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Oregon State Police Trooper Nicolas Cederberg receives the National Public Safety Medal of Valor (Photo) - 05/22/19

Today, Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg received the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor presented by the President of the United States. This is the highest national award for valor a public safety officer can receive. 

Nic was awarded this honor for his bravery shown on December 25, 2016, Christmas Day. Trooper Cederberg, on patrol alone and without cover, attempted to arrest a craven and desperate murder suspect. The suspect engaged Nic in a close quarters gun battle, with our OSP family member sustaining a dozen gunshot wounds and left clinging to life. That Christmas morning, Nic provided us all with the greatest gift imaginable, his determination and will to survive in the face of impossible odds.

Nic, who was a US Army veteran and who was a seven year veteran of the Oregon State Police at the time, has not yet been able to return to work due to the injuries sustained. Nic initially spent 48 long days in the hospital and continues to fight for a full recovery.

“The greatest gift the Oregon State Police has received is Nic’s pure determination to survive. Trooper Cederberg typifies the grit and perseverance of an OSP Trooper, humbly serving with distinction in the face of difficult circumstances. Nic, we love you and honor your service. All of Oregon celebrates your award of the Medal of Valor and the personal story it symbolizes.”- Superintendent Travis Hampton

“I am proud to have our Oregon State Police represented at the White House today by Trooper Cederberg. On Christmas Day 2016, he showed enormous courage in the most difficult of circumstances, and exemplified the kind of service and bravery the Medal of Valor represents. His life and community will be forever impacted by that night, and his experience is part of why I feel strongly that we need more troopers on Oregon’s highways. I wish Nic the best on his continued recovery and congratulate him for this distinguished recognition.” Governor Kate Brown

Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. To honor that commitment, Congress passed The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Act of 2001 (https://www.bja.gov/programs/medalofvalor/valor.html), which created the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The medal is awarded annually to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life

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Fatal Crash Highway 126W near Veneta -- Lane County (Photo) - 05/20/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s multi-vehicle fatal crash on 126W near Veneta. 

On May 18, 2019 at about 3:30 PM, OSP and first responders were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W near milepost 50.

Preliminary investigation revealed that several eastbound vehicles were stopped on 126W near the intersection of Lake Side Drive waiting for a vehicle to make a turn.  A Chevrolet pickup operated by Thomas HILL, age 39, from Eugene, was eastbound and failed to observe traffic coming to a stop.  The Chevrolet pickup rear ended a Dodge pickup, operated by Christopher STUART, age 29 from Florence.  The impact caused the Dodge pickup to go into the westbound lane where it crashed into a  Ford Focus operated by Jennifer STEPHENSON, age 37, from Noti. 

STEPHENSON suffered fatal injuries from the impact.  STEPHENSON’s passenger, Matthew MARCUERQIAGA, age 39, from Noti, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.  STUART sustained critical injuries and was also transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. 

Highway 126W was closed for about two hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and Veneta Fire. 

Photograph provided by OSP. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Fatal Crash Territorial Highway & High Pass Road near Junction City -- Lane County (Photo) - 05/20/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning’s two vehicle fatal crash on Territorial Highway and High Pass Road near Junction City. 

On May 17, 2019 at about 10:20 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of Territorial Highway and Highway Pass Road. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevy Cavalier, operated by Russell Lee NICKERSON, age 81, from Eugene was traveling westbound on High Pass Road when for unknown reasons he failed to stop at the intersection.  NICKERSON’s vehicle was struck by a  Ford Econoline Van, operated by Cary Allen RAMSAY (male), age 55, from Eugene. 

NICKERSON suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  RAMSAY was transported to Riverbend Hospital with serious injuries. 

Territorial Highway was closed for approximately four hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Junction City Fire and Lane Fire Authority.

Photograph provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ### 
Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Death Investigation Highway 38 near Elkton -- Douglas County - 05/15/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s accident that lead to the death of a North Bend man on Highway 38 near Elkton. 

On May 15, 2019 at about 11:10 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a log truck that had gone into a ditch on Highway 38 near milepost 37. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a loaded Kenworth log truck operated by John DICKENS, age 63, from North Bend, was eastbound on Highway 38.  DICKENS stopped at a wide spot along the highway and exited the log truck.  The log truck started rolling and struck DICKENS while he was outside of it causing fatal injuries. 

OSP is continuing the investigation into what caused the log truck to roll while it was unattended.  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, Elkton Fire Department , OSHA, and Mast Brothers Towing. 

No photographs for release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Death Investigation -- (On Behalf of Stayton Police Department) - Update - 05/10/19

The following update is being released on behalf of the Stayton Police Department.

On Thursday May 9th at about 12pm Stayton Police responded to a residence in Stayton for a possible gun shot.  When they arrived, Officers found a 16-year-old male who had been shot with a handgun.  He was transported to Santiam Memorial Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.  An autopsy was conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office today and the death was ruled a suicide.

Stayton PD would like you to please keep the involved family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Previous Release:

The following information is being released on behalf of the Stayton Police Department. 

On May 9, 2019 at about 12:00 PM, Stayton Police Department responded to a residence in regards to a juvenile male being shot. 

Preliminary information indicates a juvenile male died from a gun-shot wound.  Stayton Police Department is leading the investigation.  Oregon State Police, Marion County Sherriff's Office, Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit and Aumsville Police Department and  are assisting Stayton Police Department to determine the cause and circumstances. 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Stayton Police Department. Point of Contact is Chief of Police Rich Sebens at 503-932-1406. 

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Benton County Man Pleads Guilty to Wildlife Crimes (Photo) - 05/10/19

Anthony A. COLEMAN, age 33, from Corvallis, pleaded guilty in the Benton County Circuit Court to two counts of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation in Wildlife Law or Rule and Possession of Prohibited Firearm as Class A Misdemeanors. 

He was sentenced to:

·        Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 8 years

·        36 months bench probation to include no participation in hunting, trapping, or shed hunting activities

·        $20,400 in fines, fees, and restitution

·        30 days of work crew

·        Forfeiture of all seized rifles, bows and animal parts

·        10 days in jail

The charges stemmed from an investigation which resulted in the service of several search warrants by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team last year. The investigation began when an anonymous person advised Troopers of COLEMAN killing two bull elk on the same day. The search warrants served led to multiple other charges to include a buck deer that was killed out of season and a short-barreled rifle found in possession of COLEMAN. The three charges COLEMAN plead guilty to was part of a plea agreement offered by the Benton County DA’s Office. Multiple charges relating to the unlawful taking of big game animals were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

 

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

 

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

 

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 
 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

 

Photographs courtesy of Benton County Sheriff’s Office and OSP.

 

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Crash Investigation Involving Bend Police Department K9 Officer (Photo) - 05/09/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s crash that involved a Bend Police Department K9 Officer.

On May 9, 2019 at about 2:20 PM, Deschutes County 911 put out information on a reported suicidal male subject identified as Zenler CLAIRMONT, age 19, from Lake Oswego, driving a black Jeep Wrangler. 

A short time later a Deputy with Deschutes County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle on Hwy 97  near milepost 131 about 3 miles North of Bend.  When the Deputy attempted to stop CLAIRMONT he fled driving recklessly at high speeds, crossing into oncoming traffic and avoiding multiple attempts by officers to spike strip the vehicle.  CLAIRMONT eventually turned onto NE 2nd Street off Bultler Market, an area with no outlet.  Officer's from Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted to contain CLAIRMONT.  In an attempt to escape CLAIRMONT drove through a fence colliding with the driver's side of Bend Police K9 vehicle.  

CLAIRMONT did not sustain any injuries during the crash.  The Bend Police Department K9 officer received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Saint Charles Hospital for treatment. 

The name of the Bend Police Department K9 Officer will be released at a later time by their department. 

CLAIRMONT was arrested by OSP for Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants, Assault II, Criminal Mischief 1, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving.  Other charges may be referred to the District Attorney’s Office once the investigation is completed by all agencies involved. 

OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department and local fire/EMS.

Photograph provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Fatal Crash Highway 140W near Klamath Falls (Klamath County) (Photo) - 05/09/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s crash on Highway 140W near Klamath Falls. 

On May 9, 2019 at about 10:00 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140W near milepost 66. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Hyundai Sonata operated by Kevin DAVIS, age 35, from Klamath Falls, was westbound and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane.  An eastbound Volvo Semi-Truck, operated by Hardip Singh PUNNI, age 28, from Burien Washington, collided nearly head-on with the Hyundai Sonata.    

DAVIS died from injuries sustained in the crash.  PUNNI sustained serious injuries and was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.   

The highway was closed for over two hours while investigators were at the scene. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Klamath County Fire District. 

Photograph courtesy of OSP. 

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Critical Injury Crash Highway 26 near Hillsboro (Washington County) (Photo) - 05/09/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s critical injury vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 26 near Hillsboro. 

On May 9, 2019 at about 11:15 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 26 near milepost 60. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Volvo semi-truck, operated by Eric SCOTT, age 39, from Stockbridge GA, was eastbound on Highway 26.  A pedestrian identified as Morris RIVERA, age 69, from Hillsboro walked into the path of the semi-truck causing the collision. 

RIVERA sustained critical injuries and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. 

SCOTT was not injured during the crash and is cooperating with investigators. 

Based on evidence and witness statements investigators believe that RIVERA intentionally walked into the path of the semi-truck. 

The highway was closed with detours set up for about two hours.

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and local fire and EMS. 

Photograph provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

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Death Investigation -- (On Behalf of Stayton Police Department) - 05/09/19

The following information is being released on behalf of the Stayton Police Department. 

On May 9, 2019 at about 12:00 PM, Stayton Police Department responded to a residence in regards to a juvenile male being shot. 

Preliminary information indicates a juvenile male died from a gun-shot wound.  Stayton Police Department is leading the investigation.  Oregon State Police, Marion County Sherriff's Office, Salem Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit and Aumsville Police Department and  are assisting Stayton Police Department to determine the cause and circumstances. 

Media inquiries should be directed to the Stayton Police Department. Point of Contact is Chief of Police Rich Sebens at 503-932-1406. 

Fatal Pedestrian Crash Highway 36 near Cheshire (Lane County) Update Pedestrian Identified - 05/08/19

The pedestrian that died in Saturday night’s fatal pedestrian crash has been identified as:

Walter PLUMLEE, age 38, from Cheshire. 

Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Highway 36 near Cheshire.   

On Saturday May 4, 2019 at approximately 11:30PM, (OSP) Troopers and Emergency Responders were dispatched to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy 36 at milepost 44.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Ranger pickup operated by, Leslie Husted SELLARS (male), age 79, from Cheshire, was traveling westbound on Hwy 36 and collided with an adult male pedestrian that was in the lane of travel.   The adult male pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  SELLARS was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. 

The adult male pedestrian has not been identified and investigators are working on positively identifying him. 

OSP was assisted by Lane Fire, ODOT and Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No photographs available for release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

 

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Fatal Crash Highway 20E near Hampton (Deschutes County) (Photo) - 05/08/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Tuesday night’s single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 20E near Hampton. 

On May 7, 2019 at about 10:15 PM, OSP Troopers and Emergency Responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 20E near milepost 66. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Caravan operated by John OTTLINGER, age 66, from Salem, was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and entered the westbound ditch.  OTTLINGER overcorrected and crossed both lanes of travel before entering the eastbound ditch where the van rolled several times.  OTTLINGER was not wearing safety restraints and was ejected during the crash.    OTTLINGER suffered fatal injuries from the crash.

The highway was closed for approximately 45 minutes during the investigation before being re-opened. 

OSP was assisted on scene by Bend Fire/Rescue/EMS as well as Deschutes County S.O. and ODOT.

Photograph provided by OSP.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

 

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash Highway 36 near Cheshire (Lane County) - 05/06/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Highway 36 near Cheshire.   

On Saturday May 4, 2019 at approximately 11:30PM, (OSP) Troopers and Emergency Responders were dispatched to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy 36 at milepost 44.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Ranger pickup operated by, Leslie Husted SELLARS (male), age 79, from Cheshire, was traveling westbound on Hwy 36 and collided with an adult male pedestrian that was in the lane of travel.   The adult male pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.  SELLARS was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. 

The adult male pedestrian has not been identified and investigators are working on positively identifying him. 

OSP was assisted by Lane Fire, ODOT and Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

No photographs available for release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Double Fatal Crash Highway 138E near Glide (Douglas County) - 05/06/19

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s double fatal crash that occurred on Highway 138E near Glide. 

On Sunday May 5, 2019 at approximately 1:00PM, (OSP) Troopers and Emergency Responders were dispatched to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 138E at milepost 20.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chrysler PT Cruiser operated by, Kelley WEEKLY (female), age 42, from Klamath Falls, was traveling westbound on Hwy 138E when for an unknown reason it veered off the roadway and impacted a tree.  WEEKLY and passenger Scott CARNES, age 49, from Klamath Falls, were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.  

Both WEEKLY and CARNES were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.  Traffic was not impacted by the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Glide Fire department, ODOT, Joe’s towing, and Chapel of the Roses.

No photographs available for release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Newport Man Found Deceased on the Beach in Yachats - 05/02/19

On May 2, 2019 at approximately 10:15 AM, emergency personal responded to the beach between W. 3rd and W. 4th Streets in Yachats for a report of a deceased male on the beach.

Oregon State Police responded and the preliminary investigation revealed a male, by the name, Michael Clift, age 43, from Newport, Oregon deceased at the scene. The nature of his death is still under investigation. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Yachats Rural Fire Protection, Central Coast Fire, Seal Rock Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner.

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UPDATE Correction Thursday - Passenger dies in two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 - Clackamas County - 04/26/19

On THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 at approximately 4:15 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 211 at the intersection of Hillockburn Rd in Clackamas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon 2004 Honda CRV, operated by Sam H Oroke (72) of Colton, was traveling northbound on Hwy 211 and crossed into the southbound lanes colliding with a black 2013 Nissan Maxima, operated by Jimmie Grimes (75) of Colton. 

Grimes was transported for injuries.  The passenger in the Maxima, Janet Grimes (75) of Colton, was transported to a Portland area hospital where she was pronounced deceased. 

Oroke was transported for injuries.

Hwy 211 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

 

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Illegal Marijuana Growing Operation - Jackson County (Photo) - 04/25/19

On April 11, 2019, after a several month long investigation into black market marijuana exportation from Oregon to several Midwestern states, the Oregon State Police-Southwest Region Marijuana team executed a search warrant at a property in the 3900 block of Independence School Rd. Medford, Oregon.  Investigators discovered a large scale indoor marijuana growing operation, which was not licensed or legal.  Two (2) individuals were detained on site.

The investigation revealed the illegal operation was being managed by Gregory Martin Day(24) of North Carolina. 

Investigators removed and destroyed 14,497 marijuana plants weighing 1,907.7 lbs.  The approximate street value is estimated at $15,000,000.00 dollars (after the marijuana was fully processed)  

Also seized during the search warrant were;

$557,488.00 US Currency, 29-Firearms including two (2) fully-automatic rifles, 6,000 (Butane Honey Oil) BHO cartridges, 141,838.3 gross grams of other BHO product, 1,047 gross grams of psilocybin mushrooms and also some LSD. 

Day was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on numerous drug and weapons related charges.  The other subject was identified and released. 

The Oregon State Police-Southwest Region Marijuana team was assisted by the Oregon State Police-Major Crimes Section, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team, OLCC, the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Fire District 5 and law enforcement members from Illinois and Kansas.

Death Investigation - Jackson County - 04/24/19

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at approximately 3:00 A.M.OOregon State Police Troopers responded to Interstate 5 near milepost 22, which is north of the Sun Crest rest area in Jackson County. 

Troopers located the remains of a deceased male under the Interstate overpass.

It appears the body has been at the location for some time.  

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division responded and were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

No further information to be released at this time.