in Douglas County - near Roseburg.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 4:45 P.M, a black Ford Focus operated by JONATHAN W. GRAHAM, 58, of Myrtle Creek, was northbound on I-5 near milepost 110. The Focus drifted into a the traffic barrier and crashed sustaining heavy front and side damage.

GRAHAM was transported to Mercy Medical Center and later to River Bend Hospital in Springfield where he died from his injuries.

The freeway remained open during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Myrtle Creek Police Department and the Myrtle Creek Fire Department. Photographs will be added when they become available.

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Linn Deputies Make Arrest Domestic Violence Arrest (Photo)

LINN DEPUTIES MAKE ARREST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST (PHOTO)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 8:16 PM
Downloadable file: ruck.jpg
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 28, 2015, his deputies made an arrest in a Domestic Abuse case involving Walter Warren John Ruck, 33 years old of Lebanon.

At 3:10 pm our office received a call from Mario Gonzales, owner and CEO of Americare Health products in Las Vegas, reporting a female being beaten and screaming for her life in the 31000 block of Eastway Street in Lebanon. Mr. Gonzales was making a follow-up call to the female at this address. Mr. Gonzales said he could hear a woman screaming for her life and yelling "please don't kill me." He added that it sounded like the female was being physically beaten while yelling "Please stop."

Mr. Gonzales Googled the local police department related to her address. He called the Lebanon Police Department and was transferred to the Linn County Sheriff's Office because the location was outside their city limits.

When deputies arrived on scene a female was heard calling for help, while a male voice could be heard saying "quiet."

Deputies made entry into the residence and saw Ruck, holding the female from behind. When Ruck saw the deputy, he let go of the female, who was crying and gasping for air, she immediately ran past the deputy out of the house.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned she had been held down, physically assaulted and had her head and face smothered with blankets and pillows.

Deputies learned at one point during the struggle, the female said Ruck obtained a rifle and positioned the barrel near his face and shoved the stock of the gun into her chest telling her to pull the trigger. The victim stated she was in total fear of her life and was convinced Ruck wanted to kill himself or kill her and then himself.

The female had been carrying her cellphone in her back pocket. She stated she never dialed the phone for help and had no idea who had called the police. Deputies credited Mr. Gonzales for intervening and possibly saving the woman's life.

Mr. Gonzales was transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail for charges of Assault IV, Menacing and Strangulation.
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Extra DUII Enforcement in the Playbook for Super Bowl Sunday (Photo)

EXTRA DUII ENFORCEMENT IN THE PLAYBOOK FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 5:27 PM
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"Fans don't let fans drive drunk" is the theme for Super Bowl Sunday. The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols to the playbook for game day on Sunday. The sheriff's office received a grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association to increase DUII enforcement on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Super Bowl is one of the largest sporting events in America where friends and family gather to cheer for their team. With fans planning gatherings, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to designate a driver and remember, fans don't let fans drive drunk.

Don't become a Super Bowl tragedy by drinking and driving. Designate a driver or have a plan before the game starts, on how you will get home safely. If you are hosting a party or attending one, the game winning play will be designating a driver.

Here are a few tips and suggestions:

*Designate a sober driver or plan another way to safely get home prior to kick off.

*If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend, call a family member, call a cab or stay the night.

*Never let friends or family drive if they have had too much to drink.

*Wearing your seatbelt can be the best defensive play against drunk drivers.

The sheriff's office would like to thank everyone for celebrating responsibly!
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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call

HISTORIC CEMETERIES COMMISSION MEETS FEB. 13 VIA CONFERENCE CALL


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 3:33 PM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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Update: Sheriff's Office responds to Verizon Jeep-smash burglary; surveillance photos attached; tips sought (Photo)

UPDATE: SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO VERIZON JEEP-SMASH BURGLARY; SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS ATTACHED; TIPS SOUGHT (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 3:32 PM
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Update:

Just after 1:00 pm A yellow Jeep believed to be involved in the Verizon burglary from Clackamas this morning was in a pursuit with Portland Police. The vehicle drove behind a house in the 2400 bock of SE 142nd. The driver and passenger fled the vehicle and have not yet been located.

The Jeep the suspects were driving was reported stolen to Portland Police earlier today.

The Deputy who investigated the burglary this morning went to the scene where the Jeep was and found evidence linking it to the scene at the Verizon store. The vehicle is still being examined and it is unknown if any of the stolen property is inside of it.

The soft top and light bar that was on top of it had been removed. They had also spray painted the hood.

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Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #15-2697

At approximately 7:30 am on Thursday, January 29, 2015, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an alarm at the Verizon store at the Clackamas Promenade.

The alarm company had called to report that they had video inside the store -- and it was a burglary in progress. At 7:26 a.m., a yellow jeep with black top had smashed through the front window of the Verizon store, then parked in the street -- and then a suspect in the Jeep ran inside and stole items inside the store.

Surveillance video reveals the smash burglary took place over a 30-second period. The Jeep backed through the glass door of the Verizon. The Jeep stopped in the street outside, and a suspect exited the Jeep and stole display items inside -- items which were mostly useless once removed from the store.

Photos of the store damage and surveillance stills of the crime and suspect Jeep are attached. Tips are sought.

The suspect vehicle is described as follows:
- Yellow Jeep with black top
- Light bar with off-road lights
- Possible damage to the rear
- Black wheels and black fender flares

The suspect may have been wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and was only inside the store for approximately 10 seconds. However, surveillance video yielded excellent photos of the Jeep used in the crime.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this crime is urged 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://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 15-2697

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Beaverton Students Invited to Participate in 11th Annual Human Rights Creative Expression Contest (Photo)

BEAVERTON STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 11TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS CREATIVE EXPRESSION CONTEST (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2015 3:16 PM
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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The City of Beaverton's Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) is now accepting entries for its annual Creative Expression Contest. The contest gives Beaverton-area students, grades K-12, an opportunity to express their ideas about the importance of human and civil rights.


"Every year, our students create inspiring work through this contest," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "The submissions we receive serve as reminders that we must uphold human and civil rights in our community."


Creativity is highly encouraged. Entries may take the form of any artistic medium, including poems, stories, essays, original songs (or other musical compositions), any type of two- or three-dimensional artwork, film, dance, or any combination of these.


Participants should convey the importance of respect and acceptance at home, school, in the community or the world--whether they see it or not. Students may tell about a personal experience from their life or the life of their family, write about a time they felt included or excluded, or saw this happening to someone else. Students may also share something about a civil rights hero/heroine and relate it to their own life, or imagine a world in which everyone lives and works together in peace.


"The Human Rights Advisory Commission looks forward to reviewing entries each year," said Sheri Struk, HRAC vice chair. "We enjoy seeing the students' work regarding what human rights means to them. The students of Beaverton are incredibly creative in communicating how history and their individual lives have been impacted by human rights."


Submissions must be received by the City of Beaverton's Human Resources Department at The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way) or online at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Creative by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.


Informational flyers can be found at all Beaverton-area libraries, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills, the Human Resources department at The Beaverton Building, Beaverton schools, THPRD Rec Centers, or online, in English and Spanish, at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Creative.


Prizes will be awarded in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school. The first place winner in each category will receive a $50 gift card to Powell's Books. Two runner-up winners in each category will receive a $25 Powell's gift card. All winners will be celebrated at a reception and televised awards ceremony at a City Council meeting in May. A binder of all entries is kept in the Young Adult Room of the Beaverton City Library for a full year. Winning entries can be viewed online. Entries may be submitted by an individual, in pairs, with a small group or as a classroom project, however, only one prize will be awarded per entry.


For more information, please contact HRAC at 503-526-2569 or email hrac@BeavertonOregon.gov.


Beaverton is a welcoming and responsible city that enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. In 2014, Beaverton was recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press for cities more than 75,000). Recently, the city's award-winning finance department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine and recognized as one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine. The city was named one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com and one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine. The city also received the Recycler of the Year award from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, recei ved a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists, and recognized as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities. Lastly, the city's nationally acclaimed visioning program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter and also received the prestigious 3CMA Award of Excellence.


For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov. Also follow Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.


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Photo caption: 2014 Creative Expression Contest Elementary School Winner, Kayla Rodrigues, with her winning entry.
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