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Fatal Crash on Miami Foley Road-Tillamook County - 05/18/22

On Tuesday May 17, 2022 at approximately 11:00AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Miami Foley Road near New Miami River Rd. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound black Honda 500 motorcycle, operated by Adam Taylor (26) of Warrenton, on Miami Foley Road crossed into the northbound lane, colliding with a Ford F55, operated by Jose Hernandez (32) of Portland. Speed and motorcycle inexperience are being investigated as contributing factors to the collision. 

Taylor sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hernandez sustained minor injuries. A passenger in the Ford 55, Rosalio Herrera Morelos (54) of Vancouver, WA, was uninjured.  

Miami Foley Road was closed for several hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Garibaldi Fire, Tillamook Ambulance, and Tillamook County Public Works.

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County - 05/18/22

On May 17, 2022 at approximately 4:24 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 304. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Harley-Davidson FLHTCUTG, operated by John Atwood (74) of Island City, exited at the 304 off-ramp, and for unknown reasons lost control, striking the guardrail.

Atwood sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Exit 304 was closed for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Baker City Police Department and ODOT. 

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OSP's Child Safety Day and Oregon's missing children and adults recognition event- Marion County (Photo) - 05/18/22

Attention everyone who will be in or around Salem, Oregon on May 25, 2022, from 11:00 to 2:00.  A small contingent of Oregon State Police staff and tribal representatives will be on hand at the Oregon State Capitol Park to shine a light on child safety and Oregon’s missing children and adults in recognition of National Missing Children’s Day.  

OSP will have information on Oregon’s Missing Children, SafeOregon.com - Oregon’s statewide school safety tip line, as well representation from a Criminal Detective, the Warm Springs Tribal Police Chief, and our very own Forensic Anthropologist.  OSP would love for you to stop by between 11:00 and 2:00 to talk to us about how to keep your children safe, pick up your free child identification kit, and how you too can get involved.

The National Missing Children’s Day (May 25) was proclaimed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1983, in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979. 

Unfortunately, each year, the need to highlight this important day only grows. National Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make all children’s safety a priority.  We also acknowledge those indigenous children and adults who are currently missing, in hopes of shining a brighter light onto the anguish all families endure when a loved one is unaccounted for or endangered.

The commemoration serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite all missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to the cause of resolving the unresolved. 

Hope is why we are here.

For us, the blue flower, referred to as a Forget-Me-Not, is a symbol of our commitment and promise to keep searching.

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Update-Investigators seeking witnesses in double Fatal Crash on Hwy 20- Linn County - 05/16/22

*Update​*-Investigators seeking witnesses to double fatal crash.

Investigators of a double fatal crash are seeking witnesses to the crash or of the suspect vehicle immediately preceding the collision. The suspect vehicle is a red Mazda 3. Witnesses or those who may have video around May 14th at 4:45 PM at the location of Hwy 20 and Liberty Road are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone.  Reference Case number SP22-113804.

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On May 14, 2022 at approximately 4:45 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound red Mazda 3, operated by Robert Prettyman (33) of Brownsville, swerved across all lanes of traffic onto the westbound shoulder and then swerved back into the eastbound lanes. Upon reaching the eastbound lanes the vehicle collided head-on with a silver Nissan Versa, operated by Carl Curtis (79) of Huntington Beach, CA, that was attempting to avoid the Mazda. 

Prettyman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A four-year old child that was a passenger in Prettyman’s car was transported with critical injuries. Curtis and his passenger, Yvonne Levy (73) of Huntington Beach, CA, sustained fatal injuries and were both pronounced deceased. 

Hwy 20 was closed for approximately 4 hours for OSP reconstructions to investigate. Impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in the collision. 

OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash Hwy 39-Klamath County - 05/16/22

On May 15, 2022 at approximately 6:23 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 39 at Hwy 50. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Kawasaki Concours, operated by Ralph Lagoy (47) of Tulelake, CA, was southbound on Hwy 39 and struck a stop sign controlling traffic on Hwy 50. After striking the sign, the motorcycle traveled off the roadway and into a nearby field. 

Lagoy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. It was determined the crash had occurred earlier in the day and due to the location was not easily observed. 

OSP was assisted by Merrill Fire Department. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 84-Baker County - 05/16/22

On May 15, 2022 at approximately 4:18 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 327. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound silver Chevrolet Impala, operated by Jerry Linear (63) of Seattle, WA, failed to negotiate a curve and as it exited the roadway, rolled onto its top. 

Linear sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The shoulder of I-84 was closed for approximately 3 hours while the scene was investigated. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT. 

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Update* Investigators seeking public assistance in identifying female driver who fled scene of serious injury crash-Klamath County (Photo) - 05/12/22

Update**Investigators seeking public assistance in identifying female driver who fled serious injury crash scene**

Investigators of a serious injury crash in Klamath County are requesting assistance in identifying the female driver of a red Honda CRV. Investigators have exhausted their leads and are turning to witnesses to assist in locating the female. 

After the crash the driver was observed walking north, in the northbound lane. She walked past the line of traffic, which was stopped. She was described as 30-40 years old, 5’ 3”, slightly heavy build, light brown to dark brown wavy hair, wearing a light brown jacket with hood and shorts.

Anyone with any information that could assist investigators in identifying the female driver are asked to contact OSP’s Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone.  Reference Case number SP22-110362

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On May 10, 2022, at approximately 10:16 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 258. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a red Honda CRV, operated by an unknown individual, lost control due to weather related conditions and struck a concrete barrier. After striking the barrier the vehicle was disabled in the southbound lane of travel. A southbound gold Honda Accord, operated by Gary Rugg (69) of Chiloquin Oregon, attempted to avoid the red Honda by swerving into the northbound lane. A northbound black Peterbilt, operated by Dallas Young (53) of Bredenbury, Saskatchewan,  struck the gold Honda. A fourth vehicle, a red Ford truck, operated by Martin Toro (63) of Klamath Falls Oregon, was struck at some point during the second collision. 

Rugg was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the red Honda fled the scene and has not been located. 

OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire, and Klamath County Fire District #1, and ODOT. 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Klamath County - 05/11/22

On May 11, 2022, at approximately 3:48 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 232. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver Subaru WRX, operated by David Wright (57) of Oakland CA, was traveling south when it crossed the center yellow line into the northbound lane. A northbound gray Kenworth, operated by William Roger (64) of Klamath Falls OR, attempted to avoid the Subaru but the vehicles collided head-on in the middle of the highway. The roadway was icy at the time of the collision. 

David Wright sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Both passengers of the Subaru, Matthew Wright (35) of Hayward, CA, and Rachel McIntosh (29) of Van Nuys, ,CA, were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. William Roger had minor injuries. 

OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire and Rescue, Chemult Fire, and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 233-Yamhill County - 05/11/22

On Tuesday May 10, 2022 at about 2:30pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 233 near mile post 7.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a southbound gray Ford Freestar van, operated by Kristina Swanson (60) of McMinnville, attempted to turn on Stringtown Road and collided head-on with a northbound black Nissan Sentra, operated by Kimberly Hafner (36) of Salem. Both vehicles came to an uncontrolled rest on Hwy 233 after the collision. 

The passenger of the black Nissan Sentra, Debra Neal (59) of Salem, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy 233 was shut down for approximately three hours while the Oregon State Police conducted the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Fire, Dayton Fire and ODOT.

Fatal hit and run crash-Douglas County - 05/06/22

On Friday, May 6, 2022,  at approximately 3:00 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 97. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound vehicle struck a pedestrian, identified as Jeremy Blondell (45) of Wolf Creek, as he was walking on the freeway. 

Blondell sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

The operator of the vehicle did not stop, and the case is being investigated as a hit and run. Investigators believe it to be a commercial motor vehicle or a large RV due to roadway evidence. OSP investigators are seeking public assistance in locating the vehicle. Anyone with information regarding the crash or the vehicle is asked to call OSP’s Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone. Reference Case number SP22-106411

Fatal Crash on Hwy 20-Lincoln County - 05/02/22

On Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at approximately 5:35 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 20 near milepost 29.

A preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound white GMC Sierra, operated by Devon Negathon (52) of South Beach, crossed over the center line and crashed head-on with a westbound gray Toyota Tacoma, operated by Curtis Preston (53) of Toledo. 

Negathon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. His passenger, Cheryl Anne Ballas (32) of Newport, was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Corvallis with serious injuries. Preston was extricated and transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Corvallis with serious injuries.

Highway 20 was reduced to one lane for approximately four hours. 

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Toledo Fire and Rescue, Philomath Fire Department and ODOT Incident Response.

OSP Troopers arrest subject who stole ambulance from crash scene on Interstate 5-Marion County - 04/30/22

On Friday, April 29, 2022 at approximately 7:31 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 273. 

Upon the Troopers arrival at the crash scene, the operator of the crashed vehicle, identified as Noor Mohammad Baheej (30) of Winnetka, California, attempted to flee. The driver returned and stole the Woodburn ambulance that was on scene. Baheej drove north on Interstate 5 into Portland where he continued to elude police. Attempts were made to pin the ambulance but Baheej rammed a patrol vehicle, struck a building and was able to continue to elude Troopers. 

The ambulance was again located on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 295. The driver stopped the ambulance and attempted entry into another vehicle on the highway. Troopers were able take Baheej into custody without further incident. 

Baheej displayed multiple signs of impairment and after investigation was charged with: DUII-Alcohol (BAC .21), UUMV, Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving and Failure to Perform Duties of Driver. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 58-Lane County - 04/27/22

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 5:28 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 23. 

Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound Ford F150, operated by Gary Elliot Jr (27) of Oakridge, crossed over the centerline and collided head-on with a westbound Peterbilt CMV pulling a trailer, operated by Jesus Diaz (53) of Central Point. 

Elliot Jr. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Diaz was uninjured. 

Hwy 58 traffic was affected for approximately 6 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Dexter Fire-Rescue and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Interstate 5-Douglas County - 04/26/22

On Monday, April 25, 3033 at approximately 2:28 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 119. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound red Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Daniel Charon (65) of Roseburg, left the roadway while negotiating a curve. After traveling a short distance, the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its roof. 

Charon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Fire District 2, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the ODOT. 

Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Marion County Sheriff's Office-Marion County - 04/25/22

On April 25, 2022, at approximately 6:15 a.m. a deputy U.S. Marshal requested deputies respond to the Flying J Truck Stop near Aurora after a suspect wanted for weapons offenses was seen in the parking lot. The suspect barricaded inside of a van in the parking lot when initially contacted by law enforcement officers and the Marion County Interagency SWAT Team responded to the scene.

Tactical negotiators with the SWAT team attempted to persuade the suspect to surrender safely over the course of the next few hours. After those efforts were unsuccessful, gas munitions were introduced into the van. At approximately 10:50 a.m. the suspect exited the van, at which point multiple shots were fired.

Woodburn Police Officer Jesse Ponce (31) was shot during the incident, suffering serious injuries. He was taken to a Portland area hospital for treatment where he underwent emergency surgery. He is stable and his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. Officer Ponce has been with the Woodburn Police Department since 2017 and is a member of the Marion County Interagency SWAT Team.

The suspect was struck by gunfire. Law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel rendered medical aid to the suspect at the scene. The suspect did not survive and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased suspect has been identified as Micaiah Clinton (27) of Portland. He had outstanding warrants for felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Morrow was placed on administrative leave pursuant to Marion County SB 111 protocols. Tyler Morrow (32) is assigned to patrol and is a member of the SWAT team. He has been with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2012.

“WPD is happy to report that Officer Ponce is out of surgery and resting comfortably at the hospital. We wish him a healthy recovery,” said Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher. “Additionally, we are greatly appreciative of all the assistance we received this morning from EMS and our fellow law enforcement agencies.”

Sheriff Joe Kast stated, “Our hearts are with the Woodburn Police Department and Officer Ponce. We admire the courage the men and women in law enforcement show every day when they go to work, committed to protecting our community.”

The agencies on scene at the time of the shooting include the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Woodburn Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Pursuant to Marion County SB 111 protocols, the Oregon State Police are leading the investigation in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. This is an active investigation; no additional information is available for release at this time.

All further media inquiries should be directed to the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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*Update*-Oregon State Police are seeking public assistance in identification in Trespassing incident-Deschutes County (Photo) - 04/25/22

UPDATE-The three juveniles have been identified and contacted. Oregon State Police investigators thank the media organizations who shared the story, as well as the citizens who identified the juveniles. The juveniles were not local to the area of the trespass and without broad dissemination around the State, would not have been identified. 

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On Friday, April 15, 2022, three subjects on ATV’s trespassed on private property located approximately 10 miles NW of Sisters, OR. Multiple trail camera pictures were obtained as the subjects drove throughout the property and around gates. All three individuals appear to be juveniles and OSP would like to interview them regarding the incident.   

Anyone with information on the identification of the subjects or the vehicles are asked to contact OSP’s Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone.  Reference Case number SP22-092458. 

Fatal Crash on Hwy 199-Josephine County - 04/25/22

On April 24, 2022 at about 12:45 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 199 at milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound green Janus motorcycle, operated by Gregory Williams (48) of Grants Pass, left the roadway and collided with the highway guardrail. Williams was ejected from the motorcycle. 

Williams sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

Highway 199 was reduced from three-lanes to two-lanes for approximately 3 hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire District, AMR and ODOT.

Fatal Crash on Hwy 542-Coos County - 04/25/22

On April 23, 2022 at approximately 2:50 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 542 near milepost 12. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a westbound Ford F250, operated by Derek Ellis (41) of Powers, failed to negotiate a curve. The truck left the roadway and continued down a 40ft embankment with Ellis being ejected. Speed is being investigated as the leading factor in the crash. 

Ellis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.   

OSP was assisted by Powers Ambulance, Myrtle Point Ambulance, Myrtle Point Fire Department and ODOT. 

Fatal Crash on Highway 20E-Deschutes County - 04/23/22

On Friday, April 22, 2022, at about 3:15 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20E near Gosney Road. 

Preliminary investigation determined that a red Toyota pickup, operated by Aaron Bagnall (34) of Salem, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20E. Bagnall lost control of his vehicle, slid sideways and crossed into the westbound lane. The Toyota pickup was struck on the passenger side by a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup, operated by Miguel Martinez (34) of Prineville. Roadway conditions at the time of the crash were hail and slush. 

Bagnall sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Martinez sustained minor injuries and declined medical transport. 

Highway 20E was closed for approximately 5 hours. 

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire & Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon State Police Detectives seeking public assistance in identification of subject-Coos County (Photo) - 04/22/22

The Oregon State Police and the Coos County Major Crimes Team are investigating an incident that occurred in the Coos County area during 2021. Detectives are seeking to identify a Hispanic male and his vehicle, an older model white Ford Ranger. 

Anyone with information on the identify of the subject or the vehicle are asked to contact OSP’s Dispatch Center at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from your mobile phone.  Reference Case number SP21-217841.