Monday, February 29, 2016

Red Cross Assisting After Single-Family Fire in Phoenix, Oregon

RED CROSS ASSISTING AFTER SINGLE-FAMILY FIRE IN PHOENIX, OREGON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 8:20 PM
Disaster Action Team responders from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance following a single-family fire Feb. 29, 2016 in the 800 block of Bolz Road in Phoenix, Jackson County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance for immediate basic needs, health services and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 101 is open at milepost 178 north of the Sea Lion Caves. A slide, that closed the highway since Sunday afternoon, has been cleared.

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Search warrant results in three arrests

SEARCH WARRANT RESULTS IN THREE ARRESTS


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 5:18 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Vancouver Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU) became aware that a fugitive from California was staying at a residence in Vancouver, Washington and the investigation also revealed the presence of two other wanted subjects residing at the same location. On February 29, 2016, at approximately 9:26 a.m., a search warrant was executed at 501 W 28th Street and the three wanted subjects were located and arrested. Also recovered in the warrant was approximately $5500 of stolen property, a stolen vehicle, and suspected controlled substances. The investigation involved units from Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, Burban k Police department, Vancouver Police / CCSO/HSI Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit, Safe Streets Task Force, Portland Police Bureau, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and SW Washington Regional SWAT team.

The three individuals arrested were:

Freddie Oliver Cooper, DOB/ 06-23-88
Felony warrant out of California for Trafficking of a minor
Escape from Community Custody RCW 9A.56.068
Criminal Impersonation I RCW 9A.60.040
Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine)

Anthony Dwayne Bell, DOB/ 09-03-86
Felony warrant out of Multnomah County for multiple charges
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle RCW 9A.56.068

Ashley Shawnice Hill, DOB/ 09-19-89
Misdemeanor Warrant out of Clark County for DWLS III
Forgery RCW 9A.60.020
Possession of Stolen Property I RCW 9A. 56.150
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle RCW 9A.56.068

All three were booked into the Clark County Jail.


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Massive Fire Destroys Boat Storage Facility In Jantzen Beach (Photo)

MASSIVE FIRE DESTROYS BOAT STORAGE FACILITY IN JANTZEN BEACH (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 4:05 PM
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*****UPDATE*****

Portland Fire & Rescue is still on scene of the fire on Hayden Island Dr. There are currently 3 trucks 5 engines, a fire boat, and support vehicles. Firefighters are using the trucks and engines to put out hot spots that continue to actively burn. A PF&R fire boat is spraying water on the warehouse and acting as an hydrant for other apparatus. Given the large amount of water needed the fire boats were crucial in drafting water from the river. PF&R Arson squad is on-scene and working on a preliminary investigation. The investigators have not been able to get into the structure and should get in side tomorrow. Booming has been set up on the river to help mitigate any contaminants entering the river.

A few new pictures included

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial alarm at around 10:30 Sunday night at 570 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. This fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm. This is the Sundance Marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a "defensive" fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial Trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office.

Due to this location being at the end of a small island, water supply from hydrants was not adequate. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

At the time of this release there is still active fire smoldering inside the collapsed structure. Crews will be on scene for a while monitoring the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.
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Massive Fire Destroys Boat Storage Facility In Jantzen Beach (Photo)

MASSIVE FIRE DESTROYS BOAT STORAGE FACILITY IN JANTZEN BEACH (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 3:43 PM
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*****UPDATE*****
Portland Fire & Rescue is still on scene of the fire on Hayden Island Dr. There are currently 3 trucks 5 engines, a fire boat, and support vehicles. Firefighters are using the trucks and engines to put out hot spots that continue to actively burn. A PF&R fire boat is spraying water on the warehouse and acting as an hydrant for other apparatus. Given the large amount of water needed the fire boats were crucial in drafting water from the river. PF&R Arson squad is on-scene and working on a preliminary investigation. The investigators have not been able to get into the structure and should get in side tomorrow. Booming has been set up on the river to help mitigate any contaminants entering the river.

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial alarm at around 10:30 Sunday night at 570 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. This fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm. This is the Sundance Marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a "defensive" fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial Trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office.

Due to this location being at the end of a small island, water supply from hydrants was not adequate. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

At the time of this release there is still active fire smoldering inside the collapsed structure. Crews will be on scene for a while monitoring the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.
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Water Pipeline Work to Affect Traffic on Bonita Road near Fanno Creek

WATER PIPELINE WORK TO AFFECT TRAFFIC ON BONITA ROAD NEAR FANNO CREEK


News Release from City of Lake Oswego
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 3:09 PM
TIGARD, Ore. -- Starting next week, crews will be working on a water pipeline located on Bonita Road, near Fanno Creek, next to the Bonita Villa Apartments.

An excavated work area near Fanno Creek will be present 24 hours a day, seven days a week for about two weeks. The work area will be securely fenced and traffic control devices will be placed to safely guide traffic around the area. Active work hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Work is expected to take about two weeks to complete.

During this time, both eastbound and westbound travel on Bonita Road will be maintained, however, the eastbound lane will shift to the center turn lane near Fanno Creek, to redirect traffic around the work area.

This work involves reconfiguring a portion of existing pipelines, to enable Tigard's new Bonita Pump Station to be brought completely online.

During construction, commuters and neighbors can expect to see and hear excavators, pipe, gravel and dump trucks. Equipment will be stored in the work area and along the shoulders of Bonita Road. To maintain safety, the sidewalk and bike lane located between SW 76th Avenue and Milton Court will be temporarily closed. Final paving will occur once the work is complete, however this is weather dependent.

For motorists traveling on Bonita Road near Fanno Creek, please drive slowly, stay alert and use caution for your safety and the safety of the crews.

Thank you for your patience during this work.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the project website at www.lotigardwater.org, email lotwater@ci.oswego.or.us, follow @LOTWater on Twitter, or call the project hotline at 503-697-6502.

ABOUT THE LAKE OSWEGO TIGARD WATER PARTNERSHIP

The cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego joined together in 2008 to share the costs of upgrading Lake Oswego's water infrastructure and share high-quality drinking water year round. Construction of the new water system is almost complete and by mid-2016 all major facilities will be operational. Facilities include a river intake pump station on the Clackamas River in Gladstone, a water treatment plant in West Linn, a 3.5 million-gallon water storage reservoir in Lake Oswego, the Bonita pump station in Tigard, and more than ten miles of large diameter steel pipe.

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Vancouver US Bank branch robbed (Photo)

VANCOUVER US BANK BRANCH ROBBED (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:37 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 29, 2016 at approximately 12:01 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to a report of a robbery at the US Bank branch located at 16415 SE McGillivray Blvd. A male entered the bank, presented a note and robbed the bank of an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the bank on foot.

The suspect is described as a white male, late 30s-early 40s, wearing a beanie hat and a silver and blue jacket.

Officers responded to the area and a K9 track was also conducted however, the suspect was not located.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to contact Det. Neil Martin at (360) 487-7423.




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UPDATE: Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood (Photo)

UPDATE: SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S LENTS NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:10 PM
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Last night's suspicious death is now a homicide investigation. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy today and determined that the victim, 48-year-old Gary Jay Baechler, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

There is no suspect information at this time and detectives are asking for the public's help for information in this case.

The victim's 2014 Oregon driver's license photo is being released by detectives to assist in this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-6337, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Sunday February 28, 2016, at 5:06 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Southeast 110th Avenue on the report of an adult male that was unconscious, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and were directed to the victim inside a home. Medical personnel confirmed that he was deceased.

Based on some preliminary observations, Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division have responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation, which is standard procedure for any death with suspicious circumstances. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner after an autopsy on Monday.

This investigation is in its early stages and no additional information is available for release. At this point, there is no information to suggest any risk to the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-6337, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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Car Fire in Battle Ground, WA (Photo)

CAR FIRE IN BATTLE GROUND, WA (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:01 PM
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Clark County Fire District 3 responded to the report of a passenger vehicle fire in the parking lot of 15 SW 20th AVE in Battle Ground. E-35 arrived to find a working engine compartment fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by fire service personnel. There were no injuries reported.
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Car Fire in Battle Ground, WA (Photo)

CAR FIRE IN BATTLE GROUND, WA (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Fire Dist. 3
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:00 PM
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Clark County Fire District 3 responded to the report of a passenger vehicle fire in the parking lot of 15 SW 20th AVE in Battle Ground. E-35 arrived to find a working engine compartment fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by fire service personnel. There were no injuries reported.
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Update to Hit and Run Crash-Victim identification

UPDATE TO HIT AND RUN CRASH-VICTIM IDENTIFICATION


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 12:20 PM
The victims in this investigation are identified as the following:

Arthur Zander, 31 years old, resident of Milwaukie according to DMV
Brandi Wagner, 33 years old, resident of Wilsonville according to DMV
Emma Laflin, 23 years old, resident of Rhododendron according to DMV

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Large Drug Seizure Leads To Arrest Of Two Washington Men - Sherman County (Photo)

LARGE DRUG SEIZURE LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO WASHINGTON MEN - SHERMAN COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 9:45 AM
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On February 23, 2016 at about 1:30PM, an Oregon State Trooper stopped a northbound 2008 Dodge Caravan bearing a Washington license plate on US 97 near milepost 16 for a traffic violation (south of Biggs Junction). Less than a minute into the traffic stop, the trooper observed a handgun in the vehicle's glovebox after a passenger opened it. The driver and passenger, neither of whom had a concealed weapons permit, were detained.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan was identified as Alberto Alejandro Martinez, 32 years old from Moses Lake, Washington. The passenger was identified as Jose Joel Helguera Del Rio, 31 years old from Royal City, Washington. A subsequent search of the Dodge Caravan revealed approximately 25 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of methamphetamine.

Both Martinez and Helguera Del Rio were arrested and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail for multiple federal drug and firearm related charges.

The Oregon State Police Patrol Division was assisted by Detectives from the Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau, the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, US Marshals Service and US Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Homeland Security Investigations (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

This is one of the more significant recent seizures of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police. The estimated street values of the drugs are over 2.3 million dollars. It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of numerous communities throughout the northwest.
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Death Investigation Continuing After Body Found In Illinois River - Josephine County

DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUING AFTER BODY FOUND IN ILLINOIS RIVER - JOSEPHINE COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 9:30 AM
On February 27, 2016, at about 10:46AM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office received the report of citizen discovering a deceased person in the Illinois River near the Store Gulch Recreation Area.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Josephine County Search and Rescue responded to the location. The deceased person was recovered and the identity of the person has not yet been made.

The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Massive Fire Destroys Boat Storage Facility In Jantzen Beach (Photo)

MASSIVE FIRE DESTROYS BOAT STORAGE FACILITY IN JANTZEN BEACH (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 29th, 2016 2:25 AM
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Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a commercial alarm at around 10:30 Sunday night at 570 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. This fire was rapidly upgraded to a 2nd and 3rd alarm and eventually a 4th alarm. This is the Sundance Marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a "defensive" fire attack was employed. This involved the use of aerial Trucks to place water into the structure from an elevated position.

Early into the fire, crews were able to safely assist the owner in removing files and other essential information from inside the office.

Due to this location being at the end of a small island, water supply from hydrants was not adequate. Three separate fire boats were used to supply water from the river to the land based units. At least one boat hit the fire from the water as well.

About two hours into the fire, parts of the structure began to collapse and a 4th alarm was called. Well over 100 fire personnel from both PF&R and Vancouver Fire were working at this fire. A US Coast Guard representative was called to advise for potential water related hazards.

At the time of this release there is still active fire smoldering inside the collapsed structure. Crews will be on scene for a while monitoring the scene.

Fire investigators are on scene and will be working on a cause. A dollar loss has not been established.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 101 will be closed at milepost 178 through Sunday night and into Monday following a landslide just north of Sea Lion Caves and south of the Cape Creek Tunnel, 11 miles north of Florence. ODOT crews will be working through the night to clear the roadway, but cannot safely open to traffic until debris remaining on the hillside is cleared in daylight to ensure slope stability and safety for travelers. Expect that the road may be closed throughout Monday as well and check Tripcheck.com before attempting to travel through the area. Travelers are advised to take alternate routes. UPDATE

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Suspicious Death Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland's Lents Neighborhood

SUSPICIOUS DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND'S LENTS NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2016 6:37 PM
On Sunday February 28, 2016, at 5:06 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 6900 block of Southeast 110th Avenue on the report of an adult male that was unconscious, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and were directed to the victim inside a home. Medical personnel confirmed that he was deceased.

Based on some preliminary observations, Homicide detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division have responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation, which is standard procedure for any death with suspicious circumstances. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner after an autopsy on Monday.

This investigation is in its early stages and no additional information is available for release. At this point, there is no information to suggest any risk to the neighborhood.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-6337, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: U.S. 101 is closed until further notice near Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park, 11 miles north of Florence, by a landslide at milepost 178. Both lanes of traffic are blocked. Travelers should take alternate routes.

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Montavilla Neighborhood Convenience Store Robbed on Saturday Night (Photo)

MONTAVILLA NEIGHBORHOOD CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBED ON SATURDAY NIGHT (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2016 9:57 AM
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On Saturday February 27, 2016, at 7:51 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Jonny's, located at 8230 Southeast Harrison Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that the suspect entered the business, armed with a handgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash the suspect left the store and was last seen walking towards Southeast Division Street.

Officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s or 30s, 6'1" tall, slender build, wearing dark-colored clothing, gloves, a mask, and armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.

Businesses wanting to learn more about crime prevention strategies should visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/320544

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Montavilla Neighborhood Homes Struck by Gunfire Sunday Morning -- Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo)

MONTAVILLA NEIGHBORHOOD HOMES STRUCK BY GUNFIRE SUNDAY MORNING -- GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM INVESTIGATING (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2016 9:36 AM
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On Sunday February 28, 2016, at 6:20 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 500 block of Northeast 92nd Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the street and two homes damaged. Officers contacted the occupants in the homes and learned that there were no injuries.

Witnesses described hearing gunfire and the sound of a vehicle speeding away after the shots.

Based on the preliminary investigation, the Gang Enforcement Team responded to continue the investigation.

Neighborhood residents with information about the shooting, including any surveillance video, are asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333, reference case #16-64075.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Hit and Run Driver Arrested (Photo)

HIT AND RUN DRIVER ARRESTED (PHOTO)


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 10:41 PM
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Gresham, Ore. -- On February 26, 2016, Gresham Police responded to an injury hit and run that occurred in the 800 block of S.E. 181st Ave. A 33 year old male with serious injuries, a 23 year old female with serious injuries, and a 33 year old female with critical injuries were taken to the hospital and are still hospitalized at this time. All are expected to survive.

On February 27, a male suspect turned himself into police. He was identified as 33 year old Sky Marsh of Gresham. Marsh was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on the charges of Assault II x 2, Assault III x 3, Reckless Endangering x 3, Reckless Driving, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Felony Hit and Run.
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Two Suspects Arrested After Investigation of First Homicide of 2016 (Photo)

TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER INVESTIGATION OF FIRST HOMICIDE OF 2016 (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 6:48 PM
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On Friday February 26, 2016, 34-year-old Clifford Lee Moffett was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on Friday on one count of Murder, in connection with the homicide of 28-year-old Isaiah Demetrius Kent on Thursday evening. Moffett's n ame and booking photo were being withheld due to investigative reasons.

The second suspect, 24-year-old Terry Lee Spencer Jr., was located and arrested at approximately 12:15 a.m. today after a collaborative effort by Portland Police Bureau Homicide detectives, the Gang Enforcement Team, the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force, and the Gresham Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team.

Spencer was booked into jail on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Additionally, he was lodged on a parole violation.

Spencer and Moffett will be arraigned on Monday in Multnomah County Court.

These arrests came as a result of an investigation that began on Thursday February 25, 2016, at 5:52 p.m., when North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northeast 6th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, Isaiah Kent, suffering from traumatic injuries. Kent was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital and later died as a result of the shooting.

Officers are searching the neighborhood for the suspects, locating Moffett in the area and detaining him as the investigation continued to develop.

Detectives later developed leads to identify Spencer as the second suspect in the shooting, which detectives believe may be gang-related.

No additional information about the investigation is being released at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)

TWO RIVERS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION REPORTS INMATE DEATH (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 6:45 PM
Downloadable file: Joel Abbot
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday at a Portland-area hospital. He was housed at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate Joel Abbot, 60, in his cell unresponsive Saturday, February 27. He was transported off-site for medical care at approximately 10:30 a.m. Abbot was pronounced deceased at 5:05 p.m.

Abbot entered DOC custody on March 23, 1993, on one count of murder in the first degree out of Deschutes County. He was serving a life sentence.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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red Cross Responds To Wooburn Home Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO WOOBURN HOME FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 6:24 PM
On February 27th, 2016 at 3:35 PM Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to a residential fire that occurred  in the 33000 block of South Meridian Road, in Woodburn, OR.

This single family fire affected 2 adults, 2 children and pets. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, health services, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment. 

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Shooting in North Portland - No injuries

SHOOTING IN NORTH PORTLAND - NO INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 5:51 PM
Today, February 27, 2016 at 2:38 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of N. Michigan Ave. and N. Sumner St. on a report of multiple shots being fired. Officers arrived and began an investigation.

The investigation is ongoing but initial reports indicate that a light colored car with a black male passenger shot at another vehicle as they crossed paths at the intersection. Witnesses reported that multiple rounds were fired from a handgun and that both vehicles then left the area.

It does not appear that anyone was injured and officers continue to investigation the incident. The incident may be gang-related and the Gang Enforcement Team is assisting in the investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team (GET) and Gun Task Force (GTF) are continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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***Update #3 - Victims Identified*** Police Continuing Double Homicide Investigation- Jefferson County (Photo)

***UPDATE #3 - VICTIMS IDENTIFIED*** POLICE CONTINUING DOUBLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION- JEFFERSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 4:25 PM
Downloadable file: Morris.JPG
Downloadable file: Morris_2.JPG
Downloadable file: Pickup.jpg
On February 27, 2016, at about 11:20AM the Chevrolet S-10 police were searching for in connection with a double homicide at Crooked River Ranch was spotted by a Salem Police Officer near downtown Salem. The officer requested backup and followed the vehicle to a parking lot in 500 Block of Wallace Road in West Salem. Salem Police subsequently detained suspect Mitchell Julio MORRIS without incident. Another male in the vehicle was not arrested and is cooperating with the investigators.

The victims from last night's homicide have been identified as Bailee Ray SOUTHWICK (male), age 18, and Mackenzie LYMAN (female), age 21, both of whom resided at the location of the shooting. It has also been confirmed that MORRIS was also residing at that location.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police are requesting the public's assistance with any information on MORRIS' whereabouts on the evening of February 26th to the time of his arrest on February 27th in Salem. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.

The families of the deceased are requesting not to be contacted by media and to respect their privacy. More information will be released as it becomes available.

***End Update***

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect from a shooting that occurred in Jefferson County on Friday night.

On February 26, 2016 at about 6:49PM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received the report of a shooting that had just occurred at 9021 SW Sand Ridge Road in Crooked River Ranch.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon State Police responded to the scene and found two adults deceased inside the residence. A person in the area who had heard the gunshots witnessed a vehicle leaving the area. Law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area as well as throughout central Oregon and expanding into the Willamette Valley area.

The suspect in the shooting is Mitchell Julio MORRIS, age 20, of Crooked River Ranch. He is a white male and described as five foot three, 150 pounds, and has black hair. MORRIS is believed to be driving a 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. It is an extended cab and is red over black. The attached photo is an actual photo of the pickup but it no longer has the canopy. The Oregon license plate is 689EZV.

MORRIS is from the Polk County area and believed to have traveled there after the shooting. MORRIS is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The victims' identities are being withheld at this time to ensure the families have been notified. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Clark County Sheriff Inmate found deceased

CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF INMATE FOUND DECEASED


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 3:43 PM
At approximately 01:30 Hrs today, 02/27/2016 Corrections staff at the Clark County Jail discovered a male inmate alone in his cell unconscious and non-responsive. Corrections deputies immediately began CPR and summoned emergency medical aid. Vancouver Fire Rescue responded however, the inmate was declared deceased. Detectives with the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit responded and are conducting the investigation. The cause of death appears to be suicide.

The identity of the deceased and incarceration charge is being withheld at this time. Additional information will be released at the appropriate time.
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Walk Away Inmate Located

WALK AWAY INMATE LOCATED


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 3:36 PM
Antonio Sanchez, previously reported as a work crew inmate walk away from the Yamhill County Courthouse was located and arrested by Yamhill County Deputies at about 3:20 pm. Two passerbys called 911 and gave descriptions and locations for Sanchez. He was found on foot, walking on Hwy. 99W near Mineral Springs Road, just outside the City of Lafayette.

Sanchez will be lodged in the Yamhill County Jail. His eligibility for the work crew program will be revoked. The Sheriff's Office would like to extend a thank you to the citizens who assisted.
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Inmate Work Crew Member Walks Away From Assignment (Photo)

INMATE WORK CREW MEMBER WALKS AWAY FROM ASSIGNMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 3:00 PM
Downloadable file: Sanchez
At approximately 12:45 p.m. a work crew inmate walked away from his assigned location near the Yamhill County Courthouse. Antonio Sanchez, 33 years of age, was last seen walking eastbound on 7th Street towards NE Galloway Street in McMinnville. He was assigned to courthouse maintenance. This type of assignment is vetted out and approved through Yamhill County Community Justice.

Sanchez is not considered a risk to the public, however, If seen please call 911 and do not attempt to apprehend.

Sanchez was being held on a parole violation charge and was scheduled to be released March 28th.
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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: February 27th, 2016 2:26 PM
On February 27th, 2016 at 09:50, Red Cross disaster responders 

responded to a residential fire that occurred on February 27th, 2016 in the 200 block of 16th St., in Salem, OR.

This single family fire affected 3 adults. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, health services, comfort kits, and information about recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment. 

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Newport Man Killed In Highway 20 Crash -- Lincoln County

NEWPORT MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 20 CRASH -- LINCOLN COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 12:29 PM
On February 27, 2016, at about 12:10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a head-on crash on Highway 20 near milepost 1.8 (just outside Newport).

Preliminary information indicates a 2012 Subaru Outback was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the centerline an struck a westbound 1995 Nissan pickup head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Jennifer R ROZEWSKI, age 32, of Waldport, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. The driver of the Nissan, Joseph A DAUENHAUER, age 52, of Newport, was also taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

ROZEWSKI was arrested once she was released from the hospital for Manslaughter II and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. Alcohol was believed to be the contributing factor of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police, Newport Police, Toledo Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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Search and Rescue Activated For Missing Hiker Silver Falls State Park ***Update2*** (Photo)

SEARCH AND RESCUE ACTIVATED FOR MISSING HIKER SILVER FALLS STATE PARK ***UPDATE2*** (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 11:58 AM
Downloadable file: SF2_9.jpg
Downloadable file: SF1_31.jpg
Attached are images taken earlier in the day during the rescue at Silver Falls State Park.

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"Cold and wet, but okay", that is how Search and Rescue Members are describing Timothy Rentschler after he walked out on his own, after being lost overnight. Mr. Rentschler has been reunited with his family and is preparing to drive home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of its Search and Rescue members as well as the Oregon State Police for their assistance during the search.

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Last night, just after 9:00 p.m., Timothy Rentschler, age 20, a Willamette University student called the Oregon State Police and reported that he was lost and needed help. After being unable to find Mr. Rentschler the Oregon State Police requested assistance from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams.

Mr. Rentschler is believed to be somewhere on the Buck Mountain Trail Loop, inside of Silver Falls State Park. Searchers on ATV and horseback are currently in the area attempting to locate Mr. Rentschler. Mr. Rentschler is believed to be equipped for a day hike only and his cell phone is now off presumably because the battery has ran out of power. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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Search and Rescue Activated For Missing Hiker Silver Falls State Park ***Update2***

SEARCH AND RESCUE ACTIVATED FOR MISSING HIKER SILVER FALLS STATE PARK ***UPDATE2***


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 11:56 AM
Downloadable file: SF2.jpg
Downloadable file: SF1.jpg
Attached are images taken earlier in the day during the rescue at Silver Falls State Park.

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"Cold and wet, but okay", that is how Search and Rescue Members are describing Timothy Rentschler after he walked out on his own, after being lost overnight. Mr. Rentschler has been reunited with his family and is preparing to drive home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of its Search and Rescue members as well as the Oregon State Police for their assistance during the search.

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Last night, just after 9:00 p.m., Timothy Rentschler, age 20, a Willamette University student called the Oregon State Police and reported that he was lost and needed help. After being unable to find Mr. Rentschler the Oregon State Police requested assistance from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams.

Mr. Rentschler is believed to be somewhere on the Buck Mountain Trail Loop, inside of Silver Falls State Park. Searchers on ATV and horseback are currently in the area attempting to locate Mr. Rentschler. Mr. Rentschler is believed to be equipped for a day hike only and his cell phone is now off presumably because the battery has ran out of power. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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***Update #2 - Suspect Located*** OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Suspect Following Double Murder - Jefferson County (Photo)

***UPDATE #2 - SUSPECT LOCATED*** OSP SEEKS PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING SUSPECT FOLLOWING DOUBLE MURDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 11:36 AM
Downloadable file: Morris.JPG
Downloadable file: Morris_2.JPG
Downloadable file: Pickup.jpg
Police are no longer seeking Mitchell MORRIS as he was located at approximately 11:20AM in Salem and arrested. The vehicle of interest was also located.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


***End Update***

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect from a shooting that occurred in Jefferson County on Friday night.

On February 26, 2016 at about 6:49PM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received the report of a shooting that had just occurred at 9021 SW Sand Ridge Road in Crooked River Ranch.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon State Police responded to the scene and found two adults deceased inside the residence. A person in the area who had heard the gunshots witnessed a vehicle leaving the area. Law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area as well as throughout central Oregon and expanding into the Willamette Valley area.

The suspect in the shooting is Mitchell Julio MORRIS, age 20, of Crooked River Ranch. He is a white male and described as five foot three, 150 pounds, and has black hair. MORRIS is believed to be driving a 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. It is an extended cab and is red over black. The attached photo is an actual photo of the pickup but it no longer has the canopy. The Oregon license plate is 689EZV.

MORRIS is from the Polk County area and believed to have traveled there after the shooting. MORRIS is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The victims' identities are being withheld at this time to ensure the families have been notified. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)

SNAKE RIVER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION REPORTS INMATE DEATH (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 11:34 AM
Downloadable file: Sou Seng Saepharn
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Saturday morning at the Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, inmate Sou Seng Saepharn, 42, was being evaluated by institution medical staff after complaints of not feeling well. During evaluation and preparation for transport to the hospital, Saepharn's condition worsened and CPR was initiated. Life-saving measures were not successful.

Saepharn entered DOC custody on April 4, 2009. He was sentenced in Multnomah County for one count of sodomy in the first degree, one count of sex abuse in the first degree, and one count of tampering with a witness. His earliest release date was January 16, 2026.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.



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***Update*** OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Suspect Following Double Murder - Jefferson County (Photo)

***UPDATE*** OSP SEEKS PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING SUSPECT FOLLOWING DOUBLE MURDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 10:23 AM
Downloadable file: Morris.JPG
Downloadable file: Morris_2.JPG
Downloadable file: Pickup.jpg
The license plate on the vehicle of interest is Oregon 689EZV. The year of the Chevrolet is a 1989.


***End Update***

Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect from a shooting that occurred in Jefferson County on Friday night.

On February 26, 2016 at about 6:49PM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received the report of a shooting that had just occurred at 9021 SW Sand Ridge Road in Crooked River Ranch.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon State Police responded to the scene and found two adults deceased inside the residence. A person in the area who had heard the gunshots witnessed a vehicle leaving the area. Law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area as well as throughout central Oregon and expanding into the Willamette Valley area.

The suspect in the shooting is Mitchell Julio MORRIS, age 20, of Crooked River Ranch. He is a white male and described as five foot three, 150 pounds, and has black hair. MORRIS is believed to be driving a 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. It is an extended cab and is red over black. The attached photo is an actual photo of the pickup but it no longer has the canopy.

MORRIS is from the Polk County area and believed to have traveled there after the shooting. MORRIS is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The victims' identities are being withheld at this time to ensure the families have been notified. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Suspect Following Double Murder - Jefferson County (Photo)

OSP SEEKS PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING SUSPECT FOLLOWING DOUBLE MURDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 10:16 AM
Downloadable file: Morris.JPG
Downloadable file: Morris_2.JPG
Downloadable file: Pickup.jpg
The Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect from a shooting that occurred in Jefferson County on Friday night.

On February 26, 2016 at about 6:49PM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received the report of a shooting that had just occurred at 9021 SW Sand Ridge Road in Crooked River Ranch.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office along with the Oregon State Police responded to the scene and found two adults deceased inside the residence. A person in the area who had heard the gunshots witnessed a vehicle leaving the area. Law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area as well as throughout central Oregon and expanding into the Willamette Valley area.

The suspect in the shooting is Mitchell Julio MORRIS, age 20, of Crooked River Ranch. He is a white male and described as five foot three, 150 pounds, and has black hair. MORRIS is believed to be driving a 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. It is an extended cab and is red over black. The attached photo is an actual photo of the pickup but it no longer has the canopy.

MORRIS is from the Polk County area and believed to have traveled there after the shooting. MORRIS is to be considered armed and dangerous.

The victims' identities are being withheld at this time to ensure the families have been notified. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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Red Cross Assista At Vancouver Mutil Family Fire

RED CROSS ASSISTA AT VANCOUVER MUTIL FAMILY FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 10:00 AM
On Saturday February 27th, 2016 at approximately 6:00 AM Red Cross disaster responders  responded to a disaster that occurred in the 9000 block of N.E. 64th St in Vancouver, WA. This multi-family fire affected 5 adults, 1 child, and 4 pets. Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs, assistance for temporary lodging, information about recovery services, disaster health and mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment. 

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Search and Rescue Activated For Missing Hiker Silver Falls State Park ***Update***

SEARCH AND RESCUE ACTIVATED FOR MISSING HIKER SILVER FALLS STATE PARK ***UPDATE***


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 9:03 AM
"Cold and wet, but okay", that is how Search and Rescue Members are describing Timothy Rentschler after he walked out on his own, after being lost overnight. Mr. Rentschler has been reunited with his family and is preparing to drive home.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of its Search and Rescue members as well as the Oregon State Police for their assistance during the search.

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Last night, just after 9:00 p.m., Timothy Rentschler, age 20, a Willamette University student called the Oregon State Police and reported that he was lost and needed help. After being unable to find Mr. Rentschler the Oregon State Police requested assistance from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams.

Mr. Rentschler is believed to be somewhere on the Buck Mountain Trail Loop, inside of Silver Falls State Park. Searchers on ATV and horseback are currently in the area attempting to locate Mr. Rentschler. Mr. Rentschler is believed to be equipped for a day hike only and his cell phone is now off presumably because the battery has ran out of power. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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Search and Rescue Activated For Missing Hiker Silver Falls State Park

SEARCH AND RESCUE ACTIVATED FOR MISSING HIKER SILVER FALLS STATE PARK


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2016 7:49 AM
Last night, just after 9:00 p.m., Timothy Rentschler, age 20, a Willamette University student called the Oregon State Police and reported that he was lost and needed help. After being unable to find Mr. Rentschler the Oregon State Police requested assistance from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams.

Mr. Rentschler is believed to be somewhere on the Buck Mountain Trail Loop, inside of Silver Falls State Park. Searchers on ATV and horseback are currently in the area attempting to locate Mr. Rentschler. Mr. Rentschler is believed to be equipped for a day hike only and his cell phone is now off presumably because the battery has ran out of power. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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Friday, February 26, 2016

Red Cross Responds To Roseburg Residetial Fire

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO ROSEBURG RESIDETIAL FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 8:35 PM
On February 26th at 5:20 PM, Red Cross  disaster responders  responded to a residential fire  that occurred in the 2300 block of NE Carolyn Ct. in Roseburg. This multi-family fire affected 5 adults, 2 children and 1 pet (4 families). Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery 

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment. 

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available atwww.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
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Scams Continue to Plague Area

SCAMS CONTINUE TO PLAGUE AREA


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 4:15 PM
Downloadable file: Scam Recording
February 26, 2016--The Washington County Sheriff's Office and local police agencies have received numerous complaints from the public concerning a warrant, jury duty, unpaid taxes or utility bill scam. The scammer asks for a payoff to avoid arresting the person that supposedly has a warrant, missed jury duty or had other financial issues.

The scammer calls a phone number at random and identifies themselves as a Deputy Sheriff or another person from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, local police department, federal agency or Portland General Electric. Some people reported if they missed the call, the person leaves a message (recording attached).

As the conversation progresses, the suspect tells the victim they will be arrested, have their power shut off, or some other negative action will take place. The suspect then tells the victim to buy a Green Dot or other prepaid card for a specified amount to pay the fine or bill. Once the victim has the card, the suspect arranges a location to meet and acquire the card to fulfill the obligation. Prior to the agreed meeting time, the suspect would call the victim back and request the "secret" number on the back of the card to confirm the funds. Once the secret number is given, the funds are taken and unable to be retrieved.

Law enforcement agencies never call demanding money. If someone calls and attempts to convince you there is a warrant for your arrest, missed jury duty or unpaid taxes, please call the agency directly to confirm the allegation.

Other local law enforcement agencies received reports with similar circumstances. These scams include variations where scammers call or email with the promise of something in exchange for cash, Green Dot prepaid cards, money wires, or any other form of payment. These are all considered attempts to cheat you out of your money. Prepaid cash cards are considered as good as cash. Any phone solicited allegation that involves urgency is highly likely to be a scam.

The Sheriff's Office reminds the public to never send money in any form to someone you don't personally know. Investigators are seeking the public's help regarding similar scam cases. If you have any information, or have recently received a solicitation that seemed suspicious, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 629-0111.
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Public Input Needed to Update City's Transit Master Plan

PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED TO UPDATE CITY'S TRANSIT MASTER PLAN


News Release from City of Wilsonville
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 3:01 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- Beginning Tuesday, March 1, Wilsonville's public transit agency, South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART), is opening an online survey at www.plansmartwilsonville.com that seeks to gather public input from Wilsonville-area residents, employers, employees, commuters and visitors regarding the future of the City's transit service.

The survey, which remains open throughout March, is part of a SMART initiative to update the City's Transit Master Plan (TMP) by the end of the year. The purpose of the TMP is to guide SMART's strategic investments and operations over the next five years and to address the following questions:

* How should the City prioritize available transit resources?
* What improvements are needed in the next five years?

The update to the TMP will create a plan that responds to the changing needs and conditions in Wilsonville over the next five years. Specifically the plan seeks to address changes such as growth in the community, an aging population, an increase in long-distance commuters and opportunities to advance the state and region's Climate Smart goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The survey is also available to be taken at mobile survey stations that are being placed around town in early March. The first stops for the mobile survey stations are the Wilsonville Public Library and City Hall.

After the survey closes, SMART plans to begin studying the results and drafting service recommendations for the public, transit staff and City leaders to review.

This summer community members are going to be invited to complete a second survey in order to provide feedback on the various transit service alternatives and priorities still under consideration.

This fall SMART plans to release a draft Transit Master Plan for public review and comment and then staff will take the plan to City Council for consideration and potential adoption by the end of the year.

To take the survey, provide input and sign up for updates about the Transit Master Plan visit www.plansmartwilsonville.com.

For more information, contact Jen Massa Smith, Program Manager, at 503-682-4523; massa@ridesmart.com.

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Umpqua Bank Robbery (Photo)

UMPQUA BANK ROBBERY (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 2:19 PM
Downloadable file: bank robbery suspect
Downloadable file: bank robbery suspect
At 12:24 Hrs today, 02/26/2016 the Umpqua Bank -- 600 NE 99th Street in Hazel Dell was held up by a lone suspect. The suspect, a white male early to mid 30's year of age, 6'-0", stocky build with full dark short cropped beard, wearing a gray sweat shirt, blue jeans, dark glasses and black stocking cap -- approached a teller window and demanded cash from a teller. No weapon was displayed or implied. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled from the scene in a northerly direction. No vehicle was observed. A canine track was unsuccessful. See attached suspect pictures. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Chris Nicholls at 360 397-2192 or e-mail chris.nicholls@clark.wa.gov
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Driver Hits Three Pedestrians and Flees

DRIVER HITS THREE PEDESTRIANS AND FLEES


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 1:55 PM
Gresham, Ore. -- Police officers and medical personnel responded to the 800 block of S.E. 181st Ave. at 1:10 this morning on the report of three pedestrians hit by a car. The pedestrians were walking on the sidewalk when a vehicle veered off the roadway striking all three. One victim was able to make the call to 911.

The victims were walking on the west side of 181st Ave., when they were struck by the vehicle that was traveling northbound on 181st Ave. Investigators say the vehicle veered across three all lanes of traffic and struck the pedestrians, a mail box, and a wooden fence. The vehicle immediately fled the scene after the crash.

The victims, whose names are being withheld by investigators, were transported to area hospitals reportedly with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating the crash.

Investigators are looking for the suspect vehicle which they describe as a red or maroon 1995 Lincoln passenger car bearing Colorado license 371UWU. The vehicle is reportedly missing the front license plate and should have front end and driver's side damage.

Anyone with information about the crash or the whereabouts of the vehicle are encouraged to call 911 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.
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Oregon Main Street hosts pilot Placemaking Training in downtown Hillsboro

OREGON MAIN STREET HOSTS PILOT PLACEMAKING TRAINING IN DOWNTOWN HILLSBORO


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 1:10 PM
Downloadable file: News release
The training called "Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities" is coming Feb. 29-March 1 to Hillsboro. The National Main Streets Center and the Project for Public Spaces are launching a series of intensive trainings in five pilot states, selected through a competitive process, including Oregon, Alabama, Connecticut, Missouri and Montana.

The National Main Street Center, Oregon Main Street and the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership worked together to bring the conference to downtown Hillsboro.

"We are excited to be selected to host this pilot workshop," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator of Oregon Main Street. "Prior to submitting an application, we polled our communities to see if there was interest. We were astounded by the overwhelming positive response."

Thirty-five Oregon communities will be represented at the workshop representing small, rural communities to neighborhood districts in Portland. Local and regional representatives of federal and state agencies will attend, working with trainers and trainees to identify ways to successfully grow, implement, and sustain Placemaking efforts after the training.

Placemaking provides a powerful set of tools for change that Main Street organizations can easily learn and apply to their revitalization work. Through a strategy called "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper," individuals and communities can make immediate and affordable changes to public spaces while also building local support and demonstrating to stakeholders the potential for further long-term projects and investments.

"As a citizen-led process, Placemaking is a powerful, affordable, and effective way to activate downtowns and community gathering places," says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center, Inc., which is based in Chicago. "The community engagement and momentum generated by Placemaking is essential in generating longer-term positive economic outcomes across America's Main Streets."

"The community is always the expert," says Fred Kent, president and founder of Project for Public Spaces, which is based in New York City. "These trainings offer simple ways to take better advantage of the talents, resources and assets that already exist in these places."

Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities is the latest program launched as a result of National Main Street Center and the Project for Public Space's ongoing partnership to help Main Street communities activate their downtowns and districts through Placemaking. The Hillsboro Downtown Partnership is excited to host this pilot training.

The Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities training program is made possible through the generous support of Anne T. and Robert M. Bass.
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UPDATE #3: Shooting Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland's King Neighborhood - One Person Deceased (Photo)

UPDATE #3: SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND'S KING NEIGHBORHOOD - ONE PERSON DECEASED (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2016 11:27 AM
Downloadable file: Victim_Isaiah_Demetrius_Kent_28.jpg
The victim in last night's homicide has been identified as 28-year-old Isaiah Demetrius Kent of Portland. Kent's family is aware of his death and is requesting privacy at this time.

This is the first homicide of 2016.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and are not yet prepared to release the arrested person's name as it may inhibit the ongoing investigation.

As soon as practicable, an update on the arrested person's identity will be released.

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The victim in last night's homicide died shortly before midnight. The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy this weekend to determine the cause of death. The victim's name will be released at a later time.

One suspect has been arrested in connection with this investigation. For investigative reasons, detectives are not releasing any information about the suspect at this time and there will be no court appearance until Monday.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at 503-823-0991, todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033, anthony.merrill@portlandoregon.gov.

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The victim in this evening's shooting is a male in his late-20s. He is in critical condition at a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Due to the extent of the victim's injuries, Homicide detectives have responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation. Preliminary information indicates that the shooting may be gang-related.

The neighborhood is expected to experience a police presence for several more hours as detectives conduct their investigation.

No additional updates are expected this evening.

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On Thursday February 25, 2016, at 5:52 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers responded to the report of a shooting at Northeast 6th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located one male victim suffering from traumatic injuries. The victim has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Officers are searching the neighborhood for the suspects, described as an African American male in his late-teens or early-20s and an African American male in his 30s, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, medium build.

At this point, there is limited information on what led up to the shooting.

The intersection of 6th and Alberta is closed to all traffic as part of the crime scene.

Anyone with non-emergency information about this shooting is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

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