Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pedestrian Critically Injured in Crash on Northeast Killingsworth Street

PEDESTRIAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN CRASH ON NORTHEAST KILLINGSWORTH STREET


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2017 10:29 PM
On Sunday April 30, 2017, at 9:54 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report that a driver struck a pedestrian on Northeast Killingsworth Street near 75th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a female pedestrian suffering from traumatic injuries. She has been transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver has remained at the scene and is cooperating with officers.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation. Killingsworth Street will be closed in both directions for several hours as the investigation continues.

No additional information will be available this evening.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Operation Safe Routes to Schools Helps Kids Get to School Safely

OPERATION SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS HELPS KIDS GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: April 30th, 2017 9:50 PM
Speeders and inattentive drivers beware! Gresham Police Department's traffic division is beefing up its education and enforcement of traffic laws around area schools. This focused enforcement will start immediately and continue to the end of the school year, June 12. Officers are hoping to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians; preventing accidents and instilling healthy driving practices.

Funds from a Safe Routes to Schools grant will pay for the additional, target-specific enforcement in Gresham's school zones and surrounding areas. Particular attention will be given to the areas around elementary schools in Gresham.

On May 1, officers will be providing enhanced enforcement around North Gresham Elementary School (1001 SE 217th Ave., Gresham). Enforcement will focus on speeding, distracted driving and crosswalk enforcement at SE Stark & SE 217th.

On May 26, the focus will be around Hall Elementary School (2505 NE 23rd St., Gresham). Officers will be looking for speeders, distracted drivers and drivers who do not observe the laws for stopping and not passing school buses when their red lights are flashing.

On June 12, East Gresham Elementary School (900 SE 5th St., Gresham) will be the focus of the enhanced enforcement mission. The location of this targeted mission will be Powell Blvd. between SW Eastman Parkway and SE Hogan and SE Roberts south of Powell Blvd. Officers will be targeting speeding and distracted driving, crosswalk enforcement and stop sign enforcement.

Officers will concentrate on school zones, student pick-up and drop-off locations, and crosswalks. Drivers who are identified as breaking laws will be stopped and may receive a citation in addition to an educational pamphlet.

Oregon laws require drivers to obey posted speed limits, including the posted 20 MPH zones near local schools during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drivers must also yield to pedestrians crossing streets within marked and unmarked crosswalks, stopping their vehicle before the solid white line when a crosswalk is in use and before reaching a stop sign.

Pedestrians too must obey traffic laws, comply with posted signs, cross within crosswalks and perpendicular to the roadway. Motorists and pedestrians alike are encouraged to remain alert and help keep each other safe.
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Red Cross Responds To Large Multi Family Fire Affecting 33 In La Grande

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO LARGE MULTI FAMILY FIRE AFFECTING 33 IN LA GRANDE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 9:53 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a residential fire disaster on April 29, 2017,  in the 2400 block of Adams Avenue in La Grande. This large multi family fire affected 33 adults.

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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Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD PARTICIPATES IN UNIVERSITY OF OREGON SPRING GAME (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 7:56 PM
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170429-Z-OT568-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers greet fans in front of Autzen Stadium where military equipment was on display for the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-010: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Amber LaPerle sings the National Anthem to begin the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-033: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-069: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Search Continues For Sheridan Man In Yamhill River (Photo)

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SHERIDAN MAN IN YAMHILL RIVER (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 2:15 PM
Downloadable file: Sheridan
At about 1:40 a.m., the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and Sheridan Fire units were dispatched to a report of a man in the Yamhill River. The initial call indicated that a male had jumped or fallen from the bridge located near the intersection of S. Bridge Street and Main Street. He was last seen floating down river.

The male was identified as Sheridan resident Bryan Disabatino, 25 years of age.

Law enforcement and fire personnel attempted to locate Mr. Disabatino in the dark using thermal imaging and night vision but were unsuccessful. Preparations were then made to activate Search and Rescue.

This morning Yamhill County Search and Rescue, with assistance from the Sheridan Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue began a search from the banks, river and air. At the time of this media release Mr. Disabatino has not been located.

Initial investigation appears to show that the incident was accidental and that alcohol could have been a factor. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will continue the search with the hopes of finding the victim soon.

If you have any information on this case please contact Sgt. Todd Whitlow of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at whitlowt@co.yamhill.or.us
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Search Continues For Sheridan Man In Yamhill River (Photo)

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SHERIDAN MAN IN YAMHILL RIVER (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 1:44 PM
Downloadable file: Sheridan
At about 1:40 a.m., the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and Sheridan Fire units were dispatched to a report of a man in the Yamhill River. The initial call indicated that a male had jumped or fallen from the bridge located near the intersection of S. Bridge Street and Main Street. He was last seen floating down river.

The male was identified as Sheridan resident Brian Disabatino, 25 years of age.

Law enforcement and fire personnel attempted to locate Mr. Disabatino in the dark using thermal imaging and night vision but were unsuccessful. Preparations were then made to activate Search and Rescue.

This morning Yamhill County Search and Rescue, with assistance from the Sheridan Fire Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue began a search from the banks, river and air. At the time of this media release Mr. Disabatino has not been located.

Initial investigation appears to show that the incident was accidental and that alcohol could have been a factor. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will continue the search with the hopes of finding the victim soon.

If you have any information on this case please contact Sgt. Todd Whitlow of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at whitlowt@co.yamhill.or.us
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Teen critically injured in hit and run crash

TEEN CRITICALLY INJURED IN HIT AND RUN CRASH


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 9:57 AM
GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, Oregon 97030
News Release

Robin Sells, Chief of Police Officer Malaka Kerbs, Public Information Officer


Teen critically injured in hit and run crash

RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2017
CONTACT PERSON: On Duty PIO
CASE NUMBER: 17-23326

GRESHAM, Ore.-- On April 28, around 10:45 p.m., police and medical personnel responded the 19900 block of SE Stark St. where a teenager was hit by a car. Investigators believe the teen was crossing south bound in a marked and lighted crosswalk when she was hit by an unidentified vehicle. The driver failed to stop and render aid.
The 16-year-old female was transported to the trauma unit of an area hospital with serious injuries but is expected to live.
Police are seeking to identify the car and driver involved in this crash as well as talk to any witnesses. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719.
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40 Citations, 13 Warnings Issued in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)

40 CITATIONS, 13 WARNINGS ISSUED IN THURSDAY NIGHT #VISIONZERO TRAFFIC SAFETY MISSION (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 9:56 AM
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On Thursday April 27, 2017, from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by Transit Police, and East, North and Central Precinct officers, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Southeast Powell Boulevard from the Willamette River to 52nd Avenue. This location was selected due to the congestion of vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes.

In total, 40 citations were issued as well as 13 written warnings for speeding.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Firefighters' Tires Slashed While on Shift at Station 60 (Photo)

FIREFIGHTERS' TIRES SLASHED WHILE ON SHIFT AT STATION 60 (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 9:24 AM
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*One of the affected firefighters is available today for phone interviews from 10:30-11:30a.m. Please respond to this post with requests.*

Yesterday morning, firefighters working at Station 60 located at 8585 NW Johnson Street in unincorporated Washington County discovered a disappointing site as they prepared to leave the station after working a 24-hour shift. Several tires on four of their personal vehicles were slashed. No fire vehicles were parked in the lot.

Washington County Sherriff's Office is investigating the incident, and there are still no suspects. The motive for the vandalism is unclear and this incident is unrelated to a similar case last December in Beaverton. If you have information about the crime, please call the Sherriff's non-emergency line at (503) 846-2700.

The community and local businesses showed a humbling amount of generosity with offers to purchase new tires for the affected firefighters during last year's event, but we are asking people not to start up crowdfunding sites due to the risk of fraudulent fundraising. If you'd like to support the affected firefighters, you can donate to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's Professional Firefighters Community Assistance Fund, PO Box 1904, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Please specify "Station 60 Firefighters".
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Two Stores Sell Alcohol in Underage Compliance Checks

TWO STORES SELL ALCOHOL IN UNDERAGE COMPLIANCE CHECKS


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 29th, 2017 9:01 AM
April 29, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Deputies conducted an undercover compliance mission where underage adults attempted to buy alcohol from stores.

On April 28, 2017, Sheriff's Deputies conducted an undercover operation where an underage adult attempted to purchase alcohol from stores. Thirty nine businesses around the Aloha and City of Cornelius areas were checked and two sold alcohol. The underage assistant would provide their actual age and valid Oregon State issued ID card if requested by the clerk.

The stores that sold alcohol were the 7-11 Store at 17771 SW Tualatin Valley Highway in Aloha and the Space Age Market at 845 N. Adair Street in Cornelius. The two clerks who sold alcohol to the underage person were cited for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. This is a Class "A" misdemeanor that carries up to a $5,000 fine for the first conviction. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be potentially following up with the owners of the businesses that sold the alcohol.

The Sheriff's Office recognizes the dangers associated with underage alcohol use and works hard to stop underage drinking. This undercover alcohol operation is one of the many programs the Washington County Sheriff's Office utilizes in our continuing effort to stop underage alcohol use and avoid the potentially devastating aftermath.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Shooting Investigation Underway in Southeast Portland - One Person Injured

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND - ONE PERSON INJURED


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 9:53 PM
On Friday April 28, 2017, at 9:29 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 136th Avenue and Powell Boulevard on the report of a shooting.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a male in his late-teens or early-20s suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspects are two black males, one wearing a red t-shirt, last seen running westbound on Powell Boulevard.

Southeast 136th Avenue between Powell Boulevard and Division Street is closed due to the ongoing investigation.

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

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***Update #4*** Commercial Driver Witness Sought By Police ...OSP Investigating Fatal Motor vehicle collision in Polk County (Photo)

***UPDATE #4*** COMMERCIAL DRIVER WITNESS SOUGHT BY POLICE ...OSP INVESTIGATING FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION IN POLK COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:42 PM
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Investigators from the Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of an April 14, 2017, hit and run crash involving a fatality. Detectives are seeking the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operating in the area of Hwy 22 near Hwy 99W on April 14, 2017, between the hours of 12:30am and 2:30am. Detectives believe the driver may have information relating to the crash involving a Toyota Prius and a motorcycle and believe the Prius may have been attempting to pass the CMV when the collision occurred. It is possible the driver of the CMV was unaware of the crash but may have pulled over shortly thereafter for an unknown reason. OSP is asking CMV operators who may have information about or who may have been driving in the area during the listed time frame to contact OSP Dispatch at 503-375-3555.

End of Update

Previous Release:

Brenden James Duck was located and arrested on April 16, 2017 and lodged in the Polk County Jail. DUCK has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit & Run, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and PCS Meth. Jessica Jaeger and Michala Ann Brown were located and questioned. Investigators are still trying to locate Makayla Aldeguer as a person of interest.


End of Update

Previous Update:
On the evening of April 15th, BROWN was located and is cooperating with the investigation. She was subsequently taken into custody for a probation violation.

OSP is still seeking to speak with three other persons of interest. Those persons are:
*Brenden James DUCK, age 19, of McMinnville
*Makayla C ALDEGUER, age 23, of McMinnville
*Jessica M JAEGER, age 19, of Sheridan

OSP is asking if anyone knows the location of the above persons or has information about the incident to call 800-452-7888.

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Previous Release:
The victim has been identified as 43 year old James Rudolph Osredkar from Sheridan. OSP is requesting assistance in locating a person of interest who has been identified as 22 year old Michala Ann Brown. Her last known address was in McMinnville. She has relatives in Dayton and McMinnville.

On April 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30am, OSP was notified and responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 22 near milepost 14. Shortly after arriving on scene of the motorcycle crash, OSP was notified of a vehicle fire on Ford Street in Rickreall.

OSP determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lincoln County several days earlier. Evidence at the scene of the motorcycle crash links the stolen vehicle to the fatality crash. OSP is withholding the involved individual's identification until the family has been notified.

OSP is seeking any witnesses that might have been in the area or have any information regarding this incident and are asked to call OSP Dispatch at 800-452-7888. The pictured black Toyota Prius is not the actual vehicle involved, but is for comparison uses only.
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Benton County Sheriff's Office May Saturation Patrols

BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAY SATURATION PATROLS


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:20 PM
Downloadable file: 4.28.17_PR.pdf
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office continues to participate in extra patrol for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Seat Belt, and Distracted Driver Enforcement.

During the scheduled DUII saturation patrol for the marijuana user's holiday surrounding April 20, 2017, deputies working regular patrol and extra DUII patrol, stopped drivers for traffic violations. There were no drivers arrested for DUII, and no traffic crashes reported. There was one misdemeanor warrant served.

The next saturation patrol for seat belts and is scheduled May 15-28, 2017. Throughout these days and nights, deputies will be targeting those not wearing their seat belts, minors riding in pickup beds. Benton County Sheriff's Office Deputies will be driving marked and unmarked patrol vehicles and will also target distracted drivers committing violations, specifically using their cell phones while driving. This violation has caused numerous crashes, and at least two fatalities within the last few years in Benton County.

A DUII saturation patrol is then slated May 25-29, 2017, to coincide with Memorial Day. This weekend is historically a busy vacation time with travelers coming to, leaving from, or passing through Benton County on our roadways. With the celebration, sometimes comes the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances. Please help keep our roadways safe by not mixing these with driving, and avoid being arrested or hurting someone.

Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the number of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the streets and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more information on impaired driving, visit https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf or http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx
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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 25-Year-Old Woman

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:14 PM
25-year-old Danielle Brandon returned home tonight and is no longer a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 25-year-old woman missing since Thursday night.

Danielle Brandon is described as a white female, 5'6" tall, 118 pounds, possibly wearing a reddish brown top (pictured).

Brandon left her Northeast Portland residence at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017. She left behind her car, cell phone and ID.

Investigators believe Brandon may be in a mental health crisis and there is no indication of foul play.

Anyone seeing Brandon is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 25-Year-Old Woman (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 3:42 PM
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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 25-year-old woman missing since Thursday night.

Danielle Brandon is described as a white female, 5'6" tall, 118 pounds, possibly wearing a reddish brown top (pictured).

Brandon left her Northeast Portland residence at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday April 27, 2017. She left behind her car, cell phone and ID.

Investigators believe Brandon may be in a mental health crisis and there is no indication of foul play.

Anyone seeing Brandon is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Body Found North Clark County

BODY FOUND NORTH CLARK COUNTY


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 3:33 PM
On April 27th 2017 at about 10:30 Clark County 911 received a report that a body had been found in a shed on a property at 15208 NE 172nd Ave. Responding deputies arrived and located the body of a white male in his 30s. Deputies suspected that the victim's death was likely a homicide and notified Clark County Major Crimes Detectives. At this point it appears the male, who did not live at the location was in fact the victim of a homicide. Detectives are still investigating and following leads. The body of the victim was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

There is very little information to release at this time. Detectives will be working through the weekend and hope to have more information to release on Monday.
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Toastmasters Club debates college students at Oregon State Penitentiary (Photo)

TOASTMASTERS CLUB DEBATES COLLEGE STUDENTS AT OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 2:47 PM
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Downloadable file: OSP's winning team
The Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) Toastmasters Club hosted a debate with Linfield and Lewis & Clark Colleges on Friday April 7, 2017. The topic was privatized prisons versus Government-run prisons. Each college provided one team (two people and a judge), and the OSP club provided two teams made up of adults in custody and local community members. Each team was made aware of the topic 15 minutes prior to the debate. It was a spirited and entertaining discussion and, in the end, one of the OSP teams arguing in favor of the state prison system pulled off a close win.

The Capital Toastmasters Club provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment where every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn fosters self-confidence and personal growth. Members consist of men at OSP as well as people from the community. Toastmasters is about people helping people learn, regardless of where they live. The club offers multiple learning opportunities in preparation for re-entry to society, while building personal confidence and breaking patterns of negative behavior.

Debating utilizes a combination of communication, listening, and thinking skills. Each summer, Professor Dr. Jackson Miller from Linfield College teaches a Parliamentary debate class to Capital Toastmasters. Graduates of the class compete in debates against college students throughout the year, including a large debate tournament with 16 college teams from around the world.

To learn more about the Capital Toastmasters Club, or to schedule a visit, please call (503) 378-2289 or email courtney.d.mcfadden@doc.state.or.us.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Lebanon Firefighters Sprint From District Awards Banquet To Fight Structure Fire; One Civilian Injured (Photo)

LEBANON FIREFIGHTERS SPRINT FROM DISTRICT AWARDS BANQUET TO FIGHT STRUCTURE FIRE; ONE CIVILIAN INJURED (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 2:08 PM
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On April 27th the members of the Lebanon Fire District gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of their peers. The District held it's annual banquet at the Boulder Falls Event Center which was attended by over 100 district members and their family. LFD members range between less than one year of service all the way up to their most senior volunteer, Captain Bob Berry, who marked his 58th year with the district.

Firefighters from the Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District provided coverage for Lebanon during the event in an attempt to allow on-duty members to attend the ceremony. Their coverage was quickly put to use, as a working structure fire with possible trapped victims was reported just as the awards banquet got underway. On-duty LFD crews quickly responded from the banquet, and along with the Albany and Sweet Home crews they extinguished the blaze and transported one victim to Lebanon Community Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The Lebanon Fire District administration is extremely proud of the work that their members do each day, and they know that their members are just as proud of their peers. "We are fortunate to work with such an incredibly inspiring group of people every day, and the community of Lebanon is lucky to have such a dedicated group serving on behalf of the Lebanon Fire District." said Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe.

Below is a list of this years award recipients:

Glenn "Pappy" Yocum Memorial EMS Award- Jacob Mellander

Jacob is an excellent paramedic with a great bedside manner. Jacob has received several letters of commendation from patients who state how well they were treated. He shows great commitment, confidence and compassion.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Volunteer Firefighter of the Year- Brad McInnis

Brad has become an integral part of the Lebanon Fire District over the past year. He has stepped up and helped out with training and many District events. It is obvious that Brad enjoys what he does and pushes himself to become better all the time.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Career Firefighter of the Year- Blaine Suing

Blaine is an outstanding firefighter on emergency scenes and in daily operations. His pride in ownership is apparent in the way he takes care of the District apparatus. He always works extremely hard and does a fantastic job.

Jeff Cole Memorial Volunteer Officer of the Year-John Paul Crowe

John Paul is a great advocate for his community and his station. He is a very competent and confident responder. He always has a great attitude and willingness to help and teach others.

Jeff Cole Memorial Career Officer of the Year- Nick Tyler

Nick has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members to the District. He is a great motivator, teacher and leader. He is always willing to help and give others advice.

Bob Berry Outstanding Volunteer Member Award- Troy VanLoovan

Troy is dedicated and has become one of our most valuable volunteers over the past year. From incident response to cooking hotdogs to spreading gravel at substations, he can always be counted on. He is always up for a challenge, and obtained his Fire Officer 1 this year.

Bob Berry Outstanding Career Member Award- Annette Duerr

Annette is an exceptional employee who works tirelessly at her desk. She is extremely efficient and exceeded industry standards in percentage of revenue. She is a pleasure to have around the front office.

Intern Firefighter of the Year- Jason Read

Jason has surpassed all expectations of his new intern role this last year. He is a very hard worker and completed countless inspections. He takes his job very seriously and is a true professional to the public.

Support Volunteer of the Year- Kathryn Sears

Kathryn Sears is a fantastic support volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand in whatever area needs some extra attention. We're thankful for her efforts and willingness to help the district.

Rookie of the Year- Casey Topp

Casey is a passionate member of the District. He is very involved with drill and District events. His dedication and love for the job is apparent to all who work with him.

Bruce Parton Community Service Award- Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan

Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan perform a large amount of community outreach for the District. Bob and Troy have cooked thousands of hotdogs and burgers over the years for various community events. They truly have made an impact in this community.
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Lebanon Firefighters Sprint From District Awards Banquet To Fight Structure Fire; One Civilian Injured (Photo)

LEBANON FIREFIGHTERS SPRINT FROM DISTRICT AWARDS BANQUET TO FIGHT STRUCTURE FIRE; ONE CIVILIAN INJURED (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 1:53 PM
Downloadable file: (L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
On April 27th the members of the Lebanon Fire District gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of their peers. The District held it's annual banquet at the Boulder Falls Event Center which was attended by over 100 district members and their family. LFD members range between less than one year of service all the way up to their most senior volunteer, Captain Bob Berry, who marked his 58th year with the district.

Firefighters from the Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District provided coverage for Lebanon during the event in an attempt to allow on-duty members to attend the ceremony. Their coverage was quickly put to use, as a working structure fire with possible trapped victims was reported just as the awards banquet got underway. On-duty LFD crews quickly responded from the banquet, and along with the Albany and Sweet Home crews they extinguished the blaze and transported one victim to Lebanon Community Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The Lebanon Fire District administration is extremely proud of the work that their members do each day, and they know that their members are just as proud of their peers. "We are fortunate to work with such an incredibly inspiring group of people every day, and the community of Lebanon is lucky to have such a dedicated group serving on behalf of the Lebanon Fire District." said Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe.

Below is a list of this years award recipients:

Glenn "Pappy" Yocum Memorial EMS Award- Jacob Mellander

Jacob is an excellent paramedic with a great bedside manner. Jacob has received several letters of commendation from patients who state how well they were treated. He shows great commitment, confidence and compassion.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Volunteer Firefighter of the Year- Brad McInnis

Brad has become an integral part of the Lebanon Fire District over the past year. He has stepped up and helped out with training and many District events. It is obvious that Brad enjoys what he does and pushes himself to become better all the time.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Career Firefighter of the Year- Blaine Suing

Blaine is an outstanding firefighter on emergency scenes and in daily operations. His pride in ownership is apparent in the way he takes care of the District apparatus. He always works extremely hard and does a fantastic job.

Jeff Cole Memorial Volunteer Officer of the Year-John Paul Crowe

John Paul is a great advocate for his community and his station. He is a very competent and confident responder. He always has a great attitude and willingness to help and teach others.

Jeff Cole Memorial Career Officer of the Year- Nick Tyler

Nick has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members to the District. He is a great motivator, teacher and leader. He is always willing to help and give others advice.

Bob Berry Outstanding Volunteer Member Award- Troy VanLoovan

Troy is dedicated and has become one of our most valuable volunteers over the past year. From incident response to cooking hotdogs to spreading gravel at substations, he can always be counted on. He is always up for a challenge, and obtained his Fire Officer 1 this year.

Bob Berry Outstanding Career Member Award- Annette Duerr

Annette is an exceptional employee who works tirelessly at her desk. She is extremely efficient and exceeded industry standards in percentage of revenue (I need to double check this). She is a pleasure to have around the front office.

Intern Firefighter of the Year- Jason Read

Jason has surpassed all expectations of his new intern role this last year. He is a very hard worker and completed countless inspections. He takes his job very seriously and is a true professional to the public.

Support Volunteer of the Year- Kathryn Sears

Kathryn Sears is a fantastic support volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand in whatever area needs some extra attention. We're thankful for her efforts and willingness to help the district.

Rookie of the Year- Casey Topp

Casey is a passionate member of the District. He is very involved with drill and District events. His dedication and love for the job is apparent to all who work with him.

Bruce Parton Community Service Award- Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan

Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan perform a large amount of community outreach for the District. Bob and Troy have cooked thousands of hotdogs and burgers over the years for various community events. They truly have made an impact in this community.
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PF&R to Resume Medical Support Program for Special Events Including Protests (Photo)

PF&R TO RESUME MEDICAL SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDING PROTESTS (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 11:16 AM
Downloadable file: still photo of EMT gear
PF&R to Resume Medical Support for PPB Operations after Receiving Enhanced Training, New Uniforms

Portland Fire & Rescue's Rapid Response Team Emergency Medical Technicians (PF&R's RRT EMTs) have received new uniforms and will resume the provision of medical support with PPB officers during crowd control operations starting today, April 28th. PF&R's RRT EMTs are specially trained Portland Firefighters who are embedded with Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (PPB RRT) officers to provide care to anyone in need of emergency medical services during periods of permitted and non-permitted protests. The new uniforms are designed to clearly distinguish unarmed PF&R RRT EMTs from PPB RRT officers.
In addition to many hours of operational training, PF&R Rapid Response Team members have received enhanced training on topics including: (1) first amendment rights in protected event environments, (2) public relations sensitivity, (3) diffusion of highly charged situations, (4) the role of embedded medics in relation to the role of local law enforcement, and (5) privacy rights and civil liberties of persons/groups.
PF&R Chief Mike Myers had the following to say about the team being placed online today: "I am happy with the level of cooperation that has occurred between the Police Bureau, local community and civil rights activists, and Portland Fire & Rescue to put this program in place. I believe the city of Portland is a safer place because these groups took the time to make our rescue response faster and more effective in these unique situations."

The following video and pictures are for media use:

Walk through of gear w/ voice video link
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Juvenile Sex Trafficking Investigation Results in Two Arrests, Juvenile Victim Rescued (Photo)

JUVENILE SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS, JUVENILE VICTIM RESCUED (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 10:21 AM
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On Thursday April 27, 2017, the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit, in partnership with the Beaverton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Child Exploitation Task Force, arrested two men and rescued a juvenile female victim in a sex trafficking investigation.

22-year-old Tre Quane Jenkins and 20-year-old Antonio Jaray Moore were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Compelling Prostitution. A 16-year-old female sex trafficking victim was reunited with her family.

This investigation started several weeks ago and during the course of the investigation, officers located the victim at a residence in the 8500 block of Southeast Steele Street.

On Thursday, investigators arrived at the residence and made contact with the victim and safely removed her from the home. Three other subjects, including Jenkins and Moore, remained inside and refused to come out to officers. After approximately 10 minutes, the subjects came out and were taken into custody without incident. Jenkins and Moore were eventually booked on criminal charges while the third subject was released from the scene. A firearm was seized by police during the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and officers would like to hear from anyone with information about this case.

Sex trafficking and prostitution are not victimless crimes. Victims of sex trafficking and prostitution are forced, coerced, and manipulated into this lifestyle against their will. They are forced to suffer through physical, sexual, and mental abuse. The Portland Police Bureau, in conjunction with other Federal and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to deterring prostitution and sex trafficking activities.

The Bureau also works with community organizations like Lifeworks NW to help sex trafficking victims: https://www.bja.gov/programs/supporting-victims-of-sex-trafficking-in-Portland.html

If you know or think that someone may be involved in trafficking or is being exploited, please contact the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Trafficking Unit at 503-255-0118, the Sexual Assault Resource Center hotline 1-800-640-5311; or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1-800-843-5678 or via the Cyber Tipline: http://www.missingkids.org/CyberTiipline

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. Information about any other unsolved felony crime is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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

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Josephine County Man arrested on sex crimes - Jackson County (Photo)

JOSEPHINE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON SEX CRIMES - JACKSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 10:15 AM
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In 2014, an investigation was conducted in regards to sexual contact between a 13 year old female and a 20 year old male. The male suspect, 23 year old Wesley Allen HEALER moved out of the area at the time of the disclosure by the juvenile female.

In 2016, HEALER moved back to the Josephine County area and was interviewed by detectives. The case was presented to a Josephine County Grand Jury on April 18th, 2017 and HEALER was indicted for Sex Abuse I, Rape II and Sodomy I. A felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

On April 27th, 2017, OSP detectives contacted Wesley HEALER in Jackson County and arrested for the felony warrant. He was lodged at the Jackson County Jail without incident.
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*** Update Subject in Custody ***Oregon State Police Detectives seeking information in shooting - Cave Junction (Photo)

*** UPDATE SUBJECT IN CUSTODY ***OREGON STATE POLICE DETECTIVES SEEKING INFORMATION IN SHOOTING - CAVE JUNCTION (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 9:52 AM
Downloadable file: Morgan.jpg
On April 26th, 2017, 26 year old Jacob MORGAN was located and arrested in Los Angeles, California by the Pacific Southwest Violent Offender Task Force.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Neuenschwander, Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, 541-618-7988.

End Update



Previous Release:

Just after 2:00 am, on April 9, 2017, Oregon State Police Troopers assigned to the Grants Pass Patrol Worksite, responded to a reported shooting occurring in front of Art's Red Garter Steakhouse in Cave Junction. Upon arrival, one male was discovered with a gunshot wound to the chest. The male was identified as 32 year old Cave Junction resident, Andre Dwayne Wright. Wright was transported to the Rogue Regional Emergency Room for critical injuries.

OSP detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Section in Central Point responded and are investigating the incident. There have been no arrests made in connection with this shooting. Anyone with information regarding this event is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center at (541) 664-4600.
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Preservation Month Fair May 11th at the Oregon State Capitol (Photo)

PRESERVATION MONTH FAIR MAY 11TH AT THE OREGON STATE CAPITOL (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 9:15 AM
Downloadable file: Historic Preservation Month, 2016, Stuart Light Tank
Downloadable file: Historic Preservation Month Fair, 2016, Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center
May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it's an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations preserve those stories and places.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with 28 heritage organizations displaying historic military vehicles, artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon's story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects.

On Thursday, May 11th, Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will host the 9th Annual Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. Community organizations and several state agencies will highlight the history of their institutions and their work to preserve important sites related to historic events, persons, and places.

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building. It is free and open to the public.

Participating exhibitors include the Willamette Heritage Center; Salem Landmarks Commission; Historic Deepwood Estate; Bush House Museum; Salem Pioneer Cemetery; Oregon State Museum of Mental Health; Lord and Schryver Conservancy; Friends of Timberline Lodge; Oregon Black Pioneers; Hoover Minthorn House Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House; Daughters of the American Revolution, Newell Pioneer Village and Caples House Museum; Santiam Heritage Foundation; Willamette University Archives; Restore Oregon; University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History; Oregon Military Museum; Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks and the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Commission; Oregon Cultural Trust; Oregon Department of Forestry; Oregon Department of Transportation; Oregon State Capitol Foundation; Oregon State Archives, and the Oregon State Library.

On display at the event are an operating World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep. A free tour of the Capitol Grounds will begin at 11:30 a.m. from the Capitol steps, and a free tour of the Capitol Building Tower will begin at the information kiosk in the Capitol Building at 12:00.
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Date Correction

DATE CORRECTION


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 9:05 AM
The death that occurred on Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville occurred on April 27, 2017.
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Lebanon Fire District Awarded $1.5M Seismic Rehabilitation Grant (Photo)

LEBANON FIRE DISTRICT AWARDED $1.5M SEISMIC REHABILITATION GRANT (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:52 AM
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Downloadable file: Lebanon Fire District Station 31
Lebanon Fire District Chief Gordon Sletmoe received word this week that his department has been selected to receive a $1,497,555 grant for seismic rehabilitation of the Lebanon Fire District's aging main station located at 1050 W. Oak Street.

The grant is from the state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, 9?1?1 centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Eligible activities for the grant include structural improvements, architecture and engineering expenses, and overall project management. Applications were evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, which represents the education sector, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria was determined by the grant committee and included project readiness, scope of work, and the importance of the building in the community it serves.

Grant funds will be used to seismically stabilize the aging main fire station. Constructed in 1975, Station 31 has been renovated and added onto no fewer than five times over the past 42 years. The industry standard for a fire station's average lifespan is 40 years, and LFD has worked hard to maintain Station 31 so well and extend it's life, but with aging facilities comes upkeep and stability issues and this seismic grant will help to address some of those deficiencies.

What once housed a a small handful of firefighters running a few hundred calls per year in the 1970's is now bursting at the seams as the headquarters station for 24 firefighters, 10 student interns, the district's training division, fire & life safety division, and the administrative offices. In 2016 the Lebanon Fire District responded to 6,070 emergency calls for service, and there are no indications of that call volume slowing down as the city of Lebanon continues to rapidly grow.

For more information on this story contact Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe at 541-451-1901.
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Linn County Deputies Investigate Suspicious Death (Photo)

LINN COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH (PHOTO)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:49 AM
Downloadable file: Kline.jpg
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on April 28, 2017, at 9:46 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call regarding a disturbance in the 36000 block of Mountain Home Drive in Brownsville.

The caller reported there was a male at the location that appeared to be on drugs and was out of control. When Deputies arrived, they found Gregory Scott Sims, 54, a resident of the property, laying on the reported out of control male, later identified as Robert Grant Kline, 63, who also resides on the property.

Deputies discovered Kline was unconscious with no pulse when Sims got off of him. Deputies immediately called for an ambulance and performed CPR on Kline until both the Brownsville Fire Department and Lebanon Fire Department arrived. At that time it was determined Kline was deceased.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office along with the assistance of the Linn County Major Crimes Team is currently investigating the incident and at this time, no arrests have been made. The Linn County Major Crimes Team consists of the Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Linn County District Attorney.
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Suspect in Sex Abuse Arrested Wednesday by Portland Police Detectives (Photo)

SUSPECT IN SEX ABUSE ARRESTED WEDNESDAY BY PORTLAND POLICE DETECTIVES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 8:43 AM
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On April 26, 2017, Portland Police detectives arrested 54-year-old Kevin Lavan Taylor on a charge of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree in connection with an incident in November 2016 at a Portland Community College library. Taylor was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

The investigation started on November 1, 2016, a female student at PCC Cascade Campus, located at 705 North Killingsworth Street, reported being forcibly touched in a sexual manner while in the library. During the course of the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance video of the suspect (image released). Further investigation indicates that there may be additional victims.

Anyone who may have been victimized by Taylor or has additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Bledsoe at 503-823-0400, michael.bledsoe@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or https://calltosafety.org/

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

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

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength

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Fairview Police Serve Search Warrant on Suspected Drug House

FAIRVIEW POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT ON SUSPECTED DRUG HOUSE


News Release from Fairview Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 28th, 2017 6:58 AM
In the early morning hours of Friday, April 28, 2017 members of the Fairview Police Department, assisted by the East Multnomah County SWAT, served a community complaint-driven search warrant at the 2200 block of NE 201st Avenue in Fairview. The townhouse-style residence had been reported by neighbors over the last six months as being an active hub location for people to use and sell drugs as well as store stolen property. When the search warrant was served, there were no people in the residence and no arrests were made. Fairview Police Officers conducted a thorough search of the residence and found evidence of drug activity. The investigation in this case will be continuing.
The residence was found to be in a state of extensive disrepair. The electricity service to the residence has been shut off. Residences such as this, often commonly referred to as "flop houses," can be a sources of general criminal activity, drug usage, and cause of community concern. It is important when neighbors have concerns about this type of hub of activity that they notify their local law enforcement. It is helpful when police have detailed information about the potentially criminal activity that is causing concern. The more information neighbors can provide to law enforcement, the better the chances of accurately discerning what type of activity is occurring and what lawful remedies may be available to law enforcement.
While this case remains under active investigation, further details are not available at this time.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kitchen fire in Lebanon summons fire crews

KITCHEN FIRE IN LEBANON SUMMONS FIRE CREWS


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 9:00 PM
Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany Fire crews responded to a report of a house fire Thursday evening. Initial reports were of a kitchen fire at 3295 Lupine in Lebanon. First arriving crews found dark smoke coming from the structure with 2 adult females and 2 toddlers outside. The adults were in the process of cooking when a grease fire started which quickly began to spread. The pan was accidently knocked to the floor which caused the smoke and flames to rapidly increase. Attempts by the occupants were made to extinguish the fire with no success. Fire crews performed an aggressive interior attack and quickly extinguished the fire before it could progress further. One female occupant suffered minor burns and may have breathed some smoke and was transported by ambulance to Lebanon Community Hospital for evaluation. Damage was extensive to the kitchen with significant smoke and heat damage to the rest of the residence. Red Cross and FireCorps are arranging accommodations for the occupants.
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Except Delays on 99E Friday, April 28, 2017 (Photo)

EXCEPT DELAYS ON 99E FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 7:05 PM
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Please be advised the City of Oregon City Public Works Department has just been notified of a project between Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and ODOT to make repairs to the railroad crossing at Highway 99E (McLoughlin Blvd) and Main Street on Friday, April 28, 2017. Repairs are anticipated to begin at 9:00am and last for one day. This will be a partial road closure with traffic limited to one lane in each direction. Anticipate delays in your commute. Thank you for your understanding, and if you have any questions please contact ODOT's Northwest Region - Region 2 office at 503-986-2600.
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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County (Photo)

RED CROSS HOLDS FREE EARTHQUAKE & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT IN LINN COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 4:07 PM
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Downloadable file: News Release - Red Cross Holds Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County
The Red Cross is bringing its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation to Linn County and holding a community preparedness fair on May 11.

LEBANON, Ore., April 27, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our Linn County community partners are 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 Lebanon on May 11. Community partners in Linn County will be participating in a preparedness and safety fair before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud in Linn County and Preparedness Fair Event Details
* Thursday, May 11, Preparedness Fair starts at 5:30 p.m., Prepare Out Loud starts at 6 p.m.
* Boulder Falls Conference Center -- 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
* The presentation and preparedness fair is FREE and open to the public
* RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudLinnCounty

An emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation at 5:30 - 6 p.m. & 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The following agencies will participate in the preparedness fair:
* OFD Foods, LLC
* Bi-Mart
* Linn County Fire Department
* Linn County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue
* Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ?,? Linn County Sheriff Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.)
* Linn County Roads Department
* Linn County Public Health Department
* Lebanon Fire Department
* Lebanon Police Department
* Samaritan Health
* American Red Cross

About Prepare Out Loud:
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.

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

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "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 as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

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 Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.
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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Seminar in Portland-Metro Area (Photo)

RED CROSS HOLDS FREE EARTHQUAKE & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR IN PORTLAND-METRO AREA (PHOTO)


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 3:32 PM
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The Red Cross is helping our community to be prepared for disasters big and small by holding its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation in Clackamas on May 11.

CLACKAMAS, Ore., April 27, 2017 -- The American Red Cross and our community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the impact of a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Clackamas on May 11.
The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas
* Date & Time: Thursday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
* Location: Camp Withycombe Armory, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015
* The presentation is FREE and open to the public. RSVP at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudClackamas or kpam.com

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

About Prepare Out Loud:
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.

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
* NW Natural
* Mountain House

Prepare Out Loud Clackamas is made possible by our generous event partners:
* PGE -- Event Presenting Sponsor
* Daimler -- Event Partner
* KPAM Radio and the Pamplin Media Group -- Media Partners

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "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 as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

Visit 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 Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCasc.
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UPDATE -- Details in the arrest of Santiago Martinez-Flores --- UPDATE (Photo)

UPDATE -- DETAILS IN THE ARREST OF SANTIAGO MARTINEZ-FLORES --- UPDATE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 2:27 PM
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*******UPDATE 4-27-17 2:30pm***********

On Wednesday April 26, officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detained Santiago Martinez-Flores at the California/Mexico border, about 15 miles out of San Diego, on the Sheriff's Office warrant for the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl.

Martinez-Flores is currently detained at San Diego County Jail. No booking photo is available. A photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is attached.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detective is currently traveling to Southern California to interview Martinez-Flores.

The extradition process to bring the suspect back to Clackamas County is underway.



Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

***********04-26-17 9:15pm*************UPDATE*****************

Suspect Santiago Martinez-Flores has been arrested and taken into custody in Southern California.

Additional information will be available late Thursday morning.

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A suspect in the burglary and sexual assault of a 9-year old girl has been identified through physical evidence. Photos of the suspect are attached, and the Sheriff's Office is seeking tips from the public.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team detectives have identified the suspect as Santiago Martinez-Flores, born 03/02/1969. At this writing he is 48 years old.

Santiago Martinez-Flores has also been known to use the aliases "Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores."

The sexual assault occurred at the Clackamas Trails Apartments during the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1994. He was last known to have been deported to Mexico in March of 2001 after serving approximately two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Martinez-Flores has used several different aliases in the past ("Felipe Coeto" and "Isidro Ramos Flores," listed above) and could very well be using an alias at this time.

Several photos of Santiago Martinez-Flores are attached, as well as the original Sheriff's Office suspect sketch.

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information that can help the Sheriff's Office locate and arrest Santiago Martinez-Flores is urged to contact our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

The March 1 release in this case is reproduced below.
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EARLIER (March 1, 2017, 2:22 p.m.) -- Sheriff's Office releases suspect sketch, seeks tips in sexual assault of 9-year-old

Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team is asking the public for tips following the Feb. 26 sexual assault of a 9-year-old at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10411 SE Cook Ct. in unincorporated Clackamas County. A suspect sketch is attached.

During the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, an unknown assailant broke into an apartment in the apartment complex. Once inside, the suspect sexually abused the young victim as she was sleeping.

The victim woke up during the assault -- and was later able to provide a description of the suspect.

A forensic artist met with the child and produced the attached sketch of the assailant, described as follows:

- Possibly a Hispanic male
- Unshaven
- Wearing a black sweater and a yellow, grey, and black beanie cap

TIPS SOUGHT

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-5230.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Forest Grove

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING FIVE PEOPLE IN FOREST GROVE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 27th, 2017 2:04 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on April 27, 2017, at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Main St. in Forest Grove, Oregon. The fire affected five people, 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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