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OSP investigating fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 99W near Lafayette - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/18/18

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a tractor on Hwy 99W near mile post 33 - approximately 1 mile south of Lafayette.

There is one confirmed fatality.

ODOT has set up a detour in the area but delays and intermittent closures should be expected.

This crash occurred at approximately 8:15 AM.

 

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Missing Abducted Child Located Safe near Newport - 09/18/18

On Monday September 17, 2018, the Newport Area Command received information a missing child, from Orange County, California was possibly in the Lincoln County area. Kaia Fina (age 11) was reported to still be with her biological mother Sera Fina (age 42). There was an active felony warrant for Sera Fina’s arrest for child abduction.

Information received was Kaia Fina was reported missing on September 6, 2018 at approximately 10:30 PM from San Clemente, California. Her foster parent was last to have seen Kaia and it was believe Sera had picked Kaia up. An attempt to locate was provided to law enforcement agencies with descriptions and vehicle information.

Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office spent the majority on Monday, September 17, 2018 trying to locate Kaia and Sera Fina in a black 2007 BMW. At approximately 7:40 PM, Trooper Wertz conducted a welfare check on a 2006 Lincoln Navigator parked on the shoulder of US HWY 101 near Beverly Beach State Park. Trooper Wertz quickly identified both Kaia and Sera from photos from Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Sera Fina was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the issued child abduction warrant and fugitive complaint. The bail was listed as $150,000. The Department of Human Services responded to care for Kaia. It was discovered Sera Fina had recently purchased the vehicle they were found in and no longer had the suspected vehicle.

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Attached Media Files: FINA_Missing_Child_BOLO.pdf
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UPDATE - 3 vehicles involved in crash on Hwy 22E east of Gates - Marion County (Photo) - 09/17/18

Investigation shows that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by Eric Ellis (57) of Detroit was eastbound on Hwy 22E when it went into the westbound lane and sideswiped a 2012 Ford PU pulling a travel trailer, operated by Owen Barth (48) of Dallas.  The Honda Civic continued and hit a 2014 GMC PU, operated by Ryan Wolvert (41) of Oregon City.

Ellis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Barth and Wolvert were not injured.

Hwy 22E  was closed for about 3.5 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Gates Fire, ODOT, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Keizer P.D.

 

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Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on the scene of a three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E near mile post 37 - east of Gates.

One person has sustained fatal injuries and has been pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:30 PM.  Expect delays and closures for several hours.

No more information is available at this time.

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Motorcycle passenger dies in crash on Hwy 395 near Lakeview - Lake County - 09/17/18

On September 16, 2018 at about 3:55 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash involving a motor cycle and passenger car on US 395 near milepost 141. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Jacob Alexander Lepeilbet (26) from Caldwell, Idaho, was traveling northbound on US 395 near milepost 141 when, for an unknown reason, failed to stop for a white 1995 Ford Taurus stopped in the northbound lane signaling to turn left. The motorcycle impacted the rear of the Taurus at highway speed. 

The passenger on the motorcycle, Hailey Michelle Ernest (35) from Boise, Idaho, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. 

Lepeilbet suffered significant injuries and was transported to the Lake District Hospital and later flown to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. 

The driver of the Taurus, Ronald Allen Foltz (59) from Lakeview, Oregon, sustained minor injuries.

US 395 was closed for over three hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT and Lake County Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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UPDATE - Fatal Vehicle crash on Hwy 18 near McMinnville - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/16/18

On September 15, 2018 at approximately 1:10pm Oregon State Police, McMinnville PD, Yamhill Co. S.O., Amity PD, and ODOT responded to a two vehicle head on collision on HWY 18 near Milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Joseph Hawkins (19) of Salem, with no passengers, was traveling eastbound when he crossed into the westbound lanes hitting a 2005 Subaru Legacy head on.

Hawkins sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Subaru, Roger Verdier (70) of Vancouver, WA. was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries. 

His two passengers, Mary Verdier (59) of Vancouver,WA. and Susan Heffel (60) of McMinnville, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The reason Hawkins entered the oncoming lanes is unknown at this time. 

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Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of a fatal vehicle crash on Hwy 18 mile post 48 - near the McMinnville airport. 

Expect delays and intermittent closures in the area while the investigation continues.

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Jackson County man arrested on sodomy charges - 09/15/18

On September 13, 2018, Oregon State Police Detectives arrested Blake V. Northway, age 55 of Medford, on multiple counts of Sodomy.

Northway is a Deportation Officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) assigned to the Medford office.

The arrest is a result of a joint investigation between the Oregon State Police and ICE - Office of Professional Responsibility.   “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold its officers to the highest standards of professional conduct and does not tolerate those who violate the law, said ICE Public Affairs Officer Tanya Roman.  ICE will continue to cooperate until this case has been resolved. “

Northway has been relieved of all authority and will be placed on leave pending the results of the criminal investigation.

Northway was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.  

These charges are not related to Northway’s position with ICE. 

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Motorcycle crash takes life of Terrebonne resident - Deschutes County (Photo) - 09/14/18

On Friday September 14, 2018 at about 4:30 pm, Oregon State Police along with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Odem Avenue, south of Terrebonne. 

The investigation revealed that a black 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 68 year old Terrebonne resident Robert Constant, had been traveling northbound when traffic congestion forced vehicles in front of him to slow.  Constant lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down while attempting to stop.  The motorcycle slid and crashed into a green 1995 Geo Metro, operated by 51 year old Culver resident Traci Sauls, who sustained minor injury.

Constant was transported by ground ambulance to a Redmond Area Hospital and then was transported via air ambulance to a Bend Area Hospital.  Constant was pronounced deceased at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. 

Speed and following distance are believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.  The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

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UPDATE - POSSIBLE SUSPECT VEHICLE - Pedestrian injured after being struck by vehicle that fled - Hwy 126E. (Lane County) (Photo) - 09/12/18

Through evidence collected the Oregon State Police believes that that suspect vehicle is a 2004 - 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan (pictures attached are file photos not actual suspect vehicle) light colored, with either a CE or LE trim package.  The suspect vehicle will have notable exterior damage to include damaged right headlight assembly and missing the right side mirror.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with any information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or *OSP from your mobile phone and reference case # SP 18-331738

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On Monday, September 3, 2018 at approximately 8:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a hit and run collision on Hwy 126E near milepost 47.5

Preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle, described as a silver or metallic gray Chevy Astro Van or similar looking vehicle,  was traveling westbound and struck a pedestrian, John S. Houdeshell (71) from Yreka, CA, who was crossing the highway.   Houdeshell sustained critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in Springfield.    Suspect vehicle fled the scene and remains unidentified.

Hwy 126E was partially closed for three hours following the collision.  OSP was assisted by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Upper McKenzie Fire Department and ODOT.

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

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone with any information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or *OSP from your mobile phone and reference case # SP 18-331738

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UPDATE - Name Released - Semi Truck catches fire after crashing on I-84 near The Dalles - Wasco County (Photo) - 09/12/18

The operator of the commercial motor vehicle has been identified as Leo Stratton (50) from Portland, OR.

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On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at approximately 1:50 AM. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report a single vehicle commercial truck crash on I-84 near milepost 74. 

Preliminary investigation showed the commercial motor vehicle was east bound in the slow lane when it drifted off the roadway, impacted a rock embankment, and caught fire.

The operator of the vehicle died as a result of injuries.

The eastbound slow lane will be closed while OSP investigates and the removal of the vehicle is complete.

OSP was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mosier Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and ODOT

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3 vehicle injury crash on Hwy 101 near Coos Bay - Coos County (Photo) - 09/12/18

On September 11, 2018 at approximately 4:45 PM. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle injury crash on Hwy 101 near Colina Lane.

Investigation revealed that a DIRECT TV service van, operated by Jeris DOYLE (41) from Coos Bay, was stationary in the northbound inside lane waiting for traffic to clear to turn left onto Colina Lane.  A 1992 GMC PU, operated by Zachary STORY (20) from Coos Bay, was also northbound when it struck the back of the DIRECT TV service van.   The GMC PU then lost control and hit a 1995 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Robert STORIE (35) from North Bend.

DOYLE and STORIE were transported to Bay Area Hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

STORY was transported to Bay Area Hospital and then transported by air ambulance to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries.

  

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Driver arrested for DUII after crashing into the McKenzie River - Lane County (Photo) - 09/12/18

On Tuesday September 11, 2018 at approximately 11:42 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash into the McKenzie River on Highway 126E near milepost 32.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2006 Mazda SUV, operated by Shyla Marie HOLLOWAY (28), left the roadway for unknown reasons and rolled down a 75 foot embankment before coming to rest in the McKenzie River. 

HOLLOWAY suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

HOLLOWAY was arrested for DUII.  Her blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.16, twice the legal limit,  several hours after the crash.

The vehicle remained in the river overnight. Highway 126E near milepost 32.4 will face possible closures today, September 12, 2018,  when the vehicle is removed from the river.

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One person dies in two vehicle collision on Hwy 26 in Warm Springs - Wasco County - 09/12/18

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at about 5:30pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on crash on Hwy 26 at milepost 74.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2000 Ford E-350, operated by Lanny Hawley, age 65, of Gresham, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 26 when for unknown reasons crossed over the center line into westbound traffic and struck a black 2016 GMC Terrain, operated by Kyle Estes, age 52, of Medford.

Estes was pronounced deceased on scene due to injuries sustained in the crash.

Hawley was air lifted to a trauma hospital in Bend for critical injuries.

Hwy 26 was closed for approximately six hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, ODOT, EMS, and the Jackson County SO.

 

 

Driver believed to have suffered medical emergency before driving off Hwy 20 near Burns (Harney County) - 09/11/18

On September 11, 2018 at approximately 7:00 AM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near mile post 142.

Investigation revealed that on September 10, 2018 at approximately 4:45 PM Kristina Baker (44) from Burns, left her residence operating a 2015 Ford F350 pulling a livestock trailer.  Later that evening her family reported her missing to the Harney County Sheriff's Office.  

On September 11, 2018 at approximately 7:00 AM her vehicle was located.  The vehicle was located off Hwy 20 through a fence and into a field which caused little damage to the vehicle.  Baker was located deceased in the vehicle.  It is believed that Baker suffered a medical emergency which caused her to drive off the road.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office and Harney County Ambulance.

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Mother and Father swept out to sea near Depoe Bay **Update Photos** (Photo) - 09/10/18

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The photos added are the where Zhu and Chen were swept into the ocean. These photos were taken on 09/09/2018 at 7:07  PM.

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On September 9, 2018 at approximately 5:30 PM, Oregon State Police, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, and the United States Coast Guard responded to a report of two people who had been swept into the Pacific Ocean off Otter Crest Loop Near Depoe Bay. The two were located and transported to Samaritan Pacific Hospital, in Newport, where they were pronounced deceased.

Investigators learned Miaochan Chen (age 49 from Lake Oswego-male) and Wenjun Zhu (age 41 from Lake Oswego-female) were visiting the Oregon Coast with their 10 year old daughter. The group were picnicking off Otter Crest Loop when Chen , Zhu, and their daughter took a trail down to rocks which overlooked the ocean. A wave washed over the rocks and swept Chen and Zhu into the ocean. Their daughter was unharmed.

The United State Coast launched a helicopter from Newport and a 47 ft motor life boat from Depoe Bay. While The Oregon State Police and Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Chen and Zhu’s bodies were located, both unresponsive, at approximately 6:30 PM and helicoptered from the ocean to a landing zone at Rocky Creek State Park.

Life saving measures were attempted for both Chen and Zhu as they were transported, via ambulance, to Pacific Communities Hospital. Chen and Zhu succumbed to their injuries and pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Chen, Zhu, and their daughter had immigrated to the United States from China in July. Family members were notified with the help of the Chinese Consulate. The Department of Human Services - Lincoln County responded and placed their daughter into a local foster home and will be working with the families for her further placement.

OSP was assisted by US Coast Guard, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney and Medical Examiner's Office, Department of Human Services, and Lake Oswego Police Department.

The US Coast Guard and OSP reminds all beach goers, residents and visitors to the Pacific Northwest coast to always be aware of the dangerous conditions that exist on the coastline regions. Being aware of tidal changes and wave patterns can help you avoid these types of tragic situations.

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Motorcyclist dies in single vehicle crash on Hwy 218 near Antelope - Wasco County (Photo) - 09/10/18

On Sunday, September 9, 2018 at approximately 1:05 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 218 near mile post 11. 

Investigation revealed that two motorcycles were traveling together northbound on Hwy 218.   The operator of one of the motorcycles, Gabriel SPACCARELLI (44) from Lake Oswego, became distracted and traveled off Hwy 218 and into an adjacent field.  

SPACCARELLI sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Fossil Fire Department and ODOT

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Single vehicle fatal crash Hwy 281 near Parkdale - Hood River County (Photo) - 09/09/18

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 at approximately 1:50 AM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 281 near milepost 4.5.

Investigation reveals that a 1998 Ford F-150 PU, operated by James TICKNER (22) of Parkdale, was southbound on Hwy 281 when the vehicle left the roadway, went through a ditch, struck and embankment before crossing over Blackburn Rd before coming to rest and catching fire.

TICKNER sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed and substance use are believed to be contributing factors.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff's Department, Parkdale Fire Department, and ODOT.

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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 26 near Unity - Baker County (Photo) - 09/09/18

On Saturday, September 8, 2018 at approximately 1:50 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near mile post 200.

Investigation revealed that a 2015 Ford F-150, operated by Gordon WAITE (39) of Medford, was traveling eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve.  The vehicle rolled down and embankment, striking several trees before coming to rest. 

WAITE sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff's Department and ODOT.

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Serious Injury Crash On Hwy 140 (Southside Bypass) - Klamath County (Photo) - 09/08/18

On September 7, 2018 at approximately 11:15 A.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a serious injury crash on Hwy 140 near mile post 1. 

Investigation reveals that a Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Judith ALVAREZ (28) of Klamath Falls, was westbound  crossing over the Klamath River Bridge when for unknown reasons it crossed into the path of a Kenworth cement truck, operated by George COWAN (49) of Klamath Falls.  COWAN attempted to avoid the collision by driving into the bridge barrier,  despite those attempts a near head on collision occurred. 

An Oregon State Police Detective was in the area, arrived on scene and was able to perform potentially life saving first aid on ALVAREZ before advanced medical assistance could arrive.  ALVAREZ was transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for life threatening injuries.

A small amount of diesel fuel was released into the Klamath River which was cleaned by local authorities.

Hwy 140 was closed for approximately 4 hours with 2 additional hours of delays.

Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Fire Department, Klamath Falls City Police, Klamath Falls Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

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Driver of log truck dies in single vehicle crash - Hwy 22W (Hebo Hwy) - Yamhill County (Photo) - 09/08/18

On September 7, 2018 at approximately 5:00 P.M.  Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a log truck that had run off the road on Hwy 22 W near mile post 20. 

Investigation reveals that a 1992 Peterbilt truck, operated by Ronald Lee TAYLOR (81) of La Grande, drove off the road and struck a tree.  TAYLOR was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigation is continuing, but it appears that TAYLOR possibly suffered a medical event which led to the vehicle being driven off the road.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and ODOT

Inmate found deceased in jail cell from suicide-Josephine County - 09/07/18

On September 5, 2018 the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section investigated the death of an inmate at the Josephine County Jail. At approximately 8:20am, jail deputies were conducting their hourly checks when they found 34 year old JANELLE MARIE BUTTERFIELD unresponsive in her cell. Deputies performed lifesaving measures until medical personnel responded to the jail. All lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful.

BUTTERFIELD, who is from the Merlin area in Josephine County, has been in the Josephine County jail since July 27, 2018.

The detective’s investigation determined BUTTERFIELD died as a result of an apparent suicide and this was confirmed through the autopsy performed later in the day.

One person dies in three vehicle crash on Hwy 126E (Lane County) - 09/06/18

On September 5, 2018 at approximately 2:22 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Hwy 126E at the Deerhorn Rd. intersection.

Investigation revealed that 2007 Lexus G35, operated by Guido VILLENA (86) of Springfield, was attempting to turn onto Hwy 126E from Deerhorn Rd.  VILLENA pulled into the path of a 2014 Isuzu sanitation truck, operated by Mathew PEACOCK (29) of Springfield, causing a collision.  A 2015 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Jason MILLER (29) of Arizona, was westbound on Hwy 126E and unable to avoid the initial collision.

VILLENA sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police was assisted by ODOT, Springfield Fire Department, and the Mckenzie Fire Department.

Oregon State Police requests assistance in locating assault suspect near Bend (Deschutes County) - 09/05/18

On Tuesday September 4, 2018 at approximately 4:20 PM a road rage incident occurred at the Third St. and Murphy Road roundabout in Bend.   After the incident, the female victim, operating a red Ford Fusion, drove southbound on US 97 from Murphy Road.  The female victim pulled to the side of US 97 north of the Baker Road intersection.  The male suspect, described as a white male approximately 6' tall with a long beard exited his vehicle and approached the victim.  The vehicle is described as a lifted blue/gray GMC crew cab pickup with possible black wheels and larger tires.  The suspect attempted to pull the victim from her vehicle, while shouting profanities,  leaving visible injuries on the victim.  The victim sped away and the suspect followed until she exited at Baker Road. 

There was a second male, possibly juvenile, passenger in the GMC pickup truck.

Police responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 or *OSP from your mobile device and reference Senior Trooper Justin Lane case # SP18-332666

 

 

UPDATE Victim name released - Homicide Investigation in Josephine County - 09/04/18

The victim of the homicide has been identified as Jon Batters (70) of Grants Pass, OR.

Investigation is ongoing.

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On August 29, 2018 at approximately 5:25 PM deputies from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of deceased male at a residence on Riverbanks Rd.  Upon arrival deputies located the body of an adult male at the residence.  Josephine County requested a Major Crimes Team activation and the Oregon State Police was assigned to lead the investigation.

Investigation is continuing and no further information will be released at this time. 

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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 395 (Umatilla County) (Photo) - 09/04/18

On Monday, September 3, 2018 at approximately 2:56PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on US Hwy 395 at milepost 53.1.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2016 Dodge Ram operated by Alexander Ionita, age 62, of Salem, OR. was traveling north bound on US Hwy 395.  Ionita failed to negotiate a left hand turn in the road and rolled down an embankment into Camas Creek.  Ionita was wearing a seatbelt but sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Ukiah QRT and ODOT.

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UPDATE Name Released - Fatal crash on Hwy 11 near Milton Freewater (Umatilla County) (Photo) - 09/04/18

The operator of the silver Mustang, who died, has been identified as James E. Tincher (41) of Walla Walla, WA.

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On Sunday, September 2, 2018 at approximately 9:29PM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on SR-11 at milepost 33.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Silver 1998 Ford Mustang was traveling south bound on SR-11 at a high rate of speed and struck the back of a 1991 Ford Escort also traveling south bound.  The Mustang crossed over into the north bound lane of traffic and collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban. 

The operator of the Mustang sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 11 was closed for approximately 6 hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Milton Rural Fire District, the Milton Freewater Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

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OSP looking for witnesses to crash on Hwy 97 - 5 miles north of Madras (Photo) - 09/03/18

On September 2, 2018 at approximately 5:15 PM an Orange Subaru Cross Trek (photo attached for reference) was northbound on Hwy 97 when it was passed by a late model dark color sedan.  The sedan cut in front of the Subaru forcing the operator to swerve and brake hard to avoid a collision.  The Subaru left the roadway, crashed through a fence and caught fire in a field.  The operator was transported to an area hospital with injuries.

OSP is asking anyone with any information to contact Senior Trooper Jess Oliver at jess.oliver@state.or.us or cell 541-531-5876

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OSP requesting public's assistance in elk poaching case near Reedsport (Douglas County) (Photo) - 09/03/18

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

On the evening of August 31st, 2018, OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded to a report that a 6-point bull elk had been shot with an arrow and left to waste in the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, outside of Reedsport.

The investigation revealed the elk had been killed around 7:00 PM that evening, and no effort was made by the person(s) involved to harvest any of the meat from the animal.

The public is urged to call Oregon State Police Trooper Brian Koell through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-888-2677 ext 244.

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

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

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is 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, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers 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. 

* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 

* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 

* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 

* $300 Habitat Destruction 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 

* $100 Furbearers 

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 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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UPDATE - Life Flight activated for injury crash on Hwy 30 near MP 39 (Columbia County) - 08/30/18

 

On August 29, 2018 at approximately 3:45 PM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on Hwy 30 at milepost 40.5.

Investigation revealed that a gray Ford passenger car, operated by David Summers (31) of Longview, was westbound when it crashed into the back of red Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Susan Klokeid (61) of Victoria Canada.

Klokeid suffered serious injuries in the collision and was transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland.

Investigation is continuing.

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Oregon State Police and emergency personnel are on scene of injury car versus motorcycle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 39.

Life Flight has been activated.

Expect delays in the area.

More information will be released at a later time.

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4 car crash on Hwy 126 W (Lane County) 1 Driver arrested for DUII (Photo) - 08/29/18

On Wednesday August 29, 2018, at approximately 2:12 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126W near milepost 49 in an active construction zone.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1982 Chevrolet pick-up was stopped by a construction zone flagger, in an active construction zone.   A silver 1998 Toyota 4Runner pulling a utility trailer was stopped behind the Chevrolet pick-up and a silver 1991 Toyota Tacoma was stopped behind the Toyota 4Runner and trailer.  A silver Kia Rio operated by Cassidy Ann DeBlois, age 25, of Veneta, was traveling westbound and struck the rear of the stopped Toyota Tacoma.  The impact was significant enough to push the Toyota Tacoma into the back of the Toyota 4Runner and trailer and the Toyota 4Runner was pushed into the back of the Chevrolet pick-up.  The construction zone flagger was not struck.

DeBlois was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, 5 counts of Reckless Endangering and Endangering a Highway Worker.  DeBlois BAC was %0.17.  DeBlois suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Toyota 4Runner was identified as Kindra Adams, age 34, of Eugene,  she was arrested for an outstanding warrant (FTA-DUII) and issued citations for DWS-Violation and Fail To Install Ignition Interlock Device.

Highway 126W was closed for an hour and a half following the crash.  OSP was assisted by Lane Co SO, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and ODOT

 

 

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Siletz Man Dies in Fatal Crash on Highway 101 near Tillamook (Photo) - 08/28/18

On Monday 27, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on US 101 at milepost 69. The initial responding trooper began administering CPR, on the driver, until medical personnel took over. The driver was transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center where he was declared deceased.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed a red / gray 2008 Kenworth dump truck, operated by James NEAL, age 66, of Siletz, was traveling southbound on US 101 when it is believed he suffered from a medical related incident.

US 101 was reduced to approximately one lane of traffic at a time for approximately 30 minutes. OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’ s Office, Tillamook Police Department and Tillamook Fire Department.

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Update Names Released: Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 26 at Milepost 43 - Washington County (Photo) - 08/24/18

Update to namers released:

Driver of the Lexus was identified as Ignacio Torres, age 48, deceased; passengers Stacy Torres, age 45, seriously injured; 16-year-old male deceased; and 12-year-old male seriously injured all from Vancouvor WA.

Driver of the KIA Stephanie Breiger age 45, from Ocean Park, WA. deceased.

No further information will be released and the investigation is ongoing.

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On Thursday August 23, 2018 at about 10:10 pm  State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a  two vehicle head on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 43.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a grey 2014 Kia Cadenza was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when for an unknown reason it crossed the centerline and collided head-on into a red 2010 Lexus HS 250, which was traveling westbound.  

The driver and only occupant in the Kia sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The Lexus contained four occupants at the time of the collision. The driver and left  rear passenger sustained fatal injuries. The front passenger and the right rear passenger were transported by air ambulance to a Portland area hospital.

It is determined that speed and lane occupancy were contributing factors.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Washington County Sheriff's Office,  Banks Fire Department, Washington County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

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Intoxicated Driver arrested in single vehicle rollover crash (Columbia County) - 08/23/18

On August 23rd, 2018, OSP Troopers responded to a signal vehicle rollover crash on Highway 30 near milepost 64, just west of Clatskanie. Medics reported that the very intoxicated driver and passenger claimed a third passenger was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Troopers and medics searched through thick blackberry brush and swamp for the missing passenger with no results. Eventually, OSP learned the name and address of the female and located her at her residence. She stated she was not in the vehicle during the crash as the driver and other passenger had left a nearby bar without her.

The driver was interviewed at a nearby hospital, where he stated he was intoxicated and had “blacked out” while driving due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed. All the driver could remember was waking up in the rolled over vehicle and looking for the female. The driver consented to a blood draw and two vials of blood were seized as evidence to be tested for BAC by the OSP Forensic Lab.

The driver, Marcus D. White 24-years-old, and passenger, Victor J. Willson 27-years-old, both from Clatskanie, are being treated at an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No further information will be released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.

        

 

Interstate 84 near Interstate 82 - Umatilla County - 08/22/18

On August 22nd, 2018 at approximately 9:38am an Oregon State Trooper from the Hermiston Worksite checked a speeding vehicle traveling 93 miles per hour on Interstate 84 eastbound near milepost 188.  Upon overtaking the vehicile it accerated to 105 miles per hour and exited Interstate 84 onto Interstate 82.  The vehicle exited Interstate 82 at exit 10 and crashed into a guardrail. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle fled on foot into an adjacent corn field. 

 

Law Enforcement officers from Hermiston PD, Umatilla PD, Boardman PD, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Federal Burea of Investigation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service responded to the scene and helped to establish a perimiter. 

 

The permiter was maintained for approximately 5 hours and the suspect was spotted numerous times during the search of the 150 acre corn field.  While searching for the suspect Troopers learned the involved vehicle, a 2006 Silver Toyota pickup had been stolen earlier in the morning from the Pendleton area.    Officers searched the area with a tracking K9 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and UCSO drones.

 

The suspect was able to avoid capture.  Troopers are working to identify the suspect in this case. 

 

The suspect is a hispanic male adult last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, white Raiders baseball cap, shorts and has a mustache or goatee.  The suspect may have suffered injuries during the crash and OSP is asking the public to call law enforcement should a person matching the suspects description be seen in the area of the Interstate 84, Interstate 82 and Westland Road.

 

Hermiston PD, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman PD, Umatila PD, FBI, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Motorcyclist dies in crash with deer (Joesphine County) (Photo) - 08/21/18

On August 21, 2018 at approximately 2:18 am, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command and emergency personnel were dispatched to a crash involving a motorcycle on Hwy 260, near MP 10.5. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Suzuki Motorcycle, operated by Donald P. Hoak (36) of Grants Pass,  was traveling north on Hwy 260.  The motorcycle struck a deer, which was in the northbound lane, causing Hoak to lose control of the motorcycle.  Hoak was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Josephine Rural Metro Fire and ODOT