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***Media Information*** OSP Continuing Investigation On Milton-Freewater Police Officer -- Umatilla County - 09/29/16

As this is an ongoing criminal investigation, the video evidence will not be released. This is to preserve the integrity of the investigation until it is completed.
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Previous Release:
On September 27th, 2016, the Milton-Freewater Chief of Police contacted the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and requested they conduct a criminal investigation on one of their police officers, Brian D SCOTT, age 36, for alleged misconduct.

OSP Detectives began the investigation which revealed on September 26th, 2016 SCOTT had arrested a 46 year old male for theft and transported him to the Milton-Freewater Police Department for processing. While walking the arrestee to the processing area inside the police department, SCOTT pushed the arrestee in the back. The arrestee fell forward (while handcuffed) and struck his head on a concrete wall. The arrestee was taken to a local hospital for treatment for injuries to his scalp and vertebrae.

Video surveillance from within the police department corroborated the evidence detectives obtained to that point. Following interviews with the arrestee and other officer present during the incident, SCOTT was arrested on September 28th, 2016 for Assault II and Official Misconduct II. He was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation and no further information will be released without approval from the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

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Newberg Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near Newberg - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/29/16

On September 28, 2016 at about 6:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 20 (just north of Newberg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Acura MDX was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it encountered stopped traffic (which was a result of another crash). The Acura driver braked rapidly and came to a stop. A 2002 Harley Davidson was following the Acura and rear ended it which ejected the the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, Gary L ROUTON, age 63, of Newberg, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Acura, Shanna F PERALTA, age 40, of Newberg, was not injured.

Traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction for several hours which caused heavy traffic backup in each direction. OSP was assisted by the Newberg Fire Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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***Update - Names and Photo Released*** Eugene Man Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured In Early Morning Crash On Highway 126E - Lane County (Photo) - 09/28/16

The driver who lost his life in this crash was identified as Brandon Shae STANSELL, age 19, of Eugene. The injured passenger was Arianna Mia SHIELDS-NGUYEN, age 20, of Veneta. No further information at this time.

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Previous Release:
On September 28, 2016 at about 3:20AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a power pole on Highway 126E near milepost 19 (west of Leaburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 126E when it drifted off the roadway and rolled in the westbound ditch.

The driver of the Toyota, a 19 year old male from Eugene, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased on scene. A 20 year old female passenger was taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for serious injuries.

Highway 126E had a single lane closure for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT Incident Response, McKenzie Fire and Rescue and The Lane County Medical Examiner.

Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor. The names of those involved will be released later today as their families were just notified. No further information at this time.

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MEDIA ADVISORY- OREGON STATE POLICE FALLEN TROOPER MEMORIAL Dedication (Photo) - 09/28/16

The Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial that commemorates and honors fallen Troopers will be officially dedicated in Salem this Saturday, Oct. 1. The Oregon State Police recognizes 33 Troopers who died in the line of duty while serving and protecting the residents of Oregon. The Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial is located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall, and was designed and built by White Oak Construction and Portland based Jones Sculpture Studio to pay tribute to fallen Troopers and recognize the significant impact of their service and sacrifice to the State of Oregon.


WHAT: The Dedication of the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial

WHO: Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson
Bill and Barbara Lyons, parents of fallen Trooper Scott Lyons

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial (Located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall)
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem

Contact: Lieutenant Cari Boyd
Oregon State Police
Office: (541) 265-5354 ext. 226
Cell: (541) 519-2108

Gregg Hastings
Retired Oregon State Police
Email: Gregory.P.Hastings@state.or.us

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Woman Loses Life In Highway 140 Crash Near Bonanza - Klamath County (Photo) - 09/28/16

On September 27, 2016 at about 1:30PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 140E at milepost 33 (near Bonanza).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway on a corner and onto the gravel shoulder. The vehicle lost control and rolled multiple times coming to rest off of the highway.

The driver, Jessica S SPIERSCH, age 26, of Bly, Oregon, was ejected from the vehicle. Despite live saving efforts, she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her passengers (and children), a 5 year old female and a 3 year old male were properly restrained in child safety seats and were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District #3 and the Bonanza Rural Fire. No further information at this time.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case- Hood River County (Photo) - 09/28/16

The OSP Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a trophy bull elk in Hood River County.

On September 15th 2016, OSP was notified of a 6x7 bull elk that was found dead on private property on the west side on Hood River Valley off of Rhiordan Hill Rd. An OSP Trooper responded and found the 6x7 bull elk dead and left to waste in a cherry orchard. Investigation revealed the cause of death is most likely by a gunshot wound during the 2016 archery season.

A reward of $2000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. ($500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $1500 from the landowner.)

Anyone with the information regarding the case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Justin Frazier through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Woman Killed In Highway 58 Crash - Lane County (Photo) - 09/27/16

On September 26, 2016, at 8:05PM, OSP received reports of a single vehicle off of the roadway on Highway 58 near milepost 27 (just east of Black Canyon Campground). Initial reports indicated that the vehicle was upside down with a single operator trapped inside. Cell phones did not work in this area and motorist who drove upon the crash had to drive several miles to obtain cell phone reception to contact 911.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1988 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Highway 58, and for unknown reasons, traveled off of the roadway as it entered a curve. The Honda struck a tree and then rolled onto its top. The driver, Shellie I WILLIAMS, age 58, of Fall Creek, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Highway 58 was intermittently closed for several hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Salem Man Loses Life In Interstate 5 Crash - Clackamas County - 09/27/16

On September 26, 2016 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcyclist and a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 281 (just south of the French Prairie Rest Area).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Honda motorcycle was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it encountered slowing traffic ahead of it. The motorcyclist changed lanes, lost control, and was ejected from his motorcycle.

The rider, Timothy C BAGLEY, age 50, of Salem, was struck by a northbound 2016 Mack truck tractor towing double trailers. BAGLEY was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the truck, Lowell S TROYER, age 43, of Halsey, was not injured.

The slow lane of Interstate 5 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Aurora Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Beaverton Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Sherman County (Photo) - 09/27/16

On September 25th 2016 at about 5:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 31 (just south of Grass Valley).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1969 Pontiac GTO was traveling southbound on Highway 97, when for unknown reasons, lost control and became sideways on the highway. A 2015 Ford pickup towing a horse trailer, also traveling southbound and following the Pontiac, pulling a horse trailer struck the Pontiac in the driver's door.

The driver of the Pontiac, James W ROBINSON, age 57, of Beaverton, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. ROBINSON later died as a result of those injuries from the crash. The driver of the Ford, Richard L DAMON, age 37, and his three passengers were not injured (all of White City).

There were two horses in the horse trailer which were not injured. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 97 was partially closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.

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Fatal Crash on Highway 20 at Milepost 259 between Ontario and Nyssa - Malheur County (Photo) - 09/23/16

On September 22, 2016 at about 7:50 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 259 (between Ontario and Nyssa).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Toyota pickup, operated by Billy Jo CARR Jr., age 50, of Nyssa, was travelling southbound when an unknown white SUV or hatchback passenger car was traveling northbound and attempting to pass in the lane of travel of the Toyota. The Toyota swerved to the right shoulder to avoid a head-on collision, resulting in the Toyota losing control and overturning onto its top.

CARR suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The white SUV did not stop and fled the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire Department, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. Anyone who knows the identity of the driver of the white SUV or hatchback passenger car or who has additional information of the crash, is asked to contact Sergeant Kurt Marvin at 541-889-6469 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 (reference OSP case # SP16322989).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Fatal Crash on Highway 99W Claims Life of Newberg Man - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/22/16

On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at about 1:58 p.m., emergency responders were notified of a serious injury crash on Highway 99W near Stoller Rd. (Two miles north of Lafayette)

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford pickup, pulling a dual axle utility trailer loaded with gravel, was southbound on Highway 99W, when for unknown reasons, veered right onto the southbound shoulder and then veered left into the oncoming northbound lane of travel. A 2005 Toyota Prius was northbound and unable to maneuver around the Ford, resulting in the Prius striking the passenger side of the Ford while in the northbound lane of travel.

The operator of the Ford, Antonio SANCHEZ-GUILLEN, age 31, from McMinnville, was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The operator of the Prius, Velda MITCHELL, age 84, from Newberg, was transported by ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and then transferred to a Portland Area Hospital. The front passenger of the Prius, Richard MITCHELL, age 85, from Newberg, was transported by Lifeflight to a Portland Area Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated. Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.

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Jefferson Man Crashes Pickup into Home off of Highway 20 - Linn County (Photo) - 09/22/16

On September 22, 2016, at about 8:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a house off of Highway 20, near milepost 16 eastbound.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Chevy pickup, operated by Les Giles ENGSTROM, age 56, of Jefferson, was traveling eastbound, when for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway. The pickup traveled through a sign, telephone pole and into a house located at 4360 South Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

The house was unoccupied when the crash occurred and ENGSTROM only received minor injuries but refused to be transported by medics for further treatment.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Fire Department.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Seek Public's Help - Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area Vandalism Investigation - 09/22/16

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation regarding the Cape Kiwanda vandalism. OSP is working on identifying person(s) in the video(s) displaying the destruction of the natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

OSP extend their thanks to people who have already come forward with information. At this time, OSP has exhausted all investigative leads on what the public had previously provided. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects, that they have not already reported to law enforcement, please call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 375-3555 or email tips to osppio@state.or.us. All calls are kept confidential.

The investigation is ongoing and information will be released when available.

The link below was provided by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in their original release. It also contains links to the photos and video of the vandalism.

http://bit.ly/capekiwandavandalism

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Previous News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:
http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_newsStory&newsId=178

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***Update on HWY 22 MP 14 Crash*** Five People Killed In Four Separate Crashes - Western Oregon (Photo) - 09/20/16

Update on Highway 22, MP 14 - Polk County fatal crash - Driver's name released:

The deceased driver of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was identified as Elisa ALVAREZ-MARTINEZ, age 49, of Keizer. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previously Released:

In the time span of about twelve hours, the Oregon State Police investigated four separate crashes on Western Oregon highways that took the lives of five people. Below is a summary of each.

HIGHWAY 22, MP 75 - LINN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 75 (five miles west of the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. The Volkswagen lost control, slid off the south side of the highway and struck a tree. The Volkswagen continuing down the embankment, rolling over several times.

The driver, Alexander SHUMILOV, age 31, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway conditions at this time were wet. OSP was assisted by the Black Butte Police Department Black Butte Fire and Rescue, Idanha Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to release at this time. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 18, MP 1.5 -- LINCOLN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 1.5 (just east of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it failed to negotiate a corner on the wet roadway. The Honda slid into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound 2010 Kia Soul.

The driver of the Honda, Maricela R TRUJILLO, age 42, of Woodburn received life threatening injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Her two passengers, Sarah S TRUJILLO and Rebeca M AMADOR (both 20 years old and from Woodburn) were pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Kia, Douglas J BENDER, age 23, of Milwaukie, Oregon was not injured. Two passengers in the Kia were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Lincoln City Police, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District # 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available. (Photo attached.)


HIGHWAY 22, MP 14 -- POLK COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 14 (just west of Highway 99W interchange.)

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 near milepost 14 when it drifted into the center median, rolled over and came to rest on it's passenger side on the south side of the highway.

The driver, a 49 year old woman from Keizer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name will be released pending her family being notified.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 42/INTERSTATE 5 -- DOUGLAS COUNTY
On September 18, 2016 at about 4:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a collision involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle at the Highway 42 interchange with Interstate 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it took the 119 exit (Highway 42). As the Ford negotiated the sweeping right corner of the off-ramp, it drifted off the ramp and rolled over in the area between the ramp and Highway 42. The Ford then rolled onto both lanes of Highway 42 where it struck an eastbound 2010 Peterbilt while airborne.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony Q WEBBER, age 31, of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, Richard E ARCEO, age 33, of Pasco, Washington was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 42 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was being conducted. No further information at this time. (Photo attached.)

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Deer Poaching Case - Klamath County - 09/20/16

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a deer in Klamath County.

On September 11, 2016, OSP was notified of a doe deer that had been killed and dumped on a side road near Doak Mountain in Klamath County. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead deer with it's back straps removed and left to waste. Investigation revealed the deer was most likely killed more than a week prior to September 11, 2016.

A reward of up to $250 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $250 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Ryan Niehus through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
* $100 Game Fish
* $100 Upland Birds
* $200 Habitat
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo) - 09/20/16

The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of September 17, 2016, OSP was notified of a dead bull elk in the area of 4000 block of Rueben Road, Glendale, Oregon. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead elk in an open field between two houses, determining it had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473. (Email - aaron.baimbridge@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
* $100 Game Fish
* $100 Upland Birds
* $200 Habitat
* $250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
* $500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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Wallowa County Man Loses Life in Highway 82 Crash on Minam Grade - Union County (Photo) - 09/20/16

On September 19, 2016 at about 3:06 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on State Route 82 near milepost 31 (Minam Grade).

Preliminary investigation revealed an older Dodge farm truck, operated by Gary Leonard ALFORD, age 70, of Joseph, was traveling eastbound down Minam Grade when his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled down the embankment, where ALFORD was ejected.

Emergency services personnel extracted ALFORD from the hillside below the roadway. Life Flight arrived on scene but ALFORD had succumbed to his injuries before he could be evacuated from the scene. Witness statements and some scene evidence suggest that an equipment failure may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

The highway was closed for two hours while the investigation was being conducted. OSP was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Elgin Fire, Union County Sheriff's Office and Wallowa County Sheriff's Office.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Single vehicle injury crash in Jackson County (Photo) - 09/15/16

On September 15, 2016 at about 10:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle injury crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 1.5, which is about 13 miles south of the town of Ashland in Jackson County.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford F150 pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway on the left side and drove on the shoulder for several hundred yards, then drove back onto the interstate. Once on the interstate the vehicle rolled, ejecting the two male passengers. The vehicle then rolled several more times as it struck the guard rail and came to rest about 100 yards down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, Matt Tudor, age 40, of Yreka, CA, was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right front passenger, Chris Stevens, age 30 of Yreka, CA was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right rear passenger, Tim Hendricks, age 24 of Yreka, CA was transported by Life Flight to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which are not serious at this time. The left rear passenger, Mahaliah Gulbranson, age 21 of Yreka, was transported to Providence Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. It appears only the driver was wearing his seat belt.

There were two dogs in the truck and they ran away after the crash. Jackson County Animal Control responded to locate the dogs but was unable to do so. We have no information on the description of the dogs.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation, but the driver may have fallen asleep. OSP was assisted by Fire District 5, Ashland Fire and Rescue, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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OSP Concludes Firearms Investigation Involving Portland Man - Clackamas County - 09/15/16

On August 4, 2016 the Oregon State Police Patrol Division received a complaint of an alleged crime of Firearm Transfer by an Unlicensed Person (ORS 166.435). The complaint was based on media reports that, Jeremy P LUCAS, age 45, of Portland, had unlawfully transferred a firearm to a private party.

The investigation was challenging due to the lack of any evidence supporting the allegations. Further the fact that OSP did not secure a voluntary statement from LUCAS and no persons came forward with the name of who the firearm was transferred to made it difficult to prove or disprove this crime had occurred.

On September 9, 2016, the case was considered closed pending the development of new leads or information. The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that they would not pursue criminal charges (see their decline letter which is attached).

No further information at this time.

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Lakeview Man dies in a fatal commerical motor vehicle crash (Photo) - 09/14/16

On September 14, 2016 at about 5:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140 E at milepost 2.5 (2 miles east of Lakeview).

According to Sergeant First Class Proulx, Preliminary investigation revealed a 1956 Peterbilt log truck was traveling westbound on Highway 140 E behind a 1979 Kenworth log truck. The Peterbilt truck caught on fire when coming down the hill and ran into the back of the Kenworth causing both vehicles to drive off the roadway, losing their load of logs onto the roadway.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Douglas McClain, age 60, of Lakeview, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Kenworth, Brenton Cannon, age 66, of Lakeview, was not injured and remained on scene to assist.

The highway was closed for about 2 hours and is currently open to one lane with a pilot car until the logs can be removed. The driver of the Kenworth was wearing his seatbelt and it is unknown if the driver of the Peterbilt was at this time.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation. OSP was assisted by Lakeview Fire Department, Lakeview Sheriff's Office, Thomas Creek Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Lakeview Disaster Unit and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Crash near Hubbard (Photo) - 09/14/16

On September 13, 2016 at approximately 7:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 99E near milepost 26 (north of Hubbard).

According to Trooper Freitag, the investigation revealed a white 2008 Ford Ranger operated by Andrew Pine, age 20, of Hubbard, was travelling southbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Ranger collided with a northbound Freightliner pulling double trailers loaded with lumber, operated by Patrick Bryant, age 58, of Battle Ground, Washington.

PINE was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he later died from his injuries. BRYANT was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Highway 99E was closed for approximately an hour and a half following the collision. One lane was opened for approximately 1 hour until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Ambulance, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).



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Man Arrested For Multiple Sex Crimes Involving A Juvenile - Josephine County - 09/14/16

On September 13th, OSP Detectives, along with agents from the US Marshal's Service, arrested Seth Ray Milton, age 28, at his residence in Wilderville, Oregon.

Milton was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant resulting from an August 2016, secret indictment in Josephine County for; three counts of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The arrest culminated a ten month long investigation by OSP Detectives who initially received information from the alleged victim who is no longer living in the area. The investigation determined Milton began abusing a female relative when she was about six years old until she was fourteen years old.

Milton was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

Additionally, investigators recently received information that Milton has been observed associating with underage females who are similar in age to the alleged victim at the time she was last abused. No additional victims have yet been identified. Anyone with information regarding Milton is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.

Road Rage on I- 205 Southbound near Oregon City- UPDATE Suspect Arrested - 09/13/16

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On September 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM Mr. Bradlee J. France, age 38, from Oregon city was taken into custody for menacing, disorderly conduct, and pointing a firearm at another. Mr. France was lodged at the Clackamas Count Jail for the above charges as a result of the investigation of road rage on September 9, 2016.

Thanks to the tips from the public, Mr. France's vehicle was identified and an off duty Clackamas County Firefighter observed the vehicle near Stafford Road. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office located Mr. France driving the vehicle near the location. A traffic stop was conducted on Willamette Drive in West Linn. Mr. France was taken into custody without further incident.

Oregon State Troopers responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. France. Troopers retrieved the Glock 19, owed by Mr. France, used in the September 9th incident at his residence.

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On September 9th, 2016 at 7:30 AM a road rage incident occurred on I-205, southbound, near milepost 10 and 9 (vicinity of Oregon City). Several parties have reported the situation and provided a video showing a firearm being used in the incident. The vehicles involved are being described as Black Mercedez SUV and a Grey Dodge 3500 pick-up with a lift kit. The incident in question occurred on the southbound shoulder of I-205.

The Oregon State Police is investigating the case and are requesting any witnesses to please call our Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888 with any information. Please refer to case number SP16-305875. We are not releasing the names of the parties involved at ths time.

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Fatal Crash on Highway 20 near Tumalo - Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/12/16

On September 11, 2016 at about 9:30 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 12.5 (west of Tumalo).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Toyota Tacoma, operated by David FINCHER, age 45, of Sherwood, was travelling eastbound when he lost control negotiating a corner and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Tacoma collided with two separate westbound vehicles, a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sarah PETERSON, age 37, of Bend, and passengers, female child, age 2, and male child, age 7; and a gray 2016 Dodge Charger, operated by Alexander PERKINS, age 28, of Bend and passenger Ashley PERKINS, age 27, of Bend.

The two year old female child passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

FINCHER was arrested and lodged into Deschutes County Jail for Manslaughter 2nd Degree. Additional charges are pending. FINCHER is scheduled to be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. (Today)

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Rural Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed a bicyclist just west of the crash location, was nearly struck by FINCHER in the moments leading up to the crash. Anyone who knows the identity of the bicyclist or who has additional information of the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Jason Hanson at 541-388-6213 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 (reference OSP case # SP16308856).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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***Update- Victim Dies*** OSP Conducting Shooting Investigation Near Grants Pass - Josephine County (Photo) - 09/10/16

On Septemeber 10th around 7am, Michael S HOCKERSMITH died at the hospital while being treated for his injuries. This investigation is ongoing, any requests or inquiries should be directed towards the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
On September 8, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to 4444 Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) where they located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound. The male victim, identified as Michael S HOCKERSMITH, age 24, of Grants Pass, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed HOCKERSMITH went to the mentioned address and a got into a disturbance with the residents, Richard C WEISS (age 64) and Ronnette D GIDEON (age 46). During the encounter, GIDEON shot HOCKERSMITH with a firearm. WEISS called 911 to report the incident.

GIDEON and WEISS cooperated with the investigation conducted by the OSP Criminal Division. Detectives later served a search warrant at the residence and conducted their investigation into the afternoon. OSP Detectives subsequently arrested GIDEON on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault in the 1st Degree. She was booked into the Josephine County Jail.

At approximately 2PM, as OSP Detectives were preparing to leave the residence, they heard the breaking of glass near the back of the residence. Upon checking the area, detectives observed large flames coming from a broken window. OSP Detectives along with responding patrol troopers, set up a search perimeter around the area. A Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 unit responded to assist with searching the area without success.

Fire units from Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire, Illinois Valley Fire, as well as the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the scene to assist with fire suppression. The house was extensively damaged from the fire.

OSP is now conducting an arson investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. All media inquiries shall be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No further information to be released at this time.

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Four horses and two mules died when struck by a commerical motor vehicle in Sherman County - 09/09/16

On Friday, September 09, 2016, at approximately 4:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash (CMV) on US-97 near milepost 25. (four miles north of Grass Valley in Sherman County). The CMV tractor/trailer combination collided with four horses and two mules which were killed as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Peterbelt was loaded with potatoes and traveling southbound when it collided with six animals which were in the middle of the highway. The driver of the CMV, Mr. Kory Kock, age 33, from Grass Valley, Oregon, was not injured. The tractor sustained extensive front end damage. The trailer was not damaged.

The owners were notified. The highway was temporarily blocked while the horses were recovered. At 7:24 AM, ODOT reported all animals were removed and all lanes were opened. The animals were pastured east of the highway. They had to walk several miles to get to the highway. It is unknown how they got out of the pasture. This portion of the highway is not considered open range. There was no enforcement action taken on the CMV driver or the owners of the animals.

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Serious Injury Crash Involving Several Motorcycles on Highway 20 Milepost 136 - Harney County (Photo) - 09/08/16

On September 7, 2016 at about 9:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 136 (four miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed that seven motorcycles were travelling westbound when they encountered lumber debris in the roadway, just over the crest of a hill. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Larry LAHR, age 59, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William HUNT, age 58, and passenger Rose HUNT, age 56, of Earlville, Iowa, swerved to avoid the debris and collided. This caused both motorcycles to go down on the roadway resulting in minor injuries to the riders.

A 2016 Can Am Spyder motorcycle swerved to the left to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the south shoulder of the roadway. A 2011 Harley Davidson was able to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the north shoulder of the roadway. A 2001 Harley Davidson, operated by David MARR, age 64, of Floyd, Iowa, braked to avoid the collision and debris, causing the motorcycle to overturn. Two additional Harley Davidson motorcycles were able to avoid the debris and collisions and came to a controlled stop.

David MARR sustained critical injuries and was flown from Harney District Hospital by Airlink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Larry LAHR, William HUNT and Rose HUNT sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.

OSP was assisted by Harney County EMS, Burns Fire Department, Harney County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Theft of a Large Amount of Silver Coins in Josephine County - Persons of Interest Sought - 09/06/16

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing an ongoing investigation into the theft of a large amount of silver coins. On or about August 13, 2016, a large amount of silver coins were stolen from a residence in Grants Pass. These coins are 2015 Royal Canadian Mint, 1/2 oz. Silver Eagles similar to the attached pdf. Also stolen were silver mercury dimes and silver Kennedy half dollars.

According to OSP Detective Annie Harris, OSP detectives identified two persons of interest:

Person of Interest #1:
James David Lee Hergett
Approx. 26 years old
Height: 5-10, Weight: 210
Hair: Auburn, Eyes: Green

Person of Interest #2:
Todd Murray Beveridge
Approx. 56 years old
Height: 5-07, Weight 145
Hair: Brown, Eyes: Blue

If you come in contact with coins matching this description or the two individuals in the attached pdf, please contact OSP Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-664-4600. Reference OSP Case #SP16-290159.

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Amity Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash On Amity Road - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/06/16

On September 5, 2016 at about 7PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle rollover on Highway 153 near milepost 8 (east of Amity).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Lexus sport utility was traveling eastbound on Highway 153 (Amity Road) when it drifted across the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder. The Lexus then crossed all lanes of travel, exited the south side of the highway, entered a field and rolled multiple times.

The driver, Todd A HAYES, age 51, of Amity, was pronounced deceased on scene. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factions. The highway was partially blocked for four hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by Amity Fire, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Cannon Beach Man Killed In Crash on Highway 26. OSP Seeking Witnesses - Clatsop County (Photo) - 09/06/16

On September 5, 2016, at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 19 (23 miles east of Seaside).

While emergency personnel were responding, the driver left the scene by private vehicle. That vehicle was later located by Cannon Beach Police where the driver (now a passenger) of the original crash was found to be in critical condition. That driver, Charles M KAKUSKA, age 22, of Cannon Beach, was taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed KAKUSKA had been driving a 1990 Honda Accord westbound on Highway 26 when it drifted off the highway and crashed into a ditch. Witnesses had reported seeing KAKUSKA traveling with another vehicle on Highway 26 at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.

After the crash and when KAKUSKA learned law enforcement was enroute, he was given a ride from the scene by the driver of the vehicle that also been reported traveling at a high rate of speed. This vehicle was later stopped by Cannon Beach Police.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Vine Maple Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed motorists may have witnessed KAKUSKA's driving behavior or stopped at the scene of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Greg Schuerger at 503-861-0781. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available at this time.

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Man Killed In Early Morning Crash Near North Powder - Union County (Photo) - 09/04/16

On September 4, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 237 near milepost 29 (near North Powder).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on Highway 237 when it drifted across the southbound lane and off the road. The Ford struck several fog markers and then a tree.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony A GEORGE, age 27, of Union, was pronounced deceased on scene.

OSP was assisted by North Powder Fire and La Grande Fire. This is an ongoing investigation and contributing factors are unknown. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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***Update - Name Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Interstate 5 - Jackson County - 09/03/16

The deceased driver was identified as Brandon S PAGE, age 25, of Medford. The three passengers were his children. There are no photos available at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On September 3, 2016 at about 1:40AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 30 (Medford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it exited at the Crater Lake Highway off-ramp. The Chevrolet drifted off the roadway and rolled coming to rest upside down in a grassy area.

The driver, a 25 year old male, was pronounced deceased on scene. Three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

This is a preliminary release; more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Crash Sends Vehicle Into Irrigation Canal, Troopers Rescue Driver - Klamath County (Photo) - 09/02/16

On September 1, 2016 at about 3:00PM, an OSP Sergeant was on a traffic stop on Highway 97 near milepost 265 (north of Klamath Falls) when he requested a tow to impound the vehicle as the driver was suspended.

A tow truck arrived on scene, activated its amber warning lights and was getting into position when a northbound 2012 Toyota RAV4 struck the rear of the tow truck. The Toyota lost control, drove off the roadway and into an irrigation canal (about five feet deep).

The sergeant radioed for help and began efforts to save the driver, George M BEAUBIEN, age 79, of Chiloquin from the canal. Several troopers and OSP Detectives arrived on scene and rescued BEAUBIEN and his dog from the submerged vehicle. BEAUBIEN was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center for minor injuries.

The driver of the tow truck, Jeremy D TUTTLE, age 41, of Klamath Falls, was not injured. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Bicyclist Killed In Highway 199 Crash In Selma - Josephine County - 09/02/16

On September 1, 2016 at about 12:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 199 near milepost 20 (in Selma).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Ford pickup towing a 25 foot RV was traveling southbound on Highway 199 when a bicyclist attempted to cross all lanes of traffic, colliding with the side of the Ford. The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and struck the RV. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, later being identified as Robert L GREEN, age 45, address unknown. The driver of the Ford, Michael S MANN, age 58, of Redmond, was not injured.

Highway 199 was reduced to one lane of alternating travel for two hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor as witnesses believed GREEN was impaired.

No further information to be released at this time.

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Mother and Daughter Lose Their Lives In Highway 30 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo) - 09/01/16

On September 1, 2016 at about 8:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94 (just east of Astoria).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Suzuki sedan was traveling eastbound when it lost control negotiating a corner. The Suzuki crossed the centerline and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound 1999 Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Suzuki, Sabrina J RAINEY, age 38, of Astoria was pronounced deceased on scene. Her passenger, her 14 year old daughter, was also pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Dodge, Jordan L WALIEZER, age 31, of Kelso, Washington, received minor injuries and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for treatment.

Highway 30 was completely closed for 30 minutes before one alternating lane was opened. The highway was opened around 1PM. OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department, Napa Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

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OSP Urging Motorists To Prepare And Travel Safely This Labor Day Weekend - 09/01/16

During the holiday weekend, September 2-5, 2016, the Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols on state highways to ensure travelers in Oregon have safer travels. Despite those efforts, the public is asked to prepare for their travels and to help enforcement efforts if they spot dangerous driving (any hazardous driving that puts others at risk: excessive speeding, impaired driving, etc). According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, "Too many lives are lost on our highways and we want to ensure all Oregonians and visitors safely reach their destinations this weekend."

According to AAA Oregon there will be a large percentage of travelers on the roadways, "Labor Day is seen as the final chance for a long weekend getaway before the summer comes to an end and generally sees the lowest travel volume of the three major summer holiday weekends. Over the last decade, travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend has remained relatively stable, with approximately 35 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home each year."

To add further traffic on the highways, the Oregon Ducks are playing in Eugene on Saturday which will lead to additional traffic congestion.

In 2015 and 2016, Oregon has seen a rise in fatal traffic crashes. OSP will continue its pledge in transportation safety by focusing on five major categories of driving behaviors that contribute to fatal or serious injury crashes. These categories are speed, occupant safety, lane usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

*Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

*Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

*Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

*Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

*Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

*Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

*Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

*Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

*Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.