Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter Opened in The Dalles, OR

RED CROSS WILDFIRE EVACUATION SHELTER OPENED IN THE DALLES, OR


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 8:29 PM

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in The Dalles, Oregon, due to the Substation Fire.

 

The shelter is located at:

The Dalles Middle School

1100 E 12th St.

The Dalles, OR 97058

 

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

 

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

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Cowlitz Sheriff reports inmate who walked away from work crew earlier in the day has been captured. (Photo)

COWLITZ SHERIFF REPORTS INMATE WHO WALKED AWAY FROM WORK CREW EARLIER IN THE DAY HAS BEEN CAPTURED. (PHOTO)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 4:54 PM
Downloadable file: Escaped Huigens, Monte
Downloadable file: Escasped Huigens Monte

Update#1:  4:30p.m. Thanks to help from tips from the public, the Kelso Police Department and Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies found Huigens hiding behind a house in north Kelso about 45 minutes ago.  He is back in custody.  

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Cowlitz County - Wash:  The Cowlitz Sheriff's Office is actively working a case where a Monte E. Huigens (36yrs)  has walked away from a corrections work crew that he was assigned to.  He was last scene near the Hall of Justice in Kelso about 10:30 a.m.    Huigens was in custody for investigation of Domestic Violence,  no contact order violation, harassment, and assault.   Deputies are working to locate the victim and notify her of his escape.    

There are photos of Huigens in this release.  It is IMPORTANT to note that Huigens has since shaved his hair and he is almost bald at this time.  He is 6-3 and 185 lbs.    He was last seen wearing a Organge Shirt with Stripes, and tan pants and red "Jordan" shoes.    

While there is no informatoin that suggests that Huigens is believed to be armed, people should call 911 if they spot him and not try to contact him if they see him.   

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) **New Photo** (Photo)

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH (INDEPENDENCE) **NEW PHOTO** (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 4:50 PM
Downloadable file: Crash_1.jpg

Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) (Photo)

DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH (INDEPENDENCE) (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 4:19 PM
Downloadable file: 20180717_160317.jpg

Deputies Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash (Independence) Today, July 17th, at 2:22 p.m., deputies with the Marion county Sheriff’s Office were called to a two vehicle crash that occurred in the 7400 block of River Road South near the Independence Bridge. Deputies believe a west bound motorcycle was negotiating a corner when the rider crossed the center line and struck a west bound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, sadly the motorcyclist died on scene. There are no additional details available at this time and no information regarding either involved driver will be released until the proper notifications can be made. River Road South is currently closed to one lane until the crash can be cleared.  Please use caution if you are traveling in the area.  

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Suspect Arrested After Reports of Armed Suspect Brandishing Gun On I-205 (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER REPORTS OF ARMED SUSPECT BRANDISHING GUN ON I-205 (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 4:16 PM
Downloadable file: Brandon E Anderson
Downloadable file: Firearm
Downloadable file: Firearm
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 10:05 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a suspect had pointed a gun at another motorist on northbound Interstate 205 south of Interstate 84.

As officers responded to the area, a description of the suspect, the suspect's vehicle and the suspect's last known location were broadcast to officers. A responding officer arrived and located a vehicle that matched the suspect vehicle description. The vehicle, a maroon Pontiac sedan, was being driven on the ramp from northbound Interstate 205 to westbound Interstate 84. The officer performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and driver and took the driver of the Pontiac into custody without incident.

During the investigation, officers learned the two drivers were stuck in traffic when the suspect retrieved and pointed a firearm at the victim after the victim would not give the man a cigarette.

As officers continued the investigation, they located a firearm in the Pontiac. Upon inspection of the realistic looking gun, it is was determined the gun was a replica. The replica firearm was seized as evidence (photographs provided with release).

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Brandon E. Anderson. Anderson was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Menacing and a Post Prison Violation Warrant for a previous conviction of Burglary in the First Degree.

Anyone with information about this incident or Anderson should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Response to Community Concerns Regarding Incident on Sunday in SE Portland (Photo)

RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY CONCERNS REGARDING INCIDENT ON SUNDAY IN SE PORTLAND (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 2:58 PM
Downloadable file: Sworn to Protect
We are aware of an incident that occurred between two parties in the area of Southeast 63rd Avenue and Southeast Duke Street on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 8:02 p.m. The incident was filmed and is being shown on Facebook. During this incident, an officer was flagged down about a disturbance. The officer stated that he arrived at the location of the disturbance and advised the parties to separate from one another. At that time the officer's directions stopped the interaction.

The Police Bureau is aware that speech, such as the speech present in this video, instills fear in members of our community. The Police Bureau works with community members and community organizations (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30476 ) regarding bias crimes.

Though the video does not necessarily convey everything that was occurring at the time of this incident, the officer who responded will include this video as part of his police report and it will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration. East Precinct officers have interviewed the people involved in this incident and the associated reports will also be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

It is important to note that situations such as these are complex legally.

Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

* ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 -- Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

The Oregon Revised Statute for Harassment, ORS 166.065 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors166.html
can also be considered. However, in 2008 in State v. Johnson, the Oregon Supreme Court determined ORS 166.065(1)(a)(B) violates Article I, section 8, of the Oregon Constitution.

The Portland Police Bureau understands the effect bias-motivated crimes can have on our community. We have a long-standing partnership with the LGBTQ community. Information about the partnership, called the Alliance for Safer Communities (ASC), can be found by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/31112

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement.

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Motorcyclist killed in single vehicle crash - Hwy 202 (Nehalem Hwy) - Clatsop County

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH - HWY 202 (NEHALEM HWY) - CLATSOP COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 1:57 PM

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle (motorcycle) crash on Hwy 202 near milepost 6.

Investigation revealed that a Triumph Motorcycle operated by Damian BURRELL, age 30 of Warrenton, was westbound on Hwy 202, traveling at a high rate of speed while passing, when he lost control of the motorcycle and traveled off the roadway and crashed into the water.  Passing motorists stopped to assist and pulled BURRELL from the water.   

BURRELL suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Oregon State Police were assisted on scene by Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance,  ODOT, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.  

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Silver Creek fire update 5

SILVER CREEK FIRE UPDATE 5


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 11:55 AM

SILVERTON, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make good progress mopping up the Silver Creek fire, located in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. The fire has been mapped at approximately 27 acres and no further growth is expected; it is 100% lined and 55% contained. Around 125 personnel remain on the fire, and will continue mopping up the fire’s perimeter, as well as removing dangerous snags.

Investigators have officially determined the fire was caused by lightning, most likely from a storm that passed over the area on June 18, 2018. Known as a lightning holdover, the fire smoldered for several weeks before emerging during a windy period with high temperatures, low relative humidity and drier fuels on the ground.

While some closures remain in the park, there are no interruptions to scheduled events. Waterfall areas remain accessible to visitors during normal park hours. Visitors may notice light smoke at times, but the fire is not anticipated to produce heavy smoke.

More details:

—A June 18, 2018 lightning event initially caused the fire. The ignition went undetected for several weeks as the fire smoldered until fuel and weather conditions allowed it to grow. Initial reports of smoke first came in late on July 12 and crews located the fire on July 13. Air resources dropped water and retardant to help stop the fire’s spread as crews worked to gain access on the ground.

—Crews will continue heavy mop-up around the fire perimeter for the next several days. Mop-up includes working from the perimeter into the fire’s interior, ensuring all heat has been extinguished. Mop-up is especially challenging on this fire because of thick brush, a heavy layer of duff and dangerous snags. Firefighters have been carefully removing large snags around the fire’s perimeter. Night crews have used infrared cameras to help identify hot spots. Fire managers anticipate maintaining current staffing levels for the next several days to continue this work and secure the fire area.

—A Type II helicopter remains on standby in Salem to support work on the fire.

—Park closures: The 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, and the youth camp (Camp Silver Creek) remain closed. The Ranches have been reopened. Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 remain available online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Cowlitz Sheriff reports inmate walks away from work crew and is now wanted for escape: Photos of suspect (Photo)

COWLITZ SHERIFF REPORTS INMATE WALKS AWAY FROM WORK CREW AND IS NOW WANTED FOR ESCAPE: PHOTOS OF SUSPECT (PHOTO)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 11:24 AM
Downloadable file: Escaped Huigens, Monte
Downloadable file: Escasped Huigens Monte

Cowlitz County - Wash:  The Cowlitz Sheriff's Office is actively working a case where a Monte E. Huigens (36yrs)  has walked away from a corrections work crew that he was assigned to.  He was last scene near the Hall of Justice in Kelso about 10:30 a.m.    Huigens was in custody for investigation of Domestic Violence,  no contact order violation, harassment, and assault.   Deputies are working to locate the victim and notify her of his escape.    

There are photos of Huigens in this release.  It is IMPORTANT to note that Huigens has since shaved his hair and he is almost bald at this time.  He is 6-3 and 185 lbs.    He was last seen wearing a Organge Shirt with Stripes, and tan pants and red "Jordan" shoes.    

While there is no informatoin that suggests that Huigens is believed to be armed, people should call 911 if they spot him and not try to contact him if they see him.   

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Cowlitz Sheriff reports inmate walks away from work crew and is now wanted for escape: Photos of suspect (Photo)

COWLITZ SHERIFF REPORTS INMATE WALKS AWAY FROM WORK CREW AND IS NOW WANTED FOR ESCAPE: PHOTOS OF SUSPECT (PHOTO)


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 11:23 AM
Downloadable file: Escaped Huigens, Monte
Downloadable file: Escasped Huigens Monte

Cowlitz County - Wash:  The Cowlitz Sheriff's Office is actively working a case where a Monte E. Huigens (36yrs)  has walked away from a corrections work crew that he was assigned to.  He was last scene near the Hall of Justice in Kelso about 10:30 a.m.    Huigens was in custody for investigation of Domestic Violence,  no contact order violation, harassment, and assault.   Deputies are working to locate the victim and notify her of his escape.    

There are photos of Huigens in this release.  It is IMPORTANT to note that Huigens has since shaved his hair and he is almost bald at this time.  He is 6-3 and 185 lbs.    He was last seen wearing a Organge Shirt with Stripes, and tan pants and red "Jordan" shoes.    

While there is no informatoin that suggests that Huigens is believed to be armed, people should call 911 if they spot him and not try to contact him if they see him.   

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Shooting Investigation Monday Evening in St. Johns Neighborhood - No Known Injuries

SHOOTING INVESTIGATION MONDAY EVENING IN ST. JOHNS NEIGHBORHOOD - NO KNOWN INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 11:14 AM
On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 9:53 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to multiple people reporting they heard gunfire near George Park, located at 7301 North Seneca Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located and seized evidence of gunfire on North Burr Avenue. During a canvass of the area, officers contacted several witnesses.

At this time there have been no reports of injury or anyone arriving at area hospitals as a result of this shooting. There were no reports of any residences or other property being struck by gunfire in relation to this shooting.

Investigators continue to investigate this shooting and there is no information to provide publicly at this time.

Based on the preliminary information, the Gang Enforcement Team will be continuing the investigation. Anyone who witnessed this shooting or who possesses video surveillance footage of the shooting is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division's Gang Enforcement Team at 503-823-4106.

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

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

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

Submit an anonymous tip:

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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Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Three Stolen Vehicles During Monday Night Robbery Investigation

OFFICERS ARREST TWO SUSPECTS, RECOVER THREE STOLEN VEHICLES DURING MONDAY NIGHT ROBBERY INVESTIGATION


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 10:33 AM
On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 6:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery with multiple suspects at the Safeway, located at 3527 Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers arrived at the Safeway and learned a group of seven suspects left the store without paying for items they had selected from the store. As the suspects were leaving the store, a security guard employed by Safeway was struck by one of the suspects as he attempted to contact one of them as they exited the store. The security did not require immediate medical care.

Responding officers contacted several witnesses who told police the suspects left in a white Volkswagen sport utility vehicle. Additional officers, including a police canine team and the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit, responded to the surrounding neighborhood as well. An officer located the suspected getaway vehicle, a white Volkswagen Atlas, near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Center Street, but the occupants were seen running from it.

Meanwhile, another responding officer located a blue Hyundai Elantra and a silver Nissan Maxima, near Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Bush Street.

Both vehicles appeared to have been abandoned and the officer observed people running from them.

As officers continued the investigation, they learned all three vehicles were previously reported as stolen. Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, officers believe the suspects involved in the Safeway strong-armed robbery were also associated with the stolen Elantra and Maxima.

During the neighborhood search, seven juvenile suspects were detained. Five of the suspects were released to guardians and two were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. The two suspects lodged at the Donald E. Long on Measure 11 Robbery charges were 17-year-old Jayvontea Binnz and 17-year-old Jaymari Williams.

The stolen vehicles have been recovered and the vehicle owners notified.

Additional charges are possible as this investigation is in its early stages and on-going.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405.

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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Auction Fraud (Photo)

FBI TECH TUESDAY: BUILDING A DIGITAL DEFENSE AGAINST ONLINE AUCTION FRAUD (PHOTO)


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 10:00 AM
Downloadable file: TT - Online Auction Fraud - AUDIO
Downloadable file: TT - Online Auction Fraud slide

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against online auction frauds.

We are now fully into summer. With vacations already planned and paid for, many are short on the cash needed to buy those odds and ends for around the house. Instead of paying top dollar at the store, many are turning to online auctions as a way to save money. Such auctions are a great option – if you know how to use them safely.

Most auction sites have rules for both the buyer and the seller. Take time to familiarize yourself to the auction site and all its policies before you bid on anything. Pay special attention to details about payment information, privacy policies, and insurance. Also, before using, make sure that the sites where you register, sign in and bid are secure. Chances are that if the site URL starts with “https,” the page is secure. However, to be safe, try to pay with a credit card that comes with fraud protection. Additionally, take your time to research what other people have to say about the website. Look for reviews or complaints that indicate that a buyer either got a faulty product or never received what they bid on.

These scam artists have been doing it for a while and know exactly what to say and do to steal your money. Here are some warning signs:

  • The seller only has a generic photo of the item. You cannot be sure that the seller actually has the item if there isn't a current picture.
  • A “brand name” product is marked down or on sale for a price much lower than normal. This product could be counterfeit.
  • If you see words such as “used”, “old”, or “vintage”, the item may not be in the best condition.
  • Do not use the “Friends and Family” money transfer method to pay for items, as buyers are not eligible for fraud protection through this method.
  • Do not pay for items using gift cards. These requests almost always indicate a scam since the “seller” can cash out the cards immediately and the auction site has no way to verify that payment.  
  • The seller insists on communicating or paying outside of the auction site’s payment system. The seller might insinuate that the system is too slow and that he needs the money right away to send you your product. No matter what story he tells you, don’t send money outside the established payment system!
  • You get an email stating that you need to verify your account or reply to confirm your purchase of a product. If this happens, go to the auction site itself to log in. There you will be able to see if the site really sent you an email. If so, you can respond there and avoid clicking on any potentially compromising links.

If you have been victimized by an online overpayment scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

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Media advisory: Silver Creek fire communications change (Photo)

MEDIA ADVISORY: SILVER CREEK FIRE COMMUNICATIONS CHANGE (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 6:21 AM
Downloadable file: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry

Assignment editors and reports: there's been a change to the Public Information Officer operating at the Silver Creek fire inside Silver Falls State Park. Ryan Gordon with the Oregon Department of Forestry will take over as the sole PIO starting today. He will work with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from the Salem headquarters to issue a daily release updating acreage, containment, and any other important changes. We expect that release will normally be published around 11 a.m. for as long as is needed, but daily circumstances may require us to shift that schedule periodically.

To make a site visit, please contact Ryan in advance. His cell phone number is 503-779-5278 and email is ryan.p.gordon@oregon.gov. Use both methods to reach him before visiting the site. Cell phone coverage at the park is very limited, but the incident command area has temporary phone and wifi service, and even if you have to leave a message, he should eventually get it and respond.

Thanks for your support so far helping us get the word out about this event.

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Signing off: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry // Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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Media advisory: Silver Creek fire communications (Photo)

MEDIA ADVISORY: SILVER CREEK FIRE COMMUNICATIONS (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 17th, 2018 6:17 AM
Downloadable file: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Dept of Forestry

Assignment editors and reports: there's been a change to the Public Information Officer operating at the Silver Creek fire inside Silver Falls State Park. Ryan Gordon with teh Oregon Department of Forestry will take over as the sole PIO starting today. He will be work in conjection with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff from the Salem headquarters to issue a daily release updating acreage, containment, and any other important changes. We expect that release will normally be published around 11 a.m. for as long as is needed, but daily circumstances may require us to shift that schedule periodically.

To make a site visit, please contact Ryan in advance. His cell phone number is 503-779-5278 and email ryan.p.gordon@oregon.gov. Use both methods to reach him before visiting the site. Cell phone coverage at the park is very limited, but the incident command area has temporary phone and wifi service, and even if you have to leave a message, he should eventaully get it and respond.

Thanks for your support so far helping us get the word out about this event.

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Signing off: Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry // Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fire near kalama - UPDATE#1: County Road closed, but no evacuations required at this time.

FIRE NEAR KALAMA - UPDATE#1: COUNTY ROAD CLOSED, BUT NO EVACUATIONS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 8:33 PM

UPDATE#1.   8:00 p.m.  The section of the Old Highway remains closed as fire crews work on the fire, and will probably be closed throughout the night.  There have been no evacuations, and there is no reason to believe evacuations will be necessary; however if the need arises, deputies on scene and are prepared conduct evacuations if necessary. 

Fire crews remain optomistic in continuing to gain control and keep control of the fire. 

If there is any change we will provide updates as appropriate. 

 

 

 

 

Kalama, WASH - Fire authorities have been working on a fire near Mile Post 30 north of Kalama since 3:00 p.m.  The fire started near I-5 and has traveled up the hill to the east, near Bluff Road.   No houses have been burned, and no evacuations are required. 

The Old highway (county road) which parallels I5 has been shut down while a helicopter drops water on the fire.  The old highway is closed between Mt. Pleasant road on the north end, and at Kalama River Road on the south end. 

The Washington State Patrol is releasinhg information regularly as it relates to the status of I5. 

People can also look at the Cowlitz Department of Emergency Managements FB page for information.

We will provide updates as the situation changes.  Fire authorities believe they are making good progress on controlling the fire but it is a working fire and it is not contained yet. 

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Red Cross Responds to Multi-Family Fire Affecting 10 People in Portland

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO MULTI-FAMILY FIRE AFFECTING 10 PEOPLE IN PORTLAND


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 7:33 PM

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 in the 12000 block of SE Holgate Street in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The multi-family fire affected seven adults and three children.

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

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

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

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log 07-08-18 to 07-14-18

SANDY & ESTACADA POLICE LOG 07-08-18 TO 07-14-18


News Release from Sandy Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 6:22 PM
Downloadable file: Bulletin

See Attached Bulletin

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Portland, Oregon

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING ONE FAMILY IN PORTLAND, OREGON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 5:23 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 16, 2018, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 10000 block of E Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 2 adults, and 1 child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Eight People in Union County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING EIGHT PEOPLE IN UNION COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 5:15 PM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 16, 2018, at approximately 2:00 p.m. in the 200 block of Fir Street in La Grande, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including 8 adults, and 3 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, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Vancouver Police participates in Operation Chill this summer (Photo)

VANCOUVER POLICE PARTICIPATES IN OPERATION CHILL THIS SUMMER (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 5:06 PM
Downloadable file: VPD_3.jpg

Vancouver, Wash. – The Vancouver Police is excited to once again be participating in the 7- Eleven Operation Chill program. Thanks to the generosity of 7-Eleven, the department received a generous allotment of coupons for free Slurpee’s. The Operation Chill program helps law enforcement agencies across the country promote positive relationships between police and kids. The coupons allow police officers a great opportunity to interact with and rewards kids they see exhibiting positive behaviors, such as wearing their bike helmet or participating in a summer youth program.

“This program is an excellent way for police officers to have a positive connection with a young person and our officers look forward to participating every year”, says Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain.

7- Eleven is celebrating the 23nd anniversary of Operation Chill and this is the fourth year the Vancouver Police Department has been invited to participate.  

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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers

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Fire near kalama - County Road closed, but no evacuations required at this time.

FIRE NEAR KALAMA - COUNTY ROAD CLOSED, BUT NO EVACUATIONS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 4:33 PM

Kalama, WASH - Fire authorities have been working on a fire near Mile Post 30 north of Kalama since 3:00 p.m.  The fire started near I-5 and has traveled up the hill to the east, near Bluff Road.   No houses have been burned, and no evacuations are required. 

The Old highway (county road) which parallels I5 has been shut down while a helicopter drops water on the fire.  The old highway is closed between Mt. Pleasant road on the north end, and at Kalama River Road on the south end. 

The Washington State Patrol is releasinhg information regularly as it relates to the status of I5. 

People can also look at the Cowlitz Department of Emergency Managements FB page for information.

We will provide updates as the situation changes.  Fire authorities believe they are making good progress on controlling the fire but it is a working fire and it is not contained yet. 

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National organization selects county treasurer as Outstanding County Treasurer (Photo)

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION SELECTS COUNTY TREASURER AS OUTSTANDING COUNTY TREASURER (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 3:51 PM
Downloadable file: doug_lasher_national_award.jpg

Vancouver, Wash. – The National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers, NACCTFO, awarded Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher its Outstanding County Treasurer of the Year Award at its annual banquet last week.

NACCTFO is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties, NACo. The organization presents the distinguished annual award to a person who “…serves as a leader in their home state and as a professional of the highest caliber in the operation of their own county office.”

The nomination letter for Doug states that he is a mentor to his staff and has spent the majority of his life in service to his community.

When presenting the award, Haskell County, Kansas, Treasurer and award committee chair Nancy Weeks noted Doug’s many accomplishments over his 34 year tenure as Treasurer.

A leader in innovation, Doug was the one of the first treasurers in the state of Washington to implement the Property Assessment and Collection System, PACS, that combines the billing and collection systems.

In 2001, he worked with the county assessor and auditor to establish a joint lobby to provide services for all three departments, enabling a more efficient delivery of services to citizens. This model has been widely praised by government partners and citizens.

In a letter of support for his nomination, Washington State Treasurer Duane A. Davidson said, “Doug is constantly concerned with the well-being of the other county treasurers in Washington State, with a special emphasis on newly elected county treasurers. He mentors new treasurers and helps them understand the role and responsibilities of the office.”

“My passion and commitment to public service has always been to provide the best in treasury management for the citizens of Clark County,” said Doug. “This recognition would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of all the employees who have worked with me since the first day I walked into the Treasurer’s Office back in 1984. I am very proud of what we have accomplished.”

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Silver Creek Fire Update 4 (Photo)

SILVER CREEK FIRE UPDATE 4 (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 12:06 PM
Downloadable file: Silver Creek fire showing retardant coating vegetation
Downloadable file: Silver Creek fire on JUly 15, showing Camp Silver Creek youth camp in foreground

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 16, 2018 // 11:50 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 4

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Main points:

  • Containment is currently estimated at 35% with 75% of the perimeter lined. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes, thick undergrowth and numerous large snags posing safety hazards.  
  • Burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. Improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground, rather than fire growth, has allowed for a more accurate measurement of 27 acres. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • The number of personnel engaged remains at approximately 125.
  • Today’s aerial support includes a Type 1 helicopter, with Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) available if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy . Aerial video from Sunday, July 15 is included.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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***Update-Names Released***Josephine County man Kills ex-girlfriend and then takes his own life - Josephine County

***UPDATE-NAMES RELEASED***JOSEPHINE COUNTY MAN KILLS EX-GIRLFRIEND AND THEN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE - JOSEPHINE COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 11:55 AM

***UPDATE NAMES RELEASED***

The names are being released after the families were notified. The victim, 27 year old, Kristina L. Mehaffey was from the Josephine County area. The suspect, 28 year old, Jerermy L Sweet, also from Josephine County.

 

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On July 11, 2018 at approximately 11:00PM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at an address in the Merlin area. When Troopers arrived they located a passenger van in the driveway and the female operator was deceased. Approximately 1 mile from this scene a second vehicle was located and the male driver was pronounced deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation has determined that the male had confronted the female, killing her and then took his own life.  

The names will be released at a later time once the families have been notified. No other information is available at this time.

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Convenience Store Clerk Beaten During Robbery Attempt in Tigard (Photo)

CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK BEATEN DURING ROBBERY ATTEMPT IN TIGARD (PHOTO)


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 10:23 AM
Downloadable file: Arnold_Barriga__DOB_031073.jpg

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, Tigard Police were called to the Plaid Pantry convenience store located at 15995 SW Hall Blvd in Tigard. An injured employee called and reported he was allegedly beaten with a gun during a robbery attempt. The victim further added after unsuccessfully obtaining any money or otherwise, the suspect  fled on foot into the neighborhood.

Tigard officers arrived within minutes and rendered aid to the victim while other officers searched the area. A Tigard Police K-9 unit began tracking and ultimately led police approximately a quarter-mile to the suspect, who attempted to conceal himself inside a vehicle. The suspect, 45 year-old Arnold Luis Barriga, was taken into custody and lodged at the Washington County Jail. Barriga is charged with Robbery II, Assault IV and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The 24 year-old victim was treated at the scene for injuries sustained during the robbery. The suspect reportedly used a pellet gun to assault the victim repeatedly.

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Sky Lanterns found in Canby these are a fire threat to the Community

SKY LANTERNS FOUND IN CANBY THESE ARE A FIRE THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY


News Release from Canby Fire Dist.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 10:22 AM

Canby Fire District has reports of sky lanterns being found on properties around Canby with the dry hot weather we are experiencing this is a significant fire threat to the community. Canby Fire would like to remind everyone that sky lanterns (also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons, wish lanterns, etc.) are illegal to release into Oregon airspace.

These lanterns, which are commonly available for purchase from online retailers, contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density and causing the lantern to rise into the air. These devices can travel significant distances from the point of release. There is a serious fire and safety hazard associated with sky lanterns, which include the potential to start a fire on or off the property from which they are released.

Most states in the U.S., as well as countries such as Germany, Australia, and Brazil have outlawed the release of sky lanterns due to their potential to start unintended fires.

As of January 1, 2017, releasing a sky lantern into Oregon airspace is considered a Class A Violation subject to a maximum penalty of $2,000.0. If you see a Sky Lantern or find one on the ground call police 

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UPDATE - Double fatality crash Hwy 211 - Clackamas County

UPDATE - DOUBLE FATALITY CRASH HWY 211 - CLACKAMAS COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 8:38 AM

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2005 Mini Cooper operated by Jesus David Jay THARP, age 33 of Colton, was westbound on Oswalt Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Oswalt and Hwy 211. The Mini Cooper collided with a 2000 Holr motor home operated by Steven Gary DAVIS, age 67 of Estacada. 

THARP and the passenger in the Mini Cooper Dylan James TAYLOR, age 28 of Burns, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Steven DAVIS and the passenger in the motor home Jeanette Sue DAVIS, age 54 of Estacada, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.  

 

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On July 15, 2018 at approximately 9;15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 near mp 20. 

Two people are confirm deceased and two people have been transported to the hospital for injuries.

A detour is in place, however expect delays for several hours while the troopers investigate.

No more information to be released at this time.

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Three Suspects Arrested During Early Morning Business Burglary Investigation in NE Portland (Photo)

THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED DURING EARLY MORNING BUSINESS BURGLARY INVESTIGATION IN NE PORTLAND (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 7:56 AM
Downloadable file: Abraham X Her
Downloadable file: Nhat C Ha
Downloadable file: Cheng Xiong
On Monday, July 16, 2018, at 3:04 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary to an unoccupied building, located at 5816 Northeast Portland Highway.

The caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing at least two men enter the building and shortly after seeing the men enter the building the caller reported seeing what appeared to be flashlights being used by the suspected burglars.

When officers arrived they positioned themselves around the building and requested a police canine team respond to assist with the burglary investigation. As officers established containment on the building, officers observed what they believed to be light coming from flashlights inside the building.

During the investigation, officers took one suspect into custody inside of the building. Two of the suspects were taken into custody outside the building after the two suspects attempted to flee from officers. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The suspects have been identified as 31-year-old Abraham X. Her, 35-year-old Nhat C. Ha, and 31-year-old Cheng Xiong. All three suspects were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. Her was lodged at the jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Trespass and in the Second Degree. Ha was lodged at jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Xiong was lodged at the jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and Theft in the Third Degree.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Burglary Task Force will continue this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or Her, Ha, or Xiong should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Pedestrian Safety Operation Results

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY OPERATION RESULTS


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 7:48 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. – The Gresham Police Department is actively participating in Oregon Impact and Oregon Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety Operations. On July 13, Gresham Officers conducted targeted enforcement along the area of W Powell Blvd and W Powell Loop. Officers issued 29 citations from the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Education for drivers and pedestrians is vital to keeping our roads safe. Motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or who are in the process of crossing, the roadway. Motorists are also required to stop at all crosswalks when a vehicle is already stopped in a lane next to the one they are traveling in. Refer to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 811.028, Failure to Stop and Remain Stopped for Pedestrian, for specifics on the law regarding drivers. Refer to ORS Chapter 814 for laws pertaining to pedestrians.

The department is hoping to raise pedestrian safety awareness for drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-way laws. Additional missions will be scheduled during the summer and again in September, as the new school year begins.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three in Columbia County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING THREE IN COLUMBIA COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 7:43 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 15, 2018, at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 58000 block of Firlock Park, St Helens, OR. This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 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, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Grants Pass

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING THREE PEOPLE IN GRANTS PASS


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2018 7:34 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 15, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Potts Way, Grants Pass. This single family fire affected 2 adults,1 child and 1 pet.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Suspect Arrested and Narcotics Seized During Sunday Morning Drugs and Vice Investigation (Photo)

SUSPECT ARRESTED AND NARCOTICS SEIZED DURING SUNDAY MORNING DRUGS AND VICE INVESTIGATION (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 4:00 PM
Downloadable file: Toren P Flom
Downloadable file: MDMA evidence
Downloadable file: MDMA evidence
On Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 7:24 a.m., officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Drug and Vice Division (DVD) and Central Precinct Street Crimes Unit conducted a narcotics investigation in the area of the 900 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard.

In the course of the investigation, officers observed an associated suspect vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant, located at 921 Southeast Powell Boulevard. When officers pulled into the parking lot, the suspect tried to flee the scene in the vehicle he drove. The suspect crashed his car into an occupied Drugs and Vice Division canine unit vehicle. The suspect was arrested without further incident. There were no injuries to the suspect, officers or police canine as a result of the crash.

Drugs and Vice Division investigators located and seized as evidence 458 grams of the psychoactive drug, Molly/MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) inside the suspect's vehicle. This led to a subsequent search of the suspect's residence in the 19000 block of Howell Street in Gladstone. During the search of the suspect's residence, Drugs and Vice Division investigators located and seized an additional 115 grams of MDMA. The estimated wholesale value of the seized MDMA is $45,000. Illegal narcotics seized in this investigation amount to approximately 2.865 street dosage units.

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Toren Paul Flom. Flom was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Delivery of MDMA, Possession of MDMA, Attempt Elude By Vehicle, and Reckless Driving.

DVD works closely with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate and eliminate illegal drug trafficking in the Portland area and provides training and education on drug trends and illegal drug activity to other divisions within the Police Bureau as well as the community.

Community members wishing to provide information about large-scale drug trafficking or drug activity in their neighborhoods can file it online by visitinghttp://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740

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Double fatality crash Hwy 211 - Clackamas County

DOUBLE FATALITY CRASH HWY 211 - CLACKAMAS COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 12:11 PM

On July 15, 2018 at approximately 9;15 AM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on hwy 211 near mp 20. 

Two people are confirm deceased and two people have been transported to the hospital for injuries.

A detour is in place, however expect delays for several hours while the troopers investigate.

No more information to be released at this time.

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Silver Creek Fire Update 3

SILVER CREEK FIRE UPDATE 3


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 10:56 AM
Downloadable file: Map showing location and approximate size of fire

News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + Oregon Department of Forestry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 15, 2018 // 11 a.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 3

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12, and after confirming the location, attack began early on Friday, July 13.

Main points:

  • It’s burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary. The fire is currently estimated at 27 acres (see attached rough map). A good portion of the change in acreage over the last day is due to improved mapping and information from firefighters on the ground rather than fire growth. Initial acreage estimates were hampered by the dense canopy, extensive understory, and limited visibility due to smoke.
  • Containment is currently estimated at 25%. The area is especially challenging for firefighters due to steep slopes and the nature of a mature forest; thick undergrowth slows progress and snags pose a falling hazard. Firefighter and public safety remains priority for all involved.
  • The number of personnel engaged is approximately 125.
  • The current aerial support includes two Type 2 helicopters and a Type 1 helicopter. Heavy Airtankers and Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs) are on standby if needed.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and Howard Creek day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as incident command posts.
  • All other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events. Visitors are enjoying the Historic Silver Falls Day event (https://silverfallsstatepark.wordpress.com/category/historic-silver-falls-days/), and the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center (http://silverfallslodge.com/) continues to serve customers, including a wedding reception.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

Photos and videos from Saturday, July 14 are online at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

 

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Five People in Polk County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING FIVE PEOPLE IN POLK COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 8:00 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 15, 2018, at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 200 block of NE Brentwood Avenue in Dallas, OR. This single-family fire affected 3 adults and 2 children. 

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Silver Creek Fire Update 2 (Photo) REVISED

SILVER CREEK FIRE UPDATE 2 (PHOTO) REVISED


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 4:57 AM
Downloadable file: Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry

[This news release was revised to add a link to photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy]

 

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 14, 2018 // 5:20 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 2

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12.

Main points:

  • After successfully forging trails to reach the fire, ground and air attacks made headway and containment is currently at 10%.
  • The fire is currently estimated at 12-15 acres and is burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary.
  • Approximately 110 personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry and partner organizations are involved, with most directly engaged in firefighting on the ground.
  • The aerial component involves Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter, and ground support.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as command posts. Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department expect to issue one update daily starting Sunday, July 15 unless conditions change dramatically. Photographs and video from the active area of the fire will be posted later this evening. REVISED: Photos and videos frlom July 14 are available for download at https://drive.google.com/open?id=19RlLpHp3XPlNq0d-H8ZBz7SqEvDUG3Yy .

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Umatilla County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING TWO IN UMATILLA COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 1:23 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 14, 2018, at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the 500 block of West Madrona Avenue in Hermiston, OR. This single-family fire affected 2 adults. 

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Umatilla County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING TWO IN UMATILLA COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: July 15th, 2018 1:19 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 14, 2018, at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the 27000 block of Rilie Lane in Umatilla, OR. This single-family fire affected 1 adult and 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, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Silver Creek Fire Update 2 (Photo)

SILVER CREEK FIRE UPDATE 2 (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: July 14th, 2018 5:26 PM
Downloadable file: Firefighter on the line at the Silver Creek Fire, Courtesy Oregon Dept of Forestry

News Release // Oregon Department of Forestry + Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 14, 2018 // 5:20 p.m.

 

Contacts:

Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, 503-931-2590, chris.havel@oregon.gov

Bobbi Doan, Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-507-4481, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov

 

Silver Creek Fire Update 2

Silverton OR – This is an update on the small fire burning in a remote southeast corner of Silver Falls State Park. Smoke was first reported late in the evening on Thursday, July 12.

Main points:

  • After successfully forging trails to reach the fire, ground and air attacks made headway and containment is currently at 10%.
  • The fire is currently estimated at 12-15 acres and is burning in the Howard Creek drainage, a remote, steep, timbered area over a mile from the park boundary.
  • Approximately 110 personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry and partner organizations are involved, with most directly engaged in firefighting on the ground.
  • The aerial component involves Heavy Airtankers, Single Engine Airtankers (SEATs), helicopter, and ground support.
  • Park facilities remain unchanged from earlier reports: the 214 Trailhead and several back-country trails, Howard Creek horse camp and day-use area, youth camp (Camp Silver Creek), and the Ranches are all closed. Howard Creek and the Ranches are closed to serve as command posts. Other areas of the park are currently operating normally, with no interruptions to scheduled events.
  • Conditions can change quickly; watch for updates on https://bit.ly/2meFGMP.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department expect to issue one update daily starting Sunday, July 15 unless conditions change dramatically. Photographs and video from the active area of the fire will be posted later this evening.

No injuries or facility damage have been reported.

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