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Fatal Beach Accident at South Jetty Park Beach - Coos County - 03/26/17

On March 25, 2017, at about 4:00 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to South Jetty Park Beach in Bandon, where a log had rolled on top of a juvenile. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the juvenile female that had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that a 14-year-old juvenile from Eugene was playing on a log, in the heavy receding tide, when the log rolled on top of her. Witnesses were able to remove the victim from underneath the log after several attempts. Despite the efforts of a responding Bandon Police officer, who administered CPR and the paramedics who performed life saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries. The victim was pronounced deceased at South Coos Hospital.

OSP was assisted by Bandon Police Department, Coos County Medical Examiner, Coos County Sheriff Office and Bay Cities Ambulance.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: State Parks (Safety Tip)

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and roll it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

How to play it safe: If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it.

https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/pages/beach_tips.aspx#Watch_those_logs

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Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 5 at Milepost 33 - Jackson County (Photo) - 03/25/17

On March 24, 2017, at about 5:28 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 5, near milepost 33 (Central Point area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the adult male pedestrian had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Freightliner towing a box trailer, operated by Steve Glenn PEMBERTON, age 52, of Red Bluff, California, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, in the right lane, when he observed a person run onto the highway. PEMBERTON was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment and later pronounced deceased at the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

PEMBERTON was not injured and is cooperating with investigators as they conducted a reconstruction of the crash site. One lane was closed for approximately three hours following the crash until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Point Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights Ambulance, and Fire District Three.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Troopers Arrest a Terrebonne Man during a Rally at the Capitol Mall - Marion County - 03/25/17

On March 25, 2017, at about 11:00 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the area just outside the Oregon Capitol where 200 to 300 people of two opposing groups were involved in a disturbance. One person identified as Matthew Curtis HEAGY, age 31, of Terrebonne, used pepper spray and sprayed a trooper. The subject was detained and found to also be carrying a concealed firearm.

It was determined that HEAGY is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Firearm. During the time of the event, the firearm was never displayed.

HEAGY was arrested for the following charges:
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm
* Carry Concealed Weapon - Firearm

This is an active investigation and no further information is available.

Highway 20E Crash Claims the Life of a Yoncalla Woman - Deschutes County - 03/25/17

On March 24, 2017, at about 1:44 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20E near milepost 43, at the Brothers rest area.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Nissan Altima, operated by Amber Dawn WILSEY, age 40, and passengers Teresa Ann HALEY, age 66, both of Yoncalla, and Ross Anthony DENTEN, age 46, of Oakland, was traveling westbound when a 2010 Toyota Rav4, operated by Mary Virginia BOSWELL, age 84, of Seneca, traveling eastbound, attempted to make a left hand turn into the Brothers Rest Area. The Toyota's front passenger side corner impacted the front of the Nissan causing extensive damage. HALEY suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision. WILSEY, DENTEN and BOSWELL suffered serious injuries and were transported to a Bend area hospital.

The westbound lane of Highway 20E was closed for approximately six hours while Troopers investigated the crash.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Fish and Wildlife Troopers Seek the Public's Help in an Eagle Poaching Case - Curry County (Photo) - 03/24/17

On March 20, 2017, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that had been killed and dumped at the mouth of the Winchuck River near Brookings. The Bald Eagle's talons had been cut off and illegally taken. An examination of the Bald Eagle showed no sign of visible injuries that would have led to the death of the bird. The taking of the Eagle's talons without a permit is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940. Penalties under the Act can include jail time and a fine of $100,000 or more, depending on the circumstances. Bald Eagles are also protected under Oregon's Wildlife Laws.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper Paul Rushton at the number listed below. It should be noted that this incident is unrelated to another press release where an OSP Trooper helped rescue two injured Bald Eagles in the Brookings Area.

Senior Trooper Paul Rushton: 541-531-5896

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

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Five Car Crash Claims the Life of a Scappoose Man Near the Sauvie Island Bridge - Multnomah County (Photo) - 03/22/17

On March 22, 2017, at about 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a five vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 10.5, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis DEMARS, age 58, of Scappoose, was traveling eastbound on US 30 when the Ranger crossed over the centerline and into oncoming, westbound traffic. The Ranger struck a 2012 Toyota Camry, operated by Steven RICHARDS, age 46, of Vancouver, Washington, nearly head-on. The Camry began to spin and hit the side of a 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Michael WILLIAMS, age 38, of Portland, which was also traveling westbound. After colliding with the dump truck, the Camry traveled across the centerline and into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2010 Honda Fit, operated by Laurie DAVIS, age 61, of Scappoose. The Ranger continued eastbound a short distance after striking the Camry, where it crashed head-on into a 2003 GMC utility van, operated by Breckon SCOTT, age 26, of Camas, Washington, that was traveling westbound.

DEMARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. RICHARDS, DAVIS and SCOTT were transported to Emanuel Hospital with injuries. WILLIAMS was uninjured and remained on scene.

Both lanes of US 30 remained closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted on scene by Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Crash on US Hwy 26 near Milepost 18 - Clatsop County (Photo) - 03/22/17

Update:

The deceased male is Richard Franklin POLLOCK, age 44, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and his family members have been notified of their loss.

Previously released:

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 6:58 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon, struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan, Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours

Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
***Update - Names Released*** Two Killed In Early Morning Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County - 03/20/17

Update:

The drivers of the vehicles have been identified and the family members have been notified of their loss.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Brady Paul GOLLADAY, age 28, of Riddle. The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as Roman M FEDOROV, age 36, of Seattle.

Seatbelt use has not yet been determined but it is believed alcohol consumption by GOLLADAY may be a contributing factor. No further information to be released at this time.


Previously released:

On March 19, 2017 at about 3AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 124 (Roseburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Ford Focus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at what is believed to be a high rate of speed. The Ford struck a southbound 2005 Volkswagen Jetta head-on near the 124 southbound on-ramp. Both drivers, adult males, died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police, Roseburg Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Interstate 5 was reduced to one southbound of travel until 6AM.

The names of the drivers will be released once the next of kin notifications have been made. This is a preliminary release, more information will released later today.

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Fish and Wildlife Troopers Cite Winston Man in Black Tail Deer Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo) - 03/20/17

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division executed a search warrant early Sunday morning, concluding a year and half long investigation into the unlawful take of several black tail deer. Oregon State Police Troopers from the Albany and Roseburg area served a search warrant at a Winston address, where three sets of trophy black tail buck antlers and a center fire rifle were seized as evidence. David Barton, 28, of Winston, was cited and released on three counts of unlawful take/possession of buck deer. The search warrant was stemming from an investigation that showed Barton had killed several deer without any deer tags and was exceeding bag limits.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

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Driver Arrested for DUII After Fatal Crash in Grants Pass - 03/19/17

On March 18, 2017, at approximately 8:22 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a reported single vehicle crash occurred at milepost 59 on Interstate 5 southbound. As a result of the crash, one occupant died from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates a black 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kim Parsley ( age 62 from Glendale, Oregon) was traveling southbound when the Jetta was rear ended by a 2010 Subaru Legacy. The Subaru, driven by Lindsey Johnson (age 28 from Grants Pass), fled the scene.

The crash caused the Volkswagen to flip onto its top and collide with a guardrail. Parsley was trapped in the vehicle and emergency workers had to extricate him from the vehicle with critical injuries. Parsley's passenger, Ashlan Parsley (age 18 from Glendale, Oregon) was able to remove herself from the vehicle but sustained serious injuries. Both Parsleys were initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center. Kim Parsley was later transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Approximately 20 minutes after the crash, one of the Oregon State troopers left the crash scene and stopped a vehicle, about a mile from the crash scene, for a lighting violations. The trooper stopped the Subaru and realized the vehicle had been involved in the crash. The driver was identified as Johnson and was ultimately arrested for DUII.

OSP was assisted by Grant Pass Fire and ODOT. The crash is still under investigation and OSP is working with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review of additional charges. No other information or photos are available.

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Fatal Crash on US 26 near Milepost 55 -- Wheeler County (Photo) - 03/18/17

On March 18, 2017 at approximately 7:30am, OSP was dispatched to a fatal crash involving two vehicles. This incident occurred west of city limits of Mitchell and just east of the city limits of Prineville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Ram, occupied by three, was traveling eastbound of US 26 near milepost 55 at approximately 50mph, when the driver veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall. The driver, identified as Scotty M. Ledford, age 31 from Prineville was pronounced deceased at the scene. The impact caused the 2013 Dodge Ram to cross the highway into the westbound lane of travel and then into a ditch. The vehicle was struck by a westbound blue 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by Kimberly Banta (male) age 55 from Sweet Home.

The 2013 Dodge Ram was also occupied by surviving front passenger, Angelica M. Luna, age 27 and a juvenile passenger who were transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the 1995 Dodge pickup, Jared Banta, age 42 of Sweet Home and Kimberly were not injured.

OSP was assist was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Wheeler County SO, Crook County SO, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. The highway was closed for approximately two hours with detours in place.

Attached Media Files: Victim Vehicle
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Lincoln City Coach Arrested and Lodged on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo) - 03/18/17

This press release is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln City Police Department. If any additional information is released it will be made from the Lincoln City Police Department.

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March 18, 2017
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jerry Palmer, 541-994-3636

On the evening of March 16, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) was notified by several Lincoln City parents of possible sex abuse crimes involving juveniles in the Lincoln City area. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was called out and based on information obtained on March 17, 2017, the suspect was identified as Tyler William Lopez, age 22, from Lincoln City. Lopez was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: two counts of Display of Child/Sexual Conduct (B-Felony), one count of Sex Abuse First Degree (B-Felony), and four counts Sex Abuse Second Degree (C-Felony). It anticipated Lopez will be arraigned on these and possible additional charges in Lincoln County District Court on March 20th, 2017 at 1:15 PM.

Lopez is known throughout the Lincoln City area as a coach of youth basketball, football, and baseball. The Lincoln City Police is asking for any additional potential victims or witnesses who have not already spoken with investigators about these crimes to contact the Lincoln City Police at (541)994-3636. Please tell dispatchers you have information regarding case number 17-400.

This case remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Major Crime Team which is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Lincoln City Police Department is lead investigating agency. At this time there is no further information to be released. Once Lincoln City Police Department determines there is additional information can be released, it will be released via Flash Alert.

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***Update Missing Person Found Deceased*** Endangered Missing Person-Jackson/Josephine County (Photo) - 03/17/17

***Update Missing Person Found Deceased***

On March 16th, 2017, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased female located in the 100 Block of Lone Mountain Rd, Obrien Oregon. The Josephine County Major Response Team was activated and the Oregon State Police was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

The female has been positively identified as 20 year old Kayla Lee YARBROUGH.
YARBROUGH had previously been reported missing and an active investigation in regards to her whereabouts was being conducted by the Oregon State Police and the Medford Police Department.

The cause and manner of YARBROUGH's death is the focus of a current investigation. No other details will be released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to Kayla YARBROUGH's death is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center 541-664-4600. The Josephine County Major Response Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

***End Release***


Previous Release:

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is currently working a joint investigation with the Medford Police Department (MPD) on a Missing Person case. Kayla Lee YARBROUGH has not been seen since Thanksgiving 2016. Her family lives in Cave Junction and reported her missing in February of 2017.

Kayla is described as 20 years old, 5'02 and 130 pounds with red/strawberry blonde hair. See attached photo.

Investigators and family are concerned for her safety due to the fact that it is out of character for her not to stay in touch with her family or friends. Investigators believe she was last known to frequent the Cave Junction area.

If you have any information on this case, please contact OSP Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957 or the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2299.

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Man Found Deceased Near Interstate 5 -- Jackson County (Photo) - 03/15/17

On March 10, 2017 at approximately 9:30PM, OSP Troopers responded to a report of a deceased male next to Interstate 5 near Milepost 27 southbound, bordering the city of Medford in Jackson County.

When Troopers arrived on scene they located an adult male, identified as Cody James HALL, 56 years of age believed to be from the Oregon/California area, deceased. HALL was found on the shoulder next to the jersey barrier. The actual cause and manner of death is still under investigation, but there is no indication of foul play.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Division is conducting the follow-up investigation. No further information is available at this time.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's office and Medford Police Department.

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 Near Milepost 285 -- Klamath County - 03/13/17

On March 10, 2017 at approximately 3:50pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a single fatal motor vehicle crash on US Highway 97 near milepost 285. This incident occurred near the city limits of Midland.

The investigation revealed a white 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser occupied by four, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97 near milepost 285, when the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled several times and came to rest in a ditch on the southbound side of the roadway.
The right front passenger, identified as Jeffrey Lee Kuyper, at 52 of Central Point was pronounced deceased at the scene. The juvenile driver and two surviving juvenile passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Sky Lakes Hospital in Klamath Falls.

OSP was assisted by Klamath Fire Districts and Oregon Department of Transportation. No photos available at this time.

Grants Pass Man Shot- Josephine County - 03/13/17

On March 12, 2017 at about 3 p. m., Troopers and Josephine County Deputies responded to a reported shooting at a residence on Wilderville Lane, which is approximately 9 miles west of Grants Pass in Josephine County.

The investigation is ongoing and the Oregon State Police Criminal Division is leading the investigation. Upon law enforcement arrival, they located one male, Rucy PEREZ, age 50 from the Grants Pass area that was shot several times. PEREZ was transported to a local hospital and has since been moved to a hospital in the Springfield area. The home owner is cooperating with detectives and the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Josephine County Sheriff's office, Rural / Metro Fire Department and AMR.

No other information is available at this time as this is an active investigation.

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***Update*** OSP Vehicle Hit - Seeks Public's Assistance in Identifying Driver - Interstate 5 at Milepost 268 - Marion County (Photo) - 03/11/17

Update:

The suspect vehicle color is believed to be faded red.

Previously Released:

On March 11, 2017, at about 1:29 a.m., an unknown color vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 5, at milepost 268, drifted off the right shoulder and crashed into a parked Oregon State Police marked Ford Explorer. The OSP Sergeant had to jump back into his car to avoid being hit and was uninjured. The vehicle continued northbound and the OSP Sergeant was unable to pursue the suspect vehicle.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the suspect vehicle is a 2000-2005, unknown color, Chevy Astro Van, with right front headlight and quarter panel damage.

The OSP Sergeant was parked on the shoulder, waiting and attempting to locate two unrelated vehicles that were reported to be speed racing in the area, when the OSP vehicle was struck.

OSP is asking anyone with information or witnesses of the crash, to call OSP Sergeant Kevin Ely at (503) 378-3387 or NCC Dispatch at (503) 375-3555.

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Death Investigation - Man Fatally Shoots Self During Pendleton Police Department Traffic Stop - OSP Investigating - 03/10/17

On Friday March 10, 2017, at approximately 3:23 p.m., a Pendleton Police Department Officer stopped a vehicle near the intersection of SW Quinney Ave and SW 41st Street for a traffic violation. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, the officer radioed that a shot had been fired.

Officers from the Pendleton Police Department and the Oregon State Police responded to the stop location. Upon arrival of responding officers, an attempt was made to establish contact with the driver and sole male occupant of the vehicle. The driver was unresponsive to police commands and officers were able to see inside the vehicle. Officer's observed driver was suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The driver was removed from the vehicle and officers began rendering medical care until the arrival of Pendleton Emergency Medical personnel at which time they began administering medical care. The driver was transported to St. Anthony Hospital and died while receiving care at the hospital.

The deceased driver of the vehicle has been identified as a 36 year old male from Pendleton. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin. The name of the involved officer will be released pending authorization by the Pendleton Police Department.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division has assumed lead of this incident and is conducting the investigation. Anyone who witnessed the incident but has not yet been interviewed by Detectives is asked to call Detective Mike Wolf at 541-278-4090 ext. 4855.

No other information will be released pending completion of the initial investigation.

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***Update 3- Suspect Sentenced*** Suspect in Custody-Homicide Investigation-Cave Junction in Josephine County (Photo) - 03/10/17

After a two week trial in Josephine County, Stranger R. DAVIS was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of release for 25 years. He was found guilty of Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm on March 1, 2107.



***End of Update***

Previous Release

On March 1st, 2017, after a two week bench trial, Stranger Raymond DAVIS was found Guilty of Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Sentencing will be at a later date.

No photo available.

***End of Update***

Previous Release- August 9th, 2014

An ongoing investigation by detectives from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of Josephine County District Attorney's Office and Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, into the death of an adult male last Saturday south of Cave Junction led to an arrest of a 28-year old male. The suspect is being held in custody at Butte County, California jail as a fugitive from justice pending extradition to Josephine County where a warrant for Murder was issued.

According to OSP Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, OSP detectives identified STRANGER RAYMOND DAVIS, age 28, as a person of interest in the August 2, 2014, shooting death of MICHAEL CLYDE MacDONALD, age 61, from Cave Junction. The ongoing investigation indicated DAVIS may have fled to the Paradise, California area in Butte County. Working in conjunction with Paradise Police Department, their officers found DAVIS and arrested him on an unrelated warrant on August 6. A warrant was issued out of Josephine County, Oregon for Murder and DAVIS is now being held as a fugitive from justice pending extradition proceedings to return him to Oregon.

Previously released information indicated on August 2, 2014 at approximately 3:35 p.m., information was received by 9-1-1 and OSP Southern Command Center dispatch of a shooting in the 6000 block of Rockydale Road south of Cave Junction. OSP troopers responded and found a deceased adult male on the property who had been shot at least one time.

OSP and members of the Josephine County Major Crime Team were dispatched to investigate. The deceased male was identified as MacDONALD.

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Armed and Dangerous Fugitive Captured in Vale - Malheur County (Photo) - 03/09/17

On March 8, 2017, an armed and dangerous fugitive, Christopher DELEON, age 32, of Nyssa, was located and arrested at a residence in Vale following an investigation and service of a search warrant.

A multi-agency effort comprised of the Oregon State Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Oregon State Police Ontario Office, Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, and the US Marshals Service executed a search warrant at 3539 Stage Road, in Vale, as a result of an ongoing investigation into trying to locate and arrest DELEON.

The warrant was executed and the fugitive, Christopher DELEON, age 32, of Nyssa, was located and taken into custody without incident. DELEON had an outstanding warrant for his arrest stemming from a prior domestic dispute. DELEON's violent behavior, extensive threats toward law enforcement and others, in addition to knowledge of him being armed, prompted the use of OSP SWAT.

During the execution of the warrant, the following individuals were arrested for Hindering Prosecution:

Chauncey HASLER, age 36, of Vale
Larry RAGAN, age 65, of Vale
Clarissa MORENO, age 20, of Ontario
Christie VILLALPANDO, age 48, Payette, Idaho

All five subjects were transported and lodged in the Malheur County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming against DELEON. No further information is available at this time.

Ontario Police Department is the lead investigating agency in this incident. Any future media inquiries are directed to the Ontario Police Department.

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Reedsport Man Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Douglas County (Photo) - 03/08/17

On March 7, 2017, at about 5:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 101, near milepost 206 (just north of Gardiner). Emergency personnel arrived on scene and found an adult male deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Honda Accord attempted to cross Highway 101 northbound lanes from the northbound shoulder, near milepost 206. The Honda was struck by a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan that had been traveling northbound on Highway 101. The driver of the Honda, John Lawrence WEASER, age 75, of Reedsport, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger, Kimberly Sue WEASER, age 56, and passenger, Viola BRANNON, age 83, both from Reedsport, received non-life threatening injuries. Kimberly WEASER was taken to the Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence and BRANNON was taken to the Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport.

The driver of the Volkswagen, Elaine Muir SHEARD, age 56, and passenger, Paul Mackenzie SHEARD, age 62, both on vacation from Scotland, were taken to the Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence with non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane, both northbound and southbound, while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Reedsport Police Department, Gardiner Fire, Western Lane Ambulance, Lower Umpqua Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to be released at this time.

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Oregon State Police Asking For The Publics Help - Douglas County (Photo) - 03/04/17

On March 3, 2017, at about 10:30 p. m., OSP Troopers from the Roseburg Area Command were dispatched to a two vehicle rear end crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 124. This is in Douglas County and is south of Roseburg. The suspect vehicle is a silver 2004 Hyundai SUV with Oregon plates with a large pink and a white sticker centered in the rear window. The operator of the vehicle, Janie L. LAFLEUR, age 33 of Roseburg was taken into custody later that evening and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for the charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver. The driver of the victim vehicle was injured in the crash.

The OSP is asking if anybody observed the suspect vehicle driving southbound on Interstate 5 prior to the crash from the Rice Hill area north of Sutherlin to the scene of the crash; please call OSP Sergeant Bowersox at 541-440-3345.

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Fatal Crash On Hwy 26 East of Seaside - Tillamook County (Photo) - 03/04/17

On March 4, 2017, at approximately 7:40 a. m., the OSP responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 31. The incident occurred in Tillamook County and is approximately 36 miles east of Seaside.

The investigation revealed that a Toyota 4Runner was traveling westbound on US Highway 26, when the operator lost control on the icy roadway. The operator overcorrected, resulting in the Toyota traveling sideways down the westbound shoulder, striking several trees before coming to a rest. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the injuries from the crash.

The operator was identified as 55 year old ROBERTA ANN LUNDQUIST, of Portland. One lane was closed for approximately 5 hours while investigators processed the scene.

The OSP was assisted by Elsie-Vinemaple Volunteer Fire Department, Tillamook County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Washington Man Loses Life in Crash - Tillamook County (Photo) - 03/04/17

On March 3, 2017 at approximately 7:35 p. m., the OSP responded to a two vehicle fatal traffic crash occurred on US Highway 101 near milepost 81 in Tillamook County.

The investigation revealed a blue 1999 BMW M3, driven by Larry Dean CARNER, age 54, of Forks, Washington, was southbound when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and into the path of a northbound gray 2002 Thomas bus that had been converted into a motorhome. The bus was driven by Michael Bryant GILMORE, age 27, of Estacada. Passengers in the bus included Jody Leeanne WOOD, age 27, and two children, a four year old female and a three year old male, all of Estacada. The front of the bus struck the right side of the BMW and both vehicles traveled off the roadway over an embankment east of the highway. Mr. CARNER died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. None of the occupants of the bus were injured.

Assisting OSP were Nestucca Rural Fire and Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, the Tillamook County Medical Examiner and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

All adult occupants in both vehicles were wearing safety belts and the children were properly secured in child safety seats.



On March 3, 2017 at approximately 7:35 p. m., the OSP responded to a two vehicle fatal traffic crash occurred on US Highway 101 near milepost 81 in Tillamook County.

The investigation revealed a blue 1999 BMW M3, driven by Larry Dean CARNER, age 54, of Forks, Washington, was southbound when his vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and into the path of a northbound gray 2002 Thomas bus that had been converted into a motorhome. The bus was driven by Michael Bryant GILMORE, age 27, of Estacada. Passengers in the bus included Jody Leeanne WOOD, age 27, and two children, a four year old female and a three year old male, all of Estacada. The front of the bus struck the right side of the BMW and both vehicles traveled off the roadway over an embankment east of the highway. Mr. CARNER died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. None of the occupants of the bus were injured.

Assisting OSP were Nestucca Rural Fire and Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, the Tillamook County Medical Examiner and the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

All adult occupants in both vehicles were wearing safety belts and the children were properly secured in child safety seats.

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***Update 3*** Grand Jury clears officer in shooting-Jackson County - 03/03/17

The suspect involved is identified as Justin Daniel LOPEZ, age 21, of Central Point. He remains in the hospital in critical condition-no further information is available.

All future information will be released and at the direction of the Jackson County District Attorney's office.

**End of update**

Previous Release:

On February 19th, 2017, at about 3:00am, a Central Point Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for traffic violations in the area of E. Pine St. and the I-5 overpass. The vehicle eluded the officer and eventually came to a stop in Don Jones Park off of Hamrick Rd.

The driver of the eluding vehicle exited and approached the officer while holding a firearm. This resulted in the officer firing his duty weapon at the suspect. The suspect/driver was shot and transported to an area hospital for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. The Officer was uninjured during the incident.

As per standard protocol, the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated and the Oregon State Police is leading the investigation in conjunction with the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MADIU is comprised of investigators from OSP, Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators were assisted on scene by Mercy Flights, Fire District #3 and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

No further information is available for release at this time.

*End Update*

Previous Release:

On February 19, 2017 at about 3:00AM, a Central Point Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle eventually stopped near the intersection of Vilas Rd. and Hamrick Rd.

An encounter occurred between the male operator of the vehicle and the Central Point Police Officer resulting in the officer firing his duty weapon. The male operator was shot and transported to an area hospital for treatment of potentially life threatening injuries. The male operator was believed to be in possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting.

The Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated and the Oregon State Police is leading the investigation per the request of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

MADIU is comprised of investigators from OSP, Medford Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point Police Department, Ashland Police Department and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators were assisted on scene by Mercy Flights, Fire District #3 and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The investigation at the scene is nearly complete. Anyone who witnessed or heard the incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center at 541-664-4600.

There are no plans to hold a press briefing and no further information is available for release at this time.

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Sex Offender Sweep-Lane County - 03/03/17

Several local law enforcement agencies participated in a two day sex offender compliance sweep in the Springfield area. The Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration Unit provided information for 70 sex offenders identified as living in the Springfield area who were out of compliance. This information was researched by State Police Crime Analysts to determine which offenders were no longer living in Oregon, were in custody, or were deceased. That information was provided to the OSP Criminal Division in Springfield where detectives compared the information to local law enforcement data management systems and further refined the group of sex offenders to be contacted. The end result was approximately 40 out of compliance sex offenders.

On February 21 and 22nd, 20 out of compliance sex offenders were arrested, 9 predatory sex offenders were contacted and confirmed to be in compliance, and several warrant arrests were made. All sex offenders arrested were also registered by the Springfield Police Department staff or the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration staff at the Springfield State Police Office, depending on where the offender was arrested and the level of their offense.

Investigators determined that approximately 12 of the sex offenders recently moved out of state and their information is being forwarded to the US Marshal's Office for additional follow up. A small number of sex offenders were not located, but are most likely still living in the area and there will be continued follow up on their behalf.

The following local law enforcement agencies participated in the Oregon State Police sex offender sweep: The Springfield Police Department, the Lane County Sheriff's Office, the US Marshals, and the Junction City Police Department.

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***Update-Convicted*** Josephine County Woman Arrested for multiple crimes in connection with stabbing (Photo) - 03/02/17

On February 24th, 2017, Tracy BENET was found Guilty by a Josephine County Jury for : Attempted Murder, Burglary in the First Degree (x3), Assault 2 (x2), UUW(x2) Criminal Mischief in the First Degree 1, Interfering with Making 911 call, Attempted Kidnapping First Degree, and Menacing. Sentencing will occur sometime in the future.

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Previous Release: February 3, 21016

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday mornings stabbing in Josephine County.

On February 3rd, 2016 at approximately 7:10 a.m. OSP troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 380 Murphy Creek Rd, Grants Pass, Josephine County. Upon their arrival they located one female victim who sustained a knife wound to her left torso and blunt force injuries to her hand and foot. The female victim was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. The victim will not be identified at this time as this is an on-going investigation.

The OSP Criminal Investigation Division assumed the investigation and subsequently arrested, TRACY BENET, age 51, listed as a transient. BENET was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the following crimes:

-Attempted Murder
-Burglary I,
-Unlawful Use of Weapon (x2)
-Assault II.

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***Update - Name released*** Investigation ongoing in Veneta area vehicle versus pedestrian fatal crash - 03/01/17

The pedestrian killed in the fatal crash was identified as 50 year old Thomas F. Ascariz II of Veneta.

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information to be released at this time.
***End Release***


Previous Release:
On Wednesday March 1, 2017 at about 9:15 a.m., OSP Troopers, Lane County Sheriff's Office and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 126W near milepost 47 (near Cornerstone Drive in Veneta).

The preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old Veneta resident was walking with his dog westbound on the shoulder of Highway 126W near Cornerstone Drive in Veneta. A silver colored 2007 Volkswagen Passat, was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled onto the shoulder, striking the male pedestrian.

The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Volkswagen, operated by 47 year old Eugene resident Shaynor Newsome, was not injured. This is an ongoing investigation and the identity of the deceased is being withheld until the next of kin notification has been confirmed.

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Fire Authority, Lane County District Attorney's Office, Lane County Medical Examiner's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Death Investigation - McPhillips Beach - Tillamook County - 03/01/17

On February 28, 2017, at about 6:25 p. m., OSP Troopers were dispatched to McPhillips Beach in Pacific City for a report of a deceased male in a vehicle. McPhillips Beach is about 24 miles south of Tillamook in Tillamook County.

When Troopers arrived, they located a 2004 GMC truck on the beach and found Christian J. TEETER, age 39, of Missouri, inside the vehicle deceased. The preliminary investigation determined that TEETER had died from a self-inflicted gunshot. Further investigation revealed that the GMC was also reported as being involved in a theft at the Pacific City Shell Station on February 25, 2017 and some of the items stolen were found in the vehicle.

OSP was assisted by Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook County Sheriff's Department and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner's Office.

No photographs regarding this incident are available.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Tillamook County Public Health and the Tillamook Family Counseling Inc. Crisis Number - 503-842-8201 or 1-800-962-2851.

More information is available online at:

http://www.tfcc.org/prev_suicide.htm

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Additional OSP Troopers Assist In Newport at Festival - Lincoln County (Photo) - 02/27/17

The Oregon State Police Mobile Response Team (MRT) assisted the Newport Police Department and the OSP Newport Area Command with the Annual Seafood and Wine Festival this past weekend. This event can bring over 20,000 visitors to the area, which can put a strain on local law enforcement personnel and the Oregon State Police is committed to assisting local communities.

Over the four day event the OSP supported local area with additional traffic enforcement. The focus was on DUII enforcement, Distracted Driving, Seatbelt Usage and Speed Enforcement. There were over 9 DUII arrests, which is more than twice as many last year. There were three crashes, one which was a fatal crash. In addition, Troopers cited one person for Distracted Driving and warned another, five persons were warned for Seatbelt violations, 27 persons were warned for Speed violations and eight were cited, while 42 persons were warned for Lane Usage violations. Troopers warned 150 persons for other violations to include Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, Fail to Obey Traffic Control Device, Equipment violations etc. The enforcement activities taken by OSP were not directly related to the festival or the patrons.

Several persons were lodged in jail on warrants and Troopers assisted Newport Police Department with a suicidal subject that jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The subject fell 130 feet from the bridge to the water and received only minor injuries.

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) provides augmented patrol presence during large scale events around the State of Oregon by means of foot patrols, bicycle patrols and general patrols. MRT also provides tactical response to our partner agencies to assist with civil unrest.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash - Crook County (Photo) - 02/27/17

On February 27, 2017 at about 9:20 a. m., Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on George Millican Road, which is 20 miles south of Pineville in Crook County.

When Troopers arrived on scene the vehicle, a 1995 Cadillac, was fully engulfed in flames and surrounding vegetation was burning. Once the fire was extinguished investigators determined there was one deceased person in the vehicle. At this time it is believed that only one person was in the car at the time of the crash and the identification of the driver is not yet known. Speed is believed to be a contributing factor into the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's office, the Bureau of Land Management and Prineville Fire and Rescue.

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