Saturday, September 30, 2017

PF&R Responds to 2-Alarm House Fire on NE Prescott St

PF&R RESPONDS TO 2-ALARM HOUSE FIRE ON NE PRESCOTT ST


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 9:18 PM
PF&R responded to report of a deck on fire at 6:20 PM tonight. Initial reports from the caller was that there was a large fire outside of the home. Additionally, the caller stated there may be an elderly occupant upstairs, and that fire was coming into the home.

Responding units reported seeing a large smoke column. Upon arrival they encountered a large fire involving the exterior of the home and a detached garage.

A second alarm was requested at 6:24 PM to bring additional resources to aid with the multiple structures and potential for rescue operations

Fire extended into the interior of the home, and eventually into the attic space. Crews coordinated their fire attack from the interior of the home with firefighters on the roof who were cutting holes to ventilate smoke from the structure.

One occupant, who was on the main floor of the home was able to self-extricate from the fire. A passerby entered the structure and assisted the elderly occupant from the second floor just prior to PF&R's arrival. The passerby sustained a minor strain to his ankle in the process. He was evaluated on scene and declined transport.

Firefighters were able to rescue one cat and the chickens. A second cat is still unaccounted for. A dog was found deceased in the home.

Investigators are on scene working on damage estimates. The fire cause has been determined to be "Smokers Carelessness".
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PF&R Resndes to 2-Alarm House Fire on NE Prescott St

PF&R RESNDES TO 2-ALARM HOUSE FIRE ON NE PRESCOTT ST


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 9:16 PM
PF&R responded to report of a deck on fire at 6:20 PM tonight. Initial reports from the caller was that there was a large fire outside of the home. Additionally, the caller stated there may be an elderly occupant upstairs, and that fire was coming into the home.

Responding units reported seeing a large smoke column. Upon arrival they encountered a large fire involving the exterior of the home and a detached garage.

A second alarm was requested at 6:24 PM to bring additional resources to aid with the multiple structures and potential for rescue operations

Fire extended into the interior of the home, and eventually into the attic space. Crews coordinated their fire attack from the interior of the home with firefighters on the roof who were cutting holes to ventilate smoke from the structure.

One occupant, who was on the main floor of the home was able to self-extricate from the fire. A passerby entered the structure and assisted the elderly occupant from the second floor just prior to PF&R's arrival. The passerby sustained a minor strain to his ankle in the process. He was evaluated on scene and declined transport.

Firefighters were able to rescue one cat and the chickens. A second cat is still unaccounted for. A dog was found deceased in the home.

Investigators are on scene working on damage estimates. The fire cause has been determined to be "Smokers Carelessness".
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UPDATE: Stabbing Investigation Underway in Lloyd District (Photo)

UPDATE: STABBING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN LLOYD DISTRICT (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 3:45 PM
Downloadable file: Maxville A. Sinclair
Portland Police Bureau Assault Detail detectives continue to investigate a stabbing that occurred Saturday on Northeast Lloyd Boulevard.

During the initial investigation an adult male was detained at the scene as a person of interest. Detectives interviewed the detained person and at this time he is not believed to be a suspect in the stabbing.

However, after being interviewed by detectives the man was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail because of an outstanding warrant. The man was identified as 55-yea-old Maxville A. Sinclair. Sinclair was booked into the jail on a warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine - Misdemeanor Treatment.

Detectives continue to gather information about this case and at this time do not have additional information to share.

Anyone with information regarding this stabbing should contact Detective Chris Traynor at 503-823-0889 or Christopher.Traynor@portlandoregon.gov

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On Saturday September 30, 2017, at 11:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing that occurred near Northeast Lloyd Boulevard under the Interstate 5 Freeway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located an injured adult female being given first-aid by a community member.

Based on preliminary information, the injury appears to be a non-life-threatening stab wound. Emergency medical personnel transported the injured woman to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers have detained a subject at this point in the investigate.

Criminalists assigned to the Forensic Evidence Division have responded to assist with this investigation. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail are also assisting with the investigation.

As officers, criminalists, and detectives continues to investigate this incident, they have closed Northeast Lloyd Boulevard between Northeast Oregon Street and Northeast 1st Avenue. There is no motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic allowed in this area of Northeast Lloyd Boulevard at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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OSP seeks publics help in locating suspect in Officer Involved Shooting - Polk/Marion County (Photo)

OSP SEEKS PUBLICS HELP IN LOCATING SUSPECT IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING - POLK/MARION COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 1:21 PM
Downloadable file: [NCIC]30917301LEMSlsbo1506788941465.JPG
In the early morning hours of September 30, 2017, a Polk County Deputy Sheriff attempted to stop a 1996 blue Honda Civic on Wallace Road in West Salem. The driver of the vehicle then fled and a pursuit began.

The pursuit went through West Salem and continued into Northeast Salem. The pursuit ended at the intersection of Oak Park Drive NE and Mooreland Ave. NE in Salem where shots were fired.
The driver then fled the scene in the Honda, which was found abandoned nearby.

We are asking the public for assistance in locating, Timothy J. George, a person of interest. George is 29 years old, 6 feet tall, approximately 150 pounds with black hair and green eyes. George has a tattoo on his right forearm.

If you see George or know of his whereabouts, call 911 or the Oregon State Police dispatch center at 1-800-452-7888.
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Traffic #Alert: Stabbing Investigation Underway in Lloyd District - One Adult Injured

TRAFFIC #ALERT: STABBING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN LLOYD DISTRICT - ONE ADULT INJURED


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 12:22 PM
On Saturday September 30, 2017, at 11:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a stabbing that occurred near Northeast Lloyd Boulevard under the Interstate 5 Freeway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located an injured adult female being given first-aid by a community member.

Based on preliminary information, the injury appears to be a non-life-threatening stab wound. Emergency medical personnel transported the injured woman to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers have detained a subject at this point in the investigate.

Criminalists assigned to the Forensic Evidence Division have responded to assist with this investigation. Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Assault Detail are also assisting with the investigation.

As officers, criminalists, and detectives continues to investigate this incident, they have closed Northeast Lloyd Boulevard between Northeast Oregon Street and Northeast 1st Avenue. There is no motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic allowed in this area of Northeast Lloyd Boulevard at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Portland Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Vancouver Police Seek Help in Locating Missing 10 year old Boy (Update: Located Safe)

VANCOUVER POLICE SEEK HELP IN LOCATING MISSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY (UPDATE: LOCATED SAFE)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 10:03 AM
**** Update ****

Nainoa Bratt was located and is safe.


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The Vancouver Police Department is actively looking for 10 year old Nainoa Bratt, who is described as a Hawaiian male, about 5 feet tall and 105 lbs. He was seen wearing a black t shirt and dark colored shorts. Nainoa has black hair and brown eyes.

Nainoa was last seen around 5:30 this evening, when he and a friend left his residence in the 17700 block of SE 21st St on their bikes, he has not been seen or heard from since. Police have been canvassing the area around his residence, including several large apartment complexes.

Anyone with information on Nainoa's whereabouts are encouraged to call 911.
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Grants Pass Man dies in crash on Hwy 199 - Josephine County (Photo)

GRANTS PASS MAN DIES IN CRASH ON HWY 199 - JOSEPHINE COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 9:40 AM
Downloadable file: FATAL_2.jpg
On September 30, 2017 at approximately 1:20 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on Hwy 199 near milepost 12.5. This location is approximately 12 miles west of Grants Pass and is in Josephine County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Ford F350 was traveling southbound on Hwy 199, when for an unknown reason it left the roadway, impacting a large oak tree and coming to rest facing northbound. The driver, 23 year old, Kory FIRESTENBERG, from Josephine County, was ejected and died as a result of his injuries. The passenger, 23 year old, Talon SCHIEFFER, from Josephine County, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with critical injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck being operated at excessive speeds and driving recklessly prior to the crash. Alcohol and speed are believed to contributing factors for the crash.

While OSP Troopers were investigating the crash they were notified of a secondary crash just south of their location on Hwy 199. One Trooper had to leave the fatal crash scene in order to investigate this crash, which was reported to be a two vehicle rear-end crash that was blocking the northbound lane of Hwy 199. Investigation of this crash revealed that an intoxicated male driver failed to see the vehicles in front of him stopped for the intermittent lane closure and collided with the last vehicle in line waiting to be flagged through the fatal crash scene. Witnesses reported the intoxicated male fleeing the scene before Troopers could respond. The male was never located, but follow up is being conducted.

Shortly after this secondary crash, Troopers were flagging vehicles through the fatal crash scene when they observed a male driver displaying odd driving behavior and stopped in the middle of the crash scene. Troopers contacted this male, who was visibly intoxicated, conducted a DUII investigation and the drive was arrested for DUII.

OSP is committed to the safety of the citizens and visitors who utilize Oregon highways, and would like to stress the importance of designating a sober driver and planning in advance before consuming alcoholic beverages.

OSP was assisted on scene by the Josephine County Rural Metro Fire Department, American Medical Response, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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Suspect Arrested After Breaking Into Beverly Cleary School's Fernwood Campus

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BREAKING INTO BEVERLY CLEARY SCHOOL'S FERNWOOD CAMPUS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 9:00 AM
On Friday September 29, 2017, at 6:58 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area near Northeast 33rd Ave and Northeast Broadway in the Grant Park Neighborhood on the report of a man running into traffic while wielding an axe.

As officers responded to the area, a witness told police they had observed a man pounding on a building at Beverly Cleary School's Fernwood Campus. The witness informed officers they believed the suspect had forced enters into the building. Based on the witness' description of the person at the school, officers believed this was the same man that was running into traffic with an axe.

Officers established a perimeter around the school and requested a K9 team and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer respond to assist in locating and arresting the suspect.

While positioning officers around the school, officers learned there was a custodian inside working. Officers were able to contact the custodian by phone and instructed him to shelter in a classroom. A group of officers, including the K9 team, entered the school and assisted the custodian to a safe location.

As officers searched the school they located the suspect inside the school's cafeteria. The suspect initially refused to follow the officers' directions; however, an ECIT officer built rapport with the suspect. As the ECIT continued to speak with the suspect, officers were able to safely take the suspect into custody.

Based on observations made by officers, medical personnel transported the suspect to an area hospital for observation. After receiving medical treatment the man was transported to the Multnomah County Jail.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Jeremiah B. Cruse. Cruse was lodged in the jail on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Trespass in the Second Degree, and a felony probation violation for a pervious conviction of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

NOTE: At the time of this press release there was no jail mug photograph available of Cruse.

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Wanted Sex Offender Arrested in Downtown Portland (Photo)

WANTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 8:59 AM
Downloadable file: Dennis J. Davis
On Saturday September 30, 2017, at 2:57 a.m., Central Precinct officers were patrolling in Old Town China Town when a community member alerted them of a possible wanted person.

Officers learned the witness had seen the wanted person on the news earlier. The community member provided a description of the wanted person and the wanted man's last known location. The officers immediately responded to the the area of Northwest Broadway and West Burnside Street. At the intersection, officers observed located the man the witness described. Officers believed the man was 58-year-old Dennis J. Davis.

The officers knew Davis had an active warrant for his arrest.

Officers contacted and verified the man was Davis. Davis was placed in custody and transported to the Multnomah County Jail. Davis waslodged on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and a warrant associated with a previous Rape in the First Degree conviction.

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Shooting Investigation on Interstate 5-Jackson County

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION ON INTERSTATE 5-JACKSON COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 8:34 AM
On September 30, 2017 at approximately 7:30 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a call of someone shooting at cars on Interstate 5 near the Oregon-California border at mile post 1 in Jackson County.

Additional information was learned and the Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated. MADIU is comprised of State, County and Local law enforcement agencies.

At this time there is no information to be released as this is an active investigation. An updated press release will be sent once the lead agency has been determined.
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Oregon Air National Guardsmen deploy to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARDSMEN DEPLOY TO PUERTO RICO FOR HURRICANE RELIEF


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2017 7:00 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Communications Flight deployed from Portland Air National Guard Base to provide communications support for Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico.

Eight Oregon Air National Guardsmen boarded a C-17 aircraft from Orange County, New York, at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, the Airmen will establish radio and Internet communications.

These Airmen are part of a Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) package. The JISCC provides voice (VoIP phone), data, and radio communications capability to an incident commander. The JISCC was developed from lessons learned during 9/11 and has been refined based on experience during incidents such as Hurricane Katrina. One of the key features of the JISCC is it provides access to both military and commercial networks as well as providing interconnectivity between military, first responders, and other local radio systems.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Vancouver Police Seek Help in Locating Missing 10 year old Boy (Photo)

VANCOUVER POLICE SEEK HELP IN LOCATING MISSING 10 YEAR OLD BOY (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 10:45 PM
Downloadable file: Nainoa Bratt
The Vancouver Police Department is actively looking for 10 year old Nainoa Bratt, who is described as a Hawaiian male, about 5 feet tall and 105 lbs. He was seen wearing a black t shirt and dark colored shorts. Nainoa has black hair and brown eyes.

Nainoa was last seen around 5:30 this evening, when he and a friend left his residence in the 17700 block of SE 21st St on their bikes, he has not been seen or heard from since. Police have been canvassing the area around his residence, including several large apartment complexes.

Anyone with information on Nainoa's whereabouts are encouraged to call 911.
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Suspect Arrested After Shooting in Portland's Cully Neighborhood - One Person Injured (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING IN PORTLAND'S CULLY NEIGHBORHOOD - ONE PERSON INJURED (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 10:32 PM
Downloadable file: William C. Gordon
On Friday September 29, 2017, at 5:35 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 5700 block of Northeast Prescott Street.

As officers responded to the scene the caller informed police that an adult female had accidentally been shot.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and contacted the injured woman. The woman had a serious but non-life-threatening injury. She was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of her injury.

Officers continued to investigate the incident. During the investigation, officers located a firearm. The firearm was seized as evidence.

Based on additional information learned during the investigation, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Assault Detail and criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division were requested to assist with the investigation.

While at the crime scene, officers identified a person of interest in the shooting. The person of interest was interviewed by detectives.

During the investigation officers arrested 21-year-old William C. Gordon. Gordon was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on one charge of Domestic Violence Assault in the Second Degree.

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Vehicle vs Bicycle Fatal traffic collision (Updated information, 9/29/2017)

VEHICLE VS BICYCLE FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION (UPDATED INFORMATION, 9/29/2017)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 9:39 PM
UPDATED 9/29/2017, 2130 hours

Scene evidence as well as witness statements provided information that the driver of the striking vehicle, a 2012 Toyota Camry, was traveling eastbound on NE 76th Street when it struck a bicyclist that was crossing the roadway at NE 122th Avenue. This area is residential in nature and there was no marked crosswalk.

The male bicyclist did not have identification on him, and was carrying a large load of aluminum cans. He also was not wearing a helmet. The Clark County Medical Examiner in conjunction with CCSO's Identification Unit positively identified the deceased male as Michael W. Miller, 55 years old. At the time of the collision, Miller was listed as Transient.

The driver of the vehicle is a 24 year-old female, a Vancouver resident. The investigation is continuing, and the female was not arrested or cited at the scene.
-Sgt Alex Schoening, CCSO Traffic/Marine
email: Alex.Schoening@clark.wa.gov 360.608.2625


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On 09.27.17 at 0015 hours Clark County Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle versus bicycle collision in the 12200 block of NE 76th St. Deputies arrived on scene and performed CPR on bicycle rider prior to EMS arrival. EMS arrived and pronounced the adult rider deceased. The adult driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was not injured.

Detectives with the Clark County Traffic Unit responded and will continue with the investigation.

No further details will be released at this time.
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Increased Patrol Efforts in Klamath Falls School Zones

INCREASED PATROL EFFORTS IN KLAMATH FALLS SCHOOL ZONES


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 6:26 PM
While patrolling local school zones, Oregon State Police have noticed several unsafe driving behaviors and want to remind the motoring public to drive safely. One behavior in particular has come to the attention of several Troopers. The practice of stopping in the roadway and dropping children off for school is not only illegal, it is extremely unsafe. The proper way to drop your loved ones off at their school is in designated pick up/drop off locations on the school property, or on the side of the roadway where it is safe to pull over completely off the roadway.

The act of stopping in the roadway to allow your children to exit the vehicle is in violation of Oregon Revised Statute 811.555 (Illegal Stopping, Standing or Parking) and 811.130 (Impeding Traffic). Both violations are class D infractions, which carry a presumptive fine of $110. Please refrain from engaging in this dangerous behavior to ensure the safest possible school environment for our community.

In an effort to curb this behavior, the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Area Command has scheduled increased enforcement patrols for school zones. The focus of these patrols will be to ensure the safety of the motoring public and the safe transportation of local youth to their respective learning facilities.

Questions can be directed to:

Trooper Michael Benson
OSP - Klamath Falls
541-883-5713
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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: The eastbound OR 569 Beltline to northbound I-5 on-ramp has reopened in Eugene after a two week closure. The ramp was closed to complete a bridge over I-5. The entrance to the northbound on-ramp is now the same exit as the southbound on-ramp off of Beltline. North and southbound traffic will split after taking the exit. Work in the area continues. Traffic should expect single lane closures within the project limits between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Drivers should use caution when traveling through the project site and pay attention to the 45 mph speed zone reduction on eastbound Beltline. Check TripCheck.com for current traffic conditions.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers mobilize for Middle East deployment (Photo)

OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS MOBILIZE FOR MIDDLE EAST DEPLOYMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 5:04 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard honored Citizen-Soldiers in a mobilization ceremony, Sept. 29, 2017, at the Anderson Readiness Center, in Salem, Oregon.

A platoon of more than 20 Citizen-Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support. The platoon will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year.

These Soldiers are largely from the Willamette Valley area (Salem and Portland) and will be led by 1st Lt. Lindsay Whitcomb. Two thirds of Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, already mobilized and deployed in January 2017 and are currently providing aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The unit previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

In attendance at the ceremony were Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Col. Stephen Schmidt, commander of 82nd Brigade Troop Command; among other elected officials, community and military leaders.

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170929-Z-OT568-017: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, stand in formation during a mobilization ceremony honoring their upcoming overseas deployment, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. A platoon of more than 20 Soldiers is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters. They will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170929-Z-OT568-019: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, stand in formation during a mobilization ceremony honoring their upcoming overseas deployment, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. A platoon of more than 20 Soldiers is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters. They will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170929-Z-OT568-035: Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 3, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. A platoon of more than 20 Soldiers is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters. They will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170929-Z-OT568-036: State Representatives Paul Evans (left), Mark Meek (center) and Ron Noble greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 3, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. A platoon of more than 20 Soldiers is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters. They will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170929-Z-OT568-038: State Senator Sara Gelser greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Detachment 3, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. A platoon of more than 20 Soldiers is scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters. They will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1-189th Aviation Battalion, in the Middle East and will be deployed for approximately one year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170929-Z-OT568-052: Oregon Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer-2 Cody Stupfel with Detachment 3, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, holds his daughter, Teagan, following his mobilization ceremony, Sept. 29, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. Stupfel is among more than 20 Citizen-Soldiers scheduled to deploy to the Middle East where they will provide aeromedical support throughout the Persian Gulf region using Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Credit Union Robbery Investigated in the Sunnyside Neighborhood (Photo)

CREDIT UNION ROBBERY INVESTIGATED IN THE SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 4:21 PM
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On Friday September 29, 2017, at 1:08 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at Advantis Credit Union, located at 3010 Southeast Belmont Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police that the suspect presented a demand note and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the teller. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. The suspect left the bank without incident.

Officers searched the area around the credit union but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

The suspect, coined the "Lazy Leprechaun" by investigators, is described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, 6'00" tall, thin build, with red facial hair, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. (Multiple pictures of the "Lazy Leprechaun" are included with this press release.)

The "Lazy Leprechaun" is believed to have robbed the Unitus Credit Union, located at 3355 North Williams Avenue, on Wednesday September 27, 2017, at 5:55 p.m. During that robbery the suspect also presented a demand note and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone who has information about the "Lazy Leprechaun" or these robberies should contact Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or Brett.Hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov or the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at 503-224-4181.

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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New business hours for Clark County's vehicle licensing office

NEW BUSINESS HOURS FOR CLARK COUNTY'S VEHICLE LICENSING OFFICE


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 10:42 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Clark County Auditor's vehicle licensing office will adjust walk-in business hours beginning Monday, Oct. 16.

The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is at 1408 Franklin St.

The new hours will enable Vehicle Licensing to provide maximum staffing at the busiest times of day.

Transactions submitted electronically will continue to be processed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The vehicle licensing office issues titles and registrations for a variety of motorized and non-motorized vehicles and vessels.

Residents also may visit one of nine licensing subagents throughout the county. The subagents have various business hours; some are open Saturdays. To find a licensing agent near you, go to https://www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/licensing-locations.

Some vehicle transactions can be done online. For more information, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/auditor/auto-license-overview.

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Gresham Police Cadet Unit Accepting Applications (Photo)

GRESHAM POLICE CADET UNIT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (PHOTO)


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 8:43 AM
Downloadable file: Cadet_Graduation_.JPG
Gresham, Ore. -- The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for their Police Cadet program until Oct. 15 at 5:00 p.m., to fill upward of 10 positions.

Assigned to the department's operations division, cadet volunteers are trained by officers and take an active role in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, and crime prevention. They work with sworn officers to provide security at community events and may assist with article searches at crime scenes. Additional opportunities include training with S.W.A.T and the department's K9 units.

Cadets also compete in the annual Oregon Law Enforcement Challenge; participating in firearms competitions and scenario-based events that include active shooter, building searches, precision driving, and crime scene investigation.

Applicants must be between 15 and 20 years of age, live in Gresham or the surrounding area, pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record (if applicable), and have a GPA of 2.5 or better if still attending school. All persons selected as members of the cadet unit are required to attend and graduate a department-hosted academy.

Applications are available online at www.greshamoregon.gov/cadets and at the police department, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR, 97030. They must be emailed to the police department at Cadets@GreshamOregon.gov or dropped off at the department's front desk by Oct. 15. Interviews will be held in late October.
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Fraud #Alert: Suspect Arrested After Selling Stolen Disneyland Passes (Photo)

FRAUD #ALERT: SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SELLING STOLEN DISNEYLAND PASSES (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 8:00 AM
Downloadable file: Fraud Alert
Downloadable file: Advertisement
Downloadable file: Michael G. McCrobie
On Tuesday September 26, 2017, a Youth Services Division officer responded to Ventura Park School on the report of a theft.

When the officer arrived, he learned that on September 22, 2017 the victim had purchased two three-day passes to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The victim had found the three-day passes for sale on Craigslist. They passes were listed for $150.00 apiece. The victim contacted the seller and purchased two of the three-day passes prior to her departure to California. When the woman arrived at the front gates to the Disneyland Resort on September 23rd, she was informed the tickets were stolen. The woman and her daughter were forced to buy new passes to the resort.

Upon returning to Portland, the victim contacted Portland Police and reported the fraudulent ticket sales. The Youth Services Division officer who took the report contacted detectives at the Detective Coordination Team for further investigation.

During their investigation, detectives searched Craigslist and found more Disneyland Resort three-day passes for sale. Detectives contacted the Craigslist seller and planned a meeting to purchase Disneyland Resort passes.

On Wednesday September 27, 2017 the suspect arrived at Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 102nd Avenue to sell more stolen three-day passes. Unbeknownst to the suspect, the person buying the tickets was an undercover Portland Police officer. The suspect was taken into custody shortly after selling the stolen tickets to the officer.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Michael G. McCrobie. McCrobie was interviewed by detectives and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the First Degree by Deception, Felony Computer Crime (two counts) and Attempt Theft in the First Degree by Deception.

Detectives believe there are other people who unsuspectingly purchased stolen tickets from McCrobie in the Portland Metropolitan area. (A screenshot of McCrobie's Craigslist advertisement has been included with this press release.) Anyone who believes they were sold stolen tickets by McCrobie should contact East Precinct Detectives at 503-823-4800 or Jason.Harris@portlandoregon.gov .

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sandy fire district seeks volunteer firefighters

SANDY FIRE DISTRICT SEEKS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS


News Release from Sandy Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2017 7:00 AM
Sandy Fire District opens recruitment for volunteer firefighters beginning September 5, 2017 through November 3, 2017. Application packets are available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at Sandy Fire District's Main Station Admin/Annex building located at 17459 Bruns Ave, Sandy. You can also download an application from the website at www.sandyfire.org

We are looking for people who care about our community and are willing to receive in-depth training to become Firefighters. These individuals will work hand in hand with paid staff and our existing team of volunteers and respond on every type of alarm our stations receive. We are extremely proud of the level of professionalism and expertise our volunteers demonstrate.

"Our volunteers are essential to our success as an emergency services agency. Whether you are looking for the start of a new career or want to give back to our community." says Division Chief Jason McKinnon.

The District maintains approximately 50-60 Volunteer Firefighters. Training for new members begins January 2018. Upon completion of training volunteers will hold a rank of NFPA Firefighter I, Hazmat Awareness, and Wildland Interface Firefighter.

"Being able to commit the time the first year of training can be difficult" says Jason McKinnon, Division Chief of Professional Development. "The first year is the toughest and requires a lot of dedication and time management." The Firefighter Recruit Academy consist of just under 200 hours from January to July which includes every Tuesday evening and every other Saturday.

Sandy Fire District operates three fire stations (Dover, Roslyn Lake, and Sandy) with a staff of 11 paid personnel and 60 volunteers. Sandy Fire District protects 77 square miles serving a population of over 20,000.

To be eligible for the volunteer program you must be at least 18 years of age, be able to pass a driving and criminal background check, complete and pass our physical agility test and written entrance exam.

Sandy Fire District No. 72 highly values its members and works hard to bring in the best. "If you are looking for a positive way to contribute to your community, this is it".
If you have questions regarding the District, the Volunteer program, or the application process, you are encouraged to contact Division Chief Jason McKinnon at 503-668-8093 or j.mckinnon@sandyfire.org
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Update: Man Arrested for Murder in North Plains Shooting, Deputies Continue Searching for Second Suspect (Photo)

UPDATE: MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN NORTH PLAINS SHOOTING, DEPUTIES CONTINUE SEARCHING FOR SECOND SUSPECT (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 11:52 PM
Downloadable file: Booking Photo (Stephens, Christopher)
Downloadable file: Scene Photo
Downloadable file: Media Release (PDF)
September 28, 2017 -- Earlier today, Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives learned that homicide suspect Christopher Stephens, 40-years-old of Newberg, was possibly in the Tualatin area.

At 2:45 p.m., the interagency Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (SWAT), with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, took Mr. Stephens into custody during a traffic stop at Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Southwest Avery Street in Tualatin.

Mr. Stephens has been charged with murder and is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail.

Detectives continue to search for the second suspect, Chad Pitcher, who is also wanted for murder. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111, or call 9-1-1 if he is seen. The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Deputies Ask For Public's Assistance Locating Murder Suspect

September 26, 2017 -- Detectives have identified the suspect from the homicide outside of North Plains as 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher, and investigators are asking for the public's assistance locating him.

Mr. Pitcher should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should not attempt to approach him. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

No additional information is available at this time. The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified

September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The interagency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Departmet, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.
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Benton County Sheriff's Office Captain Graduates FBI Academy (Photo)

BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CAPTAIN GRADUATES FBI ACADEMY (PHOTO)


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 5:32 PM
Downloadable file: Don.png
Downloadable file: Rogers_NA_graduation_PR.pdf
Corvallis, Ore. -- Benton County Sheriff's Office Captain Don Rogers recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. On September 15, 2017, Captain Rogers completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Rogers began his career with the Benton County Sheriff's Office in 1997 as a reserve deputy, and the office subsequently hired him full-time in 1999. Over the years, he has lead the Sheriff's detective team, the firearms training program, conducted internal investigations and currently manages the Law Enforcement Division.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States, as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.

There is a highly competitive process local law enforcement leaders must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor, interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities, a background check, a determination of physical fitness and support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

"The National Academy program provides an exceptional opportunity for those few officers chosen each year to attend," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The Academy gives them the chance to explore many facets of law enforcement leadership and to share best practices with others from across the country and the world."
During the ten weeks of training, executive level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Captain Rogers took classes in Law Enforcement Management, Leading At-Risk Employees, Constitutional Law, Media Management, and an Overview of Forensic Science. The program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, they have physical training courses and activities.

"We are very proud of Captain Rogers on his completion of the FBI National Academy," said Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson. "Only a very select few get the opportunity to attend; his acceptance only demonstrates the caliber of a law enforcement officer and leader he is. The training and Academy experience will be incredibly valuable to Captain Rogers, the Sheriff's Office, and the community."
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Get a jump on fall with coupon for free leaf disposal

GET A JUMP ON FALL WITH COUPON FOR FREE LEAF DISPOSAL


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 3:57 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Clark County and the City of Vancouver Public Works have again partnered to provide residents with coupons for free disposal of leaves at four drop-off sites, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Fall leaves are beautiful on trees, but not on the streets, where they can clog stormwater drains, cause localized flooding, and create driving hazards. In residential areas where safe to do so, residents can help prevent pooling water by standing back behind the curb and clearing clogged drains with a rake. Remember: Intentionally blowing, raking or sweeping leaves onto city streets or county roads is considered littering and is unlawful.

The coupons, designed to assist residents with piles of leaves, can be used at these four locations:

- City Bark, 2419 N.E. Andresen Road, 360-253-8461. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in October; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in November and December. Check in advance for holiday hours.

- H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., 360-892-2805. Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in October; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in November and December; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Check in advance for holiday hours.

- Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union St., Camas, 360-834-7253. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check in advance for holiday hours.

- West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, 360-737-1727. Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Check in advance for holiday hours.

The coupons are good for disposal of up to 5 cubic yards of leaves only by Clark County residents. Leaves must be emptied from bags at the disposal site. Don't forget to cover and secure your load when driving to the site! Please note: Regular disposal prices apply to branches and other yard debris, as well as mixed loads of leaves and yard debris.

Leaf coupons will not be available at the disposal sites, so be sure to get your coupon before you go. Residents can find the coupons in a variety of sites, including in the Recycling Refresher newsletter, sent to all Clark County households; through the City's website at www.cityofvancouver.us/solidwaste; the Green Neighbors website at clarkgreenneighbors.org; and at Vancouver City Hall and the County Public Service Center.

Other disposal options include applying leaves as winter mulch and subscribing to Waste Connections of Washington's optional curbside yard debris collection services at www.wcnorthwest.com or by calling 360-892-5370.

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Capsized Vessel Near Columbia River Beach

CAPSIZED VESSEL NEAR COLUMBIA RIVER BEACH


News Release from Clatsop Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 3:37 PM
PRESS RELEASE
On 09-28-17 at 0905 hours, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol, United States Coast Guard, and the Pacific County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported capsized vessel near the Columbia River beach, north of Fort Stevens.

Lloyd B. Stewart, 64, of Warrenton was rescued by a nearby boater, Chris Kiepke, 43, of Astoria.

Stewart was crabbing in his 18 foot Valco Bay Runner, when the boat took on water and capsized.

Kiepke observed the boater in distress and was able to retrieve Stewart from the water. Stewart was wearing a life jacket.

Sr. Deputy Justin Dimmick transported Stewart to the Hammond Marina, where he was evaluated for injuries by Fire and Medical personnel. No injuries were reported.

The boat was recovered on the river beach near where the incident occurred.

Any further questions please contact Sheriff Tom Bergin or Sgt. Jason Hoover at 503-325-8635
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City extends application deadline for Civil Service Commission vacancy

CITY EXTENDS APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION VACANCY


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 3:18 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is still seeking volunteers interested in filling an open position on its Civil Service Commission. The deadline to submit an application has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.

The Civil Service Commission is an employment system used by government entities to establish rules governing employee hiring, disciplinary actions (including termination), and many important aspects of human resource administration in city government. Vancouver's Civil Service Commission has three citizen members who oversee the administration of civil service within the Vancouver police and fire departments.

The vacancy is for one six-year term. Applicants must be a city resident for at least the last three years prior to applying. The commission meets from 8 to 9 a.m. at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St., on the third Wednesday of each month.

To apply online, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. To request an application or for more information, contact Michelle Bartley in the City Manager's Office at City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us or by calling 360-487-8607.

Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/csc to learn more about the Civil Service Commission, including links to past meeting minutes and agendas.

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City of Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) Awarded $1.45 Million Grant for New Electric-Powered Buses (Photo)

CITY OF WILSONVILLE'S SOUTH METRO AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT (SMART) AWARDED $1.45 MILLION GRANT FOR NEW ELECTRIC-POWERED BUSES (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Wilsonville
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 2:24 PM
Downloadable file: Protera electric bus
Downloadable file: Protera electric bus
Downloadable file: Dwight Brashear, SMART Director, City of Wilsonville
WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) agency has been awarded a competitive grant in the amount of $1.45 million by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the purchase of new electric-powered buses. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Low or No-Emission (Low-No) Bus Program Projects," SMART plans to purchase two 35-foot battery-electric buses and install charging infrastructure. The City is providing a local $400,000 match--15% match for vehicles and 10% for charging stations--for a total project amount of $1.85 million.

SMART was one of only 51 public-transit agencies nationwide--and the only transit agency in Oregon--to successfully compete on a national basis for the grant award under the $55 million FY2017-18 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program, Section 5339(c). Demand for FY2017-18 funding was competitive, with the FTA receiving nearly 200 project applications. SMART partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), and bus manufacturer Proterra on the successful grant application.

The grant award was announced on Sept. 15 by members of Oregon's Congressional delegation. As a city spanning two seats in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congressman Kurt Schrader released a joint-statement that said, "SMART serves a crucial role providing public-transit services in the increasingly congested South Metro I-5 Corridor between the North Willamette Valley and the greater Portland metro region of Oregon's First and Fifth Congressional Districts. As Wilsonville frequently does, the city has ponied up a considerable share of their own funding to make this project a reality and never shies from working alongside their surrounding communities from Salem and Canby to Tualatin and Beaverton to create more efficient, connected transit systems. Their work on this program is a testament to what can be accomplished when our communities at the local, state and federal level work in unity. Electric vehicles are part of the solution as we work to address climate change and lower polluting emissions. Congratulations to Wilsonville SMART on leading the way toward a greener future and providing residents with clean public transportation options"

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley also released a joint statement, saying, "This is an example of the kinds of federal investments in local communities that helps to improve mobility, livability and our environment. Investments in our public-transit infrastructure are smart, long-term strategies that enhance our state's economy by providing a transportation alternative for Oregonians' access to jobs, school, medical appointments and other crucial services."

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp said that, "The City Council is pleased that our staff members work diligently to compete successfully for federal funds that positively extend the impact of local taxes. Utilizing clean-fuel or no-emission buses can improve the quality of life for Wilsonville residents and commuting workers while advancing more efficient transit services."

SMART Director Dwight Brashear said, "The Wilsonville City Council has made a firm commitment to transitioning the SMART bus fleet to a more sustainable, green future focused on alternative-fuel vehicles, including electric, CNG and diesel-electric hybrids. Together with Tri-Met, SMART serves as an integral component of the Portland metro regional 'Climate Smart Strategy' that calls for increased investments in transit improvements to reduce vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases."

Under the surface-transportation funding-authorization bill of 2015, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), $55 million per year is available for the Low-No Program until fiscal year 2020. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

Local backing for the City's grant application was strong, and featured 15 letters of support from business and government leaders, including representatives of Rockwell Collins, Precision Countertops, Convergys, Oregon Tech (OIT), and elected officials Clackamas County Commissioner Chair Jim Bernard, Metro Council President Tom Hughes, Oregon State Senator Kim Thatcher, and Oregon Representatives Bill Kennemer and Rich Vial, as well as U.S. Representatives Bonamici and Schrader and Senators Wyden and Merkley.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

About the FTA Bus and Bus Related Equipment and Facilities and Low-No Programs: The Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. Funding is provided through formula allocations and competitive grants. A sub-program, the Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program, provides competitive grants for bus and bus facility projects that support low and zero-emission vehicles.

Eligible recipients include designated recipients that operate fixed-route bus service or that allocate funding to fixed-route bus operators; state or local governmental entities; and federally recognized Indian tribes that operate fixed route bus service that are eligible to receive direct grants under 5307 and 5311. Subrecipients include eligible recipients that receive grant funding under the formula or discretionary programs may allocate amounts from the grant to subrecipients that are public agencies or private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation.

Capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans, and related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.

ABOUT SMART: Operated by the City of Wilsonville and funded primarily by the business community through a local payroll tax, SMART carries over 350,000 passenger trips per year and maintains a fully wheelchair-accessible fleet of 30 vehicles that include three 40?foot buses with an average age of eight years; eight 35?foot buses with an average age of 18 years; thirteen 26?foot buses with an average age of seven years; and four vans with an average age of six years. SMART operates in conjunction with Tri-Met, the SMART/Wilsonville Transit Center and WES Commuter Train Station, and provides express bus service to Salem in partnership with Salem-Keizer Transit District ("Cherriots") and to Canby in partnership with Canby Area Transit (CAT).

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Are you a Hood River County business owner with economic losses from the Eagle Creek Fire? Here's help

ARE YOU A HOOD RIVER COUNTY BUSINESS OWNER WITH ECONOMIC LOSSES FROM THE EAGLE CREEK FIRE? HERE'S HELP


News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 2:19 PM
Downloadable file: Worksheet to submit
Downloadable file: SBA loan program details
Hood River County declared a fire emergency for the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017. As a result, local businesses may be eligible for low-interest long term Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to help them recover from economic impacts of lost revenue. Current rates are high 2% - low 3%, with terms up to 30 years.

If you are interested in applying, please email County Emergency Manager Barbara Ayers. We need five to ten Hood River County businesses to fill out the attached SBA worksheet, and we must meet the state's minimum requirements for the Governor to request this federal program be activated. If you are interested, please let us know no later than October 12.

EMAIL WORKSHEET TO: Barbara.ayers@co.hood-river.or.us or drop off by October 12, 2017 to Hood River County, 601 State St. attn: Emergency Management. You may opt out later and chose not to apply.

Details on the program (attached) are from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management and SBA.

Hood River County also currently has a SBA disaster loan open from the January 2017 winter storm emergency - those applications are due to SBA before January 2018.

More details on Hood River Sheriff's Office website: http://www.hoodriversheriff.com/events/eagle-creek-fire-recovery
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City Council Approves Conversion to LED Street Lights, Budget Adjustment

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CONVERSION TO LED STREET LIGHTS, BUDGET ADJUSTMENT


News Release from City of Wilsonville
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 1:27 PM
WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the Sept. 18, 2017, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council held a public hearing and adopted on second reading two ordinances pertaining to street lighting. One ordinance changes City Code that requires the installation of long-lasting, energy-saving LED street lights rather than the older, traditional sodium vapor streetlights for new or replacement street lights. The ordinance also codifies that City-owned street lights are now maintained by the City, rather than by electrical provider PGE. The second ordinance adopted updates City Public Works Standards to require the installation of dark-sky friendly LED street lights for private and public development.

The Council approved a set of City budget adjustments totaling $6.7 million that resulted in a net increase in expenses of $489,000. The majority of line-item budget adjustments totaling $4.78 million account primarily for 34 infrastructure-related capital projects in process that roll-over from the prior fiscal year. Expenses not originally budgeted earlier in the year include wage and benefits increases based on a new Council-approved union labor-contract, replacement of a failing heating-ventilation-air conditioning system at SMART Operations Center and completion of cleaning the Willamette River water treatment plant water-intake pipe

During Communications portion of the meeting, Wilsonville emergency-services provider Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue District Fire Chief Mike Duyck gave the Annual State of the District presentation. Chief Duyck reported that most calls for emergency services in Wilsonville are medical in nature and are now being responded to more efficiently by "specialized paramedics." He also noted that calls for emergency services over the past four years have increased 31 percent, corresponding roughly with Wilsonville's population and business growth.

Also during Communications, Wilsonville Building Official Dan Carlson presented to the Council about staff Building Inspector Melissa Gitt's award of "Building Inspector of the Year" by the Oregon Building Officials Association in July.

During Citizen Input, the Council considered but declined to call-up for review a Sept. 11 decision by the Development Review Board Panel A to approve plans for development of Villebois Regional Parks 7 and 8, based on resident's request.

During work session prior to the meeting, the Council heard reports from staff on the 5th Street to Kinsman Road construction project, demographic information about transit riders on SMART buses and a proposed Wilsonville urban renewal agency contract for engineering/design services for improvements to Tooze Road.

Community members can watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meeting on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.
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FBI, DEA and CODE Join Forces to Take Down Major Drug Trafficking Network in Central Oregon (Photo)

FBI, DEA AND CODE JOIN FORCES TO TAKE DOWN MAJOR DRUG TRAFFICKING NETWORK IN CENTRAL OREGON (PHOTO)


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 12:49 PM
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Downloadable file: DEA badge image
Downloadable file: Press Release
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a joint operation involving the FBI, DEA and Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team resulted in the federal arrest of nine people charged with participation in a drug distribution network operating in the Madras/Redmond area. CODE officers and deputies arrested three others on state charges. Two of those additional arrests involved outstanding warrants; the third was a probable cause arrest for drug and weapons charges. All arrests were without incident. The federal defendants will each make an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo at the U.S. District Courthouse in Eugene at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 28th.

As part of this operation, law enforcement also identified 11 drug-endangered minors. Jefferson County Child Welfare took immediate custody of five of these children, and the FBI filed mandatory child abuse reports for all identified minors. Law enforcement partnered with victim assistance programs within the FBI and Jefferson County District Attorney's Office as well as with Jefferson County Child Welfare.

Since this investigation began in 2016, law enforcement believes the organization has trafficked both heroin and methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon. In a series of searches conducted in conjunction with the arrests on Wednesday, investigators also recovered ten weapons.

All defendants and charges are as follows:

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
- Lima, Mauricio - age 36 of Madras, Oregon
- Dominguez, Isaac - age 32 of Madras, Oregon
- Harper, Sherry - age 45 of Redmond, Oregon

Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
- Boynton, Heather - age 26 of Madras, Oregon
- Plazola, Desmond - age 29 of Warm Springs, Oregon
- Barajas, Leonel - age 29 of Madras, Oregon
- Billingsley, Trever - age 26 of Madras, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin (federal)
- Mortensen, Preston - age 29 of Bend, Oregon

Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (federal)
- Biever, Marlena - age 38 of Redmond, Oregon

Parole violation charge (Jefferson County warrant)
- Eric Brian Wilkinson, age 23, hometown unknown

Failure to Appear for theft 3rd degree (Deschutes County warrant)
- Lindsy Renee Haney, age 22, of Redmond, Oregon

Unlawful possession of methamphetamine (state charge)
Unlawful delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school (state charge)
Felon in possession of a firearm -- 3 counts (state charges)
- Juan Jose Vega, age 27, of Culver, Oregon

In addition to these arrests, CODE and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office previously arrested Colt Sipp, age 51 of Umatilla, Oregon, on state charges. He now also faces a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

"This unified law enforcement effort is a significant step in dismantling a drug trafficking organization profiting off the destruction of families and communities in Central Oregon suffering the ravages of drug addiction," said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

According to investigators, Lima and Dominguez are alleged to have operated two cells in the Madras, Oregon area, and, as such, served as distributors of methamphetamine and heroin to a large customer base in Central Oregon. The cells worked in coordination with each other to supply drugs and transfer funds to further the conspiracy using code in their communications in an attempt to hide their illegal activity. The investigators believe that the other defendants served under Lima and Dominguez to move the drugs to lower-level sellers and users.

"The work done by these agents, officers, detectives and deputies will have real and lasting impacts for those who live in Central Oregon. This law enforcement team has, over a period of many months, taken direct aim at organized crime," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Together they have made our shared community safer by taking dangerous drugs and guns off the streets."

"The successful operation this week was designed to counter the emerging threat in Central Oregon against organized crime fueled by methamphetamine and heroin trafficking," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Huynh is prosecuting this case. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Investigate Serious Injury Crash on NE MLK at Davis

UPDATE: MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDING TO INVESTIGATE SERIOUS INJURY CRASH ON NE MLK AT DAVIS


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 12:25 PM
The pedestrian struck while crossing Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard near Northeast Davis Street on Saturday September 23, 2017 has died of the injuries he sustained as a result of the crash.

The pedestrian has been identified as 87-year-old Lawrence O. Case of Portland. Lawrence Case passed away on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at an area medical facility.

The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team continues to investigate this crash and at this time no citations or charges have been issued.

Lawrence Case's death marks the 33rd traffic related fatality investigated by the Major Crash Team in 2017.

Anyone with information regarding this crash should contact Officer Phillip Maynard at 503-823-2216 or Phillip.Maynard@portlandoregon.gov

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The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to assist Central Precinct at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Davis Street with a crash investigation. Traffic in the area will be affected for several hours.

On Saturday September 23, 2017, at 6:40 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Davis Street on the report that a pedestrian was injured after being struck by a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and provided immediate medical aid to the injured male pedestrian, who has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Officers contacted the involved driver, who remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed to all traffic from Northeast Lloyd Boulevard to East Burnside Street. Northeast Davis Street is closed from Grand to 3rd Avenues. Roads are expected to remain closed for several hours. Northeast 12th Avenue to the East is the nearest point to cross I-84.

Due to the severity of the man's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

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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Wilsonville PD seeks tips in hunt for 'Ride-Share Bandit' (Photo)

WILSONVILLE PD SEEKS TIPS IN HUNT FOR 'RIDE-SHARE BANDIT' (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 11:37 AM
Downloadable file: RideShareBandit.jpg
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-25691

In the early afternoon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, a suspect took a ride-sharing vehicle from downtown Portland to the Umpqua Bank in north Wilsonville -- which he then robbed using a demand note. A suspect photo is attached, and detectives are seeking tips from the public to help them ID the robber, dubbed the "Ride-Share Bandit."

The suspect is described as an African-American male in his 30s or 40s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored sunglasses and an Adidas track suit. A photo of the suspect is attached.

This suspect fled the scene via the ride-share, exiting the vehicle near the Fred Meyer in Northwest Portland. The driver was unaware a crime had been committed. Detectives interviewed the driver, who is NOT a suspect in this case.

TIPS SOUGHT

Wilsonville PD detectives are asking for the public's help to identify the Ride-Share Bandit. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp . Please reference CCSO Case # 17-25691.

Two Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.

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Oregon Army National Guard mobilizes Citizen-Soldiers for Middle East deployment (Photo)

OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD MOBILIZES CITIZEN-SOLDIERS FOR MIDDLE EAST DEPLOYMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2017 9:00 AM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to honor Citizen-Soldiers in a mobilization ceremony on Friday, Sept. 29, at 10:00 a.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street, in Salem, Oregon.

A platoon of more than 20 Citizen-Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, are scheduled to deploy to the Middle East to assist with aerial medical evacuation support. The platoon will be joining their parent unit, the South Dakota Army National Guard's Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, in the Middle East area and be deployed for approximately one year.

These Soldiers are largely from the Willamette Valley area (Salem and Portland) and will be led by 1st Lt. Lindsay Whitcomb. Two thirds of G Company, 1-189th Aviation, already mobilized and deployed in January 2017 and are currently providing aerial medical evacuation support using Black Hawk helicopters.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The unit previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.
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