Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting - 04/25/15
04/25/2015 2:33 P.M.
Refer to the below statement from Salem PD on the initial news release for the police involved shooting incident on 04/24/2015 in Salem on Turner Road SE.
The deceased shooting suspect has been identified as Mr. Mark C. Hawkins (age 49) from Eugene, Oregon. Mr. Hawkins was wanted on a warrant out of Lane County for failing to appear on the charge of Delivery of a Controlled Substance.
An autopsy was conducted today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson. Dr. Gunson determined Mr. Hawkins was shot nine times. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds to the chest.
No further information is available for release at this time as this is an on-going investigation. Any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
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Shortly after 11:00 am on April 24, Salem Police Officers made contact with a person whom they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Walmart store located at 1940 Turner Rd SE. During the contact with the male suspect, he fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.
Officer Trevor Morrison and his canine Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head and the suspect retreated back into the vehicle. Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injury and was cleared to go home.
Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.
The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the suspect in an effort to get him to surrender. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully. He also fired multiple shots from the vehicle out towards officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.
As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.
After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used specialized vehicles to open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the suspect refused to comply and continued to brandish a handgun. At that time, approximately 6:28 pm, tactical officers fired at the suspect and were able to eventually take him into custody. No officers were injured.
The suspect is not being identified at this time and he has since died of his injuries. The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officers Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Corporal Tim Dezotell and Canine Officer Trevor Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect are Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett
As standard procedure, the Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature. The officers directly involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave as standard protocol following a traumatic use of force incident.
Further media information will be through the Oregon State Police.
Serious Injury Crash on SR Hwy 226 Near Scio Results in DUII Arrest (Photo)
According to Trooper Tiffany Lynn, on April 24, 2015 at 9:48am a two vehicle serious injury crash occurred on SR HWY 226 near Milepost (MP) 8.5 (near Scio). Unit #1, a 1995 Honda Accord, driven by Mr. Scott Cook was eastbound on Hwy 226 when it crossed the centerline and collided with Unit #2 a westbound Itasca Sunriver Motorhome. Unit #2 was driven by Mr. Randall Starr (age 76) with his wife, Mrs. Barbara Starr (age 77) as the right front passenger. Both Mr. Cook and the Starrs are residents of Scio.
After the head-on collision, the motorhome came to rest off the roadway and the Honda Accord came to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lane. It is unknown if Mr. Cook was wearing a seatbelt but the Starrs were properly restrained. Airbags deployed in the Honda Accord. Mr. Cook was taken to Salem Hospital via Lifeflight with serious injuries. Mr. and Mrs. Starr sustained minor injuries.
Mr. Cook has been cited and released for DUII-Controlled Substances and Reckless Driving.
OSP was assisted by Scio and Lebanon Fire Departments, Linn County Sheriff's Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Linn County District Attorney's Office. The two lane highway was completely closed for approximately three hours and then one lane was open for an additional 2 hours before the highway was cleared.
Oregon State Police Troopers in Portland and John Day Recognized by DUII Award (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) members from the Portland Area Command and John Day Worksite were recognized on Thursday for outstanding efforts in the area of DUII enforcement by the Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force.
This award is presented to a City Police Department, Sheriff's office, or Oregon State Police Office /Worksite that initiated or accomplished an effective DUII enforcement program in their area of responsibility through education, prevention, deterrence, or community involvement. The agency or agencies selected for this award must have provided encouragement to aggressively train and enforce DUII and drug-impaired driving laws and taken a pro-active approach to deter DUII.
Members of the John Day Worksite were nominated by the Grant County District Attorney's Office for their dedication to the investigation and reduction of DUII. In 2014, troopers in John Day arrested over 45 impaired drivers in addition to other activities which included hosting/sponsoring DUII refresher training, participating in victim impact panels and health fairs and assisting with community awareness campaigns through local media.
The Portland Area Command was also recognized for their efforts in DUII enforcement boasting 345 driver arrests related to alcohol and drug impaired driving. Most of the patrol troopers in the Portland office have completed additional training in the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program and serve as law enforcement leaders in the area of impaired driving enforcement among Portland area law enforcement.
While Portland and John Day have demonstrated excellence in the area of impaired driving enforcement they represent only two of many such examples within the Oregon State Police. OSP troopers throughout the state work every day to keep our roadways safe by targeting the driving behavior which creates the greatest risk to the safety of our traveling public and communities.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on HWY 211 near MP 10 in Clackamas County
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate this afternoons single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 211 at milepost 10 near S. Bear Meadows Court in Clackamas County.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 4:30 p.m., a Green, 2006 Ford Escape, driven by MARGARET M. BROKAW, 57, of Molalla, was northbound on Highway 211 when for still undetermined reasons the vehicle drifted off the roadway and down a slight embankment striking a tree. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no additional details are available for release. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Molalla Police Department, Molalla Fire Department and Colton Fire Department. Photographs were not available at the time of this release.
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 219 at MP33 - French Prairie Road
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 219 and French Prairie Road near St. Paul.
Preliminary information from investigators indicates a green Ford Aerostar was northbound on Highway 219 near French Prairie Road when it failed to negotiate the turn and left the roadway striking a tree. The driver, name withheld pending next of kin notification, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP is investigating the incident and a collision reconstructionist is responding. OSP is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Woodburn Fire Department. Additional information will be released when it is available.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 207 at MP 1 - Morrow County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons fatal traffic crash on Highway 207 near milepost 1 in Morrow County.
According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on April 22nd at approximately 1:13pm, Troopers from the OSP Hermiston and Pendleton offices responded to a reported fatal crash on HWY 207 near milepost 1 in Morrow County which blocked both north and southbound lanes of travel.
Preliminary investigation revealed a red, 2009 Honda Fit, operated by NEAL REAU,age 35, from Richland Washington, was traveling southbound when for an unknown reasons the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the northbound lane; sideswiping a white, 2009 Chevy pickup towing a flatbed trailer. The driver of the Chevy pickup, identified as THEODORE BITHER, age 44, of Echo Oregon, was transported to the hospital in Heppner with minor injuries. REAU was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The highway remained closed for approximately 5 hours while Troopers investigated the crash and to allow for the removal of the vehicles.
The lead investigator is Trooper Amos of the Hermiston Worksite. An OSP collision reconstructionist responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Rural Fire Department, and The Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on the scene of a two vehicle, fatal traffic crash on Highway 207 at milepost 1, near Nichols Road in Morrow County. The crash is blocking the roadway and the Oregon Department of Transportation is blocking traffic from milepost 0 to milepost 3. For updates on traffic in the area go to www.tripcheck.com.
Additional information will be released when available.
Fatal Pedestrian Involved Crash on HWY 99 at Mace Rd. - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Central Point are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal pedestrian involved crash on Highway 99 (Rogue Valley Highway) at Mace Road in Jackson County.
Preliminary information indicates that on April 21, at approximately 8:47 p.m., a Grey, 2007 Nissan Frontier pick-up, driven by ROBERT A. PENNER, 35, of Central Point, was traveling northbound on Highway 99 near Mace Road in the right hand lane when it struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as TANNER ALLEN ROBERT PASCOE, 14, of Central Point, was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced deceased at approximately 10:45 p.m.
While the investigation into this crash is ongoing, troopers do not believe impairment, speed or unsafe driving were involved and PENNER is cooperating with investigators.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Central Point Police Department, Medford Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Mercy Flights and Medford Fire.
*** Update *** Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on I-84 Eastbound near MP 38 in Multnomah County (Photo)
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The pedestrian involved in Saturday's crash, identified as JOSHUA W. EVEY,39, of Gladstone, who was transported by air ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injury is expected to recover from his injuries and may be released from the hospital soon.
EVEY was returning from assisting in a search and rescue operation in the Columbia Gorge on I-84 when some cargo in the bed of his pickup blew out. When he stopped to recover the item he was struck by a silver, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, being driven by LANE D. JOYNER, 40, of Portland. JOYNER was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Interstate 84 near milepost 38, eastbound, in Multnomah County. The person was seriously injured and transported to a Portland Area Hospital. One lane is closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com
for traffic updates.
La Grande Troopers Arrest Driver in Fatal DUII Crash - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in La Grande are continuing to investigate yesterday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of one occupant, serious injury to three others and injury to the driver who now faces criminal charges.
Preliminary information from investigators indicates that on April 18, at about 5:47 p.m., a black Nissan pickup, being driven by BRANDON C. HALLECK, 27, of La Grande, crashed into a ditch and killed one person and injured 4 other occupants. According to OSP Sergeant Kyle Hove, HALLECK was driving in a reckless manner with 3 unrestrained occupants in the bed when he crashed. Two juveniles riding in the bed were injured and the third adult occupant, identified as JACOB R. YEATES, 23, of La Grande, was pronounced deceased at the scene. 5 people total were riding in the pickup, 3 in the bed, 1 in the cab and the driver, at the time of the crash.
The driver was lodged on charges of Manslaughter in the 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree, DUII-Felony, Reckless Driving, and 3 counts of Reckless Endangering. He was lodged in the Union County Jail.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande City Police Department, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande Fire Department.
Milk Tanker Roll-Over Crash on HWY 197 near MP 73 Prompts Environmental Clean-up Response (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from The Dalles are investigating an early morning milk truck tanker roll-over crash on Highway 197 near milepost 73 North of Madras.
Early information from investigators indicates the driver, 61 year old BRENT G. BRAUN, of Selah WA, may have experienced some kind of medical event and left the roadway - rolling the vehicle over onto the highway blocking it. Hazardous materials crews from Prineville responded to assist with the spill and were able to contain any further leaks. The highway is being reopened at this time. BRAUN was transported by ground ambulance to a Madras area hospital.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) also.
Pursuit in Deschutes/Crook Counties Ends in Arrest of Driver - Prineville
On April 18, at about 10:40 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Redmond received a report of a black Dodge pickup on Highway 97 near Redmond that could not remain in its lane while driving. Troopers located the vehicle in Redmond and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled out Highway 126 into Prineville and stopped at the Highway 126/26 junction. After a brief stand-off with police the driver exited his vehicle and refused to follow commands. He was taken into custody by police after less than lethal force was used to subdue him.
According to Lieutenant Don Wagner, the driver, identified as SHANE C. SHANTIE, 33, of Redmond, was arrested and charged with Felony Attempt to Elude Police, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering a Person, Attempt to Elude (on-foot), Resisting Arrest and Giving False Information to Police. SHANTIE was transported to a Prineville area hospital and treated for his injuries. He was later lodged at the Crook County Jail.
OSP was assisted by the Prineville Police Department. No photographs are available for release at this time.
Detectives in Josephine County Investigating Fatal Shooting
On April 18, at approximately 11:16 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers received a request to assist Josephine County Sheriff's Deputies who were responding to a shooting in the O'Brien area.
Officers first arriving on scene found a deceased male with apparent gun shot wounds who was later identified as WARREN BATIE, age 43 of Utah.
Preliminary information indicated the adult man who had shot BATIE was being transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass by private vehicle. While responding to the scene of the shooting, OSP detectives located the vehicle, conducted a traffic stop and detained the subject, identified as JEFFREY HUNSAKER, age 46, of Utah, who had also been shot in the leg. HUNSAKER was subsequently transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg.
Early information indicates the two men were arguing over the ownership of a truck just prior to the shooting.
OSP detectives, troopers and the State Police crime lab are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted initially by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Any further release of information will be coordinated with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No photographs are available for release at this time.
Fatal Traffic Crash in Josephine County Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal traffic crash at 9237 Holland Loop Road near Cave Junction in Josephine County.
According to OSP Sergeant Brandon Boice, troopers were dispatched to the location on a report of a vehicle that had slid off the road and crashed into a tree. Upon arrival troopers discovered a 1993 Acura Integra driven by ERRIC FISHER, 19, of Cave Junction, which had been northbound on Holland Loop Road, that crashed sideways into a tree shearing the vehicle in half. The front seat passenger, identified as CAMBRIA RIVER LIN COOK, 22, of Cave Junction, was transported to the hospital with injury. The rear passenger, identified as AUSTIN J. PEDRO, 35, of Cave Junction, was pronounced deceased at the scene. FISHER received only minor injuries.
After investigation, troopers arrested FISHER for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Manslaughter I, Assault III, Reckless Driving, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer and Resisting Arrest after being subdued with a electronic control device. FISHER was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.
OSP was assisted by the Illinois Fire District and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is ongoing.
Crash on I-84 near MP 138 Westbound - Diesel Spill - Arlington (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 138 - Arlington. Westbound traffic is being diverted through Arlington at this time.
Early information from OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt indicates that a westbound semi-truck and trailer, driven by CASEY A. LEPPERT, 23, of Caldwell Idaho, left its lane of travel and crashed, damaging the center barrier and spilling approximately 150 gallons of diesel fuel then catching fire. Hazardous materials crews are on-scene and have contained the fuel and none was believed to have reached the Columbia River. LEPPERT was not injured during the crash or subsequent fire.
OSP is being assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire Department Haz-Mat Team, Arlington Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 214 at MP 32 - Marion County
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 214 at milepost 32.
Preliminary information from troopers investigating the crash indicates that on April 17, shortly after 3:00 p.m., a silver 2011 Ford Focus, driven by BARBARA E. MULLER, 68, of Silverton, was eastbound on Highway 214 near milepost 32, when for undetermined reasons the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased later on by medical personnel. The investigation is ongoing.
OSP was assisted at the scene the Oregon Department of Transportation, Drakes Crossing Fire District and the Woodburn Ambulance.
OSP Sexual Abuse Investigation in Klamath Falls Results in Conviction, Sentencing
On April 13, 2015, Kevin Earl Bristow, age 35, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 198 months in prison by Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch. Mr. Bristow was sentenced to two 75 month prison terms, to be served consecutively, for his convictions on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1. He had been convicted on Friday, April 10, 2015, of two counts of Sexual Abuse 1 after a three day trial prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the 150 months for the Sexual Abuse convictions, Mr. Bristow was sentenced to 48 months for a probation violation. The 48 months is to be served consecutive to the 150 months.
The investigation began in early February of 2015 when the allegations were brought to the attention of the Oregon State Police by the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division. The investigation revealed Mr. Bristow sexually abused two female victims under the age of 12. Both victims were known to Mr. Bristow.
Media Advisory - Roseburg Fatal Crash Photo (Photo)
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Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoons double fatal crash on Highway 138 east of Roseburg near Steamboat Creek.
According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, at approximately 1:00 p.m. today (4/12/15), a 36-year-old male from Bend, who was rafting the North Umpqua River near Steamboat Creek discovered a white Honda Accord that had driven off the roadway and crashed into a group of trees near the river. The rafter pulled to shore and checked the vehicle and it's passengers.
The driver, identified as CHRISTOPHER L. BRADY, 25, of Roseburg and his front passenger, CANDICE M. NIXON, 34, of Roseburg were deceased inside the vehicle. The adult rear passenger, name withheld to allow for family contact, survived the crash but was seriously injured and pinned inside the vehicle. The fourth passenger, a three-year-old male child of BRADY, was also in the vehicle. After assisting the surviving passengers and removing the three-year-old, the rafter went up to the highway and summoned help.
The adult passenger was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital at River Bend in Springfield with serious injuries. The juvenile was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and is expected to be discharged tonight with minor injury.
While the exact time of the crash is yet to be determined, troopers believe it may have occurred some time last evening or night (4/11/15) when the group was returning from a fishing trip. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and safety restraint use is still being determined.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Fire District #2, Glide Rural Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement.
No photographs are available for release.
* Original Release *
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are arriving on scene of a single vehicle, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 138 near milepost 41, just east of Steamboat Creek turn-off.
Early information indicates two people have died and two others may have been injured in the vehicle that left the highway and went down the bank near the North Umpqua River.It did not enter the water. The Oregon Department of Transportation is also on-scene assisting. The crash is not blocking the highway but troopers and emergency crews are working on the roadway.
Additional updates/information will be added when information is available.
Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - I-84 at MP 274 - Union County
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 274 - 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon.
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According to OSP Sergeant Jason Stone, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the white, 2002 Chevrolet Express van, drove over some ice on I-84 near milepost 274 when the operator lost control, rolling over multiple times and ejecting two passengers.
One of the ejected passengers, identified as RUBEN V. GARCIA, 24, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other ejected passenger, identified as JULIO CESAR GONZALES, 18, of Salem, was taken via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise where he is listed as having critical but stable injuries. GARCIA and GONZALES are believed to not have been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.
While this crash is still under investigation, troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor. No photographs are available for release.
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Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m., a white, 2002 Chevrolet Express Van, with seven occupants rolled over at milepost 274. One passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, one was transported by air ambulance and the five remaining were taken by ground ambulance. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with this incident and the roadway continues to be closed. Additional information will be added in subsequent releases. For updated road information go to www.tripcheck.com
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 38 near MP 49 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 38 near milepost 49 in Douglas County.
Preliminary information from investigators indicates that around 2 p.m., on April 11, friends of ELIZABETH A. CLOSS, 18, of Drain, with whom she had been staying, reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that she was missing/overdue. Deputies located her cell phone signal, and friends assisting in the search drove to the area to which her phone was tracked. Shortly thereafter they discovered tire tracks leading off the roadway down a steep embankment where they located the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday April 12.
According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, the involved vehicle was a maroon, 1992 Toyota Corolla, which had gone over the steep bank about 40 feet and crashed into a tree. Preliminary information indicates CLOSS was not wearing safety restraints during the crash.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with the vehicle's removal and roadway closure. No photographs are available for this release but may be added later.
Traffic Stop in Eugene Leads to Arrest of (2) Men Wanted for Homicide in California
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield arrested two California men wanted in connection with a Contra-Costa County California Homicide earlier this evening.
According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, OSP Troopers in Springfield were notified that two suspects in a Contra-Costa County California Homicide were traveling through Oregon at about 3:15 p.m. today.
At about 5:00 p.m., OSP troopers located the vehicle, a black 2014 Kia Soul, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 201 southbound. Due to the risk involved in the stop both directions of I-5 were shut down for approximately 20 minutes as troopers and officers from the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Office took the men into custody. The two men were identified as ZAKARI A. WILSON, 20, and ARTIE I. ADANANDUS, 24, both of California. Both men complied with police and were taken into custody without incident.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No photo's are available for this release.
*** Update - Officer Name Added *** Linn County Major Crimes Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting - Lebanon (Photo)
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The Linn County Major Crimes Team led by investigators from the Oregon State Police, is continuing the investigation into last night's non-injury, officer involved shooting in Lebanon.
According to Oregon State Police Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, the man who confronted deputies with the firearm has been identified as JAMES LINDSEY, 68, of Lebanon. LINDSEY was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault 4, Menacing and Pointing a Firearm at Another Person.
Deputies had been summoned to the scene to provide assistance to an ambulance that was staged and awaiting law enforcement to check the residence for safety. Upon the first deputies arrival he was confronted by LINDSEY who was armed with a rifle. At some point during the incident DEPUTY CHRIS FENERTY fired at LINDSEY who was not struck.
Investigators learned LINDSEY had been involved in a domestic violence incident which occurred earlier and resulted in the Assault 4 charge. The name of the victim in that case is being withheld as an active investigation.
Deputy Fenerty, a 12-year-veteran of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting as is standard procedure following these kinds of events. Deputy Fenerty was interviewed by investigators today.
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* Original Release *
The Linn County Major Crimes Team is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Lebanon earlier this evening. The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney.
Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 6:00 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the Linn County Sheriff's Office and later the Lebanon Police Department, responded to a residence at 3000 Stoltz Hill Road, in Lebanon, to conduct a welfare check on a person who was reportedly suffering from a medical issue. Shortly after arrival, one of the officers was confronted by an adult male carrying a firearm. The officer fired his weapon at the subject but did not hit him.
No one was injured during the shooting and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.
No photographs are available for release at this time. As an ongoing investigation the names of the involved officers and the man who was taken into custody are being withheld at this time.
OSP Troopers in Newport Arrest Driver Related to Fatal Crash on HWY 20 - Eddyville (Photo)
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4/8/2015: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers continuing the investigation into April 6, fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 near Eddyville have arrested an involved driver.
According to OSP Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, On April 7, 2015, at approximately 1:30 PM, IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ was taken into custody after being released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. SANDRIA CRUZ was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
OSP troopers from the Newport Patrol office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office for consideration of additional charges. Any further media requests should be directed to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 east of Eddyville in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of a Springfield-area man.
According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on April 6, 2015, at approximately 12:07 a.m., a 2000 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, driven by IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ, age 24 from Newport, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 28. A 1995 Honda Accord station wagon being driven by ANDREW RAYMOND KOLOSKI, age 35, from Springfield, was eastbound at the same location. The cause of the crash is still under investigation however, it is known that the vehicles collided nearly head-on. KOLOSKI was pronounced deceased at the scene.
SANDRIA CRUZ and a juvenile 7-year-old male passenger were transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where CRUZ is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injures. The juvenile passenger was treated and released from the hospital.
OSP was assisted at the scene by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Fire Department, ODOT, Pac West Ambulance, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, and Lincoln County Medical Examiner.
***Original Release ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate a fatal traffic crash that occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m., on April 6, 2015, on Highway 20 at MP 27.5 near Eddyville. Highway 20 has been blocked for most of the morning as investigators process the crash scene.
OSP is being assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Lincoln County District Attorney's office. Additional information will be released when it is appropriate and available.
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.
The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.
The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.
The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
No photograph available for release.
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*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located *** Public's Help Sought in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash -- Albany
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located ***
Investigators into yesterday's fatal pedestrian involved crash on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany have located the vehicle they believe may have been involved in the incident.
The pedestrian who was struck and died as a result of the incident has been identified as 29-year-old JERRELL RIDLEY STEVENS TRUE, of Albany. TRUE'S family has been notified.
According to OSP Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, yesterday around 4:00 p.m., an adult female arrived at the Albany Police Department and told investigators she was involved in an incident in that area and is cooperating with investigators.
As an active investigation no additional information about this incident is available at this time. Any additional updates will be provided in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.
OSP is continuing the investigation into this incident and appreciates the public's assistance with this matter. No photographs are available for release.
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and members of the Linn County Major Crash Team are requesting the public's assistance in locating a vehicle involved in last night's fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian on Century Drive near Kizer Avenue in Albany.
According to OSP Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, investigators believe that sometime between 11:00 p.m., last night and 7:15 a.m. this morning, a Silver, compact or mid-sized sedan was traveling northbound on Century Drive when it struck and killed a male pedestrian near Kizer Avenue. The vehicle of interest is believed to have damage to its passenger side headlight, passenger side bumper and will be missing its passenger side mirror. The make and model of the car has not been determined at this time but will be submitted to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for further analysis.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center (NCC) at 541-967-2021 or by calling 800-452-7888.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, members of the Linn County Major Crash Team and OSP detectives are responding to a fatal, hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany. Century Drive is blocked in both directions as investigators process the crime scene.
Additional updates will be provided later and in consultation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.
*** Update Names/Photo *** Double Fatality Traffic Crash on HWY 34 near Columbus St. - Linn County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons double-fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near milepost 9.5 at Columbus Street in Linn County.
Preliminary information suggests that shortly before 3:00 p.m., a white, 2007 Scion T/C (passenger car) driven by JOSEPH ATTERBURY, 24, of Roseburg, was eastbound on Highway 34 when for yet undetermined reasons it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane of travel; colliding head-on with a white, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by MARY A. WELCH, 70, of Lebanon. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-month-old infant riding in the back seat of the Scion was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis then to OHSU for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The cause of the crash is still underinvestigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Tangent Fire Department.
State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near Columbus Street in Linn County. The Oregon Department of Transportation is on-scene assisting and has established a detour for traffic from Highway 34 onto Columbus Street for westbound traffic. Traffic on I-5 southbound waiting to take the Highway 34 exit is reportedly backing up as well.
More information about the crash will be provided in a later update. For now, go to www.tripcheck.com
for updates on traffic around the scene.
Oregon State Police Now Hiring Recruit Troopers - Oregon
The Oregon State Police is now hiring Recruit Troopers!
A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications are now being accepted. The process will be until May 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.
Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com.
The website helps interested applicants:
* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing
Entry Level Testing dates and locations will be provided to each applicant via email.
Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com
website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.
The Oregon State Police values the perspective of all of Oregon's citizens and is an equal opportunity employer. OSP strongly encourages women and candidates of color to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.
Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
Lieutenant Craig Flierl
Training Section Commander
Oregon State Police
Contact info: 503-378-4175
OSP Detective Locates Possible DUII, Vehicle Flees then Crashes into Store - Portland
On April 2, 2015, at approximately 4:44 PM, an Oregon State Police (OSP) detective in an unmarked patrol vehicle and wearing plainclothes, located a possible DUII driver westbound on Foster Rd. The detective requested assistance from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) to get the vehicle stopped. As the detective continued to follow the vehicles driving became more erratic, forcing the detective to initiate a traffic stop prior to PPB arrival.
Upon activating his emergency lights, the vehicle did a U-turn and began to travel east on Foster Rd., hitting another vehicle. The detective turned to follow and attempted to keep it in sight as the vehicle sped away from him.
The detective caught up to the vehicle after it crashed into a storefront at Foster and 58th Avenue in Portland. The suspect fled on foot and the detective followed about 30 seconds later. The detective took to suspect to the ground and was shortly thereafter assisted by PPB in taking him into custody. The suspect was transported to OHSU with minor injuries. The subjects identity is still unknown but officers are working to identify him at this time.
OSP was assisted by the Portland Police Bureau. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this incident and additional charges for possession of marijuana, attempt to elude police, and DUII are pending.
*** Photo Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 101 at MP 100.5 - Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings single vehicle traffic crash which resulted in a fatality on Highway 101 near milepost 100.5 in Tillamook County.
Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that this morning, shortly after 6:00 a.m, a silver Pontiac Sunfire was northbound on Highway 101 near Cascade Head when for unknown reasons the vehicle struck the guardrail and rolled over onto the roadway. The driver, 57-year-old DAVID KYTE, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Early information suggests KYTE was not wearing safety restraints. Heavy rain and speed are being investigated as additional contributing factors in this crash.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Nestucca Fire Department, Tillamook Police Department and the Tillamook County Medical Examiners Office.
No photographs are available for this release.
OSP Troopers in Springfield ask for Public Help Locating Hit and Run Vehicle - Lane County
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield are asking for the public's help locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run crash last night on Highway 99 at Beltline Road.
On March 31, at approximately 11:30 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a reported hit and run crash on Highway 99 at Beltline Road (on HWY 99). Upon arrival, troopers learned a gray Lexus sedan was northbound at the light when a dark colored, possibly blue, 1980's era, full-size Ford Pickup (F-250) rear ended it causing extensive damage and minor injuries to the occupant. The Ford then fled the scene northbound on HWY 99 toward Junction City. Troopers believe the Ford will likely have damage to its front end left side.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Elijah Chambers of the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536 ext. 445.
Fish & Wildlife Trooper in Baker City Detects Blaze, Rescues Elderly Woman - Sumpter OR. (Photo)
On March 29, 2015, shortly after noon, Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish & Wildlife Division in Baker City, was patrolling in the town of Sumpter, southwest of Baker City, when he saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby. One person was attempting to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was not having any success. Senior Trooper Duncan told the people to get away from the now fully engulfed vehicle for their own safety. As he did so he noticed a large propane tank between the residence and the vehicle which he feared may explode.
Senior Trooper Duncan learned the residence was owned by an 81-year-old woman who was believed to still be inside the home. As the fire spread to the residence, Sr. Trooper Duncan and Firefighter David Stellman of the Sumpter Valley Fire Department went to the door to inquire and Senior Trooper Duncan went inside to look for the woman.
Shortly after entering the home, Senior Trooper Duncan located the woman and her son still inside the residence. The woman was seated in a chair and her son told Senior Trooper Duncan she was unable to stand or walk on her own. As smoke poured into the residence through the door and the house began to burn, Senior Trooper Duncan carried the woman out of the house and to his patrol vehicle. Later on, Sumpter Valley Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.
During the investigation it was determined the fire was started while an occupant of the residence was working on the fuel system of a vehicle. Red Cross arrived to assist the occupants.
OSP was assisted by the Sumpter Valley Fire Department and the Red Cross. Firefighter Stellman was contacted and approved the use of his name for this release.
*** Update/Photo *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 140 at MP 27 - Jackson County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate this afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 at milepost 27 east of Medford.
Preliminary information from troopers at the scene indicates that on March 29, at approximately 12:51 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, grey and red in color, was traveling eastbound on highway 140 when the driver, identified as TAMARA A. ALTER, 57, of Medford, failed to negotiate a left hand curve and struck the guardrail. ALTER was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown down a steep,rocky embankment. The motorcycle continued on for about another 100 yards before coming to rest on the westbound (opposite) side of the highway. ALTER was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing a helmet and neither excessive speed nor impairment are believed to have been a factor in the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Eagle Point Fire District 3, the White City Technical Rescue Team, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lake Creek Rural Fire Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 27 east of Medford. The road is not blocked at this time as the bike is well off the roadway however, watch for emergency crews and responders and check www.tripcheck.com
for updates and closures that may occur as the investigation continues.
An update to this release will be made when additional information becomes available.
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****
According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.
The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.
The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.
Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.
OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.
Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.