Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Longview Fire Department Announces the 2017 Firefighter of the Year (Photo)

LONGVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THE 2017 FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR (PHOTO)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 5:16 PM
Downloadable file: Firefighter of the Year

On April 20th Longview Fire Department hosted its annual Awards Ceremony including issuance of the 2017 Firefighter of the Year. Each year Longview Fire recognizes outstanding contributions and performance. This year’s event was hosted at the McClelland Art Center.

Firefighter of the Year: Fire Marshal Jim Kambeitz

Jim Kambeitz started his career with Longview Fire in 2003 serving as the Fire Marshal. Over the years Jim has worn many hats, conducting fire inspections, new construction plan review, fire investigations, and community education. Jim also serves as second-in command to the Fire Chief.

This year Fire Marshal Kambeitz was unanimously selected as the Longview Fire Department Firefighter of the year.  One nomination wrote  “When thinking of what the qualities should be for a Fighter of the Year the first thing that comes to mind is the Fire Service  Maltese Cross, and the eight virtues that represent the symbol, including; observation, tact, dexterity, explicitness, perseverance, sympathy, gallantry, and loyalty. It’s my belief that Fire Marshal Jim Kambeitz demonstrates these qualities both on and off the job, day in and day out… unwaveringly”.

In brief, here are some excerpts from the nomination process:

“Jim is always careful to craft a message that is balanced yet effective”.

“Jim has an awareness level that’s much different than that of a line firefighter, as he brings both his firefighting and Fire Marshal backgrounds together and sees the Big Picture…The outlook pays huge dividends”

“On the Fire Ground Jim serves as safety officer, command aid, family liaison, PIO, and investigator. On a daily basis you never know if Jim will be hosting City Council, meeting with builders, contractors, or developers, reviewing blueprints, or serving as a management liaison… clearly Jim is equally well suited for a wide variety of assignments and the department fully embraces Jim’s versatility”. 

“Jim does a great job of paraphrasing a group’s discussion, sometimes making sense from the ambiguity”.

“There are countless building in Longview are safer and more up to code because of Jim’s diligence in Doing the Right Thing!”

“One of Jim’s most easily exposed qualities is his sympathetic wherewithal, treating others like his own family, with a genuine care in both his words and actions”.

“The job is not always about putting the wet stuff on the red stuff, and much of the job includes operating with an all in attitude, doing your job professionally, treating people right, and giving an all-out effort, and these are the exact traits that Jim brings to the table, 24/7-365”.

“Jim does an exceptional job balancing his Loyalty to the City and its citizens, to his department, to the Fire Chief, to the firefighters (828 members), and to his unit (3375). Jim is ever the professional, keeping secrets secret, not oversharing, not gossiping, or causing gossip, and always giving (while earning) respect”.

“We will never know how many fires Jim’s work has prevented nor how many lives have been saved or safeguarded because of his efforts, but it’s fair to say, every firefighter in Longview has a safer workplace because of Jim’s effectiveness in all that he does”.

In addition to the Firefighter of the year Award, Fire Chief Phil Jurmu also issued several Above and Beyond Awards:

Firefighter Mike Mann was singled out for his outstanding and steadfast fundraising performance with the Seattle Firefighter Stair Climb. This year Mike single handedly raise $11,650.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), ranking him #7 overall out of nearly 2500 participants and securing Longview Fire Department #6 per capita. And what’s most impressive, is that Mike has been participating in the climb and fundraising for the last five years, raising a total of $45,841.00.

Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Lamb was recognized for his always positive ‘Can Do’ attitude, his dedicated professionalism, and his contributions mentoring and developing new Longview Fire paramedics. Steve also serves as treasurer for both IAFF Local 828 and the Longview Youth Baseball League.

Master Firefighter Jim Trussell earned praise for his continued efforts with the Longview Fire Department Salmon Derby raising funds to support the 7th District Benevolent Fund and for his efforts as a Fire Investigator and as a member of the apparatus committee, writing the specifications for a new aerial Longview Fire Department Ladder Truck.

Lieutenant Brett Johnson was recognized for his continued energy, efforts, and commitment to the professional development of Longview Firefighters, most notably working on the Acting Lieutenant program, the Intern Program, and the Driver/Operator program. Brett also spearheaded comprehensive hands-on training utilizing a ventilation prop on loan from Cowlitz Fire.  

 

 

 

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald (Photo)

MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES SPEED ZONE CHANGES NEAR DONALD (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 4:13 PM
Downloadable file: Press Release Stock Photo

Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald - 4/24/2018

The Marion County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the City of Donald and the Marion County Public Works Department wants to make the public aware of a change in speed zones along Butteville Road NE south of the Donald city limits.

A 40 mph speed zone will be added just south of the Donald city limits. This new speed zone will begin approximately 1,000 feet south of the city limits and extend north to the existing 25 mph speed posting at the city limits. This posting will result in a 40 mph transition speed zone between the existing 55 mph and 25 mph speed postings. This will ensure drivers are slowing down and not entering the city at excessive speeds. The Sheriff's Office will continue to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws in and around the city of Donald.

Any questions regarding the speed zone change should be directed to the Marion County Public Works Department at 503-588-5036. For any enforcement related questions please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit at 503-588-5094.

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Cowlitz Search and Rescue Assist Overdue Hikers

COWLITZ SEARCH AND RESCUE ASSIST OVERDUE HIKERS


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 3:33 PM

Toutle, WA - On Friday, April 20, Sheriff's deputies were notified that there were two overdue hikers in the Coldwater Lake area. Father and son, 46 year old Hunter Ervin and his 26 year old son Blake, had gone to the Coldwater area to hike up to the ridge to take photos. When they didn't return, the family called for assistance. Both are from Alaska.

A deputy responded to the area and found the Ervin's vehicle still parked in the parking lot. It was reported that the hikers were in good physical condition but that they were wearing light hiking clothes and the weather had been very nice when they left, but it was now dark and the cold, wind and raid were worsening.

At the request for assistance, 13 volunteer searchers from Cowlitz County Search and Rescue responded and were searching the trail when they observed a light on the south side of the lake. One of the searchers launched their boat and they made contact with the lost hikers shortly after 5 a.m.

The Ervins said that they had lost the trail coming back and it got dark while they were trying to find it. They  then worked their way down to the waters edge and were trying to work their way through the heavy brush when they were spotted.

Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson said that the Ervins were somewhat better prepared than initially reported, "They had heavier clothing, head lamps and space blankets. Because it was snow and sleet around them, those few things may have saved their lives.  Chalk this one up to preparation and our dedicated SAR volunteers."

"We encourage people to be prepared at all times, especially this time of year when the weather can change quickly." said Sheriff Nelson

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Oregon Main Street Welcomes New Performing Main Street Level Community

OREGON MAIN STREET WELCOMES NEW PERFORMING MAIN STREET LEVEL COMMUNITY


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 2:45 PM

Salem, Oregon, April 24, 2018 — Oregon Main Street just accepted the Downtown Estacada Commission at the Performing Main Street level  of the Oregon Main Street Network in recognition of their efforts to use the Main Street Approach® as a model for their downtown revitalization efforts. The Main Street Approach® is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important economic development tools. It is a practical program that helps a community build on their district’s unique assets.

When hearing the news, Nancy Hoffman, Main Street Manager, Downtown Estacada Commission, stated, “The Main Street program has helped the Estacada Development Association and now the Downtown Estacada Commission focus on revitalizing downtown Estacada. We are proud that every step has brought our downtown closer to our vision for a vibrant, thriving community.”

Estacada joins Albany, Alberta district in Portland, Astoria, Corvallis, La Grande, McMinnville, Oregon City, Roseburg, and The Dalles at the premier level of Oregon Main Street.

“We are very excited to have Estacada move to the Performing Main Street level. They are our first very small town to achieve this status,” said Sheri Stuart, coordinator, Oregon Main Street. “It has been exciting to watch the progress they have made over the past few years to engage community partners in revitalizing their historic downtown.”

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development across the state. Between 2010 and 2017, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels – the two highest levels in the OMS Network – saw an increase of 647 net new businesses, 3,367 net new jobs, 1,258 private sector building improvement projects representing $97.2 million of private sector reinvestment.

Communities participating at the Performing Main Street must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community’s architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective in implementing a comprehensive revitalization effort, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district. 

Acceptance into these levels allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, and receive local capacity building support. There isn’t a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street Network. Communities participating at the Performing Main Street level are also eligible for recognition as an accredited community by Main Street America™. 

Currently, there are over 80 communities participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Associate.  While not a pre-requisite for acceptance at the Performing Main Street level, Estacada previously participated at the Transforming Downtown level.

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of Main Street America™. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street® town.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department seeks candidates for Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council

OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OREGON RECREATION TRAILS ADVISORY COUNCIL


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 2:30 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting applications for a seat on the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC). The ideal candidate will have experience in community engagement—especially to underserved groups or communities—and have an interest in trail planning and recreational trail opportunities on the Oregon coast.

Qualified candidates must submit an appointment interest form by June 1. The form is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/2017_ORTAC_Interest_Form.pdf

ORTAC advises OPRD and its allies on subjects related to the development and promotion of high quality, non-motorized recreational trail systems throughout Oregon. The council strives to create safe, sustainable trails for the well-being and enjoyment of Oregon’s residents and visitors.

Council members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and serve four-year terms. The seven-member council has representation from each congressional district, with at least two members from separate counties bordering the coast. ORTAC conducts four public meetings per year.

In addition to advising OPRD, council members are responsible for reviewing applications for state trail designations, representing ORTAC on a variety of other trail-related committees and helping develop the 10-year statewide Trails Plan.

For more information about serving on ORTAC, contact David Stipe at 503-509-4752 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.

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Yamhill County Emergency Management to Conduct Test of Alert System (Photo)

YAMHILL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO CONDUCT TEST OF ALERT SYSTEM (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 11:54 AM
Downloadable file: em

On Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 10:00 am, Yamhill County Emergency Management will conduct a county-wide test of Yamhill County Alerts.  Yamhill County Alerts is an emergency notification system used to notify residents in the event of life threatening emergencies, or localized notifications, such as boil water orders or major utility disruptions.  Calls, emails, and text messages will go out to all residential landline phones and opt-in profiles.  To avoid potential impacts to businesses, business phones will be excluded from the test.

Calls and messages will clearly state this is a test and will be followed up with some general information on what to expect if this were an actual emergency.

Yamhill County Alerts contains non-restricted landline data for residences and businesses within Yamhill County, but residents are encouraged to sign up for the free service.  By signing up residents control the method of notification, whether text, email, or phone call, and they have control over the contact information.

To sign up go to Yamhill County Emergency Management’s home page and follow the link, or search “Yamhill County Alerts” in your favorite search engine.  http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management

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DOC Announces Communications Administrator (Photo)

DOC ANNOUNCES COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 11:26 AM
Downloadable file: Communications Administrator Gail Levario

Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), announced the appointment of Gail Levario as the new Communications Adminstrator.

For most of her career and post-military service, Gail held positions within multiple agencies of the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security; Gail was responsible for overseeing the federal operations and response activity within the state of Oregon during the events of 9/11 and for helping lead the formation of a new federal agency. She was appointed the Director of National Compliance Programs in Washington D.C. and as Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  

“Gail brings with her a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector. Her strong background in executive leadership bodes well for our efforts around transparency and effective partnerships with our internal and external stakeholders,” said Director Peters.

Gail joined the private sector in January 2015 and was responsible for spearheading EROAD’s strategic market development efforts and for finding and evaluating new opportunities on the global landscape. She brings a strong commercial transportation industry and regulatory background drawn from over 25 years of service in both the public and private sectors, most recently within the Oregon Department of Transportation where she provided leadership and oversight for motor carrier size, weight and safety inspection and enforcement operations within the state of Oregon.

She earned two Bachelor’s degrees in foreign languages and holds post-graduate certificates in Public Administration.  She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and coaching sports.

DOC employs 4,700 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,700 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Yamhill County Emergency Management to Conduct Test of Alert System (Photo)

YAMHILL COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO CONDUCT TEST OF ALERT SYSTEM (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 10:14 AM
Downloadable file: em

On Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 10:00 am, Yamhill County Emergency Management will conduct a county-wide test of Yamhill County Alerts.  Yamhill County Alerts is an emergency notification system used to notify residents in the event of life threatening emergencies, or localized notifications, such as boil water orders or major utility disruptions.  Calls, emails, and text messages will go out to all residential landline phones and opt-in profiles.  To avoid potential impacts to businesses, business phones will excluded from the test.

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Yamhill County Alerts contains non-restricted landline data for residences and businesses within Yamhill County, but residents are encouraged to sign up for the free service.  By signing up residents control the method of notification, whether text, email, or phone call, and they have control over the contact information.

To sign up go to Yamhill County Emergency Management’s home page and follow the link, or search “Yamhill County Alerts” in your favorite search engine.  http://www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Medicare Card Scams (Photo)

FBI TECH TUESDAY: BUILDING A DIGITAL DEFENSE AGAINST MEDICARE CARD SCAMS (PHOTO)


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 10:00 AM
Downloadable file: New Medicare Card
Downloadable file: TT - Medicare audio file
Downloadable file: TT - Medicare Card Tips

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Medicare card fraud schemes.

Over the years, we have constantly warned people to protect their Social Security number. Don’t give it out unless you have to, and don’t carry your card in your wallet. That’s good advice – but if you have Medicare, then it was good advice that was hard to follow since your Medicare card had your Social Security number right on it.

Help is on the way! Medicare is now changing out all of its beneficiaries’ cards and replacing that Social Security number with an 11-character “Health Insurance Claim Number.” This new card will be paper instead of plastic, and the ID on it will include randomly-generated numbers and uppercase letters. Medicare’s goal is to better protect private health care and financial information with this new system. This new Medicare number will be used for transactions such as billing and for the checking of eligibility and claim status.

The first of the new cards are going out in the mail starting this month, but it could take some time to get them all out – so don’t worry if your neighbor gets hers right away but yours takes a bit of time. It’s important to note that if you are part of a Medicare Advantage plan, you will continue to have that separate card as well. You should carry both with you to facilitate service from health care providers.

Of course, with a new system there are always scam artists looking for ways to cash in. If you receive a call, email or visit from someone asking for personal information about your Medicare number or plan, about your new card or about your Social Security number, it is likely a scam. Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you for personal information to get a new card. You do not have to pay for the new card, either. As long as your address is up-to-date, Medicare will send this replacement version automatically.

Another potential twist on this scam: seniors who are told they have a refund due on their old card, which the caller is happy to process as soon as he gets your bank account information. Don’t fall for it!

Here’s what you need to remember:

  • The new card is free – there is no replacement fee or activation fee. Do not pay anyone who says you owe money for the new card.
  • Do not give out personal information, including your Social Security number, to people who contact you unsolicited.
  • If someone calls and threatens to cancel your benefits because you do not yet have a new card, ignore them. Your Medicare benefits and coverage are not changing.
  • When you receive your new card, destroy the old one.
  • If you have any questions about your new card or unsolicited contacts you receive asking for your personal information, contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE. You can also find more information at www.medicare.gov/newcard.

Also, if you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, you can file an online report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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PF&R Responds to a Fatal Apartment Fire (SE Bush east of 122nd)

PF&R RESPONDS TO A FATAL APARTMENT FIRE (SE BUSH EAST OF 122ND)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 24th, 2018 12:00 AM

This evening just before 9 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a duplex located on SE Bush St. just east of 122nd Ave. Arriving fire personnel noted heavy smoke and fire burning in the front half of the structure. Prior to crews arriving a neighbor tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose while another was trying to get the occupant of the apartment out.

Firefighters located and carried the occupant from the house and began treating him, he was then transported to the hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of firefighters and the ambulance crew, he did not survive. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and an investigator is working to determine what caused the blaze.

While the neighbors who tried to help were truly valiant and should be commended for their efforts, PF&R asks that the public not enter structures that are burning. The smoke produced in a building fire is disorienting, debilitatating and can be deadly. When you add in the danger of becoming burned, trapped or having the structure collapse on top of you, the risk is just too high. Please wait for fire crews to arrive with the proper training and equipment. Help us to help you, if a structure is on fire get out, stay out and call 911, don't become another victim.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Deputies Locate Child (East Salem) (Photo)

DEPUTIES LOCATE CHILD (EAST SALEM) (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 11:41 PM
Downloadable file: IMG_0442.jpg

Hunters parents have been located.  Deputies will be investigating to determine how Hunter wandered away from home.  There are no additional details available at this time.   

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Tonight around 10:30 p.m. deputies found a 3 or 4 year old boy named Hunter wandering in the area of Lancaster and Auburn in Salem. Hunter told deptuies that he was on his way to the toy store and that his Father is home asleep and his mother is working.  Hunter was unable to guide deputies back to his home .

Deputies are asking  anyone who can help us locate Hunters parents to please call the Sheriff's Office 503 588 5032. 

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Deputies locate child (East Salem) (Photo)

DEPUTIES LOCATE CHILD (EAST SALEM) (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 11:16 PM
Downloadable file: IMG_0442.jpg

Tonight around 10:30 p.m. deputies found a 3 or 4 year old boy named Hunter wandering in the area of Lancaster and Auburn in Salem. Hunter told deptuies that he was on his way to the toy store and that his Father is home asleep and his mother is working.  Hunter was unable to guide deputies back to his home .

Deputies are asking  anyone who can help us locate Hunters parents to please call the Sheriff's Office 503 588 5032. 

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Depities locate child (East Salem) (Photo)

DEPITIES LOCATE CHILD (EAST SALEM) (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 11:13 PM
Downloadable file: IMG_0442.jpg

Tonight around 10:30 p.m. deputies found a 3 or 4 year old boy named Hunter wandering in the area of Lancaster and Auburn in Salem. Hunter told deptuies that he was on his way to the toy store and that his Father is home asleep and his mother is working.  Hunter was unable to guide depities back to his home .

Deputies are asking  anyone who can help us locate Hunters parents to please call the Sheriff's Office 503 588 5032. 

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Eight People in Portland

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING EIGHT PEOPLE IN PORTLAND


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 9:09 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Monday April 23rd, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 18700 block of S.E. Yamhill Street in Portland.

The multi-family fire affected seven adults, one child and multiple pets. 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, disaster health services, disaster mental health services, and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. The Red Cross 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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Shooting Investigation Underway in North Precinct - One Person Injured

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN NORTH PRECINCT - ONE PERSON INJURED


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 8:52 PM
On Monday April 23, 2018, at 7:27 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report that a shooting victim flagged down a paramedic crew in the parking lot of the Plaid Pantry store located at North Interstate Avenue and Going Street.

The 30-year-old male victim was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Officers have not located a crime scene and the victim is not cooperating with police at this time and there is no known suspect information.

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

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log 04-15-18 to 04-21-18

SANDY & ESTACADA POLICE LOG 04-15-18 TO 04-21-18


News Release from Sandy Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 6:16 PM
Downloadable file: Bulletin_4-15-18_to_4-21-18.pdf

See Attached Bulletin

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE

CLARK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE MEDIA RELEASE


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 6:08 PM

The following information is in response to a media inquiry of a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

This individual was found dead on 11/05/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Holmes, Michael R.           Age: 66 Yrs           

The decedent was a resident of (city/state):  Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Methamphetamine Intoxication

 

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

 

Media release issue date: Prepared 04/23/2018

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE

CLARK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE MEDIA RELEASE


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 6:03 PM

 

The following information is in response to a media inquiry of a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

This individual was found dead on 12/27/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The name of the decedent: Rennells, James M.           Age: 41 Yrs           

The decedent was a resident of (city/state):  Vancouver, WA

 

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

 

Cause of death: Accident

Manner of death: Methamphetamine Intoxication

 

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner’s Office. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department.

 

 

Media release issue date: Prepared 04/23/2018

 

Nikki Costa

Operations Manager

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Vancouver Police investigate shooting

VANCOUVER POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 5:55 PM

Vancouver, Wash. –On April 23, 2018, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the report of a shooting at 2900 Caples Avenue. A male was located at that location with a non-life threatening injury. The investigation revealed that the shooting took place inside a residence there and was not a drive-by shooting, as originally reported.

Several schools in the area were placed on a short lockdown. 

Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and the Safe Streets Task Force are investigating. They do not believe there is any threat to the general public.

Nothing further is available at this time and the investigation is continuing.

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

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Vancouver Police Department K9 Enzo retires (Photo)

VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT K9 ENZO RETIRES (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 4:36 PM
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Vancouver, Wash. –On April 18, 2018, the Vancouver Police Department retired K9 Enzo. He went into service for the Vancouver Police Department on October 24, 2012 and his handler is Officer Brian Viles. During his service with the Vancouver Police Department, K9 Enzo was responsible for:

  • Total Suspect deployments – 662
  • Total Drug searches – 159
  • Total evidence searches – 35
  • Total captures – 149              
  • SWAT deployments – 76
  • Public demonstrations – 81

With the retirement of K9 Enzo, Officer Viles is also transitioning out of the K9 Unit. He has been a member of the K9 Unit since 2007; Enzo was Officer Viles’ third K9. The Vancouver Police Department will be selecting K9 handlers and purchasing new K9’s to fill vacancies in the unit.

Enzo was originally purchased thanks to a donation from the Westfield Shopping Center to the Vancouver Police K9 fund. The K9 Fund accepts donations to purchase K9’s, cover equipment and other expenses of the unit. Donations to the K9 Fund may be sent to the Vancouver Police Department K9 Fund, 605 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver WA 98661.

Enzo will continue living with the Viles family. We wish K9 Enzo many happy years of retirement!

 

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit https://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/how-do-i-become-vancouver-police-officer.

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Suspect Arrested in Connection with Lents Neighborhood Shooting (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH LENTS NEIGHBORHOOD SHOOTING (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 4:36 PM
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On Friday April 20, 2018, Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives booked 36-year-old Anthony Wade Skillings into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (two counts), and a parole violation. The charges came as a result of an investigation into a shooting that occurred in the morning hours of April 19, 2018.

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 7:49 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 9200 block of Southeast Henry Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located an occupied residence that was struck by gunfire, as well as two parked and unoccupied vehicles that were damaged by the gunfire. During the investigation, officers also learned a dog, which was located in the home at the time of the shooting, was struck by gunfire and suffered injuries as a result of the shooting. The dog was transported to a veterinary hospital by private vehicle for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. There were no other reported injuries as a result of this shooting.

Officers canvassed the area, looking for suspects and evidence. During the canvass, officers located evidence of gunfire on the roadway in the 9200 block of Southeast Henry Street.

During the course of the investigation, investigators learned of a vehicle that was associated with the shooting suspect. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, officers saw the vehicle being driven in the area of Southeast 145th Avenue and Division Street. After seeing the police, the driver abandoned the parked vehicle and fled the area on foot and was not located. Skillings was located in the area and taken into custody after a witness told police that he'd been in the vehicle also. Further investigation determined that he was connected to the shooting.

Anyone who witnessed this shooting or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting is asked to call Detective Meghan Burkeen at 503-823-2092 or Meghan.Burkeen@portlandoregon.gov

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

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

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

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved homicide or other felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, 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:

Visit the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.

Online at https://www.p3tips.com/823

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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Afternoon apartment fire displaces families in Milwaukie (Photo)

AFTERNOON APARTMENT FIRE DISPLACES FAMILIES IN MILWAUKIE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 4:12 PM
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At 12:35 this afternoon fire broke out in an apartment building located at 2526 SE Harrison street in Milwaukie.  First arriving crews found a third story apartment with fire coming out of two sides of the building.  They quickly laddered the structure to contain the fire that had also reached the common attic as firefighter climbed the stairs to the 3rd story to extinguish the fire.  The fire was quickly knocked down but was traveling in the attic to the other apartments.  The interior crews were able to pull the ceiling in the apartment and stop the spread of fire before it could consume another.  A search was performed while crews were extinguishing the fire and everyone was out of the entire apartment complex.  No one was injured and fire investigators are on scene to determine a cause.  The occupants of the apartment were home at the time but said one cat was unaccounted for and they are getting assistance from the Red Cross.

 

Milwaukie police had officers on scene before fire arrived and they began to evacuate the apartment building.  They first saw one person who was unable to get out and was hanging from a 3rd story window.  A Milwaukie Police Officer and a bystander  quickly found a ladder on a pick up truck in the parking lot and raised it to the person.  He was able to climb down the ladder on his own.  The other officers went door to door even breaking down doors to evacuate people and pets.  

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County to honor individuals, organizations for contributions to local public health

COUNTY TO HONOR INDIVIDUALS, ORGANIZATIONS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 4:08 PM

Vancouver, Wash. – The Clark County Board of Health will recognize winners of the 2018 Public Health Community Award at 8:30 am Wednesday, April 25. The ceremony will open the board’s monthly meeting in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Winners are:

Jan Wichert, individual award – Wichert has recently succeeded in establishing the Bridgeview Education & Employment Resource Center, in collaboration with 25 community partners. In this effort and her work with the Vancouver Housing Authority, Wichert has shown herself to be committed to social justice and assisting underserved low-income families. Exhbiting creativity, innovation and a collaborative spirit, she contributes to the health of different communities.

Clark County Food Bank, organization award – Clark County Food Bank’s efforts to alleviate hunger and its root causes demonstrate a dedication to collaboration, education and excellence. Last year, the food bank worked with 40 partner agencies to distribute nearly 7 million pounds of food to 112,553 individuals throughout Clark County and provided nutrition education to 3,696 individuals. The food bank grows crops at the 78th Street Heritage Farm, gleans healthy food from grocery stores, runs a mobile food distribution, Food Bank Fresh, and recently opened a pantry serving the Fruit Valley neighborhood in Vancouver.

The following were selected for “Honorable Mention” recognition:

Bloodworks Northwest, Volunteer Team – Volunteering thousands of hours each year to help ensure blood is available for local patients.

Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition – Ensuring education, collaboration and support for mothers to get connected to resources, become comfortable with breastfeeding, and to advocate for families.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners – Providing free community education classes focusing on baby boomer and senior health by volunteering time and expertise as licensed medical professionals.

Jonathan Hokama, Vancouver Run, Grub and Chug Club – Encouraging physical activity and community connection through organizing an inclusive running club that has touched more than 1,700 individuals.

Kachina Inman, Healthy Living Collaborative – Providing leadership and dedication to the Healthy Living Collaborative and development of a network of Community Health Workers.

Leontina Liebe, Camas High School – Supporting student wellness in excess of her responsibilities as a school counselor.

Teresia Hazen, Legacy Health Healing Garden Program – Supporting patient wellness and recovery by developing and overseeing a therapeutic garden program.

Unite! Washougal – Addressing community health issues through collaboration with volunteers from various community sectors.

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Suspect Arrested on Multiple Charges After Attempting to Flee from East Precinct Officers (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM EAST PRECINCT OFFICERS (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 1:05 PM
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On Monday April 23, 2018, at 12:58 a.m., an East Precinct officer attempted to stop a driver in a black Dodge pick-up truck in the area of Southeast 104th and Powell Boulevard for a traffic violation. The driver failed to stop for the officer and sped away onto northbound I-205.

Officers on the ground did not pursue the driver; however, the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit was in the air and was able to maintain visual contact with the pick-up as the driver traveled into the State of Washington then back into Oregon, exiting onto Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Utilizing information relayed from the Air Support Unit, officers on the ground were able to deploy spike strips on Northeast 105th Avenue, south of Sandy Boulevard, which deflated the tires as the driver continued to drive in the neighborhood. Eventually, the driver crashed in a parking lot at Northeast 111th Avenue and Knott Street, where the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to elude officers on foot.

Assisted by the Air Support Unit and the Canine Unit, officers located the driver hiding in the area and took him into custody.

Officers determined that the pick-up was stolen after learning that the licence plates on the truck were from a different vehicle.

The suspect, 36-year-old Garrett Ryan Botello, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, and a US Marshals Hold.

To learn more about the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support and Canine Units, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/29791

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Update: On Teen Overdose

UPDATE: ON TEEN OVERDOSE


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 11:50 AM

UPDATE: ON TEEN OVERDOSE

 

The four teens which overdosed on Friday 04/20/18 have now been released from the hospital.  The investigation has revealed the teens overdosed on Marijuana and Xanax.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office cautions the public on the dangers of mixing any drugs legal or illegal.  The combinations can have life threatening effects.  If you are under a Doctor’s care please keep you prescription medication secure and away from unintended people.  The investigation continues.    

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**Update** Fatal Stabbing in Wolf Creek (Photo)

**UPDATE** FATAL STABBING IN WOLF CREEK (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 9:58 AM
Downloadable file: Josephine County Jail

**Update**

The victims have been identified as 64 year old Kevin MATTHEWS and 55 year old Helen MATTHEWS, both from Grants Pass.  Kevin MATTHEWS was deceased at the scene and Helen MATTHEWS was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatning injuries, where she was treated and released.

An additional charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree was added to WINN, who remains lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

**End of Update**

On April 20, 2018 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal stabbing in the Wolf Creek area of Jospehine County. 

Law enforcement responded and found the suspect, Kyle L. Winn (age 32 from the Grants Pass area) , had barricaded himself in a nearby residence. The Oregon State Police SWAT team responded to area. Winn was taken into custody, without incident, at 3:00 a.m. 

The victim was an adut male who Winn had just met on April 20, 2018. His name will be released at later time. The case is still under investigation. 

Winn was lodged at the Jospehine County Jail for Murder and a outstanding felony warrant for probation violation. 

Oregon State Police was assisted from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. 

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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Through Friday, April 27, at 8:00 a.m.

ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO) THROUGH FRIDAY, APRIL 27, AT 8:00 A.M.


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 8:00 AM
Sergeant Pete Simpson will be the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) until Friday, April 27, 2018, at 8:00 a.m.

Sergeant Simpson will respond to media requests for information via email or media-only pager for emergent events.

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Portland City Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women (Photo)

PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PORTLAND METRO FIRE CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 8:00 AM
Downloadable file: #SheFightsFires
Downloadable file: In a scene from a video, Portland Firefighter Liz Thompson tells first graders about her career.

Portland City Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women

New video on breaking career gender norms and social media hashtag #shefightsfires released

On Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Portland City Council will issue a proclamation naming April “Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women Month,” in honor of the camp’s upcoming 10th season. The proclamation is being issued before the summer to direct attention to the application process and attract prospective campers to apply. Applications can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/firecamp

Ten years ago, female firefighters at Portland Fire & Rescue came up with a concept of a fire camp that would introduce young women to a career in the fire service. With support from Portland Fire & Rescue, female firefighters independently created and ran the program and recruited other area female firefighters to join in as instructors. The first camp instructed 14 young women and since then has grown to teach almost 40 young women each year. Portland Metro Fire Camp is expanding to meet its growing demand by opening a second session hosted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

For some, the camp is a general introduction to an interesting field, and for others, it's the start of a career. Kaylee Kolin was a camper in 2013 and was sworn in as a full-time PF&R Firefighter in 2016. "The camp helped me discover that I have a real passion for this job and the hands-on instruction showed me that I have a capacity for it," she says.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers is a huge supporter of the camp. “Women have the potential to be great firefighters, but many still don’t know that this is a possible career opportunity,” he says. “The camp smartly gives these young women the chance to hold the tools we use and run through training exercises, some of the things that young men might more readily have access to growing up.”

This year for the first time, the camp is holding a second session at a separate location: the training grounds of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. TVF&R Fire Chief Mike Duyck is excited to welcome the camp. “Local female firefighters, including some of TVF&R’s own, have done a great job creating and running this camp,” he says. “We’re glad that we can help support its growth and introduce even more young women to this dynamic and fulfilling career choice.”

To mark its 10th year, Portland Metro Fire Camp hopes to elevate its profile with these outreach items:

  1. On April 25, April will be declared “Portland Metro Fire Camp Month” by Portland City Council.
  2. A new video about fire camp has been released. You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/263074434
  3. Another video, produced by Portland firefighter Liz Thompson, takes on gender norms by inviting women in non-conventional careers (firefighter, construction worker, fighter pilot, and ER doctor) to walk into a first-grade classroom in Portland. You can see this video here: https://vimeo.com/portlandfire/shefightsfires
  4. Portland Metro Fire Camp is introducing the hashtag #shefightsfires. By sharing images and stories of female firefighters with the hashtag #shefightsfires, young women and girls can visualize themselves in this career.
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Two vehicle into builing crashes

TWO VEHICLE INTO BUILING CRASHES


News Release from McMinnville Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 7:21 AM

On April 22, 2018 at approximately 12:53 p.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported motor vehicle collision at 753 NE 8th Street, McMinnville.

 

Operator Richard Alexander Hernandez, a 36 year old resident of McMinnville, was operating eastbound on NE 8th Street in a 1986 Ford F250 pick-up. Mr. Hernandez lost control of the vehicle and veered to the south entering the front curtilage and drive-way of the single family dwelling located at 753 NE 8th Street. The pick-up struck two vehicles located in the drive-way and continued into the garage door, entering the garage, and causing damage to a third vehicle located within. Three victims were located in the immediate area of the crash and a fourth was exiting the front entry of the residence when the collision occurred. One of the victims received on-scene evaluation and care from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel for minor injuries. Mr. Hernandez was not injured.

 

Based upon investigation, Mr. Hernandez was taken into custody for DUII and was transported to the Yamhill County Correctional Facility, where a breath test revealed a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .22. Mr. Hernandez was lodged at the correctional facility for DUII, Reckless Driving, and 3 counts of Reckless Endangering. The investigation continues and may result in further criminal allegations against Mr. Hernandez.

 

 

On April 22, 2018 at approximately 3:47 p.m., McMinnville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a reported motor vehicle collision at 331 NE Baker Street, McMinnville.

 

Operator John Granville Reppeto, an 81 year old resident of McMinnville, was operating a 2005 Toyota Tundra pick-up in the private lot of Citizen Bank, located at 455 NE Baker Street. The vehicle exited the parking lot in reverse surmounting the landscaping strip between the private lot and NE Baker Street. The vehicle continued into NE Baker Street crossing the left lane of travel into the right lane of travel in reverse. The vehicle continued in a half circular pathway crossing the left lane of travel again and striking the storefront of Primisys Computers and Networks business operations and server center. The vehicle caused significant structural damage to the building and rendered the building unsafe to occupy. Mr. Reppeto received on-scene evaluation and treatment from McMinnville Fire Department EMS personnel for apparent minor injuries.

 

The collision remains under investigation. Due to the building collapse hazard associated with the incident, one lane of NE Baker Street and pedestrian traffic on the west side of NE Baker Street remains closed. Private contractor crews spent the night trying to mitigate the collapse hazard.

 

A special thanks to McMinnville Fire Department, McMinnville Building Department, McMinnville Public Works, McMinnville Water and Light, Oregon Department of Transportation, Primisys, and private contractors for their joint response to the on-going incident.

 

 

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Six People in Portland

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING SIX PEOPLE IN PORTLAND


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 7:18 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Sunday April 22nd, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of NE Portland Highway in Portland.

The multi-family fire affected six 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, and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. The Red Cross 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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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Four People in Beaverton

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING FOUR PEOPLE IN BEAVERTON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 23rd, 2018 5:11 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Monday April 23rd, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of SW Laducer Place in Beaverton.

The multi-family fire affected four 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, and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. The Red Cross 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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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fatal Crash Highway 212 -- Clackamas County (Photo)

FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 212 -- CLACKAMAS COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 10:28 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal crash on Highway 212 and SE 130th Avenue near Happy Valley. 

On April 22, 2018 at about 4:58 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a motorcycle. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Kia Rio, operated by Uriy DUDKO, age 20, from West Plains MO, was stalled in the fast lane of Highway 212 heading eastbound.  A Honda B6S motorcycle operated by, Mitchell VANDOREN, age 25, from Milwaukie, was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 at a high rate of speed and hit the rear of the Kio Rio. 

DUDKO exited his vehicle to check the damage and then proceeded southbound onto SE 130th Ave. After going a short distance DUDKO again exited his vehicle to look at the crash scene. DUDKO again left the scene in his vehicle and was stopped by a Happy Valley Police Sergeant. DUDKO was arrested and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to injured persons. VANDOREN was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators are looking at speed on VANDOREN’S part as a contributing factor in the crash. 

Highway 212 was closed  about 3 ½ hours for the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Happy Valley Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Clackamas County Fire.

Photographs courtesy of OSP

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Duplex Escapes with Minor damages from exterior Fire

DUPLEX ESCAPES WITH MINOR DAMAGES FROM EXTERIOR FIRE


News Release from Medford Fire-Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 9:14 PM

Medford Fire Rescue units responded to a reported structure fire on North Columbus Ave this afternoon. The fire was out upon arrival, thanks to quick intervention from the occupants and an off duty Applegate Fire District firefighter who saw smoke while driving by. Fire damage was limited to a recycling can and exterior wall and eaves of the duplex. Crews verified there was no fire extension into the wall or attic space.

 

The fire originated inside the recycling can which was placed directly against the wall of the structure. The exact cause of ignition was not determined but most likely caused by the spontaneous combustion of improperly disposed of materials. It is important to be aware of what is and is not appropriate to place into recycling and general garbage cans. Refer to and follow manufacturer's instructions for proper disposal.

 

No civilians or firefighters were injured during this incident and all occupants were able to remain in their homes.

 

While on scene firefighters determined one of the tenant's smoke alarm was more than 10 years old and replaced it for them. Smoke alarms have a 10 year lifespan and should be replaced after 10 years of service or when they signal they are end of life. Newer alarms will have a 'born on date' printed on the rear label. We encourage everyone to test their alarms regularly and to check the dates.

 

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Fatal Crash Highway 30 -- Clatsop County (Photo) -- County Correction

FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 30 -- CLATSOP COUNTY (PHOTO) -- COUNTY CORRECTION


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 8:32 PM
Downloadable file: HWY_30_CRASH.jpg

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal crash on Highway 30 near Astoria. 

On April 22, 2018, at 1:48 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Lori COURTWRIGHT,  age 44, from Warrenton, was eastbound when for an unknown reason crossed the double yellow centerline into the path of a westbound white Toyota Prius, driven by Douglas MORGAN, age 54, from Astoria.  The two vehicles collided nearly head-on. 

MORGAN died on scene as a result of the collision and COURTWRIGHT was taken to an air ambulance in Astoria and flown to a Portland area hospital with serious injuries. 

Highway 30 was closed for approximately three (3) hours for the investigation.  The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provided traffic control and detour information to motorists.     

OSP was assisted on scene by John Day/Knappa Volunteer Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Astoria Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph courtesy of OSP

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Fatal Crash Highway 30 -- Columbia County (Photo)

FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 30 -- COLUMBIA COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 8:27 PM
Downloadable file: HWY_30_CRASH.jpg

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal crash on Highway 30 near Astoria. 

On April 22, 2018, at 1:48 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Lori COURTWRIGHT,  age 44, from Warrenton, was eastbound when for an unknown reason crossed the double yellow centerline into the path of a westbound white Toyota Prius, driven by Douglas MORGAN, age 54, from Astoria.  The two vehicles collided nearly head-on. 

MORGAN died on scene as a result of the collision and COURTWRIGHT was taken to an air ambulance in Astoria and flown to a Portland area hospital with serious injuries. 

Highway 30 was closed for approximately three (3) hours for the investigation.  The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provided traffic control and detour information to motorists.     

OSP was assisted on scene by John Day/Knappa Volunteer Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Astoria Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph courtesy of OSP

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Fatal Crash Highway 237 -- Union County (Photo)

FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 237 -- UNION COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 7:52 PM
Downloadable file: HWY_237_CRASH.jpg

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning’s double fatal crash on Highway 237 near Cove in Union County. 

On April 22, 2018 at 7:45 a.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a rollover crash on Highway 237 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white Ford F350 pickup, operated by David GRAY, age 34, from Baker City, was traveling southbound on Highway 237 near milepost 16 when the pickup exited the highway via the right-hand shoulder for unknown reasons. The pickup traveled down an embankment and rolled at least once before coming to rest on its top in a creek.

GRAY and passenger, Casey WENDT, age 27, from Baker City, were extricated from the vehicle and were both pronounced deceased on scene.

Highway 237 was closed for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff's office, Cove Fire Department and La Grande Fire Department.

Photograph courtesy of OSP

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Assault Investigation - Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION - SAUVIE ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 10:53 AM

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an assault suspect.

On April 19, 2018, between noon and 3:00 PM, an adult male victim stated he was at Collins Beach #6 at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area when he was approached by a nude male adult that was upset about the victim’s dog being off-leash. The victim stated that he was held down and punched repeatedly by the irate beach goer causing visible injury. The suspect has reportedly accosted others in the past regarding off-leash dogs on the wildlife area and is a regular at Collins Beach.

The suspect is described as a white male approximately 35-40 years old with a medium muscular build. The suspect is approximately 6’3” tall with a salt and pepper color crew cut hairstyle with a receding hairline.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are continuing to investigate the assault and anybody with information on this suspect, including past encounters is asked to call the OSP Northern Command Center at *OSP or email Trooper Joe Dezso at Joseph.Dezso@state.or.us.

No further information for release. 

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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Home Fire Affecting 24 People in Vancouver

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO MULTI-FAMILY HOME FIRE AFFECTING 24 PEOPLE IN VANCOUVER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: April 22nd, 2018 2:07 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Saturday April 21, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of East Sixth Street in Vancouver, Washington.

The multi-family fire affected 24 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, disaster mental health services, and information about recovery services.

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