Death Investigation - Pirate's Cove Wayside in Tillamook County
Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 25-year old Portland woman found deceased Tuesday morning from inhaling helium gas near Pirate's Cove Wayside in Tillamook County.
On August 25, 2015 at approximately 6:35 a.m., OSP received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Pirate's Cove Wayside Overlook on US 101 near milepost 55. Troopers found the woman's vehicle at a parking lot and Alexandria WAGNER, age 25, from Portland, deceased from an apparent suicide by inhaling helium gas.
OSP responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation with the assistance of the Tillamook County Medical Examiner. Other assistance was provided by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department, Garibaldi Fire Department, and the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.
Tillamook Family Counseling Center has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling Crisis Number 503-842-8201 or 1-800-962-2851. More information about mental health services in Tillamook County is available on their website at http://www.tfcc.org/menhs.htm
Multnomah County Mental Health Services has a crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling Crisis Number 503-988-4888 or 1-800-716-9769. More information about mental health services in Multnomah County is available on their website at https://multco.us/mhas/mental-health-services
In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Fatal Pedestrian Involved Crash on Highway 99E South of Milwaukie - Clackamas County - 08/24/15
OSP Troopers are continuing the investigation into last night's fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 99E at milepost 7, near SE Holly Ave and Highway 99E.
According to Trooper Ben Looney, August 23, 2015 at approximately 9:16 p.m., Stephanie CHESTNUT, age 44, of Milwaukie, was walking across Highway 99E when she was struck by a 2013 Dodge Avenger operated by Zoe HOYT, age 56, of Gladstone.
Medical personnel arrived and transported CHESTNUT to OHSU where she was later pronounced deceased. Preliminary information indicates that alcohol may have been a contributing factor on the part of CHESTNUT.
HOYT was cooperating with investigators as they conducted a reconstruction of the crash site. The highway was closed for about three hours during the investigation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Clackamas County Fire.
No photographs are available for release.
Two Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 99W North of Lafayette - Yamhill County - 08/24/15
On August 21, 2015 at about 11:10 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W, near milepost 31.5, just north of Lafayette.
According to Sergeant Brad Hessel, 1990 Ford Crown Victoria operated by David LOGSDON, age 60, and passenger, Diane LOGSDON, of McMinnville, was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when a 2000 Acura Integra operated by Fernando LOPEZ, age 21, of McMinnville, pulled out from SE Locks Loop Road onto Highway 99W, into the path of LOGSDON's vehicle. LOGSDON's vehicle collided with LOPEZ's driver's side door.
LOPEZ was pronounced deceased upon emergency crews arriving. David LOGSDON and Diane LOGSDON were transported to McMinnville hospital for minor injuries.
The highway was closed for about three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Fire, Dayton Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is still continuing. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Oregon State Police Continues Investigation into Saturday morning's Reckless Driving Investigation in Coos Bay - 08/23/15
On August 22, 2015, at approximately 07:13 a.m., the Coos Bay Police Department dispatch center received a 911 call pertaining to a reckless driver within the Empire District of the City of Coos Bay. An Oregon State Police Senior Trooper overheard the criminal call and responded to assist. The Trooper located the suspect vehicle unoccupied and parked on N. Morrison Street in the City of Coos Bay. The Trooper attempted to contact the registered owner of the vehicle at an adjacent residence to further the investigation into the Reckless Driving complaint.
The Trooper attempted contact at the residence and was unable to contact the registered owner of the vehicle in question. The Trooper walked away from the residence and was conducting further follow up investigation and documenting suspect vehicle descriptions and identifiers as the vehicle was parked on the side of N. Morrison Street.
As the Trooper was conducting the follow up investigation, an adult male identified as Michael SCOTT, age 25, from North Bend, came out of the residence from which the Trooper had previously attempted to contact the registered owner. SCOTT approached the suspect vehicle and the Trooper with a digital recording device in hand. SCOTT proceeded to climb up onto the hood of the car and then sit on the roof of the car with his legs positioned over the windshield, facing the Trooper who was positioned near the front of the suspect vehicle.
The Trooper disengaged contact with SCOTT and walked back towards his patrol vehicle and ultimately re-entered the patrol vehicle. SCOTT dismounted from the suspect vehicle and followed the Trooper. SCOTT continued to advance towards the police vehicle, walking in front of it, on the passenger side, across the rear and then advancing towards the driver side. The Trooper exited his vehicle as SCOTT was approaching him from the rear. The Trooper was attempting to stop SCOTT from further interfering with his investigation of the original Reckless Driving Complaint.
Coos Bay Police Department responded and arrived to assist with the investigation and further continuing the investigation into the Reckless Driving Complaint.
The Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the incident with SCOTT and will be referring the completed criminal report to the Coos County District Attorney's Office for consideration of the charges of: Interfering with a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct II. Other criminal charges may be considered upon the review of the Coos County District Attorney.
Fatal Crash in Malheur County Takes Life of Washington Man (Photo)
On August 20, 2015 at about 10:38 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 357 (Ontario).
According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, a 2010 Dodge Sprinter 2500 van operated by Mark M. VORONKOVICH, age 23, of Auburn, WA, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 357 and approaching the rear of a 1999 Freightliner Conventional Truck and semi-trailer combination that was operated by John D. MINDY, age 58, of Tremont, PA. MINDY was traveling down Three Mile Hill with his hazard lights activated at approximately 20 MPH, in the slow lane, when VORONKOVICH's vehicle crashed into the back of the commercial combination.
Emergency crews arrived on scene and declared VORONKOVICH deceased and was later extricated from the vehicle. MINDY was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates that distracted driving does appear to be a potential cause for the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Huntington Fire and Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, Ontario Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. I-84 was closed for approximately 20 minutes and the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.
Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Receives Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award (Photo)
On August 20, 2015, Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Andrew "Drew" Moore was honored with the "2014 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award" at the Oregon District Attorneys Association summer conference held in Bend. The award was presented by members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) representative Chip Dale, who is the Klamath and Malheur Watershed Manager.
The award recognized Deputy District Attorney Moore for his support, hard work, dedication, efforts in enforcing fish and wildlife laws and commitment to the preservation of Oregon's natural resources through prosecution of those who violate the fish and wildlife laws.
The Central Oregon OSP Fish & Wildlife Team nominated Mr. Moore for this year's award, for distinguishing himself time and again in prosecuting violators of Oregon's fish and wildlife and natural resource laws in the Central Oregon area.
The Central Oregon OSP Fish & Wildlife Team said that "Drew Moore has proven himself and we consider him a valuable part of our team. Drew is always available to the team day or night; whether it's a phone call to answer questions, give guidance or to meet personally to review cases. He takes a vested interest in the effort the team makes in investigating wildlife cases and works diligently to achieve positive case resolutions, supporting our efforts."
The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of volunteer outdoor enthusiast organizations opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife (to include the Oregon Hunters Association), sponsored the award with the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division and the ODFW. This is the eighth annual presentation of the Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award.
Photo Attached (pictured left to right:Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn, ODFW Chip Dale, Senior Trooper Travis Ring, DDA Drew Moore, Lieutenant Carl Rhodes, Sergeant Lowell Lea).
Lane County Man Loses Life In Crash East Of Springfield - 08/20/15
On August 20, 2015 at about 2PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a tree on HWY 126 near milepost 18 (east of Springfield).
According to Sergeant Alan Gilbert, a 2000 Chevrolet pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it drifted off the roadway, struck a tree, and caught fire. Passing motorists pulled the operator, Robert O LOGAN, age 83, of Leaburg, from the vehicle.
LOGAN was transported to Sacred Heart Riverbend where he was pronounced deceased. Highway 126 was closed for approximately four hours with traffic detoured onto Holden Creek Road. There were two other non-injury crashes in the area due to the heavy traffic caused by the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie Fire and Springfield/Eugene Fire and Rescue.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Two Vehicle Crash Near Ontario Injures Three - Malheur County (Photo)
On August 19, 2015 at about 10:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Railroad Avenue and Highway 201 (two miles south of Ontario).
According to Sergeant Kurt Marvin, a 1996 Honda Civic operated by Joseph RUSH, age 23, of Payette, ID, was traveling eastbound on Railroad Ave when he failed to stop at a stop sign. RUSH's vehicle collided with a 2000 Buick Sedan which was traveling northbound on HWY 201. The operator of the Buick, Irl WIDMER, age 52, of Nyssa, attempted to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.
The vehicles collided and RUSH's vehicle continued on to strike a steel power pole. WIDMER's vehicle came to rest on the roadway. RUSH was taken by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise for serious injuries. His passenger, Danielle FLEDERBACH, age 19, of Vale, was taken by ground ambulance to an Ontario Hospital but later taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland for serious injuries. WIDMER was taken to an Ontario Hospital for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office and Ontario Fire and Rescue.
OSP Patrol Vehicle Struck While At Scene Of Crash - Wasco County (Photo)
On Tuesday, August 18th at approximately 8:06PM, Troopers from The Dalles Area Command were at the scene of a crash that had occurred on I-84 near milepost 78.5 eastbound (just west of The Dalles).
This non-injury crash resulted in the westbound fast lane becoming blocked after two sections of the concrete center divider were pushed into that lane. Additionally, both the eastbound fast lane and a portion of the eastbound slow lane were blocked by vehicles and debris. Traffic was being directed through the crash scene in both directions by Troopers and emergency vehicles. During this investigation a westbound 1990 Nissan Sentra operated by Dustin MCMILLEN, age 31, of Bingen, WA was operating in the fast lane approaching the lane closure at the crash scene.
An OSP 2015 Dodge Charger was stopped in the fast lane with his emergency lights activated, preventing traffic from hitting the large pieces of concrete in the roadway. MCMILLEN struck the rear of the patrol car at approximately 65 mph, causing significant damage to both vehicles. MCMILLEN was using his safety restraints and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation for minor injuries. MCMILLEN indicated he was not paying attention to the road ahead of him because he was looking at the crash scene on the eastbound side of the interstate. MCMILLEN was issued citations for careless driving and failing to maintain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle.
The Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Redmond Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash - Jefferson County (Photo)
On August 19, 2015 at about 10:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 104 (near Culver).
Preliminary information indicates a 1997 Subaru Wagon was traveling southbound on Highway 97, when for unknown reasons it drifted out of it's lane and struck the beginning of a guardrail. The operator, Robert G TOPLIFF, age 36, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger, Allen P TOLER, age 29, of Salem, was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Madras with minor injuries.
Fatigue is being investigated as the primary contributing factor. OSP was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Fire and Rescue. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Seeking Public's Assistance in Poaching Case-Fall Creek (Lane County) - Update (Photo)
The Oregon State Police would like to thank the public for the assistance with the investigation of the buck deer killed near Lowell and reported on last week. A suspect has been identified and charges have been filed.
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Springfield is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a deer in Lane County.
During the first week of August, a landowner in the Fall Creek Area southeast of Springfield reported finding a dead deer on his property. An Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper from the Springfield Area Command responded to the location and found a large four point black tailed buck deer with a gunshot wound in the chest.
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's help and requesting anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact Senior Trooper Martin Maher at 541-726-2536 extension 424, or call the TIP Hotline at 1-800-452-788 or TIP E-Mail TIP@state.or.us
. A $250 reward may be issued for information resulting in an arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal killing, taking, and/or waste of this deer. TIPs can remain anonymous.
Single vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 152 in Grant County - Update (Photo)
Update: Name Release
Leonard John RADINOVICH, 18, from John Day, died in a single vehicle crash on highway 26 near milepost (MP) 152 in Grant County.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015, at approximately 5:12 AM, a silver, Toyota 4-Runner, was traveling eastbound on highway 26 near MP 152 when RADINOVICH lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered off the highway, rolled, and came to rest in a near-by field.
RADINOVICH was not restrained by a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger, a 15 year old juvenile, was properly restrained and not injured.
Alcohol is being investigated as the contributing factor of the crash. Trooper Weaver is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Office, John Day Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Four persons critically injured in roll-over crash in Grants Pass (Photo)
Five juvenile passengers injured when driver struck a tree. Three of the juveniles,along with the driver, were critically injured.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015, at approximately 12:00 AM, a 1999 Isuzu SUV operated by Breanna WHITE (age 22) from Grants Pass was eastbound on Gunnell Rd. near milepost 1. WHITE's vehicle drifted off of the right-shoulder, overcorrected, rolled several times, struck a tree and came to rest on its top on the eastbound shoulder. As a result of the crash, at least two (2) of the five (5) juvenile passengers were ejected from the vehicle and one (1) was extricated.
Three (3) of the juvenile passengers were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Medford, Oregon, with critical injuries. The driver, WHITE, was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass, Oregon, with critical injuries. The remaining two (2) juvenile passengers were transported to TRCH as well. All passengers are from the Grants Pass area. It is unknown if seat-belts were in use at the time of the crash.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. The Oregon State Police were assisted by, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Rural Metro Fire, American Medical Response, Grants Pass Fire, Rogue River Fire, Mercy Flights and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety-chaplain service.
Alcohol and Marijuana use are being investigated as a contributing factors for a single vehicle fatal crash on SR Hwy 18 near Willamina. (Photo)
One person is deceased and two other injured in crash on SR Hwy 18 near milepost (MP) 28.
On Saturday August 16, 2015 at approximately 7:57 AM, a white Chevrolet Malibu, was traveling eastbound on SR Hwy 18 near MP 28 when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree.
The operator of the vehicle, identified as Mr. Jose Bermudez Gutierrez (age 30) from Portland,was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The right rear passenger, identified as Mr. Brian Quintana (age 22) from Portland, was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. The right front passenger, identified as Mr. Juan Bermudez Gutierrez (age 21) from Portland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It was determined Mr. Jose Bermudez Gutierrez and Mr. Juan Bermudez Gutierrez were brothers.
Alcohol and Marijuana use are being investigated as contributing factors of the crash. Trooper Ely is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted by West Valley Fire, Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Oregon State Police looking for witnesses of a roll-over crash I-5 MP 16.5 near Ashland- Update (Photo)
Mother cited and released for DUII and Assault resulting from a roll-over crash on I-5 where her children were injured.
On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at approximately 6:44 PM, a blue, 2004 Honda CRV with California license 6KFX971, was traveling northbound on Interstate-5 near milepost 16 when the operator, Michele A. Roux-Mantoan (age 34), from Carmichael, California, lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crossed the center-median as it rolled several times and landed on its wheels, coming to rest on and blocking the southbound A-lane of travel.
All four (4) occupants; the operator and three (3) juvenile passengers (ages 10, 5, and 1), were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Medford, Oregon, by ambulance. The operator was wearing her seatbelt and suffered an injury to her left-hand.
Both the ten and five year old children sustained serious injuries and were transported to RRMC. The five year old was later transported to OHSU. The one year old was properly secured in a rear-facing child seat and did not received any serious injuries from the crash.
At this time alcohol is being investigated as a cause of the crash. The operator was cited and released for DUII, Assault II and two (2) counts of Assault III.
Three juvenile children were injured in a rollover crash on I-5 near MP 16.5 (in between the Ashland exits). OSP asking witnesses to call the Southern Command Center (541) 664-4600.
On August 15 at 6:44 PM OSP Troopers responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash. The northbound 2004 blue Honda CRV crossed the median, rolled over, and came to rest in the southbound lane of I-5. The Honda had a California license plate of 6KFX971.
OSP is asking for anyone who witnessed events leading up to or witnessed the crash to call the Southern Command Center at (541) 664-4600.
Pedestrian dies when attempting to cross I-84 (Photo)
A pedestrian died when she attempted to cross eastbound lanes of I-84 near The Dalles.
According to Sergeant Raiser, on August 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on I-84 near MP 85. Upon arrival, Trooper Holloran discovered Ms. Eunice Spino (age 47), from The Dalles, was struck by a vehicle and died at the scene.
The eastbound vehicle was a 2011 Honda Civic driven by Ms. Lynoure Won (age 56) from John Day. Ms. Won is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is still continuing but early indications suggest alcohol use, from Ms. Spino, was a contributing factor to the crash.
I-84 was completely closed for approximately one hour and traffic was diverted through the City of The Dalles. One lane was open for the rest of the investigation.
OSP was assisted by The Dalles PD, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and the Wasco County District Attorney's Office.
Willamina Residents Pulled From a Burning Vehicle on SR Hwy 18 (Photo)
Two Willamina residents sustained minor injuries from a crash where their vehicle caught fire.
On August 12, 2015 Mr. Paul Dolan (age 80), from Willamina, was driving eastbound on SR Hwy 18 when he approached a vehicle stopped waiting to turn onto Pittman Road. Mr. Dolan swerved to the right and missed the stopped vehicle. Mr. Dolan over-corrected and crossed the highway twice and went down a 25 foot embankment. Mr. Dolan's vehicle came to rest upside down and caught on fire. Witnesses stopped and pulled Mr. and Mrs. Dolan (age 81) from the vehicle before it was fully engulfed.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Seeking Public's Assistance in Poaching Case-Ochoco Unit in Crook County. (Photo)
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Prineville is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person (s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of an antelope in Crook County.
On August 7, OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers responded to a report of a dead antelope doe east of Prineville in the Ochoco Unit of Crook County. Troopers found the antelope east of Big Summit Prairie on the 30 Road one mile north of the 42 Road junction in Crook County.
The person(s) involved left the antelope doe to waste in plain view 40 feet off the road. The antelope was shot out of season and no meat taken. Fish & Wildlife Troopers believe the animal was poached in early morning of August 7, 2015.
The Oregon Hunters Association Prineville Chapter has offered a $500 reward for information resulting in an arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal killing, taking, and/or waste of this deer. Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Scott Vaughn-Prineville through the TIP Hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or TIP E-Mail TIP@state.or.us
. TIPS can remain anonymous.
Hwy 97 Crash Results in Serious Injuries and Pending Charges (Near Moro) (Photo)
On August 7th, 2015 at approximately 5:45PM, one person was seriously injured on US 97 near milepost 20 and case referred to Sherman County District Attorney's Office.
According to Trooper Jacob Ferrer, a 2005 Audi A5, operated by Caden Jay Christman (age 19) from Enterprise, was traveling northbound on Hwy 97 in the southbound lane, passing traffic in a marked passing zone. Christman stuck a southbound 2012 Volvo semi-truck and trailer operated by Sukhdeep Singh Gill (age 31) from Antelope, CA, head-on. After impact, the semi-truck and trailer left the roadway on the northbound shoulder before coming to a stop and the Audi flipped over and came to a rest in the southbound ditch.
Gill was uninjured, however his fuel tanks ruptured, spilling approximately 300 gallons of diesel fuel. Christman was seriously injured and was transported by Life Flight to Emmanuel Legacy hospital in Portland. Evidence was located in the Audi that points to illegal controlled substance use by Christman. The case has been referred to the Sherman County District Attorney and charges of Reckless Driving and Possession of Heroin are pending for Christman. US 97 was blocked for approximately an hour before being reopened.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the North Sherman Fire Department. OERS was notified about the fuel spill and coordinated with ODOT for the cleanup.
Critical Injury Crash on Hwy 97 (Photo)
On August 8, 2015 at approximately 8:00am three people were critically and seriously injured on Hwy 97 near milepost 147.
According to Trooper Brannin, a Ford Explorer, driven by Richard Rose (age 19) from Bend, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97. The Ford Explorer crossed over the center line and struck a dodge pick-up, driven by Terry Neil (age 60) from Sunriver, head-on.
All occupants were transported, with critical and/or serious injuries, to St. Charles Medical Center. Mr. Rose and his passenger were transported via Air and Mr. Neil by ground. Airbags deployed in both vehicle but seatbelt usage is unknown.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. OSP was assisted by ODOT and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The highway was blocked for approximately 1 hour.
Shikar-Safari Club International Honors OSP Senior Trooper Martin Maher As Wildlife Officer Of The Year (Photo)
Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a Springfield area
Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper today as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2014. The award was presented in Salem during the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.
On August 7, 2015, Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker presented
Senior Trooper Martin Maher with the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the
Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for
their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The
award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife
enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance
and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.
In presenting the award, Lynn Loacker noted that wildlife enforcement officers rarely receive the recognition and encouragement they so greatly deserve for protecting our wildlife and natural resources.
"We congratulate Senior Trooper Maher on being selected for our Shikar-Safari Club
International's "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award. This award puts him in a very distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty," said Loacker.
Senior Trooper Martin Maher has been a member of the OSP for almost 16 years, having spent 6 years in the Patrol Division and just shy of the last 10 years assigned to the Fish and Wildlife Division. He is well respected by his fellow teammates and is a go to person for expertise in all areas of fish and wildlife enforcement. Senior Trooper Martin Maher is responsible for southern Lane County and part of northern Douglas County, but routinely assists in other areas when needed. He diligently patrols his area and works closely with landowners, constituents and local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. He is often relied upon by members of the Patrol and Criminal Divisions when calls for service are requested in some of the remote locations within his area of responsibility.
Known for being a very well rounded trooper and passionate about Oregon's natural resources and marine safety, Senior Trooper Martin Maher shares his knowledge and mentors both younger and more experienced members. He has helped coached Fish and Wildlife Troopers on his team and also actively participates in training new recruits and college students about fish and wildlife enforcement.
The OSP also congratulates Senior Trooper Martin Maher on receiving this distinguished award and recently presented Sr. Tpr. Maher with the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division's 2014 "Trooper of the Year" award.
The Shikar-Safari Club International, formed in 1952, is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and
Man Sentenced For Poaching Trophy Bull Elk - Wallowa County (Photo)
On August 5th, 2015, an Enterprise area man was sentenced in Wallowa County Circuit Court following a July 23, 2015, conviction for Taking Elk without a Valid Elk Tag and Criminal Trespass - Second Degree.
On September 7th, 2014, Skyler WILLIS, age 23, Enterprise, shot a trophy 6-point bull elk with his bow on the Zumwalt Prairie, which is located in the Chesnimnus Wildlife Management Unit. WILLIS did not have a valid Chesnimnus Unit Tag and was also trespassing on The Nature Conservancy property when he retrieved his bull elk.
Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Troopers from the Enterprise Worksite soon became aware that WILLIS had unlawfully killed the bull elk and began a three month long investigation into the crime. As a result of the investigation, the elk antlers, which scored 319 Boone and Crockett, the elk meat as well as the bow that WILLIS used to unlawfully kill the bull elk were subsequently seized. At the conclusion of the lengthy investigation which included the use of DNA evidence, WILLIS was cited for Taking Elk without Valid Elk Tag and Criminal Trespass - Second Degree in early February of 2015.
On August 5th, 2015, WILLIS was sentenced by Judge Russell West in Wallowa County Circuit Court. As part of WILLIS' sentence, his hunting privileges were suspended for three years; he was placed on 24 months of supervised probation, during which time WILLIS is prohibited from possessing any firearms as well as archery equipment and is not to accompany anyone who is hunting. Willis also had a one-year suspended jail sentence and received eight days of work crew and seven days of community service. The elk antlers, elk meat and bow are forfeited to the State.
Additionally, WILLIS is to write a letter of apology to the hunters of Oregon and the letter is to be published in the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) magazine. WILLIS is to also write a letter of apology addressed to The Nature Conservancy. WILLIS was further ordered to pay $5000 in restitution for the trophy bull elk as well as $200 in fines.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Seeking Public's Assistance In Poaching Case - Linn County - 08/07/15
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Albany is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of a doe deer in Linn County.
On Monday, August 3, 2015, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded to a complaint of a wasted game mammal on Forest Service Road 1133 off of Quartzville Road, which is located northeast of Sweet Home in eastern Linn County. A doe deer was located in a clearing used for recreational shooting. The deer appeared to only have the back-straps removed, while the person(s) responsible left the remainder of the deer to waste.
A reward of up to $750 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation. The reward is comprised of $250 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher (TIP) Program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Mid-Willamette Chapter.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper Casey Hunter or Sergeant James Halsey through the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
Depoe Bay Man Indicted For Multiple Crimes Relating To Crash That Injured Deputy (Photo)
A Yamhill County Grand Jury has indicted Randy D MANNS, age 46, of Depoe Bay on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges related to a serious injury head on vehicle crash that occurred on June 28, 2015 on Highway 18 near Oldsville road (four miles west of McMinnville).
MANNS was indicted for Assault in the Second degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Felony DUII, Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Reckless driving, Reckless Endangering and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
On June 28th, at about 7:15AM, MANNS was the driver of a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it crossed the center line. His vehicle struck a Yamhill County Deputy Sheriff driving westbound in a marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car. After the impact the Hyundai SUV overturned and caught on fire. Several citizens stopped to assist as did a Yamhill County Deputy and extinguished the vehicle fire. Deputy David MILLS, 28, received serious injuries from the crash and is recovering.
MANNS is currently in custody on an unrelated charge at the Lincoln County Jail in Newport.
OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to this morning's serious injury motor vehicle crash involving a Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle and a passenger vehicle on HWY 18 milepost 40, near McMinnville.
According to OSP Sergeant Jesse Orosco, on June 27, 2015 at about 7:17 AM, a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Randy D MANNS, age 46, of Depoe Bay, was traveling eastbound on HWY 18, and for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway into the adjacent ditch. MANNS over-corrected, traveling across the eastbound lane and into the westbound lane of travel where the Hyundai collided head-on with a westbound Yamhill County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Deputy Dave MILLS, age 27, of Sheridan.
Both vehicles received heavy impact damage and the Hyundai started on fire. Yamhill County Deputy Tim Casey and a Good Samaritan helped get MANNS out of his burning vehicle while OSP Senior Trooper Dan Davis and two other Good Samaritans extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers.
MANNS was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and Deputy MILLS was ground transported to the Salem Hospital, both with serious injuries.
On scene evidence indicates that both occupants were wearing their seat belts and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Both directions of HWY 18 were closed for several hours while the investigation and recovery efforts were made. OSP was assisted on scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Fire Medics, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Two California Men Arrested For Possession Of Methamphetamine and Heroin - Lane County (Photo)
On August 3, 2015 at approximately 5:00PM, an OSP Sergeant working patrol on Interstate 5 near milepost 187 (Goshen) observed a 2008 Lexus traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. The sergeant checked the vehicle's speed at 109mph in a posted 65mph zone.
The sergeant stopped the vehicle and contacted the operator identified as Charles HALLMARK, age 18, of Riverside, California. During the traffic stop, a consent search of the vehicle was conducted and with the assistance of an Oregon State Police Drug Detection Canine approximately 2.7 pounds of Heroin and 2 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine was located in a manufactured hidden compartment inside the vehicle
Both HALLMARK and his passenger, Angel GUZMAN, age 19, of Riverside, California were arrested and will be facing a future court appearance for Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Meth. HALLMARK was also cited for the speed.
No further information to be released at this time.
Multiple Vehicle Crash Near Redmond Injures Eight - Deschutes County - 08/05/15
August 4, 2015 at about 4:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head on crash on Highway 97 near milepost 125 (about one mile south of Redmond).
According to Senior Trooper Scott Show, a 1994 Ford Explorer, operated by Bobby J HOWIE, age 38, of Redmond, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 when she crossed over into the northbound lanes. HOWIE's vehicle struck a 2007 GMC Yukon and then a 2015 Honda Pilot before coming to rest in the roadway.
HOWIE and her had five passengers in her vehicle were injured. One of the passengers in the vehicle, a six year old female, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend.
The operator of the GMC, operated by Virgil WYNIA, age 66, of Redmond was injured and taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The operator of the Honda, Patricia BEAMER, age 45, of Redmond was injured and taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The northbound and southbound lanes were closed for an hour and a half. There was a partial lane closure for an additional hour and a half. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Department, and the Redmond Police Department.
OSP is asking for any witnesses to the crash to contact the Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555.
OSP Seeks Public Assistance With Illegal Hunting Case - Clatsop County (Photo)
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the mid-July unlawful killing of a bull elk on Quartz Creek Mainline in Clatsop County.
According to Lieutenant Casey Thomas, on the morning of July 18, 2015, OSP was notified of a dead bull elk on Quartz Creek Mainline. The elk appears to have been shot with a handgun on or around July 16th. The person(s) responsible left the animal to waste and removed its antlers.
Quartz Creek Mainline intersects with Highway 26 near milepost 27 and leads to Lost Lake.
A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward of up to $1000 is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Clatsop County Chapter.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sergeant Joe Warwick through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
Crash East Of Roseburg Kills Glide Man - Douglas County - 08/02/15
On August 1, 2015 at about 1:43PM, a 2004 garbage truck was traveling westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 35 when for unknown reasons, left the roadway and crashed down an embankment.
Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the operator, Wesley BAUMEISTER, age 40, of Glide, deceased.
Preliminary investigation that the truck drifted from its lane and there were no attempts to brake or avoid its departure from the roadway. The truck came to rest next to the North Umpqua River and could not be immediately recovered. There was no fuel spills or hazardous materials concerns.
The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by the US Forest Service, Glide Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Traffic Crash Takes Life of Lincoln City Man (Photo)
On July 31, 2015 just after 7:00AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a commercial vehicle on Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City.
Preliminary information revealed a 2007 Kenworth dump truck loaded with gravel, operated by Matthew NELSON, age 42, of Lincoln City, turned north onto Highway 101 near milepost 121. As the truck was accelerating, a northbound 2007 Saturn sedan collided with the back of it at highway speeds.
Upon emergency crews arriving they found the operator of the Saturn, Martin SAMPLE, age 53, of Lincoln City deceased. NELSON was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. Initial investigation revealed there were no skid marks from SAMPLE's vehicle appeared he made no attempts to steer around the truck.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Depoe Bay Fire Department. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
Tigard Man Arrested For Eluding Law Enforcement In Central Oregon (Photo)
On July 29, 2015 at about 2:30PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) observed a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle operated by Tyler HARP, age 27, of Tigard, carrying a passenger at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone traveling northbound on rural HWY 31 near milepost 48 in Lake County. The Trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle and it accelerated to an excess of 120mph fleeing from the Trooper.
At about 2:45PM, a second Trooper located the motorcycle and pulled in front of it on HWY 31 near milepost 7 in Klamath County, lights activated and motioned the operator to the shoulder. HARP refused to stop and trooper declined to pursue the operator. Shortly after the motorcycle was reportedly spotted by a Deschutes County Deputy on HWY 31 at Beal Rd. at speeds reported of 149mph and continued onto US 97 northbound operating recklessly.
At about 4:00PM OSP observed the motorcycle and attempted to stop the vehicle a third time on US 97 at milepost 164 (south of LaPine) in Deschutes County. The motorcycle again fled traveling onto side roads and was later observed entering US 97 northbound where OSP declined to pursue the fleeing vehicle. At about 4:50PM, OSP again located the motorcycle and attempted a traffic stop on US 97 at milepost 149. Initially HARP slowed and pulled to the shoulder and then accelerated away from the traffic stop colliding with a Black Dodge SUV then fleeing on foot.
HARP was apprehended a short time later. HARP and his passenger, Chelsea JACKS, age 20, of Portland received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend by ground ambulance. HARP was then taken into custody at St. Charles Hospital and lodged into Deschutes County Jail on multiple charges including Attempting to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempting to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.
Additional charges are Pending in Lake and Klamath Counties.