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Serious Injury Crash on Hwy 58 - Lane County (Photo) - 05/25/20

On Monday, May 25, 2020 at approximately 12:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a serious injury crash on Hwy 58 near milepost 3.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green Honda CRV, operated by Pamela Thompson (65) of Klamath Falls, was westbound when it struck the back of a (also westbound) silver Jeep Patriot operated by Brian Nicoson (46) of Cottage Grove.

Thompson was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  The Honda CRV had been reported as a reckless driver before the crash. DUII is being investigated as a factor in the crash.  This is an ongoing investigation and all charges will be referred to the Lane County DA.

Nicoson was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Goshen Fire Department, and ODOT

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 22E - Linn County (Photo) - 05/24/20

On Sunday, May 24, 2020 at approximately 1:29 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 22E near MP 64.5.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Subaru Legacy, operated by Brian Beveridge (48) of Scappoose, was traveling westbound on Hwy 22E and crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a Nissan Frontier operated by Matthew Baker (49) of Bend.

Beveridge sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  

Baker was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by Detroit / Idanha Fire Department and ODOT    

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 228 - Linn County - 05/23/20

On Saturday, May 23, 2020 at approximately 12:15 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 228 near milepost 10, east of Brownsville. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F-250 pickup, operated by Austyn Hillsman (21) of Junction City, was eastbound on Hwy 228  when it crossed into the westbound lane and struck a Honda Pilot operated by Caleb Simonis (19) of Sweet Home.

Simonis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

There were two passengers in the Honda Pilot - a 16 year old female was transported by Life Flight to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased - a 15 year old female was transported by ground ambulance with serious injuries. 

Hillsman did not sustain serious injuries and was charged with Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Brownsville Fire Department, Sweet Home Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, Life Flight, ODOT and the Linn County Sheriffs Office. 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 212 - Clackamas County (Photo) - 05/22/20

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at approximately 3:15 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 212 at Lani Lane. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Toyota Landcruiser, operated by Donna Chaney (72) of Boring, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 212 when it drifted into the westbound lane colliding head on with a Honda Accord operated by Michael Laubach (44) of Tigard.

Laubach sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Chaney did not sustain serious injuries and is cooperating with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Fire Department and Boring Fire Department.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E - Clackamas County - 05/22/20

On Thursday May 21, 2020 at approximately 10:01 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 99E and SE Claredon St. in Gladstone.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Mercedes G25, operated by David Mauerman (59) of Oregon City, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99E when he struck a pedestrian, Michael Lacy (61) of Oregon City, that was in the lane of travel. 

Lacy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased while en route to the hospital by ambulance.

Hwy 99E was closed for 2.5 hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Gladstone Police Department and Clackamas Fire Department.  

Shooting Investigation - Josephine County - 05/22/20

On Thursday May 21, 2020 at approximately 10:00 A.M., Oregon State Police  and Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to the 900 block of Caves Highway for report of a deceased male.

Responding officers located Devin Tandy (43) deceased from a gunshot.

Tandy's vehicle was not at the residence and investigators requested an attempt to locate (ATL) on the vehicle by all law enforcement. 

California Highway Patrol and Del Norte County Sheriff's office located the vehicle and detained the driver - Deymon Edwards (22).

OSP detectives responded to the Del Norte County Sheriff's office and interviewed Edwards. 

Edwards was lodged in the Del Norte County jail on Murder I, Burglary I, Robbery I, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Theft I.

This is an ongoing investigation

Fatal Crash on Hwy 180 - Lincoln County - 05/21/20

On Thursday May 21, 2020, at approximately 8:07 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 180 (Nashville Rd.) at milepost 1.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F350, operated by William Coolbaugh (63) of Eddyville, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 180(Nashville Rd.) when for unknown reasons the F350 drove over the embankment on the south side of the roadway and crashed upside down in the Yaquina River. 

Coolbaugh sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

An 11 year old male passenger also sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Other passengers Jacob Roberts (37) of Eddyville and a 15 year male were transported for injuries.  

Hwy 180 (Nashville Rd.) was closed for approximately 6 hours following the crash. 

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

   

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 99 - Lane County (Photo) - 05/21/20

On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at approximately 2:10 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel  responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 99 near milepost 5, Creswell, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Accord, operated by John Farrell (42) of Cottage Grove, was northbound on Hwy 99 when it left the roadway and damaged approximately 100 feet of a wood fence.  

Farrell was transported to River Bend Hospital.

A passenger in the Honda, Elizabeth Slagley (31) from Cottage Grove, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

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

 

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UPDATE - Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E - Linn County - 05/20/20

Operators are being identified:

Deceased operator of the Kia - Jeana Anderson (29) of Salem  

Operator of Chevrolet – Joshua Harris (38) of Harrisburg

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at approximately 4:15 P.M.,  Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel  responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 99E milepost 26 near Harrisburg, OR.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Kia Rio was traveling southbound when it crossed into the northbound lanes and into the path of a northbound Chevrolet Silverado.

The operator of the Kia sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The operator of the Chevrolet was transported to Riverbend hospital.

The northbound lane of Hwy 99E was closed for about an hour and a half.

OSP was assisted by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Harrisburg Fire and ODOT.

 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Linn County - 05/19/20

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at approximately 1:31 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 219.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Odyssey, operated by Forrest Davisson (77) of St. Helens, was northbound when it left the roadway, struck a guardrail, and overturned.

Davisson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Halsey Fire Department.  

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 - Lincoln County (Photo) - 05/18/20

On Monday, May 18, 2020 at approximately 10:49 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 11.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Accord, operated by Max Metcalf (86) of Waldport, was traveling eastbound when it lost control and slid into the westbound lane.  The Accord was struck by a westbound Peterbilt log truck, operated by Rodney Smith (67) of Philomath. 

Metcalf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Smith was not injured.

Hwy 20 was closed intermittently for five hours following the crash. 

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

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Tillamook County (Photo) - 05/18/20

On Sunday, May 17, 2020 at approximately 2:09 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 milepost 63,  just north of the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a BMW Z3, operated by Samuel Hacker (36) of Scappoose, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons veered into the southbound lane where it struck a Ford Explorer, operated by Julie Leonnig (43) of Tillamook.

Hacker sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

A passenger in the BMW, Shayna Tacadena (32) of Gresham, was transported by ground ambulance to Adventist Health Tillamook Hospital with serious injuries.

Leonnig received minor injuries.

Hwy 101 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and, Tillamook County Fire and Medical.

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Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers Charge Several Suspects in Connection with Unlawfully Killing Multiple Big Game Animals - 05/17/20

On April 8, 2020 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers served search warrants relating to an extensive investigation into multiple wildlife crimes. 

The subject of the investigation is William Hollings (34) of Philomath.

Evidence was seized relating to the following crimes:

  • Felon in Possession of Firearm
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Buck Deer
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Bull Elk
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Black Bear
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Cougar
  • Lend/Borrow or Sell Big Game Tag
  • Hunt Closed Season
  • Hunt No Big Game Tag
  • Fail to Properly Check in Cougar to ODFW

Fish and Wildlife Troopers located evidence of additional wildlife related crimes and three additional suspects. 

On April 25, 2020 Fish and Wildlife Troopers served  several more search warrants relating to these wildlife crimes. 

These warrants involved: 

Nicholas Lisenby (39) from Lebanon

Amanda Hughes (37) from Lebanon

Eric Hamilton (33) from Alsea  

Evidence was seized relating to the following wildlife crimes:

  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Buck Deer
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Bull Elk
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Black Bear
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Cougar
  • Unlawful Take/Possession of Bobcat
  • Lend/Borrow or Sell Big Game Tag
  • Hunt Closed Season
  • Hunt No Big Game Tag

Based on evidence seized or processed, troopers believe the three males participated in the unlawful take/possession of 27 big game animals within the last two years, with evidence indicating many of the animals were killed during closed season or prohibited hours.

Values attributed to Oregon’s wildlife by Oregon Revised Statute 496.075 could total $162,700.00 in restitution to the State of Oregon. 

The listed crimes occurred throughout the following counties: Benton, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Polk and Tillamook, and charges have been forwarded for consideration of prosecution.

 

** 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, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

 

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

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $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)

 

 

 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Coos County (Photo) - 05/15/20

On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at approximately 6:18 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 252.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), operated by Donald Games (53) of Coos Bay,  was traveling southbound when it failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway, and struck a tree.  After the crash the CMV caught fire and Millington Fire Department and Green Acres Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.

Games sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Millington Fire Department, Green Acres Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police Arrest Two Washington Men for Possession of Methamphetamine and a Stolen Gun - Wasco County (Photo) - 05/14/20

On Monday,  May 11, 2020, at approximately 1:17 P.M., an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on Ford Explorer northbound on Hwy 97, near Shaniko, for a speeding violation.

During the contact, the Trooper observed signs of criminal activity and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

Approximately 30 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and a stolen semi-automatic pistol were located concealed in the vehicle.

The driver, Luis Angel Ortega Alcala (28) from Prescott, Washington, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Theft I.

The passenger, Eliseo Elizondo Vasquez, (53) from Pasco, Washington, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft I, and Fugitive From Other State.

Both men were lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles

 

Evidence photo: OSP

Booking photos: NorCor

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Fatal Crash Hwy 20 - Lincoln County (Photo) - 05/14/20

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at approximately 3:12 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20 at Elk City Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Freightliner Utility truck, operated by Patrick Goddard (23) of Eugene, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 when it left the roadway, went through a guardrail, and landed up-side-down in a nearby waterway.

Goddard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

The passenger, Jason Landry (42) of Eugene, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Police Department, and Toledo Fire Department.

 

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Oregon State Police Releases Photos and Video from April 10, 2020 Officer-Involved-Shooting and Praise the Heroic Efforts of all Involved - Klamath County (Photo) - 05/13/20

The Oregon State Police looks forward to welcoming our Troopers involved in this incident back to work, including our Trooper that was wounded in the gunfire exchange. 

The released in-car and body camera from involved OSP members underscores the dangers faced by officers as they patrol our communities. “I don’t think I’m alone when I admit my heart skipped a beat when I first viewed this video,” said Oregon State Superintendent Travis Hampton. “I credit the professionalism and remarkable bravery of the Oregon State Police Troopers and Klamath County Deputy Sheriffs that brought this violent event to end.”

The Oregon State Police would like to thank the community of Klamath Falls for the outpouring of support, especially the medical professionals that cared for our injured Trooper.

The OSP office in Klamath Falls typifies the dedication and professionalism exhibited by the men and women of the agency- sparsely assigned to communities all over Oregon.

To watch the video excerpts please click here https://bit.ly/35ZIq6P

 

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SEE ATTACHED LETTER FROM KLAMATH COUNTY GRAND JURY

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Below is the original release from Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello.  

On Friday April 10, 2020 at approximately 4:15 PM deputies from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Fargo Street.  The initial report indicated that an intoxicated male was trying to take his children.

When deputies arrived, the involved male was no longer on the scene. Klamath 911 announced an attempt to locate for the vehicle with description, details that the suspect was possibly intoxicated, that there was a 6-year old child in the vehicle, and that the suspect had an AK47 rifle.

A short time later an Oregon State Police trooper observed the vehicle and a pursuit began near Biehn Street and Crater Lake Parkway, then traveling north on Hwy 97.  Units from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police were involved as the vehicle attempted to elude. Deputies deployed a spike strip on Hwy 97 and the vehicle was brought to a stop on Wocus Road.  The driver exited the vehicle and fired numerous shots at the officers. Law enforcement returned fire. 

One officer was injured. The suspect was declared dead at the scene. The child was unharmed.

The names of those involved are being withheld pending further investigation. The Klamath County Major Crime Team is investigating with Klamath Falls Police assigned as lead agency. 

Pursuant to policy, the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave during the pendency of the investigation.

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Troopers Seize Methamphetamine and a Loaded Revolver - Crook County (Photo) - 05/11/20

On Sunday, May 10, 2020, at approximately 10:00 A.M., an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a  Cadillac STS, operated by Anthony Mailman (35) from LaGrande, on Hwy 126 near milepost 13, west of Prineville.

Mailman was arrested for Fail to Carry and Present Operator’s License, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, and a warrant for Parole Violation.

An OSP drug dog alerted to the presence of controlled substances. 

During a search of the vehicle, Troopers located approximately  5.9 ounces (169 grams) of suspected crystal methamphetamine, scales, and a loaded revolver concealed inside the vehicle. 

Mailman was lodged in the Crook County Jail on charges of Giving False Information to a Police Officer, Felon In Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Fail to Carry and Present Operator’s License, and the Parole Violation warrant.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Booking photo courtesy of Crook County Jail

Evidence Photo: OSP

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Fatal Crash Hwy 402 - Grant County (Photo) - 05/10/20

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 at approximately 4:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 402 near milepost 2. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Robert Julian (63) of Kennewick, WA. was northbound on Hwy 402 when it left the road, traveled down an embankment, and into the John Day River.

Julian was pulled from the river by his riding companions.  John Day and Monument ambulance personnel attempted lifesaving efforts but Julian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 66 - Klamath County - 05/10/20

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 at approximately 11:18 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 66 near milepost 58.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic, operated by Trinity Rosas (18) of Klamath Falls, failed to negotiate a curve, drove off the road, and into a tree. 

Rosas sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 4, Kingsley Fire Department and ODOT

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Fatal Crash Hwy 97 - Sherman County (Photo) - 05/08/20

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 at approximately 7:10 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Hwy 97 near milepost 48.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that a northbound Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) loaded with potatoes, operated by Amador Ramirez (25) of Hermiston, lost control, crossed into the southbound lane, and rolled onto the driver's side. The CMV collided with a southbound Chevrolet pickup operated by Ryan Spyker (45) of Terrebonne.

Spyker sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Ramirez sustained minor injuries.

Hwy 97 was closed for approximately 5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Moro Fire & Rescue and ODOT.

 

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UPDATE #3 - Reward being offered - Oregon State Police Requesting Public's Assistance with Fatal Crash on Hwy 395 - Umatilla County (Photo) - 05/08/20

On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at approximately 2:30 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a pedestrian, Antonia M. Cobarubias (41) of Hermiston, that had been hit by a car on Hwy 395 near mile post 4A.

OSP believes the vehicle is a 1996 to 2000 Honda, possibly a Civic model, with aftermarket features and effects.

A reward is being offered for information leading to a prosecution in the case.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with information regarding this deadly hit and run crash to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 or by dialing *OSP from your mobile phone.

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The  investigation and information received from the public indicates the vehicle involved is more likely a 1994-2001 Acura Integra.

The vehicle will also be missing a passenger side mirror.

OSP would like to thank the public for their continued assistance.

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The pedestrian is being identified as Antonia M. Cobarubias (41) of Hermiston.

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On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at approximately 2:30 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a pedestrian that had been hit by a car on Hwy 395 near mile post 4A.

Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian was pushing a shopping cart walking northbound when a yet unknown red Honda car, unknown model, struck the pedestrian from behind.

The pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Name and information will be released at a later time.

The driver of the Honda did not stop but left several pieces of the vehicle at the scene (pictures attached). OSP believes the vehicle is a 1996 to 2000 Honda, possibly a Civic model, with aftermarket features and effects

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with information regarding this deadly hit and run crash to contact the Oregon State Police by dialing *OSP.

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department, Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1 and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police Troopers Investigate Shooting Complaint on I-5 - Lane County (Photo) - 05/06/20

On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at approximately 11:47 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers received a report,  from a motorist, that he had been shot at while driving on I-5 in northern Douglas County. 

The motorist continued to travel northbound on I-5 for approximately 20 miles (with a flat tire) before Troopers located him in a rest area in Southern Lane County.   Subsequent investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of marijuana and his paranoia led him to believe he had been shot at after a tire on his vehicle had a blow out.  

Troopers located approximately 95 grams of marijuana, marijuana items and $29,790 in cash. The cash was concealed in a package of diapers and the marijuana was located in the driver compartment of the vehicle. 

The driver, Juan Felipe Moreno (20) of Florida, and the passenger, Jose Noe Guisjon (30) of California, will be referred to the Lane County District Attorney's Office for Money Laundering. 

Moreno was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Department of Homeland Security Medford Office.  

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Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers Charge Two Suspects in Connection to Unlawful Killing and Waste of Pronghorn Antelope Buck - Grant County (Photo) - 05/05/20

On April 16, 2020 Patrol Troopers from the John Day Worksite assisted the John Day Police Department with the execution of a search warrant at a local residence regarding an ongoing theft investigation.  The investigation involved an 18 year old John Day man; Austin Catron.  During the warrant service, a pronghorn buck skull was observed near an outbuilding of the residence and that information was forwarded to Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Troopers. 

Based upon the information and further investigation, Fish & Wildlife Troopers from the John Day Worksite executed a search warrant at Catron’s residence on April 28, 2020.  During the service, Fish & Wildlife Troopers located the pronghorn buck skull, six buck deer skulls and a bull elk skull, all of which were seized as evidence.  Additionally, another suspect, 19 year old Grant County resident Jonas Waite, was identified.

Following further investigation and interviews, Fish & Wildlife Troopers learned that during the fall of 2019, Catron unlawfully shot the antelope buck from a motor vehicle while Waite assisted.  The unlawful take occurred in the Murderers Creek Management Unit and after shooting and killing the antelope, Catron and Waite removed the head/skull and left the rest of the animal to waste.  Additionally, neither Catron nor Waite possessed a 2019 antelope tag, which is required in order to hunt for and/or take antelope.  Further information revealed that Catron and Waite were also involved in the unlawful killing of multiple deer over the past two years as well as Waite’s unlawful killing of a golden eagle.

As a result of the investigation, Catron was initially charged with Unlawful Taking of Antelope and Waste of a Game Mammal-Antelope.  Waite was also initially charged with Aiding in the Unlawful Take of Antelope and Aiding in the Waste of a Big Game Animal.  Waite’s rifle, a 22-250, was identified as the weapon used in the taking and was subsequently seized as evidence.  Additional charges will be forwarded for consideration.

According to Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division Sergeant Erich Timko, only fifty-four antelope tags are available in the Murderers Creek unit for the 2020 Big Game Season and typically, it takes an Oregon resident approximately ten years to successfully draw the tag.

**Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators**

Poaching  wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges. 

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund,  for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose                                                                 $1,000

Elk, deer, antelope                                                                                                         $500

Bear, cougar, wolf                                                                                                           $300

Habitat destruction                                                                                                         $300

Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags                          $200

Game fish, shell fish                                                                                                       $100

Upland birds, waterfowl                                                                                               $100

Furbearers                                                                                                                          $100

Preference Points:

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

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Shooting Investigation - Josephine County - 05/05/20

On May 5, 2020, at approximately 12:30 A.M., law enforcement agencies in Josephine County (Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office) responded to a 911 call, in the 3900 block of Foothills Blvd, of a person reporting being shot. 

The shooting occurred into an occupied vehicle - two of the four occupants in the vehicle were transported to a Jackson County hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

The Oregon State Police is actively working the case with the assistance of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

The suspect has not been located. Investigators do not believe there is a threat to community safety.

Update - Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 - Jackson County - 05/04/20

The pedestrian has been identified as Renea Beaupre (49) of Central Point.   

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On Monday, May 4, 2020 at approximately 12:21 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 29.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mazda sedan, operated by Sidney De La Cruz (26) of Ashland, was southbound on Interstate 5 when she struck a pedestrian that was in the travel lanes of Interstate 5.  A second vehicle, a Ford utility work truck, operated by Shawn Child (49) of Molalla, also struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.

De La Cruz and Child were not injured.

Interstate 5 southbound was closed for approximately 2.5 hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Medford PD, Central Point PD, Mercy Flights, Medford Fire, and ODOT.

The name of the pedestrian will be released at a later time.

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Oregon State Police requesting public assistance with unlawful take / waste of two buck deer - Harney County (Photo) - 05/04/20

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s assistance to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking and wasting of two mature Mule Deer bucks in Harney County.  

On May 2, 2020, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division was notified of two deceased Mule Deer bucks off of Lawn Rd between Hwy 205 and Hwy 78 in the (Steens Unit).

The deceased bucks were discovered by a local resident/rancher who noticed them lying in a field. OSP Fish & Wildlife Troopers’ responded to the scene and discovered the bucks had been shot sometime the night before (May 1) or early the morning of May 2. 

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Trooper Geoff Smith or Trooper Dean Trent through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-589-2547.

** 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, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

 

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

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
* $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)

 

 

 

 

 

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Oregon State Police Requesting Public's Assistance with Hit and Run in The Dalles -- Wasco County (Photo) - 05/04/20

On Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:38 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a hit and run crash on Interstate 84 near exit 85 in The Dalles.

Several witnesses reported a lime green with grey highlights 2000’s model Subaru Outback hatchback with dusty red dirt operated by a heavy set male with grey ear length hair and a full beard driving the wrong way (westbound in the eastbound lanes) on the exit 85 off ramp and Interstate 84.

Several vehicles were able to swerve and avoid the vehicle.  While attempting to avoid the vehicle a Ford Focus, operated by Peter Chapman (24) of Vancouver WA, swerved, struck the center divider and rolled onto its side. 

Chapman was belted and not injured.

The suspect vehicle did a U-turn on the freeway and proceeded back towards exit 85.  It is unknown if the vehicle went back into The Dalles or continued westbound on the freeway.

OSP is requesting anyone with information regarding the Subaru or the man driving it to contact OSP Dispatch at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and leave information for Trooper Michael Holloran.

 

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OSP Trooper Seizes Drugs, Cash, and a Firearm During Routine Traffic Stop - Lake County (Photo) - 05/03/20

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, at approximately 9:44 A.M., an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a  Dodge sedan, for traffic violations, on Hwy 140 near milepost 89 (Lakeview, Oregon).

A search of the vehicle revealed 31.8 grams of heroin, 32.9 grams of methamphetamine, $2,606.00 in U.S. currency, a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition were located.

The driver, Dennis Langahit (37) of Redding, California, was lodged in the Lake County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Laundering a Monetary Instrument, Tampering with Evidence, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Conspiracy.

The investigation led Troopers to a residence in the Lakeview area where they located additional items of evidence related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 26 - Grant County (Photo) - 05/03/20

On Saturday, May 2, 2020, at approximately 4:26 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 150.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1967 Jeep, operated by Lawrence Goings (56) of Sheridan, was traveling eastbound, in right hand curve, when it traveled into the westbound lane and collided with a CMV operated by Mike Brown (65) of Powell Butte.

Goings sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Brown was not injured.

OSP was assisted by EMT’s from Blue Mountain Hospital, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, ODOT and the John Day Police Department. 

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Oregon State Police Trooper Seizes Methamphetamine and Cash During Routine Traffic Stop - Jackson County (Photo) - 05/02/20

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at approximately 12:16 P.M., an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 pickup, for multiple traffic violations, on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 39.  

The Trooper observed signs of potential criminal behavior and a search of the vehicle was conducted.  

During the search the Trooper located 19.7 pounds of methamphetamine and $16,660 cash.

The driver, Leonel Campos-Valdez (25), and the passenger, Francisco Vazquez-Cruz (24), were lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Money Laundering. 

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations Medford Office. 

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UPDATE -Oregon State Police Requesting Public's Assistance with Hit and Run Crash - Union County (Photo) - 05/02/20

OSP would like to thank the media and public for their assistance.

The driver of the involved CMV has been identified as Marlo Griffin (70) of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.  Charges of Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver and Assault 4 will be forwarded to the Union County DA for consideration.

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On Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:47 P.M., OSP Troopers responded to an unknown injury, Hit and Run crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277.

Responding Troopers located a Mazda 626 , operated by Robert Floyd (56) of North Powder, in the median. Floyd had minor injuries. Floyd stated that he was passing a CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) when it changed lanes in to him causing him to lose control and roll several times before coming to a stop in the median.

An uninvolved CMV had dash camera going and recorded the incident. https://youtu.be/yFCVzm_ux_g

The involved CMV has unknown Ontario Canada license plates. OSP is requesting anyone who may have information regarding the involved CMV or the operator to contact the OSP Dispatch at 1-800-442-2068 or *OSP and reference case SP-20-112219.

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Wisconsin man cited for possessing 132 pounds of marijuana - Josephine County (Photo) - 04/29/20

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 an Oregon State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2020 Chrysler Van on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 60.

During the traffic stop the Trooper observed several signs of criminal activity and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

The search revealed two large duffle bags containing approximately 132 pounds of marijuana.

The driver, Bryant Oglen (52) of Wisconsin,  stated he had flown into Medford and was driving back home to Wisconsin.

Oglen was cited and released for unlawful import/export of marijuana

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South Dakota Man Arrested for Money Laundering - Klamath County (Photo) - 04/28/20

On Monday, April 27, 2020, at approximately 11:14 A.M., an Oregon State Police Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a 2019 Dodge Caravan, for several traffic violations, on Hwy 66 milepost 51 (near Keno, Oregon).

The sergeant observed signs of criminal activity and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, $236,090 in vacuum-sealed bags was discovered.

The driver, Drew Miller (27) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail on charges of Laundering a Monetary Instrument, Engaging in Financial Transaction in Property Derived from Unlawful Activity, Possession of a Schedule II Controlled SubstanceI (Amphetamines), Tampering with Evidence and Conspiracy.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations.

(Booking photo courtesy of Klamath County Sheriff's Office)

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 34 - Lincoln County (Photo) - 04/27/20

On Monday, April 27, 2020, at approximately 1:35 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 34 near milepost 11.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Honda Accord, operated by Kyle Herbison (26) of Tidewater, was traveling westbound when it crossed the eastbound lanes, left the roadway, and rolled onto its side.  

Herbison sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 34 was closed to one lane for approximately 5 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Central Coast Fire Department, and ODOT.

 

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