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Tacoma Man Crashes Semi Hauling Lumber On I-5, Arrested for DUII - Douglas County (Photo) - 07/26/17

On July 25, 2017 at about 5PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a rolled over truck on Interstate 5 near milepost 90 southbound (Canyon Mountain).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Volvo truck tractor towing a trailer loaded with lumber was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it left the roadway. The truck and trailer combination reentered the roadway and rolled over, blocking both southbound lanes of travel.

The driver, Richard A HELLER, age 53, and his passenger Tina M GORRIE, age 46, were not injured (both from Tacoma, Washington). While troopers were conducting the on scene investigation, they arrested HELLER for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Controlled Substance), Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. GORRIE was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Interstate 5 southbound was closed for two hours while the truck, trailer and lumber were cleared. GORRIE and HELLER were booked into the Douglas County Jail. No further information at this time.

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed On Interstate 5 In Salem - Marion County - 07/26/17

On July 25, 2017 at about 10:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-tractor versus pedestrian crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 253 in Salem.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of a Chevy Aveo, Ted SATTER, age 49, of Dallas, was parked on the right shoulder of the highway. For unknown reasons, SATTER walked into the slow lane of the interstate and was struck by a southbound 2015 Freightliner towing two tanker trailers. SATTER was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Freightliner, Andrew RUZANSKI, age 38, of Albany, was not injured

Interstate 5 southbound was reduced to one lane of travel for four hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Salem Fire, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Dallas Police Department, and the Marion County Medical Examiner.

As this is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Serious injury crash south of Redmond injures three. (Deschutes County) (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 24, 2017 at about 12:10 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 97 just south of Redmond near milepost 128.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe being operated by David Nixon, age 80, from Redmond, turned northbound onto Highway 97, from Gift Road and pulled into the travel path of a southbound 2014 Infiniti Q50 being operated by Sondra Vaughn, age 67, also from Redmond. After the Infiniti collided into the Hyundai it crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1990 International dump truck being operated by Timothy Duggan, age 55, of Bend.

David Nixon and his female passenger Bonnie Nixon were transported from the crash with minor injuries via ground ambulance to the Saint Charles Hospital in Redmond. Sondra Vaughn was transported via air ambulance, with serious injuries, to the Saint Charles Hospital in Bend.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Redmond Fire Department and the Deschutes County Fire Department.

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Central Point Man Killed In Highway 140 Crash - Klamath County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 23, 2017 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 140W near milepost 58 (west of the Running Y Ranch).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling eastbound on Highway 140W when it attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing area. The Chevrolet was unable to complete the pass and collided head-on with a westbound 1994 Ford motorhome. Both vehicles came to rest in the highway.

Upon emergency crews arriving at the scene, they discovered the driver of the Chevrolet, Wally M LARSON, age 79, of Central Point, was deceased. The driver of the motorhome, Kimball L ROUNDY, age 38, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and his three passengers received minor injuries and were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

A witness told troopers the Chevrolet had been driving recklessly prior to the crash. Highway 140 was closed for about 4 hours. OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Klamath County Fire.

This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Newport Man Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Newport - Lincoln County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 24, 2017 at about 8AM, OSP Troopers, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and other emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near MP 10 (at Pioneer Trail, east of Newport).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup operated by Andrew BEAUCHAMP, age 33, of Newport, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle drove off the westbound shoulder and struck a guard rail. The Nissan went airborne and struck a tree, causing BEAUCHAMP to be ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. It is also believed BEAUCHAMP was not wearing a safety belt.

Highway 20 was completely closed for a short period of time. The westbound lane was closed for several hours during the investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses of a Serious Injury Crash - HWY 20 - Linn County (Photo) - 07/24/17

On July 23, 2017 at about 3:25 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 32.9 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Red 2003 Kia Spectra, operated by a 17 year old male and passenger, 16 year old male, both from Sweet Home, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the Kia crossed into the eastbound lane. The Kia collided nearly head on with an eastbound 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Francisco RAMOS RIVERA, age 53, and passengers, 7 year old male and 8 year old female, all from Lebanon. Both drivers received serious injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The 16 year old male was not injured and the 7 year old male and an 8 year old female received minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for about 3.5 hours with a detour in place. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Sweet Home Fire Department and Reach Air Ambulance.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or driving behavior contributing to the crash to contact Senior Trooper Oxenrider or Senior Trooper Youngblood at (541) 967-2026. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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***Update - FEHLHABER in Custody*** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Shooting Suspect in Cave Junction - Josephine County (Photo) - 07/22/17

***UPDATE***

On July 22, 2017, at about 12 noon, the suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, turned himself into the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was then transported to the Josephine County Correctional Facility and lodged.

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

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On July 20, 2017 at about 8:57 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to the report of a shooting at the Speedy Mart at 305 S. Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction. The victim, Floyd Argus GREENLEE, age 29, of Cave Junction, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with serious injuries.

The suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. FEHLHABER's whereabouts are unknown at this time and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who identifies FEHLHABER is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

FEHLHABER is described as a white male, age 32, 5'8", 150 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the location of FEHLHABER is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17255970.

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Two-Vehicle Head-on Crash Claims the Life of a Monmouth Woman on Highway 99W at Milepost 67 - Polk County (Photo) - 07/22/17

On Saturday July 22, 2017 at about 3:54 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head on crash on Hwy 99W at milepost 67 (south of Monmouth).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 1990 Honda Civic, operated by Ashlee LEWIS, age 23, and passenger, Cherlyn LEWIS, age 57, both from Monmouth, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99W delivering papers. A blue 2008 Toyota Corolla, operated by Joshua BERRY, age 20, was northbound on Hwy 99W, when, for an undetermined reason, the vehicles collided on the northbound shoulder.

Cherlyn LEWIS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ashlee LEWIS and Joshua BERRY were transported to the local area hospital for treatment of their serious injuries.

Hwy 99W was partially closed for approximately 4.5 hours. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Polk County Fire District No. 1.

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

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Drug Seizure Leads To Arrest of a Washington Man on US 97 Near La Pine - Deschutes County (Photo) - 07/21/17

On July 20, 2017 at about 4:22 p.m., an Oregon State Trooper stopped a northbound 2006 Porsche Cayenne, operated by Moises SANCHEZ ALCARAZ, age 58, of Mattawa Washington, on US 97 at milepost 170 for multiple traffic violations (two miles south of La Pine). During the traffic stop, numerous criminal indicators were observed and a consent search of the vehicle revealed 5.2 pounds of Cocaine.

SANCHEZ ALCARAZ was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Adult Delivery of Cocaine and Adult Possession of Cocaine.

This is a significant recent seizure of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police. The estimated street values of the drugs are over $67,000 dollars. It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of communities in the northwest.

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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Woodburn Man on Highway 211 at Milepost 1 - Marion County (Photo) - 07/21/17

On July 21, 2017, at about 12:01 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 211 near milepost 1 (at Cooley Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 International semi-truck and trailer, operated by Cody J. WORTHINGTON, age 23, of Portland, was travelling eastbound on Highway 211 near milepost 1 when a farm implement/berry harvester, operated by Sergio IXMATLAHUA, age 30, and passengers Antanasio OVCHINNIKOV, age 60, and Genaro Colohua SANCHEZ, age unknown, all three from Woodburn, entered the highway from the adjacent field in front of the path of the semi-truck. The semi-truck impacted the rear of the berry harvester.

SANCHEZ suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. IXMATLAHUA and OVCHINNIKOV were transported to the Salem hospital for treatment of their serious injuries. WORTHINGTON was not injured.

Highway 211 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash with one lane open periodically. OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Police department, Woodburn Fire & Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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

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2016 Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year: Trooper Jim Andrews (Photo) - 07/21/17

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper, Jim Andrews, was presented with the 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year Award. This award was presented on behalf of the Shikar-Safari Club International by Lynn Loacker. The Shikar-Safari Club International recognizes one wildlife officer per year in each state. They present the prestigious award to the wildlife officer who symbolizes their mission of wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Pictured from left to right is Sergeant James Halsey, Trooper Jim Andrews, Shikar-Safari Club International member Lynn Loacker and Lieutenant Casey Thomas.

What does it take to be a Fish and Wildlife Officer of the Year? It takes a highly motivated individual with an outstanding work ethic as well as a being a leader among their peers and setting a high standard for excellence in their work as a Wildlife Officer. This individual should produce a high volume of self-generated activities while maintaining a heavy case load and provide a breadth of knowledge across all facets of work as an Oregon State Trooper. All of these attributes describe Oregon State Trooper Jim Andrews of the Mid Valley Fish and Wildlife Team.

Trooper Andrews dedication and passion for the enforcement of fish and wildlife laws within the state of Oregon shows consistently on a day to day basis. Trooper Andrews is happy to share his knowledge and assist co-workers with complex investigations. He is recognized by his peers as being well versed in case law as well as search and seizure and is an excellent report writer. In addition, he volunteers his time mentoring and training Oregon State Police Troopers as well as other law enforcement agencies as an instructor during Jet and Drift Boat schools, and as a Patrol Tactics Instructor.

Trooper Andrews has proven that wildlife officers are well rounded and capable of handling a variety of situations. He has done this by completing thorough investigations and follow-up throughout the 2016 year; ranging from wildlife cases to DUII and drug arrests. Trooper Andrews had several lengthy investigations during the 2016 year. One of the investigations started towards the end of 2015 stemming from a turkey case. Trooper Andrews, using all available resources, continued to conduct a thorough investigation into 2016, resulting in a search warrant in a Lincoln County residence where 4 trophy class blacktail shoulder mounts were seized. Two male subjects were charged criminally for multiple violations. Trooper Andrews exemplifies what the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is all about.

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Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney awarded as 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year (Photo) - 07/21/17

On July 19, 2017, the Lane County District Attorney's Office Chief Deputy District Attorney, Erik Hasselman, was presented with the 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year award during the Oregon District Attorney's Association summer training conference held in Seaside, Oregon. Chief Deputy Hasselman received the award in front of hundreds of his peers and colleagues.

The 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award was presented on behalf of the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Captain Jeff Samuels, Lieutenant Dave Gifford, and Sergeant Chris Ashenfelter, along with Director Curt Melcher of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Chief Deputy Hasselman was nominated for the award by the Oregon State Police South Valley Fish and Wildlife Team as he has shown a vested interest in protecting Oregon's natural resources. He is considered a member of the team and is in constant communication with and calls Troopers about fish and wildlife cases he hears about even before the reports arrive at the DA's Office. Mr. Hasselman, as a chief deputy district attorney responsible for handling serious person crimes, has much on his plate though he takes on fish and wildlife cases with enthusiasm and holds violators accountable for their unlawful actions. He actively puts out press releases to inform the community on poaching cases and through his vigorous prosecution has people talking about the penalties for poaching which creates an effective deterrent factor. Mr. Hasselman shares the passion and commitment each of the Troopers have for protecting the fish, wildlife and natural resources of the State.

The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of volunteer outdoor enthusiast organizations opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife to include the Oregon Hunters Association, sponsored the award. This is the tenth annual presentation of the Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award. Chief Deputy Erik Hasselman is commended for his efforts.

Pictured: Chief Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman of the Lane County District Attorney's Office

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***Update 2- WEST Captured*** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo) - 07/20/17

***UPDATE 2***

Around midnight on July 18, 2017, WEST was detained by the Albany Police Department for shoplifting candy bars. Officers determined he had an active warrant for his arrest and booked him into Linn County Jail. On July 19, he was transferred to the Oregon Youth Authority's (OYA) MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn to await disposition. He may face charges for his escape from OYA's Camp Riverbend Youth Transition Facility as well as other law violations allegedly committed after his escape.

MCAULIFFE is still at large. If anyone sees him, please call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 911. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

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***UPDATE***

On June 24, 2017, Oregon State Police believes either WEST and/or MCAULIFFE stole a white Ford F250 from Oregon State Parks at Emigrant Springs State Park. The truck is marked with the state park emblem on the doors. The original plates on the vehicle were E273867. On the morning of June 24th MCAULIFFE was seen at a pharmacy in Milton-Freewater.

WEST is originally from Salem and MCAULIFFE is from Central Point.

If anyone sees the vehicle or either WEST or MCAULIFFE please call 911.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Vehicle Erupts into Flames Following Crash on Highway 138 at Milepost 56 - Douglas County (Photo) - 07/20/17

On July 19, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138 near milepost 56, in Douglas County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 1999 Dodge Durango, operated by Dale Emerald HAHN JR, age 39, and juvenile passenger, both of Chemult, was traveling eastbound when for unknown reasons, exited the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle burst into flames as a result of the crash and HAHN and the juvenile were able to exit the vehicle without injury.

A US Forest Service engine crew, from the Diamond Lake Ranger Station at Toketee, quickly responded and contained the fire. High Cascades ODOT personnel responded with a water truck and assisted with extinguishing the fire.

The eastbound lane was closed for approximately one hour for firefighting and recovery efforts and HAHN was cited for careless driving. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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Single-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Salem Man on Highway 221 at Milepost 11.5 - Polk County (Photo) - 07/20/17

On July 17, 2017, at about 11:30 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 221 near milepost 11.5, in Polk County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2003 Ford Focus, operated by Ivan Garcia TRAPALA, age 24, of Salem, was located approximately 35 feet off the roadway and not visible from the road. TRAPALA was found deceased and partially ejected from the vehicle. The crash appeared to have occurred several days prior and cause of the crash is under investigation.

Further information indicated that the registered owner reported the vehicle stolen on July 10, 2017 to the Keizer Police Department. One lane was closed for approximately two hours during the scene investigation, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department Station 4, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Salem Man on Highway 20 at Milepost 34.5 - Linn County (Photo) - 07/19/17

On July 18, 2017, at about 10:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 34.5 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2015 BMW Motorcycle, operated by John Harvey WEEKS, age 65, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home when for unknown reasons, the BMW veered into the oncoming lane and struck a green 2016 Kenworth log truck, operated by Kenneth Keil REYNOLDS, age 59, of Sweet Home, that was travelling westbound. The BMW collided into the side of the Kenworth.

WEEKS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. REYNOLDS was not injured. Witness stated that WEEKS was possibly looking over his shoulder behind him while negotiating the curve.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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

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2016 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division - Team of the Year: Mid-Columbia Team (Photo) - 07/18/17

The Oregon State Police (OSP), Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Team (The Dalles) was recently awarded with the OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Team of the Year award for 2016 accomplishments. The Mid-Columbia Team consists of highly motivated, dedicated and tenacious troopers who enforce fish and wildlife laws and protect Oregon's natural resources, citizens and visitors in five counties; Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler.

Together, the Mid-Columbia Team proved that through perseverance, dedication and quality investigations their collaborative work enabled them to successfully hold person(s) accountable for the following cases during 2016: Team members initiated an ongoing multi-state major serial poaching investigation where several individuals unlawfully killed up to 30 animals throughout several counties in Oregon and up to 50 animals throughout several counties in Washington. Troopers are continuing to work closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife sharing information and coordinating conclusion of this investigation.

A team member investigated a serious boat collision occurring in the Columbia River between two boats which caused serious injury to several occupants. The investigation resulted in a guilty plea by one boat operator for BUII, two counts of Assault IV and reckless boating.
Team members responded to a report of the possible poaching of bighorn sheep along Interstate 84 in Gilliam County. The suspects were located, identified, arrested and lodged in jail after two bighorn sheep were located with their heads removed and placed in garbage bags. Upon a thorough investigation, the hard work of the troopers led to the successful prosecution of the two suspects.

They conducted several boat patrols during the fall commercial fishing season, making several arrests and seizures of fish and gill nets used while fishing illegally; primarily by unlawful drift netting through river mouth sanctuaries.

Team members also worked closely with Patrol Division Troopers, assisting with traffic crashes and other calls for service. Additionally, they work well with other local and county law enforcement partners within five counties to provide the best service to the citizens of Oregon.

In addition to their normal Fish and Wildlife Division duties and activities, the Mid-Columbia Team members performed an array of other assignments ranging from being members of, or instructors in various fields including the Oregon State Police Critical Incident Response Team providing support to law enforcement officers who have been involved in critical incidents, to instructing recruit troopers in the enforcement of fish and wildlife laws, as well as, providing quality instruction to other Department members in firearms training, defensive tactics and boat operations to name a few.

The Mid-Columbia Fish and Wildlife Team is commended for a job well done and for their commitment to protecting people, property and Oregon's natural resources.

Photo: Pictured from left to right; Back row -- Senior Trooper Swede Pearson, Senior Trooper Justin Frazier, Sergeant Les Kipper. Front Row -- Senior Trooper Mark Jubitz, Senior Trooper Brent Ocheskey, Trooper Jason Walters and Senior Trooper Thad Routson. Not present: Senior Trooper Craig Gunderson.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 North of Roseburg -Douglas County (Photo) - 07/17/17

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

On July 16, 2017 at about 5:00 PM, OSP and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 5 near milepost 133. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Chevy van, operated by TAYLOR NIERI, age 22, from Eugene Oregon, was southbound when one of its tires blew out causing NIERI to lose control. The Chevy van went off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it rolled multiple times. The Chevy van came to an uncontrolled rest on its top after crossing Rogers Road, which is a county road, adjacent to the Interstate 5. During the crash the rear passenger, JAMES THORPE, age 35, from Eugene was ejected. NIERI was declared deceased at the crash scene by first responders. THORPE was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and was later taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart at Riverbend for critical injuries.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the crash. NIERI was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash. THORPE was not wearing safety restraints. Rogers Road was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Roseburg Towing, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Florence man loses life in motorcycle crash -Harney County (Photo) - 07/14/17

On July 14, 2017, at approximately 11:50AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 163 in Harney County, which is approximately 30 miles east of Burns.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 61 year old Dan BARNUM, from Florence, was riding a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle. BARNUM was west on Hwy 20 at about 70mph, the speed limit is 65mph, when for an unknown reason he drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder and lost control in the gravel. There were no passengers on the motorcycle.

BARNUM was pronounced deceased on the scene after lifesaving efforts were made.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's office and Harney District Ambulance.

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Former OSP Evidence Technician Arrested - Lake County - 07/14/17

On June 23, 2017, former OSP Evidence Technician Mark MATLICK was arrested in Klamath County by OSP detectives and troopers as a result of a lengthy investigation. The investigation revealed that during his time as the Evidence Technician in the Klamath Falls Area Command, he stole over $10,000 from the Klamath Falls OSP evidence locker. At the time of his arrest in Klamath County, OSP detectives were continuing their investigation into his actions in Lake County, where he was also responsible for evidence handling.

In Lake County, OSP detectives discovered MATLICK had stolen $2,577.00 and committed additional crimes to conceal the thefts. MATLICK was criminally charged with 16 counts based on the the following crimes in Lake County:

Theft in the 1st degree, Computer Crime, Tampering with Public Records, Forgery in the 2nd degree, Official Misconduct in the 1st degree and Official Misconduct in the 2nd degree.

On July 14, 2017, MATLICK turned himself into the Lake County jail and was subsequently released after posting bail.

All media inquiries should be referred to Lake County District Attorney Sharon Forster.

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Slime Eel Crash on Hwy 101 (Photo) - 07/13/17

On July 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to US Highway 101 near milepost 131 for a semi-truck versus five-vehicle minor injury crash.

The 1993 Mitsubishi truck was being driven by Salvatore J. Tragale (age 59 from Lincoln City), was traveling northbound on US Highway 101. Tragale was approaching roadway construction being completed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). An ODOT flagger had northbound traffic stopped and Tragale was unable to stop the vehicle. The Mitsubishi was loaded with thirteen containers of a net weight of 7500 pounds of hagfish (commonly known as slime eels). The transfer of weight caused one of the containers to come off the truck bed and fly across the highway into the southbound lane. The other containers separated from the bed of the truck and spilled onto the highway. As a result, the flat bed completely separated from frame of the truck.

When the container struck the southbound vehicles, it caused a chain reaction pushing four vehicles into each other. Fortunately, there were only minor injuries reported from first vehicle (Nissan). The first vehicle to be struck by the container was a 2017 Nissan driven by Kim Randall (age 64 from Sun Lakes, Arizona). The Nissan was pushed backward into a brown Honda CRV, driven by Rachel A. Craven (age 37 from Toledo). The CRV pushed into a white Ford Focus driven by Kristine Torp (age 33 from Norway) and her passenger Melissa Waage (age 30 from Norway). Finally the Focus pushed into a 2017 Ford F150 driven by Kevin White (age 67 from Tigard) and his passengers Brandon White (age 31 from Tigard) and Donna White (age 70 from Tigard).

When Hagfish become stressed, they secrete a slime, which can be seen in the photos on the vehicles and on the highway. Depoe Bay Fire worked at cleaning up the highway by hosing the Hagfish and slime off the roadway. US Highway is now open.

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Redmond man arrested for Reckless Driving and Assault III after Road Rage Incident - Deschutes County (Photo) - 07/13/17

On July 12, 2017, at approximately 3:15PM, the Oregon State Police out of the Bend Area Command responded to a vehicle vs motorcycle crash on Hwy 97 at milepost 128 which is near SW Young Avenue.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford Mustang, operated by 20 year old DURR, Justin from the Redmond area, drove in a reckless manner, causing the motorcyclist to crash. DURR became enraged when he was passed by another vehicle. DURR attempted to catch up to the other vehicle and drove in a manner that forced the motorcyclist to crash.

The motorcyclist, 40 year old, WORLEY, Jerome, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Life Flight Air Ambulance.

DURR was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on the charges of Reckless Driving and Assault III.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Marion County Sheriff's Cadet Charged Criminally in Social Media Case - 07/12/17

On Saturday, May 20th 2017, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was made aware of potential criminal activity involving invasive images of a Marion County Cadet Deputy Sheriff distributed via a photo sharing application. After learning of the images the Sheriff's Office took several steps to protect the victim and place the suspect, another cadet, on administrative leave.

The Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police who investigated and referred the matter to the Marion County District Attorney's Office. On July 5th, the Sheriff's Office was notified that Brooke ESHELMAN, age 18 is to be charged with the crime of Invasion of Personal Privacy.

ESHELMAN is set to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex, on July 19th at 9:30 a.m. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding the investigation or the victim in this case. Any media related questions should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney's Office. No photo is available.

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Gresham woman loses life in crash - Gilliam County (Photo) - 07/11/17

On July 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers from The Dalles Area Command responded to a single motor vehicle crash on I-84 near milepost 118 in Gilliam County.

The preliminary investigation showed that a gray 1996 Honda Civic 4 door, operated by 22 year old Effie P. BURNS, of Gresham, was west bound in the fast lane and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle crossed the slow lane and left the roadway, coming to rest against a dirt/rock embankment. BURNS was ejected from the vehicle and emergency personnel attempted life saving measures, but BURNS succumbed to her injuries.

An infant child passenger that was properly secured in a child safety seat was not injured. The child was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with minor injuries to be evaluated.

Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Department, Gilliam County Emergency Services, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Albany juvenile loses life on interstate 5 - Linn County - 07/11/17

On July 10, 2017, at 9:33PM, the Linn County Sheriff's office received a call of the missing 6 year old male from his Albany residence. They dispatched 4 deputies to the residence and surrounding area and at 9:38PM, had a canine unit en-route to assist with the search.

On July 10, 2017 at approximately 9:40PM, the Oregon State Police assisted the Linn County Sheriff's office in attempting to locate a 6-year-old juvenile male that was reported missing. At approximately 9:55PM, the Oregon State Police was dispatched to a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 230, 3 miles south of Albany in Linn County.

The preliminary investigation determined that at least one commercial motor vehicle struck the pedestrian, and 2 other vehicles may have been involved. The pedestrian was the 6-year-old missing juvenile.

There is no indication of any wrongdoing, and the vehicle operators are cooperating with the investigation. At this time, no names will be released, and there are currently no photos available. We will not be releasing the juveniles name.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's office, Linn County District Attorney's office, Tangent Fire, Albany Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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***Correction-Date***Douglas County Woman loses life in single vehicle crash - Douglas County (Photo) - 07/11/17

On July 10, 2017 at approximately 6:50pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 138 near milepost 9, in Douglas County.


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On July 11, 2017 at approximately 6:50pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 138 near milepost 9, in Douglas County.

The initial investigation has determined that a 2007 Chevrolet SUV was westbound on Hwy 138 when, for unknown reasons, it left the roadway, striking a power pole. The vehicle then rolled several times, ejecting the operator, who was the only occupant. The operator was not wearing a seat belt.

The operator, 53-year-old Bonnie L. DEBRAGA, from Roseburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Bay Cities Paramedics, Glide Rural Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Pacific Power responded and replaced the power pole.

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Fatal single vehicle crash kills Coos Bay resident - (Coos County) (Photo) - 07/09/17

On July 8, 2017 at about 10:20 p.m., Troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to assist the Coos County Sheriff's Office on a single vehicle crash near milepost 7.5 on East Bay Road near Timber Park Lane. (East of Coos Bay)

The preliminary investigation revealed a white 1996 Ford Mustang was traveling eastbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway an into the eastbound ditch, coming to a rest against the trees down an embankment. The driver and sole occupant, identified as 64 year old Coos Bay resident, Arne Berge, was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders.

Both speed and impairment are believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Police Department, Coos Bay Fire and EMS and the Coos County Medical Examiner.

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I-5 wrong way head on collision takes the life of a Medford local. (Medford Oregon) (Photo) - 07/09/17

Just after 10:15 p.m., on July 8, 2017, Troopers from the Central Point Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to a semi-tractor trailer versus vehicle crash on the northbound I-5 lanes at the milepost 24 interchange, within the city limits of Medford.

The initial investigation revealed a 2002 GMC truck operated by 81 year old Medford local Ellis Feinstein, entered the I-5 northbound lanes, traveling in the wrong direction (southbound) from the Exit 24 Interchange northbound off-ramp. The GMC truck traveled several hundred feet before colliding head-on in the A-lane with a 2016 Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operated by 49 year old British Columbia resident, Harminder Singh Nijjar. Feinstein, who was the sole occupant of the GMC truck, died as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash. Nijjar, who was also alone in his CMV, did not sustain any injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Phoenix Police Department, Medford Police Department, Talent Police Department, Jackson County S.O. as well as Ashland Fire and Rescue and Fire District 5.

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Hit & Run driver arrested for DUII after crashing into ODOT and highway worker vehicles on Highway 26 (Washington County) (Photo) - 07/08/17

On July 6, 2017, at about 8:15pm, a westbound Ford F-150 pickup crashed into two unoccupied work trucks while parked along the westbound shoulder of Highway 26 near milepost 61 in a marked construction zone (Hillboro). Both trucks were associated with the construction project and one belonged to ODOT. ODOT and construction crews were performing night work in a marked highway work zone at the time of the crash. The driver of the Ford truck had contact with ODOT workers at the scene, who observed he was impaired. The driver, who was later identified as Robby Smythe (51 years old), fled the scene on foot into a residential area north of the construction zone. Hillsboro Police deployed a K-9 and was able to locate Smythe walking in a nearby neighborhood. Smythe was taken into custody and lodged at the Washington County Jail on charges of DUII, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Highway Workers and Hit & Run. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Hillsboro Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

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Klamath County Teacher Arrested (Photo) - 07/06/17

On May 23, 2017, Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Detectives were made aware of a sexual relationship between a school teacher at Lost River High school, Jeffrey Vincent (35 years old), and one of his former high school students (19 years old).

The investigation revealed the relationship allegedly started when the former student was still attending the high school at Lost River, and the relationship had gone on for a significant period. The former student was reportedly 18 years of age when the sexual relationship started. The investigation developed enough information that a warrant was issued for Vincent's arrest.

On July 6, 2017, Vincent was taken into custody by Oregon State Police and lodged at the Klamath County Jail on two counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree, two counts of Coercion, and one count of Tampering with a Witness.

Vincent was placed on Administrative Leave by the Klamath County School District, pending the investigation.

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*** Updated - Suspect Arrested *** OSP and Josephine County SO Seeking Assistance in shooting in Cave Junction Area (Photo) - 07/04/17

SALLMAN was located at a convenience store in Selma by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office on July 4, 2017 at about 10:40AM. He was arrested and is currently being interviewed by detectives. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Oregon State Police and Josephine County SO are seeking assistance in the person of interest in a shooting Cave Junction Area.

On July 1, 2017 at approximately 2:41pm, OSP and Josephine County SO responded to a shooting in the Cave Junction area. The person of interest is Joseph SALLMAN, who is armed with an AK-47 and wearing a tactical vest. SALLMAN was last seen leaving the area in a gray Dodge Durango in an unknown direction of travel.

If you see SALLMAN, call 911 and do not make contact or approach. Again SALLMAN is considered armed and dangerous.

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Polk County Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near McMinnville - Yamhill County - 07/04/17

On July 3, 2017 at about 2:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 40 (just south of McMinnville).

Initial investigation revealed a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire was northbound on Highway 99W and was slowing or stopped to make a left turn onto SW Durham Lane. Following the Pontiac was a 1993 Ford F250 towing a small utility trailer. The Ford was unable to stop and rear-ended the Pontiac. The Pontiac was spun into the southbound lane where it was struck broadside by a southbound 2007 Toyota Sequoia. After the collision the Ford left the highway, struck a parked car in a driveway, then a house.

The driver of the Pontiac, Billie J KING, age 24, of Falls City was transported by ground ambulance to Salem hospital. The front passenger in the Pontiac, Jeremy M KING, age 29, also of Falls City, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two juveniles, a 7 year old female and a 3 year old male were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The driver of the Toyota, Kris F PAINTER, age 62, of Amity, was checked by medical personnel at the scene but not transported. Shirley ROBINS, age 82, of Portland was taken by ground ambulance to Salem hospital. Laurie PAINTER, age 59, of Amity was taken by air ambulance to Salem hospital. Brittany PAINTER, age 27, of Amity was taken by ground ambulance to Salem hospital.

The driver of the Ford, Justin M SAUERS, age 24, of Amity, was taken by ground ambulance to McMinnville hospital.

Highway 99W was closed for about six hours with an established detour in place. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police, McMinnville Fire, and Sheridan Fire.

There are no photographs available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.

****** Updated *****Seriuos Injury in Stabbing Investigatiion -- Jackson County - 07/02/17

On July 2nd, at approximately 2:15am, Talent Police Officers responded to a report of an assault that occurred in the 500 Block of Talent Ave. Upon arrival the Talent Police Officers found a subject who had been stabbed multiple times. The victim was transported to the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The victim's name will not be released at this time.

The suspect, who left the scene prior to the officers arrival, has been identified as 31 year old, Jose Luis Cabrera. Cabrera whereabouts are currently unknown.

Anyone with information in regards to Cabrera's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center 541-664-4600.

The investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigative agency.

Single Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 126E near Milepost 109 - Deschutes County - 07/02/17

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 1:18AM, the Oregon State Police and medical personnel responded to a single fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 126E near milepost 109, in Redmond, Deschutes County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2000 Ford Mustang, operated by Angela Diane SOUSA, age 35, of Redmond, was traveling westbound on Highway 126E when she failed to negotiate a curve. The Ford left the roadway, rolled over several times, and struck multiple large rocks. SOUSA suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by medical personnel.

Notification to next of kin was made at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Redmond Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Paragliding Accident at Cape Lookout State Park (Photo) - 07/02/17

On July 1, 2017 at approximately 4:55PM, OSP assisted Tillamook County SO and emergency personnel with fatal paragliding accident at Cape Lookout State Park.

Preliminary investigation revealed that OSP received a report of a paragliding accident at Cape Lookout State Park. According to the information received, a para-glider had launched from a cliff overlooking the beach and rapidly descended to the rocks below. The para-glider was identified as Clifton W. WESTIN, age 53, of Corvallis. WESTIN was observed on the rocks immediately after falling, and then was washed into the ocean by waves. Emergency responders were unable to reach WESTIN from the shore. The US Coast Guard launched a helicopter and a motor life boat from the Tillamook Bay Station. was recovered by the motor life boat crew and was unresponsive when brought on board the boat. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel a short time later after lifesaving measures were performed by medical personnel.

Assisting the Oregon State Police with the investigation were the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Netarts Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, the Tillamook County District Attorney and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner. Westin's remains were transported by and to Waud's Funeral Home in Tillamook.

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Death Investigation Silver Fall Park in Silverton -- Marion County - 07/02/17

On July 1, 2017 OSP responded to Silver Falls Park on a death investigation in Silverton, Marion County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to reports of a deceased male subject in Silver Falls Park at the North Falls in Marion County. The deceased subject was later identified as Christian J. Jacobucci, age 20 of Woodburn. JACOBUCCI was located approximately a quarter of a mile down the trail. Emergency personnel confirmed that JACOBUCCI was deceased from a single gunshot wound. No foul play is suspected.

JACOBUCCI was recovered by Drakes Crossing Search and Rescue.

OSP was assisted by Silver Fall Park Ranger.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Highway 58 near Milepost 29 - Lane County (Photo) - 07/01/17

On July 1st, 2017 at approximately 7:38 AM, OSP and emergency personnel from Oakridge and Dexter responded to a head-on fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 29, near Oakridge.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold 1999 Lexus Sedan, operated by Joseph Allan BOERSTE, age 45, of Oakridge was traveling eastbound on Highway 58 and while navigating a wide right hand corner crossed into the westbound lane. The Lexus collided head-on with a green 2001 Honda CRV traveling westbound on Highway 58, operated by Richard Linn MONTGOMERY, age 65, of Oakridge.

MONTGOMERY suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS. Joseph BOERSTE was transported by ambulance to Riverbend Hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Dexter Fire, Oakridge Fire, Oakridge PD and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 2.5 hours.

OSP is seeking anyone who may have witnessed the crash. Contact Trooper Strubel out of the Springfield Patrol Office with any additional information at 541-726-2536.

This is an ongoing investigation by Troopers from the Springfield Area Command and Lane County District Attorney's Office.

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Serious Injury Motor Vehicle Collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 243 -- Marion County (Photo) - 07/01/17

On July 1, 2017 at approximately 4:09AM, the Oregon State Police and emergency medical personnel responding to a serious injury motor vehicle collision on Interstate 5 near milepost 243, in Marion County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Donaldo Abel PENA, age 20 of Wilsonville, was traveling southbound on I5 near milepost 243 when for an unknown reason the Ford lost control, flipped over the jersey barrier and came to rest on it's top in the northbound A lane of travel. A tan 2000 Ford F250, operated by Robert Walter MAY JR, age 63 of Albany, was unable to avoid colliding with the Ford Explorer in the A lane of travel.

Robert MAY JR and his passenger, Drew HENDERSON, age 24 of Jefferson, were not injured as a result of the collision. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Donaldo Abel PENA sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Hospital. The passenger, of the Ford Explorer Miguel HERNANDEZ-CUESTA, age 21 of Wilsonville, sustained minor injuries and was treated at Salem Hospital.

Interstate 5 northbound was closed to one lane of traffic for approximately 5 hours. Safety restraints were not utilized and it is believed that intoxicants are a contributing factor to this crash.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation by Troopers from OSP Salem Area Command.

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Fatal Collision on Interstate 5 near Milepost 123 -- Douglas County - 07/01/17

On June 30, 2017 at approximately 9:30PM, OSP and medical personnel from Douglas County responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and commercial motor vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 123 in Douglas County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2016 Kenworth CMV, operated by Zekah CROOK, age 36, of California was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when a pedestrian, identified as Joshua WARD, age 21, of Roseburg ran from the shoulder and launched himself in from of the Kenworth.

Joshua WARD sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were made by EMS. WARD was released to Person's Funeral Home and next of kin was notified.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County SO, Douglas County Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Crash on US 97 near Culver Highway Junction -- Jefferson County (Photo) - 06/30/17

On June 30, 2017 at approximately 4:55pm, OSP and emergency personnel from Jefferson County responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision on US 97 near milepost 105, Culver Highway Junction.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2012 Ford Escape, operated by Brandon SHAW, age 23 of Culver was traveling northbound on US 97 near Culver Highway Junction. Brandon SHAW attempted to negotiate a left turn onto Culver Highway and turned in the path of a southbound white 2015 Ford F750. The white Ford F750, operated by Douglas DEAN JR, age 41, of Redmond, attempted to avoid the Ford Escape and struck the passenger side of the Ford Escape. The Ford Escape came to rest on its side.

The 9 month old infant passenger of the Ford Escape, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after life saving measures were performed by medical personnel. Brandon SHAW was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond. Douglas DEAN JR was not injured as a result of the collision.

Safety restraints were utilized and alcohol is determined to be a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Department, LifeFlight, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on Hwy 97 near Milepost 259 -- Klamath Falls (Photo) - 06/30/17

On June 30, 2017 at approximately 3:05pm, OSP and emergency personnel from Chiloquin Fire responded to a head-on fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 259, near the Upper Klamath Lake.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a maroon 1992 Ford Tempo, operated by Gregory John GUIDI, age 63, of Klamath Falls was traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 259, when for an unknown reason the Ford drove into the southbound lane of travel. The Ford collided head-on with a black 2015 Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Robert L. HOUGEN, age 51, and passenger Phyllis N. HOUGEN, age 53, of Chiloquin.

Gregory GUIDI suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measures were performed by EMS. Both Robert and Phyllis HOUGEN were transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with serious injuries.

Safety restraints were not utilized and it is believed that intoxicants are not a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire Department, Klamath Fire District 1, and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 3.5 hours.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision on SR 230 near Milepost 22(Diamond Lake) -- Douglas County (Photo) - 06/30/17

On June 30, 2017 the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle head-on fatal motor vehicle collision on SR 230 near Milepost 22, near Diamond Lake.

Preliminary investigation revealed that white 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pulling a utility trailer, driven by Mark Andrew ROOT, age 49, of Eagle Point was traveling eastbound on SR 230 near milepost 22, when for an unknown reason the Chevrolet drifted into the westbound lanes of travel. The Chevrolet collided with a white 2006 Kia Amanti, driven by William Hunter HOUFF, age 56, and passenger Lisa Barnett Carr, age 54 of Idaho Falls.

William HOUFF suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene after lifesaving measured were performed by EMS. ROOT was transported by air ambulance to Bend Hospital with serious injuries. CARR was transported by air ambulance to River Bend Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries. HOUFF was later transported to Wilson Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg.

Safety restraints were not utilized and it is believed that intoxicants are not a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted by Central Point PD, Grants Pass PD, Douglas County SO, Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Fire District 2, AirLink and ReachAir.

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Deceased Male Identified near Snail Back Beach Trail - Josephine County - 06/30/17

On June 22nd, 2017, the Josephine County Major Crime Response Team was activated per the request of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office due to a deceased male who was located near the Snail Back Beach Trail, which is near the Illinois River Selma, Oregon.

The male's identity was unknown at the time of the original report. The deceased male has subsequently been identified as John William Reitterer, 22 years of age, out of Crescent City, California. Next of kin has been notified.

This is an ongoing and active investigation and no further details will be released at this time. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigative agency. Anyone with any information in regards to the death of Mr. Reitterer is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

**** Update #3 **** Suspects Plea In Homicide - Josephine County Major Crimes Team Investigation Homicide - 06/29/17

On June 28, 2017, Marshall MCKENNA, Carroll BALLARD and Blake SIBLEY entered plea agreements for Murder and Robbery 1 related to the death of Robert L. HUNTINGTON in Josephine County.

Marshall MCKENNA plead to murder with a firearm, was sentenced to true life with a possibility of parole after 25 years, and life time post prison supervision on one count of Murder with a Firearm.

Carroll (BJ) BALLARD plead to Manslaughter in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree, and received a total of 15 years prison (sentenced on 4/21/16) & agreed to be a testifier against Marshall McKenna.

Blake SIBLEY plead to Manslaughter in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree, and received a total of 10 years prison (sentenced on 3/17/16) & agreed to be a testifier against Marshall McKenna & Carroll (BJ) Ballard.


***UPDATE #2 - FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN HOMICIDE*** JOSEPHINE COUNTY MAJOR CRIME TEAM INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE (PHOTO)

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On April 2, 2016, Marshall William MCKENNA, age 24, from Ponder, Texas, was taken into custody early this morning with the joint efforts of the US Marshals Service - Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, US Marshals Service - Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force and the Denton County Sheriff's Office.

MCKENNA was lodged in the Webb County Jail in Laredo, Texas ending the five month fugitive manhunt.

This is an active investigation; no further information will be released at this time. Any inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:

On October 25, 2015, Oregon State Police detectives arrested Carroll E "BJ" BALLARD and Blake R SIBLEY for Murder and Robbery 1 related to the death of Roger L HUNTINGTON. Both BALLARD and SIBLEY are Texas residents. They were lodged in the Josephine County Jail in Grants Pass.

The Josephine County Major Crime team is asking the public for assistance in locating a third suspect, Marshall William MCKENNA, age 23. MCKENNA is a white male, with blond hair and green eyes. He is approximately 5'9" tall and approximately 160 pounds. It is possible he is still in Oregon, current information suggests he may have fled the state. His last known address is in Ponder, Texas.

Anyone with information on MCKENNA is encouraged to call 911 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111. The public should not attempt to contact MCKENNA, he should be considered armed and dangerous.

This is an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time. Any inquiries should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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On October 23, 2015, at 6:42 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a person reporting a deceased male near the Lake Selmac boat ramp.

Sheriff's Deputies responded and found Roger L. HUNTINGTON, age 43, of Crescent City, deceased in his black Chevrolet Trailblazer. Sheriff's deputies requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police.

After initial investigation by detectives with the Oregon State Police, the Josephine County Major Crime was activated to investigate HUNTINGTON's death which is being investigated as a homicide.

The Josephine County Major Crime consists of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police.

Anyone who has information regarding this investigation or was in the area of Lake Selmac on Friday afternoon and may have seen HUNTINGTON or his vehicle is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

More information will be released when it is available.

2017 Klamath County Sex Offender Sweep - 06/29/17

On June 26, 2017, the Oregon State Police partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Parole & Probation, and the Klamath County District Attorney's Office as part of a three day sex offender compliance sweep.

A sex offender/outstanding warrant sweep operation in Klamath County this week led to the arrest of 27 people on various charges. Some of the charges included Failure to Report and outstanding warrants for Rape, Sodomy, Arson, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, & Illegal Possession of Controlled Substances. Additionally, over 300 registered sex offenders were contacted to verify their compliance with Oregon's sex offender registry.

Sergeant Robert Fenner from the Oregon State Police said the goal of the sweep was to locate convicted sex offenders to ensure they were in compliance with the law. If a sex offender was located and not in compliance, every effort was made to bring them back into compliance. Additionally, people with outstanding arrest warrants for serious crimes were also sought.

The Oregon State Police said the sweep operation will remain active for an extended period of time beyond just this week. Out of compliance sex offenders in Klamath County that have not been contacted, should voluntarily come to the Oregon State Police Klamath Falls Patrol Office and update their registration; as the search for them will continue.

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Redmond Police Officer and two local area residents injured in three vehicle crash. (Redmond - Deschutes County) (Photo) - 06/28/17

Just after 5:15 p.m. on June 28, 2017, a Redmond Police Officer was responding to assist in locating an outstanding subject. The police officer was westbound on Highway 126, about 1/2 mile east of SE Veterans Way and was turning left from the highway. A silver 2008 Chevy full size truck was also traveling eastbound and was being operated by 24 year old Powell Butte resident, Kelsey Dixon. The officer was stopped and had his signal indicating a left turn when Dixon failed to stop, crashing into the back of the 2012 Dodge Charger at highway speeds. The impact vaulted the police car forward and the Chevy traveled into the oncoming lane. A brown 2015 Dodge Ram truck was traveling westbound at this location and the two trucks collided head-on, entrapping 43 year old Redmond resident Christopher Lane in the westbound Dodge.

Dixon was transported via ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries and Lane was transported via air ambulance for serious injuries. The Redmond police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and he was transported via ground ambulance. The Redmond Police Department will issue a follow-on press release to identify the police officer and update his condition as it is appropriate and available.

Oregon State Police is the lead investigatory agency and will update any other information as it becomes available.

OSP and Redmond Police were assisted on-scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Bend Police Department, Redmond Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation and local air ambulance resources.

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**** Update Photo Added **** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses to Bald Eagle - Washington County (Photo) - 06/28/17

On June 28, 2017 at about 10:15 AM, Oregon State Police responded to the area of Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive, which is north of the town of Gaston, for a report of an injured Bald Eagle. The injured Bald Eagle was initially reported last week, but was able to fly away and could not be captured. This morning, Oregon State Police located the injured Bald Eagle after following it through thick brush, a knee deep swampy marsh area and a short distance through a field before it was finally captured. The injured Bald Eagle was taken to the Audubon Society where it was evaluated and determined that its injury was likely caused by a gunshot wound.

Oregon State Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for any information that may lead to a person(s) involved in this incident. Please refer calls for this case to Senior Trooper Mike VanRenterghem or Trooper Tayler Jerome at phone number 1-800-452-7888(Case Number SP17221814) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at 503 682-6131

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Fatal Vehicle Crash on Highway 213 near Milepost 13 -- Clackamas County (Photo) - 06/28/17

On June 27, 2017 at approximately 8:30PM, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 213 near S Union Mills Road, in Mulino.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2006 custom Bigdog motorcycle, operated by Vincent Michael MERKLEY, age 26 of Molalla was traveling northbound on Highway 213 at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, when he rear-ended a silver 2007 Jeep Liberty, operated by Kaelin Craig BENNETT, age 25 of Molalla. Upon impact, MERKLEY was ejected from the Bigdog. The Bigdog came to rest approximately 15-20 feet down an embankment.

At the time of the collision, BENNETT was wearing safety restraints; however, witnesses indicated that MERKLEY was not wearing a helmet. MERKLEY was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health Science University where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin notification was made.

OSP was assisted by Molalla Fire District, LifeFlight and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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