Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vancouver Police investigate shooting (Update: Suspect booking info)

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING (UPDATE: SUSPECT BOOKING INFO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 7:56 PM
*** Update ***

On February 28, 2017, the suspect in this case, Dominic T Tovar, 8/15/1993, was released from the hospital and booked into the Clark County Jail on the following charges:

1. Assault in the First Degree, RCW 9A.36.011
2. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, RCW 9.41.040
3. Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, RCW 69.50.401
4. Attempting to Elude Police, RCW 46.61.024
5. Hit and Run Resulting in Personal Injury, RCW 46.52.020

The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.

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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017 at approximately 11:12 a.m., Vancouver Police were assisted a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit a vehicle, with two occupants inside, in the area of E 16th/Broadway and crashed into a building in the same vicinity. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody by responding officers in the area E 15th/C Street. The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries, which appear to be non-life threatening. The two occupants of the vehicle who were hit by the suspect vehicle were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was evaluated for injuries and is currently being detained. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the traffic collisions and the Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Several streets will be closed while the investigation is continuing. Broadway-C Street is closed on E 16th and C Street is closed from E 16th- E 15th.

The involved officer is on critical incident leave, per standard procedure.

No further information is available at this time.




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Gresham Police Seek Help Identifying Burglar (Photo)

GRESHAM POLICE SEEK HELP IDENTIFYING BURGLAR (PHOTO)


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 5:17 PM
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GRESHAM, Ore. -- Investigators are asking the public to help identify a man who burglarized a Gresham home on Feb. 22, stealing what is described as "a large amount of marijuana." A security camera captured the suspect's image and detectives are hoping someone will recognize him and help solve this crime.

In December 2016, the same home was the target of a home invasion robbery. Marijuana was the primary target during that incident as well.

The Gresham Police Department is asking that anyone who recognizes the man in the security images call Detective Aaron Turnage at 503.618.3136 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503.618.2719.

Due to safety concerns, investigators are not releasing any additional information at this time.

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Deputies Searching for Tips in a Spree of Broken Windows Scotts Mills ***Update Arrest Made*** (Photo)

DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR TIPS IN A SPREE OF BROKEN WINDOWS SCOTTS MILLS ***UPDATE ARREST MADE*** (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 4:50 PM
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Yesterday at 6:00 a.m., the Silverton Police Department was notified that Scott's Mills Elementary School had a second incident where someone shot out a gym window at the school. This time however the suspect or suspects entered the school and made away with 20 IPads from a classroom.

At around 4:00 p.m., an alert pawn shop employee at the State Street Pawn Shop in Salem, contacted the Silver Falls School District after a man attempted to sell two of the IPads. Deputies and Officers from the Sheriff's Office and the Silverton Police Department responded to the pawn shop and detained Spencer Moss, age 20, of Texas.

After detaining Mr. Moss deputies and officers recovered 17 IPads and a pellet gun. Mr. Moss was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I and later released, his next court appearance will be at the Circuit Court Annex on March 27th at 0930 a.m.

Mr. Moss is the prime suspect in a rash of broken windows in and around the Scott's Mills area. The Silverton Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing their joint investigation and are asking anyone with information, images or details surrounding these incidents to please call our anonymous tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tips to TipMCSO at 847411.


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Early this morning around, 2:00 am, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the city of Scotts Mills after two separate residents reported having their windows shot out. One resident in the 6900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE reported their sliding glass door had been shot out. About 20 minutes later a resident in the 18000 block of Mt. Angel Scotts Mills Road NE reported that their window had also been shot out. In both cases the residents reported hearing a car speeding away from the area.


At around 10 am, the Silverton Police Department reported that the Scotts Mills Elementary School had 4 windows shot out, with an estimated damage of $2000.00. In all three cases investigators believe a small caliber gun or pellet gun was used to break the windows. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding the events that took place early this morning to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can text your anonymous information to TipMCSO at 847411.
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Suspect shoots self during service of search warrant

SUSPECT SHOOTS SELF DURING SERVICE OF SEARCH WARRANT


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 4:31 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 28, 2017, an Elder Justice Center detective, with assistance from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crime Unit served a search warrant related to an elder abuse case at an apartment in the 5100 block of NE 72nd Avenue. When detectives arrived at the location, they received no response from anyone inside the apartment and entered under the search warrant. Detectives entered a bathroom and the suspect associated with the investigation brandished a handgun at the detectives. Detectives retreated and began a dialogue with the suspect. Several minutes later a single gunshot was heard inside the bathroom. The suspect was located with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On-duty SWAT personnel initially responded to the call when information that the suspect inside was armed and were staged outside the complex. After hearing the gunshot, SWAT personnel attempted a tactical rescue of the suspect but the individual was deceased.

Detectives from the Clark County Sheriff's office will be investigating the incident and no further information is available at this time.


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UPDATE - HOMICIDE: Death Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland - Suspicious Circumstances (Photo)

UPDATE - HOMICIDE: DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND - SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 12:53 PM
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Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man and a dog last night inside a Northeast Portland apartment.

Today, the Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that 59-year-old Eleazar "Tony" Herrera Villegas died of homicidal violence.

The dog found dead in the residence, Max, was a Jack Russell Terrier and will have a necropsy performed at Oregon State University.

The victim resided at the apartment with his girlfriend. She is cooperating with investigators and is not a suspect.

This is an active investigation and no additional details can be released.

Homicide detectives are asking area residents of The Terrace at Columbia Knoll, The Heights at Columbia Knoll and the surrounding area (The Grotto) to report any suspicious activity or persons in the area on Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9313, mark.slater@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762, erik.kammerer@portlandoregon.gov.

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On Monday February 27, 2017, at 3:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a deceased male and a deceased dog inside a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the scene and located a deceased male inside the residence as well as a deceased dog. The Medical Examiner responded to the scene to begin the death investigation. Based on observations at the scene, Homicide detectives are responding to further the investigation.

At this point, the cause of death has not been determined but the circumstances are suspicious.

Interested media should stage in the apartment complex driveway off of 82nd Avenue, south of Sandy Boulevard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.

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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentations in Southern Oregon

RED CROSS HOLDS FREE EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATIONS IN SOUTHERN OREGON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 9:07 AM
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Presentations in Southern Oregon News Release
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Roseburg Flyer
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Medford Flyer
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Ashland Flyer
The Red Cross is bringing its acclaimed Prepare Out Loud earthquake preparedness presentation to Southern Oregon with presentations in Roseburg, Ashland and Medford next week.

MEDFORD, Ore., February 28, 2017 --The American Red Cross is helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Southern Oregon next week. The presentations will be held on March 6 in Roseburg, on March 7 in Ashland and on March 9 in Medford.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. All presentations are free and open to the public.

"Oregonians can be ready for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presenter. "Prepare out Loud is about unlocking the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."

Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

THREE COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS:

Prepare Out Loud Roseburg
Monday, March 6, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Roseburg High School - 400 W Harvard Ave, Roseburg, OR 97470
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudRoseburg

Prepare Out Loud Ashland
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Ashland Christian Fellowship - 50 W Hersey St, Ashland, OR 97520
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudAshland

Prepare Out Loud Medford
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center - 2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford, OR 97504
Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start. I came to the presentation knowing I would learn
more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest, such as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud
inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulating preparedness." -- Von Summers, Senior Community Affairs Manager, NW Natural

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable. The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such a disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention." -- James Merryman, President & Chief Operating Officer, OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House)

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.
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Red Cross Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration

RED CROSS HONORS LOCAL HEROES AS PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 8:39 AM
Downloadable file: Heroes Breakfast Invitation
Downloadable file: Red Cross Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration
The Red Cross will honor the heroic actions of local community members at the Hero Awards event in March. The event is part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of Red Cross services in our local community.

PORTLAND, Ore. February 28, 2017-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will hold its Heroes Centennial Celebration event on March 24, 2017, at 7 a.m. at the Vancouver Hilton. The event honors ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions while raising funds for the local Red Cross. This year's celebration marks 20 years of Heroes Breakfast events and 100 years of Red Cross services in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Heroes Breakfast details:
7 a.m. -- 9 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.)
Hilton Vancouver, Washington 301 W 6th in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit redcross.org/Heroes2017.

Heroes that will be honored this year include: an Eagle Scout who took the wheel, stopped the vehicle and administered CPR after his grandfather suffered cardiac arrest while driving; the firefighters that evacuated the area of the gas explosion in Northwest Portland, ultimately saving countless lives while risking their own; and a man who pulled another man from a sinking car just before it was completely submerged in floodwaters.

The Heroes will be recognized on the court of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball game on March 25. A portion of ticket sales for this game ($5) will be given to the local Red Cross. To purchase tickets to the Red Cross Trail Blazers game visit www.rosequarter.com/redcross.

Full List of Hero Award Winners and Incident Recaps

Adult Good Samaritan: Dave Della Paolera, Hiedi Poulson and Kim Detter
David Della Paolera was driving with his son on Southwest Washington's Highway 503 when he came upon a fiery car crash. Without hesitating, he stopped his vehicle and jumped out to help the man who was unconscious and trapped inside. Della Paolera pulled the man out of the car just before it exploded. Kim Detter, a former medical assistant who witnessed the crash, and Hiedi Poulson, a combat medic, also came to the man's rescue. They worked together to treat the man's life-threatening wounds until medical personnel arrived. Thanks to the quick and brave actions of the three heroes, the car crash victim survived what could have been a fatal collision and subsequent explosion.

Youth Good Samaritan: Brandon Miller
After picking up supplies to finish his Eagle Scout project (a teeter totter for homeless children living at a local homeless shelter) Brandon Miller, then 16, said he felt compelled to ride in the car with his grandpa as they drove home. Brandon's grandfather, Jerry, was behind the wheel and the pair was on the highway when Jerry suffered cardiac arrest and lost consciousness.
Miller instantly took control of the vehicle, pulled his grandfather's foot off the gas pedal and eventually brought the vehicle to a stop on the side of the road. He pulled his grandfather out of the vehicle and onto the ground, and ran to the nearest house to call 911. Miller then returned to his grandfather and performed CPR until an EMS crew arrived.

Military Hero: Rex Donaldson
Rex Donaldson, a United States Army veteran, was outside his Vancouver apartment and suddenly noticed the glow of flames in a neighboring apartment building. He and his wife instinctively ran straight towards the flames to assist people stuck in the apartments, which were quickly becoming engulfed in flames. Donaldson helped pull several people from the burning building to safety, including one man who had to jump out a second-story window and into his arms. With Donaldson's help, firefighters were able to rescue everyone who was in the building and no one was seriously injured.

Workplace Hero: Chad Worthington and Daniel Salazar
During his overnight work shift at a construction site, Chad Worthington was sitting in the front seat of an attenuator -- a vehicle designed to protect road workers from the impact of a crash. He saw out of the corner of his eye a van headed directly for his vehicle and he braced himself for impact. Uninjured but still in shock, Worthington jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the van, which was now on fire. A woman and a child were still inside the van. Daniel Salazar, who was working at a construction site nearby, heard the crash reported over his radio and rushed to the scene to help. Together, Worthington and Salazar broke the van's windows and pulled the woman and child to safety before the van became completely engulfed in flames.

Blood Hero: Cody Hermeling
In 2010, Cody Hermeling was the victim of a serious car crash that left him with severe head trauma, numerous fractures and a ruptured spleen. After being rescued from his crushed vehicle, Hermeling was rushed to a nearby hospital and given a three percent chance to survive. He had to be revived at least three times and his emergency treatment required 187 units of blood. Wanting to give back to those who helped save his life, Hermeling and his mother, Kathleen, organized a blood drive the following year as a way to give back to the donors who supplied the blood that saved his life. They have held a blood drive every year since and more than 300 pints of blood have been collected as a result of their annual drives.

Medical/CPR Rescue Hero: Deputy Sheriff Albin Boyse and DRO Joe Reed
Columbia River High School Security Officer Joe Reed and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Albin Boyse jumped straight into action when they heard over their radios that a student had collapsed in the gymnasium during football practice. Boyse checked the boy for a pulse and realized he didn't have one. Reed began performing CPR while Boyse directed a person standing by to retrieve a defibrillator. The student's heart started and stopped beating several times as Reed worked to resuscitate him. The student was transported to the hospital and thanks to Reed and Boyse's quick action, he made a full recovery.

Professional Rescue Hero: Portland Fire Engine 3 and Truck 3
In late October, Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a reported natural gas leak in a densely populated area of Northwest Portland. Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Jamie Klum realized the seriousness of the situation and called for an evacuation of the building. The fire crew entered the building and knocked on resident doors to ensure everyone had been evacuated. Some crewmembers were not able to move far enough away from the building before it exploded. Portland Fire Lieutenant Peter St. John was thrown from the area by the explosion and sustained serious injuries which required multiple surgeries. Four other first responders and three civilians were also injured in the blast. Klum and his crew are credited with saving the lives of the many people who were in the building by risking their lives to evacuate before it exploded.

Water Rescue Hero: Dan Windon
Dan Windon had dropped his son off at daycare and was driving on a remote country road in Camas, Washington, when he was flagged down by a woman on the side of the road next to a ditch. She pointed to a car that was almost completely submerged in floodwaters, indicating there was a man trapped inside. Windon immediately got out of his truck, grabbed a tow hitch from his vehicle to break the window and rushed into the water to help. The man had been trapped in the car for several minutes and had been holding his breath in the submerged car until Windon was able to break the window and pull him out of the car to safety.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.
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Red Cross Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration

RED CROSS HONORS LOCAL HEROES AS PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 8:25 AM
Downloadable file: Heroes Breakfast Invitation
Downloadable file: Red Cross Honors Local Heroes as Part of Centennial Celebration
The Red Cross will honor the heroic actions of local community members at the Hero Awards event in March. The event is part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of Red Cross services in our local community.

VANCOUVER, Wash. February 27, 2017-- The American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) will hold its Heroes Centennial Celebration event on March 24, 2017, at 7 a.m. at the Vancouver Hilton. The event honors ordinary people and their extraordinary and lifesaving actions while raising funds for the local Red Cross. This year's celebration marks 20 years of Heroes Breakfast events and 100 years of Red Cross services in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Heroes Breakfast details:
7 a.m. -- 9 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.)
Hilton Vancouver, Washington 301 W 6th in Vancouver, WA
For more information and to purchase tickets visit redcross.org/Heroes2017.

Heroes that will be honored this year include: an Eagle Scout who took the wheel, stopped the vehicle and administered CPR after his grandfather suffered cardiac arrest while driving; the firefighters that evacuated the area of the gas explosion in Northwest Portland, ultimately saving countless lives while risking their own; and a man who pulled another man from a sinking car just before it was completely submerged in floodwaters.

Full List of Hero Award Winners and Incident Recaps

Adult Good Samaritan: Dave Della Paolera, Hiedi Poulson and Kim Detter
David Della Paolera was driving with his son on Southwest Washington's Highway 503 when he came upon a fiery car crash. Without hesitating, he stopped his vehicle and jumped out to help the man who was unconscious and trapped inside. Della Paolera pulled the man out of the car just before it exploded. Kim Detter, a former medical assistant who witnessed the crash, and Hiedi Poulson, a combat medic, also came to the man's rescue. They worked together to treat the man's life-threatening wounds until medical personnel arrived. Thanks to the quick and brave actions of the three heroes, the car crash victim survived what could have been a fatal collision and subsequent explosion.

Youth Good Samaritan: Brandon Miller
After picking up supplies to finish his Eagle Scout project (a teeter totter for homeless children living at a local homeless shelter) Brandon Miller, then 16, said he felt compelled to ride in the car with his grandpa as they drove home. Brandon's grandfather, Jerry, was behind the wheel and the pair was on the highway when Jerry suffered cardiac arrest and lost consciousness. Miller instantly took control of the vehicle, pulled his grandfather's foot off the gas pedal and eventually brought the vehicle to a stop on the side of the road. He pulled his grandfather out of the vehicle and onto the ground, and ran to the nearest house to call 911. Miller then returned to his grandfather and performed CPR until an EMS crew arrived.

Military Hero: Rex Donaldson
Rex Donaldson, a United States Army veteran, was outside his Vancouver apartment and suddenly noticed the glow of flames in a neighboring apartment building. He and his wife instinctively ran straight towards the flames to assist people stuck in the apartments, which were quickly becoming engulfed in flames. Donaldson helped pull several people from the burning building to safety, including one man who had to jump out a second-story window and into his arms. With Donaldson's help, firefighters were able to rescue everyone who was in the building and no one was seriously injured.

Workplace Hero: Chad Worthington and Daniel Salazar
During his overnight work shift at a construction site, Chad Worthington was sitting in the front seat of an attenuator -- a vehicle designed to protect road workers from the impact of a crash. He saw out of the corner of his eye a van headed directly for his vehicle and he braced himself for impact. Uninjured but still in shock, Worthington jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the van, which was now on fire. A woman and a child were still inside the van. Daniel Salazar, who was working at a construction site nearby, heard the crash reported over his radio and rushed to the scene to help. Together, Worthington and Salazar broke the van's windows and pulled the woman and child to safety before the van became completely engulfed in flames.

Blood Hero: Cody Hermeling
In 2010, Cody Hermeling was the victim of a serious car crash that left him with severe head trauma, numerous fractures and a ruptured spleen. After being rescued from his crushed vehicle, Hermeling was rushed to a nearby hospital and given a three percent chance to survive. He had to be revived at least three times and his emergency treatment required 187 units of blood. Wanting to give back to those who helped save his life, Hermeling and his mother, Kathleen, organized a blood drive the following year as a way to give back to the donors who supplied the blood that saved his life. They have held a blood drive every year since and more than 300 pints of blood have been collected as a result of their annual drives.

Medical/CPR Rescue Hero: Deputy Sheriff Albin Boyse and DRO Joe Reed
Columbia River High School Security Officer Joe Reed and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Albin Boyse jumped straight into action when they heard over their radios that a student had collapsed in the gymnasium during football practice. Boyse checked the boy for a pulse and realized he didn't have one. Reed began performing CPR while Boyse directed a person standing by to retrieve a defibrillator. The student's heart started and stopped beating several times as Reed worked to resuscitate him. The student was transported to the hospital and thanks to Reed and Boyse's quick action, he made a full recovery.

Professional Rescue Hero: Portland Fire Engine 3 and Truck 3
In late October, Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a reported natural gas leak in a densely populated area of Northwest Portland. Upon arrival, Battalion Chief Jamie Klum realized the seriousness of the situation and called for an evacuation of the building. The fire crew entered the building and knocked on resident doors to ensure everyone had been evacuated. Some crewmembers were not able to move far enough away from the building before it exploded. Portland Fire Lieutenant Peter St. John was thrown from the area by the explosion and sustained serious injuries which required multiple surgeries. Four other first responders and three civilians were also injured in the blast. Klum and his crew are credited with saving the lives of the many people who were in the building by risking their lives to evacuate before it exploded.

Water Rescue Hero: Dan Windon
Dan Windon had dropped his son off at daycare and was driving on a remote country road in Camas, Washington, when he was flagged down by a woman on the side of the road next to a ditch. She pointed to a car that was almost completely submerged in floodwaters, indicating there was a man trapped inside. Windon immediately got out of his truck, grabbed a tow hitch from his vehicle to break the window and rushed into the water to help. The man had been trapped in the car for several minutes and had been holding his breath in the submerged car until Windon was able to break the window and pull him out of the car to safety.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.
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Key Bank in Tigard Robbed

KEY BANK IN TIGARD ROBBED


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 8:21 AM
On February 27, 2017, an employee of the Tigard Key Bank called 9-1-1 and reported a robbery. The call was made at approximately 12:15 p.m. from the location at 11665 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard. A witness reported that a suspect presented a demand note to a bank employee. The suspect is described as a white male adult in his 20s, thin build and average height. The suspect implied he had a weapon although none was presented. No one was injured. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Tigard Police conducted a search in the area however no suspect was located.

Tigard Police is continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is urged to contact Tigard Police at 503-639-6168.
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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/27/2017

SANDY & ESTACADA POLICE LOG - 02/27/2017


News Release from Sandy Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 28th, 2017 8:14 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 02/27/2017

ESTACADA:

1C 2017-CAD

On 02/27/2017 at about 1445 hrs., police conducted a welfare check in the 300 block of SE Main Street. A report is pending (CAD).

SANDY:

18 2017-369

On 02/27/2017 at about 1204 hrs., police received a report regarding identity theft from a citizen in the 16000 block of Hoffman Avenue. A report was taken.

18 2017-372

On 02/27/2017 at about 1301 hrs., a citizen in the 15000 block of Bachelor Avenue reported her vehicle had been damaged overnight while parked in her driveway.

18 2017-371

On 02/27/17 at 1306 hours, victim called police to report his vehicle was broken into and his property was stolen. The victim resides in the 18000 block of Van Fleet Avenue and the incident occurred on 02/22/2017. Missing from his vehicle were debit cards and an IPod. The case is still under investigation.

18 2017-374

On 02/27/2017 at about 2216 hrs., police conducted a traffic stop in the 40000 block of Davis Street. The driver ran away from the car. A passenger, Zoe V. Ford (42, of Gresham), was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine. She was lodged at the Clackamas County jail on $30,000 bail.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Rescuers pull man from Clackamas River

RESCUERS PULL MAN FROM CLACKAMAS RIVER


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 8:27 PM
Just before 6pm on Monday, February 27, 2017 a 911 call came in regarding a male who was in the Clackamas River at Clackamette Park in Oregon City. Police, Fire and the Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. A witness told 911 operators a male jumped into the river to attempt to retrieve the boat that had floated loose from shore. While on the line with 911 they reported a second male had jumped in to assist as well. The first male was swimming towards the boat but appeared to be struggling in the water. The second male was able to make it to the boat and pull himself aboard. He grabbed the first male but was unable to pull him from the water.

When rescue boats arrived on scene the male in the boat was still holding onto the male in the water, at times his head was going below the surface. Rescue boat operators were able to grab a hold of the male in the water and pull him onto their boat. He was then driven back to the boat ramp and treated by AMR. This male was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
They then transported the other male to shore and he was treated at the scene by AMR and released with no injuries.

Both males are in their 60's and not local to the area. The male who was transported to the hospital is reported to be conscious and alert.

Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium units that responded to the scene were from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Clackamas Fire, Gladstone Fire, AMR, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The Water Rescue Consortium recommends anyone around water to always wear a personal floatation device.
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Death Investigation Underway in Northeast Portland - Suspicious Circumstances

DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND - SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 5:24 PM
On Monday February 27, 2017, at 3:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a deceased male and a deceased dog inside a residence in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Officers arrived at the scene and located a deceased male inside the residence as well as a deceased dog. The Medical Examiner responded to the scene to begin the death investigation. Based on observations at the scene, Homicide detectives are responding to further the investigation.

At this point, the cause of death has not been determined but the circumstances are suspicious.

Interested media should stage in the apartment complex driveway off of 82nd Avenue, south of Sandy Boulevard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.

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Arrests Made in Camas Burglaries

ARRESTS MADE IN CAMAS BURGLARIES


News Release from Camas Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 5:14 PM
On February 13th, 2017, eight downtown Camas businesses were burglarized. The investigation revealed similar burglaries occurred in Vancouver and Portland with fact patterns consistent with the Camas burglaries.

Camas Detectives worked closely with detectives from Vancouver Police Department and were further assisted by the Portland Police Bureau and Washington County Sheriff's Department, ultimately leading to the arrest of two people.

Alex James Burton, a 32yo Transient from Beaverton, Oregon, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail for five counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and one count of Malicious Mischief 1st Degree.

A 17yo male Vancouver, Washington resident was arrested and booked at Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for eight counts of Burglary 2nd Degree; two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree and two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree.

All of the listed charges are related to the Camas burglaries. The suspects were also charged with additional burglaries that did not occur in Camas.
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Medford Fire-Rescue Issues Ballistic Vests to its firefighters (Photo)

MEDFORD FIRE-RESCUE ISSUES BALLISTIC VESTS TO ITS FIREFIGHTERS (PHOTO)


News Release from Medford Fire-Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 5:13 PM
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On Friday, February 24th Medford Fire-Rescue issued ballistic vests and helmets to each of its on-duty firefighters. Firefighters will have the ballistic vests/helmets available to use during incidents involving violence or the threat of violence. The vests were purchased through a partnership between the City of Medford and the Medford Rural Fire District #2.

Recently, violence against public safety officials and specifically firefighters has been on the increase. In April of last year, a firefighter was shot and killed at a medical call in Maryland, and in January of last year a firefighter was shot and killed in Arkansas. Closer to home, last year Medford Fire-Rescue firefighters were fired upon while responding to a structure fire in Central Point. Fortunately, no firefighters were injured in that incident.
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Vancouver Police Officer involved in shooting identified

VANCOUVER POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED IN SHOOTING IDENTIFIED


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 4:48 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017, Vancouver Police assisted a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit another vehicle, with two occupants inside, crashed into a building in the same vicinity, and the suspect fled on foot before being taken into custody by responding officers. The suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized. His information is not being released at this time.

The Vancouver Police Officer involved in in the shooting is Ken Suvada, 45. Officer Suvada was hired by the Vancouver Police Department on May 15, 2002. He was previously employed as a Deputy for the Twin Falls Idaho County Sheriff's Office from January 2000-May 2002. Officer Suvada was assigned to the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit Motors Division from April 2006-July 2008. He also held a temporary assignment as a School Resource Officer from January 2013-June 2013, a temporary assignment in the Training Unit from October 2015-May 2016, and a temporary assignment in the Administrative Division from May 2016- November 2016. Officer Suvada is currently assigned to West Precinct Patrol.

Following standard department protocol, Officer Suvada is on critical incident leave.

The investigation by the Regional Major Crimes Team is continuing. No further information on the investigation is available at this time.



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Suspect Cited for Multiple Criminal Charges, Warrant After Crashing Stolen Car on Sunday

SUSPECT CITED FOR MULTIPLE CRIMINAL CHARGES, WARRANT AFTER CRASHING STOLEN CAR ON SUNDAY


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 4:13 PM
On Sunday February 26, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., an East Precinct officer located a reported stolen car parked near Southeast 80th Avenue and Center Street and noticed that it was occupied by several people. The officer initiated a stop of the driver and occupants and requested cover officers respond to the location to assist.

The suspect driver quickly backed up the stolen car, hit the front bumper of the police car then sped away southbound on 80th Avenue. The officer pursued the suspect but stopped pursuing the suspect in the area of Southeast 75th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard due to the suspect's dangerous driving.

The suspect continued to speed away from the officer westbound on Holgate. At 72nd Avenue the suspect crashed into an occupied vehicle, lost control, then crashed into a parked van.
The suspect, 39-year-old Jacob Daniel Ober, and his two passengers were transported to Portland hospitals for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries. Occupants of the other vehicle were not injured.

At the hospital, Ober was given criminal citations for Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle and multiple counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). Ober also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was given a citation to appear in court at a later time, due to his admission to the hospital.

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Cowlitz Sheriff investigates theft of $40k excavator Friday night: Photo (Photo)

COWLITZ SHERIFF INVESTIGATES THEFT OF $40K EXCAVATOR FRIDAY NIGHT: PHOTO (PHOTO)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 3:45 PM
Downloadable file: Stolen Excavator Spencers
Kelso, Washington: Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a $40,000 excavator that was stolen Friday night from a business north of Kelso.

The excavator made by Kubota, and is on rubber tracks and had a bucket with a "thumb" on it. It is a model KX121-3 "Super Series". The theft occurred a spencer's Trucking and excavating located at 2780 Pacific Avenue sometime after close on Friday and before daylight on Saturday morning. The unit has a custom logo that has the name and phone number of the business in Blue and white writing.

The suspects also shot out the lights at the site.

Anyone who has information on this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office and ask to leave a message for Deputy Aguilar. Callers can reference this case as A17-593.

People can also leave tips anonymously using their smart phones and an APP called TIP411 and make the text attention to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. Tip[s sent this way are completely anonymous and the ID of tipster and their phone numbers are never provided to our agency.

Please see the photo of the excavator attached to this media release.
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Additional OSP Troopers Assist In Newport at Festival - Lincoln County (Photo)

ADDITIONAL OSP TROOPERS ASSIST IN NEWPORT AT FESTIVAL - LINCOLN COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 3:38 PM
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The Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) assisted the Newport Police Department and the OSP Newport Area Command with the Annual Seafood and Wine Festival this past weekend. This event can bring over 20,000 visitors to the area, which can put a strain on local law enforcement personnel and the Oregon State Police is committed to assisting local communities.

Over the four day event the OSP supported local area with additional traffic enforcement. The focus was on DUII enforcement, Distracted Driving, Seatbelt Usage and Speed Enforcement. There were over 9 DUII arrests, which is more than twice as many last year. There were three crashes, one which was a fatal crash. In addition, Troopers cited one person for Distracted Driving and warned another, five persons were warned for Seatbelt violations, 27 persons were warned for Speed violations and eight were cited, while 42 persons were warned for Lane Usage violations. Troopers warned 150 persons for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device, Equipment violations etc.

Several persons were lodged in jail on warrants and Troopers assisted Newport Police Department with a suicidal subject that jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The subject fell 130 feet from the bridge to the water and received only minor injuries.

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides augmented patrol presence during large scale events around the State of Oregon by means of foot patrols, bicycle patrols and general patrols. MRT also provides tactical response to our partner agencies to assist with civil unrest.
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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash - Crook County (Photo)

SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH - CROOK COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 2:20 PM
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On February 27, 2017 at about 9:20 a. m., Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on George Millican Road, which is 20 miles south of Pineville in Crook County.

When Troopers arrived on scene the vehicle, a 1995 Cadillac, was fully engulfed in flames and surrounding vegetation was burning. Once the fire was extinguished investigators determined there was one deceased person in the vehicle. At this time it is believed that only one person was in the car at the time of the crash and the identification of the driver is not yet known. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's office, the Bureau of Land Management and Prineville Fire and Rescue.
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Private Music Teacher Indicted on Multiple Sex Crimes (Photo)

PRIVATE MUSIC TEACHER INDICTED ON MULTIPLE SEX CRIMES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 12:10 PM
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On Monday February 27, 2017, 68-year-old Thara John Memory was arraigned in Multnomah County Court after a grand jury indicted him on numerous counts of sex abuse and other charges.

After arraignment, Memory was booked and released from the Multnomah County Jail on the indictment charges of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (eight counts), Attempted Sex Abuse in the Third Degree (two counts) and Harassment.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives began an investigation into Memory after receiving a complaint in September 2016 about Memory's conduct with a student. Through that investigation, detectives learned of additional victims and different incidents going back to 2014. The investigation found that Memory's victims include both juvenile and adult female victims.

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives believe there may be additional victims that have not contacted police. Any victims of Memory's behavior or anyone with information about additional victims is asked to contact Detective Jeff Myers at 503-823-0595, jeff.myers@portlandoregon.gov.

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Suspect Arrested After Leading Police in a Traffic Pursuit in Two States (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE IN A TRAFFIC PURSUIT IN TWO STATES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 10:59 AM
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On Monday February 27, 2017, at 2:58 a.m., East Precinct officers in the 13100 block of Northeast Airport Way attempted to stop a driver in a silver 2005 Chevrolet Impala for traffic infractions. The driver failed to stop for police and led officers on a short traffic pursuit onto I-205 northbound, crossing into the State of Washington. Portland Police officers stopped pursuing the driver once the vehicle crossed into Washington.

A short time later, officers learned that Washington State Police troopers were in a traffic pursuit involving the same vehicle southbound on I-205 crossing back into Oregon.

The suspect exited the freeway onto Northeast Airport Way, avoiding spike strips officers placed on the freeway. The driver sped eastbound on Airport Way where officers were able to spin the vehicle out using a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) and attempted to box-in the driver using police vehicles. The suspect rammed a police car and attempted to drive away but was boxed-in moments later and was taken into custody after crashing into a second police car.

The suspect, 34-year-old Shannon Opperud, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree (two counts), and numerous traffic crimes. Opperud is also being held on a parole violation. Opperud may face additional charges in the State of Washington.

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Bend receives Heritage All-Star Community designation

BEND RECEIVES HERITAGE ALL-STAR COMMUNITY DESIGNATION


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 10:35 AM
Bend has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources. The formal presentation of the designation will be given by Christine Curran, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, at the March 1 Bend City Council meeting.

An All-Star designation requires that communities meet at least 15 of 20 criteria related to local heritage. These include heritage tourism efforts, historic preservation programs, photo and document archives, museums, historic cemeteries and more.

"Bend displays wonderful collaboration on heritage efforts," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "Important historic resources are preserved and nonprofits, the city and county are working together to be sure they are recognized and celebrated. We are looking forward to exploring more of Bend's heritage resources when we bring the statewide Oregon Heritage Conference to town in 2018."

The city is required to maintain at least 15 of the criteria to maintain the Heritage All-Star status. Technical assistance will be provided to Bend and six other all-star communities to maintain, sustain and expand the heritage offerings and facilities.

"As a fourth-generation Bend resident, I'm particularly proud of our heritage and believe it's part of what makes Bend so attractive," said Mayor Casey Roats. "I'm pleased that Bend has received this designation that recognizes the work we've done to preserve our heritage. Continuing to value and protect our local historical resources is more important than ever in this rapidly growing and changing community."

Assistance is available for communities seeking to acquire Heritage All-Star Community status. Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which houses the Oregon Heritage Commission, offers technical support, workshops, grants and other resources for all heritage projects in the state. To learn more, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 86-Year-Old Man (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 86-YEAR-OLD MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 10:31 AM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 86-year-old man from Northeast Portland.

Guiles "David" Handy is described as a white male, 5'6" tall, 125 pounds, with a scruffy beard and mustache. It is not known what Handy was last wearing but he usually wears blue jeans, a green nylon jacket and athletic shoes. Handy is described as looking thinner than his photo.

Handy's drop-in caregiver reported him missing on Sunday February 26, 2017. Neighbors in the area of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Russell Street reported that they had not seen Handy since Wednesday February 22. Handy lives alone, uses TriMet for transportation but is generally home before dark. Handy suffers from dementia and has struggled with short-term memory loss recently.

Anyone seeing Handy is asked to call 9-1-1 to police can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Vancouver

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING FIVE PEOPLE IN VANCOUVER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 9:48 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on February 27, 2017, at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the 2600 block of NE Whitman Ave. in Vancouver, Washington. The fire affected one family, including three adults and two children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Missing Brothers (Photo)

MISSING BROTHERS (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 2:46 AM
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The listed boys have been located safe. They were located at an acquaintance's home near their home sleeping. No crimes are being investigated. No additional information to add.






Vancouver Police are currently searching for two missing brothers. They boys are 10 and 12 years old. Number one is Dillon Lauser, He is a white male, 4'5" and 65lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Dillon was last seen wearing a blue jacket.

Number two is Jayden Lauser. He is a white male, 5'5" 100lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Jayden was last seen wearing a gray "Vancouver School District" T-shirt.

Last seen in the 2600 block of Rossiter Lane at approximately 1500 Hrs.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the two missing brother are strongly encouraged to contact 911.
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Missing Brothers (Photo)

MISSING BROTHERS (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 27th, 2017 1:39 AM
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Vancouver Police are currently searching for two missing brothers. They boys are 10 and 12 years old. Number one is Dillon Lauser, He is a white male, 4'5" and 65lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Dillon was last seen wearing a blue jacket.

Number two is Jayden Lauser. He is a white male, 5'5" 100lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. Jayden was last seen wearing a gray "Vancouver School District" T-shirt.

Last seen in the 2600 block of Rossiter Lane at approximately 1500 Hrs.

Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the two missing brother are strongly encouraged to contact 911.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Five People in Vancouver

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME DISASTER AFFECTING FIVE PEOPLE IN VANCOUVER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2017 8:30 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately noon on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the 3000 block of 124th Avenue in Vancouver, WA.

The single-family fire affected two adults and three children.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Arrest made in Pedestrian Killed in Hit and run accident

ARREST MADE IN PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2017 3:03 PM
On Saturday February 25, 2017 at approximately 2335 hours the Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Fire were dispatched to what was reported as a vehicle motorcycle collision in the 2300 block of NE Minnehaha Street. Arriving units located a pedestrian that had been struck and was down in the travel lane of eastbound Minnehaha. There was a shopping cart on it side near the pedestrian.

Rescue personnel checked the pedestrian and found that he was deceased. Witnesses stated that the pedestrian was walking eastbound in the inside eastbound lane pushing the shopping cart when he was struck by a small older white import sedan that then fled at a high rate of speed eastbound. The victim was wearing dark clothing.

The pedestrian was identifies as a 44 year old male that is a transient, his name will be released once next of kin have been notified. Evidence at the scene indicates that the suspect vehicle is a mid 90's Nissan, possible a Pathfinder. The vehicle will have damage to the front passenger side. If anyone has information please contact the Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.

The investigation is continuing.

Update 02/26/2017 @ 1500 hours

On Sunday Morning 02/26/2017 at 11:17 hours Chris Ramsey, a local attorney called 9-1-1 on behalf of a client to report she was turning herself in on the Hit and Run Collision. Detectives with the Sheriff's Traffic Unit contacted 35 year old Jessica Bankhead, of Vancouver. She admitted to being the driver of the 1988 Nissan Pathfinder that struck the pedestrian. She was booked into the Clark County Jail for Felony Hit and Run. Her vehicle was located and seized as evidence. There was damage to the vehicle consistent with the collision.

The deceased is identified as Richard Waller, 44 year old male from Vancouver.
Detectives believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision.

The Investigation Continues...
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Pedestrian Killed in Hit and run accident

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: February 26th, 2017 2:05 AM
On Saturday February 25, 2017 at approximately 2335 hours the Sheriff's Office and Vancouver Fire were dispatched to what was reported as a vehicle motorcycle collision in the 2300 block of NE Minnehaha Street. Arriving units located a pedestrian that had been struck and was down in the travel lane of eastbound Minnehaha. There was a shopping cart on it side near the pedestrian.

Rescue personnel checked the pedestrian and found that he was deceased. Witnesses stated that the pedestrian was walking eastbound in the inside eastbound lane pushing the shopping cart when he was struck by a small older white import sedan that then fled at a high rate of speed eastbound. The victim was wearing dark clothing.

The pedestrian was identifies as a 44 year old male that is a transient, his name will be released once next of kin have been notified. Evidence at the scene indicates that the suspect vehicle is a mid 90's Nissan, possible a Pathfinder. The vehicle will have damage to the front passenger side. If anyone has information please contact the Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit.

The investigation is continuing.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Two People in Longview

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME DISASTER AFFECTING TWO PEOPLE IN LONGVIEW


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 9:53 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the 2100 block of 46th Avenue in Longview, WA.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Nine People in Southwest Portland

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME DISASTER AFFECTING NINE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST PORTLAND


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 9:42 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the 7700 block of S.W. 45th Avenue in Portland.

The multi-family fire affected nine adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Cowlitz and Longview Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire -- One Burn Injury (Photo)

COWLITZ AND LONGVIEW FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE APARTMENT FIRE -- ONE BURN INJURY (PHOTO)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 7:50 PM
Downloadable file: Back of Apartment Showing Fire Spread
Downloadable file: Living Room Damage
On February 25th at 3:54 PM Cowlitz and Longview Fire Units were dispatched to a reported apartment fire located at 2120 46th Ave. Apt #20; just outside the city limits of Longview. These are the Valley View Apartments.

While responding fire units were updated by the reporting party that "Fire was coming out the window and something blew up." When the first fire engine arrived they reported fire showing from a six-plex apartment with a well involved apartment unit located in the center of the building on the first floor, spreading to the second floor. Their initial actions were focused on fire suppression and keeping the fire from spreading to the second floor.

While making the initial fire attack the tenant from the burning apartment unit approached firefighters with burn injuries to his hands and face. Crews quickly had to tend to the victim while they aggressively fought the fire in an attempt to stop further fire spread.

The entire six-plex apartment received a full search, and was declared evacuated. Fire crews from Longview and Cowlitz Fire put the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes, and continued mopping up hot spots and conducting smoke removal of adjacent units. Of the six apartment units, only one was considered uninhabitable, the remaining units were checked for working smoke alarms and allowed to be re-occupied.

Red Cross was called to assist the displaced occupants who included the burn victim and his grandmother. The burn victim, an approximate 40 year-old male, was transported to St Johns by Cowlitz Fire for treatment.

The fire was caused when the occupant attempted to re-fuel his butane torch lighter. During the fueling process it ignited and he dropped the still burning lighter on the floor. The fire quickly ignited nearby combustible. He and his grandma quickly escaped and called 911. The entire apartment unit (Apartment #20) suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.

This fire is a great reminder of how fast a fire can ignite can spread. It's also a reminder to make sure everyone has a home escape plan which includes: Working Smoke Alarms, Two Ways Out, A Meeting Place, and a Plan to Contact the Fire Department. Today's quick call to 911 certainly helped get fire resources to the scene quickly... an extra minute could have caused much greater damage.
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Vancouver Police seek help to locate missing juvenile (Update: Located safe)

VANCOUVER POLICE SEEK HELP TO LOCATE MISSING JUVENILE (UPDATE: LOCATED SAFE)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 6:17 PM
*** Update ***

Hayden Reyes has been located and is safe.


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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a missing 13 year old, Hayden M. Reyes. Hayden has Asperger Autism and left his Vancouver home at approximately 2:00 p.m. stating to friend that he was going to take the Amtrak to Moses Lake, WA where his Grandmother lives. Hayden is 5'9", 175lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with red lettering, dark colored track pants, black and white shoes, a black leather jacket and carrying a dark orange and grey backpack. Hayden was seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the Portland, Oregon Amtrak station with an unknown white male, approximately 5'5", 30 years of age, clean shaven, dark hair in a Mohawk who was trying to buy a ticket.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hayden M. Reyes is asked to call 911.



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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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Vancouver Police seek help to locate missing juvenile (Photo)

VANCOUVER POLICE SEEK HELP TO LOCATE MISSING JUVENILE (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 5:42 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017, Vancouver Police were contacted regarding a missing 13 year old, Hayden M. Reyes. Hayden has Asperger Autism and left his Vancouver home at approximately 2:00 p.m. stating to friend that he was going to take the Amtrak to Moses Lake, WA where his Grandmother lives. Hayden is 5'9", 175lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a grey t-shirt with red lettering, dark colored track pants, black and white shoes, a black leather jacket and carrying a dark orange and grey backpack. Hayden was seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. at the Portland, Oregon Amtrak station with an unknown white male, approximately 5'5", 30 years of age, clean shaven, dark hair in a Mohawk who was trying to buy a ticket.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Hayden M. Reyes is asked to call 911.



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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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Vancouver Police investigate shooting

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 2:18 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On February 25, 2017 at approximately 11:12 a.m., Vancouver Police were dispatched to assist a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) officer contact and apprehend a wanted subject in the 2500 block of Main Street. When officers contacted the male subject, he attempted to hit a responding Vancouver Police officer with his vehicle, the Vancouver officer fired at the suspect, who then fled the scene in his vehicle. The suspect vehicle hit a vehicle, with two occupants inside, in the area of E 16th/Broadway and crashed into a building in the same vicinity. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody by responding officers in the area E 15th/C Street. The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation of injuries, which appear to be non-life threatening. The two occupants of the vehicle who were hit by the suspect vehicle were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. A female passenger in the suspect vehicle was evaluated for injuries and is currently being detained. No law enforcement officers were injured.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is investigating the traffic collisions and the Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating the officer involved shooting.

Several streets will be closed while the investigation is continuing. Broadway-C Street is closed on E 16th and C Street is closed from E 16th- E 15th.

The involved officer is on critical incident leave, per standard procedure.

No further information is available at this time.




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Fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Coos Bay

FATAL TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR COOS BAY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 1:45 PM
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at approximately 8:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 249 (approximately 12 miles south of Coos Bay).

Preliminary information indicates a blue/grey 2010 Ford Taurus was northbound on Highway 101 when the driver observed an oncoming southbound white 2004 Nissan Xterra began to fishtail and leave its lane. The vehicles collided in the northbound lane and the Nissan Xterra caught on fire.

The driver of the Nissan Xterra died as a result of the crash. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending a next of kin notification.

Both occupants of the Taurus were transported to the Coos Bay area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Newport resident killed in Highway 101 crash - south of Newport (Photo)

NEWPORT RESIDENT KILLED IN HIGHWAY 101 CRASH - SOUTH OF NEWPORT (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 1:00 PM
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On Saturday February 25, 2017 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 136 (approximately four miles south of Newport). The involved vehicle, a green 2002 Ford Explorer, was northbound when the driver likely lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle slid sideways across the highway and traveled over an embankment, coming to rest on its top in a small creek.

The driver, identified as 40 year old Newport resident, Edgar Mendez Romero, died at the scene as a result of the crash. He was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and ODOT. In addition to troopers from the Newport Area Command, members of the Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) who have been working in the area due to the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival were called out and responded to assist with this crash and numerous other ice related crashes that occurred around the same time.
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Update: Gresham Woman Located, Safe

UPDATE: GRESHAM WOMAN LOCATED, SAFE


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 12:12 PM
Katherine "Kat" Bonner have been located and is safe.
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Police Seek Help Locating Missing Gresham Woman (Photo)

POLICE SEEK HELP LOCATING MISSING GRESHAM WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: February 25th, 2017 2:53 AM
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GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police are looking for Katherine "Kat" Bonner, 41, who left her northeast Gresham home around noon on Feb. 22 and has not been heard from since.

Bonner is described as a mixed-race female, with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Anyone who knows of Booner's whereabouts is encouraged to call the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-823-3333.
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