***Update*** Statewide Investigation Into Suspicious Mail Received At Government Buildings - 07/29/15
On July 27, 2015 multiple government offices received suspicious letters which drew concern they may be contaminated with hazardous materials.
Hazardous material teams responded to these locations as well as investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies. Preliminary testing from the hazardous material teams could not detect any harmful substances.
On July 28, investigators identified Lance T STORM, age 34, of Eugene, as a person of interest. He was located and interviewed regard this investigation. STORM was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed. STORM told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.
STORM did not appear to present any violent or dangerous behavior and was not perceived as a threat to the community. He was released and the reports containing detailed information obtained during the investigation involving will be forwarded to several district attorney offices for consideration of charges.
The following counties where letters are known to be received were Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa and Coos.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the FBI, US Postal Service, The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, and law enforcement agencies from counties where the letters were received.
The Oregon State Police and multiple partners are conducting a statewide investigation after multiple government offices around the state received suspicious mail, some with an unknown substance.
Hazardous Materials Teams and investigators have responded to these reports. This is a preliminary release and more information will be released when it is available.
As a reminder people receiving suspicious packages or mail should be cautious of mail that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure parcel, misspelled words, misspelled title with name, incorrect or title only, strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, crystallization on packaging.
Fatal Single Vehicle Crash Investigation - Umatilla County - 07/28/15
On July 28, 2015, at about 11:16 a.m., the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center received a report of a vehicle that ran off the roadway and down a ditch on Hwy 395 near milepost 36B (near Ukiah). Troopers from the Pendleton Office of the Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, and The Pendleton Police Department responded to the scene.
Officers found the lone 79 year old male occupant of the vehicle had been ejected during the crash and was deceased. The vehicle had traveled approximately 200 yards down a draw and rolled before coming to a rest.
Members of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue , Pendleton Fire and The Department of Forestry worked together in order to remove the deceased driver from the scene. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that speed or intoxicant impairment were factors in the crash.
The identity of the deceased driver who is from out of State will be released on Wednesday to allow for the notification of next of kin.
A New Mexico resident arrested following a multi-state pursuit that ended in Baker County (Photo)
On July 28, 2015 at about 10:35 a.m., Idaho State Police were in pursuit of a Grey 2014 Ford Mustang with temporary plates westbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 82, west of Mountain Home Idaho. The pursuit originally started as a driving complaint reporting reckless driving at milepost 82 and quickly evolved into a pursuit.
Oregon State Police Troopers from the Ontario Area Command picked up the pursuit at the Oregon-Idaho line and attempted to spike the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The pursuit continued westbound on I-84 with speeds ranging from 58 MPH and 146 MPH. Troopers went into slack pursuit once an OSP aircraft was deployed due to two construction zones on I-84. ODOT was notified of the pursuit and relayed information to the construction workers so they could clear their construction zone area prior to the pursuit reaching their location.
Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker Police Department and Oregon State Police La Grande Area Command Troopers assisted as the vehicle continued near Baker City, Oregon. The vehicle was successfully spiked by an Oregon State Police Trooper on I-84 at milepost 295, near North Powder. A tactical vehicle intervention was conducted at milepost 292, near North Powder and the vehicle was brought to a stop and the operator was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was identified as Curtis Alvon GENTRY, age 33 years old, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was taken to the Baker County Jail and lodged for Reckless Driving and Attempt to Elude-Vehicle.
OSP Ontario Area Command Troopers and OSP La Grande Area Command Troopers were assisted by the Idaho State Police, Payette County Sheriff's Office, Ontario City Police, Baker City Police, and Baker County Sheriff's Office.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Interstate 5 in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Monday afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on I-5 in Jackson County.
According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on July 27, 2015 at about 1:30 p.m. OSP troopers responded to a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at the northbound exit 40 off ramp. When troopers arrived on scene they found that a 2010 Toyota pickup, driven by PRICILLA ROSE, age 49, from Medford was northbound on Interstate 5 and took the exit 40 off ramp at a very high rate of speed. Once on the off ramp ROSE lost control of the pickup and it collided head on with a guardrail. The pickup rolled several times and came to an uncontrolled rest at the top of the exit.
ROSE was extricated from the pickup and was transported by ground ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center where she is being treated for serious injuries. The passenger, DEBBRA LYNN MAULDIN, age 46, from Medford was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.
Investigators believe that speed and alcohol are contributing factors in the crash. Seatbelt usage is undetermined.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights.
No further information will be released unless authorized by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Photographs courtesy of OSP.
***Update*** Josephine County Sheriff's Office Seeking Public's Help In Locating Missing Portland Man (Photo)
GAZLEY-ROMNEY has been located and is safe with his family. This is a preliminary release and more information will be released when it is available.
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating Michael GAZELEY-ROMNEY, age 25, of Portland. GAZELEY-ROMNEY has a condition that causes him to have amnesia; he does not know who he is.
On July 25, 2015 at about 2:30PM, GAZELEY-ROMNEY wandered away his father's work site in the North Valley area of Josephine County. The family searched until 7:00PM and then requested assistance from the sheriff's department. Search and Rescue was activated and has been actively looking for the subject.
The area he went missing from is near the Interstate 5 Manzanita Rest Area southbound. He was last seen wearing a purple shirt, blue pants and white shoes. He has an athletic build (5'11"/170 lbs), brown hair and blue eyes. He has no cell phone or money.
If spotted or his location is known, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff's Department at 541-218-7153 or the Oregon State Police at 541-664-4600.
(Attached flyer from the Josephine County Sheriff's Department.)
Lane County Man Dies In Crash Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo)
On July 24, 2015 just before 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash off the roadway on Highway 20 near milepost 98 (just west of Sisters).
Initial information indicates a 1996 Honda was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on it's side. Upon emergency crews arriving, the found the operator, Troy A CRABB, age 35, of Blue River, deceased.
It appears fatigue is a contributing factor to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Florida Man Killed, LaPine Woman Seriously Injured in Hwy 97 Crash - 07/24/15
On July 23, 2015 at just after 9:00PM, OSP received at least one driving complaint of a southbound dark blue or black Ford Pickup driving on the shoulder of Highway 97 in southern Deschutes County.
At around 9:30PM, a trooper who had been attempting to locate the vehicle, observed it traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 97 near milepost 176 (south of Lapine in Klamath County). The trooper checked it's speed on radar at or close to 100mph. While the trooper was attempting to overtake the vehicle, it crashed head-on with a northbound 2000 Honda Accord.
The subject of the driving complaint, Jeffery L BAUGHER, age 72, of Sarasota, FL, was pronounced deceased on scene. The operator of the Honda, Chamreun M NEWTON, age 30, of Lapine, was provided first aid by the trooper until medics arrived. She was subsequently taken by air ambulance to St Charles Bend for serious injuries.
Highway 97 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted on scene by Crescent Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is a preliminary release; more information will be released when it becomes available.
Sherwood Man Loses Life In Lincoln County Crash (Photo)
On July 23, 2015 at about 12:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 12 (east of Lincoln City).
Upon emergency crews arriving, they found a 1999 Ford F250 Pickup at the bottom of the bank of the Little Salmon River. The operator, Ladrue V CRAMER, age 76, of Sherwood, was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews.
Preliminary information indicates CRAMER's vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it drifted off the roadway and he lost control. The vehicle continued off the roadway and landed upside down in the Little Salmon River. CRAMER was wearing his safety belt.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, West Valley Medics, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office and Pacific West Ambulance.
The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
New Mexico Man Arrested Following Pursuit From Tillamook County to Washington County - 07/23/15
On July 22, 2015 at about 7:45PM, an OSP Trooper recognized a wanted subject operating a 2006 Honda Civic in Tillamook. The subject, Jerimiah J BALDWIN, age 34, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was wanted out of that state for rape and kidnapping.
The trooper attempted to catch up to BALDWIN which accelerated to a high rate of speed. The vehicle began traveling eastbound on Highway 6 where the trooper lost sight of the vehicle. The Tillamook County Sheriff's Department was also involved and continued to purse eastbound until they no longer could keep up.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle near Highway 26 and Highway 6 where they successfully deployed spike strips. The vehicle crashed near milepost 54 on Highway 26 and BALDWIN fled on foot. He was located a short time later by a Tigard Police K9 Unit and was taken into custody.
BALDWIN was taken to the Washington County Jail for Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering. He is also being held on the fugitive warrant out of New Mexico.
OSP was assisted by the Tillamook City Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
Motorycle Crash Near Maupin Takes Life Of Clackamas County Man (Photo)
On July 21, 2015 just after 8:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Highway 216 near milepost 14 in Wasco County (west of Maupin).
Preliminary information indicates that a 2008 Honda Motorcycle operated by Guy F MEDGIN, age 48, of Mulino, was traveling westbound on Highway 216 when he failed to negotiate a curve. MEDGIN was ejected from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews.
According to a witness, MEDGIN had been traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash. OSP was assisted by the Wasco County District Attorney's Office and the Wasco County Sheriff's Department. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Josephine County (Photo)
On July 21, 2015 at about 6:00PM, OSP Troopers and the Josephine County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of a menacing at 808 Placer Road in Sunny Valley. An initial 911 call to Josephine County 911 indicated that the caller had a gun pointed at him. While troopers were responding, information came in that shots had been fired and two people had been shot.
Upon arriving on scene, emergency personnel found two males suffering from gunshot wounds. Brian LEQUE, age 42, and Robert GREINKE, age 41, both of Sunny Valley, were suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Preliminary investigation reveals that both LEQUE and GREINKE reside at the same residence and are neighbors to Donald W BARRETT, age 65. A disturbance occurred which resulted in BARRETT shooting LEQUE and GREINKE. BARRETT was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Assault I and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
This is an ongoing investigation and further information will be released when it is available.
Eugene Man Loses Life In Motorcycle Crash - Lane County (Photo)
On July 21, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus dump truck crash on Highway 99S near Dillard Road (just north of Creswell).
Preliminary information is that a 1979 Mack dump truck towing a dump trailer (both registered to McKenzie Trucking and loaded with crushed rock) was traveling southbound on Highway 99S when it turned eastbound onto Dillard Road and into the path of a northbound 2006 Suzuki motorcycle. The motorcyclist, Kevin K PESCHEL, age 43, of Eugene, collided with the right front corner of the truck and was seriously injured. PESCHEL was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the truck, Adam J METTEER, age 29, of Springfield, was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Department, South Lane Fire and EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Fatal Single Vehicle Crash - Jackson County - 07/19/15
On July 18, 2015 at about 8:25PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 62 near milepost 40 (south of Prospect).
Preliminary information indicates a 1998 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest off the roadway. The operator, Larry R BURTCHAELL, age 63, of Prospect was pronounced deceased up arrival of emergency crews.
Highway 62 was reduced to one lane for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Mercy Flight Medics, Oregon Department of Transportation and local fire personnel.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available including possibly contributing factors.
OSP Concludes Investigation At Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School - Tillamook County - 07/19/15
In May 2015, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division conducted an investigation on a school employee at Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School in Rockaway Beach.
According to Detective Michelle Brewer, an allegation was made that inappropriate touching had occurred to two students by a staff member. At conclusion of the investigation it was determined the two students had not been touched inappropriately and the reporting students (who were NOT the alleged victims) had made false allegations, used coercion tactics, misled school officials and lied to investigators.
A criminal case against the several students for Initiating a False Report has been referred to the Tillamook County Juvenile Department for consideration of prosecution.
No further information to be released at this time.
***Photographs Added*** Tillamook County Crash Takes Life Of Beaverton Woman (Photo)
On July 17, 2015 at approximately 3:00PM OSP Troopers and Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a four vehicle crash on Highway 6 near milepost 25.
According to Trooper John King, a 2004 Honda Element, operated by Carl S PETERSON, age 49, of Portland, was driving eastbound on Highway 6 and passing through a road construction when it crossed the centerline and struck a group of westbound vehicles stopped for the construction.
Joyce K HAMREUS, age 64, of Beaverton, had been standing outside her 2013 Ford Fusion when PETERSON's vehicle struck her and her vehicle. PETERSON's vehicle then struck the next vehicle in line, a 2016 Lincoln MKZ, operated by Mary E LOVELL, age 55, of Tillamook. This impact pushed the Lincoln into the next vehicle, a 2008 BMW Sedan, operated by Frederick C ADAMI, age 45, of Madison, New Hampshire
HAMREUS was critically injured and was pronounced deceased while being transported to the hospital by medics. LOVELL, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for minor injuries. PETERSON has been fully cooperative with the investigation which is still ongoing.
The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation, assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, and Oregon Department of Transportation.
More information will be released when it becomes available.
***Update*** OSP Conducting Crash Investigation Following Partner Agency Pursuit - Crook County (Photo)
The driver involved in the crash, Chaz EVANS, passed away while being treated for his injuries at the hospital. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
On July 18, 2015 just before 2:30AM, an officer from the Prineville Police Department attempted to stop a 2003 Chevrolet pickup near the area of 6th and Elm Street within the City limits of Prineville. The pickup driven by Chaz EVANS, age 23, of Prineville attempted to flee the traffic stop failing to stop at a stop sign and colliding with a 2002 Subaru Legacy traveling westbound on NE 3rd Street at the intersection of Juniper Street. The 2002 Subaru was driven by Timothy FAULKNER, age 31, of Prineville.
During the collision, EVANS lost control of his vehicle as it travelled southbound on Juniper Street colliding with several parked vehicles and he was ejected from his vehicle. EVANS was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for life threatening injuries sustained from the crash.
FAULKNER was transported from the scene to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville and treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained from the crash.
The Oregon State Police is conducting the crash investigation. NE 3rd Street (Hwy 26) was closed for approximately four hours for the ongoing investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Prineville Police Department, the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***Correction*** Redmond Man Loses Life In Three Vehicle Crash In Bend - Deschutes County - 07/16/15
Crash location was Highway 20 and Cooley Road. Should read, "2004 Subaru Legacy was traveling westbound on Cooley Road when it failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 20."
On July 15, 2015 just before 11:00PM, a 2004 Subaru Legacy was traveling westbound on Cooley Road when it failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with Highway 97. The Subaru was struck by a 2007 Dodge Pickup and a 2008 Toyota Prius.
The operator of the Subaru, Albert J HASLEBACHER, age 83, of Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both occupants of the Toyota Prius were taken to Saint Charles Bend for serious injuries. The five occupants of the Dodge pickup were treated on scene but declined transport to a hospital.
OSP was assisted by the Bend Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is a preliminary release, more information to follow when it becomes available.
Central Oregon Man Loses Life In Linn County Crash - 07/15/15
On July 14, 2015 at about 9:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a motorcycle on Highway 34 just east of I-5.
According to Sergeant Nathan House, a 1995 Toyota Camry had been traveling southbound on Seven Mile Lane and stopped at the intersection with Highway 34. The operator, Robert C WILLCOXEN, age 20, of Albany, turned eastbound onto Highway 34 and into the path of the motorcyclist.
The operator of the motorcycle, Robin M GALUSHA, age 56, of Terrebonne, was deceased upon emergency crews arriving on scene.
WILLCOXEN is cooperating with the investigation which is still ongoing. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Multi-Agency Investigation Team, the Tangent Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
More information will be released when it is available.
Grants Pass Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash Near Cave Junction - Josephine County (Photo)
On July 14, 2015, at around 11:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to HWY 46 (Caves Highway) near milepost 6 on the report of a rollover serious injury crash.
According to Sergeant Jeff Proulx, a 1990 Toyota 4runner was eastbound on HWY 46 when it left the roadway and struck a large tree. The operator, Dalton H BROWN, age 24, of Grants Pass was pronounced deceased upon emergency crews arriving on scene.
Initial investigation appears speed may have been a factor. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire Department, American Medical Response and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Rollover Crash Kills Cottage Grove Woman - Lane County (Photo)
On July 13, 2015 at approximately 6:24PM, the Lane County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle crash on Row River Road near milepost 13 in the Cottage Grove area. Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to assist with the collision reconstruction and subsequent investigation.
Preliminary information revealed that a 1985 GMC 1500 pickup, operated by Kyle A BOND, age 25, of Eugene, was traveling westbound on Row River Road near milepost 13. BOND had five passengers, two in the cab and three riding in the bed of the pickup.
For unknown reasons, BOND, traveled off of the roadway, and veered back onto the roadway losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle collided with a concrete barrier and overturned ejecting the three occupants in the bed of the pickup.
Amber L COBISKEY, age 20, of Cottage Grove was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency crews.
Three passengers, Tyler J STUNER, age 18, Jonathan M BELLONE, age 21, and Forest COBISKEY, 18 (all of Cottage Grove) were transported to the Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for serious injuries. A sixteen year old juvenile male was also a passenger and was not injured.
BOND was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail on the charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, 2 counts of Assault in the Third Degree, five counts of Reckless Endangering and DUII.
Oregon State Police was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and South Lane Fire and Rescue.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
Serious Injury Crash Injures Three In Malheur County (Photo)
On July 13, 2015 at approximately 12:52pm, OSP Troopers responded to a head on motor vehicle crash on US 20 at milepost 240 (six miles west of Vale).
According to Lieutenant Mark Duncan, preliminary information revealed that a 2005 Chrysler Sebring was traveling eastbound on HWY 20 near milepost 240 when the operator, a seventeen year old female, of Ontario, was distracted with her vehicle's radio when entering sweeping curve.
The juvenile's vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a 2013 Volkswagon Passat head-on. The operator of the VW, Scott HENDERSON, age 56, of Waupin, WI and his passenger, Faye HENDERSON, age 54, of Waupin, WI were injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The juvenile driver of the Chrysler was also taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Highway 20 was closed for about two hours during the investigation. All parties are believed to be wearing their seatbelts.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Vale Ambulance, Treasure Valley Paramedics, and the Vale Fire Department. The investigation is still continuing and more information will be releases when it is available.
Oregon State Police Continuing Vehicle vs Pedestrian Crash In Linn County - 07/11/15
On July 11, 2015, at 3:36 AM, Linn County 911 received a call of a male pedestrian in the roadway on Highway 20 near milepost 23 (just east of Lebanon).
At 4:00AM, Linn County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Craig Vogt was checking the area of Highway 20, milepost 21, when he struck an adult male in the eastbound lanes of Highway 20 with his 2008 Ford Expedition patrol vehicle. Lieutenant Vogt started first aid and requested medics.
The adult male was transported to Lebanon General Hospital and then to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries. The male was identified as Elliott Curtis DUKE, age 32, of Lebanon, Oregon.
According to Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, OSP, preliminary investigation showed that DUKE was wearing all black clothing and standing in the middle of the lanes of travel. This is a rural area and this section of Hwy 20 has no street lights and minimal lighting from surrounding residences.
Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency. The eastbound lanes of HWY 20 were closed for approximately four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it is available.
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation - Jefferson County - 07/11/15
On July 10, 2015 at about 9:20PM, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle near Culver when it fled. The vehicle fled for several miles when it lost control and crashed into a tree near SW Feather Drive and SW Imo Lane in Culver.
The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased. The passenger was taken to St Charles Bend for serious injuries.
The Oregon State Police is conducting the crash investigation. All inquiries should be directed to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. More information will be release when it becomes available.
Highway 26 Crash Takes Life of Bend Man - Wheeler County (Photo)
On July 9, 2015 at around 10:00PM, Grant County 911 and the Oregon State Police received the report of an overdue/missing motorcyclist that had been traveling from Bend to Baker City. Law enforcement personnel conducted area checks on HWY 26 but were unsuccessful in locating the motorcyclist during the night.
According to Sergeant Tom Hutchison, on July 10, 2015 around 9:00AM, an OSP Trooper on patrol located the missing motorcyclist deceased on HWY 26 near milepost 93 in Wheeler County.
Preliminary information is that a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Michael C DENMARK, age 64, of Bend was traveling eastbound on HWY 26, when for unknown reasons left the roadway. The motorcycle traveled a short distance on the gravel shoulder before dropping off a steep embankment and coming to rest at the bottom. The location DENMARK was found was not easily seen by passing motorists and evidence of the crash was minimal.
The investigation is still continuing and more information will be released when it is available. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***Contact Telephone Update*** Multiple Arrests Are Made Following Investigation Surrounding Charter Company - Lincoln County - 07/10/15
The Oregon State Police is continuing an investigating relating to charges that have been brought against Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay, Oregon and associated parties for alleged criminal conduct involving the sale of fishing licenses to angling charter customers. It is alleged that customers were charged for fishing licenses and then were either not issued licenses or were given receipts and told those receipts were valid fishing licenses. Any potential victims of this activity, and/or you have information regarding this activity, you are requested to contact the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.
Oregon State Police Troopers from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division along with the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office received grand jury indictments stemming from an ongoing investigation into activities by the Tradewinds of Depoe Bay Charter Company.
In March of 2015, the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant on the company's premises. The company was under investigation for a variety of theft charges based on various allegations. This included allegations the company had charged customers for daily angling licenses but never purchased these licenses from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife nor provided an actual license to customers.
On July 2, 2015, the company owners, employees and some of the charter boat captains were indicted by a grand jury on the following felony and misdemeanor charges:
Tim HARMON, age 67 (of Lake Oswego), Julie HARMON, age 52 (of Lake Oswego), Eva HARMON, age 24 (of Lincoln City), Noelie ACHEN, age 30 (of Depoe Bay) and Dustin COUCH, age 30 (of Depoe Bay) were all indicted for Racketeering - 2 counts, Theft in the First Degree - 4 counts, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree - 2 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Theft in the First Degree - 4 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Theft in the First Degree - 2 counts, Failure to Remit Moneys from License Sales, Conspiracy of Failure to Remit Moneys from License Sales, Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws, and Conspiracy in Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws.
Bradley HAIGHT, age 48 (of Depoe Bay), Craig CALKINS, age 45 (of Depoe Bay), Daniel ZIMMERMAN, age 60 (of Depoe Bay), Richard NEWTON, age 67 (of Depoe Bay), and Roman SMOLCIC, age 31(of Lincoln County) were indicted for Racketeering - 2 counts, Conspiracy in Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws, and Assisting Another to Violate Oregon Wildlife Laws - multiple counts.
On July 8th and July 9th, all above subjects were arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation and any inquiries should be made to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office. If someone feels they have any information on this investigation or similar incidents they are urged to contact the Oregon State Police - Newport Area Command at 541-265-5354.
***Name Correction*** Idaho Man Loses Life On HWY 26 East Of Government Camp- Wasco County - 07/09/15
Correct spelling on victim's last name is FAWCETT.
On July 6, 2015 at about 5:11PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to milepost 68 on HWY 26 for the report of a motorcycle crash. This is east of Government Camp and the HWY 35 junction. Initial information was the rider was lying on the roadway and not responding.
According to Lieutenant Pat Shortt, a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, operated by Wilbur F FAWCELL, age 63, of McCall, Idaho was traveling eastbound on HWY 26 when he struck a guardrail. FAWCELL was ejected and came to rest on the roadway. His motorcycle came to rest 500 feet from the where he struck the guardrail.
FAWCELL was declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The highway was partially closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted.
The investigation is continuing and excessive speed appears to be the contributing factor to the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation Welches Fire Department.
OSP Enterprise/La Grande Fish and Wildlife Division Receives Award (Photo)
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of troopers from the Enterprise / La Grande Team when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that the team was the recipient of the Division's "Team of the Year" award for 2014. The team was presented the award at a special gathering held at the La Grande Area Command Office. This is the ninth presentation of the award since the Division implemented a program to celebrate and recognize the outstanding teamwork by OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.
The six member Enterprise / La Grande Team, supervised by Sergeant Chris Hawkins, works out of the La Grande Area Command Office and Enterprise Worksite. Team members are:
Sergeant Chris Hawkins
Senior Trooper Kreg Coggins
Senior Trooper Kris Davis
Senior Trooper Mark Knapp
Senior Trooper Marcus McDowell
Senior Trooper Brian Miller
The Enterprise/La Grande Team is a very tight knit and cohesive team assigned to cover a vast landscape of Northeast Oregon. The Team patrols their area by truck, raft, powerboat, ATV, aircraft, horseback and on foot to cover a multitude of different terrain from valley to deep river canyons (including the Grande Ronde and Snake Rivers), not to mention the forests and wilderness areas within their patrol area.
During 2014, the Team apprehended 60 individuals for criminally violating fish and wildlife laws, seized 30 unlawfully taken wildlife, served four search warrants, and issued countless citations to those involved in fish and wildlife violations. This team is known for their commitment to protecting Oregon's natural resources and rural law enforcement services. During the presentation, Captain Samuels praised the team for their efforts and dedication; along with their devotion to working with sport groups and other constituents to address natural resource issues and concerns.
Some of the 2014 case highlights for the Enterprise/La Grande Team include:
A three month investigation into two individuals for the unlawful take of bobcats using traps and dogs in the Enterprise area. One individual was charged with 28 wildlife offenses and the second individual with 8 wildlife offenses.
A four month investigation regarding the unlawful take of a Rocky Mountain Bull Elk scoring over 319 Boone and Crocket points from the Chesnimnus Unit without a valid elk tag and while trespassing. DNA analysis was used in this case. The individual was charged with unlawful take of elk without a valid tag and criminal trespass II.
An investigation near La Grande into the unlawful take of two cow elk with a centerfire rifle during muzzleloader season. The investigation revealed that one individual did not have a tag and had borrowed a tag from someone else and provided false information to the Trooper. One individual was charged with unlawful take of antlerless elk and borrowing an elk tag, as well as, giving false information to a police officer; the second individual was charged with unlawful take of antlerless elk.
An investigation of two individuals for unlawfully shooting a buck deer in a La Grande cemetery. The cemetery had security cameras and caught the whole incident on camera, including the two individuals returning the scene afterwards with cleaner in an attempt to conceal their crime. A search warrant was used in this case. One individual was charged with hunting game mammal in prohibited area - cemetery, fail to validate big game tag and tampering with evidence; the second individual was charged with conspiracy and aiding in a wildlife offense.
OSP Conducting Death Investigation In Baker County - 07/07/15
Oregon State Police Troopers and Detectives are conducting a death investigation in Baker County.
At about 11:30AM, OSP Detectives went to a residence in the 15000 block of Pine Creek Road in Baker County to interview a suspect from a crime. Upon contact the suspect fled into an outbuilding and shots could be heard coming from inside. It was known the suspect was alone but due to the safety concerns, more resources were called in to assist.
Around 1:00PM, law enforcement located the suspect with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. At this time it is speculated it was suicide.
The investigation will be continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Josephine County DA Concludes Troopers' Use Of Force In May Incident As Justified - Josephine County - 07/07/15
The Josephine County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that the two troopers involved in an officer involved shooting on May 29, 2015 were justified in their use of deadly physical force.
The following is information from the Josephine District Attorney's Office press release,
"Ryan Mulkins, the Josephine County District Attorney, announced today that he had concluded his review of the officer-involved shooting which occurred in the late night hours of May 29, 2015 at 108 Fir Canyon Road, Grants Pass and resulted in the death of Robert Box (DOB: 6/27/1959).
A full investigation of the incident was conducted by the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team, an interagency team comprised of detectives and personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office. The Oregon State Police Crime Lab assisted in the scene investigation and forensic analysis.
At approximately 10:21 PM on Friday, May 29, 2015, Kelsey Box, the adult daughter of Robert Box called 911 to report she had been assaulted by Robert Box at their home located 108 Fir Canyon Road, Grants Pass. Kelsey Box requested law enforcement response. Kelsey reported to the Oregon State Police Dispatch that she and her father engaged in an argument. Kelsey reported that her father had knocked her out of her wheel chair to the ground, choked her, punched her in the nose, and broke her nose. Kelsey additionally reported that she had left the residence to seek treatment at Three Rivers Community Hospital.
Kelsey Box in a subsequent interview reported that Robert Box had been drinking. A sample of Robert Box's blood was subsequently tested for alcohol content. Testing showed Robert Box had a blood alcohol content of .09 at the time of the incident.
At approximately 10:28 PM on Friday, May 29, 2015, Oregon State Police Troopers Gregor Smyth and Heather West are advised of Kelsey Box's reported assault. At approximately 10:32 PM, Trooper West placed a telephone call to Robert Box. Robert Box confirms with Trooper West that he had punched his daughter Kelsey Box. Robert Box claimed he punched Kelsey Box after Kelsey Box had punched him. After Trooper West identified herself to Robert Box as a member of the Oregon State Police, Robert Box terminated the telephone call. Troopers Smyth and West responded to 108 Fir Canyon Road, Grants Pass at approximately 10:55 PM.
As Troopers Smyth and West approached the residence they were encountered by multiple barking dogs. Robert Box was alone at his residence. At approximately
11:00 PM, Trooper Smyth observed Robert Box near the rear of his residence talking on the telephone. Trooper Smyth called out to Robert Box and requested that he come out and speak to the Troopers. Robert Box stated into the telephone "hang on a minute somebody's here." As Robert Box approached the Officers, Trooper Smyth stated "Trooper Smyth and Trooper West with the State Police you are being recorded ."
At this time Robert Box was armed with a .44 magnum revolver. Robert Box was carrying the revolver in his right front pocket. Robert Box walked to approximately 15 feet from Troopers Smyth and West. Trooper Smyth ordered Robert Box not to touch the gun in his pocket.
Regardless of Trooper Smyth's order to Robert Box not to touch the gun, Robert Box removed the gun from his pocket and raised it in the direction of the Troopers.
In response to the actions of Robert Box Troopers Smyth and West discharged their duty firearms. Trooper Smyth discharged 7 rounds. Trooper West discharged 4 rounds. Robert Box was struck 7 times. Subsequently Robert Box dropped his gun into the bed of nearby truck. Upon subsequent inspection Robert Box's .44 magnum revolver was found fully loaded with six live rounds, 3 of which were hollow point bullets.
At approximately 11:01 PM, Trooper West radioed into dispatch that shots had been fired and the suspect was down. At approximately 11:01 PM, Trooper Smyth radioed into dispatch requesting medical units be sent to the scene. Trooper Smyth renders first aid to Robert Box while waiting for medical personnel to arrive. Fire personnel arrived on scene at approximately 11:14 PM . American Medical Response arrived on scene at approximately 11:17 PM. Robert Box was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital. Robert Box was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:45 PM.
The District Attorney is charged with the duty of reviewing incidents where deadly physical force is used by the police to determine if the use of force was consistent with Oregon law.
During this incident both officers were justified in using deadly physical force under the circumstances they encountered. No further action in this matter is anticipated or merited.
District Attorney Mulkins would like to thank the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team for a thorough and detailed investigation of this event."
On May 29, 2015 at approximately 10:27 p.m., two Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a 911 call at 108 Fir Canyon Road in rural Josephine County near Wilderville on the report of a domestic disturbance.
Initial information is that Kelsie BOX, age 23, called 911 to report her father, Robert BOX, age 55, was physically assaultive and causing her injury.
Oregon State Police Trooper Heather West and Trooper Gregor Smyth responded to the address. When the Troopers arrived at the location they made contact with Robert BOX in the driveway. Robert BOX was armed with a handgun. Shortly after making contact, the Troopers reported via radio to dispatch that shots had been fired and the subject was down. A handgun was recovered during the investigation.
The Troopers provided emergency medical care to Robert BOX on scene. Robert BOX was then transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for emergency medical treatment. Robert BOX was pronounced deceased a short time after arrival.
Troopers West and Smyth were not injured. As is standard protocol in officer-involved shooting investigations, they were placed on paid administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation and review by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. West, age 41, joined OSP in 2007 and is currently assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Grants Pass Worksite. Smyth, age 46, also joined OSP in 2007 and currently assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Central Point Area Command.
Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.
All above information was approved for release by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No other information is anticipated for release unless approved Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
***Please Hold*** Cascade Locks Crash Kills Washington Man - Hood River County (Photo)
***Just told next of kin has NOT been notified. Please wait for press until we can confirm that has been done. Thanks for your understanding.***
On July 5, 2015 just after 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Forest Lane in Cascade Locks. A resident reported hearing the crash and then observed a vehicle crashed into a guardrail.
Upon arriving on scene, emergency personnel discovered a 1998 Jeep Pickup had been traveling on Forest Lane when the driver left the roadway and lost control. The pickup struck the end of a guardrail which forced it through its windshield. Emergency crews discovered the driver, Victor F SANDERS, age 65, of Stevenson, WA, to be deceased.
There was approximately 35 feet of guardrail destroyed by the crash. OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office and Cascade Locks Fire and EMS.
Contributing factors are still being considered. More information will be released when it is available.
Salem Man Dies After Boat Capsizes Near Newport - 07/05/15
On July 4, 2015 at 10:40am the Oregon State Police-Newport Office was dispatched to a capsized boat in the Pacific Ocean just south of South Beach State Park.
The 21 foot Hewes boat was being operated by Robert BAKER, age 58, of Salem. BAKER and his three passengers had been crabbing in Yaquina Bay and left the bay to fish in the ocean. Not far into the ocean, the boat was struck by a "sneaker wave" and it capsized. Two passengers were able to put life jackets on after it capsized.
Upon the US Coast Guard arriving on scene, Lowell LEATHER, age 81, of Salem, was pronounced deceased. The US Coast Guard rescued Robert BAKER, Allen BAKER, age 55, of Salem, and Donita FREE, age 50, of Salem. The three survivors were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with minor injuries.
The OSP Newport Office was assisted by US Coast Guard, Newport Fire and Rescue, Pac-West Ambulance, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and OSP-Salem.
Fatal Crash In Baker County Takes Life Of Idaho Man (Photo)
On July 4, 2015 at about 1:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a rollover crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 327 (Durkee).
According to Trooper Andrew McClay, a 2002 Hyundai Accent operated by Enrique JIMINEZ, age 64, of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on I-84 when it began to pass a 2010 Ford Ranger pickup operated by Taylor D GROVE, age 24, of Phoenix, AZ.
For unknown reasons, JIMINEZ's vehicle swerved into GROVE's vehicle which caused both vehicles to lose control and exit the interstate. JIMINEZ was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over several times.
Emergency crews arrived on scene and declared JIMINEZ deceased. GROVE was not injured. Preliminary investigation indicates JIMINEZ was not wearing his safety belt. Alcohol consumption by JIMINEZ is suspected as the contributing factor of the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.
OSP Continuing Investigation Of Serious Injury Crash In Lincoln County (Photo)
OSP Troopers are continuing their investigation of Friday evening's crash that partially closed HWY 101 for hours. On July 3, 2015 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on HWY 101 near milepost 129 (south of Depoe Bay).
According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, a 2002 Ford F150, operated by James M GILDERSLEEVE, age 52, of Waldport, was traveling northbound on HWY 101 when for unknown reasons crossed the centerline. GILDERSLEEVE's vehicle struck two southbound vehicles. GILDERSLEEVE was the only occupant in his vehicle. GILDERSLEEVE was taken by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries.
The first vehicle it struck was a 2013 Toyota RAV4, operated by Mark JACKSON, age 51, of Newberg. JACKSON's vehicle was struck on the driver's side which caused it to spin around and come to rest blocking both directions of traffic. JACKSON had three occupants in his vehicle. One of these passengers, Tina JACKSON, age 44, was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with moderate injuries.
The second vehicle GILDERSLEEVE struck was a 2014 Dodge Pickup, operated by Ryan M VALDEZ, age 43, of Newberg. VALDEZ had three occupants in his vehicle. VALDEZ was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with moderate injuries.
Hwy 101 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately 6 hours. OSP-Newport was assisted by Newport Fire, Depoe Bay Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Pac-West Ambulance, Reach Air Ambulance, TCB-Security, OSP-Albany, OSP-McMinnville, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and Trooper Severson is the primary investigator.
Eagle Point Man Dies In Single Vehicle Crash In Jackson County (Photo)
On July 2, 2015 at about 2:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on HWY 140 at milepost 24 (east of White City).
Preliminary information indicates a 2001 GMC pickup, operated by Carl T MORRIS, age 69, of Eagle Point, was traveling westbound when it is believed a bird flew into his open window. MORRIS became distracted by the bird in the cab of his pickup, causing him to lose control. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its roof in the ditch.
MORRIS was extricated from the vehicle by emergency crews and taken by air ambulance to a Medford area hospital where he later died.
MORRIS had been wearing his safety belt. OSP was assisted by Lake Creek Fire, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
More information will become released when it becomes available.
Commercial Vehicle Crash Injures Roseburg Man - Coos County (Photo)
On July 2, 2015 at around 6:30AM, OPS Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck rollover on HWY 42 with the junction of Powers Highway (HWY 242).
According to Senior Trooper Dave Timm, a 2005 Freightliner truck pulling a loaded 53 foot chip trailer was traveling west on HWY 42 when it failed to negotiate a sweeping curve. The truck and trailer rolled over onto its side, sliding into the eastbound lanes and nearly colliding with oncoming traffic. The truck then crashed through and destroyed over 200 feet of guardrail before rolling down a 50 foot embankment. The trailer spilled its load of chips, knocked over a power pole and came to rest on a fiber optic line.
The driver, Robert L HOGELAND, age 54, of Roseburg, was extricated from the truck and initially transported to Coquille Valley Hospital. He was subsequently transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield for serious injuries.
The truck, registered to Terrain Tamers Chip Hauling, was removed by Mast Brother Towing. One lane of HWY 42 was closed for most of the day while the truck was removed.
Based upon initial investigation, including witness accounts, speed is being considered as a contributing factor. OPS was assisted by Myrtle Point Police, Myrtle Point Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
UPDATE: HOGELAND was cited on July 3, 2015 for Careless Driving.
California Family Injured Following Collision With Truck In Wasco County (Photo)
On July 2, 2015 at about 2:00PM, OSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on HWY 97 near milepost 69.
According to Senior Trooper Tim Holbrook, a 2008 Toyota Tundra operated by Eduardo MARTINEZ-PURECO, age 38, of Fallbrook, CA, was traveling northbound on HWY 97 when it crossed over the center line. Approaching in the southbound lane was a 1998 Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer operated by Ujjager SINGH, age 41, of Manteca, California. SINGH swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but the Toyota struck the rear wheels of the tractor and collided with the trailer before coming to rest in the highway. The tractor trailer combination exited the highway and rolled onto its side.
MARTINEZ-PURECO was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend with serious injuries. MARTINEZ-PURECO's four passengers, all relatives, were taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Madras for various degrees of injuries. SINGH was not injured.
The highway was closed for about an hour and a half while the investigation was conducted and the vehicles removed. MARTINEZ-PURECO was later cited for Careless Driving. OSP was assisted on scene by Jefferson County Fire and Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***Correction*** Stayton Woman Dies In Yamhill County Crash (Photo)
Name of victim from fatal crash is: Marion E ELLIS
On July 2, 2015 at about 1:18PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on HWY 153 (Amity-Hopewell Highway) at milepost 13. Upon arrival on scene, troopers discovered two vehicles with extensive damage and three patients.
According to Lieutenant Doug Shugart, preliminary information indicates a 1999 Subaru Legacy, operated by Arlie D ELLIS, age 74, of Stayton, was traveling southbound on HWY 153 when it crossed the center line. The Subaru collided head-on with a 2015 Toyota Prius, operated by Richard J MAFIT, age 58, of Salem.
MAFIT's passenger, Marion E MAFIT, age 75, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased upon emergency crews arriving. Richard MAFIT and ELLIS were transported to a local hospital for serious injuries.
The highway was closed for about three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Fire, Dayton Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is still continuing. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Motorcycle Crash In Morrow County Kills Boardman Man - 07/03/15
On July 3, 2015, at about 11:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcyclist down at the I-84/HWY 730 interchange.
According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, a 2002 Harley Davidson, operated by William R BROOKS, age 58, of Boardman had been traveling westbound on HWY 730 when he attempted to take the westbound on-ramp onto Interstate 84.
Preliminary investigation indicates BROOKS passed the on-ramp entrance and attempted to navigate through the median in an attempt to re-enter the on-ramp. BROOKS was ejected when his motorcycle struck a culvert and discovered by a passing motorist who called 911.
Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, BROOKS was pronounced deceased. Alcohol consumption is being considered as a contributing factor. OSP was assisted by Boardman Fire and Ambulance, Morrow County Sheriff's Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The investigation is continuing and more information will be released when it is available.
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Continuing In Josephine County - 07/02/15
On July 1, 2015, OSP Troopers, OSP Detectives and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents were in the Sunny Valley area of Josephine County attempting to locate a homicide suspect from Siskiyou County, California. The suspect had been identified as Kaleb LANDON, age 32, of Yreka.
At about 6:00PM, the suspect was seen in a moving vehicle and troopers attempted to stop it. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect fled northbound on I-5 from the 71 Interchange. The suspect made it approximately a mile before crashing into another vehicle.
After a brief standoff with LANDON, who was armed with a firearm, an officer involved shooting occurred. LANDON was declared deceased on scene. None of the law enforcement officers on scene were injured. It is believed two ATF agents and four OSP troopers discharged their weapons during the incident.
The OSP employees have been identified as:
Sergeant Brandon Boice, Patrol Division, assigned to the Grants Pass Worksite, joined OSP in 2001.
Sergeant First Class Jeff Fitzgerald, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 1999.
Trooper Ryan Neuenschwander, Patrol Division, assigned to the Central Point Area Command, joined OSP in 2008.
Detective Brent Sitowski, Criminal Investigations Division, assigned to SW Region Headquarters, joined OSP in 2007.
As a matter of their policy, ATF does not release the names of agents involved in an ongoing investigation.
Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 - Use of Deadly Force investigations - a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Josephine County District Attorney is ongoing. This includes agencies from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Medford Police Department, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the OSP Forensic Services Division.
This is a sensitive investigation and release of further information could compromise it. Information will be released when it is available. Any questions should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Commercial Vehicle Crash In Baker County Sends Washington Man To Hospital (Photo)
Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into Wednesday's commercial motor vehicle crash on I-84.
According to Sergeant Ty Duby, on July 1, 2015 at about 12:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on I-84 near MP 340. Additionally reported was a semi-truck and trailer that had exited the highway and rolled over.
Troopers arrived to find a 2007 Volvo truck pulling a box trailer had failed to negotiate a curve. The truck damaged about 300 feet of guardrail before breaking through and exiting the roadway. The truck rolled down a 50 foot embankment.
The driver, Jose A GUZMAN, age 53, of Auburn, WA, was transported by air ambulance to a Boise area hospital for his injuries.
OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department Of Transportation Huntington Rural Fire and Rescue.
Contributing factors have not yet been determined. No further information available at the time of this release.
Oregon State Police Announces New Forensics Services Director - 07/01/15
Superintendent Rich Evans is welcoming current Lane County District Attorney, Alex Gardner, as the new Director of the Forensic Services Division of the Oregon State Police. Mr. Gardner will begin his career with OSP on August 1st by attending the Basic Recruit Pre-Academy and continue through the training process at the Oregon Public Safety Academy- including the agency field training program. Once Mr. Gardner is finished with his field training, he will report to the agency General Headquarters in Salem, assuming the duties of the Director of the Forensics Division.
According to Superintendent Evans, "Mr. Gardner has a vast educational background, including a BA in psychology, a MS in biology, and a Juris Doctorate in law. Along with his educational background, Mr. Gardner brings his experience as a Deputy District Attorney and the experience of being the District Attorney of Lane County. Mr. Gardner is well known in the public safety sector of Oregon and will bring his vast experience here to OSP".
The OSP Forensic Services Division provides Oregon's only full service forensic laboratory system. Our analysts provide technical assistance and training, evaluate and analyze evidence, interpret results, and provide expert testimony related to the full spectrum of physical evidence recovered from crime scenes.
Burns Man Arrested Following Pursuit Near John Day - Grant County (Photo)
On June 29, 2015 around 4:00PM, OSP received an attempt to locate on a burglary suspect from Harney County. An OSP Trooper located the vehicle traveling north on HWY 395, just south of John Day a short time later.
The trooper stopped the vehicle and while approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away. A short pursuit occurred and the driver suddenly stopped the vehicle near milepost 1 and fled on foot. OSP was assisted by the John Day Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff's Office in the search for the suspect.
The suspect, Charles D PLATT, age 25, of Burns, was located and arrested without incident. He was booked at the Grant County Jail for Attempt to Elude in Vehicle-Felony, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving and DUII.
No further information is available at the time of this release.