Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County - 07/02/15
On July 1, 2015, OSP Troopers, OSP Detectives and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents were in the Sunny Valley area of Josephine County attempting to locate a homicide suspect from Siskiyou County, California. The suspect had been identified as Kaleb LANDON, age 32, of Yreka.
At about 6:00PM, the suspect was seen in a moving vehicle and troopers attempted to stop it. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect fled northbound on I-5 from the 71 Interchange. The suspect made it approximately a mile before crashing into another vehicle.
After a brief standoff with LANDON, who was armed with a firearm, an officer involved shooting occurred. LANDON was declared deceased on scene. None of the law enforcement officers on scene were injured. It is believed two ATF agents and four OSP troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.
The OSP employees have been identified as:
Sergeant Brandon Boice, Patrol Division, assigned to the Grants Pass Worksite, joined OSP in 2001.
Sergeant First Class Jeff Fitzgerald, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 1999.
Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander, Patrol Division, assigned to the Central Point Area Command, joined OSP in 2008.
Detective Brent Sitowski, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 2007.
As a matter of their policy, ATF does not release the names of agents involved in an ongoing investigation.
Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Medford Police Department, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.
This is a sensitive investigation and release of further information could compromise it. Information will be released when it is available. Any questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.
According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.
Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.
The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.
Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.
Oregon State Police Announces New Forensics Services Director - 07/01/15
Superintendent Rich Evans is welcoming current Lane County District Attorney, Alex Gardner, as the new Director of the Forensic Services Division of the Oregon State Police. Mr. Gardner will begin his career with OSP on August 1st by attending the Basic Recruit Pre-Academy and continue through the training process at the Oregon Public Safety Academy- including the agency field training program. Once Mr. Gardner is finished with his field training, he will report to the agency General Headquarters in Salem, assuming the duties of the Director of the Forensics Division.
According to Superintendent Evans, "Mr. Gardner has a vast educational background, including a BA in psychology, a MS in biology, and a Juris Doctorate in law. Along with his educational background, Mr. Gardner brings his experience as a Deputy District Attorney and the experience of being the District Attorney of Lane County. Mr. Gardner is well known in the public safety sector of Oregon and will bring his vast experience here to OSP".
The OSP Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
Burns Man Arrested Following Pursuit Near John Day - Grant County (Photo)
On June 29, 2015 around 4:00PM, OSP received an attempt to locate on a burglary suspect from Harney County. An OSP Trooper located the vehicle traveling north on HWY 395, just south of John Day a short time later.
The trooper stopped the vehicle and while approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away. A short pursuit occurred and the driver suddenly stopped the vehicle near milepost 1 and fled on foot. OSP was assisted by the John Day Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff's Office in the search for the suspect.
The suspect, Charles D PLATT, age 25, of Burns, was located and arrested without incident. He was booked at the Grant County Jail for Attempt to Elude in Vehicle-Felony, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and DUII.
No further information is available at the time of this release.
Two Washington Residents Arrested Following Pursuit In Umatilla County - 06/30/15
On Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at approximately 12:40pm an OSP Trooper from the Pendleton Area Command observed a speeding 1989 Nissan 240Z on I-84 westbound near milepost 232 traveling 91 mph in a 65mph zone. As the trooper attempted to overtake the speeding vehicle it increased it's speed in excess of 120 miles per hour.
Upon the trooper activating their vehicle overhead lights, the speeding vehicle pulled into the westbound truck scales near milepost 228, turned around, and began to travel the wrong way on the Interstate in an attempt to elude the trooper. The trooper discontinued pursuit of the vehicle. Minutes later, the trooper located the vehicle again near the westbound Deadman's Pass Rest Area and the vehicle again began to flee traveling north on Kanine Ridge Road and into the Umatilla Tribal Reservation.
The fleeing vehicle traveled north on Kanine Ridge Road at slower speeds due to the rough terrain and eventually became disabled after about 8 miles. Both the male driver and a female passenger fled on foot into the hillside and down a ravine.
State Troopers from Pendleton, Hermiston, Lagrande, an OSP Aircraft from Baker City, as well as the Umatilla Tribal Police responded to the area and established a perimeter then began an air and ground search for the suspects. At approximately 2:02pm the male suspect identified as Jacob ROSS, age 25, of Des Moines, WA was taken into custody after he was located hiding and partially covered by brush. A short time later the female identified as Whitney JOHNS, age 22, of Tacoma, WA, was located and taken into custody.
ROSS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charges of Felony Attempt to Elude, Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Trespass II.
JOHNS was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on the charge of Criminal Trespass II.
Multiple Vehicle Crash On HWY 38 Takes Life Of California Woman - Douglas County - 06/29/15
On June 28, 2015 at about 3:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 38 near milepost 9 (east of Reedsport).
According to Sergeant Josh Young, a 2009 Nissan Cube, operated by Sarah E WRIGHT, age 35, of Palm Springs, CA, was traveling westbound on HWY 38 when it crossed the centerline. The Nissan struck an eastbound 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup towing a fifth wheel recreational vehicle and then a 2003 Honda Pilot which had been following the Dodge. The Nissan came to a rest on it's roof.
WRIGHT and her passenger, Evan T FASS, age 28, of Palm Springs, CA, were transported to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. The operator of the Honda, Catherine M PATTERSON, age 54, of Portland, and her passenger, Freda G MCCREA, age 77, of Portland were also transported to Bay Area Hospital.
WRIGHT was pronounced deceased upon her arrival at the hospital. The level of injuries for the others transported is unknown at this time.
The operator of the DODGE pickup, Dan W AGEE, age 39, and his passengers; Joann M AGEE, age 34, and a four year old male were uninjured (all from Woodburn).
HWY 38 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted and wreckage removed. OSP was assisted on scene by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Lower Umpqua Hospital Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is continuing into contributing factors. More information will be released when it is available.
Kidnapped Woman Is Saved By 911 Call in Northeastern Oregon - 06/28/15
On June 27, 2015 at about 6:12AM, the Morrow County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a female who advised she had been kidnapped and was trapped in a car traveling on I-84.
Members from the Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded and located the vehicle on I-84 traveling westbound near milepost 143 (east of Arlington).
Law enforcement stopped the vehicle and the driver was identified as William T COOTER II, age 42, of Greeneville, TN. The female was located inside the vehicle and identified as the person who called 911.
A roadside investigation revealed COOTER had assaulted and held his female passenger against her will. Further learned was COOTER and the victim did not know each other prior to the incident.
COOTER was arrested and was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on the following charges: Kidnapping 1st Degree, Rape 1st Degree, Sex Abuse 1st Degree, Sodomy 1st Degree, Assault IV, Coercion, Menacing, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Interfering with Making a Report.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 18 Involving Yamhill County Deputy near McMinnville (Photo)
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 28, 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.
Fatal Crash on HWY 6 at MP 2 Involving Three Vehicles near Tillamook (Photo)
On June 27, 2015 at about 12:54 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 6 at milepost 2 near Tillamook.
According to Trooper Jace Hall, a 2013 Grey in color Hyundai Elantra, operated by James H BRENNAN, age 79, and occupied by Anna M BRENNAN, age 78, of Aloha was stopped on Wilson River Loop facing southbound with several cars in front, preparing to turn east on State Route 6. A 2003 Tan in color Chevy Silverado, operated by a male juvenile, age 16, of Tillamook, was westbound on State Route 6, approaching the intersection of Wilson River Loop. A 2009 Red in color Chevy HHR, operated by Francis R MEETZE III, age 41, and occupied by Brooke R MEETZE, age 34 and male juvenile, age 3, of Tillamook was stopped, facing eastbound on State Route 6, preparing to turn north onto Wilson River Loop.
Preliminary investigation indicates the Hyundai attempted to turn east onto State Route 6 and entered the intersection when it was unsafe to do so. The Silverado attempted to stop but was unable to avoid a collision. The Silverado struck the Hyundai in the Hyundai's driver side. The two vehicles then collided with the stopped HHR. The driver of the Hyundai, James BRENNAN, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Hyundai was flown by Oregon Lifeguard (Helicopter) to a Portland area hospital for further treatment. No other occupants were transported and all occupants were wearing their safety belts. Airbags deployed in the Silverado and Hyundai.
HWY 6 was closed for hours as traffic was routed on alternate roads during the investigation. The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when available.
OSP Troopers were assisted by the Tillamook Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, the Tillamook Ambulance, the Oregon Lifeguard (helicopter), the Tillamook Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Serious Injury Two Vehicle Motorcycle Crash in Marion County - 06/27/15
A Marion County man and woman were injured when the motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by another vehicle on Highway 99E approximately 1 mile south of Woodburn.
According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 2:45 PM, OSP and other emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash with multiple injuries on Highway 99E near milepost 34 that had all traffic blocked.
Preliminary information indicates Daniel Meija-Romero, age 20, of Woodburn, was operating a 1997 Ford van northbound on Highway 99E behind Randy Epperly, age 48, of Hubbard and Nancy Sabelieff, age 42, of Aurora, who were on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Epperly slowed or stopped his motorcycle in the northbound lane due to heavy traffic. Based on witness statements, Meija-Romero reportedly did not slow down with traffic then suddenly swerved left and struck the motorcycle and both riders. Both Epperly and Sabelieff were wearing helmets.
Epperly sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where he was treated and released. Sabelieff sustained serious injuries. She was transported to the Salem Hospital where she was admitted for treatment. Meija-Romero was not injured.
The investigation remains active and on-going and Senior Trooper Frank Hagen of the OSP Salem Area Command is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Woodburn Fire Department and EMS, Woodburn Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Critical Injury Motorcycle Crash in Marion County - 06/27/15
A Marion County man was critically injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Highway 214, 7 miles east of Highway 22.
According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 10:32 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash on State Route 214 near milepost 17.5.
Preliminary information is Mark Boardman, age 28, of Sublimity, was operating a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle. Boardman attempted to negotiate a curve while traveling westbound when he lost control and crashed into a metal fence. Boardman was wearing a helmet.
Boardman sustained life threatening head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Stayton Hospital in critical condition where he was stabilized then transferred to Salem Hospital for advanced care.
OSP was assisted by Sublimity Fire Department, Stayton EMS and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Sr. Tpr. Frank Hagen of the OSP Salem Area Command is the lead investigator.
OSP Investigates Motor Vehicle Crash in Rural Polk County - 06/27/15
An early morning single vehicle crash in Polk County took the life of a Salem woman and left three injured.
According to Lt. Steve Duvall, on June 27, 2015 at about 6:53 AM, a 2005 Dodge Neon, operated by Triston Ferguson, age 21, of Salem, was traveling east on Highway 194, Monmouth Highway, approximately 3 miles west of Monmouth. The driver attempted to negotiate a curve but left the roadway on the south side. Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle then spun out of control and rolled over several times into a field on the north side of the highway. Several residents heard the crash and assisted with first aid of the injured.
Ferguson sustained moderate injuries and was transported to the Salem Hospital by ambulance. Three additional passengers were in the vehicle, identified as: Kayla Lane, age 19, of Salem; Kodi Cooper, age 21, of Salem and Catherine Bartlett-Twete, age 20, of Salem. Lane sustained moderate injury and was transported by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Cooper was critically injured and transported by helicopter to the Salem Hospital. Initial investigation revealed Bartlett-Twete was partially ejected during the crash. She sustained critical injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The crash remains under active investigation. OSP requests that any person who may have witnessed the crash or was with the occupants of the vehicle prior to the crash, contact Troopers at the Salem Area Command through the OSP Northern Command Center, phone: 503-375-3555. Sr. Trooper Jay Davis and Recruit Kevin Ely are the primary investigators.
The Polk Co. Fire Department and EMS, Polk Co. District Attorney's Office, Marion/Polk Medical Examiner's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.
No further information is available for release at this time. The investigation will continue and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash, HWY 224 Near Estacada (Photo)
A Clackamas man was seriously injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed 16 miles east of Estacada.
According to Trooper Cameron Bailey, on June 27, 2015 at about 09:31 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash on State Route 224 near milepost 37.
Preliminary information is Jerry KILGORE, age 54, of Clackamas, was operating a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle and negotiating a corner eastbound when he lost control and impacted into the guardrail.
KILGORE sustained minor visible injuries and a non-life threatening head injury. He was transported by ground ambulance to Estacada, where he met a LifeFlight helicopter and was later transported to OHSU.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by American Medical Response, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Motor Vehicle Crash on HWY 30 Involving Columbia County Deputy near Rainer (Photo)
OSP Troopers are continuing their investigation on Friday evening's injury crash on HWY 30, west of RAINIER, which sent a Columbia County Deputy to the hospital.
According to Trooper Robin May, on June 26, 2015 at about 5:42 PM, a 2004 Hyundai Sonata, operated by Diane J CASTILLO, age 54, of Rainier, was traveling eastbound on HWY 30 near MP 45 and stopped waiting to turn. A 1997 Jeep Wrangler, operated by Laurence Keith M FRANE, age 53, of St. Helens, struck the rear of the Sonata. Impact drove the Sonata into the path of a westbound Columbia County Sheriff's Office Chevy Tahoe, operated by Deputy Roy CALDWELL, age 47, which resulted with a sideswipe impact between the Sonata and the Tahoe.
Deputy CALDWELL was transported to St. John's Medical Center in Longview Washington where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia River Fire and Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Both directions of HWY 30 were closed for about two hours.
Enforcement action is pending the conclusion of the investigation which is continuing. No further information at this time.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation In Lincoln County - 06/25/15
The Oregon State Police Newport Area Command conducted a death investigation which occurred on the Pacific Ocean 24 mile west of Newport. The deceased was identified as Richard ENDERLE, age 64, of Tigard.
On June 25, 2015 at about 10AM, a medical issue arose while ENDERLE was halibut fishing 24 miles from Newport on the Pacific Ocean. ENDERLE became unresponsive and CPR was conducted by the other occupants of the boat. The US Coast Guard responded and continued CPR until further medical staff arrived. The boat and occupants was driven to the Yaquina Bay Coast Guard Station where ENDERLE was pronounced deceased.
Next of kin notification was conducted by Washington County Sheriff's Office. OSP Newport Area Command was assisted by US Coast Guard, Pac West, OSP- Fish & Wildlife, Lincoln County Medical Examiner's Office and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Single Vehicle Crash On HWY 138E Kills Two Roseburg Residents - Douglas County - 06/25/15
On June 24, 2015 at approximately 11:19PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel respond to the report of a single vehicle fatal motor vehicle on Hwy 138E at Milepost 5.5 (just east of Roseburg).
According to Sergeant Ken Terry, initial investigation revealed that a 1999 Volkswagen Bug operated by Danica SCHNAIBLE, age 18, of Roseburg, was westbound on Hwy 138E and when for unknown reasons left highway and impacted an embankment on the south side of Hwy 138E.
The vehicle traveled a short distance before coming to a stop in the eastbound lanes of travel. SCHNAIBLE was pronounced deceased on the scene by medical personnel. The male passenger, Kiona SIEWELL, age 21, of Roseburg was pronounced deceased by medical personnel after being treated for injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Police with assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Fire District No. 2 personnel. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours in both directions during the investigation,
More information will be released when it is available.
***Update*** Fatal Crash Blocking HWY 34 Near Tangent (Photo)
Two Sweet Home men were killed in an afternoon crash in Linn County.
According to Sergeant Nathan House, on June 24, 2015 at about 4:06PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on HWY 34 Milepost 7.5 (near Tangent).
Preliminary information indicates a 2013 Ford F150 was traveling eastbound on HWY 34, and for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline into the westbound lanes. The Ford struck a westbound 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Scott D LILLIS, age 51, of Philomath, head-on. The dump truck and it's trailer (loaded with gravel) overturned and came to rest in the westbound lanes of travel. LILLIS was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Albany for serious injuries.
The operator of the Ford, Donald L ROBERTS, age 24, of Sweet Home, was transported by air ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital where he died. His passenger, Mason D TAGEN, age 25, of Sweet Home, was deceased upon emergency crews arriving.
On scene evidence indicates ROBERTS and LILLIS were using seatbelts and TAGEN was not. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Both directions of HWY 34 were closed for several hours while the investigation and recovery efforts were made. OSP was assisted on scene by Tangent Fire, Albany Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Further information will be released when it is available.
OSP Troopers and emergency crews are on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle on HWY 34 Milepost 7. Both directions of travel are blocked and are expected to be closed for hours. Use alternative routes and visit www.tripcheck.com
for road status.
Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County - 06/24/15
The Oregon State Police Central Point Major Crimes Section is continuing their investigation into a shooting which occurred Tuesday evening in the Sunny Valley area.
According to Detective Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 23rd, 2015, at approximately 5:07 PM, Josephine County 911 received a call of a shooting which occurred at 3152 Leland Road in Sunny Valley. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office initially responded to the address and subsequently requested the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section to respond and investigate.
Initial information indicates that a confrontation occurred near the residence of 3152 Leland Road between David L MAIN, age 64, of Sunny Valley and Jason Ryan TAYLOR, age 30, of Wolf Creek, which resulted in TAYLOR being shot by MAIN. TAYLOR was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he was treated and later transported to another hospital.
The OSP Central Point Major Crimes Section is continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and the events leading up to the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time. This is an active investigation and no further information is being released at this time.
I-5 Pursuit In Marion County Leads To Two Arrests (Photo)
On June 24, 2015 at about 1:30PM, an OSP Lieutenant observed a 2002 Honda Odyssey van driving recklessly on I-5 northbound near milepost 258. The lieutenant attempted to stop the vehicle which failed to yield, continuing at a high rate of speed and erratically changing lanes.
The Honda continued northbound where more law enforcement agencies joined in efforts to stop the vehicle including attempts to deploy spike strips. The Honda ran out of gas near milepost 277 northbound and the driver, identified as Anna S LYAKHOVETSKAYA, age 21, of Salem, was taken into custody.
While LYAKHOVETSKAYA was being taken into custody, a 2001 Chevy S-10 pickup drove up the shoulder at a high rate of speed and almost crashed into emergency personnel. The driver of the Chevy was identified as Igor S KULIK, 27, of Salem. Investigation revealed both LYAKHOVETSKAYA and KULIK knew each other and KULIK was attempting to catch up to the pursuit.
LYAKHOVETSKAYA was arrested for Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Resisting Arrest. KULIK was arrested for Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.
OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Woodburn Fire. I-5 was backed up while emergency crews were on scene.
***Update*** Double Murder Investigation Continuing In Josephine County (Photo)
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance for information regarding a Toyota Celica that is believed to be associated with a double homicide that occurred on June 15, 2015, in Josephine County. The vehicle was known to be in the Colonial Valley area on that date and may have been involved in other crimes. The vehicle is a 1994 Toyota Celica, two door, black in color with an Oregon License of 966EXX.
The suspect in the double homicide, Brian Scott KILLIAN, may have been driving this vehicle on an around the time of the homicide. Anyone with information regarding this vehicle or anyone who has had recent contact with KILLIAN is encouraged to contact Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957.
All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Josephine County Major Crimes Team is investigating a double homicide which occurred north of Grants Pass on Monday.
According to Detective Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 15th, 2015, at approximately 3:25 PM, Josephine County 911 received a report of a possible deceased person at a residence in the Colonial Valley area just north of Grants Pass. OSP troopers and detectives, along with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the address where they located the bodies of Jerry JACKSON, age 75 and Joann JACKSON, age 73 who both appeared to be the victim of homicidal violence.
The Josephine County Major Crimes Team, consisting of members from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office was activated to investigate, with the Oregon State Police designated as the lead investigating agency.
A suspect, identified as Brian Scott KILLIAN, age 28, of Grants Pass was taken into custody at a separate location in Josephine County. Killian was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on 8 counts of Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, 2 counts of Animal Abuse in the 1st Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the 3rd Degree, 2 counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the 2nd Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.
The investigation into this incident is still continuing and no further information will be released at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Wrong Way Driver Killed On I-84 When He Collides Head-On With Commercial Vehicle - Gilliam County (Photo)
On June 22, 2015 at about 11:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to reports of a head-on crash on I-84 near milepost 114 in Gilliam County.
According to Sergeant John Katzenstein, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Tyler D BROWN, age 25, of Hermiston, for an unknown reason was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on I-84.
OSP began receiving complaints of this wrong way driver and troopers began to respond, but a short time later BROWN's vehicle struck a 1999 Peterbilt truck head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the travel lanes and caught fire. The driver of the Peterbilt, Michael MCCRIGHT, age 61, of Redmond, managed to escape the fire as both vehicles became fully engulfed. MCCRIGHT was not injured. BROWN was declared deceased on scene.
The truck had was loaded with recently harvested salmon which took hours for fire crews to fully extinguish. Both directions of I-84 were closed for almost four hours until one lane in each direction could be opened. Crews are still on scene cleaning the highway.
OSP was assisted by Sherman County Fire, Rufus Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
No further information is available at this time.
OSP Conducts Death Investigation At Deadman Pass Rest Area - Umatilla County - 06/23/15
On June 19, 2015, at about 9:48AM, the Oregon State Police Southern Dispatch Center received notification that a commercial truck had been located at the eastbound Deadman's Pass rest area (I84 exit 228) for about five hours. Another driver stopped and checked the commercial truck, located a suicide note, and called police.
Oregon State Police Troopers from Pendleton responded to the rest area. They were contacted by a subject who was geocaching in the area and located the deceased truck driver approximately 100 yards from his truck in a wooded area. Evidence at the scene and evidence discovered during the death investigation were consistent with suicide as the cause of death.
The deceased was identified as Guy S KRAVITZ, age 51, of Twin Falls, ID. The investigation is still continuing by the Oregon State Medical Examiner'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.
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).
Creswell Man Is Killed When He Drives His Pickup Into Path Of Log Truck (Photo)
A Creswell man was killed Friday morning when he drove his pickup the wrong way on Interstate 5 and collided with a loaded log truck in Lane County.
According to Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, On June 19, 2015 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 182 (just north of Creswell).
Preliminary information indicates a 1999 Dodge Pickup, operated by Keith E HENNINGSEN, age 36, of Creswell began driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Creswell interchange.
HENNINGSEN's vehicle made it a short distance before striking a 2001 Kenworth truck loaded with logs, head-on. HENNINGSEN was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the Kenworth, Robert A FRANKLIN, age 62, of Vader, WA, was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
According to witnesses, FRANKLIN tried to swerve to avoid HENNINGSEN's vehicle but it appeared HENNINGSEN intentionally steered into the path of the truck. Further investigation revealed HENNINGSEN had made suicidal comments to family members and was specific about driving into the path of a log truck.
Both southbound lanes were blocked for about an hour. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, South Lane Rural Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Crook County Man Arrested For Child Pornography Related Charges (Photo)
On Thursday, June 18, 2015 OSP Troopers and Detectives members served search warrants at 191 NW 8th Street in Prineville as part of an ongoing child pornography investigation. Ryan M BABCOCK, age 32, was arrested on multiple counts of encouraging child sexual abuse and possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct of children.
According to Detective Mitch Meyer, the investigation began when OSP received a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Team. The tip indicated that someone in Prineville was sharing pornographic images of children engaged in sexual relations with other adults. This person also created an email account under a false name in order to conceal his true identity.
A search warrant was applied for and granted authorizing the release of BABCOCK's Internet activity and related data. Oregon State Police Detectives working in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Team learned that BABCOCK had been trading sexually explicit images with others through the fictitious email account. An additional warrant was granted to search BABCOCK's residence after his identity was revealed.
Several smart phones, laptop computers, and data storage devices were seized from his residence. The computers and smart phones will be forensically analyzed for additional evidence and attempts will be made to identify the children depicted in the images.
BABCOCK was lodged at the Crook County Jail on the following charges: 12 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and 12 counts of possessing materials depicting sexually explicit conduct of children in the second degree.
The investigation is continuing and no further information available for release at this.
Woman In Wheelchair Struck And Killed On I-5 Near Coburg - 06/19/15
On June 18, 2015, just before midnight, OSP Troopers received a call regarding a possible crash involving a wheelchair located on Interstate 5 near milepost 198. Upon arrival, it was discovered a passenger vehicle operated by a Tigard resident was traveling northbound she struck a female in a wheelchair who was in the lane of travel.
The female in the wheelchair was deceased upon emergency crews arriving. The vehicle driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation which is still continuing. OSP was assisted on scene by the Coburg Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The female has not yet been identified. More information will be released when it becomes available.
***Update*** Motor Vehicle Crash Blocking HWY 20 Near Santiam Junction - Linn County
On June 18, 2015 at about 6:47PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle, head-on crash on HWY 20 near Milepost 80.
Preliminary information indicates a 2001 Subaru Outback was traveling westbound on HWY 20 when it lost control and crossed the centerline, striking a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer head-on. The operator of the Subaru, Cody D OXFORD, age 24, had life threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles in Bend.
The operator and passenger of the Chevy, Roy WRIGHT, age 42, and Lauren WRIGHT, age 40, both of Springfield were taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for serious injuries.
It was determined through the investigation; OXFORD was intoxicated and subsequently cited for DUII-Alcohol, Reckless Driving, two counts of Recklessly Endangering and two counts of Assault. Both directions of HWY 20 were closed for two hours while the investigation was conducted.
No further information available at the time of this release. Photos of the scene will be available later today and will be provided to media when requested.
There is a two vehicle, head-on crash just east of Santiam Junction on HWY 20 (Milepost 80) which is blocking both directions of travel. Air ambulance is enroute for multiple patients with serious injuries. Please visit www.tripcheck.com
for road status.
More information will be released when it is available.
Motorcycle Crash Takes Life Of California Man In Harney County (Photo)
According to Sergeant Brian Williams, on June 18, 2015, at about 3:43PM, a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Steven A GALE, age 71, of Montara, CA, rear-ended another motorcycle on HWY 20 at milepost 114 (near Sage Hen Rest Area). The other motorcycle, a 2008 Harley Davidson, operated by Robert RESCH, age 65, of Half Moon Bay, CA, lost control and crashed on the highway. RESCH and his passenger, Janet KLUZIK, age 54, of Half Moon Bay, CA, were both ejected.
After striking RESCH's motorcycle, GALE's motorcycle veered into the path of a 2011 Ford F250 head-on. GALE was deceased upon arrival of emergency crews. The occupants of the F250, Richard CHERNABAEFF and Kristine CHERNABAEFF (both of Kerman, CA) were not injured.
RESCH was taken to Harney District Hospital for minor injuries. His passenger, KLUZIK, was taken to Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend by air ambulance for serious injuries.
Preliminary information indicates GALE and RESCH had been traveling together when they became separated. It appears GALE was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with RESCH who had just pulled out from Sage Hen Rest Area.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is still continuing and information will be released when it is available.
8 Years Later, Fugitive Responsible For Death Of Marion County Sheriff Deputy Still Wanted (Photo)
This week marks the eighth anniversary of the death of Marion County Sheriff Deputy Kelly Fredinburg who was killed in a late night traffic crash involving another vehicle on Highway 99E north of Gervais. The driver of the other involved vehicle, Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO, is still a fugitive wanted for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide for causing the death his 19-year old passenger and Deputy Fredinburg. A reward of up to $21,000 is still available for information that leads to the arrest of De JESUS ASCENCIO.
The Fredinburg family worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the "Oregon Officer Reward Fund" (OORF), available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with line-of-duty police injury and death criminal investigations in Oregon. The family's relentless commitment, along with a $20,000 reward, supports and helps investigators to find the fugitive responsible for Deputy Fredinburg's death. This reward is in addition to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers (#07-28) for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
ALFREDO De JESUS ASCENCIO, who turned 28 years of age in January 2015, has been sought by the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) since he was indicted August 3, 2007 by a Marion County Grand Jury on two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide.
On June 16, 2007 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle driven by De JESUS ASCENCIO. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputy Fredinburg joined MCSO in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.
Nineteen-year old passenger, Oscar Ascencio-Amaya, died from his injuries the following day at a Portland-area hospital. A second passenger received minor injuries.
De JESUS ASCENCIO, who was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. Investigators learned later he fled the U.S. to Mexico around the time he was indicted August 3, 2007 and an arrest warrant was signed by a judge. Investigators believe De JESUS ASCENCIO is currently at an unknown location in Mexico. He was last believed to be in the area of Puacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
Anyone with information related to this investigation to help locate De JESUS ASCENCIO can report tips by phone at:
* In Oregon, call 800-452-7888.
* From anywhere in the United States for English and Spanish speakers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers), call 1-503-823-HELP (4357).
* Residents within Mexico can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers) at +011-503-823-4357.
Email tips can be sent to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us
Tips should have as much detail as possible including specific details about the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.
Note: De Jesus Ascencio photograph is only photo available and was taken before June 2007.
Medford Man Arrested For Several Road Rage Incidents - Jackson County (Photo)
Richard A NUCKOLS, age 18, of Medford, was arrested for several incidents of road rage and aggressive driving that was a result of an ongoing investigation by the Oregon State Police.
This investigation was initiated related to a driving complaint received by the Southern Command Center (SCC) of the Oregon State Police on May 11, 2015 at 12:38PM. The initial 911 call identified NUCKOLS' vehicle, a vibrant blue 2013 4-door Dodge Dart. The vehicle was uniquely identified by tinted windows and black aftermarket wheels.
The victims in this first known incident described extremely reckless driving at the Milepost 27 (South Medford) interchange area. NUCKOLS was traveling northbound on Interstate 5, speeding excessively prior to the exit and then intentionally swerved at and ultimately forced the two victims (driver and passenger) off the roadway and onto the shoulder. Both victims sustained head and neck injuries while avoiding the collision.
Ongoing investigation continued related to the May 11th incident. As the investigation progressed Senior Trooper Tom Harrison uncovered three additional incidents of extreme and intentionally reckless driving by NUCKOLS.
The following is a summary of the other events:
* On March 11, 2015, NUCKOLS reportedly ran multiple vehicles off I-5 at Exit 27. This incident was reported by a single victim who reported NUCKOLS speeding excessively, following too closely, and using his vehicle to intentionally cause other vehicles to swerve out of his way.
* On May 18, 2015, NUCKOLS ran four motorcycle riders off the interstate at Exit 27, eventually causing one of the riders to be forced to lay down his bike.
* On May 21, 2015, NUCKOLS was reported to be driving recklessly northbound on Interstate 5 between the Talent, Oregon and Phoenix, Oregon interchanges. NUCKOLS made numerous erratic lane changes at high rates of speeds when he suddenly pulled in front of the victims. NUCKOLS then slammed on his brakes in the fast lane at an estimated 70 MPH down to 35 MPH. Just prior to taking Exit 24, NUCKOLS swerved violently towards the victims and caused them to partially leave the roadway into the center median gravel shoulder.
Each of the described incidents were presented to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and an indictment was obtained charging NUCKOLS with 4 counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Vehicle), 2 counts of Assault III, 4 counts of Reckless Endangering Another Person and 4 counts of Reckless Driving. On June 16, 2015, at 4:10 PM, NUCKOLS was arrested and bail was set at $98,000.
No further information available at the time of this release.
Happy Valley Woman Dies After Tuesday Evening Crash In Clackamas (Photo)
A Tuesday evening crash in Clackamas County took the life of a Happy Valley woman.
According to Trooper Rich Anderson, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at approximately 7:00PM, a 2003 Infinity G35, being operated by Alexander DELUCIA JR, age 57, of Happy Valley was southbound on the off-ramp from I-205 southbound to SE Sunnyside RD when it crashed at a high rate of speed into six vehicles that were stopped at a red light.
One of the vehicles the Infinity crashed into was a 2009 Ford Escape, being operated by Sheilah M KRAUSSE, age 60, of Happy Valley. The Ford Escape sustained heavy crush damage on the rear end, passenger side, and front end. KRAUSSE was extricated by Clackamas Fire and transported by AMR to OHSU in critical condition. She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital on June 17, 2015.
DELUCIA JR was arrested on charges of Manslaughter I, DUII-Felony, Reckless Endangering of a Person and Reckless Driving. Alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as factors in the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas Fire, AMR, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is continuing and any further release of information be released as it becomes available.
Salem Man Cited After Crashing Near John Day -Grant County (Photo)
The Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to HWY 26 Milepost 159 to the report of a vehicle crashed into a power pole. Additional information indicated the power lines were down and a grass fire had started.
According to Sergeant Tom Hutchison, on June 16, 2015 at about 12:28PM, a 1998 Dodge pickup pulling a flatbed trailer was traveling eastbound on HWY 26 when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled over and struck a power pole. This caused the power lines to drop and start the vehicle and the surrounding vegetation on fire.
The operator of the vehicle. Taylor D MELIZA, age 18, of Salem, was uninjured. Fire crews from John Day and the Bureau of Land Management responded and extinguished the fire. Initial investigation suggests MELIZA fell asleep causing his vehicle to depart the roadway. He was cited for Careless Driving.
OSP was also assisted on scene by the Grant County Sheriff's Office, Blue Mountain Ambulance and the John Day Police Department.
Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Malheur County Takes Life Of Hillsoboro Man (Photo)
According to Sergeant Bob Wilson, on June 15, 2015, just before noon, OSP received the report of a single motorcycle crash on HWY 26 near milepost 245 in Malheur County (about twenty miles northwest of Vale). Based upon initial information, it is believed a 2012 Honda motorcycle, operated by Charles P FERNALD, age 70, of Hillsboro, drifted off the roadway as it was traveling eastbound on HWY 26. The motorcycle traveled for a long distance before it fell over and ejected FERNALD into a fence.
Emergency crews arrived on scene and pronounced FERNALD deceased. There are no known witnesses to the crash and the investigation is continuing as contributing factors are being considered.
OSP was assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Sheriff's Office (next of kin notification). No further information will be released at this time.
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation in Josephine County (Photo)
An early morning crash in Josephine County takes the life of a Grants Pass woman.
According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on Monday, June 15, 2015, at approximately 12:20AM, a 2006 Toyota RAV4, being operated by Steven R SCHURPF, Jr, age 29, of Grants Pass was southbound on Azalea Drive near Ewe Creek Road when it failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The vehicle left the roadway onto the right (west) shoulder and rolled several times.
SCHURPF's passenger, Tamera R DILLARD, age 27, of Grants Pass was ejected during the crash. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. SCHURPF had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass and later medically cleared/released to OSP custody with no injuries.
SCHURPF was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Manslaughter I, DUII and Reckless Driving. Drugs, alcohol and excessive speed are being investigated as factors in the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire and AMR medical.
No further information is available. More information will be released as it becomes available.
HWY 58 Crash Involving Four Vehicle Sends Twelve To The Hospital - Lane County (Photo)
On June 14, 2015 at about 6:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responding the report of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 58 near milepost 2 (just east of I-5).
According to Sergeant Mike Brewster, a 2002 Acura MDX, operated by Hector G MONTOYA, age 26, of Keizer was stopped in the eastbound lane waiting to make a turn north into a private driveway when it was struck from behind by a 2014 Chevy Pickup operated by Russell B THOMAS, age 37, of Church Rock, New Mexico.
This collision forced the Acura into the oncoming (westbound) lane where it collided with a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by John A SUTTER, age 54, of Portland and then a 2007 Nissan Sentra operated by Lynn H MCKENZIE, age 21, of Creswell.
A total of 11 occupants were transported to Springfield Hospitals, one child was taken to Oregon Health and Sciences University for life threatening injuries.
HWY 58 was closed for hours as traffic was routed on alternate roads during the investigation. The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when available.
Serious Motorcycle Crash, HWY 47 Near Forest Grove (Photo)
A Beaverton man was critically injured when his motorcycle collided with a pickup in Washington County.
According to Lieutenant Doug Shugart, on June 12, 2015 at about 3:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a motor vehicle crash in the intersection of HWY 47 and Scoggins Valley Road.
Preliminary information is Tarik ALFADLI, age 22, of Beaverton was operating a 1988 Honda motorcycle east on Scoggins Valley Rd when he failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection with HWY 47. ALFADLI colliding with a passing 2006 Ford F350 operated by William WISE, age 58, of McMinnville. ALFADLI collided with the rear portion of the pickup which ejected him from his motorcycle and caused him serious injuries. ALFADLI was taken by air ambulance to a Portland area hospital. WISE was not injured.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted by Gaston Fire, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Fatal Crash - HWY 38 MP 44 (West of Drain) (Photo)
On June 12, 2015, at about 4:23PM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on HWY 38 near milepost 44 (west of Drain).
Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2000 Pontiac Montana operated by Donna BREWSTER age 71, of Drain, Oregon, was traveling west on HWY 38 when it drifted off the north shoulder and down an embankment striking a tree.
Emergency personnel immediately responded and BREWSTER was pronounced deceased on scene.
Both lanes of Hwy 38 remained open during the investigation which is continuing. OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, Fire Dept personnel, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***Update #2*** OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation As Result Of Speed Racing - Lane County (Photo)
On June 11, 2015, Oregon State Police Detectives arrested the two drivers involved in Tuesday's fatal pedestrian crash near Pleasant Hill.
According to Sergeant Andy Kenyon, the juveniles were arrested around 5PM on June 11, 2015 and lodged at Serbu Youth Detention Facility in Eugene. Arrested were two 17 year old males both of Springfield. Both were charged with Manslaughter in the 1st Degree, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering.
The incident occurred on June 9, 2015 when, according to witnesses, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro a 1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT were speed racing on Mathews Road. The drivers lost control of their vehicles and the Camaro struck VILETT which caused his death. The Camaro continued after striking VILETT and struck a tree.
No further information will be released this time.
The Oregon State Police is continuing yesterday's fatal crash investigation near Pleasant Hill.
According to Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, on June 9, 2015 just before 1:30PM, OSP Troopers and the Lane County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian death in front of 34817 Matthews Rd.
Preliminary information is that two vehicles were speed racing westbound on Matthews Road when one lost control and struck, Roland E VILETTE, age 45. Upon law enforcement and medics arriving on scene, VILETTE was pronounced deceased. The investigation revealed VILETTE's residence is located in front of the incident scene and it has not yet been confirmed where VILETTE was positioned when he was struck.
The two drivers involved in the speed racing are both juveniles and their identities will not be released at this time. The investigating is still continuing and any further release of information could compromise it's integrity. A future update will be released when it is appropriate to do so.
OSP Troopers and the Lane County Sheriff's Office are on scene of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in 34000 Block of Matthews Road near Pleasant Hill.
According to Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, on June 9, 2015, at about 1:08PM, two vehicles were allegedly speed racing westbound on Matthews Road when one lost control striking a pedestrian. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
***Name Correction*** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash HWY 38 Near Drain - Douglas County (Photo)
Name correction on both involved drivers:
Louis J CHAVES
Robert M ROOKARD
On June 11, 2015, at about 5:21AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on HWY 38 near milepost 44 (west of Drain).
Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2010 Chrysler 300 operated by , age 68, of Cressey, CA, was traveling east on HWY 38 when it drifted across the center lane and into the path of 2000 Kenworth log truck (unloaded). The operator of the truck, Robert M ROOKLAND, age 57, of Dexter, OR was not injured in the crash.
After the collision, CHAVEZ's vehicle left the roadway and came to rest on its side down a small embankment. Emergency personnel immediately responded and CHAVEZ was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Westbound lane of Hwy 38 remained closed for approximately 5 hours for the investigation and removal of vehicles. Both lanes of Hwy 138 are now open.
OSP was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, Fire Dept personnel, and ODOT.
OSP Troopers are on scene of a fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on HWY 38 at MP 44 (west of Drain). One lane is blocked but traffic is passing through. Expect delays for hours as investigators are on scene. Please visit www.tripcheck.com
for travel status updates.
Shooting Investigation Underway In Josephine County - 06/12/15
On June 12, 2015, just before 7:30AM, law enforcement responded to Selma to the report of a shooting at 156 Hogue Drive in Selma. Prior to law enforcement arrival, it was learned a victim with a gunshot wound was taken to the local fire department and then by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. At the time of this release the victim has serious injuries but believed not to be life threatening.
The Oregon State Police and Josephine County Sheriff's Office continued to the incident location and made contact with three subjects who were subsequently detained. Detectives are currently working the scene and continuing their investigation.
Any additional release of information could compromise the integrity of the investigation. An update will be released when authorized by investigators.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers Investigating Poaching Case Outside LaGrande (Photo)
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for unlawful wounding a buck deer outside of LaGrande in the Starkey Unit located in Union County.
According to Sergeant Chris Hawkins, a concerned citizen reported the mortally wounded buck only a couple miles off I-84, a short distance up Ladd Creek Road. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and determined the buck was shot with a .17 caliber rifle twice in the head, on or before June 3rd. There are no legal deer hunting seasons occurring during this time of year.
A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contacted Senior Trooper Kris Davis at the Oregon State Police office in LaGrande at 541-805-4757.
OSP Investigates Rollover Crash -Baker City (Photo)
According to Lieutenant Sean Belding, on June 8, 2015 at about 5:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to Hughes Lane and 10th Street in Baker City for the report of a crash (in front of the OSP Baker City Office).
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Honda Accord driven by Rachelle GEORGE, 31, of Baker City, was traveling north on 10th Street near Hughes Lane. A 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by 16 year old juvenile from North Powder, was south on 10th when it turned into the path of GEORGE's vehicle. The juvenile's vehicle rolled over and struck a passing 2013 Ford F150, operated by Lance DIXON, age 49, of North Powder.
Three of the occupants in GEORGE's vehicle were transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. The fourth occupant in GEORGE's vehicle, a five year old, who was in the back seat of the flown by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for serious injuries. The passengers in the other vehicles did not require medical attention.
OSP was assisted on scene by the Baker City Police Department, Baker County Sheriff's Office , and Baker City Fire. The investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.
Update - Murder/Suicide Investigation in Ranier
The Oregon State Police, in conjunction with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the Columbia County DA's Office, The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Rainier Police Department wish to provide the following update on the investigation into the triple homicide in Rainier that was discovered late Sunday evening at 75379 Fern Hill Loop in Rainier, Oregon.
Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner has concluded, through post-mortem examinations of the three cutting and stabbing victims in Rainier Oregon, that two were victims of a homicide, and one of a suicide.
Danny ABBOTT Sr, age 48, died of self-inflicted cutting injuries. His death was ruled a suicide.
Laury ABBOTT, age 44, and Danny ABBOTT Jr, age 8, died of multiple cutting and stabbing wounds and their deaths were ruled homicides.
The continued investigation, by members of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team, has yielded the following additional information: that Danny ABBOTT, Sr and Laury ABBOTT were married but were undergoing marital difficulties and reportedly had not been living together for several months. Family members reported that Laury had expressed concerns for safety and was planning on filing for divorce.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
(Attached is a previous release by the Columbia County District Attorney's Office.)
OSP Conducting Death Investigation In Josephine County - 06/09/15
According to Lieutenant Darin Lux, on June 8, 2015 at about 2:41PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to 930 Saratoga Way in Josephine County on the report of a subject down, unconscious and CPR was being administered. Upon medics and law enforcement arriving, Steve MESSER, age 53, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased.
Preliminary information indicates Steve MESSER and his brother, Donald MESSER, age 54, of Grants Pass, had been in some level of a physical confrontation when Steve collapsed. Donald was taken to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass for treatment of injuries he sustained during the confrontation.
The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
***Update*** Rollover Log Truck Crash on HWY 42 in Douglas County (Photo)
According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox, on June 8, 2015 at about 8:59AM, a 2005 Kenworth log truck registered to Youngs Trucking, was traveling eastbound on HWY 42 near milepost 45 when it failed to negotiate a curve. The driver, Jack E TAYLOR, age 54, of Coos Bay, lost control and rolled the truck spilling the load of logs onto the roadway.
At the same time the log truck was crashing, a 2005 Kenworth tractor and box trailer registered to Fed Ex was traveling westbound. The driver, James D METCALF, age 39, of Winchester, made efforts to avoid the crashing log truck, swerved towards the edge of the roadway and jackknifed the trailer, coming to rest across both lanes of the highway.
A third vehicle, a 2010 Ford Ranger, operated by Braden J GIBERSON, age 19, of Roseburg, was following the Fed EX truck when it jackknifed. GIBERSON drove his vehicle into the ditch to avoid the crash where the load of logs landed on his vehicle.
GIBERSON was able to exit his vehicle with only minor injuries. He was subsequently transported to Mercy Medical Center for those injuries.
TAYLOR was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel and violation of the basic rule (speeding). The highway was blocked for hours as crews removed the vehicles and load of logs. No further information at this time.
OSP Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of a multiple vehicle crash on HWY 42 in Douglas County just east of the Douglas/Coos County Line. The crash involves an overturned log truck and two other vehicles. Only minor injuries are reported but the both directions of the highway are expected to be blocked for hours. Please visit www.tripcheck.com
for road status updates. More information will be released when it is available.
Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Crook County - 06/08/15
According to OSP Sergeant Roberto Robles, on June 7, 2015, at about 8:00PM, the Crook County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a shooting at a residence north of Prineville. An adult male was transported to St Charles Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound.
The Tri-County Major Crime Team was activated to assist with the investigation which went through the night. All involved parties in the incident have been contacted and there is no threat to the community.
The Tri-County Major Crime Team consists of members from the Crook County Sheriff's Office, the Crook County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police, the Bend Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Redmond Police Department, and the Warm Springs Police Department.
The investigation is continuing. The names of those involved and location of the incident will be released when doing so does not interfere with the investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
OSP Investigating Crash Involving Jackson County Deputy Sheriff and Pedestrian - 06/07/15
According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on June 6, 2015 at about 10:11PM, a Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 40 when something struck the right side of his patrol car. Thinking that he struck a deer, the Deputy stopped on the east shoulder of the freeway. Once stopped on the shoulder the deputy realized he had struck a person.
OSP Troopers responded and assumed the investigation. Preliminary information indicates Eliso L ARIAS, age 35, of Medford, was walking down the center of the interstate between the slow lane and fast lane when he was struck by the patrol vehicle. This section of I-5 is tree-lined and not lit. Further investigation revealed ARIAS had been camping in the area and had been in a disturbance. He left the campsite and began to walk home down the center of the interstate.
ARIAS, who was intoxicated, was transported to Providence Medical Center in Medford for serious injuries, none of which were considered life threatening. A portion of Interstate 5 was closed for about one hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Rogue River Fire, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is ongoing by OSP and more information will be released when it becomes available.
***Update*** Fatal Traffic Crash, HWY 26 Near Warm Springs
According to Sergeant Dave Pond, on June 4th, 2015 at about 9:02PM, a 1995 Subaru Wagon, operated by Steven C RANKIN, age 73, of Madras, was traveling eastbound on HWY 26 near milepost 97 when it crossed over the centerline. RANKIN's vehicle struck a 2014 Freightliner Commercial Vehicle, operated by Tressie H BELCHER, age of 46, of Heppner, head on.
OSP Troopers and the Warm Springs Police Department responded and upon arrival, found RANKIN deceased. His passenger, Lisbet F HORNUNG, age 60, of Madras, was taken by air ambulance to St Charles Medical Center in Bend for serious injuries. BELCHER was not injured.
Initial investigation appears that fatigue is believed to be a contributing factor to crash. HWY 26 was closed for approximately five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Warm Springs Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Further information will be released when it is available.
Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of a fatal vehicle crash on HWY 26 near Milepost 97. Both directions of travel are expected to be blocked for hours. Please visit www.tripcheck.com
for road status updates. More information will be released when it is available.
Washington Man Arrested Following Pursuit On I-5 Near Woodburn (Photo)
According to Sergeant Jason Lindland, on June 4, 2015 at about 11:09AM, the Oregon State Police began to receive multiple driving complaints of a blue Dodge Neon that was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 at a high rate of speed and passing on the shoulder in the Wilsonville area.
An OSP Trooper set up to intercept the vehicle near milepost 279 (Donald/Aurora Interchange). The vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Neon with Washington plates, passed by the trooper who attempted to stop it. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle continued southbound at a high rate of speed and was using both shoulders to pass traffic.
When the suspect vehicle neared Woodburn, it attempted to pass traffic on the shoulder when it lost control and struck another southbound vehicle as it began to enter a highway work zone. The suspect vehicle struck the work zone warning sign and crashed into some roadside shrubbery where two OSP Troopers attempted to block it from leaving the scene. The suspect drove into an OSP patrol vehicle, and after a short confrontation, was arrested.
The driver, Jonathan OSON, age 33, of Vancouver, WA, was arrested for Felony Criminal Mischief, Attempted to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and DUII- Controlled Substance. The suspect admitted to troopers he had smoked methamphetamine and marijuana prior to driving. Oson was lodged at the Marion County Jail.
No further information available for release at this time.
OSP Releasing Internal Documents Relating To Former Detective Dave Steele
The Oregon State Police released the internal investigative reports on former Detective Dave Steele today as a result of requests by the Oregonian.
Starting January of 2014, criminal investigations were launched by the Salem Police Department at the request of OSP, which led to Steele's conviction for Forgery and Official Misconduct (pled guilty in December of 2014). He subsequently resigned from the Oregon State Police and surrendered his police officer credentials to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standard and Training.
In August of 2014, the Oregon State Police requested the Oregon Department of Justice review the procedures of OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Detective Dave Steele's involvement in the Pedersen/Grigsby murder investigation. OSP also worked with the Department of Justice to review Detective Steele's past investigations that resulted in convictions, and sent letters to the defense attorneys who handled those cases and the local public defense consortiums alerting them to Judge Haggerty's opinion, and offering them the opportunity to inspect OSP's case files.
The Oregon State Police withheld the release of the personnel investigation so it would not hamper the Oregon Department of Justice review related to the supervisory opinion issued by retired Judge Ancer Haggerty. The Department of Justice recently completed its review and OSP has chosen to release DOJ's report in addition to the release of the internal investigative reports. A copy of DOJ's review has been attached to this press release.
The Oregon State Police prides itself with integrity and public trust and in response to this incident, OSP is committed to making necessary changes and has reviewed policies and training that may directly or indirectly be related to this matter.
Inquiries should be directed to the OSP Public Information Officer.