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Fatal Crash Involving Motorcyclist and Pickup - 07/20/24

On 7/20/2024 at about 1:05 PM, Officers from the McMinnville Police Department and personnel from the McMinnville Fire District, responded to 911 calls reporting a serious injury motor vehicle crash involving a motorcyclist and a pickup truck. 

The initial investigation indicates that Cooper D. Erickson (21 years of age from McMinnville) was riding a 2000 Kawasaki ZX9 motorcycle northbound on SW Hill Road. The posted speed limit on SW Hill Road is 35 miles per hour. Witnesses reported that Erickson was travelling unsafely, at a high rate of speed. Erickson lost control of the motorcycle just south of the intersection of SW Redmond Hill Road. He was ejected from the motorcycle, and the helmet he was wearing came off his head.

Both Erickson and the motorcycle continued in an uncontrolled high-speed slide, upon the roadway and shoulder. After travelling approximately 250 feet, both Erickson and the motorcycle impacted the passenger side of a 2012 Ford F150 pickup that was making a left turn into a private driveway on the east side of SW Hill Road. The operator of the pickup, and his passenger, were not injured.

Erickson was transported from the crash location by McMinnville Fire District Ambulance to an awaiting Life Flight helicopter at the Willamette Valley Medical Center. Erickson was flown to the Trauma Center at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Sadly, Erickson succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at OHSU. His family has been notified and we extend our sincere condolences to the Erickson family.

The McMinnville Police Department was assisted by the Oregon State Police with on-scene crash reconstruction. No charges or citations are anticipated.

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Follow-up Information Regarding Investigation Involving High School Football Coach / Police Officer - 07/10/24

On June 25th, 2024, McMinnville PD began an investigation into concerns about physical contact between the then head football coach of Westview High School (Beaverton School District) and the players on the team, during a football camp that was taking place at Linfield University in McMinnville. The physical contact was described as slapping or shaking the players during the night while they were sleeping. It was noted in a previous press release that the then football coach is also a fulltime Police Officer with the Hillsboro Police Department.

Over the course of the next couple weeks, numerous interviews were conducted and many video recordings were collected that captured various portions of the overall incident.  The investigation to date determined that probable cause existed for the arrest of 32-year-old Jamal Jones (of Sherwood) for multiple counts of Harassment (ORS 166.065; B-Misdemeanor).

On July 10th, 2024, Mr. Jones willingly turned himself in to McMinnville PD personnel and he was arrested on twelve (12) counts of Harassment. Mr. Jones was processed in the Yamhill County Jail and is expected to be released under a release agreement pending a future court date, which is commonplace for the involved offense(s).  This overall investigation is being forwarded to the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office and any information inquiries should be directed to their office at 535 NE 5th ST in McMinnville, or by phone at 503-434-7530.

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McMinnville PD investigating incident involving high school head football coach - 06/25/24

At about 4:30 AM this morning (June 25th, 2024), McMinnville PD officers were dispatched to the Linfield University campus in McMinnville on a “welfare check” call for service.  There was a football camp taking place on the campus and teams from various schools had been participating since Saturday.

During the initial investigation, officers learned there had been an incident involving the head football coach of Westview High School (WHS), which is located in the Beaverton School District.  Initial information indicated that the head football coach allegedly started waking up students on the WHS team in the early morning hours by shaking and/or slapping them while they were sleeping.  The officers further learned that in addition to being the head football coach at WHS, he is also a fulltime Police Officer with the Hillsboro Police Department.

The McMinnville Police Department is actively investigating the incident to determine if there are any potential criminal offenses.  We notified both the Hillsboro Police Department and the Beaverton School District, and both have placed him on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Both the Hillsboro Police Department and the Beaverton School District are cooperating with our investigation.  Since this is an active investigation, we are not able to publicly share further details about the incident, except to say that we are not aware of any students being physically injured during the incident.

We are actively working on contacting involved students and their parents as part of our ongoing investigation.  Anyone with firsthand knowledge of the incident, that has not yet been contacted by McMinnville Police, is encouraged to contact the McMinnville Police Department either through the front office at 503-434-7307, or through the non-emergency dispatch number of 503-434-6500.  You can reference McMinnville PD case number 24MP2141.